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James M. Dourgarian, Bookman
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James M.Dourgarian, Bookman, was established in 1980. We are members of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America (ABAA). Like all ABAA members, we answer to a higher authority and follow a higher standard of ethics that guarantees a successful transaction for all our customers.

We buy and sell old books, vintage books, collectible books, rare books, first edition books, and related ephemera. We maintain several specialties. Among them are American fiction first editions from c.1900 to the present. Within that general field, we have heavy emphasis in John Steinbeck and Steinbeckiana. Thus, we buy and sell Steinbeck primary first editions in dust jackets, signed/limited editions, his appearances in anthologies, his periodical appearances, books and periodicals about Steinbeck, film and theatre memorabilia, bibliographies, and miscellaneous items.

We also specialize in these same categories for these authors -- Jack London, Wallace Stegner, and Stephen King. Other specialties include Western Americana, books on California and the West, Photography books, books on Japan, China, and the Orient, and Armed Services Editions. The latter are vintage paperbacks issued to American GIs from 1943 to 1947. They are comprised of mysteries, Westerns, science fiction and fantasy, mainstream fiction, historical novels, science, poetry, adventure stories, and more.

Within our field of modern first editions, we also sell related film memorabilia Thus, we sell film posters, lobby card sets, pressbooks, stills, scripts, etc. for films made from the works of authors we carry such as John Steinbeck, Jack London, Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner, Raymond Chandler, Zane Grey, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Stephen King, Edward Abbey, Anne Rice, and many others.

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[Modern Literature] Brautigan, Richard, Moscoso, Victor, and Thibeau, Jack. The San Francisco Public Library: A Publishing House. San Francisco, privately printed/published by the authors, 1968, first edition. Three reproduced sheets, stapled, a home-made book that is one of 20 "trade edition" copies (there were another seven copies Signed by Brautigan) produced via what is often called the 10-cent Xerox machine at the Main Library in San Francisco in the Civic Center, it should be noted, however, that the copying machine was not actually a Xerox, it was a Thermofax machine, Brautigan contributed his poem "Mrs. Myrtle Tate, Movie Projectionist" produced on one of the pages surrounded by movie advertisements, Brautigan's reproduced signature is also shown on that page, Thibeau copied his belly, along with variously-placed stars, Moscoso reproduced different stars and a Siamese cat named Zenobia, except for Brautigan's first book, this is by far the rarest of Brautigan publications, the book epitomizes San Francisco in the wild, wacky, wonderful (and turbulent) 1960s, Thibeau, who went on to become an actor, but who earlier had been a published poet, had earlier experimented with Xerox poems, he said, "He (Brautigan) didn't know what they were, but he liked the concept that you can put the dimes in, Xerox it, and you're published," for Brautigan it represented new possibilities, so he gathered Thibeau, Moscoso, and others, the idea was that each would have their own page to be designed as they pleased, the others enlisted by Brautigan included photographer Edmund Shea who also provided stylin' transportation as he owned a classic 1939 flathead straight-eight Packard, also in this entourage were Valerie Estes, a Brautigan lover and later a friend, along with her purebred Siamese cat, Zenobia, Brautigan brought a roll of dimes, although all three also bummed dimes from other library patrons, it was quite an antics-filled San Francisco-styled event, according to David Belch, then public information office for the library, Thibeau went first as suggested by Brautigan, he laid out his stars, pulled up his shirt and laid his hairy chest and belly on the glass plate to make his collage, pulling his jacket collar over his head to act as a hood to block out outside light, Moscoso went next using different stars, he also placed Zenobia the cat on the glass plate for reproduction as part of his presentation with Valerie Estes assisting in placing her cat on the glass plate, Moscoso is best known as an artist who was a central figure in psychedelic rock posters, advertisements, and underground comics (Zap Comix) in San Francisco in the 1960s and '70s, Brautigan also produced the title page and also produced small slips of paper with a typed statement ("This is one of seven numbered and signed copies"), and signed each, in addition to these signed seven copies, 20 unsigned copies were produced, Richard Brautigan was an American novelist, poet, and short story writer whose sense of whimsey was a perfect fit for the counter-culture scene in San Francisco beginning in the late 1950s as the Beat Generation wore down and through the advent of the Hippies in the 1960s -- although Brautigan eschewed both movements, he is best known for his second novel, Trout Fishing in America, he died some time in September 1984 in Bolinas, California at age 49, an only child he was raised in poverty and dysfunction, he first moved to San Francisco in 1954, in 1955 he was diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic with clinical depression, he was treated with electro-shock therapy 12 times, he was known to hand out his poetry for free on street corners in San Francisco, his first book, Return of the Rivers, was published in 1957, the same year that Jack Kerouac's On the Road was published, an alcoholic who often suffered from despair, his popularity diminished in the 1970s and 1980s, he died of a self-inflicted .44 magnum gunshot wound to the head, splattering his brains all over his carefully laid out manuscripts, a rather chilling non-verbal last statement, his influence has been cited by such writers as Haruki Murakami and W. P. Kinsella, Brautigan's writing is often compared to that of William Saroyan, his 1967 poem, All Watched Over By Machines of Loving Grace, predicts the computer/technology revolution that occurred decades later, WorldCat indicates that there are copies of The San Francisco Public Library at the University of California, Berkeley, the University of Virginia, and Brown University, not recorded by the Barber bibliography of Brautigan, but Barber does note this item within his website. The usual darkening of the pages, staples very likely replaced. JD 32186


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