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James M. Dourgarian, Bookman
1595-A Third Avenue
Walnut Creek, CA 94597


Established1980 - Member ABAA

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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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[John Steinbeck] Steinbeck, John. El Gabilan 1919. Salinas, Salinas Index Pub. Co., n.d. (1919), first edition, wrappers. Softcover. This was John Steinbeck's high school yearbook, it is among the rarest of the rare, the print-run is undetermined, but there were only 24 members of the graduating class, this item was not in the collection of Adrian H. Goldstone, Goldstone & Payne (G&P) cites it as G&P C1, C2, and C3 only via photo-copies from the John Steinbeck Library, this item was not in the collection of Harry Valentine which was the basis of Bradford Morrow's historic 1980 catalogue of Steinbeck/Steinbeckiana, G&P C1 records The How, When and Where of the High School, page 19, G&P C2 records his portion of the Class Will, page 36, G&P C3 records Woodwork, page 50, but G&P doesn't record any of the following: Steinbeck is listed as an "El Gabilan" staff member in charge of "departments & organizations, page 4; he is pictured as senior class president, page 9; his sister, Mary, contributes the lead piece in the "literary" section, Dismissed From The Service, pages 16-18; he is mentioned as a preacher in the class prophecy, page 38; he contributes Student Body, page 43; he is mentioned in the senior notes, page 46; he is mentioned in the "military" section, page 54; he is listed as the character "Justin Rawson" in the senior class play, page 63; he is pictured in the boys basketball team photo, page 72; he is pictured in the boys track team photo, page 76; boyhood friend Max Wagner is photographed as "Yell Leader," page 77; and Steinbeck is pictured in a photo of "dignified senior officers," page 80. Covers are very good, internally fine. JD 32863


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