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James M. Dourgarian, Bookman
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2341 Hickory Drive
Concord, CA 94520
925-349-4400

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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[Jack London] London, Jack. Typed Letter/Contract (Unsigned). n.p., Jack London, April 3, 1906, first edition. This is a carbon copy of a contract between London and Cosmopolitan Magazine drafted by London himself to Mr. Bailey Millard in which London promises "a series of exclusive articles descriptive of my voyage in my sailboat (his Snark trip), which voyage is to extend, if possible, around the world," reserving English serial rights, but guaranteeing first publication in Cosmopolitan, 30 lines, "These articles are to be from four thousand words each, for the first three, and not to exceed thirty-five hundred words each for the others," except as ordered by the editor of Cosmopolitan, payment "will be ten cents per word," the series was not to exceed 10 articles unless ordered by the magazine, this contract letter advances London $2,000, "In case I fail to furnish articles, I agree to provide in lieu thereof acceptable short stories at the same rate, within one year," London also agrees to furnish photographs to illustrate the articles conditioned on the magazine providing him a small camera and sufficient film, London and his wife Charmian regularly made copies of their correspondence, neither London nor Millard have signed this copy although there was a space reserved for each signature, it appears that this contract was aborted as the Snark voyage was much delayed by the April 18, 1906 earthquake in San Francisco, the Snark didn't set sail until April 23, 1907, an article in the December 1906 issue of Cosmopolitan described the ongoing enterprise of building the Snark and gave some background of London as a sailor, but no further Snark articles were forthcoming from Cosmopolitan. Very good. JD 34259
$300.00

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  • Media rate postage is $4 for the first item and $1 each thereafter.
  • Books shipped to a location within California are subject to 8.25% sales tax.shipping.
  • We accept Visa, MasterCard, and Discover.
  • Call 1 (925) 935-5033 to talk to Jim and place an order with Visa, Mastercard or Discover.
  • You may also arrange to pay by check.

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