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James M. Dourgarian, Bookman
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2341 Hickory Drive
Concord, CA 94520
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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 (Unsigned). n.p., Jack London, August 16, 1909, first edition. This is a typed two-page carbon copy letter, 28/14 lines with a post script from London to the editor of Vanity Fair related to London's book The Iron Heel and his dispute with Frank Harris, Harris charged London with plagiarism based on London's chapter 7 of The Iron Heel, that chapter titled The Bishop's Vision is nearly identical to Harris' essay published in 1901, Harris suggested that he receive 1/60th of London's royalties for The Iron Heel, London insisted that he had clipped a reprint of Harris's article which appeared in an American newspaper and believed it to be a genuine speech delivered by the Bishop of London, London doesn't soft pedal his disgust noting that his clipping service just sent him a clipping from Vanity Fair "in which Mr. Frank Harris is so incredibly stupid as to call me a liar and to insinuate that I do not possess the clipping I referred to in my letter to you of July 1," he notes that he had been away from the USA for two and a half years, "Upon my return home to California I went up to my ranch, and in the barn resurrected a large box labeled on the outside with 'IRON HEEL CLIPPINGS.' Running through these clippings I found the one Mr. Harris said I lied when I stated I possessed it. Here is the clipping, with my marks on it, and my notes made at the time when I utilized it for THE IRON HEEL. But Mr. Frank Harris has proved himself so suspicious a man, so prone to impute evil to others, that he will doubtless aver that this clipping is not a clipping, but that I have had it privately printed at this late day," he goes on to write, "If, on the other hand, Mr. Frank Harris be honorable enough to accept this clipping as bona fide, and to take my explanation of July 1 as a true explanation, then there will be owing to me a sincere apology from Mr. Frank Harris. This apology, in the nature of the case, must be as public as has been his violent charges concerning my veracity, my honesty, and my sanity," he goes on to write that Harris "is a bully of the pen and the printed page. He is a yellow journalist," in an article in the April 14, 1909 issue of Vanity Fair titled "How Mr. Jack London Writes A Novel" Harris outlined his proof of the infraction, see The Letters of Jack London, p. 825. Very good. JD 34269
$350.00

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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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