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James M. Dourgarian, Bookman
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2341 Hickory Drive
Concord, CA 94520

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). The Snark. Oakland, Central Bank of Oakland, 1907, first edition. This is a check written and signed by Jack London made out to Columbia Machine Works for a whopping $1,046.16 (in 1907 dollars!) paying for the supplemental engine for London's sketch, The Snark, now housed within a wood and glass frame that measures c.21X24 inches, London's nonfiction book, The Cruise of the Snark, chronicles his 1907 ill-fated sailing adventure across the South Pacific accompanied by his wife, Charmian, and a small crew that included adventurer Martin Johnson, the building of The Snark began in 1906, this 45-foot yacht was named after Lewis Carroll's 1876 poem, The Hunting of the Snark, while she sailed primarily by wind/sail power, there was a supplemental 70 horsepower engine built by Columbia Machine Works, The Snark left San Francisco Bay on April 23, 1907, just a year after the great San Francisco earthquake, the check cleared the same day they set off on this adventure, also within this frame is a photo of both London and Charmian aboard The Snark and another of it at sea, there is another photo of two men next to the engine, lastly there is a clipping from "New San Francisco Magazine" by Mary Edith Griswold titled The Sailing of the Snark that also features individual photos of both Charmian and Jack London, the final page of that story is matted and attached to the back of the frame. Not examined out of the frame, very good. JD 35546


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