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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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[Steinbeckiana] Steinbeck, Carol. Letters (photo-copied). Carmel/Los Gatos, Carol Steinbeck (Brown), n.d., 1976, first editions (photo-copied). The first letter (1976) is to antiquarian bookseller Peter Howard of Serendipity Books in Berkeley, CA thanking him for some books, she goes on to discuss poems she wrote that were eventually published by the gay press Manroot in 1976 titled The Collected Poems of Amnesia Glasscock, that were attributed to John Steinbeck, she writes, "I wrote the silly damn verse while John was hard at work and I was trapped in that tiny house. I bound up a typed carbon copy, called it "A Slim Volume to End Slim Volumes," and gave it to John as a joke," adding that she gave nine of the poems to a "little press" using the name Amnesia Glasscock, "It was all a joke, until these boobs decided, with no cause or research, that they had uncovered a hitherto unknown lode of Steinbeck and proceded to pirate them although the copyright had been renewed," this includes a typed copy to accompany the copied autograph letter signed, together with a photo-copy of another autographed letter signed from Carol, undated, to a Miss Lawton (?) expressing sympathy for Mr. Steinbeck and also declining to have him sign photographs, together with a typed letter signed (photo-copied) to a Mr. Hartman, undated, declining his request to sign a copy of The Grapes of Wrath, noting that "the increasing volume of such requests has forced him (John) to abandon the practice, except for family and intimate friends". Very good with some of Mr. Howard's bookseller notations. JD 35562


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