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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] Abramson, Ben (editor). Reading and Collecting. Chicago, Reading and Collecting, December 1936 through March 1938, first edition, wrappers. Softcover. This is a complete run of this very important bibliographic/book collecting periodical edited by the legendary Ben Abramson who was one of the first to champion John Steinbeck, from Vol. 1, No. 1 to Vol. 2, No. 3, all issues, Steinbeck is specifically mentioned in the Vol. 1, No. 1 December 1936 issue, pages 4-5, 18, as well as in the March 1937 issue, page 13, the May 1937 issue, page 25, and the November 1937 issue, page 25, contributors include William Saroyan, August Derleth, and Vincent Starrett, very scarce, especially as a complete run, Goldstone & Payne G1, not recorded by Morrow, this was Steinbeck bibliographer Adrian Goldstone's copy with his bookplate, these 15 issues are bound in three-quarters morocco over red cloth, featuring five raised bands, gilt decor, and marbled endpapers, these are among the many articles: Ward Ritchie: Printer by Lawrence Clark Powell, H. P. Lovecraft: A Literoddity by August Derleth, Erskine Caldwell by P. S. Weil, H. M. Tomlinson by Herbert Faulkner West, W. Somerset Maugham by Claude McIver, Another Side of D. H. Lawrence by Harry Thornton Moore, Rockwell Kent by Emma R. Martin, Rare Books in the Newberry Library by Gertrude Loop Woodward, Kay Boyle: An Appreciation by Katherine F. Hirsh, Conrad by Lew Britten, Arthur Machen by August Derleth, William Sayoyan Get to Town by Saroyan, and many others. Rear panel of binding is dampstained with minor peeling of cloth, not affecting the contents, plus corner wear. JD 35673


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