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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.

Browse Books Listed by Author's Name
NoAuthor A Ba-Bn Bo-Bz C D E F Film G Ha Hb-Hz King IJK
London L M NO P Photo QR Steinbeck Steinbeckiana Stegner S T UV WXYZ

Browse Armed Services Editions Books Listed by Issue Numbers
ABCD EFG HIJ K L M N O P Q R ST 655-699 700-799 800-899 900-999 1000-1322

[Steinbeckiana] Anonymous. A Novelist Wins the Critics' Prize for Best Play of the Year. Chicago, Life, May 2, 1938, first edition, wrappers. Softcover. The article notes that John Steinbeck's play, Of Mice and Men, won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award, page 32, also includes two photos from the play, also includes a large photo of Steinbeck (then probably working on The Grapes of Wrath) with text noting that he still had not seen the play dramatization, not recorded by Goldstone & Payne or Morrow. Near fine. JD28442
$35.00
[Steinbeckiana] Anonymous. Barred. NY, Newsweek, November 27, 1939, first edition, wrappers. Softcover. This short piece is listed under the "Transitions" column, page 42, which notes that John Steinbeck's novel, The Grapes of Wrath, was banned by an Illinois library board on grounds of obscenity, the board also ordered that its three copies of the book be burned, not recorded by Goldstone & Payne or Morrow. Near fine. JD28420
$20.00
[Steinbeckiana] Anonymous. Books. NY, The New Yorker, April 15, 1939, first edition, wrappers. Softcover. Includes a review of John Steinbeck's masterpiece, The Grapes of Wrath, pages 101-102, not recorded by Goldstone & Payne or Morrow. Fine. JD28397
$20.00
[Steinbeckiana] Anonymous. Collier's 1965 Year Book. n.p. (NY), Crowell-Collier, 1965, first edition. This hardcover was issued without dust jacket, it covers the year 1964, it notes that John Steinbeck's visit to Finland caused considerable discussion, page 234, it also notes that he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, page 454, not recorded by Goldstone & Payne or Morrow. Very good. JD28573
$10.00
[Steinbeckiana] Anonymous. History-Question Mark. Chicago, The Book Collector's Packet, June 1939, first edition, wrappers. Softcover. This monthly miscellany of fine press books, bibliography, typography, etc. was printed and published by The Black Cat Press which also printed Harry Thornton Moore's The Novels of John Steinbeck, this anecdotal section, "By A Wife," page 16, notes that she has been busy, "...the Steinbeck title alone being more than enough to keep me busy. Novels of John Steinbeck, a study of his writings and bibliography, is having a wide sale, for many people consider Steinbeck to best of the present day writers," not recorded by Goldstone & Payne or Morrow. Fine. JD28399
$45.00
[Steinbeckiana] Anonymous. Of Mice and Men: New Yorkers Flock to See A Brutal Stage Murder. Chicago, Life, December 13, 1937, first edition, wrappers. Softcover. Text about and photos of the Broadway production of John Steinbeck's play, pages 44-46, not recorded by Goldstone & Payne or Morrow. Good. JD28441
$25.00
[Steinbeckiana] Anonymous. Publisher's Note. n.p. (NY), n.p. (Viking), n.d. (1940), first edition, wrappers. Softcover. This is an appendix added to the12th printing of John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath detailing the book's first year after its initial publication April 14, 1939, 8 pages, includes a bibliography at the end, this separate printing is not recorded by Goldstone & Payne or Morrow. Very good. JD28483
$35.00
[Armed Services Editions] Anonymous. Soldier Art. NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1945), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover. No. 739 in this important series, these are prize winners in a Special Services art contest, reproduced in both color and b&w, issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World War II American GI, scarce. Spine fade, else very good. JD32760
$20.00
[Steinbeckiana] Anonymous. Steinbeck: Prophet With Honor In His Country. San Francisco, The Coast, December 1937, first edition, wrappers. Softcover. General text about Steinbeck, page 14, with a full-page photo of him by Sonya Noskowiak, page 15, this is the Vol. 1, No. 1 issue, scarce, although there is nothing by Steinbeck, it is recorded in Goldstone & Payne as C25, G&P states this is his first periodical recognition, not recorded by Morrow, this copy stamped SAMPLE on front cover. Very good. JD31856
$75.00
[Steinbeckiana] Anonymous. The Golden Home and High School Encyclopedia. NY, Golden Press, 1961, first edition. Decorative boards, issued without dust jacket, this is Vol. 17 of a set, includes a brief biography and photo of John Steinbeck, page 2434, not recorded by Goldstone & Payne or Morrow, bookplate of noted bibliophile Jackie Koenig. Very good plus. JD28552
$10.00
[Steinbeckiana] Anonymous. The Grapes of Wrath. Des Moines, Look, January 16, 1940, first edition, wrappers. Softcover. Article previews the John Ford film version of John Steinbeck's masterpiece novel, pages 52-55, text illustrated with still photos from the film and a map which traces the Joad family's trek, story teaser and Steinbeck photo page 3, not recorded by Goldstone & Payne or Morrow. Very good-plus. JD28443
$30.00
[Steinbeckiana] Anonymous. The Grapes of Wrath. Philadelphia, Click, March 1941, first edition, wrappers. Softcover. Back cover advertises John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath, along with Pride and Prejudice, as best sellers available to new members of the Book League of America, not recorded by Goldstone & Payne or Morrow. Near fine. JD28451
$15.00
[Miscellaneous] Anonymous. The Holy Bible. London, Nonesuch Press, 1963, first edition, first printing, dust jackets. Hardcover. Three volumes of the authorized (or King James version of 1611) Bible, reprinted with the Apocrypha, with reproductions of 105 of the 16th Century woodcuts of Bernard Salomon, Vol. I is thre Old Testament Genesis to Kings, Vol. II is the Old Testament Chronicles to Malachi, Vol. II is the News Testament followed by the Apocrypha of the Old Testament. Fine. JD33021
$100.00
[Steinbeckiana] Anonymous. The National Book Awards. NY, National Book Foundation, 1992, first edition, wrappers. Softcover. It lists finalists and winners from 1950 to 1991, it also notes those who were given special citations, it notes that John Steinbneck was nominated for East of Eden in 1953, page 5, and also for Sweet Thursday in 1955, page 6. Fine. JD28955
$12.50
[Steinbeckiana] Anonymous. untitled. NY, Theatre Arts, March 1940, first edition, wrappers. Softcover. Includes brief text on the film version of Of Mice and Men, 213, illustrated with a photo that shows stars Burgess Meredith and Lon Chaney, Jr., also includes brief text on the film version of The Grapes of Wrath, 214, illustrated with a photo from the film, front cover illustrated by James Thurber (from The Male Animal). Very good. JD32253
$15.00
[Steinbeckiana] Anonymous. Viva Zapata!. London, Picture Show & Film Pictorial, April 26, 1952, first edition, wrappers. Softcover. This is a "paper for people who go to pictures," includes an 11-photo array from the film that starred Marlon Brando, Jean Peters, and Anthony Quinn, all of whom are pictured, page 8, Brando and his success is also mentioned on page 3, the magazine cover features a huge close up of Brando and Peters, not recorded by Goldstone & Payne or Morrow. Rusted staples, very good. JD28435
$35.00
[Modern Literature] Anonymous. Voices of the Rio Grande. n.p. (Albuquerque) , Rio Grande Writers Association, 1976, first edition, first printing, wrappers. Softcover. These are selections from the first Rio Grande Writers Conference, introduction by James A. Fisher, Jr., includes a photo of Tony Hillerman and his The Third of April, a selection from the first chapter of Listening Woman, Hieb bibliography D3, this copy Signed by Hillerman, also includes John Nichols, Rudolfo Anaya, and others. Fine. JD33433
$75.00

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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.

Browse Books Listed by Author's Name
NoAuthor A Ba-Bn Bo-Bz C D E F Film G Ha Hb-Hz King IJK
London L M NO P Photo QR Steinbeck Steinbeckiana Stegner S T UV WXYZ

Browse Armed Services Editions Books Listed by Issue Numbers
ABCD EFG HIJ K L M N O P Q R ST 655-699 700-799 800-899 900-999 1000-1322