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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. Typed Letter (Unsigned). n.p., Jack London, July 29, 1910, first edition. Two pages, 46/31 lines, this carbon copy is an "open letter" to "Police Judge (George) Samuels" with whom London had a rather public and nasty feud which eventually ended with the judge leaving the court, London had been jumped and beaten earlier and ended up in the court of Judge Samuel, London doesn't hold back, writing "You will remember that you treated me rather scurvily in your little courtroom a few days ago," he goes on "You knew, in your heart of hearts, unless you were incredibly stupid, that the story I told on the witness stand in your courtroom was the simple truth," apparently London had been beaten by Tim Muldowney and others, but Judge Samuels "discharged" them both, this same Judge Samuels years earlier pronounced London guilty and fined him $5 for riding his bicycle after dark without a light, London thought the judge had bullied and ill treated him in court, "You played the cheap, unfair, bullying game that police judges and magistrates have played in the Anglo-Saxon world for a score of generations before you and yours entered said Anglo-Saxon world and embraced its unfair practices," London concludes by writing that he will "get" the judge, this is one of 10 copies made of this letter and one of the two retained by London himself, a day earlier in a letter to his wife, Charmian, he asks her to make 10 copies with one going to the judge himself as well as the Examiner, Call, Chronicle, Bulletin, Post, Tribune and Enquirer (all Bay Area newspapers), the letter to Charmian ends with "...the more I think of that cowardly, oily Jew, the angrier do I get about it. I'm going after him and if I don't do anything else, someday I'll bankrupt him in the business game. Watch my smoke," see The Letters of Jack London p. 916. Very good. JD 34270


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