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Fiction

Challenger
—Patsey Gray

Published 1959 by Coward-McCann, Inc.
Second printing
Out-of-print
217 pages
11 grayscale illustrations by Sam Savitt
Dimensions: 9″ H x 6″ W x .5″ D

An ex-library hardcover in good condition. Boards are somewhat worn and scuffed with corner dings. No dust jacket. The book has a noticeable spine slant, but the binding is still in good shape, though there appears to have been a library repair to the title page as a bit of tape is visible. Interior is clean other than expected library stamps. A name has been written large on the front endpaper. The rear endpaper has been torn out of the book.

Please note that if you would prefer a nice collectible 2nd printing with dust jacket, I will be listing one later, but it will cost more!

$24 postage paid via USPS Media Mail


Tall and Proud
—Vian Smith

Published in 1966 by Doubleday & Company, Inc.
First American edition hardcover
Out-of-print
159 pages
10 black and white illustrations
Illustrated by Don Stivers
Dimensions: 8.5″ H x 5.75″ W x .75″ D

Condition is very good. The book is NOT ex-library. Boards are clean and crisp with slight corner dings. Endpapers are clean. Pages are clean with no writing. Binding is good, with a slight bit of spine slant.

Dust jacket is good, with some scuffing and minor edgewear. Chips at top and bottom of spine. It is NOT price clipped. The DJ is now in mylar for protection.

$32 postage paid by USPS Media Mail


Come Down the Mountain
—Vian Smith

Published in 1967 by Doubleday & Company, Inc.
First American edition hardcover
Out-of-print
212 pages
Dimensions: 8.5″ H x 5.75″ W x 1″ D

Condition is very good. A pre-owned book, NOT ex-library. Boards are clean and crisp with barely noticeable corner dings. Pages are clean with no writing. There is a stamp on the front end paper. Binding is nice but there is a slight spine slant.

Dust jacket is good, with minor surface scuffing and edge wear. There is slight creasing at top and bottom edges and slight tears at top and bottom of spine area. It is NOT price clipped. A photograph of the author is featured on the inside back flap. The DJ is now in mylar for protection.

$16 postage paid via USPS Media Mail


George and his Horse, Bill
—Reese Fell Alsop

Published 1948 by Dodd, Mead & Company
Out-of-print
27 black and white line art illustrations
Illustrated by Paul Brown
164 pages
Dimensions: 8″ H x 5.25″W x 1″ D

An ex-library hardcover, but other than the usual stamps, stickers, card pocket, etc., quite clean. No dust jacket. Boards sturdy with corner dings. A slight spine slant. Binding is nice and tight. Pages generally clean, a few might have light soil. A great reading copy of a rare book!

$36 postage paid via USPS Media Mail


Non-Fiction

SOLD
The Devil Made the Small Town
—Dorothy Lyons

Published by Kimberly Press
First printing August 1983
ISBN: 0-9611728-0-0
Out-of-print
140 pages
Two interior pages of photo montage
Dimensions: 9″ H x 6″ W x .5″ D

An exceedingly rare book! Don’t believe me? Go try to find a copy.

The condition is good, there is some noticeable creasing near the spine, not unusual for a softcover and this book was only issued as a softcover. There is some slight discoloration on the front cover, looks sort of like the sprockets from a photo film negative strips, only larger, best seen in the title area, but it does occurs in a strip that runs from top to bottom. Interior is clean, binding good.

There are however, printing issues that should be mentioned. These have nothing to do with condition, but everything to do with the publisher and are just a fact of this title. It’s speculative, but I believe the publisher, Kimberly Press, may have been a vanity press. Dorothy wrote this book late in life, and at the behest of her family.

There are a large number of typos, including two chapter 4 headings (one of which heads what should have been chapter 5). So don’t worry, there’s no text missing! Most serious publishers do better proofreading. It’s possible that Dorothy herself marketed and sold her book after it was printed. She lived in Santa Barbara and on the inside back cover, there’s a red ink stamp stating the book is only available through Box 60155, Santa Barbara, CA with price, CA tax and shipping listed.

Still, I enjoyed reading the book in spite of the printing errors! Most of our horse and pony book authors don’t have any type of autobiography or memoir out there and it was fun to get a glimpse of the author’s experiences.

$36 postage paid via USPS Media Mail