Baker, Ira Lee and Scarborough, Franklin S., From Chinaberry Trees to China Grove (Salisbury Printing Co, 1st ed. 1989). Centennial history of the Rowan County, North Carolina town. Hardcover, no dust jacket, blue board with black illustrated cover. Very good condition. Octavo, 246 pp. Autographed by both authors. HBB price: $75.
Baldacci, David, The Winner (Warner Books, 1st ed., 1st printing, December 1997). ISBN 0-446-52259-7. A woman on her way to a John Grisham novel gets hijacked by this tale of a rigged $100m lottery prize. Hardcover, unclipped dust jacket, autographed on title page. Border’s “autographed by author” sticker on the front end pages. Very good condition: $35.
Berendt, John, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (Random House, 1994). ISBN 0-679-42922-0. “The Book,” they call it in Savannah. This shaggy dog tale wraps around a murder trial, but the stars are locals like drag artist Lady Chablis, who- after playing herself in the film version, announced she expected to be the first performer in history to win Best Supporting Actor and Actress. Hardcover, unclipped dust jacket, very good condition. Autographed at Clary’s Cafe’ in Savannah. HBB price: $35.
Blake, Sarah, The Postmistress (Berkley, 1st trade paperback ed., 1st printing, February 2011). ISBN 978-0-425-23869-1. Novel telling the interwoven tales of a small-town, Massachusetts coastal postmistress and a woman broadcasting war news from London in 1940. Very good condition; autographed on the title page. HBB price: $$19.95.
Boyington, Col. Gregory “Pappy”, Baa Baa Black Sheep (Fresno: WIlson Press, 1958, 17th printing). LOC 58-12060. Memoir by the Marine aviator (1912-88) whose Black Sheep Squadron made headlines in the South Pacific during World War II and became the basis for a 1976-78 NBC series. Inscribed on the half-title page in 1984. Fair condition; some warping to the back pages of the book. HBB price: $25.
Brinkerhoff, Peter C., Faith-Based Management: Leading Organizations That Are Based On More Than Just Mission (John Wiley, 1st ed., 1st printing, 1999). ISBN 0-471-31544-3. First-of-of-its-kind guide to managing in the environments that make faith organizations different from the average nonprofit. Hardcover unclipped dust jacket, very good condition, autographed. HBB price: $50.
Brown, Alton, I'm Just Here For The Food (Stewart Tabori & Chang, 1st ed., 1st printing, 2002). ISBN 1-58479-083-0. The irrepressible Food Network host’s first cookbook, “one for people who would rather understand their food than follow a recipe.” Ohhhh….kay. Hardcover, oversized, unclipped dust jacket, very good condition, autographed. HBB price: $35.
Buckley, Reid, Speaking in Public: Buckley’s Techniques for Winning Arguments and Getting Your Points Across (National Review Books, 2nd ed, 1st printing, 1988). ISBN 0-06-015930-8. Brother of William F. Buckley, Jr., Reid (1930-2014) ran the Buckley School of Public Speaking in South Carolina and wrote books and articles in his brother’s considerable shadow. Includes tops on crushing your opposition and how to tell Mike Wallace to go to Hell. Hardcover, unclipped dust jacket, very good condition. Inscribed on the end papers, “7-VI-95 for William B. O’Boyle w/best wishes, Reid Buckley.” HBB price: $25.
Buckley, William F., Jr., Overdrive: A Personal Documentary (Doubleday & Co., 1st ed., 1983). ISBN 0-385-18269-4. The celebrated conservative activist/writer documented a week in his life in this book. Reviewing it in The New York Times, Nora Ephron concluded, “A boy born to a small oil fortune grows up to be a man with three homes, five in help, a wife on the best-dressed list and the secure belief that even his preference in peanut butter will be of interest to his fans. His attitude toward life is so cheerful and good-natured - and what's more, he's right about the peanut butter - that it seems almost churlish to point out that it is possible to spend too much time in a limousine. The English used to say, give an Irishman a horse and he'll vote Tory, but never mind.” Hardcover, unclipped dust jacket, good condition, autographed on bookplate. HBB price: $35.
Bush, Barbara, A Memoir (Lisa Drew Books/Scribners, 1st ed., 1st printing, 1994). ISBN 0-202-519275-2. The matriarch of the political dynasty tells of her life with George and all the Bushes. Autographed on title page. Hardcover, unclipped dust jacket, very good condition. HBB price: $50.
Chapman, Jim, The Call of the Wild Wasn’t Long Distance: A Collection of Essays From The Back Porch (Gainesville (GA) Times, 1st ed., paperback, 2003). Collection of over 125 reports from Chapman’s “Back Porch” column between 1999 and 2003). Chapman’s comic talents are on full display in this assemblage of observations on Southern life by the syndicated writer. Very good condition; inscribed on the title page. Scarce and much-sought. HBB price: $75.
Child, Julia; Bertholle, Louisette; Beck, Simone; Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Vol. 2 (Alfred A. Knopf, 1st ed, 1st/2nd printings before publication, 3rd printing, December, 1970). First mention of “asbestos cement” at the bottom of page 71. LOC 61-12313. The sequel to the classic that catapulted Child to fame, covers seven subjects: soups; baking; meats; chickens: charcuterie; veg; and desserts. Hardcover, no dust jacket, good condition; a small divot out at the top of the spine.
Title page and logo printed in blue. 7.25” x 10.25”. HBB price: $25.
Child, Julia; Bertholle, Louisette; Beck, Simone; Mastering the Art of French Cooking (Vol.1); Child, Julia; and Beck, Simone, Mastering the Art of French Cooking (Vol. 2). Knopf, 1961, 1970; first book club edition (title page and logo for Ecole Des 3 Gourmandes is in black, not red). No dust jacket. Very good condition. Inscribed by Julia Child and her husband, Paul Child, who illustrated both books. Envelope address tag for owner on front end page of each. HBB price: $500 the set.
Child, Julia, From Julia’s Child’s Kitchen (Knopf, 1975, stated 1st. ed., 1975). ISBN 0-394-48071-6. Hardcover, unclipped dust jacket with some wear and tear to edges. Book condition very good. Signed by both Julia Child and her husband/illustrator, Paul Child without her trademark inscription, “Bon Appetit!” Envelope address tag for owner on front end page. HBB price: $300.
Child, Julia, Julia Child & Company (Knopf, 1st ed, 1978). ISBN 0-394-73532-3. Paperback, 8.5” x. 11”. Julia Child is said to have commented she hated to see copies of her books without cooking stains on them. This one would make her happy; the covers indicate close proximity to the owner’s mise en place. The colorfully-illustrated text, however, is in very good shape. Inscribed by both Julia and Paul Child- without her signature “Bon Appetit!” on the title page. A number of recipes and articles are laid in. HBB price: $200.
Child, Julia, The Way to Cook (Alfred A. Knopf, 1st ed., 1st printing, 1989). ISBN 0-394-53264-3. An innovative cookbook organized around how to cook something basic (chicken, anyone? poach an egg?), with variations thereon. As entertaining as Julia can be in print. Illustrations everywhere. Hardcover; quarto, unclipped dust jacket, inscribed on the half-title page. Very good condition. 511 pp. HBB price: $195.
Clements, A.C. , The Mystical Poetry of Thomas Traherne (Harvard, 1st. ed., 1969) ISBN 674-59750-8. HBB price: $25. A reconsideration of the mystical English poet (c. 1636-1674).
SPECIAL ATTRIBUTES : Inscribed and signed by the author to a colleague, Prof. Glenn Burne. Academic hardcover published for the trade; contains a Preface, an introduction, notes and an index; [xii] + 232 pages; approximately 5 1/2" x 8 1/4"; pale yellow cloth covered boards with title lettered in green on the spine; printed dust-jacket.
Exterior — clean and presentable ... exceptionally well-preserved
Binding — Solid
Interior — Clean and unmarked throughout. Signed inscription from the author on the front fly-leaf : "To Glenn, with the hope that in reading this book you may find much of the pleasure that I did in writing it. Art." Burne was a highly respected scholar and professor. He retired as chair of the English Department of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
The dustjacket has modest surface rub and a bit of nicking and tears about the edges. the spine panel extremities have soft impact abrasion and creasing and the spine panel itself is a bit darkened - the reverse of the jacket is toned - basically clean and presentable. The whole looks nice under an archival mylar cover.
Conroy, Pat, The Prince of Tides (Houghton Mifflin, 1st ed., 1st printing, 1986). ISBN 0-395-35300-9. Searing tale of a South Carolina Low Country family worthy of a Eugene O’Neill play. Hardcover, unclipped dust jacket, mylar cover, fine condition. inscribed to Charlotte NC arts maven Gladys Lavitan. HBB price: $350.
Conroy, Pat, My Losing Season (Nan Talese/Doubleday, 1st ed., 1st printing, 2002). ISBN 0-385-48912-9. The author of Prince of Tides recalls his senior year on The Citadel’s basketball team. Hardcover, unclipped dust jacket, very good condition, autographed on title page. HBB price: $100.
Coy, John, Night Driving (Henry Holt, 1996, 1st ed. 3rd printing). ISBN 0-8050-2931-1. A small boy recalls an overnight drive with his dad for a camping trip in the mountains, circa 1950. Magical illustrations by Peter McCarty. Hardcover, unclipped dust jacket, very good condition, autographed. HBB price: $25.
Crothers, Tim, The Man Watching: A Biography of Anson Dorrance, the Unlikely Architect of the Greatest College Sports Dynasty Ever (Sports Media Group, 1st. ed, later printing, 2006). ISBN 978-1-58726-434-4. Eighteen national championships and a 94% win rate seem to back up the claim at the University of North Carolina’s women’s soccer team is about as good as they get. Hardcover, dust jacket price clipped, very good condition, autographed by Crothers and Dorrance. HBB price $35.
Dole, Elizabeth, Hearts Touched With Fire: My 500 Favorite Inspirational Quotations (Carroll & Graf, 1st ed., 2004). Bon mots collected by the NC native, former senator, cabinet officer, presidential candidate and American Red Cross president over her long career in public service. Hardcover, unclipped dust jacket, almost fine condition, 8” x 6”. Autographed on the title page at a Salisbury NC bookstore, February 19, 2005. HBB price: $15.
Edgerton, Clyde, Where Trouble Sleeps, (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 1997, 1st ed. 1st printing). ISBN 1-56512-06102. The saga of Listre, NC continues as a stoplight gets installed and outsiders start showing up. Hardcover, unclipped dust jacket, very good condition, autographed. HBB price: $25.
Edgerton, Clyde, The Floatplane Notebooks (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 1st ed., 1988). ISBN 0-945575-00-9. Another in the series of tales set in Listre, North Carolina, this novel chronicles the Copeland family as they gather, through the generations, each May to clean up the family graveyard.Anyone who’s ever been to such an event will know how true this story rings. Excellent, as-new copy; hardcover with unclipped dust jacket. Signed by the author on the half-title page. Christmas, 1988 inscription on the front paper. HBB price: $100.
Ellroy, James, My Dark Places: An L.A. Crime Memoir (Alfred A. Knopf, 1st ed., 1996). ISBN 0-679-44185-9. The author of The Black Dahlia sets out to close the file on his mother’s murder unsolved after 38 years. Hardcover, octavo, unclipped dust jacket, very good condition. “Signed by the Author” sticker on front of dust jacket. HBB price: $200.
Ervin, Senator Sam, Humor of A Country Lawyer (University of North Carolina Press, 1st ed., 1983). ISBN 0-8078-1566-7. Reminiscences by the famed chair of the Watergate Committee. Hardcover, unclipped dust jacket, good condition, inscribed “To Bruce Wofford, with all good wishes” and dated October 23, 1983. HBB price: $40.
Flynn, Vince, Transfer of Power (Pocket Books, 1st ed, 3rd printing, 1999). ISBN 0-671-02315-9. Killing machine Mitch Rapp tears up the rule book yet again, and tunnels come in handy. Hardcover, unclipped dust jacket, fine condition, autographed bookplate on half title page as “Vincent J. Flynn.” Transfer of Power is the first of Flynn’s novels featuring secret agent Rapp. Flynn died in 2013, three months after being diagnosed with prostate cancer. HBB price: $300.
Frazier, Charles, Nightwoods (Random House, 1st ed., 1st printing, 2011). ISBN 978-1-4000-6709-1. A gripping tale of an Appalachian woman Luce, who inherits her murdered sister’s troubled twins. By the author of Cold Mountain. Hardcover, unclipped dust jacket, very good condition, autographed. HBB price: $75.
Gagarine, Marie, From Stolnoy to Spartanburg: The two worlds of a former Russian princess (Sandlapper Press, 1st ed., 1971). ISBN 0-87844-001-1. The memoirs of a granddaughter to the Czarina Alexandra’s “states-lady”: a sort of chief of staff- whose family lost all in the whirlwind of the Revolution and ended up on the faculty of Wofford College in South Carolina. Includes an account of life at court with the last of the Romanovs.Hardcover, no dust jacket, very good condition. Inscribed by the author on the front papers. Octavo, 138 pp. Rare. HBB price: $150.
Gardner, Lawrence, Lost Secrets of the Sacred Ark: Amazing Revelations of the Incredible Power of Gold (Hammersmith/London: Element Books, 1st ed. 4th printing, 2003). ISBN 0-00-714259-1. Monatomic gold, teleportation, and other things most often discussed on Coast to Coast AM. Hardcover, unclipped dust jacket, fine condition, autographed on the half title. HBB $50.
Garreau, Joel, The Nine Nations of North America (Houghton Mifflin, 1st ed., 1st printing, 1981). ISBN 0-395-29124-0. This enormously-discussed book proposed breaking the US, Mexico and Canada into nine countries based on geographic and socioeconomic affinities. Given the “great sorting” that has gone on since and the increasing vogue for seccesh talk on the political right, its day may be returning. Hardcover, no dust jacket, good condition, underlined text by previous owner. Autographed. HBB price: $20.
Graham, Rev. Dr. Billy, Peace With God: How To Choose In The Hour of Decision, (Doubleday & Co, 1953, later reprinting). LOC 53-5967. An early work by the renowned evangelist, reissued after his famous 1957 New York Crusade that drew some 2m people. The book sold more than 2m copies and was re-issued in a revised version in 1984. Hardcover, unclipped dust jacket, very good condition, autographed. HBB price: $250.
Gray, Rose and Rogers, Ruth, River Cafe Pocket Books: Salads & Vegetables; Pasta & Ravioli; Fish & Shellfish; Puddings, Cakes and Ice Creams (Ebury Books, 1st. ed., 1st printing, 2006). ISBN 00919437X. Fine set of four paperbacks (9’ x 5”), in a clear case, by the owners of London’s famed River Cafe in Hammersmith. Autographed by both authors Rogers and Gray (1939-2010) are famous for their interpretations of Italian cuisine and a generation of famous chefs they trained, including Jamie Oliver. Very good condition. HBB price: 39.95.
Green, Julien, Terre Lointaine (Love in America) (Paris: Bernard Grasset, Editeur, 1966). Julien Green (1900-1998), almost unknown in the United States, was an American writer who spent most of his life in France. His voluminous output of novels, memoirs and diaries won such favor in the francophone world that he was the first non-native elected to the French Academy. This book is the third of his autobiographical works and tells the story of an unfulfilled love affair during his time at the University of Virginia, 1919-22: "I believed I was the only one of my kind. I only discovered many years later what was going on there every day and night. `What, didn't you realize?' Yet all the proprieties were observed to the T and, having eyes that were apparently not meant to see, I persevered in my unbelievable ignorance. There is a great deal to be said about the effects of my blindness for it prolonged the end of my childhood and encouraged a late development which it was difficult to catch up with, yet it also helped to preserve many qualities which I would otherwise have lost: a way of looking at the world in all its newness, as if I had just discovered it and above all, I firmly believe, a living faith. . . ."And would I not feel rather ashamed about regretting all this physical delight that I never knew and which would have been so easy to procure? I would be lying if I wrote that I did not regret it. . . . I cannot pretend that a shameful lament for the passionate delights of which my youth deprived me did not well up from the darkest regions of my soul. I know that all that is most Christian in me protests, but mankind is nevertheless a structure of several stories. We praise God from the roof-tops, but what is going on in the gloom of the cellar?"
A convert to Catholicism at 14, Green wrestled all his very long life to reconcile his homosexuality with his faith, and many of his works of fiction deal with private moral failures and public hypocrisies. A personal crisis in the mid-1950s magnified his focus on spiritual issues. The French title is derived from a line in a poem by Villon: “In my country was a distant land.” This paperback (4.75” x 7.5”) is inscribed on the title page from Green to the late UNC-Charlotte dean Glenn S. Burne. Good Condition; some sun fading on the yellow cover boards. HBB price: $175.
Green, Ron, Shouting At The Amen Corner: The Masters- Dispatches from the World’s Greatest Greatest Golf Tournament (A SportsMasters Book, Sports Publishing Inc., 1999, 1st ed.). ISBN 1-58382-018-3. Charlotte Observer columnist collects 45 years of Masters articles. Hardcover, unclipped dust jacket, very good condition, autographed. HBB price: $25.
Kuralt, Charles, On the Road With Charles Kuralt (G.P. Putnam’s, 1985, 1st ed., 20th printing, 1985). ISBN 0-399-13087-X. 92 of Kuralt’s travel pieces from 1967 onward. Hardcover, unclipped dust jacket, good condition, autographed. HBB price: $25.
Kuralt, Charles, Dateline America (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1st ed., second printing, 1979). A collection of pieces from the CBS Radio series, “Dateline America,” begun by Kuralt in 1972, with photos by Mark Chester. Inscribed on the title page,”To Larry and Linda- Best wishes! Charles Kuralt.” 10” x. 9”, hardcover, unclipped dust jacket with two tears and some other edge wear on the front dust jacket. HBB price: $25.
Grizzle, Ralph, Remembering Charles Kuralt (Kenilworth Media, 1st ed., 2000). ISBN 0-9679096-0-0. Oral historian and Our State contributing editor Grizzle assembled this collection of reminiscences by friends of the veteran CBS journalist (1934-1997). Hardcover, unclipped dust jacket, very good condition. Inscribed, “To Brother Fred, Happy Birthday and hope you enjoy! With warmest regards, Ralph Grizzle,” on the half title. HBB price: $20.
Hanchett, Thomas W., Sorting Out the New South City: Race, Class, and Urban Development in Charlotte, 1875-1975 (UNC Press, 1st ed., 1st printing, 1998). ISBN 0-8078-4677-5. Fascinating account of how Charlotte did not begin as a deliberately segregated city, but became one over time, through the rise of large manufacturing companies, new travel technologies, and- finally- urban renewal finding, which allowed civic leaders to resort the city’s residents on opposite sides of the city. Trade paperback, 9.25” x 6”, 380 pp. Very good condition. Autographed on the title page.
House, Silas, Clay’s Quilt (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 1st ed., 1st printing, 2001). ISBN 1-56512-307-7. Fine tale of an orphaned Kentucky coal miner’s efforts to find a life and a family of his own. Hardcover, unclipped dust jacket, very good condition, autographed. HBB price: $45.
Housholder, Bob, editor, Grand Slam of North American Wild Sheep (Imperial Lithographers/Roswell Bookbinding, 2nd printing, May 1974). A collection of tales by ten members of the Grand Slam Club of the North American Sheep Hunters Association, describing what it was like to be among the fifty or so hunters to bag all four North American rams. Hardcover with gold lettering/ram’s head on cover and spine, no dust jacket, very good condition, affectionately inscribed by contributor Dr. Roy A. Schultz,DVM to Russ Reid, “one of the best sheep outfitters and sheep guides on the North American Continent!!!” in September, 1977. HBB price: $100.
Howe, Gordie & Colleen, “...and Howe! An Authorized Biography (Power Play Publications, 1995, 3rd printing), ISBN 0-9647149-0-6. The famed hockey star and his wife look back. SIgned by both. Hardcover, unclipped dust jacket, very good condition. HBB price: $75.
Hughs, Rev. G. Carswell, First Church Sermons 1972-1982 (First Presbyterian Church, Charlotte, 1st ed., May 1982). Privately printed under a bequest by Beulah Wallace Grier, a member from 1899 to 1978. Thirty sermons from the first ten years ministry of a popular pastor. Hardcover, no dust jacket, privately printed, autographed. HBB price: $35.
Kane, Harnett T., Queen New Orleans: City By The River (William Morrow, 1st ed., 1949). “The Poet Laureate of Louisiana” pens a raucous, affectionate portrait of The Big Easy. Hardcover, unclipped dust jacket, mylar cover, very good condition, inscribed to Charlotte NC arts maven Gladys Lavitan. HBB price: $60.
Kane, Harnett T., The Gallant Mrs. Stonewall (Doubleday & Co., 1st ed. 1957). LOC 57-11426. A biography of the wife and widow of Civil War General Stonewall Jackson, whose long and eventful life ended in Charlotte, NC in 1915. Hardcover, unclipped dust jacket, mylar cover, very good condition. Inscribed by the author to Charlotte NC arts maven Gladys Lavitan, May 14, 1957. HBB price: $50.
Kanin, Garson, Remembering Mr. Maugham (Athenaeum, 1st ed., 1966). LOC 66-23574. The celebrated American playwright/director’s memories of British writer W. Somerset Maugham. Hardcover, unclipped dust jacket, clear mylar cover, good condition, inscribed to film producer Robert Evans. Evans produced “Harold and Maude” and “Rosemary’s Baby,” both star vehicles for Kanin’s wife, actress Ruth Gordon. HBB price: $200.
Love III, Davis, Every Shot I Take: Lessons Learned About Golf, Life, And A Father’s Love (Simon & Schuster, 1st ed., 2nd printing, 1997). ISBN 0-684-83400-6. Memoir by the popular professional golfer, inscribed on the end papers. Hardcover, octavo, 204 pp., unclipped dust jacket. Very good condition. HBB price: $24.99.
McCorkle, Jill, Tending to Virginia (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 1st ed., 1987). ISBN 0-912697-65-2. Lumberton NC native McCorkle made an explosive debut, publishing two novels on the same day at age 25. Here she offers a familiar plot- women of the three generations of a family sort things out pending the arrival of the fourth- but told in her own, remarkable way. Hardcover, unclipped dust jacket, very good condition. Inscribed on the title by the author, in Lumberton, New Year’s Day 1988. HBB price: $24.99.
McCullough, Colleen, Caesar’s Women (William Morrow, 1st ed. 1st printing, 1996). ISBN 0-688-09731-X. Absorbing tale of the ten years of Julius Caesar’s rise to power in Republican Rome. One of a series of novels by the author of The Thorn Birds on the first emperor’s life and times. Extravagantly autographed on the title page. Hardcover, unclipped dust jacket, very good condition. 696 pp. HBB price: $50.
McKissick, John (with Billy G. Baker), Called To Coach II (United Graphics, 2004, 1st ed, #1688 of 3100 copies, 2004). ISBN 09759948-0-8. A book of “life lessons” from the winningest high school football coach in America. McKissick became head coach at Summerville, SC High School in 1952 and has remained there ever since. Hardcover, unclipped dust jacket, very good condition, autographed. HBB price: $75.
McKuen, Rod, ...and Autumn Came (Cheval Books, 1st ed., limited edition, signed and numbered by the author, November, 1969). LOC 72-105891. Very fine limited edition of McKuen’s first, 1954, collection of poetry. Folio size, linen boards on fine paper; gilt title plate on cover. Illustrations by Anthony Goldschmidt. Copy number B-601. McKuen (1933-2015) was one of the most popular mid-20th century American poets and songwriters. HBB price: $95.
Morelock, Horace Wilson Big Bend Panorama: Observations, Speeches and Reflections of a Pioneer College President (The Naylor Co., San Antonio, 1st ed. 1953). Born in Cleo, Tennessee in 1873, Horace Morlock migrated to Texas to become a school superintendent in 1904, took his MA from Harvard, and in 1922 became the second president of what is now Sul Ross University, then all of two years old. Morelock spent 23 years at the helm, building and then defending the college from the Texas legislature, while becoming a part of the fabric of the Big Bend Country. At 80 he collected essays, articles and reminiscences of his times into this interesting and rare volume; this copy is inscribed to his sister-in-law in October, 1953. Morelock continued as Sul Ross’ president emeritus until he died, at 93, in 1966. Hardcover, red boards with a yellow dust jacket; some tears around the head and at the edges. Black and white photos; indexed. HBB price: $20.
Moseley, J. Rufus, Manifest Victory: A Quest and A Testimony (Harper & Bros., 1947). Born in Elkin, NC, educated at Peabody, Mercer,Harvard and Heidelberg, Rufus Moseley (1870-1954) was a leading mid-20th century American Christian mystic. From 1910 he gave up his professorship at Mercer and spent the rest of his life living off the proceeds of his pecan grove near Macon, GA, and contributed an occasional column to The Macon Telegraph. He wrote two highly successful books; Manifest Victory is a sort of Augustinian confession. Hardcover, unclipped dust jacket, good condition, autographed. Rare. Inscribed to “Brother R.A. Taylor” in February 1950. HBB price: $150.
Peters, Tom, Re-imagine! Business Excellence in a Disruptive Age (Dorling Kindersley, 1st ed., 1st printing, 2003). ISBN 0-7894-9647-X. Former McKinsey consultant Peters, whose 1982 book In Search of Excellence set publishing records, has made a remarkable career explaining how things change so fast you need to disregard his last book and get the current one- until things change again and the next one comes along. Hardcover, quarto, unclipped dust jacket, autographed by Peters on the front end pages. HBB price: $24.99.
Pinsky, Robert, The Figured Wheel: New & Collected Poems 1966-1996 (Farrar Straus Giroux 1996, 1st ed.) ISBN 0-374-15493-7. Former US poet laureate’s collected works. Inscribed on the title page. Hardcover, unclipped dust jacket, very good condition. HBB price: $60.
Proper, Datus C., Pheasants of the Mind: A Hunter’s Search for A Mythic Bird (Prentice Hall Press, 1st ed., 1st printing, 1990). ISBN 0-13-662750-1. A Montana naturalist philosopher (“It is impossible to read this without being reminded of Garrison Keillor at his best,” famed food writer M.F.K. Fisher wrote), contemplates nature and the challenges of hunting for pheasant. Hardcover, unclipped dust jacket, very good condition, autographed. HBB price: $75.
Reed, Ralph, Politically Incorrect: The Emerging Faith Factor in American Politics (Word, 1st ed., 1st printing, 1994). ISBN 0-8499-1172-9. Ralph Reed, the wunderkind of the religious right in the 1980s and’90s, offers his one-volume version of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. The themes are the same, twenty years on, but the examples are different: in 1994, Reed found homosexuality worth only two mentions. Hardcover, unclipped dust jacket, inscribed on the half-title page. Very good condition, as if unread. HBB price: $10.
Rogers, John R. and Amy T., Charlotte: Its Historic Neighborhoods (Arcadia Publishing/Images of America series, 1st ed. 1996). ISBN 0-7524-0515-2. Lavishly illustrated, well-researched account of Charlotte’s inner, “streetcar” suburbs. Softcover, very good condition, autographed by both authors. HBB price: $50.
Sanders, Zoe D., Entertaining at The College of Charleston (The College of Charleston Foundation, 1st ed., 1998). ISBN 0-9638620-1-4. A former president’s wife records, “through pictures, text, menus and recipes her gracious and elegant style of entertaining,” in pursuit of her goal that the College “live up to Charleston’s fine and rich culinary heritage of entertaining.” Lavishly illustrated. Hardcover, unclipped dust jacket, very good condition, autographed. HBB price $35.
Sedaris, Amy, I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence (Warner Books, 1st ed., 1st printing, 2006). ISBN 13: 978-0-446-57884-4. Helpful tips and recipes. Want to train nosy guests not to be? Fill your medicine cabinet with marbles. Hardcover, oversized, unclipped dust jacket, autographed. HBB price: $25.
Skloot, Floyd, The Open Door, (Story Line Press, 1st, ed. 1st printing, softcover, 1997). ISBN 1-885266-48-0. Henry’s book guy, Lin, writes, “When I was a college senior reviewing poetry submissions to the college magazine 38 years ago, I was amazed by the work of a man called Floyd Skloot. He was working for state government in Minnesota, and sent us a packet of poetry about bureaucracy! Since then, he’s fought back from chronic fatigue syndrome and produced more remarkable work. The Open Door is his third novel and shows us how two boys, growing up in a Jewish enclave in Brooklyn io the 1950s, grow up and deal with the unplanned inheritance of their parents’ physical and emotional abuse. Octavo, 199 pp. Very good condition. Inscribed by the author on the half title page, signed on the title page. HBB price: $25.
Speizman, Morris, This Week’s Miracle (Charlotte, NC: Heritage Printers, 1968). LOC 68-29086. Morris Speizman was born in Lodz, Poland in 1905. Six months later, his family immigrated to the United States. He attended the Philadelphia School of Textiles. In 1936, he and his wife, Sylvia Valenstein, came to Charlotte and founded Speizman Industries, Inc., a textile machinery company. In addition to his business, Speizman was very active in the Jewish and civic communities. As an author, he wrote This Week's Miracle, Our World To Come (Charlotte: Graham Publishing Co., 1975), The Jews of Charlotte (Charlotte: McNally & Loftin, 1978), and Some Things I Wish I Had Said--And Some I Did! (Charlotte: Graham Publishing Co., 1983). He died in Charlotte on July 25, 1987 and was buried in the Hebrew Cemetery. A well-written series of short essays on life and business. Valuable as a portrayal of the now-vanished textile industry economy in the Southeast. Speizman was a friend and correspondent with Charlotte author and editor Harry Golden; his papers are in the UNC-Charlotte library. Paperback, 8.5” x 5.5”, very good condition, autographed. HBB price: $25.
Stone, Irving, The Origin: A Biographic Novel of Charles Darwin (Doubleday, 1st ed., 1980). ISBN 0-385-12064-8). The famed biographical novelist (Michelangelo, Van Gogh, Schliemann), takes on the father of evolution. Hardcover, unclipped dust jacket, sunning on the spine, very good condition. Octavo, 743 pp. Autographed on the half-title. HBB price $65.
Styron, William, Sophie’s Choice (Random House, 1st ed., 1979). ISBN 0-394-46109-6. The remarkable, bestselling tale of a Southern boy and a Polish death camp survivor who meet in post-war New York. Hardcover, price clipped dust jacket in mylar cover. Signed on the front endpapers by the owner, Charlotte NC arts maven Gladys Lavitan, inscribed to her by Styron on the half-title. HBB price: $125.
Talese, Gay, Unto the Sons (Knopf, 1992, 1st ed.). ISBN 0-679-4130401. Sweeping saga of the Italian-American experience in the 20th century. Hardcover, unclipped dust jacket, very good condition, autographed. HBB price: $75.
Tallant, Robert, Mrs. Candy Strikes It Rich (Doubleday & Co., 1954, 1st ed.). LOC 54-7663. Comic Mardi Gras romp featuring the social-climbing, nouveau-riche Mrs. Eustacia Candy Petit of Cairo Street, N’awlins. Third of a series of Mrs. Candy comedies. Hardcover, unclipped dust jacket, good condition, inscribed to Charlotte NC arts maven Gladys Lavitan. HBB price: $50.
Taubert, Clifton L., Once Upon A Time When We Were Colored (Council Oak Books, 1st ed., 19890. ISBN 0-933031-19-X. A Tulsa businessman looks back on his childhood in segregation times, in the little town of Glen Allan, Mississippi. Elegantly laid out, with lots of photos. An engrossing read about a time and place long gone. Hardcover, unclipped dust jacket, very good condition, autographed. HBB price: $20.
Timberlake, Bob and Erwin, Mark, Life’s Lessons: Lines of Wisdom from a Faithful Stream (Goosepen Studio & Press, 1st ed., 2012). ISBN 978-0-09793631-6-0. A fine collection of inspirational quotations, illustrated by Timberlake art in color. Hardcover, unclipped dust jacket. HBB price $50.
Traunfeld, Jerry, The Herbfarm Cookbook (Scribner, 1st ed., 7th printing, 2000). ISBN 0-684-83976-8. A reservation for one of Traunfeld’s nine-course meals at The Herbfarm, east of Seattle, is a foodie’s bucket-lister. Trainfeld’s innovative use of herbs in everything he cooks is creative and its effects of dazzling. Hardcover, unclipped dust jacket, very good condition. Autographed opposite the title page. HBB price: $39.95.
Twain, Shania, From This Moment On (Atria Books, 1st edition, second printing, 2011). ISBN 978-1-4516-2074-0. The autobiography of one of the leading pop music stars of the last quarter century. Hardcover, unclipped dustjacket with crease in back flap. Very good condition. Inscribed on the front end paper, “Lindz- you’re the best! XXOO’s Shania Twain.” 424 pp., color illustrations. HBB price: $30.
Walsh, Christy, Baseball’s Greatest Lineup (A.S. Barnes & Co., 1st ed., 1952). LOC 52-8286. Christy Walsh, a cartoonist and sportswriter, saw the future of baseball one day, and its name was Babe Ruth. He dogged Ruth to see him for two years, and when he finally got in, he asked Ruth how much he’d been paid for a newspaper article. “Five dollars.” “I can get you a hundred,” Walsh replied, and for the next 27 years he made Ruth a wealthy man through better contract negotiations and product endorsements. Walsh was the first great sports superagent, representing the cream of American sports- Ty Cobb, Knute Rockne and Lou Gehrig, among others. Baseball’s Greatest Lineup is a collection of profiles of sportswriters’ picks for baseball’s greatest, 1900 to 1950. Thoughtful, funny, the book makes you think Walsh invented fantasy baseball as well. Hardcover, no dust jacket, very good condition. Autographed with a Walsh caricature of himself, for Wilton Garrison, longtime sports editor of The Charlotte Observer. HBB price: $100.
Wedgwood, Barbara and Hensleigh, The Wedgwood Circle 1730-1897: Four Generations of a Family and Their Friends (London: Studio Vista/Cassell, 1980). ISBN 0-289-70892-3. A family history, published to mark the 250th anniversary of the birth of Josiah Wedgwood. Inscribed on the title page by both authors. Hardcover, unclipped dust jacket with a little wear. Very good condition. 386 pp. HBB price: $50.
White, Vanna, Vanna Speaks (Warner Books, 1st ed., 1st printing, May, 1987). ISBN 0-446-51366-0. So ubiquitous was Vanna White in American popular culture after Wheel of Fortune began in 1983, there was a bestseller called Vanna Karenina. The Oregonian newspaper did a front page redesign featuring a column running down the left side: an index to the interior. At the top of the column was a daily celebrity photo, and the first was...Vanna White. Around Portland that space in the paper became known as “the Vanna Box,” irrespective of who appeared in it. Here the turner of letters turns woman of letters. Hardcover, unclipped dustjacket, as new condition overall. Inscribed on the half title page. HBB price: $35.
Yardley, Jonathan, Our Kind of People: The Story of An American Family (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1st ed., 1st printing, 1989. ISBN 1-55584-174-0. NC native, book critic and Pulitzer Prize winner’s story of his family, centering around his parents’ half-century marriage. Hardcover, unclipped dust jacket, very good condition. Presentation copy inscribed to Charlotte NC-based jazz musician and songwriter Loonis McGlohon. HBB price: $75.