April 16, 2014

Rare Book Roundup: 16 April 2014

In an effort to get more titles from our rare book collection listed and for sale online this year, CCLaP is now doing smaller descriptions and posting auctions more often. Here below is a round-up of the latest. Remember, if you're coming across this in the future and the eBay auction has ended, you can always contact us directly at cclapcenter [at] gmail.com for more on the book's current sale status, and to place an order.

Like I Was Sayin'..., by Mike Royko, First Edition First Printing

Like I Was Sayin'..., by Mike Royko, First Edition First Printing

Like I Was Sayin'..., by Mike Royko, First Edition First Printing

Like I Was Sayin'..., by Mike Royko, First Edition First Printing

Like I Was Sayin'..., by Mike Royko, First Edition First Printing

Like I Was Sayin'..., by Mike Royko, First Edition First Printing

Like I Was Sayin'...
By Mike Royko (1985)
First Edition, First Printing

DESCRIPTION: It seems almost like a relic of a bygone age by now, but there was still a point even up to the 1990s when the hard-hitting, truth-at-all-costs newspaper journalist was a revered archetype among a large swath of the population; and not only did Chicago eventually come to typify the place for such gritty truth-tellers, but within Chicago it was Mike Royko who came to virtually define the archetype, a Pulitzer winner thought of in almost godlike terms by his blue-collar, union-liberal fans, and whose many columns were eventually republished as standalone books over the course of his career. This one from 1985 was his sixth, a continuation of sorts from his popular previous title, 1983's Sez Who? Sez Me, and covers various columns written from 1967 to 1984 at a total of three different papers, including his odes to the then-recently deceased Nelson Algren and John Belushi. A nice title at an inexpensive price which is perfect for any Royko fan, or fans of newspaper journalism in general.

CONDITION: Text: Very Good (VG). In general still in great shape, except for a bit of yellowing to the top spine fabric, and the corner cut off the front inside endpaper. Dust jacket: Very Good (VG). In great shape from the standpoint of condition, but now with all edges starting to turn yellow, and "200" written in ballpoint ink in the front inside flap. Stated "First Edition" on copyright page; inclusion of "1" in printing record confirms this as a First Printing as well.

PROVENANCE: Acquired by CCLaP in February 2014, at the Beecher Book Fair in Illinois.

MINIMUM BID: US$20 / BUY THIS MOMENT FOR $40 To the eBay auction

One L, by Scott Turow

One L, by Scott Turow

One L, by Scott Turow

One L, by Scott Turow

One L, by Scott Turow

One L, by Scott Turow

One L, by Scott Turow

One L
By Scott Turow (1977)
First Edition, Third Printing

DESCRIPTION: Long before he become a popular author of legal-themed fictional thrillers, Scott Turow wrote this 1977 nonfiction title, a memoir of his turbulent first year at Harvard Law School that still sells thousands of copies a year, and is considered an insider's must-read for any young lawyer. Published in the same years as The Paper Chase, and one of the books that started the craze for human-interest law stories in those years among the general population, this scarce title continues to become harder and harder to secure with each passing year, a great inexpensive investment for the serious collector with the long-term view in mind.

CONDITION: Text: Very Good Plus (VG+). Very similar to how it appeared new, except for some light spotting along the top edges (not on the inside), and a gift inscription from the previous owner written in ink on the front inside endpaper. Dust jacket: Very Good Minus (VG-). The condition of the dust jacket is still great; but since this is a colored cover printed on white paper, the small creases along its edges are extra noticeable, plus with a quarter-inch tear on the top front, a clipped pricetag on the front inside flap, and a white back cover that is slightly dirty. As stated on the copyright page, this is from the third printing of the book's first edition.

PROVENANCE: Acquired by CCLaP in February 2014, at the Beecher Book Fair in Illinois.

MINIMUM BID: US$20 / BUY THIS MOMENT FOR $40 To the eBay auction

Try and Stop Me, by Bennett Cerf, First Edition First Printing SIGNED

Try and Stop Me, by Bennett Cerf, First Edition First Printing SIGNED

Try and Stop Me, by Bennett Cerf, First Edition First Printing SIGNED

Try and Stop Me, by Bennett Cerf, First Edition First Printing SIGNED

Try and Stop Me, by Bennett Cerf, First Edition First Printing SIGNED

Try and Stop Me, by Bennett Cerf, First Edition First Printing SIGNED

Try and Stop Me, by Bennett Cerf, First Edition First Printing SIGNED

Try and Stop Me, by Bennett Cerf, First Edition First Printing SIGNED

Try and Stop Me, by Bennett Cerf, First Edition First Printing SIGNED

Try and Stop Me, by Bennett Cerf, First Edition First Printing SIGNED

Try and Stop Me
By Bennett Cerf (1944)
SIGNED, First Edition, First Printing

DESCRIPTION: Bennett Cerf was known for many things in his time--the founder of Random House, a regular on both the talk-show and quiz-show circuits, a globetrotting bad boy who only got into publishing in the first place so to hang out with hard-drinking artists--but one of the things he was most known for among the larger population was his love of corny humor, and for using the power at his disposal as a publisher to release a whole series of joke books over the course of his life. And this one from 1944 was his very first, with illustrations by his buddy Carl Rose, often groan-inducing by definition but a wonderful historical snapshot of Modernism as it morphed from its early stages into the Mid-Century blend, and of what people were finding funny while in the middle of World War Two. In more delicate shape than normal, because of the restrictions in paper quality during the war, this signed volume is nonetheless a great addition to any humorist's library, especially at the inexpensive price it's being sold for today.

CONDITION: Text: Good Plus (G+). Clean covers and a tight spine, but in general showing the kind of yellowing and other signs of aging you would expect from a book this old, as well as a small puncture in the fabric on the spine. Dust jacket: Fair. As mentioned, severe restrictions in paper thickness and quality were placed on publishers during World War Two, and this book's dust jacket is in the same delicate condition as most other books from these years are as well, with large chunks missing along the top edges and general small holes throughout, although at least with all panels still solidly connected. Now protected by a Demco mylar sheet. SIGNED on the front inside endpaper, just above a bookplate for previous owner John D. Fleming. As confirmed by the McBride Guide to the Identification of First Editions, an agreement of date on the title page and copyright page, plus a lack of further printing notices, makes this a first edition, first printing.

PROVENANCE: Acquired by CCLaP in September 2013, at the Oak Park Book Fair in Illinois.

MINIMUM BID: US$20 / BUY THIS MOMENT FOR $40 To the eBay auction

Filed by Jason Pettus at 12:05 PM, April 16, 2014. Filed under: CCLaP Rare | Literature | Profiles |