Rare Book Lore · Selections from the Letters of Ernest J. Wessen · By Ernest J. Wessen · Edited by Jack Matthews

Ernest J. Wessen was one of the legendary rare bookmen of the mid-twentieth century, and his letters, like his famous catalogs, Midland Notes, are a treasure of Americana.

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The Collected Letters of George Gissing Volume 2 · 1881–1885 · By George Gissing · Edited by Paul F. Mattheisen, Arthur C. Young, and Pierre Coustillas

For many years, the only Gissing letters available to the public were those in the modest selection of letters to his family published in 1927. In the following years a good number were published separately in such places as journals, memoirs, and sales catalogues, but like the single and small groups of unpublished letters scattered in libraries around the world, they remained in practical terms inaccessible.

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The Collected Letters of George Gissing Volume 1 · 1863–1880 · By George Gissing · Edited by Paul F. Mattheisen, Arthur C. Young, and Pierre Coustillas

For many years, the only Gissing letters available to the public were those in the modest selection of letters to his family published in 1927. In the following years a good number were published separately in such places as journals, memoirs, and sales catalogues, but like the single and small groups of unpublished letters scattered in libraries around the world, they remained in practical terms inaccessible.

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Mafeking Diary · A Black Man's View of a White Man's War · By Sol T. Plaatje · Edited by John Comaroff

“Sol Plaatje's Mafeking Diary is a document of enduring importance and fascination. The product of a young black South African court interpreter, just turned 23 years old when he started writing, it opens an entirely new vista on the famous Siege of Mafeking.

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Memoirs of a Bookman · By Jack Matthews

These memoirs are the reminiscences of Jack Matthews: his adventures in seeking out, collecting, and reading old and rare books, along with reflections upon time, memory, and other mysteries.

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Written in Water · The Life of Benjamin Harrison Eaton · By Jane E. Norris

Much of the nineteenth-century western history comes to life in the retelling of the Benjamin Eaton story. The excitement of the 1859 Gold Rush, the ill-fated Baker expedition into the San Juans, the Civil War of the West at Valverde and Glorietta Pass, the 1864 Indian uprisings along the Platte River Trail, and the valiant struggles of the Union Colonist in 1870 are among the events interwoven in his memorable life.



Returning to the Scene · Blake Edwards Volume 2 · By William Luhr and Peter Lehman

In Volume 2 of their treatment of Blake Edwards’ work, William Luhr and Peter Lehman have continued their critical analysis of the films of one of the United States’ most prolific contemporary film directors.

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Blake Edwards · By Peter Lehman and William Luhr

Until the extraordinary critical and commercial success of “10,” Blake Edwards was mostly known as the director of the immensely popular Pink Panther films. The character of Inspector Clouseau, as played by Peter Sellers, has, in the estimation of some critics, joined the ranks of such classic comic personae as Chaplin’s tramp and Keaton’s stone-faced clown.

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Breaking With Burr · Harman Blennerhassett’s Journal, 1807 · By Harman Blennerhassett · Edited by Raymond E. Fitch

First complete publication, newly transcribed from the manuscript, of Harman Blennerhassett’s private diary of his detention pending his trial for treason.

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Life, Journals and Correspondence of Rev. Manasseh Cutler, L L. D. · By Julia P. Cutler and William P. Cutler

A fascinating description of the processes that laid the foundations for civilization in the Ohio Valley.

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The Japanese Experience in Indonesia · Selected Memoirs of 1942-1945 · By Anthony Reid · Edited by Oki Akira

Although the wartime Japanese military administration of Indonesia was critical to the making of modern Indonesia, it remains shrouded in mystery, in part because of the systematic destruction of records following the Japanese surrender.

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The Little Lion of the Southwest · A Life of Manuel Antonio Chaves · By Marc Simmons

Manuel Antonio Chaves’ life straddled three eras of New Mexican history: he was born (1818) at the tag end of the Spanish colonial period, he grew to manhood in the rough and heady days of the Santa Fe trade during the quarter century of Mexican rule (1821-1846), and he spent his mature years under the territorial regime established by the United States.

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Antonin Artaud · Man of Vision · By Bettina L. Knapp · Preface by Anaïs Nin

The extraordinary actor–director–writer who developed his talent for self-torture into art to become one of the most vital creative forces of the century.

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Samuel Seabury 1729–1796 · A Study in the High Church Tradition · By Bruce E. Steiner

The year 1722/23 saw what, in the denominational usage of New Englanders, was called the Great Apostacy. The Rector of the recently founded College of Yale, and three of his colleagues, sought and received ordination from the Bishop of London. They came back as paid missionaries of the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts, zealous for the establishment of an American episcopal succession. Into this new group of missionaries Samuel Seabury was born in 1729.

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