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Visit the South Pasadena Public Library
1100 Oxley St.
South Pasadena
California, 91030

Silent Auction
Auction lots are located in a display case
near the library's entrance  

Click here for a peek at the next Silent Auction

Beginning October 25th and ending at 12:00 p.m. on November 22nd, 2014
the following ten (10) auction items will be near the
Library's entrance with numbered bidding cards nearby.
Winning bidders will be notified by telephone.

1. The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway, Scribner's Sons, New York, 1952.
First edition, first printing. Dust jacket Good; a few small tears. All first issue points present: Scribner's seal and "A" on copyright page. Blue cloth with silver lettering. No markings in book from previous owners. The silver lettering on spine is bright with very minor wear. Cloth boards have almost no fading or soiling. Not book club edition. A nicely preserved copy.This iconic tale of man's struggle with nature and with himself, and the density of discernible themes, will reel you in. They won Hemingway the Pulitzer and no doubt influenced the Nobel Prize, too. You will not find this book at this price again!
Minimum Bid $100 Minimum Raise $10.
2. The Gallery of Engravings, Volumes 2 and 3 (of 3 issued), edited by Wright and Timperley, Fisher,Son & Co.,London, dated by Preface, 1846.
No dust jackets. Half bound, corner and spines scuffed. Interior has sporadic foxing, browning, but hinges tight. Many distinctive engravings - portraits of famous people, literary scenes, and landscapes - many protected by tissue guards. Illustrations are juxtaposed with short poems and essays. Two for...
Minimum Bid $25 Minimum Raise $5
3. Lost King of Oz, Ruth Plumly Thompson, Reilly & Lee, Co., Chicago, 1925. #19 of canon.
No dust jacket. All twelve full color plates. Condition
Good. Dorothy is accidentally transported to Hollywood where she meets Humpy, a live stunt dummy, and brings him back to Oz.
Minimum Bid $20 Minimum Raise $5
4. The Giant Horse of Oz, 1st pub.1928. Ruth Plumly Thompson. Reilly & Lee, Chicago.This may be later printing from 30s. Canon #22.
No dust jacket. No color plates: many black and white illustrations. Features Trot, from the Sea Fairies and Sky Island.
Minimum Bid $15 Minimum Raise $3
5. Lowney's Cook Book, Maria Willett Howard, Lowney, Boston, 1908, revised from orig. ed. of 1907.
No dust jacket. Top and bottom of spine rubbed, otherwise Good. Another early cookbook standby, put out by the Walter M. Lowney Chocolate Co., which later became Hershey's. Along with a well compiled treasury of American/Edwardian recipes, there is much vital information herein, such as: a listing of a butler's duties, and rules for the cover (settings) for the formal dinner - no less than 10 courses, natch. You cannot do without this.
Minimum Bid $7 Minimum Raise $3
6. Victory at Midway, Griffith Baily Coale, Farrah & Rinehart, 1944
No dust jacket. Condition Good. Written and quite luminously illustrated primarily by US Navy artists, who show that there is beauty and hope even in the midst of war. The point of view of the text is unique and the reproduced sketches and oil paintings are stunning in their immediacy. If it is art and/or history you want, both are here in good measure.
As a bonus, here is a copy of the CINCPAC Guide to the Western Pacific, 1945, put out for American forces.
Minimum Bid $12 Minimum Raise $3
7. "I was there" with the Yanks in France, C. Leroy Baldridge, together with verses by Hilmar R. Baukhage, Putnam's Sons, New York, 1919.
No dust jacket. Unstated 1st edition. Edges chafed, corner tips bumped. Interior Good. Fine, evocative black and white illustrations, with a few in color, by Baldridge (later better known as illustrator Cyrus LeRoy) interspersed with moving verses by Baukhage - both volunteers in the US Army during World War I. A graphic memoir of their time on the Western Front - 1917 - 1919. This is a rare find.
Minimum Bid $20 Minimum Raise $3
8. Three issues of Nam magazine, Marvel Comics, New World Company, New York, all 1987:
April V1 #5, June V1 #7, July V1 #8.
Paper, Fair to Good condition. Stories of the Vietnam war. All three for ...
Minimum Bid $10 Minimum Raise $3.
9. The D-Day Experience, Richard Holmes, in association with the Imperial War Museum, Carlton Books, London. 2010.
No dust jacket, as issued. 1st edition. Simply the best-ever short introduction to the importance of D-Day: 63 pages of photographs, maps, etc. with facsimile documents in pockets that bring these dramatic events to life. Exciting, absorbing.
Minimum Bid $10 Minimum Raise $3
10. Revolt in the Desert, T.E. Lawrence, Black Dog & Leventhal, 2004.
Very Good, dust jacket and Book. Here's a chance to get a great reprint copy of a classic (orig. pub. 1926), at a low cost. (Note: R. in the D. is actually an abridgement of Seven Pillars of Wisdom, also 1926). Lawrence played a significant role in the Arab Revolt against the Turks in 1916 - 1917. His huge range of associations and activities were even more glorified by his own telling of the tale, the sensationalized reporting of Lowell Thomas, and the 1962 film based on his World War I doings. Still - this is very much worth reading, for a greater understanding of Lawrence himself and of tangled Middle East history.
Minimum Bid $5 Minimum Raise $3.


Beginning November 22nd and ending at 12:00 p.m. on December 20th, 2014
the following ten (10) auction items will be near the
Library's entrance with numbered bidding cards nearby.
Winning bidders will be notified by telephone.


1.  Charles F. Lummis: Crusader in Corduroy, Dudley Gordon, Cultural Assets Press, L. A., 1972.
Book Good, dust jacket Fair to Good, minor tears. Signed by author. He is little written about, but one of the major saviors and preservationists of California - responsible in large part for saving the Redwoods and several of the Missions. (cf. Vroman in Pasadena). And he thought men should be comfortable in their business attire, hence the corduroy of the title!
Minimum Bid $10 Minimum Raise $3
2.  Two paperbound - Old Pasadena Then and Now, Fred Hartley, 1997 AND Altadena's Golden Years, Robert Peterson, 1976.
Both in Good condition. No dust jackets. Old Pasadena is a pictorial chronicle and guide to the city's significant commercial buildings; Altadena contains more than 250 photographs of the community's landmarks, events, and people. Both contain all kinds of unusual and fascinating "stuff."
Minimum Bid $7 Minimum Raise $3

3.  The San Bernardinos, John Robinson, Big Santa Anita Historical Society, Arcadia, Cal., 1989. 1st Printing.
Book Good, dust jacket Fair; has tears and folds. Illustrated with more than 300 photographs and drawings; map endpapers. Comprehensive and readable history that underscores the importance of this range - overlooking the San Bernardino Valley to the south, the Mojave desert to the north, and the Joshua Tree country to the east - in two centuries of changing use.
Minimum Bid $10 Minimum Raise $3
4.  San Francisco's Chinatown, Charles Dobie, Appleton-Century, New York, 1936 AND Romantic Cities of California, Hildegarde Hawthorne, Appleton Century, N.Y., 1943.
Books Good. Dust jackets Fair. Part of justly famous Appleton-C.'s series of books on American cities, and illustrated by equally well known artist E. H. Suydam - Romantic Cities include Hollywood and Pasadena, incidentally . Two for the price of one:
Minimum Bid $12 Minimum Raise $3
5.  The Works, Jim Henson, text by Christopher Finch, Random House, N.Y. lst Edition, 1993. Book and dust jacket Very Good. As the subtitle says: his Art, Magic, Imagination - all aspects of Jim Henson's creative genius here. A ground-breaking collection and a must-have for Muppet fans.
Minimum Bid $15 Minimum Raise $5
6.  A Barrel of Laughs A Vale of Tears, Jules Feiffer, HarperCollins, 1995, 1st Edition, signed by author.
Book and dust jacket Very Good. Purportedly for young readers, it is more of a children's book for adults. A modern twist on a fairy tale bildungsroman - and as with many such quests, the seeker does not get exactly what he sought, he gets something better!
Minimum Bid $15 Minimum Raise $3
7.  Los Angeles Blue Book 1971, ed. & publ. Mrs. William Hord Richardson.
No dust jacket. Book Good. (AKA The Debrett's of L.A.!) From the point of view of social history and development of different parts of the country, interesting to note the radical difference between the east coast and west coast blue books (social registers) - who is in and who is out. Have this on your coffee table and no one can resist a peek AND The New Blue Book of Favorite Songs, Hall & McCreary, Minn., 1941, from America the Beautiful to The Star Spangled Banner with 300 popular songs in between. For both:
Minimum Bid $10 Minimum Raise $5
8.  Beam Ends, Errol Flynn, Longman's, Green & Co., N.Y., 1937, lst Edition, 2nd Printing.
No dust jacket. What ho! Dashing and jolly throughout...Flynn and two friends muddle through, sailing in the not so well known territory of the Coral Sea; still cannibals there. Fun reading. Take a chance, only ...
Minimum Bid $5 Minimum Raise $3

9.  Fairy Tales Every Child Should Know, ed. Hamilton Wright Mabie, illustrated by Mary Hamilton Frye, Garden City Pub., N.Y. 1915.
Book Good. No dust jacket. Delightful stories but somewhat advanced vocabulary. Many are Grimm's fairy tales, and some are grim, but a little judicious pruning by the reader and everything turns out okay. Good for Grandma to have around.
Minimum Bid $5 Minimum Raise $3
10.  Child Star, Shirley Temple Black, McGraw Hill, 1988, unstated lst printing.
Signed on front endpaper. Book and dust jacket Very Good. American icon finally brings out her autobiography, setting the record straight and providing many new details (although surely not all of them personal recollections) of life as a miniature star. Fascinating background to an earlier Hollywood. Well worth
Minimum Bid $20 Minimum Raise $5

South Pasadena Public Library, 1100 Oxley Street,
is open seven days a week:
Monday-Wednesday 11:00 am to 9:00 pm; Thursday and Friday, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm;
Saturday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. and Sunday 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

The Friends Bookstore is located on the library's second floor, accessible by elevator.

Auction items are located in a display case near the Library's entrance
with bidding cards nearby.

The sale is sponsored by the Friends Bookstore volunteers, who
operate the bookstore on the library's second floor.

page update 11-18-2014

The South Pasadena Public Library
is located at 1100 Oxley Street
Monday through Wednesday from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm
Thursday and Friday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Saturday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

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