The Minnesota Antiquarian Book Fair will be held on June 27 – 28, 2014 in the Progress Center at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds (see map at bottom of this post). Over fifty exhibitors from across the country will be offering antiquarian, fine, and rare books in nearly every field, including first editions, fine bindings, vintage books & advertising, ephemera, maps, and more.
Following is a list of items that we know dealers will be bringing that we want, if you are interested in helping us build our Collection.
Thanks, hope to see you there!
From Jeffrey Marks Rare Books:
- A wall hanging constructed of state fair prize cattle ribbons, 1902-1911, from Minnesota, New York, and Illinois. $500
- Elmer Gantry poster; about 22 x 28 inches; priced $450
- “Man From Main Street” pageant placard, printed on light board, 18 x 12 inches, priced $150
- A beautifully printed poster advertising The John Leslie Co. Paper Warehouse of Minneapolis, priced $100.
- A great autograph letter signed of F. Scott Fitzgerald. It is not published in Turnbull’s compilation, and it is early, and quite interesting in content. He writes from Princeton on Feb. 29, 1920, to Luce’s Press Clipping Bureau in New York, describing himself as “a brand new author” who “must have a clipping bureau” since his “first novel This Side of Paradise appears on March 26th (Chas. Scribner’s Sons)” and describing his forthcoming stories as well. He is particularly interested in clippings from the St. Paul and Minneapolis papers, requesting the clipping service to start right away and for them to send him a bill for the service, signed, “Very truly yours / F. Scott Fitzgerald.” It was docketed by a recipient in blue pencil: “Referred to ACB without reply [without reply is underlined] N. office 3-1-20.” It is on one page, framed, priced $12,500.
From Rulon-Miller Books:
- [Ally Press.] Macahdo, Antonio. I never wanted fame. 10 poems & proverbs translated by Robert Bly. St. Paul: Ally Press, May, 1979. First edition limited to 1,626 copies, oblong 12mo, pp. x; title page vignette by Randall W. Scholes; original blue pictorial wrappers, fine. Ally Press Translation series no. 2. $25
- [BROADSHEET, Minnesota.] Cheap railroad lands of Minnesota and South Dakota. The great wheat, corn, and cattle country… Fond du Lac, Wis.: P. B. Haber Printing House, n.d., ca. 1880s. Large broadsheet, printed in metal and wooden type in red and black on 2 sides, approx. 24″ x 9″, offering “over a half million acres of grand forests” and “large quantities of cleared land.” One side of the broadsheet offers lands in Wisconsin and Michigan, and the other Minnesota and South Dakota. All the offerings are for land owned by the Chicago & Northwestern Railway Co. Apparently unrecorded. $950
- BURGER, WARREN E. [Dinner menu and program for:] Community recognition dinner. St. Paul: Saint Paul Hilton, August 19, 1969. $500
- BURGER, WARREN E. Installation of Warren E. Burger, Chief Justice of the United States [cover title]. Washington, D.C.: 1969. 8vo, 10-p. program, string bound inside larger illustrated wrappers, inscribed on the front “To Harvey T. Reid, for a most valued friend, counselor. and companion of riding trails and good dining – and for Agnes – with greetings & best wishes, Warren E. Burger, Washington August 21, 1969.” $750
- BURGER, WARREN E. One page autograph letter signed on Chief Justice of the Supreme Court stationery. Washington, D.C.: n.d. [but likely late 1969]. In full: “Dear Harvey and Agnes, The St. Paul visit was hectic and exhausting but the warmth of the welcome left us with a glow that will never entirely go away. Now comes the work but the loyalty of friends & their good wishes will help sustain us. Sincerely, Warren.” 8vo, integral leaf attacked; fine. $500
- [Dakota Indians.] Heap of Birds, Edgar. Building Minnesota [heading title]. [Minneapolis: Walker Arts Center, 1990]. Promotional pamphlet for an exhibition commissioned by the Walker Art Center; includes a short essay by Joan Rothfuss. $30
- DYLAN, BOB (i.e. Robert Zimmerman). One page autograph manuscript signed. n.p.: 1973. Small 8vo (approx. 8½ x 6 inches), in black Flair pen, and apparently torn from a larger sheet; 3 small holes not significantly affecting any legibility, otherwise very good. A typically enigmatic inscription: “Proud of you” (in a hand-drawn box at the top, to the right of which is a small drawing of a face) / “You never sniffed drainpipes but you [two words crossed out] have a good [one word crossed out] grasp of the alphabet – Highway 51 [one word crossed out] is not your road!” Signed boldly at the bottom, “Bob Dylan / 1973″ to the left of which signature is another drawing by Dylan of the rear end of an automobile depicting smoke coming from the tailpipe. Partly drawn from the lyrics of one of his masterpieces, Desolation Row: “Einstein, disguised as Robin Hood / With his memories in a trunk / Passed this way an hour ago / With his friend, a jealous monk / He looked so immaculately frightful / As he bummed a cheap cigarette / Then he went off sniffing drainpipes / And reciting the alphabet $12,500
- [Education, Ojibwa Indians.] Christensen, Rosemary Ackley. Tribal literacy handbook with an emphasis on woodland tribal people [cover title]. [Minneapolis: Indian Education Department, Minneapolis Public Schools, 1995?]. $30
- John Berryman: his life, his work, his thought. An exhibit of manuscripts, letters, printed works, and photographs held in conjunction with the first National Conference on John Berryman at the University of Minnesota, October 25-27, 1990. Minneapolis: Special Collections, Wilson Library, University of Minnesota, 1990. $20
- [Kant, Immanuel.] Watson, John. The philosophy of Kant in extracts. New Haven: Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor, 1884. This copy with the ownership signature of Edward Chenery Gale, dated April 1, 1884, and the first half of this pamphlet rather extensively annotated by him in pencil while a student at Yale. Gale (born in 1862) graduated from Yale later the same year, and afterwards attended Harvard Law School. $150
- [Lutheran Church.] Lutheraneren og missionsbladet…Trettende bind. Minneapolis, MN: Trykt i Konferentsens Forlagsforenings Trykkeri, 1879. 8vo, pp. 420; blackletter text printed in double columns; contemporary three quarter black calf over marbled boards, spine stamped in gilt; extremities quite bumped and rubbed, cover top edges toned; interior fine. Vol. 13 of this Norwegian-American Lutheran bi-weekly journal. $35
- [Minneapolis.] Olson, Jana, Linda Schonning, and Jerry Mayberg. Earthworm. [Minneapolis: Environmental Library of Minnesota], 1971. The first and only Earthworm Catalogue, “A resource guide to the Twin Cities area…an anti-consumers’ guide to purchasing…best and cheapest places to get most anything” – upper cover. Not in OCLC. $50
- [Minneapolis.] S.E. Olson & Co. Olson’s souvenir. Minneapolis: S.E. Olson & Co., ca. 1890s. Broadsheet (336 x189 mm.) printed on stiff cardboard; color illustration on recto; miniscule loss to top right-hand corner not affecting text, else fine. Advertisement for Olson’s Bargains, “The People’s Favorite Bargain Resort,” whose department register boasts five floors of goods at 213 and 215 Nicollet Avenue in downtown Minneapolis. The illustration on recto shows a poised model whose garbs display the diversity of fabric and goods offered. $75
- [Minnesota.] Naiden, James, ed. The north stone review. Spring 1971. Volume one, number one. Minneapolis: North Stone Review, 1971. 8vo, pp. 70; original pink printed wrappers, fine. Warmly inscribed by Naiden to the private press printer, Emerson G. Wulling. $35
- [Minnesota.] Rand McNally & Company. Rand McNally standard indexed and air trails map of Minnesota for tourists, aviators, commercial travelers, transportation men, shippers, general commercial, and business reference. Chicago: Rand McNally & Company, 1929. $35
- [MINNESOTA.] Tested recipes contributed by the ladies of St. Mark’s parish, Minneapolis. Minneapolis: W. A. Edwards Printing Co., 1891. First edition, 8vo, pp.  ads, 110,  ads; original brown cloth spotted and a little stained, rear hinge cracking; a good copy. A charity recipe book organized in 16 chapters offering descriptions of methods for baking bread, breakfast, salads, cakes, soups, fish, poultry, meats, vegetables, pies, etc. Each recipe is attributed to a parish member. Not in OCLC. $500
- [Nursing.] The operating room. Instructions for nurses and assistants. St. Mary’s Hospital, Rochester, Minnesota. With 144 illustrations. Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders Company, 1924. Reprint; small 8vo, pp. 165; illustrations throughout; original grey cloth (lightly soiled), mostly fine. “This manual is a development of ‘Notes for Operating Room Nurses, St. Mary’s Hospital, Rochester, Minnesota,’ first printed in 1920″ – preface. $25
- [Nursing.] Proceedings of the fifteenth annual convention of the American Society of Superintendents of Training Schools for Nurses held at St. Paul, Minnesota June 7 and 8, 1909. Baltimore: J.H. Furst Company, 1910. $35
- [Paper Samples.] Buckeye cover standardized paper. St. Paul: McClellan Paper Company, [ca. 1950s]. Oblong 8vo, unpaginated; original linen-backed pictorial paper wrappers, light foxing and sunning to back wrapper, else fine; interior fine. Provides sample papers demonstrating color, texture, weights, and finishes, with a duplex color swatch at the back. “Butler Brands Paper” printed on the cover. Not in OCLC. $50
- [Photographs.] Pillsbury, John S. & Mahala Fisk Pillsbury. A pair of cabinet photographs, as below. Minneapolis: A. B. Rugg & W. H. Jacoby & Son, n.d., [ca. 1886]. A pair of cabinet photographs, each approx. 6½ x 4¼ inches, the first of Governor John S. Pillsbury, the eighth governor of Minnesota and the founder of the Pillsbury Company, by A. B. Rugg, Minneapolis; and the second by W. H. Jacoby & Son, also of Minneapolis, depicting his spouse, Mahala Fisk Pillsbury. Fine, bright condition. $500
- Prepared for the Downtown Council of Minneapolis by Gruen Associates. Downtown Minneapolis in the 1980s. [Los Angeles, California]: Gruen Associates, 1981. An expansive study on the economic health and grownth forecast of downtown Minneapolis. $35
- Stassen, Harold E. and Alfred D. Lindley. Three typed letters, signed, by and about Minnesota politician Harold E. Stassen. Minnesota: 1947. 3 typed letters printed on rectos only; previous folds, else fine. Includes 2 letters from Stassen on his letterhead, dated September 2 and October 20, 1947, in which he thanks a supporter for her donations to the Stassen Presidential campaign, his second of what would eventually be 12 runs. The second letter, written at the start of his national campaign, is especially hopeful: “[T]here is every indication in recent polls and comments of Republican leaders that we are in an excellent position as we round the turn of the year and start down the stretch. My recent journey through New England sparkled with good news.” The third letter, also dated September 2, 1947, on personal letterhead, by Alfred D. Lindley, Treasurer of Stassen’s Minnesota Fund and former Olympic gold medalist (rowing, 1924), thanking the addressee for “a very handsome contribution”. Lindley concludes his missive with “Dewey has declined considerably from his peak. The Eisenhower boom is not yet serious, and we firmly believe that when Harold starts his formal campaign sometime this fall that you will see a marked increase in confidence in his ultimate success”. $95
From Cambridge Books:
- H. Mowry, Guide and directory of Lake Minnetonka, Minnesota. Excelsior, Minn. : Lake Minnetonka Print House, 1884. An unsually nice copy of an extraordinarily rare book (OCLC shows only four other known copies). $750.00
- Up to Date Tourists’ and Homeseekers’ Guide to Hubbard County, Minnesota. Todd and Kruger, Park Rapids, Minnesota, 1922. $125.00
- Chester Wilfred Leigh, Wheat and Chaff. Press of Jeffrey & McPherson Company, Minneapolis, 1926. $16.00
- Henry B. Whipple, Sermon Delivered before the Missionary Council…, 1888. (as is). $24.00
- History of Plummer (Minnesota). No place, no date, but probably 1960’s. 21 cm. 3 pages of text followed by 6 pages of photographs $24.00
- Herman Peterson, Vista, 1856-1956. 138 pages, 23 cm. Vista is located in Waseca County. The only other known copy of this rare history is found at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. $ 40.00
- Gavin E. Caukin. From Cold Harbor to Petersburg with the SecondArmy Corps. A paper read before the Oregon Commandery of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States. January 8, 1896. Portland, Oregon, 1896. $180.00
- Anniversary, 1905-1980, Garfield, Minnesota August 16-17, Program. 22 cm. around 28 pages. $18.00
- History of the Little Town in the Big Woods (Clarissa, Minnesota). Clarissa, Minnesota. Independent News Herald, 1997. $36.00
- Carver Beach Annual, April, 1932. (Chanhassen, Long Lake). Issued Yearly by the Carver Beach Property Owners Association. $90.00
- History of the Ebenezer Lutheran Congregation, Mayfield Township (Pennington County), Minnesota. Oklee Herald, Oklee Minnesota, 1956. $18.00
- Minnetonka Yacht Club, Deephaven Minnesota, 1948. Articles Of Incorporation, By-Laws, members, Trophies, etc. $36.00
- Plat Book of Pennington County, from data…1951 $60.00
- Souvenir, Hotel Andrews…Hennepin at Fourth St. ca 1915 $60.00
- Remembering E.W. and Jessie Hallett (Crosby) $60.00
- Richard Burton. Little Essays in Literature and Life. New York, the Century Co., 1914. This copy signed by Burton and furtherinscribed by Minnesota writer William Edgar to Kermit Roosevelt and dated May 22, 1914. $150.00
From Corner Books:
- Red Top Cab Co. Directory of Minneapolis & St. Paul complete with Streets, Buildings, Schools, Churches, Clubs, Hotels, etc. price 50c n.d. Also includes apartments, asylums and homes, lakes, libraries, mills, parks and parkways, theaters… a great small pamphlet with illustration of cab on the front.
- Duluth Junior College Engineer’s Club. Blueprint, 1935 and 1936. Published by the Engineer’s Club. Illustrated blue paper covers; two different sizes. Text is mimeographed with illustrations in blue colored photographs. Stapled binding. Good condition for age.
- East High Annual 1920. Cardinal. Published annually by the Senior Class of the East High School, Minneapolis, Volume XIV. Intro by Ruth Fitch Cole. “You are young because you have dreams; because each day with its work and its lay is filled with hope.” 160 pp. Good condition internally. Cover has splotches and is worn.
From Spring Hollow Books:
- The High School Party Book: Attractive Suggestions for Parties That Are Different. Eva May Brickett. Minneapolis, MN: The Northwestern Press, copyright 1937 $10
- Modern Pantomime Entertainments For Teen Ages, Adults, and Grammar Grades. Effa E. Preston. Minneapolis, MN: T. S. Denison & Company, copyright 1938 $10
- School Proms: Complete Practical Suggestions for Staging the School Prom. Marietta Abell and Agnes J. Anderson. Minneapolis, MN: The Northwestern Press, copyright 1941. $10
- Programs for High School Assemblies Vol. 2: A Collection of Suggested Programs for Various Types of School Assemblies. Marietta Abell and Agnes J. Anderson. Minneapolis, MN: The Northwestern Press, copyright 1936. $10
- Carnival Capers for Schools. Dora Mary MacDonald. Minneapolis, MN: The Northwestern Press, copyright 1932. $10
- Vaegteren en Samling aandelige Salmer (A Collection of Spiritual Psalms). Red Wing MN, 1881. 14-1/2cm x 10-1/2cm, 327 pages. $75
- Adams, R. H., curator. Thos. B. Walker Art Collection: Descriptive Catalogue of Carved Jades.n.d. $30
- University of Minnesota Centennial Showboat Anniversary Program. 1967. $20
- Railroad Magazine, February 1954. Cover article: Railroads of the Twin Cities: A Service second to none in Minneapolis-St. Paul. $15
- The Gopher: 1914 University of Minnesota Yearbook. $65
From Main Street Fine Books & Manuscripts:
- (GENERAL ORDERS — CIVIL WAR — MINNESOTA). TOWNSEND, E.D. General Orders, No. 184. Washington, DC: War Department, Adjutant General’s Office, 1863. 16mo. Self-cover. 8pp. Near fine. Binding traces at gutter (not affecting text). This lengthy and fascinating General Order chronicles the Fort Snelling court martial trial of Captain James Starkey of the 1st Minnesota Mounted Rangers, charged with “Making false muster,” “Willingly signing muster rolls containing false musters,” “Making false return to his superior officer of the state of his Company” and “Conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman.” Each charge is elaborated in great detail. Starkey was found guilty of most of the charges and sentenced “To be cashiered, and to be forever disqualified from holding any office of trust or profit under the Government of the United States” — this latter sentence commuted by President Lincoln, who always believed in giving someone a second chance. Signed in type at the conclusion by Townsend as Assistant Adjutant General. General Orders were usually made in modest quantities for distribution to the various army commands, where the company clerks would collect them (hence the occasional file holes). A great many were destroyed during the course of the war, and original examples of most survive in surprisingly few copies. (#38792) $95
From James & Mary Laurie Booksellers:
- Schanilec, Gaylord. Ruminator Broadsides. Complete set of five portfolios with six broadsides in each portfolio. St. Paul, MN: Ruminator Books / Midnight Paper Sales, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2004. Each broadside is signed and numbered and limitations range from 70 to 120 copies. Broadsides measure approximately 11 x 15 inches (27.9 x 38.1 cm.). This project was done in collaboration with Midnight Paper Sales and each broadside is illustrated by its proprietor, printer and reknown wood engraver, Gaylord Schanilec. The authors included in this now almost unobtainable complete series of portfolios are:
HUNGRY MIDNIGHT 1: Gary Snyder, Kathleen Norris, Joyce Sutphen, Mary Karr, E. Annie Proulx, and Jane Mead
A SECOND HUNGRY MIDNIGHT: Sherman Alexie, Paul Metcalf, John Dufresne, Margaret Atwood, Jonathan Lethem, and Charles Baxter.
HUNGRY MIDNIGHT 3: Linda McCarriston, Jonis Agee, Clare Rossini, Barry Lopez, Anne Michaels, and Paula Woods.
HUNGRY MIDNIGHT 4: Edwidge Danticat, James Galvin, Tawni O’Dell, Carl H. Klaus, Ha Jin, and Patricia Hampl.
MIDNIGHT RUMINATOR FIRST & (LAST): Li-Young Lee, Richard Ford, Sandra Benitez, Robert Bly, Louise Erdich, and Bill Holm.
Most of the broadsides were sold individually at one of America’s premier independent bookstores (formerly known as the Hungry Mind Bookstore) after readings by each author. A limited number of sets were also produced. Schanilec signed the title page of each of the five sets. There were only 20 copies of the first set and the number of sets were gradually increased to 50 with the fifth and final set. The store was closed halfway through the fifth series and the final three authors never had the opportunity to appear at a reading in the store. Some of the sets are designated as printer’s proofs, the rest are numbered. Fine. (#9003937) $7,500.00
- Dayton, George Draper. dedication. Emma Willard Chadwick Dayton. Minneapolis: Privately Printed, . Published as a memorial to Emma Willard Chadwick Dayton by her husband and sons. Bound in full leather by Augsburg. Contained in a slipcase. Signed by George Draper Dayton II on the front end paper. Fine condition. Fine condition. Full Leather. (#9015686) $300.00
- Heffelfinger, Lucia L. Peavey. Memoirs of Christopher B. Heffelfinger. Minneapolis: Field & Tuer, 1922. 1st. One of 40 copies bound in dark brown morocco, cover stamped in gilt. Minor wear to extremities, otherwise fine. With two frontis portraits and additional black & white plates throughout. Near fine. Hardcover. (#9018593) $400.00
- Bergson, Henri. Creative Evolution. Translated by Arthur Mitchell. New York: Henry Holt, 1913. reprint. Bound in publisher’s original blue cloth with spine stamped in gilt. Some bumping to corners and wear to extremities. From the library of Edgar Hermann with his pencil signature on front fly leaf in pencil and his bookplate on front free end paper. On the back of the front free end paper is a charming pencil sketch of a child dancing by Wanda Gag. (#9018782) $500.00
- Krueger, William Kent. Iron Lake. 9/98 written in blue ink. Final typed and edited manuscript draft on 8 1/2 x 11 inch sheets. 354 numbered pages. Extensively edited, corrected and formatted for publication of the author’s first novel. First and last leaves a little rumpled but not affecting the text. With this final draft the title of the novel was changed! Do you know what its original title was? From the collection of Howard Block with a presentation signed by the author thanking him for his support and belief. Housed in a custom made blue drop-back folding (clamshell) box. A wonderful document that shows a great deal about the publication process and the interplay between the author and the publishers. Fine condition.. (#9017905) $2,000.00
- Fleming, A. M. Autobiography of a Dakota Squatter; and Other Stories. Boston: Meador, 1934. 1st. Bound in the publisher’s original blind ruled learther covered boards, spine and cover stamped in gilt. Very light sunning to spine, otherwise fine. Near fine. Hardcover. (#9018698) $750.00
- Catlin, George (1794 – 1872). Ball Players taken from The North American Indian Portfolio. London: Henry Bohn, ca. 1866. IPrinted by Day and Haghe, Lith to the Queen. Image size 17 1/2 x 12 inches. Paper size 23 1/2 x 18 inches. Framed in a beautiful modern Italian dark burl wood. Fine condition.
“Three distinguished Ball Players, portraits from life, in ball-play dress. No. 1, Tul-lock-chish-ko (He who drinks the juice of the stone). A Choctaw. No. 2. Wee-chush-ta-doo-ta (The Red Man). A Sioux, from the Upper Mississippi. No. 3. Ah-no-je-nahge (He who Stands on both Sides). a Sioux brave, from the Missouri. Amongst the forty-eight tribes which I have visited, I find the game of Ball everywhere played; and to my great surprise, by tribes separated by a space of three thousand miles, played very nearly in the same manner; the chief difference consisting in the different construction of the ball-sticks used – the modes of laying out the ground – and painting and ornamenting yheir bodies. In most of the tribes there are certain similar regulations as to dress, ornaments,&c., which no one is allowed to depart from; and in the three portraits given, in the illustration here, these particular and general modes are all set forth. Amongst all tyhe tribes I have visited in their primary condition, which their native modes are unchanged by civilized innovations. I find that every player mudt enter the play entirely denuded, with the exception of their breach-cloths and ornamented belts around their waists…leaving all their limbs free to act, without the least encumbrance of dress. And that they may feel and appreciate more to their advantage the ground that they run upon, they uniformly enter the lists to run in this desperate chase with the naked foot. (#9018781) $10,000.00
From Ron Lerner:
- Anon Okodakicipye Wakan kin Wiwicawangai 1894. This appears to be an unrecorded catechism done in both Dakota and English. Page 23 and no others available. $100
- Skratthult, Olle i Viser a Hikstorier 1908 $100
- Official Brand Book of the State of North Dakota (N. D. Brand Record) 1944 $125 196 pages and a beautiful copy
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