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Hello Sucker: The 3 Shell Game Exposed Completely for the First Time, Chanin, Jack
1 Chanin, Jack Hello Sucker: The 3 Shell Game Exposed Completely for the First Time
Philadelphia Jack Chanin 1934 First Printing Card Cover Near Fine No Jacket 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
Very scarce. 6 illustrated pages. Almost no wear. Small scuff on front cover. Some small discoloration at binding staples. Doesn't appear to have ever been read. Only one copy listed in OCLC. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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The Case of Oscar Slater, Doyle, A. Conan
2 Doyle, A. Conan The Case of Oscar Slater
New York Hodder & Stoughton and George H. Doran 1912 First American Edition Hard Cover Very Good 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall 
103 pages. Sound binding with intact hinges. Clean pages. Light cover wear; paper spine label present. In 1909, Slater, an Edinburgh pimp and the operator of an illegal gambling den, was convicted on the barest of circumstantial evidence of murdering an 83 year old women with a hammer and stealing her diamond broach. Slater smuggled Doyle a message from prison asking him to investigate the case further. Doyle found considerable overlooked and suppressed evidence suggesting that the murder was more likely committed by an acquiantance of the victim and published the results of his investigation in this book, which created quite a sensation and caused the case to be reopened. Slater was eventually released on a technicality, but not exonerated, and he became so intensely furious and outspoken that Doyle had second thoughts about the assistance he had provided, declaring to a friend ""I was in a mood to sign a petition that the original sentence be carried out." Quite scarce. 
Price: 300.00 USD
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Fighting a Fire, Hill, Charles T.
3 Hill, Charles T. Fighting a Fire
New York The Century Co. 1906 Hard Cover Very Good No Jacket 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall Hill, Charles T. 
246 pages. 56 b/w illustrations, all present. Lots of details about firefighting at the turn of the 19th/20th century. Chapters include Fighting a Fire, A School for Firemen, An Alarm of Fire by Telegraph, The Risks of a Fireman's Life, Peter Spots Fireman (a dalmation fire dog), Floating Fire-Engines (fire boats), and The Fire Patrol. Tight binding with sound hinges. Clean pages. Light cover wear/soiling. Black and gilt lettering and decorations are in nice shape. 
Price: 70.00 USD
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4 Hinman, Benjamin 1820 Arrest Warrant - Holland, Vermont
Derby, Vermont 1829 Document Near Fine 
An partially printed arrest warrant directing the Sheriff of Orleans County oor the Constable of Holland to attach the goods and body of Willis Danford of Holland, Vermont for failure to repay a debt owed to William Nilson (?) also of Holland. Signed by Benjamin Hinman, Justice of Peace. Manuscript entry on the reverse recording Danford's arrest and bail. Light wear and toning. 
Price: 40.00 USD
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5 Hoover, J. Edgar J. Edgar Hoover Autograph Letters and More
1944 Unbound Very Good 
Nice collection of J. Edgar Hoover materials relating to the employment of a clerk-typist at the FBI in 1944/45. Includes: two typewritten letters to the applicant signed by Hoover in ink; the applicant's application for federal employment and fingerprint card (both edge-worn); a file copy of a letter with a J. Edgar Hoover signature stamp and an Efficiency Rating for the employee with a J. Edgar Hoover signature stamp; a FBI memorandum with a J. Edgar Hoover signature stamp; two unused pieces of Hoover's official FBI onionskin stationery; the employee's resignation form; and a copy of a color photograph of the employee at the time of her employment by the FBI. Generally very nice condition except as noted above. Most pieces have small (nickel-sized) remnants of scrapbook paper in the upper reverse corners. 
Price: 375.00 USD
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Gideon's Fire, Marric, J.J.
6 Marric, J.J. Gideon's Fire
New York Harper Brothers 1951 Hard Cover Very Good Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
Scotland Yard rmystery with rape, murder, and arson. Tight binding with sound hinges. Clean pages. Minor cover wear. Sunned dustjacket has some edgewear. Protected by an archival cover. See accompanying scanned image. 
Price: 12.00 USD
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The Twelfth of August: The Story of Buford Pusser, Morris, W. R.
7 Morris, W. R. The Twelfth of August: The Story of Buford Pusser
Nashville, Tennessee Aurora Publishers 1971 First Edition, 1st Printing Hard Boards with Cloth Spine Very Good Very Good to Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall Signed By Subject
Very scarce 1st printing signed by Buford Pusser inside the front cover. Pusser's biography documents his fight against The Dixie Mafia and The State Line Gang. During Pusser's service as sheriff, he was shot eight times and stabbed seven. The title refers to the date he and his wife were ambushed; she died from gunfire, but Pusser survived a shotgun blast to the face. This biography was printed before the car accident (probably murder) that took his life in 1974. Used as the basis for the 1973 movie "Walking Tall." Tight binding with sound hinges. Clean pages with owner's name on front free endpaper. Light dampstain along top and fore edge of text block; affects several pages. Light cover wear; very slightly cocked. Dust jacket has some edgewear, primarily at spine ends, is is toned at panel folds. 
Price: 350.00 USD
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Scarface, Norton, Andre
8 Norton, Andre Scarface
New York Harcourt, Brace and Company 1948 Apparent First Hard Cover Near Fine Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall Bjorklund, Lorence 
Complete. Sound binding. Clean pages; small inkspot at base of text block. Light cover wear. Dust jacket is missing a 1" piece from the base of its spine; tape on reverse. Historical fiction, set in the pirate stronghold of Tortuga, by the prolific science fiction author. Norton's fifth book, published before she became a full-time author. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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9 Townsend, E.D. Court Martial Orders - Charge: Desertion, Finding: Guilty, Sentence: Hard Labor Wearing a Ball & Chain
Washington, D.C. Headquarters, U.S. Army 1868 Leaf Near Fine 
Small court-martial orders leaflet (approximately 4.5" x 7"). General Court Martial Orders No. 63. September 23, 1868. Includes info on two cases: Private Charles Williams of B Company, U. S. Engineer Battalion was found guily of desertion and sentenced to one year of hard labor while wearing a 24 lb ball and chain attached to his left leg. After serving one year, half of his head was to be shaved, he would have a "D" branded on his left hip, and then be drummed out of the service. Artificer Francis B. Wilson of Company B, U. S. Engineer Battalion was found guilty of conduct prejudical to good order and military discipline for stealing $20 while drunk. He was sentenced to three months hard labor followed by one week of solitary confinement on bread and water. He also had to return the $20. Very light wear and toning. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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