If you want to know more about what didn’t go on between William Randolph Hearst and Marion Davies inside the bedroom walls of San Simeon, you might want to page through this memoir: The Times We Had by Marion Davies. There are some very cool photos of Marion, the movie star, (as promoted by her lover, WRH), and also some pix of the 1930s & ’40s Hollywood big shot-movie stars who partied at San Simeon. An interesting read, but not much to chew on. Hardcover, from Bobbs-Merrill, 1975.
M. Esther Harding was a student and disciple of C.G. Jung. Over the course of many years working as a psycho-analyst in America, she developed many theories about the layers of consciousness and also about women’s psychological archetypes and roles. One of the few early female pioneers in the field of psychology, Harding was also a pioneer in analyzing and writing about women. Her books, “Women’s Mysteries” and “Way of All Women” are popular books today, widely available. But this book, “The I and the Not-I” is uncommon -as is her Rare signature and inscription on the first free endpaper. It was first published in 1965, originating from lectures she gave on the layers of consciousness. Deep thoughts from a deep (female) thinker! 244-page hardcover, distributed by Pantheon.
This small 1919 book was written by Paul Gaugin, the great artist, as a reminiscence of his first trip to Tahiti. My book, a 5th printing, is from 1920. It includes 10 prints of Gaugin’s art – portraits of the Tahitians he encountered (mainly women). The striking simplicity of his paintings reveals how deeply he felt about Tahiti and her people. My book is damaged – a chip to the right cover corner. But inside, no damage; as compelling as imagined.
Hudson Tuttle – a Medium With A Message, 98th printing
Here’s a book
that will help
I been there,
guys, and it’s
no surprise – but
a few times,
for the faint-
not for me.
I figured out
I’d rather be
in the here
than looking for
I seen it,
There seem to be laws for everything, but mebbe not lawyers
The vintage book, from my metaphysical book collection, is Mediumship and Its Laws, Its Conditions and Cultivation. This edition (a 98th printing) is likely from the 1970s (no date). The first edition was published in 1890, when tables were tapping and even Arthur Conan Doye was communing with the Spirit world. the author, Hudson Tuttle, obviously felt self-confident enough to write this how-to-Connect book. It’s 186 pages long and it was published by the National Spiritualist Association of Churches.
The subject book is Walter Keane, a French version of the American original, from the Collection Des Maitres Demain. This is a First Edition, 1964, with 48 drawings & paintings – by Keane – or so they say. C’est un livre that can only go up, up & more up in value after Dec. 25th, when the Tim Burton film, “Big Eyes” is released. I scooped up this book when no one paid any attention to the Keanes & now quite a lot of ppls want it. isn’t that ironic?
One of the many fine illustrations inside this fine book
I try not to fall in love with the books I collect and offer for sale, but here’s one I’m reluctant to give up – not only because it contains all the best early Beatles’ song lyrics, but also some brilliant & iconic 1960s pop art. Some of the era’s most famous artists contributed illustrations & photographs including David Bailey, Seymour Chwast, David Hockney, Peter Max, Stanley Mouse, Erte, Tomi Ungerer and so many more. Psychedelic & Unforgettable! This 126-page hardcover, The Beatles Illustrated Lyrics, 1970, from Delacorte,is a stated first U.S. Edition.
they must have left out the chapter on muscle-building
Male Manners, The Young Man’s Guide to dating, good looks, making friends, etcetera. By Kay Corinth and Mary Sargent, (c) 1969, David McKay. 336 pages. If you are in need of a chuckle, check out the chapter on “Telephoning.” Remember when phones had rotary dials & receivers? This book is really not boring, espech if you read between the lines. The authors’ list of ppls to thank for helping write their book. included Bonne Bell, Chanel, The Rev. James D. Cole, Tiffany & Co. & Winthrop Laboratories (the steroid pharma). Really!
This is the 7th printing of a very popular cartoon book, published in 1944, during WWII by Simon and Schuster. It was written & illustrated by Sgt. George Baker, a former Walt Disney artist. For four years at Disney, he worked on Pinocchio, Fantasia, Dumbo and Bambi. And then he went to War. He continued drawing as a soldier, eventually landing on the staff of Yank Magazine. You might say the bewildered civilian trying to muster up – the Sad Sack – was a War Baby. This is a great collectible book – for more than one reason.
Minimally inspired by this incredible cook book, Cooking of the Maharajas, The Royal Recipes of India, by Shivaji Rao & Shalini Devi Holkar. This is one of the more expensive & highly-sought after cook books in any collection. For one reason – a maharaja wrote it. Secondly, he describes the proper way to run a Royal Indian kitchen. Also, the philosophy of Indian food,. Finally, you won’t find these recipes for historic court dishes from all parts of India, including Jodhpur, Indore and Kashmir, anywhere else. Totally worth the $300 price tag (and up) if you can find it.
I am a fortunate traveler. I came upon this 1984 book, Lucy M Lewis, American Indian Potter, by accident – Written by Susan Peterson, also a potter, it is an illustrated biography & survey of the life and work of the late genius Native artist, Lucy M Lewis. She signed this book, as did two of her daughters – also both potters. The fact that this was published in Japan tells an entirely different story about Lucy M Lewis – or maybe it doesn’t.