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  • 1904 CAGLIOSTRO (Joseph Balsamo) an 18th Century FREEMASON, OCCULTIST, MYSTIC, MAGICIAN & SWINDLER by Henri d'ALMERAS, Cagliostro, Joseph Balsamo 1904 CAGLIOSTRO (Joseph Balsamo) an 18th Century FREEMASON, OCCULTIST, MYSTIC, MAGICIAN & SWINDLER
    Henri d'ALMERAS, Cagliostro, Joseph Balsamo

    CAGLIOSTRO (Joseph BALSAMO) : La Franc-Maçonnerie et l'Occultisme au XVIIIe siècle (Freemasonry and Occultism of the 18th century). D'Apres des Documents Inedits (From Unpublished Documents). By Henri d'ALMERAS.

    PARIS : Société Française d'Imprimerie et de Librairie, 1904. First Edition. TEXT IN FRENCH.

    Hardcovers, leather covered spine and paper covered boards, top page edges gilt, marbled endpapers. Pagination: [2] blank prelim leaf, [1] first title page with small engraving of Cagliostro, [1] blank verso, [1] half title page, [1] Du Meme Auteur / List of Author's Previous Works, [1] Frontispiece leaf with tissue guard, [1] title page, [1] blank verso, 386 pages.

    Condition: The front cover is disbound but present, the rear cover's spine fold is worn and…

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    CAGLIOSTRO (Joseph BALSAMO) : La Franc-Maçonnerie et l'Occultisme au XVIIIe siècle (Freemasonry and Occultism of the 18th century). D'Apres des Documents Inedits (From Unpublished Documents). By Henri d'ALMERAS.

    PARIS : Société Française d'Imprimerie et de Librairie, 1904. First Edition. TEXT IN FRENCH.

    Hardcovers, leather covered spine and paper covered boards, top page edges gilt, marbled endpapers. Pagination: [2] blank prelim leaf, [1] first title page with small engraving of Cagliostro, [1] blank verso, [1] half title page, [1] Du Meme Auteur / List of Author's Previous Works, [1] Frontispiece leaf with tissue guard, [1] title page, [1] blank verso, 386 pages.

    Condition: The front cover is disbound but present, the rear cover's spine fold is worn and tender but holding, the spine covering is chipped and peeling, the boards are worn at their edges and have some scratches and rubs. Internally, the pages are toned along their edges, there is a previous owner's signature on the first blank page, otherwise the pages are tight, bright, clean and unmarked.

    A complete copy of this SCARCE 1904 work on the Freemason and Occultist, Cagliostro, by the noted historian Henri d'Almeras.

    About CAGLIOSTRO (from Wikipedia):

    ******Count Alessandro di Cagliostro, b.1743 d.1795, was the alias of the occultist Giuseppe Balsamo (Joseph Balsamo).

    Cagliostro was an Italian adventurer and self-styled magician. He became a glamorous figure associated with the royal courts of Europe where he pursued various occult arts, including psychic healing, alchemy and scrying. His reputation lingered for many decades after his death, but continued to deteriorate, as he came to be regarded as a charlatan and impostor, this view fortified by the savage attack of Thomas Carlyle in 1833, who pronounced him the Quack of Quacks. W.R.H. Trowbridge in his Cagliostro: the Splendour and Misery of a Master of Magic (1910), attempted a rehabilitation.

    Portuguese author Camilo Castelo Branco credits to Balsamo the creation of the Egyptian Rite of the Freemasons and intensive work in the diffusion of Freemasonry, by opening lodges all over Europe and by introducing the acceptance of women into the community. Occult historian Lewis Spence comments in his entry on Cagliostro that the swindler put his finagled wealth to good use by starting and funding a chain of maternity hospitals and orphanages around the continent. Occultist Aleister Crowley believed Cagliostro was one of his previous incarnations.******

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  • 1960 GARNETT YOUNG & ASSOCIATES, SAN FRANCISCO - Electrical Engineering History 1960 by Garnett Young 1960 GARNETT YOUNG & ASSOCIATES, SAN FRANCISCO - Electrical Engineering History 1960
    Garnett Young

    GARNETT YOUNG AND ASSOCIATES, by Garnett Young. Self-Published, San Francisco, undated but known to be 1960. Printed by The Filmer Brothers Press, San Francisco. First Edition. Hardcover Book in Dustjacket, grey faux-leather covered boards, gilt titling on spine, 5.5" x 8.5", [xiv] +114 pages. Illustrated with a few b&w photographs. Basically an autobiography of the "Business Side" of Garnett Young and the pioneering electrical equipment companies with which he was associated, including Charles F. Sloane Co.; Brown, Spear, Sloane Co.; Simplex Wire & Cable; Telephone-Electric Equipment Co.; and his self named Garnett Young and Company. Condition: VERY GOOD book, just lightly used and still tight, bright, clean and unmarked; in a GOOD MINUS dustjacket that has several 1" closed edge…

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    GARNETT YOUNG AND ASSOCIATES, by Garnett Young. Self-Published, San Francisco, undated but known to be 1960. Printed by The Filmer Brothers Press, San Francisco. First Edition. Hardcover Book in Dustjacket, grey faux-leather covered boards, gilt titling on spine, 5.5" x 8.5", [xiv] +114 pages. Illustrated with a few b&w photographs. Basically an autobiography of the "Business Side" of Garnett Young and the pioneering electrical equipment companies with which he was associated, including Charles F. Sloane Co.; Brown, Spear, Sloane Co.; Simplex Wire & Cable; Telephone-Electric Equipment Co.; and his self named Garnett Young and Company. Condition: VERY GOOD book, just lightly used and still tight, bright, clean and unmarked; in a GOOD MINUS dustjacket that has several 1" closed edge tears, creasing to the bottom margin, and some soiling, but is bright and still doing its job.

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  • 1960 MAX & EMILY BERNHEIM Biography of MISSIONARIES MURDERED IN CHINA by COMMUNIST AIRMEN by P. Hanson Jones 1960 MAX & EMILY BERNHEIM Biography of MISSIONARIES MURDERED IN CHINA by COMMUNIST AIRMEN
    P. Hanson Jones

    I BESEECH YOU! The Story of the BERNHAM MURDER IN CHINA, by P. Hanson Jones.

    Rare biography of Max and Emily Bernheim (also spelled Bernham), early Pentecostal missionaries to China who, along with their son David, were murdered by "Communist Airmen". The Bernheims were in China from 1936 until 1940, when they were murdered.

    Published by Windmill Printing Company, Hong Kong, undated but circa 1960.

    Wrappers / Softcovers, booklet, inner pages side stapled, 5.5x8 inches, 52 pages plus 3 pages of blue & white photographs and a title page.

    GOOD condition, US distributor's address stamped on first page, sunning / discoloration to the spine, otherwise just lightly used and still tight, bright, clean, clear and unmarked.

    The author, Philip…

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    I BESEECH YOU! The Story of the BERNHAM MURDER IN CHINA, by P. Hanson Jones.

    Rare biography of Max and Emily Bernheim (also spelled Bernham), early Pentecostal missionaries to China who, along with their son David, were murdered by "Communist Airmen". The Bernheims were in China from 1936 until 1940, when they were murdered.

    Published by Windmill Printing Company, Hong Kong, undated but circa 1960.

    Wrappers / Softcovers, booklet, inner pages side stapled, 5.5x8 inches, 52 pages plus 3 pages of blue & white photographs and a title page.

    GOOD condition, US distributor's address stamped on first page, sunning / discoloration to the spine, otherwise just lightly used and still tight, bright, clean, clear and unmarked.

    The author, Philip Hanson Jones, was a Pentecostal Missionary to China in the 1950s.

    SCARCE. This is the only copy I have or have ever seen.

    I found this interesting item on the ASIAN CENTER FOR PENTECOSTAL THEOLOGY website blog:

    ******Recently I was privileged to visit a church near the city of Qujing in Yunnan Province. This church was established by Pentecostal missionaries, Max and Emily Bernheim, in the 1930s. The Bernheims, along with one son, were murdered by bandits in 1940. This tragic event left their five remaining children orphans. The bodies of Max, Emily, and their son, David, had not been found until late in 2015. The church discovered the exact site of their burial and moved their bones to the church's current location in 2016. In June of this year (2017) a Chinese Christian brother notified me of this more recent development. So, along with a group of friends, I visited the burial site and found a beautiful memorial stone marking the Bernheim's grave. More significantly, I found that the church they planted (there were about 50 believers in 1940) is vibrant and thriving. The local Chinese believers repeatedly expressed their thankfulness for the Bernheim's ministry and sacrifice. The church now numbers over 700 and the church leaders were deeply aware of their rich legacy. They noted with thankfulness the truth of Tertullian's words, "The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church".******

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  • DONOVAN Autobiography **HAND SIGNED** THE HURDY GURDY MAN First / First by Donovan Leitch DONOVAN Autobiography **HAND SIGNED** THE HURDY GURDY MAN First / First
    Donovan Leitch

    The Autobiography of DONOVAN - THE HURDY GURDY MAN, by Donovan Leitch.

    HAND SIGNED by DONOVAN. His Bold, Full Page SIGNATURE is on the front free endpaper.

    Published by Century, London, 2005. First Edition, First Printing, with the full number line starting at 1.

    Hardcover Book in Dustjacket, 6x9.5 inches, 328 pages. ILLUSTRATED with 16 pages of photographs in b&w and color.

    Condition: VERY GOOD book, a bit of slight pushing at the bottom of the spine, light page toning as normal with this book, otherwise sharp, tight, bright, clean and unmarked. In a VERY GOOD dustjacket that has some light edge and spine end creasing. The dj retains its original £17.99 price at the bottom of the front flap.

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    The Autobiography of DONOVAN - THE HURDY GURDY MAN, by Donovan Leitch.

    HAND SIGNED by DONOVAN. His Bold, Full Page SIGNATURE is on the front free endpaper.

    Published by Century, London, 2005. First Edition, First Printing, with the full number line starting at 1.

    Hardcover Book in Dustjacket, 6x9.5 inches, 328 pages. ILLUSTRATED with 16 pages of photographs in b&w and color.

    Condition: VERY GOOD book, a bit of slight pushing at the bottom of the spine, light page toning as normal with this book, otherwise sharp, tight, bright, clean and unmarked. In a VERY GOOD dustjacket that has some light edge and spine end creasing. The dj retains its original £17.99 price at the bottom of the front flap.

    The full page signature of DONOVAN is just so, how to describe it, MELLOW.

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  • INGMAR BERGMAN **HAND SIGNED** Autobiography THE MAGIC LANTERN First English Edition by Ingmar Bergman INGMAR BERGMAN **HAND SIGNED** Autobiography THE MAGIC LANTERN First English Edition
    Ingmar Bergman

    THE MAGIC LANTERN, an Autobiography by INGMAR BERGMAN.

    HAND SIGNED by INGMAR BERGMAN on the title page.

    Published by Hamish Hamilton, London, 1988. First English edition.

    Hardcover Book in Dustjacket, 5.5x9.5 inches, 312 pages. Illustrated with 16 pages of b&w photographs.

    Condition: NEAR FINE book, sharp, tight, bright, clean, clear and unmarked; in a GOOD dustjacket that shows wear at the spine ends and corner tips, and some light creasing to the edges, but is bright and solid, and retains its original £14.95 price at the bottom of the front flap.

    RARE SIGNED AUTOBIOGRAPHY by one of the Greatest Film Directors Ever, Ingmar Bergman.

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  • LOUIS P. MARTINI - A FAMILY WINERY AND THE CALIFORNIA WINE INDUSTRY an Oral History by LOUIS P. MARTINI LOUIS P. MARTINI - A FAMILY WINERY AND THE CALIFORNIA WINE INDUSTRY an Oral History
    LOUIS P. MARTINI

    LOUIS P. MARTINI - A FAMILY WINERY AND THE CALIFORNIA WINE INDUSTRY. An ORAL HISTORY transcribed from INTERVIEWS with LOUIS P. MARTINI. The interviews were conducted by Ruth Teiser in 1983 and 1984. There is an introduction by Maynard A. Amerine..

    Published by the Regional Oral History Office, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, California, as part of the Wine Spectator California Winemen Oral History Series.

    Original FIRST EDITION. This book is Copy #22, so stated on the verso of the title page, of an unstated limited edition. (Beware the print on demand sellers, sometimes presenting their computer copies as original editions.)

    Hardcovers, blue cloth covered boards, gilt titling on the spine, 8.5x11 inches, 126 pages. Illustrated with…

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    LOUIS P. MARTINI - A FAMILY WINERY AND THE CALIFORNIA WINE INDUSTRY. An ORAL HISTORY transcribed from INTERVIEWS with LOUIS P. MARTINI. The interviews were conducted by Ruth Teiser in 1983 and 1984. There is an introduction by Maynard A. Amerine..

    Published by the Regional Oral History Office, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, California, as part of the Wine Spectator California Winemen Oral History Series.

    Original FIRST EDITION. This book is Copy #22, so stated on the verso of the title page, of an unstated limited edition. (Beware the print on demand sellers, sometimes presenting their computer copies as original editions.)

    Hardcovers, blue cloth covered boards, gilt titling on the spine, 8.5x11 inches, 126 pages. Illustrated with a few b&w photographs

    FINE condition, sharp, tight, bright, clean and clear.

    This original first edition is quite hard to find.

    INTERNATIONAL BIDDERS PLEASE NOTE: This book will require additional shipping charges. After placing your order you will be notified of the charges and be able to accept or reject them before payment is taken. Thanks!

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  • MARK TWAIN DAY-BY-DAY Volumes I & II **SIGNED & INSCRIBED to HAL HOLBROOK who PERFORMED AS MARK TWAIN for 60 YEARS** by David H. Fears MARK TWAIN DAY-BY-DAY Volumes I & II **SIGNED & INSCRIBED to HAL HOLBROOK who PERFORMED AS MARK TWAIN for 60 YEARS**
    David H. Fears

    MARK TWAIN DAY BY DAY - Volume I and Volume II, covering the years 1835-1885 and 1886-1896.

    Each Volume is SIGNED and INSCRIBED on a blank prelim by the AUTHOR to HAL HOLBROOK, as follows:

    Vol. I: "To Hal Holbrook / with appreciation for his performances / David H. Fears / Sept. 24, 2009".

    Vol II: "To Hal Holbrook / with appreciation of his style / David H. Fears / Sept. 24, 2009".

    Two volumes of four volumes, the final two being published in later years.

    Hardcover books, no dustjackets as issued, cloth covered boards, front covers titled in gilt, spines titled in black, 8x11 inches, thick and heavy volumes, 1150 and 1281 pages respectively.

    This work is…

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    MARK TWAIN DAY BY DAY - Volume I and Volume II, covering the years 1835-1885 and 1886-1896.

    Each Volume is SIGNED and INSCRIBED on a blank prelim by the AUTHOR to HAL HOLBROOK, as follows:

    Vol. I: "To Hal Holbrook / with appreciation for his performances / David H. Fears / Sept. 24, 2009".

    Vol II: "To Hal Holbrook / with appreciation of his style / David H. Fears / Sept. 24, 2009".

    Two volumes of four volumes, the final two being published in later years.

    Hardcover books, no dustjackets as issued, cloth covered boards, front covers titled in gilt, spines titled in black, 8x11 inches, thick and heavy volumes, 1150 and 1281 pages respectively.

    This work is considered to be the most comprehensive chronological examination of the life of Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens). It is incredible in its minutiae, and the research is exhaustive.

    Published by Horizon Micro Publishing, LLC, Banks, Oregon. Volume I is a second printing, published in 2009; Volume II is a first printing, also published in 2009. Both volumes were printed in a very limited number, and each volume has a small handwritten number in the upper corner of the rear pastdown. Vol. I is #103, and Vol. II is #75. The publisher is actually a dba of the author.

    I spoke to the author, David Frears, in May 2022. He was 79 and had recently undergone 5-way heart bypass surgery. He sounded good. I asked him about the volumes which he signed to Hal Holbrook. He said he presented these two volumes to Holbrook personally, and subsequently he and Holbrook corresponded for awhile. He treasured the handwritten letters he received from Holbrook. Fears said that in 2009 when he presented these two volumes to Hal Holbrook they were the only two he had written, that's why there are only two. He was working on Volume III at the time and wasn't even aware he would write a Volume IV. Frears also told me that the volumes were printed in a very limited number, about 100-125 copies each, and that he numbered them. He added that most of the volumes were sold before they were printed, primarily to Universities and Twain scholars. He said he didn't print many copies because he didn't want to end up with extras of these heavy books, that he was too old for that. He said I was very lucky to have the Holbrook copies.

    CONDITION: Both volumes are in VERY GOOD condition, the cover corners are lightly bumped, there is some soiling to the page edges (page edges of the closed book), and there are light signs of handling and use; overall the volumes are tight, bright, clean, clear and unmarked. Solid, nice, very presentable copies.

    RARE, especially with the presentation to HAL HOLBROOK

    About HAL HOLBROOK (from Wikipedia):

    ******Harold Rowe Holbrook Jr., b.1925 d.2021, was an American actor, television director, and screenwriter. He first received critical acclaim in 1954 for a one man stage show he developed, Mark Twain Tonight!, performing as Mark Twain. He won the Tony Award for "Best Actor in a Play" in 1966 for his portrayal of Twain. He would continue to perform his signature role for over 60 years, only retiring the show in 2017 due to his failing health. Throughout his career, he also won five Primetime Emmy Awards for his work on television and was nominated for an Academy Award for his work in film. It is estimated that there were over 2,100 performances of Mark Twain Tonight! Holbrook portrayed Mark Twain for longer than Samuel Clemens did.******

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  • MEMOIRS of ED FLETCHER - SAN DIEGO HISTORY & FLETCHER FAMILY GENEALOGY Limited Edition Illustrated SIGNED by Ed Fletcher MEMOIRS of ED FLETCHER - SAN DIEGO HISTORY & FLETCHER FAMILY GENEALOGY Limited Edition Illustrated SIGNED
    Ed Fletcher

    MEMOIRS of ED FLETCHER, by Ed Fletcher.

    First (and only) Edition, Limited, Privately Published. From the limitation page: "This book of memoirs to my children is a privately printed limited edition to be presented to our family, close friends and associates. Your copy is number 1107."

    SIGNED and INSCRIBED on the Limitation Page by the author, ED FLETCHER, who added his wife Mary's name: "To our good friend Mrs. K. W. Hamilton / With kindest regards / Mary & Ed Fletcher".

    Hardcover book, burgundy cloth covered boards, gilt title to the spine, 6x9 inches, 751 pages. Rich with Fletcher family genealogy, often as it intertwined with others in the building of San Diego..

    Illustrated throughout with b&w photographs of Fletcher's…

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    MEMOIRS of ED FLETCHER, by Ed Fletcher.

    First (and only) Edition, Limited, Privately Published. From the limitation page: "This book of memoirs to my children is a privately printed limited edition to be presented to our family, close friends and associates. Your copy is number 1107."

    SIGNED and INSCRIBED on the Limitation Page by the author, ED FLETCHER, who added his wife Mary's name: "To our good friend Mrs. K. W. Hamilton / With kindest regards / Mary & Ed Fletcher".

    Hardcover book, burgundy cloth covered boards, gilt title to the spine, 6x9 inches, 751 pages. Rich with Fletcher family genealogy, often as it intertwined with others in the building of San Diego..

    Illustrated throughout with b&w photographs of Fletcher's family and of important early San Diego civic, military, political and religious leaders who were involved in the building and development of the County.

    GOOD MINUS condition. The covers are solid and sharp cornered with just a hint of wear to the corners and spine ends. Internally, the front inner hinge is cracked but holding well; the first and last few pages are foxed and are toned from offsetting and there is some light foxing to the other pages here and there throughout; some pages have light creases; and the pages have a light, old musty smell likely from storage; otherwise the pages are tight, bright, clean, clear and unmarked. Overall a solid, nice copy but with a light old book smell.

    About ED FLETCHER and his IMPORTANT PLACE in SAN DIEGO HISTORY:

    ******Ed Fletcher, b.1872 d.1955, was a San Diego developer, promoter, and politician.

    In 1888 Fletcher, age 15, came to San Diego alone, and with $6.10 in his pocket began selling produce. In 1901, he entered the real estate business as a land agent, and started a partnership in 1908 with William J. Gross, silent film actor and producer. That partnership developed Grossmont, Mt. Helix, and Del Mar. Fletcher donated land on Mt. Helix where Easter Sunrise services are held.

    Fletcher became interested in developing San Diego's infrastructure and saw to it that many road projects were completed in and around the City. With Fred Jackson, Fletcher raised civic interest in building a road to Imperial Valley, then a plank road across the desert to Yuma, Arizona. Fletcher was later active in having state and U.S. highways built to San Diego.

    Fletcher also took an interest in projects delivering water to San Diego, including creating Lake Hodges. Fletcher and Montana businessman James A. Murray purchased the San Diego Flume Company on June 1, 1910, renaming it the Cuyamaca Water Company. Their company made major improvements to the water system of San Diego County, including the construction of the San Vicente Dam and Reservoir. Fletcher also raised funds to buy land for the Naval Training Station in San Diego, and for building the YMCA.

    In 1934 Fletcher was elected to the California State Senate, and served until 1947. Sometime while in the Senate, he switched his party affiliation from Republican to Democratic. He authored laws creating the San Diego County Water Authority and transferring ownership of Mission Bay to the city.

    Fletcher married Mary C. Batchelder April 8, 1896 at Ayer, Massachusetts. They had ten children.****** (Ten children! There must be a lot of Fletcher descendants out and about!)

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