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Mickey Mantle was perhaps the greatest switch-hitter to ever play the game of baseball. Mantle won the Triple Crown in 1956. He was an American League (AL) Most Valuable Player 3 times, and All-Star 16 times. He played in 19 of the 20 All-Star games he was named to, and appeared in 12 World Series. He still holds the records for most World Series home runs (18), RBIs (40), runs (42), walks (43), extra-base hits (26), and total bases (123). Whitey Ford refered to him as “a superstar who never acted like one. He was a humble man who was kind and friendly to all his teammates, even the rawest rookie. He was idolized by all the other players.” Mickey Mantle’s #7 was permanently retired by the New York Yankees in 1969.

Description: SIGNED BY MICKEY MANTLE on the title page. Hard bound with dust jacket. Third printing of the first edition – stated on the copyright page. Previous owners name and 1967 date to the front free end page. Some minor foxing to the page edges. Wear to edges of boards, otherwise very good. This was Mantle’s first book and he includes lessons on the art and techniques of playing baseball. 16 pages of b&w photos. A Rare signed copy!

Bookseller Inventory # 33907


The Education Of A Baseball Player
Mantle, Mickey

Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Publication Date: 1967
Binding: Hard bound with dust jacket
Book Condition: Very Good
Jacket Condition: Very Good
Signed: Signed by Mickey Mantle

James Baldwin broke new literary ground with his exploration of racial issues. Baldwin was profoundly marked by three distinctive identities in his life…  being black… being poor, and being homosexual. Social discrimination would be a recurring theme throughout  his work, especially his writing on the black experience in America. Baldwin became one of the most prominent figures of the Civil Rights Movement, and along with Richard Wright and Ralph Ellison, became spokesman for the entire generation of black writers. Blues For Mr. Charlie is James Baldwin’s best known play. Baldwin said it is based distantly on the true story of the Mississippii youth Emmett Till, who in 1955 was murdered for whistling at a white woman.

Description: SIGNED BY JAMES BALDWIN on the front free end page. Hard bound with original Bernard Brussel-Smith designed dust jacket. First edition, with $3.95 on inner front flap of dust jacket.  Some shelf wear to dust jacket, otherwise very good. Interior clean and binding sound.

Bookseller Inventory # 33906


Blues For Mister Charlie
Baldwin, James

Publisher: Dial Press
Publication Date: 1964
Binding: Hard bound with dust jacket
Book Condition: Very Good
Jacket Condition: Very Good
Signed: Signed by James Baldwin


Slaughterhouse-Five is Vonnegut’s most influential and popular work. It is a satirical novel about the World War II experiences and journeys of a soldier named Billy Pilgrim. Vonnegut himself was captured during the Battle of the Bulge, and imprisoned beneath the city of Dresden by the Germans as a POW.  He was there on Feb. 13, 1945, when the Allies firebombed Dresden in a massive air attack that killed 130,000 people and destroyed the landmark of no military significance. Slaughterhouse-Five (or The Children’s Crusade) is not only Vonnegut’s most powerful book, it also stands apart, not unlike Catch- 22, as an eloquent and deeply funny plea against war. The story is told in a nonlinear order and events become clear through various flashbacks (or time travel experiences) from the unreliable narrator who describes the stories of Billy Pilgrim, who believes himself to have been in an alien zoo and to experience time travel. Kurt Vonnegut will be remembered not only for his unusual writing style, but also as a life long Humanist.

Description: Hard bound with dust jacket. First printing stated on the copyright page. Some age toning to dust jacket, that shows some minor sunning to spine edge. Edge wear to dust jacket. One small mark in pen to the margin, otherwise very good, with interior clean and binding sound. The author’s best-known title, the story of Billy Pilgrim’s experience as an American soldier in Europe during World War II. The plot centers on the Allied bombing of Dresden, Germany, in 1945, an event Vonnegut experienced himself during the war.

Bookseller Inventory # 33907


Vonnegut, Kurt

Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publication Date: 1969
Binding: Hard bound with dust jacket
Book Condition: Very Good
Jacket Condition: Very Good


The 1952 National Book Award winning author James Jones was known for his explorations of World War II and its aftermath. His wartime experiences inspired some of his most famous works, the so-called war trilogy. He witnessed the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, which led to his first published novel, From Here to Eternity (1951). The Thin Red Line (1962) reflected his combat experiences on Guadalcanal and Whistle was based on his hospital stay in Memphis, Tennessee, recovering from surgery. James Jones died in 1977 before finishing Whistle. The final three chapters were completed by Willie Morris based on taped conversations with the author and extensive notes he’d already written. Jones expected that his novel would say, “Just about everything I have ever had to say, or will ever have to say, on the human condition of war.”

Description: First Edition – Limited Presentation Edition.  #179 of 1500 Numbered Copies Signed by James Jones. Black boards show some wear. Some minor foxing to page edges, and end pages, otherwise with interior clean and binding tight. The dust jacket shows some wear, foxing and a few small closed tears. The author’s first book & winner of the 1952 National Book Award.  Noted as one of the 100 best novels of the 20th century by the Modern Library and a key title in the literature of the Second World War. Adapted into the Academy Award-winning Fred Zinnemann directed film with Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, Frank Sinatra and Ernest Borgnine. A scarce title.

Bookseller Inventory #34067


From Here to Eternity
Jones, James

Publisher: Scribners
Publication Date: 1951
Binding: Hard Bound
Very Good
Book Condition: Very Good
Signed: Signed by James Jones
First Edition, #179 of 1500 Numbered Copies Signed by James Jones!


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