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American Police Collectibles is the definitive, hardcover reference book on its subject. The author, Matthew G. Forte, is the leading expert in this field.
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American Police Equipment is the perfect companion volume and complement to American Police Collectibles. As its sequel, Mr Forte has outdone himself with his authoritative, meticulously documented and researched second book.
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Animals' Rights: Considered in Relation to Social Progress: With a Bibliographical Appendix. Also an Essay "On Vivisection in America" by Albert Leffingwell, M.D., Henry S. Salt, Macmillan & Co., New York, 1894, 6 3/4" height X 4 3/4" width, dark blue-green cloth hardcover with brightly gilt-stamped cover and spine, 176 numbered pages. First Edition. The fundamental, pioneering work that inspired the anti-vivisection and animal rights movements. A rare, influential, important historical document.

Animals' Rights: Considered in Relation to Social Progress, Henry S. Salt, Preface by Peter Singer (the Australian university professor who wrote Animal Liberation), Society for Animal Rights, Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, 1980, 8 1/4" height X 5 3/4" width, black and red cloth hardcover with dust jacket, 240 numbered pages. First Edition Thus. 86 years after its publication, the (now) International Society for Animal Rights (ISAR) made Salt's essential book available once again to the world.

Beyond Einstein: The Cosmic Quest for the Theory of the Universe, Michio Kaku and Jennifer Thompson, Anchor Books, New York, October 1995, 8" height X 5 1/4" width, 224 pages, softcover. First Edition Thus (stated). Illustrated.

Blowback: America's recruitment of Nazis and its effects on the Cold War, Christopher Simpson, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, New York, 1988, 9 1/2" height X 6 1/2" width, hardcover with dust jacket, 398 pages with 16 pages of black & white captioned photographs and illustrations. Stated First Edition. The first full account of America's recruitment of Nazis, and its disastrous effect on our domestic and foreign policy.

Boobytraps, Department of the Army Field Manual FM 5-31, Headquarters, Department of the Army, Washington, DC, September 1965, 8 1/2" height X 5 1/2" width, 132 pages, softcover. Illustrated.

British Herbal Pharmacopoeia 1983, Scientific Committee, British Herbal Medicine Association, West Yorkshire, UK, 1983, 9" height X 6 1/2" width, 255 pages. Green cloth boards hardcover, matching glossy dust jacket. ISBN 0 903032 07 4.

Carvin: 60 Years in the Making, Carvin Corp., San Diego, 2005. Outstanding, four-plus hour DVD video commemorating the 60th anniversary, 1946-2006, of Carvin musical instruments, equipment and products and chronicling the company's history and development.

Cell 2455 Death Row, Caryl Chessman, Prentice-Hall, Inc., New York, 1954, 8 5/8" height X 5 3/4" width, 361 pages. Black cloth boards hardcover, no dust jacket. First Edition. The first of four books written in San Quentin Prison by the author, whose address was the title of this work. Brilliant, articulate and incisive by any standards, Chessman single-handedly made the issue of capital punishment -- including and particularly his -- an international cause celebre. After eight stays during his twelve year odyssey on death row, he was executed in San Quentin's gas chamber on 2 May 1960.

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Collection of Torture Instruments from The Royal Castle of Nuremberg
Not a reproduction, not a reprint, but the actual, authentic 1893 "Illustrated Catalogue of the Historical and World-Renowned Collection of Torture Instruments, Etc. from the Royal Castle of Nuremberg", in fine condition. 5 7/8" width by 9 1/4" height, with 1,325 descriptions and numerous Hors Texte, versos blank, full page woodcut illustrations. From the catalogue: "THESE TORTURE INSTRUMENTS were purchased on behalf of the Earl of Shrewsbury, by Mr. J. D. Ichenhäuser, expert in works of art and curios, 68 New Bond St., London, by whom this catalogue was compiled. The entire collection was removed from the Royal Castle of Nuremberg, in April, 1890, since which time it has been exhibited in all the principal cities of Great Britain by special permission of Lord Shrewsbury. It is the original and only genuine collection of its kind, and what adds to the impressiveness of the exhibition is the fact that every one of the barbarous implements have been in actual use." Both a very important reference book and a rare, historical collectible in and of itself.

The Collector's Guide to Switchblade Knives: An Illustrated Historical and Price Reference, Richard Langston, Paladin Press, Boulder, Colorado, November 2001, 11 1/4" height X 8 3/4" width, 209 pages, glossy photographic hardcover. First Edition, First Printing, signed and inscribed by the author. Profusely illustrated throughout. After some two decades of nothing much, much less anything worthwhile, on the subject, comes the unquestioned best book written.

The Collectors Handbook: A Guide to the Marketplace, Time-Life Books, U.S.A., 1978, 9" height X 6" width, 64 pages, softcover. First Edition, First Printing. Graphically illustrated with 36 black & white photographs, many of them full page. Six chapters: Auctions; Flea Markets and Yard Sales; Dealers and Shows; Appraisals; Protecting Against Fire and Theft; Collecting Abroad; Detecting Fakes.

Conducted by Charles Dickens: An Exhibition to Commemorate the Bicentennial of His Birth, Rebecca Baumann and Rebecca Cape, Curators,with an essay by Joss Marsh, The Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, 2012, 8 1/2" height X 11" width, softcover, 53 pages. First Edition. On high quality, glossy stock. Profusely illustrated both in colour and in black & white. A spirited, sparkling tribute to Dickens from the library's renowned collection.

Critical Path, R. Buckminster Fuller, St. Martin's Press, New York, 1981, 9 1/2" height X 6 1/4" width, burgundy cloth boards hardcover with dust jacket, 471 pages. Stated First Edition. A crowning achievement to an extraordinary career, Critical Path is the world-famous author's magnum opus. With Kiyoshi Kuromiya, Adjuvant.

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Deutsches Reich Arbeitsbuch -- 1st Variation
Deutsches Reich Arbeitsbuch (German Reich Workbook), 1st Variation. The standard size, approximately 5 3/4" height X 4 1/4" width, mandatory workbook issued to all employed German residents. The 1st Variation bears the Weimar eagle on, and a swastika on each of the four corners of, the cover and is 32 pages. Issued in March 1936 in Ulm, Germany. Click here to see another, issued 27 May 1936 in Kempten (SW Bavaria), Germany. Click here to see yet another, issued 24 July 1935 in Stuttgart, Germany.

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Deutsches Reich Arbeitsbuch -- 2nd Variation
Deutsches Reich Arbeitsbuch (German Reich Workbook), 2nd Variation. The standard size, approximately 5 3/4" height X 4 1/4" width, mandatory workbook issued to all employed German residents. The 2nd Variation bears the Third Reich eagle on the cover and is 38 pages. Issued in September 1940 in Ulm, Germany. Click here to see another, issued 7 June 1937 in Ravensburg, Germany. This one is of unusual interest for having the 2nd Variation's cover, the Third Reich eagle, combined with the 1st Variation's 32 pages. Click here to see yet another (38 pages), issued 21 August 1940 in Kempten (SW Bavaria), Germany. Click here for one issued 28 January 1939 in Velbert (Nordrhein-Westfalen), Germany, and here for its accompanying Reichsarbeitsdienst Zurückstellungsschein, issued 24 November 1939 in Koblenz, Germany to the same individual. This four page, 5 1/8" height X 3 3/8" width document provided for a temporary postponement, showing cause, from the required work service.

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Deutsches Reich Arbeitsbuch Fuer Auslaender
Deutsches Reich Arbeitsbuch Für Ausländer (German Reich Workbook For Foreigner). The standard size, approximately 5 3/4" height X 4 1/4" width, 38 page mandatory workbook issued to all foreign labour conscripts. Issued in March 1944 in Munich, Germany, to Pietro Sacco, an Italian born in 1912.

Diary: U.S. Snipe National Championship, B. N. Richardson, Chairman, Green Lake Yacht Club Race Committee, Green Lake, Wisconsin, August 1952, 18 one-sided, hand-written pages, each 7" height X 4" width, in a black leatherette loose leaf HyTone No. 5130 binder. "Presented to Mr. Max Krauss Who Kindly Loaned his Cruiser to the Race Committee for conducting the races Aug 9 - 15 1952". The Snipe Class International Racing Association, the motto of which is "Serious Sailing, Serious Fun", has held regattas since its formation in November 1932. The Green Lake Yacht Club was founded in 1893.

The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory, Brian Greene, W. W. Norton & Company, New York, 2003, 9 1/2" height X 6 1/2" width, 448 pages, black boards hardcover with dust jacket. Second Edition, First Printing. (A 2003 Preface has been added. All else remains the same, including the "New York City's World Trade Center towers" references.) Illustrated.

Elegy Written in a Country Church Yard, and Other Poems, Thomas Gray, Robert Carter & Brothers, New York, 1853, 8" height X 5 1/2" width, 186 pages. Blind-stamped brown cloth boards hardcover with gilt spine. First thus American edition. Profusely illustrated by R. S. Gilbert, Philadelphia. Numerous pages Hors Texte, versos blank.

The Encyclopaedia Sherlockiana, Doubleday & Company, Inc., Garden City, New York, 1977, 9 1/2" height X 6 1/4" width, 411 pages, hardcover, with dust jacket. (Stated) First Edition. A universal dictionary of the state of knowledge of Sherlock Holmes and his biographer John H. Watson, M.D. Profusely illustrated.

The Encyclopedia of Herbs and Herbalism, Malcolm Stuart, Editor, Crescent Books, New York, 1979, 11 3/4" height X 9" width, 304 pages. Black cloth boards hardcover, glossy pictorial dust jacket. Profusely illustrated with colour photographs, glossary, two indices. ISBN 0-517-353261.

Explosives and Demolitions, Department of the Army Field Manual FM 5-25, Headquarters, Department of the Army, Washington, DC, May 1967, 11" height X 8 1/2" width, 186 pages, softcover. Illustrated.

The Fabric of the Cosmos: Space, Time, and the Texture of Reality, Brian Greene, Alfred A. Knopf, New York, April 2004, 9 1/2" height X 6 1/2" width, 569 pages, hardcover with dust jacket. First Edition, Fourth Printing. (The first printing was published 16 February 2004.) Illustrated.

Fake!, Clifford Irving, McGraw-Hill Book Company, New York, 1969, 9 1/4" height X 6 1/4" width, black cloth boards hardcover with price-clipped dust jacket, 243 pages. Stated First Edition. Illustrated throughout, including an eight page, full colour section between pages 84 and 85. The story of Elmyr de Hory, the greatest art forger of our time. Ironically, in 1971, author Clifford Irving himself forged the handwriting of reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes, fooling leading experts in the field, as part of a scheme to defraud his publisher by purporting to have been authorised by Hughes to write his biography. Irving subsequently was convicted of forgery and sentenced to 30 months in prison.

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Fighting Knives -- hardcover
  
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Fighting Knives -- softcover
Fighting Knives: An Illustrated Guide to Fighting Knives and Military Survival Weapons of the World, by Frederick J. Stephens. Foreword by Robert J. Wilkinson-Latham. There are two types of military knife collectors, those who have this nearly impossible to obtain book and those who don't. Fighting Knives is acknowledged as the definitive reference work on its subject. Extensively researched by the leading expert in military edged weapons, this indispensable book strangely has been out of print for years.

The Government vs. Erotica: The Siege of Adam & Eve, Philip D. Harvey, Foreword by Nadine Strossen, President, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Prometheus Books, Amherst, New York, 2001, 9 1/4" height X 6 1/4" width, white boards hardcover with pictorial dust jacket, 296 pages. First Edition, First Printing.

Granddad's Wonderful Book of Chemistry, Kurt Saxon, Atlan Formularies, Harrison, Arkansas, 1975, 14 1/8" height X 11 1/8" width, 198 pages, softcover. First Edition. Illustrated. (Shown is a partial image of the cover, which overall exceeds the size of the scanner bed.)

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'The Green Book' -- Muammar Al Qathafi
Libyan leader Muammar Al Qathafi's controversial, revolutionary and certainly influential The Green Book. Hardcover, 6 3/4" height by 5" width, 120 pages. Published by the Public Establishment for Publishing, Advertising and Distribution, Tripoli, Libya. Mint condition. Accompanied by an engraved letter, "With the Compliments of The Permanent Mission of the Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya to the United Nations".

Guitar Electronics: A Workbook, Donald Brosnac, d.B. Music Company, Ojai, CA, July 1982, 11" height X 8 1/2" width, 150 pages, spiral-bound softcover. Seventh Printing. Illustrated.

Guitar History, Volume 2: Gibson SG, John Bulli, The Bold Strummer, Westport, CT, 1989, 11" height X 8 1/2" width, 39 pages, softcover. First Edition (Stated). Illustrated.

Guitar Identification: How to date the guitars made by Fender, Gibson, Gretsch, Martin, A.R. Duchossoir, Mediapresse/Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation, Milwaukee, WI, April 1985, 11 1/4" height X 8 1/4" width, 48 pages, softcover. First U.S. Printing (Stated). Illustrated.

The Gun Runner, Kurt Saxon, Atlan Formularies, Harrison, Arkansas, 1984-1986, 14 1/8" height X 11" width. Volume 1, Number 1 through Volume 2, Number 12. Complete set of all 24 issues printed of this monthly magazine. 16 pages per issue. Illustrated. (Shown is a partial image of the cover, which overall exceeds the size of the scanner bed, of the premiere issue.)

Handcuff Annual 2006, Joseph W. Lauher, Editor, Segatogue Press, Centereach, NY, 2006, 11" height X 8 1/2" width, 144 pages, spiral-bound softcover. First edition, First printing. Profusely and lavishly illustrated throughout, predominantly with photographs, in both colour and black & white.

Handcuff Annual 2007, Joseph W. Lauher, Editor, Segatogue Press, Centereach, NY, 2007, 11" height X 8 1/2" width, 148 pages, spiral-bound softcover. First edition, First printing. Profusely and lavishly illustrated throughout, predominantly with photographs, in both colour and black & white.

A Higher Form of Killing, Robert Harris and Jeremy Paxman, Hill and Wang, New York, 1983, 8 1/2" height X 5 1/2" width, 274 pages, softcover. First American edition, Second printing. The secret story of chemical and biological warfare. The title derives from a prophetic pronouncement made by Professor Fritz Haber, pioneer of gas warfare, on receiving the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1919, "In no future war will the military be able to ignore poison gas. It is a higher form of killing."

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