New Arrivals at Between The Covers Rare Books
Item 13 is Amelia Earhart's high school year book, The Aitchpe 1915. Earhart graduated from Chicago's Hyde Park High School, but she never made much of an impression there. She attended six different high schools, her family constantly moving around. The class prophecy predicts the famed aviator would be a waitress. Unlikely, since it also noted she was off to Bryn Mawr College. Of course, Ms. Earhart probably would have lived a lot longer had she chosen waiting tables to flying airplanes for a career. $3,500.
For fans of boxing, the art of self-defense, also known as punching someone else in the face, item 22 is a treasure: Nat Fleischer's All-Time Ring Record Book 1941 Edition -- Souvenir Boxing Writers' Ass'n of N.Y. This is one of 150 copies given out at the writers' meeting. However, what makes it really special is not the rarity, nor even Fleischer's inscription, but the autographs of some of the famous boxers who evidently attended: Jack Dempsey, Joe Louis, Jim Braddock, Gene Tunney, and Tony Canzoneri. It also contains other notable signatures such as that of J. Edgar Hoover, the powerful and, with hindsight, weird director of the FBI, New York Mayor James J. Walker, George Ruppert of the brewing and New York Yankee owner family, and others. $6,500.
Vance Randolph was an amateur folklorist who moved to the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas as a young man and began writing about the local culture. He published a series of books, and in the 1940s, at the request of Alan Lomax, began recording folk music of the backwoods people. He collected some 870 songs on behalf of the Library of Congress. Item 101 is Down In The Holler: a Gallery of Ozark Folk Speech which he co-wrote with George P. Wilson and which was published in 1953. $150.
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