The Friends of the Sierra Made Library ‘Silent Auction of Collectible Books’ will take place from November 1 – December 3 at the Library. Featured are many interesting and collectible books, including some SIGNED, FIRST, and LIMITED EDITIONS.

The 17 selections will be in the Display Case in the main room of the Library and will be available for your inspection on Saturdays, November 3, 10, 17 and December 1 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. and Monday, December 3 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Bids may be entered in the notebook on the service counter. The highest bidders on Monday, December 3 at 7:30 p.m. will be the winners.

THE SEARCH FOR SIGNS OF INTELLIGENT LIFE IN THE UNIVERSE – Jane Wagner, Lily Tomlin [INSCRIBED/SIGNED, FIRST EDITION], Harper & Row, 1986. A one-woman show, written by Wagner and performed by Lily Tomlin, on Broadway in 1977. Tomlin won a Tony; and Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for this production.

THE HOUSE NEXT DOOR – Anne Rivers Siddons, Stephen King [SIGNED, LIMITED EDITION], Old New York Book Shop Press, 1993. This gothic novel was written in 1978. It became a N.Y. Times best-seller and a made-for-TV movie in 2006. Stephen King admired the book, wrote the forward of this edition, and signed it together with Siddons. Only 450 copies were issued.

THE RED, WHITE AND BLUE – John Gregory Dunne [SIGNED, LIMITED FIRST EDITION], Franklin Library, 1987. This novel chronicles the life of Jack Broderick, the disenchanted son of a billionaire, a young man in search of himself and his world.

Three Anatomy Cutaway Books:
ANATOMY OF THE HUMAN HEAD AND NECK – William S. Furneaux [George Phillip & Son, 1895]. THE HUMAN BODY – Owen Lankester [Allman & Son, 1892?]. THE HORSE – George Fleming [George Phillip & Son].
A set of colorful vintage cut-away anatomy books, published in London in the 1890s.

NINETTE: A REDWOODS IDYLL – John Vance Cheney [FIRST EDITION], William Doxey, 1894. Each page of this lovely poetry book has been illustrated with soft halftones of washes of the flora and fauna of the California region by M. Isabelle Morrison.

PERSONAL GLIMPSES OF FAMOUS FOLKS – Lee Shippey [SIGNED, FIRST EDITION], Sierra Madre Press, 1929. Henry Lee Shippey lived for a time in Sierra Madre with his second wife, Madeleine Babin, following a scandalous affair and divorce from his first wife in Missouri. Upon moving to California, he wrote for the L.A. Times and was told to “Get out and find human interest stuff anywhere in the state; find out what the ordinary and extraordinary people of California are about.” This wry book recounts meeting some famous people during that time.

Little, Brown & Co., 2015. Willie Nelson tells the complete, unvarnished story of his life, including his drive to write music, the women in his life, and the highs and lows of his 80 years.

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA – Gaston Leroux [FIRST EDITION], Grosset and Dunlap, with scenes from the 1925 Universal production. This edition was published the same year Universal made the film starring Lon Chaney and Mary Philbin. A photograph from the film is bound in as well as two lovely watercolor illustrations by Andre Castaigne.

PARSLEY – Ludwig Bemelmans [SIGNED], Harper and Row, 1955. This is the story of a friendship between an old stag and a tree in a high alpine meadow. It includes a list of wildflowers in Bemelmans’ illustrations.

LORD OF THE RINGS – J.R.R. Tolkien [COLLECTOR’S EDITION with slipcase], Houghton-Mifflin, 1987. The 1987 reprint of the 1966 classic. Red leatherette covers with colorful embellishments and a like-new slipcase. The complete texts of The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King, with six appendices, accompanied by large-format fold-out maps.

THE ROYAL ROAD TO ROMANCE – Richard Halliburton [SIGNED], Bobbs-Merrill, 1925. Halliburton was an American traveler, adventurer, and author who prided himself on travelling the world with almost no money. This book, his first, chronicles what happened as a result, from a breakthrough Matterhorn descent to being jailed for taking pictures on Gibraltar.

Easton Press, 1977. Beautiful leather-bound edition of Melville’s famous tale, enhanced by the illustrations of Boardman Robison.

THE MAGICAL LAND OF NOOM – Johnny Gruelle [FIRST EDITION], M.A. Donohoe, 1922. Gruelle, the creator of the famous Raggedy Ann and Andy books, was a prolific artist and cartoonist in the early 1900s. He also wrote and illustrated his own fairy tales. In this book, Johnny and Janey travel from their own backyard to the other side of the moon.

EXPLORATION OF THE VALLEY OF THE AMAZON: Made Under Direction of the Navy Department – William L. Herndon [Robert Armstrong, 1854].
Volume 1 only of 2 volumes. Commissioned by the Navy and accompanied by a letter from President Millard Fillmore, this copy of the expedition report was published expressly for members of the Thirty-third Congress and is contained in the original covers embossed “House Document.” It contains 16 black and white plates and tables and graphs about the journey.

SYLVANUS MARSTON: PASADENA’S QUINTESSENTIAL ARCHITECT – Kathleen Tuttle [INSCRIBED/SIGNED], Hennessy & Ingalls, 2001. Marston was instrumental is establishing Pasadena as a winter resort and later as a thriving community. He and his firm designed 1,000 projects, many of which still survive, including the Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena.

TANGLEWOOD TALES – Nathaniel Hawthorne [Calla Edition, 2012].
One of America’s greatest authors recounts timeless tales from Greek mythology in this lovely book. These stories and legends are enhanced by the delicate original 1921 illustrations by Virginia Frances Sterrett.

CELEBRATING WITH JULIENNE – Susan Campoy [FIRST EDITION], Prospect Park Books, 2009. A beautiful cookbook from the Julienne Bistro in San Marino. Susan Campoy shared some of the most beloved recipes she developed and served at this local favorite.

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