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If you look carefully under the windows outside the Rare Book Room of Chicago's famed Newberry Library, you might just find the ashes of this famed Chicago bookseller, for that's where his friends distributed him; co-founder of Chicago's noted and eccentric Argus Book Shop, which specialized in stocking the owners favorite authors -- Conan Doyle, Frost, Steinbeck and a few others; as much a literary salon and hangout as a book shop, where figures such as Christopher Morley, Vincent Starrett and Somerset Maugham could be found; as a publisher, Abramson brought out works by avant-garde writers such as H.P. Lovecraft, Anatole France and Pierre Louys. TLS, 1p, 7" X 10½", Chicago, IL, 1934 January 30. Addressed to R.O. Compton. Very good. On Argus Book Shop letterhead (from his first location at 333 South Dearborn Street, described by one writer as "nondescript"), Abramson transmits Louis Adamic's "The Native's Return," commenting: "Mr. Adamic was, for many years, and still is a customer of ours, and I therefore prevailed upon him to inscribe this copy to you. I hope that you will derive much pleasure from reading the book." Signed simply "Ben," with a holograph postscript: "why dont you come down / and see me sometime / B." A colorful bit of Chicago bookselling history. "Ben was one of the last of the sweetly screwy booksellers," wrote Herb Graffis in a "Chicago Sun Times" obituary. "He was a round cultural peg who never was bothered by not fitting into a square economic hole.". N° de ref. de la librería 22100

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Main Street Fine Books & Manuscripts has been buying and selling quality books, autographs and ephemera since 1991. We specialize in general antiquarian, first editions, signed books and autographs and documents. We are members of the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America (ABAA), Midwest Antiquarian Booksellers Association (MWABA), Universal Autograph Collectors Club (UACC) and The Manuscript Society.

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Main Street Fine Books & Manuscripts accepts VISA, MasterCard and Discover cards. Checks are welcome. Institutions will be accommodated as their procedures require. Shipping is additional and will be quoted at the time an order is placed. Illinois residents will be charged 8.25% sales tax. Every effort has been made to describe each book and any defects accurately. If an item proves unsatisfactory for any reason, it may be returned pursuant to ABEBooks' policy. We would appreciate a courtesy cal...

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