Monday, April 16, 2018


After four years, it is time to admit defeat. Henry Bemis Books has failed. Its owner is broke and about to become homeless. We are grateful for the support of our handful of customers and many others who enjoyed what we posted here. Moving forward, we will not be able to move our inventory with us, so the likelihood of a restart is small. We have had investors who didn't invest as much as promised, and who got cold feet. We had a joint-venturer who died. It has been a lovely dream, but a reality it clearly has not been meant to be.

Best wishes to you all.

Lindsay Thompson

It's Book Fair Week at last!

Friday, April 13, 2018

Don't miss this week's show! Next week will be here in a hurry-

An American original

Honoring Thomas Jefferson's 275th birthday: Revolution in the Carolinas


U.S. News & World Report, 200 Years: A Bicentennial History of the United States (1st ed. 1973). LOC 73-77836. Two-volume folio set in red cloth boards and leatherette bindings; Vol. 2’s spine is pretty faded compared to Vol. 1’s. Nice illustrated slipcase with one fold loose at the top rear. 702 pp. Very good condition. HBB Price: $35.

Coolidge, Calvin, Have Faith In Massachusetts (Houghton Mifflin/Riverside Press, 1919). Speeches by the then-new Governor, who later became the only American president born on the 4th of July. A must-have for enthusiasts of  Silent Cal’s minimalist government views (National Review anointed then to-be and not yet former Senator Scott Brown the New Coolidge). Deaccessioned from the Zephyrhills, FL public library. No dust jacket but otherwise very good condition. Duodecimo, 275 pp. HBB price: $35.

Roberts, Kenneth, The Battle of Cowpens: The Great Morale-Builder (Doubleday, stated 1st ed., 1958).

This essay was the last work of the noted New England journalist, novelist and Revolutionary War-era historian (1885-1957). Awarded a special Pulitzer Prize in history for his contributions to the discipline, Roberts was a longtime correspondent for The Saturday Evening Post who was the first American to cover Hitler’s abortive 1923 coup attempt in Germany.

In this book, Roberts considers how the one-hour battle, just three months after Kings Mountain, turned the corner in the American Revolution and made inevitable Cornwallis’ surrender at Yorktown. His publisher, Herbert Faulkner West, wrote in the preface, “I am proud to be the publisher of a small limited edition of his last piece of historical writing, characterized as usual by a slight air of belligerency hovering over it.”

Octavo, 111 pp, with a nine-page appendix of Robert's’ collected works. Hardcover, unclipped dust jacket, very good condition. Rare. HBB price: $85.

Draper, Lyman C., Kings Mountain and Its Heroes: History of the Battle of Kings Mountain, October 7, 1780, And The Events Which Led To It (1881; reprint by The Overmountain Press, 1st printing, 1996). ISBN 1-57072-060-6. Hardcover, no dust jacket. Octavo, 612 pp. with index. Facsimile of the original. Green boards with gilt titling and reproduction of cover art. Very good condition. HBB price: $60.



Draper, Lyman C., Kings Mountain and Its Heroes: History of the Battle of Kings Mountain, October 7, 1780, And The Events Which Led To It (1881; reprint by Genealogical Publishing Co., 1971). ISBN 0-8063-0097-3. Hardcover, no dust jacket. Octavo, 612 pp. with index. Facsimile of the original. Foxing along the text block edges. HBB price: $35.

Dunkerly, Robert M., Kings Mountain Walking Tour Guide (Dorrance Publishing Co., stated first printing, 2003). ISBN 0-8059-6117-8. Paperback, 43 pp. Very good condition. Autographed on the title page by the author, a Kings Mountain National Military Park ranger. Contained two longhand emendations at p. 38, which deals with the treatment of British loyalists: "hung" has been changed to "hanged" twice. In 2007, Dunkerly published a book of eyewitness accounts of the battle. HBB price: $10.

Edgar, Walter, Partisans & Redcoats: The Southern Conflict That Turned The Tide of The American Revolution (William Morrow, 1st ed, 1st printing, 2001). ISBN 0-380-97760-5. The prominent South Carolina historian’s account of the British invasion of the Carolinas, and how it led to their defeat. Edgar is a fine writer. Hardcover, unclipped dust jacket, mylar cover, octavo, 198 pp. very good condition. HBB price: $30.

Ward, Christopher L., The War of the Revolution (John Richard Alden ed., Macmillan, 1st ed, 1952). 2 vols, slipcased, 989 pp. Octavo, hardcover, no dust jackets; blue buckram boards, with some darkening of the spines. Tight, square binding, very good clean text blocks. Slipcased, in good condition.

Ward (1868-1943) was a Delaware lawyer who wrote much of the state's landmark 1899 corporations law, then- after it became a haven for businesses to form there- cofounded Corporation Service Company. CSC remains a giant in the of managing Delaware corporate registration and reporting services.

Wealthy, Ward devoted himself to writing producing over two dozen books in the 1920s and '30s. His work ranged from poetry to literary parody. parody to Delaware history to his great work, the fifth edition of Delaware Corporations and Receiverships (1932).

The War of the Revolution was Ward's last and most significant work and remains a frequently-consulted set. At the Mises Institute website in 2007, Murray Rothbard called it "the best-detailed history of the military conflict." HBB price: $50.


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Thursday, April 12, 2018

Here's this week's dose of the subversive!

Book of the Day: Parallel Cities

“What’s going on with Charlotte?” friends ask me on social media and by email.

It’s a good question. Charlotte has ever striven for a quiet pride in itself, a city of banks and the churches in which the bankers worshiped, of NASCAR and sports and a vague progressivism that translates to, “We’re not as bad as [Southern City of Your Choice].”

As the Queen City competes for the next Republican convention, local debate is focused on inequality- in housing, jobs, and education.

How did we get here?

Alan Pyke’s article, in Think Progress, is a good summary of how, displaced from power for twenty years at the end of the 19th century, North Carolina’s old guard got it back and cemented itself in. In Charlotte, the effects of segregation laws were amplified by ban’s financing practices and developers’ restrictions on land as the city began its relentless, decades-long surge outward.

And then, in the 1950s and ‘60s, city leaders embraced new roads- a social engineering tool for the days of Baron Haussmann in Paris through Robert Moses in New York and his baleful influence jamming interstates through cities.

In Charlotte, “problem communities” were simply paved over with federal highway and urban renewal money. And as Thomas Hanchett wrote in his book, Sorting Out the New South City,  thousands of suddenly displaced families had to move to where there was somewhere to live, never mind that it was usually a step or two down, and further out:

Map today’s steeply segregated Charlotte by racial demographics and you’ll get something that looks like Pacman’s silhouette running downhill. The white populace is heavily concentrated within one triangular slice of the city’s south end, between South Boulevard and Providence Road.

Neighborhoods there are 80 to 95 percent white. Wind clockwise around the city’s face from South Boulevard, however, and you’ll be hard-pressed to find census tracts where the white population even cracks 30 percent.

These are the domain of Charlotte’s black folk, neighborhoods that cling to the sides of the giant interstates that chisel the city apart from itself.

I-77 blades north and south through town, its shadows harboring almost all-black neighborhoods.

Its twin monster, I-85, slithers east-west across the city. On the west side, dozens of minority-majority communities cling to 85’s hips.

Thomas Hanchett’s Sorting Out The New South City- on which Pyke’s article relies- is to Charlotte what Robert Caro’s The Power Broker was for New York under Moses. He documents how the city became two.

Henry Bemis Books is pleased to offer an autographed copy of this important and newly-timely work:

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Hanchett, Thomas W., Sorting Out the New South City: Race, Class, and Urban Development in Charlotte, 1875-1975 (UNC Press, 1st ed., 1st printing, 1998). ISBN 0-8078-4677-5. Fascinating account of how Charlotte did not begin as a deliberately segregated city, but became one over time, through the rise of large manufacturing companies, new travel technologies, and- finally- urban renewal finding, which allowed civic leaders to resort the city’s residents on opposite sides of the city. Trade paperback, 9.25” x 6”, 380 pp. Very good condition. Autographed on the title page. HBB price: $50 obo.

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