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On Motivation, Don Fabun 1969

By: N/A

Price: $30.00

Publisher: Beverly, Hills, California, Glencoe Press: 1969

Edition: Second printing

Seller ID: 0590

Condition: Good


Scarce, desirable booklet in good clean, tightly bound condition. Isolated small rubbed spots to cover, front and back, and flat corner creases only faults. Pages very clean with no names or writing. Nicely illustrated in both black and white and color throughout. 39 pages of dense text. At the time of writing Fabun was director of Publications for Kaiser Aluminum and Chemical Corp, but also taught at Brandeis as a professor of psychology. He has published a large body o... View more info

Image for The Fine Arts; A University Course Sculpture, Painting, Architecture and Decoration in Their History, Development and Principles  (Vols. 1-11) 1917

The Fine Arts; A University Course Sculpture, Painting, Architecture and Decoration in Their History, Development and Principles (Vols. 1-11) 1917

By: N/A

Price: $75.00

Publisher: Chicago, National Art Society: 1907

Seller ID: 1270

Condition: Very Good


Eleven consecutive books in a fine arts course published in 1907. Beautifully kept and beautifully designed. All are illustrated, primarily in black and white on quality coated paper. Each measures 9"x12" and each is focused on one period of art. Appears to be missing one volume -- #12 -- which covers Asian art. All are clean and tightly bound with just light wear. Begins with principles and technique of fine art and moves through the ages showing painting, sculpture and... View more info

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The Subtle Principle of Successby Alois Swoboda 1920

By: Alois P. Swoboda

Price: $35.00

Publisher: U.S.A., Presumed by Swoboda: 1920

Seller ID: 4417

Condition: Good condition


I somehow managed to get the full Swoboda course at two different times. Since then I got a single booklet autographed by Swoboda and then later I got several pieces, including this one and three booklets. These are not perfect by any means, but I knew better than to let them go because Swoboda booklets are really hard to get these days. There's The Subtle Principle of Success is the nicest of them all. There's some soil which refused to go away and there a few small te... View more info

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The Human Betterment Course: Personal Lessons in Body and Brain Building for Health and Efficiency (1919)

By: Brennan, John

Price: $75.00

Publisher: New York, Bureau of Human Betterment Inc.: 1919

Seller ID: 2219

Condition: Good


This is a very scarce item which I have been researching on and off for months. It’s a nine lesson course written by the former editor of Popular Culture magazine in which he wrote articles about birth control when it was highly controversial. That topic and the title of this course in body building brought up the dark story of E. S. Gosney and his The Human Betterment Foundation located in Pasadena, California in 1928. Gosney’s goal seemed to envision America and ap... View more info

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Speedwriting The Natural Shorthand (Six Volume Course 1937)

By: Dearborn, Emma B.

Price: $40.00

Publisher: New York City, School of Speedwriting Inc.: 1937

Seller ID: 2202


Six handsome hard cover manuals which offer a chance to learn to take notes quickly using the symbols for the alphabet that you already know. The course became available in 1923, but this set is from 1937. Both the pages and the covers are clean and tightly bound. The only exterior fault is a light stain to the front cover of five of the six at the far right edge. The inside is clean, but the previous owner erased all of the penciled answers in volumes one and two, but t... View more info

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Home Sewing Course by Helen Hall Eight Series, 1936-37

By: Hunt, Helen

Price: $25.00

Publisher: St. Louis, Missouri, Sye Sewing Institute: 1936-37

Edition: Second Edition

Seller ID: 3985

Condition: Very good condition


Autodidactic that I am I can never pass up a course. Never mind that I was a three-time Singer sewing loser. If it's a course I buy it. This one is packaged in a slipcase with eight booklets covering various aspects of sewing -- First Steps in Sewing; Cutting and Assembling; Waist Finishing; Sleeves and Skirt Finishing; Tailoring; Materials and Trimming; Individual Fitting; and Eighty Fitting Problems. All booklets are clean and nice and have only one tiny tear to fron... View more info

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Mastery of Speech: A Course In Eight Parts (1918)

By: Law, Frederick Houk

Price: $30.00

Publisher: New York, Independent Corporation: 1918

Seller ID: 2710

Condition: Good-plus condition


Very nice, clean little booklets which measure 5" x 6-3/4" written by Frederick Houk Law, Ph.D. who created a course "on general speech,business talking, public speaking, and what to say and how to say it under all conditions." Book One -- How To Speak Correctly and Pleasingly; Book Two -- How to Use Words Correctly; Book Three -- How to Speak Well Under All Ordinary Conditions; Book Four -- How to Speak in Daily Business Life; Book Five -- How To Speak Under Trying Cond... View more info

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Stenciling (1920)

By: Mickel, Adelaide

Price: $20.00

Publisher: Peoria, Illinois, The Manual Arts Press: 1920

Seller ID: 0873

Condition: Very Good


To find an original of this one is quite a task, but here we have it in clean, tightly bound condition. It's designed primarily for the craftsperson who wishes to learn from the ground up which may be why there are "problems" posed for various grades in school. But the most likely reader is the one who wishes to follow it straight through learning how to design a stencil, transfer the design, and master such techniques as stenciling with oil colors on fabric, water color... View more info

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Think Clearly! A Popular Guide To Logic In Everyday Life (10 booklets)

By: Moxley, D.J.

Price: $35.00

Publisher: London, Odhams Press Limited: Mid-20th Century

Seller ID: 1244

Condition: Very good


Ten clean tightly bound booklets comprise this very useful and easy to comprehend course in the application of logic to everyday circumstances. There's no date, but the set appears to have been published in the mid-20th century. There's some fading to the first five volumes to various degrees with volume one being sunned to gray. Pages are clean and there is no writing. Each has 48 pages with cartoony illustrations. The author was a lecturer in philosophy at Morley Colle... View more info

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Roth Memory Course in Seven Lessons -- 1918

By: Roth, David M.

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York City, Independent Corporation: 1918

Seller ID: 4063

Condition: Very good condition


As I've mentioned here before, I love self-help courses. This was published in 1918 and yet it's still in use because it works. I bought the first set I had from an elderly man whose father was an autodidactic. That was probably 20 years ago. I got another set five years later and now I got this one last week. The course is in its entirety with the seven volumes. They measure 5" x 6-1/2" and have a total of 285 pages. View more info