RARE BOOK GUIDE - THE RUNNERS, THE RIDERS & THE ODDS

21 June 2007

Stephen W. Meader. Bulldozer, 1951.




Stephen W. Meader. BULLDOZER. Harcourt Brace, NY, 1951.

Current Selling Prices
$80-$200 /£45-£100



CHILDREN"S LITERATURE
This is the third of a trio of Ebay nostalgia/ children's books (Young Adult) that are highly sought after. The other two, covered earlier by us were Jellybeans for Breakfast and Lazy Liza Lizard -- all much wanted by Boomers who grew up on them. The other two were for girls -this one is for boys and tomboys and budding business tycoons. A fairly simple plot - Bill Crane and his friend Ducky Davis discover a Caterpillar Tractor sunk and abandoned in a lake and use their ingenuity to restore it and build a profitable business. Among their adventures, a successful battle against a forest fire. All with cool b/w illustrations by Edwin Schmidt.

Most copies out there are paperbacks or rather sad ex library copies--here is a description of a paperback that with most other titles would be immediately tossed, trashed or vapourized. It is described in what I call the Alain Robbe Grillet style --i.e. so much detail that it is hard to envision what the thing actually looks like. The cost for this paperback is $70 - take it away Alain:
'...Fair binding cracking at page 100; heavy spine crease; moderate crease along spine edge of front cover; slight crease along spine edge of back cover; ½" trinangular chunk missing from front fore-edge; ½" closed tear to top back spine edge; 1" closed tear to top and bottom front spine edges; small, slight crease to back corners; two heavy creases to bottom front corner; heavy crease to upper front corner; rubbing and chipping to upper edge of front cover; rubbing to other edges; rubbing, slight soil to covers; several indentations to front and back covers, two penetrate to next two pages; crease to bottom corner of about a dozen pages; age tanning to pages and inside of covers, pages are not brittle; moisture stain to margin of bottom corner of first 18 pages, does not affect the text; rectangular piece cut out of top corner of front endpaper; ¼" closed tear and crease to fore-edge of last three blank pages...'
If the book was stabbed through the middle with a greasy kebab skewer and then dropped in a puddle it could hardly be worse but after all this we are assured '...pages are clean, no marks to text, no owner signatures, inscriptions, store stamps, remainder marks.' I would avoid buying the library of the collector who buys this.

VALUE? Hard to find a decent non Ex Library first in jacket for less than $100, a simple reader can be picked up for under $30. There are several firsts on ABE at between $200 and $300, the most expensive, as always, being the nastiest. [ W/Q ** ]

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

where can I purchase one ?
fdg421@hotmail.com

Dave said...

Funny how things come back to you - this 'simple' book had me riveted in 1960 or so, as an 8 or 9 year old, and (other than a farming background) is no doubt responsible for my love of all things yellow, esp the tiny, wide gauge D2 featured in the book. I will have one before I pass!!!

And yes, I'll break down and shell out an inordinate amount for a copy of the book!! (someday)

Anonymous said...

This book has been reissued by Southern Skies publishing, as well as several other Meader books, about $30 for a brand new copy!
https://www.southernskies.com/store/default.asp
Hope this helps!

meaderfannortherncal said...

No book has had a more profound effect on my life than this one. Reading it as a teenager, it ignited an entrepreneurship and mechanical interest spark which have remained ever since, which I attribute to having gone into business for myself many years ago. It took years to find a copy prior to the advent of the internet, but once found, it became a cherished possession. It is still a thrill to read, evoking all those same sentiments it did years ago. I too vow to buy and restore a D2 before i go. I know where one sits at this moment. Highly recommended reading.

Dave said...

meaderfannortherncal, we must be cut from the same cloth! I read 'Bulldozer' as a youngster in one sitting - it spoke so much more than the words on the page let on! Funny thing is, I didn't really grasp how much Meader's yarn resonated with me, how deeply the values it projected, until old enough to look back at the years past & truly reflect.

And I've never been happier than rebounding from the dotcom bust, landing in the seat of a backhoe - and later pushing granite in a local quarry on a D6 on the graveyard shift.

Those jobs didn't last long enough - I now renovate apartments & foreclosed houses. But I too will own and push dirt with a tiny little D2 before I breathe my last.

webguydave in Gilroy, CA

NO1PAPPI3 said...

READ BOOK AT LEAST A DOZ. TIMES IN GRADE SCHOOL. HAVE BEEN TRYING ALL LIBRARIES WITH NO LUCK. RAN ACROSS THIS SITE BY CHANCE. HOPE BOOK IS STILL AVAILABLE. PAPPI MAC (PS) WOULD LIKE TO READ AGAIN AT MY AGE OF 69.

Dave said...

Hi NO1PAPPI3 !

Go to
https://www.southernskies.com/store/default.asp

This fellow has republished Meader's work - way cheaper than finding an old copy!

Best

Dave

Anonymous said...

I have one of these books I am listing on Ebay this coming week. The only thing I'm not sure of is that on the front cover it says "Presentation Edition". Can anyone tell me what that means? Thank you. EDG

Dave said...

"Presentation Copy" are copies of a book that have been printed over & above a stated press run. They are generally given to the author for personal use or distributed as perhaps comps or freebies. Does it add to the value? If signed by hte author, perhaps; otherwise, I wouldn't think so. Just my opinion. DAve

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todd m said...

I got a copy of this book at a used book sale while fourth grade. My copy was a blue hardcover with a red trim and the title at the top...no picture on cover. Loved it, read it too many times to remember....just ordered a copy from ABA...Im now 57 years old and will read this book another 100 times...a great read!

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