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#1 dalbert

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Posted 27 February 2006 - 08:32 PM

I am selling the following 3 items for my friend, Bill Helmer, author of "The Gun That Made The Twenties Roar." He is also the author of several other 20's to 30's era gangster related books. Obviously, this is a very unique offering, so if you have any interest in these items, please contact me quickly, as they will probably not last long.

I want to clarify that I am not making any money on these 3 items. All funds will be collected by me, and sent to Bill Helmer. Prices do not include insured shipping, and I can quote you fast Priority Mail, or slower Media Mail. If you are a Texas resident, I will have to collect 8.25% Texas state sales tax.

The 3 items are as follows:

Item #1: "The Thompson Submachine Gun," by Roger Cox, with dustcover. Very good condition. The dustcover has a small tear in the upper left hand corner, and a small piece missing at the bottom of the Dillinger wanted poster in the lower right hand corner. This book has a Roger Cox signature, and 2 Helmer signatures. Books signed by Roger Cox are hard to find. Helmer got this book from Cox when it came out in 1982. Bill Helmer wrote the introduction to this book, and signed below his name at the end of the introduction, and also marked the page that has the Roger Cox signature with "From the library of William J. Helmer." (The name is signed)

The price for this item is $700.

Here is a picture of the book:

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Here is a picture of the dual author signature page:

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Here is a picture of Bill Helmer and me with some books, including the one listed above. Incidentally, I found out he did not have a first edition of his own "Roar" book, so I gave him one of mine, and it is pictured. He then gave me a signed copy of his "Public Enemies" book, which I did not have yet.

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Item #2: Reproduction 1929 Catalog by Ray Riling Arms Books Co. These were individually serial numbered from 1 to 500, and this one is number 063. This one has a lot of wrinkles in it, and is stamped on the lower back with Helmer's name and former Chicago address. Also written in pencil, above the TSMG picture on the front cover, Helmer wrote "Poor reprint." This could easily be erased, but it adds character, in my opinion. Originally, these came with a loose leaf insert for the 1928 Model TSMG, but this one does not have that loose leaf page included.

The price for this item is $40.

Item #3: "Notes on Auto-Ordnance," by James Bannan and Tracie Hill, 1989. This belongs to Helmer, but is not marked in any way. It has seen a lot of use, including a page that is very wrinkled.

The price for this item is $150.

Here is a picture of the previous 2 items together:

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The following items belong to me, and I am selling them because they are duplicates. Bill signed them all for me in blue ink next to his printed name on the inside title page. This is a good chance to pick up a signed edition of his "Roar" book, and his Baby Face Nelson book that he did with Steven Nickel.

Shipping and tax must be added for these items as described above.

Prices:

MacMillan "Roar" Book, Second printing, 1970: $40
Gun Room Press "Roar" Book, $35
Baby Face Nelson Book, 2002, By Cumberland Press, $25

These books have Brodart library quality dustcover protectors placed on them.

Here is a picture of the 3 books:

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Please contact me at the email address below if you are interested in any of the items. Again, the first 3 items are for sale with all proceeds going to Helmer.

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Posted 28 February 2006 - 10:32 PM

A Cox signed and Helmer signed Roger Cox book for $700 looks pretty good considering an unsigned copy just went for 400 dollars and change on ebay today. The history behind this book is certainly something to think about. It may be possible to run into Helmer and obtain a signature; I have not heard of Cox signing anything for many years.
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#3 Z3BigDaddy

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Posted 28 February 2006 - 10:36 PM

QUOTE (TD. @ Feb 28 2006, 10:32 PM)
A Cox signed and Helmer signed Roger Cox book for $700 looks pretty good considering an unsigned copy just went for 400 dollars and change on ebay today. The history behind this book is certainly something to think about. It may be possible to run into Helmer and obtain a signature; I have not heard of Cox signing anything for many years.

That was for the book "and" the supplement which is pretty good money on it's own... I was the $400 bidder behind the $405........ But you are right they are hard to find....
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#4 dalbert

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Posted 01 March 2006 - 07:02 PM

Update: Except for the Cox book, all items listed in my post above have sold.

Thanks!

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Posted 04 March 2006 - 09:43 PM

Update: The Cox book is now sold.

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