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        An Encyclopedic Outline of Masonic, Hermetic, Qabbalistic and Rosicrucian Symbolical Philosophy, Being an Interpretation of the Secret Teachings concealed within the Rituals, Allegories and Mysteries of All Ages. First printing.

      H. S. Crocker Company, Inc., San Francisco 1927 - Subscriber's (& only true first) Edition. No. 58 of only 550 copies. This copy for subscriber Clara Lubbe. There were (following the success of the present volume) other limited editions published, nonetheless this particular edition remains the only true first edition of this important work. Signed by Manly on limitation page. Half vellum over cloth in substantial wooden slipcase. Red morocco label to spine. ; Folio 13" - 23" tall; Signed by Author [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: William Chrisant & Sons FABA, ABAA, ILAB]
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        Elmer Gantry

      Hacourt, Brace, and Company 1927 - Harcourt, Brace & CO, NY. 1927. First Edition, First Printing. Very good condition. No jacket. "G" on cover looks like "C". Ex library markings. No marks on pages. Slight shelf wear. First cover page is loose. This is one of Lewis' great novels of the 1920's and he won Nobel Prize. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Peacock Publishing e.g. Judith Simmons]
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        Sèvres.]

      1927 - Original etching on laid paper (watermarked ‘Hand Made’). A rich impression signed by the artist in pencil. A view of the town by the River Seine a few miles west of the centre of Paris. In the mid 1920s Nevinson and his wife often visited the Ile-de-France region. According to Dr. Jonathan Black the apparently placid rural scene has been rendered “brooding, crepuscular saturated with a subtle hint of pastoral menace”. It was first exhibited Alex Reid & Lefevre, London, April 1927. CONDITION: Expertly closed tear c. 2.5 cm into sky upper right. Paper with even age tone, as normal, and deckled upper and lower edges. SIZE: 276 x 353 mm (plate and image), 347 x 442 mm (sheet). REF: Black 119. See ‘CRW Nevinson. A Printmaker in War and Peace’, Osborne Samuel 2014 (exhibition catalogue) p. 10. [Attributes: Signed Copy]

      [Bookseller: Jasper Jennings Antique Prints]
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        Quatre contes

      - Editions des Cahiers Libres, Paris 1927, 14x19,5cm, broché. - Prima edizione, una delle 30 copie numerate sul Giappone, la nostra ingiustificata, testina di stampa. Piccoli morsi marginali minori sulla schiena e la seconda, bella copia piatta. - [FRENCH VERSION FOLLOWS] Edition originale, un des 30 exemplaires numérotés sur Japon, le nôtre non justifié, tirage de tête. Infimes piqûres marginales sans gravité sur le dos et le deuxième plat, agréable exemplaire.

      [Bookseller: Librairie Feu Follet]
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        THE BRIDGE OF SAN LUIS REY

      Longmans, Green & Co., London 1927 - First British Edition, preceding the American edition by a few days, of this winner of Wilder's first of three Pulitzer Prizes. INSCRIBED and SIGNED on the the front endpaper: "For Mrs. Isaacs/with the affection/of one of her/boys/Thornton/Lawrenceville/November/1927." The recipient appears to be Edith Isaacs, editor of THEATRE ARTS magazine, whom Wilder befriended in the early 1920s while teaching at the Lawrenceville School in New Jersey. Isaacs offered much encouragement to Wilder, including recommending that he apply for a Guggenheim Fellowship in order to finish THE BRIDGE OF SAN LUIS REY, for which he was declined. Briefest of wear to the spine tips of the book. Dustwrapper with a long closed tear along the front flap joint (neatly masked by the mylar protector), chips at the spine tips but not affecting the lettering, and general edgewear with the spine darkened. About Fine in a scarce, Very Good example of the dustwrapper [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Charles Agvent, est. 1987, ABAA, ILAB]
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        Mesicník pro stavební umení (= Der Bau. Monatsschrift für Baukunst). V. Jahrg., Heft 1 - 12 (Juli 1926 - Mai 1927).

      Originalausgabe. - Kompletter Jahrgang der bedeutenden Zeitschrift des tschechischen Konstruktivismus mit vorgeb. Jahresinhaltsverzeichnis. - Enthält u.a. einen mehrteiligen Beitrag von Karel Teige über Konstruktivismus und neue Architektur in der UdSSR sowie einen umfangreichen Artikel über das Bauhaus Dessau. Bildunterschriften in Tschechisch, Französisch und Deutsch. - Insgesamt ordentlicher Zustand. - Heller 112f.

      [Bookseller: Rotes Antiquariat]
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        COLLECTION OF 40+ ITEMS OF FISHING AND BOATING CATALOGS AND EPHEMERA FROM 1920s TO 30s

      Almost all items are in Very Good to Fine condition or better. Acme Folding Boats Catalog Bob Becker: My Best Tip for a Fishing Trip travel brochure Boyd Martin Boat Co brochure Burntside Lodge travel brochure Byrne, Kingston Co Kingston Carburetor advertising brochure C & D Boat Co Shoal and Weed Proof Tiller and Propeller advertising brochure Caille Perfection Motor Co Perfection Waterproof Ignition advertising brochure Caille Perfection Motor Co Portable Boat Motor advertising pamphlet Canada Steamship Lines 1000 Islands 10 Official Photographs souvenir photos Carlyle Johnson Machine Co. The Bud-E Marine Motor advertising brochure Carlyle Johnson Machine Co. The Bud-E Marine Motor advertising brochure Columbian Brass Foundry Propellers advertising brochure Crosman Shooting Gallery Target targets for air rifles Ferro Marine & Foundry Marine Engines advertising brochure Fulton Marine Engines advertising brochure G. H. Bass & Co Outdoor Footwear 1927 catalog Gas Engine & Power Co and Chas L Seabury Co Speedway Runabouts advertising brochure George Lawley & Son Runabouts advertising brochure Great Lakes Cruise: 7 Days Cruising on 4 Lakes travel brochure Grey Motor Co Gearless Detachable Boat Motor advertising brochure Gunderson Canoe mfg Catalogue No. 240 Gunderson Canoe mfg Catalogue No. 240 Kermath 12 hp Marine Motor advertising brochure LH Koven & Bro. Marine Catalog No. 1 Luxeberry Spar Varnish advertising brochure Marshall Field Fishing Tackle 1926 sporting goods catalog Old Town Canoes & Boats Catalog for 1941 Pommer Boat Building Co catalog Sterling Engine Company catalog Sterling Engine Company catalog Thomas Edison Co. Marine Batteries advertising brochure Truscott Boats advertising brochure USDA Bulletin 1550 Game Laws 1927-28 Govt Pamphlet Valley Boat & Engine Co Hydroplane Row Boat advertising brochure Valley Boat & Engine Co Wave-Collecting Type - 1195 advertising brochure Valley Boat & Engine Co Wave-Collecting Type - 1195 advertising brochure Valley Boat and Engine Co The Faultless Kid Racer advertising brochure Valley Boat and Engine Co The Valley Speed Demon advertising brochure Von Lengerke & Antoine VL&A targets Von Lengerke & Antoine VL&A #67 sporting goods catalog Von Lengerke & Antoine VL&A #67 Guns & Ammo Supplement sporting goods catalog Von Lengerke & Antoine VL&A #68 sporting goods catalog Von Lengerke & Antoine VL&A #75 sporting goods catalog Von Lengerke & Antoine VL&A #77 sporting goods catalog Von Lengerke & Antoine VL&A #78 sporting goods catalog Von Lengerke & Antoine VL&A #83 sporting goods catalog WH Mullins Co. 21-Foot Dixie Flyer advertising brochure Wilderness Outfitters, Ely MN travel brochure Wilderness Outfitters, Ely MN travel brochure Woolsey's Marine Paint Specialties color samples catalog. JF con. Full-priced Rockville.

      [Bookseller: Second Story Books]
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        Konwencjonalne cierpienia bywalca kawiarnianego [The Conventional Sufferings of a Coffeehouse Regular]

      Warsaw: sk . g . Towarzystwo Wydaw. "Rój", 1927. Octavo (18 × 13 cm). Original pictorial wrappers; 162, [2] pp. Some restauration; wear to spine extremities; good or better. First Polish edition of this novella by Ehrenburg (1891-1967), the prolific Soviet writer, journalist, and translator who spent much of the 1920-30s in Western Europe and maintained close ties with avant-garde artists, émigré circles, and left-leaning writers while serving as Soviet press correspondent. Translated by Tadeusz Jakubowicz (?). With an attractive constructivist wrapper design attributed to the Polish architect and painter Henryk Nowina-Czerny, which resembles the Russian original (1926). KVK, OCLC show no copies outside of Poland.

      [Bookseller: Penka Rare Books, ILAB]
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        LE GRANDI FIRME Quindicinale di novelle dei massimi scrittori

      n.d. ITALIANO 0,11 Brossura editoriale illustrata con evidenti segni del tempo quali: dissolvenza accentuata ai bordi, pieghe e piccoli strappetti. Interno integro, pagine brunite, discreto lo stato generale di conservazione. Anno V volume n. 76 del 15 Agosto 1927. USATO

      [Bookseller: Biblioteca di Babele]
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        Der Steppenwolf (Erstausgabe)

      289 gebundene Ausgabe Gebundene Ausgabe, Sehr schöner hellblauer Leineneinband, Fischer-Verlag 1927, 289 Seiten + 33 Seiten (Traktat), Fraktur-Schrift, Erstausgabe / 1st edition (1. bis 15. Auflage), mit dem nach S.64 eingeschobenen "Tractat vom Steppenwolf", Textteil innen in sehr gutem und sauberem Zustand, Lediglich im Vorsatz leicht Gebrauchsspuren, sonst ohne Flecken oder Eintragungen, Farbiger Kopfschnitt verblasst + berieben, Buchschnitt/Papier etwas nachgedunkelt, Einband aussen in sauberem und sehr gutem Zustand, Es liegt eine Kopie eines Schutzumschlags liegt (intern: 16P-hellblau/schatzkästchen/Altdeutsch/GOU-2)

      [Bookseller: Lydia und Hubert Lohmaier GbR]
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        NOW WE ARE SIX Decorations by E H Shepard

      London: Methuen, 1927. First edition. Hardcover. A very good plus to near fine copy in the original maroon cloth with gilt rule and illustrations to front and rear covers, Offsetting from the glue used in production. In very good plus to near fine jacket that has browned around the edges. E.H. Shepard. A book of 35 children's verses to and for by, with and from, Christopher Robin. Milne is best known for his stories about Winnie the Pooh, which were inspired by his son's, Christopher Robin Milne's, stuffed animals. In this poem, a young child recounts the previous five years and how life was just beginning. ... So I think I'll be six now for ever and ever. Eleven of the poems in the collection are accompanied by illustrations featuring Winnie the Pooh.

      [Bookseller: Ed Smith Books]
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        Now We Are Six

      Methuen & Co 1927 - First Edition, First Impression (Methuen & Co, 1927). Gift inscription to half-title page; spine tips lightly bumped; rubbing to corners and spine tips. Original and unclipped dust jacket has some loss to spine tips and browning to spine panel; corners chipped with a closed tear to bottom edge of front panel and to top edge of rear panel. A very nice copy. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Fine Book Cellar, IOBA]
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        I nostri alleati navali Ricordi della guerra adriatica 1915 - 1918

      Arnoldo Mondadori Editore S. p. A. - Milano, 1927. ITALIANO 0,63 Volume degli anni '20 in buono stato, coperta illustrata in tessuto, illustrazione di Cisari, caratteri ed elementi grafici dorati in bassorilievo su piatto anteriore e dorso, bordo e punte leggermente consumati, tracce di sporco, fioritura sparsa, alcune ammaccature, tagli e margini delle pagine poco bruniti. Fa parte della Collezione Italiana di diari, memorie studi e documenti per servire alla storia della guerra del mondo, diretta da Angelo Gatti. USATO

      [Bookseller: Biblioteca di Babele]
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        Capri nella tradizione al cospetto del mondo. - Risposta al sedicente inventore dei libri liviani

      Tipografia Tocco - Napoli, NAPOLI 1927 - INTERLINGUE Fascicolo degli anni '20 in stato discreto, coperta in cartoncino, piatto anteriore staccato dalla legatura, dorso mancante, legatura malferma, bordo e punte consumati, pieghette, abrasioni fioritura sparsa, tagli leggermente bruniti, pagine in buono stato. Alcune illustrazioneiin b. e n. in testo. Su frontespizio lunga dedica con luogo e data. Fa parte della Collezione G. Ruocco, Capri. Lingue: Italiano, Latino.

      [Bookseller: Biblioteca di Babele]
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        Kongregationale Missionsarbeit in China , mit 88 Illustrationen und zwei Kartenskizzen

      Redfield, S. Dak.: : Redfield College Press 1927 - 208 pp, missing fep, Three libraries list this German language book on missions in China. Written by the" Professor der Theologie am Deutsch-Kongregationalen Seminar zu Redfield , South Dakota [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Sam's Place Books]
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        Synthèse du Costume Théâtral. Trente planches en couleurs.

      Paris "Le Théâtre national Mondial?" 1927 - 4to (33.5 x 25.5 cm). No. 46 of 170 copies. ff. [8], 33 pochoir plates (including frontispiece), some with gold or silver, on laid paper. Paperback, pochoir illustration and signature by the artist to upper board; small marginal repairs and light stains to covers, text block clean. Very rare album containing 33 designs by the Cubist and Art Deco painter Serge Gladky (1880 – 1930s), a Russian based in Paris, one of the precursors to the development of abstract art. Gladky worked as a graphic artist and architect, using ornamental and geometric patterns composed of sleek lines and sharp angles, inspired by nature and animals. He was also heavily involved in popularising pochoir printmaking in Paris in the early 1900s, a reaction against the mass printing techniques that often produced dull colours. The introduction to this album is by André Salmon, a French writer and art critic who, with Guillaume Apollinaire, was one of the early defenders of Cubism. In the text the poet expands on his love of Russian costumes and on his admiration for Gladky. Praising the artist's ability to convey the essence of Russian culture through geometric shapes, he calls the plates 'inventions merveilles, miraculeuses.' [Attributes: Soft Cover]

      [Bookseller: Shapero Rare Books]
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        Epigramas

      París 1927 - El único libro de Carlos Díaz Dufoo (hijo), dramaturgo, aforista y suicida. Ejemplar 433 de 656. Firmado y dedicado por el autor "A mi maestro don Jorge Vera Estañol". Muy raro. Manchas de humedad en la cubierta, lomo desgastado; interiores en muy buen estado. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Soft Cover]

      [Bookseller: La torre de Lulio]
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        Goresti i skitania: Zapiski 1854-1877 [i e Sorrows and Tribulations: Notes From 1854 To 1877]

      Leningrad: Academia, 1927. FIRST EDITION. Small 8vo (150 x 110 mm). [2], 218, [6] pp. With a portrait of the author. Original Constructivist styled wrapper designed by Valentina Khodasevich (small tears of the overlapped wrappers, Soviet bookshops' stamps on the recto of the back cover, a few spots on the back cover and extremities of the pages, few pages slightly loose, shadow on the first and last pages). Overall a very good copy, preserved in a fine fitted protective case. These memoirs are not only a portrait of a young provincial actress and her life, told simply and without embellishment, but also a collection of interesting details from theatre life of 19th century. Maria Gavrilovna Savina (1854-1915) was a renowned Russian actress. Born Maria Podramentsova into a family of stage actors, she debuted in Minsk in 1869, then joined the Mikhail Leontovsky troupe in Kharkov. While there, she married the actor N. N. Slavich who used the stage name Savin, and has been known as Marya Savina ever since. In 1874 Savina, then the leading actress at the Saratov Theatre, moved to Saint Petersburg to join the Alexandrinsky Theatre. It was there that she became famous, mostly for her parts in Alexander Ostrovsky's plays (including Without a Dowry, Talents and Admirers, A Profitable Position, Hard-Earned Bread, The Last Victim, Vasilisa Melentyeva, Wild Thing), as well as in Nikolai Gogol's Revizor, Ivan Turgenev's A Month in the Country and Leo Tolstoy's The Power of Darkness, among others. Foreign playwrights of the time, such as Ibsen and Zuderman, also found in her an excellent performer. Some of the Russian writers of the time were mainly successful due to her performance. This first edition of 1927 was limited to 5100 copies and is now scarce. The significance of the text is such that it has been reprinted three times (1961, 1983 and 2004); of course none of these reprints feature the original impression of the justly famous Constructivist wrappers designed by Valentina Khodasevich (1894-1970), celebrated Soviet theater and graphic artist. This book was the third in the series "Theatrical Memoirs" edited by P.I Novitsky and E. Kuznetsov. The portrait of 17-years-old M.G. Savina is reproduced for the first time from her photograph taken in Kaluga in 1871; likewise, these Memoirs are fully printed for the first time from the manuscript in the Museum of Academic Theaters.

      [Bookseller: Michael Laird Rare Books LLC]
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        Shires and Provinces.

      Eyre and Spottiswoode. 1927. Royal 4to. Original dark blue cloth, dust-jacket; illustrations by Lionel Edwards, including 16 mounted coloured plates, all with printed tissue guards; endpapers a little spotted, otherwise a very good copy; scarce in the dust-jacket. Second impression.

      [Bookseller: Henry Sotheran Ltd.]
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        My: román [We: a novel] Lidová knihovna Aventina, svazek 23 [Aventinum's Popular library, volume 23]

      Prague: Ot. Storch-Marien, 1927. Small octavo (16.5 × 11.5 cm). Original decorative wrappers; 172, [3] pp. Publisher's ads. Very good or better; with just a tiny tear to the lower spine. The second ever appearance in print of Zamyatin's only completed novel, a groundbreaking work in the genre of a futuristic dystopia that was read as a bitter satire on Soviet society and could not be published in Russia. Completed in 1921, it was first issued in an English translation in 1924 (New York, E. P. Dutton), on which the present translation was actually by and large based. Evidently Roman Jakobson, living in Prague at the time, helped the translator, Vaclav Koenig, by repeatedly writing to Zamiatin and even requesting a copy of the English translation (Olshanskaya, 266). This translation even preceded the severely altered version of the Russian original that appeared in the Russian emigre journal "Volia Rossii", also in early 1927. In order to avoid repercussions for Zamyatin, who was then still living in the Soviet Union, the editor of "Volia Rossii" had pretended to publish a translation of a Czech literary work. Nevertheless, "the apearance of the Russian version in Volia Rossii caused an open political campaign against Zamiatin in the Soviet Union, and in 1931 he wrote a letter to Stalin requesting permission to emigrate" (Olshansky, 267). The Czech translation is rare, with KVK, OCLC showing only the copies at the Czech National Library and in Ljubljana.

      [Bookseller: Penka Rare Books, ILAB]
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        Der Steppenwolf (Erstausgabe)

      Fischer-Verlag 1927 - 289 Gebundene Ausgabe, Sehr schöner hellblauer Leineneinband, Fischer-Verlag 1927, 289 Seiten + 33 Seiten (Traktat), Fraktur-Schrift, Erstausgabe / 1st edition (1. bis 15. Auflage), mit dem nach S.64 eingeschobenen "Tractat vom Steppenwolf", Textteil innen in sehr gutem und sauberem Zustand, Lediglich im Vorsatz leicht Gebrauchsspuren, sonst ohne Flecken oder Eintragungen, Farbiger Kopfschnitt verblasst + berieben, Buchschnitt/Papier etwas nachgedunkelt, Einband aussen in sauberem und sehr gutem Zustand, Es liegt eine Kopie eines Schutzumschlags liegt (intern: 16P-hellblau/schatzkästchen/Altdeutsch/GOU-2) Sprache: Deutsch Gewicht in Gramm: 370 [Attributes: First Edition]

      [Bookseller: Lydia & Hubert Lohmaier GbR]
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        EKKKY : Eesti Kujutavate Kunstnikkude Keskyhingu viis aastat (CUEVA : Five Years of Central Union of Estonian Visual Artists) [Album]

      Eesti Kujutavate Kunstnikkude Keskyhing EKKKY, Tallinn (CUEVA Central Union of Estonian Visual Artists, Tallinn) 1927 - Estonian language. Octavo 19 x 24 cm. Weight 300 gr. Wrappers, 128 pp. The book is in Near Fine condition, without any visible defects, losses and remarks. Small triangle piece of bottom left corner of the back cover is broken off, slightly frayed bottom and left edge of back cover with several very minor tears, damaged bottom of the spine, couple of small light brown stains to the right edge of front cover; internally fine condition. The Central Union of Estonian Visual Artists (CUEVA) was founded in March 1922 in Tallinn, as the central organization joining together Estonian professional artists. In 1927 CUEVA published five-year anniversary album. Scarce and valuable edition contains 11 articles on modern art written by prominent Estonian artists. Book begins and finishes with the articles by editor Märt Laarman in which he shares own thoughts about modern art. Edition also includes August Jansen item about CUEVA birth, Märt Pukits feature devoted to Konrad Mägi and August Jansen's devoted to Eduard Verber, Hanno Kompus essay about visual arts collecting. Here is published questionary "Does Estonian Art is suffering crisis?", this question was asked to people of art - Roman Espenberg, Johannes Barbarus, August Jansen, Hanno Kompus and others. In fact, few answers pointed to a crisis, most of the opinions talked about prosperity and progressive development. One of the main advantages of the current album is a huge amount of illustrations. Besides photographic images depicting famous Masters of Art and 11 vignettes by Arnold Akberg, Märt Laarman and Jaan Vahtra, also included 93 terrific artwork reproductions of outstanding Estonin modernist artists - Eduard Wiiralt, Kuno Veeber, Jaan Vahtra, Ado Vabbe, Nikolai Triik, Anton Starkopf, Roman Nyman, Konrad Mägi, Ants Laipman, Otto Kruste, Peet Aren and many others. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

      [Bookseller: Baltic Bouquiniste]
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        Revolt in the Desert

      London: Jonathan Cape, 1927. First London edition, one of 315 large paper copies. Illustrated. Folding map at end. [2], 445, [1] pp. 1 vols. 4to. Brown pigskin and tan boards. Faint traces of rubbing at head of spine. Early gift inscription on front pastedown, dated March 21st, 1927. Fine. First London edition, one of 315 large paper copies. Illustrated. Folding map at end. [2], 445, [1] pp. 1 vols. 4to.

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        Catalogue of an Exhibition of Paintings Pastels Drawings and Woodcuts Illustrating Col TE Lawrences Book Seven Pillars of Wisdom With Prefaces by Bernard Shaw and TE Lawrence

      With the two illustrations of Kennington's bust of Lawrence and Augustus John's portrait of King Feysal. First edition. Square 12mo., original grey printed wrappers, wrappers loose, stapled as issued. London, The Leicester Galleries, Leicester Square. February 5th - 27th,

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        How the Old Woman Got Home.

      The Richards Press, London., 1927. First edition. Octavo. 336 pages.Slight fading to head of spine. Near fine in very good, slightly chipped dustwrapper torn the length of the front flap but all present.

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        Zellaufbau der Grosshirnrinde des Menschen. Zehn Vorlesungen.

      Berlin, Julius Springer, 1927, 8, XI, (1), 145, (1) pp., 61 Abbildungen, HalbLeinenband der Zeit feiner St.a.Tit. Erste Ausgabe! "Obschon diese Vorlesungen keineswegs als ein bloßer Auszug des großen Werkes der "Cytoarchitektonik der Hirnrinde des erwachsenen Menschen" zu werten sind, sondern mir eher die Grundlage bei der Abfassung des Textes derselben abgegeben haben, und jetzt durch die neuesten Forschungsergebnisse wieder vervollständigt sind ... können dieselben die Handhabung des großen Werkes bedeutend erleichtern ... die durch neuen Photographienen der wichtigsten Rindenfelder diesmal nicht als eigener Atlas .. direkt im Text erscheinen lassen.." März 1927 Vorwort, C.v.Economo

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        DEATH COMES FOR THE ARCHBISHOP

      Alfred Knopf, New York 1927 - Original green cloth with the first printing error on page 20. SIGNED by the author on the front free endpaper and quite scarce as such. There was a Limited Edition of 175 numbered and signed copies, but one rarely comes across a signed trade edition of this classic of American Literature. We found only two copies appearing at auction in the last 25 years, the Pforzheimer copy in 1987, inscribed to Carl Pforzheimer, and another inscribed copy in 2006. The present copy is signed only and on an integral sheet of the book, not on a piece of paper added later. Contents clean and fresh; covers bright with sunning to the spine and darkening of the spine label. Very Good or better, lacking the scarce dustwrapper [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Charles Agvent, est. 1987, ABAA, ILAB]
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        Ulysses. Vom Verfasser geprüfte dt. Ausgabe v. G.Goyert.

      Rhein-Vlg.), Privatdruck, (Basel, 1927 - 3 Bde. (Basel, Rhein-Vlg.), Privatdruck ,1927. 3 Bll.,458; 2 Bll.,465 u. 2 Bll.,662 S. OHLdr.m. Kopfgoldschn. (Minimal berieben). Nr.618 v. 1000 (GA 1100) Exempl. a. Bütten. Erste dt. Ausgabe. Slocum-Cahoon D 45 ,2; Schneider-Sotscheck 910. -schönes Exlibris a.Vors. - Die engl. E.A. war 1922 erschienen, die dt. E.A. wurde aus Angst vor d. Zensur als Privatdruck hrsg. 1930 erschien d. erste dt. Buchhandelsausg. in 2 Bdn. (Minimal berieben). Nr.618 v. 1000 (GA 1100) Exempl. a. Bütten. Erste dt. Ausgabe. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat Seidel & Richter]
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        La Normandie, recueil de documents d'architecture civile de l'époque médiévale au XVIIIème siècle.

      Paris, Contet, 1927. - Cinq volumes in-plano, 320 planches (complet) reproduites par phototypie. En feuilles dans porte-feuille en demi-percaline bordeaux, ensemble en très bon état. Monumental recueil iconographique d'architecture normande civile couvrant tous les cinq départements normands. Ouvrage de référence représentant nombre de chaumières, halles, pigeonniers, manoirs, châteaux et maisons de ville. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Account of the 1927 Nanking Incident

      Nanking [Nanjing], Peking [Beijing], Hankow [Hankou], Shanghai, 1927-1941. Archive of primary source accounts detailing foreign relations and civil tension in China, by two brothers surname Alexander. Includes one unpublished manuscript fiar copy diary account of the violent early stages of the invasion known as the Nanking Incident, with hand drawn maps to illustrate possible escape strategy, written on the spot from 15 to 26 March 1927 by Lieutenant Commander Henry Cerda Ryrie Alexander while serving as Lieutenant onboard HMS Emerald; and one typed letter by him made onboard HMS Lupin while in Yemen in 1931. Also includes twenty-four letters and five telegrams dating from 1928 to 1941, being correspondence by John Alexander who served for several years in the British Consulate in China, notably as Vice-Consul in Hankow, one of the letters featuring a special hostage rescue mission undertaken by him in 1932, others revealing issues of foreign trade, local law, and Anglo-Sino political relations. Diary: Small 8vo. 77 pages, plus 2 manuscript maps. Volume measures approximately 16,5 x 10,5 cm. Correspondence: 24 letters (most of which are signed in manuscript, one of which he never mailed), 5 telegrams; all are typescript except one letter written in manuscript which is accompanied by 5 small family photographs taken in China, various sizes, multiple pages. Remarkably detailed observations of two foreigners' experiences and life in the tumultuous era of Communist-controlled China. The two men came from an affluent family. Their father was Lt Col. Charles Henry Alexander (1870-1937) of the 36th Jacob's Horse, an Indian Cavalry Regiment. Their mother, Donna Ippolyta "Lyta" Alexander, was the daughter of the Marquis of La Cerda, a noble Spanish and latterly Sicilian family. She divided her time between Florence and India, leaving her sons in the care of their Scottish grandmother (who called herself Contessa) when she was away from home. The family returned to England at the outbreak of the Great War. The diary account comes from Lieutenant Commander Henry Cerda Ryrie Alexander (1904-1996), who was a notable participant in defence and evacuation actions in the Nanking Incident of 1927, who would subsequently serve a long career in the Royal Navy, becoming a highly respected navigator. His father transcribed the most pertinent and alarming portions of the original battlefield journal, being the present abridged manuscript account. Lieutenant Commander "Harry" Alexander, as he was known to his friends and family, was born in 1904 in Florence, which at that time had 30,000 British residents. He attended the naval preparatory school at Osborne on the isle of Wight and two years later he became a cadet at HMS Britannia, the Royal Naval College at Dartmouth. He joined the battleship, HMS Benbow, as an eighteen-year-old Midshipman in 1922. After a promotion course at Royal Navy College, Greenwich, he was posted to the cruiser HMS Emerald on the China Station as Sub Lt H.C.R. Alexander RN, but soon got his second stripe. He was with HMS Emerald from January 1926 to June 1928. In 1929, after a four-month-long navigation course at HM Navigation School, Portsmouth, he was given his first appointment as Navigating Officer, a modest one on a sloop, HMS Clematis. He served as Navigation Officer for the next ten years on ships which increased in size with his seniority. He is best remembered for his Second World War service, beginning in October 1940 on the destroyer depot ship HMS Hecla and then taking over command of HMS Vindictive. In January 1946 A/Cdr H.C.R. Alexander RN was appointed Kings Harbourmaster at Plymouth and remained in that post until his retirement from the Royal Navy in 1949 at the age of 45. He was subsequently employed by the newly established Civil Defence Corps (CDC) to prepare the country to cope with the aftermath of a nuclear attack, a very real prospect during the Cold War. In 1954 he moved to Beirut to set up civil service infrastructure there which was fully operational before the earthquake struck near Sidon in 1956. Commander "Harry" Alexander also sent a letter home from Kamaran, Yemen, in 1931, whilst posted to HMS Lupin [October 1930 - January 1931], included in the present archive. To the verso of the letter, his father C.H. [Charles Henry] Alexander wrote a note which references the content of Harry's letter, and also references his brother John's consular service in China, ultimately tying the lot of documents together. He writes to whom he is forwarding the letter, "You'll be sorry to hear I have learnt definitely that John's Bond (to H... China) was for 5 years & I am now worrying about cabling it to him... In view of his letter of the 8th Sept about a journalistic job I think I had better... I am seriously thinking of taking some extracts of his letter about the Manchurian trouble & sending it privately to a newspaper... most interesting..." The lot of letters are written by John Alexander, who served as British Vice-Consul at Hankow, and participated in a rescue mission of a priest who was held captive for extortion by Chinese Nationalists. Apart from the present archive, little is known of him. From China, he wrote to his brother "Harry", author of the aforementioned diary, who took a leadership role in the Navy during the Nanking incident of 1927. He also wrote many letters to his mother. One of these is accompanied by the covers which reveal her to be Donna Alexander, who was the wife of Lieutenant-Colonel H.C. Alexander, of Bolton House, Fulham Road, London. The mailing address is that of his brother Fulco Peter Alexander, RA, who was born 1909, and was the youngest born into this family. (Therefore John is older, born sometime before 1909). On 24 December 1928, John typed a letter onboard the SS Suwa Maru on his voyage from Naples to China, pleased that Eric Teichman who was also onboard, would be one of his future 'chiefs' in Peking. John studied Chinese geography, language and history, while in being schooled as a British consular agent. [As Chinese Secretary of British Legation in China, and residing in Peking from 1919 to 1935, Eric Teichman was holding a student interpreter's course.] Holding dear a passion for journalism and an ambition to run for Parliament someday, for the duration of the present letters he served at various British Embassy offices in China. The earliest and most dramatic account in this archive is the manuscript diary account of the Nanking Incident, the young army officer having witnessed callous brutality, public decapitation in the name of justice, thousands of Chinese Nationalist soldiers invading and looting, foreign embassies attacked, and hundreds of Nanking residents scurrying for their lives, as he led a contingent of troops to protect civilians and foreigners amid incessant gunfire and utmost mayhem. "Harry" Alexander was serving under Captain Hugh T. England, RN, commander of British cruiser HMS Emerald (D66), which had arrived at Nanking in mid-January 1927, left briefly to assist HMS Wolsey at Wuhu, then returned to Nanking where she and her crew were instrumental in quelling the early riotous attacks against foreign consulates, and in removing Chinese women and children from harm's way. As described here, Captain England landed men to help protect British and other international citizens and business interests. Plans were already being made for the removal of foreign residents, owing to the incidents of civil unrest and an attack on Hankow. According to the present account, Lieutenant Alexander made a survey of Nanking with the view of evacuation, one week prior to the bombardment by the Nationalists. During the event, he evacuated a large factory, and was subsequently charged with the protection of others. Keeping a level head through and through, he refrained from firing, keeping with his direct orders form the captain. As such, attention to the vessel on which he harboured women, children, and the Chinese Civil Governor of Nanking, was averted for some time. Eventually an escape was necessitated. The theatre of war and general turmoil at the time lends itself to fascinating content about the political situation in China, with interest in civil discord and Sino-Russo relations, as well as increasing anti-foreign sentiment. On a few occasions the writer mentions Bertram Giles (1874-1928) who at the time was the British Consul General at Nanking, and who died from wounds sustained during a direct attack on the consulate at the start of the Nanking Incident, the attack and his injury being included in the present account. [Born in Hankow, Giles had served with Foreign Office in China for nearly twenty years, when, during an uprising in Nanking on 24 Mar 1927 (as this diary account was being penned) he was shot and wounded. His injuries necessitated a sick leave to England, where he died soon afterwards.] Other notable British and American parties who engaged in the affair, some of whom were killed are injured, are also named. The sinking of the Soviet Russian steamer Pamyat Lenin was also witnessed and mentioned. At the time, the ship was widely known, as she sat as a prominent fixture in harbour after the capture of her passengers, including Madame Borodin and her propaganda material. [Madame Fanny Borodin was the wife of the Soviet Russian emissary to Chinese Communists, Michael Borodin.] Following are some excerpts from the manuscript diary: 15 March 1927. "I landed to make sketch plans of the district between the British consulate inside Nanking city walls and the Bund, with a view to possible operations, hurried evacuations or even bombardment... The greatest difficulty presented to an escape is the city wall 60 ft dear, while the moat is practically negligible, being merely a succession of long ponds. The other difficulty is the stream or canal running parallel to the Yangtze & having only two bridges, both in Hsiakwan village." 23 March 1927. "Yesterday four months after the evacuation of Hankow, it was decided to evacuate the women and children of Nanking. We have been here since the beginning of January. Things had gone pretty quietly in spite of the arrival of 200 thousand Northern Troops... now ... most difficult circumstances of civil war, disorders & constant threat of looting." "For weeks now the preparations for the evacuation had been planning. Captain England, Commanders Mortland, Dougall... had to do all the spade work, since Giles, the British General Consul... flatly refused to make any sort of move. The system planned was the evacuation of our people into groups at 10 of the most easily defended houses in the city... cars ready to convey them to Butterfield & Swire's Hulk." "Rumours of Northern retreat were rife, and reports of the Shanghai railways being out, almost continuous, while Sir Percival Phillips, reporter to the Times, added confusion to the information by reporting the Fall of Nanking." "... the undercurrent of unrest & apprehension among the people of Hsiakwan & the old city, became so intense that it was realized, nothing would avert trouble. Captain England [Captain Captain Hugh T. England, R.N.] and four of the leading members of Nanking society went to see the C.G. [Consul-General Giles] to urge his ordering evacuation... American consul, Davies, & vice-consul, Paxton, & Captain Smith [Lieutenant Commander Roy C. Smith, Captain of USS Noa] were unanimous in that the time had come... the American intelligence department was undoubtedly superior to our own." "The situation was getting serious & the Military governor started the day by 8 executions on the Bund. These were plainly visible from the ships & caused considerable amount of interest, being only 200 yards from us. The prisoners, three deserters, three lotters & 2 train wreckers were lined up at intervals, with their hands tied behind their backs, & made to kneel with heads bowed. The executioner walked down the line with his two handed sword ... knocking heads off... only delaying for a second or third stroke if the prisoner flinched & the one blow was insufficient. Of the savagery of the whole proceeding I feel little right to speak, the pacifieing effect on the town I honestly believe, justified these drastic measures. The callous brutality shown in leaving these bodies on the Bund, was however most revolting, since the crowds were allowed to gather round & children kicked the stark decapitated corpses." "It was a pleasant, warm day & in the afternoon the Commander gave a very good lecture on the Forecastle... about China & its people & history ... his grandfather at Nanking in the 60ies [1860s]. Gunfire was plainly audible... the captain went ashore... decided to take the matter into his own hands. In conjunction with the American consul, he ordered the evacuation of women & children for 6 a.m." "I myself went down to Ho See at 11 p.m. to make sure they collected all this party. Ho-See is an enormous concrete factory, at present practically idle, but capable of employing 10,000 coolies. The place belongs to the International Export Co., Lord Vestey being chief shareholder [Lord William Vestey, 1st Baron Vestey (1859-1940)]. Young Vestsey is here learning the ropes [Samuel Vestey, 2nd Baron Vestey (1882-1954)]..." "I took my platoon to Butterfields hulk placing a section as guards at the gates... I did all the duties of embarcation officer... " [Continuation of events from 23 March, found at end of text.] "We were just in time, the ship was saved from being swarmed... The river was black with sampans & the noise of these thousands of fighting Chinese families trying to get onboard... The Japanese sent their guard too late... At 2 p.m. I got the signal to allow the Chinese Civil Governor of Nanking on board as a passenger together with his retinue... He must have been about 80, only just able to walk, but a very fine figure, with little pointed white beard tuft...... nearly a hundred women & children had made themselves at home on our quarterdeck... If the women are imprisoned & we have to fight to get them away it may cause the crisis so many months averted." "Continued 50 pages later.... Page 20 Thursday, 24th." [24 March 1927]. "God that was a close one! I sit on the deck of Jardiners hulk, sheltered by the Bulwarks & the furniture inside... looking across to Pukow... watching flames rising in the righthand godown [warehouse]. It is March 24th and I have been in this hulk with my 1/2 platoon since 5 p.m. yesterday when the southerners rushed the pontoon in their haste to retreat before the cross river transport failed." ["Harry" was onboard a re-purposed steam ship of Jardine Matheson & Co., founded by two Scotsmen and at the time being the largest of the foreign trading companies in the Far East, dealing in opium, cotton, tea, silk and more. Pukou is a district of Nanjing, lying northwest across the Yangtze River from downtown Nanjing.] "It was 5 p.m. yesterday that the Yangtze suddenly became alive with junks... loading with hundreds of soldiers..." "... troops mostly rushing for the two pontoons... men trampling one another in their haste, dropping ammunition, throwing away rifles & swords, even the loot picked up before... " "200 thousand Northerners, Shuntung & Chihli troops in full flight never having made any sort of stand against perhaps ten thousand Southerners... panic stricken soldiers... began to lose their wits, firing rifles & revolvers anywhere, then throwing them away... " "I watched the pontoon to the China Merchant's Hulk which was being rushed. An officer or perhaps a Russian with an automatic stood five yards back from the gate & faced the crowd... the troops had rather face his simple automatic than the enemy. He must have had a thousand rounds, for he blazed away... reloading furiously while a few scrambled past. He cannot have killed many, but the wounded were trampled to death. This sort of thing was going on all along the Bund..." "My men were wonderful... quite unperturbed by the continuous firing in all directions. I made them put tables & bulks of timber against the old ships bulwarks... I kept touch with Butterfields hulk reporting the situation every hour till 11 when the line was cut... My orders were on no account to open fire..." "In the hold sitting on a big shipment of mixed cargo we had about a hundred coolies & employees besides Tweedies compradoers. They had brought their families for protection." "The river steamers did wonders of transportation. They are the yellow painted China Merchant Company's carrying about 3000 men each, but of course the general panic sometimes left with only 500... Dozens of men have been drowned in the rush embarking & crushed between the steamers & hulks.." "Daylight came... the retreat continued... intermittent firing... the Bund was littered with corpses & every imaginable rubbish, arms & cast off clothing. Carrion coolies robbed the corpses..." "... by 9 a.m. the first Southern soldiers came insight... carrying a blue flag, quite open to attack... firing their rifles... The remaining hundreds of Northerners threw down their arms in piles, followed by caps & all badges of distinction... never any resistance." "... the Pamiat Lenina was scuppered [sank] where she lay alongside a pontoon at Pukow. She is the Soviet steamer held up a month ago and found with Mme Borodin on board & Red propaganda pamphlets as well as arms & munitions held under a cargo of coal." [Russian ship "Pamyat Lenin" also seen as "Pamialenin", meaning "In memory of Lenin"] "Soon the Southern troops started firing into the Hulk [of Jardine Matheson & Co.]... missed me by about six inches. I reported intense fire... gradually increased & I hardly dared spend more than a few seconds on the shore side... so many shots were coming through the bulwark... The Pamiat Lenina was sinking fast... " "As my orders were on no account to fire... I decided to evacuate... I brought with me an executioners sword for which I had paid a dollar to one of the marouding looters... In the Ward Room were the Ho See party who had escaped by the skin of their teeth from that huge undefendable factory... just before the Northern troops broke in." "... we heard some of our party had escaped up from the British Consulate, but Hubert the French harbour master & Dr. Smith [port physician] were reported dead, & Giles & Spears wounded..." "... quite a large party had collected at the Standard Oil House, unfortunately followed by inflamed troops... We went to quarters & opened fire with the Americans... 22 hours of rifle shots... The walls of Nanking, solid as they are, must have shaken, the noise rolled out across the city and came back again..." [During the initial looting of the city, Consul Davis and Woody Phelps decided that the consulate was untenable, so the consular staff, naval guard, and some missionaries who had taken refuge there, set off on foot across two miles of open country to Standard Oil house, which was now being approached by enemy soldiers. After collaborating on the shooting of the Standard Oil House, leaving the river side accessible for escape, HMS Emerald deliberately put her first shot through the roof of the British consulate, pulling the whole works down on several hundred looters inside.] "Captain England must have had much to think about, his responsibility was enormous. It wasn't merely 20 British lives which were endangered, it was our whole policy in China..." "The Wolsey which had arrived during the bombardment from Wuhu stood by..." "At 5 p.m. we observed a party waving huge white flags with the red Swa*tik*, near the customs pier on the Bund... must be a delegation of peace... I took in the motorboat, with a section armed... This Swa*tik* society is a form of Red Cross patronised by all leading merchants... looked up to by all warring factions..." 26 March 1927. "... Davies... told me he considered the attack on foreign houses was undoubtedly planned & the attack on the Consulate must have been very carefully thought out beforehand... to get the troops so quickly over the walls from all directions... must have been led by somebody who knew the way... attacked simultaneously by prearranged system of whistles... This I believe was the first occasion in the history of China in which Consulates were deliberately attacked..." End excerpts. The Nanking Incident occurred from 21-27 March 1927, during the capture of Nanking by the National Revolutionary Army (NRA) in their "Northern Expedition" which also fostered anti-foreigner movements. British, American, and Japanese consulates were singled out for attack. Missionaries suffered horrific indignities. Under the command of General Cheng Chien, innumerable soldiers of the 6th National Army descended upon them simultaneously, also attacking foreign homes and businesses. In response, foreign warships bombarded the city to defend foreign residents against rioting and looting. Several ships were involved in the engagement, including vessels of the Royal Navy and the United States Navy. Marines and sailors were also landed for rescue operations. Both Nationalist and Communist soldiers within the NRA participated in the rioting and looting of foreign-owned property in Nanjing. The Northern Expedition was a military campaign launched in 1926 by the National Revolutionary Army of the Kuomintang (KMT), also known as the Nationalists, against the Beiyang government and other regional warlords. The purpose of the campaign was to reunify China and to suppress the Communist Party of China (CPC), which was effected violently with the Shanghai massacre of 12 April 1927, immediately following the Naking Incident. The letters afford us an insider's perspective of the workings of the British Consulate-General, a foreigner's life in China, glimpses of a nation in unrest - with foreign relations and civil government, and furthermore, a rare firsthand account of extortion and rescue in Yochow [Yueyang]. John Alexander began training as a consular agent under the tutelage of Eric Teichman, among others, at the British Embassy in Peking. He would remain in this foreign service until at least 1941. The present letters were written by him whilst at Peking, Nanking, Hankow where he was Vice-Consul, at Shanghai and Hong Kong. They contain details of specific incidents of diplomatic and ethical concern, as well as his entertaining, unabashed commentary on the ways of life and controversial politics of the day. He also expounds frequently on the ways in which he would restructure British Consular offices. Some twenty-four letters in all, they begin during his voyage from Naples to China in December 1928, describe his two years of foreign service training which he completed in January 1931 and which included learning Chinese language and custom, and then span ten years of consular service until 1941. Especially significant is the letter dated 9 May 1932 which recounts a mission of great consequence in which he participated. By permission of British Consul Sir Meyrick Hewlett, he accompanied Mr. G.F. Andrew to negotiate the release of Catholic missionary Father Sands. Father Hugh F. Sands, of the St. Columban Missionary Fathers, was taken captive by Chinese brigands on 15 August 1931, while filling in at a neighbouring mission for Father Murray, stationed at Chi-Wu-Tai who was ill in hospital. Father Sands found Chi-Wu-Tai to be inundated and menaced by Communists, who had burned the nearby station. After celebrating Mass he determined to depart. He was advised to reach Yo Kow [Yueyang in northeastern Hunan Province], where Father Charles Donnelly was, and he set out for that place. When he reached Juan Gee Yuen, a village 10 li from Chi-Wu-Tai, he was told by the Catholics that it was impossible to get through, as the Communists were operating in great numbers just west of the place. He returned to Chi-Wu-Tai, which he reached by boat the next afternoon. He had scarcely entered the mission when four men with revolvers arrived in a boat, went directly upstairs and took him away to a place called Htii'n Ti, 30 li from Chi-Wu-Tai, in the lake countrv, near Han Chuan [Hanchuan in today's Hubei province]. According to Alexander's account, Father Sands was taken captive for a ransom of $2000 worth of medicines. When they had the opportunity to meet him, he was pale and weak. A Captain Baker was also captive and ransomed, the demand being $35,000. He was imprisoned with about 100 Chinese for whom ransoms were also demanded by their families. The latter were tortured. Andrews was evidently successful in negotiating the release of Father Sands and influenced the same for Captain Baker. In a retained copy of his letter to British Consul Hewlett, he describes the mission: "... journey to Yochow to negotiate for the release of Father Sands... the Communists latest message... was to the effect that on no account would Father Sands be released if the stock of medicines promised in ransom arrived under an armed guard... had been examined and found correct... $2,000 worth of medicines... to break off negotiations at this point would be the signal for the murder of the Father." "The Bishop [Galvin] was supposed to arrange for the despatch by sampan of the cases of medicine..."Mr. Jen [an engineer] and Hseih [a foreman] talked for a considerable time about the progress of Communist ideas in the district, the necessity for taking the Communists at their word and the impossibility of negotiating on any otherlines. A proclamation had, they said, been made prohibiting further acts of terrorism, pillage, murder and arson. The enemies of the Communists are the Kuomintang only. "While we were at dinner at 9.30 Father Sands was led into the house. He was pale and seemed weak but spoke clearly and forcefully... In his opinion the bandits would even now not have released him did they not hope for more out of Captain Baker. He had been most of his time imprisoned with about 100 other Chinese. Nobody except the absolute destitute was safe. Torture was freely carried on." "... The strength of the Communist position lay in their monopoly of propaganda... The foreigners were to blame for all ills and the Kuo Min tang were their puppets." "Father Sands was escorted to Bishop Galvin's at 10 p.m... Mr. Andrew's tact and courage... without his help Father Sands would still be captive and Captain Baker's release would be as distant and hopeless as ever." Following are some excerpts from John's other letters, pertaining to life and consular work in China: 27 April 1930. "... I have bought a tough little chestnut... £5 at present rate and so the cheapest pony I have ever bought... I have, though the smallest, the best furnished house in Hankow... some Rattan furniture and one or two scrolls, a few pots of flowers... my cook is quite superlatively excellent... he performs miracles for unexpected guests..." [Typed on letterhead of British Consulate General Hankow] 24 October 1930 "... the Consular service... its security, ample leisure and paucity of intellectual or physical strain... my avowed intentions for entering the service - a stepping stone for Parliament or other things... Being a consul... he is a public servant - and so he should be. He is abused by the merchants for not achieving the impossible on their behalf and by the natives of the country for "furthering Imperialistic schemes". His only chance is to lie low..." [Typed on letterhead of the British Legation Peking] 9 November 1930 "... since last Sunday I am doing some 5 hours Chinese and character writing a day... my move... I hear it may be Hankow for me, Nanking for Michael Gillett... I want to see some more of China...Teichman says ' character and common sense' are all that are wanted on this earth... What's wrong with fascism?... it is a pyramid hanging from its apex instead of standing four-square on its base... It's what's wrong with China's idea of justice... I consider it a retrogression in ideals which may serve its turn for a time but which is as great a danger as the Marxist theory." [Typed on letterhead of the British Legation Peking] 14 February 1931, Shanghai. "Went to the American Consul-General's for dinner last night and met the British ditto and wife and niece... Brenan (the C.G.) is said to be one of the coming men and certainly is the youngest C.G. we have ever had in Shanghai - which is the senior post in China anyway... My address in Hankow will be, I told you: simply British Consulate-General... I will be Vice-Consul... The furs to be had here for £20 are much better quality than those in Peking..." 29 March 1931 "I have had a number of interesting cases to deal with and have had to sustain ethical rights in the face of the bureaucratic principle of following instructions (Consular, Board of Trade, etc etc)... if a particular set of rules does not cover a particular situation, it is up to us to act in the interests of justice and equity and thus establish a precedent for such cases in future. A seaman came in... complaining that he was ill and that the M.O. on board was letting him get worse... a highly catching and unpleasant disease... no consular instruction... unless there is overwhelming evidence of negligence or danger to life..." [Typed on letterhead of British Consulate General Hankow] 27 April 1931 "As for the Chinese it is better to have some servants than none... it is also possible to find some first class ones... The Upper classes - the real, not the merely Prominent, Aristocracy - are never met with by foreigners... The prominent men are the nouveau riche... I have taken the trouble of getting a cook specially down from Peking... a man with ability and imagination... I am the Vice-Consul... I rank with but after a Lieut-Commander and with but after a Major..." [Typed on letterhead of British Consulate General Hankow] 23 May 1931"I have been busy on all sorts of reforms for the Consular Service in general and the Hankow Consulate in particular... and have had considerable success." [Typed on letterhead of British Consulate General Hankow] 27 June 1931 "... young N.O.s who got into a row with some coolies last night... the guard from one of the gunboats having to be called and a coolie or two being laid out... damages will have to be paid to them however clearly it may be proved that they were the wanton aggressors. The alternative is bringing the matter before the Minister and having it referred to the Chinese F.O... Matters have really come to a pretty pass when a coolie may hit a foreigner with impunity... no policeman nearby... when the foreigner defends himself... the foreigner has to pay.... the bitterest complaints come from British merchants... faced with delayed cargo..." [Typed on letterhead of British Consulate General Hankow] 25 September 1931 "... I have the offer of a job at $400 in the Shanghai Times as a result of a leading article I wrote for them (at great risk)... one more step towards Parliament... my journalistic and Parliamentary ambitions." [Typed on letterhead of British Consulate General Hankow] "When one talks of China and her chaos, cruelty, bribery and corruption and realizes that it is barely 100 years since we abolished most of these in England... China in the last 30 seems almost a haven of peace in comparison..." [Typed on letterhead of British Consulate General Hankow, date unknown, circa November - December 1931 based on date references within the text, first page lacking] End excerpts. During her time in the far east HMS Emerald participated as part of a Royal Navy flotilla in the 1927 Nanjing Incident, helping to protect British and other international citizens and business interests. British, American and Japanese ships collaborated in protecting foreign residents in Nanking from the Chinese Nationalists. As it were, everyone onboard HMS Emerald, including all officers and Captain Hugh England, was Irish, therefore the writer, John Alexander, is most likely also of Irish descent. During the Nanking Incident, HMS Wolsey steamed at full speed from Wuhu to Nanking on 24 March 1927 to reinforce Emerald and the United States Navy destroyers USS Noa (DD-343) and USS William B. Preston (DD-344) and patrol yacht USS Isabel (PY-10) as they confronted Chinese troops threatening foreigners ashore. She arrived as the other ships opened fire on Chinese positions and, without a target designation for her larger guns, used her machine guns against Chinese snipers which had harassed the other ships and their boats all day. She remained at Nanking, prepared for further action, until all foreign refugees were safely aboard the ships on the evening of 25 March 1927. Sir William Meyrick Hewlett (born 1876) was a British consular official who served in China from 1898 to 1936. He learned the country and its people, particularly in the rural areas, with intimacy and understanding, publishing a book "Forty Years in China" in 1943. He also wrote, "Diary of the siege of the Peking Legations, June to August to 1900" Madame Fanny Borodin was the wife of the Soviet Russian emissary to Chinese Communists, Michael Borodin. She was travelling onboard the Pamialenin when it was detained at Nanking while en route to Hankow, as a result of flying the Soviet flag. The vessel was boarded and inspected by Chinese Customs officers who found several trunks full of propaganda literature printed in Chinese and Russian. Madame Borodin's trunks revealed details of distribution to anti-Red troops in Kiangsu province (Anti-Communist forces that fought the Bolsheviks were known as the Reds). The ship was seized, the Red flag torn down, and the Chinese naval flag hoisted. General Chang Tsung Chang (Zhang Zongchang), commander of anti-Red forces, ordered the arrest of Madame Borodin and the other passengers, which included three Soviet envoys and six marines. They were taken inland to Tsiang. By April 11, Madame Borodin was returned to Hankow. Warlord General Chang and Mr. Borodin were well known to be merciless political enemies.

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        Histoire du Costume Masculin Français de l'an 420 à l'an 1870

      Paris: Editions Nilsson, 144 Avenue des Champs-Elyssés, 1927. 10 parts, each with pictorial wrappers, and 10 plates. 100 color pochoir plates total. by O. Macaire, M.L. Nixon, Hébé, M.T. Grandchamps, etc. 1 vols. Folio. Original wrappers. Fine fresh set in original publisher's blue chemise with pictorial paper onlay. 10 parts, each with pictorial wrappers, and 10 plates. 100 color pochoir plates total. by O. Macaire, M.L. Nixon, Hébé, M.T. Grandchamps, etc. 1 vols. Folio. Hiler p. 377-8, Colas 1244

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        La Bohème et mon coeur. Suivi de chansons aigres-douces et de petits airs. Avec un portrait de l'auteur par André Derain.

      A la Cité des livres, 1927. In-4 broché, couverture rempliée, chemise cartonnée, 111 pp. Non coupé. Portrait frontispice. Edition en partie originale tiré à 350 exemplaires numérotés, un des 34 sur Hollande (après 26 Japon). Bel envoi de l'auteur avec un dessin original signé. Nous joignons l'acier original du portrait par Derain.

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        Fiesta [The Sun Also Rises]

      First edition, review copy married to a rare second printing dust jacket. Book faded at the spine and top third of rear board, offsetting to the front free endpaper, and dustiness at edges. Binding sound with contents clean and complete - very good. The jacket is moderately creased across its entirety with a small short tear at the top of the front panel. The spine is a shade faded, but withal it's a bright, unclipped example in very good condition. The first printing of this U.K. edition of Hemingway's masterwork was published in June 1927, while the second appeared shortly thereafter either in August or September.(Grissom) With their mixed usage of the terms "printing" and "publication," Jonathan Cape made life difficult for bibliographers. Both first and second printing jackets are rare. A second printing jacket recently cleared $8K at auction, and the spine looked like it was rubbed with a block of razor blade-filled cheddar cheese. This one can be owned with peace of mind - an opportunity to possess a rare Hemingway piece, particularly as a rewarding alternative to its bank account depleting, jacketed American counterpart.

      [Bookseller: Anniroc Books]
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        Napoléon vu par Abel Gance. Epopée cinégraphique : Bonaparte (tome 1 et seul paru)

      Plon 1927 - - Plon , Paris 1927, 13,5x21,5cm, broché. - Edition originale, un des 100 exemplaires numérotés sur pur fil, seuls grands papiers. Ouvrage illustré de 32 gravures. Une déchirure habilement restaurée sur le premier plat, un manque comblé en pied du dos, un manque angulaire comblé en tête du second plat. Rare exemplaire à toutes marges. [AUTOMATIC ENGLISH TRANSLATION FOLLOWS] first edition, one of the 100 numbered copies on "pur-fil" paper, only large papers. Illustrated book of 32 engravings. A tear skilfully restored on the first board, a lack filled at the foot of the back, a lack angular filled the top of the second board. Rare example on all margins. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

      [Bookseller: Librairie Le Feu Follet]
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        NOW WE ARE SIX

      - MILNE,A.A. NOW WE ARE SIX. London: Methuen (1927). 8vo, (5 1/8 x 7 3/8"), full publisher's morocco, gilt pictorial cover with extensive gilt pictorial spine, all edges gilt, 103p., FINE IN ORIGINAL PUBLISHER'S BOX with printed labels on cover and flap, (box with some soil and flap mends). First edition, DELUXE EDITION. Illustrated by E.H. SHEPHARD and not common in this condition and binding. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Aleph-Bet Books, Inc. - ABAA]
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        Catalogue of an Exhibition of Paintings, Pastels, Drawings and Woodcuts. Illustrating Col. T.E. Lawrence's Book ?Seven Pillars of Wisdom?. With Prefaces by Bernard Shaw and T.E. Lawrence

      1927 - With the two illustrations of Kennington's bust of Lawrence and Augustus John's portrait of King Feysal. First edition. Square 12mo., original grey printed wrappers, wrappers loose, stapled as issued. London, The Leicester Galleries, Leicester Square. February 5th - 27th, The increasingly uncommon catalogue of the second Leicester Galleries exhibition catalogue. Wrappers very slightly browned. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

      [Bookseller: Maggs Bros. Ltd ABA, ILAB, PBFA, BA]
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        Barflies and Cocktails, Over 300 Cocktail Receipts by Harry and Wynn with slight contributions by Arthur Moss [SIGNED]

      Lecram Press Paris (1927) - First Edition. Small octavo, original illustrated boards, 110 pages, illustrated. A very uncommon cocktail collection with only four library holdings found on WorldCat. Mcelhone was a defining figure in early 20th-century bartending, most famous for his role at Harry's New York Bar (in Paris), which he bought in 1923. He worked at Ciro's Club in Deauville and the Plaza Hotel New York. He is often credited with inventing many cocktails, including the Bloody Mary, Sidecar, the Monkey Gland, the White Lady, and an early form of the French 75. "Barflies and Cocktails conveys a whiskey-addled sense of zany humor that seems tied to the Roaring Twenties, when the book was first published. The running conceit of the book has to do with the fictional association of International Bar Flies, the rules of which include the admonition that, "Those seeing cerise cats with purple ears should keep it to themselves." [Peter Meehan. New York Times, 2008] This copy inscribed at title page "Best wishes / Harry". I can not locate another McElhone signature to compare this inscription to, but we have no reason to believe its not authentic. A Good copy, lacks last leaf (111/112) which is an ad for The Boulevardier and photo illustration of Harry's Bar, cracked at front hinge (likely repairable), some lower page corners a bit dog-eared. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Babylon Revisited Rare Books]
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