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        Alice?s Adventures in Wonderland [and] Through the Looking Glass and what Alice Found There. Miniature edition

      London: MacMillan and Co., Limited St. Martin?s Street, 1931. 2 vols., sm. 8vo, (12), 200, (2); xi, 228, (1)pp. With 41 illustrations ikn vol. 1 and 50 in vol. 2 by John Tenniel reduced from the originals. Full red calf, backstrips richly gilt, gilt edges, with gilt stamped illustration (the rabbit, ands the queen) to upper cover of each volume. Title-page to second volume creased with small tear, otherwise a lovely set in fine matching bindings by Riviere (signed). A beautifully bound edition of Alice?s classic tale, inits original (if a bit worn) slipcase. This version was first printed in 1907 and is an especially delightful way to won a classic. It would also serve as a wonderful gift for a bibliophile of any age.

      [Bookseller: John Windle Antiquarian Bookseller]
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        India Speeches and and Introduction by the Rt Hon Winston S Churchill

      London, Thornton Butterworth, Ltd. 1931., 1931. FIRST EDITION. Original orange softcovers with black lettering. Crown octavo, pp. 141; [3], advert for the Indian Empire Society. Light marginal spotting, covers a trifle dusty and rubbed, a little glue residue to inside joint else would appear largely unopened. A crisp copy of the fragile paper-wrapped binding; this book was issued simultaneously in hardback and softcovers. Woods A38, Langworth 150, Cohen A92.1.c.

      [Bookseller: Adrian Harrington Rare Books]
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      - The collection consists of twenty-seven works of art that Wallace Stevens purchased, starting in 1931, while living in Hartford, Connecticut, mostly through the Parisian bookdealers Anatole and Paule Vidal. Included are the still life by Tal-Coat that inspired "Angels Surrounded by Paysans" and Marchand's "Les Oliviers", alluded to in "Connoiseur of Chaos". The collection also contains a Georges Braque color lithograph "Nature Morte III: Verre et Fruit", pulled by Braque himself, an oil painting by Bombois, entitled "Le Loiret a Olivet", a Kandinsky lithograph, a Renoir sketch, a pair of 19th century miniature jade carvings of Pekingese dogs, a Chinese woodcarved "Shouxing", and a Korean scroll "Flowers and Birds" and a "Portrait of Emperor Chenghua". In addition there are two portraits of Stevens. In addition to the original art belonging to Wallace Stevens, his very own over-sized walnut bed and matching armoire, his mahogany writing desk and chair, his ornate writing secretary, an exquisitely carved bedside stand, plus additional personal furnishings are included in this offering, including lamps with Asian motifs, Chinese tea tins and many other objects, including his pocket watch and pillbox. Our hope is that a research institution/museum will acquire this monumental collection and will dedicate an entire room for a permanent exhibition of the art that inspired his poetry, which in turn, inspired many great American artists of the mid-Twentieth Century. See references to Stevens' art purchases in "Letters of Wallace Stevens" edited by Holly Stevens. See "The Modernist Response to Chinese Art: Pound, Moore, Stevens" (Virginia, 2002) by Zhaoming Qian for Stevens' interest in Asian art in the article "Stevens as Art Collector" pp. 155-166 which includes photographs of the carving, the scroll, and the Portrait of Emperor Chenghua. Included, too, is a copy of nearly every book that Stevens wrote and the very rare "Stevens Family Portraits" and "Stevens Family" which he had commissioned to be done for him. Also refer to MacLeod's "Wallace Stevens and Modern Art: From the Armory Show to Abstract Expressionism" (Yale,1993). Provenance: Wallace Stevens-Elsie Stevens-Holly Stevens. IMPORTANT NOTE! ! The correct price for this collection is $2,200,000.

      [Bookseller: Elliot's Books Since 1957]
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        La nouvelle Eurydice

      Grasset 1931 - - Grasset, Paris 1931, 12x19cm, broché. - Edition originale, un des 300 exemplaires numérotés sur alfa et réservés au service de presse. Envoi autographe signé de Marguerite Yourcenar à Robert Garric. [AUTOMATIC ENGLISH TRANSLATION FOLLOWS] First edition, one of 300 numbered copies on Alfa paper and reserved to the press service. Signed autograph of the author Robert Garric. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Soft Cover]

      [Bookseller: Librairie Le Feu Follet]
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      - DISNEY,WALT. ADVENTURES OF MICKEY MOUSE BOOK 1. Philadelphia: McKay (1931). 8vo, red cloth, pict. paste-on, owner's inscription on margin of title page else VERY FINE. 1st edition of this early Disney book with fabulous color illustrations on every page of text and with color pictorial endpapers. Nice copy! [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Aleph-Bet Books, Inc. - ABAA]
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      David McKay Co., Philadelphia 1931 - Disney, Walt (Studios), THE ADVENTURES OF MICKEY MOUSE, BOOK 1. Philadelphia, David McKay Co., 1st Edition, 1931. Scarce very early Disney classic; 8vo. In red cloth with pictorial cover and paste-downs, replete with the joyous color illustrations throughout which made Mickey and his pals international icons. First appearance of Minnie Mouse and other characters on rear paste-down. No crayon, pencil or other markings; very little foxing; every page bright and vibrant; some slight minor soiling. No dust jacket, but cover paste down illustration is unfaded and bright, corners square. Professional restoration of hinge, paste-downs, and strengthening of pages at gutters; protected with an archival cover. VG+ $580 [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Tryon Fine Books]
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      Published by Covici Friede, New York 1931 - First edition, no. 124 of 391 copies, signed by the Cummings in watercolor on the title page. Illustrated. Printed in NYC by the Stratford Press. Typography by S.A. Jacobs. Reproductions by the Meriden Gravure Company. 119 pp. 1 vols. Large 4to. The title is an acronym for Charcoal, Ink, Oil Colors, Pencil, Watercolor - each of which have a section in this book in sequence. A much finer copy than usually encountered. Brown burlap cloth. Joints very neatly repaired (this title almost always found with the joints split) Illustrated. Printed in NYC by the Stratford Press. Typography by S.A. Jacobs. Reproductions by the Meriden Gravure Company. 119 pp. 1 vols. Large 4to First edition, no. 124 of 391 copies, signed by the Cummings in watercolor on the title page [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy]

      [Bookseller: James Cummins Bookseller, ABAA]
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        Roget's International Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases

      New York: Thomas Y. Crowell. Quine's ownership signature to front pastedown, "W.V. Quine Cambridge. 1931". In publisher's cloth, sunned spine, splits and rubbing to spine-folds.. New York, Thomas Y. Crowell, 1930. 8°. 741 pages. Original Hardcover. Quine's ownership signature to front pastedown, "W.V. Quine Cambridge. 1931". In publisher's cloth, sunned spine, splits and rubbing to spine-folds.

      [Bookseller: The Time Traveller's Bookshop]
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      US: Claude Kendall, 1931 New York, Claude Kendall, 1931. First edition and first impression. Hardback in near fine condition. The book is a little bumped, the jacket has a number of short closed tears, repaired to the inside with invisible tape, and some nicks on the corners. Jacket a little toned, and lightened to the spine.. 1st Edition. Hardback. Near Fine/Near Fine.

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        The Fables Translated into English Verse by Edward Marsh

      2 vols. London and New York: William Heinemann and Random House, 1931. 2 vols, 8vo, lxxi, 235, (5) pp.; xxii, 336, (2) pp. With 2 engr. titles and 24 original copper engravings on plates by Stephen Gooden. Original full vellum with gilt stamped title on spine, untrimmed. Vellum a little darkened as usual, internally perfect. First edition, limited to 500 sets signed by the translator and the artist. Translated into English verse by Edward Marsh, with twenty-six engravings on copper by Stephen Gooden, whose illustrations for Aesop?s Fables (with 12 plates) appeared in 1936.

      [Bookseller: John Windle Antiquarian Bookseller]
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      A MOST FABULOUS COLOR BOOK SHOWING BEAUTIFUL SEA ANIMALS [Tokyo] 1931- - 32, Fisheries Soc. Brown raw silk, 2 vol. set,thread ties, all edge gilt, 14 1/2 x 20 1/4 inches, beautif-ully illustrated in color. Exceptionally R A R E ! Color scans available for this book on request. Description content 2015Copyright Rare Oriental Books Co.

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      Methuen & Co. Ltd. London. 1931. FIRST SHEPARD EDITION. 8vo. The 38th edition overall, this is the first time the story was published with Shepard`s beautiful line drawings. A fine copy with just a couple of spots of foxing to the fore-edge of the pages, otherwise bright and tidy throughout. Publishers original green cloth with gilt illustrations of Toad, Rat and Mole to front board. Spine lettered in gilt. Decorative map endpapers drawn by Shepard and showing all the Characters homes. A fine and sharp copy of this lovely book.

      [Bookseller: Paul Foster Books]
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        The Supernatural Omnibus

      London: Victor Gollancz Ltd,, 1931. Being a Collection of Stories of Apparitions, Witchcraft, Werewolves, Diabolism, Necromancy, Satanism, Divination, Sorcery, Goetry, Voodoo, Possession, Occult, Doom and Destiny. Octavo. Original black cloth, spine lettered in red. With the dust jacket. Some foxing to edges; an excellent copy in the jacket that has some chips and short closed tears to extremities. First edition, first impression. From the publisher's archive.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        A small group of autograph musical manuscripts in the hand of the noted film composer

      1930s or later. 1. Fair copy of tenor saxophone chorus part of three standards arranged (not composed) by Raksin. Folio (319 x 241 mm.). 3 pp. of a bifolium. Notated in ink on 12-stave music paper "Parchment Brand No. 3" issued by Belwin Inc, New York. P. 1: "Nobody's Sweetheart now," dated "September 1931"; p. 2: "Some of These Days," dated "Sept. 1931"; p. 3: "Dinah," dated "August, 1931" at conclusion. With inscription to head of p. 1: "To the best Tenor Sax Man I know. Tony from Dave Raksin," signed again and dated Sept. 27, 1931 at foot. Somewhat browned and soiled, especially at spine. Slightly frayed at edges; minor paper repair. 2. 1st alto saxophone part for "Sapphire." Octavo (242 x 172 mm.). 2ff. written on one side only. Notated in pencil on 10-stave music paper "Clarke's Music Tablet" issued by Theodore Presser Co., Philadelphia. Incomplete; part breaks off at the end of p. 2 after 85 measures. No signature or date. Stapled at upper left corner; creased and frayed at edges. 3. Tenor saxophone part (in B-flat) of an arrangement of Frédéric Chopin's Prelude op. 28 no. 4 in E minor. Folio (319 x 241 mm.). Notated in ink on one side of the leaf only on 12-stave music paper. The part is written out twice, with minimal differences: in the second version, some enharmonic spellings have been corrected, but a "p[iano]" and "smorz." in the final measures are lacking. The first version is quite clear, but the heading, "Prelude – Chopin E. Minor" is written in haste and the instrument not specified. The second version, headed "Tenor Sax Prelude – E Minor Chopin," bears all signs of a fair copy. No signature or date. Minor repair to left edge. 4. 1 page, in all likelihood for tenor saxophone. Folio (ca. 320 x 240 mm). Notated in ink on 12-stave music paper paginated "6" at upper left corner. First staff: conclusion of an unknown piece in 4/4 time with a key signature of four sharps. Second staff: blank, with headed "Train from the West." Staves 3-12: [?]entire part for "Train from the West" (double bar at the end). Various verbal cues to other parts in both pencil and ink; notational corrections in pencil, partially erased; rehearsal numbers 32- 35 in red pencil framed in blue. No signature or date. Most probably used for conducting; frequent changes of tempo suggest that the fragment belongs to a film score. Slightly worn and creased; laid down to styrofoam with dark gray mat. . "Nobody's Sweetheart Now," a 1923 song by a team of authors including Elmer Schoebel (1896-1970), is a pop standard. The other two songs are considered jazz standards: "Some of These Days" was written by Shelton Brooks (1886-1975) and popularized by Sophie Tucker's 1911 recording; "Dinah," by Harry Akst (1894-1963) was first introduced in 1923 and remained highly popular throughout the 1920s and 1930s. "Train from the West" is most likely from a film score; the style of manuscript and the quality of paper of "Sapphire" suggest that this fragment belongs to an unknown arrangement from Raksin's very early years. "Mr. Raksin began piano lessons at 6 but later switched to the saxophone. At 12, he was leading a small dance band, which he expanded in high school for broadcasting on the local CBS station. He taught himself orchestration in high school and while majoring in music composition at the University of Pennsylvania played in society bands and radio orchestras." The Los Angeles Times, August 9, 2004, obituary for Raksin by Dennis McLellan. "In 1935 Raksin went to Hollywood to work with Charlie Chaplin on the music for Modern Times. This collaboration yielded one of the most effective original scores ever written for a silent film... Raksin settled permanently in Los Angeles in 1937, working in the Hollywood studios as a composer, arranger and/or orchestrator and studying privately with Schoenberg. Raksin's unusually complex textures and harmonies typecast him as a specialist in horror films and mystery, but he was adept in other genres, including westerns and comedies. In the early 1940s Raksin was employed at Fox, for whom he wrote the score to Laura (1944). One of his most original and enduring works, the film's reputation as a classic owes much to the haunting score; at its heart is Raksin's elusive melody for the title character which, remarkably, is never completed. The theme was a great popular success as a song (lyrics by Johnny Mercer), became a jazz standard and is one of the most performed and recorded of all film themes... Raksin worked regularly as a film composer until the early 1970s; his body of about 100 scores includes perhaps some 20 works that rank among Hollywood's very best..." Martin Marks in Grove online Rare autograph examples dating from the early years of one of America's great film composers.

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        The Art of Wave Riding

      Hollywood: The Cloister Press, 1931. First edition. 12 photographic illustrations to text. 26 pp. 8vo. Staple bound, original printed pictorial wrappers. A fine copy. First edition. 12 photographic illustrations to text. 26 pp. 8vo. THE FIRST BOOK ON SURFING. "The landmark bodysurfing primer" (De La Vega). Described by Mark Hayes in his checklist of Early Surfing Books as "beyond rare," this self-published work is widely considered to be the first book on surfing. It preceded Tom Blake's Hawaiian Surfboard by some four years and its delicate format meant that very few have survived. The Art of Wave Riding is not only instructive but a love-letter to the sport: "[O]ne feels sorry for those who have not learned to enjoy surf swimming," and "To spend a day in the sand ... developing a 'beautiful tan' is pleasant; but the real pleasure of a trip to the beach is derived from playing in the breakers." The bulk of the work is a step by step guide, as well as distinguishing between "glide waves" and "sand busters." It's beautifully illustrated with photographs of Venice beach that ably capture the spirit of surf culture in its infancy. The L.A. Times (July, 27, 1990) describes it further: "When Ronald Blake Drummond, now 83, paddled out at Doheny in the 1930s, he was one of the first to surf the break in southern Orange County. His 100-pound redwood board was shaped in a garage. His swim trunks were homemade. No one else was there. Surfers were so scarce in those days, they would stop to talk if they spotted each other's cars on coastal roads. It didn't matter whether they knew each other, but chances were they did." Drummond (1907-96) was born in Los Angeles, raised in Hollywood, and spent his summers on Hermosa Beach. It was here that he first learned to surf, and began to experiment with taking his canoe into the waves. He became a legend in surfing circles, appearing in the 1961 surfing classic Big Wednesday and he was featured in a 1967 issue of Surfer magazine. He attended UCLA and ran on the track team, though surfing was his first love and he continued this pursuit into his eighties. Surfing was first reported by members of Cook's third voyage when arriving in Hawaii in 1779. It has since become a vital part of beach culture in the Pacific. De La Vega, B55; Hayes, Early Surfing Books, pp. 5-6

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        The Waves

      Harcourt, Brace and Company, New York 1931 - First Edition, First Printing with the words "first edition" printed on the copyright page. A beautiful copy. This First Issue dustjacket is vibrant in color with slight wear to the edges. The book is in excellent condition. The binding is tight with NO cocking or leaning and the boards are crisp. The pages are exceptionally clean with NO writing, marks or bookplates in the book. Overall, a wonderful copy with the ORIGINAL dustjacket in collector's condition. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Quintessential Rare Books, LLC]
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        The Complete Plays; together with Prefaces [Including Pygmalion Man and Superman, Saint Joan, and The Apple Cart]

      Constable and Company Limited, London, 1931, 1934., 1931. First Collected Editions. 4to. 2 volumes. Illustrated title page to 'Prefaces'. Elegantly bound in full midnight blue morocco, gilt, with marbled endpapers, top edge gilt. Very light spotting else fine. Laurence [A204a], [A220a]

      [Bookseller: Adrian Harrington Rare Books]
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        Die Brautnacht, Eine ethnologische und sexualphysiologische Schilderung ihres Wesens und ihrer Bedeutung. Eine Morphologie ihrer Erscheinungsformen

      Wien, Berlin, Leipzig, Verlag für Kulturforschung, 1931 - 192 Seiten, mit zahlreichen, teils farbigen ganzseitigen Abbildungen, und 6 auf Karton montierten Original-Photographien im Anhang Einband berieben, Rücken etwas gestaucht, Seiten leicht nachgedunkelt und teilweise fingerfleckig, Seite 48/49 Falz am Gelenk gerissen, sonst guter Zustand. Die legitime Erotik Sprache: de Gewicht in Gramm: 1125 [Attributes: Soft Cover]

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat Gisa Hinrichsen]
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        India Speeches and an Introduction

      London: Thornton Butterworth, Ltd.,, 1931. Octavo. Original orange light card printed wraps. Some slight chipping and to the tail edge of the upper wrap and of the spine, small piece chipped from the lower joint, just biting one letter of the spine lettering, light toning, a very good copy. First edition, wrappered issue. The 30s are characterized as Churchill's wilderness years, with his unrelenting opposition to Hitler being seen as main cause for his ostracism. However "another, and earlier reason lay in his bitter opposition to Baldwin's India policy … Churchill had always hit hard; not for him a round of gentlemanly sparring between friends. His fight to maintain full control of India employed not just the clenched fist but the bludgeon" (Woods, Artillery of Words).

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        Traduction de le Maistre de Saci. Mit 10 (davon 7 ganzs.) Orig.-Holzschnitten und 14 Orig.-Holzschnitt-Initialen von Eric Gill.

      Weimar Cranach Presse für die Édition de Cluny Paris 1931 - 32 S., 1 Bl. Gr.-8°. Roter OHLdr. mit farb. marmor. Deckenbezug. Müller-Krumbach 57 (mit Abb.). - Eins von 50 römisch num. Exemplaren auf Japan (GA 158 [recte: 164], von denen 10 nicht in den Handel kamen, siehe Müller-Krumbach in Verweis auf Kesslers Teilverzeichnis in "Imprimatur" 1931.). - Druck in Rot, Schwarz und Braun in der Jenson-Antiqua. - Cluny war der franz. Verleger der Cranach-Presse. Es erschienen ebenso eine deutsche und eine lateinische Ausgabe bei Insel für die Cranach Presse (siehe M.-K. 55 u. 56 sowie Sarkowski 1393: "Das Hohe Lied Salomon" und "Canticum canticorum Salomonis"). - Für die Gestaltung waren Harry Graf Kessler und Max Goertz verantwortlich, die Illustrationen und Initialen schuf Eric Gill, den Satz besorgten Walter Tanz, Hans Schulze und P. Neubert. - Auch wenn Renate Müller-Krumbach für den Einband auf die deutsche Ausgabe verweist, wo für die Bütten-Exemplare Halbpergamenteinbände und für die weiteren Vorzugsausgaben Maroquin vorgesehen waren, sind für die Edition de Cluny auch Exemplare in rotem Maroquin von Otto Dorfner bekannt. Es kann kein Zufall sein, daß unser Einband mit breitem roten Leder-Rücken und goldgeprägtem Rückentitel, Pergamentecken und marmoriertem Deckenbezug, dasselbe Erscheinungsbild aufweist, wie ein bei Kiefer (Auktion 73, 1766) versteigertes Exemplar ebenso auf Japan, wobei die Nummern überdies eng beieinander liegen (Kiefer: XXX, vorliegende Ausgabe: XXXIV). Daher handelt es sich mit sehr großer Wahrscheinlichkeit bei unserem Exemplar auch um einen Orig.-Einband der Edition de Cluny. - Einband sehr gering berieben. Wie meist bei der Ausgabe auf Japan innen durchgehend etwas stockfleckig. - Der letzte Druck der Presse, der in seiner harmonischen Vollendung zu den schönsten Druckwerken deutscher Pressen zählt, hier in gut erhaltener Ausgabe. - *** 83 Jahre Antiquariat Arno Adler (1932-2015) *** [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Fine black and white photograph of William H. Jackson, famed Western artist, inscribed "To Merle Le Voy from W.H. Jackson 1931"

      n.p. 1931 - 1 vols. 7 x 9 inches. A fine portrait showing the artist seated in an armchair holding a book, inscribed to the prominent photographer Merle Le Voy, who took this and other photographs of his friend Jackson. [Attributes: Signed Copy]

      [Bookseller: James Cummins Bookseller, ABAA]
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        History of the First Division During the World War 1917-1919

      The John C. Winston Company, Philadelphia 1931 - A magnificent World War I item: WARMLY--WITH FEELING AND GREAT AFFECTION--INSCRIBED BY 13 MAJOR AND BRIGADIER GENERALS WHOSE CAREERS WERE DEEPLY IMPACTED BY THEIR SERVICE TO THE FIRST DIVISION. From Major General Charles Summerall (division leader) to Brigadier General Frank Parker, from Robert Bullard to Omar Bradley, from William Sibert to Beaumont Buck, from George Duncan to Campbell King, this copy serves almost as a personalized album of tributes to the First Division from its leadership. All 13 inscriptions (including the 8 leaders cited above) take up the first half-dozen endpapers and half-title page and amount to 7 pages of self-revealing and candid reminiscences. The book itself, while not particularly uncommon, has held up nicely. A firm, solid, VG+ copy of the 1931 2nd edition. Bright gilt-design and lettering to the front panel and spine. Thick octavo, 450 pgs. "Compiled and Published by the Society of the First Division". With these personal, detailed inscriptions, this is a remarkable --even unique-- insight into the early and crucial role of the First Division in America's entry into Europe in 1917. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        [Photo Album]: German and English Motordrome

      1931. Oblong octavo. String-tied reddish-brown leatherette album with faux alligator pattern. Contains 36 black and white photographs, both tipped-in and loose, measuring between 3" x 2.25" to 8.25" x 6.25". The album also includes a folded 17.75" x 30" German broadside, various German newspaper clippings, Parr's ID card, his cut paper silhouette, exhibition tickets, and a Wall of Death postcard advertising the sideshow. Very good with moderate rubbing to the edges and with some toning and soiling to a few of the photographs.A photo album and scrapbook created by German motorcycle stunt rider Johnny Parr who performed in the motordrome carnival sideshow, aka the Wall of Death, in which a person rides a motorcycle inside a cylindrical room as high as 30 feet off the ground and is held in place by centripetal force. The trick started at Coney Island in the early 1900s, becoming a sideshow staple around America before spreading to England and Europe. There appears to be little information on Parr outside of this album which shows that he performed in the early 1930s around Germany (Wismar, Berlin, Grohn, Kiel), England (Scarborough, Leicester, Blackpool), France, and Sweden. The album show him with other riders, including Gene Shumway, William Ames, and Kitty Muller, with whom he performed tricks, as well as photos of fairs, various motordromes (with one under construction), standing by his bike, performing tricks, and with a sideshow barker before a crowd. There are also a few additional loose photos of the sea and a group of women dressed in 16th Century period garb. The best photo from the album is a wonderful image of a group of riders who performed in Scarborough, England in 1930 made up of a mix of American, English, and European riders, including Parr, posing under signs that read "Wizards of the Wall," with the town name incorrectly spelled "Scarboro." A wonderful collection of images of a traveling German daredevil in the early 1930s. .

      [Bookseller: Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. ABA]
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        These Thirteen

      Jonathan Cape & Harrison Smith 1931 - Signed limited edition copy #267/299. Rust/silver cloth with silver gilt lettering and topstain. A tight, square, unmarked copy. Upon scrutiny one can see faintest trace of pink on the front board which is nearly invisible. The top corner is a tiny bit softened. This volume appears to be unread, and is without the glassine wrapper, but is housed in a fine custom clamshell case. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; Signed by Author [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

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      London: Printed by hand by Leonard & Virginia Woolf at The Hogarth Press,, 1931. Small quarto. Original mottled brown boards, front board lettered in brown, blue-green endpapers. Spine a little worn; an excellent copy. First and limited edition. Number 418 of 500 copies hand-printed by the Woolfs and signed by the author. According to Leonard Woolf's ledger, by November 1932 sales were 653 which raises a question about the actual number printed.

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      Chatto & Windus, 1931-01-01. Hardcover. Very Good. London: Chatto & Windus, 1931. 202 p. First edition, first printing. Light tan cloth with black and red stamping, photo-illustrated. Very Good. No jacket. Foxing to edges and some pages, heaviest at front. Vintage Australian bookseller's stamp on paste down. Small area of frayed cloth on front cover, slight darkening to spine. A very scarce laudatory biography of Adolph Hitler by prolific English novelist and painter Wyndham Lewis. By the end of the '30s he retracted his support of the German leader. With the coming of WWII this book would be a black mark on his career, giving his oeuvre an obscurity few contemporaries would have expected.

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        La Duchessa di Padova Musiche di scena e intermezzi, per la tragedia di Oscar Wilde. Autograph musical manuscript full score

      November-December 1931, Milano - Productions of Oscar Wilde's play The Duchess of Padua (1883) are rare, and Lualdi's setting appears to be unknown; the present work is not included in any of the available lists of Lualdi's works and there is no evidence that it was ever performed. Not in Steiger or the Enciclopedia dello Spettacolo. Indice Repertorio."Italian composer, conductor and writer on music Adriano Lualdi studied music in Rome and then in Venice with Wolf-Ferrari. In the 1920s he also became active as a music critic: among his numerous writings, Viaggio musicale in Italia is particularly valuable for the light it throws on the Italian musical world of the time. An ardent fascist, Lualdi was ‘elected’ to parliament in 1929 as representative of the Sindacato Nazionale dei Musicisti. He was an organizer of the first few Venice Festivals (1930–34) and director of the conservatories of Naples (1936–44) and Florence (1947–56). Lualdi’s association with fascism, which conditioned his teaching and organizing activities as well as his polemics, led to his being overrated in the 1930s, but in due course aroused such antagonism that his reputation may have suffered unfairly." John C.G. Waterhouse in Grove Music Online. Oblong folio (ca. 240 x 302 mm.). Modern brown morocco with gilt titling to upper. 1f. (title), 3-60 pp.; pp. 2, 6, 8, 12, 14, 24, 28, 30, 34, 36, 42, 46, 58-60 blank. Notated on 14-stave music paper, outer margins uncut, watermarked "C. Volpini."Music divided into fifty numbers. Title, "La Duchessa di Padova," and composer's name, "A. Lualdi," as caption title to each number. Music and part of literals in black ink; headings, scene numbers, rehearsal numbers, textual cues, more literals, and some notational corrections in red ink. Further additions in the composer's hand in pencil. Pagination in pencil to rectos including title and final blanks. Circled dot in blue pencil to upper right corners of most rectos. Signed and dated in black ink at conclusion: "Milano, 18 november 3 dicembre 1931 Adriano Lualdi." Title slightly foxed; occasional minor tears and creases. [Attributes: Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

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        Law and Literature and Other Essays and Addresses, Signed by Cardozo.

      1931 - Inscribed Copy of One of the Most Important Legal Books of the Twentieth Century Cardozo, Benjamin N. [1870-1938]. Law and Literature and Other Essays and Addresses. New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, [1931]. [ix], 190 pp. Cloth in dust jacket. Moderate shelfwear and a few minor dampstains to cloth, moderate soiling and edgewear to dust jacket, folds mended on verso with archival tape, which is preserved in a Mylar jacket. Inscription signed "Benjamin N. Cardozo" in bold hand to front free endpaper, internally clean. * First edition. The inscription reads: "To Caroline Bijur/ with the cordial good/ wishes of an old-time friend./ Benjamin N. Cardozo/ April, 1931." One of the most important legal books published in the twentieth century, it changed the way lawyers thought about the law. "It has remained for Judge Cardozo to give us the first real analysis of the literature of the bench. Himself one of America's outstanding judicial stylists, he brings to this task the rare combination of legal and literary learning, and our only loss is that we are foreclosed from an analysis of the judge's own decisions." (Garfinkel). Bijur [1883-1964], the daughter of a prominent New York lawyer, worked for several charities and civic organizations. John H. Garfinkel, California Law Review 19 (1930-31) 654. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

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        The Night Before Christmas

      London: George G. Harrap & Co. Ltd.,, 1931. Octavo. Original limp vellum, titles to upper cover gilt, pictorial endpapers, top edge gilt, others untrimmed. Housed in the publisher's slipcase. Colour frontispiece, 3 similar plates, and black and white line drawings in the text by Rackham. Light spotting throughout, slight cockling to leaves. An excellent copy in a tanned and worn slipcase with tape repairs along extremities. Signed limited edition of this Christmas classic, number 2 of 550 copies signed by Rackham.

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        Catalogue of the Leonard Gow Collection of Chinese Porcelain

      London, England: George W. Jones, 1931. Hardcover. VG+, very slight wear at edges.. Red cloth, gilt lettering on spine, small emblem on cover. xxxix, 109 pp. 85 plates in color and bw. A foreword by the collector, introduction, and helpfuly chapters titled K'ang Hsi Porcelain and its Decoration, Porcelain Shapes and Marks precede the catalogue, which is in turn divided into the following sections: Ming Porcelain, K'ang Hsi Blue and White, Monochromes, K'ang Hsi Famille Verte, Powder-Blue, K'ang Hsi Famille Verte Porcelain Enameled on the Biscuit, Porcelain Decorated with Coloured Glazes and Yung Chêng and Ch'ien Lung Porcelains. Including over 400 annotated pieces, a list of works consulted and many beautiful plates, this book is a treasure... especially given that it is hand-numbered #259 out of 300 ever printed and signed by the collector.

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        It Happened at Midnight

      Grosset & Dunlap 1931 - True first printing, 1931A-1 in Carpentieri, in a good very rare dust jacket missing some pieces on the spine. Housed in a custom-made collector's slipcase. One of the scarcest of all Hardy Boys first editions. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        The Public Enemy (Photoplay Edition)

      Grosset & Dunlap (1931), NY - First photoplay edition, a novelization of the classic 1931 film starr ing James Cagney. Book is bound in red cloth with black lettering & ha s 4 b&w scenes from the film directed by William Wellman. A Nearly Fin e copy, binding is clean and bright with no discernible wear. In a Goo d+ to VG dj that has a 4cm piece of the base of the spine chipped awa y, a couple of tiny 1cm or less chips at the head of the spine & short closed tear to the bottom of the front panel. A very attractive copy. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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      New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1931. First Edition. First Printing. Octavo; red cloth, with titles stamped in black on spine and front panel; bright green topstain; dustjacket; 280pp, [2]; illus. with four black & white plates reproducing stills from the movie. Slight forward lean, with a single tiny spot to right edge of textblock; Near Fine. Dustjacket is worn overall, with shallow loss at spine ends and corners (affecting part of publisher's name and part of the 'P' in 'Public'); tears at upper rear joint and flap fold, with some faint moisture stains on spine and rear panel, and a small rubbed spot at front panel; substantially complete - Good to Very Good. Photoplay edition for the seminal pre-code gangster movie set in Chicago, and the vehicle which catapulted James Cagney to stardom. Cagney's character was based on real-life Chicago gangster Earle "Hymie" Weiss and bootlegger Charles "Deanie" O'Banion. The screenplay, based on Glasmon and Bright's novel 'Beer and Blood,' received the film's only Academy Award nomination. An important film source title, and quite scarce in dustjacket.

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        Mickey Mouse Movie Stories

      Philadelphia David McKay Company,, 1931-34. 2 volumes, octavo. Original green cloth, titles to spines gilt, image pasted down to front boards. With the dust jackets. Housed in a black cloth slipcase by the Chelsea Bindery with a pictorial block of Mickey Mouse to the side in gilt. Walt Disney Studio black and white cartoon illustrations throughout. Spine ends slightly bumped. Exceptionally bright copies in jackets; Volume 1 jacket with small chips to head of spine, Volume 2 with light chipping to spine ends, extremities creased and with several closed tears, rear flap lacking, and tape repair to verso of rear panel. First editions, first printings. Each volume contains several short story adaptations of Mickey Mouse cartoons of the time. Volume 1 has a small black and white drawing of Mickey (recto) or Minnie (verso) which appears to dance as the pages are flipped. An uncommon set in dust jackets.

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        BLUE GHOST: A Study of Lafcadio Hearn. By Jean Temple.

      New York [1931] - , Cape. Blue cloth, very good, 228p. FIRSTAMERICAN EDITION. Author's inscribed presentation copy. RARE Color scans available for this book on request. Description content 2015Copyright Rare Oriental Books Co.

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        Living My Life. Two Volumes

      Knopf, New York: Alfred A, 1931.. First Edition.. Volume One has a full-page gift inscription from original owner, written in green ink on front free endpaper dated Xmas -1931.Condition of both volumes: clean and tight, very good plus. Bindings and lettering bright. Both Dust Jackets are chipped at spines and tips; not clipped, no price stated. Volume One has a small piece missing at front top corner, Volume Two is chipped at front top left corner and has remains of a glassine cover over Dust Jacket. Additional photos on request.. Blue cloth hardcover bindings, bright blue lettering on spine and front covers, tall 8vo., in Dust Jackets. Volume One: Frontis., plus five halftone photos; pages numbered [i]-vii, to 503. Volume Two: Frontis., plus five halftone photos and one b/w illustration. Pages numbered 504-993, followed by Index [i]-xvi.

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        Waters Flowing Eastward

      Paris: Éditions R.I.S.S. 8, Avenue Portalis, 1931. First edition, with errata pasted to front pastedwown. Illustrated with b/w photos and facsimiles. 226, [1] pp. 1 vols. 8vo. Brown printed wrappers. Tear to tail of spine, front hinge coming unglued. In glassine wrapper. With contemporary add for The Rebirth of Conservatism by Dorothy Crisp laid in. First edition, with errata pasted to front pastedwown. Illustrated with b/w photos and facsimiles. 226, [1] pp. 1 vols. 8vo. CLASSIC ANTI-SEMTIC WORK. The first edition of this notorious work of anti-Semitism. Based largely on the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, Waters Flowing Eastward warns of a comming Jewish new world order.

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        Philip's 12 inch (31 cm) Terrestrial Globe - Erdglobus. Geographical Institute George Philip's Son Ltd, 32 Fleet Street London, Principal shipping routes with distances in nautical miles. Principal transcontinental Railroads. Principal Air Mail routes

      London, 1931 - Terrestrial Globe 12 inches (31 cm) on wooden tripod. Height 57 cm Age: 1930's. Condition: some abrasions with very limited text loss in the Atlantic, otherwise fine condition. Sprache: de

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        Contes de la Bécasse. Bois de Pierre Falké

      Plon, Paris 1931 - In-4 (32 x 24 cm), en feuilles sous couverture illustrée rempliée, chemise et étui éditeur en suédine verte. Belle édition illustrée de bois originaux en couleurs dessinés et gravés par Pierre Falké. Tirage limité à 235 exemplaires numérotés ; un des 200 sur vélin d'Arches (N° 144), enrichi d'une aquarelle originale inédite signée. Imprimé sous la direction artistique de Maximilien Vox. (dos de la chemise passé, quelques frottements sur la chemise et l’étui, légère rousseur en marge de 3 feuillets). // Quarto (32 x 24 cm), loose leaves as issued under illustrated folded cover, editor green folder and slipcase, in imitation suede. Beautiful edition illustrated with original wood-engravings in colours, drawn and engraved by Pierre Falké. Limited printing of 235 numbered copies ; one of the 200 on Arches vellum paper (Nr 144), enriched with a signed original watercolour. Printed under the artistic direction of Maximilien Vox. (folder spine faded, some rubbings on folder and slipcase, light spot in margin of 3 leaves).

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        The Southwest Historical Series. Historical Documents, Hitherto Unpublished or Inaccessible, Depicting Social and Economic Conditions in the Southwest During the Nineteenth Century (12 Volumes)

      Glendale, CA: The Arthur H. Clark Company, 1931-1943. First Edition. Hardcover. Fine. 8vo. Titles are as follows under multiple authors: Journal of a Frontier Trader; Frontier Life in the Army; A Soldier Under Kearney & Doniphan; Marching With the Army of the West; Southern Trails to California in 1849; Wah-To-Yah and the Taos Trail; Exploring Southwest Trails 1846-1854; Cattle Trade of the West and Southwest; Pike's Peak Guide Books; Colorado Gold Rush 1858-1859; Overland Routes to the Gold Fields 1859; Southwest Historical Series Index. First Printing. Uniformly bound in red cloth with bright gold titling to spine, top edge gilt, deckled edge, many pages in each volume uncut, maps present and clean and crisp. The cloth of Volumes III, IV & VI is slightly darker, hardly noticeable. Volumes have barely been touched since published. A stunning set of important research on the Southwest.

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      BILIBIN, IVAN. (BILIBIN,IVAN)illus. CONTES DE LISBA translated by Mme. Isserlis and M.elle Auroy. (Paris): Boivin 1931. 4to 9 1/4 x 11 3/8"), pictorial cloth, 157p., light cover soil and some fraying at joints else tight and VG+ condition. 1st edition. These Russian fairy tales were illustrated by Bilibin while he lived in Paris. Featuring pictorial title page, 8 tipped-in color plates and many full and partial page black & whites - all original to this book and not reprinted from the Russian. There is also an nice decorative border on all pages.

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      London: The Reader's Library, [1931]. First UK Photoplay Edition. First Printing, released the same year as the classic 1931 film directed by James Whale. Octavo; maroon cloth, with titling and decorative elements stamped in gilt on spine and front panel; dustjacket; 252pp, [2] ads. Light production crease to front pastedown, tanning to text edges, with the spine gilt a bit dulled; Very Good+, and clean throughout. Dustjacket is Near Fine - bright and complete with a few nicks at the corners, some trivial spotting to flap folds and a couple of tiny closed tears. An important photoplay edition, as it was the first to feature a photo of Boris Karloff as the Frankenstein moster on the jacket. Scarce in such presentable condition; the UK photoplay turns up far less frequently than its American counterpart.

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        Daughter of Fu Manchu

      New York: Doubleday, Doran and Company. 1931., 1931. First Edition. Signed. Octavo, pp. 316. Publisher's yellow cloth with black titles and decoration to front and spine, fore edge uncut, black endpapers. In suitably sinister pictorial dustjacket designed by George Annand. With inscription by Sax Rohmer to the half title page. Slight lean to the textblock, half title page and rear flyleaf just starting, some dustiness to top edge. Some slight nicking to tail cap and bumping to both the head and tail caps, rubbing to the board edges and to the spine. Some marking to all faces of the boards. Quite heavy spotting to the rear of the dustwrapper, with some marking to the lighter portions, still shows brightly. The dustwrapper has been strengthened at most corners with tape, closing up two inch and a half closed tears to the bottom of the spine and to the rear face. Some areas of loss to all the corners and some creasing. Overall a very good copy.

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