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      Grosset and Dunlap, 1931. Hardcover. Very Good/Good. Grosset and Dunlap, New York 1931. First Photoplay Edition. Dated 1897 but published in 1931 to coincide with the release of the film. Red cloth boards. Illustrated with scenes from the film. In the rare dust jacket. Book Condition: Very Good+, tight spine, soft shelf wear, light spots. Light age toning at the endpaper, stamped rental library at the front endpaper. Dust Jacket Condition: Good+, chipping, age toning, short tears, spots. Shadow of the endpaper stamp transferred lightly to the front flap. Tape at the head & foot of the jacket at the reverse side. Wrapped in a new removable mylar cover.

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        Parallà lement. Vingt-trois eaux-fortes originales de Édouard Chimot.

      1931 - Large 4to (c. 330 x 250 mm). Loose and entirely uncut in the original printed wrappers; pp. [4, blank], [2, half-title and limitation], [2, blank], [2, title printed in red and black], 147, [3], 23 full-page etchings with aquatint (some colour-printed or tinted) in the text; spine of wrappers a little rubbed and worn, remnants of contemporary half-calf folder and slipcase; a few leaves with marginal blue ink spots. Privately printed, number XVI of the 23 copies on japon ancien reserved for the artist (total printrun 198 copies), with Chimot's aquatint etchings in the first state, second state printed in sanguine with remarques, the second state with remarques, printed in black, the final state, and one plate in all states (dossier), limitation signed by the artist, a few manuscript notes in the artist's hand on folder of the dossier. This set not only comprises the additional versions of the illustrations but in the dossier complet d'une planche all stages of the plate to Prologue d'un livre, including the copperplate, a first charcoal and bistre study, the pencil drawing for the etching, signed by the artist, an early proof of the etching combined with the text, altogether, apart from the copperplate and the print in the book, 14 different stages of this particular plate. The French artist, book illustrator, printmaker (exclusively etchings) and editor Édouard Chimot (1880-1959) rented a studio in Montmartre, haunted by 'jeunes et jolies femmes,' his models. He began to illustrate texts; however, the First World War interrupted his career. After the War he was able to rent Renoir's old atelier, where he produced etchings alongside decadent literature as well as Henri Barbusse. From 1923 to 1931, as artistic director of Les Éditions d’Art Devambez he oversaw the production of many outstanding illustrated private press books but reserved some texts for his own art as etcher and printmaker, among them this collection of erotic poetry by the symbolist poà te maudit Verlaine, which had been published first in 1889 and ever since has tempted book illustrators to publish their art alongside the poems. During the roaring '20s in Paris, Chimot became a central figure of the Jazz age with many connections to artistic and literary circles, including the Surrealist movement. He even embarked on film-making in 1924. Parallà lement is his last French limited edition artistic book production; the Wall Street Crash of 1929 had eliminated the economic basis for such productions for a long time. He later settled in Spain and continued illustrating books. [Attributes: Signed Copy; Soft Cover]

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        Dos Oraciones a la Virgen

      Impreso por C. Rodríguez Pintos 1931 - Ejemplar dedicado por Rafael Alberti y Carlos Rodríguez-Pintos al escritor uruguayo Carlos Martínez Moreno en Montevideo 1938. (Ver fotografías).Ejemplar numerado 164 sobre 325. Ejemplar en buen estado, Conserva sobrecubierta original con algunos detalles. WE SEND (free of charge) video demonstration of the conservation status of the book. ENVIAMOS (a solicitud y sin cargo) video de demostración del estado de conservación del ejemplar. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Soft Cover]

      [Bookseller: Eduardo Martínez Moreira]
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        Exhibition of the Work of Negro Artists [together with;] Exhibition of Productions by Negro Artists [&;] Negro Artists: An Illustrated Review of their Achievements.

      New York: Harmon Foundation, 1931-5 - 3 volumes octavo. Wire-stitched in the original pictorial paper wraps. A little rubbed and soiled on the wraps, small chip to the upper panel of the last named, small inked bookseller's prices to the first leaf of two, but overall very good. Profusely illustrated. First, and only, editions of these uncommon exhibition catalogues. Established in 1922 by real estate magnate William B. Harmon, the Harmon Foundation "was the most influential social organization of the twentieth century that promoted and exhibited art by Negroes [&] the major resource for the financial support of Negro artists from 1926 to 1933 [striving] to keep the momentum of excitement around Negro American culture from the Harlem Renaissance and turn it into a narrative of social progress during the late 1920s and into the 1930s" (Cooks, Exhibiting Blackness: African Americans and the American Art Museum, p.11). The catalogues include work by Sargent Johnson, Malvin Gray Johnson, Laura Wheeler Waring, Archibald Motley, Nancy Elizabeth Prophet, and Richmond Barthé. [Attributes: First Edition]

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      Paris: Emile-Paul frères, 1931. Fine. Emile-Paul frères, Paris 1931, 19x24,5cm, relié. - First edition illustrated with 6 original dry points of Ploughman, one of 200 numbered copies on Arches paper, one draw with 15 and Japan 35 Netherlands. Bound in half shagreen chocolate corners, back to seven nerves set with black netting, when golden tail, flat paper marbled, very light scratches without gravity on the front cover, guards and contreplats paper moiré, covers and spine preserved , bookplate gilded head, glue the back of the first board. Our copy is enriched with an original etching by Jean Emile Ploughman he signed in pencil and mounted on tab. Guards shaded, pleasant inner state. --- Please note that the translation in english is done automatically, we apologize if the formulas are inaccurate. Contact us for any information! - [FRENCH VERSION FOLLOWS] Edition originale illustrée de 6 pointes-sèches originales de Laboureur, un des 200 exemplaires numérotés sur Arches, seul tirage avec 15 Japon et 35 Hollande. Reliure en demi chagrin chocolat à coins, dos à sept nerfs sertis de filets noirs, date dorée en queue, plats de papier marbré, très légères éraflures sans gravité sur le premier plat, gardes et contreplats de papier à effet moiré, couvertures et dos conservés, tête dorée, ex-libris encollé au verso du premier plat. Notre exemplaire est enrichi d'une eau-forte originale de Jean Emile Laboureur qu'il a signée au crayon de papier et montée sur onglet. Gardes ombrées, agréable état intérieur.

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      New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1931. Glasmon, Kubec & Bright, John. THE PUBLIC ENEMY. NY: Grosset & Dunlap, [1931]. First Edition, photoplay novelization of the famed 1931 James Cagney classic gangster film. A Near Fine copy, only the tiniest of blemishes (virtually no wear, bright green topstain unfaded). Really excellent for an example without the exceedingly rare DJ. With four black & white stills from the movie. INSCRIBED BY JAMES CAGNEY in January 1966 to "Edna & Jack Cordes/with all good wishes/ James Cagney." THE PUBLIC ENEMY (voted by the American Film Institute as the 8th greatest crime film in American film history) was a 1931 American Pre-Code crime film starring James Cagney and directed by William A. Wellman. The film tells the story of a young man's rise in the criminal underworld in prohibition-era America. Co-starring Jean Harlow, Edward Woods, Joan Blondell, and Mae Clarke. The screenplay is based on a never-published novel by two former street thugs: "Beer and Blood" by John Bright and Kubec Glasmon (who had witnessed some of Al Capone's murderous gang rivalries in Chicago!) A remarkable book in itself, one of those rare Grosset & Dunlap publications (like King Kong) which actually served as a first edition. And to find it signed by its star James Cagney? An ideal book for the film source collector. . Signed. First Edition. Hard Cover. Near Fine.

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        Arte decorativa navale di Anselmo Bucci

      Milano , CESCHINA, 1931 - XCI tavole in nero. 8vo. pp. 66 + tavole. . Ottimo (Fine). . Prima edizione (First Edition). . ''Il Cap. Mario Taddei - Direttore Generale della Navigazione Libera Triestina - ha avuto la geniale idea di dare forma artisticamente originale e caratteristica a tre navi della flotta della Società. A conseguire tale scopo, nessuno era più indicato di Anselmo Bucci, dotato di grande versatilità artistica. Postosi al lavoro, Anselmo Bucci seppe essere architetto, pittore, falegname, fabbro, vetraio e ceramista, cosicchè dalla sua mente e dalle sue mani uscirono in breve quei mirabili complessi decorativi che sono il Timavo, con intonazione prettamente classica, il Duchessa d'Aosta con decorazione di carattere medioevale, e il California di tipo prettamente moderno e di ispirazione navale''. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Studio Bibliografico Marini ALAI - ILAB]
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        When the Daltons Rode

      Garden City: Doubleday, Doran & Company. 1931. First printing. Hardcover. Very Good. Signed and dedicated by Emmett Dalton on the verso of the frontispiece. First edition, 1931. Hardcover, 313 pp., illustrated, clean unmarked text, Very Good copy, a bit of soiling and general age-toning to the pages, light rubbing and wear to the tips of the covers, no dust jacket. Rare signed like this!

      [Bookseller: Caliban Books ABAA-ILAB]
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        Je Découpe

      Flammarion, Paris 1931 - Small quarto. (24)pp., + (10)ff. First edition. Features eleven full-page illustrations showing natural and household scenes as sample collage compositions, along with glossy decoupage paper in five colors for children to create the scenes for themselves. This activity book for children was one of two published by artist Nathalie Parain in 1931, revolutionizing visual art in children's publishing. Parain's work encouraged children to use their imaginations by experimenting with shapes and colors to create their own art, and eventually sparked the popular children's series Albums de Père Castor. Bound in colored pictorial wrappers; original decoupage papers intact. Very fine copy of this scarce work, with some tanning and the slightest edgewear. Together with: Parain, Nathalie. My Cut-Out Pictures. London, Tate Publishing, 2014. Small quarto. This newly published English version is in very fine condition. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

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        Murder In The House Of Commons

      London: Hamish Hamilton, 1931., 1931. First Edition. Octavo. Bound in publisher's pale blue cloth, with embossed titles to spine. Pictorial dustwrapper by V. Asta shows the House of Commons against a dark sky to front cover, titles to spine, and publisher's advertisements to rear cover; unclipped, originally priced 7s 6d. Binding shows well, with some bumping to corners and spine ends, textblock edges show some spotting. Internally clean, with no signs of spotting; the sealed 'destruction' portion at the rear of the novel is opened, with the seal partially present, including insert of publisher's plea to readers to share recommendations of the book. Dust wrapper has some small chips to corners and spine ends, one small area of loss to top edge of front cover, slight spotting to rear cover and tanning to spine. Set entirely within the House of Commons, and perhaps catering to a certain amount of wish-fulfillment on behalf of the British public, Hamilton's first detective novel draws on her own experience in the House as MP for Blackburn. The novel comes with a portion of the text sealed in blue paper, bearing the specific instruction "Do Not Break This Seal".

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        An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in Herefordshire.

      Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1931,32,34. - 3 volumes, 4to., profusely illustrated throughout with maps, plans, diagrams incl. folding. Volume 1. South West. 294pp., 200 plates, folding coloured map & plan in rear pocket, Volume 2. East. 266pp. 190 plates, folding map in rear pocket. Volume 3. North-West. 264pp. 188 plates, folding coloured map in rear pocket. Complete as listed, previous owner's signature to paste-down endpaper of each volume, original grey cloth, black lettered with black crest to front cover of each volume, head & tail of spines little snagged & worn, otherwise sound & very good condition [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        The Fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma, and the whole of the Indochinese Sub-Region: Reptiles and Amphibians, in 3 volumes, Volume 1: Loricata, Testudines; Volume 2: Sauria, and Volume 3: Serpentes

      London: Taylor and Francis, 1931, 1935, 1943. First edition.. Volumes 1 and 2 are bright and clean copies in near fine condition, the spine of volume 3 is quite faded though the title can still be made out, a small tear to the cloth on the spine of volume 3 has been professionally repaired; overall this set is in very good condition.. Pp. (vol. 1) xxviii, 185, 2 black-and-white plates, double page map, 42 text-figures; pp. (vol. 2) xiii, 440, double page map, 1 black-and-white plate; 93 text-figures, pp. (vol. 3) xii, 583, 166 text-figures and maps, one large color folding map of the Asia region at rear. Publisher's original wine red cloth, lettered in gilt on the spine and with gilt panel lines, front and rear covers stamped in blind, original black clay-coated endpapers on volumes 1 and 2; volume 3 was published in a lighter publisher's red cloth but in the same style as in volumes 1 and 2, volume 3 was also issued with off white endpapers, likely due to wartime shortages, lg 8vo. This is the rare first edition that has been often reprinted. Volume 3 is especially scarce -- many original copies of volumes 3 were destroyed in bombing raids on London during WWII. Adler (vol. 1, pg. 87) states that these volumes "are still the most definitive works on the region." When Smith wrote these volumes, British India included "Imperial India" made up of India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Burma. Smith also included coverage of reptiles and amphibians, in Indochina, as far south as the Isthmus of Kra in the Malay Peninsula and into southern China as far east as Hong Kong. All three volumes bear the signature of herpetologist Kevin W. Marx on the second blank endpaper; volume 3 also has the custom bookplate of biologist Harold A. Cahn on the front endpaper.

      [Bookseller: Natural History Books]
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      - MONTGOMERY,L.M. A TANGLED WEB. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart (1931 printed by Best). 8vo, orange cloth, 324p., near fine in dust wrapper (dw frayed but very good). 1st Canadian ed. (same year as U.S. ed). The story of a family's year of striving for the prize of inheriting Aunt Becky's coveted family heirloom. This is a great copy of a scarce Montgomery title. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        L'Europe contre les patries EDITION ORIGINALE Tirage de tête

      Paris: Gallimard, 1931. Fine. Gallimard, Paris 1931, 12x19cm, relié. - First edition, one of the numbered on Alfa paper alone tirage."Bradel" binding full copies cardboard covered with handmade paper, smooth back, part of title marine shagreen preserved covers, binding signed P. Goy & C. Vilaine .Bel copy to fragile wrappers preserved and nicely prepared. --- Please note that the translation in english is done automatically, we apologize if the formulas are inaccurate. Contact us for any information! - [FRENCH VERSION FOLLOWS] Edition originale, un des exemplaires numérotés sur alfa, seul tirage.Reliure à la bradel en plein cartonnage recouvert de papier à la cuve, dos lisse, pièce de titre de chagrin marine, couvertures conservées, reliure signée de P. Goy & C. Vilaine. Bel exemplaire aux fragiles couvertures conservées et agréablement établi.

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      Good Grosset and Dunlap. J Book Condition: Hardcover Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. DRACULA Bram Stoker FIRST PHOTOPLAY EDITION in the Rare Dust Jacket 1931 Book

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        Adler, Elmer; Burton Emmett & John T. Winterich (editors) & David B. Milne (Artist & illustrator)

      New York: Pynson Printers 1931 - [Colophon]: "Part V of The Colophon A Book Collector's Quarterly Completed in the Month of March 1931 for distribution to Three Thousand Subscribers." 8 1/2 in. x 10 3/4 in., unpaginated; [90] pp., printed by various printers, on different types of paper, using various typefaces, illustrations, etc. With a two-color (green & black), drypoint etching of a hilltop scene with fir-trees, tree trunks, artist's brushes and bottles; signed in pencil under the plate mark by Canadian artist, David B. Milne (this plate only has the pencil signature under the image, it does not have the artist's name anywhere within the image); and two, color illustrations by Rudolph Ruzicka (one is of the Grolier Club in New York), and other types of illustrations, reproductions of woodcuts, etc. With the printed, 4 1/2 in. x 9 5/8 in. flyer featuring a reproduction of a woodcut portrait of the artist Pascin, by Emil Ganso: this advertises the Exhibition of Portraits of Artists, Second Series, held by Pynson Printers through March, 1931. Color-printed, paper-covered boards with designs by W. A. Dwiggins on the spine and front cover. Ends of the spine, and outer cover edges show some light, age-related tanning, bump to the lower spine end, dusting to outer back cover; some small scattered brown spots to the top and fore-edge of the book, with a few tiny spots along the top & fore-edge and in the upper margin of the Milne print. The volume is in overall fine condition, Scan shows the front cover. Publisher's statement: "Articles are listed in order of placement. The making of signatures by various presses at different times and places prevents folio pagination. Credit is given to each press with the exception of the Pynson Printers who are responsible for the work not otherwise credted." Contents: Post-Bellum. Pre-Harlem by Charles W. Chesnutt [African-American author/Cleveland, Ohio]. [printed by]: Canfield and Tack, Rochester, New York. Designs by Charles E. Bracker; The Way to Wealth for Indigent Bookmen: Pierce Butler. Designs by Donald McKay; Hilltop: A Drypoint in Two Colors: David Milne. Printed by the artist at Palgrave, Ontario [Signed in pencil: David B Milne]; The Early Adventures of "Sister Carrie": Theodore Dreiser. (Written for The Colophon in January, 1931) The Marchbanks Press, New York; Daumier: William M. Ivins, Jr. Printing House of William Edwin Rudge, New York [reproductions of illustrations]; A Note on Collecting Prospectuses: Paul Johnston. Printype, New York, under the supervision of A. G. Hoffman; Now It May Be Told: A Edward Newton. [Edwin B. Campion/Philadelphia] Judd & Detweiler, Washington, under direction of Lester Douglas. Designs by Lemuel Thomas; The Work In Book Illustration of Rudolph Ruzicka: William A. Kittredge. The Lakeside Press, Chicago [with reproductions of illustrations, and bibliography]; William Ernest Henley (Lover of the Art of Book-Making): Elizabeth Robbins Pennell. Walpole Printing Office, New Rochelle. Designs by John Rudolph; Marks of the Early Italian Printers: Arranged by Frederic W. Goudy. Village Press, Marlboro-on-Hudson, New York. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Peter Keisogloff Rare Books, Inc.]
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      WYETH, N.C.. (WYETH,N.C.)illus. THE PARABLES OF JESUS by S. Parkes Cadman. Philadelphia: McKay (1931). 4to (7 1/2 x 10"), purple cloth, pictorial paste-on, Fine in Fine dust wrapper. 1st edition of one of the more elusive Wyeth books. Illustrated with cover plate, pictorial endpapers, plus 8 other very beautiful color plates. This is an especially nice copy.

      [Bookseller: Aleph-Bet Books, Inc.]
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        Kreuz und Krone; Karfreitags- und Osterbetrachtungen aus den Neusalemsschriften,

      Bietigheim/Württ.; Neu-Salems-Verlag, 1931 - 125 S.; 16,0 x 23,0 cm; Gut erhaltenes Buch,Seiten alters- und papierbedingt etwas gebräunt, Einband mit leichten Gebrauchsspuren, Frakturschrift, K6097 Sprache: Deutsch Gewicht in Gramm: 400

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat Buchhandel Daniel Viertel]
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        The British Museum Catalogue of Printed Books, A - DEZ (51 vols)

      London: Trustees of the British Museum, 1931. The British Museum Catalogue of Printed Books, A - DEZ (51 vols. London, 1931-54). Only volumes for the first part of the alphabet were published. Known as 'GK2'. Volume 1 published 1931 - Volume 51 published 1954. Full run in burgundy boards. OVERSIZED (35 x 26cm) Gilt titles on spine. Some light rubbing all around but should polish up a treat. Photos available.. hardcover. Very Good/No Dust Jacket.

      [Bookseller: PsychoBabel & Skoob Books]
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      Faber [1931] 8vo., First Edition; original brown cloth, backstrip lettered in black, hinges cracked (but binding entirely sound) else a remarkably bright, crisp copy in wholly unrestored publisher's binding. A colour photograph, taken in 1990, of a section of Mametz Wood is mounted on front paste - down. A photocopy of a portrait (possibly of the author) is mounted on title verso.. A colour photograph of the grave in Artillery Wood, Boezinge, of Pte E H Evans, RWF is mounted on rear paste - down. Evans is better known, perhaps, as Welsh language poet Hedd Wyn, winner of six Bardic Chairs, and killed at Pilckem Ridge in 1917. A seventh Bardic Chair, this time painted black, was awarded posthumously. The original edition of one of the greatest of all the Great War personal accounts, several times reissued in differing formats. The author served as a Lieutenant in 15th (London Welch) RWF, attached to 38th Welsh Division on the Somme; during the fateful action at Mametz Wood he was attached to the staff of 115th Brigade. This moving memoir was written during the 1920s and published in a small print run by Faber in 1931. Some half a century later the story was extended to include his subsequent war service and the combined narratives published as 'Up to Mametz and Beyond'. There is a good case for nominating this work as the scarcest of all personal accounts from the Somme sector. From our own records, the present copy may be in a second issue binding. Rare, especially in this condition. Enser, p.323.

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        The Poems of Wilfred Owen: A New Edition including many pieces now first published, and notices of his life and work by Edmund Blunden

      Chatto & Windus, 1931. 1st edition. Hardcover. Original purple boards, spine and surrounds a bit sunned, endpapers and pages very clean, tissue guard over the frontispiece photo of Owen. The scarce dustjacket is not price-clipped but is rather rubbed and marked. Signed by Siegfried Sassoon on the half-title page as follows: 'Edith Olivier from S.S. 21.3.31'. The initials are in his distinctive script, Edith Olivier was a writer and well-known society hostess between the wars, and Sassoon had of course written the introduction for the original publication of Owen's poems in 1921. A unique copy.

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        Idyll in the Desert 1931 L Ed Signed by William Faulkner Rare

      Random House 1931 - This book is in good condition. There is some light fading to the outside boards. There is a bookplate in the front, and no signatures or markings of any other kind. The hinges have been reinforced with transparent mending tissue. There is some wear to the spine. The pages are clean and free of any foxing. This is the Limited Edition, one of only 400 copies (this copy is out of series). The book is signed by its author William Faulkner. A rare find in any condition. [Attributes: Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: The Lion's End, Antiquarian Books]
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      London: Chatto & Windus,, 1931. Octavo. Original pale red and white cloth, titles to spine black, swastika to front board black, top edge yellow. With the dust jacket. Frontispiece and 7 plates. Extremely minor foxing to contents; an exceptional copy in the professionally restored dust jacket. First edition, first impression of the book which helped gain him a reputation for being a Nazi sympathiser. In it, he described Hitler as "a man of peace" and dismisses the Jewish question as a "racial redherring". In 1939, he published The Hitler Cult, in which he reversed his previously favourable impression of Hitler. With the publisher's publicity slip laid-in.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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      PEAT, FERN BISEL. (PEAT,FERN BISEL)illus. ORIGINAL ART: PETER RABBIT. This is a highly finished preliminary watercolor by Fern Bisel Peat used on page 5 of Peter Rabbit originally published in 1931 by Harter. It is on artist's board measuring 10 3/4 inches in height by 7 3/4 inches in width, near Fine condition. The watercolor depicts Peter Rabbit squeezing under a gate and is captioned "Peter squeezed under the gate". Done with Peat's characteristic bold color and deco flair. Unsigned but guaranteed an authentic Peat original. Although she was a prolific illustrator, original art by Peat rarely comes on the market.

      [Bookseller: Aleph-Bet Books, Inc.]
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      London: William E, Hill & Sons, Violin-Makers, 1931. pp. xxxvii, 181; colour plates with original tissue guards, photogravure plates, some folding, in-text illustrations; genealogical table of the Guarneri family. Publisher's quarter vellum with green cloth boards, gilt lettering to the spine, armorial crest of the Guarneri family to the front board. Top edge gilt, other edges uncut. Original plain card slipcase. Hand-made paper. Binding fine with minimal wear only; contents clean and tight, unmarked, pages crisp. Slipcase lightly marked and rubbed. A fine copy of the scarce first edtion.. First British Edition. Half Vellum. Very Good/Slipcase. Large 4to (25 x 30cm).

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        The Kasidah of Haji Abdu El-Yezdi

      1931. Nebular Hypothesis, Darwinism, and Comparative Religion"Illustrated by Willy Pogany with Twelve Superb Gravure PlatesOne of 250 Copies Signed by PoganyPOGANY, Willy, illustrator. BURTON, Sir Richard, Translator. The Kasidah of Haji Abdu El-Yezdi. Translated and Annotated by His Friend and Pupil Sir Richard Burton. Introduction by Dhan Gopal Murkerji. Illustrated by Willy Pogany. Philadelphia: David McKay Company, [1931]. Limited to 250 copies (this being No. 36), signed by Willy Pogany and Dhan Gopal Murkerji.Large quarto (10 1/8 x 7 3/4 inches; 258 x 197 mm.). xvi, 129, [3 blank] pp. Inserted limitation leaf and twelve superb gravure plates. A near fine copy.Publishers three-quarter black morocco over green marbled boards ruled in gilt by Bennett of New York (stamp-signed on verso of front flyleaf). Spine with four raised bands, decoratively tooled and lettered in gilt, matching green marbled end-papers, top edge gilt, others uncut.Willy Pogány (1882-1955) was born in Szeged, Hungary. He studied at Budapest Technical University and in Munich and Paris. His reputation as a muralist, painter and illustrator was well established in Paris, London and Munich before arriving in the United States in 1915, at the age of thirty-three. Skilled in an unusually wide range of media, he had won gold medals at exhibitions in Budapest, Leipzig, and at the Panama Pacific International Exhibition."Burton's Kasidah is the only poetical work of its kind in the English language. It is not a creative translation like the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam by Fitzgerald, but a different creation. Burton was inspired to the task years before his perusal of the quatrains of Omar either in Persian or English. If he was influenced in the slightest, it must have been through some Arab Kasidah, for his acquaintance with Arabic literature antedated his knowledge of all other oriental tongues… The word Kasidah can be translated variously. Here it will suit our purpose to translate it as Testament. That the work contains Burton's spiritual will and testament is above dispute. What our author has to say was never dreamt of by any Arabian. Arabian poets never heard of Darwinism. They dared not look at the cosmos too closely. The Kasidah is full of the pessimism and fatalism born of modern science. This is a most important thing to ponder, especially from the standpoint of form. Burton cast into an old Arabic form, without straining it in the least, such modern ideas as nebular hypothesis, Darwinism, and comparative religion." (Introduction).The Kasidah of Haji Abdu El-Yezdi is a long poem written by "Haji Abdu El-Yezdi," who is widely considered an invention by the true author, Sir Richard Francis Burton. In a note to the reader, Burton claims to be the translator of the poem, to which he gives the English title "Lay of the Higher Law." In notes following the poem, Burton claims to have received the manuscript from his friend Haji Abdu, a native of Darabghird in the Yezd Province of Persia. Describing Haji Abdu, Burton writes that he spoke an array of languages and notes that "his memory was well-stored; and he had every talent save that of using his talents." The Sufi writer Idries Shah, in his book The Sufis, states that The Kasidah was a distillation of Sufi thought, and that "there seems little doubt that Burton was trying to project Sufi teaching in the West... In Sufism he finds a system of application to misguided faiths 'which will prove them all right, and all wrong; which will reconcile their differences; will unite past creeds; will account for the present and will anticipate the future with a continuous and uninterrupted development." It was first published in London in 1880.

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        LE BON GENRE

      Paris: Les Editions Albert Lévy, (1931). First Edition. hardcover. Fine in a Very Good case. Large folio (12" x 16-1/2") consisting of loose sheets in printed boards folder. Copy #659 of 760 of this splendid reprint of the scarce and expensive original 1827 edition with explanatory text and 115 plates printed and hand-colored by R.Tanburro J.Saudé.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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