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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.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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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.

      [Bookseller: RARE ORIENTAL BOOK CO., ABAA, ILAB]
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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.

      [Bookseller: The Good Times Bookshop]
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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.

      [Bookseller: James Cummins Bookseller]
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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).

      [Bookseller: H. PICARD ET FILS, founded 1860]
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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.

      [Bookseller: Artisan Books & Bindery ABAA/ILAB]
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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.

      [Bookseller: Aleph-Bet Books, Inc.]
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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.

      [Bookseller: Captain Ahab's Rare Books]
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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.

      [Bookseller: Adrian Harrington Rare Books]
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        If I Were You

      UK: Herbert Jenkins, 1931. 1st Edition . Hardcover. Fine/Very Good. If I Were You by PG Wodehouse First Popular Edition Herbert Jenkins 1931. No inscriptions, covers bright and unmarked. A fine copy in the original Heath Robinson pictorial dust jacket.

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        Eigenh. Manuskript (Fragment).

      O. O. u. D.. 2 halbe Seiten eines Quartblatts.. "Jemand sagte, es sey schade daß der Zuckerbecker Schmidt, der immer zu Pferd ist, kein Stallmeister worden sey. 'Der Kerl, sagte er, reitet wo er geht u. steht.' G. wollte behaupten, es sey in N. ein junger Kerl, der so geschwind laufen könne, als das beste Pferd reite. Derselbe zeigte mir auf dem Caffehaus einen Mannheimer, der die neuen Canonen des Regiments Curprinz gebohren (gebohrt) habe [...] Die Aehnlichkeit zwischen Cartoffeln u. Adel soll nach dem beißenden Einfall eines Engländers darin bestehen, daß das Beste an beiden unter der Erde sey [...]" - Die untere Hälfte eines mittig durchgeschnittenen Quartblatts. Von anderer Hand im Rand bezeichnet "Hebel"; dies in Bleistift mit Fragezeichen versetzt und das Kartoffelrätsel angestrichen. Etwas braunfleckig. Provenienz: 1931 versteigert bei Meyer und Ernst, Berlin (Kat. 17, Nr. 217).

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat Inlibris, Gilhofer Nfg. GmbH]
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        Fairyland Of Ida Rentoul Outhwaite

      London:: A&C Black,. 1931.. First UK edition. Hardcover. Verses by Annie R. Rentoul Stories by Grenbry Outhwaite and Annie R. Rentoul. Sml. folio, 128pp, frontis & 15 color plates & 31 intricate b&w full page plates and decorations in text by Ida Rentoul Outhwaite. Orig. blue decorated buckram printed in blue, spine sunned, corners bumped, lt. general foxing, good+ overall. Muir 5602 for this famous children's book, whose illustrations of fairies, mermaids, kookaburras, frogs, koalas, lizards & brownies draw inspiration from the Australian wildlife of Outhwaite's youth. The fabulous illustrations by Outhwaite are very sought after.

      [Bookseller: Antipodean Books, Maps & Prints]
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      Berlin: Nero-Film AG, 1931. First Edition. Small folio (22.5cm); green and white photo-illustrated wrappers, folded, with the premiere information printed in red on front wrapper; [8pp]; illus. Faint horizontal fold at center, faint diagonal crease to upper right corner of front wrapper, with a chip to lower left corner of rear wrapper and a few tiny tears; Very Good+. Original Austrian premiere program for Fritz Lang's 1931 German film, customized for the film's premiere at the Apollo Theater in Vienna - Lang's birthplace and home for the earlier part of his life. A highly influential pre-war film noir and masterpiece of world cinema, ranking among the best of Lang's body of work. In addition to being Lang's first sound film, 'M' also served as the vehicle for Peter Lorre's breakout role as child murderer Hans Beckert. The program is chiefly illustrated throughout with a series of photo-montages, and gives the date of the premiere as 3 September, 1931. A rare premiere program for one of Lang's most enduring films.

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        Autograph postcard signed "Wilhelm Furtwängler," to Maria Proelss, December 27, 1931

      St. Moritz - Written on one side of a plain postcard, addressed in another hand on the other side, approx. 4 X 6 in. A warm note from the great conductor, hoping for a meeting in Berlin, once he returns to Germany. Maria Proelss (1892-1962) was a pianist and painter, about whom Theodor Adorno said, upon her death, that "she played the piano most unconventionally: without all consideration, purely out of the need to realize the sense of the music . . . in stark contrast to the positivistic streamlined musicians who have made their way to the top in the last forty years." Two holes punched in left margin, where it was once preserved in a collector's binder, vertical crease, very good. [Attributes: Signed Copy]

      [Bookseller: Locus Solus Rare Books (ABAA, ILAB)]
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      Alfred A. Knopf, New York 1931 - First Edition, second issue. This ORIGINAL dustjacket has some staining and wear to the panels. The book is in great shape. The binding is tight with minor wear to the edges. The pages are clean with NO writing, marks or bookplates in the book. A collectable copy with the scarce dustjacket. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Quintessential Rare Books, LLC]
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        La nuova architettura

      Torino , UNIONE TIPOGRAFICA EDITRICE TORINESE, 1931 - Contiene il manifesto L'architettura futurista di A. Sant'Elia e saggi originali di F.T. Marinetti, Fillia, E. Prampolini, W. Gropius, Le Corbusier, A. Sartoris, N. Diulgheroff, R. Ginsburger, G. Vedres, A. Lurcat, Von Der Muhll. 276 Riproduzioni in nnero ed una a colori. 4to. pp. 278. . Molto buono (Very Good). Leggere abrasioni ai margini delle copertine. Dorso restaurato. . [Salaris, 1985]. Primo studio completo sull'architettura razionale comparso in Italia [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Studio Bibliografico Marini ALAI - ILAB]
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        Zijeme 1931 + 1932. obrazkovy magazin dnesni doby. Redakttor: Josef Cerman. Band 1931: 12 Heft in 11. 4/5 Doppelheft; Band 1932: 10 Heft in 9. 3/4 Doppelheft; Heft 11/12 erschienen nicht.

      . 1931 ,1932, 1933, Prahe, Praha, (Prag) - 8°. 380 S., 315 S., Bd. 1 Olwd angeschmutz u. fleckig, Bd. 2 schlichter Lwd., kleiner Namenzug a. Deckel "L. Linhart" Wahrscheinlich Exemplar von Lubomir Linhart, wenige Anstreichungen (wohl auch von Linhart), wenige S. minimale mittige Wellung, Textbeiträge v.: Moholy-Nagy, Corbusier, Gräff, Witte, Plicka, Urban, Lacina, Zelenka, Veith, Hoffmeister, Teige, Linhart, Smrz, Heythum, Koula, Zak u.a., Fotos von; Sudek, Funke, Posselt, Ceps, Moholy-Nagy, Altschul, Ernst, Sudnar, Man Ray, Vandrackova u.a., saub. 12.Fr. Sprache: tsch [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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      London: Selwyn and Blount Ltd. November 1931. First edition, first printing. Original red paper covered boards with black titles to the upper board and spine, in dustwrapper. A good copy, that would be very good but for some paper residue from the underside of the dustwrapper adhered to the rear board and spine edge. The contents are entirely complete with a previous owner?'s name to the front pastedown and some offsetting to the endpaper. Complete with the correct first issue dustwrapper which is heavily worn with several tears, small loss and some damp staining. Scarce. The stories include: "Creeping Fingers" by Loretta G. Burrough; "The Owl" by F.A.M. Webster; "Four Doomed Men" by G. Vace; "The Curse of the House of Phipps" by S. Quinn; "His Beautiful Hands" by O. Cook; "The Seeds of Death" by D.H. Keller; "Passing of a God" by H. S. Whitehead; "Prince Borgia's Mass" by August W. Derleth; "Pussy" by Flavia Richardson; "The Wonderful Tune" by Jessie D. Kerruish; "The Scourge of Mektoub" by P. Ernst; "Rats" by M. Annesley; "The Idol of Death" by R. Jackson & A.E. Chapman; "The Gray Killer" by E. Worrell; "Guardians of the Guavas" by C.H. Mackintosh. Further details and images for any of the items listed are available on request. Lucius Books welcomes direct contact with our customers.

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        HAMISHAH HUMSHE TORAH ( Die Fünf Bücher Moses - The Five Books of Moses - Biblia Hebraica Pentateuch) - BERLIN SONCINO HUMASH

      Berlin Soncino Gesellschaft 1931. 1931 - 1933. 1. und 2. Lieferung. (COMPLETE). One volume with the complete Hebrew Torah text. HANDPRESSENDRUCK DER OFFICINA SERPENTIS SONCINO GESELLSCHAFT. Private Press. PRINTED IN 850 COPIES for the members of the Soncino Society. Letters and ornaments by MARCUS BEHMER. Superb red half-leather (master binding with 7 raised bands), cream linen boards , spine with gilt lettering and ornaments. minimal occasional foxing on end papers and edges, a very good and clean copy. With a beautifully illuminated Hebrew title page (see photograph) and initials. - The celebrated "BERLIN SONCINO HUMASH " ranks among the most beautiful Hebrew books ever printed and as the most valued of the 20th century. It is included in the "Judaic Treasures of the Library of Congress" - AIRMAIL SHIPPING WORLDWIDE INCLUDED. Registered surface mail incl. worldwide. Limited Edition Marcus Behmer Large Folio Private Press

      [Bookseller: M. Pollak Antiquariat - Est.1899, ABA, V]
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        The Mahdi of Allah

      London: Putnam,, 1931. The Story of the Dervish Mohammed Ahmed. With an Introduction by The Rt. Hon. Winston S. Churchill. Octavo. Original oatmeal-coloured cloth, gilt lettered spine. With the dust jacket. 15 plates from photographs, 2 maps. Ownersip inscription of W. T. C. Thallon (?) dated from Khartoum, 2 October 1945, on the front pastedown. Binding shaken, a few marks to top and fore-edges, back panel of jacket detached, some nicks and chips. With the printed slip tipped to the Dedication page. First English edition and the first edition with Churchill's introduction, originally published in German in the same year under the title Die Derwischtrommel (The Dervish Drum). Presentation copy from the author, inscribed on a preliminary blank: "To Sir Henry Wellcome in admiration of his great Research and Archaeological work in the Sudan, Richard A. Berman, 15th Dec., 1933". The pharmacist and benefactor Sir Henry Wellcome (1853-1936) took a personal role in Sudanese research: "Wellcome's formidable energies were not confined to the establishment of medical research laboratories and museums: he encouraged and financed archaeological research in Africa and Palestine. At Jebel Moya, in the Sudan, he selected a late neolithic site where extensive excavations, which he himself directed for three years up to the outbreak of war in 1914, were carried out" (ODNB). An excellent association copy of a book not commonly found in the dust-jacket.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        The Instinct Never Dies

      Ed Bateman 1931 - First edition, 1931, self published in Texas. Inscribed by the author on the title page--"To my daughter-who I envy, for she has yet to live more stories than I shall ever write-Edw B". Full smooth, soft cowhide cover (8 3/4" x 12 3/4") in near fine condition. Very faint spots on front, Back side is smooth and fine. " Expense was no object for one of the rarest items printed during the depression era" is the way Al Lowman in his PRINTING ARTS in TEXAS, begins his entry on this beautifully made and almost mystical rare Texas book. Pages [39] are legal size sheets of Japanese handmade paper, printed recto only in two colors. They are secured between the cowhide cover with a leather thong. Unpaginated. Illustrations by Dick Spencer. Publisher's slipcase shows edge wear but still tight, no splits. Exceedingly rare copy that once belonged to Ed Bateman's daughter. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Wolfmueller's Books]
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      Published by A. & C. Black, 1931. 1st edition.. Hardback. Very Good. Illustrated by Outhwaite, Ida Rentoul. Very good condition with no wrapper. 16 beautiful colour plates, 31 full-page b/w illustrations. Blue cloth, dark blue titles and vignettes to spine and front cover. Top edge blue. Illustrated endpapers. 127 pages. 13 x 10". Covers unevenly faded. Some foxing to contents especially preliminary pages. All plates present and bright. [S]

      [Bookseller: Stella & Rose's Books]
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        Chimes, The

      1931. Rackham Rings Dickens' Chimes[RACKHAM, Arthur, illustrator], DICKENS, Charles. The Chimes. Illustrated by Arthur Rackham. Introduction by Edward Wagenkecht. London: Printed by George W. Jones for Members of the Limited Editions Club, 1931. Limited to 1500 copies signed by the artist, this being copy number 1047. Small folio ( 11 1/2 x 7 1/2 in; 293 x 190 mm). xxxii, [4], 128, [2] pp. Six full page illustrations and fourteen drawings in black and white. Publisher's original pictorial buckram. Top edge gilt. Spine slightly darkened, slight fading (1 inch) to front and lower boards at spine. A near fine copy in the publisher's pictorial slipcase with matching limitation number.Introduction writer Edward Wagenknecht (1900-2004) "was the last surviving great scholar bookman to be born at the end of the Victorian era. He wrote two seminal works on the English and American novel, and a long line of critical literary biographies from 1929 to 1994... His first major biography [was] The Man Charles Dickens: A Victorian Portrait (1929)... Two years later Wagenknecht successfully persuaded Arthur Rackham to illustrate Dickens's Christmas tale The Chimes for the Limited Editions Club" ( Latimore and Haskell p. 67.

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        The Wind in the Willows

      London: Methuen, 1931., 1931. FIRST EDITION to be illustrated by Ernest Shepard. Octavo, pp.[vi], 312; 10, advertisements dated 10.31. Handsomely bound in full green morocco with gilt titles and gilt to spine, gilt rule to boards, marbled endpapers with original illustrated endpapers bound in, top edge gilt. Internally clean with near-invisible ownership to half-title (washed when bound); externally fine. A beautifully presented copy in a recent leather binding. Book Collector No.271, 'The Great Illustrators'.

      [Bookseller: Adrian Harrington Rare Books]
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        The Compleat Angler or The Contemplative Man's Recreation. Being a discourse of rivers, fishponds, fish and fishing not unworthy the perusal of most anglers. Illustrated by Arthur Rackham.

      London: George G. Harrap & Co. Ltd, 1931 - Quarto. Original full vellum, spine and front board lettered in gilt, pictorial endpapers, top edge gilt, others untrimmed. Boards mildly toned. A very good copy. Colour frontispiece and 11 plates with printed tissue guards, illustrations throughout by Arthur Rackham. First Rackham edition. Signed limited edition, number 303 of 775 copies signed by Rackham. Latimore & Haskell p. 66

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        The Compleat Angler Or, The Contemplative Man's Recreation Being a Discourse of Rivers, Fishponds, Fish and Fishing not unworthy the Perusal of most Anglers Illustrated by Arthur Rackham

      London: George C. Harrap and Co., Ltd., 1931., 1931. First Rackham Edition. Large 8vo. With 12 colour plates plus black and white illustrations in text. Finely bound in recent blue half morocco with gilt titles and decorative fish to spine, original publisher's boards with decorative titles stamped in gilt to upper; top edge gilt. Original pictorial end papers bound in to front. A fine copy.

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        Mario and the Magician

      New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1931. First American Edition, 1st Printing. SIGNED by Thomas Mann on the half title. A hypnotist in Italy humiliates a young man named Mario. And then Mario gets his revenge in this anti-fascist political tale. Octavo, 81 pages. Very Good, with light offsetting to the end papers, creasing to the spine ends, and bumping to bottom front corner and on the rear board. The dust jacket has some rubbing at the edges, a 1 1/2-inch tear where the front panel meets the flap, and a few small chips at the top of the front panel and spine. This copy belonged to Academy Award-winning actor Jack Palance, and the bookplate from the 2006 sale of his personal property is loosely laid in. RARE signed and in dust jacket. Thomas Mann won the 1929 Nobel Prize in Literature. Signed copies of Mann's first editions, especially in English translations, are uncommon. Signed copies of Mario and the Magician, especially in the dust jacket, are rarely seen in the market.

      [Bookseller: Le Bookiniste]
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      Grosset & Dunlap, New York 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. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

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        Lazy Bear Lane, by Thorne Smith; Illustrated by George Shanks

      Garden City, N. Y. , Doubleday, Doran, 1931, Hardback, Stated First EditionNear fine copy in the original title-blocked cloth. Slightest suggestion only of dust-dulling to the spine bands and panel edges, front cover slightly sunned. Remains particularly well-preserved overall; tight, bright, clean and strong. ; 240 pages; Description: x, 240 p. Illus. , plates. Col. Front, 21 cm.

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        The Wind in the Willows Illustrated by Ernest H Shepard

      London: Methuen & Co., [1931].. Limited edition, no. 43 of 200 copies signed by both Grahame and Shepard, square 8vo, (vi), 312 pp. Black and white illustrations throughout, folding map at the end, later booklabel to fly leaf. Original green buckram backed boards, edges slightly browned with some bumping to the lower corners, d.w. a little soiled with professional restoration to the edges and fold creases, light horizontal fold crease also.

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        Mickey Mouse Library

      Philadelphia: David McKay Co.,, 1931-34. The Adventures of Mickey Mouse; Little Red Riding Hood and The Big Bad Wolf; Who's Afraid Of The Big Bad Wolf. 3 volumes, octavo. Original pictorial printed wraps, cloth spines. Housed in the original pictorial box. illustrations throughout by the Walt Disney Studio. Third volume with mild crease to rear top corner, box with wear to corners and edges, an excellent set. First editions, first printings. Issued concurrently with the 1934 movie The Big Bad Wolf as a promotional item. This copy has a label bearing the words "3 Books" pasted onto the upper lid. This may account for the presence of the earlier, 1931 "Adventures of Mickey Mouse" in the set, certainly a welcome addition. The only set we have handled in the original publisher's box.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        The Compleat Angler. Or the Contemplative Man's Recreation. Being a Discourse of Rivers, Fishponds, Fish and Fishing not unworthy the Perusal of most Anglers. Illustrated by Arthur Rackham

      Philadelphia: David MacKay, n.d. (1931)., 1931. First US Edition. Quarto. 12 full-page illustrations in colour, 25 drawings in black and white, captioned tissues, pictorial end-papers. Superb in publisher's green cloth with gilt titles to spine and upper; in its equally beautiful cream pictorial dust wrapper. Fine and bright, kept thus by being held in its original box, which is showing some wear with one flap missing. Fine. Very unusual thus. Latimore/Haskell, p. 66. Book Collector No.271, 'The Great Illustrators'.

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      ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT & USEFUL BIBLIOGRAPHIES FOR E-HON Chicago 1931, - [A.I.C.]. Blue cloth, very good, with supplem-ental index of titles in Chinese & Japanese characters, 466pindex, addenda & additional chronology tipped in. R A R E Color scans available for this book on request. Description content 2015Copyright Rare Oriental Books Co.

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        Edward W. D. Holway. A Pioneer of the Canadian Alps

      University of Minnesota Press, The, Minneapolis - 1931, 1st Edition. (Hardcover) Very good. xiii,[1],81pp. Small Octavo. Frontispiece (portrait) and 2 plates (both sides) from photos, and 1 illustration (map). Original black cloth backed paper covered boards with tipped on photo illustration on front; some minor edgewear. Inscribed on front end paper by Mary M. Holway. A clean, tight copy. Scarce. Neate P06. Biography of Edward Holway who with Palmer made many first ascents in the Selkirks. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Mitgliedsausweis mit eigenh. U.

      Wien, 1931.. 3 Bll. Kl.-8vo (115:75 mm).. Auf 5 Seiten bedruckter Ausweis über die Mitgliedschaft Bergs im Österreichischen Touring-Club, eine Seite mit Portraitphotographie Bergs und eh. U. - Ursprünglich 3 zusammenhängende Bll., durch Gebrauch jedoch ein Bl. abgetrennt. - Gebrauchsspuren.

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      The Nonesuch Press. London. 1931. LIMITED EDITIONS. TWO VOLUMES. (10.75 x 6 inches). Original publisher's full niger morocco, raised bands, top edges gilt, 927, 759 pp, some spotting and staining to boards, with a couple of small areas showing neat repairs to the leather, else a very good bright set. LIMITED TO 1450 AND 1300 NUMBERED COPIES. --- Ex Libris Mary Soames, Daughter of Sir Winston S. Churchill.

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        The Sands of Muskeget: A Christmas Holiday

      Privately Printed, Cambridge, MA 1931 - Signed Christmas greeting card laid-in. Bound in original illustrated boards. Minor chips and closed tears to the head and the heel of the spine. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Typed letter signed.

      Berlin, 15. IV. 1931. - 4to. ½ p. To music director Johannes Schüler (1894-1966), reporting the successful recital of his "Pierrot Lunaire" and mentioning Alban Berg, who had also informed him that. - On headed paper; foldings with small tears, small tear-out at the top left).

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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 Frederic 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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        Masters of Mystery. A Study of the Detective Story

      London, Collins. 1931, 1931. FIRST EDITION 8vo. 288pp. Publisher's black cloth, titled in red to the spine, top edge red other edges untrimmed.. Bumped to the head of the spine, some minor shelwear and negligible scuffing. Internally clean and bright, solid and strong. Interestingly enough this copy is accompanied by its dustwrapper, an unprecedented event. The wrapper has chipping to the corners and general light wear to the extremities; the most significant defect of an otherwise strong wrapper is a shallow band of loss to the head of the spine, which however does not interfere with the titles. The wrapper design is very 1930's with its grey geometric design to the red titled spine and a montage of photographic mystery movie stills forming the front and rear panels. Credited as being the first literary examination of the mystery genre. H. Douglas Thomson was a renowned Holmes authority (he even gives his address as Baker St.) and an aficianado of crime writing. Includes chapters on 'The History of Detective Fiction', 'Edgar Allan Poe', 'Sherlock Holmes' and 'Thrillers'.

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        Catalogue of the Leonard Gow Collection of Chinese Porcelain

      printed by George W. Jones at the Sign of the Dolphin, London 1931 - 85 colour and black and white plates. Title printed in black and red, red initials. 4to. [331 x 250 x 50 mm]. xxxix, [i], 107, [3] pp. Original binding by Sangorski & Sutcliffe (signed in gilt on the rear turn-in) in niger (terracotta) goatskin, the front cover with the Gow crest in gilt. The spine divided into six panels, lettered in the second in gilt, the turn-ins tooled with gilt fillets, plain endleaves, top edge gilt, the others uncut. (A little marked and small patch of insect activity at upper right corner of the front cover). Contained in the original cloth drop-over box, lined with felt, the spine lettered in gilt. Limited to 300 copies, this being unnumbered but signed by Leonard Gow. A fine copy of this lavish production, clearly printed at great expense. Leonard Gow (1859-1936) was a shipping magnate, Glasgow businessman and resident of Camis Eskan on the Firth of Clyde. The catalogue describes 421 pieces, mostly of the K'ang Hsi period (1661-1722). [Attributes: First Edition]

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        Wuthering Heights

      New York: Random House, 1931. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Clare Leighton. SIGNED. 324pp. Quarto [27.5 cm] Black cloth over boards with a gilt stamped title and ornamentation on the backstrip. Publisher's black top edge. Deckled fore-edges. The pages are very sporadically uncut. Near fine condition. Of this limited edition of Wuthering Heights containing twelve wood engravings by Clare Leighton, four hundred and fifty copies have been printed at the Lakeside Press, Chicago, under the supervision of William A. Kittredge. This copy is number 378. Signed by Clare Leighton on the limitation page.

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        Memoria del Congreso Extraordinario celebrado en madrid los dias 11 al 16 de Junio de 1931.

      Tipografia Cosmos, Barcelona. 1931.. 241. Gr.8° OLn.. Kongreßbericht der anarchosyndikalistischen CNT. In rotem Lederimität gebunden; mit Goldprägung auf dem Buchrücken. Kapitale etwas bestoßen. Aufkleberrest auf dem Frontumschlag. Innenteil papierbedingt gebräunt. Mit Besitzvermerk AML (Arthur Müller-Lehning). Für unsere Schweizer Kunden: Konto in der Schweiz vorhanden

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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. Spine slightly rolled; an excellent copy in the jacket with chipped spine ends, and mounted onto Japan paper. 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.

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        USSR in Construction #12 (John Heartfield Front and Rear Covers)

      Moscow: The State Publishing Union of RSFSR, 1931. Uncommon 1931 issue --featuring the photomontage work of the great John Heartfield on the front and rear covers-- of this very impressive State-sponsored Soviet magazine. "USSR in Construction" was clearly intended to inspire the masses and to celebrate Soviet culture--and each issue was devoted to specific areas of Soviet life. This issue (#12) was dedicated to the Soviet petroleum industry. This copy is crisp and clean and has held up very nicely. Bright and VG+ in its stapled, John Heartfield-illustrated wrappers, with several very small tears along the panel edges. Folio (16 1/2" tall), crisp, celebratory black-and-white gravures thruout. . First Edition. Original Wraps. Collectible; Very Good.

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