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        There Ought to Be a Law and Other Stories

      Garden City: Doubleday Doran. 1931. First. First edition. Some soiling to the spine, else very good, lacking the dustwrapper. Inscribed by the author: "To Holger, representing Sweden in a tremendous international friendship with that true blue American, Nunnally. June 20, 1931." The recipient, Holger Cahill, was the National Director of the Federal Art Project, Works Projects Administration (1935 to 1943) -- Johnson was either mistaken, or being facetious: Cahill was actually born in Iceland. Author's first book, a collection of short stories. Johnson directed several good films, including The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit and The Three Faces of Eve, and wrote the screenplays for many more. .

      [Bookseller: Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. ABA]
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      New York: Covici-Friede, 1931.. Folio. Rough woven burlap over boards, stamped in gilt. Plates. Inner hinges darkened, professional restorations to the spine, otherwise a very good copy of this very fragile book. Folding cloth slipcase. First edition of this collection of reproductions of some of Cummings's work in the visual fields (Charcoal, Ink, Oil, Pencil, Watercolor). One of 391 numbered copies, signed by the author with his watercolor flourish on the title-page.

      [Bookseller: William Reese Company - Literature ABAA-]
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        The science of life / by H. G. Wells, Julian Huxley, G. P. Wells [Completer in 3 vols]

      London: The Waverley Book Company Ltd (1931), 1931, Hardback, Book Condition: Very Good, 1st Edition in this formVery good copy in the original gilt-blocked blind-ruled wine red cloth. Spine bands and panel edges slightly dulled and dust-toned as with age with corners slightly bumped. Remains particularly well-preserved overall with minor wear to extremeties; internally tight, bright, clean and strong. Top-edge-red. File copy of the Waverley Book Co. with their bookplate to volume 1. Copy is signed, dated and inscribed in places by Julian Huxley. Further scans, images etc. and additional bibliographical material available on request. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 992 pages; Physical description.: 3 v : fronts., illus., ports., diagrs ; 28 cm. Notes: Originally published in 31 fortnightly parts, 1929-30. Paged continuously. Includes index (vol. 3). Subject: Science - Popular works -- Biology -- Reproduction -- Humans. Notes: Illustrations by L. R. Brightwell

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        Postcard addressed to Miss Baker of Bath with an 18 line autograph poem concerning Bath

      - [88 x 140 mm]. [Postmarked] Brighton & Hove, Sussex: 6 April 1931. The postcard is addressed to Miss Baker, 31 Paragon, Bath, and is stamped with a George V One Penny red. On the reverse is an unrecorded poem written by Belloc in black ink. It begins: "We know not what to say Re your's received today. We're basking in the realms of sheer delight; And when its read to Jane She also won't refrain From loving it with all her main and might". After a further verse it concludes: "In conclusion we simply insist That in future you will not desist From sending your poems to cheer the s---st path; Some space they perforce must reserve, For such great contributions will serve To raise international hopes re the City of B[ath]".

      [Bookseller: George Bayntun ABA ILAB]
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        Preise Und Produktion ( Common English Title: Prices and Production)

      Verlag Von Julius Springer, Germany, 1931, Soft Cover, Book Condition: Fair, First EditionSize: 8vo - over 7?" - 9?" tall, 124 pages. "Beitrage zur Konjunkturforschung - Herausgegeben vom Osterreichischen Institut Fur Konjunkturforschung Nr. 3" - from front cover. Apparently unread as majority of pages were uncut by printer. Above-average but not excessive wear. Covers loosening from textblock. Bit of writing upon upper right corner of front cover and at base of spine else unmarked. 1939 New York Times Book Review of Schumpteter's 'Business Cycles' laid in.

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        The Night Before Christmas

      Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott Co.,, 1931. Illustrated by Arthur Rackham. Octavo. Original limp vellum, titles to upper cover gilt, pictorial endpapers, top edge gilt, others untrimmed. Housed in the publisher's slipcase. 4 colour plates and line drawings in the text by Rackham. Text printed in red and black. Wakefield Bookshop, NY, ticket to rear pastedown. Very mild spots to spine, some very faint spotting and toning to endpapers, slight cockling to leaves, but a really lovely copy in excellent condition, with the slipcase somewhat rubbed and spine-tanned, split down one side of the spine but holding together fine. First Rackham edition of this Christmas classic, number 271 of 550 copies signed by Rackham on the limitation leaf.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        The Recall, Volume IX 1931 - The Year Book (Yearbook) of the Senior Class of the Western Military Academy - Featuring U.S. World War II Heroes Edward "Butch" O'Hare and Paul Tibbets

      Western Military Academy (WMA), Alton, Illinois 1931 - 120 pages. George F. Carraher Jr.'s copy with his handwritten details inside back board. Numerous autographs throughout. Features photos of WWII heroes Butch O'Hare, namesake of Chicago's International Airport, and Paul Tibbets, pilot of the Enola Gay which dropped warfare's first atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. O'Hare appears in his class photo on page 35, on page 64 as a member of the "A" football team, on page 80 as a member of "D" Company, and as a member of Phi Delta on page 85. Tibbets appears with the former owner of this book in a group photo of their Sophomore Class on page 36 and as a member of the Rifle Team on page 76. Green endpapers tanned at edges. Above-average wear. Major soiling to handsomely gilted forest green front board. Binding intact. A worthy copy of this wonderful memento. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        The Public & Its Government. Second Printing

      New Haven: Yale University Press, 1931. Original cloth, a very good copy in a somewhat worn dustjacket; with a pencil annotation in the text by Justice Frankfurter citing Holmes and Brandeis The copy presented by Justice Frankfurter to Robert Frost, confirming their friendship of many decades, the lengthy inscription on the front free endpaper concluding that the book "comes to you as a poor symbol of my admiration and affection

      [Bookseller: Meyer Boswell Books, Inc.]
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        Eyes on Russia

      NY: Simon & Schuster, 1931. 1st printing. Good/no dust jacket, wear/light soiling to covers, front hinge professionally repaired. INSCRIBED BY AUTHOR 'TO BILL CLYMER ONE OF MY OLDEST AND BEST FRIENDS, SINCERELY, PEG', 135 p., photos, 4to, author's first book;

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        Original photograph By Frank Hurley from 1931: Off the Shores of Princess Elizabeth Land.

      1931 1931 - Nearly Very Good. 9.5x7.5 Inches. Silver gelatine photo, original copyright sheet of "The B.A.N.Z. Antarctic Research Expedition" pasted to the back stating that this is an "Official Photograph by Captain Frank Hurley". Caption on this copyright sheet says: "Off the Shores of Princess Elizabeth Land. A charming study of the Discovery passing through loose ice packs in the Mackenzie Sea off the shores of the newly charted Princess Elizabeth Land.". There is also a stamp: "Copyright Commonwealth of Australia. Official Pictures of the Mawson Antarctic Expedition. [.] The Herald Feature Service,Melbourne. Distributing Agents." There is also a newspaper clipping of unknown date which shows this photo. A further stamp on the back reads: "First Release for Morning Papers on Monday APR 6 1931". There are a few more date stamps and handwritten notes and numbers on the back. The photo has been slightly reouched in places. A scan of this wonderful and extremely rare original photo can be supplied on request.

      [Bookseller: Tinakori Books]
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        Cougars: Play Out of Doors The Year Round

      Michigan:: Michigan Tuberculosis Association,, 1931.. First printing. Near Fine. Near Fine. First Printing. Color Lithograph. 15 1/4 x 19 1/2 inches. Paper lightly toned; yet vibrant colors, with three tiny pin holes. Archivally framed in ivory rag/natural wood. & The first printing of the original poster by the preeminent American Wildlife artist Charles Livingston Bull (1874-1932): based on his original watercolor; Mother Cougar and Three Young, 1931, financed by the Sale of Christmas Seals and produced by the Michigan Tuberculosis Association; 1931. & One of four posters produced as a series designed for children to encourage heath, vigor and vitality by exploring and enjoying the out of doors and the natural world- this image expresses Bull 's desire to render the animal in its truest form: "to portray the ideally beautiful thing at the moment of greatest beauty"- all the while reflecting the characteristic virtue and integrity of the beast while promoting healthful ideals. (Peter White, Glenbow Museum, Blauvelt 90.3 )

      [Bookseller: Lowry-James Rare Prints & Books, ABAA]
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        East Coasting. With a magnificent colour title-page design by Edward Bawden, plus eight colour headpiece drawings, several colour headpiece decorations and numerous black and white decorations (headpieces and tailpieces) also by Bawden.

      London and North Eastern Railway [1931]., Soft cover, Book Condition: Very Good, 1st EditionFirst Edition, first printing. Printed at the Curwen Press. 63pp. Stapled card wrappers, a little marked, handled and with some light corner creasing. Staples rusted. A short crease impacts the tips of the upper right corners of about half the leaves and a small area of staining affects the base of a single text leaf. A nice bright copy of an extremely uncommon item - a collection of essays on various aspects of the East Coast, published to attract tourists to the area, and beautifully illustrated by Bawden.

      [Bookseller: Clearwater Books]
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        The Iliad. [Translated by Alexander Pope]

      London, The Nonesuch Press, 1931pp924, with decorations by Rudolf Koch and Fritz Kredel. 4to, original niger morocco, gilt lettering and borders, marbled endpapers. Occasional very faint foxing; very good in matching marbled slipcase No. 526 of 925 copies for England. The text is given side by side in Greek and English (from the first edition of Pope's translation 1715). This is 72 in the Nonesuch Century Quantity Available: 1. Category: CM CLASSICS PP ANCIENT HISTORY LITERATURE POETRY ; Inventory No: 279429.

      [Bookseller: Louella Kerr Old Fine & Rare Books]
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        Living My Life

      Alfred A. Knopf, New York 1931 - First edition of Goldman's monumental autobiography, an undisputed high-spot of women's writing and one of a few truly important 20th-century radical memoirs. Goldman was reputedly furious with Knopf for issuing the book in two volumes at the height of an economic depression, and considered the publication price of $7.50 to be exhorbitant. The book indeed sold poorly, despite strong reviews, and has never been common. Examples in attractive dustwrappers are very seldom encountered in the trade. Knopf reissued the work in one volume in 1934. Two large octavo volumes (24cm). Original blue cloth, lettered in black on spines and front covers; original dustwrappers; 1-503; 504-990, xii pp; illus. Tight, attractive set, with just a hint of sunning to board edges, in the very uncommon pictorial dustwrappers, lightly rubbed and with small nicks at spine ends, still Very Good. Illustrated throughout with photographic plates (halftones). [Attributes: First Edition]

      [Bookseller: Lorne Bair Rare Books, ABAA]
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        American Dry Flies and How to Tie Them

      New York: Privately Printed for the Angler's Club [by the Derrydale Press], 1931 - Frazier notes the book's "extreme" fragility and notes that it is "hard to find in fine unchipped condition" First edition, one of 500 copies. With errata slip tipped in. 12mo. Frontispiece. 25 pp. Original blue printed boards. Near fine (very small snag at top of spine). In custom blue quarter morocco slipcase and chemise, with gilt stamped logo of Derrydale Press on spine. Siegel 46; Frazier B-24-a; Bruns B299 [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: James Cummins Bookseller, ABAA]
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        Krasnaja niwa.

      Moskau, Iswestija WZIK, 1931. - [Rotes Getreidefeld. Text russisch]. Sammlung von 23 Heften des Jahrgangs 1931. 4°. Illustr. OBrosch. (vereinzelt Gebrauchsspuren). Je 20 bis 24 SS. mit zahlr. Fotos, Abb. und Karikaturen. Sprache: Russisch, Erste Ausgaben. - Eine der beliebtesten Kulturzeitschriften der UdSSR, herausgegeben von Anatolij Lunatscharski. In diesen Heften mit Texten von Ernst Toller, Klaus Neukrantz, Max Singer, Aleksej Tolstoj, Nikolaj Aseew (über Majakowski), Semen Kirsanow, Johannes R. Becher sowie kurz über Stefan Zweig, Ivan Olbracht, Arthur Holitscher, Ludwig Renn und Upton Sinclair. - Die Illustrationen von Alexander Deineka u.a. - Vorhanden sind Nr. 2-13, 16-21, 24, 26, 31 und 35. - W Obloshke-Kat.-Moskau 79 u. 235. - Ein Heft mit Wurmloch im Schnitt, drei Hefte etwas wasserrandig, sonst gut erhalten. [Attributes: First Edition]

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat Frank Albrecht (VDA/ILAB)]
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        Philipp, Martin Erich. - MEPH. - "Blauflügel Ara".

      . Farbholzschnitt, auf China, 1931. Von Martin Erich Philipp. 48,0 x 16,0 cm (Darstellung / Druckstock) / 56,5 x 23,5 cm (Blatt). Götze D 38. Im Stock monogrammiert unten rechts "MEPH". In Bleistift signiert "M. E. Philipp" unten rechts und betitelt unten links. - Seltenes Blatt. - Papier leicht gebräunt und lichtrandig. Verso Reste einer alten Montierung. Gut erhalten. Martin Erich Philipp (1887 Zwickau ? 1978 Dresden). Nach seinem Monogramm kurz genannt MEPH. Deutscher Grafiker in Dresden. Studierte 1904?08 an der Kunstgewerbeschule Dresden sowie 1908?13 an der Kunstakademie Dresden, unter anderem bei Oskar Zwintscher, Gotthard Kuehl, Richard Müller und Oskar Schindler. Ab 1913 war er freischaffend in Dresden tätig. Bis 1933 und nach 1945 auf zahlreichen Grafikausstellungen vertreten. Schuf in Anlehnung an den Wiener Japonismus meist ornithologische Blätter im Farbholzschnitt. Daneben entstanden zahlreiche Radierungen vorwiegend erotischen Genres aber auch Landschaften..

      [Bookseller: Galerie Himmel]
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        As You Desire Me

      New York: E. P. Dutton and Company, 1931. Book. Very Good +. Hardcover. Signed by Author(s). 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. Basis for the Broadway production starring Judith Anderson and the Hollywood film starring Garbo. A very scarce signed copy..

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      LIBRAIRIE ORIENTALISTE PAUL GEUTHNER 1931 - R320057444: 1er volume broché : TEXTE : XV + 348 PAGES augmentées de quelques illustrations et autres figures en noir et blanc in et/ou hors texte + volume 2 : ATLAS (sous emboitage cartonné rigide - En Feuillets) : 10 pages + 111 panches en noir et blanc (dont planche 25 et planche 25 bis) - 5 PHOTOS DISPONIBLES / OUVRAGE COLLATIONNE. PREFACE PAR EDMOND POTTIER / OUVRAGE COLLATIONNE. In-4 Broché. Etat d'usage. Couv. convenable. Dos satisfaisant. Intérieur frais Classification Dewey : 930.1-Archéologie [Attributes: Soft Cover]

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        Nasenplastik und sonstige Gesichtsplastik nebst einem Anhang über Mammaplastik und einigen weiteren Operationen aus dem Gebiete der äusseren Körperplastik. Ein Atlas und Lehrbuch.

      . Leipzig, Curt Kabitzsch, 1931, Gr.8°, XXXI, 842, (2) pp., 1718 z.T. farb. Abb., orig. grüner Halbledereinband; feines Exemplar.. Erste Ausgabe der Bibel der modernen Rhinoplastik - Joseph gilt als Vater der modernen Gesichtsplastik. - Jacques Joseph (1865-1934) beginnt seine Tätigkeit 1881 bei Prof. Neumann in der Kinderklinik und wechselt 1892 in die Chirurgisch-Orthopädische Universitätsklinik zu Prof. Julius Wolff über. Am 21. Oktober 1896 stellt er die erste Ohrplastik und am 11. Mai 1898 die erste Nasenplastik in der Berliner Medizinischen Gesellschaft vor. Am 7.April 1904 berichtet er unter dem Präsidium Ernst von Bergmann's auf dem Deutschen Chirurgenkonkreß bereits über 100 eigenhändig operierte Fälle. Schlagartig wird er damit national und international bekannt. Am 20. Juli 1916 von Geheimrat Passow zum Leiter der Gesichtsplastischen Abteilung der berühmten Charite bestellt, operiert er u.a. dort viele Kriegsverletzte. Am 12. November 1922 führt er die erste Mammaplastik durch. Nach seinen Angaben entsteht ein modernes Spezialinstrumentarium. 1919 wird er zum Professor ernannt. Ab 1922 arbeitet er fast ausschließlich in seiner Privatklinik (Nassauische Straße). Alle Formen der Gesichtsplastik hat er in technischer Meisterschaft und mit feinstem ästhetischem Gefühl durchgeführt. Über seiner Villa stand sein Ausspruch: "Und deckt mich einst der kühle Rasen, so wisst, dies war gebaut von Nasen". Sein Haus (Berlin-Wilmersdorf, Ravensburger Straße) und seine Grabstelle auf dem israelitischen Friedhof sind im Bombenkrieg zerstört worden. Joseph lebt in seiner Arbeit fort (Paul Natvig). - - First Edition of 'Rhinoplatsy and facial plastic surgery with a supplement on mammaplasty and ohter operations in the field of plastic surgery of the body : an atals and text book' is "A masterpiece of 20th century palstic surgery, and Joseph's most comprehensive work". G & M - - Garrison & Morton No.5763.01; Natvig 41

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat für Medizin - Fritz-Dieter S]
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      New York: Horace Liveright, Inc.,. [1931]. Octavo, pp. [1-4] [1-6] 7-343 [344-348] [note: first and last two leaves are blanks],. original decorated yellow cloth, front and spine panels stamped in black, top edge stained red, fore and bottom edges rough-trimmed.. A fine copy in fine pictorial dust jacket. A spectacular copy of. Merritt's best novel. (#90784). First edition. "Lost race fantasy adventure novel, possibly Merritt's most imaginative and colorful." - Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 155. Anatomy of Wonder (1976) 3-41; (1995) 2-85; and (2004) II-761. Barron (ed), Fantasy Literature 3-243. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 1158. Clareson, Science Fiction in America, 1870s-1930s 555. Survey of Modern Fantasy Literature I, pp. 504-07. In 333. Bleiler (1978), p. 138. Reginald 10063.

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      Angus and Robertson 1931 - An epic of Central Australian gold discovery.Orange cloth with black titles to spine and front cover.Spine very lightly faded,light edge wear on spine hinge cloth.Clean and bright cloth.Block is tight and sound,maps to both paste downs and prelims,neat name and address on 2nd prelim,newspaper clipping pasted to rear paste down,"search for Lasseters gold reef.Dated Dec 28th 1934,this is the story about that search and its out come.Illustrated with 35 photographic plates plus frontis of Harold Bell Lasseter and family.Extreamely nice copy and rare book. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        THE GLASS KEY (First American Edition in Original Dust Jacket)

      Knopf 1931 - Hammett, Dashiell. THE GLASS KEY. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1931. FIRST AMERICAN EDITION, having been published in London earlier that same year. A Very Good or better copy (slight sunning to the boards but no wear) in a Very Good example of the rare original dust jacket (price-intact, restored by an expert conservator to Fine condition). The book Hammett claimed throughout his life to have been his favorite. One of the most interesting aspects of Hammett's writing in The Glass Key is his refusal to let the reader into the character's minds. Hammett was often quoted as saying that in the real world people only understand actions and speech and in The Glass Key that's all we get. Made into the memorable 1942 film starring Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake. One of his great publishing successes: 20,000 copies sold within a year and the book received uniformly excellent reviews. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        They Couldn't Say No [ Novel, Advertising Agency, New York Social Life, Newspaper Men and Their Women, Very witty]

      Jonathan Cape and Harrison Smith 1931, Stated First Edition - Hardback : hard cover edition in good condition, some slight wear to edges, some spine fade, previous owner name, and private library marks, some spine fray and binding is somewhat loose, gutter crack inside back cover, plain half pocket pasted down to back cover, some age spots on a few pages. Overall good copy of this very scarce title. Excellent read. A good book to enjoy and keep on hand. Or would make a great gift for the fan / reader in your life. Pages are Honey Colored from Age Size: Novel / Fiction / Enjoyable Reading

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        Wall Street Ventures and Adventures

      HARPER & BROTHERS PUBLISHERS, NEW YORK 1931 - Gilt lettering to front cover and spine. Spine starting to fade. Very light markings to front cover. Front and back hinge crack. Pages and edges starting to lightly brown. DATE PUBLISHED: 1931 EDITION: 315 [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Princeton Antiques Bookshop]
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      1931 - un volume, reliure plein maroquin (full morocco) orange grand in-quarto, dos à nerfs (spine with raised bands) décoré or (gilt decoration) et filets à froid (blind-stamping line decoration) encrés à l'encres brune - titre frappé or (gilt title) + nom de l'illustrateur or + date or en bas du dos, plats muets (cover without text), tête lisse (top edge smooth) dorée (top edge gilt), gouttière rognée (smooth fore-edge), marque-page en tissu (bookmark in tissue), dos et couverture conservés (spine and cover preserved), justification du tirage : Un des 245 vélin d'Arches, seul papier après 60 japon, comprenant une suite en noir des bois sous chemise séparée - tirage limité à 305 exemplaires (limited edition - 305 copies were printed), Premier tirage des 60 bois gravés (engraving-wood) en couleurs de Louis JOU, dont 6 hors-texte (full page engraving), 169-(7) pages, 1931 Paris M.-P. Tremois Editeur, Recherché. Carteret, 371. Monod, 10489, .Superbe et en parfait état (as new condition). [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Deer: Eat for Strength Grace - Vigor

      Michigan:: Michigan Tuberculosis Association,, 1931.. First printing. Near Fine. Near Fine. First Printing. Color Lithograph. 15 1/4 x 19 1/2 inches. Paper lightly toned; yet vibrant colors, with two small tide parks, 1/2 inch chip to lower right corner, two tiny pin holes in upper corners and two small closed tear repairs. Archivally framed in ivory rag/natural wood. The first printing of the original poster by the preeminent American Wildlife artist Charles Livingston Bull (1874-1932): based on his original watercolor; Doe and Fawns browsing on Lily Pads;1931, produced by the Michigan Tuberculosis Association; 1931 financed by their Sale of Christmas Seals. As one of four posters designed for children to encourage heath, vigor and vitality by exploring and enjoying the out of doors and the natural world this image expresses Bull's desire to render the animal in its truest form: "to portray the ideally beautiful thing at the moment of greatest beauty"- all the while reflecting the characteristic virtue and integrity of the beast while promoting healthful ideals. (Peter White, Glenbow Museum, Blauvelt 90.3 )

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        The Collected Papers of Carl Wilhelm Scheele ; Translated from the Swedish and German Originals

      London: G. Bell & Sons Ltd., 1931. Very Good Plus, original brown cloth with gilt titles to spine, foxing to edges of page block, booksellers listing taped to rear pastedown, hidden by rear flap, in a Very Good dust jacket, spine evenly toned, light soiling and small chips at the fold edges. SCARCE. "...translations of the whole of Scheele's papers as these appeared in various scientific journals and also of his famous 'Treatise on Air and Fire' ".. First Edition. Cloth. Very Good Plus/Very Good. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall.

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        Brief Moment: A Comedy in Three Acts

      Farrar & Rinehart, New York 1931 - First edition. A tiny tear at the crown thus near fine in a spine-tanned, near very good dustwrapper (designed by "Jung"). Actor Hume Cronyn's copy with his bookplate and ownership Signature on the front fly, and small owner's stamp on the front panel of the jacket. A play that was the basis for the 1933 David Burton film featuring Carole Lombard and Gene Raymond. In the original Broadway production author Alexander Woollcott played a supporting role based on himself! See this book in 3D on our site. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Between the Covers-Rare Books, Inc. ABAA]
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        The Cicadas [West's Copy of Huxley's Book, with Notes]

      London: Chatto & Windus. 1931. Nathanael West's copy of Huxley's collection of poetry, with West's holograph notes on five of the front and rear endpages. Approximately 250 words, mostly quotes of other writers -- Huxley, Gray, Shakespeare; some light, but most quite serious: "In matters of love it is absurd to stand on your dignity and claim your rights. Such experiences cannot be judged and calculated like a matter of business. One gives as much and as long as one can & one does not bargain. Take what is given to you." West concludes with: "The paths of glory lead but to the grave." The year this book was published, West published his first novel. Later in the 1930s, both West and Huxley were employed as Hollywood screenwriters. West died in 1940 at the age of 37. The provenance of this book leads from West to his brother-in-law, S.J. Perelman, to the writer and bookseller, George Sims, who recounts the circumstances of his purchasing books from Perelman in the early 1970s, presumably including this one. A photocopy of a note from Sims is laid in. Fading to spine, spotting to cloth, short tear to lower front joint; still very good, without dust jacket. Publisher's extra spine label tipped to rear free endpaper. A wonderful glimpse of West's musings and inner life. First Edition. Hardcover.

      [Bookseller: Ken Lopez Bookseller, ABAA]
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        THE ILIAD [with] THE ODYSSEY

      London: The Nonesuch Press, 1931. Iliad limited to 925 copies for England and 525 for the U.S. (this no. 234); Odyssey limited to 835 for England and 465 for the U.S. (this no. 83). Spines with nearly none of the usual darkening, some dark spots to lower cover of hte Illiad and upper cover of the Odyssey, otherwise quite nice copies. Iliad limited to 925 copies for England and 525 for the U.S. (this no. 234); Odyssey limited to 835 for England and 465 for the U.S. (this no. 83). Quarto. 925p; 759p. Bound in full niger morocco with marbled endpapers and cloth reinforced inner joints, gilt spine titles and double rules around the covers, t.e.g., bottom and fore-edge untrimmed. Printed by Johannes Enschede en Zonen in Monotype Cochin and Jan van Krimpen's Antigone Greek on Pannekoek mould-made paper. Text in Greek and English. Dreyfus 72 and 78.

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      New York: 1931. Woodcut. 22 x 16 cm. 8-1/2 x 6-/14 inches. Signed, and titled in pencil on old Japanese paper. Reproduced as plate 24 (Night, The City) in & Emory Ladányi Woodcuts, Kövesdy Gallery, New York, 1986. Framed.

      [Bookseller: Alan Wofsy Fine Arts]
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        On the Edge of the Primeval Forest; More from the Primeval Forest [Signed]

      New York: The Macmillan Company, 1931. First edition. Hardcover. Very Good/very good. A Very Good copy of the first edition, first printing (spine ends pushed, modest rubbing to spine ends and board corners, modest shelf wear to the bottom edge of each board), in a Very Good dust jacket with chips and tears strengthened by tape repairs to the dust jacket's verso, the front flap has been corner clipped, but has not been price clipped), SIGNED BY ALBERT SCHWEITZER on the half-title; the definitive work on the most notable activity of this Physician, Philosopher, medical missionary, organ virtuoso, Bach authority, New Testament Scholar, author, and winner of the 1952 Nobel Peace Prize. In 1912, Albert Schweitzer, who had obtained a medical degree for the purpose of relocating to Africa in order to assist its denizens, both as a response to Jesus' call to become "fishers of men" and as a personal recompense for the historic guilt of European colonizers, embarked with his wife for Africa where he had volunteered to serve at his own expense in Paris Missionary Society's mission at Lambaréné on the Ogooué river, in what then was a French Colony and what is now the nation of Gabon. Upon the outbreak of World War 1, he and his wife, Germans living in a French Colony, were interned in France (to which they needed to go to permit Albert Schweitzer's recovery from anemia and exhaustion). In 1924, Schweitzer returned to Lambaréné without his wife to resurrect his work there and to grow the hospital that he and his wife had founded, and it was at Lambaréné that he then spent most of his remaining life and where he died. Schweitzer authored two books on his time and work at Lambaréné, "Zwischen Wasser und Urwald" (On the Edge of the Primeval Forest -- A. & C. Black, London 1922) and Mitteilungen aus Lambaréné (More from the Primeval Forest -- A. & C. Black, 1931, published in America as "The Forest Hospital at Lambaréné"). The book herein described constitutes the first edition in English containing both works. (The first UK edition of the combined works was not published until 1948.) In presenting the Prize, Gunnar Jahn, the then-Chairman of the Nobel Committee, spoke extensively of Schweitzer's early years and how they prepared him for, and led him to, his service in at Lambaréné. It was during his time there that Schweitzer crystallized his philosophy into one simple concept: Reverence for Life. As Jahn stated: "One day in 1915 - he was forty years old at the time - while traveling on a river in Africa, he saw the rays of the sun shimmering on the water, the tropical forest all around, and a herd of hippopotamuses basking on the banks of the river. At that moment there came to him, as if by revelation, the phrase which precisely expressed his thought: Reverence for life. Once again, as before in youth and childhood, a simple incident opened the door for him." Thus it was at Lambaréné that he crystallized the motivating philosophy of his life, the philosophy of which was born his humanitarian work, the very work which served as the foundation for his winning the Prize. In our experience, signed copies of this important book do not appear often. A Very Good copy of the work which encompasses the most important period of Albert Schweitzer's life and the humanitarian work for which he received the Nobel Peace Prize, SIGNED BY ALBERT SCHWEITZER. SCARCE.

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        U 97

      London: John Lane, The Bodley Head Limited,, 1931. A play in three Acts. Octavo. Original green cloth, cream paper title label to spine printed in black. With the dust jacket. Spine and edges of boards faded as always, but an excellent copy in the rubbed and frayed, internally repaired dust jacket with a few very small chips. First edition, first impression of one of Forester's scarcer titles. The action takes place on a German U-boat at the end of the great war.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        Photographie 1931: État de la Photographie.

      Paris, Arts et Métiers Graphiques, 1931 - Paris, Arts et Métiers Graphiques, 1931. Stiff white wrappers with grey title-letterpress fixed to metal spiral binding, 31 x 24 cms., (156) pp. with 130 plates executed in heliogravure by Alban, Laurie Albin-Guillot (2), R. Barre (3), Herbert Bayer, Aenne Biermann (7), Cecil Beaton (2), Lood van Bennekom, Mario von Bucowich, Maurice Cloche (2), Nora Dumas (4), Ecce Photo, Hans Finsler (4), Flannery (3), Fridliand, Havinden (2), Florence Henri (2), Ewald Hoinkis (2), Hoyningen-Huene (2), Ichac, Kardas, André Kertesz (3), Kollar, Kozianka, Germaine Krull (2), Laceroy, Landau, Le Pennetier, Lucien Lorelle, Eli Lotar (2), Man Ray (4), Marey, Lee Miller, Lazlo Moholy-Nagy, Jean Moral (4), Martin Munkacsi (8), Nevrasoff, Paul Outerbridge (3), Roger Parry, Max Peiffer Wattenpuhl (3), Karein Pellerin (2), Albert Renger-Patzsch (2), Willy Riethof (2), Ringl & Pit, Frans Roh, Charles Sheeler, Emmanuel Sougez (3), Edward Steichen (4), Maurice Tabard (5), Doris Ulmann, Umbo=Otto Umbehr (3), André Vigneau (3), Lucien Vogel (2), Dr. Weller (3), Ygnatovitch, Willy Zielke (3), René Zuber (2). Near fine copy, rare thus. [Attributes: Soft Cover]

      [Bookseller: Luiscius Books]
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        The New Movement in The Theatre

      Batsford, 1931. Hardcover. Good. Recased in original covers, whch are worn. Internally fine.

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        Nightlife: Vanity Fair's Intimate Guide to New York After Dark

      John Day, New York 1931 - First edition. Illustrated by Raymond Bret-Koch. About fine in good plus dustwrapper with modest chips and tanning on the spine. A wonderfully kooky guide to the Big Apple. Exceptionally scarce, especially in jacket. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Between the Covers-Rare Books, Inc. ABAA]
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        Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come, The

      1931. A Hero as American as Huckleberry Finn or Tom Sawyer[WYETH, N.C., illustrator]. FOX, John, Jr. The Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come. A Limited Edition with Pictures by N.C. Wyeth. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1931. First edition illustrated by N.C. Wyeth, limited to 512 signed copies. Large quarto (10 15/16 x 8 3/8 inches; 278 x 212 mm.). x, [1], [1, blank], 322, [1, blank], [1, printer's imprint] pp. Sixteen mounted color plates, including frontispiece and pictorial title, all with tissue guards. Original quarter vellum, ruled in gilt, over decorative blue cloth boards. Spine lettered in gilt, top edge gilt, others uncut, pale blue endpapers. Vellum spine just a shade darkened, two very light tape stains on both paste-downs, otherwise a very fine and partially uncut copy.This powerful novel, set in Kentucky during the Civil War era, is one of the most perceptive tellings of the Civil War experience. This book is more than the moving story of a Kentucky mountain boy who fights to save the Union. Even the Civil War itself is but an epic stage for the novel's main business - the testing and maturation of a hero as American as Huckleberry Finn or Tom Sawyer.Kingdom Come State Park in Harlan County near Cumberland, Kentucky is named after the 1903 best-selling novel The Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come.Allen and Allen, pp. 204-205. Dykes, Wyeth, 164.

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        LIBROS Y FOLLETOS DE TOROS. Bibliografía taurina

      Tipografía de Doña Ramona Velasco, Librería de Pedro Vindel, Madrid 1931 - 4º M, VII [VIII] p. 388 p. 1 h. (índice y colofón). Holandesa piel, planos papel, nervios. Sin desbarbar. - Compuesta de la biblioteca taurómaca de D. José Luis de Ybarra y López de la Calle. Tirada de 400 ej. en papel ahuesado, ejemplar nº 178 con filigrana especial. Gran variedad de láminas estampadas con reproducciones de portadas y otras, algunas dobles. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Berrocal Libros Antiguos]
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