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        PROSPECTING FOR GOLD from the dish to the hydraulic plant

      Angus and Robertson 1931 - Printed a month after the first edition;2000 copies in each run.Navy blue cloth with gold titles to spine.Dust wrapper has dark spine,near mint,tiny wear at top of spine.Block is sound and tight,illustrated.Neat name and address on front paste down,neat pen notes on rear blank prelim.Glossary,Index and 17 pages of publishers advertisements at rear.Lovely rare copy,in DJ. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: THE BOOK SHOP]
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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.

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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]

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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]

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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]

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        Das Akademische Deutschland, Band IV, Die Wappen der deutschen Korporationen des In-und Auslandes. Mit 1617 farbigen Wappen und 8 weiteren Illustrationen auf 78 Tafeln.

      Berlin, C.A. Weller, 1931.. X S. und LXXVIII farbig lithographierte Tafeln mit den Wappen. Zwischen den Tafelseiten transparente Pergamentbögen mit Bezeichung der Wappen. OLwd. mit Pappschuber, 32,5 x 25 cm. Titel und Rücken goldgeprägt.. Der seltene Wappenband in der Originalausgabe, kein Nachdruck. (Einband leicht berieben, insgesamt sehr guter Zustand) -Rüb- Ich versende mit der Deutschen Post (Büchersendung) und der DHL (Pakete). Die Lieferzeit ist abhängig von der Versandart und beträgt innerhalb Deutschlands 3-5 Tage, in der EU 5 - 14 Tage.

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        The Dream Life Of Balso Snell

      Contact Editions, Paris 1931 - Author's first book. Hinges functional, but fragile. A bit of loss at the top and bottom of the spine, printing is unaffected. # 343 of 500. Housed in a red cloth covered clamshell case. [Attributes: Soft Cover]

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        The dream life of Balso Snell

      Paris & New York: Contact Editions, 1931. 95p., 6.5x9.75 inches, very good limited first edition #234/500 copies in sewn wraps chipped at the top of spine obliterating the "The" in the spine title; expect general wear and severe "reader's cracking" of spine. Textblock has begun to crack in several places, all threads still intact, paperstocks have browned (particularly the light Bristol wraps) West's first book, a scatological sneer at writing novels.

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      . Zustand: Excelente Einband: Encuadernacion de tapa dura. Barcelona. 32x23. Pantheon; Casa Editrice, Firenze. 1931. Holandesa con puntas. 116Pag+80 Bellisimas laminas con su correspondiente descripcion. Tirada de 330 ejemplares numerados (N°281). Obra monumental de Escultura del Renacimiento. Ref 1.6 Biblioteca A.

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      Paris:: Contact Editions,, 1931. First Edition. Very Good. A Very Good First Edition LIMITED TO 500 COPIES. THIS IS NO. 197. In original printed wrappers. Mild soil and foxing covers, age darkening spine and cover edges, cover edge wear, owner name ffep, reference note inside front cover, small pieces of glassine glued to inside covers, mild foxing edges. 8vo. 95 pp. Author's First Book.

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        The Jewish Question (A selection of the Articles (1920-22) published by Mr. Henry Ford's paper The Dearborn Independent and reprinted later under the general title of The International Jew)

      Éditions R. I. S. S., Paris 1931 - Octavo. 314,[1]pp. Three-quarter leather over brown cloth, gold lettering on spine. Statement by Henry Ford to Louis Marshall (p.9-11): "For some time past I have given consideration to the series of articles concerning Jews which since 1920 have appeared in The Dearborn Independent. Some of them have been reprinted in pamphlet form under the title "The International Jew". Although both publications are my property, it goes without saying that in the multitude of my activities it has been impossible for me to devote personal attention to their management or to keep informed as to their contents. It has therefore inevitably followed that the conduct and policies of these publications had to be delegated to men whom I placed in charge of them and upon whom I relied implicitly. To my great regret I have learned that Jews generally, and particularly those of this country, not only resent these publications as promoting anti-Semitism, but regard me as their enemy. Trusted friends with whom I have conferred recently have assured me in all sincerity that in their opinion the character of the charges and insinuations made against the Jews, both individually and collectively, contained in many of the articles which have been circulated periodically in The Dearborn Independent and have been reprinted in the pamphlets mentioned, justifies the righteous indignation entertained by Jews everywhere toward me because of the mental anguish occasioned by the unprovoked reflections made upon them. This has led me to direct my personal attention to this subject, in order to ascertain the exact nature of these articles. As a result of this survey I confess that I am deeply mortified that this journal, which is intended to be constructive and not destructive, has been made the medium for resurrecting exploded fictions, for giving currency to the so-called Protocols of the Wise Men of Zion, which have been demonstrated, as I learn, to be gross forgeries, and for contending that the Jews have been engaged in a conspiracy to control the capital and the industries of the world, besides laying at their door many offenses against decency, public order and good morals. Had I appreciated even the general nature, to say nothing of the details, of these utterances, I would have forbidden their circulation without a moment's hesitation, because I am fully aware of the virtues of the Jewish people as a whole, of what they and their ancestors have done for civilization and for mankind and toward the development of commerce and industry, of their sobriety and diligence, their benevolence and their unselfish interest in the public welfare. Of course there are black sheep in every flock, as there are among men of all races, creeds and nationalities who are at times evildoers. It is wrong, however, to judge a people by a few individuals, and I therefore join in condemning unreservedly all wholesale denunciations and attacks. Those who know me can bear witness that it is not in my nature to inflict insult upon and to occasion pain to anybody, and that it has been my effort to free myself from prejudice. Because of that I frankly confess that I have been greatly shocked as a result of my study and examination of the files of The Dearborn Independent and of the pamphlet entitled "The International Jew". I deem it to be my duty as an honourable man to make amends for the wrong done to the Jews as fellow-men and brothers, by asking their forgiveness for the harm that I have unintentionally committed, by retracting so far as lies within my power the offensive charges laid at their door by these publications, and by giving them the unqualified assurance that henceforth thay may look at me for friendship and goodwill. It is needless to add that the pamphlets which have been distributed throughout the country and in foreign lands will be withdrawn from circulation, that in every way possible I will make it known that they have my unqualified disapproval, and that henceforth [Attributes: Soft Cover]

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      The Bobbs-Merrill Company, Indianapolis: 1931 - First Edition of the author's first book, the first 'Codfish Sleuth', Asey Mayo, mystery. The notable Goldstone copy of this Haycraft Queen Cornerstone title with Adrian Homer Goldstone's neat bookplate affixed to the front pastedown - acquired in the famous 1981 Goldstone sale of Mystery & Detective fiction. A bright, fresh, near fine copy in blue cloth, yellow titles and rules with some light overall use. Tiny, discreet bookseller's ticket to the bottom of the half-title page. 8vo. 320 pp. "Period who-dunnits recall simpler, more carefree times, and sparkle with the Yankee wit and salty idiom of Asey Mayo, a local handyman who knows something about police work and everything about everybody's business." Marilyn Stasio, Mystery Columnist, The New York Times Book Review. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Soil Survey of Victoria County, Texas. Series 1927, Number 21.

      Washington, D. C.: U. S. Government Printing Office, 1931. - 8vo., (9 x 6 inches). Large fine folding chromolithographed "Soil Map: Victoria County Texas" (short tear near mount, not affecting image), 2 in-text maps, 2 plates of photographs (somewhat toned). Original publisher's printed wrappers, with map of Texas on rear cover (lightly browned). First edition. With a very large folding map in full color showing the different types of soil in Victoria County, Texas. "Creation of the Division of Agricultural Soils in the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in 1894 marked the beginning of a national commitment to soil science and soil survey activities. By 1899, soil surveyors had commenced field investigations for the first USDA soil surveys; one century later, soil surveys have been published for most counties in the United States. The surveys - inventories consisting of narrative descriptions, tables, and maps - include a wealth of interpretive information about soil characteristics and properties and about their limitations and potentials. These interpretations of how soils respond to different uses assist land users in making appropriate decisions. And while Congress and the federal government have supported the soil survey effort to help guide agricultural development, surveys have side application in a variety of environmental and land management uses. The development of the national soil survey program grew out of the intellectual curiosity and personal ambition of two men in particular, Charles W. Dabney, Jr. and Milton Whitney. But it was research at state agricultural experiment stations that created the favorable climate for Dabney's and Whitney's successes. This state-level research grew from a desire by state agricultural leaders to understand their soils and the relationship of the characteristics of those soils to plant growth. Ultimately, they believed, knowledge would contribute to a healthy agricultural economy" (Helms, ed., p. 1). Douglas Helms, et al., eds., "Profiles in the History of the U.S. Soil Survey." For more information about this book, or a warm welcome to see it and other books in our library at 72nd Street, NYC, please contact Megan Scauri, M.A., M.L.S., in the Rare Book Department. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

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        The Life of Vice-Admiral William Bligh, R.N., F.R.S. 2 vols.

      1931 1931 - Sydney 1931. Royal 8vo. Orig. cloth. With frontispiece, 42 full-page plates of which 4 are double-page, and fold. map. 1st ed. The definitive biography. Rare.

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        Wuthering Heights

      New York: Random House,, 1931. Octavo. Finely bound by The Chelsea Bindery in crimson morocco, titles and centre tool to spine, raised bands, single rule to boards, inner dentelles, dark green endpapers, gilt edges. With 12 wood engravings by Clare Leighton. A fine copy. Limited edition of 450 copies signed by Leighton.

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        Journal In Mexico

      Np [Obelisk Press] Nd [?], Paris 1931 - Large 8vo., pp. 40. 2 pp. note on the career of William Preston bound in to preliminaries (present in all copies examined). Rebound in leather, original pale blue paper wrappers bound in. Some wear to the binding's edges and extremities, but contents perfectly preserved. First edition. In 2007, after four years of what felt like pretty meticulous research, I delivered to my publishers my book about Jack Kahane and his scandalous Paris publishing house of the 1930s, the Obelisk Press. Two months later, this book showed up for the first time. In my defence, the Kahane association is very well hidden. The book is rare in any case, with only a few copies scattered around institutional libraries, and even when you've located one it doesn't give up its secrets easily: no publishing information appears on the title-page, and only in the imprimerie at the very back of the text is the publisher's name to be found. How Kahane came to publish the book, and exactly when, remains a mystery. William Preston (1816-1887) was from Kentucky, served as U. S. Minister to Spain, and was the Confederacy's representative to Mexico City during the reign of Maximilian. He saw no combat during the Mexican-American War, but was assigned to logistics units throughout. Kahane, who himself served with distinction in the Great War, published two memoirs of the conflict under the Obelisk imprint: Squadron 95 [Pearson:A-21] and For The Duration Or.? [A-26]. These were contemporary accounts of a war Kahane fought in, and were probably written by friends. But Journal In Mexico? Neither the Obelisk name nor logo appear anywhere in the book. This dates it to somewhere between 1929, when Kahane first began publishing, and January 1932, when Gold and Silver [A-11] the first book carrying the Obelisk name, was published. The logo on the title-page narrows things down still further: the design is that of Herbert Clarke, owner of the Imprimerie Vendôme and the man with whom Kahane was going to go into partnership before Clarke's sudden death. Kahane had collaborated with Clarke on the publication of Kahane's own novel Daffodil [A-8] in the summer of 1931: it seems likely that Journal In Mexico was published around this time. Since the unearthing of that first copy, I've had the opportunity to examine three others. All have been rebound in extravagant leather bindings, all of which differ from one another. This suggests a) a tiny print run, and b) that the copies might have been produced in order to be given as gifts. This was the case with Kahane's edition of Milton's poem Lycidas [A-24], issued in just 25 copies, each one carrying a printed dedication to a different friend or associate. Very scarce. And not in Pearson.

      [Bookseller: Neil Pearson Rare Books]
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        Arts et métiers graphiques. Numéro spécial 15 Novembre 1931, N. 26

      Paris: Arts et métiers graphiques, 1931. ril non editoriale in mezza tela (rebound in half-cloth). Molto buono (Very Good). 4to. Scritti di Bertrand Guegan (Le livre d'art en Europe), Jean Bruller (Le livre d'art en France: essai d'un classement rationnel), Paul Istel (Reliures de notre temps). Riproduzioni in nero e a colori di rilegature, frontespizi e pagine a stampa su carta a mano e carta Giappone applicati. Con xilografie, litografie, offset ed eliogravure originali applicate di Frans Masereel, Max Elskamp, P. E. Vibert, Charles Vik, Max Ernst, Louis Bouquet, A. Alexeieff, Galanis, Mariette Lydis, Pierre Gandon, Raoul Dufy, J. L. Boussingault, Odillon Redon, etc. Uno dei numeri più ricercati di questa importante rivista di tipografia, grafica ed illustrazione, per la grande quantità di tavole originali applicate.

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        Guys and Dolls

      New York: Frederick Stokes, , 1931. Octavo. Finely bound by the Chelsea Bindery in tan morocco, raised bands, onlay to front board reproducing the artwork from the first edition dust jacket, onlay title to spine in red and black, red endpapers, gilt edges. Housed in matching cloth box with titles in black. An excellent copy. First edition, first printing of the author's collection of short stories of New York City life. Basis for the film and numerous Broadway adaptations.

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      Paris: Société Nouvelle des éditions d'art Devambez, 1931. Edizione di 221 + XX esemplari numerati. quartini sciolti in camicia e custodia (loose as issued in original chemise and slip-case). Molto buono (Very Good). 4to. Marthe, histoire d'une fille, de J.-K. Huysmans, illustré de vingt-neuf compositions originales, graveés a l'eau-forte par Auguste Brouet

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        Carambas. (I.a serie [– 3.a serie]).

      Madrid, Ediciones Posibles, 1931. - 3 parts, 16mo, each part comprising 16 pp., i.e. one sheet folded, unstitched as issued; printed on cream (1a serie), pink (2a serie) and pale green (3a serie) paper; in excellent condition, in a folding cloth box.First edition of the complete series of Moreno Villa's Carambas. The poet and art historian José Moreno Villa was born in Malaga in 1887 (d. 1955). He belonged to the poetic generation intermediate between that of '98 and that of '27; his major influence was Juan Ramón Jiménez. His autobiography Vida en claro (Mexico City, 1944) is especially interesting for his years in the Residencia de Estudiantes, 1917-37, where he came into contact with Lorca and others of the Generación del 27. He emigrated to Mexico in 1937. OCLC shows copies at UC Berkeley, Wisconsin, Syracuse, British Library, Cambridge, and Augsburg. Language: Spanish & Catalan

      [Bookseller: Bernard Quaritch Ltd ABA ILAB]
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        Enciclopedia Universale Illustrata.

      Vallardi., Milano. 1931 - 24 voll., in 8°, m. pelle, ogni vol. è di ca. 500 pp. arricchito da numerose ill. nel t. , di diverse tavv. , a colori ed in b. e n. f. t. ed alcune carte geografiche f.t. Lettere e fregi al d. in o. Mende ai d. dei primi 6 voll. L'8° vol. presenta la cop. semi sciolta. Il X e l' XI evidenziano tracce di gore.

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        Idyll in the Desert.

      New York: Random House, 1931 - Octavo. Original marbled red boards, cream paper title label to upper board printed in red and black. With the original unprinted tissue dust jacket. An exceptional copy in the original little torn glassine. First edition, first printing. One of 400 numbered copies specially bound and signed by the author.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA member]
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      Jonathan Cape & Harrison Smith, New York 1931 - Slightly cocked, and slight separation to rear hinge endpaper -- not the binding, which is solid -- some fraying to rear spine gutter cloth, else clean and Very Good Plus in Very Good dust jacket, with small chip at upper corners of front panel, rubbing and paint chips at fold of front flap. To VIEW IMAGE - CLICK ICON at left. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Albert Books]
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        Catalogue de l'OEuvre Complet de Gustave Dore: Illustrations, Peintures, Dessins, Sculptures, Eaux-Fortes, Lithographies,

      Ch. Bosse, Paris 1931 - 4to. One of only 800 copies. Publisher's printed wraps. 558pp. Illustrated and with an engraved forntispiece portrait. Light wear else a near fine copy and largely unopened. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

      [Bookseller: Thorn Books, ABAA]
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        Back Street

      New York: Cosmopolitan. 1931. First. First edition. Fine in fine, primarily white dustwrapper. Hurst's soaper of a woman whose love for a man doesn't die when he marries another was filmed three times, first in 1931 by John M. Stahl with Irene Dunne and John Boles; most notably by Robert Stevenson in 1940 with Charles Boyer and Margaret Sullivan; and finally in 1961 by David Miller with Susan Hayward and John Gavin. A stunning copy, as nice as one could wish for. .

      [Bookseller: Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. ABA]
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        Architectural Specifications; Paint -- Varnish

      Pittsburgh Plate Glass Co., Milwaukee, Wis. 1931 - First edition. Quarto. 5, 16, 117, 24, 14, 38pp., with black & white and color illustrations, and approximately [20] pages of multiple tipped in color samples with tissue guards. Publisher's dark green and gold embossed boards, very good. Laid in is a printed sample flyer for "Wallhide semi-gloss," with six tipped in samples. Title page contents lists four parts, divided into six sections: "Directory of Products and Their Uses; Modern Products and Processes; Architectural Specifications; Proper Use of Colors." A handsome copy. Scarce. *OCLC* locates but four copies. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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      New York: Cape & Smith, [1931].. Gray and blue cloth, lettered in red. Very slight sunning to extreme binding edges, otherwise near fine in bright, faintly dust smudged jacket with a 1cm closed tear at the top of the lower joint, a small spot on the front flap, and a faint smudge on the upper panel around the top of 'ES' in 'THESE'. First edition, trade (i.e. second) printing. The limited printing probably precedes this printing, and exhibits typographic variations in the page numbering style. PETERSEN A9a. MASSEY 507.

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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

      George C. Harrap, 1931-01-01. Leather Bound. VeryGood.

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        The Lively Lady

      Doubleday, Doran,, Garden City: 1931 - Near fine in black cloth covered boards with light green text and decorations on the spine and on the front board. A small octavo measuring 7 1/2" by 5" with map end sheets with the cloth at the head and heel of the spine dimpled inward towards the text block; else fine. There is a prior owner's book plate on the verso of the title page which does not hide the "first edition" slug. In a very good+, unclipped first state dust jacket with light wear and several short closed tears to the ends of the spine area and to the upper edges of the panels. Signed by the author on a Kenneth Roberts book plate attached to the dedication page. This copy is covered by the first state dust jacket which reads "A Chronicle of Certain Men of Arundel" while the second state dust jacket reads: "A Chronicle of Arundel". Only 5,560 of the first printing were sold. A scarce title in this condition in a very collectible and very uncommon dust jacket. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Idyll in the Desert

      Random House 1931 - A very good copy of a scarce signed limited edition signed by William Faulkner. 9 x 6, marbled boards with printed label. Stated first edition;limited to four hundred copies, this being number 263; signed by the author on the numbered colophon page in the back; There was no trade edition of this title. 9 x 6, marbled boards with printed label. Textblock very good plus condition, just a bit age toned; red marbled paper covered board binding in very good condition; tight, some shelf wear, esp spine and extremities; 17 pages; bookplate on front pastedown of Edward Kerr, a prominent American who has a large park named after him in Pennsylvania; quite a rare imprint--and with Faulkner's autograph. Comes in a custom-made collector's slipcase. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

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        The Dramatic Works

      London, the Nonesuch Press,, 1931–2. In six volumes. Edited by Montague Summers. 6 volumes, large octavo. Near-contemporary red half morocco, spines gilt-lettered in two compartments, others gilt with floral sprays, dotted rules and central ornaments, red cloth sides, top edges gilt, others uncut. Spines very lightly sunned, a little foxing to deckle edges, still a fine set. First Edition thus, number 159 of 750 standard sets (another 50 being printed on Van Gelder paper), one of a series of fine editions of Restoration dramatists done by the eccentric bibliographer Montague Summers. "These handsome books made available for the first time the substance of a period of English drama formerly neglected and dismissed by such critics as Macaulay as unmeritable and indecent. Summers's 'Introductions' may well be the finest things he ever wrote, being in Edmund Gosse's words, 'astonishingly full of marrowy information'" (ODNB).

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