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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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        James Dean?s Signed 5th Grade Notebook (the year he made his acting debut!) practicing his signature 12 times in various forms inside, includes six doodles, schoolwork, personal information

      Born on February 8, 1931, in Marion, Indiana, James Byron Dean moved with his parents to Los Angeles in 1936. After his mother died on April 14, 1940, unable to care for nine-year-old James, his father sent him to Fairmount, Indiana, to be raised by his sister and her husband, his Aunt Ortense and Uncle Marcus Winslow. James Dean attended Fairmount West Ward from September 1940 to May 1943, then went to Fairmount High School. In 1941, ten-year-old James Dean performed in his first play, at Back Street Church, playing a blind boy who regains his sight in ?To Them That Sleep in Darkness.? He was in the 5th Grade when he made his acting debut. This is his 5th Grade loose-leaf binder!James Dean?s three-ring binder, 6.75? x 10?. Signed and filled out by him in ink inside the back cover (Name) ?Jimmie Dean? / (School) West Ward? (Class) ?5? / (Home Address) ?Jonesboro R1? / (City) ?Fairmount? (Phone) crossed out. Under ?Autogra

      [Bookseller: University Archives]
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        Relação do principio, e origem da nobilissima, e antiquissima familia do nome, e appellido D'Aguiar de que descende per linha direita legitima masculina Damiam d'Aguiar Ribeiro do conselho d'El Rey nosso Senhor.[Lisbon?], [completed 1609 or soon after]. 27×19×3 cm Illuminated manuscript in black ink on calf vellum, with a marginal note in red ink. The text block measures 17×11.5 cm. With the title topped by the Aguiar heraldic eagle in numerous colours on a gold background, 2 full-page coats of arms and 3 decorated initials in several colours and gold. The text is written in a large and very narrow formal pointed-pen italic, with extensive passages in an upright pen-drawn hand resembling roman printing types with capitals in a Roman inscriptional style. Further with decorated paragraph marks and elaborate leaf ornaments. Contemporary green velvet over beechwood(?) boards. Rebacked in green morocco.

      For Gonçalves Neto: J. Cardoso Gonçalves, Umaq jóia da iluminura Portuguesa, 1931; Thieme & Becker XIV, p. 366. A superbly calligraphed illuminated manuscript in Portuguese, with passages in Latin, giving extremely detailed genealogical and heraldic information about the family of Damião de Aguiar Ribeiro (1535-1618), who wrote the text himself and no doubt commissioned the present calligraphic manuscript. De Aguiar was a member of the Lisbon Council of King Philip II of Portugal (King Philip III of Spain) and had both the funds and the connections to enlist the best scribe and illuminator to execute the manuscript for the glory of his family. The illumination and arms have been attributed to Estevão Gonçalves Neto (d. Vizéu 1627). The calligraphy is stunning, making the book a masterpiece of the Portuguese scribal art. Whether the present scribe took his forms directly from the papal scribe Giovan Francesco Cresci in Rome, or from one of his Spanish or Portuguese followers we do not know, but the large narrow pointed-pen italic used for most of the text shows his influence, as does the upright hand and the Roman capitals.With an occasional minor smudge, but still in fine condition. The binding has been rebacked, and shows some wear, but remains structurally sound.

      [Bookseller: ASHER Rare Books (Since 1830)]
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      London: Thornton Butterworth Ltd., 1931. First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Good plus. This is the first edition, first printing, first state of the hardcover binding with horizontal spine title. India is a collection of 10 speeches by Churchill as part of his campaign against the India Bill, over which he broke with his party’s leadership. Though his cause was lost, these speeches are considered to contain some of the finest examples of Churchill's rhetorical brilliance. Churchill spent formative time as a young 19th century cavalry officer fighting on the northwest Indian frontier, about which he would write his first published book. He did not adopt an early progressive attitude toward relinquishing control over the crown jewel of Britain's colonial empire. Nonetheless, it is instructive to remember that many of Churchill's dire warnings about Indian independence proved prophetic. Churchill had warned that too swift a British withdrawal from India would lead to bloody civil war and sectarian strife between Hindus and Muslims, Hindu domination, and destabilizing political balkanization of the subcontinent. All these predictions came to pass and, to a considerable extent, persist today. The first edition is most commonly found in orange paper wraps. However, there was also a hardcover binding, itself with two variants - the first with the spine title reading horizontally, followed by a hardcover variant with the spine title reading vertically as it does on the wraps issues. Per Churchill Bibliographer Ronald Cohen (Vol. I, A92, pp. 372-375) the horizontal title binding preceded the vertical title variant. Of course the hardcovers are quite considerably rarer than their more common wraps counterparts. Here is the first edition, first printing hardcover with horizontal spine title. This copy is in good plus condition. The binding is tight and square with only light wear to extremities, but faded, soiled, and stained. The contents are in quite good condition, bright with only light spotting which appears limited to the prelims and page edges. We find a very faded, mostly illegible fragment of what appears to be a previous owner name on the front and rear pastedowns. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A92.1.a, Woods/ICS A38(a), Langworth p.150.

      [Bookseller: Churchill Book Collector]
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        Recueil de jardinage. [Ier]- IVme volume. [vols. 2-4 with title: Recueil de jardins Anglois et Chinois]. Paris, the author, Denos, Mondare, Basan (vols. 3-4: the author only), 1783-1788. With 4 engraved title-pages, 2 engraved ll. with explanatory text, and 110 engraved illustrations on 109 plates. At least the present copy also includes a 3-page engraved price list for both the Recueil de jardins and the Recueil des décorations . With: (2) PANSERON, Pierre. Recueil des décorations propre a embellir les jardins Anglois et Chinois.Paris, the author, 1785. With engraved title-page and 56 engraved plates in ten series. (3) PANSERON, Pierre. Catalogue des ouvrages d'architecture du Sieur Panseron.Paris, the author, [ca. 1783]. 2 works plus publisher's catalogue in 5 volumes. 4to. Contemporary mottled sheepskin, gold-tooled spines. Panseron's price list offered copies bound in "bazanne", so the present copy may be in the publisher's own binding.

      De Ganay 111 (description based on a 1931 sale catalogue) & 113; KVK & WorldCat (4 copies with 4 vols. but reporting only 28 plates; 1 copy with vols. 1-3; a few single vols.); not in Springer; Fowler; Berlin Kat. Fine set of the rarest of great French gardening books by Pierre Panseron (ca. 1736-1787), a well-known Paris architect and Royal engraver. The Recueil de jardinage is divided into many smaller parts, which were also sold separately. Panseron had studied with the great French architect Jacques François Blondel and had been building inspector for the Prince de Conti and professor of drawing at the Royal Military Academy before he settled at Paris as a private tutor of architecture and drawing. He published a number of architectural and gardening atlases, whose full catalogues are added to volume four, both in letterpress and on engraved leaves. All plates were designed and engraved by Panseron. The plates of the present works are printed on strong paper with slightly bluish cast, some of it by Arthaud in Auvergne. They present a rich and wonderful survey of garden landscaping, art and architecture in France in the second half of the 18th century, when English and Chinese gardens were in vogue. The bindings show surface damage and some professional restorations, but most of the plates are in fine condition. An important garden publication of the utmost rarity.

      [Bookseller: ASHER Rare Books (Since 1830)]
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        Die Wiener Genesis. Farbenlichtdruckfaksimile der Griechischen Bilderbibel aus dem 6. Jahrhundert n. Chr., Cod. Vindob. Theol. Graec. 31 (Text u. Tafelband in 2 Bdn)

      Filser Wien 1931. Halbleder 229, XXVI/ 48 S. Sehr guter Zustand, Tafelband mit 48 Miniaturen. Gebunden in Orig. Halbpergament. In Orig.Schuber, nur dieser mit Gebrauchsspuren. Leider war die Leimung derart miserabel, dass im Tafelband sämtliche Blätter gelöst sind, obwohl das Buch kaum benutzt wurde. Vermutlich wird man deshalb auch nur sehr selten ein weiteres vollständiges Exemplar dieser Ausgabe finden.. *** Wenn Sie an einem Tag mehr als einen Titel bei uns bestellen, liefern wir innerhalb Deutschlands versandkostenfrei ***

      [Bookseller: Wissenschaftliches Antiquariat Thomas Ha]
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        Die Wiener Genesis. Farbenlichtdruckfaksimile der griechischen Bilderbibel aus dem 6. Jahrhundert n. Chr., Cod. Vindob. Theol. Graec. 31. (two volumes)

      Benno Filser, 1931. Book. Very Good. Hardcover. hardback, two volumes, large 4to, red cloth lettered gilt, a very good set in original chipped and part faded dust wrappers, text in German, volume I with 229 pages of German text and 152 figures on plates at the rear, volume II with 40 full page col'd facsimile plates interleaved with card leaves and glassine tissue guards, the story of Joseph depicted in this sixth century text here carefully reproduced, an uncommon work.

      [Bookseller: Pendleburys - the bookshop in the hills]
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        Histoire de la bienheureuse Raton fille de joie. Illustrations de Chas-Laborde (Charles Laborde).

      Mornay,, Paris, 1931 - Paris, Mornay, 1931. 25x20 cm. 2 Bl., 364 S., 1 S., 1 Bl. Mit 17 kolor. gest. Tafeln und einigen Vignetten im Text. Roter Ldr.-Bd. mit reicher Rücken-, Deckel- Steh- und Innenkantenvergoldung, seidenen ornamentalen Spiegeln, handgeschöpftes Marmorapiervorsätzen und Kopfgoldschnitt, in Schuber. Originalbroschur (inkl. Rücken) eingebunden (sign. Vermorel rel.). Nr. 10/17 num. Exemplaren auf Japan mit einem ganzseitigen Original-Aquarell von Chas-Laborde (GA 317 Ex.). - Mit dem gestochenen Wappen-Exlibris von Marquis de Casteja. - tadelloses Exemplar in einem luxuriösen Einband. Sprache: Französisch Roter Ldr.-Bd. mit reicher Rücken-, Deckel- Steh- und Innenkantenvergoldung, seidenen ornamentalen Spiegeln, handgeschöpftes Marmorapiervorsätzen und Kopfgoldschnitt, in Schuber. Originalbroschur (inkl. Rücken) eingebunden (sign. Vermorel rel.). [Attributes: Soft Cover]

      [Bookseller: Biblion Antiquariat]
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        Hunger and love,

      Harper & Brothers, 1931-01-01. Hardcover. Very Good. FIRST UK EDITION. London: Putnam, 1931. 705 pp. with two pages of reviews of the author's play Brain at rear. (Stated "First published February 1931" on copyright page. Apparently published simultaneously with the American edition.)Condition: Very Good+ condition hardcover in Good dust jacket. Book itself presents well. Clean, bright pages. Foxing to fore edge, corners lightly bumped. Small tear in cloth at head. Dust jacket flap price intact, chips missing at extremities, especially at head. Closed tear through back panel that has been mended with archival, ph-neutral mending tissue on verso. Jacket is mylar-protected. Includes gray publisher's promotional card.British writer and playwright Lionel Britton's only novel, a long out-of-print classic of experimental Depression-era proletarian literature narrated in the second person. It was hailed by George Orwell and Bertrand Russell among other critics. Quite uncommon in its original dust jacket.

      [Bookseller: Burnside Rare Books]
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        11 offprints by Nobel Prize winner George D. Snell

      42-74, January, 1931 and others, Genetics 16, - A rare selection of offprints by the 1980 Nobel Prize winner in Physiology or Medicine (shared). Offprints. First separate editions. Titles included: Inheritance in the House Mouse, The Linkage Relations of Short-Ear, Hairless, and Naked (1931) "with the compliments of the author" in ink front cover; X-ray Sterility in the male house mouse (1933); A translocation in the house mouse and its effect on development (1934) with Elsie Bodemann, and Willard Hollander; The Determination of Sex in Habrobracon (1935); Abnormal Development in the Mouse Caused by Chomosome Unbalance with Dorothea Isabel Picken (1935); The Induction by X-Rays of Hereditary Changes in Mice (1935); The Induction by Irradiation with Neutrons of Hereditary Changes in Mice (1939); Some Considerations Concerning the Structure of Chromosomes and Genes (1938) pages uncut; Dwarf, A New Mendelian Recessive Character of the House Mouse (1922) page creased, some foxing; The Inherent Defect in the Theory That Growth Rate is Controlled by an Autocatalytic Process (1929); A Cross-Over Between The Genes for Short-Ear and Density in the House Mouse (1928) minor foxing to cover. Some creasing, mostly very good or better in original wraps. Rare books make Fine Gifts. Shipped in new box. Free tracking USA. Quality, Value, Experience. [Attributes: Soft Cover]

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        Substantive Autograph Letter Signed, in French, on National Museum, "Laboratoire de Physique" stationery, Paris, April 19, 1931

      - He likely writes to fellow physicist, Aimé Auguste Cotton (1869-1951) and sends regards to his wife. In full, "Dear Sir, my Colleague, I am very grateful to you for presenting my message to the Academy, and I thank you for your remarks about the book. It would seem to me that one could posit: rotational power along the optical axis of certain uni-axis crystals, near the absorption bands, subject to the action of a magnetic field normal to that axis. We can talk about this tomorrow, by the way, because I will be coming to the meeting. If you have a few moments, I will be happy to share the observations with you that I have made over the past few days and that will render the properties of this effect more precise. Please give my kindest regards to Madame Cotton. Respectfully, Jean Becquerel."

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        Camps in the Woods

      New York: Architectural Book Publishing, 1931 - hbk 4to 96pp b/w photographic plates plans drawings and diagrams dj is evenly but lightly shelfworn and price clipped rubbed in several places now in a protective sleeve original green cloth boards with bright gilt lettering in fine condition excellent clean tight unmarked text a very rare item [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Sutton Books]
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        Rosen in blauer Vase mit Figur eines Flötenspielers. Der Flötenspieler. obp Obpacher Faksimile, Replik, Objekt-Nummer 284.

      [Das Original wurde 1931 gemalt] Obpacher AG Kunst im Druck, München 25, (ohne Jahresangabe, um 1970),. 58 x 28 cm (Bildformat), 75,6 x 43,6 cm (Rahmen), Obpacher Faksimile-Bildkunst. Gerahmt. Bildbeschreibung auf der Rückseite.. Jawlensky, Pieroni-Jawlensky, Jawlensky Bianconi, Catalogue Raisonne, Vol. II, 1377.

      [Bookseller: Stader Kunst-Buch-Kabinett]
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        Quand?ero pecoraio. Liriche.

      Vallecchi Editore 1931 Edizione originale, raccolta di liriche ispirate all?esperienza come pecoraio nella natia Sicilia, pubblicata lo stesso anno in cui Marinetti lo eleggeva ?poeta record meridionale?, incoronandolo col casco di alluminio. Dedicatoria «alla montagna natia [...] a Mussolini [...] a Marinetti che mi ha lanciato nell?arte nuova». Cfr. Cammarota, Futurismo, 232.1; Diz. Fut., p. 532 - 3: «Esponente di un ?futurismo selvaggio più che naïf (Viazzi 1978), G. rappresenta senza dubbio un ?caso? all?interno del movimento marinettiano [...]». Esemplare molto buono, parzialmente intonso. Raro. in 16° pp. 166, 1 c.b. finale.

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      . Zustand: Excelente Einband: Encuadernacion de tapa dura 1 Edicion. Saint-Etienne. 1931. Tela. 87Pag. 30X20. Magnifico tratado de Perros de Caza en frances. Contiene 80 Bellas laminas. Rarissimo ejemplar. Ref 3.5 Biblioteca A.

      [Bookseller: Libreria Anticuaria Marc & Antiques]
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        The Glass Key

      Alfred A. Knopf, 1931. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. First Edition, First Printing. In an extremely rare second state dust jacket, with reviews on the front flap, and which is a hare shorter than the book itself. Clean pages with occasional light spotting. Sound binding. Name of former owner and two small damp stains on paste down. Exterior shows rubbing at edges and bottom side of page block. Sunning to spine, rubbing with light fraying to spine ends and corners. The jacket has tape repairs on the verso, and some on the outside as well. It shows splits, rubbing and edge wear. Fragile and worn along the folds. Presents well; extremely scarce in dust jacket.

      [Bookseller: Burnside Rare Books]
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        The Common Sense of Drinking

      Little, Brown and Company, 1931-01-01. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. Boston: Little Brown and Company, 1931: First Edition, First Printing, with no later printings stated on the copyright page. In Very Good overall condition, very well preserved and well cared for over the years. Clean text. Sound binding. Front free end paper and paste down has what appears to be pieces of the original dust jacket tipped in, along with a small, vintage bookseller's label. Original cloth binding, lightly worn overall, with sunning to the spine and a few scuffs. A nice copy overall of this proto-Alcoholics Anonymous text that served as an inspiration to the founder, Bill W.

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        Writing to the new architecture critic of ?The New Yorker? magazine, Lewis Mumford, architect Claude Bragdon calls his ?attention to some architectural essays of mine which I think will interest you??

      The Shelton, New York City, June 28, [1931] Autograph Letter Signed ?Claude Bragdon,? 1p, 6? x 7.75?. On his personal, artistically designed, stationery engraved at top center ?Claude / Bragdon / The Shelton / New York City,? June 28. Docketed at top right in pencil ?Ans 30 June 31.? To literary and art critic Lewis Mumford (1895-1990) who was noted for his study of cities and urban architecture. Fine condition.In full, ?My dear Mumford: I want to call your attention to some architectural essays of mine which I think will interest you ?" in the June 10 ?Outlook? ?Art and Industry? May 27 Outlook ?Wake up and Dream? March American Mercury? ?Skyscrapers? and (most important:) ?The Frozen Fountain? to be published in the July Pencil Points?, and some letters of Louis Sullivan to be published in Architecture perhaps next month, perhaps the month after. Theyre already in print.? Blueprint not included.Mumford?s early architectural criticism helped to bring wider public recognitio

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        Quoting Einstein and Goethe, Johann Kremenezky, Herzl?s personal secretary and a founder of the Jewish National Fund, writes a lengthy typed manuscript, with over 1,000 handwritten additions, just as Hitler was seizing control in Germany, mentioning the Balfour Declaration, Weizmann, Jabotinsky, and discussing Zionism and Palestine and all other Jewish issues of the time

      Important Typed Manuscript, 16 pages, 8.25? x 11.5?. Vienna, [1931-1932]. In German, not translated, not signed. Over 1000 words in Kremenezky?s handwriting. Minor nicks at edges of last sheet. Fine condition. On 15 sheets of stationery each imprinted ?Joh. Kremenezky, Wien? in the upper left. The pages are numbered 1-14 with blank versos. There is also an additional page numbered 7a with a page of handwritten additions on verso. Each page bears numerous handwritten edits by Kremenezky.A translation would undoubtedly vastly add to the importance of this possibly unpublished manuscript.At the Fifth Zionist Congress held in 1901 in Basle, Switzerland, on the recommendation of Johann Kremenezky (1850-1934) and Dr. Theodor Herzl, the President of the Congress, adopted a proposal to establish a Jewish fund, a Palestine land-purchasing agency of the Zionist World Organization. Kremenezky was Herzl's personal secretary and advisor. The aims of Keren Kayemet LeIsrael-Jewish National Fund (JNF)

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        Zwei Affen.

      . Aquarell und Feder in Schwarz, auf gelblichem Pauspapier, links oben signiert und datiert "Loulou Albert-Lasard. 1931". 28:35 cm. Loulou Albert-Lasard schreibt seit ihrem Berlin-Aufenthalt in den 20er Jahren ihren Namen mit s statt mit z. Vorzeichnung.. Die Aquarellistin und Lithographin Loulou Albert-Lasard, Tochter des jüdischen Bankiers Leopold Lazard, erhielt früh privaten Zeichenunterricht und besuchte gemeinsam mit ihrer Schwester, der Malerin Ilse Heller-Lazard (1883-1934), 1904-1906 die Zeichenschule in München als Schülerin von G. Parin (1876-1944). 1908-1914 besuchte sie Kunstschulen in München und 1912 in Paris. Unterbrochen wurde ihre Ausbildung 1908, gegen den Willen ihrer Eltern, durch die Heirat mit dem Chemiker und Gründer der Firma "Albert & Bruckmann" E. Albert sowie 1910 durch die Geburt ihrer Tochter, der späteren Malerin Ingo de Croux (1910-1995) und einer Reise nach Rom. Bis zum Kriegsausbruch pendelte sie immer wieder zwischen München und Paris. 1914 vom Kriegsausbruch in der Bretagne überrascht, mußte sie nach Deutschland zurückkehren, wo sie im September im Heilbad Irschenhausen Rainer Maria Rilke kennenlernte. Gemeinsam mit Rilke zog sie kurz darauf nach München in die Pension Pfanner, wo sie bereits vor ihrer Ehe gelebt und ein Atelier hatte - ihr Mann drohte währenddessen mit Scheidung. Die stürmische und komplizierte Liebesaffäre dauerte bis 1916. Anschließend weilte sie bis 1918 in München und Ascona. Eine kurze gemeinsame Zeit mit Rilke fand noch einmal in Rodaun bei Wien 1918 statt. 1919-1928 lebte sie in Berlin, wo sie sich der "Novembergruppe" anschloß und wie zuvor in München engere Kontakte zu Vertretern avantgardistischer Kunst pflegte, die ihr Werk entscheidend beeinflußten. Nach dem Tod ihres Vaters ermöglichte ihr die Erbschaft den Umzug nach Paris, wo sie u.a. freundschaftlichen Kontakte mit H. Matisse (1869-1954), A. Giacometti (1901-1966) und R. Delaunay (1885-1941) pflegte. Von Paris aus unternahm sie Reisen, häufig in Begleitung ihrer Tochter, nach Nordafrika, Indien, Indochina und Tibet. Im Mai 1940 wurde sie in das Internierungslager Gurs inhaftiert, jedoch wenige Monate später entlassen. 1952 veröffentlichte sie ihr Erinnerungsbuch "Wege mit Rilke".

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      New York: Horace Liveright, Inc., 1931.. Three volumes. Small quarto. Plain brown wrappers, titled in manuscript. Slight tanning and use at edges, one corner slightly chipped, small nicks at spine crowns, else very nice. Uncorrected original page proofs of the first edition, text printed on rectos only. The configuration in three parts underscores the emphasis in this format on the "trilogy", as does the emphasis implicit in the title- leaves: in the published form, the placement of 'A Trilogy' and 'Mourning Becomes Electra' were reversed. Uncommon in this format.

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      New York: Knopf, 1931.. Large octavo. Gilt red-orange vellum, t.e.g. Spine faded, natural mottling to the vellum, but a very good copy, without slipcase and wrapper. First edition, deluxe limited issue.One of 199 numbered copies printed on Japan vellum and specially bound, in addition to 619 copies on handmade paper differently bound, all signed by the author.

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        The XIT Ranch of Texas and the Early Days of The Llano Estacado

      Small 4to. Green cloth, gilt. xvi, 261pp. Top edge gilt. Frontispiece map, illustrations, 2 maps (one foldout). Very good. Entwined ownership initials inkstamped in blue on title page; owner's red pencilled occasional brief margin comments erased but sometimes faintly visible. Tight, clean and handsome first edition of Haley's elusive first book, many copies of which were recalled and suppressed because of a lawsuit brought against Haley. Former owner was a hardcore XIT Ranch aficionado, for 1931-32 newspaper clippings regarding related figures (mainly John V. Farwell) have been neatly tipped to the front pastedown, rear endpaper and rear inner flyleaf, causing age toning. RAFF 1718. NEW HOWES 39. RADER 1731. RAMPAGING HERD 969. SIX-GUNS 894.

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        The Exile Mighty Modern Drama of Negro Life All Talking with a Cast of Colored Stars. Handbill "8 7/8" x 5 7/8"

      - The only recorded copy is at Temple University. Light edgewear not extending to text or photographic scenes from the film. Such handbills also known as heralds would be handed out on street corners in the black communities in major urban centers. Their ephemeral nature is why so few survived. The 1931 film is the first black "talkie" and deals with racism in Chicago where wealthy whites abandon a mansion in an early version of "White flight"; the beautiful servant girl (Eunice Brooks) takes possession of it and becomes a femme fatale. Her would be lover escapes her wiles, buys a ranch in South Dakota, falls in love with an apparent "white" woman who, in reality, has just passed for white. The story comes back to night clubs, jazz, the Cotton Club Fast Steppers and many other facets of black life in the fast lane.

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        Autograph musical manuscript signed of the song Oscuro è il ciel. Complete

      2 pp. of a bifolium. [1] (blank), [2-3] autograph musical manuscript, [4] (blank). Folio. Notated in black ink on 12-stave "B.p." music manuscript paper, with autograph title and "G. Leopardi dal greco di Saffo" to head, text commencing "Oscuro è il diel; nell' onde la luna già s'asconde." Scored for voice and piano. Undated, but Milan, 1931. Slightly worn and soiled; creased at folds with beginnings of splits in a few instances; two very small holes along folds; two very small chips to blank margins. . An Italian composer, conductor and critic, Pizzetti "was the most respected and influential of the more conservative Italian musicians of his generation." Guido M. Gatti and John C.G. Waterhouse in Grove onlineOscuro è il ciel was first performed at the Teatro del Popolo di Milano on November 25, 1932 by the soprano Ginevra Vivante accompanied by Pizzetti on the piano. The first edition of the work was published by Ricordi in 1933. Giacomo Leopardi (1798-1837), often inspired by classical writings, was considered one of the most important 19th century Italian poets.

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        Konstruktsiiya Arkhitekturnykh I Mashinnykh Form (Construction of Architectural and Machine Forms)

      Leningrad: Leningrad Society of Architects, 1931. 4to, green and black paper-covered boards printed in green and black. Binding worn and soiled; inner hinges cracked. A good/very good copy. With 232 page text including 343 illustrations and 40 pages of plates of projects by the visionary architect. Chernikhov's theories of Constructivist architecture were influenced by art movements in Russia immediately after the Revolution. He argues for emotion and fantasy in architectural construction. Reference: Getty, Russian Modernism, 126. . Printed Boards.. Very Good. Illus. by Chernikhov. 4to.

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        THE WAVES BY VIRGINIA WOOLF , HAND SIGNED BY AUTHOR, 1st UK Edition, 2nd Impression Stated, VINTAGE Edition

      Published By Leonard and Virginia Woolf at the Hogarth Press, Tavistock Square, LONDON, 1931. HB NODustJacket,, October 1931, 1st Edition, 2nd Impression Stated , ( Same Month as Original Edition ) NF+/VG-, AS-IS, NODJ, Purple Cloth with some White STAINS on Cover Front & Back, Spine Cover lettered Bright Gold Gilt, Slight Rub, wear tiny chips Extremities Cover, Interior Nice tight Clean Light FoX, Wear, 325 pgs, Measures 5"- x 7-1/2", The book is in Good Condition for its age and comes from a smoke-free home. There scratches and discoloration on both sides of cover. Signed by Author. First Edition. Hard Cover.

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      Philadelphia: The Franklin Institute, 1931. First Edition. Cloth. Very Good. First Edition. [2-volume title], 816 pages. We offer here the entire Volume 212 of the Journal of the Franklin Institute, Nos 1267-1272, July-December 1931. An exlibrary bound in buckram with gold stamped lettering on the spine panel, institutional bookplate, library pocket and remains of check-out sheet in rear, and several institutional notations internally. There is some damage to some pages in the gutter area due to the way the stitching was done to make up the volume. Original wrappers are not bound in. Cloth. Includes the article by Vannevar Bush "'The Differential Analyzer. A New Machine for Solving Differential Equations" found on pages 447-488. The article contains 21 figures, including 9 photographs of portions of the machine (unlike Babbage's early designs for calculators, this design was actually built and in service at MIT). The article goes on to detail the mechanical challenges, underlying philosophy, and methods used by the device. Vannevar Bush 'was MIT's first Vice President and Dean of Engineering from 1932-1939. While at MIT he invented the differential analyzer, an analog device that was the most powerful computing machine prior to the electronic digital computer...The differential analyzer proved so useful that copies were built at the University of Pennsylvania, the General Electric Plant in Schenectady, New York, and the Ballistics Research Laboratory at Aberdeen Proving Ground...' (see Origins of Cyberspace 244). This volume also includes articles by Zworykin on photocell theory and practice, earthquakes, the Bartol Research Foundation and many other articles. A nice addition to any collection of work on early computing.

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      London, Harrap, 1931.FIRST UK EDITION 1931, 8vo, 198 x 142 mm, 7¾ x 5½ inches, colour illustrated boards, double page colour illustrated endpapers, different front and rear, (29) pages. Colour title illustration of Mickey and 30 brightly coloured illustrations in the text, most over half page, 1 full page. Slightly worn at head and tail of spine with tiny chips to surface colour, 2 - 4 mm maximum (1 / 10" - 2 / 5"), corners slightly rubbed. Occasional very slight pale spotting to margins, contents bright and clean. VG+ in worn DUSTWRAPPER (dw: not price clipped, lower half of rear inner flap missing, 10 mm (½") missing at head and tail of spine, two 5 mm chips to tail of upper fold, 70 mm (2¾") closed tear on lower panel and several short closed edge tears, neatly repaired with transparent tape on verso, couple of tiny pieces of tape used on outside, few tiny chips to surface colour on spine, 10 mm (½") graze to background on upper panel, due to removal of price label). The third Mickey Mouse book ever published in the U.K. The story features Claws the Cat, Henry Horse, Minnie and others. MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING, ALL ZOOMABLE. POSTAGE AT COST.

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        Essays in Persuasion

      London: Macmillan and Co. Limited,, 1931. Octavo. Original green cloth, spine lettered in gilt. With the dust jacket. Bookplate to the front pastedown. An excellent copy in the jacket that has a faded spine, chipped spine ends and corners, price removed from front flap with a punched hole. First edition. "Keynes' intensive public activity with respect to the policy discussions of the inter-war period was reflected in the more than three-hundred articles he wrote for the 'highbrow' news magazines of the time (particularly the Nation and Athenaeum- of whose board Keynes was chairman in the 1920's - and its successor The New Statesman and Nation) as well as for the popular press. Many of the latter articles were syndicated in newspapers all over the world. A selection from these and similar writings were reissued by Keynes in 1931 under the title Essays in Persuasion. They are marked by a brilliant style, truly the work of a literary craftsman" (Patinkin in The New Palgrave).

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        Tarzan the Ape Man [Tarzan, the Ape Man] (Original screenplay for the 1932 film)

      Beverly Hills, CA: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer [MGM], 1931. Draft script for the 1932 film, based loosely on Edgar Rice Burroughs' novel "Tarzan of the Apes." Two single weight black and white reference photographs for the film also laid in. & & The first of Weissmuller's twelve "Tarzan" films, and the first appearance of Cheeta, Tarzan's chimpanzee friend. In this variation of the much-adapted Burroughs tale Tarzan and Jane fall in love, and although Jane desires to take him back to England, when Jane's father James Parker dies on the expedition Jane remains behind in the jungle instead. & & Set in Africa, shot on location in California and Florida. & & Pale yellow studio wrappers, rubber-stamped VAULT COPY and FILE COPY on the front wrapper, and rubber-stamped copy No. 1871 and production No. 4608, dated Dec. 11/31, with credits for screenwriter Novello. Title page not present as issued. 116 leaves, mimeograph, with white revision pages throughout, dated variously between 11-20-31 and 12-16-31. Pages Near Fine. Front wrapper detached, else wrappers Very Good bound with two gold brads. Photos both 8.25 x 10 inches, Fine condition.

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        Southwest Historical Series

      Glendale: Arthur H. Clark, 1931. Slight rubbing of spines and corners on some volumes, volumes 3 & 4 with different texture of cloth, volumes 3-12 with faded spines and some fading to covers, interiors fine, a very nice set. Quarto.

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        Stories of Michael Robartes and His Friends: An Extract from a Record Made by His Pupils: And a Play in Prose by -

      Dublin, Ireland: The Cuala Press, 1931 - With an Autograph Letter, signed ("E. Yeats"), by Elizabeth Yeats to civil rights activist and lawyer Arthur B. Spingarn. 2 pp. pen and ink on Cuala Industries stationery, original envelope. Dublin: 19 February 1932. On an upcomming exhibit of brother Jack B. Yeats' paintings at Ferargil Galleries in New York, "I do believe his work will live. I know W[illiam] B[utler] and also all the great art critics think he is among [the] really great artists Ireland has produced -" (CUALA PRESS) First edition, one of 450 copies. 8vo. Woodcut unicorn device on title and two woodcut plates on gray paper by Edmund Dulac. Printed in red and black. Publisher's half linen and blue paper-covered boards, printed paper spine label. Lightest spot of wear to tail of spine, else fine. In original plain cream dust-jacket, toned, chipped with loss at spine ends. Miller 47; Wade 167 [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        ABOUT ZIONISM. Speeches and Letters by Professor Albert Einstein. [With an Original unrecorded photograph of Albert Einstein taken in Pasadena (February 1932) laid in].

      Macmillan, New York 1931 - SIGNED AND DATED BY ALBERT EINSTEIN. A Very Good+ hardback First Edition First Printing with foxing top, fore edges, toning, foxing endpapers. Owner stamp above Dr. Einstein's signature. In a Very Good Dust Jacket with edge wear, tape, mild soil, mild chips. A Rare Signed volume all the more so in elusive Dust jacket. Only one copy has appeared at auction over the last 35 years. A centerpiece of an Einstein or modern Judaica collection. 8vo. 94 pp. Included is an original photographic print (8.5 by 6.0 cm) of Dr. Einstein taken in California, stamped on the verso "Pacific Photo Studio, Pasadena California" and dated "February 1932". The photograph and Dr. Winstein's signature can thus be precisely dated to the period of time he spent at the California Institute of Technology in December 1931 and early 1932 before returning to Germany for the last time in March 1932. This is an unrecorded photograph. It is not in the American Institute of Physics catalog "Images of Einstein" (1979). While Dr. Einstein is, of course, best known for his work in physics, his support of Zionism has long and deep roots. The current volume well articulates his backing the establishment of a center for Jewish life in the British mandate of Palestine. However, for some time he resisted the ides of a separate Jewish state. He wanted to see and agreement between Jews and Arabs by which they would live in peace in a single Middle East entity. After World War II and the holocaust his view changed. He supported the establishment of the Jewish Stated of Israel. Indeed, in 1952 with the death of Israel's President Chaim Wiezmann he was asked to become President of Israel but declines the invitation. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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      London: Thornton Butterworth Limited, 1931. First edition, first printing. Paperback. Very good. This is the first edition, first printing, in the softcover ("wraps") binding.  India is a collection of 10 speeches by Churchill as part of his campaign against the India Bill over which he broke with his party leadership. Though his cause was lost, these speeches are considered to contain some of the finest examples of Churchill's rhetorical brilliance.  Churchill did not adopt an early progressive attitude toward relinquishing control over the crown jewel of Britain's colonial empire.  However, it is instructive to remember that many of Churchill's dire warnings about Indian independence proved prophetic.  Churchill had warned that too swift a British withdrawal from India would lead to bloody civil war and sectarian strife between Hindus and Muslims, Hindu domination, and destabilizing political balkanization of the subcontinent.  All came to pass and much persists to this day.  Here is the striking but fragile orange wraps binding of the first edition, first printing.  Condition is very good given the perishable nature of the edition.  This copy is notable for a highly complete binding with only fractional loss at the spine ends and corners.  The binding remains square and tight and firmly attached, the spine shows no vertical creasing, and the copy appears unread.  Nonetheless, the orange wraps are somewhat dulled and soiled, with some staining, particularly at the fore edge.  The front cover shows a small scuff just below the price leaving a tiny hole, and bears some wear and soiling.  We find no previous ownership marks.  Spotting is light, appearing confined to the first and final few pages and page edges.  The binding is protected with a removable, clear mylar cover.  Bibliographic reference: Cohen A92.1.c, Woods/ICS A38(a.1), Langworth p.150.

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        Dracula. Photoplay Edition

      Grosset & Dunlap, 1931-01-01. Hardcover. Very Good. New York: Gosset & Dunlap, 1897. Stage Play Edition. Although dated 1897, this edition was likely printed in 1927. In the rare and wonderful original dust jacket, which depicts Dracula's ominous eyes looming over a sleeping woman. In Good overall condition, with clean pages and sound binding. Previous owner's name penned on front free end paper, then partially erased. The orange cloth shows edge wear and light soiling but remains attractive. The jacket has chipping and loss, with creases, short tears, rubbing and some overall wear. Wear along the folds. The jacket has been strengthened from the verso with tape along the folds. Rare in original jacket.

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        Stavby a plany. Mezinarodni Soudoba Architektura, vol. 3

      Praha, Odeon, 1931,. OPBd., iv, 148 S., 8° mit zahlreichen Entwuerfen, Grundrissen u. sw. Bild-Aufnahmen. Graphische Gestaltung von Karel Teige. Umschlag leicht abgenutzt, Bindung maeßig geloest. Lage 103 - 114 ganz geloest. Ansonst gut erhaltenes Exemplar. * Our books are stored in our warehouse, not in the shop. Please notify beforehand, if you want to visit us and see a specific book. Unser ZVAB-Bücher-Bestand befindet sich in unserem Lager am Stadtrand Prags, nicht in unserem Geschäft. Bitte, teilen Sie uns vorher mit wenn Sie uns besuchen möchten und bestimmtes Buch auswählen wollten *.

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        Die Werke der Maria Sibylle Merian. Neunter Druck der Dudelsackpresse.

      Meissen, Selbstverlag, 1931.. Erste (1.) und einzige Ausgabe. ORIGINALAUSGABE. Mit einem ganzseitigen Kupferstich als Frontispiz, 44 Seiten. Lex.-8° (25,5 x 20 cm), Orig.-Halbpergamentband mit kleinen Pergamentecken.. Überaus seltene Originalausgabe der noch immer wichtigsten und besten bibliographischen Bearbeitung der Werke Maria Sibylle Merians. - Max Adolf Pfeiffer (1875 - 1957) war neben weiteren Positionen in der Porzellan Industrie, von 1913 - 1934 Direktor der Staatl. Porzellanmanufaktur Meißen und 1938 - 1946 Direktor der Porzellan-Manufaktur Berlin. Er war ein bekannter Bibliophiler und Büchersammler. Im Jahr 1914 gründete er die "Dudelsack Presse" (Rodenberg S. 65), in welcher er seine eigenen bibliophilen Publikationen erscheinen ließ. Pfeiffer besaß die damals größte und bedeutenste Privatsammlung von Werken Maria Sibylla Merians, weshalb auch sämtliche Angaben in seiner Bibliographie auf Autopsie beruhen. - Gedruckt auf starkem handgeschöpften, an Seite und Fuß unbeschnittenem Büttenpapier. Erschien in einer Auflage von nur 99 handnummerierten Exemplaren. Hier Exemplar Nr. 12, mit Pfeiffers eigenhändigem Namenszug unterhalb der Nummerierung. Bei dem als Frontispiz eingebundenen ganzseitigen Kupferstich handelt es sich um das illustrierten Titelblattes zu M. S. Merians 1679 erschienenen Werk "Der Raupen wunderbare Verwandlung und sonderbare Blumennahrung". - Einband mit minimalen Altersspuren, Titelblatt durch leichten Abklatsch der gegenüberliegenden Kupfertafel etwas gebräunt. Sehr gutes Exemplar. Wir konnten über WorlCat und KVK kein Exemplar weltweit in Bibliotheken nachweisen. Von großer Seltenheit !

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      London, Batsford, 1931.FIRST EDITION 1931. With an Introduction by R.H. PACKMAN and a Foreword by EDWARD GORDON CRAIG. Folio, 385 x 285 mm, 15 x 11¼ inches, illustrated with 128 plates, 152 illustrations in colour, and 392 in monochrome, mostly costumes and theatre sets and scenery, original publisher's cream cloth, brown lettering to spine and upper cover, chipped and damaged remains of colour decorated glassine dustwrapper. Staining to edges of lower cover, a few other small marks to cloth, inner paper hinges cracked, otherwise a very good copy. Moussinac's pictorial survey is divided into the different countries of Europe and the United States, and includes set and costume designs by Picasso, Jean Hugo, Leger, Prampolini, George Grosz, A. Exter, Nivinsky, Norman Bel Geddes, Paul Nash and others, as well as illustrations from the actual productions. The defective dustwrapper was produced by applying the coloured design directly onto a thin sheet of celluloid which has now become brittle. A very heavy book that will require extra postage. MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING, ALL ZOOMABLE. FURTHER IMAGES ON REQUEST. POSTAGE AT COST.

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        Zolotoi telenok [The Golden Calf]

      Berlin: Kniga i stsena, 1931. Octavo (20 x 14.5 cm). Original printed wrappers with an attractive typographic design in green and yellow; [4], 5-200, [1] pp. Wrappers lightly dust-soiled; old bookstore label partly removed; small owner signature to title; else very good. The rare first edition of Ilf and Petrov's beloved masterpiece of Soviet satire, The Golden Calf, published by an emigre publishing house in Berln even before it was serialized in the Soviet journal "30 Days" and well before the first Soviet book edition in 1933. Along with Zamiatin's "My" and Bulgakov's "Master and Margarita," "The Golden Calf" (and its prequel, "The Twelve Chairs") stand among the most important -- and popular -- Russian satirical novels of the twentieth century. Together, Ilf and Petrov created the character Ostap Bender, a picaresque rogue con man whose witty pronouncements were so popular that they are still casually quoted in everyday conversation to this day. Curiously, Bender's behavior hardly fit the requirements of an emerging communist society: "In the new collective society Ostap is an arch-individualist. Uninterested in building socialism, he is in search of a fortune: the diamonds hidden in one of a set of twelve chairs in the first novel; in the money of a secret millionaire in the second [...] He roams over the vast geographical spaces of Soviet Russia, deploying ingenuous ways of relieving people of money" (Jones and Feuer Miller 1998). In the eys of the Soviet authorities, Ilf and Petrov's satire was making light of old bourgeois traits and habits, but, with good reason, numerous emigre critics read the work as a statement about the absurdity of the Soviet Regime itself. Nevertheless, the writer duo was never subjected to repressions and, as Lesley Milne writes, "the Soviet literary establishment proved able to accomodate them as licensed jesters." Not in Savine.

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      1931 - Cahiers du Théatre D'Action Internationale. Paris. Red. en chef : Léon Moussinac. Un volume in-4 broché, 54 pages. No. 1. Seul numéro paru. Couverture d'esprit constructiviste composée par Sourzac. Texte manifeste de création du T.A.I., et de Moussinac, Lehner, Tairoff, Suares, Dos Passos, Ivanov, etc. Illustrations de Altman, Sourzac, Pontabry, etc.(avant garde, constructivism) [Attributes: Soft Cover]

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