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        INSPIRATION (1931)

      USA 1931 - Vintage original 14 x 22" (56 x 71 cm.) window card poster, USA. Greta Garbo, Robert Montgomery, Lewis Stone, Marjorie Rambeau, Karn Morley, dir: Clarence Brown; MGM. Wonderful period deco font and layout presents the great Greta Garbo above the title of this melodramatic romance. A lovely portrait of her with leading man Robert Montgomery and the tagline "A Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer ALL TALKING Picture" brought audiences into the theatre in 1931. It was Garbo's third talking film and people were excited to hear her speak. Beautifully photographed by William Daniels (Garbo's favorite) in the German style of the time, it contains one of her most underrated subtle performances. It was based on the Alphonse Daudet novel Sapho (release was delayed as a lawsuit ensued, the novel being public domain in the U.S. but not in Europe). It told the story of Yvonne, a woman who has loved many times, and her unfortunate romance with a young art student. Paper-backed, poster originally had one fold line and was trimmed at top, border area has been skillfully filled in, overall really nice, NEAR FINE.

      [Bookseller: Walter Reuben, Inc.]
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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]

      [Bookseller: Le Grand Verre]
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        Een voorbereiding.

      Brussel/Maastricht, Stols, 1931. Ingenaaid. 184 p. Met een tekening door A.C. WILLINK. 2e ('omgewerkte') druk. Omslag wat beschadigd en verfomfaaid.* Exemplaar met op de Franse titel een handgeschreven, gesigneerde opdracht van de auteur aan J.W.G. ter Braak, de jongere broer van Menno: 'Aan den heer J.W.G. ter Braak / als voorbereiding tot een/ betere kennismaking./ EduPerron / Gistoux, aug. '31'. Met door Du Perron handgeschreven toevoeging ('te') op pagina 7 en weglating ('dan') op pagina 8. De tekst van deze tweede druk wijkt sterk af van die van de eerste druk, die in 1927 in een oplage van 120 exemplaren bij Dinger was verschenen. Niet in Het Leven is wellicht een farce. Geschreven boekopdrachten van E. du Perron, verzameld en ingeleid door Kees Snoek (Amsterdam 2005). Batten/ Stols 23. Van Dijk 254.

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      New York: Random House, 1931.. Marbled paper over boards, printed label. Very minor rubbing to the lower edges, small bookseller's ticket on rear pastedown, but a fine copy in glassine dust jacket, the latter showing a couple tiny chips and a handful of closed edge-tears. First edition. One of four hundred numbered copies, signed by the author (the entire edition). PETERSEN 10a. MASSEY 611.

      [Bookseller: William Reese Company - Literature ABAA-]
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        Idyll in the Desert

      Random House, New York 1931 - SIGNED/LIMITED EDITION. A magnificent copy SIGNED by William Faulkner. The book is in nice condition. The binding is tight with NO cocking or leaning and the boards are crisp. The pages are exceptionally clean with NO writing, marks or bookplates in the book. Overall, a superb copy of this limited edition of 750 copies SIGNED by the author with a custom acedate cover to protect the book. We buy SIGNED Faulkner First Editions. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Quintessential Rare Books, LLC]
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        These Thirteen

      New York: Jonathan Cape & Harrison Smith, 1931. First Edition. Bottom edge a little worn, else near fine in a dust jacket with a tiny chip at the bottom right-hand corner of the front flap and very minor wear.

      [Bookseller: Peter L. Stern & Company, Inc. ]
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        The World of Light.

      . A Comedy in Three Acts. London: Chatto & Windus 1931. (4) + 104 pp. Uncut in publisher's halfcloth. * Special edition limited to 160 copies, this is copy no. 154, signed by the author..

      [Bookseller: Peter Grosell, Antiquarian Bookseller]
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        Clarence Darrow Typed Letter, Signed... October 24, 1931

      , 1931. 1931. Darrow Discusses an Issue Concerning the Publication of His Autobiography Darrow, Clarence [1857-1938]. [Spingarn, Arthur (1878-1971)]. [Typed Letter, Signed, To Spingarn, On His Personal Letterhead, October 24, 1931, With Five-Line Holograph Postscript, Signed "D"]. Single 10-1/2" x 7-1/4" sheet. Some toning, two horizontal fold lines, otherwise fine * Darrow discusses a sensitive issue concerning the placement of The Story of My Life, then in manuscript. He is looking for a publisher and is troubled by the interest shown by his former publisher, Horace Liveright. Darrow wants advice on the best way to push him away. Spingarn was contacted because he assisted Darrow with a related issue. In the previous month he negotiated Darrow's release from a contract with Liveright. (Darrow sought this release because he wasn't happy with the promotional efforts for, or sales of, its edition of Farmington.) The holograph postscript refers to the article "Why the 18th Amendment Cannot Be Repealed," which appeared in the November 1931 issue of Vanity Fair: "I have a story...on what one can and can not do to get rid of prohibition. We can not repeal the 18th Amendment." Spingarn, an attorney, was a civil rights pioneer and president of the NAACP from 1940 to 1965. He helped coordinate the defense team for Dr. Ossian Sweet, which was led by Darrow. See the letter of September 25, 1931 to Spingarn in Darrow, In the Clutches of the Law: Clarence Darrow's Letters, Ed. Randall Tietjen 425.

      [Bookseller: The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd.]
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        Two Poems of Coventry Patmore. [op. 31]. Deux poemes extraits de The unknown Eros, Traduction Paul Claudel. Bois graves par John Buckland Wright.

      Maastricht etc., Stols 1931.. Folio. 14 nn.Bll. Mit 2 Holzschnitt-Vignetten von John Buckland Wright. Orig.-Umschlag mit Deckeltitel (Ränder gebräunt).,. Nr. VI von XVV von Milhaud im Impressum eigenhändig signierten Exemplaren auf Japan. Insgesamt wurden 300 Exemplare gedruckt. Die Publikation enthält die 1915 entstandenen Lieder "Le Depart" und "L'Azalee" im Erstdruck, jeweils eingeleitet mit einer Vignette von Buckland Wright. Eine praktische Ausgabe erschien erst 1955 bei Heugel. Die Melodien sind in zwei stark abweichenden rhythmischen Fassungen notiert, die auf die unterschiedliche Silbenverteilung beider Sprachen Rücksicht nehmen. - Schönes, sauberes Exemplar. Bankverbindung in Deutschland vorhanden.

      [Bookseller: Buch + Kunst + hommagerie Sabine Koitka]
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      1931. Zustand: Excelente Einband: Encuadernacion de tapa blanda Firmado por el Autor(es). Insolita y Rarissima fotografia firmada por el gran comico del cine Oliver Hardy. 1931. 18X13.

      [Bookseller: Libreria Anticuaria Marc & Antiques]
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        Les oiseaux de l'Indochine française

      [Aurillac: "Impr. du ""Cantal R?blicain""", 1931.]. [Aurillac: "Impr. du ""Cantal Républicain""". 1931.]. "First edition, 4 volumes, imperial 8vo, original printed front wrappers bound in at the back of volumes 2-4, 67 color lithograph plates after H. Gronvold by John Bale & Sons, London; some scattered foxing to the text but otherwise a fine copy in slightly later half green morocco over marbled boards, red and black morocco labels on spines. & & Published on the occasion of the Exposition Coloniale Internationale held in Paris in 1931, the work describes many new species not hitherto recorded. & & Nissen, 228"

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        The Glass Key

      London: Alfred A. Knopf, 1931. London: Alfred A. Knopf, 1931 First edition of the author's fourth novel, English edition which preceded American edition by 3 months, in first issue binding. Publisher's blue cloth, with "Knopf" in red to spine and with key stamped in white to front board (second issue has English publisher "Cassell" and key in reddish-orange). A near fine copy, with some minor wear to the extremities, a hint of toning to spine, a few light spots of soling to the rear board, else fine, bright and clean interior. Overall, an extremely bright and clean copy of the scarce first true first edition in the first issue binding. Housed in a custom clamshell box by Heritage Bindery, black Morocco spine with five raised bands and gilt decoration over green marbled boards. Layman A 4.1. Unlike his previous three novels, Hammett's classic crime noir novel The Glass Key does not feature a detective as the main character. However, the novel's protagonist is perhaps Hammett's most hard-boiled; the text features Ned Beaumont, a morally questionable political fixer for the crooked construction magnate Paul Madvig, in a plot that involves a complicated murder case that exposes multiple layers of corruption and betrayal. Said to be one of Hammett's favorites of his own novels, The Glass Key is unusual in that it provides the reader with enough clues that he or she could conceivably solve the mystery before the author reveals the true perpetrator. Additionally, it is the only Hammett novel in which the English edition precedes the US edition. A Haycraft-Queen Cornerstone.. 1st Edition. Hard Cover. Near Fine.

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        A Commemorative Catalogue of the Exhibition of Italian Art Held in the Galleries of the Royal Academy, Burlington House London, January-March 1930

      ONT>Edited by Lord Balniel and Kenneth Clark, 1931. ONT>Edited by Lord Balniel and Kenneth Clark, 1931 Book. Very Good. Hardcover. A catalogue of the art works shown at the Italian Art Exhibition at the Royal Academy in 1930. Containing one volume of text (describing the works), and another of plates. With two hundred and fifty-three plates, including a coloured frontispiece. Kenneth McKenzie Clark, Baron Clark (13 July 1903 21 May 1983) was a British author, museum director, broadcaster, and one of the best-known art historians of his generation. Including works by Bellini, Pisanello, Giorgione, Francia and many more. Complete in two volumes. Condition: In green cloth bindings. Externally, generally smart, though with some marks and sunning to spine. Some light bumping also. Shelf markings to the spine. Internally, firmly bound. Remains of library label to front pastedown, with faint ink stamp. Pages are bright and mainly clean, with just some foxing to the endpapers. Overall: VERY GOOD..

      [Bookseller: Rooke Books]
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        Atlas anatomicum cerebri humani. 168 sections of the human brain. One hundred and eight prints in helio after photographic records of original sections.

      Amsterdam, Scheltema & Holkema, (1931). 108 platen met transparante schutbladen. Groot folio. 12, 14 (1), 2 pp. *plaat 1 aan de randen licht beschadigd*'Gerbrandus Jelgersma, Doeveren 1859-Oegstgeest 1942. Jelgersma was the son and a grandson of a minister. He studied medicine at Amsterdam. Still being 'semi-arts' he was appointed at the psychiatric asylum 'Meerenberg'. He was qualified in 1885, and was admitted as a privatdocent of criminal anthropology to Amsterdam University two years later. In 1894 J. was appointed medical superintendent of the 'Sanatorium voor Zenuwlijders' at Arnhem. During these years he performed scientific research on the microscopical structure of the brain in various diseases, publishing the results in Dutch and foreign periodicals. On 25 May 1899, he was appointed professor of medicine at Leiden in order to teach psychiatry and neurology. Jelgersma had a profound influence on psychiatry in The Netherlands. He studies in particular the influence of emotion and religion on the picture of psycho-pathological processes'. G.A. Lindeboom. Dutch medical biography. A biographical dictionary of Dutch physicians and surgeons 1475-1975. pp. 980-981. Voor een bibliografie van Jelgersma's werken zie: Carp, E.A.D.E., Jelgersma. Leven en werken van een verdienstelijk Nederlander. Lochem, De Tijdstroom, (1942).

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        The Order of the Genes C, Sh and Wx in Zea Mays with Reference to a Cytologically Known Point in the Chromosome; A Correlation of Cytological and Genetical Crossing-Over in Zea Mays

      Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Vol. 17, No. 8, pp. 485-497, August 1931 - Very good condition. First edition. Offprint. Original wrappers. Ownership stamp of J.T. Baldwin, Jr. on front cover. 2 articles.* Genetics. Nobel Prize. "McClintock and Creighton proved the link between chromosomal crossover during meiosis and the recombination of genetic traits." Wikipedia [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

      [Bookseller: Robinson Street Books, IOBA]
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        The Happy Day Begins

      Akron, Ohio - Saalfield, 1931. Akron, Ohio - Saalfield, 1931 Book. Very Good. Hardcover. A charming children's storybook illustratedwith beautiful colour lithographs. With a line of verse annotating each illustrating. Condition: In original pictorial wraps. Externally, sound. Internally, firmly bound, bright and clean. Overall: VERY GOOD.

      [Bookseller: Rooke Books]
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        Autograph letter signed in full to Hugo Balzer

      2 pp. Octavo. Dated June 10, 1931. With Berg's handstamp in blue-black ink to upper left corner: "Alban Berg / Gut Berghof / post: Sattendorf / am Ossiacher-See / Kärnten, Austria / Tel. Villach [1]395"). Together with autograph envelope addressed to Balzer at the Stadttheater in Freiburg with Berg's handstamp to verso with his address on Trauttmausdorffgasse 27 in Vienna. In German (with translation). Berg thanks Balzer for his recent letter, and tells him that he has also written to [Finance Minister] Weinberger. "Your kind letter reached me in a roundabout way. You probably have my letter of June 5th by now... In the same mail I wrote to Fin[ance] Min[ister] Weinberger. Hopefully success! ... Please keep me in the loop." Letter creased at central fold and very slightly at margins; envelope slit at upper margin, upper right corner lacking where stamp has been removed, Berg's name in another hand to address panel. . "Along with his teacher Arnold Schoenberg and fellow pupil Anton Webern in the years before and immediately after World War I, [Berg] moved away from tonality to write free atonal and then 12-note music. At once a modernist and a Romantic, a formalist and a sensualist, he produced one of the richest bodies of music in the 20th century, and in opera, especially, he had few equals." Douglas Jarman in Grove online Written during the period when Berg was actively engaged in the composition of Lulu, which extended from mid-1928 to the spring of 1934, at which point the opera was complete in short score. Balzer, founder of the Robert-Schumann-Konservatoriums, was music director in Düsseldorf, Detmold and Darmstadt variously in the 1930s and 1940s.

      [Bookseller: J & J Lubrano Music Antiquarians LLC]
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        Del «razionalismo» in architettura. Estratto dalla «Rassegna Italiana». Giugno 1931 - N. CLVII.

      Edizioni della «Rassegna Italiana» 1931 Estratto. Cfr. Cammarota, Futurismo, 354.3. Ottimamente conservato. in 8° pp. 14, 1 c.b.

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        Lunost Mayakovskogo. [Mayakovskys Jugend.]

      (Tiflis. 1931)., Zakkniga - 83 S. 8°, Orig.-Pappbd. mit vielfarb. Illustration von Bor. R. (Rücken erneuert). Erste Ausgabe. - Die Einbandgestaltung mit der Signatur Bor. R. wurde in der Forschung immer wieder Alexander Rodchenko zugeschrieben. Die Collage zeigt Bestandeteile aus verschiedenen früheren Publikationen des Dichters. Links ein Fragment aus Rodchenkos Entwurf zu Novyi Lef . - Bowlt/Hernad S. 165. - Rowell/Wye 951. 500 gr. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        SELECTA FUNGORUM CARPOLOGIA of the Brothers L. R. and C. Tulasne

      Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1931. Oxford:: Clarendon Press,, 1931. First Edition. Near Fine. THREE VOLUMES. Complete Set. A UNIQUE ASSOCIATION SET WITH MANUSCRIPT MATERIAL. Laid in is a MANUSCRIPT COPY OF THE FIRST PARAGRAPH OF THE EDITOR'S PREFACE AND A TYPED CORRECTED DRAFT OF THE SECOND PARAGRAPH. This is accompanied by a full typescript of the Editor's Preface with a few changes and the stamp of Clarendon Press. In addition, there is a typescript of the Translator's Preface with a few corrections with THE FINAL PARAGRAPH IN THE TRANSLATOR'S HAND AND SIGNED BY THE TRANSLATOR. The preface ends "I am penning these last words on my eightieth birthday, October 24th 1928 / W. B. Grove". Three Near Fine hardback First Edition First Printings in the original green cloth with gilt lettering, Oxford device spines. With minimal cover edge wear, mild scattered foxing endpapers, leaf margins. A pencil note indicates these volumes were in the collection of noted mycologist E. J. Butler (1874-1943) whose work in India on plant pathology and mycology is renowned. There is a bookplate presenting these volumes to the notable mycologist G. C. Ainsworth (1905-1998) author of numerous volumes including "Medical Mycology" (1952) and "Introduction to the History of Mycology" (1976). Folio. xxviii, 247, 5 Plates; xxii, 302, 34 Plates; xvii, 206, 22 Plates pp.

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      The Gregynog Press, Newtown 1931 - Quarto (8-1/4" x 12-1/4") ochre levant morocco leather, top edge gilt, signed by George Fisher and William MacCance (the designer) at the Gregynog Press Bindery. The upper cover has three gilt rules, surrounding an inner rectangle outlined by multiple gilt rules of varying thickness, surrounding a design of onlaid brown calf in which the letters of "Esope" are ingeniously intertwined. "The Fables of" is printed above that in blind, and "Caxton" below in gilt. The rear cover simply has three gilt rules and the letters "GG" on an onlay of brown calf. The spine has five raised bands. Of a total of 250 copies, this is copy #14 of only 25 in this special binding. Illustrated throughout with wood engravings by Agnes Miller Parker. An illustrated book now regarded as one of the most accomplished examples of wood-engraving between the Wars. Some rubbing to the spine and joints with mild chipping to the head; long vertical scratch to the front cover. Owner name on front endpaper; internally fresh and clean. A Very Good and scarce example of this beautiful book [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Charles Agvent, est. 1987, ABAA, ILAB]
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        Idyll in the Desert with Salmagundi

      Random House, New York 1931 - LIMITED EDITIONS of both "Idyll in the Desert" and "Salmagundi". Both books are in great shape. "Idyll in the Desert" is SIGNED by William Faulkner. "Salmagundi" is limited to 525 copies printed. The bindings for each book are tight with minor wear to the boards. The pages are exceptionally clean in both books with NO writing, marks or bookplates in the book. Overall, a lovely copy of each book housed in a custom clamshell that holds both books in the same slipcase. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Sail Ho! [Together with] an Original Pen & Ink Drawing

      William Farquhar Payson, New York; (1931) - Limited to 47 copies signed by the author. This copy is number 34, printed on Crane's Old Book paper. From the library of George R.M. Ewing, Jr., with his bookplate designed by Rockwell Kent with the Latin quotation "Homo Sum Humani Nihil A Mi Alienum Esse Puto". This particular bookplate was designed in 1928 and can be found in "The Bookplates & Marks of Rockwell Kent, 1929, #51 126pp. With 64 pen and ink drawings by the author, bound in green paper over beveled boards lettered in gilt, backed in vellum, spine gilt with only minor toning. A fine bright copy housed in pubisher's box lacking one side flap. Together with an original pen and ink drawing signed, measuring 18 1/4" x 12 5/8 " which is also found on page 4 and titled "weighing anchor". A very worthwhile collection. Quarto [Attributes: First Edition]

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        Allocution prononcee a l'ouverture de l'exposition "Le Salon des Bibliophiles" a Berlin le XIII. Octobre MCMXXIX. (Weimar, Cranach Presse für Edition de Cluny, Paris 1931). 4to. 12 S., 1 Blatt mit Druckvermerk. Mit großer in Goldbronze und Lapislazuli gehöhter Initiale von Aristide Maillol. Roter handgebundener Orig.-Maroquinbd. auf 5 Bünden mit umlaufender goldener Filete, Deckeltitel u. Kopfgoldschnitt. In Orig.-Schutzumschlag u. Orig.-Schuber. (Signiert O. Dorfner, Weimar).

      . . Nobler Druck der Cranach Presse in Rot und Schwarz. Hier eines der ganz wenigen Drucke der Vorzugsausgabe mit der in Gold und Lapislazuli gehöhten Initiale. Tadelloses Exemplar. - Müller-Krumbach 53 mit 2 Abb..

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        11 offprints by Nobel Prize winner George D. Snell

      Genetics 16,: 42-74, January, 1931 and others. PAPERBACK. 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. . Very Good.

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        California Hills and Other Wood Engravings

      Los Angeles: Bruce McCallister, 1931. Los Angeles: Bruce McCallister, 1931. 4to, decorated paper-covered boards in red and gray with a wood engraving on front cover label. Covers lightly soiled else fine. Bookplate of Roger K. Larson, physician and collector of California and western material. One of 500 copies printed from the original blocks and signed by the artist, Paul Landacre, distinguished American print maker. With 14 wood engravings and a small engraving on last leaf of dramatic monumental scenery including Big Sur, Indio Mountains, Point Magu, Malibu Coast, Berkeley Stadium, San Bernadino Mountains, Monterey Hills and others. Probably the best known California illustrated book. Reference: Journal of Decorative and Propaganda Arts #7, Winter 1988.. By Artist. Decorated Boards. Near Fine. Illus. by Paul Landacre. 4to.

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        Music at Night & Other Essays.

      . 1st edition. New York: The Fountain Press, London: Chatto & Windus 1931. 148 pp. Limited to 842 numbered and by the author signed copies. Publisher's halfcloth with paperlabel on spine. * Copy "Out of Series"..

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      Newtown: The Gregynog Press, 1931. Newtown: The Gregynog Press, 1931. First Edition. hardcover. Some rubbing to the spine and joints with mild chipping to the head; long vertical scratch to the front cover. Owner name on front endpaper; internally fresh and clean. A Very Good and scarce example of this beautiful book. Agnes Miller Parker. Quarto (8-1/4" x 12-1/4") ochre levant morocco leather, top edge gilt, signed by George Fisher and William MacCance (the designer) at the Gregynog Press Bindery. The upper cover has three gilt rules, surrounding an inner rectangle outlined by multiple gilt rules of varying thickness, surrounding a design of onlaid brown calf in which the letters of "Esope" are ingeniously intertwined. "The Fables of" is printed above that in blind, and "Caxton" below in gilt. The rear cover simply has three gilt rules and the letters "GG" on an onlay of brown calf. The spine has five raised bands. Of a total of 250 copies, this is copy #14 of only 25 in this special binding. Illustrated throughout with wood engravings by Agnes Miller Parker.& An illustrated book now regarded as one of the most accomplished examples of wood-engraving between the Wars.

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        Night Before Christmas, The

      , 1931. 1931. One Of The Most Difficult To Find Of All The Signed Limited Rackham'sAn Immaculate Copy[RACKHAM, Arthur, illustrator]. MOORE, Clement C. The Night Before Christmas. London: George G. Harrap & Co., 1931. Deluxe edition, limited to 275 numbered copies for England signed by Arthur Rackham, this being copy no. 238, of a total edition of 550 copies. Octavo (9 x 5 3/4 in; 230 x 145 mm). 35, [3] pp. Four color plates and seventeen black and white drawings. Publisher's full limp vellum, gilt decorated. Top edge gilt, others untrimmed. Pictorial endpapers. An immaculate copy. Housed in the publisher's matching numbered slipcase."The style of work for a series of poems published by Harrap and Sons in the early thirties returned unashamedly to the early style. These books were The Night Before Christmas (1931), The King Of The Golden River (1932), Goblin Market (1933) and The Pied Piper of Hamelin (1934). (Gettings, p. 161)."For the next three years Rackham and Harrap had a successful arrangement whereby two Rackham books, a long one and a shorter one, were published together annually. Thus in 1931, they brought out Walton's The Compleat Angler and Clement Moore's poem The Night Before Christmas. The limited edition of the latter sold out promptly." (Hamilton, p. 142).Latimore and Haskell, p. 66. Riall p. 174.

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        Mount Zion

      London: The James Press, [1931]. London: The James Press,, [1931]. Or in touch with the infinite. Octavo. Original pink and gold candy-striped paper boards, white paper title label to upper board printed in blue, contents printed in red and blue on blue and pink paper. Illustrated with drawings and decorative surrounds. Spine toned and chipped, split along rear joint, endpapers lightly tanned, margins slightly toned. A very good copy. First edition, first impression of the author's first book, produced with typical flair by the poet and patron of arts Edward James, whom Betjeman had befriended at Oxford.

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        TURNABOUT (signed)

      Garden City: Doubleday, Doran, 1931. Garden City: Doubleday, Doran, 1931. Black cloth. Turquoise design on front cover, spine turquoise and black. Front hinge repaired but still showing a little gauze. Top edge darkened. Slight separation between two of the gathers but pages clean and tight. Covers are moderately smudged, moderately worn, with a bit of loss at corners and spine ends, and scuffed. Corners slightly bumped. Not a handsome copy, but on the front free endpaper in ink: "For John D. Stern / -for cocktails in buckets / and women in bed / from / Thorne Smith / San Francisco May 17 1933." Another added attraction, a beautiful custom-made clamshell box, covered in dark blue cloth with a black leather "spine" with five raised bands, four small bright gilt decorations, and the title and author in gilt, as well as, at the lower end, also in gilt, "First Edition / Inscribed / 1931." Inside the box is printed "Heritage Bindery." The box is very nearly fine.. Inscribed and Signed By Author. First Edition. Hard Cover. Good/No Jacket.

      [Bookseller: Warren Berry]
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        The Plays of Euripides (2 Vol complete) Gregynog

      Newtown, Montgomeryshire: The Gregynog Press, 1931 Uniformly bound in red linen cloth, rounded edges, blocked in gilt on the upper covers with a Press device, text block edges uncut, with the bookplate of John & Myfanwy Piper to fpd, 32 engravings designed by RA Maynard and HW Bray and cut on wood by HW Bray - 16 to each volume, unsigned. Limited to an edition of just 500 copies of which 125 were reserved for Random House, New York. Volume 1, (ix), (3), 269pp, + colophon. Volume 2, 263pp, + colophon. (Harrop 18/p192). (2 vols = 5kg)

      [Bookseller: Madoc Books]
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        Compositions de Jardins.

      - Paris, Vincent-Freal 1931. Quarto by size, loose as issued in publisher's cloth-backed printed boards; 30pp and 44 plates. Text in French and English. A few signs of use but nothing too objectionable. An uncommon book on an uncommon subject: modernist garden design or, as the author puts it, 'a new era garden for a new era architecture'. Haffner, Professor of Architecture at Harvard, applied principles of house design to the garden and insists that these designs are not to be adapted to period houses - they 'belong to our present era of architecture'. The handsome plates are plans, elevations and perspectives (mostly birds-eye) from Haffner's drawings. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Richard Neylon]
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      Faber, [1931]. Faber, [1931]. 8vo., First Edition; original brown cloth, backstrip lettered in black, hinges cracked (but binding entirely sound) else a remarkably bright, crisp copy in wholly unrestored publisher's binding. A colour photograph, taken in 1990, of a section of Mametz Wood is mounted on front paste-down. A photocopy of a portrait (possibly of the author) is mounted on title verso.. A colour photograph of the grave in Artillery Wood, Boezinge, of Pte E H Evans, RWF is mounted on rear paste-down. Evans is better known, perhaps, as Welsh language poet Hedd Wyn, winner of six Bardic Chairs, and killed at Pilckem Ridge in 1917. A seventh Bardic Chair, this time painted black, was awarded posthumously. The original edition of one of the greatest of all the Great War personal accounts, several times reissued in differing formats. The author served as a Lieutenant in 15th (London Welch) RWF, attached to 38th Welsh Division on the Somme; during the fateful action at Mametz Wood he was attached to the staff of 115th Brigade. This moving memoir was written during the 1920s and published in a small print run by Faber in 1931. Some half a century later the story was extended to include his subsequent war service and the combined narratives published as 'Up to Mametz and Beyond'. There is a good case for nominating this work as the scarcest of all personal accounts from the Somme sector. From our own records, the present copy may be in a second issue binding. Rare, especially in this condition. Enser, p.323. . Catalogs: military: ww1.

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        Berliner Adreßbuch (Adressbuch) 1931. Unter Benutzung amtlicher Quellen, 3 Bde., Berlin 1931.

      Berlin, August Scherl Deutsche Adressbuch-Gesellschaft, 1931.. Zus. ca. 7.100 S. Braune Original-Ganzleinenbände (Format: 30,5 x 23 cm) mit schwarzgeprägten Rücken- und Deckeltiteln sowie Werbeanzeigen auf Buchrücken und Vorderdeckel. Gewicht der drei Bände: Ca. 12 kg. Erster Band: I. Teil: Einwohner Berlins A - Q. Alphabetisches Verzeichnis der Einwohner und Firmen. Theaterpläne - Geschäftsanzeigen (2.628 S.). Zweiter Band: I.. Teil: Einwohner Berlins R - Z. Alphabetisches Verzeichnis der Einwohner und Firmen (S. 2.657 - 3.885). Verzeichnis von Jubiläums-Firmen und deren Empfehlungen (16 S.). II. Teil: Branchen-Verzeichnis der Handel- und Gewerbetreibenden, nach Erwerbs- und Berufszweigen alphabetisch geordnet, mit einem "Anhang": Verzeichnis der Medizinalbeamten, der Ärzte und Ärztinnen für allgemeine Behandlung, der Fachärzte und -ärztinnen, der nicht öffentlichen Polikliniken, der Zahnärzte, der im Ausland approbierten Zahnheilpersonen, der Dentisten, der Tierärzte, der Patentanwälte und der Verwaltungsrechtsräte (656 S.). Dritter Band: III. Teil: Behörden, Kirchen, Schulen und öffentliche Einrichtungen. Verbände, Vereine, Zeitungen und Zeitschriften - Anhang (222 S.). IV. Teil: Straßen und Häuser (2.327 S.).. Angesichts des enormen Umfangs sehr guter Zustand aller drei Bände. Einbände lediglich etwas berieben bzw. beschabt. In Bd. 1 die ersten 2 Seiten (Buchstabe A) sowie die letzten 28 Seiten (Buchstabe Q) fehlend. Sehr gutes Exemplar dieses frühen Berliner Adressbuches. Nicht nur Einwohnerbuch, sondern gleichermaßen Nachschlagewerk zur Wirtschafts- und Branchenstruktur der Reichshauptstadt in der späten Weimarer Republik. Weitere Fotos auf der Homepage des Antiquariats.

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        THE COMPLEAT ANGLER By Izaac Walton. Or The Contemplative Man's Recreation. being a discourse of rivers, fishponds, fish and fishing not unworthy the perusal of most anglers

      Harrap , 1931. Harrap , 1931. First edition illustrated by Rackham. This copy in the publisher's deluxe binding of full dark green leather, with gilt titles, spine vignette and blind stamped border. Top edge gilt and endpapers decorated with silhouettes. A near fine copy of this charmingly illustrated version of Walton's angling classic. Clean and crisp with some occasional finger marks to margins. 12 colour plates under captioned tissue guards and numerous black and white drawings.

      [Bookseller: Jonkers Rare Books]
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      Paris Librairie de France 1931 ( 1932 ). Deux volumes, reliés, demi veau rouge aux plattes illustrées, impression ( dos ) et filigrain ( plattes ) doré, pages de titre originaux, impression en rouge et noir, 225 x 285mm., 319327pp., dessins n/b hors texte.Un des 600 exemplaires numérotés sur papier pur fil Lafuma. Table des matières : I : L'oiseau blanc, conte bleu par Denis Diderot - Histoire de Guillaume, cocher par le Comte de Caylus - Nocrion, Conte allobroge par le Cardinal de Bernis - Aline, Reine de Golconde par le Chevalier de Boufflers - La Belle par accident, conte de fée par Jacques Cazotte - La Jolie Mercière par Restif de la Brétonne - Tant mieux pour elle, conte plaisant par l'abbé de Voisenon - Le siège d'Ypres par Claude Godard d'Aucour. II : Cosi-Sancta, nouvelle africaine par Monsieur de Voltaire - Le crocheteur borgne par Monsieur de Voltaire - Trufaldin et Zirphile par Charles Pinot Duclos - Lettre d'érosie à Juliette par le Chevalier Andrea de Nerciat - L'éducation d'Angola par le Chevalier de la Morlière - Histoire de Babet par l'abbé du Laurens - Le mouvement perpétuel par Sylvain Maréchal - Chonchette et Minutte par Crébillon le Fils - Point de lendemain ou la Nuit Merveilleuse par Vivant Denon. Etat excéllent.

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        California Hills and Other Wood Engravings From the Original Blocks. Foreword by Arthur Millier

      Los Angeles:: Bruce McCallister,, 1931. Paperback. Good. LIMITED EDITION of 500 copies, this is number 200. Folio. 12 3/4 x 9 3/4 inches. [iv] ff., 14 plates, 1 colophon leaf. 14 wood engravings and a wood engraved vignette on the colophon; text clean, unmarked. Original patterned paper over boards with printed paper label on front cover, added clear plastic dust-jacket; binding square and tight, covers toned, ink mark on front cover, paper along the entire length of front and rear joints chipped showing mull beneath, a little browning to end-papers near gutter, as usual. A fragile book. SIGNED BY PAUL LANDACRE on the colophon. Also included is an unsigned proof of Landacre's "Some Ingredients," 1954. Good. One of the most important and influential illustrated California books, this is generally considered to be Landacre's masterpiece. The wood engravings include views of Berkeley, UCLA, Malibu, Big Sur, Indio, Point Magu, Monterey Hills, the high desert, and more. "Except in occasional engravings of buildings, Paul Landacre has confined all his efforts to hymning the 'eternal hills' and especially to searching out those qualities in them that prompt us to use the adjective eternal. He gradually evolved a conception of black lines and white lines - one kind passing easily and unnoticed into the other - which enable him to cut into wood the erosive flow which has given rhythmic form to hills and mountains." Arthur Millier in the Preface. "His very first book ... remains his best. California Hills is the cornerstone of any Landacre collection...." Lehmann, Paul Landacre, a Life and a Legacy, p. 43.

      [Bookseller: John Howell for Books]
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