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        Three papers: 1. Directional Studies of Atmospherics at High Frequencies; 2. Electrical Disturbances Apparently of Extraterrestrial Origin; 3. Minimum Noise Levels Obtained on Short-Wave Radio Receiving Systems. New York: Institute of Radio Engineers, 1932. First edition.

      A fine set in original wrappers of Jansky's seminal papers which initiated the field of radio astronomy, a new science that has become one of the essential methods for making modern astronomical observations.<br/><br/> Working at Bell Labs, Jansky "was given the task of investigating factors that could interfere with radio waves used for long-distance communication. He designed a linear directional antenna, which, mounted on wheels from a Model T Ford, could scan the sky. He identified all the sources of interference, such as thunderstorms, except for one weak emission. This he found to be unconnected with the Sun and in 1931 he discovered that the radio interference came from the stars. Jansky published his findings in the <i>Proceedings of the Institute of Radio Engineers</i> in December 1932 ['Directional Studies of Atmospherics at High Frequencies'], the date that marks precisely the beginnings of radio astronomy" (Biographical Encyclopedia of Scientists). <br/><br/> Jansky's follow-up paper, 'Electrical Disturbances Apparently of Extraterrestrial Origin,' published in 1933, was equally transformative, articulating "his revolutionary claim that the hiss static seemed to have its origin in our Milky Way galaxy, with a maximum in a direction that pointed close to the galactic center" (American National Biography). <br/><br/> "At the age of just twenty-six, Karl Jansky had become the first person to detect and identify radio waves coming from outer space, a truly historic discovery... The true significance of Jansky's breakthrough surpasses even the momentous discovery that the Milky Way emits radio waves. His accomplishment was to establish the science of radio astronomy and to demonstrate that astronomers could learn a huge amount about the universe by looking beyond the narrow band of electromagnetic wavelengths that are visible to the human eye... He announced his result in a paper entitled 'Electrical Disturbances Apparently of Extraterrestrial Origin'." (Simon Singh, Big Bang). <br/><br/> The third paper in the collection, 'Minimum Noise Levels Obtained on Short-Wave Radio Receiving Systems' discusses problems of noise levels and interference in short-wave systems.. 1. Directional Studies of Atmospherics at High Frequencies. In: Proceedings of the Institute of Radio Engineers, vol.20, no.12 (Dec.1932), pp.1920-1932; 2. Electrical Disturbances Apparently of Extraterrestrial Origin. In: Proceedings of the Institute of Radio Engineers, vol.21, no.10 (Oct.1933), pp.1387-1398; 3. Minimum Noise Levels Obtained on Short-Wave Radio Receiving Systems. In: Proceedings of the Institute of Radio Engineers, vol.25, no.12 (Dec.1937), pp.1517-1530. Menasha, WI: Institute of Radio Engineers, 1932-1937. 8vo (230 x 152 mm), original grey printed wrappers, very light wear to edges and capitals, in all a fine set

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      New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1931. Glasmon, Kubec & Bright, John. THE PUBLIC ENEMY. NY: Grosset & Dunlap, [1931]. First Edition, photoplay novelization of the famed 1931 James Cagney classic gangster film. A Near Fine copy, only the tiniest of blemishes (virtually no wear, bright green topstain unfaded). Really excellent for an example without the exceedingly rare DJ. With four black & white stills from the movie. INSCRIBED BY JAMES CAGNEY in January 1966 to "Edna & Jack Cordes/with all good wishes/ James Cagney." THE PUBLIC ENEMY (voted by the American Film Institute as the 8th greatest crime film in American film history) was a 1931 American Pre-Code crime film starring James Cagney and directed by William A. Wellman. The film tells the story of a young man&#39;s rise in the criminal underworld in prohibition-era America. Co-starring Jean Harlow, Edward Woods, Joan Blondell, and Mae Clarke. The screenplay is based on a never-published novel by two former street thugs: "Beer and Blood" by John Bright and Kubec Glasmon (who had witnessed some of Al Capone&#146;s murderous gang rivalries in Chicago!) A remarkable book in itself, one of those rare Grosset & Dunlap publications (like King Kong) which actually served as a first edition. And to find it signed by its star James Cagney? An ideal book for the film source collector. . First Edition. Near Fine.

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        Henry van de Velde: de drievoudige smaad aan de schoonheid

      Oude God, Antwerpen, Bibliofielenvereeniging Tijl 1931 . Gebrocheerd, Origineel omslag. Eén van 75 exemplaren. nr 4. Origineel omslag. . Eén van 75 exemplaren.* handgenummerde exemplaar .04&#148; op handgeschept gevergeerd papier van de Koninklijke Fabrieken van het pannenkoek, gedrukt in zwart en rood op de persen van de kunstdrukkerij Loki, volgens de maquette van Nand GEERSENS en Joris MINNE. Het Omslag, in beschilderd papier, werd uitgevoerd door Jeanne GEERSENS. Redelijk mooi exemplaar !

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        Eigenh. Postkarte mit U.

      Berlin, 7. V. 1931. - ¾ S. 8vo. Mit eh. Adresse. Mit einer Beilage (s. u.). An Carl Björkman (1901-1961), den Literatur- und Theaterkritiker von "Nya Dagligt Allehanda": "Ich bin einverstanden mit dem Abdruck des Artikels und mit dem gesamten Honorar [.] Bitte zu halen an Dresdner Bank [.]". - Papierbedingt leicht gebräunt; beiliegend eine eh. Postkarte mit U. von Manns erster Gattin, der Prager Schauspielerin Maria Kanová (1886&#150;1947).

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      1931. According to Sir Roger L&#39;Estrange. With Fifty Drawings by Alexander Calder. [Paris:] Harrison of Paris | New York: Minton, Balch and Company, (1931). Original beige paper-covered boards with unlettered beige cloth spine, with dust jacket. First Edition, printed in France, of which this is one of twenty copies on Auvergne hand-made paper designated "Not For Sale," as specified in the Publisher&#39;s Note. (There were also 595 numbered copies on Auvergne, plus 50 copies on Guarro Spanish rag paper.) The fifty drawings by Calder are quite whimsical, along the lines of his wire sculptures for which he is considerably more famous. This is a near-fine copy; the very scarce dust jacket, on which is reproduced one of Calder&#39;s drawings, is near-fine as well (very slight wear at the corners, one small chip out of the front flap). Quite uncommon in this condition.

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      London: Jonathan Cape, 1931. This is the first edition of the illustrated edition. Map end papers. Original green cloth binding very good with a little general wear and rubbing, spine somewhat faded, but gilt still good, green stain to the top edge of the rear board extending onto the top corner of the spine. (it is difficult to imagine what this might be), front board with a couple of spots. Contents clean and tight, small spot mark to the lower edge of a few central pages otherwise minimal spotting to page edges, no inscriptions. A very good copy.. First Illustrated Edition. Green Cloth. Very Good/No Dust Jacket. Illus. by Webb, Clifford. 8vo.

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        Fairyland of Ida Rentoul Outhwaite. Outhwaite, Ida Rentoul.

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

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        The Forge

      Doubleday Doran, 1931. First Edition, 1st Printing. Hardback.. Very good condition./Very good dust jacket in mylar cover.. Jacket has light soiling and edgewear, one-inch tear to bottom edge of front panel. Slight dust soiling to top edge, minor spotting to fore edge. Still a beautiful collectible copy.

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      1931. Translated by Stephen Hudson [pseudonym of Sydney Schiff]. London: Alfred A, Knopf, 1931. Original plain blue-grey wrappers. First Edition in English, PRE-PUBLICATION STATE (published by Knopf and not by Chatto & Windus).~This was the last volume, and Part, of Proust&#39;s masterpiece A LA RECHERCHE DU TEMPS PENDU (REMEMBRANCE OF THINGS PAST), first published in French over the years 1913-1927 (Proust himself died of pneumonia in 1922). Largely due to this epic, Proust is considered to be a pioneer of the modern novel, with his use of free-flowing memory in the central role; certainly James Joyce and Virginia Woolf owed much to him.~The seven titles were first published in the English language in London, as follows:~SWANN&#39;S WAY, two volumes, Chatto & Windus 1922~WITHIN A BUDDING GROVE, two volumes, Chatto & Windus 1924~THE GUERMANTES WAY, two volumes, Chatto & Windus 1925~CITIES OF THE PLAIN, two volumes, Alfred A. Knopf 1929~THE CAPTIVE, one volume, Alfred A. Knopf 1929~THE SWEET CHEAT GONE, one volume, Alfred A. Knopf 1930~TIME REGAINED, one volume, Chatto & Windus 1931~Although there were seven titles published in eleven volumes, Proust considered the work to consist of eight "Parts" (the first volume of THE GUERMANTES WAY forms Part III, its second volume plus the first volume of CITIES OF THE PLAIN forms Part IV, and its second volume forms Part V); thus TIME REGAINED is identified on its half-title as "Part Eight."~This copy of TIME REGAINED, bound in a drab unprinted wrapper, does not bear the name or logo of Chatto & Windus on its title page; instead it bears the name of Alfred A. Knopf, with his borzoi logo. There are a couple of other differences, as well. On the half-title, there is a short two-line quotation in English, but not the additional multi-line quotation in French that appears in a standard Chatto & Windus copy. On the verso of the title page, this copy has the same language at the top indicating that this is one of 1300 (1250 numbered) copies, but this copy is blank after "This is copy number". At the bottom of this page it reads "Printed in the British Isles | for Alfred A. Knopf Limited | By the Star and | Gazette Co. Limited | Guernsey, C.I."; in the Chatto & Windus published form, the line referring to Knopf is omitted.~A bit of Knopf history is required... Alfred A. Knopf founded his publishing house in New York in 1915, and by the mid-1920s it was doing so well that he opened a London office in 1926. From the list of Proust books above, it is apparent that Knopf managed to swing the publication of REMEMBRANCE OF THINGS PAST away from Chatto & Windus, with the result that the next three titles, published in 1929 and 1930, were by Knopf of London. However, perhaps he was paying too much for such successes -- for financial problems plagued Knopf&#39;s London operation from the beginning. These problems finally forced its liquidation, which began in 1931 with the remaindering of stock on hand and the sale of author contracts to other publishers. Obviously, all of this happened right in the middle of the publication of Proust&#39;s final volume, TIME REGAINED. Knopf began the process of publication with a few advance reading copies such as this, bound in wrappers, but then sold the rights to Chatto & Windus before the book was actually published.~How many such copies survive is unknown; it certainly is scarce in this state, especially as it is still in its original drab wrapper. Condition is near-fine (a couple of faint creases in the front wrapper, a few tiny edge chips).

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        Cris du monde (Der Welten Schrei). Po&#143;me de Ren&#142; Bizet. Deutsche Uebertragung von Gian Bundi.

      Paris, Maurice Senart 1931. - 4¡. 122 S. Rote Orig.-Brosch. (l&#138;dierter R&#159;cken mit Klebeband verst&#138;rkt). Exemplar Nr. 006. - E.M.S.8275. - Mit handschr. Signaturen von Arthur Honegger und Ren&#142; Bizet. - A. Honegger gilt neben Darius Milhaud und Francis Poulenc, als bedeutendster Vertreter der Groupe des Six. - Er beschreibt in vorliegendem Werk die Welt der Arbeiter mit skandierten Sprechch&#154;ren, l&#138;sst die Rhythmen mechanisch ineinander greifen oder zitiert effektvoll aus den damaligen ÇMusic-HallsÈ Ð das ist moderne Musik f&#159;r ÇKennerÈ und f&#159;r ÇLiebhaberÈ. Oder mit den Worten Honeggers: f&#159;r die ÇfouleÈ und die ÇtechniciensÈ. - Vortitel mit Klebespur, Innengelenk angebrochen, Titelblatt mit weisser Deckstiftspur am Oberrand, R&#138;nder etwas gebr&#138;unt. Lang de

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        The Waves

      London: The Hogarth Press, 1931., 1931. First Edition. 8vo., pps. 325. Publisher&#39;s sharp purple cloth, gilt titles to very slightly darkened spine lightly rubbed to head; in its original dust wrapper with spine darkened, extremities rubbed with a couple of minor chips to upper hinge, one with old small tape repair. A most striking, tight copy in a beautiful example of an extremely fragile wrapper. The Waves is Woolf&#39;s most experimental novel, consisting of soliloquies spoken by the book&#39;s six characters; Bernard, Susan, Rhoda, Neville, Jinny, and Louis, and charts their journey from childhood to adulthood.

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        Pomes Penyeach

      Cleveland: Privately printed, 1931. 1st edition thus. Hardcover. Original brown cloth, gilt. Fine. Slocum and Calhoon 26. First [?] American edition, limited to 100 numbered copies on Georgian Book paper, of which this is No. 13. Tight, sound text block has no writing, no highlighting, no marginalia, no bookplates, etc.; no remainder marks, NOT ex-library; NOT BC ed. Extremely scarce. The actual date of publication is not known. Although the printer stated that it appeared in April, Slocum and Cahoon assert that September is the probable date and that Sylvia Beach&#39;s Princeton edition published May 2 precedes this one. Since Beach&#39;s edition was conceived as a response to this piracy, the bibliographers&#39; chronology would seem to be dubious.

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        Sun Up

      United States: Charles Scribners & Sons, 1931. 1st Edition 1st Printing. Hardcover. Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. Signed by the Author. Clean text. Gently read. Heavy toning to the edges of the text block. Mild wear to the extremities. James&#39; cover art still vibrant. Green boards & black spine, gold spine lettering. Very rare signed 1st / 1st with all points of issue present. Protected inside custom made archival mylar sleeve.

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        " I KNEW HER BY HER ROMAN SYMBOLS" [caption title]

      [Np: The Artist, ca. 1931].. Original ink brush drawing, 36 x 28cm (14.2 x 11 inches) on cream wove paper. Mounted at top corners to larger sheet, and matted and framed under plexi. With the Shahn estate label on the verso of the frame. A fine exploration of the theme of Levana, the Roman Goddess, a recurrent preoccupation of Shahn&#39;s, with his manuscript caption title as above, and signed by him in the lower right corner. Shahn utilized this drawing as the cover image for the 1931 portfolio, LEVANA AND OUR LADY OF SORROWS, and returned again late in life to the same subject, in a somewhat variant form, for the 1966 lithograph published by Gemini G.E.L.

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        Three Plays

      London: by Leonard & Virginia Woolf at The Hogarth Press,, 1931. Suella - Fand, The Pearl-Tree. Small octavo. Original marbled paper over boards, paper title label to front board. Corners nicked, spine very slightly faded, slight mottling to title label, light spotting to edges. Still an excellent copy. First edition, first impression, one of 500 copies. Inscribed by Trevelyan to his Bloomsbury group friend Irene Cooper Willis on the first blank, "Irene, from Bob, 2 June 1931". Willis was a close friend of Trevelyan and received inscribed copies of most of the poet&#39;s books. As well as being an author in her own right, she was notably the literary executrix of Thomas Hardy, and also the friend and executrix of Vernon Lee [pseud. of the Florence-based aesthete author Violet Paget: 1856-1935]. Willis had connections to the whole Trevelyan clan: R. C. Trevelyan&#39;s younger brother the historian George Macaulay Trevelyan was involved in the founding of the British Institute of Florence, to which Willis bequeathed Vernon Lee&#39;s substantial library; and Willis also sat with Trevelyan&#39;s older brother Charles Philips Trevelyan on the executive committee of the Union of Democratic Control (the left-wing political group dissenting against British policy during the First World War), of which R. C. Trevelyan was also a member.

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        Eyes on Russia

      NY: Simon and Schuster, 1931. Front hinge cracked (but not loose), boards a little soiled; a very good copy in the scarce dust wrapper, faded at the spine and edges, with a few small edge tears and nicks.. First Edition. Quarto. Margaret Bourke-White&#39;s first book. A fine association copy, INSCRIBED by Bourke-White to film director Felix Feist: "For Felix Feist / who has given me an idea. / Sincerely, / Margaret Bourke-White.

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        Hill and Paul Landacre Signature

      Los Angeles: Bruce McCallister, 1931. Custom framed in Ivory Rag board and 1 inch Black Satin Lacquer moulding with conservation glass. Sized to 17.25 x 19.25 inches. First printing Fine Fine condition. Image: 8 x 6 inches, sheet size: 9.5 x 12.5 inches. Printed by Harold Young from the original block on wove paper with a NAVARRE 1547 watermark, this wood-engraving is from a collection of unbound portfolio plates engraved by Paul Landacre which became the basis for his most coveted work: California Hills and Other Wood Engravings; McCallister, Los Angeles 1931. Strictly limited to an edition of 500, the bound volumes are quite scarce, and carry a dark admonition from St. Nicholas of Arrinstine, in Latin of course, for those intent on destroying the volumes for the images. This wood-engraving was never bound, and thus perfect to be treasured for the beauty of its composition. & Without question one of the finest wood-engravers of the 20th century, Paul Hambleton Landacre (American 1893-1963) inspired a future generation of engravers with his confident and rhythmic patterning of contrasting lines of varying thickness, carved from wood. Through his talent and commitment to perfection he held a firm place in the brotherhood of such artist/luminaries as Rockwell Kent, Lynd Ward, and Fritz Eichenberg. The engravings by Landacre undoubtedly set the standard by which all wood-engraving is judged.& It takes true genius to coax the vision of illumination, thus light from darkness, from a simple piece of end grain boxwood, and through his refined technique, Landacre&#39;s carvings truly become the American Landscape: the vastness, majesty or serenity of the fields, shores, mountains and dunes of the early 20th century California landscape, the furry of a prairie grass fire as only previously described by Willa Cather, or the elegance of a woodland nymph amid the dappled sunlight of eucalyptus trees. & By the late 19th century, wood-engraving had all but degenerated into a means of didactic mass illustration, often created by a craftsman, void of the artist&#39;s inherent vision. In essence, thorough his commitment to the process and integrity of the wood-engraved technique, Landacre returned the responsibility, and joy, of vision, emotion and thus execution to the artist-engraver. In his article on the technique of engraving wood, Landacre states:& "Even a dull sketch may become fascinating by virtue of the change into crisp white lines against the black and challenging nature of the medium. All sins are forgiven as you enter a new field with your design and even the fact that the lines are created by pushing the tool from you instead of pulling toward you, as in other forms of graphic expression, adds zest to the process". Watson, Ernest W. The Relief Print: Woodcut, Wood Engraving & Linoleum Cut. New York: Watson- Guptill Publications, 1945 & & Lowry-James Rare Prints & Books, ABAA, ILAB& Rare Prints & Books from The Age of Discovery: 16th-19th Centuries& Post Office Box 376 Clinton, WA 98236 USA& Shop location: 101 Anthes. Langley, WA on Whidbey Island& (360) 221-0477

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        MOURNING BECOMES ELECTRA (Signed By Entire Original Theater Cast)

      New York: Horace Liveright, 1931. O&#39;Neill, Eugene. MOURNING BECOMES ELECTRA. NY: Horace Liveright, (1931). First Trade Edition. A Very Good copy (stain on back cover, lightly handled) in a Very Good original dust jacket (price-intact, small chips at base of spine, good eye appeal) SIGNED BY EVERY MEMBER OF THE ORIGINAL THEATER CAST (New York&#39;s Guild Theatre, 150 performances, 1931-1932) on the half-title. Superb association copy of one of O&#39;Neill&#39;s most ambitious masterpieces.. Signed. First Trade Edition. Very Good/Very Good.

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      1931. Acceptable. SACKVILLE-WEST, Vita. SISSINGHURST. London: Hogarth Press, 1931. First edition: Number 118 of 500 copies, signed by Sackeville-West. Printed by hand by Leonard & Virginia Woolf. A work celebrating the gardens of Sissinghurst Castle, Kent. 10 pp. Bound in original beige boards with aquamarine endpapers. Boards are quite worn at spine. Non-authorial inscription of first fly-leaf. An acceptable copy of an uncommon book. (Woolmer 271).

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      Humphrey Milford. Oxford University Press. London.,1931. FIRST EDITION. Large 8vo. (11.2 x 8.7 inches). Forty four striking illustrations by Claude Flight, some full page. Previous owners presentation inscription, dated 1946, on front blank paste down endpaper. Overall a very good copy in the publishers paper covered boards with illustrations by Flight to the front panel. Black cloth spine. Corners and edges bumped and a bit rubed but still a very good copy of this rare title. :

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        Les 120 journées de Sodome, ou l&#146;ecole du libertinage, par le Marquis De Sade. Édition critique, établie sur le manuscript original autographe par Maurice Heine

      Paris: Par S. & C., aux dépens des Bibliophiles souscripteurs, 1931-1935. Paper wraps. 4to. 3 volumes. Limited edition, numbered 285 of 396 (1 of 300 &#147;sur papier vélin de Rives à la forme & filigrané spécialement, numérotés de 61 à 360&#148;). This set is being sold with an additional copy of volume III (numbered 236 of 360) which is bound with the limited edition suite of 16 very explicit lithograph plates attributed to André Collet (numbered 59 of 175 and is 1 of 150 sur Vélin teinté). The plates were originally issued separately and are accompanied by a separate title page and justification du tirage. Together 4 volumes. Volume I. pp. xvi, 218, including a photo frontispiece depicting the original manuscript. Volume II. pp. [4], 219-401, [1]. Volume III. pp. [4], 403-496, [4]. Bound in publisher&#146;s paper wraps showing some rubbing and wear. Volumes I and II have the tattered remnants of glassine coverings. Titles are printed in red and black. Edges are untrimmed. Interior pages are clean. The additional copy of volume III is bound in half red morocco with marbled boards and end papers; miniscule chipping is present to the upper corner of the head cap; the bottom edge of the text block is marked with a faint personal ownership stamp. The text leaves to this volume contain occasional spots of mild marginal foxing. The plates, however, are clean. The Marquis De Sade&#146;s &#147;120 Journées de Sodome&#148; was originally written in 1785. The novel contains graphic descriptions of sexual sadism and torture. The work remained in manuscript until 1904 when an inaccurate and incomplete edition was published. The three volume edition of 1931-35, edited by Maurice Heine, is the first definitive edition of the novel. [Pia, 180-181; Nordmann &#150; Bibliotheque erotique catalogue II, 484 &#150; but describing &#147;tirage a 396 exemplaires, un des vingt sur velin de Rives, destines aux seuls donataires&#148;].

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        Papers Relating to the Foreign Relations of the United States - Japan: 1931-1941. Complete in Two (2) Volumes 78th Congress, 1st Session - House Document No. 339

      Washington, D.C.: United States Government Printing Office. Hardcover. Volume I contains 947 pages and fold-out map. Volume II consists of 816 pages. "The documents published in these volumes were selected with a view to presenting a comprehensive record of the diplomatic relations between the United States and Japan in regard to matters related to the causes of conflict between the two countries from the beginning of the Japanese occupation of Manchuria on September 18, 1931, to the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, and the declaration of war by the United States on December 8, 1941. Each volume bears gift greetings upon front free endpaper and prior owner&#39;s blind stamp upon title page. Bindings intact. Handsome gilt lettering and decoration upon each backstrip. Fore-edges of each board bear moisture stains. The front board of Volume II is 50% affected by this staining. Modest ink(?) stain to fore-edge of volume I. A sound copy of this fascinating set. . Fair. 1943. First Edition.

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        Eyes on Russia

      New York: Simon and Schuster, 1931. 135 pages; illustrated in black and white with the brilliant photographic work of Bourke-White; the photographer signed and inscribed the book on the front endpaper to "Corliss Lamont...With my sincere regards Margaret Bourke-White"; Margaret Bourke-White (1904-1971) American commercial photographer and photojournalist (this was her first book) & Corliss Lamont (1902-1995) American humanist, philosopher, civil rights activist; an association copy between one of the most famous humanists and one of the most important photographic artists of the twentieth century, both of whom had long-standing relationships with the then-Soviet Union and awareness of political and social controversy; some wear and darkening to volume cloth; in very good condition.. Signed by Author. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good. Illus. by Margaret Bourke-White.

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      1931. Paperback. 1. RUSSIAN. (BROUNI) NACHI TROPIKI [OUR TROPICS]. Molodaiya guarda, 1931. 8vo (5 3/4 x 7 1/2"), pictorial wraps, VG-Fine. The text presents life and natural resources in the North Sea and the Caspian. It explains how the nomadic Kurds were replaced (driven out) by the Bolshvics who quickly transformed the natural resources into the best in the world. Featuring striking stylized color illustrations by Brouni ending with a May Day parade. See Leveque p.20.

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        Memoirs of an Infantry Officer. With Illustrations by Barnett Freedman

      Faber & Faber. London. 1931 This edition, printed on English hand-made paper is limited to three hundred and twenty numbered copies, each copy being SIGNED by the author and by the artist and of this number three hundred copies are for sale. This is number 236. First edition, thus. DW. As stated SIGNED by both Sassoon and Freedman. 15 full page coloured plates with guards, numerous decorations and illustrations in b/w. Coloured illustrations to endpapers (with different set of illustrations to rear and front endpapers). Top edge gilt. Illustrated boards. Illustrated wrapper. The illustration of the boards is repeated on the slip-case, that of the wrapper is different, all are coloured. The book is near fine in near fine wrapper. The slip-case is worn along extremities and has a 2 inch split along both joints at bottom. A most beautiful production.

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        Marthe. Vingt-neuf eaux-fortes originales de Auguste Brouet

      Paris: Editions d&#39;art Devambez, 1931. Livre. Illus. by Auguste Brouet. Très bon. En Feuilles. Grand In-4. Paris, Editions d&#39;art Devambez, 1931. 33,5 x 25,5 cm, grand in-4, II - 125 (2) pp. - 9 planches hors texte dont le frontispice et 20 compositions dans le texte, en feuilles sous couverture crème rempliée et imprimée, chemise et étui de l&#39;éditeur. Premier tirage des 29 eaux-fortes d&#39;Auguste Brouet. Tirage à 221 exemplaires. Celui-ci l&#39;un des 160 sur vélin d&#39;Arches (n° 149). Etiquette ex-libris H. J. Hintze. Très bel exemplaire (emboitage légèrement défraichi). (MONOD, 6225 ; CARTERET, IV, 212 : "belle publication cotée").

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      1931. Paperback. Very Good. [RYERSON COLLECTION]. DESCRIPTIVE CATALOGUE OF JAPANESE AND CHINESE ILLUSTRATED BOOKS IN THE RYERSON LIBRARY OF THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO. By Kenji Toda. Chicago: 1931. 4to., blue wrappers; xxxii + 466pp. With the addenda and supplementary index of titles laid in. This copy is in very good condition, and is the nicest we have seen in many years.

      [Bookseller: Boston Book Company]
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      1931: ALFRED KNOPF First US Edition. pp [81], text clean and tight. Hardcover, brown and green plaid design. NO DJ, if issued. Couple of spots on the front cover (looks like someone placed a cup on top of the book), lower corners are bumped, spine in intact with a small scratch and the label title on spine is toned. Dyed top edge, untrimmed fore edge. SIGNED by the author on the second blanc page and dated 4-V-32. (May 04, 1932). Most of Thomas Mann&#39;s books were signed as limited edition while this is the first American edition and much hard to be found. In very good conditions.. Signed by Author. FIRST AMERICAN EDITION. Very Good. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall.

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        CESKOSLOVENSKA FOTOGRAFIE. Complete in 12 volumes

      Prague, Skarda, 1931-1949. Prague, 1931-1940, 1946 and 1949, first editions of the complete set in 12 volumes; 10.75 x 8.5 inches, over 800 full page photo-engraved plates; short texts, all volumes in Czech, some with English, German and French. Photographers include: Josef Sudek, Jaroslav Krupka, Jindrich Styrsky, Frantisek Drtikol, Alois Zych, Karel Plicka, Jaroslav Seifert, R. Sima, K. Muller, J. Tutsch, and many others. All 12 volumes are uniformly bound in the original publisher&#39;s cloth. Covers with avant-garde designs by Karel Teige. Overall, this set is in excellent condition.

      [Bookseller: L'Estampe Originale]
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        The Savoy Cocktail Book. Being in the main a complete compendium of the Cocktails, Rickeys, Daisies, Slings, Shrubs, Smashes, Fizzes, Juleps, Cobblers, Fixes and other Drinks... compiled by... of the Savoy Hotel, London.

      London: Constable & Company, 1931.. Third reprint, 8vo, (iv), 286, (2) pp. Coloured illustrations throughout, including several maps of wine regions as well as humorous cartoons relating to individual drinks, pictorial endpapers, two contemporary cocktail recipes in pencil to the fly leaf verso. Original cloth backed boards, decorated in silver, green and black, some light rubbing but with none of the usual deterioration of the metallic finish, a very good bright copy.

      [Bookseller: Bow Windows Bookshop, ABA, ILAB]
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        The Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come

      New York. Charles Scribners Sons. 1931. Bound in 1/2 gilt ruled Vellum and cloth covered boards. Gilt titles. 4to. 8.25" x 11.0". This Edition Limited to 512 numbered copies of which this is #102. Signed boldly in ink by N.C. Wyeth to the Colophon. Illustrated with Tipped-in colour plates by N.C. Wyeth. Usual extremely mild soiling to Vellum. Some pages yet uncut. A Very Fine copy.

      [Bookseller: Heldfond Book Gallery, ABAA-ILAB]
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        Eisen und Stahl 97 Fotos von Albert Renger-Patzsch

      Berlin: Hermann Reckendorf, 1931. First edition. Hardcover. Text in German. One of the seminal books of black and white images of industry. An about very good plus copy with the usual oxidation and rubbing to the silver paper covered boards and with minor wear to the corners and edges. Internally a clean copy with a very small vintage bookstore sticker to the top corner of the front pastedown. Lacking the very scarce jacket. (Parr & Badger v1, 125

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        THE WAR IN THE AIR Being the Story of the Part Played in the Great War By the Royal Air Force. Volumes I - V (I-V Text and Volume III Complete map box)

      Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1931. Five text volumes and one map volume complete with 42 boxed maps. Original blue cloth bindings/box with gilt lettering, good only with some general wear , water staining,and rubbing to extremities, Vol.I cloth a little water stained, complete, faint signature to front paste down, Vol.II complete with numerous fold out maps/plans, Vol.III complete with fold out plans, careful repair to split cloth on the rear hinge, Vol.III map edition complete, box a little general wear and rubbing, no marks to folded maps, Vol. IV very clean complete with fold out maps, Vol.V staining to cloth otherwise text and maps clean and unmarked. A good set with very good clean text. Maps excellent.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Good/No dust jacket. 8vo.

      [Bookseller: Loe Books]
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        Selected Writings of John Hughlings Jackson

      London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1931. First edition. Leather_bound. Good. Unique presentation copy to Professor Otto Loewi, discoverer of acetylcholine and Nobel Laureate in Medicine 1936, as the 11th Hughlings Jackson Memorial Lecturer at the Montreal Neurological Institute, 1946. & & Two volumes bound as one in red full leather with raised bands, gilt title on spine, Loewi&#39;s name gilt on front cover. Presentation page bound at front, and at rear is a mimeographed list of the distinguished previous lecturers including Penfield, Cannon, Adrian, with Loewi&#39;s name pencilled in as the 11th.& & Good. Spine is worn and flaking and hinges somewhat weak, however covers are very good, and pages clean and bright. pp. xiv+500, viii+510. Heirs of Hippocrates 2001.

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      Lime Rock CT: Bernhardt Wall. 1931-1942. square 12 mo., paper jackets over heavy cardboard affixed by the flaps as issued, paper spine labels, all ephemera held in a clear portfolio. not paginated.. Set #1 of 76 (Weber, pages 38-41). Complete set of 85 volumes, plus one of the two ancillary volumes and a portfolio of ephemera related to the books and/or Abraham Lincoln. There are 1035 etchings total, with some volumes having as many as 16 plates and others as few as 8, while most had 10 or 11. As this set was issued over an 11-year time period, complete sets are very difficult to find (Lincoln National Life Foundation, renamed The Lincoln Museum, Harvard, University of Chicago, and the Library of Congress have complete sets of 85). As Weber notes "Though Wall generally lists the number of copies, he seldom reached more than half that goal. Hence, the use of those data are more academic than factual"(24). There is some doubt whether or not all 76 sets were completed. Each of the books are dedicated to different people, including Henry E. Huntington, Carl Sandburg, and Stephen Vincent Benet. Volume 60 and volume 85 are indexes. Wall had originally envisioned a series of only 15 volumes, then he felt the series would end at 60 (hence the index), but began what he termed a supplemental series which ultimately concluded at 85. There were two ancillary volumes, one of which is present here, that contain two etchings of Wall, a tipped-in newspaper clipping and other related materials. In addition to the 85 volumes, there is a portfolio of ephemera having to do with Abraham Lincoln and/or the set of books. There are 14 brochures of tourist information about various Lincoln-related sites. There are five letters to or from George Lee Williams and two photostats of a document, dated October 25, 1952, from Mr. Williams giving information about the set and how he acquired it from Mr. Merl Kimmel in 1950. The most important item in the packet of ephemera is the ancillary volume. It has two more etchings by Wall and an article from the Los Angeles Times dated September 5, 1950, about Bernhardt Wall. Attached to this volume, by two paperclips, is a handwritten note "George - Found this right after you left in the desk drawer with some other stuff. Merl. Also forgot to tell you, - your set is #1, & the only set ever made." (not true as at least two complete sets have been located).

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      London: Hodder and Stoughton 1931 - First edition, first issue. Original cloth in dustwrapper. A VERY GOOD copy, the boards clean, the binding with very light bumping at the spine tips. Previous owner&#146;s ink inscription to the front free endpaper, otherwise clean and bright throughout. Complete with the near VERY GOOD rubbed, nicked and darkened dustwrapper which has several small chips and scuffs. Not price-clipped (with the correct first issue price of 7/6net to the front flap).Without repair or restoration to any part of the book or dustwrapper. The first Detection Club novel. A crime story with G. K. Chesterton, Dorothy L Sayers, Victor Whitechurch, G.D.H. & M. Cole, Henry Wade, Agatha Christie, John Rhode, Milward Kennedy, Ronald A. Knox, Freeman Wills Crofts, Edgar Jepson, Clemence Dane and Anthony Berkeley each contributing a chapter. (Howard Haycraft: A Selected List) Further details and images for any of the items listed are available on request. Lucius Books welcomes direct contact with our customers. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: LUCIUS BOOKS (ABA, ILAB, PBFA)]
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        The Night of Fear (First Edition)

      New York: Harper, 1931. First Edition. First Edition. Fine in an exceptionally bright, Near Fine dust jacket. A Harper Sealed Mystery, with the seal still completely intact. Just a touch of rubbing to a few corners, and a single short closed tear at the bottom front panel. Rare both in jacket and with an unbroken seal.

      [Bookseller: Royal Books, Inc.]
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        The Four Gospels of Lord Jesus Christ according to the Authorised Version of King James I

      Waltham St. Lawrence: Golden Cockerel Press,, 1931. Folio (330 × 235 mm). Original white half pigskin, cream buckram sides, title and cockerel tool to spine, rules to 5 raised bands, and top edge gilt, others untrimmed. Printed in 18-point Golden Cockerel Face type, 65 wood-engraved illustrations by Eric Gill, 4 of which are full-page. Buckram browned, more strongly at the board edges (an endemic fault with this book), a little rubbing and scuffing of spine, contents fresh; a very good copy. One of 500 copies on paper from a limited edition of 512 numbered copies. "Conceived in the fruitful mind of Robert Gibbings, this is the Golden Cockerel book usually compared with the Doves Bible and the Kelmscott Chaucer. A flower among the best products of English romantic genius, it is also surely, thanks to its illustrator, Eric Gill, the book among all books in which Roman type has been best mated with any kind of illustration" (E. R. Gill, Eric Gill, 285).

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      Chicago: A. C. McClurg & Co. Publishers,. 1931. original orange cloth, front panel stamped in black and blind, spine panel stamped in black.. A fine copy in a nearly fine dust jacket with light shelf wear to. spine ends with a few tiny chips, a touch of wear to corners, some. light rubbing along front panel/spine panel edge and mild fading to. red ink of title lettering on spine panel. A much better than average. copy of an uncommon title in dust jacket. (#136721). First edition. An interplanetary novel first published as a four-part serial in ASTOUNDING SCIENCE FICTION, March - June 1930. "This work and its sequel, WANDL THE INVADER (1932; book, 1961), are good examples of Cummings&#39; better and worse pulp writing habits: heavy plotting, shallow writing, and pseudo-science are the dominant elements. This novel involves a space mutiny, valuable radium deposits, space battles, and space pirates, and inevitably a happy ending with a victorious hero." - Anatomy of Wonder (1976) 3-15. Anatomy of Wonder (1976) 3-15. Bleiler, Everett and Richard Bleiler, Science Fiction: The Gernsback Years 297. Clareson, Science Fiction in America, 1870s-1930s 224. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, pp. 62- 3. In 333. Bleiler (1978), p. 54. Reginald 03688.

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        Women Builders [In the Rare Dust Jacket]

      Washington DC: The Associated Publishers, Inc., 1931. First edition. Hardcover. Fine/very good +. A Virtually Fine copy of the first edition, first printing (spine ends pushed, light corner rubs, slight lean to the left, prior owner&#39;s elegant signature to the front free endpaper), in a Very Good + example of the wonderful and extremely rare dust jacket designed by Lois M. Jones (wear to spine ends with a touch of loss at the spine head -- not affecting lettering, modest wear at the flap fold corners); seven brief biographies of outstanding "Negro" women, published by Carter Woodson&#146;s publishing company and written because "In order that biography may function in the life of the Negro by satisfying youth&#39;s desire for hero worship, by integrating with current life-activities, and by giving a natural and obvious continuity to contemporary events, books depicting the achievements of the race in various lines of endeavor are necessary." The book profiles Lucy Craft Laney who established a school for African American children in Augusta, Georgia; Maggie Lena Walker, a teacher and businesswoman who was the first female bank president and the first woman to charter a bank in America; Janie Porter Barrett, an educator, social reformer, and welfare worker who pioneered rehabilitation centers for delinquent African American girls; Nannie Helen Burroughs, an educator, businesswoman, and orator who helped establish the National Association of Colored Women and who founded the National Training School for Women and Girls in Washington, DC; Charlotte Hawkins Brown, an educator who devoted her life to the improvement of African Americans&#39; social standing; Jane Edna Hunter, a social worker who founded an institution that became the Phillis Wheatley Association of Cleveland; and Mary McLeod Bethune, an educator and civil rights leader who started a school which became Bethune-Cookman University, and who was an adviser to FDR a member of his Black Cabinet, and the most influential black woman in New Deal Washington. Like most early publications of Carter G. Woodson&#39;s press, copies of the book are far from common. Copies in the dust jacket are quite scarce copies as nice as is this one are rare. [Our search of the auction records reveals only 2 copies ever having come to auction, only one of which was in the dust jacket -- appearing a decade ago with a probability of reappearance at auction of 25+ years.] A Near Fine copy of a very scarce book. RARE.

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        An Essay on Typography.

      Hughenden, Buckinghamshire: Printed by René Hague & Eric Gill... London: Published by Messrs. Sheed & Ward, 1931. . Limited edition, one of 500 copies signed by both Gill and Hague on the limitation page. Small 8vo. (4), 120, (2) pp. Original red buckram, gilt lettered to spine. 25 figures representing typographical examples, mostly set into the text. Spine slightly faded, a very good copy. Evan Gill 21.

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        [Study for &#39;Ball Beauty&#39;]

      First. Lithograph. Artist&#39;s proof. Signed in lower right and inscribed "For Ellie." Image measures 11 x 8.5". Sheet measures 16.25 x 13". This image of a Balinese women is one of the iconic mages of Miguel Covarrubias&#39;s series of paintings, prints, and drawings about the island of Bali. Cocarrubias made two trips to the Indonesian locale, one in 1931 and one in 1933, both funded by either artist prizes or fellowships. After spending months immersed in the culture, he and his wife published "The Island Of Bali," a personal account of his experiences and introduction to Balinese culture, accompanied by his drawings and her photographs. Aspects of Balinese society detailed included family and village life, rice farming, Bali-Hindu religion, ceremonies, history, drama, art and dance. The book and its marketing were major contributors to the New York Bali craze of the 1930s. In 1936, an image entitled "Bali Beauty," for which this print was likely a study, was featured on the cover of Vanity Fair. The print is in very good condition with full margins. Small chips to upper and lower margins not affecting the image. José Miguel Covarrubias Duclaud (1904%u20141957) was a Mexican painter and caricaturist, ethnologist and art historian. He is best known for his research on Mesoamerican art, particularly of the Olmec culture. On the side, his drawings and caricatures garnered him a fair amount of attention and were published widely in The New Yorker and Vanity Fair, among others. This iconic image from his Bali series not only represents his work, it also points back to a vibrant time in New York cultural history.

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      Boriswood, 1931. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/None. Signed. Limited to 145 copies plus 15 presentation copies, this is copy #1 SIGNED by James Hanley on the limitation page and inscribed to Shayle Gardner and again SIGNED by James Hanley on the front endpaper. Original brown buckram covers with a leather spine label affixed over the embosed spine lettering. The covers have uneven soiling and a small (1/8") hole about a third of the way down on the front spine gutter. The leather label has been scraped through the "J" and "HAN" of the author&#39;s name revealing the corresponding embossed name on the spine. There is light offsetting to both endpapers and there is lightly penciled data, from a former bookseller, on the front endpaper and pastedown. Overall, about very good.

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        A Decision Method for Elementary Algebra and Geometry. RAND Project Report R-109.Santa Monica: The RAND Corporation, 1948. First edition.

      Rare first printing of Tarki's completeness proof and decision procedure for elementary algebra and geometry. Tarski "is widely considered as one of the greatest logicians of the twentieth century (often regarded as second only to Gödel), and thus as one of the greatest logicians of all time." (Stanford Encyclopedia). "Tarski (along with many others) considered the completeness and decision procedure for elementary algebra and geometry to be one of the two most important research contributions in his entire career, the other being is theory of truth." (Solomon Feferman). <br/><br/> In 1931 Gödel famously proved that Peano arithmetic is incomplete (i.e., that there are true but unprovable statements in number theory), and in 1936 Church and Turing independently showed that there is no decision procedure for Peano arithmetic (i.e., that there is no mechanical procedure for deciding whether and arbitrary statement is true or false). During the 1930's, using the method of quantifier elimination, Tarski proved an equally important result: that the first-order theory of the real numbers under addition and multiplication, and also Euclidean geometry are complete theories, and furthermore that there does exists decision procedures for determining the truth value of arbitrary statements in these theories. <br/><br/> Tarski intended to publish his result in a new French series but due to the invasion of France the publication was disrupted and the work was instead first published in 1948 (see Feferman and below). <br/><br/> "Tarski's result is regarded as very important. Hundreds of researchers have pursued, and continue to pursue, the lines of investigation he opened. There are two reasons for that: First, his results contrast sharply with Church's and Gödel's, and show that the classical areas of algebra and geometry are not subject to those limiting theorems. Second, there are plenty of open and interesting problems that can be formulated in the theory of real-closed fields, and this has raised the hope that decision procedures implemented on a computer might one day routinely answer open questions." (Michael Beeson).<br/><br/> "In 1948 the RAND Corporation became interested in Tarski's decision procedure for elementary algebra. J.C.C. McKinsey, who was then working for RAND, may have suggested that the procedure could be programmed for a computer calculation of the optimization of strategies in the theory of games, but implementation of that would require first writing up its theoretical details in full... In final form the monograph was put out as a RAND report [referring to the offered item]... Three years later, a second edition was published by the University of California Press and thus became publicly available." (Feferman). <br/><br/> Provenance: With letter from the RAND Corporation to the great number theorists Hans Rademacher, transmitting him this copy of the report, and mentioning the possibility of constructing a device which could determine whether an algebraic mathematical expression is true or false. <br/><br/> Feferman, <i>Alfred Tarski: Life and Logic</i>, p. 190; Beeson in <i>Alan Turing: Life and Legacy of a Great Thinker</i>, p. 106.. Large 4to (280 x 215 mm), original stiff printed wrappers, pp [iv] 60, one page mimeographed and typed letter to Rademacher dated 4th Janurary 1949, a very fine and fresh copy

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        The Suffragette Movement - An Intimate Account of Persons and Ideals

      London: Longmans, 1931. xii, 631pp, [1]. Original cloth in DJ. DJ worn and torn, chipped to spine ends and corners, spine faded, with light water staining, scrape to the lower panel, old light water staining to the reverse of the DJ. Board edges lightly stained, small split to head of upper joint, light foxing to fore-edge of text block, otherwise internally quite clean. Dedicated and signed by the author, "To Mrs Mainwaring from the author, E. Sylvia Pankhurst, April 1956&#39;, someone (presumably Mrs Mainwaring) has added her christian names to the dedication. Also included is a corner clipped photograph of Sylvia Pankhurst. Signed by Author. First Edition. Hardback. Good/Fair. 8vo.

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