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        In Bolshevik Siberia, the Land of Ice and Exile

      London, H. F. & G. Witherby 1931 - Description: 224 p. Front. , plates, map. 23 cm. Subjects: Siberia (Russia) --Description and travel. Fine cloth copy in a good if somewhat edge-torn (with some minor loss) and dust-toned dw, now mylar-sleeved. Remains quite well-preserved overall; tight, bright, clean and strong. Uncommon in the dw. 1 Kg. 224 pp. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: MW Books Ltd.]
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        The World Crisis, Canadian first editions

      Macmillan, Toronto, 1923-1931 - The Canadian edition is very similar to the first American edition, with only changes being the publisher?s imprint on the spine and title pages. The set originally appeared from 1923-27 as 3 volumes published in 4 : Vol I: 1911-1914; Vol II: 1915; Vols III, IV: 1916-1918 in two parts. Subsequently in 1929, a further volume (4 or 5) appeared as The Aftermath. Then still later in 1931 a final supplementary volume was published The Unknown War ( The Eastern Front) .An impressive set, uniformly bound in reddish brown cloth, gilt title on spine and on front cover. Numerous maps and plans, some folding and coloured. The only illustrations are 8 photos of key personalities in the final volume. Large thick books, 6.25 x 9 inches. Vol. I has a dull almost unreadable spine, like its American cousin, owner name on endpaper, front hinge weak. Vol. II clean and tight, owner name. Vol 3, 4 are clean, tight, no names. Vol 5 clean, tight, edges tanned. Final volume toned on spine, owner name on endpaper, photocopy of original dj available. In 25 years, this is only the third such set I have offered. (A31aa). [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: The Churchill Book Specialist]
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        Die Feuerland-Indianer. Die Ergebnisse meiner vier Forschungsreisen in den Jahren 1918 bis 1924, unternommen im Auftrage des Ministerio de Instruccion Publica de Chile.

      Anthropos/St. Gabriel, Mödling bei Wien, 1931. - EA. Bd. 1., Die Selknam, ohne den Tafelband. Mit 90 Text-Abbildungen (Zeichnungen), einem farbigen Titelbild sowie den 4 Falt-Karten, die in der Regel dem Tafelband zugehören. Dekorativer OLnBde. mit Goldprägedruck und Kopf-Gelbschnitt. XXXII, 1176 S. 4°. Der schwarze Prägedrück am Rücken stark abgerieben, ebenso ganz geringfügig auf dem Einband-Deckel. Ansonsten ausgezeichneter Zustand des Einbandes, der 4 Karten und des ganzen Inneren; vollständig, sauber und fest in der Bindung. Die 4 dem 1. Band zugehörigen Karten wurden bei einem Teil der Auflage in einer Lasche im hinteren Einbanddeckel untergebracht (wie hier), öfter jedoch findet man sie dem separaten, hier nicht vorliegendem, Tafelteil beigelegt. Ein sehr gutes Exemplar dieses äußerst seltenen Klassikers in der Erstausgabe. Insgesamt erschienen 3 Bände in 4 sowie zwei Tafelbände.

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat KAIAPO]
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        TAINTED POWER a Race Williams Detective Story.

      NY: Edward J Clode (1931) - First edition. Original red cloth, cover and spine titled in black. Cloth bright, mild foxing to edges and endpapers, VG in dust jacket with shallow chipping at spine ends, thumbnail chip to front panel at upper tip. An uncommon book, rare in dust jacket. The novel originally appeared serially in BLACK MASK MAGAZINE. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Nicholas J. Certo]
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        JOURNALS. HOOK And LADDER COMPANY No. 27, New York City Fire Department, The Bronx. # 79: September 8, 1931 - December 22, 1931. # 83: November 25, 1932 - May 4, 1933.

      1931 / 1933, [New York]: 1931 - Hook and Ladder Company No. 27 was originally part of Combined Engine Company 46 - Bronx, which was organized on July 11, 1881. The Company moved to new quarters at 451 E. 176th Street on April 1, 1895. The Combined Engine Company was disbanded in order to organize Engine 46 and Hook and Ladder Company 27 on June 1, 1904. In a NYTimes article of April 18, 1904, it was announced that Fire Commissioner Hayes had established a new Fire Department Battalion in the Bronx, to be known as the Seventeenth. This Battalion included Hook and Ladder Company 27. Hook and Ladder Company 27 was located at 453 E. 176th Street. The Company was relocated to new quarters at 460 Cross Bronx Expressway on November 6, 1972 at which time it was disbanded to organize Ladder 58.The two journals provide an in-depth and fascinating glimpse into the daily operations of one of New York's finest, Hook and Ladder Company No. 27. Noted down to the minute are the times the men came on duty and when they were relieved; when drills took place; inspections; testing of the telegraph equipment; who was on house watch and when he was relieved; exactly when an alarm came in, by what method, and from what station. Certain members of the Company were more complete in their entries stating that the Company and apparatus responded to alarm, where they found the fire and when they returned to the station. A nice set documenting a segment of the NYFD's long illustrious history. As to be expected with volumes put to daily use, the bindings are worn & soiled, with fraying front joint cloth to #79. Nevertheless, an About VG - VG set. Brown pebbled cloth quarter bound with red leather. Pink paper labels with inclusive dates on spines; journal number written in black ink over-written in white ink. 14" x 8-1/2" [36 cm x 23 cm]. 2 volumes. 1000 numbered pages. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        The Violin-Makers of the Guarneri Family (1626-1762): Their Life and Work

      William E. Hill London: William E. Hill, 1931. First. hardcover. fine. Color Guaneri crest vignette on title, over 20 fine photogravure plates, a few plates in color, 51 sepia text illus. throughout, 181pp., large thick 4to, expertly recased in red morocco, gilt-dec. raised bands, original ornate gilt-dec. leather covers with Guaneri crest in center, inner gilt dentelles, t.e.g. London: William E. Hill, 1931. First Edition. Fine. Limited Edition, number 98 of only 200 copies.

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        The Public Enemy (First Edition)

      New York: Grosset and Dunlap, 1931. First Edition. First Edition. Photoplay novelization of the legendary 1931 film directed by William Wellman and starring James Cagney. Near Fine in a Good to Very Good example of the rare dust jacket. Contemporary owner name and date (1931) on the front endpaper; jacket is moderately worn, with small chips at the spine corners, a couple of closed tears, some shallow creasing, and a split starting up the rear hinge fold. Still, a very presentable copy.

      [Bookseller: Royal Books, Inc.]
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        The Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come (Signed Ltd.)

      New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1931. First edition. Fine/Very Good +. One of 512 copies signed by the illustrator, N. C. Wyeth. Original vellum spine over blue cloth covers, gilt top-edge. Book in Fine condition, sharp and square with all 16 tipped-in illustrations present and all original tissue guards intact. Clearly unread with several of the pages unopened. Original glassine dust jacket Very Good+ or a little better with a few small chips at the corners. Housed in the publisher's blue paper-covered box with matching limitation number. Cardboard box in Very Good condition with some paper loss along edges and a few deft repairs to the corners. & & A classic coming-of-age story, set in the mountains of Kentucky in the days leading up to the Civil War. The story follows Chad, a charming orphan, who finds kindness and comfort with the good folks who take him in, but ultimately ends up fighting for the Union Army. A lovely edition with Wyeth's illustrations. Fine in Very Good +. dust jacket.

      [Bookseller: Whitmore Rare Books]
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        Heroes and Heroines of Bitter Sweet

      [London: Leadlay, Ltd., 1931]., [London - Folio. quarter vellum over gray boards, lettered in gilt portfolio, in custom clamshell box. . Edges of portfolio very lightly browned, else fine. . . One of 900 copies. The portfolio consist of a title leaf, contents leaf, mounted facsimile of a Beerbohm letter and five colour plates, all individually mounted. The plates depict Noel Coward and the other actors in the 1929 hugely successful operetta Bitter Sweet, written by Coward. Peggy Wood, Georges Metaxa, Ivy St. Helier and producer, Cochran, are also portrayed. [Gallatin and Oliver 30] [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Randall House (ABAA)]
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        Memoirs of an Infantry Officer

      London: Faber & Faber Limited,, 1931. With Illustrations by Barnett Freedman. Octavo. Original pictorial cloth and pictorial endpapers. With the dust jacket. Colour frontispiece and 11 plates, illustrations throughout the text. A little spotting to spine, free endpapers longer than text block and creased at the edges. An excellent copy in the rubbed and chipped jacket with tanned spine panel. Proof copy of the first illustrated edition for a publisher's representative, with the printed limitation marked through with blue pencil and "proof copy only" to the title page in the same pencil.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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      Indianapolis: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, (1931). First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good, lacking the dustwrapper but in a Fine slipcase. SIGNED on the front free endpaper by Roosevelt. Some fading to spine with light wear to the tips. Housed in a new, handsome half blue morocco leather slipcase with a cloth chemise. Uncommon title to find signed, especially without an inscription.

      [Bookseller: Charles Agvent]
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        Study for 'Ball Beauty']

      - This image of a Balinese women is one of the iconic mages of Miguel Covarrubias'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. Lithograph. Artist's proof. Signed in lower right and inscribed "For Ellie." Image measures 11 x 8.5". Sheet measures 16.25 x 13".

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      London: Jonathan Cape,, 1931. Octavo. Original green cloth, titles to spine gilt. With the dust jacket. Spine of book and edges of boards a little faded as is so often with this book, otherwise a nice copy in a lightly edge chipped dust jacket, lightly rubbed and marked. First edition, first impression. The second novel in Ransome's famous series published only a year after Swallows and Amazons and certainly as scarce.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        Mourning Becomes Electra

      Horace Liveright 1931 - First Edition, First Printing. This copy is SIGNED by Eugene O'Neill. This numbered edition was limited to 500 copies for sale. The book is in great shape and is bound in the ORIGINAL publisher's cream vellum cloth. The binding is tight with some minor discoloration to the boards. The pages are clean with NO marks or bookplates in the book. Overall, a nice copy SIGNED by the author with a beautiful acetate cover. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Quintessential Rare Books, LLC]
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        Mourning Becomes Electra, a Trilogy

      New York, H. Liveright, Inc. , 1931. 1st Edition. Description: 256 p. 21 cm. Subjects: O'Neill, Eugene 1888-1953. Limited to 550 copies (this no. 158) . SIGNED by the author. Very good copy in the original gilt-blocked, full vellum over bevelled boards. Spine bands and panel edges slightly rubbed, speckled and dust-toned as with age. Remains particularly well-preserved overall; tight, bright, clean and strong.

      [Bookseller: MW Books Ltd.]
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      Pharos, Alexandreia 1931 - RO40188654: 33 fascicules d'env. 100 pages chacun et 4 volumes reliés (recueils). Texte en grec. 1913: 12 numéros. 1914: 6 numéros. 1915: 1 vol. 1916: 1 vol. 1917: 1 vol. 1918: 1 vol. 1920: 1 numéro. 1923: 4 numéros. 1925: 4 numéros. 1926: 1 numéro. 1931: 1 numéro. Epictêmonikon Theologikon Suggrammma, Ekdidomenon Kata Mêna. In-8 Broché. Etat d'usage. Couv. légèrement passée. Dos fané. Intérieur acceptable Classification Dewey : 480-Langues helléniques. Grec [Attributes: Soft Cover]

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        REVISTA DE TABACOS. Organo de los Ensayos del Cultivo del Tabaco en España. Del nº 1, abril 1931 al 62, junio de 1936 (todo lo publicado). Más dos suplementos.

      - Madrid, 1931.1936, 21x27, entre 24-30 págs cada rev. aproximadamente. 62 números en 50 revistas (algunas revistas son de doble numeración), que conforman todo lo publicado. Numerosas fotografías en negro. El nº 16 tiene un desperfecto en cubierta posterior por lo demás muy buen estado. (53271).

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        Proofs of Ten Essays for Nash's Pall Mall Magazine

      (1931-1935). Quarto. (10)ff. The titles are: "Good Conversation" (August, 1931); "Drugs" (December, 1931); "The Angry Ape" (1931); "On Being the Right Size" (February, 1932); "Forewarned is not Fore-armed" (April 1932); "Love: a Fashion Forecast" (June, 1932); "The Cunning of the Oriental" (1932); "Bull Fights and Democracy" (October, 1932); "The Cult of the Infantile" (January, 1933); "Thinking with One's Hands" (January, 1935). All are galley proofs except for "The Angry Ape," "The Cunning of the Oriental," and "The Cult of the Infantile," which are all page proofs. Tipped-in and bound in light green boards. Written in longhand up the spine is "Aldous Huxley Ten Essays - Pre-publication page & galley proofs." A few small corrections to proofs in an editorial hand. Light soil and fading to boards, else fine.

      [Bookseller: Bromer Booksellers]
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        Golden Remedy (First Edition)

      New York: Vanguard, 1931. First Edition. First Edition. Fine in an about Fine dust jacket, with only minute traces of soil on the rear panel. Stout's seventh book and third hardcover title, one of eight novels written prior to his first mystery, "Fer-de-lance," in 1934. The story concerns Marvin Tasker, director of the Marvin Tasker Musical Institute, who spends a lifetime in an effort to break down love into verifiable, scientific terms. A superb copy.

      [Bookseller: Royal Books, Inc.]
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        The Name of Action

      NY: Doubleday, Doran, 1931. First Edition. A couple of small sunned spots on spine, very light upper spine wear, else VG to VG+ in a good, price-clipped Dust Jacket with an internal spine hole, and spine chipped and faded with lettering barely readable. Very uncommon; the author's second mystery. Only 1000 copies were printed in the US. Greene refused to allow the book to be reprinted. Extremely uncommon title

      [Bookseller: Mystery Cove Book Shop]
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        Sammlung C. Castiglioni Wien (1930)

      FONT>Sammlung Dr. Hans Wendland Lugano (1931), 1930 Book. Very Good. Hardcover. A collection of beautifully illustrated German auction catalogues from the early 1930sIn GermanBound in blue paper covered boards. Die Sammlung Erich von Goldschmidt-Rothschild Tafelband is a volume of plates only. These auction catalogues describe and picture a vast number of collectibles, from furniture to vases and artwork. The auctioneer for the lots which took place between 1930-1 was the well known Paul Graupe of Berlin. Two of the volumes detail the collection of Erich von Goldschmidt-Rothschild (1899-1987), of the famous Rothschild lineage. In the volume detailing Castiglioni's collection Otto von Falke (1862-1942) has contributed. Condition: The binding is tight and firm. There is some wear to the extremities including some discolouration to the spine panels andbumpingwith some loss. The front inner hinge to Sammlung Dr. Hans Wendland Lugano is strained and may fail in the post. Internally the pages are clean with someslight browning to the page edges. Overall the condition of the books is very good..

      [Bookseller: Rooke Books]
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      NY: Doubleday DORAN. Very Good in Good dust jacket. 1931. First American Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. We fit archival quality clear acrylic covers for additional protection whenever possible. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; The Name of Action. Garden City: Doubleday, Doran, 1931. First U. S. Edition. 8vo, black cloth, gilt spine lettering, untrimmed. Covers still very clean, top third of spine slightly sunned, dusting to top edge, text firm and clean, 1933 owner's ink signature at verso of front free endpaper, the scarce original dust wrapper in just good condition, spine lacking top third with remainder heavily sunned and lettering lost, wear and chipping at other edges and panels, several tears, lacking 1 X 1 1/2" segment at top left of rear panel. Greene's second novel, after "The Man Within" (1929) ; both were preceded by a small volume of poems published in 1925. The U. S. Edition of the volume in this lot was only 1000 copies, without any subsequent printings, as initial sales were poor and Greene later decided to dismiss the work as a bad potboiler and refused to permit later editions. Copied from the dj this blurb, " A Brilliant Psychological Melodrama of the Senses by the Young Cousin of Robert Louis Stevenson Who Fulfills in This Book the Promise of That Reamrkable First Novel, the MAN WITHIN" .

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      - A 6" x 8-3/4" vintage formal portrait by Pirie Mac Donald, "Photographer of Men." INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author: "To Miss Christy/with best wishes from/Booth Tarkington/1931." Miss Christy is likely the silent film star Ann Christy who, like Tarkington, hailed from Indiana. Nearly fifty films were made from Tarkington's novels and plays between 1914 and 1951. Signed photos by the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novels THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS and ALICE ADAMS are distinctly uncommon. Light wrinkling to right side. Still Near Fine

      [Bookseller: Charles Agvent, est. 1987, ABAA, ILAB]
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        The Waves

      London: The Hogarth Press, 1931. First UK Edition. First Impression. Octavo (19cm); purple cloth with titles stamped in gilt on the spine; dustjacket; 325pp. Some very minor fading at the crown and upper board edges, spine darkened perhaps a shade, with some trivial soil at the text edges and rough erasure to owners name on the front endpaper; Near Fine. Dustjacket is unclipped, with toning and a few faint splash marks on the spine, some shallow chipping at the edges (not affecting titling), with some light foxing and soil overall; Very Good. Connolly 100.

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        The Chimes

      London: Limited Editions Club, 1931. Limited. hardcover. very good(+). Rackham, Arthur. Illustrated by Arthur Rackham. Introduction by Edward Wagenknecht. 129pp. Small 4to, decorative beige cloth (spine somewhat darkened as usual); uncut edges, t.e.g, housed in an illustrated board slipcase. London: Limited Editions Club, 1931. A near fine copy. One of 1500 numbered copies, signed by Arthur Rackham.

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        The Crowne of All Homer's Workes: Batrachomyomachia, or the Battaile of Frogs and Mise, His Hymns and Eprigrams.

      Shakespeare Head, Oxford 1931 - Limited Edition, one of 450 copies. Translated by George Chapman, engraved woodcut frontispiece and title decoration by John Farleigh. From the text prepared by A.S. Mott. 199pp. 4to, rebound in 3/4 maroon morocco; raised bands and gilt-lettered black leather spine label. Oxford: Shakespeare Head Press, 1931. A fine copy. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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      Published by T. & J. Manson, 1931. Hardback. Very Good. Very good condition with no wrapper. Large format. Green cloth, gilt titles. xxviii+334 pages. A reprint of the 1891 edition which was in itself an amended reprint of the 1822 edition. The geological sections of the 1822 edition are omitted but a sketch of the author's life and work is added. Corners rubbed. Bottom of spine slightly chipped. Contents near fine. [S]

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        The Compleat Angler, or the Contemplative Man's Recreation

      London: George Harrap, 1931. Limited. hardcover. fine. Rackham, Arthur.. Illustrated by Arthur Rackham with 12 full-page color plates, and 25 b/w drawings in the text; pictorial endpapers and illus. title page. 224pp. 4to, original gilt-lettered vellum; uncut edges, t.e.g. London: George Harrap, (1931). A fine copy. Limited edition. Number 335 of 775 copies signed by Rackham on the limitation page. Latimore & Haskell, p. 66.

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        Home From The Sea [FIRST EDITION DATED 1931]

      Cassell, London 1931 - This is the autobiography of Capt Rostron who won such praise as master of the HMS Carpathia, when he took it to the rescue of the survivors from the RSM Titanic. This copy appears to have belonged to Lieutenant E W Moulton RN as it includes an invitation card from Viscount Jellicoe requesting the company of Lieutenant Moulton, also a telegram dated 24 Feb 1919 and a hand written note which accompanied a gift given to Lieutenant Moulton from the grateful passengers that sailed on the SS Celtic Star which he captained in 1921. Also a Christmas card from presumably his parents, Mr And Mrs Arthur Inigo Moulton. Book - in Near Very Good blue boards with gilt lettering - some sunning and light marking to the spine but the lettering remains bright and distinct, light marking to the boards with light wear and light bumping to the extreme ends of the spine and extreme corners, light marking to the top inch of the extreme edge of the front board. Contents, some spotting to the title and contents pages and light spotting to some pages, slight marking to the white border of three of the plates i.e frontispiece and pages 32 & 128 not affecting the photographs otherwise clean and tightly bound. Size: 8.5 inches tall by 5.5 inches. ix, 278 pages. Illustrated black and white portrait frontispiece and 8 further 8 photographs. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: 201-750 grams. Category: Biography & Autobiography; Ships & the Sea. Inventory No: 7743. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: John T. & Pearl Lewis]
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        The Violin-Makers of the Guarneri Family (1626-1762): Their Life and Work.

      William E. Hill, London 1931 - Limited Edition, number 98 of only 200 copies. Color Guaneri crest vignette on title, over 20 fine photogravure plates, a few plates in color, 51 sepia text illus. throughout, 181pp., large thick 4to, expertly recased in red morocco, gilt-dec. raised bands, original ornate gilt-dec. leather covers with Guaneri crest in center, inner gilt dentelles, t.e.g. London: William E. Hill, 1931. First Edition. Fine. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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      Chicago: Reilly & Lee, 1931. Thompson, Ruth Plumly. PIRATES IN OZ. Chicago: Reilly & Lee, (1931). First Edition, First State. Illustrated by John R. Neill with 12 color plates stock coated on only the printed side, tipped-in facing title page and pages 48, 64, 80, 104, 128, 144, 160, 176, 208, 256 & 272. A sharp and bright VERY GOOD PLUS copy (lightly worn with one scratch to the pictorial pastedown) in the publisher's medium green cloth (the color of which may indicate earliest printing). Endpapers browned, child's name in pencil on ownership leaf. Spine imprint in boldface. Very nice example which has been married to a bright NEAR FINE later issue DJ (lightly worn). Outer edges of pages stained yellow as called for. All first edition points as referenced in Bibliographia Oziana, (Hanff, Greene, Martin, Greene and Haff, 1988). 25th book in the famous Wizard of Oz series. Mari Ness, in an interesting review of PIRATES IN OZ published online, points to the plot as reflecting Plumly's conservative belief system, as the story conveys that "things do not go well when people remove their leaders, forcibly or not." Ness also speculates on whether Plumly understood the true meaning of the word DORK which is the name of a Duke in this adventure. Unfortunately it is too late for us to ask. . First Edition. Very Good Plus/Near Fine. Illus. by John R. Neill.

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        Women's Yearbook "The Lamp of 1931" Inscribed with Poem

      Auburndale, MA: Lasell Seminary for Young Women, 1931. First Edition. Very good+ copy.. First Edition. 76th Annual Commencement for Lasell Seminary for Young Women, Tuesday, June 9, 1931. This prestigious women's college became Lasell Junior College in 1932. Millay was named in 1931 as "honorary class member", and is so listed, with her picture, in the yearbook. This copy of the yearbook has been inscribed to a member of the Junior Class by Millay, who has also written out a very characteristic poem which reads in full "Our life is but a slender thread/ We try to spin a clever web/ To try to catch a few bright days/ Before it's whisked away/ Edna St. Vincent Millay" on the front flyleaf. Laid in is the original program for the commencement exercises, which also mentions Millay's "induction". An Interesting and unusual souvenir of the famous poet, then still in her prime. The yearbook also contains several signed drawings and lithographs by class members - some of whom became artists later on. Small 4to limp black cloth.

      [Bookseller: Bert Babcock - Bookseller, LLC]
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        [In Russian:] KONSTRUKTSIYA ARKHITEKTURNYKH I MASHINYKH FORM [Constructions of the Architectural Forms and Forms of Machines]

      Leningrad: Society of Architects, 1931.. 232pp., 40 numbered plates, plus leaf of adverts. Quarto. Original printed green paper boards. Over 300 illustrations in text. Boards a bit rubbed and bumped, with characteristic edge and corner wear, a few pencil notes, but a very good copy of a perishable book, with the fragile backstrip intact. First edition of the second of Chernikov's monumental works on architectural design. Chernikhov (1889 - 1951) joined the architecture department of the Imperial Academy of Arts in 1916. After graduating in 1925, Chernikhov was occupied with production and project work in Leningrad throughout the 1920s and 30s. In 1927 he organized in Leningrad his own Science and Research Pilot Laboratory for Architectural Shapes and Graphical Studies, where with a group of students and assistants he became actively involved in experimental and design work. He was both influenced by and a participant in the innovations surrounding the later years of constructivism and suprematism, and in a series of four major published works, concluding with 101 ARCHITECTURAL FANTASIES (1933), he left a legacy of inspiration for future generations of designers, architects and typographers.

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        Seed on the wind / Rex Stout

      London : Morley & Mitchell Kennerley, Jr., 1931. 1st Edition. Physical desc.: 368 p. ; 19 cm. Subjects: Mystery and crime fiction - American fiction - 20th century. Very good copy in the original silver-blocked, silver-titled cloth. Spine bands and panel edges somewhat dulled and dust-toned as with age. Some minor staining to panels and spine. Corners sharp with an overall tight, bright and clean impression. Includes slip from 'Boots Book-lovers Library' tipped in at colophon.

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      1931. Paperback. 2. RUSSIAN. (PETROVA) OT MOSKEVYE DO BUKHARYE (FROM MOSCOW TO BUKHARA). Ogiz, Molodaiya Gvardia 1931. 8vo (5 3/4 x 7 1/2"), pictorial wraps, some cover soil and wear, VG+. 5 Young Pioneers leave the city travel from Moscow to Bucharest going through Kazakstan, Samarkand and Tashkent. They learn about construction, farming, transportation and a different way of life. Illustrated by A. Petrova with striking color lithographs filling every page. See Leveque: Dictionnaire p. 213 for other. Scarce.

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        Mount Zion or In Touch with the Infinite

      London: The James Press, [1931]. First edition of the author's first book, Peterson's "ordinary issue". 8vo. Full-page illustrations (6 by Hugh de Cronin Hastings) printed in blue on salmon paper (rectos only); illustrations in text, ornamental borders. Text leaves printed in brown on green paper. Pp. 57, [1, imprint], [2, blank]. Pink and gold firecracker paper over boards, pictorial title label to upper cover. Spine darkened, ends bumped, deftly rebacked preserving spine, page edges faintly toned. Inscribed in ink by the author opposite the title page. Very good copy of an exceedingly fragile book. Peterson A1a (with note at p. 7 idemtifying this copy). Provenance: Estate of Duncan Andrews . Inscribed "That clever man, Oswald Blakeston, from that other clever man, John Betjeman". Oswell Blakeston (1907-1985), born Henry J. Hasslacher, was a novelist, poet, filmmaker, and film critic, who had, at time of publication of Betjeman's book, recently made an abstract film, Light Rhythms, and published his own first book, Poems, a Single Word! (ca. 1930). A fragile book; Peterson cites another copy inscribed by Betjeman to Duncan Andrews "- made of fireworks paper supplied by Brock's. They usually go at the spine" (that copy now at Yale). The Duncan Andrews collection of John Betjeman went to Yale in 1994, with some further additions during Mr. Andrews' lifetime. First book of the celebrated author, with an urbane inscription, and notable provenance

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        The Economics of Inflation - A Study of Currency Depreciation in Post-War Germany 1914-1923 - Sir Halley Stewart Publications IV

      New York: Barnes & Noble Inc.. Hardcover. 464 pages. Index. Originally published in Italian in 1931. This first English edition substantially revised. Inside front boar is the bookplate of M.L. Burstein "One of the sharpest minds in economics of the last century" - from online reference. "The depreciation of the mark of 1914-1923, which is the subject of this work, is one of the outstanding episodes in the history of the twentieth century. Not only by reason of its magnitude but also by reason of its effects, it looms large on our horizon. It was the most colossal thing of its kind in history: and, next probably to the Great War itself, it must bear responsibility for many of the political and economic difficulties of our generation. It destroyed the wealth of the more solid elements in German society; and it left behind a moral and economic disequilibrium, apt breeding ground for the disasters which have followed." - from Foreword. Gilt lettering legible upon blue backstrip which is sunned along with portions of each board. Bit of writing inside front board otherwise clean and unmarked. Binding intact. A sound association copy of this important work. . Good. 1937. First English Edition.

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        [Three Original Prints of Photographs Taken by Rockwell Kent at Jakobshavn (Ilulissat) Baffin Bay, Greenland]

      [Np]. [c. 1931-1935, but possibly printed somewhat later].. Three original glossy black & white 7" x 5" gelatin silver prints. Slight surface variations characteristic of ferrotyping, and some spotting, scratches and other blemishes in the negatives are evident in the prints, one negative printed slightly askew, with some oxidation in the lower blank border, otherwise very good. Until his death Rockwell Kent maintained a collection of at least 31 albums of prints of his photographs, arranged, identified and labeled according to locations/subjects. In that collection, the prints are occasionally identified by Kent in ink or bear his stamp. These three prints are duplicates from that personal archive, and correspond to images gathered in the album labeled by Kent: "Greenland Jakobshavn." The first image, identified on the verso in pencil in an unknown hand as "RK-4-20" (a denotation recording the album and sequence of the particular image) is a view of the Port of Jakobshavn (Ilulissat) in Disko Bay, a wide inlet of Baffin Bay in the Qaasuitsup Municipality in western Greenland, located 120 miles north of the Arctic Circle. The image is of five clapboard buildings in a rocky port village, one building with the Danish flag prominently flying at full staff, with a few fishing boats in the sea in the foreground. The second, identified as "RK-4- 19," is of a whaling kayak on the rocky and pebble strewn shore of Disko Bay with coastal mountains and the Jakobshavn Glacier in the background. The third image, identified as "RK-4-21," depicts the coastal glacial mountains in Disko Bay, with an iceberg calved from the Jakobhavn Glacier floating in the Bay. Kent frequently recorded scenes, people and settings via photographs during his voyages and travels, many of which he utilized as reference material, and are identifiable as such, in the production of his illustrations, prints and paintings made during and after his journeys. Kent made three trips to Greenland, first in 1929, and then in 1931-2 and 1934-5. These images date from the later period. Although obviously best known for his works on paper and paintings, Kent was sufficiently renowned as a photographer during the 1930s that some of his photographs were reproduced in photogravure in a portfolio, MODERN MASTERS OF PHOTOGRAPHY, SERIES 1 PICTORIALISTS, published by the Galleon Press. While those photogravures turn up separately with some frequency - usually well outside of their original context in the portfolio - individual original prints from negatives of Kent's photographs are scarce. We note as reference the appearance of a single Greenland print, also duplicated in the core archive, and in the same format, but with Kent's ink rubber stamp on the verso: Swann Galleries, 15 May 2008, Lot 341, ($1300).

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        FAREWELL. Lithograph on stone. 5 11/16" by 3 15/16". Burne Jones 61

      1931. Fine. Fine Original lithographic print on board SIGNED AND INSCRIBED BY ROCKWELL KENT IN PENCIL: "TO ______AFFECTIONATELY, ROCKWELL KENT". On the rear of the board in pencil is "early proof on board". This print was done in an edition of 100 specifically for the artist. Then the stone was cut down to 5 21/32" by 3 7/32" and three hundred smaller prints were made for Selma Robinson's book "City Child". The stone was then reground by the printer, George Miller, no further images were made. The current print is from the original 100 reserved for Rockwell Kent. & Burne Jones "The Prints of Rockwell Kent a Catalogue Raisonné" No. 61.

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        Les Colonies françaises.

      LES EDITIONS DE LA GIRAFE, PARIS 1931 - Paris, les Editions de la Girafe, 1931, in-4, broché, couverture rempliée aux couleurs du drapeau français, 54 p. Cet ouvrage tiré à 921 exemplaires, celui-ci sur Arches (n° 893) sur les presses de Marcel SEHEUR, Noël BUREAU et Georges PILLEMENT étant directeurs littéraires et artisitiques. Contient vingt et une illustrations en couleurs in-texte par divers illustrateurs modernes : Jean DUFY, CZOBEL, DIGNIMONT, Marcel GROMAIRE, Paul SIMON, Tade MAKOWSKI, Yves ALIX, Hermine DAVID, Gérard COCHET, André LHOTE, Edouard GOERG, Marcel MOUILLOT, Alexandre RALLI, LABOUREUR, Léopold GOTLIEB, Kiyoshi HASEGAWA, R. RIMBERT, Pierre DUBREUIL, PERKROHG, Pierre HODE, Emile COMPARD. Textes de : Fernand VALLON, Louis DE GONZAGUE FRICK, Jean RAVENNES, Gabriel BRUNET, J.M. AIMOT, Georges GIRARD, Louis LEON-MARTIN, Paul FIERENS, Suzanne DEFIOL, René JOUGLET, François VALDI, Marius Ary LEBLOND, René MORAND, Henri STRENTZ, Jane HUGARD, André RIVOLLET, Georges PILLEMENT, André MORA, Noel BUREAU, Henri HERTZ, Robert REY. Auteurs et artistes conjuguent leurs talents pour dresser un tableau de la présence française outre-mer lors de l'exposition coloniale de 1931. Déchirures au dos, salissures sur la couverture. Livres

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        Cuban Cookery. Gastronomic Secrets of the Tropics, with an Appendix on Cuban Drinks

      Havana, Cuba: Molina & Cia, 1931. Octavo, 158 pages. Illustrated with line drawings by Conrado Massaguer. A later but early edition of the first Cuban cookbook printed in English. De Baralt was the American wife of a Cuban doctor who moved to Havana around the turn of the century. She clearly felt at home there, as she refers to Cuban food as "our" cuisine throughout. She also exhibits a notable understanding of other world cuisines in her introduction, in which she tries to locate Cuban cooking relative to others - favorably of course. The book contains an appendix of fifty-three cocktails and refrescos, including what is the first printed recipe for a Cuban mojito, here called a 'Cuban Mojo'. The mojito is widely considered to have appeared and become popular in Cuba in the 1920s, but this is its first appearance in print. Tiny bit of wear to the publisher's printed red pasted down label on black cloth. Inscribed by the author on the front endpaper, "To Dean Gildersleeve, Whom the university women of Cuba are so proud to have met. May she return to us someday! Blanche Z. de Baralt, Havana, Nov. 22/41." The recipient was Virginia Gildersleeve, President of Barnard College and member of the United Nations Charter Committee. [OCLC locates 7 copies]

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