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        Rifleman and Hussar

      John Murray, 1931. First Edition. Hardcover. Acceptable. 412 pages. Publisher spelt Johh Murray on title page. Gift inscription by the author. Spine qiute neatly re-attached. Foxing on endpapers. All illustrations present. Robust packaging. 1st class post to the UK, Airmail worldwide

      [Bookseller: M Godding Ltd]
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        The Unknown War

      Charles Scribner's Sons This is the sixth and final book of Churchill's acclaimed history of the First World War - the U.S. first edition, in the rare dust jacket. In proposing it to his publisher, Charles Scribner, Churchill wrote: "In the previous volumes of the World Crisis I have described only in a few pages the course of events in the Eastern theatre. They have merely been the background of our main drama of the war. But now I think I might write a volume called 'The Eastern Front' [published as "The Unknown War" in the U.S.], which would be separate from but supplementary to our five volume history." Scribner published just 3,870 first printing copies in 1931. Collectors will note that for The World Crisis, the U.S. is the true first edition, as initial U.S. publication preceded the British. Here is a near-fine+ first edition, first printing in a correct first printing dust jacket. The russet cloth binding is nearly flawless with superlative spine presentation. Searching for flaws, we find only a very slight dulling at the foot of the spine corresponding to dust jacket chips. Copies this clean have become truly rare. The contents are clean and tight. The correct Scribner's "A" on the title page verso confirms first printing status. We find no spotting. The fragile color folding map at p.388 shows no tears, just a bit of toning and wear to the blank outer margin. There is a single inked owner's name and address on the ffep, the untrimmed fore edge is age-toned, and the top edge is dust soiled. The dust jacket is bright and clean with only mild toning to the spine, but neatly price clipped on the front flap and showing minor wear and losses, almost entirely confined to the lower edge of the front face and the base of the spine. The dust jacket is protected in a removable, archival quality clear cover. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A69.1(V).a, Woods/ICS A31(aa), Langworth p.103.

      [Bookseller: Churchill Book Collector]
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        DRACULA

      GROSSET AND DUNLAP 1931 - Stunning near fine book and jacket. Grosset and Dunlap 1897 reprint. These are considered dated 1931 in conjunction with the Universal Picture's Photo Play starring Bela Lugosi. The book still has its scarce original dust jacket. The book also contains many illustrations from scenes of the photoplay. The book is in stunning crisp condition, with vibrant red boards, still maintaining their original sheen. This is most unusual as this book does not hold up well and is often found with discolored boards, with badly fraying, ripped and dried spines. The book has sharp corners and no edgewear. The internal pages and end papers are bright, clean, and flat with no marks, no foxing, no bent pages, and no stains. A beautiful clean, crisp example of this scarce collectible book. Unfaded black top stain applied by publisher. Stunning book appearing as unread! Please see images for more details. The book comes with its scarce original dust jacket having benefited from some slight restoration to the spine tips by an expert paper conservator and shows as a striking near fine example. The jacket has strong vibrant colors with No edgewear, No chips, No rips, No fading, No rubbing, No staining and No foxing. Richly toned beautiful jacket, in scarce, near fine condition. Please see detailed images. Fun, special and unique example of one of the most sought after photoplay books. Perfect gift for a photoplay or horror collector! [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Meier And Sons Rare Books]
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        Tiny Carteret

      Hodder and Stoughton Limited London 1931 - First Edition in first issue dustjacket with 7/6 price at spine. Spurrier dustjacket art. Hubin listed mystery novel featuring Ronald Standish who is a secret agent in a fictional European country. One reviewer of Sapper novels describes Standish as a "rugby forward and all around sportsman who I suspect was a late attempt of McNeile's to come up with a younger unmarried version of Drummond." Near Fine in Very Good dustjacket, a vertical scrape at mid spine has caused some abrasions and few tiny holes, three inch closed tear at top front panel, few tiny edge chips. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Babylon Revisited Rare Books]
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        Dali ou l'Anti-Obscurantisme

      Paris, Corti 1931.. gr.-8°. 29 (1) S., 10 Taf. OKart. m. Deckelschild. Umschl. geknittert. Taf. vers. gestemp. - (Éditions Surréalistes) EA. Eines v. 616 num. Expl. (600 Exemplaires sur vélin blanc, numérotés de 16 a 616).

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat Burgverlag]
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        Köpfe des Alltags

      Verlag Hermann Reckendorf, Berlin,, 1931. Unbekannte Menschen. Einleitung von Curt Glaser. Folio. Original spiral bound leaves in the original black wrappers, titles to upper wrapper in blind. 80 full-page photographic plates. Some minor spotting to the lower margins, wrappers a little used. Very good indeed. First Edition, First Printing, Spiral bound issue. The scarcer and more desirable state of a key photobook.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        Le grand troupeau *

      NRF, Paris 22.10.1931. - Broché 22 x 17, couverture imprimée. Tranches et gardes jaunies. Roman-réquisitoire contre la guerre. Édition originale. L'un des 109 exemplaires de tête, numérotés et réimposés sur vergé, outre 822 vélin.

      [Bookseller: Librairie Oh 7e Ciel]
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        Fall, Assiniboine River [Original Colour Woodcut]

      1931. () Fine. Original colour woodcut. Signed at the bottom right corner, in pencil, by the artist. 8.5" X 7.25" (26.5 X 18.5 cm). In decorative painted wooden frame and beige matting. Frame measures 15.5" X 13.5" (39 X 34.5 CM) and is painted dark brown, there are wooden squares which have been painted a more reddish brown attached at the corners for decoration. The frame has a metal hanger at the back. The woodcut displays bright and warm autumn colours which fill the soft, organic shapes trees, water and clouds. Boulet MBL150. Edition of 200. The Assiniboine River is a 1,070-kilometre (660 mi) river that runs through the prairies of Western Canada in Saskatchewan and Manitoba. It is a tributary of the Red River. Walter Joseph Phillips (October 25, 1884 – July 5, 1963) was an English-born Canadian painter and woodcutter, acclaimed as one of Canada's most famous printmakers and for popularizing the colour woodcut in the style of the Japanese. His artistic career spanned from the 1900s through the 1940s, during which time his work was exhibited throughout North America and Great Britain. In 1940 he was asked to become a resident artist at the Banff Centre, then known as the Banff School of Fine Arts, where he played an important role in the development of their visual arts program. Its Walter Phillips Gallery, which focuses on contemporary art, is named after him. The Glenbow Museum in Calgary, Alberta holds an extensive collection of Phillips works and a research archive. Phillips' work reflects his direct response to nature. Signed by Walter J. Phillips..

      [Bookseller: Aquila Books]
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        Carmen and letters from Spain *

      Harrison of Paris, New-York 9.1931. - Reliure signée demi cuir de Huser, dos à nerfs, titre et tête dorés, couverture illustrée, étui bordé. Restauration discrète mais visible aux charnières supérieures, à un nerf et en queue. L'un des 50 exemplaires de tête numérotés sur Japon, outre 595 Rives et 20 hors commerce. L'un des plus rares livres de Barraud, puisque publié et essentiellement distribué aux États-Unis, ici enrichi d'une encre originale en noir et sépia, variante du motif illustrant la page de frontispice ou de celui des prêtres portant croix de la page 119, ce dernier rehaussé de gouache.Cette étrange travail de reliure en série de Huser, dont nous avons eu trois exemplaires, a souvent mal vieilli et portait à chaque fois des traces d'inhabituel usage ? Est-ce à cause de matériau particulièrement fragile ou en raison de quelque décalage culturel dont le fin mot nous échapperait ? On nage en plein mystère.

      [Bookseller: Librairie Oh 7e Ciel]
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        VERSES WRITTEN IN EARLY YOUTH

      (London): Privately Printed (Unwin), 1931. First Edition. Hardcover. Some rubbing along joints and edges. Near Fine and obviously a very desirable copy of a scarce book. Bound in full polished greem calf leather by Bayntun Bath with gilt-ruled borders and spine and contrasting morocco spine labels with gilt lettering, gilt dentelles and marbled endpapers, top edge gilt. Of a total of only 62 copies printed, this is Copy #1 of only 12 printed on handmade paper and SIGNED by the author, a noted journalist turned writer of mysteries, including THE MIDDLE TEMPLE MURDER (1918), a favorite of Woodrow Wilson's, and THE CHARING CROSS MYSTERY (1923).

      [Bookseller: Charles Agvent]
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        Mekka in the Latter Part of the 19th Century. Daily Life, Customs and Learning The Moslims of the East-Indian Archipelago.

      Leyden & London Luzac & Co First English Edition 1931 - 8vo. vi, 309pp plus errata leaf. Illustrated with 20 plates and 2 maps, one folding. Recently neatly rebound in brown cloth with gilt titles to spine. A very good copy of this scarce title. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Kerr & Sons Booksellers]
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        Mario and the Magician [Signed]

      New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1931. First edition. Hardcover. Near Fine/very good +. A Very Good + to Near Fine copy of the first American edition, first printing (spine ends pushed, rub to the front board's leading bottom front corner -- otherwise rather light edge wear), in a Very Good + dust jacket (rubbing at the edges, spine head shows some chipping and rubbing -- barely touching the "T" in "Thomas", light chipping and some tiny tears at the flap turns and top of the front panel --- still about the nicest example of this dust jacket that we have seen with other examples showing considerably more wear), SIGNED BY THOMAS MANN on the half-title. Perhaps Mann's most overtly political tale, the novella begins with a narrator who recounts his family's trip to the resort area of Torre di Venere, Italy, and the discomfort they felt due to the prevailing sense of Italian nationalism. In the story's second half, a hypnotist, Cipolla, performs his act at the resort and exerts his control on the audience --- likely paralleling the influence of authoritarian leaders on their respective populations. From the gathered crown he singles out Mario, a local citizen, and exercises his hypnotic powers upon him, toying with Mario before the crowd and inducing Mario to reveal publicly his innermost thoughts, thus baring his sole before all within hearing. Furious at this treatment, Mario then revenges himself by murdering Cipolla, an act which frees the audience from Cipolla's control. Thomas Mann won the 1929 Nobel Prize in Literature "principally for his great novel, Buddenbrooks, which has won steadily increased recognition as one of the classic works of contemporary literature". This copy belonged to Academy Award-Winning Actor Jack Palance and the bookplate from the 2006 sale of his personal property is loosely laid in. Signed copies of Thomas Mann's first editions, especially in English translations are not common. While signed Limited Editions are usually available, signed copies of his trade editions scarcer. Copies of the first American edition of Mario and the Magician in collectable condition, especially in the dust jacket, are rather uncommon, and signed copies of this novella in any language are absolute hen's teeth. A Very Good + copy, SIGNED BY THOMAS MANN. Jack Palance's copy. QUITE SCARCE TO RARE.

      [Bookseller: Allington Antiquarian Books, LLC]
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        Leurs Enfants. [The Children] Traduit de l'anglais par Louis Gillet

      Paris: Librairie Plon. 1931. First French Edition, Inscribed by the author, on the front free endpaper, "L.B. / from E.W. / aout 1931". 16mo; 304pp; yellow printed paper wrappers printed in black with author and title, translator and publisher on front cover, reverse of wrapper is cover for another title from Plon; wrappers dusty, spine a bit soiled, ex-libris of Leon Belugou on verso of front wrapper, very good. The first edition was published in 1928; this French translation not cited by Garrison. Louis Gillet, the translator of this novel was the curator of a museum at Chalis as well as a literary critic and art historian, who eventually became one of France&#39;s "immortals" a member of the Academie Francaise. His first translation of one of Wharton&#39;s novels was in 1927 when he published Le Bilan (The Mother&#39;s Recompense). Her evident approval of Gillet&#39;s previous translation led to this 1932 translation. Wharton&#39;s friendship with Gillet continued until her death; he was one of the mourners at her funeral. French editions of Edith Wharton&#39;s novels are scarce. <br>See an <A HREF= http://www.bookrouter.com/im/juvelisbks/9059.jpg >Image.</A><br>

      [Bookseller: Priscilla Juvelis, Inc.]
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        These 13

      New York: Jonathan Cape and Harrison Smith, 1931. Hardcover. Very Good+. Limited Edition. Number 23 of 299 copies SIGNED by Faulkner. Light soiling to boards, still a nice, tight copy of this great collection. Cloth.

      [Bookseller: Sanctuary Books]
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        GUYS AND DOLLS (Advance Review Copy of the 1st Edition)

      New York: Stokes, 1931. Runyon, Damon. GUYS AND DOLLS. NY: Stokes, 1931. First Edition. Uncorrected Advance Review Copy of the First Edition, perfect bound in THE ORIGINAL ILLUSTRATED WRAPPERS which match the original dustjacket. Date-stamped by the publisher on the preliminary blank: "Pub&#39;n Date Aug 20 1931" and despite some chipping, light wear, a partial clean tear along the fold of the rear wrapper and a touch of light staining, this is a Very Good firm and unrestored example with great eye appeal. GUYS AND DOLLS is a notoriously difficult first edition to find, especially in DJ. The 1955 film starring Marlon Brando and Frank Sinatra stayed remarkable true to the quirky Runyon-esque world of argot-driven New York Gangsters and their madcap "dolls." A very hard-to-find book, missing from most "Literature Into Film" collections. Housed in a quarter morocco slipcase. . First Edition. Original Wraps. Very Good.

      [Bookseller: Lakin & Marley Rare Books ]
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        THE HOLY LAND UNDER MANDATE

      Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1931. Very fine in original dust jackets and cardboard slipcase with paper spine label. Spine gilt of Vol. I somewhat darkened, frontispiece a little wavy. Pages unopened. Uncommonly nice copy.. First edition Two volumes. xvii, 361p; xii, 436p. Illustrated from photographs. Folding map in rear pocket of Vol. II. Introduction by James T. Shotwell. Gilt-titled green cloth A complete, impartial and comprehensive survey of the whole Zionist problem". (From slipcase label).

      [Bookseller: First Folio]
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        Wisden Cricketers' Almanack 1931

      John Wisden & Co. 1931 - Sixty-eighth edition. Original hardback. Edges of spine worn and thready, head and tail rubbed, contents shaken and front gutter exposed. A fair copy.

      [Bookseller: Sportspages]
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        Dessins *

      R-A.Corrêa, Paris 1931. - En feuilles 29 x 23, couverture imprimée à rabats, étui. Neuf. Album peu fréquent, d'un tirage total sus mentionné, surtout complet car la tentation devait être grande d'en encadrer l'une ou l'autre planche. Quelques exemplaires en auraient été brochés sur spirale métallique.Préfacé par l'éditeur, une suite d'images représentatives des divers talents de Géa - certaines planches sont remarquables - d'où émergent quelques visages familiers: Budry, Bosshard, le fameux docteur Rochat qui fût compagnon de la première heure et collectionneur averti de l'artiste, dont on acquis il y a belle lurette la copieuse bibliothèque - il nous manque toujours les pages (de textes !!!) 17 à 20 de son exemplaire de "Terre du ciel" de Ramuz ymagé par Hunziker, un des exemplaires du tirage basique de l'édition Gonin de 1941.Notre exemplaire, parmi les 25 hors commerce, est accompagné d'un dessin original signé de l'artiste (tous les volumes de cette tranche de tirage le furent-ils ?), à la mine de plomb et au format de 27 x 18, daté du 31 juillet 1926 à Ostende (Belle Gique), figurant un jeune garçon en costume traditionnel, peut-être un pâtre ou un marin ou.Une remarque s'impose: les dessins de G?A des années trente sont rarissimes, en témoigne le peu d'oeuvres de cette époque présentées à la rétrospective de 2002 au Musée Histérique de Lausanne. Les quelques-uns que nous connaissons ont ceci de particulier, et le nôtre ne fait pas exception, d'une facture hyperlèchée (on connaît la spontanéité plus conventionnelle du dessinateur qui croquait sur le vif des motifs à tout bout de champs et ne s'embarassant pas de trop de détail) et d'une construction quasi cubiste - Voir par exemple le remarquable portrait de Gide page 25 de la publication d' Antoine Baudin (En-Bas, 2002) de l'expo pré citée. On y trouvera quelques peu avant la reproduction d'une huile sur toile contemporaine à notre dessin "Pêcheurs à Ostende", 1926.Exceptionnelle condition pour ce recueil de dessins, une réunion inégalée en choix et en qualité, qui oscillent entre Pablo et Cocteau. Mais pas la moindre allusion à la vigne qui deviendra le sujet de prédilection de bien des amateurs de son oeuvre et qui lui inspira de nombreuses compositions.Garçon, trois de Saint-Saph' ! Édition originale. Parmi 195 exemplaires numérotés sur papier demi-grain L'un des 25 H.C., après 5 Hollande.

      [Bookseller: Librairie Oh 7e Ciel]
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        Kandinsky (with One woodcut)

      Cahiers D&#39;art, 1931. Grohmann Will. Paris: Editions " Cahiers d&#39;art ", 1931. Quarto, editor paper-hard-boards binding, in printed slipcase. Illustrated with a colored woodcut by KANDINSKY and numerous plates in black. This is one of the 500 copies printed on Torpes vellum paper, of a total edition of 610 numbered copies. Sixth book of the series " Les Grands Peintres d&#39;Aujourd&#39;hui ".. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. Illus. by Kandinsky.

      [Bookseller: Marninart, Inc (ABAA-ILAB)]
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        Medicine in Virginia in the Eighteenth Century, First Edition, Two Volumes

      Garrett & Massie, 1931. 1st Edition. Hardcover Hardcover. Very Good. Blanton, MD, Wyndham B. Medicine in Virginia in the Eighteenth Century First Edition, Volumes 1 & 2 of the 3 Volume Set. Garrett & Massie, 1931. Two Volumes. 466 and 449 pages, respectfully. 7-3/4 x 10-1/2 inches. Both volumes have some rubbing and mild wear. Very Good Overall to both.

      [Bookseller: Yeomans in the Fork]
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        Atlas Anatomicum Cerebri Humani. 168 cuts through the Human Brain

      Amsterdam,: Scheltema & Holkema,, 1931.. 11, [i, blank], [ii, index], 14, [ii, blank] pp. Folio (33 x 44 cm.). Original cloth portfolio (in the lowe marging of the front side a very small tear; some minor dust soiling). With 108 magnificent large plates in Helio engravings after photographic records of original sections, and their flimseys. ¶ A very good copy of one of the best Atlases on the subject. Jelgerma did important investigations concerning the small brains and gave with his colleague Cornelis Winkler, the Dutch neuro-anatomy an international reputation. See: &#39;N.N.B.W.&#39; XI, 274.

      [Bookseller: Sylco bvba livres anciens - antiquarian ]
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        Memoirs of an Infantry Officer

      London: Faber & Faber Limited,, 1931. With Illustrations by Barnett Freedman. Octavo. Original illustrated vellum, pictorial endpapers, top edge gilt, others untrimmed. Housed in the publisher&#39;s pictorial slipcase. 15 colour plates and illustrations throughout by Barnett Freedman. An excellent copy in the dust jacket with a few minor nicks and toned spine panel. First illustrated edition, first impression, published the year after the first edition. One of a limited edition of 320 numbered copies signed by the author and artist on the limitation leaf. A lovely copy, uncommon in such nice condition.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        The XIT Ranch of Texas and the Early Days of The Llano Estacado

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

      [Bookseller: Main Street Fine Books & Manuscripts, AB]
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        AUTOGRAPH LETTER, SIGNED

      London. 13 June 1931.. Two pages, in ink, ca.200 words, on recto and verso of half-sheet of letterhead, with envelope addressed in his hand. Some old discolorations/soiling to letter, not affecting integrity or legibility, otherwise good. To A.L. Collison, in Macclesfield. A warm and charming letter about the recipient&#39;s father: "I remember your father very well, though we never met face to face. He wrote to me out of the blue about something or other ...He was then a bookseller - newsagent - philosopher - breeder of kittens and canaries. I was then an active member of the executive committee of the Society of Authors; and the light he threw for me on the relations between literary wholesalers and retailers was not only interesting - for he knew how to pick out the crucial points - but very useful to me. So I took him on as an occasional crony ... My gardener still breeds canaries enthusiastically; and I think it was the Superman [?] canary that started him. I am glad to infer that though my old correspondent was evidently too interested in things of the mind to make a fortune, his family is none the worse. faithfully G. Bernard Shaw."

      [Bookseller: William Reese Company - Literature ABAA-]
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        Shreve, Lamb & Harmon Plans for the Empire State Building's Information Desk, Basement and Foundation.

      Architectural diagram plans for the construction of the Empire State Building. 14 items, all pencil on paper or tracing vellum, various sizes ranging from 8x13 inches to 36x48 inches. Included are 5 plot plans showing the building?s outline and the surrounding streets and properties, 5 section plans of existing vaults and the machine room, 2 sub-basement plans, and the details of the pit for the refrigeration unit. Condition varies, but is generally very good; most of the plans have minor folds or tears in the margins. The freight elevator plan has some tape repairs on the reverse, but is not obtrusive. A plan showing a map of 34th and 33rd Streets has the most damage, with tears in the margin, some pieces missing, and some significant wrinkling; probably the least important plan in this collection. The 102 story landmark Empire State Building was completed in 1931 on the former site of the original Waldof-Astoria Hotel. The cost of construction was about $41 million (estimates suggest that today's cost would be close to $600 million), and was completed in less than a year and a half. The building was designed by William Lamb, of Shreve, Lamb and Harmon, whose plans are included in this collection. Considered as the "Eight Wonder of the World", when it opened, the building has had its share of notoriety, both good and bad. Suicides, a shooting on the observation deck, and even a plane crashing into it in 1945, have been part of the dark side of the building?s history. However, this iconic art deco building is as popular as ever, and probably one of the busiest tourist attractions in New York City. One of the most significant parts of this architectural collection is the plan for the rather famous information desk. Other parts include plans for the sub-basement, the machine room, pit for the freight elevators and refrigeration unit, and several plans illustrating the building?s outline on the surrounding streets. A unique collection of New York City history. History1900s.about.com.

      [Bookseller: Nicholas D. Riccio Rare Books & Prints]
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        Belle chair *

      E. Pelletan/Chez Helleu et Sergent, Paris 1931. - Broché 30 x 24, couverture décorée imprimée rempliée. Infimes défauts. Vers et images lascives, aux lisières de l'érotisme, se font écho par l'élégante typographie qui respire à de belles marges et par une remarquable qualité d'impression sur un voluptueux papier, un Montval cuve pour notre numéro ? Rien ne dit sur les 29 autres dits "de présent" qui pourraient être imprimés sur divers papiers, l'absence de précision étant en faveur de cette hypothèse, vérifiée sur d'autres ouvrages qui comportaient le même genre de flou artistique.Une rencontre subtile. Image visible sur site céleste. Édition originale. Parmi 30 exemplaires de présent numérotés à la main en romain le cinquième (monogrammé par l'éditeur ?), outre 5 vieux Japon, 20 Japon à la forme, 50 Montval et 150 vergé de Hollande.

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        INSCRIBED CARD FROM HART CRANE TO PEGGY COWLEY, CHRISTMAS 1931

      - A Mexican card portraying the Virgin of Guadalupe. The reverse in Crane's hand reads as follows: "Dear Peggy: will answer your good letter soon. Meanwhile meet Mexico's first lady---the Virgin of Guadalupe. Happy Christmas! Love, Hart." An important item since shortly thereafter Crane and Peggy became lovers; sent four months before his death, probably enclosed in an envelope. Crane had attended the annual ceremony of the Feast of the Virgin of Guadalupe around December 12, 1931 and was fascinated by it. This card may reflect that fascination. In very fine condition. [Attributes: Soft Cover]

      [Bookseller: Peter Keisogloff Rare Books, Inc.]
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        Terms of the Armistice

      New York, Press of the Woolly Whale, Armistice Day, , 1931. As originally supplied to the War Department, Washington, D.C. by American G.H.Q. Chaumont, France, 1918. Octavo, original leather-backed aluminium boards, title stamped in black to the upper board. Pictorial endpapers. Spine flaking, boards a little rubbed, but overall very good. First edition, limited to 50 copies "not for sale, being intended solely for private distribution Armistice Day, 1931."

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        Physics Building...U.C.L.A

      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: 6 x 4.75 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 engravinged 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 & &

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

      2 pp. of a bifolium. [1] (blank), [2-3] autograph musical manuscript, [4] (blank). Folio. Notated in black ink on 12-stave "B.p." music manuscript paper, with autograph title and "G. Leopardi dal greco di Saffo" to head, text commencing "Oscuro è il diel; nell&#39; onde la luna già s&#39;asconde." Scored for voice and piano. Undated, but Milan, 1931. & & Slightly worn and soiled; creased at folds with beginnings of splits in a few instances; two very small holes along folds; two very small chips to blank margins. . An Italian composer, conductor and critic, Pizzetti "was the most respected and influential of the more conservative Italian musicians of his generation." Guido M. Gatti and John C.G. Waterhouse in Grove online& & Oscuro è il ciel was first performed at the Teatro del Popolo di Milano on November 25, 1932 by the soprano Ginevra Vivante accompanied by Pizzetti on the piano. The first edition of the work was published by Ricordi in 1933. & & Giacomo Leopardi (1798-1837), often inspired by classical writings, was considered one of the most important 19th century Italian poets.

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        THE OUTERMOST HOUSE. A YEAR OF LIFE ON THE GREAT BEACH OF CAPE COD. Inscribed

      New York: Doubleday Doran, 1931 Beston, Henry. THE OUTERMOST HOUSE. A Year Of Life On The Great Beach Of Cape Cod. Inscribed. New York: Doubleday, Doran and Co., 1931. First Edition, Early Impression [The first was in 1928], Inscribed. 8vo., 222pp., gilt-stamped blue cloth illustrated with photographs by William A. Bradford & others. Neatly inscribed in dark blue fountain pen on the front free endpaper: "Faithfully yours, Henry Beston". An extraordinary near fine or better bright copy; one of the best examples of condition that we have ever encountered lacking the uncommon dustwrapper. Illustrated with 31 original photographs by William A. Bradford, A.C. Bent, G.A. Whiting, D.B. MacMillan and others. A superb example of Henry Beston&#39;s now classic observations of Cape Cod in the tradition of Henry David Thoreau. Custom TBCL dark blue slipcase in very fine condition. . Signed by Author. 1st Edition, Early Printing.

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        Grass Fire

      Los Angeles: Bruce McCallister, 1931. Matted in Rag Board First printing Fine Fine condition. Image: 8 x 7 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 engravinged 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 & &

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        Les Principes de la Mecanique Quantique. Traduit par Al. Proca et J. Ullmo. Recueil de Conferences-Rapports de Documentation sur la Physique

      Paris: Presses Universitaires de France, 1931. *The price of this item HAS BEEN temporarily REDUCED by 10% until Sunday, Sept. 1. Order now for BEST SAVINGS! first French edition; viii, 314 pp., original paper wrappers (softcover), spine chipped and darkened, else good+. Photos available upon request.

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        SHADOWS ON THE ROCK

      New York: Alfred A. Knopf. 1931. First Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. Very Good in a Good dust jacket, owner name and date to FEP. Stated First Edition. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall .

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        Six Stories Written in the FIRST PERSON SINGULAR

      1931. London: William Heinemann, (1931). Original blue cloth, with dust jacket. First English Edition (published a month after the American one) of this collection of six tales.~They were set in England and on the Continent. Maugham meant to show that his countrymen could misbehave at home just as well as in the tropics. In "Virtue" a middle-aged woman leaves her husband for a younger man because she thinks it is the honest thing to do. Her husband then kills himself, and the lover deserts her. Maugham had made the point before that a virtue taken to an extreme leads to disaster. If she had had an affair with the younger man, things would have been all right. [Morgan]~This volume is bright and fine with the sole exception of a couple of small rubbed spots on the front cover; the leaves are "tight enough" to suggest that the book has not been read. The dust jacket, with P. Youngman Carter&#39;s illustration of a gentleman leaning against a giant letter "I" (on both the front cover and the spine), just about fine as well -- one small droplet-mark on the spine, one tiny abrasion with pin-hole on the front panel, but essentially no other wear nor soil. The best jacket for this title that we have seen. Toole Stott A42b. Provenance: from the library of Otis Skinner Blodget (the son of actress and author Cornelia Otis Skinner), with his loosely-inserted bookplate.

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        The Real McCoy

      Doubleday, Doran & Company, Garden City 1931 - First edition. Fine in near fine dustwrapper but for a small chip on the spine. "The true story of Captain Bill McCoy of the Tomoka, the founder of Rum Row and King of Rum Runners." Inscribed by the subject of the book: "To Bob Davis, the man who suggested that this yarn be put in print. Bill McCoy." McCoy was probably the most famous of the rum runners, who would bring liquor to the edge of American territorial waters and offload it onto small craft in order to elude the authorities. Rum runners were famous for watering the liquor that they illegally imported during Prohibition. McCoy apparently never did so, and handled only high quality brands, hence popularizing the phrase "The Real McCoy." Scarce either signed or in jacket. See this book in 3D on our site. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        L&#39;Amour Et La Memoire

      Paris: Editions Surrealistes, 1931. First edition. Orig. salmon, pebbled stiff wrappers. Very good/No Dust Jacket. Dali, Salvador. 26 pages. 19 x 14 cm. Photographic frontispiece of a very young, thin Dali. Limited edition, copy 67 of 310 on velin blanc. Text in French. Partly unopened, title page slightly toned, backstrip and front cover fore-edge repaired with archival tape.

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

      Havana, Cuba: Molina & Cia. No date, c. 1931. Presumed first edition of this exceedingly rare cookbook, which represents the first published collection of Cuban food and drink recipes (including the Mojito) available in English. Many of the headings in this copy have been underlined in light pencil, which we have not attempted to erase; otherwise, excepting a few scattered smudges throughout, interior is clean and bright; there are upper-corner creases on pp. 63 and 77; binding remains secure, with only a few rubmarks on the black cloth at the spine shoulders and ends; the affixed title-plate on the front cover is a bit faded and shows a clear dripstain, with no attendant water damage, and some rubbing and a chip along the right edge; otherwise clean and sound. 158pp. w/index.. Hard Cover. Good/No Jacket.

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        The Lodger (Early Edition, in dust jacket)

      New York: Jonathan Cape and Harrison Smith, 1931. Second printing of the American edition. Basis for two important films: the first a silent in 1927 directed by Alfred Hitchcock, the second a key film noir in 1944 directed by John Brahm and starring Laird Cregar. Near Fine in an about Good example of the rare dust jacket. Jacket has some loss at the heel and a couple of corners, some separation at the front flap fold, a somewhat toned spine panel, and shadows from a couple of old tape reinforcements (now removed). The only early jacketed copy of Mrs. Belloc Lowndes&#39; famous crime novel that we have ever encountered. Haycraft-Queen cornerstone.

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        Carmen and letters from Spain *

      Harrison of Paris, New-York 9.1931. - Relié 23 x 18, plein papier chamois, couverture illustrée, titre et tête dorés, étui avec pièce de titre contrecollée. L'un des 595 exemplaires numérotés sur Rives, outre 50 Japon et 20 hors commerce. Une curiosité que cet ouvrage imprimé pour un éditeur américain, ymagé de délicates composition en demi-teintes, sur des thèmes espagnols (corrida & cie) chers à l'auteur-artiste qui fournit une lithographie originale pour "Huit jours à Séville" de Carco et publia dans ces années mouvementées deux volumes relatant ses propres périples dans le Sud: Notes et croquis de voyage & Barcelone et Ailleurs.Nous disposons de certains originaux en variantes d'illustrations, dont celle frontispice et de la page 119; l'image de la 94, figurant une scène de corrida est celle dont on semble le plus aisément trouvé des projets, à l'encre ou au lavis.

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        The Shakespeare Head Brontë

      Oxford: Basil Blackwell & Houghton Mifflin Co. (pr. at the Shakespeare Head Press), 1931. 11 vols. 8vo (24 cm, 9.45"). I [Charlotte]: Frontis., x, [2], 312 pp.; 2 plts. II: Frontis., [6], 284 pp.; 2 plts. III: Frontis., [8], 351 pp.; 2 plts. IV: Frontis., [6], 362 pp.; 2 plts. V: Frontis., [8], 319, [1] pp.; 2 plts. VI: Frontis., [6], 313, [1] pp.; 2 plts. VII: Frontis., [10], 283, [1] pp.; 1 plt. I [Anne]: Frontis., [8], 220 pp.; 2 plts. II: Frontis., xi, [1], 282 pp.; 2 plts. III: Frontis., [6], 278 pp.; 1 plt. I [Emily]: Frontis., xii, 385, [1], 9, [1] pp.; 1 plt. Large-paper issue of this 11-volume set of the works of all three Brontë sisters, illustrated by Jack Hewer with a total of 30 architectural and landscape views. The novels are complete here, including Agnes Grey, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, Wuthering Heights, Jane Eyre, Shirley, Villette, and The Professor. (There were several additional volumes of miscellaneous writings, letters, and biography published in this "Shakespeare Head" series, which was not complete until 1938; they are not part of this set.) Of the 1000 copies printed of this, 500 were printed on large paper and reserved for issue in America. The present example (numbered 452) is of the large paper size and in green cloth; it is not clear to us by what rule copies were bound in this green cloth and which in the orange reported elsewhere. NCBEL, III, 865. Original green cloth, spines with printed paper labels, lacking the dust wrappers (which are scarce and almost never seen); labels darkened, a few starting to peel up at corners. Pages untrimmed, with some signatures unopened. A beautiful, clean example of this set.

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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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        THE PUBLIC ENEMY (True First Edition INSCRIBED BY JAMES CAGNEY)

      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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        FABLES OF AESOP

      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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        SWALLOWS AND AMAZONS

      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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