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        History of Galveston, Texas.

      A. H. Cawston, Galveston. 1931.. First Edition hardcover of a very scarce history of Galveston Island in Texas. The book 's contents are divided into two parts - the first being the text and illustrations of the history of the island (11 chapters through page 128) and part II the biographical sketches, many with portraits, of the important leading citizens of Galveston. Biographical sketches start on page 129 and continue to the end of the book. 408 pages with biographical index. Published in 1931 this book is in remarkable condition. All illustrations and plates are present. No names, writing, or marks in the book. Book is tightly bound and is in its original published condition. Book is in Nearly Fine condition and has been protected with an archival mylar clear cover added by the bookseller. First Edition, First Printing. Book condition: Near Fine. Book issued without a jacket. Binding is: Hardcover. 7 3/4 in. x 10 3/4 in.

      [Bookseller: Quinn & Davis Booksellers]
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        On The Road. No 6 to No 13 (8 issues)

      Bentley Motors (1931) Ltd, London, not dated, 1930s,. 11.5" x 9", 32pp, comprising 4pp or 5pp forewords by Leigh Bennett, William Boddy etc followed by captioned black & white photographs of Bentleys with fashionable backdrops, light brown card covers with embossed titles and Bentley logo. In the late 1930s Bentley produced a series of 13 'On The Roads', these are the last 8, all are rare. There is some foxing to the front cover of No 6 and a little light cover wear generally, otherwise they are all in lovely condition. Some contain original Bentley leaflets - 'Bentley Servicing in France', 'Warning - Continental High Speed Roads' and so on. Leigh Bennett was noted for his golf books and his work for the Southern Railway and William (Bill) Boddy edited Motor Sport for 55 years and wrote a number of motoring books, particularly on Brooklands. The price is for all 8 issues. UK shipping will br by myHermes for £3.35. Overseas shipping will be considerably more

      [Bookseller: Gerald Baker PBFA]
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      The Bobbs Merrill Company 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, ABAA ]
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      Boston: Christopher Publishing House, 1931. . First printing. . Bound in embossed paper covered boards (with an overall leafy design) with gold lettering on the front and spine. Some light overall soiling and slight fading of the lettering on the spine, a hint of bowing to the boards, but overall in very good condition. A scarce book in the first edition, and especially so inscribed. . Includes poems, a collection of humorous prose pieces in dialect and a drama entitled "Environment." INSCRIBED by the author to 'Mrs. L. Green' with the notation "'Zipporah' in 'Green Pastures' 1931" added below her signature. In addition, this copy has the ownership name of noted African American attorney Wendell E. Green (one of the founders of the National Bar Association in 1925).

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      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'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.

      [Bookseller: TBCL The Book Collector's Library]
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        The Wind in the Willows. Signed Limited Edition

      London Methuen & Co Ltd 1931. VG - in very good condition with green slipcase. Corners bumped Limited Edition. 68/200 Grey hardback boards with green cloth spine and cream title panel 230mm x 180mm (9" x 7"). 312pp. Signed by Grahame and Shepard on limitation page.

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        Köpfe des Alltags.

      Unbekannten Menschen gesehen von Helmar Lerski. 80 Lichtbilder, mit einer Einleitung von Curt Glaser. Berlin: Hermann Reckendorf 1931. With 80 b/w photographs. 4to. X pp. + photog. Publisher's cloth. No dust jackets.. [Everyday Heads: Unknown People]. Parr & Badger I, 130

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        The Life Portraits of Washington and Their Replicas (Signed)

      Philadelphia Printed for the Subscribers (1931). Limited edition. Folio, Full leather, black and white plates, xxiv, 432 pages. Condition: very good in a good dust jacket, slipcased. An ambitious attempt to catalogue the work of the 27 painters and sculptors for whom George Washington sat during his lifetime. Illustrated with numerous full page tissue-guarded plates reproducing these likenesses. Many works by Gilbert Stuart, Charles Willson Peale, Jean Antoine Houdon, John Ramage, James Sharples, and the like. Also includes a section on fictitious portraits, where the artist is unknown, the work is a composite, etc. This is copy is #95 of the special edition of only 100, extra illustrated specially bound in gilt-stamped red morocco, numbered and SIGNED by both authors. Chipping at head and heel of spine, shallow bump at lower fore corner of upper board. Jacket has a 1" triangular chip at head of spine, shallow chipping along heel of spine. Slipcase bound in red cloth shows some wear, slightly split along one short seam. Americana

      [Bookseller: Back Creek Books LLC, ABAA/ILAB]
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      Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, (1931)., 1931 Pinkerton, Robert E THE GENTLEMEN ADVENTURERS. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, (1931). 8vo., 357pp. First edition. Gilt lettered blue cloth. A near fine copy in a very good example of the uncommon dustwrapper showing a few small chips at the perimeter. Pinkerton's history of the Hudson's Bay Company. Very Scarce.. 1st Edition.

      [Bookseller: TBCL The Book Collector's Library]
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      (n.p.): (n.p.). (n.d.). A black and white photograph of Williams with Cheryl Crawford, who produced Williams' plays The Rose Tattoo and Sweet Bird of Youth. Crawford was one of the key figures in American theater over the course of a career lasting more than five decades: in 1931 she co-founded the Group Theater with Harold Clurman and Lee Strasberg, and she directed its first commercial success, Men in White, which won the Pulitzer Prize. In 1946 she was a co-founder of the American Repertory Theater and in 1947 a co-founder of the Actors' Studio, which trained such actors as Marlon Brando, James Dean, Jane Fonda and others. She was also important in the early careers of such actors as Ethel Barrymore, Tallulah Bankhead, Helen Hayes, Ingrid Bergman, and others. 12-1/2" x 9-1/2". Fine, mounted to display board that shows some handling and wear. From the estate of Cheryl Crawford. . First Edition.

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        THE WAVES. Presentation Copy

      London: Hogarth Press, 1931 Woolf, Virginia. THE WAVES. Inscribed By Virginia Woolf. London: The Hogarth Press, 1931. First Edition neatly Inscribed by Virginia Woolf to Janet Strachan, a clerk at the Hogarth Press, on the front free endpaper and dated 1931. "Janet Strachan from Virginia Woolf / 1931". 8vo. 325 pp. An excellent copy in deep purple cloth, gilt titles to the spine, some marginal fading to the heel and crown of the spine in the Vanessa Bell dustwrapper with one tiny chip on the bottom of the front panel and some very minimal use at the heel of the spine. Virginia Woolf wrote in her diary that she was writing The Waves "to a rhythm not to a plot". Kirkpatrick And Clarke A16a. Woolmer 279. "Her most experimental novel." Connolly 100, The Modern Movement #70. Custom embossed TBCL Clamshell Case in fine condition. . Signed by Author. First Edition.

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        TURKESTANSKIY KHLOPOK. [Turkestan Cotton].

      Published by OGIZ Molodaya Guradiya, Moscow 1931. Richly illustr. with colourdrawings by M. Rankov, E. Rodova. 12 pp

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        LES BALLETS SUÉDOIS dans l'Art Contemporain. Texte de Fokine, Haquinius, De Mare, Rémon, Tansman, Tugal.

      Contributions de: Claudel, Casella, Cendrars, Cocteau, Inghelbrecht, Milhaud, Pirandello, Picabia, Roland-Manuel. Paris: Editions du Trianon 1931. With 64 photo-engravings + 14 pochoir stage designs in separate folder by Bonnard, Chirico, Colin, Dardel, Foujita, Gladky, Hellé, Hugo, Lagut, Laprade, Léger, Murphy, Nerman, Parr, Perdriat and Steinlen. Cover with illustr. by Fernand Léger. 200 p. + plates. Limited to 1000 numbered copies. Unopened in cover and slipcase.. Copy no. 120

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        The Sands of Muskeget: A Christmas Holiday

      . Signed Christmas greeting card laid-in. Bound in original illustrated boards. Minor chips and closed tears to the head and the heel of the spine. Hard Cover. Book condition: Near fine condition

      [Bookseller: James & Mary Laurie Booksellers (A.B.A.A]
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        Southwest Historical Series (Volume I thru XII)

      All first editions All twelve volumes of this complete set are in very good+ to fine condition in the publisher's original maroon cloth covered boards with gilt text stamped on the spines. All are small quartos measuring 9 1/4" by 6 1/4" with the top edge of the text block in gilt and the other edges untrimmed. Some of the gilt text on the spines has tarnished to a darker shade, most of the volumes have a prior owner's book plate on the front paste down and volume I was originally owned by the U. S. Army. None of the volumes are in their original, plain brown dust jackets. The volumes in the set include: Adventures in the Santa Fe Trade by James Webb, 1931, 301 pages; Frontier life in the Army by Eugene Bandel, 1932, 350 pages; Journal of a Soldier Under Kearny and Doniphan by George Gibson, 1935, 371 pages; Marching With the Army of the West by Johnston, et al, 1936, 368 pages; Southern Trails to California in 1849 by Ralph Bieber, 1937, 387 pages; Wah-To-Yah and the Taos Trail by Beiber, 1938, 377 pages; Exploring Southwestern Trails by Averam Bender, 1938, 383 pages; Historic Sketches of The Cattle Trade of The West and Southwest by Bieber, 1940, 435 pages; Pike's Peak Gold Rush Guidebooks of 1859 edited by Hafen, 1940, 346 pages; Colorado Gold Rush edited by Hafen, 1941, 386 pages; Overland Routes to the Fold Fields edited by Hafen, 1942, 320 pages; The Southwest Historical Series edited by Bieber and Hafen, 1943, 364 pages. (Clark & Brunet, 19; Howes, S791) Due to the size and weight of this set please contact Town's End Books in advance of placing an order to obtain a quote for shipping costs.Our code number = TB25719

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        Davos 1930-1931.

      27x34 cm. 2 Bl., 52 Tafeln. Originallederband mit goldgeprägtem Deckeltitel und vierfacher Deckelfiletierung. 22/42 numerieten Exemplaren. - Aus dem Vorwort: "Dieses Werk, in 42 numerierten Exemplaren ..., deren Skizzen nach alphabetischem Rang folgen, ist von mir selbst in Genf herausgegeben. Es sind originale Lithographien auf Holland-van Gelder-Papier und die Steine wurden nach dem Druck vernichtet." - Porträts von Davoser Persönlichkeiten sowie Gästen, von den Porträtierten und von Roche signiert und viele von Roche betitelt. Mit 2 Sportszenen: Eishockey, Skispringer. Mit 2 farbigen Landschaftsbilder. - Kanten berieben. - Sauber. [11 Warenabbildungen bei]

      [Bookseller: Daniel Thierstein Buchantiquariat]
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        The Glass Key

      Alfred A. Knopf London: Alfred A. Knopf. 1931. First. First edition, preceding the American edition, and first issue, with the Knopf imprint (later issues have the Cassell imprint). Attractive engraved bookplate on the front pastedown, slightly cocked, and with a small, not too obtrusive stain on the front board, otherwise near fine, lacking the rare dustwrapper. A very attractive copy of the author's fourth book. This true first, English edition is exceptionally uncommon, and flat out rare in the jacket (which this copy lacks). Knopf published in the U.K. for only a few years, and generally produced very small editions. .

      [Bookseller: Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. ABA]
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      Charles Scribner's Sons New York: Charles Scribner's Sons. 1931. First. First edition. Fine in a very near fine dustwrapper with the slightest of uniform age-toning. A lovely copy of the author's uncommon and fragile first novel. Gordon's reputation as the "den mother" for the Southern Literary Renaissance has overshadowed the excellence and enduring qualities of her own work, which are certain to be better appreciated by future generations of critics. .

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        To Stære II.

      Træsnit. 1931. 24,6 x 19,2 cm. I passepartout. Monogramsigneret i trykket.. Holger Rasmussen 172

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        Les Metamorphoses. Eaux-fortes originales de Pablo PICASSO. With extra suite of canceled plates

      Lausanne: Albert Skira Editeur, 1931, first Picasso edition of the first major book ill'd by Picasso (and Skira's first project), number 114 of 145 impressions printed entirely on Arches a la main (handmade) paper, signed by Pablo Picasso in pencil on the justification page. The complete book with the classic text by Ovid in French and 30 original etchings by Picasso, printed in black, 15 of them hors-texte. This exemplar comes with an extra suite of 30 original hors-texte etchings with remarques, from the canceled plates. The suite is number V of 10 exemplars on Chine paper. Plate size 12.5 x 8.8 in (31 x 22 cm); 394 pages, both the complete book and the extra suite very well and elegantly bound in full black morocco, fit in a matching slipcase; the original wrappers preserved; overall size 13.5 x 11 x 3 in (34 x 27 x 7 cm). An exceptional copy with an unbelievable state of preservation; the etchings and pages are clean, crisp and bright, void of foxing; the only minor exception is two pages have a small faint stain on one of the edges; also, the slipcase with a couple of minor stain spots. References: Goeppert-Cramer 19; Bloch 99-128; Rauch 54; ”From Manet to Hockney” 91; Lejard 136; Skira 292; Stern 92; Geiser 143-191; Chapon pp.146-148; Matarasso 19; Logan Collection 56; Museum of Modern Art 162; ”The Artist & The Book” 224: ”The Ovid is the first of Picasso's major illustrated books and the beginning of a graphic book production that has continued unceasingly to the present. In his graphic work of the 1930's, the artist often displayed a strongly classical spirit, but his line is never static or conventional - rather subtly distorted to give a sense of freedom and movement”. Castleman pp. 30, 61, 93, 111 & 242: ”In this, Picasso's first serious attempt to follow a text and provide an alternate vision of it, he exploited his innate talent for organizing line into compositions. Even where he depicted the movement of horses, they appear as if in a classic frieze, and their activity does not rupture the picture plane”.

      [Bookseller: Gemini Fine Books & Arts, Ltd.]
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        Der Bauingenieur. Zeitschrift für das gesamte Bauwesen. (1925 - 1931, 6. - 12. Jahrgang; 7 Jahrgänge in 7 Bänden).

      4°, zus. ca. 7000 S., zahlr. Abb. u. Pläne, Priv.-HLwd. d. Zt. m. gold. Rückentitel., Blattränder gebräunt, einige Deckel unten m. grossflächigem Fettfleck, innen sauber. Organ des deutschen Eisenbau-Verbandes und des deutschen Beton-Vereins, Organ der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Bauingenieurwesen, Organ des Beton- und Tiefbau-Wirtschaftsverbandes und des Beton und Tiefbau-Arbeitgeberverbandes für Deutschland.

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        Mickey Mouse Story Book

      David McKay Company Philadelphia: David McKay Company, 1931. First edition, first printing.. Fine. Yes. 8vo. (2),62pp. Original tan cloth blocked in black on the upper board; pictorial color pasteon. Nicely done black and white illustrations throughout accompanying the stories about Mickey having Traffic Trouble; going to a Birthday Party; stepping Out; and going Fishin' Around. Minnie and Pluto are featured, as well as the seldom seen Horace Horsecollar and Clarabelle Cow. The binding is fine and bright with only a few stray marks, a trace of soil and wear; it is very nice indeed. The text has a few fingering smudges and stains else is fine as well. Overall a truly lovely copy and scarce in this condition. This title seems to have been issued in three bindings: pictorial card covers, cloth spine with pictorial card boards, and full cloth with pictorial pasteon. So far as we can determine, the ful cloth binding is the scarcest of the three.

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      NY: Jonathan Cape & Harrison Smith, (1931). First edition, first issue, first binding. This is Faulkner's sixth novel, which marked his first commercial success. The story was bought by Paramount in 1932 and was adapted twice for film as "The Story of Temple Drake." As with other titles from this era, copies of this book are difficult to obtain in fine condition. This is a very fine copy in a very fine dust wrapper, which shows a couple of minor areas of restoration.

      [Bookseller: Bromer Booksellers]
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        Beggar's Choice

      J.B. Lippincott Company Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Company, 1931. FIRST AMERICAN EDITION. Hardcover. Near fine copy in a superb fine dust jacket .

      [Bookseller: Robert Dagg Rare Books ]
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        Figures by a Rocky Cliff

      n.p. may 13 1931 n.p., may 13, 1931. 9 x 12 in. . Inscribed "Pascin Estate/ May 13/31" and stamped with a collector's stamp. Pen and ink on paper. Framed . A sketch of four figures appears on the reverse. A lovely pen and ink drawing typical of Pascin's lively, gestural style

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        Gastronomisches Italien. [Culinary Italy]. Map title: Gastronomisches Italien. Karte der Wichtigsten Gastronomischen Spezialitaten Der Italienischen Lander

      Italy.: Ente Nazionale Industrie Turistiche. (ENIT). 1931.. Color pictographic / pictorial map, 25 x 17 3/4 inches on sheet size 26 1/4 x 18 3/4 inches, folding as issued to pamphlet 9 1/2 x 4 1/4 inches, text in German and illustrations on verso. Splits to edges of top two folds on left side with light wear to second fold (these were the exposed edges of the folded pamphlet, overall very good condition. A handsome, richly colored Art Deco style map of Italy by Umberto Zimelli highlighting the food and wine found throughout Italy. Verso includes Deco inspired illustrations of food and wine from different Italian regions. This is the German language version of a brochure promoting tourism in Italy that was issued in several languages. Alberto Capatti & Massimo Montanari write in their book "Italian Cuisine: A Cultural History": "During the two decades of Fascist rule, the exploration of gastronomy was completed by obtaining a complete map of the regions, by sketching out a preliminary inventory of typical products, and by promoting the awareness of local cuisines with books, advertising campaigns, shows, and festivals. The artist Umberto Zimelli was commissioned by ENIT (the Italian National Tourist Board) to create "La carta delle principali specialità gastronomiche delle regioni italiane" (Map of the principal culinary specializations of the Italian regions). This was a map with which foreigners could identify the best products available in the cheese or dessert industry, the best wines and preserved foods, and contemplate steaming bowls of pasta placed between bottles of wine and molds of cheese." A handsome Deco Map - one of the most sought-after items of Italian travel ephemera. .

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      NY: Knopf, 1931. Second edition, third binding. This edition contains fourteen new poems, while dropping three from the original edition. The complete printing of the second edition consisted of 1,500 copies, which were bound over a period of thirteen years. This copy is inscribed by Stevens on a preliminary blank. The inscription reads: "The basis of poetry is response" and is dated "Sept. 14, 1943." If one could condense Stevens's particular approach to literary creation into a single sentence, this could certainly be it. For Stevens, the pursuit of the real in poetry -- his Supreme Fiction -- is rooted in its immediacy: "Part of the res itself and not about it. / The poet speaks the poem as it is, / Not as it was." Poetry, in Stevens's view, is language used in response to life as it is lived, making this an extraordinary inscription. Stevens signed very infrequently, and inscriptions appear even less often. As a basis for comparison, the Neville copy of this edition, which sold in 2004, was signed ten days after Pearl Harbor and contained a single sentence inscription about war. This is a fine, bright copy in cloth-backed pale blue boards and with the dust wrapper, which is toned along the spine, has a nearly invisible split along the front fold, and has a chip in the upper left corner of the front panel.

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        The Chimes by Charles Dickens Illustrated by Arthur Rackham Introduction by Edward Wagenknecht Printed in London for Members of the Limited Edition Club 1931 Numbered 1155 of 1500 Copies Worldwide and Signed by Arthur Rackham in Original Slip Case

      The Limited Edition Club 1931. This is an absolutely stunning work by the acclaimed Arthur Rackham of Charles Dickens' Christmas Book, The Chimes. The original publisher's slip case has a tan background, the design of which duplicates the endpapers, with the sprites in red and the bell in gold. The titles on the spine are red. There is age marking to the slip case which is complete and of a solid construction, with numbering to the spine which appears to be in the same hand as the Limitation Page where Arthur Rackham has signed (possibly numbered by Arthur Rackham). An extremely attractive and collectible slip case. The book is bound in tan cloth with pictorial stamping in black and gold to the top board, and gold lettering to the spine. The spine is darkened, but the gilt to the spine is incredibly bright. The front board is extremely clean with only slight wear and with the gilt as bright as the day it was issued; and the back board has light marks and very slight fading to a vertical area by the spine - very light and only mentioned for completeness. The boards are in Very Good and attractive condition. There are 128 numbered pages, the top edges being in brilliant gilt and the bottom edges are uncut. The pictorial endpapers are brown on a white background and are in Fine condition. Additionally, there are 6 full page and 14 smaller black and white illustrations throughout the book, with the Frontispiece and Title Page having illustrations to the top of their pages in brown. The pages are very tightly bound in and in Near Fine condition. The Limitation Page bears a large flourishing signature by Arthur Rackham. A beautiful example of this limited edition first edition signed book by Arthur Rackham of this Charles Dickens classic. Definitely one book for your collection

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        Original cover or wrapper design for The Grey Coast by Neil M. Gunn, The Porpoise Press; four figures in a central cartouche, c.1931, pen and ink, 192 x 251mm overall. The second edition of the novel was published by the Porpoise Press in 1931, an important Scottish publishing house later absorbed by Faber, after first publication by Jonathan Cape in 1926. Neil Gunn was 'arguably the most influential Scottish fiction writer of the first half of the twentieth century' according to Wikipedia. It isn't clear whether Freedman's wrapper design was used and the design wasn't seen by Ian Rogerson when preparing his monograph.

      This item comes from the material belonging to the Estate of Barnett Freedman, which is now offered for sale; the Estate consists of proofs of images of all kinds, Christmas cards, original book designs and proofs of dust wrappers, posters, original artwork and much more. Where appropriate, items will bear the studio stamp 'Barnett Freedman Estate', a blind-stamped legend in a circle.

      [Bookseller: Simon Lawrence ]
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        Daughter of Fu Manchu

      Doubleday Doran and Company Garden City: Doubleday, Doran and Company. 1931. First. First American edition. A small erasure on the front fly, slight rubbing to the boards, very good or better in a price-clipped, fair only dustwrapper (illustrated by George Annand) with a triangular chip at the crown, and the extremities and folds backed with brown paper. Still, very uncommon in a reasonably whole jacket. Filmed in 1931 as Daughter of the Dragon, directed by Lloyd Corrigan, and featuring Anna May Wong, Warner Oland, and Sessue Hayakawa. .

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        Amphitryon 38. Comédie en trois actes.

      Paris: Les Éditions du Bélier 1931. Illustr. with original woodcuts by Mariano Andreu. 217 pp, Limited to 1000 copies. Uncut with orig. wrappers and topedge gilt bound in nice contemporary halfleather with golddecorations on spine. Binding signed Jakob Baden.. Copy no. 401 of 857 on vélin de chiffon, specially made by les Papeteries de Lana

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      Bonniers 1931. Originalupplaga. 131,(1) s. Samtida helt skinnband, bunden oskuren med omslag. Blekt och fläckad rygg, ojämnt blekta pärmar. (Carl Weiner Halmstad). Dedikation " Till Ernst Roos med handslag från Harry Martinson". Tillskrift "Till Monica från far 15.9 1956. Ernst Roos. 22,5 x 17 cm.. Ernst Roos var chefredaktör för Sjömannen i vilken Harry Martinson bidrog med dikter

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        IL FRONTESPIZIO. Rassegna mensile diretta da Piero Bargellini.

      In-folio e in-4 p., bross. Periodico straordinariamente importante per la vita letteraria italiana. Fondato nel 1929 (il primo numero apparve il 26 maggio) e diretto inizialmente da Enrico Lucatello, la sua pubblicazione si protrasse sino al 1940. (Dal 1931 al 1936 il formato è in folio). Ricchissimo il materiale iconografico: disegni, xilografie, sculture, dipinti, ecc. dei più celebri artisti italiani moderni quali Bartolini, Bugiani, Carrà, Casorati, De Pisis, Maccari, Manzù, Morandi, Rosai, Severini, Soffici, Viani, ecc. Ai più importanti di essi sono dedicate tavv. f.t. e pagine con notizie bio-bibliogr. Vi si leggono prose e poesie originali, tra gli altri di Angioletti, Bargellini, Bigiaretti, Bo, Carrà, Cassola, Luzi, Manacorda, Prezzolini, Quasimodo, Sereni, ecc. Cfr. Diz. Vallecchi,I, p. 544. Di questo mensile offriamo una raccolta compIeta di 10 annate in bross., dal 1931 (Anno III) al 1940, quasi tutto il pubblicato. Esempl. ben conservato.

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        SOLARIA, (anno VI 1931 - 9 fascicoli su 10 usciti - manca sett-ottobre) rivista mensile di letteratura diretta da ALBERTO CAROCCI e ALESSANDRO BONSANTI, Firenze, Parenti, 1931

      16 x 22, brossura nocciola, bs. salvo qualche dorso da sistemare. pp. 70-90 cadauno. Mitica rivista fiorentina che ha caratterizzato un'epoca molto importante., In questa annata scrtitti di A. Loria, QUASIMODO, SERGIO SOLMI, MONTALE, Baccio M.Bacci, G. Manzini, UMBERTO SABA, Fracchia, Capasso,Adriano Grande. Corrado Alvaro, Guido Piovene, Vittorini, GADDA, Franchi R., Vieri Nannetti e tanti altri. Vari disegni di Marino Marini, De Pisis, Italo Griselli, I nove fascicoli ( in caso di richiesta di singolo fascicolo ci riserviamo di rispondere) vengono offerti in blocco a

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        Il Gioco del Calcio Fiorentino

      Rinascmen to de Libro Florence: Rinascmen to-de Libro, 1931. Limited edition. Hardcover. vg. Sm. folio. 1/400 copies. 146 pp. of text followed by 48 pp. of color and b&w plates. Quarter vellum over gold-stamped paper-covered boards, protected by modern mylar. Gold lettering on spine. Title-page vignette. Introduction by Lando Ferretti. First comprehensive book on Florentine soccer, illustrated with b/w and duo-tone reproductions of photographs, reproductions of drawings of costumes in rich vibrant colors, photogravures, as well as facsimiles of various art work in b/w. Many of the plates show players in their original costumes, at games and ceremonies. Rare history and bibliography of Calcio, by many considered the father of football (soccer). The sport has its origins in ancient Greece and Rome. Includes 2 pages illustrated with flags in color. Age wear, scuffing and some staining on binding. 4" split along tail of spine on front board, 2" split along same area on back board, firmly holding. Paper on title-page split along gutter. 2 1/2" crooked, closed tear on lower right corner of title illustration page. Small abrasions and chipping on same area on following four, last two, and few other pages. Text in Italian. Binding in good+, interior in near fine condition. Rare. Contents: Introduzione / Bibliografia dell' antico Gioco del Calcio Discorso riassuntivo / Descrizione bibliografica delle opere / Indice generale dei nomi di autori, traduttori, commentatori, illustratori, tipografi, ecc. / Il "Calcio" nella Storia / La partita del 17 Febbraio 1530 / La ripresa storica del 1930 / Appendice / Societa storica per il Gioco del Calcio fiorentino: Statuto e Regolamento / Comitato che ha organizzato la rievocazione storica del Gioco del Calcio nel 1930 , I Consiglio della Societa storica per il Gioco del Calcio (1931) / Elenco dei dignitari e degli ufficiali che parteciparono alla storica ripresa del 1930/31, Giocatori

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        FRONTE, rivista bimestrale d'arte e di letteratura. Primo Fasc. n. 1 (giugno 1931), Roma, Tip. Camera dei Deputati, 1931

      cm. 28 x cm. 21,5 - brossura. Rivista, assai rara, diretta da Marino Mazzacurati . Copertina illustrata al tratto da Scipione (Gino Bonichi Dopo essere stata presentata nel marzo '31 su"Italia Letteraria" come un evento letterario-artistico, considerati gli artisti chiamati a collaborare, la rivista esce faticosamente nel giugno '31; poi, nonostante il successo e i consensi, vedrà la luce soltanto un secondo numero ad ottobre '31, sopratutto per le difficoltà economiche di Mazzacurati, costretto a Gualtieri (RE) e quindi impossibilitato a vivere a Roma e proseguire la sua regia e la ragnatela di relazioni per sostenere la qualità ed il livello della rivista stessa. Assai interessante è la "presentazione sul primo numero" che recita : ...Quelli che vogliono essere gli intenti di questa rivista, abbiamo la presunzioine di credere che risultino sempre più chiari dalla scelta degli artisti invitati ad offrirci il contributo delle loro opere. Un discorso preliminare, per quanto diffuso e cattedratico, non potrebbe portarci che a riconoscere nella felicità di una compiutezza espressiva il fine ultimo dell'arte... Nel 1988, per l'editore De Luca, uscirà un apprezzabile "quaderno di ricerca" che inquadra le vicende della Rivista, con interessanti riferimenti alla sua nascita ed agli importanti collegamenti tra i protagonisti, inseriti nel contesto culturale dell'epoca. , NUMERO UNO GIUGNO 1931 - Scritti di Carlo Carrà "Revisioni", Ernesto De Fiori "Scultura", G.B. Angioletti "La prosa italiana d'oggi", Giuseppe Ungaretti "Cinque Canti", Arturo Loria "La serra", Sergio Solmi "Pensieri sull'arte", Enrico Falqui "Punti di vista", Giuseppe Raimondi "Nuovi appunti su Baudelaire", Alberto Moravia "Due considerazioni sopra il romanzo inglese", Alberto Savinio "La voce del drago", Alfredo Mezio "Ritorno", Guido Piovene "L'arte di Alvaro", Giansiro Ferrata "Nota su Cardareli". Inoltre ci sono tavole e disegni fuori testo : Mario Mafai "Disegno" (tre tavole con lo stesso titolo). Carlo Carrà "Il veliero", e "Ponte caricatore di Forte dei Marmi", Quirino Ruggeri "Ritratto di Maria Grazia Bottai" e "ritratto di Viviana Bottai", Arturo Martini "Tomba di Ippolito Nievo" e "Ritratto del dott. Swartz", Giorgio Morandi "Paesaggio" e "Natura morta", Ernesto De Fiori "Ritratto di Marlene Dietrich" e "Adamo", Scipione "Piazza Navona" e "Apocalisse", Mario Mafai "Autoritratto" e "Composizione", Marino Mazzacurati "Nudo" e "Paesaggio".

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        Old English Clocks Being a Collector's Observations on Some Seventeenth Century Clocks By F.H. Green Together with Over Fifty Plates from Photographs of the Finest Specimens

      Ditchling: St Dominics Press, 1931.. First Edition. Quarter Leather. Very Good. First edition of this privately printed limited edition book, this being number 105 of 300. Printed on hand-made laid paper and retaining the deckled edges. Quarter bound in black leather with green boards and gilt lettering on spine. Some bumping and rubbing to head and tail of spine and corners. Repaired split hinge on front board and a little wear to spine. Small faded area on back board. Internally very good with only one small professionally repaired tear to rear end paper. A nice tight, clean copy with no foxing or damage to plates. Pp. 89 + black and white plates. 4to. Photographs available on request.

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        IL POPOLO D'ITALIA, fondatore Benito Mussolini (anno XVIII 1931 direttore Arnaldo Mussolini), Milano, Tipografia del Popolo d'Italia, 1931

      formato giornale (44 x 60) - buone condizioni - copie piegate a metà , senza parti mancanti. Varie fotografie ed alcune pregevoli illustrazioni di SENECA. in prima pagina. Famoso quotidiano politico diretto da ARNALDO MUSSOLINI (Dovia di Predappio 1885 - Milano 21 dicembre 1931 in seguito ad attacco cardiaco), GENNAIO (copie 25), FEBBRAIO (22), MARZO (24), APRILE (24), MAGGIO (26), GIUGNO (25), LUGLIO (26), AGOSTO (23), SETTEMBRE (26), OTTOBRE (27), NOVEMBRE (21), DICEMBRE (25). dal 22 dicembre, dopo la scomparsa di Arnaldo Mussolini, il giornale viene firmato da Sandro Giuliani redattore capo) Questo lotto di 294 giornali (annata pressochè completa poichè il giornale usciva la domenica ma non il lunedi') viene offerto in blocco a euro

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        L'UNIVERSALE diretto da Berto Ricci (1931-1935) vari fascicoli, Firenze, Mealli e Stianti, 1931

      Questa ricercata rivista politica-culturale non ha trovato ancora il suo equilibrato apprezzamento e critica nel panorama del '900, forse perchè emarginata dal regime al suo tempo allorchè sosteneva tesi scomode e non in linea con il pensiero dominante. La sua esistenza è strettamente legata al suo direttore ed anima Berto Ricci (Firenze 1905- Bir Ganduia Cirenaica 1941 in combattimento). Dopo aver frequentato i protagonisti della cultura fiorentina di inizio 900, collabora al Selvaggio, Il popolo d'Italia, Critica Fascista e fonda il Rosai poco prima de l'Universale. Con questa rivista egli teorizza una svolta antiborghese negli anni dell'impero, in contrasto con il movimento di Strapaese, per proporre un'idea del processo di modernizzazione all'iiizio degli anni '30. I suoi movimenti furono sorvegliati dalla "stima ostile di Mussolini" e portò avanti un'avventura politica ed intellettuale (apprezzata pubblicamente anche da BENEDETTO CROCE, che sui suoi Quaderni della Critica sottrae all'assoluto giudizio negativo sul fascismo, solo quei giovani fascisti alla Ricci cui "deve rendersi giustizia") assieme a tanti giovani e spesso suoi amici - molti provenienti dai "Littoriali" ideati da Mussolini per imbrigliare pensieri ed idee dei giovani ed invece rivelatisi al contrario occasione per discussioni e critiche (Luigi Bartolini, Dino Garrone, Romano Bilenchi. INDRO MONTANELLI (illuminante per la situazione del tempo e lo spirito della rivista, il suo articolo "Noi giovani" sul n. 22-23 del 10 dicembre 1933) Agnoletti F., Aniante, Bianchini G., Brocchi Diano, Cesarini Paolo, Chiti Remo, Primo Conti, Cordiè Carlo, DE MARTINO ERNESTO Il famoso antropologo, Del Litto V., Ersoch Gino, Fattori B., Galvano Eugenio, Giardina Giacomo futurista, Luchini Alberto, Moscardelli N., Pagano Giuseppe grande architetto, Palazzeschi, Pavese Roberto filosofo, Pavolini Coirado, Pellizzi C., Personè L.Maria, Petrone Icilio, Piccoli V., Ravasenga Pietro, Roddolo Carlo (Montanelli gli dedicò un raro ed affettuoso libro "Ambesà "), Romanelli Romano, Bruno Rosai, Ottone Rosai (fu tra i fondatori, collaborando con articoli e disegni), Settimelli Emilio, Soffici Ardengo, Sulis Edgardo, Mario Tinti, Ungaretti Giuseppe (dedicò una sua poesia a Berto Ricci in occasione di un compleanno), Valentini Giuseppe, Gino Visentini, Volpicelli Luigi, Zangrandi Ruggero allora ventenne, e tanti altri. Nel nostro sito (sezione cataloghi) è presente un file scaribabile GRATIS in PDF CONTENENTE L'INDICE RAGIONATO E LE BIOGRAFIE DEGLI AUTORI ANNO PRIMO - 1931 (completo) molti fascicoli sono appartenuti allo scultore Moschi. NUM. 1 (3 gennaio) 22 x 32 pp. 4 (mancanza alla parte inferiore) NUM. 2 (3 febbraio) 25 x 35 pp. 8 NUM. 3 (3 marzo ) " pp. 8 (alcuni danni) NUM. 4 (3 aprile ) " pp. 12 NUM. 5 (3 maggio ) " pp. 8 NUM. 6 (3 giugno ) " pp. 8 con sovcop. gialla NUM. 7 (3 luglio ) " pp. 8 NUM. 8 (3 agosto ) " pp. 8 NUM. 9 (3 settembre) " pp. 8 NUM.10 (3 ottobre ) " pp. 8 con sovcop. verdina NUM.11 (3 novembre) " pp. 8 NUM.12 (3 dicembre) " pp. 8 ANNO TERZO - 1933 - NUM. 2 (25 gennaio) 33 x 48 pp. 4 (in fotocopia) NUM. 3 (10 febbraio) " pp. 4 NUM. 4 (25 febbraio) " pp. 4 NUM. 5 (10 marzo) " pp. 4 NUM. 6 (25 marzo) " pp. 4 NUM. 7 (10 aprile) " pp. 4 NUM. 8 (25 aprile) " pp. 8 NUM. 9 (10 maggio) " pp. 4 NUM. 10 (25 maggio) " pp. 4 NUM. 11 (10 giugno) " pp. 4 NUM. 12 (25 giugno) " pp. 4 NUM.13-14 (luglio) " pp. 4 NUM. 15-16 (agosto) " pp. 4 NUM. 17-18 (settembre) " pp. 4 NUM. 22-23 (10 dicembre) " pp. 4 NUM. 24 (25 dicembre) " pp. 4 ANNO QUARTO - 1934 - NUM. 4 (25 febbraio) 39 x 54 pp. 4 NUM. 6 (25 marzo) " pp. 4 NUM. 7 (10 aprile) " pp. 4 NUM. 8 (25 aprile) " pp. 4 (è In fotocopia) NUM. 9 (10 maggio) " pp. 4 NUM. 10 (magg-giu) " pp. 4 NUM. 12 (25 giugno) " pp. 4 Si tratta di un rarissimo lotto di 35 giornali che non sono divisibili

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        Heroes and Heroines of Bitter Sweet

      London 1931 London, [1931]. Number 84 (?) of 100 copies. Folio. Title leaf, contents leaf, facsimile "Note by Max," and 5 mounted color plates, each plate SIGNED by the subject of the caricature. Parchment-backed portfolio; plates loose as issued. Split along fold of portfolio flap, else near fine . Rare portfolio commemorating Coward's hugely successful 1929 operetta. "Sentiment is out of fashion," says Beerbohm in his note. "Yet Bittersweet, which is nothing if not sentimental, is not a dead failure ... Sentiment goes on; unaffrighted by the roarings of the young lions and lionesses of Bloomsbury, Bittersweet goes on, too; and Mr. Cochran [Charles Cochran, the producer] (being a sentimentalist), has wished that his survival should be commemorated by me in some sentimental drawings, which are here submitted to you." Along with Coward, there are portraits of Peggy Wood, Georges Metaxa, Ivy St. Helier, and Cochran - each signed by the subject on the mount

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        THE BLANKET OF THE DARK. Inscribed

      London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1931 Buchan, John. THE BLANKET OF THE DARK. London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1931. First Edition. 8vo. 314pp. + adverts. Cloth. Presentation Copy. A very good example showing moderate use in an excellent supplied near fine dustwrapper that has been expertly & modestly restored. Signed & inscribed by the author on the half-title page: "Alice Massey/with love/John Buchan/July:16:31". Alice Massey was the wife of Vincent Massey, the first Canadian born Governor General of Canada (1952-1959), a position also held by Buchan from 1935 to 1940. A superb Association Copy. This tale of Peter Pentecost, a clerk at the great abbey of Osney just outside Oxford whose life is turned upside down when he discovers he is the son of the last Duke of Buckingham, sixth in descent from Edward III, and should by rights be King instead of Henry VIII. Buchan skilfully weaves the story of the young clerk, around a tale of intrigue against the king, where "under the blanket of the dark all men are alike and all are nameless" Peter is destined to disappear "into a world of which there has been no chronicle, the heaths and forests of old England"; Buchan has spun this compelling tale of early sixteenth-century England, lived under perhaps the most repellant figure to sit on the English throne which he describes. "the face was vast and red as a new ham, a sheer mountain of a face".. Signed by Author. First Edition.

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        Ein Ghetto im Osten - Wilna [A Ghetto in the East]

      Orell Fussli Zurich and Leipzig: Orell Fussli. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. FIRST EDITION, illustrated with 65 images of the Jewish ghetto in the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius. With preface by poet Zalman Chneour in Hebrew and German. "In the same year that his Paris was published, Moï Ver - under his real name of Moshé Vorobeichic- produced Ein Ghetto im Osten (A Ghetto in the East). The book, with both Hebrew and German text, featured his photographic record of the Jewish ghetto in the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius, documenting a way of life that would soon disappear under terrible circumstances. Even more so than Paris, Ein Ghetto im Osten was ostensibly a documentary book, but as he had done in his view of the French city, Moï Ver could not resist pushing the envelope of the documentary form. Once again, he used a variety of New Vision strategies, the most obvious being to take many images from upstairs windows looking on to the narrow streets of Vilnius's old Jewish quarter. This creates odd angles and a dynamic mise en scène for his pictures of people going about their everyday business on the street...But Moï Ver didn't stop there. He also introduced cinematic cutting and montaging techniques to heighten the interest... A poignancy has been added [to Ein Ghetto im Osten] in hindsight: it was made at the beginning of a desperately traumatic time for European Jewry" (Parr/Badger, The Photobook).Zurich and Leipzig: Orell Fussli, 1931. Small octavo, publisher's photo-illustrated boards. Very minor rubbing, some light soiling, generally an excellent copy.

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        Motiv från Cagnes.

      Blyertsteckning. Osignerad. 25,5 × 38,5 cm. Proveniens: Konstnärens kvarlåtenskap.. Förlaga för etsningen "Motiv från Cagnes" (25,7 x 39,5 cm), som ingick i Föreningen för Grafisk konsts portfölj för 1931 (nr 44 i katalogen för minnesutställningen i Konstnärshuset, Stockholm 1952)

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        Murs et Décors. Complete in 2 vols

      Editions Albert Levy. Librairie centrale des Beaux Arts Paris: Editions Albert Lévy. Librairie centrale des Beaux Arts, 1929-1931. First edition. Hardcover. g. Volume 1; 8, 38 plates: Volume 2: 8, 42 plates, leafs resting in original 1/4 cloth over printed cover boards portfolios with string ties. Gold lettering on spines. Fascinating work on mural decoration. Most of the photographic displays are a reflection of the trendy art deco of the period. Boards slightly rubbed and stained. Minor age-toning and foxing throughout. Text in French. Overall good to very good condition

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        Swallows & Amazons

      Cape, U.K., 1931. 'New Illustrated Edition'. Binding: Hardcover. Illustrator: Webb Clifford & Spurrier Steven. Book Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket. A Near Very Good copy of the 'NEW ILLUSTRATED EDITION' of Arthur Ransome classic novel. When first published, the previous year, the book had been virtually un-illustrated with only endpapers, frontispiece & title page illustrations, hence 'New' rather than simply 'Illustrated Edition' 350 pages. Illustrated with 28 black and white line drawings including the frontispiece by Clifford Webb and a map of Wild Cat Island and and coloured map endpapers by Steven Spurrier. In original green boards with gilt lettering. Book - in Near Very Good boards, browned to spine, though lettering still clear & distinct, usual light fading to green colour to edges, some light irregular fading to front. Light wear/rubbing to the back spine edge, may have been strengthened/repaired with a very small closed tear to the top of the spine, a tiny (0.25 inch) to the top of the spine resulting in the lost of a very small fragment from the top surface, not effecting lettering (looks far better than it sounds - SCANS available). Contents, light browning to the illustrated and blank endpapers and light speckling and browning to the page edges and very occasionally throughout, otherwise Very Good, clean, bright and tightly bound copy of this, the far more attractive FULLY ILLUSTRATED EDITION of Ransome's evergreen classic. Illustrator: Webb Clifford & Spurrier Steven. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: 251-750 grams. Category: Fiction; Children. Inventory No: 000819.

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        RELIEFS AND PLAQUETTES. The Gustave Dreyfus Collection.

      In folio (mm. 390x270), tela edit., pp. XVI,300, con 127 tavv. in b.n. f.t. che illustrano 453 superbe plaquettes italiane in bronzo, tutte ampiamente descritte. Catalogo della straordinaria raccolta di plaquettes e medaglie del XIV e XV secolo, appartenuta a Gustave Dreyfus (1837-1914), e considerata la più importante in questo campo di collezionismo, superiore persino a quella del Museo di Berlino (più vasta ma di qualità inferiore); vi figurano opere di Donatello, Antonio Rossellino, Leonardo, Valerio Belli, Andrea Riccio, ecc. Fu venduta in toto nel 1930 al famoso mercante d'arte Sir Joseph Duveen. Pregevole ediz., magnificamente stampata, di grande rarità. In ottimo stato.

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      Indianapolis:: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, 1931 First Edition of the author's first book, the first 'Codfish Sleuth', Asey Mayo, mystery. The notable Goldstone copy of this Haycraft Queen Cornerstone title with Adrian Homer Goldstone's neat bookplate affixed to the front pastedown - acquired in the famous 1981 Goldstone sale of Mystery & Detective fiction. A bright, fresh, near fine copy in blue cloth, yellow titles and rules with some light overall use. Tiny, discreet bookseller's ticket to the bottom of the half-title page. 8vo. 320 pp. "Period who-dunnits recall simpler, more carefree times, and sparkle with the Yankee wit and salty idiom of Asey Mayo, a local handyman who knows something about police work and everything about everybody's business." Marilyn Stasio, Mystery Columnist, The New York Times Book Review.. 1st Edition.

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        Hill and Paul Landacre Signature

      Los Angeles: Bruce McCallister, 1931. Custom framed in Ivory Rag board and 1 inch Black Satin Lacquer moulding with conservation glass. Sized to 17.25 x 19.25 inches. First printing Fine Fine condition. Image: 8 x 6 inches, sheet size: 9.5 x 12.5 inches. Printed by Harold Young from the original block on wove paper with a NAVARRE 1547 watermark, this wood-engraving is from a collection of unbound portfolio plates 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'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'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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