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        A Note on the Affair of the Surrealist Film L'Age D'Or

      [London: Nancy Cunard,, 1931]. Single folio leaf folded once, printed in black. A few very faint marks, but essentially in fine condition. First and only edition of this enigmatic piece of passive-aggressive propaganda on the side of the avant-garde art against the violent outbreak of Right-wing outrage at the showing of Salvador Dali and Louis Bunuel's iconoclastic film L'Age D'Or in Paris on 3 December 1930. The fascist League of Patriots successfully pressured the Parisian police into censoring the film, and this pamphlet – written at Nancy Cunard's behest by the author and political writer Yvonne Kapp (pseud. Y. Cloud), whose first of four novels under that pseudonym "Nobody Asked You" was published in 1932, and who later became a member of the Communist party and biographer of Eleanor Marx – informs the public of this story of reactionary oppression, whilst also taking the opportunity to circumvent the censors by giving an in-depth synopsis of the ardently antiestablishment surrealist film. A pamphlet in French was published simultaneously. This document is important evidence of just what a cultural battleground Paris was in the years preceding those when it would become an actual one.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        The Wind in the Willows

      London: Methuen & Co. Ltd.,, 1931. Illustrated by Ernest H. Shepard. Octavo. Original green cloth, titles to spine and pictorial design to upper board gilt, map endpapers, green top-stain. With the dust jacket. Illustrations throughout by E. H. Shepard. Cloth bright and fresh, spotting to edges of text block, endpapers, title pages, and occasionally to contents. A lovely copy in the jacket that is only lightly rubbed at the extremities. First edition illustrated by E. H. Shepard, first impression. Originally published without illustrations in 1908. The illustration on page 30 has Rat at the oars when it should be Mole, a mistake that was corrected in subsequent editions. An uncommonly attractive copy.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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      London privately printed 1931 - FIRST EDITION, 1931. Preface by W. S. Pennefather, Privately printed for the Company. large 8vo, approximately 250 x 180 mm, 10 x 7 inches, colour frontispiece plus 17 black and white plates of portraits, watches and clocks, plus a line drawing, pages: xvi, 1-339, original publisher's dark green cloth, gilt lettering to spine and upper cover, gilt coat of arms to upper cover. Binding slightly rubbed, a neat small ink name and address on both pastedowns, and signature in pencil of first free endpaper, light foxing to first endpaper and blank side of colour frontipiece, otherwise a very good tight copy. MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING. POSTAGE AT COST. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Roger Middleton P.B.F.A.]
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        "FATHERS OF AMERICAN SPORT" The complete set of six hand-colored aquatint portraits, with engraved titles, each signed in pencil "R. L. Boyer", lower left

      New York: The Derrydale Press, 1931. First (and only) edition, limited to 250 proofs only. Image size is approximately 10 x 8 inches, the plate measuring 13 x 9 1/2 inches, with additional margins. Fine condition. Two plates (Washington and Morris) matted and framed. Ordeman, The Aquatints, Drypoints and Etchings of The Derrydale Press, p. 24-5, et seq . An extremely handsome and decorative set of American sporting notables. The six portraits, each set in an appropriate background, are of: SAMUEL MORRIS, ESQ., Foxhunter, first president of the Gloucester Foxhunting Club, America's oldest; COL. WILLIAM RANSOM JOHNSON, "Napoleon of the Turf"; COL. GEORGE WASHINGTON, Foxhunter; COMMODORE JOHN COX STEVENS, Yachtsman, owner of the "America" and a founder of the New York Yacht Club; THADDEUS NORRIS, ESQ., Angler, author of The American Angler's Book, who did much to elevate and advance the art of fly fishing; HENRY WILLIAM HERBERT, ESQ., "Frank Forester", the father of American sporting literature. A SUPERB SET OF ONE OF THE MOST ATTRACTIVE OF THE DERRYDALE PRESS SPORTING PRINTS SERIES

      [Bookseller: James Cummins Bookseller]
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        Rumour at Nightfall

      Heinemann 1931. First Edition. Hardback. Very Good/No Jacket. Original blindstamped red cloth with gilt titling. slightly cocked. One inch tear to cloth at foot of spine. Retailers stamp to top of Chapter 1. Upper hinge cracked, webbing showing, but firm. Clean clear textblock, without foxing. Lacking DJ. Scarce

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        The Colophon: A Book Collector's Quarterly. Part Five

      New York 1931, 1st Edition. (Hardcover) Unpaginated. Very good. Quarto in original printed paper covered boards with inserts, illustrations and a plates including "Hilltop: a drypoint in two colors" by David Milne. 3000 copies were done of this issue. Light rubbing to boards with some discolouration and wear to ends of spine. Boards lightly bowed with small stain on top right corner of front board. The only way to get a reasonably priced Milne..

      [Bookseller: Aquila Books]
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        The Night Before Christmas; Goblin Market;the Pied Piper of Hamelin;the King of the Golden River

      London: George G. Harrap & Co, 1931. Arthur Rackham's four uncommon Christmas books published between 1931-1934. The Night before Christmas with 4 colour plates in dust jacket with some foxing.The King of the Golden River with 4 colour plates in dust jacket with small chips missing. Goblin Market with 4 colour plates lacking the dust jacket with edgewear o/w fine. The Pied Piper of Hamelin with 4 colour plates lacking the dust jacket and some wear and short tears o/w fine. . 1st of This Edition. Paper Wraps. VG+/VG+. Illus. by Arthur Rackham. Octavo.

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        The Joy of Cooking

      St. Louis: A.C. Clayton, 1931.. First edition of this classic cookbook that since publication has sold over 15 million copies. Octavo, original blue cloth. In near fine condition with light wear to the extremities. A very fresh copy, scarce in this condition. Housed in a custom quarter morocco clamshell box.

      [Bookseller: Raptis Rare Books, ABAA/ ILAB]
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        The Joy of Cooking. A compilation of Reliable Recipes with a Casual Culinary Chat. Illustrations

      St. Louis, MO: by the author/printed by the A.C. Clayton Printing Co., 1931. Octavo, [32] + 395 pages. Privately published by the author in an addition of 3000 copies. First edition of the most iconic of American cookbooks. Closed tear to page 211. A bit of staining to front edges of a few pages. Original gilt-stamped blue cloth professionally rehinged with original spine laid down. Overall near very good. Laid-in is a page, inscribed by the author "To Louise, with many thanks for her contributions. Lovingly, Irma". Judging from the dimensions, the page is likely a preliminary from the 1936 edition of the same title. Also included is a three page ALS, from Rombauer's nephew, Paul Albert Hoeffer, addressed to Mrs. Guida, and speaking about the death of Rombauer, and of other matters.

      [Bookseller: Rabelais - Fine Books on Food, Wine & th]
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        Le Bas-Relief du musee des colonies (First Edition, inscribed by Janniot and the principal architects and designers of Rockefeller Center)

      Paris: Librairie d'art Louis Reynaud, 1931. Small folio. Portfolio by Alfred Janniot, French sculptor who contributed to the bas-relief sculptures of Rockefeller Center in New York City. The portfolio is a record of Janniot's bas-reliefs on the Palais de la Porte Dorée in Paris, delivered in 1931 for the Paris Colonial Exposition and designed by Janniot between 1928 and 1931. The work he contributed to Rockefeller Center is the gilded panel "Paris and New York Joining Hands Above Figures of Poetry, Beauty and Elegance" on the façade of Le Maison Française (circa 1930).& & INSCRIBED by Janniot on the title page. Additionally, an inscription on the front pastedown to John Amore is signed by six of the architects of Rockefeller Center and two of its most important contributing artists. The architects who have signed include John R. Todd, L. Andrew Reinhardt, Henry Hofmeister, Wallace Harrison, J. Andre Fouilhoux, and George N. Pauly. Reinhard and Hofmeister are credited with Rockefeller Center's basic scheme, with Raymond Hood contributing significantly to the design of the main buildings. The artists who have signed are Rene F. Chambellan (who co-designed and cast the Atlas sculpture and designed several promenade fountains) and Gaetano Cecere (sculptor).& & Folded title sheet with an introduction (in French) and 66 full-page plates printed on rectos only. In a folding photo-illustrated portfolio with brown silk tie as issued. Plates Near Fine, portfolio Very Good with some wear along the hinge folds.

      [Bookseller: Royal Books, Inc.]
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        Duineser Elegien

      London: Printed by Kessler at The Cranach Press for the Hogarth Press,, 1931. Elegies From the Castles of Duino. [English translation by Vita & Edward Sackville-West.] Large octavo. Original japon-backed mulberry paper boards, titles to spine gilt. Text printed in both English and German. Lightly rubbed, minor scratches and small white mark to lower board, spotting to boards, edges of text block, and scattered through contents. A very good copy. First edition, first impression. One of a limited edition of 230 numbered copies on handmade paper signed by the translators. There were a further eight copies on vellum. A truly beautiful book produced by Germany's finest private press. Kessler initially set up the Cranach Press with the intention of producing German translations of major international works of literature such as Virgil and Shakespeare. This joint production with the Hogarth press represented a slight departure, printing in both English and German Rilke's masterpiece, one of the finest poetical sequences in the German language.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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      New York: Alfred A. Knopf,, 1931. Octavo. Original grey boards, black cloth backstrip, printed paper label to spine, dark red top-stain. With the dust jacket. Housed in a burgundy quarter morocco slipcase. An excellent copy in the jacket that is tanned along the edges and spine panel, with a couple of short splits at the corners and tape repairs to the verso. Revised edition, originally published in 1923. Presentation copy inscribed from Stevens to Alfonso Ossorio, on the front free endpaper, "To the painter from the poet" and with Alfonso Ossorio's inscription beneath, "Gift of Dunstan Thompson, Cambridge Mass., '34, A.". Ossario has also added an elaborate emblem reading "A 12" in red and black ink to the half-title. It would appear that the poet Dunstan Thompson requested Stevens inscribe the books for Ossorio, the abstract expressionist artist. Thompson was the editor of the literary magazine Vice Versa, and admired Stevens, whom he called "one of the best poets writing in America today", though he qualified this with, "This statement is to be taken as a truism, not as a compliment. In fact, considering the present impoverishment of poetry, it is no compliment at all" ( He was also a good friend of Ossorio, who drew his portrait in 1942.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        Boners; [together with] More Boners

      Viking Press, New York,, 1931. 2 volumes, 12mo. Original red and green cloth respectively, titles in black to spine and front boards. With the dust jackets. Illustrated throughout by Dr. Seuss. Boners bumped to spine, light rubbing to edges in lightly spine faded dust jacket nicked to corners. More Boners near fine in lightly spine faded dust jacket with larger chips to corners. First Editions, First Printings. Both books inscribed, 'With Best Wishes / to Arnold A. Rogow / Dr. Seuss' True first editions like this are very scarce; inscribed copies are extremely rare. Arnold A. Rogow was an author and political scientist who trained as a psychoanalyst.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        In Bolshevik Siberia, the Land of Ice and Exile

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

      [Bookseller: MW Books Ltd.]
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      Garden City: Doubleday, 1931. First Edition. Hardcover. Spine sunned, lacking the dustwrapper. Very Good copy with an exceptional association. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author "Dear George/with my love/Noel" to George Cukor, with his bookplate created by Paul Landacre on the front pastedown. Cukor directed "My Fair Lady," "The Philadelphia Story," and part of "Gone with the Wind," among many other films.

      [Bookseller: Charles Agvent]
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        Under the North Pole: The Wilkins-Ellsworth Submarine Expedition

      [New York]: Brewer, Warren & Putnam 1931, 1st Contributor's Edition Limited to 29 Numbered Copies. () xiv, 347pp. Very good. Folio. Original 1 / 2 textured leather over cloth boards. Gilt and silver title and starburst design to spine. Head of spine bumped. Boards slightly rubbed / discoloured. Fore and bottom edges of text block uncut with some foxing, top edge gilt. Signed limited studio portrait by Hal Phfye of Sir Hubert Wilkins as frontis. Internally clean and tight. Copy # 14 of 29. Includes errata slip. Housed in the original metal box. Attractively printed and heavily limited edition of the account of the Wilkin's plans to take the Nautilus under the polar ice to the North Pole. The expedition was plagued with troubles, and although some of the scientific goals of the expedition were met, the Nautilus did not reach the pole, was crippled and eventually sunk off the coast of Norway. This limited account of the planning includes numerous illustrations..

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        The Chimes

      London: The Limited Editions Club, 1931. Brown Boards with black design and bright gold gilt to upper board. Spine darker than boards. Gold gilt top leaves. SIGNED BY RACKHAM. Limited edition of 1500 copies this being no. 315. Fine interior pages. Tight. Housed in Slipcase in good condition with tape reinforcing the spine. Beautiful book. From my Grandfather's private Christmas collection. Always happy to send detailed photos.. Signed by Illustrator. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. Illus. by Rackham, Arthur. Folio - over 12" - 15" tall.

      [Bookseller: Laura's Rare Books]
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        THE CHIMES

      London: Limited Editions Club, 1931. hardcover. Spine a bit darkened, as usual, but gilt bright. Near Fine, lacking the slipcase. Arthur Rackham. Quarto (7-3/4" x 11-1/2") bound in decorated buckram with gilt highlights; 166 pages. Designed and printed by George Jones. Copy #397 of 1500 illustrated with six full-page black and white illustrations and fourteen smaller black and white drawings throughout the text by Arthur Rackham. SIGNED by the illustrator on the colophon page.

      [Bookseller: Charles Agvent]
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      Florence: Stamperia del Santuccio, 1931. No. 51 OF 95 COPIES. Hardcover. 340 x 229 mm (13 3/8 x 9"). [78] pp. No. 51 OF 95 COPIES. In a peculiar amateur binding of blue crushed morocco, upper cover with short black and orange lines onlaid at upper left and lower right corners, centerpiece of onlaid black coffin-like ornament entwined by an orange snake, flat spine with onlaid orange sword with gilt titling, ivory moiré silk endleaves. In a matching velvet-lined orange linen folding box with orange morocco back and lip, onlaid sword on back. Printed in black and bistre. Front flyleaf with bookplate of Norman J. Sondheim. Leather a little spotted, soiled, and with slight variation of color, isolated very trivial flecks of foxing, otherwise a fine copy, the text brilliantly white and clean, and the binding unworn. This is a scarce copy of the first privately printed work produced by the eminent artist and typographer Victor Hammer (1882-1967). Milton's version of a Greek tragedy recounting the biblical story of Samson and Delilah appears here in the uncial type Hammer designed and had cut by Paul Koch. Hammer was born in Vienna and trained at the Academy of Fine Arts there. He moved to Florence in the early 1920s, and in 1929 founded a private press, Stamperia del Santuccio, which was housed in an old Italian villa. With the help of a Florentine craftsman, Hammer built a wooden press based on an early example in the Laurentian Library, and it was on this press that the present item was printed. The Stamperia del Santuccio operated in Florence until 1933, and then in France and Vienna before its founder fled to America with his family after the Germans invaded Austria. Hammer's wooden press, which had been in storage in Europe during the war, was shipped to the University of Kentucky in 1954, and Hammer again began issuing books under the Stamperia del Santuccio imprint. The types he designed were all uncials, because he felt that style was needed "for the loftier expression of the philosopher and the sacred language of the past." Our binding is not great art, but it is certainly a good try by an inventive amateur, and any shortcomings it may have are easily outweighed by the beauty and rarity of this item. The work is not listed by ABPC since at least 1975, and copies are almost never seen in the marketplace.

      [Bookseller: Phillip J. Pirages Fine Books and Mediev]
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        The Common Sense of Drinking ~1st Peabody (proto Alcoholics Anonymous)

      Boston, Mass: Little, Brown and Company, 1931-04. First Edition 1st Printing. Hardcover. Acceptable. First Printing of the First Edition. Fair (2 of 10) There is rub-through to the corners. rubbing to corners, shelf wear, chips to spine ends/corners. Vintage bookplate inside cover. minor dampstain to top & rear corner. 191 pages. There is a vintage store sticker on the fly from a previous seller in Boston Mass. Textblock firm. 1931 in title page, Published April, 1931 on copyright page. Bagged for protection. [Seminal work on the treatment of alcoholism and a major influence on Alcoholics Anonymous's founder Bill Wilson. Richard Peabody, a Harvard educated Bostonian, pioneered psychological-based treatments of the disease; the basis for this book was his 1930 paper "Psychotheraputic Procedure in the Treatment of Chronic Alcoholism" and his articles on various medical journals of the time.] [Peabody, of the Boston blueblood scions, was an alcoholic who helped pioneer the philosophy that alcoholism was an actual disease, rather than merely a weak constitution manifesting poor behavior. He went on to provide counseling services to many in NYC. It is generally regarded that some of his phrases ("Half-way measures were to no avail"; "Once a drunkard always a drunkard." and even the step program were liberally made use of by Bill Wilson.] [Himself a recovering alcoholic, Peabody became associated with the Emmanuel Movement, centered in Boston, eventually becoming a lay therapist who "helped educate his generation of medical doctors about the hopelessness of the alcoholic's condition. He also won a very modest acceptance of lay therapists and co-workers with psychiatrists in treating alcoholics. He trained other recovering alcoholics to carry on the same work ." Peabody's book grew out of his paper "Psychotherapeutic Procedure in the Treatment of Chronic Alcoholism," originally read before the Harvard Psychological Society and published in the January 1930 issue of the journal Mental Hygiene, followed by short articles on the same subject published in the June 19, 1930 issues of the New England Journal of Medicine and the October 1930 issue of the British Journal of Inebriety. His book strongly influenced Bill Wilson when he was writing the first edition of Alcoholics Anonymous, expresses many of the key AA concepts, and contains a number of passages repeated almost verbatim in the Big Book. See the discussion in chapter 8 "Richard Peabody and The Emmanuel Movement: An Early Breakthrough in Boston" in Mel B's New Wine: The Spiritual Roots of The Twelve Step Miracle (Hazeldon, 1991).] [The Common Sense of Drinking by Dick Peabody - a book that attempted to provide a solution to the 'drink problem' in the years immediately preceding the formation of Alcoholics Anonymous. This book also provided inspiration for Bill Wilson as he wrote the book Alcoholics Anonymous in late 1938 and early 1939 - with several of the important phrases and verbiage that Wilson appropriated when writing that book including: "Once a drunkard always a drunkard." (p. 82), and "Halfway measures were of no avail." (p. 99)]. * * * * * * * * * * {FREE Media Mail Shipping! Images available for any item, just ask. Any images shown next to the listing that have our watermark on them are the exact item you will receive, all other images are for reference only. Free delivery confirmation for domestic orders. Books with Author signatures are guaranteed authentic. We understand collectors needs in terms of accurate grading and proper packaging. We stand behind our descriptions 100%. All items will be shipped securely to insure that they arrive in exactly the same condition in which they left. May have small easily erasable pencil markings on first page. Our Packing Slips do not contain any pricing information so you may order items as Gifts or for Dropship without concern. We ship every Monday, Wednesday & Friday morning. All items subject to prior sale. Why the odd prices? We run a percent discount for our Biblio listings, which insures Biblio has our lowest prices online, but does give odd change.}

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        THE COMPLEAT ANGLER Or The Contemplative Man's Recreation Being A Discourse Of Rivers Fishponds Fish & Fishing Not Unworthy The Perusal Of Most Anglers

      George G. Harrap & Co., 1931.. With author's signed watercolour sketch entitled 'After Lunch' depicting Walton sleeping on the river bank on half title and handwritten letter dated 15 June 1932 on his Stilgate writing paper describing the sketch and the locations from which the book's illustrations were drawn tipped-in on prelim. 4to. Original gilt tooled full green morocco, top edge gilt (a bright VG copy). Pp. 223 (with previous owner's - the recipient of the letter - neat inscription), illus with coloured plates and b&w vignettes in text. .

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        The Compleat Angler

      London, George C. Harrap & Co. Ltd.,, 1931. or The Contemplative Man's Recreation. Being a discourse of Rivers, Fishponds, Fish and Fishing not unworthy the Perusal of most Anglers. Illustrated by Arthur Rackham. Quarto. Finely bound by The Chelsea Bindery in dark green morocco, titles and decoration to spine, raised bands, single rule to boards, inner dentelles, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt, others untrimmed. 12 colour plates, captioned tissues, numerous black and white illustrations throughout. Some light browning to a few leaves, an excellent copy in a fine binding. Limited edition of 775 copies, signed by Rackham.

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      London: George G. Harrap, 1931. ONE OF 775 COPIES SIGNED BY RACKHAM. Hardcover. 270 x 203 mm (10 5/8 x 8"). 223, [1] pp. Introduction by Henry Williamson. ONE OF 775 COPIES SIGNED BY RACKHAM. Original vellum-covered boards, gilt titling and decoration on front cover and spine, top edge gilt, other edges untrimmed and UNOPENED. Illustrated title page and endpapers, 24 illustrations in the text, and 12 COLOR PLATES (including frontispiece), all BY ARTHUR RACKHAM. Hudson, p. 172; Latimore & Haskell, pp. 66-67; Coigney 313; Oliver 276. Three minuscule dots near top of spine, otherwise A VIRTUALLY FAULTLESS COPY, and rare thus, especially because the vellum soils so easily. Hudson says that in this work Rackham turned to an emphasis on "historical costume and river landscape, in which he had long been supremely accomplished and successful." The copyright page indicates that the text is reprinted from the fifth edition of 1676, the last to be revised by the author, but with the spelling modernized. Walton (1593-1683) lived in turbulent times, and he suffered personal tragedy (he endured the deaths of both his wives and eight of his nine children), but, largely because of the present work, he is forever identified with quietude and serenity. First published in 1653, his "Compleat Angler" is the classic work on the art of angling, infused with wise fish lore, written by an indomitable angler who knew every haunt of fresh water fish in the south of England. But, as Day says, "the love of angling is only the outward sign of a gentle inward grace, the soul of a thoroughly good man who loves peace and quiet meditation. If any one man created the idyll of the English countryside, it was Walton." It is this world that Rackham's illustrations bring charmingly to life.

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        (Rackham, Arthur) The Compleat Angler, or the Contemplative Man's Recreation

      London: Harrap, (1931). Large octavo. 224pp. First edition. One of 775 copies signed by Rackham. Illustrated with twelve color plates and numerous line drawings, as well as silhouette endpapers celebrating the joys of fishing. Very slight soiling to binding; otherwise, a fine, unopened copy in gilt-decorated vellum. T.e.g.

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        The Compleat Angler. Or the Contemplative Man's Recreation. Being a Discourse of Rivers, Fishponds, Fish and Fishing not unworthy the Perusal of most Anglers. Illustrated by Arthur Rackham

      London: George C. Harrap and Co. Ltd., 1931,, 1931. SIGNED LIMITED EDITION. Limited to 775 copies, signed by Rackham, of which this is no. 68. Quarto. 12 full-page illustrations in colour, 25 drawings in black and white, captioned tissues, pictorial end-papers. Publisher's vellum, gilt titles to spine and upper, top edge gilt, others untrimmed. In original numbered slip case, which is showing some wear. Very light foxing to edges and to limitation page, small spot to upper; boards bright; a hint of darkening to spine. Near Fine. Latimore/Haskell, p. 66. Book Collector No.271, 'The Great Illustrators'.

      [Bookseller: Adrian Harrington Rare Books]
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        Kopfe Des Alltags; Unbekannte Menschen Gesehen

      Verlin, Verlag H. Reckendorf G. M. B.h, 1931. 1st Edition. Description: 2 p. L. , x p. , 1 l. , 80 pl. 30 x 25 cm. Subjects: Portrait photography. Impressively illustrated with an array of photographs. Slight suggestion of foxing to title page and contents page. Near fine copy in the original blind-bordered, dark cloth panels. Spiral bound. Slightest suggestion only of dust-dulling to the spine bands and panel edges. Remains particularly well-preserved overall; tight, bright, clean and strong.

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        The Compleat Angler. Or the Contemplative Man's Recreation. Being a Discourse of Rivers, Fishponds, Fish and Fishing not unworthy the Perusal of most Anglers. Illustrated by Arthur Rackham

      London: George C. Harrap and Co. Ltd., 1931., 1931. SIGNED LIMITED EDITION. Limited to 775 copies of which this is no. 699, SIGNED by Rackham. Quarto. 12 full-page illustrations in colour, 25 drawings in black and white, captioned tissues, pictorial end-papers. Publisher's vellum, gilt titles to spine and upper, top edge gilt, others untrimmed. Generally light foxing to untrimmed edges, to end papers and first few leaves. A hint of darkening to spine. Near Fine. Latimore/Haskell, p. 66. Book Collector No.271, 'The Great Illustrators'.

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        The Compleat Angler

      London: George G. Harrap and Co., 1931. 224pp, publishers original full morocco, title, illustrator and fish device in gilt to spine, repeated to upper cover within a double fillet border, t.e.g., illustrated endpapers. Very slightly rubbed to extremities, internally bright and clean. With twelve full-page tissue guarded plates by Rackham (as called for). Reprint. Full Morocco. Very Good/No Jacket (as Issued). Illus. by Rackham, Arthur. 4to.

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        The Compleat Angler. Or the Contemplative Man's Recreation. Being a Discourse of Rivers, Fishponds, Fish and Fishing not unworthy the Perusal of most Anglers. Illustrated by Arthur Rackham

      Philadelphia: David MacKay, n.d. (1931)., 1931. First US Edition. Quarto. 12 full-page illustrations in colour, 25 drawings in black and white, captioned tissues, pictorial end-papers. Superb in publisher's green cloth with gilt titles to spine and upper; in its equally beautiful cream pictorial dust wrapper. Fine and bright, kept thus by being held in its original box, which is showing some wear with one flap missing. Fine. Very unusual thus. Latimore/Haskell, p. 66. Book Collector No.271, 'The Great Illustrators'.

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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.

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        The Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come by John Fox, Jr

      NY: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1931. First edition thus. Hardcover. Orig. vellum spine stamped in gold and blue cloth with gold rules in orig. glassine. Teg. Fine in repaired, slightly suffed, matching blue publisher box./No Dust Jacket. 322 pages. 28 1/2 x 22 cm. Sixteen full-page color illustrations including frontispiece and title page -- the plates are surrounded by boxed borders in gold, mounted and with tissue insets. Limited edition, copy 345 of 512 signed by N.C. Wyeth. "Throughout his career N.C. Wyeth was constantly referred to as an illustrator, a label he deeply resented, not because layman used it in referring to him, but because those in the art world looked down from their ivory towers and deprecated illustration as a second-rate art form.......he once told a group of students who wanted to be illustrators so that they could make money and become artists -- `fine, but the only trouble is that you've got to be an artist before you become an illustrator." [see: ALLEN & ALLEN p.179]. Brilliant copy, nearly as new.

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        The Parables of Jesus

      Philadelphia: David McKay Company, (1931). First edition of one of the most elusive Wyeth books. Paper “stamp” affixed to top left corner of pastedown and light rubbing of endpapers, else fine. Quarto.

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        The World Crisis, full set of six British first edition, first printings, inscribed in the month of publication in the final volume

      This is a full set of six British first edition, first printings of Churchill's monumental history of the First World War, inscribed and dated in the sixth and final book in the month of publication to Harry McGowan, prominent British industrialist and Winston Churchill's friend and financial advisor.  Inked in black on the half-title in four lines is "Harry McGowan / from / Winston S. Churchill / Nov 5. 1931".  Most signed sets of The World Crisis are inscribed in the 1916-1918 volumes, which were published in 1927. (By 1927 Churchill had returned to power and was serving as the powerful Chancellor of the Exchequer). Sets inscribed in the final volume are more scarce; in 1931 Churchill found himself out of of power, out of favor, and widely regarded as a spent political force.  He had lost his fortune in the 1929 market crash, and in 1931 quit Tory leadership over India and had begun to voice the unpopular warnings about Nazi Germany that would characterize his "wilderness years" of the 1930s.  Harry Duncan McGowan (3 June 1874 ? 13 July 1961) was born the same year as Churchill.  McGowan was knighted in 1918 ("for putting through efficient mergers of munitions firms") and raised to the peerage as Baron McGowan in 1937.  He was also elected to the Other Club (founded by Churchill and F.E. Smith) in 1930 - an invitation to do so being Churchill's "highest accolade".  Churchill entrusted McGowan with investment of his money and profited from McGowan's guidance before the 1929 market crash.  The month after this volume was inscribed, Churchill was struck and seriously injured by a car in New York City.  McGowan was among eight friends who purchased a car for Churchill to celebrate his recovery.  It appears that McGowan was also a genuine enthusiast for Churchill's writing.  In October 1934 McGowan wrote "it is given to few to fill such a position in Public Affairs and to write so wonderfully and so prolifically."  Churchill had many friends and associates who favored appeasement of Nazi ambitions and distanced themselves from Churchill during the 1930s.  McGowan was not among them.   During a typical speech on 26 September 1935 warning of the dangers of Nazi armament and British complacency, Churchill acknowledged the difficulty of his role, stating "No doubt it is not popular to say these things, but I am accustomed to abuse and I expect to have a great deal more of it before I have finished."  McGowan wrote to Churchill that same day, saying "Why in God's name you are not in the Cabinet, and Minister of Defence, beats me and many others."  McGowan served as Chairman of Imperial Chemical Industries for 20 years, including the Second World War and would lose his son-in-law to the war in November 1942.  The inscribed Eastern Front volume is in near-fine condition.  The binding is square, clean, and tight with bright spine gilt, nicely rounded spine, almost none of the usual scuffing to the boards, with the only flaws being some wrinkling at the spine head and hint of blistering of the cloth at the front hinge.  The contents are immaculate - notably crisp, clean, and bright with absolutely no spotting.  The only previous ownership mark is, of course, the author's inscription to the half-title, which bears some typical transfer browning from the pastedown.  The remaining five volumes are likewise near-fine with superior shelf presentation.  The bindings are bright, clean, and square with minimal wear primarily confined to extremities.  The contents are notably free of the typical spotting, with only slight minor age-toning to the page edges and light dust soiling to a few top edges.  Notably, the 1915 volume bears "H. McGowan" inked on the ffep.  The only other previous owner mark we find in the set is the decorative bookplate affixed to the 1916-1918 Part I pastedown.  This would be a collector-worthy set even without the inscription.  Bibliographic reference: A69.2(I-VI).a, Woods/ICS A31(ab), Langworth p.105.

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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. Illus. by Vanessa Bell.

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      Ditchling Common, Printed and Published at St Dominics Press, 1931.. Being a Collector's Observations on Some Seventeenth Century Clocks. Together with over Fifty Plates Taken from Photographs of the Finest Specimens. FIRST EDITION, 1931. PRESENTATION COPY FROM THE AUTHOR IN INK ON FIRST PASTEDOWN " The Compliments of the Author F. H. Green, Dec.1933", PRIVATELY PRINTED FOR THE AUTHOR, LIMITED EDITION OF 300 COPIES PRINTED ON HAND MADE PAPER, THIS BEING No.120. 4to, 300 x 225 mm, 12 x 8¾ inches, 53 illustrations, 41 tipped in, including frontispiece plus 12 full page monochrome plates and bracket clock vignette on title page, pages: 10 unumbered plus errata leaf printed in red plus 89 and colophon, original publishers quarter black leather with double blind rules and gilt lettering to spine, green cloth covers. Spine lightly rubbed with very small cracks to head and tail of hinges, small scratch to cloth on upper cover, top corners bumped, page 8 of the unumbered pages has "knife edge escapement" neatly lined through in black ink, seems to be common to most copies, probably a correction by the author, book plate on first pastedown and below a neat ink note, 1 tipped in plate has slight surface damage to the edge that is tipped in, not affecting image, 1 tipped in plate has some light foxing, a few small pale brown marks to pastedowns, otherwise a very good tight clean copy. MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING.

      [Bookseller: Roger Middleton]
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        The Floating Admiral

      London: Hodder and Stoughton Limited,, [1931]. By Certain Members of the Detection Club. Octavo. Original blue cloth, titles to spine and upper board in black. With the dust jacket. Housed in a red quarter morocco solander case. Spine tanned, cloth lightly rubbed at extremities, spotting to edges of text block, endpapers toned. A very good copy in the rubbed, dulled, and spotted jacket with creases to the spine panel and lower panel. First edition, first impression. A collaborative novel by twelve mystery authors including Christie (who contributes chapter five), John Rhode, and Dorothy L. Sayers, and with a prologue by G. K. Chesterton. A Haycraft-Queen Cornerstone book, and rare in the dust jacket.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        Fables of Aesop According to Sir Roger L'Estrange... with Fifty Drawings by Alexander Calder.

      Paris: Harrison of Paris. Minton, Balch and Company, New York, 1931. First edition thus. Original Illustrated paper covered boards, in original chemise and slipcase with paper labels. Includes the Illustrated paper knife often missing. Surface rubbing to extremities of slipcase, still a fine copy. The Artist and the Book, 47.

      [Bookseller: Kevin F. Kelly, bookseller]
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        Typed Letter Signed

      1931 - ("G. Bernard Shaw") 1 page, London, 4, Whitehall Court, May 26, 1931 to Robert McKown on his engraved letterhead. 7" x 9". Very good. In part: " - when you attempt to write a play you do not make a fool of yourself - If you really wanted to write a play you have the purely literary qualifications. But you don't want to write one. You want to point - in sex matters; and you state your case quite effectively in the form of - Mrs. Markham and the author of Sandford & Merton did the same. You ask me if your thesis is incidentally a play. I can say only NO. You are about as much a playwright as John Stuart Mill was - " Mrs. Markham, the pseudonym of Elizabeth Penrose (3 August 1780-24 January 1837) was an English writer of history. The History of Sandford and Merton was a best-selling children's book written by Thomas Day. John Stuart Mill (20 May 1806-8 May 1873) was a British philosopher and political economist Not in Collected Letters. We find no record of McKown having succeeded as a playwright. Together with a vintage gravure photograph of Shaw writing a play. The paper watermarked "Bernard Shaw." Shaw (1856-1950), born July 26, 1856, Dublin, Ireland; died November 2, 1950, Ayot Saint Lawrence, England; Irish-born dramatist, essayist, critic and social reform advocate; winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature (1925).

      [Bookseller: Houle Rare Books/Autographs/ABAA/PADA]
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      Newtown, Wales: The Gregynog Press, 1931. No. 61 OF 250 COPIES. Hardcover. 318 x 229 mm (12 1/2 x 9"). 4 p.l., 146 pp., [1] leaf (colophon). No. 61 OF 250 COPIES. Publisher's full Welsh natural sheepskin, flat spine, titling in black. In the apparently original (somewhat worn, but still sturdy) cardboard slipcase. With woodcut initials by William McCance and 37 WOOD ENGRAVINGS BY AGNES MILLER PARKER. Harrop 20. A little rubbed at top of spine, a few other places on the backstrip with small, shallow abrasions, otherwise in virtually pristine condition. This is one of the outstanding Gregynog Press books and one of the major achievements by its main illustrator. Printed in Bembo type on Barcham Green handmade paper, the book was praised by Walter Lewis of the Cambridge University Press as exhibiting "the finest presswork" he had ever seen, and students of private press printing universally admire the woodcuts here. The initials and illustrations were produced by the husband and wife team of William McCance (1894-1970) and Agnes Miller Parker (1895-1980). Scottish artists who met at the Glasgow School of Art, both taught in London, became active members of an artistic group there called the Vorticists, and then moved to Wales in 1930 to work with the Gregynog Press, founded in 1922 by sisters Gwen and Daisy Davies. Of the two artists, Parker especially made a name for herself as an illustrator of private press books, the present work being one of the two for which she was best known (the other was a 1938 edition of Gray's "Elegy" done for the Raven Press). Harrop is fulsome in her praise of Parker's wood engravings for this work: "Never can living creatures have been more successfully portrayed in so static a medium. The feeling of movement is so admirably achieved that the engravings have an almost three-dimensional quality." The binding of this item is notoriously vulnerable to rubbing; given descriptions of competing copies, our copy seems to be about as well preserved as one could hope for (and having the original slipcase is a bonus). The Gregynog Press was founded by two spinster sisters, Gwendoline (1882-1951) and Margaret (1884-1963) Davies, who inherited the remarkable sum of £500,000 each from their industrialist grandfather. They used their fortune to assemble a major collection of French Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings, the largest in Britain in the 1920s. In 1922, they moved to Gregynog Hall near Newtown, Wales, and set out to establish a center for the arts. With the help of Robert Ashwin Maynard, they founded the Gregynog Press, which produced 42 works between 1923 and 1942, eight of them in Welsh. Their various projects ended with World War II, but the sisters left a lasting artistic legacy to their native land: their collection of paintings went to the National Museum in Cardiff and Gregynog Hall was given to the University of Wales, which resumed publishing works under the imprint "Gwasg Gregynog" in 1978.

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        Praeputii Incisio - a History of Male and Female Circumcision with Chapters on Hermaphrodism, Infibulation, Eunuchism, Priapism, and Divers Other Curious and Phallic Customs

      Boston; Panurge Press, 1931. 1st Edition. Subjects; Erotica, Sexual Dysfunction, Physiological and historical aspects. Limited to 1500 copies printed and press numbered for private collectors of erotica. This a publishers complimentary presentation copy to Sam Loveman, the exotic and imaginative poet and gothic master. Finely and sumptuously bound in modern aniline calf over marble boards. Raised bands with a dark morocco gilt-blocked label. Spine compartments uniformly tooled in gilt. An exceptional copy - scans and additional bibliographic detail on request.

      [Bookseller: MW Books Ltd.]
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        THE COMPLEAT ANGLER Or The Contemplative Man's Recreation Being A Discourse Of Rivers Fishponds Fish & Fishing Not Unworthy The Perusal Of Most Anglers

      Philadelphia: David McKay Co., 1931.. 4to. Contemporary gilt tooled full maroon calf, top edge gilt (some slight scuffing to extrems - otherwise bright VG). Pp. 223 (some light spotting to prelims), illus with 12 coloured plates and b&w vignettes in text. .

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        The Wind in the Willows

      London: Methuen, 1931. Number 46 of 200 copies on hand made paper. Signed by Grahame and Shepard. One quarter green buckram over gray boards with paper label to spine. Cream dust jacket with navy lettering. Dust jacket has slight sunning to the rear panel but is o/w fine with just a touch of edgewear. The book is fine. A spectacular copy in the rare dust jacket of the first edition in which Grahame approved and liked the illustrations.. Signed By the Author & Illustrator. 1st of This Edition. Cloth and Boards. About Fine./VG+. Illus. by E.H. Shepard. Octavo.

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        The Wind in the Willows. Signed Limited Edition

      London: Methuen & Co Ltd. VG - in very good condition with green slipcase. Corners bumped. 1931. 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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        The Wind in the Willows

      London, Methuen 1931., 1931. FIRST ERNEST SHEPARD ILLUSTRATED EDITION. 8vo. Publisher's gilt decorated green cloth, pictorial 'map' endpapers, advertisement catalogue to rear. In original pictorial dust-wrapper. An attractive copy, with some browning and spots to both book and jacket. The wrapper is toned to the spine and extremities, and features some adept paper repair to rear panel and spine ends. Kenneth Grahame (1859-1932), banker, essayist and successful author of 'The Golden Age' (1895) and 'Dream Days' (1898), had effectively given up writing by the turn of the twentieth century, much to the disappointment of his publisher. He did, however, continue to make up stories for the amusement of his only son, the partially-sighted Alistair, known as 'mouse'. The first such story was requested by the child, who asked for a bedtime story about 'a rat, a mole and a giraffe.' Grahame was supposed to be downstairs, attending to his dinner guests, but instead told a story about animals having a picnic by the river. The maid overheard the story and later told Elspeth (Mrs. Grahame) about it. The stories continued and a 'Toad' character developed. When Mouse went away in 1907 the tales continued in correspondance. The maid, showing considerable foresight, preserved all the letters, which chronicle Mr Toad's adventures in almost the same words they would later be published in, under the title 'The Wind in the Willows'. The letters make up the second half of the book, in which Toad steals a motorcar and lands himself in prison, only to be saved by the kindly gaoler's daughter. Listed in The Observer; All-Time 100 Best Novels [2003], also Modern Library; Top 100 Novels [1998], BBC Big Read (200 Best Novels) [2003]. Book Collector No.271, 'The Great Illustrators'.

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      Chicago: " Private Edition," 1931.. Cloth, paper labels. Very fine in dust jacket, as usual. First edition of the second book by the enigmatic author of one of the great American fictional works of the 20th century, CANE. Copies distributed on the occasion of publication were numbered and signed by the author. After Toomer's death, remainders of this title, and THE FLAVOR OF MAN, turned up, and unnumbered, unsigned copies, such as that in hand, virtually as new in dust jacket, have become the norm.

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        Essentials: Definitions and Aphorisms (First Edition, inscribed by Toomer's wife)

      Chicago: Private Edition, 1931. First Edition. First Edition. One of 1000 copies printed, this copy being unnumbered. INSCRIBED by Toomer's wife, Marjorie Content Toomer, on the second blank, and dated 1977 (Jean Toomer died in 1967). Fine in a fresh, Fine dust jacket. Jacket has just a hint of toning along a couple of edges, else a pristine copy. A collection of brief philosophical musings by a key member of the Harlem Renaissance.

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      Offenbach: Limited Editions Club, 1931. Hardcover. Just a touch of edgewear. Fine in glassine and a Near Fine slipcase with a short split along back edge. Quite scarce to find this charming book in this exceptional condition. Fritz Kredel. Octavo (6-3/4" x 8-7/8") bound in full decorated brown morocco. Illustrated with hand-colored woodcuts. Printed and bound in Germany by Wilhelm Gerstung; hand-set in Koch Antiqua type. Copy #939 of 1500 numbered copies SIGNED by the designer, Rudolf Koch, and the illustrator, Fritz Kredel, on the colophon page. Tasteful bookplate of James Earl Beall, designed by Rockwell Kent, on the front pastedown.

      [Bookseller: Charles Agvent]
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      Paris: Harrison of Paris, 1931. ONE OF 595 COPIES ON AUVERGNE from a total edition of 645, 20 of which were not for sale (this is copy #274). Hardcover. With Charming Cartoonish Presentation to aSmoking Man and Woman in a Pillbox Hat. 257 x 191 mm (10 1/8 x 7 1/2"). 4 p.l., 124 pp., [2] leaves (index). ONE OF 595 COPIES ON AUVERGNE from a total edition of 645, 20 of which were not for sale (this is copy #274). Publisher's cloth-backed boards in original pictorial dust jacket. In the original (slightly marked) red cardboard chemise and (neatly repaired) slipcase with paper label. With 50 drawings by Alexander Calder. Original--very frequently missing or damaged--printed paper knife (for opening pages) laid in. Front free endpaper WITH PICTORIAL INSCRIPTION SIGNED BY CALDER, the page showing a woman in a pillbox hat at the top and a balding man in a suit smoking a cigarette below her, the inscription reading "To [pillbox hat] and [smoking man] from Sandy Nov. 9, /44." "Artist and the Book" 47. One leaf with short fore-edge tear (not affecting text), otherwise a very fine copy, pristine internally. This is a charming edition of the classic tales, with text from the 1692 edition by Roger L'Estrange and with amusing illustrations by Calder. Of special interest here, of course, is the whimsical inscription by the artist with portraits of the recipients, who are obviously from a close circle of friends and who have distinctive enough physical features to make identification a reasonable possibility. Our copy was obviously cherished by these recipients, for it could scarcely be better preserved. American artist Alexander "Sandy" Calder (1898-1976) worked in a variety of media, but is best remembered for his sculptures. According to the ANB, "Calder holds art historical significance as the first American modernist to receive international acclaim and the first to create a major, wholly original mode of modern art"--his kinetic sculptures, or mobiles.

      [Bookseller: Phillip J. Pirages Fine Books and Mediev]
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