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        Fairyland. Verses by Annie R. Rentoul. Stories by Grenbry Outhwaite and Annie R. Rentoul.

      London: A. & C. Black (1931).. First English edition, folio, 126, (2) pp. 16 colour plates and 31 full page black and white illustrations plus further vignettes in the text, pictorial endpapers, outer margin of 2 plates creased with a couple of tears and careful repair, not affecting the image, small strip cut from the bottom of the first advertisement leaf, not affecting any text, small stain to foot of paste down. Original light blue cloth, spine and edges of upper cover faded.

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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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      Copyright 1931. [ 1949].. Color pictographic map / poster (carte), 17 3/4 x 14 inches on sheet 19 3/4 x 16 inches. Professionally mounted on linen. Very good condition. This is the second colored issue of Jo Mora's whimsical bird's eye view of the Yosemite valley (with the rider facing to the left: Gilmore 2004). .

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        Die Heilung durch den Geist. Mesmer - Mary Baker-Eddy - Freud

      Lpz., Insel 1931.. gr.-8°. 446 (1) S. Mit Errata-Zettel. OLn. Mit Goldpräg. W.-G.² 103; EA. - Mit eh., mehrzeil. Widmung d. Verf. am Tit.

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        The Night Before Christmas

      Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott Co.,, [1931]. Octavo. Original limp vellum, titles to upper cover gilt, pictorial endpapers, top edge gilt, others uncut. With the original vellum slipcase. With 4 colour plates and numerous black and white illustrations by Arthur Rackham. Usual light cockling to the leaves, faint offsetting from some illustrations, a lovely copy in excellent condition, in the lightly rubbed and spotted slipcase. First American edition, limited issue. 275 copies of which this is number 108, signed by Arthur Rackham.

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        Southwest Historical Series (Volume I thru XII)

      All first editions by Arthur H. Clark Company, Glendale, Calif.: 1931-1943. 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.

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        THE WAVES

      1931. hardcover. Woolf, Virginia. THE WAVES. London: Published by Leonard and Virginia Woolf at The Hogarth Press, 1931. Original purple cloth, with dust jacket. <p>First Edition of Virginia Woolf&#39;s most experimental work, which some have labeled as more poetry than prose. It consists of first-person stream-of-consciousness life-stories, from childhood into adulthood, by six different characters (or do they represent six different facets of the same person?) -- showing how each is distinct from, and yet interdependent on, the others.</p> <p>This volume is very nearly fine (the purple cloth is slightly sunned on the spine, but there is essentially no wear at all), and the tightness of the volume implies that this copy has never been read. The dust jacket, by the author&#39;s sister Vanessa Bell, is <i>fine</i> (<u>no</u> soil or wear) -- except that there is a vertical crease down the spine, due to a previous owner&#39;s habit of removing and storing the dust jacket upon purchasing a book (this also explains why the volume&#39;s spine is slightly sunned). There is also a crease near the edge of the rear flap. One could scarcely hope to find a better example of this dust jacket. Kirkpatrick A16a.</p> BOOKS WRITTEN BY WOMEN (Sumner & Stillman Code:12318)

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        The Waves

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

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        Autograph letter signed in full to Hugo Balzer

      2 pp. Octavo. Dated June 10, 1931. With Berg&#39;s handstamp in blue-black ink to upper left corner: "Alban Berg / Gut Berghof / post: Sattendorf / am Ossiacher-See / Kärnten, Austria / Tel. Villach [1]395"). Together with autograph envelope addressed to Balzer at the Stadttheater in Freiburg with Berg&#39;s handstamp to verso with his address on Trauttmausdorffgasse 27 in Vienna. In German (with translation). & & Berg thanks Balzer for his recent letter, and tells him that he has also written to [Finance Minister] Weinberger. & & "Your kind letter reached me in a roundabout way. You probably have my letter of June 5th by now... In the same mail I wrote to Fin[ance] Min[ister] Weinberger. Hopefully success! ... Please keep me in the loop."& & Letter creased at central fold and very slightly at margins; envelope slit at upper margin, upper right corner lacking where stamp has been removed, Berg&#39;s name in another hand to address panel. . "Along with his teacher Arnold Schoenberg and fellow pupil Anton Webern in the years before and immediately after World War I, [Berg] moved away from tonality to write free atonal and then 12-note music. At once a modernist and a Romantic, a formalist and a sensualist, he produced one of the richest bodies of music in the 20th century, and in opera, especially, he had few equals." Douglas Jarman in Grove online& & Written during the period when Berg was actively engaged in the composition of Lulu, which extended from mid-1928 to the spring of 1934, at which point the opera was complete in short score.& & Balzer, founder of the Robert-Schumann-Konservatoriums, was music director in Düsseldorf, Detmold and Darmstadt variously in the 1930s and 1940s.

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      New York/New Haven: Coward-McCann/Yale Univ., 1931. First Edition. cloth. Very Good in a Good only dustwrapper with edgewear and tears. First Trade Edition, only 5,900 copies printed. These one-act plays represent Wilder's first attempt at a colloquial style and his first successful work for the theatre. This copy is wonderfully INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author with a quote from the play: "For Charlie:/with best wishes/from Thornton Wilder/Burton Ct./U. of Chicago/'The best of them/all' p. 69/This is the first/copy signed by/me- of the/non-specials." The last statement is a reference to the signed edition limited to 525 copies.

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        Gebrauchsgraphik: International Advertising Art - Twenty-Four Issues

      Berlin. Frensel Und Engelbrecher. 1931-1934. Bound in pictorial wrappers. 4to. 9.25" x 12.25 Profusely illustrated throughout by chromolithographs, colour and monochrome plates - many tipped-in, illustrations en texte, drawings,die cuts, etc. reproducing period advertising from a myriad of international sources. " Gebrauchsgraphik, Monatschrift zur Förderung künst-lerischer Reklame (Commercial Graphics, Monthly Magazine for Promoting Art in Advertising), which was published in Berlin from 1924 until 1944, was the leading voice of the Avant-Garde influence on the European Commercial Art and Advertising industries before World War II. In the thirties, all roads led through Berlin, and Gebrauchsgraphik spotlighted all of the aesthetic trends fermenting in Europe -- Art Deco and Surrealism from Paris, Constructivism from Moscow, Futurist Fascism from Rome, De Stijl and Dutch typography from Amsterdam, and of course the spreading influence of the Dessau Bauhaus. A journal that was truly international in scope ,all articles and cutlines are presented in both German and English.The thirties were the Golden Age for European Poster Art and Gebrauchsgraphik was in the perfect place to showcase all the latest and greatest trends and rising artists for the rest of the world. Gebrauchsgraphik was an incredibly influential journal and agenda setter, utilizing the latest printing and press technologies which often included custom colors, bound-in samples and advertising fold-outs, foil stamps, die-cuts and other special finishing effects." - Randall Ross. Founded by Professor H K Frensel , Gebrauchsgraphik followed his concept that advertising should be a positive force in society through the development and presentation of innovative graphics. The magazine never espoused any specific philosophy but was open to all design directions executed to the highest standards of craftsmanship.Today, Gebrauchsgraphik is regarded as a rare and most desirable source for the appreciation and display of pure Art Deco Graphic Arts. & Most issues present with moderate wear and rubbing to covers with some short tears, soiling, small dampstains etc. Issues range from Good to Very Good.

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        Ein Ghetto Im Osten (Wilna)

      Zurich & Leipzig: Orell Fussli,, 1931. Schaubücher 27. Octavo. Original pictorial boards. Text in German and Hebrew. 62 plates from photos by the author. Front free endpaper cleanly cut away. Binding very lightly rubbed with some wear to the corners, contents exceptionally clean and fresh. An excellent copy. First edition, first impression of the author&#39;s first book, a photo essay on the Wilna ghetto. An artistically and historically significant work, especially as the ghetto was entirely destroyed by the Nazis only a decade later. The photographer, Moshé Vorobeichic, was born in Vilnius in 1904 and studied at the Bauhaus and in Paris at the Ecole de Photo Ciné, where he changed his name to Moi Ver. His most important work was the 1931 book of avant-garde photomontages entitled Paris.

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        Hans Mattis-Teutsch Kunstideologie Stabilität und Aktivität im Kunstwerk Mit einer Einleitung von Mihai Nadin und einem Nachwort von Elisabeth Axmann

      Offered complete in the publisher's pictorial wrappers, a rare signed presentation example, with 5 lines inscribed in English by Mihai Nadin, the author of the introduction, for Gy?rgy Kepes, alluding poignantly to the ties between the great trio of Hungarian artists influenced by the Bauhaus, L?szl? Moholy-Nagy, Janos Mattis (known also as Janos or Hans Mattis-Teutsch), and Gy?rgy Kepes, of the second edition of Kunstideologie (Ideology of Art), but the first edition with added texts, limited to 1010 unsigned, unnumbered examples in German. EDITION NOTE: the second edition of Kunstideologie, first published in a small printing in Potsdam by M?ller & J. Kiepenheuer in 1931, but the first edition with added commentary, an introduction and an afterword; offset printed in Bucharest by Arta Grafica. MATTIS-TEUTSCH: With each passing decade, Mattis-Teutsch has grown in importance, the early exhibitions since his death (1968 in Brasov, and 1971 in Bucharest) curated by Mihai Nadin. He is now recognized as a notable modern artist who absorbed currents of Abstraction, De Stijl, Bauhaus, and Constructivism into his own profound exploration of the dynamic rhythmic possibilities of composition. PROVENANCE: from Gy?rgy Kepes' estate. PRESENTATION: 5 lines, no addressee, done in black ink on the half-title page, dated February 2, 1982, sited in Providence, Rhode Island and signed M. Nadin. Inscribed, "The world is indeed small: Moholy-Nagy, his friend Janos Mattis, afterwards Gy?rgy Kepes. I hope that you will understand why I am offering you this book". KEPES (1906-2001): a photography pioneer for his photograms of scientific phenomena, and a notable light and technology artist and theorist, born in Hungary, lived in Budapest, emigrated by way of Berlin and London to the United States, first, at the invitation of L?szl? Moholy-Nagy to become head of the Department of Light and Color at the New Bauhaus School in Chicago, before moving to Brooklyn and then to MIT in Cambridge. There he had a great influence on technology artists through his teaching and writing and was the founder of the Center for Advanced Studies at MIT (CAVS). FORMAT: Publisher's white paper wrappers with black letters in the sewn binding with a b/w pictorial on the upper wrapper and a b/w vignette on the lower wrapper. SIZE: 23.9 x 19.4 cm or 9.41 x 7.64 inches, as issued. CONDITION DETAIL: Pages: clean and bright with a top corner fingering impress mark and a bottom tip crease continuing through. Wrappers: rubs and some soiling. Upper has slight top corner wear, bottom corner wear with a tip crease, and some spotting, primarily at the fore-edge. Lower has spotting, primarily adjacent to spine edge and slight tip wear with soiling. Binding: spine slant, but very good. PAGINATION: Confirmed complete: 107 pages. (4) pages, preliminaries, pages 5-17, Nadin's introduction, text with footnotes, Kunstideologie, the forward from page 19, with a description of the dynamic rhythmic possibilities in exploring horizontal versus vertical space, convex versus concave forms, etc, as noted in his Soul Flowers paintings of 1916-1924 (Seelenblumen), followed by a b/w pictorial presentation with full-page reproductions with captions, divided into 3 sections, Line (Linie) from page 33, Dimension (Plastik) from p. 45, and the principal suite, Surface-Line-Color (Fl?che-Linie-Farbe), pages 54-98, ending in a brief note on architectural space and art as an emotional expression of the brain (gestalten in Form die geistigen Lebensempfindungen), pp. 99-100, Axmann's afterward, pp. 101-107. IMAGES: by request.

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        Ergebnisse eines mathematischen Kolloquiums, unter Mitwirkung von Kurt Gödel und Georg Nöbeling. Herausgegeben von Karl Menger. Heft 1-7

      Leipzig & Berlin: B.G. Teubner, 1931-1936. All first editions. An absolutely mint set, in the original wrappers, of these rare proceedings to which Gödel contributed fifteen important papers and remarks on the foundations of logic and mathematics. &#147;By invitation, in October 1929 Gödel began attending Menger&#146;s mathematics colloquium, which was modeled on the Vienna Circle. There in May 1930 he presented his dissertation results, which he had discussed with Alfred Tarski three months earlier, during the latter&#146;s visit to Vienna. From 1932 to 1936 he published numerous short articles in the proceedings of that colloquium (including his only collaborative work) and was coeditor of seven of its volumes. Gödel attended the colloquium quite regularly and participated actively in many discussions, confining his comments to brief remarks that were always stated with the greatest precision.&#148; (D.S.B. XVII: 350). <br/><br/>The papers are: (1) Ein Spezialfall des Entscheidungsproblems der theoretischen Logik, vol. 2, pp. 27-28; (2) Über Vollständigkeit und Widerspruchsfreiheit, vol. 3, pp. 12-13; (3) Eine Eigenschaft der Realisierungen des Aussagenkalküls, vol. 3, pp. 20-21; (4) Untitled remark following W. T. Parry Ein Axiomensystem für eine neue Art von Implikation (analytische Implikation), vol. 4, p. 6; (5) Über Unabhängigkeitsbeweise im Aussagenkalkül, vol. 4, pp. 9-10; (6) Über die metrische Einbettbarkeit der Quadrupel des R3 in Kugelflächen, vol. 4, pp. 16-17; (7) Über die Waldsche Axiomatik des Zwischenbegriffes, vol. 4), pp. 17-18; (8) Zur Axiomatik der elementargeometrischen Verknüpfungsrelationen, vol. 4, p. 34; (9) Zur intuitionistischen Arithmetik und Zahlentheorie, vol. 4, pp. 34-38; (10) Eine Interpretation des intuitionistischen Aussagenkalküls, vol. 4, pp. 39-40; (11) Reprint of Zum intuitionistischen Aussagenkalkül [Anzeiger der Akademie der Wissenschaften in Wien, vol. 69,1932, pp. 65-66], vol. 4, p. 40; (12) Bemerkung über projektive Abbildungen, vol. 5, p. 1; (13) Diskussion über koordinatenlose Differentialgeometrie (with K. Menger and A. Wald), vol. 5, pp. 25-26; (14) Über die Produktionsgleichungen der ökonomischen Wertlehre, vol. 7, p. 6; (15) Über die Länge von Beweisen, vol. 7, pp. 23-24. John Dawson in his Annotated Bibliography of Gödel has the following summaries of these papers: (1) This undated contribution was not presented to a regular meeting of the colloquium, but appeared among the Gesammelte Mitteilungen for 1929/30. In the context of the first-order predicate calculus without equality, Gödel describes an effective procedure for deciding whether or not a formula with prenex form (3x1...xn)(y1y2)(3z1...zn)A(xi,yi,zi) is satisfiable; the procedure is related to the method used in [his dissertation Die Vollstandigkeit der Axiome des logischen Funktionenkalküls] to establish the completeness theorem; (2) Closely related to [Über formal unentscheidbare Sätze der Principia Mathematica und verwandter Systeme I, 1931], [this paper] notes extensions of the incompleteness theorems to a wider class of formal systems. The system considered in [his 1931 paper] is based on Principia Mathematica and allows variables of all finite types. Here Gödel observes that any finitely-axiomatizable, omega-consistent formal system S with just substitution and implication (modus ponens) as rules of inference will possess undecidable propositions whenever S extends the theory Z of first-order Peano arithmetic plus the schema of definition by recursion; and indeed, that the same is true of infinite axiomatizations so long as the class of Gödel numbers of axioms, together with the relation of immediate consequence under the rules of inference, is definable and decidable in Z; (3) In answer to a question of Menger, Gödel shows that given an arbitrary realization of the axioms of the propositional calculus in a structure with operations interpreting the connectives ~ and &sup;, the elements of the structure can always be partitioned into two disjoint classes behaving exactly like the classes of true and false propositions; (4) During the 33rd session of the colloquium, November 7, 1931, the American visitor Parry introduced an axiom system for &#147;analytic implication,&#148; a concept of logical consequence entailing the unprovability of A -> B whenever B contains a propositional variable not occurring in A. Following Parry&#146;s demonstration (via multi-valued truth tables) of this characteristic property, Gödel suggested that a completeness proof be sought for Parry&#146;s axioms, while noting that the question whether Heyting&#146;s propositional calculus could be realized using only finitely many truth values was then open. On p. 4 of this same issue, an article by Alt (&#147;Zur Theorie der Krümmung&#148;) mentions an unpublished suggestion by Gödel; (5) To Hahn&#146;s question, &#147;Can every independence proof for statements of the propositional calculus be carried out by means of finite multi-valued truth tables?&#148; Gödel provides a negative answer. Specifically, using infinitely many truth values he demonstrates the independence of p &sup; ~~p from the set of axioms p &sup; p, (p &sup; ~~q) &sup; (p &sup; q), and (~~p &sup; ~~q) &sup; (p &sup; q), while showing that any finite realization of those axioms must also realize p &sup; ~~q; (6 & 7) Gödel&#146;s contributions to geometry have been overlooked by bibliographers. Both [6] and [7] formed part of the 42nd colloquium, held February 18, 1932. In the former, Gödel answers a question raised by Laura Klanfer at the 37th colloquium, December 2, 1931: he shows that whenever a quadruple of points in a metric space is isometric to four noncoplanar points of R3, the quadruple is isometric, under the geodesic metric, to four points on the surface of a sphere. (The corresponding result for the usual metric on R3 is trivial.) In the second paper Gödel reformulates Wald&#146;s axiomatization of the betweenness concept as a theorem about triples of real numbers, assigning the triple of distances (ab, bc, ac) to a triple (a, b, c) in a given metric space. The theorem states that b lies between a and c in the sense of Menger if and only if (ab, bc, ac) lies in that part of the plane x + y = z for which each of the four quantities x, y, z, and (x + y - z)(x - y + z)(-x + y + z) is nonnegative; (8) Only two brief comments were published from the discussion with the above title held as the 51st colloquium, May 25, 1932. In translation, Gödel&#146;s remark reads in full: &#147;[Some]one should investigate the system of all those statements about fields that in normal form contain no existential prefixes. The concepts of point and line, which are definable by application of existential prefixes (e.g., a point is an element for which there exists no nonempty element that is a proper part of it), are undefinable in this more restricted system.&#148;; (9) In this short but important paper, Gödel shows that although the intuitionistic propositional calculus is customarily regarded as a subsystem of the classical, by a different translation the reverse is true, not only for the propositional calculus but for arithmetic and number theory as well. (Independently and slightly later the same result was discovered by Gentzen and Bernays. Specifically, with each formula A of Herbrand&#146;s system of arithmetic Gödel associates a translation A&#39; in an extension of Heyting&#146;s arithmetic, such that A&#39; is intuitionistically provable whenever A is classically provable. Since it provides an intuitionistic consistency proof for classical arithmetic, Gödel&#146;s translation gives classical mathematicians grounds for maintaining that insofar as arithmetic is concerned, intuitionistic qualms amount to &#147;much ado about nothing&#148;; for intuitionists, however, the issue is not so much consistency as it is matters of proper interpretation and methodology; (10) By formalizing the concept &#147;p is provable&#148; via a unary predicate Bp satisfying the axioms Bp -> p, Bp -> BBp, and Bp -> (B(p -> q) -> Bq), Gödel shows that Heyting&#146;s propositional calculus can be given a natural classical interpretation. Specifically the intuitionistic notions &rceil;p, p &sup; q,p v qy and p &and; q are to be interpreted by ~Bp, Bp -> Bq, Bp v Bq, and p*q; (11) Though considerably more accessible than [the original printing in Anzeiger der Akademie der Wissenschaften in Wien, 1932], this reprint has not been cited in earlier bibliographies. The text is identical to the original except for the addition of an opening clause attributing the question to Hahn, (12) This brief note, part of the 53rd colloquium, November 10, 1932, is devoted to proving that every one-to-one mapping of the real projective plane into itself that carries straight lines into straight lines is a collineation; (13) Gödel&#146;s only joint paper, previously uncited. A single, mildly technical result is established, whose aim is to show that so-called &#147;volume determinants&#148; are appropriate for giving a coordinate-free characterization of Gaussian surfaces. The paper is intended as a contribution to Menger&#146;s program for making precise, in a coordinate-free way, the assertion that Riemannian spaces behave locally like Euclidean spaces; (14) In this two-sentence remark, Gödel notes that a realistic analysis of demand in economics must take into account a firm&#39;s income, which depends upon the cost of production; (15) A short but important paper, largely overlooked until the advent of computational complexity theory. In terms of the latter, [1936a] provides an early example of a speed-up theorem, viz., that in formal number theory, passing to higher types (allowing sets of integers, sets of sets of integers, etc.) not only causes some previously unprovable statements to become provable, but also greatly reduces the length of the shortest proofs of some previous theorems. <br/><br/>Seven seperate issues, in their original printed wrappers; very fine and fresh, scarce in such good condition. 8vo: 232 x 152 mm. pp. 31,(1:blank); 38,(2:blank); 26; 45,(1:blank); 42.

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      1931. Fine. WALT DISNEY STUDIO STAFF. MICKEY MOUSE STORY BOOK. Philadelphia: David McKay Company (1931). Story and Illustrations by the Staff of Walt Disney Studio. 62 pp. 8vo., blue cloth spine over flexible color pictorial cardboard covers. Near fine. A small crease/paper repair to top corner of front cover and first leaf, and faint crease to bottom joint of front cover, else a beautiful copy, bright and clean inside and out. Covers feature Mickey reading to two attentive little mice (Mickey and Minnie Jr.?) with Pluto reclining in the foreground. Interior illustrations in halftone b/w, with text in rhyming verse.

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        THE ADVENTURES OF MICKEY MOUSE; Book One and Book Two

      Philadelphia; (1931 & 1932): David McKay Co. Two volumes, Book I and Book 2, issued without dust jackets. Story and illustrations by staff of Walt Disney, no pagination, both books bound in color pictorial paper over boards, color pictorial endpapers, color illustrated throughout; light wear at extremities, spines are intact, paper worn more at ends; tiny piece from lower corner of endpaper torn away, in Book I. A very good set with no interior writing.. First Edition. 5 5/8/2" x 7 3/4".

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        Disney Signs A Photograph Of Himself Speaking At Hallmark Cards

      PS. 9 ½? x 7?. No date. No place. A black and white photograph signed ?Walt Disney? in the upper left corner in blue ink. It shows Disney speaking at a lectern at a Hallmark Cards event; there are students behind him and adults in the audience. The Hallmark and Disney companies had a long history of working together; in 1931, Hallmark signed their first licensing agreement with Disney. The original photograph has been cropped, including the very top portion of the ?y? in the autograph. There are mounting remnants on the verso.

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        Mickey Mouse Story Book

      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&#39; 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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        HOW TO WRITE. Signed

      Dijon: Darantiere Press, 1931 Presentation Copy. One of 1000 copies printed for Stein & Alice B. Toklas by Darantiere Press. First Edition. Very good or better, without dustwrapper as issued. Inscribed but not signed by Stein in a later hand, to John James, an American journalist living in France: "To John James / in Paris / May 46 / Happy Days". Wilson A17. Rarely Found Inscribed. Stiff Mylar custom fitted clear protective wrapper. An extremely good copy.. Signed by Author. 1st Edition.

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        Die Erotik in der Photographie. Die geschichtliche Entwicklung der Aktphotographie und des erotischen Lichtbildes und seine Beziehungen zur Psychopatia sexualis. Von E. Wulffen, E. Stenger u.a

      Wien/Bln./Lpz., Vlg. für Kulturforschung (1931-32).. 3 Bde. (Mit Ergänzungs- u. Nachtragsbd.). 4°. 252; 127 S., 2 Bll.; 126 (1) S. Bd .1 mit 29 (dav. einige farb.) photogr. Taf. u. 200 teils farb. u. mont. (1 photogr. Textabb.; Bd. 2 mit 117 teils farb. photogr. Taf.; Bd. 3 Mit 173 Tafelabb. OLn. Durch Feuchtigkeitseinwirkung stellenw. fleckig. 1 Rückenkante am ob. Kap eingerissen. 3 fehlende Bll. im 2. Bd. durch Kopien ergänzt. Selten komplett mit Ergänzungs- u. Nachtragsband.

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        Spezielle Relativitätstheorie und Quantenmechanik.

      Sonderausgabe aus den Sitzungsberichten der preussischen Akademie der Wissenschaften Phys.-Math Klasse 1931, XII. 12 pages. Orig. cover.. Niels Bohr's copy. With a printed inscription on the front wrapper: 'Überreicht vom Verfasser'.** Schrödinger was the 1933 laureate in Physics (together with Paul Dirac) and the discoverer of the wave function of quantum mechanics (1926) which satisfies the famous Schrödinger equation. He stayed at Niels Bohr's Institute of Theoretical Physics in 1926 but never agreed with Bohr on the interpretation of quantum mechanics

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

      In-4 gr., bross. alla francese, custodia e astuccio in cartonato edit., testo e tavole a fogli sciolti, pp. (10),125,(5), molto ben illustrato da 29 composizioni di Brouet incise all?acquaforte e così composte: 1 antiporta, 1 vignetta al frontesp., 12 grandi testate, 7 finali e 8 tavv. f.t. + ?le deuxième état avec remarques du frontispice, des 8 hors-texte, des 12 bandeaux (suite di 21). In aggiunta 2 (su 3) tavole ?refusées? + ?un dessin original de l?artiste? a noi mancante. Nel ns. esempl. è stato inserito anche ?le premier état? di: antiporta, frontesp., 3 testate, 7 finali e 8 tavv. f.t. (suite di 20). Cfr. Carteret,IV, p. 212: ?Belle publication cotée? - Benezit,II, p. 848: ?Auguste Brouet (1872-1941), graveur, illustrateur, élève de Gustave Moreau.. observateur de la vie populaire, il met l?accent sur un clair-obscur pratiqué selon la leçon de Rembrandt?. Bella edizione di 221 esempl. numer. Il ns., 23, è ?sur japon impérial?, molto ben conservato.

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        Autograph Letter Signed, in German, on magnificent hotel multicolored stationery, 4 full 4to pages, Partenkirchen, Thursday, September 3, 1931

      This is an extremely long gossipy letter to his wife Edith,[Hahn]. ?I do want to write you a real letter?And today I got the one you sent?I thank you for all of them. But I never got the card you sent to the Karwendel hut, nor the card Baeyer sent here; he had not put his return address on it, so the stupid hotel desk clerk probably threw it out instead of keeping it until Professor Hahn would arrive. Here, too?Two days ago I drove to Lake Eib with Baeyer?. Baeyer, Bodenstein and I spent the evening in one of the local pubs. Today, Baeyer and I took the funicular up to the ?Wank,? another 3,000 ft higher. Baeyer was able to walk those 3,000 ft back down, which he paid for with a lot of sweat. But during the day, he only drinks seltzer, lemonade, and coffee. And only in the evening it?s beer, but then several glasses. But it?s easier here than in Berlin and it does as little harm as in Munich?Of course it all costs more than in the Pinzgau, where everything is more primitive and where there are fewer opportunities to spend money. Now a little more regarding your letters. The pneumothorax may not be all that bad. Our acquaintance, Dr. Riehl (used to be in the laboratory, now is with Auer) has one done almost every month; meanwhile, he?s been back with Bauer and hopes to be fully recovered soon. - I am happy that Hartmut is biking and swimming again and hope the limping will improve as well?Well, I won?t say anything about the Punch and Judy show and will wait to be surprised?How is Lise [Meitner]? I wrote her a while back to think about coming here for a few days, but two days ago I wrote her that it wouldn?t be worth it now for such a short time. I may well make a detour from Frankfurt if she is somewhere in Germany before her physics conference. It wouldn?t hurt if we were able to talk about the program of the Bunsengesellschaft before it takes place. She must be quite exhausted coming straight from the lab. Why don?t you call and invite her?.? Signed, ?Your Otto?. With holograph envelope.

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        The Maltese Falcon

      New York: Grosset & Dunlap 1931 New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1931. Later edition, seventh printing. 8vo. . With the recipient's leather bookplate on the spine, some cloth spotting, front hinge cracked and partially mended, very good. Included is the orginal G&D dust jacket, as well as the two promotional wraparound bands, one of which features illustrations from the film with Bebe Daniels, the first Brigid O'Shaughnessy of the screen. In a custom clamshell box . An extraordinary association copy, inscribed by the author to the female lead of the first film version of his most famous and enduring novel: "For Ben Lyon and Bebe Daniels with all good wishes - Dashiell Hammett. Hollywood, August, 1931." The 1931 film's reputation has been eclipsed by the 1941 John Huston version which starred Humphrey Bogart (the 1931 film starred Ricardo Cortez as Spade) and Mary Astor as Brigid O'Shaughnessy. Daniels married actor Ben Lyon in 1930; the film was released in May, 1931 to very favorable reviews, and its success was a huge boost to Hammett's career

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        OLD DOLLS

      1931. Paperback. 2. RUSSIAN. STARBYE KUKPI [OLD DOLLS] by Bednyi (pseud. Efim Alekseevich Pridvorov). 1931. 4to, pict. wraps, light spine and cover wear, VG. Illus. by Koukryniksi with full page satirical portrayals ridiculing the political figures of the past. Koukryniksi is a composite name for 3 famous Soviet illustrators who were satirists, poster designers and painters whose names were Mikhail KOUriyanov, Porfiry KRYlov and NIKolai Sokolov. Quite striking. See Leveque Dictionnaire p. 120.

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      1931. 1. BANNERMAN,HELEN. LITTLE BLACK SAMBO. Cleveland: Harter (1931). 4to (7 5/8 x 10"), red patterned cloth, circular pictorial paste-on, near Fine. STATED FIRST EDITION! Boldly and brightly illustrated in color by FERN BISEL PEAT with 8 color plates plus 12 full page and 1 smaller black and whites. Extremely rare in this first edition.

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        Dirischabli (Russian). (Dirigibles).

      Kaluga, 1931. Small 8vo. (15,5 x 11 cm). Orig. purple printed wrappers. A few small holes to the last leaves, not affecting text, otherwise very well preserved. 32 pp. (= pp. 1-32).. Rare first edition (in Russian). "The works of Tsiolkovskiy that date from the Soviet period repeat the principle assumption of his theory of the metal aerostat, provide counsel on the practical organization of experimental work, survey critically the existing types of dirigibles, and point out the errors in the research into metal-envelope dirigibles in the USSR and abroad." (Collected Works, 1959, III: p. 23).Being the father of the all-metal dirigible aerostat with changeable volume and gas heating, his technical foresight was greatly in advance of the level of industrial development at the time. He came up with a number of entirely new ideas concerning dirigible design. He set out to develop a dirigible that would be safe as well as fast, up until then the dirigibles in use were neither. He wanted to ensure a longer flight-time, and was certain this could not be attained with the fabric envelopes in use at the time, -they leaked gas, lost hight and couldn't stay aloft for long at a time. Besides that they were insecure due to fire-hazard and not sufficiently strong. As the very first, T. developed the idea of an all-metal envelope that was capable of altering size, - the "breathing" metal envelope. "Tsiolkovskiy's ideas found no support either in Russia or abroad. His ideas were dozens of years ahead of the science and technology of his time. The subsequent development of the technology of dirigible construction shows that Tsiolkovskiy's ideas were adopted by many authors who, however, treated them as recent discoveries, without mentioning the name of Konstantin Eduardovich." (Collected Works, 1959, III: p. 11-12). "Forty years of experimenting were needed to produce concepts that had already been expressed by K.E. Tsiolkovkiy, while aeronautics was still in the cradle." (Collected Works, 1959, III: p. 17). With the invention of the all-metal dirigible T. has proved to be ahead of both contemporary scientists and inventors as well as of his time. "His work is now a shining beacon in science, attracting the attention of the scientists and designers called upon to provide mankind with a reliable transport dirigible." (Collected Works, 1959, III: p. 26).The father of modern rocketry, Konstantin Eduardovich Tsiolkovski (1857-1935), is probably most widely known for his works on rocket propulsion, however his contributions to several fields of science have been immense and of exceedingly seminal character. Deafened at the age of nine and as a consequence thereof unable to go to school, he was forced to learn everything on his own hand. His father, a forester, was fond of scientific experiments, and though not wealthy, he had books on science and natural history. Tsiolkovski began by reading all books he could find on these subjects and as a consequence was able to construct quite complicated devices for measuring distances and many other things. Having seen how gifted his son was, his father sent him to Moscow, where Tsiolkovski spend all three years in libraries, receiving no teaching but his own, but still succeeding in taking a degree in physics from the university. T. can thus be seen as a purely self-taught man. After Moscow he settled in the small city of Borovskoye, where he taught physics at a school, spending all his spare time conducting experiments and writing about them. He devoted his intellect mainly to three scientific problems of the greatest importance at the time: The aeroplane, the (long-range) rocket and the all metal dirigible. Self-taught as he was and unable to come in touch with new publications in his fields of interest, he began with nothing and made all necessary calculations himself. Calculations and experiments were always at the base of his scientific works, and no conclusions were derived from intuition and guesswork. He was the first in the world to solve numerous problems concerning his three main interests, but unable to be recognized by the tsar-regime and considered, at best, a dreamer and a utopian, the struggle for his inventions was long and hard. Aged 24 he was the first in the world to formulate the possibility of applying the principle of reactive motion for flight in a vacuum, thus presenting a simple plan for a spaceship. He established the possibility of space travel by means of rockets, and is thus called the father of rocketry. He is also called the father of the all-metal dirigible. He is the first to propose and state that liquid fuel is necessary for spaceflight. He was the first in the world to make calculations for the air-jet and turbo-prop-planes, and it is in his works we find the most complete elaboration of the theory of rocket propulsion for many years to come. "In his works on rocket dynamics Tsiolkovsky, the first in the history of science, calculated the efficiency of the rocket and pointed out the advantages of rocket motors at high velocities." (Kosmodemyansky, Moscow, 1956, p. 69). T. saw it as necessary step for mankind to explore and inhabit outer space and nothing could prevent him from working on the possibilities of this; in short, among many other things, we owe to him the fundamental principles of rocket dynamics.After the Revolution T. became a member of the Academy, was allotted a personal pension in 1921, and became able to devote himself entirely to his scientific work. Now his contemporaries finally saw him as the founder of a new domain of human knowledge, a new science, he was, and he was awarded the Red Banner of Labour Order for outstanding services to his country

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        Mu-yang-ch'eng. Han and pre-Han sites at the Foot of Mount Lao-T'ieh in South Manchuria. Appendices I & II: The ruined Site of an Ancient Castle near Fu=shan=shien, Shan=tung, facing Mu=yang=ch'eng, on the Opposite Shore. In both German and English.

      The Toa-Kokogaku-Kwai, or The Far-Eastern Archaeological Society, Tokyo & Kyoto 1931. Folio. X + 37 pages of english text + 5 pages of german text + 13 pages of lists of findings + 2 pages of english text + LXII plates + appendix 1 with V plates + appendix II with III plates + 45 figures with text in chinese and with several tipped-in illustrations + several pages in chinese + 1 plate in colour at the frontispice of the chinese textpart. All illustrations in b/w, except the frontispice illustration. In orig. full cloth binding with reinforced cloth edges and spine. With only very light signs of use, light signs of handling at spine and botoom of edges. In fine- condition, a very nice and well kept copy.. Archaeologia Orientalis volume II

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        Autograph musical manuscript being part of his incidental music to the comedy "La femme barbe," first performed in 1938

      2 pp., ca. 348 x 268 mm. Folio. 56 measures scored for both spoken and sung voices, including sections for chorus with instrumental accompaniment. Apparently complete. Marked "Scène IX les mêmes: puis les trois emissaires du Sultan - puis Croquendot..." Notated in black and red ink with some markings in blue crayon. Unsigned. Slightly worn; creased at central fold. . Delvincourt, a French composer, was appointed director of the Versailles Conservatory in 1931 and of the Paris Conservatoire in 1941. "His most important decisions were the founding of the Orchestre des Cadets and a chorus (so avoiding the evacuation of his pupils to Germany), and his invitation to Messiaen, despite much comment, to teach the philosophy of music..." "After Debussy and Ravel, he was one of the most ardent of French composers in trying to recapture the spirit of the Middle ages and the Renaissance, as in the Danceries..." Alain Louvier in Grove online

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        Shadows on the Rock

      Alfred A. Knopf New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1931. FIRST EDITION. Hardcover. One of 619 numbered copies printed on Croxley hand-made paper and signed by the author. Fine copy in very good dust jacket with a small piece torn from the spine panel (partly obscuring the title) and in publisher's box (professionally repaired along two edges).

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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 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

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      New York: Jonathan Cape and Harrison Smith New York: Jonathan Cape and Harrison Smith,. [1931]. original purple cloth, all panels ruled in blind, spine panel stamped in gold, top edge stained black, fore and bottom edges rough trimmed.. Private owner's bookplate affixed to front paste-down. A fine copy in. fine pictorial dust jacket (designed by Arthur Hawkins). A stunning. copy of a very handsome book. (#114650). First U.S. edition, first binding. "The author's first work of fiction, inaugurating those anatomies of the future that blend romance and philosophy, spectacle and prophecy, cosmological in scope, teleological in tone, for which the term 'novel' is wholly misleading. With its telescopic focus, the Stapledonian romance eschews characters and dialogue, replacing them with Man and Evolution. The half-century to come, as predicted by the author in his foreword, would indeed be critical, coinciding with the high watermark of those social engineering schemes that seemed so congruent with the kind of utopian visions emblazoned here." - Robert Eldridge. "... one of the most remarkable imaginative works in the field of futuristic fiction: an account of human development during the next hundreds of millions of years." - Clarke, Tale of the Future (1978), p. 58. "On his own terms, Stapledon is unequaled, and he certainly has been one of the major influences on contemporary science fiction." - Survey of Science Fiction Literature III, pp. 1140-43. "LAST AND FIRST MEN and STAR MAKER soar far beyond the accepted limits of science fiction... Stapledon is the great classical example, the cold pitch of perfection as he turns scientific concepts into vast ontological epic prose poems, the ultimate SF writer." - Aldiss, Trillion Year Spree: The History of Science Fiction, p. 198. Stapledon's "influence, both direct and indirect, on the development of many concepts which now permeate genre SF is probably second only to that of H. G. Wells." - Clute and Nicholls (eds), The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (1993), pp. 1151-53. Aldiss, Trillion Year Spree: The History of Science Fiction, p. 198. Anatomy of Wonder (1976) 3- 56; (1981) 2-98; (1987) 2-109; and (1995) 2-119. Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 2086. Clareson, Science Fiction in America, 1870s-1930s 718. Clarke, Tale of the Future (1978), p. 58. Clute and Nicholls (eds), The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (1993), pp. 1151-52. Gerber, Utopian Fantasy (1973), p. 151. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, pp. 204-05. Stableford, Scientific Romance in Britain 1890-1950, pp. 200-03. Survey of Science Fiction Literature III, pp. 1140-43. In 333. Bleiler (1978), p. 185. Reginald 13553. Satty and Smith A3.2.1.

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        Über formal unentscheidbare Sätze der Principia Mathematica und verwandter Systeme I [In: Monatshefte für Mathematik und Physik, XXXVIII. Band. I. Heft]. ["On Formally Undecidable Propositions of Principia Mathematica and Related Systems].

      Leipzig, 1931. 8vo. Extract, stapled in private blank paper wrappers with hand-written title to front wrapper. With the original front warpper for the entire 1. issue of volume 38 of Monatshefte für Mathematik und Physik, from which it is extracted. Uncut. Some marginal pencil markings (probably by Jørgen Jørgensen). Pp. (173)-198.. Extremely scarce first printing of this milestone paper in mathematical logic, one of the most influential works of the twentieth century, in which Gödel sets forth and proves his incompleteness theorem - without doubt one of the most famous and important papers in the history of mathematical logic. "Kurt Gödel's astonishing discovery and proof, published in 1931, that even in elementary parts of arithmetic there exist propositions which cannot be proved or disproved within the system, is one of the most important contributions to logic since Aristotle." (Introduction by Braithwaite to the English translation of Gödel's "On Formally Undecidable Propositions...", p. VII).The present paper not only affected mathematics in general more than any other work of the twentieth century, and mathematical and philosophical logic more than any other work since the time of Aristotle, it also affected and shook the general view of the world of twentieth century man, and it caused a tremendous scandal in the world of science. "Gödel [with the present paper] was the first to prove any unprovability theorem for arithmetic, and his way of proof was subtler and deeper than the metamathematical methods previously employed. Either of these facts would have ranked this paper high in the development of metamathematics. But it is the fact that it was a proposition of whole-number arithmetic which he showed to be undecidable that created such a scandal." (Introduction by Braithwaite to the English translation of Gödel's "On Formally Undecidable Propositions...", pp. 3-4)."Finally, Gödel's incompleteness theorem - "the most important mathematical truth of the century," as it would soon be described in a ceremony at Harvard University - set a permanent limit on our knowledge of the basic truths of mathematics: The complete set of mathematical truths will never be captured by any finite or recursive list of axioms that is fully formal. " (Yourgrau, A World Without Time, p. 3).Gödel's incompleteness theorem destroyed once and for all the laurels on which the positivists thought to be able to rest after having laid to rest the ghost of mathematics, and it thus also ruined the credulity of the Vienna Circle. Gödel was in all respects an opponent of positivism, and due to his great classical philosophical interest and his view of phenomenology as greatly important in the understanding of the world, one of his aims was to use mathematics in a relevant way for the non-analytical philosophers as well, making his discoveries as generally applicable as unavoidable. Though the incompleteness theorem was without doubt the single most important contribution to formalism -the governing strand/notion of the twentieth century- , it was also of the greatest importance to reappropriation of mathematics to all other branches of philosophy. As Plato, mathematics was also for Gödel a deep source of philosophical inspiration, as the means of describing the physical world, as well as in itself, and naturally in its relationship to logic."Unlike Einstein, a classicist who forever sought continuity with the past, Gödel was at heart an ironist, a truly subversive thinker. With his incompleteness theorem he had shaken the foundations of mathematics, prompting the great mathematician David Hilbert to propose a new law of logic just to refute Gödel's results. The Gödel universe, correctly understood, shares with the incompleteness theorem an underlying methodology and purpose. It is a bomb, built from cosmology's most cherished materials, lobbed into the foundations of physics." (Yourgrau, A World Without Time, p. 8).The present paper, which is of the utmost scarcity in the first printing, is without doubt one of, if not the, most famous and important papers in the history of mathematical logic. "It is no exaggeration to regard U ("On Formally Undecidable Propositiones...") as the greatest single piece of work in the whole history of mathematical logic. In many ways it pulled together, consolidated, and raised previous work to a much higher level in nearly all major directions, proving surprising central results, making old concepts precise, introducing new concepts, and opening up wholly new horizons." (Wang, Reflections on Kurt Gödel, p. 275).From the library of the highly important Danish logician and philosopher Jørgen Jørgensen (1894-1969), who was an active collaborator with the logical positivists from the Vienna Circle. After Hans Hahn's death he became editor of the series of the Vienna Circle, the "Einheitswissenchaft" ("Unified Science"), and later he collaborated on the International Encyclopedia, to which he contributed with the essay "The Development of Logical Empiricism", 1951. Jørgensen is also widely recognized for his three volume work "Treatise of Formal Logic; Its Evolution and Main Branches, with its Relations to Mathematics and Philosophy", 1931.Apart from the paramount importance of the paper, it is also of the utmost rarity, as evidenced by the fact that it is neither present in the collection of Honeyman, Barchas, Haskell Norman, nor Hook & Norman: Origins of Cyberspace, and furthermore, the paper has not been up for sale on any of the major auction houses for at least the last 50 years

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        Nightlife: Vanity Fair's Intimate Guide to New York After Dark

      New York: John Day. (1931). First. First edition. Illustrated by Raymond Bret-Koch. About fine in good plus dustwrapper with modest chips and tanning on the spine. A wonderfully kooky guide to the Big Apple. Exceptionally scarce, especially in jacket. .

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      Ernst Ludwig Presse (Leipzig: Ernst Ludwig Presse, 1925-1931). Seven volumes, a complete set as published. One of 250 copies. Only 200 copies of the seventh volume were printed. The dedication notes that this edition was produced as an homage to T.J. Cobden-Sanderson and the German editions of Goëthe printed at the Doves Press. Designed and with initial lettering by Christian Heinrich Kleukens, incorporating a font that carries the same austere elegance as the Doves fonts. An uncommon set, this copy is even more so for its binding of vellum-backed green boards, in their original green paper dust wrappers and paper-covered slipcases. The gilt work on the spines is reminiscent of the work done at the Doves Bindery. Light wear to slipcases, one of which shows staining. One jacket significantly chipped and torn, a few others with smaller tears to spines, mostly closed. Overall, a fine set of perhaps the most beautiful edition of Shakespeare's works printed in Germany.

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        The American Black Chamber.

      Indianapolis, The Bobbs-Merrill Company, (1931). 8vo. Publisher's original black full cloth with title in red to front board and spine. Uncut. 375 pp. + 9 photographic plates, including frontispiece. A bit of sunning to spine and a few very vague spots to front board. Internally nice and clean. With the book-plate of Charles J. Fritz to inside of front board.. First edition of Yardley's highly influential and controversial book on cryptography and The Black Chamber, also known as MI-8. The book has been described as "the most famous book on cryptology ever published". Yardley, who had been working extensively with Japanese codes and code breaking, exposed fundamental flaws in the Japanese system which caused a diplomatic furore between the US and Japan. A member of the Japanese House of Peers said that "The disclosure of this breach of faith committed by the United States Government will doubtless serve as a valuable lesson for the future to Japan in participating in international conferences".Herbert Osborne Yardley, allegedly the most famous cryptologist in history, was a prodigy within cryptology; within a few years he went from being a desk clerk to being head of the Black Chamber, a forerunner of the National Security Agency. As a consequence of the Great Depression, the Black Chamber lost its funding in October 1929, and Yardley found himself without a job and no money, which resulted in the writing of The American Black Chamber. "When his old MI-8 friend, Manly, with whom he had been in contact all during the 1920s, had to turn down his request for a $2,500 loan in the end of January, 1931, Yardley, in desperation, sat down to write what was to become the most famous book on cryptology ever published." (Kahn, pp. 360-1).Despite of The American Black Chamber's controversial contents, Yardley had not broken the law by writing it, as no law existed on the area. It was due to this that rules concerning leakage of Yardley's sort were written into American law. When Yardley a few years late began writing The Chinese Black Chamber, the Roosevelt administration had passed a law which made it illegal to publish any transmission between The United States and any foreign government and as a consequence the book was made classified and first published in 1983."The circumstances of the production of The American Black Chamber, as much as its narrative structure, helped to define the nascent genre of the US spy memoir" (Egerton, Political Memoir: Essays on the Politics of Memory, Routledge 1994, 315 p.)"With all its faults and falsehoods, his book had captured the imagination of the public and inspired untold numbers of amateurs to become interested in cryptology. To the extent that the impact of their fresh ideas enriched American cryptology, the credits most go to him." (Kahn, The Code Breakers, New York, 1968, 369 p.).See: David Kahn, The Code Breakers, New York, 1968

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        The Waves.

      London: The Hogarth Press, 1931.. First edition, 8vo, 325, (1) pp. Original purple cloth, d.w. designed by Vanessa Bell with some light spots to the spine and lower wrapper, very minor loss to top corners and spine ends, top edge of lower wrapper with some creasing, a very good clean copy. Kirkpatrick A16a.

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