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        The Maltese Falcon

      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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        The Adventures of Mickey Mouse

      Philadelphia; (1931): David McKay Co. no pagination. The third paragraph contains the first mention of Donald Duck, bound in red cloth with color illustrated paste-on,color illustrated endpapers, minute wear to foot, and just a touch of rubbing to pastetown and edges. A fresh, bright nearly fine copy of the very early Mickey.. First Edition. Octavo.

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        Mickey Mouse Story Book

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

      [Bookseller: Thorn Books]
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      Frankfurt: Prestel-Verlag. Very Good with no dust jacket. 1931. First Edition. Hardcover. Prestel; B&W Illustrations; Folio 13" - 23" tal; 340 [2], 220 pages; Bound in light tan cloth with black lettering along the spine. Paper clipped card on first blank of Vol I. Moderate external age/wear, with rubbing to the extremities and some splitting to the cloth gutters. The text blocks are well bound with mild aging. Ex- Paul Joseph Sachs collection [of Goldman Sachs] with small book plate in each volume. About 800 plates generally 2 to 4 on a page. Complete German catalog of the artwork of Dutch masters in the Staatliche Museen Zu Berlin. The first volume contains 340 pages of text in two columns, describing the 15th- through 18th-century Dutch and Flemish drawings in the collection. The second volume contains 220 pages of plates of the artwork found in the museum. ----------These volumes contain the bookplate of Paul Joseph Sachs. Paul Joseph Sachs was born in New York, New York in 1879 to Samuel Sachs and Louisa Goldman Sachs. Upon graduation from Harvard University in 1900, Sachs joined the family investment banking firm Goldman Sachs, becoming a partner in 1904, and retiring in 1914. In 1915 Edward W. Forbes, Director of the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University appointed him Assistant Director. He became Associate Director in 1923, retaining this title until his retirement in 1948. Concurrent to this appointment, Sachs also taught classes; first at Wellesley College (Lecturer, 1916) and later at Harvard (Assistant Professor of Art, 1917; full Professorship, 1927, Chairman of the Dept. Of Fine Arts, 1933). Sachs is credited with training a generation of art and museum professionals. Among his protégés were A. Everett (Chick) Austin, Kirk Askew, Alfred H. Barr, Jr. , Lincoln Kirstein, Agnes Mongan and Agnes Rindge. Sachs, one of the founding members of The Museum of Modern Art, served as Trustee from October 3, 1929 through November 10, 1938. Sachs was an avid collector of drawings and prints and gave the first drawing to enter the Museum's collection, Portrait of Anne Peter by George Grosz. Professor Sachs received honorary degrees from Yale University, Princeton University, University of Pittsburgh and Colby College. He was named an officer of France's Legion of Honor. In addition to serving as Trustee for MoMA and Boston's Museum of Fine Art, he was on the boards of Wellesley, Radcliffe, and Smith Colleges. He was President of the American Association of Museums and American Federation of Art, a member of the Century Association, Phi Beta Kappa, American Philosophical Society, and the Grolier Club. THE DUTCH MASTERS 1931 STATE MUSEUM BERLIN [CT 2 VOLS EX-SACHS COLLECTION] .

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        The Recall, Volume IX 1931 - The Year Book (Yearbook) of the Senior Class of the Western Military Academy - Featuring U.S. World War II Heroes Edward "Butch" O'Hare and Paul Tibbets

      Alton, Illinois: Western Military Academy (WMA). Hardcover. 120 pages. George F. Carraher Jr.'s copy with his handwritten details inside back board. Numerous autographs throughout. Features photos of WWII heroes Butch O'Hare, namesake of Chicago's International Airport, and Paul Tibbets, pilot of the Enola Gay which dropped warfare's first atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. O'Hare appears in his class photo on page 35, on page 64 as a member of the "A" football team, on page 80 as a member of "D" Company, and as a member of Phi Delta on page 85. Tibbets appears with the former owner of this book in a group photo of their Sophomore Class on page 36 and as a member of the Rifle Team on page 76. Green endpapers tanned at edges. Above-average wear. Major soiling to handsomely gilted forest green front board. Binding intact. A worthy copy of this wonderful memento. . Fair. 1931. First Edition.

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      Haarlem: Limited Editions Club, 1931. Hardcover. Spine sunned as usual with some soiling and light chipping to the tips. In a black slipcase specially made for the publisher and somewhat sturdier than the original yellow slipcase. About Very Good in a Very Good slipcase. Tall quarto (8" x 12") bound in full red linen, gold-stamped. Translated with an introduction by Alexander Pope. Printed by Joh. Enschede and designed by Jan van Krimpen and SIGNED by the designer on the colophon page. Copy #1 of a total edition of 1500 copies this is one of only 15 Presentation Copies with the publisher's blindstamp attesting to such on the colophon page where in addition to the printed number the initials "G.M." are handwritten. Acquired directly from the publisher's files, this is the publisher George Macy's very own copy. We believe this may be the only copy #1 of a Limited Editions Club title not in an institution. Both this title and THE ODYSSEY were not illustrated due to George Macy's opinion that these works were "beyond the power of any modern illustrator, and that this work most definitely demands the simple dignity of a non-illustrated edition.

      [Bookseller: Charles Agvent]
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        Building Plans and Elevation for a Building for John Cassaretto, owner of John Cassaretto Gravel Co., on 10th St., San Francisco

      San Francisco: James H. Hjul, Structural Engineer, December 1931 - March 1932. Original pencil drawings on tracing paper. Sheet size primarily 18" x 42". 12 sheets. Job #195. James Hansen Hjul (1882 - 1957), a structural engineer, constructed many buildings in San Francisco. He was the founder of the J.H. Construction Company and was listed as a contractor, civil engineer, structural engineer and construction engineer in San Francisco City Directories from 1907 to 1958. Most of his work occurred in the South of Market area on warehouses and industrial buildings.

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        Windfall: A Novel About Ten Million Dollars

      The John Day Company, New York 1931 - First edition. Fine in an externally very good plus dustwrapper with several internal brown paper tape repairs, and some overall soiling. At the whim of a dying Croesus, ten people, including a prostitute, a prizefighter, a bum, a stockbroker, a stenographer, etc., are each given a million dollars. Basis for the 1932 film *If I Had a Million.* The film was broken into segments following the fortunes of the various newly minted millionaires, each segment with its own director. The directors included James Cruze, H. Bruce Humberstone, Ernst Lubitsch, Norman Z. McLeod, Lothar Mendes, Stephen Roberts, William A. Seiter, and Norman Taurog. Appearing in the film (most as the recipients of windfalls) were Gary Cooper, Charles Laughton, George Raft, Jack Oakie, Richard Bennett, Charles Ruggles, Alison Skipworth, and W.C. Fields. The Fields and Skipworth segment, where they use their new found fortune to buy a fleet of cars and hire drivers to run road hogs off the road, is a comic classic. The premise also inspired the popular 1950s television series *The Millionaire.* See this book in 3D on our site. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Between the Covers-Rare Books, Inc. ABAA]
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        Ein Ghetto im Osten - Wilna [A Ghetto in the East]

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

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        In the Shadow of Mount McKinley

      New York: Derrydale Press, 1931. First Edition. Hardcover. Signed by Author(s). Fine in a Very Good dust jacket. xiv, 289 pp, folding map, illustrated with paintings by Carl Rungius (one in color) and many photographs by the author. Original blue cloth stamped in gilt, in the scarce original dust jacket. One of 750 copies issued, this one inscribed on the front flyleaf "To Geo. Baekeland/In hopes this may interest you/Oct 1 of 51/W.N.Beach." George Baekeland, son of the inventor of Bakelite and heir to the family fortune, was a big game hunter and author of Gunner's Guide (Macmillan, 1948). This is a truly lovely copy; clean, tight, and bright, with virtually no wear visible. The dust jacket is price-clipped and has one closed tear to the front panel and mild edgewear. An important book both for the early history of Mount McKinley National Park and for its big game hunting content, based on the author's diaries kept on expeditions into the Alaska Range in 1922, 1925, 1926, and 1930.

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        American Dry Flies and How to Tie Them

      New York: Privately Printed for the Angler's Club [by the Derrydale Press], 1931 - Frazier notes the book's "extreme" fragility and notes that it is "hard to find in fine unchipped condition." Here is as good a copy as you could hope to find First edition, one of 500 copies. 12mo. Frontispiece. 25 pp. Original blue printed boards. Very fine in original glassine. Bookplate. Siegel 46; Frazier B-24-a; Bruns B299 [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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

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      London: The Westminster Press for Gerald Duckworth, Christmas, 1931. Limited edition of 100 copies, signed by Sitwell and numbered, THIS IS COPY #1 Printed in Caslon Old Face on hand-made paper. Small 4to, original salmon cloth, lettered in gilt on upper cover, with marbled endpapers in complimentary colours. [4 leaves]. A fine copy with the salmon cloth mellowed in colour along the spine. Edith Sitwell is regarded as one of the great promoters of the Modernist movement in literature. She despised much of the work published in GEORGIAN POETRY and therefore began editing WHEELS, an anti-Georgian literary magazine. She quickly developed a reputation as an eccentric and controversial figure. Her poetry and prose was published extensively between 1915 and 1947. By the early 1950s changes in the Movement caused her to fall out of favor, but she remained a considerable public figure inside and outside of literary circles until her death in 1964. EPITHALAMIUM is one her more scarce works. And our copy #1 could hardly be bettered.

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        The Tower Treasure

      Grosset & Dunlap 1931 - A beautiful 1931 printing in a stunning, fine dust jacket. Book is 1931A-5 and dust jacket, listing to Great Airport Mystery on the front flap, is 1932A-6. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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      Indianapolis. 1931.. 379pp. plus frontis. Original blue cloth, gilt. Corners lightly worn, spine a bit sunned. Presentation inscription on front fly leaf. Very good. Biography of Franklin D. Roosevelt, inscribed by him to his children: "For my very dear children, James & Betsy, from their devoted Pa. Franklin D. Roosevelt. Christmas 1931." A wonderful association.

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        DIALOGUES OF PLATO Translated Into English With Analyses and Introduction by B[enjamin] Jowett

      Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1931. 5 volumes. The third edition, new impression. 8vo, publisher’s original maroon polished cloth lettered and decorated in gilt on the spines and stamped in blind with panel designs on the covers. xxxvii, 594; 576; ccxxxi, 543; 645; ccxxxviii, 541 pp. A fine set, fresh and clean and very handsome withal. A HIGHLY IMPORTANT WORK AND the best edition of the best translation. Jowett was a great favorite at Oxford University and most famous for his classical translations. Robert Lynd wrote of him in 1925 that “Jowett is one of the few (writers who have the luck to go down to posterity as satellites of the supreme men of genius), and it not likely that for many generations to come English readers will be able to think of Plato without thinking of Jowett’s Plato. He aimed in his translation at producing the effect of an original work...” He accomplished this, not at the sake of scholarship or accuracy, and was able to translate the current of life that runs throughout this great masterpiece. These are considered to be by far the best translations of Plato's DIALOGUES. This revised edition contains a new general Preface which recounts the history of the work and gives some appreciation of Jowett's involvement in the study of Plato. As well, there is marginal analysis and an index of subjects and proper names. The sequence of the Dialogues has been changed, and there are other minor changes of form, and textually very few alterations were made but for important corrections and additions.

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        The differential analyzer. A new machine for solving differential equations

      In: Journal of the Franklin Institute 212 (July-December 1931): 447-88. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. FIRST EDITION of the first report of Vannevar Bush's differential analyzer. A remarkable technological feat, Bush's invention was the most powerful computing machine prior to the electronic digital computer. "In 1930, an engineer named Vannevar Bush at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) developed the first modern analog computer. The Differential Analyzer, as he called it, was an analog calculator that could be used to solve certain classes of differential equations... Utilizing a complicated arrangement of gears and cams driven by steel shafts, the Differential Analyzer could obtain practical (albeit approximate) solutions to problems which up to that point had been prohibitively difficult. The Differential Analyzer was a great success; it and various copies located at other laboratories were soon employed in solving diverse engineering and physics problems" (Britannica). The differential analyzer became a crucial step in the development of the modern computer. In Journal of the Franklin Institute 212 (July-December 1931): 447-88. Quarto, blue library buckram. Ex-libris Dayton Public Library with bookplate on front pastedown and faint embossed stamp on issue title page (Bush article fine).

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        The Fables of Esope Translated Out Of Frensshe In To Englysshe By: William Caxton

      Newtown, Montgomeryshire: Gregynog Press, 1931. leather_bound. Publisher brown, full natural sheepskin. Very good in nicked, original board slipcase/No Dust Jacket. Agnes Miller Parker. 146 pages. 31 x 23 Limited edition, copy 56 of 250. Thirty-seven wood engravings by Agnes Miller Parker; Bembo type hand-set by Richard O. Jones on special J. Barcham Green of Maidstone paper. Decorative initial designed and engraved by the printer though out. This Welsh press found by the Davies sisters in the early 1920's continued publishing through the 1930's. RODERICK CAVE notes, "During its life, Gregynog published some noble book: how many of which were completely successful is remarkable when one considers some of the difficulties." HARROP 20. Interior clean and very fresh, spine darkened, two centimeter repair at spine head, slight loss at spine foot. From the collection of Haven O' More with his leather bookplate.

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        Zanzibar: Its History and Its People

      Witherby 1931. First Edition. Hardback. Fine/No Jacket. First ed 1931. Beautifully bound in modern red half morocco. Complete with 13 plates and two maps, photo f'piece and guard. Super condition, clean no inscriptions. Very, very light occasional dustiness.

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        Death and Taxes

      New York: The Viking Press,, 1931. Octavo. Original purple cloth, titles to spine gilt and to upper board in blind. With the dust jacket. Spine titles a little dulled, partial tanning to endpapers. A superb copy in the jacket with some very minor abrasions to the bottom edge of the upper panel and a small nick at the head of the spine panel. First edition, first impression.

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      This 1931 publication is a collection of 10 speeches by Churchill as part of his campaign against the India Bill over which he broke with his party leadership. Though his cause was lost, these speeches are considered to contain some of the finest examples of Churchill's rhetorical brilliance. The first edition is most commonly found in orange paper wraps. A much rarer version of the first edition was issued in a cased (hardcover) binding, featuring a bright orange coarse cloth. A second printing of the first edition was issued in the same month as the first printing. According to Churchill bibliographer Ronald Cohen: "Few cased copies of the second printing are known." Here is one of those very few - a hardcover first edition, second printing. Moreover, this copy retains the front flap of the extravagantly rare dust jacket. The orange cloth binding is bright and square with sharp corners. The spine is lightly soiled, but not sunned and retaining strong color. There are some holes along the hinge gutters, the largest being 1/2 inch x 1/16 inch at the rear hinge. This defect appears to be the result of thin binding cloth and is consonant with similar defects we have observed on other copies. Despite the flaw, the binding remains tight and sound. The contents are clean, bright, and tight. No spotting. No previous ownership marks. Since this copy bears an important fragment of the original dust jacket, we include a copy of a first edition India dust jacket from our reference collection. We have placed this full dust jacket copy and the original front flap inside a removable, archival quality clear cover. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A92.1.d, Woods/ICS A38(a.2), Langworth p.150.

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        Benjamin Cardozo TLS to Professor Tchernowitz 1931

      New York, 1931. Very Good. Signed Letter from Benjamin Cardozo to Prof. Tchernowitz concerning raising funds to further the Talmudic Library& & CARDOZO, Benjamin N. Typed Letter Signed to Prof. Chaim Tchernowitz on Bar Building stationary. New York: July 17, 1931. One page folded quarto.& & My dear Prof. Tchernowitz: / Your letter of July 15 is before me. / I certainly think it would be a fine thing if Mr. Rosenwald would agree to contribute $50,000 to be used for the purpose of publishing the two volumes of the Talmudic Library which will deal with jurisprudence. / I do not feel at liberty, however, to write to him directly upon the subject. The demands upon his philanthropy are almost endless, and he has the wisdom and the vision that enable him to choose between one good and another without advice from me. / Sincerely yours, / Benjamin N. Cardozo& & This is a fine association letter between two lifelong legal advocates, one employed in the service of American secular law and the other in matters pertaining to traditional Jewish or halakahic law. It was Chaim Tchernowitz’s lifelong ambition to combine the two in a way that it would ensure its validity to contemporary life. This letter indicates a previous communication between Tchernowitz and Judge Benjamin Cardozo who was then serving on the New York Supreme Court. Tchernowitz had obviously “put the touch” on Cardozo to use his influence on a wealthy individual to further his vision of Jewish legal education. & & Benjamin N. Cardozo (1879-1938) was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1932 by Herbert Hoover and served until his death in 1938, when he was succeeded by Felix Frankfurter. He was the second Jew after Louis D. Brandeis to serve on the nation’s highest court. Previously, Cardozo served as a judge on the New York State Supreme Court and as Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals. Throughout his distinguished career he was shaped by his background as a Sephardic Jew. & & Chaim Tchernowitz (1871-1949), Talmudic scholar and Hebrew author, also used the pseudonym Rav Za’ir, which means Young Rabbi. Born in Russia and educated in Lithuania, his life’s ambition was to combine traditional study with modern research in order to rejuvenate Jewish learning. Tchernowitz immigrated to the United States in 1923 and taught Talmud at the Jewish Institute of Religion in New York. His primary scholarly interest was to produce a full historical account of the development of the halakhah which he succeeded in doing in three volumes. During his lifetime he was recognized as the foremost authority on the history of the Jewish legal tradition and his books are still widely used by students of Jewish law.&

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      Country Life/ Charles Scribner's Sons, London & New York, 1931 First Edition. Hardback. No Dustjacket. - Large 4to. Green cloth, brown leather spine lettered gilt and in gilt on cover. pp 104. 16 plates. Edition de Luxe on what appears to be hand made paper, 100 copies only- this no. 25, signed by both author & illustrator. Very slight rubbing at spine ends, faint mottling at edges, corners very slightly bumped otherwise attractive sound VG+ with protective cellophane jacket. A handsome rare book exquisitely illustrated. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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      Hardcover book, 83 pages, containing 9 full color plates from the Dulac American Weekly drawings of 1931. Issued in creme tweed cloth speckled in royal blue, top edge also royal blue. Lettering also designed by Dulac in royal blue ink on the cover and spine. White end papers, book measures 28.6cm x 22 cm.The dust jacket is a magnificant example of art deco design. It is turquoise printed in black and silver, with a design of an androgenous winged archer aiming a bow. It is in perfect condition, with the unclipped price of 12/6 on the inner front flap.This copy is near fine only because of two discolorations on the front and rear endpapers caused by now lost layed in papers. Otherwise it is a beautiful example of a rare and desirable art deco designed illustrated book.Printed in Great Britian by Butler and Tanner, Ltd.See Hughey 84.

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        Tarzan the Invincible (First Edition)

      Tarzana, CA: Edgar Rice Burroughs, 1931. First Edition. First Edition. First hardcover to be published by Burroughs' company. Jacket art by the author's nephew, Studley.& & Very Good plus or better in a supplied, about Fine dust jacket. Slight spine lean, light shelfwear, two vintage seller labels on the rear pastedown, and a faint stain at the heel. & & A lovely copy, with no rubbing to the red titles, in a nearly pristine dust jacket.& & Zeuschner 733.

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      1931. Paperback. Very Good. [RYERSON COLLECTION]. DESCRIPTIVE CATALOGUE OF JAPANESE AND CHINESE ILLUSTRATED BOOKS IN THE RYERSON LIBRARY OF THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO. By Kenji Toda. Chicago: 1931. 4to., blue wrappers; xxxii + 466pp. With the addenda and supplementary index of titles laid in. This copy is in very good condition, and is the nicest we have seen in many years.

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        There Ought to Be a Law and Other Stories

      Doubleday Doran Garden City: Doubleday Doran. 1931. First. First edition. Some soiling to the spine, else very good, lacking the dustwrapper. Inscribed by the author: "To Holger, representing Sweden in a tremendous international friendship with that true blue American, Nunnally. June 20, 1931." The recipient, Holger Cahill, was the National Director of the Federal Art Project, Works Projects Administration (1935 to 1943) -- Johnson was either mistaken, or being facetious: Cahill was actually born in Iceland. Author's first book, a collection of short stories. Johnson directed several good films, including The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit and The Three Faces of Eve, and wrote the screenplays for many more. .

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      New York: Knopf, 1931. Hammett, Dashiell. THE GLASS KEY. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1931. FIRST AMERICAN EDITION, having been published in London earlier that same year. A Very Good or better copy (slight sunning to the boards but no wear) in a Very Good example of the rare original dust jacket (price-intact, restored by an expert conservator to Fine condition). The book Hammett claimed throughout his life to have been his favorite. One of the most interesting aspects of Hammett's writing in The Glass Key is his refusal to let the reader into the character's minds. Hammett was often quoted as saying that in the real world people only understand actions and speech and in The Glass Key that's all we get. Made into the memorable 1942 film starring Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake. One of his great publishing successes: 20,000 copies sold within a year and the book received uniformly excellent reviews.. First American Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good Plus/Very Good Plus.

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        The Glass Key

      London: Alfred A. Knopf,, 1931. Octavo. Original blue cloth, decoration to upper board and spine in white, titles to spine in red. Housed in a royal blue quarter morocco solander box by The Chelsea Bindery. Bookseller's stamp to rear pastedown, foxing to prelims and terminal leaves as usual but an extraordinary copy, cloth remarkably fresh, lettering entirely unfaded. First edition, first impression, first issue. The true first printing of Hammett's most serious book, this was published first in London during Knopf's brief attempt to crack the UK publishing market. The enterprise failed and led in part to the remaindering of this title with Cassell's cancelled title page and binding. Copies of the correct issue in this condition are rare.

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        Eléments de Décoration Chinoise. Motifs décoratifs relevés dans les Temples et Yamens

      Peking: Albert Nachbaur, editeur, 1931. Large 8vo. (12 x 8 inches). Typeset title printed on tissue. 60 hand coloured plates. Red library buckram. A scarce work by Nachbaur with beautiful hand coloured plates.

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        DIE SCHLAFWANDLER DER ZWEITE ROMAN; ODER DIE ANARCHIE 1903 (Original Nazi Insignia Stamp and Photograph)

      Rhein-Verlag. Good. 1931. First Edition. Hardcover. Black cloth cover with gilt stamped type is damaged and chipped along spine. Boards are straight. Corners bumped. Spine is cocked. Binding is tight. Pages clean and in very good condition. This copy belonged to Egon Zill, a German Schutzstaffel Sturmbannführer and concentration camp commandant. Zill's stamp is on the front end sheet and reads: "Doktor E. Zill 2, KOMP, LSSAH 51." On the back paste down is stamped "75578." There are also four insignia stamps (on the end sheets and pastedowns) that read: "Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler" with an eagle carrying a swastika. The Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler (LSSAH) was Adolf Hitler's personal Bodyguard Regiment . In addition, there is an original photo pasted to the front end sheet which has been signed. I cannot make out the name, though there is some resemblance in both the photo and the letters in the name to Kurt Nehrling, who was a German Social Democratic politician and member of the German resistance against Hitler. Nehrling "was responsible for supplying information to the Soviet Union and was most famously known for hiding banned books. He was later caught by the SS and killed at the Dachau Concentration Camp" in 1943. ; 325 pages .

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        A Farewell to Arms

      New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1931. Black cloth with red paper labels. Top edge red.Silver red and black dust jacket has shallow chipping to corners and head and heel of spine. This is the first grosset reprint and is rare in the dust jacket. Book itself is a fine copy.. Reprint. Black Cloth. About Fine./VG. Octavo.

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        In the Shadow of Mount McKinley

      New York: Derrydale Press, 1931. First Edition. Hardcover. Signed by Author(s). Fine in a Very Good dust jacket. xiv, 289 pp, folding map, illustrated with paintings by Carl Rungius (one in color) and many photographs by the author. Original blue cloth stamped in gilt, in the scarce original dust jacket. One of 750 copies issued, this one inscribed on the front flyleaf "To Geo. Baekeland/In hopes this may interest you/Oct 1 of 51/W.N.Beach." George Baekeland, son of the inventor of Bakelite and heir to the family fortune, was a big game hunter and author of Gunner's Guide (Macmillan, 1948). This is a truly lovely copy; clean, tight, and bright, with virtually no wear visible. The dust jacket is price-clipped and has one closed tear to the front panel and mild edgewear. An important book both for the early history of Mount McKinley National Park and for its big game hunting content, based on the author's diaries kept on expeditions into the Alaska Range in 1922, 1925, 1926, and 1930.

      [Bookseller: Walkabout Books, ABAA]
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        Memoirs of an Infantry Officer

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

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        The Complete Shakespeare Head Works of Brontë Sisters

      Oxford: newly printed at The Shakespeare Head Press and published by Basil Blackwell,, 1931–38. 20 volumes, octavo. Recent dark green morocco, titles and decoration to spines, contrasting brown morocco labels, single gilt rule to boards, marbled endpapers, top edges gilt, others untrimmed. With numerous black and white etchings. An excellent set, handsomely bound and in fine condition. Best Edition of the Bronte sisters. Limited to 1000 copies, this set is complete with all the novels, biographies, correspondence, unpublished writings, poems and juvenilia. The latter limited to 500 copies only. Complete sets are rare.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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      New York: Scribner, 1931.. Original long galleys, folded as issued. Very good. The author's original working set of long galleys for the first edition, on twelve galleys, with editorial corrections and queries in ink, and Aiken's pencil responses and corrections and revisions scattered throughout, including considerable alteration of punctuation, format and capitalization.

      [Bookseller: William Reese Company - Literature ABAA-]
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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.

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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

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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.

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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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