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        Remote Places

      London: Duckworth, 1931. A first edition, first printing published by Duckworth in 1931. A very good book with a neat former owner's name to the front free endpaper and a little off-setting to the endpapers also. There is a little foxing to the page edges and a touch of bleeding from the boards onto the bottom edge of the early pages of the book. In the VERY RARE dust wrapper priced at 10/6 (as called for) on the spine. The wrapper is complete apart from some very minor wear at the head and tail of the spine with a touch of loss not affecting any lettering. Waugh's early travel book about Africa, the inspiration and source of his comic 'Scoop'. Illustrated, with folding map. Very uncommon in the dust wrapper.

      [Bookseller: John Atkinson Books]
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        What Bernard Shaw told the Americans about Russia! His famous Broadcast

      First edition. 8vo., original printed wrappers, preserved in a folding box. London, Friends of the Soviet Union.

      [Bookseller: Maggs Bros. Ltd.]
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        Preferred Business Real Estate Locations of the Principal Cities of the United States and Canada

      Springfield, Mass: Nirenstein's National Realty Map Co, 1931. Hardcover. Very good + condition. While most real estate atlases show major buildings and landmarks from a bird's eye view, this unique Atlas identifies businesses on every block, at the street level, and it does so on the eve of the great Wall Street Crash of 1929! This was an invaluable guide to potential investors and store owners of the day. Every small business, not just the large commercial enterprises and hotels, is recorded on the maps. Each map also provides a wealth of other information on each building in each block, including the property owner name, city assessed land valuation and building valuation, area of each lot, and building heights and construction materials. In the New York city map which includes Grand Central, you can see that the terminal also was home to the Terminal Drug Store, the Savarin Restaurant, Wilson Bros. Men's Clothes, Ligetts Drug Store, the St. Regis Sandwich Shop, Nedlicks Soda and the Arcadia Luncheonette. North of Grand Central is St. Bartholomew's Church with Cathedral High School, the Waldorf Astoria is marked "under construction" (it wasn't completed until 1931), the Park Lane Hotel building includes a Doubleday Book Shop, and the Chrysler Building (Cooper Union recorded as owner) houses many businesses including hardware shops, confectioners and Roger's Barber Shop. The city maps are: Akron, Albany NY, Allentown PA, Altoona PA, Atlanta, Birmingham, Canton OH, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbia S. C., Columbus, Dayton OH, Denver, Des Moines, Detroit, Elizabeth NJ, Erie PA, Fall River Mass, Evansville Ind, Fitchburg Mass., Gardner Mass., Flint MI, Fort Wayne IN, Grand Rapids, Greenfield Mass., Harrisburg PA, Hollywood, Houston, Indianapolis, Johnstown PA, Kansas City, Lawrence Mass., Knoxville, Long Beach Cal., Los Angeles, Louisville (with an updated map of Louisville for 1953 loosely inserted), Madison, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Montreal, Nashville, New Orleans, New York City (16 total), Niagara Falls, Norfolk VA, North Adams, Northampton Mass., Oakland, Omaha, Ottawa, Pasadena, Pawtucket, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Phoenix, Portland, Reading PA, Richmond VA, Rochester NY, Sacramento, St. Louis, San Antonio, Schenectady NY, San Diego, Santa Barbara, San Francisco (2 maps), Scranton, So. Manchester CT, Seattle, Spokane, Springfield OH, Stamford, St. Paul, Syracuse, Tacoma, Toledo, Toronto, Trenton, Topeka, Tulsa, Vancouver BC, Waterbury CT, Westfield MA, Wilkes Barre PA, Wilmington DE, Yonkers NY, and Youngstown OH. The maps were compiled from actual surveys and official plans, by Cobb, Beesley & Miles, civil engineers under the personal direction of Nathan Nirenstein. An elephant folio, maroon leatherette cloth, a total of 88 cities on 85 leaves (some of the leaves are stuck together and therefore have been counted as one). The Atlas is bound at the left side, and folds open to maps measuring 29 wide by 22 1/4", each with leather index tabs at foredges of leaves. The maps are on wrapped over leaves so that they are double elephant folio size. The Atlas housed in its original box wrapper 18 x 23", with large color illustration of city skyline laid down at front cover, title below illustration printed in red and white. Gilt title at spine, "Nirenstein's Real Estate Atlas", gilt a bit faded; edges a bit rubbed. Legend laid down at rear paste down. The maps remarkably bright and clean, no marks or tears at edges. OCLC 8368425.

      [Bookseller: Antipodean Books, Maps & Prints]
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        How to Write

      How to Write, Stein, Gertrude. Published by Plain Edition, 1931. First Edition of which only 1,000 copies were printed. 16mo up to 6½" tall. 395pp. Grey paper over lighter grey paper-covered boards, printed paper spine label. Issued without dust jacket . Shakespeare and Company book label to rear pastedown including name of original proprietor Sylvia Beach and shop's address as 12 Rue de L'Odeon, Paris. Light fading to boards, light soil mark outside top edge, otherwise in beautiful, unmarked condition; binding tight and square. This volume has significant literary importance. Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), was one of the most influential American modernists of the 20th Century. A prolific and experimental writer herself, Stein regularly hosted a literary and artistic salon from her Paris home at 27 Rue de Fleurus. Guests included Ernest Hemmingway, Ezra Pound, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, and F. Scott Fitzgerald. From 1930 to 1933, Stein and her life-long partner Alice B.Toklas were publishers of their own press called The Plain Edition. The Plain Edition published 5 books in total; this volume How To Write was limited to 1000 copies. Sylvia Beach, (1887-1962) an American ex-pat, owned the English language bookstore Shakespeare and Company located at 12 Rue de L'Odeon, Paris. It became an iconic gathering (and sometimes residence) for writers of the 'Lost Generation'. Gertrude Stein could be found there as well as Ernest Hemingway, Scott Fitzgerald, TS Eliot, Ezra Pound, Andre Gide, William Carlos Williams and James Joyce. Beach published Joyce's controversial book Ulysses in 1922 under the Shakespeare and Company imprint. Hemmingway writes about the store in A Moveable Feast. Shakespeare and Company closed in December 1941 during the German occupation of France in World War II. Hemmingway claimed to have 'personally liberated' the store at the end of the war although Beach chose not to reopen. In 1951 American George Whitman opened up an English-language bookstore on the Paris left bank intentionally modelling it on Shakespeare and Company. It too became the gathering place and residence for many famous writers and the publisher of literary firsts. With Beach's prior permission, Whitman renamed his shop Shakespeare and Company after Beach's death. Whitman's daughter Sylvia Whitman, (named after Sylvia Beach) took over the shop in 2003.

      [Bookseller: Back Lane Books (Member of IOBA)]
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        Sovetskaja Architektura No 1-2 (1931)

      The first published issue, two fascicules in one volume, 126 pp., of the influential Soviet architectural journal, which opens with an article on the 1931 Bauhaus exhibition in Moscow, with contributions from important Soviet architectural figures including Nikolai Ladowski, Georgi Krutikow, Lenid and Alexander Vesnin, Moisei Ginzburg, and others. Profusely illustrated throughout from photographs, drawings, and plans. Ink dedication and inscription to inside front coer, ink staining to upper right corner of approximately last 25 pp. 4to. Orig. typographic paper wrpps., some tanning, slightly rubbed especially along spine, possibly restored. Moscow (Gosudarstvennoe Techniko-Teoret) 1931. Hannes Meyer, the second director of the Bauhaus organized two exhibitions in Moscow, in 1930 and 1931, after emigrating to the Soviet Union in 1930. The first was held at the Architecture Academy and was a minor, almost-impromptu affair. The second was held at Moscow's State Musuem of New Western Art and took the form of a retrospective of more than 140 drawings, prints, and photographs along with around 40 objects, including textile samples. It was called "Bauhaus Dessau Währent der Leitung Unter Hannes Meyer 1928-1930", or "The Dessau Bauhaus during the Directorship of Hannes Meyer 1928-1930". Compared with the impressive exhibition on behalf of the German Werkbund at the Grand Palais in Paris, these Moscow exhibitions were humble and quite sparse. As of August 2017, we could find only four holdings worldwide and not a single holding in North America.

      [Bookseller: F.A. Bernett Books]
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        Blood on the Moon (Uncorrected Proof)

      Coward-McCann, New York 1931 - UNCORRECTED PROOF, preceding the First Edition. The author's fifth book. Very Good in printed wrappers. Spine faded, light dampstain to the lower front wrapper, separation to the front hinge. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

      [Bookseller: Royal Books, Inc., ABAA]
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        Essays in Persuasion.

      London: Macmillan and Co., Limited, 1931 - Octavo. Original green cloth, spine lettered in gilt. With the dust jacket. Bookseller's ticket to front pastedown. Spine lightly rolled, very minor foxing to contents; a few nicks and a little loss to dust jacket extremities and a neat split to the spine, professionally reinforced using Japanese paper; a very good copy. First edition, first impression, of Keynes's first collection of essays. "Keynes's intensive public activity with respect to the policy discussions of the inter-war period was reflected in the more than three-hundred articles he wrote for the 'highbrow' news magazines of the time (particularly the Nation and Athenaeum- of whose board Keynes was chairman in the 1920's - and its successor The New Statesman and Nation) as well as for the popular press. Many of the latter articles were syndicated in newspapers all over the world. A selection from these and similar writings were reissued by Keynes in 1931 under the title Essays in Persuasion. They are marked by a brilliant style, truly the work of a literary craftsman" (Patinkin in The New Palgrave). Mattioli 1810; Moggridge A 8.1.1; The New Palgrave III, pp. 19–39. [Attributes: First Edition]

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA member]
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        Die Erotik in der Photographie, 3 Bände. Die Geschichtliche Entwicklung der Aktphotographie und des erotischen Lichtbildes und seine Beziehung zur Psychopathia Sexualis - Ergänzungsband die Sexualbezügliche Bedeutung der intimen Photographie und die Beziehung des erotischen Lichtbildes zur Psychopathia Sexualis Bilderatlas - Nachtragsband die Rolle der intimen Photographie in Aesthetik und Soziologie die Bedeutung des erotischen Lichtbildes für Sexualpsychologie un Pathologie.

      Wien Brlin Leipzig, Verlag für Kulturforschung, 1931, 1932. Erstauflage, EA. 252, 127 und 126 Seiten 8° , Leinen zahlreiche Abbildungen und Tafeln diese teilweise koloriert, Einbände etwas begriffen, sonst guter Zustand Versand D: 5,00 EUR

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      New York: Minton, Balch & Co., 1931. Black cloth, pictorial labels. Portrait. Minuscule, almost imperceptible tidemark in extreme upper forecorner of five prelims, otherwise very good to near fine in lightly worn, very good dust jacket with light discoloration in top forecorner of the front panel. First edition, first issue, of the author's first book, in the most often seen form of the binding. Signed by Lytle on the half- title. When Putnam took over the backstock of Minton, Balch & Company, some sets of sheets of this title were trimmed and newly bound up in an appropriate binding, with a cancel title. This first issue is sometimes incorrectly referred to as a "large-paper" issue.

      [Bookseller: William Reese Company - Literature ABAA-]
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        THE NONESUCH HOMER The Iliad and Odyssey. Translated by Alexander Pope.

      The Nonesuch Press 1931 - Two volumes, limited issue. The Iliad is number 97 of 1450 copies for sale in England, and Odyssey is 526 of 1300 copies. Original tan morocco, lettered and tooled in gilt with five raised bands to the spine. Top edge gilt with untrimmed pages. A near fine set, with just a little fading to the spines. Titles printed in black and red with wood-engraved title page and head-piece illustrations by Rudolf Koch. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Jonkers Rare Books]
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        What Happened At Midnight Mystery, 1931A-1 True 1st Edition, 1st Printing, THICK RED Cloth with Black Shield on Front, Series # 10 Hardy Boys IN Photo LASER Color COPY OF 1ST Edition DUSTJACKET with All the Points, One of the Toughest Red Hardys to Find,

      Grosset & Dunlap, NY 1931 - HBDJ,1931 A-1 True First Printing, 1st Edition, IN Photo LASER Color COPY OF 1ST Edition DUSTJACKET with all the Points, NF-/NF+, AS-IS. Book has bright Red Cloth boards and all lettering is very clear and unfaded & is DarkGold outlined in Black Lettering. Binding (mild spine lean and a just a tad shaken) is tight, Small purple stamp can be seen at the very top of some pages and the back blank endpaper has a light shadow fox of where possibly a piece of paper was stored there for many years. Pretext Lists thru This Title & also list of Ted Scott Thru Danger Trails, 213 pgs + ADS,Back of the book has 6 pages of advertisements with the .Back of the book has 6 pages of advertisements with the First Listing Hardys Thru Great Airport Mystery, (this is the indicator it's the true 1st printing by the way). , Glossy Frontispiece Joe He Shouted & Sprang Forward, is Intact of Boy on Ground with 3 others in Nickers & Shining a Flashlight on Boy on Ground, and Blank endpapers have no writing (small purple stamp of a name in the back endpaper and the front blank endpaper has a section near the middle where some of the white was pulled away a bit). Slight FoX Wear Endpapers, [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Bluff Park Rare Books]
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        Samnium Pubblicazione trimestrale di Studi Storici Regionali

      BENEVENTO: Tipografia Istituto Maschile Vittorio Emanuele III - Benevento, 1931. Brossura. DISCRETO. 18 25,8. Samnium - Pubblicazione trimestrale di Studi Storici Regionali USATO

      [Bookseller: Biblioteca di Babele]
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        Rumour at Nightfall

      William, London 1931 - Rumour at Nightfall by Graham Greene, First edition. William Heinemann, London 1931, Rumour at Nightfall is one of Graham Greene's first publications and is his third book. It follows The Name of Action, and Greene suppressed both volumes as they failed to achieve the success of his first novel, "The Man Within". This volume is in very good condition and would add to a collection of this classic British author. Original red cloth boards with star imprint on the front cover. The spine is darkened with bright gilt lettering on he spine. Wear to front lower corner and otherwise the covers are in very good condition. The contents are clean and tidy and the bindings are tight. 8vo 300 pp [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Rare And Antique Books PBFA]
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      Jeanne Walter, Paris 1931 - 295x223mm, 94 pages non paginées (y compris 4 pages blanches) broché sous jaquette photographique, titrée en bleu sur la couverture et le dos. 80 photomontages de Moï-Ver ; introduction de Fernand Léger. Moshe Raviv-Vorobeichic, dit Moï Ver fut d¿abord élève de Josef Albers au Bauhaus de Dessau avant de compléter sa formation avec Klee et Kandinsky. Il est à Paris en 1928 ou il suit les cours de Fernand Léger à l¿Académie Moderne. « C¿est la réalisation sous forme d¿album photographique d¿un projet esquissé par Moholy-Nagy dans son ouvrage «Malerei, fotografie, film» : Dynamik der Grosstad (Dynamique de la grande Ville) » Annoncé dans Arts et Métiers Graphiques n°23, 15 mai 1931 ; hors-texte publicitaire dans AMG 22. Photographie Bauhaus pp. 47 à 83 et p. 353. Sinibaldi-Couturier n°45 ; Andel p.302-303 n°401-402-403. Léger p.318-319 n°3. Roth 70-71-72-73. [Attributes: Soft Cover]

      [Bookseller: Chloé et Denis Ozanne]
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        POZICIJA NADREALIZMA [Die Position des Surrealismus]

      MATIĆ, Dušan; RISTIĆ, Marko et al.: POZICIJA NADREALIZMA [Die Position des Surrealismus]. Signatura Rerum. Beograd: Nadrealisticka izdanja 1931. 11 S. Gr. 8° (17:22 cm). Hellrosa Broschur in Klammerheftung mit dunkelrotem Umschlagtitel auf Vorder- und Hinterseite des Umschlags. Zentrales Dokument des serbischen Surrealismus, in dem "zum ersten Mal die Ziele der Bewegung inhaltlich präzisiert, eine Verbindung von Marxismus und Psychoanalyse, von Revolution und Poesie, angestrebt wird." Die 11 Unterzeichner dieser Schrift, Aleksandar Vučo, Oskar Davičo, Milan Dedinac, Vane Bor, Radojica Živanović-Noe, Djordje Jovanović, Djordje Kostić, Dušan Matić, Koča Popović, Petar Popović und Marko Ristić, hatten ihre Position bereits im kurz davor erschienen Almanach "Nemoguče" (Das Unmögliche) künstlerisch dargelegt. Gemeinsam mit »Nacrt za jednu fenomenologiju iracionalnog« (Versuch einer Phänomenologie des Irrationalen, 1931) und »Anti-Zid« (1932) bildet die »Pozicija« das theoretisch-philosophische Dreigestirn der Belgrader Surreale. Durch das in vorliegender Schrift offene Eintreten für eine soziale und politische Revolution setzten sich die Autoren im damals diktatorisch regierten Königreich Jugoslawien grosser persönlicher Gefahr aus. "On ne pouvait pas se tromper sur l'attitude de "Position". On ne pouvait surtout pas tromper une censure rigoureuse. Ainsi la "Position du surréalisme"a été toute des suite interdite par le régime..." Die Abhandlung wurde von den französischen Surrealisten als kollektive politische Äusserung der Belgrader Gruppe verstanden und auch sofort in der Zeitschrift "Surréalisme au service de la révolution" abgedruckt. - Vorliegendes Exemplar ist in einen für mich sonst nicht nachweisbaren Umschlag aus dünnem, hellrosa Maschinbütten mit dem Wasserzeichen der Fa. Canson geheftet. Die mir sonst bekannten Exemplare haben Umschläge aus grauem oder blauem Maschinenpapier (mit rotem bzw. braunem Umschlagtitel). Hinterseite des Umschlags mit minimalem Ausriß an einer Ecke, die Ränder aufgrund von Büttenstruktur und Überhang des Umschlagpapiers geringfügig bestoßen, sonst makelloses, unaufgeschnittenes Exemplar dieser bedeutenden Proklamation, in der vorliegenden Umschlagvariante von größter Seltenheit. Richter, L., Olschowsky, H., Literaturen Ost- und Südosteuropas, 1990, S. 341f.; Kapidzic-Osmanagic, H., Le surréalisme serbe, Seite 187f.

      [Bookseller: Domenico Jacono - VdAÖ / ILAB]
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        1706 - 1931 [RussianHorseGuard Commemoration1706-1931].

      izd. E.I.V. Velikogo Kniazia Dmitriya Pavlovicha 1931 - Tall8vo(27x18.5cm).87pp., with 3 plates with tipped-in illustrations.Original wrappers. A rare publication issued in a limited edition of five hundred copies only, presenting history of one the most prestigious Imperial regiments. Published by H.I.H Grand Duke Dmitriy of Russia (1891 - 1942), this book contains a synopsis of the history of over two hundred years of loyal service rendered by the gallant regiment of The Horse Guards to Emperor and country. The illustrations contained in the present volume have been reproduced from paintings and engravings belonging to the Horse Guards`Museum in St. Petersburg; what their fate may have been since the revolution is not known. Our copy in number 122, one of the 250 copies (numbered 1 to 250) that have been presented by Grand Duke Dmitriy to Members of the Russian Imperial Family, to all members of the Association of Former Officers of the Horse Guards and to some National Libraries. This copy was printed for Countess Maria Sergeevna Benckendorff (Born Princess Dolgorukova, 1846 - 1936). Savine No 25488 - "Rare". [Attributes: Soft Cover]

      [Bookseller: Shapero Rare Books]
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        Autograph Letter Signed Aldous Huxley to Mr Blumenfeld likely Simon Blumenfeld friend of Huxleys a journalist whose pen name was Sidney Vauncez

      3 1/2 pages 8vo, The Athenaeum, Pall Mall, 10 October 1931. An interesting, detailed, eloquent letter to Huxley's recently married friend ("all best wishes for your future happiness"), written in the year Huxley wrote his magnum opus Brave New World, and touching on his serious political concerns. Includes two of the most perfectly succinct political comments this cataloguer has encountered recently - "have just returned to this political bedlam", "Really, the lunacy of the world" - (still relevant today); here specifically referring to the British political climate (just prior to the election that would be held later that month (27 Oct 1931), which would provide results that "were the most astonishing in the history of the British party system" (in the words of Ivor Bulmer-Thomas)), thence suggesting a way to possibly mend the financial problems of the world. Huxley also mentions that he had "hoped to go to Russia [that] summer" but had been "prevented by press of work".

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        The Good Earth

      The John Day Company, New York 1931 - "The Good Earth" by Pearl S. Buck. Published by The John Day Company, New York, 1931. Winner of the 1932 Pulitzer Prize for Novel (Fiction). First edition, first printing, first issue; With edition points: "The copyright page states "COPYRIGHT, 1931, BY PEARL S. BUCK" and there is no mention of subsequent printings. The bottom of the copyright page says "FOR THE JOHN DAY PUBLISHING COMPANY, INC." which was later changed to "FOR THE JOHN DAY COMPANY" late into the first printing, and is found on all subsequent printings. So although the "JOHN DAY PUBLISHING COMPANY" error is the first state,the second state "JOHN DAY COMPANY" is much more scarce. The dust jacket is rare and adds most of the value to the book. It is the only Pulitzer Prize winning novel whose first trade edition is WITHOUT a price on the dust jacket. Even advance issues, identical to the first printing trade dust jacket, are without a price statement." With its very rare original dust jacket. The dust jacket is in good condition. Chipping and creasing to the edges with small chips to the rear panel. Stains to the panels and spine. Sunning to the spine with paper loss at the bottom edge. The book is in very good to very good plus condition. The boards are well preserved with firm edges. Faint sunning to the spine with rubbing to the gilt titling and decoration. The front board is slightly cocked. Previous owner's bookplate on the front paste-down. The binding is starting at page 23 and 283. The textblock is gently toned, largely clean, unmarked, and complete. A scarce copy of this American classic. Please view the many other rare titles available for purchase at our store. We are always interested in purchasing individual or collections of fine books. Inventory #(H8-40) [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Ernestoic Books and Bindery]
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        Match Making

      Advertising brochure, with colour lithograph cover by Paul Nash, printed in yellow, blue, green and black; 4vo; 55 pages, photographs by Francis Bruguiere, text by E. P. Leigh-Bennett. Fine, although the staples have been removed.

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        THE ILIAD [and] ODYSSEY

      London: Nonesuch Press, 1931. Limited, numbered editions. Full Leather. Royal Octavo. Bound volumes bound as issued in full dyed niger morocco with marbled endpapers; top edge gilt; housed in publisher issued slipcases in matching marbled paper; fairly uncommon thus. Both volumes are limited and numbered: 977 of 1450 and 1122 of 1400, respectively. Spines are a trifle darkened as usual; contents clean and binding sound. A finely printed bilingual edition of this classic. Ransom 72/78.

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        Conflict. Angora to Afghanistan ... With a Foreword by Brigadier-General Sir Percy Sykes.

      ~i~London, Cassell, [1931]. 8vo. Original turquoise cloth, spine lettered in black, in the rarely seen colourful original pictorial wrappers incorporating map and portraits; pp. xxvi, 302, plates after photographs; lower panel of wrappers with a few tears, rear falp missing, text with light scattered spottin; an exeptional copy. First edition. Rosita Forbes was a bold traveller, who, in 1921 was the second European to travel across the Libyan desert to the oasis of Kufra. She developed a love for Middle Eastern travel and in this book the examines the clashes between mediaeval societies, religious divisions and attempts by modern states, such as Turkey, Afghanistan, Iran and the Soviet Union to 'modernize'. On her 8,000 mile journey she visits Turkey, Syrian Druzes, Palestine, where she examines the land problem, and Jewish settlements, the holy cities of Iraq, oil fields of Iran, visits Yezidi communities, Kurdistan and the Nestorians of Urmia, travels with pilprims to Meshed, visits the Shah, pops over the border to Azerbeijan , deals with the new Soviet society, and Kurdistan.

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        An English Lady in Chinese Turkestan.

      London, Ernest Benn Ltd., [1931]. 8vo. Publisher's green cloth; pp. [vii], 236; sketch map and four photographic plates; spine with light spot at head, occasional minimal spotting to text only, a very good copy of a very rare book. First edition of an important title on the Great Game in Central Asia, and a wonderful description of life in Kashgar and surroundings, now in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, in China's far west on the Silk Road. 'Catherina Theodora, second daughter of James Borland of Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbrightshire. She had never travelled before but revealed an exemplary ability to 'make do', hosting numerous Russian and Chinese diplomatic guests as well as any passing travellers from home' (ODNB). 'Col Francis Younghusband was the first British Resident in Kashgar, and from 1891 George Macartney (no relation to the first Ambassador to China in 1793) replaced Younghusband and stayed there until his retirement at the end of the First World War. One of the most important duties of the British Political Resident at Kashgar was to send periodic news reports or fortnightly diaries, channelled through the Government of India, to London. The contents of these reports and diaries range from the Resident's daily dealings with the locals to political uprisings in the region. In the countries surrounding India's frontiers, there was little secret intelligence of a direct military kind to be acquired. What the British Government needed to know was mainly political - Russian movement in the region, local events, which tribes might be plotting to overthrow some ruler and what might be the effect on the border tribes. The Political Resident at Kashgar, George Macartney, who was fully bilingual, managed to establish an amicable rapport with Chinese Taotai (a provincial administrator) as well as with the Russian Consul at Kashgar. Through his local contacts, he was well informed of political shifts and likely repercussions within or beyond the borders. In general, it could be said that, like every British Political Agent of that period, Macartney ran a local information or intelligence service, which Russians might have called a spy network, but it tended to be a very informal and parochial affair' (British Library, Chinese Turkestan: British presence, online).

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        Sanctuary [First State]

      New York: Jonathan Cape & Harrison Smith, 1931. First Edition. Hardcover. Fine-. First Printing, First State, with magenta and gray abstract figured end papers. 8vo: [4],380pp. Publisher's ribbed magenta paper over boards, gray cloth spine stamped in magenta, top edge stained deep gray to black. About Fine (and probably unread), with minor bumping to spine ends. Absent the scarce dust jacket. Petersen A8.2. Connolly (Modern Movement) 69. "Sanctuary, published 9 February 1931, is the sixth in order of publication of Faulkner's nineteen novels, and his fourth about Jefferson, Yoknapatawpha County, Mississippi . . . Arguably his most pessimistic novel, and perhaps his most cynical as well, its sensational subject matter bootlegging, rape, murder, sex, prostitution, two murder trials, a lynching, and an execution made it Faulkner's first best seller, and, in literary circles at least, made him famous, if not infamous." (Literary Encyclopedia) "A formal and stylistic tour de force." (Time 100) N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed.

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        Metropolitan Museum

      Montréal: Herald Press, 1931. Ed. numérotée. En feuilles sous chemise. Très bon. Edwin H. Holgate, bois. Signé par l'auteur et l'artiste. In-4. 29 pages. Étui professionnellement restauré. Signé par l'auteur, et par l'artiste et son épouse. Exemplaire no. 370/450/475. L'un des premiers livres d'artiste québécois (Hould, 53). Réalisation de qualité.

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      Copyright 1931. [ 1941].. Color pictographic map / poster (carte), 17 3/4 x 14 inches on sheet 20 x 16 inches. This is the first colored issue of Jo Mora's whimsical bird's eye view of the Yosemite valley (with the rider facing to the right: Gilmore 2004). The 1931 edition was issued in black and white; this was colored by Jo Mora and issued as this edition (with the rider facing to the right and the auto road at lower left full of curves). .

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        La première traversée aérienne. Paris - New-York par Costes et Bellonte

      Imprimerie nationale, 1931. In-4 plein chagrin brun, dos à nerfs, caissons dorés et à froid, titre rapporté en lettres de maroquin rouge sur fond argenté au dos, premier plat orné d'une belle composition un breguet mosaïqué sur fond peint de nuit d'orage et d'Atlantique, une plaque ivoire de monogramme contrecollée, 252 pp. Plus de 100 reproductions en noir ou en couleurs, dont 6 planches dépliantes. Superbe relation-célébration de l'évènement. Partis du Bourget sur leur avion Point d'Interrogation, ils furent les premiers à relier le Nouveau Monde par un vol sans escale. Le projet, les préparatifs, la première tentative, l'accueil à New York, le retour et les festivités. Exemplaire de Bellonte avec un envoi du rapporteur R. Weiss.

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        AFRIKA. Cape Town and South-West Africa, 1931.

      1931 - Stab binding, bound with grey ribbon, patterned cloth over boards (13" x 9.25") with handwritten titles on front board; contains 19 grey heavy cardstock leaves, each featuring numerous b/w photographs (more than 150 in all, average size is 3" x 4.25") affixed to rectos and versos with photo-corners, most of them labeled by hand, in German (with some English). Boards a little rubbed and scuffed, else fine. A lovely young African woman, wearing robes, a turban, and a necklace, clutches a pipe in her teeth and poses for the camera in front of a thatched roof house. The photograph bears the handwritten label, "Basutofrau aus dem Hinterland von East London." So begins this collection of images – photographs taken by the author, and postcards – of Cape Town and South-West Africa in 1931. It offers a nice balance of the personal – with images of the author’s friends at picnics, hiking (with men in suits and hat, and the ladies in dresses and high-heeled shoes!), on ship, and watching street performers – and the more broadly interesting streetscapes and landmarks. (The African people, it seems, were also generously willing to smile for the camera.) Postcards have labels printed in English, identifying Camps Bay, Chapman Peak, government buildings, memorials, etc., and the photographs taken by the author usually identify the place and date (tidy penmanship, in German, and often with a quip). Though a few of the author’s photographs are a little blurry or over-exposed, most are nicely composed – and all of the images (photos and postcards) are bright and clean. A pleasing amalgam. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Essays in Persuasion.

      London: Macmillan and Co., Limited,, 1931. Octavo. Original green cloth, spine lettered in gilt. With the dust jacket. Bookseller's ticket to front pastedown. Spine lightly rolled, very minor foxing to contents; a few nicks and a little loss to dust jacket extremities and a neat split to the spine, professionally reinforced using Japanese paper; a very good copy. First edition, first impression, of Keynes's first collection of essays. "Keynes's intensive public activity with respect to the policy discussions of the inter-war period was reflected in the more than three-hundred articles he wrote for the 'highbrow' news magazines of the time (particularly the Nation and Athenaeum- of whose board Keynes was chairman in the 1920's - and its successor The New Statesman and Nation) as well as for the popular press. Many of the latter articles were syndicated in newspapers all over the world. A selection from these and similar writings were reissued by Keynes in 1931 under the title Essays in Persuasion. They are marked by a brilliant style, truly the work of a literary craftsman" (Patinkin in The New Palgrave).

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        The Wind in the Willows. Illustrated by E. H. Shepard.

      London Methuen & Co 1931 - Limited edition. 4to, printed on hand-made paper, ONE OF 200 NUMBERED COPIES SIGNED BY BOTH THE AUTHOR & ILLUSTRATOR, publisher's green cloth backed boards with cream paper label to spine printed in black, original plain dust-jacket lettered in dark blue, boards with some minor shelf-wear, jacket spine darkened, chips to head and tail of spine and to one corner, some toning and stray abrasions, otherwise a very good copy overall and internally near-fine. LIMITED EDITION, no 55 of 200 copies, SIGNED by both Kenneth Grahame just a year before his death, and by Ernest H. Shepard. [Attributes: Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

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        Queen's Mate

      Methuen, 1931. Hardcover. Very Good. A first edition, first printing, first issue. Original cloth in dust wrapper. A very good+ clean, bright and tight copy in very good entirely complete pictorial dust wrapper. Priced at 7/6 as called for. A rare early title by Herbert Adams, preceding all of his Collins Crime Club novels.

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        Preise und Produktion.

      Vienna: Julius Springer,, 1931. Octavo. Original buff paper wrappers printed in black, uncut edges. Contemporary ownership inscription to title page, a few light pencil annotations to wrappers. Some very occasional spotting to contents, otherwise a bright and clean, excellent copy. First edition in German, in which Hayek argues "against the then-dominant (and still-prevalent) idea that the appropriate focus of monetary theory is on the relationship between the quantity of money and the general level of prices" (The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics, p. 612). The first English edition, Prices and Production, was published the same yearin London by G. Routledge.

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        Joseph Alois Schumpeter. Dedication and autograph signature on the reprint of his abbreviated lecture "The Present Depression: A Tentative Diagnosis" on a meeting of the American Economic Association 1931

      ohne Orts- und Verlagsangabe 1931 - eigenhändige Widmung an einen befreundeten Professor "Erich Welter Mit besten Grüßen Schumpeter" in Bleistift auf Sonderdruck eines von ihm 1930 auf einer Tagung der American Economic Association gehaltenen Vortrags, Supplement des American Economic Review, Volume XXI, No. 1, March 1931, senkrechte Knickspur, wasserfleckig und angestaubt, autograph signatures of Joseph A. Schumpeter, one of the most brilliant modern economists, are extremely rare 2100 gr. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy]

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        Outlines of Chinese Symbolism 

      An alphabetical compendium of antique legends and beliefs, as reflected in the manners and customs of the Chinese. First edition. One of a limited edition of 250 copies signed by the author. 200 plates (photogravures, lithographs, woodcuts, some of them hand-colored. 4to. Original decorated cloth. Overall a very good copy. xxv, 423ff. Peiping [Beijing], Customs College Press, 

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        In the Shadow of Mt. McKinley. Foreword by John Burnham. Introduction by Robert Sterling Yard

      The Derrydale Press, New York 1931 - Rungius, Carl. First Edition, one of 750 copies. Illustrated by paintings and sketches by Carl Rungius and photographs by the author, folding map. xiv, 289, [3] pp. 1 vols. 8vo. Siegel 53; Frazier B-9-a Original blue cloth, about fine spine slightly sunned Illustrated by paintings and sketches by Carl Rungius and photographs by the author, folding map. xiv, 289, [3] pp. 1 vols. 8vo [Attributes: First Edition]

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        The Night Before Christmas.

      George C. Harrap & Co, London 1931 - Signed limited first edition, number 244 of only 275 copies. Signed by Arthur Rackham. Octavo, original gilt-stamped limp vellum, red and white pictorial endpapers, top edge gilt, with four color plates and 17 in-text line cuts. Near fine in the original slipcase. A Visit from St. Nicholas, more commonly known as The Night Before Christmas, is a poem first published anonymously in 1823 and later attributed to Clement Clarke Moore, who claimed authorship in 1837. The poem has been called "arguably the best-known verses ever written by an American" (Edwin Burrows). For this edition of this classic, Arthur Rackham created four full-color illustrations, 17 drawings in black and white, and red and white pictorial endpapers. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

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        Mise en Page - The Theory and Practice of Lay-Out

      The Studio, London., 1931. First U.K. edition. No translator given. Quarto. Unpaginated. Cloth-backed boards with art deco design. The book is largely devoted to pictorial examples of the history and modern-day use of composition for publicity purposes. Within a firmly art deco aesthetic the fifteen plates are created by means of a variety of techniques: overlay, collage, different papers, etc. The text itself is presented (in English) in a typographically witty way and is built around a wide-ranging selection of illustrations. At the end the text is printed in its original French. The book was printed in France by the author.There is some offsetting from a couple of plates onto the facing pages; this seems inevitable given the techniques used in their production. The last plate, a modified aerial photograph of the Arc de Triomphe, is torn and repaired on the reverse. Covers rubbed at the edges. Very good.

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        Mekka in the latter part of the 19th century Daily life customs and learning The Moslims of the East Indian Archipelago

      First English edition (of the second text vol. of the German first). Folding plan and numerous illustrations in the text. 8vo. Original blue cloth, boards slightly warped, spine sunned. A good copy. vi, 309 pp. Leyden: E. J. Brill,

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        In the Shadow of Mt. McKinley. Foreword by John Burnham. Introduction by Robert Sterling Yard

      New York: The Derrydale Press, 1931. First Edition, one of 750 copies. Illustrated by paintings and sketches by Carl Rungius and photographs by the author, folding map. xiv, 289, [3] pp. 1 vols. 8vo. Original blue cloth, about fine spine slightly sunned. Rungius, Carl. First Edition, one of 750 copies. Illustrated by paintings and sketches by Carl Rungius and photographs by the author, folding map. xiv, 289, [3] pp. 1 vols. 8vo. Siegel 53; Frazier B-9-a

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        Compleat Angler, The

      London: George G. Harrap & Co Ltd, 1931. "I Envy No Body But Him, And Him Only, That Catches More Fish Than I Do" A Celebration of the Art and Spirit of Fishing in Prose and Verse One of 775 Copies Illustrated and Signed by Arthur Rackham Bound by Sangorski & Sutcliffe for E. Joseph [RACKHAM, Arthur, illustrator]. WALTON, Izaak. The Compleat Angler or The Contemplative Man's Recreation. Being a Discourse of Rivers, Fishponds, Fish and Fishing not unworthy the Perusal of most Anglers. Illustrated by Arthur Rackham. London: George G. Harrap & Co., [1931]. Limited to 775 numbered copies (this copy being No. 13), signed by the artist. With an introduction by Henry Williamson. Quarto (10 5/16 x 7 13/16 inches; 263 x 198 mm.). 223, [1] pp. Twelve color plates, with descriptive tissue guards, and twenty-five drawings in black and white. Title printed in green and black. Bound ca. 1991 by Sangorski & Sutcliffe for E. Joseph (stamp-signed in gilt on front turn-in) in full dark green crushed levant morocco. Covers ruled in gilt, front cover stamped and lettered in gilt to match the original 1931 cover design, spine paneled and lettered in gilt in compartments, gilt-ruled board edges and decorative gilt turn-ins, top edge gilt, others uncut, original dark red printed pictorial end-papers. A fine copy. "No fewer than six plates have landscape backgrounds, plates which should remind us of Rackham's very serious reputation as a landscape painter, with a fine vision of natural forms" (Gettings, Arthur Rackham, p. 159). The Compleat Angler (the spelling is sometimes modernised to The Complete Angler) was written by Izaak Walton. It was first published in 1653 by Richard Marriot of St Dunstan-in-the-West, London. Walton continued to add to it for a quarter of a century. It is a celebration of the art and spirit of fishing in prose and verse. Latimore & Haskell, pp. 66-67. Riall, p. 175.

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        Japanese Fairy Tales: The Boy Who Drew Cats; The Old Woman Who Lost Her Dumpling; Chin Chin Kobakama; The Goblin Spider; The Fountain of Youth

      T. Hasegawa, Tokyo., [c 1931]. Edition unknown, as Hasegawa issued these sets of five volumes repeatedly over a ten-year period from 1931. It seems that sets in uniform size with all volumes measuring 13.8 x 19.3 cm, as here, are earlier in the series, as later sets which include smaller volumes are also known. Some very similar sets were issued by the Macrae-Smith Company in Philadelphia and the only indication of these is on the title-label on the slipcase. In the present case Macrae-Smith are not mentioned which again suggests this is an early set. Each title was also available separately, with some of them dating back to the late 19th century. Colour woodblock illustrations on every page, printed on creped paper and bound in Japanese style with stab silk ties.All volumes fine in original fragile rice paper sleeves. The front and back boards of the original slipcase, together with the ivory clasps, are present.

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        Les 120 journées de Sodome ou L'école du libertinage [WITH] Les 120 journées de Sodome. Suite de 16 lithographies originales.

      Stendhal et Cie pour les membres de la Société du roman philosophique Paris -1935; the plates aux dépens des seuls bibliophiles souscripteurs ca.1936 1931 - Two volumes 4to. With photogr. frontisp. showing the original manuscript roll, and 16 lithographic plates. Original printed wrappers in full dark crushed green morocco by Beenkens-Bruxelles, silver rules to boards with a crowned S in angles, spines with raised bands lettered in silver, same crowned S to a compartment, endpapers in vellum paper, top edges gilt, kept in slipcases; spines a bit faded, one slipcase a bit splitting. The first and possibly best complete edition of this great Sadian work. Copy #4, from 60 on Japan paper, with a supplementary suite of 16 graphic plates, published only in an edition of 175, drawn by André Collot. The total print run of this edition was 396. The great Sade specialist Maurice Heine read himself the original manuscript, bought in 1929 in Berlin for the vicomte Ch. de Noailles. He published it here with an introduction and with particular care given to the printing. This is the true first edition, "celle de 1904 ne méritant d'être retenue qu'à titre de curiosité dans le domaine de la malfaçon" (Pia). Another issue of this edition was published in three volumes, "aux dépens des bibliophiles souscripteurs". Both issues were printed by Stendhal et Compagnie, both finished on 28/2/1935. An excellent example in full green morocco signed, keeping the original printed wrappers. Pia 1998, 189 sq. Dutel 1172. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Soft Cover]

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