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        Peau-Brune: De St-Nazaire a La Ciotat. Journal de Bord de F.-L. Schmied

      Exquisite unpag. example of Art Deco book design, detailing a 3-month journey the artist undertook with Jean Dunand aboard the schooner Peau-Brune, sailing from St. Nazaire in Brittany, around the Iberian Peninsula and through the Strait of Gibraltar, to the town of La Ciotat on the coast of Provence, fashioned as a logbook with chronological entries related to specific dates, table of contents. Illustrated throughout with approximately 100 beautiful engravings in brilliant colors from various points along the trip, including two full-page plates depicting the ship under sail, both signed by Schmied. Large 4to. Full leather with raised spine, gilt and polychrome wave decoration to front and rear covers, gilt tooling to inside covers with laid blue silk "endpapers", fitted slipcase. Spine slightly shaken, first signature loose in places. N.p. (Lyon) (Société des XXX de Lyon) 1931. From a limited edition of 135 copies, signed by Schmied in several places. Schmied was an important Art Deco painter, illustrator, and bookbinder particularly known for his beautiful limited edition books. He first gained notoriety with his commission to engrave and print the illustrations of Paul Jouve for Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book in 1919. He went on to create several additional pioneering works of books design throughout the 1920s and 1930s, including Les Climats and Le Cantique des Cantiques. His volumes were always expensive to produce and printed in very limited editions, usually no more than 200 copies. He sold his books by bringing sheets of works in progress to Parisian art fairs, with the hopes of getting wealthy art and book collectors to buy a subscription. Once the Great Depression took hold, the economic climate could no longer support the cost of Schmied's books, and he was forced to close his workshop. A gorgeous feat of Art Deco book design; as of March 2016, WorldCat locates five holdings in North America.

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        Panama or the adventures of my seven uncles EDITION ORIGINALE ENVOI AUTOGRAPHE

      New-York|& London: Harper & brothers, 1931. Fine. Harper & brothers, New-York & London 1931, 19,5x24,5cm, broché. - First edition in English, translated by John Dos Passos, printed in 300 copies on Utopian laid paper. Autograph signatures of B. Cendrars and J. Dos Passos to justification page. With original illustrations by John Dos Passos. A very good copy. - [FRENCH VERSION FOLLOWS] Edition originale de la traduction en anglais établie par John Dos Passos et qui fut imprimée à 300 exemplaires sur Utopian laid paper. Signatures autographes de B. Cendrars et J. Dos Passos à la justification du tirage. Ouvrage orné d'illustrations originales de John Dos Passos. Bel exemplaire.

      [Bookseller: Librairie Le Feu Follet]
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        Shallow Water

      London: Grant Richards, 1931. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/As New DJ. Color Dj And Interior Illustrations By Phyllis Ward. 1st Printing 250 Pp. Green Cloth, Black Lettering, "First Published 1931". Book Is Only Good/Very Good, Wear But No Fraying, Some Fading To Backstrip. Dj Is Fine, As New, Not A Hint Of Wear Or Fading, And Probably Unique Thus; It May Be A Proof, Height Is 3/8" Taller Than The Book, Otherwise Fits Book Properly, Although The Illustration Continues From Top To Bottom And There Is No Easy Cut-Off Height Which Would Not Remove Material Items In The Illustration [ The Dj Had Been Folded Flat And Stored Away From Light And Wear, Part Of An Archive Of Similarly Preserved Jackets 1925-1935, All Entirely Unfaded]. Uncommon; And This Must Be The Finest Known Dj For The Book Or At Least There Is None Better Than This One Which Is As New.

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        British Sports and Sportsmen Past & Present. Compiled and Edited by 'the Sportsman' ('Sporting Life') . [With Plates. ] - VOLUMES 1 & 2 - Past Sportsmen

      London : Sports & Sportsmen Ltd, [1931], 1931. First Edition. Full contemporary, burgundy Morocco over bevelled boards, near fine. Raised bands with gilt-blocked title indications. Spine compartments uniformly tooled and the panels bordered in gilt. An exceptional set - scans and additional detail on request. ; 1 pages; Both volumes copiously illustrated with a series of tissue-guarded plates and in-text figures and [photo] portraits. Limited to 1000 sets, this being no. 217. Series: British Sports and Sportsmen past & present. Compiled and edited by 'The Sportsman') .

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        Witchcraft Magic & Alchemy : Ex Libris Joseph The Amazing Dunninger, Bookplate by Mahlon Blaine

      London: George G. Harrap & Co., Ltd., 1931. A seldom perused copy, in the less common, Black Buckram variant Binding. The Uncommon Dust jacket is present, with some extremity wear, age, but shows quite well, and truly Scarce in condition thus. Black Buckram, with Gold Gilt stamping Very Bright. Light extremity wear, Square, sewn binding tight, spine rounded, fore edge perfectly curved, with light aging. Internally, light extremity tone, but less than usual, otherwise clean, and unmarked. Provenance: Mentalist, Magician, Joseph Dunninger's copy, with decadent Mahlon Blaine art deco bookplate to pastedown. A much nicer copy than usually found.. First Edition In English. Hard Cover, Buckram, Sewn. Very Good+/Very Good+. Illus. by Mahlon Blaine Bookplate. With 366 Illustrations In The Text, And 10 Plates in Colour.. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Oversized Safely, and Securely Packed. Expedited, or International Please Inquire.

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        Le Chef-d'oeuvre inconnu (Signed first edition)

      Paris: Ambroise Vollard, 1931. 13 original etchings unbound as issued in a sleeve inside the bound book. One of 65 deluxe copies (no. 10) on Imperial Japan paper, signed by Picasso and Vollard. (Only the deluxe copies on Japan paper were signed on the colophon by the artist and publisher.) This copy without the second suite on Rives. Housed in a custom clamshell case encased throughout in three leathers by the celebrated binder Alexandr Mosalov. References : Cramer, Pablo Picasso, les livres illustrés, n° 20 ;Bloch: 82-94; Livre no, 19. Un des précieux exemplaires sur Japon sans la suite.In-4 (228 x 250 mm). En feuilles, sous chemise rempliée illustrée. Quelques défauts à la couverture (dos et bords inférieurs du premier plat légèrement passés, accident à la coiffe supérieure, quelques taches), coin inférieur du premier feuillet blanc coupé, bords des planches de la suite très légèrement maculées, sans atteinte aux gravures.13 eaux fortes originales hors texte (dont la table des gravures) et 67 dessins gravés sur bois de Pablo Picasso.

      [Bookseller: Alan Wofsy Fine Arts]
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        Marius EDITION ORIGINALE Tirage de tête

      Paris: Fasquelle, 1931. Fine. Fasquelle, Paris 1931, 14x21,5cm, relié sous étui. - First edition, one of 50 numbered copies on Japon paper, the tirage de tête. Elegant half brown morocco over marbled paper boards by Goy & Vilaine, gilt date to foot of spine, pastedowns and endpapers of brown paper, covers and spine (faded) preserved, top edge gilt; slipcase edged with the same morocco and covered with the same marbled paper. A very good copy in a handsome binding. % - [FRENCH VERSION FOLLOWS] Edition originale, un des 50 exemplaires numérotés sur Japon, tirage de tête. Reliure en demi maroquin marron à coins, dos lisse, date dorée en queue, plats de papier marbré, gardes et contreplats de papier marron, couvertures et dos (passé) conservés, tête dorée sur témoins; étui bordé du même maroquin et recouvert du même papier marbré, élégant ensemble signé de Goy & Vilaine. Bel exemplaire parfaitement établi.

      [Bookseller: Librairie Le Feu Follet]
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        Duineser Elegien Elegies from the Castle of Duino

      Weimar: printed at the Cranach Press for The Hogarth Press, 1931. Signed by Vita and Edward Sackville-West. One of 230 copies, this no. 194 and, unusually, signed by the Sackville-Wests. Wood engraved initials by Eric Gill. Type designed by Edward Johnston and cut by E. Prince and G.T. Friend, paper by Gaspard and Aristide Maillol. Parallel texts in English and German. Pp.134. 8vo., original vellum backed pinkish hued boards, gilt lettering on spine, top edge gilt, others uncut, in the original paper wrappers and card slipcase. An extraordinarily good copy, with only slight spotting to the very edges and a little wear to the slipcase. A fine transation by Vita and Edward Sackville-West of Rilke's great Elegies which he had begun in 1911-12 at the castle of Duino in Istria and which took him 11 years to finish. He regarded them as the greatest of his works.

      [Bookseller: SOPHIE SCHNEIDEMAN RARE BOOKS]
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        VENUS AND ADONIS

      Rochester, NY: The Printing House of Leo Hart, 1931. Quarto. Publisher's full polished maroon calf, ruled in gilt, t.e.g., others untrimmed. Spine extremities a bit worn, otherwise a fine copy. Slipcased. First edition, deluxe issue. Illustrated with twenty-one engravings by Rockwell Kent, printed in two colors. One of seventy-five numbered copies printed on handmade paper, specially bound, and signed by Kent, from a total edition of 1250 copies printed at the Oxford University Press after a design by Will Ransom. Accompanied by an extra suite of the engravings, matted and enclosed in a matching cloth box. STANLEY (GROLIER) 40.

      [Bookseller: William Reese Company - Literature ABAA-]
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        Occupational Orientation

      Los Angeles: Society for Occupational Research, 1931. First Edition. Blue Cloth. Fine/No Dust Jacket. Signed by Editors and Contributors. 609 Pp. The First Textbook Of Occupational Research, With Specific Chapters With Detailed Analysis Of 24 Occupations. Fine, Bright, Clean, Gilt Brilliant, No Fading. This Book With The Ownership Signature Of Mabel Liljidahl Of The Society, And Additionally Signed By The Editors And Almost All Authors Of The Articles In This Volume, Also By A Few Other Members Of The Society, All On The Front Endpaper. A Great Copy Of A Very Scarce Book.

      [Bookseller: Arroyo Seco Books]
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        VENUS AND ADONIS

      Rochester: Printing House of Leo Hart, 1931. Limited to 1250 copies Signed by Rockwell Kent, this no. 1111. Fine in slipcase. Limited to 1250 copies Signed by Rockwell Kent, this no. 1111. Illustrated by Rockwell Kent. 4to. Gilt-titled leather spine over linen boards, t.e.g. Printed in black and brown on French-fold paper with typography by Will Ransom. Quite scarce with the spine still in fine condition.

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        TRIUMPHAL MARCH

      London: Faber and Faber. [8th October 1931]. First edition, first printing. First edition, first printing. Inscribed presentation copy. Original grey printed wrappers. With two illustrations by E. McKnight Kauffer. Number 35 of The Ariel Poems. A very good copy with a couple of small marks to the covers, the contents clean and bright throughout. Bookplate of Sarah Grace Harvey to the reverse of upper wrapper. Without the mailing envelope. Inscribed by the author at the rear “to Sir Michael Sadler from T. S. Eliot”. With a note laid in inscribed by Sadler re-presenting the book “Sarah Grace Harvey from M.E.S. Oxford June 11 1939”. [British historian and educationalist, Sir Michael Sadler (1861-1943 was the father of novelist and book collector Michael Sadlier] One of 2,000 copies published on 8th October 1931. The signed limited edition was not published until 29th October 1931. (Gallup A19) Further details and images for any of the items listed are available on request. Lucius Books welcomes direct contact with our customers.

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        Estampas de toros; reproduccion y descripcion de las mas importantes publicadas en los siglos XVIII y XIX relativas a la fiesta nacional

      Madrid, P. Vindel, 1931-01-01. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. A handsome volume. Limited edition of 500. Bound in publisher's red cloth. Clean, unmarked pages. Minor shelf wear to top edge. Good binding and cover. Hardcover. Illustrated lining-papers. Bullfighting."Tirada de 500 ejemplares numerados."Description: xii pages, 40 leaves color frontispiece (portrait) ccc plates (some color, part double, including portraits, facsimiles) 32 cm. This is an oversized or heavy book that requires additional postage for international delivery outside of Canada and the US.

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        L'AMI FRITZ. Illustré de douze gravures en couleurs de LEMAINQUE

      Editions du Sagittaire, Paris 1931 - 4º menor. 247 págs., ilustradas con 12 bellos grabados en color de Lemainque. Ejemplar nº 2081 de un tiraje 3000 ejemplares en papel vélin Aussedat. Encuadernación firmada por Brugalla en pleno marroquín grisáceo, adornanado con líneas transversales en lomo y planos, en un estilo art déco, titulo con letras doradas en planos, corte superior dorado. Excelente ejemplar. Literatura francesa. Bibliofilia. French literature. Bibliophilism.

      [Bookseller: Libreria Anticuaria Studio]
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        HOW TO PLAY BASEBALL-BABE RUTH-1931-INFO-PHOTOS-vg/fn

      Cosmopolitan 1931 - -By Babe Ruth -Loaded with info and photos -No dust jacket Condition: VG/FN

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        These 13

      Jonathan Cape and Harrison Smith, 1931 A near fine copy of the signed limited edition, one of 299 copies signed by Faulkner. Housed in a custom-made collector's slipcase.

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        TORTURE GARDEN. Translated from the French ... by Alvah C. Bessie. With a Foreword by James Huneker ..

      New York: Claude Kendall, 1931.. Octavo, pp. [1-20] 1-284, nine illustrations in text by Jeanette Seelhoff, original marbled boards with black cloth shelf back, spine panel stamped in gold, pictorial endpapers. First edition in English. Translation of LE JARDIN DES SUPPLICES (1898), a novel published at the height of the Dreyfus affair on the eve of the trial of Alfred Dreyfus in Rennes, the result of tinkering with texts designed independently of each other, at different times, in different styles and with different characters. Mirbeau, a French anarchist, wrote the central part of novel as a grotesque caricature of the French political circles of the Third Republic. "A deliriously decadent novel of Oriental exoticism, considering torture as one of the fine arts. Not merely Sadistic, but Sadean, termed by Huneker 'the most damnably cruel book in contemporary fiction.' A definite precursor to the graphic horror fiction of our time; a fin de siecle Clive Barker." - Robert Knowlton. A very unfaithful and very melodramatic theatrical adaptation of the novel was produced by Pierre Chaine and Andre de Lorde and represented Theatre Grand Guignol on 28 October 1922, and two films, both unfaithful, were based on the novel. Bleiler (1948), p. 201. Mild rubbing to edges of boards, hint of fading at upper spine end, a nearly fine copy in very good pictorial dust jacket with wear at edges and 10 mm chip from upper spine end. (#148782)

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        WHITE FACE ..

      Garden City: Published for The Crime Club, Inc. by Doubleday, Doran & Company, Inc., [1931].. Octavo, pp. [1-6] [1] 2-320 [321: ad] [322: blank], original black cloth, front and spine panels stamped in red, top edge stained red, decorated endpapers. First U.S. edition. Mystery thriller in which Scotland Yard's Inspector Elk and Superintendent Mason pursue White Face, a cold blooded killer who roams Tidal Basin, the toughest, poorest, lowest district of London. Edgar Wallace's White Face the Fiend, a 1932 British Lion Film, directed by T. Hayes Hunter, starring Hugh Williams, Gordon Harker and Norman McKinnel, was based on this novel. In addition to Mr. Reeder, the most clearly realized of his detectives, Wallace's "only other notable series character is the melancholy and mordant Inpector Elk." - Pronzini, 1001 Midnights: The Aficionado's Guide to Mystery and Detective Fiction, p. 817. Hubin (1994), p. 835. A fine copy in nearly fine pictorial dust jacket with light rubbing at edges. A sharp copy. (#148749)

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        SOLARIA, rivista mensile 1931 ANNATA COMPLETA 1931. Direttori ALBERTO CAROCCI e ALESSANDRO BONSANTI- ANNO SESTO (fascicoli 1,2,3,4,5, 6, 7/8, 9/10, 11,12), Firenze, Parenti Fratelli, 1931

      1931. cm. 16 x 21, unico volume rilegato artigianalmente tutta tela bianca (vedi foto nel sito www.ferraguti.it) Ognuno dei numeri è di pagine 64 + pubblicità .. In questa preziosa annata completa sono state conservate tutte le copertine e tutte le pagine di pubblicità non numerate. Sono presenti preziosi scritti di grandi protagonisti del 900. GIANNA MANZINI, UMBERTO SABA, ALDO CAPASSO, UMBERTO FRACCHIA, ELIO VITTORINI, GIUSEPPE RAIMONDI, UMBERTO MORRA, ALBERTO CONSIGLIO, ADRIANO GRANDE, EUGENIO MONTALE, RAFFAELLO FRANCHI, ALDO CAPASSO, QUARANTOTTI GAMBINI, BACCIO MARIA BACCI, SALVATORE QUASIMODO, GIANSIRO FERRATA, CARLO EMILIO GADDA, ENRICO PEA, ALESSANDRO BONSANTI, ANGELO BARILE, LEO FERRERO e tanti altri.

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        Aus meinen leben,

      Officiana Bodoni Mardersteig,, Verona, 1931 - In 8° (15,5×10 cm); (6), 449, (7) pp. e 5 c. di tav. fuori testo. Numerosissime illustrazioni di grande pregio artistico nel testo, varie a piena pagina. Bella legatura coeva in tutta pelle verde-nero scuro con dorso a 5 nervi e titolo in oro al dorso (un leggerissimo difetto alle cerniere). Cofanetto editoriale in cartoncino rigido con signature in pelle verde scuro e foderatura in carta marmorizzata. Filettatura in oro ai tagli dei piatti. Taglio superiore riccamente dorato. Rarissima edizione tirata in soli 100 esemplari su carta a mano di eccelsa qualità di quest’opera che raccoglie scritti e lavori artistici del grande artista, collezionista e mecenate della Marderstrig, George Reinhart (1877-1955) che come socio occulto della Officina Bodoni, permise a Mardersteig, nel 1922, la fondazione della sua celeberrima stamperia che segnerà profondamente la storia della stampa del novecento. L’opera presenta per la prima volta i taccuini dei viaggi in India, Celyon e Egitto di Georg Reinhart Schwarzenbach. L’autore si trasferì nel 1926 a Verona per trovarsi vicino all’amico e socio Mardersteig, All’interno esemplare perfetto, come nuovo.

      [Bookseller: Studio Bibliografico Antonio Zanfrognini]
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        "Über formal unentscheidbare Sätze der Principia Mathematica und verwandter Systeme I." Offprint from Monatshefte für Mathematik und Physik, XXXVIII, Band I.

      Leipzig: Akademische verlagsgesellschaft, 1931. FIRST EDITION. Original printed back wrapper; front wrapper in facsimile (from the copy owned by Princeton University, with Überreicht vom Verfasser printed on top); small stain (from tape?) on bottom corner of first page. Preserved in a full morocco clamshell case. First edition of the first printing of Gödel's Proof, the single most celebrated result in mathematical logic. This paper, On Formally Undecidable Propositions (Incompleteness Theorem) is of legendary rarity. We were only able to locate one copy at Princeton University. Famed mathematician Kurt Gödel proved two extraordinary theorems. His paper showed that arithmetic was incomplete. In any consistent formal system able to describe simple arithmetic, there are propositions that can be neither proved nor disproved on the basis of the system. Thus a larger system may have to be used to prove consistency, and its consistency assumed; all pretty unsatisfactory. Accepted by all mathematicians, these propositions have revolutionized mathematics, showing that mathematical truth is more than logic and computation. It helped tear down the notion that there was anything certain about the universe.. According to philosophy professor Rebecca Goldstein, Gödel was an intellectual heir to Plato, whose sense of alienation from the positivists and post-modernists of the 1940's was only ameliorated by his friendship with Einstein. As Goldstein writes, "That his work, like Einstein's, has been interpreted as not only consistent with the revolt against objectivity but also as among its most compelling driving forces is . . . more than a little ironic." Gödel (1906-1978), an Austrian born philosopher and mathematician, studied at Vienna. He saw much of the development of the positivist school of philosophy and was apparently unconvinced. He investigated the larger logical system put forward by Russell and Whitehead in their Principia mathematica and his resulting paper (above) may well be the most significant event in 20th century mathematics.

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        Camps in the Woods

      New York: Architectural Book Publishing Co. 1931. Folio. 96pp. Illustrated from photographs by John Wallace Gillies, Inc. and original drawings prepared in the office of the author. Original gilt-decorated cloth; dust jacket. A fine presentation copy, inscribed by Shepard to Godrey Haggard, noted United Kingdom politician who at the time was Consul General to Guatemala. Shepard designed many camps and cottages for the Adirondack League Club, a private landowner's association founded in 1890 in Old Forge (Herkimer County). Included are architectural drawings of private camps, boathouses, outbuildings, interior details, furniture, gates, and fireplaces. This work proved influential in the design of structures in national parks. Of his own work, Shepard wrote " in the design of these camps we see the structural element logically emphasized. Visible construction may be said to stand as an architectural symbol of nature's growth, and these camps make their strongest appeal in the fact that their designs are so definitely based on structure. This is evident in the roof trusses, the peeled log and pole beams and the split pole studs, so frequently used... Every detail possesses some structural significance... Simplicity is the keynote of the design as it is in nature." Some soiling to cloth, a few chips/small losses to jacket at edges.

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        La strada d'Ancona

      1931. Acquaforte tirata su carta Cina, mm. 253x326 alla battuta, compresi marg. bianchi mm. 315x433. Titolo e data 1931, incisi sulla lastra in basso a sinistra. Firma a matita in basso a destra, titolo in basso a destra. Annotazione dello stesso artista a matita al margine bianco inferiore 'Esemplare su carta speciale'. Timbro a secco 'Luigi Bartolini incise all'acquaforte'. Fresca tiratura, due aloni rossastri al marg. laterale destro e al marg. inferiore, senza coinvolgimento della parte incisa. (Cfr. Luigi Bartolini. Le incisioni della collezione Timpanaro", p.124. La lastra è stata biffata)

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        Pheasants: Their Lives and Homes (2 Vols.) --with Dustjackets and Slipcase

      Doubleday, Doran & Co, Garden City, NY 1931 - The 1931 1st trade edition, complete in its 2 volumes. Both volumes include their uncommon dustjackets and the set is housed in the publisher's original printed slipcase. Both volumes solid and VG (with light spotting to the panels and light offsetting at the endsheets) in bright, VG- examples of the beige dustjackets, with pronounced chipping at the spine ends (somewhat affecting the lettering) and very light soiling to the panels. Thick quartos, 566 pgs. all told, including dozens of lavish full-page illustrations ( a number of them in color). The Doubleday slipcase shows some wear along the edges and is missing the top panel but nonetheless is sturdy and quite presentable. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        DREAMS OF FORT GARRY

      Winnipeg, MB: Stovel Company Limited. November, 1931. 1st edition. hb. Slim 8vo, pp. 63. "An epic poem on the life and times of the early settlers of Western Canada, complete with glossary and historical notes." . Bound in brown paper over boards, with an printed title and woodcut on the front board. Rough trimmed edges to special stock rag content paper. Printed in a limited edition of 968 copies, of which this is number 679. Signed by both Robert Watson (the author), and W. J. Phillips (the artist). Glossary and Historical Notes at end. At the bottom of the signature page is the inscription: "Happy Returns / Olive & Ed T.". Very light smudging to boards; otherwise the book is in pristine condition. The slipcase is present and shows expected shelf wear, but has no major flaws and is still perfectly serviceable. Copies of this exceptional item are becoming increasingly scarce, as collectors prize them (and break them) for the remarkable Phillips woodcuts, which were done exclusively for this limited edition book. .

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        "Über formal unentscheidbare Sätze der Principia Mathematica und verwandter Systeme I." Offprint from Monatshefte für Mathematik und Physik, XXXVIII, Band I.

      Leipzig: Akademische verlagsgesellschaft, 1931. FIRST EDITION. Original printed back wrapper; front wrapper in facsimile (from the copy owned by Princeton University, with Überreicht vom Verfasser printed on top); small stain (from tape?) on bottom corner of first page. Preserved in a full morocco clamshell case. First edition of the first printing of Gödel's Proof, the single most celebrated result in mathematical logic. This paper, On Formally Undecidable Propositions (Incompleteness Theorem) is of legendary rarity. We were only able to locate one copy at Princeton University. Famed mathematician Kurt Gödel proved two extraordinary theorems. His paper showed that arithmetic was incomplete. In any consistent formal system able to describe simple arithmetic, there are propositions that can be neither proved nor disproved on the basis of the system. Thus a larger system may have to be used to prove consistency, and its consistency assumed; all pretty unsatisfactory. Accepted by all mathematicians, these propositions have revolutionized mathematics, showing that mathematical truth is more than logic and computation. It helped tear down the notion that there was anything certain about the universe.. According to philosophy professor Rebecca Goldstein, Gödel was an intellectual heir to Plato, whose sense of alienation from the positivists and post-modernists of the 1940's was only ameliorated by his friendship with Einstein. As Goldstein writes, "That his work, like Einstein's, has been interpreted as not only consistent with the revolt against objectivity but also as among its most compelling driving forces is . . . more than a little ironic."Gödel (1906-1978), an Austrian born philosopher and mathematician, studied at Vienna. He saw much of the development of the positivist school of philosophy and was apparently unconvinced. He investigated the larger logical system put forward by Russell and Whitehead in their Principia mathematica and his resulting paper (above) may well be the most significant event in 20th century mathematics.

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        Scriptores ecclesiastici de musica sacra potissimum. Ex variis Italiae, Galliae & Germaniae codicibus manuscriptis collecti et nunc primum publica luce donati a Martino Gerberto.

      Milano, Bolletino Bibliografico Musicale, 1931. - Nice early 20th century reprint of the San Blasianis edition of 1734. 3 vols. Large 4to (27x20,5 cm) Original decorated boards, with title labels on frontcover, uncut (1 foot and 1 top of spine sl. dam.). Vol. I:(xxxxviii),348,(iv) pp.; Vol. II:(xvi),394 pp.; Vol. III:(xii),402,(xiv) pp. With 3 frontispieces, 4 folding tables, figures and annotated music in text. - Fine set printed on handmade paper, unopened 3900g [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Emile Kerssemakers ILAB]
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        John Boddy. Leaves from a Constable's Notebook.

      London: Ward, Lock & Co, 1931 - Octavo. Original black cloth, titles to spine gilt, top edge black, marbled endpapers. With the dust jacket. Spine cocked, some bumping to front board, spotting to edges of text block. A very good copy in a chipped and toned jacket with three tape repairs to the verso. First edition, first impression. Presentation copy inscribed by the author on the half-title: "To Nurse Barker, thanking her for all her kindness & good humour, yours sincerely, E. Temple Thurston. May - 1931". [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy]

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA member]
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        Le Vitriol de Lune.

      Paris, Editions Mornay 1931 - 54 Illustrations en couleurs de Guy Arnoux (Complet & Contrôlé). Édition tirée à 965 exemplaires. Celui-ci (N°443) un des 767 sur papier de Rives. Paris, Éditions Mornay, "Les Beaux Livres" - 1931 - 261 pages. Exemplaire unique enrichi d'une belle aquarelle originale signée de l'artiste avec un envoi à l'éditeur Henri Lefebvre (reliée en début d'ouvrage). Reliure demi maroquin citron signée Creuzevault. Dos avec un gros nerf central aux titre et auteur dorés. Plats cuir noir. Filet doré sur les plats séparant les 2 cuirs. Couverture et dos illustrés par l'artiste conservés. Tête dorée sur témoins, non rognon. Pas de rousseur. Parfait état. Format in-8°(21x16). Edition illustrée Dédicacé par l'illustrateur [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        THE GYRTH CHALICE MYSTERY: AN ALBERT CAMPION DETECTIVE STORY

      Garden City: Published for The Crime Club, Inc. by Doubleday, Doran & Company, Inc., [1931]. First U.S. edition. Some rubbing to cloth, a very good copy in a very good dust jacket with rubbing mostly to spine and spine folds and shelf wear to spine ends, slight loss to corner tips. The spine panel, a common issue, shows only a touch of fade, color is still strong. (17877). Octavo, pp. [i-vi] vii-viii 11-321 [322: ad] [note: text complete despite gap in pagination], original black cloth, front and spine panels stamped in red, top edge stained red, other edges rough trimmed, pictorial endpapers. "An early story with good scenes and relieved from murder by elegant robbery and clerical personages, but somewhat touched by by the excessive lightheartedness of the period." - Barzun and Taylor, A Catalogue of Crime (1989) 66. Published in the UK as LOOK TO THE LADY. Hubin (1994), p. 13.

      [Bookseller: John W. Knott, Jr., Bookseller, ABAA/ILA]
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        Juror No. 17. (DRUG / NARCOTICS FICTION)

      Alfred H. King. New York (1931) - First Edition. Politzer dustjacket art. Hubin listed New York City set mystery novel that is built around the crimes of an insidious drug ring. The story opens with the murder of a girl who is about to give evidence over to the Grand Jury pertaining to the dope racket. She dies in the arms of Juror No. 17, who then assists with the Narcotic agents to bring all those involved to justice. Early drug related fiction. Very Good with mild cloth wear to edges and light soiling to cloth in Very Good plus dustjacket with darkening to white areas, light fading to black area of front cover, dime size chip to top spine end, shallow chipping to lower spine end. 0.0 [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Babylon Revisited Rare Books]
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        International Sport: Polo.

      London: Universal Bridge of Trade, 1931. First edition. Folio, gilt-lettered stamped sterling silver corners on front cover, moire silk doublures; all edges gilt. Contains forty four photogravure portrait and view plates, tissue guards. Text in parallel columns in English and French. Alphons Stock's International Sport: Polo is an alphabetical gallery of the most notable internationally recognized polo players, including an introduction to the history of the sport and portraits of royal players throughout the world.

      [Bookseller: Raptis Rare Books ]
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        The Glass Key

      New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1931. First edition of Hammett's personal favorite novel. Octavo, original pale green cloth. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "For Ben Lyon and Bebe Daniels with best regards -- Dashiell Hammett, Hollywood, August, 1931." The recipient, Ben Lyon and his wife Bebe Daniels were famous movie actors of the day. Their careers stretching from the early silent era to the TV series Life with the Lyons in the mid-1950s. Daniels starred in the well received 1931 film version of The Maltese Falcon, playing the role of Ruth Wonderly. After serialization in Black Mask, March to June, 1930. Small repair to the spine, an excellent example in a later dust jacket with blurbs regarding the book (by Woollcott, Parker, and F.P.A.) on the front flap, the jacket identical with that for the first printing except for the flaps. A remarkable association, rare and desirable signed and inscribed by Hammett. The Glass Key spins a more ambitious and unusual web whose threads are male friendship, male loyalty and male betrayal, and considers the ultimate treachery -- the murder of a son by his father... In Ned Beaumont -- principled, forlorn, afflicted with an uneasy worldliness and the ability to understand the meaner motives and ambitions of friends, and tubercular -- Hammett produced his nearest self-portrait" (Diane Johnson, Dashiell Hammett: A Life, 1987, pp. 86-7). It was first published as a serial in Black Mask magazine in 1930, then was collected in 1931 (in London; the American edition followed 3 months later) It tells the story of a gambler and racketeer, Ned Beaumont, whose devotion to a crooked political boss, Paul Madvig, leads him to investigate the murder of a local senator's son as a potential gang war brews. Hammett dedicated the novel to his onetime lover Nell Martin. There have been two film adaptations (1935 and 1942) of the novel. A radio adaptation starring Orson Welles aired on March 10, 1939, as part of his Campbell Playhouse program. The book was also a major influence on the Coen brothers' 1990 film Miller's Crossing, about a gambler who is a right-hand man to a corrupt political boss and their involvement in a brewing gang war.

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        The Life of a Mogul Princess. Jahanara Begam, Daughter of Sahjahan.

      London, George Routledge & Sons, 1931. - 8vo. XIII, (1), 221, (1) pp., final blank. Publisher's giltstamped black cloth. First edition of this historical novel by the Swedish oriental scholar Andrea Butenschön (1866-1947), who had studied Sanskrit in London and at the Sorbonne (where she was the first woman to be educated in this language): purportedly the translation of an autobiographical Persian manuscript written by Jahanara Begam, daughter of Shah Jahan. Inscribed by Sayajirao Gaekwad III (1863-1939), the reformist Maharaja of Baroda (a princely state in today's Gujarat), to Sultan Muhammed Shah, Aga Khan III (1877-1957), the 48th Imam of the Nizari Ismailis and a founder and the first president of the All-India Muslim League: "To H. H. The Aga Khan with kind regards of Sayaji Rao Gaekwar / Cannes 24-4-32". - Extremeties insignificantly bumped; occasional light foxing, otherwise fine. Encyclopaedia Iranica XIV.4, p. 375. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat INLIBRIS Gilhofer Nfg. GmbH]
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        The Specimen Book of the Types and Ornaments to be used in the Printing of the Publications of the Profile and The Helicon Presses... together with The Ornament Book of the Profile Press and the Helicon Press

      New Haven: The Profile, 1931. Paperback. Very Good. 2 books of type faces and specimens used at the Profile and Helicon Presses: The Specimen Book of the Types and Ornaments to be used in the Printing of the Publications of the Profile and The Helicon Presses, published in 1930 --AND-- The Ornament Book of the Profile Press and the Helicon Press, published in 1931. Both Softcovers in their original wraps, and both one of only 25 copies printed. Very Good copies, with light soil and wear to the wraps. Minor discoloration to the margins of a few pages of "The Specimen"; otherwise the contents are bright and unmarked. Rare. Digital images available upon request.

      [Bookseller: Caliban Books ABAA-ILAB]
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        THE SILVER EAGLE

      New York: Lincoln MacVeagh, The Dial Press, [1931]. First edition. A fine copy, top edge dusty in a very good price clipped dust jacket, shelf wear to spine ends with some mild loss, light edge rubbing, small chip at front flap fold. (12717). Octavo, pp. [1-8] [1-2] 3-310 [311-12: blank], jacket art by John Gram, original cross hatched black cloth, front stamped in blind, spine stamped in silver. Burnett writes more about the Chicago of Little Caesar, this novel deals with racketeers and one who wants to achieve a higher social standing. An uncommon book in a dust jacket which features striking cover art.

      [Bookseller: John W. Knott, Jr., Bookseller, ABAA/ILA]
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        The Foundations of Mathematics, and other Logical Essays.

      London: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner and Co., 1931.. FIRST EDITION, Sir Alan Lloyd Hodgkin's copy. Octavo, pp.[2] xviii, 292 [20]. With black ink ownership inscription of Nobel Prize-winner A. L. Hodgkin, Trinity College, Cambridge, to front free endpaper. In publisher's green cloth with gilt titles to spine, with gilt armorial stamp of Trinity College to upper board. Very good indeed. A collection of published and unpublished mathematical papers, published shortly after the young economist/mathematician/philosopher's tragic early death. Purchased by Hodgkin (1914-1998) while studying at Cambridge, he seems to have encountered this book at a formative stage in his education, which soon led him towards advanced research in physiology. Having been interupted by the Second World War, he was eventually honoured with the 1963 Nobel Prize for Medicine, awarded jointly to Andrew Huxley and John Eccles as well as Hodgkin, for their ground-breaking work on synapses.

      [Bookseller: Adrian Harrington Rare Books]
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        International Sport Polo

      1931 - Deluxe ltd ed #2 (Amb Raymond Guest's personal copy) of 250 copies!replete w/ moire silk doublures

      [Bookseller: The Cary Collection]
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        Memoirs of an Infantry Officer. With Illustrations by Barnett Freedman

      London: Faber & Faber 1931 - Limited edition, no. 252 of 320 copies signed by both Sassoon and Freedman. 8vo. 310, (2) pp. Publisher's pictorial parchment boards, top edge gilt, dust jacket and slipcase using similar colours but on illustrated with different designs. 15 colour plates plus black and white illustrations in the text. Minor cracking to the edges of the slipcase with some unobtrusive old tape repairs at the upper edge, both the book and the jacket in excellent condition. Keynes, A33e.

      [Bookseller: Bow Windows Bookshop (ABA, ILAB)]
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        Recueil de jardinage. [Ier]- IVme volume. [vols. 2-4 with title: Recueil de jardins Anglois et Chinois]. Paris, the author, Denos, Mondare, Basan (vols. 3-4: the author only), 1783-1788. With 4 engraved title-pages, 2 engraved ll. with explanatory text, and 110 engraved illustrations on 109 plates. At least the present copy also includes a 3-page engraved price list for both the Recueil de jardins and the Recueil des décorations. With:(2) PANSERON, Pierre. Recueil des décorations propre a embellir les jardins Anglois et Chinois.Paris, the author, 1785. With engraved title-page and 56 engraved plates in ten series.(3) PANSERON, Pierre. Catalogue des ouvrages d'architecture du Sieur Panseron.Paris, the author, [ca. 1783]. 2 works plus publish

      - De Ganay 111 (description based on a 1931 sale catalogue) & 113; KVK & WorldCat (4 copies with 4 vols. but reporting only 28 plates; 1 copy with vols. 1-3; a few single vols.); not in Springer; Fowler; Berlin Kat. Fine set of the rarest of great French gardening books by Pierre Panseron (ca. 1736-1787), a well-known Paris architect and Royal engraver. The Recueil de jardinage is divided into many smaller parts, which were also sold separately. Panseron had studied with the great French architect Jacques François Blondel and had been building inspector for the Prince de Conti and professor of drawing at the Royal Military Academy before he settled at Paris as a private tutor of architecture and drawing. He published a number of architectural and gardening atlases, whose full catalogues are added to volume four, both in letterpress and on engraved leaves. All plates were designed and engraved by Panseron. The plates of the present works are printed on strong paper with slightly bluish cast, some of it by Arthaud in Auvergne. They present a rich and wonderful survey of garden landscaping, art and architecture in France in the second half of the 18th century, when English and Chinese gardens were in vogue. The bindings show surface damage and some professional restorations, but most of the plates are in fine condition. An important garden publication of the utmost rarity.

      [Bookseller: ASHER Rare Books]
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        letter to his literary agent and friend Ben Wasson.

      - These 13. New York, Jonathan Cape & Harrison Smith, 1931. Cloth (hardcover; slightly stained and back slightly discoloured). 358 pag. First edition. One of the 299 special edition copies that were numbered and signed by the author (this is copy number 16).Tipped in: a handwritten letter to his literary agent and friend Ben Wasson. Ink on paper. Single leaf, folded five times. 27,5 x 21 cm. Recto only. 15 lines to 'Dear Ben', signed 'Bill'. Not dated [but problably written in November 1930]. * Interesing letter to Faulkners literary agent and friend Ben Wasson, concerning his life at the Shegog House, that Faulkner purchased on April 12, 1930. He tells Wasson that he spend the whole summer repairing the the deteriorated property from 1844 and talks about his country lifestyle: 'I have 13 chickens,a cow (.) and 5 gallons of whiskey.' Faulkner also referres to Curtis Brown, a London-based literary agent who sold his story Red Leaves to the English magazine Saturday Evening Post (Red Leaves was published by the Post on october 25, 1930). Faulkner promises Wasson to send him some 'stuff' as soon as he gets to it. Very positive letter from the Shegog house! This letter is NOT in Selected letters of William Faulkner (edited by Joseph Blotner). [ English/American literature ] [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Soft Cover]

      [Bookseller: Frans Melk Antiquariaat]
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        Graphik der Gegenwart, Band 1: Erich Heckel. Mit 4 (3 farbigen) Original-Holzschnitten, 1 Original-Holzschnittvignette und zahlreichen Abbildungen.

      Berlin, Euphorion, . 1931 - Gr.-8° ( 24 x 16 cm). 30 (3 weiße) Blatt. Illustrierter Original-Pappband (minimal gebräunt). Tadelloses Exemplar. Die erste Monographie über die Graphik des Künstlers. – Dube 348-352. – Mit den Original-Holzschnitten auf den Einbanddeckeln in Blau und Schwarz, den beiden Vorsätzen in Rot und Blau "Zirkus" und "Matrosen" sowie dem Frontispiz "Stadion" und dem figürlichen Monogramm EH. Vitri6 [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat und Buchhandlung Carl Wegner]
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        Memoirs of an Infantry Officer. With Illustrations by Barnett Freedman

      London: Faber & Faber, 1931. Limited edition, no. 252 of 320 copies signed by both Sassoon and Freedman. 8vo. 310, (2) pp. Publisher's pictorial parchment boards, top edge gilt, dust jacket and slipcase using similar colours but on illustrated with different designs. 15 colour plates plus black and white illustrations in the text. Minor cracking to the edges of the slipcase with some unobtrusive old tape repairs at the upper edge, both the book and the jacket in excellent condition. Keynes, A33e.

      [Bookseller: Bow Windows Bookshop]
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