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        A Blunt Instrument

      London: Hodder and Stoughton, Limited,, 1938. Octavo. Original blue cloth, titles to spine gilt, rules to boards in black. With the pictorial dust jacket. Ownership inscription to front free endpaper, endpapers partially browned but an exceptional copy in the lightly creased and tanned dust jacket with a very small chip at the bottom of the spine panel. First edition, first impression. Uncommon in dust jacket.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        Maquette pour un billet de la Loterie Nationale".

      1938 - Dessin à la mine de plomb rehaussé de gouache, 1938, 9.9 x 19.8 cm. Luxe, calme et volupté. Une pluie d'or tombe du baldaquin doré aux colonnes torses où repose, à demi dévêtue, une jeune fille aux cheveux blonds. "Ce dessinateur hors-pair, dont la vocation est née avec les ballets russes de DIAGHILEV présentés à Paris en 1909. Son style, serein, d'une matière fournie, perfectionniste est particulièrement caractéristique." (Georges Lepape, par Jacques Crépineau, 1978). Oeuvre originale

      [Bookseller: Librairie Chretien]
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        Arms and the Covenant. Speeches by the Right Hon. Winston S Churchill. Compiled by Randolph S Churchill. IN UNCLIPPED FIRST STATE DUST-WRAPPER

      Harrap, 19388vo., First Edition, with a fine portrait frontispiece, light offsetting to half-title, very light spotting to free endpapers and title; original blue cloth, gilt back, blue top, a very good, bright, crisp copy in unclipped dust-wrapper, the latter lightly spotted and with one small closed tear at head of lower joint. The sole British printing, in the first state pale blue dustwrapper. VERY SCARCE IN THIS CONDITION. Cohen A107.1; Langworth p.191; Woods/ICS A44 (a).

      [Bookseller: Island Books [formerly of Devon]]
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        26 offprints from Nobel winner Barbara McClintock

      Various, 1938-1965. PAPERBACK. A group of offprints from the library of Geneticist Norman H. Giles mostly with his stamp from the Nobel Prize winner for Physiology or Medicine 1983. The first woman to win that price unshared. This group contains the following offprints: Cytogenetic Studies of Maize and Neurospora (1945); Neurospora. I. Preliminary Observations of the Chromosomes of Neurospora Crassa (1945); Chromosome Organization and Genic Expression (1951) (Stamp of Hampton L. Carson (Geneticist); Spontaneous Alterations in Chromosome Size and Form in Zea Mays, (1941), The Control of Gene Action in Maize, (1965), The Fusion of Broken Ends of Sister Half-Chromatids Following Chromatid Breakage at Metiotic Anaphases, (!938), The Association of Mutants with Homozygous Deficiencis in Zea Mays, (1941), The Production of Homozygous Deficient Tissues with Mutant Characteristics by Means of The Aberrant Mitotic Behavior of Ring-Shaped Chromosomes, (1938), The Stability of Broken Ends of Chromosomes in Zea Mays, (1941), Aspects of Gene Regulation in Maize, (1964), Maize Genetics, (1946), Components of Action of the Regulators Spm and Ac, (1965), Maize Genetics, (1942), Topographical Relations between Elements of Control Systems in Maize, (1962), Mutable Loci in Maize, (1948), Maize Genetics, (1944), Cytogenetic Studies of Maize and Neurospora, (1947), Mutable Loci in Maize, (1949), The Relation of Homozygous Deficiencies to Mutations and Allelic Series in Maize, (1944), Mutable Loci in Maize, (1952), Cytogenetic Studies of Maize and Neurospora, (1945), Mutable Loci in Maize, (1950), The Origin and Behavior of Mutable Loci in Maize, (1950), The Behavior in Successive Nuclear Divisions of Chromosome Broken at Meiosis, (1939), The Fusion of Broken Ends of Chromosomes Following Nuclear Fusion, (1942). Most have McClintock's name on cover. Some are from the library of "Schrader" ?. Most are in very good condition, one does have a small chip out of front cover that does not affect text. Science. Genetics. Rare books make Fine Gifts. Shipped in new box. Free tracking USA. Quality, Value, Experience. . Very Good.

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        Champion of the Main

      Published by Oxford University Press, Amen House, London First Edition, Second Impression 1938. London 1938. Hard back binding in publisher's original pale blue cloth covers, navy lettering and two feather arrows pointing vertically up the spine, repeat Viking ship and modern liner motif to the left side of the front cover, top edge dyed blue but fading, end paper maps. 8vo. 1.9'' thick 5.25'' x 7.5'' with one asterisk to the half title page. 286 printed pages of text. Colour frontispiece and six black and white illustrations by H. Gooderham. Eight listed stories by W. E. Johns to the book start with Biggles Flies East and ends with Biggles Air Commodore. Small ink name to the front free end paper, name and address to the verso of the front free end paper, a little spotting to the closed paged edges. Very Good condition book in Very Good condition price clipped dust wrapper with small nicks to the corners of the spine ends and one short closed tear to the top front gutter, spine colour very slightly sun faded, a very handsome copy. Other Oxford listed books to the rear of the dust wrapper starting with William Hatfield and ending with Jack Lindsay.

      [Bookseller: Little Stour Books PBFA]
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        Two Third Reich KdF (Kraft durch Freude) Volkswagen items

      NP ca 1938 - 1) Der Kdf-Wagen von A bis Z: Ein Handbuch vom Kdf-Wagen. Volkswagenwerk G.m.b.H. Berlin. Breidenstein Verlagsgesellschaft, Frankfurt a. M. ND (ca. 1938). Octavo. Unpaginated (124pp). Quarter-cloth over blind-stamped tan wraps in original illustrated dust jacket. Scarce early A to Z Volkswagen handbook. Profusely illustrated with reproductions of photographs in duo tone as well as drawings. Photographs by Georg von Stavenhagen and Archiv Volkswagenwerk, dj illustration and drawings by Thomas Abeking. Text in German by K. H. von Graeve. "Dieses Handbuch wird Sie in einfacher Weise mit Ihrem KdF-Wagen vertraut machen und soll Sie als treuer Ratgeber auf allen Fahrten begleiten. Was gesagt wird, muß jeder Fahrer von seinem Wagen wissen. In der Mitte des Buches sehen Sie den KdF-Wagen mit seinen wesentlichen Einzelteilen." Very minor chipping on head and tail of spine, slight abrasion on fore-edge of front wrapper. Minor chipping and creasing on dj. Discoloration on first and last leaf. Small stamp of previous owner on title-page. Tight copy with dj and wraps in very good, interior in near fine condition. Scarce.2) Der KdF-Wagen (Kleiner Prospekt). Wien. (ca 1938). Original wraps with a color reproduction of a drawing by Demar. 8pp. (incl. wrappers) Kraft durch Freude-Wagen advertisement pamphlet. Illustrated with reproductions of color drawings and b/w sketches of the car. Text in German, gothic script, explaining available body styles of the Beetle as well as its origins, design, accessories and specifications. Scarce pre-WWII sales brochure of the original Käfer. Two sentences by previous owner handwritten on front cover. Vertical center-crease due to previous fold, otherwise in very good condition.Kraft durch Freude (Strength through joy) was a large state-controlled leisure organization in the Third Reich which was a part of the German Labor Front (Deutsche Arbeitsfront - DAF). Set up by Dr. Robert Ley, the organization was a tool to promote the advantages of National Socialism to the broad masses. The name given to the car in 1938 was KdF-Wagen (short for Kraft durch Freude). Unique collection of early Volkswagen publications. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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      Kampala, published by the Uganda Society, 1938.. FIRST EDITION 1938. Small 4to, 230 x 180 mm, 9 x 7¼ inches, 23 colour plates with tissue guards, 18 full page plates of line drawings, 2 diagrams and 2 folding maps, pages, xxi, 1-362 including index, publishers beige cloth (hession) spine blue/grey boards, printed paper label to spine and upper cover, spare label for spine in rear of book. Boards unevenly faded, corners bumped and slighty worn, label on spine darkened, inner paper hinges split, age browning to endpapers, small neat ink name on first pastedown, light creasing to top corners of many pages due to bad page turning, occasional light fox spot otherwise a very good copy. MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING.

      [Bookseller: Roger Middleton]
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        High Street. Written by J. M. Richards. Illustrated by...

      London: Country Life (Printed... at the Curwen Press 1938). . First edition, 8vo, 100, (2) pp. 24 full page coloured lithographs plus a woodcut to the title, spotting to endpapers only. Original pictorial boards, top of spine with slight loss, some light rubbing otherwise a good sound copy. One of the scarcest and most renowned of all the books Eric Ravilious illustrated, containing beautifully observed illustrations of the kind of English shops which have long died out.

      [Bookseller: Bow Windows Bookshop]
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        BLUE AND WHITE: HIGH SCHOOL YEARBOOK from Los Angeles High School 1939

      Los Angeles, 1938 and 1939. First Edition. Hardcover. Light wear, writing by class members throughout. Very Good. Three hardcover volumes covering the Winter of 1938 and the Summer and Winter of 1939, Bukowski's senior year. Includes a total of 5 images and mentions of Bukowski. His contribution to his senior class picture (all students needed to begin each line with "U S A": "U sually likes to fish/S erves as a member of Officers' Club/A nticipates going to L.A.C.C." Also pictures of Corporal and later Sargeant Bukowski in uniform.

      [Bookseller: Charles Agvent]
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        Arms and the Covenant

      George G. Harrap & Co. Ltd., London,, 1938. Compiled by Randolph S. Churchill. Octavo. Original blue cloth, title gilt to spine within triple fillet gilt, double fillet panel in blind to the upper board. Frontispiece portrait. Spine sunned, the boards marginally a touch spotted, light foxing to the endpapers, half-title browned as usual, a very good copy. First Edition, only printing. This copy inscribed to Admiral Sir Dudley Pound on the front free endpaper; "To 1SL [First Sea Lord] from WSC, 28.3.40." Churchill began to write "Admiral" and then scratched out the first two letters, deciding to use instead Pound's abbreviated title, and signing just with initials. Pound responded to this present with a note of the same date, "Thank you very much for Arms and the Covenant and the kind thought which prompted the gift. I shall much enjoy reading it and imbibe much useful knowledge" (Churchill papers, 2/397, published in Gilbert, The Churchill War Papers, I, p924). When Admiral Backhouse died in July 1939 Pound was neither an obvious, nor a popular choice for the position, "the appointment was something of a surprise to the fleet where, owing to his unsmiling manner and lack of panache, he was a little-known and not always popular figure" (Kemp, Oxford Companion to Ships and the Sea). Pound's contribution to the naval conduct of the war has been the subject of controversy, but what seems to be universally agreed upon is that his greatest contribution to the war effort as a whole was in his handling of Churchill, "Pound had to answer to the most self-confident and interventionist political master any first sea lord has ever worked for. Churchill worked hard to maintain control of the broad direction of grand strategy in his own hands, and constantly involved himself in fleet operations ... The struggle to help harness the positive energy of this human dynamo yet prevent him from making impulsive decisions that might lead to disaster, or meddling in operations to the point where the fleet had no idea to whom it answered nor confidence in its direction, may have been Pound's greatest contribution to victory" (ODNB). So effective was Pound at blocking Churchill's headlong rushes that the Prime Minister referred to him and his staff as the "masters of negation." Pound died on Trafalgar Day, 1943, "Churchill walked in his funeral procession to Westminster Abbey, and was observed to be in tears as his 'dear old friend and true comrade' was sent back to the sea with 'a Peal upon the Bells of the Abbey Church, half-muffled'" (John Litchfield, "Admiral Sir Dudley Pound," The Naval Review, LXIX,3, p190). Arms and the Covenant is an important collection of Churchill's speeches, 1928-38, warning of the dangers of a re-armed Germany. A contemporary review in the journal of the Royal Institute for International Affairs remarked that "apart from their literary graces" Churchill's speeches were remarkable because of "the restraint of their language" in view of the "blunders and inaccuracies" of the Government and for his technical mastery, "There seems to be nothing from Naval Strategy to the jigs and tools in an aircraft factory... on which Mr. Churchill is not an expert." A superb wartime inscription, a wonderful association.

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        Sonnets from the Portuguese

      New York: Heritage Press, 1938. hardcover. fine. Valenti Angelo. Decorations by Valenti Angelo. Slim folio, handsomely rebound in 1/2 burgundy morocco, marbled boards, t.e.g. New York: Heritage Press, (1938). Fine.

      [Bookseller: Argosy Book Store]
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        The Code of the Woosters

      hardcover. near fine. Title vignette, 298pp., 8vo, rebound in full yellow morocco, gilt-stamped raised bands, t.e.g. N.Y.: Doubleday, (1938). First Edition. A near fine copy.

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        The Code Of The Woosters

      Herbert Jenkins 1938.. First Edition. SIGNED VG copy, in first issue green binding, slight darkening and dustines to spine and edges, offsetting to endpapers, light foxing to outer pages. Signed and inscribed by the author "With best wishes" 7119

      [Bookseller: Holybourne Rare Books]
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        Portrait photograph of Margaret Bourke-White

      New York march 24 1938 [New York, march 24, 1938]. (BOURKE-WHITE, MARGARET) Reproduced in Mauriber's PORTRAITS (1978). Approximately 24.5 x 19.2 cm. (9-5/8 x 7-5/8 inches). Bust portrait. Gelatin silver print. Matted. Provenance: The estate of Saul Mauriber, Van Vechten's assistant and executor of Van Vechten's photography estate and the compiler of PORTRAITS: THE PHOTOGRAPHY OF CARL VAN VECHTEN (1978)

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      London. Dean & Son Ltd, (1938).. Front cover die-cut from thick card round lovely colour illustration of 2 little children with their toys (Golly, puppy, Dutch doll) fishing from a tub, base curved along line of rocker, maximum size 230 x 215 mm, 9½ x 8 inches, lower cover plain, little book stapled inside lower half of covers. 13 pages of delightful red, black and white illustrations to sweet little poems. Staples rusted, covers crisp and undamaged. Near Fine copy of scarce Attwell item. See Henty page 82 where our book is illustrated. MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING.

      [Bookseller: Roger Middleton]
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      Fine. A 5" x 7" black-and-white formal portrait by Harold Stein of the Nobel Prize-winning author seated and looking directly at the camera. Tipped to an 8" x 10" mat and SIGNED by the author on the mat below the photograph and dated 18 May 1938.

      [Bookseller: Charles Agvent]
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      New York, 8 Dec. 1938. Letter. Normal creases from folding, about Fine. Superb and touching one-page letter in Kent's minuscule hand to his 25-year-old daughter Clara expressing his disappointment that she will not be spending Christmas with him. In full: "It was about 12 years ago when, out of consideration for your mother, I gave up claiming my family for Christmas Day and set New Years Day as our day for Christmas celebration. That this gave you children two Christmases we hoped was doubly nice for you; and that it gave us Christmas--though a week later--with my children was a happiness that we planned for and looked forward to. Only the absence far from home of Frances [his second wife whom he would divorce in 1939] or me or both of us has made a New Years' pass uncelebrated as the family Christmas. All this you know. And that, knowing it, you pass up your father's Christmas for a New Year at a friend's is something that I will not forget nor easily forgive. That Frances is deeply hurt at your 'previous engagement' when after two years of enforced absence she is at last home again and eager to make a Christmas for us all, is something I have read in her face as she read your letter. That is all I know about it. I will now wish you both a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year." SIGNED "Affectionately Father." The mixture of sadness and restrained anger is quite evident in this scarce and very personal autograph letter by one of the most famous American artists of the twentieth century. The bulk of Kent's papers were donated to the Smithsonian.

      [Bookseller: Charles Agvent]
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      New York: H. C. Kinsey & Company, 1938. First Edition. Hardcover. Joints and gutters of book darkened but a superior copy in both condition and association. Near Fine in a close to Fine dustwrapper. A small, slim clothbound volume of 47 pages. Roosevelt's own copy with a bookplate from the publisher on the front endpaper stating, "This is your editorial copy" with a publication date of 3 January 1938. Above the bookplate the First Lady has INSCRIBED and SIGNED the book to her daughter and son-in-law: "For Anna & John/My good critics & best/readers! With love/Eleanor Roosevelt." We have handled many signed books by Eleanor Roosevelt, but this is only the third signed example of this title we have come across and one of the very very few of any of her titles inscribed to a family member.

      [Bookseller: Charles Agvent]
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      Macaulay, New York 1938 - First Printing. Octavo; variant bound in smooth light blue cloth, with titles stamped in orange on spine; 249pp. Some mottling to cloth at spine and along joints, else very Near Fine. Dustjacket is unclipped, lightly rubbed, with a few shallow chips at the crown, a patch of soil and two long tears to rear panel, with corresponding clear tape mends on verso; still a bright, presentable Very Good+ example. An attractive copy of the author's first book. [Attributes: First Edition]

      [Bookseller: Captain Ahab's Rare Books]
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        Seen in the Hadhramaut

      London: John Murray,, 1938. Quarto. Original blue cloth, titles to spine and front board in black. With the photographic dust jacket. Map frontispiece on blue paper, and 130 monochrome plates after photographs by the author. Spine a little rolled, bottom edge of boards faded and mottled, spotting to edges and to early and late leaves, leaves generally tanned. A good sound copy in the rubbed and priceclipped jacket, with some creases and small closed tears, and spotting to verso. First edition, first impression. One of Stark's finest productions.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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      - A copious selection of passages for the study of social anthropology from the Manuscript notebooks of Sir James George Frazer, arranged and edited from the Mss. by Robert Angus Downie. In four volumes, each demy 4to, Volume I dark green, others pale blue cloth, spines lettered in gilt; comprising: THE NATIVE RACES OF AFRICA AND MADAGASCAR. Pp. xiv+578, frontispiece portrait, 1 facsimile page, 7 full page maps, index; edges of boards a trifle worn; price-clipped dust wrapper, edges lightly creased; hinges starting; THE NATIVE RACES OF AUSTRALASIA, including Australia, New Zealand, Oceania, New Guinea & Indonesia. Pp. vii+392, 4 full page maps, index; price-clipped dust wrapper, lightly marked and worn; outer leaves and edges lightly foxed; THE NATIVE RACES OF ASIA AND EUROPE. Pp. viii+400, full page map, index; boards a trifle flecked, corners slightly worn; outer leaves and edges lightly foxed; THE NATIVE RACES OF AMERICA. Pp. xii+352, 1 full page map, index; boards a trifle marked, edges lightly bumped; outer leaves and edges lightly foxed and soiled; Lund Humphries, 1938 [Vol. I], 1939. Together four volumes, complete. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Kay Craddock - Antiquarian Bookseller]
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        The Biggles Omnibus

      London: Oxford University Press, Humphrey Milford,, 1938. Containing: Biggles Flies East; Biggles Hits the Trail; Biggles & Co. Octavo. Original pink cloth, titles and pictorial decoration to spine and upper board in brown, top edge dyed pink. With the dust jacket. Contemporary ownership inscription to front pastedown. Cloth a little rubbed and dulled at extremities, spotting to edges of text block and endpapers. An excellent copy in the rubbed, toned, and spotted jacket with chips from the corners and the ends of the spine panel. First edition, first impression of the first Biggles omnibus. Scarce in the dust jacket. This volume includes three Biggles stories: Biggles Flies East introduces his nemesis Erich von Stalhein; in Biggles Hits the Trail Biggles and his companions fly to Tibet to solve a mystery regarding the "Mountain of Light"; and in Biggles & Co Biggles sets up a freight company with a shady character named Cronfelt.

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        Greater Magic: A Practical Treatise on Modern Magic

      Carl Waring Jones, Privately Printed for Professional & Amateur Magicians Carl Waring Jones, Privately Printed for Professional & Amateur Magicians& , 1938. First Edition, 1st Printing. Hardback.. Very good condition./Edgeworn dust jacket with crease on spine, slight foxing to spine and verso. . Page edges moderately dust speckled. Endpapers slightly foxed. Previous owner's stamp on front pastedown.

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        Greylags over Chapel Island

      London: Published by Arthur Ackermann & Son Ltd., 157 New Bond Street, July 1938. Coloured offset-lithograph. Signed in pencil by the artist (lower right just beneath the image). Fine Art Trade Guild blindstamp in lower left corner of sheet. In pristine condition. Image size: 13 7/8 x 21 inches. Light wood frame with grey wash-line mount. Frame size: 23 x 29 7/8 x 7/8 inches. A lovely early signed print from the one of the greatest bird artists of the 20th-century. This is one of the earlier Scott prints published by Ackermann, a dramatic scene of a flock of greylags flying over a gentle sea, with Chapel Island in the background. Sir Peter Scott was best known in later life for his work as a founding member and chairman of the World Wildlife Fund, but in "the period before and after the war, Peter Scott became undoubtedly the most popular artist in the United Kingdom" (J. Ford Ackermann 1783-1983 1983, p.202). The son of the Antarctic explorer Captain Robert Falcon Scott, Sir Peter initially turned to wildlife art as an extension of his early love of wildfowling. He traveled the world, hunting and painting rare birds. He held his first one-man exhibition at Ackermann's in 1933, and from the late 1930s onwards became increasingly concerned with conserving wildfowl rather than hunting them. From 1946, in tandem with a series of highly successful shows at Ackermann's, Sir Peter founded and ran the Wildfowl Trust which has gone on to become a major force in the conservation of endangered duck and geese. From 1935 up until about 1983 Ackermann's published a limited number of colour prints of Sir Peter's work. Many of the original oils are in major private and public collections, and these prints, signed by the artist himself, offer a rare chance to own an image by one of the greatest bird artists of the 20th century.

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        The Fifth Column and The First Forty-Nine Stories

      New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1938 - FIRST EDITION of Hemingway's most comprehesive collection of short stories, published with The Fifth Column, Hemingway's only full-length play. NEW YORK: CHARLES SCRIBNER'S AND SONS, 1938. Octavo, original cloth, original dust jacket; custom box. Book near fine, dust jacket bright and clean with only trivial wear. An oustanding copy. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Systems of Logic Based on Ordinals.London: C.F. Hodgson & Son, 1939.

      First edition, the incredibly rare offprint issue, and the copy of Robin Gandy, of Turing's PhD thesis, "one of the key documents in the history of mathematics and computer science" (Appel), and perhaps Turing's most formidable paper. "<i>Systems of logic based on ordinals</i> is a profound work of first rank importance. Among its achievements are the exploration of a means of circumventing Gödel's incompleteness theorems; the introduction of the concept of an 'oracle machine,' thereby opening the field of relative computability; and, in the wake of the demolition of the Hilbert programme (by Gödel, Turing and Church), an analysis of the place of intuition in mathematics and logic" (Copeland, p. 126).<br/><br/> "Turing's 1938 Princeton PhD thesis, <i>Systems of logic based on ordinals,</i> which includes his notion of an oracle machine, has had a lasting influence on computer science and mathematics... A work of philosophy as well as mathematics, Turing's thesis envisions a practical goal - a logical system to formalize mathematical proofs so that they can be checked mechanically. If every step of a theorem could be verified mechanically, the burden on intuition would be limited to the axioms... Turing's vision of 'constructive systems of logic for practical use' has become reality: in the twenty-first century, automated 'formal methods' are now routine" (Appel). <br/><br/> Turing studied at King's College, Cambridge, becoming a Fellow in 1935. In that year he attended the logic lectures of the topologist M. H. A. Newman, from which he learned of the <i>Entscheidungsproblem</i>: Could there exist, at least in principle, a definite method or process by which it could be decided whether any given mathematical assertion was provable? His negative answer to this question was published in 1936 as <i>On computable numbers, with an application to the Entscheidungsproblem</i>,' shortly after Alonzo Church at Princeton had published his own solution. Turing's paper, containing the description of his 'universal machine,' is now recognized as the founding theoretical work of modern computer science. "It was only natural that the mathematician M. H. A. Newman should suggest that Turing come to Princeton to work with Church. Some of the greatest logicians in the world, thinking about the issues that in later decades became the foundation of computer science, were in Princeton's (old) Fine Hall in the 1930s: Gödel, Church, Stephen Kleene, Barkley Rosser, John von Neumann, and others. In fact, it is hard to imagine a more appropriate place for Turing to have pursued graduate study. After publishing his great result on computability, Turing spent two years (1936-38) at Princeton, writing his PhD thesis on 'ordinal logics' with Church as his adviser... <br/><br/> "[In his PhD thesis], Turing turns his attention from computation to logic. Gödel and Church would not have called themselves computer scientists: they were mathematical logicians; and even Turing, when he got his big 1936 result 'On computable numbers,' was answering a question in <i>logic</i> posed by Hilbert in 1928. Turing's thesis, <i>Systems of Logic Based on Ordinals</i>, takes Gödel's stunning incompleteness theorems as its point of departure. Gödel had shown that if a formal axiomatic system (of at least minimal expressive power) is consistent, then it cannot be complete. And not only is the system incomplete, but the formal statement of the consistency of the system is true and unprovable if the system is consistent. Thus if we already have informal or intuitive reasons for accepting the axioms of the system as true, then we ought to accept the statement of its consistency as a new axiom. And then we can apply the same considerations to the new system; that is, we can iterate the process of adding consistency statements as new axioms. In his thesis, Turing investigated that process systematically by iterating it into the constructive transfinite, taking unions of logical systems at limit ordinal notations. His main result was that one can thereby overcome incompleteness for an important class of arithmetical statements (though not for all)... <br/><br/> "Just as one of the strengths of Turing's great 1936 paper was its philosophical component-in which he explains the motivation for the Turing machine as a model of computation-here in the PhD thesis he is also motivated by philosophical concerns, as in section 9: 'We might hope to obtain some intellectually satisfying system of logical inference (for the proof of number theoretic theorems) with some ordinal logic. Gödel's theorem shows that such a system cannot be wholly mechanical, but with a complete ordinal logic we should be able to confine the non-mechanical steps entirely to verifications that particular formulae are ordinal formulae.' <br/><br/> "Turing greatly expands on these philosophical motivations in section 11 of the thesis. His program, then, is this: We wish to reason in some logic, so that our proofs can be mechanically checked (for example, by a Turing machine). Thus we don't need to trust our students and journal-referees to check our proofs. But no (sufficiently expressive) logic can be complete, as Gödel showed. If we are using a given logic, sometimes we may want to reason about statements unprovable in that logic. Turing's proposal is to use an ordinal logic sufficiently high in the hierarchy; checking proofs in that logic will be completely mechanical, but the one 'intuitive' step remains of verifying ordinal formulas... <br/><br/> "But the PhD thesis contains, almost as an aside, an enormously influential mathematical insight. Turing invented the notion of oracles, in which one kind of computer consults from time to time, in an explicitly axiomatized way, a more powerful kind. Oracle computations are now an important part of the tool kit of both mathematicians and computer scientists working in computability theory and computational complexity theory. This method may actually be the most significant result in Turing's PhD thesis" (Appel, Chapter 1: <i>The Birth of Computer Science at Princeton in the 1930s</i>). <br/><br/> The preparation of the thesis was somewhat protracted, partly because of the clash of styles between Church and Turing. Turing found Church's lectures "ponderous and excessively precise; by contrast, Turing's native style was rough-and-ready and prone to minor errors" (Feferman, p. 4). "[Turing] ended up with a draft containing the main results by Christmas of 1937. But then he wrote Philip Hall [who had been his undergraduate tutor at Cambridge] in March 1938 that the work on his thesis was 'proving rather intractable, and I am always rewriting parts of it.' Later he wrote that 'Church made a number of suggestions which resulted in the thesis being expanded to an appalling length'." (ibid., p. 5). Church's influence may have also been partly responsible for the rather muted reception of the thesis. "One reason that the reception of Turing's [PhD thesis] may have been so limited is that (no doubt at Church's behest) it was formulated in terms of the <i>&lambda;</i>-calculus, which makes expressions for the ordinals and formal systems very hard to understand" (Appel, <i>loc.cit.</i>, p. 4). Following an oral examination in May, on which his performance was noted as 'Excellent,' Turing was granted his PhD in June 1938. <br/><br/> <i>Provenance</i>: From the library of Robin Oliver Gandy (1919-95). "[Gandy's] interest in [mathematical logic] commenced through his wartime acquaintance with Alan Turing as far back as 1944. His twin interests in the foundations of science and mathematics were fostered by Turing. These interests moulded a career which always seemed larger than his publication list, although that grew in diversity with the years to include some seminal papers. Initially, he read widely and published little, but around 1960 he started to produce the major results which made him an international figure in the theory of abstract recursion and in effective, descriptive set theory. There were also major conceptual innovations such as the theory of inductive definitions, and a plethora of ingenious intricate proofs in different corners of the subject. He wrote papers on many areas of logic and was much in demand as a reviewer of books on the foundations of mathematics and science. He remained active and productive and was a familiar figure at international conferences until his sad and unexpected death (from an aortic rupture) on November 20th, 1995. <br/><br/> "He was born on September 22nd, 1919, in Peppard, Oxfordshire, where his father, Thomas Gandy, was in general practice. His mother Ida Gandy earned a reputation for a sequence of books based on her early life in Wiltshire. Educated at Abbotsholme, a progressive public school, he went on to join that special elite at King's College, Cambridge, intellectual home of such famous names as E. M. Forster the novelist, J. Maynard Keynes the economist - and Alan Turing. He met Turing at a party in 1940 (Gandy's graduation year) but their early wartime careers were separate. Gandy was commissioned in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers and became an expert on military radio and radar, whilst Turing joined the cryptanalysts at Bletchley Park. They were brought together at Hanslope Park in 1944 to work on a speech decipherment system, christened 'Delilah' at Gandy's suggestion because it was intended to be a 'deceiver of men'. <br/><br/> "Their friendship continued after the war, back at King's College where Turing had resumed his fellowship. Gandy took Part III of the Mathematical Tripos with distinction, then began studying for a PhD under Turing's supervision; his successful thesis on the logical foundation of physics (<i>On axiomatic systems in mathematics and theories in physics</i>) was presented in 1953 and can now be seen as a bridge between his wartime expertise and later career. When Turing died in 1954 he left his mathematical books and papers to Gandy, who, in 1963, took over from Max Newman the task of editing the papers for publication" (Moschovakis & Yates, pp. 367-8). <br/><br/> Offprints of Turing's papers are extremely rare in institutional holdings, and even more so in commerce. We have located only two copies: one in the Alan Turing Archive at King's College Cambridge (AMT/B/15), one at St. Andrew's, and then one in the Max Newman collection at Bletchley Park. <br/><br/> Andrew W. Appel (ed.), <i>Alan Turing's Systems of Logic: The Princeton Thesis</i>, Princeton University Press, 2012; B. J. Copeland, <i>The Essential Turing</i>, Clarendon Press, 2004; Solomon Feferman, 'Turing's Thesis,' <i>Notices of the American Mathematical Society</i>, Vol. 53, 2006, pp. 1-8; Andrew Hodges, <i>Alan Turing: The Enigma</i>, 1983, pp. 142-3; Yiannis Moschovakis & Mike Yates, 'In Memoriam: Robin Oliver Gandy 1919-1995', <i>Bulletin of Symbolic Logic</i>, Vol. 2, 1996, pp. 367-370.. Offprint from: Proceedings of the London Mathematical Society, Second Series, Vol. 45, pp. 161-228. 8vo (258 x 178 mm), original printed wrappers (plain rear wrapper missing, spine worn with loss at head and foot, some light soiling, pencil inscription 'With corrections by ROG' on upper wrapper and some corrections and annotations in pencil by Gandy in text)

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        Ceux de la soif *

      Gallimard, Paris (1938) - Broché, couverture imprimée noir et rouge. Exemplaire enrichi d'une lettre autographe signée de l'auteur sur feuille 21 x 32 à en-tête de la Richardière à Marsilly. La lettre est un message de 6 lignes, rédigé à bord de l'Araldo, goélette louée avec son équipage pour une croisière en Méditerranée en 1934. Simenon remercie son correspondant au sujet d'un reportage qui vient d'être publié dans le quotidien "Le Jour" (avril-mai). Image visible sur site céleste. Édition originale, après 30 exemplaires numérotés. Mention de 23e édition en 4e de couverture.

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        A Collection of Verse

      New York: The Derrydale Press, 1938 - One of 500 copies, signed by the author. 12mo. Photographic frontispiece. 121 pp. Original blue cloth and boards, with small tear in frontispiece. Siegel 31; Frazier p-6-a [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        A HISTORY OF THE SINGAPORE VOLUNTEER CORPS 1854-1937; Being Also an Historical Outline of Volunteering in Malaya

      Government Printing Office, Singapore 1938 - PRESENTATION COPY, two seperate presentation inscriptions on front endpapers both dated 1962, presented by Brigadier G.C.H. Wortham OBE, green cloth, gilt lettering on cover and spine, front cover slightly bowed, light spotting and discolouration on first and last few pages, colour frontispiece, selection of b&w and sepia images within, internally sound and clean. A very good copy. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Liber Anni 1938. Dunbar High School

      Dunbar High School Washington, DC: Dunbar High School. 1938. First. Quarto. Black leather-grained cloth embossed in red. Tear to the cloth along the spine has been professionally repaired, else very good. Yearbook for the important traditionally and predominantly African-American high school in Washington, DC that has numbered among its graduates Jean Toomer, Carter G. Woodson, Kelly Milly, Mary Church Terrell, Sterling Brown, and Benjamin O. Davis. This is the senior class yearbook for Jazz legend Billy Taylor. The book is Signed by much of the faculty, and most of the senior class, including Taylor ("Bill Taylor"), at his senior picture. In a contemporary hand, the recipient has written "piano artist" by his picture. Taylor is also picture in group shots of the orchestra and orchestra club. Taylor was a towering figure in jazz history as well as influential jazz pianist and composer. As the house pianist at Birdland, he played with most of the jazz greats of his era. .

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        The Twenty-Third Psalm

      Haddon Heights, NJ: Washburn, William Lewis , 1938. (10)ff. One of 49 copies. Printed in black with green decorative borders and rules. Gilt titled on front cover. Fine, in a stab-bound parchment binding with ribbon ties. (Welsh 989; MBC II.1.7; Bradbury p.318). (2 1/8 by 1 7/8; 54x47mm).

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        TO YOU MR. CHIPS

      London Hodder & Stoughton 1938 - First edition, first printing. Illustrated throughout with drawings and decorations by Bip Pares printed in black and orange. 8vo, publisher&#146;s original orange cloth, lettered on the spine in gilt, in the original dustjacket printed in black and orange. 244pp. An unusually well preserved copy quite pleasing with just a bit of minor and even toning to the paper of the dustjacket, the cloth binding and gilt are still very bright and unfaded and near as pristine. FIRST EDITION, and a very nice copy of this copy of this follow-up to GOODBY MR. CHIPS. It contains a chapter of autobiography and a collection of Mr. Chip stories. The illustrations are a nice touch, and were not found in the American issues of the "Mr. Chip" books. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Jazz: Hot & Hybrid

      New York: Arrow Editions, , 1938. Octavo. original black cloth, titles to spine and upper board in silver. With the dust jacket. Musical notation to the text. White spots to lower board, toning to endpapers. An excellent copy in the price-clipped and lightly rubbed jacket with some minor nicks and short splits. First edition, first printing. With the ownership signature of director Orson Welles on the front free endpaper. "In 1941 Orson Welles seemed unstoppable. With a series of hit plays and radio shows behind him, a contract to film The Magnificent Ambersons, and with Citizen Kane about to be released, he conceived of a sprawling four-part film to be called It&#39;s All True. A key part of that film would be &#39;The Story of Jazz,&#39; his co-production with Duke Ellington that starred Louis Armstrong. After plans were underway, Welles also worked with Ellington on an expanded version of Duke&#39;s musical Jump For Joy, developed a radio series on the history of jazz, and hosted a weekly program with a band of New Orleans&#39; musicians. But with the coming of World War II and a need for films that stressed the Good Neighbor Policy with Latin America, the jazz film was turned into The Story of Samba, with Carnival in Rio replacing Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Then, years later, the original idea would be revised again without Welles&#39; input or permission into New Orleans, a film that lives in infamy" (Columbia University Center for Jazz Studies website). Author Winthrop Sargeant (1903&#150;1986) was for two decades the music critic of the New Yorker, known for his elegant style and conservative tastes. In this highly influential text he essays a musicological and sociological analysis of the genre, concluding; "it is important to distinguish between jazz in its sophisticated metropolitan form, and jazz as a deep-rooted Afro-American social phenomenon. On one hand we have the chatter and sales-talk of individual jazz artists and their press agents and hysterical admirers; on the other we have a much bigger and profounder thing - a new musical language growing from the cane-brakes and cotton-fields of rural America, affecting every stratum of American society, a language certainly capable of expressing deeper matters than those which occupy the world of sophisticated entertainment." The striking photomontage jacket design is by Harry Dunham, close friend and financial supporter of Paul Bowles, charter member of the Communist International-sponsored Worker&#39;s Film and Photo League, and later war photographer with the USAAF. A superb association copy of this important book.

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      Atlanta, GA, 20 June 1938. Letter. Normal mailing creases. Fine with the original typed envelope. Fine single-spaced two-page letter of @650 words with several manuscript corrections on Mitchell&#39;s stationery to Herschel Brickell, a noted book reviewer from Mississippi who served on the New York Herald Tribune book section and who, at the time of this correspondence, was a reviewer for the New York Evening Post. His review of Mitchell&#39;s book, written before he became a close friend of hers, was one of the more perceptive to appear drawing a parallel between the lives of Scarlett O&#39;Hara and the city of Atlanta, the only major review to do so. Mitchell mentions a visit with a poet, Agnes Kendrick Gray, and encloses a three-page typed poem SIGNED by Gray. Mentions another author, Willie Ethridge, in a similar situation to hers: "The book has gone into a second edition, so Mr. Latham tells me. Despite Willie&#39;s disclaimer in the front of the book and her oft-repeated declaration that she made up every character and incident, Macon, Georgia, responds unanimously, &#39;Oh yeah!&#39; I hope Willie can go back to visit there some day." Mitchell adds a paragraph about the poor health of Marjorie K. Rawlings: "It is a downright shame that she should be ill at this of all times, when &#39;The Yearling&#39; is doing so well...." SIGNED "M" by Mitchell. All of the letters to Brickell that we have seen were signed by Mitchell either as "Margaret" or as "M," an indication of the personal relationship she had with him. Not in Richard Harwell&#39;s MARGARET MITCHELL&#39;S "GONE WITH THE WIND" LETTERS, though many others to Brickell are.

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        Laughter in the Dark

      Indianapolis, Ind.: Bobbs, Merrill, [1938] - Published in England under the title, CAMERA OBSCURA, this is the first book by Vladimir Nabokov to be printed in the United States. There was a variant issue in green cloth First American edition, variant (possibly later) issue in light brown cloth. 8vo. . FINE copy in the publisher's light brown cloth, spine blocked in dark blue, in the original dust jacket (worn, chip at head of spine panel, some soiling and edgewear, split along back panel [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        To Beg I Am Ashamed

      George Routledge & Sons Ltd. Hardcover. Average. Dirty marks to cover. Front hinge lightly cracked. Book has a lean and pages are lightly toned with a few dirty marks - Fake ?autobiography? of prostitute which caused a sensation when it was published, causing its immediate withdrawal. Real author unknown, although suspected to be Graham Greene or Ronald Matthews . Good. 1938.

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        HELEN KELLER&#39;S JOURNAL 1936-1937

      1938. Fine. KELLER, Helen. HELEN KELLER&#39;S JOURNAL 1936-1937. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, Doran & Co., 1938. First edition. Signed in pencil by Keller on first blank leaf. vi + 313 pp. 8vo., dark blue cloth with gilt spine lettering on cream field and gilt initials on cover; in worn original slipcase with a split at the first third of the top right seam. Just about a fine copy. Laid in is a printed solicitation letter from Keller with her original pencil signature. For both.

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      - (380) AUTEUR: Général WEYGAND, de l'Académie Française. TITRE: HISTOIRE de L'ARMEE FRANCAISE. LIEU: EDITEUR, DATE: Paris, Ernest FLAMMARION, 1938. Edition originale tirée sur vélin à la forme des Papeteries de Rives, à 500 exemplaires. Celui-ci, un des 385 exemplaires numérotés de 1 à 385, celui-ci porte le N°162. COLLATION: 395 Pages. (Complet) FORMAT: In-4 (24 x 29 cm) RELIURE: Reliure de très belle facture signée DEVAUCHELLE en demi-cuir (maroquin) à bandes. Dos lisse, doré du titre. Filets noirs et dorés en lisière du cuir des plats. 1ère, 4ème pages de couverture d'origine conservées, ainsi que le dos. ILLUSTRATIONS: Riche iconographie composée de nombreuses reproductions en noir in-texte & de quelques planches hors-texte, en couleurs. ETAT: Volume intérieurement frais. Petits frottements aux coiffes, et par endroits de certaines coupes. Infime frottements isolées sur le dos. BIOGRAPHIE & THEME: Les plus lointaines armées de la France. Les Armées féodales. Déclin des Armées féodales. La Guerre de cent ans. Formation de l'Armée royale. Les Armées du Grand Siècle. L'Armée au XVIIIe Siècle. Les Armées de la Révolution. Les Armées du Consulat et de l'Empire. L'Armée française de 1815 à 1870. De Sedan à la Marne. Armée coloniale. Guerre & Armée d'aujourd'hui. POIDS: 2.790 Kg [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Le canton de Vaud I & II *

      F. Roth, Lausanne 1938. - En feuilles 23 x 15, couvertures imprimées rempliées, étui plein papier L'un des 10 exemplaires de tête lettrés sur Chine avec double suite des portraits. Minimes taches aux dos, insolés, non coupés. Nouvelle édition, précédée d'une lettre inédite de C.F. Ramuz, courant sur 20 pages, au tirage total de 1'000 exemplaires.Y est joint un adressage de la main de Ramuz, de la Muette, à un correspondant neuchâtelois ? Serait-ce le destinataire de cet ouvrage des plus vaudois ? Calibré au format des feuillets, il serait digne d'être monté sur onglet en frontispice avant d'être relié. Rarissime en grand papier.[Bringolf 124]

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        News of Spain [Spanish Civil War]: Assorted Weekly Newsletters from 1938 to 1939

      New York: Spanish Information Bureau, 1938. Each issue in this lot is an ex-library copy with a "WITHDRAWN" stamp and catalog numbers on the front cover in the upper corners. Staples removed in some issues. Fold marks. Mostly in Good to Very Good condition, but a few grade Fair to Good because of tears, creases or page separation. Thirty-four issues ranging from June 1, 1938 to February 23, 1939. Each issue is eight pages (six for one issue) and measures 8.5 by 11.5 inches. Each newsletter is placed in its own archival sleeve and the lot is collected in a three-ring binder. A scarce collection of weekly newsletters reporting on events of the Spanish Civil War. Numerous articles about Loyalists and Rebels, illustrated with photographs, figures, and cartoon drawings. Quoting Joseph B. Code of Catholic University in his 1938 pamphlet, The Spanish War and Lying Propaganda, the publisher of the newsletter, Spanish Information Bureau in New York, is "the propaganda office in New York City of the Spanish Embassy. Its director is the well-known radical, William P. Mangold. The principal function of this organization is to edit, print and distribute "News of Spain," a clip sheet issued fortnightly, printed on a good grade of paper, well-edited and filled with the usual Spanish Leftist propaganda distortions. Originally issued as "background" or "explanatory" material for newspaper editors, it is now sent to thousands of influential Americans.". Soft Cover. Very Good.

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      London: Limited Editions Club, 1938. Hardcover. There is no wrinkling to the covers of the wrappers volume and none of the internal foxing so typical to this volume. However, the top of the spine has a small chip and the bottom has a triangular chip about an inch long at its deepest. Still Near Fine in a Fine slipcase. Andre Derain and Aubrey Beardsley. Two quarto volumes (8" x 11"). The first volume in black wrappers is the French original illustrated by Andre Derain with gouache drawings on black paper reproduced through the pochoir process and SIGNED by the artist on the colophon page. The other volume in gilt-decorated cloth is the English translation by Lord Alfred Douglas with illustrations from the first edition by Aubrey Beardsley including four omitted from the original. This copy is marked "Office Copy" by the publisher and has the LEC Presentation blindstamp on the colophon pages stating, "This is one of 15 Presentation Copies. Out of Series.

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        The Outlaw Trail: A History Of Butch Cassidy And His Wild Bunch

      1938, 1st edition, stated limited to one thousand copies, due to the depression it was decided to only print 500 copies, with a signed presentation by the author, near fine condition, minor wear to edges of binding, with a near fine dust jacket, minor wear to dust jacket edges uniform fade to dust jacket spine, as is usual with this dust jacket, with a priced unclipped dust jacket flap, prior owner tried to ink out the price not successfully, published by the Author, Salt Lake City, 337 pages, with an acknowledgment page, and bibliography, and illustrated with photographs, and great chapter heading drawings by Bill Fleming, the endpapers have a map of the Outlaw Trail, and maps of The Hole In Wall, Brown&#39;s Hole, and Robber&#39;s Roost. The foundation and key book on George LeRoy Parker, alias "Butch Cassidy" one of the most colorful outlaws of the Old West, with much on The Hole In Wall, Brown&#39;s Hole and Robber&#39;s Roost, and the outlaws of the "Wild Bunch", Harvey Logan, Elzy Lay, Matt Warner, Harry Longabaugh "The Sundance Kid", Tom McCarty, etc. and their bank and train robberies. Adams Six Guns #1221, Adams One Fifty, #89, Howes K-58B. Exccedingly scarce and more so with the elusive dust jacket, and signed by the author Charles Kelly! .

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      New York: Alfred A. Knopf. Near Fine in Very Good dust jacket. 1938. First Edition. Hardcover. DJ a bit browned and with several very small chips. Endpapers slightly yellowed; 8vo; 286 pages .

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