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        Shell Guide to Wiltshire, a Series of Views, Castles, Seats on Nobility,Mines, Picturesque Scenery, Towns, Public Buildings, Churches, Antiquities, &c.

      Faber and Faber, London. 1939 - First Faber and first hardbound edition of a book originally published by the Architectural Press in 1935. Royal octavo. 62 pages. Double page colour map at front; eight plates on cream paper. Numerous photographs, including on the endpapers. Spiral bound within cream cloth. Gazetteer largely compiled by Edith Olivier. Nature Notes by Lord Bolingbroke. At the end is an advert for Shell with a design by Edward Bawden.Head and tail of spine a bit tanned. Very good in very good, slightly rubbed and dusty dustwrapper with a fingernail-sized chip at head of spine. Scarce. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Peter Ellis, Bookseller, ABA, ILAB]
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        Good Drinks

      Faber, 1939 A first edition, first printing published by Faber in 1939. A fine book with illustrated boards. A little spotting to the endpapers and to the latter page edges. In a near fine unclipped wrapper, minutely browned on the spine and a few light stains to the rear panel. Wrapper, boards and frontispiece decorated by Edward Bawden. Uncommonly scarce in the dust wrapper

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        THE GARDEN PARTY and other stories with coloured lithographs by Marie Laurencin.

      Number 346 of a limited edition of 1250 copies designed by Hans Mardersteig and printed at the Officina Bodoni. [10] 315, [3] pages. Illustrated with 16 coloured lithographs. Original patterned paper-covered boards with red gilt title label to spine; original printed dust-wrapper; original slipcase. Octavo. Slipcase worn and splitting at head and heel; slight wear to head and heel of dust-wrapper and slight browning to spine of wrapper; else a fine copy without any foxing, complete with the original tipped-in publisher's note.Though printed in 1939, because of the war, the publication was delayed until 1947.

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        Marian Anderson-Lincoln Memorial Concert

      Wm C. Popper & Co, NYC 1939 - 1939 Souvenir Program of Marian Anderson's most famous concert at The Lincoln Memorial on April 9, 1939 **SIGNED** directly on the Title page by BOTH Miss Anderson and her accompanist the famed pianist Franz Rupp! A ONE of a KIND Treasure! In VG condition with minor wear along the edges. There is a gold cover and within B/W pictures including Miss Anderson with Eleanor Roosevelt, with her mom at the Lincoln Statue. Her story and a the lyrics of her songs are also included. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Soft Cover]

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        World Wonders. A Pictorial Map.

      Winchester, MA. Ernest Dudley Chase. 1939. Two color poster, pictorial / pictographic map, image 18 x 24 inches (46 x 61 cm) on sheet 19 x 25 inches, folded as issued. Fine condition. An exquisitely detailed, handsome and informative map showing the world on Mercator's Projection with little pictographs and vignette illustrations showing famous places, people and events, current and past, from around the world. The detailed illustrations in China include the Great Wall, Forbidden City, a tower at Canton. At the lower centre are depicted the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

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        Pre-War Diplomatic Voyage to Japan to return the remains of Japanese Ambassador Hiroshi Saito - Striking Battle Scenes during Civil War in China

      China, Japan, Philippines, Guam, Hawaii, 1939-1942. A noteworthy Second World War photograph album replete with striking images of the battleground action and devastation, also featuring superb images from Shanghai and Hong Kong, and one pre-war special mission to Japan to return the remains of Japanese Ambassador Hiroshi Saito, compiled by a marine who served on the American battle cruiser USS Astoria until she was sunk in the Pacific during the Battle of Savo Island. Contains 151 gelatin silver print photographs, and 4 postcards mounted onto black cardstock leaves separated by tissue guards. Oblong 8vo. Black leather album, two post binding, with an exquisite raised motif of a Chinese junk and two mythical dragons to front, braided leather edges, and a folding snap closure. Album measures approximately 39,5 x 28 cm. Photographs vary in size, the smallest from the Philippines and measuring approximately 5,5 x 5,5 cm, the largest being panoramic views of Hong Kong from 15 x 9 cm and others from China measuring 11,5 9 cm. An especially dramatic visual chronicle of China's ongoing era of war. This album was compiled by an American marine who served on the USS Astoria (CL/CA-34) in the first three years of World War Two, perhaps longer. Further research is required to ascertain whether he was one of the mere 32 survivors, or whether he was onboard when the ship was sunk in battle in 1942. Photographs suggest that the marine was connected to Camp Wesley Harris, a military installation near Bremerton, in Kitsap County, Washington. [USS Astoria was laid down on 1 September 1930 at the nearby Puget Sound Navy Yard.] Prior to American participation in the war, onboard Astoria, the marine made a voyage to Japan, where he participated in a procession for the return of the ashes of a Japanese Ambassador in America. From there he visited Hong Kong and Shanghai in China, with stops in the Philippines. His naval service saw him frequently on voyages between Hawaii and California, with at least two voyages to Guam. [Guam was invaded and oppressed by Japan in December 1941, and recaptured by American forces in July 1944.] USS Astoria (CL/CA-34) was a United States Navy New Orleans-class cruiser that participated in three Pacific Campaigns of the Second World War, the Battle of the Coral Sea which took place from 4-8 May 1942, the Battle of Midway which was a decisive naval battle fought from 4-7 June 1942, but was sunk on 9 August 1942 at the Battle of Savo Island which was the first major naval engagement of the Guadalcanal campaign. The wreckage of the USS Astoria was only recently discovered, in early 2015 during a sonar mapping project of Iron Bottom Sound. A most stirring photograph album, which in following the short-lived wartime career of a notable US Navy cruiser, vividly captures scenes of war from China's Civil War and the Second World War, contrasted with nostalgic views of Chinese custom undisturbed by conflict. The album further commemorates a significant friendly diplomatic and reciprocal gesture made by the Americans to the Japanese just prior to the war. Dramatic war scenes are in abundance in this volume with 59 images captured by professional in and around Shanghai circa 1937 to 1941 during the Chinese Civil War. These show the weaponry and armament of soldiers, cities being devastated by bombs, soldiers strategically positioning themselves, corpses strewn about the rubble including one woman with bound feet and one young girls with similarly restrictive shoes, and one elderly women being rescued from the mayhem. With a clock tower peaking in the foreground left corner of one city view, two bomb strikes are darkening the skies with black smoke. A Chinese soldier, photographed in 1937, carries the massive traditional da-dao broadsword, which was widely used during the first years of the Sino-Japanese War. Around his waist a broad brown leather belt supported by a cross strap carries ammunition pouches for his Mauser pistol, whose distinctive butt can just be seen protruding from its wooden holster/stock in front of his right hip. The large leather pouch slung untidily behind his left shoulder is unidentified. His helmet is either a British Mk I or a US M1917A1. One image shows a group of Chinese officials and foreign delegates or ambassadors, on the steps of a hotel, including Owen Lattimore, Chiang Kai-shek and his wife Soong Mei-ling. [Owen Lattimore was U.S. political advisor to Chiang Kai-shek in 1941. After Pearl Harbor he became director of Pacific Operations for the United States Office of War Information.] In contrast, the marine includes approximately 20 large format photographs from his tour to China in 1939, showing unique customs and historic places such as the Shanghai Bund, and including two panoramic views. On 26 April 1939 USS Astoria departed from Japan after her special mission (described below) for Shanghai, arriving there on the 29th, and two days later cruising to Hong Kong. Evidently her crew was granted the opportunity to tour the cities. The album contains excellent photographs of some most industrious Chinese merchants and labourers, junks navigating the harbor and the Aberdeen floating village crowded with stationary sampans serving as dwellings. An excellent photograph shows the historic Shanghai Race Course with the Park Hotel and the Grand Theatre on Bubbling Well Road looking over the course. The area was once the social hub of old Shanghai, which is now where Renmin Square lies. Two large and inviting panoramic views show Hong Kong perched at the foot of the iconic mountains with junks peacefully floating in Victoria Harbour only 8 months prior to Japanese occupation. Previous to the visit to Hong Kong, and the reason for finding himself in Asia, the marine participated in a special pre-war duty in Japan, which is beautifully presented in this album with exceedingly rare photographs. At the beginning of 1939, USS Astoria was in the West Indies participating in Fleet Problem XX. Under the command of Rear Admiral Richmond Kelly Turner (1885-1961), after the exercise, she was commissioned for a very special diplomatic duty - to deliver the cremated remains of the former Japanese Ambassador to the United States, the late Hiroshi Saito (1886-1939), to Japan. The gesture expressed America's gratitude to the Japanese for having previously returned the body of the late United States Ambassador to Japan, Edgar Bancroft, in the cruiser Tama in 1926. Astoria sailed from Annapolis, Maryland, on 18 March 1939, accompanied by Naokichi Kitazawa, Second Secretary of the Japanese Embassy in Washington. Getting underway for Hawaii on 24 March, she moored at Honolulu on 4 April, the same day that Madame Saito and her two daughters arrived on board the passenger liner Tatsuta Maru. Accompanied by the destroyers Hibiki, Sagiri, Akatsuki, Astoria steamed slowly into Yokohama harbor on 17 April, United States ensign at half-staff and the Japanese flag at the fore. The warship fired a 21-gun salute which was returned by the light cruiser Kiso. American sailors carried the ceremonial urn ashore that afternoon, and funeral ceremonies took place the following morning. The voyage to Japan took place only six months before the start of the Second World War, and less than two years before the Pearl Harbor attack which would pit the two nations against each other. Very rare photographs found herein commemorate the event at Yokohama: •Three photographs of US Navy men carefully disembarking the remains the late Hiroshi Saito in Yokohama. •Several scenes of Tokyo's streets filled with tens of thousands Japanese civilians waiting for the arrival of the ship, and the procession to transfer the remains to Yokohama. •Two men standing on the deck of USS Astoria, possibly being American naval attaché in Tokyo Captain Harold Medberry Bemis, and Japanese Foreign Minister Hachiro Arita. •The naval procession preparing for the ceremonies After the formal event in Japan and a visit to China, USS Astoria was despatched to Guam for another fascinating mission, stopping briefly at Manila in the Philippines first where the marine collected a lovely series of photographs illustrating indigenous custom and historical monuments, including views of Cebu and a scant few also showing an Aeta tribal community, and a large stone altar. The Guam mission: Arriving at Guam early on the morning of 21 May 1939, the heavy cruiser was called upon to assist Penguin and Robert L. Barnes in their successful effort to refloat the grounded Army transport U.S. Grant. Soon thereafter, Astoria joined the search for the noted author and adventurer Richard Halliburton, and the companions with whom he had attempted the voyage from Hong Kong to San Francisco in his Chinese junk, Sea Dragon. The cruiser combed more than 162,000 square miles of the Pacific, without success, before she discontinued the search on 29 May. Fittingly, the marine chose a beautiful album with symbolically illustrated with a junk at sea and two Chinese dragons. In October 1939, USS Astoria and her crew were assigned to the Hawaiian Detachment, changing home ports from San Pedro to Pearl Harbor. On 2 April 1941, Astoria departed Pearl Harbor for the west coast of the United States. She reached Long Beach, California on 8 April and entered the Mare Island Navy Yard on the 13th, where she was refitted. Following her return to Hawaii on 31 July, Astoria operated between Oahu and Midway through early September. That autumn, the specter of German raiders on the prowl in the Pacific prompted the Navy to convoy its ships bound for Guam and the Philippines. Astoria escorted Henderson to Manila and thence to Guam, before returning to Pearl Harbor on 29 October 1941. On 16 February 1942, Astoria began what would be an extended cruise in the southwestern Pacific to participate in various manoeuvres, as well as engagements against the enemy, until, in August heavy Japanese gunfire caused her to sink. The album contains further photographs in remembrance of these various assignments, with a good lot taken in Hawaii including one enthusiastic hula dancer. From San Francisco, a series of professional photographs illustrate the Golden Gate International Exposition (GGIE), a World Fair held at San Francisco's Treasure Island, is included.

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        Yerma

      Les cahiers du journal des poètes 1939 - - Les cahiers du journal des poètes, Paris 1939, 14x19cm, broché. - Edition originale de la traduction française, un des 50 exemplaires numérotés sur Featherweight, tirage de tête. Ouvrage illustré d'une photographie représentant le poète et sa mère. Agréable et rare exemplaire, tampon imprimé de colportage sur la page de faux-titre. [AUTOMATIC ENGLISH TRANSLATION FOLLOWS] First edition of the French translation, one of 50 numbered copies on Featherweight, deluxe edition. Illustrated book of a photograph of the poet and his mother. Nice and rare copy, print peddling stamp on half-title page. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

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        Reichsband Adressenwerk der Dienststellen der NSDAP mit den angeschlossenen Verbänden des Staates, der Reichsregierung, Behörden und der Berufsorganisationen in Kultur, Reichsnährstand, gewerbliche Wirtschaft. Hrsg. unter Aufsicht der Reichsleitung der NSDAP, Hauptorganisationsamt, München, unter Mitarbeit der Gauorganisationsämter mit Lexikon-Wegweiser von A - Z.

      Berlin, \"Die Deutsche Tat\", Verlag Heinrich Scheuer (1939). 4° Zus. etwa 2500 S. mit zahlr. Portraittafeln, Kartenskizzen, Plänen u. umfangreichen illustrierten Werbebeilagen. Orig.-Leinen. Zweite von insgesamt 3 Ausgaben (zuerst 1937), wichtige Quelle zur Geschichte des Nationalsozialismus.- Enthält alle Funktionsträger der NSDAP (Stand 1939) von der obersten Reichsebene bis hin zur Kreisebene des ganzen (Groß-) Deutschen Reiches in sämtlichen 40 NSDAP-Gauleitungen (einschließlich ganz Österreichs und des Sudentenlandes), sowie aus den angeschlossenen streng auf den Nationalsozialismus ausgerichtenen Verbänden, allerdings nur aus der Nationalsozialistischen Deutschen Arbeiterpartei (NSDAP), der Deutschen Arbeitsfront (DAF), der NS-Gemeinschaft Kraft durch Feude (KdF), der Nationalsozialistischen Volkswohlfahrt (NSV), der Nationalsozialistischen Frauenschaft (NS-Frauenschaft), der Nationalsozialistischen Kriegsopferversorgung (NSKOV), dem Nationalsozialistischen Deutschen Ärztebund (NSDÄB), dem Nationalsozialistischen Bund Deutscher Technik (NSBDT), dem Reichsbund der Deutschen Beamten (RDB), dem Nationalsozialistischen Lehrerbund (NSLB), dem Nationalsozialistischen Rechtswahrerbund (NLRB) sowie den Kreisbauernschaften bzw. des Reichsnährstandes.- Einband minimal stockfleckig, Kanten leicht beschabt, Rücken unter Verwendung des alten Materials erneuert, Rückensignatur u. Stempel auf Titel, vereinzelt kleine Läsuren oder Knickspuren. Gutes Exemplar. Versand D: 4,50 EUR Adressbücher; Drittes Reich; Geschichte; Nationalsozialismus; NSDAP

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        South Eastern Reporter [1st]. Vols. 1-200 (1887-1939)

      1939. South Eastern Reporter [1st]. St. Paul, MN: West Publishing Co. Vols. 1 to 200 (1887-1939). Volumes 1 to 140, 2 vols. in 1 book. Complete set. Original publisher's cloth. Ex-library, worn. Interiors clean. Tear to head of spine to Vols. 1-2, 49-50, 63-64, 97-98, 105-106, 111-112. Withal a nice set. See digital image. * Includes opinions issued by the state courts of Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia.

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        Ladies in Retirement (First UK Edition, Signed)

      English Theatre Guild, New York 1939 - First UK Edition (and correct first). SIGNED by all the members of the original cast of the first American production at Henry Miller's Theatre in New York, including Flora Robson, Patrick O'Moore, Florence Edney, Evelyn Ankers, Isobel Elsom, Jessamine Newcomb and Estelle Winwood. Tipped in at the inside front cover is a signed photo of Flora Robson in a pose from this production. Small vintage bookstore label at the bottom front panel.The uncommon play source for the 1941 film noir, directed by Charles Vidor and starring Ida Lupino, Elsa Lanchester and Evelyn Keyes. Extremely scarce.Near Fine in red perfect-bound wrappers (softcover). [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Soft Cover]

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        MEIN KAMPF. JUBILAUMSAUSGABE

      Munich: Zentralverlag Der NSDAP Franz Eher, 1939. Full Leather. Fine binding. As good a copy of this edition of Hitler's despicable political thinking and ideology as one is likely to find. In full blue morocco with red title label, raised bands and decorations in gold. No marks of any kind. Still with the publisher's slipcase, and the original cardboard shipping box. This special edition of the Fuhrer's magnum opus issued for the 50th anniversary of his birth. Fine binding.

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        The Conquest of The Arctic.

      London: Harrap, 1939. SIGNED FIRST EDITION. Octavo, pp. 284. Bound in publisher's light blue cloth titled in pale silver to spine, in a pictorial dustjacket depicting modes of transport heading towards the North Pole. Cloth in excellent condition with limited signs of wear. Endcaps a little pushed, with superficial rubbing here and there. Textblock externally spotted, but clean throughout. Dustjacket is excellent: bright, clean, unclipped, with a few small closed tears and chips, and a little soiling to the rear panel. A visually striking book. Author's red pen inscription to the front flyleaf reads: 'To Mr. Hugh W. Ewing / With the sincere compliments of the author / 15.01.42 / Louis Segal'. Ewing was the author of the 'First Books for Home and School' in the 1940s. Segal's work is a scholarly account of passages into the Arctic, from the ancients to more modern accounts. Thrilling rescues from treacherous ice floes and feats of daring-do are waiting to be found inside this item.

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        The Grapes of Wrath

      New York: Viking Press, 1939. First Edition. Fine/Very Good +. A Near Fine copy of the book with the spine a bit cocked and slight separation at the half-title. In a Very Good+ dust jacket with the spine toned and slight wear at the extremities. Steinbeck's classic account of the Dust Bowl and Depression era struggle of the Joad family, "The Grapes of Wrath" is a quintessential American classic. It would win both the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize and the Nobel Prize committee would refer to it as Steinbeck's "epic chronicle" upon giving him the award in 1962. The book was the best-selling novel of 1939 and became instantly controversial upon its release for its depiction of farmers and worker rights. Of course, "The Grapes of Wrath" was also adapted into the classic 1940 film, directed by John Ford and starring Henry Fonda, which was one of the first films selected by The Library of Congress for preservation in the United States National Film Registry. "It is a very long novel, the longest that Steinbeck has written, and yet it reads as if it had been composed in a flash, ripped off the typewriter and delivered to the public as an ultimatum." (Contemporary New York Times Review). Fine in Very Good + dust jacket.

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        Finnegan's Wake.

      London: Faber and Faber, 1939. First Edition. Publisher's hardback cloth in original dust-wrapper. Fore and tail edges untrimmed. Contemporary name and date to flyleaf, some light spotting. Jacket has benefitted from some accomplished paper repair to the extremities. Very good.Joyce's final and possibly most influential work, considered by many to be his monolithic 'Ulysses'. 3,400 copies were printed, of which 950 were destroyed. Slocum and Cahoon A47.

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        The Cosmological Eye

      Norfolk: New Directions, (1939). Norfolk: New Directions. (1939). Miller's first book to be published in the U.S., after the acclaim that his earlier books -- Tropic of Cancer, Tropic of Capricorn and Black Spring -- had achieved in Paris. One of 2000 copies printed, this copy is a review copy (so stamped on the front flyleaf, with a publication date). Inscribed by Miller to Roger Richards, a legendary New York bookseller whose store, Greenwich Books, was a hangout for many of the Beat writers including Gregory Corso, Herbert Huncke, Ginsberg and Burroughs, and even Carl Solomon. Richards also published one of the last things Miller wrote, a 1978 chapbook called Love Between the Sexes, issued in an edition of 276 copies. This was one of the early books published by New Directions, which had been founded in 1936. Darkening to endpages and spine cloth, a very good copy of the first issue in a very good, first issue dust jacket with several small edge chips and two small contemporary reviews taped to the front flap. Very uncommon as an advance copy, and an excellent association copy. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good.

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        Shin Toa Shigen Kaihatsu Kaisetsu chizu. Great East Asia Co-prosperity Sphere Resource and Development Map.

      Tokyo. Tokyo Nichinichi Shimbunsha. 1939. Color pictorial / pictographic map, 20 x 30 on sheet 21 3/4 x 31 inches. An extraordinarily whimsical treatment of Japan's imperialist aspirations... The map, published by the Nichinichi newspaper company, shows the products of the countries of East Asia in little pictographs. At lower right is an inset table graphing trade with China, including steel, petroleum, rice, pigments and dyes, wood products etc. On the verso is text "news at a glance" with information on the provinces of China and of Manchuria.

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        Albert Richard Football Map. Pigskin Panorama.

      Milwaukee, WI. Albert Richard Co. 1939. Color poster, pictorial / pictographic map, sheet size 19 x 26 inches (49 x 66 cm). Brown and white illustrations and text on verso. Very good, clean condition. Would look great framed. Marked copyright 1939 at lower right of map; column of Key to Locations and Nicknames at right of map. On the verso is listed the names of the Albert Richard All-American Team "elected by the votes of the football fans themselves" together with illustrations and descriptions of Albert Richard sportswear. No illustrator is attributed on this map; there is a particularly effective collage of photos used as background for the map of the United States.

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        Uber das Zerplatzen des Urankernes Durch Langsame Neutronen.? [TOGETHER WITH:] HAHN, STRASSMANN and Hans GÖTTE. ?Einiges Uber die Experimentelle Entwirrung der bei der Spaltung des Urans Auftretenden Elemente und Atomarten.? [TOGETHER WITH:] HAHN and STRASSMANN. ?Die Chemische Abscheidung der bei der Spaltung des Urans Entstehenden Elemente und Atomarten (Allgemeiner Teil).? Together three offprints from Abhandlungen der preussischen Akademie der Wissenschaften.

      Walter de Gruyter und Co. 1939 [1942, 1944]., Berlin - First edition, offprint issues, of the three fundamental papers on nuclear fission which eventually lead to the creation of the atom bomb. ??experiments conducted in 1938 at Berlin by Hahn and Strassman [sic] were reported to Lise Meitner, an Austrian scientist who had fled to Copenhagen to escape religious persecution. She and her nephew, O. R. Frisch, working in Niels Bohr?s laboratory, found the true explanation of these phenomena. The interpolation of a neutron into the nucleus of a uranium atom caused it to divide into two parts and to release energy amounting to about 200,000,000 electron volts. This process bore such a close similarity to the division of a living cell that Frisch suggested the use of the term ?fission? to describe it? (PMM). ?Hahn and Strassmann published this article [i.e. the 1939 paper] that started scientists down the path to the atomic bomb. Originally working with Lise Meitner who was forced to flee Nazi Germany in 1938, they had been working with uranium and bombarding samples with slow neutrons. They realized that this caused the uranium atoms to split into lighter nuclei and releasing large amounts of energy, and the implications were not lost to a world at war? (Dibner). Hahn received the 1944 Nobel Prize in Chemistry ?for his discovery of the fission of heavy nuclei.?Hahn and Meitner worked together at the Kaiser-Wilhelm Institute (KWI) of Chemistry in Berlin from 1912, discovering the new element protactinium in 1918; Strassmann joined them there in 1929 and Götte in 1935. When, after the First World War, limitations for women in the academic world were lifted, Meitner became professor at the KWI; Hahn became its director in 1928.?In 1934 [Enrico] Fermi roused the world of radioactivity with his method of neutron bombardment and that same year reported on the possible production of transuranic elements by irradiating uranium with neutrons. The irradiation had led to radioactive substances with different half-lives such as 10s, 40s, 13min, and 90min. Fermi?s group had separated the 13-min and 90-min ?bodies? chemically from uranium and had shown that they were not isotopes of elements, which are located only a few places below uranium in the Periodic Table ? they assumed that the uranium nucleus with the extra neutron transformed, via beta decay, into a nucleus of an element with the number 93 in the Periodic Table. That could still be unstable and transit, by another beta decay, into a nucleus of element 94.?The idea of more than 92 elements was, of course, contested. Ida Noddack, a renowned chemist and co-discoverer of the element rhenium, pointed out that all known elements had to be excluded before new ones were proposed. This very sound advice was not taken. Nuclear physicists saw no possibility for a nucleus to fragment into large pieces. Nothing more drastic than alpha decay had ever been observed. Another way out was also proposed: in spite of Fermi?s interpretation, his 13-min body might be an isotope of protactinium, element number 91. Here Hahn and [Lisa] Meitner came in. After all, they were discoverers of protactinium and knew the properties of this element. They were able to show that the activity in question was not due to protactinium and became convinced that transuranic elements had been produced. They began intensive work in this new field, from 1935 onwards together with Strassmann ? Quite a number of substances with different half-lives and different chemical properties were found in uranium irradiated with neutrons. A detailed scheme for their production was proposed, which implied the creation and subsequent decay of four, possibly five, transuranic elements. It was not seriously challenged by other groups working in the field.?When Austria was annexed in 1938, Lise Meitner became a German citizen and, because of her Jewish descent, was in acute danger. Helped by Hahn and other colleagues, she fled via Holland and Denmark to Sweden, where she could work in the Physical [Attributes: First Edition]

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        Over The Mountain (With The Scarce Original Bip Pares Designed Wrapper)

      The First UK Printing published by Harrap and Co Ltd in 1939. The BOOK is in near Fine condition. Correct first issue with red boards and gilt titling. Mild toning to the text-block with light spotting to the prelims and to a few page edges in places. Free from inscriptions and erasures. The WRAPPER is complete and is in Very Good++ condition. It is the correct first issue with price 7/6 net to the lower front flap. Toning to the spine with some edge-wear at the spine ends. Closed tears to the rear cover , spine and flap folds. The Bip Pares wrapper artwork looks very striking in the removable Brodart archival cover. Ruthven Todd was a British writer, born in Edinburgh and educated at the Edinburgh College of Art. He is best remembered for his two allegorical and surreal quest novels, 'Over the Mountain (1939') and 'The Lost Traveller (1943)', in which a strayed wanderer is sentenced by the minions of a faceless state to an impossible task, and is ultimately sacrificed. Very scarce with such attributes.

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        Coming Up For Air

      Gollancz, 1939 A first edition, first printing published by Gollancz in 1939. A good only copy with a thin remainder mark to the page foot, rubbing and wear to the edges and corners. Browning to the page edges. Some light spotting to the pages. Certainly a contender for a loving rebind. One of only 2000 copies and Orwell's rarest book.

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        Hand On the Alibi: A Novel of Detection

      London: Skeffington & Son 1939 - | Dust Wrapper over Green boards with Black titling to the Spine. 7½" x 5". 256 [16]pp. Cover art by Nick. | 4th impression. For more photos or information, use the «Ask Bookseller» button and I'll be pleased to help. The book is in stock and ships from the rustic nirvana of Peasedown St. John, near Bath, England from a long-established bookseller - guaranteed by my reputation and the UK Distance Selling Act. Remember! BUYING THIS BOOK means my Jack Russells get their supper! Condition :: Good - in Poor Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with several short, closed, tears and a little loss at the tail of the spine. Dust wrapper is halved at the spine with a rather amateur tape repair,yellowing, to the reverse. Boards dulled. Edges of the textblock heavily tanned. Text complete, clean and tight but a little age-tanned overall but with spotting to both pastedowns. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Step by Step 1936-1939.

      London: Thornton Butterworth, 1939. First Edition. Octavo. Bound in publisher's green cloth with blind imprint to front board, gilt titles to spine. Dust wrapper with titles to front board and spine, publisher's blurb to rear. Binding is a little rubbed, with bumping to corners and spine ends. Dust wrapper shows some wear and small chips, somewhat grubby, price clipped. Internally clean and free from spotting. A chronological record of Churchill's responses to developments between the years 1936 and 1939 in the build up to the Second World War.

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        Moby Dick. Traduit de l'Américain par Lucien Jacques, Joan Smith et Jean Giono

      Saint-Paul, A.-M: Les Cahiers du Contadour, 1939. First edition in French, one of a very few copies printed. With illustration after woodcut by Alexandre Noll and two plates. 515, xx pp. 1 vols. 8vo. Nut brown half morocco with gilt decorative paper sides, spine gilt, t.e.g., wrappers preserved, by Devauchelle. Textblock lightly toned, else fine. First edition in French, one of a very few copies printed. With illustration after woodcut by Alexandre Noll and two plates. 515, xx pp. 1 vols. 8vo. 'Je m'appelle Ishmaèl" - véritable édition originale de Moby Dick en français. The first notice of Moby Dick in French dates from the first volume of the Revue des Deux Mondes (1853) but Melville's vast novel was not translated into French until the 1930s. Jean Giono (1895-1970) was deeply influenced by American writers of the nineteenth century, starting with Whitman. "The second great American Giono discovered (in the 1930s) was Melville ... translating Melville was a labor of love - for years Giono would read him in the open fields" (Edmund White). He began his translation in 1936; Joan Smith worked up a first draft that was rewritten by Giono and her friend Lucien Jacques, publisher of the Cahiers du Contadour. The translation appeared in pre-publication serial form in numbers V-VIII of the Cahiers, (May 1938 to February 1939).The first edition was published in the first half of 1939 in a small print run (variously described as only thirty copies or fewer than 300 copies), here in a choice contemporary binding with the wrappers preserved. The outbreak of war put an end to the literary efforts of the Cahiers du Contadour. Giono's translation gained wider distribution in the Gallimard reprint in May 1941. Giono's fictional reflections on Melville, Pour saluer Melville, were also published in 1941.RARE. OCLC: 459465908 (BnF only)

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        SUDDEN RIDES AGAIN

      Doubleday Doran (Double D Western) 1939 - Top of spine lightly crushed; very light water staining to the top of the endpapers; otherwise a bright, clean, tight, square copy. Bright DJ has minor wear to edges; light flaking to top of spine; spine sunned with some color loss; light water staining along the top edge with some color bleed along the top of the flaps. An exceptional copy of this scarce title. Stated on the DJ has the first Double D Western. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        The Confidential Agent

      

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        Loza Blanca y Azulejo de Puebla

      Mexico City: Decorative & Applied Arts & Design, 1939. 2 volumes: xi+305 pages with tipped in coloured and monochrome plates; 333 pages with tipped in coloured and monochrome plates and reproduced signatures. Quarto (11 1/4" x 9") bound in 3/4 leather with gilt lettering to spine and original wrappers bound in. From the library of George M Foster. Copy 992 of 2000. 1st edition.For over four centuries,the city of Puebla has been praised for its production of quality tin-glazed earthenware. The use of ceramic as a utilitarian and artistic medium in the Americas (the region of eastern and central Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, and Honduras) has a long history of quality work dating back millenia before the arrival of the Spanish in 1519. But it was, in fact, the Spanish who first introduced to area potters tin- and lead-based glaze, the potter’s wheel, and the kiln. Production of tin-glazed earthenware in the New World first began in Mexico City, the viceregal capital of New Spain, in the second half of the sixteenth century. By the seventeenth century, however, the nearby city of Puebla, founded in 1531 as the second city of New Spain, had become the more important center of production, enjoying the widest distribution of any ceramic ware in the New World at the height of the Spanish Empire. For ceramists, Puebla was an ideal location: The climate is mild, the soil is fertile, and most importantly, there are extensive clay beds and sufficient deposits of raw sodium essential for glaze preparation. That the same area had captured the market for quality ceramics before the Spanish arrived is not a coincidence. Native potters must have played an important role in supporting the developing colonial industry. The early production of talavera poblana was primarily influenced by old-world traditions. Various European ceramic wares (from Spain, Holland, and Italy) were imported, serving as important sources of inspiration for resident ceramists. Potters themselves no doubt also influenced form and design. According to the potters’ ordinances established in 1653, master potters were to be only of Spanish descent. Contrary to the ordinances, however, some masters were Italian-born and probably arrived in Mexico via Spain; there were also a few mestizo (of mixed native and Spanish parentage) ceramists who rose to become â€

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        Les cris de la fée

      Glm. First edition, one of 50 numbered copies on Normandy vellum, tirage de tête.Retains 16 original collages by Max Bucaille.A good copy. Glm Paris 1939 16,5x25cm en feuilles

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        What's Become of Waring?

      Cassell, 1939 A first edition, first printing published by Cassell in 1939. A very good+ book without inscriptions. One small bookseller's ticket to the front endpaper. Some wear to the edges of the boards. Titles on the spine are very clear. Powells scarce fifth novel, set within the world of publishing and critiquing the fad for spiritualism.[removed][removed]

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        Peter Pan and Wendy. With Illustrations by E. Blampied.

      London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1939. First Blampied Illustrated Edition. 4to. Bound in recent dark blue full morocco with gilt titles to spine, decorative gilt rule to boards, marbled end papers, all edges gtilt. With 12 tipped in plates in colour with entitled tissue guards and 17 black and white plates. Slight specs of foxing to first and last couple of pages. A fine copy in a superb recent binding.

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        Baedeker’s Madeira, Canary Islands, Azores, Western Morocco. Handbook for travellers.

      First Edition. Karl Baedeker. Leipzig. 1939. Sm 8vo. xx, 128pp. 23 maps and plans. Original pictorial boards with cloth spine. Very slight soiling to edges. Slight rubbing to lower board. Published just before the outbreak of WWII, distribution was restricted by the war and the undistributed stock was lost in the subsequent bombing of the Baedeker warehouse. Thus Rare, especially in this condition.Hinrichsen E243

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        Moby Dick Traduit de l'Américain par Lucien Jacques, Joan Smith et Jean Giono

      Saint-Paul, A.-M: Les Cahiers du Contadour, 1939. First edition in French, one of a very few copies printed. With illustration after woodcut by Alexandre Noll and two plates. 515, xx pp. 1 vols. 8vo. Nut brown half morocco with gilt decorative paper sides, spine gilt, t.e.g., wrappers preserved, by Devauchelle. Textblock lightly toned, else fine. First edition in French, one of a very few copies printed. With illustration after woodcut by Alexandre Noll and two plates. 515, xx pp. 1 vols. 8vo. 'Je m'appelle Ishmaèl" - véritable édition originale de Moby Dick en français. The first notice of Moby Dick in French dates from the first volume of the Revue des Deux Mondes (1853) but Melville's vast novel was not translated into French until the 1930s. Jean Giono (1895-1970) was deeply influenced by American writers of the nineteenth century, starting with Whitman. "The second great American Giono discovered (in the 1930s) was Melville … translating Melville was a labor of love - for years Giono would read him in the open fields" (Edmund White). He began his translation in 1936; Joan Smith worked up a first draft that was rewritten by Giono and her friend Lucien Jacques, publisher of the Cahiers du Contadour. The translation appeared in pre-publication serial form in numbers V-VIII of the Cahiers, (May 1938 to February 1939). The first edition was published in the first half of 1939 in a small print run (variously described as only thirty copies or fewer than 300 copies), here in a choice contemporary binding with the wrappers preserved. The outbreak of war put an end to the literary efforts of the Cahiers du Contadour. Giono's translation gained wider distribution in the Gallimard reprint in May 1941. Giono's fictional reflections on Melville, Pour saluer Melville, were also published in 1941. RARE. OCLC: 459465908 (BnF only)

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        Air France Reseau Aerien Mondial.

      Air France. [ 1939]. Color lithograph pictographic / pictorial map, 25 x 39 1/2 inches, professionally mounted on linen.Many tack holes in corners, little paper loss at corners and pinhole at centre of three edges, now infilled; five inch tear into left edge of poster scarcely noticeable. Image is bright and clean. Printed in bright colors enhanced with gilt, this map features sea monsters, sailing ships and planes decorating the various bodies of water, along with landscapes, wildlife and people found around the world. Shows Air France routes Now in Service, Proposed Service, and Service Temporarily Discontinued. Printed at lower right corner: 291 C6 AF -Printed in France - Perceval Paris. Lucien Boucher designed an outstanding series of decorative map posters for Air France from the 1930s to the 1950s. The Smithsonian Natioanl Air and Space Museum dates this map to 1939.

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        The Mask Of Dimitrios.

      London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1939. FIRST EDITION, INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR. A Haycraft-Queen cornerstone novel. Octavo, pp.320. Publisher's cloth, lightly worn with a few small marks, spine sunned. A very good copy. With an important presentation note to the title-page; Roy Baker / from Eric Ambler / 16 August 46. The recipient is Roy [Ward] Baker, the cult film and TV director [Quatermass, The Avengers, The Saint etc]. The present copy was inscribed during production of the film 'The October Man', being written by Ambler and directed by Baker. Howard Haycraft; Murder For Pleasure. Cooper & Pike; Detective Fiction , see also Haining; Crime Fiction p201.

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        Terre des hommes

      First edition, one of 23 numbered copies on Hollande paper, tirage de tête after one copy on Whatman and 9 on China paper.Light brown Oasis goatskin by Morina Mongin, covers and spine with dreamlike decoration of humanized mountains after a drawing by Peter Sis, printed in brown colored film and heightened in ochre, sky-blue suede pastedowns, brown suede endpapers, the first endpaper with a lunette of modified sky-blue leather printed in colored film, covers and spine preserved. Half light brown Oasis goatskin slipcase, wood-effect paper boards lined with brown suede; a spectacular set.A fine copy with all margins in a handsome binding reaching back to the pilot's spirit, for whom every mountain, every valley, every house is "a landscape which could be friend or foe."  Gallimard Paris 1939 13,5x19,5cm relié sous étui

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        [Der Zauberberg] Magic Mountain, The [Signed]

      First Edition New York Alfred A. Knopf 1939 First Printing of this first one-volume edition of Mann's masterpiece, one of the most influential works of 20th century German literature. Translated into English from the German by H. T. Lowe-Porter. Thick 8vo: [10],900pp. Publisher's finely woven slate-blue cloth, spine stamped in gilt, Mann's monogram in blind to upper cover, top edge stained pale yellow, illustrated dust jacket (price-clipped). Signed by the author in blue ink on the front fly leaf. A Fine unread copy, square and tight; better than Near Fine jacket with brief edge wear. Fine ¶ "In 1929, Thomas Mann received the Nobel Prize for literature. In the laudatio his second great novel, Der Zauberberg [The Magic Mountain, 1924], was not mentioned?to the author's dismay and fear that future generations would only remember him for his first novel, Buddenbrooks (1901). His apprehensions were unfounded. For decades, The Magic Mountain has ranked among the greatest novels of the 20th century and has consistently been included in "Great Books" courses due to its intellectual stature, its allegorical depiction of European history in the years before World War I, and Mann's interweaving of universal themes?the seductions of love and death, man's frailty and inhumanity, and the ephemerality of life?with his presentation of a civilization in crisis. [The book is ranked no. 9 on Daniel S. Burt's The Novel 100, a list of the 100 greatest novels of all time, and is also ranked high on numerous other lists of literary high spots.] . . . The Magic Mountain centers around the engineer Hans Castorp from a Hanseatic city who, at the age of twenty-three, visits his cousin Joachim Ziemssen at the sanatorium Berghof near Davos, Switzerland, in 1907. Subsequently diagnosed with tuberculosis, Castorp stays on the mountain for seven years. As in Mann's previous works Buddenbrooks and Death in Venice, the motif of departure from a respectable bourgeois existence to a world of disease and death, resulting in the dissolution of the previous life and its responsibilities, plays a pivotal role. Castorp succumbs to a morbid interest in death, and abandons his career to embrace a life of lethargy." (Literary Encyclopedia) N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed.

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        Archives photographiques de la famille arménienne Melikoff

      - Ensemble de documents : un album de photographies (1939-1940, 16 x 22 cm, 26 pp., 33 photos), env. 80 tirages photographiques (début XXe-années 1970, formats divers), 3 cartes postales. Un beau portrait du général Nicolas Melikoff (1888-1930), des photographies de guerre (Ukraine et France, 1939-1940) et photographies familiales (costumes traditionnels, portraits, scènes de famille, voyages). Il s?agit probablement d?une branche, émigrée en France, de la célèbre famille Loris-Melikoff. * Russie / Géorgie / Arménie * Voir photographie(s) / See picture(s). *** Membre du SLAM et de la LILA / ILAB Member. * La librairie est ouverte du mardi au samedi de 14h à 19h. * Si vous souhaitez passer à la librairie pour un livre, merci de nous prévenir au préalable, l'ensemble du stock visible en ligne n'étant pas immédiatement consultable. *** Du fait de notre participation au Salon international du livre de New York, les expéditions ne se pourront faire qu'après le 15 mars. Merci de votre compréhension et de votre patience. *** Due to our participation to the New York International Book Fair, books won't be able to be shipped until after March 15. Thank you for your understanding and your patience. *** Langue : Français

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        PAPERMAKING BY HAND IN INDIA.

      NY: Pynson Printers, 1939. 9 x 11. 129, (5), pages followed by 27 specimens of Indian handmade papers, some colored. Quarter black leather & India-print cloth. A few small chips to leather spine & rubbed rear joint; bookplate on pastedown; contents are fine; worn slipcase is missing the bottom panel. With the prospectus and a specimen of Shogun paper. One of 370 numbered copies, signed by Hunter and by the printer Elmer Adler.

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        A Map of New York. A Chart neither too Literal nor too Emotional, Showing the City New York Replete with the Wondrous Spectacles, Mysteries and Pastimes of the Natives. Done in the Year of the New York World's Fair 1939....

      New York. R. H. Macy & Co. Copyright 1939. Color pictographic / pictorial map, 20 x 26 inches on sheet size 22 x 27 3/4 folding as issued, now professionally mounted on linen. Light wear along folds; light toning to margins, very good, clean condition. A vibrant map of New York City by Russell Patterson "done in the year of the New York World's Fair" combining vignette illustrations of many of the landmark buildings with light-hearted depictions and commentary on life in the city, linking it stylistically with the "foundational" pictorial map of the twentieth century, MacDonald Gill's Wonderground Map of London Town. Russell Patterson (1896 - 1977) had a long career as a designer in many different fields; in the late 1930s he designed Christmas windows for Macy's. Only one library holding listed on WorldCat (University of Houston).Map title continues: A Chart neither too Literal nor too Emotional, Showing the City New York Replete with the Wondrous Spectacles, Mysteries and Pastimes of the Natives. Done in the Year of the New York World's Fair 1939....

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        VERVE, AN ARTISTIC AND LITERARY QUARTERLY, VOLUME 1, NUMBERS TWO, THREE AND FOUR

      Paris: Tériade, 1938-1939. Folio, 128, 132, 140 numbered pages, the English-language edition, with covers by Georges Braque, Pierre Bonnard and Georges Rouault. The list of contributors, both artists and writers, still astonishes by its eclectic richness: -- André Malraux, James Joyce, Ernest Hemingway, André Gide, Matisse, Chagall, MIro, Jean-Paul Sartre, Brassai, Kandinsky, many oihers. Text paper slightly toned at the edges, else internally fine and without markings of any kind. This set of three is bound in terra-cotta cloth with the single word "VERVE" at the bottom of the front cover in silver, a design repeated at the top of the spine. Light wear to the terra cotta cloth; mild rubbing and shelf wear to the base of the spine and bottom corners. A beautiful copy. The book is oversized and heavy and will require additional postage and insurance, at cost.

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        Proof sheet and book of proof engravings from unpublished Cranach Press Robinson Crusoe.

      Weimar: Cranach Press, 1938; 1939. Single leaf, plus 18ff. booklet. Proof of the first page of Robinson Crusoe, printed by Cranach Press in black and red, with two woodcut illustrations by Edward Gordon Craig. The proof is inscribed, "To D[aphne Woodward] from EGC 1938 Xmas," and further states, "Printed in Weimar - at Ct Kessler's press by Cole." Another hand has noted, "Rare proof of the 4th trial." Together with: a handmade booklet created for poet and playwright Percy MacKaye by Craig. The first page is inscribed "For Percy MacKay from EGC. February 1939. 12 of the Robinsons - Big & small 50 have been already cut - should be double this number at least." Thereafter follows eleven pages containing twelve tipped-in proof illustrations in various states printed on several different kinds of paper. Each woodcut is inscribed by Craig to McKaye and dated, with the state number, limitation, and copy number. A few of the illustrations also include Craig's handwritten notes, such as his statement that the two initials pasted on one page will be joined by fifteen or twenty more throughout the finished book. He also mentions that an unlettered extra copy of a woodcut showing a ship buffeted by waves "needs still more cutting." For decades, Edward Gordon Craig nurtured an interest in Daniel Defoe's story about the castaway Robinson Crusoe. Craig's copy of the book was well-read and heavily annotated, with the phrase "My beloved book" written by him on one of the pages, clearly revealing his feelings for the story. He created sketches and even cut numerous blocks for an illustrated edition of the book he hoped to one day publish. After the success of the Cranach Press Hamlet, for which Craig contributed the illustrations, he and the Press's Count Harry Kessler began to develop an edition of Robinson Crusoe, using the illustrations Craig had assembled over the years. They got so far as to print trial proofs of the first page of the book, set in the Hamlet type Edward Johnston had designed, before World War II derailed their plans. The illustrated edition of Robinson Crusoe for which Craig had so long prepared was not published until 1979 by the Basilisk Press. These proofs offer a fascinating glimpse into the long process of bringing Craig's dream to fruition and his excitement to put his mark on his "beloved book." Booklet wrapped in blue handmade paper and sewn with green string; housed in original mailing envelope, postmarked 1939. Left edge of some of the proofs show glue residue; otherwise, both the proof sheet and booklet are in fine condition. (Franklin, Fond of Printing, pp. 22, 26, 84).

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        On the Origin of Great Nebulae. WITH: Energy Production in Red Giants...

      Lancaster and New York: American Institute of Physics, 1939. RARE FIRST EDITION OFFPRINTS of Gamow and Teller's early papers on cosmology, including "a kind of blueprint" for Gamow's later theory of the Big Bang. In "On the Origin of Great Nebulae," "written jointly with Edward Teller, his friend and colleague at George Washington University, Gamow dealt for the first time explicitly with the Friedmann-Lemaitre equations. The two authors concluded that, 'our theory of nebular formation requires that the velocity of expansion remains nearly constant while the distances between nebulae increase by a factor of 600.' In the last section, they considered the cosmological consequences which they discussed from the form of the fundamental (Friedmann-Lemaitre) equation for the expanding universe as given by Richard Tolman in his important textbook of 1934 [and concluded]: 'Thus in order to understand the formation of great nebulae and to satisfy the condition of continuity at the moment of their separation, it is necessary to accept the hypothesis that space is infinite and ever expanding.' As they noted, this went against the conclusion that Edwin Hubble and Tolman had reached in 1935, namely that the universe must be closed and uncomfortably small. However, Gamow and Teller argued that the discrepancy might be resolved if it was admitted that the absolute luminosities of very distant (hence young) galaxies were higher than those nearer by. This idea was to play an important role in cosmology in the 1950s, but in 1939 it was merely a suggestion that lacked independent support."Gamow's work with Teller of 1939 was based on the expanding universe but did not presuppose any explosive event in the past, what ten years later would be coined the big bang. All they had to say about the state of the universe before the separation of the nebulae about 1.8 billion years ago was, 'Before that time, space must have been uniformly populated by stars, or by gas molecules, if we suppose that the formation of stars took place after the separation of nebulae.' Although still in the pre-big-bang tradition, the paper was in several respects to serve as a kind of blueprint for Gamow's later contributions to cosmology" (Kox and Eisenstaedt, The Universe of General Relativity).In "Energy Production in Red Giants," published two weeks after "On the Origin of Great Nebulae," Gamow and Teller "carried out one of the earliest studies of the temperature dependence of thermonuclear reaction rates and applied their ideas to an investigation of energy production in red giant stars" (Libby and Bibber, Edward Teller Centennial Symposium).On the Origin of Great Nebulae. Offprint from: Physical Review, Vol. 55, April 1, 1939, pp. 654-657. Four pages, as issued without wrappers. Light edgewear, a little foxing. Energy Production in Red Giants. Offprint from: Physical Review, Vol 55, April 15, 1939. One page, as issued without wrappers. Small closed tear to margin, otherwise fine. Lancaster and New York: American Institute of Physics, 1939. Housed together in custom cloth case. RARE. Very Good....

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        [Books into Film] Goodbye to Berlin [Sally Bowles]

      First Edition London Hogarth Press 1939 First Impression of these "Brilliant sketches of a society in decay" (Orwell). 8vo: 317,[1]pp. Publisher's coarsely woven oatmeal-colored cloth, spine stamped crimson with matching top-stain. Near Fine, cloth and edges dust-soiled, lettering slightly faded, but pages clean, tight and bright. According to Woolmer (451), only 3350 copies were printed. Near Fine ¶A series of six loosely interconnected character sketches that unfold against the backdrop of the doomed Weimar Republic. Despite Isherwood's disclaimer, Goodbye to Berlin is firmly rooted in his biography; all the principle characters were inspired by people he had known. Isherwood originally envisioned a sweeping Tolstoyan novel combining the characters from Goodbye to Berlin and Mr. Norris Changes Trains (in fact, both novels are often packaged as The Berlin Stories and both were later adapted for stage and film, most memorably in the Tony Award-winning musical Cabaret [1966] and the film of the same name [1972], for which Liza Minnelli won an Academy Award. "Written in the shadow of the Second World War, [Goodbye to Berlin] offers a valedictory portrait of the demimonde of Berlin, commemorating the 'decadent' bars and nightclubs that were subsequently closed by the Nazis, and immortalizing the people?Jews and homosexuals?who were most at risk under the Third Reich." (Literary Encyclopedia) Note: With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed.

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        Systems of Logic Based on Ordinals.

      London: C.F. Hodgson & Son, 1939. Offprint of his PhD thesis - the copy of Robin Gandy. 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. "Systems of logic based on ordinals 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). "Turing's 1938 Princeton PhD thesis, Systems of logic based on ordinals, 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). 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 Entscheidungsproblem: 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 On computable numbers, with an application to the Entscheidungsproblem,' 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... "[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 logic posed by Hilbert in 1928. Turing's thesis, Systems of Logic Based on Ordinals, 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)... "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.' "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... "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: The Birth of Computer Science at Princeton in the 1930s). 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 ?-calculus, which makes expressions for the ordinals and formal systems very hard to understand" (Appel, loc.cit., p. 4). Following an oral examination in May, on which his performance was noted as 'Excellent,' Turing was granted his PhD in June 1938. Provenance: 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. "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'. "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 (On axiomatic systems in mathematics and theories in physics) 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). 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. Andrew W. Appel (ed.), Alan Turing's Systems of Logic: The Princeton Thesis, Princeton University Press, 2012; B. J. Copeland, The Essential Turing, Clarendon Press, 2004; Solomon Feferman, 'Turing's Thesis,' Notices of the American Mathematical Society, Vol. 53, 2006, pp. 1-8; Andrew Hodges, Alan Turing: The Enigma, 1983, pp. 142-3; Yiannis Moschovakis & Mike Yates, 'In Memoriam: Robin Oliver Gandy 1919-1995', Bulletin of Symbolic Logic, 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). 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. "Systems of logic based on ordinals 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). "Turing's 1938 Princeton PhD thesis, Systems of logic based on ordinals, 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). Offprints of Turing's papers are extremely rare in institutional holdings, and even more so in commerce. We have located only three copies: one in the Alan Turing Archive at King's College Cambridge (AMT/B/15), one at St. Andrew's, and one in the Max Newman collection at Bletchley Park. 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. "Systems of logic based on ordinals 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). "Turing's 1938 Princeton PhD thesis, Systems of logic based on ordinals, 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). Offprints of Turing's papers are extremely rare in institutional holdings, and even more so in commerce. We have located only three copies: one in the Alan Turing Archive at King's College Cambridge (AMT/B/15), one at St. Andrew's, and one in the Max Newman collection at Bletchley Park.

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        Hotel del Monte menus - complete set of 12 menus, featuring the Jo Mora illustrations: Historical Pageant of the Monterey Peninsula.

      1939. 12 stiff card menus, each single fold with outside dimensions of 10 x 4 3/4 inches, featuring a black and white cover illustration. Menu, information on the illustration and historical information on the Monterey Peninsula on the interior. Most menus in very good condition with occasional light soiling and some toning, a couple of 1 inch separations at upper and lower fold line, pencil notation on back of two menus; one menu in good condition with archivally mended 2 inch tears to upper left margin of both panels and adhesive residue on back panel; one menu in good condition with archivally mended 2 inch tears to lower right margin. This is the full set of images of Jo Mora's Historical Pageant of the Monterey Peninsula, commissioned by the Hotel del Monte, and here used as the cover illustrations for menus at the hotel, these dating to the time of the Golden Gate International Exposition. The titles of the scenes are: The Harbor of Refuge; The Month was December; California Began Here; Mother of the Missions; The Reward of the Pathfinder; To Live Long and Without Care; Trails the Caballeros Rode; Yankee vs. Caballero; Manana; Monterey Surrenders; Old Spain Still Lives; Heritage of a Romantic Past. A scarce set of these powerful illustrations of California history, which would be most impressive framed. All are dated 1939 except for, To Live Long and Without Care, which is dated 1938.

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        Mein Kampf. Unexpurgated edition.

      London: Hutchinson and Co., in association with Hurst and Blackett, 1939. FIRST ILLUSTRATED EDITION. Complete in 18 parts, illustrated throughout with over 200 photographs. With loose 'editorial' flyer present commenting on the photo reproductions. Held in a protective black morocco clamshell box, titled in gilt. All covers present and generally bright, a few browned, some small chips and tears. Newsprint paperstock toned with age. Very good indeed. Dictated to Rudolph Hess while Hitler served a prison term for the failed Munich Putsch in 1923, Mein Kampf combines elements of autobiography with an exposition of the author's National Socialist political ideology.

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        Forces in Molecules

      1st Edition Lancaster and New York: American Physical Society, 1939. FIRST EDITION of Feynman's undergraduate thesis at MIT, "a fundamental discovery" published in The Physical Review when he was just twenty-one. "Forces or energy--that was the choice for those seeking to apply the quantum understanding of the atom to the workings of real materials. At stake was not mere terminology but a root decision about how to conceive of a problem and how to proceed in calculating...??"As Feynman conceived the structure of molecules, forces were the natural ingredients. He saw springlike bonds with varying stiffness, atoms attracting and repelling one another. The usual energy-accounting methods seemed secondhand and euphemistic... [He demonstrated that] the force on an atom's nucleus is no more or less than the electrical force from the surrounding field of charged electrons--the electrostatic force. Once the distribution of charge has been calculated quantum mechanically, then from that point forward quantum mechanics disappears from the picture. The problem becomes classical; the nuclei can be treated as static points of mass and charge. Feynman's approach applies to all chemical bonds" (Gleick). His discovery, now known as Feynman's theorem or the Feynman-Hellmann theorem, has endured as an efficient approach to the calculation of forces in molecules.Provenance: With ownership signature of D.W. Epstein on front cover; presumably the D.W. Epstein who, along with I.G. Mallof developed the electron gun in 1934.IN: The Physical Review, Vol 56, Second Series, Number 4, August 15, 1939. Lancaster, PA and New York, NY: American Physical Society, 1939. Quarto, original wrappers. Toning around edges of wrappers, red paint marks on spine extending into front wrapper. Rare in original wrappers.Note: A custom cloth box is available for this item for an additional $225. Very Good.

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        At Swim-Two-Birds

      First American Edition New York Pantheon 1939 [but 1951] First Printing ("First published 1939" on copyright page, but actually 1951). 8vo: 316pp. Publisher's navy blue cloth spine lettered in yellow, yellow paper-covered boards titled in black, yellow typographic dust jacket printed in black and priced $3.00. Absolutely Fine, square, tight and bright (probably unread); Fine jacket slightly toned to flap folds. An absolutely exemplary example. The true first edition, published by Longmans in 1939, is a legendary rarity, though Graham Greene, comparing At Swim both to Tristram Shandy and Ulysses, had the text in mind when he called it "a book in a thousand." Burgess 99, p. 27. Fine ¶ O'Nolan's first novel concerns a "student who is writing a novel about an author, also writing a novel, whose characters begin to write about him. The frame for At Swim's many narratives is an autobiographical portrait of the artist as a young student in 1930s Dublin. Like James Joyce's Stephen Dedalus [Joyce said At Swim contains 'the true comic spirit'], the student is fond of expounding his literary theories and puts them into practice in the manuscript he is composing. This manuscript forms the greater part of At Swim, but it is regularly interrupted by the student's 'biographical reminiscences' (and other digressions). . . . The result is a farrago of literary styles . . . The rationale behind this curious structure is impeccably modern (if not exactly modernist). While still in university, O'Nolan had collaborated with some friends on what they called a 'ready-made' novel, Children of Destiny. It was to be a novel produced by assembly-line, each contributor taking a chapter and filling it to the utmost with the fictional clichés that would guarantee a best-seller. Children of Destiny was never completed and did not survive, but At Swim-Two-Birds certainly inherited its cut-and-paste philosophy." (Literary Encyclopedia) "At Swim-Two-Birds is probably a masterpiece. . . . It is a very Irish book and very funny. But it still awaits the popularity it deserves." (Burgess) Note: With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed.

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