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        A Sussex Alphabet

      Out of series copy from an edition limited to 220 copies, woodcut frontispiece and illustrations by Sheila M. Thompson printed in colours, original pictorial boards, slightly rubbed, 4to, Pear Tree Press, Flansham.

      [Bookseller: Peter Hill]
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        Frappez au miroir !

      1939Bruxelles. Ferd. Wellens-Pay Editeur, 1939. Plaquette in-4 de 10 pages en feuilles. Texte de L. Scutenaire, illustrations de R. Magritte. E.O. tirage limité à 100 exemplaires. Envoi autographe de Louis Scutenaire à Maurice Nadeau et correction manuscrite du prénom Jean, imprimé sur la couverture par erreur et remplacé par Louis.

      [Bookseller: la Librairie Les Autodidactes]
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        MIKE MULLIGAN AND HIS STEAM SHOVEL (With First State jacket priced $1.50)

      Houghton Mifflin Company 1939 - First Edition, First Printing, First State A nice condition book with the scarce first state dust jacket in near fine condition, not price clipped and showing the requisite price of $1.50 on the flap. First printing as shown with the date of 1939 to the title page and no other dates listed. The book is in great condition with oatmeal colored cloth boards with the picture of the steam shovel to the front. The book has no edgewear but to a tiny dot along one corner edge, slight toning to the light colored cloth. The binding is tight and square. The internal pages have light scattered pale smudges/light handling marks throughout, otherwise No writing, No bent pages and No foxing. Scripted owner name and date (1939) to front end paper. Please see images. The scarce original first edition, first state dust jacket has benefited from very slight restoration by an expert paper conservator and as such presents as a near fine example. The jacket has strong vibrant colors with no rips, no chips, no edgewear, no fading, and no rubbing. The first state jacket is identifiable by the requisite price of $1.50 on the inner flap, and the bearing the ad for Choo-Choo on the rear flap, and a yellow spine that just has the book title followed by an abbreviation for the publisher, ¿H.M. CO¿, with no mention of the author¿s name. Please note the price of $1.50 on the inner flap is fully necessary to determine the first state jacket, as even second state jackets have the same features except the price on the flap. A very scarce book in the rare near fine first state unclipped jacket. ADDITIONAL IMAGES AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST. Please see our Abe store for additional rare children's titles [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Meier And Sons Rare Books]
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        The World I Breathe

      New Directions (1939), Norfolk, Connecticut - An exceptionally clean, bright and pleasing copy of this scarce Dylan Thomas title. From an un-numbered limited edition of 700 copies only. Original dusty rose colored cloth with lettering in gilt on the spine. The jacket is complete and without blemish. It is covered in a glassine wrapper and then again in an acitate wrap. I have not come across documentation to indicate whether the glassine is possibly original. My guess is that it is not. This copy is warmly inscribed to the well respected American Poet Kenneth Rexroth: "Love for Kenneth from Dylan." Present on the front paste-down is Rexroth's book-plate and Rexroth's signature is just below Dylan's. Both interior hinges have been professionally strengthened and restored. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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      portefeuille de dessins originaux à l'encre et au crayon. La série Architecture de Plantes comprend 15 dessins, une fois sur feuilles volantes et une fois collées sur carton. La série Sculptures d'Animaux en Fer comprend 13 planches volantes. Les planches de fleurs sont signées et datée 1939.

      [Bookseller: Serge Paratte, Livres anciens et moderne]
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        The Long Valley

      Item Description: Heinemann, London, 1939. Hardback. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good Plus. 1st Edition. 1st impression undated as issued [Goldstone and Payne A11-b] in publisher's original green cloth with white/cream titles to spine - still fresh, clean and bright. The binding is tight, sound and square. Spotting to page block edges and internally some moderate foxing to a few early and rear pages and to some pages more generally towards edges; endpapers age-toned; neat booksellers stamp to bottom left corner of the ffep; no inscriptions. The very scarce original, unpriceclipped dustjacket [which has benefitted from some very limited archival and frankly undetectable conservation to flap folds and spine tip] is still vibrant with just a hint of the lightest soiling to back panel and spine. A remarkable copy of a very scarce book in original jacket. Size: 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 000876

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      New York: Limited Editions Club, 1939-1940. Hardcover. Slight browning to the gutters of some volumes, contents bright and fresh. Spines foxed to varying degrees, some very much so. Overall an attractive set in at least Very Good condition. Arthur Rackham; Eric Gill; Robert Gibbings; Frans Masereel; Jean Charlot. Thirty-seven folio (8-3/4" x 13") volumes bound in gold-stamped half natural buckram, top edges gilt, with the paper sides, printed in four colors with the 2 matching poetry volumes. Edited by Herbert Farjeon, who created the Nonesuch edition text of Shakespeare, to restore the original typographic style and spelling; typography planned and production supervised by Bruce Rogers. Each of the 37 volumes is illustrated by one of the world's leading book artists including Arthur Rackham, Eric Gill, Robert Gibbings, Jean Charlot, and Frans Masereel. Media include wood engravings and lithographs with some hand coloring. An attempt to "produce a text such as Shakespeare himself might have passed for the printer had he personally read the proofs," and surely one of the most beautiful editions, if not the most beautiful edition, of Shakespeare ever produced. Each volume is copy #705 of 1950 copies issued unsigned. Included are the Commentaries for each play, never folded in this case. The covers reproduce a patterned wall painting uncovered under many layers of wallpaper in a room in an old house in Oxford that belonged to John Davenant where Shakespeare spent nights on his annual journey to Warwickshire. When one looks at the outside of one of these books, one probably sees the very design Shakespeare saw waking after a long night of talking and drinking with Davenant who was a vintner.

      [Bookseller: Charles Agvent]
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        Tropic of Capricorn. Paris, The Obelisk Press, (1939).

      1939. 8vo. 367, (1) pp., 1 f. (errata leaf ). Original wrappers. One of two versions of first edition. "Published in February 1939, at 60 francs" (Shifreen/J.). Price "60 FRS" printed to spine. Both versions were issued in February 1939 with a "yellow errata sheet bound in before title page". - Some bumping at upper guard and minor marginal tears. Untrimmed and partly unopened. Wrappers a little soiled and scuffed. Shifreen/J. A21b.

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat Inlibris]
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      1939. José Corti, Paris 1939, 12x18,5cm, broché. - José Corti, Paris 1939, 12x18,5cm, broché. - Edition in esecuzione su carta, è stato girato oltre 25 puro in grandi giornali. Autografo Precious firmata dall'autore André Rolland Reneville: «Un signor Rolland Reneville In viva stima e molto cordiale omaggio Bachelard ..." Torna leggermente irradiati. Provenienza: Biblioteca André Rolland Reneville. [FRENCH VERSION FOLLOWS] Edition originale sur papier courant, il n'a été tiré que 25 pur fil en grands papiers. Précieux envoi autographe signé de Gaston Bachelard à André Rolland de Renéville : "A monsieur Rolland de Renéville. En témoignage de vive estime et en très cordial hommage. Bachelard". Dos légèrement insolé. Provenance : bibliothèque de André Rolland de Renéville.

      [Bookseller: Librairie Le Feu Follet]
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        Typed letter signed. Princeton, New Jersey, 15. V. 1939.

      1939. 4to. 2 pp. In English, to Dr. Frank Kingdon, President of the University of Newark, on his imprinted stationery: "This is to tell you how happy I am that you accepted the chairmanship of the American Committee for Moral Aid to the other Germany. The idea of contacting the German people directly with the help of such writers, artists, scientists, men of the church who were loved and trusted in pre-Hitler-Germany without ever having been political figures and without having therefore lost part of their prestige, as did all former party leaders, appealed to me from the very beginning. Let me tell you, however, that your acceptance, the certainty of your active participation is giving me a great deal of hope as for the success of our efforts. Letters of invitation to join our German Committee (of which I may serve as something like a Chairman, while my daughter Frik will be its Secretary) are being sent to the following friends and colleagues: Wilhelm Dieterle, Bruno Frank, Professor James Frank, Leonhardt Frank, Lotte Lehmann, Heinrich Mann, Dr. Hermann Rauschning, Ludwig Renn, Professor Max Reinhardt, Renen Schieckele, Professor Erwin Schrödinger, Professor Paul Tillich, Fritz von Unruh, Franz Wefel, Stefan Zweig. As for the American Committee I should wish to leave all decisions to your own judgement [sic]. I would, however, be very glad to discuss details with you as soon as possible. Could you arrange to come here in the near future? Realizing how busy you are I would, of course, be willing to meet you in New York, if this should be more convenient for you. Since, very much to my deep satisfaction, Mr. Paul Willert, President of Oxford University Press has agreed to be the American Committee s treasurer, it might be useful to invite him also to the meeting. All the more so, since, unfortunately, the financial question will be somehow in the foreground of our discussion. On the other hand, there can be no doubt that our chances to really accomplish important effects by what we are trying to do, are much greater than the financial risk involved. Erika is translating this letter for me and although I have full confidence in her ability of making herself understood, I beg your pardon, in case these lines are lacking some qualities of style and language. They are supposed to convey nothing more but my gratitude for your acceptance and my hopes to see you soon".

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        A complete film of Donald's aventures - Donald & Pluto - Movie book in 10 reels by Walt Disney.

      S.l. (Imprimé en France), Collins, 1939, 1 vol. (230 x 105) broché sous couvertures illustrées en couleurs représentant Donald manipulant un flip-book. Usures d'usage en bords de couverture, restauration du dos sur la partie supérieure, intérieur en très bon état. 10 mini flip-books (ou Flip Book, Movie Book, flick books ou folioscopes) comprenant 20 histoires mettant en scène Donald ou Pluto (chaque flip-book étant recto-verso), le tout est composé de 2000 images. Cet ouvrage étant destiné à être manipulé par des enfants, est devenu rarissime, surtout complet et en bon état.

      [Bookseller: Bouquinerie Aurore]
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        Shin Toa Shigen Kaihatsu Kaisetsu chizu. Great East Asia Co-prosperity Sphere Resource and Development Map.

      Tokyo Nichinichi Shimbunsha. Tokyo. 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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        The Yearling

      Scribner's, 1939 (WYETH,N.C.)illus. THE YEARLING by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings. NY: Charles Scribner's Sons 1939 (1939 A). 4to, bluish-green cloth, top edge gilt, Fine condition in publisher's blue slip case (case slightly rubbed on edges else sound and VG+) and in custom-made collector's slipcase. LIMITED TO ONLY 750 COPIES FOR SALE-SIGNED BY BOTH WYETH AND RAWLINGS. Two key facts have emerged about this edition. First, although 750 copies were printed, only 520 copies were actually bound and sent out with the binding, chemise and slip case of this version. The remaining 250 copies were bound in dark blue cloth with a darker blue slipcase and were distributed in the early 1950's. Secondly, according to letters from Rawlings to her editor, as the limited edition sheets were being printed she discovered that there was a line missing on page 196 (between lines 5 and 6). A new signature with the correction was inserted but not before some sheets were distributed. This copy has the uncorrected pages. Illustrated by Wyeth with pictorial endpapers, 14 full page color illustrations, title page decoration, plus 2 special charcoal and wash full page illustrations done for this limited edition. Also included is a facsimile of a 2 page letter by Wyeth discussing the book (not present in the trade edition). Wyeth reportedly traveled to Cross Creek, Rawlings' home, before beginning the artwork, in order to capture the essence of the area. Very scarce. Allen p. 216.. Signed by Author(s). Limited Edition. Hardcover. Fine/No Jacket.

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      London: Ward, Lock & Co., Ltd., [1939]., 1939. First edition. First U. K. edition. Light offsetting to the front and rear fly leafs, else a near fdine copy in dust jacket with light professional restoration to the spine ends and corners. A man claimed that with his artifical ear-drums he could detect sounds that others could not hear. This acute listening would allow him to manipulate any combination lock and open any safe. Was he the one that opened Mrs. King's safe and stole all of her precious diamonds and jewels? Sharp copy.

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        Mein Kampf. 2 in 1 Band. Jubiläumsausgabe anläßlich der Vollendung des 50. Lebensjahres des Führers.

      München, Zentralverlag der NSDAP, 1939. 705 S. und \"Plakatanhang\" mit Abb. von typographischen (Text)-Plakaten auf 26 Seiten. Blauer Orig.-Lederband mit Rückenvergoldung und Kopfgoldschnitt. *Anläßlich des fünfzigsten Geburtstages von Hitler wurde ein bibliophile Ausgabe in Ganzleder und in etwas größerem Format (24 x 17 cm) herausgegeben. - In sehr guter Erhaltung. - Verkauf nur zu wissenschaftlichen Zwecken gem. § 86/86a StGb. / The \"Jubiläums\" edition 1939, printed to the 50. birthday of Adolf Hitler in original blue full leather binding. Very good preserved copy in overall fine edition. Versand D: 5,00 EUR

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        Séduction. Jeunes amours. Avec des gravures sur cuivre par un artiste célèbre.

      Aux dépens d'un amateur, pour le profit de quelques autres 1939. In-8 en feuilles de 142 pages au format 25 x 19,5 cm. Couverture rempliée avec titre imprimé en rouge. Livre glissé sous double emboitâge. Complet des 11 pointes sèche, rehaussées en couleurs à la main, en hors-textes ( dont le frontispice ). Tirge clandestin uniquement à 99 exemplaires, numérotés comme suit : 10 numérotés de 1 à 10, auxquels il a été ajouté une suite des gravures et un dessin original, 10 exemplaires numérotés de 11 à 20, auxquels il a été ajouté une suite des gravures et 79 exemplaires numérotés de 21 à 99, dont le notre ( n° 26 ). Seconde édition publié une première fois en 1935, puis une troisième fois au milieu des années 1950. L'édition de 1939, est la plus rare et la plus luxueuse. Infimes frottis à l'emboitâge. Livre, lui, en état proche du neuf. De toute rareté. Edition originale illustrée.Port gratuit pour la France ( En raison des nouvelles normes postales, les livres dont l'épaisseur dépasse les 3 cm seront expédiés obligatoirement en Colissimo avec un forfait ajouté de 5 € ) Port à la charge de l'Acheteur pour le reste du monde. Pour destinations extra-planétaire s'adresser à la NASA. Membre du Syndicat Lusitanien Amateurs Morues - Vente exclusivement par correspondance ! Le libraire ne reçoit que sur rendez-vous. Il est préférable de téléphoner avant tout déplacement.

      [Bookseller: Librairie Victor Sevilla]
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        The Big Sleep

      Alfred A Knopf, New York 1939 - First Printing, with the words "FIRST EDITION" printed on the copyright page, as called for. 8vo., 125 x 193, 277pp. Publisher's original light brown/orange boards and blue wash to top edge. The front board is a little dust marked around the edges and there are a couple of tiny dark marks towards the bottom edge. All fore edge corners are firm and square. The spine is a little toned and has two slight vertical ridges. There's a small mark on the shoulder just before the "C" of Chandler and a pinhole in the cloth of the upper joint. The binding is very firm and square. Internally, there is a previous owner name at the top of the ffep. There is a little acid migration around the edges of the pastedowns and ffep, occasional spots to the prelims and a few small spots at the top of the title page. There are sporadic light finger marks and spots throughout and three pages have corner creases from having been folded over. In all, a lovely copy of the author's first book in very good original condition. It is now protected in a high quality facsimile jacket. If you would like further information or images (we have several on file ready to send), please let us know. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: The Bookshelf Online]
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        Sheba's Daughters. Being a Record of Travel in Southern Arabia. With an Appendix on the Rock Inscriptions by A.F.L. Beeston

      London: Methuen & Co., (1939) - First edition, large 8vo, (xx), 485 pp. Frontispiece and 64 black and white illustrations plus a folding map at the end, some minor foxing. Original gilt titled pale green cloth, upper cover sunned, d.w., price clipped, light wear to edges and some loss to extremities. Scarce thus.

      [Bookseller: Bow Windows Bookshop (ABA, ILAB)]
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        Sheba's Daughters Being a Record of Travel in Southern Arabia With an Appendix on the Rock Inscriptions by A F L Beeston

      London: Methuen & Co., (1939). First edition, large 8vo, (xx), 485 pp. Frontispiece and 64 black and white illustrations plus a folding map at the end, some minor foxing. Original gilt titled pale green cloth, upper cover sunned, d.w., price clipped, light wear to edges and some loss to extremities. Scarce thus.

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        Wind, Sand and Stars (Signed)

      Reynal & Hitchcock, New York 1939 - Leather-backed patterned boards. Limited first American edition: Copy #381 of 500 numbered copies SIGNED by the author in his characteristic tiny handwriting. Book is crisp and clean. Leather spine is lightly worn at top and bottom, and there is light fading at edges of boards. Gilt title on spine and top is bright. Blue reading ribbon sewn in. No slipcase. Decorative endpapers. The notable memoir by the French aristocrat aviator-writer. Among its many awards and distinctions, the book was voted No. 1 in Outside magazine's all-time list of 25 adventure-explorer books. Translated from the French by Lewis Galantiere. 8vo. 306 pp. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Soft Cover]

      [Bookseller: Warwick Books, member IOBA]
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        A Midsummer Night's Dream. The text of the First Folio, with Quarto insertions, Edited and amended where obscure by Herbert Farjeon. Illustrated from water-colors by Arthur Rackham.

      New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1939 - Folio. Original decorative boards, cloth backstrip lettered in gilt, top edge gilt, others untrimmed and occasionally unopened. Gilt spine-lettering a little darkened, one or two slight marks internally, an excellent copy. Colour frontispiece and 5 colour plates captioned below the illustration. Deluxe edition, Arthur Rackham's own copy, one of the 37 volumes of The Plays of William Shakespeare published for subscribers by The Limited Editions Club of New York, the edition designed by Bruce Rogers and printed at the Press of A. Colish, New York, in an edition of 1,950 copies, this copy unnumbered but with Rackham's initials in place of a number and with the publisher's presentation blindstamp to the colophon leaf.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA member]
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        The Medals [Signed by George Seferis -- Seferiádes, Georgios; Seferis, Giorgos -- to Rex Warner, with two drawings by Seferis]

      New York: E. P. Dutton & Co., Inc., 1939. First American edition. Hardcover. Very Good/very good. A Very Good copy of the first American edition, first printing (lower board corners bumped, spine ends gently pushed, mildly askew) in a Very Good + dust jacket (tiny and small chips to the dust jacket's edges, spine sunned, 1 1/4 inch tear starting at the front panel's top edge -- still a very good + example of this title's fragile and typically rather worn uncommon dust jacket), INSCRIBED, SIGNED, PLACED, and DECORATED BY GEORGE SEFERIS TO REX WARNER; a collection of 12 short stories by Luigi Pirandello, the famed Italian author of novels, short stories, and plays. Widely considered to be a forerunner to the "Theatre of the Absurd", Pirandello's dramatic works influenced the careers great Playwrights such as Samuel Beckett, Eugène Ionesco, Jean Genet, Harold Pinter, Tom Stoppard, Friedrich Dürrenmatt, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Fernando Arrabal, Edward Albee, and others. A literary genius of his day, Luigi Pirandello won the 1934 Noble Prize in Literature for his "bold and brilliant renovation of the drama and the stage". A Greek Diplomat and Ambassador to the UK, and one of the Twentieth Century's most important Greek Poets, George Seferis won the 1963 Nobel Prize in Literature for "his eminent lyrical writing, inspired by a deep feeling for the Hellenic world of culture", making him the first Greek ever to have received the Prize. GEORGE SEFERIS, INSCRIBED, SIGNED, PLACED, and DECORATED this book on the front free endpaper to his great friend, frequent translator, and fellow author Rex Warner (whose excellent translations of Seferis' works were a major factor in Seferis' winning the Prize) as follows: "Rex Warner [underscored] / Tiwpyos Efyipms [his Greek name using English letters] / Storrs Connecticut" under which SEFERIS HAS DRAWN TWO IMAGES ACCOMPANIED BY TWO PAGE NUMBERS. The pages referenced by Seferis are page 103, the first page of the story titled "Sicilian Honour" and page 155, the first page of the story titled "Sicilian Tangerines". Corresponding to the stories, the first of Seferis' drawings appears to be of a shield and the second appears to be of tangerine sections. Books signed by George Seferis are quite scarce and those by other authors signed and presented by Seferis are scarcer still. A Very Good copy of one Nobel Prize-winning author's copy of another Nobel Prize-winning author's work, SIGNED AND PLACED BY GEORGE SEFERIS WITH TWO ILLUSTRATIONS BY GEORGE SEFERIS RELATED TO THE BOOK'S CONTENT. QUITE SCARCE INDEED.

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        Notes autographes signées de réflexions

      - Claude FRANCOIS (1939 - 1978), chanteur français Pièce autographe signée « C.F. ». (1971) ; 2 pages in-8° Pensées, mots d’humeurs jetées sur le papier, où se révèle l’artiste dans sa nature profonde, rare pièce : « On me traite d’aristocrate moi qui ai dû me battre toute ma vie pour survivre. Non, je ne dois rien à personne. Je n’ai jamais su demander mais j’ai toujours dû prouver. Je ne suis pas la réussite de quelques privilégiés d’exceptions mais je suis la réussite de vous tous J’ai subi (encaissé) les mauvaises années et mérité (savouré) les bonnes. MAIS je dois TOUT à vous tous et à tout le monde ! Les penseurs (trouver le mot) m’ont toujours trainé dans la boue Mais je tenais puisque le public me souriait (toujours tenu puisque toujours souri ). Je n’ai jamais su mentir, ni faire semblant C’est pour cela que le public a suivi mais pas les autres » [Attributes: Signed Copy]

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      BEMELMANS, LUDWIG. BEMELMANS,LUDWIG. MADELINE. NY: Simon & Schuster 1939 (1939). Large 4to (9 1/4 x 12 1/4"), pictorial boards, a Fine copy in VG+ dust wrapper with a bit of fraying at spine ends and a few small closed edge tears. 1st edition of Bemelman's most famous and most popular book. Wonderful color illustrations on every page accompany the rhyming story of Madeline. This is a great copy. Caldecott Honor.

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      1939 - 61-[1] pp. Paris, Denöel, 1939, in-8, 61-[1] pp, broché, couverture imprimée, Rare exemplaire sur papier d'édition de ce premier roman de Sarraute, et dont il n'y a eu que 10 exemplaires sur alfa hors commerce. Exemplaire appartenant à Victor et Nadia du Bouchet, parents du poète français André du Bouchet. En bel état, agrémenté d'un envoi signé de l'auteur en page de titre "A Nadia et Victor du Bouchet, affectueusement N. S." [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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      Limited Editions Club 1939-1940, New York - Thirty-seven folio (8-3/4" x 13") volumes bound in gold-stamped half natural buckram, top edges gilt, with the paper sides, printed in four colors with the 2 matching poetry volumes. Edited by Herbert Farjeon, who created the Nonesuch edition text of Shakespeare, to restore the original typographic style and spelling; typography planned and production supervised by Bruce Rogers. Each of the 37 volumes is illustrated by one of the world's leading book artists including Arthur Rackham, Eric Gill, Robert Gibbings, Jean Charlot, and Frans Masereel. Media include wood engravings and lithographs with some hand coloring. An attempt to "produce a text such as Shakespeare himself might have passed for the printer had he personally read the proofs," and surely one of the most beautiful editions, if not the most beautiful edition, of Shakespeare ever produced. Each volume is copy #705 of 1950 copies issued unsigned. Included are the Commentaries for each play, never folded in this case. The covers reproduce a patterned wall painting uncovered under many layers of wallpaper in a room in an old house in Oxford that belonged to John Davenant where Shakespeare spent nights on his annual journey to Warwickshire. When one looks at the outside of one of these books, one probably sees the very design Shakespeare saw waking after a long night of talking and drinking with Davenant who was a vintner. Slight browning to the gutters of some volumes, contents bright and fresh. Spines foxed to varying degrees, some very much so. Overall an attractive set in at least Very Good condition [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Charles Agvent, est. 1987, ABAA, ILAB]
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        L'Atlantide. Illustrations en couleurs de Léon Carré.

      Paris, H. Piazza, 1939. In-8, 271 pp, broché, couverture illustrée, sous étui cartonné. Illustré de 25 compositions en couleurs de Léon Carré et d'une importante partie décorative en deux tons de Pierre COURTOIS. Tirage à 1100 ex. UN DES 40 EXEMPLAIRES DU TIRAGE DE TETE SUR JAPON NACRE, signés par l'auteur et contenant une suite en couleur et une suite en noir des illustrations. TRES BEL EXEMPLAIRE EN PARFAIT ETAT.

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        Shell Guide to Wiltshire. A Series of Views. [First Faber edition], BRIGHT, CLEAN COPY OF THE FIRST FABER EDITION

      Faber, [1939] - 4to., First Edition thus, with numerous plates on cream stock, photographs (many full-page) in the text, 2 full-page coloured maps and pictorial endpapers; original ivory cloth, backstrip blocked in blue and lettered in white, comb-bound as issued, covers faintly browned at edges else a very good, bright, clean copy. Originally published by Architectural Press in 1935, this is one of the first ten titles in this wonderful series edited by Betjeman (see Peterson D4). In 1939 the imprint passed to Faber who replaced the characteristic comb-binding with conventional cloth and standardised the titles. The Gazetteer was compiled by Edith Olivier. VERY SCARCE, ESPECIALLY IN THIS CONDITION. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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      Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1939. : , 1939. Hardcover first edition - Hurston's novel of Moses from an African-American folklore point of view - as the great 'Voodoo Man' of the Bible. In the first issue binding, finely woven reddish-brown cloth stamped in orange on the front boards and spine. Very good in a good only dust jacket (dampstaining to back cover of the dj, and affecting the rear board and spine of the book very slightly, chip missing at top of spine of dj, gift inscription dated in 1942. Despite these flaws, this is a straight and attractive copy of Hurston's rather hard to find last novel and the illustration on the front cover of the dj is striking. ) .

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        Coming Up for Air

      Gollancz, UK 1939 - 1st Edition 1939. One of Orwell's hardest titles to obtain as 1st edition. Recently fully bound up in full calf leather, gilt to page edges and with hand marbled endpapers. The Book is fine and very bright. Contents good with six small numbers to rear of title page. More images can be taken upon request. Ref 11209 Size: 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Two albums with black-and-white photographs. Berlin, 1939-1972.

      1939. 2 albums containing a total of 49 large-format black-and-white prints (measuring up to 18 x 24 cm), some signed "Freund". Contemp. percaline (24.5 x 35 cm). High-quality photographs, mainly showing the winners of harness races driven by Harry Myrcik, including the horses Editor, Poldi, Aeolus, Burgschwester, Ester Cane, Norina, Cila, Fulklapp, Herbstwind, Cape Horn, Cedar, Ambrina, Akkord, Quarminus, Miami II, Sonnenmeister, Quintaner, Marie, and Oheim. Also, several offical finishing line photos and a few portraits. The collection is arranged chronologically; the 30 images in the first volume are tipped in, while the 19 in volume 2 are loose. Often, the image is captioned in calligraphy, citing the name of the winning horse and its owner, the measured time, the place and date of the race, etc., some signed by photographer (and stamped: "Foto - Freund, Berlin / Charlottenburg"). Most photos were taken at the Berlin's Mariendorf trotting course, founded in 1913 and revived in the 1960s after war damage was repaired. - Three smaller photos have been removed; otherwise perfect.

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      NY: S&S, 1939, 1939 Published in New York by Simon and Schuster in 1939. First Edition, 1939 stated on title page. This book has a protective cover over the DJ. Book very good except for wearing on corners, spine ends, and joints, slight fading and discoloration on boards, spine, and randomly throughout inside pages. DJ good except for chipping on corners, wearing and creasing along top and bottom edges, missing piece of top spine end, 2 inch tear on top edge of front cover near spine, chipping on bottom spine end, 1 1/2" tear on top edge of back cover, DJ detached at front spine joint, fading and discoloration on covers, spine and inside flaps. DJ has been price clipped.. F. Hardcover.

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      The Viking Press (1939), New York - Second Printing Before Publication of this winner of the Pulitzer Prize. This copy belonged to screenwriter Jerry Cady (A WING AND A PRAYER; LAURA; FOREVER AMBER; CALL NORTHSIDE 777) to whom the author has INSCRIBED and SIGNED this book. According to Cady's daughter, the two got into a huge argument at Murphy's bar one night about the book and Cady said that this kind of thing didn't go on in America. Steinbeck then INSCRIBED the book on the dedication page "To Jerry Cady/As far as I know it, this is what happens to them/John Steinbeck." This book shows some evidence that it was carried to Murphy's on more than one occasion. The exterior shows minor edgewear, mostly at the bottom edge. The front endpaper is mostly pasted down to the front pastedown, but what can be seen shows the ink stamp of the Boulevard Circulating Library on Hollywood Blvd. The half-title page has a few small tears, and there is an old dampstain on the outer margin edge of the first few pages, including the dedication page, but not touching the Steinbeck inscription. Accompanying the book are a few pages of Cady's scrapbook that includes family photos and photos of his boat, his driver's license and Twentieth Century Fox ID card, and the 8 November 1948 headline of the LOS ANGELES EXPRESS: "Screen Writer Dies in Mystery." Cady died from an overdose of sleeping pills on his yacht off Catalina Island. He was nominated for an Oscar in 1945 for his screenplay for A WING AND A PRAYER. A beautiful Steinbeck presentation in a Good only copy [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

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        What's Become Of Waring (Presentation Copy - Inscribed And Signed By The Author)

      The First UK printing published by Cassell in 1939.The BOOK is in near FINE condition.Original publisher's brick red cloth with electric blue titling.Slight bumping and fading to the spine tips.Very minor handling wear to edges.Binding remains tight and square.Faint offsetting to the end papers.Light toning and spotting to the text block.Free from markings and erasures. Presentation copy: Inscribed and Signed by the Author to the front blank end paper:'James Tucker, from, Anthony Powell,rather late in, the day, May, 1990'.The book has additionally been Signed by the Author to the title page.The recipient, James Tucker was a writer and bibliographer who had published 'The Novels of Anthony Powell' in 1976.Genuinely recognised as the author's scarcest title.Fewer than 1000 copies had been sold prior to the destruction in the Blitz of Cassell's stock at La Belle Sauvage near St. Paul's. Powell's scarce fifth novel, set within the world of publishing and critiquing the fad for spiritualism. An extremely difficult first edition title to find in such good original condition, let alone as an inscribed association copy.Housed in a custom solander box.

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        4 eigenh. Briefe mit U. Böhmisch Kamnitz und Dresden, 29. VI. - 18. XII. 1939, einer ohne Ort und Datum [wohl 1941].

      1939. Zusammen (2+2+2+2=) 8 SS. auf 4 Bll. Gr.-4to. Mit einem eh. adr. Kuvert und einer Beilage (s. u.). Alle an Dieter Keller, damals wohl im Stuttgarter Spemann-Verlag tätig. - Inhaltsreiche Briefe über die private Situation Hegenbarths (1884-1962) in den ersten Kriegsjahren, sein Ischias-Leiden, das ihn in seinem Schaen sehr einschränkte ("Aber wie geht es anderen, jüngeren Kollegen? Sie sind eingezogen und kommen überhaupt nicht zur Ausübung Ihrer berufl. Tätigkeit") und ein Illustrationsprojekt: "›Turul› macht mir sehr viel Freude und ich hoffe Ihnen das gesamte Material in zirka 20 Tagen zugehen lassen zu können". - Ende 1939 dankt er dafür, "dass ich mir je einen Abzug von den Turul-Illustrationen behalten darf". - Bietet Keller an, ihm einige Bilder zu übersenden, von denen er sich eines aussuchen und dafür als Dankeszeichen nur einen Freundschaftspreis zu zahlen brauche: "Erstaunt bin ich immer wieder, wie Sie bisher meine Arbeiten verfolgen und finde Ihr Interesse daran sehr lieb [...] Sie haben mich durch Ihre neuerliche Empfehlung beim Verlag abermals verbunden". - Die Erwähnung der Illustrationen zu Josef Bieniasz' Bärengeschichte "Turul" korrigiert die Entstehung der Arbeiten um ein Jahrzehnt. Wie viele der Illustrationsfolgen aus der Kriegszeit fand sich auch für dieses Buch erst nach Kriegsende ein Verleger, das Buch erschien 1952 im Stuttgarter Franckh Verlag, in dem Dieter Keller tätig war. - Beilagen: Ein Neujahrskarte. Klischeedruck nach Tuschzeichnung. Rückseitig mit eigenhändigem Gruß. - Gut erhalten. Vgl. Löffer D 30.

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        EPISTOLARIO DE NUEVA ESPANA 1505-1818: Vols. I-XII

      Mexico: Libreria Robredo 1939-1940., 1939. Vols. 1-12 (of sixteen) only of this comprehensive collection of offical letters of the Mexican government under Spain. Red cloth. Ex-library with various library ownership markings else a clean tight set in very good condition. Text in Spanish.

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        Amour et Psyché. Edition enrichie d'une préface, de notes et du texte latin, manuscrite, ornée, et illustrée de compositions originales en couleurs gravées à l'eau-forte par André Lambert.

      Paris, la Tradition, 1939. 1 vol. grand in-8. En feuilles, couverture imprimée, sous chemise et étui. [5]ff, 5pp, [3]pp, 92pp, [2]ff, hpp, [2]ff, XLIpp, 5pp. Tirage limité à 350 exemplaires, celu-ci un des 253 exemplaires sur Vélin d'Arches. Ouvrage orné de 25 superbes eaux-fortes en couleurs par André Lambert, s'intégrant parfaitement au texte.

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        Step By Step

      London: Thornton Butterworth Limited, 1939. First edition, first printing. Hardcover. This is an exceptional copy of an important Churchill title. We find it increasingly difficult to locate copies of this quality. Churchill's last book published before the outbreak of the Second World War includes 82 newspaper articles focused on foreign affairs written by Churchill at the end of his "wilderness years" between March 1936 and May 1939. Many of them of course contain his warnings and predictions about Nazi Germany. Step By Step was published in June 1939. Only a few short months later, on September 1st 1939, Germany would invade Poland. Churchill would be invited to join the War Cabinet, reprising his First World War role as First Lord of the Admiralty. Less than a year after publication, in May 1940, Churchill would become Prime Minister. As a measure of Churchill's prescience and ultimate vindication, upon publication, Labour leader Clement Attlee, a political opponent who would replace Churchill as Prime Minister in late July 1945, wrote to Churchill, "It must be a melancholy satisfaction to you to see how right you were." Others were even more blunt. Sir Desmond Morton, military officer, government official, and appeasement opponent, wrote to Churchill, "Many years on, historians will read this and your speeches in Arms and the Covenant. They will wonder but I doubt they will decide what devil of pride, unbelief, selfishness or sheer madness possessed the English people that they did not rise as one man" and "call on you to lead them." Here is the British first edition, first printing, a truly fine copy in a near fine plus dust jacket, quite scarce thus. The green cloth binding is square, clean, and tight with bright spine gilt, sharp corners, and virtually no wear. The contents are immaculate with no spotting and no previous ownership marks. Faint differential toning to the endpapers confirms what the binding already tells us - that this copy has spent life jacketed. Even the page edges are notably clean apart from a hint of dust soiling to the top edge. The dust jacket for this edition was thin, making it particularly fragile, as well as light in color and highly susceptible to soiling. The dust jacket is unclipped and entirely complete, with no losses. We note only light overall soiling. The spine remains quite unusually bright; there is light soiling and trivial wrinkling to the spine ends that does not appreciably mitigate the overall excellent shelf presentation. The dust jacket is protected in a removable, archival quality clear cover. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A111.1.a, Woods/ICS A45(a.1), Langworth p.197.

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        Grapes of Wrath

      Viking Press, New York 1939 - First Edition, First Printing with the words "First Published in April 1939" printed on the copyright page. Musically-themed endpapers. Beige cloth depicting a farmer overlooking a road filled with carriages. A beautiful copy of this classic novel by Steinbeck. Protected by Mylar. No dust jacket. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Tabak und Organismus - Handbuch der gesamten Tabakkunde

      Hippokrates-Verlag, Stuttgart 1939 - Mit 45 Abbildungen und 21 Tabellen im Text (Rauschgiftbekämpfung); Einband leicht berieben, Innenspiegel mit Exlibris, Titelseite mit Eckabriß ohne Textverlust, einige Besitzerstempel der Hansestadt Hamburg, Kopfschnitt nachgedunkelt, Seitenschnitt minimal fleckig, anonsten sauberes Exemplar [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Eigenh. Briefentwurf. [Princeton, 18. XI. 1939].

      1939. 2½ SS. auf 2 Bll. Gr.-4to. An den Vorstand der "League of American Wrighters", dem US-amerikanischen Schriftstellerverband, zu dessen Ehrenpräsidenten Thomas Mann im Juni des Jahres ernannt worden war. - Im November erschien im Bulletin der League der Artikel "France today" von Elliot Paul, den Thomas Mann verwundert "als Letzter und nur zufällig zu sehen" bekam. - "Aber der Aufsatz selbst stellt eine nur zu überzeugende Rechtfertigung dieser Notmaßnahmen dar, denn er beweist die völlige Abhängigkeit des internationalen Kommunismus von der russischen Macht- und Bündnispolitik, er dient nicht etwa sachlicher Information, sondern ist ein Akt stalinistischer Kriegssabotage, eine politische Kampfhandlung gegen die Demokratien zugunsten Hitlers und Stalins". - Besonders diesen Absatz hat Mann in dem Entwurf stark überarbeitet, eine erste Fassung wurde nach zahlreichen Änderungen vollkommen gestrichen und auf dem zweiten Blatt neu begonnen. Auch diese Fassung weicht von der gedruckten Fassung in einigen Passagen und Formulierungen ab. - "Zwischen dieser Gesinnung [seiner eigenen, "anti-totalitären und demokratischen Überzeugung"] und der einer Vereinigung, aus der Manifeste wie der Artikel ›France today‹ hervorgehen, besteht eine solche Übereinstimmung aber offenbar nicht, und so kann ich die mir freundlichst übertragene Ehrenstellung nicht länger als gerechtfertigt ansehen". - Da ihm "laute Demonstrationen widerstehen", bittet er, seinen Namen von dem ihm eingeräumten Ehrenplatz zu streichen [...]". Auch hier finden sich im Entwurf zahlreiche Streichungen und Änderungen. - Der Entwurf entstand wohl noch am 17. November, denn bereits am 18. November diktierte er seiner Frau Katja die endgültige Fassung, am 24. November wurde das Schreiben übersetzt und dürfte kurz danach abgeschickt worden sein. - Für Thomas Manns politische Stellung in seiner Exilzeit und seine Sicht auf das Verhältnis der westlichen Welt zum stalinistischen Russland von ganz enormer Bedeutung. Durch die zahlreichen Bearbeitungen hat der Briefentwurf Manuskriptcharakter. - Gelocht und mit Abdruck einer Büroklammer. Vom Vorbesitzer ehemals im Rahmen präsentiert, daher im Passepartoutausschnitt leicht gebräunt. - Mit Bleistiftanmerkung zum Empfänger und dem Hinweis "Geschenk von Frau Mann 1970". - Thomas Mann, Briefe 1937-1947, SS. 134/135.

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        13 ALS and 12 APcS. Mostly Vienna, Ramsau and Rindlberg, 21.XI. 1939-8.IV. 1989.

      1939. Altogether 35 pp. Various formats (4to to small 8vo). With 5 envelopes addressed in von Einem's hand. Copious correspondence with his aunt, Baroness Irmgard v. Willisen, and his cousin, Countess Michaela v. Stolberg. Von Einem reports on his compositions, his travels and holidays, touches upon internal family affairs, and discusses extensively the complications and problems arising during his various productions. - Fine collection of letters and postcards, encompassing half a century of the life of the important opera composer ('Dantons Tod', e. g.) with amusing, pointed, and occasionally rather caustic remarks.

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        3 ms. Briefe mit eigenh. U. und 1 eh. Postkarte mit U. Nordwijk aan Zee, Pacific Palisades und Princeton, 1939 bis 1946.

      1939. Zusammen 3½ SS. auf 3 Bll. Gr.-4to und qu.-8vo. An den Schriftsteller Friedrich Heydenau (1886-1960), u. a. über dessen "interessanten Roman" (4. Juni o. J.) und seine "Okkulten Erlebnisse", die er für Dr. Scherlag signiert hatte (9. II. 1946): "Herzlich willkommen in diesem Land! Wir sind sehr froh, dass Sie alle Fährnisse hinter sich haben und wohlgeborgen bei Ihrem Bruder sind [...]" (28. I. 1941). - Friedrich Heydenau war 1939 nach Schweden und 1940 in die USA emigriert und sollte 1947 aus New York nach Wien zurückkehren. - Die Briefe auf Briefpapier mit gedr. Briefkopf; etwas knittrig und angestaubt und mit Randläsuren.

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        Japanese Album of Photographs Showing the Construction of the Atelier of Kodama Kibo and a Teahouse for Yamada Soyu

      Album containing approximately 142 black and white photographs, the first portion showing the construction of the residence/atelier of Kodama Kibo, an artist from Hiroshima who needed a larger space to accommodate his many students and disciples, the second portion with photographs and elevations showing the construction of a teahouse for Yamada Soyu, a tea ceremony grand master, together with four laid-in tissue paper sheets of elevated architectural drawings in pencil. Many photographs with hand-written captions in Japanese. Some pages with loose or missing photos, others mounted on album leaves with photo corners. 4to. Fabric-covered boards with rubbed gold-painted title to front cover. (n.p.) circa 1939. Kodama Kibo was born in Hiroshima in 1898, studied under an important Meiji-period artist, Kawai Gyokudo, and exhibited at the Teiten and Nitten shows. He took on numerous students during his lifetime, and with a group of them was responsible for restoring the dragon on the ceiling of the Benten-do Temple, which was damaged during World War II. Yamada Soyu was the 8th Grand Master of the Sohen-ryu school for Japanese tea ceremony, and taught in Turkey early in his career, counting among his students the future Atatürk. This album provides an interesting glimpse into pre-war Japanese construction techniques with designs and buildings created for two important figures. The album itself may have belonged to an architect who worked on the projects.

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        Esposizione Universale di Roma MCMXLII. XX E.F.

      a cura del Commissariato Generale, Arti Grafiche Pizzi & Pizio, Milano-Roma 1939 - Legatura editoriale rossa ad imitazione pelle con fregio a secco al piatto anteriore, fasci littori su quello posteriore e titolo oro al dorso. Astuccio editoriale in tela beige. Esemplare in eccellente stato di conservazione. Questa è l edizione di lusso - in soli 1200 esemplari - dell opera pubblicata per l Esposizione Universale che si sarebbe dovuta tenere a Roma nel 1942 in un quartiere di nuova costruzione chiamato appunto EUR. Le grandi tavole a colori, tra cui una di Mario Sironi (p. 61), raffigurano piante e prospetti delle costruzioni progettate secondo canoni stilistici propri del periodo fascista da alcuni dei maggiori architetti del tempo come Marcello Piacentini, Adalberto Libera e Bruno La Padula. Opera sempre rara, ma ancor più difficile a trovarsi, come è la nostra, con il suo astuccio originale ed in condizioni di assoluta freschezza. Folio imperiale (cm. 58), 88 pp., 1 c.nn., 2 ritratti e 27 illustrazioni in nero e a colori (di cui 4 a doppia pagina).

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        Portraitphotographie mit eigenh. U. O. O., [1939].

      1939. 1 S. 8vo. Halbfigürliches Portrait beim Schreibtisch sitzend: "Knut Hamsun / (80 Jahre)".

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        Portrait photograph signed and dated. Nörholm, 26. VIII. 1939.

      1939. 135:111 mm, mounted on cardboard. Depicting the poet in profile, writing at the desk.

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        Autograph letter signed ("Sigm. Freud"). London, 27. IV. 1939.

      1939. Large 4to. 1 p. With autogr. envelope. Short but comprehensive letter to the Dutch writer and journalist Cornelis de Dood, about his just-published final work, "Moses and Monotheism". Freud apologizes for being unable to write more about Dood's "interesting letter", but his poor health will not permit to do so. He expresses his conviction that it is hard to believe that Moses found circumcision practiced among Jews, since all accounts indicated that the ritual was of Egyptian origin. - On headed paper.

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        Autograph letter signed to his father.

      Autograph letter signed ("Dylan"), to his father ("Dear Dad"), written a few days before the outbreak of the Second World War. Four pages, 8vo, with autograph envelope. The letter thanks him for the "Grand, magnificent dictionary...It is a most valuable thing for me to have", he expresses pleasure that his father enjoyed, his recently published The Map of Love a collection of poetry and prose. ("Do please tell me what you liked best in it, & what seemed most difficult & unattractive.."). He refers to reviews of the work although he has only read one himself, which is not surprising as the book's reception was completely overshadowed by the build up to war. He describes the first batch of dental work he had received the day before. He follows with a discussion of unfolding world events..."These are awful days, & we are very worried. It is terrible to have built, out of nothing, a complete happiness - from no money, no possessions, no material hopes - & a way of living & then to see the immediate possibility of its being exploded & ruined & If I could pray, I'd pray for peace. I'm not a man of action; & the brutal activities of war appall me - as they do every decent-thinking person. Even here the war atmosphere is thick & smelling: the kids dance in the streets, the mobilised soldiers sing Tipperary in the pubs, & wives & mothers weep around the stunted memorial in the grist." Germany invaded Poland three days later. Very good, slightly worn at folds.

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        A large archive of material featuring ten (1 autogr. and 9 typed) letters to Wsevolode Grünberg and a short autograph note by Einstein, an ALS by Elsa Einstein and 2 TLS by Helene Dukas. Accompanied by a large archive of Grünberg's papers, consisting of well over 1,000 pages of material including some of his original drawings for his hydrofoil improvements, copies of his patents, etc. Princeton (NJ), Peconic, New York and Saranac Lake (NY), 1939 to 1948.

      1939. I: Albert Einstein. Mostly 4to. Altogether 11 pp. II: - Elsa Einstein: 8vo. 2 pp. - III: Helene Dukas. 4to. 2 pp. Grünberg, who later in life changed his name to Waldemar A. Craig, was an aeronautical engineer who developed an important design for the hydrofoil. The letters accompany a large archive of Grünberg's papers, consisting of well over 1,000 pages of material including some of his original drawings for his hydrofoil improvements, copies of his patents, (including a large dossier of declassified tests performed in the years immediately following WWI), photographs, correspondence, and other related documents and ephemera. - Grünberg, the nephew of a close friend of Einstein, appears to have become acquainted with Albert and his second wife Elsa sometime in the late 1920s or early 1930s, if not personally, by correspondence. In an undated letter from Berlin, written sometime before 1932, Elsa Einstein commented to Grünberg: "I am assuming you are just as kind and clever as you uncle, our dear friend. My husband and I were so glad having been able doing this small favor for you. Mr. Dunne wrote a most gracious note to us from Florida. In particular I want to thank you for the delicious grapefruits [...]" and adding "Feel free to call on me anytime, if you think I could be of help. Please be sure and do". - Apparently Grünberg took her advice, and travelling to the United States in 1939 approached Einstein for an introduction to fellow engineers in the U. S. in order to demonstrate his hydrofoil designs. The two met in June 1939 at the home of Irving Lehman in Port Chester, New York. - In addition to the introduction to the American engineering community, Einstein also agreed to handle a complex inheritance matter for Grünberg. On 1 July 1939, the same day he recommended Grünberg to his American associates, he wrote to him that he had written "a most insistent letter to Mr. Plesch in which I suggested to name an arbitrator in the inheritance matter who would be agreeable to you as well as to me and who could personally communicate with Mr. Plesch and yourself". Enclosing the letter to Dr. Lewis, Einstein advised, "I cannot understand though, how you could succeed to find a position here without a valid residence permit. I urge you to carefully investigate this subject prior to making use of the enclosed letter". Einstein continued to assist Grünberg with the inheritance issue, acting as a go-between Grünberg in the U. S. and Mr. Plesch in France. - Despite some annoyances, Einstein did what he could for Grünberg both for his inheritance and his scientific pursuits - Grünberg's personal papers concern his research on his hydrofoil designs which he first developed in France. The archive includes some of Grünberg's original drawings demonstrating applications for his design as well as some manuscript calculations in his hand, some original U. S. patent certificates for several inventions, one German patent awarded to him in 1930, original photographs, likely from the early 1930s, and several magazines including Popular Science and others discussing Grünberg's work and designs. - Detailed description available upon request.

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