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        Changing New York (First Edition)

      E.P. Dutton, New York 1939 - First Edition. A very nice copy of an important title, probably the premiere monograph of New York images, predicting the series ideas of Ruscha and many others.Near Fine in a Very Good plus dust jacket. Corners lightly bumped, a little soiling to the boards. Jacket has three small internal repairs (not restoration), and a few small nicks and closed tears.Parr and Badger, Vol.1, p. 141. Hasselblad, pp. 130-131. Roth, p. 1001. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Royal Books, Inc., ABAA]
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        Quixotic Perquisitions.

      London: The Europa Press, 1939 - Octavo. Original yellow cloth, red lettered spine. With the dust jacket. Jacket spine sunned, spine of binding slightly rolled. An excellent copy. Half-tone frontispiece of Quixote and Sancho Panza by John Buckland-Wright. First and limited edition, number 178 of 300 copies, of this collection of poems by George Reavey (1907-1976), the Russian-born Irish surrealist poet, publisher and translator, who was also Samuel Beckett's first literary agent: his Europa Press published Beckett's Echo's Bones in 1935. Tipped to the front free endpaper is a 13-line typed poem signed by Reavey (dated 1947), dedicated to Mr & Mrs Leslie Daiken and entitled "Happy New Year, ViV2V3V4V5" (opening "There was a poet who smoked too much, and scattered his ash too far"). Leslie Daiken (1912-1964) was a poet and authority on children's customs, toys, games, and nursery rhymes; he was also a student of Beckett's at Trinity College, Dublin (his papers are held at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, University of Texas at Austin). Loosely inserted is an autograph letter signed from Reavey to Daiken (dated "15/viii/47", on Reavey's personal letterhead) mentioning a recent trip to Paris and Switzerland and a meeting that Reavey had with Samuel Beckett: "Saw Sam there. Incidentally, Watt is hot just now - a good chance of publication but not yet 100% certain". This is a fascinating fleeting glimpse into the publishing history of Beckett's early masterpiece. Despite Reavey's upbeat tone he was unsuccessful in finding a publisher for Watt, and it was not published until 1953 (by Maurice Girodias's Olympia Press). "Beckett went to Dublin by way of London [in late March 1947] to check on the peregrinations of Watt. He was technically committed to have Richard Marsh act as his literary agent because Marsh had purchased the European Literary Bureau before the war from Reavey. But Beckett felt more comfortable working with someone he knew, and so he officially engaged Reavey as his agent" (Deirde Bair, Samuel Beckett: A Biography, 1993, p. 364). [Attributes: First Edition]

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA member]
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        Secret Despatches From Arabia

      Golden Cockerel Press, 1939. 1st edition. Hardcover. Foreword by A. W. Lawrence. Excellent cream linen covers bound in quarter niger morocco, this number 80 out of 1000 copies issued. Superbly clean pages, no foxing, mould-made paper. Bound by Sangorski & Sutcliffe. A very nice copy of Lawrence's writings from the confidential Cairo 'Arab Bulletin' of 1916, as well as an article, 'Syrian Cross-Currents', not previously printed.

      [Bookseller: Shellhouse Books]
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        IL MUSEO MUSSOLINI

      La libreria dello stato, 1939 ** al1. 1a edizione, un volume in eccellenti condizioni, brossura con sovraccoperta, 400 pagine circa, a cura del Reale Istituto d'Archeologia e Storia dell'Arte sotto gli auspici del Governatorato di Roma, prefazione di R. Paribeni, con numerose tavole

      [Bookseller: Messinissa Libri]
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        Chanson complète

      Paris, Nouvelle Revue Française, 1939 25,8 x 19,3 cm, broché, couverture imprimée, 62 pp., 5 ff. n. ch. Édition originale en service de presse (après 5 ex. sur Japon nacré et 15 ex. sur vergé d'Arches). Exemplaire comportant un envoi autographe signé de l'auteur à Léon-Paul Fargue. Rare provenance. .

      [Bookseller: Librairie Faustroll]
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        Geschichte in Bildern - I.- IV. Band,

      - Stuttgart, Verlag für Volksgesundung, ohne Jahr (1939), Gebundene Ausgabe, Halbleineneinband- Mappe, Großformat-quer, 80 + 71 + 70 + 125 Blätter mit Zeichnungen zur deutschen Geschichte, Adel, politische und militärische Anführer, Schlachten etc., Der IV. Band beschäftigt sich ausschließlich mit dem Dritten Reich, Zeichnungen von allen bekannten Funktionsträgern, weiterhin Tafeln mit Wiedergabe von Propaganda-Bildern, Einbände mit kleinen Beschädigungen, Zustand 2- (F1443) [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat Helmut Weitze]
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        The Grapes of Wrath

      The Viking Press 1939 - First edition of this novel in first issue dust jacket illustrated by Elmer Hader, adapted in 1940 into a film directed by John Ford, starring Henry Fonda and Jane Darwell, octavo, 619 pages, fine copy in fine dust jacket, housed in a fine matching custom-made clamshell box by Julie Nadot. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: alain marchet]
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        Lenin (V I Ulyanov)

      Unpaginated (circa 220 pp.) text documenting the life of the Soviet leader, including images of numerous letters and articles written by the leader accompanied by translations into English, the work is a remarkable example of political hagiography, featuring images from the moment of his birth through to his death, heavily illustrated throughout (most full-page, many color, many tipped-in) with reproductions of paintings, facsimiles of documents, and images from photographs. Large 4to. Cloth, edges slightly rubbed, spine torn. Ogiz (State Publishing House of Political Literature) 1939.

      [Bookseller: F.A. Bernett Books]
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        Step by Step 1936?1939

      London: Thornton Butterworth Ltd,, 1939. Octavo. Original green cloth, titles to spine gilt, rule in blind to top and bottom of boards, publisher's device in blind to bottom of fore-edge corner. With the dust jacket. Folding map of Europe at the rear. A couple of small spots to edge of text block; an excellent copy in the jacket with some rubbing to panels, nicks to extremities and short closed tear to foot of rear panel. First edition, first impression of this volume of Churchill's weekly commentaries arguing against appeasement, first published in the Evening Standard and subsequently syndicated throughout Europe. Described in the jacket blurb as "this luminous survey of our own amazing and perilous times." On receiving his copy from Churchill, Clement Atlee wrote, "It must be a melancholy satisfaction to you to see how right you were."

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        Armorial Neuchatelois avec la collaboration de Gustave Jéquier et des archivistes de l'Etat de Neuchatel. Tomes I et II.

      Neuchatel, Editions de la Baconnière - Imp. Paul Attinger S. A. 1939, 315x245mm,XIV - 295 + 341pages,reliure demi-chagrin. Titre doré au dos à faux-nerfs. Belle reliure. Couvertures et dos conservés. Exemplaire nominatif numéroté n.° 230.planches en héliogravures, illustrations en couleurs in texte,

      [Bookseller: Bouquinerie du Varis]
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        Secret Despatches from Arabia - Published By Permission of the Foreign Office (One of the Only 30 Specials)

      Golden Cockerel Press, London 1939 - A fine clean copy of this one of the 30 specials this is no 20 LIMITED EDITION, special copy with additional facsimiles not in the regular edition. In original, Sangorski and Sutcliffe cloth slipcase with bevelled edges which is stamped on the spine 20, slipcase has a minor wear to top edge otherwise fine. White pigskin, clean and bright, 4 raised bands to the spine, gilt titling and gilt cockerel device in the lower compartment. Leather in exceptionally bright condition. Top edge gilt, other edges untrimmed. Small binder's stamp 'Bound by S & S (Sangorsky and Sutcliffe), this is the original binding. "With the exception of the article 'Syrian Cross-Currents', which has not hitherto been published, the contents of this volume were included in the confidential paper called 'The Arab Bulletin' which was issued at Cairo from June 6th. 1916 - 6th December 1918", 173.pp + facsimiles of TELs manuscript of Seven Pillars The SP facsimile only in the Specials. . Handsome bookplate of previous owner to inside of front board. O'Brien A226 Size: 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Night Rider.

      Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1939 - Octavo. Original blue-green cloth, titles to front board and spine in red. With the dust jacket. Spine and board edges faded, some spots to cloth, internally clean. A very good copy in the toned jacket with some shallow chips and nicks to extremities. First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Helen & Ed Case, in recollection of the weeks they helped to make so pleasant in Chapala. Red Warren, August 6, 1941. Chapala." Warren and his wife Cinina moved to Chapala for a few months in the summer of 1941, two years after the publication of this novel. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy]

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA member]
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        Bible of Booze: Trademarked Names of Alcohol in the U.S., 1881-1939

      Registered Beverage Trade Marks Covering the Period from 1881 to 1939 Compiled from the records in the United States Patent Office (Distilled Alcoholic Liquors) - "Registered Beverage Trade Marks Covering the Period from 1881 to 1939 Compiled from the records in the United States Patent Office (Distilled Alcoholic Liquors)" may be the keys to the kingdom of names of booze(s) trademarked in this country. 15" tall, an inch thick, and 296 sheets big, this work (copyrighted y the Trade Mark records Bureau, in the National Press Club Building in DC, the one with the problematic parking garage) lists some 7,500 names of whiskey, cordials, gin, rye, bourbon and who knows what else. RARE. I cannot find another copy, nor is there any scent of it in the WorldCat/OCLC. This is from the Library of Congress and may have been (according to what I can tell from the stamps) one of the Copyright Deposit copies. +++I cannot find the book in any online database, big or small, and I'm not sure where this info might be housed and housed in one spot. I have no doubt that people somewhere need this data, unwieldy and unusable as it might be--you see, it is organized only according to a six/seven digit number which I guess is the trademark filing number, or something; there is nothing else useful about the thing, the data floating around without regard to year or place or liquor type. So I sat down with the book for an hour pulling out interesting, odd, out-of-place, from-another time and bizarre names, including all manner of expected animal names like bull and elk, and then unicorn; and lots of sunny this-and-that, sloping/sunny/grassy hills, mountains, clubs; and of course the Old _____ category seem fairly filled up. If I spent a little more time on this entire alphabets could be produced relating to nothing but names from the animal kingdom, flora, the sciences, professions, religion, states of mind, altered states, literature, and the labels that suggest a possible medical benefit. One of my favorite categories is the "conversational liquor label", the label that speaks to you, invites you, tells you what to do with the bottle of booze: Hava Cocktail and Uneeda Whiskey are good examples of that, as are You're Lookin Good, Uvanta and Yugeta whiskeys. Another is the liquor name ending in "o", like the beautiful Famo, from St. Jo, MO, which unfortunately wasn't trademarked in '00. The label of suggested promise and outcome is another good one: Kentucky Courage, Pleasant Dreams, Invincible Rye, Solace Whiskey and Ready Money are all good examples of the implied end-of-bottle pillow-fluffer.maybe, espcially, The Old Solution whiskey. And then of course, there are those where the (creative) spirit has just flown away, like the lumpily-named Standard Spirits Whiskey, its hometown of New Orleans embarrassed by the lack of effort--especially in the light of some many hundreds of imaginative creations, like the fabulous Bone Factor Whiskey (1903), which like som many other great names (Yellow Hammer Whiskey) comes from Louisville, Kentucky. Antediluvium Whiskey, NYC, 1898; Anti-Grippine Whiskey, Philadelphia, 1906; Ash Cake Whiskey, Lynchburg, VA. 1899, Auto Crat Whiskey (St. Louis, MO), 1905; Bank Check Whiskey, Boston, 1900; Bone Factor, 1903; Caloric Whiskey, 1904; Cremo Whiskey, 1902; and the confusing Chickencock "potable spirits", 1929 Devil's Island Benefactor Gin, 1905; Daily Mash Whiskey, 1935; Dandilyon Whiskey, Columbus, OH, 1906; Electric Whiskey, Cincinnati, 1890; Flow Whiskey, Pittsburgh, 1908; Famo Whiskey, St. Jo, Mo 1894; Faust's Own Whiskey, Phila, 1900; Gopher Gin, St. Paul, 1902; Gas Away, Columbus OH, 1902; Galoxy Whiskey, NYC, 1905; Gong "ethyl alcohol, etc," 1932' Georgia Watermelon, 1911; Hen Bolt Whiskey, 1889; Hava Cocktail, NYC, 1933; Hospitality Gin, Louisville, KY, 1900; Index Whiskey, Cincinnati, 1906; Invincible Rye, 1900; Jupiter Gin, Boston, 1905; Judge's Preference, Boston, 1905; Kentucky Courage Whiskey, Lexington, 1900; Marconi Whiskey, Birmingham, 1903.=> Due to space limitations I can only display through "M"--but you get the picture. [Attributes: Soft Cover]

      [Bookseller: JF Ptak Science Books]
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        The Hardy Boys: While the Clock Ticked

      Published in New York by Grosset & Dunlop, 1939 EARLY EDITION of Franklin W. Dixon's "The Hardy Boys: While the Clock Ticked" Published in New York by Grosset & Dunlap in 1939. Published in 1939, A-11 according to the Carpentieri Guide. Book near fine with minor wearing on the top and bottom edges of the spine. DJ very good with slight tear at the top of the spine and limited wear along the edges.. Hardcover. Fine/Very Good.

      [Bookseller: Bookbid Rare Books]
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        Echec de la force

      1939. Gallimard, Paris 1939, 12x19cm, broché. - Gallimard, Paris 1939, 12x19cm, broché. - Prima edizione, una delle 90 copie numerate su Alfa, solo carta di grandi dimensioni dopo 35 filato puro. L'invio autografo datata 12 maggio 1939 e firmata da Alain suo amico Aline Texcier ". ... Per suor Aline Texcier L'unica ragione per essere pacifisti sono di ordine morale ..." Una piccola traccia di sole minore lunghezza indietro. [FRENCH VERSION FOLLOWS] Edition originale, un des 90 exemplaires numérotés sur alfa, seuls grands papiers après 35 pur fil. Envoi autographe daté du 12 Mai 1939 et signé d'Alain à son amie Aline Texcier : "... Pour soeur Aline Texcier. Les seules raisons d'être pacifiste sont de l'ordre moral..."  Une petite trace d'insolation sans gravité en pied du dos, agréable exemplaire.  

      [Bookseller: Librairie Le Feu Follet]
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        OLD POSSUM' S BOOK OF PRACTICAL CATS.

      FIRST EDITION. Large 8vo.(8.8 x 6.6 inches). 45pp. Finely bound in recent full red morocco leather, single gilt ruled border on boards. Spine lettered in gilt. Top edge gilt. A fine copy of this classic book in an attractive leather binding. Only 3005 copies were printed.

      [Bookseller: Paul Foster Books]
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        Finnegans Wake

      New York: Viking Press, 1939. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Near fine/near fine. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Book black cloth unfaded, gold lettering bright, green top stain slightly faded near spine. Dust jacket short closed tears head and heel of spine, colors otherwise bright with light soiling rear panel. Very desirable and collectible copy of this classic.

      [Bookseller: Lyons Fine Books]
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        The Jews. Are They Human?

      London: George Allen & Unwin Ltd, 1939 - Octavo. Original red cloth, titles to spine and upper board in black. With the dust jacket. Bookseller's ticket to front free endpaper. Spine rolled, light spotting to cloth, edges of text block and contents spotted. A very good copy in the price-clipped jacket with faded spine panel and a short split to the lower panel. First edition, first impression. This volume repudiating anti-Semitism was written following the author's visit to Berlin in 1937. Morrow & Lafourcade A28 [Attributes: First Edition]

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA member]
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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.

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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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        Dessins.

      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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        THE PLAYS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE: THE COMEDIES, HISTORIES & TRAGEDIES: 37 volumes with

      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.

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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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        Lautréamont

      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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        Der Mythus des 20. Jahrhunderts. Eine Wertung der seelisch-geistigen Gestaltenkämpfe unserer Zeit.

      Munich: Hoheneichen-Verlag, 1939 - Octavo. Original dark blue cloth, gilt lettered spine and front cover, top edge blue, with blonde silk page marker. Spine slightly rolled, slight marks to back cover. An excellent copy. Portrait frontispiece of Rosenberg. First published in 1930. Signed by the author on the front free endpaper: "A. Rosenberg". Alfred Rosenberg (1893-1946) was an influential Nazi idealogue. His book, espousing "historical" racial theories, has been described as "one of the two great unread bestsellers of the Third Reich" (Robert E. Conot, Justice at Nuremberg, 1983, p. 216); the other book being Mein Kampf. Signed copies are most uncommon. [Attributes: Signed Copy]

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA member]
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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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        THE MAGIC EAR-DRUMS.

      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.

      [Bookseller: BUCKINGHAM BOOKS]
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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

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat Braun]
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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.

      [Bookseller: Bow Windows Bookshop]
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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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        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. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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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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        MADELINE

      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.

      [Bookseller: Aleph-Bet Books, Inc.]
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        Tropismes

      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]

      [Bookseller: Librairie Alain Brieux]
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        THE PLAYS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE: THE COMEDIES, HISTORIES & TRAGEDIES: 37 volumes with

      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.

      [Bookseller: Livres de A à Z]
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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]

      [Bookseller: Island Books]
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