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        Oriental Assembly. Edited by A.W. Lawrence. With Photographs by the Author.

      Williams & Norgate, London 1939. 8vo. XII+291 pages, including 111 illustrations plates in b/w. Orig. cloth in dust wrappers. Fine/fine. Slight marginal foxing to the first pages and to fore-edge. * First edition.

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        Gladiators; Darkness At Noon and Arrival and Departure.

      New York: The Macmillan Company, 1939-1943. First American editions of each work in Koestler's acclaimed trilogy, including his masterpiece, Darkness at Noon. Octavo, original cloth. Darkness at Noon is signed by Arthur Koestler on the front free endpaper. Each volume is very good in a very good dust jackets with some rubbing and wear. First printings are rare signed. Although there is no narrative connection between the books, Arthur Koestler declared his first three novels to be a thematic trilogy following the publication of the final installment, Arrival and Departure. Set in different eras, each novel explores the ethics and consequences of revolutionary politics and idealism, reflecting Koestler's growing disillusionment with the political environment of mid-20th century Europe. Published in 1939, Koestler's first novel, The Gladiators, used the portrayal of the slave uprising led by Thracian gladiator Spartacus in ancient Rome to examine the rise of communism in the Soviet Union. This book was followed by Koestler's masterpiece, Darkness at Noon, the tale of an Old Bolshevik who is imprisoned and tried for treason by the very government he helped to create. Despite being based on real events, the novel does not directly refer to the Soviet government, Stalin, or Nazi Germany but uses generic descriptors such as "the Party", "Number One", and "the Dictatorship" respectively. The final book in the trilogy, Arrival and Departure, reflects Koestler's own plight as a Hungarian refugee in the midst of the Second World War. Koestler's contemporary, George Orwell, commended the book "for what must be one of the most shocking descriptions of Nazi terrorism that have ever been written."

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        Systems of Logic based on Ordinals. [Received 31 May, 1938. - Read 16 June, 1938.]. [In: Proceedings of the London Mathematical Society. Second Series. Volume 45].

      London, Hodgson & Son, 1939. Royal8vo. In a recent nice red full cloth binding with gilt lettering to spine. Entire volumes 45 of "Proceedings of the London Mathematical Society. Second Series". Small white square paper label pasted on to lower part of spine, covering year of publication stating: "A Gift / From /Anna Wheeler". A very nice and clean copy without any institutional stamps. Pp. 161-240. [Entire volume: (4), 475 pp.]. ¶ The very rare first printing of Turing's Ph.D.-thesis, which "opened new fields of investigation in mathematical logic". This seminal work constitutes the first systematic attempt to deal with the Gödelian incompleteness theorem as well as the introduction to the notion of relative computing. After having studied at King's College at Cambridge from 1931 to 1934 and having been elected a fellow here in 1935, Turing, in 1936 wrote a work that was to change the future of mathematics, namely his seminal "On Computable Numbers", in which he answered the famous "Entscheidungsproblem", came up with his "Universal Machine" and inaugurated mechanical and electronic methods in computing. This most famous theoretical paper in the history of computing caught the attention of Church, who was teaching at Princeton, and in fact he gave to the famous "Turing Machine" its name. It was during Church's work with Turing's paper that the "Church-Turing Thesis" was born. After this breakthrough work, Newman, under whom Turing had studied at Cambridge, urged him to spend a year studying with Church, and in September 1936 he went to Princeton. It is here at Princeton, under the guidance of Church, that Turing in 1938 finishes his thesis [the present paper] and later the same year is granted the Ph.D. on the basis of it. The thesis was published in "Proceedings of the London Mathematical Society" in 1939, and after the publication of it, Turing did no more on the topic, leaving the actual breakthroughs to other generations. In his extraordinary Ph.D.-thesis Turing provides an ingenious method of proof, in which a union of systems prove their own consistency, disproving, albeit shifting the problem to even more complicated matters, Gödel's incompleteness theorem. It would be many years before the ingenious arguments and striking partial completeness result that Turing obtained in the present paper would be thoroughly investigated and his line of research continued. The present thesis also presents other highly important proofs and hypotheses that came to influence several branches of mathematics. Most noteworthy of these is the idea that was later to change the face of the general theory of computation, namely the attempt to produce an arithmetical problem that is not number-theoretical (in his sense). Turing's result is his seminal "o-machines"; he here introduces the notion of relative computing and augments the "Turing Machines" with so-called oracles ("o"), which allowed for the study of problems that could not be solved by the Turing machine. Turing, however, made no further use of his seminal o-machine, but it is that which Emil Post used as the basis for his theory of "Degrees of Unsolvability", crediting Turing with the result that for any set of natural numbers there is another of higher degree of unsolvability. This transformed the notion of computability from an absolute notion into a relative one, which led to entirely new developments and in turn to vastly generalized forms of recursion theory. "In 1939 Turing published "Systems of Logic Based on Ordinals,"... This paper had a far-reaching influence; in 1942 E.L. Post drew upon it for one of his theories for classifying unsolvable problems, while in 1958 G. Kreisel suggested the use of ordinal logics in characterizing informal methods of proof. In the latter year S. Feferman also adapted Turing's ideas to use ordinal logics in predicative mathematics." (D.S.B. XIII:498). A part from these groundbreaking points, which Turing never returned to himself, he here also considers intuition versus technical ingenuity in mathematical reasoning, does so in an interesting and provocative manner and comes to present himself as one of the most important thinkers of modern mathematical as well as philosophical logic."Turing turned to the exploration of the uncomputable for his Princeton Ph.D. thesis (1938), which then appeared as "Systems of Logic based on Ordinals" (Turing 1939). It is generally the view, as expressed by Feferman (1988), that this work was a diversion from the main thrust of his work. But from another angle, as expressed in (Hodges 1997), one can see Turing's development as turning naturally from considering the mind when following a rule, to the action of the mind when not following a rule. In particular this 1938 work considered the mind when seeing the truth of one of Gödel's true but formally unprovable propositions, and hence going beyond rules based on the axioms of the system. As Turing expressed it (Turing 1939, p. 198), there are 'formulae, seen intuitively to be correct, but which the Gödel theorem shows are unprovable in the original system.' Turing's theory of 'ordinal logics' was an attempt to 'avoid as far as possible the effects of Gödel's theorem' by studying the effect of adding Gödel sentences as new axioms to create stronger and stronger logics. It did not reach a definitive conclusion.In his investigation, Turing introduced the idea of an 'oracle' capable of performing, as if by magic, an uncomputable operation. Turing's oracle cannot be considered as some 'black box' component of a new class of machines, to be put on a par with the primitive operations of reading single symbols, as has been suggested by (Copeland 1998). An oracle is infinitely more powerful than anything a modern computer can do, and nothing like an elementary component of a computer. Turing defined 'oracle-machines' as Turing machines with an additional configuration in which they 'call the oracle' so as to take an uncomputable step. But these oracle-machines are not purely mechanical. They are only partially mechanical, like Turing's choice-machines. Indeed the whole point of the oracle-machine is to explore the realm of what cannot be done by purely mechanical processes...Turing's oracle can be seen simply as a mathematical tool, useful for exploring the mathematics of the uncomputable. The idea of an oracle allows the formulation of questions of relative rather than absolute computability. Thus Turing opened new fields of investigation in mathematical logic. However, there is also a possible interpretation in terms of human cognitive capacity." (SEP).

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        La Commedia

      Dante Alighieri, Faksimileausgabe der Handschrift "La Commedia. Col commento di J. della Lana dal codice Francofortese Arci-ß", Lichtdruckvervielfältigung mit vier Farbentafeln der Reichsdruckerei, Berlin hrsg. von Fr. Schmidt-Knatz. Frankfurt 1939 Halbleinen Groß- Quart Einführung 15 S. 218 Blätter (Doppelseiten) 1 von 200 nummerierten Exemplaren für die Deutsche Dante-Gesellschaft (GA 500), hier die Nummer 107 Begleittext auf Deutsch und Italienisch.

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        1939 to 1942 Wisden Hardbacks

      1939. Hi and Welcome to our Store. We are selling our HBs off in chunks, happy to split the sets or to send more details and pictures, please just ask us or the admin team here. This lot is a Set of 4 Hardback Wisdens - 1939 1940 1941 1942. In Good to Very Good Condition, with 1940 to 42 being hard to find books. 1939 is very good for its age with exceptionalhinges for the year, some spine gilt fading. 1940 has facsimile gilts and some weakness to the hinges. 1941 has weak hinges , fading to spine gilts but nice inside. 1942 has facsimile gilts and some rubbing to page 3.

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        The Garden Party with 16 Orig Lithographs By Marie Laurencin

      Officina Bodoni, Londres 1939 - Text : Katherine Mansfield - ILLUSTRATOR : with 16 original lithographs by Marie LAURENCIN -Printer : Officina Bodoni - Size : 10"1/2 x 7"1/2" - Year of issue : 1939 - Number : 1046 / 1200 - Condition : very good condition, spine little faded - ASK FOR EXTRA PICTURES [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        The Outsider

      Arkham House, Sauk City, WI 1939 - Sauk City, WI, Arkham House, 1939. First Edition. First Impression. Hardback. A very good copy of the first book from Arkham House, a highlight of Arkham collecting and modern speculative fiction. An important book, and a catalyst for the subsequent decades of Lovecraft study and influence. Lovecraft was an influence on not just the genre of the weird and horror, but further afield to literature in general from Borges to Philip K. Dick. His influence and influencers has been the subject of a book in itself. Without Arkham house, and particularly the present title, the landscape would've been much changed. One of only 1200 published copies. Gathers together many now well-known works including Dagon, At the Mountains of Madness, The Call of Cthulhu , The Shadow over Innsmouth, Polaris and The Haunter of the Dark. A key work. The book itself is in very good condition. The jacket has chipping and wear to the fore corners, and one triangular puncture near the head of the spine, mostly closed. One short tear nearby. Some wear to the lower spine tip. The book is in very nice shape, nothing to comment on regarding condition other than the ownership signature of Paul Spencer to the front paste-down. Spencer was a writer and editor himself and collaborated with David Keller. Spencer went on to edit the James Branch Cabell journal Kalki. A very presentable copy of a landmark work. Offered in after-market slipcase. Cover art by Virgil Finlay [6505, Hyraxia Books]. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Madeline

      New York: Simon & Schuster,, 1939. Quarto. Original pictorial boards, title printed to spine and front board, illustrated endpapers. With the illustrated dust jacket. Colour illustrations throughout. An excellent copy in the bright dust jacket, couple of short closed tears to extremities, shallow chip to head of front panel, 6 cm closed tear to front flap. First edition, first printing, with the relevant issue points (published by Simon & Schuster, not Viking; title page and copyright page dated; no reviews or testimonials on the dust jacket). Madeline was awarded the Caldecott Medal Honor in 1940.

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        On continued gravitational contraction” AND WITH “The mechanism of nuclear fission”, in PHYSICAL REVIEW, 1939

      American Physical Society 1939 - TWO GREAT PAPERS in One Issue of the Physical Review: Oppenheimer/Snyder and Bohr/Wheeler Robert Oppenheimer and Hartland Snyder, “On continued gravitational contraction”, AND BOUND WITH Niels Bohr and J.A. Wheeler, “The mechanism of nuclear fission” both appearing in the Physical Review, September 1, 1939, Vol. 56, #5, pp. 426-50 and pp. 455-59, respectively. First editions of these two papers, presented in the original wrappered issue of the great Physical Review. Condition: the issue is not without its problems, and these are limited mostly to the spine cover, which is mostly worn away, though the spine itself is fine. THe only legible part of the lettering on the spine is the date on the spine bottom. Also there is some rust staining from the internal staples. Other than that the issue is really quite nice. All that said, I'm offering this at a fraction of what prettier copies are being sold for presently.__+__ The two papers appear together in a single issue of the journal, a remarkable set of achievements found in one small space--remarkable even more for the fact that 1939 (as with 1859, 1543, 1932, and 1948) is one of those remarkable single years in the history of science.__+__ The Oppenheimer and Snyder (a graduate assistant) paper is one of the most prescient in the history of modern physics, correctly physically describing (where Chandrasekhar and Eddington in their discussions did not) what happens in a particular collapse of a neutron star, and still today reads as fresh and and brightly as it did in 1939. Really, it is an extraordinary work, and a foundation paper in the history of gravitation, the application of RT, singularity, and astrophysics. (The Southampton GR Explorer site nicely states it this way: "This paper has strong claims to being one of the most prophetic ever written in this field of research. Today, 60 years later, this paper needs little revision - even the terminology is undated!")__+__ In an often-repeated quotation, they write, somewhat in irony and in a certain and understated manner on page 456: "The star thus tends to close itself off from any communication with a distant observer; only its gravitational field persists". And later: "When all thermonuclear sources of energy are exhausted, a sufficiently heavy star will collapse. Unless fission due to rotation, the radiation of mass, or the blowing off of mass by radiation, reduce the star's mass to the order of that of the sun, this contraction will continue indefinitely", they wrote.__+__ Next comes Bohr and Wheeler, “The mechanism of nuclear fission” is the experimental foundation stone (on the basis of the liquid drop model of atomic nuclei) of nuclear fission and the great leap forward in the construction of the atomic bomb. Condition: the paper of the spine of the publication is about one-third worn away, otherwise this is a very nice copy. __+__ From the abstract: "On the basis of the liquid drop model of atomic nuclei, an account is given of the mechanism of nuclear fission. In particular, conclusions are drawn regarding the variation from nucleus to nucleus of the critical energy required for fission, and regarding the dependence of fission cross section for a given nucleus on energy of the exciting agency. A detailed discussion of the observations is presented on the basis of the theoretical considerations. Theory and experiment fit together in a reasonable way to give a satisfactory picture of nuclear fission". [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

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        MADELINE

      New York: Simon and Schuster, 1939. First Edition, First Printing. 4to., unpaginated; VG-/none; spine green pictorial with yellow label and black lettering; lacking dust jacket; some wear, including head of spine missing, wear to edges, spine; rubbing to corners; First Edition indicated by "1939" on title page, with Simon and Schuster as the publisher; shelved case 13 or window. Dupont.

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        Finnegans Wake

      1939 - First UK edition. 4to., original rough red cloth, lettered in gilt, dust jacket. London, Faber and Faber. Loosely inserted is a t.l.s. from Faber & Faber director John Bodley confirming that the book is the first trade edition and that the print run was 3400 copies. Endpapers slightly spotted, otherwise an excellent copy in dust jacket, slightly chipped at the head and tail of the spine and the head of the upper and lower covers. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        HANKYVENTURES

      Herrmann Hdkf. Co., U.S.A. 1939 - Disney, Walt. HANKYVENTURES. U.S.A.: Herrmann Hdkf. Co., 1939. First edition. 8vo - 7-1/8" x 9-3/16". Full color pictorial stiff card covers bound with a red silk cord passing through the two holes punched in each page at the binding (as issued). Unpaginated (6pp.) including inside covers. Each stiff card page has a full color illustration of a Disney character and a rhyme about that character. In addition, each page has two slits that hold a color hanky decorated with images of the same Disney character. The characters featured in this book are Donald Duck, Pluto, Three Little Pigs, Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Dopey. This book is quite special in that it is in MINT, AS NEW condition. In fact, the original publishers plastic shrink-wrap type covering is still in place around the front and back covers. The hankies are also in mint condition and have never been removed from their slots. There is no fading, marking or wear of any kind to this book save for a slight corner bump that occurred during the manufacturing process. This is truely the ultimate copy of a very scare and desirable Disney item. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

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        Party Going

      The First UK Printing published by The Hogarth Press in 1939. The BOOK is in Very Good+ condition. Light pushing at the spine ends. The gilt titling remains bright. Very slight bowing of the front board. Very light age related toning and marking to the text block. Light offsetting and spotting to the prelims and end papers. Free from inscriptions. The scarce WRAPPER is complete and is in Very Good condition. The correct first issue with 7s 6d net. to the lower front flap. Edge-wear with loss to the spine ends and the rear upper panel. Light loss in places to the front spine fold. Some professional Japanese tissue repairs to the folds on the verso. The lower front fold flap has some slight loss to the lower edge. The wonderful John Banting design however looks very striking in the removable Brodart archival cover. One of only 1200 copies printed and the author's scarce third title. Henry Green being the pseudonym of Henry Vincent Yorke. Very scarce with such attributes. Ashton Rare Books welcomes direct contact.

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        Schneeschatten.

      - Farbholzschnitt, auf cremefarbenem Japan-Bütten, signiert und betitelt. Darstellungsgröße 22:27 cm, Blattgröße 38,5:28,5 cm.- Mit Knickfalte im breiten Unterrand, kleines Löchlein im Oberrand. Sehr schöner vollrandiger Abdruck. Leschhorn, der an der Akademie in Karlsruhe studiert hatte, schuf Stillleben und Landschaften, bevorzugt als Aquarell, Tempera oder Farblinol- bzw. Farbholzschnitt. Tätig war er in Straßburg und siedelte 1939 nach Frankfurt am Main über.

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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. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Walter The Lazy Mouse

      New York: Doubleday Doran, , 1939. Quarto. Original green cloth boards, titles to spine black, green endpapers. With the dust jacket. Colour illustrations throughout by the author. Spine slightly rolled, cloth lightly faded at spine, mild wear to edges in the dust jacket with chips to ends of spine, splitting and wear along spine folds,light repairs at verso of splits, moderate wear to extremities. A very good copy. First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author on the verso of the half title page with an original pastel drawing of Walter the Lazy Mouse, "For Babette and Richard Sassoon with best wishes from their admirer Marjorie Flack."

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        Sir John Franklin's Last Arctic Expedition: a Chapter in the History of the Royal Navy Description

      London: Methuen & Co. Ltd., 1939. Book. Very Good. Hardcover. 1st Edition. The first edition of one of the rarest works on the twentieth-century Franklin search. This important scholarly account of Franklin's last voyage is based largely on the account of George McClintock. -------- Scarcity due to many copies being destroyed during WW II London bombing which hit Metheun's warehouse. -------- Only two other copies are recorded by ABPC and RBH. -------- Octavo (217 x 138mm). 22 pages. 4 maps, 3 of which are folding (upper edge of map strengthened). First Edition, First Printing. Publisher's original blue cloth. Bindings tight and square. Text clean, light even toning. Moderate handling wear. Spine a bit darkened, and handling wear to cloth of rear board. --------- Compiled from both published and non-published sources. Of importance is the account addressing the fortunes of the expedition' the account of the search for the lost expedition with an outline of the principal events which, while not associated with the search itself, have occurred in connection with the ill-fated enterprise. REF: Arctic Bib. 21321. .

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        The Grapes of Wrath

      Viking Press, 1939. Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. Viking Press, New York 1939. First Edition / First Printing. First Published April 1939 stated with no additional printings listed. Cloth boards. Endpapers have "Battle Hymn of the Republic". In an early printing jacket. Book Condition: Very Good+, stain at the spine, light spots. Name at the endpaper. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good+, price clipped, tear, age toning. Wrapped in a new removable mylar cover.

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        Finnegans Wake

      First UK edition. 4to., original rough red cloth, lettered in gilt, dust jacket. London, Faber and Faber.

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        The Law of Success

      Meriden, CT: The Ralston Society, 1939. Hardcover. Very Good. Copyright page lists 1937, though title pages are dated 1939. Complete in 8 volumes, each containing two lessons, bound in red and black textured cloth, decorated in blind with titles in gilt. Very Good, with volumes exhibiting light rubbing at extremities, dulling or oxidizing to gilt stamping, toning to pages. A handsome set, scarce and very well preserved.

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        Apache Gold and Yaqui Silver

      Little, Brown & Co., Boston 1939 - Signed by both Dobie and Lea. Dobie wrote a dated (April 17, 1939 Fort Worth) inscription to the previous owner on the FFEP and Lea signed under the frontispiece he did for the book. Book is tight, square, pages clean. Spine head has a very short center tear. Rust colored cloth boards and gilt lettering clear and bright. Dust jacket shows some age wear, edge and corner chips and is price clipped. 366 pages includes appendix. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

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        THE MAP OF LOVE. Verse and Prose.

      London: J. M. Dent & Sons. 1939. First edition, first printing. First edition, first printing. The publisher's setting copy together with their retained file copy. Two volumes. Original purple cloth with gilt titles to the spine, the publisher's name blind stamped as called for. The setting copy complete but disbound with printer and editor's annotations in two colours of pencil throughout. The file copy is in better than very good condition, the binding square, firm and without fading with just a little rubbing at the extremities. The contents with the publisher's annotated filing label to the upper left corner of the front pastedown, ‘file' stamp to the front free endpaper and the occasional printer's note in pencil to the margins are otherwise clean throughout. Frontispiece portrait after a painting by Augustus John present in both volumes. Provenance: From the archive of the publisher J. M. Dent. Further details and images for any of the items listed are available on request. Lucius Books welcomes direct contact with our customers.

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        Gladiators; Darkness At Noon and Arrival and Departure.

      New York: The Macmillan Company, 1939-1943. First American editions of each work in Koestler's acclaimed trilogy, including his masterpiece, Darkness at Noon. Octavo, original cloth. Darkness at Noon is signed by Arthur Koestler on the front free endpaper. Each volume is very good in a very good dust jackets with some rubbing and wear. First printings are rare signed. Although there is no narrative connection between the books, Arthur Koestler declared his first three novels to be a thematic trilogy following the publication of the final installment, Arrival and Departure. Set in different eras, each novel explores the ethics and consequences of revolutionary politics and idealism, reflecting Koestler's growing disillusionment with the political environment of mid-20th century Europe. Published in 1939, Koestler's first novel, The Gladiators, used the portrayal of the slave uprising led by Thracian gladiator Spartacus in ancient Rome to examine the rise of communism in the Soviet Union. This book was followed by Koestler's masterpiece, Darkness at Noon, the tale of an Old Bolshevik who is imprisoned and tried for treason by the very government he helped to create. Despite being based on real events, the novel does not directly refer to the Soviet government, Stalin, or Nazi Germany but uses generic descriptors such as "the Party", "Number One", and "the Dictatorship" respectively. The final book in the trilogy, Arrival and Departure, reflects Koestler's own plight as a Hungarian refugee in the midst of the Second World War. Koestler's contemporary, George Orwell, commended the book "for what must be one of the most shocking descriptions of Nazi terrorism that have ever been written."

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        The Next Volume

      1939 - WE'RE HEREBY PRESENTING AN EXTRAORDINARY COPY OF THE DELUXE LTD ED OF THE 'NEXT VOLUME' W/ DECORATIONS BY REX WHISTLER ONE OF ONLY 400 COPIES PRINTED ON PURE 'RAG' PAPER IN CUSTOM MARBLED BOARDS W/ 'WINE' COLOUR CALF SPINE & CORNER TIPPING EXCEEDINGLY SCARCE FOR THE 'EJ'/ 'RW' BIBLIO COLLECTOR, INDEED! WE'RE ALSO EXCLUSIVELY LISTING THE 2ND ED W/ AN ORIGINAL PEN & INK INSCRIPTION TO 'MENO & MARQUERITE' W/ 'PEACOCK FAN FEATHERS' FROM EDW W/ ALL HIS LOVE LTD ED COPY #411 0F 412 (NEXT TO LAST) SO APROPOS W/ GOLD LEAF 'STARS' ON PEARL GREY BOARDS W/ 'E.J.' SKETCH! @ $1,400.~

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        The Big Sleep.

      New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1939 - Octavo. Original orange cloth lettered in blue, blue topstain. With the dust jacket. "Brockway's" bookseller's stamp to front free endpaper. Spine rolled, extremities a little rubbed, endpapers tanned, topstain somewhat faded, half-title with some blind writing impressions apparently from having been used as a writing surface; still a very good copy in the jacket lightly rubbed along the edges with archival restoration to the verso of the spine. First edition, first printing, of Chandler's first book. [Attributes: First Edition]

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA member]
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        Here Lies

      New York: Viking Press, 1939. First Edition. Hardcover. Fine/Near fine. 1st edtion. Fine in a jacket with small chips to the corners, else near fine.

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        He that should Come. A Nativity Play in One Act

      1939 - Second impression. 8vo., original cream printed paper wrappers. London, Victor Gollancz. Inscribed on the front free endpaper by the author to the radio play's producer Val Gielgud: ?V.G. from D.L.S. with love.? This was the first time they collaborated, and it was such a success that she went to war with the B.B.C. over the production of her subsequent The Man who would be King, insisting that she would work with no one but him. The latter play was one of the great achievements of BBC radio drama, and he was the dedicatee of the printed book. An excellent copy in a protective folding box. [Attributes: Soft Cover]

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        Grapes of Wrath

      New York: The Viking Press, 1939. First Edition. Cloth. Very good/good. Octavo, 619pp. Original gray cloth covers, illustrated end papers with "Battle Hymn of the Republic." Tight bindings and clean pages, with light age toning. Original dust jacket, with "First Edition" on front flap, lower corner. Unclipped with $2.75 price tag on front flap. Tear along spine of dust jacket, with light toning on spine. Winner of the National Book Award for fiction and the Pulitzer Prize. This book follows the story of a poor family of tenant farmers through the economic turmoil of the Great Depression. An important piece of American literature.

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        The Grapes of Wrath

      Viking Press, 1939. Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. Viking Press, New York 1939. First Edition / First Printing. Stated First Published April 1939, no additional printings listed. Cloth boards. Endpapers have "Battle Hymn of the Republic". In an early printing jacket. Book Condition: Very Good+, age toning, light shelf wear. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good+, shelf wear, age toning. Wrapped in a new removable mylar cover.

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        King Penguin Series. Complete set. [1-76]

      Penguin 1939-1959, London - 3,000pp. Series includes Romney Marsh [KP 55] illustrated by John Piper. With dust jackets The set comprises the 76 volumes published between 1939 to 1959. There are 76 first editions all of which are board covers with the exception of number 3 which is stiff card, 31 have dust jackets and these are in mainly G condition. Magic Books from Mexico [KP64] is signed with the author's compliments [C A Burland February 1953]. This set also includes The Penguin Story and Penguins Progress 1935-1960. G : in Good to VG condition, some. Previous owner inscriptions to a few. Majority have the bookplate of R J Dickinson to front paste down. Some light browning to some eps. A little chipping and marking to some boards and jackets Hardback: Illustrated board cover [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

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        Back to Methusela Engravings by John Farleigh.

      New York, : The Limited Editions Club, . Excellent condition limited edition with only very minor signs of external wear.. New York, The Limited Editions Club, 1939. 19 cm x 28 cm. LVI, 260 pages. Original Hardcover with illustrated dustjacket in protective slip-case. Excellent condition limited edition with only very minor signs of external wear. George Bernard Shaw (26 July 1856 – 2 November 1950), known at his insistence simply as Bernard Shaw, was an Irish playwright, critic and polemicist whose influence on Western theatre, culture and politics extended from the 1880s to his death and beyond. He wrote more than sixty plays, including major works such as Man and Superman (1902), Pygmalion (1912) and Saint Joan (1923). With a range incorporating both contemporary satire and historical allegory, Shaw became the leading dramatist of his generation, and in 1925 was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. Back to Methuselah (A Metabiological Pentateuch) by George Bernard Shaw consists of a preface (An Infidel Half Century) and a series of five plays: In the Beginning: B.C. 4004 (In the Garden of Eden), The Gospel of the Brothers Barnabas: Present Day, The Thing Happens: A.D. 2170, Tragedy of an Elderly Gentleman: A.D. 3000, and As Far as Thought Can Reach: A.D. 31,920. All were written during 1918–20, published simultaneously by Constable (London) and Brentano's (New York) in 1921, and first performed in the United States in 1922 by the New York Theatre Guild at the old Garrick Theatre, New York. (Wikipedia)

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        Statesmen of the Lost Cause Jefferson Davis and His Cabinet

      New York: The Literary Guild of America, Inc., 1939. Signed Copy. Cloth. Very good. Octavo, i-xvii, 452pp. Gilt title over blue label on spine. No dust jacket. Multiple illustrations. Inscribed by United States General George S. Patton, Jr. Inscription reads: "For the Commander - one of the best books I have ever read. G.S. Patton Jr." General George S. Patton, one of the United States' greatest combat generals, lead the Third Army during the decisive battles that followed the Allied Invasion of France in 1944. He was commander of the US Seventh Army during operations in Africa and Italy. He died at the age of 60 in Germany, shortly after the conclusion of WWII.

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