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        The Blampied Edition of Peter Pan. The original text of PETER AND WENDY Newly Illustrated by Edmund Blampied.

      216 pages. Illustrated with 12 mounted colour plates and 17 black & white illustrations. Original cream cloth lettered in dark blue. Original pictorial dust-wrapper. 4to. First edition. Wrapper a little worn with some small areas of loss, repaired from the blank verso; top outer corner of front board a little bumped; else a very good copy.

      [Bookseller: David Miles]
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        Ask the Dust

      Stackpole Sons, 1939 Stackpole Sons, New York:, 1939. Hardcover. First Edition. The extremely scarce first printing of Fante's magnum opus. Advance review copy with review slip and publisher's promotional material laid in. Book is Fine, tight, square and unread. The dust jacket is Very Good+, complete and quite bright on the front and rear panels, but sunned on the spine. An attractive example of this scarce first issue jacket, correctly priced at $2.00 and only mentioning Wait Until Spring, Bandini. Published by Stackpole Sons in 1939, which then became embroiled in a lawsuit with Adolf Hitler over the unauthorized printing of Mein Kampf. Stackpole Sons spent the publicity money for the novel on the lawsuit, muffling public recognition of this work for many years. It is estimated that fewer than 3,000 copies of the first printing were sold. Touted as the greatest novel ever written about Los Angeles by Charles Bukowski among others, it is a largely autobiographical account of a young Fante coming West. Bukowski also credited Fante with inspiring his own writing career. Additional photos available upon request. Fine. Very Good +. Comes in a custom-made collector's clamshell case with leather spine.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Fine/Very Good.

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        [Photo Album]: World War II and Baseball (Yankee Stadium and Fenway Park)

      New York, Boston. 1939-1943. Oblong folio. Measuring 11.5" x 15". String tied black leather over papercovered boards with "Photographs" stamped in gilt on the front board. A collection of 176 black and white photographs measuring between 3.25" x 3.25" and 4.5" x 3.5", without captions. A photo album kept by a man who served with the 181st Infantry in the years before and during World War II at Camp Edwards in Massachusetts, along with other locations, possibly in the South. The photos depict typical images of camp life: men shaving in tents, reading letters, and cleaning their clothes, as well as drilling, marching, and target practice. Two photos show an African-American soldier and his family as well as some of soldiers goofing off in costumes. Interspersed throughout the album are photographs of professional baseball games at Yankee Stadium and Fenway Park with images of Chicago Cubs pitcher Dizzy Dean and Cleveland Indians shortstop Lou Boudreau warming up, along with baseball comedian Al Schacht entertaining fans in costume with his oversized glove. Other photos show the crowds in the stands and studying programs, keeping score, and walking around the grounds. Eleven additional photos were taken at Yankee Stadium during the third game of the 1943 World Series, showing parades on the field, fans catching a ball hit into the stands, and the scoreboard showing the final score, Yankees 6, Cardinals 2. An interesting assemblage of photos depicting the American home front during the war years and one fan's enthusiasm for baseball. .

      [Bookseller: Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. ABA]
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        A Book on Duck Shooting

      Penn Publishing Company, Philadelphia 1939 - Hunt, Lynn Bogue. DeLuxe First edition, no. SP of 99 copies, signed by the author and artist. With Frontispiece and 16 color plates by Lynn Bogue Hunt. 540 pp. WITH OVER SIZED PORTFOLIO. 1 vols. 8vo. WITH PORTFOLIO, THE MOST SOUGHT AFTER PENN PUBLICATION. "Penn also offered for sale as a separate promotional item, a portfolio of the 17 colored plates as illustrated in the Deluxe edition of A Book on Duck Shooting. Each plate mounted on manilla colored matt. None of the large sets of plates offered as a promotion for A Book of Duck Shooting, Upland Game Shooting, and Trout, were issued as matter of course with the Deluxe editions" (Biscotti). Biscotti P-8-D; Heller 2:665 Original brown morocco with illustration of duck inlaid on upper cover is mallard same as frontispiece, marbled endpapers. In original slipcase. Gift inscription on flyleaf "For Bill Gordon and his Ranch L. Hanes 1945." Fine. Portfolio in black wrappers, worn and chipped, internally fine With Frontispiece and 16 color plates by Lynn Bogue Hunt. 540 pp. WITH OVER SIZED PORTFOLIO. 1 vols. 8vo DeLuxe First edition, no. SP of 99 copies, signed by the author and artist. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy]

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        Skizzenbuch: (19)39.

       1939 Skizzenbuch des bekannten Düsseldorfer Malers (*1865 Dessau - 1945 Düsseldorf ) mit einigen Skizzen in Bleistift, meist die Landschaft um Nideggen darstellend ( auf dem Deckel ist auch angegeben Landsberg sowie Ammersee, aber die entsprechenden Blätter fehlen in dem vorliegenden Skizzenbuch ) Blattgröße jeweils 28 x 18,5 cm. Mit zusammen 7 einseitig skizzierten Blättern. Das erste Blatt zeigt kleine Skizzen von Bäuerinnen, das zweite Blatt Bäume bei Nideggen, bezeichnet und datiert \" Nideggen, 11.4.39 \", das dritte Blatt zeigt einen knorrigen alten Baum, signiert und datiert \" G.H., 11.4.39 \", das vierte Blatt 2 Bäume, bezeichnet, signiert und datiert \" G.H., 11,4.39, Nideggen \", das fünfte Blatt ein Gatter am Hügelrand ( dies Blatt liegt lose bei, ist stärker fleckig und beschädigt ), bezeichnet, signiert und datiert \" G.H., 11.4.39, Nideggen \", das sechste Blatt zeigt eine Felswand, bezeichnet und datiert \" Nideggen, 11.4.93 \", sowie das letzte Blatt mit einer Baumskizze, datiert und signiert \" 11.3.39, G.H. \" sowie oben mit \" Nideggen \" bezeichnet. In Ohln, mit dem Aufdruck Skizzenbuch. ( Die meisten früher hier wohl enthaltenen Skizzen laut handschriftlichem Vermerk auf dem Vorderdeckel, Ammersee 34 und Landsberg fehlen hier. ) Die Blätter teils etwas fleckig, teils mit kleinen Randbeschädigungen. Ein Blatt wie erwähnt stärker beschädigt. ( Pic erhältlich / webimage available ) ( Literatur: Thieme-Becker \" Allgemeines Lexikon der bildenden Künstler, Leipzig 1922, Band 15, S. 410 \" : \" Maler in Düsseldorf, geb. 8.8.1865 in Dessau. Als Schüler Max Brückners erlernte er in Coburg die Theatermalerei und begleitete das Meininger Hoftheater auf dessen Auslandsreisen. Nach der Auflösung dieser Bühne kam Hacker als Lehrer für dekorative Malerei nach Straßburg im Elsaß an die neubegründete Kunstgewerbeschule, 1896 an das Stadttheater in Düsseldorf...Seine dekorative Malerei, die das Landschaftliche bevorzugt, fand viel Anerkennung, besonders die Festspieldekoration des Rheinischen Goethevereins. In Straßburg rührt von Hacker die Ausmalung des Zoologischen Instituts der Universität her. Mit flottgemalten Landschaftsbildern realistischer Art ist Hacker vielfach auf Ausstellungen, besonders in Düsseldorf, vertreten. \" Biographische Angaben: 1865: Hacker wurde am 8. August 1865 in Dessau als Sohn des Kammersängers Adolf Hacker und dessen Gattin Pauline, geb. Zschiesche, einer bedeutenden und berühmten Opernsängerin geboren.1882-1887: Eintritt in das Atelier der Prof. Gebr. Brückner in Coburg wo er die Technik der Theatermalerei erlernt und zum Lieblingsschüler Prof. Brückners avanciert, der damals für Bayreuth Wagners Parsifal ausstattet und für die Meininger unter Herzog Georgs Führung seine berühmten Ausstattungen schuf. 1887-1890: Von Herzog Georg II. an das Hoftheater in Meiningen berufen - Teilnahme an vielen Gastspielreisen. 1890-1896: Berufung nach Straßburg. 1893: Als Stipendiat der Stadt Straßburg nach Chicago zur Weltausstellung entsandt. 1896-1945: Mitglied des Künstlervereins \" Düsseldorfer Malkasten \", lange Jahre dort im Vorstand tätig. 1896-1899: Berufung an das Stadttheater in Düsseldorf. Schaffung zahlreicher Ausstattungen ( u.a. für die Festspiele des rheinischen Goethevereins ). 1904: Der Kunstverein erwirbt seine \" Eifellandschaft \". 1906: Ankauf des Aquarells \"Eifelhöhe mit Schafen\" durch Kaiser Wilhelm II. 1905: Festausschmückung Berlins zur Kronprinzenhochzeit.1907-1909: Leiter des Ausstattungswesens an der \" Bühne \". 1910: Verleihung der Goldenen Medaille für Kunst und Wissenschaft. 1914-1916:Teilnahme am Ersten Weltkrieg.1919: Lehrer für Bühnenmalerei an der Staatlichen Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf. 1927-1936: Zweite Amerikafahrt: Ausmalung einer großen Maschinenfabrik in Reading, P.A., sowie weitere Reisen ins In- und Ausland mit Planung und Ausführung verschiedenster Arbeiten und Aufträge. 1936: Bildausschmückung des Wartesaals III. Klasse im Düsseldorfer Hauptbahnhof ( im Zweiten Weltkrieg zerstört ). 1938: Eingangshalle des Duisburger Hauptbahnhofes. 1940 Versandkostenfreie Lieferung Hacker, Georg Hacker, Düsseldorf, Düsseldorfer Malerschule, Düsseldorfer Malkasten, Malkasten, Skizzenbuch, Skizzenbücher, Nideggen, Ammersee, Landsberg

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        The Local

      London: Cassell and Company Limited, 1939. Beautifully illustrated book of colour lithographs by Edward Ardizzone depicting the interiors of Lonon Public Houses and the people using them. First edition 1939 containing 51pages in bright clean condition just some light browning to endpapers and previous owners ink details on front endpaper, 15 full page colour illustrations, all present as listed plus very informative text. NO dustwrapper, outer illustrated boards are a little marked and worn on edges and corners, spine has become detached and lost over the years but binding is sound. Though not perfect still a nice example of this book with bright clean illustrations. SEE IMAGES. DETAILED IMAGES AVAILABLE ON REQUEST. First Edition. Illustrated Boards. Good Plus/No Jacket. Illus. by Edward Ardizzone. 9 ¼ x 6¼ Inches. Hardcover.

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        Le mur

      First edition, review copy.Binding half brown box, smooth back, paper plates decorated with geometric motifs, guards and contreplats brown paper, faded wrappers and back preserved and bound in, gilded head, signed binding Goy P. & C. Vilaine.Precious autograph signed by Jean-Paul Sartre to François Porche.Nice copy pleasantly established. Gallimard Paris 1939 12x19cm broché

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        Morceaux Choisis.

      Paris, Verlag Gallimard, 1939 - 348 (3) Seiten das Buch ist völlig neu eingebunden unter Verwendung der Originalmaterialien, die Seiten gebräunt, ansonsten das Buch sauber und frisch, auf demVortitel persönlich Widmung von Henri Lefebvre. Henri Lefebvre (* 16. Juni 1901 in Hagetmau/Frankreich 29. Juni 1991 in Navarrenx/Frankreich) war ein berühmter französischer marxistischer Soziologe, Intellektueller und Philosoph. Er galt als einer der „Väter" der Pariser Studentenunruhen im Mai 1968. Widmungen von Henri Lefebvre sind äußerst selten!!! Sprache: Französisch Gewicht in Gramm: 72 8°, gebundene Ausgabe, Neuer Halb-Ledereinband [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy]

      [Bookseller: Bührnheims Literatursalon GmbH]
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        Navajo Woman with a Rug.

      1939. 1939 - Painting on silk. Signed and dated lower left. 21.5 x 16.5 inches. From the biography by Michael Anderson: James Perry Wilson, known to his family and friends as Perry, was born on August 13th 1889 in Newark New Jersey. When James Perry Wilson was laid off from his architectural job in 1932, he went right to work at his passion, painting his favorite spots in Westchester and Monhegan. Of the 269 dated plein air paintings spanning from 1918 to 1974 that I have documented in private collections and in museums, 58 are from 1932-1934, the two year period before he began to work at the American Museum of Natural History. A mystery from this time is that Wilson took a class in 1932 at the Arts Student League with John Carlson. This is the only painting class to my knowledge ever taken by Wilson. He was 43 years old and had already been painting in his mature painting style for decades [Attributes: Signed Copy]

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        The Big Sleep

      Knopf, 1939 New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1939, 1939. First Edition; advance reading copy of the author's first book. Original printed wrappers; spine faded but intact and not restored; some spotting and wear; near very good. The publisher's promotional front cover copy compares Chandler favorably to Hammett and Cain, which, in retrospect, seems understated. Comes in a custom-made collector's case with leather spine. $9,500. 1st Edition. Soft cover. Very Good/No Jacket.

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        Cause for Alarm

      New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1939. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. First American edition. 284 p. Original green cloth with zigzag red design. Near Fine in Very Good unclipped dust jacket. Very slight toning to cloth along edges. Jacket has a few small chips along edges with creasing, small dampstain to verso of head area, thin tear to fold along front flap, price intact ($2.00 net). A nice early spy novel of British author Eric Ambler, set in Mussolini's Italy.

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        The Grapes of Wrath

      Viking Press, 1939 A fine first edition in a fine dust jacket (with First Edition stated on the lower corner of the front flap of the dust jacket). Housed in a custom made collector's clamshell case with tooled quarter leather and gilt lettering and decoration.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Fine/Fine.

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        The family reunion

      first edition. Binding to bradel in full gray fabric, smooth back, full copy of its jacket with three small bites and minor tear on upper cover. Precious autograph signed by TS Eliot to Raymond Queneau. Nice copy. Faber & Faber London 1939 14,5x22,5cm reliure de l'éditeur

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        The Dandy Monster Comic 1939

      UK: DC Thomson, 1939. 1st Edition 1st Printing. Hardcover. Fine. Dudley D Watkins. The Dandy Monster Comic 1939 First Annual No 1 DC Thomson. Small, neat 'Christmas 1938' inscription to fep. No foxing no colouring in, torn or damaged pages. An unusually tightly bound robust copy, remarkably fine. All original with very small and imperceptible repair to head/tail of spine (see images). A scarce annual seldom seen in this condition. Further information and images on request.

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        Finnegan's Wake

      Faber and Faber, London, 1939 Faber & Faber, UK, 1939. Signed, Limited, Numbered. One of 425 Limited edition copies. Signed by James Joyce. Pages are clean; text is unmarked, binding is tight and square. Light wear to cloth boards at spine ends and edges. Text block is clean. Hard cover in original salmon cloth with titles on spine in gilt, top edge gilt, fore edge and foot of handmade paper untrimmed. Housed in an expertly restored yellow slipcase inside a custom slipcase.. Signed by Author(s). Limited Edition. Hardcover. Very Good.

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        Trees At Dusk

      1939-09-16. Oil on canvasboard. 16" x 12". No Binding.

      [Bookseller: Ken Lopez Bookseller, ABAA]
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        Happy Valley : A Novel

      George C. Harrap & Co. Ltd., London 1939 - [328]p. Original tan cloth with blue lettering to the spine. The book has light spotting to the edges predominantly to the top edge and has a tiny dent to the rear board. Internally it is in excellent condition. The dustwrapper has a small closed tear to the top edge, has some darkened patches and an approximately four inch section has been excised from the front flap but as the images show is not price-clipped and overall is quite presentable. The first issue of White's first novel is scarce in any condition. White refused to allow the work to be reprinted in either hardback or paperback although somewhat inconsistently he allowed a French translation to be published. (Eden-Ville, Gallimard, 1951). He feared being sued by a Chinese-Australian family whose history he had drawn on for the work and was not fond of the novel himself. Only 2000 copies of this first issue were published. (Source Hubber/Smith, C1a). The novel received the Australian Literature Society Gold Medal and White remains the sole Australian to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Grisly Wife Bookshop (ANZAAB/ILAB)]
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        Tropic of Capricorn

      Very good autographed copy of Tropic of Capricorn from library of Harry Church, with price of 60 FRS on spine and publisher's errata slip tipped in before title page-one of 1, 000 copies.; illustrated wrappers printed in red and black; no fading to red wrap,Some edgewear to spine and cover, one small dampstain on back cover 367pp, Inscribed by Miller on the front endpaper: "To Henry Church with best wishes, Henry Miller 5/5/39"

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        Little Pig's Picnic and Other Stories.

      Boston: D. C. Heath and Co.,, 1939. Octavo. Original pictorial cloth, illustrated endpapers. Walt Disney Studio illustrations throughout. Spine slightly toned and bumped, mild white marks to front board, occasional light spotting to pages, page 89 with chip to lower edge. A very good copy. First edition, first printing. Signed by Walt Disney on the half title page. A collection of short stories based on Disney's Silly Symphonies.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        The Talmud Unmasked - The Secret Rabbinical Teachings Concerning Christians

      New York: E.N. Sanctuary. Paperback. 110 pages. "This is an accurate translation of Father Pranaitis' Latin text, and it is felt that it will be appreciated by those who are interested to know what this great scholar wrote on this important subject from original Talmudic sources. Father Pranaitis was one of those 'liquidated' by the Cheka during the Bolshevist revolution in Russia." - from Editor's Note. Author presaged his fate on pages 87-88 by explaining the existential danger of writing such a book. First published in Russia in 1892. Singerman (0032) reports a 94 page English printing, also in 1939. Unmarked contents tanned and somewhat brittled with age. Above-average wear and soiling to dull blue covers. Some page corners were folded. A worthy early copy. . Fair. 1939. Reprint.

      [Bookseller: RareNonFiction.com]
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        [PHOTO ALBUM OF ADMIRAL RICHARD BYRD'S FIRST EXPEDITION TO THE ANTARCTIC, 1928-1930]

      [Antarctica; New York, 1939. Original black cloth, twine ties. Album leaves brittle, edges chipped and torn. Several leaves detached. Minor soiling to some photos, but generally very good. Richard Byrd's first expedition to Antactica took place from 1928 to 1930. Over the course of three summers, Byrd and his men conducted geological surveys, collected photographs, and carried out aerial reconaissance from their base on the Ross Ice Shelf. In November 1929, he and his crew completed the first round trip flight to the South Pole. Because of his exploits during the expedition, Byrd was raised to the rank of Rear Admiral by the United States Navy. This album contains eighty- four photos depicting various aspects of the voyage, including the men in transit and in camp, the ships and airplanes used, preparations for overland exploration, scientific and photographic endeavors, wildlife, and scenery. Several photos are captioned, identifying Admiral Byrd, Dr. Lawrence Gould, cameraman Joe Rucker, radio operators Carl Petersen and Malcom Hanson, Bernt Balchen, Paul Siple, and several others. The album also contains a series of forty-six other photos from the 1939 World's Fair in New York.

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        Doonerak or Bust. A letter to friends about an Arctic vacation. [And:] North Doonerak, Amwak and Apoon

      Allied Printing Trades Council, [Boston; New York 1939 - First edition, privately printed. Map in each volume, photograph tipped into second title. [2], 36; [4], 31, [6] pp. 2 vols. 8vo. Two privately printed memoirs by forester and wilderness actiivist Bob Marshall (1901-1939), keen outdoorsman, and founder of the Wilderness Society.The second title, North Doonerak, Amwak and Apoon. Another letter to friends about an Arctic exploration between June 23 and July 16, 1939, includes a types letter, signed, from Dorothy H. Sugarman (8/17/'39) to Mr. Warburg presenting this copy reading in part: "During his travels through the arctic this summer Bob Marshall again kept a diary for the enjoyment of friends." Bob died Nov. 11, 1939. Printed wrappers (green or brown). Fine. Custom cloth backed chemise and patterned paper slipcase Map in each volume, photograph tipped into second title. [2], 36; [4], 31, [6] pp. 2 vols. 8vo [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy]

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        Fruhe Chinesische Bronzen aus der Sammlung Oskar Trautmann

      Peking: Fujen Press, 1939. 1st Edition . Soft cover. Very Good/No Jacket. Folio format 33cm X 27cm. An illustrated description of early Chinese bronzes from the Oskar Trautmann collection. Published in Peking in 1939 and consisting of 20 items described and illustrated by collotypes with up to 4 illustrations per item. Very good in soft paper covers and contained within a slightly dusty cloth slipcase with rubbed title label and secured with bone ties. Please note that this is a large item that will require additional postage if sent outside the UK. Kindly contact me for a revised shipping quotation, before ordering, should this apply. An illustrated account of 20 items from the Oskar Trautmann collection of early Chinese bronzes.

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        How Green Was My Valley

      London: Michael Joseph Ltd,, 1939. Octavo. Original brown cloth, spine lettered in gilt, yellow endpapers. With the dust jacket. Head of spine very lightly bumped, very narrow strip of pale marking to bottom of rear board (bleeding from dust jacket). An excellent copy in the dust jacket with a toned spine with a chip to the head costing half a letter, a further small chip between the front panel and flap at the head, and a few small nicks along the top edge of the rear panel. First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, warmly inscribed by the author on the dedication page: "And to Michael Joseph, Constant acts of kindness & encouragement, a good friend, and foster-father to Huw Morgan, this sparse tribute shall serve to remind him that I shall ever be, His humble & grateful, Richard Llewellyn, October - November 2, 1939". The story of Huw Morgan, a collier in a south Wales mining community, How Green Was My Valley was one of the early successes that secured the future of Michael Joseph's fledgling publishing house, which he founded in 1935 at a time when many well-established companies were experiencing financial difficulties or closing down. Lleywellyn originally proposed the title Land of My Fathers, which he changed at the suggestion of Joseph to something "more biblical and nostalgic" (ODNB). It brought Llewellyn "instant celebrity and an assured income for the rest of his life. Filmed in Hollywood by John Ford in 1940 (winning five Oscars), the novel soon became a best-seller, was translated into some two dozen languages, and has never since been out of print. It is the most famous book ever written about south Wales and one of the most enduringly popular novels in English of the twentieth century".

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        "FAMOUS FANTASTIC MYSTERIES" COMPLETE 81-VOLUME SET: 1939, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1944, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953

      New York, Chicago, Toronto: Frank A. Munsey Company / Red Star / All-Fiction Field, Inc. / Popular Publications, Inc. 1st Editions 1939-1953 ----------81 pulp magazines, standard pulp size (4 1951 issues were a somewhat smaller 8 by 6 inch size). Many 1948-1952 issues are Canadian printings which have the same contents, covers and dates as their US counterparts, but are a little taller, and differ in the copyright information and back cover advertisements (Canadian breweries). The COMPLETE 81-issue run of this fantasy / science fiction / horror pulp magazine, September-October 1939 through June 1953. The first few issues contained mostly shorter fantasy works, reprinted from the Munsey chain of pulp magazines. Within a few months, each issue contained a complete fantasy novel either from the old pulp magazines or from out-of-print hardcover books. Many issues contained shorter works in addition to the novels, some being original works, others being reprints. The first 5 issues had text-only covers, but from then on featured marvellous covers from Virgil Finlay, Frank R. Paul, Lawrence and others. The condition of the magazines ranges from good to almost as new, with many of the earlier issues (1939-1944) being especially nice and likely unread. Some, but by no means all, of the writers included are: A. Merritt, Ray Cummings, Austin Hall, Homer Eon Flint, Ralph Milne Farley, J. George Frederick, Philip M. Fisher, Douglas Newton, George Allan England, Will McMorrow, Francis Stevens, J.U. Giesy, H.P. Lovecraft, John Hawkins, John Taine, Robert W. Chambers, J. Leslie Mitchell, William Hope Hodgson, G.K. Chesterton, Ray Bradbury, Theodore Sturgeon, Richard Tooker, Lord Dunsany, Cutcliffe Hyne, Wayland Smith, Henry Kuttner, Edwin Lester Arnold, J.S. Bradford, H. Rider Haggard, Claude Ferrere, S. Fowler Wright, Algernon Blackwood, Jessie Kerruish, Arthur Machen, Herbert Best, Bram Stoker, Clemence Dane, H.G. Wells, Francis Sibson, E.F. Benson, Jack London, Edward Shanks, Andrew Marvell, George Whitley, Murray Leinster, E. Charles Vivian, Cyril Hume, Warwick Deeping, C.S. Forester, Augusta Groner, Theodora Du Bois, C.T. Stoneham, J.J. Connington, Inez Haynes Gillmore, Edison Marshall, Elmer Brown Mason, M.P. Shiel, Gilbert Collins, John Beynon, Curt Siodmak, Arthur Stringer, Sax Rohmer, Arthur J. Rees, Thomas Calvert McClary, Talbot Mundy, Austin J. Small, Jack Mann, Franklin Gregory, T.S. Stribling, Robert E. Howard, Franz Kafka, Ayn Rand. Perhaps an opportunity for a collector to obtain all issues of a major fantasy pulp magazine at one time and with one shipping charge. The shipping charge for this heavy set will be no more than the actual postage required. Contact the bookseller if condition, contents or cover scans are required for any individual volume.. First Edition. Soft Cover. Very Good+. Illus. by Virgil Finlay, Frank R. Paul, Lawrence, Norman Saunders, Rafael DeSoto, Bud Parke (front covers). Note: our prices on Biblio are the LOWEST of any of the sites on which we list our books.

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        Secret Despatches [Dispatches] from Arabia by T.E.Lawrence - Published by Permission of the Foreign Office. Foreword by A.W.Lawrence.

      The Golden Cockerel Press,, [London], 1939 - Limited Edition: No. 81 / 970 copies printed. [London], The Golden Cockerel Press, [1939]. Quarto. Photographic Frontispiece of T.E. Lawrence, 173, (3) pages. Original Hardcover. Bound in quarter Niger Morocco by Sangorski & Sutcliffe. Excellent condition with only very minor signs of external wear (the faintest spotting on the cover). Only very few signs of foxing to the endpapers only. Inside bright and clean. The morocco and gilt in unusually splendid condition. [Printed by Christopher Sandford and Owen Rutter at the Golden Cockerel Press in Perpetua type on Arnold's mould-made paper. The Edition is limited to 1000 numbered copies, of which numbers 1-30 are bound in white pig-skin and accompanied by a collotype reproduction of part of T.E.Lawrence's manuscript of 'The Seven Pillars of Wisdom'. Numbers 31-1000 are bound in 1/4 Niger. This is Number 81] Sprache: English Excellent condition with only very minor signs of external wear (the faintest spotting on the cover). Only very few signs of foxing to the endpapers only. Inside bright and clean. The morocco and gilt in unusually splendid condition. Original Hardcover. Bound in quarter Niger Morocco by Sangorski & Sutcliffe. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: The Time Traveller's Bookshop Ltd.]
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        Christmas Holiday (First UK Edition)

      London: William Heinemann, 1939. First Edition. First Edition. Contrary to what the title suggests, one of Maugham's grimmest tales. Basis for the 1944 film noir, a highlight for director Robert Siodmak, starring Deanna Durbin and Gene Kelly. Near Fine in a bright, Near Fine dust jacket. Book is Fine but for some fading to the topstain and top edges of the endpapers. Jacket shows just a touch of creasing at the crown, and some light foxing to the verso. A lovely copy. Selby (1984) 66. Silver, pp. 68-69. Spicer, p. 407.

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        Etudes pour la couverture NRF Gallimard de Mermoz de Joseph Kessel].

      1939 - 6 études aquarellées sur dessin à la mine de plomb (8,3 x 11,6 cm) sur 2 planches cartonnées (32,5 x 25 cm). Etudes en couleurs sur mine de plomb de l'illustrateur Roger Parry (1905-1977) par ailleurs photographe et reporter, issu des Arts décoratifs, proche d'André Malraux avec qui il édita L'univers des formes chez Gallimard. Roger Parry illustra en 1929 pour la NRF Banalité de Léon-Paul Fargue, créant ainsi la rencontre d'un poète et d?un photographe, ce qui n?existait pas auparavant. Il s?ensuivra une reconnaissance passagère, des expositions, des commandes pour des couvertures d?avant garde et l?illustration de nombreux polars (plus de 200 pour la NRF), mais aussi d?oeuvres littéraires comme le Peseur d?âme d?André Maurois ou La Condition humaine de Malraux. Une rétrospective lui fut consacrée en 2007 au Jeu de Paume à Paris. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Smoke from This Altar

      Oklahoma City: Lusk Pub. Co, 1939. Hardcover. Very Good. First edition in the preferred orange binding. pp. [i-vi], [ix]-x, [11]-62, [2, blank] pp. with typical excised bio leaf (vii/viii), publishers did this to most copies of the book. Orange cloth with black lettering. Near Fine condition. No dust jacket. Light rubbing to cloth, a bit of dust soling at edges. The Western author's first published book, a collection of poetry.

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        Blohm & Voss 1933 - 1939 ( Firmenfestschrift ) sowie beiliegend das Jahrbuch: 1940 ( zweimal vorhanden ) - 1941 - 1942

      Als Manuskript gedruckt; Kasper, Hamburg 1939 - ( Erscheinungszeitraum 1939 - 1943 ) Hier die seltene Firmenschrift des Jahres 1939 mit einem Rückblick auf die Jahre 1933-1939 sowie beiliegend 4 der überaus seltenen Jahrbücher der Werft die nur für den internen Gebrauch bestimmt waren. Mit 48 Seiten und zahlreichen schwarz-weißen Abbildungen und Illustrationen. Das Jahrbuch 1940 ( das zweimal vorhanden ist ) mit 40 Seiten und zahlreichen schwarz-weißen Abbildungen / Das Jahrbuch 1941 mt 40 Seiten und etlichen schwarz-weißen Abbildungen und Illustrationen / Das Jahrbuch 1942 mit 32 Seiten und einigen schwarz-weißen Illustrationen.Bis auf das letzte Jahrbuch jeweils in OKarton mit montiertem Deckelbild, 4° ( 32 x 23 cm / das Jahrbuch 1941 mit 30 x 21 cm ) - das Jahrbuch 1942 in illustrierter OBroschur, 4° ( 31 x 23,5 cm ), verlegt bei Kasper, Berlin - Amsterdam. Mit jeweils zahlreichen Beiträgen zur Leistung der Werft, dem Arbeitsleben, neuesten technischen Errungenschaften, Bauten der Werft, Werftleben, Schiffsbau, Flugzeugbau ( u.a.Seefernerkunder BV 138 ), technische Detailfragen usw. Einbände teils etwas fleckig, der Jahresband 1942 im Einband beschädigt, Rückdeckel hier lose. Innen meist sauber und von guter Erhaltung. ( Zusammen 5 Hefte ) - sehr selten - ( Gesamtgewicht 900 Gramm ) ( Pic erhältlich // webimage available ) [Attributes: Soft Cover]

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        Papermaking by Hand in India

      New York: Pynson Printers, 1939. First edition. No. 367 of 370 signed by Hunter & the publisher, Elmer Adler. Illustrated with photographic plates, and with 26 examples of Indian paper. 129, [3]pp. 1 vols. 4to. Black calf spine and decorated cloth sides. Fine and unopened. In original printed brown paper over boards slipcase. With prospectus. First edition. No. 367 of 370 signed by Hunter & the publisher, Elmer Adler. Illustrated with photographic plates, and with 26 examples of Indian paper. 129, [3]pp. 1 vols. 4to. Schlosser 39

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        The Wild Palms

      New York: Random House, 1939. First Edition, First Printing. Less than a shade toned at the spine, else fine in original red quarter cloth over wood-patterned boards.. Octavo. 14.5 x 21 cm. 339 pp. Number 89 of 250 copies, signed by Faulkner on the colophon.

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        Preuve expérimentale de la rupture explosive des noyaux d'uranium et de thorium sous l'action des neutrons" by Frédéric Joliot-Curie and "Sur les radioelements formes dans l'uranium et le thorium irradies par les neutrons" in Comptes Rendus Hebdomadaires des Seances de L';Academie des Sciences 208 No. 5, 30 January 1939, pp. 341-343 and 343-346

      - FIRST EDITION IN ORIGINAL WRAPS OF THE FIRST INDEPENDENT CONFIRMATION OF NUCLEAR FISSION. The second paper describes the products of this fission. As well, Joliot-Curie foresaw the likelihood of a chain reaction. "At the beginning of 1939 the great German radio-chemist Otto Hahn published chemical data proving that the nucleus of a uranium atom can be split into two nuclei of similar mass by the impact of a neutron. Within a few days [and with the first of these two papers] Joliot furnished direct physical proof of the explosive character of this bipartition of the uranium atom, subsequently called fission. "In [this] elegantly simple experiment he demonstrated that the radioactive atoms produced in a thin layer of uranium by a flux of neutrons are ejected with a velocity sufficient to permit them to pass through a thin sheet of cellophane. The great kinetic energy of the fission fragments was established independently by this experiment and by the one done in Copenhagen by O. R. Frisch, who employed a proportional pulse amplifier. Pursuing the study of this phenomenon, Joliot was incontestably the first, in collaboration with Hans von Halban and Lew Kowarski, to prove that the fission of uranium atoms is accompanied or followed by an emission of neutrons (uranium submitted to a flux of slow neutrons emits rapid neutrons) and subsequently that the fission of a uranium atom induced by one neutron produces, on the average, an emission of several neutrons."It was now possible to envision, as Joliot immediately did, a process in which uranium atoms would undergo successive fissions linked in divergent chains by neutrons and consequently developing like an avalanche. Hence an immense number of atoms, constituting a ponderable mass of uranium, might be disintegrated within a relatively short time by the minute excitation due to a single neutron. The principle of the liberation of the internal energy of uranium atoms had thus been discovered, and the conditions in which the nuclear chain reactions could develop were rapidly determined" (DSB VII, 155). Subsequent to these works, Frédéric Joliot-Curie and his wife Irène established a fission research program at the Radium Institute in Paris. CONDITION & DETAILS: Complete issue in original paper wraps and housed in a custom clamshell case. Paris: Gauthier-Villars. Ex-libris with stamp on front wrap as well as a very faint stamp reading 'Printed in France'. 4to (10.25 x 8 inches; 256 x 200mm). The issue has been professionally rebacked at the spine and is tightly and solidly bound; very minor wear at the edges. Clean and bright throughout. Very good + condition.

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        Preuve expérimentale de la rupture explosive des noyaux d'uranium et de thorium sous l'action des neutrons" by Frédéric Joliot-Curie and "Sur les radioelements formes dans l'uranium et le thorium irradies par les neutrons" in Comptes Rendus Hebdomadaires des Seances de L';Academie des Sciences 208 No. 5, 30 January 1939, pp. 341-343 and 343-346

      FIRST EDITION IN ORIGINAL WRAPS OF THE FIRST INDEPENDENT CONFIRMATION OF NUCLEAR FISSION. The second paper describes the products of this fission. As well, Joliot-Curie foresaw the likelihood of a chain reaction. "At the beginning of 1939 the great German radio-chemist Otto Hahn published chemical data proving that the nucleus of a uranium atom can be split into two nuclei of similar mass by the impact of a neutron. Within a few days [and with the first of these two papers] Joliot furnished direct physical proof of the explosive character of this bipartition of the uranium atom, subsequently called fission. "In [this] elegantly simple experiment he demonstrated that the radioactive atoms produced in a thin layer of uranium by a flux of neutrons are ejected with a velocity sufficient to permit them to pass through a thin sheet of cellophane. The great kinetic energy of the fission fragments was established independently by this experiment and by the one done in Copenhagen by O. R. Frisch, who employed a proportional pulse amplifier. Pursuing the study of this phenomenon, Joliot was incontestably the first, in collaboration with Hans von Halban and Lew Kowarski, to prove that the fission of uranium atoms is accompanied or followed by an emission of neutrons (uranium submitted to a flux of slow neutrons emits rapid neutrons) and subsequently that the fission of a uranium atom induced by one neutron produces, on the average, an emission of several neutrons. "It was now possible to envision, as Joliot immediately did, a process in which uranium atoms would undergo successive fissions linked in divergent chains by neutrons and consequently developing like an avalanche. Hence an immense number of atoms, constituting a ponderable mass of uranium, might be disintegrated within a relatively short time by the minute excitation due to a single neutron. The principle of the liberation of the internal energy of uranium atoms had thus been discovered, and the conditions in which the nuclear chain reactions could develop were rapidly determined" (DSB VII, 155). Subsequent to these works, Frédéric Joliot-Curie and his wife Irène established a fission research program at the Radium Institute in Paris. CONDITION & DETAILS: Complete issue in original paper wraps and housed in a custom clamshell case. Paris: Gauthier-Villars. Ex-libris with stamp on front wrap as well as a very faint stamp reading 'Printed in France'. 4to (10.25 x 8 inches; 256 x 200mm). The issue has been professionally rebacked at the spine and is tightly and solidly bound; very minor wear at the edges. Clean and bright throughout. Very good + condition.

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        The Bigger They Come

      Morrow, New York 1939 - Inscribed by author on free endpaper. Bleed through front and back paste down endpapers, 1/4' stain to lower right corner of lower cover. DJ, all corners clipped but $2.00 price intact on both flaps. 1/4" chips head/tail of lower panel, 3/8" missing head of spine with 1/4' continuing to upper panel. 3/8" missing tail of spine with irregular 2" x 2" piece continuing to upper panel. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

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        Handzeichnung in Bleistift und Kohle \" Geborstener Baum mit totem Holz \".

       Große Handzeichung in Bleistift und Kohle: Rechts unten signiert und datiert \" G.Hacker, 39 - 43 \" ( offenbar 1939 begonnen und 1943 beendet ). Bildgröße ( Höhe x Breite ): 38 x 52 cm. Auf dünnem, braun getöntem Papier. Unfachmännisch unter eine Art Passepartout geklebt ( unter Verdeckung eines nicht geringen Bildstreifens ). Bildränder etwas beschädigt, zwei ca. 5 cm lange Einrisse im Papier. ( Pic erhältlich / webimage available ) ( Literatur: Thieme-Becker \" Allgemeines Lexikon der bildenden Künstler, Leipzig 1922, Band 15, S. 410 \" : \" Maler in Düsseldorf, geb. 8.8.1865 in Dessau. Als Schüler Max Brückners erlernte er in Coburg die Theatermalerei und begleitete das Meininger Hoftheater auf dessen Auslandsreisen. Nach der Auflösung dieser Bühne kam Hacker als Lehrer für dekorative Malerei nach Straßburg im Elsaß an die neubegründete Kunstgewerbeschule, 1896 an das Stadttheater in Düsseldorf...Seine dekorative Malerei, die das Landschaftliche bevorzugt, fand viel Anerkennung, besonders die Festspieldekoration des Rheinischen Goethevereins. In Straßburg rührt von Hacker die Ausmalung des Zoologischen Instituts der Universität her. Mit flottgemalten Landschaftsbildern realistischer Art ist Hacker vielfach auf Ausstellungen, besonders in Düsseldorf, vertreten. \" Biographische Angaben: 1865: Hacker wurde am 8. August 1865 in Dessau als Sohn des Kammersängers Adolf Hacker und dessen Gattin Pauline, geb. Zschiesche, einer bedeutenden und berühmten Opernsängerin geboren.1882-1887: Eintritt in das Atelier der Prof. Gebr. Brückner in Coburg wo er die Technik der Theatermalerei erlernt und zum Lieblingsschüler Prof. Brückners avanciert, der damals für Bayreuth Wagners Parsifal ausstattet und für die Meininger unter Herzog Georgs Führung seine berühmten Ausstattungen schuf. 1887-1890: Von Herzog Georg II. an das Hoftheater in Meiningen berufen - Teilnahme an vielen Gastspielreisen. 1890-1896: Berufung nach Straßburg. 1893: Als Stipendiat der Stadt Straßburg nach Chicago zur Weltausstellung entsandt. 1896-1945: Mitglied des Künstlervereins \" Düsseldorfer Malkasten \", lange Jahre dort im Vorstand tätig. 1896-1899: Berufung an das Stadttheater in Düsseldorf. Schaffung zahlreicher Ausstattungen ( u.a. für die Festspiele des rheinischen Goethevereins ). 1904: Der Kunstverein erwirbt seine \" Eifellandschaft \". 1906: Ankauf des Aquarells \"Eifelhöhe mit Schafen\" durch Kaiser Wilhelm II. 1905: Festausschmückung Berlins zur Kronprinzenhochzeit.1907-1909: Leiter des Ausstattungswesens an der \" Bühne \". 1910: Verleihung der Goldenen Medaille für Kunst und Wissenschaft. 1914-1916:Teilnahme am Ersten Weltkrieg.1919: Lehrer für Bühnenmalerei an der Staatlichen Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf. 1927-1936: Zweite Amerikafahrt: Ausmalung einer großen Maschinenfabrik in Reading, P.A., sowie weitere Reisen ins In- und Ausland mit Planung und Ausführung verschiedenster Arbeiten und Aufträge. 1936: Bildausschmückung des Wartesaals III. Klasse im Düsseldorfer Hauptbahnhof ( im Zweiten Weltkrieg zerstört ). 1938: Eingangshalle des Duisburger Hauptbahnhofes. 1940: 3 große Dioramen für das Naturkunde-Museum der Stadt Dortmund. 1945: Am 5.12. Tod in Düsseldorf. Bis kurz vor seinem Tode beschäftigte ihn der Plan den Keller des im Krieg zerstörten \" Düsseldorfer Malkastens \" mit Fresken auszumalen um den Künstlern des Düsseldorfer Malkastens eine neue würdige Bleibe zu schaffen. ( 1968: Große Einzelausstellung im Stadtmuseum Düsseldorf *Palais Spee* / 1973: Große Verkaufsausstellung Galerie Paffrath, Düsseldorf, Königsallee 46 ). Versandkostenfreie Lieferung Hacker, Georg Hacker, Düsseldorf, Düsseldorfer Malerschule, Düsseldorfer Malkasten, Malkasten, Handzeichnungen, Bäume, Baumgruppe

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        THE DEMIGODS.

      London: Jarrolds Publishers (London) Limited, [1939] - Octavo, original light brown cloth, spine panel stamped in black, pictorial endpapers. First edition. A race of highly intelligent ant-like creatures dwelling underground in Africa prepare to take over the world. Probably intended as an awful warning story concerning the rise of fascist states in Europe and the conflict to come. An underrated novel. Anatomy of Wonder (2004) II-111. Clarke, Tale of the Future (1978). p. 74. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 31. Bleiler (1978), p. 20. Reginald 01099. First four leaves and page edges foxed, two literary agency labels affixed to the title page, a good copy in poor to good pictorial dust jacket with short tears and chips at edges, small chip to center front spine fold, and several unattractive tape mends. The first edition is an uncommon book; the jacket is rare. (#147996) [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Death In The House

      Hodder & Stoughton Ltd., London 1939. First edition hardback. VG, (top edge dusty, gilt titles to spine uniformly dulled) otherwise clean and bright in VG+ dustwrapper (some slight rubbing and slight wear, trimmed by 3-4mm in height) which is housed in protective removable sleeve. A pleasing example. 8974. Scarce in first issue 7/6 dustwrapper.

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        Carson of Venus

      Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc, Tarzana, CA 1939 - 8vo. 312 pp. Illustrated. cloth in dustwrapper, like new. (39018). Illustrated by John Coleman Burroughs. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Karl Salomo Zachariä s vierzig Bücher vom Staate Erster - Siebenter Band

      C. F. Winter 1939 - 43, Heidelberg - 21 x 14 cm 3 Bde., ca. 3000 S., Umarbeitung, 2. Auflage - / Bücher in 3 Bänden. Ppe. d. Zt. Einbände leicht berieben und bestoßen, Stempel auf Totel, Band 1: Rücken gelöst, sonst gut

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        The Garden Party and other Stories With coloured lithographs by Marie Laurencin

      London: The Verona Press, 1939 (2 kg rate, excess shipping required) Limited edition of 1200 copies, this numbered 842, green decorative cloth, dust jacket has some handling soiling and minor insect damage to one corner, one small tear has a tape repair on the reverse side of the dust jacket in an inconspicuous location, head and tail with minor chips, small pale blue ink gift incription to paste down dated (19)51, this book was originally planned for publication in 1939 but the war delayed actual release until 1947, coloured lithographs within the text, xii 316+2pp, tipped-in publisher's note. . First Edition. Cloth. Very Good/Very Good. Illus. by Marie Laurencin. 4to - over 9? - 12" tall. limited edition.

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        ARCHIVE Of FOUR TLS LETTERS FROM RICHARD HALLIBURTON'S CHINESE JUNK "The SEA DRAGON"; November 1938 to February 1939. Two Photographic Images of the "Sea Dragon" included

      (San Francisco) Shanghai / Macao / Hong Kong: The Trans-Pacific Chinese Junk Expedition, Inc, 1939. Letters are dated: Nov 20, 1938; Jan 18th, 1939; Jan 27th, 1939; and Feb 16th, 1939. Though typewritten and mimeographed, all four are personally signed by Halliburton. Letters typewritten to buff paper, envelopes with blue seal of the "Sea Dragon" with illustration printed to front. Modest wear to paper (some light age-toning and rubbing to papers). Envelopes rubbed and worn. Withal, a VG lot.. Pages within the letters: 5, 3, 4, 3 [Total of 16 typewritten pages]. Two black and white Kodak photographs are included, printed in 1957, presumably from a negative of Robert Pullen's famous shots of the "Sea Dragon", taken just before its doomed maiden voyage. Letters: 14" x 8-1/2". Photographs:. Who took the first aerial picture of Mount Everest after receiving express permission by stunning the Majarajah of Nepal with bi-plane aerobatics? Richard Halliburton was a legendary American travel writer and adventurer. Reading stories of his feats and antics seem surreal - after all, who flies an airplane upside down over the Taj Mahal? Halliburton was born in January of 1900 in Brownsville, Tennessee. Deciding at an early age not to settle down and grow old with a wife and family as the rest of his family and friends seemed to be doing. After graduating from Princeton, Halliburton traveled on as many adventures as possible and published his first novel, The Royal Road to Romance, in 1925 at the tender age of 25. His first novel became a bestseller, and was followed by more published adventures in 1927 and 1929. He enjoyed fame and adventures for a little over a decade, before deciding in 1938 that his next grand feat would be to cross the Pacific ocean from Hong Kong to the San Francisco International Exposition in a Chinese Junk ship, made expressly for his purposes. It is on this voyage that Halliburton and the entire crew of the Junk the "Sea Dragon" were lost at sea, having gotten caught in a typhoon. In 1945 a 150-foot ship outline with Chinese lettering washed ashore in California, this thought to possibly be some of the wreckage of the "Sea Dragon." Letter I: Halliburton describes the arrival in China and purpose of the expedition, as well as his interest in junks stemming from a 1 ft. scale model he sailed as a child. He explains that he chose to use a junk for his journey because of their stability, and notes that it is possible it will not be the smoothest ride. He quips: "If the junk should be small, the storms violent, and the voyage long - all the better. For if there is no hazard, no battle, where is the sport?" He introduces the "friends" of the expedition to his crew of Captain John Welch, Henry von Fehren, "Bru" Potter, among others. Halliburton also spends a significant amount of time discussing the war with China and Japan and the Japanese belief systems. Letter 2: The second letter discusses the search for an appropriate junk, and the ultimate decision to build their own that could be modified for the journey. Working with the man said to be the best ship-builder in Hong Kong (Mr. Fat Kau), and the appropriation of a few more crew members (a chef and a radio operator). Letter 3: The third letter, posted from Canton, desribes their taking the Sea Dragon out for a "shake down" cruise, with Mr. Fat Kau as his guest (who, though a builder of ships, had never sailed on one), and with high seas nearly everyone aboard became seasick. Halliburton notes the dry deck despite the high waves and believes he was right about the Sea Dragon's sea-worthiness. Much of the rest of the letter is spent discussing Canton, the disputes between the Chinese and Japanese, the destruction, the looters, and other conditions in the city. Letter 4: After setting out on their voyage, the Sea Dragon needed to return after only 2 days due to sickness on the boat. Though Halliburton seems only a trifle annoyed at the delay of their voyage, he is excited enough to try again, and leaves his readers with this: "In about another week we plan to leave again, to slip away as quietly as possible, and head east, once more around the southern tip of Formosa - and straight on to Midway. If all goes well, the next letter, the fifth, will carry an American stamp, for Midway Island is American. When this, the fourth letter, reaches you, we'll be a thousand miles along the way - I hope. Many thanks, again, for your interest and good will. Faithfully, Richard Halliburton"

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        Autograph letter signed, concerning the origins of the supernatural elements in his book Out of the Silent Planet

      

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