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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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        Ozoplaning With the Wizard Oz

      Reilly & Lee, Chicago 1939 - First printing, with first printing dust jacket, octavo size, 272 pp. The thirty-third and last of the "canonical" books in the fabulously popular "Oz" series, the nineteenth written by Ruth Plumly Thompson. It was decided to include the phrase "The Wizard of Oz" in the title to coincide with the release the same year of the MGM film starring Judy Garland. In fact, it seems the book was written with the film in mind, as the story focuses on the characters who appeared in the first book. This a lovely copy, a wonderful way to complete a set for any Oz collector.___***DESCRIPTION: Bound in full tan cloth, black lettering and designs to the backstrip, full-colour pastedown on the front board, black and white illustrated endpapers, 16-page gatherings, replete with black and white illustrations (issued without colour plates); octavo size (9.25" by 7"), 272 pages. Dust jacket shows the original $1.50 price, the front and back panels mirror the book's pastedown, the back flap lists the Oz titles through this title, number 32.___***CONDITION: Volume could almost be called fine; the binding is clean, the black on the spine deep and unrubbed, the front pastedown has bright colours and is perfect (with no rubbing or other defects), the corners are straight, the text block is strong and square with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright, and the volume is entirely free of prior owner markings (including the "Belongs to" page, which is blank); the only condition issues we see is a hint of wear to the bottom edge, the book is slightly cocked, and there is a small, light stain to the fore-edge of the text block. The unclipped dust jacket is very good plus to near fine, with some minor wear at the usual spots (head and tail of the spine, and where the panels meet the flaps), the worst being a small, triangular chip where the front panel meets the head of the spine; also some sunning to the spine. Overall a lovely copy.___***CITATIONS: Bienvenue p. 121, Hanff & Greene no. 33.___***POSTAGE: International customers, please note that additional postage may apply as the standard shipping charge does not always cover costs; please inquire for details.___***Swan's Fine Books is pleased to be a member of the ABAA, ILAB, and IOBA and we stand behind book we sell. Please contact us with any questions you may have, we are here to help. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        All Quiet On The Western Front

      Boston: Little, Brown & Co., 1939. Later printing. Cloth. Good. Octavo, 291pp, gray cloth. No dust jacket. Cloth on spine is shifting. Light foxing. Signed by Remarque on frontispiece in 1939. Signed copies of this historical work are difficult to find.

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        Mein Kampf von Adolf Hitler. Jubiläumsausgabe anläßlich der Vollendung des 50. Lebensjahres des Führers, Gesamtauflage 5 Millionen Exemplare.

      1939, Zentralverlag der NSDAP Frz. Eeher Nachf., München. 1939 - Mein Kampf von Adolf Hitler. Jubiläumsausgabe anläßlich der Vollendung des 50. Lebensjahres des Führers, Gesamtauflage 5 Millionen Exemplare. 1939, Zentralverlag der NSDAP Frz. Eeher Nachf., München. 2 tomes en 1 volume in-8 (23,8 x 16,2 cm), 705-(28) pages. Reliure plein cuir maroquiné bleu nuit, épée et titre doré sur le premier plat, dos orné, filets dorés, pièce de titre rouge, tête dorée. Portrait photographique de l'auteur en frontispice. Exemplaire à l'état proche du neuf. Quelques rousseurs sur les tranches. Complet de son emboîtage cartonné (légèrement frotté). Texte en allemand gothique. Edition de luxe publiée en 1939 à l'occasion du 50è anniversaire d'Adolf Hitler. Tirage à 5 millions d'exemplaires. The Jubilee edition for the 50th birthday of Adolf Hitler. Printed for the 50th birthday of Adolf Hitler in the year 1939 by Franz Eher Verlag Munich. Special limited luxurious edition. "Le lecteur de « Mein Kampf » doit donc se souvenir des crimes contre l’humanité qui ont été commis en application de cet ouvrage, et réaliser que les manifestations actuelles de haine raciale participent de son esprit." (extrait de l'Avertissement au lecteur, Extrait d'un arrêt de la Cour d’appel de Paris ordonnant la publication de cet avertissement dans les traductions de Mein Kampf publiée sur le territoire de la République Française). Les éditions originales en langue allemande publiées avant 1945 sont autorisées à la vente. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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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.

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        Original set design for the Coronation scene in Act III of Modest Musorgsky's opera Boris Godunov by the noted Russian artist Alexandre Benois.

      Watercolour and pencil on wove paper. 275 x 370 mm. Signed by the artist with initials and dated 1939 in pencil at lower right corner. Boris Godunov, an opera in seven scenes (or a prologue and four acts) by Modest Petrovich Musorgsky (1839-1881) to his own libretto, was adapted from the historical tragedy by Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin, and supplemented (in the revised version) by material partly derived from historical works by Nikolay Mikhaylovich Karamzin and others. It is considered one of the most important of all Russian operas. Benois is considered a seminal influence on modern ballet set and costume design. "In 1901, [he] was appointed scenic director of the Mariinsky Theatre in Saint Petersburg, the performance space for the Imperial Russian Ballet. He moved to Paris in 1905 and thereafter devoted most of his time to stage design and decor. During these years, his work with Diaghilev's Ballets Russes was groundbreaking. His sets and costumes for the productions of Les Sylphides (1909), Giselle (1910), and Petrushka (1911), are counted among his greatest triumphs. Although Benois worked primarily with the Ballets Russes, he also collaborated with the Moscow Art Theatre and other notable theatres of Europe." Wikipedia.

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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.

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        Hollywood Saga

      Dutton, NY 1939 - Tan cloth titled in blue, gray topstain. Stated first edition. Inscribed twice, by William DeMille to the title page and also by famed director Cecil B. De Mille under his frontis photo. Corners slightly softened, endpages darkened. Unmarked, sound binding. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; Signed by Author [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

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        Syllabus 1940

      Northwestern University, Evanston, IL 1939 - The One Thousand Members of The Junior Class of Northwestern University Present the 1940 Issue of The Syllabus. Some wear along the edges, tips and spine of the book. Some small tears to the cloth covers and some rubbing wear. Some discoloration to pages. Selected pages may contain light wrinkles. Binding is not as tight but all pages are intact. THIS IS A HEAVY AND OVERSIZE ITEM. INTERNATIONAL AND PRIORITY DOMESTIC ORDERS REQUIRE ADDITIONAL SHIPPING CHARGES. [Attributes: 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. 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. Colour illustrations throughout. 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. Pomerance A24; Silvery 40-1. [Attributes: First Edition]

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        ADOLF IN BLUNDERLAND: A POLICAL PARODY OF LEWIS CARROLL'S FAMOUS STORY

      Frederick Muller Ltd., London 1939 - (Carrolliana) ADOLF IN BLUNDERLAND: A POLITICAL PARODY OF LEWIS CARROLL'S FAMOUS STORY by James Dyrenforth and Max Kester; with illustrations by Norman Mansbridge. London: Frederick Muller Ltd., (1939). FIRST EDITION. 4to - 7-7/16" x 10". Red cloth backed black and red pictorial paper covered boards with a minute touch of wear to the head and tail of spine for what is an immaculate copy of the book. Publisher's original price-clipped black and red pictorial dust wrapper with a minute touch of wear to the head and tail of spine for what is an immaculate copy of the wrapper. 60 pp. Illustrated with black and white drawings within text. The condition of the book is FINE. The condition of the dust wrapper is FINE. One of the nicest copies of this title that one is ever likely to encounter. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Arizona

      New York: Harper and Brothers, 1939. Fine/Very Good. First edition. Fine in a very good, spine-faded dustwrapper with a few small chips, mostly on the front panel, and several internal mends. Inscribed by the author to Henry Tatnall Brown in 1940. Basis for the 1940 film directed by Wesley Ruggles and starring William Holden and Jean Arthur as the first female citizen of Tucson, a hellcat with a heart of gold. A meticulously researched, big-budget epic, Columbia Pictures was able to recoup some of the cost by reusing elements as stock footage in many of its subsequent B-programmers.

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        Geschichte in Bildern - I.- IV. Band,

      1939 - 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) (1939) Sprache: Deutsch Gewicht in Gramm: 700 [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        APACHE GOLD & YAQUI SILVER - Sierra Madre Edition

      Boston: Little, Brown & Co., 1939. First Edition. Hardcover. VERY GOOD/fine. SIGNED LIMITED EDITION, Illustrated by Tom Lea, with extra leaf bound in following title page, Number 83 of tho hundred and sixty-five copies of this Sierra Madre Edition printed on rag paper bound in buckram and boards, signed by author and artist. Gold flecked tan boards, tan cloth spine with silver foil title label. Edges rubbed, no names, in a fine custom linen slipcase with gilt titles on leather spine label. Lacking the additional tipped in label at back of book (shadow mark where it once was). A sequel to Coronado's Children. McVicker A7 a(1). DRD 358. Calls for envelope of Lea's paintings for the book as issued, not present here. Adams - SIX-GUNS 599. McVicker

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        The Yearling [signed By N C Wyeth And Marjoire Rawlings 1/750]

      NY: Harles Scribner's Sons,. Fine in Near Fine dust jacket. 1939. 1st limited edition. Cloth. Pictorial endpapers, 14 full-page color plates, title-page decoration, and a 2-page facsimile letter by Wyeth. 8vo, publisher's gilt-pictorial blue-green cloth; original board slipcase with printed spine label, fore-edges lightly rubbed, residue from removed sticker on spine panel. 770 produced with 750 for sale. One of 750 copies of the first limited edition signed by Rawlings and Wyeth. Allen, pp. 215-16. A Fine crisp and clean copy complete with DJ [paper wrapper with card spine NF] and slipcase [VG with short split at bottom edge]. Deluxe copy in exceptional condition. Lacking text between lines 5&6 of p196. ; Signed by Author & Illustrator .

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        APACHE GOLD & YAQUI SILVER - Sierra Madre Edition

      Boston: Little, Brown & Co. 1939. SIGNED LIMITED EDITION, Illustrated by Tom Lea, with extra leaf bound in following title page, Number 83 of tho hundred and sixty-five copies of this Sierra Madre Edition printed on rag paper bound in buckram and boards, signed by author and artist. Gold flecked tan boards, tan cloth spine with silver foil title label. Edges rubbed, no names, in a fine custom linen slipcase with gilt titles on leather spine label. Lacking the additional tipped in label at back of book (shadow mark where it once was). A sequel to Coronado's Children. McVicker A7 a(1). DRD 358. Calls for envelope of Lea's paintings for the book as issued, not present here. Adams - SIX-GUNS 599. McVicker. VERY GOOD / fine.

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        Back to Methusela. Engravings by John Farleigh.

      New York, The Limited Editions Club. 1939 - Sprache: English 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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        How Green Was My Valley

      Michael Joseph Ltd, London 1939 - Octavo. 5.75 x 8.5 in. 651 pp. First edition of the novel that was turned into the 1941 film of the same name. Near fine in original burgundy cloth, page 13 and 15 cut unevenly along fore-edge. Very good price-clipped dust jacket with 3" closed tear to front panel and a few smaller ones to lower cover. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Lienzo de Tlaxcala, manuscrito pictorico mexicano de mediados del siglo XVI.

      Mexico, D.F.: Libreria Anticuaria G.M. Echaniz 1939 - 11-1/2”x9-1/2”, quarter-leather two-post binding. 75 plates, printed in color on heavy stock including three foldout plates. 21 page prologue, 4 supplemental plates numbered A-D, frontispiece, and index sheet at rear. This is a reproduction of a 16th century Tlaxcala codex. The Lienzo de Tlaxcala uses detailed drawings to depict the time of contact and conflict between Hernando Cortez and various people groups in and around the Tlaxcala region of Mexico. It is comprised of images with accompanying headings in Nahuatl and captions in Spanish. Fine overall with some toning at binding edge of the prologue which is on lower quality paper. A near fine copy in good-only quarter-leather two-post binding. Small inked name of Betty Factor on title page. Factor, and her husband Monte, were significant collectors of contemporary art in Los Angeles and founders of several non-profit institutions there. Some light age toning at the edges of several plates, not affecting the images. Two of the fold-out plates have some tears at the folds and some staining. Covers: rubbed at edges and corners with some damp staining on lower right front cover, other smaller stains and soiling on rear. Large chips at top and bottom of spine. Unlike other codices published by this press, there is no indication of a limitation but there are only six copies in Worldcat. A seventh, deteriorated copy is at the Smithsonian Institution which is currently searching for someone to contribute $1500 to fund conservation efforts. You can save them the effort by purchasing this copy for less and donating it. The original codex is held at the University of Glasgow. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Elegie dall'esilio Libro Primo dei Tristia

      Carlo Signorelli Editore - Milano, MILANO 1939 - Biblioteca di Letteratura ITALIANO Tascabile degli anni '30 in stato discreto, coperta illustrata in cartoncino staccata dalla legatura, illustrazione di S. Talman, bordo e punte leggermente consumati, cima e piede usurati, macchie, talloncino con prezzo, cifra scritta a matita e timbro "Aumento del 5%" su piatto inferiore, questo e le ultime pagine presentano una lacerazione sul bordo, tagli bruniti con accenno di barbe, pagine in buono stato. CLXXXIX volume della collana Biblioteca di Letteratura.

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        Wind, Sand and Stars

      New York: Reynal & Hitchcock,, 1939. Translated from the French by Lewis Galantière. Decorations by John O'H. Cosgrave, II. Octavo (211 x 152 mm). Contemporary blue half hard grain morocco, raised bands to spine lettered and decorated in gilt, covers ruled and decorated with motifs from the internal illustrations in gilt, marbled sides, illustrated endpapers, top edge gilt. In the original slipcase. Double-page pictorial title printed in black and blue, similar head-pieces to each chapter. Binder's ticket to rear free endpaper. A minor scuff to spine, slight rubbing to joints, light toning to fore edge. Otherwise an excellent copy. First US edition, first printing, originally published in French earlier the same year. Wind, Sand and Stars is a remarkable account of Saint-Exupéry's thoughts and experiences as a pioneering pilot for Aéropostale, carrying mail over the Sahara on the Toulouse-Dakar route. He died when his plane disappeared over the Mediterranean in 1944.

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        Y. Cheung: Business Detective

      New York: E.P. Dutton, 1939. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. First American edition. 317pp. Yellow cloth with green lettering. Near Fine with light rubbing to top edge, slight spine lean, light offsetting to endpapers and spine. In an about Very Good dust jacket, unclipped ($2.50), chipped at head and foot, small tear at top of back panel, a little stained and rubbed but not too bad overall. A scarce Keeler mystery in jacket, showcasing his hilariously bad "ethnic" dialogue-writing abilities.

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        Building Plans, Topography Maps, Elevations, and Interior Details for the Residence of Mr. & Mrs. W. H. Black at 1424 Kearny St., San Francisco.

      San Francisco: James H. Hjul, Structural Engineer, October 1939 - January 1940.(). Original pencil drawings on tracing paper. Sheet size primarily 17" x 22". 11 sheets. Job #205. File #1836. James Hansen Hjul (1882 - 1957), a structural engineer, constructed many buildings in San Francisco. He was the founder of the J.H. Construction Company and was listed as a contractor, civil engineer, structural engineer and construction engineer in San Francisco City Directories from 1907 to 1958. Most of his work occurred in the South of Market area on warehouses and industrial buildings.

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        The Londonderry Plantation 1609-41 : the City of London and the plantation in Ulster

      William Mullan and Son, 1939 Book. Very Good. hardback. 1st Edition. hardback, octavo, green cloth lettered gilt to a faded spine, no dust wrapper, a very good tightly bound copy, browning to endpapers and closed page edges, brief gift inscription to a previous owner with a mention of a work listed in the bibliography, the text is unmarked other than for that work referred to being underlined by the giver of the book, sixteen maps and plans of which several folding, 487pp. Scarce..

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        THE PROBLEM OF THE WIRE CAGE.

      New York:: Harper & Brothers,. 1939.. First edition. A Gideon Fell mystery. Bright and fine in equally bright, very good dust jacket with rubbed edge creasing and tears. A scarce book, especially so in the jacket. .

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        Systems of logic based on ordinals.

      London: C. F. Hodgson and Son, 1939. First edition, journal issue in original printed wrappers, of Turing's PhD thesis, "one of the key documents in the history of mathematics and computer science" (Appel), and perhaps Turing's most formidable paper. ""Systems of logic based on ordinals" is a profound work of first rank importance. Among its achievements are the exploration of a means of circumventing Gödel's incompleteness theorems; the introduction of the concept of an 'oracle machine,' thereby opening the field of relative computability; and, in the wake of the demolition of the Hilbert programme (by Gödel, Turing and Church), an analysis of the place of intuition in mathematics and logic" (Copeland, p. 126). Rare on the market in unrestored original printed wrappers (we know of only one copy at auction, in the Weinreb Computer Collection, Bloomsbury Book Auctions, 28 October 1999). "Turing's 1938 Princeton PhD thesis, "Systems of logic based on ordinals," which includes his notion of an oracle machine, has had a lasting influence on computer science and mathematics... A work of philosophy as well as mathematics, Turing's thesis envisions a practical goal - a logical system to formalize mathematical proofs so that they can be checked mechanically. If every step of a theorem could be verified mechanically, the burden on intuition would be limited to the axioms... Turing's vision of "constructive systems of logic for practical use" has become reality: in the twenty-first century, automated "formal methods" are now routine" (Appel) Turing studied at King's College, Cambridge, becoming a Fellow in 1935. In that year he attended the logic lectures of the topologist M. H. A. Newman, from which he learned of the Entscheidungsproblem: Could there exist, at least in principle, a definite method or process by which it could be decided whether any given mathematical assertion was provable? His negative answer to this question was published in 1936 as 'On computable numbers, with an application to the Entscheidungsproblem,' shortly after Alonzo Church at Princeton had published his own solution. Turing's paper, containing the description of his 'universal machine,' is now recognized as the founding theoretical work of modern computer science. "It was only natural that the mathematician M. H. A. Newman should suggest that Turing come to Princeton to work with Church. Some of the greatest logicians in the world, thinking about the issues that in later decades became the foundation of computer science, were in Princeton's (old) Fine Hall in the 1930s: Gödel, Church, Stephen Kleene, Barkley Rosser, John von Neumann, and others. In fact, it is hard to imagine a more appropriate place for Turing to have pursued graduate study. After publishing his great result on computability, Turing spent two years (1936-38) at Princeton, writing his PhD thesis on "ordinal logics" with Church as his adviser... "[In his PhD thesis], Turing turns his attention from computation to logic. Gödel and Church would not have called themselves computer scientists: they were mathematical logicians; and even Turing, when he got his big 1936 result "On computable numbers," was answering a question in logic posed by Hilbert in 1928. Turing's thesis, "Systems of Logic Based on Ordinals," takes Gödel's stunning incompleteness theorems as its point of departure. Gödel had shown that if a formal axiomatic system (of at least minimal expressive power) is consistent, then it cannot be complete. And not only is the system incomplete, but the formal statement of the consistency of the system is true and unprovable if the system is consistent. Thus if we already have informal or intuitive reasons for accepting the axioms of the system as true, then we ought to accept the statement of its consistency as a new axiom. And then we can apply the same considerations to the new system; that is, we can iterate the process of adding consistency statements as new axioms. In his thesis, Turing investigated that process systematically by iterating it into the constructive transfinite, taking unions of logical systems at limit ordinal notations. His main result was that one can thereby overcome incompleteness for an important class of arithmetical statements (though not for all)... "Just as one of the strengths of Turing's great 1936 paper was its philosophical component--in which he explains the motivation for the Turing machine as a model of computation--here in the PhD thesis he is also motivated by philosophical concerns, as in section 9: 'We might hope to obtain some intellectually satisfying system of logical inference (for the proof of number theoretic theorems) with some ordinal logic. Gödel's theorem shows that such a system cannot be wholly mechanical, but with a complete ordinal logic we should be able to confine the non-mechanical steps entirely to verifications that particular formulae are ordinal formulae.' "Turing greatly expands on these philosophical motivations in section 11 of the thesis. His program, then, is this: We wish to reason in some logic, so that our proofs can be mechanically checked (for example, by a Turing machine). Thus we don't need to trust our students and journal-referees to check our proofs. But no (sufficiently expressive) logic can be complete, as Gödel showed. If we are using a given logic, sometimes we may want to reason about statements unprovable in that logic. Turing's proposal is to use an ordinal logic sufficiently high in the hierarchy; checking proofs in that logic will be completely mechanical, but the one "intuitive" step remains of verifying ordinal formulas... "But the PhD thesis contains, almost as an aside, an enormously influential mathematical insight. Turing invented the notion of oracles, in which one kind of computer consults from time to time, in an explicitly axiomatized way, a more powerful kind. Oracle computations are now an important part of the tool kit of both mathematicians and computer scientists working in computability theory and computational complexity theory. This method may actually be the most significant result in Turing's PhD thesis" (Appel, Chapter 1: 'The Birth of Computer Science at Princeton in the 1930s'). The preparation of the thesis was somewhat protracted, partly because of the clash of styles between Church and Turing. Turing found Church's lectures "ponderous and excessively precise; by contrast, Turing's native style was rough-and-ready and prone to minor errors" (Feferman, p. 4). "[Turing] ended up with a draft containing the main results by Christmas of 1937. But then he wrote Philip Hall [who had been his undergraduate tutor at Cambridge] in March 1938 that the work on his thesis was "proving rather intractable, and I am always rewriting parts of it." Later he wrote that "Church made a number of suggestions which resulted in the thesis being expanded to an appalling length"" (ibid., p. 5). Church's influence may have also been partly responsible for the rather muted reception of the thesis. "One reason that the reception of Turing's [PhD thesis] may have been so limited is that (no doubt at Church's behest) it was formulated in terms of the λ-calculus, which makes expressions for the ordinals and formal systems very hard to understand" (Appel, loc.cit., p. 4). Following an oral examination in May, on which his performance was noted as "Excellent," Turing was granted his PhD in June 1938. Andrew W. Appel (ed.), Alan Turing's Systems of Logic: The Princeton Thesis, Princeton University Press, 2012; B. J. Copeland, The Essential Turing, Clarendon Press, 2004; Solomon Feferman, 'Turing's Thesis,' Notices of the American Mathematical Society, Vol. 53, 2006, pp. 1-8; Andrew Hodges, Alan Turing: The Enigma, 1983, pp. 142-3. Pp. 161-228 in: Proceedings of the London Mathematical Society, Second Series, Vol. 45, No. 3, 21 March, 1939. Large 8vo (260 x 172 mm), pp. 161-240. Original printed wrappers (three chips from edges of front wrapper, one tiny chip from rear wrapper, spine ends worn and with a few letters of spine title rubbed away).

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        The Beano Book.

      Dundee; D C Thompson & Co Ltd, 1939. - [1939]. Quarto. 128pp.The VERY FIRST BEANO ANNUAL. Illustrated throughout, including title page in navy and red and numerous cartoon strips. Publishers' quarter blue pictorial cloth with yellow pictorial paper-covered boards showing Big Eggo and friends on a see-saw. A square solid copy with no missing pages. Covers rubbed and bumped to edge with wear at corners and spine tips and cracked joints with associated surface loss. Spine creased and lower board lightly surface soiled but upper board bright. Rear hinge weak. Internally a very clean copy with no annotations, inscriptions or colouring in. Minor browning and foxing, mainly to margins; toning to edges. The first Beano annual, produced for the 1939 Christmas market just as World War II broke out. Features many well-loved characters including Big Eggo, Pansy Potter and Lord Snooty. The first Beano annual is unsurprisingly highly sought-after and only a limited number are known to have survived. [Attributes: First Edition]

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        Circus Parade.

      San Francisco, Calif., ca. 1939.(). Watercolor painting. 12 x 9 inches. Signed. The artist was the Head of Conservation for the Avery Brundage Collection of the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco in the 1980s.

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        The Wild Palms [Review Copy]

      NY: Random House. 1939. A review copy of Faulkner's elaborately structured novel, which consists of two distinct stories presented in alternating chapters. The rare review slip, in addition to title, author, price, and publication date, carries a 100+ word synopsis of the novel's themes, in language that differs from that of the jacket copy, and concludes that The Wild Palms is "the most absorbing tale that the author has ever told." The binding is the first state, with the front and spine stamped in gold and green. But for tape shadows to the edges of the boards, a near fine copy in a good dust jacket with the edge tape-strengthened on the verso but still vulnerable with wear and tears at the folds. Very uncommon as a review copy, and a rare glimpse of the marketing of the novel in its own day. First Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine.

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        ARISTOTELIAN SOCIETY, PROCEEDINGS OF:The Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society - Run of 67 years, 1939 - 2006 [lacks 4 volumes] + 3 Synoptic Index volumes.

      Aristotelian Society - Run as follows: Volume XL, 1939-40, [lacks XLI, 1940-41 through XLII, 1941-42], Volume XLIII, 1942-43, [lacks XLIV, 1943-44], Volume XLV, 1944-45 through LIX, 1958-59, [lacks LX, 1959-60], Volume LXI, 1960-61 through CVI, 2005-06 + 3 Synoptic Index volumes for 1900-1949, 1950-1959, & 1960-1969.

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        1939 to 1942 Wisden Hardbacks

      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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        Statesmen of the Lost Cause Jefferson Davis and His Cabinet

      The Literary Guild of America, Inc., New York 1939 - 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. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        He that should Come A Nativity Play in One Act

      Second impression. 8vo., original cream printed paper wrappers. London, Victor Gollancz.

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        Gabrielle et Loco by Renoir.

      London: The World of Art Illustrated, June, 1939.(). One page manuscript article for the Picture of the Week together with a mock-up of the article. Provenance: Geoffrey Robinson, who commissioned the article.

      [Bookseller: Wittenborn Art Books]
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