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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]

      [Bookseller: Captain's Bookshelf, Inc., ABAA]
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        The End of Economic Man: A Study of the New Totalitarianism

      New York: The John Day Company, 1939. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. First edition. xix, 268pp. Black cloth with yellow lettering. Fine in Very Good unclipped ($2.50) dust jacket, chipped along top edge, spine panel lightly sunned, a few faint stains. A very clean, bright copy of the Austrian-born management theorist's first book, a prescient examination of fascism's appeal.

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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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        Program:] Emergency Conference on Refugee Problems [at the] Harmonie Club New York City

      New York, New York 1939 - Thick paper. One large folded sheet in acid free mylar envelope.

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

      William Mullan and Son 1939 - 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. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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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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      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.

      [Bookseller: Ken Lopez Bookseller, ABAA]
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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.

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        Murder Is Easy.

      London: The Crime Club by Collins, 1939. [Detective Fiction]. FIRST EDITION. Octavo (18 x 13cm), pp.254; [2], advertisements. Bound in a 'Times' or W.H. Smith' binding of blue cloth titled and trimmed in black, original pictorial dust-jacket priced at 7/6 to flap. Some spotting, occasional soil mark within, jacket near fine with price reduced label to spine. An attractive and affordable copy of the first edition in a bright, unrestored jacket.

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        Soviet Aviation

      State Art Publishers. Hardcover. Moscow and Leningrad, 1939. Folio, decorative cloth, 383 x 255 mm., unpaginated. A scarce title designed by Rodchenko and Stepanova for the 1939 World's Fair. With three mounted portraits of of Lenin, Stalin and Marshal "Klim" Voroshilov. The rest of the illustrations are tinted in blue and show various aspects of Soviet aviation circa 1939. With decorative endpapers and blocked decorative covers. A very good copy with some wear to spine and some tears to cloth at heel of spine, light general wear, bumping to outer corners with corresponding slight crease to corners of pages and slight bowing to boards. Remains bright and well preserved overall. OCLC 2591673 . Very Good. 1939. First Edition.

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        Recherches Archeologique a Begram vol 1-2 : Texte & Planche

      Paris, 1939. Paperback. UsedGood. Recherches Archeologique a Begram. vol. 1-2 : Texte & Planche Some dust/dirt on page edges from long-term storage.

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        Daniel Boone 1st Signed Newbery Medal

      Viking Press, New York 1939 - First printing copy of the Newbery Medal winner. Signed without inscription on the half-title page. Book is absolutely beautiful, with clean, crisp pages, and no previous owner name or any other writing. No "handling" marks to pages. The only flaws I noted were a small shadow from a price tag on the free front endpaper and a hint of toning to the edges of the pages. The dust jacket has some pieces out and the award sticker is present. Original price intact at top front flap. Rare! Especially so signed. Please see all photos. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

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      Valencia: Ediciones C.I.D., .- 1939 - 335 p., 26 x 19 cm.- Holandesa piel. Conserva cubiertas originales. Dedicatoria en portadilla. Sello en portada. Muy buen estado de conservaciòn. Religión [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats

      London: Faber and Faber Limited,, 1939. Octavo. Original yellow cloth, title to spine in red. With the yellow dust jacket designed by the author. Gift inscription to front free endpaper. An excellent copy in the jacket with slightly toned spine, small chips to spine ends, extremities lightly rubbed and nicked. First edition, first impression of Eliot's collection of verse, on which the musical Cats was based.

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        Announcement of the Establishment of the Local Unit of the Nyilaskeresztes Párt (Arrow Cross Party)

      Brecska Antal könyvnyomdája, Kiskunhalas 1939 - Original, vintage poster. Printed in red and green. 315 × 475 mm. One of the earliest documents of the Arrow Cross Party, a political poster for the campaign of the May 1939 national elections. Coloured, printed poster with the symbol of the Nyilaskeresztes Párt (Arrow Cross Party), the Hungarian Nazi party, a green arrow cross in red circle with red beams. Ruled in red and green with blank (white) area in between, as allusion to the Hungarian tricolour. The green line forms an escutcheon that contains the symbol and the textual content, except the party slogan, "Hüség és fegyelem! Gyözünk!" (Loyalty and Discipline! We Win!) which is printed to the lower part of the poster. It announces the establishment of the local (Kiskunhalas, South Hungary) unit of the Arrow Cross Party and calls the "brothers" to join. The text informs that the Party's leader is MP Kálmán Hubay who served in this rank from the establishment of the party on March 15, 1939 until August 1940 when Ferenc Szálasi got freed from prison, due to a general amnesty, and took the position. This early period was rather successful for the party, it attracted a large number of followers, became the second most popular political group in the country, and gained several seats in the Hungarian Parliament in the May 1939 election. The party was banned on the outbreak of World War II by the leadership of Admiral Miklós Horthy the Regent of Hungary, and operated underground until the German occupation in March 1944. After the set up of the collaborationist government the Prime Minister's initial act was to legalize the Arrow Cross Party. The Germans put Ferenc Szálasi in power on October 15, 1944 and the Arrow Cross Party governed the country until the Red Army was already deep inside Hungary in March 1945. During this short period ten to fifteen thousand Jews were murdered in Hungary, the formerly ceased deportations were renewed and around eighty thousand Jews were sent to Auschwitz. Kálmán Hubay was active in this government and after the war, he was sentenced to death for war crimes, and executed in June, 1946. Paper yellowed due to ageing. Folded twice. Very slightly chipped at lower edge. Overall in fine condition. Original, vintage poster. Printed in red and green. [Attributes: First Edition]

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        La difesa della razza Direttore Telesio Interlandi

      Roma, 1939-XVII - A. II n. 7, 10, 11, 12, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24 + 1940-XVIII - A. III n. 13 + 1941-XIX - A. IV n. 8, 23 + 1942-XX - A. V n. 5, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14 (Numero speciale sul bolscevismo), 16, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23 + 1943-XXI - A. VI n. 1, 3, 4, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 15, 16 (ultimo di pubblicazione). Periodico quindicinale inizia le pubblicazioni il 5 agosto 1938 e termina con il 20 giugno 1943. Trentasei fascicoli (uno con le cop. staccate). Poco comuni sono le ultime annate, Tutti :

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        Mein Kampf

      New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1939. Hardcover. 8vo. Light red cloth with gilt spine lettering, pictorial dust jacket. xxxvi, 1003pp. Map frontispiece. Very good/good plus. Faint binding wear, with endpapers lightly toned; jacket edgeworn and age toned, with some small chips at head of the lightly-sunned spine. First of this edition, a tight and nice copy -- entirely in English except title ("My Struggle"). This unexpurgated annotated translation (as so noted at head of spine) was undertaken by the New School for Social Research, ten of whom are given title page credit as "Editorial Sponsors" (John Chamberlain, Sidney B. Fay, John Gunther, Carlton J.H. Hayes, Graham Hutton, Alvin Johnson, William L. Langer, Walter Millis, Raoul de Roussy de Sales, George N. Shuster). NOT the more common 1943 Houghton unindexed edition of 694 pages translated by Ralph Manheim and published at a higher price, but the earlier and scarcer edition published at $1.89 (price here intact). This edition predates the slightly shorter (at 994 pages)1940 unindexed edition published by Reynal & Hitchcock with Houghton's permission. Amusingly cryptic ownership signature/address on front flyleaf also remarks "'Acquired' May 8, 1943" -- hmmm.... All told a most interesting copy of this earliest of American editions. Very scarce in nice condition and in jacket.

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        A Vida Do Elefante Basilio

      Livraria Do Globo, Porto Alegre, Brazil 1939 - First printing. 26 un-numbered pages, about 30 color illustrations by Faedrich, oversized format (about 27cm tall), in color pictorial papercovered boards with cloth binding, decorated endpapers. A very attractive copy with no real flaws to the printed contents. Boards are fresh and bright with some edge-wear but still Very Good+. Interesting inscription on the half-title page to a child who escaped captivity in Nazi Germany during 1942 with the inscriber. Laid in: A German child's Happy Easter card to the original owner. Also a typed poem on a postcard. And a 1941 Christmas Dinner menu. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Moses, Man of the Mountain

      New York: J. B. Lippincott, 1939. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. First Edition, First Printing. In second state green binding. Very Good, in a Good dust jacket with price of $3.00 intact. Cloth shows light wear and sunning. Small ding to front cover. The dust jacket is edge worn, with chips and loss, most significant at spine ends and rear panel. The dust jacket has a split on the spine panel, and is strengthened from the rear with tiny pieces of tape. First edition, as stated.

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        Two Men in the Antarctic An Expedition to Graham Land, 1920-1922

      New York: Macmillan, 1939. First American edition. Hardcover. Good + overall. Scarce account which rarely appears in the dust jacket. This is the record of what was meant to be the Cope Antarctic expedition in which the two junior members, Lester and Bagshawe (the first in his twenties and the other 19 years old), survived in an abandoned water boat they modified. From their base on Waterboat Point the men managed to make zoological observations and take measurements, including ice on sea and land, and the movement of glaciers. 8vo, 292pp, 33 plates, 3 text figures, 2 folding panoramas, 3 maps on the 2 endpapers. Cream cloth with title piece on spine in red. The MacMillan printed in red at the base of the spine. Dust jacket in very good condition, with some abrasions on the front cover, dusting on spine and rear cover, now protected by mylar. Overall very good condition. Spence 79.

      [Bookseller: Antipodean Books, Maps & Prints]
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        La Baie des trépassés.

      Paris, 1939.(). Original color aquatint. Intaglio print. 60.8 x 45 cm. Edition of 175. Signed and dated in the plate. Printed on Montval paper. Chapon/Rouault, 287. Wofsy, 286.

      [Bookseller: Wittenborn Art Books]
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        Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats

      Harcourt Brace & Co, New York 1939 - Beautiful copy of this classic; 1st American edition, published the same year as the British but with an orange title/copyright page that is a copy of the jacket; dj is price clipped with light wear/chipping to top and bottom edges; this copy was owned by Bertram Rota, noted London book dealer, with his pencil signature and notes ("1st American Edition/Contains an illustrated title leaf not in the English edition"); text clean and tight with no marks other than those noted above Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Cornelius Muhilly Rare Books]
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      G.CHIANTORE, 1939. ITALIANO 0,68 Annualità completa composta da 4 fascicoli trimestrali rilegati assieme, pagine brunite attorno ai testi da fattore tempo e qualità della carta, in italiano con parti di testo in greco e latino, una tavola in nero fuori testo rilegatura in mezza tela, con piatti cartonati e leggermente ingialliti ai bordi, dorso con titoli d'oro, leggermente ombrato e con lievi tracce d'uso USATO

      [Bookseller: Biblioteca di Babele]
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        Mluvici pasmo

      - This private print dating from 1939 is the combined work of Milada Souckova (1899-1983) and her husband Zdenek Rykr (1900-1940). This is the first edition of Milada Souckova's significant poetic collection, illustrated with colourful linocut illustrations by Zdenek Rykr. These linocut illustrations are among the last works of Zdenek Rykr (before his suicide due to fear of the Gestapo). Zdenek Rykr is an eminent solitary artist belonging to the Czech interwar avant-garde. He is famous not only for his free paintings but also for his work in the advertising industry (for the Orion chocolate company for example). The graphics to the book were created together with the poems and question the current problems of human society; in terms of time and topic they are close to Rykr's existential drawings of women in baths. The writer Milada Souckova was part of the cultural scene of Czech interwar avant-garde; she also co-worked with the Prague linguistic circle; after the war she emigrated to the USA. "The Speaking Zone? is one of the best pieces of Czech poetry of the 20th Century. This extensive work comments on the pathetic anxieties of the time, asks for the reasons for the big spiritual crisis in the age of reason and finds shelter in language; at the same time critically evaluates the poetic practices of avant-garde. A numbered copy (n. 32/100). A book autographed by the authors Zdenek Rykr and Milada Souckova (signed with coloured pencils on the title page). The book contains six big (15 x 30 cm) full page multicoloured linocuts + two-coloured linocut on the cover by Zdenek Rykr. The linocuts are three or four coloured, some of the matrices are repeated in more than one printings. The book has an original typographic layout. The table of contents looks like a belt stretching without any indentations from the upper to the down margin, the text - typed in sans serif typeface - is divided by rows of squares. The original cover is printed in two-coloured linocut. The book is "bound? with wire spiral. A private edition by M. Souckova and Z. Rykr, 1939, Prague. Soft cover, bound with wire spiral, 24 x 30 cm, 32 pages. A very nice condition, the cover is almost imperceptibly fingered, slightly yellowed pages, the interior is clean, the linocuts are in a perfect condition; look at the photo. Book Language/s: cz [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Soft Cover]

      [Bookseller: Antikvariat Valentinska]
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        Kiss the Boys Good-bye. A Comedy, with a Foreword by Heywood Broun.

      New York: Random House, 1939 - Octavo. Original red cloth, titles to spine and front cover gilt, top edge black, others untrimmed. Housed in a custom red cloth chemise in red crushed morocco-backed pull-off case, titles to spine gilt. Spine browned and gently rolled, an excellent copy. First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "For Bucky - with deep admiration, Love Clare". The recipient was Buckminster Fuller, the engineer, with whom Boothe was rumoured to have had an affair in the early 1930s. This is Boothe's second book, a satire of Hollywood's search for an unknown actress to play Scarlett O'Hara. This is an uncommon book signed. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy]

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA member]
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        The Local

      London: Cassell & Co, Ltd,, 1939. Octavo. Original grey paper-backed boards, titles to spine and front cover in red and black. With the original glassine dust jacket with paper flaps, as issued. With 15 four-colour lithographic plates, 1 of which is double-page, by Edward Ardizzone. Gift inscription to front free endpaper. Spine very slightly faded and bumped at ends, tiny markings to covers, endpapers a little foxed. An excellent copy in the glassine dust jacket, front panel chipped at foot, paper flaps a little creased. First edition, sole impression. "Ardizonne's illustrations are generally concerned with contemporary life untouched by political, religious or ideological conflicts. His approach is not satiric or moralistic but autobiographical, and his drawings are representational and humorous and demonstrate his affection for people" (The Dictionary of 20th Century British Book Illustrators). The book's scarcity is explained by Maurice Gorham in his Foreword to their follow-up book Back to the Local (1949): "[The Local's] career ended when unsold copies, sheets, and plates of the drawings went up together in the burning of Cassells' premises in Belle Sauvage Yard [during the Blitz]". The book is in remarkable condition; this is the best copy which we have handled.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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