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        Abduction

      London: Herbert Jenkins Limited,, 1939. A Story of Limehouse. Octavo. Original orange cloth, titles to upper board and spine in black. With the pictorial dust jacket. An exceptional copy in the little frayed dust jacket. First edition, first impression. Rare in dust jacket.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats

      London: Faber & Faber, 1939. First Edition. First Impression ("First published in September Mcmxxxix" on the copyright page). 8vo: [6], 7-45, [1]pp. Beautifully bound in three-quarter burgundy morocco and matching cloth by Atkinsons of Salisbury (with their binder's ticket to the rear pastedown); banded spine lettered and decorated in gilt, with the title in gilt on a black leather label; fore-edge left untrimmed. One of 3,005 copies published. A superb presentation. Gallup A34a. The poet's most unlikely success, a collection of poems about felines that became a classic almost from the moment it appeared in October 1939. According to the Literary Encyclopedia, "If Eliot’s social and cultural criticism has few readers today, Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats has reached larger audiences than anything else he ever wrote, as the textual basis for the musical Cats. It testifies not only to Eliot's many-levelled sense of humour, which ranged from the subtly impish to the coarsely funny, but also to his metrical and stylistic skills." Note: With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed.

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        World Monument for San Antonio, Texas

      ca. 1939. Gouache painting. 21.5 x 23.5 inches. Signed in pencil by the artist. Annotated and authenticated by Tony Sheets, the artist's son in 2003. Design for a monumental sculpture of women holding the world, in San Antonio, Texas. On board.

      [Bookseller: Alan Wofsy Fine Arts]
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        STORIA DI IERI E DI OGGI, rivista quindicinale - 1939 -1942 , direttore VITTORIO GORRESIO - TUTTO IL PUBBLICATO, Roma, Tumminelli & C., 1939

      - 24 x 33, fascicoli in brossura, ognuno di pp. 40 circa.Ci sono anche alcuni speciali di pagine superiori con argomenti di attualit? , moda e costume , danza, politiche di stati stranieri, eventi storici e di cronaca, ecc. . Il periodico attraversa gli anni del regime,con le leggi razziali e la guerra: Eccezionale documentazione fotografica (la qualit? ed il taglio delle immagini rincorre bene OMNIBUS di Longanesi), con scritti e saggi di importanti critici e letterati. Vitaliano Brancati, Marco Cesarini, Mario Praz, Giovanni Comisso, Edoardo Grassi, Manlio Lupinacci, Giovanni Verga, Angela Zucconi, Pietro Paolo Trompeo, Maria Del Corso, Antonio Aniante,Adriano Tilgher, Alberto Savinio, e tanti altri. Molti di essi saranno il nerbo della "fronda contro il fascismo" e Gorresio li aveva scelti bene. La raccolta è cosi' riassunta ANNO PRIMO 1939 - dal n. 1 del 15 luglio al n.12 del 30 dicembre. ANNO II - 1940 - dal n. 1 del 15 gennaio al n. 23-24 del 15 dicembre ANNO III - 1941 . dal n. 1 del 15 gennaio al n. 23-24 del 15 dicembre ANNO IV - 1942 - risulta uscito un solo fascicolo - N. 1-24 - datato gennaio.- dicembre interamente dedicato alla STORIA DEL CINEMA. La collezione viene offerta a

      [Bookseller: Ferraguti service s.a.s. - Rivisteria]
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        The Cornfields

      New York: The House of Russell. (1939). First. First edition. Octavo. Green printed wrappers. 8pp. Covers very slightly soiled, but still near fine. Publisher's prospectus laid in. First separate edition of the first poem in Mid-American Chants (1918), with a brief biographical notice at the back. Not in Sheehy & Lohf, nor in Ray Lewis White's Sherwood Anderson: Fugitive Pamphlets and Broadsides, 1918-1940, nor in the later "Additions to the Bibliography" of Sherwood Anderson by Charles E. Modlin et al. OCLC locates only three copies: at William and Mary, Columbia, and University of Texas, Ransom Center. Rare. .

      [Bookseller: Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. ABA]
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        PLASTICA. Anuarios 1939 a 1948 (consecutivos). Revista completa

      Ediciones Plástica, Bs. As. 1939-48. - 1a Edición//Colaboraciones de José Pedro Argul, Romualdo Brughetti, Leonardo Estarico, Manuel Mujica Lainez, Angel Osvaldo Nessi, José Planas Casas, Jorge Romero Brest, Pedro Juan Vignale, Julio E. Payro, Rodolfo Castagna y otros.//Numerosas ilustraciones en color y b/n, muchas de ellas en láminas sobrepuestas.////25x19,5. En total 10 volúmenes en tela. Se conservan todas las cubiertas originales. /Muy buen estado./Arte., Vanguardias

      [Bookseller: Libreria El Astillero]
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        Historia de la cruzada española

      Ediciones Españolas, Madrid 1939 - Dirección literaria: Joaquín Arrarás Iribarren ; dirección artística: Carlos Saenz de Tejada ; delegado del Estado: Ciriaco Pérez Bustamante ; textos de Juan Aparicio, José María Pemán, Justo Pérez de Urbel, Aquilino Morcillo Herrera, Gonzalo Torrente Ballester, etc. -- 36 vol. en 8 tomos publicados entre 1939 y 1944, con numerosas fot. en b. y n. y láminas en color y b. y n. . -- 699 ; 565 ; 564 ; 604 ; 562 ; 437 ; 573 ; 421 p. -- Bibliogr. al final de cada vol. -- Enc. en media piel con las iniciales "N.C.B." grab. en el lomo. -- Cantos de las cub. algo rozados y uno de los lomos ligeramente rasgado [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Perolibros S.L.]
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        HISTORIA DE LA CRUZADA ESPAÑOLA. (7 vols. de 8)

      - Madrid. Ediciones Españolas S. A., 1939-1943. 31 x 25 cms. 7 vols. 3 hh.+700 págs; 566 págs; 566 págs; 608 págs; 562 págs; 439 págs; 573 págs. Retrato de Franco en cada vol. Ilustr. b/n y color en texto, fotografías b/n en texto. Enc. en holandesa en piel con puntas. Letras doradas en lomo. Texto a doble columna. Iniciales capitulares. Puntos de óxido. Inf. vol. VI fatigado. Puntas rozadas.

      [Bookseller: Llibreria Gibernau (Libros antiguos)]
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        The Case of the Rolling Bones

      William Morrow 1939 - A fine first edition in a very good dust jacket with original price of $2.00 still on front flap of dust jacket and year of 1939 on title page and no mention of later printings on copyright page. A few very small chips on dust jacket, and some fraying at top of spine of jacket. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Bookbid]
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        Die Krise des europäischen Geistes : 1680-1715

      Hamburg : Hoffmann & Campe (ohne Jahresangabe; Copyr. 1939). 533 S. ; 8 Orig.- Pappe mit Schutzumschlag. - Schutzumschlag mit leichten Gebrauchsspuren..

      [Bookseller: Versandantiquariat Kerstin Daras]
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        THE GENTLE PEOPLE A Brooklyn Fable

      New York:: Random House. (1939). First edition of his second book, a play. INSCRIBED to a drama critic at The New Yorker: "To Edith Oliver, for 'Madison Avenue Bus Driver.'/ -Irwin Shaw." The play, directed by Harold Clurman, featured Sam Jaffe, Franchot Tone, Karl Malden, Sylvia Sidney, and Lee J. Cobb. Fine in dust jacket with edgewear and minor chipping. A presentable copy and hard to find inscribed.

      [Bookseller: Quill & Brush]
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        A Book on Duck Shooting

      Philadelphia: Penn Publishing Company, [1939]. DeLuxe First edition, no. SP of 99 copies, signed by the author and artist. 8vo. With Frontispiece and 16 color plates by Lynn Bogue Hunt. 540 pp. WITH OVER SIZED PORTFOLIO. 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. Biscotti P-8-D . "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)

      [Bookseller: James Cummins Bookseller]
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        Sir John Franklin's Last Arctic Expedition. The Franklin Expedition: A Chapter in the History of the Royal Navy

      London: Metheun & Co. Ltd. 1939, 1st Edition. (Hardcover) xviii,222pp. Near fine. Octavo. Illustrated with a map (including 3 folding maps at rear). Original blue cloth with gilt lettering on spine. A tight bright copy. Very minor foxing to first and last few pages and edges of textblock. Very scarce as most copies where burned during an air raid during the second world war when Metheuns warehouse was hit. Not in AB. This account of the Franklin expedition deals primarily with addressing the fortunes of the expedition. The author has included a brief account of the search for the lost expedition and has attempted to present an outline of the principal events which, while not associated with the search itself, have occurred in connection with the ill-fated enterprise. The narrative has been compiled from both published and non-published sources..

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        The Nature of The Chemical Bond and the Structure of Molecules and Crystals An Introduction to Modern Structural Chemistry

      Cornell University Press, Ithaca, NY 1939 - First Edition. xiv, 429, [1 blank], [1 ad] pages. Blue cloth with small gilt titles on spine panel. Corners and head/tail spine worn, spine slanted, previous owner name on front flyleaf. Occasional penciled notes and underlining. Cloth. Linus Pauling was awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1954 for his research into the nature of the chemical bond. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Kuenzig Books ( ABAA / ILAB )]
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        DONALD & PLUTO MOVIE BOOK IN 5 REELS

      Collins, London 1939 - Disney, Walt. DONALD & PLUTO MOVIE BOOK IN 5 REELS. [London]: Collins, (1939). First edition. Narrow 8vo - 4-1/8" x 9". Full color pictorial stiff card wrappers with the story "Donald & Pluto" printed on the back wrapper with some wear and soiling for a nice copy of an extremely rare Disney title. The book consists of five different flip books bound inside the stiff card wrappers. The flip books can be viewed in two different directions so we have a total of ten different animated scenes with what is said to be 1000 pictures! Inside the front wrapper is a synopsis of each of the ten different animated scenes. Internally, the book is complete and in fully functioning condition. The story is quite hillarious and to be able to watch it in motion really adds to the overall enjoyment that this book gives. The condition of the book is VERY GOOD. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

      [Bookseller: Wallace & Clark, Booksellers]
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        SUFFOLK PUNCH A Business Man’s Autobiography

      London: Faber and Faber 1939 - First edition, first printing. Original cream cloth with black and gilt titles to the spine, in (supplied) dustwrapper. A very good indeed clean copy, boards a little spine-darkened and dusty and a tiny split to the cloth at the foot of the spine. Internally bright and clean with a small bookseller’s label to fep and previous owner’s name to ffep. Complete with the lovely very near fine first issue dustwrapper. Not price-clipped; priced 15s to the front flap. Very scarce in dustwrapper. Further details and images for any of the items listed are available on request. Lucius Books welcomes direct contact with our customers. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Samuel Pepys : The Man in the Making, The Years of Peril, The Saviour of the Navy (3 vols)

      Cambridge University Press, Cambridge - The Man in the Making pub 1939 pp 436, The Saviour of the Navy pub 1942 pp452, The Years of Peril pub 1936 pp466, frontis in each volume. Inscription on pastedowns, minor foxing to prelims. Half crushed oasis Morocco binding, gilt spine titles. A handsome set. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Anah Dunsheath Rare Books ABA ANZAAB]
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        Wuthering Heights

      Dodd, Mead 1939 - A lovely copy with 16 photographs frpm the Laurence Olivier movie, in the rare dustjacket with a price of $1.50 on the flap. Jacket has some edgewear, mostly around the spine, including one triangular chip, otherwise the deep blue of the jacket is extraordinary with no fading to the spine.Blue boards are also very fresh almost new appearing. Sixteen full size photos from the movie, rough cut foreedge and 356 pages. Rare panel of the jacket lists 23 International titles for $2.00. Scarce [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Abduction A Story of Limehouse.

      London: Herbert Jenkins Limited, 1939 - Octavo. Original orange cloth, titles to upper board and spine in black. With the pictorial dust jacket. An exceptional copy in the little frayed dust jacket. First edition, first impression. Rare in dust jacket. [Attributes: First Edition]

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA member]
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        Changing New York

      New York: E.P. Dutton. 1939. First. First edition. Corners a little bumped, and a little soiling to the boards, else near fine in near fine dustwrapper with three old, small internal repairs, and some very small nicks and tears. A nice copy of this important book, probably the premier book of New York images. Parr and Badger, The Photobook Volume 1, p.141; Hasselblad. The Open Book, p. 130-131; Roth. The Book of 101 Books, p. 100-101. .

      [Bookseller: Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. ABA]
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        Haggadah shel Pesach [Passover Hagada] [5]699 Hakibutz Hameukhad Plugat Nes Ziona

      HaKibutz Hameuchad, Eretz Israel 1939 - At least one of the pages in this 1939 non-traditional haggadah alludes refers to the looming catastrophe. [Attributes: Soft Cover]

      [Bookseller: Meir Turner]
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        Changing New York

      New York: E.P. Dutton. 1939. First. First edition. Scattered foxing, most on the first and last few pages, else near fine in near fine dustwrapper with a small triangular chip at the foot. A nice copy of this important book, probably the premier book of New York images. Parr and Badger, The Photobook Volume 1, p.141; Hasselblad, The Open Book, p. 130-131; Roth, The Book of 101 Books, p. 100-101. .

      [Bookseller: Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. ABA]
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        Khag HaAviv Khag HaKherut [Kibbutz] Givat HaShlosha [Passover Haggadah]

      Kibbutz Givat HaShlosha, Kibbutz Givat HaShlosha, Israel 1939 - 37 leaves plus light blue front wrapper, all printed on one side only, apparently stencil. [Attributes: Soft Cover]

      [Bookseller: Meir Turner]
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        Deeds Ill Done

      New York: M.S. Mill. 1939. First. First edition. Octavo. 253pp. About near fine in slightly cocked spine and touch of bumping at the spine ends in about very good dustwrapper with wear at the extremities, some small chipping and tears at the spine folds, and sunning to the spine. Inscribed by Seifert to the family of her sister, the prolific author Elizabeth Seifert. Adele Seifert's first solo book (following another mystery she co-wrote with her other sister Shirley). A wonderful association copy of a scarce mystery. OCLC locates no copies. .

      [Bookseller: Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. ABA]
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        The Wild Palms

      New York: Random House. 1939. First. First edition, trial binding. Quarter cloth and wood-grained patterned paper over boards. Slight rubbing to the bottom of the boards and a little age-toning, else near fine, (presumably issued without dustwrapper in this state). A curious trial binding: a copy of the trade edition bound in the binding that was used only for the limited edition. Not noted in either the Carl Peterson or Linton Massie collections. The Faulkner section of The Author Price Guides references a copy offered in the same binding in 2000, but declines to assign a price. Purchased from the library of a Random House employee, and presumably for in-house use only. Rare. .

      [Bookseller: Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. ABA]
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        THE PRIVATE JOURNAL OF GEORGE WHITWELL PARSONS.

      Arizona Statewide Archival and Records Project, 1939. - First edition. Quarto. Stiff printed wrappers, vi [1], 333 pp., preface, appendix. All pages photolithographed. Prepared by Arizona Statewide Archival and Records Project Division of Professional and Service Projects, Works Projects Administration. This journal begins April 27, 1879, and ends June 27, 1882. Six Guns 1689 says "Rare." "Gives some interesting daily history of Tombstone. The author, very partial to the Earps, tells about the killing of Morgan Earp and Frank Stillwell, as well as many of the troubles the Earps had, including the O K Corral battle." The author said that his version would appear to be in accordance with the facts, being a daily record of events, and he believed, the only record claimed of such a nature in existence. Re-enforced along the fore-edge of the front panel and a few preliminary pages, moderate vertical creases to the front panel, else a very good, tight copy of an extremely difficult title. Housed in a quarter leather and cloth folding case with raised bands and gold stamping on spine. SIX GUNS 1689 "RARE." [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

      [Bookseller: BUCKINGHAM BOOKS, ABAA, ILAB]
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        Nouvelles Pensees de l'Amazone

      Paris: Mercure de France. 1939. First. First edition. Text in French. Fine in wrappers. One of 200 numbered copies. .

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        The mechanism of nuclear fission. Offprint

      1939. First Theoretical Paper on Nuclear Fission Bohr, Niels (1885-1962) and John A. Wheeler (1911-2008). The mechanism of nuclear fission. Offprint from The Physical Review 56 (1939). 426-450pp. 268 x 200 mm. Original printed wrappers. Fine copy. First Edition, Offprint Issue of the first theoretical paper on nuclear fission. In January 1939 Lise Meitner and Otto Frisch, with Bohr’s encouragement, published a letter in Nature announcing their discovery of nuclear fission in uranium. The news took the scientific world by storm, with over 100 papers on uranium fission experiments appearing in the next twelve months, but Bohr was the only one during this period to publish on the theoretical aspects of this phenomenon. Collaborating with American physicist John A. Wheeler, Bohr worked out in great detail the complete theory of nuclear fission, publishing the results in the present paper. “In this work Bohr met with two old loves: the compound nucleus of 1936 and the study of the relation between surface tension and surface vibrations . . . Bohr and Wheeler discussed many other features: whether other nuclei can fission, the competition between fission and other possible fates of the compound nucleus, the fate of the fission fragments, the possibility of instantaneous neutron emission accompanying fission, etc. The work with Wheeler was the last major novel contribution to physics by Bohr [emphasis ours]” (Pais, Niels Bohr’s Times, p. 458). “Though it would be refined further, the theory of Bohr and Wheeler was accepted, and continued to remain ever since, as the standard description of the mechanism of nuclear fission” (Mehra & Rechenberg, The Historical Development of Quantum Theory, 6, p. 1006).

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        Navajo Medicine Man: Sandpaintings and Legends of Miguelito

      New York: J.J. Augustin Publisher. (1939). First. First edition. Folio. 83, [48]pp. Illustrated with color plates, printed on imported handmade Japanese paper. Near fine with some light wear to the spine in an original, very good cardboard slipcase with some foxing and age-toning. Images from the John Frederick Huckel Collections. One of 500 copies. Very scarce in slipcase. .

      [Bookseller: Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. ABA]
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        NAVAJO MEDICINE MAN: SANDPAINTINGS AND LEGENDS OF MIGUELITO FROM THE JOHN FREDERICK HUCKEL COLLECTIONS.

      J. J. Augustin, New York 1939 - 4to. xvi, 83 pp. Frontispiece, 24 color silk-screen printed plates, portrait etching of the artist Miguelito by H. F. Kraus, numerous text illustrations. Half brown morocco over brown cloth boards, gilt design to front cover; housed in uncommon publisher's slipcase with printed labels to front cover & spine. A near fine copy (light wear to extremities; slight darkening to spine; faint circular mark to front board. Slipcase is somewhat worn. The striking plates are printed on imported handmade Japanese paper and depict detailed reproductions of the sandpaintings by Miguelito. These sandpaintings accompany his chants, including Bead Chant and Shooting Chant, two of the most important Navajo rites. Also includes a thorough description and explanation of these rites and the legends associated with them. Next day shipping. Celebrating our 17th year - all domestic orders ship with Delivery Confirmation Tracking Number - Images available upon request. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        The HIDDEN DWARF. Poppy Ott Series #11.

      Grossett & Dunlap, (1939), New York: - Frontispiece. The last book in the series, and fairly uncommon, especially in a nice jacket such as offered here. Slight lean. A VG+ copy in a similar jacket, which shows some minor extremity wear. Tomato red cloth binding with black stamped title lettering to spine & front board. Light blue pictorial eps. Dark blue top stain. Color pictorial wrap-around dust jacket. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        LES TRAGEDIES. PARIS. UNION LATINE D'EDITIONS. 1939.

      1939 - 5 FORTS VOLUMES IN-8 (19 X 23,5 CENTIMETRES ENVIRON), RELIURE DE L'EDITEUR PLEIN CHAGRIN VERT, DOS A 4 NERFS, TITRE ET TETE DORES, SOUS ETUI BORDE. ILLUSTRE DE 242 DESSINS IN ET HORS TEXTE D'EDY LEGRAND. PREMIER TIRAGE LIMITE A 8000 EXEMPLAIRES NUMEROTES, DONT 10 HORS COMMERCE. UN DES 80 DU TIRAGE DE TETE SUR JAPON NACRE. INFIMES PETITS DEFAUTS EXTERIEURS SANS GRAVITE, SINON TRES BEL EXEMPLAIRE, SUR TRES BEAU PAPIER DU JAPON. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Skylark

      Random House, New York 1939 - First edition. Lightly soiled, and a small faint stain to one corner, very good or better lacking the dustwrapper. Basis for the 1941 Mark Dansdrich film featuring Claudette Colbert, Ray Milland, Brian Aherne, and Binnie Barnes. Raphaelson's first novel, about the neglected wife of a busy advertising executive. Inscribed to his close friend, James M. Cain, and Cain's second wife (of four) Elina: "for James and Elena [sic] with love -- Raph. New York May, 1939." Raphaelson, as a highly successful playwright and screenwriter, was one of Cain's idols. Cain spent nearly as much time writing unsuccessful plays as he did writing successful novels. They became close friends, and Cain was introduced by Raphaelson into a Hollywood crowd that eventually resulted in his third marriage, to actress Aileen Pringle. Raphaelson's first novel, about the neglected wife of a busy advertising executive. Basis for the 1941 Mark Dansdrich film featuring Claudette Colbert, Ray Milland, Brian Aherne, and Binnie Barnes. A very nice association. See this book in 3D on our site. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Between the Covers-Rare Books, Inc. ABAA]
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        Superb portrait photo by Luffenberger Moriaint, signed, inscribed (1909-1991, Princess of Roumania, Daughter of Ferdinand I, wife of Archduke Anton of Austria & Dr Stefan Issarescu, later an Orthodox Nun)

      1939 - "To Diddo in remembrance of many a day" and dated on the photographer's mount, also signed in pencil by the photographer, showing her holding herson Alexandra (b. 1935), 12" x 8½", in mount 18" x 13" in fine original red and gilt frame, Sonnberg, [Attributes: Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Sophie Dupre ABA ILAB]
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        Nouvelles Pensees de l'Amazone

      Paris: Mercure de France. 1939. First. First edition. Text in French. Fine in wrappers. One of 200 numbered copies. .

      [Bookseller: Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. ABA]
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        Typed Contract Signed between Fonda and Twentieth-Century Fox, a one-year contact to begin with the completion of DRUMS ALONG THE MOHAWK (1939) - a period covering the making of THE GRAPES OF WRATH (1940)

      Los Angeles, august 25, 1939 - Under the terms outlined in this contract (e.g., $3,250 per week), Henry Fonda was destined to star in the film which won him an Academy Award nomination for best actor, the film by which he is possibly best remembered, and a film regarded by many one of the greatest films to come out of Hollywood: THE GRAPES OF WRATH (1940), directed by John Ford, from the novel by John Steinbeck. Production on THE GRAPES OF WRATH began early in October of 1939 -- only a few weeks after this contract was signed 4to (8-1/2 x 11 inches). 24pp. + 5pp. photocopy of the studio's Synopsis of Employment Contract (amended through 1942). Two holes punched at left margin. Fine copy [Attributes: Signed Copy]

      [Bookseller: James Cummins Bookseller, ABAA]
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        A Chronicle of the Carmelites in Persia,

      London: Eyre and Spottiswoode,, 1939. and the Papal Mission of the XVIIth and XVIIIth centuries. 2 volumes quarto. Original black cloth, title gilt to the spine, blind panels to the boards, Portrait frontispiece and 39 other plates, folding map. Slightly rubbed, spines relined, hinges repaired, endpapers browned, pale toning to the text, some inked marginalia in volume I, slight tide-marks at the fore-edge of both volumes. First edition. Important contribution to the history of the region based on extensive documentation from Archivio di Propaganda Fide and Casa Generalizia dei Carmelitani in Rome. "In 1604 Pope Clement VIII, with the support of Sigismund III Vasa of Poland, dispatched a mission of Discalced Carmelite fathers to Persia; the embassy represented the culmination of a policy of seeking alliances against the Ottoman empire that had been initiated by Pius V when he had attempted to formalize relations with Shah Tahmasb … they received a very warm welcome from Shah ?Abbas I (1588-1629) and were permitted to settle at Isfahan in 1608. As ambassadors, they were given a royal residence near the Meydan-e Mir, where they established a handsome monastery. For many years it sheltered a varying number of fathers from a wide range of national backgrounds. In 1752 the last Carmelite departed, only a short interval after the death of Philippe-Marie de St.-Augustinl, bishop of Isfahan, in 1749 … The primary importance of the Carmelites in Persia was as witnesses to history; they were observers of political and social events through the reigns of ?Abbas I and Safi I (1629-42), the fall of the Safavids, and the subsequent period of troubles. In addition, as great travelers, the Carmelite missionaries were often reassigned to new posts and covered hundreds of kilometers in order to join their provincial chapters" (Encyclopaedia Iranica). Described on its recent reissue as "an unparalleled source of detailed information on the politics, diplomatic rituals, foreign policy concerns and matters of court ceremony of the time".

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        Design No. 429. Jan. 19, 1939

      Detroit 1939 - Colored pencil, pastel and gouache on black construction paper. Signed and dated with an inscription: "Design No. 429. Jan. 19 1939." Minimal pre-war concept car by Herb Newport Herbert J. Newport, Jr. (1907-1991). Herb Newport went to work at Duesenberg in the 1920s. From 1932-35, he was the Chief Designer. During this period he designed Duesenbergs for Clark Gable and for Gary Cooper. After leaving Duesenberg, Newport opened his own design studio and worked as a consultant for Nash, Chrysler and others, branching out into all sorts of industrial design. This design was probably done for Hudson (despite a label of a previous owner that suggests it was a design for Nash), as it bears more resemblance to the 1939 and 1940 Hudson Terraplane convertibles than it does to the Nash convertibles of that time. The drawing has a couple of unusual features, one being the headlight at the nose of the hood, complemented by small parking lights where headlights would usually be found. The other unusual feature is the rather threatening egg tooth in the middle of the front bumper. The design is conveyed in a most dramatic fashion, in simple red, white and gray lines on a deep black construction paper, underlined by a thicker red line that contains the title, date and signature and a logo "Styling for Industry". This was the period in which "streamlining" and "ultra-streamlining" came into fashion, and one is reminded of the effects of a stream on anything that sits in its path long enough.

      [Bookseller: Donald A. Heald Rare Books (ABAA)]
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        Little Grey Rabbit's Christmas *FIRST PRINTING*

      London: Collins. Hardcover. A remarkably well-preserved first printing copy of this wonderfully illustrated Christmas tale. Aside from light external wear, the only defect is a narrow one inch opening between top of backstrip and front board. Contents clean, bright and unmarked. A copy of such high quality is rare indeed. . Fine. 1939. First Edition.

      [Bookseller: RareNonFiction.com]
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        Jeanne d'Arc au Bucher. Poème de Paul Claudel.

      Maurice Senart,, Paris, 1939 - Paris, Maurice Senart, 1939. 32x24,6 cm. 3 Bl., 141 S., 1 Bl. OBr. mit Schutzumschlag. Mit hanschriftlicher Signatur von Arthur Honegger und Paul Claudel auf dem Titelblatt verso. - Schönes Exemplar. Sprache: Französisch [Attributes: Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

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        An Apple a Day: The Story of a Hollywood Doctor

      George Palmer Putnam, Inc., Hollywood, California 1939 - First edition. About fine in very near fine dustwrapper with slight wear at the extremities. Wonderfully Inscribed by the author to Hollywood columnist Jimmy Starr: "To Jimmy Starr - As you may guess the characters in this book are fictitious - except those who like what is said about them. Regards, Howard Wilson Oct. 6 - 1939." Very thinly veiled autobiographical novel: love of a good woman keeps a Hollywood doctor on course. Very scarce in jacket. *OCLC* locates seven copies, all but two in California. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Between the Covers-Rare Books, Inc. ABAA]
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        Science: The Negro's Contribution in the Social and Cultural Development of America

      Washington, D.C., ca. 1939. Conté crayon drawing on Illustraton board. 14.5 x 10.5 inches on board 20 x 15 inches. Authenticated by the artist's son, Tony Sheets, on the verso. One of four drawings for murals at the Department of the Interior in Washington, D.C. Literature: Millard Sheets. One-Man Renaissance by Janice Lovoos and Edmund Penney, p. 148.& http://www.doi.gov/museum/murals/& The Negro's Contribution in the Social and Cultural Development of America - Millard Sheets - four corners of the Grand Stairs (Stairs G) on side aisles, outside walls & http://www.doi.gov/museum/murals/list.html& Celebrating Scientific Advances by African Americans: The Negro's Contribution in the Social and Cultural Development of America: Science by Millard Owen Sheets.

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        The Big Sleep

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

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        The Philadelphia Story (First Edition)

      Coward-McCann, New York 1939 - First Edition. Fine in a Near Fine dust jacket. Simply a stunning copy of a book that, in our experience, always turns up well worn.when it turns up at all. Mild offsetting to the front endpaper, very slight fading to the jacket spine, otherwise little to say regarding condition. A play that was written for Hepburn and one that, thanks to her foresight and help, became the basis for the classic 1940 film, directed by George Cukor and starring Hepburn, Cary Grant and James Stewart. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Royal Books, Inc., ABAA]
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