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      New York: The Viking Press,. [1939]. Octavo, pp. [1-6] [1-2] 3-619 [620-622: blank] [note: last leaf is a blank],. original pictorial oatmeal cloth, front, spine and rear panels printed in brown, top edge stained salmon, music endpapers.. A fine copy in fine dust jacket (priced $2.75 and with the first. edition statement on front flap) with two 10 mm closed tears at top. edge of spine panel (at center and at front fold) and faint. associated wrinkle. A beautiful copy in a very sharp example of the. jacket. A common book, but not in this condition. (#110142). First edition, first impression. Steinbeck's greatest novel, an epic story of migratory workers during the Great Depression of the 1930s. Acclaimed the twentieth-century UNCLE TOM'S CABIN, it was awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 1940. Goldstone and Payne A12a.

      [Bookseller: L. W. Currey, Inc.]
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        Finnegans Wake

      London: Faber and Faber,, 1939. Octavo. Original red cloth, titles to spine gilt, top edge yellow. With the dust jacket. Minor browning to endpapers otherwise fine, dust jacket with tiny amount of rubbing to head of spine otherwise fine. A lovely bright copy. First edition, first impression of which 3400 copies were printed, 950 later destroyed. Joyce's last and most revolutionary novel remains one of the outstanding books of the modern movement.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        The Grapes of Wrath

      The Viking Press, New York 1939 - First edition. Fine in near fine dustwrapper with a short tear and a little rubbing. A nice, bright copy of this Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of an Oklahoma family's migration to California during the Depression. Basis for the John Ford film featuring Henry Fonda as Tom Joad. Ford and supporting actress Jane Darwell won Academy Awards; Fonda was nominated but lost to Robert Donat in *Goodbye, Mr. Chips!* Steinbeck's masterpiece and literature's lasting testament to the Great Depression, it was singled-out in his citation for the Nobel Prize decades later. See this book in 3D on our site. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Between the Covers-Rare Books, Inc. ABAA]
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        Original Photograph of Helen Keller with her Akita pure bred, "Go-Go," Inscribed.

      ND, but ca 1939], [NP - Photograph (black and white) of Miss Keller with her beloved dog, "Go-Go" an Akita pure bred, inscribed in pencil across the bottom third of photograph, "To Mr. John E. Monahan / in appreciation of his help / fullness. / Cordially / Helen Keller." Size of photograph: 8 inches x 10 inches; matted and framed to overall size of 13 inches x 14 inches; photograph a bit rumpled at corners with some spotting. Still a lovely image of Miss Keller at age 59 seated on large chair with "Go-Go" seated at her feet, one of her hands on his collar and the other across his back. She is smiling and beautifully dressed in suit with fur shawl and hat with large cameo pin at her throat. "Go-go" is almost smiling as well - turned to face the camera with his gentle eyes seeing what his owner cannot.Helen Keller (1880-1968), noted American lecturer and author, blind and deaf from the age of two, was an international celebrity in a day and time before television and international movie distribution. She is important in the history of the Akita breed as she introduced the first Akita to the United States. In 1937, while on a speaking tour of Japan, she visited the Akita Prefecture (the home of the Akita on the northern most area of the island of Honshu) and commented on how much she admired the breed, designated a national monument in Japan, and that she would like to have such a dog for herself. As a measure of the respect in which she was held, Mr. Ichiro Ogasawara, a policeman in the area, presented her with a puppy called Kamikaze-Go. Miss Keller returned with him to the US, but he died of distemper at the age of eight months. Despite growing political tension between the US and Japan, Miss Keller's request for another Akita eventually brought her Kenzan-Go in July 1939 - an official gift of the Japanese government. "Go-Go" was an older brother of her original dog. He remained her friend until his death at 9 or 10 years of age. Through Kamikaze-go and his brother Kenzan-go, Miss Keller is credited with having introduced the Akita to America. Although most blood lines of today's Akitas are traced back to those animals brought to the US by returning soldiers after 1945, the effect of the well-known Miss Keller having an Akita as her companion was great. This is the only image of the brother of the first American Akita, and the first Akita to live a full life in the US, that we've seen. Keller's many accomplishments are well- known. She spent her entire life working for the betterment of others' lives, especially the disabled. She supported the equal rights for women, the woman's peace movement, abolition of child labor, Margaret Sanger's birth control movement, and - to the horror of her Alabama relatives - the NAACP! 100 MOST INFLUENTIAL WOMEN, pp. 65-68. NAW THE MODERN PERIOD, pp. 389-393. See web sites for Akita dogs for further information. See an Image.

      [Bookseller: Priscilla Juvelis Inc., ABAA]
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        Johnny Got His Gun (First Edition, review copy)

      J.B. Lippincott, Philadelphia 1939 - First Edition. REVIEW COPY, with publisher's review slip tipped in at the front endpaper, and in a variant trial jacket. Jacket is just a bit taller than the book, an early variant printed separately for review copies.Trumbo would go on to adapt his novel to film (as both screenwriter and director) over thirty years after its publication, in 1971.Near Fine in a bright, Very Good or better dust jacket. Jacket shows some moderate fray at the spine ends and corners, but no significant loss. Presents quite well overall. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Royal Books, Inc., ABAA]
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        The Grapes of Wrath

      The Viking Press, New York 1939 - This is the first printing of the first edition of John Steinbeck’s novel of the great depression of the1930s, THE GRAPES OF WRATH, published in 1939 by the Viking Press in New York. The dust jacket on this book is the original first edition dust jacket, with the “First Edition” slug on the lower corner of the front flap and the original price of $2.75 intact on the top of the same flap. The book itself is in very good to near fine condition. It has no marks within, the binding is tight, there is no chipping, tearing, or creasing of the spine ends, and the image on the covers and spine is fresh and crisp. The dust jacket shows some wear but is fundamentally sound. It is in good to very good condition. The image on the front panel, spine, and back panel is well preserved, and marred only by a few chips and creases where the dust jacket folds onto the front and rear panels. There is also some chipping on the spine ends of the dust jacket, but all the lettering is there. Overall, this is a very good copy of the first edition of The Grapes of Wrath, one of the truly great novels of the 20th Century, with its original first-edition dust jacket. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Books: Bound To Collect]
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        The Grapes Of Wrath

      London; Heinemann; 1939; - 1st U.K. ed.; NF/VG+, a very nice copy of the elusive U.K. ed. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Walt Barrie Rare Books]
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        Johnny Got His Gun (Signed First Edition)

      J. B. Lippincott, Philadelphia 1939 - First Edition. SIGNED by the author on the front endpaper. Very Good plus lacking the scarce dust jacket. Light rubbing and bumping at the extremities, the crown is just beginning to fray, a few faint dampstains to the spine, and a tiny bruise to the top page edges. Presents quite well overall. Trumbo would go on to adapt his novel to film (as both screenwriter and director) over thirty years after its publication, in 1971. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Royal Books, Inc., ABAA]
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        Johnny Got His Gun

      Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Company, 1939. 309 p. Yellow cloth with black lettering, red topstain. First edition, first printing. Near Fine condition. Clean pages and sturdy binding. No jacket. Cloth worn at tips, a few small dings and scuffs. No ownership marks, bookplates, etc. Lettering strong. A very nice copy.

      [Bookseller: Burnside Rare Books]
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        Hotel del Monte menus - complete set of 12 menus, featuring the Jo Mora illustrations: Historical Pageant of the Monterey Peninsula

      1939.. 12 stiff card menus, each single fold with outside dimensions of 10 x 4 3/4 inches, featuring a black and white cover illustration. Menu, information on the illustration and historical information on the Monterey Peninsula on the interior. Most menus in very good condition with occasional light soiling and some toning, a couple of 1 inch separations at upper and lower fold line, pencil notation on back of two menus; one menu in good condition with archivally mended 2 inch tears to upper left margin of both panels and adhesive residue on back panel; one menu in good condition with archivally mended 2 inch tears to lower right margin. This is the full set of images of Jo Mora's Historical Pageant of the Monterey Peninsula, commissioned by the Hotel del Monte, and here used as the cover illustrations for menus at the hotel, these dating to the time of the Golden Gate International Exposition. The titles of the scenes are: The Harbor of Refuge; The Month was December; California Began Here; Mother of the Missions; The Reward of the Pathfinder; To Live Long and Without Care; Trails the Caballeros Rode; Yankee vs. Caballero; Manana; Monterey Surrenders; Old Spain Still Lives; Heritage of a Romantic Past. A scarce set of these powerful illustrations of California history, which would be most impressive framed. All are dated 1939 except for, To Live Long and Without Care, which is dated 1938. .

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        The Chinese Novel

      New York: The John Day Co., 1939 New York: The John Day Company, 1939. First Edition, signed by the author. Thin octavo, 59 pp. Black cloth binding with gilt imprinting, black and gold jacket. Fine book in Near Fine jacket showing only light peripheral wear. Unclipped, still bearing the $ 1.50 1939 price. The very scarce slipcase is also present, albeit with detached spine (see scan); the rest of the slipcase is Near Fine. One of Buck's scarcest. The Chinese Novel is Buck's Nobel Lecture delivered at the Swedish Academy upon winning the Nobel Prize for Literature. Buck, the first of just two American women to win the prize, points out the distinct nature of the Chinese novel, the quintessential grass-roots form which comes from and lives within the Chinese common people whose tea house and farming villages are the roots of the stories contained therein. She also predicted - correctly - that her own adherence to this form would cause her to fall out of the critical limelight, in time. With the slipcase, hard to replace. Provenance provided to purchaser. L17

      [Bookseller: Singularity Rare & Fine]
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        Ask the Dust

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

      [Bookseller: Bookbid]
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        Seven weeks after Hitler invaded Poland, Weizmann writes from London of his plans to travel to the Americas <I>?but of course it is premature to make any plans now with an ever changing crazy world ... one has to keep ones head now with all the horrible troubles in the world...?</I>

      Autograph Letter Signed ?Chaim? in English, two pages, 6? x 7.75?, front and verso. On ?The Dorchester Hotel / London? stationery, October 22, 1939. Uniformly lightly creased. Fine condition.In part, ?I assume that you have received my letter, also the £50 which I have sent for Feiwel. He had money until end of Oct. this should bring him up until January. Before I leave I propose to send him for another 5 months, because I believe I might not be back until end of March. Am leaving here about middle of Nov. and we shall probably visit both North & South A., also Canada. This ought to take me about 4 months with the journey ... but of course it is premature to make any plans now with an ever changing crazy world ... There is not very much new here. Michael has already left us; he is somewhere in England and will probably remain the best part of the winter. Benji may go any day and we old people are setting out on a long journey. I was very sorry to hear of your illness and I hope th

      [Bookseller: University Archives]
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        Miniature 1829 Almanac from the Library of President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed in his name and dated for him by Eleanor Roosevelt, with the original catalogue listing

      Miniature Book Signed ?F. D. Roosevelt/1939? by First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt inside front cover, 28 pages, 1.75? x 3?, marbled wraps. Softcover. Lower right corner of front cover missing. ?Miniature/Almanac,/for the/Year of Our Lord/1829./Being first after Bissextile or Leap Year/Calculated for the/Meridian of Boston,/?Much in a Little.?? Boston: Published and sold wholesale and retail by Richardson & Lord, 133 Washington Street. AI #39604. Drake 3945. Present, tipped to the inside cover is the 5? x ½? typed catalogue description: ?MINIATURE ALMANAC (Boston) for 1829. Size 1 7/8 x 3 inches; original wrappers. $7.50.? Penciled in the upper left corner of the inside cover: ?$7.50.? Label, .75? x .5?, affixed to inside cover imprinted ?Library of/Franklin D. Roosevelt/No.,? with ink notations penned in unidentified hand, ?M 56? and, next to ?No.,? ?1120.? Notes on two pages headed ?Memoranda for 1829? probably by original owner. According to the FD

      [Bookseller: University Archives]
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        British & American Game Birds . . With a chapter on Shooting in America by Eugene Connett

      New York: Derrydale Press, 1939 - A very scare and desirable Derrydale First American edition, no. 57 of 125 copies on handmade paper signed by the artist, and with a pencilled remarque. 4to. 20 color plates after Philip Rickman. 48 pp. Original quarter pigskin and cloth, morocco spine label. Faintest rubbing at head of spine (tiny chipping to right edge of label), about a fine copy. Siegel 145; Frazier P-11-a [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: James Cummins Bookseller, ABAA]
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        Game in the Desert

      New York: Derrydale Press, 1939. First Edition. Hard Cover. Near Fine. First Edition. 4to., mottled green cloth gilt simulating snake skin; lettering to spine and upper board slightly dulled; small adhesive mark to flyleaf; minor wear to corner tips; very good indeed. First edition. One of 950 numbered copies printed, this copy number 30. Scarce presentation copy, inscribed in the year of publication by the author to conservationist Charles T. Church. Illustrated with photographs and with plates from drawings or paintings by T. J. Harter. O&#39;Connor&#39;s first book on hunting. Lacks box as is often the case. Siegel 146. Hard Cover. INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR.

      [Bookseller: Kuenzig Books, ABAA/ILAB]
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        Game in the Desert (SIGNED COPY)

      Derrydale Press, New York 1939 - Green simulated snake-skin cloth with gilt spine and cover titles; 4to; 298pp; illustrated with color frontispiece plus 10 other monotone plates after paintings by T.J. Harter; limited to 950 numbered (#41) copies; lacking original glassine dust jacket and 2 -part box. Author's accounts of hunting various big and small game species in the American Southwest as well as Mexico; sheep, antelope, mountain lion, bear, elk and wild turkey. This copy signed by author in year of publication and uncommon as such. A very good to near-fine copy. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: David Foley Sporting Books]
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        Long Shore. Foreword by Gordon Grand. Illustrations by Arthur D. Fuller

      New York: The Derrydale Press, [1939] - First Edition, One of 750 copies, this one marked "HH" on the box label and the colophon, and signed by the author. 12mo. Frontispiece and six full-page drawings of ducks, decoys, and hunters. xviii, [i], 1-108 pp. Full red morocco gilt, glassine jacket, original publisher's box with printed label on upper cover, uncut at fore and lower edges. Some very minor scattered foxing to initial three leaves. Some fading and rubbing to box, with some loss. Bookplate. An attractive copy. Siegel 151 [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: James Cummins Bookseller, ABAA]
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        Changing New York

      E.P. Dutton, New York 1939 - 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. See this book in 3D on our site. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Between the Covers-Rare Books, Inc. ABAA]
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        Spalicek narodnich pisni a rikadel. [Jan Sobota Bookbinding].

      Nakladatelstvi Melantrich A. S. v Praze [Prague]. In a handcrafted bookbinding: "The Little Block of Wood". 1939 - Size of the binding: 8 1/2 inches x 11 1/2 in x 4 3/4 in. (thick: at the fore-edge) (290 x 220 mm). Half-title; decorative title-page in red and black; introduction by Dr. Emanuel Svoboda. xx, pp. [1]-306, including alphabetical title listings; reproduces black & white Ales drawings (1874-1909), with decorative texts in Czech. The entire text is in Czech. In a handcrafted, sculptural design bookbinding, entitled: "The Little Block of Wood", created by Czech born bookbinder, Jan Sobota in 1982, and exhibited at Frantiskovy Lazne, Czechoslovakia, in 1982, and at the Guild of Bookworkers Exhibition in 1987. The book is shaped like a wedge of wood cut from a round of tree trunk, with the wood-grained leather on the edges, and leather to resemble bark on the covers, with the author's initials: MA, carved in the front cover. Japanese paper flyleaves, suede doublures; a wedge-shaped box-binding sculpture, covered with tan and brown reverse sheepskin over relief abstract shapes. Calf edges blind tooled to resemble wood grain. In a gray, textured, cloth-covered slipcase, with inner, felt lined partitions, angled to hold the wedge-shaped book. The top and botton edges of the right side of the slipcase show splitting to the top edge, and partial splitting to the bottom edge. The book is in fine condition. Weight: 8 lbs. Postage is extra on this item. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Peter Keisogloff Rare Books, Inc.]
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        Last Poems and Two Plays by William Butler Yeats. Limited Edition. Cuala Press

      The Cuala Press/Elizabeth Corbet Yeats, Dublin 1939 - 59pp. Includes: The Death of Cuchulain; Purgatory; The Black Tower; John Kinsella's Lament for Mrs Mary Moore. VG : in very good condition with glassine wrapper and in clear protective wraps.Glassine wrap edge-chipped. Some pages uncut Quarter cloth spines on blue papered boards [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Barter Books Ltd]
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        Decisive Battles: Their Influence upon History and Civilization

      London: Eyre and Spottiswoode,, 1939-40. Vol. I. From Alexander the Great to Frederick the Great. Vol. II. From Napoleon the First to General Franco. 2 volumes, octavo. Original red cloth, spines lettered in gilt, top edge red. With the dust jackets. 53 full-page maps and plans. An excellent set with minor foxing, in the bright jackets, with a few chips to the extremities of Vol II. First edition. Extremely uncommon. Both volumes inscribed by the author to his mother (Vol I dated 11.11.1939, and Vol II dated 19.3.1940). It was subsequently given to her other son, Walter, and noted in his handwriting below the inscription: "A. W. J. Fuller from Mother." The large part of this edition was destroyed in the Blitz, which was stroke of good fortune for Fuller&#39;s reputation as the text has been described by Anthony Trythall, Fuller&#39;s first biographer and a far from hostile witness, as "shrill Fascist special pleading." Fuller was able to "prune it of Fascist encrustation" (Brian Holden Reid in ODNB), and expand it in the 50s, in the process turning it into "the major work on which his reputation as a historian must rest&#133; thenceforward he was able to bask in the sunshine of a prophet restored to honour in his own country&#133;" (Michael Carver in DNB) From the library of Col. Roderick &#39;Rory&#39; Macleod with his ownership inscriptions to the front free endpapers and upper panels of the jackets.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        THE GARDEN PARTY and Other Stories

      The Verona Press 1939 - First edition of this collection. Number 506 of 1200 copies printed at the Officina Bodoni after a design by Hans Mardersteig. Original green patterned linen covered boards with red title label, in grey dustwrapper printed in green, complete with numbered card slipcase. A fine copy in a fine dustwrapper, with a small scratch to the spine, in a very good slipcase with some edge wear. A superb copy. Illustrated with sixteen original colour lithographs by Marie Laurencin. The first edition of this collection, its contents differing from those of the collection of the same name published in 1922. The publisher's note states that, "This special limited edition aims at presenting in one volume the best stories written by Katherine Mansfield at every stage in her career". [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Jonkers Rare Books ABA ILAB]
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        The Garden Party and Other Stories

      The Verona Press London, Oxford 1939 - This book, designed by Hans Marderseig, was printed in the autumn of 1939 at the Officina Bodoni, Verona, In Centaur type. The paper was made by Enrico Magnani, Pescia. The stones from which the coloured lithographs were printed have been ground. The edition consist of twelve hundred numbered copies of which Nos. 1-30 were signed. This copy is number 352. In original pictorial cloth with red label to the spine. Dust-wrapper in fine condition with additional transparent jacket. In original cloth numbered slipcase. Size: Large 8vo [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Henry Pordes Books Ltd]
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        THE GENTLE PEOPLE A Brooklyn Fable.

      Random House (1939)., New York: - 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. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

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      Verona Press, London 1939 - 315 pages. This is number 1054 of the edition limited to 1200 numbered copies. 16 stunning colour lithographs by Marie Laurencin. Original dust jacket fine with minimal wear to edges, fine short closed tear to the edge of the spine, not price-clipped, now attractively presented in a loose-fitting clear archival sleeve. Decorative green cloth binding with a red spine label fine with bright gilt. Designed by Hans Mardersteig and printed at the Officina Bodoni, Verona the contents is fresh, clean and tight, light ink inscription to the front blank, fore-edge and bottom page edges uncut, no foxing. A fine bright copy. Interesting publishing history in that it was printed before the second world war but held up in Italy during the war and not released until 1947. [Kirkpatrick D6-- bibliographer states: "Though printed in 1939, the Second World War delayed publication until 1947"] Size: 4to (19 x 26cm) [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Mein Kampf

      MUNCHEN 1939 - Text in German Two Volumes Bound in One, Quarter Bound Leather , Leather is Ruffed, Brown Paper Over Boards, spine hinges splitting internally, gutters professionally reinforced with tape, spine has one inch tears to top and bottom, otherwise a pretty tight copy DATE PUBLISHED: 1939 EDITION: 781 [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Princeton Antiques Bookshop]
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        Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel.

      Houghton Mifflin, Boston 1939 - First edition of this children's classic with the date of 1939 on the copyright page. Oblong quarto, original tan cloth. Signed "greetings from Virginia Lee Burton" on the half title page. An excellent near fine copy in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Most desirable signed by the author. "Taking her cue from her small sons, Aristides and Michael, Burton chose subjects that would intrigue children. Mary Ann, the steam shovel (Burton's books) have heroes and heroines children can understand and enjoy, ingenious and satisfactory endings and lively illustrations. The books survive because they exhibit so effectively the elements most basic to children's literature" (Silvey, 109-10). [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Raptis Rare Books, ABAA/ ILAB]
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