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        The Day of the Locust

      NY: Random House. (1939). West's classic novel of Hollywood, a scathing satire based on his own experiences as a screenwriter and for which he received something approaching literary immortality. His last novel published in his lifetime: West was killed with his wife in a car accident in 1940, apparently after becoming distraught upon hearing of F. Scott Fitzgerald's death, and failing to notice a stop sign. The Day of the Locust remains the crowning achievement of his career, and a novel with influence far beyond the author's overall modest output during his short career. A bit of darkening to the spine cloth and endpages, likely from the binder's glue; a near fine copy in a near fine, lightly rubbed dust jacket. One of the nicest copies we've seen. First Edition. Hardcover.

      [Bookseller: Ken Lopez Bookseller, ABAA]
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        Walt Disney's version of Pinocchio Based on the famous story by Collodi.

      New York, Random House, 1939 - Large quarto. Original spiral bound cloth boards, label printed in red to front cover. Despite being a ludicrously flimsy piece of book construction (presumably in whimsical imitation of inhouse Disney ring-bound project books), this copy has survived in outstanding condition. Facsimile typescript and storyboard, printed on one side of the leaf. One of 100 copies only of the original American edition, this copy a presentation to William ("Tex") Henson on the occasion of his 20th birthday in 1944, shortly after he joined Disney as an assistant animator. The front pastedown has the gift inscription "Best wishes to Bill Henson from [William S. Henson] June 1944 [20 Birthday]", the words in square brackets being added in another hand, presumably the recipient's, the first over an erasure. The front free endpaper is inscribed "Bill Henson, Walt Disney Productions 1944" in the presenter's hand; the limitation notice is further inscribed by fellow animators Fred Kopletz and George Owen. Henson worked on Disney's first post-war feature, Song of the South, and made a name for himself campaigning for the animated chipmunk duo, Chip 'n' Dale, to become regulars in the Disney repertory. He later moved to Mexico, supervising the studio of the animator Jay Ward, their best-known creation being the bulbous-nosed, dim-witted Bullwinkle the Moose. [Attributes: First Edition]

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA member]
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        The Day of the Locust

      New York: Random House,, 1939. Octavo. Original red cloth, orange paper label to spine, black top-stain. With the dust jacket. Binding lightly rubbed and faded at the extreme head and tail of the spine, which is rolled, endpapers tanned, contents toned. A very good copy in the rubbed and chipped jacket with a few closed tears. First edition, first printing.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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      Dibujo: M.DIAGO 30 Julio 1939, 235 x 115 - papel n Toreros: Niño de la Palma; Vicente Barrera; Antonio Garcia Maravilla; Curro Caro. Poster de toros carteles de toros publicidad toreros plazas cosos taurinos

      [Bookseller: Librería Maestro Gozalbo]
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        Angling in America. Its Early History and Literature

      Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1939 - Signed by the author on the limitation page, and additionally inscribed on the front flyleaf: "Inscribed for Sally Buckland with the regards and best wishes of the author, Charles E. Goodspeed September 22, 1939" First edition, no. 432 of 795 copies. Large 8vo. Numerous illustrations and facsimiles. Original blue cloth, black leather label on upper cover, t.e.g. Spine slightly faded (as usual). In repaired slipcase. Bruns G102 [Attributes: Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: James Cummins Bookseller, ABAA]
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        Ho Hum, the Fisherman

      New York: The Derrydale Press, 1939 - An engaging account of a marlin-fishing expedition out of Bimini and Cat Cay, privately printed for the author, and not for sale. "An extremely rare Derrydale . a hard book to find." (Frazier). The author was a financier and philanthropist; his father co-founded the Wrigley and Harkness Company and was a major investor in the Standard Oil Company. William Hale Harkness graduated from Yale in 1922 and received a Harvard law degree in 1925. A member of numerous clubs and organizations, he was at one time vice president of the American Geographical Society and the Boys Club of New York. He also authored Temples and Topees, published by The Derrydale Press in 1936 First edition, no. 42 of 100 copies. 8vo. Illustrated with photographs. 47 pp. Original brown leatherette. Near fine copy. In half brown morocco and cloth clamshell box, with gilt emblematic Derrydale stamping. Bruns H73; Siegel 150; Frazier H-3-a [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: James Cummins Bookseller, ABAA]
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      New Directions (1939), New York - Patchen's second book, consisting of 800 copies, this copy INSCRIBED "with respect and admiration" for W. H. Auden on 10 May 1940 and SIGNED by Patchen. Patchen's first book brought him much acclaim including comparisons to Auden, unlikely as that might seem now. Among Patchen's accomplishments was the initiation of the poetry-and-jazz movement in the late 1950s. Although Auden never seems to have figured in an important way in Patchen's life, the elder poet did take part in a benefit for Patchen two decades after being presented with this book. A truly important presentation copy. Backstrip darkened, a few nicks in the cloth. Very Good, lacking the dustwrapper [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Charles Agvent, est. 1987, ABAA, ILAB]
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        First Will & Testament

      New Directions, 1939. * * AUTHOR'S INSCRIPTION TO THE AUTHOR JOHN PEALE BISHOP ON THE FRONT FREE END PAPER * * Dark reddish cloth covered boards, gilt lettering, 181 pages. 1st Edition. Binding lightly worn but there is fading along lower front corner from dampness with light dampstaining along margins of lower corner of front paste down, end papers lightly soiled. Dust jacket has small chips along top edge, heel of spine & tips of lower corners; spine & top margins suntanned, lightly soiled. Dust jacket protected in clear archival cover. Scans available. USPS confirmation used on all shipments.. Signed. First Edition. Hardcover. Good +/Good. Association Copy.

      [Bookseller: The Bookbums at Ish Kabibble Books]
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        Moses, Man of the Mountain

      New York: Lippincott, 1939: First edition, first printing. In Very Good condition, in a Good Minus dust jacket with price of $3.00 intact. In second state green binding with dark green stamping. Light wear and sunning to cloth, with a 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. Rare in original dust jacket.

      [Bookseller: Burnside Rare Books]
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      1939 - 1939 Rikugun Bijutsu Kyokai. In Japanese. Folio, blue cloth covered folding case with ivory clasps and mounted calligraphic panel on front board. Inside is gold cloth -covered string bound volume of hundreds of monochrome illustrations and a few mounted color illustrations of artwork. Book Near Fine, folding case VG plus. Rare. Beautiful. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Xerxes Books]
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        Clipper Ship to Motor Liner

      London - The New Zealand Shipping Company Ltd, 1939 Book. Very Good. Hardcover. First edition. A first edition of Sydney D. Water's Clipper Ship to Motor Liner. Bound in cloth with gilt lettering and unclipped dust wrapper. First Edition. An attractively produced history of the New Zealand Shipping Company from the days of sailing ships to just before the outbreak of WW2, giving details of the partplayed by the shipping line in WW1, immigration, and refrigerated food transportation. With 8 black and white photographs of shipping. The book contains appendices listing details of all ships of the fleet from 1873-1939. Condition: The binding is tight and firm. There issome mild wear to the extremities, including some stains to the rear board, as can be seen in the photograph above, and someslightbumping to the top and tail of the spine. The dust wrapper has some discolouration to the spine panel, a couple of small tears measuring no more then 3mm, andseveral very small chips mostly to the top and tail of the spine panel. Internally the pages are clean and bright. Overall the condition is very goodwith a very good dust wrapper..

      [Bookseller: Rooke Books]
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        Moses, Man of the Mountain

      New York: Lippincott, 1939: First edition, first printing. First issue in rust color boards with pictorial stamping. Near Fine, lacking the dust jacket. Pages are lightly age toned with light occasional smudge. Book plate from previous owner on front paste down. Tide mark to top edge of page block, does not intrude into the pages themselves. Light edge wear to cloth, with a few faint spots of discoloration. A very nice, sharp copy.

      [Bookseller: Burnside Rare Books]
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        The Grapes of Wrath.

      NY, Viking, 1939 - NY, Viking, 1939, first edition, dust jacket. Hardcover. His masterpiece and winner of the Pulitzer Prize in the correct first issue dust jacket as illustrated by Elmer Hader, this is an Author Presentation/Association Copy being inscribed to Vincent Sheean ("For Vincent Sheean/John Steinbeck"), Sheean was a published author as well as a newspaper reporter who was a favorite drinking buddy of Ernest Hemingway and who had a knack of being in the right place at the right time for news events, he is mentioned in a Hemingway-related story in Jack Benson's biography of Steinbeck (The True Adventures of John Steinbeck, Writer), below Steinbeck's inscription Sheean has written "Although it is signed to me, Mr. Steinbeck/intended this book to go for/the Spanish intellectuals/in exile--/Vincent Sheean," signed presentation copies of The Grapes of Wrath are scarce, Goldstone & Payne A12a, see Morrow 106. Very good indeed, now housed in a custom clamshell case. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: James M. Dourgarian, Bookman ABAA]
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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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