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        The Grapes of Wrath

      Viking Press, NY 1939 - First Edition. Ink name on front free endpaper, edges lightly foxed, else very good in an unclipped [$2.75 price, first edition slug] jacket that has a few small closed tears, light edgewear and is sunned on the spine with some slight loss to the extremities, evenly at the head affecting the very top part of "The" in the title. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Kenneth Mallory Bookseller, ABAA]
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        Verve: An Artistic and Literary Quarterly -- Vol. I (Nos. 2,3 and 4)

      Paris: E. Teriade, 1939. Original wraps. Near Fine. Handsome 1 volume compilation of the 1938 2nd and 3rd issues and the 1939 4th issue of "Verve" ever produced. Clean, tight and Near Fine in the publisher's russet cloth, with crisp silver-titling along the front panel and spine. A bit of light offsetting at the front inner hinge and just a touch of foxing to the front pastedown. Otherwise clean as could be. Each of the 3 issues is seemlessly bound-in and each is in all-but-pristine condition, with no detectable markings of any kind. The 2nd issue (Spring 1938) boasts a front cover design by Georges Braque and includes original color lithographs by Kandinsky and Andre Masson; the 3rd issue (October-December 1938) features a front cover by Pierre Bonnard and includes original color lithographs by Marc Chagall, Joan Miro, Rattner and Paul Klee; and the 4th issue (January-March 1939) includes a front cover illustration by Georges Rouault and original color lithographs by Henri Matisse and Andre Derain. Thick folio, the typography and process color work by Imprimerie des Beaux-Arts, the heliogravure in color by Draeger Freres, the heliogravure in black-and-white by Neogravure, the lithography by Mourlot Freres.

      [Bookseller: Appledore Books, ABAA]
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        BAEDEKERS AUTOFÜHRER. DEUTSCHES REICH (GROSSDEUTSCHLAND) Offizieller Führer Des Deutschen Automobil-Clubs

      Karl Baedeker, Leipzig 1939 - Small open and closed tears to DJ. Former owner's name on front free endpaper. ; The famous, rare pre WWII edition, that is part of a dark history. Extremely rare (and never seen before) with the DJ and in this book condition. Bright marbled edges; 16mo 6" - 7" tall; 813 pages [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Complete Traveller Antiquarian Bookstore]
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        Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats

      London Faber and Faber Limited 1939 - 45pp. Royal octavo. First edition, first impression. Original yellow cloth with a red illustration to the front board and red lettering stamped to the spine. Top edge of text block trimmed, other edges rough. Very minor rubbing along the edges of the boards, mostly to the corners and the head and tail of the spine and a very small dent to the top edge of the front board. Very minor touch of foxing to the text block edges. In the original yellow illustrated dust wrapper, which has been price clipped. Mild toning along the edges of the jacket and spine, as well as a couple minor spots of soiling. Previous owner's gift inscription to the ffep. Overall, a very good copy in a very good dust jacket. Eliot's only work appropriate for children, this lovely little book of poetry about cats was the inspiration for the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical "Cats". The dust wrapper was designed by Eliot, as was the illustration used on the front board. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Aquila Books(Cameron Treleaven) ABAC]
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        Three typescript articles:

      [late 1930s]. Are We Alone in the Universe?", "The River of Life", "Mystery of the Body". Each covering page headed: "World copyright by Cooperation". Together with galley proofs for each article. Quarto. "Alone": 11pp.; galleys: 3 pp.; "River": 15 pp.; galleys: 4 pp.; "Mystery": 14 pp.; galleys: 4pp. Each typescript held with a paper clip at head; galleys with single punch hole at top left and green treasury tags. Holograph corrections and emendations (not in Churchill's hand) to "Alone" and "Mystery". In excellent condition. There has been considerable recent interest in Churchill's essay "Are We Alone in the Universe?" In an article for Nature, astrophysicist Mario Livio describes his visit to the US National Churchill Museum in Fulton, Missouri, when "director Timothy Riley thrust a typewritten essay by Churchill into my hands. In the 11-page article, 'Are We Alone in the Universe?' [Churchill] muses presciently about the search for extraterrestrial life. He penned the first draft, perhaps for London's News of the World Sunday newspaper, in 1939 — when Europe was on the brink of war. He revised it lightly in the late 1950s while staying in the south of France at the villa of his publisher, Emery Reves. For example, he changed the title from 'Are We Alone in Space?' to 'Are We Alone in the Universe?' to reflect changes in scientific understanding and terminology. Wendy Reves, the publisher's wife, passed the manuscript to the US National Churchill Museum archives in the 1980s. Riley, who became director of the museum in May 2016, has just rediscovered it. To the best of Riley's knowledge, the essay remained in the Reves's private collection and has never been published or subjected to scientific or academic scrutiny. Imagine my thrill that I may be the first scientist to examine this essay" ("Winston Churchill's essay on alien life found", Nature, vol. 542, issue 7641, 15 Feb. 2017). Livio's piece aroused international media interest in Churchill's "unpublished" article, although Professor Christopher Bell of Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia, pointed out that an earlier, shorter version of "Are We Alone in the Universe?" had appeared in the Sunday Dispatch, a Beaverbrook weekly, on 8 March 1942 under the sensational headline "Are There Men in the Moon?" The essay appears in Cohen's bibliography (C662), where he comments: "Written before the war but published here [i.e. the Sunday Dispatch] for the first time. Subsequently published in Collected Essays, Vol. IV, pp. 493–8". Material relating to these articles in the Churchill Archive at Cambridge (CHAR 8/644) is headed "Literary: News of the World articles by WSC" and dated 1939. This group of pieces "includes proofs for three unpublished articles (indicated by a 1962 note): 'The Mysteries of the Body' on cells, organs, blood, the digestive system, the liver, the nervous system and the brain, the senses, reproduction, and genetics; 'Are We Alone in Space?' on the necessary conditions for life to develop outside the Earth; 'The River of Life' on the origin of life on Earth up till human life (with a supplement from the Illustrated London News showing human evolution)". "Mystery of the Body" is in large measure the same essay as that published under the title "What Do You Know About Yourself?" (Cohen 666, also written before the war, published in the Sunday Dispatch 5 April 1942 and reprinted in Collected Essays, vol. IV, pp. 499–503). "The River of Life" may be the article published as "Life Under the Microscope" (Cohen C669, Sunday Dispatch 19 April 1942), but this is not reprinted in the Collected Essays so we have been unable to make a comparison. These ephemeral pieces attest to Churchill's prodigious output during the 1930s, when he lived by his writing and "many subjects were grist to his tireless mill. Apart from anything else, he had no Cabinet salary after 1929 and it was largely his journalism that enabled him to maintain his comfortable standard of living. He therefore accepted virtually every opportunity for publication with alacrity and professionalism. Articles may have been delivered by taxi at the last possible moment, but he never missed a copy date, even at the height of his political worries" (Frederick Woods, Artillery of Words: The Writings of Sir Winston Churchill, 1992, p. 11). Churchill material of this nature rarely comes onto the market and these may well be the only copies of the galley proofs outside of the Churchill Archive. Provenance: from the collection of Churchill's literary agent Emery Reves (1904-1981). Reves had been instrumental in promoting Churchill's pre-War international profile by the world-wide syndication of many of his prophetic articles during the late 1930s. Churchill biographer Jonathan Rose gives the background to their early association: at this time "Churchill was trying to disseminate his dissenting views as widely as possible, with the help of an indispensable agent. Emery Reves was a Hungarian Jew who in 1930 launched the Cooperation Press Service. Based in Berlin, he distributed articles by prominent politicians to publications outside their home countries. Within two years he had about a hundred political writers in his stable… publishing them in 400 newspapers in 70 nations. 'Naturally the organization was rather profitable,' he recalled … On 1 April 1933 Nazi stormtroopers attacked Jewish businesses throughout Germany, and Reves took the night train to Paris, where he opened a new office on the Champs-Eylsees. Reves was keen to recruit Churchill, and Austen Chamberlain set up a meeting on 25 February 1937 in Churchill's London flat at Morpeth Mansions. Having just emerged from his bath, Churchill was as skeptical as he was naked, so Reves handed him a fat folder of Austen's clippings. Promptly telephoning Lord Beaverbrook's office, Churchill was dismayed to learn that 'Chamberlain's articles are much more widely distributed than mine.' In June Churchill and Reves signed a contract, and the latter became the conduit for distributing Churchill's jeremiads against Hitler to Europe, the British Empire and the United States. A senior Foreign Office official urged Reves to stop – for in fact he was enabling Churchill to run around Neville Chamberlain's media blockade, with some assistance from the latter's half-brother. 'He was really in the political doghouse,' Reves remembered. 'Through my service he got on the front pages of the newspapers in twenty-five languages, with up to a fifteen, even twenty million circulation'" (The Literary Churchill: Author, Reader, Actor, Yale 2015, pp. 257-58). Their association blossomed again after the War when Reves negotiated the sale of the US rights for The Second World War, and purchased the international rights himself, selling serialization to 27 newspapers across the globe and securing book rights in 11 European countries. Churchill said of this feat, "I am sure that no one could have done it except Reves, who buzzed around the world for nearly a year making contracts." They subsequently worked closely together on the book itself, Reves having what Martin Gilbert has described as "considerable editorial input".

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        Goodbye to Berlin

      London: Hogarth Press, 1939. First Edition. Hardcover. fine/near fine. 1st edition. Fine in near fine dustjacket (tiny nicks and tear, price clipped, but price is not a point of issue). A beautiful copy-exceptional for this book. Source of the musical and film Caberet, though of greater importance, that source is surrounded by a solemn, perceptive, and astute view of The Weimar Republic as it dissolved into The Third Reich.

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        La Divina Commedia

      Alberto Tallone (dai torchi dell'Hotel de Sagonne) 1939 - 1941, Paris - 3 voll. in-4° (310x212mm), pp. 220, (6); 226, (4); 224, (4); brossura editoriale incamiciata. Camicie e custodie cartonate. Ottimo stato. Prima edizione talloniana, tirata a soli 520 esemplari (esemplare n° 328 dei 500 su apposita carta della manifattura di Rives, recante nella filigrana il nome di Dante), curata da Francesco Flora. Tallone, a differenza di quanto farà per La Divina Commedia in-24 del 1951, retrocedette per questa edizione il verso di ogni terzina, l'edizione ha otto terzine per ogni pagina.Il catalogo del 1965 elenca l'opera tra le edizioni esaurite. Pellizzari, XIII. Italiano [Attributes: Soft Cover]

      [Bookseller: Gilibert Libreria Antiquaria (ILAB-LILA)]
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        The Garden Party and other stories.

      The Verona Press, London. N.D. [1939] - First edition thus. Large octavo. Sixteen coloured lithographs by Marie Laurencin. Designed by Hans Mardersteig and printed at the Officina Bodoni, Verona. Patterned paper boards with leather spine label.Number 674 of 1200 copies.Some spotting to endpapers, otherwise fine in very near fine dustwrapper and and the original numbered card slipcase which is splitting at bottom of backstrip. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Peter Ellis, Bookseller, ABA, ILAB]
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      New York: William Morrow & Co., 1939.. Octavo, cloth. First edition. Inscribed by Mainwaring on the front free endpaper: "To Mitchell -- / affectionately / Daniel Geoffrey Homes / Mainwaring." A Humphrey Campbell private detective novel. Writing of his three fictional detective characters, "... Campbell is probably the best realized of the three, certainly his cases are Homes's most intricate and satisfying detective puzzles." - Pronzini and Muller, 1001 Midnights, The Aficionado's Guide to Mystery and Detective Fiction, p. 378. Basis for a 1941 film starring Chester Morris. Damp stain to lower right corner of front free endpaper, some rubbing to cloth and light wear to head of spine and lower corner tips, a very good copy in a very good dust jacket with some rub spots and light shelf wear to corner tips and spine ends, the front panel is bright in color and the spine panel shows some moderate color fade. (#154564)

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        Finnegans Wake

      London: Faber & Faber; New York: Viking Press, 1939 London: Faber & Faber; New York: Viking Press, 1939. First edition, limited issue. One of 425 numbered copies printed on handmade paper and signed by Joyce in green ink to limitation page. Original publisher's red buckram cloth, stamped in gilt to spine, top edge gilt, other edges untrimmed, lacking original publisher's slipcase. Very good or better with a touch of rubbing to extremities, and some very light spotting, mostly to rear board, some tiny tears to endpapers at both hinges, but not affecting the integrity of the hinges. An attractive copy. Housed in a custom slipcase. Slocum & Cahoon 49. From the library of Pulitzer Prize winning author Kenneth Silverman. Joyce's final work, Finnegans Wake was written over a period of 17 years while Joyce was living in Paris, and is widely considered one of the most difficult works in the English language. It was originally released in a series of installments in French literary publications, as "Fragments from Work In Progress," and its official title was not revealed until the book's publication in 1939. In abandonment of narrative convention, the book is written largely in idiosyncratic language with a stream-of-consciousness style narrative, evoking in readers the feeling of being in a dream. Finnegans Wake received negative critical reception when it was published due to its absurdity and lack of regard for the rules of the English language, but has since come to be regarded as Joyce's masterpiece. Chiefly a biographer, Professor Kenneth Silverman co-directed the American Civilization program at NYU, and won not only the Pulitzer but also the Bancroft Prize for his work The Life and Times of Cotton Mather. Other notable works of his include biographies of Edgar Allan Poe and Samuel F. B. Morse. A magician himself, he also profiled the life of Harry Houdini. . First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good.

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        Business Cycles.

      New York & London: McGraw-Hill Book Company, Inc,, 1939. A Theoretical, Historical, and Statistical Analysis of the Capitalist Process; [together with] A typed letter signed to George Maiswinkle, defending his decision not to revise Business Cycles a decade later. 2 volumes, octavo. Original maroon cloth, spines ruled in gilt with titles in gilt on black ground, blindstamp border to boards. With 1 published typed letter signed on Harvard University, Department of Economics headed note paper, dated 4 December 1948, laid in. 60 charts to the text. Ownership signatures of Maiswinkle to front free endpapers. Spine ends and corners bruised, extremities lightly rubbed, small knock to text block edge of volume 2, otherwise a bright, internally clean set. The letter folded as usual, otherwise in fine condition. First edition, fifth impression, together with a typed letter signed from Schumpeter to George Maiswinkle, a well-preserved set from Maiswinkle's library with his ownership inscriptions. Maiswinkle was the Assistant Treasurer of the Chilton company, publishers of trade periodicals and automotive manuals who were also known for specialising in colour printing. As Schumpeter's letter indicates, Maiswinkle had written to him on 26 November 1948, presumably to ask whether there was a forthcoming new edition of Business Cycles. Schumpeter's response is firm: "I am not planning any revisions in my two volumes on Business Cycles. The reason for this is that it covers all the relevant material nearly up to the year in which war demand began to assert itself. Ever since, the economic process has been under the influence of this war demand and the attendant inflation, so that the phenomena characteristic of the normal business cycle have been entirely overshadowed. As regards the scientific groundwork and the methods of approach, I have nothing to alter. Allow me to add that the prognosis which would follow from my three cycle schema seems to be fully borne out by postwar events so far, and that I am as convinced as ever that, barring wars, revolutions, and so on, the business process will run on a rising trend of prosperity for about the next fifteen years, though we may expect this general prosperity to be interrupted two or three times by short and sharp recessions". The letter is published from a carbon copy held at Harvard University (see Swedberg, p. 209), and the transcription is printed on page 234 of Swedberg's biography (Princeton University Press, 1991).

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        Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel

      Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1939. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. First Edition, First Printing, with 1939 listed on the title page. Though price-clipped, the dust jacket is identifiable as a first issue jacket, bearing an ad for Choo-Choo on the rear flap, and a yellow spine that just has the book title followed by an abbreviation for the publisher, "H.M. CO", with no mention of the author's name. In Very Good condition. Clean text. Pages show light signs of handle, and are lightly age toned, with light rubbing to a few. Front paste down has a small blue smudge. The binding is holding but lightly pulled with light splitting starting at the front. The boards show light wear, with light rubbing to the stamping. The dust jacket shows edge wear, with rubbing and short tears starting at the folds. The spine of the dust jacket has been reinforced from the verso. A Caldecott Medal winner, wonderfully rare in the original dust jacket.

      [Bookseller: Burnside Rare Books ]
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      Einaudi, 1939. (Codice PT/0478) In 8º (21,5x13,5 cm) 105(2) pp. Prima edizione, cfr. Gambetti Vezzosi, 550. Brossura editoriale illustrata con incisione di Francesco Menzio. Ottimo, freschissimo volume. Euro 750.00 ~~~ SPEDIZIONE IN ITALIA SEMPRE TRACCIATA

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        Séduction. Jeunes Amours. Avec des gravures sur cuivre par un artiste célèbre.

      Paris, Aux dépens d'un amateur pour le profit de quelques autres. Ohne Verlag und Ort. 1939. - Gr. 8°. 143 S. und |11 Tafeln mit kolorierten Kaltnadel-Radierungen|, davon eine als Frontispiz. Ungebundene Lagen in Umschlag mit Decke im Schuber. Eins von 79 numerierten Exemplaren einer Gesamtauflage von nur 99 für Subskribenten. Illustriert mit |11 Tafeln| mit ganzseitigen, erotisch-pornografischen Orig.-Radierungen, in zarten Farben von Hand koloriert. Sie zeigen diverse Spiele, darunter auch lesbische. Das ebenfalls handkolorierte |Frontispiz| zeigt 6 kleine erotische Darstellungen. Der Künstler ist unbekannt; er zeichnet sehr realistisch mit offenbarer Freude an erogenen Zonen und eindeutigen Szenen. Titel und Kapitelanfänge gedruckt in rot/schwarz. Unbeschnitten. Vereinzelt leicht fingerfleckig. Eine Seite mit kleinem Randeinriss. Gutes Exemplar. Dutel 2377 (nur 10 Illustrationen). Vgl. Pia 1367f. ------------------ 4vo. 143 pp. and 11 plates with explicite erotic colored etchings, one as frontispice. Original wrappers. One of 79 numbered copies only for subscribers (in total 99 copies). Good print in red and black on handmade paper. Binding a bit rubbed. Inside some fingerstains, one page with small tear on margin. Dutel 2377 (with only 10 illustrations). --------------------------- Traduction française sur demande. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat Ars Amandi]
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        Modern Man in the Making

      New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1939. First Edition. Hardcover. Like New. First edition. 159 pp. Original navy cloth with silver lettering. Former owner's small art deco bookplate on paste down, else Fine. An excellent copy a high point of the ISOTYPE (International System of Typographic Picture Education) system. Neurath's called it an attempt at "teaching through the eye," enlightening modern readers through graphic design through without use of theories or ideologies. Rare, especially in collectible condition.

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        Kiss the Boys Good-bye.

      New York: Random House,, 1939. A Comedy, with a Foreword by Heywood Broun. 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.

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        The Gun Club Drink Book

      New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1939. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. 190 pp. First edition with an "A" and Scribner's seal on copyright page. Very Good with darkening to cloth at front gutter, rubbing at extremities, previous owner name and address in ink to half-title page, in a Very Good dust jacket with price of $2.50 intact, light soiling and light general wear with a snag at the top of the rear spine joint and 1-inch closed tear at the bottom. Though it does not appear trimmed, the jacket is slightly shorter than the book. With charming illustrations by Leonard Holton.

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        The Kingdom of Swing (signed by Benny Goodman)

      New York: Stackpole Sons, 1939. First edition. Hardcover. Near Fine/poor. First edition. SIGNED "SINCERELY/ BENNY GOODMAN" IN TURQUOISE INK BELOW HIS FRONTISPIECE PHOTOGRAPHIC PORTRAIT. Hardcover in glossy black cloth stamped in silver. 265 pp. Illustrated. Important autobiography and memoirs of the world of jazz and swing music by the "King of Swing" . Extremely scarce signed. Near fine, bit of bumping to the tips and with a previous owner's name stamp (an New Jersey journalist) front free endpaper. Dust jacket is present but reconstructed and lacking the upper half of the spine strip.

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        Johnny Got His Gun

      Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott Company, 1939. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. Signed. First edition, first printing. Signed by Dalton Trumbo on the half-title page and inscribed to previous owner "For Mrs Samuels - from her old-time neighbor - Dalton Trumbo." Very Good. Cloth lightly rubbed at extremities, lightly bumped and corners and bruised at spine ends. Small, faint stain to front cover. Topstain faded. Pages toned. A nice copy, signed by the author.

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        Tobis zeigt: Die Produktion 1939/40.

      33/32,5 cm. 220 ungez. S. OLeinen mit montiertem Titelschildchen. Vordes fl. Vorsatz mit Knick, sonst schön. Erste Ausgabe. * Im Anhang mit Filmen von Tobis Wien. Nennt u.a. die Filme: Tiefland. Paul Lincke-Film. Die drei Cobonas. Stern von Rio. Kopf hoch, Johannes. Schneider Wibbel, Das Ekel. Das Seeamt entscheidet. Eifersucht. Ein ganzer Kerl. Flitterwochen. Die Geyer-Wally. Die 7. Großmacht. Trenck der Pandur. Percy auf Abwegen. Radetzky MarschRevue. Unsterblicher Walzer. Leinen aus Irland. Donau-Schiffer. Robert Koch. D III 88. Die goldene Maske. Regie führten u.a. Karl Anton, Fritz Peter Buch, Hans Deppe, Erich Engel, Emil Jannings, Viktor de Kowa, , Max Kimmich, Theo Lingen, Hubert Marischka, Harry Piel, A. M. Raabenalt, Richard Schneider-Edenkoben, Paul Verhoeven, Paul Wegener und Georg Zoch. Schauspieler: Elisabeth Flickenschildt, Käthe Gold, Hilde Krähl, Kristina Söderbaum, Olga Tschechow, Grethe Weiser, Paula Wessely, Hans Albers, Paul Dahlke, René Deltgen, Attila und Paul Hörbiger, Paul Hubschmied, Gustav Knuth, Werner Krauss, Ferdinand Marian, Hans Moser, Oskar Sima, Erich Ponto u.a.

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        Œuvres complètes de Marcel Proust. Complete in 20 volumes

      Paris : [Éditions de la Nouvelle revue française], 1939. First and Limited Edition. Good copy in the original stiff-card wrappers; edges slightly nicked and dust-dulled as with age. . Physical description; 10 titles, 20 volumes ; 22 cm. Notes; Unread copy and limited edition, #3102. Contents; --t. 1-7. À la recherche du temps perdu: t. 1. Du côté de chez Swann. -- t. 2. À l'ombre des jeunes filles en fleurs.-- t. 3. Le côté de Guermantes.-- t. 4. Sodome et Gomorrhe. -- t. 5. La prisonnière. -- t. 6. Albertine disparue. -- t. 7. Le temps retrouvé.--t. 8 Pastiches et mélanges.--t. 9. Les plaisirs et les jours.--t. 10 Chroniques. Subjects; Marcel Proust (1871-1922). Collected works. French writing. 19th-20th century writing.

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        Verve. Volume II. n° 5-6, 7 et 8.

      - Paris. Verve. 1939. 1 volume in-folio, pleine toile beige à la Bradel. Volume II. n° 5-6, 7 et 8.N° 5-6. La figure humaine. Comprend 14 lithographies originales : 4 de Guys, 1 de Braque, 1 de Rouault, 2 de Derain, 1 de Léger, 2 de Bonnard, 2 de Matisse, 1 de Klee. Couverture de Maillol.N°7. Les très riches Heures du duc de Berry – Le calendrier par Pol de Limbourg et Jean Colombe.N°8. Comprend une lithographe originale de Pierre BONNARD, à double page, en couleurs : Coucher de soleil sur la Méditerranée. couverture d’Henri Matisse. Quelques pages collées. 83 [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Verve. Volume II. n° 5-6. La figure humaine.

      - Paris. Verve. 1939. 1 volume in-folio, broché. Comprend 14 lithographies originales : 4 de Guys, 1 de Braque, 1 de Rouault, 2 de Derain, 1 de Léger, 2 de Bonnard, 2 de Matisse, 1 de Klee.Couverture de Maillol. 53 [Attributes: Soft Cover]

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        Goodbye to Berlin

      London: Hogarth Press, 1939. First Edition. Hardcover. fine/near fine. 1st edition. Fine in near fine dustjacket (tiny nicks and tear, price clipped, but price is not a point of issue). A beautiful copy-exceptional for this book. Source of the musical and film Caberet, though of greater importance, that source is surrounded by a solemn, perceptive, and astute view of The Weimar Republic as it dissolved into The Third Reich.

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        The Bigger They Come

      New York: Morrow, 1939. 8vo (8" x 5-1/2"). 281pp. Inscribed by author on free endpaper. Bleed through front and back paste down endpapers, 1/4' stain to lower right corner of lower cover. DJ, all corners clipped but $2.00 price intact on both flaps. 1/4" chips head/tail of lower panel, 3/8" missing head of spine with 1/4' continuing to upper panel. 3/8" missing tail of spine with irregular 2" x 2" piece continuing to upper panel. Near fine / good.

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        13 Mexican Painters

      Mexico City 1939 - Handsome 1939 portfolio of 13 leading Mexican painters of the 20th century. #177 of only 400 copies issued. Loose (as issued), cream-colored signatures, contained within a folding gray-cloth chemise. Just a touch of soiling at the half-title, otherwise very clean. Introductory text ("The New School of Painting in Mexico") by Jose Gorostiza, translated into English by Pablo Martinez Del Campo. Skillful line-drawn portraits of each artist by Carlos Orozco Romero. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: APPLEDORE BOOKS, ABAA]
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        The Family Reunion

      Faber & Faber, London 1939 - First edition, author's presentation copy, inscribed by Eliot to his niece on the front free endpaper: "to Theodora Eliot Smith from T. S. Eliot". (Gallup A.33.a) Spine torn and split along edges, foxing to endpapers, boards a little browned - a good copy in very good (supplied) dustwrapper. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Peter Grogan]
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        The Grapes of Wrath.

      New York: The Viking Press,, 1939. Octavo. Original buff cloth, titles to spine and pictorial design to boards dark brown, yellow and brown decorated endpapers. With the dust jacket. Dust jacket front and rear flaps clipped with very light edge toning. A fine copy. First edition, first printing, of Steinbeck's masterpiece and one of the great American novels of the 20th century. The fine jacket design is by Elmer Hader, known primarily as a children's book illustrator (joint winner with his wife, Berta Hoerner Hader, of the Caldecott Medal in 1948 for The Big Snow): apparently Steinbeck was so taken with their book Billy Butter (1936) that he requested that Elmer Hader design the cover for The Grapes of Wrath; the illustrator going on to work on two other Steinbeck books, East of Eden (1952 and The Winter of Our Discontent (1961).

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        Art Khmer classique. Monuments du quadrant nord-est.

      Librairie nationale d'art et d'histoire, 1939. 2 volumes, in-4 broché, 364 pp., 36 pl. photo. hors-texte, 59 figures dans le texte, (10) pp. de table & LXXIII planches pour le second volume. Très bon exemplaire en partie non coupé. L'auteur avait le vaste projet d'une révision générale de l'Inventaire archéologique de Lunet de Lajonquière. À cette fin, il divisa le territoire du Cambodge en quadrants. Seuls ont paru ces deux volumes consacrés au quadrant Nord-Est.

      [Bookseller: Librairie de L' Avenue]
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        Navajo Medicine Man: Sandpaintings and Legends of Miguelito from the John Frederick Huckel Collections.

      J. J. Augustin 1939 - Limited edition of 500 copies. xvi, 83 pages, color frontispiece, illustrations, 24 color and 24 black and white plates, color frontispiece. (25 Pochoir images). Lacking slipcase. Modern brown leather reback over original boards. Printed on imported handmade Japanese paper. Library perforated stamp on title page and last text leaf, ink stamp at foot of dedication page, plates free of library markings. Wear to edges of original boards. Offsetting to plates. Images from the John Frederick Huckel Collections. Explanations of the rites and legends associated with the Bead Chant and several aspects of the Shooting Chant, and an overview of Navajo religion. The author, Gladys Amanda Reichard was a cultural anthropologist and student of Franz Boas at Columbia. Reichard spent years on the Miguelto / Red Point Navajo reservation living with with the people, learning the language, weaving and about Navajo religion. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        The Spider and the Flie, with an original leaf from the edition of 1556

      (Grabhorn Press), San Francisco 1939 - 12mo. (9)pp. One of 55 copies. Tipped in after the title page, the leaf features a large woodcut of John Heywood at his desk. On the window behind him, several spiders observe a fly trapped in a web. On the verso of the page are three verses above a woodcut ornament. This leaf book was printed as a Christmas keepsake for David Magee, who provided context for the leaf in the accompanying text. Magee described the woodcut scene of Heywood at his desk as "a refreshing picture of peace and leisure to be regarded with envy in these troubled days of 1939." First published in 1556, Heywood's long, involved allegory of religious controversy in sixteenth-century England, written in verse, used flies to represent Catholics and the spiders Protestants. Stab-bound in marbled paper wrappers. Occasional light soiling, else fine. (Chalmers 81; Book Club of California Newsletter v. XXVI, no. 4, 39). [Attributes: Soft Cover]

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        The Big Sleep

      Knopf, New York 1939 - 1st edition of his first book. Near fine in a fine dust jacket, a crease on the back, but fresher than an Italian bachelor, luminous and pristine, with lively colors (whites on the spine are bright white), a fugitive from the law of averages. Here is a dust jacket that glows in places that other jackets don't even have places, one that could only be brighter if it had an arc of blue electricity around it, ideal for an old elephant hunting the youngest leaves at the top of the tree. In contrast, for half our price, you can buy one in a very good jacket (repaired ones should be even cheaper), but copies that are not fine will prove common forever, and deliver all the lasting pride of a Thanksgiving Day trash bag torn open in a winter wind. And don't fall for spangled online descriptions praising other Big Sleep jackets as being in fine condition compared to this one, because the itch to hedge such narratives spurs more lies than taxes, sex, diets, profiles, and resumes, but our copy is all good chi. Welcome to the high ground. Breathe the clean air in the biblioctosphere. The Big Sleep introduces Philip Marlowe (the detective), patient as a sorrow and solitary as an oyster, poking around a rootless L. A. run by The Combination, in the days before SoCal took itself seriously, half a sleepy town, half an emerging metropolis, filled with all the risks and none of the monitoring still commonly met with in adolescent cities. The Big Sleep also introduces Raymond Chandler (the writer), polished and subtle, skilled beyond his genre of choice, and able beyond even his mainstream peers. He sets the novel in his present, during the depression, so money influences all the action, and everybody is disillusioned and cynical, including Marlowe, but Marlowe owns his morality, a white cavalier alone in the noir, and Chandler's control of symbolism pictures him (in the beginning) posed as a knight in a stained glass window, and later (in action) with a knight's move on a chess board. And there are contrasts, like the deserted oil fields with rusted pumps, the very oil fields that made General Sternwood his millions, analogized against the luxury of his home, grand and gaudy, which has come out of the oil fields, although the place from which the money came is a ruin. And Chandler can paint too, and does so with an ambiance that is thick and shady and corrupt, but still familiar, and there is foreshadowing ("It was going to rain soon. There was pressure in the air already"), so the reader is inclined to guess where events are going but seldom gets it right. And then there are his characters, who all get double crossed, but behave believably, and his lovely tropes, sarcasm's, and rhetorical devices, and most obvious of all, is the complexity of his plot line, wherein sequence flows from necessity, though not all the loose ends get tied in resolution (Who killed the Chauffeur?). And at any point in the story someone, or something, new may enter from stage left with potent impact. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Oriental Assembly Edited by A W Lawrence

      London: Williams and Norgate Ltd, 1939. First edition. Illustrated with photographs by the author. 1 vols. Thick 8v. Brown cloth. Fine in fine dust jacket. First edition. Illustrated with photographs by the author. 1 vols. Thick 8v. Compendium of Lawrence's miscellaneous writings, including The Changing East, the suppressed introductory chapter to Seven Pillars of Wisdom, and others. O'Brien A221

      [Bookseller: James Cummins Bookseller]
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        Oriental Assembly. Edited by A. W. Lawrence

      Williams and Norgate Ltd, London 1939 - First edition. Illustrated with photographs by the author. 1 vols. Thick 8v. Compendium of Lawrence's miscellaneous writings, including The Changing East, the suppressed introductory chapter to Seven Pillars of Wisdom, and others. O'Brien A221 Brown cloth. Fine in fine dust jacket Illustrated with photographs by the author. 1 vols. Thick 8v [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: James Cummins Bookseller, ABAA]
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        Blackshirt Interferes.

      London; Hutchinson. 1939. First edition. 8vo. Publisher's red cloth titled in black to spine, near fine, sharp and bright. In a very good dustwrapper, slightly creased here and there and with some very light edgewear, otherwise strong, clean and striking. Internally clean with very light spotting to page edges. A scarce title.

      [Bookseller: Adrian Harrington]
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        The World is Round

      New York: William R. Scott, Inc, 1939. Signed Limited Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. Signed. Signed limited first edition, one of 350 unnumbered copies signed by both Gertrude Stein and Clement Hurd, in publisher's slip case. Very Good with offsetting from binder's glue on front cover, spine toned and with a bruise at the center, in a Very Good slip case with surface scratches and wear along the extremities. Signed by both the author and illustrator, scarce.

      [Bookseller: Burnside Rare Books ]
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