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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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        Grapes of Wrath

      Viking 1939 - First Edition. First Printing. A spectacular dustjacket that has benefitted from light restoration. The end result is a beautiful dustjacket that is rich in color with no chips, tears or pieces missing. This original first issue dustjacket has the "First Edition" on bottom front flap present and the original $2.75 printed on top flap. The book is in nice shape. The binding is tight, and the boards are crisp with light wear to the spine and edges. The pages are clean and there are no marks or bookplates in the book. Overall, a spendid copy of this true first edition in collector's condition. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Quintessential Rare Books, LLC]
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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. 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

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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]

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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

      Derrydale Press, New York 1939 - 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'Connor's first book on hunting. Lacks box as is often the case. Siegel 146. Hard Cover. INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Kuenzig Books ( ABAA / ILAB )]
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