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      J. B. Lippincott Company, 1939-01-01. Hardcover. Very Good. FIRST EDITION. Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Company, 1939. 309 pp. Yellow cloth with black lettering, red topstain. First edition, first printing. (No additional printings on copyright page, which in this case publisher used in lieu of a first edition statement.) Very Good+ condition hardcover. 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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        The Big Sleep

      NY: Knopf, (1939) - First Edition of Chandler’s classic debut novel, a Haycraft-Queen Cornerstone and a modern highspot of iconic reputation. Basis, of course, for two film adaptations, the primary one the stellar Howard Hawks 1946 production with Bogart and Bacall. A tight, square, fresh, very near fine copy of the book in its original extremely scarce, better than very good, corners-clipped dust jacket. This true collectible comes housed in a beautiful custom cloth clamshell box. A very real literary investment. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Mystery Pier Books, Inc.,ABAA, ILAB, ABA]
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        Murder Is Easy

      London: Collins, 1939. First Edition. Cloth spotted; very good in a dust jacket with some chips and interior tape mends.

      [Bookseller: Peter L. Stern & Company, Inc.]
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        Autograph Letter Signed, in French, on "Domaine Des Buards" stationery, 4to, Bagnoles, August 19, 1939

      - In the weeks before the start of World War 11, Laurencin comments to friends about her travel. "The weather is nice - the window open onto greenery - Nothing to tell - All the Jews are going to is not only the danger which makes them pious - since they govern - the leaves of the trees, disturbed about it, make splinters of light." She signs, "Marie." She draws decorative curls around her signature. Laurencin belonged to the circle of avant-garde artists and writers of the first part of the 20th century including Picasso, Braque, and was most closely associated with the poet Guillaume Apollinaire, often identified as his muse. Her personal letter to friends draws attention to the Nazi threat Jews would face in France in the not too distant future. Many Jews sought refuge in France once the Nazis acceded to power in Germany, but by 1939 the French government restricted the number of immigrants from Germany and Spain.

      [Bookseller: Schulson Autographs]
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        THE CASE OF THE ROLLING BONES (Intimate Presentation Copy of the First Edition)

      New York: William Morrow, 1939. Gardner, Erle Stanley. THE CASE OF THE ROLLING BONES. New York: William Morrow, 1939. First Edition, first printing. A Near Fine copy (one tiny blemish to the front board otherwise entirely fresh and unrubbed) in a Very Good ORIGINAL PRICED ($2.00) DUST JACKET. The DJ has light chipping to the spine tips which affect neither lettering nor design; there is also a little edge-wear to the extremities, a faint scrape to the front panel, and a tiny stain to the rear flap. All that appropriately pointed out, it should also be noted that a nicer example would be hard to find. PRESENTATION COPY . Signed by Author. First Edition. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Very Good.

      [Bookseller: Lakin & Marley Rare Books]
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        The courageous exploits of Doctor Syn

      Rich & Cowan, London 1939 - Dustjacket protected in removable clear film. Black cloth with gilt; owner's name on ffep; page fore-edge foxed; dust jacket slightly worn at top edge Used - Very Good. VG hardback in VG price-clipped dustjacket [Attributes: First Edition]

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      Los Angeles: Printed by the Ward Ritchie Press, 1939.. Square octavo. Cloth and decorated boards, paper spine label. Fine in slightly faded cloth case. First edition of the author's second book, elegantly printed in an edition of only 100 copies. Decorations by Hubert Buel. Foreword by Lawrence Clark Powell. With Everson's solicited signed inscription, dated 1983.

      [Bookseller: William Reese Company - Literature ABAA-]
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        CRYSTALLINE ENZYMES. The Chemistry of Pepsin, Trypsin, and Bacteriophage. Number XII of the Columbia Biological Series

      New York:: Columbia University Press,, 1939. First Edition. Near Fine. SIGNED AND INSCRIBED BY JOHN H. NORTHROP. A Near Fine hardback First Edition First Printing in blue cloth binding with gilt lettering spine. 8vo. xv, 176 pp.

      [Bookseller: By The Book, LC ABAA-ILAB]
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        Finnegan's Wake

      The Viking Press 1939 - Near fine in a very good dust jacket. First Published May 1939 stated on the copyright page. First U.S. Edition, which was published simultaneously with the first UK edition. Near fine condition. Negligible tanning of the page edges. Small 3-star stamp in red ink on the back paste down. Dust jacket has water damage to bottom front and back flaps, which extends slightly onto the panels. Minor chipping at the edges and at the corners. Couple of closed tears. Original price of $5.00 printed on the front flap. Comes housed in a custom slipcase. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Bookbid]
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        Just days after Hitler invaded Poland and England and France declared war on Germany, FDR cancels a political address because of ?the swift movement of events which has shattered the peace of Europe and imposed grave responsibility upon the United States as a nation ? We must all stand together in firm resolve to bear witness before all nations to our unshaken patriotism??

      Typed Letter Signed ?Franklin D. Roosevelt? as President, 1p, 8? x 10.5?. The White House, Washington, September 7, 1939. Watermarked with the presidential seal. To Mrs. Thomas F. McAlister, Director, Women?s Division, Democratic National Committee, Washington, D.C. Fine condition.In full, ?The swift movement of events which has shattered the peace of Europe and imposed grave responsibility upon the United States as a nation has, of course, completely altered the conditions under which I accepted your kind invitation to address the Democratic women of the country. The ramifications of the impact in Europe are world-wide and it becomes our plain duty as Americans to bend all our efforts to promote national unity.?A week ago I might consistently have spoken words primarily addressed to our Democratic women. But the events of the past few days render it imperative that every utterance of mine in these days of ten

      [Bookseller: University Archives]
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        GOODBYE MR. CHIPS (Original 1939 Color Lobby Card SIGNED By Greer Garson)

      Culver City, CA: MGM, 1939. Hilton, James (novelist) (Greer Garson, Robert Donat, actors). ORIGINAL 1939 LOBBY CARD FOR 'GOODBYE MR. CHIPS' SIGNED BY GREER GARSON. Two small pinholes, a tiny nick out of one corner but otherwise the Lobby Card is in VG-Fine condition, the color is still bright, the signature is nicely inked, and it's the best still in the original 1939 8-lobby card set, showing Mr. Chips meeting (and dancing with) his wife for the first time. The film was produced by Victor Saville at MGM and directed by Sam Wood. The screenplay was adapted from the 1934 novelette of the same name by James Hilton. Donat received the Best Actor Oscar for his performance. Greer Garson (in her first ever feature film role was nominated but lost out to Vivian Leigh in GONE WITH THE WIND) . . Signed. Unbound. Very Good to Near Fine.

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

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

      [Bookseller: Kuenzig Books, ABAA/ILAB]
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        Deutschland im Kampf,

      . 1. - 112. Lieferung (1.9.1939 - 29.4.1944), Berlin, Verlagsanstalt Stollberg, 1939 folgende, Pappeinband, 40 Bände, jeder Band ca. 160 Seiten, mit Abbildungen, (die ersten vier Bände 400 - 500 Seiten), Lieferung 113 - 116 Mai - Juni 1944 fehlt, teilweise Rücken ausgeblichen, etwas fleckig, Zustand 2/3 (J630A).

      [Bookseller: Helmut Weitze Militärische Antiquitäten ]
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        Viagem. Poesia 1929-1937. Premio de Poesia da Academia Brasileira de Letras em 1938.

      Lisboa, Editorial Imperio, 1939.. First Edition. 18.7cm x 12.2cm. 199 pages. Original softcover in protective Mylar. Very good condition with only minor signs of external wear. Inscribed by the author. Edicoes Ocidente.. Includes for example the following chapters: Estrela/ Grilo/ Campo/ Destino/ Assovio/ Personagem/ Cantiga/ Desenho/ Vento/ Miseria etc.

      [Bookseller: The Time Traveller's Bookshop Ltd.]
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        Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel - First Edition in Original Dust Jacket

      Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1939. First Edition, First Printing, with 1939 listed on the title page, and no subsequent printings mentioned on the copyright 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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        The Grapes of Wrath

      London, Heinemann, 1939, first British edition, dust jacket. Hardcover. With the very scarce wrap-around band noting this was a Book Society Fiction Choice, this copy with a small slip affixed to the title page that is Inscribed by John Steinbeck ("For L. Downing/John Steinbeck"), Goldstone & Payne A12b, Morrow 108. Near fine.

      [Bookseller: James M. Dourgarian, Bookman ]
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        Alcoholics Anonymous (The AA "Big Book")

      New York: Works Publishing Company, 1939. First edition. Fine/Near Fine. A Fine copy of the book, bright, crisp, square and completely unused. Pristine. In a Near Fine dust jacket with several short tears at the top of the spine, one tear at the base of the spine that has been reinforced with tape and minor loss at the corners. One of approximately 5,000 first edition copies. But if you are familiar with this book, you already know how scarce the dust jacket is, let alone one this lovely. A truly remarkable survivor, one that has been cherished by consecutive members of the organization for the past 45 years without ever being offered for sale.& & One of the best selling books of all time having sold more than 30 million copies, "The Big Book" inspired one of America';s longest lasting and most enduring social movements. First published in 1939, "Alcoholics Anonymous: The Story of How More Than One Hundred Men Have Recovered from Alcoholism" is colloquially known as "The Big Book" because of the heft of the paper used in this edition. By William Griffith Wilson (Bill W.) and Robert Holbrook Smith (Dr. Bob), the book chronicles both their personal stories and the path they took to redemption that would later become known as the "twelve step program." "The Big Book" has been translated into numerous languages and was designated by The Library of Congress as one of the 88 books that shaped America. "Lest this title should arouse the risibles in any reader let me state that the general thesis of "Alcoholics Anonymous" is more soundly based psychologically than any other treatment of the subject I have ever come upon. And it is a subject not to be neglected, for, irrespective of whether we live under repeal or prohibition, there will be alcohol addicts, precisely as there are drug addicts." (Contemporary New York Times review). Fine in Near Fine. dust jacket.

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        The Grapes of Wrath

      New York: The Viking Press,, 1939. Octavo. Original tan cloth, titles to spine and pictorial decoration across boards and spine in brown, sheet music endpapers. With the dust jacket. A bright copy in a jacket that is split at spine and rear flap and with several chips to tanned spine panel. First edition, first printing.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        Astounding Science-Fiction / August 1939 / Volume XXIII, No. 6 / Heinlein First Appearance

      New York: Street & Smith Publications, 1939 New York: Street & Smith Publications, 1939. First Edition. August, 1939. Volume XXIII, No. 6 . Cover by Virgil Finlay, interior illustrations by Finlay, Edd Cartier, Willie Ley and others. 9 1/8" x 6 1/2", Illustrated Wraps, 162 pp. A pleasing copy, still tightly bound. Cover is clean with some creases at corners, still brightly colored. Light rubbing to edges of spine and small wear to spine ends, with about 1/4" loss at bottom of spine. Pages have browned at the edges, but remain supple. A solid Very Good. See scans. Sci-fi immortal Robert Heinlein made his published debut in this issue with "Life-Line", a "startlingly plausible idea for forecasting a man's day of death" executed prior to Heinlein's setting of his standard thematic threads for both adult and juvenile science fiction, though hints and traces of these can be seen in the text. Other stories within: Frederick Englehardt's "General Swamp, C.I.C."; Lester del Rey's "The Luck of Ignatz"; L. Sprague de Camp's "The Blue Giraffe"; P. Schuyler Miller's "The Pleasure Trove"; Lee Gregor's "Heavy Planet"; Nelson S. Bond's "Stowaway"; and Ray Cumming's "An Ultimatum From Mars". Willie Ley offers an article, "Space War", in which he interestingly suggest that rays, beams and other weapons of science-fiction "aren't half as deadly as a weapon we already have" (and that was 1939!). Regular departments, and of course plenty of interior b&w illustrations by a variety of artists - including Virgil Finlay, Edd Cartier and Willie ley - as well. Finlay's cover art is of Lester del Rey's story, "The Luck of Ignatz". A very scarce, seminal and intriguing piece from sci-fi history, in nice condition. See scans. L53 n

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      London, Hutchinson, (1939).FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE (1939) of M.G.M. film edition IN DUSTWRAPPER, 230 x 170 mm, 9 x 6¾ inches, bound in the original publisher's paper boards with continuous extra colour illustration from the film over boards and spine, 208 pages. Original line illustrations by W.W. Denslow including 7 full page, plus 8 colour plates from the M.G.M. film of 1939 with Judy Garland. Of the colour plates, 4 are stills from the motion picture, the other 4 are publicity pictures with the characters in costume. Tiny bump to lower corner of upper cover, very slight wear to tail of spine, neat inscription dated 1941 on front endpaper, minute closed tear to margin edge of frontispiece, edges of title page lightly browned, final page slightly browned, edges of pages slightly foxed, occasionally just showing on edge of margins, otherwise very clean and bright. A near Fine copy in VG+ DUSTWRAPPER (dw: price clipped, slightly worn at head and tail of spine and corners with tiny chips, small chip to upper edge of lower panel 45 x 15 mm deep, (1¾" x ½"), tiny closed tear to lower edge of lower panel). On the dustjacket flap the publishers announce that the film is to be released in the U.K. in the autumn. No similar edition with coloured stills was published in the United States. MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING, ALL ZOOMABLE. FURTHER IMAGES ON REQUEST. POSTAGE AT COST.

      [Bookseller: Roger Middleton P.B.F.A.]
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        Finnegan's Wake

      Faber and Faber Limited, London 1939 - First edition, first printing. First published in Mcmxxxix stated on the copyright page. Book near fine, fore and tail edges untrimmed, slight foxing on paste-downs, end papers and last page, some very minor soiling on covers. Dust jacket very good, some repair along top edges and rear hinge (visible on inside of dj), some minor soiling, and minor foxing on inside of dj. Flap price Comes in custom-made slipcase. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Bookbid]
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        Ziegler, Philip

      ISBN 0-679-43298-1., London At War: 1939-1945.. Alfred A. Knopf, New York.. 372 Pages.. 55 Black/white photos on plates. Maps. List of Illustrations. Abbreviations Used In Text. Table Of Comparative Values. Introduction. Bibliography. Full Index. Jacket design by Megan Wilson./Hard Cover.. NON SMOKING STORE. My listing includes PHOTO OF ACTUAL BOOK for sale. Book looks NEVER READ. GIFT QUALITY. Book Interior AS NEW/ Boards Very Fine/ Dust Jacket Fine. Sewn binding. Rag edge pages. Boards and spine are black, lettering silver with PZ in silver embossed on front cover. Spine is straight, square, solid. Dust jacket is white, lettering black/grey, black/white photo front of the bombed-out library of Holland House, Kensington from Hulton Deutsch Collection. Dust jacket is NOT PRICE CLIPPED, is clean and white, no rips, no bent corners, no stains, no sunning, has a bit of faint yellowing near front and back edges of spine, has a few creases on free end of dj spine largest is 1/4 inch, no edge wear. Book boards and spine are flat, clean, bright, no rips, no bent corners, a small crease at top of spine back edge. Page edges clean, white. Inner end papers are white. Inside of book is tight, clean, bright, clear, flat. . World War II

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        C. P. Stacey

      The Canadian Army 1939-1945: An Official Historical Summary.. Edmond Cloutier, KingÕs Printer, Ottawa.. 354 Pages.. HAS CARD ÒWith The Compliments Of The Honourable Brooke Claxton, Minister of National Defence, Ottawa, CanadaÓ - this card is very slightly age darkened. MAPS are wonderful clear colour FOLD-OUT with several panels each. Illustrated with 12 paintings by Canadian Army War Artists. 15 colour Maps and 3 black/white maps drawn by Lieutenant C. C. J. Bond. Preface. Appendices. Index. List of Illustrations and Maps. Abbreviations./Hardcover.. NON SMOKING STORE. My listing includes PHOTO OF ACTUAL BOOK for sale. Looks as if READ ONCE VERY GENTLY. Book Interior NEAR FINE / Boards Near Fine / Dust Jacket Missing. Boards and spine are red cloth, lettering gilt, has a gilt coat of arms on front cover. Spine is straight, square, solid, bottom free end is folded under slightly, top free end has a few minor creases, text on spine has faded a bit but is still legible, has some minor edge wear to top and bottom spine edges which took off a bit of colour but did not tear the fibres of cloth binding. Book boards are flat, clean, bright, no rips, two slightly bent corners, four corner tips scuffed a bit, no sunning. Page edges slightly sunned. Inner end papers are white and onto them in front has been affixed a two-page colour map North West Europe 1939 - 1945 and this map has a 1 1/2 inch rip in the middle top edge. End papers in back are white and onto them has been affixed a two-page colour map The Central Mediterranean 1943 - 1945, which has a thin red squiggle line doodle on the back inside. The front hinge is a little loose but no pages are loose or missing. Inside of book is tight, clean, bright, clear, flat. Small bit of age darkening inside covers at binding and on edges of some pages. OwnerÕs name, date, small, in ink on ffep. & . World War II

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        Verve : An Artistic and Literary Quarterly (Volume 1, Numbers two, three, and four)

      Verve, Paris, 1939. 400 pages. Originally issued as individual magazines of the English language Paris arts and literary magazine, but subsequently bound with reddish colored cloth covered boards with silver stamping to the spine and front cover and issued without a dustjacket. Binding has some wear to the edges and corners, with a small tear at the crown of the spine. Spine is slightly sunned with some staining. A small bit of staining to the edges of the pageblock as well, and a previous owner inked their name and date on the front free endpaper. But the original magazines bound inside are in bright, sharp and clean condition, preserved from the time of issue in this binding. Issues 2, 3, and 4 of the first year of the influential magazine that was short lived because of the high expense of printing such a quality production. Issue two alone includes writings by Georges Braque, Ernest Hemingway, Henri Michaux, Georges Bataille, and others, with beautiful reproductions of images by Brassai, Herbert List, Kandinsky, and others. Number 3 (October-December, 1938) continues with a cover lithograph by Pierre Bonnard, texts by Paul Valery, Andre Malraux, and others, with lithographs in color on the four seasons by Marc Chagall, Joan Miro, Rattner, and Paul Klee. Number 4 (January-March, 1939) features a lithographic cover by Georges Rouault, and, among other things, full color lithographs by Henri Matisse and Andre Derain. This is not a unique binding or presentation, and other similar copies were produced and are available. It is not known when this production was assembled, but the first owner of this copy dated it 1946, indicating that it may have been a close to original printing.. Cloth. Very Good/No Jacket, As Issued.

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        Flußlandschaft mit Gebirge an beiden Ufern und Booten.

      . Feder in Grau, grau laviert, mit schwarzer Tuschlinie umrandet, auf Bütten, verso mit älterer Zuschreibung an A. Willaerts. 17,8:31,5 cm. - Etwas stockfleckig. Provenienz: Auktion Weinmüller, München, 9.03.1939; Sammlung B. Jolles, Lugt 381; Sammlung Holtkott, nicht bei Lugt.. Die gezeigte Flußlandschaft erinnert an die von Herman Saftleven (1609-1685) gezeichneten idealen Rheinlandschaften.

      [Bookseller: Galerie Joseph Fach GmbH]
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        Autographed Letter Signed, May 30, 1939

      - 1ALS with original envelope to his good friend, Walter Heulin, in Sussex, England on the Midland Hotel in Manchester letterhead telling him of his visit included is the original envelope with a Sheffield postmark. "Fats" writes: "Lots of luck & cheerio, until i ses [sic] you, your'e buddy Fats" The letter has warm personal content as Fats writes: "Dear Sonny [Walter Huelin] the love bug will get you if you don't watch out. (ha-ha). Received your letter and just wanted you to know I'll be down Sunday June 11th or Monday, June 12th [1939] Give my regards to Miss Adcock and yourself (Take Care Now)." Thomas "Fats" Waller was an outstanding exponent of the Harlem 'stride' style of jazz piano and a major influence on Art Tatum. In the black film "Stormy Weather" he starred with Lena Horne and Cab Calloway. He came to Britain in 1938 and 1939 making many 78 discs including his exquisite London Suite for solo piano and some hard-swinging band numbers with his 'Continental Rhythm' along with some delicate duets with singer Adelaide Hall. Among his closest friends were Walter Heulin, Florence and Miss Adcock. All we know of them is that were in their late 30's and well known to jazzmen. Fats had to cut short his visit as war clouds loomed and he was back in New York on June 20, 1939. Though he died four years later, his contributions in the history of the jazz are among the greatest of the early 20th Century. Signed letters by him are very uncommon. Written in green ink the letter is in pristine condition and the envelope very good with some light soiling on cover.

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        British & American Game-Birds. With a chapter on shooting in America by Eugene V. Connett

      New York: The Derrydale Press, 1939 - A handsome work, produced in England for The Derrydale Press. Rickman's plates are exceptional No. 34 of 125 copies, signed by the artist, and with a signed pencil remarque of a mallard duck beneath the mounted color frontispiece. Folio. Twenty plates in colour by Philip Rickman. 48 pp. Original brown cloth, tan pigskin spine with brown morocco label, t.e.g. Fine copy in original cardboard slipcase. Siegel 145; Frazier P-11-a [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: James Cummins Bookseller, ABAA]
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        HOTEL FOR WOMEN (1939)

      USA 1939 - Vintage original 8 x 14" (20 x 35 cm.) mini-window/midget card, USA. Linda Darnell, Elsa Maxwell, Ann Sothern, Jean Rogers, Lynn Bari, dir: Gregory Ratoff; Twentieth Century Fox. This is a most brilliant card featuring wonderfully evocative, yet demure pin up art by one of the greatest, McClelland Barclay. This is a prime pin up girl collectible. His signature appears to the bottom right of her skirt. A youthful all star cast highlighted this film which was based on a story by Elsa Maxwell, the powerful celebrity tattle-tale columnist of Hollywood's' golden era. Paper-backed, there was minor touch up to stains in top blank margin, NEAR FINE.

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        Uncommon Autograph Letter Signed, in English, on "Marsfield Gardens" printed stationery card, 12mo, London stationery, January 5, 1939.

      - To Mr., Stanley. "I would like visiting Edinburgh and if so I would not miss coming to the College you mention. But actually, such a visit is out of the question on account of my health." He signs with using his uncommon signature, "Sigm. Freud." Freud had been suffering from mouth cancer since 1923, with remissions. At this point, his cancer had become inoperable and speaking was painful and difficult. Freud lived in England for about six months when he wrote this letter. With Nazi influence gaining strength in Austria, he sought refuge in England because he had become a target of the Gestapo. With his wife Martha Bernays and daughter Anna, he was able to leave Vienna for London where he arrived in June 1938. This letter, unusual for its signature and in English, was penned about nine months before Freud died. Matted vertically with folio size printed photograph of Freud holding his classic cigar, printed signature, positioned above the original letter.

      [Bookseller: Schulson Autographs]
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        Lebensbilder aus Kurhessen und Waldeck 1830 - 1930. Band 1 bis 6. (=Alles!!)

      Marburg, Elwertsche, 1939, 1940, 1942, 1950, 1955, 1958.. Erste /1./ Ausgabe. je ca. 350 - 450 Seiten. Mit sehr zahlr Abb. und dokument. Fotos. Or.-Broschuren und Or.-Leinen (ab 1950). 24x16cm. (= Veröffentlichungen der Historischen Kommission für Hessen und Waldeck. Band 20 / Teil 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6). Broschuren sind unbe- und unaufgeschnitten. Insgesamt etwas lichtgebleicht bzw. angebräunt. Or.-Leinenbände sind sehr gut und sauber. Insgesamt gute bis sehr gute Bände. //..// Pay-Pal-Zahlungen bitte erst nach Bestellbestätigung //..//

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        Tropic of Capricorn.

      Obelisk Press Paris 1939 - First edition. 8vo, full scarlet morocco gilt for Asprey, all edges gilt, original printed wrappers bound-in, a fine copy. A semi-autobiographical novel, for many years banned in the United States for obscenity, it tells the story of 'Henry V. Miller' who works in the personnel division of the 'Cosmodemonic' telegraph company. It parallels the author's experiences whilst working for Western Union.The follow-up to Tropic of Cancer. In this copy the yellow errata leaf is placed before the title. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

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        The Grapes of Wrath

      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.

      [Bookseller: James M. Dourgarian, Bookman ]
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        [Photographs - Unique Collection of photos taken at live performances staged at several Washington DC theaters between 1939-1951]

      An unusual collection of original photos taken during live performances staged at several Washington, DC theaters between 1939-1951. Doctor Leslie French was a prominent Washington physician whose avocation was photography. A result of his work is this fascinating historical collection of over 400 candid black and white photographs of performers taken primarily in the 1940s at various musical and stage productions. The photos are mounted in groups of 3 to 9 on 72 cardboard sheets with handwritten notes giving the names of the performers, the name and date of the production, and the settings used on the camera. They appear to have been taken from seats in the orchestra section. The collection is a photographic panoply of famous and not so famous performers of the time. They include Helen Hayes, Katharine Hepburn, a young and handsome Gregory Peck, and Ronald Reagan and Jane Wyman appearing together the year before they married. Other performers captured on film by Dr. French are Mickey Rooney, Peter Lawford (identified as Peter Lawton), Tommy Dorsey, Glenn Miller, Rex Harrison, Martha Raye, and Ed Sullivan. There are also many now more obscure acts such as the "Harmonica Rascals" and Fifi Dorsay. Most of the pictures were taken at the Capital Stage. Other theaters were the Fox Theatre, Earle Stage, and National Theater.

      [Bookseller: The Kelmscott Bookshop]
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        Original 8vo menu from ÒThe AhwahneeÓ restaurant, Yosemite National Park, January 1, 1939.

      - The menu opens to 4to with both the description and photograph adjoining, therefore, excellent for display. A scarce, desirable signed piece of ephemera with one of AdamsÕ classic images created some seventy years ago. The cover of this rare menu is illustrated with a large nature scene photograph by Adams called "The Grizzly GiantÓ in Yosemite National Park. On the adjoining back cover is printed a lengthy description of the image. Signed below this description, ÒAnsel Adams."

      [Bookseller: Schulson Autographs]
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        Spain 1939: Four Poems. (SIGNED LIMITED EDITION)

      The Andrew Marvell Press, Hull, 1939. First Edition - number two of just fifty numbered and signed casebound copies (out of a total edition of 400). Cloth-backed boards with a paper title label. Printed on hand-made paper. Some very light browning to one blank preliminary leaf and some uneven darkened streaks to rear board. A very good of a most uncommon item. The four poems are 'Guadalajara', 'The Death of Garcia Lorca', 'Greece and Spain' and 'Bomber'.. Signed by Author(s). 1st Edition. Hardcover. Very Good.

      [Bookseller: Clearwater Books]
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        Rebecca; A Play in Three Acts [French's Acting Edition]

      Published by Samuel French Ltd., 26 Southampton Street, Strand, London First Acting Edition . London 1939. - Publisher's original Wedgwood blue card wrap covers, navy title lettering to the spine, period scraper board artwork illustration by Mendleson to the upper panel. 8vo. 8½'' x 5½''. Contains 92 printed pages of text. First performed on March 11th, 1940, at the Opera House, Manchester, starring Margaret Rutherford, Clive Woods, Celia Johnson, Dorothy Lane, Edith Sharpe, Peter Hicks, and George Thorpe, Directed by George Devine. Approximately 50% of the pages have pen notes to the margins, the reverse of the lower end paper has a list of days and dates of rehearsals. Priced 5s to the front cover, slight spine slant and with a little age toning to the edges of the lower card cover. Member of the P.B.F.A. PLAYS

      [Bookseller: Little Stour Books PBFA]
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        Business Cycles: A Theoretical, Historical, And Statistical Analysis of the Capitalist Process

      New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company, Inc., 1939. First edition of the economist's ground-breaking work. Octavo, 2 volumes. Original cloth. Some light rubbing to the cloth, a very good set of this landmark work. From the library of economist Moses Abramovitz, with his signature to volume one. Abramovtiziz was known for his Catch-Up Growth Hypothesis, which attempted to explain what caused Western Europe's Golden Era of economic growth from 1948 until 1972 and also for his work on business cycles. First editions of Business Cycles are extremely rare. Schumpeter's theory of business cycles puts its emphasis on industrial innovations rather than banking. Schumpeter starts his account of business cycles at the top rather than the bottom of the cycle. "The reader needs only to make the experiment. If he comes to survey industrial history from, say, 1760 onwards, he will discover two things; he will find that very many booms are unmistakably characterized by revolutionary changes in some branch of industry which, in consequence, leads the boom, railways, for instance in the forties, or steel in the eighties, or electricity in the nineties.

      [Bookseller: Raptis Rare Books, ABAA/ ILAB]
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        The Outsider and Others (First Edition)

      Sauk City, WI: Arkham House, 1939. First Edition. First Edition. The first publication from Arkham House and first collection of Lovecraft's stories, published posthumously, which would go on to not only to have an enormous influence on horror fiction, but on film and music as well. & & Very Good plus in an about Very Good dust jacket. Light bumps to the top corners, and a slight lean. Jacket is rubbed, with light toing to the spine and rear panel, with chips and tears overall. Still, a mostly presentable example of the scarce dust jacket.

      [Bookseller: Royal Books, Inc.]
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        Femme au Col a Rubens. Aquatint by Pablo Picasso

      1939 - Pablo Picasso Aquatint 1939. Numbered in pencil on the bottom left 31/40 and back with the estate stamp of Maya Picasso. Limited edition of 58 copies executed in 1942 on handmade paper filigree, 40 copies numbered in pencil 1/40 -40/40 and 18 artist proof, numbered in Roman numbers. Dimensions cm 27,9 x cm 23,1. Ref: Bloch vol. IV # 323

      [Bookseller: Marninart, Inc (ABAA - ILAB)]
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        A Coffin For Dimitrios

      New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1939 New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1939. First American Edition. A fine copy in a dust jacket with minor wear and tear. Haycraft-Queen cornerstone.

      [Bookseller: Peter L. Stern & Company, Inc. ]
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        Astounding Science-Fiction / August 1939 / Volume XXIII, No. 6 / Heinlein First Appearance

      Street & Smith Publications, New York 1939 - New York: Street & Smith Publications, 1939. First Edition. August, 1939. Volume XXIII, No. 6 . Cover by Virgil Finlay, interior illustrations by Finlay, Edd Cartier, Willie Ley and others. 9 1/8" x 6 1/2", Illustrated Wraps, 162 pp. A pleasing copy, still tightly bound. Cover is clean with some creases at corners, still brightly colored. Light rubbing to edges of spine and small wear to spine ends, with about 1/4" loss at bottom of spine. Pages have browned at the edges, but remain supple. A solid Very Good. See scans. Sci-fi immortal Robert Heinlein made his published debut in this issue with "Life-Line", a "startlingly plausible idea for forecasting a man's day of death" executed prior to Heinlein's setting of his standard thematic threads for both adult and juvenile science fiction, though hints and traces of these can be seen in the text. Other stories within: Frederick Englehardt's "General Swamp, C.I.C."; Lester del Rey's "The Luck of Ignatz"; L. Sprague de Camp's "The Blue Giraffe"; P. Schuyler Miller's "The Pleasure Trove"; Lee Gregor's "Heavy Planet"; Nelson S. Bond's "Stowaway"; and Ray Cumming's "An Ultimatum From Mars". Willie Ley offers an article, "Space War", in which he interestingly suggest that rays, beams and other weapons of science-fiction "aren't half as deadly as a weapon we already have" (and that was 1939!). Regular departments, and of course plenty of interior b&w illustrations by a variety of artists - including Virgil Finlay, Edd Cartier and Willie ley - as well. Finlay's cover art is of Lester del Rey's story, "The Luck of Ignatz". A very scarce, seminal and intriguing piece from sci-fi history, in nice condition. See scans. L53 n [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

      [Bookseller: Singularity Rare & Fine]
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        The Grapes of Wrath

      New York: The Viking Press, 1939 - First edition, first printing. Publisher's beige cloth, boards illustrated with an image of migrant families heading West after Elmer Hader's dust jacket design, pictorial endpapers illustrated with a facsimile score for the "The Battle Hymn the Republic"; in the original first issue dust jacket, with the original ($2.75) price and "First Edition" slug intact, with an illustration by Hader depicting tenant farming families looking out on a caravan of migrant families heading West across a valley towards a mountain range. Very good, with a hint of wear and faint toning to the extremities, spotting to the top edge, otherwise bright and fresh pages; unclipped dust jacket, with some light wear and rubbing to the extremities, minor chipping to the spine head, some toning to the spine, a hint of light rubbing to the folds, bright and clean pages. A clean and attractive copy. In this powerful and compelling novel, Steinbeck tells the story of a poor "Okie" family, who travels westward to California after their home state of Oklahoma was decimated by the Dust Bowl in the 1930's. Steinbeck's keen sense of human emotion and humanitarian interest in the plight of the tenant farmer make this novel a classic and timeless masterpiece that provides a unique insight into the history of the American Midwest. Symbolizing the novel's motifs of sacrifice and the American dream, The Grapes of Wrath takes its title from Julia Ward Howe's "The Battle Hymn of the Republic," whose lyrics reference the Biblical apocalypse and divine deliverance from oppression. The Grapes of Wrath won both the National Book Award in 1939 and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1940. It was also considered a major contributing factor in Steinbeck's 1962 awarding of the Nobel Prize in Literature. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: B & B Rare Books, Ltd., ABAA]
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