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        Goodbye to Berlin.

      London: The Hogarth Press 1939 - First edition. Small 8vo. 317, (1) pp. Recent dark blue full morocco, spine with raised bands, gilt rules and decoration to panels, gilt rules to boards, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers. A lovely copy. The volume comprises six works: A Berlin Diary (Autumn 1930), Sally Bowles, On Reugen Island (Summer 1931), The Nowaks, The Landauers and A Berlin Diary (Winter 1932-3). In his preface Isherwood writes that the six pieces "form a roughly continuous narrative" and was originally conceived as a single "episodic novel of pre-Hitler Berlin". Three of the titles first appeared in John Lehmann’s New Writing, Sally Bowles was published by the Hogarth Press in 1937. This is the first edition of the six pieces together.

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        Books into Film] Goodbye to Berlin [Sally Bowles]

      Hogarth Press, London 1939 - First Impression of these "Brilliant sketches of a society in decay" (Orwell). 8vo: 317,[1]pp. Publisher's coarsely woven oatmeal-colored cloth, spine stamped crimson with matching top-stain. Near Fine, cloth and edges dust-soiled, lettering slightly faded, but pages clean, tight and bright. According to Woolmer (451), only 3350 copies were printed. A series of six loosely interconnected character sketches that unfold against the backdrop of the doomed Weimar Republic. Despite Isherwood’s disclaimer, Goodbye to Berlin is firmly rooted in his biography; all the principle characters were inspired by people he had known. Isherwood originally envisioned a sweeping Tolstoyan novel combining the characters from Goodbye to Berlin and Mr. Norris Changes Trains (in fact, both novels are often packaged as The Berlin Stories and both were later adapted for stage and film, most memorably in the Tony Award-winning musical Cabaret [1966] and the film of the same name [1972], for which Liza Minnelli won an Academy Award. "Written in the shadow of the Second World War, [Goodbye to Berlin] offers a valedictory portrait of the demimonde of Berlin, commemorating the 'decadent' bars and nightclubs that were subsequently closed by the Nazis, and immortalizing the people—Jews and homosexuals—who were most at risk under the Third Reich." (Literary Encyclopedia) Note: With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Goodbye to Berlin

      Hogarth Press, 1939 - Spine just a little darkened and end-papers slightly foxed, otherwise a very nice copy. With "Colonial Cloth Edition" neatly rubber-stamped at foot of front free end-paper and the address of an Austrlian bookshop similarly stamped at the foot of the front paste-down end-paper The cloth is identical to that used on the first edition

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        Art from the Mayans to Disney

      Sheed & Ward, New York 1939 - First edition. Small octavo. Small paper remnant on the front board, small label on the spine, a near very good copy without dustwrapper. From the library of the artists Ben Shahn and Bernarda Bryson Shahn, with an estate label designed by their son, Jonathan Shahn. Overview of art history including a chapter and illustration on Shahn: "To Ben Shahn, a future Old Master. Jean Charlot. N.Y. 1941." [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

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        The Pied Piper of Hamelin [together with] The King of the Golden River [and] The Night Before Christmas [and] Goblin Market

      London: George G. Harrap & Co. Ltd.,, 1939. Illustrated by Arthur Rackham. 4 volumes bound in 1, octavo (210 × 140 mm). Contemporary turquoise half morocco, spine gilt in compartments with floral tools, blue cloth sides, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt. With the original endpapers bound in. Colour frontispiece to each story and illustrations throughout by Arthur Rackham. Binding a little rubbed and faded, contents toned, silk bookmark loose. A very good copy. A handsomely bound collection of four children's stories illustrated by Arthur Rackham.

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        The Grapes of Wrath

      New York: The Viking Press. (1939). First. 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. .

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        The Fate Of Homo-Sapiens.

      London, Secker and Warburg. 1939 - First Edition, INCRIBED. Publisher's cloth; some edgwear, with local spotting/sunning and discolour, some edge spotting. Very good, in similar dust wrapper; worn, with a few nick and tears, but presentable. Inscribed by Wells to title page: "To Evan / Bless him / and spare him./ HGW." The inscription is finished off with a swirling, spiral figure which may depict Mr.Wells' head, part of a snail or possibly a sketch of a biological cell of some kind. It is a little difficult to tell, the inside of Mr.Wells' head being somewhat complex and given to large ideas. Easier to discern is the identity of Evan; Evan Frederic Morgan, 2nd Viscount Tredegar. Founder of the Tredegar Memorial Lecture, Royal Society of Literature, soldier, sportsman and literary patron. His parties at Tredegar House became somewhat notorious in their day, and H.G.Wells was amongst his many regular guests, (along with George Bernard Shaw, Augustus John and Nancy Cunard, which probably means they were the kind of party where one didn't have to lay on extra entertainment), apart from the larger than life qualities of most of his guests the Viscount's parties were also frequented by members of his large menagerie, including a boxing kangaroo called Somerset. From the tone of the inscription, it appears tha Mr.Wells may have been pleading for his host's soul. Shorter New Cambridge Bibliography (Eng.Lit.) 1293-8. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Svendborger Gedichte. 1st edit.

      . London: Malik-Verlag 1939. 87 pp..

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        Spiezer Bilder-Chronik 1485. Faksimile nach dem Original der Stadt- und Hochschulbibliothek Bern. Hrsg. von Hans Bloesch.,

      Genf, Asper, 1939 - Folio. 90 Seiten Text und 344 teils farb. Tafeln. *Erschien in 500 numerierten Exemplaren, hier das Exemplar No. 134. - Tadellose Erhaltung (druckfrisches Exemplar). Sprache: de Gewicht in Gramm: 6000 Schwerer Orig.-Pergamentband mit farbigem Deckelbild in Orig.-Pappschatulle.

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        LA DAME OVALE (Max ERNST - Illustrateur)

      1939 - plaquette in-octavo (booklet in-octavo), dos muet (spine - no title), couverture imprimée (cover printed), tranches lisses (smooth edges), tirage limité à 535 exemplaires - 1 des 500 exemplaires sur papier Velin blanc (limited edition - 535 copies were printed), tranches lisses - gouttière en partie non coupée (smooth edges - fore-edge partly uncut), 7 illustrations avec serpente volante de Max Ernst (7 illustrations of Max Ernst with tissue not attached), 54 pages, 1939 à Paris G. L. M., à propos de l'auteur (in connection with the author) : né en 1917 à Clayton Green (Lancashire, Grande-Bretagne), ce peintre, poète, écrivain, auteur de contes a été la compagne de Max Ernst rencontré à Londres (1937-1940). Avec lui, elle séjourna en France, particulièrement à Saint-Martin d’Ardèche. Elle part de France en 1940 après l'internement de Ernst. - édition originale (original edition) - très bel état (fine condition) [Attributes: First Edition]

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        Finnegans Wake

      London: Faber and Faber Limited,, 1939. Octavo. Original red cloth, titles to spine gilt, top edge dyed yellow. With the dust jacket. Bookseller's ticket to rear pastedown. Front blank and final leaf of text tanned. An excellent copy in the rubbed and chipped jacket with a tanned spine panel and short closed tears repaired with tape to the verso. First edition, first impression.

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        Du Noir au Blanc. Von Schwarz zu Weiss.

      Zürich, Oprecht, 1939 - 4°, o. P. (61 Bl.), 57 ganzseit. Orig.-Holzschnitte, Kart. m. OU, OU m. kl. Randverlusten, Stege oft stockfl. (OU, Schnitte und Titelei stärker) EA. Ex. der Normalausgabe. Mit Fotoecken sauber montierte 8-zeilige Postkarte Masereels auf Impressumsseite nach Titelblatt. Von Masereel gestaltetes Exlibris a. Innendeckel. (Für Conrad von Burg) 2 S. Vorwort (Dt./Frz.) von Frans Masereel: «Schöpfungsgeschichte in 57 Bildern.» 1200 gr. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Finnegans Wake

      Faber & Faber, 1939. Hardback, 8vo, 628 pp, fore and lower edges untrimmed, maroon cloth, gilt spine. Very good, endpapers and last page of text browned, minor spotting and owner signature on ffep, top edge dusty and stained. 1st edition.

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        The Mask of Dimitrios.

      Hodder & Stoughton, London 1939 - First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in a very good dust jacket with some very minor professional restoration to the spine tips. Inscribed by the author on the title page. Housed in a custom slipcase. Rare in the original dust jacket. The Mask of Dimitrios is widely acknowledged as one of the great espionage thrillers of the 20th century. "Not Le Carre, not Deighton, not Ludlum have surpassed the intelligence, authenticity or engrossing storytelling that established The Mask of Dimitrios as the best of its kind" (The Times). A Haycraft Queen cornerstone novel (Howard Haycraft, Murder For Pleasure). Basis for the motion picture starring Peter Lorre, Sidney Greenstreet, and Zachary Scott. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

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        A COFFIN FOR DIMITRIOS

      New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1939., 1939. First U.S. edition. Near fine in an unusually bright dust jacket with none of the usual fading. Light professional restoration to spine ends, corners, and extremities. A Haycraft-Queen cornerstone title. A splendid story of espionage in which Dimitrios, a Greek fig-packer, has been hunted for two decades in most countries of central Europe as his name is involved with crimes of espionage, assassination, white slavery, drugs, and the like. Basis for the 1944 film directed by Jean Negulesco, with the story adapted for the screen by Frank Gruber, and starring Sydney Greenstreet, Zachary Scott, and Peter Lorre. A sharp collector's copy of a premier story of espionage.

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        A Coffin for Dimitrios

      New York: Alfred A. Knopf. 1939. First. First American edition. Fine in a very good plus dustwrapper with some tiny, internally repaired tears, two tiny nicks, and a little edgewear. A much nicer than usual copy of this book that seems always found beset by flaws. A classic thriller, Ambler's best known book and basis for the film The Mask of Dimitrios directed by Jean Negulesco, and featuring Peter Lorre, Sydney Greenstreet, and Zachary Scott. .

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        The Mask of Dimitrios

      London; Hodder & Stoughton; /1944 1939 - First edition, first printing (1939). The book is very good reading crease to the spine and some liquid spillage stains on the red boards. Lacks dustjacket. True first printings are very scarce as many were destroyed by bombing during World War Two. The book is sold with a first edition, sixth printing (September 1944) copy. The book is near fine with reading crease to the spine. The dustjacket is very good with wear and tear to most corners. This edition was printed to tie in with the film of the same name [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Histoire De Lyon - Tome I : Des Origines à 1595 , Tome II : De 1595 à 1814 , Tome III : De 1814 à 1940 (complet de ses trois tomes)

      à Lyon à la librairie Pierre Masson, 1939-1948-1952, - à Lyon à la librairie Pierre Masson,1939-1948-1952, in 4 (26,5 x 20 cm), XIV + 568 + 440 + 343 + (2) pages. Illustration de 52 ( 24 +16 + 12) planches hors-texte en noir. Broché, couverture illustrée et rempliée, sous étui postérieur cartonné. Première édition pour les trois volumes :Tome 1: un des 100 exemplaires sur Vélin de Rives à la forme (numéro 6), un des 120 exemplaires sur Vélin de Rives à la forme (numéro 8) ; Tome 3 : exemplaire non numéroté. Tous les volumes sont sur papier Vélin.+++++++ Première édition de l'une des meilleures Histoire de Lyon des origines à la seconde guerre Mondiale, avec les tomes 1 et 2 en tirage de tête sur Vélin de Rives à la Forme, avec la collaboration de MM. Déniau, R. Doucet, C. Germain de Montauzan, Latreille, Ph. Pouzet (Tome 1), L. Dubois et P. Dutacq (Tome 2), F. Dutacq et A. Latreille (Tome 3). Au sommaire de cet ouvrage de référence : Antiquité, Le haut Moyen Age, Le gouvernement de l'Eglise, La commune, Le XVIè siècle, Le XVIIè siècle, Le XVIIIè siècle, La révolution et l'Empire, La Restauration, La Monarchie de Juillet, La seconde république et le second Empire, La troisième république - Tomes 1 et 2 : couverture légèrement jaunie, infimes coupures aux coiffes, intérieur frais ; Tome 3 : Très bon état ; BEL ENSEMBLE AVEC DEUX TOMES EN TIRAGE DE TETE [Attributes: Soft Cover]

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        The mechanism of nuclear fission. Offprint

      1939. <p>First Theoretical Paper on Nuclear Fission </p><p>Bohr, Niels (1885-1962) and John A. Wheeler (1911-2008). The mechanism of nuclear fission. Offprint from The Physical Review 56 (1939). 426-450pp. 268 x 200 mm. Original printed wrappers. Fine copy. </p><p>First Edition, Offprint Issue of the first theoretical paper on nuclear fission. In January 1939 Lise Meitner and Otto Frisch, with Bohr&#146;s encouragement, published a letter in Nature announcing their discovery of nuclear fission in uranium. The news took the scientific world by storm, with over 100 papers on uranium fission experiments appearing in the next twelve months, but Bohr was the only one during this period to publish on the theoretical aspects of this phenomenon. Collaborating with American physicist John A. Wheeler, Bohr worked out in great detail the complete theory of nuclear fission, publishing the results in the present paper. &#147;In this work Bohr met with two old loves: the compound nucleus of 1936 and the study of the relation between surface tension and surface vibrations . . . Bohr and Wheeler discussed many other features: whether other nuclei can fission, the competition between fission and other possible fates of the compound nucleus, the fate of the fission fragments, the possibility of instantaneous neutron emission accompanying fission, etc. The work with Wheeler was <b>the last major novel contribution to physics by Bohr </b>[emphasis ours]&#148; (Pais, Niels Bohr&#146;s Times, p. 458). &#147;Though it would be refined further, the theory of Bohr and Wheeler was accepted, and continued to remain ever since, as the standard description of the mechanism of nuclear fission&#148; (Mehra & Rechenberg, The Historical Development of Quantum Theory, 6, p. 1006). </p>

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        The Mechanism of Nuclear Fission" + "Fission of Protactinium" (Bohr & Wheeler) + "Resonance in Uranium and Thorium Disintegration and the Phenomena of Nuclear Fission" + "On Continued Gravitational Contraction" (Oppenheimer) in Physical Review, September 1, 1939, Vol. 56, 5, pp. 426-50; pp. 455-59

      - FIRST EDITION OF THREE SEMINAL PAPERS IN THE HISTORY OF PHYSICS. BOHR & WHEELER'S "The mechanism of nuclear fission" is the first fully worked out theory of nuclear fission and it laid the groundwork for atomic and hydrogen bombs. "The paper is a masterpiece of clear thinking and lucid writing. It reveals, at the center of the mystery of fission, a tiny world where everything can be calculated and everything understood. The tiny world is a nucleus of uranium 236, formed when a neutron is freshly captured by a nucleus of uranium 235. The uranium 236 nucleus sits precisely on the border between classical and quantum physics." By studying this process in detail, they show how the complementary views provided by classical and quantum pictures are both essential to the understanding of nature. Without the combined power of classical and quantum concepts, the intricacies of the fission process could never have been understood. Bohr's notion of complementarity is triumphantly vindicated" (Barrow, Science and Ultimate Reality, xvii). Also included are two other important papers on nuclear fission and the atomic bomb, also by Bohr. OPPENHEIMER & SNYDER'S "On continued gravitational contraction" constitutes the very first theoretical prediction of a singularity when a sufficiently large neutron star collapses. This phenomenon was later to be coined as a black hole. "Had J. Robert Oppenheimer not led the US effort to build the atomic bomb, he might still have been remembered for figuring out how a black hole could form" (American Physical Society). This paper has been described as the forgotten birth of black holes. FEYNMAN'S "Forces in molecules" is the first edition of Feynman's undergraduate thesis, the paper that began to establish his name in physics. The paper is known as the Feynman-Hellmann theorem and it proposed an original and enduring approach to calculating forces in molecules. Feynman "treated the problem of molecular forces from a thoroughly quantum-mechanical point of view, arriving at a simple means of calculating the energy of a molecular system that continues to guide quantum chemists" (DSB). CONDITION & DETAILS: Lancaster: American Institute of Physics, 1939. Royal 8vo. (10.5 x 8 inches); 267 x 203 mm. Entire volume in contemporary full black cloth, gilt-lettered at the spine. Ex-libris with minimal markings. Very light and slight ghosting at the spine from the removal of a label. Small perforated stamp at the foot of the title page. Tightly and very solidly bound. Bright and very clean throughout. Near fine condition.

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        On Continued Gravitational Contraction" (Oppenheimer and Snyder) AND "The mechanism of nuclear fission" (Bohr and Wheeler) AND "Forces in molecules" (Feynman) in Physical Review, September 1, 1939, Vol. 56, 5, pp. 340-343; pp. 426-50; pp. 455-59

      - FIRST EDITION OF THREE LANDMARK PAPERS, each of seminal import in the history of physics. OPPENHEIMER & SNYDER'S "On continued gravitational contraction" constitutes the very first theoretical prediction of a singularity when a sufficiently large neutron star collapses. This phenomenon was later to be coined as a black hole. "Had J. Robert Oppenheimer not led the US effort to build the atomic bomb, he might still have been remembered for figuring out how a black hole could form" (American Physical Society). This paper has been described as the forgotten birth of black holes. Oppenheimer and his graduate student Hartland Snyder applied General Relativity theory to a star with sufficient mass and density to exceed the Schwartzschild limit. The Schwartzschild analysis assumed that the size of the star stays constant with time. Oppenheimer and Snyder found that they could achieve a real solution from General Relativity when the Schwartzschild limit is exceeded by assuming that the diameter of the star decreases with time. They presented their analysis in this paper, concluding "When all thermonuclear sources of energy are exhausted, a sufficiently heavy star will collapse. Unless fission due to rotation, the radiation of mass, or the blowing off of mass by radiation, reduce the star's mass to the order of that of the sun, this contraction will continue indefinitely." This analysis concluded that when the Schwartzschild limit is exceeded, the star must collapse indefinitely until it reaches a singularity having an infinite density of matter" (Bjornson, Singularity Predictions of General Relativity, P. 4). The Chandrasekhar / Eddington controvery in the mid 1930s discussed the fate of neutron stars, but the first thoroughly theoretical description was first published here. Also included: BOHR & WHEELER'S "The mechanism of nuclear fission" is the first fully worked out theory of nuclear fission and it laid the groundwork for atomic and hydrogen bombs?The paper is a masterpiece of clear thinking and lucid writing. It reveals, at the center of the mystery of fission, a tiny world where everything can be calculated and everything understood? By studying this process in detail, they show how the complementary views provided by classical and quantum pictures are both essential to the understanding of nature. Without the combined power of classical and quantum concepts, the intricacies of the fission process could never have been understood. Bohr's notion of complementarity is triumphantly vindicated" (Barrow, Science and Ultimate Reality, xvii). FEYNMAN'S "Forces in molecules" is the first edition of Feynman's undergraduate thesis, the paper that began to establish his name in physics. The paper is known as the Feynman-Hellmann theorem and it proposed an original and enduring approach to calculating forces in molecules. Feynman "treated the problem of molecular forces from a thoroughly quantum-mechanical point of view, arriving at a simple means of calculating the energy of a molecular system that continues to guide quantum chemists" (DSB). CONDITION & DETAILS: Lancaster: American Institute of Physics, 1939. Royal 8vo. (10.5 x 8 inches); 267 x 203 mm. Entire volume in contemporary full black cloth, gilt-lettered at the spine. Ex-libris with minimal markings. Very light and slight ghosting at the spine from the removal of a label. Small perforated stamp at the foot of the title page. Tightly and very solidly bound. Bright and very clean throughout. Near fine condition.

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        Building Plans, Topography Maps, Radius Lot Map, Elevations, and Interior and Exterior Perspectives for a Two Family Dwelling for Mrs. Thomas A. Driscoll on Leavenworth St. 102' North of Francisco St., San Francisco.[possibly 2523-2527 or 2506 Leavenworth. ].

      San Francisco: James H. Hjul, Structural Engineer, June 1938 - August 1939. - Original pencil drawings on tracing paper. Sheet size primarily 17" x 22". 32 sheets. Also includes 10 additional sheets in blueprint or blackline. Job #204. Current location possibly 2523-2527 or 2506 Leavenworth. File #1772. James Hansen Hjul (1882 - 1957), a structural engineer, constructed many buildings in San Francisco. He was the founder of the J.H. Construction Company and was listed as a contractor, civil engineer, structural engineer and construction engineer in San Francisco City Directories from 1907 to 1958. Most of his work occurred in the South of Market area on warehouses and industrial buildings.

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        Emission of neutrons by uranium. Offprint

      1939. <p>Szilard, Leo (1898-1964) and Walter H. Zinn (1906-2000). Emission of neutrons by uranium. Offprint from Physical Review 56 (1939). 619-624pp. Text illustrations. 268 x 201 mm. Without wrappers as issued. Light toning but very good. Presentation Copy, inscribed &#147;With Compliments of Leo Szilard&#148; in an unidentified hand on first page. From the library of Theodore von Kármán (1881-1963), docketed and stamped with Kármán&#146;s cataloguing symbols. </p><p>First Edition, Offprint Issue. The second of Szilard and Zinn&#146;s two important papers on the experimental production of fast neutrons from uranium&#151;an essential component of the nuclear chain reaction. Hahn and Strassmann had discovered nuclear fission in 1938, and Szilard immediately realized that fission would be the key to releasing nuclear energy. In that year Szilard had emigrated from England to the United States, and he began a series of experiments with Walter Zinn at Columbia University in New York to determine which characteristics of fission would make it possible to establish a chain reaction. </p><p>&#147;&#39;All we needed to do,&#148; [Szilard] said later, &#147;was to get a gram of radium, get a block of beryllium, expose a piece of uranium to the neutrons which come from the beryllium, and then see by means of the ionization chamber which Zinn had built whether fast neutrons were emitted in the process . . .&#39; </p><p>"He got his radium, two grams sealed in a small brass capsule, early in March, after he arranged admission to the Columbia laboratories for three months as a guest researcher. He and Zinn immediately set up their experiment. They made an ingenious nest, like Chinese boxes, of its various components: a large cake of paraffin wax, the beryllium cylinder set at the bottom of a blind hole in the paraffin, the radium capsule fitted into the beryllium cylinder; resting on the beryllium, inside the paraffin, a box lines with neutron-absorbing cadmium filled with uranium oxide; pushed into that box, but shielded from the radium&#146;s gamma radiation by a lead plug, the ionization tube itself, which connected to an oscilloscope. With this arrangement . . . they could measure the flux of neutrons from the uranium with and without the cadmium shield . . . "(Rhodes, The Making of the Atomic Bomb, pp. 288; 291). </p><p>Szilard and Zinn found that about two neutrons were emitted per fission, which matched the results of similar experiments conducted at the same time by Fermi and Anderson at Columbia and by Frédéric Joliot and his colleagues in France. He and Zinn announced their findings in a brief paper (&#147;Instantaneous emission of fast neutrons in the interaction of slow neutrons with uranium,&#148; Physical Review 55 [April 1939]: 799-800), following it in October with the present paper describing their further experiments. </p><p>This copy of Szilard and Zinn&#146;s paper is from the library of Hungarian physicist Theodore von Kármán (1881-1963), founder of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, who made fundamental advances in the fields of aeronautics and astronautics. Wigner, Leo Szilard 1898-1964: A Biographical Memoir (1969). 38913</p>

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        LOST HORIZON (EXCEEDINGLY RARE First Printing, with Original Promotional Material)

      New York: Pocket Book, 1939. Hilton, James. LOST HORIZON. NY: Pocket Book Edition #1, (1939). FIRST PRINTING. A NEAR FINE, bright and square copy in original illustrated wrappers (slight lamination lift, tiny bit of edge-wear, previous owner&#39;s neat ink notation on the blank opposite the half-title) with absolutely no reading crease. The First Printing of the Pocket Book edition of LOST HORIZON has historical significance as the first ever mass-market paperback. It was the first exemplar of the affordable book for those individuals who either couldn&#39;t afford hardback books or had no means to carry them around. This small flexible format, cheap in cost (although beautiful in design) changed reading habits and publishers&#39; practices forever. Although Pocket Book #1 was reprinted forty or fifty times and had sold millions of copies by the 1960s, few examples of its first print run have survived. This fantastic example is not only in exceptional condition, it contains two original inserts. An advertising card (3" by 5") encouraging readers to spread the word about Pocket Books. And an insert (4" by 6") encouraging movie-goers to see the Frank Capra film adaptation. Both inserts are in mint condition. This is only the second Fine copy that we have handled in the last twenty years and we&#39;ve never before seen these inserts. LOST HORIZON (originally published in 1933) still remains the most famous fictional tale of modern Utopia, it brought Shangri-La to popular culture, and it inspired one of the greatest motion pictures of all time. . First Edition, Thus. Near Fine.

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        The Web and the Rock.

      Harper & Brothers, New York 1939 - Advance promotional galleys. Galley sheets bound in pad form, glued at top edge with glossy cover reproducing the spine and front panel of the completed dust jacket, with the statement across the bottom: 'A limited number of the following excerpts from the galleys of The Web and the Rock have been specially prepared for the trade. (Privately printed and not for sale.)' See Johnston A7.1.a (note). One shallow chip along right-hand edge, a few tiny edgetears, otherwise a sound, near fine copy. Scarce. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Les poètes de sept ans. Sept illustrations par Valentine Hugo.

      - Paris, G.L.M. 1939. 33,3 : 25,5 cm. 20 unn. Bl. Mit 7 ganzseit. Illustrationen nach Radierungen von Valentine Hugo. Handbemalter Lederband in Grün und Gelb auf Rücken und beiden Deckeln sowie Blindprägung u. Folienprägung in Rot, Rückentitel in roter Folienpr. Spiegel in grün u. gelb aquarelliertem Bütten, grüne Büttenvorsätze. Orig.-Umschlag eingebunden. In Kassette mit gelbem Kalbslederrücken u. grünem Glanzpapierbezug, 2 Druckknopfschliessen (defekt). - Handeinband von Peter Weiersmüller, München, mit Stempelsignatur und zusätzl. handschr. Signatur, datiert 1970. Eines von 550 erschienenen Exemplaren. - Mit Vorwort von Paul Eluard. - Hervorragender Handeinband von einem der interessantesten und international angesehensten schweizer Buchbinder (lebt und arbeitet in München). [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Gerhard Zähringer, Antiquariat & Galerie]
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        Collected Poems. Signed copy

      New York: Henry Holt and Company. VG : in very good condition with dust jacket and protective cover. Wrapper a little faded and edge chipped. 1939. First Edition. Beige hardback cloth cover with embossed illustration. 220mm x 150mm (9" x 6"). 436pp. Portrait frontispiece and woodcut vignette to title page. Signed by author on fep. .

      [Bookseller: Barter Books Ltd]
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        Language In Action

      Madison, Wisconsin: College Typing Company, , 1939. Octavo. Original ring-bound typescript with blue covers printed in yellow. Ownership inscription to title page, pencilled underlining and notes throughout. Covers rubbed, contents a little toned. Very good condition. An early typescript of a fundamental work on language. The author was inspired by the work of groundbreaking semanticist Alfred Korzybski, applying his theories to sociology and politics in reaction to the fascist use of language to oppress. Hayakawa was a lecturer at the Armour Institute of Technology in 1939 and this copy is likely from an edition produced for student use prior to the official publication in 1941. In 1949 the book was revised and retitled Language in Thought and Action, and it is now in its fifth printing.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        Finnegans Wake.

      London: Faber and Faber Limited, 1939 - Octavo. Original red cloth, titles to spine gilt, top edge dyed yellow. With the dust jacket. Bookseller's ticket to rear pastedown. Front blank and final leaf of text tanned. An excellent copy in the rubbed and chipped jacket with a tanned spine panel and short closed tears repaired with tape to the verso. First edition, first impression. [Attributes: First Edition]

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA member]
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        Finnegans wake

      Faber 1939 - first edition first impression from 1939, the book is in near fine condition, there is a previous owner inscription to ffep, no other markings, pages are age toned, but clean, spine is tight. the jacket is a fascimile copy, please see pics, paypal accepted any questions please get in touch [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Setanta Books PBFA]
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        FINNEGANS WAKE.

      London: Faber and Faber Limited, 1939. - First edition, 8vo., pp.628, uncut, maroon cloth, gilt; foxing to endpapers and last page of text, toning to first blank, an otherwise fine, bright copy. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Minster Gate Bookshop (est. 1970)]
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        Finnegans Wake [FIRST EDITION PUBLISHED 1939]

      Faber & Faber, London, 1939. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good Condition/No Dust Jacket. Book - [SEE SCANS] - in Very Good brown boards with gilt lettering - light marking to the boards and light crease to the spine, light bumping to the extreme corners and extreme ends of the spine. Contents, browning/spotting to the end papers otherwise clean, bright and tightly bound. An Attractive Copy Of This First Edition. Size: 9.75 inches tall by 6 inches. 628 pages. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: 1-2 kilos. Category: Fiction; Inventory No: 5929.. THIS BOOK IS HEAVIER THAN THE AVERAGE UPON WHICH CHARGES ARE BASED AND SO WILL INCUR AN ADDITIONAL CHARGE FOR SHIPPING TO ADDRESSES OUTSIDE THE U.K..

      [Bookseller: John T. & Pearl Lewis]
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        LA MUSE GAILLARDE. ILLUSTRATIONS DE DIGNIMONT.

      AUX EDITIONS RIEDER. 1939 - IN-8 (17 X 24,2 X 3,5 CENTIMETRES ENVIRON) DE 311 PAGES, RELIURE D'EPOQUE 1.2 MAROQUIN BRUN A COINS, DOS A QUATRE NERFS ORNE D'UN MOTIF MOSAIQUE, TITRE ET TETE DORES, COUVERTURE ET DOS CONSERVES, NON ROGNE (IZEUX SUCCESSUER DE SIMIER, RELIEUR). ILLUSTRE D'UN PORTRAIT DE RAOUL PONCHON PAR LUI-MEME EN FRONTISPICE GRAVE A L'EAU-FORTE PAR RAOUL SERRES, DE VIGNETTES TIREES EN BLEU GRAVEES SUR BOIS PAR JEAN VITAL PROST ET DE 12 AQUARELLES HORS TEXTE REPRODUITES PAR DUVAL ET BEAUFUME. PREMIER TIRAGE, LIMITE A 2100 EXEMPLAIRES NUMEROTES. UN DES 2000 SUR VELIN BLANC. EXEMPLAIRE ENRICHI D'UNE GRANDE AQUARELLE ORIGINALE DE DIGNIMONT SIGNEE. PETITES TRACES DE FROTTEMENT EXTERIEURS SANS GRAVITE, SINON BEL EXEMPLAIRE. [Attributes: Signed Copy]

      [Bookseller: Librairie du Château de Capens]
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        Daughters of the Stars, The

      1939. &#147;A Fairy Story Full of Grace, Beauty, Wit, Humor and Charm&#148;Together with a Letter of Complaint from Dulac to the Daily Herald[DULAC, Edmund, illustrator]. CRARY, Mary. The Daughters of the Stars. Illustrated by Edmund Dulac. London: Hatchard & Co., 1939.First trade edition. Quarto (10 1/8 x 7 15/16 inches; 257 x 201 mm.). [8], 189, [1], [1, printer&#146;s imprint], [1, blank] pp. Two full-page color plates.Original grey cloth over boards. Covers decoratively stamped in blind, navy blue leather label lettered in gilt on spine. Original glassine wrapper, yellow dust jacket, printed in blue with lettering and three figures from Dulac&#39;s second illustration. A near fine copy in a near fine dust jacket."Unsold copies (#91d) at Brentanos were withdrawn from the commercial market in mid-1940 and sold privately. These books were wrapped, over the glassine, in a yellow dust jacket, printed in blue with lettering and 3 figures from Dulac&#39;s second illustration. At the top of the front flap of the dust jacket is printed: / 4.00 /, the reduced price at which the books were offered." (Ann Conolly Hughey, Edmund Dulac - His Book Illustrations).With a one-and-a-quarter page autograph letter, dated "March 5 in 1924" from Dulac to the Editor of the Daily Herald complaining bitterly about being misquoted regarding the American soprano Rosa Melba (1897-1981), in a "good but aggressive poem" by Tomfool (Eleanor Farjeon) which had been published in the newspaper. (affixed to front free endpaper).[and]A one page typed letter dated "March 7th 1924" from Hamilton Fyfe (Editor of the Daily Herald) to Eleanor Farjeon "Dear Miss Farjeon, We have received the enclosed letter from Edmund Dulac, who seems a bit hurt about your poem based on his reported remark about Melba. We are printing a little apology on page 4. I wonder if you would care to deal with it in your own way." (tipped onto half-title).&#147;Publication of this book encountered delays and difficulties because of the outbreak of World War II. Since paper and workmen were fast being commandeered by the British government, the book was rushed into print despite the fact that only 2 Dulac illustrations were finished. Once published, the book received mixed reviews. It was featured at Christmas 1939 as &#145;Something sane in a mad world&#146; in Hatchard&#146;s show windows in Piccadilly&#133;The following spring, in America, The New York Times critic (June 3, 1940) was less enthusiastic in his review of the book, saying &#145;&#133;for most young readers the book will seem too long drawn out&#133;&#146; but added &#145;Dulac has supplied two lovely pictures in blue and silver tones&#146;&#133;The redoubtable William Lyon Phelps of Yale also wrote a review stating that Mary Crary&#146;s book &#145;&#133;is a fairy story full of grace, beauty, wit humor and charm&#133;It is meant to be very high praise when I add that the illustrations by Dulac are worthy of the book. They add to its beauty&#146;&#148; (Hughey).Dulac designed the entire format of the volume, including chapter head and tail scroll designs.Hughey 91d.

      [Bookseller: David Brass Rare Books, Inc. ]
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        THE GRAPES OF WRATH.

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

      [Bookseller: Currey, L.W. Inc. ABAA/ILAB]
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