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      - BURTON,VIRGINIA LEE. MIKE MULLIGAN AND HIS STEAM SHOVEL. Boston: Houghton Mifflin 1939 (1939). Oblong 4to (9 1/2 x 8 1/2"), pictorial cloth, a few tiny margin mends and hinge wear else near fine in an amazingly bright price clipped dust wrapper with only a few tiny closed edge tears and 1/4" chip off top of spine. First edition, first printing of this classic, illustrated with rich colors by the author to accompany the wonderful story of an Irish steam shovel operator and his beloved steam shovel Mary Anne. Burton, along with Sendak and McCloskey is among the handful of author/illustrators of picture books whose talents were equally accomplished in both aspects of creating a successful children's book. Bader (p.199-201) says that "Burton knew exactly what she wanted in a picture book, hers or another's, and she wanted a good deal - information and significant detail as well as the accostomed clarity, humor and imagination. The wonder is that she achieved what she wanted without losing the spontaneity." The result is that her books were read to tatters so very few collectible 1st editions of this title exist. This is a nice copy. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Aleph-Bet Books, Inc. - ABAA]
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        Spicy-Adventure Stories Magazine, October 1939, Volume 10, Number 6

      Culture Publications, Wilmington, DE 1939 - 128 pages. Stories include: Peril's Highway; Jackaroo; Bayou Madness; Rubies of Empire; Diana Daw; Graveyard of Missing Ships; She-Sheriff Barbara; Dangerous Bequest. Clean and unmarked with average wear. Minor peripheral chips and openings. Binding intact. A sound vintage copy. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

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        Gone with the Wind

      MacMillan, 1939. Hardcover. Very Good/Good. MacMillan Company, New York 1939. First Edition / First Printing. Published May 1939 on the copyright page with no additional printings listed. First Issue jacket priced at $3.00. Gone with the Wind listed in the second column at the rear panel. Gray Cloth boards with blue lettering. Scarce in the original jacket. Signed by Margaret Mitchell at the front endpaper. The Signature is Guaranteed Authentic. Book Condition: Very Good+, light shelf wear at the edges, light spots at the rear board. Rubbing at the head and foot of the spine, two bumped corners. Age toning, tight spine. Dust Jacket Condition: Good-, wrapped in a clean removable mylar cover. First Issue jacket priced at $3.00 at the front flap, GWTW in the 2nd column at the rear panel. Tape reinforced at the reverse of the jacket, clear tape reinforcing the folds of the jacket. Shelf wear, tears, age toning.

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        Les châteaux des Croisés en Terre Sainte.II. Etude Historique, Géographique et monumentale La Défense du royaume de Jérusalem. Album Planches complètes. (Sans le volume de texte).

      Paris, Librairie Orientaliste Paul Geuthner 1939 - Tampon de la Bibliothèque de Charles Petit-Dutaillis (1868-1947)Plans en couleurs par F. Anus et par P. Coupel. Ouvrage publié avec le concours de l'Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres (Fondation Pouchard). «Collection; Haut Commissariat de la République française en Syrie et au Liban, Service des Antiquités, Bibliothèque archéologique et historique, Tome 34». Paris, Librairie Orientaliste Paul Geuthner, 1939. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Step By Step 1936-1939

      London: Thorton Butterworth. Fine in Very Good dust jacket. 1939. FIRST EDITION. Hard Cover. F/VG: Fine condition octavo in a Very Good condition DJ. Fine condition slipcase included. DJ has some toning and soiling. Feel free to inquire. ; 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall .

      [Bookseller: Book Gallery // Mike Riley]
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      London: Hodder and Stoughton 1939 - First edition, first printing. Original red cloth with gilt titles to the spine, in dustwrapper. A superb near fine clean and bright copy, without inscriptions or stamps. Complete with the lightly rubbed dustwrapper which has a few short closed tears to the extremities and a little dustiness to the rear panel. Not price-clipped (7/6net to the front flap, as called for). A lovely copy, entirely without repair or restoration. Housed in a purpose-made folding box, with illustration to the upper panel and gilt titles to the spine. A Haycraft Queen Cornerstone. Further details and images for any of the items listed are available on request. Lucius Books welcomes direct contact with our customers. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: LUCIUS BOOKS (ABA, ILAB, PBFA)]
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      Berlin :Schocken, 1933 - 1939 - 6 volumes. Near very good. For the following years:1933/34, 1934/35, 1935/36, 1936/37, 1937/38, 1938/39 [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

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      1939. [AVANT-GARDE PHOTOGRAPHY] HORINO Masao. WATAKUSHI NO SHASHINJUTSU. Tokyo: Shinchosha, Showa 14 [1929]. Small 8vo., brown cloth in printed slipcase. Prelims 331pp+. Horino Masao [1907-1998] was one of the most important avant-garde phographers of the prewar period in Japan. This book is an interesting illustrated guide for other photographers. Very unusual in the slipcase.

      [Bookseller: Boston Book Company]
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        Original drawing for "The Happy End": to illustrate the story "Cash in Hand", depicting a hunter with his shotgun raised, and a snarling dog beside some dead palmetto branches

      [New York, 1939]. Published in "The Happy End", 1939, at p. 90. 7 x 8 inches, with generous margins, 9-1/2 x 14-1/4 inches overall. Pen and ink on paper, signed at right of drawing. Tape ghosts on top corners, slight soiling in one margin, not affecting image. Siegel, p. 198 . Fine sporting drawing by Churchill Ettinger, illustrating the scene in the story by Ben Ames Williams, "Cash in Hand", where a huntsman named Woodward misinterprets the apparent disobedience of the dog Cash, who prevents him from stepping on a large rattlesnake

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        Le occasioni.

      Subject: (Einaudi). Torino, Einaudi, 1939, 8vo br. pp. 105. Lieve rosicchiatura di pochi mm. al retro, in alto per 10 pp. circa

      [Bookseller: LIBRERIA PIANI]
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        Coming Up For Air.

      London: Victor Gollancz Ltd., 1939 - Octavo. Original blue cloth, titles to spine in blue. Contents a little marked and browned, spine rolled and rather faded, cloth a little rubbed. Very good. First edition, second impression. From the library of the Hungarian émigré and author Paul Tabori with his bookplate to the front pastedown. Tipped in at the front is a fine one-page typed letter signed from Orwell to Tabori written from Jura and dated 6.6.47. Orwell is concerned about the welfare of the Hungarian - Dr Kemny. He relates a series of difficulties he has had in send a care package and money to Kemny, "About two months ago, before leaving London, I tried to send another parcel to Dr. Kemny, but without success. Besides some old cloths it contained cocoa, coffee and so forth, and the parcel - although I had filled up three forms at the post office - it came appeared that even to send the cloths would mean a lot more form-filling, and it hardly seemed worth while as they were really rubbish". This letter written precisely at the time when Orwell was engaged with 1984 simply reeks of Winston and his tribulations. As someone once said 1984 is not set in 1948 but its texture could be from no other time. This marvellous letter which goes on to discuss the Communist putsch in Hungry and the attendant censorship there is a remarkable survival from Orwell's final years.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA member]
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        Law and Politics: Occasional Papers of Felix Frankfurter, 1913-1938

      New York: Harcourt Brace, 1939. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good+. Blue cloth. VG, in VG+ dust jacket with a few small chips at spine tips, spine slightly faded. Bookplate of Douglas Fairbanks Jr. Inscribed on ffep "For Lt. Douglas Fairbanks with the cordial regards and the best wishes of Felix Frankfurter Washington D.C. 9 April, 1942.

      [Bookseller: Sanctuary Books]
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        Elleve Raderinger af Poul Christiansen. Poul Christiansens Grafik.

      Udgivet af Den danske Radeerforening. Kbhvn. 1939. 11 orig. raderinger indlagt i orig., let falmet mappe. Oplag 350 eksemplarer

      [Bookseller: Peter Grosells Antikvariat]
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        L'enfer de Joseph Prudhomme savoire deux gougnottes et La Grisette et l'Etudiant.

      Subject: (Erotica). Paris, Sans la permission du Roi Louis Philippe, s.d. (ma 1939 circa) 12 (cm. 12, 5 x 9, 0) brossura originale, pp. 116 con due frontespizi ill. a colori ed altre otto tavole assai libere (deliziose, di Dulac) f.t. (Pia, I-399 per altra tiratura) (Soft Cover)

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        Two Men in the Antarctic - An Exploration to Graham Land 1920-1922

      Cambridge University Press, Cambridge 1939 - xxi, [1], 292pp, original cloth in DJ, cartographical endpapers. DJ rubbed, several small closed nicks and tears, larger closed tear to head of upper panel, corners and foot of spine chipped with small amount of loss. Light foxing to edges of text block, running on to fore-edge of index leaves, but not text, internally quite bright and clean. With photographic frontispiece and thirty-two photographic illustrations on nineteen plates, two photographic panoramas on one folding plate, double page meteorological table and three sketches to text. Taurus Collection 111; Spence 79; Rosove describes it as a "well-written narrative, by one of two plucky and enthusiastic youths who should have known better but didn't", calling the book 'scarce' with the dustwrapper 'uncommon', Rosove 23 [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Temple Rare Books]
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        Grudge Mountain

      Harper and Brothers New York: Harper and Brothers. 1939. First. First edition. A little foxing to the endpapers, and slight sunning to the boards, near fine in near fine dustwrapper with tiny nicks at the foot. The author's own copy, with his Riverside Drive, New York address stamped on the front fly. A mystery surrounding a strange mountain, solved in part through the intervention of the protagonist's dog. Very uncommon in jacket. .

      [Bookseller: Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. ABA]
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        Where to Dine in '39 with 200 Recipes by Famous Chefs

      CROWN PUBL, NY 1939 - New York Restaurants, to which there is added a Cook Book of Recipes by Famous Chefs, compiled by Diana Ashley, boards are rubbed and some chipping at corners, pages browned, some chipping to dustjacket, dustjacket covered in mylar DATE PUBLISHED: 1939 EDITION: 126 [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Princeton Antiques Bookshop]
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        The Merchant of Venice

      New York, Limited Editions Club,, 1939. The Text of the First Folio, Edited and Amended where Obscure by Herbert Farjeon. Quarto. Finely bound by The Chelsea Bindery in full red morocco, gilt titles to spine, 2 raised bands, gilt rules to boards, gilt coat of arms to front board, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. Illustrated from water-colours by René Ben Sussan. A fine copy.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        Viva Il Duce. 23 Marzo 1919

      La Rasseegna Monografica Delle Industrie E Delle Aziende Ecenomiche Nazionali E Stata Curata Dalla Unione Pubblicita Italiana. Hardcover. Milan, 1939. Folio. Cloth boards. Text block loose in casing (due to the enormous size of this book). A very large work in size and scope, with many photographs and illustrations of all aspects of Italian life and culture under Mussolini. Reproductions of artwork by Mario Sironi. Manlio, the editor, was a close friend of Mussolini. Contents excellent despite being loose in binding. Quite scarce. Despite the size, we will ship this book at our standard rate. . Good. 1939. First Edition.

      [Bookseller: Auger Down Books]
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        The Western Angler. An Account of Pacific Salmon and Western Trout

      New York: The Derrydale Press, [1939]. First edition, no. 894 of 950 (Vol.I) and no. 455 of 950 (Vol.II). 2 vols., 4to. Illustrated, but without the map as usual. Original red cloth. Almost fine, slight stain on one title page. Siegel 156; Frazier H-1-a, H- 1-b; Cave A21; Wetzel p. 150

      [Bookseller: James Cummins Bookseller]
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        Kriegsbücherei der deutschen Jugend

      Bln., Steiniger 1939-1944.. Heft 1-140 in 7 Bdn. 8°. je Heft 23 S. zus. 4480 S. Mit farb. Einbdillustr. u. zahlr. Illustr. im Text HLn. d. Zt., Farb. Orig.-Umschl miteingebunden. 2 Hintergelenke gelockert. Jeder Bd. m. vorangestellten typograph. Inhaltsverzeichnis,3 OU. v. Bde. 37/80/81 fehlen. Bd. 108 m. falscher Heft-Nr. Vors. gestemp.

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        How Green Was My Valley (SIGNED)

      London: Michael Joseph, 1939. No 188 of a limited edition of 200 of which no.s 1-100 inclusive were for sale. Pale yellow buckram bevelled edge boards with red morocco label to spine. Top edge gilt. Red silk marker. Rear cover is a little soiled and spine strip has darkened. A few small foxing spots to rear end papers. Text block clean. Binding square and tight. 651 pages + guide to pronunciation of Welsh names. The book upon which the atmospheric Oscar winnning film of the same name was based.. Signed by Author. First Edition. Hard Cover. Good +/No Jacket. 8vo.

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        Journey to a War

      London: Faber & Faber Limited,, 1939. Octavo. Original silver cloth, titles to spine in red and yellow, top edge dyed yellow. With the pictorial dust jacket. Illustrated frontispiece by Yet Chian-yu, 63 photographic portraits on 16 plates, folding map. Tape residue to top and bottom edges of boards. A very good copy in the lightly creased jacket with a tanned spine panel and an old tape repair to the head of the spine panel. First edition, first impression. Signed by W. H. Auden on the title page, next to his printed name, which he has crossed out: "Edwin G. Burrows, with best wishes from W. H. Auden." Edwin G. Burrows, Distinguished Professor of History at Brooklyn College, co-wrote Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898, which won the Pulitzer Prize for History. Auden and Isherwood were commissioned by Faber and Faber and Random House to write a travel book about the East. They decided to visit China, then at war with Japan, in the Spring and Summer of 1938. On their travels they encountered many notable figures ranging from Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek to Peter Fleming. Isherwood's story is told as travelogue, Auden's as poetry and photographs.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        The Gentleman's Companion

      New York: The Derrydale Press,, 1939. Volume 1: Being an Exotic Cookery Book, or, Around the World with Knife, Fork and Spoon. Volume II: Being an Exotic Drinking Book, or, Around the World with Jigger, Beaker and Flask. 2 volumes, octavo. Original burgundy cloth-backed boards, red buckram sides, titles gilt to spines. Humorous photographic frontispieces to both volumes. Bookseller's ticket to volume 1. Spine somewhat dulled, ends and corners rubbed, cloth sides faintly marked, entirely clean within; very good condition. First edition, first printing; limited to 1,250 copies, both volumes numbered 98. The first volume is warmly inscribed by the author, "With mine good wishes, always, Charles H. Baker". Charles H. Baker was a writer for Esquire magazine, based in Florida, and was known as the "Town & Country Gourmet". He was regarded by the Hemingway set as the pinnacle of knowledge in all matters of the good life, notably food, drink, and travel, to the better enjoyment of which this production is dedicated. The book takes the form of a gastronomic world-tour, wittily described with anecdote and an excellent turn of phrase. The recipes themselves, drawn from around the world, are in fact none the worse for their comedic conveyance.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        [COLOR LITHOGRAPH] La Danse / The Dance

      Verve Paris: Verve, 1939. First. unbound. very good. Matisse, Henri. An original full color double-page lithograph after Matisse. Published in Paris for Verve, and printed by Mourlot Freres. Sheet measures 14 x 20.75 inches. Paris: Verve, 1939. A very good bright copy, with the usual centerfold and some tiny holes where the stitching was removed. Two Matisse linoleum cuts are printed on the reverse.Verve was founded in 1937 as a showcase for work by the day's best artists, produced by the finest printers. This piece was printed in Volume 2, number 4.

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        Les Maîtres sonores. Poèmes dédiés au Maître Reynaldo Hahn (copy inscribed)

      Jean Fort 1939 - In-8 relié, 39pp. Plats conservés. Un envoi de l'auteur en page de titre à sa propre épouse. Un hors-texte sur papier couché en frontispice. Exemplaire n°5 sur les 10 sur papier vergé d'Arches à la forme, numérotés, qui constituent le tirage originale de l'ouvrage. Reliure plein chagrin bleuté, à filet doré et titre gravé au premier plat. Dos à 4 nerfs. Un accident avec petit manque en coiffe supérieure, frottements au dos. Intérieur très frais. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        I: Disintegration of uranium by neutrons: a new type of nuclear reaction. - II: Physical evidence for the division of heavy nuclei under neutron bombardment (Frisch only). - Products of the fission of the uranium nucleus. - III: New products of the fission of the thorium nucleus (Meitner only)

      London: Macmillan, 1939 Book. Very Good. Hardcover. 1st Edition. 4to - over 9¾ - 12" tall. In: Nature. A Weekly Journal of Science. Vol. 143. London, Macmillan, 1939. 4to. Numerous ills. in text Text. LIV, 1080, [40] pp. Half cloth. <br><br> --- PMM 422 (b) (I) & (d) (II); Norman 1487 (I), 845 (II) u. 1488 (III). - Vier wichtige Erstdrucke zur Entdeckung der Kernspaltung. Nachdem Otto Hahn und Fritz Straßmann bei ihrem berühmten Experiment am 17. Dezember 1938 Spuren von Barium in einer mit Neutronen bestrahlten Uranprobe entdeckt hatten, konnte Lise Meitner im Februar 1939 mit ihrem Neffen, dem Kernphysiker Otto Frisch, die erste physikalisch-theoretische Deutung des Phänomens geben. Frisch prägte hierfür den Begriff "nuclear fission" (Kernspaltung); Meitner errechnete mit Hilfe der Einsteinschen Äquivalenz von Masse und Energie (E = mc2) die ungeheure hierbei freiwerdende Energie. - Im vollständigen Halbjahresband, Titel mit Bibl.- u. Dublettenstempel. --- <br><br> First printing of four important papers on the phenomenon for which Frisch coined the term "nuclear fission". "Meitner calculated, using Einstein&#39;s mass-energy equivalence, the large amount of energy that would be released during the fission process. Frisch confirmed Meitner&#39;s calculations experimentally in January 1939" (Norman). - Whole volume, library- and deaccession-stamp on recto and verso of title. Cloth-backed boards..

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        Nube temporal. Poemas. con un autografo de Jules Supervielle y un poema de Stephen Spender.

      Havana, en la coleccion "el ciervo herido", 1939 - Small octavo. Original cream wrappers printed in black and green. Backstrip a little cocked, red mark to upper wrapper but an excellent copy. First Edition, First Printing. With the author's signed presentation inscription to the first blank, "To Nancy, Manolo". The recipient was Nancy Cunard who has noted in pencil beneath the inscription "La Habana June 1941". [Attributes: First Edition]

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA member]
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        Gala de Danse au Bénéfice de Vaslav Nijinsky,

      Paris: Bureau de Concerts Marcel de Vamlalète,, 1939. organisé par Serge Lifar sous le Patronage du Comité de l&#39;Art des Fêtes de Paris, le Juin 28 1939 dans le Cadre de l&#39;Exposition des Ballets Russes de Diaghilew. Quarto. Wire-stitched in the original gold anodized card wraps with fuchsia silk tie. Eight photogravure plates with Japanese tissue guards, line-drawings to the text after Cocteau. Merest hint of rubbing on the wraps, remains a superb copy. Spectacular and uncommon - 2 copies only on OCLC - programme for the benefit concert organized by Serge Lifar to raise funds for Nijinsky whose mental collapse had kept him in a sanatorium in Switzerland since 1919. The cover design employs one of Baron Adolf de Meyer&#39;s superb images of Nijinsky in the Le Spectre de la Rose (1911), printed in black on the gold anodized wrap to great effect. A beautiful piece, the printing made under the direction of Jacques de Brunhoff "qui publia des ouvrages de grand luxe sur les Ballets Russes de Serge Diaghilew".

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        The Grapes of Wrath

      Hardcover, Very Good, Good. "The Viking Press, New York 1939. First Edition / First Printing. Stated First Published in April 1939 on the copyright page. No additional printings listed. Illustrated oatmeal cloth boards. Illustrated endpaper with music and lyrics to ""Battle Hymn of the Republic"". Book Condition: Very Good, clean front board, light darkening at the spine, spot at the rear board, spots at the page edges and the endpaper, intriguing art deco bookplate at the front endpaper verso, light foxing. Dust Jacket Condition: Good+, wrapped in a new clean removable mylar cover, first issue jacket priced at $2.75 with the synopsis of the book at the front flap, first edition statement at the bottom of the front flap has been clipped, bright illustration at the front panel, shelf wear, light chipping at the jacket spine, long tear at the rear panel."

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        Relazioni internazionali. Settimanale di politica estera.

      Subject: (Riviste - Politica). Milano, Ist. per gli Studi di Politica Internazionale. Disponiamo delle seguenti annate, ciascuna rilegata in uno o pi? volumi in tutta tela blu con tassello rosso ai dorsi: A. XVII, 1939 + A. XVIII, 1940 + A. XIX, 1941+ A. XX, 1942 + A. XXI, 1943, dal n. 1 al n. 36/36 (settembre) + A. I (serie II), 1946 + A. XI (serie II), 1947 + A.XII (serie II), 1948 + A. XIII (serie Ii), 1949 + A. XIV (serie II), 1950 + A. XV (serie II), 1951 + A. XVI (serie II), 1952. Le seguenti annate complete sono in fascicoli sciolti: 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967. Oltre trent'anni di una interessantissima rivista.

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        Manuale del capannista.

      Subject: (Uccellagione). Firenze, Olimpia, 1939. 8vo cart. originale con la rara sovr. ill. col. pp. 171 (Ceresoli, 527) Prima edizione.

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        Albo d'onore per i caduti reggiani per la Rivoluzione e per l'Impero.

      Subject: (Fascismo - Reggio Emilia). Reggio Emilia, Off. Grafiche Ruspaggiari, 1939, 4to brossura orig. con bella cop. ill. (di Scarpoinelli) pp. nn. (150) complet. ill. da fotogr. con ritratti dei caduti (in Albania, Spagna, Cina, militari ed operai morti per cause varie ed in combattimento, ecc.) (Soft Cover)

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        The Negro In Sports

      The Associated Publishers, Inc. 1939 - First edition. 8vo. Illustrated with 95 b/w halftone photographs. Original red cloth stamped in black (lower corners of all pages with small stain). No dust jacket. Very good. 371 pages Signed and inscribed in green ink on front free endpaper: "To my friend Dr. Fred Morton with the best wishes of E.B. Henderson Dec. 5, 1939." Includes chapters on baseball, golf, basketball, track and field, tennis, boxing, Negro girls in sport, football, Olympic Games. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Houle Rare Books/Autographs/ABAA/PADA]
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        Sister Carrie

      New York: Limited Editions Club, 1939. Limited. hardcover. fine. With a New Introduction by Burton Rasoce. Illustrated from Crayon Drawings by Reginald Marsh. 387pp. Tall 8vo, handsomely rebound in 3/4 tan morocco, brown leather spine label, marbled boards, t.e.g. New York: The Limited Editions Club, at the Spiral Press, 1939. Fine One of 1500 numbered copies signed by the illustrator.

      [Bookseller: Argosy Book Store]
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      New York and London: Harper & Brothers, 1939. First Edition. Hardcover. A tight, crisp copy in a close to Fine dustwrapper with gentle wear to the head of the spine which is very mildly sunned. Triple Crown Winner: Signed, Review Copy, and simply Lovely condition. Fine in a Fine dustwrapper. SIGNED and not inscribed by the author on the title page in New Haven in July 1940 and quite scarce thus as Wilder nearly always inscribed books rather than simply signing unless it were for a limited edition. This is also a scarce Review Copy with a folded 8-1/2" x 11" sheet of green paper with Harper&#39;s letterhead giving the publication date as 13 April 1939 and with a long paragraph describing the origin of the play and a few details about its production. Wilder based MERCHANT on a play by Johann Nestroy dating back to Vienna of 1842. Initially a flop, MERCHANT was revised by Wilder into the Broadway hit THE MATCHMAKER, which in turn was later transformed into the monster musical HELLO, DOLLY!, the title song helping to thrust Louis Armstrong from the isolated world of jazz into popular American culture. Though there is no physical indication of such, this is from the collection of coal baron La Fayette Butler, many of whose books were left untouched from the time of purchase until their sale in the summer of 1999.

      [Bookseller: Charles Agvent]
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        Memoirs of a Booklegger

      Michael Joseph, London 1939 - Green cloth with silver lettering to spine. Green topstain. Yellow endpages. Dustjacket is slightly soiled with wear to outer extremities and a little paper loss to outer corners and head and heel of spine. 'V' shaped chip to lower edge of rear panel, closed tear to lower edge of front panel. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Contact Editions, ABAC, ILAB]
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        Astounding Science-Fiction 1939 January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December: Life-Line / Black Destroyer / Trends / Gray Lensman / Ether Breather / Discord in Scarlet / Misfit

      New York: Street & Smith Publications, Inc. 1st Editions 1939 - ----------12 pulp magazines, standard pulp size, all 12 issues for 1939. 1939 is perhaps Astounding's most important year. It started out routinely enough, gradually evolving, then the July issue lauched science fiction's "Golden Age", by publishing A.E. Van Vogt's first story, and by bringing Isaac Asimov, who had had one earlier story published elsewhere, into Astounding's fold. Subsequent issues published the first stories of Robert A. Heinlein and Theodore Sturgeon. Earlier published writers such as Lester del Rey, L. Sprague de Camp, Jack Williamson, Clifford D. Simak and E.E. Smith cemented their places in the Astounding stable during the year. Information on front cover artist, notable (but not all) stories, and condition follows for each issue. JANUARY: Cover by John Frew, his only cover for ASF. The Incorrigible, a Johnny Black tale by de Camp. Cover creases, small tears, splits to spine extremities, edgewear, some soiling, a fair copy. / FEBRUARY: The first ASF cover by Hubert Rogers, who would become the most important cover artist for ASF during the Golden Age. Part 1 (of 3) of Cosmic Engineers by Simak. Small splits to spine extremities, covers glued to page block near spine (repairs a small front cover tear), edgewear, good-VG. / MARCH: Cover by Graves Gladney. Part 2 of the Simak serial, Cloak of Aesir by editor Campbell (as Don A. Stuart). Spine top and adjacent covers have clear tape, piece of brown paper tape on front cover for no apparent reason, cover creases, edgewear, good-VG. / APRIL: Cover by Charles Schneeman. Conclusion of the Simak serial, part 1 (of 3) of One Against the Legion by Williamson. 1 inch splits to spine extremities, reading crease, small tears to front cover fore-edge, edgewear, VG. / MAY: Cover by Graves Gladney. Part 2 of the Williamson serial, The Day is Done by del Rey. Cover creases and scuffs, covers glued to page block near spine (repairs a 2 inch split to spine top), edgewear, good-VG. / JUNE: Cover by Graves Gladney. Conclusion of the Williamson serial. Front cover glued to page block near spine, cover creases, chips and small splits to spine extremities, back cover tear repaired inside the cover by brown paper tape, good-VG. / JULY: The issue considered to be the launch of the Golden Age. Cover by Graves Gladney. BLACK DESTROYER, the FIRST STORY of A.E. VAN VOGT. TRENDS, the first story for ASF by ISAAC ASIMOV. The spine oddly mentions Ray Cummings and Lester del Rey, but they are not present. Small piece out of front cover at spine near top, splits to spine extremities, cover creases, small front cover tears, back cover dusty, good-VG. / AUGUST: Cover by Virgil Finlay, his sole effort for Astounding. Apparently, only a small part of Finlay's painting was used, much enlarged, the result being most unsatisfactory. LIFE-LINE, the FIRST story by ROBERT A. HEINLEIN. Covers glued to page block near spine, cover creases, chipping and small splits to spine extremities, edgewear, good-VG. / SEPTEMBER: Cover by Hubert Rogers. ETHER BREATHER, the FIRST story by THEODORE STURGEON. Front cover entirely glued to the first page for no apparent reason, about 25% of the spine and adjacent covers have clear tape, small pieces out of cover edges, back cover a little dusty, good. / OCTOBER: Famous cover by Hubert Rogers, showing the Grey/Gray (spelled both ways, take your choice) Lensman. Gray/Grey Lensman (part 1 of 4) by E.E. Smith, Space Rating by John Berryman. Small splits to spine extremities, front cover store stamp, corner crease, VG+. / NOVEMBER: Cover by Hubert Rogers. Part 2 of the Smith serial, Misfit by Heinlein. Chip to spine top, splits to spine extremities, small front cover scuff, cover creases, edgewear, VG. / DECEMBER: Cover by Gilmore. Part 3 of the Smith serial, plus Discord in Scarlet by A.E. Van Vogt, with two-color (red and black) illustrations. This story, along with the earlier Black Destroyer and later material, was the basis of the book The Voyage of the Space Beagle. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

      [Bookseller: John McCormick]
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        The Seven Lady Godivas The True Facts, at last about history's barest family

      RANDOM HOUSE, NY 1939 - superb cloth cover, stated first printing 1939, no pagination, penci line through dust jacket price of $1.75, 1/2 inch loss across top of dust jacket DATE PUBLISHED: 1939 EDITION: FIRST PRINTING [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        The Seven Lady Godivas

      Random House, New York 1939 - Stated 1st printing with unclipped $1.75 price intact. Jacket with light chipping to crown and foot of spine, and light soiling. Pages are clean, unmarked, and undamaged. Includes The Seven Lady Godivas bookmark. Overall a superior copy. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        The Rescue Flight; A Biggles Story

      Published by Oxford University Press, Amen House, London First Edition [Medium] 1939. London 1939. First medium thickness edition hard back binding in publisher&#39;s original bright red cloth covers, black lettering and two biplanes to the spine, biplane in circular motif to the front cover, top edge dyed red but fading. 8vo 1.5&#39;&#39; medium with one asterisk to the half title page 5.25&#39;&#39; x 7.5&#39;&#39;. 256 printed pages of text. Colour frontispiece and six black and white illustrations. Ten listed stories by W. E. Johns to the book start with The Camels are Coming and ends with Biggles Flies North. Small ink name to the front free end paper, a little spotting to the closed paged edges. Very Good condition book in Very Good condition price clipped dust wrapper with small brown splodge mark to the fore edge of the front cover and rear panel, small chips to the corners of the spine ends [not affecting the text], spine a little age darkened. Eight Oxford W. E. Johns listed books to the rear of the dust wrapper starting with Biggles Flies East and ending with Biggles Flies North.

      [Bookseller: Little Stour Books PBFA]
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