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        The Local ( Illustrated by Edward Ardizzone )

      Cassell 1939 - First UK printing published by Cassell in 1939.The BOOK is in VERY GOOD + condition.Original two-colour printed paper boards are lightly marked.The spine is missing as invariably is the case with this title due to the restrictions on quality of war time production.The boards are however firmly attached and the book is tight.The book is free from inscriptions and the pages are clean.Frontispiece, titlepage, xvi ~+ 51 pages, with all 14 other illustrations (including one double-page spread) in very good condition.The Ardizzone illustrations, printed at the Curwen Press in stunning chromolithography,retain their vitality. Among the named pubs illustrated are the Spread Eagle in Thame, the Warrington in Maida Vale, the Red Lion at Barnes, the Goat just off Bond Street.The text, together with the Glossary of Terms commonly used in connection with the London Pubs, remain a wonderful insight and are added to by the wonderful Ardizzone lithos.A very rare title to find in any collectable condition and a key Ardizzone title.ashtonrarebooks welcomes direct contact. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        The Local

      Cassell and Co. Ltd, London, 1939. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good Condition/No Dust Jacket. Illustrator: Edward Ardizzone. Boards lightly marked and rubbed ( see images).Contents clean and crisp with no defects of note. Size: Octavo (standard book size). .. Illustrator: Edward Ardizzone. Quantity Available: 1. Inventory No: 15271..

      [Bookseller: Bygone Books]
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        Konvolut von drei Karten auf Stoff: Ad 1, Anglo-Egyptian Sudan: El Geteina. Africa Sheet 55-F. Scale 1:250,000. Drawn by S. Shaoul. Exd. by O. M. A. Originally drawn Dec. 1941. Corrected Feb. 1949. [.] Ad 2, Anglo-Egyptian Sudan: Wad Medani. Africa Sheet 55-G. Scale 1:250,000. Drawn by S. Saoul. Exd. by S. ud Din. Dec. 1939. [.] Ad 3, Anglo-Egyptian Sudan: Sennar. Africa Sheet 55-K. Scale 1:250,000. Drawn by M. Iskander. Exd. by S. S. Febr. 1943. [.]

      Stanford & Survey of Egypt,, London - Giza, 1939 - London - Giza, Stanford & Survey of Egypt, (1939 - 1949). In engl. Sprache und einseitig auf Stoff (Leinen bzw. Baumwolle) gedruckt [Kartengröße ca. 46 x 67 cm], z. T. farbig. - Fleckig, Ränder etw. fransig. Gefaltet. - Zusammengestellt und gedruckt wurden die Karten vom Survey Office in Khartoum. Der Sudan war ab 1899 als anglo-ägyptisches Kondominium konstituiert unter einem engl. Generalgouverneur, bis er 1953 in die Unabhängigkeit trat. Englisch [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat Weinek]
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        A play in four acts: Danton's death / by Georg Buchner. Translated by Stephen Spender

      London : Faber & Faber, 1939. 1st Edition. Physical desc. : 2 p. Gbs. , 7-142, [1] p ; 23 cm. Notes: At head of title: Translated by Stephen Spender and Goronwy Rees. "First published in March MCMXXXIX." Subject: Danton, Georges Jacques, 1759-1794 - Drama. Finely bound in modern gilt-blocked cloth; tight, bright, clean and strong. Corners sharp with an overall tight, bright and clean impression. SIGNED; Spender's inscribed presentation copy to Cecil Day Lewis: March 1939.

      [Bookseller: MW Books Ltd.]
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        The Last Days of Madrid : The End of the Second Spanish Republic

      Peter Davies, London 1939 - Also 1st English edition. 302pp. Black cloth/red lettering. Portrait frontispiece. By the Army Officer who with others overthrew the previous government. Very light foxing on prelims, otherwise Near Fine. No dj. Very Scarce. At 258 Creek Road Greenwich we are open 7 days weekly 1pm to 4pm at least, often later; with a large stock covering most subjects, vintage books, paintings and prints. All overseas orders sent by airmail. [Attributes: First Edition]

      [Bookseller: Greenwich Book Place]
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      Published by Oxford University Press, Humphrey Milford, 1939. Hardback. Very Good/Fair/Poor. Slightly better than very good condition in a dustwrapper in fair condition. Containing three Biggles stories: Biggles Flies East, Biggles Hits The Trail and Biggles & Co.. Brown pictorial cloth. A thick volume. 1st Reprint. Some foxing to outer page edges else a lovely bright clean copy. Remains of very scarce pictorial wrapper present. The wrapper is torn with lots of small area of loss - plus the main loss is too the top of the spine going from a depth of 6cm to 2cm across the spine back to front. Title to front flap of wrapper has pencil ticks next to them. [R]

      [Bookseller: Stella & Rose's Books]
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        Paul Landacre Signed Bookplate

      Los Angeles: Paul Landacre (Privately Printed) , 1939. Matted in Rag Board Signed Proof Copy A fine original signed proof copy for bookplate for Elizabeth Watson Diamond. Engraved woodblock print (4 x 6.5 inches. Sheet size: 5.25 x 8 inches). Signed in pencil by Landacre on lower right. "This is a bookplate that can be readily classified as a print". Butler, W.J. & D.J. : The Golden Era of American Bookplate Design.

      [Bookseller: Lowry-James Rare Prints & Books, ABAA]
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        Pale Horse, Pale Rider

      New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company,, 1939. Three Short Novels. Octavo. Original blue cloth, titles to upper board and spine in black. With the dust jacket. Spine tanned, with light spotting to covers and endpapers. A very good copy, internally fresh, in the somewhat rubbed and marked jacket. First edition thus, first printing. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "Katherine Anne, September 25, 1965, Washington D.C., with love". With the ownership signature of the poet Barbara Howes, and the bookplate of Howes and her husband William Jay Smith, sometime United States poet laureate. Contains, loosely inserted, a holograph letter signed (dated 14 May 1965) from the author thanking them for her birthday poem and asking them to come and visit her in Washington because "I am not well and cannot go out". It is assumed that the poem mentioned is William Jay Smith's "A friend laughing: a rose for Katherine Anne Porter", published (27 June 1965) in the Washington Star in celebration of Porter's 75th birthday, and that this book was inscribed for the couple when they came to visit her in Washington. A charming document of a close literary friendship.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        Johnny Got His Gun (First Edition, review copy)

      Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott, 1939. First Edition. First Edition. REVIEW COPY, with publisher's review slip tipped in at the front endpaper, and in a variant trial jacket. Near Fine in a bright, Very Good or better dust jacket. Jacket is an early review issue, just a bit taller than the book, with only two reviews on the rear flap (the first trade edition has three), and shows some moderate fray at the spine ends and corners, but no significant loss--presents quite well overall. Trumbo would go on to adapt his novel to film (as both screenwriter and director) over thirty years after its publication, in 1971.

      [Bookseller: Royal Books, Inc.]
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        Nuzi: The Report of the Excavations at Yorgan Tepa near Kirkuk, Iraq, 1927-1931, by Harvard University in conjunction with the American Schools of Oriental Research and the University Museum of Philadelphia. (Complete)

      Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1939. First edition. Hardcover. Fine. 2 volumes. Folio. Original maroon cloth, gilt spine titles. Volume I is text; Volume II contains the plates and the plans, most of the latter folding. Only the slightest rubbing at the corners else this is a fine set. 141 plates and 44 plans. Scarce.

      [Bookseller: Thorn Books]
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      16 Oct. 1939. Letter. Normal creases from folding. Fine. A 2-page letter of @250 words on both sides of one sheet of paper in Flagg's hand addressed to "My poor dear Sucker" [Willis Birchman: author, illustrator, and friend of Flagg's]. With an ORIGINAL WATERCOLOR at the top of the letter of a standing man with a large heart for a head nonchalantly tossing aside his human head. Flagg explains that the cartoon is his reaction to news from Birchman regarding an apparent boarder and the disruption in his life. Flagg refers to a movie he made that he wishes to show Birchman about a visitor who came for a weekend and stayed seven years. SIGNED "Monty," as he often did when writing to Birchman. Flagg, the epitome of the bohemian artist (certainly this letter gives a good taste of that), was a master of portrait studies and incisive caricatures. He created many posters for the government and is best known for his famous "I Want You" Uncle Sam recruiting poster, an American icon. He was elected to the Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame in 1980.

      [Bookseller: Charles Agvent]
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        Sheba's Daughters

      London: Methuen & Co. Ltd., , 1939. being a record of travel in Southern Arabia. With an appendix on the rock inscriptions by A.F.L. Beeston. Large octavo. Original green cloth, title gilt to spine together with Athena's owl. Frontispiece and 46 other plates, folding map at the rear. Boards severely mottled as usual, spotting to endpapers and occasionally to the text, about very good. First Edition. With the author's signed presentation inscription to the front free endpaper, "To G.L. Bates with the author's thanks and good wishes. H.St.J.B. Philby, 1/5/39." George Latimer Bates was an eminent ornithologist, naturalist, author of a Handbook of Birds of West Africa. Bates had spent some 25 years in West Africa supporting himself by supplying specimens to the Natural History Museum. After the publication of his book he began to assist the Museum in cataloguing the bird samples being sent back from Arabia by Philby. Following an invitation from Philby, Bates taught himself Arabic and went out to join him in 1934, partly to assist in collecting specimens, but also to carry out research for a book on the birds of Arabia. Although he contributed several papers on regional species to Ibis, the book was never published, but after his death in 1940 the manuscript was used by Meinertzhagen in the production of Birds of Arabia. A few marginal notes in Bates's hand. Philby presentation copies are decidedly uncommon.

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        Deeds Ill Done

      M.S. Mill New York: M.S. Mill. 1939. First. First edition. Octavo. 253pp. About near fine in slightly cocked spine and touch of bumping at the spine ends in about very good dustwrapper with wear at the extremities, some small chipping and tears at the spine folds, and sunning to the spine. Inscribed by Seifert to the family of her sister, the prolific author Elizabeth Seifert. Adele Seifert's first solo book (following another mystery she co-wrote with her other sister Shirley). A wonderful association copy of a scarce mystery. OCLC locates no copies. .

      [Bookseller: Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. ABA]
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        Resonance in Uranium and Thorium Disintegration and the Phenomenon of Nuclear Fission. WITH: Mechanism of Nuclear Fission. WITH: Fission of Protactinium

      Lancaster and New York: American Physical Society. 1st Edition. Soft cover. Fine. FIRST EDITIONS of Bohr's important 1939 papers on nuclear fission and essential papers in the history of the atomic bomb; includes his extremely influential paper identifying U-235 as the necessary isotope for a nuclear fission chain reaction. "Bohr's American trip of January-May 1939 fueled much of the scientific speculation about a uranium bomb. After first electrifying the Americans with his news of Frisch's hypothesis, Bohr had come up with a theory of his own about the nature of uranium fission. At a breakfast conversation in Princeton on 5 February 1939 it suddenly occurred to Bohr that nearly all the observed fission in uranium was due to a rare isotope, U235, present in natural uranium only in proportion of roughly 1 to 140, virtually the whole of the remainder being composed of U238. In two brilliant papers of February and August 1939 [published in , Bohr argued that the plentiful isotope U238 would index fission, but only with fast neutrons of a high energy, most neutrons either being simply captured by the U238 nucleus or rebounding 'inelastically' after a collision, as a result of which they frequently lost energy and so became unable to cause fission in subsequent collisions. The factors of simple capture and collision without fission were dominant enough to render dependence on U238 fission alone an unfeasible source of power. But this did not hold for U235. The latter's nuclei were easily fissioned by slow neutrons (as well as by the even slower thermal neutrons). This insight had the effect of channeling the interest of physicists into the phenomenon of slow-neutron fission in U235, somewhat eclipsing the study of fast neutrons… Shortly after his remarkable insight, Bohr discussed with his Princeton friends the possibility of an atomic bomb, which he clearly understood would have to depend on U235 fission" (Paul Lawrence Rose, Heisenberg and the Nazi Atomic Bomb Project). For a detailed discussion of the Bohr papers, see: Rhodes, The Making of the Atomic Bomb, pp. 287-314. IN: The Physical Review, (418-420) vol 55 no. 4 (February 15, 1939), pp. 418-20; Mechanism of Nuclear Fission, vol 56, no. 15 (September 1, 1939), pp. 426-50; vol 56, no. 10 (November 15, 1939), pp. 1065-66. Quarto, original wrappers. A little age-toning around edges, otherwise fine.

      [Bookseller: The Manhattan Rare Book Company]
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        The War illustrated : complete record of the conflict by land and sea and in the air / edited by Sir John Hammerton [complete in 10 volumes]

      London : Amalgamated Press, 1939-1947, 1939. 1st Edition. Physical description: 10 v. : illus. ; 29 cm. Subjects: World War, 1939-1945 -- Pictorial works -- Periodicals -- Second World War. Notes: Originally published throughout the conflict in 255 parts (varying from weekly to fortnightly), and subsequently issued in bound volumes as here. Includes frontispieces and titles toned in sepia, and many thousands of photographs, illustrations and maps (many toned in sepia or blue). Contents: Vol. 1: (parts 1-20); Vol. 2: (parts 21-44); Vol. 3: (parts 45-70); Vol. 4: (parts 71-100); Vol. 5: (parts 101-130); Vol. 6: (parts 131-155); Vol. 7: (parts 156-180); Vol. 8: (parts 181-205); Vol. 9: (parts 206-230); Vol. 10: (parts 231-255). Each volume has its own detailed and comprehensive index; the final volume contains a colour, decorative family Roll of Honour intended for completion by the purchaser (blank in this set). Very good copies in the original plum cloth bindings. Spines and front boards tooled and lettered in gilt and black. Spine bands and panel edges slightly dust-toned and rubbed as with age. Remains particularly well-preserved overall; tight, bright, clean and strong.

      [Bookseller: MW Books Ltd.]
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        The War Illustrated. Complete Record of the Conflict by Land and Sea and in the Air. SPLENDID SET IN PUBLISHER'S PICTORIAL BINDING

      Amalgamated Press, [1939-1947]. 10 vols., roy. 8vo., First Edition, with frontispieces and titles toned in sepia, and many thousands of photographs, illustrations and maps (many toned in sepia or blue); publisher's original binding of pictorial plum cloth, upper boards and backstrips elaborately lettered and blocked in gilt and black, ALL ORIGINAL WRAPPERS PRESERVED, covers lightly dust-soiled else a remarkably well-preserved bright, clean, crisp set with virtually no sign of the usual spotting and fading. Splendid set of Hammerton's monumental pictorial history of WWII. It was published throughout the conflict in 255 parts (varying from weekly to fortnightly), and subsequently issued in bound volumes as here. It is sometimes found in later, plain or home-made bindings; complete sets in the original elaborate bindings are scarce, especially in this condition. The set comprises Vol. 1: (parts 1-20); Vol. 2: (parts 21-44); Vol. 3: (parts 45-70); Vol. 4: (parts 71-100); Vol. 5: (parts 101-130); Vol. 6: (parts 131-155); Vol. 7: (parts 156-180); Vol. 8: (parts 181-205); Vol. 9: (parts 206-230); Vol. 10: (parts 231-255). Each volume has its own detailed and comprehensive index; the final volume contains an illuminated family ROH intended for completion by the purchaser (blank in this set). IN THIS CONDITION, A RARE SURVIVAL OF A SCARCE AND IMPORTANT WORK. . Catalogs: military: ww2.

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      London: Constable and Co Ltd, (1939). First Edition. Hardcover. Joints frayed and splitting but covers still tight. Chipping to the darkened spine heel and head with slight loss of lettering at top. Still Very Good, lacking the dustwrapper. Laurence A237a: issue in pictorial boards. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the half title page and dated by him 9 November 1939 to his secretary of thirty years Blanche Patch. Bookplate of noted Shaw collector Harold C. Ackert on the front pastedown. A superb Shaw association copy.

      [Bookseller: Charles Agvent]
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        An American Exodus: A Record of Human Erosion

      New York: Reynal and Hitchcock, 1939. First edition. Hardcover. Near Fine/Very Good. Hardcover in dust jacket. Small 4to. First edition, second issue, with Voltaire quote on rear. Book has a touch of wear to foot of spine but is otherwise crisp and clean in black cloth boards with bright gilt on front and spine. Very slight musty odor. Dust jacket is price-clipped, with discreet tape reinforcement at top and bottom of spine. Edges are without chips or tears. There is a inch-long chip at spine, affecting both Lange and Taylor's names. An extremely nice copy of this celebrated book. 158 pp. In protective Mylar.

      [Bookseller: Warwick Books]
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        Moisie River [and] Moisie River: Portages, Lakes, Heights of Land

      Boston: Privately Printed by Geo. H. Ellis Co, [1938; 1939?] - In his Foreword to the first volume, the author states: "These sketches were written for the members of the Moisie Salmon Club. The sole purpose was to give information to them of the waters and conditions of the Moisie River and its branches above the places customarily fished by them.". The Moisie is one of a network of navigable rivers running about 110 miles northward from the St. Lawrence, in eastern Quebec; old and well worn portage paths testify to the antiquity of the route along which, for hundreds of years, Indians have hunted and fished. For salmon and sea trout, it is one of the richest areas known. It is not suprising that the Moisie Salmon Club was founded to reap the benefits of this bounty; what is surprising is that so much care, attention, and expense has been lavished on a book limited to only 30 copies. The text consists primarily of the author's descriptions of areas north of the more usual fishing sites, based on his explorations as a sportsman, with guides. In addition to five colored plates, which tend to establish the romantic mood of the region, there are 28 superb reproductions of sepia photographs, printed on special photographic-type paper to convey both the look and the actual feel of the originals. The book's 78 pages conclude with an Index, and inside the back cover is mounted a folding map of the area described. The second volume (gilt titled on upper cover Moisie River 2) is unrecorded in sporting literature and known to us in only one other copy. It consists of 20 pages of text, plus 10 of prelims including a Forword emphasizing the crucial nature of the Labrador portages in providing - albeit with difficulty - access to the area's lakes. ".(W)e have had to do with many.portages and we must give them due consideration, for in our pursuit of aport and adventure portages hold a place of primary importance." The book's chapters include: Portage vs. Airplane, Trip to Lake Nipisso, Trip to Lake Ashouanipi, Lake Kaopasho, Skatchewan, Lakes, Flies (piscatorial), and Nets. There is the intriguing suggestion that Mr. Palmer intended to write more: his final lines in this companion volume read, "The author craves reprieve until his unfinished story can be completed. Hasta mañana". EXTRAORDINARILY RARE AND DESIRABLE First Edition, edition of 30 copies, both volumes numbered in ink "Eleven". 2 vols., 8vo. The first volume illustrated with 28 photographs on 14 plates, and 5 hand-colored plates after old prints and a photograph, with folding map tipped in on rear pastedown; the second contains a hand colored plate, a hand-colored photograph, and six illustrations in black and white, after old prints. Both volumes in the original dark blue grained leatherette, title gilt on upper cover. Fine copies (second work with slight irregularity in color at head of upper cover). Bookplate. First title not in Wetzel; Bruns: "Not seen"; SECOND TITLE UNRECORDED [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Biggles in Spain

      Published by Oxford University Press, Amen House, London First Edition 1939. London 1939. First edition hard back binding in publisher's original scarlet cloth covers, black lettering to the spine, black lettering and two aeroplanes flying over a map of Spain with Madrid lettering to the upper panel, top edge red. 8vo true first edition 1.9 inches thick x 7½'' x 5¼'' with 256 printed pages of text. Colour frontispiece and six monochrome illustrations throughout. A little brown ghosting to the end papers, without any foxing or ownership markings, no spine slant, binding firm and square, spine not faded. Very Good condition book in Very Good condition original second edition [identical to the first edition] price clipped dust wrapper with Biggles Secret Agent [1940] listed to the rear of the dust wrapper. Very scarce Biggles in Spain dust wrapper with only minor rubs to the tips and corners, a couple of insignificant nicks to the edges of the lower cover, spine colours not faded. Dust wrapper without any chips or pieces of paper missing and supplied in archival acetate sheeting, superb condition copy. Member of the P.B.F.A.

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        Sir John Franklin's Last Arctic Expedition. The Franklin Expedition: A Chapter in the History of the Royal Navy

      Metheun & Co. Ltd., London - 1939, 1st Edition. () Near fine. xviii,222pp. Octavo in original blue cloth with one illustration (map) and three folding maps (at end). Original dustwrapper. Minor wear to the wrapper otherwise an exceptional copy. Not in AB. This account of the Franklin expedition deals primarily with addressing the fortunes of the expedition. The author has included a brief account of the search for the lost expedition and has attempted to present an outline of the principal events which, while not associated with the search itself, have occurred in connection with the ill-fated enterprise. The narrative has been compiled from both published and non-published sources. Very scarce as many copies were destroyed during the second world war when Metheun's warehouse was bombed. This copy nicely inscribed from the author to his nephew Peter McClintock Cyriax! [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Aquila Books(Cameron Treleaven) ABAC]
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        Hercule Poirot's Christmas

      The Crime Club - Collins 1939 - First edition first impression from 1939 in a facsimile dustjacket, the book is VG with some sunning to boards and spotting to ffep, there is a 5mm tear to cloth on top of spine, pages are clean, no other markings, please see pics, jacket (a facsimile) in removable protective sleeve, paypal accepted, any questions please get in touch. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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      1939. Very Good. (KIYONAGA). KIYONAGA. A study of his life and works. With a portfolio of plates in color and collotype. By Chie Hirano. Boston: Museum of Fine Arts, 1939. 4to., grey cloth; viii + 545pp. Slight soiling, else near fine. This copy is complete with the huge portfolio of plates published by the museum in the same year. With eight color woodblock facsimiles printed by Watanabe and the 138 collotype plates. This massive and remarkable work is the only catalogue raisonne of a Japanese artist done in English, and still the best work done on Kiyonaga in any language. The text volume is near fine and the portfolio of plates is very good. Useful.

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        Secret Despatches From Arabia Published b Permission of the Foreign Office

      London: Golden Cockerel Press, 1939. Hardcover. Orig. quarter black morocco and white cloth boards. Teg. Near fine./No Dust Jacket. 173 pages. 25.5 x 19.5 cm. Limited edition, copy 923 of 1000 on Arnold mould-made paper in Perpetua type, bound by Sangorski & Sutcliffe. Introduction by A. W. Lawrence. Frontispiece of Lawrence in Arab dress. PERTOLETE 145. "These depatches, were reprinted from the `Arab Bulletin', a secret document, confined to 26 copies on issue, circulated by G.H.Q. at Ismalia during the last war." Light toning to page and board extremities.

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        Wind, Sand and Stars

      New York: Reynal & Hitchcock, 1939. Quarter blue leather gilt over patterned paper boards in cardboard slipcase with paper label. Top edge gilt. Edition Limited to 500 copies of which this is #52 signed by the author. Translated from the French by Lewis Galantiere. Book has wear to leather which has faded on spine and some minor edgewear o/w nice copy. Slipcase has been through the wars with sealed cracks at edges and dampstains all over but it is complete and has protected the book. A desirable item. . Signed By the Author. 1st Us Edition. Quarter Leather. VG+/No Jacket. Illus. by John O'H. Cosgrave Ll. Octavo.

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      New York: Reynal & Hitchcock, (1939). First Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine, lacking the slipcase. Leather-backed boards. Copy #397 of 500 numbered copies SIGNED by the author. The American Booksellers Association voted this book the best nonfiction title of 1939, and it ranks as one of the greatest aviation adventures ever published. The typically worn spine has been here recently and professionally replaced with a sympathetic blue morocco spine with similar gilt lettering and decorations as the original.

      [Bookseller: Charles Agvent]
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      New York: Coward-McCann,, 1939 [Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings] Flexner, Marion W. DRINA ENGLAND'S YOUNG VICTORIA. New York: Coward-McCann, 1939. First edition, first printing. 8vo., Dark blue cloth stamped white at the spine & front cover. The original, first printing dustwrapper is clipped. This book is interestingly inscribed, signed, & dated in the year of publication in black fountain pen on the blue front free endpaper by the author for Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings: To / Marjorie Rawlings not that my signature will "better nobody nothing;" but with the hope (as Vicky would express it) that she would find the book amusing / Marion W. Flexner / 7 October, 1939". 8vo., 277pp. Frontis. plus 15 b&w plates. Very scarce title. An essentially fine copy in a lightly used, very good or better dustwrapper with a few tiny chips at the extremities. This book is unaccountably very scarce with no other copy in wrapper online to our knowledge. A lovely Association Copy from one of America's leading author's library.. Signed by Author. 1st Edition.

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        The Mask of Dimitrios

      London: Hodder & Stoughton, 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.

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        Abraham Lincoln

      US: Doubleday. First US Edition and First Impression published in 1939 by Doubleday. The book is in very good condition with a pencil inscription, a tear to the final leaf some wear to top and bottom edge. The jacket has some loss and the front and back have become separated but are held in place by the jacket protector. Elsewhere there are chips, tears and creases, but it remains bright and largely complete. Not price-clipped. . Very Good. Hardback. 1st Edition. 1939.

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        Original Photograph of Helen Keller with her Akita pure bred, "Go-Go," Inscribed

      [NP. ND, but ca. 1939]. Photograph (black and white) of Miss Keller with her beloved dog, "Go-Go" an Akita pure bred, inscribed in pencil across the bottom third of photograph, "To Mr. John E. Monahan / in appreciation of his help / fullness. / Cordially / Helen Keller." Size of photograph: 8 inches x 10 inches; matted and framed to overall size of 13 inches x 14 inches; photograph a bit rumpled at corners with some spotting. Still a lovely image of Miss Keller at age 59 seated on large chair with "Go-Go" seated at her feet, one of her hands on his collar and the other across his back. She is smiling and beautifully dressed in suit with fur shawl and hat with large cameo pin at her throat. "Go-go" is almost smiling as well - turned to face the camera with his gentle eyes seeing what his owner cannot.& Helen Keller (1880-1968), noted American lecturer and author, blind and deaf from the age of two, was an international celebrity in a day and time before television and international movie distribution. She is important in the history of the Akita breed as she introduced the first Akita to the United States. In 1937, while on a speaking tour of Japan, she visited the Akita Prefecture (the home of the Akita on the northern most area of the island of Honshu) and commented on how much she admired the breed, designated a national monument in Japan, and that she would like to have such a dog for herself. As a measure of the respect in which she was held, Mr. Ichiro Ogasawara, a policeman in the area, presented her with a puppy called Kamikaze-Go. Miss Keller returned with him to the US, but he died of distemper at the age of eight months. Despite growing political tension between the US and Japan, Miss Keller&#39;s request for another Akita eventually brought her Kenzan-Go in July 1939 - an official gift of the Japanese government. "Go-Go" was an older brother of her original dog. He remained her friend until his death at 9 or 10 years of age. Through Kamikaze-go and his brother Kenzan-go, Miss Keller is credited with having introduced the Akita to America. Although most blood lines of today&#39;s Akitas are traced back to those animals brought to the US by returning soldiers after 1945, the effect of the well-known Miss Keller having an Akita as her companion was great. This is the only image of the brother of the first American Akita, and the first Akita to live a full life in the US, that we&#39;ve seen. & Keller&#39;s many accomplishments are well- known. She spent her entire life working for the betterment of others&#39; lives, especially the disabled. She supported the equal rights for women, the woman&#39;s peace movement, abolition of child labor, Margaret Sanger&#39;s birth control movement, and - to the horror of her Alabama relatives - the NAACP! 100 MOST INFLUENTIAL WOMEN, pp. 65-68. NAW THE MODERN PERIOD, pp. 389-393. See web sites for Akita dogs for further information. <br>See an <A HREF= >Image.</A><br>

      [Bookseller: Priscilla Juvelis, Inc.]
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        Prose Poems from LES ILLUMINATIONS of Arthur Rimbaud

      1st edition. SIGNED in ink on the front free endpaper by BENJAMIN BRITTEN and dated 1939, the year in which Britten wrote his song cycle based on Rimbaud's "Les Illuminations."In his composition Britten used the original French version but must have used the present book as a guide. There are a few penciled brackets and a few penciled notes in Britten's hand. The book itself is in very good condition with a darkened spine and some wear at the top of that spine. . Introductory Essay (pp.9-49) by Edith Sitwell. London: Faber & Faber. (1932). 109pp. 9" tall. Salmon-colored cloth.

      [Bookseller: H & T Bond, Booksellers]
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        At Swim-Two-Birds

      London: Longmans Green and Co.,, 1939. Octavo. Original grey cloth, titles to spine in black. With the dust jacket. Bookseller&#39;s ink stamp to front pastedown. Spine rolled with faded spots at the head and tail, corners bumped, edges of text block spotted, occasional spotting to contents. A very good copy in the rubbed and partially tanned jacket with chips, closed tears, and creases, particularly affecting the text on the lower panel. First edition, first impression, in the second issue grey cloth binding. Uncommon in the dust jacket.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        La dottrina del fascismo / Benito Mussolini ; con introduzione e commento di Ernesto Bignami

      Milano : Edizioni Bignami Milano : Edizioni Bignami, 1939. 1st Edition in this form. Description: xxiii, 111p. ; 18cm. Subjects: Fascism - Italy. Italy - Politics and government - 1914-1945. Notes: Originally published in the Enciclopedia italiana, v. 14 (1932) p. 847-851. Language: Italian. Author&#39;s presenation copy with "omaggio dell&#39;autore" inked stamped to half-title. Very good paperback copy; edges somewhat dust-dulled and nicked. Pages 105-end unread and unopened. Remains particularly and surprisingly well-preserved overall; tight, bright, clean and especially sharp-cornered.

      [Bookseller: MW Books Ltd.]
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      London: J.M. Dent & Sons, 1939 First edition of the author&#39;s rare first book. 8vo., pp. vii, 207, [1] [Bibliography]. Publisher&#39;s [electric] blue cloth covered boards, clean blue topstain, gilt-lettered at the spine with the blind-embossed crest on the front cover. Eight black & white plates. A very nice, near fine or better copy, in a very good or better copy of the rare [pc] illustrated white dustwrapper showing minimal use; 1 tear neatly mended on the verso of the back panel. An excellent, bright, unfaded example of this Davies highspot & in definite collector&#39;s condition. Davies account of the life & training of the Elizabethan boy actors, a consideration of their particular abilities & shortcomings, & discussion of the extent to which these actors set free or hampered Shakespeare in his female characterizations. Very scarce indeed. Most of the edition was pulped to accommodate the paper shortage of the war years. Perhaps a few hundred copies were actually sold which accounts for its infrequent appearance on the market. In the last twenty-five years, less than a dozen copies have surfaced in varying states of perfection or lack thereof, usually without dustwrapper, in both the Toronto & Montreal markets.. 1st Edition.

      [Bookseller: TBCL The Book Collector's Library]
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        Shakespeare&#39;s Boy Actors

      London: J. M. Dent & Sons Limited 1939, 1st Edition. () vii,207,[1]pp. Very good in good dust jacket. Octavo. Rich blue cloth with gilt lettering on spine and stamped decoration on front cover. Very light wear to ends of spine and corners. Previous owners name on front free endpaper in blue ink. Some foxing on the page before the frontis and the title page. B.W frontis showing Edward Kynaston, the last of the boy actors. Contains 8 B / W plates in very good condition with only some minor wrinkling. Light foxing on a couple of pages throughout- otherwise a clean and tight copy. In RARE dust jacket, price clipped. Dust jacket is discoloured at spine and edges with some professional restoration done, including to a 4" closed tear down front of dust jacket. A lovely copy. Davies&#146; first book, his Oxford honours thesis, reflects his early and abiding interest in play-acting and illusion. Very rare especially in dust jacket. Canadian Author . 1st Edition in Rare Dust Jacket.

      [Bookseller: Aquila Books]
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        Emily Carr in Her Studio, with the Painting &#39;sunshine and Tumult&#39; Behind Her

      [circa 1939]. (Photograph) Very good. 9.5" X 7.5". (24.2 X 19 cm). B / W Photograph on heavy textured stock. Pinholes in margins and minor old stress mark on lower right hand corner, not affecting the signature. With the photograph comes a signed copy, in fine condition, of Doris Shadbolt&#39;s &#39;The Art of Emily Carr&#39; (1979) in which the image is used as a frontispiece. Inscribed probably in Carr&#39;s hand on the verso "Emily Carr print from a photograph taken by Mortimer Lamb". Additionally signed "Sincerely Emily Carr" on image. This well known image of the Canadian artist has been reproduced in many publications including being used as the frontispiece in Shadbolt&#39;s &#39;The Art of Emily Carr&#39; (1979). The out-of-focus charactor of the print (enhanced by the textured paper it has been printed upon) seems to be intentional, as the Library and Archives Canada negative for the print shows the same fuzzy atmosphere. Sophie Pemberton introduced Mortimer Lamb (1872-1970), who was an engineer as well as an artist, to Carr in 1918. Enthusiastic about Carr&#39;s work Mortimer Lamb is known to have written to the Director of the National Gallery of Canada, Eric Brown, about her. A print of the photograph, and the negative, were sent by Mortimer Lamb in 1945 to the National Gallery to be used in an exhibition of Carr&#39;s work. Carr&#39;s studio and painting &#39;Sunshine and Tumult&#39; are visible in the background of the image. The unsigned print of the image and negative that were shown at the National Gallery sold at Heffel&#39;s Auction house in 2006 for over 5000.00 dollars. Photography by Harold Mortimer Lamb. Signed by Emily Carr..

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        ALBUM DE ORO DE PUERTO RICO. GOLDEN ALBUM OF PUERTO RICO. Obra de Divulgacio?n Cultural En Pro de la Fraternidad Americana. A Work of Intellectual Propaganda for American Fraternity

      La Habana: Artes Graficas s. a.. Very Good/No dust jacket. 1939. First Edition. Hardback. Folio - Landscape (32x 48cm) unpaginated (pp. 510) pages, colour frontispiece plate with tissue guard, b/w photographic illustrations throughout. Text in Spanish and English. Original blue cloth binding with gilt lettering and stamped seal of Puerto Rico to the front board, good with some general wear and rubbing to extremities and joints. Contents clean and tight, a few creases to some of the preliminary pages, a short tear professionally and inconspicuously repaired to the frontispiece plate and a little loss to the tissue guard to the same plate, compliments plate of the government of Puerto Rico to the front paste-down, no inscriptions. Overall A very good tight copy of this scarce and important publication. .

      [Bookseller: Loe Books]
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        As For the Woman. A Love Story

      London: Jarrold&#39;s,, [1939]. Octavo. Original light blue cloth, titles to spine in black. With the dust jacket. Spine tanned and slightly rolled, edges of boards a little rubbed and faded, spotting to edges of text block. A very good copy in the supplied jacket which is price-clipped and rubbed and nicked along the edges. First UK edition, first impression. Presentation copy inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To C. Day Lewis Esq. With regards, Francis Iles, 12.11.1951". As For the Woman is a novel of thwarted passion published pseudonymously by the mystery writer Anthony Berkeley. The recipient, Irish poet Cecil Day-Lewis, also published mystery novels under the pseudonym Nicholas Blake, and both men were members of the Detection Club. Originally published in the US in 1939.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        [Mattisse, Bonnard, Klee and others] VERVE. Nos. 5-6, 7 & 8

      London: A. Zwemmer, 1939-1940. First edition. Large folios. Offered here is a small collection of three Verve, comprising No 5-6 in one volume, No. 7 and No. 8 in separate volumes (3 in all). No. 5-6 scarce and sought after number with superb cover by Aristided Maillol and lithographs by Guys, Roualt, Braque, Derain, Leger, Bonnard, Matisse and Klee. Many of these have been printed on thick card stock, and one by Matisse is truly impressive. No. 8 has drawings and paintings by Matisse, Derain, Picasso, Bonnard, with colored lithography by Pierre Bonnard. Issue 7 features tipped-in color plates comprising Les Tres Riches Heures du Duc de Berry in the form of a calendar. Very good to near fine.

      [Bookseller: Nudelman Rare Books]
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        Verve No 5-6

      Paris: Verve, 1939. Paperback. Very Good. Very Good condition original Verve, No 5-6, July - October 1939 - Text is in English. One of France&#39;s most famous art periodicals, Verve is renowned for the quality of its production (by the lithography Mourlot) and the breadth of subject matter, published from 1937 to 1960. Texts, Paintings, Illuminations, Colored lithographs, statues, photographs and drawings. Cover by Aristide Maillol. Artists such as Valery, Michaux, Rouault, Vollard, Rubens, Durer, Derain, and many others. Special double World&#39;s Fair issue. Very slight/light edge wear along spine and edges. Internals are Fine.

      [Bookseller: Karl Books]
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        Black & White by Brown - Simplified Drawing

      New York: Charles Scribner, 1939. First Edition, First Printing. Hardcover. Very Good/No Dust jacket. First Edition, with "A" on copyright page, SIGNED by Paul Brown and embellished with a lovely horse head sketch by the author on blank fly leaf. (Presentation drawing: "The Rogues Badge - For the USO - Hempstead. - Paul Brown &#39;44." Drawing is of a race horse wearing a racing hood with blinkers (the "rogue&#39;s badge"). Beige paper covered boards with black lettering and illustration of race horses on cover. Light soiling,(a few small faint spots, mostly on rear board). Wear-through at corner tips, wear with some loss at top and bottom spine edges. Binding is tight & square, no cracking. Pages and edges are clean, with beautifully illustrated endpapers. No previous owner markings. Unpaginated. Scarce book by famous illustrator Paul Brown, giving clear, simple instructions on learning to draw not only horses, but other subjects such as skiers, fishermen, boxing, and other action images. Made more scarce by a lovely original sketch and signature on front fly leaf.

      [Bookseller: Old Scrolls Book Shop]
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        Gas Light (Gaslight) (First UK Edition)

      London: Constable, 1939. First Edition. First Edition. Near Fine in price-clipped self-wrappers with faint wear at the spine ends and lightly faded backstrip. Basis for the 1940 British film starring Anton Walbrook, then the better-known 1944 film noir directed by George Cukor and starring Ingrid Bergman and Charles Boyer. Only the second copy of the first edition we have seen in the past decade.

      [Bookseller: Royal Books, Inc.]
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        Impromptu in Moribundia. Patrick Hamilton. 1939

      Hamilton, Patrick. Impromptu in Moribundia. London, Constable and Co,1939, 1st Edition. 8vo. Cloth, gilt titles to spine. Pp289. Covers worn and bumped at edges, two light marks on spine. All pages tight, bright and clean. With neat ownership mark of Arnold Rattenbury on front free endpaper. In 1940 poet Arnold Rattenbury was Poetry Editor of Our Time magazine. The magazine was often in need of financial support and Rattenbury was sent to Patrick Hamilton for funds. Impromptu in Moribundia was on of Hamilton&#39;s less successful books and fewer published. A scarce 1st edition with an interesting provenance.

      [Bookseller: Roz Hulse Ltd]
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        Two Radio Plays: Money with Menaces; To the Public Danger

      London: Constable & Company. Near Fine/Near Fine. 1939. First Edition, First Printing. 7.25" X 4.875" Foreward by Val Gielgud. (i-iv), v-vii, (viii-x), 11-91(92)pp. Paper covers with wrap-around card jacket an integral part of the binding. Jacket clipped but may have been done so by the publisher; no inscriptions. Contains the texts of the two radio plays together with details of the casts and dates of the first broadcasts. A very scarce and somewhat ephemeral publication that has survived remarkably well; small loss at the top and bottom of the backstrip, otherwise, minor wear and natural ageing only. .

      [Bookseller: Weysprings Books, IOBA]
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