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        JAPANESE WOOD-BLOCK (WOOD BLOCK) PRINTING. With Original Wood Block Print Frontispiece

      Tokyo:: Sanseido Company,, 1939. First Edition. Very Good++. SIGNED BY HIROSHI YOSHIDA ON THE FFEP IN ENGLISH AND WITH HIS CHOP without personalization. Complete with Original frontispiece and progressive wood block prints - 5 images in color of "A Junk." All 12 plates and 26 figures present. A Very Good++ hardback First Edition First Printing with tip of spine archivally and sympathetically replaced, not affecting title. minimal scattered foxing. Sm. 4to. ix, 136 pp. A Rare Signed Work.

      [Bookseller: By The Book, LC ABAA-ILAB]
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        Little Black Sambo. The Enlarged Picture Edition

      Chicago: Albert Whitman & Co., 1939. Hard Cover. Very good condition.. Color drawings by Cobb X. Shinn. Very minor wear to extremities.

      [Bookseller: James & Mary Laurie Booksellers (A.B.A.A]
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        TARZAN THE MAGNIFICENT

      Tarzana, CA: Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., 1939 Inscribed by Burroughs on a blank preliminary page; "To Earl Teass, In appreciation of the very swell job at 716 and his unfailing interest and co-operation. From his friend, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Tarzana, December 25, 1939." Obviously a Christmas gift for his friend. Teass was involved in the Hollywood film industry and was a set designer for several films. Heins, TaM-1. Illustrated by John Coleman Burroughs. The twenty fifth novel in the Tarzan series. Contemporary professional binding in full calf leather with raised bands, gilt tooling and title label. A fine handsome copy.. Inscribed. First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Illus. by John Coleman Burroughs.

      [Bookseller: Robert Gavora, Fine and Rare Books]
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        Eight Lectures on Yoga Being The Equinox Volume III., Number Four

      BCM/ANKH 188, High Holborn, London, W.C.1: Published by the O.T.O., 1939. An Ixiii Sol in 0 Aries, March the Twenty-First, 1939 e.v. Two minutes past noon. First American Edition. "W.P.S. Ltd...Printed in England", on the bottom of last printed page as called for. Brown buckram, gold stamped title and A.'.A.'. sigil bright with no loss. Small mark to front board (see Scan). Light extremity wear, spine head and tail gently pushed. Sewn binding very tight. Toning, offsetting to frontis from tissue guard. Order Form for "The Equinox of the Gods" present, and not detached. Yorke 63 (C) 4.. First American Edition. Buckram, Sewn Binding. Near Fine. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall.

      [Bookseller: Gates Past Books]
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        North American Big Game

      London: Scribners, 1939. First Edition. Hard Cover. Fine/Very good. Fine in dust jacket with very minor shelf wear otherwise fine. In red buckram cloth with decorative gilt stamp on front and spine. Many plates and illustrations throughout. A very tight and clean copy of this book in dust jacket. Seldom found in a dust jacket this nice.

      [Bookseller: James & Mary Laurie Booksellers (A.B.A.A]
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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'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'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' 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'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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        Original Studio Style 'B' One Sheet for THE GRAPES OF WRATH

      [Np]: 20th Century-Fox, 1939 [i.e. 1940].. Vintage original lithographed color one sheet (27 x 41"; 68 x 102 cm). Folded, reinforced with paper tape at some folds on verso, Stamp and ms. caption titles on verso, faint signs of erasure of two handwritten letters in lower left corner, pinholes in some margins, thumb tack shadow on lower left margin, else very good. The style 'B' one sheet for Darryl F. Zanuck's 1940 adaptation of Steinbeck's novel, directed by John Ford, starring Henry Fonda, Jane Darwell (who received an Academy Award for her portrayal of "Ma Joad"), John Carradine, et al. Ford won an Oscar for Best Director, and Fonda was nominated for Best Actor. This style 'B' poster is of particular interest because it places the emphasis on Steinbeck and the novel, including a full color inset of the dust jacket in the lower left corner. The publicity paper for this major film was generally visually uninspired, and in many ways this style 'B' one sheet is aesthetically more appealing than the 'A' style. The film premiered in January of 1940, and this one sheet is understandably dated 1939.

      [Bookseller: William Reese Company - Literature ABAA-]
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        THE MASK OF DIMITRIOS

      London: Hodder and Stoughton Limited,. [1939]. red cloth.. Some mild spotting and soiling to cloth, some age-darkening to spine. panel, two small bookstore stickers affixed to front paste-down, U.S.. title of the book penciled on the title page, mild tanning to text. paper, a very good copy. Uncommon. (#127459). First edition. Most copies of this UK edition were lost when Nazi bombs destroyed the Hodder & Stoughton warehouse. Published later in the U.S. as A COFFIN FOR DIMITRIOS. Basis for the 1944 film featuring Sydney Greenstreet and Peter Lorre; screenplay credited to Frank Gruber. A Haycraft-Queen cornerstone. Pronzini and Muller, 1001 Midnights, pp. 18-9.

      [Bookseller: L. W. Currey, Inc.]
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        The Confidential Agent (First Edition)

      New York: The Viking Press, 1939. First American Edition. Very Good plus in a Fine, supplied dust jacket. Book is tight and square, with some wear and light fray along the board edges and at the spine ends. Jacket is exceptional, bright and colorful with no fading or wear. Basis for the 1945 espionage film starring Charles Boyer, Lauren Bacall and Peter Lorre. In a custom clamshell box. & & Hannsberry, "Femme Noir," p. 9, Selby, p. 202. Spicer, p. 407. & & Complete collation details available on request.

      [Bookseller: Royal Books, Inc.]
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        The Confidential Agent

      London: William Heinemann Ltd., 1939., 1939. FIRST EDITION. 8vo.Publisher's light blue cloth with red titles to spine. Minor wear, some foxing to edges and margins, spine a touch sunned. A very good copy of a scarce 'entertainment' by Greene. Government spy thriller where events are dictated by the threat of civil war. Basis for the classic 1945 movie starring Peter Lorre and Lauren Bacall. R.A Wobbe [A15a], see also Haining; Crime Fiction p199, Steinbrunner & Penzler; Ency.of Mystery & Detection, p176.

      [Bookseller: Adrian Harrington Rare Books]
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        VERVE An Artistic and Literary Quarterly. Volume 2, Numbers 5-8

      Paris: Verve, 1939-1940. First edition. Hardcover. Bound in light green cloth, spine and top of front cover sunned. Very good./No Dust Jacket. Double No. 5/6 feature an original front cover lithograph by Aristide Malliol. Teriade faced financial difficulties, his American silent partner, David Smart pulled-out, unhappy with American sales. Additional color lithographs by Rouault, Derain, Bonnard, Matisse and Klee. No. 7 Les Tres Riches Heures Du Duc De Berry printed during the first few months of World War II. No. 8 completed a few days before the occupation of Paris: original front cover colored lithography by Henri Matisse, and double-paged color lithograph by Pierre Bonnard [Sunset Over The Mediterranean], plus eleven color drawings in red by Andre Derain. Text in English.

      [Bookseller: Royoung bookseller, Inc.]
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        Cronache della guerra. Rivista settimanale illustrata .

      Tumminelli & C., Roma. 1939 - 2 voll., in 4°, p. tela. 1° vol. : 1939 ; dal n° 1 al n. 10 (manca il n. 8) - 1940 ; dal n. 1 al n. 28 (mancano i nn. 7, 9, 12, 18, 22, 27). 2° vol. :1940; dal n. 29 al n. 52 (manca il n. 42) - 1941; dal n. 1 al 9 + i nn. , 14, 15, 44, 52 - 1942; n. 3. Copp. originali conservate all'interno. Numerose ill. Alcune pp. con piccoli restauri sommari.

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        Finnegan's Wake

      London: Faber and Faber, 1939., 1939. First Edition. Publisher's hardback cloth in original dust-wrapper. Fore and tail edges untrimmed. Contemporary name and date to flyleaf, some light spotting. Jacket has benefitted from some accomplished paper repair to the extremities. Very good. Joyce's final and possibly most influential work, considered by many to be his monolithic 'Ulysses'. 3,400 copies were printed, of which 950 were destroyed. Slocum and Cahoon A47.

      [Bookseller: Adrian Harrington Rare Books]
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        Some Buried Caesar (First Edition)

      New York: Viking Press, 1939. First Edition. First Edition. Binding very slightly cocked, else Near Fine in a bright, Very Good dust jacket. Jacket has small chips and some shallow creasing at the corners, but is quite colorful overall. The sixth Nero Wolfe mystery.

      [Bookseller: Royal Books, Inc.]
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        The HIDDEN DWARF. Poppy Ott Series #11

      New York:: Grossett & Dunlap,. (1939).. 12mo. 1st edition. v, [1], 218 pp.. Tomato red cloth binding with black stamped title lettering to spine & front board. Light blue pictorial eps. Dark blue top stain. Color pictorial wrap-around dust jacket.. Slight lean. A VG+ copy in a similar jacket, which shows some minor. extremity wear.. The last book in the series, and fairly uncommon, especially in a nice jacket such as offered here. . Frontispiece.

      [Bookseller: Tavistock Books, ABAA]
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        The Spider and the Flie, with an original leaf from the edition of 1556

      San Francisco: (Grabhorn Press), 1939. 12mo. (9)pp. One of fifty-five copies. Tipped in after the title page, the leaf features a large woodcut of John Heywood at his desk. On the window behind him, several spiders observe a fly trapped in a web. On the verso of the page are three verses above a woodcut ornament. This leaf book was printed as a Christmas keepsake for David Magee, who provided context for the leaf in the accompanying text. Magee described the woodcut scene of Heywood at his desk as "a refreshing picture of peace and leisure to be regarded with envy in these troubled days of 1939." First published in 1556, Heywood's long, involved allegory of religious controversy in sixteenth-century England, written in verse, used flies to represent Catholics and the spiders Protestants. Stab-bound in marbled paper wrappers. Occasional light soiling, else fine.

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        Civil Protection The Application of the Civil Defence Act and Other Government Requirements for Air Raid Shelters Etc

      London: The Architectural Press, 1939. Hardcover. Fine/No Jacket. 9.25" x 12.5.

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        Reminiscence d'Orient. Turquie Perse et Syrie

      Paris: Chez l'Auteur, 30 Rue Des Mathurins, 1939 Text in French. This is a very good copy of this portfolio in green paper-covered boards, containing 16 pages of text and notes and 30 photographic plates and 6 hand-colored watercolor plates. The text and plates generally very good, 2 plates with some foxing. The portfolio has some damp marks to the top corners, otherwise very good. This work appears to be a record of the author's collection of architectural elements and decorative art from his many excursions to the Orient. The photos appear to be of the author's own quarters at 30 Rue des Mathurins. A late work of undoubted "Orientalism", it sets out to create an atmosphere of The Thousand and One Nights. The 6 watercolor plates depict a man and a woman in Persian costume, inside the sumptuous dwelling, in romantic, but very chaste encounters. Absolutely charming work sure to delight admirers of d'Allemagne. Folio, 13" high X 10" wide. Quite rare among d'Allemagne's works. . Decorative Cloth. Very Good.

      [Bookseller: Design Books]
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        PAPERMAKING BY HAND IN INDIA

      New York: Pynson Printers, 1939. No. 87 OF 370 COPIES SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR AND BY PUBLISHER ELMER ADLER. Hardcover. 292 x 229 mm (11 1/2 x 9"). 129 pp., [2] leaves. No. 87 OF 370 COPIES SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR AND BY PUBLISHER ELMER ADLER. Original black quarter calf over Indian cloth in a floral design, flat spine with gilt titling. In the publisher's (slightly worn) lettered brown cardboard slipcase. With 85 photogravure illustrations of papermaking in India and 27 specimens of Indian paper. Schlosser 39. Short indentation to spine, light thumbing to a couple of leaves, otherwise a fine copy, clean and bright in an unworn binding. In this work, Hunter takes us on a journey through various Indian provinces, examining the techniques used to make paper by hand in each one and providing a valuable record of a vanishing industry. The account of his travels through the country is illustrated with photographs of papermaking equipment and of artisans at work making paper; it describes in detail the materials used and the techniques employed to make paper in each region, and enumerates the special challenges Indian papermakers face in finding quality raw materials and dealing with the discouragement of British colonial officials. Hunter holds out little hope for the future of the craft in India, where artisans are focused on trying to produce paper at lower prices than the machine-made kind--a hopeless task--rather than on making the kind of high-quality paper that cannot be produced on a machine. This work is all the more significant for capturing a dying art and preserving remnants of its products.

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        Papermaking by Hand in India

      New York: Pynson Printers, 1939. 4to. (11 1/4 x 9 inches). Photogravure vignette on title, 84 photogravures on 42 plates, 27 paper specimens. Publisher's prospectus, laid in. Publisher's black leather-backed hand- blocked India print cloth covered boards, original board slipcase. One of 375 numbered copies signed by Hunter, this being copy 134. "Mr. Hunter's sympathetic and thoughtful handling of papermaking in one country after another has produced a group of books that stand as beacons in their fields ... Now comes Mr. Hunter's book on India ... the result of two special journeys to India to investigate mills and collect specimens ... To those who know Dard Hunter's work it is unnecessary to stress that in this book, as in his others, we see with intimate detail the exact conditions under which paper is made and the methods that are used; all with a knowing appraisal of how these fit in with other ancient and primitive traditions in so many of the world's forgotten corners. Dard Hunter long cherished the desire to visit India and see with his own eyes the handmade paper industry of that vast country. It is fortunate indeed that it was possible for him to make these significant trips, and thus place in our hands the only record of Indian handmade paper that exists..." (Prospectus). Schlosser 39.

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        The Jews. Are They Human?

      London: George Allan & Unwin Ltd,, 1939. Octavo. Original red cloth, titles to spine and upper board in black. With the dust jacket. A few light spots to cloth. An excellent, fresh copy in the dust jacket that is only very slightly rubbed with a few short closed tears, fading of the spine panel and edges, and a few tiny white spots on the upper panel. First edition, first impression. An unusually nice copy of this volume repudiating anti-Semitism, written following the author's visit to Berlin in 1937.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        Tropic of Capricorn

      Paris: The Obelisk Press, 1939. First Edition. Octavo. Original publisher's wrappers printed in red and black; 367pp. Bookplate signed by Henry Miller laid in at front endpaper. Neat ownership signature to front endpaper ("S. Lewis Rand / Paris / 1945").Price elided on front flap, with new price stamped on spine (as on most copies); moderate creasing, wear and toning to wrapper edges and spine; small (ca 1/2") triangular chip to base of rear cover; just Very Good. In custom cloth slipcase. & & The third volume in Miller's renowned Obelisk Trilogy, which included Tropic of Cancer (1934) and Black Spring (1936). Like all of Miller's collaborations with Jack Kahane's Obelisk Press, this is a fragile book, rarely found in good condition; the present example shows ample evidence of use, but is still a presentable and complete copy.

      [Bookseller: Lorne Bair Rare Books]
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        Mein Kampf. Jubiläumsausgabe anläßlich der Vollendung des 50. Lebensjahres des Führers

      Mchn., Zentralvlg. d. NSDAP 1939.. kl.-4°. 705, 15 S. (Vlgsanzeigen) Mit 1 Titelportr. OLdr. Mit Goldpräg., Rückensch. u. Kopfgoldschn. In Orig.-Schuber. Sehr guter Zustand.

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        A Coffin for Dimitrios (First Edition)

      New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1939. First American Edition. Near Fine in a Very Good plus, price-clipped dust jacket. Jacket shows only a few small chips and tiny closed tears at the extremities, with some light evidence that there was once some reinforcement at the verso, now professionally removed. Basis for the classic 1944 film noir directed by Jean Negulesco, written for the screen by Frank Gruber and starring Peter Lorre, Sydney Greenstreet and Zachary Scott, in his screen debut as the title character.

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        Rhymed Ruminations. Poems

      Printed for Siegfried Sassoon & Geoffrey Keynes at the Chiswick Press, London 1939, 1939. First edition, limited to just 75 copies printed in Monotype Bodoni. 12mo. With a cover and title-page design by Laurence Whistler. Pictorial boards, very slightly dusty. A crisp and attractive copy. Extremely uncommon.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Very Good.

      [Bookseller: Clearwater Books]
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        FIRST WILL & TESTAMENT

      New York: New Directions, (1939). First Edition. Hardcover. Backstrip darkened, a few nicks in the cloth. Very Good, lacking the dustwrapper. Patchen's second book, consisting of 800 copies, this copy INSCRIBED "with respect and admiration" for W. H. Auden on 10 May 1940 and SIGNED by Patchen. Patchen's first book brought him much acclaim including comparisons to Auden, unlikely as that might seem now. Among Patchen's accomplishments was the initiation of the poetry-and-jazz movement in the late 1950s. Although Auden never seems to have figured in an important way in Patchen's life, the elder poet did take part in a benefit for Patchen two decades after being presented with this book. A truly important presentation copy.

      [Bookseller: Charles Agvent]
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        THE FOURTH WHITE HOUSE CHRISTMAS BOOK. PROCEEDINGS AT THE CEREMONY IN COMMEMORATION OF THE ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTIETH ANNIVERSARY OF THE COMMENCEMENT OF THE FIRST CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES UNDER THE CONSTITUTION AT A JOINT SESSION OF THE CONGRESS IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES MARCH FOURTH NINETEEN THIRTY-NINE. 76th Congress, 1st Session. House Document No. 212. Inscribed to FDR, Jr

      Washington: Government Printing Office, 1939. First Edition. Hardcover. Text block pulling from covers a bit but still very tight; some spotting to leather. Near Fine in a custom clamshell box. Specially bound in black morocco leather, covers with single-fillet gilt border, front cover gilt-lettered; blue watered silk linings, the front lining centering the Presidential seal stamped in gilt. Illustrated with photos; 47 pages. INSCRIBED BY THE PRESIDENT TO HIS SON on the front endpaper: "FDR Jr. from FDR 1939." Included in the text is FDR's address on pages 35-42. One of the scarcest of the Christmas book series, this title has neither a printed nor autograph colophon, and the number of copies made remains unknown. While never achieving the renown of his father, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Jr. was a successful congressman (1949-1954) who twice ran for governor of New York and who was a close friend and early backer of John F. Kennedy. He later became a successful businessman. Housed in a custom blue silk clamshell box with a gilt-lettered black morocco label on the front cover.

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        Navajo Medicine Man: Sandpaintings and Legends of Miguelito

      J.J. Augustin Publisher New York: J.J. Augustin Publisher. (1939). First. First edition. Folio. 83, [48]pp. Illustrated with color plates, printed on imported handmade Japanese paper. Near fine with some light wear to the spine in an original, very good cardboard slipcase with some foxing and age-toning. Images from the John Frederick Huckel Collections. One of 500 copies. Very scarce in slipcase. .

      [Bookseller: Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. ABA]
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        THE BLAMPIED EDITION OF PETER PAN The Original Text of Peter & Wendy

      London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1939. "The Blampied Edition of Peter Pan; The Original Text of Peter & Wendy by J. M. Barrie; Newly Illustrated by Edmund Blampied" pp. viii, 215; 12 tipped-in colour plates (including the frontispiece) tipped on pages with ruled borders, all with captioned tissue guards, 17 full-page black and white illustrations, title page vignette, pictorial endpapers printed in dark green. Original dust jacket rather worn and with some loss, creasing and tears, now protected in a clear removable archival sleeve Highly attractive original green cloth binding with gilt lettering and dark green decoration, minimal wear only, no fading to the spine. Contents clean and tight, name and date "1941" to the top of the front free endpaper, otherwise no inscriptions, it is exceptionally bright without foxing, appears unread. A very good to near fine copy.. First Edition. Hardback. Near Fine/Good. Illus. by Blampied, Edmund. 4to (23 x 29cm).

      [Bookseller: Loe Books]
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        Navajo Medicine Man: Sandpaintings and Legends of Miguelito

      J.J. Augustin Publisher, New York, New York 1939 - Limited edition of 500 copies. Illustrated with color plates, printed on imported handmade Japanese paper. Images from the John Frederick Huckel Collections. Folio, 1/4 leather. The cover is faded along all edges, the leather on the spine shows wear, especially at head and tail. Pages are toned as expected in old paper. Oversize, shipping may not be as quoted by ABE. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Guidon Books]
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        The Family Reunion. A Play

      London: Faber and Faber Limited,, 1939. Octavo. Original grey cloth, titles to spine in red. With the dust jacket. Spine rolled and tanned, cloth rubbed and dulled with some small spots, endpapers spotted. A good copy in the supplied jacket which is rubbed, tanned, and nicked. First edition, first impression. Presentation copy inscribed from the author to his good friend and housemate Father Eric Cheetham on the front free endpaper, "for Fr E. S. Cheetham, with the author's compliments, T. S. Eliot. 10.iii.39". In 1934, after the end of his marriage and his return from a year lecturing in the US, Eliot moved to a boarding house in Coutfield Garden, Kensington. There, he began attending services at St. Stephen's, "a fashionable West End church and one of the leading Anglo-Catholic shrines in England", then headed by vicar Eric Cheetham (Harding, Eliot in Context, p. 308). As Eliot later wrote, "I think that Father Cheetham came to dinner there one night… In this way or some other, I became known to him as a new member of his congregation; and not very long afterwards he offered me rooms, which had become vacant, in his presbytery in Grenville Place. My circumstances at the time were somewhat unusual, and I shall not forget the sympathy and understanding with which he responded to my explanation. I remained his Paying Guest for seven years, first in Grenville Place and then in Emperor's Gate, in a house of which he had rented the two top storeys" (Eliot, panegyric for Father E. S. Cheetham, St. Stephen's Magazine, April 1959). Eliot had begun by this time to "live an austere private life characterized by personal discipline and by responsibilities to the Church" and Cheetham "asked him to become the vicar's (or senior) warden, the highest lay position in the parish" (Dale, Philosopher Poet, p. 121). Though Eliot moved to new accommodations in 1940, he and the vicar remained good friends and clerical partners until Cheetham's death in 1956. Two years later Eliot resigned from his position with the church but continued attending as a congregant, and when he died in 1965 his casket was allowed to remain in St. Stephen's for a short time. An excellent association.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats

      London: Faber and Faber Limited, 1939., 1939. FIRST EDITION. 8vo; pp. 45. Bound in publisher's yellow cloth, upper with red line drawing of two men on rollerskates, in pictorial dustwrapper. Minor soiling, spine a little nicked at ends, discreet gift inscription to flyleaf (at corner). Very good indeed. A presentable copy of a book that too readily shows the slightest wear. "... A classic from the day it was printed, and today... one of the most famous twentieth-century books of all. This one is a must - do you hear me? A must." Children's Modern First Editions.

      [Bookseller: Adrian Harrington Rare Books]
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        OLD POSSUM'S BOOK Of PRACTICAL CATS

      London:: Faber and Faber Limited,. 1939.. 8vo. 1st edition (Gallup A34a). 45, [3] pp.. Yellow cloth binding with printing in red, with front board design by the author. Printed yellow paper dust jacket, with drawings by the author.. VG (offset to lower edge from old-style dj protector)/VG (spine panel. sun darkened/pc)..

      [Bookseller: Tavistock Books, ABAA]
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        Children of God: An American Epic

      Caldwell, ID: Caxton Printers, Ltd., 1939. Fictionalized version of Joseph Smith's life and the founding of the Mormon Church; winner of the Harper Prize for 1939. This is the DeLuxe limited edition, #99 of 100 SIGNED by Fisher and bound in full black leather, top edge gilt. Shows light edgewear; plain clear acetate jacket shows minor chipping; minor foxing to illustrated endsheets, otherwise clean & unmarked, square & tight. Scarce in the original jacket.. First Edition. Full Leather. Very Good/Very Good. 5¾" by 8¼".

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        QUO VADIMUS OR THE CASE FOR THE BICYCLE

      New York: Harper & Brothers, 1939 First Edition. A fine copy in the publisher's orange cloth covered boards morocco-style label to the spine in a lovely example of the dustwrapper showing minimal use at the extremities (faint soiling on the rear panel). 8vo. 219 pp. A very nice copy. Hall A10.. 1st Edition.

      [Bookseller: TBCL The Book Collector's Library]
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        Quo Vadimus? or The Case for the Bicycle

      New York: Harper and Brothers, 1939 First edition, first printing. Fine book in a very good lightly worn and chipped price-clipped jacket.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Very Good.

      [Bookseller: B & B Rare Books, Ltd., ABAA]
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        Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel

      Boston: Houghton Mifflin,1939.. First edition of this children's classic with the date of 1939 on the copyright page. Oblong quarto, original tan cloth. Signed "greetings from Virginia Lee Burton". An excellent near fine copy in a very good price-clipped dust jacket with some closed tears, but without the usual restoration. Housed in a custom quarter morocco clamshell box.

      [Bookseller: Raptis Rare Books, ABAA/ ILAB]
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        For Whom the Bell Tolls

      New York: Charles Scribner's Sons. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. FIRST EDITION of arguably Hemingway's greatest work, with extremely scarce Scribner's outer jacket over the original dust jacket. "In February 1939, with his marriage to Pauline essentially over, Hemingway took his fishing boat, the Pilar, to Havana, where, living in his favorite room in the Hotel Ambos Mundos, he began writing what would be received as his finest novel, For Whom the Bell Tolls. In April Gellhorn rented and made habitable a property outside of Havana, "La Finca Vigia," where she and Hemingway set up their writers' workshop. He worked steadily on his Spanish Civil War story of an American dynamiter, Robert Jordan, and his epic task of destroying a bridge behind Republican lines… "At the end of July 1940 Hemingway delivered his completed typescript of For Whom the Bell Tolls to Max Perkins. The novel appeared on 21 October to ecstatic reviews; four days later Paramount Pictures offered Hemingway $100,000 for the film rights" (American National Biography). First issue: Without photographer's name on back panel of dust jacket. New York: Charles Scribner's, 1940. Octavo, original cloth, original dust jacket, original Scribner's printed outer jacket. Book with toning to pastedowns, dust jacket with a little edge wear; outer jacket with toning to spine and wear to fold and edges. An exceptional copy: the outer jacket has kept the dust jacket extremely bright and fresh; the outer jacket is the only such example we've seen on the market.

      [Bookseller: The Manhattan Rare Book Company]
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        COMPLETE SET of Strange Stories Pulp magazine, Volume I, II, III, IV, V, # 1, 2, 3, February, April, June, August, October, December - 1939, 1940, 1941 ( Flowers From the Moon; Spawn of Blackness; Citadel of Darkness; Creeper In Darkness; Snake Goddess)

      N.Y.: Better Publications / Strange Stories Pulp, 1939 - 1940 -1941, 1st Edition, 1st Printing , 1939. --------------13 volumes, pulp magazine, the complete series, overall a Good to Very Good set, some issues are FAIR, for condition please assume at least some chips and tears and some age toning/browning to paper with a bit of brittleness, some ink names, etc -----issue 1: Fair only with both covers detached ---2:Good to Very Good --3: Good, some short worm holes on bottom edge of text block, four inch by .25 inch loss along fore edge of front cover, dampstain on rear panel --4: Good to Very Good but paper tape along spine edge of covers --5: Good to Very Good --6: Good to VG --7: Good to VG --8: Good to Very Good --9: Good with 1.5 inch loss on the spine in the middle --10: Good, taped spine, loss on spine --11: Good to Very Good --12: Good to Very Good --13: Good to Very Good -----contributing authors include: Don Alviso; John L Benton; David Bernard; Wyatt Blassingame ; Robert Bloch; Carol Boyd; Leigh Brackett; Bernard Breslauer; Arthur J Burks; O. M. Cabral; John Clemons; Eli Colter; Vincent Hamilton Craigie; Jack B Creamer; Ray Cummings; Marian Stearns Curry; Norman A Daniels; ; August W Derleth; Derleth & Mark Schorer; Earle Dow; Fenton W Earnshaw ; Robert Emerick ; Lloyd Arthur Eshbach; Ralph Milne Farley; Tarleton Fiske (aka Robert Bloch); Oscar J Friend; Will Garth; Shelton Goodall; Keith Hammond (aka Henry Kuttner); C William Harrison; Eldon Heath (aka Derleth); Joseph H Hernandez; Carl Jacobi; Carson Judson; Dr David Keller; Otis Adelbert Kline; Henry Kuttner; Frank Belknap Long; Amelia Reynolds Long; James Macfie ; Tally Mason (aka Derleth); Thorp McClusky; C L Moore; Maria Moraysky; Earl Peirce, Jr ; E Hoffman Price; Robert D Price; Dorothy Quick; Seabury Quinn; Capt George J Rawlins; Olga L Rosmanith ; Eric Frank Russell; Alexander Samalman ; Heydorn Schleh ; Mark Schorer; Paul Selonke; Charles S Strong; Don Tracy; Hal G Vermes; A Hyatt Verrill; Bruce Walker; Mordred Weir (aka Amelia Reynolds Long); Manly Wade Wellman; Hampton Wells; Bertram W Williams; Gabriel Wilson; R R Winterbothamd, any image directly beside this listing is the actual book and not a generic photo . First Edition. Pulp. Good. Illus. by Rudolph Belarski; Earle K. Bergey and other pulp cover Artists.

      [Bookseller: Leonard Shoup]
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        VERVE, The French Art Review Volume II, complete 3 issues in original slipcase: Issue 5-6 (Double issue), July-October 1939, Issue 7, April- July 1940 and Issue 8, September- November 1940

      1939-1940. Each issue 10 1/2 x 14 1/4 inches high. Wonderful lithographs by major artists of the day, printed by Moulot Freres in Paris. Double issue 5-6 has front & rear covers by Aristide Maillot, Issue 7 is "Les Tres Riches Heures du Duc de Berry", Issue 8 has colorful lithographed wrappers by Henri Matisse. On title page of issue 8 there is a tipped in note saying that it had been completed only days before the German occupation of Paris and that more than half of the edition had been lost. Condition of the book is VERY GOOD; Issue 5-6 has a light crease on the spine, but is otherwise excellent, covers, text & illustrations are all very clean & vibrant, binding is tight, Issue 7, covers are lightly soiled, and slightly cupped, text & illustrations are very clean, Issue 8, Top one inch of spine missing, very light wear to edges of spine, colors on covers is very bright & fresh, internally the binding is cracked at a few places and a few pages are loose, none are missing. In the original slipcase with dark red lettering and a paste-on illustration, condition is GOOD; covers are well preserved, paper is cracked at edges of spine board, making it rather delicate, VERVE written, in pencil, on spine. Art rare RGR.

      [Bookseller: Andre Strong Bookseller]
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        The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer

      Cambridge, MA: The University Press. Fine. 1939. Limited Edition; Signed by Illustrator. Original Cloth. A most handsome Special Edition printed for Members of the Limited Editions Club at the University Press in 1939, SIGNED by the artist on the colophon page. Bound in blue denim, in Fine condition, spine slightly tanned. Scarce slipcase is slightly worn with near separation of boards at bottom and considerable chipping along edges, otherwise intact and sturdy; Tom Sawyer and his best friend, Huck Finn, confront the endless possibilities of childhood in the fictional town of St. Petersburg, a Mississippi river town in the antebellum South. Days are spent in such diverse activities as whitewashing fences, swearing oaths in blood, and getting lost in dark caves. But below the innocent surface lurk the darker realities of the cruelty, hypocrisy and foolishness of the adult world .

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        FINNEGANS WAKE

      London; Faber & Faber; New York: Viking Press, 1939. FIRST EDITION. LIMITED TO 425 COPIES, SIGNED BY JOYCE (this is copy #206). Hardcover. 260 x 171 mm (10 1/4 x 6 3/4"). 4 p.l., (first blank), 628 pp. FIRST EDITION. LIMITED TO 425 COPIES, SIGNED BY JOYCE (this is copy #206). Original brick red buckram, gilt titling on spine, edges untrimmed and MOSTLY UNOPENED. In the original (very slightly soiled) yellow cloth slipcase, and housed in an extremely attractive modern dark red morocco-backed folding box. Remnants of bookplate glue on front pastedown. Slocum & Cahoon A-49. AN ESPECIALLY FINE COPY--the binding unworn, virtually printine internally, and even the slipcase very well preserved. Published two years before the author's death, this is Joyce's final novel, appropriately all-embracing, bewildering in content, and with a language that is often mellifluous and at the same time inaccessible by any standard measure of denotation. Joyce has said that a person could profitably devote a lifetime to "Finnegans Wake." (Happily for the condition of our volume, the previous owner gave up that endeavor at page 121.) Joyce's biographer Richard Ellman observed, "In his earlier books Joyce forced modern literature to accept new styles, new subject matter, new kinds of plot and characterization. In his last book he forced it to accept a new area of being and a new language. What is ultimately most impressive is the sureness with which, in the midst of such technical accomplishments, he achieved his special mixture of attachment and detachment, of gaiety and lugubriousness. He was no saturnine artificer contriving devices, but one of life's celebrants, in bad circumstances cracking good jokes, foisting upon ennuis and miseries his comic vision." The spines on volumes of this work are normally faded; because our remarkably well-preserved copy has been inside a folding box for at least part of its life has no doubt helped to keep the cloth an overall uniform color.

      [Bookseller: Phillip J. Pirages Fine Books and Mediev]
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