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        "The Gayway". Original chlorobromide print

      San Francisco, 1939. 6-1/4 x 9-1/2 inches, matted. Signed and titled on the overmat. A multiple exposure montage of neon lights from The Gayway which was the entertainment zone at the Treasure Island Fair: Golden Gate International Exposition. The Golden Gate International Exposition opened February 18, 1939 and ran until November, and opened again in 1940 from May through September. Prominently featured in the photograph is the sign from the Gayway's most popular attraction: Sally Rand's Nude Ranch. A rare modernist work from this photographer, better known for his pictorialist landscapes and portraits. The reverse of the mat has the photographer's sticker with his Buchanan Street, San Francisco address, pencil notes, a stamp from an exhibition at the Seattle International and one at the California Camera Club in April 1939.

      [Bookseller: Thomas A Goldwasser Rare Books]
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        Finnegans Wake

      London: Faber and Faber,, 1939. Octavo. Finely bound by the Chelsea Bindery in full red morocco, title and decoration to spine gilt, single rule to boards gilt, inner dentelles gilt, marbled endpapers, gilt edges. A fine copy. First edition, first impression. 3,400 copies of this edition were printed of which 950 were destroyed. Joyce's final work.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        SHELLEY AND MARY. For Private Circulation Only. (4 books in 3 volumes).

      [Mercer University], 1939., 1939.. Very good. FROM THE LIBRARY OF THE NOTED SHELLEY SCHOLAR DONALD H. REIMAN, SIGNED BY HIM - Folio, 14-1/2 inches high by 8-5/8 inches wide. Three volumes uniformly bound in maroon cloth by the "National Library Bindery" with their discreet label on the front pastedown of each volume, titled in gilt on the spine. The covers are rubbed & soiled with some stains to the front cover of the third volume. 1,243 consecutively numbered typed pages, with occasional corrections in ink. Very good. From the library of the noted Shelley Scholars David B. Owens and Donald H. Reiman, signed by both of them on the front endpaper of each volume."This typed copy of Shelley and Mary is an exact page-by-page reproduction of the Dowden-Wise-British Museum copy of the original book.... The present typed copy was made in 1938-1939 at Mercer University under the supervision of Professor Frederick L. Jones." -[Quoted from the prefatory "Notice"]."Shelley's son, Sir Percy Florence Shelley, and his son's wife, Lady Jane Shelley, gave one of the 12 copies of Shelley and Mary (1882) to Edward Dowden when he accepted their invitation to become Shelley's official biographer. A great portion of Dowden's great Life of Shelley (2 vols., 1886) is based directly on Shelley and Mary.... Shelley and Mary is the most important printed collection of materials relating to Shelley in existence. Its contents are the Shelley family papers, augmented by the assiduous efforts of Mrs. Shelley, Shelley's son Percy Florence, and his wife Lady Jane Shelley, who through many years sought out and purchased letters and other materials and relics which illuminated the life of Shelley and his friends...." - [Quoted from the prefatory "Notice"].In 1878, Percy Florence Shelley's wife Lady Shelley told the biographer Richard Garnett, who discovered and edited some of Shelley's unpublished poems, that "the time has certainly arrived when all the materials touching on the life of Shelley & Mary must be so arranged that at our death or before it a true statement of facts may be ready to correct the misrepresentations & misstatements which are constantly being made either by ignorant or malicious people". This endeavor, titled "Mary and Shelley", was completed and printed as a private edition on handmade paper in 1882 in an edition of only 12 copies. The work contains letters written by Mary and Percy Bysshe Shelley and by others, and includes daily journals and lists of the books they read. Particularly useful is a 10-page table of the letters in "Shelley and Mary". This table is not in the printed copy.The noted Shelley scholar Donald H. Reiman was co-editor of "Shelley and His Circle". Reiman wrote, edited (or co-edited) approximately 200 volumes of literary criticism and was the general editor of the "Manuscripts of the Younger Romantics" and "The Bodleian Shelley Manuscripts" among many other works. He was a founder of the Byron Society of America and of the Wordsworth-Coleridge Association, and several other literary societies. His rare book collection is in a special collection of the University of Delaware Library.Also a Shelley scholar David B. Owens wrote "A Checklist of Shelley Autograph Material Found in American Libraries", published in Columbus, OH at Capital University in 1961.

      [Bookseller: Blue Mountain Books & Manuscripts, Ltd.]
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        Über das Zerplatzen des Urankernes durch langsame Neutronen," Offprint from Abhandlungen der Preussischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, 1939

      Berlin: Akademie der Wissenschaften, 1939 NEAR FINE CONDITION FIRST EDITION IN ORIGINAL WRAPS OF THE OFFPRINT of the first of Hahn and Strassmann's "three fundamental papers on nuclear fission," work which, when confirmed, demonstrated the previously unknown phenomenon of nuclear fission (Dibner, Heralds of Science, 168). "Über das Zerplatzen" constitutes the "first comprehensive account of the phenomenon of nuclear fission. In 1938, the radiochemist, Otto Hahn and the nuclear chemist Fritz Strassmann demonstrated the presence of radioactive barium, lanthanum and cesium among the products of neutron bombardment of uranium-a phenomenon that seemed to contradict all previous experiences of nuclear physics" (Norman). This paper "indicated fission of the uranium nucleus into two parts of about equal size with the release of much energy [in fact a tremendous jump over the energy produced in all previous transmutation reactions" (Dibner). Hahn and Strassmann's findings resulted from irradiation of uranium by neutrons produced by exposing beryllium to the alpha particles from radium; their discovery was made by recognizing the nature of the radioactive products from the fission reactions. Hahn received the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1944; Hahn, Meitner and Strassmann, the Fermi award in 1966. References: Dibner, Heralds of Science 168; Norman 163. CONDITION & DETAILS: Berlin: Verlag der Akademie der Wissenshaften. Quarto (11.5 x 8.25 inches; 288 x 206mm). 20pp. Four figures. Offprint in original printed wraps. Bright and clean. Near fine condition in every way.

      [Bookseller: Atticus Rare Books]
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        Il Rurale Sannita - 1939-1940 dell'unione fascista lavoratori agricoltura - Benevento

      Tip. "Le Forche caudine" - Benevento. ITALIANO 0,04 Due giornali della prima metà del '900 in stato discreto, su testata del N. 4 del 1939 talloncino in carta con intestazione del destinatario della copia, su quella dell'altro numero intestazione manoscritta a penna; piccoli fori d'insetto, bruniture, N. 8 1940 peggio conservato con strappi sul bordo, scritta con matita colorata su prima pagina. Due inserzioni pubblicitarie. N. 4, 25 giugno 1939, anno I e N. 8, 31 agosto 1940, anno II de Il Rurale Sannita - Mensile dell'unione fascista lavoratori agricoltura - Benevento. USATO

      [Bookseller: Biblioteca di Babele]
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        Comune di Guardia Sanframondi - Avviso d'asta per l'appalto della riscossione delle imposte di consumo pel quinquennio 1940-1944

      Tip. De Martini - Benevento, 1939. ITALIANO 0,05 Manifesto degli anni '30 in buono stato, ben piegato, bordo poco sfregato, strappetti, segni di rugine, vari timbri e scritte a penna, firma del responsabile comunale per le affissioni, quattro marche da bollo da cent. venti, sul retro due francobolli da cent. 10, vari timbri e firma del podestà. USATO

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        Olivetti. Una campagna pubblicitaria. (Studio 42)

      Alfieri & Lacroix, 1939. In 4, pp. (6) + (2) con 16 tavole pubblicitarie ognuna supportata da un cartoncino di appoggio. Mezza tela editoriale. Minime spellature al piatto anteriore e all'angolo inferiore del piatto anteriore. Edizione originale. Oera dell'Ufficio tecnico di Pubblicita' Olivetti all'epoca diretto da Leonardo Sinisgalli che era da poco succeduto a Renato Zveteremich. Pintori. alla cui mano si devono molte delle tavole della pubblicazione (insieme a Nivola), era entrato in Olivetti nel 1937 e questa per la macchina per scrivere Studio 42 fu una delle sue prime campagne. Proprio questo periodo e' considerato uno dei piu' fecondi per la Olivetti intesa come grande generatore culturale. Sono gli anni dei grandi allestimenti negli showroom di Milano e Roma che sintetizzavano il meglio degli spunti provenienti dalle avanguardie internazionali. Proprio nella prefazione a questo importante catalogo, Elio Vittorini fa riferimento all'Umanesimo pubblicitario, concetto che guidera' l'agire dei tanti intellettuali coinvolti nelle imprese dell'industria di Ivrea. Vittorini nel ragionamento che introduce le 16 tavole ha ben chiara la natura della pubblicita', nata da bisogno, sentimento e calcolo di autoaffermazione. Se lo scopo era quello di conquistare proseliti, questo scopo e' stato raggiunto solo per via quantitativa. Col tempo, pero', questa 'pubblicita' autoritaria', ha generato indifferenza umana. Proprio per questo e' nato l'umanesimo pubblicitario rendendo qualitativo il fatto quantitativo. In questa campagna pubblicitaria gli autori hanno preso il prodotto come elemento da elaborare in immagine creando immagini poetiche che riuscissero a durare nell'uomo e a vivere in lui. Cfr. Astarita, Gli architetti di Olivetti. Campus, Architetti e artisti per l'art design. ITA

      [Bookseller: Libreria Antiquaria Coenobium]
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        Adventures of the Wishing Chair

      Newnes, UK 1939 - 2nd Edition 1939. A very scarce edition. Different publication to the 1st Edition which had a decorative wrapper. This book was published with a clear glassine wrapper and is totally different . I suspect Newnes used the pictorial plate to the front to sell the book. Illustrated throughout by Hilda McGavin with colour frontis and black and white drawings. Book is very good++ and bright. A nice example. More images can be taken upon request. Ref Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Lasting Words Ltd]
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        Rerikh. [Part I]

      Riga: Izdevis Rericha muzejs, 1939. Hardcover. Good. This part only. frontis (self-portrait), 20 full-page color illustrations of Roerich's paintings tipped-in on one side of unnumbered leaves plus numerous smaller color and black & white illustrations tipped-in on portions of the numbered pages, [6], [7]-188, [4]p. Original cloth. 34cm. Stain on lower portion of covers which is most evident internally of first few pages at front and back of the book and from some general light rippling at bottom of other pages. No jacket or slipcase present -- don't know if the book was issued with either. Small printed card laid in ("Avec nos compliments les plus sinceres. Societe des amis du Musee Roerich en Lettonie ..."). Text or commentary by Vsev. N. Ivanova and E. F. Gollerbakh. Russian title and text. More volumes were apparently projected but never published -- probably because of the Russian seizure of Latvia in 1940.

      [Bookseller: McBlain Books]
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        The Map of Love

      J.M. Dent and Sons, London 1939 - First Edition, First Printing with the words "First Published 1939" printed on the copyright page. A beautiful copy. This ORIGINAL dustjacket is rich in color with NO chips or tears. The book is in excellent condition with minor wear to the boards. The binding is tight with NO cocking or leaning. The pages are exceptionally clean with NO writing, marks or bookplates in the book. A wonderful copy in collector's condition. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Quintessential Rare Books, LLC]
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        Lark Rise

      Oxford University Press, 1939. Hardcover. Very Good. A first edition, first printing published by the Oxford University Press in 1939. The first book in the Candleford trilogy with illustrations by Lynton Lamb. A very good+ (or better) book with some spotting to the prelims and some spotting to the page edges. No inscriptions whatsoever. In a dust wrapper which has benefitted from some professional restoration to the spine and a little to the edges. Price clipped.

      [Bookseller: John Atkinson Books]
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        Oriental Assembly. Edited by A.W. Lawrence. With Photographs by the Author.

      - Williams & Norgate, London 1939. 8vo. XII+291 pages, including 111 illustrations plates in b/w. Orig. cloth in dust wrappers. Fine/fine. Slight marginal foxing to the first pages and to fore-edge. * First edition. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Vangsgaards Antikvariat Aps]
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      London: The Hogarth Press, 1939. First Edition. Hardcover. Very good. A semiautobiographical account of Isherwood's time in 1930s Berlin, describing pre-Nazi Germany and the people he encountered. Described by George Orwell as "brilliant sketches of a society in decay," it remains Isherwood's best known work. The novel was adapted by John Van Druten into the Broadway play I Am a Camera (1951), and then a less successful 1951 film starring Laurence Harvey, Shelley Winters, and Julie Harris. The book was then adapted into the Tony Award-winnng musical Cabaret (1966) and the 1972 film of the same name for which Liza Minnelli won an Academy Award. Octavo. Original cloth binding, with red titles. Period previous owner's signature and date (1939) to the front flyleaf, with a small bookseller's label to the rear pastedown. The spine is a trifle sun faded; otherwise very good. Accompanied by the remnants of the original dust jacket and a pristine facsimile dust jacket.

      [Bookseller: The Book Shop, LLC]
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        Circus Parade.

      San Francisco, Calif., ca. 1939. - Watercolor painting. 12 x 9 inches. Signed. The artist was the Head of Conservation for the Avery Brundage Collection of the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco in the 1980s. [Attributes: Signed Copy]

      [Bookseller: Wittenborn Art Books]
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        Zsolnay - Kunst - Edition Perry Rhodan - Die dritte Macht - Vorstoß nach Arkon - Der kosmische Vogel - Der Unsterbliche - Das Mutanten-Korps

      415, 408, 405, 409, 406 Seiten 8, gebundene Ausgabe, Original-Leineneinbände in Holzkasette einmalige, limitierte Vorzugsausgabe Nr. 137 von 500. Im Band "Die dritte Macht" von A.R. Penck nummeriert und signiert, Umschlagentwurf und Vorsatzillustrationen von A.R. Penck. 5 Bände in Holzkassette.In einer orange lackierten Holz-Kassette ausgeliefert, wurde der Reprint der ersten fünf Silberbände mit Umschlägen des Künstlers A. R. Penck versehen. Die Bücher enthalten ein Vorwort von William Voltz. A. R. Penck (* 5. Oktober 1939 in Dresden - + 2. Mai 2017 in Zürich), eigentlich Ralf Winkler (Pseudonyme waren Mike Hammer, T.M., Mickey Spilane, Theodor Marx, a.Y. oder ganz schlicht Y), war ein bekannter deutscher Maler, Grafiker und Bildhauer und Jazzschlagzeuger.

      [Bookseller: Bührnheims Literatursalon GmbH]
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        Shaw Gives Himself Away: An Autobiographical Miscellany

      Gregynog Press, Newtown, Wales 1939 - Number 108 of 300 copies. 1939. Hardcover, 8vo., full dark green morocco with onlays (author's initials and horizontal bands) in red morocco. Bound by Paul Nash, with his name and the Gregynog Press Bindery stamped on the rear endpapers. Frontis portrait engraved by John Farleigh. Near Fine. The red leather sections on the spine have sunned and are now closer to orange. Minor shelfwear to the corners and spine ends. Fine, clean contents. A beautiful Nash binding, with hints of Art Deco. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Caliban Books Pittsburgh PA, ABAA]
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        Nuzi: Report on the Excavations at Yorgan Tepa near Kirkuk, Iraq, Conducted by Harvard University in Conjunction with the American Schools of Oriental Research and the University Museum of Philadelphia, 1927-1931. Vol. 1: Text, Vol. 2: Plates and Plans. 2-vol. set (Complete)

      Harvard University Press, Cambridge 1939 - Folio (12 1/2 x 9 1/2"). xxxviii, [2], 615, [1]pp (Vol. 1); vi, 41, [3]pp (Text), 142pp (Photographic plates), 44 full-page and large folded plans (Vol. 2). Original full burgundy cloth, with gold lettering to spines. This striking two-volume set documents Richard Francis Strong Starr's expedition to the ancient Mesopotamian city of Nuzi (destroyed in 1350 B.C.), in modern-day Iraq, that unearthed the world's oldest map and armor. The map was dated to 2500 B.C. The excavation of Nuzi turned up also glass artifacts and thousands of clay tablets, marked in cuneiform, one of the earliest forms of writing. The tablets describe the society of the day and, when combined with the material excavated from Nuzi, create a powerful resource for scholars seeking to understand the Mesopotamian region of more than three thousand years ago.This scholarly set is profusely illustrated throughout with 142 b/w photographic plates as well as 44 full-page and large folded plans.Bindings slightly rubbed with sporadic and tiny discoloration spots on covers. Previous owner's name in ink on inside of each front cover. Bindings in overall good to good+, interior in very good condition. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Le Miracle Grec (Envoi Autographe De l'Auteur À Gabriel Marcel).

      Edition Denoël 1939 - Grand in-8° broché, 211 pages. Bel et long envoi autographe de l'auteur à Gabriel Marcel sur la page de garde. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Soft Cover]

      [Bookseller: PRISCA]
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        1939 to 1942 Wisden Hardbacks - Set of 4

      This lot is a Set of 4 Hardback Wisdens - 1939 1940 1941 1942. In Good to Very Good Condition, with 1940 to 42 being hard to find books. 1939 is very good for its age with exceptionalhinges for the year, some spine gilt fading. 1940 has facsimile gilts and some weakness to the hinges. 1941 has weak hinges , fading to spine gilts but nice inside. 1942 has facsimile gilts and some rubbing to page 3.

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        The Confidential Agent.

      London: William Heinemann Limited,, 1939. Octavo. Original blue cloth, titles to spine in red, publisher's device in blind to rear cover, buff endpapers. With the dust jacket. Bookseller's ticket to foot of rear pastedown. Spine slightly faded; a very good copy in the jacket with two cup rings to front panel, faint mark to spine, a couple of shallow chips and nicks, short closed tear to foot of front panel, a little creasing, erased pencil marks to rear panel. First edition, first impression, in the second issue dust jacket with overprice sticker to front flap. This is one of the author's key pre-war mystery novels featuring an "intricate duel between good and evil", written in only six weeks (ODNB). Uncommon in the dust jacket.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        John Wisden's Cricketers' Almanack for 1939 - 1939 Original Hardback Wisden, Presentation (to NormPreston)

      1939. This lot is an 1939 Original Hardback Wisden. In Good Condition. 39s are never great and this is good and above avergae but there are nicer ones. This however is special as once owned by future editor Norman Preston and a Presentation copy from Wilfred Brookes. This book is good, it has had no restoration, the front board is a bit dark and the letters are dark too (so look faded) , the lettering is fading to the spine. Inside the hinges are strong but you can se the mesh to both front and rear hinges. Nice inside but small splash mark to page 31g.

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        Photograph Album and Scrapbook of the German Cruise Ship Columbus

      No Publisher [1939], No Place - Plastic adhesive photo album. The photo album is not contemporary to the photos, and was likely assembled in later years. Some photos are loose and not mounted on the photo pages. American Dancer and Actress Delice Hazen McCauley's personal scrapbook of photos from the final cruise of the German passenger ship SS Columbus in September 1939. 60 photos, as well as McCauley's passport and newspaper clipping. Photos are clear and vary in size; most are from the ship's photographer taking candid snaps during typical cruise activities. More than forty 3 1/2 x5 1/2 inch professional prints (ship's photographer); 9 souvenir photos of ship and ship's interior; and four 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 inch snap shots. McCauley was a crew member hired as an entertainer and dance instructor. The album contains photos of the passengers and crew on-board and during land excursions throughout the Caribbean voyage. Ms. McCauley's personal notations describe many of the pictures, including names of passengers and crew. Notable passengers include theatrical and industrial designer, Norman Bel Geddes, and his teenage daughter Barbara Bel Geddes, who would later find fame on Broadway and in Hollywood (She was the original Maggie in Tennessee Williams Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and J.R.'s mother in TV show Dallas). Most of the passengers were American tourists traveling on the Nazi flagged German cruise ship which embarked on this final cruise prior to declaration of war in Europe. They were not half-way through their itinerary on September 2nd when France and Britain declared war on Germany. The captain was ordered to return the ship immediately to Germany. The passengers were dropped in Havana, Cuba, and were subsequently shuttled back to Florida by an American ship. Ultimately the German captain and crew scuttled the SS Columbus before leaving the Caribbean to avoid a likely encounter with an enemy war ship in the Atlantic. The crew were picked up by the USS Tuscaloosa, brought back to New York City, and the German nationals spent the remainder of the war in an internment camp in New Mexico. Ms. McCauley, being an American citizen, returned to the U.S. but it is unknown if she disembarked in Havana with the other American passengers, or remained with the ship's crew and was taken to New York on the USS Tuscaloosa. This album also contains contemporary newspaper clippings, as well as Delice Hazen McCauley's passport from 1939

      [Bookseller: Yesterday's Gallery, ABAA]
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        Finnegan's Wake - true first printing of the UK edition

      London: Faber and Faber, 1939. A first edition, first printing published by Faber and Faber in 1939. A near fine book with some light spotting to the prelims. No inscriptions. In a very good+ wrapper which is unclipped and has chipping to the edges and to the spine in places. Now protected in mylar.

      [Bookseller: John Atkinson Books]
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        Shaw Gives Himself Away: An Autobiographical Miscellany

      Newtown, Wales: Gregynog Press, 1939. Limited ed. Hardcover. Near Fine. Number 108 of 300 copies. 1939. Hardcover, 8vo., full dark green morocco with onlays (author's initials and horizontal bands) in red morocco. Bound by Paul Nash, with his name and the Gregynog Press Bindery stamped on the rear endpapers. Frontis portrait engraved by John Farleigh. Near Fine. The red leather sections on the spine have sunned and are now closer to orange. Minor shelfwear to the corners and spine ends. Fine, clean contents. A beautiful Nash binding, with hints of Art Deco.

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        Finnegans Wake.

      London: Faber and Faber, 1939 - Octavo. Finely bound by the Chelsea Bindery in full red morocco, title and decoration to spine gilt, single rule to boards gilt, inner dentelles gilt, marbled endpapers, gilt edges. A fine copy. First edition, first impression. 3,400 copies of this edition were printed of which 950 were destroyed. Joyce's final work. Slocum and Cahoon A47. [Attributes: First Edition]

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA member]
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        The Grapes of Wrath

      Viking Press, New York 1939 - Hardcover. First edition. A lovely copy of Steinbeck's classic work of the dispossessed and hopeful. A near fine book with minor soiling to the edges of the boards. First edition statement on the copyright page. Oatmeal pictorial cloth stamped in brown. Battle Hymn of the Republic end papers. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1940 and one of the most important American novels of the 20th century. NO dust jacket. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Sawtooth Books, ABAA]
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        Kingdom Come : The Magazine of War-Time Oxford (Vols 1 & 2 complete in 8 Issues)

      Sole editions of Vols. 1 & 2 complete in 8 Issues published in Oxford between 1939-41. Vol 1: 135 pages + Ads, Vol 2: 118 pages + Ads. Original stapled wrappers of similar design but varying colours. The issues are in Very Good++ condition. Lightly nicked and soiled which is heavier in the latter respect on issue Vol 1, No. 4. A notable publication described in the TLS as ' the first literary journal to appear in Britain after the start of the Second World War'. Volume 1 was edited by John Waller and Kenneth Harris, with the latter replaced by Miles Vaughan Williams for the second run (with all three names appearing , alongside Mildred Clinkard in the transitional Vol 1, No. 4). The magazines feature an impressive line-up of contributors: Waller and others of the Salamander Group , Naomi Mitchison, Kay Boyle, Emmanuel Carnevali, Norman Nicholson, Nevill Coghill (who takes T.S.Eliot to task for the 'vice of facetiousness' in a forthright review of 'East Coker'), Christina Foyle, G.S. Fraser's translations of Andre Breton, Paul Eluard & Georgio de Chirico, C. Day Lewis, John Middleton Murray, Nicholas Moore, Marie Stopes, Frederick Prokosch, Ruthven Todd, Laurence Whistler, Laurence Housman, Henry Greece, Edmund Blunden and many more. Richard Adams, then of Worcester College, makes a brief (but non-literary) appearance in the second number, as a Sales manager, and then reappears with a poetic contribution in the fourth. The cover design is rendered in varying colour combinations - a striking design by Baptista Gilliat-Smith of a cocktail party shattered by an aerial incursion. The literary contributions are similarly engaged with ongoing events, with the delay between the last number of the first volume and the first number of the next explained by 'the bombing of London'. The magazine continued to a third sequence, not present here. A very good set and scarce as such. More images available on request. Ashton Rare Books welcomes direct contact.

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        History of Santa Barbara County, State of California. Its People and Its Resources

      Harold McLean Meier, Publisher, Santa Barbara 1939 - 496 pp. plus index Thick quarto. original oxblood leather pictorially stamped in offwhite, red, green and gray, lettered in gilt, edges stained light red. Profusely illustrated. "To one who was born in California and has a pardonable pride in her romantic past and an undying faith in her future greatness it has been a pleasure to edit the Historical section of this work wherein is recorded the story of this particular section of California, Santa Barbara County. In the early history of Santa Barbara County many of the very vital actions of the future great State of California had their beginning, and down through the years as we developed, our progress has been recorded in song and story. . Santa Barbara County has ever been foremost in preserving and perpetuating the traditions of our romantic past, and to the founders and pioneers we humbly dedicate this work." -from the Foreword. Spine with some repairs to the leather, hinges weak [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        The New Testament. Translated by William Tyndale, 1534. A reprint of the edition of 1534 with the translator's preface and notes and the variants of the edition of 1525. Edited for the Royal Society of Literature by N. Hardy Wallis, with an introduction by Isaac Foot.

      Cambridge: Printed for the Royal Society of Literature, 1939 - Large quarto (285 x 227 mm). Contemporary red crushed morocco, titles to spine in gilt in compartments, Royal Coat of Arms in gilt to front cover, yellow silk page markers, brown endpapers, top edge gilt. Spine lightly faded, minor rubbing to extremities, slight soiling and a couple of scratches to covers, faint offsetting to prelims, foxing to edges; a very good, bright copy. Title page printed in red and black. Text printed within single rule frame. Frontispiece facsimile of original 1534 title-page and 23 plates. First edition thus, limited issue, number 58 of 500 copies. Hardy Wallis's translation was first published, without the illustrations, in 1938. Tipped-in is a presentation letter from Sir Robert Tasker to the headmaster of his alma mater Ardingly College, 7 February 1959, and a photocopied letter of thanks from the headmaster George Snow. Pasted onto the first blank is The Times obituary for Tasker, 2 March 1959. Laid-in is a review from The Sunday Telegraph, 20 December 1992 by Hugh Trevor-Roper of David Daniell's edition of Tyndale's Old Testament. [Attributes: First Edition]

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA member]
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        The Problem of Meighen Island. Intended as the Third Chapter But Suppressed in the Publication of "Unsolved Mysteries of the Arctic".

      New York: Joseph Robinson, 1939. sep 22 2017. iii, 257-328. b/w maps, one drawn by Rockwell Kent. The Arctic Bib. 16850 blandly states, “Discussion of Meighen Island... in relation to the travels and observations of... Sverdrup... in 1900, ... Cook in 1908, Stefansson in 1916. The author states the mystifying facts concerning this island which he discovered and named, but which seemingly had appeared on a contemporary map showing Cook’s journey, and which Cook denied having seen.” In fact, the pamphlet was suppressed because of the threat of a libel suit by Cook, and was never offered for sale. It was privately printed and distributed, being limited to 300 copies, of which this is #239. A very good copy, bound in blue cloth with an eight-line signed inscription by Stefansson on the front blank.

      [Bookseller: Ten Pound Island Book Co.]
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        Terre des hommes

      - Nrf, Paris 1939, 11,5x18,5cm, relié. - Prima edizione, una delle 10 copie numerate su Holland, tirando ampia la carta più piccola con 10 la Cina. Binding metà marocchino rosso con gli angoli, di nuovo con quattro nervi fissati con ghirlande dorate e decorate con le scatole dorate doppie arredate nei loro centri di punta stampati a freddo, la coda ghirlanda d'oro di nuovo, piatti di carta marmorizzata, guardie e contreplats carta il serbatoio, coperchi e schienali conservati, firmato vincolante Bernasconi. Una descrizione biblioteca incollato tag la testa di una guardia. Nizza copia ben stabilito. - [FRENCH VERSION FOLLOWS] Edition originale, un des 130 exemplaires numérotés sur vélin pur fil, après seulement 1 Whatman, 9 Chine et 23 Hollande. Reliure en demi maroquin noisette à coins, dos à cinq nerfs, date dorée en queue, un mors habilement restauré en tête, plats, gardes et contreplats de papier à la cuve, tête dorée, couvertures et dos conservés, reliure signée de Malcorps.  Envoi autographe signé d'Antoine de Saint-Exupéry à monsieur et madame Maurice Crick. Provenance : de la bibliothèque de Maurice Crick avec son ex-libris encollé sur une garde. Bel exemplaire agréablement établi.

      [Bookseller: Librairie Feu Follet]
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        Brighton Aquatints.

      London: Duckworth, printed at the Curwen Press,, 1939. Twelve original aquatints of modern Brighton with short descriptions by the artist and an introduction by Lord Alfred Douglas. Oblong folio. Original red cloth-backed blue marbled paper boards, titles in gilt to printed paper label to front cover. With 12 monochrome aquatints, with tissue-guards, the accompanying text on printed blue paper. Slight wear to extremities, faint browning to covers, occasional creasing to tissue-guards, a very good, bright copy. Sole edition, one of 200 copies. Piper visited Brighton in 1938, shortly after completing a course of lessons at the Royal College of Art in producing aquatints. This collection, key in Piper's artistic development, was produced with the architect James Richards "in imitation of a Romantic guidebook", shortly after (ODNB). With a contemporary gift inscription to the front free endpaper, "Ambrose, with love from Anne, Feb. 23 1940". The recipient is believed to be food writer Ambrose Heath (1891–1969). An uncommon work, traced at seven institutions in the UK.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        The Lore of the Chinese Lute. An Essay in Ch'in Ideology. ORIGINAL FIRST EDITION. Sophia University, Monumenta Nipponica. 1939

      Tokyo: Sophia University [Monumenta Nipponica], 1939 - First edition, first printing. Original offprints. Quarto, 25.2*17.2cm. Gulik's essay was serialized in 4 parts in "Monumenta Nipponica", from Vol 1, No 2 (July 1938) to Vol 3, No 1 (January 1940), altogether 4 installments in 4 issues. Here only 2 issues are present while the 1938 issue and 1940 issue are missing. Extremely rare. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

      [Bookseller: Chinese Art Books]
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        Le comte des formes

      Société Les Amis de C.A. Cingria / Librairie des Trois MagotsParis 1939 - Un des 200 ex. num. sur alfa. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Soft Cover]

      [Bookseller: ShepherdsBook]
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        Robbery Under Law - in the first issue unrestored dust wrapper with Chapman and Hall's advertising postcard

      London: Chapman and Hall, 1939. A first edition first printing published by Chapman and Hall in 1939. A near fine book without inscriptions, in a very good+ clipped wrapper with one slither of loss to the head of the front panel. Some light wear to the spine tips and edges and some staining to the rear panel. Rare to find unresetored. Scarce.

      [Bookseller: John Atkinson Books]
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        The Local. Text by Maurice Gorham.

      London Cassell & Co. Ltd 1939 - First edition, 8vo (23.5 x 16 cm)., 51 pp., frontispiece and fourteen full-page (one double) colour lithographs by Ardizzone, save for some offsetting to endpapers, internally fine, publisher's illustrated paper-covered boards printed in grey, black and crimson, fine with none of the usual splitting to the spine, glassine dust-wrapper with printed flaps with small loss to top edge of rear panel, otherwise fine; an exceptionally bright, clean copy of a rare, early work. "Ardizonne's illustrations are generally concerned with contemporary life untouched by political, religious or ideological conflicts. His approach is not satiric or moralistic but autobiographical, and his drawings are representational and humorous and demonstrate his affection for people" (The Dictionary of 20th Century British Book Illustrators) A very rare title to find in such excellent condition because the publisher's premises were bombed during the Blitz, destroying all the unsold copies, printing blocks, etc. A sequel was published in 1949 but due to post-war austerity the illustrations are not in colour and in general it pales somewhat by comparison. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Shapero Rare Books]
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        The Case of the Rolling Bones

      NY: Morrow, 1939. First Edition. hardcover. Near fine with some very light foxing, in a VG Dust Jacket missing shallow chips at spine extremities Perry Mason

      [Bookseller: Mystery Cove Book Shop]
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        Kolkhoz The Collective Farm

      Unpag. (95 pp.) English-language photo essay on collective farming in the Soviet Union, published in New York at the World's Fair, with several pages of text and many black-and-white photographs, captioned, many with locations included, depicting life on collective farms, including women and men operating farm machinery, harvesting, pollinating via airplane, blacksmithing, dinner in the field, children, field camp, recreation, cotton plantations, livestock, fruit orchards, carpet-weaving, tea rooms, the sanatorium, maternity home, hospital, kindergarten, schools, voting, and other activies, from various locations around the then USSR, including the Staro-Beshevsky, Krasnoarmeisky, Slavyansk, Odessa, Turkmenia, Korablin, Zhazhkovsky, Dmitrovsky, Skadovsky, Kiev, and Stalin districts and regions. Illustrated profusely throughout. 4to. Cloth boards with grain of wheat in relief to front cover, some minor soiling and rubbing especially to extremities. Moscow/Leningrad (State Art Publishers) 1939. Scarce; as of August 2017, WorldCat locates 6 holdings in the United States.

      [Bookseller: F.A. Bernett Books]
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        Geschichte in Bildern - I.- IV. Band

      Stuttgart, Verlag für Volksgesundung, ohne Jahr (1939), Gebundene Ausgabe, Halbleineneinband- Mappe, Großformat-quer, 80 + 71 + 70 + 125 Blätter mit Zeichnungen zur deutschen Geschichte, Adel, politische und militärische Anführer, Schlachten etc., Der IV. Band beschäftigt sich ausschließlich mit dem Dritten Reich, Zeichnungen von allen bekannten Funktionsträgern, weiterhin Tafeln mit Wiedergabe von Propaganda-Bildern, Einbände mit kleinen Beschädigungen, Zustand 2-(F1443) (1939)

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat Ehbrecht - Preis inkl. MwSt.]
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        The Merchant of Yonkers

      NY: Harper & Brothers, 1939, 1939. FIRST EDITION INSCRIBED. 1 vol., publisher's original stamped brown cloth binding, with the original DJ, DJ not price clipped. Inscribed on the title-page"Like Cornelius and Barnaby some day I'm coming to New York again to have fun with the Freemans says Thort." Small bookplate to front pastedown otherwise FINE/VG+. The reference to "the Freemans" is to a young Morgan Freeman who played in the all black version of the Broadway play which also included Cab Calloway, Mabel King, Clifton Davis, and Ernestine Jackson. A wonderful and playful inscription.

      [Bookseller: D&D Galleries - ABAA]
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