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        The Wild Palms

      New York: Random House, 1939 First edition, first printing. About fine in a jacket with some light wear to the spine ends and few small tears, else near fine and bright copy.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Dust Jacket Included.

      [Bookseller: B & B Rare Books, Ltd., ABAA]
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        Biggles Flies North

      Published by Oxford University Press, Amen House, London First Edition 1939. London 1939. First edition hard back binding in publisher's original light brown cloth covers and top edge, dark brown lettering and aeroplane flying through some trees illustration to the spine, brown lettering, aeroplane and circular compass illustration to the upper panel. 8vo 1.9 thick x 7½" x 5½" 254 pp. Colour frontispiece and six monochrome illustrations by Howard Leigh and Will Narraway. Slight foxing to the page edges and end papers, corners sharp and pointed, colours not faded. Very Good condition book in original second impression dust wrapper which has 'Biggles Secret Agent' listed to the rear. Two pieces of paper missing to the spine ends removing all of the text, colour copy dust wrapper laid behind the missing pieces, rubbing of the paper down the upper fore edge, not price clipped 4/-, the first edition dust wrapper being 3/6. Member of the P.B.F.A.

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        The Wild Palms

      Random House, 1939. Hardcover. Very Good/Good. Random House, New York 1939. First Edition / First Printing. States First Printing on the copyright page with no additional printings listed. Tan cloth boards stamped in gold and green at the spine. Top edge green. {ref: Petersen A19b}. Book Condition: Very Good+, clean boards and spine, book is tight and square, foxing at the head of the spine, light shelf wear, clean pages, tight spine, mild age toning at the endpaper. Dust Jacket Condition: Good, wrapped in a new clean removable mylar cover, original jacket priced at $2.50 at the front flap, shelf wear, chipping at the head of the jacket spine, tear at the jacket spine and the front panel, darkening at the rear panel.

      [Bookseller: 1st Editions and Antiquarian Books, ABA,]
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        The Wild Palms (First Edition)

      Random House New York: Random House, 1939. First Edition. First Edition. Two interwoven stories, "Wild Palms" and "Old Man," told in alternating chapters. Republished in 1990 under Faulkner's intended title, "If I Forget Thee, Jerusalem." Near Fine in a Very Good dust jacket. Vintage bookstore label to the rear pastedown. Light toning to the spine. Jacket spine and edges lightly toned, with nicking to the extremities, and a few short closed tears. A presentable copy.

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        The Wild Palms

      Random House, 1939. Hardcover. Good/Very Good. Random House, New York 1939. First Edition / First Printing. Stated First Printing on the copyright page with no additional printings listed. Tan cloth boards stamped in gold and green at the spine. Top edge green. {ref: Petersen A19b}. Book Condition: Good+, shelf wear, darkening at the spine, rolled spine, age toning at the endpaper, tight spine, light spots. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good, wrapped in a new clean removable mylar cover, early jacket priced at $3.00 at the front flap, shelf wear, short tear and small chip at the front panel, light spots at the rear panel.

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        The Wild Palms (First Edition)

      Random House, New York 1939 - First Edition. Publisher's tan cloth with gilt and green front and spine titles. Two interwoven stories, "Wild Palms" and "Old Man," told in alternating chapters. Republished in 1990 under Faulkner's intended title, "If I Forget Thee, Jerusalem."Very Good plus in a Very Good plus dust jacket. Slight spine lean, light foxing overall, tiny splashes affecting the top page edges and fore-edges. Toning and light foxing to the jacket spine, flap folds and rear panel, two tiny splashes to the front panel, light shelfwear, and faint foxing and a small cello-tape repair to the verso. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Royal Books, Inc., ABAA]
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        The Yearling

      New York. Charles Scribner's sons. 1939 Bound in pictorial gilt decorated and titled aqua cloth. Top edge gilded. Housed in title- labeled chemise and original slipcase. Thick 8vo. This Edition is Limited to 750 copies. Signed by Rawlings and Wyeth to Limitation Page. Of the 770 copies issued in the total run of this Signed,Limited Edition, only 520 were bound in Aqua cloth and accompanied by like Chemise and Slipcase, as is this copy. The remaining 250 copies were issued in dark blue cloth and matching slipcase and were published at a later time. Illustrated with 16 full page coloured plate by N.C. Wyeth, two of which are charcoal and wash full page illustrations executed specifically for this Limited Edition.Also includes a facsimile of a hand-written letter by Wyeth during a trip to Florida with Rawlings. The Yearling was the best-selling novel in America for the year 1938 and won the 1939 Pulitzer Prize. Rawlings's editor was Max Perkins, who also worked with F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, and other literary luminaries. The tender story of a boy and a fawn, has since entered the elite pantheon of American Classics, being widely sold and studied even to this day.& & Newell Convers Wyeth (October 22, 1882 – October 19, 1945), known as N.C. Wyeth, was an American artist and illustrator. He was the pupil of artist Howard Pyle and became one of America's greatest illustrators. During his lifetime, Wyeth created over 3,000 paintings and illustrated 112 books,25 of them (including the Yearling), for Scribner's Classics - the work for which he is best-known. Wyeth was a realist painter just as the camera and photography began to compete with his craft. Sometimes seen as melodramatic, his illustrations were designed to be understood quickly. Wyeth, who was both a painter and an illustrator, understood the difference, and said in 1908, "Painting and illustration cannot be mixed—one cannot merge from one into the other." Wikipedia & . Well executed, professional minor repair to pictorial rear endsheets at gutter. Several very light, small blemishes to front cover. A lovely, very crisp and clean copy. Darkening to chemise. A mild split or two and some mild soiling to slipcase.

      [Bookseller: Heldfond Book Gallery, ABAA-ILAB]
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        Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings & NC Wyeth SIGNED The Yearling Limited Edition

      Charles Scribner's Sons, 1939. Limited. Hardcover Hardcover. Fair. Charles Scribner's Sons, 1939. Signed by both the author Rawlings and illustrator Wyeth! One of only 770 of this first illustrated edition. Rawlings' most famous work, winner of the 1939 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Beautiful illustrations throughout. Includes the facsimile of the Wyeth letter not found in trade edition. Hardcover. Green cloth binding. Illustrated end pages. Spine faded and worn. Front board starting to come a bit loose. Water stain on front. Edges bumped and rubbed. Occasional brown spotting on interior pages. Fair condition.

      [Bookseller: Yeomans in the Fork]
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        SELZNICK INTERNATIONAL PRESENTS "GONE WITH THE WIND" FROM THE NOVEL BY ... [wrapper title]

      [Culver City]: Selznick International, 24 January 1939.. [4],273 leaves. Quarto. Mimeographed typescript, printed on rectos only of white stock. Canary yellow studio mimeo'd upper wrapper, wanting the lower plain wrapper. Repunched by a former owner for insertion into seven-ring vinyl binder, very minor use, but otherwise very good or better. Copy #146 of the "Final Shooting Script" of Selznick's expansive transfer of Mitchell's Pulitzer Prize winning best-seller to the screen, based on a script by Sidney Howard, with contributions, largely uncredited, by Ben Hecht, Jo Swerling, Oliver H. P. Garret, John Van Druten and others. Victor Fleming was the credited Director, with contributions by George Cukor and Sam Wood. The cast of hundreds was headed by Vivien Leigh, Clark Gable, Hattie McDaniel, Butterfly McQueen, Leslie Howard, Olivia de Haviland, and on and on. The film premiered in December 1939, with general release in January 1940. The four preliminary leaves in this copy consist of a cast list and a staff list. The film swept the Oscars in several prime categories, including Best Screenplay, Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Actress in a Supporting Role (to Hattie McDaniel, the first African American Oscar nominee/winner), Best Cinematography, et etc. In 1989 it was inducted as a member of the first class into the National Film Registry. It has also maintained a place in the top ten of the AFI 100 Years - 100 Movies list. In spite of criticism, both legitimate and overly harsh, GONE WITH THE WIND was an important milestone in the development of American popular film, and adjusted for inflation, is still among the most successful, if not the most successful, films in US box office history.

      [Bookseller: William Reese Company - Literature ABAA-]
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        GONE WITH THE WIND, FINAL SHOOTING SCRIPT

      JANUARY, 1939,LOS ANGELES, SELZNICK INTERNATIONAL. IN VERY GOOD TO NEAR FINE CONDITION IN AND OUT, CLASSIC GOLD/YELLOW,BRASS BRADDED 4TO SCRIPT WRAPS. FINAL SHOOTING SCRIPT STAMPED #OO132. 273 PAGES.

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        Power in Men

      The Liberal Book Club, Nicholson & Watson Limited, London,, 1939. Octavo. Original blue boards, titles to upper board and spine in purple, marbled endpapers. Contents browned as always, boards lightly marked and faded at the spine. First Edition, First Impression. Signed by Cary on the title page and with his presentation inscription to the front free endpaper, "A. N. Whitehead from his obliged and grateful reader the author." Alfred North Whitehead was one of the foremost philosophers of his age, co-author with Bertrand Russell of Principia Mathematica.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        Costumes Espagnols. Preface by Jacques Soustelle

      New York: French and European Publications, [1939]. Folio. (15 3/4 x 12 1/4 inches). Preface by Jacques Soustelle. 40 coloured pochoir plates. Publisher's decorative paper-boards portfolio, cloth ties. One of 1000 numbered copies. Includes wonderful plates illustrating traditional folk dress of Spain produced by the color pochoir process and printed by Renson Fils.

      [Bookseller: Donald Heald Rare Books]
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        Step By Step

      G. P. Putnam's Sons, New York, 1939. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. This is a seminal Churchill book that includes 82 newspaper articles focused on foreign affairs written by Churchill between March 1936 and May 1939, many of them containing his warnings and predictions about Nazi Germany. Here is the first U.S. Edition, first printing, truly fine in a very good original dust jacket. Even Churchill's opponents would vindicate his prescience. Upon publication, Labour leader Clement Attlee, a political opponent who would replace Churchill as Prime Minister in 1945, wrote to Churchill: "It must be a melancholy satisfaction to you to see how right you were." Others were even more blunt. Sir Desmond Morton, military officer, government official, and appeasement opponent, wrote to Churchill: "Many years on, historians will read this and your speeches in Arms and the Covenant. They will wonder but I doubt they will decide what devil of pride, unbelief, selfishness or sheer madness possessed the English people that they did not rise as one man" and "call on you to lead them." As a bit of irony or a poorly timed attempt at balanced perspective, the publisher used the rear flap of the U.S. edition dust jacket to advertise "In Search of Peace" by Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain. Less than a year after publication, in May 1940, Churchill would replace Chamberlain as Prime Minister. Here is a jacketed U.S. first edition for discerning collectors, truly fine in a near fine dust jacket. The blue cloth binding is tight, clean, and square, with sharp corners, bright silver lettering, and virtually no wear. The contents are crisp, clean, bright, and tight. The book retains vividly bright red topstain with not even a hint of sunning. We find no evidence of the usual age toning to the text. Even the untrimmed fore edges are bright and clean. The only markings are a previous owner name in pencil on the front pastedown that could be easily erased and a tiny bookseller sticker on the rear pastedown. The dust jacket is unusually bright, clean and highly complete. The jacket is unclipped, still retaining the original $4.00 price on the front flap. The fade-prone spine retains bright color with just a barely discernible hint of toning. Wear is minimal, confined to fractional chipping at the spine ends. The dust jacket is protected in a removable, archival quality clear cover. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A111.2, Woods/ICS A45(b.1). Langworth p.198.

      [Bookseller: Churchill Book Collector]
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        ASK THE DUST

      New York: Stackpole Sons, (1939). First Edition. cloth. Spine a bit sunned with three small nicks. Near Fine, lacking the dustwrapper. Fante's much acclaimed first book, made into a movie starring Colin Farrell and Salma Hayek. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the front free endpaper: "Inscribed to -------/with the hope that he/enjoys this book/J. Fante/Los Angeles/Nov. 14, 1939." A scarce book, especially when signed.

      [Bookseller: Charles Agvent]
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        ASK THE DUST (INSCRIBED FIRST EDITION)

      New York: Stackpole Sons, 1939. First Edition. Hardcover. Fine/Very Good +. The extremely scarce first printing of Fante's magnum opus. Book is Fine, tight, square and seemingly unread. Inscribed by the author in the year of publication, "Inscribed to | --- --- | with the hope | that she likes | this work - | J Fante | Los Angeles | Nov. 14, 1939." Likely signed at one of the few promotional events. The inscribee has written her name on the front paste-down, otherwise the book is unmarked. The dust jacket is Very Good+, complete and quite bright on the front and rear panels, but sunned on the spine. There is also evidence of a small splash to the spine. A few small closed tears and very mild edge-wear, but in all quite an attractive example of this scarce first issue jacket, correctly priced at $2.00 and only mentioning Wait Until Spring, Bandini. & & Published by Stackpole Sons in 1939, which then became embroiled in a lawsuit with Adolf Hitler over the unauthorized printing of Mein Kampf. Stackpole Sons spent the publicity money for the novel on the lawsuit, muffling public recognition of this work for many years. It is estimated that fewer than 3,000 copies of the first printing were sold. Touted as the greatest novel ever written about Los Angeles by Charles Bukowski among others, it is a largely autobiographical account of a young Fante coming West. Bukowski also credited Fante with inspiring his own writing career. Additional photos available upon request. Fine in Very Good +. dust jacket.

      [Bookseller: Whitmore Rare Books]
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        SAN JOAQUIN

      Los Angeles: Printed by the Ward Ritchie Press, 1939.. Square octavo. Cloth and decorated boards, paper spine label. Spine and label slightly darkened, otherwise about fine. First edition of the author's second book, elegantly printed in an edition of only one hundred copies. Decorations by Hubert Buel. Foreword by Lawrence Clark Powell. Inscribed by Everson: "for Gilbert and Margret [sic] Neiman, who made this house feel very fine for a few hours. William Everson. Selma Calif. June 20 1941."

      [Bookseller: William Reese Company - Literature ABAA-]
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        LES NUITS CHAUDES DU CAP FRANCAIS. Roman. Suivi d'une étude inédite de Gérard Gailly

      Paris: Georges Briffaut, 1939 Ex. No 1, avec un desssin original. xxxvii pp. Broché. Couverture illustrée en coulours. Jolie edition illustrée de 19 lithographies originales en couleurs hors-texte [don't une coverture] de H. Bellair et de quelques lithographies en couleurs dans le texte. Un des 168 ex. Num. sur vélin de Rives et, de ceux-ci, un des 18 premiers ex. [ex. No.1] contenant une suite en couleurs des hors-texte avec remarques; une suite en noir avec remarques; deux planches aves 3 culs-de lampe, une en noir, l'autre en couleurs avec remarques et en noir; un dessin original colorié sur papier calque ayant servi à l'illustration. Exemplaire exceptionnel.. 1st Edition. Illus. by H. Bellair.

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        The Legend of Rip Van Winkle

      n.p., 1939. Original watercolor on paper, signed/dated "Everett Shinn 1939" lower left. Image size 20 x 28 inches, matted and gilt framed to 26 1/2 x 35 1/4 inches overall. Fine . A bevy of little mountain men disport themselves around a sleeping Rip; an illustration for the 1939 New York edition of Washington Irving's classic story "Rip Van Winkle". Everett Shinn (1876-1953) had a long and distinguished career as a member of "The Eight"--the group of artists who broke away from the mid-Victorian taste of the times and ushed art into the new freedoms of the twentieth century. Shinn, who first became noteworthy by his ability to make on-the-spot newspaper illustrations of great technical brilliance, went on to become a renowned painter and illustrator, as well as an accomplished actor and playwright. This lively, decorative watercolor presents Shinn at the height of his illustrative powers, capturing the sparkling spirit of Irving's most famous work

      [Bookseller: James Cummins Bookseller]
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        SHAW GIVES HIMSELF AWAY:

      Montgomeryshire, Wales: The Gregynog Press, 1939. Contents fresh, spine just very lightly faded. No. 264 of 300 copies Quarto. [v], vii-xi [i], 188p. [ii]. Illustrated with a wood engraved frontispiece portrait by John Farleigh. Printed in Baskerville type on Arnold & Foster green tinted hand-made paper. Bound by the Gregynog Press Bindery in full dark green oasis with onlaid abstract designs in orange with three symbols on the upper cover and one on the lower cover, the spine has orange titles with one raised bad with block or orange onlay in lower panel, the covers with a horizontal band on orange onlay at the bottom The binding is signed "Gregynog Press Bindery, Paul Nash".& Harrop No. 40.

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        Shaw Gives Himself Away

      Newtown, Montgomeryshire: The Gregynog Press, 1939 An Autobiographical Miscellany. One of 275 copies bound in dark green oasis decorated with onlaid abstract design in orange, based on the author's initials, 3 symbols on upper cover and 1 on lower cover, horizontal band of orange onlay at foot of both covers, the spine has 1 raised band beneath which is a block of orange onlay, faded very slightly, titled in orange, signed by the press & Paul Nash on lower pastedown of back cover, (xi), [1], 188 pp, [1], 247*170mm. (Harrop 40)

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        Abraham Lincoln: The War Years in 4 Volumes [with] The Prairie Years

      Harcourt, Brace & Company, New York, 1939. First Edition. Hardcover (rebound in leather). Very Good/No Dust Jacket. The large paper edition rebound in half blue morocco over marbled boards. One of 525 copies signed by Sandburg along with a later reprint of the trade edition of The Prairie Years bound to match (though smaller format). Bookplates inside covers and signed by the previous owner on the limitation page. Moderate wear at hinges and corners, chipping at a few spine ends, spine leather a little dry. Still, attractive copies of the signed, limited edition on all rag paper. Size: Octavo (8vo). 6-volume set (complete). Text is clean and unmarked. Previous owner's book-plate inside front cover. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Over 3 kilos. Category: Biography & Autobiography; Inventory No: 043276. . This book is extra heavy, and may involve extra shipping charges to some countries.

      [Bookseller: Pazzo Books]
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        Finnegan's Wake.

      London: Faber and Faber, 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. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Adrian Harrington Rare Books, ABA ILAB]
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        A Considerable Speck

      [Boston: Printed by Dard Hunter, Jr, 1939]. Proof copies of the first separate edition. 2 single folio gatherings (380 x 285 mm). 2 proof copies: one uncorrected page proof of the 33-line poem, without the printed title page, and with printer's manuscript corrections and directions in red ink; and one final proof copy, with "Original Proof" printed on title-page; both uncut on cream wove paper watermarked "HANDMADE". Some minor smudging and marginal soiling to uncorrected proof; final proof is fine. Laid in a custom green cloth chemise. Crane A24 . Laid in is a photocopy of the handbill titled "The Colonial Society of Massachusetts" detailing the poem's history: "This poem was written and delivered by Fobert Frost at the Annual Dinner on November twenty-first, 1939. It has been printed by Mr. Dard Hunter, Jr. from the first font of type that he has cut and cast himself, and is one of the first pieces of printing. It is on hand-made paper, made by him and his father, an authority on paper, with whom he is associated at the Dard Hunter Paper Museum at Massachusetts Institute of Technology...." A Considerable Speck was first printed in the Atlantic Monthly in July, 1939. The first separate edition consisted of fewer than 100 copies, according to Crane. These proofs are extremely rare, if not unique

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        The Outsider and Others ---in Original Dustjacket ( Contains: Supernatural Horror in Literature; Call of Cthulhu; The Shunned House; Cats of Ulthar; Dagon; At the Mountains of Madness; Pickman's Model; Shadow Over Innsmouth; Dunwich Horror, etc)

      Sauk City: Arkham House, 1939, 1st edition, 1st Printing ----------hard cover, a great copy, black cloth, wee bit of rubbing to lower edge of boards and corners, corners are not bumped, a 1/8" nick to the cloth at the center of the upper spine tip (really quite small), some offset to verso of the boards, book is completely square and tight and does not have any finger marks or rubbing to the cloth on the boards and spine, top edge of text block is dusty, overall a close to Near Fine copy but I'll call this Very Good+ because of that tiny nick to the cloth, this copy has TWO DUSTJACKETS, this copy has the original dustjacket which is Good only and has been price clipped, the dustjacket has numerous chips and tears with some loss along the extremities, the upper corner of the front panel of the dustjacket has had a 2" square loss affecting the "E" & "R" in Outsider, I have lasered that portion from another jacket and laid it in place with some archival tape so visually this looks much more appealing, the verso of the dustjacket has had a brown paper backing attached most of which I was able to remove, however there are still portions that remain glued to the verso of the jacket, the brown paper backing does not have any show through to the front of the dustjacket, a bit of cello tape at upper spine tip is barely noticeable, please ask for additional scans of any portion of the book or dustjacket that you wish to see, -----as well this copy has a FINE facsimile copy of the DUSTJACKET which makes this book look absolutely brilliant on the shelf, ------in spite of the availability of many 1st editions online (making many authors like Hemingway and Steinbeck seem almost commonplace) the first two Arkham House volumes of Lovecraft writings ( The Outsider and Beyond the Wall of Sleep ) remain elusve, ----------this collection contains: Howard Phillips Lovecraft: OUTSIDER by August derleth and Donald Wandrei; and the following stories: Dagon; Polaris; Celephais; Hypnos; The Cats of Ulthar; The Strange High House in the Mist; The Statement of Randolph carter; The Silver Key; Through the Gates of the Silver Key; The Outsider; The Music of Erich Zann; The rats in the Walls; Cool Air; He; The Horror at red Hook; The Temple; Arthur Jermyn; The Picture in the House; The festival; The Terrible Old man; The Tomb; The Shunned House; In The Vault; Pickman's Model; The haunter of the dark; The Dreams in the Witch-House; The Thing on the Doorstep; The Nameless City; The Lurking Fear; The Call of Cthulhu; The Colour Out of Space; The Dunwich Horror; At the Mountains of Madness; The Shadow Out of Time; The Shadow over Innsmouth; The Whisperer in darkness, and the essay Supernatural Horror in Literature, any image directly beside this listing is the actual book and not a generic photo. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good+/Good price Clipped. Illus. by Virgil Finlay Cover Art.

      [Bookseller: Leonard Shoup]
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        The Grapes of Wrath

      New York; (April, 1939): The Viking Press First issue, 619pp, bound in beige cloth pictorially stamped in dark brown, top edge yellow spine and edges only very slightly darkened. A very nice copy of one of this Pulitzer Prize winning novel set in the depression era, In first issue, unclipped pictorial dust jacket with "First Edition" on lower corner of front flap, spine and edges toned, minor spot of chipping to head, tiny hole in spine just above publisher's name and a split at front fold. A very good copy with no names or bookplates.. First Edition. Octavo.

      [Bookseller: Alcuin Books, ABAA-ILAB]
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        OLD POSSUM'S BOOK OF PRACTICAL CATS

      1939 . Eliot, T. S. OLD POSSUM'S BOOK OF PRACTICAL CATS. NY: Harcourt, Brace and Company, c1939. 46pp. 8vo. t.page printed on orange paper. spine and edges of boards slightly discolored, else fine bright copy in orange d/w (spine panel slightly darkened, faint signs of darkening) $650.00

      [Bookseller: Columbia Books, Inc. ABAA/ILAB]
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        FINNEGANS WAKE

      London, New York: Faber & Faber Ltd. and The Viking Press, 1939. , 1939 James Joyce. FINNEGANS WAKE. Signed Limited Edition. London; Faber & Faber; New York, 1939. 4to., 260 x 171 mm [10 1/4 x 6 3/4"]. 4 p.l., [first blank], 628 pp. Original gilt titled brick red buckram, edges untrimmed. In the original [mildly soiled] yellow cloth slipcase which is in solid very good or better condition. Curiously with a possible original clear plastic dustwrapper not mentioned in the bibliography but for all intents and purposes, this wrapper has always been on the book. An extremely attractive example, spotless text block, neatly signed by Joyce on the limitation's page, number 216 of 425 copies only. - Slocum and Cahoon A49. Having exhausted all the possibilities of English in "Ulysses," he had only one recourse for his next project, which was to create an entirely new language as a pastiche of all the existing ones; the result is "Finnegans Wake." The language in "Finnegans Wake" is a continuum of puns, portmanteaus, disfigured words, anagrams, and rare scraps of straightforward prose. What Joyce does is exploit the way words look and sound in order to associate them with remote, unrelated ideas. For example, his phrase "Olives, beets, kimmells, dollies" may sound familiar to those who happen to know that the first four letters of the Hebrew alphabet are aleph, bet, gimel, daled. "Psing a psalm of psexpeans, apocryphul of rhyme" recalls a nursery rhyme that may reside quietly in your most dormant memory cells, while "Where it is nobler in the main to supper than the boys and errors of outrager's virtue" sounds like a drunk auditioning for the role of Hamlet. Imaginary adjectives that pertain to letters of the English alphabet are employed to describe Dublin as a city "with a deltic origin and a nuinous end." "Finnegans Wake" is the ultimate in esoterica, and what you get out of it depends largely on your store of knowledge, so that upon completion, with a mutual wink at Joyce, you congratulate yourself for being so clever. In 1994, in The Western Canon, Harold Bloom wrote of Finnegans Wake: "[if] aesthetic merit were ever again to center the canon [it] would be as close as our chaos could come to the heights of Shakespeare and Dante," . Signed by Author. First Edition.

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        Abraham Lincoln: The War Years in 4 Volumes [with] The Prairie Years

      Harcourt, Brace & Company, New York, 1939. First Edition. Hardcover (rebound in leather). Very Good/No Dust Jacket. The large paper edition rebound in half blue morocco over marbled boards. One of 525 copies signed by Sandburg along with a later reprint of the trade edition of The Prairie Years bound to match (though smaller format). Bookplates inside covers and signed by the previous owner on the limitation page. Moderate wear at hinges and corners, chipping at a few spine ends, spine leather a little dry. Still, attractive copies of the signed, limited edition on all rag paper. Size: Octavo (8vo). 6-volume set (complete). Text is clean and unmarked. Previous owner's book-plate inside front cover. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Over 3 kilos. Category: Biography & Autobiography; Inventory No: 043276. . This book is extra heavy, and may involve extra shipping charges to some countries.

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        Children of God: An American Epic

      Caxton Printers, Ltd., Caldwell, ID 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. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Bookworks]
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        The Grapes of Wrath

      The Viking Press 1939

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        IN GOOD KING CHARLES'S GOLDEN DAYS. A HISTORY LESSON

      Constable and Co Ltd 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.

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        KIYONAGA

      1939. Fine. HIRANO Chie. KIYONAGA. A study of his life and works. With a portfolio of plates in color and collotype. Boston: Museum of Fine Arts, 1939. 4to., grey cloth; viii + 545pp. Slight soiling, else near fine. This copy has the portfolio of plates printed in Japan in 1945. It has all the collotype plates of the American edition and 6 (compared to 8 in the original editon) color woodcut facsimiles, printed by Watanabe, are called for and included in this edition. With a xerox of the English language table of contents from the original edition. There are a few pages of preliminary descriptive captions in Japanese - captions which did not appear in the American edition. All the numbering (translated into Arabic numbers in pencil) of the reference plates match the numbering of the text volume, hence this copy is as fully useful as reference as the original edition. A remarkable work, 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 good with splitting to the hinges. Very useful!

      [Bookseller: Boston Book Company ]
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        Bucks Shell Guide with notes on Monuments

      Faber and Faber, London 1939 - 46pp. White cloth w black shadow lettering to spine. Internally spiral-bound w dust-jacket which is lightly bumped mainly along top edge.Now in protective cellophane wrapper. Some damage to head of spine where it has been knocked. Illustrated in black and white w colour maps and 8 plates on pink paper. Illustrated eps. A lovely clean bright copy. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: David Kenyon]
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        The War Papers, Volume 1, At the Admiralty, September 1939 - May 1940

      This is the first volume of The War Papers, which are the companion document volumes accompanying Volume VI of Churchill's Official Biography. This volume contains documents from the outbreak of the Second World War in September 1939 to May 1940, the month that Churchill became Prime Minister and Germany invaded France and the low countries. There were both British and U.S. editions, both now out of print. This British first edition is considerably more scarce and highly sought than the U.S. first edition, which is similar in appearance. These Heinemann War Papers volumes - particularly Volumes 1 & 2 - seem destined to rise inexorably in price just like the now exorbitantly expensive Volume V Companions that precede them. Here is a very good copy of the British first edition, only printing, in a near-fine dust jacket. The red cloth binding is tight, clean, and square with bright spine gilt. The binding is marred only by a bit of rounding to the spine corners and a bump at the upper rear corner. The contents are clean and bright. No spotting. No previous ownership marks of any kind. The page edges show only the slightest soiling and a barely noticeable scattering of spots at the top edge. The red dust jacket has proven quite susceptible to spine fade. Here the dust jacket is clean, bright, and complete. Absolutely no fading to the spine. No losses or tears. What prevents this dust jacket from being fine is only modest wrinkling at the spine head and the upper rear corner. The dust jacket is protected in a removable, archival quality clear cover. Bibliographic reference: Zoller A302f1.

      [Bookseller: Churchill Book Collector]
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        No Hands on the Clock

      Morrow New York: Morrow. 1939. First. First edition. A trifle worn but still fine in an about near fine example of the scarce dustwrapper with a few tiny chips, mild rubbing, and a little fading to the spine. Basis for the fast-paced and well-regarded 1941 B-picture directed by Frank McDonald, with Chester Morris and Jean Parker. .

      [Bookseller: Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. ABA]
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        Pale Horse Pale Rider

      Harcourt Brace, New York 1939 - 264 pp. 8vo. Cloth in dustjacket. First edition. Three short novels: Noon Wine; Old Mortality; Pale Horse, Pale Rider. Author's warm lengthy inscription to renowned critic Arthur Mizener and his wife Rosemary, with Mizener's bookplate to fpd. Soiling and edgewear to dj, bumping w/ chips to ends, edges and corner, 2" split to folded edge, spine sunned, damp staining to upper edges, price clipped. Edgewear and damp staining to book, bumping and sunning to spine ends, ep's browned and soiled. Browning to ep's. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Cellar Stories Bookstore]
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        The Grapes of Wrath.

      Viking, New York. 1939 - First edition. Octavo. pp.[vi], 619. Slight bump at head of spine. Slight spotting at edges. Very good indeed in very good pictorial dustwrapper, by Elmer Hader, with professional repairs made to several closed tears at edges. Preserved in a fine custom-made cloth drop-back box with leather title-labels on spine and upper panel. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Peter Ellis, Bookseller, ABA, ILAB]
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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.

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        Collected Poems. Signed copy

      Henry Holt and Company, New York 1939 - 436pp. Portrait frontispiece and woodcut vignette to title page. With dust jacket Signed by author on ffep. VG : in very good condition and protective cover. Wrapper a little faded and edge chipped Beige hardback cloth cover with embossed illustration [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        BULLETIN DE LA SOCIETE GENERALE D'EDUCATION ET D'ENSEIGNEMENT, 33 ANNEES (1882-1939)

      Société Générale d'Education et d'Enseignement 1939 - RO40144923: 33 années. Revue mensuelle brochée. 5 années reliées. Manquent les années 1888 à 1912. Années souvent incomplètes. Fascicules en état d'usage avec dos, plats et pages parfois abîmés. Quelques tampons et codes de bibliothèque. Ex-Libris et vignettes de bibliothèque au dos des plats des ouvrages reliés (Armoiries de F. Duilhé de Saint-Projet). Du n° 1, 15 jan. 1882 au n° 7, 70e année, 1939. Avec la Table des Matières contentieuses, 1880-1893, 174 pages. N° 1, 1882: Supplément mensuel au 'Contemporain', Le Devoir des Catholiques pour la défense de l'enseignement chrétien, Communications de la Société, Les Dernières entreprises de la Ligue française de l'enseignement, La Persécution et les oeuvres d'enseignement chrétien, Questions contentieuses. N° 7, 1939: Les conditions de la paix scolaire, L'Ecole rurale en terre de Chrétienté, Formation professionnelle et apprentissage agricole, notes sur l'Eglise et l'éducation au XIe siècle (IV), L'Education en Ecosse. In-8 Broché. Etat d'usage. Couv. légèrement passée. Dos fané. Quelques rousseurs Classification Dewey : 270-Histoire et géographie de l'Eglise [Attributes: Soft Cover]

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        Autograph Letter Signed, in French, on "Domaine Des Buards" stationery, 4to, Bagnoles, August 19, 1939

      In the weeks before the start of World War 11, Laurencin comments to friends about her travel. "The weather is nice - the window open onto greenery - Nothing to tell - All the Jews are going to Mass...it is not only the danger which makes them pious - since they govern - the leaves of the trees, disturbed about it, make splinters of light...." She signs, "Marie." She draws decorative curls around her signature.

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