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        Hamlet (2 Volume set), Volume 2 Signed By Henry Miller in Special Clamshell Case

      Carrefour New York: Carrefour, 1939. First Editions, 1939-1941.Henry Miller's personal copies and he has signed volume II with the name of his literary agents [Russell & Volkening with the address given of 522 5th Avenue, NYC) while he continued to live in near povery in the early 1940's.The correspondence covered the years 1935 -1938 with Miller's letters to Michael Fraenkel (the model for Boris in Tropic of Cancer) the real subject is not Shakespeare's play but Miller's interpretation of Boris's brilliance yet indecisiveness. Certainly one of the most important works giving a key to Miller's writing after completing his then still suppressed (in the US and England) trilogy.First Editions of these two volumes are very rare though reprints took placed in the 1980's. These early volumes include Michael Fraenkel's letters to Miller. Both copies are housed in a beautiful clamshell box and have lost most of their spines though the text is clear and the stamped "printed in Mexico" was one of the ways to avoid the ever present censors (one volume has in small letters printed in Belgium) This way Miller could claim he had no control over the scandalous content if sued for libel.In Henry Miller Letters to Anais Nin, he writes of the background of the publishing history.January 6, 1941 "Just got the mail but no checks and no contract or letter from Volkening (his literary agent was John Slocum)...Had letter from Fraenkel saying he is printing another batch of the Hamlet Letters in Mexico. On May 12, 1941 he writes her that Volkening his holding up his mail as he travels through the United States in what will become The Air Conditioined Nightmare.. Signed By the Author. Original Wraps. 8vio.

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        Über das Zerplatzen des Urankernes durch langsame Neutronen. + Einiges über die experimentelle Entwirrung der bei der Spaltung des Urans auftretenden Elemente und Atomarten. + Die chemische Abscheidung der bei der Spaltung des Urans entstehenden Elemente und Atomarten.

      Berlin, Verlag der Akademie der Wissenshaften, 1939-44. 4to. Three offprints from Abhandlungen der Preussischen Akadamie der Wissenschaften. Original printed wrappers in exceptionally fine condition. The third paper is an author's proof copy (the offprint number and prices in the advertisement are lacking, and the wrappers are yellow in contrast to the official green wrappers). Cloth folding case. 20;30;14 pp.. First editions, offprint issues. The three fundamental papers on nuclear fission which eventually lead to the creation of the atom bomb. Hahn and Strassmann's papers 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). Hahn received the 1944 Nobel Prize in Chemistry "for his discovery of the fission of heavy nuclei"; he, Meitner and Strassmann shared the U.S.A. Fermi Award in 1966. Norman 963 (first paper only). Segré: X-Rays to Quarks, pp. 206-7. DSB: VI pp.14 for Hahn and DSB: XVIII pp. 880 for Strassmann. See also PMM 422 and Dibner 168. The three papers together are very scarce

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        The Grapes of Wrath

      Viking Press New York: Viking Press. (1939). First. First edition. Some darkening to the pastedowns, else near fine in a fair only but basically intact dustwrapper with the "first edition" slug intact on the front flap. The jacket is considerably tanned and rubbed, with small chips, most at the spinal extremities. With a small card Signed by Steinbeck laid in. Pulitzer Prize-winning classic of an Oklahoma family's migration to California during the Depression. Basis for the John Ford film featuring Henry Fonda as Tom Joad. Ford and Supporting Actress Jane Darwell won Academy Awards; Fonda was nominated but lost to Robert Donat in Goodbye, Mr. Chips. Steinbeck's masterpiece and literature's lasting testament to the Great Depression, it was singled-out in his citation for the Nobel Prize decades later. A reasonably decent copy with the first edition statement present on the front flap. .

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        Secret Despatches from Arabia by T.E. Lawrence, Published by Permission of the Foreign Office

      London n.d. [1939]: The Golden Cockerel Press.. First Edition [with additional material]. Full White Pig-Skin. Very Good/N/A. 4to. Edition Limited to 30 Copies Only Hardback,195mm x 257mm tall (7.5" x 10.25" approx.). Pp 174, incl. b/w frontis., + (i) + 8. Very good, in the original signed binding, by Sangorski and Sutcliffe, of full white pig-skin/gilt spine title/inner gilt rulings/teg/. Edition limited to 30 copies only, of which this is No. 27. Loosely inserted is a single-sided typewritten note on the headed notepaper of The Golden Cockerell Press: "The Golden Cockerell Press has much pleasure in announcing to subscribers of the thirty special copies of SECRET DESPATCHES that, subsequent to the issue of the prospectus of this book, it became possible, through the consent of Mr. A.W. Lawrence and of the Bodleian Library, to improve these special copies by substituting for the reproduction of one of the despatches, as announced, facsimile reproductions of some previously unpublished chapters from the manuscript of THE SEVEN PILLARS OF WISDOM, which gives a fuller account of episodes described in SECRET DESPATCHES than is found either in them or in the public edition of THE SEVEN PILLARS"..

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        The Web and the Rock

      Harper & Brothers New York: Harper & Brothers, 1939. FIRST EDITION. Hardcover. Advance promotional galleys. Galley sheets bound in pad form, glued at top edge with glossy cover reproducing the spine and front panel of the completed dust jacket, with the statement across the bottom: 'A limited number of the following excerpts from the galleys of The Web and the Rock have been specially prepared for the trade. (Privately printed and not for sale.)' See Johnston A7.1.a (note). One shallow chip along right-hand edge, a few tiny edgetears, otherwise a sound, near fine copy. Scarce.

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        The Nature of the Judicial Process. Tenth Printing

      Justice Cardozo's most famous work, his lectures delivered at Yale in 1921, in Judge Posner's words "the first systematic effort by a judge to explain how judges reason [and] the first serious effort by a judge to articulate a judicial philosophy". Once the copy of Yale President Kingman Brewster, with his ownership signature ("K Brewster") in orange pencil; original cloth, a very good bright copy. Yale University Press, New Haven, 1939.

      [Bookseller:  Meyer Boswell Books, Inc.]
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        Collection of Pennsylvania Railroad Company Material

      [Circa 1939]. A collection of material related to The Pennsylvania Railroad Company from the 1930 and '40s. Included are four manuals of diner cars and coaches with blueprints tipped in; internal company guidebooks for the various technical systems on trains; various equipment manuals including schematics; several train-related manufacturer brochures; classification reports from the New York Central System; locomotive tests with charts tipped in; blueprints for a locomotive and its systems; and railroad employee ephemera. Overall about near fine. The Pennsylvania Railroad Company was not only the largest railroad in the United States but at one time the largest publicly traded corporation in the world, employing more than 250,000 people and with an operating budget that was sometimes larger than that of the U.S. Government. The line stretched 11,000 miles from New York to Illinois and Michigan. The company later merged with the New York Central in 1968 to form the Penn Central Corporation before filing for bankruptcy two years later. An interesting collection of railroad-related documents from the days when trains ruled the transportation and freight industry. A detailed description available upon request. .

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        British and American Game Birds . .. With a chapter on Shooting in America by Eugene Connett

      New York: Derrydale Press 1939 New York: Derrydale Press, 1939. First American edition, no. 57 of 125 copies on handmade paper signed by the artist, and with a pencilled remarque. 4to. 20 color plates after Philip Rickman. 48 pp. Original quarter pigskin and cloth, morocco spine label. Faintest rubbing at head of spine (tiny chipping to right edge of label), about a fine copy. Siegel 145; Frazier P-11-a . A very scare and desirable Derrydale

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        The Garden Party and other Stories. With coloured lithographs by Marie Laurencin.

      London: The Verona Press, 1939.. Number 994 of a limited edition of 1200 copies.Tall 8vo (10 1/4 x 7 1/4 inches), 316-pages. Original green patterned boards with red gilt lettering piece. Publisher's note tipped-in as issued. Very very light foxing to endpapers else an exceptional copy. In the original dustwrapper which has two small marks to upper cover and a 1 1/2 inch tear at upper joint; this without loss and closeable. In the original numbered slipcase which has edge splits head and tail, some edge rubbing and a little dusty. Overall an excellent copy.

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        The Garden Party and Other Stories.

      With coloured lithographs by Marie Laurencin. The Verona Press London 1939. 8:o. Publisher`s Note tipped in after title. (10),315,(5, two last blank) pp. No 1182 of 1200 numbered copies. Publisher`s green patterned cloth, title gilt on red label on spine. 26 x 18,5 cm.. Designed by Hans Mardersteig. Printed at the Officina Bodoni, Verona, in Centaur type. The paper was made by Enrico Magnani, Pescia. The stones from which the coloured lithographs were printed have been ground. Lacking dustjacket

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        A Considerable Speck

      Boston: Printed by Dard Hunter Jr 1939 [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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        Rhymed Ruminations. Poems.

      Printed for Siegfried Sassoon & Geoffrey Keynes at the Chiswick Press, London 1939, 1939.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. 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.

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        FINNEGANS WAKE

      Viking Press London; Faber & Faber; New York: Viking Press, 1939. FIRST EDITION. LIMITED TO 425 COPIES, SIGNED BY JOYCE (this is copy #206). 260 x 171 mm (10 1/4 x 6 3/4"). 4 p.l., (first blank), 628 pp. 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.

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        Finnegans Wake

      Faber & Faber, London, 1939. First Edition. Binding: Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good Condition. Dust Jacket Condition: No Dust Jacket. Book - [SEE SCANS] - in Very Good brown boards with gilt lettering - light marking to the boards and light crease to the spine, light bumping to the extreme corners and extreme ends of the spine. Contents, browning/spotting to the end papers otherwise clean, bright and tightly bound. An Attractive Copy Of This First Edition. Size: 9.75 inches tall by 6 inches. 628 pages. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: 1-2 kilos. Category: Fiction; Inventory No: 5929.

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        ASK THE DUST

      Stackpole Sons 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.

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        Portrait etching of Freud. No. 12 of 50", signed in pencil by the artist, J. Hansegger

      1939. No Dust Jacket. [Freud, Sigmund (1856-1939).] Hansegger, John (b. 1908). Portrait etching of Freud, probably after a 1939 photograph. No. 12 of 50, numbered and signed by the artist. 448 x 336 mm. (plate size 316 x 245 mm). Paper flaw in lower left corner, otherwise very good. First statew, and rare. The portrait is a head and shoulders view of Freud in old age. The Swiss artist Hansegger, a member of Paul Klee's "Allianz" group, was known for his portraits.

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        Esquisse d'une Théorie des Émotions.

      Hermann & Cie, 1939. Royal 8vo. Bound uncut with the original printed wrappers ("Actualités scientifiques et industrielles", no. 838. Essais philosophiques II, Publiés par Cavaillès), also the backstrip (mounted with a little loss). in an exquisite, beautiful black morocco binding with gilt horizontal and vertical lettering to spine. Beautiful silvered paper over boards. Housed in an exquisite silvered marbled paper slip-case with black morocco edges. Binding signed to bottom of inside of front board: "C. et J-P. Miguet". Near mint copy. 52 pp.. First printing, presentation-copy, of Sartre's highly important early philosophical work, which is recognized as the best introduction to his "L'Étre et le Néant" (1943). The work was only printed as it is here, as no. 838 of Cavaillè's "Actualités scientifiques et industrielles", and only appeared in a new (not revised) edition in 1960. The large presentation-inscription reads as thus : " A Olivier Briot/ en la remerciant de " Les lignes " qui j'ai/ beaucoup aimé/ JP Sartre "."L'Esquisse d'une théorie des émotions " (" Sketch for a Theory of the Emotions"), although now considered one of Sartre's most important works, was originally written as the first part and introduction to a greater work on psychological phenomenology that was supposed to be entitled "La Psyché". The great psychological project was abandoned due to Sartre's eagerness to finish "Le Mur". "L'Esquisse" thus remains the only part of the work ever published, and perhaps exactly because of its introductory character, it has come to have the effect on modern philosophical thought that it has. Due to being at the same time accessible and rigourous, the work is considered the best introduction to Sartre's fundamental philosophical ideas, an almost indispensible presentation of and introduction to "L'Étre et le Néant", which appeared four years later. "L'Esquisse d'une théorie des émotions " is a phenomenological essay on emotion, in which Sartre ettempts to present a phenomenological psychology, treating emotion as a " phenomenon " and placing it within the realm of signification. The primary presentation of his own phenomenological analysis is essantial to all his later philosophy."Although written fairly early in his career, in 1939, Sketch for a Theory of the Emotions is considered to be one of Jean-Paul Sartre's most important pieces of writing. It not only anticipates but argues many of the ideas to be found in his famous Being and Nothingness. By subjecting the emotion theories of his day to critical analysis, Sartre opened up the world of psychology to new and creative ways of interpreting feelings. Emotions are intentional and strategic ways of coping with difficult situations. We choose to utilize them, we control them, and not the other way around, as has been posited elsewhere. Emotions are not fixed; they have no essence and indeed are subject to rapid fluctuations and about-turns. For its witty approach alone, Sartre's Sketch for a Theory of the Emotions can be enjoyed at length. It is a dazzling journey to one of the more intriguing theories of our time." (Sketch for a Theory of the Emotions, 2nd Edition, By Jean-Paul Sartre, Published October 12th 2001 by Routledge - 80 pages, Series: Routledge Classics)

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        Le Mur.

      Paris, Gallimard, (1939). Bound uncut with the original printed wrappers, also the back-strip, in a magnificent, elegant, and highly artistic black full calf binding with onlays of blood-red lacquered calf in stipes of varying thickness to all of front and back board as well as to spine, elegantly representing a "wall". Gilt author and title to spine. Inside of boards and recto and verso respectively of free end-papers coved with exquisite red suede and with white calf edges. Hand-sewn capital-bands in red and black. All edges gilt (also the uncut ones). Blindstamped super-ex-libris to inside of front board. Housed in an exquisite chemise with elegant patterned paper in red and grey tones and with black calf spine (same gilding as to binding) and edge, chemise covered with exquisite red suede on the inside, and an elegant slip-case of the same patterned paper, with black morocco edges. Binding signed to bottom of inside of front board: "C. et J-P. Miguet" and to bottom of inside of back board: "2003". A mint copy.. First edition, one of in all 110 numbered copies, of Sartre's first collection of short stories, which are generally accepted as Sartre's greatest existentialist works of fiction and the book as such as his greatest book of fiction. The present copy is one of 20 "outside of commerce" ("hors commerce") copies on alfa paper. In all 110 copies appeared, 40 of which are on on pur fil and 70 on alfa (50 of them numbered 31-80, and 20 hors commerce numbered 81-100). This is number 86.The collection "The Wall" contains the short story "The Wall", which is one of Sartre's most famous and most widely read stories. It coldly depicts a situation in which prisoners are condemned to death. The story takes place during the Spanish Civil War (July 1936 -April 1939). "The Wall" is probably the piece of fiction that best captures Sartre's central philosophical themes and is thus regarded as one of his most important works.The title refers to the wall used by firing squads to execute prisoners, and the deep blood-red of the magnificient "wall"-binding by Miguet is thus particularly well chosen. At the time of its appearance, "Le Mur" was well received, and because of it, Sartre won the price of the "Roman populiste" in April 1940. The work was fiercely attacked by Robert Brasillach in April 1939, but defended in "La Nouvelle Revue Francaise" in May 1939. Among the first reviews of it was Camus' in the "Alger républicain". The publication of "Le Mur" contributed to giving Sartre a reputation of being obscene by those who did not admire his style and courageous writing. By those many of those who do admire him, this is considered some of the best that he ever wrote. Contat & Rybalka: 39/21 (pp. (69)-71)

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        NIGHT RIDER

      1939. Fine. WARREN, Robert Penn. NIGHT RIDER. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1939. First edition of the author's first novel. 8vo., grey cloth. A fine copy in a spine-sunned dust jacket that shows only light soiling at the rear panel. (GRIMSHAW A3.a1).

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        Skylark

      Random House New York: Random House. (1939). First. First edition. Lightly soiled, and a small faint stain to one corner, very good or better lacking the dustwrapper. Basis for the 1941 Mark Dansdrich film featuring Claudette Colbert, Ray Milland, Brian Aherne, and Binnie Barnes. Raphaelson's first novel, about the neglected wife of a busy advertising executive. Inscribed to his close friend, James M. Cain, and Cain's second wife (of four) Elina: "for James and Elena [sic] with love -- Raph. New York May, 1939." Raphaelson, as a highly successful playwright and screenwriter, was one of Cain's idols. Cain spent nearly as much time writing unsuccessful plays as he did writing successful novels. They became close friends, and Cain was introduced by Raphaelson into a Hollywood crowd that eventually resulted in his third marriage, to actress Aileen Pringle. Raphaelson's first novel, about the neglected wife of a busy advertising executive. Basis for the 1941 Mark Dansdrich film featuring Claudette Colbert, Ray Milland, Brian Aherne, and Binnie Barnes. A very nice association. .

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        Some New Forms Of Beauty 1909-1936. A Selection of the Collection of the Société Anonyme -- Museum of Modern Art: 1920. Exhibited at The George Walter Vincent Smith Art Gallery, Springfield, Massuchusetts, U.S.A. November 9th to December 17th, 1939. Springfield. Press of the Pond-Ekberg Company 1939. 21,5 x 28 cm. 32 Seiten und 17 Abbildungen auf 6 Tafeln. Originalbroschur mit Titelaufdruck in Rot und Schwarz..

      Schöner Ausstellungskatalog zum 20 jährigen Jubiläum der Société Anonyme.Unter der Führung von Katherine Dreyer, Marcel Duchamp und Man Ray wurden nicht nur Werke der Modernen Kunst eifrig gekauft und gesammelt, sondern in Vorträgen und Ausstellungen auch der Versuch unternommen, diese dem Publikum näher zu bringen, wovon eine Auflistung derartiger Aktivitäten in dem Katalog Zeugnis ablegt. Abbildungen u.a. von Léger, Malewitch, Moholy-Nagy und El Lssitzky. Selten.

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