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      Simon and Schuster, New York 1940 - First Edition, First Printing. A beautiful copy. This ORIGINAL sophisticated dustjacket is vibrant in color with NO chips or tears. This First Issue dustjacket has the $2.00 printed price present on the front flap. The book is in excellent condition. The binding is tight with NO cocking or leaning with minor wear to the spine and some repair. The pages are clean with NO writing, marks or bookplates in the book. Overall, a wonderful copy of this TRUE FIRST EDITION in collector's condition. We buy Bemelmans First Editions. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Quintessential Rare Books, LLC]
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        Abraham Lincoln

      Doubleday, Doran & Company, Inc. New York 1940 - Early Edition SIGNED by Ingri & Edgar Parin d'Aulaire on the copyright page. This ORIGINAL price clipped dustjacket has some wear to the spine and edges with the Caldecott Medal sticker pasted to the front panel The book is in great shape. The binding is tight with minor wear to the boards. The pages are clean with NO marks or bookplates in the book. A wonderful copy SIGNED by the authors. [Attributes: Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Quintessential Rare Books, LLC]
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        A Speech by the Prime Minister in the House of Commons

      London: Baynard Press. 1st Edition. Soft cover. Very Good. FIRST EDITION of Winston Churchill's historic speech before the House of Commons, August 20, 1940. PMM 424. ["Never in the field of human conflict was so much
 owed by so many to so few..."]. "If the Gettysburg Address is one of the most moving statements of democracy confronted by tragedy, Churchill's historic exhortations are its equal in their ringing assertion of democracy confronting the seemingly irresistible forces of tyranny" (Printing and the Mind of Man, 424). [London]: [Baynard Press], 1940. Octavo, original printed wrappers; custom box. Very mild toning and creasing to wrappers. Rare in such good condition.

      [Bookseller: The Manhattan Rare Book Company]
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        Old Routes of Western Iran: Narrative of an Archaeological Journey Carried Out and Recorded

      London: Macmillan and Co, 1940. 1st ed. Hardcover. Near Fine. 31 plates (at end), folding map (in cover pocket), xxviii, 432p. Original cloth. 24cm. Tiny frayed spot near top of backstrip. No Jacket. The archeological travels described by Stein in this volume took place between November 1935 and December 1936.

      [Bookseller: McBlain Books]
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      New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1940. First American Edition. First Printing. Octavo; orange cloth, with titling, zig-zag pattern and publisher's device stamped in blue to spine and covers; blue topstain; dustjacket; 275pp, [1]. Inscribed to a well-known bookseller on the title page: "James Pepper / from Eric Ambler." Topstain faded, with offset to pastedowns from binders glue, else very Near Fine. Dustjacket is price-clipped, with light wear to extremities and a few tiny closed tears to upper edge of rear panel; Near Fine. Ambler's sixth novel, basis for the 1943 film noir directed by Norman Foster and Orson Welles (uncredited), starring Welles, Joseph Cotten, and Dolores del Rio. The Dark Page Vol.1, p.2.

      [Bookseller: Captain Ahab's Rare Books]
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      New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1940. cloth-backed paper-covered boards, top edge gilt, slipcase. Limited Editions Club. small 4to. cloth-backed paper-covered boards, top edge gilt, slipcase. 244, (2) pages. With an Introduction by A.A. Milne & Illustrations by Arthur Rackham. Limited to 2020 numbered copies signed by the designer, Bruce Rogers (LEC S-7 Special Publications; Great & Good Books, A Bibliographical Catalogue of the Limited Editions Club, A17); this copy is not numbered and has "out of series" written in and the initials "g.m." (George Macy) added and has an embossed stamp on the colophon page indicating that this is one of 25 Presentation Copies. This was apparently the retained copy kept by the press for their office set. Printed at the Walpole Printing Office (of Peter Beilenson). The Rackham illustrations are in full color and are printed on a different paper stock and mounted on separate pages. Spine of book is age darkened. The slipcase present is not the final one issued with the book.

      [Bookseller: Oak Knoll Books/Oak Knoll Press]
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      (Quito, Ecuador): (Imprenta Gutenberg), 1940. First Edition. Leather bound. Very Good. First Edition. [1]-16, 21-100 pages. Pagination not continuous but complete (see note below). The first edition, second issue. Folio (10 1/2 x 13 1/4 inches). Brown leather binding with cloth tie at the spine. Embossed and in blind decoration with wrapped edges. 45 tipped in silver prints (photographs). Several have come loose but are present. Opposite each photograph is letterpress text in red and black describing the image. Bright and clean internally, with all but a few photographs with excellent contrast. The pages are crinkled where the photographs were tipped in. Leather bound. A stated edition of four hundred copies of which three hundred have text in English, and 100 have a comprehensive index in Spanish. This copy contains only the English text. The first edition, second state. A printed note at base of page 100 indicates "the negatives of the enlargements which were on pages 19 and 21 have been accidently [sic] destroyed. These pictures and text have been replaced by the enlargements found on pages 97 and 99)." We've been able to confirm that the replacement images are different than those in the First edition, first issue. The replacement page text is also printed in only black. A beautifully rendered album documenting scenes of Ecuador with images of people, industry, landscapes, and architecture. Genuinely scarce, with no examples in OCLC/Worldcat as of this listing.

      [Bookseller: Kuenzig Books, ABAA/ILAB]
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        Sad Cypress

      Collins Crime Club, London 1940. First edition first issue in dustwrapper. Good only in original orange Crime Club binding with black titles to the spine. Showing overall wear, marks to covers and margins of first few pages, dusty. In original 8/3 dustwrapper showing minimal wear, a couple of 2mm tears, 3mm chip to rear panel light rubbing. Overall an outstanding example with NO restoration of the wrapper which would benefit a better book. Scarce dustwrapper in this condition. The dustwrapper is housed in a protective removable sleeve. 8947

      [Bookseller: Holybourne Rare Books]
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        Mounted newspaper clipping heading "Sports Pages Turn Back at the Fair." Relating to 1940 World's Fair Academy of Sports. Pictured are Mayor Jimmy Walker, The Babe, Mrs James Corbett and Ty Cobb

      1940 - Signed by both Ty Cobb and Babe Ruth. SIGNED BY BABE RUTH AND TY COBB. Signed by both Ty Cobb and Babe Ruth [Attributes: Signed Copy]

      [Bookseller: James Cummins Bookseller, ABAA]
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        Calling Dr. Kildare

      Dodd, Mead & Company, New York 1940 - The second Dr. Kildare book, and basis for the 1939 film of the same name, directed by Harold S. Bucquet and starring Lew Ayres and Lionel Barrymore. First Printing. Octavo; chickpea-colored cloth, with titles stamped in red on spine and front cover; red topstain; dustjacket; 223pp, [1]. Mild wear to base of spine, some darkening to endpapers, and scattered foxing to title page; Near Fine. Dustjacket is unclipped (priced $2.00), moderately edgeworn, with scattered foxing to flaps and some nearly invisible archival reinforcement along joints and flap folds on verso; Very Good. [Attributes: First Edition]

      [Bookseller: Lorne Bair Rare Books, ABAA]
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        Cosway Style Portraits of Francis Bacon, Robert Burns, Henry Longfellow, Joihn Ruskin, John Greenleaf Whittier anmd William Wordsworth

      Bayntun-Rivière, [possibly Bath 1940 - Each in full blue morocco hinged case. 6 vols. Wonderful collection of six Cosway-style portraits of literary luminaries: Wordsworth, Whittier, Longfellow, Burns, Bacon, and Ruskin, housed in handsome matching morocco cases. Cosway bindings (named for renowned 19th-century English miniaturist Richard Cosway) were first commissioned in the early 1900s by J.H. Stonehouse, managing director of London booksellers Sotheran & Company, from the famous Rivière bindery, who employed Miss C.B. Currie to faithfully imitate Cosway's detailed watercolor style of portraiture. These delicate miniature paintings, often on ivory, were set into the covers or doublures of richly-tooled bindings and protected by a thin pane of glass. Cosway bindings executed by other than the original collaborators (Stonehouse, Sotheran, Rivière, and Currie) are designated as "Cosway-style" bindings-still splendid productions-by such esteemed binderies as Sangorski & Sutcliffe, Morrell, Bayntun, and Bumpus. Cosway-style paintings rose in popularity in the mid-20th century. These six intricate watercolor portraits of British and American authors represent the exquisite craftsmanship of the foremost binders of that period. Six miniature watercolor portraits set into custom dark blue straight-grain morocco clamshell cases, blue watered silk doublures Each in full blue morocco hinged case. 6 vols

      [Bookseller: James Cummins Bookseller, ABAA]
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        Margaret Mitchell writes an insightful and thoughtful letter about her dear friends? divorce

      Atlanta, Georgia, April 17, 1940. 7.25" x 11". "Typed Letter Signed on her personal stationery, ?Margaret,? 2 pages, 7.25"" x 11"". Atlanta, Georgia, April 17, 1940. Usual horizontal folds, Fine condition. The recipient of this letter, ?Edwin,? may have been Dr. Edwin Pain Lochridge, a longtime family friend of Mitchell ?" Margaret and his mother, Lethea Lochridge, had been friends since youth. Edwin was an intern at Grady Memorial Hospital in 1948, and coincidentally was the first to respond to the scene of the automobile accident that lead to Mitchell?s death five days later. The letter reads in full: ?Dear Edwin: As soon as I receive your letter I leap frenziedly to answer it to vindicate the fair name of our mutual acquaintance who you thought had disrupted the happy home of a mutual friend. I imagine it was the juxtaposition of the two names in my last letter which led you to this error. But, upon my honor, I do not believe she had anything to do with the separation and divorce. I do not believe she had seen him, until the last month, in two years. We?ve seen him twice since last fall, both times for long periods, and I?m sure that if your suspicions had been true we?d have heard something about the matter. As far as I could learn, there was nothing dramatic and nothing scandalous about the break. It was just the same old situation which had lasted too long for endurance. There was probably some last straw, but I don?t know what it was. Like you, I was profoundly sorry. When a marriage has lasted that long there certainly must be ties of deep affection and shared happy memories. Evidently the ties frayed out and snapped?"a very quiet, undramatic snapping?"but I wouldn?t want you to get the idea that our friend had been lured from home, because that isn?t the case. Dear me, what a torment letters are and how we would like to be with you and Mabel so we could learn in detail the things you hint! I hope we can manage it and I think you two are sweet to want us to come down to Longboat.?? Good Heavens, don?t tell me the Orlando newspapers are still interested enough in me to search your house! They should move their operations to Miami, for I have just learned that I have an island estate and a yacht there but, alas, I am not enjoying either due to the leukemia. I gathered these choice bits of information from the gent who wrote The Macmillan Company about the fresh entrail cure for this disease. Tell Mabel not to think of writing me now. I have some idea about what she (and you) have undergone since Doctor Burton?s death. Of course you must know how I love to hear from you but I don?t want either of you to write when you are tired and it?s a chore. I was afraid you had given up writing...I knew something of your circumstances. I won?t even try to write about it but I hope we can talk about it sometime if you feel like a discussion. I can?t believe your decision is final. I hope it isn?t, even if circumstances appear to be against you...? Love to you both, Margaret"

      [Bookseller: University Archives]
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      New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1940. quarter leather with cloth sides, top edges gilt, slipcase. Limited Editions Club. tall 8vo. quarter leather with cloth sides, top edges gilt, slipcase. xxii,237; (v),238-536,(2) pages. Translated into English anno 1620, with an Introduction by Edward Hutton and Wood-cuts in the Renaissance manner by Fritz Kredel. 2 volumes. Limited to only 530 numbered copies signed by Fritz Kredel (LEC S-6). This copy has an embossed stamp on the colophon page indicating that this is one of 25 Presentation Copies.Designed by George Macy and printed by The Duenewald Printing Corporation. With "A Note Upon the Text" by Harry Carter. Issued as a Special Offering to members of the Club and being outside the normal numbered sequence (Bibliography, S-6). Filled with the excellent illustrations by Kredel. Well preserved set.

      [Bookseller: Oak Knoll Books/Oak Knoll Press]
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        ARCHIVO ESPAÑOL DE ARTE Y ARQUEOLOGIA. Directores: M. Gómez-Moreno y E. Tormo y Monzo. Madrid, Centro de Estudios Históricos, 1925 (num. I) hasta 1937 (vol. XIII). Con ARCHIVO ESPAÑOL DE ARQUEOLOGIA, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, 1940-41 (vol. XIV) a 1971-72 (vol. XXXV). En total 35 vols. (completo hasta el año 1972), 4ºM. Enc. holandesa. Algo cortos de margen, alg. lám. despl. guillotinada por la encuadernación.

      - .- - La publicación de esta importante revista, interrumpida a causa de la Guerra Civil, se continuó a partir del año 1940 cambiando el nombre por el de ARCHIVO ESPAÑOL DE ARQUEOLOGIA.

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      New York: Ives Washburn Inc. 1940. First edition, first printing. Original green cloth with black card illustration to the upper board and titles to the spine, in dustwrapper. A better than very good copy, the binding clean and square, the contents with a number in ink on the front free endpaper and a little tanning of the text block. Complete with the rubbed and nicked very good pictorial dustwrapper which has small chips to the head of the spine. Rare, exceptionally so in the dustwrapper. The book was later re-issued as ?"Confessions of a winning Poker Player?". "Few players recall big pots they have won, strange as it seems, but every player can remember with remarkable accuracy the outstanding tough beats of his career." - Jack King. Further details and images for any of the items listed are available on request. Lucius Books welcomes direct contact with our customers.

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        For Whom the Bell Tolls

      New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1940 First edition, first printing. Publisher's beige cloth, stamped in black and red; in the original pictorial first issue dust jacket, lacking the photographer's credit to the rear panel, with an illustration of a mountain scene to the front panel in red, white, black and blue, lettered in red and white. Book fine; unclipped dust jacket with light toning to the spine, minor chips and closed tears to the panel edges, some light creasing to the otherwise bright panels. Overall, a very good copy. Hanneman A18. For Whom the Bell Tolls is Hemingway's account of the Spanish Civil War and was influenced by the author's experiences living as a journalist in Spain during the conflict. It tells the story of protagonist Robert Johnson, an American fighting for the republicans during the Spanish Civil War. Notably, For Whom the Bell Tolls describes the struggle of the Spanish people without glorifying the war effort. Along with The Sun Also Rises, The Old Man and the Sea, and A Farwell to Arms, this text is considered one of the author's best novels. Indeed, in his 1940 New York Times review, Ralph Thompson praises it as: "the most moving document to date on the Spanish Civil War," "the first major novel of the Second World War," and even Hemingway's "finest novel." As a 211,000 word novel, For Whom the Bell Tolls is also Hemingway's longest text.. 1st Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good/Dust Jacket Included.

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        The Earthly Paradise

      London: Michael Joseph Ltd.,, 1940. Octavo. Original red cloth, titles to spine in silver, map design to front pastedown. With the dust jacket. An excellent copy with just a touch of spotting to rear panel of dust jacket. First edition, first impression.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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      London: Victor Gollancz. 1940. First edition, first printing. Signed by the author. Original blue cloth with dark blue titles to the spine, in dustwrapper. A very good clean and bright copy, with a few light marks to the front endpaper complete with the very good lightly rubbed and nicked dustwrapper. A light area to the spine where a bookseller?'s label was one placed over the publisher?'s 7/6 price. Signed by the author in blue ink on the half title. Hubin. Further details and images for any of the items listed are available on request. Lucius Books welcomes direct contact with our customers.

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        Avon Reprints

      (Avon, Connecticut): Avon Old Farms Press. 1940. First. First edition. Quarter cloth and paper over boards with printed label on front board. A trifle soiled, very near fine. A presentation copy from the proprietor of the school: "For Mr. & Mrs. DeWitt Wallace with appreciation from Theodate Pope Riddle." The Wallace's were publishers, philanthropists, and founders of the Reader's Digest. An anthology of articles from various sources including William Allen White, Harry Emerson Fosdick, "The Yellow Man's Burden" by Matsumoto, Archibald Rutledge, Nicholas Murray Butler, etc., as well as the inclusion of the oft-reprinted "A Message to Garcia," written by Elbert Hubbard, a fellow passenger of Pope's on the Lusitania, and who was one of the more than a thousand casualties.One of the most fascinating survivors of the Lusitania disaster was an Ohio-born, middle-aged American female self-taught architect named Theodate Pope (later Riddle) who was with a friend on her way to England for a Spiritualist conference. The Lusitania sank in 18 minutes and the crew was unable to stop the ship because the steering mechanism was jammed, thus very few boats were launched and most survivors went into the water including Theodate Pope. Her maid, and her traveling companion, Edwin Friend, were both lost in the sinking but Pope managed to survive several hours in the water, although for much of that time she was unconscious. She later published her own very vivid account of the sinking in small editions - we've searched and never found either in over thirty years.Attending Miss Porter's School for Young Ladies in Farmington, Connecticut, she became enamored of this city's architecture. Despite being self-taught she received several important commissions, mostly for schools and private residences including Hop Brook School and Highfield (now Highfield Golf course) in Middlebury, Connecticut. Perhaps her proudest achievement was the founding of the Avon School in Connecticut, and aside from a hiatus during World War II when it served as a convalescent center for blind veterans, is still going strong today, nearly 70 years after her death. She also designed the buildings around the school, and is considered one of the first important women architects in America. More information is available about her at the website of the Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame. She was inducted into the hall of fame in 1994. This is the first signed copy of any book by her that we've seen. .

      [Bookseller: Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. ABA]
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      Paris: Grasset, 1940. Fine. Grasset, Paris 1940, 11,5x18,5cm, relié. - First edition of the French translation, one of the review copies. Binding to bradel in full black fabric, smooth back piece as red shagreen, blankets angularly restored preserved. Very rare autograph dedication signed by the author Robert Treukle: "... in unser Kampfgemeinschaft ..." Our copy is enriched with an original photograph of the author, mounted on tab, which Otto Strasser has added these few words: "Familie als Treukle Ostergrup 1940" and signed by him. Rare together.   --- Please note that the translation in english is done automatically, we apologize if the formulas are inaccurate. Contact us for any information! - [FRENCH VERSION FOLLOWS] Edition originale de la traduction française, un des exemplaires du service de presse. Reliure à la bradel en pleine toile noire, dos lisse, pièce de titre de chagrin rouge, couvertures angulairement restaurées conservées. Très rare envoi autographe signé de Otto Strasser à Robert Treukle : "... in unser Kampfgemeinschaft..." Notre exemplaire est enrichi d'une photographie originale de l'auteur, montée sur onglet, sur laquelle Otto Strasser a inscrit ces quelques mots : "Familie Treukle als Ostergrup 1940" et qu'il a signée. Rare ensemble.  

      [Bookseller: Librairie Le Feu Follet]
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        BADEN-BADEN. Prächtige Gesamtansicht von einer Anhöhe aus.

      - Aquarell mit Deckfarben über Bleistift, sign. "Hans Wolf", um 1940, 76 x 119 cm. Gesamtansicht von Süd-Westen mit Blick über die Stadt zur Ruine Hohen-Baden. Weiträumig sind die Vororte und Berge der Umgebung dargestellt. Von außerordentlicher Detailtreue und Genauigkeit. - Auf Leinwand aufgezogen, breitrandig und sehr gut erhalten. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Peter Bierl Buch- & Kunstantiquariat]
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        Lêda ou La louange des bienheureuse ténèbres

      1940. en feuilles sous emboîtage. Bon état. Paris, L.I. (chez l'illustrateur, Louis Icart), 1940. In-4 en feuilles sous couverture rempliée, chemise et étui cartonnés, illustrations : 16 gravures à la pointe sèche de Louis Icart, 23 p. Exemplaire n°53/125 (sur vélin crème). Très bon état. Biblio : Monod 7417

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        A Catalogue of Rare Chinese Jade Carvings Compiled by Stanley Charles Nott

      The House of Jade, Florida 1940 - Limited, numbered first edition. Number 18. Published Florida: The House of Jade, 1940. Folio, 9 1/4" x 12 1/8", xxii+185pp., illustrated with forty-four full page plates from original photographs. Green cloth with gilt cover rules and titles. Heavyweight green endpapers. Dulling to the cover gilt, mild rub at extremities, small nameplate of flyleaf, else very good plus, clean attractive. Size: Folio [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: The Wild Muse]
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        The Earthly Paradise

      London: Michael Joseph, 1940., 1940. First Edition. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the Author. Fne copy in near fine dustwrapper, a little frayed spine top. Complete with fine "Book Society Choice" sash. Enthralling historical adventure set in an age haunted by superstition and Inquisition; Don Narciso Rich, an ambitious legal aide to the King, accompanies the ageing Columbus on his third voyage to the New World in 1497. C.S. Forester was awarded the 1938 James Tait Black Memorial Prize for both the Hornblower novels 'A Ship of the Line' and 'Flying Colours'. The Prize was founded in memory of a partner in the publishing house of A. and C. Black Ltd., and is one of the oldest and most prestigious book awards in Britain.

      [Bookseller: Adrian Harrington Rare Books]
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        Horton Hatches the Egg

      New York: Random House,, 1940. Quarto. Original brown buckram, titles to front cover in red. With the dust jacket. Housed in a cream cloth slipcase. Illustrated throughout by the author. Small bookseller's ticket to rear pastedown. Extremities a touch sunned, board edges slightly bumped, spine cocked. An excellent copy in a lightly soiled and toned jacket with nicked and creased extremities, and a couple of small chips, partially affecting "Mulberry" on the front panel. First edition, first printing. Considered one of the hardest Seuss titles to find in the first printing and with the un-restored dust jacket.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        Eigenh. Musikmanuskript (Fragment).

      O. O. u. D.. 4 SS. auf 2 Bll. Folio. Mit zwei Beilagen (s. u.).. Mit Blei-, Rot- und Blaustift ausgeführte Orchesterskizze aus dem letzten Akt seiner 1940 entstandenen und uraufgeführten Sinfonie in C-Dur (op. 46), Pfitzners erfolgreichstem Orchesterwerk neben den Palestrina-Vorspielen und der Ouverture zum "Käthchen von Heilbronn". - Beilagen: I: Eh. Postkarte mit U. [München], 3. VII. 1943. 1 S. Qu.-8vo. Mit eh. Adresse. An einen Hrn. Schneider zur Übersendung von "Original-Orchesterskizzen". - II: Gedruckte Vermählungsanzeige von Mali und Hans Pfitzner (gelocht).

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat Inlibris, Gilhofer Nfg. GmbH]
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        Amazing content! Charles Lindbergh letter to "Spirit of St. Louis" co-designer Donald A. Hall all about the fabled plane!

      Lloyd Neck, New York, March 6, 1940. 8.5" x 11". "Typed Letter Signed ""Charles A. Lindbergh,"" 2 pages, 8.5"" x 11"", separate sheets. With an additional typed page enclosed by Lindbergh. Lloyd Neck, Huntington [Long Island], New York, March 6, 1940. Each page is on the same watermarked stationery. Tiny staple holes, light paper clip rust mark on top of first page. Fine condition.In part, ""I have just received a letter from Dr. George W. Lewis, Director of Research, N.A.C.A. [National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics], enquiring about data connected with the 'Spirit of St. Louis.' Dr. Lewis tells me that the Institute of the Aeronautical Sciences is collecting material relating to the early flights, and would like to have anything available that relates to the 'Spirit of St. Louis'. Practically everything I had pertaining to the 'Spirit of St. Louis' has been turned over to the Missouri Historical Society and the Smithsonian Institution ... It occurs to me, however, that you might have engineering records that would be of great interest to them, and I am writing on the chance that you would be willing to turn these over to the Institute if you do have any ...""In a typed postscript, Lindbergh adds, in part, ""Dr. Lewis sent me a copy of the 'Technical Preparation of the Airplane Spirit of St. Louis' which you wrote for the N.A.C.A. soon after the flight in 1927. I have read it with great interest and I am glad that you were able to make this record when it was fresh in your mind ... your friend Lyle might be interested in the list of men who were responsible for the construction of the airplane which you gave on page 4. I am enclosing a separate sheet of paper with this paragraph copied.""The third page with Lindbergh's copied paragraph from page 4 is headed, in part, ""Technical Preparation of the Airplane / 'Spirit of St. Louis' / Written for the / National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics / By Donald A. Hall / Chief Engineer, Ryan Airplanes, Inc. / Washington / July, 1927."" It begins ""Page 4: 'Members of the Ryan Airlines factory organization who were responsible for the construction of the airplane are ...'"" Nine names and their tasks are listed.The letter can be read in its entirety in the images above.Provenance: The Papers of Donald Albert Hall, sold Butterfields, Los Angeles, March 22, 2000."

      [Bookseller: University Archives]
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        Primato. Lettere e arti d'Italia. Rivista diretta da Giuseppe Bottai e Giorgio Vecchietti. Raccolta completa dal 1? marzo 1940 al 15 luglio 1943 (manca solamente l'ultimo numero doppio del 1? agosto 1943)

      Mondadori/Grafitalia 1940-43 Raccolta pressoch? completa di 81 fascicoli (manca solo un numero, l'ultimo doppio, il 15 - 16, dell'agosto del 1943) di questa storica rivista quindicinale uscita dal 1? marzo 1940 al 1? agosto del 1943 diretta da Giuseppe Bottai, ministro dell'Educazione nazionale, e da Giorgio Vecchietti. 1940: 20 fascicoli; 1941: 24 fascicoli; 1942: 24 fascicoli; 1943: 13 fascicoli di cui uno doppio, il n? 9 / 10 del 15 maggio (manca l'ultimo doppio, il 15 / 16, del 1? agosto). Il numero di pagine oscillava fra le 24 e le 32, il formato era di 26 x 36 cm circa. 'Per minimizzare e ridurre le eventuali conseguenze di un sudditanza al potente alleato, l'Italia fascista doveva conquistare una propria e quanto pi? possibile autonoma funzione dirigente che, non potendo chiaramente manifestarsi nel campo delle armi, doveva essere ricercata nel pi? tradizionale e prossimo campo della cultura in cui il paese aveva mantenuto un 'primato' universalmente riconosciuto' (Lorenzo Tronfi, 'Il Primato di Giuseppe Bottai: cultura e politica (1940 - 1943), pp. 6 - 7). 'Da un lato il Fascismo, attraverso il Ministro dell'Educazione e i suoi collaboratori ed amici, riconosceva la propria insufficienza di fatto, per riaffermarsi liberamente come idea, e quindi come ricerca e come dialogo; e d'altro lato i collaboratori antifascisti rinunciavano praticamente alle pretese di assoluta purezza dell'intransigenza faziosa realizzando una convergenza concreta' (Antologia di Primato a cura di Vittorio Vettori, p. 9). Numerosissimi i collaboratori della rivista. Per la critica letteraria: Walter Binni, Adriano Seroni, Bruno Romani, Carlo Muscetta, Cesare Angelini, Enrico Falqui, Mario Alicata, Giuseppe De Robertis, Arnaldo Bocelli; per la critica storica e politica: Guido Piovene, Dino Del Bo, Ugo Spirito, Giaime Pintor, Carlo Morandi, Luigi Russo, Nicola Abbagnano,; per la narrativa e la poesia: Giovanni Comisso, Alfonso Gatto, Vasco Pratolini, Adriano Grande, Vincenzo Cardarelli, Sandro Penna. Molti gli scrittori pubblicati, spesso in prima edizione, sulle pagine della rivista: Cesare Pavese, Eugenio Montale, Dino Buzzati, Carlo Emilio Gadda, Riccardo Bacchelli, Antonio Aniante, Giani Stuparich, Carlo Linati, Vitaliano Brancati, Salvatore Quasimodo, Giuseppe Ungaretti, Sibilla Aleramo, Corrado Alvaro, ecc? Alcuni, come Paolo Monelli, sono stati capaci, proprio su 'Primato', di fare filtrare, tra le righe, acute constattazioni di disapprovazione e critica alla guerra. Allo stesso modo il frequente richiamo all'identit? di provincia italiana, alla sua originaria moralit?, presente soprattutto nelle accurate pagine letterarie riflette in antichi echi strapaesani una rinnovata amicizia e collaborazione fra Bottai e Mino Maccarai, ma anche la volont? di dare spazio a tanti giovani talenti, anche anticonformisti, come Corrado Alvaro, affascinati dalla cultura d'oltreoceano e capaci di rifletterne, in luoghi e ambienti della propria esperienza, stili nuovi e modi d'intendere la societ?. In tal modo 'Primato' finisce per essere la vetrina del fermento culturale di un'epoca in crisi' (Lorenzo Tronfi, Il Primato di Giuseppe Bottai: cultura e politica (1940 - 1943), pp. 10 - 11). ITA

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        The Mixture as Before

      London: William Heinemann, 1940., 1940. First Edition. Octavo. pp. (x), 288. Bound in publisher's blue cloth, with gilt titles to front board and spine. Dust wrapper in blue with titles to front cover, titles to spine, and with publisher's advertisements to rear cover. With the title-specific 'Book Society Choice' wrap-around band not recorded in either Maugham bibliography. Binding shows light shelfwear. Internally clean and free from spotting. Dust wrapper rubbed to extremities, with a few small chips and tears. A collection of short stories by one of the acknowledged masters of the form in English.

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      New York: Simon and Schuster, 1940.. 1940.. Good. - Octavo, red cloth with a gilt-printed white title label between gilt rules on the spine and with the author's monograph in gilt on the front cover, in an illustrated creamy white dust wrapper. The head and tail of the book's spine are lightly bumped and the title label is rumpled. There are a couple of light indentations to the covers. The soiled dust jacket is chipped and torn along the edges with a small piece out of the jacket's spine. The author's name on the spine is quite faded. [iv], 527 & [1] pages. Very good in a good dust wrapper. First edition.From the pen of Australian author Christina Stead, "The Man Who Loved Children" is the story of a highly dysfunctional family. Originally set in Sydney, the setting was changed to Washington, D.C. to appeal to an American audience, though linguistic differences attest to its roots. Acclaimed by Robert Stone, Jonathan Franzen, Angela Carter and Randall Jarrell, the novel was included in Time Magazine's "TIME 100 Best English-language Novels from 1923 to 2005". In his introduction to a later edition of the book, Randall Jarrell wrote that "no other novel makes so scrupulous, so passionate, and so convincing a study of a family -- and with such generalizing force that one immediately expands that to THE family." Jonathan Franzen, writing in the New York Times speaks of it thus: "Even the word 'enjoying': is that the right word? Although its prose ranges from good to fabulously food - is lyrical in the true sense, every observation and description bursting with feeling, meaning, subjectivity -- and although its plotting is unobtrusively masterly, the book operates at a pitch of psychological violence that makes 'Revolutionary Road' look like 'Everybody Loves Raymond.' And, worse yet, can never stop laughing at that violence!". Rare in the dust wrapper.

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        Document Signed by 25 of the Cast and Crew of the 1940 MGM Musical Extravaganza "Broadway Melody of 1940."

      8 1/2" x 11"; 1 page (front and back); fine, fresh; 1940. Rare and unique gathering of autographs, not be found elsewhere! Signed on the front by: Fred Astaire as Johnny Brett; Eleanor Powell as Clare Bennett; Frank Morgan as Bob Casey; George Murphy King Shaw Ian; Hunter as Bert C. Matthews; Florence Rice as Amy Blake, Casey's Secretary; Ann Morriss as Pearl Delonge; Dore Schary - Story; George Oppenheimer - Screenplay; Jack Cummings - Producer; Oliver Marsh - Cinematography; Bill Ryan - Assistant Director; George B. Elder - Property Master Plus - Sound Technician; Dick Chaney - Wardrobe; Bud Graybill - Still Photographer; Muriel Gallagher - Wardrobe; Stanley Briggs - Script; John Howard Detlie - Associate Art Director; Merrill R Pye - Art Director; Phyllis Loughton - Miss Powell's Coach; Gertrude Kuhn - Hairdresser; Art Smith - Unit Manager; Georgie Lane - Make-Up; Allen Hurley - 2nd Prop Master. "Broadway Melody of 1940" was released in 1940, directed by Norman Taurog from a story by Jack McGowan and Dore Schary. Screenplay by Leon Gordon and George Oppenheimer. "Broadway Melody of 1940" was Fred Astaire's first picture for M-G-M since the 1933 film "Dancing Lady", and it was the first picture Fred Astaire made following his departure from RKO. It was also the fourth and last of M-G-M's "Broadway Melody" pictures. According to modern sources, the film was originally to have been shot in Technicolor, but because of the unsettled economic conditions caused by the start of the war in Europe, M-G-M decided to film it in black and white. Modern sources add that the set for the "Begin the Beguine" number cost $120,000 to construct and used a sixty foot multi-paneled mirror mounted on a revolving track that swung around to change backgrounds during the dance. Cole Porter wrote the song in 1935, and it was one of the biggest hits. "Broadway Melody of 1940" was the only film Fred Astaire and Eleanor Powell worked together. Provenance: from the estate of director Norman Taurog.

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        The Hamlet

      New York: Random House. 1940. First edition. Hardcover. Near Fine. 1940, First Printing of trade edition. Hardcover, black cloth, color title page and dust jacket designed by George Salter. Near Fine in a Very Good+ dust jacket. Minor shelfwear to the exterior; unmarked contents; square binding. First issue dust jacket with 10 titles on the rear panel and price of 2.50 intact. DJ with minor wear to the spine ends; a single 1/2- inch snag to the bottom edge of the rear panel; soft vertical crease down the front panel is barely noticeable; bright, bold colors. DJ now in a mylar wrap. A lovely copy of the first entry in Faulkner's Snopes Trilogy. Digital images available upon request.

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        De Tweede Schipvaart der Nederlanders naar Oost-Indie onder Jacob Cornelisz van Neck en Wybrrant Warwijck 1598-1600

      The Hague: Martinus Nijhoff, 1940. 8 volumes. Enquire for shipping price.A touch of foxing. Hard Cover. Good.

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        L'imaginaire EDITION ORIGINALE Tirage de tête

      Paris: Gallimard, 1940. Fine. Gallimard, Paris 1940, 14,5x23cm, broché. - First edition, one of the 25 copys numbered on "pur-fil" paper only leading copies. Beautiful copy. - [FRENCH VERSION FOLLOWS] Edition originale, un des 25 exemplaires numérotés sur pur fil, seuls grands papiers. Bel exemplaire.

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        IL CROCIATO NERO Gli Albi del Vittorioso n.10, supplemento al numero 21 de Il Vittorioso.

      Roma, Il Vittorioso, 1940. Cm. 29,5x29 brossura, pp. 32, spillato piccolo restauro alla cucitura della copertina, mancano le spillature, piccoli strappi al margine inferiore banco delle prime carte, a colori. Secondo romanzo a fumetti scritto dal Celebre Gian Luigi Bonelli. Complessivamente in buono stato.

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        Darkness at Noon

      London: Jonathan Cape,, 1940. Translated by Daphne Hardy. Octavo. Original grey cloth, spine and front covered lettered in red. Spine toned, binding soiled, top corner of three leaves creased, some light marginal thumbing. First edition in English, first impression. Presentation copy from the author, inscribed on the half-title: "Anthony from Arthur". From the library of the scholar and auctioneer Anthony Hobson, with his book label on the front pastedown. The book itself is very scarce, as a large proportion of the first printing was destroyed during the Blitz; Copac records only the British Library copy in British and Irish institutional libraries, and OCLC adds only one (Northern College). Furthermore, the remarkable exhibition of "Connolly's 100" at the University of Texas in 1971 could only muster a copy of the first American edition (1941). Copies inscribed by Koestler are rare.

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        [Photo Albums]: Two Early British Aviation Transport Photo Albums

      England. (1940-1948). Two photograph albums containing relatively early British aviation transport photos. The first album is 8" x 10" green leather-grained cloth with gilt titles and art-nouveau stylized leaf motif. The second is 8.5" x 10" re-backed in brown leather over textured paper-covered boards with gilt titles. Very good or better. The albums contain over 300 photographs of shipping and civil aircraft subjects taken between 1940-1948 presumably presided over by a distinguished gentleman pictured in the uniform of a First Officer of the Air Transport Auxiliary. Most of the images are labeled with the names of the aircraft and locations, some with dates, and include images inside cockpits. Included are a small number of Fleet Air Arm images of aircraft at various locations through the United Kingdom and Europe; Channel Islands, Schiphol, and Lyons. Some photographs include scenes of North East Britain, such as the River Tyne and Spiller's Wharf. Of particular interest among the civil aviation archive are photographs of the Miles Aerovan operated by Air Contractors Ltd, which ran charter freight flights in the late 1940s. They were the first commercial company to transport a British car by air, a later Frazer-Nash car is shown in some photographs. There is also a photo of the company transporting a cow! Other companies featured include, Air Taxis Ltd, Air Charters, and Air Enterprises Ltd, the latter company's machine photographed with actor Basil Radford after the filming of Whisky Galore! in 1948. Also featured are photographs of ocean liners, warships, and cargo ships many named and labeled by city of destination, as well as a number of personal photographs. A fascinating archive of civil and naval aviation spanning the latter years of World War II and the early post-war periods, depicting the expanding development of transportation resources. .

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        Typed letter signed.

      Princeton, New Jersey, 14. XII. 1940. - 4to. 1 p. In English, to David Ewen, editor of Musical Facts, on his imprinted stationery: "Briefly, in answer to your enquiry as to what my reactions to music are and in what way it has been a force in my life. All my life music has excited feelings of deepest interest and enjoyment in me. Its melodic beauty has had a distinct effect on my work, as I am a man upon whom the sensations of sound have had influences far surpassing those of vision. I might say that I am a man of the ears and not of the eyes. Music, with its rhythmic flow and rich cadence of sound, may be considered to have influenced the literary form of my writings, and to have become interwoven with the thoughts and ideas to which I sought to give expression".

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        Babar and Father Christmas. Translated from the French by Merle Haas

      Random Hoiuse, New York 1940 - First English edition and last of the Babar books by Jean de Brunhoff. Color-printed pictorial title-page, illustrated throughout. Large folio (14 1/4 x 10 in.; 363 x 255 mm). In this charming story, Babar visits Father Christmas and suggests that he take a vacation inthe elephants' country. In gratitude, Father Christmas gives Babar a magic Santa suit which will enable him to fly through the air and deliver presents on Christmas eve to all the little elephants, beginning yet another wonderful western tradtion in Celesteville. Grolier/Elliott 141 Publisher's pictorial boards, yellow cloth spine, pictorial endpapers, pictorial dust-jacket; losses at bottom margin of front of dust-jacket restored probably with color xeroxes. Attractive Color-printed pictorial title-page, illustrated throughout. Large folio (14 1/4 x 10 in.; 363 x 255 mm) First English edition and last of the Babar books by Jean de Brunhoff [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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      - ABC. (HEBREW) HEBREW ALPHABET: ORIGINAL ART. Offered here are 10 finished original color drawings for 9 letters of a probably unpublished Hebrew alphabet book (one letter has 2 pieces). Not dated but circa 1940, signed by M. Genlis. The work is done on art paper. Each image is oblong measuring 7 3/8" wide x 4 1/2" high on paper 10 1/4 x 8 1/2". Includes the following Hebrew letters: ALEPH, BET, VAV, ZAYIN, TET, MEM, PEI, TZADEI and RESH (2). Pictured are a large SHIP, HOUSE, TRAIN (2), ROSE, WINDMILL, TREE, BUTTERFLY, GUARD TOWER and BIRD - high quality with much detail and charm. [Attributes: Signed Copy]

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        For Whom the Bell Tolls

      Charles Scribner's Sons, NY 1940 - VG/VG-. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Pinocchio production cel of Dutch Milk Maid from the Stromboli Puppet Sequence

      Burbank: Walt Disney Studios,, 1940. A fantastic early inscription and original Pinocchio production cel. Blue pencil signature and inscription, "To Peggy Fox, from Walt Disney," on a brown 4.25 x 2 card affixed to the mat of an original production cel featuring a little Dutch milk maid, featured as one of Stromboli's puppet sequence from the classic 1940 Walt Disney Studios film Pinocchio, trimmed and applied to a detailed airbrush background. After being used for the film, this cel was prepared by the Disney Studio's Courvoiser Unit for presentation, either as VIP gift or for sale through the Courvoisier Gallery distribution system. For about ten years during the late 1930's and 1940's the Courvoisier Gallery was the exclusive distributor of Disney Studio drawings and cels. At first all Courvoisier cels were prepared for sale at the Disney Studio. This involved laboriously trimming the cels to the edges of the characters, hand creating backgrounds to compliment each cel, matting the artwork and labeling it. Roy Disney later decided this was too costly and the work was moved to Courvoisier's workshop where the quality of work suffered with simpler backgrounds and the lamination of cels. With the original Walt Disney Courvoisier Gallery label to back of frame.

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        The Fifth Column: A Play in Three Acts

      New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1940. First Thus. First separate edition of Hemingway's play with an original print run of 1174 copies. Adapted by Benjamin Glazer and produced by the Theatre Guild in 1940. HANNEMAN A17a. Octavo (22cm.); original cloth in grey decorative dust jacket printed in red; [2],vii,[1],101pp. Dust jacket expertly restored; faint uneven toning to extremities; front free endpaper cockled from previously removed bookplate, else textblock fine. About Very Good overall.

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