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        [Original Print of a Family Portrait by Cecil Beaton]

      [London?]: [Cecil Beaton], [ca. 1940s or '50s]. Very good +. Thick card measuring 12" by 9.75" with affixed gelatin-silver print (9.5" by 7.75" approx.). SIGNED by Beaton underneath photo (very faded); with stamp reading "Cecil Beaton / Photograph" to verso. Aside from faded signature, about near fine, with some wear along edges of card; else clean and sharp. Undated commissioned portrait by Beaton depicting a high-society mother and child. Almost certainly photographed and printed at his own studio, as it bears only his proprietary stamp. The landscape background is quite similar to that of Beaton's 1940 portraits of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother and then-Princess Elizabeth II.

      [Bookseller: Brian Cassidy, Bookseller]
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        Ahi esta el Detalle. [Movie poster / Cartel de la película].

      Mexico. 1940 - Movie poster. (Cartel de la Película). Con Cantinflas. Mario Moreno. 94 x 69 cm. Mounted on linen. Ahí está el detalle se convertiría en la película creadora del Cantinflas . Ahí está el detalle es el resultado de un interesante proceso de investigación. Se trata de un cartel de mostrar real de la película.

      [Bookseller: Wittenborn Art Books]
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        Jubilee: A Cavalcade of the Negro Theatre (The Original Typescript)

      Original wraps. Very Good -. The very uncommon 1940 typescript (with a number of pencil corrections in Langston Hughes's hand) of this unpublished and unproduced collaboration between Hughes and Arna Bontemps. Intended as a celebration of the Negro theatre and as a proud addition to the American Negro Exposition (to be held in Chicago from July 4th thru Labor Day 1940 in honor of 75 years of African-American freedom), this Hughes-Bontemps project fell into financial trouble from the outset and was soon scrapped. What started with the noblest of intentions as an inspired recognition of the Negro Theatre and its rich history --and as part of the "Diamond Jubilee" of the Illinois State Fair-- ulrimately embittered Langston Hughes and represented one of the true disappointments of his otherwise remarkable career. The fragile, stapled typescript, on 8 1'2" x 11" paper, shows some wear and offsetting at the covers but is still sturdy and very clean internally, and easily merits at least a VG-. A wonderful piece of unusual African-Americana.

      [Bookseller: Appledore Books, ABAA]
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        The Black Album (Ha-albom ha-shahor]

      Tel Aviv: The Anti-Nazi League, 1940. Paperback. Very good. Booklet of postcards. 6.5" x 4.25". Complete with all ten postcards. Text in Hebrew, English, and French; postcard captions in English. Minor soiling to the cover. Text and cards are lightly toned. Three of the postcards are separated along their perforations and are laid-in the booklet. This book of postcards published by the Anti-Nazi League of Tel Aviv was a very early-said by some to be the earliest-depiction of Nazi atrocities against the Jews. As noted in the album's introduction, the postcards were intended to publicize Nazi barbarism, "The most tragic thing is that people aren't paying attention to this horrifying information from Poland...that's why the Anti-Nazi League in Palestine took upon itself the task of breaking the apathy of the world community to these events . . . by the representatives of Satan, in an appropriate manner." Each postcard includes the text: "Send this card to everyone you know in the world and participate in the disclosure of the Nazi crimes," and each reproduces a captioned photograph such as "Death in the wake of Hitler," "The work of Nazi hangmen," "The Nazi murderers enjoy themselves," etc. Exceptionally scarce. As of 2017, no other complete albums are for sale in the trade. Rare Book Hub shows only three auction records. OCLC shows four examples are held by institutions; two in the United States and two in Europe, however the two in the United States are identified as later printings.

      [Bookseller: Read 'Em Again Books, ABAA]
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        The African Queen

      The African Queen. "First Modern Library Edition". 8vo., original grey cloth, dust jacket. New York, the Modern Library. 

      [Bookseller: Maggs Bros. Ltd.]
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        Woman with pottery.

      1940.(). Gouache painting. 21 x 14 inches. Signed and dated 1940. Framed and glazed. The artist did murals with Diego Rivera.

      [Bookseller: Wittenborn Art Books]
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        The Little History of the United States

      Cambridge / Boston / New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1940. First Edition . Cloth. Very Good +/Very Good Dustjacket. 13 1/8" Tall. Lithographic Color Endpapers and Illustrations By the Author. A Bright, Clean Copy Of This Large Book. Nicely Inscribed In Ink On Fron Endpaper "Frank Capra From Carole And Clark Gable Xmas 1940." A Gift Inscription To Frank Capra, Jr., Son Of Director Frank Capra With Whom Gable Worked In The Award-Winning "It Happened One Night." They All Lived In The Malibu Colony At This Time.

      [Bookseller: Arroyo Seco Books]
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        2 photos ?Jeune femme avec vélo / Frau mit Fahrrad? Aufnahme aus den Vierziger Jahre.

      1940. 1940 - 29.5x18 cm (image), 40x30 cm (carton), 2 planches. Please notify before visiting to see a book. Prices are excl. VAT/TVA (only Switzerland) & postage. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Harteveld Rare Books Ltd.]
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        The rugged flanks of the Caucasus.

      London Oxford University Press 1940 - 2 volumes 4to (27.5 x 18 cm). xv, 272; ix, 318 pp., 38 plates printed by Emery Walker after drawings by the author, and nine maps (8 folding). Original brown buckram gilt, a fine copy. The very handsome first edition printed on thick paper. After visiting Russia for seven months in 1879, Baddeley became the St. Petersburg correspondent for the London Standard, and began a lifelong relationship with that country, travelling widely and writing several important books on its history. In the summer of 1900 he made his first of several journeys to Siberia and the Russian Far East. He was a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, 1902-1940. Posthumously published, the book describes the author's journey through the region on horseback, 1898-1902. The work deals with the geography, topography, ethnology, history, archaeology, botany, zoology, and folklore of the Caucasus. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Shapero Rare Books]
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        [Archive]: Santa and Me!

      Kiddie Kandids, 1940. Near Fine. An archive pertaining primarily to a Santa Claus promotion in the 1940s revolving around the classic photo pose of children with Santa. Included are 21 photos measuring between 4.5" x 5.5" and 8" x 10" as well as an informational packet and a map of the United States that shows the cities using the promotion. All items are near fine or better.The photos were provided to department stores by Kiddie Kandids out of St. Louis, Missouri and came with a folder entitled Operation Santa Claus 1948 with an intricate 13-page explanation of how the experience worked. The packet begins with a "who, what, when, where, and how much" for the store to look through. The who and what sections explain that "all the kiddies that come to see Santa at Christmas time will have a natural unposed record of their visit in a good candid flash photograph." It goes on to say "a picture will be taken of every child that visits Santa and the parent will be given the opportunity to purchase it." The photos are to be taken between October and December because they are "of Christmas rather than for Christmas" and thus need to be completed before the holiday itself. Each photo will be 5" x 7" and come with a matching Christmas folder at "one photo for $1, three for $2, or six for $3." The company emphasizes the need for a hidden camera throughout the literature because their goal is to truly capture the magic of meeting Santa through a candid photo. "The camera will be concealed in a stand. The child approaches by steps, ramp, or passage-way on the opposite side of Santa from the camera (see diagram). As the youngster visits with him, a candid, unposed picture is snapped and the child leaves by exit ramp at the opposite end of the stage or enclosure." The end of the packet includes a diagram for setting up the photo station and ideas for advertising along with a laid in list of the studio's personnel across the country.Included in the material are various examples of previous photos with Santa as well as the photo folders from 1940. The photos show little boys and girls smiling and talking to Santa as well as some with just Santa surrounded by Christmas trees. A few of the photos are hand colored, one of these shows a little blonde girl in a green jacket on Santa's lap excited to tell him her Christmas wishes. The folders are in greens and reds and read, "Look who's here!" and "Merry Christmas." Also included is a negative for an advertisement for the May Company's Santa promotion in Baltimore. Another advertisement is included for Rike's Toyland which reads, "Don't miss Santa in toy wonderland." The company attempted the same concept with a Pilgrim woman, trying to promote a similar idea for Thanksgiving. Ten photos laid in show children sitting with a Pilgrim as well as photos of the woman by herself in costume. That promotion seems not to have been a success. An interesting collection of holiday promotional material focused on Santa Claus photos.

      [Bookseller: Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. ABA]
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        L'EPICUREISMO NELLA LETTERATURA LATINA NEL I DECOLO A.C. vol.I ESAME E RICOSTRUZIONE DELLE FONTI FILODEMO

      TORINO: PARAVIA & C, 1940. BROSSURA. BUONO. 17 26. R.UNIVERSITA' DI TORINO PUBBLICAZIONI DELLA FACOLTA' DI MAGISTERO USATO

      [Bookseller: Controcorrente Group srl BibliotecadiBab]
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        The Four Quartets - All Four First Issue Softcovers - East Coker/Burnt Norton/Dry Salvages/Little Gidding - now housed in slip case

      Faber, 1940. A set of first editions published by Faber between 1940-42. All are first printings. All very good copies - Burnt Norton and East Coker with one name to first pages. Little Gidding is first issue. All first printings - in a custom made slip case - rare.

      [Bookseller: John Atkinson Books]
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        The Wind in The Willows.

      New York The Heritage Press 1940 - First Rackham trade edition, 8vo., illustrated with 12 colour plates and line illustrations by Arthur Rackham, later superb full green morocco binding by Sangorski & Sutcliffe, London, triple gilt-panelled to boards with fish, insect and bird devices to corners and highly decorated spine panels, gilt dentelles, all edges gilt, in fine condition. This publication was preceded by a limited edition, also in the U. S. but was not published in U. K. until 1950 and then with few illustrations due to post-war paper rationing that was still in operation. The last book illustrated by Arthur Rackham, published shortly after his death. "Outstanding". - Ray. 'It showed no fading of his talent, and the images of Rat, Mole, and Toad going about their adventures in a world of gnarled willows and quivering aspen trees is very much in Rackham manner'. [Felmingham] [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Shapero Rare Books]
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        Cheerfulness Breaks In.

      London: Hamish Hamilton,, 1940. A Barsetshire War Story. Octavo. Original pink cloth, titles to spine gilt. With the dust jacket. Bookseller's tickets to front and rear pastedown. Spine slightly cocked, light foxing to text block. A very good copy in a bright jacket with slightly nicked and chipped extremities. First edition, first impression. A very uncommon wartime publication.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        Characteristics of the Rocket Motor Unit Based on the Theory of Perfect Gases

      Philadelphia: The Franklin Institute 1940. First Edition. [2], 806 pages. Brown buckram with gilt title and volume numbers to spine panel. Journal of the Franklin Institute, Volume 230 (July-December 1940), entire volume offered. The Malina article is found on pages 433-54.Library bookplate to front pastedown, bindery ticket to front pastedown, ink stamp on page one. Properly deaccessioned. A bright clean copy. Cloth. Frank Malina was an early rocket pioneer whose name is not nearly as well known as Goddard or von Braun, but whose work contributed significantly to advancements in early theory and practice. Among his many contributions, Malina (with Rocket Research Project of GALCIT engineers) developed "red fuming nitric acid (RFNA) and aniline, a propellant combination that achieved great use in American rocketry" (previously Goddard had used liquid oxygen which was hard to handle and store). Malina, with H.S. Tsien continued a "theoretical study of the thermodynamic characteristics of rocket motors", which research was used in 2 American firsts: the first successful American use of solid fuel JATOs (jet assisted take-offs) and a JATO of an American bomber. "Malina made a number of other important contributions to rocketry during his career. With von Kármán, he developed in 1940 the theory of constant-thrust long-duration solid fuel rocket motors. In 1942 he and another associate, Mark Mills, designed and patented a safety pressure relief valve for solid propellant rocket motors. In 1943, with Martin Summerfield, Malina introduced and patented improvements in methods of applying rocket propulsion to flying boats. In 1946 they formulated the 'Malina-Summerfield Criterion' for step-rockets. This criterion stated that each step of the optimum step-rocket has an equal ratio between its payload mass and the total mass of the step-rocket propelling that payload." "As an early pioneer in the field of rocketry and propulsion, Malina made many valuable contributions. His innovations in long-duration propulsion and solid and liquid fuel propellants were particularly important. According to a 1958 letter to Malina from Rear Admiral D. S. Fahrney, U.S.N. (retired), 'It was based on your findings that we produced the first jet propelled guided missile in this country.'" (see American National Biography online for quotation citations) The present work is a further study of the general theory of operation of the constant pressure rocket motor unit, and references work done by Goddard and others. These theoretical studies were undertaken before practical trials were undertaken due to the high costs of building and testing actual rockets. Much of this research resulted in the practical development of solid-fuel rocket motors. Very Good.

      [Bookseller: Kuenzig Books ABAA]
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        Tuschzeichnung: Schlafstube im Bauernhaus.

      Gezeigt wird eine bäuerliche Schlafstube mit Bett, Kommode, Nachttisch, Anrichte, Bord. Bildmaß: 40 x 53 cm ( Höhe x Breite ), alt unter Glas gerahmt ( Rahmenmaß: 60 x 80 cm ). Links unten mit *E.Turlach* signiert, undatiert ( ca. 1940 ). Das Bild ist gering fleckig, der Rahmen gering bestoßen. Turlach wurde 1902 in Hamburg geboren und verstarb 1996 ebenda. ( vergleiche den umfangreichen Eintrag zu Turlach im *Rump: Lexikon der bildenden Künstler Hamburgs*. ( Pic erhältlich / webimage available ) ( Bei größeren Bildern leider nur Selbstabholung oder selbst organisierter Abtransport, hier ist kein Versand möglich ) ( Pic erhältlich // webimage available )

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat Friederichsen]
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        Arthurian Trilogy: The Sword in the Stone, The Witch in the Wood, The Ill-Made Knight

      New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1940. First US editions. Near fine. Hardcover. 8vo. Original decorated blue cloth, front and spine panels stamped in gold, top edges stained red, fore-edges untrimmed. Small illustrations in the text by the author, endpapers of the first volume illustrated by Robert Lawson. Near fine copies with only traces of wear and age. The first volume has a booplate on the first blank, and the second has a neat stamped ownership name on the front free endpaper. None of the dustwrappers are price-clipped. The spines are lightly sunned, else they are in fine condition with only traces of wear, mainly at the edges, though the third volume has some rubbing on the spine. . he first three parts of "The Once and Future King". Fantasy Literature, p. 174. Barron (ed), Fantasy Literature 4A-266. Cawthorn and Moorcock, Fantasy: The 100 Best Books 54. Pringle, Modern Fantasy: The Hundred Best Novels 20. Schlobin, The Literature of Fantasy 1116. Survey of Modern Fantasy Literature III, pp. 1149-57. In 333. Bleiler (1978), p. 208. Reginald 15254. This is the only edition of the second title; it was replaced entirely in the reprint.

      [Bookseller: Thorn Books]
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        Arthurian Trilogy: The Sword in the Stone, The Witch in the Wood, The Ill-Made Knight

      New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1939-1940. 8vo. Original decorated blue cloth, front and spine panels stamped in gold, top edges stained red, fore-edges untrimmed. Small illustrations in the text by the author, endpapers of the first volume illustrated by Robert Lawson. Near fine copies with only traces of wear and age. The first volume has a booplate on the first blank, and the second has a neat stamped ownership name on the front free endpaper. None of the dustwrappers are price-clipped. The spines are lightly sunned, else they are in fine condition with only traces of wear, mainly at the edges, though the third volume has some rubbing on the spine. . he first three parts of "The Once and Future King". Fantasy Literature, p. 174. Barron (ed), Fantasy Literature 4A-266. Cawthorn and Moorcock, Fantasy: The 100 Best Books 54. Pringle, Modern Fantasy: The Hundred Best Novels 20. Schlobin, The Literature of Fantasy 1116. Survey of Modern Fantasy Literature III, pp. 1149-57. In 333. Bleiler (1978), p. 208. Reginald 15254. This is the only edition of the second title; it was replaced entirely in the reprint. Hardcover.

      [Bookseller: Thorn Books, ABAA]
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        Three Revealing Typed Letters, Signed

      1940. Ephemera Ephemera. Fine. Three typed letters, signed, on Caldwell's full-sheet letterhead, addressed to 'Cap' (Charles A. Pearce of Caldwell's publishers, Duell, Sloane and Pearce). The letters are five to seven lines and each is signed 'Skinny', Caldwell's childhood nickname. The letters serve no business purpose, they are chatty, joke-y notes dashed off in a few minutes, and as such, they are more revealing than Caldwell's more formal, business letters. In the first letter, dated January 22, 1940, and stamped received the next day, Caldwell makes a cruel, sexist attempt at humor, writing in part, 'I've just finished writing letters to every body in the office except you and the swell-looking cunt at the switchboard.' The second letter, dated February 28, 1940, and stamped received on February 29, reads in full: 'I've decided to ask you to give my wife a good talking to when she gets back. Having covered the ground yourself, you'll know exactly what to say. In the meantime, I'm sitting up here drinking coca colas like made.' The third letters is dated March 6, 1940, and is stamped received on the next day. He opens with a line about the Collier's editor and Communist writer Kyle Crichton, who had supported Caldwell early in his career. 'My wife told me,' Caldwell writes, 'to stay away from Kyle Crichton because he was a book-reading, infinitive-splitting old bastard.' A particularly revealing group of letters by the author of Tobacco Road and God's Little Acre. The letters are folded for mailing, else fine. Housed in a quarter-leather folding case.

      [Bookseller: Eureka Books, ABAA]
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        Men in Print. Essays in Literary Criticism

      London: The Golden Cockerel Press, 1940. First Edition, No. 488 of 500 copies. Introduction by A.W. Lawrence. 1 vols. 4to. Original quarter blue Niger morocco and cream linen by Sangorski and Sutcliffe. Near fine copy, with contemporary ownership signature, and also that of Lawrence biographer Jeremy Wilson. First Edition, No. 488 of 500 copies. Introduction by A.W. Lawrence. 1 vols. 4to. O'Brien A229

      [Bookseller: James Cummins Bookseller]
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        SYNTHETIC MEN OF MARS ..

      Tarzana, California: Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. Publishers, [1940].. Octavo, pp. [1-4] 5-6 [7-8] 9-315 [316: blank], five inserted plates with illustrations by John Coleman Burroughs, original blue cloth, front and spine panel stamped in orange, top edge stained red. First edition. Ninth book of the Mars series. Heins SMM-1. Tiny spot on front free endpaper, mild rubbing to spine ends, else a fine copy in fine first state (laminated) pictorial dust jacket with touch of wear at upper spine end. A lovely copy. (#157620)

      [Bookseller: L. W. Currey, Inc.]
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        John Wisden's Cricketers' Almanack for 1940 - 1940 Original Hardback Wisden, Ex library

      1940. Hi, We recently purchased the Wisdens from the Bolton Library and were pleasently surprised by their condition, they are Ex-Library and have stamps etc to them but they are priced very low so a great way to buy a cheap hardback that may be better than you think. This lot is a 1940 Original Hardback Wisden in Good Condition, Page 353/4 is missing. Otherwise this Wisden is a very good book for an ex library. The boards are a touch dark with the odd mark. The hinges show some weakness and you can see the mesh which is very common for a '40 but they hold their own. Decent Gilt enough. The library factor are : Stamps to a few pages, stamps to page block and a white square fixed to the rear cover. Rock bottom price due to missing page. (Stated on first page).

      [Bookseller: Wisdenshop.com]
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        Ahi esta el Detalle. [Movie poster / Cartel de la película].

      Mexico, 1940.(). Movie poster. (Cartel de la Película). Con Cantinflas. Mario Moreno. 94 x 69 cm. Mounted on linen. Ahí está el detalle se convertiría en la película creadora del Cantinflas ... Ahí está el detalle es el resultado de un interesante proceso de investigación. Se trata de un cartel de mostrar real de la película.

      [Bookseller: Wittenborn Art Books]
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        HORTON HATCHES THE EGG

      Random House 1940 - Stated First Edition, First Printing of HORTON HATCHES THE EGG. Near fine First edition book in the extremely scarce original First state unclipped dust jacket. First edition book demonstrated by the statement ¿FIRST PRINTING¿ on the copyright page as required for this title. First state jacket demonstrated by having Mayzie on the front panel and the original price of $1.50 on the inside flaps. First edition points for the jacket are: Front flap has 5 paragraphs of text followed by the code 60-90, with the price on the inner flap of $1.50. The Rear Flap has the blurb about THE KINGS STILTS, and the rear Cover has Here¿s What The Children Say!, followed by 10 testimonials, and the $1.50 on the rear inside flap. Mayzie appears to the front panel of the dust jacket, flying under the palm tree. Beautiful, clean crisp unrestored book. The book has clean, bright pebbled grey boards with bright red titles to the front. The boards have sharp corners with no edgewear. The binding is tight and square. The end papers are clean, with the typical age toning as usually found with this title, otherwise and no scribbles, no inscriptions, no bookplates, no owner names and no bookstore stamps. The internal pages are clean, with some slight light toning, otherwise with no handling marks, no stains, no foxing, no writing, no scribbles and no stains. An usually clean children¿s book! Please see detailed images. The original first edition, FIRST STATE dust jacket is in beautiful condition having benefited from slight restoration by an expert paper conservator. The jacket has is overall bright with no chips, no rips, no stains, no foxing and no edgewear. The dust jacket is NOT price clipped and has a stated price of $1.50 to the both front and rear inner flaps. The jacket has the original soft blue colors with strong vibrant red titles. Slight bit of toning to the rear panel. The dust jacket is now protected in a new clear removeable cover. Please see the many images. A very handsome, clean example at a great price for this title! Presents very well with the extremely scarce stunning first state jacket.ADDITIONAL IMAGE AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST. Please see our Abe store for other Dr. Seuss rare books and original illustration artwork [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Meier And Sons Rare Books]
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        The Interpretation of Financial Statements

      New York: Harper & Brothers, 1940. Seventh Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. Signed. Seventh edition with date code B-P corresponding to February, 1940. Signed and warmly inscribed to a close friend on the front free end paper by both Benjamin Graham and Spencer B. Meredith. In Very Good condition, with a faint spot of discoloration to the front board, and light chipping at the base of the spine. Fading to title label on spine, with a crease to the bottom corner. Evidence of erased pencil of previous owner details to front free end paper and paste down. Previous owner details in ink to front paste down. Underlining to several pages of text. Extremely rare; Signed.

      [Bookseller: Burnside Rare Books ]
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        Ostanovka v pustyne. (Stop in the desert. Halt in the Wilderness.) Stikhotvoreniya i poemy. Lyrics and poems.

      8. 232 pp. Original publishers cardboard. Very good condition, minor stains on cover. Stop in the desert" is the second book of poems by Joseph Brodsky and the first composed by the poet himself. Here the rare first edition and it is the first It is considered the result of the early works of the poet. With a short biography of Brodsky and an introduction by H.H. Joseph Brodsky (1940 1996) was a Russian and American poet and essayist. Born in Leningrad, he ran afoul of Soviet authorities and emigrated to the United States.A Halt in the Desert . . .included seventy short poems, two long ones ("Isaac and Abraham" and "Gorbunov and Gorchakov"), and four translations from John Donne. Some of the content overlaps with that of Short Poems and Narratives ("Isaac and Abraham" and twenty-two early pieces), but more than two-thirds is new work. He discarded everything he considered imitative or immature . . . he laid out the sections and the order of poems himself.

      [Bookseller: J.J. Heckenhauer e.K.]
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        Where There's a Will

      New York: Farrar & Rinehart, Inc, 1940. First Edition. Hardcover. Good. First edition, first printing. Red cloth binding stamped in black, in dust jacket. Very Good with tape ghosts to front and rear free end papers, paper remnant to rear paste down (institutional?), cloth lightly worn at tips. In a Good dust jacket. Tape to front and rear panels and flaps, some of which is still tacky. Chipped at edges, and with a fragile at folds. Light sunning. Despite its flaws, the jacket presents well in Mylar.

      [Bookseller: Burnside Rare Books ]
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        Four plaquettes, illustrated by Miro, Picasso, Duchamp, and Valentine Hugo

      1940. HUGNET, Georges. Complete set of all four "butterfly books," each in original wrappers as issued; oblong 16mo., 95 x 145 mm, in a cloth folding box. Paris: [The Author], 1940-1941. |~||~||~||~| Each of these four pamphlets was clandestinely printed at the beginning of the German occupation and distributed only among close friends of the artist and poet Georges Hugnet (1906-1974), an active figure in Dada and Surrealist circles. The first in this series, "Non vouloir," is one of only 20 copies printed on verge antique, from an edition of just 26 total, it is printed in red and features a reproduction of an illustration by Miró on the title-page verso. The second in the series, "Pablo Picasso," is one of 200 copies printed in brown with black zincographs by Picasso engulfing the text throughout. The third is "Marcel Duchamp," from an edition of 200 copies, printed in blue, features a single print tipped onto the title-page verso, of the "Moustache and Beard of L.H.O.O.Q." -- arguably the cornerstone of Dadaism -- in which Duchamp's original metal stencil was applied in graphite on paper by pochoir. "Like the smile of the Cheshire Cat, Duchamp's graffiti additions to the Mona Lisa now hover in space" (d'Harnoncourt & McShine, p. 304). "The stencil was originally made for the addition of those details to the reproduction of L.H.O.O.Q. in The Box in a Valise" (Bonk, p. 241). The final one "Au 'depens des mots,'" is one of an edition of 200 printed in gold with black accents on the title-page. Each of the butterfly books is a rare survival; together, they form an outstanding group, much like the artists themselves. A rare survivla in immaculate condition. Goeppert, Pablo Picasso: The Illustrated Books 35. Schwarz, The Complete Work of Marcel Duchamp 483. Johnson, Artists' Books in the Modern Era 1870-2000, 115. Naumann 5.33, p. 143.

      [Bookseller: Ursus Rare Books]
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        Landschaft in Prinzbach (bei Biberach im Kinzigtal) in spätimpressionistischer Bildauffassung, signiert rechts unten. Blick ins Tal bei bewölktem Himmel mit umgebenden bewaldeten Hügeln, im Vordergrund rechts ein Bauernhaus und links ein Bauer mit Kuh auf der Wiese an einem Bachlauf. Ölgemälde auf Leinwand in Spannrahmen

       ca. 1940. 45 x 59 cm. Zeitgenössischer Holzrahmen. Rückseitig auf dem Spannrahmen mit alter handschr. Bezeichnung \"Prinzbach bei Biberach (Kinzigtal)\". - Heinrich Bühler (1893 Landau - 1986 Karlsruhe): Maler, 1903 Übersiedlung der Familie nach Offenburg, 1907 Lehre im Büro einer Glasmalerei. 1910-14 Studium an der Kunstakademie Karlsruhe; nach dem Ersten Weltkrieg beendet er sein Studium an der Kunstakademie Karlsruhe (bei Friedrich Fehr und Walter Georgi). Ab 1924 als freischaffender Maler tätig. 1934 Beteiligung an der \"Ständigen Kunstausstellung Baden-Baden. Jubiläumsausstellung\"; 1941 Beteiligung an der \"Oberrheinischen Kunstausstellung\" (Kunsthalle, Baden-Baden); Studienreisen nach Italien, Frankreich, Griechenland und in die Niederlande. - Heinrich Bühler malte vor allem Landschaften der badischen Region und Stillleben. Literatur: Mülfahrt, Leo (1987): Kleines Lexikon Karlsruher Maler; Badenia-Verlag; Karlsruhe; S. 167. Sehr gut erhalten. Versand D: 5,00 EUR

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat Braun]
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        The World of Sex

      Chicago: Printed by J. H. N. for Friends of Henry Miller, 1940. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. Signed. Signed. First edition, limited. Shifreen & Jackson's third binding variant in publisher's blue cloth with gold title label lettered in black, raspberry-pink end papers. Though the limitation states only 250 copies printed, it is believed that the actual number of copies printed far exceeds that amount, perhaps totaling 750-1,000. Signed by Henry Miller on the first blank page, though not as called for. Very Good with rubbing to gilt title block on front cover, spotting to cloth at edges. Shifreen & Jackson A25d.

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        AGENT OF DEATH: The Memoirs of an Executioner

      1940 - Please see any and all photos connected with this listing. No Dustjacket. A bit scuffed but all pages intact and legible. Good reading copy. Clean. No store stamps. --- --- Robert Greene Elliott was the "state electrician" (i.e., executioner) for the State of New York. . .and for those neighboring states that used the electric chair, including New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Vermont, and Massachusetts during the period 1926-1939. --- --- Elliott is credited with perfecting judicial execution by electrocution. He usually made the first contact at 2000 volts, holding it there for 3 seconds. Then he lowered the voltage to 500 volts for the balance of the first minute; raised it to 2000 volts for a further 3 seconds; lowered the voltage to 500 volts for the rest of the second minute; then raised it again to 2000 volts for a few seconds before shutting off the power. Elliott recommended that the ideal amperage for executions was around 8 amps. . . . .His technique was intended to render the victim unconscious, in an instant, with the first massive shock, while the lower voltage heated the vital organs to a point where life was extinguished, without causing undue bodily burning. This oscillating cycle of shocks also seized the heart, causing it to go into arrest and stop beating. He often carried his own electrodes with him, including a head-piece made from a cut-down football helmet, lined with a moist sponge. . . [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Fables for Our Time and Famous Poems Illustrated

      New York: Harper & Bros, 1940. 4to. Original printed boards. Lacks jacket, boards rubbed and with some wear at extremities. FIRST EDITION, AN ILLUSTRATED PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED in the year of publication by Thurber with a drawing of a rabbit, three dogs, a woman, and a flower and butterfly: "For Margaret Thurlow / Who helps me to get people told. With all best wishes. James Thurber. September 14, 1940." Margaret Thurlow Todd worked for ten years as a secretary and copy editor at the New Yorker. One of her responsibilities was to assist the office manager in handling Thurber's correspondence from readers and regarding reprint requests. Thurber wrote to E.B. White: "I have a swell idea for a play which I want to get at. I need someone to help me on it, though... I may get a girl in to dictate to, and wish I had Margaret Thurlow. She was up here for a day or two..." (The Thurber Letters, ed. Harrison Kinney and Rosemary A. Thurber, p. 340).

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        Spectre: A Literary Quarterly. Volume I: Number 3

      Syracuse University, 1940. Elusive example of this short-lived college literary journal, self-published by Shirley Jackson and her future husband Stanley Edgar Hyman as an alternative to the official Syracuse University literary magazine. In a run of four issues, Spectre satirized the intellectual shortcomings of the student body, championed progressive politics, and stirred some mild campus controversy with its stylized nude illustrations. In this third issue, Jackson and Hyman confront the racial hypocrisy of the university, which refused to house black students on campus: "Marian Anderson sells out every time she comes here, but they won't allow negro girls in the college dormitories. Maybe it's all right if you're no closer than the sixth row." Jackson herself contributes an autobiographical short story, "Had We But World Enough," in which a penniless young couple imagine their future with a combination of longing and dread: "'The hell with you,' she said. 'You think I'm going to have children and ruin my whole life?' They laughed. 'Twenty children,' he said. 'All boys.'" Jackson and Hyman would marry shortly after graduation, and raise four children on her earnings as a writer. Known to her neighbors only as "Mrs. Hyman," the increasingly reclusive Jackson would publish some of the most unsettling fiction ever produced in America, including "The Lottery" (1948), The Haunting of Hill House (1959), and We Have Always Lived in the Castle (1962). All copies of Spectre are rare: aside from Syracuse University, OCLC locates one microfilm copy at Yale. An evocative survival. Quarto, side-stapled dark blue pictorial wraps, beige cloth tape-bound spine. Sixty mimeographed leaves, printed on rectos only, black and white illustrations throughout text. Center crease to front cover and first few pages, shallow chipping and creasing to back cover, text block toned.

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        Green Bay Packers: Vince Lombardi Yearbook [Run to Daylight]

      St. Cecilia High School, Englewood, New Jersey 1940 - Vince Lombardi Signed 1940 High School Yearbook. The iconic Hall of Fame football coach was just twenty-seven years old when he was hired by his former Fordham University teammate as a coach at St. Cecilia High School in Englewood, New Jersey to help out with the team and to teach Chemistry, Latin and Physical Education. Scarce yearbook from the first of eight years coaching at the high school. Signed by Lombardi on page 11 ("Vincent Lombardi") next to his youthful photograph, in perfect blue ink. More photos of Lombardi are found on the pages dedicated to the football team, as well. Book in fine condition, with only light edge wear as would be expected for a volume of this age. A unique and very special addition to any important Green Bay Packers collection. LOA from PSA/DNA, and James Spence Authentication LLC. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

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        Inscribed Photograph of the Ink Spots

      , 1940. 1940. Near Fine. 8" x 10" black and white photograph of the Ink Spots performing. Lightly worn with one small chip, else near fine. Inscribed by Orville "Hoppy" Jones: "From one Bass to another Keep Swingin Benny/ From Hoppy of Ink Spots." He has also labeled the other three members of the group. Jones, a founding member of the band who was known for playing his cello upright in the manner of a stand-up bass and speaking, mid-song, to it as his "Honey Child." He collapsed on stage in 1944 and died the same day. The Ink Spots were one of the first African-American vocal groups to achieve popularity and acceptance by mainstream white audiences, and were extremely influential in the later development of rhythm and blues, 1950s rock and roll, and doo-wop. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989.

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