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        [The Snopes trilogy:] The Hamlet; The Town; The Mansion

      New York: Random House, , 1940?-57?-59. 3 volumes, octavo. Original black cloth, spine and front board lettered in yellow and red, top edge red; original red cloth, spine and front board lettered in gilt and blue, pale grey flecked endpapers, top edge grey; original blue cloth, spine and front board lettered in gilt and blue, pale blue endpapers, top edge yellow. With the pictorial dust jackets. An exceptional set in the bright jackets that have lightly toned spines and some nicks to extremities. First editions, first printings, trade issues.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        High Sierra

      This overall very good+ first edition copy of High Sierra is extraordinary on a couple of fronts: it has an ARC (advance reading copy) review slip, signifying that it was delivered to a newspaper, radio station, or bookseller to review before the the book was officially released. Of the first printings out there, this was one of the first distributed. The other unique attribute is that is was signed, and presented as a gift, to "Pearl and Gene, from Kitty Kelly." Kitty Kelly was a fairly well-known Noir actress in her day - no, she did not star in High Sierra, nor did she star in any of Burnett's other films. But still, wouldn't it be nice to say that you own a first edition of High Sierra, signed by a Noir actress? Here's a link to her IMDb bio: The dust jacket is in good- condition, meaning it has seen some love. It is now protected by high-quality archival mylar, with the review slip ephemera neatly tucked inside the front flap. All edges, corners, and common wear points have some amount of wear, with the top edges being the most worn. The top edges have numerous chips, two 3/4" closed tears and chips at each front corner, and a 1"x1" nearly square skinning of the upper layer of paper at the topmost part of the spine. The titling is miraculously intact. There are some remnants of old, clear tape in that same area, which I have left alone. A previous mylar dust jacket protector stuck to this area, due to some old, exposed adhesive, where the tape had been roughly removed. Though it easily came away from the mylar with only a <0.5cm portion of skinning loss at the spine crease (see picture), I felt it was appropriate to remove any remaining adhesive from that area via careful conservator's work in order to prevent this from ever happening again. This is the only repair work that has been done anywhere on this jacket - and none has been done on the book. That said, if you decide to remove the jacket from the new mylar for inspection, please do so very carefully, as the jacket is very fragile. The bottom edges are in much better shape, with some shelf wear to the edges, two 1/8" chips on either side of the tail of the spine, and slightly chipped corners. The front jacket is still vivid and bright, not at all faded. The rear is tanned with age, and shows some scuffing. The spine is lightly sunned, and the jacket, verso, has a couple of small stains that do not appear on the front. Again, refer to the pictures above for reference.The orange-red cloth boards with navy stamping and titling are in near fine condition condition, with only a bumped head and tail of spine to show for all of the abuse that the dust jacket took. The cloth is unfaded. The corners are sharp and square, the binding crisp and tight. Papers are a bit age-browned, but still flexible and strong. Edgepapers are deckled and topstained red. An excellent strong, square copy. Alfred A. Knopf, 1940.Here's your chance, ladies and gents, to own an Honest-to-God, one-of-a-kind, highly collectible Noir novel by one of the genre's most preeminent authors. Don't miss out, dollface.Support lovers of the written word - your local independent booksellers!

      [Bookseller: Tin Owl Bookshoppe]
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        But Who Wakes the Bugler?

      Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company,, 1940. Octavo. Original grey cloth, titles to spine and pictorial design to upper board in black, pink top-stain. With the dust jacket. Spine and top-stain slightly faded. An excellent copy in the lightly rubbed jacket with a short closed tear to the front panel and a crease to the spine panel. First edition, first printing.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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      Boston:: Houghton Mifflin,. 1940. First edition. A proof copy bound in pictorial wraps with the illustration from the eventual trade edition dust jacket. "With the compliments of Houghton Mifflin Company" slip laid in. Spine slightly cocked and front hinge just beginning to split, otherwise very good or better, especially for this fragile production. Great illustrations by Charles Addams.

      [Bookseller: Quill & Brush]
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        But Who Wakes the Bugler?

      Boston: Houghton Mifflin. 1940. The first book by the longtime New Yorker humorist. Warmly inscribed by the author, "recalling a most delightful and all too brief vacation," and signed "Peter." Top stain faded and a bit of play to the binding; still a near fine copy in a very good dust jacket chipped at the spine ends and with the pink faded from the spine. The book and jacket are illustrated by Charles Addams, who later gained fame as creator of "The Addams Family"; this is a very early appearance of his artwork. An uncommon first book, especially scarce signed. First Edition. Hardcover.

      [Bookseller: Ken Lopez Bookseller, ABAA]
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        The Magic Bow: A Romance of Paganini

      New York: Harper & Brothers. (1940). First. First edition. A little rubbing at the extremities, very good lacking the dustwrapper. Basis for the 1946 film The Magic Bow directed by Bernard Knowles, and featuring Stewart Granger as Paganini. The Dedication Copy, Inscribed by Komroff to publisher Thomas R. Coward: "This copy (and all other copies) is for Thomas R. Coward in friendship. Sincerely, Manuel Komroff." The printed dedication reads: "For Thomas R. Coward, Publisher and Friend." .

      [Bookseller: Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. ABA]
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        Mr Polton Explains

      London: Hodder and Stoughton; 1940., 1940. FIRST EDITION. 8vo. Publisher's blue cloth, light soiling to cloth, light foxing to edges and a few leaves. Very good, in like dustwrapper, with small losses to spine and corners, general wear. A John Thorndyke detective novel. Told through the eyes of a watchmaker, Dr Thorndyke is faced with a mystery involving a suspicious fire in a Soho house filled with supposedly inflammable objects. What transpires is an entertaining and amazing twist thanks to the eagle eyes of the Doctor and his friend the watchmaker, Mr Polton. Cooper & Pike; Detective Fiction p137-141.

      [Bookseller: Adrian Harrington Rare Books]
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        Green Bay Packers: Vince Lombardi Yearbook [Run to Daylight]

      1940. Hardcover. Near Fine. 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. The yearbook remains solid and undamaged, 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.

      [Bookseller: Idler Fine Books]
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        Ippolito Lionora

      OFFICINA BODONI 1940 From manuscript of Felice Feliciano in the Harvard College Library. facsimile di una novella attribuita a Leon Battista Alberti scritta da Felice Feliciano. Officina Bodoni, Verona, 1970. Carattere Dante corpo 8,10,11,12 e 13 tondo e corsivo. Titolo iniziali in rosso. Tiratura 200 esemplari su carta a mano Magnani. Rilegatura: cartonata con Linson avorio n.51In ottime condizioni. 118 1

      [Bookseller: Libreria Alp-hà srl]
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        Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats. With fourteen colour plates by Nicholas Bentley who also contributes a small title page decoration and ten small vignettes in the text.

      Faber, London, 1940, Hardcover, Book Condition: Very Good, Dust Jacket Condition: Good, 1st EditionThe first edition with these Bentley illustrations (the two impressions which preceded it in September and November 1939 contained line drawings by Eliot). Tall 8vo. 50pp. Pictorial cloth lettered in red at spine. Some spotting to edges and occasionally to leaves, although almost always confined to margins and leaving the colour plates almost entirely unaffected. Some light partial browning to endpapers. A lovely crisp copy in tanned, dust marked and soiled dust wrapper with a jagged internally repaired tear to the head of the front panel accompanied by some unsightly resulting creasing, and a single tiny area of loss from the head of the spine panel. A nice crisp copy of this uncommon illustrated edition, albeit housed it a rather handled example of the dust wrapper. Gallup A34c.

      [Bookseller: Clearwater Books]
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        Farewell, My Lovely

      New York: Alfred A. Knopf. 1940. First. First edition. Lightly rubbed, near fine in very good dustwrapper with a chip on the front panel, some rubbing and short tears, and a faint, barely visible stain, but which is completely devoid of the restoration, repair, and sophistications usually visited upon copies of this title. The author's second book, basis for the 1944 film Murder, My Sweet directed by Edward Dmytryk, with Dick Powell as Philip Marlowe. Remade in 1975 by Dick Richards with Robert Mitchum. .

      [Bookseller: Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. ABA]
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        Quarry Farm, Greenwich Connecticut, Residence of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Walker Bagley

      n.p., nd [1940]. (GOTTSCHO, SAMUEL H., PHOTOGRAPHER) 4to. 55 photogravure plates on 28 leaves (some after vintage prints), captioned in pencil. Bound in original green morocco, gilt, decorated end papers; joints rubbed, scuffed & spotted, green cloth slipcase. Gift inscription, dated Christmas 1939, from the Bagleys . Once the Connecticut estate of tobacco heiress, Nancy Reynolds (who married Henry Bagley), Quarry Farm has been the home of singer Diana Ross for decades. Built around 1929, Quarry Farm is 12,562 square feet of Normandy stone mansion sitting on nine waterfront acres. It is one of the most desirable properties in Greenwich's Belle Haven neighborhood; as of 2007 it was listed on the market at $39.5 million. Incidentally, Coldwell Banker is using these Gottscho photographs to advertise the property. Samuel Gottscho acquired his first camera in 1896. From 1896 to 1920 he photographed part time specializing in houses and gardens as he particularly enjoyed nature, country scenes and landscapes. After attending several architectural photograph exhibitions, Gottscho decided to perfect and improve his own work and make the acquaintance of several architects and landscape architects in the area. After 23 years as a traveling salesman, Gottscho became a professional full time photographer at the young age of 50. Gottscho believed he created some of his best work at the age of 70. William Schleisner joined Gottscho in his business in 1935. Includes exterior views, extensive interior shots of the homes' numerous rooms, shots of the estate's various guest homes and cottages, and images of the quarry itself (from which stone for the Brooklyn Bridge and Statue of Liberty pedestal was taken)

      [Bookseller: James Cummins Bookseller]
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        "Sonnenblumenstrauß" originales Ölgemälde auf Malpappe ca.63x49cm; rechts unten monogrammiert; verso auf der Malpappe von fremder Hand bezeichnet; um 1940

      . Maße im hellen Rahmen 75x61cm..

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat Niederbayern]
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        "Reichenau", 1940.

      . Aquarell 33 x 47 cm, signiert.. Harmonische Berglandschaft in Grün, mit einigen Bergbauernhäusern in der Mitte.

      [Bookseller: Galerie Magnet GmbH]
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        Hans Ticha. "Mai 71" Öl auf Leinen.

      . 70 72 cm, datiert.. Hans Ticha, geb. 1940, lebt und arbeitet in Maintal bei Frankfurt.Ticha wuchs in Schkeuditz auf, 1965- 69 Studium an der Hochschule für Bildende und Angewandte Kunst in Berlin-Weißensee bei Kurt Robbel, Werner Klemke, Arno Mohr und Klaus Wittkugel. Ab 1970 als freischaffender Maler, Grafiker und Buchillustrator tätig.

      [Bookseller: Graphikantiquariat Koenitz Filiale Schlo]
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        Rheinlandschaft beim alten Flugplatz Basel. Oel auf Leinwand.

      Um 1940.. Bildgrösse 67x95 cm. Unsigniert. Gerahmt 75x102 cm.. Provenienz: 2010 vom Vorbesitzer bei Auktion Kornfeld erworben.

      [Bookseller: Biblion Antiquariat Leonidas Sakellaridi]
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        Last Poems and Plays

      London: Macmillan. 1940. First. First edition. Slight offsetting from the jacket flaps, else fine in a very attractive, near fine dustwrapper with slight toning to the spine and extremities. A very nice copy. .

      [Bookseller: Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. ABA]
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        For Whom the Bell Tolls

      New York: Charles Scribner's Sons,, 1940. Octavo. Original flecked buff cloth, spine lettered in black and red, facsimile signature to front board in black, top edge brown. With the dust jacket. An exceptional copy in the bright jacket with some minor creasing to extremities. First edition, first printing, with the Scribner's "A" to colophon, and in the first issue jacket without the photographer's credit. The story of an American demolitions expert joining a band of rebels during the Spanish Civil War, and partly based on Hemingway's experiences in Spain. Scarce in this condition.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        Portrait of the Artist as a Young Dog

      Dent, London,, 1940. Octavo. Finely bound by The Chelsea Bindery in full green morocco, titles and decoration to spine gilt, raised bands, rule to boards gilt, inner dentelles gilt, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. A fine copy. First Edition, First Impression of the author's first novel.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        For Whom the Bell Tolls

      Scribners, New York, 1940, Hardcover, Book Condition: Near Fine, A First Edition, First PrintingPages just slightly toned, else near fine, finely bound in recent full dark green morocco, raised bands with gilt title and decorations on spine. The spine and front board from the original binding bound in at the rear. A very nice copy of this first edition, in a very handsome binding, Book

      [Bookseller: James Graham, Bookseller]
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        Autographed Letter Signed 2ALS [undated Buy May 1940] from Bette Davis to Paul Kohner

      Written on her Riverbottom letterhead stationery: Dear Paul, I think John's script is excellent but I feel it isn't Theodosius script--I read last week another script of Theo. containing the same material but much more from her angle. If all the suggested actors for the parts could be in John's picture--it would be marvelous but I'm afraid that would be impossible. I certainly think John should hand this into [Warner Brothers producer, Hal] Wallis. --with all the "America-- consciousness" world today it would be a very appropriate time to make such a picture. I thank you so much. I loved reading it. Very best. Bette. with carbon of Kohner's reply dated June 1, 1940. The John of her letter is undoubtedly John Huston who had been writing Hollywood scripts for several years and who had been promised his first directorial project by Jack Warner (which turned out to be the Maltese Falcon). Davis already knew Huston as he had co-scripted two of her greatest successes of the late 30's Juarez and Jezebel for which David won her second Oscar as Best Actress. Davis letters of ths vintage with good content seldom.

      [Bookseller: Alcuin Books, ABAA-ILAB]
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        THE SEA HAWK PUNCH-OUT BOOK (code number 967)

      Whitman Publishing Company, Racine 1940 - (Movies) THE SEA HAWK PUNCH-OUT BOOK (code number 967). Racine: Whitman Publishing Company, 1940. First edition. Elephant folio - 9-11/16" x 16". Color pictorial stiff cardboard covers and four single-sided pages, all with beautiful color punch-outs of Errol Flynn's character Geoffrey Thorpe, Dona Maria, Capt. Lopez and other pirates. Two interior pages are made of near full page punch-outs of pirate ships "Galleass" (Don Alvarez's) and "Albatross" (Sea Hawk's). Back cover has "Geoffrey Thorpe Is Knighted" showing Flynn kneeling before Queen Elizabeth. Based on Michael Curtize's 1940 film starring Flynn, Brenda Marshall and Claud Rains. Unused and complete with all pieces intact. The condition of the book is MINT, AS NEW. Rare [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

      [Bookseller: Wallace & Clark, Booksellers]
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        For Whom the Bell Tolls

      New York, Scribner, 1940, Hardback, First EditionFinely bound in modern aniline calf over marble boards. Raised bands with the title blocked direct in gilt. An exceptional copy - scans and additional bibliographic detail on request. ; 471 pages; Description: 471 p. 22 cm. Subjects: Americans --Spain --Fiction. Spain --History --Civil War, 1936-1939 --Fiction. References: Johnson, M. De V. First editions (4th ed. ) , p. 236. First printings of Amer. Authors, v. 1, p. 179. With Scribner's indicative 'A' to the colophon.

      [Bookseller: MW Books Ltd.]
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      Charles Scribner's Sons, 1940, Hardcover, First Edition; First PrintingVery Good in a Very Good dust jacket. Minor tearing to jacket crown at spine. Steak of toning to end pages. Faint stain over publisher price on front flap. Scribners "A" on copyright page. Second issue jacket with photographer credits. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall

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        The secret vanguard / by Micheal Innes

      London : V. Gollancz 1940 - Association copy, from the library of the author's mother, with her signature to front pastedown. 286 pages ; 19 cm. Subjects: Appleby, John, Sir (Fictitious character) -- Fiction. Police -- Great Britain -- Fiction. Genre: Thriller -- Fiction -- Novel -- Mystery. Very good copy, bound in the original light blue cloth. Titles in dark blue on spine. Spine cover sun-faded. Spine bands and panel edges somewhat dulled and rubbed as with age. Slight lean to spine. Front hinge starting. Press clipping tipped-in to ffep. Light tanning to margins. Remains quite well-preserved overall. 1 Kg. 286 pp. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Flowers of evil

      London: Printed for Members of The Limited Editions Club at the Fanfare Press, 1940. Prima edizione (First Edition). ril tela (cloth). Ottimo (Fine). 8vo. Translated into English verse by various hands. Edited, with an introduction and notes, by James Laver and illustrated with drawings by Jacob Epstein, printed by Fernand Mourlot in Paris from the lithographic stone. 23 litografie originali in nero a piena pagina stampate da Fernand Mourlot da disegni di Jacob Epstein The edition was designed by Ernest Ingham and printed by him in Eric Gill&#39;s Perpetua type cut by the Monotype Corporation

      [Bookseller: Studio Bibliografico MArini]
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        The Big Six. [With Illustrations by the Author]

      Jonathan Cape, [1940]. 8vo., First Edition, with a frontispiece, 22 full-page illustrations (including a map) and numerous smaller illustrations (all by the author) in the text, and endpaper maps in blue and black; green cloth, gilt back, a very good, bright, clean copy in unclipped dustwrapper, the latter mildly rubbed at joints and fold-ins, and with a short area worn to small holes at top of backstrip (not affecting lettering) and lower joint. Ninth novel in the Swallows & Amazons series. Hammond A33. . Catalogs: childrens & juvenilia.

      [Bookseller: Island Books [formerly of Devon]]
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        Design for Thunderbird Air Field, Southwest Airlines, Glendale, Arizona.

      ca. early 1940s. - Gouache painting. 20.5 x 30 inches. Design for a World War II Air Force training facility. On board. Literature: Millard Sheets. One-Man Renaissance by Janice Lovoos and Edmund Penney, p. 66.

      [Bookseller: Wittenborn Art Books]
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        War Diary of over 15,000 words belonging to Machinist Mate Jack Leland Ball recording, among other events, news of Pearl Harbor and his participation in the Battle of Casablanca ? with Army Air Force cloth maps of Japan and China, and personal items including his U.S. Navy ID tag

      "Comprises:(1) ?Five-Year Horoscope Diary: Your Destiny Day by Day,? 388p, 5? x 7?. Dark green leather cover with lock. There are entries for every day in 1940, with some entries for 1941 and/or 1942. Clearly written, mostly in ink. Over 15,000 words. Extra fine condition.On front free-endpaper, in block letters: ?Jack Leland Ball / U.S.S. Savannah.? Jack L. Ball (August, 25, 1920 ?" June 4, 1997) enlisted in the U.S. Navy on September 20, 1939, in Indianapolis, Indiana, as Seaman 2nd Class and was received on board the U.S.S. ?Savannah? (CL-42) on December 24, 1939. In May 1939, the ?Savannah? steamed through the Panama Canal to join the U.S. Fleet in the Pacific.Fireman 3rd Class Ball?s entry for May 24, 1940: ?Got into Pearl Harbor this morning tied up with Honululu & Phil. Have seen lots of fellows I know ... Had 4-8 watch went to bed at 8:00.? June 6, 1940: ?Went down in fireroom & worked & usual went in boat in aft till I went on watch at 4-8 had to help with oil lines. Then went to show Jane Withers in High School.? Throughout the diary, Ball records the names and stars of over 100 movies he has seen. June 24th: ?Got under way this morning they said for Panama...? June 26th: ?Still don?t know where we are going.? July 1st: ?Anchored at Pearl Harbor this morning...? July 10th: ?Got underway again this morning...? August 14th: ?Had the 8-12 Steaming watch they fired the machine guns...? September 8th: ?went over to Pearl Harbor & played soft ball. Beat V Div 13-10. Came back to the ship at 1:30...? September 30th: ?went out to Sea this morning...? October 20th ?...the Doctor made everybody go to the topside & get some sun...? The ?Savannah? operated along the west coast and in Hawaiian waters until May 1941, when she returned to the Atlantic to participate in Neutrality Patrols and ""short of war"" operations that lasted until the United States entered World War II after Japan attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Heading for the Atlantic, Ball writes on June 3, 1941: ?Had the 4-8 this morning ... At night went through the Panama Canal really something to see. We passed through 3 sets of locks it took us all night...? June 12th: ?...Don?t know where we are going but hope N.Y.? June 17th: ?Really foggy came in and anchored off of Boston Mass...? July 2nd: ?At Sea...? October 31st: ?Had GQ at 0600 after that relieved the watch and had 8-12. In aft slept till GQ awoke me, saw air bubbles, but no sub I guess, Heard they sank the St James off Iceland...? November 9th: ?Came in Casico Bay Portland [Maine] anchor about 0840 went on liberty @1000...? November 26th: ?Up anchor & proceeded on into Navy Yard N.Y. I got to see plenty of sights on the way in. Really gives you a thrill ... Went to times sq, Jack Dempsys...? The ?Savannah? spent November 26th to December 7th in New York City with daily entries mentioning among other places Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Greenwich Village and about meeting girls on December 3rd: ?...We talked them into going up to the room with us but diden?t make out. Damn it!? December 6th: ?...Got ready to get underway.?The USS ?Savannah? left New York City on December 7, 1941: ?Got underway for Portland. Japan Bombed Honolulu & Declared war on U.S.A. really tore heck out of Hawaii also bombed Guam, Midway, Wake & Phillipine Islands. Will get them through anchor in Portland in eve.? December 14th: ?At Sea again this morning...? December 24th: ?Underway this morning so have the 8-12 ... they anounced that we was going back to Bermuda...?The entire wartime career of the ?Savannah? was spent in the Atlantic theatre. She operated off the U.S. east coast and in the Caribbean during most of 1942 and took part in the invasion of French Morocco in November. Ball?s November 7, 1942 entry: ?Attacked Africa Fort Loethey & Casiblanka. Some Battle some fun. Lucky me came out O.K. Others not so lucky.? Ball probably meant ?Port Lyautey.?On a page headed ?Index of Important Notes,? Ball?s list includes: ?Rated Fireman 1st class May 1, 1941 ... Rated Machinist Mate 2/c Jan. 1, 1942 ... Started Sub School Nov 28, 1942, Graduated from Sub School April 19, 1943.? On May 17, 1943, Motor Machinist&#39;s Mate Second Class (MoMM2) Jack Leland Ball boarded the submarine U.S.S. ?Plunger? (SS-179). Ball was lucky again. While off Salerno on September 11, 1943, the U.S.S. ?Savannah? was hit by a German radio-controlled bomb that killed nearly 200 of her crew. With MoMM2/c Ball aboard, according to the Department of the Navy, ?During June-September [1943] ?Plunger? made two penetrations of the Sea of Japan, sinking four merchantmen in an area that offered both good hunting and great risks for U.S. submarines. ?Plunger? operated in the Marshall Islands in November 1943, providing aircraft lifeguard services as Pacific Fleet carriers struck there in support of the Gilbert Islands invasion. She rescued one downed pilot, but suffered six men wounded when she was strafed by a Japanese plane. Returning to Japanese home waters for her tenth war patrol, Plunger sank two ships, then got another when she joined the much-newer submarine ?Snook? (SS-279) in attacking a convoy bound from Japan to the Marianas. She operated in the Bonins in May and June 1944, providing cover for the invasion of the Marianas further to the south, and made a final patrol, her twelfth, into the central Pacific during the summer.?(2) Six Army Air Force Cloth Maps, one on each side, each ?For use by War and Navy Department Agencies only / Not for sale or distribution,? two marked ?Restricted? in red. (1) 20.5? x 25?. No. 34 Southeast China [No. 35 Northeast China], (2) 32? x 30?. No. C-52 Japan and South China Sea [No. C-53 East China Sea], (3) 24? x 24?. Ryojun, Manchuria [Pei-P?ing Peking](3) War-related items belonging to Jack Leland Ball: (1) His rusted identification tag: an oval plate of monel metal 1.25? x 1.5?, perforated at each end. The tag has on one side the etched fingerprint of Ball?s right index finger. On the other side: his full name, his service number (291-59-90), blood type (A), that he has received the tetanus toxoid vaccine and date (T 12/41), and USN. (2) ?Submarine Squadron-36? card granting Ball permission ?to be on shore on recreation business at Guam,? expires 1800 9-26-45. (3) ?Veteran?s Permanent Free Permit to Hunt, Fish, and Trap Without License. The Indiana Department of Conservation,? April 12, 1947. (4) Instruction Permit ?to operate a Motorscooter upon the highways? of Hawaii for 60 days from 5-19-44.? (5) Full book of 20 matches ?Made Expressly for the United States Navy? by Superior Match Co., Chicago. (6) Letter to his grandmother on U.S.S. ?Savannah? stationery mailed in a ?Savannah? envelope, postmarked Vallejo, California, March 7, 1940. (7) sealed envelope with gilt return address: ?J.L. Ball, MoMM2c, U.S.N. / Submarine Division? c/o Fleet P.O,. San Francisco. (8) small white embroidered patch. All in Jack Leland Ball?s original 11.75? x 4.5? x 2.5? brown keepsake box."

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        The Wind in the Willows

      New York: The Limited Editions Club,, 1940. With an Introduction by A. A. Milne & Illustrations by Arthur Rackham. Tall quarto. Original quarter white cloth, titles to spine gilt, patterned paper boards, titles to spine and top edge gilt. Housed in the publisher&#39;s green slipcase. Tipped-in colour frontispiece and 15 plates by Arthur Rackham. Spine a little tanned, tiny nicks to tips, a really excellent copy in the original slipcase, which has one top edge split and the others starting. First Rackham edition, number 243 of 2,020 numbered copies signed by the designer Bruce Rogers. Rackham had been asked to illustrate the first edition of 1908 but was unable to accept the commission. He deeply regretted the decision, but just before his death he was able to illustrate this Limited Editions Club edition.

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      Simon and Schuster, 1940., 1940. First edition. Spine is a bit sunned, else a near fine, internally clean copy in a price-clipped dust jacket with minor wear to the foot of the spine. A Haycraft/Queen cornerstone title and the basis for the Francois Truffaut film with the same name. No one knew who she was, where she came from, or why she had entered their lives. All they knew about her was that she was beautiful and that each time she appeared, a man died a horrible death! An attractive copy of an important book.

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        The Bride Wore Black

      New York: Simon and Schuster, 1940-01-01 New York: Simon & Schuster, 1940. An Inner Sanctum Mystery. 312 p. First edition, first printing (Same date on title and copyright pages and no additional printings noted). Very Good condition hardcover in Good+ dust jacket. Clean pages and sturdy binding. Some light staining to fore edge and, heavier, on pgs. 98 and 99. Spine a bit cocked, wear at tips. Jacket has small damp stain on spine panel, rubbed, creased, and chipped at edges, missing a thin piece along top edge of back panel, damage to verso of rear flap, but intact and in nice shape overall-- showing the skull bride design. Quite desirable in its rare original jacket.

      [Bookseller: Burnside Rare Books]
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        Astounding Truman Masonic Collection! Full-page ALS of Truman, as Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Missouri, to John W. Snyder with the document creating Snyder a ?Sovereign Grand Inspector General 33°? signed by Truman in the upper left as 33° Past Grand-Master Missouri and more

      "Comprises: (1) Rare Autograph Letter Signed ?Harry? as U.S. Senator, one full page, 8.5? x 11?. Cape Girardeau, Missouri, November 27, 1940. To John W. Snyder. On his rare personal stationery as Grand Master, Grand Lodge of Missouri, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons. Truman was Grand Master from 1940-1941. Imprinted in upper left: ?Harry S. Truman / Grand Master / 240 Senate Office Bldg. / Washington, D.C.? Two file holes in upper edge. Fine condition.To his friend John W. Snyder. Executive Vice-President and Director, Defense Plant Corporation (1940-1943) and Assistant to the Director of the Reconstruction Finance Corporation (1940-1944) and later Truman?s Secretary of the Treasury (1946-1953). Truman and Snyder had been close friends since 1928. Receipt stamped in upper right: ?Noted / Nov 28 1940 / J.W.S.? In full, ?Just had a telegram from Bess saying that the experts have decided not to operate on momma. It sure took a load of bricks off my head. I had another leg & foot specialist look at her and he said ?not now.? I am wiring you today asking you to see Lou Holland. He?s a real big man and my friend. You can trust him and he really wants to do something for Missouri. No ax to grind himself. I?m doing a little ?high hatting? down here. Hope to see you soon.?In 1911, Truman was among the organizers of Masonic Lodge 618 in Grandview. ?I have the big head terribly,? he wrote proudly to Bess Wallace on June 16, 1911,when he was elected its first Master. After World War I, Truman focused his efforts on serving the entire Masonic district that included Jackson County outside of Kansas City. In 1925, he was appointed District Deputy Grand Master and Lecturer and for about five years he gave courses of instruction in lodges throughout the district. In 1940, Senator Truman was elected Grand Master for the Grand Lodge of Missouri. His last duty in this position was to preside over the lodge?s annual meeting, held in St. Louis, September 30-October 1, 1941. ?Well my tour of duty as Grand Master ended up in a blaze of glory,? Truman wrote to Bess after the meeting. ?My good friends were the happiest men you ever saw and I felt like it was worth all the effort and time.? On October 19, 1945, President Truman was given the 33rd degree of the Supreme Council of the Scottish Rite for the southern jurisdiction. Of 14 U.S. Presidents who were Masons, President Truman is the only one to be given the 33° of the Supreme Council of the Scottish Rite which he considered with satisfaction to be the culmination of his Masonic career. ?Freemasonry,? Truman wrote Frank Briggs in 1939, ?is a system of morals which makes it easier to live with your fellow man, whether he understands it or not.? ?Momma,? Martha Ellen Young Truman, had celebrated her 88th birthday on November 25, 1940, two days before her son wrote this letter. Elizabeth Churchill, in ?The Washington Post,? April 15, 1945, three days after FDR died and Truman was sworn in as President, described the new President?s mother as ?91 years of dynamite. They call her ?peppery? in Grandview. Ever since her son entered politics, that subject enjoyed her complete and undiluted interest. She not only read the papers from cover to cover, but also the Congressional Record. In reading the Record at the time her son was Senator, she always looked to see if Harry was present for the roll coll. When he wasn?t, she wrote to him right away and asked the reason why. The former Senator?s mail often contained newspaper clippings of political interest to the little lady, to which she added her own comments and ended up with ?Do something about this.?? She lived to see her son elected President in his own right in 1948. Martha Ellen Young Truman was 96 when she died on July 26, 1949.Lou Holland (1978-1960) founded the Holland Engraving Company in Kansas City in 1916. President of the Kansas City Chamber of Commerce (1925-1927), From 1927-1931, Holland had worked with Truman to encourage the approval of $10 million in bonds to finance road construction in Jackson County, Missouri. Holland later served as Chairman of the Smaller War Plants Corporation (1942-1943) and President of the American Automobile Association (1949-1951).According to the Truman Library?s Neil M. Johnson in an interview with John R. Steelman, the Assistant to the President (1946-1953), Truman would use terms such as ?high hats, stuffed shirt and Prima Donnas? for Washington people and upper class people. In a handwritten manuscript found in Truman&#39;s desk after he died, titled ?Definition of the Democratic Party,? Truman wrote ?I&#39;ve just been informed that the Democratic Party ... has gone high hat and is charging one thousand dollars for the privilege of sitting with the President of the United States at a dinner!?(2) Ornate Partly Printed Document Signed ?John Wesley Snyder,? countersigned by the Sovereign Grand Commander 33° and Grand Secretary General 33° of the Supreme Council Sovereign Grand Inspectors General of the Thirty Third and Last Degree of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite for the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction of the United States of America, one page, 16? x 20.75?. Boston, Massachusetts, September 28, 1966. Two-inch diameter embossed gold seal affixed at bottom center. Signed in the upper left ?Harry S. Truman 33° / P G-M / 8-25-67 / Mo.? Truman was made a Sovereign Grand Inspector General, 33°, and Honorary Member, Supreme Council on October 19, 1945. On parchment. Small spot in upper blank area; two tape remnants on verso lightly show-through on recto in blank areas. Fine condition.In part, ?To the Illustrious Sublime Masons of all degrees of the Ancient Accepted Rite over the surface of the Globe, Health, Stability, Power. Know Ye, that our Illustrious Brother John Wesley Snyder whose name is written with his own hand in the margin hereof, was on the twenty-eighth day of September, 1966 (E.V.) created a Sovereign Grand Inspector General 33° and Honorary Member of our Supreme Council...?(3) Typed letter signed ""Harry S. Truman"" to John Snyder, dated November 16, 1965, on personal stationery, which reads: ""Dear John: I sincerely hope that the 33° situation will develop as you anticipate. I wish I could be there for the ceremony. It is a lovely ceremony and one that you would like. It is still too far in advance for me to know what my situation will be next fall but, if it is at all possible for me to make the trip I would certainly want to be there. Sincerely yours, (signed) Harry S. Truman"".(4) Typed letter signed ""Harry S. Truman"" to John Snyder, dated October 25, 1966, on personal stationery, which reads: ""Dear John: I am happy to know that you are now way up there on the 33rd with the &#39;chosen few&#39;. Congratulations! I agree with you that the outlook does not appear too good - and as you may have read, I have said so publicly. When you are out this way, come to see me and we will talk about it. Sincerely yours, (signed) Harry S. Truman"". Also included is an envelope addressed to Snyder, with a printed frank of Truman. "

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        Artistin in der Zirkusmanege. Cirque d&#146;Hivers, Paris. Öl auf Papier auf Hartfaserplatte aufgelegt. Um 1940.

      - Oben rechts in Pinsel signiert. &#150; Gerahmt. [Attributes: Signed Copy]

      [Bookseller: Gerhard Zähringer, Antiquariat & Galerie]
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        Original etching of a naked satyr and two girls

      No Publisher, [ca. 1940?], 1940, Hardback, Book Condition: Very Good, First EditionNear fine copy. Very slight dust-toning evident around the margins. Remains particularly well-preserved overall.; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 1 pages; Description: 1 original ink etching on white paper, 19.5cm x 14cm. Subjects: Erotic art -- Illustration -- John Buckland Wright -- Book illustrators -- Erotica -- Original works. Notes: Some addtional background detail in pencil.

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        American Airlines. Mexico.

      No date. Ca. 1940s. - Color lithograph poster, 40 x 29 1/4 inches (102 x 74 cm). Left edge creasing from rolling and short edge tears, now minimized by professionally mounting on linen. An iconographic image by E. McKnight Kauffer.

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        Last Poems and Plays

      Macmillan - 1940. First Edition. Hardcover. 126pp. First American Edition. Dark green cloth stamped in gilt at spine, in blind [design] on front, in pale green jacket printed with same design as book in pale lavender, fading to light green along spine panel. Keywords: Literature - Irish - Rare Books - Yeats- Poetry - Drama - Plays. First edition copy. . . . Free Shipping Worldwide. Books ship from the US and Ireland . [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Kennys Bookstore]
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        Gweledigaetheu y bardd cwsc - Visions of the sleeping bard

      Gregynog PressY Drenewydd (Newtown) 1940. Bilingual Welsh and English limited edition. No. 127 of 175. Transl. by T. Gwynn Jones. Red/brown quarter leather with plum coloured decorated cloth, tiny scuff on front board top right . Spine has gilt lines and title, with two faint marks and small scuff mark at top. Internally fine, one copper plate inscription on fep recording presentation from the High Sheriif of Anglesey, Mr J.R. Jones to the Rev. R.R. Hughes, President of Cymdeithasfa'r Gogledd (Association of the North). (xi), (2), 2-213 pp, [2]. Hand-set in Bembo type on Barcham Green paper. (Clasur o ryddiaith gymraeg). The visions, written by Wynne, (1671-1734), a country parson, were first published in 1703. Distinguished by brilliant imagery and style, the work is a classic of Welsh prose literature, loosely based on the Sueños of the Spanish writer Quevedo. There are three visions: the world, death and hell.

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        And Touch Clean Earth, I

      Trenton, New Jersey: Phillips & Godshalk Co.. 1940. First. First edition. Stapled green wrappers. Cover woodcut by John Moment. Illustrated with linoleum cuts by William J. Flemer, III. Issued together with another title by Flemer when both authors were students at the Lawrenceville School. Volume One, entitled And Touch, is a collection of poetry by Posner. Fine. The various contributors to this little project have previewed their eventual destinies: Posner went on to write The Deserted Altar, the Newdigate Prize Poem at Oxford in 1956; Flemer, a Yale-educated nurseryman and botanist, was profiled in the New York Times in 2004 for his contributions to the trees and landscapes of Princeton University; and Moment, who illustrated the front wrap of And Touch, went on to illustrate children&#39;s books. Exceptionally scarce. .

      [Bookseller: Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. ABA]
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        An Archive of Books and Ephemera including Two Poems in Manuscript, [Unpublished ?], By or Relating to the Welsh Poet R S Thomas

      Various Publishers, some unpublished, 1940-2007 , an interesting collection including two handwritten poems by R S Thomas [not found in his collected works, possibly unpublished], a terse letter from R S T to Gyfaill [?], a handwritten list of birds he saw in his garden, two letters from R M Lockley to R S T, birthday greetings from Elsie, 15 books from his library, two signed by R S Thomas, two by W B Yeats inscribed "To Ronald from Elsie 1940", a plant guide annotated for their part of Wales, possibly by Elsie, several signed and dedicated to R S Thomas by the respective authors, several postcards from friends or admirers. The collection includes many of his own books or publications with his contributions; Babel 1 [signed limited], Experimenting With An Amen [1st and pb], Not That He Brought Flowers [1st], Selected Prose [1st], Laboratories Of The Spirit [1st], Tares [1st], Pietá [1st and pb], Song At The Year&#39;s Turning [1st, no dustwrapper], Later Poems [pb], The Way Of It [pb], H&#39;m [1st], No Truce With The Fairies [pb], Mass For Hard Times [1st], Frequencies [1st], The Echoes Return Slow [1st], Counterpoint [pb], Words And The Poet [pb], Selected Poems [pb], Poetry For Supper [1st], An Acre Of Land [pb 2nd imp], Everyman&#39;s Poetry [pb], several issues of Planet etc

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        50 poems

      New York: Duell, Sloan and Pearce, (1940). . Limited edition, no. 34 of 150 copies, signed by the author on the fly leaf, 8vo, (viii, 102) pp. Original gilt titled cloth, black morocco label to upper cover, clear glassine jacket missing a piece to the top of the spine, slipcase with some minor marks and soil, an excellent copy.

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      - ROGERS, Bruce. Typed Letters Signed. Group of three autograph letters signed by the famous American book designer and one from the owner of a well-known bookstore. The first letter [1] is dated Jan. 7, 1940 to Rogers from Joseph W. Roberts, of St. Albans Book Shop in St. Albans, NY, asking for bibliographical information on two books published by Way & Williams of Chicago, being: Shelley's translations of the "Banquet of Plato" (with the title-page and decorations reported to be by Rogers) and Drachmann's "Paul and Virginia of a Northern Zone" (for which the sender cannot find any illustrations although Rogers was listed as an illustrator). With a second letter [2] from Rogers, responding to Roberts: "I am afraid I can't help you in the matter of the Way & Williams book." He writes he vaguely remembers the title but can't recall actually seeing the book. "I did several books and cover designs about that time for Way & Williams but adds the decorations were probably "contemplated, but never carried through." The third [3] letter, dated April 5, 1944, is also from Rogers to Roberts negotiating to trade for two of his own books that he does not own- each listed in Roberts' bookstore catalog. "I have very little cash for books- let alone my own" but Rogers offers to trade books. The two books he requests are "The Glory of New York" and "Paul at Virginia." He also agrees to autograph the books he hopes to exchange as part of the deal. The books he wants to exchange are "Letters of T.E. Shaw to B.R." and More letters of T.E.S. to B.R." Letter four [4] is also from Rogers to Roberts, dated May 14, 1944, stating he has sent the Lawrence books but was unhappy with the binding on one of the books since the binder "stamped it, without my knowledge, in imitation gold- but the whole edition is like that." Also with three used envelopes addressed by Rogers to Roberts. Also thrown in is an extra item [5]: a 1940 library slip signed by Rogers, on which he signs to check out a book by Shakespeare. The whole, interesting package: $750.00.

      [Bookseller: Antic Hay Books]
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