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        HAPPY EVER AFTER Illustrations by Mary Shepard

      Reynal & Hitchcock 1st edition [only printing], New York 1940 - Illustrations by Mary Shepard printed in red. LIMITED TO 1000 copies privately printed for the friends of the Author and her publishers as a New Year's Greeting. Octavo black cloth-spined red boards with silver stars and red printed title label to cover and silver titled to spine (edges rubbed/corners worn/1.7cm of sunning to front board) 29pp. Printed in black with red initial letter to each chapter and title on titlepage. All illustrations except for one on the title are printed in red. No inscriptions, pencil marks, creases or loose pages. Crisp and bright inside with endpapers matching the boards with silver stars. Page fore-edge and bottom edge untrimmed as issued. *A Mary Poppins story where the Banks children have adventures with fairy tale characters. No copies for sale since the Bauman Rare Books copy was sold. This book is illustrated by Mary Shepard, the daughter of the Winnie-the-Pooh illustrator, E. H. Shepard. She also illustrated all the other Mary Poppins titles. 1 volume.

      [Bookseller: Abbey Antiquarian Books]
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        Darkness at Noon

      Cape 1940 - The boards are a bit marked and worn. Internally mostly clean and tightly bound - if slightly cocked and sprung. One signature, minor offsetting and a few spots. The jacket is from a later edition. It is a bit chipped and marked. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Farewell My Lovely

      New York, Knopf, 1940., 1940. Crime novel. FIRST EDITION, 8vo. Publisher's russet coloured cloth, trimmed in blue, in pictorial jacket. Book is very good with some spotting to edges and endpapers, label removed from blank area of final leaf (some resulting surface abrasion). Jacket is used, showing some scuffing to joints and extremities, some general soiling, front flap with some ink marks, price-clipped. A serviceable copy in the original binding and jacket. Raymond Thornton Chandler's crime stories and novels were of immense stylistic influence upon modern crime fiction, especially in the style of the writing and the attitudes now characteristic of the genre. His protagonist, Philip Marlowe, is a classic "private detective", and writers ranging from W.H. Auden and Evelyn Waugh to Ian Fleming greatly admired his swift-moving, no-nonsense, hardboiled style. HUBIN;Crime Fiction IV

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        Britain's Strength: Speech by the Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Winston Churchill, in the House of Commons, August 20, 1940

      50 Rockefeller Plaza, New York: The British Library of Information, 1940. 1st Edition. Paperback. Fine. This is one of Churchill's most famous speeches, occasioned by the Battle of Britain and honoring the RAF pilots who almost single-handedly prevented Nazi invasion of England. Churchill encapsulated and immortalized the struggle when he uttered the words: "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few." The famous bibliographic reference Printing and the Mind of Man, which surveys the impact of the printed word on Western Civilization, singles out this speech. The British first edition - with gray wraps printed in red - is the edition commonly seen. Here is the considerably more scarce British Library of information edition, published in New York for the American audience. The British Information Service published pamphlets of Churchill's speeches in the early war years - most before Pearl Harbor, and usually within two or three days of when the speeches were delivered - in an effort "to bring the inspiration and steadfastness of the Prime Minister and the British nation to an American nation not yet engaged in the war." (Cohen, Vol. I, p.513) This example of this remarkable Churchill speech is in truly exceptional condition. The pamphlet is 8 pages, wire stitched, in self-wrappers, and measures 9 x 6 inches. The paper is bright, crisp, and clean with no wear. A flawless copy in all respects. The pamphlet is protected in an archival mylar sleeve. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A131.2, Woods A60(b), Printing and the Mind of Man (PMM) 424.

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        A Stricken Field

      Duell, Sloan and Pearce New York 1940 New York: Duell, Sloan and Pearce. 1940. First. First edition. Tape shadows on the boards, else near fine in an attractive, near very good, price-clipped dustwrapper with several internally repaired tears, and a scrape on the spine, probably from a removed sticker. Inscribed by the author: "For Mr. and Mrs. Rogers, with all good wishes fron their friend Martha Gelhorn. Sun Valley." .

      [Bookseller: Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. ABA]
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        The Long Winter

      New York: Harper and Brothers, 1940. First Edition, First Printing, with statement of "First Edition" on the copyright page and proper "I-P" code. The dust jacket has the original price of $2.00 intact, though mentions two titles that were published after this 1940 on the rear panel. Therefore, this not the original dust jacket this book was issued with, though still a rare, early state example in nice condition. The hardcover is in Very Good condition, in a Very Good dust jacket. Clean text. Sound binding. Cloth shows light edge wear at corners and spine ends. Light vertical line of wear to the center of the spine. The dust jacket shows light rubbing and light soiling. A lovely copy overall.

      [Bookseller: Odd Duck Books]
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        Masters of the Parachute Mail

      Herbert Jenkins, 1940. Hardcover. Good/No Dustjacket. 1940. 254 pages. No dust jacket. Red cloth boards. Pages have light tanning, with light foxing to the textblock. Boards have bumping to spine ends and corners, with fading to the spine, and back edge near the spine. Binding has a slight forward lean.

      [Bookseller: The World of Rare Books]
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        The Wind in the Willows

      NY: Limited Editions Club, 1940. Hardcover. Very good. #487 of 2020cc signed by the designer, Bruce Rogers, with sixteen color drawings by Rackham. Patterned boards backed with pale yellow buckram. A fine copy in the publisher's olive green slipcase which some splitting to the front of two joints, the top one being reinforced externally with a single piece of clear tape. Despite the faults to the slipcase, a nice copy of the last book Rackham illustrated before his death.

      [Bookseller: Kenneth Mallory Bookseller. ABAA]
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        ESPAÑA APARTA DE MÍ ESTE CÁLIZ. 15 Poemas por. Profecía de américa (Palabras preliminares por Juan Larrea.)

      Lucero, Ed. Séneca,, México 1940 - 17.5x24. 93pp. 5h. Retrato por Picasso, fechado en 1938. Es bien conocida la historia de la primera edición, que, compuesta e impresa por soldados del Ejército Republicano de Este, fue incautada y destruida por las tropas nacionales cuando entraron en Cataluña. Esta es la primera edición que haya sobrevivido de lo que es posiblemente el mejor poemario de la Guerra Civil Española. Algunos pequeñas rasgaduras en el margen inferior de las cubiertas (donde sobresalen del texto,) pero en conjunto, muy buen ejemplar. Envíos para España: el pago contra reembolso conlleva un recargo de 2 Euros. Rústica, conservando su papel glassene original, este algo rasgado. [Attributes: Soft Cover]

      [Bookseller: Carmen Alonso Libros]
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        THE TREASURE HUNTERS

      Newnes 1940 - First edition. 8vo. Blue cloth with black lettering. In the original pictorial dustwrapper, with an illustration by E. Wilson to the upper cover. A very good copy of the book, which is clean with a knock to the fore edge of the upper board. The dustwrapper is very good, with a thumb nail size chip to the upper panel and some foxing to the rear of the spine, making the white spine look rather browned. Rare. Colour frontis by Wilson and line drawings to the text by Wilson and Joyce Davies. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Jonkers Rare Books ABA ILAB]
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        MISTER MEDDLE'S MISCHIEF

      Published by George Newnes Ltd., 1940. 1st edition.. Hardback. Very Good/Good. Illustrated by Mercer, Joyce & Turvey, Rosalind M.. Very good condition in a good dustwrapper. Red cloth with black title to spine. Colour frontis. B/w illustrations. Mister Meddle is just like his name! He meddles with everything and everyone and gets into the most surprising mischief. Browning to base of spine. Browning/foxing to endpapers and outer page edges. Wrapper is edge-torn with a few repairs to verso; small amounts of loss; triangle of loss to base of spine (with photocopy behind). Staining in a couple of places, with a few scuff marks - still good for its age! [S]

      [Bookseller: Stella & Rose's Books]
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        The Integration of the Personality

      London: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co., Ltd.,, 1940. Translated by Stanley M. Dell. Illustrated. Octavo. Original blue cloth, titles to spine gilt. With the dust jacket. 14 plates. Bump to upper edges of boards affecting the top edge of the text block, a little spotting to edges of text block, partial toning to free endpapers. A very good copy in the rubbed and partially tanned jacket with a few nicks and short splits repaired with tape on the verso. First edition, first impression. Advance review copy with the publisher's slip loosely inserted. Six lectures delivered in Switzerland with the goal of defining the process of individuation, described by Jung as the conflict and collaboration between the conscious and unconscious.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        La Leyenda De Fray Juan Garín, Ermitaño De Montserrat. Estudio Sobre Sus Orígenes y Formación. Obra Ilustrada Con Una Serie De Grabados En Madera, Viñetas e Iniciales Originales De A. Ollé Pinell y Varias Reproducciones De Documentos Antiguos.

      Orbis, Barcelona 1940 - 136pp. más láminas. Muy ilustrado con grabados originales a la madera, vistas plegadas y reproducciones de grabados antiguos. Muy cuidada edición en papel de hilo tintado. Tirada de 475 ejemplares, numerados. Nuestro ejemplar único, pues están todos los grabados coloreados a mano a varias tintas. Bonita encuadernación a la romana en pergamino , con una pintura en la tapa superior. Cierres de cuero. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: BALAGUÉ LLIBRERÍA ANTIQUARIA]
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        Security Analysis: Principles and Technique

      New York: McGraw-Hill, 1940. First Printing of the Second Edition in a very scarce, original dust jacket. The boards are Near Fine, with contents Fair, in a Very Good dust jacket. Cloth is well preserved, with a few faint scuffs, light wear to spine. The pages show sporadic spotting, and evidence of erased pencil markings throughout, with a few tears and imperfections. The dust jacket shows edge wear, chipping, soiling, and tanning, with light insect wear to spine and rear panel; stray pencil mark to rear panel. Presents well. Extremely scarce in original dust jacket.

      [Bookseller: Odd Duck Books]
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        The River War

      London: Eyre & Spottiswoode, 1940. Hardcover. Fine/Very good. This is a superlative jacketed copy of the rarest reprint of The River War. Churchill's second book, originally published in 1899, recounts his experiences and reflections concerning British involvement in the Sudan. The text is arresting, insightful, powerfully descriptive, and of enduring relevance. As a young officer in a colonial British army, Churchill was unusually sympathetic to the Mahdist forces and critical of the British army. This work offers us the candid perspective of the future great man of the 20th century from the distinctly 19th century battlefields where Churchill learned to write and earned his early fame. In 1933, a so-called "Second Cheap Edition" was made from plates of the 1902 edition with a bibliographically significant new introduction by the author explaining that "A generation has grown up which knows little of why we are in Egypt and the Sudan." There were ultimately five printings of this edition. All are now highly sought in the original dust jackets, but most scarce is the dust jacket for this 1940 printing - the only wartime printing. The dust jacket is unique to this printing. Survival rate for these jackets is quite low, likely owing to the thin, white paper on which they were printed. The condition of this jacket is the very best we have ever seen, with a fine book beneath. The pale purple binding is bright and clean with square corners and just a little discoloration at the base of the spine corresponding to a small chip in the dust jacket. The contents are crisp, clean, bright, and tight with no spotting. There is a single inked owner inscription in beautiful script dated "July 18, 1942" on the front pastedown. The dust jacket is a treat - unclipped, bright, and with only trivial wear. Losses are confined to trivial corner wear with the exception of a .25 inch chip at the lower rear hinge. Two 1 inch closed tears are located at the upper rear hinge and at the rear flap fold. Very light soiling to the white panels. Overall a truly superior jacketed example of this scarce and fragile edition. The dust jacket is protected in a removable, archival quality clear cover. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A2.4.c, Woods/ICS A2(da.3), Langworth p.33

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        Mercedes of Castile: or, the voyage to Cathay. By the author of "The Bravo," [etc.]

      Lea and Blanchard, Philadelphia 1940 - First edition, pp. [2], 9-xii, [13]-260; 232; bookplates of George Barr McCutcheon and Robert Hoe; orig. purple muslin, paper labels on spine; spines sunned else very good and sound; each volumes in a half brown morocco slipcase. The printed labels on the spine are in BAL's state 'B' (sequence is arbitrary). BAL 3893. [Attributes: First Edition]

      [Bookseller: Rulon-Miller Books (ABAA / ILAB)]
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        "Mercedes of Castile: or, the voyage to Cathay. By the author of ""The Bravo,"" [etc.]"

      Philadelphia: Lea and Blanchard. 1940. "First edition, pp. [2], 9-xii, [13]-260; 232; bookplates of George Barr McCutcheon and Robert Hoe; orig. purple muslin, paper labels on spine; spines sunned else very good and sound; each volumes in a half brown morocco slipcase. The printed labels on the spine are in BAL's state 'B' (sequence is arbitrary). BAL 3893."

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        Columbus. Volksglobus bearb. v. C. Luther

      Berlin-Lichterfelde, Columbus Vlg. Oestergaard [ca. 1940].. ca. 48 x 24 cm. In gutem Zustand. Erdglobus auf Holzsockel.

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        For Whom the Bell Tolls

      Charles Scribner's Sons, 1940. Hardcover. Fine/Very Good. Charles Scribner's Sons, New York 1940. First Edition / First Printing / First State. Dated 1940 on the copyright page with Scribner's "A" present. First State Jacket without the Photographer's name at the rear panel. Tan cloth boards with black lettering. {ref: Hanneman A18a}. Book Condition: Fine, clean boards and spine, clean pages. Tight spine, minimal age toning at the endpaper. A few light spot at the page edges. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good+, wrapped in a new removable mylar cover. First state jacket priced at $2.75, no photographer's name at the rear panel. Shelf wear, chipping at the head of the jacket spine, short tear at the rear panel.

      [Bookseller: 1st Editions and Antiquarian Books, ABA,]
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        The Wind in the Willows

      New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1940. - Arthur Rackham?s "Wind in the Willows"[RACKHAM, Arthur, illustrator]. GRAHAME, Kenneth. The Wind in the Willows. With an Introduction by A.A. Milne & Illustrations by Arthur Rackham. New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1940.Limited to 2,020 numbered copies (this copy being No. 1315), signed by the designer, Bruce Rogers. Quarto (11 3/8 x 8 1/8 inches; 289 x 207 mm.). [2], 244, [2] pp. Sixteen mounted color plates. "Printed at the Walpole Printing Office The edition was designed by and printed under the supervision of Bruce Rogers" (Colophon).Original quarter pale yellow buckram over patterned paper boards. Spine lettered in gilt. Top edge gilt, others uncut. A very fine, partially uncut copy. In the original publisher?s olive green cardboard slipcase."The Wind in the Willows was not published in England until 1950, but it found two publishers, one for a de luxe edition (The Limited Editions Club, New York) and one for a trade edition (The Heritage Press, New York) in the United States posthumously in the year following Rackham?s death. The book is a gentle delight, presenting sixteen illustrations which in no way fight with the more famous imaginative world created by Shepherd, although if Shepherd had not preceded him, then Rackham might have anthropomorphized his creatures even more. Several of the plates are delightful: the ?Golden Day when the three heroes walked by the Caravan, Mole leading a happy horse?; the placid Rat handing a hamper to put into a boat, a plate famous among Rackham lovers because it was the boat for which Rackham forgot to draw the oars, an omission which some see as significant in view of the artist?s imminent death. Perhaps the most interesting picture is the frontispiece, which depicts the egocentric Toad levelled to the drab clothes of a no-pocket washerwoman, hopping about permissively, totally unequipped for the real contest. In the real world of people, like all egoists, animal or human, he is alien, and it is a typical piece of Rackhamerie that we should see two children laughing at the glum toad, not because he is a toad, but because he is obviously pretending to be something else.It is with a sense of a serious loss that one turns to the imprint of the de luxe edition in search of the familiar Rackham signature, and finds not the careful hand of Rackham, but that of the designer Bruce Rogers, who saw the book and Rackham?s pictures through the press." (Gettings, Arthur Rackham. Pp. 168-169)."This was the final book Arthur Rackham illustrated before his death in 1939" (Riall, pp. 197-198).

      [Bookseller: David Brass Rare Books, Inc.]
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        MISTER MEDDLE'S MISCHIEF

      George Newnes Ltd. 1940 - 1st 1940. Very good condition in a good dustwrapper. Red cloth with black title to spine. Colour frontis. B/w illustrations. Mister Meddle is just like his name! He meddles with everything and everyone and gets into the most surprising mischief. Browning to base of spine. Browning/foxing to endpapers and outer page edges. Wrapper is edge-torn with a few repairs to verso; small amounts of loss; triangle of loss to base of spine (with photocopy behind). Staining in a couple of places, with a few scuff marks - still good for its age! [S] [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Stella & Rose's Books, PBFA]
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        For Whom the Bell Tolls

      Charles Scribner's Sons, 1940. Hardcover. Fine/Very Good. Charles Scribner's Sons, New York 1940. First Edition / First Printing / First State. Dated 1940 on the copyright page with Scribner's "A" present. First State Jacket without the Photographer's name at the rear panel. Tan cloth boards with black lettering. {ref: Hanneman A18a}. Book Condition: Fine, clean boards and spine, clean pages. Tight spine, minimal age toning at the endpaper. A few light spot at the page edges. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good+, wrapped in a new removable mylar cover. First state jacket priced at $2.75, no photographer's name at the rear panel. Shelf wear, chipping at the head of the jacket spine, short tear at the rear panel.

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        Addresses Delivered in the Year Nineteen Hundred and Forty to the People of Great Britain, of France, and to the Members of the English House of Commons, by the Prime Minister, Winston Churchill

      San Francisco: Ransohoffs (printed by Grabhorn Press), 1940. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Near fine. This is an exceptional copy of an unusual and quite scarce edition, unknown to many Churchill collectors. It contains seven of Churchill's speeches from 1940, including "Blood Toil Tears and Sweat" and "The Few". This is the first appearance in volume form of these speeches, later published in "Into Battle". Included are Churchill's speeches to the House of Commons of 13 May (excerpts), 19 May, 18 June, 20 August, 11 September, and 8 October. Also included is Churchill's speech of 21 October to the French nation. This edition was published by Ransohoff's, a San Francisco department store, and printed by Grabhorn Press in a limited edition of 250 copies. Moreover, it is a large and striking production, measuring 15.75 x 10.75 inches. It is bound in red cloth covered boards with a quarter linen spine and a leather spine label stamped in gilt. The contents are printed on lavish, handmade paper and printed in red and black. Two similar editions were published by Ransohoff's - the edition offered here and another in blue cloth containing six of Churchill's speeches from 1940-1941. Both are quite scarce, but this earlier red edition is even more elusive than the blue. While these publications are beautiful, they are notably fragile. The linen spines soiled easily, the leather spine labels faded and cracked, the cloth was prone to wear, and the contents prone to spotting. Finally, as noted in Langworth, (p.243), because of the way these were bound, "these books almost always have one or two gutterbreaks". Here is the best copy we have ever offered. The binding is remarkably clean, the linen almost immaculate and the leather spine label pristine. The boards show light wear the corners, which nonetheless remain sharp. The contents are a treat. There is no sign of the gutterbreaks endemic to this edition. Moreover, we find no spotting whatsoever and no previous ownership marks of any kind. A terrific example of this rare edition. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A133, Woods D(a)5, Langworth p.243.

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        The Conditions of Economic Progress.

      London, Macmillan, 1940. 8vo. In the original blue cloth with gilt lettering to spine with the orignal price clipped dust jacket. Dust jacket with a few nicks and a 2 cm tear to lower part of spine. Previous owner's name and an "X" to front free end paper, other wise a fine and clean copy including all the folded plates. XII, 504 pp. + 5 folded plates.. First edition of the author's seminal and "monumental" work which had a profound influence on Western thinking about the undeveloped world and is today considered one of the classic studies on growth. "not only gave a considerable stimulus to the subsequent development of growth theory and models but also had an important effect on western thinking about the undeveloped world. For the first time, the gulf between living standards in the rich and poor countries of the world was brought home in hard statistical terms. Well into the postwar years, until United Nations data became available, almost every writer on development economics quoted Colin Clark's estimates." (Arndt, Economic Development)Colin Grant Clark (1905-89) was a British economist and statistician. He was widely noted for his groundbreaking work in economic statistics and national income estimates pioneering the use of the gross national product (GNP); Clark was also among the first economists to use gross national product rather than national income as the basis of his studies

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        the bride wore black

      New York: simon & schuster , 1940. First American edition. Leather_bound. Very Good +. Description& & The Bride Wore Black - Cornell Woolrich (William Irish)& & Simon & Schuster, New York, 1940.& & First Edition - First Printing& & Pseudonyms William Irish and George Hopley.& & Woolrich's first suspense novel, an inspiration for film noir, and the basis for a Francois Truffaut film.& & A nice copy of an incredibly difficult to find first edition that marks Woolrich's entry into the mystery genre.& & Binding& & Rebound in black morocco& & & & Textblock& & An embossed stamp to the lower right of the title page , brown mark to the upper right corner.& & Small ink number stamp to the bottom of dedication page.& & Clean with sparse occasional foxing marks effecting mainly the first 20 pages.

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        Through Embassy Eyes (Eye Witness Account Of Four Years In Nazi Germany) by Martha Dodd, American Citizen Turned Spy For Russians

      New York: Garden City Publishing Company, 1940. 1st Thus. Hardcover Hardcover. Near Fine/Very Good. (Military And War) DODD, Martha. Through Embassy Eyes: A vivid eye-witness acount of four crucial years that gives an utterly individual, unique and startlingly revealing picture of the Nazi Government. Garden City Publishing, 1940. First Thus (After Harcourt, Brace Edition). Hardcover with dustjacket. Duodecimo. Red top stain present Edge wear to DJ. Scarce first hand account of Nazi Germany. Near Fine/Very Good. $1000.00

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        I Married Adventure

      J. B. Lippincott Company, 1940. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. Signed. New York: Lippincott, 1940. First Edition, First Printing. In dust jacket with price of $3.50 in tact on the bottom of the front flap, but with the top corner of the front flap clipped. Signed by the author, with a warm inscription to the previous owner. In very good overall condition, in a good dust jacket. Clean pages, sound binding. Exterior shows some signs of wear and age. The dust jacket is fragile with chipping and loss, and worn at folds. Rare signed.

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        THE OX-BOW INCIDENT

      Random House 1940 DJ with minor fraying and a few closed tears. Endpapers a bit browned ; "A story of the west in 1885 by one of the most exciting writers of our time"; 8vo; 309 pages

      [Bookseller: The Complete Traveller]
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        Britain's Strength: Speech by the Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Winston Churchill, in the House of Commons, August 20, 1940

      50 Rockefeller Plaza, New York: The British Library of Information, 1940. 1st Edition. Paperback. Fine. This is one of Churchill's most famous speeches, occasioned by the Battle of Britain and honoring the RAF pilots who almost single-handedly prevented Nazi invasion of England. Churchill encapsulated and immortalized the struggle when he uttered the words: "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few." The famous bibliographic reference Printing and the Mind of Man, which surveys the impact of the printed word on Western Civilization, singles out this speech. The British first edition - with gray wraps printed in red - is the edition commonly seen. Here is the considerably more scarce British Library of information edition, published in New York for the American audience. The British Information Service published pamphlets of Churchill's speeches in the early war years - most before Pearl Harbor, and usually within two or three days of when the speeches were delivered - in an effort "to bring the inspiration and steadfastness of the Prime Minister and the British nation to an American nation not yet engaged in the war." (Cohen, Vol. I, p.513) This example of this remarkable Churchill speech is in truly exceptional condition. The pamphlet is 8 pages, wire stitched, in self-wrappers, and measures 9 x 6 inches. The paper is bright, crisp, and clean with no wear. A flawless copy in all respects. The pamphlet is protected in an archival mylar sleeve. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A131.2, Woods A60(b), Printing and the Mind of Man (PMM) 424.

      [Bookseller: Churchill Book Collector]
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        Original WWII Photograph Album of British Malta with Rare Views of El Amriya in Egypt

      Malta, Egypt, 1940-1942. Original photograph album of young British Army officer F.J. Park, who was sent abroad on the HMS Glenearn during the Second World War to serve in Egypt, as part of seaborne raiding operations on the German Afrika Korps to protect British presence in Alexandria and around the Suez Canal, and then to the Mediterranean to participate in the final months of the Siege of Malta. Contains 102 black and white photographs mounted with corners onto black cardstock leaves, one photograph hand coloured, several with manuscript captions in pencil. Photographs measure approximately 3.5 x 2.5 inches. Oblong 8vo. string-tied album, tri-coloured weave patterned cloth boards, webbed endpapers bearing the officer's ownership inscription. Captions are faint only due to the chosen instrument for the medium, otherwise in Very Good Condition. What is uniquely moving about this album is the young age of the soldier, and many of his comorades, who appear, at first, excited for a grand adventure but whose innocence slowly dwindles, leaving them with visages worn with memories that none should carry. F.J. Park, of Nottinghamshire, served with the 190th Battery of the 69th (Royal Warwickshire) Heavy Anti Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery (R.A.). Having completed training in Hull, June 1940, a few months later he was sent with the regiment to Malta for a short time, then to Freetown, departing there on 11 February for Cape Town. By March 1941 he was at Port Tewfik on the Suez Canal, on the way to Egypt, where he would be stationed at Amriya in April, and from where he would travel to Alexandria and Cairo. Close proximity evidently afforded him an excursion to the Sphinx of Giza and the Pyramids. In September the regiment relieved 4th Anti-Aircraft Brigade in Tobruk,; the 190th Battery left on 15 November 1941. The regiment then served in part under 8th Army in the Western Desert, while some Batteries went to Malta. Photographs indicate that Park was in Malta as of August 1942 and involved in the last stages of the Siege of Malta. Following 8 photographs taken in his homeland prior to departure, a scant few at sea, one in the Freetown harbour, 6 views of Cape Town in 1940, and 3 of the Suez Canal, the album is entirely comprised of photographs taken in Malta and Egypt during the war. The 3 views of the Suez Canal, captioned March 1941, show Jenifa and the Great Bitter Lake, a felucca sailing Suez Bay, and the Indian War Memorial situated at Port Tewfik (Taufiq), which has since been renamed Suez Port. The album's most striking photographs are taken in Amriya, Egypt, April 1941, (El Amriya, then part of the Gharbia Governorate, now the Kafr ash Shaykh Governorate), a virtually isolated village situated 110 km from Alexandria and 120 km from Port Said, chosen as the Army point where the infantry troops were landed and camped, and offering reasonable ease of access to the latter mentioned cities. Here we see a camel caravan, Bedouin tents, Arab men converged in the village's quiet principal street, and British soldiers in front of their tent in an open desert region. A few photographs are also taken in Alexandria, and Cairo where a camel is being pulled through city streets, and then at the Giza Plateau for an excursion to the Pyramids and the Great Sphinx. [In World War II, Egypt proved vital as a British base in the Middle East against German advances. The Western Desert became the Egyptian battlefield. The Afrika Korps of German General Erwin Rommel came within 111 kilometres of Alexandria but was halted and driven back by the eighth Army under General Bernard Montgomery at the Battle of Alamein in October 1942.] Whilst in Malta from August 1942, at the time a British colony, and suddenly one of the most important strategic pieces of land in the world, the officer photographs a heavily bombed street in Valletta, an oil fire consuming the small village of Luca (Hal Luqa), spectacular images of the Malta fortress, military bombing aircraft flying overhead - including the Italian CANT Z.506 Airone, two views of Marsa Scirocco Baia, historic Manoel Island and Lazaretto Creek, two soldiers posing in front of the statue of Christ the King in commemoration of the 24th World Eucharistic Congress held in Malta in 1913, a long distance view of Sliema and Tigne Barracks seen across the water, and HMS Thunderbolt submarine (previously named HMS Thetis). [During World War II, suffering more than three thousand bombing raids, the idyllic island of Malta became the most bombed place on earth. Hal Luqa took prominence because of its airport. The Royal Air Force established a base with runways there, as well as military and civilian buildings in close proximity. Many lives were lost and buildings destroyed in Luqa from the incessant bombardment. The RAF base remained in Luqa until the end of the 1970s.].

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        TIEMPO DE DOLOR. Poesía 1934 - 37.

      Silverio Aguirre,, Madrid 1940 - 16.2x22.2. 149pp. 1h. Dedicatoria autógrafa. Raro. En este libro la siempre elegante tipografía de Aguirre se acerca a la estética de Altolaguirre, tanto en la composición de la cubierta, como en su uso de tipos Bodoni. Envíos para España: el pago contra reembolso conlleva un recargo de 2 Euros. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

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        THE CASE OF THE SILENT PARTNER (Presentation Copy of the First Edition)

      William Morrow, New York 1940 - Gardner, Erle Stanley. THE CASE OF THE SILENT PARTNER. New York: William Morrow, 1940. First Edition. A Near FINE bright copy in a VERY GOOD example of the ORIGINAL priced ($2.00) DUST JACKET with the following flaws: chip to top of spine, light overall wear, two folds have split part-way and the back panel is also a bit soiled. INSCRIBED on the front-free endpaper, it reads in part: "To 'Tee' with lots of love and best wishes for a Happy and Prosperous New Year. " and underneath this the author has dated and signed his name in full: "Erle Stanley Gardner/ January 1941." Please see the many other inscribed Perry Mason first editions we have in stock. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Photograph of Erle Stanley Gardner, signed, circa 1940s

      N.p.: N.p., 1940. Vintage photograph of Erle Stanley Gardner, crime fiction writer and creator of Perry Mason, circa early 1940s, SIGNED by the author: "Sincerely yours / Erle Stanley Gardner," and signed by the photographer in pencil just below.& & Silver gelatin print, 5 x 7 inches. Fine.

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        Gold Comes in Bricks

      Morrow, NY 1940 - Gilt lettering has lightly faded on spine, else VG+ in a VG Dust Jacket that has also color faded a bit to the spine. $2.00 price present on jacket flap. The third Donald Lam & Bertha Cool mystery. An uncommon first edition, especially in dust jacket [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Ride a Cock-Horse and Other Nursery Rhymes

      London: Chatto and Windus. 1940. First printing. Hardcover. Very Good. First issue (no dedication page), 1940. Pictorial hardcover with dust jacket, 28 pp., illustrated (some in color), clean unmarked text, Very Good copy in Good price-clipped dust jacket, light soiling or discoloration to the outer pages and page-edges, some rubbing or bumping to the tips and edges of the covers, soiling and discoloration to the dust jacket, wear to the tips and edges of the dust jacket including creasing and tearing, loss to the dust jacket's spine-head and the top-edge of the rear panel. Dust jacket housed in archival dust jacket protector. Rare book.

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        5 YOUNG AMERICAN POETS. GEORGE MARION O'DONNELL. RANDALL JARRELL. JOHN BERRYMAN.MARY BARNARD.W.R. MOSES

      Norfolk, Connecticut: New Directions, 1940 First Edition. A fine fresh copy in the publisher's original navy cloth covered boards, (hint of off-setting to front pastedown) bright gilt lettering on the spine in a truly lovely dustwrapper, (indiscernable nicks at the crown and heel of the spin e and edges). Berryman's first appearance in book form. Stefanik A1. Excellent.. 1st Edition.

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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, 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's Turning [1st, no dustwrapper], Later Poems [pb], The Way Of It [pb], H'm [1st], No Truce With The Furies [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's Poetry [pb], several issues of Planet etc First Editions unless otherwise stated , mostly very good condition in dustwrappers unless otherwise mentioned Hardback ISBN: [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Keoghs Books]
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