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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

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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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        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.

      [Bookseller: TBCL The Book Collector's Library]
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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]

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        RKO Radio Pictures 1939-1940 Annual

      RKO-Radio Pictures, 1940. First Edition. First Edition, large quarto. The deluxe annual for RKO Studios' 1939-1940 season. White linen with embedded spiral binding. 56 pages. Features films such as "The Hunchback of Notre Dame," numerous literary adaptations with large images of the books themselves ("The Deerslayer," "Ivanhoe," "The Swiss Family Robinson," "Tom Brown's Schooldays"), full-page spreads for directors Garson Kanin, George Stevens, Leo McCarey, and Gregory La Cava; and actors Carole Lombard, Ginger Rogers, Cary Grant, Charles Laughton, Harold Lloyd (in the spotlight as a producer rather than an actor), George Sanders (in "The Saint" series), Anne Shirley, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, Richard Dix, Anne Neagle, Victor McClagen, and Jean Hersholt; and a special section advertising 18 Technicolor Disney features. Very Good plus, with a some turning to the outer corners, light scuffing to the cloth, but quite attractive overall.

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        THE BOYS BOOK OF INSECTS

      New York: E P Dutton. 1940. First Edition; Fourth Printing. Hardcover. Very Good++ in boards. William Beebe's book plate, from his personal collection. .

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        PRIMATO. Lettere e arti in Italia. Direttori Giuseppe Bottai e Giorgio Vecchietti.

      Mondadori/Vallecchi/Atena 1940-1943 In-4 p. (mm. 370x260), bross. figur., pp. 20/24 cad., con numer. ill. in b.n. nel t. Di questo importante periodico quindicinale offriamo "tutto il pubblicato" in 82 fascicoli, dall?1 marzo 1940 (n. 1, Anno I) al 15 agosto 1943 (n. 15-16, Anno IV). La raccolta, ben conservata, è contenuta in 4 cartelle in mz. tela mod., con legacci. ?Fondata a Roma e diretta da Giuseppe Bottai e Giorgio Vecchietti, la rivista nacque con il fine di chiamare gli intellettuali alla collaborazione per la guerra (editoriale del n. 1: "Il coraggio della concordia").. Fu una rivista che poggiava soprattutto sui giovani: rappresenta la crisi della cultura fascista e contiene i motivi della cultura del dopoguerra. Si pubblicano racconti di Vergani, Emanuelli, Comisso, Tecchi, Monelli, Pavese, Pratolini, Brancati, Piovene, Montanelli - e poesie di Montale, Luzi, Gatto, Quasimodo, Penna, De Pisis e altri. Numerosi e importanti gli articoli di critica letteraria (dibattito sull?ermetismo, studi sull?800, sui contemporanei), critica d?arte (fra gli altri Guttuso e Maccari), di storia letteraria (Piovene, Monelli, del Bo, Emanuelli Brancati). Belle le copertine con disegni di importanti artisti: Cantatore, Maccari, Tamburi, Gentilini, Tosi, Casorati, Scipione, Longanesi ecc.? Così Diz. Autori Italiani Contemporanei (Vallecchi, 1974),II, p. 1081.

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        La legatura d'arte. Legni originali di Italo Zetti.

      Arti Grafiche A.Crosignani 1940 8°; pp. 134 non num. 9 su carta avorio a mano della Ottolini, con 10 tav. f.testo in xilografie orig. di Zetti. Edizione limitata a 200 esempl. numerati. Prezioso esemplare arricchito da una legatura d'arte ad opera dello stesso Santagostino-Sandri; raffinata pergamena decorata con corale quattrocentesco miniato a colori, steso ai piatti e cucito con motivo decorativo al dorso, risvolti al taglio anteriore. Legatura non firmata, come di consueto nelle opere del legatore Mario Santagostino Sandri, ma fornita di biglietto d'invio autografo datato 28/9/1949 "La prego di voler gradire questo strillo dei miei tempi più...... idealistici. Cordialmente". Prezioso lavoro di questo maestro della legatoria d'arte.(vedi riproduz.)

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        The Tragedy of Othello

      Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1940. hardcover. fine. Small 8vo, handsomely rebound in 3/4 green morocco, marbled boards, t.e.g. Indianapolis: Bobs-Merrill, ca. 1940. Fine.

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        Lêda ou La louange des bienheureuse ténèbres

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

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        Lanny Budd Series or World's End Series - 11 vols. complete (World's End, Between Two Worlds, Dragon's Teeth, Wide is the Gate, Presidential Agent, Dragon Harvest, A World to Win, Presidential Mission, One Clear Call, O

      New York: Viking Press. "When people ask me what has happened in my long lifetime I do not refer them to the newspaper files and to the authorities, but to [Sinclair's] novels." - George Bernard Shaw. Complete set of 11 volumes of Upton Sinclair's Lanny Budd Series published by Viking Press with one volume published by the Literary Guild. All hardcovers with mylar protected dust jackets. 1. World's End - New York: Literary Guild, 1940. First Edition, orange cloth, 740pp. Foxing to inner hinges of endpapers else very good in tape-repaired and somewhat creased and edge-rubbed dust jacket. 2. Between Two Worlds - New York: Viking, 1941. First Edition, red cloth, 859pp. Glue darkening along hinges, neat name and address to upper pastedown, mostly light wear to corners of this heavy book. One-inch tear to cloth on upper cover else about very good overall. Dust jacket good, chipped at spine ends, somewhat worn and rubbed at edges and folds. 3. Dragon's Teeth - New York: Viking Press, 1945. Seventh printing, cream cloth, 631pp. Previous owner name neatly and modestly at top of front free endpaper else very good or better in moderately worn, lightly edge torn and slightly edge chipped good dust jacket, which has been price-clipped. 4. Wide is the Gate - New York: Viking Press, 1944. Sixth printing, cream cloth, 751pp. Small spot at fore-edge of rear free endpaper else Fine. Dust jacket (from the 5th printing) chipped at spine ends and corners with light wear at folds and edges. 5. Presidential Agent - New York: Viking, 1944. Third printing, red lettering on cream cloth, 655pp. Corners moderately bumped else very good in edge torn and edge chipped good only dust jacket. 6. Dragon Harvest - New York: Viking, 1945. Fourth printing, red cloth with silver lettering to spine, 703pp. Old price in red felt pen to front pastedown else very good or better in edge chipped and edge torn good only dust jacket. 7. A World to Win - New York: Viking, 1946. First Edition, red cloth, 627pp. Fine in very good+ dust jacket with small chips at corners, minor edge wear. 8. Presidential Mission - New York: Viking, 1947. First Edition, salmon cloth, 645pp. Spine head a little frayed and faded, spine heel darkened with a touch of wear else very good overall. Good dust jacket chipped at spine ends with smaller chips at corners and at upper edge of upper panel, some rubbing to lower spine. 9. One Clear Call - New York: Viking, 1948. First Edition, maroon cloth, 629pp. Fine in very good dust jacket with spine faded and somewhat rubbed, light edge wear. 10. Oh Shepherd, Speak! - New York: Viking Press, 1949. First Edition, red cloth, 629pp. A bit of fading at spine head, old bookmark laid in with a little browning of the paper at that opening else very good or better. Dust jacket very good with wear to spine ends and some wear to folds and edges. 11. The Return of Lanny Budd - New York: Viking, 1953. First Edition, red cloth, 555pp. A few small whitish spots to upper cover, fading to spine ends, light red

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        For whom the bell tolls

      New York: Scribner, 1940. Book. 2. Hardcover. First edition.. Fair in poor dust jacket. FIRST EDITION, FIRST PRINTING-"A". Dj is in poor shape (see scan) Browning at end papers. FIRST DJ-back cover has photo of Hemingway and "Ernest Hemingway" No photographer's name. Price not clipped. No markings inside.... 471 pages null.

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        Lanny Budd / World's End Series, 10 vols. complete (World's End, Between Two World, Dragon's Teeth, Wide is the Gate, Presidential Agent, Dragon Harvest, A World to Win, Presidential Mission, One Clear Call, O Shepherd,

      London: T. Werner Laurie, 1940-50. All hard bound, all in dust jackets; first five vols. are reprints and final five vols. are first editions. Complete set of 10 volumes of Upton Sinclair's Lanny Budd Series (note that Werner Laurie did not publish the 11th and final volume published originally by Viking Press, called The Return of Lanny Budd). All cloth bound in original dust jackets, with solid bindings / tight pages on all ten volumes. All endpapers intact and unmarked. Photos available upon request. 1. World's End (1943) Reprint edition. Near fine in slightly edge worn and edge chipped near very good unclipped dust jacket with original price of 10/6. Unmarked inside. 2. Between Two Worlds (1943), reprint edition. Fine hardcover with minute nicks to dust jacket at head of spine, unmarked. 3. Dragon's Teeth (1943), reprint edition. Very good in edge torn slightly edge chipped good dust jacket. 4. Wide is the Gate (1944), reprint edition. Black cloth covers somewhat soiled else very good in slightly edge chipped (slight loss at top of front cover at spine and to portion of spine head) dust jacket. Tight and clean. 5. Presidential Agent (1946), reprint edition. A very good or better copy inslightly edge chipped near very good dust jacket in mylar. 6. Dragon Harvest (1946), first UK edition. Near fine in very good or better dust jacket with single short tear to jacket on upper rear panel near spine . 7. A World to Win (1947), first UK edition. Near fine in near very good dust jacket with two quite small chips to rear panel of jacket along top edge. 8. Presidential Mission (1948), first UK edition. Very good in near very good dust jacket with two moderate tears (an inch or under) to top front edge. 9. One Clear Call (1949), first UK edition in slightly edge torn and edge rubbed, near very good dust jacket. 10. O Shepherd, Speak (1950), first UK edition. Very good in moderate-heavily chipped good dust jacket in mylar. This set weighs over eight kilograms so extra postage will certainly be requested, but at cost only, without 'handling' charges. All books in stock and available for immediate shipment from Winnipeg, Manitoba.

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        Security Analysis: Principles and Technique

      MCGRAW HILL BOOK COMPANY, NEW YORK 1940 - second edition third impression; previous owners name on fep; bumped corners;soiling on cover board; browning pages.general wear and rubbed cover. gold gilt on spine. tight binding. no bookplate. Benjamin Graham (born Benjamin Grossbaum, May 8, 1894 - September 21, 1976) was an influential economist and professional investor. Graham is considered the first proponent of Value Investing, an investment approach he began teaching at Columbia Business School in 1928 and subsequently refined with David Dodd through various editions of their famous book Security Analysis. Well known disciples of Graham include Jean-Marie Eveillard, Warren Buffett, William J. Ruane, Irving Kahn and Walter J. Schloss. Buffett, who credits Graham as grounding him with a sound intellectual investment framework, described him as the second most influential person in his life after his own father. In fact, Graham had such an overwhelming influence on his students that two of them, Buffett and Kahn, named their sons, Howard Graham Buffett and Thomas Graham Kahn, after him. DATE PUBLISHED: 1940 EDITION: Second edition 851 [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        The Witch in the Wood

      London: Collins,, 1940. Octavo. Original grey cloth, titles to spine in green. With the dust jacket. Line-drawing chapter head- and tailpieces. Boards lightly bowed, some foxing to fore-margins of prelims and end leaves and edges of text block. A very good copy in the edge-chipped jacket. First English edition, first impression, of White's second Arthurian book. This edition is preceded by the American edition published at New York by G. P. Putnam's Sons in 1939.

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        Native Son

      New York: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1940. First edition. Fine/Very Good +. A bright, Fine copy of the book in a Very Good + dust jacket that is gently faded along the spine, with small chips and tears along the edges and a small tape reinforcement on the verso. True first issue book in dark blue cloth and first issue jacket without reviews on the spine and with the reviews on the front panel running under the title. With most copies found in later dust jackets or, worse yet, the grey bookclub edition (which also states "First Edition"), this is a fairly uncommon survivor. & & Wright crafts a gripping thriller with deep political undertones; his main character commits a murder, goes on the lam, commits a second murder, gets caught and then goes to trial. "This powerful and sensational novel is very difficult to describe so as to convey its real purpose and its real strength. But it is important to describe it accurately, because it is certainly the finest novel as yet written by an American Negro." -- Henry Seidel Canby. Fine in Very Good +. dust jacket.

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        CARSON McCULLERS. Pencil Sketch

      Framed: 11-3/4" x 9 1/4". Ca 1950s? SIGNED by Poor.. Housed in a period wooden frame.. Very Good Plus condition.. Poor a renowned artist who, after studying at Stanford, the Slade School and At the Julian Academy, emigrated to NYC; contemporary of Winslow Homer & Edward Hopper, with pieces on exhibit in the MMA, the Whitney, the Art Institute of Chicago and The Worcester Art Museum. McCullers a noted novelist born in GA, who also migrated in NYC; best known for her 'Heart is a Lonely Hunter', a 1940 novel centered on an adolescent tomboy and two deaf-mutes. McCullers & Poor known to be close.

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        Arturo Toscanini (1867-1957): Photographic portrait, inscribed, signed & dated (1940)

      1940 - ~ Gelatin silver print, inscribed, signed and dated 5-9-1940 in ink by the Italian maestro. Size approx. 16cm (6.2in) x 12cm (4.7in). Year 1940 marked the return of Toscanini to Buenos Aires in the course of the unique South American tour of the NBC Symphony Orchestra specifically created for the maestro. Ex-collection Adolfo Allemanni, Buenos Aires. An EXTREMELY RARE item

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        A HISTORY OF AFGHANISTAN [TWO VOLUME SET]

      MacMillan & Co. 1940 Volume one shows wear & chipping to price clipped DJ. Bookseller's stamp to rear endpaper. Volume two lacks dust jacket and has slight wear to extremities with two corners slightly bumped; With illustrations, a total of seven fold-out maps and one map in rear pocket. ; B&W Photographs; 8vo; 414 pages

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        One Two Buckle my Shoe

      For The Crime Club, by Collins, London, 1940., 1940. FIRST EDITION. 8vo., pp.252 + 3 ads. Publishers' orange cloth with black titles, in original dust-wrapper. Back-strip of book is a little discoloured, jacket has some chips and tears and a little loss to head and tail of spine, some spotting to rear panel, price-clipped. There are no bookplates or owner inscriptions. A used but presentable copy A Hercule Poirot mystery.

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        Bar-Room Ballads

      Reginald Saunders, Toronto - 1940, 2nd north American Edition, first Canadian issue, first impression. () Very good. viii, [2], 169 pp. Octavo. Teal cloth with gilt lettering on spine and front cover (Reginald Saunders on bottom of spine which differentiates the external appearance from that of the US version). Light bumping to extremities. Some light staining to cloth on spine and boards. Contemporary previous owners inscriptions on front endpapers. Subtle small holes on the half title where something was once stapled but removed; indents from the staples continue, much more discretely, onto the next couple of pages. Small tear to top of half title which has been professionally repaired. Small crease to 'forewarning' page. Clean text block. A nice copy. Inscribed on the front free endpaper by Service (in blue ink). Inscription reads "Cordially Robert Service" A24 a. 2. (pp. 158) in Mitham. Includes "Five Frivolous Songs" from Twenty Bath-Tub Ballads. Many of these ballads were written during the the previous decade. "The Ballad of Touch-the-Button Nell" (formerly "The Ballad o Riley Dooleyvitch" was earlier excluded from Ballads of a Cheechako (1909) due to its moral tone. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Aquila Books(Cameron Treleaven) ABAC]
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        Raymond Loewy Blueprints for The Pennsylvania Railroad

      New York: Raymond Loewy. [circa 1940?]. A collection of 29 blueprints created for The Pennsylvania Railroad Company by Raymond Loewy, often called the father of industrial design. These blueprints of 13 state seals, 10 astrological signs, and six state birds were used to decorate the interior of the railroad's passenger cars. This group of blueprints is in remarkably good condition. Each has been folded several times for storage with some penciled notes on the margins giving additional information, such as "Solid White to be Gold." A few have some soiling to the rear or a bit of edgewear but most are fine. All but the astrologic prints are labeled "Raymond Fernand Loewy 589 Fifth Ave New York City" in the lower corner. Also included is a one-page diagram showing the interior of a car and placement of several of the designs. In the late 1930s Loewy began working with The Pennsylvania Railroad Company, at the time not only the largest railroad in the United States but the largest publicly traded corporation in the world. He designed several locomotives, most notably the S1 and T1, along with passenger car interiors, train stations, and advertising material. Loewy's success with the railroad helped propel him to national prominence, where he designed the Studebaker Starliner and Avanti, and several iconic corporate logos: Lucky Stripes, Shell Oil, and Greyhound Bus. Today Loewy is considered by many to be the most influential industrial designer of the 20th Century. Further details available upon request. .

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        Prime Minister Churchill's Address to the Italian People December 23rd 1940 together with the Christmas Day Message from His Majesty King George VI to His People Broadcast December 25th, 1940 and the Christmas Day Message from Prime Minister Mackenzie King to the Canadian Army Abroad and At Home

      Winnipeg: Universal Life Assurance and Annuity Company, 1940. 1st Edition. Paperback. Fine. This is an exceedingly rare wartime speech pamphlet featuring Churchill's Address to the Italian People of 23rd December 1940. Broadcasting from the Cabinet War Rooms, Churchill sought to assure the Italians of Britain's historic friendship with Italy and place blame for the conflict on Mussolini. Churchill's speech is published here with two others - King George VI's Christmas Day Message of 25th December 1940 and Canadian Prime Minister Mackenzie King's Christmas Day message to the Canadian Army. This speech pamphlet is unusual in several respects - its publication, its survival, and its superlative condition. Per Churchill Bibliographer Ronald Cohen (pages 530-532) the publisher - Universal Life Assurance and Annuity Company - was in business from 1902 to 1942. In an exuberant surge of patriotism, the company published over 40 booklets in the "Universal Life for Victory Series", a few of which were speeches by Churchill. Apparently, there were copyright concerns in the office of the Prime Minister, as well as with his British and Canadian publishers. Prickly correspondence was exchanged, but also some correspondence recognizing the propaganda value of Universal Life's efforts. Eventually the matter was closed. This copy, a remarkable survivor, is in truly outstanding, fine condition. The pamphlet is bound in wire stitched paper wraps, measures 6 inches x 3.5 inches, and is 14 pages in length. Churchill's speech occupies all of pages 8 through 14. The pamphlet is pristine inside and out - crisp, clean, and bright with no wear or markings of any kind. Searching for flaws, we note that one of the two binding staples (both still perfectly tight) shows just a trivial hint of rust, but not even enough to stain the adjacent paper. It is hard to imagine many copies of this perishable and unusual wartime publication still exist; a superior example is improbable. The pamphlet is protected in a removable, archival quality mylar sleeve. Bibliographic reference: Cohen D77, unknown to Woods.

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        Pierre Le Roy Et La Chronometrie

      Paris: Editions Tardy, 1940. First edition. Paperback. Fine. Quarto. 146 pp plus errata page. Preface de L'Amiral Lacaze. With 32 planches en phototypie hors-texte et 85 illustrations. Text in French. Scarce book on the 18th century clockmaker with special emphasis on his work on the chronometrie. A beautiful fine copy in bound wrappers laid into decorated cloth chemise and inserted in matching cloth slipcase. This is number 4 of 25 exemplaires on Japan francais de Barjon, numerotes de 1 a 25. Les cinq premiers comportent six planches hors-texte supplementaires. Leon Leroy's illustrated ownership plate to spine. Slipcase shows some wear at hinges.

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        THE DECAMERON

      New York: Limited Editions Club, (1940). Hardcover. Mild rubbing to spine tips. Close to Fine in a Near Fine slipcase with some spotting. Fritz Kredel. Two large octavo (7-1/4" x 10-1/4") volumes bound in half black calf and decorated linen boards. The first English translation of 1620, plus two tales there omitted. Illustrated with woodcuts by Fritz Kredel. One of the scarcest publications of the press with only 530 copies printed. Of that total edition of 530 copies SIGNED by the designer on the colophon page, this is one of only 15 Presentation Copies with the publisher's blindstamp attesting to such on the colophon page where the printed number "476" is struck through and the initials "G.M." are handwritten. Acquired directly from the publisher's files, and most likely the publisher George Macy's very own copy.

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        The Secret of Dr. Kildare

      New York: Dodd, Mead & Company. 1940. First. First edition. Ink owner's name with a small bookstore stamp, and one corner bumped, else near fine in a lightly edgeworn, near fine dustwrapper. Hospital romance and mystery tale featuring the handsome young intern Dr. Kildare. Basis for the 1939 Harold S. Bacquet film starring Lew Ayres as Dr. Kildare, and also featuring Lionel Barrymore, Lionel Atwill, and Laraine Day. Scarce. .

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        SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH POSTCARD PORTRAIT

      Photograph. Fine. Fine 4-1/4" x 5-3/4" photograph by Yevonde with the photographer's blindstamp of an elderly, smiling Shaw SIGNED at the top by the playwright. On the verso is an AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED (ALS) by Shaw's secretary Blanche Patch dated 30 September 1940 that concludes: "Here we are very much in the country, but can hear the guns.

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        Domestic Architecture of H.T. Lindeberg

      New York: William Helburn, Inc.. 1940. First. First edition. Folio. Quarter red leather and cloth. Introduction by Royal Cortissoz. Corners a bit frayed, spine ends a bit rubbed, a very good copy of an uncommon title. The work of architect H.T. Lindeberg displayed in photographs and schematics including a list of his clients. One of 1000 copies. .

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        Uniformes de la marine.

      - e 20 Planches des aquarelles de MAURICE TOUSSAINT surle thème de la marine française reproduites d'une qualité exceptionnelle: lithographiesrehaussées en couleurs au pochoir. AUTEUR:MAURICE TOUSSAINT TITRE:Uniformes de la marine. LIEU: EDITEUR, DATE: Sans date circa 1940 COLLATION: 20 planches FORMAT: in - quarto de 31 cm RELIURE: Reliure d'époque plein cartonnage entoilé vert, dos orné d'une pièce en cuirdu titre aux fers dorés, le tout sous un étui assorti. ILLUSTRATIONS: 20 superbes planches sous serpente. ETAT: Parfait état. BIOGRAPHIE & THEME:Maurice Toussaint (né le 5 septembre 1882 à Fontenay-aux-Roses et mort le3 décembre 1974 à Lyon), est un peintre, dessinateur et illustrateur français. Il est le fils du peintre et graveur Henri Toussaint. Il acquit une solide réputation pour sa maîtrise des sujets militaires et en particulier del'uniformologie. Il illustra notamment de nombreux ouvrages sur les armées françaises sousl'Ancien Régime, et sur les armées des Premier et Second Empire. POIDS: 1200 g NOUVEAU ! Indiquez-nous vos desiderata pourêtre averti par email de la mise en vente de nouveaux ouvrages qui vous interessent ! [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Christmas at Cold Comfort Farm and other Stories

      London, New York, Toronto: Longmans, Green and Co.,, 1940. Octavo. Original blue cloth, titles to spine and upper board in white. With the dust jacket. Spine and edges of boards toned, dampstain and spotting to endpapers, upper corner bumped. A very good copy in the lightly rubbed jacket with some nicks and abrasions, faded spine panel, light spotting to the lower panel, and a little dampstain to the verso. First edition, first impression. The first publication in book form of sixteen short stories originally published in magazines.

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        Pack My Bag: A Self-Portrait

      London: The Hogarth Press, 1940. Bound in blue cloth with gilt lettering to spine. Slight darkening to spine; small abrasion to middle of spine. Pages show some age darkening, mostly to outer edges, upper edges darkened; some browning to endpages from pastedown glue. Signatures started, but binding remains tight. Dustjacket shows wear to outer corners & head & heel of spine panel with some light creasing to upper & lower edges. Spine panel darkened with some scuffing to edges & panel itself. Isolated dampstaining to all panels; dustsoil over all.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good/Good +. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall.

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        An Autobiography

      New York: Random House. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Fine/Fine. FIRST EDITION, SIGNED BY AVEDON on front free endpaper. Lavishly illustrated with 284 photographs documenting Avedon's career from the 1940's to the 1990's. New York: Random House, (1993). Folio, original brown cloth with red lettering, original printed glassine, original publisher's shipping box. A FINE COPY.

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        My Ally

      The German Government (no publisher indicated), likely 1940. 1st Edition. Paperback. Near fine. This is a rare, extremely well-preserved, and fascinating wartime Nazi propaganda piece ridiculing Churchill's wartime alliance of convenience with Stalin. It was produced by the Germans specifically to help recruit captured British soldiers to the Britisher Freikorps, the SS unit made up of British troops. This English language edition was distributed to British POWs. Versions are known in Croatian, French, German, Norwegian, and Swedish, but by far the most important and scarce is the English language version. The format is newspaper cartoons critical of Stalin on each right hand page with notes and Churchill quotes critical of Stalinist Russia on opposing pages. The effect is a stinging contrast between Churchill's wartime alliance of necessity with his long history of ardent anti-communist sentiment. The book measures 8 5/8 x 6 inches, is 110 pages long, and is bound in cream-colored card wraps. The title page lists Winston Churchill as author, with both the publisher and the editor unspecified. There is an unsigned, two-page preface at the beginning and a three-page list of "Source of Reference" at the end. Publication was of course directly at the behest of the Nazi government. Churchill bibliographer Ronald Cohen speculates that Wilhelm Liljencrantz may have been the compiler. Given the nature of this perishable wartime publication, surviving copies are quite scarce. This is a superlative copy of the English language issue of My Ally, the best copy of this perishable wartime publication that we have ever seen. The cream-colored card binding is tight, square, and complete with no tears or creases, including no vertical creasing of the spine. Very light overall soiling and toning and fractional wear at the corners are the only external flaws to report. The contents are printed on cheap, newsprint-style wartime paper. The contents are thus inevitably age-toned, but not severely. There is no spotting. The sole previous ownership mark is a small, decorative bookplate on the inside front cover. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A122.1, Woods D(a)6, Zoller A68

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        MY NAME IS ARAM

      New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, [1940].. Cloth, paper labels. Color frontis, and illustrations by Don Freeman. Shallow bruise across top edge of boards, slight darkening at edges, otherwise a very good copy, in good, somewhat darkened and chipped dust jacket. First edition. A presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endsheet to the noted theatre critic: "To Leonard Lyons Greetings: William Saroyan Xmas 1940". Mounted on the front paste-down endsheet is a t.l.s. ("Bill", 1 1/4pp, 4to, 1821 15th Avenue, San Francisco, 31 May 1941) from Saroyan to Leonard Lyons, which reads in part: "I have been enjoying a lot of loafing in Fresno - and San Francisco too - and the idea of sitting at a typewriter has been very remote in my mind ... It seems like every time we get all set for the big poker session something happens, but next visit I hope we'll all make it. In the meantime if you see the Judge, give him my best. The same for Mr. Lewis (Red); did you notice the way Kronenberger filched Lewis's remark from your column? About my plays? Well, I answered Kronenberger's piece, but PM didn't print it. Heck, it's O.K. ... Did you read about the mouse in the Brooklyn courtroom that tried to eat the shoe of a reporter? And have you noticed the interest in many magazines in hummingbirds? I have a story about one hummingbird in the current issue of Harper's Bazaar."

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        Wisden Cricketers' Almanack 1940

      London : . Good . 1940 . . Hardback . .

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        GROWING PAINS: DIARIES AND DRAWINGS FOR THE YEARS 1908 - 1917

      Coward-McCann, 1940-01-01. First Edition. Hardcover. Good. Signed. New York: Coward-McCann, 1940: Signed. First Edition, First Printing with no later printed listed on the copyright page; in a dust jacket with price of $3.75 intact. Signed by Wanda Gag at the front free end paper, inscribed to a previous owner. In Very Good condition, in a Good+ dust jacket. Tanning to front paste down and front free end paper from a newspaper clipping that was kept there, affecting Ga'g's signature. Clean pages. Side edge of page block has a small lightly darkened area. Sound binding. Clean cloth, mostly crisp with a bit of edge wear to the spine ends. The dust jacket shows light edge with a few short closed tears and light loss, surface wear, as well as some overall sunning, most notably to the spine. Rubbing to jacket folds and spine. A nice copy overall, rare signed.

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