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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

      [Bookseller: Churchill Book Collector]
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      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 . .

      [Bookseller: St. Mary's Books & Prints]
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      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.

      [Bookseller: Odd Duck Books]
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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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      Published by John Hamilton Ltd., 1940 (Circa.). Hardback. Very Good/Very Good. Very good condition in a very good dustwrapper. Red boards with cream title label and black title to spine. Light browning to endpapers. Wrapper is grubby with edge-wear and creasing. [S]

      [Bookseller: Stella & Rose's Books]
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        THE POET IN NEW YORK and other poems of . The Spanish text with an English translation by Rolfe Humphries.

      W.W. Norton & Company Inc.,, New York 1940 - Size: 14.7x22. 209pp. 1h. Esta edición bilingüe salió mes y medio antes de la ed. mexicana de Bergamín - aquí aparece la introducción de Bergamín traducida al inglés. Sobre las diferencias entre las 2 eds., la historia del ms., etc., ver la ed. crítica de Eutimio Martín, ignorando, si es posible el tono agresivo e impertinente de su entrevista con Bergaín. Pequeñas pérdidas en el margen de la sobrecubierta, y una mancha en una esquina de la parte posterior; el libro en excelente estado. Se adjunta una reseña de los 'Selected Poemas' (traducidos por Stephen Spender) procedente del New York Times del 3 de Septiembre de 1939. Laurenti y Siracusa (483) incluyen este libro entre las traducciones, y no como la 1ª ed. de Poeta en Nueva York. Envíos para España: el pago contra reembolso conlleva un recargo de 2 Euros. Tela editorial naranja con sobrecubierta. [Attributes: First Edition]

      [Bookseller: Carmen Alonso Libros]
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      Worcester, MA: Achille J. St. Onge, 1940. cloth, title gilt-stamped on spine, gilt decoration on front cover, all edges gilt. 100868|101115|101116|101122/PR. Miniature Books. miniature book (8.1 x 5.5 cm). cloth, title gilt-stamped on spine, gilt decoration on front cover, all edges gilt. (iv), 50, (2) pages. Limited to 475 copies (Bradbury, St. Onge 3). Biographical sketches of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, James Russell Lowell, James Whitcomb Riley, Walt Whitman, and John Greenleaf Whittier. U.S. postage stamps of each subject tipped in. Includes a selected work of each poet. Printed by D.B. Updike at his Merrymount Press.

      [Bookseller: Oak Knoll Books/Oak Knoll Press]
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        The Dutch Shoe Mystery, A Problem in Deduction

      Triangle Books, New York. 4th 1940 reprint of 1931 edition. VG cloth hardback, no DJ. Cover with bent spine edges, bumped corners, some scuffs. Binding tight. End papers and pp are toned, clean and unmarked. 12mo, 305 pp.

      [Bookseller: CRBooksellers]
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        For Whom the Bell Tolls.

      New York: Charles Schribner's Sons 1940. (4) + 471 pp. Publisher's cloth with dustjacket; binding browning, dustjacket headbands worn. With small weak waterstain at the top and outside margin (c. ½ cm). Name on inner frontboard.. 1st edition with A and no photographer name on the back panel. Hanneman 18

      [Bookseller: Peter Grosell's Antikvariat]
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        The Bride Wore Black

      New York: Simon and Schuster, 1940-01-01. Hardcover. Good. FIRST EDITION. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1940. An Inner Sanctum Mystery. 312 pp. First edition, first printing (Same date on title and copyright pages and no additional printings noted). 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. A solid copy. Quite desirable in its rare original jacket.A true first of Cornell Woolrich's classic noir novel. The basis of a 1968 Francois Truffaut film.

      [Bookseller: Odd Duck Books]
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        Patch and a Pawn

      London: Warne. Hardcover. First edition without book jacket. Blue cloth cover with dark blue frame; dark blue lettering to front & spine; small line drawing of crown to front; gift inscription inside cover colour frontis - 'Tansy pointed with her whip to the green slopes by the lodge' ; flyleaf lists just 2 titles - Sylvia of Sarn & The girls of Gwyn' - . Good. 1940.

      [Bookseller: Infinitebooks]
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      1940. 1. (WYETH,N.C.)illus. YEARLING by Margorie Kinnan Rawlings. NY: Scribner 1940 (1939,1938) 4to, black cloth, color plate on cover, fine IN PUBLISHERS BOX WITH COLOR PLATE ON COVER! (box flap replaced). 1st Scribner Classic edition, illustrated by Wyeth with cover plate, pict. endpapers 12 color plates plus pictorial title page. Despite the relatively late publication date, this is not an easy Wyeth item to find in nice condition and it is particularly scarce in the box.

      [Bookseller: Aleph-Bet Books, Inc.]
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        Archive of Material including a Typed Letter Signed by J.F.K. as well as numerous Harvard College Yearbooks and Ephemera

      Cambridge: Harvard College, 1940. First edition. Cloth. Very Good. Collection of Kennedy related materials highlighted by a one page Typed Letter Signed by Kennedy dated September 24, 1956 responding to a letter from a classmate inviting Kennedy to speak at a luncheon in Philadelphia sponsored by the World Affairs Council. Accompanying this letter is the franked envelope in which the letter was sent as well as a carbon copy of the invitation and the writer's preliminary notes. Alongside this material is a collection of Harvard College Yearbooks and Class Reports all with references to Kennedy's years at Harvard. They include (1) The Album of 1940 being the Fifty-First Volume in the Class Album Series at Harvard College, (2) The Harvard Freshman Red Book Class of 1940, (3) The Harvard Freshman Red Book Register Class of 1940 as well as thirteen volumes of the Harvard College Class of 1940 Reports including the Sexennial, Tenth, Fifteenth, Twentieth, Twenty-Fifth, Thirtieth, Thirty-Fifth, Fortieth, Forty-Fifth, Fiftieth, Fifty-Fifth, Sixtieth and Sixty-Fifth Class report. Laid into the Fiftieth report are numerous cards, articles and other memorabilia of Kennedy's class. All materials in clean very good condition.

      [Bookseller: Derringer Books, Member A.B.A.A.]
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        Death at the Bar; A Crime Club Novel

      London: Collins, 1940 Original bright red cloth on boards. Book has no writing or damage. DJ missing small bits of word "at" on front cover and word "death" at head of backstrip. DJ torn 2 inches at bottoms of both joints and across upper right corner. Not repaired. Original price 8/3 on lower flap. Eight friends usually get together for darts, but tonight they join in an experiment, following which one of the party is no longer able to play. 284 pp. plus ads. Tiny bookshop sticker.

      [Bookseller: Dave Shoots, Bookseller]
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      Oxfort University Press, London, New York and Toronto, 1940. FIRST EDITION, 1940. Folio, approximately 395 x 300 mm, 15½ x 12 inches, 56 plates, 5 in colour, 9 large folding plates, pages: xvi, 1-279, no supplement present, published a year later, original publisher's green cloth, gilt lettering to spine, gilt chinese letters to upper cover. Binding rubbed, small pale stain to head and tail of spine, covers and spine darkened, shelf wear to edges, 3 large folding plates have fold strengthened on blank side, a few folds have strip of pale browning on the blank side, occasional finger marks and small black marks, 1 large folding plate has pale stain to bottom margin, nowhere near the image, otherwise a good copy in probably a made up dustjacket using remains of original jacket. MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING, ALL ZOOMABLE. POSTAGE AT COST.

      [Bookseller: Roger Middleton]
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        The Story of My Experiments With Truth.

      Navijivan 1940 - Ahmedabad: Navijivan, 1940. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. 2nd Edition. Second edition in English of Gandhi’s autobiography, in original “khadi” cloth and uncut. Mohandas (“Mahatma”) Gandhi’s concept of Satyagraha, active nonviolent resistance, led India to independence from Great Britain and inspired millions, including leaders such as Martin Luther King, Jr. and Desmond Tutu. “Gandhi’s nonviolent struggles in South Africa and India had already brought him to such a level of notoriety, adulation and controversy that when asked to write an autobiography midway through his career, he took it as an opportunity to explain himself. Although accepting his status as a great innovator in the struggle against racism, violence and, just then, colonialism, Gandhi feared that enthusiasm for his ideas tended to exceed a deeper understanding. He says that he was after truth in devotion to God and attempts to get closer to this divine power led him to seek purity through simple living, dietary practices, celibacy and ahimsa, a life without violence. It is in this sense that he calls his book The Story of My Experiments with Truth, offering it also as a reference for those who would follow in his footsteps” (Brian Bruya). Gandhi offers an invaluable “account of the shaping of a new path to collective resistance to injustice” (Sissela Bok). Translated from Gujarati by Mahadev Desai. along with Pyarelal Nair. In the original “khadi” cloth, a homespun linen that Gandhi adopted as a symbol of Indian struggle against the British. Serialized in Gujarati in the weekly magazine Navjivan, 1925-28. With tissue-guarded frontispiece portraits of Gandhi. (In 1929 Gandhi published a second volume of his autobiography. That book is not included here.) Very good condition, with spine much less faded than usual. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        ANGELES DE COMPOSTELA. Poema. Dibujos de J. Escassi. Fotografías de Ksado.

      Ediciones Patria,, Barcelona (Imp. Talleres de Gráfica Informaciones, Madrid) 1940 - Size: 24.5x33. 40pp. sin numerar. 4 láminas. Tirada de 100 ejemplares en papel vergé de Guarro, numerados y firmados por el poeta; dedicartoria autógrafa a la poeta Matilde Camus. Algunas huellas de óxidfo, pero buen ejemplar. Envíos para España: el pago contra reembolso conlleva un recargo de 2 Euros. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

      [Bookseller: Carmen Alonso Libros]
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        Walt Disney's Fantasia

      Simon and Schuster, 1940-01-01. Hardcover. Very Good. FIRST EDITION. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1940. 158 pp. Beige cloth with blue lettering. Illustrated with color plates. First edition, first printing in first issue jacket. (Same date on title and copyright pages with no additional printings indicated. Jacket has first issue price of $3.75 intact.) Near Fine hardcover in Good dust jacket. Book itself in very nice shape: little wear, clean pages and sturdy binding. All plates present. Gift inscription to a child from her grandmother on paste down, dated 1940. Jacket is rare and desirable in any shape, missing some chips around edges with some creasing, dampstaining near foot that is noticeable on edges of both front and back panel, price intact, mylar-protected.Includes the contemporary musical program for the film, Walt Disney Presents Fantasia in Technicolor and Fantasound (no author listed). Unpaginated. Stapled wraps with color illustrations. Good+ condition. Clean pages. Dampstain at bottom corner and foxing to front cover. Uncommon.Together these two volumes are a wonderful evocation of Disney's epic.

      [Bookseller: Odd Duck Books]
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        Walt Disney's Fantasia

      HBDJ, DJ Tattered edges & Spine, 3.75" piece DJ missing from Spine & SMALLER PIECE OUT AT BTM SPINE DJ,  Scarce w/DJ,bk VG cond,1940, 1st edition, 2nd Printing, BK VG+/ DJ FAIR+, AS-IS, Small chips tears, wear RUB extremities DJ, 2 3/4 IN.CHIP OUT TOP Front DJ affects TOP OF A IN WALT, Oversized beige cloth cover Titled in blue light scuff wear. First Edition. Hard Cover.

      [Bookseller: BLUFF PARK RARE BOOKS]
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        The Department of Queer Complaints

      New York: William Morrow & Co, 1940. Scarlet cloth black lettered on spine in pictorial dust jacket. Half inch chip from dust jacket at top of spine not affecting title. Some short tears to edges. Slight fade to spine. Crease on front corner. Still a very nice copy of one of his best. . 1st Ed. Cloth. Near Fine/VG+. 8 Vo.

      [Bookseller: Contact Editions]
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        EVOLUTIES VAN HET ANTWERPSE STADSBEELD. ( 9 delen + extra deeltje: alfabetische inhoudstafel)

      Antwerpen, Uitgeverij "Mercurius", 1940. . Ingebonden, blauw kunstleder met goudopdruk, 27,5x20cm, 9 delen + 1 extra deeltje, geïllustreerd z/w. Zeer fraaie set. Geschiedkundige Kronijken. Belangrijk naslagwerk der Antwerpse geschiedenis.

      [Bookseller: ERIK TONEN BOOKSELLER]
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        THE GRAPES OF WRATH. Limited Edition. Signed Binding by Bayntun of Bath.

      Limited Editions Club (LEC), New York 1940 - SIGNED BY THOMAS HART BENTON ON COLOPHON PAGE without personalization. Though not called for there is also a SIGNED AND INSCRIBED LATE IN LIFE BY BENTON ON HALF TITLE PAGE OF VOLUME II WITH A SMALL DRAWING BY THE ARTIST . A Near Fine LIMITED EDITION OF 1146 SIGNED COPIES. THIS IS No. 416. Two Volumes bound in one. A Signed binding of "Bayntun of Bath" in full crushed blue morocco leather. Raised bands spine, gilt lettering on red and black spine labels, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: By The Book, LC ABAA-ILAB]
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        The Wind in the Willows

      NY: The Limited Editions Club. Very Good with no dust jacket. 1940. Limited Edition. First Edition. Hard Cover. Limited to 2020 copies, signed by the designer, Bruce Rogers. Our copy is #1990. Quarter bound in publisher's tan cloth over tan marbled boards, gilt lettering on spine, t.e.g., fore-edge and bottom edge deckle. IIllustrated with tipped-in color drawings by Arthur Rackham and with an Introduction by A. A. Milne. . Head and heel of spine have slight shelf-wear and the spine is darkened, the half-title page has a ½" tear at the fore-edge, else pristine, unmarked, tight, square and clean with some pages still uncut. In a FAIR slipcase with rubbing along the fore-edges. VERY GOOD. . Color drawings. 4to 11" - 13" tall. 245 pp .

      [Bookseller: Round Table Books]
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        Duke Ellington Signed Original Vintage 1940's Photograph

      Original, vintage, sepia, b&w promotional photograph, 8" by 10", undated, but certainly from the the 1940's, inscribed and SIGNED in black ink at top left of the recto by the great jazz orchestra leader, pianist and composer, Duke Ellington, "To Angela Perry , Phillips Bros., Music Dept, good luck, Duke Ellington". Photograph is very good+, no pin holes, tears or loss, a few light surface dings, small stain to margin at top right of recto, slight edge curling, shallow crease to centre of photograph, verso is unmarked with small Global Authentication sticker to bottom right corner, original autograph is fine, clean, unfaded. A handsome signed, vintage portrait of the Duke, an increasingly scarce jazz collectible. J1414.. Very Good +.

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        Histoire de Gingi [ Livre dédicacé par le traducteur ]

      Société de l'Histoire de l'Inde Française, Bibliothèque Publique, Librairie Ernest Leroux 1940 - Traduite de l'anglais et annoté par Edmond Gaudart,1 vol. grand in-8 cartonnage éditeur pleine percaline bordeaux, avec une carte dépliante, Société de l'Histoire de l'Inde Française, Bibliothèque Publique, Pondichéry, Librairie Ernest Leroux, Paris, 1940, xix-243 pp. Envoi du traducteur. Etat satisfaisant (rel. frottée, anc. traces de mouill. sur le cartonnage, bon état par ailleurs). Rare. Langue: Français [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        THE GRAPES OF WRATH. Limited Edition. Signed Binding by Bayntun of Bath

      New York:: Limited Editions Club (LEC),, 1940. Near Fine. SIGNED BY THOMAS HART BENTON ON COLOPHON PAGE without personalization. Though not called for there is also a SIGNED AND INSCRIBED LATE IN LIFE BY BENTON ON HALF TITLE PAGE OF VOLUME II WITH A SMALL DRAWING BY THE ARTIST . A Near Fine LIMITED EDITION OF 1146 SIGNED COPIES. THIS IS No. 416. Two Volumes bound in one. A Signed binding of "Bayntun of Bath" in full crushed blue morocco leather. Raised bands spine, gilt lettering on red and black spine labels, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers.

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        The Taming of the Shrew

      New York, Limited Editions Club,, 1940. The Text of the First Folio, Edited and Amended where Obscure by Herbert Farjeon. Quarto. Finely bound by The Chelsea Bindery in full red morocco, gilt titles to spine, 2 raised bands, gilt rules to boards, gilt coat of arms to front board, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. Illustrated with drawings by W. A. Dwiggins. A fine copy.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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      New York: Knopf, 1940. Nathan, Robert. PORTRAIT OF JENNIE. New York: Knopf, 1940. FIRST EDITION. An exceedingly FINE copy (virtually no wear to the fragile woven cloth) in a fresh NEAR FINE priced dustjacket which has a tiny bit of chipping to the spine tip and very minor wear to the edges but retains the FULL RED COLOR of the lettering on both the spine panel and front panel, rare thus and offering exceptional eye appeal given most examples seem to fade to pink just by staring at them. This is a PRESENTATION COPY inscribed by the author on the half-title: "For _____/Robert Nathan" PORTRAIT OF JENNIE tells the story of a struggling depression-era painter whose muse is a young girl from the past, a girl who grows into womanhood at a rate in defiance of all laws of time and space each time he encounters her. The 1949 film of the novel, starring Joseph Cotton & Jennifer Jones with equally touching performances, has been lauded as both magical and unforgettable by those who love the movie. Certainly one of the most unusual and satisfying romantic fantasies ever to enchant popular culture and be successfully adapted to film. To quote the book's main character Jennie Appleton: *There is no life, my darling, until you love and have been loved. And then there is no death.* A masterpiece of its genre and the basis for a timeless classic film. In a custom white linen folding box with black & gold leather labels. . Signed by Author. First Edition. Fine/Near Fine.

      [Bookseller: Lakin & Marley Rare Books]
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        'The Four Quartets - All Four First Issue Softcovers - East Coker/Burnt Norton/Dry Salvages/Little Gidding'

      Comprising: ?East Coker? a first edition, first printing, published by Faber in soft wrappers in 1940. A very good+ book which has NO inscriptions/marks/stamps, with some scattered foxing. Some light edge wear. Not price clipped showing 1s - a very nice copy of the first instalment of 'The Four Quartets'. ?Burnt Norton? is in very good+ condition with a crease to the front panel ? one name to ffep. ?Dry Salvages? is very good with some minor browning to edges of the covers. ?Little Gidding? [first state with sewn binding] is very good indeed with one small name and date to ffep. All first edition, first printings. All in all, a nice set of the rare first paperback editions of each title.

      [Bookseller: John Atkinson Books]
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        The Merchant of Venice

      Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1940. hardcover. fine. Edited by Charles Knox Pooler. 8vo, handsomely rebound in 3/4 green morocco, marbled boards, gilt spine, t.e.g. Indiana: Bobbs-Merrill, c. 1940. Fine.

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        Let There Be Sculpture. An Autobiography

      London: Michael Joseph Ltd.,, 1940. Octavo. Original vellum, titles to spine and top edge gilt. Illustrated throughout from photos. Bookseller's ticket and bookplate to front pastedown. Boards rubbed and a little bowed as often with vellum bindings, light spotting to spine and a few marks to boards, abrasion to front free endpaper, spotting to title page. A very good copy. First edition, first impression. One of a limited edition of 100 copies signed by the author on the limitation leaf.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        Why England Slept

      New York: Wilfred Funk, Inc, 1940 - The first edition of John F. Kennedy's first book, inscribed to Arthur Krock: "To Mr. Krock. Who Baptized, Christened, and was Best Man for this book - with my sincere thanks, Jack Kennedy." Arthur Krock (1886-1974), the "Dean of Washington Newsmen," was Washington correspondent and bureau chief for the New York Times and wrote the "In the Nation" column. He was a close friend and political ally of Joe Kennedy and his children. He advised John F. Kennedy with the revisions of his 1939 senior honors paper, "Appeasement in Munich," in preparation for its publication the following year. It was Krock who suggested the new title, Why England Slept, a response to Churchill's While England Slept. Krock would continue to advise the young Kennedy, who thanked him In the Preface to Profiles in Courage. Ted Kennedy wrote admiringly of Krock in his tribute volume to his father: "Mr. Krock has long been one of the most respected newsmen and columnists in Washington. He was won two Pulitzer Prizes for his work. He met Dad [Joseph Kennedy] during the New Deal years and won his deep admiration. Mr. Krock advised President Kennedy in the writing of his first book, Why England Slept, and has been a source of valued help to my brothers and myself" (Edward Kennedy, The Fruitful Bough: A Tribute to Joseph P. Kennedy, p. 112). [With:] As We Remember Joe. Edited by John F. Kennedy. Privately Printed: Cambridge, Mass, 1945. First edition, second issue. Original burgundy cloth. Fine copy. Inscribed, "For Martha and Arthur Krock, Bob Kennedy. Christmas 1965." Krock contributed a short reminiscence of Joe Kennedy from the 1940 Democratic National Convention, pp. 39-41. KENNEDY, Robert F. The Enemy Within. Harper & Brothers: New York, 1960. First edition. Publisher's cloth. Spine faded. Inscribed, "To Arthur Krock, With the thanks and admiration of his friend, Bob Kennedy." Krock wrote the foreword to The Enemy Within. The Fruitful Bough: A Tribute to Joseph P. Kennedy. Collected by Edward M. Kennedy. Privately Printed, 1965. Original blue cloth. Some scuffing to front cover. Inscribed, "To Arthur Krock, Who helped make The Fruitful Bough possible. With appreciation. Ted Kennedy. Sept 6 1965." With carbon of typescript of Krock's contribution to the volume as submitted for editing First edition. 8vo. xx, 252 pp. Publisher's rose cloth. Spine faded, light wear to spine ends [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: James Cummins Bookseller, ABAA]
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      1940. 1. LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD. GESCHICHTE VOM ROTKAPPCHEN [LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD] in Versen und Bildern von Walter May. Zurich: Albert Muller (1940). 4to (7 5/8 x 9 1/8"), cloth backed pictorial boards, [20]p., Fine condition. First edition. Printed on heavy, high quality paper on one side only, every page features stylized color linoleum cut illustrations with text arranged around the pictures. This is a stunning Swiss picture book and the most original version of Little Red Riding Hood. See Bilderwelt im Kinderbuch 1719. Rare.

      [Bookseller: Aleph-Bet Books, Inc.]
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        Archive of Vernacular Snapshots of Road Signs in California

      [N.p.: n.p., c. 1940]. Prints in near fine condition, with minor fading and edge wear.. Collection of 149 vernacular photographs of road signs throughout California and the southwestern United States, taken by an individual unknown photographer. Prints vary in size, with mostly 3 X 4 1/2 inch and 2 1/2 X 3 1/2 inch snapshots. The overwhelming majority depict diamond-shaped signs, with arrows to campgrounds and natural sites or lists of distances to nearby localities, surrounded by a receding expanse of desert, forest, or sky. Several signs are riddled with bullet holes and various prints are written on or stamped on the verso. In addition, the collection includes 5 images of the couple who presumably took the pictures, with the Ford coupe they traveled in. Photographs are stored in clear protective sheets and plastic sleeves in a container, with a selection organized by a previous owner (not the photographer) in a photo album labeled "Riding Shotgun" and a group encased in a small cowhide accordion-fold photo case. A meditation on indexicality, and the typology of signs in the aesthetic of Ed Ruscha, presaging the open road iconography of Jack Kerouac.

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        Le farfalle diurne d'Italia.

      Subject: (Entomologia). Firenze, Marzocco, 1940/53. Cinque vol. in-4to, leg. coeva in mezza tela rossa, pp. XXXIV-131 + XII-401 + XVI-318 + XXIV-380 + XVIII-354 con 49 fig. n.t. + 26 tav in nero e 74 in quadricromia (di cui 8 a doppia pag.) raffiguranti in totale 5324 esemplari. Edizione numerata di 800/1000 (ma furono assai meno ed ogni volume ha qui, come sempre, un numero diverso). Ottimo stato di conservazione di questa monumentale ed importantissima opera entomologica. Il volume 'III' e qui in due tomi : testo e tavole.

      [Bookseller: LIBRERIA PIANI]
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        Coming Up For Air

      London: Victor Gollancz Limited,, 1940. Octavo. Original blue cloth titles to spine in blue. Spine rolled and a little faded, cloth a little rubbed. Very good. First edition, first impression. Signed by the author "Geo. Orwell" on the front free endpaper. From the library of Michael Meyer with his 1945 ownership inscription to the front free endpaper, Meyer is best known for his revered translations and biographies of Ibsen and Strindberg. He was extremely well connected in literary circles of mid 20th century Britain and included Graham Greene and George Orwell amongst his closest friends. Orwell considered this work to be his finest novel. Signed copies are of the utmost scarcity indeed the present copy and and inscribed reprint are the only two of which we are aware.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        One, Two, Buckle My Shoe

      London: for The Crime Club by Collins,, 1940. Octavo. Original red cloth, titles to spine in black. With the dust jacket. Lightly rubbed at extremities, ends of spine a little toned, very short tear to cloth at head of spine, faint partial toning to free endpapers. An excellent copy in the price-clipped, toned, and lightly rubbed jacket with professional restoration and repaired tears. First edition, first impression.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        The Arab War: Confidential Information for General Headquarters from Gertrude Bell, Being Despatches Reprinted from the Secret "Arab Bulletin",

      Golden Cockerel Press, Rolls Passage, London 1940 - Thin 4to. (52)pp. One of 500 numbered copies, of which this is number 208. Printed by Christopher Sandford and Owen Ruytter on Arnold's mould-made paper. Original binding by Sangorski & Sutcliffe in quarter green niger, gilt spine titles, cream colored cloth boards, top edge gilt. Introduction by Sir Kinahan Cornwallis, Director of the Arab Bureau, 1916-1920. Some foxing throughout, spine sunned, minor insect damage to the inner bottom edge of the moroccon on the rear board, cloth evenly soiled, else a very good copy. "After the book was published, it was discovered that one of the papers attributed to Gertrude Bell in T. E. Lawrence's copy of the Bulletin was in fact written by another hand." Golden Cockerel Bibliography (Pertelote), No. 147. So far as we can determine this is still the only publication of Bell's despatches. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Thorn Books, ABAA]
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        Quand vivait mon père (souvenirs inédits sur Alphonse Daudet) *

      B. Grasset, Paris 30.4.1940. - Broché, couverture illustrée rempliée. Tout petit accroc sur première garde. Bel exemplaire qui mériterait une boîte ou une reliure. Édition originale. L'un des 7 exemplaires de tête réimposés et numéroté (3) sur Japon Impérial, avant 38 pur fil.

      [Bookseller: Librairie Oh 7e Ciel]
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        The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet

      Indianapolis: Bowen-Merrill, 1940. hardcover. fine. Edited by Edward Dowden. xxxix + 199pp. Small 8vo, handsomely rebound in 3/4 green morocco over marbled boards; gilt-ruled and lettered spine with two raised bands, t.e.g. Indianapolis: Bowen-Merrill, (no date, circa 1940). A fine copy.

      [Bookseller: Argosy Book Store]
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