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        A History of Afghanistan

      London: Macmillan and Co., 1940. Two volumes, octavo, frontispieces, 18 plates and seven folding maps, large folding map in endpocket in second volume; a fine set in original blue cloth with dustjackets. A particularly fine copy, complete with perfect dustjackets, of the very scarce first edition. Following his lengthy and highly distinguished military and diplomatic career in the Persian region - which won him the respect of locals and Europeans alike - Sykes retired to England to devote himself to his scholarly and literary interests. The scope of this 'first complete history of Afghanistan' is vast: a detailed history of the region from prehistory and the conquest of the Medes and Persians, to the assassination of Nadir Shah in 1933. This first edition is unusually hard to find since much of the edition was destroyed in a warehouse fire during the Blitz.

      [Bookseller: Hordern House Rare Books]
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        The Cross-eyed Bear (inscribed by Hughes)

      New York: Duell, Sloan, & Pierce, 1940 Inscribed by Hughes on the FFE, "To Beth and Dennis--the book where Suzy was born. Cheers from Minneapolis. Dorothy B. Hughes." While there are several stamps indicating "Property of the Vicente Book Store and Rental Library," there is no evidence this book was ever in circulation. Mildly toned, else clean, tight, square and unmarked, a very nice copy. Jacket has mild edge wear, creased tear on front panel; else clean and intact. Uncommon second novel by the author of The So Blue Marble and In a Lonely Place.

      [Bookseller: Saratoga Books LLC]
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        The Heart is a Lonely Hunter

      Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1940. First Edition, First Printing with matching dates of 1940 on copyright and title page, with no mention of subsequent printings. Lacking dust jacket. Exterior shows some light rubbing. Bumped corners. Marking to paste down, spot on front free end paper. Pages are clean. All in all a very beautiful copy.

      [Bookseller: Burnside Rare Books]
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        Typed Letter from Arturo Toscanini to his Orchestra, 1940

      N/A 1940 - S.p., July 22, 1940. Typed letter, text on recto only. From the Toscanini estate. Arturo Toscanini wrote this letter to his orchestra upon the completion of a successful South American tour in 1940. He writes: "My dear friends [sic] Tomorrow our trip will be over. To-morrow we will be separated after two months we lived day by day the same life. It is very sad indeed, but that is life. We have never been so linked, all as one, as in these 16 concerts. We must be proud of what we have done. God bless you all." The full text of the letter appears on page 374 of Harvey Sach's The Letters of Arturo Toscanini. This typed copy came from the Toscanini estate, though it is unclear how this particular copy was used. Some indecipherable notes on margins in an unknown hand, a few small various stains, good condition overall. A wonderful piece of Toscanini ephemera. Please contact us for additional photographs or information. [Attributes: First Edition]

      [Bookseller: Auger Down Books]
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        Payne, Charles

      American Ballet Theatre 1940-1967: 1966 Edition Of The Souvenir Program. Rudolf Orthwine Corporation. 48 Pages. Program for the 1966 27th Annual United States/Canada Tour. All photographs by Jack Mitchell. Many pages are full page black/white photos of dancers./Softcover. NON SMOKING STORE. My listing includes PHOTO OF ACTUAL BOOK for sale. Book Interior FINE/ Covers Near Fine. Side Stapled. Book Never Opened or Very Gently Read. GIFT QUALITY. Most pages Coated stock with a small section of non-coated text pages. Covers are multi blue/red/purple/black background effect, lettering red, colour photo front. Covers and spine are flat, clean, bright, no rips, no bent corners, a few 1/4 inch horizontal spine creases due to flexing of book, front and back covers show minor rubbing from adjacent book on shelf, front cover has several tiny superficial scratch marks which do not break the paper and are not very visible, no edge wear. Inside of book is tight, clean, clear, bright, flat. . Vintage

      [Bookseller: WILLOWBAY BOOKS]
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        Where There?s A Will

      New York: Farrar & Rinehart, 1940. First Edition. Ownership signature and ex-libris blind stamp on the front free endpaper; very good in a very good dust jacket with some small chips and a lightly faded spine.

      [Bookseller: Peter L. Stern & Company, Inc.]
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        Finder's Keepers

      New York: William Morrow, 1940. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. First edition of this Humphrey Campbell and Oscar Morgan murder mystery. Clean very good copy in yellow cloth with some offsetting to endpapers in a bright very good price intact dustwrapper with some minor profesional restoration to bottom of spine tip. Sharp copy.

      [Bookseller: Derringer Books, Member A.B.A.A.]
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        Native Son

      Harper and Brothers publishers, New York 1940 - First Edition, First Printing with the words "First Edition" printed on the copyright page with "A - P" below the First Edition statement. This copy is SIGNED by Richard Wright on a laid in signature. A wonderful copy. This First issue dustjacket is rich in color with slight fading to the spine. This ORIGINAL dustjacket has the printed price present with minor wear to the edges. The book is in excellent condition. The binding is tight with NO cocking or leaning and the boards are crisp. The pages are clean with NO writing, marks or bookplates in the book. Overall, a beautiful copy of this TRUE FIRST EDITION bound in the original publisher's blue cloth. We buy SIGNED Richard Wright First Editions. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Quintessential Rare Books, LLC]
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        Horizon: A Review of Literature and Art Volumes 1-18 (Includes Various Leaflets, Letters, etc, Some Signed by Stephen Spender and Cyril Connolly)

      Horizon 1940 - Run of 18 numbers of this arts and literature magazine from January 1940 to June 1941. Included are a leaflet with a signed handwritten note from Spender, a piece torn from the bottom of a leaflet signed by Connolly and Spender, a typed letter dated 31/10/1939 on Horizon notepaper signed by Spender and Connolly, a typed letter signed by Spender on Group Theatre notepaper, dated 25/2/1938, addressed to Miss Jackson (the previous owner of the Horizon magazines). The magazines are in VG condition, with some wear and rubbing. Volume one has an ink stain to the left-hand bottom corner of the lower cover, which has leeched a little to the fore-edge of about a third of the pages, but not as bad as it sounds. The other volumes are all in clean condition, although there is spotted foxing to the page edges. Will incur extra overseas postage; please enquire if you require any more information or photographs. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

      [Bookseller: Scarthin Books ABA, ILAB.]
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        18 ASSORTED ISSUES [1940: NOVEMBER; 1941: JULY; 1943: FEBRUARY, MAY, OCTOBER; 1944: MAY, AUTUMN; 1945: SPRING, AUTUMN, WINTER; 1946: SUMMER, WINTER; 1947: SUMMER, WINTER; 1948: SUMMER, WINTER; 1949: SPRING, SUMMER] UNKNOWN / UNKNOWN WORLDS BRITISH EDITION

      [London]: [Atlas] 1940-1949, 1940 First editions. Magazines. Broken run of 18 issues from November 1940 to Summer 1949. Pictorial wrappers [ranging from about 6" x 8.75" to about 6.5" x 9.25"], 64 pages per issues [save for the last issue which has 80 pages], illustrated. Condition varies but averages Good to Very Good [some covers are creased/worn and/or loose but all are present and none are chipped save for some lightly to the spine ends; cheap text paper tanning as usual].. First Edition. Soft Cover. Good.

      [Bookseller: Other Worlds Bookstore]
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        SAPPHIRA AND THE SLAVE GIRL

      New York: Knopf, 1940.. Large octavo. Gilt cloth and boards, t.e.g. Trace of darkening at endsheet gutters, otherwise unusually fine, in very good, slightly darkened fold- over dust jacket (a couple short tears at folds) and lightly worn slipcase. First edition, limited issue. Copy #19 of 520 numbered copies (498 for sale), specially printed and bound, and signed by the author. Laid in is a 1948 t.l.s. from Alfred A. Knopf presenting this copy (suggesting it was perhaps one of those twenty-two copies reserved for such purposes).

      [Bookseller: William Reese Company - Literature ABAA-]
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        The Earthly Paradise

      London: Michael Joseph Ltd., (1940). First Edition. Hardcover Hardcover. Near Fine/Near Fine. 319 pages. A novel of Columbus's third voyage to the New World, by the author of The African Queen and the Horatio Hornblower series First edition. This copy is inscribed by author. Slight spine lean and a bit of bumping to the corners, else near fine in a dust jacket with very light shelfwear to the edges. A superlative copy, and not common signed.

      [Bookseller: Eureka Books, ABAA]
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        14 Dessins originaux graves sur cuivre - 14 compositions engraved in copper after Pablo Picasso

      14 Dessins originaux gravés sur cuivre. Lausanne, Louis Grosclaude, [1940]. 14 compositions engraved in copper after Pablo Picasso. One of 300 copies on Rives vellum with wide margins, justified in pencil by the publisher. Loose leaves in the original publisher case-box.The portfolio presents 14 drawings of dancers, created by Picasso during his visit in Monte Carlo with his wife, the dancer Oga KoKhlova, for the season of The Russian Ballets. These prints experienced a second edition in 1943, from the same publisher, accompanied by a text and titled: Grace and movement: 14 original compositions engraved in copper. 14 excerpts from poems "Odes" Sappho.The prints are in very good condition well preserved in the original case. The case is a little worn.

      [Bookseller: Marninart, Inc (ABAA-ILAB)]
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        THE HAMLET

      Random House, New York 1940 - First Printing. Octavo; black cloth, with titling and rule stamped in gilt and red on spine and front panel; maroon topstain; dustjacket; 421pp. Some trivial handling to boards, with light oxidation to gilt; very Near Fine. In the first state dustjacket, with 10 Random House titles listed on rear panel; unclipped, gently spine-sunned, with some light wear to extremities and a tiny nick at the crown; a Near Fine, unrestored example. An attractive copy of the first volume in Faulkner's Snopes Trilogy, with the dustjacket designed by James Salter. Basis for the 1958 Martin Ritt film 'The Long, Hot Summer', starring Paul Newman, Orson Welles, and Joanne Woodward. Petersen A20a. [Attributes: First Edition]

      [Bookseller: Captain Ahab's Rare Books]
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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: Burnside Rare Books]
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        The Bride Wore Black (Advance Reading Copy)

      Simon and Schuster, 1940. Paperback. Good. ADVANCE READING COPY. Scarce. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1940. An Inner Sanctum Mystery. 312 pp. First edition, first printing. Trade-sized paperback with french flaps. Good+ condition overall. Clean pages. Spine is well-creased, cocked somewhat, and there is a small chip near the head. The wraps are creased and worn at the edges with a few scratches. There is a small tear (about the diameter of a quarter) to the back cover adjacent to the head; back cover is a little loose. A sturdy, attractive copy nonetheless with no library stamps, marks, or owner inscriptions. Scarce.The Bride Wore Black first appeared in hardcover in December, 1940 (Nevins, 216). It was an Inner Sanctum Mystery published by Simon & Schuster with identical cover art to this copy: a striking b/w illustration of skeleton in a bridal gown. For this copy it appears that the dust jacket was used as a cover for a smaller, softcover binding-- folded to approximate dimensions (probably before publication but perhaps afterwards)-- possibly to save on shipping costs when shipping to reviewers. The cover folds over the last "ry" of the "An Inner Sanctum Mystery" mention on the front cover, also with the spine title not quite fitting on the smaller spine and the cover artist's name on the inside flap being slightly trimmed off. Nevins' bibliography lists first paperback printing as Pocket Books paperback #271 in 1945, nearly five years later (224). We have been unable to locate any other review copies of this book for sale or in holdings.

      [Bookseller: Burnside Rare Books]
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        For Whom the Bells Tolls

      Charles Scribner's Sons, New York 1940 - First edition, first issue. 1940 stated on both title and copyright page, and with Scribner's "A" on copyright page. Tiny restoration done to top of spine and top of hinges of dust jacket. Book fine. Dust jacket fine, tiny wrinkle at bottom of rear panel and rear flap. Beautiful book and dust jacket. Flap price $2.75. Comes in custom-made fold-out case. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Bookbid]
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        The W. Heath Robinson Calendar 1940

      Published by G. Delgado, London 1940 - , 52 pages, calendar for the year 1940 from January to December, each page with humerous black & white illustrations and captions below First Edition , covers rubbed and lightly foxed, neat previous owner's poem on rear cover in ink, small brown spot and corner crease to first calendar page, otherwise pages clean with nice illustrations, in good condition , pictorial card covers, with red ribbon tie 25 x 18 cm Paperback ISBN: [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

      [Bookseller: Keoghs Books]
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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: Burnside Rare Books]
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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: Burnside Rare Books]
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        Ecce Homo - The Complete Works of Friedrich Nietzsche. Volume 17

      Edinburgh & London: T. N. Foulis, 1940: Volume 17 from the Complete Works of Friedrich Nietzsche. First Edition of the UK First Limited Edition; Copy #1032 of 2000. In Very Good condition, with publisher's tipped in bust of Nietzsche at frontis. Discoloration to end papers. Cloth is lightly rubbed, with bumped corners. Spine is lightly darkened, with chipping and a bit of loss at head. A nice copy.

      [Bookseller: Burnside Rare Books]
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        One Two Buckle My Shoe

      The Crime Club, London 1940 - HARDBACK - The book is in very good condition. The book is tightly bound with clean red boards that show a touch of fading to the spine. The inner pages are very clean indeed, with a neat owner Inscription to the front endpaper. The pages are free of any foxing, as is the text block. The dust wrapper is in very good condition. The dust wrapper has benefitted from light restoration to the spine tips, and to the corner of the front and rear flaps. The restoration is of the highest quality, and the end result is a dust wrapper that presents very well indeed. The dust wrapper is the correct first edition, first impression with the publishers price of 7s.6d.net to the bottom corner of the front flap. We have taken a number of scans of both the book and dust wrapper for you to view. A very scarce wartime title, in its original dust wrapper. A lovely example. [Attributes: First Edition]

      [Bookseller: West Hull Rare Books - P.B.F.A.]
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        The House on the Fens

      London: Herbert Jenkins Limited,, 1940. Octavo. Original orange cloth, titles to upper board and spine in black. With the pictorial dust jacket. Edges and end matter spotted, otherwise an excellent copy in the lightly spine-faded, dust-soiled and rubbed jacket. First edition, first impression.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        Dago Red (Dedication Copy Inscribed to Carey McWilliams)

      New York: Viking Press, 1940. First edition. Cloth. Very Good/very good. First edition of the author's third book, a collection of short stories. Very good condition in decorated cloth binding in very good price-intact dustwrapper. The cloth covers are a bit worn, but the interior of the book is clean and sturdy. This is a DEDICATION COPY inscribed by Fante on the front endpaper to Carey McWilliams. The inscription reads "To the spirit of Carey McWilliams, where I burn old rags and chow-mein - J Fante" There is a handwritten asterisk after the word chow-mein and below Fante's signature he repeats the asterick and then handwrites "apologies to Agnes Snedley". The book is additionally SIGNED and dated Sept. 1, 1940 on the second blank endpaper. McWilliams is one of two dedicatees to this book (the other being Ross Wills). McWilliams was a close friend of Fante, correspondent for many years, novelist, reporter and finally editor of The Nation for over twenty years. Both Fante and McWilliams lived in Southern California and wrote of the immigrant experience in America in the Depression years.

      [Bookseller: Derringer Books, Member A.B.A.A. ]
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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: Burnside Rare Books]
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        The Encyclopedia of Exploration Complete Set

      The vast scope of the Encyclopedia of Exploration makes it a work unlike any other in its combination of historical, biographical and bibliographical data. It includes a catalogue of all known expeditions, voyages and travels from the earliest times to the year 1940, as well as biographical information of the travellers themselves, which places them in their historical context. Over fifteen years in the making, the Encyclopedia of Exploration has been a massive undertaking. The five volumes include over 5100 articles in approximately 4203 pages, some 4 million words. Within the text itself there are many thousands of cross-references between articles, and the work is made even more accessible through extensive bibliographical citations to accompany the articles. Encyclopedia of Exploration Five Volume Set. 5 Volumes Quarto format (280 x 210 mm.), bound in cloth with a colour dust jacket. Raymond Howgego is an independent researcher, scholar and traveller, who has been researching the history of exploration for much of his adult life. His travels have followed in the footsteps of the explorers to most parts of the world - Europe, the Middle East, Central Asia, India, West Africa, South America, the Cape Verde Islands, Uganda and Ethiopia; and more recently overland from China to Tibet and across the length and breadth of Australia. His numerous excursions in search of local sources of information have afforded the opportunity to add to a lifetime's accumulation of travel literature. He has recently been appointed to the Council of the Hakluyt Society. Brian Turner noted in a recent article on the Encyclopedia that 'The soft-spoken physicist turned travel-scholar speaks and speed-reads every European language (except Basque and Finnish) plus Arabic, and has translated into English many travel narratives himself. Howgego is also a great serial traveller; he has stood at the same spot as Speke at the source of the Nile, sailed through the Straits of Magellan, and followed the tracks of the Conquistadors through Bolivia. In 1994 Howgego and his companions were the first Europeans to cross the Torugart Pass from Kyrgyzstan into China since the Russian Revolution. Minutes after his jeep had crossed an unstable section of Pakistan's precipitous Karakoram Highway, the road collapsed into the Indus. Ray has also voyaged down most of the world's great rivers, including the Niger in flood, when neither bank was visible. His favourite destination? "Kashgar is my centre of the universe". And favourite country? "Iran; the Zoroastrian monasteries of central Iran fascinate me and the Islamic architecture of Esfahan is heart-stoppingly beautiful"'.

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        For Whom the Bells Tolls

      Scribner 1940 - Very good book in a very good dust jacket. T1940 stated on title and copyright page, letter A marked on copyright page, indicating a first edition. Book has some darkening on gutters, minor tanning on spine, minor foxing on spine. Dust jacket has some wear and chipping along edges and corners. Flap price $2.75. Comes in custom-made slipcase. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Bookbid]
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        A Journey Down the Green and Colorado Rivers, 1940

      H. Walker Publishing Company, Phoenix 1940 - 106p.+xiii [xv]. The true First Edition of the author's First Book. [See Books of the Grand Canyon, Ford #48a] The original limited edition (no. 152 of 300 copies), signed by Barry Goldwater. An abbreviated account was published later in Arizona Highways and later in the same year his Arizona Portraits was published). This, however, was privately printed for friends and family. The 31-year old Barry Goldwater accompanied a Norm Nevill's trip from the Green River, Utah to Lake Mead in July and August of 1940. He also made film footage of the trip which he showed up and down the state and that later he said led people to ask him to run for the Senate. Mimeographed on one side. The Appendix offers reasons he thinks James White could have preceded John Wesley Powell though clearly Powell and the others who made the entire trip made greater contributions. He himself was the 70th confirmed person to make the trip. He reprints a letter from Emery Kolb on the disappearance of the Hydes (an adventurous newly married couple who refused to take life preservers and whose remains were never found). Goldwater includes also a bibliography of works on the Grand Canyon that he had consulted before making his trip. A very nice copy lacking the usual chips along the corners, very light wear and some light marks.

      [Bookseller: Alcuin Books, ABAA]
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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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        The Encyclopedia of Exploration Complete Set

      - The vast scope of the Encyclopedia of Exploration makes it a work unlike any other in its combination of historical, biographical and bibliographical data. It includes a catalogue of all known expeditions, voyages and travels from the earliest times to the year 1940, as well as biographical information of the travellers themselves, which places them in their historical context. Over fifteen years in the making, the Encyclopedia of Exploration has been a massive undertaking. The five volumes include over 5100 articles in approximately 4203 pages, some 4 million words. Within the text itself there are many thousands of cross-references between articles, and the work is made even more accessible through extensive bibliographical citations to accompany the articles. Encyclopedia of Exploration Five Volume Set. 5 Volumes Quarto format (280 x 210 mm.), bound in cloth with a colour dust jacket. Raymond Howgego is an independent researcher, scholar and traveller, who has been researching the history of exploration for much of his adult life. His travels have followed in the footsteps of the explorers to most parts of the world - Europe, the Middle East, Central Asia, India, West Africa, South America, the Cape Verde Islands, Uganda and Ethiopia; and more recently overland from China to Tibet and across the length and breadth of Australia. His numerous excursions in search of local sources of information have afforded the opportunity to add to a lifetime's accumulation of travel literature. He has recently been appointed to the Council of the Hakluyt Society. Brian Turner noted in a recent article on the Encyclopedia that 'The soft-spoken physicist turned travel-scholar speaks and speed-reads every European language (except Basque and Finnish) plus Arabic, and has translated into English many travel narratives himself. Howgego is also a great serial traveller; he has stood at the same spot as Speke at the source of the Nile, sailed through the Straits of Magellan, and followed the tracks of the Conquistadors through Bolivia. In 1994 Howgego and his companions were the first Europeans to cross the Torugart Pass from Kyrgyzstan into China since the Russian Revolution. Minutes after his jeep had crossed an unstable section of Pakistan's precipitous Karakoram Highway, the road collapsed into the Indus. Ray has also voyaged down most of the world's great rivers, including the Niger in flood, when neither bank was visible. His favourite destination? "Kashgar is my centre of the universe". And favourite country? "Iran; the Zoroastrian monasteries of central Iran fascinate me and the Islamic architecture of Esfahan is heart-stoppingly beautiful"'. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Hordern House Rare Books]
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        Old Routes of Western Iran Narrative of an Archaeological Journey Carried Out and Recorded

      London Macmillan 1940 - Hardback 1st Edition, tall 8vo, xxviii prelims, 422pp text with112 illustrations, 31 plates, 25 plans, 7 maps and a coloured folding map in rear pocket. Very good in brick coloured boards, gilt spine titles and stamped gilt roundel of classical figure on upper board, top edge gilt. Front board lightly creased with small bumps on each corner, bookplate stating Presented by The British Council on front paste down, interior very clean and tight, no D/W weight 1.4 kgs. Antiquities examined, described and illustrated with the assistance of Fred H. Andrews, O. B. E. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Pauline Harries Books]
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        Strangers and Brothers

      London Faber & Faber 1940. G : in good condition without dust jacket. Boards creased but intact and slightly rubbed with minor marking. Titles a little faded. Light spotting to eps and to edge First Edition Green hardback cloth cover 190mm x 135mm (7" x 5"). 405pp.

      [Bookseller: Barter Books]
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        Ride a Cock-Horse

      London: Chatto & Windus, 1940. London: Chatto & Windus,, 1940. And Other Nursery Rhymes. Quarto. Original illustrated paper boards. With the pictorial dust jacket. With frontispiece and 14 full-page illustrations by Peake. Ownership inscription to front free endpaper. Spine ends and edges of boards a bit toned and rubbed, minor foxing to fore edges of boards. Otherwise an excellent copy in a gently toned jacket with slightly nicked and creased extremities, a few minor chips to head of spine and corners, and 3 short closed tears across the spine panel. First edition, first impression of this compilation of 14 nursery rhymes, including "Rub-a-dub-dub", "How Many Miles to Babylon?", and "Sing a Song of Sixpence"; a full-page illustration compliments each rhyme. This was the second book Peake illustrated and its success led to Chatto & Windus commissioning Peake to illustrate their edition of Lewis Carroll's The Hunting of the Snark (1941).

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        HISTORIA DE LA SEGUNDA REPUBLICA

      . Zustand: Muy Bien Einband: Encuadernacion de tapa dura 1 Edicion. Barcelona. 1940. Destino. 4 Vols: 256p+367p+330p+511p. 1a edicion. 23x15. Conserva cubierta Original. Gran Obra contraria a la 2 Republica y cumbre en la vida de Josep Pla. dificil en comercio. Ref 5.2 Biblioteca A.

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        Historia de la Segunda República Española

      Destino, Barcelona 1940 - 4º, 4 vols. (253 p., 364 p., 326 p., 511 p.) Conserva cubierta original. Media piel reciente, nervios, florones, hilos dorados. Interesante ejemplar de una obra contraria a la 2ª República Española, difícil de encontrar. Su autor posteriormente evolucionó en sus posiciones y se dice que su editor la buscava para destruirla. Historia de España. República Española II. History of Spain. Spanish Republic II.

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        Lassie Come-Home. Illustrated by Margaret Kirmse

      Philadelphia: John C. Winston, 1940. Philadelphia: John C. Winston, 1940. First Edition. Gift inscription; a fine copy in a good to very good dust jacket with with some chipping. Basis for the 1943 movie that starred Roddy McDowall and Elizabeth Taylor.

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        7 offprints G. A. Levitsky 2 inscribed presentation copies signed

      Leningrad 1926-1940 - Zur Geschichte der fruchtbaren, intermediaren, konstanten Weizen-Roggenbastarde (1932) torn and chipped; Investigation on the morphology of chromosomes (1929) in Russian cyrillic and English "With authors compliments"; Karyo-and genotypical transformations in the process of evolution, Leningrad, 1926 in Russian cyrillic. Inscribed presentation copy signed by the author.G. Lewitsky, H. Shepeleva, and N. Titova Cytology of F1, F2 and F3 of X-Rayed Crepis Capillaris Wallr. Leningrad 1934 In Russian cyrillic and English Inscribed signed by G. Lewitsky; A Cytological Study of the Progeny of X-Rayed Crepis capillaris Wallr. 1940, Japan. On Regularities in Chromosome Transformations Induced by X-Rays, 1934; On The Genotype Control of Structural Chromosome Changes, 1937. Some splitting at spine, Karl Sax, R. R. Gates, and E. M. East ownership stamps on a few covers, else very good. Scarce group of offprints. "Levitsky seems to have been the first person to define the karyotype as the phenotypic appearance of the somatic chromosomes, in contrast to their genic contents" Wikipedia. Scarce. Soviet Science. Biology. Genetics. Karyotype. * Signed. Autograph.

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        Die sechs beruhmten Maler der Ch'ing-Dynastie - Wang Shih-mim, Wang Chien, Wu Li, Wang Hui, Yün Shou-p'ing, Wang Yüan-ch'i. (Selected Chinese Paintings by Six Master Painters of the Ch'ing Dynasty)

      Leipuig, E. A. Seemann, 1940.. 4°. 4°, 33 x 24 cm. 107 Seiten Text im Broschüre u. 58 Bilder mit Seidenpapier in losen Tafeln, davon 2 mehrfach gefaltet, zusammen in einer Mappe. Die Mappe bestoßen u. lädiert, es fehlt die Tafel 55. Der Textband mit Exlibris auf Innendeckel u. Signatur auf Vortitel, ansosnten sauber. (4°, 33 x 24 cm. A 107-page book and 58 paintings on loose plates - 2 folded - contained in portfolio. Front of portfolio smudged, but internally fine. All plates exclunding 55 present and in fine condition and with tissue guards.)

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        La Valse Grégorienne. Quatre Poêmes de Georges Hugnet. [Piano-vocal score]

      [Paris]. [1940]. Folio. Dark orange printed wrappers with an original lithographic design by Picasso in black ink to upper. 4 pp. facsimile of the composer's autograph manuscript: I Les Ecrevisses; II Grenadine; III La Rosée; IV Le Wagon Immobile. Wrappers slightly worn and partially separated at spine. . First Edition. Rare. Written in Paris in 1927 but not published until 1940. The poet Georges Hugnet solicited a musical composition from Thomson for inclusion in the first issue of his poetry magazine. Picasso was asked to design the cover, however Thomas was concerned that the artist's work might eclipse his own composition: "... I asked that the cover bear only calligraphy, nothing but the title and all our names. To my relief, he did not seem to mind. Nor have I ever minded his result. On the contrary, its messy lettering makes me happy in a way that very little of his handwork does; its magic, for once, is my magic, hence a blessing, and I have never held its friendliness in doubt." Virgil Thomson by Virgil Thomson, pp. 307-308. The lithograph, while not numbered, would, in all likelihood, have been printed in a small edition, possibly 100 copies. OCLC records 3 copies only; unlocated in both the catalogue of Picasso's graphic works by Bloch and the catalogue of Picasso's illustrated books by Goeppert. Fuld: Harmonizing the Arts: Original Graphic Designs for Prined Music by World-Famous Artists, pp. 3 and 10. One of only 4 music covers executed by Picasso, and most certianly the rarest.

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        CHEVROLET 1941. We Invite You to Look Behind This Great Trade Mark. [Cover title].

      General Motors Corporation, Chevrolet Motor Division, (1940), Detroit: - Over 100 colour illustrations, text illustrations, diagrams (many in 1 or 2 colours, some black & white), including 6 flap overlays, four 3- dimensional pop-up dealer advertisements, 5 elaborate and detailed paper- engineered moveable models for the shifting, brakes, suspension, engine, and more, 1941 paint samples in rear. Here offered is a Chevrolet dealerÕs showroom sample catalogue for the 1941 passenger cars. These included the Special DeLuxe Sport Sedan, Business Coupe, Cabriolet, Five-passenger Coupe, Town Sedan, and Station Wagon Woody. The 1941 Chevrolet Special DeLuxe and Master DeLuxe lineup were a sensation from the day they were introduced, reflecting Harley EarlÕs Art and Colour section entirely redesigning the Chevrolet to resemble the costlier General Motors Buick lineup. The wheelbase was stretched to 116 inches, interior space was much larger, the running boards were concealed, & the headlamps were blended into the fenders. In addition, the engine was heavily redesigned with a higher compression ratio raising horsepower from 85 to 90, new pistons were fitted, valves, rocker arms, and water pump were all reworked. The engine was called the Victory Six in homage to the war raging in Europe. This catalogue offers a beautiful example of pre-War paper engineering and colour printing, and one of the most lavish dealer albums General Motors produced. Some edgewear, rubbing, very minor stain to foot of spine, occasional creasing to interior flaps. Withal, a VG copy of this rare catalogue. White plastic comb-bound color-illustrated card-stock paper covers, w/ die-cut images to front cover, former dealer stamp on pocket of front cover for W.E. Caldwell, A.E. Nugent Chevrolet, La Brea, Los Angeles, CA. Oblong format: 9" x 11". 1st printing. 79, [1] pp. Graduated tabbed fore-edge, identifying the divers sections, e.g., 'Detail Design', 'Body Design', & 'Vacuum Power Gearshift'. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        CHEVROLET 1941. We Invite You to Look Behind This Great Trade Mark. [Cover title]

      Detroit: General Motors Corporation, Chevrolet Motor Division, (1940). Detroit:: General Motors Corporation, Chevrolet Motor Division,. (1940).. Oblong format: 9" x 11". 1st printing. 79, [1] pp. Graduated tabbed fore-edge, identifying the divers sections, e.g., 'Detail Design', 'Body Design', & 'Vacuum Power Gearshift'.. White plastic comb-bound color-illustrated card-stock paper covers, w/ die-cut images to front cover, former dealer stamp on pocket of front cover for W.E. Caldwell, A.E. Nugent Chevrolet, La Brea, Los Angeles, CA.. Some edgewear, rubbing, very minor stain to foot of spine, occasional. creasing to interior flaps. Withal, a VG copy of this rare catalogue.. Here offered is a Chevrolet dealerÕs showroom sample catalogue for the 1941 passenger cars. These included the Special DeLuxe Sport Sedan, Business Coupe, Cabriolet, Five-passenger Coupe, Town Sedan, and Station Wagon Woody. The 1941 Chevrolet Special DeLuxe and Master DeLuxe lineup were a sensation from the day they were introduced, reflecting Harley EarlÕs Art and Colour section entirely redesigning the Chevrolet to resemble the costlier General Motors Buick lineup. The wheelbase was stretched to 116 inches, interior space was much larger, the running boards were concealed, & the headlamps were blended into the fenders. In addition, the engine was heavily redesigned with a higher compression ratio raising horsepower from 85 to 90, new pistons were fitted, valves, rocker arms, and water pump were all reworked. The engine was called the Victory Six in homage to the war raging in Europe. This catalogue offers a beautiful example of pre-War paper engineering and colour printing, and one of the most lavish dealer albums General Motors produced. . Over 100 colour illustrations, text illustrations, diagrams (many in 1 or 2 colours, some black & white), including 6 flap overlays, four 3-dimensional pop-up dealer advertisements, 5 elaborate and detailed paper-engineered moveable models for the shifting, brakes, suspension, engine, and more, 1941 paint samples in rear.

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        HAPPY VALLEY

      New York City: Viking Press, 1940. New York City: Viking Press. Bound in original woven black cloth. No dust jacket. 1940. 1st edition. hb. 8vo, pp. 317. Front board very sl. bowed. Spine label faded with small chip. Contents unmarked, binding tight. Good plus condition. . Patrick White (1912-1990) was an English-born Australian writer who is widely regarded as one of the most important English language novelists of the 20th century. From 1935, until his death, he published twelve novels, three short story collections and eight plays. In 1973, he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, the first Australian to win that prize."Happy Valley" is the author's first novel, first published by George G. Harrap (London) in 1939. Our offering is the first American edition. "Happy Valley" won the 1941 Australian Literature Society Gold Medal. White would not allow it to be re-published during his lifetime, as he feared an action for defamation might be brought by the descendants of some of the characters described in the book. A new printing did not appear until 2012, long after his death. .

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        La Valse Grégorienne. Quatre Poêmes de Georges Hugnet. [Piano-vocal score]

      [Paris], [1940]. [Paris]. [1940]. Folio. Dark orange printed wrappers with an original lithographic design by Picasso in black ink to upper. 4 pp. facsimile of the composer's autograph manuscript: I Les Ecrevisses; II Grenadine; III La Rosée; IV Le Wagon Immobile. & & Wrappers slightly worn and partially separated at spine. . First Edition. Rare. Written in Paris in 1927 but not published until 1940.& & The poet Georges Hugnet solicited a musical composition from Thomson for inclusion in the first issue of his poetry magazine. Picasso was asked to design the cover, however Thomas was concerned that the artist's work might eclipse his own composition: "... I asked that the cover bear only calligraphy, nothing but the title and all our names. To my relief, he did not seem to mind. Nor have I ever minded his result. On the contrary, its messy lettering makes me happy in a way that very little of his handwork does; its magic, for once, is my magic, hence a blessing, and I have never held its friendliness in doubt." Virgil Thomson by Virgil Thomson, pp. 307-308.& & The lithograph, while not numbered, would, in all likelihood, have been printed in a small edition, possibly 100 copies. OCLC records 3 copies only; unlocated in both the catalogue of Picasso's graphic works by Bloch and the catalogue of Picasso's illustrated books by Goeppert. Fuld: Harmonizing the Arts: Original Graphic Designs for Prined Music by World-Famous Artists, pp. 3 and 10. & & One of only 4 music covers executed by Picasso, and most certianly the rarest.

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        Autograph musical quotation from the composer's ballet Les Animaux Modèles, signed and dated London, March 1945

      3 measures, notated in ink on a leaf 128 mm. x 150 mm. and mounted to card stock. Together with a photographic portrait of Poulenc. Overall dimensions ca. 309 x 452 mm. (ca. 12-3/8" x 17-3/4"). . Les Animaux Modèles was composed in 1940-42 and first performed, with choreography by Serge Lifar, at the Paris Opéra on August 8, 1942. An important French composer and pianist, "... while in the field of French religious music, [Poulenc] disputes supremacy with Messiaen, in that of the mélodie he is the most distinguished composer since the death of Fauré." Miryam Chimènes and Roger Nichols in Grove online

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