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        CALIFORNIA AND THE WEST

      New York: Duell, Sloan and Pearce,. [1940]. original black cloth, front and spine panels stamped in silver.. A few light spots and finger marks to covers, a nearly fine copy in. very good dust jacket with light shelf wear and rubbing to spine. ends, tiny closed tear at front panel-spine fold, and overall light. dust soiling. (#137065). First edition. Collection of photographs by Edward Weston made during the period of 1937- 1939 while he was on Guggenheim fellowships (the first photographer to receive those grants). Text from a diary kept by his second wife, Charis. Edward Weston is considered to be one of the master photographers of the twentieth century.

      [Bookseller: L. W. Currey, Inc.]
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        Important Typed Letter Signed

      1940 - ("G. B. S.") 1 page, March 8, 1940, London, on his personal letterhead 4, Whitehall Court, London, S. W. 1 to George Sylvester Viereck Esq., 305 Riverside Drive, New York City, U.S. America. 10 " x 8". The final three lines is penned in Shaw's hand. Fine. In very brief part: "You can do nothing to help Hitler or hinder Chamberlain, though you can damage yourself if you try; so sit tight as a 100% American. GBS" Viereck (1884-1962), a nationally known poet, journalist and novelist - and the leading pro-German propagandist in America from before WWI to WWII. Viereck, who assumed the role of "interpreter of Germany to America", was arrested in October of 1941 on a charge of violating the Foreign Agents Registration Act, and was finally sentenced to one to five years in prison (31 July 1943). Shaw (1856-1950), born July 26, 1856, Dublin, Ireland; died November 2, 1950, Ayot Saint Lawrence, England; Irish-born dramatist, essayist, critic and social reform advocate; winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature (1925).

      [Bookseller: Houle Rare Books/Autographs/ABAA/PADA]
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        THE HEADLESS LADY

      New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons,. 1940. cloth.. Some offsetting to free endpapers, light fading to cloth along top. edge and joints, a very good copy in very good dust jacket with wear. to spine ends with some loss, foxing on inner surface, tape stains on. inner surface along edges with some show through, rubbing to front. spine edge with a chip, and rubbing to front flap edge. Uncommon in. jacket. (#82317). First edition. A Great Merlini novel, this one with a Circus setting.

      [Bookseller: L. W. Currey, Inc. ]
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        The Story of My Experiments With Truth.

      Ahmedabad: Navijivan 1940 - 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.) Housed in a custom-made collector's slipcase. Bookseller Inventory # 1307046 [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Bookbid]
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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 - 1ª ed. 24.5x33. 40pp. sin numerar. 4 láminas. Rústica. 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.

      [Bookseller: Carmichael Alonso libros]
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        SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH POSTCARD PORTRAIT

      - 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."

      [Bookseller: Charles Agvent, est. 1987, ABAA, ILAB]
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        Clarence Day's Life with Father (First Edition, inscribed to Horace McCoy)

      Alfred A. Knopf New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1940. First Edition. First Edition. Humorously INSCRIBED to author Horace McCoy on the front endpaper by Russell Crouse: "For Horace McCoy / They shoot authors, don't they? / Russel Crouse." An interesting Hollywood association between two screenwriters whose work outside cinema (McCoy a novelist and Crouse a playwright) was even more significant than their work for the silver screen. Though undated, the inscription here is almost certainly from the year of publication, the final year that McCoy and Crouse worked as screenwriters for Paramount. "Life with Father," Lindsay and Crouse's adaptation of Clarence Day's popular "New Yorker" stories about upper class life in turn-of-the-century New York became the longest running non-musical play on Broadway, a record it still holds today. It, in turn, was the basis for the hit 1947 film, directed by Michael Curtiz and starring an Academy award nominated William Powell, Irene Dunne, and Elizabeth Taylor. About Near Fine in a Very Good plus, price-clipped copy of the dust jacket. Faint spotting to the boards, light bump to the upper front tip. Jacket has minor nicking to the extremities, two short closed tears to the front panel, and a corresponding bump to the upper tip.

      [Bookseller: Royal Books, Inc. ]
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        Poeta en Nueva York.

      Editorial Seneca, México 1940 - Federico GARCIA LORCA: Poeta en Nueva York. México, Editorial Séneca (Col. Árbol), 1940. 187p. Con cuatro dibujos del autor (dos a color y dos b/n). Prólogo de José Bergamín. Poema de Antonio Machado. Rústica. Primera edición. Buen estado. Con dedicatoria de antiguo propietario en hoja de respeto. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

      [Bookseller: Librería del Signo]
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        Over My Dead Body (First Edition)

      New York: Farrar and Rinehart, 1940. First Edition. First Edition. Very Good in a Very Good dust jacket. Slight lean, very light soil to the book, single lending library stamp at the top of the front endpaper. Jacket is complete but with archival tape mends on the verso, and one mend to the recto at the crown.

      [Bookseller: Royal Books, Inc.]
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        50 POEMS

      New York: Duell, Sloan and Pearce, 1940. First edition. Hardcover. Hardcover. First edition. A near fine book housed in the original cardboard slipcase with a bit of soiling to the margins. This is #145 of 150 signed and limited editions of this important book of poetry. Signed by Cummings on the front free endpaper. Laid into the book is a publisher's card which states this is the first book of poetry published by Cummings in three years and explaining that only subscribers would be receiving the book. Previous owner name on front pastedown. 50 Poems contains the first first appearances of several of Cummings' most famous poems, including "anyone live in a pretty how town," "my father moved through dooms of love" and love is the every only god." Signed by the author. This book is from the library of the late noted Oklahoma book collector Larry Owens.

      [Bookseller: Sawtooth Books]
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        Notholirion campanulatum

      [London.]: Dulau & Co. Ltd. / The Royal Horticultural Society.. [ 1940].. Handcolored lithograph, sheet size approximately 21 3/4 x 14 3/4 inches, matted to 25 3/4 x 18 inches. Area of the print that was exposed in the mat opening has evenly toned; otherwise very good, clean condition with bright color. This handcolored lithograph was published with Part VII of the Supplement to Henry Elwes 1880 Monograph of the Genus Lilium. This important botanical monograph highlights the extraordinary wealth of China and surrounding countries in the species Lilium. As Elwes' friend and collaborator Arthur Grove states in the introduction to the Supplement: "When Elwes prepared his Monograph about fifty species of Lilium were known to exist, and it was then the general opinion among experts that few remained to be discovered. With his customary acumen, Elwes himself expressed the view that 'The only regions from which much novelty can be expected are the Eastern Himalayas and the immense tract of unexplored and difficult mountain country which surrounds our Indian Empire on the north and east, and which lies round the head-waters of the Irrawaddy, the Bramputra, and the Yang-tse-kiang...' These words were written in 1880, some years before the botanical exploration of Western China began, and Elwes proved a wiser prophet than he knew. At that time, however, no one in England suspected that the area indicated by him was soon to prove richer in lilies than either Japan or Western North America." The first 7 parts of the Supplement were issued between 1933 and 1940. These were limited to 250 copies with a total of 30 handcolored plates drawn and lithographed by Miss Lilian Snelling. The large folio size is used to great advantage to showcase this stunning bloom, with botanical details at the lower left. The habitat of this lily is noted in the text (supplied in facsimile) as being Western China, north-west Yunnan and Northern Burma. .

      [Bookseller: oldimprints.com]
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        The Case of the Silent Partner (First Edition, inscribed to one of Gardner's secretaries)

      New York: William Morrow, 1940. First Edition. First Edition. INSCRIBED by Gardner to one of his secretaries: "To Noni, Who wrote it-from the bird who did the dictating. Erle Stanley Gardner."& & Fine in a bright, unrubbed dust jacket. Jacket is lightly worn at spine tips and with a small chip at top of front hinge. Perry Mason.

      [Bookseller: Royal Books, Inc.]
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        The Boners Omnibus

      Blue Ribbon Books, Inc., 1940. 1st Thus. Hardcover. Near Fine/Near Fine. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Geisel, Theodor (Dr. Seuss). The Boners Omnibus, Alexander Abingdon, Illustrated by Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel, 3/2/04-9/2424/91), Blue Ribbon Books, 1940, 1st thus, (states Reprinted January, 1940), Three books in one volume, 102, plus 89, plus 99 pages, plus four blank pages at the end. Description: Book; Red boards with brown lettering to the front board and spine only, top edge red. Contain all three "Boner" books which contain some of the earliest children's illustrations by Dr. Seuss, first published separately by Viking in 1931, this edition is the first of the three published together and predates all but his earliest works. For most of his career, Geisel was reluctant to have his characters marketed in contexts outside of his own books, and these wonderful illustrations depict such character-to-come as the cat in The Cat in the Hat, and famous feet that will carry the Grinch to steel off Christmas some four decades later. Many other such examples of his works, over 50 in all, all done while in his late 20's. Dust jacket; Yellow and black design with caricatures by illustrator, design carries to the spine in checkerboard fashion, black and white lettering, rear panel list other books by this publisher and carries the catalog number 59 along the lower edge. Front panel carries synopsis, rear panel is price clipped and carries an advertisement for Hoyle's Games. Condition: Book; Near fine example with no signs of sunning except for the top edge stain which has lost its luster. Bright and clean boards and pages without marks, booksellers small, neat plate on inside of rear board, points and all edges are clean and not rubbed. Dust jacket; Very good. Bright with little signs of sunning to the spine, all edges show slight chips most evident against this jacket's black background, gutter of front panel is rubbed and both the front and back boards shows signs of noticeable but not heavy soiling, still very presentable. Jacket is price clipped and now protected in Brodart.

      [Bookseller: Birchwood Books]
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        Old Lights for New Chancels. Verses topographical and amatory. SIGNED PRESENTATION COPY TO DAVID ROWLANDS

      John Murray [1940]. 8vo., First Edition, with a portrait frontispiece, endpapers lightly spotted; original blue cloth, backstrip with paper label printed in black, blue silk marker, a very good, clean copy. A PRESENTATION COPY FROM THE AUTHOR TO DAVID ROWLANDS WITH THE FORMER'S SIGNED HOLOGRAPH INSCRIPTION (DATED CHRISTMAS 1941) ON FRONT FREE ENDPAPER. This copy was presented in return for a copy of Rowlands' 'Autumn Twilight' (published in an edition of 50 signed copies). A splendid literary presentation copy of an early collection of Betjeman's verse. Peterson A8a; Stapleton, I.18. . Catalogs: john betjeman.

      [Bookseller: Island Books [formerly of Devon]]
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        Kirchliche Dogmatik. 4 Bände in 13 Bänden.,

      Zollikon-Zürich: Evangelischer Verlag bzw. Zürich: Theologischer Verlag, 1940-1979. - Im Ganzen gutes Exemplar. Teils papierbedingt leicht gebräunt. - BAND 1: Die Lehre vom Wort Gottes. Prolegomena zur Kirchlichen Dogmatik. 1. Halbband, 7. Aufl, 1955; 2. Halbband, 5. Aufl, 1960 -- BAND 2: Die Lehre von Gott. 1. Halbband, 5. Aufl., 1940; 2. Halbband, 6. Aufl., 1942 -- BAND 3: Die Lehre von der Schöpfung, 1. Teil., 4. Aufl., 1970; 2. Teil, 4. Aufl., 1979; 3. Teil, 3. Aufl. 1979; 4. Teil, 3. Aufl., 1969 -- BAND 4: Die Lehre von der Versöhnung, 1, Teil, 3. Aufl. 1975; 2. Teil, 3. Aufl. 1978; 3. Teil. Erste Hälfte, 3. Aufl. 1979, Zweite Hälfte 3. Aufl., 1979; Die Taufe als Begründung des christlichen Lebens (Fragment) 1967. Sprache: de Gewicht in Gramm: 10550 Originalleinen mit Schutzumschlag in Schuber.

      [Bookseller: Fundus-Online GbR Borkert SchwarzZerfaß]
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        HELHESTEN. Tidsskrift for kunst.

      Udg. af R. Dahlmann Olsen. 1.-2. årg. (Det udkomne). Kbhvn. 1940-44. Rigt illustr. med orig. grafik af bl.a. Else Alfeldt og Ejler Bille. Indbundet med de originale foromslag i ét privat halvlæderbind. Edit. by R. Dahlmann Olsen. 1.- 2. year. Copenhagen 1940-44. (All publ.). Richly illustr. and with orig. graphic by Else Alfeldt, Ejler Bille, Sv. Engelund, Svavar Gudnason, Henry Heerup, Hjorth Nielsen, Egill Jacobsen, Asger Jorn, Harald Leth, Vilh. Lundstrøm, Egon Matthiesen, Richard Mortensen, Olivia Holm Møller, Carl-Henning Pedersen, William Scharff, Dan Sterup Hansen and others. Bound with frontcovers in one halfleatherbinding.. Van de Loo 34, 41, 68, 69, 70, 71

      [Bookseller: Peter Grosells Antikvariat]
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        Why England Slept

      New York: Wilfred Funk, Inc, 1940. First Edition First Printing . Hardcover. Very Good/Good+. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. This book is clean, tight, square and unmarked in an about very good dust jacket that is unfortunately glued to the paste downs. The front corners are bumped, the ffep has been torn out, and the end papers are toned. The dust jacket is rubbed surface and more so at the edges and there is a split at the spine. It has 252, bright, clear pages in red cloth covered boards with bright gold titles in a black box on the spine. There is a stylized black & white drawing of the sleeping British lion on the front. NAP indicates first edition.

      [Bookseller: mdpinc Books]
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        THE OX-BOW INCIDENT

      NY: Random House, 1940 First edition, first prnt. Signed and dated "Sept. 25, 1940" by Clark on the front free endpage. Previous owner name and date neatly inked on front pastedown under dustjacket front flap, faint spoting to topstain; dustjacket with chipping at corners and spine ends, two inch closed tear on front panel spine fold and two shorter tears, one on the front panel bottom edge and the other on the rear panel topedge with shallow creases, edgewear, mostly on the front panel topedge. A bright, tight copy in Very Good+ conditiuon in a Very Good dustjacket with an archival cover. Clark's first novel. Signed & Dated by Author. Hardcover. 8vo - over 7?" - 9?" tall. The images are of the book described and not stock photos.

      [Bookseller: Revere Books, ABAA & IOBA]
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        Biggles in the South Seas [2]

      Published by Oxford University Press, Amen House, London First Edition 1940. First edition hard back binding in publisher's original pea green cloth covers, dark green lettering and a scallop shell with seaweed to the spine, dark green lettering and another shell with a twin prop aeroplane to the upper panel, top edge green but fading. 8vo true first edition 1.9 inches thick 7½'' x 5¼'' with 255 printed pages of text. Colour frontispiece and six monochrome illustrations throughout. A little brown ghosting to the end papers, ink name and address to the front paste down and front free end paper, light fox spotting to the text block edges when closed. Very Good condition book in Very Good condition original first edition price clipped dust wrapper with 10 mm piece of paper missing across the top of the spine affecting the top half of 'Biggles', scuffing of the paper down the front fore edge and lower spine edge, spine colour very slightly sun faded. Nine Oxford W. E. Johns listed books to the rear in a blue zigzag frame starting with Biggles Flies East and ending with Biggles Goes to War.

      [Bookseller: Little Stour Books PBFA]
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        Speaking-Picture-Book (Hardcover)

      New York: F.A.O. Schwarz, 1940. Hardcover. A short picture book with red wooden balls on strings that, when pulled, make approximations of farm animal noises. An attractive copy of this uncommon and charming precursor to modern children's speaking books.& & About Near Fine in a wooden, book-shaped box with a red spine and gold "page edges." Slightly soiled, with light rubbing to the bottom edge. Professional repair to the interior front hinge.

      [Bookseller: Royal Books, Inc.]
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        You Have Seen Their Faces

      New York: Duell, Sloan and Pearce, 1940. Second edition. Hardcover. Published three years after the Viking edition. This issue is as uncommon as the first edition. The first collaboration of Bourke-White and her then future husband Caldwell. One of the single best books to come out during the depression. A very good plus copy with some minor fraying to the spine ends and some offsetting to the front endpapers in an about good plus dust jacket that has a good number of chips and tears and some fading to the spine. A presentable copy of this book which is very scarce in any dust jacket. (Parr & Badger v1 140-141: Roth 94-95)

      [Bookseller: Jeff Hirsch Books, ABAA]
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        PHOTOGRAPH OF RALPH WALDO EMERSON

      @1880s. Photograph. Not examined out of the frame but appears to be Fine. Fine portrait of Emerson, image size 8-1/2" x 12-1/2" matted and framed to an overall size of 15" x 20". On the rear of the frame are two labels from Holman's Print Shop of Boston, circa 1940, on which is stated the following: "This photograph was in J. J. Hawes' studio at the time of his death and was stored with the rest of the contents until 1934, when it came to us for sale. It is a photographic copy of a daguerreotype portrait made by Mr. Hawes in the 1840's. The negative was a collodion-process plate ('wet plate'). This print could have been made as late as the 1890's, but more probably dates from the 1880's. When Mr. Hawes made the copy of the daguerreotype is not known." Southworth and Hawes produced some of the finest daguerreotypes of the 19th Century. Among their subjects, besides Emerson, were John Quincy Adams, Zachary Taylor, Daniel Webster, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Hawes died at the age of 94 in 1901, operating his studio up to the end. During the Depression his daguerreotypes were dispersed among a few museums and private collections.

      [Bookseller: Charles Agvent]
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        Original Signed Photograph of Pittsburgh Jazz Musicians by Charles "Teenie" Harris

      ca 1940, Pittsburgh - Original Teenie Harris silver gelatin photograph, 10 x 14 inches, in archival mount and framing, 17 x 20.5 inches. The image shows a drummer, horn section, and guitarist playing in Pittsburgh, and is signed in the lower right corner. A lively image, in very good condition with very small flecks of white and gold which produce and almost dreamlike effect, and seem to add to the sense of history in the photograph. There is light glue residue to the verso and mild edgewear which has been matted over. There is no studio stamp from Harris on the verso of the photograph but this appears to be a vintage silver gelatin print with his actual signature and not a Dennis Morgan restrike from the negative. Charles "Teenie" Harris (1908–1998) photographed Pittsburgh's African American community from c. 1935 to c. 1975. His archive of nearly 80,000 images is one of the most detailed and intimate records of the black urban experience known today.

      [Bookseller: Caliban Books Pittsburgh PA, ABAA]
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        COLONEL CROCKETT

      [New York. ca. 1940, after the original executed in 1839].. Handcolored mezzotint engraving. The image is 19 1/2 x 13 1/2 inches, plus wide margins. Fine. This wonderful image is a mid-20th-century impression from a plate originally engraved by Charles Stuart in 1839, after a contemporary painting by John Gadsby Chapman. Davy Crockett (1786-1836), frontiersman, Indian fighter, and defender of the Alamo, is an archetypal hero of the early United States. From his activities as a scout for Andrew Jackson during the War of 1812, through his service in the Tennessee legislature and the United States House of Representatives, to his death at the Alamo in 1836, his fame grew ever larger. Chapman (1808-89) met Crockett in the early 1830s and executed a portrait study of him. Crockett was very conscious of his public image as a frontiersman, and worked hard to foster that image while serving as a Congressman from Tennessee. When Chapman's original painting was done, in 1834, Crockett was contemplating a run for the Presidency in the next election. After Crockett's death Chapman worked the study into a full-length portrait. It was exhibited in the fall of 1838 at the Apollo Gallery in New York, an exhibition space that had been founded by a group of artists including Chapman. That painting was acquired by the state of Texas and hung in the capitol in Austin, where it was later destroyed by fire. Chapman painted another version of the portrait, which now hangs in the Harry Ransom Research Center at the University of Texas in Austin. The present engraving states: "New York. Published at the Apollo, 1839." A catalogue issued by the Apollo Gallery in October 1839 describes an engraved version of the present image. Charles Stuart was a mezzotint engraver working in New York at the same time. In the portrait Crockett stands in his buckskins, looking to his left, his right arm outstretched, holding his broad-brimmed hat. In his left arm he cradles a long rifle, and a knife is tucked into his belt. Three obedient dogs gaze up at him, and he stands in a small clearing with a shock of wheat and some trees behind him. The original 1839 version of this print is so rare as to be unobtainable, and is lacking from most major institutional collections. The last we can trace for sale was one offered by The Old Print Shop on the front cover of the PORTFOLIO, in May 1963 for $200 (this at a time when the major Audubon prints were still in the three-figure range). A striking and lovely image of a central figure in the mythology of America.

      [Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana]
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        For Whom The Bell Tolls

      New York, Charles Scribner's Sons, 1940., 39. FIRST EDITION. Octavo, pp.471. Publisher's beige cloth in the first issue dustwrapper priced $2.75 [without the photographer's credit on the rear panel]. A lovely bright copy of the book with discreet bookseller ticket to endpaper, in a very good example of the jacket, with some edgewear and a few chips to spine ends. Remains an attractive example of a book that wears easily. Hanneman [A18]. Listed in Modern Library's Top 100 Novels [1998].

      [Bookseller: Adrian Harrington Rare Books]
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        Photographic archive documenting the vaudeville and circus career of Jim and Renee Darling, 1940s-1960s

      Various: Unpublished, 1940. The collection consists of over 90 publicity photographs, vernacular photographs, advertising cards, posters, flyers, and one full-page newspaper article. About half of the items are related to the Darling's act and show how it evolved over the course of their career. The act started with outside performances on a sway pole at fairs and small circuses. After several friends were killed or seriously injured during sway pole performances, the Darlings switched to a revolving ladder. After Jim was badly injured in a fall from the ladder, the couple began to train chimpanzees "to do everything but talk." Their chimpanzee act was a major success on the theater circuit where they played with major acts like Kate Smith, Martha Raye, and the Mills Brothers. They were also popular on both regional and national television where they repeatedly were guests on hits like the Arthur Godfrey and Gary Moore shows. The other half of the items are related to the Darlings professional friends and fellow performers. There are photographs and advertising cards for cycling acts clowns, acrobats, sway polers, dog acts, a high wire family, big cat acts, a risqué seal act, jugglers, a wonder horse, cowboys, an elephant act, a hypnotist, a singer, roller skaters, a stripper, accordion/violin players, and a ring master. Most of the material is in very nice shape. Many items are signed and many have additional information about the acts annotated on their reverse. Some items have dog-ears, clipped corners, or short closed tears. . Notebook. Very Good. 4tp.

      [Bookseller: Read'Em Again Books]
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        The Monuments of Sanchi.

      The Government of India Press, c.1940., Calcutta, - With the texts of inscriptions edited, translated and annotated by N.G.Majumdar. Folio. 3 vols. xxiii, 396, xxxiipp. 141 engraved plates. Original decorated cloth, very slightly water stained & torn on vol.1 margin, but no effect on contents. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: The Isseido Booksellers, ABAJ, ILAB]
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        "La Griffonière, Danielle Darrieux, la chambre sous le toit": aquarelle sur papier par Bailhache

      Aquarelle sur papier, 32,5 x 25 cm. Il s'agit d'un projet de l'architecte Bailhache pour l'appartement de Danielle Darrieux, avenue Paul-Doumer. (tv) Très bon couverture souple Edition originale

      [Bookseller: Librairie Dejolibelle]
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        FAREWELL, MY LOVELY

      New York: Knopf, 1940.. Cloth. First edition. Endsheets a bit darkened, with small early ownership signature on front free endsheet, some shallow top-edge stain bleed to fore-edge of last third of text-block, else a good copy in somewhat darkened dust jacket with shallow chipping at head and toe of spine panel. Chandler's second novel and a H-Q Cornerstone. BRUCCOLI A2.1.a.

      [Bookseller: William Reese Company - Literature ABAA-]
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        Farewell, my Lovely

      New York: Knopf, 1940. First edition. Good/True first edition that has been around the block. Writers at BBC Radio 4 came up with a brief summary of Raymond Chandler (1888-1959) that beats the hell out of anything I could come up with: "Philip Marlowe is a moral man in an amoral world. California in the 1940s and 1950s is as beautiful as a ripe fruit and rotten to the core, reflecting all the tarnished glitter of the American Dream. ..." Farewell My Lovely (1940) was Chandler's second novel, and has been adapted for film three times. When Philip Marlowe sees a huge, loudly dressed man casually throwing a bouncer out onto the the pavement as he goes into a bar, he knows it's time to walk away, so he follows him inside. The big guy is Moose Molloy, recently released from an eight-year prison sentence and now on the hunt for his old sweetheart, a red-haired nightclub singer named Velma Valento. Marlowe follows a trail which includes a stick-up, blackmail, an irresistable blonde, a psychic, drugs and murder, and it leads him all the way to the top of a corrupt state of California. & . 20 cm; 375, [3] pages. Cloth in dust jacket. Dust jacket frayed, chipped with some loss, and stained lightly on upper panel. Text unblemished, if well read.

      [Bookseller: Rodger Friedman Rare Book Studio]
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        The Bride Wore Black

      New York: Simon & Schuster, 1940. 1st Edition 1st Printing. Hardcover. Good/Good. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. --- FIRST EDITION / FIRST PRINTING ---

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        To the Finland Station

      New York: Harcourt Brace, 1940.. First edition of the author's masterpiece. Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed and dated by the author. Near fine in a very good price-clipped dust jacket with a small chip to the top front panel and minor edge wear to the spine crown. A very sharp copy, uncommon signed.

      [Bookseller: Raptis Rare Books, ABAA/ ILAB]
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        You Can't Go Home Again

      New York and London: Harper & Brothers,, 1940. Octavo. Original blue cloth, titles to spine and front board gilt on a red ground. With the dust jacket. Tiny nicks to corners; an exceptional copy in the lightly rubbed jacket. First edition, first printing (with the "H-P" slug on the copyright page).

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        A History of Northumberland. Volume 15: Simonburn, Rothbury, Alwinton, etc

      Newcastle-upon-Tyne Andrew Reid, Sons & Co 1940. VG : in very good condition without dust jacket. Spine and cover fade First Edition Red decorated hardback cloth cover 280mm x 220mm (11" x 9"). xxiii, 526pp. Simonburn, Rothbury, Alwinton, etc.

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        YOU CAN'T GO HOME AGAIN. Signed

      New York: Harper and Brothers,, 1940 Wolfe, Thomas. YOU CAN'T GO HOME AGAIN. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1940. 8vo., 743pp. Early Edition [7th]. Inscribed on the front free endpaper to family friends: "Xmas - 1940 / Presented to John / and Essie Simmons / With all best wishes / that you will / enjoy and appreciate / my Brother Tom's last / book / Sincerely / Fred Wolfe / Dec. 25th / 1940". A very good or better copy [minor tape shadows to the endpapers from old clippings - not present] in a near fine supplied price clipped dustwrapper. Fred Wolfe Correspondence 1945 through 1955 with John and Essie Simmons are on deposit in The Thomas Wolfe Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Since the publication of the autobiographical "Look Homeward Angel" in 1929, the Wolfe family has held a revered place in American Literature. Fred Wolfe's fictional character, the extroverted Luke Gant lives here and returns in "Of Time And The River". For over 40 years, Fred Wolfe devoted his life to perpetuating his brother's memory. Fred passed in 1980.. Signed by Author. First Edition, 7th Printing.

      [Bookseller: TBCL The Book Collector's Library]
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        Journey Into Fear

      New York: Knopf, 1940.. First American edition of this classic suspense novel. Octavo. Near fine in a very good plus dust jacket that shows light wear. Inscribed by the author on the half title page. "One of the best stories of international intrigue you'll ever find." [The New Yorker]. "Journey Into Fear confirms Ambler's reputation as the foremost thriller writer of our time." [Time]

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        The Yearling

      Pages in good condition! harcover has slight water stains but otherwise a great collector book!New York: Scribner, 1940. First. hardcover. fine. 12 color illustrations by N.C. Wyeth. Colored pictorial end-papers. Large 8vo, black cloth, colored pictorial label. New York: Scribner, 1940. First Scribner Classic Edition. Fine, in the original board publisher's box with large colored pictorial label. . No Dust jacket April First printing , 421 pagesCHARLES SCRIBNER'S SONS, 1938. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Rare. Winner of the Pulitzer prize in 1938, The Yearling is Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings' timeless and tender story of young Jody Baxter and his pet fawn, Flag, in the backwoods of Florida.

      [Bookseller: Kim Luttrell]
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        One Two Buckle My Shoe

      For The Crime Club, by Collins, London, 1940., 1940. First Edition. A Hercule Poirot mystery. 8vo., pp. 252 + 3 ads. Publishers' orange cloth with black titles in original dust-wrapper. A very good copy; some minor wear and rubbing, jacket would be fine but for an accidental tear and crease to top of spine (matching faded area to cloth beneath). Ten scenes from the nursery rhyme decorate the purple and green jacket, which is price-clipped. Cooper & Pike; Detective Fiction

      [Bookseller: Adrian Harrington Rare Books]
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        POETA EN NUEVA YORK... Con Cuatro Dibujos Originales. Poema de Antonio Machado. Prologo de Jose Bergamin

      Mexico City: Editorial Seneca, 1940. First Illustrated Edition, the First Edition solely in Spanish, following the bilingual Spanish-English edition translated by Rolfe Humphries and published just a few weeks earlier in New York. With four full page plates from drawings by Garcia Lorca, two in colour and two in black and white. Titlepage printed in black and red. 4to, publisher’s original printed wrappers and with the jacket band announcing “Un libro inedito de Federico Garcia Lorca.” Now preserved in a folding case. 187pp. A fine, uncut copy, very well preserved indeed. FIRST ILLUSTRATED EDITION AND FIRST SOLELY IN SPANISH OF Garcia Lorca’s final published cycle of poems. The poems were published posthumously in 1940, but were written during his residency in New York in 1929 and 1930. His experiences in New York, amongst the disenfranchised African American population, transformed him into a passionate advocate of the theatre of social action. This edition followed the bilingual New York publication by only a few weeks. It is the first to include his art work. Lorca rose to international acclaim as one of the members of the Generation of ‘27, an influential group of poets that arose in Spanish literary circles. He was presumed killed by anti-Communist forces just days after the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War.

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        THE POET IN NEW YORK

      New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 1940 "Then I realized I had been murdered. / They looked for me in cafes, cemeteries and churches .... but they did not find me. / They never found me? / No. They never found me." - Lorca, Federico Garcia. THE POET IN NEW YORK. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, Inc. 1940. 8vo., 240pp. True First Edition, preceding all others, issued just a few weeks in advance of the Mexican Edition. Bi-lingual text, with translation into English by Rolfe Humphries, brief Introduction & closing Biographical Note by Hershel Brickell. Dull pumpkin orange cloth boards, gilt-stamped at spine, brown topstain, fore & bottom edges untrimmed. A fine example in a very good or better example of the uncommon light tan original correctly priced dustwrapper with the New York skyline cameo on front panel. The dustwrapper with some neat reversible Japanese paper & methyl cellulose archival repair primarily to some small loss at the spine crown, corners & top edge. An important book & one of the great rarities in the field of Modern Literature. A very nice copy. Custom TBCL embossed orange cloth slipcase. Federico del Sagrado Corazón de Jesús García Lorca [1898-1936] Spanish dramatist, theatre director; the greatest Spanish poet of his age, a Surrealist in technique. In June 1929, García Lorca travelled to America with Fernando de los Rios on the SS Olympic, a sister liner to the Titanic. They stayed mostly in New York City, where Rios started a lecture tour & García Lorca enrolled at Columbia University School of General Studies, funded by his parents. He studied English but, was more absorbed by writing than study. He also spent time in Vermont & later in Havana, Cuba. This collection Poeta en Nueva York (A poet in New York, published posthumously in 1940) explores alienation & isolation through some graphically experimental poetic techniques & was influenced by the Wall Street crash which he personally witnessed. This condemnation of urban capitalist society & materialistic modernity was a sharp departure from his earlier work & label as a folklorist. Lorca was rounded up and shot during the Spanish Civil War, but it remains unclear precisely why. His homosexual life-style may have contributed to the charges against him. Whatever the true cause, his death was a great loss to Spanish literature and art.. First Edition.

      [Bookseller: TBCL The Book Collector's Library]
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        Original etching of a naked satyr and two girls

      No Publisher, [ca. 1940?], 1940. 1st Edition. Description: 1 original ink etching on white paper, 19.5cm x 14cm. Subjects: Erotic art -- Illustration -- John Buckland Wright -- Book illustrators -- Erotica -- Original works. Notes: Some addtional background detail in pencil. Near fine copy. Very slight dust-toning evident around the margins. Remains particularly well-preserved overall.

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        The Trail of Beauty

      San Francisco: ALLEN PRESS, 1940. Octavo. 47, (xi)pp. One of 100 copies signed by the author. With an original watercolor illustration by William Gaskin tipped-in. Designed, hand-set, and hand-printed in three colors by Lewis and Dorothy Allen "at their home letterpress." A list of quotes, things, and experiences which the author thought beautiful, with blank pages at the end for "your own trail of beauty." Bound by William Wheeler in cloth-backed patterned boards. The very first book produced by this important American private press, this title represented a true family effort, as the author was Lewis Allen's father, and Gaskin was his brother-in-law. The distribution of copies was limited to family friends, including John Henry Nash, who declared that the typeface used to print this edition "belongs in the bay ... in the deepest part". Spine faded and faint wear to corners, else a fine copy; owner's name on front endpaper.

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        A Straggler. Broadbill

      New York: The Derrydale Press, 1940 - Number 31 of 250. 13-3/4 x 16-1/2 inches. Hand colored aquatint etching, signed by the artist at lower right in pencil. Framed. Ordeman (2005) p. 104; Siegel, pp. 194-5; Ordeman, Aquatints, Drypoints and Etchings of the Derrydale Press, pp. 29-31

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        On a Darkling Plain

      New York: Harcourt, Brace and Co., 1940. First edition. Hardcover. A terrific early novel from the author of "Big Rock Candy Mountain" and "Angle of Repose." A clean near fine copy in a very good plus dust jacket with some small chips to the spine ends and corners as well as some small tears and minor edge wear. Signed and warmly inscribed: "For Dorothy Viets, in gratitude for many deadlines extended and much annoyance cheerfully borne. Wallace Stegner." Reportedly Viets was one of his editors but I haven't been able to confirm that.

      [Bookseller: Jeff Hirsch Books, ABAA]
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        Sång och strid.

      Stockholm, Albert Bonniers förlag, 1940. 124 s. Förlagsband med skyddsomslag (ngt nött med några riss och obetydlig pappersförlust). En papperslapp ligger som bokmärke vid s. 109 (dikten »Källan»). Med bilagt handskrivet placeringskort - »Fil. Dr. Pär Lagerkvist» - från festmiddagen efter promotionen till hedersdoktor i Göteborg, med en handskriven hälsning av Lagerkvist (till Emil Zilliacus) på baksidan i blyerts: »Pär Lagerkvist gladde sig oändligt åt att träffa dig igen - du har betytt mycket för mig under årens lopp. Pär».. Första upplagan. Mycket fint associationsexemplar med anknytning till Göteborgs högskolas 50-årsjubileum den 11 oktober 1941, då åtta hedersdoktorer promoverades, däribland Pär Lagerkvist, Ernst Cassirer och den finlandssvenske författaren Emil Zilliacus (1878-1961).Denna bok med placeringskort har tillhört den sistnämnde.<p>Emil Zilliacus hörde till vägledarna för ett intensivt greklandsintresse under 1920- och 30-talen, med Akropolis sedd som humanistisk kultplats. Detta torde ha påverkat Pär Lagerkvist, för vilken Akropolis blev en symbol för den västerländska humanismens kamp mot barbari och diktatur, »Den knutna näven». Under andra hälften av 1930-talet hörde Zilliacus, liksom Lagerkvist, till gästerna hos prins Eugen på Waldemarsudde, en inte oväsentlig motståndscell under de mörka krigsåren. Valet av bok är passande, diktsamlingen Sång och Strid hör till Lagerkvists »beredskapsdiktning» under andra världskriget

      [Bookseller: Lorenz B. Hatt]
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        Darkness At Noon

      London: Jonathan Cape, 1940.. First English edition of the author&#39;s masterpiece. Octavo, original cloth. Light wear, else near fine in a very good price clipped dust jacket. Warmly Inscribed by Koestler on the front endpaper. The English edition is of legendary scarcity in dust jacket and most rare signed and inscribed.

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