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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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        LEXICON TOTIUS LATINITATIS + ONOMASTICON

      PATAVII, TYPIS SEMINARII 19406 MANCANO ALCUNE ETICHETTE SUI DORSI, M. perg edit.

      [Bookseller: Libreria S. Agostino]
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        The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet

      Bowen Merrill 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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        Astounding Science-Fiction 1940 January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December: If This Goes On / Final Blackout / The Roads Must Roll / Vault of the Beast / Slan / Blowups Happen / Farewell to the Master

      New York: Street & Smith Publications, Inc. 1st Editions 1940 ----------12 pulp magazines, standard pulp size, all 12 issues for 1940. In 1939, Astounding lauched science fiction's "Golden Age", by publishing the first stories of A.E. Van Vogt, Robert A. Heinlein and Theodore Sturgeon, and by bringing Isaac Asimov, who had had one earlier story published elsewhere, into Astounding's fold. In the year offerred here, 1940, these writers really started to hit their stride, with several "Future History" stories by Heinlein, an important novel by Van Vogt, plus continuing contributions from Lester del Rey, L. Sprague de Camp, Sturgeon, and perhaps L. Ron Hubbard's best novel. Information on front cover artist, notable (but not all) stories, and condition follows for each issue. JANUARY: Cover by Charles Schneemam. Conclusion of The Gray Lensman by Edward E. Smith, Requiem by Heinlein. Faint cover creases, wear to spine extremities, edgewear, small front cover stain, VG to VG+. / FEBRUARY: Cover by Hubert Rogers. Part 1 (of 2) of If This Goes On by Heinlein (his first mention on the cover), The Professor Was a Thief by Hubbard, and H.B. Fyfe's first story Locked Out. One piece of clear tape to spine bottom, splits to spine extremities, VG. / MARCH: Cover by Gilmore. Conclusion of the Heinlein serial, The Emancipated by de Camp. Splits and chipping to spine extremities, faint cover creases, small cover tears, edgewear, VG. / APRIL: Cover by Hubert Rogers. Part 1 (of 3) of Final Blackout, perhaps Hubbard's best book, also Repetition by Van Vogt. Small splits to spine extremities, corner crease, edgewear, VG. / MAY: Cover by Hubert Rogers. Part 2 of the Hubbard serial, Hindsight by Jack Williamson, and Space Guards, the last work of Buck Rogers creator Philip Francis Nowlan. Small splits to spine extremities, cover creases, edgewear, VG to VG+. / JUNE: Cover by Hubert Rogers. Conclusion of the Hubbard serial, The Roads Must Roll by Heinlein. Front cover glued to page block near spine, cover creases, small splits to spine extremities, VG. / JULY: Cover by Hubert Rogers. Coventry by Heinlein, The Idealist by Hubbard (as Kurt von Rachen). One piece on clear tape on the spine bottom, small splits to spine extremities, faint cover creases, VG to VG+. / AUGUST: Cover by Hubert Rogers. Vault of the Beast by Van Vogt, The Stars Look Down by del Rey. Cover creases, tiny splits to spine extremities, edgewear, clear tape inside back cover repairing tears, VG. / SEPTEMBER: Cover by Hubert Rogers. Slan (pt 1 of 4) by Van Vogt, arguably his best novel, plus Blowups Happen by Heinlein, Quietus by Ross Rocklynne, Homo Sol by Asimov, The Kilkenny Cats by Hubbard (as von Rachen), a great issue. Minor splits to spine extremities, a little edgewear, VG+ to near fine. / OCTOBER: Cover by Hubert Rogers. Part 2 of the Van Vogt serial, Butyl and the Breather by Sturgeon. Of considerable importance is Farewell to the Master by Harry Bates, Astounding's first editor. Two film versions of the tale, titled The Day the Earth Stood Still, were made, the classic in 1951, and the 2008 remake. Small splits to spine extremities, cover creases, VG to VG+. / NOVEMBER: Cover by Hubert Rogers. Part 3 of the Van Vogt serial, The Exalted by de Camp, One Was Stubborn by Hubbard (as Rene Lafayette), Splits to spine extremities, cover crease, corner crease which may separate, VG to VG+. / DECEMBER: Cover by Hubert Rogers. Conclusion of the Van Vogt serial. Single pieces of clear tape to the top and bottom of the spine repairing spine splits, 1 inch front cover tear at spine, faint cover creases, edgewear, VG. / Back cover ads alternate between Camel and Chesterfield Cigarettes. . First Edition. Soft Cover. Very Good. Note: our prices on Biblio are the LOWEST of any of the sites on which we list our books.

      [Bookseller: John McCormick]
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        Biggles- Secret Agent

      Oxford University Press. 1940, 1940. First Edition. 8vo. Publisher's blue cloth decorated in black to spine and front board. Clean and bright, near fine with minor edgewear. In a near fine example of the dustwrapper with some very minor superficial rubbing. Quite simply one of the nicest, crispest copies of this book that we've seen. Internally clean with some spotting to prelims and most notably to page edges very rarely encroaching onto the margins. Scarce in this condition.

      [Bookseller: Adrian Harrington Rare Books]
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        Diedrich Knickerbocker's History of New-York

      New York: Heritage, 1940. hardcover. fine. Black & white illustrations by Don Freeman. 8vo, handsomely rebound in 3/4 yellow morocco, dark green leather spine labels. New York: Heritage Press, (1949). A fine copy.

      [Bookseller: Argosy Book Store]
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        Sapphira and the Slave Girl

      New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1940 - First Edition, Number 409 of 520 copies (of which 498 copies are for sale) have been printed on Rives Liampre All-Rag Paper. Each copy signed by the Author. 8vo. 8vo, New York: Alfred A Knopf, 1940. Gilt cloth and boards, t.e.g. Fine copy in soiled dj at spine and original slipcase. Crane A22 [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: James Cummins Bookseller, ABAA]
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        Futurismo russo.

      Subject: (Disegni). Lotto di undici disegni, da cm. 15, 5 x 24 a 24 x 33, tutti colorati a matite grasse. L'epoca ? certamente precedente il 1940, di accertata provenienza toscana; se originali od imitazioni ci ? impossibile stabilire. Il lotto, non divisibile :

      [Bookseller: LIBRERIA PIANI]
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        "Buick Glass-Top Torpedo Concept Art"

      1940-1941. Mixed media on paper. 11 3/4 x 22 3/4 inches. Framed. 20 3/4 x 30 3/4 inches. The title is based on a label from a previous owner on the back of the piece, but which is unverified at present. In any event, the design is forceful and intriguing, and representative of the Buick "character" in the 1950's and 60's: powerful, even aggressive and luxurious. Interesting features that never really developed very far are the glass bubble roof, which may have been impractical, and which does not give the passengers the option to be less visible when they want to be, and the reticulated glass seam that adorns the hood.

      [Bookseller: Donald Heald Rare Books]
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        History of the Mongols, from the 9th Century to the 19th Century

      China, no date (ca 1940), rare reprint of the first edition, published in London in 1880. Part I and Part II. - 3 volumes, rebound in modern brown full leather, covers kept, uncut, very good condition. First volume: XXVIII, 743 pp., Second volume: , Third volume: Part I (1 volume) : The Mongols Proper and the Kalmuks. Part II (in 2 volumes): The So-called Tartars of Russia and Central Asia. There are 2 other volumes not present here: The Mongols of Persia and a last volume for supplement and indices [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: INDOSIAM RARE BOOKS]
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        Doggone Good" /vintage lithographic progressive proof set for Gil Elvgren poster/calendar

      1940 - (Printer not known); circa 1940. Vintage set of six lithographic progressive proofs - full color, red on yellow, oink, blue, yellow, and black and white - for the printing of a Gil Elvgren pin-up painting - "Doggone Good" - probably as a calendar. Approximately 11' x 9" each; probably for a calendar. Near Fine; Staple holes in left margins, not affecting images. See scans of five of these. A genuinely rare curiosity from the Pin-Up forties. L62 [Attributes: Soft Cover]

      [Bookseller: Singularity Rare & Fine]
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        POETA EN NUEVA YORK

      Editorial SÉNECA, Mexico 1940 - 187 páginas .- Con 4 dibujos de Federico García Lorca , dos de ellos en colores .- Muy bun ejemplar , - [Attributes: Soft Cover]

      [Bookseller: MAGNASCO]
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        Imágenes del Occidente Venezolano

      New York: Tribune Printing Company, 1940. First Edition. Comb Binding. Very Good. Inscribed by someone other than Alfredo Boulton on first free endpaper to Eliot Elisofon (1911-1973). Elisofon was active as a photographer from 1935 through his death in 1973 and was a staff photographer/correspondent for LIFE Magazine from 1942 through 1972. During his time with LIFE Elisofon pursued freelance projects including a deep interest in Africa and developed an interest and expertise in African Art. Elisofon also spent time as a color consultant in Hollywood. Major collections of his work are held by the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin and the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art. An extremely rare item with only six appearing in libraries via OCLC, all in the United States. Unpag. Folio. Square yellow paper covered boards with black titling to cover board, black plastic comb binding at sopine. Comb is missing a few teeth at the foot. Scuffing overall with light bumping to corners, minor losses. Some foxing and spotting to endpapers and title page. Twenty-one (21) full page photographs at recto, explanatory note facing page verso, tri-fold panorama photograph second to last in series. Images clean.

      [Bookseller: Artisan Books & Bindery]
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        In the Teeth of Evidence (First Edition)

      New York: Harcourt, Brace, 1940. First American Edition. Fine and unread in a Fine dust jacket. A spectacular copy. Lord Peter Wimsey.

      [Bookseller: Royal Books, Inc.]
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        TWELVE AGAINST ALCOHOL

      Harrison - Hilton Books, NEW YORK 1940 - The dust jacket is chipped and worn around the edges but has been placed in a mylar cover. The pages are yellow, the text is clean. The binding is tight. Original lavendar boards have faded spine and small stain tip front cover. This powerful book is the autobiographical account of twelve patients who tell of their growing addiction to alcohol; their mental & physical experiences while on the road to recovery. DATE PUBLISHED: 1940 EDITION: first 246pgs [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Princeton Antiques Bookshop]
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        Oeuvres complètes - 20 Bände.,

      (Lausanne) : Mermod 1940-41. - Schöne erste Werkausgabe - Gedruckt in 1500 numerierten Exemplaren (hier Nr. 880) auf zweiseitig unbeschnittenem Papier Verge chiffon. In den 1950er Jahren sind noch 3 Nachtragsbände erschienen, welche hier - wie meist - fehlen. Ramuz gilt als bedeutendster französischer Schriftsteller der Schweiz. - Bringolf 200 - - - Kanten teils leicht berieben und / oder leicht bestossen, Einbände teils gering fleckig, in Band 1 einige S. etwas unsauber aufgeschnitten. Insgesamt noch schöne Ausgabe. L07-7 Sprache: fr Gewicht in Gramm: 30000 23*17 cm. Illustr. OHalbpergamentbände mit Rückentiteln, OSchutzumschläge mit eingebunden. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat BehnkeBuch]
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        The Heart is a Lonely Hunter

      Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1940 Presentation copy. Signed and inscribed by McCullers to fellow writer, Lillian Everts. First edition, later printing (lacking date on title page). Very good with a few small stains to rear board and some light fraying to lower edge of front board. Signed copies of the author's first and most well-known novel are very scarce.. Signed by Author(s). 1st Edition. Hardcover. Very Good.

      [Bookseller: B & B Rare Books, Ltd., ABAA]
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        Original Watercolor Drawing for "Who Dreams of Cheese," created for Charles Scribner's Sons

      n.p., [c. 1940 or later]. Image size: 14 x 16 framed size- 22 x 24. . . Bader, pp. 224-225 . An innovative artist and Caldecott Award winner, Weisgard was instrumental in changing children's picturebooks from being primarily stories to incorporating modernist art and other disciplines and creating a medium which invited the viewer to "see things in a new way" (Bader). The picture here is a scene in a dense forest, incorporating countless types of leaves and grasses in various shades of green, surrounding the central figures of a bird perched on a branch eating from a bunch of purple grapes, and a butterfly and a dragonfly flutter over a nest containing three white eggs. In the lower left corner, a large gray squirrel watches the activity in the branches. The drawing is highlighted with splashes of brilliant yellows and a translucent violet sky

      [Bookseller: James Cummins Bookseller]
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        COLLECTED POEMS OF ROBERT FROST with AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT POEM

      New York: Halcyon House, (1940). Hardcover. Near Fine in a complete, Good dustwrapper. Third Printing. This copy has been SIGNED by the author and INSCRIBED "For Daniel Smythe/Boston December 1940" with the complete eight-line poem "The Pasture," the first poem in the book, entirely in the poet's hand on the front endpaper. Interestingly Frost appears to have made a mistake at the beginning of the penultimate line and, though neatly done, it is clear that he erased a word or two and wrote over it. "The Pasture" is one of Frost's best known poems and not commonly encountered, complete, in manuscript form.

      [Bookseller: Charles Agvent]
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        Catalogo De Construcciones Religiosas Del Estado De Hidalgo

      Mexico City: Talleres Graficos de la Nacion, 1940. First edition. Wraps. Very Good. Large folios,36 x 24 cm x 6cm thick each volume, in 2 vols. These are very big tomes, unbound in original graphic wraps. Limited to 2000 copies. Beautifully produced inventory of church architecture in the state of Hidalgo, Mexico. Includes a profusion of architectural renderings, floor-plans, profiles, frontal views, architectural details, etc. Well over 700 colonial era churches described. This is a production of the Talleres Graficos de la Nacion, and in every way lives up to the high production values of their work. [see photo]

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        Process of Wood-Block Printing.,

      Tokyo: Selbstverlag d. Hrsg., o. J.,. - 29 pp., 18 x 12,5 cm, Ohne Jahr, ca. 1940. Farbig illustr. orig. Leinwand mit montiertem Deckelschild, 29 ungez. Seiten, durchgehend, meist farbig bebildert. Am Schnitt minimal fleckig. Gutes, sauberes Exemplar. Nach Art eines Leporellos. Zeigt das Entstehen eines Farbholzschnittes in 14 Schritten am Beispiel von "Shono" aus den 53 Stationen des Tokaido von Hiroshige Sprache: en Gewicht in Gramm: 1010 [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Some Memories of W. B. Yeats

      Dublin: The Cuala Press,, December 1940. Octavo. Original Hollande boards, leaves uncut. With the original glassine wrapper. Illustrated frontispiece. A superb copy with the wrapper only lightly rubbed. First edition, first impression, of Masefield's memoir of Yeats in prose and verse; number 13 of only 370 copies printed.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        A SPEECH BY THE PRIME MINISTER.IN THE HOUSE OF COMMONS, AUGUST 20th 1940.

      Baynard Press. London. 1940 - FIRST EDITION. Printed stapled wraps. 16pp. A bright, clean copy throughout. Overall a near to fine copy of this fragile pamphlet. Housed in a felt lined clamshell box with black morocco spine, raised bands, decorated with Rampant Lion device in compartments, ruled and lettered in gilt. Black cloth on boards. ----- Printing and the mind of man. No.424 -----The Lion`s Voice. "If the Gettysburg Address is one of the most moving statements of democracy confronted by tragedy, Churchill`s historic exhortations are its equal in their ringing assertion of democracy confronting the seemingly irresistible forces of tyranny". First edition of Churchill`s famous rousing speech, commenting on the first months of the war and giving thanks to British Airmen. "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few". [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

      [Bookseller: Paul Foster-ABA.]
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        [Nine Original Handmade Pornographic Pictures with Collaged and Moveable Elements]

      [Paris?], [ca. 1940]. Nine original works of art on paper executed in a pen and watercolor. Each approx. 4.5" x 8.5". Generally near fine. Remarkable series of nine original full-color explicit pictures by an unknown artist, all capturing men and women in coitus, with collaged and moveable elements. In most images, women's faces, most likely taken from Parisian fashion mags, are carefully pasted onto bodies in order to maintain perspective, the effort lending the entire enterprise a certain surrealistic air. Most intriguingly, however, each picture incorporates one moveable element (skirt, panty, etc.) that when lifted reveals various cocks in flagrante delicto. In its combination of Dada-esque and children's book techniques, a group compelling beyond its merely prurient subject matter.

      [Bookseller: Brian Cassidy, Bookseller]
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        The Portrait of Jirjohn Cobb

      E.P. Dutton New York: E.P. Dutton. 1940. First. First American edition. Fine in near fine dustwrapper with tiny nicks and tears at the extremities. Published in the U.K. as Find Actor Hart. Very scarce in jacket. .

      [Bookseller: Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. ABA]
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        The manuscript diaries of Captain (later Major) Cuthbert John Bell (1905-1967), 116211, R.A.S.C. in the Western Desert, Italian and Syrian campaigns.

      - Bell joined up in 1940 and left the army in 1950. The diaries covering the years 1940 – 1951, lacking the diary for 1942 and for 1948/9. The diary for 1940 being a small pocket diary; 1941 a small 4to notebook (96-pages); 1943 an 8vo desk diary; 1944-5 written in a 4to cash book (242-pages); 1946 a folio government issue notebook (55-pages); 1947 an 8vo pocket diary; & 1950-51 in a 4to government issue notebook (110-pages). Fully written up, ca. 150,000 words. Together with over 100 photographs, military and civilian subjects; mostly snapshots, including some of his lady companions, a few larger including military groups including one mounted on card of ‘51 Military Prison & Detention Barrack, M. E. L. F.’ in which Bell is identified. A full description is available upon request.

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        WHEN THE WHIPPOORWILL

      Scribners, N.Y. 1940 - A very fine, crisp and tight hardcover copy. No bumped corners. No offsetting to end papers. Pages are crisp and white. Jacket/brodart covered is very bright and clean. No tears, no chips to jacket. An exceptional copy. First Edition with Scribners 'A' on copyright page. = WE BOX AND SHIP ALL BOOKS WITH USPS TRACKING. = WE HAVE BEEN BUYING AND SELLING USED BOOKS FOR OVER 34 YEARS. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        The Last Man

      London: John Murray,, 1940. Octavo. Original red cloth, titles to spine and upper board in black. With the dust jacket. Ownership inscription to front pastedown. A little rubbed and toned at extremities, lower corner bumped and with a small white mark, spotting to edges of text block, partial tanning to free endpapers. An excellent copy in the rubbed, tanned, and chipped jacket with some closed tears. First edition, first impression. Rare, particularly in the dust jacket, this is one of the earliest novels to incorporate a doomsday device. It was critically well-received, with George Orwell writing that the book "raises a real problem… decay in the belief in absolute good and evil".

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        [JEWISH MOBSTERS] FOUR PERIOD PRESS PHOTOGRAPHS OF JEWISH MOBSTER HYMIE KAPLAN AND ONE ORIGINAL FINGERPRINT ARREST RECORD OF MOBSTER EDWARD LEVINE, WITH NEWSPAPER CLIPPING CONCERNING HIS DEATH…WITH “TOUGH JEWS (NY, SIMON & SCHUSTER, 1998) .”

      1940-41. Photographs of Hymie Kaplan are originals from several news photographers, with square pencil mark for editing and brush up for printing, photographs contain back page dates (1940-1941) , descriptions of details, also includes laid in newspaper clippings with text which photographs were used in; photographs and descriptions of Hymie Kaplan while he was being booked at the Butler St. Police Station, Brooklyn, in November 1940, and three photographs of his courtroom trial at County Court, Brooklyn, on charges of racketeering, in “connection with card sharp ring that has fleeced suckers of $4, 000, 000”, he was sentenced to 20 years of prison. Also includes laid in original Fingerprint sheet from the criminal court of New York City, of Edward Levine, born 1942, includes attached Fingerprint Bureau Arrest Record of Levine, with dates, charges, dispositions, judges presiding, etc. Over the period 1961-1966, wherein Levine served sentences for three of the four occasions, with back page attached FBI arrest record, which notes several further arrests in Miami Beach; also includes laid in later newspaper clipping (undated but probably 1968) announcing that Levine, 28 years old, was shot and killed by an off duty copy, “after he allegedly assaulted the officer with a baseball bat”, “police said that Levine had been arrested nine times, once in 1951 for breaking a cop’s jaw”; Levine’s rap sheet ends with this newspaper clipping. With the book, Tough Jews: “In an L. A. Delicatessen, a group of Brooklyn natives gets together to discuss basketball, boxing, the weather back east, and the Jewish gangsters of yesteryear. Meyer Lansky. Bugsy Siegel. Louis Lepke, the self-effacing mastermind of Murder, Inc. Red Levine, the Orthodox hit man who refused to kill on the Sabbath. Abe ‘Kid Twist’ Reles, who looked like a mama's boy but once buried a rival alive. These are just some of the vibrant, vicious characters Rich Cohen's father reminisced about and the author evokes so pungently in Tough Jews. Tracing a generation of Jewish gangsters from the candy stores of Brownsville to the clubhouses of the Lower East Side - and, occasionally, to suites at the Waldorf -Cohen creates a densely anecdotal and gruesomely funny history of muscle, moxie, and money. Filled with fixers and schlammers, the squeal of tires and the rattle of gunfire, his book shatters stereotypes as deftly as its subjects once shattered kneecaps. ” (Publishers Description) Subjects: Jewish criminals - New York (State) - New York. Crime - New York (State) - New York. Jews - New York (State) - New York - Social conditions. Gangster. Jewish criminals - New York (State) - New York - History - 20th century. Organized crime - New York (State) - New York - History - 20th century. Light wear to jacket, otherwise fresh and clean. Very good + condition. (SPEC-36-52) .

      [Bookseller: Dan Wyman Books]
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        JEWISH MOBSTERS] FOUR PERIOD PRESS PHOTOGRAPHS OF JEWISH MOBSTER HYMIE KAPLAN AND ONE ORIGINAL FINGERPRINT ARREST RECORD OF MOBSTER EDWARD LEVINE, WITH NEWSPAPER CLIPPING CONCERNING HIS DEATH WITH "TOUGH JEWS (NY, SIMON & SCHUSTER, 1998) ."

      1940-41 1940 - Photographs of Hymie Kaplan are originals from several news photographers, with square pencil mark for editing and brush up for printing, photographs contain back page dates (1940-1941) , descriptions of details, also includes laid in newspaper clippings with text which photographs were used in; photographs and descriptions of Hymie Kaplan while he was being booked at the Butler St. Police Station, Brooklyn, in November 1940, and three photographs of his courtroom trial at County Court, Brooklyn, on charges of racketeering, in "connection with card sharp ring that has fleeced suckers of $4, 000, 000", he was sentenced to 20 years of prison. Also includes laid in original Fingerprint sheet from the criminal court of New York City, of Edward Levine, born 1942, includes attached Fingerprint Bureau Arrest Record of Levine, with dates, charges, dispositions, judges presiding, etc. Over the period 1961-1966, wherein Levine served sentences for three of the four occasions, with back page attached FBI arrest record, which notes several further arrests in Miami Beach; also includes laid in later newspaper clipping (undated but probably 1968) announcing that Levine, 28 years old, was shot and killed by an off duty copy, "after he allegedly assaulted the officer with a baseball bat", "police said that Levine had been arrested nine times, once in 1951 for breaking a cop’s jaw"; Levine’s rap sheet ends with this newspaper clipping. With the book, Tough Jews: "In an L. A. Delicatessen, a group of Brooklyn natives gets together to discuss basketball, boxing, the weather back east, and the Jewish gangsters of yesteryear. Meyer Lansky. Bugsy Siegel. Louis Lepke, the self-effacing mastermind of Murder, Inc. Red Levine, the Orthodox hit man who refused to kill on the Sabbath. Abe ‘Kid Twist’ Reles, who looked like a mama's boy but once buried a rival alive. These are just some of the vibrant, vicious characters Rich Cohen's father reminisced about and the author evokes so pungently in Tough Jews. Tracing a generation of Jewish gangsters from the candy stores of Brownsville to the clubhouses of the Lower East Side - and, occasionally, to suites at the Waldorf -Cohen creates a densely anecdotal and gruesomely funny history of muscle, moxie, and money. Filled with fixers and schlammers, the squeal of tires and the rattle of gunfire, his book shatters stereotypes as deftly as its subjects once shattered kneecaps. " (Publishers Description) Subjects: Jewish criminals - New York (State) - New York. Crime - New York (State) - New York. Jews - New York (State) - New York - Social conditions. Gangster. Jewish criminals - New York (State) - New York - History - 20th century. Organized crime - New York (State) - New York - History - 20th century. Light wear to jacket, otherwise fresh and clean. Very good + condition. (SPEC-36-52) [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Dan Wyman Books, LLC]
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        Where There's a Will

      FARRAR & RINEHART, NEW YORK 1940 - Dust jacket flaps are glued to boards. Some chipping, creasing, and rub spots. Inside front cover is soiled, library ink stamp. Inside back cover foxed and dates stamped in ink. Yellowed deckeled pages. Inside is clean and binding is good. DATE PUBLISHED: 1940 EDITION: 271 [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Princeton Antiques Bookshop]
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        The Unknown Quantity

      John Hamilton 1940. This is a Fine Copy of this Book in plain red boards with a cream paper title label lettered in black to spine,in a Very Good + Dust-Jacket,that has a 1cm closed tear to the top edge of the lower cover and there has been neat small tape strengthening applied to the underside of the d/j along the head and tail of spine.There is light rubbing to the extremities but the d/j remains in very nice condition with no fading to spine or upper cover,it's a crisp and pretty clean dust-jacket.Not price clipped and the book has NO previous inscriptions present.The contents of the book are in excellent shape with no pages turned,no foxing or spotting to page edges which remain crisp and clean.The book is undated but is a 1940 First Edition of this very elusive title which is hard hitting tale of revenge.This would make a great addition to any serious collection of works by W.E. Johns and is very rare particularly in this condition,8vo 254pp First Edition 1st Impression

      [Bookseller: Richard Thornton Books]
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        The Case of the Baited Hook (First Edition, inscribed by Gardner to one of his secretaries)

      New York: William Morrow, 1940. First Edition. First Edition. INSCRIBED by Gardner to one of his secretaries: "To Noni, Who wrote it, from Erle Stanley Gardner, who had to think it up."& & A bit of staining at lower edges of cover, else Near Fine in a Near Fine dust jacket with light wear along edges.

      [Bookseller: Royal Books, Inc.]
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        [Manuscrit autographe signé] Le Problème d'Extrême Orient

      1940. Manuscrit. Très bon. En Feuilles. Signé par l'auteur. In-4. [circa octobre 1940] Manuscrit autographe de 9 ff. in-4 anopistographes (environ 30 lignes par page), signé in-fine. Quelques ratures. Un manuscrit, probablement inédit, très lisible. Dans ce projet d'article, Claude Farrère évoque longuement l'invasion japonaise de la Chine puis la récente invasion du Haut Laos et du Haut Tonkin. Il prévoit une extension du conflit, car les bases navales de l'Indochine coupent Hong-Kong de Singapour et remarque qu'une "extension des conflits actuels ôterait à la planète le peu de chances qui lui restent de jamais retrouver une paix durable et une civilisation basée sur le droit, la justice, l'ordre et la liberté". L'article se termine par des considérations sur les bienfaits apportés par la colonisation française de l'Indochine, respectueuse des croyances, des moeurs et des trésors culturels. Et Claude Farrère de conclure : "J'ai peur que leur bonheur [celui des "populations douces et naïves du Cambodge, du Laos, de l'Annam et du Tonkin"], hélas ! ne soit fini." Quelques rousseurs et plis, sans aucune gravité..

      [Bookseller: Des livres autour (Julien Mannoni)]
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        Untitled Artists' Book

      [N.p.: n.p. c. 1940s] - Unique accordion-fold artists' book created by Angna Enters, filled with her effusive painted abstractions and presented to photographer Dorothy Norman as a gift (not noted in the book). Recognized for her contributions to Modern dance and theater, Enters was highly involved in early twentieth century artistic circles in New York, creating a prolific body of sculpture and painting that now belongs to the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Smithsonian Museum, among other institutions. From the library of Dorothy Norman. Folds on a couple of pages starting to separate, else very good in painted boards, with a painted swath of cloth affixed to the front panel.

      [Bookseller: Harper's Books, ABAA]
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        Great Contemporaries

      Thornton Butterworth, London, 1940 - Revised edition adds four new essays (Parnell, Baden-Powell, Roosevelt, Fisher) making it bibliographically important. Bound in coarser darker navy cloth than firsts. 387 pages, photo plate of each of the 25 subjects. This second impression of 1940 uses the outer leaf of the first and last gatherings as its endpapers, so saving a tiny bit of rationed wartime paper. Book is very crisp with remarkably bright gilt titles on spine. Binding is tight, edges even but lightly spotted, no names. Dustjacket is unclipped, very bright front cover, spine slightly grey with losses at ends and a small ragged hole in middle of spine. (A43b.2). [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: The Churchill Book Specialist]
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        For Whom the Bell Tolls

      Charles Scribner's Sons, New York 1940 - First edition. Foxing to the boards and the endpapers, a very good copy in a very near fine (possibly supplied, but was with the book when it came to us) second issue dustwrapper with a little rubbing. Author James Jones's copy with his ownership Signature on the front pastedown. An interesting association between two men who are probably best known for their war novels. See this book in 3D on our site. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Between the Covers-Rare Books, Inc. ABAA]
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        The Ox-Bow Incident

      New York: Random House, [1940] - First edition, advance copy with publisher's notice laid in. 8vo. . Pictorial wrappers. Very fine, fresh copy in black morocco-backed drop box [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

      [Bookseller: James Cummins Bookseller, ABAA]
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