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        FLIGHTS OVER ANCIENT CITIES OF IRAN Special Publication of the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago

      University of Chicago Press, 1940.. 1st edn. Folio. Original pictorial cloth (corners a little bumped - otherwise bright VG). Pp. xxii + 104 (rear pages with a small indentation and crease; no inscriptions), illus with 119 b&w photographic plates, 4 map plates and endpaper maps. .

      [Bookseller: Rothwell & Dunworth Ltd]
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        Biennale di Venezia XXII. Original-Farblithographie.

      1940 - 1940. Blattgrösse: 100x69,5 cm. 1 Blatt. Unten rechts im Stein signiert. Lithographie entstand bei Ommassini & Pascon, Vedenig. An den Rändern etwas knitterig, oben mit kl. Anrissen. Ciaci Mondaini bekannter italienischer Karikaturist und Graphiker begann seine Kariere in der Zeit des Faschismus unter Mussollini. Später arbeitete er für zahlreiche Zeitschriften, verfasste literarische Arbeiten und probierte sich auch im Filmbusiness. Er starb 1979 in seiner Geburtsstadt Mailand. An den Rändern etwas knitterig, oben mit kl. Anrissen.

      [Bookseller: Biblion Antiquariat]
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        The Big Six. [With Illustrations by the Author]

      Jonathan Cape, [1940] 1940 8vo., First Edition, with a frontispiece, 22 full-page illustrations (including a map) and numerous smaller illustrations (all by the author) in the text, and endpaper maps in blue and black; cloth, gilt back, a very good, bright, clean copy in unclipped dustwrapper, the latter mildly rubbed at joints and fold-ins, and with a short area worn to small holes at top of backstrip (not affecting lettering) and lower joint. Hammond A33.

      [Bookseller: Island Books]
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        The Web and the Rock Inscribed by Thomas Wolfe's Mother, Julia Wolfe

      Sun Dial Press. Good+ in Good+ dust jacket. 1940. Hardcover. Book is tight and lightly soiled with pages yellowing. Has long inscription from Mrs. Wolfe dated August 3rd, 1944, Asheville, NC. Also has previous owner's name inside front cover. Mylar protected dust jacket is chipped and wrinkled. See scans for complete inscription text. Packed securely, shipped next day! ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall .

      [Bookseller: Bookquest]
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        The Grapes of Wrath

      New York: Heritage, 1940. hardcover. fine. Illustrations by Thomas Hart Benton, 4to, handsomely rebound in lime green morocco, marbled boards. New York: Heritage Press, (1940). Fine.

      [Bookseller: Argosy Book Store]
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        Labyrinthine Ways

      VIKING PRESS, NY 1940 - spine is darkened, inside covers and front & rear end page have browning, corners are rubbed, general shelf wear. Pages 165 & 256 both state "Chapter Three." DATE PUBLISHED: 1940 EDITION: FIRST ED 301 VERY GOOD FIRST EDITION FIRST PRINTING THERE WERE ONLY 3,500 OF THE FIRST EDITION PRINTED. JACKET: NONE [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Princeton Antiques Bookshop]
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        Building Plans and Elevations for an Addition to the International Harvester Co. Building, 201-223 Potreo St. at 15th St., San Francisco

      San Francisco: James H. Hjul, Structural Engineer, October 1940. Original pencil drawings on tracing paper. Sheet size primarily 17" x 22". 4 sheets. Job #206. File #1898. James Hansen Hjul (1882 - 1957), a structural engineer, constructed many buildings in San Francisco. He was the founder of the J.H. Construction Company and was listed as a contractor, civil engineer, structural engineer and construction engineer in San Francisco City Directories from 1907 to 1958. Most of his work occurred in the South of Market area on warehouses and industrial buildings.

      [Bookseller: Alan Wofsy Fine Arts]
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        Farewell, my Lovely

      Knopf, 1940. - First edition. NVG/-. Russet colored cloth, blue lettering. Lightly rubbed at extremities, small scuff at edge of rear gutter, two small stains lower rear corner (size of a pencil eraser). Contents are clean and unmarked, endpapers age-toned on edges, binding and hinges sound. Very nice, clean copy. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: The BookChase]
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        An Autobiography

      New York: Random House. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Fine. FIRST EDITION, number 87 of only 250 copies signed by Avedon; with special engraver's proof (10.5 x 13.5 in) of Marilyn Monroe laid-in. Lavishly illustrated with 284 photographs documenting Avedon's career from the 1940's to the 1990's. New York: Random House, (1993). Folio, original white cloth with gray and black lettering, original slipcase, original publisher's shipping box. Just a hint of toning to spine, a few smudges to cloth; a touch of rippling to cloth on front cover (as often). A beautiful copy.

      [Bookseller: The Manhattan Rare Book Company]
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        Original Watercolor Drawing for "Who Dreams of Cheese," created for Charles Scribner's Sons

      n.p. c. 1940 or later 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

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        The Long Winter

      New York: Harper & Bros., 1940 Book. Illus. by Helen Sewell, Mildred Boyle. Very Good. Hardcover. Later Printing. Surely a later printing of this early edition (copyright date given is 1940), HB letter code 11-0, beneath which appears the letters G-W. Jacket is priced at two dollars, showing code numbers 4401 and 90-130 at bottom of front flap. Book has 325 paginated pages, foredge deckled. Front boards brown illustration on russet background, reads well as does spine lettering. The book has a notably sound, tight binding and a small assortment of mild flaws. While the boad tips have no major bumping or abrasion, there is a very small dent just back from the upper front tip. Two tiny white smudges, barely noticeable back board. One tiny fleck each on half title page and blank following, text otherwise unmarked, no owner's name penned. The jacket is remarkably pretty with no chip outs and no long tears. Some creasing and edgewear, especially upper back panel. The jacket will be placed in a new mylar wrapper for its photograph, which will soon be added to the listing. *We feel that books offered for internet sale should be described thoroughly and accurately. Books listed by Brass Dolphin are so described, and graded, using the strict, traditional standards. For this reason, we have virtually zero returns.*.

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        ULTIMA THULE: Further Mysteries of the Arctic

      1940. STEPHANSSON, Vilhjalmur. ULTIMA THULE: Further Mysteries of the Arctic. New York: Macmillan, 1940. First edition, limited #37 of 100 copies signed by the author and illustrator for the members of the Explorers Club. 8vo., 383 pp. Blue cloth lettered in silver to front and spine. Cloth lightly faded and soiled. Pages slightly toned.

      [Bookseller: Boston Book Company]
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        Building Plans and Elevations for an Addition to the International Harvester Co. Building, 201-223 Potreo St. at 15th St., San Francisco.

      San Francisco: James H. Hjul, Structural Engineer, October 1940. - Original pencil drawings on tracing paper. Sheet size primarily 17" x 22". 4 sheets. Job #206. File #1898. James Hansen Hjul (1882 - 1957), a structural engineer, constructed many buildings in San Francisco. He was the founder of the J.H. Construction Company and was listed as a contractor, civil engineer, structural engineer and construction engineer in San Francisco City Directories from 1907 to 1958. Most of his work occurred in the South of Market area on warehouses and industrial buildings.

      [Bookseller: Wittenborn Art Books]
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        The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet.

      Bowen-Merrill, Indianapolis 1940 - 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. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Argosy Book Store, ABAA, ILAB]
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        The Hamlet

      Random House New York: Random House, 1940. First. hardcover. fine. Original front wrapper bound-in, 421pp. Thick 8vo, rebound in full red morocco, gilt-lettered spine with raised bands. NewYork: Random House, 1940. First Edition. A fine copy.

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

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

      [Bookseller: Churchill Book Collector]
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        Typed Letter Signed. 1940. China

      1940 - ("T. V. Soong") 1 page, November 28, 1940 on 103 Newlands Street, Chevy Chase, Maryland letterhead to M.G.M. executive Louis B. Mayer. 8 1/2" x 6 1/2". Fine. Together with Typed Letter Signed ("T. K. Chang") 1 page, November 6, 1940 on engraved letterhead Consulate of the Republic of China, Los Angeles, to M.G.M. executive Louis B. Mayer. 11" x 8 1/2". Fine. Both letters relate to the visit of T. V. Soong and his wife to the M.G.M. film studios. Soong belonged to the Kuomintang political party and held a number of important government positions. His sister was Madame Kai-Shek (May-Ling Soong). Soong (1891-1971) was a prominent businessman and politician in the early 20th century Republic of China.

      [Bookseller: Houle Rare Books/Autographs/ABAA/PADA]
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        High Sierra

      NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 1940. hardcover. F/VG+ 1st edition, 1st printing. Basis for the 1941 film starring Humphrey Bogart and Ida Lupino. Jacket has chipping at spine and flap fold ends and a sunned spine, but front panel is bright and colorful. We offer a LIFETIME GUARANTEE. See KHBOOKS for details.

      [Bookseller: Ken Hebenstreit, Bookseller]
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        For Whom the Bell Tolls

      New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1940. First edition. Fine/Fine. A Fine copy, the first on the market since 2009 when Ken Lopez offered Bruce Kahn's copy for $12,500. Book Fine, bright and fresh in a Fine example of the notoriously fragile dust jacket. Jacket with one .5 inch tear and a trivial crinkle at the bottom of the spine. Otherwise rich, bright, unfaded and free of scuffs or other condition problems that keep the majority of copies in Very Good to Near Fine jackets, but rarely (and we mean once every four years) does a copy in this condition come on the market. Housed in a custom quarter-leather slipcase with chemise.& & Hemingway';s captivating story of an American demolitions expert joining a band of rebels during the Spanish Civil War. Based in part on Hemingway';s first-hand experiences in Spain during the 1936 - 1939 civil war. "'For Whom the Bell Tolls' is a tremendous piece of work. It is the most moving document to date on the Spanish Civil War, and the first major novel of the Second World War." (Contemporary NY Times Book Review). Fine in Fine. dust jacket.

      [Bookseller: Whitmore Rare Books]
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        Kongedragterne fra 17. og 18. Aarhundrede. De Danske Kongers Kronologiske Samling paa Rosenborg

      2 bind i 1. De Danske Kongers Kronologiske Samling på Rosenborg/Munksgaard, København 1940. Lille folio. 281 sider + planchebind med 281 plancher i s/h og farver. Indbundet i et elegant helbind af brunt maroquin med overdådig forgyldning på ryg og permer, indvendige guldbordurer samt Christian X's kronede monogram i guld på forpermen (Anker Kyster 1940 = Henrik Park). Med defekte spænder. Øverste kapitæl skrammet.. Kun trykt i 325 eksemplarer. Standardværket om den enestående dragtsamling på Rosenborg.** Christian X's personlige eksemplar, med trykt gavebrev, håndsigneret af prins Knud og Jørgen Jørgensen på vegne af Rosenborgs bestyrelse. Bogen er tydeligvis Rosenborgs gave til majestæten i anledning af hans 70 års fødselsdag 26. september 1940. Bogbindet er et af Henrik Parks sjældne helbind og viser denne moderne mesters talent for at folde sig ud i kongelig nybarokstil

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        Andre Masson

      Wolf (Rouen: Wolf. 1940). First edition. Quarto. Green wrappers with applied illustration. Copy number 254 of 297 on velin de Luxe initialed by Masson. Small nicks and tears, spine sunned and with small chips at the extremities, an about very good copy in chipped original unprinted glassine. Uncommon tribute volume with text by his famous artist contemporaries. .

      [Bookseller: Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. ABA]
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        2 (1 autogr. and 1 typed) letter signed.

      Los Angeles, 12. VI. 1940 and "Wednesday". - Large 4to. Altogether (1+1=) 2 pp. on 2 ff. To artist and architect Blanding Sloane (1886-1975), asking him to make suggestions on blueprints for "a crafts center to be erected adjacent to a Mexican Housing Project on which I was and am the consultant", and making arrangements to visit New Mexico to give a lecture. Neutra also tells Sloan he's recommended that the National Youth Administration (of which Neutra was regional director) employ Sloan to help oversee the project. - Each on stationery with headed paper.

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat INLIBRIS Gilhofer Nfg. GmbH]
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        Le miroir du merveilleux.

      Sagittaire 1940 - - Sagittaire, Paris _1940, 14,5x19,5cm, broché. - Edition originale, un des 57 ex numérotés sur alfa comportant bien sa photographie originale, seuls grands papiers avec 12 Lafuma. Couverture illustrée d'un dessin de Yves Tanguy, ouvrage orné de 7 illustrations de André Masson. Agréable exemplaire. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

      [Bookseller: Librairie Le Feu Follet]
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        For Whom the Bell Tolls

      New York: Scribner, 1940. First. hardcover. fine. 471pp. Thick 8vo, handsomely rebound in burgundy morocco; gilt-tooled spine with raised bands; marbled endpapers, t.e.g. New York: Scribner's, 1940. First Edition. A fine copy.

      [Bookseller: Argosy Book Store]
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        Portrait Photograph of Ella Fitzgerald

      New York january 19 1940 New York, january 19, 1940. (FITZGERALD, ELLA) 34.5 x 22.7 cm. (13-5/8 x 9 inches). Half-length, with arms folded. Vintage gelatin print. With the photographer's atelier stamp on verso, and with holograph notes giving subject of the photo "Ella Fitzgerald", date, and printer reference ("XIV - Q 26") . Provenance: The estate of Saul Mauriber, Van Vechten's assistant and executor of Van Vechten's photography estate and the compiler of PORTRAITS: THE PHOTOGRAPHY OF CARL VAN VECHTEN (1978)

      [Bookseller: James Cummins Bookseller ]
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        L'Unit?. Organo del Partito Comunista Italiano.

      Subject: (Giornali). Roma, alcuni numeri del 1940 e 120 (circa) dei primi 5 mesi del 1950, rilegati.

      [Bookseller: LIBRERIA PIANI]
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        PAT THE BUNNY

      1940. 1. KUNHARDT,DOROTHY. PAT THE BUNNY. NY: Simon & Schuster 1940. 12mo, (4 1/8" wide x 5 3/8), pictorial boards, small mend to paper on edge else Fine in publisher's box (box soiled and repaired). A now classic book, illustrated in color. Every other page offers a different activity for the youngest child to enjoy (7 in all): 1. pat the white fur of the bunny, 2. cloth covering a face can be lifted to play peek-a-boo, 3. smell the flowers, 4. shake mommy's button box, 5. sandpaper on Daddy's face simulates his scratchy beard, 6. read Judy's book, 7. a hole in a page lets the child pretend to try on mommy's ring. The first issue of this title had a ball that squeaked when the child pressed it. Because it malfunctioned most of the time, it was replaced with a box of real buttons. The mirror in the first issue was replaced with scented flowers that gave off their aroma when scratched. This is one of the rarest of all modern picture books, especially in the original box. See Bader p.238- 9.

      [Bookseller: Aleph-Bet Books, Inc.]
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        WIND IN THE WILLOWS

      New York: Limited Editions Club, 1940. Patterned paper over boards, beig cloth spine with gilt spine lettering. Gilt top edge. Other edges untrimmed. Color frontispiece plus 15 color plates, pasted to heavier stock. Spine slightly darkened, else fine. In not great but decent slipcase, slightly worn at some edges, short split on one edge, and scuffed.. Hardcover. Very Near Fine. Illus. by Arthur Rackham. About 11 By 8 Inches.

      [Bookseller: Warren Berry]
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        Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant (2 Volumes)

      Chapel Hill, NC, 1940. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good Condition/No Dust Jacket. Original gilt stamped green cloth hard bound. Includes frontispiece photo General Grant. Edges show heavy shelf wear. No dust jacket. Size: 7" x 9 1/4". No marks. Binding is tight, covers and spine fully intact. No foxing in this copy. Previous owner's signature in ink. Edges browned slightly. Very clean, crisp, and tight copy. Not Ex-Library. All books offered from DSB are stocked at our store in Fayetteville, AR. Category: History; Biography & Autobiography. Inventory No: 028777. .

      [Bookseller: Dickson Street Bookshop]
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        My Master: The Inside Story of Sam Houston and His Times

      Dallas, Texas: Manfred, Van Nort & Co., 1940. AQ2 - A first edition hardcover book SIGNED by author in very good condition in poor dust jacket that is mylar protected. Dust jacket worn and torn, spine missing, and discoloration. Book has some edgewear, lightly wrinkled spine, lightly soiled on the cover, previous owner's info stamped on the front free endpaper, a few illustrations loose on the hinge, discoloration (browning), and light shelf wear. Signed by Lenoir Hunt on a sheet adhered on the front fixed endpaper which states that this is an Autographed First Edition of "My Master". "My Master": The Inside Story of Sam Houston and His Times By His Former Slave Jeff Hamilton as told to Lenoir Hunt, With a Foreword by Franklin Williams. All pages present with 19 illustrations. This 100-year-old Negro recalls humorous stories and dramatic episodes in Houston's spectacular career, and gives an eyewitness account of the days of slavery, secession, and war. Satisfaction Guaranteed. . Signed by Author. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good/Poor. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

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        A Treatise on the Anglo-American System of Evidence...3d ed. 10 vols

      1940. Final Edition by the Author Wigmore, John Henry [1863-1943]. A Treatise on the Anglo-American System of Evidence in Trials at Common Law. Including the Statutes and Judicial Decisions of All the Jurisdictions of the United States and Canada. Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1940. 10 volumes [with] 1957 pocket part supplements (co-written by Richmond Rucker). Original textured green cloth, light to moderate shelfwear. Previous owner's stamps to top page edges and inside front covers, else internally clean. Uncommon. * Third edition, the last one edited by Wigmore. Originally published in 1904, Wigmore on Evidence is both a lawyer's manual of practice and an incisive and highly critical survey of the subject. Marke, A Catalogue of the Law Collection at New York University (1953) 532.

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        ORIGINAL COLOR POCHOIR [RED SHOES, GREEN HAT]

      N.p.: Artist, [ca. 1940-1949].. Folio. 17 x 13" (432 x 337 mm.), plus margins. Pochoir stencil on wove paper. Signed in the plate. Archivally mounted. Mat a bit scuffed, print has a few nicks and smudges at the extreme edges of the substantial margins, else about fine. A colorful and whimsical image, sometimes appearing under the alternate title, "Artist in Her Studio." Hilla R von Ehrenwiesen (1890-1967) was the artist largely credited with exposing Solomon R. Guggenheim to avant- garde art, who appointed her as the first director of the Museum of Non-Objective Art (MNOA), later the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. After meeting artists Jean Arp, Rudolf Bauer, Paul Klee and Vasily Kandinsky in Europe, R was converted to a new art form that Kandinsky called Non-Objective painting, which she embraced with great passion and fervor. Bauer, whose paintings she was obsessed with, was also her lover and mentor. From then on, R would proselytize for Non- Objective painting until her death in 1967.

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        Survey of Pakistan Kashmir

      Karachi: Jammer & Gilgit Agency, 1940. Government of Pakistan Full color Map 1 Inch = 16 miles. Extremely RARE OCLC locates 0 copies.. First Edition. Original Wraps. Very Good. Oblong. Middle East.

      [Bookseller: Open Door Books]
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        The Crown Agents for the Colonies - Malta - Proposed Bomb-Proof Shelters

      London: Sir Alexander Gibb & Partners,, January, 1940. Report by Sir Alexander Gibbs & Partners on a Scheme of Bomb-Proof Shelter Tunnels in Malta to accommodate 140,000 People, together with Estimates of Cost. Foolscap quarto (332 × 190 mm) Original grey cloth-backed printed boards. Letter-press title page, 24-page carbon typescript, large folding coloured linen-backed map, and 7 superbly detailed folding maps and plans with hand-colour. A little rubbed, boards browned and spotted, text lightly browned, some splits to the folds of the maps and plans professionally repaired. A remarkable document, the engineer's retained file copy - designated "SECRET", and docketed "Office Copy" - one of just three copies, a note to the first page of the text reads "Original/1 copy to Crown Agents 31/1/40". Neither of the other copies traced. A highly detailed, fully-costed proposal for the creation of a system of tunnel-form shelters under Malta, a report commissioned by the Crown Agents in December 1939, just three months after the outbreak of the war. The scheme sets out the creation of a system of shelters over three years, at a cost of £300,000, which would be sufficient for the protection of around 140,000 people, over half of Malta's population. But the reality was rather different, the then Governor Sir Charles Bonham-Carter, set out plans for a "large deep shelter programme" in June 1939; "Given the large population, and the absence of any really safe areas to which people could be evacuated, he took the view that the provision of shelters was the only responsible long-term solution to the problem of civilian protection. These proposals were approved by the Overseas Defence Committee on 12 July 1939 … but it was only shortly before the outbreak of the Italian War [June 1940] that a senior dockyard engineer … was recalled from leave in England to establish and manage a Shelter Construction Department within the Malta Administration … It seems fair to say … [that] not enough was done before the war to provide more shelter accommodation, and that progress to rectify this during wartime was then inevitably slow … It was fortunate for Malta that the heaviest German raids did not develop until 1942 by which time the deep shelter programme was much further advanced" (Austin, Malta and British Strategic Policy, p79).

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        The Big Six. [With Illustrations by the Author]

      Jonathan Cape 1940 - 8vo., First Edition, with a frontispiece, 22 full-page illustrations (including a map) and numerous smaller illustrations (all by the author) in the text, and endpaper maps in blue and black; cloth, gilt back, a very good, bright, clean copy in unclipped dustwrapper, the latter mildly rubbed at joints and fold-ins, and with a short area worn to small holes at top of backstrip (not affecting lettering) and lower joint. Hammond A33. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Island Books [formerly of Devon]]
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        Cunard to Canada.

      - [circa 1940]. (Poster) Very good. Litho. 41" X 25". [Attributes: Soft Cover]

      [Bookseller: Aquila Books(Cameron Treleaven) ABAC]
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        MISTER MEDDLE'S MISCHIEF

      London Newnes 1940 - First edition. 8vo. Original red cloth in the pictorial dustwrapper. A near fine book, small nick to margin of page 136 in a very good dustwrapper, some small chips to the extremities, no loss of printing. This is very scarce in the dustwrapper, this copy remaining unusually fresh and clean. Colour design to dustwrapper, colour frontis and lots of line drawings by Joyce Mercer and Rosalind Turvey. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Jonkers Rare Books ABA ILAB]
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