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      Herbert Jenkins,, [1940]. 8vo., First Edition, free endpapers lightly browned; pale orange cloth, backstrip lettered in black, backstrip very faintly sunned else a very good, bright, clean copy in unclipped, first-issue dustwrapper, the latter mildly browned at backstrip, lightly rubbed at extremities, with small loss at top outer corner of front panel and minor loss (just affecting lettering) at head of backstrip. Short story collection including four Bingo Little's, two Mulliner's and three fine Ukridge's. The UK edition precedes its US counterpart which contains a different selection of stories. The dustwrapper is priced at 7/6 denoting first issue. SCARCE IN THIS CONDITION. Connolly 77; Jasen 61.

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        Choix de livres anciens, rares et curieux en vente. Première [-Douzième] partie.Florence, Leo S. Olschki, 1907-1940. 12 volumes. 8vo. Cloth.

      - The 12-volume sales catalogue of the bookseller Leo S. Olschki, Florence. The catalogues contain extensive descriptions of numerous interesting books as Olschki was as much a bookseller as a scholar -- he was editor for the renowned journal La bibliofilia.A good set, slightly browned along the extremities and the bindings a bit rubbed.Vol. I & II - Incunabula - Liturgie.Vol. III - Livres figures des XV et XVI siecles.Vol. IV & V - Livres figures des XV et XVI siecles: ITALIE.Vol. VI - Macaronica, Machines, Malte, Mariage, Mariana (vie et culte da la S.V. Marie).Vol. VII - Medicine ancienne, Militaria, Mort (Funrailles, Danse Macabre).VIII - Musique, Thatre, Danse, Nolatins.Vol. IX - Nouvelles italiennes, Numismatique, Occulta, Orient.Vol. X - Arts dcoratifs, Portraits, Religions et culte (Histoire et Philosophie).Vol. XI - Roma.Vol. XII (1940) - Romans de Chevalerie, Scandinavica et slavica, Sciences Naturelles. [Attributes: Soft Cover]

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      London: Hodder & Stoughton Limited, [1940]., 1940. First edition. First edition. Moderate wear to cover, non-authorial gift inscription on front fly leaf, else very good in a fine, bright dust jacket. When a distant cousin from America inherits a family estate with its many valuable collections, he looks forward to an active social life. When the local society ignores him, he becomes morose and moves to Europe. Soon after, his ancestral home is burned to the ground. An Inspector Joseph French mystery. An exceptional copy.

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        HISTORIA DE LA CRUZADA ESPAÑOLA. 8 tomos con encuadernación especial en pergamino a la romana. Obra completa

      Ediciones Españolas, Madrid 1940 - 31x26 cm.8 tomos en pergamino a la romana con nervios y estampaciones doradas en planos y lomo.Cortes tintados en rojo.1º, 699 pp-1h.2º, 565 pp-1h.3º, 564 pp-1h. 4º, 608 pp-1h. 5º, 562 pp-1h. 6º, 437 pp-1h. 7º, 573 pp-1h. 8º, 421 pp-2h. Impecable estado todos los tomos.

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        Ensemble de huit lettres autographes signées adressées à Denise Rollin EDITION ORIGINALE ENVOI AUTOGRAPHE

      s.l.: S.n., 1940. Fine. S.n., s.l. s.d. (1940-1943), 21x27cm, 8 lettres sur 13 pages. - BATAILLE Georges: A collection of eight autograph letters signed to Denise Rollin.  An exceptional set of eight signed manuscript letters from George Bataille to Denise Rollin, his lover from the autumn of 1939 to the autumn of 1943.   "The details of Bataille's literary life in these years are well known, but those of his private life are all the more obscure. And it's hardly the smallest paradox in this, the most revealing of all his works, that it barely comments at all on his private life, and generally the worst of it at that." (M. Surya, G. Bataille, la mort à l'oeuvre)   When Georges Bataille met Denise Rollin in 1939, he had just lost his previous love, Colette Peignot to tuberculosis; all his friends had abandoned him and war had been declared. Nonetheless, this sentimental and social turbulence did not affect Bataille as much as his turbulent relationship with Denise Rollin - friend to Cocteau, Breton, and Prévert, and the muse of Kisling and Derain - at the time.   Their idyll was to last four years, but we have few details of their emotional life during this period of the Occupation, except what Bataille wants to tell us in Le Coupable [Guilty], inspired in part by this passionate and painful relationship.    In a 1961 interview, Bataille remembered this period: "Le Coupable was the first book that gave me a sort of satisfaction, though a worrisome sort, that I've never had with a book before or since. It's perhaps that book in which I was the most true to myself, that resembles me most...because I wrote it in a sort of quite rapid and continuous explosive state." Batailles' letters to Denise during this period essentially contain the kernel of the sentiment that was to explode in Le Coupable, as in all of Bataille's work. By turns formal and immediate, complimentary and reproachful, they contain an incessant ebb and flow of love and pain, ecstasy and disappointment, calm and energy; they are often impossible to date precisely, since they all come from the same ecstatic flagellant motion:   "I don't even have the courage any more to tell you everything I'm going through: in any case, bringing such suffering to a man, for precisely no reason, becomes like a sickness, a delirium. I don't know how I've found a way of hoping despite everything - up till now."   "What you say in your letter has, for me, the power of deliverance; it's like nudity - everything that is torn between us. Once again - I've never felt so proud of you."    "I'm ashamed of suffering so much and boring you with my suffering when only you are sick."   "The only reason I talk to you is so you'll know how much I love you, how much you have become in me as real as the sickness."   "I'm so far out of my mind in this moment, because I feel a sort of complicity and perfidiousness in everyone in order to hurt me, as if you all devoted yourself to some game, aimed at making me even more hopeless."   "Now I aspire to one thing only, and that's proving to you that I belong to no one but you, that I am tied to you, that I want you to understand this so much that if I had no way left of telling you, of proving myself to you, but to profane myself, I would profane myself before you."   "I don't want everything to get stuck...I'd rather take on the suffering all by myself, rather than having a sort of infirm mediocrity for you and me."   "I'm writing to you like a blind man've made me fall into unbearable darkness."   "Perhaps I was too happy with you for several months, even though anguish was always just around the corner; at least there was for a time a happiness that was almost defiance."   The war, in these letters, seems only to be seen and lived through Bataille's amorous tension.   As a trivial disagreement when he's satisfied: "Don't worry - at all. You can't imagine how calm everyone is here...if you were here, you'd surely be as calm as I am...All through the alert, I was having breakfast peacefully with my department head who was passing through Paris (he's at the front)...A little later, Henri Michaux came to see me, who's been a pretty close observer of some things. Naturally, there came such a fusillade as we've never [even] dared imagine existed." As a pitiful echo of some moments of amorous doubt: "I don't want to add another worry to the ones you already have. I barely dare make you smile by telling you that I've lost weight and my trousers sometimes fall down...I don't suffer too much, except when things take that abominable detour of financial difficulty." Or sometimes as an obstacle to his relationship: "The siren that you heard at the very moment that we parted announced the end of an alert. At first, I was saddened by such a disarming coincidence but when I realized it was the all clear, I began - on the contrary - to hope. But it's hard to feel all at once so attached to you and not to be able to say anything more to you, to be reduced to this letter." Sometimes, though, it's perceived as the very essence of this limitless passion: "Sometimes I think that it's as if there were between you and me something more violent and more terrible because we find ourselves in the middle of such great torment; as if this truest of loves couldn't settle for anything less than the overturning of everything."   Nonetheless, the letters are always dominated by this passion, which relegates external events, even tragic ones, to the background: "I let myself drown for hours thinking about all the endless outbursts that separate me from you. And then all at once, opposite you, closer to you than ever, I become completely hard again and stronger than what's drowning us both." In 1943, Bataille found a house in Vézelay where the couple moved with Laurence, the daughter of Georges and Sylvia and Jean (alias Bepsy?), Denise's son. It was there that Bataille finished his book Le Coupable at the same time as his love affair, since barely a month after their arrival there a young woman of 23, Diane Kotchoubey, moved in next to them. Before the year was out, Bataille had left Denise Rollin for this new passion. The house at Vézelay is the subject of the last of our letters and it's worth noting that the apartment Bataille is hesitating over here ("there's nothing to let except what I saw") may be the one he had reserved for Jacques Lacan and Sylvia Bataille. Those two not, in the end, moving there, it was Diane who moved in - and we're familiar with the consequences. This is, no doubt, some kind of logical conclusion to his affair with Denise Rollin, the incarnation of what Bataille called "chance": "But chance so ensorcelled by a world turned terrible that it made me tremble," (Le Coupable).   These letters, previously unknown, were kept by Maurice Blanchot, Bataille's best friend and - from 1944 onwards - Denise Rollin's (a woman with a beauty both "melancholic and taciturn" who was "the incarnation of silence") new lover.   Crumpled (one is even torn into five pieces), these letters are as much a precious memory of Bataille's amorous passion as they are instructional of a poorly-documented time in his personal life (which we only have access to via the external view of his friends).   But above all, they make up an exceptional literary ensemble in which is revealed, by turns the man, the accursed, the adoring fan and the profaner...everything that - according to Michel Foucauld - made Georges Bataille "one of the most important writers of this century." Because for Bataille, the suffering of this affair constituted love itself, as he writes in Le Coupable:   "Love has this demanding quality: either its object eludes you or you elude them. If they don't flee from you, you will flee love. Lovers find themselves in the condition of tearing themselves apart. One or the other thirsts for suffering. Desire must, in them, want the impossible. If not, desire will dry up, desire will die."   - Bibliographic note based on information kindly provided by Marina Galletti: the letter beginning "the siren that you heard," would have been written on the 26 May 1940 (cf. volume V of Oeuvres complètes de GB [GB's Complete Works], p. 521, where the same episode is recalled). The letter beginning "I beg you. You must not worry," would have been written on the 3rd or 4th June 1940 (Cf. vol. V of the Complete Works, p. 524, where his meeting with Michaux is mentioned).  - [FRENCH VERSION FOLLOWS] Exceptionnel ensemble de huit lettres manuscrites signées de Georges Bataille adressées à Denise Rollin, qui fut son amante entre l'automne 1939 et l'automne 1943.    Autant la vie de Bataille écrivain est bien connue dans ces années, autant sa vie privée échappe. Et ce n'est pas le moindre paradoxe de cette oeuvre plus qu'aucune autre dénudante qu'elle ne dise de la vie privée que le minimum, et généralement le pire. » (M. Surya, G. Bataille, la mort à l'oeuvre) Lorsque Georges Bataille rencontre Denise Rollin en 1939, il vient de perdre son précédent amour, Colette Peignot, morte de la tuberculose, tous ses amis l'ont abandonné, et la guerre vient d'être déclarée. Pourtant ce chaos sentimental et social n'affecte pas autant Bataille que la relation tumultueuse qu'il entretiendra alors avec Denise Rollin, amie de Cocteau, Breton, Prévert et égérie de Kisling et Derain. Leur idylle durera quatre ans, on connaît peu de détails de leur vie sentimentale durant cette période d'Occupation sinon ce que Bataille veut bien nous en apprendre dans Le Coupable qui s'inspire pour une part de cette relation passionnée et douloureuse. En 1961, lors d'un entretien, Bataille reviendra sur cette période : « Le Coupable est le premier livre qui m'ait donné une sorte de satisfaction, anxieuse d'ailleurs, que ne m'avait donnée aucun livre et qu'aucun livre ne m'a donnée depuis. C'est peut-être le livre dans lequel je suis le plus moi-même, qui me ressemble le plus... parce que je l'ai écrit comme dans une sorte d'explosion assez rapide et assez continue. » Les lettres que Bataille adresse à Denise durant cette période contiennent en effet en germe les sentiments qui explosent dans Le Coupable comme dans toute l'oeuvre de Bataille. Flux et reflux incessant d'amour et de souffrance, d'extase et de déception, de calme et d'énergie, mêlant tutoiement et vouvoiement, compliments et reproches, elles sont souvent impossible à dater avec précision tant elles procèdent toutes d'un même mouvement de flagellation extatique :   « Je n'ai même plus le courage de vous dire ce que je souffre : en tout cas imposer une pareille souffrance à un homme, exactement pour rien, cela devient une maladie, comme un délire. Je ne sais pas comment j'ai trouvé moyen d'espérer malgré tout - jusqu'ici. » « Ce que tu me dis dans ta lettre, c'est pour moi ce qui délivre, c'est comme la nudité - tout ce qui se déchire entre toi et moi. Mais encore une fois, je ne me suis jamais senti aussi fier de toi. » « Jai honte de tant souffrir et de vous ennuyer avec ma souffrnance quand vous seule êtes malade. » « Je ne vous parle que pour que vous sachiez à quel point je vous aime, à quel point tout es devenu en moi aussi vrai que la maladie. » « Je suis tellement fou en ce moment que je ressens comme une complicité et une perfidie de tous pour me faire mal, comme si vous vous prêtiez au jeu pour que je sois encore plus désespéré. » « Maintenant je n'aspire qu'à une chose, c'est à vous prouver que je n'appartiens plus qu'à vous, que je suis rivé à vous, que je veux que vous le sachiez à tel point que si je ne devais plus avoir d'autre moyen qu'une profanation pour vous le prouver, je ferais devant vous cette profanation. » «  Je ne voudrais pas que tout s'enlise, [...] je veux bien accepter la souffrance pour moi, plutôt que pour vous et moi une sorte de médiocrité infirme. » « Je vous écris comme un aveugle, parce que (...) vous me faites tomber dans une obscurité insupportable. » « Peut-être ai-je été trop heureux avec vous pendant plusieurs mois, même alors que l'angoisse ne tardait jamais beaucoup à interrompre, au moins pour un temps, un bonheur qui était presqu'un défi. » La guerre, dans ces lettres, ne semble vue et vécue qu'à travers la tension amoureuse de Bataille : ésagrément anodin lorsqu'il est comblé : « Il ne faut pas t'inquiéter - mais pas du tout. Tu ne peux imaginer à quel point ici tout le monde est calme (...) si tu étais là, tu serais sûrement aussi calme que moi. (...) Pendant toute l'alerte, j'ai déjeuné bien tranquille avec mon chef de service de passage à Paris (il est au front). (...) Un peu après, Henri Michaux est venu me voir, il avait assisté d'assez près à quelques effets. Naturellement il y avait une telle canonnade qu'on n'en avait pas [encore] l'idée. » Pénible écho de ses moments de doute amoureux : « Je ne voudrais pas ajouter une autre préoccupation à celles que vous avez déjà. J'ose à peine vous faire rire en vous racontant que je maigris, que mes pantalons tombent quelquefois (...). Je ne souffre trop que si les choses prennent l'abominable détour des difficultés matérielles. Parfois vécue comme un obstacle à son couple : « La sirène que vous avez entendue à l'instant même où nous avons été séparés l'un de l'autre annonçait une fin d'alerte. D'abord j'ai été déprimé par une coïncidence aussi désarmante mais quand j'ai vu que c'était la fin de l'alerte je me suis pris au contraire à espérer. Mais c'est dur de me sentir ainsi tout à coup arraché à vous, de ne plus rien pouvoir vous dire, d'être réduit à cette lettre. » Parfois au contraire perçue comme l'essence même de cette passion démesurée : « Quelque fois je pense que c'est comme s'il y avait entre toi et moi quelque chose de plus violent et de plus terrible du fait que nous nous sommes trouvés au milieu d'une aussi grande tourmente. Comme si l'amour le plus vrai ne pouvait s'accorder qu'avec le dérangement de tout. » Et pourtant toujours dominée par cette passion qui relègue les événements extérieurs même tragiques au second plan : « Je me laisse noyer plusieurs heures en pensant à tous ces déchaînements sans fin qui me séparent de toi. Et puis tout à coup, en face de toi, plus près de toi que jamais, je redeviens absolument dur et plus fort que ce qui nous noie ensemble. » En 1943, Georges Bataille trouve à Vézelay une maison où le couple va s'installer avec Laurence, la fille de Georges et Sylvia, et Jean (alias Bepsy ?), le fils de Denise. C'est là que Bataille achèvera son livre Le Coupable en même temps que son histoire d'amour, puisqu'à peine un mois après leur arrivée, une jeune femme de 23 ans, Diane Kotchoubey s'installe à leur côté. Avant la fin de l'année, Bataille quittera Denise Rollin pour cette nouvelle passion. Cette maison de Vézelay est l'objet de la dernière lettre que nous proposons et l'on note que l'appartement avec lequel hésite Bataille (« il n'y a rien d'autre à louer que ce que j'ai vu ») est peut-être celui qu'il réserve pour Jacques Lacan et Sylvia Bataille. Ceux-ci ne venant pas finalement, c'est Diane qui s'y installera avec les conséquences que l'on sait. C'est là sans doute une conclusion logique de son histoire avec Denise Rollin, incarnation de ce que Bataille appelle « la chance » : « Mais une chance aussi ensorcelée dans un monde devenu affreux me fait trembler » (Le Coupable). Ces lettres, inconnues jusqu'alors, ont été conservées par Maurice Blanchot, le meilleur ami de Bataille, qui fut à partir de 1944 le nouvel amant de Denise Rollin, cette femme à la beauté « mélancolique et taciturne » qui « incarnait le silence ». Froissées (l'une est même déchirée en cinq morceaux), ces lettres sont autant la précieuse trace d'une passion amoureuse de Bataille qu'un enseignement sur une période méconnue de sa vie intime (que l'on ne percevait qu'à travers le regard extérieur de ses amis). Mais elles forment avant tout un exceptionnel ensemble littéraire dans lequel se dévoilent tour à tour l'homme, le maudit, l'adorateur et le profanateur... tout ce qui, d'après Michel Foucault, fait de Georges Bataille « l'un des écrivains les plus importants de ce siècle ». Car pour Bataille les souffrances de cet amour constituent l'Amour même, comme il l'écrit dans Le Coupable : « L'amour a cette exigence : ou son objet t'échappe ou tu lui échappes. S'il ne te fuyait pas, tu fuirais l'amour. Des amants se trouvent à la condition de se déchirer. L'un et l'autre ont soif de souffrir. Le désir doit en eux désirer l'impossible. Sinon, le désir s'assouvirait, le désir mourrait. » - Supplément bibliographique d'après les informations aimablement communiquées par Marina Galletti : La lettre débutant par "La sirène que vous avez entendue" serait écrite le 26 mai 1940. (cf. t. V des Oeuvres complètes de GB, p. 521, où est évoqué le même épisode). La lettre débutant par "Je t'en supplie. Il ne faut pas t'inquiéter" serait écrite le 3 ou 4 juin 1940. (Cf. t. V des O.C:, p. 524, où est évoquée la rencontre avec Michaux)

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        How to Trade in Stocks. The Livermore Formula for Combining Time Element and Price

      Duell, Sloan, Pearce, New York 1940 - First Edition. With 16 color charts. vii, [iii], 133 pp. 1 vols. 8vo. First edition of the only book by the famous stock trader. The only book written by Jesse L. Livermore, widely believed to be the subject of Edwin Lefevre's fictional biography and investment classic Reminiscences of a Stock Operator. One of the most flamboyant figures on Wall Street in the first half of the 20th century, Livermore made and lost several fortunes and was even blamed for the stock market crash of 1929. Intrigued by Livermore's career, financial writer Edwin Lefevre conducted weeks of interviews with him during the early 1920s. Then, in 1923, Lefevre wrote a first-person account of a fictional trader named "Larry Livingston," who bore countless similarities to Livermore, ranging from their last names to the specific events of their trading careers. Although many traders attempted to glean the secret of Livermore's success from Reminiscences, his technique was not fully elucidated until this work was published in 1940. How to Trade in Stocks offers an in-depth explanation of the Livermore Formula, the trading method, still in use today, that turned Livermore into a Wall Street icon. Original blue cloth. Stamped S.P. Poyner on ffep With 16 color charts. vii, [iii], 133 pp. 1 vols. 8vo [Attributes: First Edition]

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        John Wisden's Cricketers' Almanack for 1940 - 1940 Original Hardback Wisden, Ex library

      Hi, We recently purchased the Wisdens from the Bolton Library and were pleasently surprised by their condition, they are Ex-Library and have stamps etc to them but they are priced very low so a great way to buy a cheap hardback that may be better than you think. This lot is a 1940 Original Hardback Wisden in Good Condition, Page 353/4 is missing. Otherwise this Wisden is a very good book for an ex library. The boards are a touch dark with the odd mark. The hinges show some weakness and you can see the mesh which is very common for a '40 but they hold their own. Decent Gilt enough. The library factor are : Stamps to a few pages, stamps to page block and a white square fixed to the rear cover. Rock bottom price due to missing page. (Stated on first page).

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        Big Stony

      New York: The Derrydale Press, 1940. Illustrated by Milton C. Weiler. xiii, 401 pp. 1 vols. Sm 8vo. Original navy blue cloth, gilt, color medallion of spilled creel inset in upper cover with gilt trout flies in each corner, t.e.g., fine with only slight fading to spine and ghosts of cellotape. Bookplates of Frank E. Wolcott III and M.E. Biscotti. Laid into blue half morocco drop box with gilt spine with gilt logo of the Derrydale Press and inset blue morocco leather label on upper cover with Derrydale logo and title and author. Illustrated by Milton C. Weiler. xiii, 401 pp. 1 vols. Sm 8vo. A collection of angling stories, in unusually fine condition. Inscribed on the half-title "with best wishes Howard T. Walden III May 1940." Siegel 157; Frazier W-2-a

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        The Four Quartets - All Four First Issue Softcovers - East Coker/Burnt Norton/Dry Salvages/Little Gidding - now housed in slip case

      Faber, 1940. Hardcover. Very Good. A set of first editions published by Faber between 1940-42. All are first printings. All very good copies - some spotting to Dry Salvages. Some staple staining to centre pages of Burnt Norton and East Coker (staples splayed). All unclipped.

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        Dance of the Hours from Walt Disney's Fantasia

      New York: Harper & Brothers, (1940). Thin 4to. (38)pp. Pictorial paper over boards, bright yellow cloth spine, decorated endpapers. Each page illustrated in either black & white or color with scenes from the Fantasia production. A superb copy, fine and bright, with only the barest trace of wear along the bottom edge. The dustwrapper is present. It is price-clipped and it is rubbed both on the upper and lower panels and at the folds, else it is in very good condition. A scarce early Disney title and downright rare in this condition. Fine / Very good.

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        Mustangs and Cow Horses

      Austin: Texas Folk-Lore Society. Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust jacket. 1940. First Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. INSCRIBED by Dobie in black ink on the pictorial free endpaper. Inscription reads "For my friend George Fitzpatrick with good memories Frank Dobie 8/22/41." George Fitzpatrick was the editor of New Mexico Magazine for 34 years beginning in 1935 and was responsible for building it into a modern magazine that still exists today. Mustangs and Cow Horses contains 37 stories and histories of Texas horses and horsemen from the time of the Spanish until 1940. Edited by Dobie, Boatright, and Harry H. Ransom - for whom the world class special collections library at the University of Texas at Austin is named. In addition to his editorial work, Dobie wrote four of the contributions. Half title page contains blind stamp of George Fitzpatrick and two small light smudges at bottom right corner. Copyright page has moderately sized light black smudge on bottom left corner. Book is bumped at bottom of spine. Dust jacket has a 1 inch by 1 inch piece missing from bottom of spine that does effect the word Society in Texas Folk-Lore Society. DJ is price clipped. Dust jacket has small stains on spine. DJ protected in mylar. Ships same or next business day. According to Reese in Six Score, Dobie used his work in this book to help write his later book, The Mustangs which is listed in Six Score as #33 and in 44&44 as #66. ; Signed by Author .

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        For Whom The Bell Tolls - SIGNED and INSCRIBED by the Author, Dated and Located

      Scribners, 1940. Hardcover. Good. A first US edition, first printing (with A on copyright page; in first state dust jacket), inscribed by Ernest Hemingway on title page to his friend (Cheveendo P.(?)), from San Francisco de Paula, Cuba in 1952. The book is in good condition with some rubbing and fading along spine an a circular stain on back cover - one previous owner's book plate on the front endpaper. The book comes with original first state dust jacket (unclipped with original $2.75 price), in good condition with some chipping. A very rare copy of one of the most seminal works of the twentieth century.

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        John Wisden's Cricketers' Almanack for 1940 - 1940 Wisden Original Hardback

      Hi, This lot is a 1940 Original Hardback Wisden in Good to Very Good Condition. For a 1940 this is closer to very good than good, plus it has not had any restoration which is rare as many 1940s (due to their usual poor condition) do. The boards are clean but show some age and darkness , the gilt is starting to fade but original and better than many, more so on the spine than the front. Odd dot mark to the boards. Internally the front hinge is weak and you can see a bit of mesh at the top of the book for 2 inches. Internally the pages are very good. Without restoration. Better than many 1940s. Some weakness at page 32. This hardback was my Nemesis for 3 years and a hard book to find, pretty impossible in very good condition (Im still looking so let me know if you have one). I have an alternative 1940 Hardback if needed, it is a lot cheaper as in a lot poorer condition. Please ask.

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        For Whom The Bell Tolls - in superb dust wrapper

      Cape, 1940. Hardcover. Fine. A first edition, first printing published by Cape in 1940. A fine book with some light off-setting to the endpapers. In a near fine unclipped wrapper with a little rubbing to the foot of the spine. A little soiling to the rear panel. In a collectable solander box.

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        MY NAME IS ARAM.

      New York: Harcourt Brace & Co. (1940). 160 pp. Illustrated by Don Freeman. 8vo. VG+ (top edge dusty & soiled)/VG+ (spine panal a bit sun-darkened).

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        We Knapps Thought It Was Nice

      Privately printed, New York 1940 - #118 of 200 copies, Christmas card to recipient from Rosale Knapp Day laid-in; small tear and crease to paper guard for frontispiece. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Inside The Whale - in the original dust wrapper

      Gollancz, 1940. Hardcover. Very Good. A first edition, first printing published by Gollancz in 1940. Some light spotting to end papers. Some foxing to edges which are a little dusty. Very slight wear to head and tail of spine. Cloth dull with a few blemishes. The unclipped dust wrapper (priced 7/6 net on the spine) dust marked, with some creasing and rubbing. Spine of dust wrapper tanned. Some ink marks to rear. One crease to the spine and to the top of the front panel. Initially a review of 'Tropic of Cancer' by Henry Miller, Orwell moves on to discuss Charles Dickens and 1920s to 1930s literature. The biblical story of Jonah and the whale is used as a metaphor for accepting experience without seeking to change it, Jonah inside the whale being comfortably protected from the problems of the outside world. A very rare Orwell title, with no US equivalent edition. Gollancz published 1000 copies were published of which 'several copies [were] destroyed in an air raid.' (cf. Fenwick, G., (1998)). Copies in dust wrappers are exceptionally scarce.

      [Bookseller: John Atkinson Books]
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        Poeta en Nueva York. Poema de Antonio Machado. Prologo de Jose Bergamin. Con cuatro dibujos originales

      Arbol - Editorial Seneca, Mexico 1940 - Completo di depliant editoriale sulle opere complete di Antonio Machado. Copia in barbe 187 con 2 tavv. f.t. a colori e 2 tavv. f.t. in nero p. 245x180 mm

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        The Devil and Miss Jones [screenplay]

      Hollywood: RKO Radio Pictures, November 26, 1940. 158p., recto-only, 8.65x11 inches, very mild silverfish damage, perforated 3.75x7.25 inch section removed from Stenographic Department cover sheet otherwise very good original mimeograph manuscript stamped Final Script on cover with the number 286 marked near brads, and 60 at bottom corner, pink printed covers bound with three brass brads, single folded sheet on RKO letterhead with typed cast list. NOT the porn film! This is the final draft of the Academy Award-nominated screenplay by Krasna, a screwball comedy concerning a tycoon who goes undercover as a shoe clerk and a labor organizer and the girl who comes between them Starred Robert Cummings, Jean Arthur and Charles Coburn, one of two films completed by Krasna and Frank Ross. Released in 1941.

      [Bookseller: Bolerium Books, ABAA]
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        優秀的青年/到空軍中去.[You xiu de qing nian/dao kong jun zhong qu].[Chinese WWII Recruitment Poster - The Outstanding Youth; Go Joining the Air Force].

      No publication details. (circa1940). Rare coloured Chinese World War II recruitment poster, featuring a uniformed Chinese soldier from the National Army holding his right hand high, two military planes on the ground behind him, while three others fly in formation behind him.On the reverse at the right upper corner the poster is stamped "Chinese News Service/ 1250 Sixth Avenue/New York N.Y.". Above the stamp a small label gives a typed translation of the Chinese text on the poster. Glue from the label is visible in the upper right corner of the poster image. Horizontal fold.Blocks of text left section and lower margin in traditional Chinesee, poster sheet measures 55.7 x 43cm. Text on the left of the poster translates as "The outstanding youth are joining the air force." Text along the lower margin "Printed by Political Department of Military Affairs Committee." (When referring to this item please quote stockid 157593).

      [Bookseller: Asia Bookroom]
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        Grossdeutschland im Weltgeschehen - Tagesbildberichte 1940.

      Berlin, Verlag Kasper & Co., 1940 - (Herausgeber: Oberregierungsrat im Reichsministerium für Volksaufklärung und Propaganda Ernst Braekow, Das Bildmaterial stellte bereit: Prof. Heinrich Hoffmann, Reichsbildberichterstatter der NSDAP) - Illustrierter Original-Kunstledereinband, Schraubbindung, Großformat quer, 240 einmontierte Fotos in Postkartengröße mit Beschreibung auf 40 Kartonblätter, 14 Textblätter, 1 Bindungs-Bolzen lose sonst guter Zustand - 1940. (FG10A) Sprache: Deutsch Gewicht in Gramm: 4500

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      Monaco: Editions Inter-Pub, n.d. [1940s?]. Octavo, pp. [1-6] 7-9 [10] 11-131 [132: blank] [note: first leaf is a blank], six inserted plates with surreal illustrations by Paule de Nize, original tan wrappers printed in red and black, all edges untrimmed. First edition. A macabre jue d'espirit of two 'bright young things' who embark on a career in murder for pleasure and profit. Very flip and cynical, satirizing conventions of formula romance; a cross between Ambrose Bierce and Charles Addams. Probably self-published by Robbins and apparently his last book, though credits page notes "To Appear Shortly / To Hell and Home Again." Robbins moved to France in the 1930s, dying there 10 May 1949. This book appears to have been published in the late 1930s or, more likely, the early 1940s. Locke (A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 183) notes he once owned a copy of this "scarce" book. Not listed in standard fantasy or crime fiction checklists. Not in the Eaton Catalogue. Covers a bit tanned, else a fine copy. An obscure, rare book. (#147710)

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        A History of The Colt Revolver and the Other Arms Made by Colt's Patent Fire Arms Manufacturing Company from 1836 to 1940

      New York: William Morrow & Company, 1940. First Edition. 1 of 100 bound in full leather Very good+ full, dark green leather covered boards with five raised bands on the spine with gilt text and designs in the compartments. The front board is decorated with gilt text and the image of an early Colt pistol in gilt. The leather turn-ins are decorated with gilt dentelles. There is a light green silk placement ribbon sewn in at the head of the spine. The top edge of the text block is gilt and the end sheets are marbled paper. A small quarto measuring 10 5/8 by 7 7/8 inches with rubbing to the leather at the joints and to the tips of the boards and with the fly title and rear end sheets slightly foxed. There is some scuffing to the front and rear boards. Without a dust jacket as most probably not issued with one. According to Ray Riling in his bibliography: Guns and Shooting: "4,625 copies were published; of this number 1,600 were sold to the Colt Manufacturing Co.; of these 1,500 were furnished in the regular (cloth) binding, and 100 were bound in full leather." 711 pages including an index. Illustrated throughout with black and white photographs and line drawings. Considered by Howes to be "quite scarce". (Howes, H-308; Riling, 2318)

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        Scienze Naturali Per uso dell'istituto magistrale superiore

      società editrice internazionale, TORINO 1940 - ITALIANO Volume in brossura, si presenta usurato, l copertina con fioriture e aloni, il dorso scurito e con una macchia alla cima, i tagli non rifilati, le pagine ingiallite e con fioriture, visibili scritte sul frontespizio, la legatura allentata, presenti i immagini e illustrazioni in b. e n.

      [Bookseller: Biblioteca di Babele]
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        Original cartoon illustration, Untitled, ca 1940

      [ca 1940]. A caricature showing the four Axis leaders -- Hitler, Franco, Hirohito and Mussolini -- preparing to toast each other as the clock nears midnight. The clock's minute hand is depicted as a bloody sabre, and Franco and Mussolini's uniforms are shown covered with bloody handprints. Judging from the proof, the cartoon was obviously published -- probably either in the pages of Esquire or The New Yorker, two periodicals which regularly featured Groth's work during this period. Groth began his career as a printmaker and cartoonist very much in the social-realist mold, publishing some of his earliest work in such left-wing forums as The New Masses and PM. He was also the first Art Director at Esquire, which was founded in 1933. Groth's mastery as a printmaker is on display in these early works, which manage to convey a simultaneous sense of urgency and delicacy which would become the hallmark of his battlefield sketches made during WW2 and the Korean War. Original cartoon illustration in black ink with blue pencil highlights on artist board; sheet size 36.5cm x 43.5cm (ca 14-1/2" x 17-1/4"). Together with printer's proof of finished cartoon, ca. 24cm x 20cm on glossy paper. Signed in ink lower right. Drawing spotted and lightly soiled; artist's directions to the engraver scrawled at upper left ("please do not disturb the len [?] day - shoot as is"); white ink highlights to center of image; Very Good.

      [Bookseller: Lorne Bair Rare Books]
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        Elson-Gray Basic Readers: Sample Pages and Table of Contents.

      - Chicago: Scott, Foresman and Company: [N.d., but circa 1940]. Oblong 4to, 15pp. With 12 color and black-and-white illlustrations. Self wrappers, stapled binding. Green and black printed top wrapper with several vignettes of small creatures. Yellow bottom wrapper printed in black. A fine copy. A rare pamphlet (OCLC locates just 2 copies worldwide). The first appearance of Dick and Jane in printed form, presented here in a prospectus format, printed prices on bottom wrapper for each book in the series. [Attributes: Soft Cover]

      [Bookseller: John Windle Antiquarian Bookseller, ABAA]
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        Horton Hatches the Egg

      Random House, New York 1940 - First Edition, First Printing SIGNED by Dr. Seuss on a laid in signature. A spectacular copy. This First Issue dustjacket has the important First Issue point with 20 East 57th Street address printed on the back panel of the dustjacket that was changed to 457 Madison Ave on later editions. The front and back flap of the dustjacket also has the $1.50 publisher's price present. This ORIGINAL dustjacket is rich in color with some repair. The book is in excellent condition and is bound in the publisher's grey cloth. The pages are clean with NO writing, marks or bookplates in the book. A fabulous copy of this TRUE FIRST EDITION with the words "FIRST PRINTING" printed on the copyright page. We buy SIGNED Seuss First Editions. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

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        The History of Seychelles. Part 1: French Occupation. Volume II: Description of Its Geology, Flora, Fauna, Fishes...Its Religion, Climate, Political Prisoners...Also Exports, Imports...Two volumes

      Victoria: Clarion Press 1940. In two volumes. (Vol. 3 not published). Original dark blue printed paper wrappers. Slight wear to spine ends and extremities and wrappers marked. Bindings firm. Black & white photographic illustrations. Two folding maps. Part 1 contains some account of the early history, including piracy, as well as a detailed history of the French occupation. Part 2 contains much information on natural history, religion, details of some of the islands, social and daily life, etc. Volume 3, which was to give the history of the British occupation, was never published. Internally VG condition in Good or better original wrappers. Very scarce. . Good. Wraps. Second Edition. 1940. 8vo..

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        ARCHIVE of CORRESPONDENCE Between The COMMONWEALTH Of The PHILIPPINES And OFFICERS Of The U. S. HIGH COMMISSIONER of the Philippines. Primarily Concerning Aerial Photography. 1937 - 1940

      Manila 1940 - 52 leaves, most with typescript to recto only. ~ 10-1/2" x 8-1/8" A cache of 40+ typed letters and TLs exchanged between the Office of the President of the Philippines and various officers of the U.S. High Commissioner of the Philippines, many on official letterhead and some marked "confidential." The letters, ordered chronologically, chart the negotiations, defense concerns, and sometimes uneasy power sharing between the two administrations in regards to the rules and regulations governing aerial photography of the islands. Issues discussed include the advisability of allowing aerial photography by outside entities, the feasiblity of specifying no-fly zones for aerial photography without interferring with commercial flights, enforcement efforts, and the powers afforded the two administrations.The majority of the letters expressing the Commonwealth's position are from and signed by Jorge B. Vargas, then serving as Executive Secretary to President Manuel Quezon. Later, Vargas administered Manila as an open city during the Japanese occupation in 1942 and served in the puppet government of the Second Philippine Republic; following the war, he chaired the National Planning Committee, served on the board of regents of the University of the Philippines, and became the first Filipino on the International Olympic Committee. In 1960, he was awarded the Legion of Honor by the Republic of the Philippines. Signed letters from the U.S. High Commission include several from Major General R. L. Holbrook as well as Colonel/Acting Chief of Staff E. H. DeArmond.From the first letter, dated May 25, 1937: "under the present prohibitive measures regarding aerial photography embodied in Proclamation No. 485 of the Governor-General dated August 12, 1932, and in the Bureau of Aeronautics rules and regulations, it is believed that the granting of permission to aviation companies, particularly to an aerial photographic company, to take pictures, will be exceedingly difficult and complicated. This office is studying the advisability of altering the present rules and regulations." Jorge B. Vargas, Secretary to the President.From November 12, 1938: "So long as the Philippine Islands remain United States territory the United States is responsible for their defense, and that responsibility, at least so far as land operations are concerned, devolves upon the Commanding General . . . . To say that the Department Commander is supreme in time of war or grave emergency, but that, in time of peace, his responsibilities are limited to administrative control over United States military personnel and United States military reservations, and that in peace time he should not interest himself in control or prevention of activities which may have the gravest consequences in time of war or public emergency, is manifestly contradictory." Edward H. DeArmond, Colonel, (FS), G.S.C., Acting Chief of Staff.From October 26, 1939: "I have the honor to inform you that in an investigation conducted by proper authorities of this Government, Mr. B. A. Glover, airplane pilot in the emply of Elizalde & Co., was found guilty of violation of the provisions of Proclamation No. 364 of the President of the Philippines, in view of which he was suspended as transport pilot for a period of one month from October 18 to November 17, 1939, inclusive, and warned that repetition of a similar offense in the future will be subject of a more drastic action." Jorge B. Vargas, Secretary to the President.An interesting cache of material documenting activities of the transitional government of the Philippines, just prior to the outbreak of WWII. Age-toning & staining. Fastener rusted. Folder front cover chipped & detached. A VG cache. Letters housed in a file folder, attached at top with two prong paper fastener [Attributes: Signed Copy]

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        Punched Card Methods in Scientific Communication.

      Columbia University, New York: The Thomas J. Watson Astronomical Computing Bureau, 1940 - Octavo. Original orange cloth, spine lettered in black. Spine faded, spine ends and corners gently bumped and rubbed, light marking to rear pastedown, overall a very good copy. Numerous photographic illustrations and diagrams to the text. Ownership inscription to front free endpaper. First edition, first printing of the professor of astronomy's groundbreaking work on scientific computation. "Eckert had become aware of the possibilities of punched-card calculation through visits to the IBM-Columbia University Statistical Bureau, established in 1939; he was also probably inspired by reports from the American astronomer E. W. Brown, who in 1928-29 had observed L. J. Comrie's use of a Hollerith tabulating system to calculate the positions of the moon . In 1934 Eckert established the Thomas J. Watson Astronomical Computing Bureau at Columbia, which he equipped with modified punched-card machines supplied by IBM" (Hook & Norman, pp. 353-4). The bright orange binding chosen references the nickname given to the notebook in which Eckert compiled his descriptions and data: the "Orange Book". Hook & Norman, Origins of Cyberspace 576. [Attributes: First Edition]

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        Lawyers Guild Review. Volume 1, Number 1 through Volume 20, Number 4 [complete except for two issues]

      . Original printed stapled wraps, showing wear, some wraps detached, else a good set. National Lawyers Guild, Washington and New York, 1940-1960.

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        Die Ehrenzeichen des Deutschen Reiches

      Berlin, Verlag Uniformen-Markt O. Dietrich, 1940, Ganzleineneinband, 560 Seiten, 32 Tafeln, Einband leicht berieben, Tafeln teilweise locker, Zustand 2- (T1590) (T1590)

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        Reichs Handbuch der Deutschen Gesellschaft

      Deutscher Wirtschaftsverlag AG,Berlin um 1940 - Das Handbuch der persönlichkeiten in Wort und Bild, Erster Band, Maße : 26 x 35 cm gut erhalten, Einband etwas berieben de 1050 S. 5500 g

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        Statistical Mechanics

      John Wiley & Sons, New York 1940 - Xi, 495 Pp. Maroon Cloth, Gilt. A Fine Example, With No Wear, All Gilt Brilliant, And Just Slight Aging To Pages. In The Scarce Dj,Very Light Wear, A Few Small Chips And Tears. The First Separate Publication By Nobel Prize Winner Maria Goeppert Mayer, After Journal Publications Including Some As A Co-Author With Max Born. "The Rapid Increase, In The Past Few Decades, Of Knowledge Concerning The Structure Of Molecules Has Made The Science Of Statistical Mechanics A Practical Tool For Interpreting And Correlating Experimental Data.It Is Therefore Desirable To Present This Subject In A Simple Manner In Order To Make It Easily Available To Scientists Whose Familiarity With Theoretical Physics Is Limited.We Express Our Gratitude To Professors Max Born, Karl F. Herzfeld, And Edward Teller, Who Have Read And Criticized Several Parts Of The Manuscript." A Fine Copy, Just A Trace Of Rubbing At Corners. Dj With Almost No Wear, A Few Small Losses At Corners, A Very Few Short Edge Tears. Ownership Signature Of Pioneering Computer Engineer Willis H. Ware. Maria Goeppert Mayer (June 28, 1906 ¿ February 20, 1972) Was A German-Born American Theoretical Physicist, And Nobel Laureate In Physics For Proposing The Nuclear Shell Model Of The Atomic Nucleus. She Was The Second Female Nobel Laureate In Physics, After Marie Curie. A Graduate Of The University Of Göttingen, Goeppert Mayer Wrote Her Doctorate On The Theory Of Possible Two-Photon Absorption By Atoms. At The Time, The Chances Of Experimentally Verifying Her Thesis Seemed Remote, But The Development Of The Laser Permitted This. Today, The Unit For The Two-Photon Absorption Cross Section Is Named The Goeppert Mayer (Gm) Unit. Goeppert Mayer Married Joseph Edward Mayer, And Moved To The United States, Where He Was An Associate Professor At Johns Hopkins University. Strict Rules Against Nepotism Prevented Johns Hopkins University From Taking Her On As A Faculty Member, But She Was Given A Job As An Assistant And Published A Landmark Paper On Double Beta Decay In 1935. In 1937, She Moved To Columbia University, Where She Took An Unpaid Position. During World War Ii, She Worked For The Manhattan Project At Columbia On Isotope Separation, And With Edward Teller At The Los Alamos Laboratory On The Development Of The Teller's "Super" Bomb. After The War, Goeppert Mayer Became A Voluntary Associate Professor Of Physics At The University Of Chicago (Where Teller And Her Husband Worked) And A Senior Physicist At The Nearby Argonne National Laboratory. She Developed A Mathematical Model For The Structure Of Nuclear Shells, For Which She Was Awarded The Nobel Prize In Physics In 1963, Which She Shared With J. Hans D. Jensen And Eugene Wigner. In 1960, She Was Appointed Full Professor Of Physics At The University Of California At San Diego. Ware¿S Participation In A Classified World War Ii Project To Identify Friendly Aircraft Led The Mathematician John Von Neumann To Recruit Him To Help Develop A Computer At The Institute For Advanced Study In Princeton, N.J., In 1946. That Machine Was Not The First Digital Computer, But It Was Based On A Set Of Design Ideas Described By Dr. Von Neumann That Were Broadly Influential ¿ First On The Design Of Computers Built By Scientists Around The World, And Then On An Early Ibm Computer Known As The 701. Many Of These Concepts Are Still Visible In The Structure Of Modern Computers And Smartphones. Mr. Ware, Part Of A Small Group Of Engineers Working On That Machine, Was The First To Try To Engineer Many Of The Components That Would Become Vital To Modern Computers. His Experience In Designing High-Speed Electronic Circuits During The War Was Essential To His Work On The Computer At The Institute For Advanced Study, Said George Dyson, A Historian Of The Project. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        For Whom The Bell Tolls - SIGNED and INSCRIBED by the Author, Dated and Located

      Scribners 1940 - A first US edition, first printing (with A on copyright page; in first state dust jacket), inscribed by Ernest Hemingway on title page to his friend (Cheveendo P.(?)), from San Francisco de Paula, Cuba in 1952. The book is in good condition with some rubbing and fading along spine an a circular stain on back cover - one previous owner's book plate on the front endpaper. The book comes with original first state dust jacket (unclipped with original $2.75 price), in good condition with some chipping. A very rare copy of one of the most seminal works of the twentieth century. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: John Atkinson Books ABA ILAB PBFA]
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        For Whom The Bell Tolls - in superb dust wrapper

      Cape 1940 - A first edition, first printing published by Cape in 1940. A fine book with some light off-setting to the endpapers. In a near fine unclipped wrapper with a little rubbing to the foot of the spine. A little soiling to the rear panel. In a collectable solander box. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Dizionario di politica

      Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana fondata da Giovanni Treccani, Roma 1940 - Lievi naturali scoloriture ai dorsi, interni perfetti. Nel complesso ottimo stato generale di conservazione 830; 807; 595; 639 con tavv. a colori grandi ripiegate (carte geografiche) f.t. p. 4 voll 310x230 mm

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      New York: The Dial Press, 1940. First edition. A fine copy in a very good to nearly fine dust jacket with some edge wear and rubbing to top and bottom jacket edges, some mild rubbing to spine folds. A nice copy, uncommon in jacket. (19658). Octavo, cloth. Signed inscription dated (1940) by MacHarg on the front free endpaper. A Queen's Quorum title, #95. "This is a large group (33 stories) of police procedural tales, each around four to eight pages long. O'Malley is a New York cop; in each tale he solves a mystery, usually a murder. Each story opens with O'Malley explaining why he probably won't be able to solve the case; then he solves it; each story similarly closes humorously with O'Malley's explanation about why he won't get any credit for solving the case. Most of the cases have realistic New York City backgrounds, ranging from the poor in tenement halls to rich people hanging out in night clubs. They probably served as a model for Ellery Queen's later series of short mysteries with realistic New York settings, Q.B.I. (1949-1954). Very few of the cases have mob or underworld settings. The stories are full of a tough, low key realism, but are not especially hard-boiled or in any Hammett derived pulp tradition. Whether rich, poor, working or middle class, the characters in the story are depicted as "typical New Yorkers."." - Mike Grost at the gadetection website writing on MacHarg and Balmer.

      [Bookseller: John W. Knott, Jr., Bookseller, ABAA/ILA]
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        Inside The Whale - in the original dust wrapper

      Gollancz 1940 - A first edition, first printing published by Gollancz in 1940. Some light spotting to end papers. Some foxing to edges which are a little dusty. Very slight wear to head and tail of spine. Cloth dull with a few blemishes. The unclipped dust wrapper (priced 7/6 net on the spine) dust marked, with some creasing and rubbing. Spine of dust wrapper tanned. Some ink marks to rear. One crease to the spine and to the top of the front panel. Initially a review of 'Tropic of Cancer' by Henry Miller, Orwell moves on to discuss Charles Dickens and 1920s to 1930s literature. The biblical story of Jonah and the whale is used as a metaphor for accepting experience without seeking to change it, Jonah inside the whale being comfortably protected from the problems of the outside world. A very rare Orwell title, with no US equivalent edition. Gollancz published 1000 copies were published of which 'several copies [were] destroyed in an air raid.' (cf. Fenwick, G., (1998)). Copies in dust wrappers are exceptionally scarce. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: John Atkinson Books ABA ILAB PBFA]
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