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        A HISTORY OF WOODS COUNTY, OKLAHOMA

      Privately published, n. d. (ca 1940)., N. P. - First edition. 12mo. Signed by the author on the front fly leaf. Original dark blue cloth, titles stamped in black on front cover, 119 pp., frontispiece, preface, plates, portraits, illustrated, maps. Much on the buffalo, Indians, Cherokee Strip, cowboys, cattle towns, Oklahoma pioneers, geography of the county, etc. Herd 612 says, "Scarce." "Chapters on the cattle trails, the Cherokee Strip Cattle Association, and cowboys." Herd 612 offers this item as being in "stiff wrappers." This is the only hardcover copy of this title we've ever handled. Near fine, tight, clean copy of a scarce title. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Soft Cover]

      [Bookseller: BUCKINGHAM BOOKS, ABAA, ILAB, IOBA]
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        Oeuvres complètes. 20 volumes. Vols 1 à 20.

      Editions H. L. Mermod 1940 - 1941, Lausanne, - reliure demi-parchemin. Couvertures conservées. Edition originale des oeuvres complètes, tirée sur papier vergé chiffon Biberist, numéroté n.° 1015 / 1500. Non coupé. Bel exemplaire.

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        Shield Wizard #1 1940- MLJ/Archie Golden Age Comic- Flag cover- FN-

      MLJ/Archie 1940 - First issue. Indicia states V.1 #5. Origin of the Shield by Irving Novick and The Wizard by Ed Ashe Jr. Flag cover, Spirit of '76 appear. Rare early MLJ superhero title. Glossy cover, spine split from bottom up to bottom of bottom staple, pages tanning on exterior edges, chips missing off a few pages at bottom right corner, no art or text is damaged. Condition: FN-

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        ESPIONAGE / WORLD WAR II: [ACCORDING TO THE INFORMATION OF THE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS HERE ]

      Large 8°, typed telegram on letterhead, in Serbian Cyrillic script (Very Good condition). - Bern, Switzerland, August 8th 1940. A fascinating and important intelligence telegram, sent from the Royal Yugoslavian Embassy in Bern, Switzerland to the Yugoslavian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Belgrade, correctly predicting that Germany planned to attack England in September 1940. - A key purpose of embassies is to gather intelligence. In the period leading up to World War II, Switzerland was an ideal place to gather intelligence. As a neutral country, officials from both the Allied and Axis sides often visited Switzerland and were sometimes a bit loose with their talk and correspondence. Indeed, the subject of spies in pre-WWII Switzerland was even the subject of many movies, such as Alfred Hitchcock’s The Lady Vanishes. This original telegram, written by an unidentified official, ‘Juriši?’, and sent on August 8, 1940, from the Royal Yugoslavian Embassy in Bern, Switzerland to the Foreign Ministry in Belgrade, predicts that Germany planned to launch an attack upon England that upcoming September. While Germany and Britain had been at war since the beginning of September 1939, neither party had, as of yet, placed boots on the ground in each other’s homelands. The intelligence conveyed in this telegram was correct at the time. Throughout the summer of 1940, Hitler was planning to launch ‘Operation Sea Lion’ (Unternehmen Seelöwe), his massive intended seaborne landing upon the south coast of England. By early August 1940, this design was in its advanced stages. However, a number of factors, including the emergence of British air superiority, poor German logistical arrangements, and a lack of confidence in the design on the part of the German high command, caused Operation Sea Lion to be "postponed indefinitely" (i.e. cancelled). Very few original intelligence telegrams, especially regarding such an important matter, ever appear on the market.

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        [Photo Album]: Old Orchard Beach

      Maine: , [circa 1940s]. Maine. [circa 1940s]. Oblong 12mo. Measuring 6.5" x 4.25". String-tied flexible leather album with an illustration of a boat and "Snapshots Old Orchard Beach, Me" on the front board. Contains 20 black and white gelatin silver photographs measuring 3.5" x 5", without captions. Near fine album with near fine photographs.A photo album compiled by a young woman while on vacation with friends at Old Orchard Beach in Maine during the 1940s. The photos show pictures of the women lounging on the beach and by their summer cottage. A few candids show the girls taking naps on the beach as well as swimming. Towards the end of the album there are photos of the amusement park at Old Orchard Beach. The beach has been a tourist destination since the 1600s and dubbed the "Garden by the Sea." During the 1940s many of the Big Bands of the era played there and made it a must visit beach during the summers.A modest but interesting collection of photographs detailing young women on a vacation in the 1940s. .

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        Sapphira and the Slave Girl

      New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1940, 1940. First edition, limited issue, number 502 of 520 numbered copies, signed by Cather. Crane A22.a.i.. Fine, unblemished copy in a fine dust jacket and original numbered slipcase.. 8vo, original green quarter buckram spine, bright green paper boards, gilt lettering, t.e.g., others untrimmed.

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        The Consistency of the Axiom of Choice and of the Generalized Continuum-Hypothesis with the Axioms of Set Theory. Annals of Mathematics Studies, Number 3.

      Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1940 - Octavo. Original orange paper wrappers printed in black. Spine and extremities faded, some gentle creasing to wrappers and a small tear to lower corner of rear wrappers, overall a very good copy. Ownership inscription of the American philosopher Morton White to front pastedown. First edition, first printing, of Gödel's seminal work in set theory. "Gödel's proof of the consistency of the continuum hypothesis with the axioms of Zermelo-Fraenkel set theory is a tour de force and arguably the greatest achievement of his mathematical life" (Kennedy). This edition presents a revised collection of the lectures first delivered at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, during the autumn term of 1938-9, accompanied by notes by the American statistician and game theorist George W. Brown. An abbreviated discussion of this theorem was originally published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Volumes 24 and 25 (1938-9). Morton White was the Professor Emeritus in the School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study from 1970 to 1987, and was therefore a colleague of Gödel's, who was appointed a Professor Emeritus at the IAS in 1976. In his biography, White recounts warmly his "occasional philosophical conversations" with Gödel (p. 287). See Juliette Kennedy, "Kurt Gödel", in Edward N. Zalta (ed.), The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Winter 2016 Edition), online; Morton White, A Philosopher's Story. University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press, 1999. [Attributes: First Edition]

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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.

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        Why England Slept

      Hutchinson, 1940. Hardcover. Good. A first edition, first printing published by Hutchinson in 1940. The 1940 1st British edition of JFK.s first published book, his senior thesis at Harvard, analyzing England's decision to resist Hitler when it did (rather than even earlier). The book is good+ in its red cloth, with light staining and spotting at the panels and along the spine. Plus bibliography and publisher's ads. In a good+/very good unclipped wrapper with some light chipping to the spine tips and corners. Some wear and tear to the edges.

      [Bookseller: John Atkinson Books]
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        Danzig, deine SA! Einsatz und Bewährung im Polenfeldzug, mit 16 Bildseiten

      München, Zentralverlag der NSDAP Franz Eher Nachf., 1940 - Vollständige Ausgabe im original Verlagseinband (Halbleinen OHLn / HLn 8vo im Format 15 x 21,5 cm) mit illustriertem Deckeltitel (Umschlagzeichnung: SA.-Obersturmführer Hanf / Berlin). 86 Seiten, mit 16 Fotoabbildungen auf Kunstdruckpapier, Schrift: Fraktur. - Aus dem Inhalt: Vorwort - Danziger Zeittafel - Danzig eine deutsche Stadt! - Der Weg der Danziger SA. - Sturmappell - Wacht an der Grenze - Das Gefecht von Espenkrug - Bis zur letzten Patrone - Das Grenzwachbataillon - Ein Bataillon SA. - SA.-Marine am Feind - 3 Mann machen 167 Gefangene - Unternehmen Post - Unternehmen Luft - Hau ruck, Pioniere! - Die Männer der Strippe - SA.-Reiter - SA.-Hilfspolizei - Die durchlöcherte Rotkreuzfahne - Den toten Kameraden. - Kriegsdruck, Erstausgabe, EA, 1. Auflage in ganz guter Erhaltung (Einband mit Gebrauchsspuren, beide Buchdeckel mit stärkeren Knicken, sonst gut). - Deutsches / Drittes Reich, Großdeutschland im 2. Weltkrieg, illustrierte Bücher, Volkstumskampf im deutschen Nordosten, NS.-Schrifttum, Einzug des Führers ins befreite Danzig, Adolf Hitler in Danzig, SA. der NSDAP, Danziger Sturmabteilung, völkisches / nationalsozialistisches Gedankengut Versand an Institutionen auch gegen Rechnung Sprache: Deutsch Gewicht in Gramm: 2000 [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Nazi Bombing Report: Fliegerangriff in der Nachct vom 17./18.8.40 auf die Hydrierwerk Scholven A.G.

      1940 - Bombing Report, Nazi. The working title of this report is Fliegerangriff in der Nachct vom 17./18.8.40 auf die Hydrierwerk Scholven A.G., and it tells the story of a bombing raid by the R.A.F on the night of June 17/18. 1940. This was a few weeks before the beginning of the Battle of Britain, and another few weeks before the first German bombs began to fall on central London (August 24/5). It is a fairly sumptuous production, hardcover, with original photographs pasted in, and of course with comments about the damage and debris of the raid. Size: 11.5 x 8.5 inches. 20 leaves with 27 original photographic images of damage caused by the bombing. Each leave is quite thick—much more stiff and heavy than a 110-lb cover stock sheet. The photos are all 3 x 4.5 inches, and are clear and bright. Condition: fine. . Provenance: ex-library, U.S. Library of Congress. This book was part of a very large collection of 90,000 pamphlets that we bought of the U.S. Library of Congress. Known simply as the “Pamphlet Collection” it is identified by a distinctive and tiny 3mm perforated stamp, plus a bookplate at the front pastedown. Binding: bound in thick cloth boards. **Hdydrierwerk Scholven A.G. was a synthetic petroleum plant and was one of the earliest targets of Great Britain in Germany's industrial Ruhr Valley. It was owned by the Hibernia Mining Company, and constructed as a hydrogenation plant in 1935. Located in Gelsenkirchen, a city in North Rhine-Westphalia, it was located in the Ruhr, which was a center of wartime production for Germany. There is no indication of author/printer or which agency/department was responsible, but this looks like (to me) to be the beginning of a standard protocol on reporting damage from bombing raids. It seems as though the typing under the captions is first generation, original; it is also illustrated by 27 2x4" original photographs of the damage. This may be a unique copy or perhaps one of several--at the very least, I would say it was of extremely highly limited distribution. Notes: "Gelsenkirchen in the time of the Third Reich. In the time when the Nazis held sway in Germany, Gelsenkirchen, owing to its location in the heart of the Ruhr area, was a centre of wartime industry. In no other time has Gelsenkirchen's industry been so highly productive. This brought about, on the one hand, after the massive job cuts in the 1920s, a short-term boost in mining and heavy-industry jobs. On the other hand, the city naturally became the target of many heavy Allied bombing raids during the Second World War, which destroyed three fourths of Gelsenkirchen. Even today, many old above-ground air-raid shelters can be found in the city, and some of the city's official buildings such as Hans-Sachs-Haus downtown and the town hall in Buer have air-raid shelters still kept more or less in their original form. Two synagogues in Gelsenkirchen were destroyed in the anti-Jewish riots of Kristallnacht in November 1938. The one in Buer was burnt down. The one in downtown Gelsenkirchen was likewise destroyed. Exactly 66 years later, the cornerstone was laid there for a new synagogue. The Institute for City History set up a documentation site: "Gelsenkirchen in National Socialist times". Throughout the time when Hitler was in power, from 1933 to 1945, the city's mayor was Carl Engelbert Böhmer, an NSDAP member."--Wikipedia [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Liens Immortels

      Beauchesne Et Ses Fils, Paris 1940 - Broché, 148 Pages. Avec Portrait En Frontispice Size: in-8° [Attributes: Soft Cover]

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        Death At The Bar - in the true first issue dust wrapper

      Collins [The Crime Club], 1940. Hardcover. Good. A first edition, first printing published by Collins [The Crime Club]. No date, but 1940. A good+ book with some staining to the spine. Faint previous price to the top of the front endpaper. In a very good unclipped wrapper showing 8'3 to the front flap. Some chipping to the top of the spine. One small chip to the top of the rear panel. First issue wrapper.

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        ASTONISHING STORIES. All published

      Chicago, IL: Fictioneers, Inc., 1940-43. Several issues are very good but most are nearly fine to fine issues. An attractive set. (19915). Octavo, 16 issues, plus one issue (Canadian). pictorial wrappers. Pulp magazine. Second tier SF magazine first edited by a nineteen year old Frederik Pohl. Sixteen issues, all published plus the third of three Canadian issues. "Astonishing Stories featured a fine blend of new and old talent, artists and writers alike. ...it is worth remembering for two reasons... it initiated a meaningful book review column... and it served as a valuable training ground, not only for some talented young writers, but also for its young editor." - Tymn and Ashley, Science Fiction, Fantasy and Weird Fiction Magazine, pp. 117-121. Writers include Isaac Asimov, Henry Kuttner (also using pseudonyms), Frederik Pohl (using pseudonyms), Clifford Simak, Malcolm Jameson, C.M. Kornbluth (using pseudonyms), Frank Belknap Long, Manly Wade Wellman, Alfred Bester, James Blish, Leigh Brackett, Robert Bloch and Nelson Bond. Other notables: Neil R. Jones Professor Jameson stories. C.M. Korbluth's first story appearance in the April, 1940 issue, a collaboration with Harry Dockweiler and Richard Wilson using the pseudonym Ivar Towers. Robert A. Heinlein appears in the April, 1941 issue as Lyle Monroe (and Emma Waltz) and the March, 1942 as Lyle Monroe. L. Ron Hubbard (with L. Sprague DeCamp) appears in November, 1941. E.E. "Doc" Smith "Vortex Blaster" novelettes; June. 1942 and October, 1942. Ray Bradbury in the April, 1943 issue.

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        Grinzing.

      1940.. Orig.-Farbradierung. 46 x 58 cm. (Plattengr.). Schönes, breitrandiges Expl. vgl. Thieme-B. XIX, 582f.; Schüttler, Wien 1944 - Vom Künstler eh. signiert. In der Platte bez. u. dat. "Februar 1940".

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        Annie Karakaian (CUR0501)

      - Photogramme. Etude de mains. Surréalisme. Tirage argentique d\'époque et montage d\'origine. Circa 1940. CUR0501.

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        FBI Director Warns Polaroid to Guard against Espionage and Sabotage before American Entry into World War II

      Washington 1940 - Typed Letter Signed, to Officers of Polaroid Company, on FBI letterhead, marked "Personal and Confidential," Washington, October 22, 1940. 1 p., 7 1/4 x 9 1/4 in. #23917.01 Typed Letter Signed, to Edwin H. Land, on FBI letterhead, Washington, January 10, 1941. 8 pp., 7 1/4 x 9 1/4 in. #23917.02 Book. "Secret" booklet published by the FBI Suggestions for Protection of Industrial Facilities, April, 1941. 50 pp. #23917.03 In these two letters, J. Edgar Hoover offers general and specific advice to the Polaroid Company of Massachusetts to protect it against "foreign espionage and sabotage" as America tries to stay out of the world war ravaging Europe and Asia. Excerpts:October 22, 1940 I am pleased to enclose a copy of a publication entitled "Suggestions for Protection of Industrial Facilities" which has been prepared by this Bureau for the confidential use of officials of industrial concerns and duly constituted law enforcement agencies. It is thought that the contents of this booklet may be of assistance to you. It would be appreciated if you would execute the attached receipt and return it to me in the enclosed self-addressed franked envelope. With best wishes and kind regards, Sincerely yours, J. E. Hoover[Endorsement by Edwin H. Land:]Executed & returned 10/28/40 (EHL) January 10, 1941Dear Mr. Land Based upon the survey made of your plant by a Special Agent of this Bureau, the following recommendations are submitted to you for your consideration. Please feel free to discuss these recommendations with the Special Agent who delivers this letter to you. It is recommended that a thorough and complete investigation be made of all applicants who are considered for positions in your plant. A similar investigation should be made with respect to all present employees as soon as practicable. Inquiries should be made in the neighborhood in which each employee or applicant resides to determine his general reputation, character and background. It is further suggested that inquiries be made at the schools attended by the applicant or employee and all public records available concerning him should be examined. In further connection with this matter, it is suggested that you give further consideration to the advisability of fingerprinting the employees of your company. The provisions of the Federal Espionage and Sabotage Statutes should be called to the attention of each employee. This may be accomplished by providing each employee with a copy of these Statutes or by posting them on the plant bulletin boards. It was noted during the survey that there are 180 employees in your plant at the present time. To further facilitate the proper identification of employees prior to their admittance to your plant, it is recommended that identification cards be issued to all employees without exception. It is recommended that a check be made each day with respect to employees who are absent from work. Such a check may be made in most instances by a telephone call to the employee's home or by personal contact with him. Any employee who does not have a legitimate excuse for his absence should be treated with suspicion and appropriate inquiries should be made concerning his activities. In addition to the regulations you presently maintain at your plant with respect to visitors, it is suggested that each visitor be accompanied by a plant guard or plant official at all times while he is on the plant premises. When the visitor leaves the plant, a notation as to the time of his departure should be made on the visitors' register in all instances, and care should be taken to see that the visitor's pass issued to each visitor is surrendered before he leaves the plant. It was noted during the survey that the guards you presently employ are required to perform both janitor and guard duties and it is suggested that the guards be permitted to perform guard duties exclusively. Each guard at your plant should be fu. (See website for full description)

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        ARCHIVIO DI ANTROPOLOGIA CRIMINALE PSICHIATRIA E MEDICINA LEGALE volume 60 serie V

      FRATELLI BOCCA, TORINO 1940 - ITALIANO Vari timbri biblioteca, organo uff. dell'ass. italiana di med. leg. e delle assicuraz., illustrazioni in nero fuori testo e nei testi, pagine brunite ai bordi e con lievissima fioritura, piccole tracce di umidità, legatura rigida con piatti bordeaux con due piccole abrasioni, dorso nero con titoli d'oro, lieve usura alla cima ed adesivo al piede

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        Eggs, Beans and Crumpets IN UNCLIPPED FIRST ISSUE DUSTWRAPPER

      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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        GOLDEN ASHES

      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 because...you'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.

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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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        Original studio one-sheet poster for VICTORY AN ISLAND TALE.

      [Los Angeles]: Paramount Studios, 1940. - Vintage pictorial one-sheet poster (27 x 41"), lithographed in color. Folded as issued, minute loss at apex of two folds, some small careful paper mends on verso at edges and folds, a few tiny breaks in blank margins, but generally very good, the image unusually fresh and bright. A vividly pictorial promotional poster for the third, and most faithful, English language film adaptation of Conrad's 1915 novel, directed by John Cromwell, based on a screenplay by John Balderston, and starring Frederic March, Betty Field, Cedric Hardwicke, at al. The film was released on 21 December. Previous English language versions appeared in 1919 (silent) and 1930.

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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.

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        THE POWER AND THE GLORY

      Heinemann 1940 - Uncorrected proof copy. Original buff wrappers printed in red. A very good copy indeed, which shows some tanning and creasing to the paper spine, but is otherwise bright and crisp. Housed in a cloth chemise and slipcase. Critically considered Greene's greatest novel and one of the highlights of twentieth century literature, which showcases Greene's technique of painting intricate moral landscapes where corrupt characters might still be capable of goodness and virtuous ones indulge their virtues murderously. Publishers of this period only printed a handful of copies of their proofs, exclusively for the use of the author and editors to check and suggest amendments. As a consequence they are rarely encountered in commerce. Connolly 88 [Attributes: Soft Cover]

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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).

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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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