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        The War Speeches - a full set of seven U.S. first editions in a custom leather preservation case

      Here is a collector-worthy, full jacketed set of all seven U.S. first edition, first printings of Churchill's War speeches, housed in a custom full leather preservation case.  During his long public life, Winston Churchill played many roles worthy of note - member of Parliament for more than half a century, soldier and war correspondent, author of scores of books, ardent social reformer, combative cold warrior, Nobel Prize winner. But Churchill's preeminence as a historical figure owes most to his indispensable leadership during the Second World War, when his trenchant, soaring, and defiant rhetoric sustained his countrymen and inspired the free world.  Of Churchill, Edward R. Murrow said: "He mobilized the English language and sent it into battle." Between 1941 and 1946, Churchill's war speeches were published in seven individual volumes in both British and U.S. editions.  The U.S. first editions were generally published in smaller numbers and are considerably more scarce today than their British counterparts.  Moreover, the first volume, "Blood Sweat and Tears" is one of the few Churchill first editions for which the U.S. edition bears a different title than the British (it was published in England as "Into Battle").  Collectors will note that the U.S. editions varied significantly across the seven volumes, unlike the British first editions, which were all issued by the same publisher, were universal in height and binding, and featured uniform style to the dust jackets, which varied only in color scheme.  The first U.S. volume was published by G.P. Putnam's Sons and bound in the same size and blue cloth as their other 1930s editions of Churchill's works (Great Contemporaries, While England Slept, and Step By Step).  Volumes 2-6 were published by Little, Brown and Company.  Each of these five volumes was bound in red cloth with a black and red dust jacket, but the volumes vary considerably in height with volumes 4-6 smaller, wartime material rationing cited as the reason on the Volume 5 dust jacket flap.  The final volume was published by Simon and Schuster in an entirely different size, binding, and dust jacket style.  Here are all seven first editions, all fine or near-fine, in dust jackets ranging from near-fine to very good.  All seven bindings are bright, clean, and square with sharp corners and virtually no wear.  All contents are clean, bright, and tight with most feeling unread.  The only spotting we find in the set is limited to the page edges of volumes 3, 4 & 6.  The sole previous ownership mark in the set is the ink stamp of a private Connecticut boarding school on the Volume 7 ffep.  All seven dust jackets are unclipped, still bearing the original front flap prices.  Of note, The Blood Sweat and Tears dust jacket is an unusually complete true first trade edition (not the look-alike Book-of-the-Month Club edition), with unfaded red and blue spine print.  The dust jackets for volumes 2-6 proved quite susceptible to scuffing and wear, as well as fading of the red spine title boxes.  Here these five jackets all retain bright red spine panels.  Wear and chipping for these five jackets is quite modest, mostly confined to spine ends.  All seven dust jackets are protected in removable, archival quality clear covers.  The preservation case was commissioned by us in full red leather with a fold open lid and front and a black leather label stamped in gold.  Please be aware that this set may require additional postage.  Bibliographic reference: Cohen A142.3.a, A172.2.a, A183.2.a, A194.2, A214.2.a, A223.2,  A227.1; Woods/ICS A66(b.1), A89(b.1), A94(b.1), A101(b.1), A107(b), A112(b), A114(a); Langworth pages 207, 214, 220, 224, 229, 235, 248

      [Bookseller: Churchill Book Collector]
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        Ten Little Niggers

      Collins for the Crime Club, 1941-01-01. First Edition, Third Printing. Hardcover. Good. London: Collins Crime Club, 1941: First edition, Third Printing, as stated on the copyright page. In its original dust jacket, with the price intact, though covered by another price sticker. The book is in Good+ condition, in a Good+ dust jacket. Clean pages, with light foxing. Previous owner name penned to title page. Cloth shows light edge wear, rubbing and soiling. The dust jacket has a tear from the top of the front panel, with a few tape repairs made from the verso. The jacket shows rubbing, soiling and edge wear, with some chipping. A rare Agatha Christie book under the original, non-politically correct title, before being changed to And Then There Were None. Also, rare in the original dust jacket.

      [Bookseller: Odd Duck Books]
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        EL ARTE TIPOGRAFICO EN ESPAÑA DURANTE EL SIGLO XV

      Mº de Asuntos Exteriores, Madrid 1941 - Encuadernado por J. Cortés. 10 tomos en 9 volúmenes, nervios, tejuelos, corte superior tintado,conserva cubiertas originales . I: CATALUÑA; XIX-258 pp. con 264 facsímiles. II: VALENCIA, MALLORCA Y MURCIA; XXXIX-236 pp. con 270 facsímiles. III: SALAMANCA, ZAMORA CORIA Y REINO DE GALICIA; XXXI-306 pp. con 646 facsímiles. IV: SEVILLA Y GRANADA; LII-439 pp. con 502 facsímiles. V: ZARAGOZA, XXXVIII-359 pp. con 646 facsímiles. VI: VALLADOLID, TOLEDO, HUETE Y PAMPLONA; XXXI-260 pp. con 274 facsímiles.VII: BURGOS Y GUADALAJARA; XXXI-335 pp. con 469 facsímiles. VIII: DUDOSOS DE LUGAR DE IMPRESIÓN ADICCIONES Y CORRECCIONES ; XXXV-392 pp. con 418 facsímiles. IX: INDICES GENERALES; 134 pp. - 1h. X: CATALUÑA. Apéndice; 2 h. - 35 pp. con 99 facsímiles.Obra fundamental para el estudio de los incunables españoles, de la que se imprimieron 500 ejemplares numerados. Perfecto ejemplar [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Libros Madrid]
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        Father of the Blues

      New York: The Macmillan Company, , 1941. An Autobiography. Edited by Arna Bontemps. With a Foreword by Abbe Niles. Octavo. Original blue cloth, title in black to upper board and spine, blue top-stain. With the dust jacket. Portrait frontispiece, musical scores to the text. First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Dr. W. M. Wells, with sincere appreciation of all favours and [help?], Harlem Hospital, W. C. Handy, 11–27–1943". The recipient was probably Dr. William Monroe Wells, who spent much of his career in Orlando where he built a hotel and entertainment venue for African Americans and hosted musical acts such as Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie, Ray Charles, Cab Calloway, B. B. King, Louis Armstrong, and Bo Diddley. The present volume is the classic memoir of the highly influential orchestra leader, entrepreneur, and composer. Despite the title, Handy never claimed to have fathered or invented the blues, but his creative documentation and arrangement of the black rural and folk music which he heard as a struggling young band leader, working in Mississippi at the turn of the twentieth century, made him the first composer, as jazz critic Gary Giddins has so astutely observed, to "codify.…the 12 bar blues form… organiz[ing] the elements of the blues with compositional ambition, joining diverse refrains and focusing primary attention on melody." His Memphis Blues, published in 1912, was an immediate hit and brought broad public acceptance of the new form, and with the appearance of his immortal St. Louis Blues in 1914, Handy had made the blues form a permanent force in American popular music. A ground breaking black businessman, he became a successful publisher of his many compositions and enjoyed a long and much celebrated career. Tens of thousands thronged the streets of Harlem at his funeral in 1958, the same year in which his film biography starring Nat 'King' Cole and appropriately titled, St. Louis Blues, was released. Handy's autobiography was an immediate success, reprinted numerous times in the years immediately following its first printing in 1941 and in subsequent editions over the decades. A significant blues autobiography, first printings in the dust jacket are uncommon and signed copies rarely encountered.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        The Last Tycoon

      New York: Charles Scribners, 1941 First edition, first printing. Fine in an unclipped lightly worn and rubbed jacket with some light fading to spine, a few very tiny chips and tears, else a very good and bright copy. Very difficult to find in better than decent condition.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Fine.

      [Bookseller: B & B Rare Books, Ltd., ABAA]
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        Nostalgie de Paris *

      Éditions du Milieu du Monde, Genève 10.4.1941. - Reliure (genevoise) demi maroquin marron, dos (un brin insolé) à nerfs, titre doré, couvertures or ange imprimée bicolore et dos conservés. Tampon sur dernière garde. Une certaine confusion existe quant à l'inventaire des papiers, par l'obscure justification qui pourrait sous-entendre que les présumés Chine soient des Marais ? La numérotation en romain nous a fait opter pour la première hypothèse.Ce qui est certain: notre exemplaire est le numéro I, nominatif, dédicacé au crayon rouge par l'auteur au nominé ". en le remerciant de son généreux accueil au Milieu du Monde.", encore prolongé par un autoportrait classique de l'écrivain cloppe au bec de profil, sous-légendé "et ma sympathie numéro 1 elle aussi. F.C." Édition originale. L'un des 6 présumés exemplaires numérotés sur Chine, outre 2 vieux Japon, 8 vélin de Rives, 14 vélin du Marais et 325 volumineux.

      [Bookseller: Librairie Oh 7e Ciel]
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        The Captain from Connecticut

      London: Michael Joseph Ltd., 1941., 1941. Naval fiction. FIRST EDITION. Publisher's hardback cloth binding in Rowland Hilder -illustrated dustjacket, with scarce original wraparound band. Bookplate to pastedown. Some dustiness to top edge, minor fraying to spine tips else a particularly fresh copy. Fine. C.S. Forester was awarded the 1938 James Tait Black Memorial Prize for both the Hornblower novels 'A Ship of the Line' and 'Flying Colours'. The Prize was founded in memory of a partner in the publishing house of A. & C. Black Ltd., and is one of the oldest and most prestigious book awards in Britain.

      [Bookseller: Adrian Harrington Rare Books]
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        Schauspielhaus Zürich. Sommer 1941.12 Original-Lithographien.,

      Zürich, Schauspielhaus, 1941 - Folio (ca. 47,5 x 33,5 cm). 1 Bl. Text und 12 Originallithographien. *Das Züricher Schauspielhaus gab eine Künstlermappe heraus und hatte dazu 12 zeitgenössische Künstler zu einem Beitrag mit einem graphischen Blatt eingeladen. Die Mappe enthält 12 Lithographien, alle zusätzlich handsigniert. Die Künstler sind Otto Baumberger, Cornelia Forster, Charles Hug, Max Hunziker, Ernst Morgenthaler, Gregor Rabinowitch, Heinrich Steiner, Alois Carigiet, Egender-Wintsch, Hans Fischer, M. Gubler und W. Roshardt. - Vollständig, sauber und sehr gut erhalten. Sprache: de Gewicht in Gramm: 2000 Lose in kartonierter Originalmappe.

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat Braun]
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        [The War Speeches:]

      London: Cassell and Company Ltd.,, 1941–46. Into Battle; The Unrelenting Struggle; The End of the Beginning; Onwards to Victory; The Dawn of Liberation; Victory; Secret Session Speeches 7 individually issued works, octavo. Original blue cloth, titles to spines gilt. With the dust jackets. Frontispieces in first five volumes along with other photographic plates. Ends and corners slightly rubbed, light spots to a few early leaves of the second work, and faintly to fore-edge of the final work; an excellent set in the lightly rubbed jackets with some very small tears and chips to edges, tape repair to the ends of volume 2, rear panels somewhat dust soiled and with a few spots to the jacket of the final work. First editions, first impressions.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        The Official History of Australia in the War of 1914-18. [12 volumes]

      Sydney: Angus & Robertson. 1941-42. 12 volumes, various impressions. Original maroon cloth, non-uniform shading, but not too dissimilar with a majority of spines sunned to the same hue. Generally some rubbing to the extremities and a little light flecking; Vols I & XII a little more rubbed than the others and their spines a bit more faded, those of Vols V & XI a little darker than the others. A clean set in good to very good condition. ***Images and more detailed description available on request. Will require additional postage. .

      [Bookseller: Astrolabe Booksellers]
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        The War Speeches - a full set of seven U.S. first editions in a custom leather preservation case

      Here is a collector-worthy, full jacketed set of all seven U.S. first edition, first printings of Churchill's War speeches, housed in a custom full leather preservation case.  During his long public life, Winston Churchill played many roles worthy of note - member of Parliament for more than half a century, soldier and war correspondent, author of scores of books, ardent social reformer, combative cold warrior, Nobel Prize winner. But Churchill's preeminence as a historical figure owes most to his indispensable leadership during the Second World War, when his trenchant, soaring, and defiant rhetoric sustained his countrymen and inspired the free world.  Of Churchill, Edward R. Murrow said: "He mobilized the English language and sent it into battle." Between 1941 and 1946, Churchill's war speeches were published in seven individual volumes in both British and U.S. editions.  The U.S. first editions were generally published in smaller numbers and are considerably more scarce today than their British counterparts.  Moreover, the first volume, "Blood Sweat and Tears" is one of the few Churchill first editions for which the U.S. edition bears a different title than the British (it was published in England as "Into Battle").  Collectors will note that the U.S. editions varied significantly across the seven volumes, unlike the British first editions, which were all issued by the same publisher, were universal in height and binding, and featured uniform style to the dust jackets, which varied only in color scheme.  The first U.S. volume was published by G.P. Putnam's Sons and bound in the same size and blue cloth as their other 1930s editions of Churchill's works (Great Contemporaries, While England Slept, and Step By Step).  Volumes 2-6 were published by Little, Brown and Company.  Each of these five volumes was bound in red cloth with a black and red dust jacket, but the volumes vary considerably in height with volumes 4-6 smaller, wartime material rationing cited as the reason on the Volume 5 dust jacket flap.  The final volume was published by Simon and Schuster in an entirely different size, binding, and dust jacket style.  Here are all seven first editions, all fine or near-fine, in dust jackets ranging from near-fine to very good.  All seven bindings are bright, clean, and square with sharp corners and virtually no wear.  All contents are clean, bright, and tight with most feeling unread.  The only spotting we find in the set is limited to the page edges of volumes 3, 4 & 6.  The sole previous ownership mark in the set is the ink stamp of a private Connecticut boarding school on the Volume 7 ffep.  All seven dust jackets are unclipped, still bearing the original front flap prices.  Of note, The Blood Sweat and Tears dust jacket is an unusually complete true first trade edition (not the look-alike Book-of-the-Month Club edition), with unfaded red and blue spine print.  The dust jackets for volumes 2-6 proved quite susceptible to scuffing and wear, as well as fading of the red spine title boxes.  Here these five jackets all retain bright red spine panels.  Wear and chipping for these five jackets is quite modest, mostly confined to spine ends.  All seven dust jackets are protected in removable, archival quality clear covers.  The preservation case was commissioned by us in full red leather with a fold open lid and front and a black leather label stamped in gold.  Please be aware that this set may require additional postage.  Bibliographic reference: Cohen A142.3.a, A172.2.a, A183.2.a, A194.2, A214.2.a, A223.2,  A227.1; Woods/ICS A66(b.1), A89(b.1), A94(b.1), A101(b.1), A107(b), A112(b), A114(a); Langworth pages 207, 214, 220, 224, 229, 235, 248

      [Bookseller: Churchill Book Collector]
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        Beating the Invader; A Message from the Prime Minister

      London: Ministry of Information 1941, 1st edition, 1st state. () 2pp. Very good. Single sheet printed on both sides. Creased from old folds. Slight soiling. Otherwise a well preserved copy. Woods A69: "There is also a later version of this leaflet, overprinted in red in the top left-hand corner, with a message regarding the evacuation of invaded areas." This copy has no red overprinting and is therefor the first state. The document is Churchill's message to the people of England regarding what to do in case of invasion. His personal message is followed by 14 notes which Churchill says "should be carefully studied.". The subtitles for each section, some of which contain multiple notes, are: "Stand Firm," "Carry on," "Advice and Orders," "Instructions," "Food," "News," "Motor-Cars," and "The Enemy."..

      [Bookseller: Aquila Books]
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        Beating the Invader

      "If invasion comes, everyone - young or old, men and women - will be eager to play their part worthily." This wartime leaflet is a tangible reminder that, in the early days of 1941, the outcome of the war was not a foregone conclusion and Britain's peril was quite real. The leaflet provides instructions from the Ministry of Information and the Prime Minister regarding what to do in the case of invasion. Measuring 11 inches by 8.25 inches, the leaflet is printed on both sides of a thin, single sheet of paper. On 10 March 1941, at the request of the Ministry of Information, Churchill wrote the introduction to this leaflet. His introduction takes up two-thirds of the first page. After sober consideration of the timing and effect of such a message to the British people, the War Cabinet decided on 24 April 1941 to print more than 14 million copies and distribute the leaflet to all British households. Today these leaflets are quite scarce indeed. Churchill Bibliographer Ronald Cohen writes: "The huge print run might leave one with the impression that the leaflet would be commonly found today. It was, however, only a leaflet anticipating an event that never came to pass. Few copies have survived." Here is a beautiful, nearly perfect example for collectors. The paper is bright and clean with no losses. Three corners are still square, with the fourth showing a trivial bit of wear. The original horizontal creases can still be seen, but are not soiled and only faint, indicating that this copy has long been stored flat. This is as fine a copy as we have seen of this fragile and compelling bit of history. Bibliographic reference: Cohen B76, Woods A69.

      [Bookseller: Churchill Book Collector]
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        Pour un moissonneur *

      H.-L. Mermod, Lausanne 7.4.1941. - Reliure signée de Ed. Hoellfritsch à Lausanne, plein raphia jaune paille 27 x 20, couverture non conservée (perdue aux regains, un plus ou un moins ?). Sympathique et originale reliure qui n'aurait peut-être pas déplu au poëte, à laquelle ne manque, étant tout à fait muette, qu'une pièce de titre contrecollée au premier plat, que l'on verrait assez dans le style de celle figurant sur l'originale du "Petit traité de la marche en plaine".Exemplaire de tête sur demande. Édition originale. L'un des 220 exemplaires numérotés sur vergé chiffon de Biberist, après 10 Hollande van Gelder.

      [Bookseller: Librairie Oh 7e Ciel]
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        Pétition Originale, Soumise à Monsieur Le Maréchal Pétain, Chef De l'Etat Français. (2 volumes reliés)

      Association Générale des Petites et Moyennes Entreprises 1941 - #RELIURE:2 vol.rigidess demi-cuir 4 nerfs titrés en dorure 275x210x35/30mm.-#EDITION:Association Générale des Petites et Moyennes Entreprises, Rue de la République, Lyon.1941.#TITRE:Pétition Originale Soumise à Monsieur Le Maréchal Pétain, Chef De l'Etat Français 482 feuillets originaux imprimés au 27/09/41, signées et tamponnés par chaque responsable d'entreprise entre le 3/11 et le 12/11/41 à l'intention du Maréchal Pétain contre ses intentions de les déposséder de leur personnel, matières premières, outillages, etc. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Planet'book]
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        The Broken Vase (First Edition)

      New York: Farrar and Rinehart, 1941. First Edition. First Edition. Fine in an exceptionally bright, Near Fine dust jacket. A spectacular copy of the third Tecumseh Fox mystery, notorious for turning up in sub-standard condition.

      [Bookseller: Royal Books, Inc.]
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        Typed Letter Signed, on 4to "Frank Capra Productions, Inc.," stationery, Culver City, January 24, 1940

      To studio executive and producer, Louis B. Mayer, Capra writes, "Dear L.B., As you advised, we have signed a one-picture deal with Warner Brothers, under extremely favorable terms. I understand the situation at MGM quite well, and I know why you couldn't push our deal through...As a going organization, with one picture under our belt, we will be definitely a producing unit, and perhaps in a better position to talk to you later on...." He thanks Mayer for his efforts from himself and "Bob [Robert Riskin], and continues. "we are still neophytes in producing and organization matters...." He signs, "Frank Capra." Capra refers to his next film, "Meet John Doe" (1941).

      [Bookseller: David Schulson Autographs]
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        Dialogue au seuil de la maison *

      Pour le plaisir des amis de l'auteur et du libraire-éditeur, (Lausanne 1941). - Broché, couverture imprimée rempliée sur fond lithographié, sous double emboîtage bordé de cuir bordeaux, titre en doré. Publié par le libraire Fritz Roth, avec la collaboration de son beau-frère imprimeur Carl Sauter, cette rare plaquette témoigne une fois de plus de la maîtrise et du bon goût éblouissants des Maîtres du Verseau.Notre mirifique exemplaire comporte non pas une pleine page de dédicace mais bien plutôt de manuscrit inédit, en l'occurrence un long poème à mi chemin entre jeu de mots et d'humour dont on n'imaginait pas l'auteur coutumier.Excellente provenance puisque de la bibliothèque du libraire-éditeur-bibliophile pré cité, qu'on se presse de venir le voir à la Cité ! Édition originale. L'un des 10 exemplaires de tête sur Chine, avant 240 Vergé de Rives.

      [Bookseller: Librairie Oh 7e Ciel]
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        Greater South Africa : plans for a better world; the speeches of General J. C. Smuts

      Johannesburg : Truth Legion, 1941. 2nd Edition. Physical description: xi, 191p., plates, ports., frontis. ; 25 cm. Subjects: South Africa -- History -- Politics and government -- Smuts, Jan Christiaan (1870-1950). Notes: Selected and edited by E. B. Dawson and T. C. Robertson. SIGNED by J. C. Smuts on front free endpaper. Near fine cloth copy (with some staining around the panel edges) in a good if somewhat edge-torn (with some loss) and dust-dulled dw, now mylar-sleeved. Remains quite well-preserved overall; tight, bright, clean and strong.

      [Bookseller: MW Books Ltd.]
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        Envious Casca

      London: Hodder & Stoughton,, 1941. Octavo. Original blue cloth, titles to spine in black. With the pictorial dust jacket. Boards heavily mottled rather typical of Hodder books from this period in this format, ownership inscription to front pastedown but an excellent copy in the particularly bright dust jacket with a few pieces of internal repair. First edition, first impression. A detective novel and not common in the dust jacket.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        A Collection of Correspondance

      1941,1944,1946,1950, 1941. Four letters on varying letterheads (The Admiralty, South East Asia Command Headquarters etc.) From Admiral Lord Mountbatten to novelist and historian C.S. Forester thnking him for various books sent, commenting on the undesirability of a Mountbatten biography (no matter who wrote it) and correcting many of Forester's naval terms, slang, ranks etc. It appears from the length and enthusiasm of the correspondance that Mountbatten had a tremendous respect and liking for Forester and admired his work greatly. Also present are two pieces of correspondance from Robert Lusty of Michael Joseph Publishers recounting the acknowledgement of a package of Forester books by Winston Churchill.

      [Bookseller: Adrian Harrington Rare Books]
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        [Letters to Florence Farr.] Edited by Clifford Bax

      Dublin: The Cuala Press,, 1941. Octavo. Original Holland boards, white paper title label to spine and titles black to front board, blue endpapers. Leaves uncut. With the original glassine wrapper. Vignette illustration to title page. A superb copy in the jacket only lightly rubbed at ends and corners. First edition, first impression; number 498 of a limited 500 copies. Florence Farr (1860-1917), a London-based actress of great beauty and dynamism, was deeply involved with both Yeats and Bernard Shaw, both theatrically (acting in plays written by them, often specifically for her) and romantically (more with Shaw than Yeats, for whom she was more muse than lover). She was also a member, with Yeats, of the Golden Dawn.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        The Children of Dickens

      New York: Scribner, 1941. hardcover. fine. Smith, Jessie Wilcox. Color frontispiece and 9 color plates by Jessie Willcox Smith. 259pp. Small 4to, rebound in full gray morocco with the original pictorial cover inlaid, gilt-stamped spine with raised bands, t.e.g. New York: Scribner's, 1941. A fine copy.

      [Bookseller: Argosy Book Store]
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        THE DONKEY INSIDE

      New York: The Viking Press, 1941. First Edition. Hardcover. Darkening of spine and slight soiling to the cloth. Very Good, lacking the slipcase. Ludwig Bemelmans. A notebook of several voyages through South America, with a concentration on Ecuador. Illustrated with color plates of the Plaza Independencia, Quito, Luchow's Restaurant, House and Garden of Andre Roosevelt in Quito, and Indians in the patio of the Hotel Sucre in Otavalo. Copy #8 (or possibly "S") of only 175 numbered copies with an ORIGINAL DRAWING in color SIGNED by the author, in this case a portrait of Miss Clavell from the author's beloved children's book MADELINE. This is the first example of this title we have come across that not only contains a drawing of a character from his famous children's book series but that is also additionally INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author, as this is on the limitation page: "To Eugenio/Prestinario/from/Ludwig Bemelmans/1941." Pomerance does not indicate a lettered edition, nor have we heard of another lettered copy, but given the most unusual nature of this copy, we cannot rule out that it is lettered rather than numbered. In any case a very scarce example of original art from one of the best known children's books of the twentieth century. This book generated a term unique to Ecuadorian Spanish-- "bemelmans": a foreigner who makes fun of the natives.

      [Bookseller: Charles Agvent]
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        Three-quarter length portrait of W. C. Handy, playing the muted trumpet

      N.p. 17 july 1941 N.p., 17 july 1941. (HANDY, W.C) 10 x 8 inches. Gelatin silver print. Fine. Embossed stamp lower left, atelier stamped on verso: "Photograph by Carl Van Vechten | 146 Central Park West | Cannot be reproduced without permission", and docketed by Van Vechten in pencil, recording the subject of the photograph ("William Christopher Handy"), the date, and the number of the negative . Fine image of the "Father of the Blues", reproduced in PORTRAITS (1978)

      [Bookseller: James Cummins Bookseller ]
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        Portrait photograph of Countee Cullen leaning against a tree

      [New York, Central Park, june 20, 1941] - (CULLEN, COUNTEE) 17.5 x 12.5 cm. (7 x 5 inches). Half-length, frontal view. Gelatin silver print. Embossed stamp lower right, atelier stamp on rear, and docketed by Van Vechten with the name of the subject, and reference number ("XV-V-1") [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: James Cummins Bookseller, ABAA]
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        BAROMETER RISING. Signed

      New York: Duell, Sloan & Pearce, 1941 MacLennan, Hugh. BAROMETER RISING. New York: Duell, Sloan and Pearce, 1941. True First Edition published October 2nd, 1941. 8vo., 326 pp. Maroon cloth with silver spine titles. A fine copy in a very good dustwrapper showing modest use. Signed: "Sincerely / Hugh MacLennan" on the front free endpaper where the recipient has pasted an original 3" x 4" photo portrait of the author. $1500.00  . Signed by Author. 1st Edition.

      [Bookseller: TBCL The Book Collector's Library]
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        The Children of Dickens

      Scribner New York: Scribner, 1941. hardcover. fine. Smith, Jessie Wilcox. Color frontispiece and 9 color plates by Jessie Willcox Smith. 259pp. Small 4to, rebound in full gray morocco with the original pictorial cover inlaid, gilt-stamped spine with raised bands, t.e.g. New York: Scribner's, 1941. A fine copy.

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        LOG OF THE PRESIDENT'S INSPECTION TRIP AND CRUISE ON BOARD U. S. S. POTOMAC. 19 MARCH - 1 APRIL 1941

      [Washington]: [Government Printing Office], [1941]. First Edition. wraps. Small tear to the front cover at the upper right corner with no loss. Near Fine. Quarto (8-1/2" x 11") in original stapled blue wraps with crossed fly rods over "THE LOG" in black on the front cover; [10], 20, [2] pages. Illustrated with a photographic frontispiece of robust-looking and standing (though holding the arm of Major General Edwin Watson next to him) FDR and company on board at Port Everglades, Florida. Others in the photograph are Harry Hopkins, Attorney General Robert Jackson, Secretary Harold Ickes, and the President's physician Rear Admiral Ross McIntire. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the President on the title page to a secret service agent onboard: "For Mike Reilly/from Franklin D. Roosevelt." According to the text, Roosevelt had previously instructed his Naval Aide, Captain Daniel Callaghan, to have the Potomac, FDR's "floating White House," available for this cruise, but Callaghan had received orders "directing him to assume command of the heavy cruiser San Francisco at Pearl Harbor." Callaghan and the San Francisco survived the bombing of Pearl Harbor later that year, but a year later the promoted Admiral Callaghan would lose his life in November of 1942 in Guadalcanal on the bridge of the San Francisco in a ferocious battle with the Japanese. The crippled ship survived, and Callaghan was awarded a posthumous Congressional Medal of Honor. This fragile piece was certainly limited to a very few copies, likely no more than a dozen.

      [Bookseller: Charles Agvent]
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        A Monograph on the Italian Choir Book

      San Francisco: Grabhorn Press, 1941. Folio. (10)ff. From an edition of 75 copies printed for David Magee at the Grabhorn Press, this is one of 27 deluxe copies signed by the publishers, Edwin and Robert Grabhorn, and David Magee, with a stunning vellum leaf from a sixteenth-century Italian Gradual bound in. The leaf, which has been trimmed, shows an intricate initial nearly six inches high, decorated in blue, pink, green, and gilt illumination with a rose design. The text of the book contains fourteen large initials, including a four-inch opening letter, all hand-written and illuminated by Valenti Angelo. Some light rubbing to two-tone cloth cover, else fine.

      [Bookseller: Bromer Booksellers]
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        Our New Music. Leading Composer in Europe and America

      New York & London: Whittlesey House; McGraw-Hill Book Company, Inc.,, 1941. Octavo. Original cream and tan-flecked cloth, titles to spine and upper board in black. With the dust jacket. Bookseller's ticket to front pastedown. Spine slightly rolled, cloth a little tanned, front free endpaper slightly loose at the top, contents toned. An excellent copy in the tanned and creased jacket with chips from the head of the spine panel and the folds, and the lower flap separated but retained. First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "For – Peggy and Lew affectionately from Aaron. La Habana Dec 1941". Peggy and Lew Riley were friends of Copland's who lived in Cuba and whom he visited during his extensive travels through South America, noting in a letter (now held by the US Library of Congress) that during one trip in 1947 they met up with him in Bogotá and "made everything easy for me".

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        Photograph of Joe Dimaggio and Joe Louis posing playfully together

      N.p, n.d. [1940s?]. (BASEBALL) 8 x 6 inches (image); 10-1/2 x 6-3/4 inches (mount). Black-and- white gelatin print. Mounted to stiff card, captioned at top in ink "Joe Dimaggio = Joe Louis", and at bottom with typed slip, "Joe Louis Slugging Outfielder & Joe Louis." Narrow, light vertical stain through the length of the image, slight overall toning . Rare photograph of the two legendary athletes posing playfully side by side, Dimaggio grinning with his bat cocked over right shoulder, Louis standing with his fists clenched, ready to land a right to Dimaggio's chin. According to biographers Engelberg and Schneider, Joe Louis was Dimaggio's first boxing hero: "Dimaggio saw several of Louis's fight, including his first fight with Billy Conn. It took place at the Polo Grounds in New York one month into Dimaggio's monumental hitting streak [in 1941] ... " (DIMAGGIO: SETTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT, p. 369)

      [Bookseller: James Cummins Bookseller]
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        The War Speeches of the Rt. Hon. Winston S. Churchill, three volume set

      This is a superior first edition, first printing set of the three-volume "definitive" edition of Churchill's war speeches.  During his long public life, Winston Churchill played many roles worthy of historical note - member of Parliament for more than half a century, distinguished soldier and war correspondent, author of scores of books, ardent social reformer, combative cold warrior, Nobel Prize winner. But more than anything else, it was Winston Churchill's leadership during the Second World War that made him a preeminent historical figure. His soaring and defiant oratory sustained his countrymen and inspired the free world during the greatest war the world has ever known. Of Churchill, Edward R. Murrow said: "He mobilized the English language and sent it into battle." Between 1941 and 1946, Churchill's war speeches were published in seven individual volumes. In 1952, during Churchill's second premiership, the publisher reissued the War Speeches as a new, three-volume edition. This edition is, in many ways, superior to the original seven wartime editions in both aesthetics and content. Gone is the cheap economy paper of the wartime editions. The binding is a heavy navy cloth with attractive, uniform dust jackets. Further, the books measure a substantial 10 x 6.25 inches. New speeches are added, as is a very helpful index. Some of the original speeches considered peripheral are eliminated while others are retitled and chronological dates are replaced with brief transitional or introductory notes. These sets have become quite scarce in the original dust jackets and particularly so in top condition.  Here is an excellent set, near-fine in near-fine first printing dust jackets.  The dust jackets are entirely complete, unclipped with no losses.  The jackets show no spotting and only incidental soiling.  These dust jackets proved quite susceptible to significant spine toning.  Here toning to the jacket spines is quite mild and the only minor flaw worthy of note.  The volumes beneath are excellent.  The blue cloth bindings are superlative - square, tight, and clean with nicely rounded spines, bright spine gilt, sharp corners, and virtually no wear.  Notably, the contents show absolutely no spotting and no previous ownership marks.  Even the text block edges remain unusually bright and clean with neither age-toning nor spotting.  The sole flaw that keeps these volumes from being truly fine is some misguided protection; the previous owner had applied heavy dust jacket protectors sealed with sellotape where they covered the flap folds.  This tape was not affixed to either the jackets or the books beneath, but regrettably left some glue staining to the ffep corners of each volume as the tape aged and deteriorated.  This is a minor flaw and pardonable given that the dust jackets and volumes beneath were otherwise so very well preserved as a result of the old protectors.  The dust jackets are newly fitted with removable, archival quality clear covers.  Bibliographic reference: Cohen A263.1(I-III).a, Woods/ICS A136(a.1), Langworth p.303.

      [Bookseller: Churchill Book Collector]
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        JAHRBUCH FUR LITURGIEWISSENSCHAFT, 15 TOMES

      Aschendorffschen Verlagsbuchhandlung, Münster 1941 - RO40146509: 15 tomes d'env. 250-500 pages chacun. Pièces de titre noires sur les dos, avec titre, tomaison et date dorés. Avec fascicule de 16 pages plié. Très rare. Verein zur Pflege der Liturgiewissenschaft e.v. In Verbindung mit Prof. Dr. A. Baumstarck und Dr. R. Guardini. Herausg. von Dr. P. Odo Casel o.s.b. (Erster Band). In Verbindung mit Prof. Dr. Anton L. Mayer und Dr. Odilo Heiming o.s.b. Herausg. von DDr. Odo Casel o.s.b. (Fünfzehnter Band). In-8 Relié. Bon état. Couv. convenable. Dos satisfaisant. Intérieur frais Classification Dewey : 430-Langues germaniques. Allemand [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: le-livre]
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        Cavalier marocain".

      1941 - Aquarelle signée et datée en bas à droite, 1918, 14,8 x 21,7 cm., encadrée. Henri DELUERMOZ (1876-1943), peintre animalier reconnu représente ce cavalier marocain traversant le désert sur son cheval blanc. Livres

      [Bookseller: Librairie Chretien]
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        The Forgotten Village. (to the flap) Life in a Mexican Village. Photographs from the Motion Picture Directed by Herbert Kline. (to title page) With 136 Photographs from the Film of the Same Name by Rosa Harven Kline and Alexander Hackensmid.

      New York: The Viking Press, 1941 - First edition. 143pp White linen cloth, illus.in green on front cover. Pictorial d.w. Top edge green. Dust wrapper sunned, chipped and partly missing. Edges and e.ps.light foxing. Ink ownership signature to front flyleaf. 26x18cm.

      [Bookseller: Ogawa Tosho,Ltd. ABAJ, ILAB]
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        RANDOM HARVEST (First Edition, Inscribed to Horace McCoy, referencing his admiration for McCoy's masterpiece: "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?")

      Boston: Little, Brown, 1941. Hilton, James. RANDOM HARVEST. Boston: Little, Brown, 1941. First Edition, first printing. A NEAR FINE copy (top edge lightly foxed) in a Very Good to Near Fine dust jacket (spine panel also lightly foxed, small closed tear to rear panel, tiny bit of creasing, slight wear to the extremities). A REMARKABLE HOLLYWOOD PRESENTATION COPY: "For Horace McCoy/ with admiration for 'They Shoot Horses, Don't they?'/ James Hilton/ Jan. 1941." Hilton authored the modern Utopian masterpiece LOST HORIZON (1933) as well as the beloved novel GOODBYE MR. CHIPS (1934). RANDOM HARVEST is no less brilliant and it is often cited as James Hilton's best written novel. It was memorably filmed in 1941, starring Ronald Colman and Greer Garson as two lovers thwarted by amnesia in the aftermath of the first World War, earning 7 Oscar Nominations including Best Picture. Horace McCoy's THEY SHOOT HORSES DON'T THEY? (published in 1934) is now regarded as one of the most striking and upsetting tales of the Great Depression, a novel which follows the desperate lives of a doomed group of Hollywood failures who seek their last hope in the winning of a dance marathon and its prize money. It was belatedly filmed in 1969, winning 9 Oscar nominations. For those who enjoy math, the film adaptations of RANDOM HARVEST and THEY SHOOT HORSES, DON'T THEY? received a total of 17 Oscar nominations between them. An ideal association copy. . Inscribed By Author. First Edition.

      [Bookseller: Lakin & Marley Rare Books]
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        You & Me "Toi et Moi

      1941. Full Morocco. Near Fine. A stylish twentieth century version of the illuminated manuscript, which honors the tradition while not slavishly hewing to its Medieval ornamentation. 8vo. 17.5 by 11.5 cm. Unpaginated, 64 pp. Rendered on vellum leaves. Contains 31 poems, translated from the French, by Paul Geraldy. The beautiful calligraphy is rendered primarily in black, with red used for most titles and gilt reserved for the most salient titles. Most extraordinary, though, are the many vignette illustrations and ornaments of birds, butterflies, seraphs, flowers, stars, masks and shells. These are integrated seamlessly with the text. They somehow manage to exhude a charisma without a wisp of vulgarity, and their effect is bound to be sheer intoxication. The anthology of naive, or deliberately simple, poems, "Toi et Moi" first appeared in 1912. Dedicated to Lisbet Marx, who was the original owner of the manuscript and might have commissioned it. Minor rubbing to the spine bands. Clean, bright and tight otherwise.

      [Bookseller: White Fox Rare Books and Antiques]
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        The Wilson Colour Chart I & 2 BRITISH COLOUR COUNCIL

      THE BRITISH COLOUR COUNCIL 1941 - Two volume set in seperate slipcases. Some shelfwear. Cloth binding. Some page discoloration. Filled with charts of different hues of colors. Volume 1: Horticultural Colour Chart. 100 pages. Pages numbered 1-100. Volume 2: Second volume of Horticultural Colour Chart. 100 pages. Pages numbered 101-200. DATE PUBLISHED: 1941 EDITION: [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Princeton Antiques Bookshop]
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        Mildred Pierce

      New York, Alfred A. Knopf,, 1941. Octavo. Original green cloth, decoration and titles to spine gilt, top edge stained green. With the dust jacket. Bookplate to front pastedown, spine a little rolled upper board very lightly marked but a very good copy in the rubbed and lightly chipped dust jacket. First edition, first printing. Signed by the author on the front free endpaper.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        REFLECTIONS IN A GOLDEN EYE

      Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1941. First Edition. Hardcover. Covers soiled and worn, lacking the dustwrapper. Good in a Fine custom morocco-backed clamshell box. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author for George [Davis] "Who is my Best and Campiest Friend-- /And who, also, is the first/person to really take to this book-/You have helped me and/encouraged me in all ways/that were in your power-/And you know that I love you./Carson." Davis, a magazine editor who later married Lotte Lenya, made his house in Brooklyn into something of an artists colony serving as a home at various times for McCullers, W. H. Auden, Benjamin Britten, Paul Bowles, Gypsy Rose Lee, and others. Davis discovered the manuscript for REFLECTIONS, which according to Virginia Spencer Carr in THE LONELY HUNTER: A BIOGRAPHY OF CARSON MCCULLERS, lay dormant in a dresser drawer for almost a year (page 99), and urged McCullers to let his magazine, Harper's Bazaar, publish it. The author's inscription clearly shows her gratitude to Davis for his instrumental role in getting this, the twenty-four year old's second book, published. Made into a film in 1967 starring Marlon Brando. A magnificent association copy.

      [Bookseller: Charles Agvent]
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