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        From Ambush to Zig-Zag; Verses and Drawings by Alexander Sturm

      New York, C. Scribner’s Sons, 1942. 1st Edition. Description: [55] p. Col. Illus. 26 cm. The author's color illustrations are especially well reproduced. Signed and inscribed by Strum. Near fine copy in the original pictorial linen cloth. Slightest suggestion only of dust-dulling to the spine bands and panel edges. Remains particularly well-preserved overall; tight, bright, clean and strong. Scans on request.

      [Bookseller: MW Books Ltd.]
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        CECILY G. and the 9 MONKEYS

      Boson: Houghton Mifflin, 1942. Hardcover. Very Good +/very good. H. A. Rey. The publisher notes that "Cecily G. and the Nine Monkeys was the first book to feature Curious George, as well as being Hans and Margret Rey's first book for children. In this initial effort, about a lonely giraffe befriended by George and his eight siblings, we see all the hallmarks of Curious George's signature style: humor, adventure, playfulness, and the episodic storytelling that later characterized classic George set pieces like the flyaway balloons, the rocket ship, and the bunny escape." This book is an early printing, although I don't think a first edition, as only the copyright date 1942 is on the copyright page. Tight binding. No chips, tears, creases or written inscriptions on pages. Just minor edgewear to boards. Dust jacket is price-clipped and has some tears around the edges; the largest being 2.25" long at the lower right front corner. Small spot of paper loss along front fold. Some light creases at bottom edge of rear dust jacket panel. Size: 4to (9" to 11"). 31 pp.

      [Bookseller: Bibliodditiques]
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        THE MOON IS DOWN. Signed

      New York: Alfred A. Knopf., 1942 Presentation Copy. Sm. 8vo., 188pp., blue cloth with silver titles. True First Edition, very neatly inscribed by the author in blue-black fountain pen on the half title: "For Gordon and Selam / In grateful memory / John Steinbeck". A lovely very good or better copy of the first issue with all relevant issue points present; large period on p.112, line 11; absence of printer's name on copyright page. The rough-textured Frank Lieberman illustrated dustwrapper is first issue with the $2.00 price & untrimmed with all corners present & in fine, fresh condition. Steinbeck's unique novel on the abject brutality of German occupation and courage under much duress. In a custom clamshell collector's case. An exceptional example. Goldstone & Payne A16. "For the first time since he wrote his first novel, twelve years ago, Steinbeck has gone outside of America for his setting. Yet this book, more than any other he has written, is of our times and of our hearts today. Its people are men and women like ourselves, and its hero, Mayor Orden, will stand with George and Lennie, Tom Joad and Jody Tiflin, among the immortal characters of fiction."- Publisher.. Signed by Author. 1st Edition. Illus. by Frank Lieberman.

      [Bookseller: TBCL The Book Collector's Library]
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        Original Typed Document, signed in ink ("Raymond Chandler"), dated 29 May 1942, assigning exclusive motion picture rights for his unpublished book "entitled BRASHER DOUBLOON (alternate title HIGH WINDOW)"

      Los Angeles, 29 may 1942. 4to. 4 pp. typed on rectos only, signed by Chandler on page 4, dated and notarized below with raised seal. Leaves punched in left margin for ring binder, fine. For Chandler, cf. MacShane, The Life of Raymond Chandler (1976). Provenance: 20th Century-Fox . Chandler assigns film rights for his third novel, completed in March 1942, here still bearing his original title, The Brasher Doubloon as well as the alternate title that Chandler gave it at Blanche Knopf's suggestion. The High Window was published by Knopf in August 1942. "In May of 1942 The High Window was sold to 20th Century-Fox for $3,500 as a second-run or B picture and was released the following year as Time to Kill" (Macshane, p. 105). At the time of the present assignment, Chandler had established a critical reputation but financial success eluded him. He sold film rights to Farewell, My Lovely (1940) for $2,000, and came to regret this intensely when Murder, My Sweet, the film of Farewell, My Lovely, proved a box office hit but earned Chandler no additional money. Rights to his first novel, The Big Sleep, remained unsold, in large part because of the restrictive climate of censorship of subject matter exercised by the Production Code Administration. Chandler was hired by Paramount in 1943 to work on the screenplay of Double Indemnity with Billy Wilder in part because Wilder was impressed by The High Window. Wilder and Chandler's collaboration was a landmark in film noir and marked a change in the climate of censorship in Hollywood, and thus cleared the way for the filming of The Big Sleep in 1944 and its release in 1946. The High Window was filmed again in 1946 and released in 1947 as The Brasher Doubloon, starring George Montgomery as Philip Marlowe. A fine document from an early point in Chandler's decidedly ambivalent relationship to Hollywood

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        HISTOIRE D'UN GRAND COQUIN NOMME DON PABLO. Tradiuit de l'espagnol par Retif de la Bretonne et d'Hermilly. Binding By Bayard of Lyon

      Paris: La Tradition, 1942 [Hemard] Quevedo, F. de. HISTOIRE D'UN GRAND COQUIN NOMME DON PABLO. Tradiuit de l'espagnol par Retif de la Bretonne et d'Hermilly. Avec les eaux-forte de Joseph Hemard. Paris: La Tradition, 1942. With 2 original Hemard pen & ink illustrations bound in [one in colour & one in black & white]. One of 645 numbered copies on Vélin de Lana with 24 colour illustrations in the text & an extra suite of black & white illustrations & a suite of colour illustrations bound in as are the original covers. While the book itself is not uncommon, this example is unique & includes one of the original copper printing plates neatly housed in the most elegant leather folder that protect the binding; the whole housed in a marvellous complementary blue marbled paper covered slipcase. The binding by Bayard of Lyon is exquisite; brilliant blue calf for all the elements; the extraordinary Bayard deco design is stamped in gilt in the best spirit & tradition of the best modern bindings of the period; luxurious silk endpapers.{Paul Bonet would be proud]. A very beautiful example in fine condition - the slipcase with minor rubs, content clean & blemish free. $17500. Signed by Illustrator. 1st Edition. Illus. by Joseph Hemard..

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        Worksheets on Morale. Seminar in Psychological Problems of Morale.

      Murray,  Henry A..  Worksheets on Morale. Seminar in Psychological Problems of Morale. Cambridge, Mass:  Harvard University,  1942 (?).  1st edition.  150 leaves  4to.  Original printed wrappers.  Very good condition.  Published by Harvard University, Department of Psychology. 152 leaves, 15 sections, ca. 90,000 words. (Two copies of this work are located via WorldCat: Harvard and Illinois State University).Provenance:  OSS (Office of Strategic Services, the precursor to the CIA)  Library via the Library of Congress.This work by Gordon Allport and Henry A. Murray contains several sections on what has been recently hailed as the earliest psychological profile of Adolf Hitler. Evidently there were only 30 copies of this report made; it is exceptionally rare.The sections include: (1) Aim of Seminar, 2 lvs; (2) Selected Bibliography, 1941, 3 lvs; (3) Notes on the Definition of Morale, 3+3lvs; (4) Determinants of Good and Bad Morale, 18 lvs; (5) Historical Trends of National Socialist Ideology, 14 lvs; (6) Hitler the Man, Notes for a Case Study, 22 lvs; (7) Education in Nazi Germany, 8 lvs; (9) Strategy and Tactics for anti-Nazi propaganda, 10 lvs; (10) Democratic vs. Totalitarian Morale in Groups, 5 lvs; (11) Standards of Democratic Morale-Building in the U.S., 6 lvs; (12) Civilian Morale Building Techniques, 7pp; (13) Psychology of Influence (Education Persuasion) Applied to Morale Building in America, 16 lvs; (14) Long-term Aspects of Democratic Morale-Building, 7 lvs; (15) Analysis and Execution of Propaganda Campaigns, 18 lvs.The portions of this publication concerning the psychological profile of Hitler seem to pre-date the very recent re-publication of Murray's very obscure 1943 work again published for the OSS on the psychological composition of Hitler. The date of publication of these sheets is somewhat uncertain, although there are no references dated after 1941.These sheets were obviously not intended for a wide distribution. It is interesting to note the circulation card in the pocket at the rear of this work as it bears the signature of David N. Yerkes. I spoke with Mr. Yerkes a dozen years ago and inquired after his interest in this work (taken out on 7 June 1944 and returned 14 June 1944), and he told the story that Henry Murray was a pupil of his father's, who was Robert Yerkes, former president of the American Psychological Association, Professor of Psychology at Harvard and innovator in the use of psychological testing and training of American servicemen during WWI.

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        VVV. Poetry, Plastic Arts, Anthropology, Sociology, Psychology

      New York, 1942; 1943; 1944. (SURREALISM) In 3 volumes (as issued, nos. 2 & 3 being a double issue) vols., Nos. 1-4 (all published), profusely illustrated. Original printed wrappers, including the famous "chicken-wire" wrapper of No. 2/3, designed by Marcel Duchamp, some very slight fading to wrapper edges, a few other with minor flaws, otherwise a fine, bright, set of quintessential journal of the war-time Surrealism movement in America, in a custom red silk clamshell box . With the outbreak of war in Europe, when New York became the home to many exiled Surrealist artists and writers (DalI, Man Ray, Matta, Yves Tanguy, et al), VVV became the most important journal giving voice to the Surrealist movement. Published by the young American sculptor David Hare, with AndrE Breton, Max Ernst, and Marcel Duchamp as editorial advisors, this short-lived but substantial journal dedicated to "Poetry, Plastic Arts, Anthropology, Sociology, and Psychology" gave Surrealism an entirely new exposure to audiences in the States. The first issue (October 1942) exhibited a cover design by Max Ernst and included writing by Breton, with contributions by Claude LEvi-Strauss, William Carlos Williams, AndrE Masson, and Robert Motherwell. The inclusion of Williams and Motherwell signaled that an American presence was not only welcome, but critical to the publication's success. The next issue, a double issue, is famous for covers by Duchamp: on the front is an anonymous etching representing an allegory of death that Duchamp appropriated; the back cover features the shape of a woman's profile, cut out of the cover, in which a piece of chicken wire is inserted. The final issue has a bold cover designed by Matta, and features many fold-out pages of varying sizes, a combination of different papers, and many color images. Complete runs are now very difficult to obtain in acceptable condition

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        NEW POEMS 1942

      Mt. Vernon, NY: Peter Pauper Press, (1942). First Edition. Hardcover. Small stain to front gutter with some splitting to the paper. The spine is stained and darkened. Still Very Good or better, lacking the original slipcase, as usual, but with a Fine custom-made green morocco-backed clamshell box. Cloth-backed marbled boards with cloth tips. One of only 32 contributors copies (there were also 26 lettered copies bringing the total to 58) SIGNED by 32 of the 33 contributors, as issued: Conrad Aiken, Kenneth Allott, W. H. Auden, George Barker, John Peale Bishop, R. P. Blackmur, Hugh Chisholm, Gene Derwood, Richard Eberhart, William Empson, Jean Garrigue, Horace Gregory, Alfred Hayes, Ruth Herschberger, Randall Jarrell, Robinson Jeffers, C. Day Lewis, Archibald MacLeish, Louis MacNeice, Marianne Moore, Howard Nemerov, Frederick Prokosch, Muriel Rukeyser, Delmore Schwartz, Winfield Townley Scott, Karl Shapiro, Theodore Spencer, Stephen Spender, Wallace Stevens, Dylan Thomas, Robert Penn Warren, and Oscar Williams. Dylan Thomas has added a small crude drawing, apparently a self-portrait. W. R. Rogers did not sign, possibly due to the editorial error in the 1940 edition that did not credit him for his poem. This copy belonged to Walter Emerson, printer at the Peter Pauper Press. A spectacular collection of signatures of most of the important modern poets of the era.

      [Bookseller: Charles Agvent]
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        [Caseg Broadsheets]

      Llanllechid Caernarvonshire: The Caseg Press,, [1942]. Two Poems by Alun Lewis; Penillion, translated by H. Idris Bell; War and Wales, translated by H. Idris Bell; To A Welsh Woman and The Circle of C by Lynette Roberts with The Green Heart and Lovesong by Brenda Chamberlain; In Memory of Ann Jones by Dylan Thomas; Spring, translated by H. Idris Bell. 6 broadsheets. Housed in a custom blue and red slipcase. Illustrations to each broadside. Sheets lightly rubbed, some light spotting to numbers 3 and 6. A very good set. A complete set of all six Caseg Broadsheets, including In Memory of Anne Jones by Dylan Thomas. Complete sets are scarce in commerce.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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      New York: Limited Editions Club, 1942. Hardcover. Fine set with virutally no wear in most of original glassines in a Fine slipcase. Very scarce in this condition. Edward Weston. Two slim, tall quarto (9" x 12") volumes bound in imitation vellum reproducing in dark grass-green ink a photograph by Edward Weston who has illustrated the volume with 49 photographs specially commissioned for this book and made into exquisitely clear half-tones printed on coated paper. Each spine has a leather label with the title stamped in gilt. With an introduction by Mark Van Doren. Copy #319 of 1500 SIGNED by the photographer on the colophon page. A masterpiece of the modern photographically illustrated book.

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      [Los Angeles: Universal Pictures], 14 February 1942.. [2],51 leaves. Quarto. Original carbon typescript, typed on rectos only of canary yellow onion skin stock. Bradbound in typescript wrappers. Several vertical creases and a small chip to upper wrapper, revised title in blue pencil on upper wrapper, otherwise very good or better. Perhaps the earliest available draft for this 1942 contribution to the Holmes film canon, based in part on HIS LAST BOW, updated to a setting in the years immediately preceding WWII. This is an original carbon typescript of Andrews's outline/treatment for the film, here under the working title, which was later changed to THE VOICE OF TERROR. The film was directed by John Rawlins, and starred Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce. Robert H. Andrews, John Bright and Lynn Riggs shared final screen credit for the shooting script, and in the final version, the particular reference to Lord Haw-Haw was altered, and the mysterious broadcaster referred to as "The Voice of Terror." Script material relating to any of the pre-1950 Holmes films is uncommon, particularly material from such an early stage of development. The first leaf denote this typescript is "For: Mr. Howard Benedict" - the film's producer, and the title leaf bears a small ink numeral '4'. Although well over one hundred and fifty adaptations of Sherlock Holmes to the screen are known, beginning with SHERLOCK HOLMES BAFFLED (1903), the Rathbone-Bruce portrayals have become almost canonical, beginning with THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES (March 1939), and concluding with the twelfth in sequence, DRESSED TO KILL (1946). DE WAAL 5148.

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        The Art of Walt Disney

      New York: The Macmillan Company,, 1942. Tall quarto. Original tan cloth, titles to spine and upper board in orange and black. With the dust jacket. Colour illustrations throughout. Corners a little bumped, light partial toning to endpapers. An excellent copy in the rubbed, marked, and nicked jacket. First edition, first printing. Inscribed by Disney on the front free endpaper, "To Bernard Newman with best wishes, Walt Disney". British author and historian Bernard Newman (1897–1968) was best known for his spy novels, thrillers, and travelogues. He worked for the Ministry of Information during the Second World War and may have met Disney in 1942, when he travelled the US giving lectures promoting the British cause.

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        The Teeth of the Lion

      New Directions New York: New Directions. (1942). First. First edition, hardcover issue. Poet of the Month series. Owner's label, clipping, and a small picture of Patchen affixed to the front fly else near fine in near very good dustwrapper that is splitting along the spine. Patchen has Inscribed the book on the pastedown to a close friend with a long poem, and noting that the first two lines of the poem appear nowhere else. The hardcover issue is uncommon, especially inscribed. .

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        Let's Be Offensive: A Revue With Political Punch

      Unity Theatre London: Unity Theatre, (1942). Original lithographed poster, 54cm x 41cm (21" x 16"). Professionally matted and framed (not laid down) beneath UV-protective glass. Fine, unfaded example; Grade A. London's Unity Theatre was organized in 1936; decidedly left-wing in outlook, it had ties to the Communist Party of Great Britain and to Victor Gollancz's Left Book Club Theatre Guild. The Theatre's annual satirical revues, which pioneered the use of such agitprop techniques as dramatic documentary (akin to the "Living Newspapers" of the Federal Theatre in the U.S.), improvisation, and audience participation, marked an important phase in the evolution of dramatic performance art in Great Britain. A really lovely early work by S. John Woods, noted for his film and travel posters (including several for London Transport) in the 1950s. Not found in the Unity Theatre archives at Southern Illinois University.

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        Happy Times in Norway

      Alfred A. Knopf New York: Alfred A. Knopf. 1942. First. First edition (Undset spent WWII in America). Translated by Joran Birkeland. About fine in a price-clipped, good but presentable dustwrapper with some chips and internal repairs. Signed by the Nobel Prize-winning author. .

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        Mannen utan väg.

      Dikter. Stockholm, Bröderna Lagerström, 1942. 85,(1 blank,2) s. Häftad. Dedikation till "Thorsten [Jonsson] - the true friend - från Erik".. Trycktes i 150 numrerade exemplar och 50 onumrerade. Detta är ett onumrerat exemplar

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        The Miracle of Morgan's Creek (Original screenplay for the 1942 film)

      Paramount Pictures Los Angeles: Paramount Pictures, 1942. Original script for the 1944 film. The sixth of Preston Sturges' legendary film comedies made for Paramount, all of which he wrote and directed. One of only two films by Sturges to receive an Academy Award nomination for Best Screenplay. Lacking the front wrapper and the Cast of Characters page, the first leaf being the first page of the script. 163 leaves, mimeograph, with blue revision pages throughout, dated variously between 10-16-42 and 11-23-42. Pages Very Good, bound with two gold brads. National Film Registry. Full collation available upon request.

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        Emei zhi wu tu zhi Icones plantarum omeiensium

      Chengdu: The National Szechuan University, May 1942. Vol I, number 1 only, folio. (14 1/4 x 9 1/4 inches). Parallel title and text in Chinese and English. 50 lithographic plates, titled in Chinese and English. Later green cloth covered boards by Pan Iordanidis, sections of original wrappers loosely inserted. A significant and beautifully-presented fragment of this amazing work. A survey of the spectacularly varied botany of the world heritage site Mount Emei and its environs, in Sichuan province. Mount Emei is the tallest of the four Sacred Buddhist Mountains in China. Produced at the height of the second World War, this work is beautifully presented with carefully designed and botanically accurate lithographs which recall the long Chinese tradition of woodcut illustrations. The informative text includes the plants botanical bi- nomial, the family to which it belongs, where it was first recorded, a detailed technical description, notes of the specific locations of examples examined for the publication, and then generally-short notes by W.P. Fang about the plant. This is the first number of a series that by 1946 had been extended to two volumes, made up from a total of four numbers, with 200 plates.This volume is particularly rich in images and descriptions of Rhododenrons - 20 different varieties are described. This was a species in which W.P. Fang came to specialise, and during his long career, he identified more than 100 new species of plants. He is now considered to have been one of the most distinguished Chinese botanists.

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        The Extrapolation, Interpretation and Smoothing of Stationary Time Series with Engineering Applications. DIC Contract 6037, A Research Pursued on Behalf of the National Defense Research Council (Section D2) at The Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge, Mass. February 1, 1942.The 'Yellow Peril'. [Washington, DC: National Defense Research Council], 1942. First edition, first issue.

      Extremely rare first edition of this classic in modern communication theory. "It has been the opinion of many that Wiener will be remembered for his Extrapolation long after Cybernetics is forgotten. Indeed few computer-science students would know today what cybernetics is all about, while every communication student knows what Wiener's filter is. The work was circulated as a classified memorandum in 1942, as it was connected with sensitive war-time efforts to improve radar communication. This book became the basis for modern communication theory, by a scientist considered one of the founders of the field of artificial intelligence. Combining ideas from statistics and time-series analysis, Wiener used Gauss's method of shaping the characteristic of a detector to allow for the maximal recognition of signals in the presence of noise. This method came to be known as the 'Wiener filter'." (MIT Press). <br/><br/> "Working with the Fire Control Division of the National Defense Research Committee during World War II, Wiener was assigned the critical problem of anti-aircraft control, specifically the task of designing a gun that could accurately and automatically aim at a high-speed moving target guided by human intelligence. Wiener and his assistant, Julian Bigelow, developed a system whereby they would treat the airplane's path as a stationary time series and use probability theory to extrapolate the airplane's future path from its past actions. The theory Wiener developed and explained in this classified document for internal government use only became a milestone in communication theory. Claude Shannon, in his Mathematical Theory of Communication (pp.626-7) notes: 'Communication theory is heavily indebted to Wiener for much of its basic philosophy and theory. His classic NDRC report The Interpolation, Extrapolation, and Smoothing of Stationary Time Series, to appear soon in book form, contains the first clear-cut formulation of communication theory as a statistical problem, the study of operations on time series.' Wiener's famous report did indeed appear in book form in 1949, seven years after this classified report. Wiener's report was extremely difficult to read, and thus was known to generations of students after the war as the 'yellow peril' after its plain yellow wrappers." (Origins of Cyberspace). *OOC 990. 4to: 228 x 178 mm, original plain yellow wrappers, front wrapper and edges stamped 'DECLASSIFIED', front wrapper stamped and numbered 'OSRD REPORT' (Office of Scientific Research and Development Report) no 370, and with the signature of aviation scientist Walter R. Beam's signature to front wrapper and title, spine strip with manuscript title, copy 162 of 300, pp [6] 173, mimeographed typescript, a fine copy in its original state, very rare

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        Kunstausstellungen der »Agentur des Rauhen Hauses«.

      Vier Gästebücher. Hamburg 1942-57. 4° und gr.-8°. 2 signierte Lederbände (Peters · Werkstatt · Hamburg), 1 Halbleder- und 1 Pergamentband. Kulturgeschichtlich aufschlussreiche Gästebücher aus den Kriegs- und Nachkriegsjahren, hervorzuheben ist u. a. ein Besuch des jungen Schriftstellers Wolfgang Borchert im Mai 1943. Es finden sich weiterhin viele Prominente aus dem Hamburger Leben, die Kunstausstellungen waren auch ein Treffpunkt der »Inneren Emigration« und Opposition Hamburgs. Es folgt eine kleine Auswahl der angezeigten Ausstellungen meist mit Originalarbeiten der Künstler: 1. - 30. IX. 1942: Fr. K. Gotsch. Selbstporträt. Bleistiftzeichnung, etwa 11,5 : 10 cm; 19. X. - 7. XI. 1942: Theo Wilhelm. Buch mit Zeichenfeder. Tuschzeichnung in Braun, etwa 10 : 20 cm; III. 1943: Franz Reiche ?. Gedächtnisausstellung. Mit Porträtphotographie; V. 1943: Wolf Hoffmann. Mann an der Staffelei mit Genius und Landschaft. Federzeichnung etwa 11 : 20 cm; VI. 1943: »Großstadtbäume« Hellmut Mebes, Zeichnungen, J. Mathes Malereien und Truth Joss Schnitzereien. Baum. Bleistiftzeichnung, etwa 24 : 11 cm; XI. 1943: Gretl Götz, Schattenriß einer Blume etwa 8 : 8 cm (Linolschnitt?); 10. XII. 1943 - 10. I. 1944: Gustav Schleiche. Farbstudie, Aquarell »In Dur und Moll«; III. 1944: Hans Hermann Hagedorn. Erlebnis einer Landschaft. Aquarelle und Zeichnungen vom Balkan. Porträtstudie. Aquarellierter Federzeichnung, etwa 8 : 6 cm; V. 1944: Rolf Koch. Figurengruppe. Federzeichnung etwa 10 : 8 cm; IX. 1944: Heinz Hoffmann. Gebirgslandschaft mit See. Aquarellierte Federzeichnung, etwa 12 : 15 cm; III. 1945: Harald Gert Hofer. Selbstporträt. Gewischte Rötelzeichnung, etwa 25 : 20 cm und andere Künstler. III. / IV. 1946: Hans Kobitzsch. Erinnerungen an Hammerbrock. Aquarell, 12 : 12 cm. Teilw. etwas fingerfleckig. Künstlerblatt von Martin Kausche (1946) fehlt. 18. IV. - 18. V. 1947: Arthur Illies. Hausportal. Sign. Holzschnitt. 12 : 13 cm. - Beigabe: Sammelband mit aufgeklebten Zeitungsausschnitten und Einladungskarten zu den Ausstellungen. - Rücken teilw. etwas beschädigt, etwas fleckig. [21 Warenabbildungen bei]

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        Le Mythe de Sisyphe. Les Essais XII.

      (Paris), Gallimard, (1942). 8vo. Bound uncut with the original printed wrappers, also the back-strip, in a very elegant light brown half morocco binding with marbled "stone"-patterned paper over boards. Top edge gilt. Housed in a light brown morocco-edged splipcase of matching paper. With gilt super ex-libris to inside of front board. Binding signed "J.-P. Miguet" to bottom of inside of front board. 168, (4) pp.. The extremely rare first edition, first impression, review-copy ("S.P." on title-page and back wrapper), printed on the 22nd of September 1942, of Camus' seminal main philosophical work, being his first philosophical essay, and the work in which he introduces his philosophy of the absurd. Together with Sartre's "Being and Nothingness", "The Myth of Sisyphus" constitutes one of the greatest existentialist works of the 20th century.Only 15 copies, five of which H.C., of the work appeared on better paper (Vélin pur fil), the rest of the issue was printed on normal paper, as here, and is, like "L'Étre et le Néant" from the following year, of great scarcity. Later editions of the work contain the apendix "L'espoir er l'absurde dans l'oeuvre de Franz Kafka", which was originally intended for the first edition, but which the publishers hadn't dered publish. With the famous opening lines of his philosophical breakthrough "There is but one truly serious philosophical problem and that is suicide. Judging whether life is or is not worth living amounts to answering the fundamental question of philosophy", Camus introduces to modern existentialism a new approach to the foundational question of existence. His thoughts on life and the meaning of it came to dominate basically all of what we consider existentialist thought in the 20th century. These famous lines introduce a work that presents to modern thinkers the philosophy of the absurd, one of the foundational thoughts of 20th century existentialism, as well as Camus' seminal theories of suicide, a central part of his moral philosophy."Suicide was an important concern for the twentieth century existentialists, who saw the choice to take one's life as impressed upon us by our experience of the absurdity or meaninglessness of the world and of human endeavor. Albert Camus illustrated this absurdity in his philosophical essay The Myth of Sisyphus. For Camus, Sisyphus heroically does not try to escape his absurd task, but instead perseveres and in so doing resists the lure of suicide. Suicide, Camus contends, tempts us with the promise of an illusory freedom from the absurdity of our existence, but is in the end an abdication of our responsibility to confront or embrace that absurdity head on." (SEP)

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