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        Le Avventure di Pinocchio storia di un burattino Con Illustrazioni e tavole animate di R. Albertarelli

      Milano, Edizioni Cavallo, 1944. Cart. ed. (21X24) pp. 125 (2) in astuccio muto Con 8 tavole a colori animate e vignette n.t. Ottimo stato. Solo 2 degli 8 dischi dentellati hanno perso il perno centrale per cui possono ancora girare ma anche spostarsi Volume particolarmente raro in questo stato di conservazione Ulteriori foto e video a richiesta

      [Bookseller: Libreria Menabò]
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        München die Hauptstadt der Bewegung grüsst Benito Mussolini - 25. September 1937.

      (Geschenkbildband). Goldgeprägter Ledereinband mit Kordelbindung in Original-Schuber, ohne Seitenangabe, mit vielen Abbildungen, 21 Blatt mit aufgeklebten farbigen Abbildungen, Text deutsch-italienisch, auf Vorsatzblatt Widmung vom 9. Mai 1944, Zustand 2 (FG10) (Geschenkbildband)

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat Ehbrecht - Preis inkl. MwSt.]
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        The Stuff to Give the Troops - Twenty-five tales of Army Life

      Jonathan Cape, London., 1944. First edition. Octavo. 164 pages. The author's scarce first book.Spine a little bruised at head. One corner slightly bumped. Very good in very good marked dustwrapper nicked and rubbed at the edges.

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        Tombeau de Édouard Vuillard

      Paris, Pour les Amis de Vuillard 1944 - 33.5x0.5x25.5 cm Edition of 150 copies on Vélin Pur Fil du Marais including 5 etchings and a suite of etchings on Vélin teinté d'arches. Copy n.1.Binding Unglued. Edition tirée à 150 exemplaires imprimé sur papier Vélin Pur Fil du Marais comprenant 5 gravures ainsi qu'une suite de gravures sur papier Vélin teinté d'Arches. Exemplaire 1. Reliure décollée.

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        INTRODUZIONE ALL'ARTE POETICA DI ORAZIO

      G.B.PALUMBO, PALERMO 1944 - ITALIANO Al frontespizio piccola dedica con autografo di G.Pavano, pagine brunite da fattore tempo, bordi non ben rifilati, brossura editoriale morbida, con piatto posteriore mancante, quello anteriore ingiallito, con usura ai bordi e timbro numerico, dorso usurato e con piccole mancanze

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        Seven White Gates

      Newnes, UK 1944 - 1st Edition 1944. A very un-common book. The second in the Witchend series. Book is very good++ and bright and clean. Contents very good. Small name to endpaper. The wrapper is very good++ and very bright. Miniscule loss to spne tips. Edges rubbed, nicked and with a few closed tears. Nicest example I have come across. More images available upon request. Ref Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Sirius: A Fantasy of Love and Discord

      Secker & Warburg, London 1944 - First Edition, first impression. Light yellowish brown cloth boards with spine stamped in brown. A dog named Sirius with humanlike intelligence as the main character. Inscribed on the f.f.e, "John Gloag/from/Olaf Stapledon", and with Gloag's bookplate on front pastedown. Stapledon's friend John Gloag was an English writer in the fields of furniture design and architecture and also wrote a few science fiction novels. London: Secker & Warburg (1944), 200 pps. Somewhat cocked VG copy with cracked hinges and some wear and spotting. Good unclipped (8/6) jacket has sun toned spine, wear and chips, tear along spine fold. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

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        Typed letter signed by William Randolph Hearst.

      McCloud, CA: Not published, 1944. One page typed letter on William Randolph Hearst's (1863-1951) Wyntoon stationery. Dated May 13, 1944. "Miss Nita Naldi, Hotel Wentworth, 59 West 46th Street, New York, New York. Dear Miss Naldi: Many thanks for your message of congratulation on my birthday. It was kind and thoughtful of you to remember the occasion and to send your very welcome greetings and good wishes. Sincerely yours, [signed] W R Hearst." Includes the original mailing envelope.. Signed. First Edition. Unbound. Near fine condition. Quarto (4to).

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        La muraille de Chine

      First edition of the French translation by Jean Carrive, one of 53 numbered copies on "pur-fil" paper, deluxe edition.Small discharges adhesive paper on the first guard and pale wetness on the last few foxing. Pierre Seghers Paris 1944 13,5x18cm broché

      [Bookseller: Librairie Le Feu Follet]
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        Le Avventure di Pinocchio storia di un burattino Con Illustrazioni e tavole animate di R. Albertarelli

      s.d. ma 1944 - Milano, Edizioni Cavallo Cart. ed. (21X24) pp. 125 (2) in astuccio muto Con 8 tavole a colori animate e vignette n.t. Ottimo stato. Solo 2 degli 8 dischi dentellati hanno perso il perno centrale per cui possono ancora girare ma anche spostarsi Volume particolarmente raro in questo stato di conservazione Ulteriori foto e video a richiesta [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Libreria Menabò di Nuti Davide Maria]
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        The Sonnets to Orpheus

      Wittenborn & Co, New York 1944 - Light blue boards, with blue paper dust jacket, navy blue cloth-bound slipcase, unpaginated, 9 BW engravings. OVERSIZE AA3. Text is in German and English. A special edition of one of Bohemian-Austrian poet Rilke's master works, the 55-sonnet cycle known as "Die Sonatta an Orpheus," or "The Sonnets to Orpheus." Each verse appears in German and is paired on a single page with its 1942 English translation by M. D. Herter Norton. What adds value here are the nine accompanying engravings rendered by German-American artist Kurt Roesch (1905-1984). Each one is signed by Roesch, who also signed and numbered the final page. #2 of only 35 copies, and therefore, scarce. G+ (Slipcase has some scuffs and slight edgewear; dj has aged inconsistently; flyleaves have slight foxing; engravings have bled slightly onto adjacent pages (offsetting); SIGNED & NUMBERED BY ARTIST on final page.) [Attributes: Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

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        LA VITA DELLE API

      FIRENZE: NERBINI, 1944. BROSSURA. BUONO. 17 23. USATO

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        Poems From The Desert Verses by Members of the Eighth Army

      George G. Harrap & CO. LTD, London 1944 - Octavo, 45pp, gilt lettering on spine. Bound by Leighton Straker in London. Original blue morocco spine. Near fine gold cloth boards. Slipcase in navy blue leather, felt interior. Limited edition of 110 signed copies by General Sir Bernard Montgomery, this being number 23. Frontispiece signed by artist Stephen Gooden. This limited-edition printing of "Poems from the Desert" is a compilation of versus by members of the British 8th Army Provenance: was originally sold by Philip Duschnes Rare Books in New York. Original label is fixed to last page. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

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        Foto von Veruschka. Kopie eines Originalphotos Nizz, Neunziger Jahre.

      quer im schwarzen Holz-Rahmen 38,3 x 31,6 cm. Das Foto als Kopie, daneben vom Fotografen persönlich betitelt: "Veruscka, Nizza, Neunziger Jahre, im leergeräumten Casiono kurz vor dem Abbruch/ Peter." Peter Lindbergh, mit bürgerlichen Namen Peter Brodbeck, (* 23. November 1944 in Lissa) ist ein berühmter deutscher Fotograf und Filmemacher.

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        Le vert paradis

      Lettres françaises 1944 - - Lettres françaises, Buenos Aires 1944, 11,5x18cm, broché. - Edition originale, sur papier courant, de la traduction française. Précieux envoi autographe daté et signé de Victoria Ocampo : "A Paul Valéry. Ce petit livre - témoignage de mon amour pour notre France - qui n'a rien à lui dire du point de vue littéraire. Avec admiration, amitié et un si vif désir de le revoir. Victoria Ocampo. Mar del Plata Février 1945." Une petite déchirure et de légères piqûres marginales sur le second plat. [AUTOMATIC ENGLISH TRANSLATION FOLLOWS] first edition, on current paper, of the French translation. A precious autographed and signed copy of Victoria Ocampo: "To Paul Valéry, this little book - a testimony of my love for France - has nothing to say to her from the literary point of view, with admiration, friendship and so much desire To see him again Victoria Ocampo Mar del Plata February 1945. " A small tear and slight marginal bites on the second board. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Soft Cover]

      [Bookseller: Librairie Le Feu Follet]
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        DOCUMENTS JEAN ROSENTHAL 1944 COMPAGNON DE LA LIBERATION

      - DOCUMENTS JEAN ROSENTHAL 1944 COMPAGNON DE LA LIBERATION

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        The Razor's Edge

      New York Doubleday Doran & Co 1944 - First edition, first issue, number 508 of a limited edition of only 750 copies, signed by Maugham on the limitation page, publishers salmon cloth, gilt and black lettering piece to spine, top edge gilt, others untrimmed, as issued, minor rubbing to extremities and slight fading to spine, otherwise a near-fine copy. The true first edition published 18th April 1944, the U.S. Trade edition published two days later and the first English edition not published until July 1944. Maugham's last major novel and a departure from his usual style. A disillusioned WW1 veteran abandons his wealthy friends and lifestyle, while travelling to India seeking enlightenment. Basis for the 1946 film starring Tyrone Power and again in 1984 starring Bill Murray. Stott A63.a. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

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        New Excursions into English Poetry. The complete seven volume series comprising, English Scottish and Welsh Landscape, The Poet's Eye, Sea Poems, Poems of Death, Soldiers' Verse, Travellers' Verse and Poems of Sleep and Dream.

      Frederick Muller, 'New Excursions into English Poetry' series, London 1944-1947. First Editions (first printings) of the W.J.Turner and Sheila Shannon edited series of verse anthologies, each magnificently illustrated by a different artist. Individual volumes as follows: "English Scottish and Welsh Landscape 1700-c. 1860." (1944). Chosen by John Betjeman and Geoffrey Taylor and illustrated with twelve splendid full page colour lithographs by Piper, prepared especially for this publication, plus another reproduced double-spread on the covers. 8vo. 121pp. A touch of superficial creasing to the front free endpaper. A very good copy non-price-clipped pictorial dust wrapper, just a little chafed at spine ends and with a single tiny tear to the lower edge and a little accompanying creasing. "The Poet's Eye; or Visionary Poems and Passages" (1944). Verses chosen by Geoffrey Grigson with sixteen original colour lithographic plates by John Craxton, prepared especially for this publication, plus two more reproduced on the covers, and a series of line drawings in the text. 8vo. 122pp. A minor slant to the binding. Very good in non-price-clipped pictorial dust wrapper, a little tanned and dust marked with three or four tiny slivers of loss to extremities."Sea Poems" (1944). Chosen by Myfanwy Piper who also provides an introduction, and with sixteen original colour lithographs by Mona Moore. 8vo. 120pp. Edges lightly spotted. Very good in non-price-clipped pictorial dust wrapper, lightly spotted and chafed in places, the backstrip just a little darkened and with several tiny slivers of loss to the spine ends. "Poems of Death" (1945). Verses chosen by Phoebe Pool and illustrated with sixteen specially prepared colour lithographs by Michael Ayrton, plus another reproduced double spread on the boards. 8vo. 112pp. Minor slant to the binding. A virtually fine copy in price-clipped pictorial dust wrapper with just a hint of minor chafing and a tiny sliver of loss to the head of the spine panel. "Soldier's Verse". (1945). Verses chosen by Patric Dickinson and illustrated with twelve superb colour lithographs by William Scott, prepared especially for this publication, plus another reproduced double-spread on the covers. 8vo.119pp. Top edge dust marked and with just a trace of spotting to the endpapers. A very good copy in non-price-clipped pictorial dust wrapper, a little tanned, spotted and chafed with a centimetre of loss from the head of the spine panel and two more tiny slivers from the base. "Travellers' Verse" (1946). Chosen by M.G.Lloyd Thomas and with sixteen original colour lithographs by Edward Bawden and another reproduced double-spread on the covers. 8vo. 120pp. Spine ends lightly rubbed and a little dust marked and spotted at the top edge with some very light partial browning to endpapers. Very good in non-price-clipped pictorial dust wrapper, lightly chafed at spine ends with a single tiny closed tear and several tiny fractions of loss. "Poems of Sleep and Dream" (1947). Chosen by Carol Stewart and with sixteen original colour lithographs by Robert Colquhoun, and another repeated double-spread on the covers. 8vo. 127pp. Top edge dust marked, boards lightly bowed and with some light partial browning to the endpapers. Former owner name inked to the head of the front free endpaper. Very good in price-clipped pictorial dust wrapper, lightly tanned at the spine panel with one short closed tear and several tiny slivers of loss. A super set of the complete seven-volume series, each beautifully illustrated and housed in the original pictorial dust wrappers.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good.

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        SOMOKU KINYOSHUU: COLLECTION OF VARIGATED PLANTS & TREE LEAVES.

      - [Kyoto 1944, Tamura]. Blue stiff stitched wrs., 7 vol.set, very clean, solid, title slips, 31+35+31+29+23+41+75p., profuse b.w. illustrated, 18 x 265.5 cm., printed & bound to look like the original 1828 edition, nicely done, complete. This is a profusely b.w. illustrated botanical, and shows several examples of variegated plants. . *** THE AUTHOR: The author was also known as Mizuno Issai. *** LIMITED EDITION OF 500 REPRINTED COPIES: This is a reprint of the original edition 1829, this edition *** ART WORK: The botanical illustrations were done by Ooka Umpo and his disciple Sekine Untei. . Ooka Umpo [1765-1848] was also known as Ooka Narihiro [Jokan] and had also other "Go" or studio names such as A. Koritsu, Jihei and Unpo/Umpo. He was a Nanga painter, and pupil of the famous sealmaker Taka Fuyo. Ooka also served as a retainer to the Tokugawa Shogun, and lived at Obancho, Yotsuya in Edo from which he took his nickname 'Yotsuya Nampin' He is well collected by world museums. See Roberts below. . Sekine Untei [1803-1877], was a Nanga painter, and he was a known book illustrator, and is listed in Mitchell, see below. *** The work consists of 7 volumes in all, vols.1-6 + appendix, vols. 1-3 Zenpen: part 1, vols. 4-7 Kohen part 2. The complete work. *** REFERENCES: BARTLETT, Harley H.: JAPANESE BOTANY DURING THE PERIOD OF WOOD-BLOCK PRINTING, exhibit 52, p.467, & illustrated on p.468. Bartlett states: ".the best of the sort ever published in Japan.the pictures are remarkable." * MITCHELL, C.H.:THE ILLUSTRATED BOOKS OF THE NANGA, MARUYAMA, SHIJO AND OTHER RELATED SCHOOLS OF JAPAN: A Bibliography, p.500. * DOUGLAS, Robert K.: CATALOGUE OF JAPANESE PRINTED BOOKS AND MANUSCRIPTS IN THE LIBRARY OF THE BRITISH MUSEUM, 1898 p.83. * ROBERTS, Laurance P.: A DICTIONARY OF JAPANESE ARTISTS PAINTING, SCULPTURE, CERAMICS, PRINTS, LACQUER, see p.191 for Ooka; and p.192 for Seikine. * Not in: . MERRILL, Elmer D. A BIBLIOGRAPHY OF EASTERN ASIATIC BOTANY. . DAWES, Leonard G. :CATALOGUE OF JAPANESE ILLUSTRATED BOOKS IN THE DEPARTMENT OF PRINTS AND DRAWINGS. . TODA, Kenji.: DESCRIPTIVE CATALOGUE OF JAPANESE AND CHINESE ILLUSTRATED BOOKS IN THE RYERSON LIBRARY OF THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO. *** .

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        Born Free and Equal: The Story of Loyal Japanese-Americans (Signed First Edition)

      New York: U.S. Camera, 1944. First edition. Softcover. 112 pages. The simultaneous paperback issue. A collection of text and images taken at the Mazanar War Relocation Center, one of the eleven camps where Japanese-American's were interred during World War II. While the tone of the book is somewhat optimistic in presenting a look at how the residents were overcoming the massive injustices that they faced, it was an unusual given that the U.S. was still at war with Japan and there was a deep sense of distrust. A close to near fine copy in wrappers with some minor wear to the spine. Signed by Adams on the title page in 1979 in Carmel. Uncommon signed and in this condition.

      [Bookseller: Jeff Hirsch Books, ABAA]
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        Eigenh. Brief mit U. und integriertem Gedichtmanuskript.

      O. O., 9. V. 1944. - 3 SS. auf Doppelblatt. Kl.-4to. An den Schriftsteller Georg Schneider (1902-1972): "[.] Ich bin auch mit der Durchsicht Ihrer Sonette nicht ganz fertig geworden. Gerade dafür braucht man eine gewisse Disposition, Ruhe und Gleichgewicht. All das besitze ich im Augenblick weder physisch noch seelisch, da mich ein äusseres Ereignis wieder einmal - und noch tiefer, als ich es ohnedies auf meinen Teil gewohnt war - in die Abgründe künstlerischer Anfechtung schleuderte. Es macht mir Qual zu kritisieren. Auch weiss ich ja zu gut, dass es nichts nutzt. Jeder muss helfen, und die Ergebnisse müssen akzeptiert werden oder abgelehnt, ohne dass es den Autor kümmern soll. Nehmen Sie also meine sporadischen Anmerkungen nicht tragisch. Sie sind bona fide gegeben und auf Ihre Aufforderung hin. Aber eigentlich habe ich kein Recht dazu, denn ich denke zu hoch von der absoluten Einsamkeit des Künstlers, einer Einsamkeit, an der man nur ersticken oder zum Sänger werden kann, nachdem die Unschuld der Kunst einmal dahin und Frohmut nicht mehr mit ihr im Bunde ist. Fassen Sie auch das Harfenkreuz, um dessen Rückgabe ich bitte, weniger als persönliche denn als künstlerische Konfession auf. Unter Anderem sehen Sie darin, was uns beide unterscheidet. Ich bin viel weniger kontemplativ als Sie, und obwohl auch meine Lyrik stark ins Gedankliche geht, sehe ich im zyklischen Aufbau stets eine Entwicklung, die eher episch ist. Vielleicht ist das ein Fehler. Und vielleicht liegt es an dieser Marotte, dass ich rein gedanklichen Entwicklungen nur schwer zu folgen imstande bin [.]". - Das mit "Nachtstück" betitelte Gedicht mit drei Strophen zu je vier Zeilen. - Wolf von Niebelschütz, der bis 1944 zwei Gedichtbände und eine Erzählung veröffentlicht hatte, wurde 1940 nach Etampes bei Paris eingezogen. Dort entstand neben einigen Gedichten und Essays sein opus magnum, der galante Roman "Der blaue Kammerherr", ein "poetisches Kunstwerk ersten Ranges" (Haberland, S. 15). - Eigenhändige Briefe von Niebelschütz und noch dazu aus der Entstehungszeit des "Blauen Kammerherrn" sind äußerst selten. - Auf Briefpapier mit gepr. Monogramm.

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        Typed letter signed by William Randolph Hearst.

      Not published, McCloud, CA 1944 - One page typed letter on William Randolph Hearst's (1863-1951) Wyntoon stationery. Dated May 13, 1944. "Miss Nita Naldi, Hotel Wentworth, 59 West 46th Street, New York, New York. Dear Miss Naldi: Many thanks for your message of congratulation on my birthday. It was kind and thoughtful of you to remember the occasion and to send your very welcome greetings and good wishes. Sincerely yours, [signed] W R Hearst." Includes the original mailing envelope. Size: Quarto (4to) [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Soft Cover]

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        Problemi della Federazione Europea

      [Rome:] Edizioni del Movimento Italiano per la Federazione Europea,, 1944. Octavo, pp. 125, [3]. Original printed stiff paper wrappers, spine and front wrapper lettered in black. Stamp of the Movimento Federalista Europeo of Rome to front wrapper and small ownership stamp to imprint leaf at the end. Horizontal split to spine just affecting the text block, short tears to fore edge of wrappers, small rust hole to title, leaves lightly browned at edges; a very good copy of a very scarce item. First published edition of one of the foundation documents of European Federalism, known as the Ventotene Manifesto, after the Italian island on which the authors were held as political prisoners during the Second World War. "A 'secret' document proposing a solution for Europe's perpetual state of war and political violence, [this short essay] was originally circulated in mimeographed form with the title 'Per un'Europa libera e unita. Progetto d'un manifesto (For a Free and United Europe. A Draft Manifesto). It was a political statement drawn up, between winter 1941 and spring 1942, by Altiero Spinelli (1907-1986) and Ernesto Rossi (1897-1967). The Manifesto called for a break with Europe's past to form a new political system through a restructuring of politics and extensive social reform. It was presented not as an ideal, but as the best option for Europe's post-war condition" (Books that Made Europe, p. 340).

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        I problemi economici della federazione europea

      Lausanne: Nuove Edizioni di Capolago,, 1944. Octavo, pp. 60, [4]. Wire-stitched in original printed paper wrappers, front wrapper lettered in black. Lower outer corner a little dog eared; a very good copy. Rare first edition of Einaudi's paper on economic problems of the European Federation, written under the pseudonym Junius.

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        Wonder Comics #3 1944-Nedor-WWII Nazi punching cover-Alex Schomburg

      Nedor 1944 - Classic WWII NAZI punching cover by ALEX SCHOMBURG. Has staple pulls and a couple tears on spine. Presents very nice. Complete, no restoration. Condition: VG+

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        THRILLING #42-1944-NEDOR-DOC STRANGE-ALEX SCHOMBURG-LONE EAGLE-GHOST-fn minus

      Nedor 1944 - -Doc Strange fights Japanese soldiers on this classic WWII cover by Alex Schomburg -Lone Eagle, Ghost, Commander Cubs -Front cover looks VF, but a couple interior pages have small pieces out of border, back cover has light foxing Condition: FN-

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        Von der Pike Auf, Zum 60. Geburtstag unseres Chefs herrn Adolf Müller zusammengestellt

      Frontis. port & ca. 300 black & white photos on 104 glossy photo paper leaves. 160 unnumbered leaves of text, all printed on coated glossy paper. Large folio (412 x 301 mm.), orig. cloth. [Munich: H. Schwaiger, 1944]. A richly illustrated festschrift, privately printed in two copies only, for Adolf Müller (1884-1945), the publisher of Mein Kampf and close confidante of Hitler from the earliest days of the Nazi party, issued to celebrate the publisher's 60th birthday on 4th May 1944. Two copies were prepared and this, the only one bound, was Müller's personal copy presented to him from the firm (the other copy, the house "file" copy, remained unbound and cannot be located). With its more than 300 photographs, this work provides not only a rich first-hand history of the Nazi party's control of media in the pre-World War II period, but also reveals information about Müller's publishing empire and his relationship with Hitler. Müller was an intimate friend of Hitler - it was Müller who picked him up from Landsberg prison (documented within) in 1924 and Hitler lived in the publisher's house in Tegernsee. Müller published Mein Kampf in 1925 and all its subsequent editions. The chief publisher of the Nazi party, he directed the printing of the newspaper "Völkischer Beobachter," a vital arm of the Nazi propaganda effort. Müller parlayed his firm's importance to the Nazi cause from its earliest days into powerful administrative positions and a close friendship with Hitler. Intimate scenes of Müller show him hunting and fishing, participating in Nazi rallies, working at his desk, conferring with prominent Nazi officials, etc. Among the many images of Müller's personal life, Hitler appears in twelve images, including one where he has just been released from Landsberg prison following the Beer Hall Putsch and stands next to Müller's car. In others, Hitler's close friendship with Müller is quite evident. After his discharge from the German army in 1915, Müller founded the printing company Münchner Buchgewerbhaus M. Müller & Sohn, to publish newspapers and magazines. By the early 1920s he had formed friendships with members of the National Socialist German Workers' Party and, starting in 1925, Müller's firm was the party's central publishing house. Subsequently, the Nazi party entrusted to Müller the publication of Mein Kampf because of his friendship with Hitler. Once the Nazi party had taken over the German government, Müller's business, benefitting from a near monopoly, grew exponentially. He officially joined the party at Hitler's request in 1934. His firm printed more than two million copies weekly of various Nazi magazines and newspapers at the beginning of World War II. Müller's leadership was an irreplaceable component of the Nazi party's propaganda apparatus in the 1920s and through to the end of the war. The present work captures the role of printed media in the rise of the Nazi party. It traces the humble beginnings of Müller's publishing firm in Munich to the establishment of offices in Hamburg, Berlin, Vienna, and Weilheim. The photographs show printing equipment, offices and factories, intimate shots of Müller's offices, and reproductions of significant publications. The text of this book provides a thorough account of Müller's career, which, at times, is surprisingly candid. Certain portions touch upon the company's claims that it was an impartial entity, even though it underwent a rapid change from a neutral publishing house into a company wholly involved in National Socialist propaganda. Additionally, it becomes clear that this document was not intended for widespread publication since it openly discusses the company's internal operations and political decisions in a very forthright and revealing manner. Another section describes the firm's entanglement in a controversy regarding the reporting of Germany's annexation of Austria. Finally, there are extensive histories of the publication of Mein Kampf and the "Völkischer Beobachter." According to the preface composed by Heinrich Schwaiger, chief manager of the Munich headquarters, two copies of the work were printed, however the present copy was the only one bound and the second, which remained in sheets, can no longer be located. Despite Nazi Germany's growing number of defeats by 1944 and the destruction of the company's headquarters in a bombing raid, no expense was spared in this book's production. An original Gothic font was cast especially for this book, and the company's plant prioritized the high-quality illustrations on fine coated photo paper. The famous caricaturist Olaf Gulbransson executed the frontispiece portrait of Müller. Müller hanged himself in prison on 23 May 1945 following his capture by American troops. In extremely fine and fresh condition.

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        Problemi della Federazione Europea.

      [Rome:] Edizioni del Movimento Italiano per la Federazione Europea, 1944 - Octavo, pp. 125, [3]. Original printed stiff paper wrappers, spine and front wrapper lettered in black. Horizontal split to spine just affecting the text block, short tears to fore edge of wrappers, small rust hole to title, leaves lightly browned at edges; a very good copy of a very scarce item. Stamp of the Movimento Federalista Europeo of Rome to front wrapper and small ownership stamp to imprint leaf at the end. First published edition of one of the foundation documents of European Federalism, known as the Ventotene Manifesto, after the Italian island on which the authors were held as political prisoners during the Second World War. "A 'secret' document proposing a solution for Europe's perpetual state of war and political violence, [this short essay] was originally circulated in mimeographed form with the title 'Per un'Europa libera e unita. Progetto d'un manifesto (For a Free and United Europe. A Draft Manifesto). It was a political statement drawn up, between winter 1941 and spring 1942, by Altiero Spinelli (1907-1986) and Ernesto Rossi (1897-1967). The Manifesto called for a break with Europe's past to form a new political system through a restructuring of politics and extensive social reform. It was presented not as an ideal, but as the best option for Europe's post-war condition" (Books that Made Europe, p. 340). OCLC locates 14 copies worldwide; Copac adds no further copies. [Attributes: First Edition]

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        Vote [Trial New Yorker Cover]

      [1944]. Ephemera Ephemera. Near Fine. 12 by 16 inches (paper); 8 by 12 inches (image). Pen and ink and watercolor. A proposed, but never used, cover for the New Yorker magazine.

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        Acre Lane Demolition, London.

      - Getuschte Original Skizze. Ohne Jahr [Juli 1944]. Unten rechts von Hellmuth Weissenborn eigenhändig signiert. Blattgröße 33,5 x 50,5 cm. - Der Maler und Buchillustrator Hellmuth Weissenborn emigrierte 1938 mit seiner jüdischen Frau nach London. 1940 war er für 6 Monate im Lager Hutchinson auf der Isle of Man interniert. - Vollmer VI, 272f. - Das Bild zeigt die Aufräumungsarbeiten nach dem Bombeneinschlag in Acre Lane in Brixton am 28. Juni 1944, bei dem 72 Menschen ums Leben kamen. - Weissenborn lebte während des Krieges in Notting Hill Gate. Nach Bombenangriffen suchte er häufig Trümmerorte in anderen Stadtteilen auf, um die dort angerichtete Zerstörung zu skizzieren. - Leichte Randläsuren, mit winzigen Löchern von Anstecknadeln in den Ecken, der obere Rand mit leichten Montagespuren. - Insgesamt von (sehr) guter Erhaltung.

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        Hollywood Canteen - book signed

      AUTOGRAPH BOOK FROM THE HOLLYWOOD CANTEEN Scottish character actress Mary Gordon compiled this personal autograph book in 1944 at the celebrity-hosted, morale-boosting nightclub for soldiers and sailors of World War II.Book inscribed and signed: "Best Wishes!/Greer Garson", "Me too/Lt. Buddy Rogers", To Mary/I hope I'll always hear/that darlin' accent every/time I see you./Love,/Maureen O'Hara", "To darling Mary Gordon - a/great actress and a greater/Most sincerely/Claire DuBrey/1945", "To Mary -/One gr-a-a-nd Scout/Art Baker", "To Mary/Bing/Crosby", "To Mary,/with all my good wishes/Merle Oberon", "Ray Milland", "Grace Moore/1943", "Frank Morgan", "To Mary/For herself alone/Harry Davenport", "With all my love/Herb Doolittle", "Scotland forever!/John Loder", "Scots Wha Hac!/Hedy Lamarr", "Cpl. Camila Miranda Ramirez/The Shangrila Kid", "To my 'Dollfora/love/Keenan Wynn", "It was wonderful/knowing you/Doris Stein", "Well Mary/It has been good/knowing you and working with you/at the Hollywood Canteen/Evelyn Balcon", "To the/'beauty girl'/of all time/June Havoc", "C. Aubrey Smith", "To Mary - With very kindest/regards! Sincerely Bob Walker", "Mary, I got a great/affection for you/Dennis Morgan/xxxxxx", "For Mary - with many warm memories/of my first picture!/and YOU!/Linda/Darnell", 1 Sgt. Carl. E. W. Bell/Rising Sun Texas", "Ouida Rathbone/God Bless You", "My love to you/Billie Burke", "Mary/You're a credit to auld Ireland/Brian Aherne", To Mary with my/very best wishes/Charles Boyer", "Best always/Darlin'/Ann Sheridan", "Ingrid Bergman", "George Sanders", "Katharine Hepburn", "To my Dear Mary/All my love/Robert Young", "To Mary/Scene maker par excellence/and my favorite actress/Donald Woods", "To my amiga Mary/I wish you all the/happiness you give to others/by being so great/always/Elena Verdugo", "Happy/Birthday!/To a wee lass/we all love/June Smaney", "My best wishes/to you always/and my love/Mabel Smaney", "Mary dear may/your life be filled/with love and success/from this day forth/Always your Gertrude", "To a wonderful worker/and one of the real pillars of/The Canteen - God bless you always/Johnny Garfield/1944", "Mary - How can any of us/even tell you what you/to the Canteen!/Bette Davis", "Tallulah Bankhead", "Peggy Ann Garner", "To Mary Gordon/'One of the women/I love with all my/heart'/Robert Bice", ""God bless you/Chef Millari", "To Mary,/From one good Scotsman/to another/Rod Cameron", "Kitchen Dept./Marion Davies", "To Dear Mary/You're wonderful - and/It's always a pleasure/to work with you/Love/Jane Withers", "Congratulations on a/fine job/Bob Hope", "My sweetheart Mary!/And I'll fight the man/that says she ain't/Kay Kyser", "To Mary -/You're wonderful and we/love you/Georgia Carroll", "Hello Mary - Good wishes to you./Marsha Hunt", "In memory of the happy/hours I have spent with you/at the Hollywood Canteen/Peggy Cleary","To Miss Gordon/One of the/nicest people at the/Canteen. I hope some/day I shall have the/pleasure of working in/one of your pictures/Sincerely/Joan Lorring", "Sincerely/Veloz and Yolanda", "with admiration from/Orson Welles", "Love/Ann Miller", "Jack Benny", "Gary Cooper/1944", "To Mary Gordon - 'The/Sweetheart of the Hollywood Canteen/Leslie Raymaster, July 25, 1943" "To Mary/Bless you always/Joe E Brown", "My love always/Lucille Ball", "To Mary/Felicidades y miel/Desi Arnaz", "To Mary/All good wishes/Eddie Cantor", "Paulette Goddard", "Edgar Bergen/and/Charlie", and "John Ford", "Mary Ford" [the Ford's have signed an affixed Christmas card.] Autograph Book inscribed to Scottish character actress MARY GORDON (1882-1963) played in regional theater until given a role in John Ford's Hangman's House (1928). She played "Mrs. Martha Hudson", Sherlock Holmes' housekeeper in 10 Basil Rathbone films, beginning in 1939. As this souvenir book attests, she was a stalwart of the Hollywood Canteen, staffed by Hollywood actresses during World War II to honor and support service men and women with refreshments, entertainment, and proximity to stardom. One of the signers here is Sergeant Carl E. W. Bell, the "Millionth Man" to visit the Canteen, as shown in the attached photo. Also included here is Mary Gordon's identification card for the Hollywood Canteen. A great item commemorating a time when all Americans and friends from Allied nations honored men and women of "the greatest generation" defending the global freedom. Lightly toned at binding. Fine condition.

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        The Sonnets to Orpheus

      New York: Wittenborn & Co, 1944. Hardcover. G+ (Slipcase has some scuffs and slight edgewear; dj has aged inconsistently; flyleaves have slight foxing; engravings have bled slightly onto adjacent pages (offsetting); SIGNED & NUMBERED BY ARTIST on final page.). Light blue boards, with blue paper dust jacket, navy blue cloth-bound slipcase, unpaginated, 9 BW engravings. OVERSIZE AA3. Text is in German and English. A special edition of one of Bohemian-Austrian poet Rilke's master works, the 55-sonnet cycle known as "Die Sonatta an Orpheus," or "The Sonnets to Orpheus." Each verse appears in German and is paired on a single page with its 1942 English translation by M. D. Herter Norton. What adds value here are the nine accompanying engravings rendered by German-American artist Kurt Roesch (1905-1984). Each one is signed by Roesch, who also signed and numbered the final page. #2 of only 35 copies, and therefore, scarce.

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        My Home Is Far Away

      New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1944. Fine/Very Good. First edition. A fine, crisp copy in a very good plus dustwrapper with a few short tears. A novel with autobiographical elements.

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        Le Mariage de Loti -

      Editions Littéraires de France 1944 -, Paris - 1 volume In-4 246 pp. Sous étui et chemise cartonnés. Sous couverture rempliée illustrée d'un dessin en couleurs. Intérieur très frais. Illustré de bois gravés de Jacques BOULLAIRE. Très bel état. TIRAGE LIMITE NUMEROTE. Celui-ci un des 375 exemplaires numérotés sur velin teinté pur chiffon des Papeteries Renage. Enrichi d'une lettre manuscrite de Pierre Loti, relative à la reine de Roumanie ( Carmen Sylval).

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        Main Street After Dark (Archive of concept art sketches for advertisements promoting the film's original release)

      Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer [MGM], Beverly Hills, CA 1944 - Collection of 14 original preliminary advertising concept art sketches for the release of sultry 1944 B-picture. Executed variously in graphite, charcoal, and gouache on onion skin paper, each leaf tipped on to white paper stock at the corners, some with notations at the margins.The collection displays a variety of styles and themes, with alternatively seductive and paranoid imagery and tag lines, providing broad insight into the over-archiving advertising campaign of a smaller film at a major studio.Sheets 8 x 11.5 inches to 11 x 15 inches. Very Good or better with faint vertical and diagonal creasing to some pieces and only occasional minor splashes, general signs of light use as expected.Grant US. Spicer US.

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        SLIPPERY SAM. A Story in two parts by Mary Kerr. Part I A Moral Tale. Part II A Mouthful of Tail.

      Leicester. Edmund Ward. No date [1944]. 86, [2] pages. Illustrated with a coloured vignette on title and 42 colour plates. Original cloth-backed pictorial boards. 162 x 118 mm. First edition. Together with the two original illustrated manuscripts for the book, containing a total of 50 original watercolour illustrations. At the close of the first book the author has written, 'I made this Book for my son Martin New Year's Day 1941 Mary Fernald.'At the close of the second, 'I made this book for my son Martin for his fourth birthday on October 20th 1942. Mary Fernald.' Both volumes are bound in decorative paper-covered boards with pictorial manuscript titles. The published book combines both manuscripts, but some of the illustrations have been dropped, and all have been adapted by an unnamed professional illustrator..

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        [The Darkening Ecliptic, in] Angry Penguins,

      Melbourne & Adelaide: Reed & Harris,, [June] 1944. 1944 Autumn Number to Commemorate the Australian Poet. Small quarto sized magazine, original wrappers with text in black to front and back and colour Nolan illustration to front wrapper. Ownership inscription to front wrapper. Small chip from the wrappers at ends of spine, a few minor marks to wrappers, but otherwise a remarkably bright and well preserved copy, excellent condition. First edition, in the very scarce original Angry Penguins issue, of the poems that constituted one of the great literary hoaxes of the century. Ern Malley's Darkening Ecliptic made its first appearance in this special commemorative Autumn 1944 number (actually June) of Angry Penguins, Australia's leading modernist literary magazine, who had had the poems submitted to their offices with a cover letter by an Ethel Malley, claiming to have found them in the effects of her recently deceased brother, Ern Malley. Angry Penguins took the bait beautifully, and published the poems with a portentous introduction by editor Maxwell Henry Hastings, opening: "Ern Malley prepared for his death quietly confident that he was a great poet, and that he would be known as such." In fact, there was no Ethel nor any Ern, but two poets, James McAuley (1917-76) and Harold Stewart (1916-95), who wished to pull the leg of a literary establishment they saw as pretentious and misled. The hoax was quickly exposed in the Sydney Sunday Sun, and McAuley & Stewart made a tart statement exposing themselves as the authors and justifying the fraud: "What we wished to find out was can those who write and those who so lavishly praise this kind of writing, tell the real product from consciously and deliberately concocted nonsense." In this McAuley & Stewart's hoax appeared to have been an unqualified success, and by 1946 Angry Penguins had folded, utterly discredited. The Oxford Companion to Australian Literature observes that "the vigorous and legitimate movement for modernism in Australian writing.... received a severe setback, and the conservative element was undoubtedly strengthened." The longer term effect of the Darkening Ecliptic, however, has been more subtle and ironic. In time poets such as John Ashbery, Kenneth Koch and Robert Hughes began to celebrate the poems as a successful example of surrealist poetry. Hughes claimed that Malley's "creation proved the validity of surrealist procedures: that in letting down their guard, opening themselves to free association and chance, McAuley and Stewart had reached inspiration by the side-door of parody". Certainly Malley's poems are still today far more widely read than those of his creators. Moreover, much genuine art and poetry was generated in response, knowing or otherwise, to Malley's potent gibberish, in particular artist Sidney Nolan's iconic Ned Kelly series (1946-7). Nolan later claimed that the Darkening Ecliptic "made me take the risk of putting against the Australian bush an utterly strange object". Original copies of this Darkening Ecliptic issue of Angry Penguins are very scarce. The rarity is in part due to the impounding of many copies by the police as the result of the obscenity trial which Harris, in addition to the crucifixion of his literary credibility, was forced to endure.

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        The Darkening Ecliptic, in] Angry Penguins, 1944 Autumn Number to Commemorate the Australian Poet.

      Melbourne & Adelaide: Reed & Harris, [June] 1944 - Small quarto sized magazine, original wrappers with text in black to front and back and colour Nolan illustration to front wrapper. Ownership inscription to front wrapper. Small chip from the wrappers at ends of spine, a few minor marks to wrappers, but otherwise a remarkably bright and well preserved copy, excellent condition. First edition, in the very scarce original Angry Penguins issue, of the poems that constituted one of the great literary hoaxes of the century. Ern Malley's Darkening Ecliptic made its first appearance in this special commemorative Autumn 1944 number (actually June) of Angry Penguins, Australia's leading modernist literary magazine, who had had the poems submitted to their offices with a cover letter by an Ethel Malley, claiming to have found them in the effects of her recently deceased brother, Ern Malley. Angry Penguins took the bait beautifully, and published the poems with a portentous introduction by editor Maxwell Henry Hastings, opening: "Ern Malley prepared for his death quietly confident that he was a great poet, and that he would be known as such." In fact, there was no Ethel nor any Ern, but two poets, James McAuley (1917-76) and Harold Stewart (1916-95), who wished to pull the leg of a literary establishment they saw as pretentious and misled. The hoax was quickly exposed in the Sydney Sunday Sun, and McAuley & Stewart made a tart statement exposing themselves as the authors and justifying the fraud: "What we wished to find out was can those who write and those who so lavishly praise this kind of writing, tell the real product from consciously and deliberately concocted nonsense." In this McAuley & Stewart's hoax appeared to have been an unqualified success, and by 1946 Angry Penguins had folded, utterly discredited. The Oxford Companion to Australian Literature observes that "the vigorous and legitimate movement for modernism in Australian writing. received a severe setback, and the conservative element was undoubtedly strengthened." The longer term effect of the Darkening Ecliptic, however, has been more subtle and ironic. In time poets such as John Ashbery, Kenneth Koch and Robert Hughes began to celebrate the poems as a successful example of surrealist poetry. Hughes claimed that Malley's "creation proved the validity of surrealist procedures: that in letting down their guard, opening themselves to free association and chance, McAuley and Stewart had reached inspiration by the side-door of parody". Certainly Malley's poems are still today far more widely read than those of his creators. Moreover, much genuine art and poetry was generated in response, knowing or otherwise, to Malley's potent gibberish, in particular artist Sidney Nolan's iconic Ned Kelly series (1946-7). Nolan later claimed that the Darkening Ecliptic "made me take the risk of putting against the Australian bush an utterly strange object". Original copies of this Darkening Ecliptic issue of Angry Penguins are very scarce. The rarity is in part due to the impounding of many copies by the police as the result of the obscenity trial which Harris, in addition to the crucifixion of his literary credibility, was forced to endure. [Attributes: First Edition]

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        Grant of arms donated by Sir Francis James Grant, Lord Lyon King of Arms, to John Cochrane Henderson of St. Andrew's, Bowness on Windermere (1881-?) Esquire, High Sherrif and in the commission of the peace County of Westm

      British Empire, Edinburgh, d.d. 20 January 1944. Vellum charter, good condition. 30x44 cm. Manucript text and calligraphy. With a hand coloured coat-of-arms of the Henderson family (bearing the motto Virtus Nobilitat). The charter is encased in a made to fit oblong wooden case, with a metal closing mechanism and clothed with red linen, decorated in gold with GVIR initials and crowns. The charter comes with a silk embroidered sashed banner (50x47cm) bearing two Scottish thistles, the family crest and an Aesculapius. With on both sides a cord with a tassel, with fringes on each side. Dr Henderson obtained his degree as bachelor of medicine in 1904 at Glasgow University he also obtained a bachelor of surgery degree. In 1911 he took over the medical practice from K. Rodas D. Shaw (London Gazette 14 april 1911). He was the only son of William Thomson Henderson of Borrowstounness, county Linlithgow and his wife Georgina Isabella Waddell. The charter relates the family tree of the Henderson and Cochrane families and entitles Dr Henderson to bear the assigned coat of arms. H99

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        Not Quite Dead Enough

      NY: Farrar, 1944. First Edition. hardcover. Near fine in a VG+ Dust Jacket with light wear at base of spine including two tiny chips and a small area of the rear panel with some light rubbing. Jacket is not price-clipped, no signatures or stamps, Farrar & Rinehart colophon on copyright page Two connected novelettes with Nero Wolfe. Archie's return to New York ushers in one of the saga's best scenes

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        Midshipman's Journal

      Midshipman's Journal; small folio; original quarter cloth binding. 186 manuscript pages, three drawings, six hand drawn and two large folding maps and nine documents pasted in. The Journal of Midshipman J G Pike a Commando in the Royal Naval Reserve. The Journal chronicles the little recorded or noted tale of the Royal Navy's role in the final defeat of Japan in the Pacific between March 1944 and August 1945. Covering Pike's service on HMS Newcastle from March to April 1944 and on HMS Gambia from April 1944 until the end of the War. HMNZS Gambia served with the British Pacific Fleet, and participated in attacks on Japanese positions throughout the Pacific and supported a series of carrier raids against oil installations and airfields. She saw action off Okinawa, Formosa and Japan and took part in the bombardment of the Japanese city of Kamaishi on 9 August. She was under attack by Japanese aircraft at the time that a ceasefire was announced, and possibly fired the last shots of World War II. She was present on 2 September 1945 in Tokyo Bay for the signing of Japanese Instrument of Surrender. Rich in detail, this is a superb account of service in Royal Navy in closing months of the War. February 9th 1945."Today Lord Louis Mountbatten came on board........The hands were fallen in on the quarterdeck and after the Supreme Commander had been introduced to the heads of departments he went to the microphone to give a speech. He made a very impressive speech..." May 5th 1945. "The attack on the carriers were carried out by Jap suicide bombers, in two waves of three. These planes followed our air strike back and came in absolutely undetected, all these planes were in flames before they hit their targets. One crashed on Formidable and another crashed but slid off. One near miss was obtained by Indomitable and another on Victorious. The rest were shot down." 9th May 1945. "At about dusk one of the destroyers had sighted an object on the horizon. The object seems to be a huge splash in the water with smoke above it. It was later reported that the object was presumably a rocket plane." 16th July 1945. "At 0500 today the American 3rd Fleet was sighted. It was divided into 3 groups. Each group consisting of 3 battleships, 5 carriers, 6 cruisers and destroyers. All told there were 102 American ships. The British Fleet totalled 24 ships." 11th August 1945. "2 Atomic Bombs had been dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. This new terrible weapon destroyed a whole city in one blast. No details have been released to give us any true picture of the actual damage. The rumours circulatingare varied and many. Now we are hoping for the Japanese to surrender. The fleet was due to return to Sydney on the 9th, but owing to the sudden developments we were remaining in the area." "Later in the day a general signal read that the main body of carriers would return to Sydney leaving the King George V, Indeatigable, Gambia and Newfoundland with the American Fleet in case ships were needed to enter Japanese ports. " 13th August 1945. At 0830 today Admiral Halsey signalled "Line up for the last round". 15th August 1945. "Early this morning rumours were rife that the Japanese had "packed up". However, no official signal from Macarthur was received and a strike of 700 planes was flown off at dawn from all task force groups to attack Tokyo. At 0800 the strike returned with reports of heavy opposition from both flak and fighters over Tokyo. Ten aircraft from British carriers and 16 Americans were shot down." "At 1129 a message was received from CTF which read 'CEASE HOSTILITIES AGAINST JAPAN'. At that same moment a Judy appeared dead astern flying straight at us firing her machine guns. There were a large crowd of men standing on the quarterdeck and soon as the plane was spotted, everyone immediately ran for their respective stations. No alarm was given. However two Seafires were close on its tail and the plane was blown to pieces over our foremast. It all happened in about one minute and after the shock we found that five men had been killed by machine gun bullets and 11 wounded. Among the dead was my very close friend Midshipman Joe O'Keefe R.N.R. The only officer on the Gambia that was killed in action. It seems impossible that the war is over after six long horrible years." Pike as a Royal Marine Commando transferred to an American Landing Ship and was one of the first Allied soldiers to set foot on mainland Japan. 27th August 1945. "It was fitting that the fleet anchored as the sun set behind Fujiyama which symbolised the last sunset of the once powerful Japanese Empire beaten to her knees in defeat now." Pike led a small detachment of Commandos to secure one of two forts guarding Sagami Bay. 29th August 1945. "We landed on a small jetty on Fort No 1. A party of Japanese Officers were drawn up and I was approached by a Japanese Naval Lieutenant. He spoke English and his first words were 'welcome to our American friends' at which I informed him curtly that we were British which seem to disconcert him somewhat." The diary concludes with an entry regarding the collection of British POW's. 30th August 1945. "Our duties at Yokosuka were the occupation of the dockyard area, to make an inventory of all supplies... a large body of Japanese troops in the area and be at 'stand to' in case of attempted suicide attacks by disgruntled Japanese. Today I accompanied Lt. Comm. Davis-Goff by car to Ofuna a few miles to the North West of Yokosuka to a prisoner-of-war camp where air force prisoners were imprisoned. On our arrival we were greeted by a large throng of prisoners some in a severe state of emaciation and others looking surprisingly cheerful and healthy. I was later informed that the healthy ones were the "new boys" shot down recent to the war's end." These are the last words of the diary. Pike was recommended to be Mentioned in Despatches for his leadership of the landing party. All midshipman journals in the Royal navy were marked weekly by the ship's captain and the Captain of the Gambia had a lot to say about Pikes's efforts. He is given short shrift when he questions why the Royal Navy was in the Pacific and as a consequence has to write an essay on the Future and Importance of the British Empire! These are the last words of the diary. Also included are his medal group consisting of 1939-45 and Burma star with Pacific clasp, war medal with oak leaves, Africa Service medal, New Zealand medal and Colonial Special Constabulary medal.

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        Land of Unlikeness

      The Cummington Press, (Cummington) 1944 - First edition. Blue printed papercovered boards, lettered in red. Introduction by Allen Tate. Woodcut by Gustav Wolf. Light rubbing to the crown, spine a little faded, with two very small spots, and a small, light smudge on the front board, lacking the original unprinted glassine dustwrapper. A nice, very good copy of a fragile volume, and internally fine. This copy Inscribed by Lowell to Stanley Hyman, important American literary critic, and husband of the novelist Shirley Jackson: "For Stanley Hyman From Robert Lowell With Great Respect." The author's first book. One of 224 copies of a total edition of 250. An important title and a keystone of American poetry. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy]

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        Photograph inscribed

      , 1944. 1944. Signed. ROOSEVELT, Eleanor. Photograph inscribed. Washington, D.C., circa 1941. Vintage gelatin silver print (8 by 10 inches), inscribed on print recto. $2600.Vintage gelatin silver print of Eleanor Roosevelt, circa 1941, an official White House photographic portrait by Bachrach that features the First Lady in a black evening gown, seated before a desk that displays a framed photograph of FDR, inscribed by her in the upper right of print recto, ""To E

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        LS - Maschienenschiftlicher Brief mit eigenhändiger Unterschrift.

      Paris 3.I.1944. 1 Seite gr.-4. Mit gedrucktem Briefkopf. Alexis Carrel (1873-1944), französischer Chirurg, Anatom und Biologe Pionier der Gefäß- und Transplantationschirurgie, Nobelpreisträger (1912). - An seinen Kollegen T. Malachowski in Bellegarde-du-Loiret mit Genesungswünschen sowie über die guten Erfolge seiner "Fondation Française pour l'Etude des Problèmes Humains" trotz der widrigen Umstände."... Je me suis moi-même trouvé assez souffrant, au cours de ces derniers mois, pour devoir prendre un peu de repos.La fondation, cependant, poursuit son effort. Certains de ses travaux vont être publiés incessament, qui feront mieux connaître son activité et les résultats acquis malgré les difficultés de l'heure ."Aus dem Todesjahr.

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