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        Death Comes as the End.

      London: for The Crime Club by Collins,, 1945. Octavo. Original red cloth, titles to spine in black. With the dust jacket. An excellent copy in the jacket with slightly faded spine. First edition, first impression.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        Regards sur la mer. Gravures à l'eau-forte de Paul Baudier

      fequet 1945 - Exemplaire 1 dedicace par paul baudier exemplaire tres rare car enrichi de 4 dessins et d une lithographie tres bel exemplaire [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

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        Jours de Gloire 1/1000 with Picasso engraving

      Paris: D. Lambusier, [] 1945 - No. 774/1000 sur papier Lana, loose as issued in excelent original publisher's wrappers with the publisher's glassine jacket which has a small loss to mid-spine and chipped spine ends.Provenance : Ex Libris Lord Robert Vansittart, dimplomat, with a gift inscritpion to him on the front blank, recognising his service to France. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        THE OPENER OF THE WAY

      Sauk City, Wisconsin: Arkham House, 1945.. Octavo, cloth. First edition. 2065 copies printed. Signed on the front free endpaper by Bloch. The author's first book, preceded by a 40-page booklet printing four stories. Barron (ed), Fantasy and Horror (1999) 4-19. Barron (ed), Horror Literature 3-29. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 209. Tymn (ed), Horror Literature 4-30. A fine copy in fine dust jacket. A very sharp copy. (#152822)

      [Bookseller: L. W. Currey, Inc.]
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        J.D.C. PRIMER

      New York; American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee 1945 - Bound material. 4to. [4], 111 pages. 30 cm. First edition. Primer produced by the research department, containing descriptions and statistical information on JDC programs and countries of operation up to 1945. With a history of the JDC, phases of emergency relief, rehabilitation and reconstruction programs, 'Fight against Extermination' [pgs. 92-111]. Subjects: Jewish refugees - History - 20th century. World War, 1939-1945 - Jews - Rescue. Jewish refugees. American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee - History. American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee. Jews - Rescue. World War (1939-1945) . Jews - Europe - Economic conditions. Jews - Economic conditions. OCLC lists 4 copies (USHMM, Harvard, Brandeis, HUC) , none in New York. Lightly aged; clean and fresh. Very good condition. (HOLO2-123-40) [Attributes: First Edition]

      [Bookseller: Dan Wyman Books, LLC]
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        Captain from Castile

      Boston: Little Brown. 1945. First. First edition stated. Small tear on the spine, else near fine in very good dustwrapper with small nicks and tears and an internal repair. A bestseller which is common in hardcover, but exceptionally scarce in the first edition. Basis for the excellent 1947 film featuring Cesar Romero, Lee J. Cobb, Tyrone Power in the title role, and Jean Peters in her first film. .

      [Bookseller: Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. ABA]
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        BATMAN #29-1945-BICYCLE COVER-DC COMICS-ROBIN-NICE COPY FN/VF

      DC 1945 - This is a great Golden Age book. Don't pass up this opportunity at a very rare item! Ideal for collectors! Condition is Fine/Very Fine. Cover has dust shadow and slight foxing, white pages, rare WW II era book. Condition: FN/VF

      [Bookseller: DTA Collectibles]
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        The Glass Menagerie

      Random House, New York 1945 - First edition. Near fine in good only dustwrapper with an internal tape repair to the front wrap of a large creased tear and a small chip to base of the spine. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Between the Covers-Rare Books, Inc. ABAA]
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        Eigenh. ausgefülltes Schriftstück mit U.

      [Wohl Nürnberg, 1945/46]. - 1 S. Qu.-4to. Eine wohl während des Nürnberger Prozesses von Ribbentrop eigenhändig mit Bleistift ausgefüllte Eidesstattliche Erklärung in deutscher und englischer Sprache mit Angabe seiner Wohnanschrift und dem Zusatz "Irrtum mangels Bürge vorbehalten". – Mit kleinen Läsuren am unteren und Quetschfalten am oberen Rand.

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat INLIBRIS Gilhofer Nfg. GmbH]
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        ABC for soldiers on leave.

      (1945), (29)p. text by Max Schuchart with illustrations in black and white and extra colour by Jos Ruting, decorated wrappers, small oblong, staples, 12,3 x 16,5 cm. ABC for soldiers on leave is specially printed for the allied soldiers. Each letter rhyming texts in handwritten-style and caricature drawings in black and white or red and bronze. This way they can communicate with the Dutch population. "(..) for the benefit of, and as a guide to, all Allied Soldiers (..). 'V is the sign of Victory and Freedom for all nations." Various topics are covered: Amsterdam, Allied soldiers and Dutch women, Hitler and alcohol. Rare WW-II abc.

      [Bookseller: Dik Ramkema]
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        THE RIME OF THE ANCIENT MARINER

      New York: Limited Editions Club, 1945. Hardcover. Minor fading to the spine; tiny nicks to chemise and slipcase. Small university bookplate on the verso of the front free endpaper. Close to Fine in chemise and slipcase and uncommon thus. Edward A. Wilson. Thin quarto (8-1/2" x 11-1/2") bound in full russet ostrich hide, certainly one of the more unusual bindings of the press. Illustrations by Edward A. Wilson hand-colored by Charlize Brakeley. Includes the author's marginal notes. Designed by C. P. Rollins at the Yale University Press. Introduction by John L. Lowes. Copy #1185 of 1500 SIGNED by the illustrator on the colophon page.

      [Bookseller: Charles Agvent]
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        All Hallows' Eve

      London: Faber & Faber, 1945. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. First edition, first printing. Very Good, in Very Good dust jacket. Top edge lightly dust soiled. Jacket shows light edge wear, toning to spine and folds, light soiling, light wrinkling to rear and a small area of light bleeding from the red cloth, mostly visible from the verso. A lovely copy in a much nicer jacket than normally found. Produced during war-time, and elusive in such nice condition.

      [Bookseller: Burnside Rare Books]
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        Les impostures de la poésie

      First edition, one of 14 numbered copies on pur fil, tirage de tête.A good copy. Gallimard Paris 1945 14x19cm broché

      [Bookseller: Librairie Le Feu Follet]
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        David Jacks of Monterey, and Lee L. Jacks, his daughter with a foreword by Donald Bertrand Tresidder

      Stanford University Press, Stanford, CA 1945 - vi, 44p., 10.75x14.25 inches, decorated title page of green Monterey Cypress (with light-offset reflection from ink transfer, looks rather like the shadow of the tree!) foreword, marginal annotation, three tipped-in photo portraits of the subjects, very good first edition limited to 105 copies bound in tan cloth boards decorated with Cypress design and quarter brick-cloth backing and paper title label on spine. Eleven copies located in OCLC as of 2/2017. Account of early California pioneer and his daughter. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Bolerium Books Inc.]
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        Gigi cerca il suo berretto.

      (Milano), Mondadori [1945]. - 4°. 4 nn.Bll. mit teils aufklappbaren Bild-Elementen. Farbig ill. Orig.-Pappbd. (gebräunt und leicht fleckig, HDeckel mit Klebeschild). Band 7 der Originalausgabe. - Insgesamt waren 10 Werke geplant, erschienen sind jedoch nur 7. - Bruno Munari (1907-1998) entwickelte auf der Basis von Kunst eine Methode zur Förderung jeglicher Kreativität. Seine Gebrauchsgegenstände, Spiel- und Buchobjekte, seine Multiples und kunsthandwerklichen Einzelstücke haben im 20. Jahrhundert Design-Geschichte gemacht. Seine Objekte überraschen stets durch ihre Mischung aus Raffinesse und Einfachheit. - Ränder etwas gebräunt, leicht fleckig. Lang it

      [Bookseller: Buch + Kunst + hommagerie Sabine Koitka]
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        The Open Society And Its Enemies. Volume I: The Spell of Plato. Volume II: The High Tide of Prophecy: Hegel, Marx, and the Aftermath. 2 volumes / Bände.

      Routledge, London 1945 - vii, 268; v, 352 S. Orig.-Leinenbände, Band II mit Schutzumschlag. Band I mit dem gedruckten Nachlaß-Exlibris von Isaiah Berlin, dessen Bibliothek im Jahr 2000 als Stiftung an die Jewish National Library in Jerusalem ging, die Dubletten zu ihrem Bestand über ein israelisches Antiquariat verkaufte (Quittung liegt bei). "Written in political exile in New Zealand during the Second World War and first published in two volumes in 1945, Karl Popper`s The Open Society and Its Enemies is one of the most famous and influential books of the twentieth century. Hailed by Bertrand Russell as a ¿vigorous and profound defence of democracy¿, its now legendary attack on the philosophies of Plato, Hegel and Marx prophesied the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe and exposed the fatal flaws of socially engineered political systems" (Routledge). Ein gut erhaltenes Exemplar der seltenen Erstausgabe des Hauptwerks mit bemerkenswerter Provenienz und nur leichten Gebrauchsspuren. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat Rolf Bulang]
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        BLACK BOY; A Record of Childhood and Youth

      London: Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1945. First UK edition. Very good condition in a very good dust jacketl Jacket has modest spotting and fading.. Prenetation copy signed by the author to French Poet Jean Genet; 194 pages.

      [Bookseller: By The Way Books]
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        The Historical Encyclopedia of New Mexico: 2 Volume Set

      New Mexico Historical Association, Albuquerque, New Mexico 1945 - 2vol.set: 2079pp.+index; HBs brwn.emboss w/gilt;color pic.emboss covers; marble foredges; illus.endpapers; rubbed w/some wear on edges&corners; clean,tight pgs. History of New Mexico & bios. "This work is illustrated with appropriate photographs depicting the history, as well as the industries and scenic attractions, panoramic views, street scenes, parks and views of New Mexico industries. Maps of railroads, highways, forest reserves, Indian reservations, geograhical and political divisions of the State, accompanied by indexes to all towns and counties. " Size: 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Xochi's Bookstore & Gallery]
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        World War II American prisoner of war's handwritten memoir-journal and photograph album

      U.S. Army Rhodes General Convalescent Hospital at Utica, New York 1945 - This large 12" x 14" album contains 38 pages filled with text and photographs. Ten pages contain Bourgeois's densely filled, pencil-written memoir-journal describing in detail his combat and prisoner experience Europe during World War Two. Three pages contain military-related sketches, one a tipped in drawing of a comrade lying dead on the ground. The remaining pages contain mostly pre and post war photographs. Two of the photographs show the same image, Bourgeois lying nearly naked in a hospital bed probably taken soon after his liberation. There is also a newspaper clipping, probably saved by his parents, reporting that he was missing in action. The album is soiled and edge-worn. The leaves are brittle and beginning to crumble at the margins. The text is faint but legible. Most of the photographs are in nice shape; one of the hospital photographs, which is glued inside the front cover is badly worn. This is a compelling World War II diary-memoir written by a young infantryman while convalescing after his liberation from Stalag 11B where he had been imprisoned following his capture during the Battle of the Bulge. In it, he describes the horrendous combat he faced since landing at Normandy and the savage treatment and execution of American soldiers at the hands of their German captors. Excerpts include: We crept along hedge row after hedge row . . . and it wasn't long before the Heines started shooting at us. We finally took our objective but no sooner were settling down for the night when we got a counter attack which the jerries were noted for. 88's pounded in on us and all we could do was to stay and take it. . . . There were three left of us in my squad besides the sergeant. The sergeant was later killed by a direct mortar shell. . . . It was my Baptism of Fire. . . My first buddie was killed when we both ducked an incoming 88. He lay no more than six inches away from me. I had spoken to him after the 88, I looked up to finish my sentence but he did not raise his head. There was a large gushing stream of blood coming from the left side of his neck. As fear gripped me, I started to run back, but my sergeant stopped me and bawled me out saying, "only cowards run," and that why the Germans did. And so it went on for days. . . . Then it was August fifth of 44 when we attacked Mountain Hill for which we got a special medal. We took it without difficulty. The Germans let us, for next day when we went up the hill we were quickly surrounded. The Germans were clever and smart. We didn't dare fire for it would give our position away. A few tried to get back thru town. Our Walkie Talkie worked some of the time the first few days. We were desperately low on ammunition. We sent out secret scouting parties constantly. We all stood guard day and night until some of the boys started seeing imaginary Germans in the next hedge row. Six days and five nights we starved on a leaf or two of cabbage and a few green apples-six rabbits which my buddy and I dared go to a nearby farmhouse to get. Medical supplies were shot to us with artillery, but it was smashed and buried too deep in the ground to dig out. The Germans ran out of led so started using wooden bullets but the killed also-desperately and painful. The 11th of August our water gave out. The 12th the second armored division reached us. They had broken thru the German Panzers and SS troopers. We held the German prisoners with us on Mountain Hill. The twelfth when freed we begged our successor for rations, or chocolate which we all carried in our gas masks. Our combat packs also bulged with K rations. We all prayed the next day and it was then I received Holy Communion from our Chaplain who came to the front. . . . Then came the Belgium Bulge. . . . The Thirtieth Division was sent for from where we had been holding in Northern Germany. For three days and nights we rode packed in the back of a truck over Germany's coldest hills. . . . . Snipers got some of the men. . . . We stayed up almost

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        Schwedens Wirtschaftsbeziehungen zum Dritten Reich 1933 – 1945,

      - Sprache: Deutsch Gewicht in Gramm: 700

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat Ehbrecht - Preise inkl. MwSt]
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        Typed Letter signed "John O'Hara", to a Mr. Bennett of Exeter, with remarks on WILLIAM FAULKNER

      New York, 27 East 79th St, 1945. One page on sheet of personal letterhead; with an initialled postscript. 1 vols. Sm. 4to. Very good. One page on sheet of personal letterhead; with an initialled postscript. 1 vols. Sm. 4to. O'Hara on Faulkner. A note of thanks to a recent host in Exeter "for the cheque and for the cutting ... from The Exonian". O'Hara was a long-time admirer of William Faulkner, and, in answer to a query, adds:"About Faulkner, I know that he would like to hear from you. I suspect that he doesn't hear from people very much these days. Last I heard he was not writing but was just running things on the farm. I hope that's not true. I imagine you address him at Oxford, Mississippi, and when you do, say hello for me ... "

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        Den onde Fyrste. Eventyr for Born og Voksne.

      Kopenhagen: Alex Vincent Konstforlag, 1945. 22 S., ill. Gebundene Ausgabe, OPp. Einband etw. berieben/angestoßen/angeschmutzt/gebräunt, Titelei und Nachsatz mit Kleberresten, Seiten altersbedingt leicht gebräunt/fleckig, Seiten 9 und 10 leicht angeschmutzt, Seite 14 leicht angerissen, Seiten 18 bis 21 sind die rechten oberen Ecken abgetrennt, ansonsten gut erh. Versand D: 2,20 EUR

      [Bookseller: Druckwaren Antiquariat GbR]
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        The Bible in Pictures. Figures of the Bible in which almost every history of the Holy Scripture is described. Originally published in Amsterdam 1682 by Nicolaum Visscher. 10-vols set (Complete)

      Jerusalem Publishing Co, Jerusalem 1945 - Quarto (10 3/4 x 7 3/4"). 170 loose prints, as issued. This rare and fascinating Jerusalem edition of Nicolaum Visscher's 1682 "Figures of the Bible" contains 170 colored illustrations on parchment background, each pasted on embossed cardboard ready for framing, and collected in 10 beautiful gold embossed albums. Each album containing pictures from a Book of the Bible, the relevant explanatory verse from the Bible printed on the back of each illustration in four languages: Hebrew, English, French and Spanish. A booklet containing the texts in reduced size is attached to each album. Minor age-toning on covers of albums. Albums in overall good to very good, interior in very good condition. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: ERIC CHAIM KLINE, BOOKSELLER (ABAA ILAB)]
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        Cannery Row

      The Viking Press, New York 1945 - First Edition, second cloth issue authentically SIGNED & INSCRIBED by STEINBECK on the front free endpaper to his friend, Tom Work. This ORIGINAL price clipped dustjacket is rich in color with minor wear to the edges. The book is in great shape with light wear to the boards. The pages are clean with NO writing, marks or bookplates in the book. A lovely SIGNED by the author in collector's condition. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Quintessential Rare Books, LLC]
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        The Psychoanalytic Study of the Child: Volume 1 - 47 (fehlend Bd. 43).

      New York / New Haven, International Universities Press / Quadrangle / Yale University Press, 1945-1992 Gr.8°, ca 400 S., OLwd. m. OU., OU min lädiert, Rücken beschienen, min. gebrauchspurig, minimale Bleistiftanstreichungen, insgesamt gute Exemplare. Fast komplette Reihe dieser wichtigen psychoanalytischen Zeitschrift in 61 Bdn. Mit beiliegendem «Abstracts and Index» in einem Band der Bände 1-26. - 1945 gründeten Anna Freud. Ernst Kris und Heinz Hartmann \"The Psychoanalytic study of the child\". Der erste Band enthielt eine Abrechnung mit Melanie Klein. Versand D: 20,00 EUR Psychologie Zeitschriften Psychoanalyse

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        The Glass Menagerie

      New York: Random House, 1945. First Edition. Hardcover. Like New. First edition. xii, 124pp. Red cloth with gilt lettering on spine, black border. Fine in Near Fine dust jacket, unclipped ($2.00), faint foxing and crease to front panel, very little sunning or wear. Offsetting to rear endpaper and paste down. An uncommonly nice example of the dust jacket.

      [Bookseller: Burnside Rare Books]
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        John Wisden's Cricketers' Almanack for 1945 - 1945 to 1948 Wisden Hardbacks Set of 4

      1945. This lot is a Set of 4 Hardback Wisdens - 1945 1946 1947 and 1948. In Very Good Condition, excellent for their age. 1945 is exceptional. 1946 has fading to spine gilts 1947 and 1948 very good for their age, better than average gilts and internally very sound.

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        Zwei Alben mit Fotos von Shanghai und den gewalttätigen Auseinandersetzungen in China. Circa 400 Originalaufnahmen.

      Shanghai, Um 1925 - 1945? - Sehr interessante Aufnahmen von Walter Kuhr, der in Shanghai die AO (Auslandsorganisation der NSDAP) leitete. Ihm kam der Rang eines Gauleiters zu. - Kuhr dokumentierte die Kämpfe in der Stadt Shanghai zwischen den angreifenden Japanern und den Verteidigern unter der Führung von Chiang Kai Chek. Auf diesen Fotos werden nicht nur die Straßenkämpfe dokumentiert, sondern auch Ausrüstungsmaterial (die 15 cm Haubitzen wurden von Deutschland geliefert). Weiters wird auch das gesellschaftliche Leben anschaulich gemacht, gleicherweise wie die persönlichen Verbindungen. Von den ehemaligen Eignern wurden Fotos entfert bzw. herausgenommen, um vielleicht auch die Verbindung Kuhrs und seine Aktivitäten zu verschleiern. - Einige Fotos lose, Orig. Alben. - Siehe: Hitlers fünfte Kolonne von Voker Koop, be-bra-Verlag. - Unikate.

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        I'm Crazy" in Collier's, December 22, 1945

      The Crowell-Collier Publishing Company 1945 - An issue of Collier's magazine that includes the short story "I'm Crazy" by J.D. Salinger, which is the first appearance of Holden Caulfield in print. 82 p. Folded stapled sheets. Very Good. Mailing label on front cover. Slight roll to spine, a bit of light foxing to front cover. Bottom corner lightly bumped. Salinger would not allow this story, which is an early version of the first two chapters of Catcher in the Rye, to be reprinted. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

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        Der Tod des Vergil

      New York: Pantheon, (1945). Red and black cloth, clippings attached to endpapers, otherwise a fine copy, the scarce dust jacket is split along one fold. Broch's masterpiece, which he began writing while imprisoned and completed after his emigration to the United States, where an English translation was published shortly before this edition. W / G 9.

      [Bookseller: Thomas A. Goldwasser Rare Books]
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        Historia del Condado de Castilla. 3 tomos

      Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas - Madrid 1945 - Encuadernado en plena tela de editor con titulos en dorado en el lomo y sobrecubierta. Ilustrado con laminas fuera de texto y entre textos. Canto superior pintado. Con manchitas de oxido. 1516 paginas. 26x19 cm. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: El Incunable]
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        Far East.

      London: B. T. Batsford Ltd., 1945.. Octavo. Original orange cloth lettered in yellow, top edge stained red. With the dust jacket. Colour frontispiece after a painting by the author, 44 black and white photographs on plate paper, 14 illustrations in the text. Ends and corners a little rubbed, some very faint spotting to edges, but an excellent copy with the jacket faintly spine-tanned and a little rubbed at the ends and corners. First edition, first impression, Beaton's own copy signed "Cecil Beaton His copy - not to be taken away" on the front free endpaper, and accompanied by Beaton's original signed watercolour for the frontispiece. Far East was the photographically illustrated travelogue of the author's journey through India and China during the Second World War, on assignment from the Ministry of Information. This venture followed his previous Ministry-approved travels in the Middle East, which were published as Near East in 1943. The fine finished watercolour was executed by Beaton himself, who was as much an accomplished painter as he was a photographer, and was used for the frontispiece, as well as being published in Vogue. It appears "by Courtesy of Vogue" and is captioned "River Scene, Kweilin" in the book. Original finished paintings by Beaton that were featured in his books are rare.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        CÍSLO 64401 MLUVÍ. PODLE VYPRAVENI ADOLFA BURGRA NAPSALI S. A O. KREJCI

      Praha (Prague), 1945. Original paper wrappers with colorful illustrated dust jacket, 8vo, 83 pages, plus 12 plates of facsimiles and photos of survivors taken by Burger just after liberation, (including one photo of former Sonderkommandos) . Original 1945 edition Adolf Burger

      [Bookseller: Dan Wyman Books LLC]
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        The Unseen (Original poster for the 1945 film)

      Los Angeles: Paramount, 1945. Original US one sheet poster for the 1945 film. Based on the UK novel "Midnight House" by Ethel Lina White, published in the US as "Her Heart in Her Throat." One of a handful of films adapted for the screen by Raymond Chandler. 27.25 x 40.75 inches, linen backed and rolled. Near Fine, professionally restored, with light toning overall but bright, unfaded colors.

      [Bookseller: Royal Books, Inc. ]
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        World War II American prisoner of war's handwritten memoir-journal and photograph album

      U.S. Army Rhodes General Convalescent Hospital at Utica, New York, 1945. This large 12" x 14" album contains 38 pages filled with text and photographs. Ten pages contain Bourgeois's densely filled, pencil-written memoir-journal describing in detail his combat and prisoner experience Europe during World War Two. Three pages contain military-related sketches, one a tipped in drawing of a comrade lying dead on the ground. The remaining pages contain mostly pre and post war photographs. Two of the photographs show the same image, Bourgeois lying nearly naked in a hospital bed probably taken soon after his liberation. There is also a newspaper clipping, probably saved by his parents, reporting that he was missing in action. The album is soiled and edge-worn. The leaves are brittle and beginning to crumble at the margins. The text is faint but legible. Most of the photographs are in nice shape; one of the hospital photographs, which is glued inside the front cover is badly worn. This is a compelling World War II diary-memoir written by a young infantryman while convalescing after his liberation from Stalag 11B where he had been imprisoned following his capture during the Battle of the Bulge. In it, he describes the horrendous combat he faced since landing at Normandy and the savage treatment and execution of American soldiers at the hands of their German captors. Excerpts include: We crept along hedge row after hedge row . . . and it wasn't long before the Heines started shooting at us. We finally took our objective but no sooner were settling down for the night when we got a counter attack which the jerries were noted for. 88's pounded in on us and all we could do was to stay and take it. . . . There were three left of us in my squad besides the sergeant. The sergeant was later killed by a direct mortar shell. . . . It was my Baptism of Fire. . . My first buddie was killed when we both ducked an incoming 88. He lay no more than six inches away from me. I had spoken to him after the 88, I looked up to finish my sentence but he did not raise his head. There was a large gushing stream of blood coming from the left side of his neck. As fear gripped me, I started to run back, but my sergeant stopped me and bawled me out saying, "only cowards run," and that why the Germans did. And so it went on for days. . . . Then it was August fifth of 44 when we attacked Mountain Hill for which we got a special medal. We took it without difficulty. The Germans let us, for next day when we went up the hill we were quickly surrounded. The Germans were clever and smart. We didn't dare fire for it would give our position away. A few tried to get back thru town. Our Walkie Talkie worked some of the time the first few days. We were desperately low on ammunition. We sent out secret scouting parties constantly. We all stood guard day and night until some of the boys started seeing imaginary Germans in the next hedge row. Six days and five nights we starved on a leaf or two of cabbage and a few green apples-six rabbits which my buddy and I dared go to a nearby farmhouse to get. Medical supplies were shot to us with artillery, but it was smashed and buried too deep in the ground to dig out. The Germans ran out of led so started using wooden bullets but the killed also-desperately and painful. The 11th of August our water gave out. The 12th the second armored division reached us. They had broken thru the German Panzers and SS troopers. We held the German prisoners with us on Mountain Hill. The twelfth when freed we begged our successor for rations, or chocolate which we all carried in our gas masks. Our combat packs also bulged with K rations. We all prayed the next day and it was then I received Holy Communion from our Chaplain who came to the front. . . . Then came the Belgium Bulge. . . . The Thirtieth Division was sent for from where we had been holding in Northern Germany. For three days and nights we rode packed in the back of a truck over Germany's coldest hills. . . . . Snipers got some of the men. . . . We stayed up almost all nite again as was the custom of doing before a dawn attack. Dawn broke thru and our artillery barked over our heads onto the town and woods just beyond. Two tanks poured point blank shells on the Germans and they flew towards the woods. Our recon had said there were few Germans there but instead there were thousands. Our two tanks pulled out and left us. The Germans quickly surrounded the town. . . . The Germans brought tanks in and fired point blank at every building killing whoever was within. Closer and closer they came and our only chance was to come out of the one room hut in which we were hiding. The Germans thru hand grenades thru the window and I was wounded in my right hip, my second wound. . . . We came out with our hands up shouting Comrade. The tables were turned on our battalion and those not killed were captured. . . . So we were captured and marched back of the German lines, being questioned about every mile and each time more of our clothing was taken from us. Our feet were frozen. . . . We were tired from no night's sleep, and days of battle and a long ride from the north but we dare not stop in fear the Germans would shoot us. We marched day and nite, eating a small piece of black bread and a bowl of soup with no seasoning each day. . . . When our men fell out they were shot or hit with rifle butts. . . . And so we kept on. . . . The twenty second of Feb. 45, we reached our final camp-Stalag 11B. There we slept on the floor with no heat. . . . Our men and many more Russians were wheeled out in wheelbarrows and buried by the prisoners. Our men were made (to) work very hard clearing bombed towns for the Germans. . . . Some more of our men were killed when made to work on a railroad. . . . The men were going crazy for want of food. . . . Soon I was unable to eat anything. I was carried to a nearby barracks where I was operated on by a French Dr. . . . I had developed several diseases besides being wounded. There was excess flem in my nose, throat and chest. I lay in an improvised cast for over a month with Bronchitis, broncial Pneumonia, the flue, measles and mastoids of both ears. But all of this didn't bother has as much as my foot and leg. . . . I begged the doctor to take my foot off. . . . Everyone had diseases and lice were as big as a pencil led and you wer covered with thousands of them. They drive you crazy. . . . I lay there with one blanket on a straw tick . . . with no clothes to put on until we were finally liberated by the Scottish on April 16, 1945. Bourgeois's personal copy of Work Horse of the Western Front: The Story of the 30th Infantry Division and a full transcript of his diary-memoir are included. Exceptionally scarce. Strong and brutal stuff . . . a side of the war we seldom hear about. Things like this help you understand why Tom Brokaw called these kids, "the Greatest Generation."

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