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        Letter to Raoul Wallenberg and the Official Extract of the Wallenberg Commemoration Gathering of the Jewish Community of Pest on June 21, 1945

      NP, Budapest 1945 - Folio. Unpaginated. [16]pp. Original printed wrappers. Extremely rare document published by the Jewish community of Pest for commemorating Raoul Wallenberg's life saving activities during the Holocaust in Hungary. This work contains an official letter to Wallenberg dated July 2, 1945, and the extract of the commemoration gathering that was held on June 21, 1945. Both documents are in Swedish and Hungarian. In the letter, the leaders of the Jewish community of Pest summarize the Wallenberg commemoration gathering, they express their utmost respect for the Swedish diplomat's tireless deeds in the life saving activities he achieved during the time of the persecution of the Hungarian Jewry. They also inform Wallenberg that a ward in the reconstructed Jewish Central Hospital will be named after him. They end their letter by wishing Wallenberg a healthy, long and successful life, and assuring him of the eternal gratitude of the entire Hungarian Jewry. The letter bears the printed names of Miksa Domonkos*, and Lajos Stöckler**, respectively Administrator and Chairman of the Jewish Community of Pest. The second part of the document is the official extract of the commemoration gathering. This document was sent to Raoul Wallenberg's address (Legationssekreterare, Stockholm) in Sweden as his whereabouts was still unknown at the time.Now we know that at the time this document was issued, Raoul Wallenberg was detained (since January 17, 1945) by Soviet authorities on suspicion of espionage and subsequently disappeared. He was later reported to have died on 17 July 1947 while imprisoned by communist authorities and KGB secret police in the Lubyanka, the KGB headquarters and affiliated prison in Moscow. Heavy foxing and sunning to wrappers. Upper margin of front cover partly creased. Sporadic and moderate foxing and age-toning along paper margin throughout. Text in Swedish and Hungarian. Wrappers in overall fair, interior in good to good+ condition. * On April 7, 1953, early in the morning, Miksa Domonkos, one of the leaders of the Jewish community in Budapest was kidnapped by State Protection Authority (Államvédelmi Hatóság, ÁVH) officials to extract "confessions". Preparations for a show trial started in Budapest in 1953 to prove that Raoul Wallenberg had not been dragged off in 1945 to the Soviet Union but was the victim of cosmopolitan Zionists. For the purposes of this show trial, two more Jewish leaders - László Benedek and Lajos Stöckler** - as well as two would-be "eyewitnesses" - Pál Szalai and Károly Szabó - were arrested and interrogated by torture. The last people to meet Wallenberg in Budapest were Ottó Fleischmann, Károly Szabó, and Pál Szalai, who were invited to a supper at the Swedish Embassy building in Gyopár street on January 12, 1945. The next day, January 13, Wallenberg contacted the Russians. By 1953, Ottó Fleischmann had left Hungary, working as a physician in Vienna. On 8 April, 1953, Károly Szabó was captured on the street and arrested without any legal procedure. His family had no news of him throughout the following six months. A secret trial was conducted against him of which no official record is available to date. After six months of interrogation, the defendants were driven to despair and exhaustion. The idea that the "murderers of Wallenberg" were Budapest Zionists was primarily supported by Hungarian Communist leader (by origins Jewish) Ern Ger , which is shown by a note sent by him to First Secretary Mátyás Rákosi (Jewish too). The show trial was then initiated in Moscow, following Stalin's anti-Zionist campaign. After the death of Stalin and Lavrentiy Beria, the preparations for the trial were stopped and the arrested persons were released. Miksa Domonkos spent a week in hospital and died shortly afterwards at home, mainly due to the torture he had been subject to. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

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        HISTORICAL RECORDS OF THE SURVEY OF INDIA. Volume I. 18th Century

      Survey of India, Dehra Dun 1945 - Maps to endpapers, 19 other plates including folding maps (some coloured and all complete as called for), xx.400pp, 16pp unnumbered index. Original green cloth gilt, the upper board gilt blocked with the badge of the Survey of India, bumping to corners but binding perfectly sound, ex-library with hite numerals to spine and red stamps to front free endpaper and base of title page [Directorate of Military Survey Trig Library with official cancellation stamps], otherwise internally very clean with folded plats neatly folded. The first volume (the first four volumes were published over a 15 year period: they are seldom found together and the fifth volume was suppressed by the Government of India) of the definitive work on the Survey of India and, in this case, earlier cartographers. Surveys are dealt with logically by province and there are informative chapters on surveying instruments. There is a 100pp section of detailed biographies of such important figures in Indian map making as Rennell, Beatson, Dalrymple, Orme, Kelly, Martin, Pearse, Reynolds, Topping, Turner, Wood, and Mackenzie. Chapter V "Beyond the Barriers" deals with early attempts at mapping in the Himalayas, Tibet (a folding map of Ladakh to Lhasa from the Lamas' map of 1733 is included), sources of the Ganges & Gogra, Bogle & Turner, Nepal, Assam, Wels's Expedition 1792-4, Eastern Frontier, Burma. Other chapters include General Narrative, Bengal Surveys (3 chapters, 1579-1777, 1777-94, 1793-1800), Madras Surveys (2 chapters - to 1788 and 1788-1800), Bombay Surveys, Revenue Surveys, Professional Methods of Survey, Maps of India, Maps of Bengal, Maps of Madras & Bombay, Map construction and preservation, The Surveyor Generals, Surveyors. Size: Quarto [30 x 21cm] [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Une route seul soleil.

      Toulouse, Comité national des écrivains, Centre des intellectuels, [1945]. - 15 SS. Bedruckte Originalbroschur. Kl.-8vo. Mit eigenh. Widmung und kleiner Handzeichnung von Blumen an Karin Bergqvist (1924-2012), ab 1950 Gattin des schwedischen Lyrikers und Übersetzers Erik Lindegren (1910-68) und später Leiterin des Stockholmer Moderna Museet: "à Karin Bergkvist / avec l'admiration / de / Tristan Tzara / Paris le 27 Mai 49". - Papierbedingt etwas gebräunt. [Attributes: Signed Copy; Soft Cover]

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        True Glory. WITH: modern DVD of the original

      1945. (WORLD WAR II) KANIN, Garson and REED, Carol. The True Glory. Waterloo: Universal Video, [1945]. Three items. Two 16mm reels in original tins (14 inches in diameter); modern DVD. $2500.Rare original print of the epic Second World War documentary film The True Glory, “an account of the really important men in the campaign— the enlisted soldiers, sailors and airmen” (Eisenhower).This original print of the 1945 Oscar-winning full-length documentary The True Glory, chronicles the campaign to liberate Europe, covering everything from the Allied D-Day invasion of Normandy to the fall of Berlin, including the unsuccessful “Operation Market Garden”— the failed northern thrust into Holland in the fall of 1944. A segment on pre-invasion preparations focuses on work in munitions and heavy equipment plants. British filmmaker Carol Reed and American playwright Garson Kanin assembled The True Glory from more than 10 million feet of actual footage captured by over 1,400 cameramen from a dozen countries. The film opens with an introduction by Dwight D. Eisenhower: “As far as possible [this] is an account of the really important men in the campaign— the enlisted soldiers, sailors and airmen that fought through every obstacle to victory.” The principal narrative, delivered by Robert Harris and Peter Ustinov, is punctuated with the voices of actual servicemen, who give their own first-hand accounts of events—making the viewing of this film an especially poignant experience. The accompanying DVD was produced in 2009 by the British Imperial War Museum. This original print of The True Glory belonged to Belgian architect Hugo van Kuyck, who during the war was responsible for aerial photographs of the proposed D-Day landing areas, using colored lenses that revealed the underwater contours of the beaches (which differed from the prevailing British hydrographic maps of the English Channel). An accompanying photocopy of a letter by former General Arthur G. Trudeau documents van KuyckÂ’s critical observation: “The French data had never been checked before, and when you consider that the beaches we were to land on in France had a very flat slope, and the difference between high and low tide sometimes made a difference of about a mile and a half between the actual shore line,Â…it could have been very, very embarrassing if this hadnÂ’t been found out, because there would have been many more ships that would have foundered or gotten hung up.”Film still very flexible and well preserved, DVD unopened. A very desirable masterpiece of documentary filming.

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        Barreaux

      First edition, published under the pseudonym Robert Chénier, one of 330 numbered copies on Arches paper, the only printing after 25 on Japan and 70 on Marais paper.Elegant contemporary black gauffered leather by J. Anthoine-Legrain, small repairs to joints, covers with gilt fillet and blindruled fillet patterns and small squares making up the bars of a prison cell, a verse from this collection of poems in gilt letters to top of upper cover, "Et nos barreaux, seigneur, ne cachent pas le ciel [And our bars, Lord, cannot hide the sky]", moiré-effect paper endpapers and pastedowns, covers and spine preserved, top edge gilt. Slipcase edged in black gauffered leather, black paper boards.A very good copy in a charming binding by J. Anthoine-Legrain. Edition de minuit et demi Paris 1945 13,5x21,5cm relié

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        CRIMES HITLÉRIENS: GRAND PALAIS, EXPOSITION

      [Paris; None Listed], 1945. Original Wraps. 4to. [32] pages. 27 cm. First edition. In French. Catalogue of the Exposition Crimes hitlériens. Page [2] contains color reproduction of lithograph poster 'S. S. Crimes Hitlériens' exhibition in Paris at the Grand-Palais, which was originally held from June 10 until July 31, 1945. Committee of honor includes Mitterand; organizing committee includes Coste-Floret, Boissieu, Webel, Paoli, Herst, Billiet. Page [3] includes plan and legend for lay out of the exposition. Complete illustrated throughout, in red and black ink. Includes many gruesome photos of the fate met by members of the French Resistance throughout France, photographs from the Struthof Camp, tallies of deportations of French Jews, tallies of the numbers of forced laborers from France, etc. In June 1945, the French government sponsored a huge exhibition, filling twenty-nine rooms of the Grand Palais, entitled 'Hitler's Crimes'. One of the rooms was devoted, according to the catalogue, to 'The Jews'. It presented a chronology of the internment of Jews in the French Camps of Pithiviers, Beuane-la-Rolande, and Drancy, in the occupied zone, and at Gurs in Southwestern France under the rule of Vichy. It also gave a tally of deportations from Drancy to Germany: 62, 608. Subjects: World War, 1939-1945-Atrocities-Exhibitions World War, 1939-1945-France-Exhibitions France-History-German occupation, 1940-1945-Exhibitions. OCLC lists 6 copies. Some wear and staining to wraps. Closed tears, tape repairs and pen markings. Interior clean and fresh. Good condition. Scarce. (HOLO2-118-28A)

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        California.

      Monterey, CA. Jo Mora Publications. 1945. Color pictographic / pictorial map poster, map 24 3/8 x 18 5/16 inches on sheet 25 x 19 inches. Professionally conserved with paper backing, very good condition. Jo Mora is perhaps the best known and well loved of all the pictorial map makers of the early and mid twentieth century. Mora experimented with printing this map on different types of paper; a few maps were printed on this tan paper before Mora settled on the glossy white paper which is the more common paper for these 1945 maps. This lively and informative map of California has place names, mountains, railroads etc marked and named, with small cartoon-like pictures (pictographs) to indicate the main attractions eg. a movie being made with a couple embracing for Hollywood, a football player for the University of California at Berkeley, and grapes and winemaking at various locations including San Bernadino and Fresno. At the upper right where Nevada would be on the map, there are pictures depicting various aspects of California life and history - all done with a great sense of humor. The frieze starts with "California's Melting Pot" depicting the people of California from historical figures (Sir Francis Drake) to the people of modern California (ending with G.I. Joes and Football Heroes). Below that is "California Transportation Throughout the Ages" from Early Spanish Caravels to "Our state-wide highway system is a mecca for tourists." In the ocean are inset pictures of the Golden Gate Bridge and S.F. Oakland Bay Bridge, and a section of 20 small images of the missions of California.

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        Machines for Selling

      1945. First Edition . THE KAWNEER COMPANY. Machines for Selling. Niles, Michigan: Kawneer Company, circa 1948. Large, oblong folio (18 by 24 inches), original blue paper wrappers, original morocco portfolio with snap tab. $2500.First edition of this early guide to modernist architecture and design for retail, profusely illustrated with drawings and diagrams.""In the early 1940s, the Kawneer storefront company invited architects Ketchum, Gina & Sharp to remodel a full block of old commercial buildings along main street in Niles, Michigan, home of the company's plant; this new architectural firm was not ashamed to incorporate bold graphics. Store after store received the open-front treatment in the firms 1944 proposalÂ… Most of the storefront designs suggested a first story composed entirely of glass, with either a side wall or ceiling plane projecting beyond this glazing, like freestanding panels, out over the sidewalk. Free-floating display cases, some as low as coffee tables, rested in the void between the sidewalk and entrance. New wall sign lettering, significantly larger than the old and displaying great variety from business to business, announced the purpose of this design approach: to be accessible, appealing, and profitable. These were machines for selling, as the Kawneer ads for that year trumpeted. In 1948, Ketchum had produced enough work to publish a book that included his many drawings for proposed stores that emphasized large, recessed lobbies and angled sign panelsÂ… Ketchum's storefront designs, including his love for creative lettering and graphics carefully integrated with the design wholeÂ… enjoyed constant media exposure"" (Treu, Signs, Streets, and Storefronts: A History of Architecture and Graphics Along America's Commercial Corridors, 165). Machines for Selling includes tabbed sections on Drugs, Foods, Jewelry, Furniture, Hardware and Appliances, Women's Apparel, Men's Clothing, Shoes, Variety Stores, Restaurants, Service Stores, Sporting Goods, Theatres, Flowers, and Candies. Stamp of the Buffalo Plate & Window Glass Corp on front wrapper.Interior fine, mild toning and wear to fragile paper wrappers, wrappers separating from original portfolio; portfolio with rubbing and soiling. An extremely good copy.

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        Soviet propanda poster - Great Patriotic War, TASS, 1945.

      Soviet propanda poster - TO THE HEROES OF THE SKY!Template painted poster (nr. TASS 1288) after the design by A. Plotnov, made in (August?) 1945.Officers watching air display and parachute landings?Glory to the masters of the high sky,To the brave commanders of military exploits:To the valiant pilots, Stalin?s falconsTo the proud heroes, to the soldierconquerors.?'Author: A. Zharov. Artist: A. Plotnov. Dimensions: 159 x 86,5 cm.The major role in Soviet poster art in the war was played by the TASS Windows. They were large, brightly coloured, hand-painted posters, stencilled and produced in runs of up to 1000 copies. They usually were accompanied by a didactic text or often quite lengthy poem. They were the direct descendants of the comparable ROSTA Windows of the Civil War period, so-called because they were displayed in the empty shop-windows of that period. Like ROSTA, TASS was the official Soviet telegraphic agency of the day, and the purpose of the association of this propaganda effort with the agency was both to provide a continuing visual chronicle of the war and to respond immediately, often within hours to the latest telegrams of TASS. M M Chermnykh, who had initiated the ROSTA Windows, also took the lead in the 1941 project. On 24 June the organisational committee of the Union of Soviet Artists established the TASS Window collective and the first poster appeared already on 27 June 1941. The Windows were numbered through to no. 1485 in June 1945. About 1250 were made in the original manner with stencils during the war itself.The theme and the text of each TASS Window were agreed with the leader of the collective, and ultimately with the agreement of TASS. TASS was the official news agency for dissemination of Soviet news abroad and for reception of news from abroad and consequently was strictly controlled by the Party. Most posters were completed and reproduced within 24 hours, the team working in three shifts. After the artist had completed the drawing and painting of the illustration, the poster was cut up into sections and stencils were cut out appropriate to each colour used in the composition. The most elaborate posters used up to 60 stencils. The stencils were then passed to the copy room where each section was copied on a lithographic machine in waterproof oil colours, initially in very few copies but eventually in up to 1000 copies. When all the colours had been applied to each stencilled section, they had to be glued together to make the completed poster and the text was added in a separate operation.The Hallward Library of the University of Nottingham holds a large collection of TASS Posters. For more information, the collection is described in detail here.Price: ?3.000,- (incl. frame, excl. VAT/BTW).

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        Gloria: Ozalid Manuscript

      1945. Signed. STRAVINSKY, Igor. Gloria [from the Mass]. [No place: Copyright 1945 by Igor Stravinsky]. Quarto, eleven leaves of ozalid manuscript. $2500.Pre-publication ozalid (printed) manuscript score of StravinskyÂ’s Gloria, the second movement of the composerÂ’s Mass. Signed and inscribed by Stravinsky to French composer Marcelle de Manziarly: “Pour Marcelle de Manziarly avec mes fidèles pensées. I. Stravinsky, 10 Sept. 1945.Sometime around 1942, after coming across a few Mozart masses in a second-hand music store in Los Angeles, Stravinsky began to contemplate the idea of writing such a work himself. “As I played through these rococo-operatic sweets-of-sin,” Stravinsky wrote, “I knew I had to write a Mass of my own, but a real one” (White, 407). By a “real one,” Stravinsky meant a Roman Catholic Mass that could be used liturgically. The first two movements, Kyrie and Gloria, were written in 1944. The remaining three, Credo, Sanctus, and Agnus Dei were composed in 1947 and 1948. The first performance was given at La Scala in Milan, October 1948. Although the full score was first published by Boosey & Hawkes in 1948, this ozalid manuscript was prepared much earlier, circa 1945. (The ozalid printing process is a method of copying page proofs from paper or film, or in this case, the fair copy of StravinskyÂ’s manuscript score.). See De Lerma M1. Marcelle de Manziarly (1899-1989), to whom Stravinsky has inscribed this copy, is best known for her Sonate pour Notre-Dame de Paris, an orchestral piece inspired by the liberation of the French capital in 1944.Fine condition.

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        Le Serpent dans la Galere.

      Curt Valentin, New York 1945 - Limited to 65 copies on Marais paper, this is # 60 SIGNED by Georges Duthuit on the limitation page. Loosely laid in is a lithograph SIGNED by the artist, D'Andre Masson. Original buckram backed boards with spine lettering in gilt and an artistic depiction of a serpent on the front panel. The spine ends are bumped and rubbed, and both the front and rear panels have some soiling. The lilthograph is soiled on the margins and there is some wrinkling on the corners. Text is in French; 13 full page black and white artist drawings and several other textual illustrations. Overall, very good. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

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        Proclamation

      1945. Signed. TRUMAN, Harry. A Proclamation. Washington, D.C., May 8, 1945. Large official broadside (11 by 16 inches). $25,000.Large elaborate signed three-color broadside of President Truman’s proclamation upon the Nazi surrender to the allied forces, praising the armed forces and designating a day of prayer to offer “joyful thanks to God for the victory we have won and to pray that He will… guide us into the ways of peace.” Handsomely set in Gothic type and boldly signed in ink “Harry Truman.”“On the day before Hitler’s suicide, all German troops in Italy laid down their arms. On May 4th, German forces in Holland, Denmark and northwest Germany surrendered to British Field Marshall Montgomery. On the 6th, Donitz authorized General Alfred Jodl to ‘conclude an armistice agreement’ with General Eisenhower. The Germans wanted a separate peace with the allied troops in the West in order to continue their battle with the Russians in the East. Eisenhower would have none of it. He ordered the Germans to surrender unconditionally the next day. The Germans acquiesced, signing the surrender document on May 7th… The cessation of fighting took effect at 11:01 P.M. on May 8th” (Georges Blond). In this triumphal proclamation President Truman gives special praise to the armed forces: “The Allied armies, through sacrifice and devotion and with God’s help, have wrung from Germany a final and unconditional surrender. The western world has been freed of the evil forces which for five years and longer have imprisoned the bodies and broken the lives of millions upon millions of free-born men. They have violated their churches, destroyed their homes, corrupted their children, and murdered their loved ones. Our Armies of Liberation have restored freedom to these suffering peoples, whose spirit and will the oppressors could never enslave.” Truman read this proclamation at a news conference held in his office at the White House on Tuesday, May 8, 1945. Before reading, he remarked: “This is a solemn but glorious hour. General Eisenhower informs me that the forces of Germany have surrendered to the United Nations. The flags of freedom fly all over Europe.” Set handsomely in two columns of Gothic type, with large gilt initial letter and red and blue paragraph letters, this elegant broadside commemorates one of history’s greatest military victories. Without lozenge bearing the seal; with scarce red, white and blue ribbon used to tie the document when rolled. Fine condition.

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        Phtos of the Suez Canal Area and British Soldiers at the end of WWII.

      Egypt, 1944/1945. - 65 photos. 170 x 240 mm to 106 x 60 mm. No captions or others identifying marks on the photos or in the album. Several photographs removed. Black oblong album. Later twine tie. Egyptian motif on covers (camel, pyramid, palm trees). 4to. With a menu for the 1944 Christmas Dinner of the 111 Maintenance Unit of the Royal Air Force. Several photos show military personnel, probably from this unit, including one photo of what appears to be a whole unit standing at attention in front of one-story military buildings. There are also a number of photos of Egyptians. There is a photo of the top portion of the front page of the August 1945 issue of the "Egyptian Mail" which reported the Japanese Surrender to end World War II.

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        Naked City

      1945. First Edition . WEEGEE. Naked City. New York: Essential Books, (1945). Octavo, original light brown cloth, photographic front endpapers, original dust jacket. $4500.First edition of Weegee’s “photobook masterpiece” (Parr & Badger), profusely illustrated with 239 powerful, gritty black-and-white photogravures documenting pleasures and pain, life and death in mid-1940s New York City, in scarce first-issue dust jacket.Polish-born Arthur Felig, who immigrated to the United States in 1910 and taught himself photography, was dubbed ""Ouija"" by New York City cops in the 1930s for his uncanny ability to appear at crime scenes before the police did. A tabloid-news photographer for the Daily News, Herald Tribune and Post, Weegee in many ways created his own legend—""that of the cigar-chomping sensationalist paparazzo."" With the over 200 vivid photogravures assembled in Naked City, Weegee created a ""photobook masterpiece… one of the great documentary photobooks… His Naked City is essentially a nocturnal book, to be put alongside Brassaï and Brandt… Beneath its Rabelaisian tough-guy exterior, this is a book with heart"" (Parr & Badger I:145). When Naked City was adapted to the screen, Weegee ""went to Hollywood to make several short films and to act in others. But he is best remembered as the chronicler of a particular place and time: New York City in the first half of the 20th century"" (Roth, 118). As Earl Wilson put it, ""Weegee is an O. Henry with a camera."" First edition, first issue; first-issue dust jacket, with $4.00 price on front flap. Icons of Photography, 94. Open Book, 142-43. Book fine, original dust jacket expertly restored. A most desirable copy of a most significant American photobook.

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        Proclamation

      1945. Signed. TRUMAN, Harry. A Proclamation. Washington, D.C., May 8, 1945. Large official broadside (11 by 16 inches). Beautifully silk matted and framed, entire piece measures 27 by 21 inches. $25,000.Large elaborate signed three-color broadside of President Truman’s proclamation upon the Nazi surrender to the allied forces, praising the armed forces and designating a day of prayer to offer “joyful thanks to God for the victory we have won and to pray that He will… guide us into the ways of peace.” Handsomely set in Gothic type and boldly signed in ink “Harry Truman.”""On the day before Hitler's suicide, all German troops in Italy laid down their arms. On May 4th, German forces in Holland, Denmark and northwest Germany surrendered to British Field Marshall Montgomery. On the 6th, Donitz authorized General Alfred Jodl to 'conclude an armistice agreement' with General Eisenhower. The Germans wanted a separate peace with the allied troops in the West in order to continue their battle with the Russians in the East. Eisenhower would have none of it. He ordered the Germans to surrender unconditionally the next day. The Germans acquiesced, signing the surrender document on May 7th… The cessation of fighting took effect at 11:01 P.M. on May 8th"" (Georges Blond). In this triumphal proclamation President Truman gives special praise to the armed forces: ""The Allied armies, through sacrifice and devotion and with God's help, have wrung from Germany a final and unconditional surrender. The western world has been freed of the evil forces which for five years and longer have imprisoned the bodies and broken the lives of millions upon millions of free-born men. They have violated their churches, destroyed their homes, corrupted their children, and murdered their loved ones. Our Armies of Liberation have restored freedom to these suffering peoples, whose spirit and will the oppressors could never enslave."" Truman read this proclamation at a news conference held in his office at the White House on Tuesday, May 8, 1945. Before reading, he remarked: ""This is a solemn but glorious hour. General Eisenhower informs me that the forces of Germany have surrendered to the United Nations. The flags of freedom fly all over Europe."" Set handsomely in two columns of Gothic type, with large gilt initial letter and red and blue paragraph letters, this elegant broadside commemorates one of history's greatest military victories. Without lozenge bearing the seal and without scarce red, white and blue ribbon used to tie the document when rolled. Faintest toning along left and upper edges. Fine condition.

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        Lettere di Giacomo Ulivi

      L'Uomo Libero, Parma 1945 - 8

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        Chants secrets

      First edition printed in 400 numbered copies on pur fil and reserved to the subscribers.Cover illustrated with a lithograph by E. Picq.Small stains to covers, endpaper very slightly faded, otherwise a rare and good copy. Marc Barbezat Lyon 1945 19,5x28,5cm broché

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        Poèmes

      - Aux éditions du grand chêne & Henri Kaeser, Lausanne 1945, 14x19,5cm, relié. - Edizione collettiva originale stampata in 2000 copie numerate su pergamena. Associazione a bradel metà marina Marocco, colonna vertebrale liscio, quando la coda d'oro, piatti di carta fatta a mano, coperte conservati, testa dorata, vincolante firmato il workshop Boichot. Autograph firmata e datata 1947 dall'autore completa con un disegno di un giovane uomo di profilo. Nizza copia piacevolmente stabilito. - [FRENCH VERSION FOLLOWS] Edition originale collective imprimée à 2000 exemplaires numérotés sur vélin. Reliure à la bradel en demi maroquin marine, dos lisse, date dorée en queue, plats de papier à la cuve, couvertures conservées, tête dorée, reliure signée de l'atelier Boichot. Envoi autographe signé et daté de 1947 de l'auteur agrémenté d'un dessin représentant un jeune homme de profil. Bel exemplaire agréablement établi.

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        Brûlant secret

      First edition in French, one of 26 numbered copies on Arches paper, this copy justified "Arches", the tirage de tête after 12 on Montval.Half red morocco over marbled paper boards by P. Goy & C. Vilaine, spine in six compartments, brown paper endpapers and pastedowns, ccovers and spine preserved.A very good copy with good margins and nicely bound. Grasset Paris 1945 13x21cm broché

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        Bolts of Melody

      New York: Harper, 1945. First. hardcover. fine. New Poems. Edited by Mabel Loomis Todd & Millicent Todd Bingham. 8vo, handsomely rebound in lovely full pale blue morocco, brown leather spine labels. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1945. First Edition. Fine.

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        Antwerp V1 and V2 Attack. Fall of Shot on Arrondissement of Antwerp from 7 Oct 44 to 30 March 45.

      ?Antwerp: 1945 - Lithographically printed map on 2 sheets (each 720 × 1023 mm) of thin paper-stock, outline and missile hits hand-coloured. Just a little used, light creases from old folds, one sheet with a split along the median fold, now professionally repaired, residual adhesive staining from old cellophane tape repair, pale toning, very good. Remarkable graphic representation of the employment of German rocketry in the intense, last-ditch defence of the key port of Antwerp during the Allied invasion of Europe. Large-scale (1:40,000) map showing Vengeance Weapon attacks on the city, locating the impact sites for the V1s and V2s that fell during the six month period, recorded by type and as "landfall only" or "causing incident". Annotated at a later date by a British officer who served in the city during the period; "Antwerp was hit by 1675 V2s, London 518, England 1115; 26 fell on Antwerp on one day, twice, Dec 23 & 26 1944. (Crossbow-Overcast by McGovern Hutchins, p.264)". In his history of The Second World War, Churchill offers more complete figures; "German records show that by the end of the war Antwerp had been the target for 8,696 flying bombs and 1,610 rockets. 5960 of all of these fell within eight miles of the city centre, and between them they killed 3,470 Belgian citizens and 682 Allied Service-men", remarking that "the people of Belgium bore this senseless bombardment in a spirit equal to our own" (VI, p.49) Extremely uncommon, just two copies traced - IWM and University of Antwerp. The map is accompanied by a later seven-page account - oddly part manuscript, part photocopy - of a British RAOC officer's account of his services with 7 Base Sub Area under Gen. Neil McMicking, establishing logistical services from the D-Day landings, through Caen and Le Havre to Antwerp, including some hair-raising anecdotes. Imposing and highly unusual.

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        Le parti pris des choses

      Second edition, one of 525 numbered copies on châtaignier paper.Publisher's paper boards with an original design by Paul Bonet.Spine slightly sunned.Rare. Gallimard Paris 1945 13,5x19cm reliure de l'éditeur

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        Paris relief - Histoire de Paris des origines à nos joeur

      Paris, Edition Chantecler, 1945, Ganzleineneinband, 80 Seiten, 8 ganzseitige Farbtafeln, 100 Bilder, mit Brille, AUFLAGE 500, Bild 7 durch Fotokopie ersetzt, Bilder 25, 29, 43 gebräunt, Einband fleckig, Rücken unter Verwendung des alten Einbandes repariert, Zustand 2- (P124A) (P124A)

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        Paris relief - Histoire de Paris des origines à nos joeur,

       1945. Paris, Edition Chantecler, 1945, Ganzleineneinband, 80 Seiten, 8 ganzseitige Farbtafeln, 100 Bilder, mit Brille, AUFLAGE 500, Bild 7 durch Fotokopie ersetzt, Bilder 25, 29, 43 gebräunt, Einband fleckig, Rücken unter Verwendung des alten Einbandes repariert, Zustand 2- (P124A) (P124A) Versand D: 6,00 EUR

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        Paris relief - Histoire de Paris des origines à nos joeur

      Paris, Edition Chantecler, 1945, Gebundene Ausgabe, Ganzleineneinband, 80 Seiten, 8 ganzseitige Farbtafeln, 100 Bilder, mit Brille, Stadtplan als Beilage, AUFLAGE 500, Einband etwas verfärbt, Gelenk zur Schauseite hin aufgeplatzt, Bindung gelockert, Zustand 3 (P58) (P58)

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        Paris relief - Histoire de Paris des origines à nos joeur,

       1945. Paris, Edition Chantecler, 1945, Gebundene Ausgabe, Ganzleineneinband, 80 Seiten, 8 ganzseitige Farbtafeln, 100 Bilder, mit Brille, Stadtplan als Beilage, AUFLAGE 500, Einband etwas verfärbt, Gelenk zur Schauseite hin aufgeplatzt, Bindung gelockert, Zustand 3 (P58) (P58) Versand D: 6,00 EUR

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        Le sursis - Les chemins de la liberté II

      Later edition.Half maroon morocco over marbled paper boards by Goy & Vilaine, spine in six compartments, gilt date to spine, marbled endpapers and pastedowns, top edge gilt, covers and spine preserved. Autograph inscription signed by Jean-Paul Sartre to Geneviève Calliat. Gallimard Paris 1945 13x20,5cm relié

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        Black and white photo signed by three Hiroshima mission pilots

      n.p., n.d.. 10" x 8". "A spectacular black and white glossy photo of Hiroshima after the bombing on August 6, 1945, 10"" x 8"". Boldly signed and inscribed by three of the significant pilots from the event, in black ink, George W. Marquardt, as ""Gge Marquardt / Pilot #91 ""Necessary Evil"", in blue ink, Paul Tibbets as ""Paul Tibbets / Pilot ""Enola Gay"", and in blue ink, Major Charles W. Sweeney as ""Charles Sweeney / Pilot ""The Great Artiste"". Near fine condition.An incredible three times signed iconic photo of the devastation created after the release of ""Little Boy"", the atomic bomb carried on board the Enola Gay, which targeted Hiroshima, piloted by Colonel Paul Tibbets. The explosion wiped out 90 percent of the city and immediately killed 80,000 people; tens of thousands more would later die of radiation exposure. Three days later, Major Charles W. Sweeney was to command the mission carrying the second A-Bomb, ""Fat Man"" to Kokura in his plane The Great Artiste. But The Great Artiste was still outfitted with scientific gear left over from being the support plane for the Hiroshima mission and there wasn't time to outfit it to carry Fat Man. So Sweeney and his crew took over Captain Frederick C. Bock, Jr.'s plane ""Bock's Car"", while Bock's crew switched to ""The Great Artiste"". Difficult weather conditions resulted in the ""Fat Man"", being dropped on Nagasaki, killing an estimated 40,000 people. ""Necessary Evil"", referred to as Plane #91 and piloted by Marquardt, was assigned as a camera plane to photograph the explosion and effects of the bomb and to carry scientific observers.The Hiroshima mission may have gone without a hitch, but Nagasaki's mission was riddled with complications. The details of the two events could not be more bifurcated. From the beginning, the mission that resulted in the atomic bombing of Hiroshima overshadowed Nagasaki. When a second mission was approved, Kokura was the primary target and Nagasaki was the secondary target.The Hiroshima mission went off smoothly, the flight was uneventful, the weather cooperated, and at 8:15 A.M., bombardier Major Thomas W. Ferebee released Little Boy. The Enola Gay landed uneventfully at Tinian. The crew was greeted by an excited crowd. Pilot Paul W. Tibbets, Jr. was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross by General Spaatz. Following the ceremony the fliers were feted at a star-studded debriefing where General LeMay told the men, ""Kids, go eat, take a good shower, and sleep as much as you want!""The Nagasaki mission couldn't have been more different. Originally scheduled for August 11, 1945, the mission was advanced to August 9 due to weather concerns. That day, when one would have expected all attention to be focused on the Nagasaki strike, yet another ceremony took place to honor Tibbets and the crew of the Enola Gay.There was some confusion at the outset of the Nagasaki mission. Major Charles W. Sweeney was to command the mission in his plane ""The Great Artiste"". But ""The Great Artist"" was still outfitted with scientific gear left over from being the support plane for the Hiroshima mission and there wasn't time to outfit it to carry ""Fat Man"". So Sweeney and his crew took over Captain Frederick C. Bock, Jr.'s plane Bock's Car, while Bock's crew switched to The Great Artiste.Fat Man was aptly named. Bock's Car was overloaded by the heavy bomb. The plane lumbered down the runway. Everyone on Tinian had seen B-29s overloaded with mines and explosives crash and explode at the end of the runway when just one engine failed. The crew must have been holding their breadth watching the plane loaded with the bomb finally lift off. Sweeney and his crew were under orders to only bomb visually. When they got to Kokura they found the haze and smoke obscuring the city as well as the large ammunition arsenal that was the reason for targeting the city. They made three unsuccessful passes, wasting more fuel, while anti-aircraft fire zeroed in on them and Japanese fighter planes began to climb toward them. The B-29s broke off and headed for Nagasaki. However, because the city was built in hilly, almost mountainous terrain, it was a much more difficult target than Hiroshima. Clouds covered Nagasaki when ""Bock's Car"" arrived. Contrary to orders, weaponeer Ashworth determined to make the drop by radar if they had to due to their short fuel supply. At the last minute a small window in the clouds opened and bombardier Captain Kermit K. Beehan made the drop at 10:58 A.M., Nagasaki time. ""Fat Man"" exploded at 1,840 feet above Nagasaki and approximately 500 feet south of the Mitsubishi Steel and Armament Works with an estimated force of 22,000 tons of TNT. Unlike Hiroshima, there was no firestorm at Nagasaki. Despite this, the blast was more destructive to the immediate area, due to the topography and the greater power of Fat Man. The crew of Bock's Car should have felt some release from tension, but they had only 300 gallons of fuel remaining—not enough to get them back to Tinian, and perhaps not even to Okinawa. Sweeney had his radio operator, Sergeant Abe M. Spitzer, contact the air-sea rescue teams to alert them to the possibility of ditching. There was no answer. The rescue teams had shut down, apparently deciding Bock's Car had long returned to Tinian. When they reached Okinawa, repeated attempts to raise the tower for landing instructions went unanswered. Sweeney watched other planes taking off and landing, but knew he didn't have enough gas for protracted circling. He set off flares and finally somebody on the ground noticed. Bock's Car landed at two P.M. local time. The number two engine ran out of fuel while they were on the runway.They had a total of seven gallons of fuel left. No one was on hand to greet them. There was no ceremony. No one had even thought to have food ready for the famished crews who hadn't eaten in almost twenty-four hours.An incredible photo signed by three significant pilots from the Hiroshima mission, a very thought provoking time in history. To this day it still begs the question regarding how this event should have, or could have been handled. However, the intended result was achieved after the second bombing, and Japan announced its surrender to the Allies on August 15, six days after the bombing of Nagasaki ."

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        A l'amitié

      1945. - Paris 1945, 18x21,5cm, broché. - Prima disegnare illustrazioni di André Warnod, una delle 625 copie numerate su Johannot. autografo preziosa firmata e datata da Francesco Carco al suo amico pittore André MONTMARTROIS Dignimont: "In un primo momento Dig" Grand Meaulnes "in memoria di Alain Fournier, molto affettuosamente. La nostra copia è arricchita con una precisione scritto a mano Francesco Carco, che ha aggiunto il nome di Guillaume Apollinaire alla lista dei poeti che hanno dedicato questa poesia. Bella copia. - [FRENCH VERSION FOLLOWS] Premier tirage des illustrations d'André Warnod, un des 625 exemplaires numérotés sur Johannot. Précieux envoi autographe daté et signé de Francis Carco à son ami le peintre montmartrois André Dignimont : "Au cher Dig du "Grand Meaulnes" en souvenir d'Alain Fournier, très affectueusement. Notre exemplaire est enrichi d'une précision manuscrite de Francis Carco qui a ajouté le nom de Guillaume Apollinaire à la liste des poètes à qui est dédié ce poème. Bel exemplaire.

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        und zeugen von einem stolzen Geschlecht.

      Oslo, 1945 - 150 S. Gut erhalten. Einband randig gebräunt und braunfleckig, Ecken bestoßen und aufgeplatzt, untere Rückenkante mit kleinen Einrissen, Kanten etwas bestoßen. Schnitt gebräunt, Vorsätze etwas fleckig. Widmung a. V. überklebt, nachträglich eingeklebter Titel a. Schmutztitelblatt. Sprache: Deutsch Gewicht in Gramm: 395

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        Animal Farm. A Fairy Story.

      London: Secker and Warburg, 1945. FIRST EDITION. Octavo, pp.92. Elegantly bound in green full morocco, spine gilt-lettered in six compartments with raised bands, top edge gilt, section of blank leaves bound in to give the book a more pleasing thickness, marbled endpapers, original spine bound in. A fine copy in an attractive recent leather binding. Orwell's magnificent allegorical novella is one of the most famous satires in the English language and was included among Britannica's Great Books of the Western World. Winner of the 1946 'Hugo' Award [Fantasy Achievement Award] (Best Novella category).

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        Thalassa dans le désert

      - Fontaine, Paris 1945, 11,5x14cm, broché. - Prima edizione, uno degli ex Archi numerate 25, la nostra ingiustificata, testina di stampa. Modello Mario Prassinos basa su una composizione originale di Max Ernst. Incollato un piccolo strappo nel piede posteriore, macchie marginali luce sulla seconda, piacevole stato interiore piatto. Rare. - [FRENCH VERSION FOLLOWS] Edition originale, un des 25 ex numérotés Arches, le nôtre non justifié, tirage de tête. Maquette de Mario Prassinos d'après une composition originale de Max Ernst. Une petite déchirure recollée en pied du dos, légères piqûres marginales sur le deuxième plat, agréable état intérieur. Rare.

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        Animal Farm A Fairy Story

      London: Secker and Warburg, 1945.. FIRST EDITION. Octavo, pp.92. Elegantly bound in green full morocco, spine gilt-lettered in six compartments with raised bands, top edge gilt, section of blank leaves bound in to give the book a more pleasing thickness, marbled endpapers, original spine bound in. A fine copy in an attractive recent leather binding. Orwell's magnificent allegorical novella is one of the most famous satires in the English language and was included among Britannica's Great Books of the Western World.

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        Brûlant secret

      First edition in French, one of 26 numbered copies on Arches paper, this copy justified "Arches", the tirage de tête after 12 on Montval.Half red morocco over marbled paper boards by P. Goy & C. Vilaine, spine in six compartments, brown paper endpapers and pastedowns, ccovers and spine preserved.A very good copy with good margins and nicely bound. Grasset Paris 1945 13x21cm broché

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        BRIDEHEAD REVISITED : The Scared and Profane Memories of Captain Charles Ryder

      Little, Brown and Company, Boston 1945 - Very Good+ in a Very Good+ dust jacket. First Edition, same date appears on title page as well as copyright page. Toning to pages. Scuffing to front and rear panels. Edge wear. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Brideshead Revisited - Bound in full red leather

      Chapman and Hall, 1945 A first edition, first printing published by Chapman and Hall in 1945. A very good copy with marbled endpapers, bound in red full morocco leather with raised bands and gilt titling. Small blindstamp to the title page. Some light spotting to the page edges. A lovely copy and superbly rebound.

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        La famosa invasione degli orsi in Sicilia.

      Milano, Rizzoli, 1945, 8vo cartonato editoriale, sovraccoperta illustrata a colori facsimilata, pp. 150 con dodici illustrazioni in nero e sedici a colori tutti dell'autore. Prima edizione. Qualche leggera traccia d'uso, carta normalmente ossidata per l'epoca.

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        Photograph album kept by a British sailor, containing original photographs showing Berlin in the aftermath of war and V2 rockets at Cuxhaven.

      Berlin, Cuxhaven & Herford, Germany: , 1945. Landscape octavo (260 x 340 mm). Black cloth commercial photograph album, gilt lettered "Photographs" on front cover, black cord ties through tubular brass studs. 28 original snapshot photographs of Berlin, Cuxhaven and Herford in 1945 (80 x 103 mm or "4 x 3s" or 60 x 63 mm); 8 sepia propaganda photographs (113 x 155 mm) of the Reich Chancellery (typed "Reichskanzlei" on versos); 7 photographic postcards (various sizes) of Berlin; 48 postcards of various locations in Germany; one official unit photograph (stamped "Wright & Logan, Southsea"); all pasted on both sides of black card stock leaves and the original snapshots carefully annotated in pen (at the periphery of image), Binding just a little rubbed at extremities, a few light marks to cover otherwise in very good condition. Arresting album containing a series of six fascinating original photographs taken at the V2 rocket site at Cuxhaven - such original and personal images are decidedly uncommon - by a Royal Navy sailor serving with a torpedo depot at Herford, north east of Bielefeld (modern day North Rhine-Westphalia) in the British Zone of Occupation. Of these, four show damaged missiles lying on a forest track, with who we presume to be the album's owner posing in two images (wearing a Royal Navy sheepskin); another shows a launch gantry, a railway track, abandoned trucks, a German 88mm flak gun, and distant bunkers; and finally, there is an image of three V2 rocket engines in situ (one clearly marked "KX"). It is highly likely that the unidentified sailor was involved in Operation Backfire, the secret British plan to test launch the V2. "The first theoretical preparations for a planned test launch of captured V2 rockets started in mid-May [1945]. An old military training ground near Cuxhaven was chosen as the location. The taskforce set up camp in the former barracks of the Altenwalde navy artillery shooting range at the beginning of July, starting the planning stage... more than a hundred of Wernher von Braun's team came together in Altenwalde in summer 1945. Their new employer, however, was a British infantry general. The aim of Operation Backfire, as the British called their undertaking from now on, was to assemble around thirty V2 rockets out of existing and requisitioned material and to shoot them, so as to obtain 'a thorough evaluation and documentation of the rockets'... It was clear by the end of September that only eight rockets could be provided for the intended test launches, rather than the originally planned thirty,. Nevertheless, the final phase of Operation Backfire went ahead. Following two failed takeoffs, the first V2 once again shot into the stratosphere above North Germany on 2 October 1945. After two more successful launches on 4 and 15 October, the British brought the Backfire experiment to a close" (Bode & Kaiser, Building Hitler's Missiles, 2008, pp. 104-05). The five volumes of the official report on Operation Backfire are available to view online at Smithsonian Libraries. These show that the only part played by the Royal Navy was in the transportation of hydrogen-peroxide from Kiel to Cuxhaven "in an A-4 hydrogen-peroxide road tanker" (volume I p. 17). In three other photographs the Royal Navy sailor is pictured with a vehicle and at the wheel of a jeep. In addition there is a series of eleven photographs of a devastated Berlin (and one of Hamburg), with one inscribed "where we couldn't cross the Spree"- showing the demarcation barrier between British and Soviet sectors in the Tiergarten district; two showing the album's owner posing with his vehicle on the road; eight taken at Herford and annotated "NP [Naval Party] 1812": NP 1812 was the Royal Navy Torpedo Depot based at Herford between August 1945 and November 1946, when it was amalgamated with NP 1749. "Royal Navy personnel played an extremely important part in BAOR [British Army of the Rhine] in the immediate aftermath of hostilities? There was a significant Royal Navy presence in the then British Zone of Occupation? Manpower for the individual locations [where Navy personnel were stationed] was provided, in accordance with Royal Navy practice, in the form of Naval Parties numbered in the series 1700-1899 and varied in size? reflecting the size and complexity of the role and tasks" (baor-locations.org). In all, this is attractive documentation of an under-recorded and significant contribution to the post-war effort to reverse-engineer Nazi technological advances.

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        Lettres à un ami allemand

      First Edition, one of 25 numbered copies on "pur-fil" paper draw head. The book Camus dedicated to his friend René Leynaud. Rare and nice copy.  Gallimard Paris 1945 12x19cm broché

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        SICILIA 1945

      ELI, CREMONA 1945 - ITALIANO Pagine leggermente ed uniformemente brunite causa tempo, coperta morbida ingiallita, con fioritura e con lievissimi segni di usura

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        My Book

      OFFERING: The sole example of a personal artists' book made as an affirmation of beauty in 1945 by an accomplished British woman artist identified by two ciphers, PKB and PB, and probably living in the county of Dorset in South West England. Made in protest against war industrialization and rampant pollution, the artist has matched 7 linoleum block prints, 6 watercolors, and 12 illustrations and decorations done in pen & ink with pastoral poetry. Poetry is by the artist, with the exception of "I Love All Beauteous Things", the Robert Bridges poem that begins the work and proclaims her aesthetic. Many of the artworks are exquisite and the balance of line and space in the linocuts demonstrates a mastery of the medium. Calligraphy is in the Trajan style with simple line-ending flourishes. Color inks, for the title page, verse title headings and some first initials match the principal color of the coupled illustration or decoration. The light green flock endpapers are decorated with original pen & ink botanical designs, different for each side. The book jacket is decorated with an original span & branch design done with five colors of ink. Preserved loose are a handwritten outline, 4 linocuts, (two intended for insertion), and preparatory calligraphy and decoration studies. PAGINATION: 24 unnumbered leaves, 14 with illustration and decoration, 10 blank. FORMAT: Sewn half black cloth and blue paper boards and the hand decorated jacket. SIZE: 290 x 200 mm. CONDITION: Bound Artworks: Fine. / Pages: bright and clean, pp. 2-5 with ruffling along gutter. / Boards: upper side bowed. / Jacket: colors somewhat faded on upper side; 2 corners with tears and top and bottom edges with small tears, top edge with gentle crease; spine toned, substantial losses at head and foot. / Binding: solid and reliable, but some signatures with separation, one signature with binding creases; needs to be handled with care. / Loose Linocuts: "Fungus": Plate fine, margins with wear. "Summer": Fine. "The First Snowdrop": Plate fine, outer margins with light wear. "Plane Tree and Downs": Poor. Plate: some wear. Sheet edges with crinkle-folds, a small stab hole near border. / Sketchbook Sheets: Fine. AESTHETIC: affirms the beauty of the English countryside; "I love all beauteous things / I seek and adore them; / God hath no better praise, / And man in his hasty days / Is honoured for them. / I too will something make / And joy in the making; / Altho' tomorrow it seem / Like the empty words of a dream / Remembered on waking." [Bridges, Shorter Poems, p. 67] ENDPAPERS: designs in green inks. Front: young plants with root balls in cloth, stems as gracefully bending vectors, set off against small kidney-shaped garden stones / Rear: coupled hemlock cones with needles fanned out below, like butterfly wings set on spider legs. MOUNTED LINOCUTS: on handmade papers, tipped on, margins trimmed to fit. "In inter-war England, it is possible to propose an alternative eclectic modernism dominated by women designers and based on hand processes." [Harrod, Crafts in Britain in the twentieth century, p. 11] 1) Frontispiece, "An Underwater Landscape", five colors, initialed in the plate, two fish amidst grasses, sedges, rushes, and ferns. 2) "Fungus", b/w, initialed in the plate, mushrooms on a forest floor clearing, a central, outsized mushroom done with finely rendered gills; in the background, a dense stand of trees. 3) "The First Snowdrop", b/w, initialed in the plate, a night scene with a stand of trees dusted with snow on the far side of a tranquil river, their reflections seen as spectral outlines, matching the pale moonlight. CENTERPIECE: "The Mist Maiden", the second poem (Leaves 5-9) with its series of exquisite decorations and illustrations, beginning with a separate, 9-colors watercolor frontispiece, "Wildflowers in a Wood" with asphodel, butterwort, cotton grass and Lady's slipper orchid, and a sequence of six footpieces, five repeating pen & ink designs, three with variants of clouds, each in a set of three, alternating with bee & bee box shutter and spider web-in-branches patterns, followed by a faerie tree watercolor. The poem ends with a superb watercolor tailpiece, a wide view of a crowd watching a grimed horizon of smokestacks at sunset, in the purple, grape, and taupe colors associated with industrial pollution, with verse; "But I who all my life have / spent in clean / Dew-sweetened air and healthy / country days, / can find no peace, no joy, and / few who mean / To love and serve mankind. For / in this maze / Of worldly strife such things / are rarely seen." UNFINISHED: Last three poems, bodies in pen & ink, title headings in pencil: 1) "Hill Top Storm", "O Time! you hurry on your way", the loose linocut, "Plane Tree and Downs" intended for insertion / 2) "Cradle Song", illustrated with the mounted linocut, "The First Snowdrop" / 3) "June 1940", decorated with heading, 'Summer' in green, and a watercolor footpiece with dragonflies, the loose linocut, "Summer" intended for insertion. SEPARATE LINOCUTS: on different handmade papers with full margins. 1) "Summer", a green & white floral design. 2) "Plane Tree and Downs", b/w, 195 x 225 mm on very thin Japanese paper; an autumn view, in the foreground, a solitary London plane tree with its striking, mottled bark and large leaves, shown with exposed upper roots, the tilled fields behind slowly rising to the stepped downs in the distance and a ridge with three knolls and hills beyond. 3) "Fungus", repeated, different Japanese paper. 4) "First Snowdrop", repeated, different paper. PREPARATORY STUDIES: 1) Outline, in pencil, on a sheet of sketchbook paper with preliminary placement for poems and linocuts, verso with pencil draft of a poem and examples of lettering and hash marks. 2) Calligraphy in pen & ink, and pencil on sheet of sketchbook paper with 12 lines of verse, inner margin with large decorated initial, and an interlaced tulip & stem decoration, descending 13 lines, verso with three tailpiece decorations that are used in the book. BACKGROUND: During World War II, commercial art studios in Great Britain that were without war production contracts were often forced to close because of severe materials shortages. "Unable to obtain fabrics, Dorothy Larcher and Phyllis Barron gave up their work as hand block-printers." [Harrod, p. 202] Over half of the county of Dorset is designated as, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Bournemouth, the largest city in Dorset was bombed many times by the Luftwaffe, including the horrific air raid of May 23, 1943. In all, 219 people were killed in Bournemouth by German bombs during air raids in World War II. LINOLEUM BLOCK PRINTS: The patent for linoleum was issued in 1860. Much easier to cut than wood, it is also a more fragile material and requires smaller print runs. It was first used extensively as a print media by the artists of Die Brücke. Among other famous artists who worked extensively in linoleum were Picasso and Matisse. ADDITIONAL IMAGES: by request.

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        Flying a Kite at the Seahsore. Original ink drawing for "The Door Opens" by Ernst Lothar

      New York: Doubleday, Doran, 1945. Ink on paper. 15.75 x 12 inches. Pencil annotations in the margins. Signed "Garth Williams" in ink on the verso Inventory no. 3.02775(a). Reproduced full page on p. [23] of the book. Provenance: Estate of the artist. MISSED in Garth William, American Illustrator, A Life by E. & J. Wallace.

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