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        Darker Than You Think

      Fantasy Books, Reading, Penn. 1948 - 1st edition/1st printing. #81 of 500 limited edition copies SIGNED/INSCRIB ED by author on limitation page: 'To Phillip Lee Best wishes - and 'ware the witches! Jack Williamson' . One of my personal favorites! A wonderful story both of horror/fantasy and of the darkness in all of us. A story you'll never forget. Near fine book in the preferred dark green binding that is straight, clean, very tight and has no handwriting in it other than the author's inscription, with a bit of shelving wear to upper spine end (slight wrinkles to cloth edge at that upper end), in a price intact, crisp and clean dustjacket with a couple of very small chips to upper spine end and 1 tiny, completely closed edge tear upper front panel, with very little of the normal rubbing this uncoated paper dustjacket seems to accumulate. There are also some light handling smudges to the white of the back panel. Lovely copy of a scarce book! ; Signed by Author 226871 [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: AAABOOKS (Authors & Artists)]
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        [Post-War Speeches:]

      London: Cassell and Company Ltd,, 1948?-61. The Sinews of Peace; Europe Unite; In The Balance; Stemming The Tide; The Unwritten Alliance. Edited by Randolph S. Churchill. 5 volumes, octavo. Original varicoloured cloth, spines lettered in gilt or silver. With the dust jackets. Small bookseller's ticket to rear pastedown of Vol. IV. An excellent set in the bright jackets that have some nicks to spine ends and tape repairs to verso. First editions, first impressions.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        Candide ou loptimisme

      Candide ou l?optimisme. París, Jean Porson, 1948. 300x250 mm, 100 h., edición de 250 ejemplares numerados en velin de Rives. Ejemplar de la serie de 205.45 litografías de Clavé (27 a página entera) estampadas en prensa manual por Lucien Détruit. Al final del libro el folleto de promoción/suscripción con el mismo tamaño y características: texto de Porson y 4 litografías. Encuadernación en piel, firmada por Kiefer (hijo), con la respuesta de Cándido, escéptico, al doctor Pangloss que vuelve a la carga con su optimismo: ?Cultivons notre jardin? sobre impreso con triple estampación en distintos colores en cada línea en el plano superior; con estuche. Ejemplar con una suite de 53 litografías no utilizadas, ensayos, pruebas; además, 23 remarques. Envoltorio litografiado dentro de carpeta y estuche editorial. De esta suite se editaron sólo 10 ejemplares. 

      [Bookseller: Elena Gallego - Arte y Grafía.com]
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        To Say if You Love Someone

      Prairie City: Decker Press. (1948). An unrecorded variant of this uncommon title. Gray cloth with the same design as that of the apparently first issue yellow cloth, in a blue dust jacket with gold and black lettering, a price of $1 and the words "THE ARCHIVE of Duke University" in place of "Louis Untermeyer" on the dust jacket copy. According to Morgan, Decker printed about 200 copies of this title, about 20 of which were the first issue, although Morgan doesn't account for all known variants. Shortly after printing this book, Decker disappeared and his car was found abandoned, a mystery that was never solved. Fine in a mildly sunned, else fine dust jacket. First Edition. Hardcover.

      [Bookseller: Ken Lopez Bookseller, ABAA]
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        Intruder in the Dust

      New York: Random House, 1948. First edition. about Fine/about Fine. A just about Fine copy of the book in like dust jacket. Gilt on the book's spine flaking and a small scratch to the top of the page block, otherwise a Fine copy. Dust jacket with a short closed tear on the rear panel and the spine just a trifle toned, otherwise a clean, bright example. "Intruder in the Dust," published in 1948, was the first novel Faulkner had written in eight years, since 1940's "The Hamlet." The book is about Lucas Beauchamp, a black man, who is unjustly accused of murdering a white man and faces lynching. The Lucas character had originally appeared years earlier, in Faulkner's 1942 short story collection "Go Down, Moses." Faulkner would win the Nobel Prize the year after "Intruder in the Dust" was published. "...being more, far more, than any other recent novel I know by an American novelist." (Contemporary New York Times review). about Fine in about Fine. dust jacket.

      [Bookseller: Whitmore Rare Books]
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        Rachel Ray. A Novel

      Chapman and Hall. Stated second edition, but most likely first edition, second issue.. Joints slightly rubbed; very good copy.. Sadleir, Trollope, 17; Wolff 6792; NCBEL III, 883. 2 vols, 8vo, contemporary polished half calf, marbled sides, red and green morocco labels, gilt lettering and decorations, t.e.g. ?A Trollopian tirade against Evangelical intolerance . . . commissioned by Good Words, but rejected as unfit for Sunday reading. It is one of the few instances in all Trollope's stories where he makes a worker, in this case a brewer, his hero.? - Gerould, A Guide to Trollope (Princeton University Press, 1948). There were six stated editions of Rachel Ray which Sadleir speculates are all issues of the first edition.

      [Bookseller: The Brick Row Book Shop]
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        The Road Through The Wall

      New York:: Farrar Straus,, 1948. . A Near Fine copy with a previous owner name and sticker on the front pastedown in a Very Good Plus unclipped dust jacket with light edgewear to the spine. This is Jackson's First Book. Jackson and her family lived in the community of Burlingame, California, an affluent middle-class suburb that would feature in this her first novel which like her later novels was characterised by her use of a realistic setting for a tale with elements of horror and the occult. .

      [Bookseller: Gregor Rare Books]
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        Hall of Famer Joe Cronin waives notice of most likely the last meeting of the Directors of the 1948 Oroville Red Sox ? the first place team was disbanded after their only season

      "Typed Document Signed ?Joseph E. Cronin,? one page, 8.5? x 11?. Boston, Massachusetts, November 19, 1948. Three file holes at blank left edge. Fine condition.Headed ?Oroville Baseball Club, Inc. / Waiver of Notice / of Meeting of Board of Directors / November 19, 1948.? In full, ?We, the undersigned, being all of the Directors of the Oroville Baseball Club, Inc., hereby waive notice of the time, place and purpose of the meeting of the Directors of said Company and appoint Friday, November 19, 1948 at 10:00 o?clock in the forenoon as the time, and 24 Jersey Street, Boston, Massachusetts, as the place of said meeting.? Also signed by the other director of the Oroville Baseball Club, ?Hiram W. Mason.?The Oroville Red Sox were the Class D farm team of the Red Sox in the Far West League. When the Far West League was organized in 1948, Boston placed a team in Oroville, California. The team finished the season in first place, but would only last the 1948 season as the Boston Red Sox decided to reduce their minor league affiliations. This was undoubtedly what was discussed at the November 19, 1948 meeting in Boston. The Far West League lasted until 1951.Joe Cronin was the manager of the Boston Red Sox from 1933-1947. At the end of the 1947 season, he became General Manager of the Red Sox and continued in that post through January 1959 when he was elected President of the American League (1959-1973). In 1956, Cronin was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.It is interesting to note that in 1949, just a few months after this document was signed, the Boston Red Sox had scouted Willie Mays. Howard Bryant on ESPN.com wrote in 2009, ??There's no telling what I would have been able to do in Boston,? Willie Mays once told me. ?To be honest, I really thought I was going to Boston. They had a guy come down to look at me. They had a good team with [Mel] Parnell and [Vern] Stephens, and of course, Ted. But for that [Tom] Yawkey. Everyone knew he was a racist. He didn't want me.? ... And of course, there was the original sin: Jackie Robinson?s humiliating 1945 tryout with Boston that ended with Robinson and the Red Sox -- manager Joe Cronin, in particular -- as lifelong enemies. The Red Sox were not serious about signing Robinson; by the time he retired following the 1956 season, the Sox still hadn?t integrated.? It?s probably more than a coincidence that just six months after Cronin left his post as Red Sox General Manager, Pumpsie Green became the first Black ballplayer to play for the Red Sox. Boston was the last of the 16 teams in the Major Leagues to integrate, twelve years after Jackie Robinson. Tom Yawkey owned the Boston Red Sox from 1933 until his death in 1976.Pre-certified by Spence."

      [Bookseller: University Archives]
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        The Young Cricketer's Tutor . Originally Published In 1833 And Now Reprinted .

      Dropmore Press 1948 - Originally published in 1833, this edition is enhanced by 15 wood engravings of rustic cricket scenes by John O'Connor, and a foreword by Neville Cardus. 8vo. [3] + xii + 94pp. Hand-printed on paper hand-made by Millbourn, some pps uncut with ragged edges, top edges gilt. Dust-wrapper in very good condition with just slight browning to the spine. No.21 of only 50 copies (out of a total limitation of 750) specially bound in green buckram with gilt vignette to front cover of a stylized set of wickets, stumps and bails. A fine copy of this charmingly produced book. [Padwick, 390-5]

      [Bookseller: Sportspages]
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        FRAGMENTS D'UN PARADIS (Les Anges).

      - Paris, G. Dechalotte, 1948. En feuilles. 23x29 cm. Ouvrage illustré en couleurs par Pierre FONTEINAS. Couverture rempliée. Chemise-étui recouverte de papier beige. Chemise-étui légèrement défraîchie, sinon ouvrage en excellent état. Un des 959 exemplaires sur B.F.K. de Rives (n° 286). La librairie offre aux clients d'AbeBooks 10% de réduction sur l'ensemble de son catalogue. Prix d'origine : 500 EUR.

      [Bookseller: Librairie de l'Univers]
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        The Novels of Jane Austen - 6 volumes Pride & Prejudice ; Emma ; Sense & Sensibility; Persuasion; Mansfield Park; Northanger Abbey

      London: The Zodiac Press 1948. 6 volumes, 1948 - 1950 bound in a recent quarter plum morocco. Raised bands, gilt lettering and devices, marbled boards. Very clean, attractive set. . Near Fine. 1/4 Morocco. 1948. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

      [Bookseller: Stephen Foster Books]
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        IT TOOK NINE TAILORS

      New York & Toronto:: McGraw - Hill. (1948). First edition. Photo illustrated. Menjou's autobiography, with a foreword by Clark Gable. INSCRIBED and/or SIGNED on front endpaper by MENJOU and Hollywood luminaries such as FRED ASTAIRE, GINGER ROGERS, RANDOLPH SCOTT, HOAGY CARMICHAEL, REGINALD OWEN, M. M. Musselman, George Folsey, et al. Dust jacket caricature of Menjou is by Xavier Cugat. An obviously well-loved books with covers worn--good at best, in like dust jacket which is nonetheless intact. A very nice piece of Hollywood memorabilia.

      [Bookseller: Quill & Brush]
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        Painting As A Pastime

      London: Odhams Press, 1948. FIRST BOOK EDITION. 1 vol., 9" x 5-3/4", illustrated with 18 colour plates reproducing Churchill's paintings, some very light foxing to page edges otherwise very good. Finely bound in recent full red morocco, vertical gilt lettered spine, gilt ruled covers, top edge gilt. This work was originally published in two separate essays entitled "Hobbies" & "Painting as a Pastime" in Churchill's 1932 book "Thoughts And Adventures". Here published on its own for the first time

      [Bookseller: D&D Galleries - ABAA]
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        A Dream of Love (First Edition | A Play | Not Poetry | William Carlos Williams)

      New Directions, Parsippany, New Jersey 1948 - Yes this is the rare FIRST EDITION, first printing issued in the original paper wrapers with slight wear an a could of chips. No previous owner's names, not exlibrary. Overall in VERY GOOD condition. A good gift. Photos available upon request. William Carlos Williams (September 17, 1883 – March 4, 1963), also known as WCW, was an American poet closely associated with modernism and Imagism. He was also a pediatrician and general practitioner of medicine. Williams "worked harder at being a writer than he did at being a physician," wrote biographer Linda Wagner-Martin. During his long lifetime, Williams excelled both as a poet and a physician. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

      [Bookseller: Ziern-Hanon Galleries]
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        GRAZIELLA Illustrations en couleurs de André E. Marty.

      Paris, L'Edition d'Art H. Piazza, 1948. In-8, bross. alla francese, astuccio, custodia, pp. 171,(7), vignetta a colori alla bross. e al frontespizio, molto ben illustrato nel t. da 20 delicate composizioni a colori di Marty. Bella edizione di 1500 esemplari numer. Il ns., VIII, fa parte della tiratura di 50 "sur Hollande Van Gelder" che contiene 2 suites delle illustrazioni, a colori e in b.n., oltre a un acquarello originale di Marty. Cfr. Bénezit,IX, p. 304: "André Edouard Marty (1882-1974), illustrateur et peintre de décors de théatre; les très nombreux livres qu'il a illustré ont conquis les amateurs par la grace de ses personnages et du décor qui les entoure". Esemplare in ottimo stato.

      [Bookseller: Libreria Malavasi sas]
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        galerie) CHARPENTIER.

      Charpentier 1948 - Paris, de 1948 a 1968. Lot de 48 catalogues in 8 de 30pp. a 80pp. en moyenne environ, brochés, couvertures illustrées en noir et en couleurs, de nombreuses illustrations en noir in texte d'oeuvres de Soutine, Ecole de Paris, Douanier Rousseau, Utrillo, Art Bulgare, Vuillard, Art Marocain, Van Dongen, Mathieu, Bauchant, les Fauves, Dunoyer de Segonzac, excellent état, bel exemplaire. [Attributes: Soft Cover]

      [Bookseller: Librairie Scritti]
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        La Femme que j'ai assassinée (Original French Film Poster)

      1948. Original French "affiche" poster the 1948 film, "La Femme que j'ai assassinée," based a story by Charles Exbrayat and starring Charles Vanel. Near Fine condition, 47 x 63 inches, on linen.

      [Bookseller: Royal Books, Inc. ]
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        Portrait photograph inscribed to General Sir Miles Dempsey, commander of the Allied Second Army in the invasion of Europe 1944-5

      1948. Original photographic bust portrait (260 × 198 mm) in a contemporary brown morocco-textured leather standing frame by Jarrolds, Walter Jones of Sloane Street. Light scuffing of the frame, but overall very good. Warmly inscribed in the plain lower margin; "For Bimbo Dempsey - brilliant army commander of World War II - from his friend Dwight D. Eisenhower". Dempsey is without doubt one of the great forgotten heroes of Word War II; his counter-attack at Arras in 1940 was vital in buying time for the eventual evacuation at Dunkirk; in the Western Desert and invasion of Italy he was "the ideal subordinate to Montgomery: never seeking the limelight, nor able (from the nature of Montgomery's directives) to indulge in bold strokes of initiative, he always fully understood what Montgomery's purpose was, and quietly and steadily got on with it" (ODNB); and his command of the Second Army on D-Day and in the drive across Europe was "a model of how to conduct operations soundly and successfully … He would spend much of his time visiting his subordinate commanders and their troops, assessing the situation, listening to their problems, and giving instructions clearly and succinctly. He had profound understanding of the soldiers under his command and firm control over operations, so he inspired both subordinates and superior commanders with confidence in his judgement and leadership. Yet he remained relatively unknown to the public". This official portrait was taken by Fabian Bachrach in February 1948, when Eisenhower was US Army Chief-of-Staff, coincidentally Dempsey had just been offered the equivalent post in the British Army, Chief of the Imperial General Staff, in succession to Montgomery, but had insisted on retiring from the army. Mountbatten struggled to persuade Dempsey; "It boils down to this, who is going to succeed Monty as the next CIGS? The whole Army, I go further, all the fighting services, and all intelligent people in the country looked upon you as not only the logical successor, but as the only candidate of the right calibre immediately available"; to which Dempsey countered, with typical sound sense and modesty, "I regard command of an Army in war as being the top. Do you really want me to go on sitting there for another 3 years or so. And do you really think it would be good for the Army? I am certain it would not. Further, I am not going to fight the next war. Let those who are, come rising up, and have the say in shaping the Army correctly for it. Those who have been at the top in this last war think of the present (and the past)" (see Rostron, Dempsey, pp. 182-3). Superb memento of the admiration of a great American leader for an unsung British hero.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        Telegram fra Arild Hamsun til Kristian (sic !) Gierløff angående et mansuskript Knut Hamsun vil ha tilbake fra Gierløff. Telegrammet datert 7. august 1948.

      Tverr8vo. Maskinskrevet.. Mansuskriptet det dreier seg om må være "Paa gjengrodde Stier". Saken er behørig omtalt i Thorkild Hansen "Prosessen mot Hamsun s. 638 ff. "Derfor var Gierløff kommet til Nørholm, han skulle, som Hamsun hadde skrevet til Tore, hjelpe ham med å få boken trykt" (s. 640). Gierløff besøkte Hamsun rett etter at dommen mot Hamsun var falt sist i juni 1948, og han har tydeligvis fått med seg mansukriptet

      [Bookseller: Damms Antikvariat]
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        Two (hithero unpublished) Poems

      New York: The Gotham Book Mart. 1948. First. First edition. Stapled printed wrappers. Fine in wrappers. One of 415 numbered copies printed at the Banyan Press. Inscribed by Carl Van Vechten in 1949. Very scarce. .

      [Bookseller: Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. ABA]
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        THE AZTEC INCIDENT

      Recovery at Hart Canyon - Aztec, New Mexico - 1948 7 x 10, 222 pgs, b&w historical photos. This book 'blows the lid off' America's greatest purported hoax. The author's well-documented research and meticulous investigation, demolishes assumptions, convincingly re-assembles 60 years of fact from fiction, and reveals an actual event, the Aztec, New Mexico, UFO crash of 1948, shrouded in government claims, false litigation and countless cover-ups. Signed by one of the editors.

      [Bookseller: High-Lonesome Books]
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        The Second World War, full set of six British first editions, finely bound in full red morocco by Sangorski & Sutcliffe / Zaehnsdorf

      London: Cassell and Company, Ltd., 1948. First edition, first printing. Leather_bound. Here is a truly spectacular full set of British first editions of The Second World War, exquisitely bound in full red morocco by Sangorski & Sutcliffe / Zaehnsdorf. Superlatives will fail to do this set justice. The superb quality, beautifully grained, dark red morocco features hubbed and gilt ruled spines, each bearing the title and author, as well as the individual volume numbers, subtitles, and publication dates. Churchill's signature is rendered in gilt on the front covers and there are gilt rules on the binding edges, gilt page edges, and gilt ruled turn-ins framing striking marbled endpapers. Even the gold, red, and white head and foot bands are executed with noteworthy skill and aesthetic effect. This truly gorgeous example of the fine binder's craft is a reminder to collectors that not all fine bindings are created equal. Condition of the bindings is pristine, with no wear or flaws detected. The British first edition, first printing contents are well-suited to the bindings, beautifully clean with no previous ownership marks and only slight spotting confined to the first two volumes. This six volume epic is Churchill's history of the epic 20th Century struggle that was so indelibly stamped by his leadership. Seldom, if ever, has history endowed a statesman with both singular ability to make history, and singular ability to write it. As with so much of what Churchill wrote, The Second World War is not "history" in the strictly academic, objectivist sense, but rather Churchill's perspective on history. In his March 1948 introduction to the first volume, Churchill himself made the disclaimer, "I do not describe it as history... it is a contribution to history..." Nonetheless the compelling fact remains, as stated by Churchill himself, "I am perhaps the only man who has passed through both the two supreme cataclysms of recorded history in high Cabinet office... I was for more than five years in this second struggle with Germany the Head of His Majesty's government. I write, therefore, from a different standpoint and with more authority than was possible in my earlier books." Certainly The Second World War may be regarded as an intensely personal and inherently biased history. Nonetheless, Churchill's work remains seminal, iconic, and a vital part of the historical record. Richard Langworth calls the six-volume epic "indispensable reading for anyone who seeks a true understanding of the war that made us what we are today." Jacketed British first edition sets in marginal condition are not uncommon. However, the coarse cloth bindings of this edition proved susceptible to soiling and mildew, the contents (printed on post-war "Economy Standards" paper) proved highly prone to spotting, the red-stained top edges are most often severely faded, and the dust jackets proved exceptionally vulnerable to pronounced spine toning. Such a superbly bound first edition set is a rare and handsome alternative. Please note that this set may require additional postage. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A240.4(I-VI).a, Woods/ICS A123(ba), Langworth p.264.

      [Bookseller: Churchill Book Collector]
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        Poemes.

      Lyon: L'Arbalete, 1948.. 107, [2] S., illustr. Or.kt. mit bedrucktem transparentem Umschlag, gr.4°. Nummerierte Ausgabe, Exemplar N° 385 von insgesamt 1000 ausschliesslich Subskribenten vorbehaltenen Exemplaren. Gedruckt in Rot und Schwarz auf der Handpresse von Marc Barbezat in Lyon auf Pur fil Lana. Der illustrierte Umschlag wurde gestaltet unter Verwendung von Porträts von Jean Genet nach Fotografien von Douchan Stanimirovitch. Der transparente Schutzumschlag ist auf der Vorderseite mit "Poemes" bedruckt und auf der Rückseite mit "Jean Genet". Der transparente Umschlag auf der Rückseite mit einer kleinen Fehlstelle, der Schnitt etwas angestaubt, davon abgesehen schönes Exemplar..

      [Bookseller: ABC Antiquariat Marco Pinkus]
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        Dark Carnival - SIGNED

      Hamish Hamilton, London, 1948, Hardcover, Book Condition: Near Fine, Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good, First English Edition., Signed by Author(s)Near fine in a very good or better dust jacket. SIGNED by the author on the title page. Previous owner name and date on front endpaper, else near fine. Jacket with moderate wear to extremities, tiny chipping all along the top front panel extending to the spine. One inch splits to the spine seams at both the top and bottom of the front panel. Rear panel soiled with a one inch closed tear at the bottom. From the library of noted collector Larry Owens, Book

      [Bookseller: James Graham, Bookseller]
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        Typed Letter Signed

      1948. Book. Fine. No Binding. Signed by Author(s). Framed Piece. Fine (our Top grade)/Fine Frame. Framed Signed Letter. Signed by Author of letter/artist. The letter is one typed page, on embossed letterhead, dated September 16, 1948, addressed to the publisher, Donald M. Grant. Typed single space and signed "J. Allen St. John." This letter concerns the use of J. Allen St. John's illustrations for BUCCANNEERS OF VENUS by Otis Adelbert Kline. St. John says, "Regarding the right to use my cover and illustrations of BUCCUNNEERS OF VENUS, the written permission should, no doubt, be in precise form." St. John goes on to say, "I am a bit coy as to the date of my birth." and he goes on to give a short autobiography, including where he studied art, where he taught, and who he worked for, "Have illustrated for many agencies-A. G. McClurg & Co. (Tarzan, Martian, and Westerns) . Framed under UV protective glass, employing a two-window (opening) black mat with a white core and a burgany fillet with white core. The second window contains a color reproduction of the cover art for St. John's pulp magazine cover illustrating Otis Adelbert Kline's BUCCANNEERS OF VENUS, which Donald M. Grant used as the dust jacket cover art for his edition of Otis Adelbert Kline's book, THE PORTS OF PERIL. Brown hardwood frame with burgandy highlights and black bead, under UV protective glass. Letter's matted size: 6 1/4 x 9 1/2 inches. Illustration's image size: 7 7/8 x 9 1/2 inches. Frame size. 24 x 18 1/2 inches. Fine (our highest grade) in fine frame..

      [Bookseller: Barry R. Levin Science Fiction & Fantasy]
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        Mount Everest 1938

      University press Cambridge, 1948. 1st Edition . Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. No edition given I assume 1948 is a first edition.Book has a minor bump to top edge,very light foxing to edges , and to both end papers,and a mark opposite preface,could be were a label as been removed,40 by 20 mm.slight loss to fore edge of 2 pages 3mm by 3mm ,hardly noticeable.The DJ has minor losses top and bottom edges, 6 short tears ,largest 20 mm.Leading flap has similar looking mark to preface page,possible they could be water staining,area of 30mm by 70 mm. The book has a Foyles bookshop stamp, from Capetown,from where this book was purchased,and on the date of the signature ,Tilman made a short visit on his way back from a trip to the shores of South America exploring Islands, on his boat. A very rare signature

      [Bookseller: joseph connah]
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        Chinese Ink and Brush Sketches of Prisoner of War Camp Life in Hong Kong. 15 December, 1941 - 30 August, 1945. (Sketches of Prisoner of War Camp Life in Hong Kong, 1941 - 1945.) Cover Title

      Kowloon.: Self published.. 1948.. Map and 16 full page images from the author's original ink and brush sketches drawn during while he was interned as a prisoner of war in Hong Kong during the period 1943 - 1945. Each image is overlaid with a captioned by a tissue guard. Bound in striking oblong boards with cord ties. The upper cover shows an embossed map of Hong Kong from Lieutenant Skvorzov's own hand drawn map poignantly behind silvered barbed wire. 22 x 31cm. Alexander Skvorzov (1893 - 1971), a civil engineer of White Russian background, moved with his wife and two daughters from Shanghai to Hong Kong in 1938. In 1941 he became Manager of the Hongkong Engineering and Construction Co., succeeding Hugh Braga, brother of the well-known historian, Jack Braga. A member of the Hong Kong Volunteer Defence Corps, Skvorzov was commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant, one of twelve officers of the Field Company Engineers. He was tasked with blowing up bridges and roads in the New Territories to slow the Japanese advance which began on 8 December 1941. Together with the rest of the Hong Kong Volunteers, he was rounded up and imprisoned following the surrender of Hong Kong on Christmas Day. A talented artist, Alexander Skvorzov risked a great deal to record the daily life of the Shamshuipo and Argyle St Prisoner of War Camps in which he was held for forty-four months until 30 August 1945. Always aware that severe punishment would be meted out if he were caught recording the circumstances of their imprisonment, he overcame many obstacles. Two particularly difficult and on-going problems were the lack of drawing supplies and regular inspections by guards. He found a way around both of these problems by using Chinese brush and ink, until pencils became available in the latter part of his captivity, and by careful observation of where the guards were most vigilant in their searches. Aware that he could not afford to risk appearing to be too interested in environment around the camps, he carefully memorised outdoor scenes so as not to attract attention. It took a lot of courage to complete his sketches and to conceal them for such a long time. The sixteen haunting plates in this album reflect Skvorzov?'s eye for detail. Each plate is accompanied by an explanatory text on an accompanying tissue guard. In this collection of drawings and comments, Skvorzov shows how difficult life was in the camps. He found ?'a craving for food the most exciting emotion?'. Other comments include the bed bugs: ?'one couldn't sit peacefully on a stool or sleep quietly in one's bed...?', the kitchen and the sparse delivery of Red Cross parcels, the on-going fight with depression which the men attempted to counter with talks in huts, the despondency of prisoners sitting watching the sunset, the Officers?' slow and painful return to their huts at the end of a day?'s work, the twice daily roll call, and the night count: ?'one prisoner had to check and report numbers present, sometimes as often as ten times a night. He shows the brutal treatment meted out to prisoners by their captors, the primitive operating theatre and the joyful day when the Union Jack flew again above Shamshuipo. Luigi Ribeiro wrote in an unpublished memoir: ?'the joy of the men knew no bounds. There were scenes of near hysteria?'. Many of the 2,770 civilian internees at Stanley Internment Camp thought of publishing their memoirs, but only seven did so. They were G.E. Baxter - Personal experiences during the siege of Hong Kong, December 8th ?- 25th, 1941; G. Dew - Prisoner of the Japs; E. Field - Twilight in Hong Kong; J. Gittins - Stanley: Behind Barbed Wire; M.F. Key - Hong Kong Before, During and After the Pacific War, being chiefly an account of the Stanley Internment Camp; G.A. Leiper - A Yen for My Thoughts; and G. Wright-Nooth - Prisoner of the Turnip Heads. Besides Skvorzov, memoirs of only two other men imprisoned at Shamshuipo throughout the war have been published. The first was Philippe Yvanovich, whose little book, My Wartime Experience, was privately printed in Canberra in 2009. This was written 65 years after the event. In 2011 the diary of Major John Ebbage of the Royal Army Ordnance Corps was published: The Hard Way: Surviving Shamshuipo POW Camp 1941-45. Besides the civilian internees, there were perhaps 10,000 prisoners in various camps in Hong Kong. Some recollections of the horrors they endured have emerged, usually on websites in recent years, but Skvorzov?'s compelling volume of sketches was the only contemporary account. It is thought to have been privately circulated among a few friends. It remained little known until a new edition was published by South China Morning Post in 2005. When Skvorzov produced it in 1948, few valued it, as people were keen to forget the war and return to normal. It is likely that only a few copies were circulated and therefore only a very few copies have survived. In mint condition, this copy is truly exceptional. (References: Dr Stuart Braga; Hong Kong Prisoner of War Camp Life: 25 December, 1941 - 30 August, 1945 - a reprint of some of Lieutenant A.V. Skvorzov's drawings published in 2005 and edited by Cheung Pui Ling). .

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        The Second World War, full set of six British first editions

      Cassell and Company, Ltd., London 1948 - Here is a premium full set of British first editions of The Second World War, Churchill's history of the epic 20th Century struggle that was so indelibly stamped by his leadership. Seldom, if ever, has history endowed a statesman with both singular ability to make history, and singular ability to write it. As with so much of what Churchill wrote, The Second World War is not "history" in the strictly academic, objectivist sense, but rather Churchill's perspective on history. In his March 1948 introduction to the first volume, Churchill himself made the disclaimer, "I do not describe it as history. it is a contribution to history." Nonetheless the compelling fact remains, as stated by Churchill himself, "I am perhaps the only man who has passed through both the two supreme cataclysms of recorded history in high Cabinet office. I was for more than five years in this second struggle with Germany the Head of His Majesty's government. I write, therefore, from a different standpoint and with more authority than was possible in my earlier books." Certainly The Second World War may be regarded as an intensely personal and inherently biased history. Nonetheless, Churchill's work remains seminal, iconic, and a vital part of the historical record. Richard Langworth calls the six-volume epic "indispensable reading for anyone who seeks a true understanding of the war that made us what we are today." Jacketed British first edition sets in marginal condition are not uncommon. However, the coarse cloth bindings of this edition proved susceptible to soiling and mildew, the contents (printed on post-war "Economy Standards" paper) proved highly prone to spotting, the red-stained top edges are most often severely faded, and the dust jackets proved exceptionally vulnerable to pronounced spine toning. Consequently, superior jacketed sets have become scarce. Here is a beautiful, collector-worthy full set of British first editions featuring near fine plus volumes in near fine plus dust jackets. The black cloth bindings are simply immaculate - square, clean, and tight with sharp corners, bright spine gilt, and no discernible wear. The contents remain uncommonly bright and clean with no previous ownership marks. The red topstain is as good as we ever see, with strikingly rich, dark, uniform color across all six volumes. Laid in Volume I is the original purchase receipt, dated 27 September 1948 from Selfridges in London, which is particularly interesting since this precedes the official Volume I publication date of 4 October 1948. The only thing that prevents the volumes from being graded as truly fine is modest spotting to some of the fore and bottom edges. The dust jackets are likewise stunning examples, rare thus. All six dust jackets are complete examples, unclipped with no losses. Shelf presentation is exceptional, with bright red subtitles across all six volumes. Only volumes I & II show a hint of the typical toning, but even this is negligible. One has to have seen many jacketed sets - as we have - to appreciate just how scarce such truly superior sets have become. All six dust jackets are protected with removable, archival quality clear covers. Please note that this set may require additional postage. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A240.4(I-VI).a, Woods/ICS A123(ba), Langworth p.264. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        The Second World War / Winston S. Churchill [complete in 6 volumes]

      Boston : Houghton Mifflin (1948-1953), 1948, Hardback, Book Condition: Very Good, First American EditionVery good copies in the original gilt-blocked cloth. Slight suggestion only of dust-dulling to the spine bands and panel edges. Remains particularly well-preserved overall; tight, bright, clean and strong.; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; Physical desc.: 6 v. : illus. ; 22 cm. Contents: v. 1. The gathering storm. -- v. 2. Their finest hour. -- v. 3. The Grand Alliance. -- v. 4. The hinge of fate. -- v. 5. Closing the ring. -- v. 6. Triumph and tragedy. Subjects: World War, 1939-1945 - Great Britain. World War, 1939-1945 - Diplomatic history. World War, 1939-1945 - Causes. Summary: Winston Churchill's six-volume history of the cataclysm that swept the world remains the definitive history of the Second World War. Lucid, dramatic, remarkable both for its breadth and sweep and for its sense of personal involvement, it is universally acknowledged as a magnificent reconstruction and is an enduring, compelling work that led to his being awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1953.

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        How to Be a Band Leader

      New York: Robert M. McBride. (1948). First. First edition. Copiously illustrated with photographs of contemporary musicians in action. Fine in very near fine dustwrapper with a couple of shallow nicks at the crown. An amusing and very scarce book. .

      [Bookseller: Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. ABA]
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        THE AUNT'S STORY

      New York: The Viking Press, 1948.. Cloth. Small new bookseller's label in corner of rear pastedown, light tan offsetting to front endsheets from now absent clipping, but a very good copy in slightly spine-sunned dust jacket with some minor nicks at corners and a trace of soiling at the toe of the spine panel. First U.S. edition, published in the same year as the U.K. edition. The author's uncommon third novel.

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        L'Espoir - Illustrated with 69 original oithographs by Andre MASSON

      NRF, Gallimard, Paris 1948 - - PRESENTATION : 2 volumes in-4 in leaves under wrappers and slipcases. - ILLUSTRATION : 69 original lithographs (10 full page) by André MASSON. - PRINTER : Atelier Desjobert. - PAPER : Chiffon de Bruges verge. - SIZE : 14 x 11". - LIMITED : 230 copies. - CONDITION : Excellent. ASK FOR EXTRA PICTURES [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        The Official History of Australia's Involvement in Southeast Asian Conflicts 1948 - 1975 : 9 Volume Set Crises and Commitments-Up Top-Medicine at War-The RAAF in Vietnam-Emergency and Confrontation-A Nation at War-To Long Tan-On the ... (Truncated)

      Allen & Unwin, Australia, Hard Cover, Book Condition: Near Fine, Dust Jacket Condition: Very GoodFull Book Title: The Official History of Australia's Involvement in Southeast Asian Conflicts 1948 - 1975 : 9 Volume SetCrises and Commitments-Up Top-Medicine at War-The RAAF in Vietnam-Emergency and Confrontation-A Nation at War-To Long Tan-On the Offensive-Fighting tSize: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall, Complete 9 volume set comprising two volumes on politics and diplomacy, three on ground operations in Vietnam, one on military operations in the Malayan Emergency and the Malaysian - Indonesian Confrontation, one on medical aspects of the three Southeast Asian conflicts, one on RAAF operations in Vietnam and one on RAN operations throughout Southeast Asia. Heavy set (approx 15kg) please ask for postage quote.

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        Brief mit eigenh. U.

      Buenos Aires, 15. Mai 1948.. 1 S. Qu.-gr.-8vo. Gelocht. Mit gedr. Briefkopf.. An Dr. Ramon Cereijo in dritter Person, bei dem sie sich für eine Spende bedankt: "Eva Peron saluda attentamente a S.E. el senor Ministro de Hacienda, Doctor Ramon A. Cereijo y se complace en acompanarle giro postal no. 488,132 por la suma de m$n. 100.- (CIEN PESOS MONEDA NACIONAL), provenientes de la donacion efectuada por el senor Emilio Remolina y senora, con destino a la Cruenta Especial 'Ministerio de hacienda-Obras de Ayuda Social. [ ]".

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        Shipwreck: A Poetic Drama (Signed Copy)

      The Shepherd Press, 1948, Hardcover (Full Leather), Book Condition: Very Good Condition, Dust Jacket Condition: No Dust Jacket, First Edition, Signed by Author, Illustrated By: Norman LindsaySigned by Douglas Stewart and Norman Lindsay Special Limited Edition of 100 copies of which this is number 39. Size: A4 (300 x 210mm approx.). Text body is clean, and free from previous owner annotation, underlining and highlighting. Binding is tight, covers and spine fully intact. No foxing in this copy. Previous owner's book-plate laid in. Edges browned slightly. Illustrator: Norman Lindsay. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: 1-2 kilos. Category: Antiquarian & Rare; Australia; 1940s; Australian Literature; Literature & Literary. Signed by Author. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 14763.

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        Now Try the Morgue

      London: Gerald G. Swan. (1948). First. First edition. Browning to the pages, especially to the foredge, thus very good in near fine dustwrapper with some modest wear. Very early Elleston Trevor title, the title page reads Trevor Dudley Smith, and then, parenthetically, Elleston Trevor. The first of his many mystery novels. Exceptionally uncommon in presentable condition. .

      [Bookseller: Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. ABA]
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