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Everybody Sing! Every Sunday Nite. Persian Room - Hotel Sir Francis Drake, San Francisco (Song Book)

By Anonymous

San Francisco, CA: s. n., 1942. Softcover. First edition, n. d. (ca 1942); 8 1/2 x 7; pp. [20]; mimeographed, illustrated wraps; mimeographed text; small spot to front wrap, else very minor wear; near fine condition. A lovely song book, it was most probably published as a war relief effort and distributed at the opulent Persian Room of the iconic Sir Francis Drake Hotel in San Francisco to patrons, attending Sunday-night, sing-along programs. It featured 52 popular and patriotic songs, including "God bless America," "Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition," and "Take Me Out to the Ball Game."


They Know No Peace, the History of the Second Great War. March, 1939 - January, 1941 (Signed/Inscribed by Author)

By Firth, Robert H.

N.p.: Mim-o-Book, 1941. Softcover. First limited edition (unknown number of copies); 5 1/2 x 8; pp. 72; rebound in plain brown wraps with original front wrap laid-on; chipping to original wrap's lower margin resulting in loss of two words from the title and author's name; mimeographed illustration and text; a chip and a small spot to first blank leaf, else mostly very clean; illustrated with maps drawn by the author, including a large two-page centerfold; good to very good. Signed and inscribed by author. Robert Firth was an author and WWII veteran, and later he served with the Fire Department at Langley Air Force Base. The book, in a day-by-day entries format, documents the most significant places and events of the Second World War. One copy in OCLC with none other in the trade.


Wij Waren Getuigen [We Were Witnesses] + Oorlogswinter 1944-1945 [Winter 1944-1945] Anti-Nazi Poster

By De Vries, Theun; [Illustrated by] Klaasse, Piet; [With introduction by] De Groot, Jan and Hoornik, Ed.

Amsterdam: Witgeverij Vrij Nederland, 1946. Hardcover. First edition; folio 11 x 14 3/4; pp. [72]; cloth-backed illustrated grey boards; small rubbed spots to tips of spine and corners; very light foxing to endpapers only, else clean; 30 full-page drawings in b & w; very good or better. Poster published by "Vondel" in Amsterdam; 19 1/2 x 25 1/2; fold lines and a bit of age-toning to margins; handwritten translation of the subtitle on verso; very good. A beautiful collaboration of poetry and art between Dutch writer and poet Theun De Vries and illustrator Piet Klaasse. De Vries was a member of the Communist Party of the Netherlands and was arrested and imprisoned after the country was occupied by the Nazi. The poster was created as a satirical presentation of Dutch life under Nazi occupation - a busy street and life steepled in hardships with people cutting public trees for firewood, gathering cigarette buts off the ground, and riding dilapidated bicycles while the German occupiers are strolling about carrying food and alcohol bottles and entertaining attractive, well-dressed ladies.


Why Meddle in Europe [Signed/Inscribed by Author to US Senator and Federal Judge Homer Truett Bone]

By Carter, Boake

New York: Robert M. McBride and company, 1939. Hardcover. First edition; 5 1/2 x 7 3/4; pp. [10], 11-208; blue cloth over boards; gilt title; deckled page edges; few small rubbed spots to tips of spine, else minor wear; personal stamps of Senator Homer Bone to front and back covers verso; signed with a lengthy inscription by the author on first free page. Boake Carter a radio news commentator in the early part of the 20th century. He achieved national fame with his covering of the Lindberg baby kidnapping. In 1936, he had more listeners than any other radio commentator in the country. His commentaries progressively became more controversial - given his fervent criticisms of President Roosevelt and his "New Deal." By 1937, the pressure from the president's allies had caused Carter to lose his job and his sponsorship. When he died of an alleged heart attack in 1944 it was speculated he had been murdered by the leader of a British Israelite Cult. Homer Bone to whom the book is inscribed was a US Senator from Washington and a Federal Judge. Carter wrote his current book just before the beginning of WWII. In it he argued against the involvement of the US in the conflict in Europe.


From Normandy to Okinawa. A Navy Medical Officer's Diary and Overview of World War II [Signed by Author]

By Linner, John H. M. D.

Edina, MN: Malibu-DelRay Publishing Co., 2001. Soft cover. Near Fine. Fifth printing; 8 1/2" x 11"; pp. [10], 1-242, [21] maps; original printed wraps; cloth spine; very minor wear to bottom edge of covers; illustrated with numerous photographs and maps; near fine. Signed by author on title page. John Linner is recognized as the founder of bariatric surgery - one of the two surgeons to perform a weight loss surgery for the very first time in the world in 1954. Before that, during WWII, he served the US as a Navy medical officer and ship photographer. His current book is written as and based on his own diary he kept during his service. The photographs are also from his personal archives.