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US 'Marine Airforce Group Twelve'. Christmas Menu [with] American Red Cross Christmas Card 1945

US ‘Marine Airforce Group Twelve’. Christmas Menu [with] American Red Cross Christmas Card 1945

McCaul, Colonel V. J] Two Christmas items printed in Peiping China, the menu with manuscript additions, from the US Marine Airforce group (MAG-12) which played a vital role in the Pacific throughout WWII, especially the Philippines, assigned there by special request of Admiral Bull Halsey. The MAG 12, which was activated on 1 March 1942, served the entire war in the Pacific, in numerous operations in the Solomon and Philippine Islands supporting the Army, Navy and Marine Corps. At the end of the war the MAG 12 was sent to China following the defeat of the Japanese. Colonel V. J. McCaul assumed command of MAG 12 in February of 1945. The Christmas menu, dated 25 December 1945, is printed with red title and green decorative borders, with "McCaul, Commanding" at the bottom. The menu entitled "China and Me" is printed as a spoof play in 3 acts, titled "Ripe Olives and his Girl Friend, Sweet Pickles, with "Mr. Stalk O'Celery". Names of staff printed at the bottom of the menu, along with pen annotation, "The items crossed off are the ones I didn't get. But I still had enough". Another item is marked, "very bad". 10 1/4 x 8 3/4", period folds flattened, folds to 5 1/4 x 8 3/4". Menu slightly dusty on verso. [with] unused color illustrated (printed in Peiping), Christmas Card captioned and featuring "A R C [American Red Cross] Embassy Club" on the front. Christmas greeting printed in red, from "Peiping China". Very bright and clean. 5 1/2 x 4"
Pictures Of Horses And English Life. With An Appreciation By Lionel Lindsay. Signed

Pictures Of Horses And English Life. With An Appreciation By Lionel Lindsay. Signed, Full vellum binding

Munnings, Alfred James Number 220 of a Limited Edition of 250, signed in pencil by the artist, one of the finest British Impressionist painters, on the limitation page. Sir Alfred Munnings (1878 - 1959) is especially noted for paintings of horses and rural scenes. Here his equine paintings, drawings and sketches are at their finest. These include: mares & foals at the Southcourt Stud; notable persons and their horses; hunting scenes; famous jockeys; racecourses; gypsies and their horses; and the Canadian Cavalry brigade and Canadian Forestry Corps in France. During the Great War, Munnings was commissioned as an official war artist to the Canadian Cavalry Brigade. He painted many war scenes which included horses, notably General Seely mounted on his horse Warrior and the Charge of Flowerdew's Squadron. Munnings also painted images for the Canadian Forestry Camps, of horses at work in various work camps throughout France. After the war, he was elected to the Royal Academy of Arts and appointed Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order. At the end of his career, Munnings painted Queen Elizabeth II, with her race horse Aureole; a version of the work sold at Christie's for over £2 million. Small folio (11 x 14 1/2"), xii, 199pp, 28 color plates with titled tissue guards and 109 monochrome illustrations. Publisher's full vellum with gilt title, top edge gilt, other edges untrimmed. A few tissue guards with scattered foxing. Bookseller label at front end paper, The Sporting Gallery and Bookshop, New York. A very good copy of a scarce work.
Codex Theodosianus cum Perpetuis Commentariis Iacobi Gothofredi. 7 volumes

Codex Theodosianus cum Perpetuis Commentariis Iacobi Gothofredi. 7 volumes

Law] Gothofredi, Jacobi (Godefroy, Jacques) A monumental legal and scholarly achievement, this work is the compilation of all the laws of the Roman Empire since the year 312 (the reign of Constantine), commissioned by the Emperor Theodosius II (Eastern Emperor) and co-emperor Valentinian III (Western Emperor), which was first published in 438. This edition, with Godefroy's commentary, is the first modern edition of the Codex. The Theodosian Code became the most authoritative form of Roman law in western Europe; it was in force right through the Middle Ages. Theodosius II also wanted the Code to confirm Christianity as the official religion of the Roman Empire. This set is the first of the Weidmann editions. Complete in seven volumes; Volume VI is in two parts, bound in two volumes. Volume I: [44] pp, CCXXX, 504 pp, [2] pp. Volume II: [28] pp, 700 pp, [20] pp. Volume III: [16] pp, 564 pp. Volume IV: [10] pp, 656 pp. Volume V: [8] pp, 478 pp, [2] pp. Volume VI Part I: [12] pp, 350 pp, pp311 to 320 repeated, [102] pp. Volume VI, Part II.: [8], 289 pp, [7] pp, 163 pp, XLII, [2] pp. Bound in full vellum gilt boards, all edges mottled. Later end papers, small bookseller label (Thomas Baker,72 Newman St., London) to inside front boards. Some rubbing to extremities & spine ends; Volume I with some separation of vellum from the front board: Vol VI with small scratch on front board. Title page printed in red and black, woodcut devices at title pages, illustrated with head and tail vignettes. Tome IV with period manuscript title notation on spine. Toning and scattered fox spotting of text. One page in first volume damaged at lower corner (p 269) with minor loss of text. Small ownership stamps of M. M. Hassett on front end papers. OCLC: 926815847.
Three ALS letters

Three ALS letters, to Ernest Boyd, New York critic

Dreiser, Theodore Letters from Theodore Dreiser to his friend in New York, the critic Ernest Augustus Boyd (1887-1946), all signed. The first letter is a full page hand written letter on printed letterhead, dated March 12, 1924, apologizing for missing an engagement because Dreiser was "down with a fierce cold", and signed "regards to the Boyd, Theodore Dreiser". 7 1/4 x 10 1/2", pale gray paper with printed letterhead, period folds flattened. The second is addressed to Mrs. Boyd. It refers to a dinner invitation ("a gentlemen's dinner with ladies afterward is excellent on occasion"), dated Feb. 20, 1925 and signed Theodore Dreiser. Dreiser's Bedford Ave., Brooklyn address written in ink at the top. 12 1/4 x 8", cream color paper, folds to 6 1/4 x 8", period fold flattened. The third item of correspondence is a real photo postcard from Trondheim, Norway, captioned "Nordland De syv Sestre" on the front. Dreiser writes to Boyd at his East 19th Street NY address: "This is as far as I've got in my trip to Paris. Slightly circuitous as yet but give me time and I'll get there. Regards to the wife. Tell her I'm guarding her French letters as I do my bags. Dreiser". Real photo postcard, 5 1/4 x 3 1/4", split back, canceled Norwegian stamp. Boyd was a central figure in the New York literary world. He was born in Dublin, moved to the US and served with the British consular service in Baltimore, where he befriended the critic H. L. Mencken, who was then the editor of the American Mercury. Boyd left his diplomatic career and settled in New York to work as a literary critic, writing reviews for the American Mercury, the New York Evening Post, and the Saturday Review of Literature. He became an editor at the American Spectator along with Eugene O'Neill and Theodore Dreiser.