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         The Foundation of Arithmetic. A logico-mathematical enquiry into the concept of number. English Translation by J.L Austin. (Die Grundlagen der Arithmetik. Eine logisch mathematische Untersuchung über den Begriff der Zahl).

      Oxford, Basil Blackwell, 1950. 8vo. Orig. full green cloth w. gilt lettering to spine, orig. blue dust-jacket w. some soiling. Very minor nick to upper capital at back hinge, otherwise intact w. no loss and not price-clipped. Cloth-bdg. w. minor wear to capitals. Internally very nice and clean. Pp. xii + xiie, pp. XI + XIe, (2), 119 + 119e pp.. First U.K. edition, being the first English language, edition of this philosophical classic, Frege's later so influential first book, which is considered the best introduction to his thought. The work was originally published in German in 1894 (the text of which is also printed here), but the English translation has probably been more influential. Friedrich Ludwig Gottlob Frege (1848 - 1925) was a German mathematician, but his main contributions lie in his becoming a logician and a philosopher, who influenced the fields of logic and analytic philosophy immensely. Together with Wittgenstein, Russel and Moore, Frege is considered the founder of analytic philosophy, and a main founder of modern mathematical logic. In the preface of the "Principia Mathematica" Russell and Whitehead state that "In all questions of logical analysis our chief debt is to Frege" (p. VIII). His influence on 20th century philosophy has been deeply profound, especially in the English speaking countries from the middle of the 20th century and onwards; in this period most of his works were translated into English for the first time.The philosophical papers of Frege were published in Germany in scholarly journals, which were barely read outside of German speaking countries. The first collections of his writings did not appear until after the Second World War, and Frege was little known as a philosopher during his lifetime. He greatly influenced the likes of Russel, wittgenstein and Carnap, though, and bears a great responsibility for the turn modern philosophical thought has taken. Due to his contributions to the philosophy of language, analytic philosophy could be founded as it were. Instead of answering the question about meaning, Frege here sets out to explore the foundations of arithmetic, beginning with questions such as "What is a number?" In his solutions the answer to the question of meaning could also be found, though, and he permitted himself "the hope that even the philosophers, if they examine what I have written without prejudice, will find in it something of use to them." (p. XIi - Introduction).The book has belonged to James K. Feibleman, the author of "A Myth is a Religion in which no one any longer believes" in "Understanding Philosophy", 1973, and bears a dedication from him "For Florence".German-English parallel-text

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         Pebble in the Sky (Signed First Edition)

      Doubleday Garden City: Doubleday, 1950. First Edition. First Edition. SIGNED by the author on the title page. Very Good plus in a Very Good dust jacket. A slight bump to the crown, with light foxing to the top page edges. Jacket is lightly chipped and rubbed, with a few small splashes and a two inch closed tear to the rear panel at the spine. The first of Asimov's many novels, scarce signed.

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         Pebble in the Sky

      Doubleday & Co. Garden City: Doubleday & Co., 1950. First edition of the author's first book. Inscribed on the title page to noted astronomer Fred Whipple and his wife: "Usually astronomer / and psychologist/ respectively/ but currenty: PARENTS/ Isaac / Asimov." The inscription is dated 25 February 1950, which is a little over a month after the book's publication date of 19 January. Asimov's first novel is a tale of time slip, where a man walking down a street in Chicago raises one foot in the twentieth century and lowers it in Galactic Era 827." An auspicious debut for one of the grand masters of science fiction. Slight outward crease to spine, else a near fine copy in a chipped and worn dust wrapper.

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      Garden City: Doubleday & Company Inc. Garden City: Doubleday & Company, Inc.,. 1950. cloth.. A fine copy in near fine dust jacket with orange and yellow lettering. on spine panel faded and 23 mm closed tear at bottom edge of rear. panel. A nice copy. (#100062). First edition. The author's first SF novel. Anatomy of Wonder (1995) 3-15. In 333.

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         Pebble in the Sky

      Doubleday Garden City: Doubleday. 1950. First. First edition. Page edges slightly tanned, still fine in near fine dustwrapper with slight rubbing to the corners of the spine ends. The thin paper jacket is usually found well-worn. A very nice copy of the author's first book, a time travel novel, seldom found in this condition. .

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         Forward American Wines, Including Wine Producer's Formulae

      Carl Dumbra Boston: Carl Dumbra, (1948, 1950). Two volumes. Thick quartos, xxvi, 518 & xxvii-xlv, 519-1175 pages. Book one a stated second printing; book two stated first edition. Illustrated with occasional black and white photos and figures. A very scarce technical treatise. The jacket states, "The master guide for the chemist, researcher, winemaker, wine producer, and production man. Technical information and numerous wine formulae and blends are listed... Chemical and engineering developments. Methods, processes, and formulae for making vermouth extracts used in the manufacture of vermouths, sweet and dry. Artificial and rapid aging by special process, and many other types and California varieties." Light shelfwear to both volumes. Some dampstaining to top edges, and some general light wear to dust jackets. Still very presentable copies of these very scarce volumes [Not in Gabler, Amerine or Cagle].

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         Fine pencil, ink and watercolor design for a New Yorker cover

      No place ca. 1950 No place, [ca. 1950]. 12 1/2" x 9 1/2"; in an archival mat, overall dimensions 18" x 15". . On medium-weight art paper, fine condition . Although this is a preparatory drawing, it is a well-rendered, lively, and highly decorative image, consisting of a montage of fall motifs: colorful foliage, spacious skies, amber grain, purple mountains, fruited plains, a church, a silo, a school complete with child, tourist directions, with "The New Yorker" lettered at the top and a vertical border of grapes at the left edge. Although not used as a cover, this delightful design would have made a wonderful one. One the verso of the drawing is a portion of an ink sketch of a mother, daughter, and lady visitor in a living room.Barbara Shermund, a talented artist, did a number of cartoon drawings for popular magazines. Along with Helen Hokinson and Mary Petty, she was also one of the few female artists to work extensively for The New Yorker

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         Original conceptual for THE NEW YORKER magazine cover, signed with artist's initial M

      n.p ca. mid 1950s n.p, ca. mid-1950s. (NEW YORKER) Image 11-3/4 x 8-1/2 inches, matted and framed to 20 x 16-1/2 inches overall. Watercolor on paper of Wagnerian hero facing mouse. . Original watercolor cover conception, prepared for evaluation by the magazine's art editor. Writing in The New Yorker of December 15, 1997, Lee Lorenz, the magazine's art editor from 1973-93 and subsequently cartoon editor, noted: "Julian De Miskey, the artist who signed his work M, was one of the most prolific and resourceful of the first wave of New Yorker artists. He did spots, cartoons, and covers, and helped create the decorative style of The Talk of the Town-" All New Yorker original covers and conceptuals are sought after, and the market is growing, especially for such quality work as De Miskey's

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         The Rose Tattoo

      New Directions (New York): New Directions. (1950). First. First edition. Tiny stains on the boards else near fine in very good dustwrapper with some tape shadows on the rear panel from an old repair. Signed by the author. A hit play and basis for the 1955 Daniel Mann film featuring Anna Magnani in an Oscar-winning role, as a widow wooed by truck driver Burt Lancaster. .

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         Japanese Head (print)

      1950.. Fine condition. Artist's proof. Signed by Leonard Baskin. Image measures 40 X 24 cm. Fern and O'Sullivan 75.

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      1950. 1. (FOUJITA)illus. NIGHT AND THE CAT by Elizabeth Coatsworth. NY: Macmillan 1950, 4to (6 3/4 x 10"), two-tone cloth, near Fine in dust wrapper (dw rubbed with small strip off rear flap at fold). Stated 1st printing. Featuring 12 beautiful full page lithographs of all types of cats by FOUJITA, the noted Japanese artist, to accompany poems by Coatsworth. LAID-IN IS A HANDWRITTEN LETTER FROM COATSWORTH TO A FAN ON HER PERSONAL "CHIMNEY FARM" PICTORIAL CARD in which she discusses the book. She writes in part: "All the stories are retold from real stories known to Buddhist children all through Asia." This is a special copy.

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      Garden City: Doubleday & Company Inc. Garden City: Doubleday & Company, Inc.,. 1950. cloth.. A fine copy in fine dust jacket with touch of rubbing at edges. A. sharp copy. (#129702). First edition. Barron (ed), Fantasy Literature 3-171. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 792. Survey of Modern Fantasy Literature II, pp. 942-44. Baird and Greenwood, An Annotated Bibliography of California Fiction 1664-1970 1151.

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      Tokyo: Graphic Shudan [Tokyo]: Graphic Shudan, [late 1950s]. First Edition. 4 volumes in card slipcase with a square cutout window. Square 12mos. Number 87 of 1000 numbered copies. Despite the apparent limitation, one of the great rarities of Japanese photographic literature: this is the first time I have seen these wonderful, diminutive volumes, apparently intended as a promotional giveaway for the Graphic Shudan, a group of artists, photographers, and art directors active in the advertising world. If indeed this is advertising, Don Draper would be doing boozy cartwheels in his office. From a design and aesthetic standpoint, this publication appears to presage every design trend from Sam Haskins to Eikoh Hosoe; indeed the brilliance of the photography, sequencing, packaging and layout is perhaps unrivaled by anything of this era. That the photographers are largely unknown and the item essentially unobtainable, only adds to the mystique. The four books are crisp and fine in photo-illustrated wrappers; the cardboard slipcase with a square cutout window is also close to fine.

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         Flyda of the Seas

      Imago London: Imago, (1950). Octavo. 88pp. One of thirty copies printed on handmade paper, not for sale. Illustrated with twelve color lithographs by John Buckland Wright, all but one of them full-page. A presentation inscription on the front blank dated September, 1958 reads, "To Anne & Georg, a story of the seas -- your loving Aunt Marie." Princess Marie Bonaparte was the great-grandniece of Napoleon I of France and an amateur psychoanalyst, who maintained a friendship with Sigmund Freud. She married Prince George of Greece and Denmark, and the inscription is probably to her cousins-by-marriage, Prince Georg Valdemar of Denmark and Iceland, and his wife, Anne. Bound in lime-green vellum with an image of a mermaid in gilt on the front cover and gilt titling to spine. Some sunning to spine and edges of front cover, else a fine copy of a handsome book. (Reid A59).

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         The Public Papers and Addresses of Franklin D. Roosevelt, Complete 13 Volume Set, covering the years 1928-1945

      Random House Macmillan Harper New York: Random House, Macmillan, Harper. 1938-1950. First printing. Hardcover. Near Fine. First editions, published from 1938-1950. Published by Random House, Macmillan and Harpers. Complete 13 volume set, large bluish gray cloth 8vo's. First 5 volumes lacking their dust jackets. 1935 has a light tidemark toward the upper edge of the pages at the crease, throughout. Otherwise, all volumes are in near fine condition, some with areas of dusting on the edges. 1937 DJ is fair-- heavily taped and worn; others are G to VG with rubbing to corners and the usual wear. Complete set with very bright, clean contents. A great scholar's collection. Because of the weight of the set, additional shipping charges will be required. Subtitles as follows: 1928-1932: The Genesis of the New Deal; 1933: The Year of Crisis; 1934: The Advance of Recovery and Reform; 1935: The Court Disapproves; 1936: The People Approve; 1937: The Constitution Prevails; 1938: The Continuing Struggle for Liberalism; 1939: War-- and Neutrality; 1940: War-- and Aid to Democracies; 1941: The Call to Battle Stations; 1942: Humanity on the Defensive; 1943: The Tide Turns; 1944-45: Victory and the Threshold of Peace.

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      Chicago: Shasta Publishers Chicago: Shasta Publishers,. 1950. cloth.. Signed by Ed Wood (THE Ed Wood?) on front free endpaper. A fine copy. in near fine dust jacket (designed by Hannes Bok) with some spotting. along top edges of front and rear panels, more so on the latter.. Still a very nice copy. (#110872). First edition. A fine association copy, inscribed on the front free endpaper by Jenkins to T. E. Dikty who, along with Erle Korshak, founded Shasta Publishers: "To Ted Dikty; / Who can't find his way / about on Long Island, but / is a good guy just the / same / Will F. Jenkins / 'Murray Leinster.'" Anatomy of Wonder (1995) 2-70.

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         The Waters Reglitterized

      John Kidis [No place]: John Kidis. 1950. First. First edition. Stapled wrappers. Split at the bottom of the spine, a very good copy in wrappers with modest edgewear. One of 1000 numbered copies. This is copy #39. The first printed edition of a small manuscript book that Miller had originally prepared for his friend Emil Schnellock in 1939. This copy Inscribed by Miller to June Mansfield, his second wife, and the inspiration for much of his best fiction: "For June -- a souvenir of Paris & Schnellockian days. Henry. 3/51." .

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         A Little Stone

      John Lehman London: John Lehman. (1950). First. First edition, first issue binding. Fine in a bright and fresh, near fine dustwrapper with a small scraped tear on the spine. A nice copy of this collection of stories. .

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         Conozca la Argentina [Meet Argentina]

      Cambytur S.A. Buenos Aires: Cambytur S.A.. [circa 1950]. First. First edition. Oblong octavo. Spiral bound printed decorated boards with clear plastic dustwrapper, attached at the flaps to insides of the boards. Boards a little warped, and the plastic has pulled through a few of the spirals, but otherwise very good or better. Issued by a tourism agency extolling the virtues of Argentina as a tourism destination, and illustrated with 15 full-page original photographs mounted with captions in both Spanish and English on the verso of the preceding page. The photographs are unattributed, but wonderfully composed and presented. Very scarce. .

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         Principia Mathematica; 3 Vols

      Cambridge University Press Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1950. Reprint. Hardcover. Near Fine. Three volumes. Reprints of the second edition. Cloth hardcovers in dust jackets, 674 + 742 + 491 pp., clean unmarked texts, all volumes about Near Fine in Very Good dust jackets, light discoloration to some pages of the texts and/or the page-edges, a bit of rubbing to the covers at the tips, dust jackets with some soil/discoloraiton, dust jackets with rubbing or wear at the tips and edges including chipping, creasing, and minor loss. All copies with dust jackets in archival dust jacket protectors. Uncommon set, especially in such nice shape.

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      1950. 1. LEWIS,C.S. THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE. NY: Macmillan 1950 (1950). 8vo (5 1/2 x 8 1/4"), cloth, 154p., except for a bit of the inevitable fading that always occurs with this title, this is Fine in near Fine dust wrapper (dw with a touch of fading on rear panel and ever so slightly rubbed). Stated FIRST PRINTING of the first title in the Narnia chronicles, now a modern classic. Printed the same year as the British first. Illustrated in black and white by PAULINE BAYNES. This is an amazingly nice copy, rare in this condition.

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         Report of a conference on high speed automatic calculating-machines. Signed by Wilkes

      Univ. Mathematical Lab. Cambridge: Univ. Mathematical Lab., 1950. No Dust Jacket. [Wilkes, Maurice V.] Conference on high speed automatic calculating-machines. Report of a conference on high speed calculating-machines, 22-25 June 1949. Cambridge: University Mathematical Laboratory, January 1950. Original tan printed wrappers, stapled. Signed by Maurice V. Wilkes on the title-leaf. [6], 141pp., irregularly numbered. 33 inserted illustrations / diagrams. 327 x 200 mm. Provenance: Andrew D. Booth.First edition. The report of the first computer conference held in England. Its main significance was that it was the first computer conference in which a stored-program computer actually operated. The conference was organized by Wilkes. Twenty-eight papers were presented at the conference, including Couffignal's "La machine de l'Institut Blaise Pascal," M. H. A. Newman's "Some routines involving large integers," and Turing's "Checking a large routine". The texts of most of the papers, as well as of the discussions that followed, are reproduced in the report. The conference was attended by about one hundred people, whose names are listed on pages 1-4. A bibliography of over one hundred works on computers appears on pages 134-41 (see Randell 1982a, 541). This bibliography was relatively complete for the sparse literature available at the time. The EDSAC, which had become fully operational just a few weeks previously, was the star of the Cambridge conference. Immediately after the opening address (delivered by Douglas R. Hartree), Wilkes presented a paper on the EDSAC written by himself and his colleague William Renwick (pp. 9-11), which was followed by a demonstration of the machine (pp. 12-16): "For the demonstration two short programs were run: the first, written by Wilkes, printed a table of squares; the second, written by David Wheeler, printed out prime numbers. David Wheeler . . . also gave a paper later in the conference on organising the program library for EDSAC [pp. 36-40]; this paper is interesting because it shows an early stage in the evolution of the EDSAC programming system that was later to be described in the classic textbook The Preparation of Programs for an Electronic Digital Computer" (Williams and Campbell-Kelly 1989, xiii). When we last checked OCLC cited three copies of this report.

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      Girsberger Zürich: Girsberger, 1950. Folio. (12)ff. One of five copies with the original collages. Honegger's nine compositions are comprised of abstract lithographs with added colorful collage elements. On several pages, the images are accompanied by poetry by Gessner; on others, the composition fills the entire space of the page spread. A Swiss national who established himself in New York and Paris in the late 1950s, Honegger was aligned early in his career with concrete art, and the typographical arrangement of the poetry in this collection reflects the influence of that aesthetic movement. Loose, as issued, in lithographed wrappers of heavy card. With the original glassine. Some light spots of foxing to a few pages, else very fine.

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      [1950]. 8vo. Original proof-copy (of the latest stage, presumably final proof, in the same format as the printed version and with no corrections), printed on rectos and versos. Stapled twice in left margin. A few marginal creases. A (proof-) number to upper left corner in red ink (297). Pp. 109-148 + tipped-in errata slip at p. 147.. Very rare original proof-copy of the two highly important appendices for Einstein's "The Meaning of Relativity", third edition, 1950, the second appendix being one of the most important pieces Einstein ever wrote, namely the appendix "in which he described his most recent work on unification" (Pais), and the work which was hailed by The New York Times under the heading "New Einstein theory gives a master key to the universe". The first appendix, which appeared for the second edition of the work, remained unchanged throughout the history of "the Meaning of Relativity" and was written because "Since the first edition of this little book some advances have been made in the theory of relativity. [...] The first step forward is the conclusive demonstration of the existence of the red shift of the spectral lines by the (negative) gravitational potential of the place of origin" [...] A second step forward, which will be mentioned briefly, concerns the law of motion of a gravitating body." [...] A third step forward, concerning the so-called "cosmologic problem," wiil be considered here in detail..." (pp. 109-10). The present 40 pages constitute the final proof-copy of the entire appendices I and II to the Generalized Theory of Gravitation, exactly as they appeared in the third edition (Princeton in 1950). Einstein's "The Meaning of Relativity" was originally published in 1922, on the basis of his "Vier Vorlesungen ueber Relativitetstheorie" given at Princeton in 1921. A second edition, with an appendix (appendix I) appeared in 1945 (several issues and editions of this appeared also), and in 1949 the third edition, with the seminal Appendix II printed for the first time, appears (also appeared in 1950, in Princeton). In 1950 a revised edition of the third edition appears, having Appendix II slightly revised, and in 1953 the heavily revised fourth edition appears. THIS IS THE PROOF-COPY OF APPENDICES I AND II FOR THE "THIRD EDITION, INCLUDING THE GENERALIZED THEORY OF GRAVITATION" (PRINCETON, 1950). The main focus of the work throughout all these editions of the work since 1949 is Appendix II, which deals with Einstein's main interest, the generalization of the Gravitation Theory, which was to unite the general theory of relativity with electromagnetism, recovering an approximation for quantum theory, and presenting us with a theory to explain the universe as a unified entity, the ultimate goal for the greatest physicist that ever lived. "This was Einstein's ultimate response to the mechanical-electromagnetic crisis in physical theory he had first talked about in the opening of his 1905 light quantum-paper." (Nandor, in D.S.B., p. 330). It was indeed Einstein's aim to provide an explanation of the universe through his unified field theory, although he was well aware that his sort of field theory might not exist. However, even the establishing of the non-existence of it could bring us closer to an explanation than we had ever been before. There is no topic of greater importance to Einstein than his theory of unification. "In 1949 Einstein wrote a new appendix for the third edition of his "The Meaning of Relativity" in which he described his most recent work on unification. It was none of his doing that a page of his manuscript appeared on the front page of "The New York Times" under the heading "New Einstein theory gives a master key to the universe". He refused to see reporters and asked Helen Dukas to relay this message to them: "Come back and see me in twenty years"." (Pais, p. 350)

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         Autograph Manuscript signed and inscribed at a later date ("W. S. Merwin 4/23/83 I wrote it a long time ago"), working draft and notes of an untitled essay on Samuel L. Clemens and HUCKLEBERRY FINN

      N.P. London n.d. 1950s N.P. [London?], n.d. [1950s]. 5pp. folio, one page 8-1/2 x 8 inches. 6 pp. in ink, densely written in Merwin's small handwriting, on versos of blank "Continuity Report" forms of Parthian Productions Ltd., heavily worked, with numerous corrections and deletions. Very good. In quarter blue morocco slipcase

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         “Five years ago, after the bloodshed and destruction of World War II, many of us hoped that all nations would work together to make sure that war could never happen again … The invasion of Korea has shown that there are some who will resort to outright war, contrary to the principles of the charter, if it suits their ends … The only course the peace-loving nations can take in the present situation is to create the armaments needed to make the world secure against aggression. That is the course to which the United States is now firmly committed…”

      Printed Speech, in booklet form, Signed “To Bill Hassett with / appreciation / Harry S. Truman” on the cover as President, 12 pages, 3.75” x 8.5”. Address titled “A New Page in History,” delivered by the President before the United Nations General Assembly, Flushing Meadow, New York, October 24, 1950. Inscribed to his White House Correspondence Secretary, William D. Hassett. Rusted at the two staples binding the booklet. Fine condition. At 11:30 AM, October 24, 1950, President Truman addressed the General Assembly of the United Nations at Lake Success, Flushing Meadow, New York. His address, in booklet form, was printed by the U.S. Government Printing Office later in 1950. Truman spoke on the fifth anniversary of the ratification of the Charter of the United Nations which brought the international body officially into existence. In part, “Five years ago today the Charter of the United Nations came into force. By virtue of that event, October 24, 1945, became a great day in the history of the world. Long before that day, the idea of an association of nations to keep the peace had lived as a dream in the hearts and minds of men. Woodrow Wilson was the author of that idea in our time. The organization that was brought into being on October 24, 1945, represents our greatest advance toward making that dream a reality… “Governments may sometimes falter in their support of the United Nations, but the peoples of the world do not falter. The demand of men and women throughout the world for international order and justice is one of the strongest forces in these troubled times … We have just had a vivid demonstration of that fact in Korea. The invasion of the Republic of Korea was a direct challenge to the principles of the United Nations. That challenge was met by an overwhelming response. The people of almost every member country supported the decision of the Security Council to meet this aggression with force. Few acts in our time have met with such widespread approval. “In uniting to crush the aggressors in Korea, these member nations have done no more than the charter calls for. But the important thing is that they have done it, and they have done it successfully. They have given dramatic evidence that the charter works. They have proved that the charter is a living instrument backed by the material and moral strength of members, large and small. The men who laid down their lives for the United Nations in Korea will have a place in our memory, and in the memory of the world, forever. They died in order that the United Nations might live. As a result of their sacrifices, the United Nations today is stronger than it ever has been. Today, it is better able than ever before to fulfill the hopes that men have placed in it… “The skills and experience of the United Nations in this field will be put to the test now that the fighting in Korea is nearly ended. The reconstruction of Korea as a free, united, and self-supporting nation is an opportunity to show how international cooperation can lead to gains in human freedom and welfare. The work of the United Nations for human advancement, important as it is, can be fully effective only if we can achieve the other great objective of the United Nations, a just and lasting peace. At the present time, the fear of another great international war overshadows all the hopes of mankind. This fear arises from the tensions between nations and from the recent outbreak of open aggression in Korea. We in the United States believe that such a war can be prevented. We do not believe that war is inevitable. One of the strongest reasons for this belief is our faith in the United Nations… “Five years ago, after the bloodshed and destruction of World War II, many of us hoped that all nations would work together to make sure that war could never happen again. We hoped that international cooperation, supported by the strength and moral authority of the United Nations, would be sufficient to prevent aggression. But this was not to be the case, I am sorry to say. Although many countries promptly disbanded their wartime armies, other countries continued to maintain forces so large that they posed a constant threat of aggression. And this year, the invasion of Korea has shown that there are some who will resort to outright war, contrary to the principles of the charter, if it suits their ends. “In these circumstances, the United Nations, if it is to be an effective instrument for keeping the peace, has no choice except to use the collective strength of its members to curb aggression. To do so, the United Nations must be prepared to use force. The United Nations did use force to curb aggression in Korea, and by so doing has greatly strengthened the cause of peace… “Disarmament is the course which the United States would prefer to take. It is the course which most nations would like to adopt. It is the course which the United Nations from its earliest beginnings has been seeking to follow … The will of the world for peace is too strong to allow us to give up in this effort. We cannot permit the history of our times to record that we failed by default… But until an effective system of disarmament is established, let us be clear about the task ahead. The only course the peace-loving nations can take in the present situation is to create the armaments needed to make the world secure against aggression. That is the course to which the United States is now firmly committed. That is the course we will continue to follow as long as it is necessary… “If real disarmament were achieved, the nations of the world, acting through the United Nations, could join in a greatly enlarged program of mutual aid. As the cost of maintaining armaments decreased, every nation could greatly increase its contributions to advancing human welfare. All of us could then pool even greater resources to support the United Nations in its war against want. In this way, our armaments would be transformed into foods, medicine, tools for use in underdeveloped areas, and into other aids for human advancement. The latest discoveries of science could be made available to men all over the globe. Thus, we could give real meaning to the old promise that swords shall be beaten into plowshares, and that nations shall not learn war any more. “Then, man can turn his great inventiveness, his tremendous energies, and the resources with which he has been blessed, to creative efforts. Then we shall be able to realize the kind of world which has been the vision of man for centuries. This is the goal which we must keep before us--and the vision in which we must never lose faith.”

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         Atomic Theory of Liquid Helium Near Absolute ZeroLancaster: American Physical Society, 1953-54. First edition.

      Offprint of one of his major papers. Feynman offprints are very rarely seen on the market. This one derives from the estate of an officer of the Press Office of the Physics Department at Caltech. OCLC lists no copies of this separate printing.

During the early 1950's Feynman became "especially interested in liquid helium. At ordinary temperatures and pressures, helium exists as a gas; but at extremely low temperatures (a few degrees above absolute zero), helium becomes a liquid-indeed, a liquid with strange properties. Liquid helium displays superfluidity, that is, it flows with no viscosity or friction at all (unlike ordinary liquids). The phenomenon had been discovered experimentally during the 1930s, and the great Russian theorist Lev Landau had provided a successful phenomenological description during the 1940s." (DSB).

Successful as Landau's theory was, it lacked an atomistic foundation. Then, in the spring of 1953, "Richard Feynman entered the scene. He set himself the task of providing a theoretical understanding of the problem of liquid helium on an atomic basis, which could only be done if one approached the problem from first principles. (Mehra & Rechenberg). "Feynman brought his newest tools to bear on the problem-path integrals and Feynman diagrams-to explain superfluidity on a rigorously quantum-mechanical basis. In addition to the particle-like quantum excitations that had been studied, Feynman realized that a new quantum effect also played a role: the formation of quantum vortices. Once again his intuitive, pictorial approach proved successful." (DSB).

"While he greatly admired Landau's contributions to and successes in the field, Feynman pointed out several weaknesses in Landau's theory. Notably, Landau's quantum hydrodynamical approach treated Helium II as a continuous medium, which right from the beginning sacrificed the atomic structure of the liquid and thus forestalled the possibility of calculating the various characteristics of the system, such as the various parameters, on an atomic basis. In his first paper on the 'Atomic theory of the lambda-transition in helium', he showed 'from first principles that, in spite of the large interatomic forces, liquid He4 should exhibit a transition analogous to the transition in an ideal gas' (p. 1291). By writing 'the exact partition function as an integral over trajectories, using the space-time approach to quantum mechanics', Feynman could indeed derive a Landau-type energy spectrum [in the present paper] and further demonstrate phonon-like excitations evolve into roton-like ones at large momenta [in 'Atomic theory of the two fluid model of liquid helium']" (Mehra & Rechenberg, The Historical Development of Quantum Theory, Vol. 6, Part 2, p. 1160).

Offered with: "Atomic theory of the lambda-transition in helium", pp. 1291-1301 in Physical Review, Vol. 91, No. 2, and "Atomic theory of the two fluid model of liquid helium", pp. 262-277 in Physical Review, Vol. 94, No. 2 (two complete journal issues in original printed wrappers).. Offprint from Physical Review, Vol. 91, No. 2, pp. 1301-1308. Self-wrappers, stapled as issued (punch holes in inner margin filled, not affecting text)

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         “Boccherini's Minuet and the Caliph of Baghdad”

      1950. A Scarce Original, Autobiographical DrawingNot to be Pooh-Pooh'edSHEPARD, E[rnest] H. Boccherini's Minuet and the Caliph of Baghdad [N.p.: n.d., ca. 1950]. Original pen-and-ink drawing by renowned illustrator Ernest H. Shepard of himself at age seven, with his sister Ethel, a few years older, depicting them in practice during a screeching violin lesson. Image size: 3 3/4 x 6 7/16 inches; 95 x 164 mm. Signed with initials at lower left. Matted, framed and glazed. A delightful image of Shepard's childhood, which originally appeared in his autobiography, Drawn from Memory (1957), and was later reproduced only once, on page twenty-seven of The Work of E.H. Shepard by Rawle Knox (1979). Found on page thirty-three of Drawn from Memory, it is captioned, "My little fingers never seemed to be in the right place." "Once a week we all three of us [siblings] had a music lesson. We had violins of different sizes and were taught by Mr. Cruft... It was dreadfully tedious having to play scales and my fingers never seemed to be in the right places, but it was better when I was promoted to Boccherini's Minuet. By that time Ethel could rattle along with The Caliph of Baghdad" (Drawn from Memory, p. 33)."When I am goneLet Shepard decorate my tomband put (if there is room)Two pictures on the stone:Piglet from page a hundred and eleven,And Pooh and Piglet walking (157) . . .And Peter, thinking they they are my own,Will welcome me to heaven."- A.A. Milne, inscription to Shepard's copy of Winnie-the-PoohErnest Howard Shepard (1879-1976), "was born only a five-minute walk from the birthplace of A.A. Milne, but it would be many years before their first meeting when their names would be linked for all time to one of the most loved of all bears... He contributed a weekly drawing to Punch for many years. He was perhaps the most-loved illustrator of 'children's' books, best remembered for When We Were Very Young, Winnie-the-Pooh, Now We Are Six and The House At Pooh Corner, Kenneth Grahame's classics The Wind In The Willows, Dream Days and The Golden Age and a book which later became the favourite reading of Christopher Robin Milne, Bevis, the Story of a Boy by Richard Jefferies."Shepard's autobiographical books, Drawn from Memory (1957) and Drawn From Life (1962) are joyfully written and present a superb picture of England's upper middle classes. His drawings in over fifty books frequently poked fun at social contretemps and domestic perplexity, especially where children were involved. His illustrations continued to show extraordinary vigour and vivacity throughout his long working life."In his eighty-ninth year, he visited old friends and relations in Cape Town, Durban, Perth, Sydney and Tasmania, returning through Tahiti so that he could look at Gauguin relics" (Peter Dennis, Poohcorner).

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         Typed Letter Signed, with numerous holograph insertions, corrections and editing marks, 4to, Los Angeles, July 1, 1950

      ?Owing to the fact that a long-standing defect of vision causes me to read slowly, I regret that I must say no to your kind invitation: for I am engaged on a piece of work involving much research and permits no extra- curricular activities?It was kind of you to pass on my request, about the anthology for the Britannica?I am wondering whether, if the Britannica doesn?t want to publish the anthology, the firm would be willing to allow it to come out elsewhere. It seems hardly fair for an author to permit a year?s work and 20,000 words of original writing to lie indefinitely on the shelf?.?

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         The Swiss Family Perelman. Drawings by Hirschfeld

      New York: Simon & Schuster, 1950. First Edition. Octavo (21.5cm). Canary-yellow cloth boards, stamped in blue and black; 213pp; illus. Warmly inscribed on front endpaper to Ben Shahn: "For Ben / another vignette of tzoris, self-induced by one who modestly considers himself an expert at self-destruction, / Tout a vous / Sid," dated 1961. Modest external soil; internally clean and unmarked; lacking dustwrapper. A wonderful, humorous inscription from Perelman to his lifelong friend, American painter Ben Shahn. From Shahn's library, with estate label tipped on to front pastedown.

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         CASE OF THE ONE-EYED WITNESS (Intimately Inscribed)

      New York: William Morrow, 1950. Gardner, Erle Stanley. THE CASE OF THE ONE-EYED WITNESS. New York: William Morrow, (1950). First Edition. A FINE bright copy (one small pinhole scuff to front board) in a NEAR FINE priced dust jacket (trifling edge wear, tiny bit a staining to the top edge which just barely affects the inside flaps). Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "To Tee Rose, who has a swell brand of ink in her typewriter ribbon but doesn't use it enough. With love, yours, Erle." Underneath this he has written his full name: "Erle Stanley Gardner/ Oct 1950." Not much is known of the recipient as yet, other than she did write a story for Argosy Magazine in the late 1940s that appeared in the same issue as one of Gardner's. Erle Stanley Gardner occasionally signed copies of his books for friends and people he worked with but rarely did he inscribe a book so intimately. See our other copies from the same primary source by using key words Tee Rose.. Signed by Author. First Edition. Fine/Near Fine.

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         Three Baseball Hall of Famers are among the eight American League team Presidents signing an original hand-drawn and colored baseball sheet honoring the A.L. in its 50th year

      Signatures of “Tom Yawkey,” “Chas H. Comiskey,” “Ellis Ryan,” “W.O. Briggs,” “Dan Topping,” “Clark Griffith,” “Connie Mack,” and “Wm. O. DeWitt,” one page, 8” x 9.25”. Left edge of “W” in Briggs’ signature cut off. A collector has drawn and colored 1” x 1.5” team logos under which each team president signed. Lightly soiled. Mounting remnants at corners on verso. Fine condition. Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1980, TOM YAWKEY (1903-1976) was President of the Boston Red Sox from 1933-1976. CLARK GRIFFITH (1869-1955), inducted into the HOF in 1946, was President of the Washington Senators from 1920-1955. As a pitcher, Griffith topped the 20-victory mark six years in a row for the Chicago White Stockings, amassing 237 career victories. In 1901, as a player-manager, he led Chicago to the first American League pennant. From 1903-1907, he was the first manager of the New York Yankees, then called the Highlanders. CONNIE MACK (1862-1956) became a HOFer in 1937. From 1937-1954, he was President of the Philadelphia Athletics; he owned and managed the A’s from 1901-1950. Always wearing a business suit, never a uniform, Mack won five World Series crowns and built two dynasties with four pennants in five years from 1910-1914 and three in a row from 1929-1931. DAN TOPPING (1912-1974) was President of the New York Yankees from 1948-1966. During his 19-year presidency, the Yankees won 14 American League pennants and nine World Series. CHARLES A. COMISKEY II (1925-2007), grandson of HOFer Charles A. Comiskey, was Vice President of the Chicago White Sox from 1948-1956, and after his mother Grace died in 1956, succeeded her as team president (1957-1959). ELLIS RYAN (1904-1966) was President of the Cleveland Indians from 1950-1952. WALTER O. BRIGGS, SR. (1877-1952) was President of the Detroit Tigers from 1936-1952. WILLIAM O. DeWITT (1902-1982) was President of the St. Louis Browns from 1949-1951.

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         Musterbuch Japan. 20.Jahrhundert. [Nachschlagewerk nach dem Hiroha-Alphabet geordnet, mit japanischen Familienwappen und Mustern.]

      213 S. Blockbuchbindung. Titelschildchen. 18,5 x 26 cm. U.a. Genjimon in Sumizurie-Optik

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         Over 60 words in Kennedy’s hand on United States Senate stationery relating to domestic policy

      Autograph Manuscript not signed, one page, 8” x 10.5”. On lined “United States Senate / Washington, D.C.” stationery watermarked with the Seal of the United States. Fine condition. Massachusetts Senator John F. Kennedy has penned notes as he read a report, writing the page number at the left and his comments relating to what he had read on each specified page, on the right. In part: “108 Do we want – ‘not increases / proportionately’” “109” ‘is’ should be ‘are’” “112. … – Which are employers to / … wishes … away etc’ / Difficulty is that P.R. is / … - hard to / oppose them without looking … / Important to … / …” “113. Would not this be awfully / small.” “114. Are we sure of these examples. Pittsfield plant – not being / transferred I do not believe. Supposed to be additional / capacity at least for emergency. / Will be hurtful later.”

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      "Tey, Josephine" aka "Daviot, Gordon" pseudonyms of Elizabeth Mackintosh (1896-1952), Scottish Golden Age mystery writer, literary author, and successful playwright best known for her small but brilliant oeuvre which included the creation of Scotland Yard Inspector Alan Grant and her classic detective novels: THE MAN IN THE QUEUE (1927), A SHILLING FOR CANDLES (1936), MISS PYM DISPOSES (1947), THE FRANCHISE AFFAIR (1948), BRAT FARRAR (1949), and THE DAUGHTER OF TIME (1951, voted greatest mystery novel of all time by the British Crime Writer's Association in 1990; The Franchise Affair was 11th on that same list). EXCEEDINGLY RARE HANDWRITTEN LETTER (Signed "Gordon"), 2pp, over 200 words entirely in her holograph,(20 Cavendish Square, London W1, n.d. but October, 1950) in black ink on small plain notepaper, one corner just slightly torn with no loss of text , folded at one time, but otherwise in Very Good condition. TO HER PUBLISHER Nicholas "Nico" Davies (of the firm Peter Davies Ltd., which published most of her Tey mystery novels). A HIGHLY DESIRABLE and extraordinarily uncommon HANDWRITTEN LETTER from the reclusive author, containing information on her working methods as well as a description of her personal feelings re: the difference between how she views herself as an author versus as a playwright. It reads, in part: "When he [a fan] first wrote to me about The Franchise Affair he began: ' Dear Josephine (almost certainly Miss!) Tey' - and being no feminist I took that as a compliment." "In police matters I go to the horse's mouth (the local Chief Constable) and abide by what [he] says." "And he misread the bit about the doctor who did not know his patient was a woman: of course the doctor knew as soon as the woman was dead". "It was so nice to see you both again. I always enjoy my Davies luncheons." "P.S.It is a very strange thing but I got more kick on seeing Tey in the middle of the 'Times' [Times Book Club] window than in seeing my name in front of the New [Theatre]. Age, I suppose." [With:]Two letters from Nico Davies, signed, to a fellow publisher, both written a few short years after the author's passing. The first letter reads in part: "Nearly all our letters from Josephine Tey were typewritten and I am pretty sure what you really want to see is her writing, so I have pulled out from our files a letter written in October 1950. She is talking about of one of the many letters she received from a Tey fan and mentions, as you see, THE FRANCHISE AFFAIR. I think the two most interesting things in the letter are a hint of her methods in the third paragraph; and a nice P.S. in which she compares her feelings at seeing copies of the latest Josephine Tey book on display in the Times Book Club with seeing the name of Gordon Daviot in lights outside the New Theatre where her RICHARD OF BORDEAUX ran for many months. (You know of course that Josephine Tey and Gordon Daviot were the same person: she always signed her letters to us - and was called by us---Gordon. Her real name was Elizabeth Mackintosh.) I hope you will be pleased with this "Tey" gem." The second letter from Nico Davies gives a complete list of all her publications, some insider info on Tey publication matters, and imparts this useful fact vis a vis the scarcity of her works: "Apart from her plays. I'm afraid we don't have a single first edition of either Tey or Daviot." [With:] a 5"by 7" PRESS PHOTOGRAPH of the author , the final piece to this small but remarkable archive.

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      1950. 1. (RACKHAM,ARTHUR)illus. WIND IN THE WILLOWS by Kenneth Grahame. NY: Heritage Press (1940, no add. printings). 4to (6 1/2 x 9 1/2"), red cloth spine with blue cloth covers, 190p., spine faded else Fine in lightly soiled dust wrapper and pictorial slipcase (case somewhat soiled with light wear). 1st trade edition of Rackham's last work, published posthumously and not published in England until 1950. THe introduction is by Milne and it features 12 wonderful color plates by Rackham plus 15 pen and ink drawings that did not appear in the Limited Editions Club edition. Quite hard to find first printings complete with dw and case

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      New York: Viking Press, 1950. First Edition. cloth. Very Good in a bright, Very Good dustwrapper. Illustrated with photographs. SIGNED by the First Lady on the half-title page. An uncommon book to find signed.

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         I, Robot (First Edition)

      New York: Gnome Press, 1950. First Edition. First Edition. INSCRIBED by the author on the title page: "To Dick / Isaac Asimov / 25 Sept 81." Asimov's classic work, a collection of short stories that had immediate and lasting impact on both science fiction and popular culture at large, and introducing his Three Laws of Robotics to a wide audience. A hint of foxing to the page edges, and only the tiniest amount of rubbing to the jacket, else Fine in a Fine dust jacket. A stunningly colorful, fresh copy, the best we have encountered by some margin.

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        THE D. A. BREAKS AN EGG (Intimately Inscribed)

      New York: William Morrow, 1950. Gardner, Erle Stanley. THE D. A. BREAKS AN EGG. New York: William Morrow, (1950). First Edition. A NEAR FINE bright unworn copy (some staining to top edge which affects the top right corners of some of the pages, although it doesn't affect any of the text) in an attractive VERY GOOD ORIGINAL DUST JACKET (which has a little bit of overall chipping and creasing to the edges, and a stain to the right top corner of the back panel and top of the rear flap). INSCRIBED on the front-free endpaper:"To Tee, who has more ability and less confidence than 99% of the best writers. Yours, Erle." Underneath this, the author has signed his name in full: "Erle Stanley Gardner/at Rancho del Paisano/ June 1950." The recipient, although little is known about her, is clearly (from the inscription) someone Gardner cared deeply about. Erle Stanley Gardner occasionally signed copies of his books for friends and people he worked with but rarely did he inscribe a book so intimately. See our other copies from the same primary source by using key words Tee Rose.. Signed by Author. First Edition. Hard Cover. Fine/Very Good. Illus. by Charles Lofgren.

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