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         Creative Intuition in Art and Poetry. A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C

      Pantheon / Bollingen Series XXXV New York: Pantheon / Bollingen Series XXXV, 1953. First Edition. Quarto (25cm). Cloth-backed tan linen boards, stamped in gilt; xxxii, 423pp; tipped-in color frontispiece & 68 leaves of plates. Inscribed on front endpaper by artist Ben Shahn to his wife Bernarda, dated 1955. Minor external wear; internally clean and unmarked; Near Fine, lacking the dustwrapper. From the library of Ben and Bernarda Bryson Shahn, with estate label tipped on to front endpaper. Very nice association copy of Maritain's treatise on the relationship between art and spiritual experience, a theme which played an ever-increasing role in Shahn's work in the 1950s and 60s.

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         Typed Letter Signed, in Danish, 2 separate pages folio, Rungstedlund, September 24, 1953

      A late letter to the editor Schelde-Møller, discussing the politics of the animal rights movement. "I am not sure that my speech will be good for the animals. The friend of the animals is for the supporters of the vivisection is a fresh thought." Blixen then expresses concern about how the opponents will try and gather interest by focusing on the split of the organization "and I could do more harm than good . All test animals of higher species have my deepest compassion and I do not differ between dogs and cats. My whole action is built upon the pronouncements of Prof. Okkel. I lost confidence in the discussion because it has become virtually impossible to communicate with the scientist . I would not accept that only dogs would be accepted by vivisection. I saw in this gesture, a beginning." She gives her views. "I myself am of the opinion that the community of animal friends is more important than these differences. I wrote this to you so you could, in case, that I withdraw it not to think that I have betrayed our common goal, but to support it." Nicely signed, "Karen Blixen Finecke."

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         Philosophische Untersuchungen/ Philosophical Investigations. Translated by E.M. Anscombe.

      Oxford, Basil Blackwell, 1953. 8vo. Orig. full blue cloth w. gilt lettering on back, orig. dust-jacket. D-j. w. minor loss to upper capital as well as some other nicks, folding-marks and a few stains, not price-clipped. Book-block and cloth-bdg. very nice and clean. X, [+Xe], 232, [+232e] pp.. First edition. With German-English parallel-text.An absolute main work of 20th century philosophy. This groundbreaking work, in which the essence of the "old Wittgenstein" is captured, is the most studied of Wittgenstein's works. The work was published posthumously two years after W.'s death, though he planned for it to appear earlier. It has had an immense impact on the philosophy of language and mind, and has irreversibly changed the way philosophy is done today

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         La Selva de los Reptiles

      Buenos Aires: Sociedad de Bibliofilos Argentinos 1953 Buenos Aires: Sociedad de Bibliofilos Argentinos, 1953. First edition. Loose quires in glassine covered printed wrappers within a portfolio in slip case. A fine copy in a very good portfolio with tears along joints. Cardboard slip case present but in parts. 4to. Illus. with 4 b/w plates. No. 6 of 88 numbered copies (of a run of 100). Printed with Garamond types and specially drawn initials on Charter Eggshell paper. Composition directed by Dr. Eduardo J. Bullrich, the President of the Argentine Society of Bibliophiles,who completed this work shortly before his death. The drypoint illustrations by the artist, sculpture, and printer, Maria Carmen Portela (1898-1984) were printed by Raul Veroni. Joaqu?V?or Gonz?z (1863-1923) studied law at the University of Cordoba, was Congressman, Senator, Governor of La Rioja, Minister of Interior, Minister of Justice and Public Instruction. He founded the University of La Plata. As a writer, his most famous book is "My Mountains. As a lawyer published the" Manual of the Constitution Argentina. Colombo Fine Printing 219. El Art del Libro 115.

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         The Second World War (6 Volumes)

      Houghton Mifflin Company New York, NY: Houghton Mifflin Company. Book Club (BCE/BOMC). Hard Cover. Signed by Author. Complete 6 volume Second World War Series, Churchill's magnum opus nad the basis of his Nobel Prize for Literature in 1953. The following titles in the series: The Gathering Storm (1948), Their Finest Hour (1949), The Grand Alliance (1951), The Hinge of Fate (1950), Closing the Ring (1951), Triumph and Tragedy, (1953). Corners bumped on each volume, minor sunning to spine of each. Light chipping and wear to each dust jacket, all in mylar covers. These are Book Club, BOMC editions, signed by Churchill in black in on the first free endpaper of Volume 5, "Closing the Ring". Volume 3 & 4 have light red staining on rear panel of dust jacket. Photographs gladly provided. Very Good/ Very Good.

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         REVOLT IN 2100

      Shasta Chicago: Shasta, 1953. Heinlein, Robert A. REVOLT IN 2100. Chicago: Shasta Publishers, [1953]. First edition, first printing. Signed "R. A. Heinlein" by the author on an inserted flyleaf, one of approximately 200 subscriber's copies so bound for early birds who ordered quickly. A Very Fine copy in a Very Fine, faultless dustjacket. Text block tight, most likely unread. The only flaw is that the front free endpaper has a tiny bit of foxing, as does the signature page, but it is very minor and only mentioned because the book is otherwise AS NEW. An important book in the development of Science Fiction and a stunning collector's copy. Winner of multiple Hugo awards, a legend amongst writers in his genre, Heinlein was perhaps more successful than any other such writer in his ability to cross over into mainstream literary fiction with titles such as STRANGER IN A STRANGE LAND (1961). This book, REVOLT IN 2100, was the third and last book in Heinlein's influential Future History Series and a fine first edition as this one is a must for any high spot Science Fiction.. Signed. First Edition. VERY FINE/Very Fine. Illus. by Cover Art By Hubert Rogers.

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         Fubo - Visager: Portraits by Domon Ken

      Tokyo: ARS Tokyo: ARS, 1953. First Edition. Quarto. Text in Japanese. Portraits of well-known Japanese personalities from all walks of life. OCLC locates two copies. Near fine in a bright, near fine jacket, with a repaired tear at the bottom of the front panel; housed in the publisher's printed card slipcase (small tear, light wear). Japanese photobooks from the end of WWII to the Provoke era remain little-known in the west.

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         CHILDHOOD'S END

      Ballantine Books CHILDHOOD'S END, Ballantine, 1953, first edition, slight rubbing to corner tips, else a tight, bright vg+ copy in like full color pictorial dust-wrapper with some slight wear and minor professional restoration to the dust-wrapper spine tips. One of the authors best and most certainly a highspot in any Science Fiction collection. signed by the author on a bookplate laid in.

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         Sept Microbes vus a travers un temperament

      Les Editions Cercle Des Arts Paris: Les Editions Cercle Des Arts. (1953). First. First edition. Printed wrappers with applied illustration. Spine neatly repaired and with a small tear on the applied illustration, a tight, very good copy. Number 534 of an edition of 1100 copies. .

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         SILVER CHAIR

      1953. 1. LEWIS,C.S. THE SILVER CHAIR. NY: Macmillan 1953 (1953). 8vo (5 1/2 x 8 1/4"), cloth, 208p., Fine in dust wrapper (dw has 3" wide x 3/4 inch piece off top of back panel, small piece off top of spine which is faded). Stated 1st printing of the 4th Narnia fantasy, where the children follow hidden clues to free the prince and return him to Narnia. Illustrated in black and white by PAULINE BAYNES.

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         Vins, fleurs et flammes. paris, bernard klein, 1953.

      Cm. 34, pp. 200 (4). Con 16 tavole in nero ed a colori di cui una ripiegata. A fogli sciolti, come d'origine, Bross. orig. ill. a colori ed entro emboitage editoriale e custodia. Ottimo stato di conservazione. Edizione a tiratura limitata e numerata. Il presente esemplare (n. 63) appartiene alla tiratura di testa di 75 copie impresse su ""Arches"" con due suites a colori su ""Japon nacré"" e ""Japon Impérial"" ed arricchito di due acqueforti originali numerate e firmate dagli artisti. Raccolta di scritti dedicati al vino, molti dei quali in stesura originale. Testi di: G. Duhamel, Max Jacob, Roger Vitrac, Raoul Ponchon, Tristan Derème, Louis Jouvet, Colette, Mac Orlan, H. de Villefosse, F. Fleuret, M. Fombeure e Paul Valery. Illustrazioni di: Jacques Villon, Raoul Dufy (2), Max Jacob, André Derain (2), P.Y. Tremois, Jean Cocteau, Gen Paul, Foujita, Kisling, Utrillo, Honegger e Brianchon (4).

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         A Pocket Full of Rye.

      New York: Dodd, Mead & Company (1953).. First American edition, 8vo, (viii), 211, (1) pp. Signed by the Author on the title page. Cloth, light rubbing to extremities, d.w., not price clipped, some light browning and soiling, minor loss to lower corner of upper wrapper.

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         Ayude A Impedir Este Crimen

      Mexico City: Taller de Gráfica Popular, [1953]. Original linocut, 60cm x 40.5cm (ca 24" x 16") on thin white stock. Mild wear to edges, with brief (1") loss at upper left, well away from image. Very Good. One of several large, graphic broadsides issued in 1953-4 by the Mexico City radical artist's collective Taller de Gráfica Popular, protesting the death sentence of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. This image credited by Prignitz to the important Mexican printmaker, painter and muralist Francisco Mora. Mora's wife, with whom he frequently exhibited, was the American painter Elizabeth Catlett. A fragile and uncommon TGP work. PRIGNITZ 150.

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         Nine Stories

      Boston: Little Brown and Co. Boston: Little Brown and Co., 1953. First edition, first printing. Fine in a very crisp jacket with a few minor traces of wear and the usual fading to spine, without any chips or loss.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Fine/Dust Jacket Included.

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         THE FAERIE QUEENE. DISPOSED INTO TWELVE BOOKES FASHIONING XII MORALL VERTUES (FAERIE QUEEN)

      Limited Editions Club Oxford: Limited Editions Club, 1953. Hardcover. The spines of the dustwrappers are slightly darkened with a little foxing to one of the side panels as usually found with this title. Fine in Near Fine dustwrappers and a Fine slipcase. Agnes Miller Parker. Two large quarto volumes (7-3/4" x 11-3/4") bound in gilt-decorated green cloth and illustrated with pen decorations by John Austen and wood engravings by Agnes Miller Parker. A nicely printed set retaining Spenser's original English and beautifully illustrated. Of a total edition of 1500 copies SIGNED by Parker on the colophon page, this is one of only 15 Presentation Copies with the publisher's blindstamp attesting to such on the colophon page where instead of a number the initials "G.M." are handwritten. Acquired directly from the publisher's files, and most likely the publisher George Macy's very own copy.The uncommon dustwrappers are present as is the slipcase. A lovely set of this, one of the underrated books of the press.

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         Revolución!! Perhaps the earliest and most important manuscript of the Cuban Revolution in private hands. All the Moncada Prisoners sign a letter of appreciation to champions of their cause: "...our tasks are firm to serve the ideals, our formula of action demands continuity of our efforts that is why from here we will fight...". This was probably smuggled out of Isle of Pines Prison when, days before, Castro wrote "History Will Absolve Me"

      The 2-page handwritten manuscript is dated December 6, 1953 and written on beige lined paper, and reads: "Kind and distinguished lady: Together with these sincere lines are attached the affection and respect from all my partners. I was motivated with the idea of writing you because of your admiration towards myself that made the fibers of my heart vibrate with an accelerated rate that was motivated by your eloquent lines. We read your poem and it left us all inspired by the kindness of your phrases, my partners and I, are very lovers of the poetry, that is why I take the opportunity to tell you that you are an excellent poetry writer. In those difficult moments that I used to have with frequency I will remember your beautiful thoughts and incomparable ideals, this has been the formula that with effectiveness have changed during these days my sadness towards happiness. You know that our tasks are firm to serve the ideals, our formula of action demands continuity of our efforts that is why from here we will fight continually for our improving starting with the education and now lady I only have to say good bye wishing you together with all your family all...in this year and in the next. Sincerely yours, Agustin D. Cartaya and his partners want to congratulate you and in proof of our sincere appreciation we want to send you the following signatures." The signatures follow: "Alcalde, Redondo, R. Castro, E. Camara, Juan Almeida, Andres Garcia, Mario Chanes, Francisco Gonzalez, Rosendo Menendes, Orlando Cortes, Gabriel Gil, Jose Ponce, Fidel Castro, Pedro Miret, Eduardo Rodriguez, Fidel Labrador, Ernest Tizol, Jesus Montane, Jose Suarez, Armando Mestro Martinez, Israel Tapanes, Julio Diaz, Benitez, Rene Bedia, Ramiro Valdes, Eduardo Montano and who subscribes Agustin D. Cartaya". This last signature, Cartaya, is the author of the manuscript.

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         Some Faces in the Crowd (First Edition, inscribed in the year of publication)

      Random House New York: Random House, 1953. First Edition. First Edition. INSCRIBED by Schulberg to his top editor, Saxe Commins, in the year of publication on the verso of the half-title page: "For Saxe / Dear friend and guide through all these many years. Looking forward to many more fruitful hours and years of work together / Yours affectionately / Budd / April 17, 1953." Saxe Commins, along with Bennett Cerf of Random House, encouraged Schulberg to expand a series of short stories in Liberty magazine into a novel, which eventually became "What Makes Sammy Run?" Near Fine in a Very Good plus dust jacket. A bit of foxing to the edges of the boards; jacket is lightly rubbed and nicked at the corners, with a bit of the usual toning to the spine panel. The first story in this collection, "Your Arkansas Traveler," is the basis for Elia Kazan's under appreciated and brutal film noir, "A Face in the Crowd," starring Andy Griffith, Patricia O'Neal and Walter Matthau. Schulberg signed a lot of books after penning the screenplay to "On the Waterfront" in 1954, but inscriptions dated prior to that time are most uncommon. A powerful association between Schulberg and his first major editor, the man who literally introduced him to the limelight.

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         Johnny Guitar (First Edition)

      New York: Simon and Schuster, 1953. First Edition. First Edition. Fine and unread in a bright, Near Fine dust jacket. Some tanning to page edges, and a few minute rubs to the jacket, else a lovely copy. Basis for the groundbreaking 1954 western directed by Nicholas Ray and starring Joan Crawford, Mercedes McCambridge and Sterling Hayden. No matter how many times you watch it, it just gets weirder. A sharp copy.

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         Surrealistische Publikationen. Heft 1 und 2. (= Alles Erschienene).

      94,32 S. mit zusammen 18 Abbildungen, Illustr. Orig.-Broschur. Erste Ausgabe.- Mit Texten und. Illustrationen von Paul Celan, Werner Riemerschmied, Walter Behrens, Victor Brauner, Yves Tanguy, Max Ernst, Dorothea Tanning, André Breton, Hans Arp, Benjamin Péret, Edgar Jené, Antonin Artaud, Rudolf Wittkopf, Max Hölzer, Franz Rogler, Julien Gracq u.a.- Heft 1 mit der Baubinde " Die erste Manifestation der AVANTGARDE AUF GEISTIGEM UND SOZIALEM GEBIET in deutscher Sprache".- Gutes Exemplar.

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         SILVER CHAIR

      1953. 1. LEWIS,C.S. THE SILVER CHAIR. NY: Macmillan 1953 (1953). 8vo (5 1/2 x 8 1/4"), cloth, 208p., Fine in dust wrapper (dw has 3" wide x 3/4 inch piece off top of back panel, small piece off top of spine which is faded). Stated 1st printing of the 4th Narnia fantasy, where the children follow hidden clues to free the prince and return him to Narnia. Illustrated in black and white by PAULINE BAYNES.

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         Nelson’s Letters from the Leeward Islands and Other Original Documents in the Public Record Office and the British Museum

      1953. [GOLDEN COCKEREL PRESS]. [NELSON, Horatio]. Nelson’s Letters from the Leeward Islands and Other Original Documents in the Public Record Office and the British Museum: Edited by Geoffrey Rawson with Notes by Professor Michael Lewis and Engravings by Geoffey Wales. [London]: The Golden Cockerel Press, 1953.Limited to 300 numbered copies printed on pure rag paper (this copy being No. 213). Quarto (12 5/16 x 7 1/2 inches; 313 x 191 mm.). [4, blank], 73, [1, colophon] pp. Wood-engraved frontispiece, title vignette, head-pieces, and map. Printed in Perpetua type. “Christopher Sandford designed, produced and published this book at the Golden Cockerel Press, London” (Colophon).Original red, white, and blue cloth stamped in gilt on covers and lettered in gilt on spine. Small red ink stamp on front free endpaper. A near fine copy.Cave & Manson 191.

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         AGAINST THE FALL OF NIGHT

      AGAINST THE FALL OF NIGHT, Gnome Press, 1953, first edition, fine in like dust-wrapper. The authors first novel begun in 1937. signed by the author on a bookplate laid in.

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         Four Stoppages

      Stuttgart, Germany: Jonathan Williams / Jargon. 1953. First. First edition. Graphics by Charles Oscar. Large folio stiff card sheet, folded to make eight large pages. Small stain on last panel, modest age-toning, one small corner with archival repair, very good or better. Limited to 200 unnumbered copies. Issued as Jargon 5. Fragile and scarce. .

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         FREDDY AND THE SPACE SHIP

      1953. 3. BROOKS,WALTER. FREDDY AND THE SPACE SHIP. NY: Knopf 1953 (1953). 8vo, cloth, Fine in very slightly worn dust wrapper. Stated 1st ed. Freddy the Pig and the crew travel to Mars! Illustrated in b&w by KURT WIESE. Nice copy. SOLD WITH A FINE 1 PAGE LETTER FROM BROOKS in which he mentions the title offered here,, typed on his personal stationery including the envelope. The text of the letter reads: "I called at Mrs. V's yesterday to look at some books, and in the course of the conversation with her daughter, told her of the children's books I have written. She said none of them were in your library, and I thought you might be interested in trying them, so am sending you a copy of a promotion piece we got out for Book Week a number of years ago. This is a newspaper published by the hero of the stories, Freddy, the pig on the Bean farm. There are now twenty titles in the series - the latest being Freddy and the Space Ship. The books are published by Alfred Knopf and as to their popularity and suitability, I can refer you to any of the reference works dealing with children's literature. By the way, if you are ever disposing of any discards, or gift books, in good condition, I would be interested in making an offer for them. It occurs to me that Mrs. T, from whom I bought some books a year or so ago, may have mentioned my books to you. Sincerely, Walter Brooks." It sounds like Brooks was a book collector as well as an author!

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         MISSION BELL

      1953. 1. POLITI,LEO. THE MISSION BELL. NY: Scribner 1953 A. Oblong 4to, cloth, fine in near fine dust wrapper. 1st edition. Illustrated in color. THIS COPY IS INSCRIBED BY POLITI TO HIS COUSIN, DATED CHRISTMAS 1953. Nice copy.

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         Water colour painting of the Construction of the Brevoort Apartments on Fifth Avenue in New York City

      New York: circa, 1953. Fine condition in attractive wood frame. Image size approximately 15 x 18 inches.overall matted, glazed and framed 22 x 25 inches Signed lower left The colours of the red steel skeleton of the Breevort apartments under constructionare are strong and vibrant in this Fifth Avenue street scene. Visible around the construction site are One Fifth Avenue Hotel and the street sign for 5th Avenue and 9th Street, and in the foreground a terrace with laid tables of another famous hotel. A most attractive and interesting New York City scene .

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         THE DEMOLISHED MAN

      Chicago: Shasta Publishers,. [1953]. cloth-backed boards.. A fine copy in fine dust jacket. (#126663). First edition. Winner of the 1953 Hugo award for best novel and runner-up for the 1954 International Fantasy Award. Anatomy of Wonder (1995) 3-17. Pringle, Science Fiction: The 100 Best Novels 7. Survey of Science Fiction Literature II, pp. 529-32.

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         Untitled, pencil on paper, signed

      n.p, 1953. Image 9-1/2 x 12-1/4 inches; matted and framed. . Fine condition . Herman Armour Webster (1878-1970) was born in New York City and attended Yale, graduating in 1900. He then moved to Paris and studied painting and etching at the Jullien Academy. In 1905 four of his etchings were shown at the Paris Salon, and in 1907 he became an Associate of the Royal Society of Painter-Etchers, in London; he subsequently became a member of the Societe National des Beaux Arts in Paris. His work is represented in the collections of the Musee Nationale du Luxenburg, Paris, as well as the Library of Congress, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and the Chicago Art Institute, among others

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         Casino Royale - 1st Edition/1st Impression

      Jonathan Cape London: Jonathan Cape. Fine in Near Fine dust jacket. 1953. First Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. A stunning First Edition/First Impression in the original cloth, Fine condition in first state dustwrapper, minute rubbing, spine ends benefitted from minor professional restoration to the back. Contains all first state points, rear panel has pencil drawing of Ian Fleming by Bartlett, with blurb about Fleming's life below. Front flap has blurb with jacket credit immediately below. No Times review. Rear flap is blank but for title, author, Cape & price of 10s 6d in bottom left corner. Said to be a print run of less than 4,750 copies, a large number of which about half went to public libraries. Rare in this condition, a legendary piece of movie and spy novel history. Housed in custom made clam-shell case; Ian Fleming's legendary first James Bond novel, released on 13th April, 1953, with monsieur Le Chiffre, the treasurer of a Soviet-backed trade union in the Alsace-Lorraine region of France, running a baccarat game in the casino at Royale-les-Eaux, France, in order to recover union money he lost in a failed chain of brothels. Basis for the 21st Bond movie with Daniel Craig and Eva Green as Bond Girl Vesper Lynd .

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         Copper engraving: "Penthouse Roof"

      n.p., 1953. One of 100 signed. 10 x 12 inches (image size). . Matted, framed and glazed. Signed in pencil by the artist on the mount. Kraeft

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         Albom Porod Loshadei (Album of Horse Breeds)

      Moscow Gos. izd-vo & 697; Khoz. Lit-ry 1953g Oblong folio. 27 x 42 cm. 130pp. Blind-stamped black cloth with title in gold on cover and spine. Minor age wear and staining to binding. Free front endpaper creased. Stunningly illustrated with 60 full-page chromolithographs. Each plate being a subtly colored vignette-edged horse breed portrait. Most pages are decorated with small drawings in b/w of horses. Text in Russian. Binding in good, interior in very good condition. Rare.

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         SILVER CHAIR

      1953. 1. LEWIS,C.S. THE SILVER CHAIR. London: Geoffrey Bles (1953). 8vo (5 3/4 x 8"), navy blue cloth, 217p., a Fine copy in a nice dust wrapper with price intact (dw has a few soil marks on front panel, frayed at corners and spine ends, a few small closed tears). 1st edition 1st printing of the 4th Narnia fantasy, where the children follow hidden clues to free the prince and return him to Narnia. Illustrated by PAULINE BAYNES with black and white frontis, pictorial endpapers and black and white throughout the text.

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         Junkie. Confessions of an Unredeemed Drug Addict

      Ace NY: Ace. (1953). Burroughs' pseudonymous first book, a paperback original bound back-to-back with Maurice Helbrant's Narcotic Agent. Signed by Burroughs. Junkie was a straightforward narrative of Burroughs' experiences with drugs; the publisher chose to release it couched in an anti-drug context, as a first person example of the horrors of drug use, and bound with a narcotic agent's memoir. Small ink date (2/6) inside front cover; mild spine and cover creasing; still about near fine in wrappers. The beginning of one of the most influential literary careers of the second half of the 20th century. . First Edition. Softcover.

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         EDGAR ALLAN CROW

      1953. 2. TUDOR,TASHA. EDGAR ALLAN CROW. NY:OUP 1953 (1953) sq. 8vo, cloth, paste- on, VG in soiled dw with some chipping.1st ed. of one the most elusive Tudor books, illus. in color throughout.

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         FAHRENHEIT 451

      New York: Ballantine Books New York: Ballantine Books,. [1953]. red boards, front and spine panels stamped in yellow.. Boards rubbed along lower edges, a very good plus to near fine copy. in very good or somewhat better dust jacket with some edge wear at. spine ends and corner tips with just a bit of loss at upper spine end. and lower rear corner tip, 25 mm closed tear along lower front spine. fold, some mild general dust soiling, and red "451" on spine faded to. light orange. (#114531). First edition. The hardbound trade issue. (Currey binding D [no priority]). Expanded from the novella "The Fireman" published in 1951. Filmed in 1966 by Francois Truffaut. "In a totalitarian state, books are burned and private thought or action is criminal." - Gerber, Utopian Fantasy (1973), p. 159. Anatomy of Wonder (1995) 3-31. Pringle, Science Fiction: The 100 Best Novels 8. Survey of Science Fiction Literature II, pp. 749-55.

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         In Cold Hell in Thicket

      Divers Press / Origin Palma de Mallorca: Divers Press / Origin, 1953. First Edition. Small square octavo (21cm x 18cm). Issued as Origin 8. Original plain wrappers in patterned, printed dustjacket; unpaged [63pp]. Inscribed by Olson on front endpaper: "for Ben & Bernarda Shahn / with love / Charles Olson," undated. Dustwrapper and endpapers toned and foxed, else Very Good. "Charles Olson" hand-lettered on spine, probably in either Ben or Bernarda's hand. A notable association copy of a major Olson collection. Olson and Shahn met as co-workers at the Office of War Information in WWII, where they collaborated on Olson's first published book, a pamphlet titled Spanish Speaking Americans in the War. In 1951, Olson invited Shahn onto the faculty of Black Mountain College, where Ben and Bernarda spent a summer teaching painting and graphic arts; among the Shahns' students were Robert Rauschenberg, Suzi Gablik and Francine du Plessix Gray (who quickly, perhaps wisely, switched to studying poetry with Olson).

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         Faster Than Thought: A Symposium on Digital Computing Machines

      Sir Isaac Pitman & Sons Ltd. London: Sir Isaac Pitman & Sons, Ltd.. Near Fine in Very Good+ dj. 1953. First Edition. Hardcover. NOISBN . [very light soiling to bottom edges of covers, slight bumping to bottom corners; jacket spine a bit browned, light wear at corners]. (B&W photographs, diagrams) Very attractive copy of this important early "state of the technology" symposium about computers, in which "the contributions of twenty-four well-known experts have been brought together to give a clear account of modern digital computing machines, their history, theory and design, and their application to industry, commerce and scientific research." The editor, later Baron Bowden, as a noted English scientist, and quite prescient about the future impact of computer technology. (It's worth nothing that there is only one American listed among the contributing experts, Mr. R. Stuart-Williams of RCA Laboratories in Princeton, N.J. My favorite name among the contributors: Miss Cicely M. Popplewell, Royal Society Computing Laboratory, Manchester University.)Chapter 25, written by Dr. A.M. Turing (often referred to as "the father of computer science and artificial intelligence) is entitled "Digital Computers Applied to Games," in which it's discussed "how a digital computer can be made to play chess -- it does so rather badly, and how it plays draughts [checkers] -- it does so quite well." Also described in the chapter is Nimrod, "a special simple machine which was built to entertain the public during the [1951] Festival of Britain," and notable in computing history as having been the first digital computer designed exclusively to play a game (in this case Nim, a mathemetical game of strategy). Stamped on both endpapers: Technical Library; Property of Leach Corporation, 5915 S. Avalon Blvd., Los Angeles 3, California. .

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         Hépérile éclaté. [Par] Raymond Hains, Jacques de la Villeglé, Camille Bryen

      Paris The authors 1953. Paris (The authors), [1953].. (20)pp. Loosely inserted, as issued: folding double-sided tract/prospectus by the three collaborators, handsomely designed with an elaborate lettriste composition. Sm. 8vo. Cream wraps., printed in grey, with wrap-around band printed in black. Stitched and inserted loose in wrapper, as issued. One of 300 copies “conformes à la maquette,” numbered by hand with a lettrist designation, from the edition of 1000 in all. Bryen’s phonetic poem, first published by P.A.B. in 1950, is here reproduced and distorted using a glass frame spline. An exquisite and historic instance of Hain’s and Villéglé’s lettres éclatées, an aspect of Ultra-Lettrist investigation. Presentation copy, inscribed in blue ink (partly in lettriste characters) by Raymond Hains, “avec mes meilleurs voeux pour 1961,” on a preliminary leaf.

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         Untitled, pencil on paper, signed

      n.p 1953 n.p, 1953. Image 9-1/2 x 12-1/4 inches; matted and framed. . Fine condition . Herman Armour Webster (1878-1970) was born in New York City and attended Yale, graduating in 1900. He then moved to Paris and studied painting and etching at the Jullien Academy. In 1905 four of his etchings were shown at the Paris Salon, and in 1907 he became an Associate of the Royal Society of Painter-Etchers, in London; he subsequently became a member of the Societe National des Beaux Arts in Paris. His work is represented in the collections of the Musee Nationale du Luxenburg, Paris, as well as the Library of Congress, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and the Chicago Art Institute, among others

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         Roman Holiday (Original poster)

      Paramount Los Angeles: Paramount, 1953. American one sheet film poster for the classic 1953 romantic comedy, "Roman Holiday," directed by William Wyler, written for the screen by Dalton Trumbo (writing under the front Ian McLellan Hunter), and starring Gregory Peck, Audrey Hepburn, and Eddie Albert. Near Fine condition, 27 x 41 inches, linen-backed and rolled.

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         Les Bucoliques de Virgile. Lithographies originales en couleurs de Jacques VILLON

      Paris: Scripta & Picta, 1953, first Villon edition, one of 245 copies (total edition). The complete book with text by Virgil and Paul Valery and 45 (44 in color) original lithographs by Jacques Villon, hors- and in-texte, printed on Arches wove paper by F. Mourlot. XXX + 136 loose leaves in publisher's paper folder, boards chemise and slipcase; overall size 15.5 x 11.5 in. ”Villon himself engraved each color on a separate stone, producing 320 different stone plates. This mammoth work resulted in 45 lithos of exceptional beauty and is considered among the most important graphic works by the artist”. References: Ginestet / Pouillon E./555-577; Rauch 183; Kornfeld 152 /191.

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         Joan MIRO - Derriere le Miroir 57/58/59

      Paris: Maeght, 1953, first edition, complete with text and 12 original color lithographs by Joan Miro (Mourlot 193-204; Cramer 26). The outstanding lithograph ”Nocturne” has 4 folds, as issued, the size of the unfolded litho is 15 x 58.25 inches (38 x 149 cm); in the original wrappers; in virtually new condition (we have not seen this DLM volume in this superb condition in many years).

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         El llano en llamas y otros cuentos [The Burning Plain and other Stories]

      Fondo de Cultura Economica letras mexicanas Mexico: Fondo de Cultura Economica letras mexicanas. (1953). First. First edition. Slight age-toning to the pages, else fine in fine dustwrapper with slight overall age-toning, housed in a custom cloth clamshell case. The Mexican author's first book, a widely influential collection of classic short stories including "¡Diles que no me maten!" ["Tell Them Not to Kill Me!"]. A lovely copy of a key work of Latin American literature. .

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         Fine Bird Books 1700-1900

      Collins & Van Nostrand London & New York: Collins & Van Nostrand. 1953. First. Limited edition. Copy number 29 of 295, Signed by Sacheverell Sitwell, Handasyde Buchanan and James Fisher. Large folio. 22 black & white plates and 16 color plates, one folding. Bound by B. Mansell of London in three quarter red morocco and marbled boards, housed in the original slipcase with matching marbled boards. Ex-library copy, spine mark, bookplate, and one perforated stamp on the tile, else no other markings. Moderate darkening to the spine and scattered small tears to the slipcase edges, near fine. The most desirable deluxe issue of one of the best secondary works on ornithological illustrations. .

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         Albom Porod Loshadei (Album of Horse Breeds)

      Gos. izd vo & 697; Khoz. Lit ry Moscow Gos. izd-vo & 697; Khoz. Lit-ry 1953g Oblong folio. 27 x 42 cm. 130pp. Blind-stamped black cloth with title in gold on cover and spine. Minor age wear and staining to binding. Free front endpaper creased. Stunningly illustrated with 60 full-page chromolithographs. Each plate being a subtly colored vignette-edged horse breed portrait. Most pages are decorated with small drawings in b/w of horses. Text in Russian. Binding in good, interior in very good condition. Rare.

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      The Viking Press New York: The Viking Press, 1953. Book club edition. Hardcover. His classic play that dramatized the Salem witch trials which was of course an allegory for the McCarthy hearings in Congress. A near fine copy in blue cloth boards in an about very good dust jacket that has been clipped on the flap and has some chipping to the spine ends and a tear with creasing to the top of the front panel. Signed by Miller on the front free endpaper and uncommon as such.

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