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        Framed collection of Woodcut Illustrations

      1946. ONCHI Koshiro, artist. Framed collection of Woodcut Illustrations. After the war, Onchi Koshiro created a series of woodcut illustrations for a project involving the publication of a revamped classroom curriculum for Japanese students in the post-war era. For whatever reason, those designs do not appear to have been used -they do not appear in his catalog raisonne of prints and book illustrations. Though a series of edited and expurgated pre-war textbooks were employed immediately after the war, more permanent changes in the curriculum were not effected for several years. As this set of Onchi illustrations were designed to be used in a basic Japanese language book, it is possible that the extensive language reform after the war stopped the finalization and publication of the textbook at all. In any event, the set has a few marginal notations which indicate page placement, etc., so the project must have proceeded to the mock-up level before being abandoned. There are 11 cuts in b+w with two having light coloration. Portraits of Tolstoy, Einstein, Lincoln and Franklin combine with landscapes, insects, children at play, etc. The images seem to be suffused with a gentle sadness - they certainly seem to capture the spirit of the times. Truly a lovely and important group. There is no way to overestimate Onchi's importance to 20th century Japanese print making. This experimental group of cuts is a tribute to his art and an accurate evocation of an age. Framed in a custom mat.

      [Bookseller: Boston Book Company]
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      1946. Very Good. ONCHI Koshiro, artist & MAEDA Sekibo, poet. Kashu SHINSHO FUJI [Collection of Poetry: NEW PRAISE, FUJI] Tokyo: Fugaku Honsha, Showa 21 [1946]. 28.7 x 20 cm., 2 full page color woodcuts by Onchi, 1 tipped-in page of calligraphy. Blue and white flexible covers, in a dustwrapper depicting Fuji which is also a print by Onchi. Dustwrapper lightly foxed and strengthened on reverse at center with a thin strip of paper that goes from head to heel. The prints by Onchi are very lovely. Very good. [See Sotheby's Schlosser Sale Item #302 for another copy; Hillier Vol. 2, p 1022]

      [Bookseller: Boston Book Company]
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        Shikashu^ Anthology of Contemporary Japan NIHON NO HANA FLOWERS O

      1946. Very Good. ONCHI Koshiro. Shikashu Anthology of Contemporary Japan NIHON NO HANA FLOWERS OF JAPAN. Tokyo: Hongakusha, Showa 21 [1946]. Another Hongakusha work, this one is edited by Onchi Koshiro, and many of the lovely woodcut textual illustrations are by him as well. Other artists include the important Creative Print movement figures Kawakami Sumio, Kawanishi Hide and Maekawa Sempan. The poets include Sato Haruo, Kitahara Hyakushu and Onchi, himself. A tour-de-force and important work, here with slight browning and foxing, else very good in the original woodcut printed wrapper (by Onchi).

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      New York: Random House, (1946). First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good in a Near Fine dustwrapper. Second Printing. This copy is SIGNED by both authors on the front endpaper along with American Jazz legends Louis Armstrong and Sidney Bechet as well as Velma Middleton, who served a long stint in Armstrong's band as vocalist, and Pops Foster, who is generally acknowledged as being the father of the jazz bass. On a rear blank are three signatures of French musicians including orchestra leader and specialist in the music of Bechet, Jacques Doudelle. An amazing collection of autographs including three of the most important figures in Jazz on one page.

      [Bookseller: Charles Agvent]
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        Claudia and David (Original screenplay for the 1946 film)

      Los Angeles: Twentieth Century-Fox, 1946. Final Script for the 1946 film comedy, "Claudia and David," directed by Walter Lang, written for the screen by Vera Caspary, Rose Franken, and William B. Meloney, and starring Dorothy McGuire Robert Young, and Mary Astor. & & McGuire and Young reprise their roles from the 1943 film, "Claudia," about a young couple dealing with the trials of parenthood. In this story, Claudia is in the midst of early motherhood and becomes obsessed with a fortune teller's prediction about her husband, leading to irrational fears, jealousy, and of course multiple hijinks. Adapted for the screen by Rose Franken based on her series of short stories, which also inspired a successful stage play and a radio series. & & Yellow studio wrappers, stamped SHOOTING FINAL on the front wrapper, rubber-stamped project No. 994 and copy No. 221, dated February 20, 1946, and with the holograph file notation "Env. 1562" at the top right corner. Distribution page present, with receipt intact. Title page present, with a credit for screenwriter Franken. 122 leaves, mimeograph, with eye-rest green revision pages throughout, dated variously between 3/2/46 and 4/19/46. Pages and wrapper Near Fine, bound with two gold brads.

      [Bookseller: Royal Books, Inc.]
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        The Inhabitants

      New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1946. First edition. 4to (11 1/4 x 9 1/4 inches). 52 full-page b/w photographs. Unpaginated. Beige blind-stamped cloth. Near fine in near fine, slightly edgeworn dust jacket. Roth 101, pp. 122-3 . Part one of Morris' groundbreaking photo-fiction trilogy depicts his native Nebraska as a depopulated world of dilapidated ruin and desolation Thomas Mann wrote to Morris: "What these courageous pictures show is the harsh beauty of ugliness, the romanticism of the commonplace, the poetry of the unpoetical." (Roth, 122) With 2 original real photograph cards [c. 1946] laid in, entitled "Kokomo, Col-1942" and "Inhabitant-Utah" in Morris's hand beneath the image (5H. x 4G inches) with Christmas and New Year's notes to "Tony & Jamie" signed by Morris ("Wright") and wife Mary Ellen Verso of "Inhabitant-Utah" contains an autograph note signed ("Wright") to Tony. Morris compliments Tony on a recent painting and apologizes for not seeing his friend more often. Morris is glad to hear Tony enjoys THE INHABITANTS and outlines his plans for new work and maybe some travel: "I start work on a new volume this spring. Right now on a novel. This April we will ... give a buzz at your bell. See to it that you are at home!" An unusually fine copy with rare Morris images - he seldom made prints

      [Bookseller: James Cummins Bookseller]
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        PATERSON (Books 1-5)

      New York: New Directions, (1946-58). First Edition. Hardcover. Short tear to the front panel of the dustwrapper of the second volume, occasional internal tape reinforcement. Near Fine in Near Fine dustwrappers with only light wear and soiling. Five volumes, all First Editions in dustwrappers. The first four books limited to 1000 copies, the fifth to 3000. Williams's masterpiece, SIGNED by the poet in an early hand on the front free endpaper of the first volume and quite scarce thus.

      [Bookseller: Charles Agvent]
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        Paterson: Books I-V

      New York: New Directions. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Fine/Fine. FIRST EDITIONS of all five books of William Carlos Williams's epic masterpiece, one of the great triumphs of twentieth-century American poetry. Each first edition had a very limited print run: Books I-IV, one of only 1000 copies, Book V, one of 3000 copies. "This is the first part of a long poem in four parts--that man in himself is a city, beginning, seeking, achieving and concluding his life in ways which the various aspects of a city may embody--if imaginatively conceived--any city, all the details of which may be made to voice his most intimate convictions. Part One introduces the elemental character of the place. The Second Part will comprise the modern replicas. Three will seek a language to make them vocal, and Four, the river below the falls, will be reminiscent of episodes--all that any one man may achieve in a lifetime" (Williams, introducing Paterson, which will ultimately become five, rather than four books). New York: New Directions, 1946-1958. Tall octavo, original cloth, original dust jackets. A FINE SET with only the slightest wear. Rare in this condition.

      [Bookseller: The Manhattan Rare Book Company]
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        Paterson, Books I-V

      New York: New Directions, 1946-58. First Edition. First Printings. Five octavo volumes; original tan cloth boards; printed dustjackets (save Book V, which has a pictorial jacket). Uniformly Near Fine copies in original dustwrappers, all unclipped but with moderate toning to spines and extremities; Book I also with a small scuff to rear jacket panel, partially eliding one word of text; Book IV with faint tide-mark along upper extremity of jacket, still easily Very Good to Near Fine overall. & & These five volumes together constitute the entirety of Williams's magnum opus, a long poem completed over the course of more than a dozen years. The first printings of Books I-IV were limited to only 1000 copies; Book V was issued in an open edition of 3000 copies. A cornerstone work of American modernism. National Book Award (for Book II, 1948). CONNOLLY 100 (citing Books I-IV; Book V did not appear until after Connolly's list was published).

      [Bookseller: Lorne Bair Rare Books]
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        Matthew Flinders' Narrative of His Voyage in the Schooner Francis: 1798

      1946. Matthew Flinders’s “Narrative of an Expedition to Furneaux Islands”[GOLDEN COCKEREL PRESS]. FLINDERS, Matthew. Matthew Flinders’ Narrative of His Voyage in the Schooner Francis: 1798. Preceded and Followed by Notes on Flinders, Bass, the Wreck of the Sidney Cove, &c, by Geoffrey Rawson. With Engravings by John Buckland Wright. [London]: Printed in Great Britain at The Golden Cockerel Press, 1946.Limited to 750 numbered copies (this copy being No. 547). Folio (12 1/4 x 7 7/16 inches; 310 x 189 mm.). 100, [2], [2, blank] pp. Nine wood-engravings by John Buckland Wright (including frontispiece, title vignette, six head-piece vignettes, and printer’s device). Map. Printed in black and green. “Matthew Flinders’ Narrative has been designed, produced, and published by Christopher Sandford at the Golden Cockerel Press, London, on Arnold’s mould-made paper in 16pt. Aldine Bembo type, with Centaur initials, designed by Bruce Rogers, and Lyons capitals, designed by Louis Perrin, upon the model Latin inscriptions in 1846” (Colophon). “Bass’s journal of the whaleboat voyage”: pp. 29-43.Publisher’s full green buckram. Front cover pictorially stamped in gilt with a schooner designed by John Buckland Wright, spine stamped and lettered in gilt, top edge gilt, others uncut. Small red ink stamp on front free endpaper. A near fine copy.“The principal feature of this volume is the printing in full of Flinders’ 1798, ‘Narrative of an expedition to Furneaux Islands,’ the largest island of which is named Flinders Island. Included are several articles relating to Flinders’ interest in Australia, including his earlier explorations of Tasmania with George Bass. An abridgement is given of Flinders’ circumnavigation of Australia” (Hill).“Printed from the original manuscript, in the Victoria Public Library, which has title: Narrative of an expedition to Furneaux Islands on the coast of New South Wales” (Hill).“This is another book of daring exploration in our ‘Sea Series’. I tried to produce these stories of high adventure in an exciting way, and planned to make the book a symphony in green. I even thought of scenting the paper with seaweed, and imagined clients commenting to each other… ‘Strange thing about this book—it seems to bring a breath of the sea!’” (Cockolorum).Cave & Manson 170. Cockalorum 170. Hill I, pp. 106-107.

      [Bookseller: David Brass Rare Books, Inc.]
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        Antologia Poetica [Firmado / Signed] [Poetic Anthology]

      Buenos Aires: [none named], 1946. First edition. Wrappers. Very Good. A Very Good copy of the first edition, first printing, of this poetry collection from Gabriela Mistral in the Publisher's original lettered and decorated wrappers, SIGNED ON THE FRONT WRAPPER by Gabriela Mistral (wrappers and pages age-toned, as usual, short closed tear to upper portion of front wrapper - repaired with tape on the wrapper verso, a some creasing and a bit of wear to the spine due to opening). [The copy offered here, published in Argentina, is the true first edition. The book was not published in Mistral's native Chile until 1974, also in wrappers. No hardcover edition is known to us. Text in Spanish.] Born Lucila Godoy y Alcayaga, Mistral chose the pen name "Gabriel Mistral" in homage to the Italian and French poets Gabriele d'Annunzio and Frederic Mistral (who himself won the 1904 Nobel Prize in Literature). Gabriela Mistral won the 1945 Prize for "her lyric poetry which, inspired by powerful emotions, has made her name a symbol of the idealistic aspirations of the entire Latin American world", making her the first Latin American of either gender, and the fifth woman, to receive the Prize. Signed copies of her works are extraordinarily scarce and our search of the auction records reveals only one signed copy of any of her works coming to auction within the last 40 years, with an estimated probable time for its reappearance at auction being 25+ years. Copies of this book are not at all common, and signed copies are rare. This copy belonged to actor and book collector Jack Palance, and the bookplate from the 2006 sale of his personal property is loosely laid in. A Very Good copy, SIGNED BY GABRIELA MISTRAL. RARE.

      [Bookseller: Allington Antiquarian Books, LLC]
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        Striking original photograph by the highly distinguished Armenian-born Canadian photographer Yousuf Karsh (1908-2002) depicting Weill seated at his desk, pencil in hand, with a score of Street Scene, considered to be Weill's "official portrait"

      [ca. 1946]. 252 x 203 mm. With "Kurt Weill The Playwrights' Co. Photo by Karsh late 1940's" in pencil to verso along with other annotations. & & Very slightly worn; corners slightly creased; small stain to blank lower margin not affecting image. . Weill, born in Dessau, Germany, became an American citizen in 1943. "He was one of the outstanding composers in the generation that came to maturity after World War I, and a key figure in the development of modern forms of musical theatre. His successful and innovatory work for Broadway during the 1940s was a development in more popular terms of the exploratory stage works that had made him the foremost avant-garde theatre composer of the Weimar Republic...". David Drew and J. Bradford Robinson in Grove online& & "By far the most widely reproduced of all Weill photographs, it shows him seated at his Brook House desk, immaculately dressed and freshly coiffured, with chin thrust forward as in no other photograph, and pen poised over a page that could almost be a balance-sheet but reveals itself, in the better reproductions, as a page from the rehearsal score of Street Scene. There is no remotely comparable picture, and yet it is impossible to imagine one better suited to the purposes of documenting the 'image and understanding' of 'Weill in America' that has been so vigorously promoted by Brecht scholars in recent years - the image, that is, of one who was at home on Broadway but would have been equally so in the boardrooms of Wall Street or Madison Avenue... The imposture becomes 'genuine' through Weill's endorsement of its impersonal conformity in preference to the introspective and enigmatic figure portrayed not only by Hoyningen-Huene but also, with uncharacteristic insight, by Karsh himself in a second, and quite unknown, portrait taken at the same session in Brook House." David Drew: Kurt Weill, pp. 44-45. & & Street Scene, an opera in two acts by Kurt Weill to a libretto by Elmer Rice after his own play, with lyrics by Langston Hughes and Rice, premiered in Philadelphia at the Shubert Theatre on December 16, 1946. The work opened in New York at the Adelphi Theatre on January 9, 1947 and ran for 148 performances through May 17, 1947. The present photograph was presumably used in association with the New York premiere. & & "Weill considered Street Scene his chef d’oeuvre... [His] musical concern was less with originality than with authenticity. The cloying sentimentality is a function of the drama. It also demonstrates how Weill adjusted his musical voice as the drama demanded. Street Scene contains European elements, including allusions to Puccini, even to Wagner. The drama demanded them, too. The description ‘American opera’ nonetheless applies: it is an opera for America – that is, for a Broadway public; and it is an opera about America, both musically and in terms of plot." Stephen Hinton in Grove online

      [Bookseller: J & J Lubrano Music Antiquarians LLC]
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        DR. SAM: JOHNSON, DETECTOR. Inscribed

      New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1946 First Edition of this Queen's Quorum 100 title Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper. 'Cordially inscribed to Mae Carruthers, with the admiration and affection of many years, by Yours to command, Lillian de La Torre, November, 1746'. A fine copy in cinnamon cloth, gilt titles and decorations in a near fine pictorial dustwrapper with the slightest of use and one restored tiny chip to the spine crown. Pronzini and Muller, 1001 Midnights. Barnes, Muder In Print. The most desirable of 1746 inscriptions.. Signed by Author. 1st Edition.

      [Bookseller: TBCL The Book Collector's Library]
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        The Automatic Sequence Controlled Calculator I, II, and III IN Electrical Engineering

      New York: American Institute of Electrical Engineers, 1946. First Edition. Hard Cover. Near Fine. In the ORIGINAL WRAPS, in a custom leather spined box. (rare thus and in this condition) Minor crinkling to the spine panels. The three part article offered here, one part in each of three issues of the Electrical Engineering Magazine (on pages 384-91, 449-54, 522-28) is bright and clean (note: Origins of Cyberspace incorrectly notes page numbers for the second part as 445-54). Contains "a three part article on the Mark I, based largely on Aiken and Hopper's Manual of Operation for the Automatic Sequence Controlled Calculator (see no 411). Although Hopper's name appears second, she was the primary author. The article begins with a brief history of computing instruments." The Automatic Sequence Controlled calculator was also known as the Mark I. "The electromechanical Harvard Mark I was the first programmable calculating machine to actually produce mathematical tables, fulfilling the dream of Charles Babbage originally set out in print in 1822..." Grace Hopper was one of a few prominent women working in computers at the time - she was chief programmer for the Mark I. (Origins of Cyberspace 411 & 412).

      [Bookseller: Kuenzig Books, ABAA/ILAB]
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        Titus Groan : Gormenghast : Titus Alone : Titus Awakes : Mr. Pye : Boy In Darkness : Six Books - Five Hardcovers Plus One Booklet

      Eyre & Spottiswoode : Mervyn Peake Society : Heinemann : Hodder Headline, 1946. Titus Groan, first edition, second impression (from dust jacket), about vg with dusty edges, unclipped dust jacket is second impression, vg with a couple of small chips and a bit of staining to the back panel. Gormenghast, first edition, vg+, unclipped dust jacket is vg+. Titus Groan, first edition, vg or better with some light rubbing to front board, unclipped dust jacket is vg to vg+ .Titus Awakes, Mervyn Peake Society, number 23, vg+ to near fine (note that this is NOT the 2011 publication of Titus Awakes by Maeve Gilmour). Mr. Pye, Heinemann, first edition, inscibed on front free endpaper "With very best wishes from Mervyn Peake 1956", vg with dusty edges, unclipped dust jacket is about vg- with some small chips and slight fading to spine. "Boy In Darkness" is first separate edition. fine in an unclipped fine dust jacket....... Signed by Author. First Edition. Original Cloth. Very Good/Very Good. Illus. by Mervyn Peake. Hardcover.

      [Bookseller: Terry Nudds]
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        The Gormenghast trilogy:] Titus Groan; Gormenghast; Titus Alone.

      London: Eyre and Spottiswoode, 1946–59 - 3 volumes, octavo. Original red cloth, titles to spines gilt. With the Peake designed dust jackets. Volume I: cloth rubbed with some wear at corners and ends of spine, some small spots to cloth and edges of text block. A very good copy in the rubbed and partially tanned jacket with some nicks and closed tears along the folds, and a triangular closed tear to the lower panel. Volume II: Bookseller's ticket to front free endpaper. Some scuffs to upper board, spine faded. An excellent copy in the rubbed and toned jacket with some chips and nicks and considerable wear along the spine folds. Volume III: Spine rolled, a little spotting to edges of text block. An excellent copy in the lightly rubbed jacket with slightly toned spine panel. First editions, first impressions. The first volume, Titus Groan, is a a presentation copy inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "For Eddie with best wishes from Mervyn, March – 1946". The recipient was likely literary patron Sir Edward Marsh, who had known Peake since the 1930s, assisted with the manuscript of some of the author's poems in 1938, and owned an oil painting and three drawings by Peake. The correct first issue of the first volume with the correct binding and dust jacket. [Attributes: First Edition]

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA member]
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      Eyre and Spottiswoode. London. 1946/50/59. FIRST EDITIONS. Three volumes. 8vo. (8.7 x 5.6 inches). First two volumes with a small illustration by the author on title pages. Third volume with a full page frontispiece by the author. Finely bound in full red morocco, spines with five raised bands, the compartments ruled, decorated and lettered in gilt. Single gilt ruled borders on all boards. Top edges gilt. The set is housed in a dark red cloth covered, felt lined slipcase with a black pull-tie. Fine set.

      [Bookseller: Paul Foster Books]
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        Titus Groan

      London: Eyre & Spottiswoode. Very Good in Very Good- dust jacket. 1946. First Edition. Hardcover. No signatures. A few light pencil markings on front endpaper which could be erased. A few spots of foxing to endpapers and page edges. Light browning to dust wrapper. Light dust soiling to rear panel of dust wrapper. A 1 1/4" tear at tail of dust wrapper spine. A couple of 1/2" tears with slight losses at head of dust wrapper spine. Moderate rubbing and small 1/8" chips at upper corners of dust wrapper. Dust wrapper is not price-clipped. Dust wrapper protected in archival mylar cover.; First impression in a first impression dust wrapper. 438 pages. Pinkish-red cloth boards. The first title in Peake's Gormenghast trilogy.; 8vo .

      [Bookseller: Renaissance Books]
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        An Archive of Treatment Scripts for the unproduced film The Merry, Merry Maidens (Five treatment scripts for an unproduced film)

      Los Angeles, CA: David O. Selznick Productions, 1946. Five Treatment scripts from various dates for an unproduced film at Selznick Studios. Including a treatment by a young Budd Schulberg, one of his earliest efforts in Hollywood.& & The story centers around the lives of several women on the home front during World War I, following their lives through to the post-war period, and did not see production in this form--though it predicted several several World War II pictures with the same theme made by Selznick International during World War II, such as "I'll Be Seeing You" (1944) and "Since You Went Away" (1944). Notable too for having many of the same themes that would influence Schulberg's first novel, "What Makes Sammy Run?" in 1941.& & All scripts in pale blue studio wrappers, noted variously as "Treatment," "Treatment Outline," "General Sequence," or "Tentative Outline" on the front wrapper, dated between October 15, 1937 and February 11, 1946, with credits for different screenwriters on each draft: Schulberg, McCall, Jr., Sherman, Leman, Levien and Meyer. Mimeograph or carbon typescripts on onionskin stock. All scripts' pages Near Fine, wrappers Near Fine, bound with three silver brads.& & Full collation available on request.

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        Auto-Da-Fe [Signed] [The Tower of Babel; Die Blendung]

      London: Jonathan Cape, 1946. First edition. Hardcover. Near Fine/very good +. A Near Fine copy of the First UK edition, first printing (light wear, minor spotting to the rear board, a touch of light spotting to the topstain and to the other edges of the closed page block), in a Very Good dust jacket (showing some of the common browning to the front and rear panels, some linear indentations to the front panel, some browning and light scuffing with closed tears to the spine -- a difficult dust jacket to find in any better condition), SIGNED BY ELIAS CANETTI on the front free endpaper as follows: "from Elias Canetti". First published as Die Blendung ("The Blinding") in 1935 and later banned in Nazi Germany, the book was translated to English in 1946 by C. V. Wedgwood then published in the UK as "Auto-Da-Fe" (Cape, 1946) and in the US as "The Tower of Babel" (Knopf, 1947). As Canetti did not become widely-known until his "Crowds and Power" was published in 1960, both the Cape and the Knopf first editions are rather scarce. (Canetti intended the novel to be the first installment in a eight-volume series. As he did not write the rest of the planned installments, "Auto-Da-Fe" is not only his debut novel, but also is the only novel he ever published. Both "Crowds and Power", a work of nonfiction, and "Auto-Da-Fe" explore how an individual is affected by his or her participation in a group.) Canetti won the 1981 Nobel Prize in Literature "for writings marked by a broad outlook, a wealth of ideas and artistic power", and "Auto-Da-Fe" is, in our estimation, his best-known work. Of this novel, Salman Rushdie stated: " one is spared. Professor and furniture salesman, doctor, housekeeper, and thief all get it in the neck. The remorseless quality of the comedy builds one of the most terrifying literary worlds of the century". Signed copies of Canetti's books are scarce, signed copies of any English translation of his books are scarcer still, and signed copies of any English translation of this title, the work for which he is best known, are extraordinarily so. Altogether a Very Good + or slightly better copy of an uncommon book, difficult to find in nice condition, and SIGNED BY ELIAS CANETTI. RARE INDEED.

      [Bookseller: Allington Antiquarian Books, LLC]
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        LA MORT ET LES STATUES Texte de Jean Cocteau; Photos de Pierre Jahan.

      Paris: Les Editions du Compas, (1946). First edition. Jahan, Pierre. Folio, (50) pp., 20 full-page b&w photogravures, with an additional text leaf laid in. Printed stiff wrappers. There is a tiny tear to the wrapper at the base of the spine, and very slight creases to the lower wrapper tips, else a fine copy with the original glassine dw that is lacking a one inch band at the top of the front panel. Housed in the publisher's plain paper over boards slipcase, which is moderately soiled and worn. Limited to 450 numbered copies, and 25 hors commerce. This copy No. 21 and is additionally signed and inscribed by Pierre Jahan. Exquisite and surreal compositions of the fallen and damaged statues of wartime France.

      [Bookseller: Andrew Cahan: Bookseller, Ltd]
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        L'Ile Saint Louis et ses Fantômes

      Paris: Mulhouse / Dornach, Les Editions Braun & Cie, 1946. Light offsetting to the edges as usual, else near fine in photo-illustrated French-folded wrappers over flexible boards. Lovely copy.. Limited Edition. Tall quarto. Number 332 of 750 press-numbered copies. With 20 luscious hand-inked heliogravures of Ile Saint Louis by photographer Remy Duvall. Text in French by Francis Jourdain.

      [Bookseller: Harper's Books, Inc.]
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        Dangling Man (Signed First Edition)

      London: John Lehmann, 1946. First British edition. Hardcover. The first book, a slim novel from the 1976 Nobel Prize winning author of "Herzog" and "Henderson The Rain King." A fine and bright copy in yellow boards in a close to near fine price clipped dust jacket with some darkening to the spine and rear panel. Signed by Bellow on the front free endpaper.

      [Bookseller: Jeff Hirsch Books, ABAA]
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        Paintings and Drawings (1935-45)

      Oxford: Counterpoint Publications,, 1946. Introduction by Alex Comfort. Foreword by Conrad Senat. Quarto. Original buff boards printed in blue. With the dust jacket. Colour frontispiece and 23 plates of which one is colour. Spine rolled, spine and edges of boards a little tanned, spine cracked between title and half-title. A very good copy in the rubbed, tanned, and spotted jacket with dampstain to the lower half of the spine panel and some small chips and closed tears at the upper half affecting the spine title. First edition, first impression. Presentation copy inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Mr. & Mrs. W. J. Smith with best wishes from Elisabeth and Cecil Collins. Feb. 1948 Cambridge, England". With a small note card loosely inserted that is also inscribed by Collins, "Just a small souvenir of your visit to Cambridge. We did enjoy meeting you so much. With all good wishes from Elisabeth and Cecil Collins. P. S. Hope to see you at the private view of the exhibition on Thursday March 4th". William Jay Smith, born in 1918, is an American poet who served as Poet Laureate between 1968 and 1970. "Known for the diverse form and content of his work, Smith is the author of numerous poems for adults and children. He also has developed a reputation for his translations of French, Russian, Hungarian and Swedish poets' works… In an era when most poets have chosen to craft free verse, Smith has created work, 'which from its beginnings has been defined by a passionate and deeply informed commitment to traditional rhymed metrical-stanzaic forms,'" (Poetry Foundation website). This volume of Collins's artwork, published just a few years before he became an instructor at the Central School of Art (now St. Martin's) is scarce in the dust jacket, particularly so inscribed. A lovely association.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        The Outsider

      London: Hamish Hamilton, 1946. First British edition. Hardcover. Hardcover. First British edition. A fine book in a near fine dust jacket. First published in France in 1942, this is the first publication in English of a classic of existential literature. Some toning to the rear panel and a bit of darkening to the jacket spine.

      [Bookseller: Sawtooth Books]
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        Bella Chagall: Burning Lights (Marc Chagall)

      New York: Schocken Books, 1946. First Printing of the First Edition. Jacket cover presents a portrait by Marc Chagall of Bella Chagall, wife of the renowned painter, with 36 drawings by Marc Chagall. Signed, and dated in the year of publication, by Marc Chagall. Book in near fine condition, with slight fraying to spine ends, and light wear to board edge; and in a very good dust jacket, with tanning to spine and cover margins and light soiling, original price of $3.00 listed in upper corner of inside front flap.. Signed by Illustrator. First Edition. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Very Good. Illus. by Marc Chagall.

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        Histoire d'un Ours-Comme-Ça [Winnie-the-Pooh]; La Maison d'un Ours Comme-Ça [The House at Pooh Corner]

      Paris, Presses De La Cit? Paris, Presses De La Cité,, 1946. Traduit de l'anglais par Jacques Papy. 2 volumes, octavo. "Histoire" in original light blue boards, titles and illustration to front board and spine in dark blue. With the dust jacket. "La Maison" in original grey boards, titles and illustration to front board and spine in brown. With the dust jacket. Illustrated by E. H. Shepard. "Histoire", spine tips fading corresponding with chips to dust jacket, some scuff marks to spine and back board, front joint cracking, internally bright, dust jacket age toned, edge rubbed, with tape reinforcement to verso of head and foot of spine. "La Maison", corners lightly rubbed, internally bright, dust jacket age toned, lightly chipped and rubbed to edges. First French editions, first printings.

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        A World to Win

      Upton Sinclair, Monrovia, 1946. A World to Win by Upton Sinclair. Signed privately printed first edition in original red cloth.Publisher: Upton Sinclair, Monrovia, (1946). Flat Signed on the first free endpaper. First edition with statement on copyright page: First Published in May 1946. This is a privately published edition by Sinclair in the same year as the Viking Press edition. No other listing for this edition found. Binding is in very good condition, spine with some fading. Contents clean. 624 pages. Protected by Mylar. Inventory #12-249. Price: $1250.. Signed by Author(s). 1st Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/No Jacket.

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        Sainte Catherine

      Journal ''Ce Soir'' 255x328mm, Programme d'un gala organisé par le Journal Ce Soir l2 25 novembre 1946 au Palais de Chaillot, 52 p. non chiffrées, tiré à1150 ex. numéroté de 201 à 1150 sur vélin du Marais, illustré de 6 lithographies originales de Matisse(3) incluant couverture, Marie Laurencin, Picasso et de Bérard, (ainsi que 12 pages lithographiées de publicité) reproduits par Mourlot frères. Dos en partie manquant déchirures à 2 coins sur couverture avec trace de mouillures marginales n'affectant pas l'image, intérieur frais. Cachet discret d'une galerie d'art sur p. faux-titre

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      Sauk City, Wisconsin: Arkham House,. 1946. cloth.. Page edges uniformly tanned, a fine copy in fine dust jacket with. tiny nick and some mild creasing along top edge of front panel. A. sharp copy. (#144827). First edition. 3004 copies printed. The author's posthumous first book to be published in the U.S. and his first collection of short fantasy fiction. Barron (ed), Horror Literature 3-95. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 853.

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      Sauk City, Wisconsin: Arkham House,. 1946. cloth.. Endpapers and page edges a bit tanned, else a fine copy in bright,. fine four-color dust jacket designed by Hannes Bok. (#135235). First combined edition. 3014 copies printed. Collects four novels, THE HOUSE ON THE BORDERLAND, THE BOATS OF THE 'GLEN CARRIG,' THE GHOST PIRATES, and THE NIGHT LAND, with introductory essay by H. C. Koenig and bibliography by A. Langley Searles. Barron (ed), Horror Literature 3-88; 3- 91; and 3-92. Survey of Modern Fantasy Literature II, pp. 744-48; I, pp. 143-45; II, pp. 601-04; and III, pp. 1105-10. Tymn (ed), Horror Literature 3-103; 3-105; 3-106; and 3-110. BOATS and HOUSE in Tymn (ed), Fantasy Literature, pp. 96-7. HOUSE is Jones and Newman, Horror: 100 Best Books 29.

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        THE SNOWFLAKE STAR. (A.M.S., manuscript.)

      n.p., n.d. (circa 1946). original manuscript in the author's hand, signed "by Sylvia" below the title, on white ruled paper (10.5 inches high x 8 inches wide.) This poem, from Plath's juvenilia canon, is recorded by title only in the "Uncollected Juvenilia" list of THE COLLECTED POEMS - SYLVIA PLATH (HarperPerennial, 1992, edited by Ted Hughes). The introductory paragraph to the list states (in part): "The texts of all but half a dozen of these early pieces are in the Sylvia Plath Archive of juvenilia in the Lilly Library at Indiana University. The rest are with the Sylvia Plath Estate." The present offering ("The Snowflake Star") is among the six poems held (at the time) by the Plath Estate, but is here now offered for sale. The poem is written in Plath's very neat hand, using pencil, and is composed of three stanzas of three lines each. The paper is in fine condition, protected in an archival sleeve and housed in a custom linen box with leather spine. An extraordinary opportunity for an unpublished Plath manuscript poem, in her hand. One of a kind.

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      New York, 8 April 1946. Letter. Normal creases from folding. Near Fine and a superb letter. Exceptional two-page Autograph Letter of @435 words on two separate sheets completely in the hand of and SIGNED by Charles Olson to poet, editor, and librettist Ronald Duncan, a literary acquaintance of T. S. Eliot and Ezra Pound. In part: "I have had [T.S.] Eliot's regrets on 'our' mss, as you are gracious to call it. His letter crossed me from [Ezra] Pound urging him to publish. Eliot said he thought it ought to be published, but in America first. It looks now as though it will be. Reynal & Hitchcock plan to take it, with changes, and expansions in the second half.... The fact is England has always been more hospitable to Melville, from his own books on.... It would be luck if Eliot would consider.... Pound said: Duncan will help. Will you please--and take my thanks? I am asking Eliot, if the new plan doesn't take, to let you have the mss. Do with it what you think best. It may well be that Eliot's doubts of an English audience may obtain for others as well. I should like to think not. But you are boss. I don't think when I wrote you last, I had read the Pisan Cantos. They are beautiful,and Pound last summer, after the torture of the 'Gorilla Cage,' had more power over his line than ever. He is fretting at Laughlin for not getting his Confucius out and not pushing the Cantos more, but he is generally in better spirits, has now the privilege of games[?] in the prison yard, and reads with ease." SIGNED "Charles Olson." Magnificent content.

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        New Writing and Daylight 1946 [Signed by George Seferis and by Laurie Lee]

      London: John Lehmann, 1946. First edition. Hardcover. Very Good +/very good +. A Very Good + copy of the first edition, first printing in the Publisher's original blue cloth, titled and dated in gilt to the front board and spine (mild age fading to the extremities), in a Very Good + dust jacket with some minor loss at the spine head -- not affecting any lettering, light edge rubbing, and some soiling to the rear panel, SIGNED BY GEORGE SEFERIS and SIGNED BY LAURIE LEE at their respective contributions. "New Writing and Daylight" consisted of a series of books published by John Lehmann, man of letters, Poet, and Publisher. In 1936, Lehmann founded the quite popular and influential periodical "New Writing", which he published in book format. The first issue of New Writing contained a Manifesto which in part stated that New Writing would be "devoted to imaginative writing, mainly of young writers," with a goal of "providing an outlet for those prose [and poetry] writers . . . whose work is too unorthodox in length or style to be suitable for the established monthly and quarterly magazines." The periodical was thus an outlet for new writing from both established and relatively unknown writers and material from it was published from time to time in book format with material from the periodical "Daylight". It was Lehmann who first published Orwell's "Shooting an Elephant" and Christopher Isherwood's "Berlin Stories" and who brought to the literary world's attention new authors such as Laurie Lee, and many others. George Seferis contributed two poems to this issue, both of which are on the same page, and Lee contributed an essay on Cyprus, the island in which Seferis had a deep interest. [George Seferis first visited Cyprus in 1963 and immediately fell in love with the island. As an important Greek Diplomat who ultimately became Ambassador to the UK, Seferis spent much time and effort seeking a resolution of the Cyprus question, investing a great deal of effort and allowing his personal views to intrude on his diplomatic efforts. Also one of the Twentieth Century's most important Greek Poets, Seferis won the 1963 Nobel Prize in Literature for "his eminent lyrical writing, inspired by a deep feeling for the Hellenic world of culture", making him the first Greek ever to have received the Prize. ] Copies of any issue of the New Writing, with our without Daylight, signed even by a single contributor are quite scarce and, beyond our shelves, signed copies of works by George Seferis are quite scarce indeed. Notably, New Writing and Daylight 1946, offered here, was the first book published by Lehmann under his imprint (which he founded in 1946), and the copy offered here is considerably nicer than those usually found. A Very Good + copy of this pioneering work SIGNED BY LAURIE LEE and SIGNED BY NOBEL LAUREATE GEORGE SEFERIS. RARE.

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        The Last Chapter of Urne Buriall

      Rampant Lions Press, Cambridge: Will Carter, 1946 In yellow paper wraps with image and title in black, yellow and white, very light dirt marks to cover edges, some speckled red marks to rear cover 1" square. Internally NO inscriptions etc, not paginated. Limited edition of 175 of which 125 were for sale, cover and title page designs by John Piper. Very Rare!

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        The Outsider

      London: Hamish Hamilton,, 1946. Octavo. Finely bound by The Chelsea Bindery in black morocco, titles to spine, two raised bands, single rule to boards, twin rule to turn-ins, burgundy endpapers, gilt edges. A fine copy. First UK edition.

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        Le Manuel de l'éclaireur ( 20 livres en tout)

      Delachaux et Niestlé 1946 - Lot de 20 livres sur le scoutisme les guides et les louveteaux . Moyenne de 30$ chacun Livre d'environ 250 pages chacun avec des milliers d'illustrations . Voici les titres ; Le Manuel de l'éclaireur, La route du succès, Le livre de la Jungle, éclaireurs ,Propos de route, Le livre des louveteaux, Bonne Piste, Froissartage 1 et 2 , L'homme et le monde vivant , Promesse scout, Le guide du chef éclaireur , l'art d'être chef, L'école des chefs, Scoutisme et Guidisme, À l,école de la vie, L,éducation par la découverte, Ats et techniques du Scoutmestre , Veillées et feux de camps . Prévoir 10$ par livre pour la poste vers tous les pays .Ref livre 204-B boîte B-22 [Attributes: Soft Cover]

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      New York: Limited Editions Club, 1946. Hardcover. Light rubbing to some spine tips and edges and mild softening to the leather on the spine tips of two volumes, here with some neat touching up. The leather is still supple and bright with the contents fresh and clean. Lacking the slipcase, as usual. Near Fine copy of a title usually found with much wear. Gian Battista Piranesi. Seven quarto (6-5/8" x 10") volumes bound in half black morocco stamped in gold with a design by Clarence Pearson Hornung and printed marbled paper sides. Edited with an introduction and index by J. B. Bury. Copy #1104 of 1500 illustrated with reproductions of views of Rome etched by Gian Battista Piranesi. Issued unsigned.

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      New York: Dutton, 1946.. First edition of the author's first book. Octavo, original black cloth. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket that shows only light wear. Signed by the author on the title page. A sharp copy.

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        Three letters and a telegram from Churchill to Professor R. V. Jones, wartime head of the Air Ministry scientific intelligence branch

      Hyde Park Gate, Chartwell, and Downing Street, , 1946-53. Two 2-page octavo typed letters signed, telegram, and single page octavo typed letter signed; four pieces of correspondence. The first with salutation ("My Dear Professor Jones"), subscription, and a short postscript in Churchill's hand; the second with manuscript subscription only; the last as the first with inked salutation ("My Dear Jones") and subscription. Housed in a burgundy quarter morocco slipcase with chemise made by The Chelsea Bindery. The two-page letters with spindle holes to the top left-hand corner, one with treasury tag still in place, very light toning and mild creases from old mailing folds, overall very good. A fascinating series of letters offering insights into Churchill's working methods, as war leader, team-builder and writer. Oxford physicist Professor R. V. Jones was a new addition to Churchill's "syndicate" late in 1946, brought in to work on the chapter "The Wizard War." He was to have considerable impact on the composition of volume II, "Their Finest Hour". Jones "had impressed the prime minister when a young air intelligence officer in 1940 … The young scientist, a Lindemann [Viscount Cherwell] protégé, played a major part in piecing together the evidence for the German beams in 1940-41 and his April report for the Air Ministry on 'The Radio War' was the base for Churchill's chapter. Only 25 pages in length, it was described by Denis Kelly, Churchill's research assistant, as a 'brilliant short account'" (Reynolds The Command of History). In the first letter, addressed from Hyde Park Gate on 14 December 1946, marked "private and confidential" in Churchill's hand, Churchill confesses to having read "the memorandum which you gave to Cherwell with great interest" and hopes that "we may have a talk about it one of these days." Churchill then asks for clarification of some details of the fateful meeting in the cabinet room at no 10 "at which you told the tale of the beam danger" (i.e. the use of the Knickebein transmitters by German bombers to find their targets). "I remember the way you built up the argument which made a profound impression upon me … woven together by you into a real Sherlock Holmes story." In the finished book this is described as Jones "unrolling his chain of circumstantial evidence, the like of which for its convincing fascination was never surpassed by tales of Sherlock Holmes or Monsieur Lecoq" (vol. II, p. 340). Unsurprisingly, Churchill was just a little free with the truth. In his enthralling autobiography, Most Secret War, Jones recounts how, originally believing his invitation to Downing Street to be an office prank, he was some 25 minutes late and far from opening the discussion "according to plan", he in fact intervened, somewhat to the prime minister's surprise, when he realized that some "had not fully grasped the situation." In the telegram, dated 19 February 1947, Churchill thanks Jones for a further contribution; "Thank you so much for what you have sent me stop Am digesting it and will write to you soon." The second letter, addressed from Chartwell, 11 August 1948, requests that Jones read a draft of the chapter "The Blitz and Anti-Blitz" from volume III; "This new chapter has three parts; narrative of the Blitz in 1941, continuation of the Wizard War on the defensive, and thirdly the Wizard preparations for switching over to the offensive." Churchill signs off by remarking that "Lord Cherwell is also helping me on this chapter, and I have … the notes of Professor Goodwin". It seems that Jones's input was little used in the finished version: Reynolds describes the chapter as "cut and paste", having previously remarked on the unsuitability of Goodwin's work for Churchill's purposes, "though an impressive piece of work, [it] was far too detailed." The last letter, from 10 Downing Street (Churchill having won the 1951 general election), 19 September 1953, opening familiarly "My Dear Jones", addresses the one controversial aspect of Jones's involvement. The prime minister encloses a "small honorarium … for all the work you have done on the PILOTLESS BOMBARDMENT." This chapter in volume VI on the V1 and V2 had initially been drafted by Duncan Sandys, Churchill's son-in-law, who had been in charge of the cabinet committee responsible for V-weapon countermeasures. But Jones, mindful of his own smaller grip on the "command of history," countered with demands that more recognition be given to the work of his Air Ministry scientific intelligence branch, "observing that 'the scientific picture was so complex that, if I may say so, Mr. Sandys' advisers were out of their depth'" (Reynolds). The final version "has a bit to satisfy everyone", and here Churchill smoothes ruffled plumage: "A version has at last been agreed between all parties on this tangled matter and your contribution was of very great value in reaching this satisfactory result." It is clear that Churchill was well aware of the importance of work of the quality of Jones's in bringing his grand project to a triumphal conclusion: "Churchill had no time to compose the kind of reflective memoir desired by his publishers … He was still capable of superb-set-piece narration … but such passages are rare. Where he rises to reflective heights it is often on the shoulders of others, as with Jones for 'The Wizard War.'" Churchill was instrumental in securing Jones the chair in natural philosophy at Aberdeen after the War. Jones had applied for the position in autumn 1945 and in April 1946 Churchill visited the university to receive an honorary doctorate and "left his hosts in no doubt about where their duty lay" (ODNB, biog of R. V. Jones), an occasion referred to in the second letter offered here: "I hope everything is going well at Aberdeen. I shall never forget my splendid welcome there." Again at Churchill's instigation, Jones returned to Whitehall as director of scientific intelligence at the Ministry of Defence, a timely posting which was "important for the new contacts and friendships which it brought from abroad, and especially from the United States, where he had long been recognized as a master of his craft. His advisory work for the Allied Control Commission in Germany, on the re-establishment of German science, put him in touch both with the leading German physicists and with some of his former adversaries" (op cit). Jones was widely recognized for his work, being made CB in 1946, and Companion of Honour in 1994, receiving the United States medal of freedom in 1946 and the medal of merit in 1947, and accumulating eight honorary degrees in his lifetime. However, probably the most revealing award of all was presented to him in 1993 when he was eponymous recipient of the first CIA R. V. Jones Intelligence Award. At his memorial service in the chapel of King's College, Aberdeen, besides tributes from his academic colleagues, there was an address by a former director of the CIA, James Woolsey, in which he characterized Jones as the father of modern scientific and technical intelligence, "which was a revelation of Jones's international stature to many who thought that they knew him well" (op cit).

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        Step By Step, Princess Marthe Bibesco's copy inscribed and dated by Churchill and presented by Churchill's brother

      Thornton Butterworth Ltd. This book is perhaps unique in bearing a personalized, three-way association between Winston S. Churchill, Churchill's longtime friend, the influential and colorful Romanian Princess Marthe Bibesco, and that of Winston Churchill's brother, John Strange "Jack" Spencer-Churchill. Winston Churchill's inscription appears on the ffep in three lines and reads "Inscribed by / Winston S. Churchill / March 1946". Bibesco's distinctive signature appears directly above Churchill's inscription in pencil and reads "Marthe Bibesco". The pastedown (opposing the ffep) bears a personal note from Jack Churchill on the stationary of The Ritz Hotel, Piccadilly, London. Written in pencil in 4 lines it reads: "Princess Bibesco / with / Mr. John Churchill's / Compliments". The number "411" also appears on the note; we can only speculate about the meaning, which may refer to a room number. It is not certain that the note was hand written by Jack Churchill, but this seems quite plausible given that Jack was then a prosperous London resident and Bibesco was then living at The Ritz Hotel in Paris. A more than reasonable assumption is that Jack sent the book to Bibesco at The Ritz in Paris via The Ritz in London. Bibesco first met Churchill in April 1914 at a dinner party with French politicians on the eve of the First World War. They would become and remain friends until Churchill's death more than half a century later. Bibesco was highly educated, beautiful, exotic, engaging, and a prolific author. She spent her long life moving comfortably in the circles of Europe's royal, political, social, and intellectual elite. She was friend, confidante, and sometimes intimate of European monarchs and prime ministers. She knew not only Winston Churchill, but also members of his family, counting among her more intimate friends Churchill's aunt, Leonie Jerome. Bibesco would write a book about Churchill in 1956 (Winston S. Churchill: Master of Courage, Zoller A178). Bibesco's book was published 10 years after she received this inscribed copy of Step By Step. Twelve years his junior, Bibesco would outlive Churchill, dying at age 87 in 1973. John "Jack" Churchill was the younger brother of Winston. Jack and Winston were close. Jack served in the South African Light Horse alongside his war correspondent brother in the Boer War between 1899 and 1900 and later fought with distinction in the First World War. Reaching the rank of Major, he was awarded the Croix de Guerre and the Légion d'Honneur, as well as the British Distinguished Service Order. Jack became a successful businessman in London. During the Second World War, when Jack's house was destroyed in the Blitz, he lived at 10 Downing Street. Jack would die of heart disease in 1947, one year after this book was presented with his compliments to Princess Bibesco. Step By Step is a seminal Churchill book that includes 82 newspaper articles focused on foreign affairs written by Churchill between March 1936 and May 1939, many of them containing his warnings and predictions about Nazi Germany. As such, it is emblematic of the courage Bibesco would later profile in her book about Churchill - in particular, what she called "courage to displease others and defy their opinions" (Winston Churchill: Master of Courage, Hale, London, 1957, p.10). This unique inscribed copy is a first edition, first printing. Though unjacketed, it is in very good condition. The green cloth binding shows only light scuffing. Given Princess Bibesco's intellect and education, it seems quite plausible that it was actually read by her. The contents remain clean and tight. Light soiling is confined to the text block edges. The book is preserved in a custom built clamshell preservation case in dark green half leather over green cloth, lined with acid-free archival paper. The rounded spine features raised bands and gold tooling. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A111.1.a, Woods/ICS A45(a.1), Langworth p.197.

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        Pair of Original Portrait Photographs, signed

      1946. 2 original photographs (195 x 143 mm), mounted on card and now window mounted side by side, framed and glazed. Card mounts a little browned, inscriptions slightly faded, the photographs in fine condition. Each photograph is signed on the mount, that of Clementine with the inscription, "To Frank Clarke with happy memories of our visit to America in the Winter & Spring of 1946." Co. Frank W. Clarke, a Canadian shipowner, had first met Churchill during the General Strike in 1926, when he had worked for him on the British Gazette. In 1943 Churchill had stayed with Clarke after the Quebec Conference and, when he was at his lowest ebb, physically exhausted from his Herculean efforts of the previous six years and psychologically prostrated by defeat in the Election, he was delighted to be offered the opportunity to stay at Clarke's Miami Beach estate for the Winter. Interviewed by the Press on his arrival, and asked to say "just ten words", he settled on the formula, "The great pleasure I feel in enjoying the genial sunshine of Miami Beach." The restorative powers of the Floridian climate are well-attested to by the fact that is was during his stay with Clarke that Churchill began work on the Fulton Speech, his most powerful and important as Leader of the Opposition, a controversial statement of the post-War status quo, the public declaration of the Cold War and a call for close Anglo-American co-operation as a guarantee for future World security.

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