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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.

      [Bookseller: Discovery Bay Old Books]
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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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        SKULL-FACE AND OTHERS

      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.

      [Bookseller: L. W. Currey, Inc.]
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        THE HOUSE ON THE BORDERLAND AND OTHER NOVELS

      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.

      [Bookseller: L. W. Currey, Inc.]
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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.

      [Bookseller: Jett W. Whitehead Rare Books (ABAA)]
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        AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED (ALS) TO RONALD DUNCAN REGARDING THE IMPENDING PUBLICATION OF HIS FIRST BOOK

      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.

      [Bookseller: Charles Agvent]
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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.

      [Bookseller: Allington Antiquarian Books, LLC]
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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!

      [Bookseller: Madoc Books]
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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.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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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]

      [Bookseller: Michel Guay]
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        THE HISTORY OF THE DECLINE AND FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE

      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.

      [Bookseller: Charles Agvent]
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        Williwaw

      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.

      [Bookseller: Raptis Rare Books, ABAA/ ILAB]
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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).

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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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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        PENSEES SUR LA DANSE

      Bordas, 1946. Limited Edition. Full Leather. Near Fine binding. Aristide Maillol. Folio. Full bound in gray morocco with several "dancers" onlaid in red, blue, black and orange leather with gold-tooled embellishments--quite a striking design binding for this work; orange suede endpapers with gray leather inner hinge; sewn endbands; housed in a black felt-lined clamshell box titled in gold on the spine; this is one of 350 copies on "velin de Rives a la cuve B. F. K," from a larger limitation of 755 copies. Near Fine binding.

      [Bookseller: Black Swan Books, Inc.]
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        BIBLIOGRAPHIE CARTOGRAPHIQUE INTERNATIONALE

      Paris: Armand Colin. 1946. 8vo., cloth with original paper wrappers bound in. variously paginated.. 28 volumes., complete. Text in French. Complete set of the original edition of this work. Periodicals 1946-1975. (Titus III, 663). Annual listing of maps and atlases. Entries divided by continent. This periodical was begun in 1936 as "Bibliographie Cartographique Français," changed to current title in 1946 and continues to be published. Volumes after the 1969 issue are numbered counting 1946 as volume one. This set, 1946-50 in one volume, 1951-52 in one volume, most recent years issued in multiple parts. Ex-library set with markings.

      [Bookseller: Oak Knoll Books/Oak Knoll Press]
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        All The King's Men

      New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1946. First Edition. First Printing. Octavo (21cm); burgundy textured cloth stamped in gilt on the spine; dustjacket; 464pp. Some minor flaking to the titling on the spine and a triffle rubbed along the lower board edges; a clean, unfaded Near Fine copy. The Second Issue dustjacket is unclipped, with shallow chipping at the spine ends and some shallow loss at the extremities of the front panel - none affecting the text; an inch-long tear is present along the lower end of the front flap, with some minor fading to the red on the spine panel; Very Good overall. The author has signed his full name on the title page, apparently an early signature in fountain pen. Overall, a presentable signed copy of Warren's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about political corruption in the deep South, basis for several film adaptations, including the classic 1949 film noir starring Broderick Crawford and Mercedes McCambridge.

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        Animal Farm

      New York: Harcour, Brace and Company, 1946., 1946. Proof Copy of the American First Edition. 8vo. Publisher's soft grey covers titled in black to upper. Faded blue ink stamp to upper cover with stain; covers frayed along extremities, spine wrinkled; page edges toned by text clean. Scarce. Held in a protective solander box.

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        Independent People [Signed by Author, Thor Heyerdahl's copy with his signature ] [Sjálfstætt fólk / Signet]

      New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1946. First American edition. Hardcover. Very Good/very good. A Very Good copy of the first American edition, first printing, of one of Halldor Laxness' most important works (spine ends pushed, title to spine rather rubbed, some fading to lower region of rear board, modest evidence of handling, quite small spot to shelf edge of rear board) in a Very Good, price-clipped, dust jacket (moderate edge wear and light chipping at the corners), THOR HEYERDAHL'S COPY, SIGNED BY HALLDOR LAXNESS in his full name on the title page and SIGNED BY THOR HEYERDAHL on the front free endpaper. Halldor Laxness won the 1955 Nobel Prize of Literature "for his vivid epic power which has renewed the great narrative art of Iceland", the only Icelander ever to have won the Prize. Set in the early 20th Century, and published as a single volume in America, this great epic originally appeared in two volumes, "Landnámsmaður Íslands" (1934 - which, translated, means "Icelandic Pioneers") and "Erfiðir tímar" (1935 - which, translated, means "Hard Times"). The two works together comprise "Independent People", the tale of Bjartur, a poor Icelandic sheep farmer who, only recently freed from a system of debt bondage, struggles to survive in Iceland's harsh environment. In his presentation speech at the Nobel Prize ceremony, about Laxness and "Independent People", E. Wessén, Member of the Swedish Academy, stated: "Individual people and their destinies always move us most deeply in Halldór Laxness' novels.....Even more affecting, perhaps, is the story of Bjartur, the man with the indomitable will for freedom and independence, Geijer's yeoman farmer in an Icelandic setting and, with monumental, epic proportions, the settler, the landnámsman of Iceland's thousand-year-old history. Bjartur remains the same in sickness and misfortune, in poverty and starvation, in raging snowstorms and face to face with the frightening monsters of the moors, and pathetic to the last in his helplessness and his touching love for his foster daughter, Ásta Sóllilja." In the view of many, "Independent People" was of great importance in Laxness' winning of the Prize. Signed copies of this epic and important novel are quite scarce, and signed copies in English translation are even more so. As noted above, the copy offered here previously belonged to the great Norwegian ethnographer and adventurer Thor Heyerdahl, and also carries his signature to the front free endpaper. A Very Good copy of one of Halldor Laxness' most significant works, SIGNED BY HALLDOR LAXNESS and SIGNED BY THE PRIOR OWNER, THOR HEYERDAHL. RARE.

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        Miracle de la Rose

      L'Arbalète, Paris, 1946. First Edition. Hardcover (Original Cloth). Near Fine Condition. Number 370 of 475 in beige cloth on Rives - light wear, faint soiling to boards - internally bright and largely uncut. The first edition of one of Genet's central works - along with Thief's Journal and the great short film Un Chant d'Amour,, it exemplifies the qualities most unique and magnetic about Genet - the inversion of ideals, the transcendence of the sordid. An attractive example. Size: Octavo (8vo). Text is clean and unmarked. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: 2-3 kilos. Inventory No: 041346. .

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        ARTE PORTUGUESA.

      - As Artes Decorativas. Arquitectura e Escultura. Pintura. Por. Antigo Professor da Faculdade de Letras de Lisboa e da Escola Nacional de Belas Artes. Tipografia Almeida & Bento, Lda. Edições Excelsior. S/d. [1946-1951]. Obra em 4 volumes. De 30x24 cm. Com 403, 385, 461 e 364 pags. Encadernações do editoriais (excelente estado de conservasão) inteiras de pele natural com ferros decorativos a ouro e a seco. Profusamente ilustrados com gravuras no texto e em extra-texto com quadricromias (entre as quais a reprodução de um quadro Columbano com o retrato do autor). Obra originalmente publicada em fascículos agrupados em: 1 volume dedicado à Arquitectura e Escultura; 1 volume dedicado à pintura; e 2 volumes dedicados às Artes Decorativas. O volume dedicado à Arquitectura e à Escultura aborda o tema dos grandes monumentos e também os temas da habitação tradicional em Portugal e dos presépios de barro. O volume dedicado à pintura (incluíndo em grande parte o estudo dos frescos e das iluminuras de livros) teve a colaboração de Adriano de Gusmão, em Os Primitivos e a Renascença; de Reinaldo dos Santos; em A Pintura na Segunda Metade do Sec XVI ao final do Séc. XVII; de Julieta Ferrão, em A Pintura no século XVIII; de Carlos Passos, em O pintor Vieira Portuense; e de Diogo de Macedo, em A Arte nos Séculos XIX e XX. Os volumes dedicados às Artes Decorativas incidem, entre outros temas, sobre: A Ourivesaria em Portugal (profana e religiosa), por João Couto; Os Pelourinhos e os Cruzeiros, por Luís Chaves; A Cerâmica em Portugal, por Armando Vieira Santos; A Arte Indo- Portuguesa, por Maria Helena Cagigal e Silva; Tapetes de Arraiolos, por Maria José Mendonça; A Arte nos Metais (ferro, bronze, cobre, latão , estanho e lata), por Luís Chaves; o Mobiliário, por Luís Chaves; a Heráldica na Decoração, por António Machado de Faria; Os Azulejos em Portugal, por Armando Vieira Santos; A Ilustração do Livro (retratos, vinhetas, gravadores e técnicas em Portugal), por Ernesto Soares; O Vidro em Portugal, por Armando Vieira Santos; Colchas de Castelo Branco e Rendas de Peniche, por Clementina Carneiro de Moura; Os Bordados da Madeira, por Vasco de Lucena, Os Coches em Portugal, por Armando Vieira Santos, e ainda de salientar um estudo de 90 páginas sobre os Jardins em Portugal (incluíndo os jardins públicos, os jardins municipais, os jardins dos palácios do Estado, o Jardim Zoológico, as tapadas, os jardins botânicos, etc), por Armando de Lucena. Location/localizacao: 7-A3-B-22 e 8-11-A-3

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        Les dicts de la vigne. Recueillies & illustrés par Julien Pavil. Lithographies originales en couleurs. Préface de Georges ROZET Historiographe de la Confrérie des Chevaliers du TASTEVIN.

      Paris, B. Arnaud, éditeur, 1946. - In-4; 96 pp-(3) ff, en feuilles, couverture imprimée en sépia, chemise de l'éditeur cartonnée avec plats décorés de feuilles de vigne et dos droit en percaline, auteur titre en lettre dorée, la suite des illustrations est dans une chemise identique, étui commun avec les mêmes plats illustrés. Florilège de maximes et de dictons populaires sur le vin et la vigne, classés par mois et joliment illustrés en couleurs par Lucien Pavil (planches hors-texte). Edition originale tirée à 1.000 exemplaires. Un des 75 exemplaires numérotés en chiffres romains sur vélin d'Arches à la forme, contenant une suite en couleurs des 49 lithographies, N° XXXI. BEL EXEMPLAIRE. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        An Archive of Treatment Scripts for the unproduced film The Merry, Merry Maidens (Five treatment scripts for an unproduced film)

      David O. Selznick Productions 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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        Visages d'Henri MATISSE

      Editions du Chêne 1946 - Très bel album de quatorze lithographies d'Henri Matisse accompagnées de poésies par Pierre Reverdy, SIGNE AU CRAYON PAR MATISSE ET REVERDY. Exemplaire sur vélin à la forme de Lana. La couverture, les quatorze hors-textes, les lettrines et les culs-de-lampe ont été composés par Henri Matisse. L'impression des lithographies a été faite par Mourlot frère et l'impression des linos et des textes par Fequet et Baudier, à Paris. Exemplaire n°173 sur 250 conservé dans son boîtier d'origine dont un des bords est manquant. Reliure plein maroquin havane, illustrée d'un visage reprenant une lithographie de l'album, et signée Didier Bigorre. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Vercoquin et le plancton.

      Gallimard 1946 - - Gallimard, Paris _1946, 12x19cm, broché. - Edition originale dont il n'a pas été tiré de grands papiers, un des ex du service de presse. Dos et plats très légèrement et marginalement passés sans aucune gravité. . La Librairie Le Feu Follet offre aux clients AbeBooks 10% de réduction ainsi que les frais de port vers la France métropolitaine sur l'ensemble de son catalogue. Prix d'origine : 460 EUR. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

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        Build My Gallows High

      William Morrow New York: William Morrow. 1946. First. First edition. Neat name on the rear fly else near fine in good only dustwrapper with some chipping, bookstore stamps on the flaps, wrinkling, and other wear. Homes (pseudonym of Daniel Mainwaring), James M. Cain, and others scripted the classic 1947 Jacques Tourneur film noir adaptation, Out of the Past, featuring Robert Mitchum, Jane Greer, Kirk Douglas and Rhonda Fleming. Remade as Against All Odds with Rachel Ward, Jeff Bridges, James Woods, and Jane Greer (playing the mother of the character she played in the original film). A presentable copy of a desirable, cheaply made wartime book. .

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        Portrait photograph of W. E.B. Du Bois

      New York july 18 1946 New York, july 18, 1946. (DUBOIS, W.E.B) Reproduced in PORTRAITS from this print. 25.3 x 18.s cm. (9-7/8 x 7-3/8 inches). Gelatin silver print, half-length, frontal view. Atelier stamped on verso, with notations in ink giving the subject of the photograph, the date, the number of the negative ("VIII CC 6"), and indications to the printer for enlargement. Provenance: The estate of Saul Mauriber, Van Vechten's assistant and executor of Van Vechten's photography estate and the compiler of PORTRAITS: THE PHOTOGRAPHY OF CARL VAN VECHTEN (1978)

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        AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED WITH INITIALS (ALS) on the bottom of a letter from a publisher

      8 June 1946 - On the blank bottom portion of a typed letter from publisher Reynal & Hitchcock forwarding a copy of Eric Bentley's THE PLAYWRIGHT AS THINKER, Shaw has written a brief reply and SIGNED it with his initials. In full: "The book has arrived safely, thank you. I have opened it at random and tasted a page or two. I don't read books now: I'm too old; but Bentley is one of the brightly conspicuous, and I shall dip into him again. GBS 8/6/1946." Normal creases from folding. Near Fine

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

      Jonathan Cape, London 1946 - 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: ".no 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. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Le Maléfice. Préface de La Sorcière de Jules Michelet

      Les Editions des Quatre Vents 1946 in-8° agrafé. Édition originale constituée par le tiré à part de la préface de Georges Bataille - de la Sorcière de Jules Michelet - dans laquelle il évoque toutes les données du mal. Papier uniformément jauni, dos fragile, charnière des plats un peu fendue, une griffure légère au second plat. RARISSIME PLAQUETTE LIMITÉE À UNE DIZAINE D'EXEMPLAIRES. Joint le prière d'insérer de l'éditeur pour le livre de Michelet Bon couverture souple Edition originale

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        PATERSON (Books 1-5)

      New Directions (1946-58), New York - 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. 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 [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Ink & Blood A Book Of Drawings With A Prefatory Text By Struthers Burt

      NY: Heritage Press, 1946. Hardcover. Orig. full black morocco, gilt lettered spine, batik styled endpapers. Teg. Near fine./No Dust Jacket. 19 pages in text. 32 x 23 cm, Seventy-four full page color plates printed recto only. Limited edition, one of 1000 copies signed by Arthur Szyk -- this copy inscribed to Adrienne Clark.. Szyk's title is a take on "Blood and Iron" a leading German slogan created by Hegel. Szyk's antidote to the aforementioned in his World War II caricatures [as Burt notes], "Words and pictures are bullets whose flight never ends." Dedication and facing page toned as well as last two free endpapers with slight bleed-through to gutter not affecting image of last plate.

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        THE NOVELS. Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey/Persuasion. The text based on Collation of the early editions by R. W.Chapman. With notes, Indexes and Illustrations from contemporary sources

      Oxford, at the Clarendon Press.,1946. FIVE VOLUMES. 8vo.(7.5 x 5.2 inches). All third editions, Third impressions, except volume two (Emma) which is 3rd Edition, fourth impression, published in the same year. Illustrated throughout with 49 mono plates, including plans of Georgian London and Bath. The set is finely bound in recent full tan morocco, spines with raised bands, red title labels, gilt. Compartments ruled, lettered and decorated in gilt. Boards with gilt ruled borders. Top edges gilt. A fine set of this important edition which contains facsimiles of the original title pages, notes, and various appendixes giving chronologies, indexes of characters and general indexes of real persons and places. In Geoffrey Keynes Bibliography of the works of Jane Austen he states that this edition is the most authoritative text published and is never likely to be improved. An interesting scholarly edition in attractive leather bindings.:

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

      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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        KASHU^ SHINSHO^ FUJI

      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]

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        Preliminary Discussion of the Logical Design of an Electronic Computing Instrument, Part I, Volume I second edition 1947

      Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) Princeton NJ, 1946; second edition 1947. (6) + 42 pages, single-side reproduced typescript; original printed tan cardstock covers with staples.Very Good, with pages toning with age and paper acidity; wear along spine and top edges of covers; thumbed along fore-edge. Prev. owner's names on cover front cover small tear and edgewear. Clean, unmarked Preliminary Discussion of the Logical Design of an Electronic Computing Instrument, Part I, Volume I. (second edition 1947) 'First officially published conceptual account of the stored-program computer; (OOC 959) Preliminary Discussion of the Logical Design of an Electronic Computing Instrument, Part I, Volume I. Second edition, 1947'First officially published conceptual account of the stored-program computer; (Origins of Cyberspace, 959) 'A few months after ENIAC had its first public demonstration (in February 1946), the three chief members of the IAS Electronic Computer Project issued their Preliminary Discussion of the Logical Design of an Electronic Computing Instrument, a report to the Army Ordnance Department that represents the first published formal conceptual paper on the stored-program computer, if we call von Neumann's informal First Draft (OOC 954) a privately circulated working paper. The first edition of the Preliminary Discussion report appeared in June 1946; a revised second edition, containing an expanded account of the arithmetic processes and a report of further experimental work, was issued in September 1947.' (from Origins of Cyberspace) 'The Preliminary Report contains the first technical description of what is known as the Von Neumann architecture, in which programs and data are stored in a comparatively slow-to-access storage medium, such as a hard disk; and work is performed on them in a fast, volatile random-access memory... The von Neumann architecture, with some additions and refinements, remained the logical basis for the design of most computers built since the Report's publication..' One of the seminal papers in the history of computing.

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        [Intelligence Report on] Japanese Suicide Craft

      US Naval Technical Mission to Japan, January 1946.. 10 x 8 inches, 25 x 20 cms, 43 printed typescript pages, 25 figures of mechanical details. A lovely example in its original soft cover wrappers, protected in an archival clear plastic sleeve and preserved in a modern red cloth slip-case, leather label on spine. In the summer of 1945, when defeat of Japan - however it was to be achieved - was considered imminent, the United States Navy established a mission to determine the position of the Japanese in the field of naval technology. Two of the Japanese naval targets for investigation were "Shinyo" (special attack boats) and "Kaiten" (human torpedo/one man submarines). Both types of vessel were suicide craft, seaborne equivalents of "Kamikaze" aircraft. "Shinyo" held an explosive charge in their bows and were designed to ram the side of enemy vessels. They were manned by school boys in their mid-teens, around 16 or so years of age. "Kaiten" were one-man submarines, substantially altered torpedos having human control and additional fuel capacity. These midget or suicide submarines were manned by volunteers of 18 to 20 years of age. The Japanese claimed great success in the encounters between "Kaiten" and enemy shipping. An exceedingly rare example of the original 1946 Report covering both "Shinyo" and "Kaiten", marked as "Restricted" and with the tipped-in slip of the British Intelligence Objectives Sub-Committee shown as being "Copy No. 66".(Price includes postage UK)

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        Chine.

      Éditions d'Art Albert Skira. Geneve 1946. With 80 fullpage photographs in heliogravure by Hélène Hoppenot. 4to. (14) + (5) pp. + 80 leaves. Well-preserved copy

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        Titus Groan

      Eyre & Spottiswoode, London, 1946. First Edition. 438pp. A dusty copy, corners bumped and with minor signs of shelf-wear to head and tail of spine. Top edge dust marked and a hint of foxing to fore-edge and preliminary leaves. Neat former owner name, and a single, small Bombay library stamp to the bottom of the front endpaper (although there are no further library markings). In scarce first state dust wrapper which is a little tanned with a single crease to the front panel, and a little nicked at extremities with just a fraction of loss to head of spine. Indications of pencil marks to rear panel and some dye run-off from cloth to reverse of front panel (not visible from the front). A good copy of Peake's celebrated fantasy – extremely scarce in this first impression wrapper (too few wrappers were initially printed resulting in most copies being accompanied by wrappers stating "second impression").. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Good/Good.

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        The Lady in the Lake

      Hamish Hamilton London and Melbourne: Hamish Hamilton. (1946). First. First Australian edition. Pages browned, sunning to the bottom of the spine, else very good in good or better dustwrapper with a couple of small chips at the folds, a chip at the foot (that corresponds with the fading), and some professional internal repair. Presumably issued in very small numbers, the author's exceptionally scarce fourth novel. .

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        TROUBLE FOLLOWS ME

      New York: Dodd, Mead and Company, 1946 First Edition of Ross Macdonald's second book, a well-received mystery/spy thriller. A fine copy in beige cloth, black titles to the spine in a bright, fresh neatly price-clipped pictorial dustwrapper, with some light edgewear, some rubs at the heel and crown of the spine and two tiny chips on the back panel. 8vo. 206 pp. Also published in 1950 as Night Train by Lion Books in paperback.. 1st Edition.

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        A Manual of Operation for the Automatic Sequence Controlled Calculator

      Harvard University Press, Cambridge MA 1946 first edition; 561 pages, 17 plates, text illustrations;. [Aiken, Howard H][Hopper, Grace][IBM][Harvard Mark I]Very Good, dark blue cloth hardcover, 8x11. Previous owner's name in script on the front pastedown. Some rubbing to head of spine & tips of corners with bumped upper corner. The binding is sound with a slightly shaken binding; the pages are clean, unmarked, a bit toned with age and paper acidity A thick large book with fullpage black and white photographs of the Harvard Mark I electromechanical computer. A manual of operation for the Automatic Sequence Controlled Calculator, by the staff of the Computation Laboratory. with an Index, an extensive bibliography of related books & journal articles, and a historical introduction co-written by Aiken & Hopper. The Harvard Mark I was the first programmable calculating machine, and the majority of this volume is devoted to technical descriptions of its components, architecture and operation, and coding examples (some of the earliest examples anywhere of digital computer programs (see Ceruzzi, 1985). This is Volume 1 of the Annals of the Computation Laboratory of Harvard University. 'In May 1944 the staff of the Computation Project began operations with the Automatic Sequence Controlled Calculator as an activity of the Bureau of Ships. One of the first tasks undertaken was the preparation of a report setting forth the coding procedures of the calculator. This was followed by detailed plugging instructions, which unfortunately were hardly completed before the code book was out of date. In the succeeding months, computing techniques were developed so rapidly that stabilized operating instructions could not be prepared. At the same time, many mathematicians, physicists & engineers requested copies of such data on operating techniques as were available in the laboratory. This general and widespread interest encouraged the Staff to publish this Manual of Operation as the first volume of the Annals of the Computation Laboratory, rather than as a mimeographed compilation of notes as originally intended. Thus the Manual is unusual in that it is an outgrowth of notes prepared by the Staff primarily for their own use....CONTENTS -- Historical Introduction (sets the Mark I in its historical context and is an excellent overview of the history of computing to that time); Description of the Calculator; Electrical Circuits; Coding; Plugging Instructions; Solution of Examples; Bibliography; Introduction to the Appendices (preparation of the appendices was mostly the work of Hopper with assistance of other Staff) -- Sequence Codes; Sequence Circuits; Register Circuits; Multiply Unit Circuits; Divide Unit Circuits; Relay List; Cam List; Fuse List; Index. Plates include -- Calculating wheels designed by Charles Babbage; Front View of the Calculator; rear view of the Storage Counter unit and the Multiply-Divide Relay panel; Sequence Control Mechanism; Tape Racks;

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