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        CEFALU

      London: Editions Poetry, (1947)., 1947 Durrell, Lawrence. Durrell, Lawrence. CEFALU. London: Editions Poetry, (1947). First Edition of Lawrence Durrell's satirical novel, republished as The Dark Labyrinth. A fine copy in oatmeal cloth, gilt titles to the spine, pages browned as is usual, in a bright, fresh dustwrapper without the usual sunning to the spine, some light use and a couple of minor closed tears. Small 8vo. 238 pp. "Lawrence Durrell is a virtuoso, capable of extraordinary feats of prose and poetry. His command as a writer is supreme, as a creative artist, Durrell may be aptly likened to Mozart". The New York Times. [From a comprehensive TBCL Durrell collection of first editions in superb condition]. 1st Edition.

      [Bookseller: TBCL The Book Collector's Library]
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        Les gens sont bien plus beaux qu'ils croient. Vive leur vraie figure. Portraits à ressemblance extraite, à ressemblance cuite et confite dans la mémoire, à ressemblance éclatée dans la mémoire de Mr Jean Dubuffet, peintre.

      4 pages (1 feuille dépliante: 43,5x54,5 cm). Affiche sur papier rose pâle, illustrée par Dubuffet avec 20 caricatures d' Artaud, Cingria, Michaux, Ponge, e.a. Avec une texte 'Causette' de Jean Dubuffet. [2 Warenabbildungen bei antiquariat.de]

      [Bookseller: Daniel Thierstein Buchantiquariat]
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        Fine Structure of the Hydrogen Atom by a Microwave Method

      American Physical Society Lancaster and New York: American Physical Society. 1st Edition. Soft cover. Fine. FIRST EDITION IN ORIGINAL WRAPPERS of the discovery of the "Lamb shift" "Shortly after World War II, Lamb began his work to check the accuracy of the predictions of Paul Dirac as they related to the energy levels and spectral lines of hydrogen. Dirac's quantum mechanical theory predicted that the hydrogen atom had two possible energy states with equal energies. Lamb's accurate work using radiofrequency resonance techniques, reported in 1947, revealed that there was a minute difference in these energy levels. Small as it was, this Lamb shift necessitated a revision of the theory of the interaction of the electron with electromagnetic radiation. For this work Lamb was awarded the Nobel Prize for physics, which he shared with another leader of research at Columbia, Polykarp Kusch, with whom he had performed wartime research in developing microwave radar" (.Biographical Encyclopedia of Scientists).Particle Physics: One Hundred Years of Discoveries: "First measurements of the fine structure of the hydrogen atom, the Lamb shift. Nobel prize to W.E. Lamb awarded in 1955 'for his discoveries concerning the fine structure of the hydrogen spectrum.'"IN: The Physical Review, Vol 72, No 3, August 1, 1947, pp. 241-243. Lancaster, PA., and New York, NY: American Physical Society, 1947. Quarto, original wrappers. Tiny bump to outer edge, otherwise fine. Rare in wrappers.

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        De vises sten. Skådespel i fyra akter.

      Stockholm, Albert Bonniers förlag, 1947. 220 s. Fjorton lösa ark med korrekturstämplar daterade 2, 3, 9 & 10 september 1947. Originalupplagan utkom i slutet av oktober samma år. Det rör sig om ett tidigt korrektur med vissa skillnader i texten och talrika avvikelser i interpunktion och typografiska detaljer såsom parenteser, vilka blir långt färre i originalupplagan, och kursiveringar, som blir spärrad antikva i den utgivna versionen. Därtill rättas en del fel. Stora delar av texten har satts om för tryckningen av originalupplagan. Lagerkvist har även bearbetat själva texten mellan korrekturet och den slutliga versionen, särskilt i de två sista arken med viss förskjutning till följd. Två stycken om vardera 12 rader finns endast i korrekturet (mellan rad 2 & 3 på s. 202 i originalupplagan; samt efter replikens slut, som i korrekturet följs av ytterligare tolv rader varav nio på nästa sida. Först därefter följer Albertus replik: »Vill du detta själv, Catherine?»). Därtill kommer åtskilliga ändringar av mindre omfång, så har t.ex. på s. 210 »några unga judar» i korrekturet blivit »några ynglingar» i originalupplagan.. Proveniens: Henry Olsson (1896-1985), kollega till Lagerkvist i Svenska Akademien sedan 1952.<p>Korrektur spelar en interessant roll i tillkomsten av Pär Lagerkvists böcker. Särskilt när det gällde dramatiken brukade Lagerkvist på ett tidigt stadium beställa ett tiotal korrekturexemplar från förlaget, som han kunde delge teatrar, översättare och andra litterära kontakter. Efter Nobelpriset tycks för­farandet även ha gällt romanerna, eftersom det fanns ett stort intresse från utländska förlag av att översätta dem.<p>Korrekturen bildar sällsynta variantupplagor av hans texter, och föregick dessutom ofta de utgivna böckerna med flera månader. Om Låt människan leva (1949) heter det till exempel i ett brev till Sven Linnér: »Jag har låtit göra ett antal korr.-avdrag till teaterbruk; när det lilla häftet ska utkomma är ännu inte bestämt»

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        I, the Jury

      Dutton New York: Dutton. 1947. First. First edition. A short tear at the crown, some modest bumps, and a little fading to the spine lettering, very good lacking the dustwrapper. Spillane's first book, the first Mike Hammer mystery, and the progenitor to a whole generation of books featuring ultra-violent detective heroes. Harry Essex wrote and directed the largely forgotten 1953 film version, the first of several films based on Spillane's works. .

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        Filles de la Pluie. Scènes de la vie Ouessantine.

      Paris: Editions du Montparnasse 1947. With coloured pochoir frontisp and illustr. by Perraudin. 218 pp. Loose as issued in chemise and slipcase.. Limied to 525 copies on velin chiffon du Marais, of which this is no. 130. Inscribed by the artist in 1968 to a Danish couple and with an amusing original coloured drawing of the little mermaid holding a French and a Danish flag

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        The Art of Walt Disney Inscribed and Signed By Walt Disney on the Title Page By Mickey Mouse

      Collins 1947. The dust jacket has to be described as being in Poor condition since it is torn into two pieces and has minor losses. However, a conservationist/paper restorer may be able to re-attach the pieces improving the grading of this rare dust jacket. The tear is quite clean and the other losses are quite minor. Since we are not restorers ourselves we cannot make any claims of the restoration that is actually possible, and the Buyer/next owner of this beautiful book will need to seek professional advice. Measuring 21.00 x 29.00 cms (approx) the original creamy white boards have the lettering and decoration stamped into the front board, and lettering and the head of Mickey Mouse printed onto the spine. The boards are in Very Good condition with only the very lightest of discolouring and slight knocks to the top and bottom of the spine and to the corners. These are a very attractive set of boards. There are 290 numbered pages which are very clean and in overall Very Good condition with light spotting to the edges of the pages, predominantly noticeable when the book is closed (very minor and only mentioned for completeness). There is an attractive bookplate pasted to the front pastedown. Walt Disney's large and flourishing inscription and signature is located on the Title Page below the outline printed sketch of Mickey Mouse holding out his arms, and is executed in blue ink. This is one of the finest signed books by Walt Disney on the market today in complete and original condition

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        River of Grass

      2012. Soft Cover. Fine. Soft Cover. Number 22 of 36 copies. A stunning work by noted book artist, Doroth Simpson Krause. From the artist's statement: "This homage to Marjory Stoneman Douglas, (1947-1997), and her seminal book, "The Everglades: River of Grass" combines my images of the Everglades with historic photographs, documents and maps. Forty miles wide and over 100 miles long this slow moving river ranges from a few inches to a few feet in depth. Only half it's original size, the Everglades has been largely destroyed to meet the demands of urban and agricultural growth. The ongoing battle for restoration of the Everglades is a moral test which hopefully we will pass." The book's exquisite images evoke the beauty and mystery of the Everglades, which are "one of the unique regions of the earth, remote, never wholly known" (Marjory Douglas). Printed on Yu Kou paper heavy,on the Oki C9650 laser printer with letterpress overlay printed on the Vandercook 4 with metallic inks. Interleaved with Yu Kou light. Envelope enclosure of Lokta Oil Paper, saddle brown, referencing a packet of documents an early settler might have carried.  Native mahogany tree seedpod closure with rawhide and thread tie. Produced while Artist-in-Residence at the Jaffe Center for Book Arts, Wimberly Library, Florida Atlantic University, Spring, 2012 and published under the auspices of Minerva: The Press at Wimberly. In fine condition. PRI/101912.

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        [Bernström] Bok- och bibliotekshistoriska studier tillägnade Gustaf Bernström 15/1 1947. Uppsala, 1947. 166,(1,1 blank,2) s.

      & 2 faksimilblad. Brunt obetydligt nött halvmarokängbd med upphöjda bind och sparsam guldpräglad och blindpressad ryggdekor samt övre guldsnitt, övriga snitt endast putsade (Hedberg, 1947). De övre pärmhörnen aningen stukade. Omslaget medbundet. Med Eric Österlunds exlibris.. Tryckt i 50 ex. Ett av exemplaren med en förteckning på de ursprungliga ägarna av verket, sammanlagt 40 st. Innehåller uppsatserna "En unik pärmstämpel på ett band som tillhört Fredrik I" av Isak Collijn, "Holberg-samlingen i Göteborgs stadsbibliotek" av F. J. Billeskov Jansen, "Rigshofmester Joachim Gersdorffs bibliotek" av Carl S. Petersen, "Antonio Panizzi och British museum" av S. Hallberg, "Variantexemplar och tryckteknik. En undersökning av originalupplagan av C. G. Leopolds Oden, 1790" av J. Viktor Johansson, "Verdens störste lögnhals? Et kapitel av de litterære falskneriers historie" av Wilhelm Munthe och "Romerska bibliofiler" av Tönnes Kleberg

      [Bookseller: Mats Rehnström]
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        DICK AND JANE FIGURES [SALLY AND HER PLAYMATES]

      1947. 1. DICK AND JANE. (FIGURES) DICK AND JANE FIGURES - SALLY AND HER PLAYTMATES. Offered here are 6 Dick and Jane figures in the original Scott Foresman envelope, with a 4 page pictorial brochure enclosed, ca 1947. Each figure is in color on printed cardboard with stands with printed flaps indicating that they are to be used with the Basic Readers. All are brightly illustrated in color including Dick (9 1/2"), Jane (8 1/2"), Sally (7"), and Spot (the dog 5"), Tim (the bear 6") and Puff (the cat 5 1/2") in near fine condition. The 4 page printed brochure gives instructions to the teachers on how to help pupils read, has suggestions on how the figures can be used as puppets and lists titles in the series.

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        Signed Truman postmarked and addressed White House envelope ñ a suitable and rare Presidential franking

      White House envelope signed ìHarry S Truman,î 6.75î x 4.75î. Addressed in calligraphy to ìMr. Robert G. Simmons/The White House/Washington, D.C.,î noted ìFirst day coverî in lower left. Postmarked ìNew York, N.Y./May/19/10:00 AM/1947/Centenary International Philatelic Ex. Sta.î Light rippling. Narrow plastic tape mounting strip along top edge. Fine condition.

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        The Light and the Dark

      Macmillan and Co 1947. This is a Near Fine Copy of this book in Publisher's blue cloth with gilt title lettering to spine,in a Very Good Dust-Jacket that has just a couple of tiny nicks to the outer edges of the wrapper with one small chip to the top right corner of the d/j.Underside of the d/j shows some tape where stregthening has been applied to the edges of the d/j (only visible on the underside) The dust-jacket itself remains lovely andc clean and bright with NO sunning ro fading to covers.Price clipped and this copy has been SIGNED and dated Oct 27/70 and without dedication by C.P. Snow on the Title Page.This title was acquired from a very impressive private collection of 20th Century Literature and Fiction with strict adherence paid in obtaining rare highlights in exellent condition.Great copy for the collector and rare SIGNED.The Author's second novel in the 'Strangers and Brothers' sequence.The d/j comes well protected in a removable cover sleeve,8vo 393pp First Edition 1st Impression

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        SVERIGES BEBYGGELSE. STATISTISK-TOPOGRAFISK BESKRIVNING ÖVER SVERIGES STÄDER OCH LANDSBYGD. LANDSBYGDEN. ÖSTERGÖTLAND I-IX.

      Hermes 1947-51, ca 7 000s med fotoillustrationer och uppgifter om alla fastigheter. Östergötland komplett i alla 9 volymer, uniformt bundna i förlagets gröna skinnband med förgyllda ryggtitlar och pärmvapen, övre guldsnitt; en fin svit med oinskrivna släkttavlor, någon nyansskiftning mellan banden, del VIII lagad reva i övre ryggänden, del IX litet maskhål i nederdelen av frampärmen och genom s 1-34

      [Bookseller: Antikvariatet i Norrköping]
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        The SILVA Of NORTH AMERICA. A Description of the Trees Which Grow Naturally in North America Exclusive of Mexico. Illustrated with Figures and Analyses Drawn from Nature

      Peter Smith New York:: Peter Smith,. 1947.. Folio. 12-1/2" x 9-1/4". Reprint, from the 1890 edition, by offset lithography. 14 volumes in 7.. Red buckram bindings.. Ex-Reference library, with usual ownership markings, but little signs. of use. A VG+ set.. Very heavy set, extra postage required. . Illustrated.

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        You Touched Me! A Romantic Comedy in Three Acts

      London: Samuel French (1947). First edition, hardcover issue. A trifle rubbed, fine in fine dustwrapper with a very faint crease on the spine. Easily Williams's scarcest play, co-written with Windham and based on a short story by D.H. Lawrence. A lovely copy.

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        A Plan of Development for the Colony of St Vincent, Windward Islands, British West Indies.

      Guardian Commerical Printery, Trinidad, 1947. xviii + 821pp + folding maps. 1st ed., clean in original worn half calf. Small h/s's from the Colonial Office Library on front board and title page. An important and very scarce work on the state of the island after World War Two.

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        TOPOLINO giornale con le famose illustrazioni a colori e fumetti - annata 1947 completa (dal n. 620 del 4 gennaio al num. 671 del 27 dicembre 1947), Milano, Mondadori, 1947

      26 X 37, fascicoli di 8 facciate, il tutto rilegato in unico volume tutta tela verde con piccole ferite al dorso. Fogli integri senza rifilature e mancanze di alcun tipo. Questa rara e famosa annata del primo dopoguerra, viene offerta a

      [Bookseller: Libreria e Rivisteria Ferraguti]
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        Situations, I-III.

      (Paris), Gallimard, (1947-49). 8vo. All three in the orig. decorated black cardboard-bindings w. art deco-inspired decorations to spines and boards, in white and yellow, yellow and grey, and grey and blue. Gilt titles to spines. All three volumes placed in a custom-made black cardboard-cassette. Very minor traces of use to capitals, and the white paper on boards of vol. one w. a bit of brownspotting, otherwise an excellent, nice and clean set.. First editions of Sartre's first three "Situations, all three copies numbered (vol. one: No. 421 out of 990 copies, vol. two: No. 631 out of 990 copies, vol three: No. 781 out of 1000 copies) copies on "alfa des Papeteries Navarre".Volume one states "20 novembre 1947" on colophon, though Contat & Rybalka state "20 octobre 1947".Contat & Rybalka 47/117 + 48/155 + 49/180.Sartre's "Situations" contain many of Sartre's most important articles and essays, and it is within these that Sartre foremost shows his philosophical and political face. "The several volumes of Jean-Paul Sartre's Situations, published from 1947 on, constitute the most weighty and, in the two first volumes in particular, the most original body of essay writing of the middle of the 20th century." (Encyclop. Britannica). In all 10 "Situations" appeared

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        The Madwoman of Chaillot

      Random House New York: Random House, 1947. Hard Cover. Second Printing. SIGNED BY 25 CAST MEMBERS FROM THE BROADWAY PRODUCTION. The signers include John Carradine, Estelle Winwood, Le Roi Operti, Martita Hunt, Nydia Westman, Sandro Giglio, and Millicent Brower. The play ran for two years on Broadway and had a revival a few years later. Bound in original dark blue cloth with title and author in gilt to spine. Very good minus with some chipping and bumping. No dust jacket. Signatures are on free front endpaper. half title, and title pages. Interior is clean with three b&w photos from the production. DRA/071812. Very Good.

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        THE HARDER THEY FALL. Inscribed

      New York: Random House, 1947 Excellent Presentation Copy. First Edition. 8vo., 343pp. A very good or better copy showing light use in a near fine dust jacket. Inscribed by the author in blue ink on the front free endpaper to Hall of Fame sportswriter Jimmy Cannon dated in the year of publication: "For Jimmy, / who takes a game / with athletes and makes a world / with people / With admiration and warm / regards / Budd / July 15 1947". An explosive novel exposing the fight world&#39;s manipulation of prizefighters by their managers & racketeers. Basis for the critical 1956 Mark Robson directed film noir starring Rod Steiger, Max Baer, Sr. & Humphrey Bogart in his strong final role. An excellent unique Association Copy linking Schulberg & Cannon; two of America&#39;s greatest [sports] writers - both listed in the International Boxing Hall Of Fame. Schulberg is the only non-boxer honored as a "Living Legend of Boxing" by the World Boxing Association.. 1st Edition.

      [Bookseller: TBCL The Book Collector's Library]
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        RASSEGNA CINOFILA. Organo ufficiale dell?Ente Nazionale della Cinofilia Italiana (E.N.C.I.).

      In-4, 5 voll., mz. tela, tit. oro su tassello al dorso, conserv. cop. orig. anteriore, pp. 50 cad. fascicolo. Di questo noto mensile illustrato dedicato al cane, al suo allevamento e alle competizioni sportive, offriamo una "raccolta completa di 5 annate" così composta: dal n. 1, marzo 1947 al n. 57/58, nov./dic. 1951. Ogni annata contiene un voluminoso numero speciale, interamente illustrato. La rivista era stata sospesa nel maggio 1941 a causa della guerra e solo nel marzo 1947 le pubblicazioni erano riprese. Uniamo anche due Supplementi: "Libro delle origini" dei cani descritti nei libri genealogici italiani nel 4° trimestre 1973 e nel 3° trimestre 1974. Solo il numero speciale del 1950 con pagg. abrase, altrim. esempl. ben conservato.

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        TYPED LETTER SIGNED (TLS). 1/2 page on a single sheet of letter-size paper, signed "Fritz" in green ink, dated 5 August 1945, to "Dear August" [Derleth]

      Faint fold crease and some mild edge-rumpling, else near fine.. (#116646). A businesslike letter to Derleth, as editor of Arkham House, concerning the edition of Leiber's tales that he was preparing. NIGHT'S BLACK AGENTS appeared in 1947, Leiber's first book, and Arkham's 29th. (It was also the first of their titles which went subsequently into a paperback edition, brought out by Ballantine Books in 1961.) In this letter, responding apparently to Derleth's request for blurb material, Leiber refers to a letter he had received from H. P. Lovecraft late in 1936 after sending him the novella, "Adept's Gambit." He points out several sections of the letter, which he had enclosed, that might be suitable for quoting. "... I was delighted to receive a letter from Lovecraft containing not only some general comments, but an unexpected list of detailed criticisms and corrections, which I hastened to make use of in preparing a second writing of the story ... ." The front dust jacket flap did, in fact, wind up using some of this copy. "'Some day I hope the Fafhred Cycle will get into print,' wrote H. P. Lovecraft after reading the manuscript of the novel herewith, 'leading off with Adept's Gambit.'" Bleiler calls NIGHT'S BLACK AGENTS "one of the landmark volumes in modern fantastic fiction" (Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 1002) -- though he didn't care much for the Fafhred/Mouser story, which, in fact, was the only part of NIGHT'S BLACK AGENTS omitted in the Ballantine paperback. The letter links three of the most important figures in mid-twentieth-century American fantastic fiction.

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        The SILVA Of NORTH AMERICA. A Description of the Trees Which Grow Naturally in North America Exclusive of Mexico. Illustrated with Figures and Analyses Drawn from Nature

      New York:: Peter Smith,. 1947.. Folio. 12-1/2" x 9-1/4". Reprint, from the 1890 edition, by offset lithography. 14 volumes in 7.. Red buckram bindings.. Ex-Reference library, with usual ownership markings, but little signs. of use. A VG+ set.. Very heavy set, extra postage required. . Illustrated.

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        A Collection of B. Traven Letters to Ruth Ford with Related Material Including Three Books

      A magnificent archive consisting of 21 Typed Letters Initialed (as either "H." or "H.C.") from the elusive and fiercely private B. Traven, nearly all of the letters to the actress Ruth Ford, for whom he professes great love in many of the letters. Accompanied by three books, including a first American edition of The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, and assorted clippings. All of the letters Initialed by Traven as "H.C" or "H." as Hal Croves. Croves, one of several aliases used by Traven, was invented by the author in order to present himself as Traven&#39;s literary agent, and used mostly in his interaction with legendary film director John Huston throughout the development and filming of Traven&#39;s novel The Treasure of the Sierra Madre. The letters start in early 1947 and end in 1961, but the majority of them were written during 1947 and correspond with the production of the classic film. Many include references to day-to-day events of the film&#39;s production. These are dense letters, nearly all being single space typed. The letters average more than 500 words each, and one letter is over 2000 words. All of the letters have folds from mailing but are otherwise fine with about half of them accompanied by the original postmarked envelopes. Further details available upon request. .

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        A MASQUE OF MERCY

      Henry Holt NY: Henry Holt, 1947. Limited edition of 751 numbered copies signed by Frost on the limitation page. Copy #223. 4to. Printed at The Spiral Press. Glassine dustwrap. Slipcase. The slipcase has two small rubs on the paper covering; otherwise, it is in Fine condition. The dustwrap has a two inch tear on the spine fold and a chip at the spine topedge, a one inch tear on the rear panel topedge and minor edgewear; the tears have internal tape reinforcement; it is in Very Good condition. The book is tight and bright; it is in Fine condition.Signed by Author. Hardcover. The images are of the actual book described and not stock photos.

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        The Fountainhead ( First UK Edition - Scarce )

      Cassell and Company Limited, 1947. Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. Cassell and Company Limited, London 1947. First UK Edition / First Printing. States First Published in Great Britain 1947 on the copyright page with no additional printings listed. Black cloth boards with black lettering at the spine. Scarce. Book Condition: Very Good+, light shelf wear, spots at the page edges, previous owner&#39;s decorative bookplate at the front endpaper, tight spine, pages age toned. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good, wrapped in a new clean removable mylar cover, original jacket priced at 15 net at the spine, shelf wear at the edges, darkening and spots, light chipping at the head of the jacket spine.

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        A grouping of six titles on Ozark folk tales, each signed and with presentation inscriptions by the author to Irene and Jack Carlisle

      Very Good in Very Good dust jacket. 1947-1976. First Edition. Hardcover. The included titles are: Ozark Superstitions (1947), The Devils Pretty Daughter and Other Ozark Folk Tales (1955), The Talking Turtle and Other Ozark Folk Tales (1957), Sticks in the Knapsack and Other Ozark Folk Tales (1958), Hot Springs and Hell and other Folk Jests and Anecdotes from the Ozarks (1965) and Pissing in the Snow and Other Ozark Folktales (1976). Books signed by this author are uncommon. Taken together, they provide a window into the author's longtime relationship with the Carlisles. Detailed descriptions of each title are available upon request. ; 5-1/2" x 8-1/4"; Signed by Author; The first title is without jacket and has a bit more wear than the others. The remaining titles have jackets with some edgewear including small losses. .

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        CONVIVIUM, rivista bimestrale di lettere filosofia e storia (1947-1969) nuova raccolta, Torino, Società Editrice Internazionale, 1947

      cm. 17,5 x 25, brossura, macchioline ma in complesso buone condizioni, pp. 100 circa per ogni fascicolo. Importante rivista culturale diretta da Carlo Calcaterra, con valenti collaboratori., ANNO XVI - 1947 - COMPLETO (1-6) ANNO XX - 1952 - fasc. 1,5 ANNO XXII - 1954 - fasc. 1 ANNO XXVI . 1958 - fasc. 1,4 ANNO XXVII - 1959 - COMPLETO (1-6) ANNO XXX - 1962 - fasc. 1,2,3,4 ANNO XXXI - 1963 - fasc. 2 ANNO XXXII . 1964 - COMPLETO (1-6) ANNO XXXIII . 1965 - COMPLETO (1-6) ANNO XXXIV - 1966 - fasc. 6 ANNO XXXV - 1967 - COMPLETO (1-6) ANNO XXXVI - 1968 - COMPLETO (1-6) ANNO XXXVII- 1969 - fasc. 2,4,5,6 LA RIVISTA CESSO' NEL 1970 Offriamo questo lotto di sette annate complete + 10 fascicoli in blocco (per ora non divisibili) a euro

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        Dark Companion (Signed)

      New York: Robert M. McBride & Company, 1947. Hardcover. Very Good/Good. 266 pp. Hardcover in dust jacket. 8vo. First edition. A biography of Matthew Henson, co-discoverer of the North Pole and the earliest African American explorer. SIGNED and dated by Henson on the half-title page, above a photo of Henson at 85 that has been affixed to the page. Book is in Very Good condition. Unclipped dust jacket is in Good condition, intact but with large chips at each corner and a taped repair at the top. Henson met Commander Robert E. Peary in November 1887 and joined him on an expedition to Nicaragua. In 1909, Peary mounted his eighth attempt to reach the North Pole, selecting Henson to be one of the team of six who would make the final run to the Pole, and it was Henson who planted the American flag on the spot. Although Admiral Peary received many honors, Henson was largely ignored and spent most of the next thirty years working as a clerk in a federal customs house in New York. In 1944 Congress awarded him a duplicate of the silver medal given to Peary. Map front endpapers. Illustrated rear endpapers from Henson&#39;s previously unpublished Arctic photographs. Introductions by Vilhjalmur Stefansson and Peter Freuchen; foreword by Commander Donald B. MacMillan. In protective Mylar.

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        Théatre. Les Mouches - Huis-Clos - Mort sans Sépulture - La Putain Respectueuse.

      (Paris), Gallimard, (1947). 8vo. Original printed wrappers. Uncut and unopened. Lower right corner of front wrapper bent and a few minor lacks of paper, otherwise fine. Internally fine and clean. 297, (7) pp. - the last 4 pp. being the "Table".. First edition of one of Sartre's most important literary productions, with a signed presentation-inscription "A Monsieur/ Maurice Nöel/ homage toi/ sympathique de/ JPSartre"Maurice Noël was an important person in literary circles at the time, and in fact the year 1947, when Sartre's "Theatre" was published, was of utmost importance to both Noël and French history of literature - it is the year that "Le Figaro Littéraire" is born, and Noël was its director.The respected literary supplement to Figaro, "Le Figaro Littéraire", is the oldest literary supplement to the paper. In the beginning when Noël started it, it was an independent publication, but today it has been re-integrated into the Figaro, where it appears every Tuesday. From its beginning, "Le Figaro Littéraire" has been recognized as an important and respected publication, well known for its slandering of the purges and totalitarian Soviet regime.At the time of Sartre, "Le Figaro Littéraire" was highly important politically, intellectually, and ideologically, and Sartre played a great role in the gathering intellectuals and writers to join and spread the political and literary message of "Le Figaro Littéraire", a main one being the literary freedom of authors suppressed by communist regimes. The journal did much to defend and help writers of socialist countries.Contat&Rybalka: 47/116. "Les réimpressions ont 317 pp.". "Le texte de MORTS SANS SÉPULTURE présente d'importantes variantes par rapport à celui de l'édition Marguerat (cf. 46/89)."

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        Lonely Crusade

      Alfred A. Knopf New York: Alfred A. Knopf. 1947. First. First edition. A slight stain on the rear board, else near fine in an attractive, very good dustwrapper with a long tear on the front panel, small chips on the rear panel, and some modest stains on the rear panel, mostly externally invisible. .

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        A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE

      New York: New Directions, 1947 Williams, Tennessee. A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE. New York: New Directions, 1947. "Whoever you are - I have always depended on the kindness of strangers." First Edition [First Printing]. An excellent bright example of the Alvin Lustig designed mauve boards, unfaded at the spine & like matching dustwrapper in near fine condition [corners a bit bumped, previous owner&#39;s neat name on the front fly, some offsetting from several 1948 clippings for the play which are still present showing various reviews & play photos of Jessica Tandy & Karl Malden, etc., paper clip impression on the first couple of pages]. An extremely nice copy kept safe over the years by an avid Williams collector. Basis for the classic motion picture directed by Elia Kazan & starring Marlon Brando, Vivien Leigh, Karl Malden & Kim Hunter. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize & considered along with Miller&#39;s Death Of A Salesman as one of the two most important plays of the 20th century. [Critics usually add Thornton Wilder&#39;s, Our Town, & Eugene O&#39;Neill&#39;s, A Long Days Journey Into Night to a very short &#39;best&#39; list]. Custom TBCL &#39;sculpted&#39; custom clamshell collector&#39;s case in fine condition.. 1st Edition.

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        MUI NO SEKKEI, Shishu^

      1947. Very Good. KAWAJI Ryuko, poet. ONCHI Koshiro, artist. MUI NO SEKKEI, Shishu. Tokyo, Fugaku Honsha, Showa 22 [1947]. Large 8vo., the book was designed by Onchi and illustrated by him as well. There is a wonderful abstract "essential portrait of the poet" in color woodcut by Onchi. Kawaji was the mentor in poetry for Yukio Mishima when the latter was in his early teens. The book represents quite an interesting intersection of author, artist & designer. The covers are a bit soiled, else very good condition overall. #43 of 600cc, signed by Ryuko. [Onchi, HON NO BIJITSU, p 116]

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        The Ghost and Mrs. Muir

      George G. Harrap London: George G. Harrap. (1947). First. First English edition. A little foxing to the endpapers, else fine in fine dustwrapper. Memorably filmed in 1947 by Joseph L. Mankiewicz and featuring Gene Tierney, Rex Harrison, and George Sanders. Later a popular television series with Edward Mulhare and Hope Lange. Jacket art by Jack Matthew. .

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        Autograph Note Signed

      Lenox Mass. oct. 13 1947 Lenox, [Mass.], oct. 13, 1947. 8-3/4 x 6-1/4 inches. Pen and ink on paper. Binding holes in left margin, else fine . "Your pictures were good seventeen years ago, the were excellent ten years ago and they are wonderful now. I hope we will be here in another ten, twenty and thirty years from now; you taking pictures, me admiring them and raving that they are magnificent, superb, unsurpassed, in short: not bad, not bad at all. "With best wishes "Stefan Lorant "Lenox, Oct. 13, 1947" Stefan Lorant (1901-1997) is widely acknowledged as a founder of modern pictorial journalism. Born into a family of studio photographers in Budapest, he pursued a career in silent-film making in Vienna and Berlin, then went on to both found and edit illustrated magazines in Germany, Hungary, and England. As editor of the M¸nchner Illustrierte Presse, Lorant transformed it into the first modern photojournalistic paper in Europe; his political commentaries after the Nazi putsch in 1933 enraged Hitler, who ordered him imprisoned. A year later, he was released through the intercession of the Hungarian government and began editing a paper in Budapest. Lorant wrote a memoir, I Was Hitler's Prisoner, and took the manuscript to London; it was published in 1935. Lorant became editor of Odham's Weekly Illustrated and then the influential British magazine Picture Post. "His innovative layouts, his 'exclusive' interviews and thirst for knowledge became a familiar part of millions of everyday lives, largely through his own creations, and in particular the legendary media icon Picture Post. His vision of photography as a documentary medium inspired Life and Look magazines in America" (biographer Michael Hallett). In 1940 he came to America where he wrote and edited pictorial history books, including the noted Lincoln: His Life in Photographs

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        Campions and Columbine.

      Merivale Editions, [n.d.].. Linocut, 11½ x 8 inches, no. 187 of 500 printed, signed by Bawden. Loosely held in the original printed card folder, fine. Originally commissioned in 1947, this edition was printed at the Rampant Lions Press directly from the block.

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        Smagens Fysiologi. Overs. ved Verner Seemann. Med en biografisk indledning af Honoré de Balzac. 2 bd.

      Kbhvn. 1947. Illustr. af Bertall. 291 + 319 s. Opl. 1500 ekspl. Indb. ubesk. med o.o. og guldsnit i smukt priv. hlvldr. af terracottafarvet nigerskind. Bindene sign. Juul-Lassen.. Første danske oversættelse

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        Codice Bodley. Manuscrito pictorico antiguo Mexicano de la Civilizacion Mixteco Zapoteca. Forma parte de la Collecccion Thomas Bodley. Se conserva en la Biblioteca de Oxford, Inglaterra

      Mexico, D.F.: Libreria Anticuaria G. M. Echaniz, 1947. Limited edition. Hardcover. Fine. Single sheets 18 by 14 inches bound with screws in the publisher&#39;s leather-backed portfolio with cloth sides, gilt title on the upper board. Forty leaves, printed on one side only. and each exquisitely hand-colored to match the original manuscript in Oxford. One of 25 numbered copies; this being copy no. 8. Title page in Spanish followed by the facsimile of the manuscript. Painted shortly before the Spanish conquest of Mexico in 1521, the Codex Bodley has been long recognized as one of the most important Mixtec manuscripts and a premier example of native Mixtec pictorial historiography in all its complexity. Trace of wear to the edges, else a fine copy.

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        THE DIARY OF SAMUEL MARCHBANKS. Signed

      Toronto: Clarke Irwin, 1947 First Edition, second state, with the title leaf a cancel. Signed by Davies on the title-page. A near fine copy, (previous owner&#39;s discreet dedication to the ffe.), in red cloth, silver titles to the spine in a very good dustwrapper with one tiny chip to the top of the back panel and some wear at the edges. With, A Warning To The Reader present at the contents page. 8vo. 204 pp.. Signed by Author. 1st Edition.

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        EINSTEIN: His Life And Times. By Philipp Frank. Signed By Einstein

      New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1947 Einstein, Albert. EINSTEIN: His Life And Times. By Philipp Frank. Signed By Einstein. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1947. The Second Printing of the First Edition. Signed By Einstein in full on the front free endpaper. A very good copy in dustwrapper showing moderate use. *Previous owner&#39;s neat name stamps in 4 or 5 locations. Tape shadows from an old jacket protector. A much loved copy of a very good book. *This book belonged to Robert E. Doyle, Professor at the Dept. of Engineering Mechanics at the University of Wisconsin.. Signed by Author. 1st Edition.

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        EXPLAINING THE ATOM. Signed. [Lawrence Northcote Upjohn&#39;s Copy]

      New York: The Viking Press, 1947 [Einstein] Hecht, Selig. EXPLAINING THE ATOM. Signed. New York: The Viking Press, 1947. First Edition. Early &#39;Post War&#39;, Einstein Association Copy of Selig Hecht&#39;s EXPLAINING THE ATOM presented by Dr. Einstein. to Lawrence Northcote Upjohn, President of The Upjohn Pill And Granule Company. 8vo., 205pp. Publisher&#39;s blind embossed light blue cloth, faded at the spine. A very good copy. L.N. Upjohn received Selig Hecht&#39;s book "Explaining the Atom" on 5-5-47. At that time, he signed his name along with that date on the inside cover. The dustwrapper was removed & tipped in sections to the verso of the ffe & half title as well as the rfe & final pastedown. Just four months later, Selig Hecht&#39;s obituary dated 9-19-47 was also pasted to the verso of the first half-title along with his photo on the title page. Upjohn&#39;s reference notes about Atomic particles & the Atom dated June &#39;48 & July 59 reflects his more than just passing interest. The Einstein presentation Signed Letter is neatly tipped to the second half-title page; 1 page [mimeographed] on the letterhead of the Emergency Committee of Atomic Scientists, dated April 29, 1947. The letterhead lists Albert Einstein as Chairman & Selig Hecht as Hon. Vice-Chairman of the Committee along with Linus Pauling, Philip Morse & other scientists as officials*. The letter reads: "Dear Mr. Upjohn, / I am glad to have the opportunity to send you the enclosed book, Explaining the Atom, by Selig Hecht, honorary vice-chairman of the Emergency Committee of Atomic Scientists. Dr. Hecht has succeeded in giving, clearly and simply, and authoritative account of the scientific steps, both theoretical and experimental, that have led to our present knowledge of nuclear fission. I believe also that from this book the discerning reader can gain the information necessary to form an independent opinion of the practical problems of atomic energy confronting the world today. Remembering your concern for these problems, and your interest in the work of our committee, I hope that you may also share my admiration and respect for this distinguished book. / With kind regards, Faithfully yours, A. Einstein" Signed by Einstein in black ink. Custom medium blue slipcase with three darker blue gilt-lettered spine labels, custom stiff blue cloth chemise. - L.N. Upjohn (Lawrence Northcote Upjohn) the nephew of William Erastus Upjohn, the founder of the Upjohn Pill and Granule Company. In 1904, Lawrence Northcote, joined the firm at the age of 31, beginning as association as an employee that would last almost half a century. In May of 1930, L.N. Upjohn was named president a position he held until 1953. *Background: In May, 1946, Albert Einstein, R.F. Bacher, Hans A. Bethe, Edward U. Condon, Thorfin R. Hogness, Leo Szilard, Harold C. Urey, & V.F. Weisskopf joined together to form the Emergency Committee of Atomic Scientists. These scientists in turn were later joined by Selig Hecht, Harrison Brown, and H.J. Mueller. The object of the Committee as stated in their by-laws was to encourage and further the peaceful uses of atomic energy. To attain this objective the "Committee was to solicit private contributions in support of the work of the National Committee for Atomic Information." On August 6, 1946 the Emergency Committee of Atomic Scientist s was incorporated in Princeton, New Jersey in order "that the contributions it received might be devoted to other groups interested in the field of atomic information & education as well as the NCAI." Included among these groups were the Association of Scientists for Atomic Education, the Federation of American Scientists, & the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. The ECOAS while supporting these various groups of scientists&#39; organization whose ends were the education of the public & the United States&#39; government in the potential uses & misuses of atomic energy, also carried on extensive educational programs. These programs had as their objective in addition to the raising of funds the eliciting of support for some form of international control of the atomic bomb such as the Baruch Plan submitted to the United Nations in 1946. BRL 270. [19833] $14750. Signed by Author. 1st Edition.

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        On the Iliad. Translated from the French by Mary McCarthy, with an Introduction by Hermann Broch

      New York: Pantheon Books / Bollingen Series IX, 1947. First Edition. Octavo (23cm). Cloth-backed boards; 126pp. With presentation inscription from Hermann Broch to Ben and Bernarda Shahn: "To Bernarda and Ben with all good wishes in friendship / Hermann," dated "New Year, 1948." Mild external dusting and wear; Very Good, lacking the dustwrapper. & & Broch, an Austrian, escaped Nazi Germany in 1938, going first to England and then to the United States, where he eventually settled in Princeton, just a few miles from the Shahns&#39; home town of Roosevelt, New Jersey. His novel The Death of Virgil, completed in 1945, is considered one of the great pieces of modern exile literature. According to Shahn&#39;s children, Broch was a good friend and a frequent visitor to the Shahns&#39; Roosevelt home.

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        L&#39;Oiseau bleu. Gravures sur bois en couleurs de Théo Schmied

      Montrouge: Théo et Florence Schmied, 1947. Livre. Illus. by Théo Schmied. Très bon. En Feuilles. Édition illustrée. Montrouge, Théo et Florence Schmied, 1947. 34 x 25,5 cm, in-4, 66 (3) pp., orné de 64 compositions gravées sur bois en couleurs (couverture, 12 à pleine page, 36 grandes lettrines et 15 dans le texte, parfois presque à pleine page ou en encadrement), en feuilles sous couverture blanche à rabats illustrée au premier plat, chemise et étui de l&#39;éditeur. Premier tirage des gravures de Théo Schmied. L&#39;un des 80 exemplaires de tête sur vélin Lana (n° 14), seul grand papier avant l&#39;édition courante pour les enfants. Un superbe enfantina pour les grands. Ombres des gravures, étui insolé. (MONOD, 642).

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        Bright November

      London: The Fortune Press, 1947. 32pp, original boards in DJ. DJ professionally restored to spine, top edge of front panel and folds. Slight rubbing to spine ends and corners of book, light browning to endpapers, otherwise quite bright and clean. Inscribed and signed by Amis to front endpaper, &#39;Best Wishes from Kingsley Amis November 1947&#39; . Signed by Author. First Edition. Hardback. Very Good/Good. 8vo.

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        THE WAYWARD BUS*****SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR

      New York: The Viking Press, 1947. pp: [x] [2]3-312. Light brown cloth covered boards (slightly lighter than the first edition), stamped in gilt with a blind stamp of bus to bottom half of the top board, top edge unstained, fore-edge rough cut. Very good with moderate overall wear and previous owner&#39;s signature on the free endpaper. The jacket has moderate chipping along the edges which is a bit more pronounced at the spine ends. This copy has been SIGNED BY STEINBECK on the title page. The folds have exactly the same information as the first edition. . Signed by Author. Book Club (BCE/BOMC). Hard Cover. Very Good/Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

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        Terra do Pecado

      Lisboa: Minerva Editorial, 1947.. First edition of the author&#39;s first book. Octavo. Original illustrated wrappers as issued. In good condition. Signed and dated and Saramago who has added "Lanzarote", the Spanish island where the author lived during the final decades of his life. Housed in a custom quarter morocco clamshell box. Saramago eventually was praised forty years later with the publication of Baltasar and Blimunda, The Year and Death of Ricardo Reis, among others. Very rare, especially signed.

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        Femme Assise et Dormeuse (Seated Woman and Sleeping Woman). Lithograph by Pablo PICASSO (Bloch 455; Mourlot 104; Reusse 236)

      Paris, 1947, lithograph in black and grey. The extremely rare (likely unique) trial proof of the black stone in a state not recorded by Mourlot, signed in pencil by Pablo Picasso bottom right; printed on Arches wove paper, with the printed mirror inscription &#148;Dimanche 11.5.47&#148;, with full margins; image size 19-5/8 x 24-1/4 in. (49.7 x 64.4 cm); sheet size 19-5/8 x 25-3/4 in. (49.7 x 65.5 cm). Tiny fox marks verso; margins clean and even; overall in exceptional condition; museum quality framed with handcarving and hand-applied gilt by Fred Baker. References: Bloch 455; Mourlot 104; Reusse, &#148;The Huizinga Collection&#148; 236 (trial proof for no.238); Bernd Rau 215. This copy with outstanding provenance: 1) Von Shilling Collection (Claudia von Shilling [1940-2003], was a senior art expert at Ketterer Kunst, Munich, and Villa Grisebach, Berlin); 2) Georges Bloch Collection (with his stamp &#148;GB&#148; verso). This image is ill&#39;d on the front panel of dust jacket of Bloch catalogue raisonne volume I.

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        THE BEARS' FAMOUS INVASION OF SICILY

      NEW YORK NY: PANTHEON BOOKS. VERY GOOD+ IN A VERY GOOD+ D.J.. PUB 1947. FIRST EDITION. HARDCOVER. WRITTEN AND ILLUSTRATED BY BUZZATI AND TRANSLATED BY FRANCES LOEB / ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN 1945 IN ITALY . ORANGE SIMULATED-CLOTH COVERED BOARDS (11 1/4" X 8 1/2") WITH BLACK TITLES TO THE SPINE AND BLACK BUZZATI ILLUSTRATION TO THE FRONT COVER WITH ILLUSTRATED ENDPAPERS. BOOK HAS A DAMP STAIN AT THE TOP THIRD OF THE SPINE EXTENDING TO THE TOP EDGE OF COVERS WITH MODERATE RUBBING TO EDGES BUT UNMARKED INTERNALLY. D.J. HAS A FEW CHIPS TO CORNERS AND SPINE-ENDS WITH 1/2" MISSINING AT THE BOTTOM OF THE SPINE PANEL AND A 1/2" DEEP TRIANGULAR CHIP AT THE BASE OF THE REAR PANEL, NUMEROUS SHORT EDGE TEARS AND ABRASIONS, AND PRICE-CLIPPED. STILL A PRESENTABLE COPY OF A RARE BOOK WITH D.J. AND I BELIEVE THE FIRST OF HIS BOOKS TO APPEAR IN AN ENGLISH TRANSLATION. .

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        TYPED LETTER, SIGNED, TO EFREM KURTZ

      Los Angeles. 27 October 1947.. One page, closely typed, on recto of quarto lettersheet. A bit of haloing of the ink signature, old folds for mailing, very good. Folding cloth slipcase. An important letter from the pioneering African American composer, to Russian-born conductor Efrem Kurtz, then in residence in Kansas City. Still responds with enthusiasm to an enquiry from Kurtz about what he might have available for performance: "... I am so glad that you are interested in my work, and I believe I have expressed ... how much a performance by you means to me ... I do have a work such as you describe. That is &#39;Out of the Silence,&#39; for strings, flute and piano ... [it] is a poetic piece, suggesting sounds coming from another world ... Along other lines, I have written some orchestral works ... One that I like especially is the &#39;Poem for Orchestra,&#39; which speaks of the spiritual re-birth of a war-torn world ...." He passes on to Kurtz the details of an error in the printed score for the former piece, and continues describing other possible works for Kurtz to consider, including "Old California" and "In Memoriam: the Colored Soldiers Who Died for Democracy." The letter is signed in full. After a decade as conductor of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, Kurtz moved to the U.S. and became a citizen in 1944. At the time of this letter, he was music director of the Kansas City Philharmonic, a post he retained until the following year, when he moved to the Houston Symphony. Still&#39;s Symphony No. 1 "Afro-American" had been performed by the Kansas City Philharmonic in 1938. An excellent letter from an important period in the ascendant decades of Still&#39;s career.

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        Preliminary Discussion of the Logical Design of an Electronic Computing Instrument Part I Volume I

      The Institute for Advanced Study, 1947. Second Edition. Wrappers. [6], [1]-42ff. Original buff wrappers with black titles. Reproduced typescript. Housed in a custom card case. Previous owner&#39;s name on front cover. Several paper scrapes with minor loss. Minor soiling to the covers. Clean internally. The first edition was published in 1946 (preface dated 28 June 1946). This, the second edition, notes the arithmetic portion has been considerably expanded and revised, and is dated 2 September 1947. The Preliminary Discussion "contains the first technical description of what is known as the von Neumann architecture," the foundation of modern general-purpose digital computing. This architecture allows programs to be 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 Preliminary Report&#39;s publication" (OOC 959)1 This work also introduces the &#39;stored program concept&#39; - the idea that instructions, just like data, could be reduced to numerical format and stored in the computer&#39;s internal memory. Previously, computer programs were linear and hard-wired. This innovation: 1) greatly simplified the preparation and revision of computer programs 2) permitted ready use of standard &#39;subroutines&#39; or packages of calculations 3) accommodated complex problem solving by allowing the interim results of the ongoing processing of data to determine what course the program would follow. In a sense, allowing the computer to "modify its own program." or branch based on a result. There is much debate over who first conceived the stored program concept: The first known written description of the concept is in a mimeographed "First Draft" report written by von Neumann in June 1945 for internal use by the group at Penn. The first published description appears in this paper from the Institute for Advanced Studies, in disarmingly simple language: "1.2. It is evident that the machine must be capable of storing in some manner not only the digital information needed in a given computation . . . , but also the instructions which govern the actual routine to be performed on the numerical data. In a special-purpose machine these instructions are an integral part of the device and constitute a part of its design structure. For an all-purpose machine it must be possible to instruct the device to carry out any computation that can be formulated in numerical terms. Hence there must be some organ capable of storing these program orders. . . . 1.3. Conceptually we have discussed above two different forms of memory: storage of numbers and storage of orders. If, however, the orders to the machine are reduced to a numerical code and if the machine can in some fashion distinguish a number from an order, the memory organ can be used to store both numbers and orders." This paper is "frequently cited as the &#8216;birth certificate&#39;; of computer science," and the first work to "fully crystallize" the modern computer. A key addition to any collection on the History of Computing. Very Good.

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