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        Christmas Tree

      Oil on composition board. 32" x 25". Dated December 25, 1947. Inscribed by Cummings on the rear of the painting: "For Marion/ love!/ Xmas/ 1947." This image was later used as a Christmas card that Cummings and Marion Morehouse had made (card included). Corners abraded. Unframed. .

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        Hermes Playing Cards.

      Hermès, Paris c. 1947-48. Hermès playing cards. Set of two decks of cards, with orignal box from Hermès, wrapped with textile ribbon. The orange outer box is marked Hermès, 24, Faub[our]G Saint-Honoré, Paris and holds two separate boxes with cards, plus an accompanied note book, spiral bound, all edges gilt, in a pocket. The front and back of these boxes have the same design as the backs of the cards. Card box measures 10x15 cm. Each deck contains 52 cards plus two jokers along with an extra presentation card (something like a title page). The cards have gold edges. The outer box a little bit worn, the "title page" for the red deck has a fold mark to the lower part. Otherwise in very good condition. These cards were printed by Draeger-Frères, Paris, in 7 (maybe even 8) zincographic colours. This is the second version, probably made for the export to Anglo-American countries because he words "Made in France" were added on the title page. The major change lies in the design of the Jack of Diamonds. The head, hat, dagger and the Jack´s index finger has been redrawn. In the second version the type face with serif is also a bit bolder, higher and wider, so the letter and small suit sign had to be placed closer to the large suit sign, thus cutting a piece off the suit sign. This is seen in all suits. A print ad from the period sells the cards as follows, "Grace your card table with these beautiful and unusual playing cards . . . the facial expressions of the court, the abundance of color are eloquent testimony to the genius of Cassandre, internationally celebrated designer-artist."A. M. Cassandre (1901-1968). Cassandre was the alias of Adolphe Jean Marie Mouron, who was born on 24·1·1901 in Kharkow, Ukraine, and died on 17·6·1968 in Paris. He was not only a graphic artist and illustrator, but also a designer of theatre stages and type faces for the French type foundry Deberny & Peignot, Bifur (1929) & Peignot (1937). He was mostly known for his advertising posters, like the one of the mailboat Normandie. In 1918 he briefly studied painting at the Beaux Arts in Paris, but already in 1922 he began to work for commercial agencies. He moved to the USA and made many covers for the Harpers Bazaar magazine between 1936 and 1937. In the early 1940´s he abandoned the commercial activities and became a painter and stage designer

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        Pharos [Numbers 1-4]

      Pharos and New Directions Murray, Utah [and Norfolk]: Pharos [and New Directions]. 1945,1947. First. First edition. Publisher's bound file copy of the complete run of the magazine. Blue cloth, titled on spine in gilt. A small owner name on the front fly, a few spots on the boards, very near fine, internally fine. Three issues (the first is a double issue) bound into a single volume with the original wrappers bound in. Numbers 1 & 2 constitute Tennessee Williams's first separate publication, Battle of Angels; Number 3 is Harry Levin's Toward Stendahl; and Number 4 is Ezra Pound's Confucius: The Unwobbling Pivot & The Great Digest. .

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        Meaning and Necessity. A Study in Semantics and Modal Logic.

      Chicago, (1947). 8vo. Orig. green full cloth w. gilt lettering to spine, minor bumping to extremities. With the ownership-signature of "W.V. Quine" to front free end-paper. A near mint copy. VIII, 210 pp.. The not common first edition, of Carnap's important main work on semantics, in which he, as the first logician ever, uses semantics to explain modalities. This led to an interest in the structure of scientific theories, and his main concerns here were to describe the distinction between analytic and synthetic statements and to suitably formulate the verifiability principle; -he thus wishes to find a criterion of significance that can be applied to scientific language. THE COPY HAS BELONGED TO THE GREAT LOGICIAN WILLARD ORMAN VAN QUINE and bears his signature to front free end-paper. Rudolf Carnap and W.O. Van Quine are to of the greatest logicians of the 20th century and a copy like the present must me considered of the greatest interest. In the early 30'ies Quine met Carnap, under whom he studies in Prague, and according to Quine himself, Carnap's work was a great source of inspiration to him.It is in his "Meaning and Necessity" that Carnap first defines the notions of L-true and L-false (Chapter II). A statement is said to be L-true if its truth depends on semantic rules, and L-false if its negation is L-true. Any statement that is either L-true or L-false is L-determined; analytic statements are L-determined, while synthetic statements are not L-determined. As opposed to the definitions he gives in his "The Logical Syntax of Language", these definitions now apply to semantic instead of syntactic concepts. It is also in this work that he gives his interesting explanation of his "belief-sentences"Rudolf Carnap (born 1891 in Ronsdorf, Germany, died 1970 in Santa Monica, California) was an immensely influential analytic philosopher, who has contributed decisively to the fields of logic, epistemology, semantics, philosophy of science, and philosophy of language. He was one of the leading figures of the Vienna Circle, and a prominent logical positivist. He studied philosophy, physics and mathematics at the universities of Berlin and Freiburg, and worked at the universities of Jena, Vienna and Prague until 1935, when he, due to the war, emigrated to the U.S., where he became an American citizen in 1941. In America he became professor of the University of Chicago. In Jena he was appointed Professor of Mathematics, though his main interest at that time was in physics. By 1913 he planned to write his dissertation on thermionic emission, but this was interrupted by World War I, where he served at the front until 1917. Afterwards he studied the theory of relativity under Einstein in Berlin, and he developed the theory for a new dissertation, namely on an axiomatic system for the physical theory of space and time. He thus ended up writing the important dissertation under the direction of Bouch on the theory of space (Raum) from a philosophical point of view. After the publication of his first work, Carnap's involvement with the Vienna Circle began to develop. He met Reichenbach in 1923 and was introduced to Moritz Schlick in Vienna, where he then moved to become assistant professor at the university. He soon became one of the leading members of the Vienna Circle, and in 1929 he, Neurath, and Hahn wrote the manifest of the Circle.According to Hintikka, Carnap came extremely close to possible-worlds semantics in his "Meaning and Necessity", but did not succeed, because he was not able to go beyond classical model theory (see "Carnap's heritage in logical semantics" in "Rudolf Carnap, Logical Empiricist")

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        Truman signed ornate Certificate and White House Citation for Secretary of the Treasury John W. Snyder’s Significant Role in “the successful prosecution of the war” providing the tools “with which to forge the weapons for victory…” – Snyder directed the financing of the facilities at Oak Ridge for the construction of the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki which effectively ended World War II

      Custom-made Scrapbook, five black sheets, 14” x 11”, green morocco softcover, gilt-lined at perimeter of front cover. Imprinted in gilt in the center “The Medal for Merit” and in the lower right, “John W. Snyder.” A color image of the Medal for Merit, 2.5” x 6”, is tipped to the first page. The following two signed documents are tipped to two separate sheets: (1) Engraved Document Signed “Harry S Truman” as “Commander-in-Chief” and “Dean Acheson” as Acting Secretary of State, one page, 12” x 9.75”. Washington, March 29, 1947. The words “Novus Ordo Seclorum” (“New Order for the Ages” – Latin) is embossed at top center. Appearing on the reverse of the Great Seal of the United States, it appears on the back of the one dollar bill. The text, (all in upper case) in full, “The United States of America / To all who shall see these presents, Greeting: / This is to Certify that / the President of the United States of America / in accordance with the Order issued by General / George Washington at Headquarters, Newburgh, / New York, on August 7, 1782, and pursuant to Act / of Congress, has awarded the Medal / For Merit / to / John Wesley Snyder / for extraordinary fidelity and exceptionally / Meritorious Conduct / Given Under My Hand in the City of Washington / this 29th day of March 1947.” Fine condition (2) Typed Document Signed “Harry S Truman” as President, one page, 8” x 10”. The White House, March 29, 1947. Titled in upper case: “Citation of Accompany the Award/ of / the Medal for Merit / to / John Wesley Snyder.” In full, “JOHN WESLEY SNYDER, for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the United States from August, 1940 to August, 1943. Mr. Snyder, as Executive Vice President of the Defense Plant Corporation, effectively directed the detailed organization of the Corporation to provide for the financing and construction of facilities required for the successful prosecution of the war. As a result of his foresight, initiative, and great ability he played an outstanding part in providing American industry and the Armed Services with the machine tools and plants with which to forge the weapons for victory. Under his aggressive leadership and diligent efforts, aircraft plants were constructed and equipped in a minimum of time, and the productive capacity to support a modern air force was thus established. Mr. Snyder's achievements and patriotic devotion reflect the highest credit upon himself and the Government of the United States.” Fine condition. Tipped to the next page: (3) Photograph stamped “Acme Newspictures” on verso. Silver gelatin print, 9” x 7”. Pictures, left to right, Drucie Snyder, her father John W. Snyder, President Truman, Mrs. John W. Snyder (Evlyn Cook Snyder), and First Lady Bess Truman. Photographed just outside the White House, probably in the White House rose garden. A smiling President Truman is holding the Merit for Merit which he had just pinned on Secretary of the Treasury Snyder. Not signed. The engraved certificate and citation are each dated March 29, 1947. The President’s Appointments Calendar for Saturday, March 29, 1947, lists “11 am Honorable John W. Snyder.” President Truman may or may not have presented these two documents to Snyder at that time. The Treasury Secretary did not receive his Medal for Merit until Wednesday, May 14, 1947. The Appointment Calendar for that day: “12:30 pm The President presented the Medal for Merit to Honorable John W. Snyder, the Secretary of the Treasury. This was a surprise to Mr. Snyder and Mrs. Snyder invited the following guests.” Ninety names are listed. (4) News clippings from May 14, 1947, editions of “The Washington Post” and “New York Herald Tribune,” each taped to a 5” x 10” sheet of the respective newspaper’s stationery, are tipped to the next sheet. “The Post” notes that “the ceremony took place in the White House rose garden as Cabinet officers and friends looked on.” The “Tribune” story begins, “John W. Snyder, Secretary of the Treasury, was called to the White House at noon today on what was called urgent business. When he got there, President Truman pinned the Medal of [sic, for] Merit on him for his work as war-time executive vice president of the Defense Plants Corporation…” The article concludes, “the President , grinning broadly, told Mr. Snyder informally: ‘You certainly deserved it. That medal board had no instructions from any one. It is an independent board. And it is the hardest medal to get within the gift of the government.’ Today’s medal was the 283d [sic 238th] awarded under an act of Congress of July 20, 1942, creating the medal. It is the highest honor to civilians for aid in the war, and ranks with the Distinguished Service Medal which is conferred only on military personnel.” The three-member Medal for Merit Committee, appointed by President Truman on October 3, 1945, was composed of retired Supreme Court Justice Owen D. Roberts, U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Chief Justice Lawrence D. Groner, and former FDR and Truman Press Secretary Stephen Early. (5) An eight page. 11.75” x 9.25”, listing of the 238 recipients of the Medal for Merit has been tipped to the next sheet. Also present, is a four page, 9” x 11.25” reprint from the “Congressional Record” of “Remarks of Hon. Eugene J. Keogh of New York in the House of Representatives Wednesday, July 23, 1947,” titled “Medal for Merit.” It lists the names of 263 recipients, including John W. Snyder. Each listing is alphabetical. From John W. Snyder’s Oral History Interview in Washington, D.C., May 28, 1969, with Jerry N. Hess for the Truman Library: “HESS: When did you first find out about the bomb? SNYDER: I don't know whether I've ever told you this story, but that was one of the great secrets that I tried hardest not to know about. HESS: Was it that difficult not to know about it? SNYDER: Yes. You see I was running the Defense Plant Corporation and I was being called on to finance plants with some rather large expenditures and – ‘Well, don't ask about this.’ This was not on the project exactly, but on some plants and equipment connected with the project. HESS: Hanford? SNYDER: Yes, for one. The Defense Plant Corporation was called on to do some of the financing there. I had a friend Earl Stewart, who was the president of Comstock Company who had been given the contract to install some of the highly top secret electrical machinery that went into... HESS: Oak Ridge? SNYDER: Oak Ridge and also Hanford. And Earl used to come and want to sit down and talk about the problems that he had. I'd say, ‘I don't want to know about it. Please don't tell me.’ Frankly, I had all sorts of notions and I just wanted to keep it that way that I didn't know precisely what they were up to. Many of my British and French friends would ask me a good number of questions. You see, we didn't have a French government to deal directly with, but we had some friends of the French people who were always around trying to find out what was going on. I had known them in the banking business and so on, and they would keep coming in and, ‘There's some thing big going on. The United States is working on something now. You ought to know about it.’ ‘Well,’ I said, ‘I know nothing about it.’ I remember going down to Knoxville to address the Tennessee Bankers Association and, oh, the pressure they put on me about that Oak Ridge plant. They said, ‘Great carloads, trainloads of stuff pour in there and we never see anything come out. What'’ going on over there?’ Well, it was fascinating and when I actually knew about it, I think was along in the spring when I knew precisely what was going on. I think it was in the spring of ‘45… HESS: About the same time Mr. Truman did, or perhaps a little before that? SNYDER: Well, I don't want to measure the days but I think it was along about the same time…”

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        The Poetical Works of Thomas Hood. Memoir, Explanatory Notes, &c. With original illustrations and steel portrait

      Frederick Warne and co. n London:: Frederick Warne and co., [n. date]. hardcover. 1. At head of title: The Chandos Poets. Small 8vo. xxiii, 414 pp. Engraved frontispiece of the author, plates. Original full dark green morocco, gilt stamped covers with “Hood’s Works” on the upper cover, gilt spine, a.e.g. Rubber stamp of Sampson York. Fine. . With a double fore-edge painting of London from Delford [?] and Cranmore [?]. One side shows an lighter-than-air craft (hot-air balloon) aloft. Painted circa 1947-1956, probably by S.E. Stevens. The first poem in the book is “Ode to Mr. Graham, the Aeronaut” from which the fore-edge painting is taken.

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        Carnacki the Ghost - Finder

      Wisconsin: Mycroft and Moran, 1947.. Illustrated by Not Illustrated. This the First Edition of This Edition. Black Cloth. Very Good (AVERAGE)/No Jacket. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" Signed By Author Margery Lawrence ( a Fan ) HARDBACK Carnacki the Ghost Finder, a collection originally serialized in The Idler.This Copy is signed by the Author Margery Lawrence , it was her personal copy and she was a life long fan of all things occult. Her signature makes an already RARE book UNIQUE.241ppYou could also call it "Ripping Ghost Stories" for the enthusiasm and purple-tinged prose. It's a quick read. But I guarantee that, with Carnacki, you will encounter things that you will never forget. When Hodgson is good, he's unbeatable. The world in which Carnacki plies his trade as a ghost hunter and debunker (for some of the hauntings are hoaxes, for profit or revenge) shares with Lovecraft's the "suggestion of lurking worlds and beings behind the ordinary surface of life." But Lovecraft's horror is that of the completely other, so alien that it is virtually impossible for matter to mediate it in any way a human being can comprehend. Hodgson's other, alien as it is, manifests in more comprehensible ways; in the case of The Whistling Room, as a kind of "spiritual fungus" rotting a human soul, of which nothing remains but the desire for revenge. Or, in The Hog, another story in the collection, as the grunting of pigs, which Hodgson transforms into an unforgettable evocation of bestial malevolence that recalls, in its mindlessness, the horrid emptiness of the possessed physicist Weston in C.S. Lewis's Out of the Silent Planet. But for me, at least, that the horror is less alien in no way diminishes its power. More problematic for many readers, I suspect, might be the cumulative nature of the narrative. The horror manifests itself less in a pounding pulse than in the persistent and growing strength of the images after you lay the story down. In this sense, Hodgson brings to mind the gourmet Brillat-Savarin's distinction between eating and enjoying one's dinner. I last read Carnacki perhaps 20 years ago, but enjoyed it for years afterwards when something would evoke a vivid image from it. So when the call went out for Halloween posts, it was the first book I thought of. But, as I said, his prose may not be to your taste. Here's a sample, from The Whistling Room. Carnacki was investigating a haunting that manifested as a whistling, and is relating to his friend what happened when he first entered the room that is the focus of the manifestation. "When I reached the door, and put my hand into my pocket for the key, I had a sudden feeling of sickening funk. But I was not going to back out, if I could help it. I unlocked the door and turned the handle. Then I gave the door a sharp push with my foot, as Tassoc had done, and drew my revolver, though I did not expect to have any use for it, really. "I shone the searchlight all round the room, and then stepped inside, with a disgustingly horrible feeling of walking slap into a waiting Danger. I stood a few seconds, waiting, and nothing happened, and the empty room showed bare from corner to corner. And then, you know, I realised that the room was full of an abominable silence; can you understand that? A sort of purposeful silence, just as sickening as any of the filthy noises the Things have power to make. Do you remember what I told you about that 'Silent Garden' business? Well, this room had just that same malevolent silence--the beastly quietness of a thing that is looking at you and not seeable itself, and thinks that it has got you. Oh, I recognised it instantly, and I whipped the top off my lantern, so as to have light over the whole room."Then I set-to, working like fury, and keeping my glance all about me. I sealed the two windows with lengths of human hair, right across, and sealed them at every frame. As I worked, a queer, scarcely perceptible tenseness stole into the air of the place, and the silence seemed, if you can understand me, to grow more solid. I knew then that I had no business there without 'full protection'; for I was practically certain that this was no mere Aeiirii development; but one of the worst forms, as the Saiitii; like that 'Grunting Man' case--you know. "I finished the window, and hurried over to the great fireplace. This is a huge affair, and has a queer gallows-iron, I think they are called, projecting from the back of the arch. I sealed the opening with seven human hairs--the seventh crossing the six others."Then, just as I was making an end, a low, mocking whistle grew in the room. A cold, nervous pricking went up my spine, and round my forehead from the back. The hideous sound filled all the room with an extraordinary, grotesque parody of human whistling, too gigantic to be human--as if something gargantuan and monstrous made the sounds softly. As I stood there a last moment, pressing down the final seal, I had no doubt but that I had come across one of those rare and horrible cases of the Inanimate reproducing the functions of the Animate. I made a grab for my lamp, and went quickly to the door, looking over my shoulder, and listening for the thing that I expected. It came, just as I got my hand upon the handle --a squeal of incredible, malevolent anger, piercing through the low hooning of the whistling. I dashed out, slamming the door and locking it. I leant a little against the opposite wall of the corridor, feeling rather funny; for it had been a narrow squeak. . . ." Review by Dave Trowbridge.Email for further details.

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        Cantici... novara, de agostini - edizioni la via, 1947.

      Cm. 32, pp. (12) 243 (9). Con molte illustrazioni nel testo ed a piena pagina da disegni di Mario Sironi. Splendida legatura in piena pelle interamente decorata a colori ed in rilievo raffigurante un dipinto dello stesso Sironi (firmata Alain Devauchelle). Entro camicia in mezza pelle e custodia in cart. rigido. Brossura orig. conservata, compreso il dorso. Tagli dorati. Perfetta conservazione. Edizione stampata su carta vergata in tiratura limitata; il presente n. 99 della tiratura di 219 esemplari. Prestigiosa edizione impreziosita da una legatura assai decorativa realizzata dall'atelier parigino Devauchelle. Si tratta dell'unico libro illustrato da Mario Sironi. Cfr. Jentsch n. 548; Cfr. anche in Benzi-Sironi ""Sironi illustratore"" (pp. 233) la lunga recensione dedicata alla presente opera in cui si evidenzia il potere ispiratorio che i versi di Iacopone ebbero su Sironi.

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        Some Identities in Combinatory Analysis. [Received 12 November, 1943. - Read 16 December, 1943.] [In: Proceedings of the London Mathematical Society. Second Series. Volume 49].

      London, Hodgson & Son, 1947. Royal 8vo. Bound with all the six original front-wrappers for all six parts of the volume (bound in at rear) in a very nice contemporary blue full cloth binding with gilt lettering and gilt ex-libris ("Belford College. Univ. London") to spine. Very minor bumping to extremities. Binding tight, and in excellent, very nice, clean, and fresh condition, in- as well as ex-ternally. Small circle-stamp to pasted-down front free end-papers and to title-page ("Bedford College for Women"). Discreet library-markings to upper margin of pasted-down front free end-paper and book-plate stating that the book was presented to the Library of Bedford College by "Professor H. Simpson./ 1946-47." Pp. 421-435. [Entire volume: (4), 481pp.].. First publication of Bailey's seminal work on what is later known as a Bailey pair.While studying the second proof of the Rogers-Ramanujan identities, Bailey discovered how to find a pair of sequences satisfying certain relations. In 1984 George E. Andrews introduced the Bailey chain, a series of Bailey pairs

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        Jesu Christi ss. evangelia ab Ulfila gothorum in Moesia episcopo circa annum à nato Christo CCCLX. Ex græco gothice' translata, nunc cum parallelis versionibus, sveo-gothicâ, norrænâ, seu islandicâ, & vulgatâ latinâ edita. Sthlm, N. Wankif, 1671. 4:o. Extra grav. titelblad,(48),703,(1 blank,4),1-152 s. & 2 grav. plr & 3 utvikbara tryckta tabeller.

      Samtida lite nött och småfläckigt pergamentbd med sparsamt blinddekorerad rygg och senare handskriven titeltext. Rödstänkta snitt. Pärmarna med smalt blindpressat ramverk. Inlagan med någon enstaka småfläck. Bortklippt namnteckning i frontespisens nedermarginal. Pappersförlust i yttermarginalen på s. 39-42, stor fuktrand på s. 521-28 och 585-92. Med Magnus Gabriel De la Gardies blindpressade donationsexlibris på båda pärmarnas utsidor, Christian Hammers och Evert Strokirks exlibris, stpl från Bibliotheca Qvarnforsiana och Thore Virgins namnteckning daterad den 16 september 1947 samt Rolf Wistrands exlibris.. Collijn Sveriges bibliografi 1600-talet 941-42. Darlow & Moule Historical catalogue of the printed editions of holy scripture 1448 och 4558. Johansson Variantexemplar av G. Stiernhielms Ulfilas-edition 1939, variant A. Det extra graverade titelbladet är stucket av D. Padt-Brügge efter förlaga av D. K. Ehrenstrahl och bär en text att Silverbibeln återbördats till Sverige 1669 av M. G. De la Gardie. Det här är den andra och av Magnus Gabriel De la Gardie bekostade utgåvan av "silverbibeln" som trycktes med anledning av att De la Gardie skänkte handskriften 1669 till Uppsala universitetsbibliotek. Den är utgiven av Georg Stiernhielm och den andra pagineringsföljden utgörs av Junius glossarium med tillägg av utgivaren. Detta exemplar har det ersatta titelbladet till glossariet med årtalet 1671. Den första tryckta utgåvan av "Codex argenteus" hade redigerats av Junius 1665. Ett antal exemplar av boken bands som här i donationsband med Magnus Gabriel De la Gardies krönta och med lagerkrans inramade monogram på pärmarna. Även andra böcker som De la Gardie bekostade bands in på samma vis

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        Theatre Complet

      Gide, Andre. Theatre Complet. Neuchatel: Ides et Calendes, 1947. First edition of his collected plays. Eight volumes, (9" x 6.5") 4to. Original wrappers. Fine copies. Illustrated with original lithographs in colors by Maurice Brianchon. Plays printed include: Saul, Philoctete, Le Process, Robert ou l'interet General, Hamlet, plus twelve others. Maurice Brianchon, French, (1899 - 1979) proved to be a fine choice for the illustrations of Gide's plays because he was a stage designer for the Paris Opera as well as being a recognized artist. As a man of the theatre, Brianchon could understand two of the key elements of the play, movement and the climax of the dramatic scene. His lithographs are shaded and colored in a way that lets one shape blend into another suggesting stage movement. Also, his formal composition captures the essential action of a scene.

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        Typed and signed letter in Swedish.

      Undated, but 1947-48. 27 lines. Folded twice. With 3 manual corrections. The letter concerns Lindegren's newly finished translation of Eudora Welty's novel ''A Curtain of Green'' (En ridå av grönska, 1948), and was probably sent to editor Georg Svensson at Bonniers publishing house. In the letter he discusses the translation of some botanical terms, and the expression ''the finest cat'', which he first interpreted as ''catfish'', but later changed to ''a drowned cat''. He also apologizes for the poor condition of the original book, which he says is partly due to the fact that he has never before been obliged to return something like that. Lindegren (1910-1968), Swedish author and critic, member of the Swedish Academy 1962-68, and a prominent translator of English, German and French literature. His discussion in the letter of the proper translation of various words reflects his reputation as a scrupulous translator, who always sought for the philological equivalent word or expression

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        Studi caleidoscopio. 1947/48.

      Matita su carta di 28,6x25,5 cm. Più che buono. Opera autenticata da Maurizio Scudiero; numero archivio FD-3810-DIS. Non firmato.

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        A Streetcar Named Desire

      New York: New Directions. 1947. First. First edition. Fine in a very good or better, price-clipped dustwrapper with a little edgewear and slight tanning to the spine. Advance Review Copy with slip laid in. Pulitzer Prize-winning drama highspot, basis for innumerable revivals and an explosive Elia Kazan film featuring Marlon Brando, Vivien Leigh, Karl Malden, and Kim Hunter. Ironically, Brando, in his signature performance, was the only one of the quartet who didn't win an Oscar. .

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        30 offprints on physics, one from Emilio Segre's library, the rest from R. T. Birge's. Many with presentation inscriptions

      1922-1947. No Dust Jacket. From the Libraries of Birge & Segre; Includes Eight Presentation Copies Van Vleck, John Hasbrouk (1899-1980). Collection of 30 offprints, as listed below. 8vo & 4to. V.p., 1922-47. Most in original wrappers, some lacking wrappers or without wrappers as issued; see below for detailed condition statements. Very good collection, with eight items bearing Van Vleck's presentation inscriptions; another (no. 22) has a correction in Van Vleck's hand. From the library of physicist Raymond T. Birge (1887-1980), except for no. 30, which is from the library of Nobel Laureate Emilio Segre (1905-89). First Separate Editions. Van Vleck, "the father of modern magnetism" (Weber, p. 249), received a share of the 1977 Nobel Prize for physics for his fundamental investigations of the electronic structure of magnetic systems, and his successful use of quantum mechanics to explain magnetic phenomena. This important work, most of which was performed during the 1920s and 1930s (the time period from which our collection of offprints dates), has had a "profound influence on nearly every part of the science of condensed matter . . . [underlying] the development of computer memories, office copying machines and many other electronic devices" (Magee, p. 1111). It played a vital part in establishing the fields of solid-state physics, chemical physics and quantum electronics. Van Vleck earned his doctorate in physics from Harvard University with the "first wholly theoretical thesis dealing with quantum theory to be accepted by an American university" (Magee, p. 1113). This thesis (no. 1) was on one of the most difficult problems in the old quantum theory: calculation of the ground state and ionization energy of the "crossed-orbit" model of the helium atom. During the next twelve years Van Vleck taught at the Universities of Minnesota (1923-28) and Wisconsin (1928-34), where he performed the work that established him as a physicist. He made his greatest contribution to the old quantum theory in 1924, when he conceived his correspondence principle for absorption. In his long two-part paper on the subject (no. 4), Van Vleck "not only established the relation between Einstein's absorption coefficient and the motion of the electron in atoms (as Born did), he also demonstrated that the classical absorption corresponded to the difference between the absorption and the induced emission in the sense of Einstein" (Mehra & Rechenberg, p. 647). During this time he also worked on the quantum theory of the polarization of resonance radiation in magnetic fields (no. 5). The years 1925-26 saw the advent of the new quantum mechanics, which Van Vleck was quick to adopt, publishing his first papers utilizing the new techniques in 1926 (see nos. 6-7). In early 1927 Van Vleck was successful in applying the new quantum mechanics to the problem of electric and magnetic susceptibilities; the approach that he developed, "permitted him to establish the theory of magnetism on a firm quantum-mechanical basis. After struggling with the problem of paramagnetic molecules in the fall of 1926, Van Vleck finally arrived at a satisfactory theory of susceptibilities in the middle of January, 1927 [see no. 8]. He applied his quantum theory of magnetic susceptibilities to the paramagnetic gases, oxygen and nitrous oxide [no. 9]. In 1927, measurements on nitrous oxide had been made only at room temperature, but within a few years, Van Vleck's prediction of the variation of the magnetic moment of the nitric oxide molecule at low temperatures was confirmed in laboratories in Leiden, Zurich, and Cambridge, Massachusetts. These remarkable experimental verifications gave Van Vleck a worldwide reputation among physicists" (Magee, p. 1114). During this period Van Vleck also turned his attention to molecular spectroscopy (see no. 15), discovering the phenomenon of lambda-doubling (see no. 16) and developing what is now known as the Van Vleck degenerate perturbation theory to account for it. In the early and mid-1930s, Van Vleck began focusing on crystal field theory (which he helped to formulate) and on molecular physics. One of his more important contributions to the latter field was his three-part study of the structure and bonding of methane molecule (nos. 17-18 & 20, plus correction [no. 22]). In 1934 Van Vleck was appointed professor of mathematical physics at Harvard, a position he occupied the remainder of his career. At Harvard he continued to explore dielectric phenomena and molecular spectra, began work in nuclear physics, investigated the fields of ferromagnetism and antimagnetism, and began an important series of papers on paramagnetism. In 1939 he gave a series of lectures on current theories of magnetism at the Institut Henri Poincare in Paris; publication of these lectures, delayed by World War II, took place in 1947 (no. 30). During the war Van Vleck participated in several important military projects, including radar research and feasibility studies of the fission bomb. After the war he returned to pure research, making major contributions to the establishment of quantum electrodynamics and to the theoretical understanding of nuclear magnetic resonance. Van Vleck wrote only two books (Quantum Principles and Line Spectra, 1926; and The Theory of Electric and Magnetic Susceptibilities, 1932), but published more than 180 papers, 30 of which we are offering here in offprint form. All but one of the offprints here are from the library of Raymond T. Birge, chairman from 1933 to 1953 of the UC Berkeley physics department, who played a critical role in introducing modern quantum physics to the United States through his advocacy of the Bohr theory and his work in molecular spectroscopy. The remaining offprint is from the library of Emilio Segre, recipient of a share of the 1959 Nobel Prize in physics for his work on the antiproton. Magee, The Nobel Prize Winners: Physics, pp. 1109-17. Weber, Pioneers of Science, pp. 249-50. Mehra & Rechenberg, Hist. Dev. Quantum Physics, I, 418-21, 646-47; IV, 263-67 (see also separate citations below). 1. The normal helium atom and its relation to the quantum theory. Offprint from Phil. Mag. 44 (November 1922). [1] 842-869pp. Original wrappers. Vleck's presentation inscription on the title: "With the compliments of the author." Birge's signature and notes on front wrapper. 2. Two notes on quantum conditions. Offprint from Phys. Rev. (December 1923). 547-558pp. Original printed wrappers. Birge's signature & notes. 3. A correspondence principle for absorption. Offprint from J. Optical Soc. Am. & Rev. Sci. Instr. 9 (July 1924). 27-30pp. Original printed wrappers, one corner creased. Presentation copy, inscribed "Compliments of the author" on front wrapper. Birge's signature. Mehra & Rechenberg I, p. 854. 4. The absorption of radiation by multiply periodic orbits, and its relation to the correspondence principle and the Rayleigh-Jeans law. Offprint from Phys. Rev. 24 (October 1924). 330-365pp. Original printed wrappers. Birge's signature and annotations. 5. On the quantum theory of the polarization of resonance radiation in magnetic fields. Offprint from Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. 11 (October 1925). 612-618pp. Original printed wrappers. Author's pres. insc. on front wrapper: "Compliments of the author." Birge's signature. Mehra & Rechenberg IV, p. 314. 6. On the quantum theory of the specific heat of hydrogen. Part I: Relation to the new mechanics, band spectra, and chemical constants. . . . Offprint from Phys. Rev. 28 (November 1926). 980-1029pp. Original printed wrappers. Inscribed by the author on front wrapper: "Compliments of the author." Birge's signature and notes. Mehra & Rechenberg IV, p. 314. 7. The dielectric constant and diamagnetism of hydrogen and helium in the new quantum mechanics. Offprint from Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. 12 (December 1926). 662-670pp. Original printed wrappers. Birge's signature. 8. On dielectric constants and magnetic susceptibilities in the new quantum mechanics. Part I: A general proof of the Langevin-Debye formula. Offprint from Phys. Rev. 29 (May 1927). 727-744pp. Original printed wrappers, inscribed by the author: "Compliments of the author." Birge's signature and notes. Mehra & Rechenberg, IV, p. 314. 9. The theory of the paramagnetism of oxygen and nitric oxide. Offprint from Nature (May 7, 1927). 2pp. on single unbound sheet. Birge's annotations. 10. The correspondence principle in the statistical interpretation of quantum mechanics. Offprint from Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. 14 (February 1928). Original printed wrappers. Birge's signature. 11. On dielectric constants and magnetic susceptibilities in the new quantum mechanics. Part III: Application to dia- and paramagnetism. Offprint from Phys. Rev. 31 (April 1928). 587-613pp. Original printed wrappers. Birge's signature and annotations. Mehra & Rechenberg IV, p. 315. 12. Physical optics-supplementary report on quantum mechanics. Offprint from J. Optical Soc. Am. & Rev. Sci. 16 (May 1928). 301-306pp. Original printed self-wrappers. Birge's signature. 13. The new quantum mechanics. Offprint from Chem. Reviews 5 (December 1928). 467-507pp. Without wrappers (as issued?). Minor creasing & cockling. Birge's signature and annotations. 14. The statistical interpretation of various formulations of quantum mechanics. Offprint from J. Franklin Inst. 207 (April 1929). 475-494pp. Original printed wrappers. Birge's signature on front wrapper & pencil annotations in text. 15. On -type doubling and electron spin in the spectra of diatomic molecules. Offprint from Phy. Rev. 33 (April 1929). 467-506pp. Original printed wrappers. Birge's signature on front wrapper and notes in text. 16. Theory of the magnetic quenching of iodine fluorescence and of -doubling in 3 0 states. Offprint from Phys. Rev. 40 (May 15, 1932). 544-568pp. Original printed wrappers, a bit faded. Presentation copy, stamped "Compliments of the author" on the front wrapper. Birge's signature. 17. On the theory of the structure of CH4 and related molecules: Part I. Offprint from J. Chem. Phys. 1 (March 1933). 177-183pp. Without wrappers. Light browning & chipping. Birge's signature. 18. On the theory of the structure of CH4 and related molecules: Part II. Offprint from J. Chem. Phys. 1 (April 1933). 219-238pp. Original printed wrappers. Birge's signature. 19. (with Paul C. Cross). Molecular vibrations of three part systems with special applications to the ethyl halides and ethyl alcohol. A calculation of the vibration frequencies and other constants of the H2O molecule. Offprint from J. Chem. Phys. 1 (June 1933). 350-361pp. Original printed wrappers. Birge's signature. 20. On the theory of the structure of CH4 and related molecules: Part III. Offprint from J. Chem. Phys. 2 (January 1934). 20-30pp. Without wrappers. Light browning. Birge's signature & notes. 21. Concerning the tensor nature of the dielectric constant and magnetic permeability in anisotropic media. Offprint from Phys. Rev. 45 (January 15, 1934). 115-116pp., on single unbound sheet. Birge's signature. 22. Note on the sp3 configuration of carbon, and correction to Part III on CH4. Offprint from J. Chem. Phys. 2 (May 1934). 297-298pp., on single unbound sheet. Correction in Van Vleck's hand on p. 297; also typed addition to table. Birge's signature. 23. (with M. H. Hebb). On the paramagnetic rotation of tysonite. Offprint from Phys. Rev. 46 (July 1, 1934). 17-32pp. Original printed wrappers. Birge's signature. 24. Magnetic dipole radiation and the atmospheric absorption bands of oxygen. Offprint from The Astrophysical Journal 80 (October 1934). 161-170pp. Without wrappers. Pres. copy, inscribed by the author on the first page: "Prof. Birge with the author's compliments." 25. The puzzle of rare-earth spectra in solids. Offprint from J. Phys. Chem. 41 (January 1937). 67-80pp. Without wrappers. 26. The influence of dipole-dipole coupling on the specific heat and susceptibility of a paramagnetic salt. Offprint from J. Chem. Phys. 5 (May 1937). 320-337pp. Without wrappers. Light marginal browning. 27. On the role of dipole-dipole coupling in dielectric media. Offprint from J. Chem. Phys. 5 (July, 1937). 556-568pp., unopened. Without wrappers. Marginal browning. 28. Revised calculation of the translational fluctuation effect in gaseous dielectrics. Offprint from J. Chem. Physics 5 (December 1937). P. 991, on single unbound sheet. 29. On the adiabatic demagnetization of caesium titanium alum. Offprint from J. Chem. Phys. 6 (February 1938). 81-86pp. Without wrappers. 30. Quelques aspects de la theorie du magnetisme. Vol. I, Fasc. 2 of the Annales de l'Institut Henri Poincare. Paris: Gauthier-Villars, 1947. 59-190 [2]pp. Original printed wrappers. Van Vleck's pres. insc. on front wrapper: "Homages (!) de l'auteur." From the library of Emilio Segre.

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        Two Typed Letters, signed ("Bruno") to designer Irv Koons, regarding the proposed publication by Random House of Munari's L'UOMO DEL CAMION, with related materials

      New York Milan december 9 1947june 1 1948 New York, Milan, december 9, 1947 - june 1, 1948. 8vo (11 5/8 x 8 1/4 in.). Two Typed Letters, signed ("Bruno") to designer Irv Koons; two Typed Letters (one signed) from Arnoldo Mondadori Editore to Koons; paper sample to be used by Mondadori in printing of American edition of L'UOMO. Light creasing, one letter docketed "Munari" in Koons hand; near fine . Revealing correspondence between Bruno Munari (1907-1998) and Irv Koons (1922-) and between Koons and A. Mondadori Editore about the possibility of Random House (who Koons worked for at the time) publishing Munari's L'uomo del camion (1945), the second installment of his "I libri Munari' series of seven illustrated children's books. For reasons unknown, the deal fell through and it was not until 1968 that World Publishing began releasing the first American editions of Munari's now classic children's books. Munari wrote his children's book series "I libri Munari" when employed by the publisher A. Mondadori Editore. No longer with the firm (who maintained the books' copyrights) when these letters were written, he would receive half the royalties of an American edition. Munari makes it clear that he wants to be involved in the process (he had a bad experience with the French edition) but trusts Koons and respects his editorial and artistic tastes: "It is perfectly all right with me, if you are to do over the pictures: I have not seen any of your work, but when we met here we got along fine and we seemed to have the same ideas." In his next letter, Munari praises Koons work, which he has now had a chance to see. Munari's warmth and humor is apparent in these letters (translated from the Italian and typed by his cousin Maria), as when he laments that a planned exhibit of his work in New York was cancelled: "I am sorry to say the showing of my work in New York did not take place, because, during the voyage, damp sea air spoiled the balance of my wooden 'useless machines' and at the customs they completed the good work by opening the boxes and pulling out things pell mell and almost everything was ruined. Some of them which escaped 'ship wrecking' are hung in the office of Mr. Romeo Toninelli, who gave a party to show them." Included with these letters are two typed letters from A. Mondadori Editore to Koons giving estimated printing costs, suggested royalty arrangements, and a sample of the paper to be used. With their flip-books, cut-outs, and colorful illustrations, the seven "I libri Munari" are some of the most innovative and pleasing 20th-century children's books

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        Doktor Faustus. Das Leben des deutschen Tonsetzers Adrian Leverkühn, erzählt von einem Freunde.

      Stockholm, Bermann-Fischer Verlag, 1947. Original full cloth with gilt lettering to spine and gilt ornamentation to front board. With the rare original printed dust-jacket, in red and gray, -a tear along back hinge and wear to upper capital and corners. A nice and clean copy.. First edition,in the scarce dust-jacket, of one of the absolute greatest novels of the 20th century, by the German Nobel Price winner, Thomas Mann, who with this novel put a new take on the Faust legend by relating it to German National Socialism. The work is Thomas Mann's last great work. The first edition is mentioned in Printing and the Mind of Man: ''Byron's Manfred (1817) is the first of a long list of 'Faustian' plays, novels and musical compositions of which there may be mentioned ... Thomas Mann's novel (1948). [recte 1947]. PMM 298. The work was printed in Berlin later the same year, but the Stockholm-edition is the true first. Wilpert/Gühring 100

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        How to Ski By the French Method

      Paris: Editions Fleche, 1947.. Illustrated by Photographs & Layout by Pierre Boucher. First (& Only?) Edition. Very Good/Repaired d/w. 4to. 235mm x 300mm tall (9.25" x 12" approx.). 114pp, printed in red & black, illustrated throughout. Very good, in the original colour-printed thin card covers, with [rubbed and patched] dust-wrapper.

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