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        Alphabet for Adults

      

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        De l'essence de la vérité

      First edition of the French translation of which there were no large paper copies.With an autograph inscription from Martin Heidegger.Light scuffing on the spine. E. Nauwelaerts & J. Vrin Louvain & Paris 1948 12x19cm broché

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        Le Berger d`Ecosse. Suivi de Les Passagers. La Pierre Philosophale. Mit 5 Originalradierungen von Wols. Paris. Les Presses du Livre francais 1948. 25 x 17 cm. 39 Seiten. Illustrierte Originalbroschur.

      Les Presses du Livre francais, 1948. Originalausgabe. Wols, das druckgraphische Werk 37-41 - Will Grohmann 6. Nr. 22 von 100 ( gesamt 120) Exemplaren auf Papier vergé-ingres. Die fünf ganzseitigen Originalradierungen von Wols wurden bei Visat in Paris gedruckt. Die Platten wurden nach dem Druck zerstört. Eines der seltensten von Wols illustrierten Bücher. Gutes Exemplar.

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat Günter Linke]
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        Visages

      First edition, one of 900 numbered copies on crèvecoeur du Marais paper, the only printing, with 15 on China and 10 hors commerce.With 4 original drypoint illusrations by Wols. Covers and spine slightly, but insignificantly, sunned, a good copy. Seghers Paris 1948 12,5x19,5cm broché

      [Bookseller: Librairie Le Feu Follet]
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        2 autograph letters signed ("HMPechstein" and "Max Pechstein"). Berlin, 31. III. 1948 und 15. III. 1952.

      1948. Large 4to. Altogether 3 pp. on 2 ff. Comprehensive letters to the German artist Irmgard Hasenbach-Tavolato (née Seeling, 1899-1978), on the loss of his work (1948) and an exhibition (1952): "At least life is saved, although everything else is lost. What hurts me most, is the loss of my work, whole periods from 1905 onwards were smashed, a vast number of drawings irretrievably lost [...]" (Berlin, 31. III. 1948). - "Luckily all this fuss is now behind me. It proved very difficult to assemble all the necessary pictures for the exhibition, for most of my work has been lost. During the three weeks of the exhibition there were more than 6000 visitors, but nothing sold, not a single sheet - the people need their money for the bare necessities of life [...]" (15. III. 1952).

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        Pedigree

      First edition, one of 200 numbered copies on vellum Alfa paperma Marais, only large paper.Binding half morocco ...Bel nice copy drawn. Les presses de la cité Paris 1948 14,5x22,5cm relié

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        A l'agité du bocal

      First edition, one of 150 copies on B.F.K. de Rives.A good copy. Pierre Lanauve de Tartas Paris 1948 14x20cm en feuilles

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        Poèmes

      - Marc Barbezat, Décines 1948, 22,5x28,5cm, broché sous étui souple de l'éditeur. - Edizione originale stampata in 1000 copie numerate puro filo Lana. Copertura fotografica di Dushan Stanimirovitch. Bel copia completa del suo rodoide e la sua custodia morbida per l'editor. - [FRENCH VERSION FOLLOWS] Edition originale imprimée à 1000 exemplaires numérotés sur pur fil Lana. Couverture photographique de Douchan Stanimirovitch. Bel exemplaire complet de son rhodoïd ainsi que de l'étui souple de l'éditeur.

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        Mémoires sur la deuxième guerre mondiale

      First edition in French, one of 320 numbered copies on pur fil paper, the tirage de têteA small tear to foot of a lower coverA fine and rare copy. Plon Paris 1948-1954 14x23cm 10 volumes brochés

      [Bookseller: Librairie Le Feu Follet]
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        The Second World War (6 volumes)

      Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston: 1948-53 - An outstanding set, with little or no fading to dust jackets. Vol. 1, The Gathering Storm; vol. 2, Their Finest Hour; vol. 3, The Grand Alliance; vol. 4, The Hinge of Fate; vol. 5, Closing the Ring; vol. 6, Triumph and Tragedy. Internally clean and bright, with no markings of any kind; price of $6.00 on dust jackets, volumes 1, 2 and 5 are price clipped. The true first edition, published several months before the British first edition. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        The Second World War.

      London: Cassell and Co. Ltd, 1948-54. ALL FIRST EDITIONS. 6 volumes; Octavo. Finely bound in dark blue half morocco with raised bands, gilt titles and gilt decoration to spines; matching cloth boards; top edges gilt. With several maps. A very elegant set.'This is not history; this is my case.' The author's most famous work, and the books that brought most readers to Churchill. Woods A123(b). Langworth 264. See also Cohen.

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        Into Battle The Unrelenting Struggle The End of the Beginning Onwards to Victory The Dawn of Liberation Victory Secret Session Speeches and Post War Speeches The Sinews of Peace

      

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        The Second World War, 6 vols

      8vo. 6 vols.; original black cloth, spine lettered in gilt, in original dust-jackets, top edges red; illustrated with maps and diagrams. First edition. First edition of all six volumes.

      [Bookseller: Henry Sotheran Ltd.]
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        La lampe dans l'horloge

      Robert Marin.                 First edition, one of the numbered copies on alfa mousse paper, this one not justified. Wrappers in chemise and case.With an exceptional and important presentation inscription from André Breton to Jean-Paul Sartre.Case with almond-colored paper boards and chemise, red morocco title-piece and label with "exemplaire de J. P. Sartre [J.P. Sartre's copy]". This inscription from the Pope of Surrealism to the master of Existentialism - of whose rare meetings, most notably in New York, there remain barely any traces in their biographies - is all the more surprising since Sartre had just published a vitriolic article on Breton in Qu'est-ce que la littérature? [What is literature?]: "The theoretical accord between Surrealism and the Communist Party against the bourgeoisie does not in fact go beyond the formal; it is the formal idea of negativity that unites them... Negativity subsists, no matter what anyone says, outside of history: it is, at the same time, of the instant and everlasting - it is the ultimate end of both literature and art. Somewhere, Breton approves of the ... "sacred mission" of the proletariat. But in the end, this class - imagined as a legion of exterminating angels - is in reality nothing more for authors than a religious myth that plays a role (for the salving of their consciences) analogous to that played by the myth of 'the People' in 1848 for well-intentioned writers."André Breton did not reply to Sartre's criticisms, nor even the ones formulated a year later by Simone de Beauvoir in The Second Sex.This little work, as much political as it is poetical, is nonetheless a part of the common cause of these two intellectuals within the extremely ephemeral Rassemblement Démocratique Révolutionnaire. Founded in 1947 by Sartre, it very quickly floundered despite the active engagement of Breton. 1948 was therefore the only intellectual meeting of these two great "Masters of Thought" of the second half of the 20th century, whose personalities - intransigent and exclusionary - did not allow for a lasting philosophical union.    Robert Marin Paris 1948 11x17cm broché sous chemise et étui

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        A Map and History of Peiping; formerly known as Peking... MAP WITH EXPLANATORY BOOKLET, SLIPCASE, & BUSINESS CARD FOR PEIYAN PRESS....

      Tientsin-Peiping. Peiyang Press. 1936. Tenth Printing 1948. Color lithograph pictorial / pictographic map, 31 3/4 x 28 inches (81 x 71 cm) on sheet 34 1/4 x 29 1/2 inches. Originally folded with a 3 inch split along upper horizontal fold, now archivally mounted on linen, very good condition. COMPLETE WITH paper slipcase with decorative cover title (light wear) 7 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches, booklet (very good condition) 7 1/4 x 5 1/4 inches, and one-fold paper business card for the Peiyang Press. This highly decorative and sought-after map by Frank Dorn was published in several editions, all with a copyright date of 1936 on the map. The slipcase for this copy identifies it as the Tenth Printing - May 1948. The decorative border includes a history of the city to 1936, and at lower left and right a wedding and a funeral procession. The map is full of pictographs of the city, its buildings and its people, with a light-hearted and fond touch. Of particular interest is the pictorial business card of the Press, advertising in the centrefold the Frank Dorn map and "Artistic Photos of Peiping" by W.F. Yien. Copies of the first and third editions (with dating of 1936) are listed at various WorldCat libraries, but we have been unable to find a record of the 1948 edition. A stunning map, well documented with its accompanying pieces, presented here archivally mounted on linen and ready to be displayed....

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        Pinakotheke tes Technes tou Hellenikou Iaou. Architektonike ton Kosmikon Mnemeion. I. Archontika Kastorias. II. Spitia tes Zagoras (all published). At head of title: Ekdoseis Syllagou Hellenike Laike Techne

      2 vols., (14, 16) pp. introductory material including brief text, lists, and maps, and altogether 125 fine plates after photographs, plans, elevations, and watercolor renderings (some in fine color) showing traditional Greek architecture and details. Folio. Wrpps. Athens (Choregia Ethnikou Hidrymatos) 1948-1949.

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        The Second World War

      1st Edition London: Cassell & Co. 1948. FIRST ENGLISH EDITIONS OF CHURCHILL'S MASTERPIECE, SIGNED TWICE BY CHURCHILL. Signed "Winston S. Churchill / 1950" on the half-title of volume I and on the flyleaf of volume II. With sheet of Churchill's Chartwell letterhead with typed message "Returned with Mr. Churchill's Compliments" and dated "15 May, 1950" laid in. With original owner (and presumed recipient) John L. Armstrong's signature on volumes I-V (and dated with the corresponding date of publication in four volumes).The Second World War: The Gathering Storm; Their Finest Hour; The Grand Alliance; The Hinge of Fate; Closing the Ring; Triumph and Tragedy. London: Cassell & Co., Ltd., (1948-54). Octavo, original cloth, original dust jackets. Six volumes. Books near-fine, dust jackets with toning and edgewear to spines. Very Good / Very Good.

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        Napoli.

      Napoli. Ente Proviciale per il Turismo. 1948. Color lithographic poster, 39 x 25 inches. Professionally conserved with Japanese paper: paper loss to 3 x 5 inch area of upper left corner (now filled), a few additional smaller chips along left edge (all filled), faint toning from removed adhesive tape in corners (barely visible), mended 4 3/4 inch tear to middle of right edge, mended short tears along left and right edge. Despite these faults, a brilliantly colored and striking image, eminently displayable. A stunning coastal view of Naples, Italy, by Mario Puppo. The poster is dated 1942 in the image, but dated 1948 at the lower edge. "Saiga gia Barabino & Graeve - Genova" printed at lower right corner. "Esente da Bollo Disciplina affissioni D. L. 8-11-47 N. 1417" printed at lower left, "Affisione Autorizzata dalla Questura di Genova - Agosto 1948" printed mid lower edge.

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        Sens et non-sens

      Nagel. First edition on ordinary paper.With an autograph inscription from Maurice Merleau-Ponty to the professor Georges Blin and his wife.Back slightly yellowed. Nagel Paris 1948 12x19cm broché

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        Lettre à un ami allemand

      Gallimard. Later edition, first in parts, as augmented with a previously unpublished preface; false mention of the 18th edition. Autograph inscription signed by Albert Camus to the painter Helyett Djian.Small insignificant marginal stain to foot of upper cover. Gallimard Paris 1948 12x19cm broché

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        Poèmes

      Gallimard. First edition collective, one of 1040 numbered copies on Héliona, the only large paper copies after 20 pur fil.Publisher's paper boards with an original design by Mario Prassinos.Autograph inscription from Jean Cocteau to Henry Azan enriched by a drawing of a young man's profile.Spine slightly sunned, not serious, as usual.  Gallimard Paris 1948 11,5x18cm reliure de l'éditeur

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        L'état de siège

      Gallimard. First edition, an advance (service de presse) copy. Autograph inscription signed by Albert Camus to Henri Gouhier.Paper yellowed as usual, spine sunned, retaining its advertising slip. Gallimard Paris 1948 12x19cm relié

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        Edgar Jené

      Agathon. Edition originale imprimée à 700 exemplaires numérotés.Ouvrage illustré de reproductions d'oeuvre d'Edgar Jené.Envoi autographe daté et signé d'Edgar Jené au grand résistant Gilbert Grandval : "A monsieur Grandval haut commissaire de la France en Sarre - avec la joie de retrouver mon pays libre - hommage respectueux.Agréable exemplaire.  Agathon Wien 1948 16,5x23,5cm broché

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        Le grand objet extérieur

      Vrille. First edition, one of 5 copies lettered on Johannot, this one with letter A, tirage de tête.With an autograph inscription from Michel Fardoulis-Lagrange.A rare and very good copy retaining the numbered and signed lithograph by Raoul Ubac. Vrille Paris 1948 14x19,5cm broché

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        A L`interieur de la vue. 8 poèmes visibles. Paris. Pierre Seghers 1948. 21 x 14 cm. 132 Seiten mit 39 Reproduktionen nach Collagen von Max Ernst. Illustrierte Originalbroschur.

      Pierre Seghers, 1948.Erstausgabe. Hugues/Poupard 20 -- Max Ernst, illustrierte Bücher, Sammlung Bolliger 42 -- Andel, Avant-Garde Page Design 432. Einesvon 600 Exemplaren auf "Alma Marais". Paul Eluard "illustrierte" 1946 die Collagen von Max Ernst aus der Zeit von 1931/32 mit seinen 8 sichtbaren Gedichten und es entstand eines der bezauberndsten illustrierten Bücher nicht nur von Max Ernst, sondern des Surrealismus überhaupt. Tadelloses Exemplar.

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        The Heart of the Matter - SIGNED by the Author

      Heinemann, 1948 A first edition, first printing published by Heinemann in 1948. A first edition thus - signed by the author on the half-title. Greene signed a small number of copies for The Book Society as part of an arrangement to promote sales. A very good copy in a very good unclipped wrapper which is lightly rubbed, chipped and creased dustwrapper.[removed][removed]

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        The Ides of March.

      London: Longmans, 1948. First. hardcover. poor. 12mo, blue cloth; rubbed, spine dulled. London: Longmans Green, 1948. First English Edition. Although the book is in only fair condition, it bears a wonderful inscription on the title page: " For Lois Antrobus from her devoted father Thornton Wilder Antrobus 'Don't you know he'd die, if he didn't think you were perfect'. The Skin of Our Teeth, Westport, Conn., August, 1948." The quote is from "The Skin of Our Teeth", and Wilder, who acted in the play, presented this book to the actress who played his daughter.

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        Portrait photograph of Thornton Wilder

      [New York], 1948. Half-lnegth portrait of the author seated, in trench coat. Gelatin silver print. 1 vols. 9-1/4 x 7-3/8 inches. Atelier stamp on verso, with pencilled notations giving the subject of the photograph ("Thornton Wilder in 'The Skin of Your Teeth'"), the date, and the number of the negative. Half-lnegth portrait of the author seated, in trench coat. Gelatin silver print. 1 vols. 9-1/4 x 7-3/8 inches.

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        La vie est sans pitié

      First edition printed in 101 numbered copies on grand vélin Arches.Illustrated cover by Pablo Picasso.Spine slightly sunned, otherwise a good copy.  S.n. (Pierre Bettencourt) Saint-Maurice d'Etelan 1948 14,5x23cm broché

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        The Naked and the Dead.

      New York, NY: Rinehart, 1948. FIRST EDITION, with Rinehart seal present. Octavo, pp.[8], 721; [5]. Elegantly hand-bound in black full oasis morocco with traditional raised bands, gilt titles to spine, titled additionally in the manner of the original cloth to the lower corner of the front board in gilt. Publisher's original spine bound in at the rear. A fine copy in attractive recent binding. Author's first book. A 'Burgess 99' novel. Listed in Modern Library's Top 100 Novels [1998].

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        Ler dla canpane

      The rare first edition of 165 copies, the author's calligraphic text throughout, illustrated with 6 original engravings by Jean Dubuffet.With an exceptional and very rare inscription from Jean Dubuffet to Hans Bellmer : "à Hans Bellmer amitiés Jean Dubuffet".This copy is housed within a folding box in full ochre calf lined with velvet, reproducing the calligraphy of the upper cover. Covers and spine lightly and marginally sunned as usual, discreet, skilful restoration to margins at head and foot of plates. The first work by Jean Dubuffet, being calligraphic phonetically-spelled words stenciled (with linocut illustrations) on wood from crates and the bottom of camembert boxes, then hand-printed by the author on newspaper with 6 engravings in a run of 150 copies, plus 15 copies with 2 further plates, spattered with ink for "le samatere detrase etdanprinte".Those 'lovers of marks and spots', however, should bear in mind that as far as we know Dubuffet only inscribed "ordinary" copies to his friends, in keeping with the very concept that dominates this founding work of Art Brut.In his 1962 preface to Vignettes lorgnettes, which reproduces the engravings from Ler dla Campagne, Dubuffet recalled the origins of his first book: "with their makeshift printing methods, these little works were the exact opposite of the received wisdom of bibliophilia. They were as far as possible from the frigid solemnity of the thick and costly paper of luxury printing, the typography of the great publishers, the full margins and the profusion of endpapers and blank pages; they were printed in very humble circumstances with scant resources, in small format on the cheapest sort of newspaper. It seemed to us (it seems to me still) that even so they were just as attractive as the books usually sold to book collectors."This copy, inscribed to Hans Bellmer, is rare and precious testimony to the major influence of the Surrealists on Dubuffet's thinking and the emergence of Art Brut. Though both art historians and biographers are in agreement in highlighting this link unambiguously, there are in fact few actual traces of the interaction between Dubuffet and the Surrealists. It was nonetheless under the aegis, and with the full collaboration, of André Breton that he founded the Compagnie de l'Art Brut in 1948. "The part laid out for you, as you say, in this Compagnie de l'Art Brut, is yours by absolute right, since your ideas, your temperament, your impulses definitely played a big part in guiding our spirit in all this; and it's absolutely right and proper that a place should be set for you at our table - had you not wanted to take it, it would have stayed empty, like the seat reserved for the angel," (letter of the 28th May 1948). This relationship, the first we know of between Dubuffet and a Surrealist (not an ex-Surrealist or a Surrealist to be) gave rise to an immediate warmth between the two artists, who developed several projects together (among them an Almanach de l'Art Brut). But from 1951 onwards, their relationship cooled and Breton stopped supporting the Compagnie; the Almanach, although finished, was never actually published. The failure of this project and of the budding friendship between the two artists contributed to the definitive rupture between the two movements and to a growing mutual mistrust. In branding Art Brut the "art of madmen," and trying thus to maintain the supremacy of Surrealism over this 'offshoot', Breton undoubtedly betrayed Dubuffet's hopes of a natural affiliation between the two movements.Nonetheless, it was a price Dubuffet had to pay to become one of the major artists of the second half of the 20th century, while Surrealism only barely survived the war and the intransigent behaviour of its founder. The idea of Art Brut as Dubuffet put it from 1948 on could not really locate itself in any theoretical continuum, nor accept any artistic basis:"Art worksowe nothing (or as little as possible) to the imitation of the works of art we see in the museums, salons and galleries; rather, they call out to the very depths of human experience and the most spontaneous and personal creativity possible. These are works that their creator has taken entirelyfrom their own depths," (Jean Dubuffet, Notice sur la Compagnie de l'art brut [September 1948], in Prospectusvolume I, p. 489).This (necessary) distancing and the frequently anti-Surrealist positions that served to highlight the lack of historical elements linking the two movements have constrained writers and biographers to broad guesswork, based on the obvious similarities in the movements' artists and ideas. Aside from this short friendship with Breton, the Surrealists barely appear in biographies of Dubuffet. But this friendly inscription to one of the most important Surrealist artists on this earliest of pieces is testimony to Dubuffet's proximity to other members of the movement - a proximity that nonetheless remains a mystery, since Dubuffet deliberately 'forgot' his links to Surrealism, of which he is, despite everything, one of the most important heirs and successors.  L'art brut Paris 1948 13,5x19cm agrafé sous coffret-étui

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        Two Autograph Letters Signed, 4to, New York, June 9, 1948. With full signature in return address of transmittal envelope, and Autograph Letter Signed, 4to, New York, July 1, 1948

      - Johnson thanks his correspondent for writing and thanks him for his "kind and generous favor in considering my efforts in the music world for your collection." However, he asks his that "Under the Bamboo Tree" be withdrawn as a 'Caption' for "personal reasons of utmost importance." He is referring to the sheet music he published. He offers others instead, mentioning other of his most well-known and well-respected works, "Lazy Man," "Castle on the Nile" or "The Congo Love Song." He says, "But my real choice would be 'Lift Every Voice and Sing' (the Negro National Anthem) sung by school children and 'grown ups' for more than fifty years, and still is being sung." The Negro National Anthem he refers to was first performed in 1900 in Florida where he was born. Signed, "J. Rosamond Johnson." In the second letter to the same correspondent on Johnson's printed personalized stationery with ASCAP insignia in upper left corner, Johnson apologizes for not having sent "the enclosed to you sooner." Signed, "J. Rosamond Johnson." John Rosamond Johnson with brother James Weldon formed a successful team of lyricist and composer. In additions to their well known anthem "Lift Every Voice and Sing," are the many popular hits they sold as sheet music such as "Under the Bamboo Tree." Our research indicates this letter is unpublished. [Attributes: Signed Copy]

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        THE KENYON REVIEW [ AURORAS IN AUGUST ] Vol. X, No. 1, WINTER 1948

      Gambier, OH: Kenyon College. 1948. First Edition; First Printing. Softcover. Book condition is Very Good in wraps. Edgewear and rubbing to wraps. Text is clean and unmarked. Includes, among other great work, the first appearance in print of "Auroras of August," the masterpiece by Wallace Stevens. The later published collection of the same name won him The National Book Award for Poetry in 1951, along with the Bollingen Prize for Poetry in 1950. An incedibly scarce piece of history. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall .

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        OBRA INEDITA, LO ROSSINYOL, ALEXANDRE DE RIQUER, FRANCESC MHATEU 1948, TIRADA DE 40 EXEMPLARS

      Institució Patxot 1948 - Catalunya. 1948. Bibliofilia. Llegenda. Pergami amb dorats. 17X14. 45f. Tirada de 40 exemplars. Dedicada i numerada a Anselm Albareda O. S. B, Abad de Ripoll i Prefecte de la Biblioteca Vaticana. Raríssima obra inedita que es va poder salvar gracies a l'Institució Patxot, feta amb materials recuperats. Molt bon estat. Inedit i practicament únic. Molt bon estat. Ref 1.4 Biblioteca Cat. Language: eng [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        The Loved One: An Ango-American Tragedy

      Chapman and Hall 1948 - First edition. Number 197 of 250 copies in the large paper edition, signed by Waugh and the illustrator on preliminary colophon page. 144 p. Green cloth with gilt stamping on spine. Near Fine. Light sunning to spine and faint bubble in front board. A novella by the acclaimed British author satirizing his countrymen abroad and Hollywood that was a surprise hit in the U.S. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

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        The Second World War - C C Wood's copies - Proof-reader to Churchill - SIGNED to volume 3 by Churchill

      Cassell, 1948 First Edition, First Printings, published by Cassell and Co., 1948. From the library of Charles Carlyle Wood, proofreader of this work for a new corrected edition (or indeed editions, judging from the span of dates). Six volumes. 8vo. Publisher's black cloth titled in gilt to spines. Very good indeed in like dustwrappers, light toning to spine panels, slight shelfwear, strong and handsome. Internally clean. Inscribed by Churchill to C. C. Wood, his proofreader, in Volume 3: "For C.C. Wood from Winston S. Churchill (not to be read by you) 1950". Also present (and indeed present in all volumes in varying forms; alongside a copious number of content changes, proof marks and marginal annotations is "Examined, no corrections marked herein May 1st 1952" in Wood's hand. All volumes are annotated as "marked copies" if nothing else, Volumes I, II and IV bearing ink notations to the dustwrappers, and all volumes having at least one or two corrections marked in the text. Volume I; "The Gathering Storm" is famously a mass of errors and inconsistencies, the publicising of which were catalytic in Churchill following Bill Deakin's advice and passing the job of proofreading on to Wood (who had previously worked as part of the Churchill machine during the production of "Marlborough" in the 1930's and would continue to be the sand in the gears for a good few years subsequently. The process of proofreading at Chartwell was known rather ruefully as "Wooding." This copy of Volume I is packed to the gunwales with corrections ranging from the repositioning of maps and charts, through simple corrections of spelling and punctuation (Churchill and Wodd differed vociferously on this subject, Wood was the original Grammar Nazi) by way of date, place and name corrections through to the occcasional plea for clarification. Also present in the volume are a hnumber of rather censorious editorial pencil comments in another hand; these are somewhat critical of WSC's honesty and integrity and comment on his gernal reliability in terms of historical accuracy. Also laid in to the prelims of Volume one is a copy (or mimeograph) of a typed note from Wood to Churchill thanking him in surprisingly florid fashion for the inscribed Volume III. Examples detailing the mechanical workflow of Churchill's literary team are rare, especially in the case of what could be considered his most important work. An impressive and unique record.[removed][removed]

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        The Second World War: The Gathering Storm; Their Finest Hour; The Grand Alliance; The Hinge of Fate; Closing the Ring; Triumph and Tragedy

      London: Cassell & Company, 1948-54. First editions of Churchill's World War II masterpiece. Six volumes. Octavo, original black cloth, patterned endpapers. Volume V is signed on the half title page, "From, Winston S. Churchill." Each are near fine in very good to near fine dust jackets. "Winston Churchill himself affirmed that ?this is not history: this is my case" (Holmes, 285). Churchill was re-elected to the post of Prime Minister in 1951. "The Second World War is a great work of literature, combining narrative, historical imagination and moral precept in a form that bears comparison with that of the original master chronicler, Thucydides. It was wholly appropriate that in 1953 Churchill was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature" (Keegan).

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        The Second World War. The Gathering Storm; Their Finest Hour; The Grand Alliance; The Hinge of Fate; Closing the Ring; Triumph and Tragedy.

      London: Cassell & Co. Ltd. 1948 - Description: London: Cassell, (1948-54). First Edition. CHURCHILL, Winston. The Second World War: The Gathering Storm; Their Finest Hour; The Grand Alliance; The Hinge of Fate; Closing the Ring; Triumph and Tragedy. Six volumes. Octavo, modern half maroon morocco gilt, raised bands with darke title labels, spine compartments gilt-stamped with Churchill lion emblems, gilt titles, top edge gilt. Illustrated and embellished with many maps, plans, charts and copy documents from the second world war. First English editions of Churchill’s WWII masterpiece, part history and part memoir, written after he lost re-election as Prime Minister, handsomely bound. The six volumes were published separately between 1948 and 1954. With the Second World War, Churchill "pulled himself back from humiliating defeat in 1945, using all his skills as a writer and politician to make his fortune, secure his reputation, and win a second term in Downing Street" (Reynolds, xxiii). "Winston himself affirmed that 'this is not history: this is my case" (Holmes, 285). Churchill was re-elected to the post of Prime Minister in 1951. "The Second World War is a great work of literature, combining narrative, historical imagination and moral precept in a form that bears comparison with that of the original master chronicler, Thucydides. It was wholly appropriate that in 1953 Churchill was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature" (Keegan, 175). Although preceded by the American editions, the English editions are generally preferred for their profusion of diagrams, maps, and facsimile documents. Condition Report Externally Spine – very good condition – recently bound in half leather. Joints – very good condition. Corners – good condition - bumped to volumes V and VI. Boards – very good condition – cloth. Page edges – very good condition – some foxing to the page edges, top edge gilt. See above and photos. Internally Hinges – very good condition. Front paste down – very good condition – new. Front free end paper – very good condition. Title – very good condition. Pages – very good condition – some foxing and marks, one fold out map has a closed tear which doesn't impact the image. Binding – structurally solid and strong. Brand new binding. See photos Publisher: see above. Publication Date: 1948-1954. Binding: Hardback [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        The Second World War, full set of six British first editions

      London: Cassell and Company, Ltd., 1948. First edition, first printing. Hardcover. This is an exceptionally well-preserved full set of British first editions of The Second World War, Churchill's history of the epic 20th Century struggle that was so indelibly stamped by his leadership. Jacketed British first edition sets in marginal condition are not uncommon. However, the coarse cloth bindings of this edition proved susceptible to soiling and mildew, the contents (printed on post-war "Economy Standards" paper) proved highly prone to spotting, the red-stained top edges are most often severely faded, and the dust jackets proved exceptionally vulnerable to pronounced spine toning. Consequently, superior jacketed sets have become scarce. This is such a set, near fine plus first editions in near fine or better dust jackets. The coarse black cloth bindings are immaculate, tight, and square with nicely rounded spines, sharp corners, bright spine gilt, and no appreciable wear. The contents are uniformly clean and bright. We find no previous ownership marks and, particularly noteworthy, absolutely no spotting. Even the fore and bottom edges are beautifully clean. The red topstain remains strong across the set, with some of the volumes more dark pink than red but still quite respectable. All six dust jackets are clean, unclipped and entirely complete, with no losses. We note only fractional wear at a few spine ends. All six dust jackets have been spared the typical pronounced spine toning; the red subtitles remain bright and shelf appearance is excellent. The Volume I dust jacket ? typically quite challenging to find in superior condition ? is among the brightest copies we have seen. All six dust jackets are protected with removable, archival quality clear covers. Seldom, if ever, has history endowed a statesman with both singular ability to make history, and singular ability to write it. As with so much of what Churchill wrote, The Second World War is not "history" in the strictly academic, objectivist sense, but rather Churchill's perspective on history. In his March 1948 introduction to the first volume, Churchill himself made the disclaimer, "I do not describe it as history... it is a contribution to history..." Nonetheless the compelling fact remains, as stated by Churchill himself, "I am perhaps the only man who has passed through both the two supreme cataclysms of recorded history in high Cabinet office... I was for more than five years in this second struggle with Germany the Head of His Majesty's government. I write, therefore, from a different standpoint and with more authority than was possible in my earlier books." Certainly The Second World War may be regarded as an intensely personal and inherently biased history. Nonetheless, Churchill's work remains seminal, iconic, and a vital part of the historical record. Richard Langworth calls the six-volume epic "indispensable reading for anyone who seeks a true understanding of the war that made us what we are today." Please note that this set may require additional postage. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A240.4(I-VI).a, Woods/ICS A123(ba), Langworth p.264.

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        The Second World War

      London: Cassell and Co. Ltd, 1948-54.. ALL FIRST EDITIONS. 6 volumes; Octavo. Finely bound in recent dark red half morocco over matching cloth with raised bands, gilt titles and gilt decoration to spines; matching cloth boards; top edges gilt. With several maps. A very elegant set. Internally clean, externally fine. 'This is not history; this is my case.' The author's most famous work, and the books that brought most readers to Churchill.

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