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        Onze eaux-fortes originales pour illustrer La Philosophie dans le Boudoir.

      Ohne weitere Angaben [d.i. Paris, um 1948].. 4°. 25,5 x 18,5 cm. (Plattengröße: 19,5 x 12 cm). 11 explizit erotische Orig.-Radierungen in Braundruck, davon eine als Frontispiz. Im Orig.-Umschlag mit radierter Titel-Illustration.. Ausdrucksstarkes Mappenwerk zu einem der Hauptwerke de Sades. Der nicht genannte Künstler ist der Ungar Imre Timar, der Anfang des letzten Jahrhunderts in Paris hauptsächlich als Buchillustrator tätig war. Diese Radierfolge erschien separat und ist keiner Buchausgabe zugeordnet. Eine Auflagenhöhe ist nicht angegeben, doch gemäß der Seltenheit dieses Werkes, kann es nur eine sehr kleine Auflage gegeben haben. Vereinzelt leicht fingerfleckig. Die zwischenliegenden Seidenhemdchen vereinzelt etwas knittrig. Gutes Exemplar. Bibliographisch nicht bei Fekete, Hungarian Erotica. Nur bei Dutel 2191 ("belles planches gravees"). Rar. ------------------- Suite libre non signee mais attr. a Timar, titree Onze eau-fortes originales pour illustrer La philosophie dans le boudoir. S.l., s.n., c. 1948. Suite complete de 11 eaux-fortes dont 1 frontisp. Chemise illustree avec titre grave. 19,5 x 13 cm. Dutel 2191.

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat Ars Amandi]
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        AUS DEN GEBETEN ISRAELS [FIRST JEWISH PRAYERBOOK PUBLISHED IN GERMAN FOLLOWING THE HOLOCAUST]

      Frankfurt Am Main: B. Wolpe/ Bauerschen Giesserei. 1948. Paperback. 1st edition. Original Paper Wrappers, 4to, 38 pages; 26 cm. The First Jewish Prayerbook Published in German Following the Holocaust. "Dem andenken an meinem freund und lehrer Dr Max Dienemann Rabbiner in Offenbach 1920-1939…. Nach der  zu diesem Druck im Jahre 1938 hergestellten Ubersetzung von Rabbiner Max Dienemann Offenbach am Main. " Originally translated by Dienemann in 1938, but never published until this printing, after the Holocaust. Printed on deluxe Buttenpapier from the Rheinland. Includes 80-word handwritten signed letter from Guggenheim  laid in. Guggenheim was chairman of the Offenbach Jewish Community from 1933-1939 and was imprisoned at Buchenwald. OCLC-Worldcat lists 8 copies worldwide. Wear to Spine, otherwise Very Good Condition. (Holo2-125-16) .

      [Bookseller: Dan Wyman Books]
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        Die Musikforschung (62 KOMPLETTE aufeinander folgende Jahrgänge) - Jg. 1 (1948) bis Jg. 62 (2009) - KOMPLETTE aufeinander folgende, gebundene Jahrgänge! hrsg. von der Gesellschaft für Musikforschung, dem Institu für Musikforschung Berlin u.a.;

      Bärenreiter Verlag; 1948 - 2009.. gebundene Ausgabe. Die hier angebotenen Bände/ Jahrgänge stammen aus einer teilaufgelösten Medien-Bibliothek und tragen die entsprechenden Kennzeichnungen (Rückenschild, Instituts-Stempel...). Schnitt und Einband sind etwas staubschmutzig; Papier alterbedingt leicht nachgedunkelt; Der Buchzustand ist ansonsten ordentlich und dem Alter entsprechend gut; KOMPLETTPREIS für 62 Bände; bei Versand ins Ausland erfragen Sie bitte zuerst die Versandkosten; Das Bild zeigt nur einen Teil der hier angebotenen Bände!

      [Bookseller: Petra Gros - Versandantiquariat]
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        La lampe dans l'horloge EDITION ORIGINALE Grand papier ENVOI AUTOGRAPHE

      Paris: Robert Marin, 1948. Fine. Robert Marin, Paris 1948, 11x17cm, broché sous chemise et étui. - First edition, one of the numbered copies on foam Alfa paper, ours unjustified. Invaluable and unique autograph dedication signed by the author Jean-Paul Sartre. Our copy is presented shirt and bag full carton almond, part of title and marked "copy of JP Sartre" red morocco. The dedication of the Pope of Surrealism to the master of existentialism whose rare meetings, including New York, have left almost no trace in the biographies, is all the more surprising that Jean-Paul Sartre just published in Qu 'What is literature a vitriolic article against Breton: "The tentative agreement Surrealism and PC against the bourgeoisie does not exceed the formalism; This is the formal notion of negativity that unites; [...] Negativity continues whatever may be said, apart from the story: both in the moment and in the eternal; it is the absolute end of literature and art. Somewhere Breton says [...] the "sacred trust" of the proletariat. But specifically, this class is designed as a legion of angels exterminators is truly for authors as a religious myth and plays for the stilling of their consciousness, similar to that played the role myth People in 1848 for writers of good will. " André Breton will not respond to criticism of Sartre more than those that formulate the following year, Simone de Beauvoir in The Second Sex. This little political work as much as poetic however is in the common struggle of two intellectuals in the very short-lived Revolutionary Democratic Rally founded in 1947 by Sartre quickly aborted despite having assets investment Breton. 1948 was therefore the only intellectual meeting of these two great "thinkers" of the late twentieth, whose personalities, exclusive and uncompromising did not allow a communion of sustainable thinking.   --- Please note that the translation in english is done automatically, we apologize if the formulas are inaccurate. Contact us for any information! - [FRENCH VERSION FOLLOWS] Édition originale, un des exemplaires numérotés sur alfa mousse, le nôtre non justifié. Précieux et exceptionnel envoi autographe signé d'André Breton à Jean-Paul Sartre. Notre exemplaire est présenté sous chemise et étui en plein cartonnage amande, pièce de titre et mention « exemplaire de J. P. Sartre » de maroquin rouge. Cette dédicace du pape du surréalisme au maître de l'existentialisme dont les rares rencontres, notamment à New York, n'ont laissé presque aucune trace dans les biographies, est d'autant plus surprenante que Jean-Paul Sartre vient juste de publier dans Qu'est-ce que la littérature un article au vitriol contre Breton :   « L'accord de principe du surréalisme et du PC contre la bourgeoisie ne dépasse pas le formalisme ; c'est l'idée formelle de négativité qui les unit ; [...] la négativité se maintient quoi qu'on en dise, en dehors de l'histoire : à la fois dans l'instant et dans l'éternel ; elle est la fin absolue de la littérature et de l'art. Quelque part, Breton affirme [...] la « mission sacrée » du prolétariat. Mais précisément, cette classe conçue comme une légion d'anges exterminateurs n'est véritablement pour les auteurs qu'un mythe religieux et qui joue, pour la tranquillisation de leur conscience, un rôle analogue à celui que jouait le mythe du Peuple, en 1848, pour les écrivains de bonne volonté. »   André Breton ne répondra pas plus aux critiques de Sartre qu'à celles que formulera, l'année suivante, Simone de Beauvoir dans Le Deuxième Sexe.   Ce petit ouvrage politique autant que poétique s'inscrit cependant dans le combat commun des deux intellectuels au sein du très éphémère Rassemblement Démocratique Révolutionnaire fondé en 1947 par Sartre et ayant rapidement avorté malgré l'investissement actif de Breton.   1948 fut donc la seule rencontre intellectuelle de ces deux grands « maîtres à penser » de la seconde moitié du XXème siècle, dont les personnalités, exclusives et intransigeantes ne permettaient pas une communion de pensée durable.

      [Bookseller: Librairie Le Feu Follet]
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        [Photo Album]: Oregon Policeman's Crime Scenes Album

      [Portland, Oregon]. 1948. An unusual photo album of 115 crime scene photos taken by a Portland, Oregon policeman that is equal parts gruesome and pedestrian. Oblong quarto. 75pp. String-tied stiff paper boards with "Photographs" in gilt on the front along with a decorative boarder. The photos range from 3.5" x 2.5" to 10" x 8", and fill all but the last 10 pages which are empty. Overall near fine with wear to the edges of the boards but the photos are fine. The album documents various crime scenes visited by a Portland patrolman from June to October in 1948. Half the album features images of car crashes, boating accidents, building fires, and bee swarms, many captioned below. The remaining photos feature a series of macabre images of the recently deceased. Some, like a murder victim dumped by the side of the road are disturbing, but hardly compare to the more chilling images of bodies recovered from the Willamette River and adjoining waterways. These "floaters," as he refers to them, are victims of suicides, murders, or accidental deaths. All are in various states of decay or bloat from the water, which makes for harrowing viewing. These too are captioned, some with gallows humor: "On July 1, investigation showed ... When asked where he was going, he replied, 'Down to the Broadway Bridge, and see how G-- D--- deep the river is right in the middle.' He left no report as to depth of river." A compelling collection of photos rarely seen by the public and not for the faint of heart. .

      [Bookseller: Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. ABA]
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        Cuento de Invierno [MANUSCRITO ORIGINAL]. Poema dramático rural, en un acto, y en verso.

      Madrid, 1948 - -16 x 22 cm.- , 53 págs. escritas a pluma por Fernando Dicenta. (EJEMPLAR ÚNICO.)

      [Bookseller: Berceo (Libros Antiguos)]
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        Communications on Pure and Applied Mathematics. Issued by the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York Univeristy.

      New York (u.a.), Wiley, 1948-2005.. Bände 1-58 in 69 Bänden. 8°. Leineneinbände.. ISSN: 0010-3640. Titel rückseitig gestempelt und Buchrücken mit Bibliotheks-Signatur-Schild. Bände 1-8 und 10-16 Kraus Reprint. Band 9 durch Fotokopie ergänzt.

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        Who goes there?: Seven tales of science fiction

      Chicago: Shasta Publishers, 1948. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. First Edition, First Printing. Very Good, in a Good dust jacket with the price of $3.00 intact, though crossed out with red pencil. Light stain to base of spine and bottom corners of boards. A few markings to front free end paper. The dust jacket shows toning to the spine, rubbing along the folds, and edge wear with chipping to the spine ends and top edge of the front panel. The dust jacket features the striking Hannes Bok illustration. Adapted four times as a motion picture.

      [Bookseller: Burnside Rare Books]
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        The Babe Ruth Story

      New York: E.P. Dutton, 1948. First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Babe Ruth on the half title page. Fine in the original dust jacket with some wear and tear. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. The story of the greatest baseball player who ever lived, told in his own words, spans his life and includes the highs and lows, friendships, loves, and feuds, and career milestones of the man who symbolizes America's favorite game.

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        THE BABE RUTH STORY

      New York: E. P. Dutton, 1948. First Edition. Hard Cover. Near Fine binding/Very Good+ dust jacket. Signed. A most attractive First Edition copy, in a jacket with only minimal shelfwear, Signed by Babe Ruth on the half-title page. The dustjacket is not price-clipped and is protected with a new mylar cover. The business card of Arthur Randall of E. P. Dutton is laid in with "Merry Xmas" written on it in red pen. Near Fine binding / Very Good+ dust jacket.

      [Bookseller: Black Swan Books, Inc.]
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        My Early Life, presentation copy finely bound and inscribed by Churchill during his second premiership as a wedding gift for his godson

      London: Odhams Press Limited, 1948. Hardcover. This presentation copy of ChurchillÂ’s autobiography of his early life was finely bound and inscribed by Churchill as a wedding gift for his godson during ChurchillÂ’s second and final premiership. The inked inscription in six lines on the second blank endsheet reads: "To | Roger Frewen | on his Marriage | from | Winston S. Churchill | 1952". The binding is full dark red morocco by Bumpus Ltd. of Oxford St., London and features raised spine bands, gilt spine compartments and spine hubs, gilt ruled covers, edges, and turn ins, and all edges gilt. The edition is a contemporary 1948 reprint. Roger d'Hauteville Moreton Frewen (1914-1972) was the son of Churchill's first cousin, Hugh Frewen, and grandson of Churchill's Aunt Clara, his mother's elder sister. Hugh's childhood was marked by visits with his Churchill and Leslie cousins, including Winston, who was nine years older than Hugh. Roger was born during the First World War while his father was serving on the front and his godfather, Winston, was First Lord of the Admiralty. Roger was born in London, educated in Switzerland and Cambridge. A near-fatal car accident in 1933 and tuberculosis contracted during recovery nearly killed Roger and permanently impaired his health. Churchill inscribed Volume I of this set for his godson in 1933. Despite his health, Roger joined the Foreign & Commonwealth Office in 1938. Posted to the British Embassy in Berne during WWII, Roger listened to German and Italian military signals and reported information to Britain, drove lorries with military supplies through occupied France, and rescued escaped prisoners of war by crossing into Germany and Italy and bringing them to safety in Switzerland. Driven by income needs as his family grew, in the decades after the war Roger had careers in finance and real estate. Roger's son, Jonathan, from whom these books come to us, recalls that Roger excelled at mathematics and languages and was "a kind man, an amusing raconteur... and a good Father." Jonathan also recalls that "Winston was an excellent godparent" who "never forgot a birthday or Christmas, no matter his duties.” The first edition of My Early Life was published by Thornton Butterworth in 1930. Covering the years from Churchill's birth in 1874 to his first few years in Parliament, the book proved among the most popular of Churchill's many published works and saw many editions and printings during (and well beyond) Churchill's lifetime. Odhams Press Limited began issuing reprints in 1947. This copy is the 1948 second printing of the Odhams edition. Condition is near fine. The beautifully executed binding remains square and tight with only a trivial hint of wear. The only detraction of note is some sunning of the spine and differential toning to the front cover. We have attempted no restoration of this original presentation binding, but a skilled binder could likely effect some color restoration to the otherwise excellent leather binding. The contents remain bright and clean. The gilt page edges are uniformly bright. A hint of spotting appears confined to the rear pastedown. The sole previous ownership mark is the bookplate of the recipient, Roger Frewen, affixed to the front pastedown. Of note, this inscribed presentation copy was accompanied by an identically bound and inscribed companion edition of Great Contemporaries. Please inquire if this copy of Great Contemporaries is of interest. Bibliographic reference: A91.9.c, Woods/ICS A37(g.2), Langworth p.141

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        The Naked and the Dead

      New York, Rinehart, 1948., 1948. Elegantly hand-bound in full black oasis morocco leather 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. FIRST EDITION with Rinehart seal present. Author's first book. A 'Burgess 99' novel Listed in Modern Library's Top 100 Novels [1998].

      [Bookseller: Adrian Harrington Rare Books]
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        Typed letter signed.

      Pacific Palisades, California, 18. XII. 1948.. 4to. 1 p.. In English, to Charles L. Wallis, on his imprinted stationery: "In my latest novel entitled Doctor Faustus which was recently published also in the English language, my hero, a musician, composes several English poems in the original text. The choice of these poems would indicate that I love these particular pieces above all others in the wide field of English poetry".

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat Inlibris, Gilhofer Nfg. GmbH]
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        Typed letter signed ("Eleanor"), to Harry, concerning her appointment as a delegate to the General Assembly of the United Nations

      New York, 1948. One page, on stationery of Val-Kill Cottage, Hyde Park, Duchess Co., New York. 8vo. Fine, in red morocco-backed custom folding box. One page, on stationery of Val-Kill Cottage, Hyde Park, Duchess Co., New York. 8vo. This note is possibly addressed to Harry Hooker, who was Roosevelt's longtime friend and attorney. Written only a few years after FDR's death (1945), the former first lady was still politically active, as this letter illustrates: "I have just been officially notified that I am to be again appointed as a delegate to the General Assembly of the United Nations which meets in Paris. I shall have to sail on September 13th. In view of this, could you and Nancy come up here in September 4th to stay over Labor Day? I would like to have a birthday party for you and Elliott before I leave! [stroke of exclamation point drawn in with pen]. Affectionately, [signed] Eleanor." Blanche Wiesen Cook, Eleanor Roosevelt, v. 1 (1992)

      [Bookseller: James Cummins Bookseller]
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        The Pursuit of Love. A novel

      Hamish Hamilton, London, 1948. First Edition, first printing. 8vo. 195pp. Blue cloth lettered in gold at spine. A trace of very light wear to spine extremities and a single tiny stain to backstrip. Binding cracked at the final gathering, yet still perfectly sound. Due to a production fault (or possibly wartime paper shortages) the upper edge of the first nine leaves are very slightly taller than the remainder and have been roughly trimmed. Paperstock a little tanned. A very good copy in the correct first state (blue, not coloured) non-clipped dust wrapper, a little soiled, nicked, rubbed, chafed and edgeworn and with several miniscule slivers of loss from spine ends, yet still only just shy of very good. Short crease to front flap. MitfordÂ’s fifth novel, and the first volume in her noted trilogy which would eventually continue and conclude with 'Love in a Cold Climate' (1949) and 'Don't Tell Alfred' (1960).. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/Good.

      [Bookseller: Clearwater Books]
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        Die Kunst/ Die Kunst und das schöne Heim: Monatshefte für freie und angewandte Kunst/ Monatsschrift für Malerei, Plastik, Graphik, Architektur und Wohnkultur/ später: Pan (zusammen mit Die Kunst (KONVOLUT aus 48 Bänden) - Jahr 1948 bis 1992 (mit Spez. 1-2); in fortlaufender Folge (gebunden).

      Magazinpresse Verlag; 1948 - 1988.. gebundene Ausgabe. Die hier angebotenen Bände stammen aus einer teilaufgelösten wissenschaftlichen Bibliothek und tragen die entsprechenden Kennzeichnungen (Rückenschild, Instituts-Stempel...). Schnitt und Einband sind etwas staubschmutzig; Der Buchzustand ist ansonsten ordentlich und dem Alter entsprechend gut; KOMPLETTPREIS für 48 Bände; bei Versand ins Ausland erfragen Sie bitte zuerst die Versandkosten;

      [Bookseller: Petra Gros - Versandantiquariat]
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        Peces de los litorales ibérico y marroquí y su pesca deportiva

      Madrid. 33 cm. 613 p, LXXXIV, [24] p. de lám, XIII h. pleg. de planos il. Encuadernación en plena piel, con ruedas, cantos y contracantos dorados, con cofre de cartón. Luna, José Carlos de 1890 - 1964. Imp. Suc. de Rivadeneyra. Guardado en caja. Pesca marítima deportiva. España. Pesca marítima deportiva. Marruecos. (=131408=) Ver imagen

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        Whatever happened to Rhett & Scarlett? Margaret Mitchell, asked by a reader to write a sequel to "Gone With the Wind," tells her "To me, the lives of my characters ended on the last page, and your guess is as good as mine as to what happened thereafter."

      Atlanta, Georgia, January 12, 1948. 7.25" X 10.5". "Typed Letter Signed ""Margaret Mitchell Marsh,"" 1p, 7.25"" x 10.5"". On her ""Margaret Mitchell"" stationery. Atlanta, Georgia, January 18, 1948. To Miss Gilbert. Light marginal stains. Fine condition.In full, ""Thank you so much for your very kind letter. I'm glad you liked 'Gone With the Wind' enough to write me about it. I am glad you were interested enough to want me to write a sequel to it, but I do not contemplate writing a sequel. To me, the lives of my characters ended on the last page, and your guess is as good as mine as to what happened thereafter."""

      [Bookseller: University Archives]
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        A PRIMITIVE LIKE AN ORB; A poem by Wallace Stevens with drawings by Kurt Seligmann

      New York: The Gotham Book Mart / The Banyan Press, 1948. Kurt Seligmann. Kurt Seligmann. 1st edition, limited (1/500) hand tied, original printed green paperwraps (as issued). This copy specially signed by Stevens at the end of the poem in black ink. Published as a Prospero pamphlet in chapbook format, and edited by Frank A. Hale, John Myers, and Dmitri Petrov. The chapbook was designed and printed by The Banyan Press in March of 1948, using Garamond type set by hand on Etruria paper. The drawings are on Zebu paper. The publication was originally issued unsigned, and bound in one of three variations of colored paperwraps: bright green, olive green, and orange with no priority in the use of these colors. In a statement by the printer, Claude Fredericks, "there seems to have been less of the bright green paper than of the other two" (Edelstein A 13). The present copy shows only minimal wear, and is offered in fine condition. Uncommon and scarce signed.

      [Bookseller: Jett W. Whitehead Rare Books (ABAA)]
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        The Naked and the Dead

      New York: Rinehart and Company, 1948. First edition of the author's first book. Thick octavo, original black boards. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper to journalist Joe Haas, "For Joe Haas in Jamaica after our Lady Norman Mailer May 1969." Some of the usual rubbing to the boards, near fine in a very good first issue price-clipped dust jacket with light wear to the extremities.Norman Mailer claimed to have four books on his desk while he wrote The Naked and the Dead: Tolstoy's Anna Karenina, Wolfe's Of Time and the River, Dos Passos' U.S.A. and Farrell's Studs Lonigan. It was with this tongue partly in cheek that he asserted that the "overspirit is Tolstoy, the rococo comes out of Dos Passos, the fundamental slogging style from Farrell and the occasional overrich descriptions from Wolfe." The Naked and the Dead follows the story of an army platoon of foot soldiers fighting for the Japanese island of Anopopei. "The best novel to come out of the . . . war, perhaps the best book to come out of any war" (San Francisco Chronicle). "The narrative presents, with great accuracy and power, the agony of the American troops in the Pacific campaign… It remains Mailer's best, and certainly the best war novel to emerge from the United States" (Burgess, 42-43).

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        INTRUDER IN THE DUST

      New York: Random House. 1948. First edition, first printing. Signed by the author. Publisher's black cloth with titles in gilt and blue to the upper board and spine, in the first issue and proof state dustwrappers. A beautiful fine copy, the binding clean and square, the contents without previous owner's inscriptions or stamps. Complete with two original dustwrappers. The standard first issue dustwrapper is in exceptionally fine and unworn condition having been protected by the oversized proof state wrapper which is now a little rubbed and nicked to the extremities. A stunning copy, rare in signed state. Signed by the author in blue ink on the title page. A Haycraft-Queen Cornerstone and the basis for the 1949 Clarence Brown directed film. Further details and images for any of the items listed are available on request. Lucius Books welcomes direct contact with our customers.

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        MAN RUNNING

      London: Macdonald & Co., Ltd., 1948. First UK Edition. First Impression. Octavo; green cloth, with titles stamped in red on spine; dustjacket; 351pp. Neat previous owners name to front endpaper, a few small spots of discoloration to spine ends and upper rear board edge, with faint spotting to text edges and shallow, rough cut to lower edge of the middle signature; Very Good+. Dustjacket is unclipped (priced 9/6 net), rubbed at joints and edges, with light dustiness, a few small nicks and tears, and an old dampstain along front flap noticeable on verso only; Very Good or better. The author's sixteenth novel, originally serialized in Collier's magazine between August and September of 1947. Basis for Alfred Hitchcock's 1950 film noir 'Stage Fright,' starring Marlene Dietrich, Jane Wyman and Richard Todd. A genuinely scarce title in the British Edition, and for a significant film source book, surprisingly underrepresented institutionally; OCLC finds 15 copies, of these, only 7 in American institutions. The Dark Page II, p.108.

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        Planning and Coding of Problems for an Electronic Computing Instrument Part II Vol III 1948

      Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton NJ 1948, first edition; 23 pages, orig. tan stapled wraps, figures and illustrat. Very Good, orig. tan stapled wraps, edges a bit darkened and some edgewear and small corner folds, lower staple tight but front cover torn around staple; stapled binding is tight, pages clean and unmarkedPlanning and Coding of Problems for an Electronic Computing Instrument -- Report on the Mathematical and Logical Aspects of an Electronic Computing Instrument, Part II volume III, 1948Contents includes Coding of simple and of composite problems; Need for this program; Routines and subroutines; criteria to be used by a preparatory routine; Problems, use of a preparatory routine in setting up the machine; Conclusions; moreOOC

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        The Laying of the Foundation Stone of the New Chamber of the House of Commons by the Speaker 26th May 1948

      London: printed for H.M. Stationery Office by the Curwen Press Ltd.,, 1948. Foolscap folio. Original green buckram over bevelled boards, title gilt to the spine and front board, quadruple fillet gilt panel to both boards, Palace of Westminster portcullis centre-tool gilt the lower. 5 collotype plates with two images per plate, title page printed in green. Ex-Bermondsey Public Library, blind stamp to the lower corner of the front board, small ink stamp to the title page and rear free endpaper only, a little rubbed and with some mild spotting to the front board, light toning, mild finger-soiling to a few leaves, but overall very good. First and only edition, with limitation statement explaining that "twenty-four copies … printed on hand-made paper for presentation to His Majesty the King, the Library of the House of Commons and those who took part in the ceremony". COPAC shows just 5 locations in the UK - BL, Oxford, Cambridge, Guildhall and Chartwell - OCLC adds Houghton Library, Harvard, Universities of Toronto and Alberta, and Milwaukee Public Library Service. The exact details of publication seem somewhat muddied, Cohen explains that "the normal edition of the work , for distribution to the Members of Parliament, was in wrappers. By order of the Speaker, however, 24 copies were printed and bound in full green morocco by Sangorski and Sutcliffe for presentation … I have also examined a cloth-bound copy. A folder of loose photographs of the occasion (reproduced by collotype at the Chiswick Press) was attached to the inside back cover". Which is much the same as Woods' account of the piece, but does not clarify the status of the present copy. This is the second such copy examined by this cataloguer. Text reprints Churchill's speech as Leader of the Opposition; "The House of Commons is a living and deathless entity; it survived, unflinching, the tests and hazards of war; it preserved our constitutional liberties under our ancient monarchy in a manner which has given a sense of stability, not only in this island, but as an example to nations in many lands". He features in all but two of the images.

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        Autograph letter incorporating a musical quotation signed "Dr. Richard Strauss" to Irving Seery (fourth and last husband of Maria Jeritza)

      [?Pontresina, Switzerland] [?early August 1948]. One page. Written in ink to verso of photographic waist-length postcard portrait of Richard Strauss and his grandson Christian Strauss (b. 1932); handstamp of Photohaus C. Mangholz, St. Gall, Switzerland (147 x 102 mm including margins). In German (with translation). Strauss confirms that he is looking forward to the visit of Seery and his "Marie-andl" (i.e., Maria Jeritza) and announces that on the day of his visit his daughter-in- law Alice and grandson Christian will be present as well: "We will stay here until August 28 and are very much looking forward to welcoming you... here again on the 17th, where you will also meet Alice and the grandson overleaf." With musical quotation to foot of letter consisting of the first three measures of the vocal part of Strauss's famous song "Morgen!" (op. 27, no. 4; 1894) with a humorous addition to the text: "Und morgen wird die Sonne-hoffentlich-wieder scheinen" (And tomorrow the sun will-hopefully-shine again). The photograph was most probably taken in front of the boarding school on the Rosenberg in St. Gall, which Christian attended at the time. Captions in Richard Strauss's hand, "Richard" and "Christian Strauss." No date. From the collection of Maria Jeritza. Two small creases, otherwise in very good condition.. An interesting document from the final years of Strauss's life. According to the information given in Trenner's Richard Strauss Chronik on the travels of Strauss and the members of his family, the photograph was most probably taken on June 28, 1948, and the letter written in Pontresina, in the canton of Graubünden, in early August 1948; the "17th" in the letter would thus refer to August 17, 1948, when both Alice and Christian were in Pontresina. Irving Seery (1890-1966), a businessman from New Jersey, was the fourth and last husband of the celebrated soprano Maria Jeritza (1887- 1982), who had been a close friend of Richard Strauss for many years. Seery and Jeritza married in 1948, apparently shortly before their visit to Pontresina. Strauss was busy composing his Four Last Songs at the time; "September," which is chronologically the last of the four songs, is dedicated to "Mr. & Mme. Seery."

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        The Works; Comprising Pride & Prejudice, Sense & Sensibility, Emma, Persuasion, Mansfield Park, and Northanger Abbey

      London: Allan Wingate. 1948., 1948. The Chawton Edition with an introduction by Richard Aldington. Octavo, six volumes, pp. ix, 337, pp. 326, pp. 428, pp. 255, pp. 419, pp. 260. Smartly bound in recent dark red half calf over red cloth, raised bands, gilt titles and tooling to spine. Near pristine internally, some slight dustiness to the top and fore edges, a very attractive set.

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        The Big Snow

      The Macmillan Company, New York 1948 - First Edition, First Printing Signed by both Berta and Elmer Hader. This is the TRUE FIRST EDITION with 1948 date printed on the title page. Later editions drop the date on the title page. A beautiful copy of the book. This ORIGINAL dustjacket has some chipping to the spine and edges. This First Issue dustjacket with NO Caldecott sticker has the publisher's $2.50 price present on the front flap. The book is in excellent condition. The binding is tight with NO cocking or leaning and the boards are crisp with slight wear to the edges. The pages are clean with NO writing, marks or bookplates in the book. Overall, a wonderful copy in collector's condition SIGNED by both authors. We buy Hader First Editions. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

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        Affetti di un disperato

      Verona , MARDERSTEIG, 1948 - Canzone riprodotta dalla stampa originale del 1693 con proemio di Benedetto Croce. Stampato per Costantino del Franco e pubblicato da Philobiblon, Napoli. 8vo. pp. 26 di testo e 12 di fac simile. . Ottimo (Fine). . Edizione di 200 esemplari numerati. . Rilegato, custodia (hard cover, slip-case) [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Les Jonques des Chinois du Siam - Pirogues et Ca-Vom de l'Ouest Cochinchinois - Les Barques de Mer de Rachgia - La Machoua de Versova - Les Barques du Moyen Niger - Fascicule Introductif exposant les idées générales de cette collection et contenant la fiche signalétique et le questionnaire ethnographique du Bateau, la Réédition des planches Nos 18, 19, 20, 22 et 23 et la Table générale des souvenirs de marine conservés de l'Amiral Paris.

      Paris, Gauthiers-Villars, Imprimeur-Editeur, 1946 (3 premiers fascicules), 1948 (3 derniers fascicules). - Réunion de 6 plaquettes in-4, brochées, contenues dans leur étui d'origine. Le premier fascicule (Les Jonques des Chinois du Siam) comporte 18 pages, est orné de 15 figures (dessins, photos, schémas) et de deux grandes planches dépliantes in fine. Le deuxième fascicule (Pirogues et Ca-vom de l'Ouest Cochinchinois) comporte 12 pages, est orné de 7 figures (dessins, schémas) et de 2 grandes planches dépliantes in fine. Le 3e fascicule (Les barques de mer de Rachgia) comporte 14 pages, est orné de 12 figures (dessins, schémas) et d' une grande planche dépliante in fine. Le fascicule No 4 (La Machoua de Versova) comporte 20 pp., 15 figures et 2 grandes planches dépliantes in fine. Le fascicule No 5 (Les barques du Moyen Niger) comporte 28 pp., 14 figures et 2 grandes planches dépliantes in fine. Le dernier fascicule (Fascicule Introductif, paru en 1948, présente 67 pp. et les 5 planches des souvenirs de marine de l'Amiral Paris. Très bopn état. Très rare réunion des 6 fascicules, dans leur étui d'origine, des Documents d'Ethnographie Navale rassemblés par Jean Poujade, membre de l'Académie de Marine, Attaché au Museum National d' Histoire Naturelle. Publications du Centre de Recherche Culturelle de la Route des Indes. [Attributes: Soft Cover]

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        Other Voices Other Rooms.

      Random House, New York 1948 - Ownership signature on fly-leaf, otherwise a brilliant copy of Capote's first book. The dust wrapper, with the photograph of the young author by Helma on the back cover, is not price-clipped, and is without any flaws. 8vo, tan cloth, d.w. N.Y.: Random House, (1948). First Edition. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        OTHER VOICES, OTHER ROOMS

      New York: Random House. Very Good+ in Very Good dust jacket. 1948. First Edition. Hardcover; First Printing. DJ with very small chips to spine ends ; A very handsome copy of the author's first book - published when Truman was 23 years old; 8vo; 231 pages .

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        A rare letter by Huddie Ledbetter, aka "Leadbelly," in which he reports on his latest concerts, his first trip in an airplane, and offers to gig with folklorist Alan Lomax

      New York, December 1, 1948. 8.5" x 11". "Autograph Letter Signed, ""H Ledbetter,"" 1 page, 8.5"" x 11"" on University of Minnesota letterhead, New York, December 1, 1948 to his manager Marjorie Fairbanks. Light to moderate toning, a few minor marginal tears not affecting text, else very good condition. A superb letter signed a year before his untimely death in December 1949, Ledbetter pens a letter to his manager, Marjorie Fairbanks, concerning his recent twelve-date concert and lecture tour sponsored by the University of Minnesota during which he took his first trip on an airplane. He also mentions that Alan Lomax, son of noted folklorist John A. Lomax who had first recorded Leadbetter in the early 1930s, had been ""Trying His Best to Pull me out for some ingagment [sic],"" but not to pay it ""no mind."" Ledbetter's letter reads in full [with original spellings retained]: ""We and i received your Letter I was so glad to Here From you and the Boys tell them Hello and Be sure to take good Care of your witch i [k]no[w] they will i just Love to you i just com[e] Back from my Tour it was a Killer it was right on the Dot we mad[e] 12 Concerts i did my air Plan[e] on the 18th the first one in my Life i love it well you will get som[e] Letters so the Peoples eat me up so Take Care of your self Alen Lomax Has Be[e]n Trying His Best to Pull me out for some inga[ge]ment But I Don?t Pay no mind i would Love to Com[e] over There so Long Baby is all right."" Marjorie Fairbanks and her son Austen had taken over Leadbelly's professional management in 1948. They quickly booked him in a string of concerts (including the dates in Minnesota) in anticipation of his first (and only) trip to Europe for the Paris Festival in May 1949. Following Europe, the Fairbanks' had a tour of Texas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Missouri and Iowa planned. By the time he wrote this letter, Ledbetter was already cognizant that he was losing control of his muscles. Following his fall appearances, he remained in New York performing mainly in jazz clubs and on the radio. His time in Paris would be cut short due to his deteriorating health. He would die of ALS (or Lou Gehrig's Disease) on December 6, 1949. Why Ledbetter was resisting overtures from Alan Lomax appears to allude to an estrangement between the two that developed during their nearly two-decade association beginning with the early field recordings he made of Leadbelly with his father in Louisiana. (That relationship ended in 1935 resulting in Ledbetter filing suit against John Lomax to break their management contract). When he moved to New York on his own in 1936, Leadbetter found ready audiences in the leftist folk music scene of which Alan Lomax (together with Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger among others) played an important role. Lomax went as far as to drop out of graduate school to help with Leadbelly's legal expenses the musician was arrested for assault. Following his release from jail in 1940, Leadbelly began appearing regularly on Lomax and Nicholas Ray's groundbreaking CBS radio program, Back Where I Come From. Apparently, as Ledbetter began professionalizing his act over the years he spent in New York, he began to speak more clearly?"which struck purists like Lomax as lacking in authenticity. Whether that became a serious issue between the pair is unclear however. Extremely Rare. Ledbetter's holograph in any form is exceptionally rare. Prior to our recent purchase of this letter, no know fully signed letters or documents were known outside of a few in institutions. The only other Lettebetter holograph material that has appeared is a signed photograph and a couple of signed flyers. The signed photograph alone realized nearly $6,000 at a 2014 auction."

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        A Mathematical Theory of Communication.New York: American Telephone and Telegraph Company, 1948.

      First edition, the rare offprint, of "the most famous work in the history of communication theory" (<i>Origins of Cyberspace</i>, 880). "Probably no single work in this century has more profoundly altered man's understanding of communication than C. E. Shannon's article, 'A mathematical theory of communication', first published in 1948. The ideas in Shannon's paper were soon picked up by communication engineers and mathematicians around the world. They were elaborated upon, extended, and complemented with new related ideas. The subject thrived and grew to become a well-rounded and exciting chapter in the annals of science." (D Slepian (ed.), <i>Key papers in the development of information theory, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers</i>, Inc. (New York, 1974).) Remarkably, Shannon was initially not planning to publish the paper, and did so only at the urging of colleagues at Bell Laboratories.<br/><br/> Based on research begun during World War II, "Shannon developed a general theory of communication that would treat of the transmission of any sort of information from one point to another in space or time. His aim was to give specific technical definitions of concepts general enough to obtain in any situation where information is manipulated or transmitted -- concepts such as information, noise, transmitter, signal, receiver, and message. <br/><br/> "At the heart of the theory was a new conceptualization of information. To make communication theory a scientific discipline, Shannon needed to provide a precise definition of information that transformed it into a physical parameter capable of quantification. He accomplished this transformation by distinguishing information from meaning. He reserved 'meaning' for the content actually included in a particular message. He used 'information' to refer to the number different possible messages that could be carried along a channel, depending on the message's length and on the number of choices of symbols for transmission at each point in the message. Information in Shannon's sense was a measure of orderliness (as opposed to randomness) in that it indicated the number of possible messages from which a particular message to be sent was chosen. The larger the number of possibilities, the larger the amount of information transmitted, because the actual message is distinguished from a greater number of possible alternatives ... <br/><br/> "What began as a study of transmission over telegraph lines [by Nyquist and Hartley was developed by Shannon into a general theory of communication applicable to telegraph, telephone, radio, television, and computing machines -- in fact, to any system, physical or biological, in which information is being transferred or manipulated through time or space" (Aspray, <i>Scientific Conceptualization of Information</i> (1985), pp. 119-22). <br/><br/> Shannon's paper was also responsible for introducing the term 'bit' (for binary digit) into the published literature, and for giving the term its current meaning of "a unit of information derived from a choice between two equally probably alternatives or 'events'" (<i>Supplement to the Oxford English Dictionary</i> [1972]). The word itself was suggested by John Tukey in 1946. <br/><br/> "In 1948 Shannon published his most important paper, entitled 'A mathematical theory of communication'. This seminal work transformed the understanding of the process of electronic communication by providing it with a mathematics, a general set of theorems rather misleadingly called information theory. The information content of a message, as he defined it, has nothing to do with its inherent meaning, but simply with the number of binary digits that it takes to transmit it. Thus, information, hitherto thought of as a relatively vague and abstract idea, was analogous to physical energy and could be treated like a measurable physical quantity. His definition was both self-consistent and unique in relation to intuitive axioms. To quantify the deficit in the information content in a message he characterized it by a number, the entropy, adopting a term from thermodynamics. Building on this theoretical foundation, Shannon was able to show that any given communications channel has a maximum capacity for transmitting information. The maximum, which can be approached but never attained, has become known as the Shannon limit. So wide were its repercussions that the theory was described as one of humanity's proudest and rarest creations, a general scientific theory that could profoundly and rapidly alter humanity's view of the world. Few other works of the twentieth century have had a greater impact; he altered most profoundly all aspects of communication theory and practice" (<i>Biogr. Mems Fell. R. Soc. Vol. 5</i>, 2009).. Offprint from Bell System Technical Journal, Vol. 27 (July and October), pp. 80, original printed wrappers, hole punched for ring binder (as issued), obituary of Shannon pasted onto blank recto of rear wrapper (extracted from Nature, Vol. 410, 12 April 2001, p. 768). A fine and unrestored copy

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

      Kenyon College, Gambier, OH 1948 - 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 literary history. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

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        Who goes there?: Seven tales of science fiction

      Chicago: Shasta Publishers, 1948. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. Chicago: Shasta Publishers, 1948. First Edition, First Printing. Very Good, in a Good dust jacket with the price of $3.00 intact, though crossed out with red pencil. Light stain to base of spine and bottom corners of boards. A few markings to front free end paper. The dust jacket shows toning to the spine, rubbing along the folds, and edge wear with chipping to the spine ends and top edge of the front panel. The dust jacket features the striking Hannes Bok illustration. Adapted four times as a motion picture.

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        Geographie animale. Dix-huit lithographies originales avec textes inedits.

      Lausanne, Andre Gonin 1948.. 36x27,5 cm. 80 p.n.ch. en feuilles avec 18 lithographies en couleur et une suite des etats sur chine. Sous chemise, jaquette et etui.. Rauch, Les peintres et le livre No. 161. - No. 5 des 25 ex. nominatif, signe par l'artiste et l'editeur sur chine avec l'etat des 18 lithographies en 54 feuilles. (Tirage total de 315 ex.). - Etat de neuf.

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        Kiss Me, Kate A Musical Comedy Music & Lyrics by Cole Porter Book by Bella Spewack Choreography by Hanya Holm Settings & Costumes designed by Lemuel Ayers Production Staged by John C. Wilson. A collection of 16 separately- published numbers in first edition. [Piano-vocal scores]

      New York T.B. Harms [1948-49]. Folio. Original publisher's decorative wrappers printed in red and blue. Titles include: - So in Love - Why Can't You Behave - Wunderbar - Always True to You in My Fashion - Bianca - I Hate Men - I Am Ashamed that Women Are So Simple - Too Darn Hot -I've Come to Wive it Wealthily in Padua - Another Op'nin', Another Show - We Open in Venice - Tom, Dick or Harry - Where is the Life that Late I Led? - I Sing of Love - Brush up Your Shakespeare - Selection 16 of the 17 published songs: the song "Were Thine That Special Face" is not present. Slightly worn; some browning; occasional small edge chips and other minor defects.. First Editions. Fuld p. 658. The piano-vocal score was not published in June of 1951. First performed in New York on December 30, 1948, Kiss Me Kate was one of Porter's most successful shows. "In 1937 Porter was injured in a riding accident on Long Island, which cost him the use of his legs and required the eventual amputation of one, and caused him constant pain for the rest of his life. The demoralizing effect of this and the lack of any success with his songs for the next ten years gave rise to self-doubts and public speculation about his abilities as a songwriter. In 1948, however, he produced his masterpiece, Kiss Me, Kate; this musical play, based on Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew, was a departure from the song-and-dance musical comedies he had written, but it included some eight songs that became immensely popular." Deane L. Root and Gerald Bordman in Grove online

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        LA MUSA DEL CIELO

      Buenos Aires, Argentina:: Ediciones Urania ,, 1948.. Edition of 24. 19 x 27.5cm; 84 pages. Text printed on Vidalon paper, marked alphabetically with Greek letters. Illustrated by Raoul Veroni with 16 soft-ground engravings. Printed by Veroni on the hand press of María Carmen Portela, a well-known printer and sculptor of the time. The writer Basilio Uribe participated in the edition. Juan Pestarino and Emilio Colombo hand-composed the texts. Printed in the publishing house of Francisco A. Colombo in Hortiguera [Street] 552, Buenos Aires. Cover in typography on Fabriano paper with the logotype of the poetry collection Urania Editions. Ral Veroni (son of Raoul Veroni): "The Urania collections were to be a constant in the editorial endeavors of the Colombo press and later in Raoul Veroni?'s [my father?'s] own graphic studio. They offered a space for diverse literary currents and each featured a representative emblem." This text is from the writings of Camille Flammarion (1842-1925), a French astronomer. He was known for his ideas and writings regarding astronomy and heavenly objects. In 1870 Flammarion published a treatise on the rotation of celestial objects and in 1882 founded the monthly magazine L'Astronomie.

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        Autograph letter incorporating a musical quotation signed "Dr. Richard Strauss" to Irving Seery (fourth and last husband of Maria Jeritza)

      [?Pontresina, Switzerland]. [?early August 1948]. One page. Written in ink to verso of photographic waist-length postcard portrait of Richard Strauss and his grandson Christian Strauss (b. 1932); handstamp of Photohaus C. Mangholz, St. Gall, Switzerland (147 x 102 mm including margins). In German (with translation). Strauss confirms that he is looking forward to the visit of Seery and his "Marie-andl" (i.e., Maria Jeritza) and announces that on the day of his visit his daughter-in- law Alice and grandson Christian will be present as well: "We will stay here until August 28 and are very much looking forward to welcoming you... here again on the 17th, where you will also meet Alice and the grandson overleaf." With musical quotation to foot of letter consisting of the first three measures of the vocal part of Strauss's famous song "Morgen!" (op. 27, no. 4; 1894) with a humorous addition to the text: "Und morgen wird die Sonne—hoffentlich—wieder scheinen" (And tomorrow the sun will—hopefully—shine again). The photograph was most probably taken in front of the boarding school on the Rosenberg in St. Gall, which Christian attended at the time. Captions in Richard Strauss's hand, "Richard" and "Christian Strauss." No date. From the collection of Maria Jeritza. Two small creases, otherwise in very good condition. . An interesting document from the final years of Strauss's life. According to the information given in Trenner's Richard Strauss Chronik on the travels of Strauss and the members of his family, the photograph was most probably taken on June 28, 1948, and the letter written in Pontresina, in the canton of Graubünden, in early August 1948; the "17th" in the letter would thus refer to August 17, 1948, when both Alice and Christian were in Pontresina. Irving Seery (1890-1966), a businessman from New Jersey, was the fourth and last husband of the celebrated soprano Maria Jeritza (1887-1982), who had been a close friend of Richard Strauss for many years. Seery and Jeritza married in 1948, apparently shortly before their visit to Pontresina. Strauss was busy composing his Four Last Songs at the time; ?"September,?" which is chronologically the last of the four songs, is dedicated to ?"Mr. & Mme. Seery.?"

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        Revista trimestrial de estudios historicos publicada por los PP.

      - Franciscanos. Madrid, 89 volumes in-8 br./Vol. 29 (1948); 55 (1954); 62 à 64 (1956); puis de 69-70 (1958) à 205-208 (1992). Manquent les vol. 96 (1964), 98 et 99 (1965), 107 (1967), 115 (1969)." [Attributes: Soft Cover]

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        The Second World War, with Churchill's Volume I inscription in the year of publication to the Rector of St. Margaret's, Westminster, "the parish church of the House of Commons"

      London: Cassell and Company, Ltd., 1948. First edition, first printing. Hardcover. This full set of jacketed British first editions of The Second World War features a Volume I inscription in the year of publication to the Rector of St. Margaret's, Westminster, "the parish church of the House of Commons." The five-line half-title inscription reads: "Inscribed for | Canon Charles Smyth | by | Winston S. Churchill | 1948". Canon Charles Smyth (1903-1987) was a Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, a distinguished Church historian, and Anglican priest. Brilliant, at Cambridge Smyth took a double first in the history tripos and won the Thirwall Medal and the Gladstone Prize, also securing (on the same day as R.A. Butler), a fellowship at his college. Smyth was just 23 when his first book was published, and was ordained in 1929. In 1946, Smyth was in his early forties when the Crown appointed him Rector of St. Margaret's, Westminster. Next to Westminster Abbey and opposite the Houses of Parliament, St. Margaret's has been known as the "parish church of the House of Commons." Churchill married at St. Margaret's in 1908, and, on VE day in 1945, he led members of the House of Commons in procession to St. Margaret's for a thanksgiving service. In 1947, with Smyth as Rector, Churchill's youngest daughter, Mary, married Christopher Soames at St. Margaret's. The following year Smyth received this inscribed copy of The Gathering Storm. Smyth's decade-long rectory coincided with Churchill's years as Leader of the Opposition and his second and final premiership. Though, a "somewhat prickly nature stood in the way of his preferment to senior posts" at St. Margaret's, Smyth "proved to be a parish priest of the highest calibre, and in the immediate post-war era large congregations gathered at St. Margaret's on Sunday mornings to hear his erudite sermons which were expressed with great clarity and fine use of the English language." (Daily Telegraph obituary) After resigning from his rectory, Smyth returned to academic endeavors. The Second World War is Churchill's own history of the epic 20th century struggle so indelibly stamped by his leadership. Seldom, if ever, has history endowed a statesman with both singular ability to make history, and singular ability to write it. The six volumes of the British first edition were published between 1948 and 1954. 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 prone to spotting, the red-stained top edges are often severely faded, and the dust jackets are vulnerable to pronounced spine toning. Consequently, superior jacketed sets have become scarce, collector-worthy sets in original bindings with noteworthy inscriptions particularly so. This set is noteworthy for both the inscription and condition. The inscribed Volume I is near fine in a near fine dust jacket; the binding is perfect except for a tiny corner bump, the contents are bright with no ownership marks other than the author's inscription. Modest spotting is confined to the page edges and the top edge shows some uniform sunning. The dust jacket is bright and unclipped, with no losses or tears. The balance of the set is at least near fine in near fine dust jackets. The black cloth bindings are square, clean, and tight clean with bright spine gilt and virtually no wear. The contents are clean with no previous ownership marks, dark red topstain, and trivial spotting confined to the page edges. The dust jackets are complete, unclipped with no losses, and free of the usual spine toning, with bright red spine subtitles. We note only light wear at a few spine ends and a small, red ink mark just above the author's name on the Volume III jacket spine. All six dust jackets are protected with removable, archival quality clear covers. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A240.4(I-VI).a, Woods/ICS A123(ba), Langworth p.264.

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        Losses

      Harcourt, Brace and Company, New York 1948 - First edition. Fine in rubbed, very good dustwrapper with a few tiny nicks. Inscribed by the author: "To Leonard Hurley from Randall Jarrell." Author's third collection of poetry. The recipient, Leonard Hurley was a beloved professor at the Woman's College of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he and Jarrell both taught in the English Department, and was the author of a couple of popular English textbooks. See this book in 3D on our site. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

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