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        THE WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION AND OTHER STORIES

      Dodd, Mead & Company, [1948]., 1948. First edition. No comparable U. K. edition. Tiny bump to top corner of front cover, else a near fine, internally clean copy in dust jacket lightly soiled on the white rear panel, light wear to the spine ends and corners, and some light rubbing to the spine. The title story was memorably filmed in 1957, and starred Tyrone Power, Marlene Dietrich, Charles Laughton, Elsa Lanchester, and others. The film received nominations for six Oscars. A bright, sharp copy.

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        NOBILIARIO DE LA CORONA DE ARAGON

      - Nobiliario de la Corona de Aragón.- Barcelona, Salvador Rosas Bayes, 1948 - 1952; 2 tomos en un volumen en folio holandesa, 1º, XX-267 pp. - 2 h. 1 mapa plegado. 2º, XI-209 pp. - 2 h. Los dos tomos con ilustraciones en el texto. Edición de 300 ejemplares. Facsímil de la págian 209 y las 2 hojas de índice del tomo 2º.

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        Masagid Misr (The Mosques of Egypt from 21 H. [A.D. 641) to 1365 H. [A.D. 1946]).

      Giza, Ordnance Survey, 1948. - Royal folio. 2 vols. V, 76 pp. III, 148 pp. Arabic text printed in red and black. With 2 chromolithogr. frontispieces, 2 chromolithogr. title pages, 243 phototype plates (27 in colour), 2 folding maps, folding table, and numerous text illustrations. Original blind- and giltstamped green cloth. First, original Arabic edition; much rarer than the English edition, which appeared a year later. "The finest piece of book production achieved in Egypt" (Creswell). A history of Islamic architecture in Egypt, containing several beautiful views of the principal mosques, with plans and notes. Both volumes include the double page with the preface by the Minister for Religious Foundations as well as Creswell's introduction (dated 1954), which supplanted the original pages 1-2 (probably a dedication to King Farouk). An unusually good, clean copy from the library of Tarek Wahby (his bookplate on the flyleaf). [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Histoire De Gil Blas De Santillane.

      Edmond Vairel, Paris 1948 - 3 volumes in 8° en feuilles sous chemises et étuis. Nombreuses illustrations en couleurs de Jean Gradassi. Un des 900 exemplaires sur Lana. Mouillures sur l'étui du tome II, quelques légères rousseurs marginales sur le même tome; sinon bel exemplaire.

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        La Celestina. Tragicomedia De Calisto y Melibea.

      Jové, Barcelona 1948 - 240 págs. en muy buen papel de hilo. Y 10 láminas con 10 magníficos aguafuertes en color. Edición numerada de sólo 138 ejemplares. Excelente. Size: Folio [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        The Naked and the Dead (First Edition, First Imprint)

      Rinehart and Company, Inc. 1948 - B00NS3ADTY 1958 signed and inscribed first edition, Rinehart and Company, Inc. (NY), 6 x 8 1/2 inches tall black cloth hardbound in publisher's unclipped dust jacket (preserved in a clear archival sleeve), 721 pp. Rubbing and and edgewear to covers, with fraying to tips. Cracking to backstrip - a 3 3/4-inch crack along the right lower portion of the spine, then extending 2 3/4 inches diagonally through the middle of the title along the backstrip. A bit of cracking between the half title and title pages at the top, but the binding is quite firm. Very light shadow to two interior pages where a slip of paper may have been laid in. Otherwise, apart from very slight age toning, and a couple of creased page tips, a very good true first edition of this seminal novel, with a great inscription and signature by the author, in a very good first issue dust jacket, all handsomely housed in a custom black, felt-lined clamshell case with title embossed to front and gilt-lettered spine. With a letter of authenticity from PSA/DNA, the leading autograph authentication service. Mailer's half title inscription to Eliot, Maine's Harold P. Merry (1921-2008), reads, 'with apologies - after / all, a first edition / should not have to wait. / Cheers / Norman Mailer / Sept. '94' First impression, with circle-R Rinehart logo colophon on copyright page. Unclipped first issue jacket with $4.00 price and Stanley Rinehart blurb to flaps has only minor edgewear, with a 1-inch piece of tape to the upper edge of the rear cover verso, and a 2 1/2-inch diagonal crease to the lower left edge of the rear cover, but otherwise in very good condition. ~SP12~ Norman Mailer (1923-2007) was an American novelist, journalist, essayist, playwright, film maker, actor and political candidate. Based on his experiences with the 112th Cavalry Regiment during the Philippines Campaign in World War II, this first novel was published in 1948 while Mailer continued his studies at the University of Paris. A New York Times best seller for 62 weeks, it was hailed by many as one of the best American wartime novels and was adapted into a film of the same name in 1958. In 1998, the Modern Library's editorial board named The Naked and the Dead among the best 100 novels of the twentieth century, and it consistently appears on other such critical lists. Along with the likes of Truman Capote, Hunter S. Thompson and Tom Wolfe, Mailer is considered an innovator of creative nonfiction, a genre sometimes called New Journalism, which superimposes the style and devices of literary fiction onto fact-based journalism. For his work, he won two Pulitzer Prizes and the National Book Award. He was also one of the co-founders of The Village Voice, an arts and politics oriented newspaper out of Greenwich Village, one of the oldest and largest of the American alternative weeklies. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

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        CORPS MEMORABLE.

      - Paris, Seghers, collection "Poésie 48", 1948. Plaquette in-12, brochée, couverture à rabats, 28 pages. Edition en partie originale. Un des 50 exemplaires numérotés sur papier de Chine, seul tirage sur grand papier. Non coupé. EXEMPLAIRE SUR GRAND PAPIER [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

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        The Dead Ringer

      Dutton, NY 1948 - First edition. Fine in dustjacket. Brown's second novel continues the adventures of Ed and Am Hunter which began in The Fabulous Clipjoint, and opens with the death of a naked midget at a carnival. Head and heel of spine softened and previous owner's name neatly written in ink at the top of the rear pastedown. Dustjacket is the best we've seen - bright and unfaded. All of our first editions are first printings unless otherwise noted. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Knock ou le triomphe de la medecine. Illustre par Jacques Touchet. Preface de Louis Jouvet.

      Editions Jacques-Petit, Angers 1948 - One of 1590 copies on velin pur chiffon de Johannot from a total edition of 2000. 8vo. Handsomely bound in 3/4 blue-green morocco and green paste- paper boards, blind-stamped with graph design wrapped around upper and lower covers, spine smooth, title gilt, top edge gilt, original covers bound in, fine. Illustrated with four double-page drawings in pen and watercolor after Touchet plus 71 drawings in-texte. Printed on the presses of Editions de l'Ouest, the color executed in pochoir by the publisher. Knock, a three-act comedy, was performed for the first time at the Comedie des Champs-Elysees on the 15 December, 1923 under the direction of Jacques Hebertot, with mise-en-scene and decor by Louis Jouvet, who also acted in the play. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        1. Physical principles involved in transistor action. 2. The theory of p-n junctions in semiconductors and p-n junction transistors. 3. Communication theory of secrecy systems

      1948. First edition. <p>First Comprehensive Report on the Transistor, with Shannon&#39;s Foundation of Modern Cryptography</p><p>(1) Bardeen, John (1908-91) and Brattain, Walter (1902-87). Physical principles involved in transistor action. In Bell System Technical Journal 28, no. 2 (April 1949): 239-77. (2) Shockley, William (1910-89). The theory of p-n junctions in semiconductors and p-n junction transistors. In ibid.: 435-89. (3) Shannon, Claude (1916-2001). Communication theory of secrecy systems. In ibid.: 656-715. Whole volume. iv, 753, [1], v-viii pp. Illustrated. 221 x 148 mm. Library buckram. Very good. Library stamps and label on endpapers.</p><p>(1) First Editions. No. (1), Bardeen and Brattain&#39;s paper, is the first comprehensive report on the point-contact transistor, created in December 1947 and announced in three brief papers published in the Physical Review in 1948. The transistor gradually replaced the bulkier vacuum tube, allowing heat reduction and miniaturization of electronic devices. Transistors began to be employed on a large scale in computer manufacturing in the late 1950s; they were eventually miniaturized and incorporated into microprocessors.</p><p>Bardeen and Brattain shared the 1956 Nobel Prize for physics with William Shockley (see below) for their investigations of semiconductors (the materials of which transistors are made) and for their discovery of the transistor. Origins of Cyberspace 450.</p><p>No. (2) is a detailed account of the junction transistor invented by Shockley shortly after Bardeen and Brattain&#39;s invention of the point-contact transistor. Shockley&#39;s design marked a substantial improvement over the point-contact transistor, whose "delicate mechanical configuration would be difficult to manufacture in high volume with sufficient reliability" (Computer History Museum, "The silicon engine: A timeline of semiconductors in computers" [internet reference]). Shockley disagreed with Bardeen and Brattain&#39;s explanation of how the transistor worked, claiming that "positively charged holes could also penetrate through the bulk germanium material-not only trickle along a surface layer. Called &#39;minority carrier injection,&#39; this phenomenon was crucial to operation of his junction transistor, a three-layer sandwich of n-type and p-type semiconductors separated by p-n junctions. This is how all &#39;bipolar&#39; junction transistors work today" (ibid.). Bell Laboratories began manufacturing junction transistors in quantity in 1951; they dominated the market for many years. Magill, Nobel Prize Winners: Physics, pp. 675-704.</p><p>No. (3), Shannon&#39;s discussion of cryptography from the viewpoint of information theory, "is one of the foundational treatments (arguably the foundational treatment) of modern cryptography. It is also a proof that all theoretically unbreakable ciphers must have the same requirements as the one-time pad [a secret random key used only once]" (Wikipedia). Shannon published an earlier version of his cryptography research in the classified report A Mathematical Theory of Cryptography (Memorandum MM 45-110-02, Bell Laboratories, Sept. 1, 1945). Shannon, Collected Papers, no. 25.</p>

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        Biffures La règle du jeu - I

      Paris, Gallimard 1948 - Livre épuisé 20,7 x 14,4 cm, cartonnage bradel, pdt de chagrin noir, couv. cons. (P. Loutrel), 278 pp. Anthropologue et écrivain anglais, Geoffrey Gorer (1905-1985), publia en 1935 des notes de voyages intitulées Africa Dances que l'on peut rapprocher de L'Afrique Fantôme publié par Michel Leiris en 1934. Condition : Rare édition originale sur papier d'édition sans mention d&#146;édition (après seulement 18 ex. sur vélin pur fil Navarre) du premier volume de La règle du jeu. Ex. enrichi d'un envoi autographe de l'auteur à Geoffrey Gorer. Jolie reliure signée de Loutrel avec les couvertures (sur lesquelles figurent qq. taches). Très belle provenance. 400g. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

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        DAPHNIS ET CHLOÉ

      - Paris, Les Bibliophiles Franco-suisses, 1948, 24x30. En feuilles, sous couverture repliée et dans un double emboîtage. Titre au dos. Richement illustré par Trémois, et tiré à 125 exemplaires. Celui-ci est le numéro 57 (imprimé pour George Lambelet). Érotique. Ouvrage superbe.

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        Dark Carnival

      1948. Hardcover. Near Fine. Michael Ayrton. First Printing of the First British Edition. Cloth boards in original Ayrton dust wrapper. Light chipping to jacket spine ends, corners rubbed, moderate soiling to rear panel; volumes spine ends with fading and slight crimping, two titles in the table of contents underlined, else very good or better in like jacket. Scarce U.K. edition.

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        Images de Paris. 12 burins de Michel Béret. [ Livre dédicacé par l'un des auteurs ]

      Atelier Paul Haasen , Editions Lambert-Marie 1948 - Présentés par Alexandre Arnoux, un des 15 exemplaires H. C. numérotés réservés à l'artiste, 1 vol. grand in-8 en feuillet sous chemise rempliée illustrée, Atelier Paul Haasen, Editions Lambert-Marie, s.d. (1948), avec 12 gravures sous passepartout : Ile Saint-Louis - Notre-Dame - Place de la Concorde - Place de l'Opéra - Place Vendôme - Place Pigalle - Les Tuileries - Place Contrescarpe - Saint-Germain-des-Prés - Les Invalides - La Tour Eiffel - Les Champs-Elysées. Envoi de Michel Béret. Un des 15 exemplaires H. C. numérotés réservés à l'artiste. Très bel exemplaire. Comme l'écrit Alexandre Arnoux, ces douze burins "possèdent une certitude aiguë et un charme précis ; par un assez étrange paradoxe ils forment une suite, très volontairement composée, poussée jusqu'à l'abstraction, et d'où se dégage sans que je sache pourquoi ni comment, une poésie qui s'empare de moi à mon insu, une sensibilité vaporeuse qui correspond magiquement au souvenir de ma ville". Un véritable album de "cartes postales exquisement choisies, à l'aide desquelles on peut rebâtir Paris dans sa plus irréelle exactitude, dans ses stylisations les plus vraies. Ces cartes postales-là, je les retirerai chaque soir de ma valise, je m'imaginerai que la colonne Vendôme en personne m'a adressé son élancement et son coeur percé d'une flèche, la place de la Concorde, sa sirène, la Tour Eiffel, son feu d'artifice, Saint-Germain-des-Près, son clocher roman, les Champs-Elysées, leurs chevaux de pierre, les arbres de l'Ile Saint-Louis, leur remorqueur et leur pêcheur à la ligne." Langue: Français [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Soft Cover]

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        [The Second World War, Brazilian] A Segunda Guerra Mundial

      Companhia Editora Nacional, São Paulo,, 1948&#150;54. 10 volumes only (of 12, lacking pts. 9&#150;10). Original printed paper wrappers. A little wear to spine ends, an excellent set. First Brazilian editions, all ten volumes signed or inscribed by Winston Churchill. In fact what is here is; "Volumes I to IV in 6 parts, Volumes III and IV are in two parts each, and volume VI which is in two parts, a total of 8 parts. So we are lacking Volume V, presumed to be in two parts. There are also unsigned duplicates of Volumes I & II. Cohen states in his bibliography that despite slow sales "all twelve volumes were in fact issued", but it seems unlikely that the fifth volume would have required 4 volumes to complete, so we are presuming that the set in fact completed in 10 parts. I have tried to clarify this with reference to institutional listings for the edition, but as OCLC locates just a single copy of Volume I &#150; at the University of Toronto &#150; this has proved impossible. A very scarce edition. The inscriptions in the eight volumes are as follow; "Inscribed by &#133; 1948" in the first volume; "Winston S. Churchill, 1950" in the second; the 3rd and 4th, in two volumes each, are signed in each part with an abbreviated signature "WSChurchill" that he sometimes used when signing large numbers at a sitting; volume VI is signed, "Winston S. Churchill, 1956" in the first part, and "WSChurchill 1956" in the second." From the Estate of Emry Reves.

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        The Second World War.1948 - 1954 - In Six Volumes - VOLUME SIX SIGNED AND DATED BY THE AUTHOR

      Cassell & Co, London 1948 - HARDBACKS - A near fine set of titles in their original dust wrappers. The boards of all six books are clean and unfaded. The inner pages are free of any foxing. There is a very small name to the ffep of volumes one, two and three, the other three titles are free of any owner names or Inscriptions Volume six has been signed and dated by the author to the ffep. The books are all very tightly bound with no spine lean. The dust wrappers are in near fine condition, with just a touch of fading to the spines of each title. The is no price clipping to any of the titles, with just the odd small closed tear, but both the books and dust wrappers are very nice indeed. Volume six comes with the scarce wrap around band. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy]

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        Karel Teige: La photographie contemporaine en Tchécoslovaquie 1948 - La Photographie moderne en Tchécoslovaquie avec 24 clichés

      Praha: Orbis, 1948 - Sm.8° (150x213mm) - 24 + 2 (covers) B/w Clichés by: J. Beharka (1) - M. Bernat (1) - Josef Ehm (2) - J. Funke (2) - J. Hajduch (1) - M. Hak (1 + front cover) - K. Herman (1) - O. Hipman (1) - T. Honty (1) - J. Jenicek (1) - M. Korecek (1) - V. Reichmann (1) - M. Savadin (1) - J. Sever v - R, Skopec (1 back cover) M. Straniova (1) - J. Styrsky (2) - J. Sudek (2) - F. Vobecky (1) - E- Wiskovsky (2). First edition, text by Karel Teige in French language. Original covers (Photo M. Hak front & R. Skopec back). In fine condition (very rare) [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

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        *Signed* He Drew as He Pleased, a Sketchbook By Albert Hurter

      New York: Simon & Schuster c.1948. 1st Printing. Hard Back. Good/Fair. Signed. G+/Good-. rubbing corners, rubbing spine ends, Signed DJ in Plastic, Unumbered pgs, Light Brown & Red Illustrated dust jacket, large chips to dj spine/edges/corners, clear tape on rear dj, Closed tears to DJ, *AUTOGRAPHED/SIGNED* by Editor Ted Sears on fly page--Acknowlegement by the Publisher states "At the special request of Albert Hurter, the work of final selection, arrangement, and captioning was placed in the hands of Ted Sears, a long time friend and associate of Hurter&#39;s at the Walt Disney Studio". [Sears was hired away from Max Fleischer to be the first head of the Disney Story Department in 1931 he wrote dialogue and story lines for virtually every production the Disney Studio made: "Snow White, " " Pinocchio, " "Bambi, " "Dumbo, " "Fantasia, " "Saludos Amigos, " "Cinderella, " "Alice in Wonderland, " "Peter Pan" (for which he wrote song lyrics), "Lady and the Tramp, " and "Sleeping Beauty. " (Sears had initially provided Pinocchio&#39;s voice, although Disney ultimately went with a child&#39;s voice for the character). ] [Albert Hurter designed characters and settings for Silly Symphonies, Snow White and Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio, Fantasia, Dumbo, Reluctant Dragon, and even films that were to be made long after his death such as Peter Pan (dozens of exploratory drawings for Peter Pan that can be found in He Drew As He Pleased). He Drew As He Pleased features over 700of Hurter&#39;s amazing doodles and drawings. ] see: http: //www. bpib. com/ hurter. htm.<p> Once Read Books, cover scan available - just ask, OnceReadBooks com<p> Orders shipped via USPS.

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        He Drew as he Pleased: a Sketchbook

      Simon and Schuster, New York 1948 - Unpaginated. "700 of his inspirational drawings created for the Walt Disney Studio" Born 1883 in Switzerland, Hurter was by 1915 ensconced in the fledgling animation industry doing Mutt & Jeff cartoons for Barre-Bowers in New York. In 1930, at the age of 48 he applied for an animation job at the Disney Studios in California. His sketches were the foundations for most of the Disney films of the Thirties, designing characters and settings for Silly Symphonies, Snow White and Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio, Fantasia, Dumbo, Reluctant Dragon and even films made long after his death. Hurter, in his will, arranged for the publication of this work. He died in 1942. Chips with small missing pieces amd tears to DJ edges. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        The Dispossessed

      New York: William Sloane Associates. (1948). First. First edition. Fine in very near fine, lightly rubbed dustwrapper, with none of the usual spine fading. Nicely Inscribed by the author to a close Princeton friend: "Jimmy affectionately John. 1949." Scarce inscribed. .

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        The Heart Of The Matter.

      London, William Heinemann Ltd. 1948. - FIRST EDITION, INSCRIBED by the author to half title; For John Wilson/ from/ Graham Greene. Bound in publisher's navy blue cloth, top edge tinted red, beige endpapers, dust jacket. General wear to both book and wrapper; first two leaves have some dampstaining, worn jacket rubbed and creased, head of spine chipped, although the colour at same remains unfaded. A good-very good copy which still presents well. Signed copies of this title are uncommon. Classic tale of diamond smuggling and blackmail in a British Colony in West Africa, and basis for the 1953 film adaptation starring Trevor Howard and Peter Finch. Graham Greene's 'The Heart of the Matter' was awarded the 1949 James Tait Black Memorial Prize, founded in memory of a partner in the publishing house of A. and C. Black Ltd., and one of the oldest and most prestigious book awards in Britain. R.A Wobbe; Graham Greene-A Bibliography & Guide to Research [A21a]. Listed in Time Magazine's 100 Best Modern Novels. Steinbrunner & Penzler; Ency.of Mystery & Detection, p176-7. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

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        Cybernetics or control and communication in the animal and the machine

      Paris: Hermann et Cie., 1948. <p>The First Book to Discuss Electronic Computing</p><p>Wiener, Norbert (1894-1964). Cybernetics or control and communication in the animal and the machine. 8vo. 194 [2]pp. Paris: Hermann et Cie., 1948. 252 x 166 mm. Original printed wrappers, edges a little frayed. Lightly browned but a fine copy in a cloth case.</p> <p>First Edition, published in France; the New York edition published by John Wiley was offset from the sheets of the Hermann edition. </p><p>Cybernetics was the first conventionally published book, rather than a technical report, to include a serious discussion of electronic digital computing. Writing as a mathematician rather than an engineer, Wiener&#39;s approach was, of course, theoretical rather than specific. Because so many aspects of Wiener&#39;s thought were hardly known to the scientific world, let alone to the public at large, the revolutionary aspect of this work can hardly be underestimated. Among the most informative chapters is Wiener&#39;s thirty-nine-page rambling historical introduction, in which he described his report to Vannevar Bush in 1940 on the proposed development of an electronic digital computer. That 1940 report proposed the following requirements:</p><p>(1) That the central adding and multiplying apparatus of the computing machine should be numerical, as in ordinary adding machine, rather than on a basis of measurement, as in the Bush differential analyzer;</p><p>(2) That these mechanisms, which are essentially switching devices, should depend on electronic tubes rather than on gears or mechanical relays, in order to secure quicker action;</p><p>(3) That, in accordance with the policy adopted in some existing apparatus of the Bell Telephone Laboratories, it would probably be more economical in apparatus to adopt the scale of two for addition and multiplication, rather than the scale of ten;</p><p>(4) That the entire sequence of operations be laid out on the machine itself so that there should be no human intervention from the time the data were entered until the final results should be taken off; and that all logical decisions necessary for this should be built into the machine itself;</p><p>(5) That the machine contain an apparatus for the storage of data which should record them quickly, hold them firmly until erasure, read them quickly, erase them quickly, and be immediately available for the storage of new material (Wiener 1948, 10-11).</p><p>Wiener, independently of Claude Shannon, conceived of communications engineering as a brand of statistical physics, and applied this viewpoint to the concept of information. However, while Shannon concentrated mainly on applications of information theory to communications, Wiener stressed its application to control problems involving other physical and complicated biological phenomena-- indeed, what made Cybernetics so significant was Wiener&#39;s</p><p> "synthesis under his name of a vast variety of new developments that occurred in the 1930s and 1940s in modern technology and science. These were the times when there were rapid advances in computers, new findings in neurophysiology, tremendous progress in the development of communication systems, servomechanisms and other automation, new predictive methods connected with antiaircraft artillery. Wiener conceived all this rightly as a progress of a single science of "control." In fact the new breed of technological inventions of what came to be called information machines-which include computers and all means of communication-may be compared with the nervous system of an organism that serves the purpose of controlling its environment. . . . Information theory clearly plays an important role in Wiener&#39;s cybernetics, but what Wiener considered information theory is a more general scientific discipline than what is usually regarded in the United States, where information theory is more or less synonymous with coding theory. Wiener with his profound background in theoretical physics, particularly in Gibbsian statistical mechanics, knew that the entropy function has been around since the time of Boltzmann and that Szilard showed that information can be used to decrease physical entropy" (Watanabe 1985, 215-216). </p><p>Wiener&#39;s chapter on "Time series, information, and communication" contained the first publication of Wiener&#39;s formula describing the probability density of continuous information. This is remarkably close to Shannon&#39;s formula dealing with discrete time published in "A mathematical theory of communication" (1948). Cybernetics also contained a chapter on "Computing machines and the nervous system." This was a theoretical discussion, influenced by McCulloch and Pitts, of differences and similarities between information processing in the electronic computer and the human brain. It contains a discussion of the difference between human memory and the different computer memories then available. Tacked on at the end of Cybernetics were speculations by Wiener about building a chess-playing computer, predating Shannon&#39;s first paper on the topic.</p><p>Cybernetics is a peculiar, rambling blend of popular and highly technical writing, ranging from history to philosophy, to mathematics, to information and communication theory, to computer science, and to biology. Reflecting the amazingly wide range of the author&#39;s interests, it represented an interdisciplinary approach to information systems both in biology and machines. It influenced a generation of scientists working in a wide range of disciplines. In it were the roots of various elements of computer science, which by the mid-1950s had broken off from cybernetics to form their own specialties. Among these separate disciplines were information theory, computer learning, and artificial intelligence. </p><p>Though cybernetics was intended to apply electronic computing to the study of life processes, early efforts in this direction achieved very limited results. Perhaps the earliest successful electronic computer applications in biology were outside the scope of cybernetics in the study of molecular structure. Because of the great complexity of living systems it required the passage of nearly fifty years before sufficient advances in computing power enabled such endeavors as the human genome project and efforts to simulate living systems. By 2001 efforts to model extremely complex living systems using supercomputers were sometimes called "cybernetic cells." (Gibbs 2001, 53). Minsky 1963, 519. Origins of Cyberspace 991. DSB. Heims, John von Neumann and Norbert Wiener, pp. 300-301. <p>

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        The Heart of the Matter

      William Heinemann Ltd 1948 - Published in London, England by William Heinemann Ltd. in 1948. First Edition indicated on copyright page, which states "First Published 1948." Book was awarded the 1949 James Tait Black Memorial Prize, one of the oldest and most prestigious book awards in Britain. Book very good, discoloration on some pages, previous owner's name stamped on front free endpaper, and old bookstore sticker on front paste-down. DJ very good, corners of front flap clipped (which includes the price). [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        The Book Of Job From The Translation Prepared At Cambridge In 1611 For King James I With A Preface By Mary Ellen Chase And Illustrations By Arthur Szyk.

      [New York]: The Limited Editions Club, 1948. - folio. pp. 148, [2 leaves: blank & colophon]. large initials in red & blue. 8 mounted colour plates. original half white morocco-grained sheepskin, gilt design on upper cover, t.e.g. (spine discoloured, very light wear to corners, internally fine; partly unopened), with felt-lined slipcase (some wear to extremities). Limited to 1950 numbered copies, signed by the Illustrator Szyk. Designed by George Macy, set in monotype Bodoni 175, printed by Lewis F.White on Rives Gua hand-made French paper, bound by Russell-Rutter Company, NY. LEC Quarto-Millenary 173. [Attributes: Signed Copy; Soft Cover]

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

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

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        Selected Short Stories of Thomas Hardy

      Allentown, PA: The Story Classics. 1948. First. First edition. Illustrated by Walter Emerson Baum, with an appended essay by the artist. Two-part cloth binding, fine in a lightly worn, very good or better slipcase as issued. This copy nicely Inscribed by Baum at the end of his essay: "With all good wishes this book goes forward to my dear friend William J. Conlen. Walter Emerson Baum. July 27 1948, Sellersville, Pa." Also laid into the book is a closely written Autograph Postcard Signed ("Walter") from Baum to Conlen, sending the book, acknowledging receipt of vignettes of Mexico, acknowledging that "Mrs. Baum and I will read your book when we start on our next sketching tour," and recounting what he is and isn&#39;t doing in the studio: "I&#39;ve been doing odds & ends in the studio so far. Was it Rembrandt or someone else who procrastinated until he could not look his friends in the face? Well I am him all over in that respect." Book shown without slipcase. .

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        Original Photograph, Inscribed by Hemingway

      Approximately 10? wide x 13? tall; matted, framed and glazed, overall approximately 16? wide x 19 1/2? tall. Inscribed by the author, ?To Alfred Rice from his friend, client and admirer, Ernest Hemingway. 31/3/50.? Hemingway is photographed outdoors (probably in Cuba) holding a kitten. Framed with glass on the verso (cracked) to display the photographer?s stamp. On the death of Maurice Speiser in 1948, his assistant Rice became Hemingway?s attorney.

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        Genius Loci And Other Tales

      Sauk City, WI: Arkham House. Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket. 1948. 1st Edition Thus; 1st Edition. Hardcover. Cover Art; SIGNED EDITION. This edition limited to 3000 (3047 according to the Arkham House Companion) copies. This book is in Near Fine condition and has a Near Fine dust jacket. The book and its contents are in clean, bright condition. The text pages are clean and bright. The dust jacket hs some beginning rubbing to the spine ends and some very beginning ground-in dirt. The book includes the short fiction : Genius Loci, The Willow Landscape, The Ninth Skeleton, The Phantoms of the Fire, The Eternal World, Vulthoom, A Star-Change, The Primal City, The Disinterment of Venus, The Colossus of Ylourgne, The Satyr, The Garden of Adompha, The Charnel God, The Black Abbot of Puthuum, and, The Weaver in the Vault. ; Signed by Author .

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        André Breton.

      José Corti 1948 - - José Corti, Paris 1948, 12x19cm, broché. - Edition originale, un des 50 exemplaires numérotés sur pur fil, seuls grands papiers après 20 Marais. En frontispice, un portrait de André Breton par Hans Bellmer. Deux infimes et discrètes restaurations en pied du dos, agréable exemplaire. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

      [Bookseller: Librairie Le Feu Follet]
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        Fables choisies.

      André Gonin,, Lausanne, 1948 - Lausanne, André Gonin, 1948 Gross-8°. 125 (4) S. Mit zahlreichen Illustr. nach Hans Fischer. Lose Bogen in brosch. Orig.-Umschlag, Halbpergament-Chemise u. Papp-Schuber (minim angestaubt). = "Collection des Flambeaux", (letzter) Bd. 10. Nr. 110 v. 250 Ex. (GA 300). Vom Künstler und Verleger im Impressum signiert. - Résumé: With illustr. by Hans Fischer. Leafs loose in portfolio. Limited edtion, No 110 of 250 copies. Signed by the artist and publisher. Sprache: Französisch / Français / French Lose Bogen in brosch. Orig.-Umschlag, Halbpergament-Chemise u. Papp-Schuber [Attributes: Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: EOS Buchantiquariat Benz]
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        LE CORNET A DES.

      - Paris, NRF - Gallimard, 1948. 17x26 cm. 210 pages. Ouvrage illustré de 113 gouaches de Jean Hugo gravées sur bois. Broché. Couverture rempliée de couleur orangée. Chemise-étui en carton recouvert de papier jaune. Nom de l'auteur, titre, et nom de l'illustrateur sur une étiquette collée au dos de la chemise. Dos de la chemise légèrement passée à la lumière, sinon ouvrage en très bon état général. Un des 422 exemplaires (n° 133). [Attributes: Soft Cover]

      [Bookseller: Librairie de l'Univers]
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        Studia Philosophica, Commentarii Societatis Philosophicae Polonorum. Volume III 1939-1946

      Cracoviae, Posnaniae 1948 - 465 pp, ex-lib copy with minor markings: small oval stamps to the front cover and the titlepage, sticker to the spine, ball pen mark to the corner of front cover, internally clean, top of spine slightly chipped, the lower end of spine has several cracks and is reinforced by glue which looks like stain, edges untrimmed, in overall good or better condition 8vo - over 7? - 9? tall [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

      [Bookseller: Secret Knowledge Books]
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        BOTTEGHE OSCURE 1948-1960 (fascicoli I-XXV) TUTTO IL PUBBLICATO, Napoli - Roma, Ricciardi poi De Luca, 1948

      - La rivista, che prese il nome della via nella quale aveva la sede, nasceva a Roma per iniziativa di Marguerite Caetani, la direttrice, e si rifaceva all'esperienza di "Commerce" che la stessa Caetani aveva diretto a Parigi tra le due guerre ed alla quale avevano collaborato importanti scrittori come Yoyce, Svevo, Ungaretti, Valery. La rivista si proponeva (e mantenne concretamente le premesse) di aprire spazi alla poesia giovanile ed alle letterature europee. Venne data particolare attenzione a giovani scrittori italiani : Cassola, Soldati, Petroni, Dessì, Elsa Morante, Anna Banti, Bertolucci A., Giorgio Caproni, Fortini, Pasolini e Paolo Volponi. Cessò con la morte dell'editore De Luca nel 1960, con la prospettiva, mantenuta parzialmente, di far uscire periodici quaderni. Fascicoli sciolti in ottime condizioni, in 8o, cadauno di pagine 400-450 Collezione completa di "tutto il pubblcato" che viene offerta a

      [Bookseller: Ferraguti service s.a.s. - Rivisteria]
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        Elegia in morte di Ines Fila

      Milano; Fondazione Ines Fila 1948 - in 4°; pp. 88; leg. Volume edito dalla Fondazione Ines Fila in occasione per il premio per la letteratura assegnato all'unanimità agli scrittori Francesco Flora e Marino Moretti. La fondazione nata nel 1947 a Milano, dopo la scomparsa di Ines Fila, premia ogni anno, in rotazione le tre arti: letteratura, pittura e scultura. Pagine di: Riccardo Bacchelli, Antonio Baldini, Vincenzo Cardarelli, Alberto Moravia, Leonida Repaci, Michele Saponaro, Giuseppe Ungaretti, Orio Vergani e Elio Vittorini. Fuori dal testo: 1 fotografia bn. applicata ritraente una statua di Messina; 9 litografie originali di: Luigi Bartolini, Leonardo Borgese, Mario Carletti, Carlo Carrà, Felice Casorati, Filippo De Pisis, Marino Marini, Giacomo Manzù e Francesco Messina *esemplare numerato in sole 750 copie (ns. 365) stampato su carta fatta a mano

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        The Second World War.

      1948 1948 - 1st edit. 6 vols. London 1948-54. With maps. Bound in dark blue full morroco with 5 raised bands and all edges gilt. Spine and ornamental border gilt.THE BINDINGS SIGNED HATCHARDS 187 PICCADELLY. [Attributes: Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Peter Grosell, Antiquarian Bookseller]
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        The Second World War, full set of six British first editions in fine bindings

      Cassell and Company, Ltd., London 1948 - Here is a spectacular fine binding of the first British edition of Churchill's The Second World War. This is Churchill's history of the epic struggle that was so indelibly stamped by his leadership. Seldom, if ever, has history endowed such a statesman with both singular ability to make history and singular ability to write it. This six-volume epic has been called "indispensable reading for anyone who seeks a true understanding of the war that made us what we are today." Offered here is the British first edition, first printing, in a superlative fine binding. Please note that this binding is an aesthetically striking alternative to the ubiquitously standard red morocco rebind of this edition. This unique binding was commissioned by us from a sole-proprietor UK binder of exceptional skill and talent. The half-leather binding features hand-dyed, polished tan calf over red cloth boards with twin morocco spine labels on each spine and polished calf corners. The gilt titling, rules, and decoration are 24 carat gold leaf, laid on by hand. The spine features raised bands, ruled compartments, extensive gilt decoration including the lion rampant, red title panel, and black author panel. All borders and transitions feature double gilt rules. The head and foot bands are sewn, not glued. Condition of the binding is flawless. The British first edition was printed on postwar economy standards paper and proved exceptionally prone to spotting, age-toning, and irregular fading of the red-stained top edge. Thus even many finely bound copies featured flawed contents. The starting point for this fine binding was an uncompromisingly fresh and bright set of British first editions with virtually pristine contents. The contents of all six volumes are especially crisp and bright for this edition. No spotting. No inscriptions. The fore edges and bottom edges of all six volumes are unusually bright and clean. The top edges retain uniform red color, complementing the red cloth boards and red spine labels. This is an outstanding set, showcasing a truly skilled binder's craft. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A240(I-VI).a, Woods/ICS A123(ba), Langworth p.264. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        The Second World War, 6 vols.

      Cassell & Co. Ltd., London - 6 vols dated from 1948 - 1954. 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. Maps and diagrams throughout. Author's errata note and errata slip in Vol.1.Not price clipped - first 4 vols. priced at 25s.net, final two volumes at 30s net. Maroon top edges slightly faded; spines and foredges of dust jackets toned but titles clear and legible; small nicks and chips to heads and tails; dark shelf marks on lower edge where it meets foredge on vols. 2,3,4 and 5. Pages clean and text bright, a very good set. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Celsus Books]
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        La Malvestat d'Oriana. Llegenda Medieval. Il.lustrada Amb Aiguaforts En Color Per Jaume Pla.

      Rosa Vera, Barcelona 1948 - 135 pp. en excelente papel de hilo. Muy cuidada edición a varias tintas. Muy ilustrado con perfectos grabados originales al aguafuerte en color. Edición muy especial con un tiraje de solo 75 ejemplares. Muy buena media piel de Cambras. Size: 34 x 24 Cm. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: BALAGUÉ LLIBRERÍA ANTIQUARIA]
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        OEUVRES COMPLETES.

      GUILLOT. 1948-1954. - (18,5 X 22,5 CENTIMETRES ENVIRON) EN FEUILLES, SOUS COUVERTURE REMPLIEE, CHEMISE ET ETUI DE L'EDITEUR. ILLUSTRE DE COMPOSITIONS EN COULEURS IN ET HORS TEXTE PAR GASTON BARRET, YVES BRAYER, BERTHOMME SAINT-ANDRE, MARIANNE CLOUZOT, GRAU-SALA, A.-E. MARTY, PICARD LE DOUX, A. STEILEN, JACQUES TOUCHET, ETC. PREMIER TIRAGE LIMITE A 1850 EXEMPLAIRES NUMEROTES, TOUS SUR PAPIER PUR CHIFFON DU MARAIS FILIGRANE SPECIALEMENT A LA SIGNATURE DE G. DUHAMEL. EDITION PARUE SANS TOMAISON, SOUVENT VENDUE PAR VOLUMES SEPARES, RARE COMPLETE. INFIMES PETITS DEFAUTS EXTERIEURS SANS GRAVITE, SINON BEL EXEMPLAIRE.

      [Bookseller: Librairie du Château de Capens]
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