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        Figure-Prints of Japan

      Beacon Press Sydney, Australia: Beacon Press, 1948. Folio. 53pp. One of forty deluxe copies, signed by the author. A lovely production, illustrated with thirty-six color plates. The plates are genuine prints: beautifully made modern reproductions of the originals, done in Japan. The text traces the rise and fall of the Ukiyo-ye school of Japanese wood-engraving, from its origins with the artist Moronobu in the seventeenth century, to its decline under Western influences in the nineteenth century. Ukiyo-ye is translated as "pictures of the floating world," and prints of this genre depict the carefree pleasures of life: a world of entertainment and beauty, beyond mundane, everyday concerns. Ukiyo-ye challenged the traditional aristocratic and courtly schools of painting, and the plates depict people of the lower classes, including actors and courtesans, the finely-dressed beauties of the city, and tea-house waitresses. Artists of this school featured in Barnett's work include Utamaro, Shunsho, Harunobu, and Kiyonaga. Sumptuously bound in silk brocade, backed in gilt-ruled vellum. The endpapers bear prints of a woman carrying an umbrella, surrounded by borders of red maple leaves. A few very faint spots of offsetting from the plates, else a very fine copy. With the armorial bookplate of Bernard Gore Brett and a small, unobtrusive bookseller's label to front pastedown. An enchanting introduction to the art form.

      [Bookseller: Bromer Booksellers ]
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        The World Is a Wedding

      New Directions (Norfolk): (New Directions). (1948). First. Uncorrected Proof. String-tied signatures in unprinted wrappers. Light stain and slight crease to one corner of the front wrap, a little darkening to the extremities of the wrappers, a very good copy of this fragile construct. Van Wyck Brooks' copy with his ownership signature, titled in his hand and with some of his notes on the front wrap and a few in the text. One imagines this proof must have been produced in very small numbers and survived in even fewer, this particular copy with distinguished provenance. Short fiction by one of the most celebrated of the New York poets so important to the literary landscape during the middle of this century. .

      [Bookseller: Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. ABA]
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        Les Mains Sales. Piece en sept tableaux.

      (Paris), Gallimard, (1948). Bound uncut with the original printed wrappers in an exquisite dark green half morocco binding with gilt title to spine. Dark green marbled paper over boards. Top-edge gilt. Gilt super-ex-libris to inside of front board, the bottom of which is signed in gilt: "J.P. Miguet".Top-edge gilt. Housed in a green paper slip-case with green morocco edges.. First edition in book form of Sartre's hugely controversial and extremely popular political drama, that of his plays to enjoy the greatest public success. Number LXXXIV out of 210 numbered copies on alfa mousse Navarre (15 copies were printed on vélin de Hollande and numbered I-X + A-E (H.C.), 60 on vélin pur fil Lafuma Navarre, numbered XI-LX + F-O (H.C.), 210 on alfa mousse Navarre, numbered LXI-CCLX + a-j - apart from that, 1040 copies appeared on regular vélin supérieur, numbered 1-1040). The work, "Dirty Hands", was originally published in two parts of the periodical "Les Temps Modernes", in March and April of 1948. Later the same year, in the Spring-Summer of 1948, as few extracts of it appeared in "Yale French Studies", and in June 1948, the work appeared for the first time in book form (as it is here). The work was hugely popular and appeared again numerous times after the first book edition: in 1953, 1954, 1961, 1962, and in English in 1963, and Italian in 1964. It was performed at the Antoine Theatre as early as 1948, and remained on tour for years, until in 1951 it was made into a film (by Fernand Rivers). The political drama, which takes place during the last two years of World War II, in Illyria, a fictional East European country, an ally of Nazi Germany, which is on the verge of being annexed to the Eastern Bloc, tells the story of the assassination of a leading politician, carried out by the young communist, the 21-year-old bourgeois intellectual Hugo Barine. The main question of the work is whether the killer's motivations are political or personal, and not who did or did not commit the murder. The play was not only hugely popular, it also caused great controversy and great opposition. Sartre was interviewed numerous times because of it, and a huge number of articles and critiques of it were published. Right-wingers welcomed it as anti-communist, and left-wingers attacked it for the same reason. When the film came out in 1951, Communists threatened the cinemas showing it, and after that, the play itself was not re-staged in France until 1976. In fact, it was staged in no socialist state until November 1968, when it was shown in Prague after the invasion of Czechoslovakia by fellow Warsaw Pact forces.Contat & Rybalka: 48/145

      [Bookseller: Lynge & Søn A/S]
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