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      [Np]. [nd. but ca. 1949].. 3 2/3 pages, in ink, on versos of printed quarto sheets (reuse of printed statements of terms for performances of Shaw's plays). With two typed onlays, one bearing substantive deletions and insertions in Shaw's hand. Accompanied by an early (contemporary?) typed transcription, 2 1/3 pp., quarto. Some isolated marginal paperclip rust stains affecting each leaf, old mend to verso of 1 1/2" clean tear in final leaf of manuscript, typist's vertical completion rule in pencil through middle of each leaf of the manuscript, but generally very good. A fine example of Shaw's characteristic shorthand, and vintage (though somewhat diffuse) political Shaw in terms of content, possibly the basis for the essay, "Election Prospects as I See Them," published in the DAILY MAIL, 5 November 1949. In it, Shaw comments on the significance of Soviet Communism in the post-war years: "Mr. Churchill, who, to his great credit, was the first to recognize the eminence of Lenin, might well now warn our politicians of all parties, who seldom speak without naming Stalin, and never without insulting him, that Stalin is neither a would-be Napoleon nor a Hitleresque 'bloodthirsty guttersnipe,' but the mainstay of peace in Europe. None of your Statesmen seemed to have observed that ... civilization, from its beginning ... is founded on a broad basis of Communism ... They have not even read their Bibles (if they have any) far enough to know that Christianity began with a communism so stark that Saint Peter struck a man and his wife for holding back a few coins from the common stock for themselves ...." He expounds on the "slavery of Necessity," and the importance of leisure: "...the distribution of leisure is as important and as primary in the duty of the state as the distribution of income ...," and suggests the "final ruin of the Commonwealth" might be the consequence of the confrontation of the "small and miserably idle rich" with the "large and miserable overworked poor ...." LAURENCE C3879.

      [Bookseller: William Reese Company - Literature ABAA-]
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        Chant Funebre Pour Ignacio Sanchez Mejias

      Paris: Krol, 1949. Limited ed. 69/160 signed by Krol. The text of Lorca's poem and the illustrations have been engraved by Krol, 20 engravings + the upper cover. Unbound as issued in stiff paper covers, and tissue outer dust wrapper. Portrait of Ignacio Sanchez Mejias on upper board of hard back cover, repeated on slipcase. Spine of hard cover titled and signed by Krol. Titlepage of book inscribed by Krol "A MSeur et a Madame W.J.Strachan Joeux amicaux et les meilleurs pour 1963 A.Krol". Some wear and soiling to outer slipcase. Text in French.. Signed by Illustrator. Soft Cover. Very Good/Very Good. Illus. by Abram Krol. 33.0 x 24.5 Cm.

      [Bookseller: Besleys Books]
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        Journal of the Merioneth Historical and Record Society [Cychgrawn Cymdeithas Hanes A Chofnodion Sir Feirionydd]: Volume I [1949] To Volume 13 [2001] 13 Volumes Complete

      Published by the Council of the Merioneth Historical and Record Society and Printed by R. Evans & Son, The Bala Press First Editions 1949-2001. [13 Volumes]. First edition unbroken run of uniform matching hard back binding in publisher's original blue cloth covers, gilt title and volume number lettering to the spines, gilt lettering to the front cover of volume I. Quarto 10'' x 7½''. Contains printed pages of Welsh and English text with monochrome plates on coated paper, illustrations [some fold-out], and photographs throughout. Very minor rubbing to the extremities and a very near Fine condition library, extremely heavy set. Member of the P.B.F.A.

      [Bookseller: Little Stour Books PBFA]
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        The Poems

      London: MacMillan & Co.,, 1949. 2 volumes, octavo. Original green cloth, titles to spines gilt, the author's monogram device to front boards gilt, top edges gilt. With the original glassine wrappers. Housed in the publisher's brown paper covered slipcase. Frontispiece portraits of Yeats to each volume, one by John Singer Sargent, one by Augustus John. A lovely set with the spines slightly faded, and with light spotting to edges and endpapers. The wrappers are split but preserved, laid in to each volume. First variorum edition. One of a limited edition of 375 numbered copies (this one of 350 trade copies) signed by W. B. Yeats on the limitation page. Includes the publisher's 4 page leaflet printing the title page, explaining the history of the edition, giving the contents, and printing a specimen page from the text, this one with the end of On a Picture of a Black Centaur by Edmund Dulac and the beginning of Among School Children. This edition was being prepared at the time of Yeats's death in 1940. The canny publishers hastened to prepare the limitation leaf and have the great man sign his share. The war then intervened and not until 1949 was this magnificent piece of scholarship and editing was published. It is a noteworthy member of a small band of book - the Posthumous Signed Limited Edition. Yeats of course was a constant reviser of his work which makes this endeavour all the more important.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        The Card Magic of Le Paul

      Danville, Ill. , The Interstate, 1949. 1st Edition. Description: 219 p. Illus. , port. 24 cm. Subjects: Card tricks. Limited edition. No. 455 of 500 copies. SIGNED by Paul Le Paul Near fine copy in the original title-blocked cloth. Slightest suggestion only of dust-dulling and wear to the spine bands, panels and panel edges. Remains particularly well-preserved overall; tight, bright, clean and strong.

      [Bookseller: MW Books Ltd.]
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        LANDSCAPE INTO ART. Signed by Lismer

      London: John Murray, 1949 (Lismer, Arthur). Clark, Kenneth. LANDSCAPE INTO ART. Signed. London: John Murray, (1949). First Edtion. Ex-libris Group Of Seven landscape artist Arthur Lismer with his neat ownership signature to the front free endpaper. 8vo. 143 pp. + 104 plates. A better than very good copy in beige cloth, gilt titles to the spine in the Graham Sutherland illustrated dustwrapper. A classic work on the history and development of landscape in art, adapted from Kenneth Clark's Slade Lectures. Similarities between Arthur Lismer and Kenneth Clark's influences abound - their high regard for Ruskin, their passion as educators and their positions as influential museum advisors. A unique association copy. Books Signed by Arthur Lismer are rare indeed. . Signed. First Edition.

      [Bookseller: TBCL The Book Collector's Library]
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        The Parasites

      London: Victor Gollancz Ltd,, 1949. Octavo. Original green cloth, titles to spine in brown, topstain. With the dust jacket. Spine faded, slight rubbing to extremities. An excellent copy in the price-clipped, spine-faded and lightly rubbed jacket with faint soiling to rear panel. First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "For Binkie, To beguile one of those train journeys, when the crisis threatens. With love from. Daphne, October 1949." Binkie Beaumont, the greatest theatrical impresario of the 20th century who managed Noël Coward and John Gielgud, and effectively controlled what plays did and did not make it to the London stage, was first introduced to Du Maurier when Gielgud first read her novel Rebecca when it came out in 1938, showed it to Beaumont, and together they persuaded Du Maurier to adapt it for the theatre. She did, and it ran successfully throughout the war.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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      New York: Spiral Press, 1949. First Edition. Wraps. Fine. Printed wraps. Crane B21: 3060 total copies printed, this one of 225 with Frost's own imprint. INSCRIBED but not signed by Frost on the title page: "To the Hockings wherever they are/meditating the wrong Muse." Richard Hocking seems to have been an acquaintance of Frost's during the 1920s and 1930s, having graduated from Harvard in 1928 and earning a Master's there shortly after. When inscribing Christmas greetings, Frost would often not sign his inscription, or at the most simply initial it.

      [Bookseller: Charles Agvent]
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        Blue City (First UK Edition, inscribed)

      London: Cassell, 1949. First Edition. First Edition. INSCRIBED by the author on the front endpaper: "With Xmas greetings (1951) / to Glenn Schlegel, who liked the American edition of this book. Hoping he will enjoy the British translation. / With all good wishes / Ken Millar." & & Very Good in a Very Good dust jacket. Some brief white soil to the boards. Jacket is moderately worn and creased at the extremities. An uncommon edition of an early Millar title, and the only signed copy we've ever seen. Basis for the 1986 film starring Judd Nelson and Ally Sheedy.

      [Bookseller: Royal Books, Inc.]
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        Nothing More Than Murder (First Edition)

      New York: Harper and Brothers, 1949. First Edition. First Edition. Very Good plus in a Very Good plus dust jacket. Book is easily Near Fine but for a few tiny rubbed spots to the green cloth; jacket is very presentable, with light wear to corners, a small, faint stain to the top of the front flap and associated portion of the front endpaper, and one small closed tear. The third and final Thompson novel to be published in hardcover, followed by a career of paperback originals.

      [Bookseller: Royal Books, Inc.]
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        Original watercolor story panels for Upsidedowntown

      N.p., c. 1949. Nine brilliant watercolor paintings on paper, each measuring approximately 8 1/2 by 11 inches. Colorful, accomplished set of story panels for what is presumably an unpublished children’s book, the unwritten narrative of which follows a group of balloon children as they are sold by a balloon vendor at a county fair, then drift up into “Upsidedowntown.” There, they frolic with a dog and go to a candy store. One of them is punctured by some bad nails and then patched up by a kindly doctor balloon. This all takes place with the county fair upside down in the panel. The story ends with a green balloon child in bed, with a child’s bedroom upside down above. An especially innovative children’s tale told in picture form, without words, by an artist who signs two panels “Alberta.” Two panels with tape marks on verso, else fine and bright.

      [Bookseller: Bromer Booksellers]
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      New York: Limited Editions Club, 1949-1952. Hardcover. Fine, all but one of the books in glassines, in Near Fine slipcases, one case with a short split and light soiling and another with a small abrasion to the lower back corner. The complete 15 volume set in 5 red paper-covered slicases, small folio (8" x 12"), in various full color linen bindings. Includes "Hansel & Gretel," "Jack and the Beanstalk," "The Ugly Duckling," "Pandora's Box," "The Emperor's New Clothes," "Beauty and the Beast," "The Story of Aladdin," "The Three Bears," and seven others. All illustrations are in color with some hand-colored and some ORIGINAL COLOR LITHOGRAPHS. Of a total edition of 2000 or 2500 copies, this set is one of only 15 Presentation Copies with the publisher's blindstamp attesting to such on the colophon pages where instead of a number the initials "G.C." are handwritten. Acquired directly from the publisher's files, this set belonged to Gordon Carroll who was in charge of the club's operations in the 1970s when it operated out of Avon, CT. The editor, Jean Hersholt, has SIGNED about half of the volumes and the publisher Carroll has SIGNED 4 volumes and additionally has INSCRIBED "one volume. Illustrators who have SIGNED are Fritz Eichenberg, Everett Gee Jackson, Edward Ardizzone, Rafaello Busoni, Robert Lawson, and Henry C. Pitz. Arthur Szyk and Fritz Kredel have not signed. Scarce to find a complete set, especially one with such a provenance.

      [Bookseller: Charles Agvent]
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        The Evergreen Tales

      New York: The Limited Editions Club,, 1949–52. 15 volumes, tall octavo. Original coloured cloth, titles and decoration to spines and upper boards in various colours, various coloured and pictorial endpapers. Housed in 5 original red slipcases with printed paper labels. Colour illustrations by a variety of artists throughout each volume. Minor scratch to the spine of Bluebeard, but otherwise the cloth and contents are fresh and bright. An excellent set. Complete set of the Evergreen Tales, each volume #342 of 2000 or 2500 numbered copies of which 6 are signed only by the editor, Jean Hersholt, 6 are signed by the editor and the artist (Rafaello Buson, Ervine Metzl, Fritz Eichenberg, Everett Gee Jackson, Edward Ardizzone, and Robert Lawson), and 3 are unsigned as issued. A beautiful example of a set that is that not usually found complete.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        A Privacy of Speech Ten Poems in Sequence, with block print decorations by Mary Fabilli

      Berkeley: Equinox Press, 1949. Limited edition. Hardcover. Fine. Original vellum spine, gilt title; decorated paper boards. Finely printed on Tovil handmade paper. Deckled edges. The first book of the Equinox Press and Everson's first effort at printing. One of 100 copies, of which reportedly only 50 were bound and issued. A high spot of modern printing, and of Everson as printer, designer and binder. Exquisite woodblocks by Mary Fabilli. Printed in red and black. Boards yawn slightly else a fine copy. Bartlett & Campo, A10.

      [Bookseller: Thorn Books]
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        Heemskerck Shoals

      Victoria, Australia: Mountainside Press, (1949). Folio. From an edition of 85 copies, this is one of 75 printed on Georgian semi-rag paper. Signed by the author and illustrator, Geoffrey C. Ingleton, with a gift inscription from the printer, John T. Kirtley. Illustrated throughout, with images of ships and maritime equipment printed in red and head- and tail-pieces printed in brown. Also includes a two-page map of "Abel Janszn Tasman's Passagie," hand-colored in red, blue, yellow, and green. The text is a poem by Australian modernist poet R. D. Fitzgerald and gives an account of Abel Tasman's first voyage in 1642 in the service of the Dutch East India Company to explore the area around Australia and find possible sources of precious metals. During this ten-month expedition commanding the ships the Heemskerk and the Zeehaen, Tasman became the first European to locate and map "Van Diemen's Land" (Tasmania), New Zealand, the Tonga Islands, and some of Fiji. Bound in vellum and red and blue leather, with the vellum separating the two colors to form a red, white, and blue verticle stripe on each board. Title stamped in gilt to front cover, and spine in five compartments with title and decorations in gilt. Boards slightly bowed, some edgewear, and very light bleeding of color from the leathers onto the vellum, otherwise a fine copy of this Australian pressbook.

      [Bookseller: Bromer Booksellers]
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        Nineteen Eighty-Four. A Novel

      London, Secker & Warburg, 1949., 1949. FIRST EDITION. Octavo, 312pp. Elegantly bound in half burgundy calf, titles in gilt to spine in six compartments with raised bands, marbled boards; publisher's cloth spine in at rear. Internally clean. A very attractive copy. Orwell's classic novel of a totalitarian future society is among the most famous and most cited works of dystopian fiction in literature, whose text and terminology has left a profound impression upon the English language. Basis for the Bafta-nominated movie starring John Hurt and Richard Burton. Fenwick, G; George Orwell. A Bibliography [A.12a], (1998). Connolly 100 listed, also Time Magazine; 100 Best Modern Novels.

      [Bookseller: Adrian Harrington Rare Books]
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        Death Of A Salesman - A View From The Bridge - The Misfits

      New York/London: The Viking Press/Henry Good & Son Ltd./The Cresset Press 1949 - 1. Death of a Salesman. New York: The Viking Press, 1949. First Edition, First Printing. A near fine copy in a very good dustwrapper. Following points of issue: broken type on page 11, line 7 (solid), and tinted top edge. Stratford Press noted as printers. Dustwrapper with $2.50 price and author's photograph on the back flap. 2. Death of a Salesman. London: Henry Good & Son Ltd., 1949. First Edition, First Printing. A very good copy of the rare London Phoenix Theatre's stapled eight page programme of Elia Kazan's production of the play, which featured Paul Muni in the role of Willy Loman. 3. Death of a Salesman. London: The Cresset Press, 1949. First Edition, First Printing. A near fine copy in a very good, price-clipped dustwrapper. 4. A View from the Bridge. New York: The Viking Press, 1955. First Edition, First Printing. A fine copy in a near fine price-clipped dustwrapper. 5. The Misfits. New York: The Viking Press, 1961. First Edition, First Printing. A fine copy in a near fine dustwrapper. Price for the collection: CHF 2'500. Please note that due to size and weight we will have to charge additional postage. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        The Arab of the Desert

      London: George Allen & Unwin Ltd.,, 1949. A Glimpse into Badawin Life in Kuwait and Sau'di Arabia. Octavo. Original sand cloth, lettered in gilt on red faux label to the spine. With the dust jacket. Portrait frontispiece and 51 other plates, 9 of them coloured, numerous diagrams and illustrations to the text, 9 folding maps on 8 sheets and 6 folding pedigrees in band to the lower board. Text-block lightly browned as usual, otherwise a very good copy in a slightly rubbed and chipped, price-clipped jacket. First edition. Magisterial study of the region, described by Freya Stark as "indispensable to all who wish to travel or live with some knowledge in the region … indispensable to specialists." This copy inscribed on the front free endpaper, "Colonel & Mrs. Eddy with my best compliments, H. R. P. Dickson, 28.2.50", and on the following blank, "To Colonel William Eddy with sincere appreciation from the Dhahran Women's Club, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. February 23, 1950." Set up in 1946, the DWC, now the Dharhran Women's Group, was originally established by Aramco to help with the acclimatisation of new arrivals, with meetings held at members' homes featuring a speaker sharing information about local customs and culture. In his rôle as a "consultant", acting as an intermediary between the company and the Saudi court, Col. Eddy would have been an obvious choice to make such a presentation. Eddy was the son of Presbyterian missionaries, born in Sidon, Syria, and after graduation from Princeton served in the US Marine Corps during the First World War. He then entered academia, teaching literature at Dartmouth College and the American College in Cairo, president of both Hobart College and William Smith College (1936-42). Re-entering the services in WWII with the rank of lieutentant-colonel he was Naval Attaché and Naval Attaché for Air in Cairo, with significant intelligence rôles. From 1943 his work as "Special Assistant to the American Minister" based at the American legation in Jeddah was crucial in forging bonds between the Saudi Arabia and the Allies. Post-war Eddy was crucial in the creation of the CIA, and retained his special relationship at the Saudi court. An extremely attractive association copy.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        Nourritures suivi d'extraits de la Nausée, pointes sèches de Wols

      [Paris]: Jacques Damase, 1949. Wrappers. Fine. 20 cm; 57 pages, and three original drypoint etchings by Wols (Alfred Otto Wolfgang Schulze) laid in as issued. Edition limited to 450 copies, printed on deckle-edged pure rag paper by Johannot. Bound in blue paper wraps with printed title label on upper wrap. Corners and edges understandably frayed; some light toning to stock.

      [Bookseller: Rodger Friedman Rare Book Studio]
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        Keats Shelley & Rome

      London: Christopher Johnson, published on behalf of the Keats Shelley Memorial Association,, 1949. An Illustrated Miscellany. Compiled by Neville Rogers. Postscript by Field Marshall Earl Wavell. Octavo. Original brown cloth, titles to front board gilt. With the dust jacket. 10 illustrated plates (two of which are first published in this volume, one of the drawing of Keats by Haydon and one a photograph of the then recently discovered Keats death mask). Corners and board edges lightly rubbed and marked, small loss at head of spine, internally clean. An excellent copy in the rubbed, chipped and lightly spotted jacket with a defective spine panel. First edition, first impression of this anthology memorialising Shelley and Keats, put together by Shelley scholar Neville Rogers. Rogers was a friend of Vera Cacciatore (1911-2004), who was curator of Keats-Shelley House from 1933 (aged only 21) to 1976. This is poet and political activist Nancy Cunard's copy, with her ownership inscription on the front pastedown, "N - / Rome, Dec 31, 1956 - on leaving my pages in the Keats, Shelley, Byron Memorial, with Vera Cacciatore, "To add my Leaf"." Cunard befriended Cacciatore when in Rome, and, as described in the inscription, visited Keats-Shelley House (on her last day in Rome before travelling on to Spain) to contribute a piece of writing to the museum's archives. This copy includes a typescript copy (signed and marked "Own Copy") of this text, which is a 4 page lyrical recount of Cunard's lucid dreams, the last of which is of Keats himself, which came to her when a girl of 15: "Keats stood beside me, romantic and beautiful in face and dress and bearing. He spoke -- how gently -- yet what were the words? His meaning, I knew -- clear, repeated and insistent -- was that I should write, that I should be a poet. And as I gazed at him trembling, he gave me a ring, putting it on the fourth finger of my right hand. It was a pink topaze set in gold, of his own time. I see the form, the ineffably crystal light of it yet -- a dawn, all concentrated and held within a stone -- a symbol and, somehow a... consecration. And then I awoke in tears, greatly marvelling." Cunard continues, ending the piece with an envoi: "Thus, to the treasure of this house I offer my small leaf -- foglia dell'albero universale -- and leave it here today, December 31, 1956, with love, and with a tear." The typescript had, pasted to the verso of the final leaf, Cunard's ticket for entering the museum. This marvellous set also includes several postcards from the Museum, one of which (a drawing by Keats of the Graecian Urn - the Sosibios Vase from from the Musée Napoléon) is inscribed by Cacciatore on the verso, "A Nancy Cunard, per ricordo di Keats, Vera Cacciatore, 27 Decembre 1956", and also includes an autograph letter signed from Cacciatore to Cunard, dated May 14th 1957, in affectionate broken English thanking her for a review on Byron, and fondly expressing hopes to see her again, "We remember you with affection and sympathy and we do hope that you are coming again. But I am afraid Spain is winning Italy, in your interest... With my best wishes, for your work, for your travels, Yours ever, Vera Cacciatore". An extraordinarily evocative collection.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        Bartholomew and the Oobleck (1st trade printing)

      Random House 1949 - All points agree with Younger/Hirsch except that the jacket is price clipped. No previous owner's name or inscriptions. Jacket's top edge quite distressed with tears and creases. The bottom edge is somewhat better. The book has some edge wear. Binding and hinges are in very good shape. Contents are clean and unmarked. This book will be shipped with a fresh mylar dust jacket protector. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Page Books]
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      (New York): New Directions, (1949). First New Classics Edition. cloth. Near Fine in a price-clipped, Near Very Good dustwrapper. This high spot of twentieth century drama was first published in 1945 and is published here with illustrations from the film starring Gertrude Lawrence, Kirk Douglas, Jane Wyman, and Arthur Kennedy. This edition also contains production notes of the play by Williams as well as an essay by him reprinted from THE NEW YORK TIMES. Nicely SIGNED by the author on the front endpaper and rather uncommon as such. The dustwrapper, designed by Alvin Lustig, has a few small chips and is lightly soiled.

      [Bookseller: Charles Agvent]
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        The Sheltering Sky

      New York: New Directions, 1949. First American Edition. First Printing. Octavo (21cm); tan cloth boards, stamped in blue and black on spine; dustjacket; 318pp. Faint paper-clip stain to first two leaves; ink hand-stamp of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film studios to both front endpapers, else a tight, square, Near Fine copy. The original Alvin Lustig dustwrapper is price-clipped, with old adhesive paper reinforcement along upper edge verso and with front flap partially separated at fold; Very Good. In later custom-made blue cloth slipcase. & & A presentable example which, despite flaws, shows little of the usual toning or soiling to the jacket. Given the internal evidence, we assume this to have been an early (possibly review) copy provided to Metro Goldwyn Mayer in anticipation of an early movie project (obviously never produced). In the end, it took until Bernardo Bertolucci's 1991 epic (produced by Warner Brothers Studios) for the book to be adapted to film.

      [Bookseller: Lorne Bair Rare Books]
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        The Poems

      London: Macmillan and Co., Ltd.,, 1949. 2 volumes, large octavo. Original green cloth, titles to spines and author's initials to upper boards gilt, bevelled edges, top edges gilt. Volume II in the original acetate dust jacket. Housed in the publisher's brown slipcase. Spines a little faded, contents unopened. An excellent set. First edition, first impression. The definitive edition of Yeats's poetry, limited to 375 numbered sets signed by the author on the limitation leaf. A lovely set.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        La Banlieue de Paris

      Lausanne: La Guilde du Livre,, 1949. Texte de Blaise Cendrars sur 130 photos de Robert Doisneau. Small quarto. Original white paper over boards, titles to spine and upper board in black, photographic endpapers. Black and white photographs in the text throughout. Spine slightly rolled, and corners gently bumped. An excellent copy. First edition, first printing. One of a limited edition of 4300 numbered copies.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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      [Tokyo: Printed for the Author by Toppan Printing Company, 1949].. Square octavo. Color pictorial paper over boards. Frontis and illustrations, including six by the author. Some almost inevitable rubbing to the spine extremities and fore- tips, usual tan offset to endsheets, otherwise a very good copy. First edition. One of 1200 numbered copies, signed by Van Gulik, and accompanied by a chop mark. The source work of Van Gulik's character and series, here translated by him from the anonymous 18th century text, with an introduction and notes.

      [Bookseller: William Reese Company - Literature ABAA-]
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      New York: Random House, 1949 Signed by Stewart on the half-title page. International Fantasy Award winner for best novel, 1951. "Human civilization is trivial: the planet 'abides.' Lasting excellence is brilliant dramatization of anthropological and sociological principles at work, respected by today's scholars." Barron; Anatomy of Wonder 4, *3-358. Fine in fine and bright dust jacket with one 1/8th inch closed tear to the rear panel, and only a hint of rubbing. A handsome, superior copy.. Signed. First edition, first printing. Hardcover.

      [Bookseller: Robert Gavora, Fine and Rare Books]
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        Earth Abides (1949) (Signed)

      New York: Random House, 1949. Book. Very Good. Hardcover. Signed by Author(s). First Edition. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Hard Cover with silver-stamped lettering on spine, dark blue half-cloth over light blue cloth boards, circular waffled stamped impression on cover board. Tight binding. Page-tops stained blue, Very Good. SIGNED BY AUTHOR on first half title page in dark blue fountain pen "GEORGE R. STEWART". Dust jacket in protective mylar with original $3.00 pricing intact on flap (NOT price-clipped), minor edgewear with barely noticeable few slight, small tears/wrinkle along upper dj and extremely small chip on bottom dj near spine, Very Good. First Printing, First Edition. 373 pages. Previous owner gift inscription on first free end paper. Extremely rare and much sought after Signed First Edition. A real showpiece..

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        RED WINE AND YELLOW HAIR. (Painted Issue.)

      New York: New Directions (1949). 1st edition, limited (1/108) numbered and signed, with unique hand-painted covers by the author. The text is printed on blue/green paper, rather than the off-white paper of the trade edition. The present copy is designated "This is Copy No. THREE" on the colophon, and boldly signed by Patchen. The complete colophon reads, written in Patchen's hand: "Limited to 108 Books / Covers Decorated by Author / no two alike / Most Spine-Cloths & Binding-Papers are Different / Bound largely by Hand / This is Copy No. THREE / Kenneth Patchen" on red end papers. The front cover illustration of the present copy is an original painting of a crowned king. (Morgan A18b.) Patchen's hand painted books are now legendary, and have become increasingly scarce in this century. Photo images available upon request.

      [Bookseller: Jett W. Whitehead Rare Books (ABAA)]
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        Physical Principles Involved in Transistor Action WITH Hole Injection in Germanium - Quantitative Studies and Filamentary Transistors WITH The Theory of P-n Junctions in Semiconductors and P-n Junction Transistors

      New York: American Telephone and Telegraph Company, 1949. First Edition. Hard Cover. Near Fine. In the Bell System Technical Journal, Volume 28. 753, [1-blank],viii (Volume title, table of contents and index) pages. New blue cloth binding with renewed endpapers. Gold lettering on spine "Bell System Technical Journal" | "Discovery of the Transistor" | " Vol 28, 1949" Bright and clean internally, noting one penned number at base of page viii. Includes all 4 quarterly issues of the journal for 1949. Original wraps for first issue bound in, previous owners' name at top. Bardeen, Brattain and Shockley won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1956 "for their researches on semiconductors and their discovery of the transistor effect." The first paper referenced here, 'Physical Principles Involved in Transistor Action' is the classic paper on the subject, here in it's original publication format. The same paper was published simultaneously in the April 15, 1949 issue of the Physical Review. Origins of Cyberspace 450. NOTE: This volume also contains a paper by Claude Shannon 'Communication Theory of Secrecy Systems' which was originally published in a now-declassified report 'A Mathematical Theory of Cryptography' in Sept 1, 1945. There are also other papers on the transistor, and papers by other Bell System researchers. The Bell System Research Labs functioned as a rich incubator during this period, turning out key developments across many technologies. The Bell System Technical Journal is an important journal of record for research in electronics, physics, communications theory, and mathematics.

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        Farmer Giles of Ham

      London - George Allen and Unwin Ltd, 1949 Book. Very Good. Hardcover. First edition. A first edition, first tradeissue, of J. R. R. Tolkien's medieval fable. The story describes the encounters between Farmer Giles and a wily dragon named Chrysophylax, and how Giles manages to use these to rise from humble beginnings to rival the king of the land. Cheerfully anachronistic and light-hearted, the novel is set in a fantasy Great Britain of long ago, with mythical creatures, medieval knights, and primitive firearms. It is only tangentially connected with the author's Middle-earth legendarium: both were originally intended as essays in English mythology. With numerous lovelyillustrations by Pauline Baynes, whom Tolkien claimed had 'reduced my text to a commentary on her drawings', including two colour plates. One of only 4500 copies in trade binding, published 20 October 1949. Complete with its original unclipped dustwrapper. Condition: In an orangefull cloth binding with blue illustrative detailing to front board, with original dustwrapper. Externally, generally smart with some marks to boards only. Dustwrapper is in good condition. One closed tear to front has been carefully internally repaired with tape and is only visible with close inspection. Otherwise suffers from only a little discolouration and minor closed tears. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are bright andvery clean with only the occasional spot to the fore edge. Overall: VERY GOOD INDEED with a VERY GOOD dustwrapper..

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        Bartholomew and the Oobleck

      New York: Random House,, 1949. Written and illustrated by Dr. Seuss. Tall octavo. Finely bound by The Chelsea Bindery in dark blue morocco, titles blocked to spine in white, pictorial onlay to front board copied from the original with the titles blocked in white, twin rule to turn-ins in white, light blue endpapers with the original pictorial endpapers bound in, gilt edges. Illustrated throughout. A fine copy. First edition, first printing. With the author's signed presentation inscription to the verso of the front free endpaper "An extra blob of Oobleck For the Macpherson's with best wishes - Dr. Seuss.

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      1949. 1. SEUSS,DR. BARTHOLOMEW AND THE OOBLECK. NY: Random House (1949). Folio (9 1/4 x 12 1/4"), blue glazed pictorial boards with the "oobleck" green on cover, Fine in dust wrapper with irregular tears on bottom edge, price clipped. First printing. This copy is INSCRIBED "Best Wishes Dr. Seuss" on endpaper. Illustrated in 2-color by Seuss. Bartholomew, the hero of the "500 Hats" returns to save the Kingdom of Didd. Caldecott Honor. A great copy of an early Seuss book, very scarce with inscription. Younger/Hirsch 3.

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        EXPOSITION RETROSPECTIVE. 1905-1949. Association Copy

      Paris: Musée National d'Art Moderne,, 1949 Leger, Fernand, [1881-1955], Cassou, Jean. EXPOSITION RETROSPECTIVE. 1905-1949. Association Copy. With lithographs by Fernand Leger. Paris: Musée National d'Art Moderne, 1949. First edition, 8vo., 40 pp., text in French, with very handsome illustrations, including 4 original full-page lithographs, 3 of which are brilliantly colored; printed by Mourlot after designs by Fernand Leger; plates with tissue guards; in the original wrappers, front cover is one of the lithos; A fine copy from the working library of Alfred Pellan with his studio stamp on the bottom of the title page. The international art community recognized a half century ago, the truly momentous contribution made by Alfred Pellan, to the arts and none more so than Leger himself, whom Pellan called both an inspirational colleague and a dear friend. During the war years, Leger spent time in North America, living for a brief period in Montreal, where he had an opportunity to enjoy Pellan's company as they had during Pellan's Paris years. A nice association copy.. Association Copy. 1st Edition. Illus. by Fernand Leger.

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        On the Making of Gardens

      London: Dropmore Press. Good+ in Poor dust jacket. 1949. First Edition. Hardcover. Some staining to margins of endpapers. Some staining and marks to leather at margins of pastedowns. Bookseller's rubber stamp on front endpaper. The dust wrapper has quite heavy foxing and is split into two pieces down the entire length of the spine. Chips missing to dust wrapper spine. The dust wrapper is held together in a mylar cover. The card slip case has moderate rubbing and wear. A 2/3" split to the card at the tail of the slipcase.; Number 73 of 100 specially bound copies, signed by Osbeth Sitwell and John Piper. Full green morocco binding with two raised bands on spine. Gilt illustration on front board. xvi, 113, [2] pages + lithographic frontispiece + 5 lithographic plates (3 double page). Some leaves unopened.; 8vo 8" - 9" tall .

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        American Camellia Catalogue 1949-1953 SIGNED & INSCRIBED A UNIQUE SET ?

      American Camellia Society 1949-1953. First Edition. Hardback. Fine/No Jacket. A unique set of the American Camellia Society Catalogues from 1949, 1950, 1951, and 1953 {two sets}. & All the plates are in colour and hand finished after Menaboni. & There are two complete sets of the huge 1953 supplement, each with 121 plates, one bound in a single hard covered folder, inscribed and signed by the author Albert Fendig (designated as "Research" on the title page) "To Charles Paddle{?} with much esteem and appreciation from his friend Albert Fendig".& The other 1953 supplement bound in 5 similar but smaller folders, arranged alphabetically.& The earlier years catalogues have 24 plates (1949) 11 plates (1950) 10 plates (1951)& A grand total of 287 colour plates plus all the relevant text sheets.& & the plates are in outstanding condition.

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        EXPOSITION RETROSPECTIVE. 1905-1949. Association Copy

      Paris: Musée National d'Art Moderne,, 1949 Leger, Fernand, [1881-1955], Cassou, Jean. EXPOSITION RETROSPECTIVE. 1905-1949. Association Copy. With lithographs by Fernand Leger. Paris: Musée National d'Art Moderne, 1949. First edition, 8vo., 40 pp., text in French, with very handsome illustrations, including 4 original full-page lithographs, 3 of which are brilliantly colored; printed by Mourlot after designs by Fernand Leger; plates with tissue guards; in the original wrappers, front cover is one of the lithos; A fine copy from the working library of Alfred Pellan with his studio stamp on the bottom of the title page. The international art community recognized a half century ago, the truly momentous contribution made by Alfred Pellan, to the arts and none more so than Leger himself, whom Pellan called both an inspirational colleague and a dear friend. During the war years, Leger spent time in North America, living for a brief period in Montreal, where he had an opportunity to enjoy Pellan's company as they had during Pellan's Paris years. A nice association copy.. Association Copy. 1st Edition. Illus. by Fernand Leger.

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        Gedichte, Entwürfe zu Gedichten und Bruchstücke aus den Jahren MDCCXCVI-MDCCCIV

      Aurora, NY, and Lexington, KY: Stamperia del Santuccio, 1949. Large quarto. 254pp. One of 51 copies. Victor Hammer greatly admired Hölderlin's lyrical poetry. This volume represents a near complete collection of the poet's work between the years 1796 and 1804, printed in the original German as Hammer believed was the proper way to do the poems full justice. Illustrated with a single brass-plate engraving by Hammer showing the poet in the pose of the Seer, a likeness of Hölderlin taken from a 1792 pastel drawing of him by F. C. Hiemer. Known as Hammer's "American masterpiece," Hölderlin's Gedichte is number XI in the printer's "Opus" series of major works and the first book he issued under his old Stamperia del Santuccio imprint after emigrating to the United States from Europe. Being the first major book printed in American Uncial, it is described by Joseph Blumenthal as "a vigorous, full-bodied, sophisticated letter, with an archaic sense of history and culture." Hammer himself said he hoped with Uncial to "fuse Roman and black letter, those two national letter forms, into a new unity." & & The book is printed on handmade Italian Magnani paper, which came from the same mill that Hammer used when he was in Europe. Initially, he printed fifty copies of the title-page on domestic machine-made paper, but he promptly deemed that paper inferior and went back to what he knew and trusted. The result is a masterfully printed book on sumptuous paper that is a pleasure to behold and to handle; its beauty, as Blumenthal notes, is based on "the rare and subtle elegance of typographic design and proportion, of type on paper, and the perfection of its presswork." Bound in plain, gray boards with a paper label to the spine. Slight soiling to boards, and just a hint of rubbing to spine ends, else a fine copy of one of the most important press books of the twentieth century. With the bookplate of renowned Princeton Germanist Victor Lang. Prospectus laid in. Together with: Hammer, Victor. A Dialogue on the Uncial. Aurora, NY, 1946. One of 350 copies. Inscribed by Hammer to the noted literary scholar, Erich Kahler. All housed in a cloth folding case.

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        Songs of a Pagan (Signed First Edition)

      Caldwell, ID: Caxton Printers, 1949. First Edition. First Edition. SIGNED and DATED in the year of publication by the author on the verso of the front endpaper. Near Fine in a Very Good dust jacket. Jacket is rubbed and lightly faded, with several chips, tears and accompanying creases along the edges. Brigman was an important and influential early photographer, who, in 1906, became the only photographer living west of the Mississippi to be named a Fellow of the Photo-Secession. This collection of poetry and photography was published a year before her death, making signed copies scarce, particularly in jacket.

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      1949. Paperback. ART - MEXICO. ALBUM TGP MEXICO: EL TALLER DE GRAFICA POPULAR DOCE ANOS DE OBRA ARTISTICA COLECTIVA/THE WORKSHOP FOR POPULAR GRAPHIC ART A RECORD OF TWELVE YEARS OF COLLECTIVE WORK. Mexico: La Estampa Mexicana, 1949. Oblong 4to., spiral binding, stiff laminated paper wrappers, black printed in white. Corners chipped, bottom of spine slightly chipped. Includes 5 original signed wood engravings printed in black on tinted paper, by Alfredo Zalce, Alberto Beltran, G. Fernandez Ledesma, Francisco Mora and Carlos Merida. Light rubbing to first page. B/w illustrations in the text. Text in Spanish.

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        The Little SIster ( Scarce: Superb Condition )

      Hamish Hamilton 1949 - A First UK printing published by Hamish Hamilton in 1949.Precedes the US edition.The BOOK is in near FINE condition.Amazingly appears unread.A few foxing spots to the text-block otherwise clean and bright.The fragile paper thin WRAPPER is complete and minimally rubbed at the folds and corners - much less so than usually encountered.The spine is unfaded with NO browning of the lettering.The rear panel and flaps are amazingly clean for it's age.The wrapper looks very striking in its' removable Brodart archival protector.A really superb copy and you would be hard pushed to find a nicer copy with such attributes. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Death Of A Salesman

      New York, The Viking Press. 1949., 1949. FIRST EDITION. 8vo., pp. 139. Publisher's orange cloth with printed illustration and titles, illustrated endpapers, in Joseph Hirsch designed dustwrapper. First printing, with Stratford Press noted as printer and jacket with $2.50 publisher's price and Esther Handler photo of a young Miller on rear flap. Light trivial wear. A FINE copy of the Pulitzer Prize winning drama. Winner of the New York Drama Critic's Circle 1949 award as the best American play of the season.

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        Death of a Salesman

      New York: The Viking Press. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. FIRST EDITION of Arthur Miller's Pulitzer-prize winning play; one of the classics of American theater. New York: The Viking Press, 1949. Octavo. Original orange cloth, original dust jacket. Book with very minor toning to spine; jacket with small chips to head of spine, one small chip to upper front corner of jacket. A very attractive copy.

      [Bookseller: The Manhattan Rare Book Company]
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        The Little Sister (First Edition)

      Boston: Houghton, Mifflin, 1949. First American Edition. First issue with the correct date on the title page and in the orange first issue binding. Fine in a Fine, crisp dust jacket that shows only a trace of the usual sunning to the spine and has a couple of tiny dings at edges. Far superior to most copies one encounters.

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        Death of a Salesman (First Edition)

      New York: The Viking Press, 1949. First Edition. First Edition. All first issue points present, including jacket issue points. Very Good plus in a Very Good or better dust jacket. Slight fading at the extremities, spine lean, faint foxing at the page fore-edges, and two tiny bruises at the front endpaper. Jacket extremities with small bruises and tiny chips, a few tiny closed tears, faint foxing overall, and the faintest toning at the spine. & & A presentable copy of this Pulitzer Prize-winning play, one of the classics of American drama and basis for a number of film and television versions with, among others, Fredric March, Lee J. Cobb, Rod Steiger, Dustin Hoffman and Brian Dennehy playing the role of failed salesman Willy Loman. Jacket design by Joseph Hirsch.

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        Little Sister, The

      New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1949. First American edition. Hardcover. Very Good/very good. Ends of spine rolled and slight lean to spine, reddish cloth clean and bright with image of woman-handled dagger on front cover/dj shows wear to edges, a few small chips and closed tears, spine faded, price clipped) cover illustration by Artzybasheff clean and bright in mylar dj protector. 5th Marlowe novel.

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        Knight's Gambit

      Random House, 1949. Red cloth binding, black/gilt titles and decoration, black topstain. As per point of issue, no edition statement on CP. Near fine copy with one wrinkle-tear to one page at mid-foreedge. DJ in Mylar also near fine with some scratches, foldwear. Price of $2.75 intact. 246 pp.. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. Book.

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        The Season of Comfort

      New York: E. P. Dutton, 1949. First Printing of the stated First Edition. Black cloth boards with gilt-lettered spine, red top edge, 253pp. Signed by Gore Vidal. Some tanning to endpapers, else book in fine condition; and in a near fine dust jacket, with light tanning to spine, and minimal edge wear. . Signed by Author. First Edition. Hard Cover. Fine/Near Fine.

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      INSCRIBED BY WINSTON S. CHURCHILL AND DATED 1949 IN HIS HAND on the half title. First edition, later printing. This is the only copy we have ever seen or heard of inscribed by Churchill, whose contribution to the volume, "The Cavalry Charge at Omdurman", appears at p. 813. The inscription is an excellent example. It reads "Winston S. Churchill" with "1949" appearing below written in black ink. The ink shows just a bit of age-spreading and is visible on the reverse of the thin paper. Consistent with Churchill's deteriorating health in 1949, there is just a hint of shakiness to the signature. The condition of the book itself is very good in a very good dust jacket. As with a first edition, the top edge is stained yellow and the $3.00 price is present on the dust jacket front flap. However, the words "First Edition" do not appear on the dj flap and there is no "A" on the copyright page. The black boards and spine are clean with bright gilt and only a trivial hint of shelfwear and tiny bumps to both corners of the rear board. The contents are bright and tight with no internal spotting. There is transfer browning to the pastedown and endpapers and an inked owners name dated "Christmas, 1942" on the ffep (confirming that this is an early printing given that the first printing was published 22 October 1942). The yellow-stained top edge retains bright color with very light soiling. The fore and bottom edges of the text block show very light spotting. The black and white dust jacket is clean and unclipped, but shows some edgewear, most notably wrinkling to .125 inch at both the head and tail of the spine and at the corners of the front flap fold. A truly rare prize inscribed thus. The dust jacket is protected in a removable, archival quality clear cover. Bibliographic reference: Cohen B81.1, Hannemann A19.

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