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        The Poems.

      London: Macmillan & Co. Ltd, 1949 - 2 volumes, tall octavo. Original bright green cloth over bevelled boards, gilt lettered spines, author's monogram in gilt on front covers, top edges gilt. With the original slipcase. Without the scarce glassine jacket. A little wear to corners of slipcase, touch of very pale (almost imperceptible) mottling to covers. A very good set. Photogravure portrait frontispieces of Yeats by Emery Walker after John Singer Sargent and Augustus John. First and limited variorum edition, number 171 of 375 copies signed by Yeats, and published by Macmillan as the Definitive Edition, beautifully printed in Fournier type on laid paper. The edition was personally overseen by Yeats's widow, George, the publisher Harold Macmillan and the publisher's reader Thomas Mark; as stated in the prospectus: "For some time before his death [in 1939], W. B. Yeats was engaged in revising the text of this edition of his poems, of which he had corrected the proofs, and for which he had signed the special page to appear at the beginning of Volume I [the limitation sheet]". Yeats was, of course, a constant reviser of his work - which makes this definitive edition all the more important. Wade 209 & 210. [Attributes: Signed Copy]

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA member]
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      Dall' Oglio Editore, 1949. ITALIANO 0,2 Brossura in cartoncino semi rigido. Copertina con mancanze e leggermente usurata. Pagine in buono stato, con tagli bruniti. Volume n. XXIV ( 24 ) della collana. USATO

      [Bookseller: Biblioteca di Babele]
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        The Poems.

      London: Macmillan & Co. Ltd,, 1949. 2 volumes, tall octavo. Original bright green cloth over bevelled boards, gilt lettered spines, author's monogram in gilt on front covers, top edges gilt. With the original slipcase. Photogravure portrait frontispieces of Yeats by Emery Walker after John Singer Sargent and Augustus John. Without the scarce glassine jacket. A little wear to corners of slipcase, touch of very pale (almost imperceptible) mottling to covers. A very good set. First and limited variorum edition, number 171 of 375 copies signed by Yeats, and published by Macmillan as the Definitive Edition, beautifully printed in Fournier type on laid paper. The edition was personally overseen by Yeats's widow, George, the publisher Harold Macmillan and the publisher's reader Thomas Mark; as stated in the prospectus: "For some time before his death [in 1939], W. B. Yeats was engaged in revising the text of this edition of his poems, of which he had corrected the proofs, and for which he had signed the special page to appear at the beginning of Volume I [the limitation sheet]". Yeats was, of course, a constant reviser of his work - which makes this definitive edition all the more important.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        Autograph Letter Signed ("Dylan Thomas"), to producer Frank Hauser at the British Broadcasting Corporation, agreeing to read his poems on a radio program

      The Boat House, Laugharne, Carmarthenshire, [Wales], 1949. 1 p. 8vo. Docketed with date "31 Aug 1949" as receipt on verso by BBC. Old folds. 1 p. 8vo. "I'll be very pleased indeed to read a ... selection of my poems" Thomas accepts an invitation to read his poems on B.B.C. Radio's Third Programme. In part: ". . . I'll be very pleased indeed to read a 20 minute selection of my poems on the Third Programme sometime at the end of September--with just the minimum amount of linking material. Are any links, other than the titles of the poems, really necessary? Would I be expected to announce the titles of the poems myself? If so, then perhaps a few introductory words would be needed as well. . . ." The program was broadcast on September 24, 1949, with Thomas reading, among his own poems, "There Was a Saviour," "If my Head Hurt a Hair's Foot," "Poem in October," "After the Funeral," "A Refusal to Mourn" and "In My Craft or Sullen Art." He also delivered a piece called "On Reading One's Own Poems." The recording was released as side B of the 1963 Caedmon LP "An Evening with Dylan Thomas." From 1943-1953 Thomas participated in over 150 B.B.C. radio broacasts, and his popularity owed much to his rich voice and dramatic reading style.

      [Bookseller: James Cummins Bookseller]
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        Portrait photograph of Jean Cocteau

      Paris, 1949. Half-length, standing on terrace of Paris apartment. Gelatin silver print. 1 vols. 13.5. x 9.25 inches. Fine, atelier stamped on verso: "Photograph by Carl Van Vechten | 146 Central Park West | Cannot be reproduced without permission", and docketed by Van Vechten in pencil, giving the subject of the photograph, the date ("January 30 1935"), the number of the negative, and a direction for reprodction ("80%"). Half-length, standing on terrace of Paris apartment. Gelatin silver print. 1 vols. 13.5. x 9.25 inches. Probably taken just before Cocteau's trip to America in 1949. Reproduced in PORTRAITS: The photography of Carl van Vechten, edited by Saul Mauriber (1978)

      [Bookseller: James Cummins Bookseller]
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        The Westercon (Annual West Coast Conference) October Second 1949

      Los Angeles: Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society, 1949. First Edition 1st Printing. Printed Wrappers. Very Good. Original Program, Red Covers With Black Printing. This Example With "E. E. E." At The Top, Apparently E. Everett Evans' Copy As He Participated In The Organization Of This Second Annual Convention, With "Th' Ol' Foo" Added Below, Possibly By Forrest Ackerman. Signed By Ray Bradbury [And With His Own Caricature], Marguerite Bradbury, A E Van Vogt, Arthur Joquel, R. Dewitt Miller, Eph Konigsberg, Forrest Ackerman, Bryce Walton, William Rotsler [Also With His Caricature], Roy A Squires, Kris Neville, Henry Eichner, Len Moffat, Rick Sneary, Walt Daugherty, Jean Cox., And Several Dozen Other Members. With An Extra Cover Sheet.

      [Bookseller: Arroyo Seco Books]
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        SIXTH COLUMN ..

      New York: Gnome Press, [1949].. Octavo, cloth. First edition. America is conquered by Asia, and a small group of scientists plot to save the country. This novel was first published under Heinlein's pseudonym Anson MacDonald in Campbell's ASTOUNDING SCIENCE FICTION as a three-part serial, January-March, 1941. In 333. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, p. 221. A fine copy in fine dust jacket. (#155359)

      [Bookseller: L. W. Currey, Inc.]
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        Casse pipe

      - Frédéric Chambriand, Paris 1949, 12x19cm, broché. - Edizione su carta attuale, il francobollo stampato servizio stampa Lunghezza del secondo piatto. autografo preziosa firmata dall'autore Jean Tardieu, mentre era ancora in esilio in Danimarca. Piccoli buchi neri Lunghezza del primo piatto. Nizza copia. Si noti che Celine aveva già dedicato a Jean Tardieu un "Death on" Alfa nel 1936 (guarda tutti Celine, 2, p.36) - [FRENCH VERSION FOLLOWS] Edition originale sur papier courant, tampon imprimé de service de presse en pied du deuxième plat. Précieux envoi autographe signé de l'auteur à Jean Tardieu, alors qu'il se trouvait encore en exil au Danemark. Infimes piqûres noires en pied du premier plat. Agréable exemplaire. On note que Céline avait déjà dédicacé à Jean Tardieu un "Mort à Crédit" sur Alfa en 1936 (cf. Tout Céline, 2, p.36)

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        The Dream Merchants

      New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1949 From the author of The New York Times number one bestseller The Carpetbaggers comes a novel of passion, intrigue, power, and money.With 11 weeks on The New York Times best sellers list, The Dream Merchants provides a fascinating look at the early days of the world's most glamorous industry--Hollywood. It was the latest "gold rush"--when ambitious, if unscrupulous, men and women flooded California to turn cinematic dreams into reality, regardless of the moral cost. Johnny Edge, a former carnival barker, schemes and plots his way to the top while Peter Kessler turns his back on a staid life of small-town stability to stake his fortune on the movie business. Beautiful starlet Dulcie Warren is willing to use her sexuality and to play dirty to get to the top, if that's what it takes.When the lives of these three ambitious, determined characters collide, they have the potential to build a dream--or shatter one to pieces.More than 25 New York Times bestsellers later--many reaching the #1 spot--and with over 750 million copies sold to date, Harold Robbins became one of the most successful authors of all time.About the Author:Harold Robbins (1916-1997) is one of the best-selling American fiction writers of all time, ranking 5th on the World's Best-Selling Fiction Author List just behind William Shakespeare and Agatha Christie. He wrote over 25 bestselling novels, sold more than 750 million copies in 42 languages, and spent over 300 weeks combined on The New York Times bestseller list. His books were adapted into 13 successful films and television series that garnered numerous Oscar® and Golden Globe® nominations starring Steve McQueen, Elvis Presley, Laurence Olivier, Bette Davis, Robert Duvall, Tommy Lee Jones, and more. Robbins' personal life was as fascinating to the public as his novels. An enthusiastic participant in the social and sexual revolution of the 1960s, Robbins cultivated a "playboy" image and maintained friendships with stars including Frank Sinatra, Clint Eastwood, Tony Bennett, and Sammy Davis, Jr., and was one of the first novelists to be prominently featured in gossip magazines, earning him the title of "The World's First Rock Star Author."

      [Bookseller: Bell's Books]
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        C'est à Saint-Paul de Vence

      - La nouvelle édition, Paris 1949, 14x19cm, broché. - Edition su carta corrente. autografo firmato Jacques Prévert ad un amico arricchito con un tre stelle che rappresenta il disegno appeso sul figlio. La nostra copia è arricchita con una quartina quadrupla manoscritto firmato di André Verdet dal titolo "Il cavallo che ti porta" e che è stato incollato ai margini della pagina occhietto. Copertina di Emilienne Delacroix. Un anticipo zero del secondo piatto. - [FRENCH VERSION FOLLOWS] Edition originale sur papier courant. Envoi autographe signé de Jacques Prévert à une ami enrichi d'un dessin représentant trois étoiles suspendues à des fils. Notre exemplaire est enrichi d'un quadruple quatrain manuscrit signé d'André Verdet intitulé "Le cheval qui t'emporte" et qui a été encollé en marge de la page de faux-titre. Couverture illustrée par Emilienne Delacroix. Une éraflure en tête du second plat.

      [Bookseller: Librairie Feu Follet]
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        TGP Mexico el Taller de Grafica Popular , The Workshop for Popular Graphics

      La Estampa Mexicana 1949 - La Estampa Mexicana. Mexico, 1949 . Soft cover. Book Condition: Fine condition. First Edition. 190 pgs. 7 X 12 1/2. Book is one of the most important to illustrate the first 12 years of Taller de Grafica Popular. It includes 5 original and signed artwork by: Leopoldo Mendez , Alfredo Zalce, Alberto Beltran , Isidoro Ocampo and Fernandez Ledesma. Prignitz 795 - 799. La Estampa Mexicana. Mexico, 1949 . Condicion: Excelente estado. Primera edicion. 190 pgs. 70 cms X 95 cms. Cubierta ilustrada. El libro mas importante de los primeros 12 años de la historia del Taller de Grafica Popular. El libro incluye 5 obras originales y firmadas de: Leopoldo Mendez , Alfredo Zalce, Alberto Beltran , Isidoro Ocampo and Fernandez Ledesma. Prignitz 795 - 799. Bookseller Inventory #0159. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Soft Cover]

      [Bookseller: Isa Galeria]
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        Le Petit Magicien Anime

      Monte Carlo Les Flots Bleus, 1949 Some of the glued binding pages are loose. ; Bright boards look very good, does have a few loose pages. Animations work. Very light edgewear, bright colors, Six animations by Robert de Longchamp, all working order. Text is in French. The animations are a card trick works fine, one page that the animation folds in and out, Liquid trick works fine, rabbit out of box works fine, calendar trick works fine, and another card trick works fine. The cover is exceptionally nice, the loose pages are from the glued binding which could be glued back in.

      [Bookseller: Jans Collectables]
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        Averrois Cordubensis. Compendia Librorum Aristotelis qui Parva Naturalia Vocantur. Recensuit Aemilia Ledyard Shields, adiuvante Henrico Blumberg.

      Cambridge Massachusetts The Mediaeval Academy of America 1949 - (26 x 18,7 cm); 4°; XXXII Seiten, 1 Blatt, 276 Seiten; Orig.-Leinwandband. Corpus Commentariorum Averrois in Aristotelem, Versiorum Latinarum Volumen VII. ( The Mediaeval Academy of America, Publication No. 54 ). Schnitte, Vorsätze und die ersten und letzten Seiten sind stockfleckig. * Versand mit/ shipping with Deutsche Post oder/ or DHL. - Ask for more pics ! * 1200 gr.

      [Bookseller: Heinrich Heine Antiquariat oHG]
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        Giant Brains: or Machines that Think

      New York: John Wiley and Sons, 1949. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. Signed by Author. First edition. Flat-signed by Berkeley on front free endpaper in black ink. xvi, 270pp. Original gray cloth with blue lettering. Offsetting to ffep, else Fine in About Very Good price-clipped dust jacket with edge-wear, creased tear to bottom of back panel, tiny chip near head. A very uncommon signature from the computer science pioneer, journalist, and mathematician who observed the UNIVAC, Simon (the first personal computer designed by Berkeley himself), and the Harvard Mark I among other early computers in action. This book brought the concept of the computer to the lay public for the first time.

      [Bookseller: Burnside Rare Books]
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      New York: Harper & Brothers, 1949. First Edition, early printing. 1949 date on copyright page with no additional printings listed. Publisher's letter code C-A signifying a publication date of March, 1951. A clean very good copy in original maroon cloth backed grey paper covered boards. 276 pages including index. No name, bookplate or other markings. "Graham is considered the father of value investing, an investment approach he began teaching at Columbia Business School in 1928 and subsequently refined with David Dodd through various editions of their famous book Security Analysis. Graham's followers include Warren Buffett, William J. Ruane, Irving Kahn, Walter J. Schloss and others. His book, Security Analysis, with David Dodd, was published in 1934 and has been considered a bible for serious investors since it was written. It and The Intelligent Investor published in 1949 are his two most widely acclaimed books. Warren Buffett describes The Intelligent Investor as "the best book about investing ever written." . First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good.

      [Bookseller: RON RAMSWICK BOOKS, IOBA ]
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        To Hell and Back

      New York: Henry Holt & Company, 1949. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. First edition, stated first printing. Near Fine with reading creases to several page corners, in a Very Good dust jacket with price intact though new price inked on front flap, light edge wear, several tape repairs made to verso (one visible at crown from front), and insect abrasions along the rear flap fold which lightly affect the surface of the rear board as well. Murphy's memoir in which he recounts the events which lead him to become one of the most decorated soldiers of WWII, and earned him a Medal of Honor.

      [Bookseller: Burnside Rare Books]
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      [Bookseller: Biblioteca di Babele]
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        Eigenh. Brief mit U., eh. Bildpostkarte mit U., eh. Manuskript mit Namenszug im Titel, eh. Manuskript ohne U. und Typoskript mit eh. Namenszug im Titel.

      Magreglio am Comer See und Nervi (Genua), 1948 und 1949. - Korrespondenz: 5 SS. auf 3 Bll. Gr.-4to und qu.-8vo. Mit 2 eh. adr. Kuverts. - Manuskripte: (4¾+1¾ =) 6½ SS. auf 8 Bll. (Qu.-)8vo. - Typoskript: 10 SS. auf 10 Bll. Gr.-4to. Mit einigen Beilagen (s. u.). An Anna (auch Aenne) Weber in Mailand: "Ich kann mich leider erst heute für Ihren lieben Besuch und Ihren lieben Brief bedanken, denn ich konnte erst heute Abend wieder auf ein paar Stunden an meinen Schreibtisch gehen. Es geht mir - leider - sehr schlecht. Die Störungen wollen und wollen nicht aufhören. Ich weiss nicht, was [.] seit einem Jahr in der ganzen Welt ist. Alles ist krank und kommt nicht zu sich. Ich habe seit Oktober zwei meiner allerbesten und drei andere, sehr liebe Freunde verloren. Jeden Tag trifft eine neue Krankheitsnachricht ein. Die Kontakte mit Deutschland sind sehr locker, die Menschen schreiben ganz einfach nicht. Man bekommt keine Antwort - und wenn eine, so eine hingehuschte. Es ist eine Lähmung über der Welt, schlimmer als im Krieg [.]" (a. d. Br. v. 15. II. 1949). - Das Manuskript "Gesang der Chthon" (aus dem 25. Kapitel des Buches "Chthon") mit 4¾ SS. auf 7 Bll. (8vo), das über den Kampf, der sich im apollinischen Dichter abspiele, mit 1¾ SS. auf 1 Bl. (qu.-8vo); das Typoskript "Der Schatten (aus dem Buche 'Mnemosýne')" mit 10 SS. auf 10 Bll. (gr.-4to). - Beiliegend eine Visitenkarte und fünf von anderer Hand beschriebene Bildpostkarten, die tls. mit Grüßen und U. des mitreisenden Benrath versehen sind. [Attributes: Soft Cover]

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat INLIBRIS Gilhofer Nfg. GmbH]
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        General Robert E. Lee. 36 miniature etchings. First edition. Signed.

      Sierra Madre, CA: Bernhardt Wall:, 1949. 4to, bound by Wall in plain red cloth with etched cover label. 7-1/8 x 7-1/2 inches. 36 miniature etchings with decorative borders, printed in colors on heavy wove paper, 3 of which are signed. MARKED "TRIAL COPY F/ONE" FROM AN EDITION OF 100 COPIES SIGNED BY WALL outside of the edition of 11 with canceled copper plates. "In addition to numerous historical scenes, Wall reproduced the general's elusive signature"--Weber, Following Bernhardt Wall 1872-1956, page 50. Bernhardt Wall was born in Buffalo, New York on Dec. 30, 1872. He studied at the Buffalo Art Student's League then moved on to study in New York under Henry Reuterdahl and also apprenticed under William Auerbach-Levy. Wall began a career as a lithographic illustrator in 1889 working primarily as a commercial artist in New York and Buffalo. He soon became known as the "Postcard King" and designed over 5,000 comic cards. The year1915 marked a defining point in Wall's artistic career. Wall visited Colorado, Nevada and California making etchings of Indians, cowboys and major cities which were later published in a portfolio entitled, "Under Western Skies." These proved to be very successful and the artist shortly thereafter moved to California permanently. Wall continued to produce many fine etchings of the American West and by 1930 had also become a much respected historian of the region. Bernhardt Wall was unique in that he not only drew the etchings for his books, but he also printed and bound them. His books are in libraries and universities around the world including the British Museum, Library of Congress, the libraries of Harvard, Yale, Columbia, and Brown Universities. His works were also in the private collections of J. P. Morgan, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Henry C. Frick and Dr. N.C. Mathewson. Wall etched three sitting presidents of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt, Warren Taft, and Henry Coolidge. Other prominent individuals etched by Wall include Sam Houston, Mark Twain, Thomas A. Edison, Abraham Lincoln, and Andrew Jackson. Artist and historian, Bernhardt Wall (1872-1956) was a pioneer etcher and producer of fine press books who treated a vast array of subjects, including Texas and the Southwest. Historians of fine press printing have compared him to William Blake. This collection of Wall's scrapbooks, publications, and correspondence was built by collector Natalie Williams of Marshall, Texas.

      [Bookseller: Alan Wofsy Fine Arts]
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      - 1949, Madrid, Se termino de imprimir en los Talleres Graficas de Madrid, el dia 25 de enero de 1949, Trescientos ejemplares numerados, ejemplar 211, 22 paginas, 20x13, cubiertas originales rustica, buen estado

      [Bookseller: Libreria 7 Soles]
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        La peau

      - Denoël, Paris 1949, 12x19cm, broché. - Prima edizione della traduzione francese, una delle 300 copie numerate su Alfa solo le carte dopo 50 filo puro. copia rara e piacevole. - [FRENCH VERSION FOLLOWS] Edition originale de la traduction française, un des 350 exemplaires numérotés sur alfa, seuls grands papiers après 50 pur fil. Rare et agréable exemplaire.

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        Journal de son voyage en Suisse *

      Ides & Calendes, Neuchâtel & Paris 30.11.1949. - En feuilles sous cartable demi-toile à rabats 30 x 25, dos muet, titre gravé contrecollé. Très frais. 12 eaux-fortes originales de Marcel North, tirées par Christian Bichsel à Zürich. Bon ouvrage de "tourisme bibliophilique", complémentaire au volume suivant qui présentait "Les 25 Capitales de la Suisse" sur la même maquette dans cette collection réservée à l'illustrateur maison. Ici c'est en terre alémanique qu'il rayonne, entre Bâle et Steckborn.Élégant et puissant et délicat et fin et subtil et humoureux et plein de poésie. telles ces sirènes qui se baignent dans le creux du Rhin !:-) Édition originale. L'un des 100 exemplaires numérotés sur Ingres Guarro, entre les 12 premiers en arabe et les 13 en romain, ces 25 luxueux numéros contenant une suite signée sur Chine.

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        Le calepin du mendiant

      First edition, on of 30 numbered copies on pur fil, the tirage de tête.Endpapers slightly and partly sunned, not serious, a good copy. Pierre Cailler Genève 1949 13x20cm broché

      [Bookseller: Librairie Le Feu Follet]
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      - New York [1949], Ronald. Green buckram, very good, 11 color 208 b. w. photo plates, 141p. text, index, bibliography, in slipcase, clean, solid, very nice copy. FIRST EDITION Coming from an academic background in Chinese art, Siren has delivered what has been acclaimed as the most outstanding study on the Chinese garden. He traces the Chinese garden as a work of art in forms of nature, the mountains, rivers, and trees. The architectural elements of the gardens, in literature,painting and older gardens in Japan. * Illustrating some private gardens, the parks of the Sea Palaces, Yuan Ming Yuan, and the New Summer Palace and the park of the Jade Fountain are all covered in great detail. By and large a valuable integrated study, covering the artistic and intellectual aspects of gardens & garden art history. Especially well done, enjoyable work, quite readable very beautifully illustrated. * BIBLIOGRAPHY: Arntzen J347 *

      [Bookseller: RARE ORIENTAL BOOK CO., ABAA, ILAB]
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      EDIZIONI RINASCITA, ROMA 1949 - PICCOLA BIBLIOTECA MARXISTA ITALIANO Traduzione di Palmiro Togliatti, n. 18 della collana, pagine brunite ai bordi da fattore tempo e rara fioritura, legatura editoriale in brossura, ingiallita, con fioritura, con bordi stanchi e strappetti al dorsetto

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        ULTIMO VENNE IL CORVO (prima edizione) - 1949

      Einaudi, Torino 1949. In 8o, pagg. 284, mezza tela. Collana I Coralli. Opera seconda di Italo Calvino. Raro. Ottimo (23514/ITALO CALVINO)

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        The Sheltering Sky

      John Lehmann, London., 1949. First edition. Precedes the U.S. edition. Octavo. 304 pages. The author's first book.Signed by the author on the title-page.Covers slightly bumped at the corners and a bit faded at the spine. Very good in very good, slightly nicked and rubbed, price-clipped dustwrapper a bit darkened at the spine.

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        Twenty-six Poems

      (No place: James Laughlin & J. M. Dent & Sons Ltd, 1949) First edition, deluxe issue. One of only 10 copies printed on Japan vellum, out of a total edition of 150 copies printed by Hans Mardersteig at the Officina Bodoni in Verona, Italy, and signed by Thomas. The ten copies on Japan vellum were divided between the publisher and the poet, the present copy being copy number five [V], one of the poet's own copies, bearing his ownership signature and address on the rear endsheet: "Dylan / Boat House / Laugharne / Carmarthenshire / Wales." The bibliographer suggests that: "the vellum copies preceded the hand-made paper issue by about two days." Rolph B13. Schmoller 94. Barr 48 (regular issue). Twenty-Six Poems is a selection of Thomas's best poems, including "I see the boys of summer", "After the funeral", "The hand that signed the paper", "There was a saviour", "Ballad of the Long-Legged Bait", "Deaths and Entrances", "Fern Hill", "A Refusal to Mourn", "In my craft and sullen art", and "In Country Sleep", among others. Presentation copy, inscribed on the front free endpaper by Thomas to the Asian American poet José Garcia Villa: "To José Garcia Villa from Dylan Thomas". Thomas's inscription is followed on a later blank page by a pen-and-ink drawing by Thomas bearing the caption "Who is Love" and the inscription "from Dylan with affection, May 1953." In addition, at the back of the book, there is a pen-and-ink portrait of José Garcia Villa by Caitlin Thomas, which is signed "Villa by Caitlin". At the time this book was published, Garcia Villa was an associate editor at New Directions, whose publisher James Laughlin co-published this book. Laughlin was delighted with Garcia Villa when he first met him: "Marvelous little guy. Like an affectionate squirrel. . . . He worships Cummings, which puts him in good with me." - Ian S. MacNiven, "Literchoor Is My Beat": A Life of James Laughlin, Publisher of New Directions ((N. Y.: Farrar Straus Giroux, 2014), p. 196. Garcia Villa owned copy number 106 of the regular issue of Twenty-Six Poems, also inscribed to him by Thomas. Although it is unlikely Garcia Villa could afford to buy Twenty-Six Poems at the time, it is possible that Laughlin gave him a copy of the regular issue, perhaps as a bonus, or allowed him to purchase a copy at a low price. As for Thomas's own copy of the deluxe issue, Thomas may have given it to Garcia Villa, or may have offered to sell him this copy during the early 1950s when the poet was touring America and felt desperate to raise money. It should be noted that it is for his love poetry that José Garcia Villa is perhaps best known today. Moreover, and most importantly, there is an additional pen-and-ink drawing by Caitlin on the page facing the colophon, a picture of "Dylan & me", with the figure of Caitlin labeled "wife", and the figure of Thomas labeled "D. T.s". Above the drawing is an inscription in Caitlin's hand reading "on George Reavey'sNth birthday, May 4, 1952 at Irene Rice-Perieira's and George Reavey's apt." The date is subsequently corrected: "Really 1st May". At the time Reavey and his wife, the artist Irene Rice-Pereira, lived on West 15th St. in New York. Below the inscription are the signatures of those who were present at the party, including Dylan Thomas, Oscar Williams, Irene Rice-Pereira, and David Lougée ["one of Dylan's first American friends" - John Malcolm Brinnin, Dylan Thomas in America (Boston: Little, Brown & Co., 1955), p. 278]. Caitlin joined Dylan for his second tour of America in 1952, and the inscriptions and drawings in this book, with the exception of Thomas's ownership signature and address at the back, probably all date from the birthday party at Reavey's house in May 1952, when Caitlin would have drawn the self-portrait of herself and Dylan, and the portrait of Garcia Villa, and when their friends signed the book. It is possible, of course, that Dylan could have met Garcia Villa again in May 1953, separately, and added the drawing and inscription to him then, but it seems more likely that he simply misdated the inscription at the time of Reavey's party the previous year. Caitlin did not accompany Dylan on his third tour of America in April/May 1953, and only returned to America on November 5, during Dylan's fourth tour, after learning that Dylan had been hospitalized in New York. Thomas died on November 9, without having awakened from a coma, while Caitlin was recovering from a nervous breakdown at the River Crest Sanitarium on Long Island. Originally attributed to acute alcohol poisoning, the cause of Thomas's death is now believed to have been severe bronchopneumonia, which went undiagnosed and untreated - that is to say, mistreated - at the time. When Thomas was admitted to St. Vincent's Hospital on November 5, "the simmering rivalry between Dylan's local friends flared into open hostility. On the one hand was a definite inner circle centred on these three [John Malcolm Brinnin, Ruthven Todd and Liz Reitell, John Malcolm Brinnin's assistant, with whom Thomas was having an affair] and the Slivkas [David and Rose]; on the other, a group, headed by George Reavey and Oscar Williams, who felt excluded. As well as being closer to Caitlin, they considered they had known Dylan longer and were the true guardians of his interests, literary and otherwise." - Andrew Lycett, Dylan Thomas: A New Life (Woodstock & NY: Overlook Press, 2003), p. 370. Disentangling the truth from contemporary or posthumous accounts of the last years of Dylan Thomas's life is almost impossible, not least because so fraught with grief, bitterness and guilt. But John Malcolm Brinnin and Ruthven Todd's pre-emptive attempts to establish official narratives of Thomas's last days were, to use Caitlin's most lenient and succinct critique of Brinnin'sDylan Thomas in America, "one-sided" and "limited", and failed - or simply refused - to acknowledge the good intentions, and the good works, of the couple's other friends, especially Oscar Williams. Todd in particular completely misrepresented Williams' character and impugned the generous role he played in helping Dylan and Caitlin, a role that is well documented in later accounts. As Lycett points out: "Among his (Thomas's) circle, she (Caitlin) took to Oscar Williams, who not only had expressed interest in her writing but also seemed to understand how important it was to her as an impecunious mother in Laugharne that he sold Dylan's work for quick, ready cash." - Lycett, p. 325.The Thomases were constantly imploring Williams to raise more money for them. In October 1951, Dylan wrote to Williams: "Please, old crazy friend, get me a lot of dough bloody, bloody quick." And Williams was always trying to do just that, primarily by arranging for periodical publication of Thomas's poems, but also raising money through public appearances and the sale of manuscripts and worksheets that Thomas gave him to sell. And the money that Williams succeeded in raising, often without taking a commission, was considerable. "In the first few months of the year (1953) Thomas earned more than a thousand pounds in income that passed through his agents, and in other sums that came direct from Oscar Williams. . . . On 3 March Thomas was sending Williams the 'Prologue' drafts to see what he could raise on them." - quoted in Paul Ferris, Dylan Thomas: The Biography. New Edition. (Washington, DC: Counterpoint, 2000), p. 276. Dylan Thomas and Caitlin MacNamara's marriage was legendary, as much for its love as its volatility. "He said he loved me; that I was the only woman for him; and, whatever the evidence to the contrary, I believed him, and still do; and I am grateful for that important bit of faith. There is, happily, no limit to the faith of human nature in believing what it wants to believe." - Caitlin Thomas, Left Over Life To Kill (London: Putnam, 1957), pp. 11-12. Dylan Thomas died in 1953, and when Caitlin Thomas died forty-one years later, in 1994, she was buried beside her husband in Laugharne. Artifacts like the present copy of Twenty-Six Poems seem all the more precious for commemorating the less conspicuous - because less self-consciously self-promoted - but no less important circle of Dylan and Caitlin Thomas's friends in New York City. Although Dylan Thomas's impromptu impulse to add caricatures of himself and his friends to copies of his books is familiar to collectors, Caitlin's impromptu drawings are less well known. However, Ferris notes her "own brand of wild caricature" and mentions her impulse, "unnervingly, in her more uncommunicative moods, (to) take out her notebook and begin sketching everyone around her." - Ferris, p. 324 4to, original quarter vellum & boards, publisher's slipcase. A fabulous copy of Thomas's most beautiful book. Some smudging and discoloration to a few pages, particularly on the pages with drawings, faint offsetting from the Officina Bodoni logo on the colophon page to the facing page, otherwise a very good copy in the origina slipcase, which is splitting along part of the top edge.

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        Etching: French Lace West Portal of the Main Façade of the Church of Notre-Dame, on the Place Notre Dame, Villefranche-en-Rouergue, Aveyron, France. With cover leaf of text

      The Society of American Etchers, Gravers, Lithographers and Woodcutters Inc. Second State. Signed lower right "John Taylor Arms, 1949 ". Fine. In envelope. Second State. Signed lower right "John Taylor Arms, 1949 "

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        Nineteen Eighty-Four

      New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1949. Advance Review Copy. Softcover. Very Good. Pale wraps printed in brown. Advance reading copy of the first American edition. Very Good with toning, wear and soiling to wraps. Bumped corners. Erased pencil notation to half title page, and browning to the copyright and adjacent page from a clipping formerly laid in. An uncommon format, which also states "First American Edition" on the copyright page.

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        Bundesgesetzblatt in 96 Bänden

      Bundesanzeiger Verlagsgesellschaft, Bonn, 1949-1999. Je Band ca. 1495 S., einheitliche Halbleineneinbände mit roten Deckeln, quart - vorhanden sind: 1949 / 1950 / 1951(Teil 1) / 1952 (Teil 1/2) / 1953 (Teil 1/2) / 1954 (Teil 1) / 1955 (Teil 1) / 1956 (Teil 1 ) / 1957 (Teil 2) / 1958 (Teil 1) / 1959 (Teil 1 ) / 1960 ( Teil 1) / 1962 (Teil 1) / 1963 (Teil 1/2) / 1964 (Teil 1) / 1965 (Teil 1/2) / 1966 (Teil 1) / 1967 (Teil 2) / 1968 (Teil 1/2) / 1969 (Teil 1/2) / 1970 (Teil 1/2) / 1971 (Teil 1/2) / 1972 (Teil 1/2) / 1973 (Teil 1/2) / 1974 (Teil 1/2/3) / 1975 (Teil 1/2/3) / 1976 (Teil 1/2/3) / 1977 (Teil 1/2/3) / 1978 (Teil 1/2) / 1979 (Teil 1/2) / 1980 (Teil 1/2 ) / 1981 (Teil 1/2) / 1982 (Teil 1/2) / 1983 (Teil 1/2) / 1984 (Teil 1/2) / 1985 (Teil 1/2) / 1986 (Teil 1/2) / 1987 (Teil 1/2) / 1988 (Teil 1/2) / 1989 (Teil 1/2) / 1990 (Teil 1/2/3) / 1991 (Teil 1/2) / 1992 (Teil 1/2) / 1993 (Teil 1/2) / 1994 (Teil 1/2/3) / 1995 (Teil 1/2) / 1996 (Teil 1/2) / 1997 (Teil 1/2/3) / 1998 (Teil 1/2/3) / 1999 (1/2) sowie Gesamtregister 1949-1990/ 1951-1990 gute Exemplare -

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        Theory of Self-Reproducing Automata

      First edition of this important work on self-reproduction in machines and life forms, scare in the dust jacket.Von Neumann became interested in the abilities of computers to self-reproduce during his work on the Institute for Advanced Studies computer project - noting that, since a Turing machine can make exact copies of any readable sequence, it can copy itself. He hoped to formulate a theory of self-reproduction that would be general enough to explain and predict self-reproduction in both machines and living things."Using the same method of logical substitution by which a Turing machine can be instructed to interpret successively higher-level languages - or by which Gödel was able to encide mathematical statements within ordinary arithmetic - it was possible to design Turing machines whose coded instructions addressed physical components, not memory locations, and whose output could be translated into physical objects, not just zeros and ones. 'Small variations of the foregoing scheme,' von Neumann continued, 'also permit us to construct automata which can reproduce themselves and, in addition, construct others'. Von Neumann compared the behaviour of such automata to what, in biology, characterises the 'typical gene function, sefl-reproduction plus production - or stimulation of production - of certain specific enzymes. Viewing the logic of self-replication and self-reproduction through the lens of formal logic and and self-referential systems, von Neumann applied the results of Gödel and Turing to the foundations of biology" with his conjectures hitting "the heart of the probability or improbability of the origin of life" (Dyson, Turing's Cathedral, pp. 283-285).Together with Stanislaw Ulam, von Neumann attempted to develop these ideas for publication, but it remained unfinished at his death. "The incomplete manuscript, including a lengthy introduction based on a series of five lectures given by von Neumann at the UNiversity of Illinois in 1949, was eventually assembled, with careful editing by Arthur Burks, and published as Theory of Self-Reproducing Automata almost ten years after von neumann's death... Our understanding of self-reproduction in biology, and our development of self-reproducing technology, proceeded almost exactly as the proposed theory described" (Dyson, p. 286). Edited and Compiled by Arthur W. Banks. Urbana & London: University of Illinois Press, 1966. Octavo. Original green cloth, titles to spine and upper board in black. With the dust jacket. Contemporary ownership signature in blue ink to the front free endpaper. An excellent, fresh copy in the lightly rubbed jacket that is tanned, particularly along the spine panel, and has some nicks and short splits at the edges.

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        Max Beckmann. Mit 81 Bildtafeln, 5 Farbtafeln und 8 Abbildungen im Text.

      München, Piper 1949. 4°, 82 S. Text mit einigen Textabbildungen und 81 Bildtafeln, Orig.-Halblederband mit farbig illustr. Orig.-Umschlag und Orig.-Leinenkassette. Erste Ausgabe.- Eines von 100 nummerierten Exemplaren der Vorzugsausgabe mit den eingebundenen und von Max Beckmann signierten Orig.-Lithographien \"Frau mit Fisch\" und \"Komposition 1948\".- Mit einem ersten Werkverzeichnis der Gemälde mit 660 Nummern.- Umschlageinrisse hinterlegt, schönes Exemplar. Versand D: 4,50 EUR Kunst; Werkverzeichnis

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        Tales of the Uncanny and Supernatural

      Peter Nevill Limited, London and New York 1949 - First edition and true First. Octavo, cloth. Signed and dated (1949) and inscribed by the author on the front free end paper. A very good plus copy with a small stain to the top of the text block, pages clean, some light spotting. In an original later state jacket. Laid in are 12 letters from Blackwood to Sylvianne Matheson, some handwritten with all bar three signed. Uncommon late Blackwood signature and scarce with full provenance not to mention the fascinating correspondence. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

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        Official Invitation to the Opening Session of the Knesset. [With]: Entrance ticket with seat assignment for the Inaugural Knesset Session.

      14th February 15th Shevat 1949 - Issued for the Editor of the Hamashkif daily newspaper. Light stains. 12mo. On the 14th February, 1949, the Israeli Parliament (the Knesset) convened for the first time following the 20th January elections and so replaced the Provisional State Council which acted as IsraelÕs official legislature from its independence on the 14th May, 1948.

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        SENRYU: Japanese Satirical Verses.

      - [Tokyo 1949], Hokuseido.Green pictorial cloth, foldout color plate, many b.w. & color text drawings, photos, 230p.,superb dj in mylar protector, 14.4 x 21.5 cm. FIRST & ONLY EDITION !! VERY RARE AUTHOR'S SIGNED PRESENTATION COPY: "R.H. BLYTH" Zen master D.T. Suzuki described Blyth as "One of the most eminent exponents of Japanese culture." Blyth's studies on Haiku, Japanese humor, and Zen are "unique contributions towards East-West understanding." *** Blyth lived and worked in the East for 40 years, until his death in 1964. Aldous Huxley describes Blyth's work as "illuminating." W.J. Higginson writes in his Haiku Handbook, thanks to Blyth, "A new interest in Japanese Haiku began to grow among the poets of the post WWII generation." *** Full text in English & Japanese, with Romanized Japanese text, Japanese satirical verse at its best. *** ZEN AND HAIKU: Blyth's studies on Haiku, Japanese humor and Zen are "unique contributions towards East-West understanding." Blyth lived & worked in the east 40 years, until his death in 1964. The history of Zen is the history of moments. It cannot be, like the history of ideas, or even the history of the freedom of thought, an account of development, systematization, criticism, modification, replacement and so forth. Zen seems to become deeper sometimes, shallower, broader, narrower sometimes, but there is no progress of the ordinary kind. It is a history only in the sense of being a list of names of great men in the attainment of great and so forth. Zen seems to become deeper sometimes, shallower, broader, narrower sometimes, but there is no progress of the ordinary kind. It is a history only in the sense of being a list of names of great men in the attainment of great Buddha-hood. * BLYTH'S CONTRIBUTION: Blyth lived and worked in the East for forty years, until his death in 1964 at the age of sixty-six. From the time of his internment in Japan during World War II, Blyth wrote assiduously. In the 1950's, his "ZEN IN ENGLISH LITERATURE" and "ORIENTAL CLASSICS" and "HAIKU" reached enthusiastic readers in America and Europe. Aldous Huxley describes Blyth's work as "illuminating." As William J. Higginson writes in his "HAIKU HANDBOOK," thanks to Blyth "a new interest in Japanese Haiku began to grow among poets of the immediate post World War II generation." . Blyth's Contribution to cross-cultural understanding was manifold. In 1945, Blyth assumed a post as professor of English at Tokyo's Gakushuin University, the former Peers' School. For almost twenty years he tutored Crown Prince Akihito, the present Emperor. Blyth played a leading role in Emperor Hirohito's historical declaration of January 1, 1946, that he was a human being rather than a god. Blyth edited numerous writings from English and American literature, making them available to avid Japanese readers. *** Original editions of Reginald Horace Blyth's writings are always R A R E ! **** THIS EDITION: There was only one small printing of this title published by Hokuseido just three and a half years after the end of World War II [August 1945]. This is the FIRST AND ONLY R A R E EDITION OF THE BOOK ! *** ILLUSTRATOR: This work was profusely color illustrated by Sobun Taniwaki. *** DUSTJACKET: The dust jacket was issued in a matching color and illustration matching the binding cloth, found in two variants: a. Back states "Printed in Occupied Japan" b. Back does not state "Printed in Occupied Japan" *** BIBLIOGRAPHY: Please inquire with us as we try keep a variety of Blyth titles in stock. You may also request a list of his books in stock. . Other Blyth writings: * Zen in English Literature and Oriental Classics, The Hokuseido Press, 1942 Haiku, 1949-1952, in four volumes: Vol.1: Eastern Culture. Vol.2: Spring. Vol.3: Summer-Autumn. Vol.4: Autumn-Winter. The Hokuseido Press . Japanese Satirical Verses, The Hokuseido Press, 1949 Japanese Humour, Japan Travel Bureau, 1957 Japanese Life and Character in Senryu, 1959. Oriental Humor, 1959. . Zen

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        The Mating Season.

      London Herbert Jenkins Limited 1949 - First edition, first printing, 8vo., modern full green morocco with tan lettering pieces and all edges silvered, in fine condition. McIlvaine A69a. [Attributes: First Edition]

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      CHIANTORE, TORINO 1949 - AI QUATTRO VENTI ITALIANO Traduzione integrale di S.Palazzi, pagine brunite ai bordi, con fioritura ed alcune gore, testatine illustrate, illustrazioni in nero nei testi di Nello Pasquali, rilegatura editoriale cartonata, ingiallita, con usura ai bordi e con strappi al dorso

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        I Capture the Castle

      London: William Heinemann LTD, 1949. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. First edition, first printing. Publisher's blue cloth binding, with gilt stamping to spine. Very Good. Lightly dust soiled. Light shelf lean, spine cloth a bit faded, foxing to edge of page block. Previous owner gift inscription to front free end paper. Lavender top stain is vibrant. In a Very Good dust jacket with a bit of general wear, light edge wear, foxing to blank verso, and a vertical crease down the spine panel. A much nicer than average survival of this notoriously fragile dust jacket.

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      Philadelphia and New York: J.B. Lippincott Company, [1949]. First edition. A fine copy in a nearly fine dust jacket with some light rubbing to edges and corner tips. (17876). Octavo, cloth. Collection of eight stories, three of which were adapted for the television anthology series "The Ford Television Theatre" (1955-57).

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        Enciclopedia Italiana Di Scienze, Lettere E Arti


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