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        Pebble in the Sky

      New York: Doubleday and Company, 1950. Copyright date 1950, first edition, first printing. Authors First Book. An attractive dustjacket that is vibrant in color with some wear to the spine and edges. This original First State dustjacket has the $2.75 price present on the front flap. No tears, bent pages, nor any writing. Shelf wear to the edges and to the head and toe of the spine are moderate with light bumps to the head and toe of the spine, two small marks on the front board. Book has all first edition first printing points. Dust jacket, all first issue points are present with $2.50 on the inside front flap, with advertising for Max Ehrlich book The Big Eye. Light Browning to the back panel with short tear increases on the top edge and bottom edge, head and toe of the spine have short creases, dust jacket now in a clear protective cover.. First Edition. Hardcover. very good Plus/very good Plus. 7¾" - 9¾" Tall. collectible Sci-fi.

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        El Verdadero Chileno. Libertad en el Orden. Año I.- N° I, Santiago mayo 6 de 1950 al Año I.- N° 79 , 12 de noviembre de 1950

      Impr. de la Sociedad, Santiago de Chile 1950 - 4 p. c/ u ; 35x26 cms.Los 79 números encuadernados en un volumen. Colección completa. Diarios chilenos siglo 19 (A-242E-CM) [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        The Traveller's Tree - SIGNED and with the rare wrap-around band

      John Murray, 1950 A first edition, first printing published by John Murray in 1950. A near fine book without inscriptions with some foxing to the page edges, seeping a little into the pages. In a very good+ clipped wrapper which has a nick to the head of the spine and some wear to the spine tips and corners. SIGNED by way of a bookplate to the front pastedown. One or two nicks here and there. Complete with the rare original wrap-around band declaring the book to be the "Winner of The Heinemann Foundation Prize. Scarce with the band.[removed][removed]

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        Pebble in the Sky

      Doubleday and Company, 1950, Hardcover, Book Condition: very good Plus, Dust Jacket Condition: very good Plus, First Edition. Size: 7¾" - 9¾" Tall, Copyright date 1950, first edition, first printing. Authors First Book. An attractive dustjacket that is vibrant in color with some wear to the spine and edges. This original First State dustjacket has the $2.75 price present on the front flap. No tears, bent pages, nor any writing. Shelf wear to the edges and to the head and toe of the spine are moderate with light bumps to the head and toe of the spine, two small marks on the front board. Book has all first edition first printing points. Dust jacket, all first issue points are present with $2.50 on the inside front flap, with advertising for Max Ehrlich book The Big Eye. Light Browning to the back panel with short tear increases on the top edge and bottom edge, head and toe of the spine have short creases, dust jacket now in a clear protective cover, collectible Sci-fi

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        Mutable Loci in Maize

      Annual Report of the Director of the Department of Genetics, Carnegie Institution of Washington Year Book No. 50 for 1950-51, pp. 174-181, Dec. 14. PAPERBACK. Very good condition. First edition. Offprint. Original wrappers. Ownership stamp of Norman H. Giles on front cover.* Genetics. Nobel Prize. Ink date and name of author on front cover at top left corner. . Very Good. 1951.

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        LEGEND OF THE GHOSTWAY RITUAL IN THE MALE BRANCH OF SHOOTING WAY, Part 1; SUCKINGWAY, ITS LEGEND AND PRACTICE. Part Two

      St. Michaels Press, St. Michaels, Arizona 1950 - xviii, 373 pp., two 3-page pullout color plates. Parezo, 3053. Mint condition.

      [Bookseller: Ethnographic Arts Publications]
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        Komödie der Eitelkeit

      First edition, of which there were no large paper copies. Handsome autograph inscription, signed and dated by Canetti to Raymond Queneau : " Für Raymond Queneau aus Freude über eine unerwartete Begegnung, Juni 1951 [for Raymond Queneau, the pleasure of an unexpected meeting, June 1951]".Complete with dj (slightly sunned at edges of spine and covers), small tears to head of upper cover. % Willi Weismann Verlag München 1950 13x21,5cm broché

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        Collection of First Day Covers / Original Stamps from all over the world / First Day Covers of Shakespeare 400th Birthday / 20th Anniversary of the World Health organisation / Royal Cork Yacht Club etc. / First Day Cover British Explorers (Captain Robert Falcon Scott / Henry Hubson / Sir Martin Frobisher / Sir James Clark Ross etc. Over 1000 Stamps

      Cork / London etc., Irish Post / British Post etc., c. 1950 - 1990. Octavo. more than 50 First day Covers and hundreds of stamps. Original Softcover. The whole collection in a blue koffer. Ask for more images.

      [Bookseller: The Time Traveller's Bookshop ]
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        COLOPHON, A BOOK COLLECTOR'S QUARTERLY.|THE

      New York: The Colophon, 1930-1950. various sizes. various bindings. 47 volumes. Includes the following: 1. Original Series. 20 volumes. 4to., boards + Index. 1930-1935. 2. New Series, 12 volumes, boards or cloth. 1935-1938. 3. The Annual of Bookmaking. Thick 8vo., cloth. 1938. 4. New Graphic Series. 4 volumes. 4to., boards. 1939. 5. The New Colophon. 9 volumes. 4to., boards except the 9th volume which is cloth bound and much thicker than the rest. 1948-1950. 6. Index the Colophon, 1930-1935. "Scholarly and popular contributions both make perfect reading for connoisseur and amateur of books and bibliography." Many illustrations. The print by the Canadian artist David B. Milne is present in Part Five of the original series. Spine covering of volume five of the New Colophon partially rubbed away. Included is a large folder of related ephemeral material including the original 4to. prospectus to the set.

      [Bookseller: Oak Knoll]
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        Wildschweinidyll. Wildschweinrotte am verschneiten Flußufer. Ölgemälde auf Leinwand.

      Bildmaß: 78 x 68 cm ( Höhe x Breite ), alt gerahmt ( Rahmenmaß: 95 x 85 cm. Das Bild rechts unten mit *L. Klein* signiert, undatiert ( ca. um 1950 ). Verso auf dem Rahmen wohl vom Künstler mit *Wildschweinidyll* bezeichnet. Gezeigt wird eine Wildschweinrotte im verschneiten Winterwald am Flußufer bei untergehender Sonne. Von guter Erhaltung. ( Bitte beachten: Hier wegen der Größe kein Versand, hier nur Selbstabholung in meinem Ladengeschäft ) ( Pic erhältlich // webimage available ) ( Please notice: No shipment possible )

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        Vingt Cinq Reproductions 1934 1950

      

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        Un mauvais rêve suivi de Notes et variantes établies par Albert Béguin et de vingt-sept lettres de Georges Bernanos

      First edition, one of 65 numbered copies on Hollande paper, the tirage de tête after 50 on Japon.Superb maroon morocco studded with gilt dots by Madeleine Gras, repair to foot of one joint, covers with design of spiral fillets to centre, red velour endpapers and pastedowns, covers and spine preserved, all edges gilt; slipcase edged in maroon morocco, lined in brown felt, wood-patterned paper boards. Slight marginal worming to blank endpapers. A very good copy in a handsome binding. Plon Paris 1950 13x20cm relié sous étui

      [Bookseller: Librairie Le Feu Follet]
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        Max Ernst

      

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        Les matinaux

      First edition, one of 65 numbered copies on pure wire, deluxe edition after 6 and 28 Madagascar Holland. Binding half morocco cherry, back with five nerves, golden tail date supervision of a net gilded on the marbled paper plates, guards and contreplats cherry, preserved covers and backs (back insolated), gilded head, elegant binding signed P. Goy & C. Vilaine. Nice copy pleasantly established. Gallimard Paris 1950 12x19cm relié

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        The Complete Poems of Robert Frost

      NY: Limited Editions Club, 1950. Hardcover. Very good. #852 of 1500cc signed by the designer Bruce Rogers, illustrator Thomas W. Nason, and Robert Frost. Two volume set in blue cloth and marbled slipcase. Books near fine, slipcase darkened and rubbed with some edgewear causing some tiny bits of loss at the opening.

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        Cocktail Party, The [Signed]

      New York Harcourt, Brace 1950 First Printing, without code symbols specifying later printings (per Gallup, "Through oversight, the words 'first American edition' were omitted from the verso of the title page on the first printing). Tall, slim 8vo: 190,[2, including sheet of music]pp. Publisher's black cloth, spine lettered in gilt; white typographic dust jacket, priced $3.00 and printed in yellow and black. Signed in blue ink by Eliot beneath his initials on the acknowledgements page. A Near Fine or better copy, lightly shelf-rubbed, spine gilt dulled, page edges slightly toned; about Fine jacket marred only by light fading to spine panel. Gallup A55b. Near Fine+ ¶Eliot was at Princeton in 1948, working on his second verse-drama, One-Eye Riley (which, after significant revision, became The Cocktail Party), when he received word he had won the Nobel Prize for literature. His literary reputation rested principally on poetry and criticism, but in later years, beginning with The Family Reunion in 1939, he had turned to the verse drama that would display his Christian sensibilities. In its early, revised form, The Cocktail Party, in three acts, was based closely on Euripides's Alcestis, according to Elliott Martin Browne, producer of all Eliot's plays except Sweeney Agonistes (Eliot thanks Browne in this edition's acknowledgments "for his criticism of the [play's] structure, from the first version to the last."). According to Gallup, 10,000 copies were published on March 10, 1950, all of which

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        Jacques Vingtras. L'enfant - Le bachelier - L'insurgé - Le proscrit, correspondance avec Arthur Arnould

      Collective First edition, one of 150 numbered copies on "pur-fil" paper ours one of the 25 hors commerce copies for each of the only leading copies.Original prefaces Gaston Monmousseau, Francis Jourdain, Marcel Cachin and Lucien Scheler, editor of the works of Jules Vallès, autograph dedication of the author signed autograph latter Alice Eterstein the last volume.Nice together despite the shaded guard on which appears the autograph of Lucien Scheler. --- Please note that the translation in english is done automatically, we apologize if the formulas are inaccurate. Contact us for any information! Les éditeurs français réunis Paris 1950 12x18,5cm 4 volumes brochés

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        Actuelles. Chroniques 1944-1948

      First edition, one advance (service de presse) copy.One pale stain to lower cover, paper yellowed, this copy has a chemise and slipcae of grey half shagreen by signé Devauchelle.Handsome autograph inscription with initials from Albert Camus to his close friend André Belamich.Belamich rencontre Camus en 1932 sur les bancs du cours de philosophie de Jean Grenier au lycée Bugeaud d'Alger, la fameuse « Khâgne africaine ». Après avoir participé ensemble à l'aventure du Parti Communiste Algérien, Camus et Belamich forment avec d'autres penseurs et artistes ce  que l'on nomme aujourd'hui "l'Ecole d'Alger" réunissant autour de l'éditeur et libraire Edmond Charlot une génération d'esprits progressistes dont Claude de Fréminville, Max-Pol Fouchet, René-Jean Clot, emmanuel Roblès et Gabriel Audisio.Après plusieurs traductions pour Charlot de Jane Austin et David Lawrence, Belamich devient surtout, à l'initiative et avec le soutien de Camus, le principal traducteur de Garcia Lorca et l'instigateur de sa diffusion en France.L'indéfectible amitié qui l'unit à Camus jusqu'à sa mort - il est à ses côtés lors de la remise de son Prix Nobel - font de lui un des principaux témoins de la vie de l'écrivain comme l'attestent ses contributions aux biographies de Herbert R. Lottman et de Olivier Todd.Emouvant et précieux envoi à cet ami des premières heures algériennes qui ont construit l'humanisme de Camus et auxquelles il consacra son dernier roman inachevé : « Le premier homme ».  Gallimard Paris 1950 12x19cm broché sous chemise et étui

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        Pasiphaë.

      (London: Golden Cockerel Press, 1950). Octavo. 40pp. From an edition of 500, this is one of 100 specially bound copies with an extra engraving. Illustrated with five copperplate engravings by John Buckland Wright, plus an elaborate title-page spread. Bound by Sangorski and Sutcliffe in gilt-stamped plum vellum boards. Minimal fading to fugitive color along spine, some color loss to extremities, few stray foxed spot to terminal leaves, else about fine in slipcase. (Cock-A-Hoop 185).

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        Psychologie de l'art : La monnaie de l'absolu

      First edition for which there were no large paper copies.Handsome autograph inscription from one Compagnon de la Libération to antoher : "Pour Rémy avec l'amical souvenir d'André Malraux."Richly illustrated.Spine slightly sunned with, to foot, a tear with a lack to foot. Skira Genève 1950 23x29,5cm reliure de l'éditeur

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        Twenty Six Poems

      

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        Mr. Midshipman Hornblower.

      Boston; Little Brown and Company. 1950. First US Edition. 8vo. Publisher's blue cloth, very good indeed, lightly worn to the extremities and with some slight edgewear and discolouration. In a good only dustwrapper with significant creasing and loss to the spine panel. This copy is inscribed to Forester's wife, Dorothy, on the front flyleaf and the pastedown bears the bookplate of the Forester and Troughton Smith archive. Internally clean and sharp. A splendid association albeit with the dustwrapper in the condition we have come to expect from the titles purchased from the family collection. Housed in a tailor made leather spined clamshell box.

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        L'abbé C

      first edition on the current paper.Signed autograph of Georges Bataille to filmmaker Jean Grémillon.Back insolated, yellowed paper as usually. Les éditions de minuit Paris 1950 12x19cm broché

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        In a Lonely Place.

      London & Brussels: Nicholson & Watson Ltd., 1950 - Octavo. Original blue cloth, gilt lettering to spine. With the dust jacket. Ink stamp to front free endpaper. Spine ends lightly faded, spine gently rolled, pale browning to edges, some open tearing to jacket with loss of text to one letter on spine, a very good copy in the jacket. First UK edition, first impression; first published in the US in 1947, the basis of the classic film noir starring Humphrey Bogart and Gloria Grahame in 1950. [Attributes: First Edition]

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA member]
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        The Complete Poems of Robert Frost

      NY: Limited Editions Club, 1950. Hardcover. Very good. #852 of 1500cc signed by the designer Bruce Rogers, illustrator Thomas W. Nason, and Robert Frost. Two volume set in blue cloth and marbled slipcase. Books near fine, slipcase darkened and rubbed with some edgewear causing some tiny bits of loss at the opening.

      [Bookseller: Kenneth Mallory Bookseller. ABAA]
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        Allez en Corse. Cie Gle Transatlantique.

      Cie Gle Transatlantique. No date. Ca. 1950s. Color lithographic poster, 25 3/4 x 15 3/4 inches, professionally mounted on linen. Soft horizontal crease to upper margin and lower margin, minimized by linen backing; very good, bright condition. Richly colored image by Edouard Collin showing a docked ship, old mission church and orange tiled rooftops, as seen looking out from the dark of a cavern in the mountainside. Produced for the French shipping company Compagnie Générale Transatlantique.

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        La vanille et la manille

      Collection Drosera. Edition illustrated with 5 original etchings of Jacques Herold, one of 100 numbered copies on Arches paper, one draw after 1 Japan 3 colored paper and 15 Roma Netherlands.Handwritten signature of Jacques Herold to the justification of the draw.Some slight marginal minor bites on some sheets, first guard partially shaded. Collection Drosera Paris 1950 20,5x29,5cm en feuilles

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        The Log of the Good Ship.

      New York: Standard Oil, c.1950 - Quarto. Original pictorial wraps, side stapled. Pages mildly toned. An excellent and unused copy. Illustrations throughout by Dr. Seuss. First edition, first printing. A 36 page promotional booklet for Esso Oil's marine services designed as a humorous daily ship log. Younger & Hirsch 48 [Attributes: First Edition]

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA member]
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        Ave Maria bei der Überfahrt, 1886. Orig.-Lithographie.

      ca 1950 - 100 x 81 cm, Am Rande etwas knittrig, min. falzspurig, sonst tadell. Unten rechts von Gottardo Segantini voll signiert u. num.: 38/110. Das Gemälde (120 x 93 cm) vom Vater Giovanni Sengantini, wurde vom Sohn auf den Lithostein übertragen und abgezogen. 2000 gr. Schlagworte: Grafik - vor 1945 [Attributes: Signed Copy]

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        United States of America. A Map of History and the Best Pleasures and Treasures.

      Covina, California. G. P. Dicus. No date. Ca. 1950s. Color pictographic / pictorial map, 16 1/4 x 25 3/4 inches on sheet size 17 x 26 1/2 inches. Some soft creases from rolling, very good condition. An interesting and quirky map of the United States by Garner Parker Dicus with pictographs illustrating historical themes or events and notes on historical events in black text. In red text are noted the Best Pleasures & Treasures, which include restaurants and hotels. Text boxes in the border explain key historical events located with numbers on the map. The patriotic tone is emphasised in exhortations to "Travel America. Learn about your country and the rich historical heritage of the U.S.A."; "Keep America Beautiful"; "Help Prevent Forest Fires"; "Drive Carefully and Courteously." G.P. Dicus created several maps in the 1950s and 60s; WorldCat lists the University of Utah as the sole holding for this title.

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        Thatching A Study of a Rural Craft.

      Calligraphic manuscript, oblong folio, 355x255mm, [6], 93 (but omitting f.71, apparently a mispagination), [15] leaves, written in black ink a very fine italic hand, illustrated with pen-and-ink drawings in the text and 35 tipped-in photographs, the last 15 leaves are "A Thatching Scrapbook" containing newspaper cuttings and photographs, peg-bound album in grey cloth., sound.The author was a student at St Paul's College of Education, Cheltenham; now part of the University of Gloucestershire. After giving a brief history of thatching, he embarks on a detailed analysis of the various styles, materials and techniques of the craft, together with illustrations of all the various tools involved. In this he was greatly helped by Mr. E. Bevan, Master Thatcher, of Tirley, Glos. There are several illustrations of Mr. Bevan at work, and he often quoted in the text. In addition to being a comprehensive study of thatching in 1950's Britain, it is something much rarer, documentation of the skills of a man at the top of his craft, Mr. Bevan, Master Thatcher of Gloucester.

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        The Family Moskat. Translated from the Yiddish by A. H. Gross

      Alfred A. Knopf, New York 1950 - First edition in English. 611, [3] pp. 1 vols. 8vo. Crimson and black cloth. Fine in almost fine unclipped dust jacket, with one closed tear, else a fine copy of Singer's first book [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Le minotaure ou la halte d'Oran

      Charlot. First edition in part, one of 17 numbered copies on China paper, tirage de tête.Half maroon morocco Bradel binding by Devauchelle over Japan paper, the spine with two mosaiced lozenges of cream-colored morocco, date and publisher at foot of spine, top edge gilt, an elegant binding.Provenance : the library of Raoul Simonson with his ex libris pasted in.A fine copy in a lovely binding.   Charlot Paris 1950 16x25,5cm relié

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        South Wales. See Britain by Train.

      Johnston. South Wales. See Britain by Train. Original lithograph in colours, published by the British Railways (Western Region), printed by Jordison and Co., London and Middlesbrough, c.1950. 1026 x 1270 mm. £1495

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        History of the Great Synagogue, 1690-1940

      London, Edward Goldston and Son 1950 Edition de Luxe, printed on Japon Vellum and bound in Full Morocco, 26cm, gilt on the spine, five raised bands, gilt dentells, top edge gilt. This is no 86 out of limited edition of 100, a magnificent volume. Illustrated. According to Tod Endelman the first 5 chapters provide the best history of the early Ashkenazi community - pg 281 note 25 in Endelman the Jews of Britain 1656-2000

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        Manuscrit autographe inédit et complet du texte intitulé : 'L'orient arabe entre le poignard et le micro' accompagné de l'intégralité, ronéotypé et comportant également des corrections autographes de l'auteur, de ce texte

      S.n.. Complete and original 74 pages with additions, deletions and corrections autographs Jacques Benoist-Méchin an article he proposed to 'Paris-Match' who refused autograph. It consists of four chapters: 'While flying the plane Saudi King Saud', 'When Damascus delirious celebrates the resurrection of the Empire of Saladin', 'Facing the bubbling people, the Hashemite monarchy rise guard around the paradise 'and' Swirls in the empire of oil. This complete autograph is accompanied by his mimeographed during which comprises, too, autograph corrections of the author (Chapter 2 being doubles). We enclose a correspondence with the author 'Paris-Match' and mimeographed manuscripts and records of amounts due or paid ATTACHING to achieving this report done by Jacques Benoist-Méchin. Valuable set. --- Please note that the translation in english is done automatically, we apologize if the formulas are inaccurate. Contact us for any information! S.n. s.l. s.d. (circa 1950) 21,5x27,5cm en feuilles retenues par des trombones

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        Manuscrit autographe signé complet de la traduction établie par Jacques Benoist-Méchin de 'Gaz I' de Georg Raiser

      S.n.. Autograph manuscript of 106 pages, complete with many additions, deletions and corrections in the hand of Benoist-Méchin the French translation of the play in five acts. Rare set in very good condition and presented in manila envelope with handwritten notes by Jacques Benoist-Méchin. Provenance: the archives of Jacques Benoist-Méchin. --- Please note that the translation in english is done automatically, we apologize if the formulas are inaccurate. Contact us for any information! S.n. s.l. s.d. (circa 1950) 23,5x36cm en feuilles

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        Genera et Species Animalium Argentinorum Tomus Secundus Insecta Lepidoptera (Rhopalocera) Hesperiidae (cont.), Hesperiinae

      Bonariae: Apud Guillermo Kraft Ltda, 1950. [x], 388, 26 plates (12 col). Hardback. 4to, orig. cloth. No. 305/1000. Vg ex-lib. copy: a few small ink stamps to endpaper and title-page only, otherwise very clean. Text Spanish (original species descriptions in original language). Subfamily Hesperiinae of Argentina. Keys to species, original and amplified descriptions, figures of adults and male genitalia of most species, notes on biology (foodplants), distribution. The second of two volumes on the Hesperiidae. A magnificently produced volume limited to 1000 copies, signed by the series editor, H.R. Descole.

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        Le scaphandrier des rêves

      Glm. First edition, one of 10 numbered copies on vélin de Renage, tirage de tête.Illustrated with 12 original collages by Max Bucaille.Preface by J. Laude.Covers slightly sunned in the margins, insignificantly, otherwise a rare and very good copy. Glm Paris 1950 16x22,5cm en feuilles

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        THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE. A Story for Children. Illustrations by Pauline Baynes.

      First edition. An excellent clean copy finely bound by the Chelsea Bindery in full morocco with lettering and spine decoration in gold, and a pictorial silver gilt design to the upper panel. All edges gilded. Leather edged slipcase.

      [Bookseller: David Miles]
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        The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe.

      London: Geoffrey Bles, 1950. FIRST EDITION. Octavo, pp173. Elegantly rebound in full dark green oasis morocco leather with spine gilt-lettered in six compartments with raised bands, covers ruled in gilt, marbled end papers, top edge gilt, with publisher's original cloth spine bound in at rear. Internally very clean. Binding is fine. A striking copy of the book that began the ever popular craze of climbing in and out of strange people's wardrobes in the vain hope that one might encounter a short man with very hairy legs. A must for turkish delight fetishists everywhere. Connolly; Children's Modern Firsts [p182]. Listed in Time Magazine's 100 Best Modern Novels, also The Times' NovelList Top 60 Poll [2013].

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        Naïs Micoulin

      First edition. One of 100 numbered copies on Hollande, this one n°89.Half black morocco by Bellevallée ca 1950. Title and date gilt to bottom of spine, spine in compartments Jansenist, top edge gilt, covers and spine preserved. An uncut fine copy. G. Charpentier & Cie Paris 1884 In-12 (13x19cm) relié

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        The Word problem in Semi-groups with Cancellation.

      Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1950. First edition of Turing's last paper in pure mathematics, a return to his great work 'On computable numbers' in which he had proved that the halting problem - the problem of deciding whether a given Turing machine ever reaches the halting state when provided with a given tape - was undecidable. "Following Turing's 1936 discovery of the halting problem and how to derive incompleteness from it in On computable numbers, a great deal of work was done by many mathematicians finding 'natural' versions of the halting problem in many traditional areas of mathematics.... Turing's word problem paper is a complicated piece of such work that was carried out by Turing himself; obviously he wanted to reassure himself that the halting problem was ubiquitous in real mathematics, which is the current consensus" (Chaitlin, p. 343). After the war Turing worked at the National Physical Laboratory before moving in 1948 to Max Newman's Computing Laboratory at Manchester University. A discussion with his colleague Peter Hilton in the Mathematics Department there in 1949 "touched upon subjects in Alan's remoter past, the two fields of group theory and mathematical logic which had set his professional career in motion. "The discussion concerned the 'word problem' for groups. This was like the Hilbert Entscheidungsproblem that Computable numbers had settled, but instead of asking for a 'definite method' for deciding whether or not a given theorem was provable, it asked for a definite method for determining whether or not some given product of group elements was equal to some other given product; that is, whether some given sequence of operations would have the same effect as some other sequence. Emil Post had given the first new result in this direction in 1943, by showing that the word problem for 'semi-groups' was insoluble. The question for groups remained open. Peter Hilton was amazed because: 'Turing claimed he had never heard of this problem, and found it a very interesting problem, and so, though at the time his principal work was in machines, he went away and about ten days later announced that he had proved that the word problem was unsolvable. And so a seminar was arranged at which Turing would give his proof. And a few days before the seminar he said: 'No, there was something a little wrong in the argument, but the argument would work for cancellation semigroups.' And so he in fact gave his proof for cancellation semigroups.' "The proof required quite new methods, technically more difficult than those of Computable numbers, in order to relate the ideas of doing and undoing operations to the action of a Turing machine. It showed that at any time, even though he was so out of touch, he could revert to being 'a logician'. It was a great comeback, and yet for him it would not have been coming back, but going back. He spent some more time on the original problem for groups, but he did not dedicate himself to it" (Hodges, pp. 412-3). Although it failed to settle the word problem for groups, "Turing's paper played a very important role in developments. Novikov's 1955 paper containing the first published proof of the unsolvability of the word problem for groups is based on Turing's result for cancellation semigroups. Moreover Boone's independent 1957 proof of the result for groups, while based only on Post's construction, used a new "phase change" idea which was suggested by Turing's work" (Miller, p. 14). "In 1953 Turing wrote his last academic research paper in pure mathematics: "The word problem in semi-groups with cancellation". Given a set with an associative multiplication operation (a semi-group), obeying additionally the cancellation laws ab = ac ? b = c and ba = ca ? b = c, can there be such, which has a presentation in terms of two finite sets of symbols and of equations, but so that the problem of deciding whether two 'words' each made up of a string of symbol multiplicands are in fact equal, is unsolvable? In 1947 such a problem had been shown unsolvable by Post and Markov independently for pure semi-groups. In this paper Turing shows that here too the general problem is unsolvable. As Boone states, this argument was to be the basis of both Boone's and Novikov's (independent) proofs of the unsolvability of the word problem for groups" (Welch, p. 776). W. W. Boone, 'An analysis of Turing's "The word problem in semi-groups with cancellation",' Annals of Mathematics, 67 (1956), 195-202; G. Chaitlin, 'Finding the halting problem and the halting probability in traditional mathematics,' in S. B. Cooper & J. van Leeuwen (eds.), Alan Turing, his work and impact, 2013; A. Hodges, Alan Turing: the Enigma, 1983; C. F. Miller III, 'Turing machines to word problems' (ms.unimelb.edu.au/~cfm/papers/paperpdfs/tmtwp-lnl-v41-2013.pdf); P. D. Welch, 'Turing's Mathematical Work,' European Congress of Mathematics, Krakow, 2-7 July, 2012, 763-77. 8vo (253 x 173 mm) pp. 491-505 in Annals of Mathematics, Second Series, Vol. 2, No. 52, September 1950. The entire issue offered here in original printed wrappers, tiny nick to bottom left corner of front wrapper, otherwise very fine and unmarked.

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        Mathematical Formulation of the Quantum Theory of Electromagnetic Interaction

      1st Edition Lancaster and New York: American Physical Society, 1950. FIRST EDITION IN ORIGINAL WRAPPERS of Feynman's paper providing a rigorous justification and proof for his famous "Feynman diagrams" and "Feynman rules". "Nobody but Dick [Feynman] could use his theory, because he was always invoking his intuition to make up the rules of the game as he went along. Until the rules were codified and made mathematically precise, I could not call it a theory" (Freeman Dyson, quoted in David Kaiser, Pedagogy and the Practice of Science).Particle Physics: One Hundred Years of Discoveries: "Mathematical proof of the validity of the Feynman rules for calculations of amplitudes in QED. Nobel Prize to R.P. Feynman awarded in 1965."IN: The Physical Review, Volume 80, Second Series, Number 3, November 1, 1950, pp. 440-457. Lancaster, PA and New York: for the American Physical Society, 1950. Quarto, original wrappers. A nearly invisible spot of dampstaining on the extreme outer edge of some pages (far from text); otherwise fine. Rare in original wrappers and without any institutional stamps.Note: A custom cloth box is available for this item for an additional $225. Very Good.

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        The Dog and the Crocodile.

      Print Club of Cleveland, 1950. Woodcut measuring 21 by 14 1/2 inches. One of 250 copies, signed and dated by Antonio Frasconi, an artist born in Uruguay and known for his distinctive woodcuts and numerous illustrated books for children. In this depiction of Aesop's fable, a hungry, curvaceous crocodile tempts a dog to linger by the Nile. Included as number five of Frasconi's 1950 portfolio of fifteen woodcuts, Some Well Known Fables. Nine of these illustrations were later used in the book Known Fables, published by the Spiral Press. Printed and "spoon-rubbed" by the artist himself. Fine in a mat, with the original label from the Print Club of Cleveland and an offprint from their catalog.

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