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        High Energy Phenomena and Meson Theories. Notes of lectures given by Professor Richard P. Feynman at the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California, January - March, 1951. Prepared by Carl W. Helstrom, Malvin A. Ruderman, and William Karzas.[Not published: California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, 1951].

      First and only edition, extremely rare, of the mimeographed notes of Feynman's lecture course on meson theory, delivered in his first year as a professor at Caltech. Feynman became interested in meson theory while he was still perfecting his understanding of quantum electrodynamics (QED), but his ideas in this area had remained unpublished (see below) - these notes are thus a key historical record of Feynman's work on meson theory. Appearing twelve years before his famous three-volume <i>Lectures on Physics</i>, these particular notes were never published again, either separately or as part of his <i>Selected Papers</i>. They were probably produced in very small numbers for the graduate students and fellow faculty members who attended this advanced course. OCLC locates copies at Caltech, Stanford and UCLA only. We are not aware of any other copy having appeared in commerce.<br/><br/> When Feynman moved from Cornell to Caltech in 1950, physics was undergoing an extraordinary period of turmoil. "Newly discovered elementary particles, mesons and the like, were proliferating madly in the newly built particle accelerators. The elementary particle physics zoo was becoming embarrassingly crowded, so crowded in fact that it wasn't clear which of the new blips on chart recorders and new tracks in bubble chambers might really represent new elementary particles and which were simply rearrangements of existing ones" (Lawrence M. Krauss, <i>Quantum Man</i> (2011), p. 169). <br/><br/> Feynman had been thinking for some time about mesons, as he described in an interview with Charles Weiner at the AIP Center for the History of Physics (June 26, 1966): "I had work in trying to understand mesons, much of which is not published ... I had done a lot of stuff after the electrodynamics on meson theory, to try to avoid the perturbation approximation and so on, and I gradually became of the opinion that the meson theory, if you avoided the perturbation theory, wasn't making any good sense ... I invented a number of methods to avoid perturbation theory, using the path integrals and operator calculus and what not and I got the impression, although I couldn't work anything out very rigorously, that if coupling was large the phenomena were very different than would be expected from the theory, and different from experiment" (aip.org/history/ohilist/5020_4.html). <br/><br/> In fact, Feynman closed his famous paper 'Space-time approach to quantum electrodynamics' (<i>Physical Review</i> 76 (1949), 769-789) with the final section "Application to Meson Theories." "The theories which have been developed to describe mesons and the interaction of nucleons," Feynman began, "can easily expressed in the language used here." Yet there was a major difference between QED and meson theories. "Not only were many of the experiments inconclusive, but the interactions between particles were generally so strong that the systematic effort to use Feynman diagrams to calculate small quantum corrections to processes seemed misplaced. He wrote to Enrico Fermi from Brazil [December 19, 1951]: "Don't believe any calculation in meson theory which uses a Feynman diagram!" Elsewhere he referred to the field of meson physics by saying, "Perhaps there weren't enough clues for even a human mind to figure out what is the pattern"" (Krauss, p. 169). <br/><br/> Soon after delivering the present lecture course, Feynman's interests turned in a new intellectual direction, towards the problem of superfluidity. <br/><br/> These lecture notes were recorded and printed by three Caltech graduate students: Carl W. Helstrom, who became one of the pioneers of quantum information theory; Malvin A Ruderman, who is today on the faculty of Columbia University, where he specializes in "collapsed objects in astrophysics, especially neutron stars" (Columbia faculty bio); and William Karzas, who went on to work with Murray Gell-Mann at the RAND Corporation. <br/><br/> This copy has been handsomely bound and bears the attractive mid-century bookplate and inked initials of American physicist John "Jack" Pirnie Davidson (1924-2010). Davidson earned his undergraduate degree at the University of California, Berkeley and his PhD at Washington University in St. Louis, where he also campaigned for the university's desegregation. Later he was a researcher at Columbia University, the Brazilian Centre for Physical Research, and the Joint Establishment for Nuclear Energy Research in Lillestrom, Norway. In Norway he contemplated the possibility that a shipboard nuclear reactor might breach containment and "melt-down" through the hull, the first use of that term in the scientific literature. He was a professor at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (1957-66), and thereafter at the University of Kansas. He published <i>Collective models of the nucleus</i> (New York: Academic Press) in 1968.. Mimeographed notes, printed on recto only. 4to, pp. 168, numerous mathematical formulas and diagrams in text. Contemporary black half-morooco and marbled boards, matching marbled endpapers. Provenance: John Pirnie Davidson (bookplate on front paste-down)

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        Stilleben. Oel auf Leinwand.

      Um 1950.. Bildgrösse 35x38 cm. Unten rechts voll signiert. Gerahmt 56x60 cm..

      [Bookseller: Biblion Antiquariat Leonidas Sakellaridi]
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        Handbook of Indian Dances I New Mexico Pueblos

      Pictograph Press, Santa Fe, NM 1950 - Indian ceremonial dances of the southwest, including the Corn, Eagle, Basket, Buffalo, Deer, and Comanche dances. This is a beautiful hand-made issue with 8 serigraphs in full color including the cover print. Hand set letter-press printing with hand pulled blocks. Includes bibliography and calendar of dances at back. Not to be confused with the 1952 mass-produced re-print by Museum of New Mexico. Light soiling to front and back wrapper, very clean interior. Light wear to bottom corner. Seldom seen in this condition--a fragile item. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

      [Bookseller: Back of Beyond Books, ABAA]
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        American Fishing Books, A Bibliography from the Earliest Times up to 1948, together with A History of Angling and Angling Literature in America

      Newark DE: Privately Printed, 1950. First edition, no. 35 of about 80 copies hand bound by the author, from a total edition of 200. Illustrated. 235 pp. 1 vols. 8vo. Original 3/4 black morocco, blue cloth sides, gilt spine title and sporting devices, A FINE COPY. Bookplate of Joseph Delaplaine Bates. THE MOST IMPORTANT BIBLIOGRAPHY OF AMERICAN ANGLING, AND A MUST FOR ANY ANGLING COLLECTION.

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        The Chronicles of Narnia, complete set of 7 first American editions: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe -- Prince Caspian -- The Voyage of the Dawn Treader -- The Silver Chair -- The Horse and His Boy -- The Magician's Nephew -- The Last Battle

      Macmillan 1950-6, New York - 7 volume set. The complete Chronicles of Narnia. All First Printings from the First American edition published by Macmillan. Near Fine, sharp, clean copies in Very Good to Near Fine dust jackets. Illustrated by Pauline Baynes. Clean and unmarked contents. No signs of former ownership. All dust jackets with publisher's clip to the front flap but original prices present. DJs with faint sunning to the spines; a few shallow chips along the edges; minor cornerwear. 2-inch closed snag to the rear panel of 'Voyager'. 2-inch snag to front panel of 'Prince'. 'The Last Battle' with 'vii' inked to the foot of the dust jacket spine. All DJs in mylar wrap. Complete set in 7 volumes. All First Printings. Digital images available upon request. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Caliban Books Pittsburgh PA, ABAA]
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        ORIGINAL PAINTING Untitled 3

      c.1950. Gouache on Paper. Measuring 14 x 19.5 inches. Small closed tears to the edges. Two swans in reeds by the river. Illustrated in Jeremy Reed?'s Exploding into Colour, 2005 and later in Anna Kavan?'s New Zealand, A Pacific Interlude in a Turbulent Life, edited by Jennifer Sturm (published in 2009 by Random House). Provenance: Raymond Marriott. Further details and images for any of the items listed are available on request. Lucius Books welcomes direct contact with our customers.

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        Salmon in Low Water

      New York: Privately Printed by The Anglers Club of New York, 1950. First Edition. Number 23 of 500 numbered copies. Set in Waverly types on specially made paper, printed by Peter and Edna Beilensen, Mount Vernon, New York. With hand-colored plates of flies after watercolors by Edgar Burke. With decorative initials by John Atherton. 87 pp. 1 vols. 8vo. Original green cloth, printed labels on upper cover and spine, fine. In slipcase.

      [Bookseller: James Cummins Bookseller]
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        Juegos y Formas. Preludio De Walter F. Starkie. Prólogo De Juan Cortés.

      Horta, Barcelona 1950 - 49 láminas en cartulina de peso. Impreso a varias tintas. Preciosa colección de dibujos de Montplà. Contiene un dibujo original a parte. Ejemplar que perteneció a J. M. Junoy. Amplia dedicatoria del artista y también de Junoy. Tirage único de 140 ejs. Album muy atractivo Size: Folio [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: BALAGUÉ LLIBRERÍA ANTIQUÀRIA]
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        [Collection of 3 Scientology Handbooks]. Dianetics. The Modern Science of Mental Health. FIRST EDITION. With: Hand Book for Preclears. FIRST EDITION. With: Self Analysis: A Simple Self-Help Volume of Tests and Processes. FIRST EDITION

      New York: Hermitage House (et al.), 1950-1951. FIRST EDITION. IN VERY GOOD CONDITION/Good. Together 3 volumes. Ad. 1: FIRST EDITION, original dust jacket (somewhat worn; preserved in mylar sleeve), pp. 256-257 browned on account of an old newspaper clipping (see below). Ad 2: FIRST EDITION, 2nd issue, with the word "Scientology" on cover; original wrappers (somewhat soiled from use); with the folding Hubbard chart of attitudes. Ad 3: FIRST EDITION, 1st issue in green wrappers (2nd issue is in white wrappers); text browned as commonly, wrappers somewhat soiled from use; two die-cut paper roundels laid in (one printed, the other MS) Highly curious assemblage of First Edition Scientology books with an intriguing provenance: WILLIAM LINDSAY GRESHAM (1909-1962), acclaimed and reviled author of the extremely weird and wonderful "Nightmare Alley" (1946), one of the finest, and surely one of the most grotesque American Noir thrillers. The story, arranged in 22 chapters according to the major arcana of the Tarot, concerns a carnival of twisted carny hucksters. The book (the author's first) appalled yet enthralled contemporary readers. Alan Prendergast praises the work, while at the same time declaring that "It is the only novel I have ever encountered that made me feel *unclean* by the time I had finished it [...] Nightmare Alley offers an elaborately conceived and well-executed plot and structure -- the primary virtues of solid genre fiction -- in the service of a searing vision of humanity's capacity for betrayal and self-deception [...] The novel is a high-wire act that takes crime writing to a dark and lonely place, a journey that makes the more typically hardboiled efforts of Chandler, Hammett, Cain or McCoy seem almost sunny in comparison" (SOURCE: "One Man's Nightmare: The Noir Journey of William Lindsay Gresham," Writers Chronicle, Vol. 38, no. 6, Summer 2006, pp. 14-15). The film rights were almost instantly sold to Hollywood, and in 1947 emerged one of the great American noir films of all time. Prendergrast states that "Gresham came to regard the instant success of his book as a personal catastrophe -- one of those noir moments in which the hero finally attains the glittering object of his desire, only to find out it's a cheap brass ring." After the success of Nightmare Alley, Gresham's life and career took a seemingly irreversible turn for the worse, and with wanton abandon he descended into a real-time nightmare alley of his own: alcoholism, flagrant infidelity, and violence. By 1948 he was nearly bankrupt (financially and psychologically) despite attempts at Christianity and Alcoholics Anonymous. * Enter L. Ron Hubbard, the science fiction writer who had visited Gresham at his home in upstate New York. Gresham became an early enthusiast of Hubbard's "Dianetics," the 1950 self-help book. "Gresham's letters of the time are laced with Scientology jargon about getting 'lock chains scanned off and engrams reduced' and having 'my service facsimiles run off by experts.' Although he later renounced dianetics as the kind of hokum the Great Stanton might have perpetrated, his temporary immersion in Hubbard's ideas drove yet another wedge between him and his wife, Joy Davidman" (Pendergrast, p. 18). Therefore it was a moment of "noir" Anagnorisis when we discovered an old newspaper clipping about Davidman's second novel "Weeping Bay" (1950) loosely inserted into the very copy of "Dianetics" that served to alienate the estranged couple even further. It is not without interest that 1950 marks the publication date of "Dianetics" and the year Davidman began her vigorous correspondence with C.S. Lewis, whom she would marry after her inevitable divorce from Gresham. * The present volumes, all present here in First Edition, and all containing annotations by Gresham, appear to be the only record of his failed efforts in Scientology. The Marion E. Wade Center at Wheaton College, designated repository of the Gresham papers, does not possess any of his correspondence with L. Ron Hubbard; nor is there anything relating to Gresham's involvement with dianetics or Scientology beyond an 8-page pamphlet entitled: "EGRI's Three-Dimensional Outline.

      [Bookseller: Michael Laird Rare Books LLC ]
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        I, ROBOT

      Gnome Press 1950 - I, ROBOT, Gnome Press, 1950, first edition, fore edge corner tips gently bumped, else a brilliant fine copy in like dust-wrapper with a few minor rubs to the front dust-wrapper panel corner tips and dust-wrapper spine professionally touched up. The first book in the authors monumental robot saga and his second book publication, postulating for the first time in book form the "THREE LAWS OF ROBOTICS." Among the authors most important works. 1/5,000 copies with this copy bearing a typed postcard SIGNED by the author to fellow SF Grand Master and long time friend (and only collaborator) Fred Pohl laid in. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy]

      [Bookseller: THE FINE BOOKS COMPANY / A.B.A.A / 1979]
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        Oeuvres complètes de Valery Larbaud. Complete in 10 volumes.

      Paris, Gallimard, 1950-54. Cloth. *very good condition*.Volume 1: Jaune bleu blanc, Volume 2: Fermina Márquez enfantines, Volume 3: Ce vice impuni la lecture. Domaine anglais, Volume 4: A.O. Barnabooth ses oeuvres complètes c'est-a-dire un conte, ses poèsies et son journal intime, Volume 5: Allen aux couleurs de Rome, Volume 6: Amants, heureux amants précédé de Beauté, mon beau souci... et suivi de Mon plus secret conseil, Volume 7: Ce vici impuni. Domaine Français, Volume 8: Sous l'invocation de Saint Jerome, Volume 9: Journal inédit, Volume 10: Journal inédit Numbered copies: 201 à 1500. Exemplaire 829

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        Desert Borderlands of Oman. In: The Geographical Journal. Vol. CXVI Nos. 4-6 (December 1950).

      London, The Royal Geographical Society, 1950. - 8vo. pp. 137-171 (entire volume: x, 137-262, (6) pp., with 28 photographic illustrations, numerous sketch maps in the text, and two folding maps, one in colour, loosely inserted). Original printed blue wrappers. The famous British explorer's extensive account of his expedition in the interior of Oman; much of the territory crossed now is part of the United Arab Emirates. Thesiger (1910-2003) set out from Abu Dhabi in 1948; the large and detailed colour map shows his journeys from 1945 to 1950. Thesiger later expanded on the subject to produce his classic travelogue, "Arabian Sands" (1959). Thesiger's highly regarded photographs depict the desert of the Empty Quarter, a settlement at Liwa, sand vegetation after heavy rain, a falconer mounted on a camel, a peregrine falcon with a caught hare, peregrine falcons on the blocks, Sheikh Wahiba of Yahahif and a young Wahiba girl, a thoroughbred Batina camel, the Farai well in Wahib country, portraits of Musallim bin al-Kamam and Salim bin Kabina, and a view of Jabal Kaur from the wadi Saifam. The paper was read in the presence of the Second Secretary at the Saudi Arabian Embassy, H.E. Abdul Rahman Halassie. Not in Macro, Bibliography of the Arabian Peninsula. [Attributes: Soft Cover]

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat INLIBRIS Gilhofer Nfg. GmbH]
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        The Chronicles of Narnia, complete set of 7 first American editions: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe -- Prince Caspian -- The Voyage of the Dawn Treader -- The Silver Chair -- The Horse and His Boy -- The Magician's Nephew -- The Last Battle

      New York: Macmillan. 1950-6. First printing. Hardcover. Near Fine. 7 volume set. The complete Chronicles of Narnia. All First Printings from the First American edition published by Macmillan. Near Fine, sharp, clean copies in Very Good to Near Fine dust jackets. Illustrated by Pauline Baynes. Clean and unmarked contents. No signs of former ownership. All dust jackets with publisher's clip to the front flap but original prices present. DJs with faint sunning to the spines; a few shallow chips along the edges; minor cornerwear. 2-inch closed snag to the rear panel of 'Voyager'. 2-inch snag to front panel of 'Prince'. 'The Last Battle' with 'vii' inked to the foot of the dust jacket spine. All DJs in mylar wrap. Complete set in 7 volumes. All First Printings. Digital images available upon request.

      [Bookseller: Caliban Books ABAA-ILAB]
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        Strangers on a Train

      New York: Harper & Brothers, 1950. First edition. Date code B-Z (February 1950) on copyright page. [viii], 299 pp. 1 vols. 8vo. Light blue cloth. Slightly toned at edges, else near fine in bright, very good plus dust jacket (unclipped, price $2.75 present; spine and top edge of front panel slightly faded, bump at head of spine panel with 2mm square loss; faint traces of rubbing to front and back panels). Bookseller's ticket at gutter of front endpaper. Highsmith's first novel, and the basis for Hitchcock's celebrated film.

      [Bookseller: James Cummins Bookseller]
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        NO SURVIVORS.

      NY: Random House, 1950 1st ed. - A classic western novel dealing with Custer's Last Stand. The author's first book and very scarce in the first edition. A fine hardcover copy in good dustjacket. The jacket is clean and bright with no chips or tears but is marred by two short strips of clear tape which were placed at its spine ends. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Kubik Fine Books Ltd., ABAA]
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        The House of Breath.

      Random House [1950], New York - Presentation copy, inscribed on front flyleaf: "To Glenway Wescott, with the greatest admiration and respect, my first book. Sincerely, William Goyen." Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with a few tiny nicks at extremities. Author's first book. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Robert Dagg Rare Books, ABAA]
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        Cocktails mundiales

      - Microbiología y micología industriales. Bebidas. Estimulantes. Recetas. Prescripciones. Instrucciones. (663.874(083.1)) Suc. Rivadeneyra. Madrid. 1950? 19 cm. 336 p. Encuadernación en tapa dura de editorial en tela estampada. Chicote, Pedro 1899-1977 . Cubierta deslucida. GE36 [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Alcaná Libros]
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        Hank Williams' Country Hit Parade [cover title]

      Nashville: Acuff-Rose Publications, 1950. Illustrated with b/w photos. 47, [1] pp., arrangements of 20 songs for piano, guitar chord and vocal. 4to. Photo-illustrated wrappers. Some ink smudges to cover from previous owner's inscription, else fine. Signed by Hank Williams Signed ("Hank Williams") in pen on the front cover, five months before his death. With a note by the previous owner explaining when she (a young women at the time) obtained the autograph, "Saw him at Sunset Park - Jennersville, Pa. July 13, 1952. Died Jan. 1 - 1953," and a note on p. 39 beneath a photo of The Drifting Cowboys, "Saw two of the Drifting Cowboys, Jerry Rivers and Don Helms. At Sunset Park ... " A live recording of this concert has been preserved, and can be heard on WFMU's blog (http://blog.wfmu.org/freeform/2008/09/hank-wiliams.html). Towards the end of the show Williams can be heard offering copies of this songbook ("Me or any of the boys would be glad to autograph it for you") for 50 cents apiece (or 2 for "a reduced price - that'll be a dollar"). A rare Williams' autograph with impeccable provenance. [With:] Life Story of Our Hank Williams, "The Drifting Cowboy." As told by his Mother [Mrs. W.W. Stone] to Allen Rankin. Montgomery: Philbert Publications, 1953. [16] pp. booklet issued by Williams' mother after his death.

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        The Agony in the Kindergarten, signed with original drawing by Steig

      Duell, Sloan and Pearce, New York 1950 - Stated first edition, 1950. Teal cloth royal 8vo, np. SIGNED/inscribed by Steig on the front flyleaf, with an original drawing in blue ballpoint pen of a girl with pigtails, quite similar to the characters illustrated in the book. He's written: " For Esta, Bill Steig". In about very good condition with light rubbing to the joints and chipping to the spine ends, including a triangular loss at the spine head, about a half inch at its longest. Now protected in mylar wrapper. A lovely original drawing by Steig in this charming volume. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Caliban Books Pittsburgh PA, ABAA]
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        The 13 Clocks

      New York: Simon and Schuster,, 1950. Octavo. Original pink cloth-backed dark grey boards, titles to spine in dark blue, pictorial decoration to front board in black, pictorial endpapers. With the illustrated dust jacket. With numerous colour illustrations by Mark Simont in text. Light spotting to prelims, light fading to cloth at edges in the dust jacket with shallow chipping to ends of spine and rear panel top edge, mild creasing to front edges, light wear to extremities. A very good copy. First edition, first printing. Presentation copy inscribed by the author on front flyleaf: "Merry Christmas,Frances , From Jim and Helen. James Thurber.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        THE SIMPLE ART OF MURDER

      London: Hamish Hamilton. 1950. First edition, first printing. Original purple cloth with gilt titles to the spine, in dustwrapper. A very good or better copy, the cloth spotlessly clean, the contents without inscriptions or stamps. The text block edges are a little tanned with the occasional foxing spot. Complete with the excellent original dustwrapper which is clean and bright with only light rubbing and a few tiny nicks to the extremities. Not price-clipped (10s 6d net to the front flap) A Haycraft Queen Cornerstone. Further details and images for any of the items listed are available on request. Lucius Books welcomes direct contact with our customers.

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        Autograph Manuscript of his novel, CHAMPAGNE CHARLIE

      [New York?], 1950. Written variously in ink, pencil, with a few typed sections, on rectos of about 280 leaves of various sizes, mostly on ruled paper. Paginated irregularly, but with apparent continuity of text, as follows: [1]-31; 19, 136, 138, 142 (also 143),143bis, 144, 131A; [typed section , with large pencilled cancellation marks:] 143, 139, 138, 137, 136; 120 - 147; 178 - 200; 32 - 60; 90; 61 - 118; 149 - 177. 1 vols. Folio. Bound in three quarter green morooco and green cloth. Rubbed at joints, but sound; several leaves browned and brittle, a few chips at edges. "Jay Franklin" was the working nom de plume of John Franklin Carter, the syndicated New Deal columnist, radio commentator, public servant (Dept. of State & Agriculture), speechwriter for Harry Truman, intelligence advisor to FDR on Nazi party members, as well as the author of over 30 books, including the post nuclear-accident fantasy novel RAT RACE (1950), and, under the pseudonym "Diplomat", several murder mysteries from the 30s (e.g., THE CORPSE ON THE WHITE HOUSE LAWN) which Barzun and Taylor describe as 'wildly improbable and a little witty." CHAMPAGNE CHARLIE was published in 1950 by Duell, Sloan and Pearce, in the same year as RAT RACE.

      [Bookseller: James Cummins Bookseller]
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        Maquette for The Agony in the Kindergarten, with an additional 69 finished drawings

      1950. 222 pp. numbered in pencil, comprising 106 ff. with pencil and pen-and-ink sketches, rectos only (save for three leaves with photostat reproductions), pencil notations throughout by Steig, type-written title-page and foreword; with 69 finished pen-and-ink drawings on loose paper, some signed lower right, type-written captions, with pencil annotations. Sketchbook: 9-3/4 x 7-1/2 in.; Drawings: approx 9-1/2 x 8 in. Fine. 222 pp. numbered in pencil, comprising 106 ff. with pencil and pen-and-ink sketches, rectos only (save for three leaves with photostat reproductions), pencil notations throughout by Steig, type-written title-page and foreword; with 69 finished pen-and-ink drawings on loose paper, some signed lower right, type-written captions, with pencil annotations. Sketchbook: 9-3/4 x 7-1/2 in.; Drawings: approx 9-1/2 x 8 in. Original Maquette and Finished Drawings for The Agony in the Kindergarten. The original maquette for William Steig&#39;s unsettling look at the daily traumas of childhood, The Agony in the Kindergarten (1950), showing the placement of each image and caption and with copious annotations and marks by Steig throughout. With an additional 69 of the finished drawings as used in the published text. "? the surreal drawings if The Agony in the Kindergarten were perhaps [Steig&#39;s] most brilliant breakthrough into a purer kind of art, but his representations of childhood have always implied a continuity with adult experience; children are not a zoo of entertainingly exotic creatures but an array of mirrors in which the human predicament leaps out at us" (The World of William Steig, p. 6, from the Introduction by John Updike).

      [Bookseller: James Cummins Bookseller ]
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        Group of 15 original watercolor and gouache drawings for the book The Eagle, the Jaguar, and the Serpent (1954)

      n.p., 1950. 15 watercolor and gouache drawings, some with artist&#39;s notations in pencil in margins, presented in 12 purple silk moir? mats, housed in leather portfolio. 1 vols. The largest 11-1/4 x 9-1/8 in. Drawings generally in very good condition, sporadic light marginal soiling, leather portfolio worn and split at hinges. 15 watercolor and gouache drawings, some with artist&#39;s notations in pencil in margins, presented in 12 purple silk moir? mats, housed in leather portfolio. 1 vols. The largest 11-1/4 x 9-1/8 in. A complete set of the original watercolor and gouache drawings by Miguel Covarrubias for his popular ethnographic book The Eagle, the Jaguar, and the Serpent. The 15 drawings here were the basis for the 12 color plates in the book, published by Knopf in 1954. Illustrations include an Eskimo mask, a Tlingit bone mask, California feather mosaic baskets, Hopi katchinas, Navajo blankets and sand-painting, a Crow medicine shield, and other objects. A copy of the book is included.

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        The Town & The City

      New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company,, 1950. Octavo. Original red cloth, titles to spine and front board gilt. With the dust jacket. Housed in a green cloth box. Minor repair to the rear hinge, spine a little dull. Very good in dust jacket supplied from another copy. First edition, first printing. A fine contemporary presentation copy with the author's signed inscription to the half title leaf, "To Arni and the Missus with best wishes From Jack Kerouac". The recipient was the photographer who took the portrait of Kerouac for the jacket of this edition. Signed copies of this title are not as infrequently seen as other of Kerouac's works, as he did some signing sessions for it. However, those copies are almost signed as John, not Jack, in keeping with his name as given in the book. Early personal presentation inscriptions signed as Jack are rare.

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        Group of 15 original watercolor and gouache drawings for the book The Eagle, the Jaguar, and the Serpent (1954)

      n.p., 1950. 15 watercolor and gouache drawings, some with artist's notations in pencil in margins, presented in 12 purple silk moiré mats, housed in leather portfolio. 1 vols. The largest 11-1/4 x 9-1/8 in. Drawings generally in very good condition, sporadic light marginal soiling, leather portfolio worn and split at hinges. 15 watercolor and gouache drawings, some with artist's notations in pencil in margins, presented in 12 purple silk moiré mats, housed in leather portfolio. 1 vols. The largest 11-1/4 x 9-1/8 in. A complete set of the original watercolor and gouache drawings by Miguel Covarrubias for his popular ethnographic book The Eagle, the Jaguar, and the Serpent. The 15 drawings here were the basis for the 12 color plates in the book, published by Knopf in 1954. Illustrations include an Eskimo mask, a Tlingit bone mask, California feather mosaic baskets, Hopi katchinas, Navajo blankets and sand-painting, a Crow medicine shield, and other objects. A copy of the book is included.

      [Bookseller: James Cummins Bookseller]
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        Maquette for The Agony in the Kindergarten, with an additional 69 finished drawings

      1950. 222 pp. numbered in pencil, comprising 106 ff. with pencil and pen-and-ink sketches, rectos only (save for three leaves with photostat reproductions), pencil notations throughout by Steig, type-written title-page and foreword; with 69 finished pen-and-ink drawings on loose paper, some signed lower right, type-written captions, with pencil annotations. Sketchbook: 9-3/4 x 7-1/2 in.; Drawings: approx 9-1/2 x 8 in. Fine. 222 pp. numbered in pencil, comprising 106 ff. with pencil and pen-and-ink sketches, rectos only (save for three leaves with photostat reproductions), pencil notations throughout by Steig, type-written title-page and foreword; with 69 finished pen-and-ink drawings on loose paper, some signed lower right, type-written captions, with pencil annotations. Sketchbook: 9-3/4 x 7-1/2 in.; Drawings: approx 9-1/2 x 8 in. Original Maquette and Finished Drawings for The Agony in the Kindergarten. The original maquette for William Steig's unsettling look at the daily traumas of childhood, The Agony in the Kindergarten (1950), showing the placement of each image and caption and with copious annotations and marks by Steig throughout. With an additional 69 of the finished drawings as used in the published text. "... the surreal drawings if The Agony in the Kindergarten were perhaps [Steig's] most brilliant breakthrough into a purer kind of art, but his representations of childhood have always implied a continuity with adult experience; children are not a zoo of entertainingly exotic creatures but an array of mirrors in which the human predicament leaps out at us" (The World of William Steig, p. 6, from the Introduction by John Updike).

      [Bookseller: James Cummins Bookseller]
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        The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone / Tennessee Williams

      [New York] : New Directions, 1950, Hardback, First EditionFinely bound vellum-backed batik boards in glassine dw, near fine. An exceptional copy complete with the original (somewhat edge-worn) slip-case. Scans and additional bibliographic detail on request. ; 148 pages; Description: 148 p. ; 21 cm. Subjects: Americans--Italy--Fiction. Women--Italy--Fiction. Rome (Italy) --Fiction. Limited to 500 copies and SIGNED by the author.

      [Bookseller: MW Books Ltd.]
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        The Family Moskat

      New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1950. Prima edizione (First Edition). ril tela, sovrac (cloth, DJ). Ottimo (Fine). 8vo. Translated from the Yddish by <a. H. Gross Minuscole mancanze ai margini della sovracoperta [Tartarus, 2007]

      [Bookseller: Studio Bibliografico MArini]
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        Pebble in the Sky

      Garden City: Doubleday. 1950. First. First edition. Page edges slightly tanned, still fine in near fine dustwrapper with slight rubbing to the corners of the spine ends. The thin paper jacket is usually found well-worn. A very nice copy of the author's first book, a time travel novel, seldom found in this condition. .

      [Bookseller: Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. ABA]
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        Notes on a Horsethief.

      Greenville: The Levee Press, 1950 - Octavo. Original green cloth, decoration to upper board and titles to spine in silver, decorative endpapers. An excellent copy. Illustrated by Elizabeth Calvert. First edition, first printing, limited issue. One of 970 numbered copies signed by the author. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy]

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA member]
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        Fourth-order corrections in quantum electrodynamics and the magnetic moment of the electron' in The Physical Review, vol. 77 no. 4 (15 Feb 1950)

      The American Physical Society 1950 - AN IMPORTANT EARLY USE OF FEYNMAN DIAGRAMS. Karplus and Kroll were amongst the very first to use Feynman diagrams in performing Quantum Electrodynamic calculations, and in this landmark paper they refine earlier work by Dirac and Feynman himself (on the behaviour of an electron in an external electromagnetic field). Feynman diagrams had been introduced only two years previously, in 1948, and in fact Karplus and Kroll make more of their debt to Freeman Dyson than Feynman, Dyson having written key papers on the technique in the interim. Offered here is a single issue of The Physical Review, in the original and distinctive green wraps. Good to very good condition: covers a little marked (but see photograph), and with a very small nick to the top of the spine (5mm or so); faint pencil ownership inscription to the top of the front cover; internally very good, clean and bright throughout. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

      [Bookseller: Octavo Books]
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        Mozley And Whiteley'S Law Dictionary

      Butterworth, 1950. Sixth Edition. Hardcover. Good/No Dustjacket. 1950. Sixth Edition. 376 pages. No dust jacket. Red cloth boards. Pages are slightly yellowed with light foxing to text block edge and thumb prints throughout. Binding is firm with moderate corner bumping and staining to boards. Spine is sunned with light edge and shelf wear. Strong foxing to end papers. Boards mildly slack with a few light speckles. Boards rub-worn with lightly nudged edges and darkened, faded spine. Titles to spine not readable. Some bubbling to rear board cloth along top edge and bleaching to rear corner. Price recently reduced!!!

      [Bookseller: The World of Rare Books]
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        ALL AND EVERYTHING

      London: Routledge and Kegan Paul. 1950. First English edition, first printing. Original blue cloth with gilt titles to the spine, in dustwrapper. An excellent near fine clean, bright and tight copy, without inscriptions or stamps. Complete with the near fine lightly rubbed and creased dustwrapper. Not price-clipped. Further details and images for any of the items listed are available on request. Lucius Books welcomes direct contact with our customers.

      [Bookseller: Lucius Books]
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        A Map of Interesting Cape Cod.

      Published by F.J. Miller High Street Westwood Mass. c.1950 1045 - Lithograph map, printed in colours, large decorative border depicing local scenes. Dimensions: 560 by 850mm. (22 by 33.5 inches).

      [Bookseller: Shapero Rare Books]
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        Max Ernst

      1950. ERNST, Max. Max Ernst. By Joe Bousquet and Michel Tapie. Illustrated with 2 original signed lithographs by Max Ernst. 4to., bound in original illustrated wrappers, in a new cloth folding box. Paris: Rene Drouin, 1950. |~||~||~||~| This rare book is comprised of the two signed lithographs, a text by Bousquet entitled A la Hauteur des Yeux, 11 black and white drawings by Ernst to illustrate an unpublished text of Bousquet's Absolument ou le Vide a l' Envers, and Michel Tapie's text Max Ernst, Plasticien du Monde et Perturbateur des Classes du Reel. One of an edition of 50 copies on Monval, with the two lithographs each signed by Max Ernst, who also signed the colophon, which is not called for. Leppien, Helmut R. Max Ernst: Das Graphische Werk 36.

      [Bookseller: Ursus Rare Books]
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        THE TOWN AND THE CITY

      Harcourt, Brace and Company, New York 1950 - First Printing, one of 10,500 copies. Octavo; red cloth, with titling and rule stamped in gilt on spine and front cover; blue topstain; dustjacket; 499pp, [1]. Base of spine gently nudged, with subtle fade to topstain; very Near Fine. Dustjacket is unclipped (priced $3.50), with some light wear and a few short tears to extremities; a Near Fine, unrestored example. The author's first novel, written between 1947-48 in Queens, where he lived with his mother and father. A largely autobiographical novel which Kerouac was not pleased with; in an August 17, 1966 conversation, Kerouac said "The Town and the City was written according to what they told me at Columbia University. FIction. But I told you, the novel's dead. Then I broke loose from all that and wrote picaresque narratives. That's what my books are." Charters A1.a, pp.15-17. [Attributes: First Edition]

      [Bookseller: Captain Ahab's Rare Books]
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        The Town and the City

      New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1950. First printing. Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. 499 pp. Red cloth-covered boards with Kerouac's initials in gold on the front board, and gold lettering on the spine. Price of $3.50 on front flap of jacket. A presentable copy of Kerouac's first book. Very Good book with rubbing and wear to the bottom edges of the boards in a Very Good moderately edge-worn dust jacket with a couple of tiny chips and a few small areas of faint discoloration to the rear panel.

      [Bookseller: Evening Star Books]
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        Corps Perdu

      1950. PICASSO, Pablo. Corps Perdu. By Aimé Césaire. Illustrated with an etched frontispiece and 30 etchings. 4to., bound in original publisher's wrappers and vellum-backed chemise and cardboard slipcase. Paris: Éditions Fragrance, [1950]. |~||~||~||~||~| A lovely copy of this stunning book. The West Indian poet Aimé Cesaire had been discovered by André Breton and the Cuban painter Wifredo Lam in 1941, and it may have been Breton who suggested that Picasso illustrate the present work. In any event, in these illustrations one can see Picasso's lifelong interest in primitive art, as well as the influence of Lam (eg. the profusion of vegetal and crescent shapes) whose art Picasso admired. One of a total edition of 219 copies, signed by both Picasso and Césaire. Goeppert 56. The Artist and the Book 233. Rauch 75.

      [Bookseller: Ursus Rare Books]
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        Large Album of 72 Fabric Samples

      1950. Fine. [FABRIC SAMPLES]. LARGE ALBUM OF 72 FABRIC SAMPLES n.p., n.d., [Kyoto?, 1950s 60s?] Large oblong albums, 36.2 x 30.4 cm, folding album in fabric covered boards from the post-war era. Sample book of lovely and inventive designs in many different fabric varieties. Much use of metallic thread, etc. The fabric swatches are in fine condition, as is, save for a bit of corner-rubbing to the album itself.

      [Bookseller: Boston Book Company]
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        Railway Age . September 2, 1950.

      Orange, Conn., Simmons-Bordman P.C., 1950.. 112 pp advertising and editorial, 4°, Softcover/Paperback traces of use, cover damage, Einband mit leichten Gebrauchsspuren, sonst jedoch antiquarisch gut erhaltenes Exemplar, K3829.

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat Buchhandel Daniel Viertel Ei]
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