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      New York: Limited Editions Club, 1950. Hardcover. Spines sunned with very mild rubbing to tips. Slipcase with usual wear and wrinkling but still quite sturdy. Near Fine in a Very Good slipcase. Two volumes bound in half red linen and pictorial boards. Designed by Bruce Rogers and printed in red and black with one book measuring 18-1/2" x 13-1/2" (a "miniature book" for Brobdingnagians) and the other 3-1/2" x 2-1/2" (an "elephant folio" for Lilliputans). Both volumes ingeniously slipcased in one box. Each is copy #709 of 1500, and each is SIGNED by the designer with his initials. One of the more imaginatively designed books of the press. Form letter from publisher George Macy laid in.

      [Bookseller: Charles Agvent]
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        Aviation Magazine (n° 1 au n° 457 sauf les numéros 66 et 314 à 321)

      Impression commerciale du Maine libre 1950 - In-4, (31x25 cm), broché, couverture illustrée, 454 numéros de cette très belle série quasiment complète, du n° 1 au n° 457 sauf les numéros 66 et 314 à 321, joint les numéros 463, 467, 599, 601 604 et 610 soit 454 numéros, parution bimensuelle ; menues rousseurs, assez bel état dans l'ensemble. Aviation magazine [Attributes: Soft Cover]

      [Bookseller: Abraxas-libris]
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        Vogue Magazine (American), January 1950 - Original Erwin Blumenfeld "Doe Eye" Cover Featuring Jean Patchett

      New York: Conde Nast. Single Issue Magazine. 164 pages. The original "Doe Eye" issue. Unmarked with moderate wear. Minor loss at each end of back strip. A high-quality copy of this iconic masterpiece. . Very Good. 1950. First Edition.

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        Railway Age. Magazine - July 29, 1950.

      Orange, Simmons-Boardman, 1950.. 66 pp, 4°, Softcover/Paperback traces of use, Einband mit leichten Gebrauchsspuren, sonst jedoch antiquarisch gut erhaltenes Exemplar, K3829.

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat Buchhandel Daniel Viertel Ei]
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        Railway Age. Magazine - July 1, 1950.

      Orange, Simmons-Boardman, 1950.. 90 pp, 4°, Softcover/Paperback traces of use, Einband mit leichten Gebrauchsspuren, sonst jedoch antiquarisch gut erhaltenes Exemplar, K3829.

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat Buchhandel Daniel Viertel Ei]
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        Poemes de Charles d'Orleans

      Teriade Editeur Verve 1950 - One of the original sets of 1200 lithograph copies of Matisse’s original, which was done in color pencil and crayon. The text is a selection of Charles’ poems that Matisse wrote out in hand in French. He then added fleur de lis decorations and hand drawn borders, all in various colors. Slightly more than 100 pages and more than 50 original lithographs, loose in sets of four pages each, housed in illustrated wrappers. A beautiful set with only slight offsetting on some internal pages. The acetate protector on the wrappers is yellowed and has a closed tear bottom left of front cover. Signed by Matisse in pencil on the limitation page. This is copy number 778. The protective cardboard box is in Poor condition, soiled and faded, with splits at the seams and one long, folding flap detached. Even though the number produced was large, intact copies are quite rare – presumably because many copies were broken and sold separately as single Matisse lithographs. This production is widely considered one of the most important illustrated books ever done. Included is a note from M. J. Royer, Antiquarian Bookseller and Gallery of Fine and Applied Arts, Los Angeles, to “Mrs. Tarr” stating that he has located this copy in Europe. The note is dated Dec. 4, 1958; additionally there is an Invoice for the purchase dated 14 Feb. ’59. Special shipping will be required at extra cost. [Attributes: Signed Copy; Soft Cover]

      [Bookseller: Squid Ink Books]
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        Lone Woodcock

      n.p., ca. 1950? - A. Lassell Ripley (1896-1969), studied art in Boston, was a student of Frank Benson, and after a stint of teaching drawing at the Harvard School of Architecture, devoted himself to a career in art. He illustrated five books for The Derrydale Press, was an accomplished landscape and portrait painter, and was widely known for his sporting etchings and watercolors of upland shooting scenes. Ripley's woodcock prints are scarce; this is a particularly choice example Image 8-1/2 x 13-3/4 inches, matted and framed to 14-1/2 x 19 inches overall. Drypoint etching of a woodcock in flight above a marshy covert, signed by the artist in pencil in lower right, and titled in pencil lower left. Fine. Siegel, pp. 220-1 [Attributes: Signed Copy]

      [Bookseller: James Cummins Bookseller, ABAA]
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        Typed signed personal letter (TSL) May 13, 1950 inscribed and signed by William Lyon MacKenzie King

      William Lyon MacKenzie King, Ottawa 1950 - 20.3cm x 25.5 cm (8 x 10 inches) folded to 20.3cm x 12.5cm (8 x 5 inches) but flat as it is now. Typed 2pp personal letter dated May 13, 1950 on Laurier House letterhead, (TSL) hand-written salutation and inscription and signature Billy (William Lyon MacKenzie King ). Letter had been torn and repaired using Japanese mulberry and silk fibre paper. In very good condition otherwise. A scarce to rare personal signed and inscribed document to Canada's longest serving Prime Minister., Letter to Mrs. Mary Scott, 82 South Drive, Toronto, Ont. A friend of his parents and whom he had previous personal correspondence with before and after this. WLKM had very few friends and family and rarely showed his private side in public which makes these type of personal communications insightful and rare. Highly collectable., WLMK, a man of many faces and names ó Willie, Rex, Mackenzie, Billyó His mother referred to him as "Billy". Called "Billy" by his classmates - a member of the class of '95 at University of Toronto. "He may want to be a politician one day," his friend Oscar Rumpal contributed, "but if you meet Billy in a fist fight you''ll know why we call The Rebel" quoted from William Lyon Mackenzie King: p.14, Dreams and Shadows By Lian Goodall.Part of the contents makes reference to address given by Leonard Walker Brockington in connection with the Opening of Mackenzie House (William Lyon Mackenzie, his grandfather), 82 Bond Street, Toronto. Tuesday, May 9th, 1950. To quote MacKenzie King from this letter, "It was one of the finest speeches to which I have listened. I thought often how my father and mother would have rejoiced in listening to it, and their parents before them" Brockington was Special Assistant to Prime Minister Mackenzie King from 1939 to 1942 as a a special advisor to Mackenzie King's war cabinet. [Attributes: First Edition]

      [Bookseller: Lord Durham Rare Books (IOBA)]
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        Simple Speaks His Mind

      Simon & Schuster, New York 1950 - Cloth in mylar protected dust-jacket. 231 pages. Boldly INSCRIBED by Hughes, in his characteristic green ink, on front free endpaper: "For [previous owner],/Sincerely,/Langston Hughes [signed]." An exceptionally clean, tight copy in a fine, price-clipped, jacket [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Books & Bidders, Antiquarian Booksellers]
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        NINETEEN EIGHTY-FOUR A Novel by George Orwell

      London: Secker & Warburg. Very Good+ in Good+ dust jacket. 1950. First Edition; Third Printing. Hardcover. Third Printing. Green cloth cover has very light wear caps. Spine and edges of cloth cover are slightly faded in color. Boards and spine are straight. Binding is tight and pages are clean. Front flyleaf has signature in ink. Dust jacket has publisher's price of 10s. DJ is in Good+ condition with very light chipping at edges of spine and is protected by a clear Brodart cover. .

      [Bookseller: New Boston Fine and Rare Books]
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        Conan The Conqueror, The Sword Of Conan, King Conan, The Coming Of Conan, Conan The Barbarian, Tales Of Conan, The Return Of Conan : Seven Volumes .

      Gnome Press 1950 - .Hardcovers, seven volumes, all in dust jackets. All are first editions; all are first printings. The complete Gnome Press Conan. "Conqueror" is vg to vg+ due to library stamp on rear free endpaper and a few date stamps on second rear endpaper (no other indication of ex-library), a bit or corner wear, slightly dusty edges, a bit of light damp stain to the bottom of the boards, in a vg+ to near fine condition unclipped dust jacket with a slight bit of spine fade; the jacket is from a warehouse find some years ago; "Sword" is vg+ or better with a hint of rubbing to the boards, in an unclipped vg to vg+ dust jacket with some edge and corner wear; "King" is close to near fine with slightly dusty top edge, in an unclipped vg+ dust jacket; "Coming" is close to near fine with slightly dusty edges, in an unclipped vg+ dust jacket; "Barbarian" is vg+ with slight corner wear, in an unclipped vg- dust jacket due to edge and corner ships as well as medium size chips to the ends of the spine; "Tales" vg+ to near fine with previous owner bookplate on the inside of the front cover, in an unclipped, vg+ dust jacket with some very light edge and corner chipping, inscibed to previous owner by L. Sprague De Camp on the title page; "Return" is vg+ with small mark on front free endpaper and slightly dusty edges, in an unclipped, vg+ dust jacket. . . [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Terry Nudds]
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        Across the River and Into the Trees

      New York: Charles Scribners 1950 - First edition, advance issue. Dark blue cloth with gilt stamping, one of 25 copies bound for presentation. Signed and inscribed by Hemingway three weeks prior to publication: "For Ben Meyer / from his friend / Ernest Hemingway. / Havana 21/8/50". With original letter and envelope, from Mary Hemingway to Ben Meyer, on Finca Vigia San Francisco de Paula Cuba stationery. Book is lightly bumped to lower corners, else an extremely bright and fine copy. Housed in a custom folding leather and cloth case lettered and ruled in gilt. Ben Meyer was a journalist who traveled to Cuba to interview Hemingway about his latest novel, Across the River and Into the Trees. In the article, Meyer quotes Hemingway as being very pleased with his new work, and describes Hemingway’s house (Finca Vigia, Lookout Farm) and his daily activities. Published first in the Kansas City Star on 10 September, 1950, Meyer’s article celebrates the publication of Across the River, a book Hemingway himself stated "is about love and death, happiness and sorrow and the town of Venice. I really fired all the barrels on this one." Meyer stayed in contact with the Hemingways, as evidenced in the letter to him from Mary Hemingway, dated 1958, thanking him for photos he sent to her of her hometown, Bemidji, MN. Conversations with Ernest Hemingway, Bruccoli, 1986. Originally published serially in Cosmopolitan from February - June 1950, Across the River and Into the Trees tells the story of American Colonel Richard Cantwell during the last day of his life as he recalls his experiences in war and love as a younger man in Venice. Hemingway took the title of this novel from the last words of General Thomas J. ("Stonewall") Jackson, quoted on page 307: "Let us cross over the river and rest under the shade of the trees." Like much of his writing, this novel is highly autobiographical. Also in typical Hemingway fashion, Across the River utilizes the Iceberg Theory, in which the true essence of the story is not expressly said in the plot but rather is meant to be inferred. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: B & B Rare Books, Ltd., ABAA]
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      Charles Scribner`s Sons. New York. 1950 - PRESENTATION ISSUE, PRECEDING THE FIRST U.S. EDITION. With Scribner logo and letter A on verso of title page. One of just 24 copies, each bound in dark blue buckram with gilt lettering and ruling to the spine. Hemingway's signature reproduced in gilt on the front board. No dustwrapper was issued for this advance edition. Tipped in to the last page is a typed list of errors found on three text pages, and beneath this a hand written note, signed by Charles Scribner. " This is one of 24 copies, bound in a different cloth from the regular edition and has the above errors in the pages which were caught and corrected after 24 sheets had been run. Hemingway & I have given these 24 copies to friends - none were sold. - Charles Scribner.". A fine copy with the gilt still bright and the corners sharp. Housed in a half dark blue morocco clam-shell box. Spine with raised bands, compartments ruled and lettered in gilt.Blue cloth on boards. Scarce.

      [Bookseller: Paul Foster. - ABA & PBFA Member.]
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      AUX EDITIONS DU RAMEAU D' OR, PARIS 1950 - 12 volumes brochés au format in-4 , couvertures rempliées , ouvrages illustrés de reproduction d' aquarelles originales par Jacques TOUCHET , tirage à 1200 ex. numérotés sur vélin , 1 des 200 comprenant une aquarelle originale et une suite de 12 aquarelles en couleurs non retenues pour l' édition , une déchirure de 1,5 cm au haut de l' aquarelle originale sans manque , quelques coiffes légèrement frottées , autrement bons exemplaires .

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        Original Artwork Entitled "Soledad"

      1950. Original, oil on canvas, framed by the artist. 17" x 23". Painted while in Mexico, it is signed, "R.J.E." and dated by the artist, 1950. From the artist's recollection, it was on display in Mexico in a one-man show in the Gallery Arte Moderno in 1951. Richard J. Ericson (1922-2010.) was a fine artist who lived, worked, and taught art in Long Island, NY, where he is well known, particularly on the North shore. He had his art displayed in gallerys from Mexico City, where he resided 1949-1953, to the Art Center in Cold Spring Harbor, NY. And yes, the artist was my father, if you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask.. Fine. Illus. by Ericson, Richard J..

      [Bookseller: Books from the Crypt]
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        Fairy Tales and Legends

      Cobden-Sanderson Ltd, London 1950 - Bound by Bayntun in full polished calf, gilt framed, elaborate spine gilt with floral design, gilt-stamped maroon title label, gilt to inner borders, all edges gilt. Marbled endpages. Illustrated throughout with the woodcuts by Whistler. A beautiful copy. Handsome on the shelf. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Contact Editions, ABAC, ILAB]
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        Mémoires. 1734 - Extraits - 1755

      Gilbert Jeune, Paris, [1950] - Colour frontispieces and plates, black-and-white illustrations, by Brunelleschi One of 3,000 numbered copies on vélin de Condat Two volumes Large 8vo Fine copy in original tissue dust-wrappers (one slightly marked), uncut and partly unopened, in somewhat marked and rubbed slipcase Wrappers with colour vignettes and decorations by Brunelleschi [Attributes: Soft Cover]

      [Bookseller: Bertram Rota Ltd]
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        Restoration Love Songs. With decorations by Rex Whistler.

      Preston Herts: The Cupid Press 1950 - Limited edition, no. 248 of 660 copies, 8vo, xx, 153, (3) pp, with a folding coloured frontispiece and 6 black and white plates, marbled endpapers, finely bound by Sangorski and Sutcliffe in full scarlet morocco, maroon spine label, t.e.g., a fine copy. Including work by 42 poets, as well as anonymous verse, including Aphra Benn, John Dryden, Thomas Otway, Matthew Prior and the Earl of Rochester.

      [Bookseller: Bow Windows Bookshop (ABA, ILAB)]
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        Archive of Drafts of Letters and Documents relating to Saroyan's separation and divorce from his wife Carol Marcus, and her affair with cartoonist Al Capp

      [New York], 1949-1950 - A Saroyan archive of essential biographical importance. In 1943, Armenian- American author William Saroyan, at the peak of his success and fame, married the 17-year-old socialite Carol Marcus. They had two children, Aram (b. 1943) and Lucy (b. 1946), but by 1949, as this archive painfully documents, the marriage was clearly breaking up. In July 1949, the couple agreed to separate; in September of that year they divorced; and Marcus, as a letter here reveals, began an affair will the cartoonist Al Capp. Eventually, Saroyan and Marcus remarried in 1951, but they quickly divorced again in 1952. This archive contains the following letters and documents relating to the marriage and its break-up: 1. Several typed and carbon drafts of Saroyan's request for annulment of the marriage, with several autograph corrections and insertions by Saroyan. The essential ground of the complaint was Saroyan's assertion that Marcus deceived him as to her origins, and pretended to be the daughter of a Catholic couple from Long Island, of Scottish, and French-Russian descent, rather than the illegitimate daughter of a Jewish mother, as she later admitted. 14 pages in all 2. Carbon copy of the separation agreement of July 1949. 6 pages. 3. Draft Typed Letter signed to Al Capp, Jan. 8, 1950. 3pp., with several autograph corrections. 4. Draft of the same letter. 1 page 5. Another draft of the same letter. 1 page. 6. Carbon copy of the final letter to Capp, Jan 8, 1950. 4 pages. A painful and moving letter to Capp regarding Capp's affair with Marcus, a warning to Capp that Marcus had a psychopathic personality ("she tells lies and believes them, makes false accusations, and lives in a world of fantasy"); and his belief that Capp is "wittingly or unwittingly helping this woman to plunge deeper and deeper into a life of fantasy which must eventually bring her to the urgent need of hospitalization, and to her children terrible suffering and heartache -" Carol Marcus later married the actor Walter Matthau; Aram Saroyan became a writer in his own right; and Lucy Saroyan became an actress 4to. In all, 29 pp. [Attributes: Signed Copy]

      [Bookseller: James Cummins Bookseller, ABAA]
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        Noces. 10e édition. Dedication copy, signed and inscribed.

      Paris, Gallimard, 1950. - 91 pp., 2 ff. Original wrappers. 8vo. (= Les essais XXXIX). - To the Italian left-wing intellectuals Miriam and Nicola Chiaromonte: "à Myriam et Nicola | ces premières [NOCES] jamais rompues avec l'affectueux souvenir de leur ami | Albert Camus". - "Noces" was first published in Algiers in 1938 in a very small press-run. - Untrimmed copy; edges slightly browned, few traces of handling, spine somewhat damaged. [Attributes: Soft Cover]

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat INLIBRIS Gilhofer Nfg. GmbH]
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      *** 1950 - R100005003: 1 peinture sur miroir de 51 x 70 cm, représentant deux personanges entourés de nuages. Incription "Early March" en bas à gauche du miroir et "1919" en bas à droite. Miroir encadré, cadre blanc de 57 x 75 cm. . Bon état Classification : 900-Oeuvres Originales

      [Bookseller: le-livre]
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        The Miraculous Fish of Domingo Gonzales

      W.W. Norton, New York 1950 - First edition. Illustrated by William de la Torre. Small bookstore label on the front fly, and old tape shadows on the pastedowns where a previous owner had affixed the flaps, else fine in an attractive, very good dustwrapper that has been laminated, has corresponding shadows on the flaps, and has suffered some modest fading at the extremities. The last of the author's four novels, and his only non-mystery. Comic and sly novel about a sleepy Mexican fishing village where the only catch is sharks. The village achieves the luxuries of modern civilization when an American buyer of shark livers moves in. Goldsmith, a novelist and screenwriter, is best known for his classic noir novel *Detour*, which was made into the seminal cult noir film. Very scarce. See this book in 3D on our site. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Between the Covers-Rare Books, Inc. ABAA]
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        THE GRASS IS SINGING. Signed.

      Michael Joseph, London 1950 - First Edition of Lessing's first novel neatly Signed by her to the title-page. A very good copy in faded red cloth, (as is usual), yellow titles to the spine in a very good 2nd issue supplied dustwrapper which has been marginally trimmed about an 1/8". A vivid blend of Lessing's imaginative vision and her own memories of early childhood. An important book. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: TBCL The Book Collector's Library]
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        Fleurs dans un Vase

      Mourlot, Paris 1950 - Affiche pour l'exposition L'homme au mouton à Vallauris en 1950. Lithographie originale. Tirage à 750 exemplaires. Czwiklitzer 5, Bloch 674. Format papier 62 X 48 cm, illustration 30,3 X 25 cm. Epreuve avant la lettre sur Arches.

      [Bookseller: La Basse Fontaine]
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      S.n., Paris 1950 - EDITION ORIGINALE de cette plaquette publiée à l¿initiative du peintre Christian d¿Orgeix. Textes de Nora Mitrani, Gisèle Prassinos, Jehan Mayoux, Jean Brun, André Pieyre de Mandiargues, Jacques de Caso et Yves Bonnefoy. 25 illustrations de Bellmer dont un autoportrait en frontispice et vingt-quatre reproductions de photographies et ¿uvres sur papier réalisées entre 1934 et 1950. Tirage 400 exemplaires. Un des 300 sur papier du Marais [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

      [Bookseller: Librairie-Galerie Emmanuel Hutin]
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        Strangers on a Train.

      Harper & Brothers, New York 1950 - First edition of the author's first book. Octavo, original cloth. Light wear to the spine tips, else near fine in a very good dust jacket that shows some of the endemic fading to the spine panel. Inscribed by the author. Housed in a custom quarter morocco clamshell box. Very rare signed and inscribed. "For eliciting the menace that lurks in familiar surroundings, there's no one like Patricia Highsmith" (Time). The success of Strangers on a Train allowed Highsmith to quit "hack" writing for magazines and devote her energies full time to fiction. "Her books evoke a quiet tension, a persistent apprehension, which is all the more terrifying and suspenseful for its aura of plausibility" (Vinson, 643-44). It was adapted as a film in 1951, directed by Alfred Hitchcock, starring Farley Granger and Ruth Roman. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Raptis Rare Books, ABAA/ ILAB]
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        If I Ran the Zoo

      Random House 1950 - NY: Random House, 1950. First Edition. Folio - about 12" tall. Original glazed picture covered boards. All first issue points, including 200/200 price on dj flap and no mention of later titles on dj or book. Book near fine (signed by previous owner on title page), in very good (drawing on mouth of illustration on front cover) dust jacket. DJ flap price reads "200/200." Comes in specially made custom cloth slipcase. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Bookbid]
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        Strike Through the Mask! New Lyrical Poems

      Charles Scribner's Sons, New York 1950 - First edition. Faint tidemark at the bottom of the pages, a good only copy in good plus dustwrapper with several modest chips and tears. Inscribed by Viereck (who won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry the year before for his book *Terror and Decorum*) to fellow Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Gwendolyn Brooks (who won in 1950 for *Annie Allen*): "To Gwendolyn Brooks with gratitude and admiration for her art. Peter Viereck." While by no means a "condition copy," a very notable association. See this book in 3D on our site. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Between the Covers-Rare Books, Inc. ABAA]
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        Typed Letter Signed

      - One page typed letter dated 16 March 1950 on Kennedy's Congress of the United States stationery Signed ("John Kennedy"). Folded as mailed, two tiny stab holes from a removed staple, else fine. A letter sent while Kennedy was a Representative from Massachusetts' 11th District, and co-signed by his cousin, and colleague in the House, James C. Auchincloss, Congressman from New Jersey, to other House colleagues. The letter urges them to sign a discharge petition so that the Home Rule for the City of Washington bill can be brought to the floor of the House for a vote during the current session of Congress, and it eloquently if briefly pleads the case. According to the text, this letter was accompanied by a document listing 25 reasons why the Congressmen should vote for the act (presumably the reason for the staple holes) but this has been lost. A little smear to the fountain pen ink on the letter "J," but a bold, clean, and genuine signature, with the "oh" linkage of the first name clearly matching Kennedy's style of this period (as opposed to that of his secretaries). [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy]

      [Bookseller: Between the Covers-Rare Books, Inc. ABAA]
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        The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

      Geoffrey Bles, London 1950 - FIRST EDITION in ORIGINAL DUST JACKET of the first book of Lewis's celebrated Narnia Chronicles. With colored frontispiece and illustrations throughout. London: Geoffrey Bles, 1950. Octavo, original cloth, original dust jacket. Book with fading to spine and edges, rare dust jacket in outstanding condition, extremely clean and bright with only usual toning to spine illustration, small chip at top of spine, and internal tape reinforcement to spine ends. One of the nicest copies we've seen, particularly rare without any color restoration. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Manhattan Rare Book Company, ABAA, ILAB]
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        The Chronicles of Narnia

      Geoffrey Bles and The Bodley Head, London 1950 - Seven volumes complete, published between 1950-1956, comprising, "The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe", (1950), 172pp, [2]; "Prince Caspian", (1951), 194pp, [2]; "The Voyage of the Dawn Treader", (1952), 223pp, [1]; "The Silver Chair", (1953), 217pp, [1]; "The Horse and His Boy", (1954), 199pp, [1]; "The Magician's Nephew", (1955), 183pp, [1] and "The Last Battle", (1956), 184pp. Original cloth / buckram in DJ's. DJ's often with small tears and nicks, Lion Witch has a couple of small tears to upper panel, but no real loss, the Voyage of the Dawn Treader being the worst, with splits to the backstrip and chipping to the corners, Silver Chair and Prince Caspian are chipped to spine ends with small amounts of loss, remaining three slightly rubbed but no loss or tears. The books are generally fairly bright and clean, Lion Witch has the usual 'ghosting' to the spine, Dawn Treader spine is browned (as often). Lion Witch and Dawn Treader have a previous owners name to endpaper and reverse of frontispiece respectively, Last Battle has small numbers in pen next to the list of titles on the reverse of the half-title. A decent set. Hooper A20, 21, 23, 24, 25, 27 and 29 respectively 8vo [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Temple Rare Books]
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        Men Against the Stars

      Gnome Press, New York 1950 - New York: Gnome Press, 1950. First Edition. Introduction by Willy Ley. Edited by Martin Greenberg, this copy signed, inscribed and presented by him to Arthur C. Clarke. Octavo, 351 pp. Purple cloth-backed gray cloth boards, with silver spine titling and blindstamped launching-spaceship and star motif on purple margin. Pictorial dustjacket by sci-fi illustration luminary Edd Cartier. A near fine book, with only minor page edge soiling and a trace of partial spine fade, in a Very Good + jacket, showing light perimeter wear. Singular copy, inscribed and presented to Arthur C. Clarke by Greenberg, with provenance of unimpeachable order accompanying the book. An increasingly classic collection of short stories by some of the now-timeless sci-fi names. Willy Ley: "Here is a different type of anthology. This book, taken in its entirety, tells a story: the conquest of space. Moving from man's first attempt to reach the moon to the exploration of the ends of the universe, these stories are among the finest ever published." - Willy Ley. Hailed by critics at the time of its publication as a quantum leap forward in both quality and concept for science fiction anthologies, Martin Greenberg's thematically edited Men Against the Stars is a collection of twelve lengthy stories whose authors read like a Who's Who of Golden Age sci-fi, including Isaac Asimov, Murray Leinster, A.E. Van Vogt, L. Ron Hubbard [Hubbard's "When Shadows Fall" is here], and E.M. Hull. Not a slap-dash aggregation to get to the printer quickly, Greenberg's collection was a thoroughly contemplated and planned project, a selection of the very finest available stories on theme, ranging back as far as 1939. Nicely complimented by a Cartier's funky pure genre period stylization jacket. A sci-fi presentation copy of the highest sort, that of a veteran and astute editor to a future superstar. Arthur C. Clarke's reputation at the time was already becoming established, and Greenberg shows the admiration in his skilled critical eye for Clarke's sci-fi talents in his presentation remark. As always, please feel free to ask questions or request additional scans. L53n [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Singularity Rare & Fine]
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        Orion . Naturwissenschaftlich-Technische Zeitschrift für Jedermann . 5. Jahrgang Heft 6 - März 1950

      Verlag Sebastian Lux, Murnau, 1950. Broschur, altersbedingt guter Zustand, angestoßen, gebräunt, 209-240 S., 18x24 cm.

      [Bookseller: ralfs-buecherkiste]
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        The Drowning Pool

      Alfred A. Knopf 1950 - Near fine in a very good dust jacket. First Edition stated on the copyright page. Book has slight edge wear, very slight darkening of gutters. Dust jacket has original price of $2.50 printed on the front flap. Slight chipping at the corners and spine ends. Two small pieces missing from both the front and back hinges to the flaps. Couple of closed tears. Some water spots on inside spine, and water damage to bottom of front hinge and inside flap. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Bookbid]
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      Ward, Lock & Co., Limited, [1950]., 1950. First edition. Fine, bright, clean copy in dust jacket with light wear to the spine ends. At the Tippinggale Steel Mill libellous posters about the President of the company appear in places only accessible only to the electrical staff. It is believed the person responsible for these posters is the owner of a rival steel mill, but the man hanging the posters must be one of Tippinggale's employees. Suspicions are aroused that soon lead to several mysterious deaths before the mystery is solved.

      [Bookseller: BUCKINGHAM BOOKS]
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        The Simple Art of Murder

      Houghton Mifflin Co. 1950 - Tan cloth, yellow/orange titles/decoration, orange topstain. First edition (date on TP). Contains 12 stories and one (the title) essay. Very good plus copy with slight fraying to cloth at heel of spine, else NF. DJ with $3.50 price intact also very good with one 1" chip at fold/head of spine. Other tiny chips at flap fold-ends. Minor wear/creases at folds and mid-back panel. 533 pp. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: citynightsbooks]
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        True Love Story

      Town and Country Magazine. Very Good. Bemelmans, Ludwig. True Love Story. Oblong, stapled wraps. No publishing information given, but printed circa 1950 as an advertising promotion for Town and Country Magazine. Illustrations by Bemelmans are printed on one side of the page, and tell a story without any text. In Very Good condition, with light toning and light wear at corners. The last leaf shows chipped corners, spotting and a small tear that has been repaird. A very rare title from the beloved author of Madeline.

      [Bookseller: Burnside Rare Books]
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        L'Academie des Dames. Vingt Attitudes par Albert MARQUET.

      dition originale. Voir nos photos, Sixty - Ninth Avenue, New York (Paris), (4)pp.+20pl.,SD (circa 1950). ex. H.C. (tirage à 325ex.) sur MBM d'Arches. Complet de ses 20 lithos libres en noir. Grand in-4 en ff., quelques pl. brunies, portefeuille rigide marqué avec mords fendus sur 5cm et liens coupés. Bon et rare exemplaire complet. Envoi soigné et protégé! (A15)

      [Bookseller: Libri Relives]
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        Alcoholics Anonymous

      Works Publishing Inc, 1950. Hardcover. Very Good. New York: Works Publishing, 1950. First Edition, Thirteenth Printing. In Very Good condition, with light signs of age and wear. Clean text, though pages show occasional crease to page corner and a few age related spots. Cloth shows light edge wear, with light fraying to the corners and spine ends and a small spot on the edge of the front board; faintly mottled. Gilt stamping to spine is rubbed, barely visible. A nice copy overall; A rare early printing of this A.A. cornerstone.

      [Bookseller: Burnside Rare Books]
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        Without complimenting the four silk portraits he has received, Churchill wishes to ?retaliate as only an author can by sending you a copy of one of my books which I have signed for you??

      Typed Letter Signed ?Winston S. Churchill,? 1p, 6.75? x 8.25? visible, matted with Karsh?s photograph of Churchill and an identification plaque. Not framed. Overall size, 18? x 16?. On his ?28, Hyde Park Gate, London, S.W. 7? stationery, December 10, 1950. To C.G. Dines, Esq. In apparent fine condition.In full, ?I am indeed obliged to you for sending me the four portraits worked in silk, and I thank you very much for the gift. I shall keep them most carefully at my country home. I hope you will allow me to retaliate as only an author can by sending you a copy of one of my books which I have signed for you. Yours very faithfully.?

      [Bookseller: University Archives]
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        Fish Hooks. Edgar Sealey & Sons. Brockhill Works, Redditch, England. "Octopus Brand" [Sample Book]

      Redditch, England: Edgar Sealey & Sons, n.d., [1950s] - Full array of fish hooks from this English manufacturer, active from the 1930s to the late 1950s. Sample cards for Hand Forged, Hand Forged Heavy Eyed, Forgé Renversé, Forgé Renversé Sliced, Italians, "Octopus", O.P., L.S., D.S., 5XDS, Dry Fly, Pennell's Sneck, Pennell's Limerick, and Sproat hooks Oblong 8vo. With 12 printed sample cards, each with mounted sample hooks arranged by size (12 to 20 hooks per card); each card with printed label in upper corner identifying type of hook. Blue cloth folding case, snap closure. Very good (some internal soiling) [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: James Cummins Bookseller, ABAA]
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        Lionel Wendt's Ceylon

      London: Lincolns-Prager, 1950. First edition. Hardcover. Near fine in a just about near fine jacket, with the jacket showing some very slight rubbing to the front panel at the gutter, a touch of wear to the jacket spine at crown, some slight and forgivable soiling to the rear panel. No markings or inscriptions. A sincerely bright and attractive copy of this odd masterpiece (Parr, The Photobook, Vol. 2), known to be scarce in the jacket and scarcer still in a good one.

      [Bookseller: John Kehoe, Bookseller ABAA]
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        L'Abbe C.

      Les Éditions de Minuit, Paris 1950 - 228 pp. Octavo. First Edition.INSCRIBED by Bataille to Georges-Albert Astre on the half-title. The ordinary paper issue of this novel with the publisher's original printed wrap-around band reading, appropriately enough: "L'exces de joie." Text a bit toned, but a very good or better copy publisher's printed wrappers. PHOTOS AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy]

      [Bookseller: Athena Rare Books ABAA]
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        Grundzüge einer Theorie der phylogenetischen Systematik. Herausgegeben vom Deutschen Entomolgischen Institut Berlin-Friedrichshagen.

      Berlin, Deutscher Zentralverlag, 1950.. . 370 Seiten mit zahlreichen Abbildungen und Karten, professionell in Halbleinen der Zeit gebunden und betitelt - Einband mit leichten Gebrauchsspuren, sonst guter Zustand - 1950. M 3785

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat Kirchheim]
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        Composition. L'écuyére (1950) Original Farblithographie.

      1950 - 1950. Bildgrösse: 33x47 cm. Unten links signiert, rechts numeriert X/LX. In Glasrahmen 54x69 cm. [Attributes: Signed Copy]

      [Bookseller: Biblion Antiquariat]
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