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        Collection of 20 Designs for Curtains and Window Treatments]

      N.p., n.d [ca. 1950?] - Finely executed conceptual drawings in watercolor for contemporary and period curtains and window draperies (INTERIOR DECORATION) Approximately 15-3/4 x 10 inches each. Watercolor on paper. Very good (a few with cello-tape residue on verso)

      [Bookseller: James Cummins Bookseller, ABAA]
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        Strangers on a Train (First UK Edition)

      London: Cresset, 1950. First UK Edition. Basis for the 1951 Hitchcock classic, and the author's first book. Jacket design by J. Yunge-Bateman.& & Very Good in a Very Good dust jacket. Slight spine lean, moderate toning and rubbing overall, a few faint dampstains to the boards, with indiscreet touchup to the rear board, and faint foxing to the page edges. Jacket spine and extremities moderately toned, a few tiny chips and closed tears, with two cello-tape repairs on the verso.

      [Bookseller: Royal Books, Inc.]
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        The Cocktail Party. A Comedy

      London: Faber and Faber Ltd,, 1950. Octavo. Original green cloth, titles to spine gilt. With the dust jacket. An excellent copy in the frayed and slightly chipped dust jacket. First edition, first impression. A major association copy with the author's presentation inscription to the front free endpaper, "Ez from O. Possum 6. iii. 50." This remarkable survival from the chaotic years of Pound's incarceration at St Elizabeth's hospital in Washington DC was part of a small group of books which passed through the hands of Eileen Lane Kinney, a member of the inner circle of modernist artists and writers based in Paris in the 1920s and 1930s. She had been Brancusi's lover before returning to America just as the Second World War loomed. She settled in Washington DC and worked on a number of translations of political studies from French into English. When in 1946 her old acquaintance Ezra Pound was moved to St Elizabeth's, she spared little time in contacting him and arranging visits. The correspondence seems to indicate that contact more or less ceased in 1950, but from the sequence of inscriptions by Pound in her copy of Pisan Cantos it is clear that he made one final and telling gesture of gratitude and friendship at the very point of his departure for Italy in June 1958. It was at this latter date we believe this book to have been given to Lane Kinney.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        The Martian Chronicles

      Garden City: Doubleday & Company, 1950. First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Some toning to the spine, else near fine in a very good dust jacket with some light wear to the spine extremities, light rubbing and a few short closed tears to the extremities. A bright copy of author's best-known work, a cornerstone of 20th-century science fiction.The Martian Chronicles was the book that established Bradbury's reputation… He put far more emphasis on style and mood than he did on technical detail or scientific plausibility… His reward was a stunning popular and critical success" (Science Fiction 100 Best).

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        The Dreams

      London: Jonathan Cape, (1950) London: Jonathan Cape. (1950). First. First edition. Endpapers a trifle foxed, else fine in near fine, lightly rubbed and soiled dustwrapper. A very uncommon novel, the last of three by an author whose work often teeters on the border of fantasy. Benedikt was a German Jew who fled first to France, and then England before the war, along with Elias Canetti with whom she had both a personal and professional relationship. She died at the age of 37. .

      [Bookseller: Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. ABA]
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        Sarn *

      Creuzevault, Paris 1950. - En feuilles 34 x 27, couverture illustrée rempliée, titre au dos, double emboîtage. L'un des 200 exemplaires numérotés sur vélin du Marais, paraphés par l'artiste et l'éditeur comme il se doit. Illustrations de Roland Oudot, gravées sur bois et tirées au repérage par Théo Schmied. Illustré costaud gai et coloré, illustré de compositions d'une rare intensité, probablement pour bonne part due à son interprétation, certaines planches ayant nécessité plus de vingt tirages successifs.Traduction de Jacques de Lacretelle.

      [Bookseller: Librairie Oh 7e Ciel]
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        The Town and the City

      Harcourt Brace, 1950-01-01. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. New York: Harcourt Brace, 1950: First Edition as stated, First Printing. In original dust jacket with price of $3.50 intact. A nice copy overall, in Very Good condition, in a Good dust jacket. Clean text. Sound binding. Pages lightly age toned. Front free end paper has a small label remnant. Previous owner details in ink to half title page. Red cloth is clean; gilt lightly dulled; bumped corners and light wear at the spine ends. The dust jacket shows rubbing, creasing, chipping with loss to spine ends and corners, as well as a few closed tears and tape repairs made from the verso. A first edition of Jack Kerouac's first published book, published under the name John Kerouac.

      [Bookseller: Odd Duck Books]
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        Collected Stories.

      New York: Random House, 1950 - Octavo. Original grey cloth, titles to spine gilt on blue ground, blue top-stain. With the dust jacket. An excellent copy in the jacket with tape residue to verso of spine panel and verso of lower panel. First edition thus collected, first printing, in the first issue binding with "The" included in the spine title. [Attributes: First Edition]

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA member]
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        Buffalo Bone Days; A Story of the Buffalo Slaughter on our Western Plains.

      DuBois 1950 - Reprinted from a series of articles appearing in the DuBois Courier-Express, 1949. Signed by the author on the rear end paper. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: James & Mary Laurie, Booksellers A.B.A.A]
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        Sierra Club Bulletin Hardbound Volumes I through V (1950 reproduction of the five softcover volumes spanning 1893 through 1905)

      San Francisco: The Sierra Club, 1950 San Francisco: The Sierra Club, 1950. Fine grade First Edition set of this hardbound reproduction of the oldest softcover volumes (1893 through 1905) of the Sierra Club Bulletin; hence, self-named "Second Printing" of the softcover issues, which are of course themselves the first printing. Five Volumes, coverage as named in scans (which see). Large octavo, maroon ribbed cloth boards, gilt spine imprinting. Volume I: [12] + 341 pp.+ [10], photographs in separated insert sections; Volume II: [12] + 328 pp. + [8], photographs in separated insert sections; Volume III: [8] + 339 pp. + [10], photographs in separated insert sections; Volume IV: [16] + 324 pp. + [10], photographs in separated insert sections; Volume V: [14] + 328 + [2]. a Fine, handsome set, with only several trace micro-imperfections at places in bindings; essentially flawless, and as received originally. There is unlikely to be a better set anywhere.David Brower, Chairman of the Sierra Club Editorial Board, describes, in his "Preface to the Second Printing", the reasons and process behind this rare set: "The five volumes of the Sierra Club Bulletin completed before 1906 have long been out of print and exceedingly difficult to obtain; the type, the plates, manuscripts and photographs, the overrun, and many individuals' files were destroyed in the San Francisco earthquake and fire. Spurred on, perhaps, by Ronald Clark's pleasant description of the Bulletin in The Splendid Hills, where he speaks of it as "that model of all mountain periodicals," the Sierra Club has brought the early volumes back into print, thus enabling important libraries, whether individual or institutional, to complete their files of turn-of-the-century description of exploration and conservation in the Sierra Nevada. Reproduction of these volumes is by photo-offset, and the text remains exactly as it was. The trim size of the first two numbers has been increased so that they will conform with the rest of the series; some of the line drawings are reduced in size to eliminate tip-ins; the plates are rescreened and assembled as signatures; and some advertisements are omitted - reluctantly - to keep the volumes of uniform size. Grateful acknowledgment is due many individuals, the members of the Editorial Board, and the Sierra Club's Directors for their belief in the merit of the project to republish and for their faith in its success. - David R. Brower, Chairman / Sierra Club Editorial Board / Berkeley, California / October 15, 1950 " - L-SC1

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        Typed Memorandum Signed

      Washington, 1950. unbound. 1 page, 8.75 x 6.75 inches, on White House letterhead, Washington, D.C., July 29, 1950. Important memorandum, signed "H.S.T." to Dr. Steelman, regarding the organization of the Presidential office, in part: "...We have tried Cabinet Committees with small success. The National Security Resources Board, the National Security Council and two Cabinet meetings a week seem to have solved most of the difficulties. Those difficulties are also exceedingly fewer than they were when we had all the super-agencies piled on top of the government. Between you, Mr. Harrington and Stuart Symington we ought to be able to accomplish the purposes which we originally set out to accomplish in the organization of the office of the President. Sometime or other I want to sit down with you and outline the differences between the present setup and the one in operation in 1939 and then really set out what happened when the super-agencies were imposed on the Presidential Office." Faint paper clip stain along the top margin; one horizontal fold. Very good condition.

      [Bookseller: Argosy Book Store]
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        Jazz At The Philharmonic, Original Concert Tour Program, 10th North AmericanTour, 1950. Signed By Ella Fitzgerald, Coleman Hawkins, Hank Jones, Harry Edison, Bill Harris & Norman Granz

      Jazz At The Philharmonic, Original Concert Tour Program, 10th North AmericanTour, 1950. SIGNED in ink at their respective photographs by JATP producer Norman Granz and by five jazz luminaries: singer Ella Fitzgerald, pianist Hank Jones, Basie trumpeter Harry Edison, trombonist Bill Harris and tenor saxophonist Coleman Hawkins. An enviable lineup also included the great Lester Young appearing alongside his peer, Hawkins, and a young Oscar Peterson, who having been famously 'discovered' by Granz some years earlier in a Montreal night club, had firmly declined the producer's invitation to join JATP until this his first tour which was to launch him on a long and extraordinary career. In pictorial wraps, with original art work by David Stone Martin, 10.75" by 8.5", staple bound, wraps are slightly soiled and rubbed with small stain to middle of front wrap, pages are age toned, fore edge lightly creased, 2" by 5" JATP coupon has been neatly clipped from the bottom of the rear wrap, else, a strong very good, tight and unmarked. Signatures are near fine to fine, clean and without loss. A vintage jazz collectible with the signatures of some of the most illustrious musicians of the era. J1543. Signed. Original Wraps. Very Good. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall.

      [Bookseller: JazzFirst Books]
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        L'Oeuvre Peint de Goya: Catalogue Raisonnie illustre de 447 reproductions suivies de 34 dessins inedits.

      F. De Nobele 1950 - Paris, 1928-1950. Four volumes, two of text and two of plates. No. 270/764. Folios. 10 x 13.5 inches. A scarce catalogue raisonne of Goya's work, produced in a limited edition of 764. Text volumes are near fine with some light normal tanning. Glassine jackets present but tattered. Slipcases for plate volumes show some wear and are reinforced with tape at seams. Second slipcase missing bottom panel. Contents near fine with normal tanning. Beautiful sepia reproductions of Goya's work. OCLC 8504616. Quite scarce. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Derriere le Miroir. Nos. 27-28

      Maeght Gallery, Paris 1950 - Chagall. Two brilliant coloured lithographs: the cover and a double page print. Published on the occasion of an exhibition of Chagall's works. Both the cover and the contents are in fine condition. [Attributes: Soft Cover]

      [Bookseller: JMHunt]
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        'Relative State' Formulation of Quantum Mechanics.Lancaster: American Institute of Physics, 1957. First edition.

      A fine copy, in original wrappers, of this famous paper in which Everett first formulated his 'many-worlds interpretation' of quantum mechanics. <br/><br/> "The Many-Worlds Interpretation (MWI) is an approach to quantum mechanics according to which, in addition to the world we are aware of directly, there are many other similar worlds which exist in parallel at the same space and time. The existence of the other worlds makes it possible to remove randomness and action at a distance [e.g., the EPR paradox] from quantum theory and thus from all physics." (Stanford Encyclopedia).<br/><br/> "In the early 1950's, a graduate student at Princeton University, Hugh Everett, puzzled over the Copenhagen interpretation and the magical collapse of the wave function, and decided that it made more sense to treat each outcome of every possible quantum event as existing in a real world. In the classic example of Schrödinger's cat, this means that if the experiment really were carried out, the Universe would divide into two worlds, in one of which the experimenter opened the box to find a dead cat, and in the other of which the experimenter opened the box to find a live cat. Encouraged by his thesis supervisor, John Wheeler, Everett developed his idea into a fully worked-out interpretation of quantum theory, and showed that the assumption that all of the quantum possibilities are real leads to exactly the same predictions for the outcome of experiments as the Copenhagen interpretation... Everett's work was published in the journal <i>Reviews of Modern Physics</i> in 1957 alongside a paper by Wheeler drawing attention to it [also contained in the offered issue]" (John Gribben). In recent years Everett's theory has gained an increasingly strong following in the scientific community (led, most notably, by David Deutsch) as a viable alternative that corrects some of the inherent inconsistencies of the Copenhagen interpretation.<br/><br/> For a detailed account see: Mehra & Rechenberg, <i>The Historical Development of Quantum Theory</i>, vol. 6, pp. 1224-28.. In: Reviews of Modern Physics, vol. 29, no. 3, July, 1957, pp. 454-62, the entire issue in original orange printed wrappers offered here. 4to (268 x 200 mm), pp. 255-546. A very fine and unrestored copy in it's original condition

      [Bookseller: Sophia Rare Books]
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        The African Queen

      London: Michael Joseph,, 1950. Octavo. Original orange cloth, titles to spine and upper board in blue. With the dust jacket. Spine just a little rolled, faint partial toning to free endpapers. An excellent copy in the rubbed and nicked jacket with fraying at the ends of the spine panel. Presentation copy inscribed by the author to the literary agent responsible for the film adaptation on the front free endpaper, "To Shirley, &#150; a copy of a book which is as old as our friendship but not nearly as precious to me. With love from C. S. Forester". Shirley Palmer Collier was a well-known Los Angeles literary agent who began her career as a silent film actress, starring in at least twenty-three films between 1923 and 1934. She married the author and Hollywood screenwriter John Collier in 1936 and maintained strong links to the movie industry throughout her career. It was in all likelihood Shirley Collier who introduced The African Queen to Horizon Pictures as a potential film, and Collier&#39;s then ex-husband served as one of the screenwriters. The novel was originally published in 1935 and the completed film, starring Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn, premiered in 1951, the year after this edition was published. Forester must have obtained this copy to present to Collier as thanks for her role in the film&#39;s birth. A superb association.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        Inscribed photographic portrait of Hemingway holding a black Persian kitten

      Paul Radkai, New York,, 1950. 13 × 11 ins, original monochrome print from the negative. With the photographer&#39;s stamp on the verso. Glazed and framed. Fine. An unusually intimate image in uncommonly large format. With Hemingway&#39;s magnificent presentation inscription on the white portion of his shirt, "To Alfred Rice from his friend, client and admirer Ernest Hemingway 31/3/50". Rice was a lawyer based in New York; he specialized in copyright law and handled all of Hemingway&#39;s literary, radio, television and motion picture properties. He began representing Hemingway in 1944, often travelling to Cuba to meet with his client.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        Dianetics The Modern Science of Mental Health A Handbook of Dianetic Therapy

      New York: Hermitage Press, 1950. First edition of the author's most well-known work. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by L. Ron Hubbard on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket with a single short tear. Housed in a custom quarter morocco clamshell box. Exceptionally rare signed.Dianetics has remained a bestseller for more than 60 years and has sold over 20 million copies. Hubbards's work spawned a movement that spans virtually every country on Earth, and has indisputably become one of the most widely read and influential books ever written about the human mind.

      [Bookseller: Raptis Rare Books, ABAA/ ILAB ]
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        The Complete Poems of Robert Frost

      New York: Limited Editions Club, 1950. Signed Limited Edition. Cloth. Near fine. Thomas Mason. Thomas Mason. Signed Limited Edition. Cloth. 11.25" x 7.5" (slipcase). Two volumes in slipcase, hand numbered 702 of 1500 copies, signed on colophon by Frost, Thomas Mason (illustrator), and Bruce Rogers (editor). Full blue cloth with gold stamped letters on black leather spine labels. Books are near fine. Marbled slipcase in good condition with rubbing and wear to corners and edges, sunned to top and spine, and a small split starting on one of the top corners near the opening.& & A wonderful find for either LEC collectors or fans of Frost.

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        The I Ching or Book of Changes

      Pantheon Books, 1950. Hardcover. Very Good. Pantheon Books, New York 1950. First Edition in English / First Printing. Dated 1950 on the copyright page, no additional printings. Black cloth boards lettered in gold. Complete in 2 Volumes. Translated by Richard Wilhelm, Cary Baynes. Foreword by Carl Jung. Frontispiece illustration and fold out illustration at the rear. Book Condition: Very Good+, light shelf wear, light spots on the boards. A few light spots on the endpaper with mild age toning. Small stain at the gutter of the frontispiece of volume 1. Fraying at the head of the spine of volume 2. The dust jackets and slipcase are not present.

      [Bookseller: 1st Editions and Antiquarian Books, ABA,]
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        The Complete Poems of Robert Frost

      New York: Limited Editions Club, 1950. Signed Limited Edition. Cloth. Near fine. Thomas Mason. Thomas Mason. Signed Limited Edition. Cloth. 11.25" x 7.5" (slipcase). Two volumes in slipcase, hand numbered 702 of 1500 copies, signed on colophon by Frost, Thomas Mason (illustrator), and Bruce Rogers (editor). Full blue cloth with gold stamped letters on black leather spine labels. Books are near fine. Marbled slipcase in good condition with rubbing and wear to corners and edges, sunned to top and spine, and a small split starting on one of the top corners near the opening. A wonderful find for either LEC collectors or fans of Frost.

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      Bern: Urs Graf-Verlag, 1950-51. Fine in d.j.&#39;s and cardboard slipcases. A magnificent set.. Limited to 500 copies (this no. 219) Three volumes. Folio. Complete facsimile with 48 mounted color plates. Bound in full vellum, the spines and upper covers with titles and designs in gilt and black. Vol. III with matching spine and boards. Vols. I and II in facsimile; Vol. II is a Introductory by E.H. Alton and essays by P. Meyer and G.O. Simms

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        Signed Playbill for "Kiss Me Kate

      New York, 1950. pamphlet. Original playbill signed in full on the front cover by the composer/lyricist and the star. 40 pages, New Century Theatre, New York. January, 1950. Small damp-stain along the upper left edge; very good(-) condition.

      [Bookseller: Argosy Book Store]
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      New York: Alfred a Knopf. 1950. First Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. Very Good+ in a Very Good+ price clipped dust jacket. Small owner inscription. First Edition stated.; 8vo 8" - 9" tall .

      [Bookseller: Rare Book Cellar]
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        Building Plans and Elevation for Monarch Rubber & Supply Co. Inc., at 227 Pennsylvania St., San Francisco

      San Francisco: James H. Hjul, Structural Engineer, Circa 1950. Original pencil drawings on tracing paper. Sheet size primarily 17" x 22". 7 sheets. Job #231. File #4042. James Hansen Hjul (1882 - 1957), a structural engineer, constructed many buildings in San Francisco. He was the founder of the J.H. Construction Company and was listed as a contractor, civil engineer, structural engineer and construction engineer in San Francisco City Directories from 1907 to 1958. Most of his work occurred in the South of Market area on warehouses and industrial buildings.

      [Bookseller: Alan Wofsy Fine Arts]
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        The Dashiell Hammett Omnibus (SIGNED)

      London: Cassell, 1950. First Edition. Newly rebound in black calf with raised bands on spine and 22ct. gold lettering with new hand marbled end papers; light damp-staining to upper edge of text block. INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR to fellow mystery writer Hillary Waugh: "H. Waugh from D. Hammett. May they prosper that love her. Dec 25th 1958." In a custom matching black cloth case. The inscription is a paraphrase of Psalm 122:6. Waugh (1920-2008) was a pioneering American mystery writer and Grand Master of the Mystery Writers of America. With his ground-breaking LAST SEEN WEARING (1952) he is attributed with developing the police procedural. Collects THE THIN MAN, THE MALTESE FALCON, THE GLASS KEY, THE DAIN CURSE, RED HARVEST & four short stories

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        Northanger Abbey Persuasion, Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Mansfield Park, Emma

      Macmillan, UK 1950 - Reprints 1950-1958. A Full set of the Jane Austen novels. Illustrated by either Hugh Thomson or Charles Brock. Six Books in Five Volumes. Books are very good++ and quite attractive. Contents very good with age toning to some endpapers. The wrappers are very good with darkened spines and are age toned/lightly soiled. Edges lightly rubbed and nicked in places. An attractive set. More images can be taken upon request. Ref [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Lasting Words Ltd]
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        The Dreams

      Jonathan Cape, London 1950 - First edition. Endpapers a trifle foxed, else fine in near fine, lightly rubbed and soiled dustwrapper. A very uncommon novel, the last of three by an author whose work often teeters on the border of fantasy. Benedikt was a German Jew who fled first to France, and then England before the war, along with Elias Canetti with whom she had both a personal and professional relationship. She died at the age of 37. 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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        Ethiopian-Coptic Orthodox Anaphora

      Ethiopia: Manuscript of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church Complete with 40 text and 4 hand-painted icons (St. George, Madonna and Child, Crucifixion, and Jesus Arisen) on 44 parchment pages. Typical binding with crude leather over wood boards; covered spine. Pages are bound in two gatherings of 2 icon leaves, one gathering of 8 leaves, and two gatherings of 6 leaves. Text is in red and black and written in Ge&#39;ez, a no-longer-spoken Semetic language that is still used for liturgical purposes. One of the fourteen different Coptic anaphoras. Until the 19th century these anaphoras (often referred to as "Bibles" but really liturgical prayer books) were produced only as hand-painted manuscripts by individual clergymen for use within their parishes. It wasn&#39;t until 1950 when Emperor Hailie Selassie decreed they would be printed in both Ge&#39;ez and Amharic that all of the works were finally published. It is almost impossible to date these liturgies as they remained unchanged over many centuries. (See "The Liturgy of the Ethiopian Church," translated by Rev Marcos Doud.) This text and the icons were probably painted in the 1800s and perhaps rebound near the beginning of the 20th century. Quite attractive with expected wear. Scarce.. Leather. Very Good. 48mo - over 3" - 4" tall.

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        El Libro Del Buen Amor. Edición Ilustrada y Ornamentada Por Fernando Cabedo Torrents.

      Aeternitas, Valencia 1950 - 320pp. en muy buen papel de hilo. Muy ilustrado con pequeños y deliciosos grabados, coloreados a mano. Y todas las páginas decoradas con orlas y letras capitales a distintas tintas. Edición total de solo 159 ejemplares. perfecto ejemplar con una elegante encuadernación en pergamino, decorado al oro. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        The Cocktail Party

      London: Faber and Fabert, Ltd., 1950 First edition, first state, with "you shall see here again" on page 29. Inscribed by Eliot to Margot Coker on the title page: "Inscribed for / Margot Coker / by T. S. Eliot [rule] / Bicester House July 20, 1951." In addition to the inscription, Eliot crossed out the titles Essays Ancient and Modern and After Strange Gods on the preceding page. Further inscribed with Eliot&#39;s notes on page 29 in regard to the first issue misprint, which Eliot corrected by crossing out the second "e" in "here": "T. S. E. / (coquette found / only in a / small no. of / copies of the / first printing, / and never / explained)." Publisher&#39;s light green cloth, spine lettered in gilt; original gray dust jacket. About near fine, with light wear to the extremities, toning to the spine, a hint of faint spotting to the end papers, former owner Margot Coker&#39;s inscription "Margaret R. Coker [rule] / 1950 [rule]" to the front free endpaper, bright and clean pages; unclipped dust jacket, with wear and minor chipping to the extremities, a few short tears to the edges, some toning to the spine. An attractive copy, rich with association. Margot Coker was the last living resident of the Coker family estate at Bicester House in Oxfordshire, where the Coker family had resided since 1582. Prior to living in Bicester House, the Coker family lived in the village of Coker in Somerset not too far from Eliot&#39;s ancestral home in East Coker. Known for her relatively transcendental lifestyle and generous hospitality, Margot Coker housed many visitors, including Eliot. He wrote at least one of the poems in Four Quartets while staying with the Coker family, and the title "East Coker" from the same set underscores the location&#39;s significance to Eliot. First performed at the Edinburgh Festival in 1949, The Cocktail Party is the most popular of Eliot&#39;s seven plays. Partially based on Euripides&#39; play Alcestis from Ancient Greece, The Cocktail Party tells of a squabbling married couple who resolve their issues with the help of a stranger. In his typical fashion, Eliot uses absurdist elements to make larger philosophical statements about human interaction and relationships.. Inscribed by Author. 1st Edition. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Dust Jacket Included.

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        Analytic System Handbook on Fire Protection

      WESTERN ACTUARIAL BUREAU, CHICAGO, ILLINOIS 1950 - Fake black leather flexible covers. Edges rubbed. Front and back endpapers browning. Tight and clean binding. Illustrated with engineering drawing throughout. Title gilted. No bookplate. No writings. DATE PUBLISHED: 1950 EDITION: 96 [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        To the Voters of Oxford.

      Oxford, Miss. 1950 - Small quarto. First edition. Printed in Oxford, Mississippi. An original copy of Faulkner's famous "Beer Broadside" containing four arguments for legalizing the sale of beer in Oxford. The Beer Broadside was Faulkner's direct challenge to an earlier broadside distributed by a group of clergy calling for the sale of beer to remain illegal. Contains the blemish to "because" in point 1. According to Petersen, there were likely two impressions of the broadside, the first without the blemish to "because" and the second with the blemish. Others have suggested a single impression, with the blemish merely due to type batter that might have occurred during the print run. Very small stain to lower left corner, creases from mailing, else a nearly fine copy of a scarce Faulkner item. (Petersen A29). [Attributes: First Edition]

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      - MANUSCRIPT. THREE LITTLE PIGS STORY BOOK. This is the mock-up of a charming picture book published by Otley circa 1950. Featuring a large (9x13") watercolor used as the cover and includes all 12 pages of interior illustrations presented as large and detailed pen and inks highlighted in blue on every leaf. THe text is pasted on. The original holographic text and 10 pages of detailed preliminary sketches are included as well as a copy of the published book.

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      London, 1950. "Tey, Josephine" aka "Daviot, Gordon" pseudonyms of Elizabeth Mackintosh (1896-1952), Scottish Golden Age mystery writer, literary author, and successful playwright best known for her small but brilliant oeuvre which included the creation of Scotland Yard Inspector Alan Grant and her classic detective novels: THE MAN IN THE QUEUE (1927), A SHILLING FOR CANDLES (1936), MISS PYM DISPOSES (1947), THE FRANCHISE AFFAIR (1948), BRAT FARRAR (1949), and THE DAUGHTER OF TIME (1951, voted greatest mystery novel of all time by the British Crime Writer&#39;s Association in 1990; The Franchise Affair was 11th on that same list). EXCEEDINGLY RARE HANDWRITTEN LETTER (Signed "Gordon"), 2pp, over 200 words entirely in her holograph,(20 Cavendish Square, London W1, n.d. but October, 1950) in black ink on small plain notepaper, one corner just slightly torn with no loss of text , folded at one time, but otherwise in Very Good condition. TO HER PUBLISHER Nicholas "Nico" Davies (of the firm Peter Davies Ltd., which published most of her Tey mystery novels). A HIGHLY DESIRABLE and exceeding uncommon HANDWRITTEN LETTER from the reclusive author, containing information on her working methods as well as a description of her personal feelings re: the difference between how she views herself as an author versus as a playwright. It reads, in part: "When he [a fan] first wrote to me about The Franchise Affair he began: &#39; Dear Josephine (almost certainly Miss!) Tey&#39; - and being no feminist I took that as a compliment." "In police matters I go to the horse&#39;s mouth (the local Chief Constable) and abide by what [he] says." "And he misread the bit about the doctor who did not know his patient was a woman: of course the doctor knew as soon as the woman was dead". "It was so nice to see you both again. I always enjoy my Davies luncheons." "P.S. It is a very strange thing but I got more kick on seeing Tey in the middle of the &#39;Times&#39; [Times Book Club] window than in seeing my name in front of the New [Theatre]. Age, I suppose." [With:]Two letters from Nico Davies, signed, to a fellow publisher, both written a few short years after the author&#39;s passing. The first letter reads in part: "Nearly all our letters from Josephine Tey were typewritten and I am pretty sure what you really want to see is her writing, so I have pulled out from our files a letter written in October 1950. She is talking about of one of the many letters she received from a Tey fan and mentions, as you see, THE FRANCHISE AFFAIR. I think the two most interesting things in the letter are a hint of her methods in the third paragraph; and a nice P.S. in which she compares her feelings at seeing copies of the latest Josephine Tey book on display in the Times Book Club with seeing the name of Gordon Daviot in lights outside the New Theatre where her RICHARD OF BORDEAUX ran for many months. (You know of course that Josephine Tey and Gordon Daviot were the same person: she always signed her letters to us - and was called by us---Gordon. Her real name was Elizabeth Mackintosh.) I hope you will be pleased with this "Tey" gem." The second letter from Nico Davies gives a complete list of all her publications, some insider info on Tey publication matters, and imparts this useful fact vis a vis the scarcity of her works: "Apart from her plays. I&#39;m afraid we don&#39;t have a single first edition of either Tey or Daviot." [With:] a 5"by 7" PRESS PHOTOGRAPH of the author , the final piece to this remarkable archive. .. . Signed. Original Manuscript. Very Good.

      [Bookseller: Lakin & Marley Rare Books]
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        THE LEAVES OF THE TREE. Signed

      Mount Vernon, Iowa:: Cornell College, (1950)., 1950 Sarton, May. THE LEAVES OF THE TREE. Signed. Mount Vernon, Iowa: Cornell College, (1950). First Edition of this early book of poetry,, Limited to 300 Copies, this copy Inscribed by May Sarton in her characteristic small handwriting, on the front free endpaper. "For Margot - saving grace of... / With love from May / ...(illegible)/ 52". Additionally with two wonderful and revealing typed letters Signed by May Sarton in her self-addressed mailing envelopes to Margot Jacoby. 8vo. 39pp. Bright and fresh, some sunning and use, in the publisher&#39;s blue wrappers, printed in black. Number 22 in the Cornell College chapbook series. Very Uncommon.. Signed by Author. 1st Edition.

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        THE PSYCHOLOGY OF DICTATORSHIP Based on an Examination of the Leaders of Nazi Germany

      New York: The Ronald Press Company. 1950. First Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. Good in boards. Some minor pocking. Staining to boards. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall .

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        The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

      New York: The Macmillan Co, 1950. First printing, 154pp., bound in light blue cloth pictorially stamped in dark blue and yellow, spine lettering dark blue over yellow, some darkening along the op edge otherwise a very good copy of his scarce American first edition, in unclipped pictorial dust jacket with three tiny edge chips along upper edge of both panels, spine ends with minor rubbing or chipping. A very nice copy.. First American Edition. Octavo.

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        The Town and the City

      New York: Harcourt Brace, 1950 - FIRST EDITION of Kerouac's first novel SIGNED AND INSCRIBED by Kerouac to Judge Vincent Lupiano who performed the wedding service for Kerouac's marriage to Joan: "A thousand thanks for tying my marital knot--Best luck in all the world to you & yours--Sincerely, Jack Kerouac and his new missus, Joan". With letter of provenance from Lupiano's son. WITH: "Compliments of the Author" card laid-in. Inscribed on the front free endpaper. Octavo, original red cloth, original dust jacket; custom box. Book very good, dust jacket with mild edgewear and some foxing to rear panel. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Picasso lithographe I. 1919-1947 ~ II. 1947-1949 *

      A.Sauret/Editions du Livre, Monte-Carlo 25.11.1949 - 25.11.1950. - 2 tomes brochés 33 x 26, couvertures lithographiées rempliées. Très frais. 4 lithographies originales et inédites de Picasso, dont 2 en double couverture et 2 en frontispice, avec une iconographie totale en noir et en couleur. Les deux premiers volumes de ce catalogue raisonné, le second semblant quasi introuvable en conditions d'époques et avec les lithos.

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        A Man Divided

      Methuen London: Methuen, 1950. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. First edition. Owner bookplate to front pastedown else a very good copy in very good priced dustwrapper with mild foxing. SIGNED by Stapledon. Books signed by this author are uncommon particularly as this title was published in the year of Stapledon's death. Signed by Author

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      1950 - Mine de plomb, (1950), 39 x 21 cm., encadrée. Pierre-Laurent BRENOT (1913-1998), affichiste des "années 50", formé par l'Ecole Estienne, devient dessinateur de mode puis collaborateur de la fameuse Agence De La Vasselais qui regroupe les principaux affichistes de l'après-guerre. Il est aussi un illustrateur au talent reconnu. Dans la presse de charme ses couvertures pour le Rire ou la Vie Parisienne séduisaient un très large public. Ses femmes dessinées glamour et sexy ont gagné l'appellation de "BRENOT-Girls" ou "La Pin-up française", faisant fureur dans les calendriers automobiles et animaient les murs de nos villes. (Exposition FORNEY 1996). Une jeune fille, la bouche légèrement entrouverte, nous invite au silence. A moins que. Infimes usures. Oeuvre originale

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        The Martian Chronicles

      Doubleday & Company, Inc. 1950 - Very good in a very good dust jacket. SIGNED by the author on the title page. First Edition stated on the copyright page. Original price of $2.50 printed on front flap of dust jacket. Comes housed in a custom slipcase. We will provide a certificate of authenticity for this item. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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