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        Probability and the Weighing of Evidence

      London: Charles Griffin & Company Limited,, 1950. Octavo. Original burgundy Rexene covers in imitation of pebbled cloth, spine printed in gilt. In the original printed dust jacket. A hint of foxing to first two leaves, else a fine copy in a fine jacket with just a hint of rub to the front panel. First edition, first impression. Born Isadore Jacob Gudak to a Polish-Jewish family in London, Irving John Good (1916-2009) anglicized his name, and was known to his friends as Jack. He worked as a cryptologist at Bletchley Park with Alan Turing, and continued to work with Turing after the war on the design of computers and Bayesian statistics at the University of Manchester. He eventually moved to the United States where he was professor at Virginia Tech. An originator of the concept now known as "technological singularity," Good served as consultant on supercomputers to Stanley Kubrick. This book expanded on the concept of Alan Turing's "deciban", a unit which measured the smallest weight of evidence perceptible to the intuition.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        The Callender scrap book.

      England, USA, Austria, Germany, Bermuda, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Malaya, Bombay, Aden, 1916-1950s. - 382 photographs (various sizes), mostly tipped in to album. Captioned throughout. Includes two exit visas dated 1949, issued by the new Communist Regime. Scrap book documenting the journeys and diplomatic stations of longtime British First Secretary R. T. Callender and his wife Cécile, mainly during the 1930s and 1940s. Shows family life in Britain, Berlin under National Socialist rule, the Rhine Valley, holidays in Tyrol, stations in Bermuda and Shanghai, (some 75 images of the siege of the city and Mao's Communist invasion), Bombay, and, finally, Aden in Oman (the harbour, a military encampment, and the famous wells) and the Suez canal. Several photos have been removed without much care, leaving the album sheets torn in places.

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat INLIBRIS Gilhofer Nfg. GmbH]
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      - Date : 1950 Dimensions : 60x100cm Imp : COLIER-GHENT BELGIUM Condition : entoilée A Affiche originale entoilée en bon état.

      [Bookseller: Philippe Beguin Affiches et livres ancie]
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        The Swiss Family Perelman. Drawings by Hirschfeld

      New York: Simon & Schuster, 1950. First Edition. Octavo (21.5cm). Canary-yellow cloth boards, stamped in blue and black; 213pp; illus. Warmly inscribed on front endpaper to Ben Shahn: "For Ben / another vignette of tzoris, self-induced by one who modestly considers himself an expert at self-destruction, / Tout a vous / Sid," dated 1961. Modest external soil; internally clean and unmarked; lacking dustwrapper. & & A wonderful, humorous inscription from Perelman to his lifelong friend, American painter Ben Shahn. From Shahn's library, with estate label tipped on to front pastedown.

      [Bookseller: Lorne Bair Rare Books]
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        ROMAN SPRING OF MRS. STONE. Inscribed

      New York: New Directions, [1950]., 1950 Wonderful Presentation Copy From The Library Of Marion Davies. Once the most famously advertised actress in the world, Marion Davies was the love of William Randolph Hearst life, Hollywood's premiere hostess, the inadvertent casualty of Orson Welles' monumental film fiction classic, Citizen Cane. Davies was beloved by all who actually knew her. "Marion Davies makes up for the rest of Hollywood," Tennessee Williams once said of her. First Trade Edition. Williams's first novel. 8vo, 148 pages, original yellow stamped black cloth. A near fine copy of the book in a very good, lightly used dustwrapper showing narrow loss at the extremities of the spine & some bottom edgewear. Inscribed & signed c. 1950, on the ffe. "To Marian [sic] Davies / with my "devoir", Tennessee Williams". A lovely copy -. Signed by Author. 1st Edition.

      [Bookseller: TBCL The Book Collector's Library]
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      1950. 2. (FOUJITA)illus. NIGHT AND THE CAT by Elizabeth Coatsworth. NY: Macmillan 1950, 4to (6 3/4 x 10"), two-tone cloth, near Fine in dust wrapper (dw slightly worn but VG+). Stated 1st printing. Featuring 12 beautiful full page lithographs of all types of cats by FOUJITA, the noted Japanese artist, to accompany poems by Coatsworth.

      [Bookseller: Aleph-Bet Books, Inc.]
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        [Campbell, Eleanor] Dick and Jane, etc, Large Collection of Big Book Teacher Aides

      Offered here is a large collection of elephant folio sized color illustrated teacher aides by Eleanor Campbel (ca 1950) made for teachers from three different portfolios: 1) "Judy, John and Jean, (20.5 x 20 inches), cards 1-9 inclusive, a total of 18 separate images; 2) "Our Big Book," (20.5 x 19 inches) cards 13-16 inclusive, a total of 8 separate images, and 3) "Our Big Book, black and white aides, (20 x 19 inches) cards 10-12 inclusive, a total of 6 separate images. Total full-page illustrations: 32. All are in very good or better condition. A most scarce grouping and seldom found in this condition.

      [Bookseller: Nudelman Rare Books]
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        Eagle in a Landscape.

      ca. 1950. - Gouache painting on board. 5.5 x 15.25 inches. Signed by the artist in ink. Authenticated by the artist's son, Tony Sheets, on the verso.

      [Bookseller: Wittenborn Art Books]
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        The Wild Orchids of Britain

      London: The Bodley Head,, 1950. Drawings from the living plants by Gavin Bone. Additional drawings by Muirhead and Stephen Bone. Tall octavo. Original japon, titles to spine and upper board gilt, top edge gilt. With the dust jacket. 40 colour plates, 40 extra unbound proof pulls. Very lightly rubbed at extremities. An excellent copy in the lightly rubbed and toned jacket with frayed edges. First edition, first impression. One of 40 numbered copies signed by the author and illustrator out of a total limited edition of 1,140 copies. With an album of 40 corrected proof pulls for the published book.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        COBOL: Initial specifications for a COmmon Business Oriented Language

      Washington, D.c.: Superintendent Of Documents Government Printing Off. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. FIRST EDITION of the first report on COBOL, the first computer programming language designed to run on all computers, regardless of make or model. With over a hundred pages of extremely rare related material. s computer use began to grow throughout the 1950's, there was rapidly developing a need for a programming language that was not computer-specific. As outlined in the introduction of this seminal report: "On May 28 and 29, 1959, a meeting was called in the Pentagon for the purpose of considering both the desireablility and the feasibility of establishing a common language for the programming of electronic computers in business-type data processing. Representatives from users, Government installations, computer manufacturers and other interested parties were present. There was almost unanimous agreement that the project was both desirable and feasible at this time. The concept of three committees or task forces was agreed upon... The Committee held meetings between September 18 and November 7, 1959, and proceeded steadily in its task of resolving problems and completing the language. The name 'COBOL', which suggests a COmmon Business Oriented Language, was adopted... Final editing and initial distribution of the report to the Executive Committee was accomplished December 17, 1959." The COBOL report is contained in a three-ring binder with Remington Rand UNIVAC labels on front and spine that includes a massive amount of material presumably distributed to individuals attending the "Remington Rand UNIVAC Computer Seminar for the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations" from December 5th to 9th, 1960 (as noted on general title page for binder). The binder is divided into seven sections labeled: Computer Fundamentals; System Fundamentals; Design App. of Advanced System; System Simulation and Games; System Languages; Plan Imp. of Computer Sys; and Examp. of Adv. Sys. Equipment. Among the approximately 30 printed and mimeographed items are texts of lectures, biographies of the participants, and various Remington Rand UNIVAC publications. Washington, D.C.: Superintendent of Documents, Government Printing Office, 1960. Quarto, original blue printed wrappers. Contained in a three-ring binder (with corresponding three punch holes for COBOL article) with extensive amount of related material. Housed in custom cloth box. Binder with portion of label rubbed off; generally fine condition throughout. The COBOL report itself is scarce; with all the associated material, the collection provides a possibly unique opportunity to acquire material that thoroughly documents a critical moment in the history of the computer.

      [Bookseller: The Manhattan Rare Book Company]
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      Garden City: Doubleday, 1950. First Edition. cloth. Fine in a bright, just about Fine dustwrapper. Bradbury's second book and a landmark of science fiction. First state with green boards stamped in red. Very nice copy with mild tanning to the endpapers from the presence of the dustwrapper and just a touch of fading to the cloth on the spine. A very faint spot of mild discoloration is barely visible on the upper corner of the rear cover. The dustwrapper is complete with a tiny pinprick on the spine fore-edge at the front and an internal dampstain to the front panel that is not visible on the exterior.

      [Bookseller: Charles Agvent]
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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).

      [Bookseller: Raptis Rare Books, ABAA/ ILAB]
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      London: Jonathan Cape. 1950. First Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. Very Good in a Very Good dust jacket. English issue precedes by 4 days the American. Artwork by Hans Tisdall; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 254 pages .

      [Bookseller: Rare Book Cellar]
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        Typed letter signed.

      Barcelona, 10. I. 1950. - Half page, on quarto lettersheet of personal letterhead. With one correction and several insertions of accents in ink. Folded for mailing, else about fine. To "Mi distinguido Amigo," (Gallery principal Marcelo de Ridder in Buenos Aires). In part, Miro writes [in translation]: "[.] I just returned from Paris; Maeght and I think this exhibit should be postponed until the world comes out of this state of hysteria and madness. Since the paintings that we would send belong to private collections, and mine are being kept for my wife and daughter, we can not risk assuming such responsibility under current circumstances. Please pass this information on to the Ambassador. I can only hope that the world will come back to its senses, and in that case, I would be very honored to do this exhibit, which, by the way, needs to be better organized [.]" (transl.). Signed boldly "Miro".

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat INLIBRIS Gilhofer Nfg. GmbH]
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        Clam Digger.

      Maine, ca. 1950s. - Original zinc plate. 13. x 20 inches iplate size. Provenance: Estate of the artist. Born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1919, Jason Schoener came from a family of distinguished American artists. He was the nephew of sculptor/painter William Zorach and his wife, painter Marguerite Zorach. Beginning in 1939, Schoener spent his summers at the Zorach family farm in Georgetown, Maine, where he studied art with his Uncle William. After service in the Pacific during WWII, Schoener served as an instructor, department chairman, and dean at California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, CA. Schoener's other teaching assignments included Mills College in Oakland, California, and the Athens Technological Institute in Greece. Meanwhile, Schoener continued to use his Georgetown and then Robinhood homes Maine as a summer studio. Over the span of almost two decades, Schoener had several solo exhibitions at the Midtown Gallery on East 57th Street in New York City. His works are in many museum and private collections, including the Oakland Museum and the Whitney Museum in New York. He died in 1997.

      [Bookseller: Wittenborn Art Books]
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        Stephen Crane

      New York: William Sloane Associates, 1950. First Edition, First Printing. Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. Warmly inscribed by John Berryman. Original cloth, cracked hinges.

      [Bookseller: Sanctuary Books]
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        Panorama. Della pubblicit? e del marketing.

      Subject: (Riviste). Milano, 1950, A. II, fasc. 3, 4, 5 - 1951, A. III, fasc. IV - 1956, A.VII, N. 29, 31, 34 - 1957, A. VIII, n 35, 36, 37, 39, 40 - 1958, A. IX, n 44, 45, 46 - 1963, A. XIV, n 72, 73, 74, 75 - 1965, A. XVI, n 85, 86. Lotto di ventuno fascicoli di pp. 150 circa cad.

      [Bookseller: LIBRERIA PIANI]
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        Drawing on Tracing paper. A detailed drawing on tracing paper of children, one wearing an interesting hat and another is pushing a trolley.

      Self-published., Cookham. 1950 - Drawing on Tracing paper.A detailed drawing on tracing paper of children, one wearing an interesting hat and another is pushing a trolley.Recently cleaned and restored,with a new top left corner using the original tracing paper for ease of mounting.In very good condition.Sheet size 385 x 720mm [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

      [Bookseller: Roe and Moore]
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        8 letters signed.

      Milan, 27 July 1949 through 16 February 1950. - Nine pages, on eight quarto and octavo leaves. In Italian. Occasional creases and minor isolated foxing, very good. Accompanied by typescript translations. Manzù here writes extensively to Marcelo de Ridder, gallery owner and art dealer in Buenos Aires, concerning the nuts and bolts of an exhibition of his works de Ridder is organizing for late 1949. Always polite, but frequently exasperated, Manzù deals with burdens he feels are de Ridder's responsibilities (customs, shipping, etc), and is justifiably upset when, on 27 December 1949, he writes: "La mia mostra si è aperta e chiusa a mia insaputa senza nessure sapere dagli organizzatori la minima notizia, e questo nonostante le mie risetute preghiere, alle quali non è mai stato risposto. Non ho avuto nemmeno il Catalogo della mostra. Di tutto questo sono veramente stupito, veda di avvicare a quel minimo di gentilezza informandoni almeno dove si trovarro ora le mie opere [.]" ("My exhibition has opened and closed unbeknownst to me, and without my having received the slightest notification from its organizers, despite my repeated requests which were never answered. I did not even receive a catalogue of the exhibition. I am truly amazed at this, could you try to at least have the courtesy to let me know where my works are now [.]", transl.). The 16 February 1950 letter is far more conciliatory and grateful, perhaps as a consequence of having received the exhibition documentation and photographs, with which he is pleased, as well as received proceeds so far of "two hundred thousand lire". - Manzù is most widely known for his public works of sculpture, including the bronze doors at St. Peter's Basilica and two reliefs for Rockefeller Center, but was accomplished and prolific in other media as well. During WWII, his anti-Fascist drawings forced him underground, and in 1968 he was awarded the Lenin Peace Prize for his public stance against Western policies in Southeast Asia.

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat INLIBRIS Gilhofer Nfg. GmbH]
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      London: Eyre & Spottiswoode,. 1950. cloth.. Light offsetting to the front and rear free endpapers, a fine copy in. nearly fine dust jacket with touch of rubbing along lower edge and. mild age tanning to spine panel. (#138542). First edition. Second book of the "Gormenghast" sequence. Barron (ed), Fantasy Literature 3-285. Cawthorn and Moorcock, Fantasy: The 100 Best Books 64. Pringle, Modern Fantasy: The Hundred Best Novels 10. Schlobin, The Literature of Fantasy 868. Survey of Modern Fantasy Literature IV, pp. 1947-53. Reginald 11244.

      [Bookseller: L. W. Currey, Inc.]
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        The Way West [Signed 2X; Pulitzer Prize Winner]

      New York: William Sloane Associates, 1049. First printing. Hardcover. Very Good/very good +. A Very Good copy of the first edition, first printing, in a Very Good + dust jacket, SIGNED BY A. B. GUTHRIE, JR. on the front free endpaper and SIGNED BY ALAN HAEMER, who designed the novel's dust jacket art, at the bottom of the dust jacket's front flap. A. B. Guthrie's third book, "The Way West" won the 1950 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and was the second installment in Guthrie's Western Sequence, a set of six novels telling the story of movement along the Oregon Trail and the resulting opening and development of Montana. [The six novels and their first year of publication were: "The Big Sky" (1947), "The Way West" (1949), "These Thousand Hills" (1956), "Arfive" (1971), "The Last Valley" (1975), and "Fair Land, Fair Land" (1982). "The Big Sky", "The Way West", and "Fair Land, Fair Land" themselves constitute a trilogy.] "The Way West" provided the basis for the 1967 epic Western film of the same name starring Kirk Douglas, Robert Mitchum, and Richard Widmark, and also featuring Sally Field in her first major movie role. This is a Very Good copy of the book not usually found in better condition, showing pushing to the spine ends and some minor loss at the spine head's right corner, some wrinkling to the spine and rubbing at the spine edges, some modest foxing to the boards, light rubs at the board corners, and some marking to the top of the closed page block quite mildly invading the upper page margins. The book also shows the usual discoloration to the edges of the pastedowns caused by the type of glue utilized by the binder. The dust jacket is in Very Good + condition with the front panel being particularly vibrant and the spine panel being only lightly sunned, and with rather mild edge wear. Each flap shows some surface loss (as if a piece of tape had been pulled off -- none of which affects the flap text, and, on the verso, some apparently unnecessary tape reinforcement to the spine head and tail and to three of the flap fold extremities. As with the book , the dust jacket for this title tends to turn up worn and the dust jacket here is in meaningfully better condition than other copies we have seen. Signed copies of the book are not at all common, and dust jackets signed by Alan Haemer, the jacket's designer, are, in our experience, extraordinarily scarce. An altogether Very Good or better copy of this landmark Western novel, SIGNED BY A. B. GUTHRIE, JR. and also SIGNED BY ALAN HAEMER. QUITE SCARCE INDEED.

      [Bookseller: Allington Antiquarian Books, LLC]
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        [The Awakening Land trilogy, comprising] The Trees; The Fields; The Town

      New York: Alfred A. Knopf [through 1950], 1940. First Printing. Hardcover. A superb set of the author's Pulitzer prize-winning series. Three First Editions (so stated). 8vo: [12],302,[2]; [2],viii,288,[2]; [10],433,[3]pp. Trees (1940): Publisher's decorative sky-blue cloth, spine and upper cover decorated in blue and lettered in red, top edge stained maroon, fore-edge untrimmed; illustrated dust jacket (price-clipped). Bookplate of Commodore Perry Memorial (established to honor those who fought in the Battle of Lake Erie, during the War of 1812), "presented by Mrs. Charles E. Aspinall / Ohio Sate President, 1039-1941" to Josephine C. Diefenbach, the translator and author. About Fine (spine faded but lettering and decorative motif still strong), square, tight and unread; Fine jacket, fresh and bright. Fields (1946): Publisher's decorative burnt orange cloth, spine and upper cover decorated in lavender and lettered in red, top edge stained sea-green, fore-edge untrimmed; illustrated dust jacket (price-clipped). Very Fine, square, tight and virtually as new; about Fine jacket, minimally toned to spine panel with Knopf logo faded. The Town (1950): Publisher's decorative red cloth, spine and upper cover decorated in steel-grey and lettered in navy blue, top edge stained steel-grey, fore-edge untrimmed; illustrated dust jacket (price-clipped). Very Fine, square tight and virtually as new; about Fine jacket, with very brief edge-wear, else fresh and bright. & Saga of the Lucketts (particularly Sayward, a young single woman, unexpectedly left with three sisters to raise) and their trek westward from central Pennsylvania at the close of the eighteenth century. Essentially a series episodes in the life of a pioneer family, beginning in the virgin hardwood forest of central Ohio. In The Fields, which picks up the narrative after conclusion of The Trees, following the marriage of Sayward and lawyer Portius Wheeler. The action of the second installment spans a much longer period of time than its predecessor, covering approximately twenty years, as the couple become parents to a large family. The Town, which won the 1951 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, concludes the series, ending at the dawn of the Industrial Age. One critic has compared the trilogy to Little House on the Prairie, "only smarter and less syrupy." In 1966, Knopf reissued the trilogy as a single hardcover. Basis for the 1978 television miniseries starring Elizabeth Montgomery and Hal Holbrook. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed.

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      The Saint Catherine Press, London - 386pp. 9.5 x 7 inches approx. Hardcover. Not dated, believed 1st edition, around 1950? Fully illustrated with b&w photographs, diagrams & colour plates. Book in fine conditon with tight binding. Small mark rear of red covers. Bright gilt lettering front cover. Spine not faded but lettering dulled. No dust jacket. Shipped with full insurance. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Roger Godden]
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        La Citadelle. 3 Aquarelles originales de Grau Sala

      Paris: Le Fleuve Étincelant, 1950 s.d. (1950). 2 volumes. En feuillets, double emboîtage brun, dessin d'une citadelle dorée sur les plats. Peintre et dessinateur d'origine catalane, Emilio Grau Sala vécut la plus grande partie de son existence à Paris. Son activité d'illustrateur lui apporta une renommée considérable. Un des 24 exemplaires sur Vélin d'Arches avec 3 AQUARELLES ORIGINALES (exemplaire #16). Emboîtage légèrement usée sur les coins. Pages intérieures et illustrations en parfaite condition. Photos disponibles sur demande.

      [Bookseller: Louis Caron]
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        All About Eve (Program, ticket, and premier pamphlet for the Hollywood premiere)

      Los Angeles: Twentieth Century-Fox, 1950. Program, premier pamphlet, and ticket for the 1950 Hollywood premiere of "All About Eve" at Grauman's Chinese Theatre. Included is the program with stills, biographies of the cast, director, producer, and essays about the making of the film; the invitation pamphlet; and a complete, un-torn orchestra seat ticket. DIMENSIONS. Ticket and pamphlet are in Fine condition, program is Near Fine with light rubbing. A superb and rare grouping of items from the premier of a film that is today considered nearly perfect in its balance of storytelling, Hollywood cynicism, direction, writing, and acting perfection, and a high spot for director Mankiewicz and actress Bette Davis.

      [Bookseller: Royal Books, Inc.]
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        The Marx Brothers: The Life Story of Five Brash Sons Who Became the Best Loved Comedians in America

      Garden City: Doubleday, 1950. Signed by Harpo Marx on the front free endpaper. Early printing. Black paper-covered boards. Near fine in very good dust jacket. Acclaimed first biography of the Marx Brothers, rare signed by Harpo.

      [Bookseller: Orpheus Books]
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        THE HOLY BIBLE Containing The Old And New Testaments And The Apocrypha Translated Out Of The Original Tongues Being The Version Set Forth A.D. 1611 Compared With The Most Ancient Authorities And Revised

      Cambridge University Press [&] Cambridge University Press, c. 1950.. c. 1950. 3 vols in 1: The Old Testament Translated Out Of The Original Tongues Being The Version Set Forth A.D. 1611 Compared With The Most Ancient Authorities And Revised 1884 & 1898 (Cambridge); The Books Called The Aprocrypha Translated Out Of Greek And Latin Tongues Being The Version Set Forth A.D. 1611 Compared With The Most Ancient Authorities And Revised A.D. 1894 (Oxford); The New Testament Of Lord And Saviour Jesus Christ Translated Out Of The Greek Being The Version Set Forth A.D. 1611 Compared With The Most Ancient Authorities And Revised A.D. 1881 (Cambridge). 8vo. Original gilt lettered blue cloth (VG), no dustwrapper. Pp. xii + 908 [&] ix + 182 [&] xii + 267 + index, illus with 12 coloured maps by George Philip & Son (rear inner hinge weakened; previous owner's neat initials on front endpaper). .

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        St. Peter and St. John.

      ca. 1950s. - Gouache paintings on board. Each about 13 x 5 inches. Design for a church mural facing an altar. Annotated in pencil. Authenticated by the artist's son, Tony Sheets, on the verso.

      [Bookseller: Wittenborn Art Books]
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      New York: Scribners. 1950. First Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. Very Good in a Good dust jacket. Small chips and tears to jacket. Owner name to FEP. Scribner A and seal present. First issue dustwrapper with the spine lettering in yellow. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall .

      [Bookseller: Rare Book Cellar]
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        Flyda of The Seas

      London, Imago Publishing Co., Ltd.,, 1950. Octavo. Original green paper covered boards, titles to spine gilt, pictorial decoration to front board gilt. With 12 colour lithographs by John Buckland-Wright. Contents bright and clean, couple of minor marks to boards, slight bumping to tips, an excellent copy. Limited edition of 30 copies. With the author's signed presentation inscription to the half-title "For Mr and Mrs Eustace Seligman, in friendly remembrance of St. Tropez, a tale of the seas in a mystical atmosphere, with the best compliments of the author Marie Bonaparte, Saint Tropez August 1951." Bonaparte was the great-grand-niece of Napoleon I of France and one of Freud's most famous friends; it was to her that he remarked "The great question that has never been answered and which I have not yet been able to answer, despite my thirty years of research into the feminine soul, is "What does a woman want?".

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        Letter to a Hostage

      London - William Heinemann Ltd., 1950 Book. Very Good. Hardcover. First edition. A touching work by Antoine de Saint-Exupery, the French writer, poet and aviator, dedicated to the French living under Nazi rule in the Second World War. First edition thus. Translated from the French Lettre un otage by Jacqueline Gerst. Condition: In a cream cloth binding with original clipped dustwrapper. Externally smart, with just some minor shelfwear only. Dustwrapper is quite smart also, with just some fading. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are bright and mainly clean. Overall: NEAR FINE with a NEAR FINE dustwrapper..

      [Bookseller: Rooke Books]
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        Alice's Adventures in Wonderland [together with] Through the Looking Glass

      Paris: Minia Press,, [1950]. With Forty-Two Illustrations by John Tenniel. 2 volumes, miniature in eights (74 × 47 mm). Original green and red morocco, titles to spines and dots to raised bands gilt, marbled endpapers, top edges gilt. Housed in the publisher's white slipcase. Frontispiece to each volume and miniatures throughout by John Tenniel. Contents a little toned. An excellent set. A very attractive miniature set of the Alice books reprinted from the texts of the first editions.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        Thoughts [Self Help to Achieve the Sense of Spiritual Peace and Security which are So Rare a Possession in These Difficult Times, Dust Flap Excerpt, SIGNED BY AUTHOR]

      Exposition Press 1950 ; Printed and Bound By the Comet press Inc Excellent self help reference guide to get you out of a slump, into a new place/awareness or on to the next project. Personal empowerment and growth techniques, methods, explained. Do it yourself with guidence from the experts. A fresh start in a new life direction. VERY SCARCE. Clean, Unmarked Text.. SIGNED & INSCRIBED By Author. 3: Cloth/Embossed Hardcover. B: Book: Very Good/B: w/chipping D/Jacket: Gd. Illus. by Without Illustrations. S: Some Edge Wear, Normal for Age of Book.

      [Bookseller: Great Pacific Book Co.]
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      New York: Limited Editions Club, 1950. First Edition. Hardcover. Bright, largely unopened copies in the original glassines. Slipcase with a split at the top edge not affecting its integrity. Fine in glassines and a Near Fine slipcase. We have handled about 20 of these over the years and this is the best set we've encountered. Thomas Nason. Two large octavo (7-3/4" x 11") volumes bound in full blue denim with new black leather labels stamped in gold. Copy #319 of 1500 copies illustrated with wood engravings by Thomas Nason, perhaps Frost's most sympathetic illustrator, and designed by Bruce Rogers. SIGNED by the poet, the illustrator, and the designer of the book on the colophon page. The most beautiful of the several issues of this great poet's complete works. Monthly Letter laid in.

      [Bookseller: Charles Agvent]
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        Fine pencil, ink and watercolor design for a New Yorker cover

      No place, [ca. 1950]. 12 1/2" x 9 1/2"; in an archival mat, overall dimensions 18" x 15". . On medium-weight art paper, fine condition . Although this is a preparatory drawing, it is a well-rendered, lively, and highly decorative image, consisting of a montage of fall motifs: colorful foliage, spacious skies, amber grain, purple mountains, fruited plains, a church, a silo, a school complete with child, tourist directions, with "The New Yorker" lettered at the top and a vertical border of grapes at the left edge. Although not used as a cover, this delightful design would have made a wonderful one. One the verso of the drawing is a portion of an ink sketch of a mother, daughter, and lady visitor in a living room. Barbara Shermund, a talented artist, did a number of cartoon drawings for popular magazines. Along with Helen Hokinson and Mary Petty, she was also one of the few female artists to work extensively for The New Yorker

      [Bookseller: James Cummins Bookseller]
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        Let Out the Beast ---the World Destroyed By Atomic Blast in 1965 ---in a Dustjacket

      Toronto: News Stand Library # 2, 1950, 1st Edition, 1st Printing ------------paperback, a Near Fine copy in a Very Good/Very Good+ dustjacket, when issued the jacket was made slighly larger than the book so the jacket edges are always curled over the text block and usually has some light chipping and very short tears (as does this copy), very rare in dustjacket, in 25 years I've only had 5 copies and one of those was in pieces, when NSL issued this series of jacketed books they actually glued the jacket to the spine of the book, this copy has NOT had the dj removed from the spine of the book, short tear along spine of jacket on front cover, the second best copy I have seen, any image directly beside this listing is the actual book and not a generic photo. First Edition. Mass Market Paperback. Near Fine/Very Good. Illus. by Uncredited Cover Art.

      [Bookseller: Leonard Shoup]
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      - Date : 1950 Dimensions : 42x62cm Imp : MONACO Condition : entoilée A Affiche originale entoilée en parfait état.

      [Bookseller: Philippe Beguin Affiches et livres ancie]
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        Barabbas [RARE first Swedish edition, Inscribed / Underskrivet in Swedish and Signed / Ingraverat by Par Lagerkvist]

      Stockholm: Albert Bonniers Förlag, 1950. First printing. Wrappers. Fine/very good. A Fine copy of the first edition, first printing, in the Publisher's original wrappers (light pushing to the spine ends and wrapper edges, tiny edge tear to leading edge of rear wrapper), in a Very Good dust jacket (some short closed splits at the folds, spine ends chipped, small chip to top of front wrapper, light edge wear), housed in a Near Fine custom marbled cardboard slipcase and INSCRIBED AND SIGNED BY PAR LAGERKVIST on the front free endpaper as follows: "Till smålänningen Gillis Pettersson / från smålänningen / Pär Lagerkvist". [Translated to English, the inscription reads: "To the smålander Gillis Pettersson / from the smålander / Pär Lagerkvist". Småland is a historical province in southern Sweden, and the novel's text is in Swedish.] Elected in 1940 as one of the 18 "Immortals" of the Swedish Academy, Par Lagerkvist was as highly influential writer from his twenties into his seventies and was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1951 "for the artistic vigour and true independence of mind with which he endeavors in his poetry to find answers to the eternal questions confronting mankind". In his Presentation speech, Anders Österling, Permanent Secretary of the Swedish Academy, specifically cited Barabbas as one of Lagerkvist's major and most emblematic works, stating that "while Pär Lagerkvist makes use of different genres, dramatic or lyric, epic or satiric, his way of grasping reality remains fundamentally the same. ...each work plays the role of a stone in an edifice he intends to build; each is a part of his mission, a mission that always bears on the same subject: the misery and grandeur of what is human, the slavery to which earthly life condemns us, and the heroic struggle of the spirit for its liberation. This is the theme in all the works we choose to recall at this time: Gäst hos verkligheten (1925) [Guest of Reality]; Hjärtats sånger (1926) [Songs from the Heart]; Han som fick leva om sitt liv (1928) [He Who Lived His Life Over Again]; Dvärgen (1944) [The Dwarf]; Barabbas (1950). It is needless to cite others to give an idea of the scope of Lagerkvist's inspirations and the power of his genius." Lagerkvist's Barabbas gives a somewhat fictionalized account of Barabbas, the violent Jewish insurrectionist who, at the behest of the gathered crowd, was freed by Pontius Pilot (then the Prefect of the Roman Province, Judaea) in lieu of the innocent Jesus. Through Barabbas, Lagerkvist explores the fundamental question of good and evil. Quite well received, the novel immediately was described by many, including Andre Gide, as a masterpiece and the book provided the basis for the 1962 Dino De Laurentiis film of the same name starring Anthony Quinn as Barabbas, and featuring Arthur Kennedy as Pontius Pilate, Jack Palance as Torvald - the fiercest and most-skilled of the Gladiators, Silvana Mangano, Katy Jurado, Harry Andrews, Ernest Borgnine, and Vittorio Gassman. Though we have not been able to identify Gillis Pettersson, there clearly was at least a geographical affinity between Lagerkvist and Pettersson, and the inscription and signature are the finest we ever have seen from Lagerkvist. Copies of this, the true first edition of Barabbas are quite hard to find, especially when in a condition as nice as is this copy. A rare copy of the true first edition of Nobel Prize Winner Par Lagerkvist's most famous work, a work instrumental in his winning the Nobel Prize in Literature, INSCRIBED AND SIGNED BY PAR LAGERKVIST. QUITE SCARCE.

      [Bookseller: Allington Antiquarian Books, LLC]
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        Deus Loci

      Ischia: Privately Printed,, 1950. A Poem. Small quarto. Single quire, stapled into beige wrappers printed in black. Housed in a black rounded spine cloth slipcase with chemise. A fine, unopened copy. First edition, sole printing. One of 200 signed and numbered copies. With the author's signed presentation inscription on the limitation leaf, "T. S. Eliot by Lawrence Durrell". Eliot was a major supporter of Durrell throughout his career. He published Panic Spring in 1938 despite the failure of Durrell's first novel Pied Piper of Lovers. Famously Eliot wanted to publish the scandalous Black Book but was pursuaded not to by the board at Fabers and had to be content to contribute the blurb for the Obelisk Press edition. Once Durrell had been rehabilited into polite literary circles Eliot immediately signed him to Faber where he remained for the rest of his life. An association of stunning importance. This example is in the beige variant wrappers (there were other colours) and is out of series.

      [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.

      [Bookseller: Raptis Rare Books, ABAA/ ILAB]
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      Chillicothe, Ohio: Mountain House Press, 1950. First Edition, one of 210 copies signed by Dard Hunter. With a hand-coloured frontispiece, numerous illustrations, tipped-in samples and labels. Folio (18 by 12.5 inches), unbound as issued, the sheets housed in a handsome red buckram clamshell case. 326 pp. A very fine copy, beautifully preserved. A VERY FINE COPY OF THIS IMPORTANT WORK BY DARD HUNTER, THE LAST AND MOST AMBITIOUS WORK TO COME FROM HUNTER’S PRESS. The colophon states 210 copies were produced ,but in his book, MY LIFE WITH PAPER, Hunter says it had only been possible to produce 180 of them. The book took several years of work to produce. It has a hand-coloured frontispiece, 96 facsimiles on specially made paper, 27 reproductions of early American watermarks made in exacting imitation of the originals and 42 full-size reproductions of old paper labels specially printed on paper made to emulate the original labels in the Paper Museum.

      [Bookseller: Buddenbrooks, Inc.]
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        Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night

      U.S.A.: Privately printed by The Burton Club.. Hardcover.. Very Good Jacket-No Jacket , 8vo - 7¾" - 9¾" Tall. no date circa 1950. A Plain and Literal Translation of the Arabian Nights Entertainments. In Ten Volumes - with - Supplemental Nights to the Book of the Thousand and One nights with Notes, Anthropological and Explanatory. In Six Volumes. Privately printed by The Burton Club., [ca. 1950?]. Pp. 362; 343; 356; 307; 406; 303; 381; 359; 358; 473; 260; 284; 445; 305; 375; 366. All volumes with frontis. 8vo, black cloth, gilt titles and decoration to the first ten volumes, silver to the supplemental volumes, top edge stained red. a very crisp set .

      [Bookseller: Lake Macquarie Secondhand Books]
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        The Grass Is Singing

      New York: Thomas Y. Crowell, 1950.. Advanced Reading Copy of the first edition of the author's first book. Octavo. Signed by the author. Fine in illustrated wrappers as issued without wear. A very sharp copy.

      [Bookseller: Raptis Rare Books, ABAA/ ILAB]
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