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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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        Collection of seven "Visitors" books from The Antique Porcelain Co. Ltd

      [London, New York], 1950-1984. (ANTIQUE PORCELAIN COMPANY) 7 vols., Oblong 4to and 4to. . London volumes bound in full brown pigskin, stamped in gilt; New York volumes bound in grey calf, stamped in silver . These guestbooks from the London and New York showrooms of Hanns Weinberg's Antique Porcelain Company form a virtual who's-who of mid- to late-20th century European royalty, high society, and art world luminaries. Weinberg was the favored dealer to the Rockefeller, Mellon, and Phipps families, and his granddaughter continues the business today. Comprising: The book from the 1951 Festival Exhibition, signed on the opening, 18 June 1951, by the Queen Mary ("Mary R"), and signed thereafter by approximately 1350 distinguished visitors, collectors, and clients; A book signed and dated by Queen Elizabeth ("Elizabeth R Feb: 4th 1953"), Princess Margaret ("Margaret February 4th 1953"), and the Duke of Windsor ("Edward 30.3.53"); also signed by Paul, Prince of Yugoslavia and one Lorna Howard, but otherwise unaccomplished; The book from the 1953 Coronation Exhibition, signed, presumably on the opening, by Paul, Prince of Yugoslavia and Princess Marina, and signed thereafter by approximately 1500 distinguished visitors, collectors, and clients; The principal shop Visitor's book, signed, from 1951 through 1963, by approximately 1400 distinguished visitors, collectors, and clients, including the Duke and Duchess of Windsor ("Edward"; "Wallis Windsor"), Dimitri, Prince of Russia, John Hayward, and John J. Slocum; And three books from the Company's New York shop (later the Antique Company of New York), with a multitude of signatures 1967-1984, including Salvador Dali (full page with drawing of crown, 1972), Nelson Rockefeller, and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. Other signatories include: Louis Untermeyer, Sacheverall and Georgia Sitwell, B. Guggenheim, Mrs. Harvey Firestone, Jr., Jayne Wrightsman, Jean Marais, Duke of Marlborough (Blenheim), Mrs. Mellon Bruce, Edouard Jonas, Mrs. Kermit Roosevelt, Sadruddun Aga Khan, Fran Prin Bayer, Umberto (of Italy), Byron C. Foy, Mrs. John Barry Ryan, John Kennedy, Irwin Untermeyer, Winston F.C. Guest; Lee Radziwill, Eli Wallach, Giovanni (Gianni) Agnelli,: Helen Hayes, Michael Wilding, Audrey Meadows "The girl with the broken plates," Elizabeth of Yugoslavia, May Cushing Fosburgh, Sandy & R. Bronfman, Mrs Jules Stein, Jules Stein, Mary Lasker, John Carter of Sotheby's Book Department, Walter Hoving, Sadruddin Aga Khan, Nina Aga Khan, Mrs. John F. Kennedy (3307 N St. NW Washington DC--The Kennedy's home before the Whitehouse), James Wood Johnson, Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Donen, Alan Jay Lerner, Lee Radziwill, Anne M. Ford, Mrs. Thomas Hitchcock, Mrs. Seymour Knox, Mrs. Ogden Phipps, H.R.H. Prince Franz von Bayern, Katherine Graham, Reinaldo Herrera, Nelson Rockefeller (written across the whole page), Walter Hoving

      [Bookseller: James Cummins Bookseller]
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        BARON AT THE BALLET. With a foreword by Sacheverell Sitwell

      Collins. London. 1950. FIRST EDITION. 4to. (11.3 x 8.8 inches). Delux Limited Edition. One of just 150 numbered copies signed by Arnold Haskell and Baron. Illustrated throughout with 8 full-page colour and over 270 mono photo plates by Baron. Original full dark green morocco binding with gilt lettering to the spine. Boards with gilt ruled border. Top edge gilt. Neat previous owners name on the front free endpaper. Minor rubbing to the extremities but overall a very good, clean and bright copy of this uncommon delux edition. A powerful collection of images by Baron (Sterling Nahum. 1906-1956) the official photographer for Sadler's Wells Ballet.

      [Bookseller: Paul Foster Books]
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        A Suite of Pen and Ink Sketches for the Stage Design and Promotion of Ludwig Bemelman's Play, "Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep

      An archive of 17 drawings by Ludwig Bemelmans for the stage design and promotion of his 1950 play, "Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep," based on his novel and produced for the stage by Hume Cronyn (to whom this archive belonged). The play opened at the Broadhurst Theatre in New York on March 2, 1950, and starred Fredric March. Four of the drawings are in a large format (around 18 x 12 inches each), three of which are in color. These drawings are the highlight of the archive, and two of the color drawings bear a distinct resemblance to the artist's "Madeleine" character, in terms of dress, hats, and facial expressions. One of the drawings is an elaborate proposal for the play's advertisement, conceived as a carved marble marquee of sorts, heralded by a sleeping cougar. The remaining 13 drawings are in black ink and are roughly 5 x 7 inches each, and are character studies, framing ideas, and conceptual proposals for the rather diverse scenarios demanded by the play. Lastly, the archive includes a typed letter signed by Bemelmans, on his East 73rd Street stationery, discussing briefly the marquee concept, and the original mailing envelope addressed to Hume Cronyn.

      [Bookseller: Royal Books, Inc.]
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        Side Street [Fabulous Association copy SIGNED by the Benchley family, and by Gwen Steinbeck and by the Steinbecks' only children, sons Thomas and John]

      New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1950. First edition. Hardcover. Very Good +/near fine. A Very Good to Very Good + copy (light toning at board and spine extremities, light rubbing to spine ends), in a Near Fine dust jacket (light wear, spine a touch toned, rather small chip to corner of front panel where it meets the top of the spine panel and a short closed tear at upper end of fold from front panel to flap, small pencil note to upper corner of rear flap), SIGNED BY NATHANIEL BENCHLEY, his wife, MARJORIE BENCHLEY, his elder son PETER BENCHLEY (who wrote "Jaws"), his younger son, writer and actor NATHANIEL ("NAT") BENCHLEY, GWEN STEINBECK (who had just divorced JOHN STEINBECK, who himself then relocated to 68th, and then to 72nd, Street), and by JOHN STEINBECK IV and TOM STEINBECK (the sons of John Steinbeck and Gwen Steinbeck, and John Steinbeck's only children). The book also is signed by Peter Stack, who we speculate to be Peter Benchley's childhood chum. The inscription reads: "For Aaron Schwartz: / Who, as Pete says, sells / everything you need except / clothes and liquor. / Rspftly / Nathaniel Benchley / Marjorie Benchley / Pete Benchley / NAT / Peter Stack". In a separate column, adjacent to these signatures, the inscription is signed: "Gwen Steinbeck / TOM / JOHN" and underneath the signatures, one finds the date "12 May 1950" in Nathaniel Benchley's hand. (NB: All of the boys would have been rather young at the time of their signing, as befits the signatures they made. Thom Steinbeck signed the book "Tom", adopting the variation "Thom" later in life, a change of which is father did not approve and refused to follow. Nathaniel Benchley signed many of his correspondences with his own abbreviation for "Respectfully", here writing "Rspftly" while likely intending his more common "Rspctfly".) The endpaper illustrations are by the author. John Steinbeck (the great author) and Nathaniel Benchley were best friends. The families met after Nathaniel Benchley returned from WW II (and when Gwen Steinbeck was pregnant with John Steinbeck IV and Marjorie Benchley was pregnant with Nat Benchley). John Steinbeck owned the two identical houses on 78th Street (which remain there still) and, having become fast friends with Nathaniel Benchley, Steinbeck rented one the houses to the Benchleys at a reduced rate, with the Steinbecks residing next door in the other house. The families resided in these two homes (at 175 and 178 East 78th Street) when "Side Street" was written. As "Side Street" is about two families living next to one another in Manhattan and sharing a back yard (as the Steinbecks and Benchleys then did), the families were clearly the inspiration for the novel. In the novel, the John and Gwen Steinbeck are represented by Jim and Kay Allen, and Nathaniel and Marjorie Benchley are represented by Charles and Virginia Belden. The boys from both the Steinbeck and the Benchley families attended Allen-Stevenson preparatory school at the corner of 78th and Lexington, and we believe that signer Peter Stack was one of the students there as well. He must have been present when the book was signed and thus invited to join in. The inscribee, AARON SCHWARTZ, belonged to the family who founded and ran Rappaport's Toy Bazaar at 1381 Third Avenue, around the corner from the Steinbeck and Benchley family residences, and whose polka-dotted wrapping paper was memorialized by modernist Stuart Davis in his oil "Rapt at Rappaport's". (FAO Schwarz once was known as Schwarz Toy Bazaar, so perhaps there is a connection between the two families operating the two Toy Stores. Many considered Rappaport's to be the better Toy Store.) An absolutely fabulous ASSOCIATION INSCRIPTION FROM THE TWO FAMILIES THAT INSPIRED THE BOOK, inscribed to a member of the family who owned the local Toy Store -- where all of the signing boys would hang out, and SIGNED BY THE BENCHLEY FAMILY AND BY THE STEINBECK FAMILY, then still resident in the subject houses.

      [Bookseller: Allington Antiquarian Books, LLC]
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        How I Play Snooker

      Country Life Ltd. Hardcover. Hardcover; English language; Acceptable; Signed by Author; 8vo - over 7.75" - 9.75" tall; a fair reading copy; SIGNED BY 14 OF THE WORLD's TOP SNOOKER PLAYERS CIRCA 1950; autographs are by Joe Davis, Horace Lindrum, Clark McConachy, Albert Brown, John Pulman, Fred Davis, John Barrie, Kingsley Kennerley, Sidney Smith, Walter Donaldson, Sydney Lee, Jackie Rea, Willie Smith, Alec E Brown; first edition; boards are clean with very small scuff at top of spine where it joins rear cover; some foxing to pages; unclipped dj is creased and worn along the top edge and has a section missing at the bottom of the spine and either side on the front and especially rear cover; AN EXTREMELY RARE SNOOKER COLLECTABLE . Your book will be securely packed and promptly dispatched from our UK warehouse. All international orders are sent Royal Mail airmail. . COLLECTIBLE. 1949. First Edition.

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        Typed Letter Signed with holograph docketing, on "Hartford Accident and Indemnity Company" stationery, 4to, Hartford, CT, June 2, 1948

      Very Good. He writes to Wittenborn and Co. requesting a museum catalog. "You seem to have special facilities for picking up things in Switzerland .. The museum of Luzon is holding an exhibition this summer of paintings .. from the collection of the Griffin on Liechtenstein. No doubt there is a catalogue. I should like very much to have a copy of this. There is no hurry .." He signs above his typed name, "Wallace Stevens." In the period of this letter, Stevens published his poetry volume, "The Auroras of Autumn" (1950). Four years later his "Collected Poems" (1954) won the Pulitzer Prize in poetry. The margins are browned and a blue pencil cancellation line is drawn diagonally across the center, with a bit of docketing in red pencil. To the right of the text are some dates, perhaps indicating when these catalogs were sent or received by Stevens.

      [Bookseller: David Schulson Autographs]
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        Riquet à la Houppe.

      - Les Plus beaux contes de Perrault. Tourcoing, éditions Artima, s.d. (1950), maquette prépartoire à l'encre, crayon et aquarelle, 16 planches dont 3 doubles. Maquette préparatoire de Riquet à la Houppe pour "Les Plus beaux contes de Perrault" des éditions Artima. Couverture à l'aquarelle en couleurs, une planche double représentant la rencontre de Riquet et de la princesse dans la forêt, essais de page de titre et de faux-titre, 8 pp. de textes illustrés, une planche simple en couleurs représentant la transformation de Riquet, une planche double avec 12 vignettes en noir illustrant les différentes étapes du conte. Livres

      [Bookseller: Librairie Chretien]
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        Across the River and Into the Trees

      Scribner's, New York 1950 - 1st Edition. Hardcover. Slight shelf wear to extremities, short closed tear upper front of DJ - barely noticeable. Last novel tobe published in Hemingway's lifetime. Desirable copy. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Lyons Fine Books]
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      Zürich: Girsberger, 1950. Folio. (12)ff. One of five copies with the original collages. Honegger's nine compositions are comprised of abstract lithographs with added colorful collage elements. On several pages, the images are accompanied by poetry by Gessner; on others, the composition fills the entire space of the page spread. A Swiss national who established himself in New York and Paris in the late 1950s, Honegger was aligned early in his career with concrete art, and the typographical arrangement of the poetry in this collection reflects the influence of that aesthetic movement. Loose, as issued, in lithographed wrappers of heavy card. With the original glassine. Some light spots of foxing to a few pages, else very fine.

      [Bookseller: Bromer Booksellers]
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        Simple Art of Murder, The

      New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1950. First American edition. Hardcover. Very Good/very good. Book shows shelf wear to edges of boards and page bottoms, ends of spine rolled, previous owner’s name on front paste down and gift note on FFE/price clipped, spine faded, numerous closed tears to edges and ends of spine rolled, surreal cover illustration by Artzybasheff clean and bright), a seminal work in American mystery fiction, a collection of his short stories and his classic and timeless title essay that includes the famous line “Down these mean streets a man must go…”

      [Bookseller: Seattle Mystery Bookshop]
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        Nothing But The Truth! Color Lithograph, 1940s-1950s

      1950. Sharp, William [1900-1961]. Nothing But The Truth! [New York, 1940s-50s]. Attractively glazed and matted 9-3/4" x 9-1/2" color lithograph in attractive 18" x 17" wooden frame, small plaque to center of bottom. Negligible rubbing to frame, image fine. * Born Leon Schleifer in Lemberg, Austria (now part of Ukraine), in 1900, Sharp was a book illustrator, painter, etcher and lithographer, who specialized in trial sketches for magazines. After being threatened with imprisonment by the Nazis in 1933 for his satirical cartoons, Schleifer and his wife fled to New York in 1934, where he resumed his career. Schleifer became a United States citizen in 1940 and changed his name to William Sharp.

      [Bookseller: The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd.]
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      London: John Lehmann, 1950. (UK) No markings, Near Fine in unclipped Very Good (-) dust jacket with dime-size chip to upper edge of front panel and some loss the the head of spine; dust jacket is fresh and bridht and is now in a mylar sleeve. Warm coloured cloth over boards with gold spine titles on brown spine block, [i-iv] v-xi [xii] [13-14] 15- 191pp, index. This book first appeared in 1950 and is David's first book, based on recipes gathered when she lived in France, Italy, the Greek Islands, and Egypt. B&W drawings by John Minton (1.5 JM HOQ 100/2. First Edition. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Very Good (-). Illus. by MiNTON, John. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

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        A Book of Mediterranean Food

      London: John Lehmann, Ltd., 1950. Illustrated by John Minton. Octavo, 191 pages. First edition, first printing. The important first book by one of the greatest of culinary writers. The recipes are based on David's travels in France Italy, the Greek Isles and Egypt. A bit of light soiling to the spine of the printed pink cloth, otherwise fine, in a price clipped dust jacket with significant chips to the spine and top edge.

      [Bookseller: Rabelais - Fine Books on Food, Wine & th]
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        Evangeliorum Quattuor Codex Cenannensis

      Berne: Urs Graf-Verlag, 1950-1951. 3 volumes, folio. (15 3/4 x 11 3/4 inches). 48 mounted colour plates and numerous full-page monochrome illustrations reproducing the original Book of Kells. Original prospectus and other advertising material laid in. Publisher's vellum gilt [vols. 1 and 2], publisher's vellum-backed boards [vol. 3]. Vol. 3 with publisher's plain dust wrapper. Publisher's board slipcases. A fine facsimile of the Book of Kells: one of 400 numbered copies, this copy number 149. The first two volumes, which constitute the facsimile, were strictly limited to 400 copies, according to the prospectus laid in; the third text volume was limited to 500 copies. The prospectus reads: "A reproduction of the entire manuscript in facsimile -- a task never before attempted -- is now in hand and is here offered for subscription ... The Book of Kells is an illuminated manuscript on vellum, containing the four Gospels in Latin. Its date has yet to be precisely determined; some writers have placed it as early as the sixth century, others as late as the end of the ninth century. The Book of Kells has been in the possession of Trinity College, Dublin, since the year 1661. Its text has been classed as Vulgate by some experts, but it differs so widely from the accepted Vulgate that perhaps it should be viewed rather as an Irish variant of the 'mixed' or 'old Latin' text. Some of the variant readings are of peculiar interest. The glory of the Book of Kells is the amazing beauty and infinite variety of its illumination and ornament. For grandeur of conception and delicacy of execution several of its illuminated pages merit the term sublime. Taken as a whole the Book of Kells is a supremely beautiful document, surpassing all other works of the kind, and by far the finest example of early Christian art in Ireland ... The glory of the Book of Kells is its illuminations, which are here made generally accessible for the first time in all their enigmatic splendour..." The introductory text volume includes an introduction by Dr E.H. Alton, 'Notes on the Art and Ornament' by Dr P. Meyer and a 'Collation of the Text with the Vulgate' by Dr G.O. Simms.

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        Elemente. ( Woodcuts. Designs from the year 1920 )

      Zurich. Stubendruck. 1950. Bound in stylized black paper covered boards. Titles to spine. Original publisher's lined slipcase. 8.5"x12". Edition Limited to 200 copies, Numbered and Signed by Arp, with Arp's signature to blank preceeding Woodcut #1 - as called for by:Arntz 283-292; Bolliger 48 I-X u. Bibliogr. 34; Hagenbach 21. Portfolio containing a poem and 10 loose woodcuts on handmade Fabriano laid paper in black(6) and yellow(4) .Printed under the supervision of the artist Karl Schmid. Typography by Alfred Willimann. Complete as issued. German-French sculptor, painter and poet. Jean Arp (also called Hans Arp) was born in Alsace and studied at the Strasbourg School of Arts and Crafts, at Weimar (1905-7) and the Academie Julian, Paris (1908). In 1912 he went to Munich where he knew Kandinsky and exhibited semi-figurative drawings at the second Blaue Reiter exhibition in 1912, and 1913 he exhibited with the Expressionists at the first Hebrstsalon (Autumn Salon) in Berlin. Aware of the developments within the French avant-garde through his contacts with such figures as Apollinaire, Max Jacob and Robert Delaunay in 1914, Arp exhibited his first abstracts and paper cutouts in Zurich in 1915, and began making shallow wooden reliefs and compositions of string nailed to canvas. In 1916 he was a founder member of Dada in Zurich, he participated in the Berlin Dada exhibition of 1920, and in 1923 he visited Schwitters in Hanover. In Paris, Arp began to evolve his personal style of abstract compositions through an organic morphology, frequently sensuous in form, and began to experiment with automatic composition (automatism). In 1925, he participated in the first Surrealist exhibition in Paris, before breaking with Surrealism to become a founder member of Abstraction-Creation in 1931, when his characteristic organic forms became more severe and geometrical. At a time when he began to turn towards full 3-D sculptures, Arp insisted that his sculpture was 'concrete' rather than 'abstract', since it occupied space, and that art was a natural generation of form: 'a fruit that grows in man', as he put it.A dominant personality within Dada, Surrealism and abstract art, his reliefs and sculptures had a decisive influence upon the evolution of 20th Century Art." - Bullfinch. Headpiece bumped.Rather incidental patch of foxing to each of front and rear pastedowns and free endsheets (blanks) as well as near innocuous, incidental spots of such throughout. Usual offset of plates to blank rectos. A Near Fine, crisp bright copy of this most elusive gathering.

      [Bookseller: Heldfond Book Gallery, ABAA-ILAB]
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        Holograph Quotation

      Paris: n.d. [c. 1950-51], n.p. [Paris]., 1950 Sartre, Jean-Paul. Autograph Manuscript. N.d. [c. 1950-51], n.p. [Paris]. 1 page - small 4to. On his typical graph paper. A one line fragment: "La classe ouvrière est vaincue d'avance si elle ne prend pas le pouvoir" loosely trans. as: "The working class is defeated from the beginning if they don't exercise their will". Perfect Sartre. A near fine example.. Unsigned Manuscript. First Edition.

      [Bookseller: TBCL The Book Collector's Library]
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        Portfolio, a Magazine for the Graphic Arts, 3 issues: Volume 1, Number 1, Winter 1950 -- Volume 1, Number 2, Summer 1950 -- Annual, 1951 (three vols.)

      Cincinnati: Zebra Press. 1950, 1951. First printing. Paperback. Good+/Very Good. The first and second issues plus the 1951 annual of this rare and vibrant arts magazine. Large Softcovers. Number 1, a Good+ copy, covers and spine rubbed, heavy at times, owner's signature at inside front cover. Numerous inserts and photographic suites by Richard Avedon and Irving Penn; clean, lovely contents. -- Number 2, a Very Good copy, covers show light soil, light creasing to spine, owner's signature at title page. Clean, unmarked contents; many inserts and illustrations; colorful Kite design on front cover. -- 1951 Annual, Very Good- copy, 2" section missing from top of dust wrapper at spine, closed tearing to rear panel of wrapper as well; owner's signature at half-title. Again, ornate and lovely contents; internally clean, 3D glasses laid-in for stereoscopy section; includes sections on Ben Shahn, Skira publishing and French paper. A rarely found collection of 3 issues. Digital images available upon request.

      [Bookseller: Caliban Books ABAA-ILAB]
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        The Traveller's Tree: A Journey Through the Caribbean Islands

      London: John Murray, 1950.. First edition of the author's uncommon first book. Octavo, green cloth. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Signed by Leigh Fermor on the title page. A very sharp copy.

      [Bookseller: Raptis Rare Books, ABAA/ ILAB]
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        Box of Textile Swatches

      New York: Knoll Associates, Inc. This is a very good cardboard container with 332 textile samples produced by Knoll during the late 1950's. The box itself, like other Knoll advertising and promotional work from this period, was designed by Herbert Matter. The design is a geometric pattern in blue, black and white (see photograph). The box is in reasonable condition: the top of the box shows the colorful design clearly and has just a few tiny abrasions. The sides are also printed with the same blue, black and white pattern. There are various small defects to the edges and corners, which are rubbed, or show wear. Also at some time there was tape was used to secure the sides to the bottom of the box, these applications have left some residue to the sides. The textile samples themselves are all in very good condition. The individual white printed cards with the Knoll logo and "320 Park Avenue" address, each have swatches of original textiles stapled to them. The cards do not identify the individual designers, but carry the name of the textile design, its' Knoll number, the fiber it is made of, the size of the roll it is produced in, and the finish. A wide range of textile designs is represented in this collection. The colors include solids and plaids, and more complex weaves. The variety of colors includes blacks, grays, tans, beiges, cream-colors, sand, yellows, greens, blues, reds and purples. The box bears the title "Textile Swatches" and the company name "Knoll Associates, Inc." and was most probably issued to retailers of Knoll products to help customers select fabrics for their Knoll furniture. This is a unique and invaluable resource for an institution or perhaps even a collector. The box is 11.5" square X 3.5" high. Call or write for more details and photographs. . Very Good.

      [Bookseller: Design Books]
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        Christian Behavior

      New York: Macmillan & Co., 1950. This is an uncommon book; C. S. Lewis' is a rare autograph, indeed!. Signed by C.S. Lewis. Later Printing [11th]. Hard Cover. Very Good/Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

      [Bookseller: Brooklyn Books]
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        The Town and the City [Inscribed to the Mother of "Tim Gray"]

      NY: Harcourt Brace. (1950). His first book, a novel published seven years before On the Road and the only book Kerouac published using his given name, John, rather than the more casual "Jack" under which his Beat novels were published. Inscribed by Kerouac in the year of publication to the mother of his friend Ed White ("Tim Gray" in On the Road): "To Mrs. White -- The wonderful mother of my wonderful friend/ Thanks for everything, and the most gracious hospitality in your home/ From yr. admirer and absorbéd guest/ Jack Kerouac/ June 4, '50/ Denver." A notable association copy: Ed White was, in some ways, Kerouac's best friend, according to Speer Morgan, who edited for publication the correspondence between the two. They exchanged letters from 1947 to 1969, the year Kerouac died. White was reportedly the first person Jack wrote to when The Town and the City was accepted for publication, and he is credited by Kerouac as being one of his most important and formative literary influences by virtue of his suggestion that Kerouac carry around a notebook and "sketch words" as they occurred to him, encouraging him to take a more spontaneous approach to writing than before, and not treat it as a laborious effort to achieve a "literary" effect. By following White's advice, Kerouac virtually re-invented American fiction, or at least opened up a new range of possibilities, giving it the kind of free form and flow that he had associated with jazz music. Front flyleaf excised (inscription on next blank); small bump at lower board edge; a few spots to top stain; else a very near fine copy in a very near fine dust jacket with just trace rubbing at the extremities. In custom folding chemise and gilt stamped, full morocco slipcase. . First Edition. Hardcover.

      [Bookseller: Ken Lopez Bookseller, ABAA]
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        The Town and the City (Signed First Edition)

      New York: Harcourt, Brace, 1950. First Edition. First Edition. SIGNED by the author as "John Kerouac" (indicating an early signature) on the front endpaper. Publisher's red cloth with titles and designs in gilt. Near Fine in a strong Very Good plus dust jacket. A few bumps to the extremities, front hinge just barely starting. Jacket is quite fresh, lightly nicked and rubbed at the extremities, with a tiny stray ink mark on the spine (not obscuring text). Author's first book, written in a style heavily influenced by Thomas Wolfe, detailing his earliest associations with fellow Beats Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs, and Lucien Carr, and preceding his second novel, the iconic "On the Road," by seven years. In a custom quarter-leather clamshell box with marbled boards.

      [Bookseller: Royal Books, Inc.]
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      New York: Harcourt Brace And Company, 1950 First edition of the author's first book published under the name John Kerouac. 8vo., 499pp. Cranberry red cloth, gilt-stamped upper cover & spine lettering, medium grey topstain. A near fine or better copy in a very bright correctly priced dust jacket with a bit of expert conservation at the spine crown. A conventional essentially autobiographical novel, influenced much by his admiration of the work of Thomas Wolfe, it would be seven years before Kerouac would publish in his own unique "spontaneous prose", his second novel, the ground-breaking "On The Road". An exceptional copy of this increasingly uncommon title.. 1st Edition.

      [Bookseller: TBCL The Book Collector's Library]
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        If I Ran The Zoo

      New York: Random House,, 1950. Tall quarto. Finely bound by The Chelsea Bindery in bright red morocco, titles to spine blocked in white, pictorial onlay to front board copied from the original, twin rule to turn-ins in white, bright blue endpapers with the original endpapers bound in, gilt edges. Illustrated throughout. A fine copy. First edition, first printing. With the author's signed presentation inscription to the verso of the original front free endpaper "For the Macpherson Zoo with kindest regards Dr. Seuss.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        Fairy Tales and Legends

      London: Cobden-Sanderson Ltd, 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.. Fifth Printing. Full Leather. Fine/No Jacket. Illus. by Rex Whistler. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

      [Bookseller: Contact Editions]
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        The Dictionary of National Biography : 26 volumes [22 basic volumes, complete + 3 supplements and Contributor's Index]

      London: Oxford University Press, 1950. 26 volumes. SEE PHOTO. Very Good condition in Very Good dust jackets -- each protected by a removable Brodart clear-plastic sleeve. Hinges are perfect. Pages are unmarked. NO underlining. NO highlighting. NO margin notes. This 26 volume set consists of the original 22 volumes of the 1950 reissue; plus supplement volumes for 1901-11; 1912-21; 1931-40; and THE CONTRIBUTOR'S INDEX (1989) by Gillian Fenwick. The set is uniformly bound in the original gilt-stamped blue cloth, except for THE CONTRIBUTOR'S INDEX which is in black cloth, as issued. All 26 volumes are complete with dust jacket and protected by a removable Brodart clear-plastic sleeve. Sheehy AJ217 & AJ219: "Constitutes the most important reference work for English biography, containing signed articles by specialists, and excellent bibliographies; important names are treated at great length, minor names more briefly, and all are generally reliable and scholarly. Scope includes all noteworthy inhabitants of the British Isles and the Colonies, exclusive of living persons; also noteworthy Americans of the colonial period… Each supplement includes a cumulative index...". 1950-1989 [26 volumes]. Hardcover (heavy). Very Good condition/Very Good jackets. 26 volumes. Great Packaging, Fast Shipping.

      [Bookseller: About Books]
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        Flyda of the Seas

      London: Imago, (1950). Octavo. 88pp. One of thirty copies printed on handmade paper, not for sale. Illustrated with twelve color lithographs by John Buckland Wright, all but one of them full-page. A presentation inscription on the front blank dated September, 1958 reads, "To Anne & Georg, a story of the seas -- your loving Aunt Marie." Princess Marie Bonaparte was the great-grandniece of Napoleon I of France and an amateur psychoanalyst, who maintained a friendship with Sigmund Freud. She married Prince George of Greece and Denmark, and the inscription is probably to her cousins-by-marriage, Prince Georg Valdemar of Denmark and Iceland, and his wife, Anne. Bound in lime-green vellum with an image of a mermaid in gilt on the front cover and gilt titling to spine. Some sunning to spine and edges of front cover, else a fine copy of a handsome book. (Reid A59).

      [Bookseller: Bromer Booksellers]
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      Sauk City, Wisconsin: Arkham House,. 1950. original black cloth, spine panel stamped in gold.. Small, partial tape ghosts on top and bottom edges of free endpapers. and final blank leaf, mild crimping to spine ends, a bright, nearly. fine copy in fine dust jacket with mild rubbing to spine ends.. Formerly, writer/amateur press publisher Jack L. Chalker's copy with. his name and address rubber stamped on the front paste-down. A nice. copy. (#140872). First edition. 553 copies printed. Tymn (ed), Horror Literature 6-17.

      [Bookseller: L. W. Currey, Inc.]
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        “Boccherini's Minuet and the Caliph of Baghdad”

      1950. A Scarce Original, Autobiographical DrawingNot to be Pooh-Pooh'edSHEPARD, E[rnest] H. Boccherini's Minuet and the Caliph of Baghdad [N.p.: n.d., ca. 1950]. Original pen-and-ink drawing by renowned illustrator Ernest H. Shepard of himself at age seven, with his sister Ethel, a few years older, depicting them in practice during a screeching violin lesson. Image size: 3 3/4 x 6 7/16 inches; 95 x 164 mm. Signed with initials at lower left. Matted, framed and glazed. A delightful image of Shepard's childhood, which originally appeared in his autobiography, Drawn from Memory (1957), and was later reproduced only once, on page twenty-seven of The Work of E.H. Shepard by Rawle Knox (1979). Found on page thirty-three of Drawn from Memory, it is captioned, "My little fingers never seemed to be in the right place." "Once a week we all three of us [siblings] had a music lesson. We had violins of different sizes and were taught by Mr. Cruft... It was dreadfully tedious having to play scales and my fingers never seemed to be in the right places, but it was better when I was promoted to Boccherini's Minuet. By that time Ethel could rattle along with The Caliph of Baghdad" (Drawn from Memory, p. 33)."When I am goneLet Shepard decorate my tomband put (if there is room)Two pictures on the stone:Piglet from page a hundred and eleven,And Pooh and Piglet walking (157) . . .And Peter, thinking they they are my own,Will welcome me to heaven."- A.A. Milne, inscription to Shepard's copy of Winnie-the-PoohErnest Howard Shepard (1879-1976), "was born only a five-minute walk from the birthplace of A.A. Milne, but it would be many years before their first meeting when their names would be linked for all time to one of the most loved of all bears... He contributed a weekly drawing to Punch for many years. He was perhaps the most-loved illustrator of 'children's' books, best remembered for When We Were Very Young, Winnie-the-Pooh, Now We Are Six and The House At Pooh Corner, Kenneth Grahame's classics The Wind In The Willows, Dream Days and The Golden Age and a book which later became the favourite reading of Christopher Robin Milne, Bevis, the Story of a Boy by Richard Jefferies."Shepard's autobiographical books, Drawn from Memory (1957) and Drawn From Life (1962) are joyfully written and present a superb picture of England's upper middle classes. His drawings in over fifty books frequently poked fun at social contretemps and domestic perplexity, especially where children were involved. His illustrations continued to show extraordinary vigour and vivacity throughout his long working life."In his eighty-ninth year, he visited old friends and relations in Cape Town, Durban, Perth, Sydney and Tasmania, returning through Tahiti so that he could look at Gauguin relics" (Peter Dennis, Poohcorner).

      [Bookseller: David Brass Rare Books, Inc.]
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      Boston/Yosemite National Park: Houghton Mifflin/Virginia Adams, 1950. First ed. Weston, Edward. Folio, 81 pp., 30 full-page plates. Spiral bound boards. Faint foxing on free endpapers, else a very good copy in the scarce dustjacket that is moderately worn at edges and along spine. Photographer Ralph Gilson's neat ex-libris stamp on the front free endpaper.

      [Bookseller: Andrew Cahan: Bookseller, Ltd]
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        The Third Man. And, The Fallen Idol

      William Heinemann Ltd., London, 1950,, 1950. FIRST EDITION. 8vo. Publisher's black cloth in pictorial dustwrapper. A clean, near fine copy. Price clipped dustwrapper has slight wear to spine tips, small shallow chip of loss to bottom edge of front panel. A particularly sharp copy of an increasingly scarce book. Greene's legendary thriller, set in Vienna following World War II, basis for the classic 1949 film noir, starring Orson Welles as Harry Lime. R.A Wobbe; Graham Greene-A Bibliography & Guide to Research [A23a], see also Haining; Crime Fiction p200.

      [Bookseller: Adrian Harrington Rare Books]
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        The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

      London: Geoffrey Bles. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Fine/Fine. 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.

      [Bookseller: The Manhattan Rare Book Company]
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