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        Petite cosmogonie portative *

      Gallimard, (Paris) 10.1950. - Broché oblong 12 x 19, couverture imprimée. Défraîchi mais là n'est pas la question. Achevé d'imprimer en même temps (en temps mêlés) et avec les mêmes tirages & papiers que "Bâtons, chiffres et lettres", ce poème-fleuve de 230 et quelques vers a une belle provenance originelle puisqu'il porte le nom et de nombreux repères in-texte de la demi-soeur de Blaise Cendrars, EVE. Une énigmatique lettre autographe manuscrite de l'auteur, à l'en-tête de la NRF et postérieure de quelques mois y est jointe, peut-être ou pas destinée à cette dernière, évoquant en une dizaine de lignes un "Sapho" projeté.Intrigante rencontre, entre Eve et Sapho. Image visible sur site céleste. Édition originale avec mention, après 8 Hollande et 43 vélin.

      [Bookseller: Librairie Oh 7e Ciel]
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        A VOYAGE TO LILLIPUT AND A VOYAGE TO BROBDINGNAG MADE BY LEMEUL GULLIVER

      New York: Limited Editions Club, 1950. Hardcover. Fine in a Fine slipcase. Two volumes bound in half red linen and pictorial boards. Designed by Bruce Rogers and printed in red and black with one book measuring 18-1/2" x 13-1/2" (a "miniature book" for Brobdingnagians) and the other 3-1/2" x 2-1/2" (an "elephant folio" for Lilliputans). Both volumes ingeniously slipcased in one box. Each is copy #39 of 1500, and each is SIGNED by the designer with his initials. One of the more imaginatively designed books of the press. Monthly Letter laid in.

      [Bookseller: Charles Agvent]
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        The Land of Little Rain

      Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1950. First printing thus. Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. 132 pp., square 4to. Austin's classic text, with an introduction by Carl van Doren, and reproductions of 48 photographs by Ansel Adams. Internally about fine, in lightly handled cloth with a touch of fading to the spine. In a supplied dustjacket, price-clipped and with edgewear and small closed tears, but still very good. This copy inscribed on the halftitle by Ansel Adams to Louise Boyd, and dated in the year of publication. Louise Boyd (1887-1982) was an early explorer of Greenland and the Arctic, an author and photographer, and the first woman to fly over the North Pole, among other distinctions. Boyd and Ansel Adams had a long and interesting friendship. The camera that Boyd took on her first expedition in 1926 -- a Kodak Eastman with standard wood construction replaced by aluminum to make it usable in the Arctic -- she later sold to Adams, who used it for many years. In interviews, discussing his equipment, Adams speaks of that camera and an aerial camera that he also purchased from Boyd; both received extensive use and are responsible for numerous iconic images. Incredibly, Gordon Fountain (who was with Byrd on the second expedition to Antarctica) relates in a 1996 interview that Boyd wrangled Adams into photographing her furniture for insurance purposes! Adams: And then I sold the Folmer view camera and got Miss Louise Boyd's Kodak eight by ten camera, which was of aluminum, made on the same pattern as the wooden view camera. Silliest piece of engineering. I still have it, but it's just ridiculous to look at. But it worked beautifully. . . . Adams: Then I have also Louise Boyd's aero camera, the five by seven Fairchild camera that she used in her exploration of Greenland, which is a rather extraordinary outfit. She got some very interesting stuff with it. It's big and as heavy as sin, you know. Teiser: How did you happen to have her camera? Adams: Oh, we've known her for a long time and she was disposing of her equipment. I sold quite a few things for her some very elaborate navigation instruments. These things went rather cheap. They were not worth much financially, but now they have historic value. And a set of optical glass filters that are hard to come by now. Grade A glass, about 1/2 inch thick. Absolutely flat plane. (from Bancroft Library Regional Oral History project) BS: Louise Boyd. You were a friend of Louise's? GF: Oh yeah. I've got a couple of her books. And Marjorie had quite a bit to do with her in her later days when she was in hard times and in a bad way physically. She was in a rest home for a while and Marge used to go up and see that she ate her lunch and things like that. In fact, we had some photographs and stuff from Louise. Let's see. What's the name of the photographer that took Louise's furniture pictures? MF: Ansel Adams. GF: Yeah, Ansel Adams. MF: Nobody else but Louise would have got Ansel Adams. GF: Yeah, he took pictures of all her furniture for insurance purposes. She hired him or talked him into it. I don't whether she paid him or not. MF: She talked him into it. (from interview with Brian Shoemaker, Ohio State University)

      [Bookseller: Passages Bookshop]
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        I ROBOT

      GNOME PRESS 1950 - Stunning near fine copy, Stated First Edition, First Printing of I ROBOT by Isaac Asimov. Published by Gnome Press, New York, 1950. Stated First edition book with the scarce original stunning near fine dust jacket. Only 5,000 copies of the first edition were printed of this iconic title in which Asimov's "Three Laws of Robotics" were postulated for the first time. The book is in beautiful condition with crisp red boards, with a black robot emblem to front, and black titles to spine. The boards are clean and a vibrant red still maintaining their original sheen. The book has sharp corners with no edgewear. The binding is tight and square. One small corner bump. The end papers are clean, with one tiny splash mark to the corner, otherwise no inscriptions, no bookplates, and no bookstore stamps. The internal pages are clean and bright with No marks, No stains, No writing, No handling marks, and No foxing. A beautiful clean, fresh example of this landmark title! The original first edition dust jacket is in stunning condition having benefited from some very slight restoration to the spine tips by an expert paper conservator and presents as a near fine example. The jacket is bright with vibrant colors and without the usual fading to the spine (the red tones are most often found faded to a grey). The stunning dust jacket has No rips, No chips, No edgewear, No stains, No rubbing and No foxing. Even the white rear panel and flaps are still a bright white without any age toning! Please see detailed images. Stunning, handsome jacket vibrant presenting the book beautifully on the shelf. ADDITIONAL IMAGES AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST. Please see our Abe store for additional Sci-Fi listings A very handsome example of this scarce, classic title in beautiful collectible condition with a vibrant crisp book and dust jacket. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Meier And Sons Rare Books]
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        PEBBLE IN THE SKY

      Garden City: Doubleday & Company, Inc.,. 1950. cloth.. A fine copy in very good dust jacket with wear and rubbing at edges,. mostly along top edge, several small nicks and abrasions at upper. edge of rear panel, mild tanning to rear panel, and orange lettering. on spine panel mostly faded to white. (#142710). First edition. The author's first book and first sf novel. In the far future "Earth is largely a radioactive wasteland, populated by a few million inhabitants who are discriminated against by the rest of the galactic empire which has forgotten that Earth was humanity's original home." Brians, Nuclear Holocausts: Atomic War in Fiction, 1895-1984, p. 122. Anatomy of Wonder (2004) II-51. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, p. 237. In 333.

      [Bookseller: L. W. Currey, Inc.]
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        No Man of Her Own (Original Film Pressbook)

      Los Angeles: Paramount, 1950. Original pressbook for the 1950 film noir, "No Man of Her Own," directed by Mitchell Leisen, based on the 1948 novel "I Married a Dead Man" by Cornell Woolrich writing as William Irish. Written for the screen by Sally Benson and Catherine Turney, and starring Barbara Stanwyck, John Lund, and Lyle Bettger. A pregnant woman (Barbara Stanwyck), on the run from her gangster boyfriend (Lyle Bettger), assumes a new identity when the train she is on crashes and the newlywed couple sitting next to her are killed. 12 pages, saddle stitched, 12 1/4 x 15 inches. In a strong Very Good plus condition. Faint horizontal fold crease at the center of the wrapper and pages. Wrappers are lightly soiled with a few small, scattered stress marks. Tiniest hints of separation to the top and bottom of hinge fold. "Fervent, suspenseful woman's noir that actually seems to elevate its Woolrich source material." Selby 285. Silver and Ward, p. 395.

      [Bookseller: Royal Books, Inc.]
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        L' équarrissage pour tous *

      Toutain, Paris (1950). - Broché, couverture pyjama ornée d'un dessin de Boo. Légères traces d'usure en bords, tranches jaunies. Plus difficile à dénicher que "L'herbe rouge" du même éditeur, cette pièce en un acte,antimilitariste ou "pro-civile" selon le mot de l'auteur, bénéficie d'une défense de Jean Cocteau, d'un avant-propos de l'auteur et d'un dossier d'extraits de presse. Elle est suivie d'une Saynète pour patronages: "Le dernier des métiers", dédiée à Jacques-Laurent Bost.Les mythiques grands papiers semblent inexistants, jusqu'à preuve du contraire.

      [Bookseller: Librairie Oh 7e Ciel]
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        Electrons and Holes in Semiconductors with Applications to Transistor Electronics

      Toronto, New York, London: D. Van Nostrand Company, Inc, 1950. First Edition. Hard Cover. Near Fine. [2], [2 - frontispiece], [iii]-xxiii, [1 blank], [1]-558 pages, followed by blank leaf and appendix B which was printed on both sides of the rear flyleaf plus the rear pastedown (3 pages total). The first printing, [November] 1950. A bright clean copy, with just a touch of sunning to the spine panel. Lacks the dust jacket as is often the case with this book which was used by a generation of engineers as a standard reference. An important book by Shockley who, with Bardeen and Brattain, co-invented the transistor and were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1956 ''for their researches on semiconductors and their discovery of the transistor effect''.

      [Bookseller: Kuenzig Books, ABAA/ILAB]
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        Simple Speaks His Mind

      New York: Simon and Schuster,, 1950. Octavo. Original blue-green cloth, titles to spine gilt on black ground and to upper board in black, top edge dyed black. With the dust jacket. Lightly rubbed at extremities, spine very slightly faded, contents toned. An excellent copy in the rubbed and nicked jacket with tanned spine panel which is split cleanly down the upper fold and repaired with tape to the verso. First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "For my friends Dr. and Mrs. "Tex" Burnett, from an "ole Lincolnite" – Langston. New York, November 27, 1950". With the original typed mailing label from Hughes to Burnett loosely inserted. "Lincolnite" refers to Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, where Hughes earned his undergraduate degree in 1929 before returning to live in Harlem.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        KAMI WO TSUKURU HITOTACHI

      1950. Paperback. Good. [PAPERMAKING] SERIZAWA Keisuke. KAMI WO TSUKURU HITOTACHI. Privately printed by Serizawa in Showa 25 [1950] in an edition of 50 copies. 30 x 28 cm. 7 pages, katazome prints in wrappers with a printed paper title label. Enclosed in a hand printed folding cover which is a work of art in itself. Obviously a very scarce production, this copy has been scrupulously restored. Overall condtion is now very good.

      [Bookseller: Boston Book Company]
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        [The File on] Thelma Jordon (Original Film Pressbook)

      Los Angeles: Paramount, 1950. Original pressbook for the classic 1950 film noir, "The File on Thelma Jordon," directed by Robert Siodmak, based on the story by Mary Holland. Written for the screen by Keeti Frings, and starring Barbara Stanwyck, Wendell Corey, and Richard Rober. An Assistant DA (Wendell Corey) is drawn into a conspiracy of robbery and murder by a mysterious woman (Barbara Stanwyck). 20 pages, saddle stitched, 12 1/4 x 15 inches. The pressbook and all promotional material and advertising samples contained within refer to the film by the alternate title "Thelma Jordon." Very Good plus condition. Moderate horizontal fold crease at the center of the wrapper and pages. Hinge is worn with tiny creases but lacking any of the separation common to pressbooks. Wrappers slightly edgeworn with some light rubbing overall. A dark and morally conflicted film by Siodmak, here at the top of his considerable directorial skills, and a powerful performance by Stanwyck, who invests Thelma with more ambiguity and sympathy than is found in the stereotypical femme fatale. Silver and Ward, pp. 103-104. Selby, pp. 83-88.

      [Bookseller: Royal Books, Inc.]
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        Quelques aventures de Maître Renart *

      Michel de Romilly / La Jeune Gravure Contemporaine, Paris 1950. - En feuilles 35 x 28, couverture imprimée rempliée, double étui avec titre au dos de la chemise (fissuré). Quelques piqûres marginales en bord d' un ou deux feuillets, à peine visibles. L'un des 185 exemplaires numérotés sur B.F.K. de Rives. Ravissant illustré bien peu fréquent malgré le tirage relativement copieux (totalisant 265 exemplaires toutes catégories confondues), oscillant entre imagerie naïve et sobriété japonaise du plus pur zen évoquant les estampes traditionnelles. Nous ne connaissions jusqu'alors que le petit livre de Cendrars ymagé par cet artiste "L'Eubage.", paru au Sans Pareil un quart de siècle plus tôt. Et, depuis, nous savons aussi qu'il fit paraître deux portefeuilles de suites de burins, "Paris" et "Croquis d'animaux" dans les années 30, tout à fait admirables - venez juger de visu !.Un contrepoint en noir de la version couleur qu'en donna notre graveur Robert Hainard quatre ans auparavant pour l'éditeur Gonin à Lausanne, également visible à notre céleste officine comme dit un vieux (et aimable) fidèle.

      [Bookseller: Librairie Oh 7e Ciel]
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        The Simple Art of Murder

      Boston: Houghton Mifflin. Very Good in Very Good dust jacket. 1950. First Edition. Hardcover. First Edition publication in hardcover of twelve Chandler novelettes. Very Good Plus with Very Good Plus Dust Jacket. Dust jacket shows light shelf wear, and a few very small tears at spine top & bottom. Original $3.50 price intact. Tan cloth with orange titles with darkening at top & bottom edges. Very clean pages. Protected in archival plastic. Raymond Chandler said: "From 30 feet away she looked like a lot of class. From 10 feet away she looked like something made up to be seen from 30 feet away." "Ability is what you're capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it." "The more you reason the less you create." .

      [Bookseller: Good Books In The Woods]
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        "Lone Woodcock"

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

      [Bookseller: James Cummins Bookseller]
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        Miniature? Well, we call 'er that 'cause one minute yer on, an' the next minute yer off again

      c. 1950. Sheet size: 212 × 252 mm. Pen and ink on wove paper. Jan 8th Issue Bystander in blue pencil on verso, and Bystander no 1673 in pencil.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        The Wind in the Willows

      Methuen & Co., London 1950 - A pristine copy of the U.K. Rackham First bound in lush full green morocco. 8vo. xii, 178 pp. A dozen color plates with Rackham's renderings. Raised bands, red spine label. Clean, tight, bright. [Attributes: First Edition]

      [Bookseller: White Fox Rare Books, ABAA/ILAB]
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        Two-Page HANDWRITTEN LETTER FROM JOSEPHINE TEY TO HER PUBLISHER

      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'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: ' Dear Josephine (almost certainly Miss!) Tey' - and being no feminist I took that as a compliment." "In police matters I go to the horse'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 'Times' [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'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'm afraid we don'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 Black Car Mystery

      London: Sir Isaac Pitman, 1950, 1st (and only) Edition, 1st Printing ----------hardcover, a solid Very Good copy, some foxing to endpapers and text block, prize plate on front blank endpaper, in a chipped and torn but generally intact attractive Good price clipped dustjacket, tear on front panel is largely closed but there is a bit of loss and flaking along the tear, light soiling to the largely rear white panel, the book is tight and sqaure, a genuine rarity especially in dustjacket, the autor's first book, missing from most Welch collections, uncredited cover art and b&w illustrations, any image directly beside this listing is the actual book and not a generic photo. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good/Good price Clipped. Illus. by Uncredited Cover Art.

      [Bookseller: Leonard Shoup]
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        The Third Man and The Fallen Idol

      London: William Heinemann Ltd,, 1950. Octavo. Original black cloth, titles to spine in silver, tan endpapers. With the photographic dust jacket. Small mark to front board, very slight rubbing to corners, offset tanning from front and rear free endpapers onto adjacent leaves. An excellent copy in the rubbed and creased but bright jacket. First edition, first impression.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        The Harvard Advocate Registration Issue [First Published Appearance of an Illustration by Edward Gorey]

      Advocate House, Cambidge, Mass. - 1950, 1st Ediition. () Very good. 24pp. Quarto. Original illustrated wrappers. Staple bound. Two small (largest approximately 0.25" X 0.5") chips to upper edge of wrapper, not affecting images or text. Two slightly larger (largest approximately 2" X 0.5") chips to edges rear wrapper. Interally clean. The Gorey illustration is bright and unfaded. This issue of the Harvard Advocate marks the first published illustration of Edward Gorey, the American illustrator and author famed for his striking, macabre style. The cover illustration features two dapper men tossing sticks at smiling heads mounted on pikes. Gorey's first book, the Unstrung Harp, did not appear until three years after this illustration. Gorey went on to write over 100 books, many for children. The issue also contains poems by Francis O'Hara, Gorey's Harvard room mate. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Aquila Books(Cameron Treleaven) ABAC]
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        Le Noble Jeu de L'oie en France, de 1640 à 1950 / La Vie Quotidienne a Paris de 1820 à 1824

      Paris: Librairie Gründ, 1950. Quarto. 237pp., + 48 plates, nine of which are in color. One of 700 copies. This authoritative text and bibliography on the French “Game of the Goose” and its derivatives is illustrated throughout with images relating to the game, including many whimsical geese. The plates are printed across two-page spreads, showing examples of game boards. The “Game of the Goose” is a circular race game similar to “Snakes and Ladders” with its origins in sixteenth-century Italy. The game was very popular and quickly evolved from a gambling game played by adults in taverns to a form of family entertainment. Bound in paper-covered boards printed with the design of a game board, the edges and corners of which show some discoloration and wear; else fine, with some uncut pages.

      [Bookseller: Bromer Booksellers]
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        Marrakech

      Studios du Souissi - Rabat - Très rare publication des Studios du Souissi, Rabat, circa 1950. Texte en français de J. Orieux en feuillets sur deux pages, 10 photographies argentiques de Gabriel Gillet et Jean Besancenot de 23,5 x 29,5 cm. - Toutes les pages et toutes les photographies sont en parfait état. Petits défauts au 1er plat de la jaquette carmin : haut du 1er plat légèrement insolé, 5 petites taches; manque le petit feuillet "voici, sous divers jours, la ville solaire". [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

      [Bookseller: Le Bouquiniste]
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        AFFICHE : GRENOBLE - NICE PAR LES CHEMINS DE FER DE LA PROVENCE

      - Date : 1950 Dimensions : 60x100cm Imp : A.D.I.A. NICE Condition : entoilée A Affiche originale entoilée en parfait état.

      [Bookseller: Philippe Beguin Affiches et livres ancie]
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        THE MARTIAN CHRONICLES

      Garden City, NY: Doubleday and Company, 1950 Inscribed by Bradbury on the title page, "For Dirce Archer - 'Space travel has again made children of us all' -- Best from Ray Bradbury, May 1957." "By any measure this work is a major landmark, both in SF and as literature." Barron; Anatomy of Wonder 1995, 3-32. The edges of the text block are mildly toned, else fine in fine and bright dust jacket.. Inscribed. First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Illus. by Mugnaini, Joseph.

      [Bookseller: Robert Gavora, Fine and Rare Books]
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        PEBBLE IN THE SKY

      Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1950 Inscribed by Asimov on the front free endpaper, "For Dirce Archer, With best wishes, Isaac Asimov." Asimov's first novel. "A sentimental favorite among Asimov's fans, but significant also as a transitional step between the relatively miserly world of Golden Age pulps and the relatively lucrative world of mainstream book publication." Barron; Anatomy of Wonder 4, 3-15. Very light toning to the edges of the text block, else fine in fine and bright dust jacket with just a hint of rubbing at the spine panel ends. An exceptional copy.. Inscribed. First edition, first printing. Hardcover.

      [Bookseller: Robert Gavora, Fine and Rare Books]
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        LLAMADME PUBLICANO. Ejemplar con dedicatoria y firma autógrafa del autor.

      Almendros y Cia., Editores, México 1950 - 19x13'5, 207p, firma y dedicatoria autógrafa a D. Manuel Olarra Garmendia (ex-director general de Espasa-Calpe en Argentina) fechada en 1950. Plena piel (conserva las cubiertas originales), nervios y dorados en lomo. Muy buen estado.

      [Bookseller: Librería Sagasta]
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        THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE. A story for children

      Geoffrey Bles. London. 1950. FIRST EDITION. 8vo. (8 x 5.6 inches). Illustrated throughout with full colour frontis & several line drawings by Baynes. A very good copy with some very minor spotting to the inner half of the title and half title pages. Previous owners neat 2 line inscription on the front blank endpaper, otherwsie a very good, bright and clean copy throughout. Publishers green cloth with gilt lettering to the spine. Some areas of fading, mostly to the spine and light 'ghosting' of the illustration of Mr. Tumnus from the spine of the dustwrapper. In the publishers original first edition dustwrapper, with original price (8s, 6d Net) on inner front flap. Rear inner flap is blank except for the very small publishers printed code (APT S537) at the bottom. The wrapper has had some expert professional restoration but only to the plain grey paper, mostly just at the very edges. All of the lettering and the illustrations are original. Overall a very nice copy that shows extremely well. The first book in the Narnia series.

      [Bookseller: Paul Foster Books]
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        The Simple Art of Murder

      nbsp;London - Hamish Hamilton, 1950 Book. Very Good. Hardcover. A detailed critical essay and a collection of short stories, written byrenowned detective fiction author, Raymond Chandler. First English edition. Featuring original illustrated dustwrapper. The essay is considered a seminal piece of literary criticism. Although Chandler's primary topic is the art (and failings) of detective fiction, he touches on general literature and modern society as well. Chandler had an immense stylistic influence on American popular literature, and is considered by many to be a founder, along with Dashiell Hammett, James M. Cain and other Black Mask writers, of the hard-boiled school of detective fiction. Condition: In original publishers' cloth binding, andoriginal unclipped dustwrapper. Externally, cloth is sound, with only some very gentle rubbing. Dustwrapper is bright, although with chipping and rubbing to extremities. Some light marks to the rear. Gentle straining to the rear hinge, but still holding firm. Internally, generally firmly bound, bright and clean throughout. Overall:VERY GOODwith aGOOD dustwrapper..

      [Bookseller: Rooke Books]
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        Annales et Généalogie de Blonay.

      aux dépens du Baron H. de Blonay, Genève, 1950. - 255 X 340 mm. plein parchemin, dos à nerfs, blason poussé à chaud sur le plat sup. entouré d'un double filet, tête dorée, non rogné. E.O. tirée à 200 ex. 1/50 premiers ex. num. sur vergé pur-fil. Illustré d'une vignette de titre, d'un frontispice en couleurs et de 3 planches gravées à l'eau-forte ainsi que de 3 héliogravures. Index. [Attributes: First Edition]

      [Bookseller: Serge Paratte, Livres anciens & modernes]
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        Jeux de Cartes Box with 2 decks playing cards (complete) and gallery prospectus with 2 cards tipped-in on cover

      Paris: Acanthe Gallery , 1950 This is a very good set of two packs of playing cards and a carrying case for them + a prospectus. There is a folded sheet of heavy green card stock:a "Prospectus" in very good condition with just a slight crease to front and back not affecting the two original cards tipped-onto the front of the Prospectus which show an example of the face card and its obverse (the patterned side of the card). Inside there is one double-page tipped-in text in French discussing Surrealism, games of chance and the work of Leonor Fini. Original clamshell box with 2 compartments for 2 decks of cards and slipcase cover. Printed paper title label: Leonor Fini - Jeux de Cartes. Each one of the face cards of each suit: Jack, Queen, King and a Joker have fanciful designs of men and women on them, the colors still very bold and bright. All designs typical of Fini's work of this period. The cards have all gilt edges. One pack has a purple "sponge" patterned back, and the other has the same type pattern in green. Light soiling to spine of box and to slip case. Small stain to corner of slip case, splits to head and tail. Overall in very good condition, with all cards very clean, no marks or creases. Both decks are complete. Bibliographical reference: Uwe-Volker Segreth, Spielkarten, Jugendstil und Art Deco. Edition Christian Brandstetter, 1994. pg 152-53 for reproductions of face cards, and also an important note concerning the number of cards per deck issued in this edition. It states 52 cards + 1 Joker per deck. Box is 5.5" high X 3.5" wide X 1" thick. Prospectus is 4to size, 11" high X 8" wide. A beautiful set. . Very Good.

      [Bookseller: Design Books]
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        Raised Walk. Open Court. Potiphar's House.

      ca. 1950s. - Gouache painting. 7 x 34 inches. Signed and titled in pencil by the artist. Annotated and authenticated by Tony Sheets, the artist's son in 2003. Movie set design for Salomé. On Studio illustration board.

      [Bookseller: Wittenborn Art Books]
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        Senate Pass, SIGNED

      No place, No date (1950s), 1950. A Senate pass, dated July 1955, for the reserved gallery for the 84th Congress, United States Senate Chanmber, Washington D.C. On pink U.S. senate card, pictorially printed in black; single sided, dimensions approx.10 x 7 cms. Details filled out in blue ink, SIGNED by JFK. Fine condition. Provenance; Skinner Manuscripts 2386.

      [Bookseller: Adrian Harrington Rare Books]
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        TETECAN. AN AZTEC TRAGEDY. A GROVE PLAY

      [San Francisco]: Bohemian Club, 1950. First Edition. Decorated boards. About Fine without dustwrapper, as issued. Attractively bound in cloth-backed decorated boards and printed in red and black by the Grabhorn Press. SIGNED by a total of 16 members of the club on the rear free endpaper. Signers include Herbert Hoover, Lowell Thomas, and Herbert Hoover, Jr. Former President Hoover's signature is on the top of the page and his son's is at the bottom making a nice presentation.

      [Bookseller: Charles Agvent]
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        THE WIDOWS OF BROOME

      GARDEN CITY, NEW YORK: CRIME CLUB DOUBLEDAY & CO. FINE IN NEAR FINE DUST JACKET. 1950. FIRST EDITION. ANOTHER MYSTERY FEATURING DETECTIVE NAPOLEAN BONAPARTE . GREEN CLOTH COVERED BOARDS WITH WHITE SPINE TITILES AND YELLOW TOP-EDGE STAIN. BOOK IS FINE WITHOUT ANY MARKS TO THE BINDING OR THE TEXT. D.J. IS ABOUT FINE WITH MODEST RUB AT THE CORNERS AND SPINE-ENDS, A SHORT TEAR AT THE TOP OF THE FRONT FORE-EDGE FOLD, AND IS NOT PRICE-CLIPPED. AN EXCEPTIONALLY NICE, CLEAN, BRIGHT, UNFADED COPY WITH NO REMAINDER MARK. .

      [Bookseller: JOHN LUTSCHAK BOOKS]
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        LOCAL COLOR

      New York: Random House (1950)., 1950 First Edition. 8vo, 92pp. Capote's impressions of New Orleans, Hollywood, Tangiers, New York, among other places, with photographs by Cecil Beaton, Cartier-Bresson, Hoynigen-Huene, Alexander Liberman, among others 8vo, illustrated with photographs, original cloth-backed boards, dustwrapper. Very nice copy. Uncommon.. 1st Edition.

      [Bookseller: TBCL The Book Collector's Library]
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        THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE

      Published by Geoffrey Bles, 1950. 1st edition.. Hardback. Very Good. Illustrated by Baynes, Pauline. Slightly better than very good condition with no wrapper. The first in the classic Narnia series in which Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy enter the magical world of Narnia through the back of an old wardrobe. Rebound in modern blue cloth binding with gilt title to spine. Marbled endpapers and matching wrapper. Contained in blue velvet-lined wooden wardrobe with Bayne's illustration of Lucy and the Faun walking through the snow reproduced on the inside of the wardrobe door. The picture has "Ex-Libris" in calligraphic manuscript. A couple of faint marks to verso of frontis and verso of title page else contents bright and clean. A most unusual, imaginative and attractive presentation of this rare and collectable book. [S]

      [Bookseller: Stella & Rose's Books]
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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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        AFFICHE : DOVER - OSTEND TAKES YOUR CAR

      - 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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        NIGHT AND THE CAT

      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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