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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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        The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

      London: Geoffrey Bles,, 1950. Illustrations by Pauline Baynes. Octavo. Original green cloth, titles to spine in silver. With the dust jacket. With colour frontispiece and black and white illustrations by Pauline Baynes. Cloth mottled at spine and along board edges, small marked perforation to cloth at front board (matched on the jacket), a few minor spots to endpapers but otherwise internally clean. A very good copy in the lightly rubbed and spine tanned jacket with small loss the head of spine. First edition, first impression.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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      1950. 1. LEWIS,C.S. THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE. London: Geoffrey Bles (1950). 8vo (5 3/4 x 8"), cloth, [173]p., cloth very slightly faded on spine and bottom edge else Fine in attractive dust wrapper with price present (dw has slight soil on rear panel, one small chip, 3 small closed tears and few chips and tear at bottom of front fold, most of which are not obvious when handling the book). First edition, first printing of the first title in the Narnia chronicles, illustrated by PAULINE BAYNES with colorplate frontis plus numerous full page and smaller black & whites. This is a lovely copy of a book in high demand.

      [Bookseller: Aleph-Bet Books, Inc.]
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        Diary of Erika Walbrun: Original Manuscript Diary covering the Bombing of Berlin by a Teenage Girl; Archive of Related Material

      n.p.: n.p., 1950. Handwritten diary/album approximately 6 by 8 inches, 180 pages, with pasted in photographs and watercolor paintings by the author. Erika was born in 1929, making her about 16 when Dresden fell in 1945. The diary was completed in 1950. It starts with pictures of Erika's parents, her childhood, and schooling. Around page 70 it starts to speak of the war years in Dresden where she lived with her parents and grandmother. By page 85 she discusses the latter days of the war in detail: She had to clean rubble from air attacks on Dresden; her mother had a miscarriage; she had to work among refugees as a red cross volunteer. Starting February 13, 1945, she describes in detail the bombing of Dresden. She watched the cathedral collapse form her window. She describes the dead lying in the streets, the low-flying aircraft shooting people trying to flee. "Don't get buried alive: that's all I could think of." The next day they started to walk to Bavaria and safety. She describes her journey and happenings along the way. The later parts of the diary describe happier, postwar times. With pictures, letters and clippings laid-in. Together with another journal captioned 'Dresden", undated. Only the first 30pp are written in, along with pictures and original sketches of Dresden landmarks. The diary ends abruptly with the note that on the night of February 13/14, 1945, Dresden was bombed. Photographs, clippings and memorial cards are laid in as well. together with a 3rd journal dated 1951 with photographs and descriptions, also with letters and cards laid in. All in German with only a bit of English at the end; all in very good condition.

      [Bookseller: Thorn Books]
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        The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. A Story for Children. Illustrations by Pauline Baynes

      Geoffrey Bles, [1950]. 8vo., First Edition, with a coloured frontispiece and numerous monochrome illustrations (a number full-page) in the text, free endpapers and fore-edges lightly spotted; original green cloth, backstrip lettered in silver, backstrip and upper edges of boards faded to brown but still a firm, clean copy in price-clipped dustwrapper, the latter lightly age-soiled, and crudely repaired at backstrip and upper margin of front board but preserving illustration and all lettering (save publisher's imprint at tail), a perfectly sound and affordable copy of a children's classic. . Catalogs: modern firsts.

      [Bookseller: Island Books [formerly of Devon]]
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      London: Geoffrey Bles, (1950). First Edition. leather. Fine copy, beautifully bound. Lewis's classic Christian fable, the high spot of his Chronicles of Narnia series, here in its original first printing recently rebound by Francis Brown of Dorchester in luxurious full green morocco with gilt lettering and decorative devices on the spine and a gilt-lettered red morocco spine label, top edge gilt.

      [Bookseller: Charles Agvent]
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        The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe - A Story for Children

      London: Geoffrey Bles, 1950. 172pp, [4], rebound in full goatskin by Temple Bookbinders, raised bands, spine in six panels, title in gilt to second panel, author to fourth with date to foot, covers with single fillet border, inner edges with triple fillet, a.e.g. Externally near fine, internally the colour frontispiece has a light water stain to top edge, which has offset slightly onto the top edge of the title, otherwise bright and clean. Hooper 21. First Edition. Full Goatskin. Very Good/No Jacket. Illus. by Baynes, Pauline. 8vo.

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      1950. 1. LEWIS,C.S. THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE. NY: Macmillan 1950 (1950). 8vo (5 1/2 x 8 1/4"), cloth, 154p., slightest bit of cover fading on edges else VG-Fine in dust wrapper (dw $2.50 price on lower front flap, with 1/2" piece off lower corner of covers, 1" piece off spine and smaller piece off bottom of spine, top edge chipped. Actually appears nicer than it sounds). Stated FIRST PRINTING of the first title in the Narnia chronicles, now a modern classic. Illustrated in black & white by PAULINE BAYNES. Printed the same year as the British first.

      [Bookseller: Aleph-Bet Books, Inc.]
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      New York: The Macmillan Company, 1950. First American Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good binding/near Good dust jacket. Pauline Baynes. Octavo. The binding is nice with just a bit of rubbing and sunning at the board edges; contents are clean; dust jacket has general edgewear including a large closed tear on the front panel and some chipping at the top of the spine, not affecting any text; small piece at the bottom of the spine is detached by held neatly and firmly in place by the mylar cover; a few pencil notes on the back jacket flap; digital images gladly supplied upon request; dust jacket protected in a mylar cover. Very Good binding / near Good dust jacket.

      [Bookseller: Black Swan Books, Inc.]
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        The Chronicles of Narnia

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

      [Bookseller: Temple Rare Books]
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        The Chronicles of Narnia Set: The Lion the Witch and The Wardrobe, Prince Caspian, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, The Silver Chair, The Horse and His Boy, The Magician's Nephew, The Last Battle

      London: Geofrey Bles, 1950-1956.. First British editions of each of the seven volumes in the author's acclaimed Narnia Series. Each volume is finely rebound in full morocco, with gilt tooling and titles to the spine. Embossed illustration to the front panel of each volume. Silk on the front and rear pastedown of each volume. Gilt tooling to top, side and bottom boards. Marbled endpapers. Housed in a slipcase with silking lining. Illustrations by Pauline Baynes. Octavo, 7 Volumes. All edges are gilt. A very attractive set.

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        The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. [Narnia]

      London: Geoffrey Bles. G: in good condition with rubbed and chipped dust jacket. Binding discoloured. Not inscribed. 1950. First Edition. Pale blue hardback cloth cover. 200mm x 150mm (8" x 6"). 173pp. Illustrations by Pauline Baynes. .

      [Bookseller: Barter Books Ltd]
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        ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS. The story of How Many Thousands and Men and Women have Recovered from Alcoholism

      New York:: Works Publishing Inc.,, 1950. Near Fine. SIGNED, INSCRIBED & DATED BY BILL WILSON using his full name rather than "Bill W". Near Fine hardback First Edition Thirteenth Printing with mild toning eps, mild sun spine in a Very Good++ original Dust Jacket 'Thirteenth Printing' on the dj spine. Dj with mild scuffs, minimal edge wear. Unobtrusive tape dj verso. No extraneous markings or writing. The inscription reads " To Al M_______: / My greetings and / best wishes! / Ever Yours / Bill Wilson / NY / Dec 28 /51" 8vo. viii, 400 pp. In a custom cloth covered clamshell box with gilt lettering on clamshell cover and spine labels.

      [Bookseller: By The Book, LC ABAA-ILAB]
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        Camus, Albert. ACTUELLES, Chronique 1944-1948. Signed

      Paris: Gallimard, 1950., 1950 SIGNED. 12mo., 270pp. Printed wrapper. A very good copy of the 6th impression of the 1st edition. SIGNED by Camus vertically on the front flyleaf. Signed Camus books are very uncommon. This is the very first volume of Actuelles. Chroniques 1944-1948 , the first edition, like the 6th published in 1950 was followed by: Actuelles II. Chroniques 1949-1953 published in 1953 & Actuelles III. Chronique algérienne 1939-1958, published in 1958.. Signed by Author(s). 1st Edition.

      [Bookseller: TBCL The Book Collector's Library]
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        I, ROBOT (Signed First Edition)

      New York: Gnome Press, Inc, 1950. First edition. Near Fine/Very Good +. A lovely first printing of the book, in Near Fine condition with a minor bump to one corner and foxing along the outer edge of the page block and at the end papers. In a vibrant dust jacket, easily Very Good+, with hardly any toning to the spine panel. Jacket with minor wear at spine ends and corners and minor foxing, mostly at the rear panel and along flap edges. This copy SIGNED by Asimov directly on the rear end paper. A book that is typically seen with the spine faded to grey. & & The author's second work, a collection of nine interwoven stories dealing with a futuristic world where humans and robots interact on a daily basis. Asimov's "Three Laws of Robotics" first appear in this book, creating a framework that would be used in all of his robot fiction, how a robot interprets those laws becoming a driving mechanism for many of the works. Adapted for several television and film programs, the most famous, "I, Robot" starring Will Smith was loosely based on themes from the book and Asimov's "Three Laws." Additional images available upon request. Near Fine in Very Good +. dust jacket.

      [Bookseller: Whitmore Rare Books]
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        I Robot

      New York: Gnome Press, 1950. Copyright date is 1950, First edition, first printing, Red cloth over boards with black lettering and design on the front and the spine. No tears or bent pages, previous owners name on the inside fly leaf.Dust Jacket, No bent flaps nor is it price clipped. Some creasing along the edges and toning to the spine. More photos upon request. Now protected by a clear cover. Text is bright and clean with a tight binding. A very popular book and is scarce in an original jacket. A solid collectible book.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good/Good. Illus. by Edd Cartier. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

      [Bookseller: Mclin Haven]
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        Retrato de la Loçana andaluza :en lengua española :muy clarissima. Co[n]puesto en Roma. El qual retrato demuestra loque en Roma passava y contiene munchas mas cosas que la Celestina

      [colophon: Valencia: Talleres de Tipografia Moderna, 1950]. Folio (27.5 cm; 10.75"). [2], [54], [2] ff. Fine facsimile edition of the only known copy of the first edition of one of the great Spanish picaresque novels. That copy of the Venice (?), 1528 (?) edition is preserved in the Austrian National Library. The facsimile was limited to 252 copies, of which 218 were sold by subscription while the remaining 34 were destined for national libraries, collaborating scholars, and special individuals (identified in the limitation statement). This is copy 88 of the 218 subscription copies. Palau 70182. Full brown morocco, spine gilt with neat lettering, two rolls, and devices in compartments; covers with double-fillet gilt border (a small portion of this lost on front cover, corners bumped and a little rubbed). Top edge gilt, other edges uncut. Original front wrapper bound in. => A very pleasing copy of a handsome homage.

      [Bookseller: SessaBks, A Division of the Philadelphia]
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        Dessins. [Second Edition]. NEAR FINE COPY IN ORIGINAL WRAPPERS

      Routledge & Kegan Paul, [1950]. Roy. 4to., Second Edition, with 130 pages of plates; original printed wrappers, uncut, a near fine copy. SCARCE, ESPECIALLY IN THIS CONDITION. . Catalogs: fine art: graphics.

      [Bookseller: Island Books [formerly of Devon]]
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        A Star's Progress

      New York: E. P. Dutton,, 1950. Octavo. Original green boards, titles to spine and pictorial design to upper board in purple. With the dust jacket. Very slightly rubbed at the ends of the spine. A superb copy in the jacket that is a little nicked at the extremities. First edition, first printing. Among Vidal's scarcest books, this is one of five pseudonymous genre novels that he published during the 1950s, after he had been blacklisted by the New York Times and could no longer support himself by writing literary fiction. A beautiful copy.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        THE MAPS OF SAN FRANCISCO BAY from the Spanish Discovery in 1769 to the American Occupation

      San Francisco, CA: The Book Club of California (by the Grabhorn Press), 1950. One of 350 copies printed at the Grabhorn Press. Quarter Leather. Very Good+ binding. Folio. Previous owner's nameplate attached at bottom of front paste-down. No pencil or ink markings in text. Bound in original patterned boards with red crushed morocco backstrip. Light edgewear at tail of spine. Mylar cut to protect boards. Digital pictures of book available upon request. Very Good+ binding.

      [Bookseller: Black Swan Books, Inc.]
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        Local Color

      New York: Random House, 1950. [JRS-Antq]. 92 pp. Hardcover, bound in boards with dustjacket. Moderate shelf-wear, the jacket edge-worn with some loss at the corners and a few nicks; the text-block age-toned but unmarked. Signed by Capote on the prior publications page.. Signed.. First Printing. Hard Cover. Very Good/Very Good. Octavo 6" x 9.5".

      [Bookseller: Acorn Bookshop, Inc.]
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        HI-LIFE 1950 [John Updike's senior class high school yearbook]

      Shillington, PA, 1950. First Edition. Hardcover. Expected wear. Very Good. Published by the Senior Class of Shillington High School, Shillington, PA. Contains a dozen mentions/photos of Updike including a full-page devoted to him as the Class President with a photograph and what might be deemed a prose poem that has one correction in ink, possibly by Updike. Updike was also senior editor of the yearbook and contributes the Class Song and possibly another poem that has no attribution. He was also voted the "Wittiest." Much ink writing within by other students but none by Updike, all addressed to fellow student and former owner Mary Jean. An exceptionally early and scarce Updike item.

      [Bookseller: Charles Agvent]
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        The Harvard Advocate

      Cambridge, MA: Advocate House, 1950. Quarto. 24pp. Volume 134, number one. This is identified as the "Registration Issue" on the front cover, published September, 1950. Features a cover illustration by Edward Gorey showing two Mr. Earbrass-style characters throwing sticks at two hooded heads on pikes. This constitutes Gorey's first published appearance as an illustrator. Gorey's work on the endpapers for Merrill Moore's Illegitimate Sonnets also appeared in 1950, but it may have been published in October to coincide with the third printing of Clinical Sonnets, which also featured Gorey's endpaper design. This issue is also remarkable for the appearance of three pieces by Gorey's Harvard roommate, Frank O'Hara: two poems and a short prose work entitled "Late Adventure." This is O'Hara's third print appearance, and it predates his landmark first book, A City Winter, by two years. This issue also contains the text of a lecture delivered by Stephen Spender in mid-August of 1950 on poetry and science. Small chips to extremities of front cover, some edge toning and faint spotting, otherwise a near fine copy of a scarce Gorey item.

      [Bookseller: Bromer Booksellers]
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        The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes / The Later Adventures of Sherlock Holmes / The Final Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. A Definitive Text, Corrected and Edited by Edgar W. Smith, with an Introduction by Vincent Starrett, and Illustrated with a Selective Collation of the Original Illustrations by Frederic Dorr Steele, Sidney Paget and Others

      NY: Limited Editions Club, 1950-52. Eight volumes, presented in three slipcased sets. Brown decorative boards, black cloth spines lettered in gilt, in matching brown paper slipcases with printed paper labels. Cameo of Holmes in black cloth on front covers. All edges speckled. Limited to 1500 copies, these are all copy number 1030. Small ownership labels of Sherlockian author and collector John Ruyle in the front of each volume, very light shelf wear to a few edges, and a few scuffs to corners and edges of slipcases, on the whole a nice clean set. The printed notice about the covers is laid into the first volume. An attractive edition, designed by W.A. Dwiggins for the LEC, and well executed.

      [Bookseller: William Matthews, Bookseller]
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        Miner's Children. (print).

      , 1950. . Artist's proof signed by Leonard Baskin. Image measures 34.3.X 116.6cm. Fern & O'Sullivan 76. Book condition: Fine condition

      [Bookseller: James & Mary Laurie Booksellers (A.B.A.A]
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        Papermaking by Hand in America

      Chillicothe, OH: Mountain House Press, 1950. Folio. (16 1/2 x 11 1/2 inches). Half-title, title printed in red and black, headpieces and tailpieces, initial letters printed in red throughout. Hand-coloured frontispiece, 96 tipped-in or mounted facsimiles, 27 tipped-in facsimiles of watermarks on paper made in the manner of the originals, 43 tipped-in facsimile paper labels. paper label on spine, extra-illustrated with the prospectus for the book affixed to front pastedown, and the invitation to the book's publication party at Princeton affixed to front free endpaper. Publisher's half linen over paper-covered boards, half red morocco and cloth box (minor bump to corner of box, the book unaffected). The "author's magnum opus." - One of 200 numbered copies signed by Hunter, this copy numbered one hundred twenty-eight. The book is printed on Dard Hunter's paper, and with type cut by Dard Hunter, Junior. "The last work of the Mountain House Press and the author's magnum opus, this book provides a history of American papermaking by listing and describing the first paper mill in each state from 1690 until 1811, six years prior to the introduction of the first paper machine into the United States. There are in the book 123 facsimiles of documents and watermarks and forty-two reproductions of labels used by these early paper manufacturers. The thick folio volume was to have been issued in an edition of 210 copies, but the author's own bibliography says that only 180 were completed" (Schlosser). Schlosser 41.

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        The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes * The Later Adventures of Sherlock Holmes * The Final Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

      Mount Vernon: Limited Editions Club, 1950-1952. Hardcover. Orig. half black linen, and mauve patterned boards. Fine in slightly chipped slipcases with paper spine labels.. 8 vols./No Dust Jacket. Nason, Thomas W. 24 x 16 cm. Illustrated by Thomas W. Nason, Frederick Dorr Steele, Sidney Paget and others. A definitive text, Edited by Edgar W. Smith. Introductions by Vincent Starret, Elmer Davis, Fletcher Pratt, Rex Stout, Anthony Boucher and Christopher Morley. Edition planned and designed by W.A.Dwiggins. Limited edition, 152 of 1500. NEWMAN & WICHE 207,223,224. Each front cover with raised cameo portrait of Sherlock Holmes, sprinkled edges, bright and fresh set.

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        THE DROWNING POOL. Signed

      New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1950 First Edition of the second Lew Archer mystery Inscribed by Ross MacDonald on the front free endpaper to an early Millar/Macdonald supporter and collector of mystery and detection fiction. 'Best wishes to ...John Ross Macdonald'. 8vo. 244 pp. A very good copy in green and white patterned paper covered boards, black topstain, black titles to the mildly darkened spine, in a very good pictorial dustwrapper showing some use; wear and rubbing at the folds, heel and crown of the spine and old tape reinforcement on the verso. Still presents well. Rarely found signed. Adapted into the 1975 film with Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward. Barzun & Taylor, A Catalogue Of Crime.. Signed by Author. 1st Edition.

      [Bookseller: TBCL The Book Collector's Library]
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        The Drowning Pool (First Edition)

      New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1950. First Edition. First Edition. Just about Fine in a Very Good dust jacket. Jacket has light rubbing, with a 1-7/8 inch rough tear to the center of the front panel, and a one-inch closed tear and associated shallow creasing to the top edge of the rear panel. The second Lew Archer novel, basis for the 1975 film, the second of two Lew Archer adaptations featuring Paul Newman in the lead role (with "Archer" renamed "Harper").

      [Bookseller: Royal Books, Inc.]
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        Poems: 1950

      Galveston, Texas: The Cleaner's Press,, [1950]. Prefaced by Dallam Flynn. Octavo. Original brown paper boards, blue title labels to upper board and spine printed in black. With the yellow dust jacket. Front joint cracked and rear joint starting. Still an excellent copy with the jacket a little marked, rubbed along the top edge and with the spine panel toned. First edition. The rare first issue of Bunting's breakthrough collection Preceded only by the privately printed Redimiculum Matellarum of 1930. The Cleaner's Press was not one of the century's greeted publishers and were hesitant in their binding of this title. Sales were slow and eventually two secondary issues were produced of this printing in wrappers. Copies of the correct issue are very scarce and largely due to the pale hue of the jacket copies like this are rare.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        The Cocktail Party

      Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1950. Second Printing of the First Edition. Signed and dated by T. S. Eliot. In near fine condition, with browning to the front endpage and pages 28-29; in a near fine dust jacket, with tanning to spine and light edge wear.. Signed by Author(s). 1st Edition. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Near Fine.

      [Bookseller: Idler Fine Books]
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        Pobeditel' ; p'eca v 10 kartinakh [The winner] [SIGNED]

      Parizh (Paris) , 1950. Hardcover. Very Good. Parizh (Paris) , 1950. Hardcover. Very Good. slim 8vo full calf, lettering on spine (Charchoune) silk bookmark. 24 pp. signed and warmly inscribed by the author to Norma Copley in French on the title page (je n'oublerai jamai tes yeux ....etc.) , dated 1956. in Russian. Spine rubbed, binding tight, pages browned. dramatic work by the emigré Russian avant-garde painter (1888-1975).

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        The Second World War

      London: Cassell & Co. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. FIRST ENGLISH EDITIONS OF CHURCHILL'S MASTERPIECE, SIGNED TWICE BY CHURCHILL. Signed "Winston S. Churchill / 1950" on the half-title of volume I and on the flyleaf of volume II. With sheet of Churchill's Chartwell letterhead with typed message "Returned with Mr. Churchill's Compliments" and dated "15 May, 1950" laid in. With original owner (and presumed recipient) John L. Armstrong's signature on volumes I-V (and dated with the corresponding date of publication in four volumes). The Second World War: The Gathering Storm; Their Finest Hour; The Grand Alliance; The Hinge of Fate; Closing the Ring; Triumph and Tragedy. London: Cassell & Co., Ltd., (1948-54). Octavo, original cloth, original dust jackets. Six volumes. Books near-fine, dust jackets with toning and edgewear to spines.

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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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        The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone

      New Directions 1950 - A near fine first edition in a very good dust jacket, inscribed by Tennessee Williams. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Bookbid]
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        Les fourberies de Scapin.

      Bienne, chez l'artiste, 1950. - Gr. in-4°, 126p. Edition de luxe au tirage limité et numéroté 1/55 exemplaires sur papier à la forme, cuvé à la main [sic] représentant le tirage total. Illustré de 15 eaux-fortes et de 80 bois gravés à la main par Pierre Stampfli. Notre exemplaire est enrichi d'un dessin original de l'artiste. Etui légèrement fendu, sinon à l'état de neuf. en feuilles sous jaquette illustrée rempliée, chemise et étui muets.

      [Bookseller: Le Cabinet d'Amateur]
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        THE WATCHFUL GODS: and Other Stories.

      Random House (1950)., New York: - First edition. SIGNED, "Walter T. Clark/Carson City, Nevada/January 1951." Clark's only collection of short stories. Very fine in bright and fine dust jacket with the barest of wear. A beautiful copy, and scarce signed. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Quill & Brush, member ABAA]
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        DIBUJO ORIGINAL de don Antonio MINGOTE y Retrato fotográfico -al natural- de época

      1950 - Magistral dibujo original de MINGOTE, de primera etapa - CIRCA año 1950, en papel seda de época medidas 28 cm x 21 cm. Técnica: ejecutado con lapicero. Imagen de ciudad con personas cubiertas de polución y autobús arrancando. Con sello de tampón (4cm-diámetro) de "Antonio Mingote Cartero Honorario" con simpático motivo de ángel entregando carta y paloma mensajera, diseñado por el mismo autor, en la esquina inferior izquierda. En la parte inferior derecha del reverso, reza la certificación de autenticidad manuscrita del puño y letra de la viuda del genial ilustrador, en Madrid a 26 de Julio del 2012. El dibujo apunta a la primera etapa ( en torno a 195? ) del genial dibujante, escritor, académico de la lengua y periodista español, don Antonio Mingote. Pequeña doblez en una esquina debida al paso del tiempo, levedad del todo arreglable con necesaria enmarcación. Se adjunta pequeña fotografía retrato -al natural- de Antonio Mingote posando para la edición -Retratos Intemporales (Ediciones Alfaguara. Madrid, 1973)-. con semblanzas de la escritora Isabel Alvarez Villamil sobre retratos de Rafael Moreno Pecino. Dicha fotografía (7,5 cm x 10,5 cm) está montada sobre cartulina, rezando en la parte inferior la certificación de autenticidad manuscrita del puño y letra de la escritora Isabel Alvarez, presente durante el proceso de la pintura del retrato.

      [Bookseller: Librería de Lance La Dulcinea]
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        Il merlo giallo. Disintegratore del malcostume politico.

      Subject: (Giornali satirici). Roma, A. V, 1950, n 196, 199, 202, 204, 207, 212, dal n 215 al n 240, 242, 246, 258 - A. VI, 1951, n 249, 251, 252, dal n 254 al n 282, 284, 286, 287, 288, 289, 293, 298.

      [Bookseller: LIBRERIA PIANI]
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      - (COONEY,BARBARA)illus. TWO WATER COLORS FROM "THE MAN WHO DIDN'T WASH HIS DISHES" by Phyllis Krasilovsky. (pub. by Doub. in 1950). Offered here are 2 charming watercolors used in Krasilovsky's first book, purchased from Krasilovsky with her provenance on a slip of paper. The first image measures 5 1/2 x 8" on board 8 x 11 1/2". A blank corner is restored, there is some crackling to the paper and old paper backing on the back. The image shows the man at his dining room table full of food with a cat in the foreground. The second piece has an image size of 6 1/2 x 5 1/4 on board 7 x 10 1/4". Penciled in the margin is "P.24 o p. 25". There is some crackling to the paper and old paper backing on the back. Depicted is the old man next to his empty dish cupboard, surrounded by stacks and stacks of unwashed dishes, pots and pans. The story is about a man who was too lazy to wash his dishes and who eventually ran out of eating implements; he then resorted to using the soap dish, ashtrays and flower pots! He solves his problem and vows to never again put off washing the dishes. These are 2 great images from the book, both with much detail. Early Cooney and Krasilovsky's first book. Sold with a clean ex-lib copy of the book. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Aleph-Bet Books, Inc. - ABAA]
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        Superb Vintage Signed Photograph

      Rare vintage glossy Photograph Signed ìTo John / Montgomery Clift.î Black & white, 8î x 10î. Light surface creases not on image, minor wear at white border edges. Fine condition. Paramount Film Service stamped on verso. Montgomery Clift appeared in only two Paramount motion pictures, ìThe Heiressî (1949) with Olivia de Havilland and ìA Place in the Sunî (1951) with Elizabeth Taylor for which the 31-year-old actor was nominated for the 1951 Academy Award for Best Actor.

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        (Husum 1890 - 1975). Graupenmühle in Husum. Öl auf Leinwand. Um 1960. Unten rechts signiert. 24 x 42 cm. Schön gerahmt.

      Blick auf die Mühle samt einigen Gebäuden unter hohem rosa-bläulichem Himmel.- 1 kleiner, restaurierter Einriß.-

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      NY: Harcourt Brace, (1950) - Only Very Good First Edition in like (price-clipped) dust jacket of the famed author's first book, published under John (rather than Jack) Kerouac. Priced accordingly. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Mystery Pier Books, Inc.,ABAA, ILAB, ABA]
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