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        Le Diable et Le Bon Dieu. Manuscript

      n.d. [c. 1950-51], n.p. [Paris]. SARTRE, Jean-Paul. Autograph Manuscript. N.d. [c. 1950-51], n.p. [Paris]. 1 page - small 4to. On his typical graph paper. One page from his famous play, Le Diable et Le Bon Dieu published in 1952 & staged in Paris in 1951. A fragment of the second act, Scene IV with part of the dialogue between Hilda & Goetz. A few corrections & certain variants from the published printed version. Rare.. Signed by Author. First Edition.

      [Bookseller: TBCL The Book Collector's Library]
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        Tapis tunisiens (4 volumes)

      Paris: Horizons de France. Very Good-; 8 x 11.5 (29 cm) three-tied cardboard Portfilios with . impression of title page on top board in Very Good condition. Minor . spotting. Splitting to hinges.. 1950-1957. Portfolio. Illustrated by 15 color plates 405 black and white; I. "Kairouan" et imitations. Nouvelle éd. revue et complétée, 1955 (original ed. 1937). 68, [3] p., A-C, CXXV collotypes (4 of them hand colored), 27 in-text figures - II. Tapis bédouins à haute laine. 1950. [3]-26, [1] p., LXX collotypes (4 of them hand colored), 7 in-text figures - III. Tissus décorés de Gafsa et imitations. 1953. 68, [3] p., LXVIII collotypes (3 of them hand-colored), 24 in-text figures - IV. Tissus ras décorés de Kairouan, du Sahel et du Sud tunisien. 1957. [3]-91, [2] p., CXXVIII, CXXVIII bis, CXXIX-CXLIX, CXLIX bis, CL-CLIV collotypes (4 of them hand colored), 50 in-text figures. At head of title, I-III: Protectorat français, Gouvernement tunisien, Direction de l'instruction publique et des beaux-arts. IV: Royaume de Tunis, Gouvernement tunisien, Ministère de l'économie nationale. All parts in cardboard portfolios with impression of title page on top board. [GWO 1912-1915, CSROT t2519, CRES 1198].; 12; [1098] pp. .

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        PEBBLE IN THE SKY

      Garden City: Doubleday & Company, Inc.,. 1950. unbound signatures.. Some dust soiling to front and rear, a nearly fine copy. Rare.. (#135606). First edition. Gathered and folded signatures, with Doubleday & Company printed slip stapled to first leaf calling these F&Gs an "uncorrected proof," probably prepared as a review copy. The author's first science- fiction novel. Anatomy of Wonder (1995) 3-15.

      [Bookseller: L. W. Currey, Inc.]
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        Pebble in the Sky

      Garden City: Doubleday & Co., 1950. First edition of the author's first book. Inscribed on the title page to noted astronomer Fred Whipple and his wife: "Usually astronomer / and psychologist/ respectively/ but currenty: PARENTS/ Isaac / Asimov." The inscription is dated 25 February 1950, which is a little over a month after the book's publication date of 19 January. Asimov's first novel is a tale of time slip, where a man walking down a street in Chicago raises one foot in the twentieth century and lowers it in Galactic Era 827." An auspicious debut for one of the grand masters of science fiction. Slight outward crease to spine, else a near fine copy in a chipped and worn dust wrapper.

      [Bookseller: Bromer Booksellers]
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        Pebble in the Sky (Signed First Edition)

      Garden City: Doubleday, 1950. First Edition. First Edition. SIGNED by the author on the title page. Very Good plus in a Very Good dust jacket. A slight bump to the crown, with light foxing to the top page edges. Jacket is lightly chipped and rubbed, with a few small splashes and a two inch closed tear to the rear panel at the spine. The first of Asimov's many novels, scarce signed.

      [Bookseller: Royal Books, Inc.]
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        The Second World War. Includes: The Gathering Storm, Their Finest Hour, The Grand Alliance, Triumph and Tragedy, Closing the Ring, The Hinge of Fate

      London: The Reprint Society, 1950-56., 1950. All First Editions thus. 6 volumes; 8vo. Publisher's ivory cloth with burgundy title label and titles to spines, Churchill's signature stamped in burgundy to uppers. Rubbed to extremities, some light general age toning and spotting, a little dampstaining to bottom of cover; very good indeed. AN ASSOCIATION COPY with a delighful correspondence, presented to Churchill's housekeeper at Chartwell, Miss Jean Kennedy. SIGNED and dated by WSC to flyleaf of vol. I, with ownership signature of Miss Kennedy. Accompanied by an archive of Churchill material collected by the housekeeper including two full scrap-books containing numerous news-clippings and photos, a few with annotations by Mrs.Kennedy. Also included is a printed Christmas card from Winston and Clementine Churchill, and an original list of daily chores for the housekeeper, Initialled GH (Grace Hamblin; personal assistant to WSC); A typed letter signed by Miss Hamblin is addressed to a Mrs.Mitchell, concerning WSC's loyal cat. A later personal letter from Richard Langworth, Churchill's bibliographer and next owner of the books (and concerning the set), is addressed to Miss Hamblin (4th Aug.1983), and Miss Hamblin's warm reply takes the form of a handwritten greetings card, also included. The material is completed by a commemorative copy of 'The Lady' magazine, various loose-clippings and photos, a colour-printed househol calendar for the year 1950, and a personal 'Winston Churchill' branded Habana cigar, which was apparently given by Churchill to his employee as a souvenir. A most unusual selection of Winston Churchill materal.

      [Bookseller: Adrian Harrington Rare Books]
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        Principia Mathematica; 3 Vols

      Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1950. Reprint. Hardcover. Near Fine. Three volumes. Reprints of the second edition. Cloth hardcovers in dust jackets, 674 + 742 + 491 pp., clean unmarked texts, all volumes about Near Fine in Very Good dust jackets, light discoloration to some pages of the texts and/or the page-edges, a bit of rubbing to the covers at the tips, dust jackets with some soil/discoloraiton, dust jackets with rubbing or wear at the tips and edges including chipping, creasing, and minor loss. All copies with dust jackets in archival dust jacket protectors. Uncommon set, especially in such nice shape.

      [Bookseller: Caliban Books ABAA-ILAB]
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        ACROSS THE RIVER AND INTO THE TREES

      New York: Scribners. 1950. First Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. Very Good in a Very Good dust jacket, tape marks to boards and paste downs, flaps pasted down at one time but now lifted. First issue dustwrapper with the spine lettering in yellow. Scribners A and seal. Not price clipped. .

      [Bookseller: Rare Book Cellar]
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        across the river and into the Trees

      New York: Charles Scribner sons's and Son, 1950. Copyright date 19/51 edition first printing as stated on the copyright page with the [A] black cloth over boards with gold lettering and design on the front and on the spine no tears or bent pages nor any writing to use very small white spots on the bottom edge near the groove front interior pages are beginning to tan from age front and back covers dust jacket no bent flaps minor where along the edges a chip out of the head of the spine now protected by a clear cover not price clipped clean text tight binding a very collectible book.. first Edition. Hardcover. Good/Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

      [Bookseller: Mclin Haven]
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        Across the River and Into the Trees

      New York: Charles Scribners, 1950. First edition, advance issue. Dark blue cloth with gilt stamping, one of 25 copies bound for presentation. Signed and inscribed by Hemingway three weeks prior to publication: "For Ben Meyer / from his friend / Ernest Hemingway. / Havana 21/8/50". With original letter and envelope, from Mary Hemingway to Ben Meyer, on Finca Vigia San Francisco de Paula Cuba stationery. Book is lightly bumped to lower corners, else an extremely bright and fine copy. Housed a custom folding leather and cloth case lettered and ruled in gilt. Ben Meyer was a journalist who traveled to Cuba to interview Hemingway about his latest novel, Across the River and Into the Trees. In the article, Meyer quotes Hemingway as being very pleased with his new work, and describes Hemingway’s house (Finca Vigia, Lookout Farm) and his daily activities. Published first in the Kansas City Star on 10 September, 1950, Meyer’s article celebrates the publication of Across the River, a book Hemingway himself stated "is about love and death, happiness and sorrow and the town of Venice. I really fired all the barrels on this one." Meyer stayed in contact with the Hemingways, as evidenced in the letter to him from Mary Hemingway, dated 1958, thanking him for photos he sent to her of her hometown, Bemidji, MN. Conversations with Ernest Hemingway, Bruccoli, 1986.. Inscribed by Author. First Edition. Hard Cover. Fine.

      [Bookseller: B & B Rare Books, Ltd., ABAA]
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        Autograph Quotation / Broadside / Publicity Photograph

      American poet and Lincoln biographer. A stunning trio of items archivally matted and framed together. First, the scarce broadside "Ever Normal Turmoil," 10½" X 15", printed at San Francisco's famed Peregrine Press in October 1950 in an edition of 200 copies. Very good. Sandburg composed this meditation upon war and peace on July 9, 1944. Alongside this is an appropriate autograph item: a small, unsigned Autograph Quotation in pencil, reading in full: "The first world war came and its / cost was laid on the people. / The second world war -- what will / be its cost and will it repay the / people for what they pay?" Very good. Mild age toning. Next to this is the third item, a scarce large publicity portrait of Sandburg by Robert Buchbinder. Near fine. A tremendous trio, simply and tastefully presented.

      [Bookseller: Main Street Fine Books & Manuscripts, AB]
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        The Holy Bible containing the Old and New Testaments: translated out of the original tongues, and with the former translations diligently compared and revised, by His Majesty's special command

      Pages: 1238 - [4], v-xix, [1], 1-1215, [1], 2 leaves Page Size: 12 by 16 inches Very Good/No Jacket - as issued. Limited Edition - one of 1000 copies. Bound in Leather with a gold stamped "IN APPRECIATION / BISHOP CHARLES CLAUDE SELECMAN / BY / MRS. WALTER WILLIAM FONDREN / FEBRUARY 1950" on the front cover. Gold stamped "THE / HOLY BIBLE" on upper spine and "OXFORD" on lower spine. A bump to one corner, two small cuts caused by the ribbions, closed tears on several pages at the bottom of the page. Please see images. Note that two images of the Title Page are presented. This is to give one an idea of how the lighting may affect the images. If you have any questions, please contact us. Records going back to 1967 show a minimum of 5 or 6 copies of the 2 volume set (limited to 200 copies) have been sold at auction but I have found only one record of a single volume set being offered (in 2002) and this was actually a 2 volume set put together into a single volume. This lack of the one volume set being available for purchase is probably because most of these single volume sets were in use and have been either been 'used up' or are still in use. In any case, it appears that obtaining a copy of the single volume, especially one in this condition, is much more difficult than obtaining a copy of the 2 volume set in the corresponding condition despite the disparity in the number of copies printed of each one. Charles Claude Selecman (1874-1958) was an American bishop in the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, elected in 1938. Prior to his election to the Episcopacy, he served as the third President (1923-38) of Southern Methodist University. Author of over 10 books including The Methodist Primer which was first published in 1944 and is still reccommended as an introduction to the Medthodist Faith today. From http://www.lib.utexas.edu/taro/ricewrc/00024/rice-00024.html "Born at Hazel, Kentucky, Ella Cochrum was in her mid teens when her father died, making it necessary for her to quit school to care for her sister and five brothers. She and Walter Fondren were married on Valentine's Day, 1904 in Corsicana, and soon thereafter moved to Houston, where a son and two daughters were born to them and where they lived for the remainder of their lives. ... The Fondren's interest in aiding worthy institutions led to the establishment of the Fondren Foundation in 1948 to manage the resources of an estate valued at over thirty-three million dollars at the time of Mr. Fondren's death. Prominent among the recipients of this generosity have been St. Paul's Methodist Church, Methodist Hospital, Methodist Homes for Older People and the YMCA, all in Houston and Southern Methodist University in Dallas." From the booklet An Account of the making of the Oxford Lectern Bible by Bruce Rogers, "...for the size of the leaf, I now learned for the first time, must not exceed the standard dimensions of the folio Bibles used on the brass lecterns of most English churches-and this size was 12 x 16 inches. ...So I proposed to Mr. Milford that he have fifty copies printed for me on larger paper, preferably a hand-made, to which he readily agreed; and eventually two hundred copies were printed on Batchelor's paper in this form, in addition to the printing of 1000 copies on the smaller paper made at the Wolvercote Mill." According to the insert which comes with the booklet, in talking about the additional 200 copies, "The type page is 9 by 13 inches, printed on a leaf 13 by 18 1/4 inches. A volume of this size being inconvient to handle except on a lectern, 200 copies intended for general distribution were divided into two volumes, duplicate title pages and suitable half-titles being supplied. ..." 

      [Bookseller: White Unicorn Books]
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        Principia Mathematica

      Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 1950, 2nd edition Reprinted. () xlvi,674; xxxi,742; viii,491 pp.. Near fine. Tall octavo. Original gilt decorated blue cloth. A very attractive set which has seen very little use. Interesting Trinity College prize bookplate on the front paste down of each volume. A foundation of mathematics by Russell and Whitehead written in 1910, and derived from Giuseppe Peano's lecture on his new system of symbolic logic first presented at a Paris lecture in 1900. The second edition was published in 1925, and reprinted in 1935 and 1950; this is therefore the second reprint of the 1925 edition, and the fourth printing overall..

      [Bookseller: Aquila Books]
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        Agamemnon

      Oxford: at the Clarendon Press,, 1950. Edited with a Commentary by Eduard Fraenkel. 3 volumes, octavo. Original black cloth, titles to spine gilt. With the dust jackets. Lightly rubbed at extremities, cloth faintly mottled, spotting to edges of text blocks and endpapers. An excellent set in the jackets that are just a little rubbed at creased along the edges with tanned spine panels. First edition, first impression. With the ownership inscriptions of Alan Treloar (1919–2011), one of Australia's most distinguished linguists and classical scholars.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        OUT OF MY LATER YEARS. Signed

      New York: The Philosophical Library, 1950 Einstein, Albert [1879-1955]. OUT OF MY LATER YEARS. Signed. New York: New York. Philosophical Library [1950]. Very Good plus in a Near Fine Dustwrapper. First Edition. 8vo., pp 282. Publisher's Blue cloth with gilt signature stamped on front cover; gilt lettering on spine on a darker blue background. Beige/gray dustwrapper with red borders & red & black lettering. Frontispiece photo of Einstein [Photo by Lotte Jacobi]. Publisher's blue cloth printed black at the spine. Contents very bright. Neatly signed in medium blue fountain pen by Einstein at the top of the title page. This is the early reprint edition lacking only the hallmark & number 1 on the copyright page. Collects 60 essays, some of which are published for the first time & on a wide variety of topics: science, of course, but also many societal issues such as education, religion, race relations, war & peace, & the Jewish people. Custom red slipcase. $5500. Signed by Author. 1st Edition.

      [Bookseller: TBCL The Book Collector's Library]
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        The Art of Angling Wherein Are discovered many rare Secrets, very necessary to be knowne by all that delight in that Recreation. A UNIQUE CALLIGRAPHIC COPY

      Only Edition Thus. Quarter-Leather. Very Good. Hardback, 160mm x 200mm tall (6.25" x 8" approx.) unpaginated vi, 50, the whole executed in a fine calligraphic hand, with the text capitals in red ink. Undated and unattributed, as is the binding of quarter blue leather/marbled boards/gilt spine title, but circa 1950's? Light shelf rubs to board edges, otherwise very good. A suitable gift for a retiring executive with a piscatory bent? Unique. Photographs on request

      [Bookseller: Christopher Baron]
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        David Smith: April 18 - May 13, 1950

      New York: Willard Gallery, 1950. Staplebound Wraps. Very Good. Stapled wraps. About 3" x 5" pamphlet. Eight pages. Small two page essay by Motherwell. Black & white photographs. This copy signed/inscribed by David Smith on the inside of the front cover. Light wear to covers with the interior leaf detached from one of the two binding staples. Rare, signed by David Smith. From Bolton Landing, New York period.

      [Bookseller: Iron Engine]
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        [Archive Collection of 119 Original Photo Negatives of Authors and Screenwriters from the 1950's]

      First Edition. Fine. The negatives are accompanied by a proof sheet of all but two of the images; two 8" x 10" copies of one of the Huxley photos and five 8" x 10" copies of one of the Patchen photo, each with Knight's stamp on rear and later date. Generally fine condition. The more than three dozen authors represented (almost all in multiple images) include: Aldous Huxley, Henry Miller, Ray Bradbury, Kenneth Patchen, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and Louis L'Amour. Perhaps most notable among the images is Phillip K. Dick, whose photo was used on the first edition jacket of his sci-fi classic, THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE; it is accompanied by an unused image from the same shoot. Knight was a writer, editor, and photographer who became involved in the Beat and counterculture scene as a young man. He eventually published, along with his wife Kit, many books about the Beat poets and the times. He became interested in photography as a teenager and had admirable success – as these negatives can attest. His personal relationships with many of the subjects opened the doors to other writers and resulted in his photos appearing on more than 200 dustjackets and magazines, many of which are included in this collection. A document with personal anecdotes and remembrances from Knight as to the circumstances surrounding the photos is included. For example, Knight remembers shooting Philip K. Dick in his shabby apartment and how quiet and particularly unassuming he was: "It was almost as if he weren't there (or I wasn't) when I shot this." He also recalls how writer Kenneth Rexroth asked for his girlfriend's phone number right after he (Knight) broke up with her, and how he waited to photograph Huxley while he ate dinner ("almost tearing at a steak"). Henry Miller later told Knight the photo gave Huxley a "character he never had." A series of images demonstrating Knight love both of the medium and his subjects, as well as an uncommonly intimate look at many of the authors represented. A complete inventory of images and authors is available. Purchase transfers and carries full usage rights.

      [Bookseller: Brian Cassidy, Bookseller ]
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        The Chronicles of Narnia, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, 1950; Prince Caspian, 1951; The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, 1952; The Silver Chair, 1953; The Horse and His Boy, 1954; The Magician's Nephew, 1955; The Last Battle, 1956

      Geoffrey Bles and The Bodley Head, 1950 - 1956. all FIRST EDITIONS, first impressions, with illustrations in colour and black & white by Pauline Baynes, 7 volumes Complete, sm.8vo. handsomely and recently bound in half crimson red morocco gilt, gilt lines either side of raised bands, spines lettered in gilt, date in gilt at foot of spines, matching cloth sides with gilt lines, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers, the original double-page coloured map endpapers preserved and bound in at the ends where called for, the whole set presented in a matching soft lined cloth slip-case with ribbon, photos sent upon request.A beautiful leather bound set, some leaves professionally cleaned, a few leaves with blank corner creased, edges of the map endpaper preserved in 'The Silver Chair' with brown marks otherwise a fine clean set of these childrens books, no inscriptions.

      [Bookseller: Robert Kirkman Ltd ABA ILAB PBFA]
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        Cinderella (Three-sheet film poster)

      Walt Disney Pictures, 1950. Original American three-sheet illustrated poster for the classic 1950 animated film musical, "Cinderella." Disney immortalized Charles Perrault's fairy tale, "Cendrillon," about the only child of a widowed aristocrat, who inherits two evil sisters when her father remarries. The father dies, the sisters and stepmother take over, and our story begins. A stunning work of screen animation that came at the peak of Disney's greatest era, with Academy Award-nominated songs by Mack David, Jerry Livingston, and Al Hoffman. Fine condition. Rolled, on linen, 41 x 81 inches.

      [Bookseller: Royal Books, Inc.]
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        Helena

      London Chapman and Hall 1950. SIGNED and INSCRIBED FIRST EDITION THUS of The Large paper edition of this work.There were only 50 copies published of this edition.Inscribed by Waugh to the front free endpaper thus.'Dear Robert.You can't say this isn't a finer looking book than yours.Evelyn'.Bound in white buckram with the remnants of the tissue wrapper,this is a unique copy in VG+ condition except for a little foxing to the endpapers.

      [Bookseller: Barnoble-books]
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        Typed Letter, signed, to Rebecca Wadsworth in Stamford, Connecticut, regarding her acquaintance with his father, Frank Nixon

      Washington D.C 2 february 1950 Washington, D.C, 2 february, 1950. 4to. One page on letterhead of House of Representatives. Very good. In black cloth chemise . In answer to her inquiry, the young Congressman from California writes"This is just a note to tell you that I am the son of Frank Nixon of California and that i can recall his speaking of you on several occasions. Three years ago, when I came to Washington, my farmer [sic] and mother purchased a farm in Pennsylvania and have lived there until this Winter. He had the misfortune, however, of breaking his arm just a fw weeks ago and has now gone to Florida for th balance of the year -" Nixon had leaped to national prominence through his role in the Un-American Activities Committee in winning a perjury conviction against Alger Hiss

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        The Foundation of Arithmetic. A logico-mathematical enquiry into the concept of number. English Translation by J.L Austin. (Die Grundlagen der Arithmetik. Eine logisch mathematische Untersuchung über den Begriff der Zahl).

      Oxford, Basil Blackwell, 1950. 8vo. Orig. full green cloth w. gilt lettering to spine, orig. blue dust-jacket w. some soiling. Very minor nick to upper capital at back hinge, otherwise intact w. no loss and not price-clipped. Cloth-bdg. w. minor wear to capitals. Internally very nice and clean. Pp. xii + xiie, pp. XI + XIe, (2), 119 + 119e pp.. First U.K. edition, being the first English language, edition of this philosophical classic, Frege's later so influential first book, which is considered the best introduction to his thought. The work was originally published in German in 1894 (the text of which is also printed here), but the English translation has probably been more influential. Friedrich Ludwig Gottlob Frege (1848 - 1925) was a German mathematician, but his main contributions lie in his becoming a logician and a philosopher, who influenced the fields of logic and analytic philosophy immensely. Together with Wittgenstein, Russel and Moore, Frege is considered the founder of analytic philosophy, and a main founder of modern mathematical logic. In the preface of the "Principia Mathematica" Russell and Whitehead state that "In all questions of logical analysis our chief debt is to Frege" (p. VIII). His influence on 20th century philosophy has been deeply profound, especially in the English speaking countries from the middle of the 20th century and onwards; in this period most of his works were translated into English for the first time.The philosophical papers of Frege were published in Germany in scholarly journals, which were barely read outside of German speaking countries. The first collections of his writings did not appear until after the Second World War, and Frege was little known as a philosopher during his lifetime. He greatly influenced the likes of Russel, wittgenstein and Carnap, though, and bears a great responsibility for the turn modern philosophical thought has taken. Due to his contributions to the philosophy of language, analytic philosophy could be founded as it were. Instead of answering the question about meaning, Frege here sets out to explore the foundations of arithmetic, beginning with questions such as "What is a number?" In his solutions the answer to the question of meaning could also be found, though, and he permitted himself "the hope that even the philosophers, if they examine what I have written without prejudice, will find in it something of use to them." (p. XIi - Introduction).The book has belonged to James K. Feibleman, the author of "A Myth is a Religion in which no one any longer believes" in "Understanding Philosophy", 1973, and bears a dedication from him "For Florence".German-English parallel-text

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        The Rose Tattoo

      New Directions (New York): New Directions. (1950). First. First edition. Tiny stains on the boards else near fine in very good dustwrapper with some tape shadows on the rear panel from an old repair. Signed by the author. A hit play and basis for the 1955 Daniel Mann film featuring Anna Magnani in an Oscar-winning role, as a widow wooed by truck driver Burt Lancaster. .

      [Bookseller: Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. ABA]
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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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        The Waters Reglitterized

      John Kidis [No place]: John Kidis. 1950. First. First edition. Stapled wrappers. Split at the bottom of the spine, a very good copy in wrappers with modest edgewear. One of 1000 numbered copies. This is copy #39. The first printed edition of a small manuscript book that Miller had originally prepared for his friend Emil Schnellock in 1939. This copy Inscribed by Miller to June Mansfield, his second wife, and the inspiration for much of his best fiction: "For June -- a souvenir of Paris & Schnellockian days. Henry. 3/51." .

      [Bookseller: Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. ABA]
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        A Little Stone

      John Lehman London: John Lehman. (1950). First. First edition, first issue binding. A little bit of the usual age-toning to the pages, still easily fine in fine dustwrapper with a tiny tear on the front panel. A beautiful copy of this collection of stories. .

      [Bookseller: Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. ABA]
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        LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE

      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., except for a bit of the inevitable fading that always occurs with this title, this is Fine in near Fine dust wrapper (dw with a touch of fading on rear panel and ever so slightly rubbed). Stated FIRST PRINTING of the first title in the Narnia chronicles, now a modern classic. Printed the same year as the British first. Illustrated in black and white by PAULINE BAYNES. This is an amazingly nice copy, rare in this condition.

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        APPENDIX FOR THE SECOND EDITION [of The Meaning of Relativity] + APPENDIX II. GENERALIZED THEORY OF GRAVITATION.

      [1950]. 8vo. Original proof-copy (of the latest stage, presumably final proof, in the same format as the printed version and with no corrections), printed on rectos and versos. Stapled twice in left margin. A few marginal creases. A (proof-) number to upper left corner in red ink (297). Pp. 109-148 + tipped-in errata slip at p. 147.. Very rare original proof-copy of the two highly important appendices for Einstein's "The Meaning of Relativity", third edition, 1950, the second appendix being one of the most important pieces Einstein ever wrote, namely the appendix "in which he described his most recent work on unification" (Pais), and the work which was hailed by The New York Times under the heading "New Einstein theory gives a master key to the universe". The first appendix, which appeared for the second edition of the work, remained unchanged throughout the history of "the Meaning of Relativity" and was written because "Since the first edition of this little book some advances have been made in the theory of relativity. [...] The first step forward is the conclusive demonstration of the existence of the red shift of the spectral lines by the (negative) gravitational potential of the place of origin" [...] A second step forward, which will be mentioned briefly, concerns the law of motion of a gravitating body." [...] A third step forward, concerning the so-called "cosmologic problem," wiil be considered here in detail..." (pp. 109-10). The present 40 pages constitute the final proof-copy of the entire appendices I and II to the Generalized Theory of Gravitation, exactly as they appeared in the third edition (Princeton in 1950). Einstein's "The Meaning of Relativity" was originally published in 1922, on the basis of his "Vier Vorlesungen ueber Relativitetstheorie" given at Princeton in 1921. A second edition, with an appendix (appendix I) appeared in 1945 (several issues and editions of this appeared also), and in 1949 the third edition, with the seminal Appendix II printed for the first time, appears (also appeared in 1950, in Princeton). In 1950 a revised edition of the third edition appears, having Appendix II slightly revised, and in 1953 the heavily revised fourth edition appears. THIS IS THE PROOF-COPY OF APPENDICES I AND II FOR THE "THIRD EDITION, INCLUDING THE GENERALIZED THEORY OF GRAVITATION" (PRINCETON, 1950). The main focus of the work throughout all these editions of the work since 1949 is Appendix II, which deals with Einstein's main interest, the generalization of the Gravitation Theory, which was to unite the general theory of relativity with electromagnetism, recovering an approximation for quantum theory, and presenting us with a theory to explain the universe as a unified entity, the ultimate goal for the greatest physicist that ever lived. "This was Einstein's ultimate response to the mechanical-electromagnetic crisis in physical theory he had first talked about in the opening of his 1905 light quantum-paper." (Nandor, in D.S.B., p. 330). It was indeed Einstein's aim to provide an explanation of the universe through his unified field theory, although he was well aware that his sort of field theory might not exist. However, even the establishing of the non-existence of it could bring us closer to an explanation than we had ever been before. There is no topic of greater importance to Einstein than his theory of unification. "In 1949 Einstein wrote a new appendix for the third edition of his "The Meaning of Relativity" in which he described his most recent work on unification. It was none of his doing that a page of his manuscript appeared on the front page of "The New York Times" under the heading "New Einstein theory gives a master key to the universe". He refused to see reporters and asked Helen Dukas to relay this message to them: "Come back and see me in twenty years"." (Pais, p. 350)

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        Atomic Theory of Liquid Helium Near Absolute ZeroLancaster: American Physical Society, 1953-54. First edition.

      Offprint of one of his major papers. Feynman offprints are very rarely seen on the market. This one derives from the estate of an officer of the Press Office of the Physics Department at Caltech. OCLC lists no copies of this separate printing.<br/><br/> During the early 1950's Feynman became "especially interested in liquid helium. At ordinary temperatures and pressures, helium exists as a gas; but at extremely low temperatures (a few degrees above absolute zero), helium becomes a liquid-indeed, a liquid with strange properties. Liquid helium displays superfluidity, that is, it flows with no viscosity or friction at all (unlike ordinary liquids). The phenomenon had been discovered experimentally during the 1930s, and the great Russian theorist Lev Landau had provided a successful phenomenological description during the 1940s." (DSB). <br/><br/> Successful as Landau's theory was, it lacked an atomistic foundation. Then, in the spring of 1953, "Richard Feynman entered the scene. He set himself the task of providing a theoretical understanding of the problem of liquid helium on an atomic basis, which could only be done if one approached the problem from first principles. (Mehra & Rechenberg). "Feynman brought his newest tools to bear on the problem-path integrals and Feynman diagrams-to explain superfluidity on a rigorously quantum-mechanical basis. In addition to the particle-like quantum excitations that had been studied, Feynman realized that a new quantum effect also played a role: the formation of quantum vortices. Once again his intuitive, pictorial approach proved successful." (DSB). <br/><br/> "While he greatly admired Landau's contributions to and successes in the field, Feynman pointed out several weaknesses in Landau's theory. Notably, Landau's quantum hydrodynamical approach treated Helium II as a continuous medium, which right from the beginning sacrificed the atomic structure of the liquid and thus forestalled the possibility of calculating the various characteristics of the system, such as the various parameters, on an atomic basis. In his first paper on the 'Atomic theory of the lambda-transition in helium', he showed 'from first principles that, in spite of the large interatomic forces, liquid He4 should exhibit a transition analogous to the transition in an ideal gas' (p. 1291). By writing 'the exact partition function as an integral over trajectories, using the space-time approach to quantum mechanics', Feynman could indeed derive a Landau-type energy spectrum [in the present paper] and further demonstrate phonon-like excitations evolve into roton-like ones at large momenta [in 'Atomic theory of the two fluid model of liquid helium']" (Mehra & Rechenberg, The Historical Development of Quantum Theory, Vol. 6, Part 2, p. 1160). <br/><br/> Offered with: "Atomic theory of the lambda-transition in helium", pp. 1291-1301 in Physical Review, Vol. 91, No. 2, and "Atomic theory of the two fluid model of liquid helium", pp. 262-277 in Physical Review, Vol. 94, No. 2 (two complete journal issues in original printed wrappers).. Offprint from Physical Review, Vol. 91, No. 2, pp. 1301-1308. Self-wrappers, stapled as issued (punch holes in inner margin filled, not affecting text)

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        Musterbuch Japan. 20.Jahrhundert. [Nachschlagewerk nach dem Hiroha-Alphabet geordnet, mit japanischen Familienwappen und Mustern.]

      213 S. Blockbuchbindung. Titelschildchen. 18,5 x 26 cm. U.a. Genjimon in Sumizurie-Optik

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        Mémoires de chimie.[Paris: de l'imprimerie de Du Pont, 1792/1805].

      First edition of this very rare work; copy of the Lavoisier scholar and antiquarian Lucien Scheler, with prints of the two copper plates meant to illustrate the work but never issued, which Scheler and Duveen discovered and described together in the 1950's (see below), finely bound by Lobstein with a three page manuscript letter by Scheler about the work, together with the original wrappers. We know of just one other copy accompanied by these two plates (Haskell F. Norman). <br/><br/> "As early as 1792 Lavoisier had decided to prepare a complete edition of his memoirs which was to fill eight volumes and also contain some account of the work of those who had given support to his <i>antiphlogistic</i> theory. This project was interrupted and stopped by his imprisonment and eventual execution [in 1794]. It was an undertaking that was evidently dear to him, and which he attempted to continue while in prison, but all that he finally left behind him was the greater part of volume on, the whole of volume two, and a small part of volume four." (Duveen & Klickstein)<br/><br/> "The unpublished sheets remained with Mme. Lavoisier, who published the <i>Mémoires</i> in 1805 with a brief introduction of her own. These volumes have only half titles to designate them, with no indication of publisher, place, or date. Never offered for sale, the <i>Mémoires</i> were presented by Mme. Lavoisier to Lavoisier's former friends and a selected number of institutions. Consequently, the book is of great rarity." (Neville).<br/><br/> "The collection contains thirty-nine memoirs, twenty-nine by Lavoisier, of which twelve appear here for the first time; the remaining memoirs are by Séguin, Meusnier, Brisson, Vauquelin, Macquart and Fourcroy. The fifth memoir in Vol. II conatins Lavoisier's claim to the discovery of the theory of oxidation" (Norman). The contents of this importnat and final work by Lavoisier are discussed in detail by Duveen and Klickstein.<br/><br/> Norman 1297; Duveen & Klickstein 186-200; Neville p.17; Partington III:372; Thornton & Tully 168. <br/><br/> Provenance: This copy belonged to the Lavoisier scholar and famous antiquarian Lucien Scheler (1902-1999), and is accompanied by a three page letter by him about the work and the two plates bound in with this copy. There are references to illustrations in the <i>Mémoires</i> but no plates were accompanied with the work when Mme. Lavoisier distributed copies. In 1950 two copper plates were discovered in the addict of Mme P. de Chazelles. Scheler had prints taken of these plates and together with Denis Duveen he published an article describing these hitherto unknown illustrations for the <i>Mémoires</i> [Duveen & Scheler: Des illustrations inédites pour les Mémoires de Chimie, ouvrage posthume de Lavoisier. In: Revue d'histoire des sciences et de leurs applications. 1959, Tome 12 n°4. pp. 345-353]. The original copper plates are now, together with 108 prints, at the Lavoisier Archive in Cornell University. It was probably the intention of Duveen and Scheler that these prints were to be distributed out to institutions and other owners of the <i>Mémoires</i> but it seems that only very few received these prints. Haskell F. Norman acquired his copy of the <i>Mémoires</i> from Emil Offenbacher but often dealt with Scheler and thus probably received a set of the prints from him. We have been unable to find copies, besides the Norman copy and the present, having the plates.. 8vo (208 x 128 mm), three volumes bound in two fine half calf bindings with vellum corners by Alain Lobstein, preserving all the original wrappers and spine strips, pp [4] [1] 2-416; [4] [1] 2-413 [1]; [1] 2-64, and two folding engraved plates bound in at the end of the second volume, Scheler letter bound in at the beginning of first volume. A very fine and clean copy. A copy of the Duveen & Scheler article describing and depicting the plates accompanies the set

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        Pasiphaë. A Poem by...

      (London: Golden Cockerel Press 1950).. Limited edition, no. 81 of 100 specially bound copies with an extra engraving, from a total edition of 500, 8vo, 40 pp. 7 copper engravings by John Buckland-Wright. Original purple vellum by Sangorski and Sutcliffe, gilt spine title and vignette to upper cover, some light rubbing, spine sunned, t.e.g. "Correctly printed for the first time" from the manuscript. Cock-a-Hoop 185.

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