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        KAMI WO TSUKURU HITOTACHI

      1950 - [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. [Attributes: Soft Cover]

      [Bookseller: Boston Book Company, ABAA]
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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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        [Campbell, Eleanor] Dick and Jane, etc, Large Collection of Big Book Teacher Aides

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

      [Bookseller: Nudelman Rare Books]
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        A SMALL FILE OF CORRESPONDENCE WITH FILM PRODUCER SYDNEY BOX.

      London & Ayot St. Lawrence. 27 May 1948 through 25 January 1950. - Five items, as detailed below. Two autograph lettercards from Shaw, one t.l.s. from Box, with Shaw's manuscript response, and two retained carbons of Box's letters to Shaw. Very good. British film producer Sidney Box here endeavors, without luck, to get Shaw to grant him cooperation and/or rights to films based on or derived from his works. In his letter of 27 May 1948, Box inquires of Shaw's interest in joining with Maugham and Noel Coward in a series of films "starring writers instead of actors .," in the form of a selection of scenes/vignettes from the works, accompanied by the writer speaking in context. Shaw's response, if any, is not present. On 20 July 1949, Box writes again, this time seeking permission to film THE DEVIL'S DISCIPLE and offering 10% of the gross and promises of textual and artistic integrity. Shaw responds on 21 July 1949: "Many thanks for your proposal and its quite satisfactory terms; but the filming of the Devil's Disciple is engaged to Gabriel Pascal. He is at present in the U.S.A. in bed after an operation; so I shall bear you in mind in case ---- ???? G. Bernard Shaw." On 25 July Box responds: "I cannot wait for Gabriel Pascal to die; he is extremely tough and, if he takes care of himself one half as well as you do, will live to be 105." He then asks: "How about 'The Doctor's Dilemma' on similar terms to those set out in my letter of July 20th?" Shaw responds in a blank portion of Box's letter: "NO. Gabriel has the whole boodle as long as he is alive and efficient. But he may be dead: the operation was a serious one. GBS 26/7/49." In response, evidently, to a further entreaty from Box - not present - Shaw writes him on one of his printed lettercards, c/o Pinewood Studios: "25/1/1950 NO. Drop it. [indecipherable[] is not my subject. GBS." In fact, Gabriel Pascal lived until 1954, and produced films of four Shaw properties, although only one, ANDROCLES AND THE LION, appeared after Shaw's exchange with Box, in 1952. Guy Hamilton's version of THE DEVIL'S DISCIPLE was released in 1959, by which point Box was involved in television rather than film.

      [Bookseller: William Reese Company - Literature, ABAA]
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        Eagle in a Landscape.

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

      [Bookseller: Wittenborn Art Books]
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        AFFICHE : CONGO

      - Date : 1950 Dimensions : 60x100cm Imp : Ets O.DE NYCKER BRUSSELS Condition : entoilée A Affiche originale entoilée en parfait état.

      [Bookseller: Philippe Beguin Affiches et livres ancie]
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        Pin-up. 3 Original-Zeichnungen.

      Um 1950. - Format 30 x 22 cm. Bleistift und Tusche auf Karton. Ränder gering fingerfleckig. Eine Tafel mit ca. 3 cm Fleck ausserhalb des Motivs. [Attributes: Soft Cover]

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat Ars Amandi]
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        The Wild Orchids of Britain

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

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

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

      [Bookseller: The Manhattan Rare Book Company]
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        THE MARTIAN CHRONICLES

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

      [Bookseller: Charles Agvent]
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        The Martian Chronicles

      Garden City: Doubleday & Company, 1950. First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Some toning to the spine, else near fine in a very good dust jacket with some light wear to the spine extremities, light rubbing and a few short closed tears to the extremities. A bright copy of author's best-known work, a cornerstone of 20th-century science fiction. The Martian Chronicles was the book that established Bradbury's reputation… He put far more emphasis on style and mood than he did on technical detail or scientific plausibility… His reward was a stunning popular and critical success" (Science Fiction 100 Best).

      [Bookseller: Raptis Rare Books, ABAA/ ILAB]
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        ACROSS THE RIVER AND INTO THE TREES

      London: Jonathan Cape. 1950. First Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. Very Good in a Very Good dust jacket. English issue precedes by 4 days the American. Artwork by Hans Tisdall; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 254 pages .

      [Bookseller: Rare Book Cellar]
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        Typed letter signed.

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

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

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

      [Bookseller: Wittenborn Art Books]
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        Stephen Crane

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

      [Bookseller: Sanctuary Books ]
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