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        Aeschylus Agamemnon. 3 Volumes. Edited with a commentary by Eduard Fraenkel. Vol. 1., Prolegomena, Text, translation. Vol. 2., Commentary on 1-1055. Vol. 3., Commentary on 1056-1673, Appendixes, Indexes. Orig.-Ausgabe.

      XVI, 195 S., 2 Taf. mit Abb.; VIII, 850 S. Gr.-8°, fadengeheft. Olwd. OU gute Exemplare, Bleistiftanstreichungen u. -notizen

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        [Manuscript]: One Lonely Night

      Original manuscript of the fourth Mike Hammer novel. 253 typed paginated printed rectos only, with 246 pages of text (paged 1-240), with six additional pages inserted, plus seven pages of preliminary matter. Spillane's deletions are substantial, his changes and corrections are numerous, on nearly every page, and are virtually all in his hand (there are a few copy editor's or typesetter's corrections as well). Signed twice by the author and dated 27 September 1950 (the novel was published in 1951). Near fine, the top sheet, as usual, exhibiting the most wear. Hammer finds a ring of Commies and kills them by the score (literally, at one point dispatching 40 by machine gun!). Housed in a full morocco clamshell case. .

      [Bookseller: Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. ABA]
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        (Photo Album: Leyton Public Library)

      Leyton, England. (1950). Original photo album with materials tipped-in, compiled as a gift to a patron or librarian. Oblong quarto, 21 tipped-in black and white photographs, also tipped-in typescript, newspaper article and booklet, black cloth, with hand-calligraphed title page: "To Miss Doris M. Savage / With / The Best Wishes / of / The Staff / of / The Leyton Public Libraries / Wednesday, April 12th, 1950 / To Remember a Happy Partnership / May 1949 - April 1950." Covers rubbed at extremities, else near fine. The photos are mostly of the Leyton Library and its patrons and staff. Many depict the activities sponsored by the library: readings, discussion groups, story hour for children. The typescript and over half of the photos were used for a published booklet, which is also included (The Borough of Leyton Public Libraries: A Family Affair, Leyton Public Libraries, 1950). The newspaper clipping concerns a Leyton librarian, Edward Sydney, who received an important post at the United Nations. .

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        All About Eve (Program, ticket, and premier pamphlet for the Hollywood premiere)

      Twentieth Century Fox Los Angeles: Twentieth Century-Fox, 1950. Program, premier pamphlet, and ticket for the 1950 Hollywood premiere of "All About Eve" at Grauman's Chinese Theatre. Included is the program with stills, biographies of the cast, director, producer, and essays about the making of the film; the invitation pamphlet; and a complete, un-torn orchestra seat ticket. DIMENSIONS. Ticket and pamphlet are in Fine condition, program is Near Fine with light rubbing. A superb and rare grouping of items from the premier of a film that is today considered nearly perfect in its balance of storytelling, Hollywood cynicism, direction, writing, and acting perfection, and a high spot for director Mankiewicz and actress Bette Davis.

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        L'Age de Soleil. Avec une gravure de Pablo Picasso

      Paris: Aux d?pens de l'auteur, 1950. L'Age de Soleil. Avec une gravure de Pablo Picasso. GODET, Robert-J. Paris: Aux d?pens de l'auteur, 1950. One of 100 copies on v?lin du Marais with the etching"Picasso pour Roby", in black, and with the ORIGINAL POINTE-S?CHE ?La Torera?. Ref: Cramer n? 57.. 1st Edition. Soft cover. Fine.

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        Blonay: Virtute et Prudentia

      Aux depens du Baron Henry de Blonay. Geneva: Aux depens du Baron Henry de Blonay., 1950. Limited Edition. Hardcover. g. 1/150 copies. Folio. Contemporary vellum with black emblem to cover and gilt lettering to spine. Raised bands. Top edge gilt. Profusely illustrated endpapers. Illustrated title page with red and black lettering. Printed on vellum paper. Wonderful work of annals and genealogy of the aristocratic Blonay-family, after whom a municipality in the district of Vevey in the canton of Vaud in Switzerland is named. Magnificently illustrated with one color and seven full-page b/w plates (photographs, sketches and paintings) and one two-page fold-out genealogical map. Three of the plates are heliogravure. 1" tear to cover. Staining and minor scuffing and rubbing to boards and spine. In French. In good+ condition. Altogether, 200 copies of this work were produced, of which the first 50 were printed on papier verge and the last 150 on papier velin [this is one of them]

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        My Stocking

      Harper and Brothers [New York]: Harper and Brothers. (1950). First. First edition. Small size (approximately 4" x 3"). Canvas bound printed paper over thick card. Fine. A "Riffle" or flip book of Santa Claus filling up a Christmas stocking, but which has the unfortunate and presumably inadvertent effect of making it look like Santa is abusing himself. This might account for the scarcity of the book. OCLC locates only two copies, at the Detroit Public Library and National Library of Scotland. .

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        La Fontaine - vingt fables.

      36 x 27 cm, 85 (3) S., 20 mehfarb. Orig.-Lithographien, Lose Bögen in Umschlag in HPerg.-Mappe u. in Kart.-Schuber, Mappe un schuber angeschmutzt, innen tadellos Nr. 92 von 213 arab. num. Exemplaren. Vom Verleger und vom Künstler im Impressum signiert, auf Rives teinte aus einer Gesamtauflage von 275. Den Text druckte Kündig in Genf, die Lithographien wurden im Atelier Armand Kratz in Zürich unter Aufsicht von Emile Matthieu gedruckt.

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        Immagine di Fabrrica. Oel auf Leinwand.

      26 x 53 cm, 42 x 69 cm, Etwas eingedunkelt, sonst guter Zustand, gerahmt. Rechts unten signiert. Edmondo Bacci (1913-1978),Venice. He studied with Ettore Tito and Virgilio Guidi at the Accademia di Belle Arti of Venice from 1932 to 1937. His first solo exhibition was held at the Galleria del Cavallino in Venice in 1945. In 1948 he participated in the Venice Biennale for the first of many times. Bacci was included in the first Genoa Biennale in 1951 and in an exhibition of the Movimento Spaziale, the group founded by Lucio Fontana, held in Venice in 1953. He contributed regularly to Spazialismo exhibitions thereafter, among them Espacialismo at the Galeria Bonino in Buenos Aires in 1966. From the mid-1950s Bacci received support from Peggy Guggenheim. An important solo exhibition of Bacci's work took place at the Galleria del Cavallino in 1955. His first solo show in the United States occurred at the Seventy-Five Gallery in New York the following year. Solo exhibitions of his work were held also at the Galleria del Naviglio, Milan, the Galleria d'Arte Selecta, Rome, and the Galleria "La Cittadella" in Ascona, Switzerland, all in 1957. That same year he participated in Between Space and Earth at the Marlborough Gallery in London. Bacci was accorded a separate room at the Venice Biennale of 1958, and he received a Prize of the Municipality of Venice at the Terza biennale dell'incisione italiana contemporanea in Venice in 1959. He was given shows at the Drian Gallery in London in 1961 and at the Frank Perls Gallery in Beverly Hills the following year. In 1961 he also participated in Neue italienische Kunst at Galerie 59 in Aschaffenburg. He executed lithographs to accompany a poem by Guido Ballo, Il ciè-lo Kàinos, in 1972.

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      1950. (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.

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        Functional Operators. Volume I: Measures and Integrals. Volume II: The Geometry of Orthogonal Spaces

      Princeton University Press Princeton: Princeton University Press. 1950. First. First editions. Two volumes. Tall octavos. 261; 107pp. Original printed orange wrappers. Some sunning at the edges of the wrappers, and some faint spotting and dampstains at the spines, a very good, uniform set. Arthur S. Wightman's copies with his ownership Signature ("A.S. Wightman") on the front cover of each volume (one dated in 1951). Von Neumann was a pioneer of the application of operator theory to quantum mechanics, in the development of functional analysis, and a principal member of the Manhattan Project and the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. Wightman was one of the founders of the axiomatic approach to quantum field theory, and originated the set of Wightman axioms. His work, including such titles as PCT, Spin and Statistics and All That, frequently cites the work of von Neumann. Although we wouldn't claim to understand the writings of either mathematician, we know an excellent association when we see one. .

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        Die Schuldlosen: Roman in Elf Erzahlungen [The Guiltless]

      Rhein Verlag Zurich: Rhein-Verlag. 1950. First. First edition. Text in German, not published in English translation until 1974. Fine in fine dustwrapper with a touch of soiling. Advance Review Copy with slip laid in from the publisher, addressed to the New York Times. .

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        I, Robot (First Softcover Edition)

      Gnome Press New York: Gnome Press, 1950. First Edition. First Edition. Presumed "Armed Forces" edition, or the publisher's short-lived attempt to produce paperbacks, bound in wrappers identical to the jacket art of the hardcover edition. This edition proves more scarce than the hardcover, and provokes intrigue just the same. Asimov's classic work, a collection of short stories that had immediate and lasting impact on both science fiction and popular culture at large, and introducing his Three Laws of Robotics to a wide audience. Very Good plus in illustrated wrappers. A small chip to the front wrapper, a larger corner chip to the rear wrapper, silverfish damage to some preliminary pages, and light shelfwear and toning overall.

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        The Harvard Advocate

      Advocate House 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.

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        Two Complete Science-Adventure Books

      Wings Publishing, 1950. .......Pulp magazines, eleven (11) issues, a complete run of this title; most are vg+ or better; No. 1 has light cover staining, No. 10 is vg- due to piece missing from lower right corner of front cover and about 3" of spine loss, Stories = Pebble In The Sky, The Kingslayer, Star Kings, Seeker Of The Sphinx, Sword Of Xota, Citadel In Space, The Time Machine, Tritonian Ring,Outcasts Of Venus, The Humanoids, The Cructars Are Coming, Minions Of The Moon, Beyond This Horizon, The Magellanics, Sargasso Of Lost Cities, Survivor Of Mars, Wanton Of Argus, Mission To Marakee, Silent Victory, Ballroom Of The Skies, Tombot, World Held Captive....................... First Edition, First Printing. Paper. Very Good. Pulp Magazine.

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        Strangers on a Train (First UK Edition)

      Cresset London: Cresset, 1950. First UK Edition. Basis for the 1951 Hitchcock classic, and the author's first book. Jacket design by J. Yunge-Bateman. Very Good in a Very Good dust jacket. Slight spine lean, moderate toning and rubbing overall, a few faint dampstains to the boards, with indiscreet touchup to the rear board, and faint foxing to the page edges. Jacket spine and extremities moderately toned, a few tiny chips and closed tears, with two cello-tape repairs on the verso.

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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.

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      [1950]. 4to. Original proof-copy, printed on rectos only. Stapled in upper left corner, from both recto and verso. A few marginal creases. Pp. 133-146, (1).. Magnificent original proof-copy, with the most desirable association imaginable and with Einstein's original handwritten corrections and equations, of one of Einstein's most important pieces, the second appendix to his "The Meaning of Relativity", being the appendix "in which he described his most recent work on unification" (Pais), and the work which, more popularly, was hailed by The New York Times under the heading "New Einstein theory gives a master key to the universe". Given by Einstein to the great pioneer of quantum physics, Wolfgang Pauli, with handwritten instructions to Pauli to pass it on to Pais, Einstein's famous colleague and biographer, after having finished with it (one original line handwritten by Einstein to the top of the first page, stating: "Pauli, nach Einsichtnahme bitte Pais geben!") [i.e. "Pauli, after inspection, please give to Pais!"]).The present 15 leaves constitute the proof-copy to the entire "Appendix II, The Generalized Theory of Gravitation" - the appendix in which Einstein offers us his key to explaining the universe as a whole. This seminal appendix appeared for the first time in the third edition of "The Meaning of Relativity", in 1949 [Weil 124c], pp. 133-146. The present proof-copy has "Complete proof" to the first page and "goes on p. 145" on the final unnumbered page in red crayon. Except for the 5 line note on the final leaf, which in the printed version has been inserted into page 145 (as indicated in red crayon to the proof copy) and the moving of the last pages of text as a result thereof, the printed version follows exactly the present proof copy. This proof copy does, however, contain three/four corrections in Einstein's own hand that do not seem to have been directly incorporated into any of the printed editions, but which have presumably let him to revise the appendix again, for the revised third edition (1950 [Weil 124d]), and as such, this proof copy of the first edition of the appendix, with its authorial corrections, also constitutes an otherwise unknown forerunner of his final formulation, which is presented in full in the Fourth edition of "The Meaning of Relativity", 1953.The authorial corrections (i.e. Einstein's own, in his own hand) are as follows: p. 145: (1) equation (25): "g" has been corrected to non-italic.(2) equation (25a): a two-line calculation has been written in the margin, fundamentally correcting the printed one, ending with Mi - gis[Gamma]s(3) At the end of the page: "Die in der Anmerkung [Schluss] gegebene/ Ableitung ist die bessere" [i.e. "those in the statement [at the end] is the better one."].p. 146:(1) equation (25b): "wegen (22) gleichbedeutend/ mit", followed by an equation [i.e. "due to (22) the same as" and then the equation].There are also a couple of smaller pencil-corrections, presumably in the hand of either Pais or Pauli, in the same hand as he who has written "Einstein" to the bottom of the first page. 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. In 1950 a revised edition of the third edition appears, having Appendix II slightly revised, and in 1953 the heavily revised fourth edition appears. The main focus of the work throughout all these editions of 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).The first successful classical unified field theory was developed by Maxwell. In 1820 Ørsted discovered electromagnetism, and in 1831 Faraday made the observation that time-varying magnetic fields could induce electric currents. Up until then, no-one had seen the connection between electricity and magnetism. When Maxwell in 1864 read his groundbreaking paper "A Dynamical Theory of the Electromagnetic Field", the first attempt at a theory that was to encompass field theories which had previously been separate (i.e. electricity and magnetism) appeared. Inspired by Maxwell, Einstein first used the constancy of the speed of light in Maxwell's theory to unify our notions of space (what we now call space-time). He then expanded the theory of special relativity to a description of gravity, i.e. General Relativity, using a field to describe the curving geometry of four dimensional space-time."In his attempts to generalize general relativity, Einstein had from the very beginning two aims in mind. One of these, to join gravitation to electromagnetism in such a way that the field theory would yield particle-like singularity-free solutions... His second aim was to lay the foundations of quantum physics, to unify, one might say, relativity and quantum theory. " (Pais, p. 351). "The unification of forces is now widely regarded to be one of the most important tasks in physics, perhaps the most important one. It would have made little difference to Einstein if he had taken note of the fact - as he could have - that there are other forces in nature than gravitation and electromagnetism. The time for unification had not yet come. PAULI, familiar with and at one time active in unified field theory, used to play Mephisto to Einstein's Faust. He was fond of saying that men shall not join what God has torn asunder, a remark which, as it turned out, was more witty than wise." (Pais, p. 350). The great Austrian physicist Wolfgang Pauli (1900-1958), a pioneer of quantum physics, a close colleague of Einstein, who respected him tremendously, was passionately interested in Einstein's theory of unified fields and how that would be able to present the universe as a whole. After having been nominated by Einstein, he received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1945, for his "decisive contribution through his discovery of a new law of Nature, the exclusion principle or Pauli principle," involving spin theory, underpinning the structure of matter and the whole of chemistry.Having read Einstein's 1905 paper on relativity while still in high school, Pauli early on exhibited extraordinary skills within science and physics. He graduated from the Gymnasium in July 1918 with distinction and then joined the Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich. He submitted his first paper on the theory of relativity within two months of leaving school. While pursuing his undergraduate studies, he wrote another two papers on the theory of relativity. One of his teachers in Munich was Sommerfeld, who soon recognized Pauli's extraordinary talent and asked him to write a review article on relativity for the prestigious "Encyclpaedia der mathematischen Wissenschaften". Pauli completed his review article two months after receiving his PhD. The 233 page long article was published as a monograph, which to this day remains a standard reference work. Einstein himself was very appreciative of the report and said about it: "Whoever studies this nature, grandly conceived work would not believe that the author is a twenty-one year old man. One wonders what to admire most, the psychological understanding for the development of ideas, the sureness of mathematical deduction, the profound physical insight, the capacity for lucid, systematical presentation, the knowledge of the literature, the complete treatment of the subject matter, or the sureness of critical appraisal."Few other scientists have been as important as Pauli to the development of Einstein's Unified Theory, leading Pais to characterize him, in this connection, as the "Mephisto to Einstein's Faust". "Just as Pauli received a shock when, as a student, he first became acquainted with the strange laws of quantum theory, so did he receive a shock from the nonconservation of parity. For it was always his hope that physics would indicate the mysterious harmony of God and Nature. This hope was not illusory. Precisely in his most important work he had shown how apparently paradoxical phenomena could be explained through a harmonious extension of the previously confirmed theory. And so theoretical physics since Kepler, Galileo, and Newton appeared to him as a great house the foundations of which, despite many changes, would never be shaken." (Fierz, in D.S.B., X, p. 425). Abraham (Bram) Pais (1918 - 2000) was a Dutch-born American physicist and science historian. He was an assistant of Niels Bohr and later a colleague of Albert Einstein at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey. Having spent his youth as a physicist, he decided that physics was for young men and began documenting the history of physics and later on the lives of two of the greatest ever physicists, Niels Bohr and Albert Einstein, having written the most important monographs on the two. He remained a physics professor at Rockefeller University until his retirement

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        Terres des grand feu.

      Original lithographed poster in colour produced for the exhibition of 43 ceramic pieces, made by Miro and Llorens Artigas between 1950 and 1956, at the Galerie Maeght, Paris. 75x52,5 cm.. One of 200 copies "avant la lettre" on Arches paper, numbered and signed by Miro. Mourlot nr. 53. Corredor-Matheos nr. 7

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      London: Eyre & Spottiswoode London: Eyre & Spottiswoode,. 1950. cloth.. Light offsetting to the front and rear free endpapers, a fine copy in. nearly fine dust jacket with touch of rubbing along lower edge and. mild age tanning to spine panel. (#138542). First edition. Second book of the "Gormenghast" sequence. Barron (ed), Fantasy Literature 3-285. Cawthorn and Moorcock, Fantasy: The 100 Best Books 64. Pringle, Modern Fantasy: The Hundred Best Novels 10. Schlobin, The Literature of Fantasy 868. Survey of Modern Fantasy Literature IV, pp. 1947-53. Reginald 11244.

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        Electrons and Holes in Semiconductors with Applications to Transistor Electronics

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

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        Typed Contract signed, between Gary Cooper and Twentieth-Century Fox , to portray the role of "Lt. John Harkness" in the production of "THE FLYING TEA KETTLE" (aka YOU'RE IN THE NAVY NOW, 1951)

      Los Angeles Calif. september 13 1950 Los Angeles, Calif., september 13, 1950. 4to. 14pp. Fine, in the original blue paper folder . Cooper was to receive 3% of the gross receipts -- up to $350,000 -- for his role in the film which came out in the following year as YOU'RE IN THE NAVY NOW

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        Signed Weizmann Photograph as First President of Israel

      Photograph Signed “To Mendle & Mary / Joe – Lovingly / Ch Weizmann / June 20th 1950” as first President of Israel in English on the matte. Black & white, 9” x 10.75” image, overall 9” x 11.5”, mounted onto a 9.75” x 13.75” matte, framed to 11” x 15”. In apparent fine condition. Photographer’s name “Alfred Bernheim” in white margin at lower left edge of photographic surface. Born in Germany, Alfred Bernheim (1885-1974) was an artist-photographer, an expert in photographing architecture and portraits. With the rise in anti-Semitism, Bernheim immigrated to Israel in 1934 and opened a photography studio in Jerusalem.

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      1950. 2. (WYETH,N.C.)illus. THE YEARLING by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings. NY: Charles Scribner's Sons 1939 (1939 A). 4to, bluish-green cloth, top edge gilt, Fine condition in matching chemise with leather label and publisher's blue slip case (case slightly rubbed on edges else sound and VG+). LIMITED TO ONLY 750 COPIES FOR SALE-SIGNED BY BOTH WYETH AND RAWLINGS. Two interesting facts have emerged about this edition. First, although 750 copies were printed, only 520 copies were actually bound and sent out with the binding, chemise and slip case of this version. The remaining 250 copies were bound in dark blue cloth with a darker blue slipcase and were distributed in the early 1950's. Secondly, according to letters from Rawlings to her editor, as the limited edition sheets were being printed she discovered that there was a line missing on page 196 (between lines 5 and 6). A new signature with the correction was inserted but not before some sheets were distributed. This copy has the corrected pages. (We also have had a copy of the later binding with the earlier mis-printed sheets so there is no rhyme or reason as to how they managed this error). Illustrated by Wyeth with pictorial endpapers, 14 full page color illustrations, title page decoration, plus 2 special charcoal and wash full page illustrations done for this limited edition. Also included is a facsimile of a 2 page letter by Wyeth discussing the book (not present in the trade edition). Wyeth reportedly traveled to Cross Creek, Rawlings' home, before beginning the artwork, in order to capture the essence of the area. Very scarce. Allen p. 216.

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        Computing Machinery and Intelligence.The Turing Test. Edinburgh: Thomas Nelson & Sons, 1950. First edition.

      A very fine copy, in original wrappers, of Turing's landmark paper on artificial intelligence. "With the advent of the electronic digital computer came much speculation as to whether or not in processing information these machines were actually thinking. In this paper Turing considered this question from a behavioristic standpoint, proposing an experiment, later called the Turing test, that would allow unbiased comparison of a machine's 'thinking behavior' with that of a normal human being. The test involves two parties, 'X' and 'Y', who engage in a conversation by teletype. Human X cannot know whether Y is a machine or a person. If X believes that Y is responding like a person after a specified period of time, and Y turns out to be a machine, then that machine may be defined as having the capacity to 'think.'<br/><br/> From the time he wrote his paper on computable numbers in which he modeled his 'Turing' machines after the way people carry out computations, Turing believed that every human thought that could be expressed in language could be mimicked by a universal machine, or computer, if it was suitably programmed. Concerning the future of artificial intelligence, Turing wrote in this paper published in 1950, 'I believe that in about fifty years' time it will be possible to programme computers with a storage capacity of about 10<sup>9</sup>, to make them play the imitation game so well that an average interrogator will not have more than 70 per cent chance of making the right identification after five minutes of questioning. The original question, 'Can machines think?' I believe to be too meaningless to deserve discussion. Nevertheless I believe that at the end of the century the use of words and general educated opinion will have altered so much that one will be able to speak of machines thinking without expecting to be contradicted' (p. 442). (Hook & Norman: Origins of Cyberspace, p.467).<br/><br/> "Turing's work at Manchester [from 1948 onward] was among the earliest investigations of the use of electronic computers for artificial-intelligence research. He was among the first to believe that electronic machines were capable of doing not only numerical computations, but also general-purpose information processing. He was convinced computers would soon have the capacity to carry out any mental activity of which the human mind is capable. He attempted to break down the distinctions between human and machine intelligence and to provide a single standard of intelligence, in terms of mental behavior, upon which both machines and biological organisms could be judged. In providing his standard, he considered only the information that entered and exited the automata. Like Shannon and Wiener, Turing was moving toward a unified theory of information and information processing applicable to both the machine and the biological worlds ..." (Aspray, Scientific Conceptualization of Information, p.132).<br/><br/> From Gutenberg to the Internet, 11.2; Origins of Cyberspace, 936.. Contained in: Mind, A Quarterly Review, Vol LIX, No. 236, October 1950, pp. 433-460. The complete issue offered here (pp. [2], 433-576). 8vo: 214 x 137 mm. Original gray printed wrappers, very fine

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      1950. 1. (FOUJITA)illus.. NIGHT AND THE CAT by Elizabeth Coatsworth. NY: Macmillan 1950, 4to (6 3/4 x 10"), two-tone cloth, endpaper toned else near Fine in dust wrapper (dw slightly frayed at spine ends). 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. LAID-IN IS COATSWORTH'S PERSONAL PICTORIAL CHIMNEY - FARM CARD SIGNED BY HER.

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        La Comedie des animaux qu'on dit sauvages. Illustrated by Paul Jouve

      Editions Rombaldi Paris: Editions Rombaldi. [1950]. Copy on velin creme de Rives, from an unspecified issue; handsomely rebound in 3/4 dark blue morocco and marbled boards, spine with gilt lettering, marbled endpapers, t.e.g., original wrappers, with a small animal illustration by Jouve, and backstrip bound in, fine. Illustrated with frontispiece and four plates by Paul Jouve, all original copper engravings heightened with pochoir. See an Image.

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      New York: Random House (1950)., 1950 First Edition. 8vo, 92pp. Capote&#39;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.

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        A TOWN LIKE ALICE. Signed

      London: Heinemann, 1950 Shute, Nevil. A TOWN LIKE ALICE. Signed. London: Heinemann, 1950. First Edition, First Issue, Signed Copy of arguably the author&#39;s best work & equal in fame to his now classic &#39;On The Beach&#39;, [1957]. Sm. 8vo., 332 pp. A near fine copy with a nice red topstain in a very good bright properly priced dustwrapper showing moderate wear with a couple of small chip & 1 considerable chip on the front panel which is reinforce with clear tape. There is a neat [pos] signed decorative bookplate to the front free endpaper. On the title page the author has signed underneath his printed name in blue ink "Nevil Shute Norway". Basis for the excellent 1950 British film starring Peter Finch & Virginia McKenna as English citizens trapped during the Japanese invasion of Malaya.. Signed by Author. First Edition.

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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&#39;s premiere hostess, the inadvertent casualty of Orson Welles&#39; 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&#39;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.

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        Holograph Quotation

      Paris: n.d. [c. 1950-51], n.p. [Paris]., 1950 Sartre, Jean-Paul. Autograph Manuscript. N.d. [c. 1950-51], n.p. [Paris]. 1 page - small 4to. On his typical graph paper. A one line fragment: "La classe ouvrière est vaincue d&#39;avance si elle ne prend pas le pouvoir" loosely trans. as: "The working class is defeated from the beginning if they don&#39;t exercise their will". Perfect Sartre. A near fine example.. Unsigned Manuscript. First Edition.

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        A Historical Commentary on Thucydides by A.W. Gomme, A. Andrews and K.J. Dover.

      5 volumes. Oxford at the Clarendon Press 1950-1981. Illustrated with maps. Orig. cloth, the two last volumes in dustwrappers. Near fine- to near fine/near fine wrappers. Name on flyleaf (the Danish classical scholar Holger Friis Johansen).. Commentaries on books I to VIII, that is the full set of A.W. Gomme's monumental work, with the help of Andrews and Dover in the last two volumes

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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 dust-wrapper, 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.

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        DE FRIE KUNSTNERE. Cobra-bibliothekets første serie (ARTISTES LIBRES. Première serie du biblioteque de Cobra).

      Complete in 15 booklets + colophone folder in Danish. Editions Ejnar Munksgaard, Copenhagen 1950. 1st edition. 8°. Richly illustrated in b/w. All wrappers are original colour lithographies by Cobra artists. Fine condition in original slipcase (with colour litograph by Asger Jorn). Small tears to upper spine-end of slipcase. Bookplate on verso of front board of slipcase.. COBRABIBLIOTEKET. THE COBRA LIBRARY. The Cobra Library features original lithograps by such prominent artists as Pierre Alechinsky, Corneille, Carl-Henning Pedersen, and Asger Jorn (van de Loo 103 & 104)

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        I, Robot

      New York: Gnome Press, Inc.. (1950). First. First edition, wrappered issue, or possibly second printing (see additional information below). Pages browned, two small chips to the wrappers, a very good or a little better copy. One of reportedly 2500 copies (we have also heard the figure of just 200 copies from another source, which seems to be discredited) of the first edition sheets bound up by the publisher in wrappers duplicating the dustjacket art. The intention and publication history of this variant is disputed: it was done either as an "Armed Services Edition" or as a short-lived experiment in paperback publishing. The publisher also issued three other titles thusly, but quickly abandoned the project. One source asserts that these were reprinted in 1951 from the original printing plates (retaining the first edition statement). At any rate this is by far rarer than the hardcover issue of the first edition. Basis, or more properly inspiration, for the 2004 film directed by Alex Proyas and featuring Will Smith, Bridget Moynahan, and Alan Tudyk. A rarity, the fragility of the construction assured that few of the copies survived. .

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      New York: Gnome Press Inc. Publishers New York: Gnome Press, Inc., Publishers,. [1950]. cloth.. Mild bump to upper spine end, a fine copy in fine dust jacket.. (#135679). First edition. First book of the Gnome Press Conan series. Novel-length story first published as a five-part serial in WEIRD TALES, December 1935 through April 1936 as "The Hour of the Dragon." Barron (ed), Fantasy Literature 3- 182, Cawthorn and Moorcock, Fantasy: The 100 Best Books 50. Pringle, Modern Fantasy: The 100 Best Novels 8.

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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&#39;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&#39;t get buried alive: that&#39;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 &#39;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.

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

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

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        The Second World War

      Cassell & Co 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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        The Agony in the Kindergarten, signed with original drawing by Steig

      Duell Sloan and Pearce New York: Duell, Sloan and Pearce. 1950. Stated First edition. Hardcover. Very Good. Stated first edition, 1950. Teal cloth royal 8vo, np. SIGNED/inscribed by Steig on the front flyleaf, with an original drawing in blue ballpoint pen of a girl with pigtails, quite similar to the characters illustrated in the book. He's written: " For Esta, Bill Steig". In about very good condition with light rubbing to the joints and chipping to the spine ends, including a triangular loss at the spine head, about a half inch at its longest. Now protected in mylar wrapper. A lovely original drawing by Steig in this charming volume.

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        HI-LIFE 1950 [John Updike's senior class high school yearbook]

      Shillington, PA, 1950. First Edition. cloth. 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.

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      1950. 1. TUDOR,TASHA. THE DOLL'S CHRISTMAS. NY:OUP 1950 (1950). Square 12mo, red cloth, pictorial paste-on, Fine in dust wrapper with some chips and mends. 1st edition (1st printing). SIGNED BY TUDOR. Illustrated with pictorial endpapers plus lovely color illustrations on every other page.

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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. &#39;Best wishes to ...John Ross Macdonald&#39;. 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.

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        The Song of Songs

      The Collectors Book Club London: The Collectors Book Club, 1950. Limited ed.. Hardcover. vg. 4to. [n.p.] Decorated three-quarter blue leather with gilt grape motif and gilt lettering on the spine. Copper engravings by Ru van Rossem. Printed on English hand-made paper by John Roberts Press and the engravings are printed on Japanese vellum. Autographed by the artist on the dedication page. One of 100 copies. Spine and front left moroccan panel faded. Very good condition.

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        Boletus Flavus L. Collected L'Islet County, Que. 1950. [Original watercolor with convolute of related materials]

      1950. Original watercolor, 17 x 22 cm. Labeled, signed and dated by the artist in pencil. On watercolor paper which had been mounted on a thicker card stock, now de-laminated, but in remarkably fine condition. Henry A.C. Jackson (1877-1960) was one of Canada's outstanding amateur naturalists. He was the elder brother of landscape painter A.Y. Jackson, and while A.Y. achieved great fame through his art, Henry chose to quietly document his mycological journeys in Quebec through copious note taking and watercolor paintings of the collected specimens. After his death in 1960, much of his work was donated to the National Gallery of Canada. In 1979 The National Gallery mounted an exhibition of the watercolors, and produced the catalogue, Mr. Jackson's Mushrooms which reproduces forty-odd images, and accompanies them with excerpts from his field notes. Very few of Jackson's mushroom watercolors have reached the market, with only a few having been given to friends and neighbors over the years. A small convolute of related materials accompanies the watercolor, including: The Fungus Records of Mr. H.A.C. Jackson From L'Islet Co., Quebec 1941-1960. (offprint from The Canadian Field Naturalist, vol. 7, no. 4 (1963); Notes on the Higher Fungi Collected in Lasalle, Que., 1930-1940 offprint from C.F.N., vol. 62, no. 5. (1948); 18 pages of original manuscript and typescript of Jackson's Field notes from 1932 and 33; three original photographs, 6 x 9cm each. Two of the photos depict the artist, at a youthful age, in the field. The third depicts an unidentified fungus on a log.

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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.

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        Autograph letter, signed, together with The Allahakbarries C. C

      1934, 1950. (1)ff. autograph letter, dated July 25th, 1934. A letter from J. M. Barrie to William Maldon "Bill" Woodfull, the Australian cricketer who captained both the Victoria and Australia cricket teams. Barrie comments on the fourth game of the 1934 Ashes series, in which Australia played against England, saying, "It was a glorious victory except statistically, and as such I think everyone accepts it. That partnership of Bradman and Ponsford goes into history." Barrie is referring to the partnership of legendary Australian cricket players Bill Ponsford and Donald Bradman, who set a world record for partnership in Test cricket during the final game of that series, leading Australia to win the series. Their record stood unsurpassed for fifty-seven years. It is clear that Barrie followed the matches with great interest. The fourth match was a draw, and Barrie speculates, "what a match it will make of the final one, which otherwise would drop into a minor place." Although best known as the author of Peter Pan, Barrie was an enthusiastic amateur cricketer, in spite of the fact that he wasn't particularly good at the game. He followed the sport and even organized his own team, the Allahakbarries, which played from 1890 to 1913. The team included many famous writers of the time, including A. A. Milne, P. G. Wodehouse, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Together with a copy of the 1950 edition of The Allahakbarries C. C., a book that Barrie wrote about the team, which was first privately published in 1890. The 1950 edition includes a foreword by Donald Bradman, whom Barrie clearly admired. The book presents an illustrated history of the team and pokes fun at the team's lack of talent. Letter is in extremely fine condition. The book has some slight foxing to edges of the dust wrapper, which is price-clipped, has a few spots of soiling to the front panel, and some loss to spine ends. Text block slightly loose, else a very good copy.

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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.

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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

      Librairie Grund 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 &#147;Game of the Goose&#148; 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 &#147;Game of the Goose&#148; is a circular race game similar to &#147;Snakes and Ladders&#148; 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.

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      A 19" x 25" portrait by Plath of her high school classmate and friend Arden Tapley, executed in pastels. Undated, but probably from 1950, the year both of them graduated from Wellesley High School. Arden is wearing her hair in the same style as her graduation photograph and may be wearing the same shirt. Plath's mastery of the craft of portraiture is limited: her anatomy is far from perfect, but her intent to capture the essence of her subject is boldly realized not only in the outer depiction of her hairstyle and nondescript clothing, but more importantly in the intensity of the gaze captured by the artist. The portrait would be remarkable if it contained only her eyes, which look askance with a combination of intensity and vulnerability that seems to perfectly embody the artist herself, perhaps as much as her friend. Arden Tapley's daughter recalled that her mother often spoke of her high school friendship with Sylvia, and that both were rather "shy, sensitive girls who naturally gravitated toward each other." She said that when she first saw the image she immediately recognized it as her mother, and in that sense Plath did capture an essence of her young friend. We have never seen such an artwork by Plath offered on the market; her sketch of Ted Hughes that was done seven years later and recently sold for $49,000 was a considerably less "finished" work, albeit one that showed a more mature command of style and representation. All of Plath's significant works have long been institutionalized. Once creased near the lower edge, apparently to display the image without showing the hands; small red stamp lower left corner; else fine. Matted and framed to 23-1/4" x 30". A powerful image of a close friend by the noted writer while she was still a high school student. .

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