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

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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. 'Best wishes to ...John Ross Macdonald'. 8vo. 244 pp. A very good copy in green and white patterned paper covered boards, black topstain, black titles to the mildly darkened spine, in a very good pictorial dustwrapper showing some use; wear and rubbing at the folds, heel and crown of the spine and old tape reinforcement on the verso. Still presents well. Rarely found signed. Adapted into the 1975 film with Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward. Barzun & Taylor, A Catalogue Of Crime.. Signed by Author. 1st Edition.

      [Bookseller: TBCL The Book Collector's Library]
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        The 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 “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.

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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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        OUT OF MY LATER YEARS. Signed

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

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        Chaire [Graece], seventy-one poems

      New York: Oxford University Press,, 1950. Octavo. Original blue boards, titles to spine in silver, and blind to upper board. Top and bottom edge of panel a little rubbed and faded. An excellent copy in the dust jacket faded to spine and fore-edge of panel. First edition, first printing. Presentation copy inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Pearl Kazin, with the good wishes of, E. E. Cummings, June 11 1950". Pearl Kazin was an American journalist, and moved in the same New York literary circles as E. E. Cummings. At the time of this presentation, Kazin was having an affair with Dylan Thomas, though she later married the political and cultural writer Daniel Bell.

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      Paris: Editions Rombaldi, [1950's]. Fine, quite beautifully produced. Each volume numbered from an unspecified limitation Five volumes from the collection. Each volume with five "Illustrations Originales En Couleurs" reproduced after the original editions. Uniformly bound in maroon crushed morocco with marbled endpapers, t.e.g., the spines with gilt titles and heart shaped designs in series of three. Original wrappers bound in & Titles: & Demaison. La Comedie des Animaux Qu'on it Sauvages. Illus. by Paul Jouve.& Toulet. La Jeune Fille Verte. Illus. by Denyse de Bravura.& Montherlant. Encore Un Instant de Bonheur. Illus. by Marianne Clouzot.& Voltaire. Candide ou L'Optimisme. Illus. by Maurice Van Moppes.& Mac Orlan. L'Ancre de Misericorde. Illus. by Paul-Louis Guilbert.

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        Geschlechter-Reihen St. Laurentii-Föhr. 2 Bde. München/Wyk auf Föhr, Schmidberger/Bohl, um 1950. XXIV, 564 S., 1 Bl.; 1142 Spalten, 2 Bll. Mit einigen (farb.), teils ganzseit. Tafeln, Abb. u. Karten. 4°. OHldr.-Bde. mit RVerg. auf fünf Bünden.

      Mit der beigelegten Ergänzung 'Über die Entstehung der Wattströme Nordfrieslands' von Lorenz Braren aus dem Jahr 1951.- Vom Verfasser signiert, datiert '1951' und nummeriert '65'.

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        (Hamburg 1886 - 1970). Hallig. Öl auf Leinwand. Um 1950. Signiert. 60 x 80 cm. Gerahmt.

      Vorne ein Wasserlauf, in der Ferne die Hallig unter bewegtem, leuchtend grauem Himmel mit leichtem Rosa.- Prediger erhielt ein Stipendium durch Professor Lichtwark, Hamburger Kunsthalle. Danach absolvierte er Studienjahre in Paris (1907-12) an der Ecole des Beaux Arts und der Academie Suisse.-

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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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        Tapis tunisiens (4 volumes)

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

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      Garden City: Doubleday & Company Inc. Garden City: Doubleday & Company, Inc.,. 1950. cloth.. Moderate dust soiling to top edge, free endpapers show some. offsetting, a very good to near fine copy in very good or better dust. jacket with some light rubbing to edges, corners and folds, light. shelf wear to head of spine panel, small closed tear with crease at. upper right corner, and touch of fading to spine panel lettering.. (#81888). First edition. The author's first book. Anatomy of Wonder (1995) 3-15.

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        Pebble in the Sky

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

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        Pebble in the Sky (Signed First Edition)

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

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

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

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        Principia Mathematica; 3 Vols

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

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

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        across the river and into the Trees

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

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        Across the River and Into the Trees

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

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

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

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

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

      [Bookseller: White Unicorn Books]
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        Principia Mathematica

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      [Bookseller: Barnoble-books]
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        Siegeltuch Stamm-Kollektion für 1953 + 1954 + 1955

      NP NP , NP. Hardcover. vg. Sm. oblong folio. Padded red plastic binding with two golden plastic onlays. Decorative title-page. Rare catalogue with hundreds of 1950's German fashion textile samples. All samples tipped-in with description and order number underneath sample. In 14 categorized tabs (see below *). Sample pages with mounted color reproductions of drawings, b/w photographs, and b/w drawings showing the whole suit or dress. "Die in diesem Stammbuch bemusterten Qualitäten stellen eine besondere Auslese aus dem umfangreichen Angebot der deutschen Tuchindustrie dar. Sie wurden unter Berücksichtigung ihrer Eignung für die Anfertigung von Maßkleidung, ihrer Preiswürdigkeit und der Zuverlässigkeit des Fabrikats, mit größter Sorgfalt ausgewählt, wobei vor allem auch die Artikel wieder gebracht werden, die sich in der Vergangenheit bestens bewährt haben. Eine laufende Nachlieferung aller Artikel - in gleichbleibender Güte - wird vorraussichtlich mehrere Saisons hindurch erfolgen können. Es wird deshalb auch freundlichst um schonende Behandlung dieses Buches gebeten." Minor age wear and staining on binding. Tabs bend but solid. Binding almost separated from book block, still holding. Front board bowed, paste-down front endpaper creased. Slight offsetting of some samples to opposite page. Empty pocket at rear endpaper which most likely used to hold the price list. One small sample on page 66 missing. Text in German. Overall very good condition. Colorful catalog with fine, as well as heavily textured textile samples. Scarce. Categories: Pfeffer und Salz / Doppeltuche / Tanzanzüge, Nadelstreifen / Serge, schwarz-blau / Marengo - Streifenhosen / Foulè, Drapè Panama / Gabardine / Kammg. - Serge, grau-braun / Flanelle / Cheviot-Fresko / Trikots u. Tuche für Uniformen / Loden Trachten / Whipcord Tirtey/ Manchester Baumwolle

      [Bookseller: Eric Chaim Kline - Bookseller ]
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        [Playscript]: Guys and Dolls: A Musical Fable of Broadway

      Music Theatre Inc. New York: Music Theatre, Inc.. (No date - 1950). First. Mimeographed sheets bradbound in pink stiff paper wrappers. Fine. Script for the original performance of this important musical play, which originally ran for 1200 performances with a splendid cast that included Robert Alda, Isabel Bigley, Vivian Blaine, and Sam Levene. The show's success begat the 1955 Joseph L. Mankiewicz-directed film version featuring Marlon Brando, Jean Simmons, Frank Sinatra, Vivian Blaine and Stubby Kaye (the latter two reprising their inimitable Broadway performances). Co-author Swerling was one of Hollywood's best kept secrets; he contributed to the screenplays for many excellent films. Rare. Ex-Carter Burden. .

      [Bookseller: Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. ABA]
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        Handsome Signed Original Photograph, small 8vo, n.p. n.d but ca 1950's

      A charming, portrait of Britten in three-quarter bust length profile. He is looking towards the right. Boldly signed on lower white border, ?Benjamin Brtten.?

      [Bookseller: David Schulson Autographs ]
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