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        A Man Divided (Signed By Stapledon And Later Inscribed From Forrest Ackerman To A E Van Vogt)

      London: Methuen, 1950. First Edition. Boards. Near Fine Book/Very Good + DJ. Signed by Author(s). 1st Printing One Of 3, 370 Copies ( Publisher Out-Of-Print In May 1953.) 187 Pp. Purple Cloth, Gilt. Signed Neatly By Philosopher And Science-Fiction Writer Stapledon Below His Name On The Title Page, And Later Inscribed On The Front Endpaper From Golden Age Literary Agent Forrest J. Ackerman To His Client, Golden Age Science Fiction Writer A. E. Van Vogt (Winner Of The Retroactive Hugo, For "Slan"). Signed Copies From Stapledon Are Scarce, Although Apparently Forrest Ackerman Brought A Number Of Signed Copies Of This Particular Book To America Before Stapledon's Death The Same Year. Ackerman Was A Great Fan Of Stapledon, And Was Involved In Promoting His Trip To The Us. This Copy With A Little Rippling To Cloth On Rear Cover, With Bleed Through Of The Red Color In A Strip 3/8" Wide Along Bottom And Foredge Of Rear Pastedown, No Other Traces Of Damp. Dustjacket Is Unusually Complete With No Chipping, Not Price-Clipped, Just A 1/8" Closed Tear On Bottom Of Front Panel, But Some Rubbing/Dustiness, And Some Fading To Spine Although All Lettering Remains Quite Clear. Included Is Ackerman's Publicity Sheet For Stapledon, One Page, "The Philosopher Of Fantasy", Circa 1949, Mentioning That Stapledon's Next Book Would Be "A Man Divided", The Sheet Signed At Bottom By Mr. Ackerman.

      [Bookseller: Arroyo Seco Books]
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        The Third Man and the Fallen Idol

      London: Heinemann, 1950. First English edition. 188 pp. 8vo. Black cloth. Fine in very good pictorial dustjacket with repairs. First English edition. 188 pp. 8vo. First English edition of The Third Man, with a pictorial dust jacket showing the principles-Orson Welles, Trevor Howard, Alida Valli, and Joseph Cotton-from the 1949 Carol Reed film, one of the great noir pictures of all time. The novella was a preparation of the screenplay, which Greene also wrote.

      [Bookseller: James Cummins Bookseller]
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        The Wind in the Willows. With an Introduction by A.A. Milne.

      London: Methuen and Co., 1950. First Rackham Edition. Octavo, pp.xii, 178. Beautifully illustrated by Mr. Rackham with 12 full colour plates, including frontispiece, plus several line drawings. Elegantly bound in half green morocco, gilt to spine, raised bands and top edge gilt, original spine preserved at rear.A fine copy in attractive recent leather binding.

      [Bookseller: Adrian Harrington]
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        Contributions to the Theory of Games.

      Princeton University, 1950, Annals of Mathematical Studies Series volume 24. - H.W. Kuhn and A.W. Tucker, Contributions to the Theory of Games. Princeton University, 1950, Annals of Mathematical Studies Series volume 24.   255x179mm, xiii, (iv), 201pp.  Bound in the original orange wrappers.  A very nice, fresh copy.  First printing. __+__ This is volume 1 of what would become a four volume series, and includes work by:. Weyl, Hermann,  THE ELEMENTARY THEORY OF CONVEX POLYHEDRA, Pages 3-18 ; Weyl, ELEMENTARY PROOF OF A MINIMAX THEOREM DUE TO VON NEUMANN Pages 19-26; Shapley, L. S. / Snow, R. N BASIC SOLUTIONS OF DISCRETE GAMES Pages 27-36; Brown, G. W. / Neumann, J. von, SOLUTIONS OF GAMES BY DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS, Pages 73-80; Nash, J. F. / Shapley, L. S., A SIMPLE THREE-PERSON POKER GAME, Pages 105-116. And others.   There is a very good review of this work by  J. Wolfowitz in the Bulletin of the American Mathematical Society  57 (1951), no. 6, 495--497 that is available at project euclid.   [Attributes: Soft Cover]

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        JUDAICA IDF ARMOR SCHOOL ALBUM ORIG.128 PHOTOS Y.RABIN M.DAYAN, Z.SHAZAR 1950-63

      JUDAICA IDF ARMOR SCHOOL PHOTO ALBUM Y.RABIN M.DAYAN, Z.SHAZAR 1950-63 PHOTO ALBUM WITH 128 ORIG. PHOTOS OF AN ISRAELI OFFICER INCLUDING PHOTOS WITH YITZHAK RABIN MOSHE DAYAN, ZALMAN SHAZAR AND OTHER PROMINENT PERSONS THERE ARE ORIG. PHOTOS OF MIVTZA KADESH (The Sinai Campaign) SIZE OF ALBUM: 24.5 x 35 cm. SOME RUBBING TO EDGES OF ALBUM WEIGHT:920 gr.

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        Computing Machinery and Intelligence, in Mind, October 1950

      Turing's famous 28pp essay in the philosophical periodical "Mind". Original grey paper wrappers, some slight fraying and with a tear on the back cover/spine hinge but overall a very good and well-preserved copy of Turing's seminal work on artifical intelligence.

      [Bookseller: Wakefield Young]
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        The Man Who Sold the Moon (Signed)

      Shasta, Chicago 1950 - Book almost as new, with very little wear. Dust jacket has very light sunned spine and light edgewear. A very tight, clean copy. First edition. Inscribed "To Bill, warmest Best Wishes, Robert Heinlein." Short stories forming part of Heinlein's "future history" series. Book almost fine. Boards clean, gilt on spine crisp and clear. ($3.00 price intact) [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

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        The Traveller's Tree - SIGNED and with the rare wrap-around band

      John Murray, 1950. Hardcover. Near Fine. A first edition, first printing published by John Murray in 1950. A near fine book without inscriptions with some foxing to the page edges, seeping a little into the pages. In a very good+ clipped wrapper which has a nick to the head of the spine and some wear to the spine tips and corners. SIGNED by way of a bookplate to the front pastedown. One or two nicks here and there. Complete with the rare original wrap-around band declaring the book to be the "Winner of The Heinemann Foundation Prize." Scarce with the band.

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        The Traveller's Tree. A Journey through the Caribbean Islands.

      John Murray, London, 1950. First Edition, first printing. Large 8vo. 403pp + 50 pages of unpaginated photographic plates. Green cloth lettered in gold at spine and with a small gilt vignette. With an illustrated frontispiece and sixty-one photographs by A.Costa, plus a double-spread sketch-map by H.W.Hawes. Edges lightly spotted. A very good copy in price-clipped dust wrapper, chafed with a little loss to spine ends and corner tips and with two short tears and several light accompanying creases. Former owner bookplate and accompanying inked inscription to the front free endpaper.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/Good.

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        Magnifique album orné de 33 AQUARELLES ORIGINALES représentant différents quartiers de PARIS (certaines légendées en miroir) et 6 portraits in fine.

      sans éditeur (dessins originaux), années 1950., Paris, - 33 feuilles. Album orné de 33 AQUARELLES ORIGINALES représentant différents quartiers de PARIS et quelques portraits in fine. On y retrouve : la rue Saint Séverin (V° arr.) ; la Rue Galande (V° arr.) ; la rue de la Colombe (île de la Cité, IV° arr.) ; l’angle entre les rues des Ursins et des Chantres (île de la Cité, IV° arr.) ; l’angle entre les rues François Miron et Cloche percé (IV° arr) ; la rue Saint-Louis en l’Île (Île Saint-Louis, IV° arr) ; le cabaret « Au Franc Pinot » à l’angle entre le Quai de Bourbon et la rue des Diplômes (désormais rue des Deux Ponts) (Île Saint-Louis, IV° arr.) ; la Fontaine de Jarente au fond de l’Impasse de la Poissonnerie (IV° arr.) ; la Porte des Archives nationales, situées à L'hôtel de Soubise, à l’angle entre la rue des Francs-Bourgeois et de la rue des Archives (III° arr.) ; l’Hôtel dit des « Ambassadeurs de Hollande » situé rue Vieille-du-Temple (IV° arr.) ; la Fontaine située à l’angle entre la rue Mouffetard et la rue du Pot de Fer (V° arr.) ; une vieille maison à colombages rue Volta (III° arr.) ; l’église Saint-Julien-le-Pauvre (V° arr.) ; la Cour de Rohan (VI° arr.) ; la rue Chanoinesse (Île de la Cité, IV° arr.) ; l’Hôtel des abbés de Fécamp situé rue Hautefeuille (VI° arr.) ; la Seine ; Belleville ; Montmartre, Tourelle du château de Clignancourt, ancienne manufacture de porcelaine, située à l’angle des rues du Mont Cenis et Marcadet (XVIII° arr.) ; la Porte de Montmartre (XVIII° arr.) ; l’Escalier de la Reine Berthe situé 35, rue des Ecuyers à Chartres ; une maison à Dives ; et, enfin, 6 portraits de parisiens. Aquarelles signée Lécuyer et réalisées dans les années 1950. Pièce unique. Livres Un dessin n'a pas été terminé, un autre (avec des caravanes à "La Porte Montmartre") avec 4 petites traces anciennes d'adhésif, sinon très bel état de conservation. Cahier à spirale "Lavis aquarelle - La Reliure Spirale 1554". [Attributes: Signed Copy]

      [Bookseller: Librairie l'Art et la Manière]
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        12 litografie di Tono Zancanaro

      Venezia Edizioni del Cavallino 1950 8° Cartella editoriale illustrata a colori contenente 12 litografie originali di Tono Zancanaro. Edizione numerata di 150 copie. Nostra copia N° 106. Molto raro.

      [Bookseller: Libreria antiquaria Segni nel Tempo]
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        L'Espace Parisien

      16 pp. of text, with brief preface by Marcel Diebolt, comparing the zoning and layout of Paris to major international cities including New York, Philadelphia, Milan, Moscow, London, and Berlin, with a proposal for vertical zoning, an idea inspired by Le Courbusier in which living spaces and workspaces occupy separate zones, and urban renovation, together with eight plates depicting views of New York and Chicago, a map of Moscow, plans for renovations in Paris, most with printed color markups, and a three-part folding panoramic view of Paris from the towers of Notre Dame. Oblong 8vo. Orig. wrpps., plates loose as issued. Paris (Centre de Documentation et d'Urbanisme de la Ville de Paris). Michel Holley was active in Paris from 1950 to 1970. After helping to conduct a survey in 1957 on renovations to be carried out in the city, sectors to rebuild were identified, and Holley played a critical role in introducing the construction of high-rise residential buildings to Paris. Very scarce; as of June 2017, WorldCat locates two holdings in European libraries and none in North America.

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        KON-TIKI: Across the Pacific by Raft

      Chicago: Rand McNally & Company, 1950. First Edition. Hardcover. Near fine/Very good. The first American edition, with an "A" on the copyright page. Presentation copy, inscribed and dated in the year of publication by Thor Heyerdahl to Mrs. Bennett Harvey of Chicago, whose husband was an employee of Rand McNally involved in the promotion of this book. Heyerdahl's account of an astonishing adventure across the Pacific Ocean. Intrigued by Polynesian folklore, Norwegian ethnologist Thor Heyerdahl (1914-2002) suspected that the South Sea Islands had been settled by an ancient race from thousands of miles to the east. He decided to prove his theory by building a boat using the materials that would have been available to those pre-Columbian sailors and duplicating their legendary voyage. On April 28, 1947, Heyerdahl and five other adventurers sailed from Peru on a raft built from balsa wood, bamboo, and hemp. After three months and 4,300 nautical miles on the open sea they sighted land: the Polynesian island of Puka Puka. Translated into 65 languages, Kon-Tiki inspired a generation of explorers and remains a classic of world literature. Includes numerous textual photographs and endpaper maps. Octavo. Original blue cloth binding, with a blind-stamped Polynesian design on the front board and gilt titles on the spine. Internally crisp and clean. The spine is ever so slightly faded. The dust jacket is price-clipped, with a bit of mild fading and wear along the extremities.

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        HELENA

      Chapman & Hall 1950 - First edition. Large paper issue, limited to 50 copies. Original white buckram lettered in gilt to the spine. Pages uncut. Author's presentation copy, inscribed to fellow author, Rupert Croft-Cooke on the front endpaper, "For Rupert Croft-Cooke, with kind regards from Evelyn Waugh Christmas 1950". A fine copy, the buckram exceptionally bright and clean. Internally fresh, with small marks to the endpapers but pages unopened. Rupert Croft-Cooke, author and playwright, who also wrote crime novels under the pseudonym of Leo Bruce, wrote a favourable review of Scoop in 1938. In 1948 Waugh agreed to make a contribution to an anthology of travel writing Croft-Cooke was editing. There is little evidence that the pair corresponded much beyond that, but relations must have been cordial enough 1950 for Waugh to send this as a Christmas present, though not, it would seem, for Croft-Cooke to read it. Rarely encountered now in such fine condition. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

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        Helena (First Printing with Promotional Band)

      Chapman & Hall 1950 - First edition, first impression, complete with the scarce original issue Daily Mail ‘Book of the Month’ promotional band. Near Fine: tight and square binding in clean and sharp blue cloth; tiny white mark to the foot of the lower board; toning and a hint of faint spotting to the edge of the page block; some offsetting to the rfep, else internally bright, crisp and clean, presenting as unread. The dustwrapper is Very Good: crisp and vibrant, with no fading or toning and just a trace of dustiness to the yellow spine and rear panel; boldly clipped front flap, with the loss of a few words of text; half-a-dozen closed edge tears (mainly 1-2cm long, though one of 3cm to the foot of the rear flap fold) with vintage tape reinforcement to the verso; a bright example of a notoriously fragile wrapper. The wraparound band is complete and in excellent condition: tanned to the spine with a 6mm closed tear at the front spine fold; a little dustiness at the folds and a vertical crease 1cm in from the end. All orders are sent very carefully wrapped in bubble wrap and sturdy cardboard. EVELYN WAUGH SPECIALISTS. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        PEBBLE IN THE SKY

      Garden City: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1950. First edition. A near fine copy, corners very gently bumped, some mild age darkening to text pages in a very good price clipped dust jacket, with some shelf wear and rubbing, rub/color mark across front panel lettering of Pebble. (10659). Octavo, jacket illustration by Richard Powers, cloth. The author's first SF novel. Anatomy of Wonder (1995) 3-15.

      [Bookseller: John W. Knott, Jr., Bookseller, ABAA/ILA]
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        Western Express, Research Journal Of Early Western Mails, Vol I No. 1 Through Volume 64 #4

      Western Cover Society / American Philatelic Society 1950 1951 1952 Etc., San Jose - 256 Issues Of This Multi-Award Winning Philatelic Journal, From Pre-Publication Flyer, 1950, Through Volume 64 #3 (2014), With All Indices And The Special New Mexico Territorial Post Offices Supplement Of 1958, Lacking Only Three Issues: Vol 22 #1, Volume 39 #2, Volume 56 # 1. All Fine. Early Issues Looseleaf Or Staplebound, All In Binders, Later Issues In Spine-Stapled Heavier Or Glossy Wrappers, Each Issue Loose, All Unmarked And Unworn. A Fine Archive Of Western History With Information On Places And Individuals And Illustrations Of Letters, Documents, Etc. Not Found In Other Sources. Note That A Few Issues Are Mis-Marked With Earlier Volume/Number Or Whole Number Enumerations, Errors, Only The Printed Date/Year Is Determinative For This Journal. [Also Included Are Many Binders Of Clippings Relating To Technical Postal Information, Circa 1940'S-1980'S]. Three Tightly Packed File Boxes, Probably 5 Boxes Shipping, Postage At Actual Cost [Probably About $100 By Media Mail]. About 5000 Of Pages, At A Price Much Less Than That Of Locating And Photocopying, And In Fine Condition Without Library Marks Etc. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

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        Karel'skie Jepicheskie Pesni [Karelian Epic Songs]

      Akademija nauk SSSR [Academy of Sciences of the USSR] 1950 - 526 pp., illustrations, bibliography, index. In Russian and Karelian. backstrip (spine) is missing, top section of front cover is missing, joints are consequently weak, binding is OK, pages are unmarked 0.0 [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        "The Dimensions of a Shadow" (in) Folio Magazine

      London, Ontario: University of Western Ontario, 1950. April, 1950. Vol. 4, No. 2. Staplebound. Ex library - very good. [44 p.]. Cream and maroon covers, staple bound. Ink stamps on front and rear covers, title page, and 5 pages within. Light soiling to covers and one darkened top corner. This is the first published material by Alice Munro: "Eighteen-year-old freshette...Graduate of Wingham High School. Overly modest about her talents, but hopes to write the Great Canadian Novel some day. Has read little modern writing, has travelled scarcely at all, and belongs to no particular literary movement. Plans to major in Honours English, with emphasis on creative writing." The publication appeared during her first year at University of Western Ontario, the same year she met her husband, and is noted in the biography "Alice Munro: Writing Her Lives" by Robert Thacker. As such, she is listed under her maiden name, Alice Laidlaw. A complete collection of Folio is available in some special collections, but pre-1960 editions are rare to find on the open market. From a run of probably fewer than 150 copies.

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        Collection of six books from Julia & Paul Child's Paris apartment library

      1950. Rimbaud. Oeuvres (Paris: Mercure de France, 1950; Le Chanson de Roland (Paris: Piazza, 1947); Honore de Balzac (Paris: Bibliotheque Nationale, 1950); de Maupassant. Contes (Paris: Piazza, 1930). La Legende de St. Germain des Pres (Paris: Roulotte, 1950). Guide Commode de la Banlieue de Paris (Paris: Andre Leconte, 1950). Various sizes and editions. All signed by Julia Child. The final volume listed above is signed "Paul Child" but in Julia's hand, and the second to last is signed, "Paul & Julia Child, Paris, 1950", also in Julia's hand. The two were married in 1946 in Pennsylvania and moved to Paris in 1948. They lived on the left bank, at 81 Rue de l'Université, just off Boulevard St. Germain. These six simple and otherwise unremarkable books seem exactly the sort of thing a young couple in Paris might purchase while wandering the city. Now, titles like these are common fare for the bouquinistes, but most of these works were new publications during this time. La Legende de St. Germain des Pres, with photo illustrations of the youth, artists, literary lights, and nightlife of the Left Bank, forms a backdrop to our picture of Paul and Julia establishing themselves in Paris. All volumes in generally very good condition, with the exception of the Guide Commode, with some hinge wear and inking to the spine.

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        Sobre la libertad de creacion.

      19 x 14 cm. 12 unpaginierte S. OEnglisch-Broschur mit Klappenumschlag. Sehr gutes Exemplar. Kurzer Essay über die Schöpfungsfreiheit in der Kunst mit in den Text gesetzten farbigen Siebdrucken, als Künstlerbuch im Handsatz gedruckt anläßlich der ersten Ausstellung Goeritzin der Galeria Camarauz, seiner zweiten Ausstellung in Mexiko. Vorangegangen war am 3. März 1950 ein Künstlersymposion in der Galeria Arquitac, ebenfalls in Guadalajara, worauf sich der Text bezieht. Enthält eine montierte Abbildungstafel sowie 13 farbige in den Text und auf den Umschlag und die Innenklappen gesetzte Siebdrucke. Erinnert in seiner Diktion an die Künstlerbücher von Joan Miro. Beiliegend ein kleines Konvolut Ephemera der Zeit: 2 Karten der Galerie mit Motiven von Goeritz, "El Circo" und "Salvador de Auschwitz" 1 Katalogeinladung der Galeria Clardecor vom 28.9. - 14.10.1950 mit Skulpturen Goeritz 1 Einladung der Galeria de Arte Mexicano, 27.3. - 30.4. 1952 2 Ausgaben des Periodikums "ariel", Segunda Epoca Numero Tres / Numero Cuatro. Guadalajara, Jalisco, 1951 7 Schwarz-Weiss-Fotografien von Skulpturen und Ölarbeiten, verso vom Künstler handschriftlich betitelt, teils von den Fotografen gestempelt 1 sehr schöne, grafisch gestaltete Weihnachtsgrußkarte von Mathias Goertz mit einer farbigen Grafik, für 1950/51 im Kuvert. Materialien aus der frühen Phase des 1915 in Danzig geborenen, 1941 nach Spanien und 1949 nach Mexiko emigrierten Malers, Bildhauers und Architekten sind nicht nur in Europa heute ausgesprochen selten.

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        THE OPEN ROAD

      Privately printed, 1950., N. P. - First edition thus. 8vo. Original pictorial, orange, stapled wrappers, [2], 20 pp., illustrated with two original photographs, preface. This story was first published in the Danville Gazette newspaper in June 1944, and told the story of five men who left Lizton at noon on September 8, 1878, for Texas. Their first encounter was with 200 red-shirted miners near Seelyville "who were either drunk or crazy or both. The street was filled with them, and they were fighting, and the language used was lurid, to say the least. Without warning, the mob attacked us with clubs, bottles and rocks, but thanks to the heavy canvas on our wagons we were not hurt." He describes Indian Territory: "In one valley there were teepees as far as the eye could see, all occupied by blanketed Indians. You could not tell a squaw from a buck, as they dressed just alike." Then his description of Texas: "North Texas was to us about the most lonesome spot on the earth. After going through Dennison and Dallas, we would travel a whole day over the rolling hills without seeing a person or a house." After all the encounters they did trade for a large farm in Brazos County. Includes a supplement by C. N. Hickman who was also on the trip. A very scarce and privately printed account. Noting on the title page: "Duplicated in purple ink." Fine copy. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

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        A Town Like Alice

      Heinemann, 1950. Hardcover. Near Fine. A first edition, first printing published by Heinemann in 1950. A near fine book without inscriptions. Small patch of fading to the foot of the spine. Top stain still present. In an unclipped dust wrapper which has benefitted from some professional paper restoration to the hinges and spine and now presents as a near fine example.

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        Construction Workers on a Highrise.

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

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        Fravort]?

      1950 - Artista di Trento poco conosciuto specializzato in vedute di montagna e trentine. Si vende in cornice firmato in basso a sinistra. Formato: Olio su tavola di cm 58x34 (dimensioni della tavola) e con cornice cm 80x58. Buono. La libreria offre per un periodo limitato uno sconto del 15% su tutti i suoi libri. Il prezzo originale dell'articolo era 750.00 euro.

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        Oeuvres Complètes. (29 volumes).

      Paris, Gallimard. 1950 - 1987. 29 volumes. Wrappers (paperbacks) With portraits; 23 cm. Uncut, partly unopened. French text. - (covers sl. worn, some sl. dam. at edges) Although still very good set. See image. ¶ Contents: 1&2: Poésie. 414,ii pp., 526,ii pp.-- 3&4: Extrême Orient. 364,ii pp., 428,ii pp.-- 5: Connaissances. 336,ii pp.-- 6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13 & 14: Théâtre. 412,iv pp., 436,iv pp., 414,ii pp., 316,iv pp., 346,iv pp., 358,vi pp., 558,ii pp., 304,vi pp., 288,vi pp.-- 15: Positions et propositions. 328,ii pp.-- 16: Conversations dans le loir-et-cher. Contacts et circonstances. 446,ii pp.-- 17: L'oeil écoute. 338,ii pp.-- 18: Accompagnements discours et remerciements. 476,ii pp.-- 19,20,21,22,23,24,25,26 & 27. Commentaires et exégèses. 450,ii pp., 436,iv pp., 490,ii pp., 502,ii pp., 446,ii pp., 494,ii pp., 584,ii pp., 424 pp., 304,ii pp. 28: Commentaires et exégèses X: Supplément à mon livre sur l'Apocalypse - Supplément à l'Apocalypse. Excursus II - Textes religieux divers. 432,ii pp. & 29: Proses et poésies diverses. 728,ii pp.

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        To the voters of Oxford". [The Beer Broadside.]

      [Oxford, Mississippi: Oxford Eagle, 1950] - Single leaf broadside, printed on recto only. In fine condition. Faulkner's infamous and extremely uncommon "beer broadside" was distributed in his home town of Oxford prior to a referendum on the repeal of a local ban on the sale of beer, implemented in 1944. Faulkner refuted four of the claims made by clergymen in favour of the ban, after they had printed an advertisement in the local paper, the Oxford Eagle, "proclaiming the evils of drinking and the potency of four percent beer" (Blotner, p. 521). The Eagle refused to publish Faulkner's response to the clergymen, but agreed to print his broadside for circulation. It went on to be published in The New Yorker, and was described by editors as "the clearest and most concise prose" that Faulkner had ever written. However, to Faulkner's dismay, the ban was not overturned after Oxford voted 480–313 to renew it. In a follow-up letter to the editors of the Eagle, which they did publish, Faulkner wrote "I notice that your paper has listed me among the proponents of legal beer. I resent that. I am every inch as much an enemy of liberty and enlightenment and progress as any voting or drinking dry either in Oxford . I object to ministers of God violating the canons and ethics of their sacred and holy avocation by using, either openly or underhand, the weight and power of their office to try to influence a civil elelction" (Moreland, p. 414). The ban was partially overturned in 1972: the sale of beer was allowed, but could not be refrigerated, or sold on a Sunday. The remaining restrictions were overturned in 2013. Petersen D15a; Blotner, Faulkner: A Biography; Moreland, A Companion to William Faulkner.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA member]
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        CANTO GENERAL

      Editorial America, Mexico D.F. 1950 - Pie de imprenta ficticio. Edición Clandestina del Partido Comunista Chileno. Publicacion por encargo de la direccion del Partido Comunista. Ejemplar sin abrir en muy buenas condiciones conservando las cubiertas originales en muy buen estado. 447 págs.

      [Bookseller: Valentin Peremiansky]
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        Quelques Aventures de Maître Renart. Burins de Joseph HECHT

      La Jeune Gravure Contemporaine, Editions Michel de Romilly, Paris 1950 - Présentation sous forme de feuilles flottantes. 76 pages. Achevé d'imprimer le 10 janvier 1950 sur les presses du maître-imprimeur Ernest Aulard à Paris, pour la typographie ; les cuivres de Joseph Hecht ont été tirés sur les presses à bras de Georges Leblanc à Paris. Il a été tiré de cet ouvrage 265 exemplaires. Notre exemplaire est l'un des 185 sur B.F.K. de Rives, numérotés de 36 à 220, après 2 tirages de tête (14+21), il est justifié 99. Suit un 4ème tirage de 45 exemplaires, aussi B.F.K. de Rives, destinés aux Sociétaires de la Jeune Gravure et numérotés romains H.C. et enfin un 5ème de 10 exemplaires de collaborateurs, marqués A à J. Couverture souple à rabat, lettrage en noir sur le plat. Sous chemise rigide assortie, lettrage en noir sur le dos. Emboîtement rigide, env. 35x27.5x3.3 cm. Etat : très bon. Emboîtement : bon, frotté, quelques salissures et marques légères. Chemise rigide : bon, infimes ombres de salissures. Couverture : très bon. Intérieur : très bon, une tache d'oxydation sur les pages avant le frontispice, quelques discrètes oxydation sur quelques pages. 33 x 26 x 1.8 cm 1310g. Couverture souple, chemise rigide [Attributes: Soft Cover]

      [Bookseller: ABC - Eric Girod]
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        Helena - SIGNED, INSCRIBED - ASSOCIATION COPY

      Chapman and Hall, 1950. Hardcover. Very Good. A first edition, first printing published by Chapman and Hall in 1950. A very good+ book - author's presentation copy inscribed on the free front endpaper 'For Hugh Burnett/Souvenir of Stinchcombe/August 18th/Feast of St. Helena/from Evelyn Waugh/. The spine of the book is faded. In a near fine dust wrapper which is unclipped (small digits beneath the price). The usually fragile wrapper has survived due to the neat internal reinforcement making the dust wrapper near fine. A very attractive copy and complete with the rare Daily Mail wrap-around band. An association copy, as Burnett, who joined the BBC's Far Eastern Service at Bush House in 1949, was responsible for producing a radio interview on 'Personal Call' with Evelyn Waugh in 1953. It took place at Waugh's home in Stinchcombe, Gloucestershire. Burnett recalled that 'before we left he asked if we would accept a signed copy of one of his books. I asked for the one he liked the best - and he presented me with Helena'. In 1960 Burnett persuaded Waugh to appear as a guest in the legendary television series 'Face to Face', and during the interview Waugh said once again that he considered 'Helena' to be his most successful work.

      [Bookseller: John Atkinson Books]
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        A HORNBOOK FOR WITCHES: POEMS OF FANTASY

      Sauk City, Wisconsin: Arkham House, 1950. First edition. A fine copy in fine dust jacket. A lovely copy. (18636). Octavo, cloth. 553 copies printed. Tymn (ed), Horror Literature 6-17.

      [Bookseller: John W. Knott, Jr., Bookseller, ABAA/ILA]
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        Yvette Guilbert Vue Par Toulouse-Lautrec

      Au Pont Des Arts, Paris, 1950. Folio sized collection of facsimile studies of one of the muses of the renowned post-impressionist artist. Cream paper covers with lithographic reproductions in color on both front and rear panel, wrapped in the original glassine, with loose pages gathered insde. Glassine is tanning with age, with some small tears and losses at the foot of the spine. Cased in a board folio with another complete set of the images printed in green. 2 other copies of "Columbine a Pierrot," one printed in black and the other in sepia, are also included in a paper folio. All are then cased in a paper covered board slipcase. Slipcase has some chipping at the edges and soiling from handling, but is intact with no cracks. There is some slight soiling to the verso of the 25th image in the book. Text in French. Number 99 of 150 in a semi-deluxe version limited edition that, with some variations, was apprised of 1,700 copies, the majority of which were not issued with the extra versions of "Columbine a Pierrot.". Wrappers with Slipcase. Very Good/No Jacket, As Issued.

      [Bookseller: Exquisite Corpse, Booksellers]
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        Computing Machinery and Intelligence.

      Edinburgh: Thomas Nelson & Sons, Ltd.,, 1950. [In] Mind. A Quarterly Review of Psychology and Philosophy. Volume LIX, Number 236, pages 433–460. October, 1950. Octavo (208 x 132 mm). Original grey paper wrappers printed in black. A bright and clean copy, extremities of wrappers nicked and creased with a few short tears. First edition, first impression of Turing's fundamental paper on artificial intelligence, and the introduction of the "Turing Test". In 1948 Turing was offered the role of deputy director of the Manchester Computing Laboratory, and his work there 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 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 machine and biological organisms could be judged" (Aspray, cited in Origins of Cyberspace 936). In this paper Turing grappled with the question of whether electronic computers can think, and proposed a test, now called the Turing Test, to evaluate a computer's "thinking behavior". "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'" (Origins of Cyberspace 936). "The wit and drama of the 'Turing test' has proved a lasting stimulus to later thinkers, and a classic contribution to the philosophy and practice of artificial intelligence" (ONDB).

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        Trees and Walls in Marin County.

      Marin County, CA: Circa 1950. - Watercolor. 15 x 22 inches. Signed in the image lower left. Elsie Lower Pomeroy was an artist most closely associated with the American Scene Painting movement and specifically California Regionalism or California Scene Painting. [Attributes: Signed Copy]

      [Bookseller: Wittenborn Art Books]
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        Western Express, Research Journal Of Early Western Mails, Vol I No. 1 Through Volume 64 #4

      San Jose: Western Cover Society / American Philatelic Society 1950 1951 1952 Etc., 1950. 1st Edition. Soft cover. Fine. Photographs, Reproductions, Etc. Throughout. 256 Issues Of This Multi-Award Winning Philatelic Journal, From Pre-Publication Flyer, 1950, Through Volume 64 #3 (2014), With All Indices And The Special New Mexico Territorial Post Offices Supplement Of 1958, Lacking Only Three Issues: Vol 22 #1, Volume 39 #2, Volume 56 # 1. All Fine. Early Issues Looseleaf Or Staplebound, All In Binders, Later Issues In Spine-Stapled Heavier Or Glossy Wrappers, Each Issue Loose, All Unmarked And Unworn. A Fine Archive Of Western History With Information On Places And Individuals And Illustrations Of Letters, Documents, Etc. Not Found In Other Sources. Note That A Few Issues Are Mis-Marked With Earlier Volume/Number Or Whole Number Enumerations, Errors, Only The Printed Date/Year Is Determinative For This Journal. [Also Included Are Many Binders Of Clippings Relating To Technical Postal Information, Circa 1940'S-1980'S]. Three Tightly Packed File Boxes, Probably 5 Boxes Shipping, Postage At Actual Cost [Probably About $100 By Media Mail]. About 5000 Of Pages, At A Price Much Less Than That Of Locating And Photocopying, And In Fine Condition Without Library Marks Etc.

      [Bookseller: Arroyo Seco Books]
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        La Comedie des animaux qu'on dit sauvages. Illustrated by Paul Jouve

      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.

      [Bookseller: Priscilla Juvelis, Inc.]
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        COLLECTION ROMBALDI

      Paris: Editions Rombaldi, 1950. Each volume numbered from an unspecified limitation. 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.

      [Bookseller: First Folio]
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