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        KON-TIKI Across the Pacific by Raft Signed and inscribed by Thor Heyerdahl

      Chicago: Rand McNally, 1950. 304 pages of text including an index. Hardcover binding with minimal shelfwear, and a large dark spot of discoloration that affects the bottom of the spine. The unclipped dustjacket has two large chips and is slightly sunned on the spine, with numerous small tears and overall shelfworn; protected in archival mylar. Illustrated by numerous black and white photographs. Signed and with a lengthy inscription on the half title page that takes up the entire page "To my dear friend Ben in full appreciation of the grand job you have done for this book, and in memory of all the pleasant moments we spent together in promoting it! With all best wishes from [signed] Thor Chicago 12/7 1950." Endpapers are map-illustrated. Minor ink smudging on the back of the inscribed page. First edition.. Signed. First Edition. Hardcover. Very good condition/Very good- condition (DJ). Octavo (8vo).

      [Bookseller: Kurt Gippert Bookseller (ABAA)]
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        The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

      New York: Macmillan, 1950. First American Edition, 1st Printing. Hardcover. Good/Fair to good. Octavo, 154pp., illustrated. A good copy with some soiling to the boards and wear at the base of the spine. Internally clean with no markings. In a fair to good dust jacket with several missing pieces (the main one being the bottom 40% of the spine) and front wrap partly detached. Clipped at the top of the front flap, though the $2.50 price is present at the bottom. Though not a fine example (and priced accordingly), still a truly rare book in the dust jacket.

      [Bookseller: Cleveland Book Company]
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        THE DROWNING POOL

      New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1950. First edition. Upper corners gently bumped edges a little toned, a nearly fine copy in a better than very good dust jacket with some overall rubbing to black ink background of the jacket. (15539). Octavo, boards. The second Lew Archer novel. "A noirish, centrifugal amorality pervades Archer's world and The Drowning Pool does not conclude nicely or neatly. Yet this narrative ambiguity affirms the complexity of Macdonald's fiction, for as Archer observes bitterly at the denouement: "The happy endings and the biggest oranges were the ones that California saved for export."" - Lucian Robinson, book review 9/1/2012 for The Guardian/The Observer. Basis for the Paul Newman film, the second in which he plays the Archer character, renamed Harper. Pederson (ed.), St. James Guide to Crime and Mystery Writers, (4th ed.), pp. 676-678.

      [Bookseller: John W. Knott, Jr., Bookseller, ABAA/ILA]
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        Lehrbuch der Harmonik

      Occident, 1950. 329 Seiten Pappe Sofortversand! Altersentsprechend gutes bis sehr gutes Exemplar, geringe Gebrauchsspuren, Cover in durchsichtige Folie eingeschlagen und an den Ecken leicht berieben/bestoßen, Schnitt/Papier nachgedunkelt, Kopfschnitt staubfleckig, Vor- und Nachsatzblatt an der oberen und unteren Kante leicht fleckig, innen erste Seite mit Namens- und Datumseintrag, sonst innen sauber und gut; good – edges/text pages yellowed/darkened Immediate delivery in bubble wrap envelope! Good copy, light signs of previous use, cover/dust jacket has some rubbing/wear (along the edges), edges/text pages show yellowing/darkening, interior in good condition 170424axxv01 Versand D: 4,00 EUR

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        Autograph Album of Julia C. Mack of Garnet-Patterson Junior High School

      Washington, DC: Garnet-Patterson Junior High School. 1950. Oblong 12mo. Blue cloth over padded boards with name of the school printed in silver, with zipper closure along the edges of the boards. Zipper is partly detached, boards are rubbed and worn, internally near fine, overall about very good. Partially printed autograph album with title page and frontispiece pictures of the school and the principal, with blank leaves for autographs and black leaves for photographs. Ownership signature of Julia C. Mack dated at the end of the 1950 school year. Most of the leaves have been autographed with sentiments, all over the course of three or four days in June, and many embellished by Mack with what look like small yearbook-type photographs, and which seem to confirm that the students were almost all (or perhaps were all) African-Americans, and with indications of who each student was - her boyfriend, her best friends, basketball players, etc. Several of the students have also indicated what high school they were bound for - most often Dunbar High School or Cardozo Senior High School (Mack went to Dunbar). Additionally the album is signed by several faculty members, and near the end the album contains the autograph of jazz legend Louis Armstrong: "To Julia, Ol' Satchmo, Louis Armstrong." The black album pages at the end contain other yearbook-type printed images. A nice little slice-of-life illuminating the school years of a young black teenager. .

      [Bookseller: Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. ABA]
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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. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Clearwater Books]
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        Alcoholics Anonymous

      Works Publishing Inc., New York City 1950 - Works Publishing, Inc, New York, 1950. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. First edition, thirteenth printing. Original dark blue cloth cover, bright gold on spine, appears unread. Three thumbnail sized chips to the top of dust jacket with light wear, but remains very bright and presentable. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Gesammelte Werke (32 (von 36) Abteilungen in 25 Bdn. u. Registerbd.. [und:] Tagebücher I-IV (4 von 5 Bdn.).

      Düsseldorf, Diederichs, 1950 - 1974 8°, zus. ca. 7100 S. Werke u. 1900 S. Tagebücher, OLwd. m. Goldpräg., Etwas gebrauchspurig, min. fleckig, etwas beschienen - eben brauchbar Unterschiedliche Auflagen. Fehlend: Abt. 13/14: Vier erbauliche Reden 1844; Abt. 24/25: Die krankheit zum Tode.Abteilung: Krankheit zum Tode in 4. - 5. Tsd. Übersetzt von Emanuel u. Rose Hirsch u. Hayo Gerdes. Jeder Band mit Anmerkungen des Übersetzers. detaillierter Registerband. Sämtliche Hauptwerke und unzählige kleinere Schriften - umfangreichste und massgebende deutsche Ausgabe. Versand D: 20,00 EUR Philosophie Religion, Theologie Gesamtausgaben

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        "Joe DiMaggio, The Yankee Clipper" - Book Signed by DiMaggio on his cover photograph

      n.p., n.d.. 8vo. "Book Signed ""Joe DiMaggio'' in blue Sharpie (""10"" strength) on the cover. Joe DiMaggio, The Yankee Clipper by Tom Meany, 6"" x 8.25"". Hardcover. DiMaggio's stats through the 1950 season on front and back endpapers and pastedowns. 14 of 25 pages present including five pages of photographs; tape strengthening at spine. No dust jacket, pictorial covers. Good condition. Latest book by Meany in the Barnes All-Star Library. New York: A.S. Barnes & Co.DiMaggio retired after the 1951 season.JSA LOA"

      [Bookseller: University Archives]
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        L'Homme au Mouton

      Vallauris 1950 - Affiche imprimée par Mourlot pour une exposition de céramiques, lithographie originale. 62 X 48 cm. (Bloch 1261) (CZ 5). Original lithographic poster printed by Mourlot for an exhibition of ceramics

      [Bookseller: La Basse Fontaine]
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        Report on Israel [INSCRIBED AND SIGNED BY ROBERT CAPA]

      New York: Simon and Schuster, 1950. First edition. Softcover. g- to vg. Quarto (10 1/4 x 7"). 144pp. Original photo-illustrated wrappers with white lettering to covers and spine. Title page inscribed and signed by Robert Capa: "To Rona, hoping that he won't have to pay for my Paris hotel bills again. Capa." the inscription refers to Capa's early years in Paris, at a time when he didn't have enough money to pay for his hotel rooms. At one point, the manager of the hotel he stayed at confiscated his shoes, thus Rona had to bail him out (Whelan, 1994.) Rona was also a Hungarian émigré who owned the ABC Press photo agency in Amsterdam, which represented photographers like Capa or László Moholy-Nagy, later the Magnum Photos in The Netherlands. This book serves as a photo-document of the then newly founded state of Israel, capturing the already diverse cultural, sociological and physical landscape. By the time this work was published, Robert Capa was already an acclaimed war photographer, photojournalist and one of the founders of Magnum Photos. Subjects ranging from politicians and military leaders, to new immigrants, farmers and the Ultra-orthodox community are featured. Irwin Shaw's text provides relevant and informative information to accompany and give context to the stunning b&w photographs taken by Capa. Wrappers rubbed along joints and edges. Head of spine chipped. Wrappers in overall good-, interior in very good condition.

      [Bookseller: Eric Chaim Kline - Bookseller ]
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        Arabs In History.

      London: Hutchinson's University Library, 1950. First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Bernard Lewis on the title page. With the compliments of Bernard Lewis note laid in. Very good in a very good dust jacket with some toning to the spine. For more than 50 years, Lewis has strived mightily and successfully to explain the cultures and histories of Middle Eastern peoples to Western readers. The task of writing a political history of the region has already been fulfilled by him and by many others. In his latest work, Lewis has chosen to accentuate the social, economic, and cultural changes that have occurred over 20 centuries. He ranges from seemingly trivial concerns (changes in dress and manners in an Arab coffeehouse) to earth-shaking events (the Mongol conquest of Mesopotamia) in painting a rich, varied, and fascinating portrait of a region that is steeped in traditionalism while often forced by geography and politics to accept change. "... enormously influential history ... after reading 'Gibbon on Muhammad', it is tempting to speculate that Lewis's long-standing interest in the eighteenth-century historian may have influenced his own ambition to scan grand horizons, his taste for irony and his unmistakably elegant literary style"-(Robert Irwin).

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        Bellarminus-Bijbelplaten.

      Utrecht, St. Gregoriushuis (ca. 1950) - Complete set van 60 schoolplaten van de serie Bellarminus-Bijbelplaten, elk 75 x 63 cm. De platen zijn gedrukt op Karton met ijzeren hoeken en zitten in 2 grote Eikenhouten Kisten, H. 102 x B. 73 x D. 25 cm. De kisten kunnen aan de bovenkant worden geopend en een van de zijpanelen kan worden uitgeklapt en is bevestigd met kettingen. (begin jaren vijftig is deze serie met religieuze schoolplaten verschenen op de onderwijsmarkt, de serie werd vernoemd naar de man die de platen bij elkaar heeft gebracht, frater Bellarminus Mol (1909-2001), de kloosternaam van F.K.B. Weultjes. De platen zijn voor het O.T. gesigneerd met Ben Horsthuis, en voor het N.T. met Frans van Noorden die de platen hebben getekend. De Bellarminus Bijbelplaten werden in veel landen verspreid, onder de afbeelding staat de tekst waarop de afbeelding gebaseerd is, in onder andere het Engels, Spaans, Frans, Duits, Portugees en Italiaans afgedrukt.) [Attributes: Soft Cover]

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        I, ROBOT

      New York: Gnome Press, Inc., Publishers, [1950]. First edition. A fine copy in a very good to near fine dust jacket, some light rubbing to corners and spine ends, also to folds; very moderate color fade to spine panel, much less than usually observed. (12230). Octavo, illustrated by Edd Cartier, cloth. Influential collection of Robot stories, the Asimov's three laws of Robotics are postulated here for the first time. Loose basis for the recent film of the same title. Anatomy of Wonder (1995) 3-13.

      [Bookseller: John W. Knott, Jr., Bookseller, ABAA/ILA]
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        The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.

      London: Geoffrey Bles, 1950. First edition of the first work in Lewis' acclaimed Narnia series. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by C.S. Lewis on the front free endpaper. Light rubbing, near fine in a near fine dust jacket with some professional restoration. Illustrated by Pauline Baynes. First editions signed by Lewis are rare.     The Chronicles of Narnia is "unforgettable not only for the excitement and suspense of the adventures but also for the strong emotions they describe so well [and they are] further enriched by Lewis' skillful use of language" (Silvey, 406). "Each book has something new and different to offer and there is no weakening of either inspiration or interest" (Eyre, 132). It is interesting that Lewis' inspiration came from a dream: "At first I had very little idea how the story would go. But then suddenly Aslan came bounding into it. I think I had been having a good many dreams of lions about that time[O]nce he was there, he pulled the whole story together, and soon he pulled the six other Narnian stories in after him (On Stories: And Other Essays on Literature, 1980). Lewis was "concerned to do for children what he had done for an adult readership in his science fiction to re-imagine thestory in an exciting narrative context [The Narnia books are] intoxicating to all but the most relentlessly unimaginative of readers, and must be judged the most sustained achievement in fantasy for children by a 20th-century author" (Carpenter & Pritchard, 370).

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        THE MARTIAN CHRONICLES

      Garden City, New York: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1950. First edition. Mild offset to the front and rear free end papers, mild fade to cloth of spine (common to this title) with some patchy spotting, some light spotting to front and rear covers, a nearly fine copy in a fine dust jacket with a light vertical crease to the right front panel near spine fold. (16928). Octavo, cloth. Signed by Bradbury on the front free end paper. Collection of linked stories about the exploration and colonization of the planet Mars. A masterpiece of twentieth-century science fiction. Anatomy of Wonder (1995) 3-32. Bleiler: The Guide to Supernatural Fiction #255. Pringle: Science Fiction: The 100 Best Novels #3.

      [Bookseller: John W. Knott, Jr., Bookseller, ABAA/ILA]
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        THE BEN LILLY LEGEND

      Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1950. Front cover vignette in wine color. Jacket is chipped at corners, price is not clipped ($3.50). SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR in a blank sheet bound in after the title-page. Cover illustration in color by Tom Lea. Illustrations through the text, photos and drawings. According to the blurb, Ben Lilly was the greatest bear hunter in history after Davey Crockett. 237pp. Crook 42. . Signed by Author. First Edition. Yellow Cloth. Minor Wear/Chipped Dust Jacket. Octavo.

      [Bookseller: Glenn Books]
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        CASE OF THE MUSICAL COW (Intimately Inscribed)

      New York: William Morrow, 1950. Gardner, Erle Stanley. THE CASE OF THE MUSICAL COW. New York: William Morrow, (1950). First Edition. A NEAR FINE Copy (tiny bit of shelf wear, boards a tiny bit dusty) in the original and very attractive VERY GOOD ORIGINAL DUST JACKET (which has a little bit of chipping to the spine tip, some creases, one spot of abrasion to the front panel). INSCRIBED on the front-free endpaper:"To Tee, with salutations from one writer to another and lots of love to boot, Yours, Erle." Underneath this, the author has signed his name in full: "Erle Stanley Gardner/May 1950." The recipient, although little is known about her, is clearly (from the inscription) someone Gardner cared deeply about. Erle Stanley Gardner occasionally signed copies of his books for friends and people he worked with but rarely did he inscribe a book so intimately. See our other copies from the same primary source by using key words Tee Rose.. Signed by Author. First Edition. Fine/Very Good.

      [Bookseller: Lakin & Marley Rare Books ]
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        Original fabric design: gouache on paper, signed Luza in lower margin

      n.p., 1950. Sold individually. Please inquire for images of each. Image approximately 12 x 10 inches, plus margins. Sold individually. Please inquire for images of each. Image approximately 12 x 10 inches, plus margins. Original Fabric Designs by Fashion Artist Reynaldo Luza. Reynaldo Luza (1893-1978), pre-eminent fashion artist, was born in Lima, Peru. He began training as an architect at the University of Louvain, Belgium, but returned to Peru at the outbreak of World War I, where he changed his studies from architecture to art. In 1918 he came to the United States, where he earned his living by contributing drawings to several fashion publications, principally VOGUE, HARPERS BAZAAR, and VANITY FAIR. In 1921 he joined HARPERS BAZAAR as the principal fashion artist, a position he was to hold for 27 years. He divided his time between New York, Paris and London, working closely with all of the leading fashion designers of the times--Poiret, Patou, Lelong, Paquin, Douillet, Doucet, Cheruit, Worth, Drecoll, Callot Soeurs, Redfern, Martial et Amand, Premet, Reboux, Chanel, Vionnet, Molyneaux, Schiaparelli, Hartnell, Steibel, and Balenciaga, among others. In 1940 Luza made New York his principal base, where, over the next few years, he continued his activities at Harpers as well as creating fabric and furniture designs, and the costumes for the movie "The Bridge of San Luis Rey". Among other distinctions, he received several honorary appointments from the government of Peru, including that of Artistic Director of the Paris Exposition of 1938 and the New York World's Fair of 1939-40; he also did the interior design of the new Lima airport. In 1950 Luza returned to Peru, where he began a second career as a portrait painter, exhibiting his work over the next few years in Paris, New York, and Washington, D.C.

      [Bookseller: James Cummins Bookseller]
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        CONAN THE CONQUEROR ..

      New York: Gnome Press, Inc. Publishers, [1950].. Octavo,cloth. 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. Schlobin, The Literature of Fantasy 514. Pringle, Modern Fantasy: The 100 Best Novels 8. In 333. A fine copy in fine dust jacket. A brilliant copy. (#155616)

      [Bookseller: L. W. Currey, Inc. ]
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        AMAZING STORIES 1950 AUG-RARE SCIENCE FICTION PULP-fine/very fine FN/VF

      1950 - Spicy rocket ship good girl cover art. Special 196 page issue. Full of action and thrills. This book comes from the Yakima Pulp Collection. The Yakima Pulp Collection was the highest grade collection of pulps ever to surface. They were found in the state of Washington in the late 1990's, and are notable for their white pages and glossy covers with deep colors. Most of these special pulps are in life time collections and will never be offered to the public. Each has a Cerfiticate of Authenticity signed by David W. Smith, the original curator of the collection. Each one is known as one of the finest copies of that particular issue to exist today. We are offering a few pulps from the Yakima Collection. Museum quality condition, white pages. Condition: FN/VF

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        Le Monde Merveilleux des Insectes

      Paris, Les Cent-Une, Société des Femmes Bibliophiles 1950 - Edition of 145 copies including 45 original coloured lithographs by Jean Lurçat. 3 of the lithographs are hand coloured by the artist. Copy on Grand Vélin à la forme des papeteries d'Arches printed for the Countess Anna Laetitia Pecci Blunt. Copy in perfect conditions. The book may be located and shipped from Italy, France or UK.

      [Bookseller: Wallector]
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        Man From Independence [ Sgd & Inscribed By Pres. Truman]

      J. B. Lippincott Company. Very Good+ in Good dust jacket. [1950]. First Edition; Third Printing. Hardcover. [President Truman, Harry] Jonathan Daniels. THE MAN FROM INDEPENDENCE. Signed and inscribed by President Harry Truman To Ben Weintraub/ from Harry Truman . J. B. Lippincott Company, (1950). On the half-title page. Octavo. 384 pages. Publisher's original red cloth lettered in black. Dust jacket. 8vo. Cloth; very good. DJ has chip to lower left of rear panel, Tears to upper left of front panel, and small chips and tears elsewhere. First edition, third impression. ; Signed by Biographee; 0 .

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        Contributions to the Theory of Games

      Princeton: Princeton University Press,, 1950-53-57-59 & 1964. Volumes I-IV; [offered together with:] Advances in Game Theory, edited by M. Dresher, L. S. Shapley and A. W. Tucker.. Together 5 volumes, large octavo and octavo. Original orange paper wrappers printed in black. Ownership inscription of R. S. Weinberg to front wrappers. Some light creasing to sunned spines, spine ends very gently rubbed, overall an excellent set. First editions of the complete run of this important Game Theory journal, together with the follow up study, Advances in Game Theory, issued as volumes 24, 28, 39, 40 and 52 of the periodical Annals of Marthematics Studies. Contributors include Melvin Dresher, David Gale, John Nash, and John von Neumann, among others, Volume II includes Lloyd Shapley's groundbreaking 1953 paper, "A Value for n-person Games", which gave rise to the solution concept dubbed the "Shapley value". While Contributions aimed to provide an initial response to von Neumann and Oskar Morgenstern's pioneering work, Theory of Games and Economic Behavior (1944), Advances in Game Theory "has a different reason for existence. The field of game theory is now well established and widely diffused through the mathematical world, thanks in part to the success of the earlier volumes; papers on game theory regularly appear in many scientific journals. But with no single, specialised journal as focal point, there remains a serious problem of communication within the field ... Accordingly, this Study was conceived as a one-volume cross section of current activity in the theory of games" (Preface).

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        Vingt Fables. Illustrées de lithographies originales et d'ornements par Jean Lurçat

      André Gonin, Lausanne 1950 - Présentation sous forme de feuilles flottantes, 87 pages. Lithographies en couleurs par Jean Lurçat (1892-1966, France). Tirage de 250 exemplaires sur papier de Rives teinté, ainsi répartis : 12 exemplaires, marqués A à L, comprenant une grande gouache originale et une suite des 20 lithographies et des états sur Chine. 25 exemplaires, justifiés de 1 à 25, comprenant une suite des états sur Chine. 213 exemplaires numérotés de 26 à 238. Il a été tiré en outre 25 exemplaires hors commerce, marqués de I à XXV, pour l'artiste, l'éditeur et leurs collaborateurs. Notre exemplaire, un des 25 hors commerce, est marqué XXV, et, comme tous les exemplaires de ce tirage, il est bien accompagné des signatures (au crayon rouge) de l'éditeur et de l'artiste. Couverture souple à rabats, sous chemise rigide portant titre sur le dos et emboîtement rigide, environ 37.7x28.4x4.5 cm. Eventuel supplément pour les frais de port, catégorie colis env. 3 Kg avec emballage ; nous vous renseignons volontiers. Etat : bon. Emboîtement : assez bon, accident depuis l'ouverture sur une des petites tranches (déchirure env. 6.5 cm), sans grande conséquence. Chemise rigide : bon, défraîchie, ombres. Couverture souple : assez bon, frottements et micro-accidents au dos. Intérieur : très bon, état d'ancienneté. 36 x 27 x 3 cm 2485g. [Attributes: Soft Cover]

      [Bookseller: ABC - Eric Girod]
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        La lac des songes

      First edition, one of 20 copies hors commerce numbered on vellum azure, deluxe edition. Illustrated book of the author of frescoes. A small marginal tear without gravity on the first board. Rare and enjoyable full copy of his trailer. Les éditions bressanes Paris 1950 14x19cm en feuilles

      [Bookseller: Librairie Le Feu Follet]
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        POEMS DE CHARLES D'ORLEANS

      Paris: Ateliers Mourlot Freres for Editions la Revue Verve, 1950. A warm, vibrant and joyful celebration of life - Henri Matisse celebrates the elusive mystique of medieval love poetry in this magnificent portfolio of one hundred lithographed sheets. The troubadour poet, Charles d'Orleans, lived from 1394 -1465 and is believed by some to have been the sender of the first Valentine's Day gift. His poems are veiled yet alluring, a perfect source for modern artistic inspiration. Matisse worked upon this magnificent livre d'artiste in 1943: it was printed some years later by the master fine art lithographer, Fernand Mourlot, in 1950. (Mourlot is credited with reintroducing lithography as an art form in the twentieth-century, and his studio in Paris was frequented by Picasso, Chagall, Dali and others.) This is a beautiful portfolio, filled with fresh and spontaneous decorative patterns based on the tapestry tradition of the royal fleur-de-lis. Significantly, there is no letterpress as Matisse wrote the poems by hand for the lithographic printing process. The work is remarkable for its confidence and youthful vigour, created by Matisse at seventy-three years of age. 'Poems de Charles d'Orleans' combines the spontaneity and irreverence of a modern artist with the high chivalry and mystical love poetry of the Middle Ages. Limited edition of 1,200 copies signed by Henri Matisse: lithographic portfolio of one hundred sheets measuring 410 mm x 265 mm., with additional limitation leaf; in excellent condition within the original folding decorated wrappers, with the publisher's slipcase.

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        Civil Rights and the Negro; A List of References Relating to Present Day Discussions

      Tuskegee Institute, Alabama: The Department of Records and Research, Tuskegee Institute, 1950. Records and Research Pamphlet No.2, May 1950. Stamp of the Ball State Teachers College Library on the front wrapper and the title page, Faint erasure top edge front wrapper, Else Fine. 28 pages, printed on rectos only. A scarce and important reference work of the Civil Rights Movement in the United States.. First Edition. Printed Wrappers. Fine/No Jacket, As Issued. Large 8vo.

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        Three accordion-style oblong folio albums (355 x 230 mm.), containing 114 finely colored nihonga-style drawings of Japanese desserts on washi paper, by Eisen (Osamu) Kato, a prominent Kyoto artist, each with his seal (in two versions) stamped in the blank portion of image, various sizes (153 x 230 mm. to 127 x 180 mm.), mounted in the albums

      - Ca. 1950-59. A magnificent collection of 114 original drawings of regional traditional Japanese desserts, most of them manufactured for tea ceremonies, by Eisen Kato. Kato, born to a samurai family, was a well-known Kyoto artist most famous for his portraits. He received important portrait commissions of prominent people and several of these works are now in the Kyoto National Museum. He was the disciple of Bairei Kono (1844-95), the famous painter, book illustrator, and art teacher at Kyoto. Kato was commissioned, amongst other important projects, to ornament the Seigen Temple near Kyoto and to provide paintings to the Higashi Hongan Temple in Kyoto. The first volume contains the most finished illustrations - 56 in all - of the desserts and are all executed on mica-impregnated washi paper. Each contains Kato's notes regarding the name of the sweet, name of the maker and location, and a stamp with the artist's name. Many of these companies are still manufacturing these sweets. The other two volumes contain another 58 slightly less-finished drawings of desserts on regular washi paper. Each of these contain Kato's notes, again in his hand, describing each confectionary product, its name, and the manufacturer's name and place. All the illustrations bear an illegible stamp but we believe it to be another version of Kato's chop. The illustrations in all the volumes are highly detailed and richly colored. Japanese desserts (wagashi), so disappointing to some Western palates, are one of the glories of the Japanese table. These albums can be dated by the mention on one of the illustrations of Crown Prince Akihito's wedding which took place in 1959. Preserved in a very elegant wooden box.

      [Bookseller: Jonathan A. Hill, Bookseller Inc.]
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        VENGEANCE IS MINE

      Dutton, NY 1950 - VG book, GOOD DJ(in Brodart). FINE inside. "First edition" stated. Attractive DJ front panel. $2.50 on lower front flap. Bright book, in & out. Text block top edge lightly foxed, one small stain on fore & bottom edges. Book extrems rubbed but not worn. All four tips square and flat. Spine ends with only a hint of rounding. FINE inside. ZERO aging, foxing, soiling, marginalia, etc. Tight binding, book stays closed when stood on its spine, a sign of having been read with care. Attractive but worn DJ. DJ corners & tips with 1/4" to 1/2" chips and comparable closed tears. Bottom 2/3 of front flap fold line torn. Rear panel rubbed. VG book, GOOD DJ. A "Gilt Edged Mystery" novel, Spillane's 3rd. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        L'Académie des Dames

      New York, Sixty-Ninth Avenue not dated, probably 1950 - 1300 Edition of 325 copies including 20 original erotic b/w lithographs by Albert Marquet, signed "A.M." Copy on Vélin d'Arches. Print Suite. Stamp "Collezione Contessa Anna Laetitia Pecci Blunt" on the rear of each print. Very rare volume in near perfect conditions, only 3 of the lithographs are lightly damaged. [Attributes: Signed Copy]

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        Korean War Photo Album with Service Medal and Issuing Letter.

      South Korea, circa 1950-1955 - Album of snapshot photographs from the Korean War, of an English officer, R.G. Chambers of Watford, Hertfordshire, who served with British No. 1 Infantry Troops Recovery Unit, Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers (REME). Together with the officer's United Nations Service Medal for Korea (UNKM) in its original blue box, and with the original letter of issue from the Royal Army Medal Office stamped 26 January 1956. Album contains 103 photographs taken at Seoul and Inchon [Incheon], a few with the officer's manuscript captions to verso, each mounted with corners onto black cardstock leaves separated with tissue guards. Oblong 8vo. album purchased in Asia and measuring approximately 39 x 26,5 cm, with exquisitely illustrated and vibrantly coloured lacquered wood boards, and decorated endpapers. Photographs vary in size, the smallest measuring approximately 4,5 x 5,5 cm, and the largest 12 x 8,5 cm. Small chips to album corners, decorative wooden panel to rear of spine cracked though not affecting the integrity of the binding, otherwise items are in Very Good Condition, a beautiful and solid album with crisp photographs and a clean, well-preserved medal. This album provides an unusually thorough visual tour of the military camps of the 1st Commonwealth Division, R.E.M.E. Recovery Unit, both at Seoul and at Incheon during the Korean War, as well as city views with glimpses into civilian life. Centered largely on the camp of the Recovery Unit to which he was posted, a sign within the camp also shows the tents of New Zealand's 162 and 163 military units. Several large military vehicles are shown, which suggest that he repaired many. Especially in the environs of Seoul, hilly landscape, rough terrain, narrow roads with sharp bends took a great toll on the army trucks and tanks, engine and gearbox life was estimated no more than 500 hours, a recovery unit mechanic's job was a demanding one. Even retrieving a disabled vehicle was quite a challenge as the American troops had been ordered to destroy all bridges. Capturing his interest, he includes a snapshot photograph of a Chinese three-wheeled truck with canopy cover and glass windshield for the driver, and open back for cargo or passengers, sometimes known as a triporter. [Their design originated in Russia, and in their most basic form, were little more than a trailer attached to an engine by a pivoting beam. The engine drove the front wheel by means of a belt transmission. They came in three and four wheeled versions. Similar models continue to be produced today for commercial purposes.] Two harbour views show Inchon prior to General Douglas MacArthur's invasion known as the Battle of Inchon. Incheon was occupied by North Korean troops on 4 September 1950. The amphibious invasion took place from 10-19 September 1950, involved some 75,000 troops and 261 naval vessels, and was a decisive victory and strategic reversal in favor of the United Nations. The campaign led to the recapture of the South Korean capital of Seoul two weeks later. Chambers also includes images of the military rest center at Inchon [Incheon], situated in a park-like setting, and offering the men some reprieve from war duty. In Seoul he captures city street views with Koreans going about their regular routine. He includes a photograph of the iconic 'South Gate' or Namdaemun, officially known as the Sungnyemun (Gate of Exalted Ceremonies), being one of the eight gates from the fortress wall which surrounded the city back in the Joseon dynasty. A photograph of a downtown theatre advertising Abbott and Costello's 1955 film "Meet the Keystone Kops" suggests that Chambers continued to serve in Korea for some time during the post-Armistice period. Serving in the British Army, and ultimately assisting both the United Nations and the United States of America in defending and protecting South Korea, officer Chambers received the United Nations medal for his service in the Korean War. [The United Nations Service Medal for Ko

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        Literatur, Kunst, Satire ([bzw. ab 1950 mit dem Untertitel:] Literarisch-satirische Zeitschrift. Hrsg. von Herbert Sandberg u. Günther Weisenborn. Jahrgang 2-5/ 1947-1950 in 4 Bänden. (Bln.-Dahlem, Ulenspiegel-Verlag Haueisen/ [ab Jg. 3, Heft 11:] Bln.-Mitte, Der Ulenspiegel) 1947 - 1950. Folio. Sehr reich illustriert, meist farbig. O.-Hlwbde mit den original bedruckten Bezugspapieren (1 Einbandeckel mit hs. Deckelschild), die Rücken teils stärker lädiert, Bezugspapiere fleckig u. angestaubt; innen bis auf wenige kleine Randeinrisse sehr gut erhalten.

      - Fischer/ Dietzel 1175. Vorliegend die vollständige Satirezeitschrift der Nachkriegszeit ab Jahrgang 2 bis zur Einstellung der Zeitschrift mit Jahrgang 5, Heft 16 im August 1950; Jahrgang 5 mit allen Beilagen "Schwarz auf Weiß", die erst im letzten Jahrgang erschienen sind. Die Zeitschrift stand von 1946 bis 1948 unter der Alliierten-Lizenz der amerikanischen Militärbehörde und von 1949 bis 1950 unter der Lizenz der sowjetischen Behörden. Die Chefredaktion führte zeitweise Karl Schnog. Der "Ulenspiegel" gilt als ein wichtiges Kapitel des kulturellen Neubeginns nach den Hitlerjahren in Deutschland. In den Redaktionssitzungen trafen sich Schriftsteller und Künstler, Emigranten, Redakteure und Grafiker, die den Nationalsozialismus überlebt hatten, zu Diskussionen um die Gegenwart und Zukunft Deutschlands von den demokratischen Anfängen bis zum Kalten Krieg und der Spaltung. Mit Texten und Illustrationen von Bele Bachem, Johannes R. Becher, Wolfgang Borchert, Bertolt Brecht, Alexander Camaro, Otto Dix, Richard Drews, Alfred Döblin, Jean Effel, Heinrich Ehmsen, René Graetz, George Grosz, John Heartfield, Hannes Hegen, Josef Hegenbarth, Robert Herlth, Stephan Hermlin, Hermann Hesse, Karl Hofer, Karl Holtz, Hanna Höch, Heinrich Kilger, Werner Klemke, Käthe Kollwitz, Alfred Kubin, Günter Kunert, Lothar Kusche, Erich Kästner, Max Lingner, Jeanne Mammen, Frans Masereel, Arno Mohr, Henry Moore, Oskar Nerlinger, Boris Pasternak, Max Pechstein, Paul Rosié, Jean-Paul Sartre, Albert Schaefer-Ast, Rudolf Schlichter, Robert Wolfgang Schnell, Karl Schnog, Anna Seghers, Elizabeth Shaw, Paul Strecker, Günther Strupp, Georg Tappert, Walter Trier, Kurt Tucholsky, Berthold Viertel, Wolfgang Weyrauch, Günther Weisenborn, Friedrich Wolf, Carl Zuckmayer u.v.a. - Auf dem hinteren Vorsatz von Jahrgang 2 eine Original-Bleistiftzeichnung von Günter Kunert. [Attributes: Soft Cover]

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        PARAGONE - LETTERATURA. Rivista bimestrale diretta da Roberto Longhi.

      Firenze / Milano / Firenze, Sansoni / Rizzoli / Mondadori / Sansoni, 1950-1971. In-8 p. (mm. 215x143), brossura orig. Di questa importante e celebre rivista letteraria bimestrale offriamo una raccolta completa delle prime 22 annate, dal febbraio 1950 (n. 2, Anno I) al dicembre 1971 (n. 262, Anno XXII). Il n. 64 (aprile 1955) è in fotocopia. Le prime 5 annate sono rilegate in cartonato edit. (in 5 voll.); le restanti 17 sono composte da 6 fascicoli per anno, in brossura. “Periodico mensile artistico e letterario, fondato da Roberto Longhi a Firenze nel 1950 (n. 1, gennaio), edito da Sansoni fino al dicembre 1961, poi da Rizzoli, da Mondadori e di nuovo da Sansoni. Stampa alternativamente un numero di "Arte" e un numero di "Letteratura". Tuttora in corso. Di chiaro indirizzo antologico, la serie letteraria si è sempre orientata al di sopra di ogni moda passeggera. Così negli indici ricorrono i nomi di Ungaretti, Montale, Gadda, De Robertis, Cecchi, come pure i nomi degli scrittori affermatisi dal 1930 al 1940: Luzi, Contini, Bigongiari, Sereni, Bertolucci ecc. E un merito notevole da attribuirsi a "Paragone" sta nell'aver scoperto o contribuito a scoprire un gruppo di autori del tutto nuovi tra i quali, Bassani, Fenoglio, Pasolini, Volponi, Arbasino”. Così “Diz. autori italiani contemporanei” (Vallecchi, 1974), p. 977-78. Tutta la raccolta è molto ben conservata.

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        SOMEBODY ON THE PHONE

      Philadelphia and New York: J. B. Lippincott and Co., 1950.. Octavo, boards. First edition. Collects eight stories. The title story and another not from this collection were the basis for the Argentine film "No Abras Nunca Esa Puerto." A nearly fine copy in nearly fine dust jacket with some mild rubbing, some foxing to the rear panel, and several fox marks to spine. Still an attractive copy of an uncommon book seldom found in nice condition. (#154571)

      [Bookseller: L. W. Currey, Inc.]
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        THE MAPS OF SAN FRANCISCO BAY from the Spanish Discovery in 1769 to the American Occupation

      San Francisco, CA: The Book Club of California | The Grabhorn Press, 1950. Limited Edition. Quarter Leather. Near Fine binding. Folio. One of 300 copies printed by The Grabhorn Press. California historian and librarian Neal Harlow wrote this as his Master's Thesis at Berkeley and it's considered an excellent work of Californiana scholarship. This copy finely bound in original patterned boards with red crushed morocco backstrip, as issued by the Grabhorns. One of their most sumptuous productions. Near Fine binding.

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        Premiers pas de l'univers

      First edition, one of 15 numbered copies on Hollande, tirage de tête.A very good copy. Gallimard Paris 1950 12x19cm broché

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        Rues et visages de New-York de Chas Laborde. Texte de Paul Morand.

      - Paris, Lacourière, 1950. In-folio en ff. libres, (2)ff.bl.-(22)ff. et 15 planches en couleurs (complet) avec serpentes imprimées, sous portefeuille à rabats (petite déchirure à un rabat) et lacets. Tirage limité à 230 exemplaires numérotés, ici un des 200 sur grand vélin d'Arches (après 20 Japon). Bel exemplaire. * Voir photographie(s) / See picture(s). *** Membre du SLAM et de la LILA / ILAB Member. La librairie est ouverte du mardi au samedi de 14h à 19h. Si vous souhaitez passer à la librairie pour un livre, merci de nous prévenir au préalable, l'ensemble du stock visible en ligne n'étant pas immédiatement consultable. *** Langue : Français

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