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        Rabbits with a pastoral valley below.

      Sussex, England: circa late 1940s-early1950s - Oil on Winsor and Newton's "Rathbone" Canvas board. 16 x 12 inches. Signed lower right. Osmond was born on 6 May 1900 in Orford, Suffolk, the son of the Rev. Percy Herbert Osmond (a clergyman with the Church of England) and his wife, Agnes Paulina (née Sadler), and grew up in Surrey where his father was appointed to the vicarage of Ewshot, near Farnham, in 1906. Osmond was educated privately and, from 1917, studied at Regent Street Polytechnic, earning his Art Teacher's Diploma and a Diploma in Art History in 1924. He taught part-time at Hastings College of Technology, Sussex, and at Hornsey College of Art whilst exhibiting his work, primarily painting in oils and illustrations in wash and line.Osmond was married to Constance M. Biggs, a sculpter who also exhibited at the Royal Academy, in 1927 and turned freelance in 1928, contributing illustrations to Hutchinson' Pie and to books, including a Reader's Library edition of Black Beauty (1932).He began writing and illustrating his own books in the early 1950s, the first of which, A Valley Grows Up, was published by the Oxford University Press in 1953. It went on to win the Carnegie Medal for the year's most outstanding children's book in 1954. That same year, Osmond began writing and illustrating the Animals of the World series for Oxford University Press (1954-57) which were widely praised for their depth and detail. Osmond subsequently wrote and illustrated a wide variety of books, including From Drumbeat to Tickertape (1960), a study of communication, The Artist in Britain, from the eighth to the twentieth century (1961), and Exploring Fashions and Fabrics (1967). He continued to produce popular books on animals and the peoples of other lands as well as illustrating The Thames Flows Down (1957), written by his wife under the pen-name Laurie Osmond.Osmond was a member of the Society of Industrial Artists and the Society of Authors. His death was registered in Lewes, E. Sussex, in 1981. ( [Attributes: Signed Copy]

      [Bookseller: Wittenborn Art Books]
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        Likero-Vodochniye Izdeliya. [Wine and Liquor Products]

      N.p.: Ministerstvo Pishevoy Promishlennocti, 1950. Octavo-sized, accordion fold (25 x 18 cm.), [24] pages. Illustrated with seventeen color plates by C.B. Popov. First edition. A trade catalogue of Russian liquors, issued by the Russian Ministry of Food. The spirits are of all types, with a wide range of vodkas, but also a rich variety of cordials, brandies and dessert liqueurs. The handsome color plates all stand out for their single color backgrounds, and the printing process would appear to have been a hybrid combining photolithography and lithography and then colored. Whatever one makes of the Soviet cultural landscape in general, it did attain high standards in some fields, and in a modest way, this trade catalogue is a proud reflection of its aesthetic achievement. Clean and bright within. Textured wrappers with debossed copper lettering and gilt ruling; lightly soiled and with wear and some separation at spine. Good. [OCLC locates no copies].

      [Bookseller: Rabelais - Fine Books on Food & Drink]
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        Burning Bright

      The Viking Press, New York 1950 - First Edition, First Printing authentically SIGNED by John Steinbeck on the front free endpaper. This ORIGINAL dustjacket has the publisher's $2.50 printed price present on the front flap and is rich in color with minor wear to the edges. The book is in great shape with light wear to the boards. The pages are clean with NO writing or marks in the book. This copy comes from the Steinbeck Family Library that was auctioned off originally to raise money (From the Library of The Steinbeck Family bookplate present) A lovely SIGNED by the author in collector's condition. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Quintessential Rare Books, LLC]
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        Original Drawing of Snoopy by Charles M. Schulz.

      Large original drawing of Snoopy with a musical note coming out of his mouth, signed "For Muffy with love- SNOOPY" and Signed by Charles Schulz. In fine condition. The drawing measures 11 inches by 14 inches. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 18.75 inches by 22 inches. An exceptionally large drawing. "Peanuts first appeared in October 1950 in eight daily newspapers. The feature was immediately popular and was soon picked up by hundreds of other newspapers throughout the country. By the end of the decade Schulz had become arguably the best-known cartoonist in the United States... By the time of Schulz's death [in 2000] he had drawn a total of 18,250 Peanuts strips, and the cartoon was syndicated in 2600 newspapers worldwide, appearing in 21 languages in 75 countries" (ANB).

      [Bookseller: Raptis Rare Books]
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        Art Bref suivi de Premieres Alluvions

      [Paris]: GLM, 1950. One of 925 on alfama paper, from a limited total issue of 975 copies. Together with: Char, Rene. Dehors la nuit est gouvernee precede de Placard pour un chemin des ecoliers. [Paris:] GLM, 1949. One of 975 from a limited total issue of 1022 copies. Bound together in 3/4 green morocco and pastepaper over boards, original wrappers bound in, teg, edges rubbed, very good. This is a series of short prose pieces and poems by this influential early subscriber to the Surrealist group.

      [Bookseller: Priscilla Juvelis, Inc.]
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        Christmas Card signed 'Lilibet' & 'Philip' while Duke & Duchess of Edinburgh (b. 1926, Queen of Great Britain) & PHILIP (Duke of Edinburgh, b. 1921, her Husband)

      1950 - under the printed greeting, opposite a coloured photo of Clarence House, 8½" x 7" in folded ivory card with gilt crest on the front, no date. circa This card would have been sent to a close friend or family member [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Sophie Dupre ABA ILAB PADA]
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        Guardians of the Abbey #46 in the Abbey series

      Frederick Muller Ltd London 1950 - 1st ed. hardback book with dust jacket, both in good condition, not ex-library. There are no names, foxing inside front and back covers, clean cream pages, clipped dust jacket has slight chipping at top of spine and front rh corner. One b&w drawing as frontispiece: "Did you know they were there?" plus b&w drawings throughout the text. Joan offers the job of Abbey Guardians to Rachel and Damaris. Rachel loves it: she can write books and help the next generation of Abbey girls. For Damaris it is second best: an accident has cut short her promising career as a dancer but she is courageous and struggles to make the best of it. Please ignore abe's shipping quote as this book will cost less to post within Australia. Will cost less than abe's quote to post within Australia. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Helen Boomsma of babyboomerbooks]
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        FARMER IN THE SKY

      New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1950. First edition. A fine copy in a fine dust jacket with slight edge rubbing. (17066). Octavo, cloth. A Heinlein juvenile novel. Anatomy of Wonder (1995) 5-61.

      [Bookseller: John W. Knott, Jr., Bookseller, ABAA/ILA]
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        Ephemeral Collection

      - Two small photographs, one of Sylvia Beach and her longtime lover, Adrienne Monnier seated outside in a country setting ( "inked "49" on verso) and another of Beach's country retreat with a penned notation at bottom: "chalet de Sylvia Les Déserts Savoie". The latter is worn at edges with small loss at corners.Along with the following material: A membership card to the Société des Amis de Léon-Paul Fargue (dated 1950) with the inscribed name of Beach and her bookstore address (likely in her own hand); a folded invitation bearing Beach's name, inviting her to attend an exhibition of the work of Fargue on the 5th anniversary of his death; a publicity card for an Hommage a Léon-Paul Fargue; a copy of Correspondence Revue (dec., 1928) containing the essay "Le Théatre Élisabéthain" which pears a notation in the hand of Mauirice Saillet, along with her signature on first page. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

      [Bookseller: Elysium Books]
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        Elles se rendent pas compte

      - Editions du scorpion, Paris 1950, 12x19cm, broché. - Prima edizione, una delle 120 copie numerate su Alfa solo le carte. copia rara e piacevole. - [FRENCH VERSION FOLLOWS] Edition originale, un des 120 exemplaires numérotés sur  alfa, seuls grands papiers. Rare et agréable exemplaire.

      [Bookseller: Librairie Feu Follet]
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        LE MODULOR ESSAI SUR UNE MESURE HARMONIQUE A L'ECHELLE HUMAINE APPLICABLE UNIVERSELLEMENT A L'ARCHITECTURE ET A LA MECANIQUE

      L'ARCHITECTURE D'AUJOURD'HUI SD, Boulogne - COLLECTION ASCORAL Francese Tiratura di 3.000 esemplari, 1950 ca., vol. 4, coperta morbida con sovraccoperta ingiallita, con piccoli strappi alla cima e con adesivo numerico al piede, illustrazioni in nero, pagine brunite ai bordi causa tempo

      [Bookseller: Biblioteca di Babele]
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        Kalender für die Leistungsprüfungen von Warmblut- und Kaltblutpferden. Konvolut von Bänden = Jahrgänge 1950 - 1955

      Dillenburg Vorhanden sind hier die Nummern 1-42 ( Jahrgang 1950 ) mit 933 Seiten, Nummer 1-43 ( Jahrgang 1951 ) mit 970 Seiten, Nr. 1-47 ( Jahrgang 1952 ) mit 896 Seiten, Nr. 1-47 ( Jahrgang 1953 ) mit 953 Seiten, Nummer 1-49 ( Jahrgang 1954 ) mit 1096 Seiten sowie Nr.1-48 ( Jahrgang 1955 ) mit 1146 Seiten. ( In sich offenbar jeweils so cpl.). Jeweils in goldgeprägten Hln der Zeit aufgebunden, 8°. Jeweils mit sehr zahlreichen Tabellen, Ausschreibungen, Namenslisten und Ergebnissen der Pferdeleistungsschauen, Besitzerwechsel von Pferden etc..Einbände etwas angestaubt, gering fleckig. Innen Papier durchgehend stärker gebräunt, wenige Seiten etwas fleckig. Auf einigen Vorsätzen handschriftliche Notizen, Jahrgang 1955 zu Beginn Seiten stärker angeknickt bzw. eselsohrig - insgesamt aber von guter Erhaltung. - sehr selten - ( Gesamtgewicht 6000 Gramm ) ( Pic erhältlich / webimage available ) Versand D: 5,00 EUR Warmblüter, Kaltblüter, Pferde, Pferderassen, Gestüte, Leistungsprüfungen, Pferdezucht, Zucht, Hippologie

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat Friederichsen]
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        PEBBLE IN THE SKY

      Garden City: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1950. First edition. A fine copy in a fine dust jacket with a touch of rubbing to upper right corner tip and a two small closed tears, one to the base of the front panel (6 mm) and base of spine panel (8 mm). (16890). Octavo, jacket art by Richard Powers, cloth. The author's first SF novel (and first book). In the far future "Earth is largely a radioactive wasteland, populated by a few million inhabitants who are discriminated against by the rest of the galactic empire which has forgotten that Earth was humanity's original home." - Brians, Nuclear Holocausts: Atomic War in Fiction, 1895-1984, p. 122. Anatomy of Wonder (2004) II-51. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, p. 237. In 333.

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

      [Bookseller: Berliner Büchertisch eG]
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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]

      [Bookseller: 4th Dimension Books]
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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

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat Peter Petrej]
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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).

      [Bookseller: Raptis Rare Books ]
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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]

      [Bookseller: Antiquariaat de Roo]
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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).

      [Bookseller: Raptis Rare Books]
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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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