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        The Natural

      New York: Harcourt Brace and Co, 1952. First Edition. Hardcover. Fine/Very Good. Sought by both bibliophiles and baseball fans, this copy is worthy of addition to any collection. In custom-made clamshell box with leather patch title. 237 pp. Maroon covers lettered on spine in gilt. The author's first novel, the book has the merest traces of rubbing at corners. Spine ends ever-so lightly creased. Dust Jacket features a batter on a green background, has tiny touches of wear at extremities, price-clipped, now in mylar cover. Internally, the book is immaculate and unmarked, with a uniform whisper of age. At the lower fore-edges of pp.29-33 is a small dogear, apparently a binders' error.

      [Bookseller: Artisan Books & Bindery]
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        An Address Delivered . . . At The Seventeenth Annual Meeting of Delta Council

      Cleveland, Miss.: Delta State Teachers College Campus, 1952. First edition. The text of a speech by Faulkner, printed with his permission. According to Petersen, Faulkner agreed to speak to the Delta Council, which was composed of 3000 farmers and businessmen from an eighteen-county area, because he needed the $400 speaker's fee to buy a jeep. In the speech, he criticizes federal welfare programs and calls for a return to personal responsibility in the manner of "the old tough durable fathers," much as Emerson had done in the nineteenth century. Bound in the original green wrappers. A few small water spots to the front cover, else a fine copy of a rare Faulkner item.

      [Bookseller: Bromer Booksellers]
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      Garden City: Doubleday & Company, Inc.,. 1952. boards.. Boards a bit faded at edges, edges rubbed, a very good copy in nearly. fine dust jacket with mild rubbing to spine ends and corners and hint. of dust soiling to rear panel. A nice copy overall. (#142670). First edition. "... an effective standalone blend of mystery and adventure on a world where unspecified disaster has been foretold by a highly specialist expert now lost to amnesia." - John Clute / Malcolm J. Edwards, SFE (online). "Minor early Asimov set against the interstellar background of the Trantorian Empire (about to become the galactic empire of the 'Foundation' series). A complex adventure with an ant-racist theme." - Pringle, The Ultimate Guide to Science Fiction, second edition (1995), p. 83.

      [Bookseller: L. W. Currey, Inc.]
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        Complete collection of books and pamphlets of poetry published by the Fantasy Press,

      Oxford: The Fantasy Press., 1952 - 1962. Including the entire Fantasy Poets Series, as listed by John Cotton in his bibliography. 71 volumes, small octavo and quarto. A large collection mostly in original coloured card wrappers, 5 volumes in original cloth, 1 volume with original dust jacket and 2 volumes with original glassine wraps. Housed in dark blue cloth solander boxes. Some volumes have rust marks from staples, some light foxing to wrappers of New Poems Volume Two; Number Two, cloth of Fighting Terms a little discoloured, glassine wrapper of The Elegies of Ovid slightly browned and quite chipped at head and tail of spine, overall a superb and utterly complete collection. Fantasy Poets Series: Elizabeth Jennings, Peace Young, James Price, Donald Hall, Simon Broadbent, Peter Dale Scott, Paul West, F. George Steiner, Lotte Zurdorfer, Martin Seymore-Smith, Geoffrey Hill, Adrienne Cecile Rich, Michael Shanks, Michell Raper, A. Alvarez, Thom Gunn, Anthony Thwaite, Arthur Boyars, Donald Davie, Jonathan Price, Phillip Larkin, Kingsley Amis, Richard Selig, Adrian Mitchell, J. E. M. Lucie-Smith, John Holloway, Richard Drain, Laurence D. Lerner, Daibhidh Michell [Mitchell], H. S. Eveling, Mark Holloway, Richard Aldridge, Kenneth Wood, Dennis Keene, Richard Kell. New Poems Series: Vol. 1, (No.s 1-4) from Autumn 1952 to Summer 1953 edited by Donald Hall, Vol. 2 (No.s 1 & 2) No. 1 (Autumn 1953) edited by Donald Hall, No. 2 (undated) edited by Jonathan Price and Geoffrey Hall. Other books and pamphlets of poetry: Exile (1952) by Donald Hall, Poems (1953) by Elizabeth Jennings, Taproot (1953) by Lucien Stryk, Fighting Terms (1954) by Thom Gunn [2 copies], A Form of Words (1954) by George Macbeth, The Elegies of Ovid (1954) translated by Christopher Marlowe with 15 line drawings by Oscar Mellor, The Poems of David Raikes (1954), The Brides of Reason (1955) by Donald Davie, The Neclace (1955) by Charles Tomlinson, The Fool and the Fancy (1955) by Anthony Baily, This and That (1955) by Gordon Wharton, Poetry from Cambridge (1952-54) edited by Karl Miller, The Trespasser (1956) by Lucien Stryk, Mandragola (1956) by Niccolo Machiavelli, The Lovers Martyrdom (1957) translated by Ian Fletcher, The Calandar of love (1959) by Carl Bode, The Evans Country (1962) Kingsley Amis, Lectures to the Trainees (1962) by George Macbeth, Ladycross (1962) by Richard Coleman Williams, Walk from the House (1962) by Peter Dale, Other Hands (1962) by Michael Fried. Oxford Poetry Series: 1953 edited by Donald Hall and Geoffrey Hill, 1954 edited by Jonathan Price and Anthony Thwaite, 1955 edited by Adrian Mitchell and Richard Selig, 1956 edited by Bernard Donoughie and Gabriel Pearson, 1957 edited by Peter Ferguson and Dennis Keene, 1959 edited by Roger Lonsdale and Judy Spink, 1960 edited by John Fuller and Francis Hope.

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      1952. ONCHI Koshiro. HON NO BIJUTSU. 1952. Large 8vo., 135pp., hand-bound By Sei-enso in decorated leather. This is one of only 5 copies so bound of the entire edition of 1500 copies. Illustrated mostly in b+w, but with color plates. This is Onchi's seminal work on book design (the title translates as "book arts"); it includes his opinions on book aesthetics and a catalogue of his own extensive output of book designs. There is a bit of scant light foxing to some text leaves, but the illustrations are clean. Housed in (the original?) handmade paper-covered clamshell box. This is an essential work by arguably the most important book designer of modern Japan.

      [Bookseller: Boston Book Company]
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        A History of Golf in Great Britain

      London: Cassell & Company Ltd.,, 1952. With a foreword by Sir George Cunningham, GCIE, KCSI. Captain (1950-51) of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews. Quarto. Recent dark green morocco, titles and decoration to spine, raised bands, pictorial block to front board, single rule to turn-ins, marbled endpapers, gilt edges. With 5 colour plates and numerous black and white plates. Presentation bookplate to front free endpaper, an excellent copy. First edition, first impression. The other contributors are H. Gardiner-Hill; Sir Guy Campbell; Henry Cotton; Henry Longhurst; Leonard Crawley; Enid Wilson; Lord Brazabon of Tara.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        Orlando (The Marmalade Cat) A Seaside Holiday

      London, Country Life Ltd.,, 1952. Folio. Original pictorial paper boards, cloth spine, patterned endpapers. With the dust jacket. Lavishly illustrated throughout by the author. An exceptionally nice copy in the torn and creased dust jacket with some loss at the spine. First Edition, First Impression. With the author's signed presentation inscription to the verso of the front free endpaper, "To Roger Woolhead with love from Kathleen Hale." Presentation copies of Orlando titles are uncommon.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        Country Life Magazines

      - London - Country Life Magazine, 1952 Book. Very Good. Hardcover. All the consecutive issues of Country Life magazine fromJanuary 4th 1952to December 24th, 1953. Illustrated throughout with numerous photographs, paintings, and drawings, along with colour advertisements. Containig issues CXI, CXII (parts I and II), CXIII (parts I and II), and CXIV (parts I and II). Including articles on hunting, country houses, historical events, and much more. The magazine covers the pleasures and joys of rural life, as well as the concerns of rural people. It is primarily concerned with rural communities and their environments as well as the concerns of country dwellers and landowners and has a diverse readership which, although mainly UK based is also international. Much of its success has historically been built on its coverage of country houses, architecture and gardening. Country Life was launched in 1897, incorporating Racing Illustrated. At this time it was owned by Edward Hudson, the owner of Lindisfarne Castle and various Lutyens-designed houses including The Deanery in Sonning. At that time golf and racing served as its main content, as well as the property coverage, initially of manorial estates, that has become its mainstay. Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, the late Queen Mother, used to appear frequently on its front cover. The frontispiece, which usually features a young woman from a landed British family, is very well known and is called popularly Girls in Pearls, showing upper class British rural life in its most ideal light. Condition: In green cloth bindings. Externally, generally smart, though with some marks and light bumping to the spines. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are bright and clean. Overall: VERY GOOD..

      [Bookseller: Rooke Books]
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        CERBERUS. Poems

      Toronto: Contact Press, 1952 The First book of the press. First edition. 8vo, pp. 98. iIlustrated stiff brown wrappers. About 650 copies printed. Perhaps the single most important publishing venture in the annals of modern Canadian poetics, this breakthrough collaboration launched Contact Press in Canada & the Press's subsequent explosive period of poetry publishing, the most significant in the history of the nation. A seldom seen fine, fresh copy.. 1st Edition.

      [Bookseller: TBCL The Book Collector's Library]
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      Toronto: The Contact Press, 1952. Brown printed wrappers are slightly edgeworn, as they are larger than the guts of the book. Staple binding is exposed under the front and rear endpages, but is not unsightly. A rather nice copy of the first book from this important Canadian poetry press run by the three individuals who appear in this volume.. First Edition. Original Wrappers. Very Good +/No Jacket. 8vo.

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        Codicé Mexicanus. Bibliothèque Nationale de Paris. Nos 23-24

      Société des Américanistes, Paris 1952 - 2 sections. [387]-498+[1 plate] pages with tables, figures and bibliography. Part 2 Codex: 102 facsimile plates. Small folio (11 1/4" x 7 1/4") bound in original wrappers. Journal de la Société des Américanistes, New Series, volume XLI. Includes the following articles. L'ajagak, bilboquet eskimo by Robert Gessain; Collections archeologiques martinquaises de Musee de l'Homme by Raoul d'Harcourt; Introduction a l'archeologie martiniquaise by Le Pere Rober Pinchon; As mascaras-de-dansa dos Pancararu de Tacaratu by Estevao Pinto. First edition. The Codex Mexicanus is a late-sixteenth-century native manuscript with calendrical, genealogical, historical, and biblical contents presented in both pictures and prose. It is a small manuscript (measuring 10 × 20 centimeters), painted on native bark paper and bound as a Western book. The presence of two distinct hands (Mengin, 1952, p. 395), as well as multiple erasures and palimpsests, makes it clear that the manuscript was not written in a single period but instead was used, annotated, and altered over time. There are large gaps in our knowledge of the manuscript's history. Its authors were anonymous Nahuatl speakers; little is known about the circumstances of the manuscript's creation or use. In fact, we do not know anything of its history and provenience with certainty until its nineteenth-century ownership, first by Joseph Aubin and then by Eugène Goupil. It is now held at the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris. The manuscript is a composite one, consisting of several distinct sections. In order of their progression, these are an incomplete, European-derived Saint's day calendar (pp. 2–8); several pages with European calendrical and astrological information, including both a European and a native calendar wheel (pp. 9–12); charts with tonalpohualli day names and coefficients (pp. 13–14) and dates and numbers in both European and native systems (p. 15); genealogies of several Mexica rulers (pp. 16–17); year count annals that include the years 1168 through 1590 (pp. 18–87); biblical scenes (p. 88); and finally, a partial tonalamatl (pp. 89–101). The year count provides the history of the Mexica from their migration from Aztlán to Tenochtitlan and continues through the Conquest and Early Colonial period. Pages 24-34 of the year count annals contain Nahuatl texts in alphabetic script that treat the signs of the European Zodiac. The Codex Mexicanus can be likened to an almanac, in this case a personal reference work created and annotated by an educated Nahua. Traditionally, the Codex Mexicanus has been seen as an example of the fairly quick and complete process of acculturation (both artistic and intellectual) undergone by the Nahua during the course of the sixteenth century. This is the view taken by Donald Robertson (1994), for instance. A great deal of the manuscript's contents are clearly European-derived (such as the saint's day calendar and zodiacal information), and these demonstrate the influence of European thought on Nahua thought. It is in part this very hybridity, however, that makes the manuscript useful to scholars. The Codex Mexicanus provides us with an example of the intellectual reactions of the Nahua to the new ideas (in particular, calendrical and zodiacal ones) that entered Mexico during the Colonial period. It is a valuable source on Nahua culture of the early Colonial period because it provides a firsthand view of some of the ways in which the Nahua actively adapted their traditional modes of expression and their traditional knowledge to incorporate Spanish ideas. Condition: Some soiling to the wrappers, edges and spine sunned, some edge wear else a very good copy. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

      [Bookseller: The Book Collector]
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        DENNIS THE MENACE. Inscribed

      New York: Henry Holt & Company, 1952 Ketcham, Hank. DENNIS THE MENACE. Inscribed. New York: Henry Holt & Co., 1952. Glossy color illustrated white boards. First Edition of the First DTM book published. Thin 8vo., 64pp. A very good or better example of this benchmark cartoon character that has endured for over 50 years. Neatly signed & inscribed in black ink on the title page by Ketcham: "This book belongs to my Uncle John! Warm regards - Hank Ketcham 27 Oct. 1993 Monterey, Calif." Minor repair to the upper cover at the spine, otherwise a tight copy showing minor wear, replete with black & white illustrations throughout. Rarely found inscribed. In 1951, Ketcham started Dennis the Menace, the freckle-face scamp in droopy overalls whose mischievous childhood has endured for over 50 years, based on his own four-year-old son Dennis Ketcham. Ketcham was in his studio in October 1950, when his first wife, Alice Mahar, burst into the studio & complained that their four-year-old, Dennis, had wrecked his bedroom instead of napping. "Your son is a menace," she shouted. Within five months, 16 newspapers began carrying the adventures of the impish but innocent "Dennis the Menace". By May 1953, 193 newspapers in the United States & 52 abroad were carrying the strip to 30 million readers. In March, 2011, a half-century of the publication of Dennis the Menace cartoons was celebrated, with the panel running in 1,000 newspapers in 48 countries & 19 languages, amusing a worldwide audience. . Signed by Author. First Edition.. Illus. by Hank Ketcham.

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      London: William Heinemann, (1952)., 1952 First Edition. Number 20 of 500 copies Signed by Maugham. A fine copy in beige over navy calf, morocco label titled and ruled in gilt, t.e.g., many pages uncut, in the original clear glassine dustwrapper. Housed in the publisher's black slipcase. 8vo. 241pp. Stott A74a. Exceptional copy.. Signed by Author. First Edition.

      [Bookseller: TBCL The Book Collector's Library]
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        Typescript Letter and Autograph Note, Signed, to Mrs. Bertram Hulen

      1952. [Hulen, Bertram D. (1889-1949)]. Frankfurter, Felix [1882-1965]. [Typescript Letter and Autograph Note, Signed by Felix Frankfurter, to Mrs. Bertram Hulen, And Related Items]. Washington, DC, January 10, 1952. 4" x 5" autograph note, signed, to Mrs. Bertram D. Hulen on U.S. Supreme Court letterhead clipped to carbon copy of typewritten 8" x 10" letter to Albert Balink. [And] [Typewritten Letter, Signed by Julius Klein, to Mrs. Hulen]. Washington, DC, January 16, 1952]. [With] [Invitation to the 1952 William the Silent Award Dinner, With Envelope]. New York, January 22, 1952. [And] [A Group of Newspaper Clippings About the Award Dinner]. January, 1952. Negligible wear and soiling. A well preserved collection. * Hulen, a reporter for the New York Times, was the dean of State Department reporters. He was killed in a plane crash in India while returning from an assignment in Indonesia. This collection relates to his posthumous nomination for the 1952 William the Silent Award for Journalism. The Frankfurter letter is an unsigned carbon copy. It is addressed to the head of the Award's executive committee. The justice expresses regret that he will not be able to attend the dinner and implies strongly that the award should go to Hulen. Frankfurter notes his friendship with Hulen and praises his contributions to journalism and democracy. The attached autograph note, signed with a full signature, shows that the copy was given to Mrs. Hulen. The letter from Klein, a member of the committee, accompanied the invitation to the award dinner. In the end the award went to Anne O'Hare McCormick of the New York Times Editorial Board.

      [Bookseller: The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd.]
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        La France de Profil [A Profile of France]

      Lusanne: La Guilde du Livre. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Fine/Fine. FIRST EDITION. "Of all Strand's books, La France de profil (A Profile of France) is the truest collaboration with a writer. It is Roy's book as much as Strand's. Not content only to write a text explaining the imagery, or describing France, Roy allowed the physical form of his writing to be guided by the form of the pictures. Pages were conceived as image-text pieces, with the writer's hand-written texts wittily echoing the photograph's compositional lines across the pages, or combined with photographs placed amongst paragraphs collaged from newspapers. All this was couched in the most illustrious gravure from the DDR." Strand "used individual people and places to talk about universal issues- the dignity of the ordinary man, the relationship between man and nature, the necessity to work, and human mortality. Frequently the gorgeousness of his photographs distracts from these themes, but they are there, and if one sometimes finds it hard to tease them out, one is more than adequately compensated by the sheer beauty of his images" (Parr/Badger, The Photobook, I.207). Roth 136. Lusanne: La Guilde du Livre, (1952). Quarto, original photo-pictorial dust jacket over stiff wrappers; original glassine; custom clamshell box. With a Guilde du Livre bookplate laid-in. Small chips to glassine. A fine copy.

      [Bookseller: The Manhattan Rare Book Company]
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        VERVE An Artistic and Literary Quarterly. Volume VII, Numbers 27/28

      Paris: Verve, 1952. First edition. Hardcover. Orig. illustrated boards. Very good/No Dust Jacket. 36 x 27 cm. Host of original lithographs -- Braque (cover) printed by Mourlot, and in consecutive order as they appear in the volume, and with number of original lithographs by each artist in parenthesis: Braque [2], Matisse [4], Laurens [2], Giacommetti [2], Masson [4], Leger [4], Miro [5], Bores [2], Gromaire [2], Chagall [8]. Many are in color and some are double-paged. Cartier-Bresson contributes two photographs of the pond at Giverney -- what Monet saw and felt. Plus additional black and white and color plates, some tipped-in. Text in French. Slight chipping backstrip head and foot.

      [Bookseller: Royoung bookseller, Inc.]
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        Player Piano

      New York: Charles Scribner's, 1952.. First edition of the author's first book. Octavo, original green cloth. Lengthily inscribed by the author, "Warmest possible greetings to Jack Cordes, Who this day, God love him, asked me to autograph a book which, unloved, went out of print thirteen years ago. Kurt Vonnegut Jr. Iowa City Sept. 29, 1966". An excellent near fine copy, which shows some of the usual sunning to the cloth extremities in a bright near fine dust jacket that shows only light toning to the spine panel. Housed in a custom quarter morocco clamshell box. An exceptional inscription.

      [Bookseller: Raptis Rare Books, ABAA/ ILAB]
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        The Heart of Spain

      New York: Veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, Inc.,, 1952. Anthology of fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Introduction by Dorothy Parker. Octavo. Original blue cloth, titles to spine gilt and insignia to front board in blind. With the panels and flaps of the dust jacket preserved and pasted down to the endpapers. Spine tanned with a few small dented points, corners rubbed, faint partial tanning to endpapers. A very good copy. First edition, first printing, of the Veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade's "partisan anthology" collecting poetry and prose on the side of Republican Spain against Franco. This is poet and activist Nancy Cunard's copy, sent to her (in Lot, France) from London by Alec Digges, then secretary of the International Brigade Association and Friends of Republican Spain (who also is credited with the inception of Amnesty International in 1954, originally conceived by him as a call for amnesty for political prisoners in Spain. Peter Benenson, more usually touted as the originator, in fact consulted Digges before writing his 1961 Observer article "The Forgotten Prisoners"). This copy includes, tipped in at the rear, a typed letter signed (17th August 1952) from Digges to Cunard indicating the gift of this book "which I think you will love... I could not lay it down when I started and stayed up nearly all night reading it", thanking her for sending him French news clippings relating to events in Gouffre Lepineaux (noted spelunker and sometime French Resistance runner Marcel Loubens had just fallen to his death exploring the Pyrenean gulf), and discussing his efforts to help Republican prisoners of war still incarcerated, and also to rouse trade union and labour movement against the Government's export of arms to Franco's Spain. Cunard has written on the front pastedown a note enthusiastically praising the book, listing her favourite parts, and roundly concluding, "Also one of the finest Anthologies of all time". Cunard, who had had an extensive role as a journalist and activist on the Republican side, clearly loved this book and read it with reminiscent fervour; it is full of her involved self-referential annotations (many signed "N.C."), noting her personal acquaintance with many of the listed authors and providing additional information from her own experiences in Spain; admittedly these are not without a hint of self-aggrandisement, "Perhaps I was the first journalist to force my way in that particular hell". In the bibliography, Cunard has noted next to the "Writers Take Sides, New York, League of American Writers, 1938" entry, "My title copied by them - N." Cunard, with Auden and Spender, conceived and edited "Authors Take Sides on the Spanish War" (London: Left Review, 1937), which compiled the responses of authors to her questionnaire "Are you for, or against, the legal Government and the People of Republican Spain?" and "are you for, or against, Franco and Fascism? For it is impossible any longer to take no side". Cunard's own answer to this question gives some indication of how much the issue, and this book, meant to her: "Spain is not "politics," but life; its immediate future will affect every human who has a sense of what life and its facts mean, who has respect for himself and humanity. Above all others, the writer, the intellectual, must take sides. His place is with the people against fascism; his duty, to protest against the present degeneration of the democracies.

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        Player Piano

      Scribner’s Sons, New York, 1952. Player Piano by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. First printing in facsimile dust jacket. Publisher: Scribner’s Sons, New York, 1952. First printing with the publisher’s letter A and device on the copyright page. Binding is in very good condition, spine faded, and edges with toning. Contents clean. Facsimile dust jacket as new. 295 pages. Protected by Mylar. Inventory #12-234. Price: $525.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/As New.

      [Bookseller: Discovery Bay Old Books]
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        Mercedes of Castile; or, The Voyage to Cathay

      Small 8vo. Brown blind-embossed cloth with gilt spine. xii, 260pp, 232pp. Very good. Binding a bit rubbed, but tight-hinged and nice. Tight and attractive copy of Volume 20 (only) from a set of "Cooper's Novels" (so marked on spine) -- but an odd volume with an outstanding history: Strong evidence points to this very copy residing in the hotel room where the Lincolns lived before departing for Washington, DC. The book is accompanied by a Typed Letter Signed from noted Lincoln scholar HARRY E. PRATT, author of "The Personal Finances of Abraham Lincoln" and other respected scholarly works. 1p, 8½" X 11", Springfield, IL, 1952 October 28. Addressed to noted Lincoln/Civil War scholar, radio pioneer and Broadcast Music Inc. president Carl Haverlin (1899-1985). Near fine. On "Illinois State Historical Society" letterhead, which lists Pratt as Secretary-Treasurer, Pratt explains in a letter that accompanied this book to Haverlin: "The book which belonged to John W. Chenery who purchased the hotel which he renamed the Chenery House in 1854 and where the Lincoln lived for the last five or six days they were in Springfield is, according to his son, William Dodd Chenery, one of the complete set which was in the Lincoln rooms at the Chenery House. There was no liquor served in the Chenery House so Lincoln could not while his time away and therefore was compelled to search for other amusement. At least this is one departure you could make. When William Dodd Chenery gave me the complete set one volume was missing. This volume was supposed to have been the one that Lincoln started to read and liking the story so well asked if he might take the volume with him and return it when he had finished with it. William Dodd wrote this story on the fly leaves of the first volume. I sold the set in 1944 to the Van Norman Book Company at Galesburg. When I bought back some of the books a few months ago there were only seven or eight volumes left in this set and Volume I was gone...." Chats about other Lincoln matters. Signed simply "Harry" at the conclusion in black ink. Also present is the mailing label from the package that transmitted this book from Pratt to Haverlin. John W. Chenery (1826-73) was a Massachusett who came to Springfield in 1852 and operated a hotel there with his father until 1855, at which time they purchased a hotel, added to it and renamed it Chenery House, which it remained until 1877. The historical record shows that after becoming president-elect, Lincoln rented out his home and the family moved into the Chenery House at the corner of Fourth and Washington Streets until departing for Washington on February 11th, 1861. The front flyleaf bears a bold "Jno W. Chenery / Springfield / June 28th/58" and the rear flyleaf bears a small, neat "John W. Chenery" ownership inkstamp. Could this be the very volume from this set that Lincoln read and borrowed? Not enough evidence to substantiate. Was this volume in the set of "Cooper's Novels" that graced the Lincolns' hotel room before their fateful journey? Almost certainly. We have not been able to verify whether any other volumes from this same Cooper set survive. An intriguing, provocative copy.

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        Framed Quick Magazine Cover of Jackie Robinson with Signature

      Quick Magazine New York: Quick Magazine, 1952. A very nice framed small cover of Quick Magazine with Jackie Robinson on the cover along with a small inscribed card by Robinson mounted beneath the cover. The piece measures 12" x 8". Fine. . Framed Photograph. African Americans, Sports, Baseball, Signed Photos, Athletes. Catalogs: African American , Sports, Signed Books.

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        THE LITTLE HORSE BUS. Illustrated by Dorothy Craigie

      London: Max Parrish, 1952 From TBCL's Children's Bookcase. Illustrated by Dorothy Glover under the name Dorothy Craigie. Glover & Graham Green had an affair from 1938 until the late forties. Squarish, slim 4to., 35pp. Illustrated throughout in colour. Original red cloth with gilt coach on upper cover. Original pictorial dustwrapper. First edition. A fine copy in wrapper with one tiny chip expertly restored at the spine crown. One of the four very uncommon Graham Greene children's adventures. R.A Wobbe; Graham Greene - Bibliography: Guide to Research, A29.. 1st Edition. Illus. by Dorothy Glover / Dorothy Craigie.

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        A Hole Is To Dig. A First Book of First Definitions [with] Kenny's Window

      New York:: Harper & Brothers,. 1952.. First edition, first issue. Two inscribed copies of Maurice Sendak's works, one "A Hole is To Dig", illustrated with photos of the dedicatee and Sendak dancing. With 'Grr-r- r" on p. 23, in a price clipped dust jacket. The other "Kenny's Window", first edition, first issue, both charmingly illustrated and inscribed by Sendak to June Shagaloff. & & "A Hole is To Dig" is illustrated by 2 miniature photographs, one a portrait of June and one of Sendak & June dancing. In a riff on the book's format, the back free endpaper is titled in red "A June-bug is to love". Above the photo of June & Maurice dancing, Sendak has drawn a small caption "End Lunch Counter Discrimination", a reference to June's activism with the NAACP. At the inside margin, Sendak has drawn a small girl, along with "Goodby Grr-r- r", and name "from Sassie Petellin 1960". At the time of the inscription, Sendak was dating June's sister, Bunny Shagaloff. & & June Shagaloff Alexander is a community activist. In 1950, she joined the NAACP Legal Department, later the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, headed by Thurgood Marshall, who would later become a Justice on the United States Supreme Court. She helped develop the social research which was critical in "Brown vs. the Board of Education" and worked to end discrimination in the United States. She retired from the NAACP in 1972. (Wikipedia).& & 5 3/8 x 6 3/4" [48pp]. Green pictorial papered boards, black cloth spine, very good condition. The dust jacket is a little foxed , dusty & rubbed at edges. & & [WITH]& & "Kenny's Window". New York: Harper & Brothers, 1956. First edition, first issue. First book written and illustrated by Sendak, very scarce, this copy in a rare dust jacket, priced at $2.00. Copy inscribed to June Shagaloff, friend of Sendak's in the 1950s and the sister of Bunny Shagaloff, Sendak's female love interest. Bunny was invited to meet Sendak's parents, buying a yellow spring coat for the dinner. & & Inscribed on the front free endpaper "For June on her birthday - with much affection, Maurice", with a drawing of a boy holding a birthday cake. June Shagaloff Alexander is a community activist. In 1950, she joined the NAACP Legal Department, later the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, headed by Thurgood Marshall, who would later become a Justice on the United States Supreme Court. She helped develop the social research which was critical in "Brown vs. the Board of Education" and worked to end discrimination in the United States. She retired from the NAACP in 1972. (Wikipedia).& & 8vo, [62pp], original pictorial tan cloth, title in black, tan buckram spine (a little etched on front upper spine panel), slightly bowed. Dust jacket tanned, with a large portion of the spine lacking but front and back panel largely intact. Endpapers a little foxed. & & Intriguing association copies- before Sendak clarified his sexual orientation.

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        Methoden der Organischen Chemie (Houben-Weyl). Vierte Vollig neu Gestaltete Auflage. Volumes 1-15/2 lacking volume 9a in 63 bindings

      Stuttgart (Georg Thieme):, 1952-1986. volumes 1-15/2 (lacking volume 9a. ) 63 volumes total !! hardcovers, ex library but text & bindings clean & tight. Photos available upon request.

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        Annapurna: The First 8,000 Metre Peak (26,493 Feet)

      London: Jonathan Cape, 1952.. First edition of the team's account of the first ascent of Annapurna. Octavo, original blue cloth with titles to the spine in silver. Inscribed by the author who has added "June 3rd 1950" the day the summit was reached. Near fine in a very good plus dust jacket. Named by National Geographic's as one of the 100 Greatest Adventure books of the 20th century.

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        East of Eden

      New York: The Viking Press, 1952 First edition. Limited to 1500 copies signed by the author. Original publisher's cloth, slipcase, and acetate jacket. A fine and extremely bright copy, very slightly rubbed at the spine; in a rubbed publisher's slipcase with some wear to fore-edge and corners, acetate chipped with some loss to lower spine, else very good.. Signed by Author. First Edition. Hard Cover. Fine.

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        EAST OF EDEN

      New York: The Viking Press, 1952. First Edition. Hardcover. Spine just a touch darkened with the typical rubbing to the gilt and brown title portion, the lettering still mostly readable. The original slipcase has neat tape repairs along half of its edges. Very Good in a Very Good slipcase, lacking the glassine. One of 1500 copies SIGNED by the author of this powerful book made into a film starring James Dean.

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        XXe (Vingtieme) Siecle, Nouvelle Serie No. 3 (Double): Art et Poesie depuis Apollinaire (with four original lithographs by Miro, Calder, Henri Michaux, and Giacometti)

      Paris: XXe siecle, 1952. Soft Cover. Very Good+/No Jacket. Folio. Chartreuse wraps with geometric and textual designs in white and black on cover, with titles in black on spine. Spine is yellowed and chipped at the head; light soiling to front and back covers; small closed tear at bottom of front panel; bottom fore-corners of pages are lightly bumped and even more lightly creased (does not affect lithographs). This June 1952 issue contains articles by Herbert Read, Andre Salmon, Andre Breton, Jean Cassou, Pierre Courthion, Gino Severini, Jean Arp, and others, with numerous black-and-white reproductions included in the text, plus single-sided reproductions in color by Rousseau, Braque, Campigli, Kandinsky, Singer, and more. Also a full-page facsimile of a page from Braque's notebook, and, of course, the four original lithographs by Miro, Calder, Henri Michaux, and Giacometti (double). Text in French, except for Read's lead article, which includes a facing English translation. A scarce item.

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        Charlotte's Web

      New York: Harper & Brothers, 1952 First edition, first printing. Original publisher's cloth, dust jacket. About fine with a former owner 1952 Christmas inscription to half title page; lightly toned jacket with some light wear and minor chipping to the extremities, a few small stains, else very good.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good/Dust Jacket Included. Illus. by Garth Williams.

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      New York: Harper & Brothers. 1952. First Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. Good in boards. Stated First Edition. .

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      New York: Random House, [1952].. Cloth. White spine stamping modestly flaked, as often, otherwise a very good copy in frayed shelfworn dust jacket that has been laminated by the former owner. First edition of the author's first novel, winner of the National Book Award for its year, and a key work of 20th century U.S. literature. Inscribed by the author in the year of publication: "For Al and Jean Wolfe, Sincerely, Ralph Ellison. April 1952." The recipient, the brother of novelist and Trotsky bodyguard Bernard Wolfe and one-time political activist, may have met Ellison during their years in the Merchant Marine. The inscription is dated within a few weeks of publication. BLOCKSON 86.

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        Invisible Man

      New York: Random House, 1952.. First edition. Octavo, original black and tan cloth. Signed by the author on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with only light rubbing to the spine extremities. Also with the rare wrap-around band for the 1953 National Book Award for fiction, which this novel won. An exceptional copy of this title, which is notoriously prone to wear. Housed in a custom quarter morocco clamshell box.

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        The Letters of William Gilmore Simms. 6 volumes

      Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina Press, 1952. Hardcover. First Editions. 1952-1982. Large octavos. Red cloth, all Very Good+ or better in dust jackets, showing just incidental light rubbing. The first five volumes were published by 1956; volume six, a supplement, was issued in 1982. // Simms was a leading figure in Antebellum literature and a strong supporter of slavery. Edgar Allen Poe called Simms the "best novelist American has ever produced." A scarce set. Image or additional images available upon request

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        An Acre of Land - SIGNED

      Montgomeryshire Printing Co, 1952 (but 1951). First Edition. Softcover. Near Fine/No Jacket. First Edition First Impression INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author "with all good wishes from R S Thomas", A Near Fine copy in the original pale blue wrappers, with the date 1951 in the author's hand to the title page (otherwise undated), very slightly soiled and margins and upper cover faded. & Together with a manuscript letter from the author dated 17/12/51 "Dear Dr & Mrs Thomas, thank you so much for Gwydion's {author's son} nice present - I'm sure he will like it - he has been wanting them for a long time. I hope you all have a very happy christmas. I am sending my new booklet, Yours sincerely R S Thomas" Provenance : Ex Libris Doctor Thomas and then by descent. See the other works from the same source.

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        Building Plans, Elevations, Interior Details, and Perspectives for a Two Family Dwelling at what is currently 259 Upper Terrace, San Francisco

      San Francisco: James H. Hjul, Structural Engineer, July 1952 - November 1953. Original pencil drawings on tracing paper. Sheet size 19" x 24". 18 sheets. Job #233, located on E. Side of Upper Terrace, 715' S. of Clifford Terrace., San Francisco. File Number 4083. James Hansen Hjul (1882 - 1957), a structural engineer, constructed many buildings in San Francisco. He was the founder of the J.H. Construction Company and was listed as a contractor, civil engineer, structural engineer and construction engineer in San Francisco City Directories from 1907 to 1958. Most of his work occurred in the South of Market area on warehouses and industrial buildings.

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        Letters from Aldous Huxley to Goddard Lieberson

      Los Angeles, 1952-1963. An exchange of letters between Aldous Huxley and Goddard Lieberson, President of Columbia Records from 1956 to 1971. Thirteen of the letters are either typed or autograph letters, signed, from Huxley, and the last two are autograph letters from Huxley's second wife, Laura. Sixteen carbon copies of Lieberson's typed letters to Huxley are also included, providing both sides of the correspondence. The letters span a significant portion of the end of Huxley's life, from January 11, 1952 to December 11, 1963. Lieberson initially wrote to Huxley asking if he would like to be part of a series of recordings of authors reading their works, which already included Truman Capote and Edith Sitwell. Huxley invited Lieberson to his house, in order to listen to some previous recordings, and the two began a friendship. They decided to record excerpts from Brave New World for the album: "one side being the Preface to Brave New World, the other the chapter on the death of the Savage's mother." In addition to correspondence about the recording contract and other possible recording projects, discussion turned to literature, travel, and music, especially Indian music.& & In July, 1956, Huxley wrote to Lieberson, asking him, as a favor, to "glance through this script of Brave New World in musical comedy form, which I have just completed." Huxley also asked for suggestions for whom to approach about producing the play and writing the music: "Would Leonard Bernstein be a good man to send it to? Or who else?" Lieberson responded with interest, writing that he would prefer to find a lyricist first and that he would like to send it on to Alan Jay Lerner, who wrote My Fair Lady. Huxley wrote back, saying to hold off on sharing the script, since he wanted to share it with his friend, film producer David Selznik, and had received several letters from a group of people interested in obtaining the rights for a Brave New World musical, unaware that Huxley himself had been working on the script. It does not appear that Huxley's script was ever produced. Another letter from Lieberson, dated June, 1959, was written on behalf of his friend, Thelma Schnee, who was writing a book on the therapeutic use of lysergic acid and wanted to speak with Huxley on the subject; Schnee's book, Myself and I, about her experiences taking LSD as part of treatment for persistent psychological problems, was published in 1962. & & In the final letters, dated 1961-1963, while Huxley was suffering from cancer, Lieberson offered to send Huxley records of his favorite classical music. Huxley wrote back with a long, enthusiastic list of Bach, Mozart, Verdi, and others, closing by saying, "But I could go on indefinitely and one mustn't be greedy." The last two letters from Laura were written as Huxley's health was failing, thanking Lieberson for sending him music to listen to. In the final letter, dated after Huxley's death, Laura wrote, "You know how Aldous enjoyed music -- it was one of his greatest pleasures and you provided him with it, beautifully -- and both of us are gratefull [sic]." All letters are in fine condition, housed in Mylar sleeves within a binder.

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        54-Volume Great Books of the Western World Set, with Following Related Sets: 10-Volume Gateway to the Great Books Set & 10-Volume Great Ideas Program Set

      Encyclopedia Britannica, 1952. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. Includes original custom bookcase designed for the original 54 volumes (these were originally sold door-to-door, and could be purchased with the shelf included). No jackets. Minor chips from heads of several spines (common with this set). Price includes significant additional shipping costs associated with sending the books with the shelf. 1952 Hard Cover. 74 total volumes: 54-volume Britannica Great Books set; 10-volume Gateway to the Great Books Set; 10-volume The Great Ideas Program set. Great books set includes: The Great Conversation; A Syntopicon I: Angel to Love; A Syntopicon II: Man to World; The Iliad & Odyssey of Homer; Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Aristophanes; Herodotus, Thucydides; Plato; Aristotle I & II; Hippocrates, Galen; Euclid, Archimedes, Apollonius of Perga, Nichomachus; Lucretius, Epictetus, Aurelius; Virgil; Plutarch; Tacitus; Ptolemy, Copernicus, Kepler; Plotinus; Augustine; Thomas Aquinas I & II; Dante; Chaucer; Machiavelli, Hobbes; Rabelais; Montaigne; Shakespeare I & II; Gilbert, Galileo, Harvey; Cervantes; Francis Bacon; Descartes, Spinoza; Milton; Pascal; Newton, Huygens; Locke, Berkley, Hume; Swift, Sterne; Fielding; Montesquieu, Rousseau; Adam Smith; Gibbon I & II; Kant; American State Papers, The Federalist, J.S. Mill; Boswell; Lavoisier, Fourier, Faraday; Hegel; Goethe; Melville; Darwin; Marx; Tolstoy; Dostoevsky; William James; Freud. The Gateway to the Great Books includes: Introduction & Syntopical Guide; Imaginative Literature 2-4; Critical Essays; Man and Society 6-7; Natural Science; Mathematics; Philosophical Essays. The Great Ideas Program includes An Introduction to the Great Books and to a Liberal Education; The Development of Political Theory and Government; Foundations of Science and Mathematics; Religion and Theology; Philosophy of Law and Jurisprudence; Imaginative Literature I & II; Ethics: The Study of Moral Values; Biology, Psychology and Medicine; Philosophy.

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