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        A Stone for Danny Fisher (Signed First Edition)

      New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1952. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1952. First Edition. First Edition. INSCRIBED by the author on the front endpaper: "To E.F. / With appreciation for all your kind encouragements / Fondly / Harold R." & & Basis for the 1958 film "King Creole," directed by Michael Curtiz and starring a different king, Elvis Presley, in what is generally considered to be his best film, as the titular Danny Fisher.& & About Fine in a very bright, Near Fine dust jacket. Jacket is lightly rubbed at the extremities but completely unfaded and without any chips or tears. An exceptional example of a book scarce in collectible condition, particularly signed.

      [Bookseller: Royal Books, Inc.]
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        Martha Quest, A Proper Marriage, A Ripple from the Storm, Landlocked, The Four-Gated City

      London:: Michael Joseph,, 1952-1969. London: Michael Joseph, 1952-1969. First editions of the author's classic "Children of Violence Series". Octavo, 5 volumes. Original boards. Each of the five volumes are signed by the author.Martha Quest, the first book in the "Children of Violence" series, follows a young girl coming of age in British colonial South Africa just before World War II. The following books chronicle her experience as she grows through marriage and then motherhood. In 2007 Doris Lessing won the Nobel Prize in Literature. At 87, she was the oldest winner of the prize at the time. "Oh Christ!" She told reporters outside her home, as she was returning from the grocery store, "I've won all the prizes in Europe, every bloody one, so I'm delighted to win them all. It's a royal flush.

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        Nederland-Duitsland. Brieven van Jan ENGELMAN, Martinus NIJHOFF, A. ROLAND HOLST en Victor van VRIESLAND over een op te richten Genootschap Nederland-Duitsland.

      - 1. Handgeschreven brief aan 'Hooggeachte Heer'. 27,2 x 21,7 cm. Eén blad. Alleen recto. Gesigneerd 'Jan Engelman' en gedateerd 'Utrecht, 2 Oct. '52'. 15 regels tekst. Twee perforatiegaatjes. 2. Handgeschreven brief aan 'Hooggeleerde Heer'. 25,0 x 20,7 cm. Eén blad. Alleen recto. Gesigneerd 'Martinus Nijhoff' en gedateerd 'Den Haag 28 Juli 1952'. 10 regels tekst. Twee perforatiegaatjes. 3. Handgeschreven brief aan 'Hooggeachte Professor'. 17,6 x 13,5 cm. Eén blad. Recto en verso. Gesigneerd 'A. Roland Holst' en gedateerd 'Zondag'. 12 regels tekst. Twee perforatiegaatjes. 4. Getypte brief aan 'Weledelgestrenge Heer'. 27,6 x 21,7 cm. Op briefpapier van P.E.N.-Centrum voor Nederland. Eén blad. Alleen recto. Gesigneerd en gedateerd 'Amsterdam-O., 29 April 1953'. 11 regels tekst. Twee perforatiegaatjes.* Drie van de vier schrijvers zijn benaderd voor een functie in het bestuur of de adviescommissie van het nog op te richten Genootschap Nederland-Duitsland. Engelman, Nijhoff en Roland Holst hebben alledrie zo hun redenen om de uitnodiging af te slaan. Zeven jaar na het einde van de Tweede Wereldoorlog was de houding jegens Duitsland nog wat afwachtend.Engelman schrijft 'alle waardeering' te hebben voor het initiatief, maar heeft al zoveel 'cultureel en sociaal werk' verricht, dat zijn eigen letterkundige werk er onder ging lijden. Nijhoff is het principieel met de initiatiefnemers eens, 'maar persoonlijk moet ik van medewerking afzien, omdat ik al overstelpt ben met werkzaamheden'. Roland Holst spreekt zich meer uit: hij is 'persoonlijk ten aanzien van cultureele betrekkingen met Duitschland te zeer geremd door twijfel en achterdocht'.Van Vriesland deelt mee dat hij, voorzitter van de P.E.N.-club, geen gelegenheid ziet tot het bijwonen van een lezing.Het Genootschap Nederland-Duitsland werd opgericht in januari 1953 (de maand waarin Nijhoff zou overlijden) en organiseerde lezingen over Duitse kunst en literatuur. Zo las Heinrich Böll in 1960 op uitnodiging van het Genootschap voor uit eigen werk.

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        Invisible Man

      Random House, 1952. Random House, 1952. Hardcover. Very Good/Good. Random House, New York 1952. First Edition / First Printing. Stated First Printing, no additional printings listed. Black and tan two tone cloth boards. Book Condition: Very Good+, clean boards and spine, clean pages. Soft shelf wear, mildly rolled spine, rubbing at the spine lettering. Light spots on pages 54-60. Dust Jacket Condition: Good-, wrapped in a new removable mylar cover. First Issue Jacket priced at $3.50 at the front flap. Author's photo at the rear panel by Gordon Parks. Shelf wear, rubbing, chipping, paper loss at the spine. Light paint spots at the jacket spine.

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        A Song of Joy and Other Poems

      E. P. Dutton & Company , Inc., New York 1952 - Red cloth with slightly faded gilt titles on spine. Otherwise book has only light wear and aging with mild bumps on corners. Book is square and securely bound with no tears or parting. Jacket has some edge and corner wear with some chips. Solid and attractive copy. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 125 pages; Signed with inscription, date and "Blairsville, Ga." on the ffep. ; Signed by Author [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Rimbaud. Translated by F. Roger-Cornaz.

      Mermod, Aigle, France 1952 - First French edition, preceding English language edition, one of 3000 copies. No. 5 in the series La Grenade. 8vo; handsomely rebound in 3/4 bordeaux morocco with pastepaper over boards, spine paneled, author and title in gilt on spine; marbled endpapers, original wrappers bound in, top edge gilt, text a bit browned else fine. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

      [Bookseller: Priscilla Juvelis Inc., ABAA]
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        Broadside No. 1 (This)

      Black Mountain, NC: Black Mountain College Graphics Workshop, 1952. First edition. Paperback. Near Fine. Single sheet of heavy blue paper, folded twice to form a 12 x 9" poetry broadside. Cover design by Nicola Cernovich. Striking bullseye design is handpainted, thus slightly different with each copy. Typical slight fading around edges despite being enclosed in the original brown printed envelope. The stamped envelope (lightly worn at edges) is hand-addressed by Olson to Mary Caroline Richards and David Tudor. Richards had been the wife of the rector at Black Mountain College. After leaving the college she helped choose Olson to succeed him in that position. She left her husband and took up residence with the pianist David Tudor. John Cage lived with them as well. A wonderful association.

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        A Sound of Thunder.

      [No place], The Crowell-Collier Publishing Company, 1952. Folio (34,5 x 27 cm). In the original printed wrappers. In "Collier's", 1952. Small white paper label pasted on to lower right part of front wrapper. A few small nicks to wrappers, otherwise a fine and clean copy.. First appearance of Ray Bradbury immensely popular science fiction short story, "the most re-published science fiction story up to the present time" (Contento, Index to Science Fiction Anthologies and Collections) containing the very first presentation of the butterfly effect: The idea that one butterfly could eventually have a far-reaching ripple effect on subsequent historic events.The concept was in 1961 introduced into meteorology and today it is common phrase in chaos theory where it represents the sensitive dependency on initial conditions in which a small change at one place in a deterministic nonlinear system can result in large differences in a later state."Ray Bradbury staged the most influential dino-time travel ever written [...]. Although H. G. Wells's influential The Time Machine (1895) is casually regarded as the landmark time travel tale, rather, Ray Bradbury's beloved "A Sound of Thunder" became the launching point for most time travel stories involving prehistoric life." "A Sound of Thunder" begins in the future, in which the time machine has been invented but is still very unpredictable. A hunter named Eckels pays to go traveling back into the past on a guided safari to kill a Tyrannosaurus rex. As the party waits to depart they talk about the recent presidential elections in which an apparently fascist candidate, Deutscher, has just been defeated by the more moderate Keith, to the relief of many concerned. When the party arrives in the past, Travis (the hunting guide) and Lesperance (Travis's assistant) warn Eckels and the two other hunters, Billings and Kramer, about the necessity of minimizing the events they change before they go back, since tiny alterations to the distant past could snowball into catastrophic changes in history. Upon returning to the present, Eckels notices subtle changes. English words are now spelled strangely, people behave differently, and, worst of all, the fascist won the election. Looking through the mud on his boots, Eckels finds a crushed butterfly, whose death was apparently the cause of many changes. In 1961, Edward Lorenz, American mathematician, meteorologist and pioneer of chaos theory, was using a numerical computer model to rerun a weather prediction, when, as a shortcut on a number in the sequence, he entered the decimal 0.506 instead of entering the full 0.506127. The result was a completely different weather scenario. In 1963 Lorenz published a theoretical study of this effect. Elsewhere he said that "One meteorologist remarked that if the theory were correct, one flap of a seagull's wings could change the course of weather forever. Following suggestions from colleagues, in later speeches and papers Lorenz used the more poetic butterfly. According to Lorenz, when he failed to provide a title for a talk he was to present at the 139th meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1972, Philip Merilees came up with "Does the flap of a butterfly's wings in Brazil set off a tornado in Texas?" as a title

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        My [Russian - i.e. We].

      New-York, Izdatelstvo Imeni Tsechova, 1952. Original printed cream wrappers with blue lettering. Spine a little cocked, and inner front hinge opening. Block fine and tight. Fine and clean. Imprint-stamp in cyrillic lettering to inside of back wrapper (Izdatelstvo Imeni Tsechova/pri Vostotsno-Evropejskom Fonde).. The very rare first edition of the original Russian version of one of the most interesting works of modern literature, namely Zamyatin's revolutionary novel We, which counts as the first modern dystopia and as the basis and forerunner of Huxley's Brave New World and Orwell's Nineteeneightyfour. This first appearance of the work in its original language is considered the authoritative edition and that which constitutes the basis of all new editions and translations of the work. ''We is a Russian novel that first saw the light of day in English in New York. If it were not a Russian novel, that publication history would be moderately spectacular, but under the circumstances it is merely unusual. Pasternak's Doctor Zhivago... and many other twentieth-century Russian classics have all come out first on foreign soil and in a language other than Russian. Zamyatin writes in one place that he composed the novel We in 1920, but he was known for his habit of revising and polishing, and it seems likely that the final text was not completed until the fall of 1921. (Clarence Brown, Introduction to the English translation).The work was first published in 1924, by Dutton, in English, translated by Gregory Zilboorg. A French translation appeared as Nous Autres in 1929, translated by B. Cauvet-Duhamel. By this time, Zamyatin was in considerable trouble at home over these foreign editions of a book that could not get permission to come out in its own country and language. He was merely one of the first of a distinguished company of Soviet writers to suffer in this way.What finally furnished a causis belli to his enemies at home was the publication of We in Prague. A Czech translation by Václav Koenig appeared in 1927 in the Brno newspaper Lidové noviny (Brown). That Czech translation, which came out in book form later the same year, seems to have been based on a faulty manuscript that differed in important ways from the original version. Like Roman Jakobson, who had been involved in the Czech appearance of We, the prolific Russian literary critic Marc Slonim was also in Prague in the late 20'ies. He knew of the novel and wished to bring it out in Russian, in the important journal Volya Rossii. But, knowing that the publication in Russian of a Russian book on foreign soil, and in a journal opposed to the regime at home, would cause Zamyatin grief, Slonim took extraordinary steps to make it appear that his text had actually resulted from a retranslation from the Czech. This might protect Zamyatin from being charged with abetting the publication by supplying a Russin manuscript.The deliberately cryptic editorial note in Volya Rossii reads: One of the most interesting works of modern literature, E. Zamyatin's novel We, depicting the life of people in the 26th century, has not yet appeared... in Russian... With the editor's gracious permission, we herewith present excerpts from the novel... To enhance his deception, Slonim took the even more extraordinary (and deplorable) step of actually rewriting parts of the Russian manuscript in his possession. Of this thoroughly corrupt text only excerpts were actually published: twenty-two chapters, not all of them complete, of the forty in Zamyatin's novel... This abridged Russian verison, further camouflaged by the editor's well-meaning mutilation of Zamyatin's text, hardly qualifies as the first appearance of We in its original language. For that long-postponed event it had to return to New York, where, thenty-eight years after its first English shadow had appeared, the genuine article was published in Zamyatin's own Russian words: My. New York: Izdatelstvo imeni Chekova (Chekov Publishing House), 1952. That Russian text is the basis of this new English translation, and it is the one that was finally published, in 1988, on Russian soil. We was written in response to Zamyatin's personal experiences during the Russian revolution of 1905, the Russian revolution of 1917, his life in Newcastle - where, being a trained marine engineer, he was sent to oversee ice-breaker construction for the Imperial Russian Navy -, and his work in the Tyne shipyards during the First World War, where he observed the collectivization of labour on a large scale. We is generally accepted as the grandfather of the satirical futuristic dystopia genre. Depicting the totalitarian and conformative aspects of modern industrial society and taking them to an extreme conclusion, the novel portrays a state in which free will and free thought are evil entities that can only cause unhappiness and unbalance. The entire state and the lives of the citizens are controlled with mathematical precision, the basis of which is the system of industrial efficiency created by Frederick Winslow Taylor, the great oracle of the state.It is generally believed that both Orwell and Huxley found their main sources of inspiration in Zamyatin's revolutionary novel. Although Huxley claimed not to have been acquainted with We, Orwell indicated that he must have been lying about that. In Player Piano (1952), Kurt Vonnegut famously said that in writing it, he cheerfully ripped off the plot of Brave New World, whose plot had been cheerfully ripped off from Yevgeny Zamyatin's We.Orwell read We in the French translation in 1948, after which he wrote his famous review of the novel. About eight months later, he began writing Nineteeneightyfour. He is reportedly said himself that he was taking it as the model for his next novel. Among reviewers and literary critics, Zamyatin's influence on Orwell seems to be beyond dispute. Indeed, the two novels have so many features in common, that it seems impossible for Nineteeneightyfour not to have been directly inspired by We. It is perhaps better not to be too solemn about Zamyatin's wonderfully appealing novel. Its distinction as a work of art and as a political statement about several peculiarly modern dilemmas will need little defence - its having constantly found a wide international audience ever since it first came out in 1924 seems an earnest for that. And for George Orwell, author of 1984, and for certain others bent on creating their own dystopias, it appears to have been THE crucial literary experience. (Brown, pp. XV-XVI)

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        Provence. Societe Nationale des Chemins de fer Francais

      Paris.: French Railways.. 1952.. Vintage color lithographic poster, 39 1/4 x 24 1/4 inches. A few faint foxed spots to lower margin, soft creasing to right edge from being rolled; very good, bright condition. Colorful view of Provence as seen through an open window by Tal. "Printed in France For and By The French Railways" printed at lower right corner. .

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        The Old Man and the Sea

      Charles Scribner's, 1952. Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. Charles Scribner's, New York 1952. First Edition / First Printing. Scribner's "A" with the Seal on the copyright page. No additional printings listed. Blue cloth boards with silver lettering. Book Condition: Very Good-, shelf wear, spots on the boards. Tight spine, clean pages, light spots on the page edges. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good, wrapped in a new removable mylar cover. Jacket priced at $3.00 at the front flap, shelf wear, light chipping.

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        Le chiffre sept *

      P.Seghers, Paris 20.10.1952. - Broché 26 x 20, couverture illustrée à rabats. Quelques salissures légères en bord supérieur, autrement très frais. Lithographie originale de l'auteur, tirée en blanc sur papier bordeaux, contrecollée en couverture. Exemplaire de tête méconnu, et souvent mal décrit qui plus est, présentant par ailleurs des différentes très nettes avec le tirage ordinaire: format plus grand, motif du premier plat lithographié en blanc sur feuillet teinté contrecollé et non pas en violet à même la couverture, papier non vergeturé, etc.Avec une carte de visite et d'hommage de l'éditeur, signée "fraternellement" par ce dernier. Édition originale. L'un des exemplaires hors commerce ainsi marqué réimposés sur Vélin d'Arches comme les 50 numérotés de tête, avant 1900 Vergé de Hollande.

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        The Decisive Moment

      New York: Simon and Schuster, (1952). A little bumped at the corners and spine ends (with the hint of a concurrent bump barely visible at the top edge of the text block), edge dent to the top of the front board, still a clean, near fine copy in a close to near fine jacket with a few small edge tears and tiny chips. Very pleasing example of a book that is hard to find in collectible condition.. First U.S. Edition. Folio. Caption booklet laid in. Boards and dust jacket designed by Matisse. 126 images, lusciously printed, of Cartier-Bresson's early work. Only few photobooks in history can match the influence of The Decisive Moment. Since its publication in 1952, it has remained one of the pillars of photography. (Parr / Badger, v1, 208-209; Roth 134-135; Open Book 154-155).

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      MASSON & CIE 1952 - R240048518: 205 pages - quelques illustrations en noir et blanc. In-12 Broché. Etat d'usage. Coins frottés. Dos satisfaisant. Intérieur frais Classification Dewey : 610-Sciences médicales. Médecine [Attributes: Soft Cover]

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        Building Plans, Elevations, Interior Details, and Perspectives for the Lawrason Driscoll Residence, Novato, California. (Possible address 405 Gage Lane)

      San Francisco: James H. Hjul, Structural Engineer, June 1952 - August 1952. Original pencil drawings on tracing paper. Sheet size 19" x 24". 16 sheets. Job #232, for Lawrence Driscoll (1908-1982), Attorney at Bronson, Bronson and Mckinnon. File Numbers 1927 and 4065. 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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        La France de profil *

      Guilde du Livre, Lausanne 10.10.1952. - Cartonnage souple 28 x 22, jaquette photo. Petit manque en tête du papier cristal et à peine émoussé en coins. Photographies de Paul Strand, tirées par Héliographia à Lausanne sur papier sans bois. Malgré un tirage relativement important, même le tirage courant de cet album magnétique n'est pas si facile à dénicher en parfait état. Icelui, très frais sous son pergamine d'origine, dans la tranche des trente premiers hors commerce, est enrichi de l'intégralité des bulletins de la Guilde qui contiennent des textes critique sur cet ouvrage, publiés au fil du temps jusqu'en 1955.Dans le premier 2 pages, 1 image et un texte bilingue de Jacob Deschin, tiré du New York Times.Le deuxième comporte 2 pages, 1 portrait photographique des auteurs croqué par un troisième larrons (inconnu) et un texte de Robert Coiplet.Le dernier de 2 pages et 1 image avec son commentaire de Claude Roy et un article critique de Pierre-François Lacome.Intéressant ensemble complet. Édition originale. L'un des 30 exemplaires de tête dits d'animateurs et numérotés en romain, avant 10'300 arabes.

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        A History of Golf In Britain

      London: Cassell & Company, 1952. First edition of this classic golf work. Quarto, original green cloth. Signed by Bernard Darwin on the front free endpaper. Frontispiece of John Taylor, illustrations throughout. Near fine in a very good dust jacket with some small chips to the front panel and one to the foot of the spine. Housed in a custom quarter morocco clamshell box. Books signed by Bernard Darwin are rare.This book," says Sir George Cunningham, Captain of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, "will be a classic in the literature of golf. The names of the contributors, famous for playing the game and for writing on it, are sufficient of that.

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        Lois Mailou Jones Peintures 1937 - 1951

      Presses Georges Frere, Tourcoing, France 1952 - One of 500 copies limited, unnumbered. Shallow scrape across pages toward base. Very light edgewear at base. Otherwise very clean and sound. Inscribed to Clarence L. Holte, a long time supporter of Ms. Jones' work who assembled what was thought to be the largest private collection of books on black history and culture. Mr. Holte was the first African-American to reach the executive level in a general-market advertising firm. A clean and bright copy. Careful packing and fast, efficient shipping including delivery confirmation. Please note: International and Domestic Priority orders for this item will require additional shipping. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        THE HANDMADE PAPERS OF JAPAN., Foreword by Dard Hunter.

      Rutland & Tokyo, 1952. - 4 volumes plus envelope. 13 1/4 x 10/ 3/4. Japanese-style bindings of hand-stenciled wraps & boards. Volumes contained in a Shufi-covered folding case. Case worn and soiled. One volume has a dime-sized brownish area on fore edge, but volumes are fine. With prospectus. Signed by Tindale in 1952 in Korea. One of the finest studies on Japanese paper and a magnificent production. Text in English. Replete with specimens, including old and rare documented papers from the 8th and 9th centuries. Volume I gives the history and description of Japanese papermaking, with numerous photos of processes and a fold-out plate of mounted fibers. There is an exquisitely hand colored facsimile of the ancient manuscript "Kamisuki Taigai" (process of papermaking) with English translation. It is accompanied by an envelope containing five different papermaking fibers.The Seki Collection, Volume II, has 127 French-fold pages with 187 tipped-in specimens, 2 folding maps. These specimens span the Nara period (710-793) to the 1950s (with some extraordinary decorated papers). The source of the early papers (usually a manuscript or a printed book) is documented. Size of the original sheet is given.Volume III, the Contemporary Collection has xxvi pages and 136 specimens (10 x 13) with descriptions. The specimens, from twenty districts, include decorated and imbedded papers. Volume IV is the watermarks collection, with 20 elaborate pictorial light-and-shade watermarks, made by a hand rubbing process unknown in the West. Five text pages describe the broadsides. Schlosser (No. 63) says 250 copies were planned; as few as 150 may actually have been done. See Henry Morris' Japonica for a 12 page description of this major work. [Attributes: Soft Cover]

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        Theatre Programme [Signed]

      Published by Palace Theatre, Chelsea Monday December 8th . 1952 - Two colour theatre programme. 7½" x 5" 8 pp. SIGNED by the author 'Spike Milligan' ivory card laid in. This programme shows that 'NEXT WEEK' Spike Milligan will be on stage. Spike was taken ill and was not able to appear. The Goon Show at that time was in its 3rd series. The recording of 'The Expedition for Toothpaste' on 7th December 1952 was recorded without Spike. When the show was broadcast on 9th December 1952, Spike was in hospital suffering from a nervous breakdown. Very scarce item. In Fine condition. Member of the P.B.F.A. MILLIGAN, Spike

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        Original correspondence in connection with a critical article about Les Ballets Nègres by Annabel Farjeon in The New Statesman, 20 September 1952

      - Typed letter signed from Pasuka to the Editor of The New Statesman, 2pp. 4to, [London] (King's Theatre, Hammersmith], 29 September 1952; autograph draft letter in reply from Farjeon, 1p. 4to (on verso of latter), [9 October 1952]; autograph letter signed from Pasuka to Farjeon, 4pp. 4to, [London] (14 Lansdowne Crescent), 14 September [but October] 1952; and two disappointed letters from New Statesman readers, October 1952. Farjeon, a dance critic, daughter of Herbert and niece of Eleanor, had written an article patronizing a performance of Les Ballets Nègres at the Twentieth Century Theatre for its "fervent integrity, but little art". Pasuka, who had brought Les Ballets Nègres to England from Jamaica in 1946, was dignified in response. Surely she had read the programme? This was no Russian ballet "with its stereotyped entrechats and point work" - the "lack of discipline" of which she complained was, rather, "spontaneity": he quotes Beryl de Zoete's New Statesman review of 1946, "There is no doubt that in his Ballets Negres Berto Pasuka has discovered a new art form, which in dance may have an impact comparable to that of primitive African sculpture." Farjeon's reply doesn't mollify him. "Spontaneous" could simply mean "amateur", she suggests. "I am sure you will agree with me that this sincerity - though beautiful in its own way - cannot create art without technique. I found the most artistically satisfying moment of the evening," she offers, by way of flattery, "came from yr. own performance at the end of De Prophet" (Lillian Browse, in The Spectator, 18 September, went further: for her De Prophet seemed "a perfect example of negro dancing translated into theatrical terms"). Pasuka responds at length and with vigour, in so doing defining a potent manifesto for Les Ballets Nègres. Why, if she found his own work "superb and moving", did she not say so in her article, instead of dismissing it as "raw, emotional dollops"? He doubts her sincerity. "The choreography of the ballet nègres," he writes, "is composed of basic (not tribal) steps, and spontaneous moments. This is our technique. Therefore the success of each work in our repertoire must be judged on these standards. It is . . . ridiculous to say spontaneity in the ballets nègres is amateurish. Would you say ice-cream is no good because it is not cheese!" He continues, "We are trying to create a Negro dance idiom independent of the classic ballet, Indian, Modern etc. The ballet is not African, but Negro. There is a great difference which people in Europe fail to realise. Negroes are the children of Africa scattered all over the world. They adopt the culture of the respective country [where] they happen to reside - hence the term Afro-American etc." (Drily, he adds, "May I point out to you that it is not true to say 'shimmering vitality can only be achieved by Negroes'.") He ends, "I . . . pray in future that you will acquaint yourself with facts, and . . . if there are 'General Notes' read them, understand them, and if you d[i]slike what is presented then for heaven sake give your personal dislikes. Please do not expect Indian dancing in the midst of Swan Lake!" Pasuka's Ballets Nègres only survived another year. And he himself died, before his time, in 1963.

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        Theatre Programme [Signed]

      Published by Palace Theatre, Chelsea Monday December 8th 1952. Two colour theatre programme. 7½" x 5" 8 pp. SIGNED by the author 'Spike Milligan' ivory card laid in. This programme shows that 'NEXT WEEK' Spike Milligan will be on stage. Spike was taken ill and was not able to appear. The Goon Show at that time was in its 3rd series. The recording of 'The Expedition for Toothpaste' on 7th December 1952 was recorded without Spike. When the show was broadcast on 9th December 1952, Spike was in hospital suffering from a nervous breakdown. Very scarce item. In Fine condition. Member of the P.B.F.A.

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      London: Privately printed at the Curwen Press, 1952. cloth, leather spine label, dust jacket, top edge gilt. 15557|2918|2957|58056/PR. Abbey, J.R.. thick 4to. cloth, leather spine label, dust jacket, top edge gilt. xx, 399 pages. First edition, limited to 500 numbered copies. A magnificent catalogue with 34 colored plates and 54 figures in the text. Full bibliographical descriptions given. The jacket is chipped and spotted.

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        3 autograph letters signed ("HMPechstein" and "Max Pechstein").

      Berlin, 7. XI. 1937 to 15. III. 1952. - 4to. Altogether 6 pp. on 4 ff. Comprehensive letters to the German artist Irmgard Hasenbach-Tavolato (née Seeling, 1899-1978), on financial worries (1937) and the loss of his work (1948). "Now, after my return to Berlin [.], it is necessary to deliberate my future life in order to care for the existence of my family and me since it is simply not possible to earn enough through my own artistry [.]" (Berlin, 7. XI. 1937; translated from the German original). - "At least life is saved, although everything else is lost. What hurts me most, is the loss of my work, whole periods from 1905 onwards were smashed, a vast number of drawings irretrievably lost [.]" (Berlin, 31. III. 1948).

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        Svenskt konstnärslexikon I-V.

      Tiotusen svenska konstnärers liv och verk. Allhems Förlag, 1952-67. 333 + [2],359 + [3],610 + [3],597,[2] + [4],839,[1] sidor. Rikt illustrerade, delvis i färg. Mörkgröna skinnband med 5 upphöjda bind, trevlig förgylld ryggdekor och övre guldsnitt [etikett: Bokbindaren Malmö]. [29x22 cm]. Komplett med 5 volymer i mycket fint skick.. Omfattar cirka 12,500 svenska konstnärer. Som uppslagsverk över svenska konstnärer ännu oöverträffat

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        Svenskt konstnärslexikon. Tiotusen svenska konstnärers liv och verk. I-V.

      Illustrerad. Malmö, Allhem 1952-67. Stor 4:o. 333,(3); 359,(3); 610,(2); 597,(3); 839,(1) s. Blå originalhalvskinnband. Nötta skyddsomslag med några revor. 29 x 22,5 cm.. Omfattar 12500 svenska konstnärer

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        Max Gubler.

      Ed. du Griffon,, Neuchâtel, 1952 - Neuchâtel, Ed. du Griffon, 1952. 4°. 12 S.; 8 farb. Tafeln. Mit einer hs. signierten und datierten Originalradierung. In 2 OBr.-Decken, in einer OFranz.-Br.-Decke, in Kt.-Mappe. =Quatrième album de la collection L'art suisse contemporain. - Eines von 100 deutschen Exemplaren mit einer Originalradierung, erschien in total 700 deutschen 500 französischen Exemplaren. - Die Radierung von Gubler in Bleistift bezeichnet: II. Zustand Probedruck. Für Exemplar 554. - Mit einer handschriftlichen Widmung von Max Gubler an Walter und Alice Hugelshofer, dat. 21.XII.52. - (Mappe leicht gebräunt). - Sonst sehr schönes Exemplar. Sprache: Deutsch In 2 OBr.-Decken, in einer OFranz.-Br.-Decke, in Kt.-Mappe. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        SCIENTOLOGY: 8-80 The Discovery and Increase of Life Energy in the Genus Homo Sapiens

      The Hubbard Association of Scientologists, Pheonix, AZ 1952 - Spine darkened, small cracks at spine ends, rub at front hinge fold, moderate foxing, blank bookplate, a little underlining in pencil [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Individualismus und Wirtschaftliche Ordnung

      Erlenbach-Zurich: Eugen Rentsch Verlag, 1952. First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Signed by F.A. Hayek on the front free endpaper.

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        PROUD HERITAGE. The Story of the Highland Light Infantry (4 Vols). Vol.I The 71st H.L.I. 1777-1881; Vol.II The 74th Highlanders 1787-1882; Vol.III The Regular, Militia, Volunteer, T.A., and Service Battalions H.L.I. 1882-1918; Vol.IV The Regular, Territorial, and Service Battalions H.L.I. and the H.L.I. of Canada 1919-1959.

      London Thomas Nelson & Glasgow The House of Grant /59/61/63 1952 - Green cloth gilt. All volumes in good dustwrappers, some with slight loss. A few marks to the covers of Vol.IV, otherwise a very good, clean set. pp. xvi, 256; xii, 386; ix, 404; xi, 490. With illustrations and maps. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        L'Opaline française au XIXè siècle

      Librairie Grund - Paris 1952. 1 Volume/1. -- Excellent état - Reliure éditeur cartonnée pleine toile sous jaquette illustrée. Format in-4°( 27,7 x 22 cm )( 1025 gr ). ------- 188 pages, 24 figures dans le texte, 48 planches hors-texte en noir et en couleurs dont le frontispice. Tables, bibliographie. Exemplaire numéroté , Celui-ci N° 842 . *********************** [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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      New York: Rinehart & Co., 1952. First edition of the first collection of the Peanut cartoons. Octavo, original illustrated wrappers. Signed by Charles Schulz, who has also added a drawing of Snoopy. In good condition. Schulz's beloved cartoons have won him the National Cartoonists Society's Humor Comic Strip Award in 1962, the Reuben Award for 1955 and 1964, the Society's Elzie Segar Award in 1980, and the Milton Caniff Lifetime Achievement Award in 1999. Interestingly, his cartoons have also awarded him an abundance of equally colorful honors and recognitions. In 1996, Schulz was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, adjacent to Walt Disney's. And for his interest in sports he was inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in 1993 and then the Figure Skating Hall of Fame in 2007. Perhaps most peculiar was the bill awarded to Schulz by Bill Clinton, which was by accepted by Schulz's widow in 2001.

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        CASE OF THE MOTH-EATEN MINK (Inscribed)

      New York: William Morrow, 1952. Gardner, Erle Stanley. THE CASE OF THE MOTH-EATEN MINK. New York: William Morrow, (1952). First Edition. A FINE bright copy in a NEAR FINE priced dust jacket (tiny bit of edge wear). Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "To Tee Rose, with much love from one damn good writer to another and a hunch your luck is on the upgrade as of now. Yours, Erle." Underneath this, he has signed his full name "Erle Stanley Gardner" followed by "Presented at Rancho del Paisano/ April 27, 1952." Not much is known of the recipient other than she did write a story for Argosy Magazine in the late 1940s that appeared in the same issue as one of Gardner's. 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. Furthermore, out of the long run of copies we have in stock inscribed to Tee Rose, this is the only one in which he writes the day along with the month and year; this is a fact which seems significant as it's also the only copy which he inscribes as "Presented at..." strongly suggesting to us that this copy, unlike all the others, wasn't sent to her but actually given in person. Keywords: Tee Rose.. Signed by Author. First Edition. Hard Cover. Fine/Near Fine. Illus. by Charles Lofgren.

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        Le Diner.

      Förlaga i blyerts till etsningen med samma namn, signerad och daterad 1938. Bladets storlek 19,5 x 23,5 cm, teckningen (14,5 x 18,5 cm) inom enkel ramlinje. Litteratur: Jfr Nils Lindgren, Bertil Bull Hedlund (1952), s. 125 f, etsningen avbildas på s. 126; nr 113 i förteckningen. - Etsningen avhandlas av Nils Lindgren i avsnittet om Gastronomi och exlibris: "Från Frankrikevistelsen 1938 härstammar ‘Le Diner'. Här är det paret från ‘Wienervals I' eller ‘Sommarnatt', som återkommer i en ny inkarnation, desillusionerat när det gäller kärleken och kampen för tillvaron men med känslan för bordets nöjen förstorad. Karakteristiken är gjord med nålvass skärpa, och en rad lysande ljusglober understryker kraftigt bladets svart och vitt-verkan" (s. 125 f, avbildad s. 126; nr 113 i förteckningen).

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      New York: Farrar, Straus & Young, (1952). First Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine in a Good dustwrapper with some chipping and edgewear and a large chip at the bottom front panel. Quarto (8" x 11") bound in two-toned cloth and illustrated with numerous facsimiles of Truman's writing, drawings, and photographs in color and black and white. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the former President as usual in the large blank margin beneath the color frontispiece photograph of Truman at his desk: "Kindest regards to Dorothy M. Shanley/Harry Truman." Also SIGNED and INSCRIBED to Shanley by the author on the title page along with a fine SIGNED INSCRIPTION on the front endpaper by Rose A. Conway, President Truman's personal secretary from 1945-1953: "With every good wish to/Dorothy and many thanks/for the many kindnesses to me,/during my tour of duty here./Rose A. Conway." Dorothy Shanley was an usher on Truman's White House staff.

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        Gramatica Raramuri,

      Editorial Buena Prensa, Mexico, DF 1952 - Small 4to. xxix,(3),644pp., plus a corrigenda page and a colophon indicating that this is one of 1000 copies. Original green cloth, gilt title. Light wear and soil and with an ownership name neatly printed on the top page edge else a very good copy. Text in Spanish. Divided into 80 chapters in three books: Morfologia, Sintaxis and Derivacion y Composicion de Verbos. Scarce. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        The War Speeches of the Rt. Hon. Winston S. Churchill, three volume set

      London: Cassell and Company Ltd., 1952. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Near fine/Near fine. This is a superior first edition, first printing set of the three-volume "definitive" edition of Churchill's war speeches. During his long public life, Winston Churchill played many roles worthy of historical note - member of Parliament for more than half a century, distinguished soldier and war correspondent, author of scores of books, ardent social reformer, combative cold warrior, Nobel Prize winner. But more than anything else, it was Winston Churchill's leadership during the Second World War that made him a preeminent historical figure. His soaring and defiant oratory sustained his countrymen and inspired the free world during the greatest war the world has ever known. Of Churchill, Edward R. Murrow said: "He mobilized the English language and sent it into battle." Between 1941 and 1946, Churchill's war speeches were published in seven individual volumes. In 1952, during Churchill's second premiership, the publisher reissued the War Speeches as a new, three-volume edition. This edition is, in many ways, superior to the original seven wartime editions in both aesthetics and content. Gone is the cheap economy paper of the wartime editions. The binding is a heavy navy cloth with attractive, uniform dust jackets. Further, the books measure a substantial 10 x 6.25 inches. New speeches are added, as is a very helpful index. Some of the original speeches considered peripheral are eliminated while others are retitled and chronological dates are replaced with brief transitional or introductory notes. These sets have become quite scarce in the original dust jackets and particularly so in top condition. Here is an excellent set, near-fine in near-fine first printing dust jackets. The dust jackets are entirely complete, unclipped with no losses. The jackets show no spotting and only incidental soiling. These dust jackets proved quite susceptible to significant spine toning. Here toning to the jacket spines is quite mild and the only minor flaw worthy of note. The volumes beneath are excellent. The blue cloth bindings are superlative - square, tight, and clean with nicely rounded spines, bright spine gilt, sharp corners, and virtually no wear. Notably, the contents show absolutely no spotting and no previous ownership marks. Even the text block edges remain unusually bright and clean with neither age-toning nor spotting. The sole flaw that keeps these volumes from being truly fine is some misguided protection; the previous owner had applied heavy dust jacket protectors sealed with sellotape where they covered the flap folds. This tape was not affixed to either the jackets or the books beneath, but regrettably left some glue staining to the ffep corners of each volume as the tape aged and deteriorated. This is a minor flaw and pardonable given that the dust jackets and volumes beneath were otherwise so very well preserved as a result of the old protectors. The dust jackets are newly fitted with removable, archival quality clear covers. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A263.1(I-III).a, Woods/ICS A136(a.1), Langworth p.303.

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        The Voyage of the Dawn Treader: A Story for Children (First Edition)

      New York: Macmillan, 1952. First Edition. First Edition. Publisher's price of $2.75 at the bottom of the front flap. & & Near Fine in a bright, Very Good dust jacket. Cloth very faded at the board edges; jacket has several small chips and closed tears, and a lightly faded spine panel. A very presentable copy of the third book in the author's "Narnia" series.

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