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        Seitenübermalung III", 1953.

      - Gouache auf gedrucktem Text (Buchseite aus Darwins „Über die Entstehung der Arten", Kapitel „In ungewöhnlicher Weise entwickelte Teile sind sehr veränderlich"). 15,5 x 24 cm, signiert u. datiert. (Hans Bischoffshausen, Feld am See/Ktn. 1927-1987 Villach) [Attributes: Signed Copy; Soft Cover]

      [Bookseller: Galerie Magnet GmbH]
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        THE DEMOLISHED MAN.

      Chicago: Shasta Publishers, [1953] - Octavo, cloth-backed boards. First edition. One of the subscriber's copies signed by Bester on the front free endpaper. A classic SF novel based on Fyodor Dostoyevsky's CRIME AND PUNISHMENT (1866) "in which the obsessed villain ultimately fails to avoid detection by a telepathic policeman, but finds the prospect of punitive 'demolition' less terrible than its name implies." - Clute and Nicholls (eds), The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (1993), p. 275. Winner of the 1953 Hugo award for best novel and runner-up for the 1954 International Fantasy Award. Anatomy of Wonder (2004) II-116. Pringle, Science Fiction: The 100 Best Novels 7. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, Additions. Survey of Science Fiction Literature II, pp. 529-32. A fine copy in fine dust jacket. (#148449) [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Currey, L.W. Inc. ABAA/ILAB]
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        The Frozen Flame

      Rupert Hart-Davis, London 1953 - This book is in excellent condition. The pages are crisp and clean, with no marks or wear. The burgundy covers are bright, and the silver gilt spine lettering is still shiny. The dust jacket is unclipped, and is in Very Good condition, with minor edgewear, and one shallow nick of paper missing from the top of the front panel. The paper of the spine has darkened slightly. The attached scan gives a better idea of the conditoin of the jacket, and additional scans are available on request. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Granny Goose Books]
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        Gesammelte Werke. 14 Bände der Reihe.

      Hamburg Rowohlt Verlag ( - 1959) 1953 - Kl.-8°. Zus. über 6470 S. Flexible rote Lederbände mit goldgeprägten Rückenschildern, Kopfgoldschnitt und roten Lesebändchen, 11 Bände im Original-Schuber (wenige Bände gering berieben, 1 Rückenschild nachgedunkelt, 1 Bd mit eingeklebtem Umschlag). 14 Bände aus der Vorzugsausgabe in Ganzleder aus der Neuausgabe der entzückenden Taschenausgabe von Balzac in Dünndruck: 1. Albertus Savarus. 2. Der Alchimist. 3. Cäsar Birotte aus Grösse und Niedergang. 4. Die Geheimnisse der Fürstin von Cadignan. Novellen. 5. Heimliche Könige. Novellen. 6. Künstler und Narren. Novellen. 7. Die Lilie im Tal. 8. Pariser Novellen. 9. Pierrette. 10. Die tödlichen Wünsche. 11. Vater Goriot. 12.Vetter Pons. 13. Volksvertreter. 14. Zwei Frauen.- Übersetzer sind Otto Flake (2), Else von Hollander (2), Heinrich Eduard Jacobs, Hugo Kaatz (2), Max Krell, Hete Maas, Rosa Schapire (2) u.a. 2000 gr. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        STARMAN JONES .

      New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, [1953] - Octavo, cloth. First edition. Anatomy of Wonder (2004) II-516. A fine copy in near fine first printing dust jacket (priced $2.50 on the front flap) with light wear at upper spine end and tanning to spine panel with show through to white lettering. A nice copy. (#140127) [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Currey, L.W. Inc. ABAA/ILAB]
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        Harvey

      Oxford University Press, New York 1953 - First printing. A clean and bright VG+ copy in a VG dust jacket. Basis for the 1950 film directed by Henry Koster and starring James Stewart, Josephine Hull and Peggy Dow. Scarce, especially in dust jacket. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Acorn Books]
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        Henry James. A Biography

      London: Rupert Hart-Davis,, 1953?-72. 5 volumes, octavo. Original red and blue cloth. With the dust jackets. Illustrated in black and white. An excellent set in dust jackets with light toning to spine panels and the occasional minor mark or split. First editions, first impressions. Inscribed by Leon Edel to US photographer Alvin Langdon Coburn: "Alvin Langdon Coburn, who helped me find the palazzo of 'The [indecipherable] Papers', his friend, Leon Edel, Rhos-on-Sea, 4 July 1963" (front free endpaper of second volume). With two loose autograph letters, one from Edel to Coburn, dated July 1963, the other, undated, from Coburn to Edel, discussing the biography and a photograph Coburn took of Edel. Also laid in are three typed letters signed and related newspaper clippings. Two of the letters are from publisher Rupert Hart-Davis to Coburn, thanking him for a portfolio of photographs, and one from Coburn to Hart-Davis. From the library of British poet and writer John Lehmann (1907?-1987), founder of the influential literary periodical New Writing, with his signature to the front free endpaper of the fourth volume and his pencil notes on the rear endpaper.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        JANE AND PRUDENCE

      London: Jonathan Cape. 1953. First edition, first printing. Signed by the author. Publisher's original burgundy cloth with light blue titles to the upper board and spine, in dustwrapper. An excellent near fine copy, the binding clean with tiny bumps at the extremities and a slight lean, the contents with a previous owner's name to the front free endpaper otherwise clean and bright throughout. Complete with the near fine lightly rubbed and marked dustwrapper. Not price-clipped. An attractive copy, scarce in signed state. Signed twice and inscribed by the author. Underneath the previous owner's name on the front endpaper the author has inscribed in black ink ?"With all good wishes / Barbara Pym / RNA 8th March 1978?". On the title page the author has signed in black ink underneath her printed name.Further details and images for any of the items listed are available on request. Lucius Books welcomes direct contact with our customers.

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        Sexual Behavior in the Human Female

      Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders Company, 1953. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. Signed. Signed. First edition, first printing with matching dates on title and copyright page. Signed by Alfred C. Kinsey on the half title page. Very Good, in a Very Good dust jacket. Inner front hinge exposed, leaving binding slightly tender. Small ink notation on front and rear paste downs. Tide mark to top and bottom edge of page block, affecting top margins of some pages as well. Spine shows light reading wear. The dust jacket shows crimping and chipping along top edge, with tape repair and evidence of tape removal to verso. The second of two groundbreaking works on human sexual behavior which would become known as The Kinsey Reports. Rare signed.

      [Bookseller: Burnside Rare Books]
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        Quaderni dell'Istituto di Storia dell'Architettura

      Roma, Facolta di Architettura, Universita di Roma, 1953 - 1980. 9 volumes. Fascicules 1-156 bound in 9 gray cloth hardcovers; 35x25 cm. Many illustrations, plates, plans, some folding. Italian. - (first volumes paper sl. browned, 1 volume has a few pages with a stain) Although very good set, see picture.

      [Bookseller: Boekhandel - Antiquariaat Emile Kerssema]
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        The Tunhuang Mural Paintings [Les Fresques de Touenhouang]. Dun Huang Bi Hua Xuan. Volume Two

      Peking: Jung Pao Chai Studio; Rong Bao Zhai Xin Ji, 1953 - First edition, first printing. Folio, 43.6*32cm, Vol. II, with plate lists and 12 numbered loose plates of woodblock prints. Text in Chinese, Russian, English and French. Top flap of folder slightly chipped, text pages and plates almost as new. [Attributes: First Edition]

      [Bookseller: Chinese Art Books]
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        Lucky Jim (First Printing, Signed in the Month of Publication)

      Gollancz 1953 - First edition, first impression, signed, dated and inscribed in the month of publication by Kingsley Amis: ‘All the best to Ray Manwell/ from Kingsley Amis/ January 1954’. Finely re-bound in bright green morocco stamped in gilt; five raised bands to the spine; marbled endpapers and gilt to the edge of the page block; faint mark to the upper board and a small rub to the top-edge of the block; the pages show some mottled browning to the first and last 30 pages or so. A very handsome copy, signed at the time of publication by the then unknown Amis. All orders are sent very carefully wrapped in bubble wrap and sturdy cardboard. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Bradhurst Fine Editions Ltd.]
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        The Little Steamroller

      London: Parrish,, 1953. Original boards. With the dust jacket. Illustrated throughout in colour by Dorothy Craigie. A fine copy in the dust jacket. First edition, first impression.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        Caucasian Battlefields

      Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1953. First . Hardcover. VG+. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. A history of the wars on the Turco-Caucasian Border 1928-1921. 614 pp, profuse ill and an amazing 39 folding maps. Scarce. VG+.

      [Bookseller: Trophy Room Books]
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        Invisible Man

      London: Gollancz, 1953. First British edition. Hardcover. Hardcover. First British edition. The first British edition of Ellison's classical work, published a year after the U.S. edition. A near fine, price-clipped book in a very good dust jacket. Bound in the publisher's original red cloth, spine stamped in gilt. Some soiling to the unoated and iconic Gollancz jacket. Sunning to the spine. Tape reinforcement to the interior spine ends of the jacket. Small Australian bookseller label on front pastedown.

      [Bookseller: Sawtooth Books]
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        The Ascent of Everest" signed by author Sir John Hunt, the leader of the first successful expedition to the top of Mount Everest, and four members of the party making the historic ascent

      n.p., n.d.. 8vo.. "Book Signed ""John Hunt,"" ""Michael Ward,"" ""Charles Evans,"" ""Michael Westmacott,"" and ""Wilfred Noyce"" (lightly smudged) on the front free-endpaper. The Ascent of Everest by John Hunt, 300 pages, 5.75"" x 8.75"". London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1953. ""First Published November 1953 / Second Impression December 1953."" Copiously illustrated in black and white and color. Dust jacket, minor flaws, not price clipped. Very Good condition.From Hunt's text: ""On 1st November [1952] the party was decided and the names were submitted to the Himalayan Committee on the 7th ... ""Charles Evans, F.R.C.S., aged 33, short and sturdy, sandy-haired, was at that time a surgeon in the Walton Hospital, Liverpool. At intervals between his professional appointments he had found time to take part in three expeditions to the Himalaya ... Michael Westmacott was 27. He had no previous Himalayan experience, although he had served in the East at the end of the war as a Sapper officer. An ex-President of the Oxford University Mountaineering Club, he is a mountaineer of the first rank ... Wilfrid Noyce is a schoolmaster and author ... Aged 34, he was, at the outbreak of war in 1939, one of our foremost young mountaineers ... Michael Ward, aged 27, was our Doctor. He is a very fine climber too..."" John Hunt, leader of the expedition, describes himself: ""I had been climbing intermittently since 1925, when I climbed my first high Alpine peak at the age of 15. I had fitted in ten Alpine summer seasons, as well as a great deal of ski-ing. I had also done much rock climbing in this country...""News of the expedition's success reached London on the morning of June 2, 1953, the day of Queen Elizabeth II's coronation. John Hunt received his knighthood on his return to London, in July 1953."

      [Bookseller: University Archives]
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        Le questionnaire EDITION ORIGINALE Service de presse ENVOI AUTOGRAPHE

      Paris: Gallimard, 1953. Fine. Gallimard, Paris 1953, 14,5x20,5cm, broché. - First edition of the French translation, one of the review copies. Valuable and rare autograph dedication signed by the author Maurice Blanchot. boards lightly soiled, otherwise good copy. --- Please note that the translation in english is done automatically, we apologize if the formulas are inaccurate. Contact us for any information! - [FRENCH VERSION FOLLOWS] Edition originale de la traduction française, un des exemplaires du service de presse. Précieux et rare envoi autographe signé de Ernst von Salomon à Maurice Blanchot. Plats légèrement salis, sinon agréable exemplaire.

      [Bookseller: Librairie Le Feu Follet]
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        La vocation de Caroline EDITION ORIGINALE ENVOI AUTOGRAPHE

      Paris: Grasset, 1953. Fine. Grasset, Paris 1953, 14x19cm, relié. - first edition, a copy of the press service. Binding to open bradel paper gray wooden way, as part of black shagreen, wrappers and back preserved and bound in, Goy & binding signed Vilaine. Precious autograph Henry Monfreid to writer Marcel Ayme. Please insert tab mounted on top of the book. Bel pleasantly established exemplary. - [FRENCH VERSION FOLLOWS] Edition originale, un des exemplaire du service de presse. Reliure à la bradel en plein papier gris façon bois, pièce de titre de chagrin noir, couvertures et dos conservés, reliure signée Goy & Vilaine. Précieux envoi autographe de Henry de Monfreid à L'écrivain Marcel Aymé. Prière d'insérer monté en sur onglet en tête de l'ouvrage. Bel exemplaire très agréablement établi.

      [Bookseller: Librairie Le Feu Follet]
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        DOCTOR FAUST: A PLAY BASED UPON GERMAN PUPPET VERSIONS

      Chicago: Caxton Club, 1953. Apparently No. 2 of 3 HAND-COLORED COPIES (of 350 total) n. Hardcover. 264 x 171 mm (10 3/8 x 6 3/4"). 36 leaves. Apparently No. 2 of 3 HAND-COLORED COPIES (of 350 total). Publisher's gray cloth-backed paper boards, later sturdy marbled paper slipcase. With 20 hand-colored 15th century style woodcuts by Fritz Kredel. Signed by Fritz Kredel, Victor Hammer, and Elizabeth Kner in the colophon. With a yellow folded card laid in announcing this copy as one of three hand-colored copies. "Victor Hammer: Artist and Printer," p. 178. A tiny area of soiling at top of spine, otherwise a very fine copy inside and out. In a work that brings together some of the brightest stars of mid-20th century book making, this curious take on the Faust legend has Kasper the Clown, a character from the German puppetry tradition, posing as Mephistopheles and stealing the show. The Faust story still plays out, but this time Faust falls because of his own foolishness, rather than the power of the Devil. This particular manifestation is based on a German version published in 1950 by the Bauerschen Giesserei in Frankfurt, and was a joint project between the Caxton Club and the Society of Typographic Arts, organized by R. Hunter Middleton, a member of both organizations. The charming woodcuts by Fritz Kredel (1900-73) appeared in the Bauer edition and were authorized for re-use in this printing. The work was designed and typeset by the renowned Victor Hammer (1882-1967), and printed by Hammer's son Jacob in red and black on handmade paper. The book was bound by Elizabeth Kner (d. 1998), a Hungarian Jew who hid from the Nazis in a secret compartment in her studio when Germany took over Hungary during World War II. After the War, she immigrated to Chicago, where she worked at the Newberry Library until 1953. In that year, she founded her own bindery, which she ran with Bill Anthony until retiring in 1987. We have not been able to verify whether this copy came from the publisher as one of only three with hand-colored woodcuts (though the fact that it is copy #2 might suggest this). What we can say with certitude is that our colorist did a pleasing, careful job, and that the coloring adds significantly to the appeal of the book.

      [Bookseller: Phillip J. Pirages Fine Books and Mediev]
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        Un hiver a Majorque

      Palma de Mallorca, Editorial Clumba, 1953. 4to. menor; 2 hs., 244 pp., un plano plegado fuera de texto de la Cartuja de Valldemosa en 1823, y 19 láminas reproduciendo grabados de época, retratos y documentos. Cubiertas originales.

      [Bookseller: Hesperia Libros]
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        La Pharmacie et la Thérapeutique au XVIIIème Siècle vues a travers le Journal Encyclopedique de Pierre Rousseau, à Bouillon [1756-1793] These présentée et soutenue publiquement en 1953 devant la Faculté de Pharmacie de Strasbourg pour obtenir le grade de Docteur de l'Université par Albert Couvreur, Pharmacien, Membre de la Société Française d'Histoire de la Pharmacie

      Paris, Vigot Freres Editeurs, 1953. Dos volúmenes en 4to. mayor; 900 pp. en paginación continuada, más 10 láminas aparte. Cubiertas originales. La magnífica Tesis de Doctorado de un gran farmacéutico y empresario belga, nacido en 1887 en Ciney, licenciado en la Universidad Catolica de Lovaina en 1910 y con Farmacia abierta desde 1912 en Thuin, donde sentó las bases para la creación de la gran empresa industrial «Établissements Albert Couvreur», al tiempo que desarrolla su vocación de Historiador de la Farmacia y reúne una impresionante Colección de piezas relacionadas con el tema, desde libros a cerámicas e instrumental, que legará en 1955 a la Universidad de Lovaina y que hoy forman la «Colección Farmacéutica Albert Couvreur», en Woluwe-Saint-Lambert. Su especialidad fue la aromaterapia.

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        Fontana Cándida. Poemas, 1895 - 1952. Prólogo de Francisco García Krautz

      Santiago de Chile, Editorial Nascimento, 1953. 4to.; 341 pp., 1 h. Cubiertas originales.

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        Documentos para la Historia de Vizcaya (Diario de operaciones durante la guerra de la República Francesa por los paisanos armados del país, escrito por Don José María de Arana y Arriola, y Vizcaya durante el reinado de José Napoleón, según lo que resulta de los papeles oficiales existentes en sus archivos)

      San Sebastián, Real Sociedad Vascongada de Amigos del Pais, 1953. 4to.; 20 pp. Cubiertas originales

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        Invisible Man

      Gollancz, London 1953 - Hardcover. First British edition. The first British edition of Ellison's classical work, published a year after the U.S. edition. A near fine, price-clipped book in a very good dust jacket. Bound in the publisher's original red cloth, spine stamped in gilt. Some soiling to the unoated and iconic Gollancz jacket. Sunning to the spine. Tape reinforcement to the interior spine ends of the jacket. Small Australian bookseller label on front pastedown. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Sawtooth Books, ABAA]
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        Derrière Le Miroir N° 57-58-59. Miro.

      Maeght 1953 - In folio en feuilles. 12 lithographies originales en couleurs dont 1 en double page et une en quintuple page. Première et unique édition, bel exemplaire. Cramer " Miro, Les livres illustrés" N° 26.

      [Bookseller: La Basse Fontaine]
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        The Birds of Kent. [With a Foreword by Sir Philip Manson - Bahr]. SIGNED SET IN DUSTWRAPPERS

      Witherby [1953] 2 vols., roy. 4to., First Edition, First Issue, with 2 coloured frontispieces, 36 coloured plates, 76 monochrome plates on 42, a full - page map in the text, and a double - page map in red and blue with a full - page graph, some light marginal spotting to first leaves on each volume, fore - edges mildly spotted; original dark blue buckram, gilt back, blue tops, a very good, firm set in unclipped dustwrapper, the latter lightly browned and spotted at fold - ins. SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR ON TITLE TO EACH VOLUME. One of the finest of all modern county avifaunas, the set comprises vol I: Black - Throated Diver to Puffin; vol. II: Pallas's Sand - Grouse to Snow - Finch. The frontispieces and coloured plates are from paintings by the author. 'In 1953 Dr. James Harrison published 'The Birds of Kent', a comprehensive historical work in two volumes which goes into great detail on the occurrence of sub - species as well as full species. This book is illustrated with many photographs mostly of mounted specimens and coloured paintings by the author'. (Tate). This is the first issue binding of dark blue buckram (rather than the later cloth). The dustwrappers are cream printed in red and black. Signed copies (let alone sets) are extremely scarce. Tate (1985), p.94.

      [Bookseller: Island Books]
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        Raoul Dufy. A Note

      [New York: Pierre Bères, 1953. First edition, #6 of 200 copies on handmade Arnold paper printed by the Ram Press. 1 vols. Oblong 4to. Blue wrappers. Fine. First edition, #6 of 200 copies on handmade Arnold paper printed by the Ram Press. 1 vols. Oblong 4to. Edelstein A20

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        Primates.Comparative Anatomy and Taxonomy. A Monograph in 8 volumes., Vol I: Strepsirhini, Vol II: Hapolorhini: Tarsioidea, Vol III: Pithecoidea: Platyrrhini: Hapalidae, Vol IV: Cebidae, Part A, Vol V: Cebidae,Part B, Vol VI: Catarrhini: Cercopithecoidea, Cercopithecinae, Vol. VII: Cynopithecinae: Cercocebus, Macaca, Cynopithecus, Vol .VIII: Cynopithecinae: Papio, Mandrillus, Theropithecus .

      Edinburgh, University Press, 1953 - 1970. - 798pp., 347pp., 354pp., 523pp., 537pp., 757pp., 934pp., 671pp.; goldingrave on spine, Library copies, hence library stamps on the fly leafs and the title pages , libray lables on the book spines (exept Vol II:) The volumes contain several maps and plats, apart from that all eight volumes in good condition Sprache: Englisch Gewicht in Gramm: 9999 [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat Buchseite]
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        The St. Louis Zoo Album (Hornbill, Gorilla, verkleideter Schimpanse)

      Saint Louis 1953 - 22,5 x 30 cm 88 Seiten 400 gr. Einband vollst?ndig von Innenteil gel÷st, abgerieben [Attributes: Soft Cover]

      [Bookseller: Schueling Buchkurier]
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        Dwight D. Eisenhower Signed White House Invitation Card ? Suitable Replacement for a White House card!

      Washington, DC, May 12, 1953. 5" x 4". "Partly Engraved Card Signed ?Dwight D. Eisenhower? as President, 5? x 4?. Fine condition. Gilt Presidential Seal at top center. Completed in calligraphy. With original 5? x 4? envelope with ?The White House? engraved in gilt. Addressed in unknown hand ?Hon. Louis B. Heller / House of Representatives.? Mounting stains on verso of each. Fine condition. In full, ?The President / requests the pleasure of the company of / Mr. Heller / at luncheon / on Tuesday, May 12, 1953 / at one o?clock.? On Tuesday afternoon, May 12, 1953, President Eisenhower held the last in a series of 25 luncheons so that he could meet members of Congress on an ?informal basis.? Congressman Louis Heller was one of 11 Representatives and 7 Senators invited. He was the only New Yorker and one of the 12 Democrats of the 17 members of Congress invited. Ostensibly, Congressman Heller asked President Eisenhower to sign his invitation at the luncheon. First elected to Congress to fill a vacancy, Democrat Louis Benjamin Heller (1905-1993) represented Brooklyn, New York, in the House of Representatives from 1949 until he resigned in 1954 when he was appointed an Associate Justice of the Court of Special Sessions of New York City. He served until 1958 when he was elected a Justice of the City Court of the City of New York (1958-1966), and later Judge of the Supreme Court of the State of New York (1966-1977). "

      [Bookseller: University Archives]
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        Fahrenheit 451

      Ballantine Books, New York 1953 - Near fine signed first edition. Signed/dated by Bradbury to title page (4/13/98) . Spine ends/corners lightly rubbed. Small dampstain to spine foot. Sound, square unmarked copy. The DJ with price is toned at spine, with small chip to spine head and dampstain to spine foot. This volume is housed in a fine custom clamshell case. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; Signed by Author [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: curtis paul books, inc.]
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        Harvey

      New York: Oxford University Press, 1953. First printing. A clean and bright VG+ copy in a VG dust jacket. Basis for the 1950 film directed by Henry Koster and starring James Stewart, Josephine Hull and Peggy Dow. Scarce, especially in dust jacket. . First Edition. Hard Cover. VG+/Very Good. Illus. by Blechman, R.O..

      [Bookseller: Acorn Books]
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        A Poem Called Tunning of Elynour Rummynge, the Famous Ale-Wife of England

      Worcester, Massachusetts : Gehenna Press, 1953 Signed by Esther and Leonard Baskin on the press mark page following the colophon page. Limited edition of 118 copies. This is number 25. This is the fifth publication of Gehenna Press. With 13 wood engravings by Leonard Baskin. Printed in red and black. The author was Poet Laureate to King Henry the VIII. Bound in blue paper over boards, with paper labels on the front cover and spine. Covers are age toned along extremities, with a 1.5 inch off white mark on the front panel, 1/2 inch stain on the back panel, small stain on paper title label to front. Surface paper is split on rear board, along the bottom half of the seam with the back strap. Paper label on spine is age toned. Interior is clean and unmarked, with some age toning along margins that does not impinge on the text or illustrations. Some slight foxing to end papers. Binding is solid. Text block is square.

      [Bookseller: Boomerang Booksellers, ABAA/ILAB (USA)]
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        1953 THREE SCARCE WILLIAM SAROYAN DRAFT SCREENPLAYS of THE WAYWARD BUS by JOHN STEINBECK housed in a Custom Clamshell Case

      1953. 1st Edition 1st Printing. Soft cover. Very Good. THREE ORIGINAL SCREENPLAYS by WILLIAM SAROYAN based on THE WAYWARD BUS by JOHN STEINBECK. Three Mimeographed Screenplay Drafts in Printed "Chas. K. Feldman Group Productions" wrappers, inner pages 3-hole punched at the left side, bound with 3 brass brads, 8.5x11" paper, two of the drafts are printed on white paper, one on yellow paper, pages printed on one side only, 155 pages, 172 pages and 150 pages. In a Custom Made Clamshell Box that has a leather spine and marbled paper inner lining. The back of the spine is titled in gilt "THE WAYWARD BUS". One screenplay draft, the one printed on yellow paper, is dated 6/17/54 - 6/18/54, with one or the other of those dates typed at the top of some of the pages. Another draft is undated, and another is dated July 13, 1953, in pencil on the title page. The un-dated script has A FULL PAGE OF HANDWRITTEN NOTES & CORRECTIONS written on the blank backside of the last page. Though unsigned, these manuscript notes are likely in SAROYAN'S HAND. Peter Howard (see more information about Peter below), who was very familiar with Saroyan autograph material, claimed that the writing was Saroyan's, and it certainly appears to be Saroyan's handwriting to me, but the writing may very well be by an unknown (to me) reader who Saroyan relied on for editorial comments. I do not know for certain whose hand the notes are in. I have provided a quality image of the page of notes for your determination. Two of the scripts have a number of hand corrections, changes and marks; these also appear to be in the hand of Saroyan, but they may be by another hand entirely. These 3 Saroyan / Steinbeck Screenplay Drafts were All Owned by CHARLES K. FELDMAN GROUP PRODUCTIONS, with His Company's Printed Wrappers holding each Saroyan Screenplay Draft. Provenance of the late PETER HOWARD, ABAA, owner of the now gone SERENDIPITY BOOKS, Berkeley, California. PETER acquired a large collection of items by William Saroyan, a writer he greatly admired. Much of the material was sold and/or donated by Peter to Stanford University and to the William Saroyan trust. This group of 3 Saroyan Scripts was Priced by the PETER HOWARD,at $25,000: Laid-in the clamshell box, on top of the scripts, is a note in Peter Howard's hand, pricing the set of scripts at $25,000 (those of you familiar with Peter's pricing and his codes will recognize his marks and price); Peter's $25,000 price and code, along with a few relevant notes, are also written, in pencil, on the title page of one of the drafts. Peter believed that these Screenplays by Saroyan were among his most difficult items to find. Condition: All the manuscripts have some toning, signs of handling (thumbing), a few tape remnants to inner pages, and covers that have some writing, stamps and edgewear (one cover has remnants of a large label of some sort). Some of the inner pages have relevant handwritten notes, marks and dates. Overall VERY GOOD condition, tight, bright and clean. The clamshell case is in NEAR FINE condition, solid and lovely, just a touch of wear to the leather edges. How these scripts came into being: ******In 1952 Hollywood Super-Agent turned Film-Producer Charlie Feldman bought the rights to JOHN STEINBECK'S 1947 novel, THE WAYWARD BUS, and hired playwright and novelist WILLIAM SAROYAN to adapt it for the screen. Saroyan makes a valiant effort in these three drafts, but in 1955 Feldman gave up and sold the film rights to Twentieth Century Fox, who hired Ivan Moffat to pen the script.****** About the FILM: ******When the film finally came out in May 1957, it was a critical and commercial failure. The screenplay by Ivan Moffat was considered a hatchet-job at best (the producers should have stuck with Saroyan!). The film was never officially released on DVD because Steinbeck's widow bought back the rights and refuses to let it be released because Steinbeck was greatly displeased with the final result.******

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        Hornblower and The Atropos.

      Boston; Little Brown and Company. 1953 - First US Edition. 8vo. Very good indeed in publisher's sea green cloth titled in gilt to spine, light bumping to spine ends. In an acceptable wrapper with fading to the spine panel, and creasing, chipping and a rectangle of loss to the upper edge of the front panel. Internally clean and fresh. Inscribed by Forester to his wife, Dorothy on the front flyleaf and bearing the bookplate of the Forester, Troughton-Smith family archive to the pastedown. As we have discovered with the family related Hornblower titles, often the dustwrappers have suffered somewhat, nevertheless a lovely association copy, housed in a tailor made leather spined clamshell box. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Adrian Harrington Ltd, ABA, ILAB]
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        Odes anacréontiques. Traduction de Leconte de Lisle.

      Lyon, Cercle Lyonnais du Livre, 1953, - gr. in-8, en feuilles, sous couverture rempliée, chemise et étui cartonnés, 80 pp. Edition illustrée de 50 lithographies originales par André Derain. Tirage unique à 200 exemplaires numérotés sur B.F.K. Rives, celui-ci enrichi d'une suite de 58 lithographies en sanguine sur Chine dont 9 refusées (une planche manque à notre suite). Bel exemplaire néanmoins, auquel on joint le menu agrémenté d'une lithographie originale supplémentaire. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Casino Royale

      London: Jonathan Cape,, 1953. Octavo. Original black cloth, titles to spine in red, heart device to front cover in red, bottom edges untrimmed. With the illustrated dust jacket. Housed in a black quarter morocco solander box by the Chelsea Bindery. Bookplate to rear pastedown over remnants of earlier label, accession number and neat ownership inscription to contents leaf, signature to front free endpaper. Very good in the frayed and lightly creased dustjacket with staining to the verso and small loss at the corners. First edition, first impression. Fleming (1908-1964) finished Casino Royale over the period of two months in early 1952, while at Goldeneye, his "tropical hideaway on Jamaica's north shore" (Gilbert, p. 16). According to Gilbert, Fleming finished the novel quickly because "he was a seasoned journalist", but also because many plot elements sprung from either Fleming's imagination or his memories of wartime adventures. Published in April 1953, the book was a success and Fleming would thereafter use "his Caribbean holidays to write a James Bond story every year until his premature death in 1964" (ODNB).

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        Les petits chevaux de Tarquinia EDITION ORIGINALE ENVOI AUTOGRAPHE

      Paris: Gallimard, 1953. Fine. Gallimard, Paris 1953, 12x19cm, relié. - First edition, one of the review copies. Bound in half morocco cherry back with five nerves, when golden tail, flat marbled paper, guards and contreplats of handmade paper, covers and spine preserved (back filled with a small lack in foot), top edge gilt, binding signed Goy & Vilaine. Precious autograph dedication signed by the author Maurice Blanchot: "... with all my admiration ..." Pleasant copy fully established. --- Please note that the translation in english is done automatically, we apologize if the formulas are inaccurate. Contact us for any information! - [FRENCH VERSION FOLLOWS] Edition originale, un des exemplaires du service de presse. Reliure en demi maroquin cerise, dos à cinq nerfs, date dorée en queue, plats de papier marbré, gardes et contreplats de papier à la cuve, couvertures et dos conservés (dos comportant un petit manque comblé en pied), tête dorée, reliure signée de Goy & Vilaine. Précieux envoi autographe signé de Marguerite Duras à Maurice Blanchot : "... avec toute mon admiration..." Agréable exemplaire parfaitement établi.  

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