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        Alas, Babylon

      J.B. Lippincott Company, 1953. Hardcover. Very Good. Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott, 1953. First Edition, First Printing. In original dust jacket with price of $3.50 intact. In About Near Fine condition, in a Very Good dust jacket. Previous owner name on front free end paper. Faint foxing to end papers. Light lean to spine, light wear to head of spine. The dust jacket shows edge wear, with a few short tears and creases; Light loss at top of spine, extending to corner of front panel. Price sticker ghost to bottom of rear panel. Light rubbing. A lovely copy.

      [Bookseller: Burnside Rare Books]
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        [Photo Album]: 180 Korean War Photographs

      1953. Oblong octavo. (48)pp. String bound with stiff paper boards with seven additional leaves of larger and smaller sizes laid in. Good, with moderate wear to the boards, page ends with some tears and chips, and all leaves loose, photos are very good with some general wear and a dozen with scattered splash marks. A collection of more than 180 photos from a soldier serving with the 11th Marine, 1st Division, "K" Battery in the final months of the Korean War. Approximately 20 of the photos show the soldier at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, in California, and with his family. The vast majority of the photos depict travel to and from Korea and service in country. Those images include shots of the countryside, some showing ancient statues; various military vehicles including helicopters, jeeps, boats, and a convoy of trucks; soldiers patrolling with their weapons and in foxholes; views around camp showing various buildings, roads, mortars and soldiers in formation; and candid pictures of troops resting, reading, cutting their hair, playing ping pong, and doing laundry. A sizable collection of photos showing military life in the waning days of the Korean War. .

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        Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Plans of Interior. 2nd June 1953

      Royal Opera House, London 1953 - Landscape folio. Burgundy cloth over boards, titled to the front cover in gilt. Plans for all levels of the building. These new drawings executed by J. Panting of the Royal Opera House and stated in a note to the title page to be: "Partly based on existing plans of auditorium by L.C.C. dated June 1934 and of the annexe by Messers Hood & Huggins, Surveyors, dated Sept 1933." Preliminary blank and nine leaves, printed on the recto only. Preliminary blank, title page showing front elevation. Eight plans, all at a scale of 1" to 16 feet. The sheets being titled thus: [1] Basement or Cellar Level; [2] Stalls Level; [3] Stalls Circle or Stage Level; [4] Grand Tier Level; [5] Balcony Level; [6] Amphitheatre Level; [7] Gallery Slips Level; [8] Upper Gallery or Dome Level. Aside from the ink signature to the upper right of the title page. No annotations or other faults. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: David Cornell]
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        RODD'S CHEMISTRY OF CARBON COMPOUNDS A Modern Comprehensive Treatise [ Ten Volume Set ]

      Elsevier Publishing Company, 1953, Hardcover, First Edition; First PrintingVery Good in a Good dust jacket. Ten Volume Set. Tears to jackets. For several volumes, some minor wear to jacket at spine, Volume IVa has a 1 inch open tear to jacket at spine. Some discoloration to jacket at spine for most volumes. A beautiful set and an scarce, excellent resource! Very rare in the dust jacket. Shipping overseas will be costly and extra. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall

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        Crystallinity in sperm heads. Offprint

      1953. Wilkins, Maurice (1916- ) and Randall, J[ohn] T. (1905-84). Crystallinity in sperm heads: Molecular structure of nucleoprotein in vivo. Offprint from Biochimica et biophysica acta 10 (1953). 192-193pp. Illustrated with an x-ray photograph. 242 x 167 mm. Without wrappers as issued. Fine apart from slight creasing. First Separate Edition. Wilkins, a member of John Randall's biophysics research program at King's College, London, began performing x-ray diffraction studies of DNA in the early 1950s after accidentally discovering how to spin the very thin uniform fibers of DNA required for this type of analysis. In 1950 he and Raymond Gosling became the first to obtain diffraction photographs of DNA in crystalline form, but due to various difficulties did not continue with this line of research until 1952, by which time Watson and Crick had entered the picture. By this time there was sufficient evidence to indicate that the structure of the DNA molecule was probably helical, but it was still unclear as to whether such a structure occurred within the cell or was simply an artifact of preparation. Working with squid sperm, "which occurs in bundles remarkable for the perfection of the parallel array of cells," Wilkins performed x-ray studies "that showed, he believed, that DNA in intact cells was helical, too" (Judson, pp. 95-96).

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      New York: Ballantine Books,. [1953]. Small octavo,. boards.. Some tanning to text block, a fine copy in fine dust jacket with. touch of shelf wear at spine ends. A nice, bright copy. (#111941). First edition. Signed by Pohl on the front free endpaper. Anatomy of Wonder (2004) II- 864. Pringle, Science Fiction: The 100 Best Novels 12. Survey of Science Fiction Literature V, pp. 2127-31.

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        The Economics of Inflation: A Study of Currency Depreciation in Post-War Germany 1914-1923: Sir Halley Stewart Publications IV

      London George Allen & Unwin Ltd. 1953. 464 pages. Index. "In the analysis of the causes and effects of the depreciation of the German mark I have used, besides German official publications and economic articles in some of the leading newspapers... personal observations made during a long stay in Germany from 1920 to 1929, first as a member of Berlin staff of the Reparations Commission; than as head of the German Exports Control, which was instituted in 1921 by the Committee of Guarantees; and lastly as economic advisor to the Agent-General of Reparations." - from Preface to the English Edition. Usual library markings, some stroked out in black. Front hinge starting. Back hinge almost open. Above-average wear. A worthy reference copy of this important work, particularly in light of current inflation prospects in the United States. Second English Impression Hard Cover 8vo - over 7?" - 9?" tall Ex-Library; Second English Impression. Fair

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        Mysterious Courier : An Episode In The Fantastic Career Of Chevalier D'eon

      Putnam And Co. Ltd, London 1953 - Spine Lightly Bumped. Price Marking First Page, Pages And Page Ends. Free From Any Notations. 285 Pages Plus One Page Historical Note Chevalier D'eon. Dust Jacket Not Price Clipped {10S. 6D. Net}. Folds Rubbed, Corners Chipped. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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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 dustwrappers, 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. . Catalogs: natural history: birds.

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        Mexican Indians, Spaniards and Priests

      Ventura, Calif., ca. 1953. Pastel and gold drawing. 19.5 x 28.5 inches. Signed in pencil by the artist. Annotated and authenticated by Tony Sheets, the artist's son in 2003. Mural design for Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church in Ventura, California. On board. Literature: Millard Sheets. One-Man Renaissance by Janice Lovoos and Edmund Penney, p. 148.

      [Bookseller: Alan Wofsy Fine Arts]
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        ohne Titel. Geformte Pappstücke in Holzkiste. Geweisst. Ca. 35 x 27 cm. Oben signiert und datiert "53", unten nochmals signiert

      (1953).. . mit Fotonachweis der Galerie Krüll, Krefeld - differenzbesteuert, kein Ausweis der Mehrwertsteuer

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat am St. Vith]
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        Lady and The Tramp

      New York: Simon and Schuster,, 1953. The Story of Two Dogs. Octavo. Finely bound by The Chelsea Bindery in blue morocco, titles and decoration to spine gilt, pictorial block of the lady and the tramp to front board gilt, raised bands, single rule to boards gilt, twin rule to turn-ins gilt, blue and white patterned endpapers, gilt edges. Black and white illustrations by Joe G. Rinaldi. A fine copy. First edition, first printing. Based upon Greene's short story Happy Dan and the Whistling Dog which was bought by Disney in the early 1940s and subsequently turned into the popular animated feature film in 1955.

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        Die Gewehre der Frau Carrar.

      Aufbau-Verlag, Berlin 1953.. OBr. Mit OschU., 8°. 57 SS., 3 nn. SS. (le. we.).. Versuche: Sonderheft. Von Brecht vor dem 28.3.1956 auf dem Vorsatz 4-zeilig gewidmet: "Dr. O. Mertens (für die Sorge um E. Hauptmann) mit dank bertolt brecht". Dr. Otto Mertens war jahrelang der Arzt von Brecht, der allerdings den Gesundheitszustand Brechts als weniger dramatisch einschätzte, als er tatsächlich war. Am 28.3. wurde er wegen einer deutlichen Verschlechterung von Brechts Zustand zu ihm gerufen, sah aber offenbar immer noch keinen Grund zur Eile und ließ sich über Gebühr Zeit. Diese Vorfall führte zum Bruch mit Brecht. Parker schreibt (Stephen Parker: "Bertolt Brecht: A literary life", 2014): "When he [Mertens] had still not turned up after two hours, Brecht's daughter Barbara went to fetch him...... Merten's relationship with Brecht, his family and close friends clearly broke down. What for Brecht was an emergency,..... was for Mertens seemingly something what could wait." SchU mit kleineren Randläsuren, diese mit professionellem Restaurationsband hinterlegt. Ansonsten sehr gut erhalten. Enthält weiter:der Augsburger Kreidekreis, Neue Kinderlieder. Von Brecht signierte Bücher sind sehr selten! Rare!

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        Spiralen, som nögle til grafisk fremstilling af den dynamiske filosofi og kunstopfattelse i: Spiralen. [Katalog til] Spiralens udstilling pa Charlottenborg 5.-21. december [1953].

      . Kbhvn. 1953. Kataloget er udformet som et flerfalset ark uden paginering. The spiral as a key to the graphic representation of the dynamic principle in philosophy and art. Copenhagen 1953. The catalogue is a sheet of paper, folded several times without consecutive numbers to denote page order. * PHH 127..

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      1953 - Provenance: Rex Arrowsmith, renowned Santa Fe Native American art dealer. Oil on canvas signed in lower right corner. Hand carved frame signed top center. In excellent condition. Frame size: 45" x 34". Painting size: 23" x 19". [Attributes: Signed Copy]

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        L Anglais décrit dans le chateau fermé.

      - Oxford & Cambridge MCMLIII (2 juin 1953). 8:o. (6 blank),145,(9 of which 8 are blank). No 277 of 350 numbered copies. Publisher`s printed wrappers. Sewn as issued. Some light edgewear. Spine slighly faded. Small spot lower edge back wrapper. 22,5 x 14,5 cm. [#\8073] [Attributes: Soft Cover]

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        Steamship United States / Flagship of the United States Lines

      The Mariners\' Museum c. 1953, Newport News, Virginia - The SS United States holds the record for fastest westbound voyage across the Atlantic Ocean, as well as the fastest roundtrip voyage. Launched in 1952 from New York to Cornwall, the ship served for the next 17 years, and was decommissioned in 1969. To this day it sits in Philadelphia. , Image Size : 332x554 (mm), 13.07x21.81 (Inches), Platemark Size : , Paper Size : 442x702 (mm), 17.40x27.64 (Inches), Printed in Color, Offset Printing Very Good; faint damp staining along bottom margin, not affecting image.

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        lov?k zahrada ?irá. Ver?e. [Man: A Broad Garden. Poems.]

      ?eskoslovenský spisovatel, (Prague) 1953 - First edition of Kundera's first book. Wrappers and title page printed in red and black. In original illustrated wrappers. Woodcut illustration on cover by Bohdan Lacina. 69, (3) p. Milan Kundera (1929- ) the author of "The Unbearable Lightness of Being", the most recognized, translated and discussed living Czech writer. "?lov?k zahrada ?irá", a collection of poems is Kundera's first published book. Cover illustration by Bohdan Lacina (1912-1971), the Czech avant-garde painter and graphic artist. In original illustrated wrappers. Woodcut illustration on cover by Bohdan Lacina First edition of Kundera's first book. Wrappers and title page printed in red and black [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

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        Amorous Exploits of a Young Rakehell.

      Olympia Press,, Paris: 1953 - Translated from the French. First edition thus (June 1953 - paperback). Abrasion on rear cover from a removed price label, moderate shelf wear and aging, else very good in green, printed wraps. ; 110 pages B00281QVO8 [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

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        The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks (1953 1st edition Faber hardback)

      Faber, 1953. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good Condition/Very Good. VG/VG- 1st edition Faber hardback, unclipped DJ, beautiful original jacket design and line drawings. Top edge crease to DJ, rubbing and small tear to top of DJ spine, internally VG tight and unmarked with a little tanning to pages. Scarce in this condition. Sent Airmail at no extra cost; Worldwide Shipping IMMEDIATE 1ST CLASS/AIRMAIL DISPATCH Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilogram. Category: Cooking, Wine & Dining; Inventory No: 055485..

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        Spring Fantasia Improvisations

      Chicago, IL: Chicago Chapter of Artists Equity, 1953. First edition. Comb-bound softcover. Program for the Masquerade Ball held on May 15, 1953 at the Sheraton Hotel in Chicago. Includes information about the association, about the donors of prizes, a program which lists Studs Terkel as the Master of Ceremonies. Numerous advertisments for local business that are original lithographs by local artists including: Micky Strobel, Diane Duvigneaud, Anita Venier-Alexander, Irving Titel, Joyce Trieman, Rudolph Weisenborn, Marian Witt, Nina Griffin, Martyl, Paul Pinson, June Lukosh, Aileen Trump, Everett McNear, Rainey Bennett, Earl Gross, Max Kahn, Eleanor Coen, Ken Kenniston, Robert Sinnott with art on the covers by Zeke Ziner. A clean near fine copy with some slight wear at the corners and along the spiral binding. Scarce, with only one copy listed in OCLC.

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        Winds [Vents]

      (New York): Pantheon Books. (1953). First. First American edition, bilingual edition. Translated by Hugh Chisholm. Quarto. 252pp. Bollingen Series, XXXIV. A little faint spotting on the boards, else near fine in a chipped, good dustwrapper. Nicely Inscribed by the French Nobel laureate to Inez Gallagher in the year of publication. .

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        Philosophical Investigations

      Basil Blackwell, 1953-01-01. Hardcover. Very Good. Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1953. 232 p. & 232 p. Bilingual. First British edition, first printing. (Stated "First Printed in 1953" on copyright page with tipped-in errata sheet. Precedes the American edition.) Very Good condition in Good+ dust jacket. Clean pages. Slight cocking to spine, back board a little curved, scuff to bottom edge, nick to cloth at front. Foxing to edges. A single page creased. Jacket unclipped with typical foxing that's most noticeable on the spine panel, nick near there. Nice condition overall. The first English-language appearance of one of the most important philosophical works of the 20th Century. Translated by G.E.M. Anscombe.

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      New York: Ballantine Books,. [1953]. Octavo,. cloth.. A fine copy in nearly fine, bright dust jacket with 10 mm closed tear. and associated wrinkles at bottom edge of front panel with small. internal tape reinforcement to same, light wear to spine ends and. upper corner tips, and some fading to orange title lettering and. publisher's monogram on spine panel (as is usually the case). A very. attractive copy of this classic novel. (#114552). First edition. An enormously popular novel presaging Clarke's major thematic statements in 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY. Anatomy of Wonder (2004) II- 246. Pringle, Science Fiction: The 100 Best Novels 9. Survey of Science Fiction Literature I, pp. 337-41.

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        The Structure of DNA.New York: The Biological Laboratory, Cold Spring Harbor, 1953.

      First edition, the copy of geneticist L. C. Dunn, of the first full account of the structure of DNA and its implications. This volume contains Watson's and Crick's paper 'The Structure of DNA', which had been presented by Watson at the 18th Cold Spring Harbor Symposium (Viruses) in June 1953 - the first talk by either Watson or Crick on their discovery and the first chance for many scientists to learn about their pioneering work. The paper is beautifully illustrated with Odile Crick's elegant diagram and Rosalind Franklin's and Raymond Gosling's famous 'Photo 51' - the crucial piece of X-ray crystallographic evidence that allowed Watson and Crick to complete their model. The text of the paper effectively combines the two previous Nature papers on the structure of DNA and the implications of that structure (neither of which contains both illustrations, for example). Here, in the Cold Spring Harbor presentation, serious questions about the mechanism of replication were posed, setting up the next phase of work on 'the central dogma', i.e. DNA to RNA to protein.<br/><br/> Offered here together with an original print, depicting the double-helix structure of DNA, signed by Watson and Crick. <i>Provenance:</i> Rubberstamp of L. C. Dunn to front fly leaf. "Leslie Clarence Dunn (1893 - 1974) was a developmental geneticist at Columbia University. His early work with the mouse T-locus and established ideas of gene interaction, fertility factors, and allelic distribution. Later work with other model organisms continued to contribute to developmental genetics." (Wikipedia).. The Structure of DNA is pp. 123-131 in: Cold Spring Harbor Symposia on Quantitative Biology, Vol. XVIII, Viruses 1953, 4to (273 x 200 mm), original dark red cloth with gilt spine lettering. Print: 280 x 216 mm, black and white print on laid paper with watermark, depicting the double-helix structure of DNA, captioned "In fact, the two DNA strands are twisted around each other to make a double helix." Crick signature in black pen, Watson in blue ballpoint pen

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        Truman leverages his deep knowledge of Presidential history to defend his refusal to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee based on "? precedents commencing with George Washington himself in 1796. Since his day, Presidents Jefferson, Monroe, Jackson, Tyler, Polk, Fillmore, Buchanan, Lincoln, Grant, Hayes, Cleveland, Theodore Roosevelt, Coolidge, Hoover and Franklin D. Roosevelt"

      "Document Signed, ""Harry Truman,"" 3 pages, 8.5"" x 11"", [Independence, Mo.], November 11, 1953, being a mimeographed copy of Truman's letter to Congressman Harold H. Velde, Chairman of the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC), refusing to appear before the committee, issued as a press release. Two minor toned spots not affecting text, minor corner crease to page three, else very fine condition. Truman's response to the HUAC subpoena reads in full: ""I have your subpoena dated November 9, 1953, directing my appearance before your Committee on Friday, November 13th, in Washington. The subpoena does not state the matters upon which you seek my testimony, but I assume from the press stories that you seek to examine me with respect to matters which occurred during my tenure of the Presidency of the United States. In spite of personal willingness to cooperate with your Committee, I feel constrained by my duty to the people of the United States to decline to comply with the subpoena. In doing so, I am carrying out the provisions of the Constitution of the United States; and am following a long line of precedents commencing with George Washington himself in 1796. Since his day, Presidents Jefferson, Monroe, Jackson, Tyler, Polk, Fillmore, Buchanan, Lincoln, Grant, Hayes, Cleveland, Theodore Roosevelt, Coolidge, Hoover and Franklin D. Roosevelt have declined to respond to subpoenas or demands for information of various kinds by Congress. The underlying reason for this clearly established and universally recognized Constitutional doctrine has be succinctly set forth by Charles Warren, one of our leading Constitutional authorities, as follows: 'In this long series of contests by the Executive to maintain his Constitutional integrity, one sees a legitimate conclusion from our theory of Government....Under our Constitution, each branch of the Government is designed to be a coordinate representative of the will of the people....Defence [sic] by the Executive of his Constitutional powers becomes, in very truth, therefore, defence of popular rights -- defence of power which the people granted to him. It was in that sense that President Cleveland spoke of his duty to the people not to relinquish any of the powers of his great office. It was in that sense that President Buchanan stated the people have ""rights and prerogatives"" in the execution of his office by the President which every President is under a duty to see ""shall never be violated in his person"" but ""pass to his successors unimpaired by the adoption of a dangerous precedent"" In maintaining his rights against a trespassing Congress, the President defends not himself, but popular government; he represents not himself but he People.' President Jackson repelled an attempt by the Congress to break down the separation of powers in these words: 'For myself I shall repel all such attempts as an invasion of the principles of justice as well as of the Constitution, and I shall esteem it my sacred duty to the People of the United States to resist them as I would the establishment of a Spanish Inquisition.' I might commend to your reading the opinion of one of the Committees of the House of Representatives in 1879, House Report 141, march 3, 18970, 45th Cong. 3rd Sess., in which the House Judiciary Committee said the following: 'The Executive is as independent of either house of Congress as either house of Congress is independent of him, and they cannot call for the records of his action or the action of his officers against his consent, any more than he can call for any of the journals and records of the House or Senate....' It must be obvious to you that if the doctrine of separation of powers and the independence of the Presidency is to have any validity at all, it must be equally applicable to a President after his term of office has expired when he is sought to be examined with respect to any acts occurring while he is President. The doctrine would be shattered, and the President, contrary to our fundamental theory of Constitutional Government, would become a mere arm of the Legislative Branch of the Government if he would feel during his term of office that his every act might be subject to official inquiry and possible distortion for political purposes. If your intention however is to inquire into any acts as a private individual either before or after my Presidency and unrelated to any acts as President, I shall be happy to appear."" In response, Velde, wrote in a published statement: ""... I regret very much that Mr. Truman evidently does not intend to answer several pertinent questions which the committee desired to ask him, respecting his relationship with Harry Dexter White, described last week by Attorney General Brownell as a 'spy' for the Soviet Union ... "" Citing Truman's receipt of a warning from the F.B.I. when he nominated him to head the International Monetary Fund, ""The committee wished to determine whether Mr. Truman actually had received this report personally, prior to the issuance by him of a strong letter of recommendation of White's behalf...The personal loyalty of Mr. Truman has not bee put in question but the collective security of the people of the United States was certainly jeopardized by failure on the part of some responsible authority in the previous Administration in failing to alert the Senate of the United States and the American people as to the nature of White's alleged activities.... Mr. Truman's refusal to elaborate upon his knowledge of the White case leaves the entire matter in limbo. The committee has no intention of attempting to force the cooperation of those, although shielded by an uncertain and ill-defined immunity, have a continuing and sacred duty to cooperate in all respects where the public safety and the public welfare are concerned."" (New York Times, November 13, 1953, p. 14) Truman had been subpoenaed in connection with an inquiry into the affairs of Harry Dexter White, the former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury whom Truman had appointed as director of the International Monetary Fund in 1946 despite warnings from the F.B.I. that White was suspected of espionage. For reasons unknown, the Senate was never made aware of the report and confirmed his nomination soon after Truman submitted White for confirmation. A year later, in June 1947, White abruptly resigned his position after Attorney General Tom Clark ordered a federal grand jury to look into accusations made against him by a Soviet defector, Elizabeth Bentley. White testified before HUAC in August 1948 that he was not a communist, and died ten days later from a massive heart attack. Despite his death, the case continued to fester, reinforced by accusations made by Whittaker Chambers and then later Senators William Jenner and Joseph McCarthy when the F.B.I. revealed that it had warned Truman about White six weeks prior to nominating him to direct the I.M.F. Evidence gleaned from the Soviet archives in recent years confirms that White had been indeed a high level source for Soviet intelligence. Truman the historian. From an early age, Truman was captivated by history. In his 1955 Memoirs he write that his ""debt to history is one which cannot be calculated. I know of no other motivation which so accounts for my awakening interest as a young lad in the principles of leadership and government."" Although he lacked a college education, Truman was a voracious reader of history, claiming to have read every volume in his local public library by age 14. When Truman turned 10, his mother presented him with Charles F. Horne's Great Men and Famous Women which deeply influenced his view on history, which he viewed simply as ""the life and actions of great men."" This simplistic attitude drew the ire of many professional historians (whom Truman deeply distrusted). After speaking with Truman in March 1959, Arthur Schlesinger remarked in his diary that the former president ""as usual,"" discussed American history, offering numerous facts and opinions, ""a good many of them wrong."" Despite his narrow focus and his lack of professional training, history provided Truman with the critical tools of governance. As one observer described it, Truman as President ""internalized"" history and looked to it for guidance whenever a new problem or issue arose. His study of the ""life and actions of great men"" gave him ready examples and precedents to justify his decisions. One of his other core beliefs in American history was in the inherent decency and common sense of the American people to overcome periods of hysteria whipped up by demagogues like Joseph McCarthy (who, he had predicted, would burn out by 1956?"he was only two years off). That same faith in the goodness of Americans also led him to resist any constitutional reforms to prevent other demagogues from rising to power. (Samuel W. Rushay, Jr., ""Harry Truman's History Lessons,"" Prologue, Vol 41, No. 1, Spring 2009) "

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        In the Castle of my Skin

      London: Michael Joseph,, 1953. Octavo. Original grey cloth, titles to spine in white and gold, pictorial endpapers. With the dust jacket. Portrait frontispiece by Denis Williams. Faint partial tanning to free endpapers, contents faintly toned. An excellent copy in the lightly rubbed and toned jacket with small chips from the ends of the spine panel. First edition, first impression of the author's first novel. Inscribed by the author on the half-title, "Especially for Ronald Segal. Best Wishes, George Lamming, Feb 1991". Ronald Segal (1932?-2008) was an anti-apartheid activist, author of groundbreaking books on international affairs, and founder of the Penguin African Library.

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      1953 - FRIEDMAN, MILTON. ESSAYS IN POSITIVE ECONOMICS. [Chicago]: Univeristy of Chicago Press, (1953). 8vo. First Edition. Blue cloth. Dust jacket, front flap detached, small chips and nicks along the edges, and a 1.5 inch chip to the crown of the spine. Ownership signature of economist William R. Allen on flyleaf. Overall a just about a fine copy in the rare dust jacket.

      [Bookseller: Boston Book Company, inc.o ABAA]
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        The Maximus Poems / 1-10. [with]: The Maximus Poems / 11-22

      Stuttgart: Jonathan Williams. 1953,1956. First. First edition. Two volumes. Quarto. Introduction by Robert Creeley laid in as issued. Calligraphic covers by Jonathan Williams. Issued as Jargon 7 and Jargon 9. The first volume is fine in stiff wrappers, in the original publisher's paper outer wrapping paper stamped "Olson. Poems" and is one of 300 copies; the second volume is very good in stiff wrappers with three small tears and a thin horizontal stain on the front wrap, and a split at the bottom of the flap fold, and is one of 350 copies. .

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        Against the Fall of Night

      (New York): Gnome Press. (1953). First. First edition. A chip at the crown of both the book and the jacket, thus good or a little better in an about very good dustwrapper. Inscribed by Arthur C. Clarke to his protege, one-time secretary, and longtime friend Ian Macauley, who was the dedicatee of his first hardcover novel (Islands in the Sky): "To Ian, my favorite American, on -- appropriately enough -- the day of the solar eclipse -- 30 June 56. Arthur." Macauley was an award-winning New York Times journalist who also edited Clarke's book of collected essays, Greetings, Carbon-Based Bipeds! (2000). Clarke wrote the last chapter of Childhood's End, while visiting Macauley in Atlanta in 1952, where he was reportedly greatly influenced by their discussions. A splendid association copy. .

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      Gnome Press, Inc [1953], [New York] - Octavo, illustrated by Frank Kelly Freas, boards. Signed by Clarke on the front free endpaper. Expanded and rewritten as The City and the Stars (1956). See Anatomy of Wonder (1987) 3-98. A fine copy in a fine dust jacket, tiny closed tear to upper front panel, touch of rubbing to spine ends. (12228) [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: John W. Knott, Jr, Bookseller, ABAA/ILAB]
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        Second Foundation

      Gnome Press, New York, 1953, Hardcover, Book Condition: Near Fine, Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine, A First Edition, First PrintingNear fine in a very good or better unclipped dust jacket.Top of volume spine a bit pushed, else near fine in all respects. Jacket with two closed tears at bottom of spine, soiling to the rear panel. A very nice copy, Book

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      Gnome Press, Inc [1953], [New York] - Octavo, illustration by Kelly Freas, boards. Expanded and rewritten as The City and the Stars (1956). See Anatomy of Wonder (1987) 3-98. A fine copy in a very sharp bright fine dust jacket, with a touch of rubbing and some slight shelf wear to lower rear panel edge. (11860) [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        FAHRENHEIT 451

      Ballantine Books [1953], New York - Octavo, red boards, front and spine panels stamped in yellow. The hardbound trade issue. (Currey binding D [no priority]). Anatomy of Wonder (1995) 3-31. Pringle, Science Fiction: The 100 Best Novels 8. Boards lightly rubbed at head and tail of spine panel and corner tips, a solid very good copy in solid very good dust jacket with light fraying and shallow chipping at spine ends and upper corner tips, 45 mm closed tear at top edge of front flap fold which extends slightly into flap, and red "451" on spine panel faded. Overall the jacket is clean and presentable. (10842) [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: John W. Knott, Jr, Bookseller, ABAA/ILAB]
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        90 (Ninety) Years of Public Utility Service on Vancouver Island, 1860-1950: A History of the B.C. Electric

      British Columbia: Publisher Not Stated. Soft Cover. 359 pages plus xxi page appendix and 8 pages index. List of illustrations. Dozens of archival black and white illustrations on glossy stock. "These notes are mainly a record of the B.C. Electric, its subsidiaries and the companies which preceded it, on Vancouver Island. However, the B.C. Electric, perforce, had a wide range of interests throughout the years, and to preserve the main theme in its proper perspective it has been found necessary to make incursions into the history of other utility companies on Vancouver Island, and also to record a certain amount of local contemporary history." - from Preface. Appendix topics include: Now it Can Be Told - Kilowatts Went to War; A Short History of Gas; A Short History of Light and Power Service in Nanaimo; Honor Rolls - 1st and 2nd World Wars; History of Transportation Fares in Greater Victoria; Major undertakings and expenditures 1946-1951. Tight and square with only moderate external wear. Unmarked. A well preserved copy of this significant work. . Very Good. 1953. First Edition.

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      Farrar, Straus & Young, New York 1953 - Octavo, quarter cloth with boards. Winner of the 1954 International Fantasy Award for best novel. Anatomy of Wonder (1995) 3-172. Pringle, Science Fiction: The 100 Best Novels 14. A fine copy in a fine dust jacket with a small rub spot to head of spine panel. A sharp copy. (15825) [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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