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        MOLECULAR STRUCTURE OF NUCLEIC ACIDS (Watson & Crick); MOLECULAR STRUCTURE OF DEOXYPENTOSE NUCLEIC ACIDS (Wilkins, Stokes & Wilson); MOLECULAR CONFIGURATION IN SODIUM THYMONUCLEATE (Franklin & Gosling) and GENETICAL IMPLICATIONS OF THE STRUCTURE OF DEOXYRIBONUCLEIC ACID. (Watson & Crick). All in Nature Vol. 171

      London:: Nature,, 1953. First Edition. Very Good++. A Very Good++ hardback First Edition First Printing Volume 171 of Nature, January -June 1953 bound in quarter cloth and marbled paper boards with gilt lettering spine, silk ribbon bookmark. Mild cover edge wear, soil edges, fading to gilt lettering spine. Owner ink stamp title page. Not ex library. 4to. lxiv (Index), 1168 pp.

      [Bookseller: By The Book, LC ABAA-ILAB]
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        Libro de Cetrería de Caza de Azor (1565)

      Sociedad de Bibliófilos Españoles, Madrid 1953 - 4º, XV p., 265, 3 hoj. Ejemplar nº 303 de una edición numerada y nominada. Intonso. Papel de hilo con todas sus barbas. Media piel, nervios, hilos y florones dorados, en lomo y planos. Corte superior dorado. Magnífico ejemplar. Magnífica edición, impresa con grandes márgenes y en un papel de hilo fabricado especialmente para la sociedad de bibliófilos de esta reedición de un libro publicado en Salamanca en 1565, sobre cría, educación y curación de halcones y aves de rapiña. Con un prólogo de Dámaso Gutiérrez-Arrese. Volumen 28 de la 2ª época de la Sociedad de Bibliófilos Españoles. Cetrería. Bibliofilia. Caza. Falconry. Bibliophilism. Hunting.

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        LIBRO DE CETRERIA DE CAZA DE AZOR.

      Madrid 1953 - 4º XV., 266 p. 3 h. Facsimil de la portada de la edición original. Media pasta valenciana de época, conservando sus cubiertas originales. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Kinwun Mingyi's London Diary

      54 - Rangoon - Supdt., Govt. Printing and Stationary, Burma 1953 - Two uncommon 1953/1954 editions of Kinwun Mingyi's London Diary. Bound in quarter cloth. This text is written in Burmese,with a dual language English/Burmese title page. Kinwon Min Gyi, 1831 1918, was a minister under King Mindon's and King Thibaw's reigns. He attempted to westernise the Burmese kingdom's existing bureaucracy into a more democratic system. Because of such attempts to do so, Kinwon Min Gyi was accused by many to have allowed Britain to win the Third Anglo-Burmese War. Kinwon Min Gyi was born U Kaung. King Mindon, upon Crown Prince Ka Naung's assassination, named U Kaung a diplomat, and was renamed Kinwon Min Gyi U Kaung. In 1881, he led the first Burmese diplomatic group to Europe. After King Mindon's death, Kinwon Min Gyi lost much power. He ordered the Burmese troops during the Third Anglo-Burmese War to not attack invading British. Under British colonial rule, Kinwon Min Gyi served as a civil servant in administration, writing many famous books and poems in Burmese literature. Condition: The bindings are generallytight and firm. There is some wear to the extremities, including rubbing and slight bumping. Internally the pages are generally bright with occasional handling marks. There are copius annotations in pencil. Eight leaves near the centre of volume 1 have the bottom marginal section missing. Overall the condition is very good. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Delia or A Masque of Night

      Rome: Botteghe Oscure. 1953. First. First edition. Wrappers. A trifle age-toned, still easily fine. Very scarce. .

      [Bookseller: Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. ABA]
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        Nude on the Ship's Prow.

      ca. 1953. - Watercolor painting on board. 20 x 26 inches. Signed and annotated 24-GS verso. Hughes, Artists in California, p. 245. [Attributes: Signed Copy]

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        Eigenh. Brief mit U. (&quote;Cecil&quote;).

      Broadchalke, Reddish House, [4. Dezember 1953].. 2 SS. 8vo.. An einen Freund mit Dank für ein Geschenk: &quote;[ ] Growing old is so horrible in any case there should be more & more paliatives - & present giving should be more & more encouraged. Thank you for letting me have such a nice silver surprise [...]&quote;. - Beaton gilt als der bedeutendste britische Photograph des 20. Jahrhunderts. 1937 wurde er Hofphotograph der Königsfamilie. - Auf Briefpapier mit gedr. Adresse; mit wohl a. d. Hand des Empfängers stammendem Vermerk samt Datierung in Bleistift am oberen Rand der Recto-Seite.

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        La venerie royale au xviiie' siecle.

      - Crépin-Leblond et Cie, Editeurs, No date (1953). 8:o. No 183 of 980 numbered copies Édition des papeteries de condat. Total edition 1000 copies. Illustrated. 122,(1)pp. + plates. Brown half morocco. Top edge gilt, else uncut. Spine decorated in blind and gold. Wrappers and spine preserved. In slip-case. (Bound by Wolfgang Bremer). From the library of Gunnar Brusewitz with his book-plate and a few pencil annotations in margin. 23 x 19 cm.[#\107236] [Attributes: Soft Cover]

      [Bookseller: Antiquaria Bok & Bildantikvariat AB]
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        Banquet Song

      Barcelona: (Frederic Prokosch). 1953. First. First edition. Batik self-wrappers with printed paper label. 12mo. Fine. One of 44 copies, this copy unnumbered, and not noting which of the five issues this is. Inscribed by the author on the front fly with a Christmas greeting. A brief poem, one of the author's rare "butterfly books". Prokosch was an American novelist of remarkable promise who later fell under a cloud for manufacturing some spurious "rare first editions", which he did while experimenting with the handpress he used to manufacture the butterfly books. Additionally he reprinted some of the books between 1978-1980, but the provenance of this book, and the owner's notes that accompany the book indicate that it was obtained in the 1950s. His reputation has suffered despite the fact that his books were both a critical and popular success at the time of publication. OCLC locates four copies. .

      [Bookseller: Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. ABA]
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        Industry Map of Oakland - Richmond, Alameda County - Contra Costa County, CA.

      San Francisco, Calif.: Southern Pacific Company, rev. 1956. 1953 - Blueline print, 28 inches x 10 feet. From First Street and Linden Street in Oakland to Sobrante Avenue and First Street. With Richmond Belt, Giant, Harbor Channel, Berkeley, Albany, Emeryville. With Index to Industry, approx 700 listings indexed Alphabetically and Numerically to map location. Scale 1 inch = 1000 feet.

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        The Oliviers

      London: Hamish Hamilton, 1953. SIGNED on the frontis photograph in blue pen by Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier. A very good clean hardback in unclipped dustwrapper which shows signs of wear, internally repaired tear and area of loss to the head of the spine and top edge of rear cover. Previous owner's bookplate on front free endpaper. 313 pages. Illustrated with numerous b/w photographs. The first authorized biography of the Oliviers, drawing on their own recollections, those of their friends, as well as their private diaries and correspondence. . Signed by Subject. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good/Fair. 8vo.

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        Scrambled Eggs Super

      Random House 1953 - A near fine first edition in a very good dust jacket, inscribed by Seuss on the lower corner of the verso of the front free endpaper. Previous owner's inscription on front free endpaper. Housed in a custom-made slipcase. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

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        Banquet Song

      Barcelona: (Frederic Prokosch). 1953. First. First edition. Batik self-wrappers with printed paper label. 12mo. Fine. One of 44 copies, this copy unnumbered, and not noting which of the five issues this is. Inscribed by the author on the front fly with a Christmas greeting. A brief poem, one of the author's rare "butterfly books". Prokosch was an American novelist of remarkable promise who later fell under a cloud for manufacturing some spurious "rare first editions", which he did while experimenting with the handpress he used to manufacture the butterfly books. Additionally he reprinted some of the books between 1978-1980, but the provenance of this book, and the owner's notes that accompany the book indicate that it was obtained in the 1950s. His reputation has suffered despite the fact that his books were both a critical and popular success at the time of publication. OCLC locates four copies. .

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        An Illustration of Japanese Coloured Porcelain. Kaliemon - Imari - Kutani - Nabeshima. 2 Volumes, Complete.,

      Kyoto-shoni Co. Ltd., Kyoto 1953 - Originalausgabe. Textheft Japanisch, Bildlegende Englisch. Zwei Bände, vollständig, kollationiert (Erstauflage) - die 2. Auflage wurde in 4 Bänden mit jeweils 50 Tafeln ediert. Sehr solide, goldgeprägte, farbig illustrierte Klapp-Kassetten mit jeweils 2 intakten Elfenbein-Schließen, geringe äußerliche Alters-/Abriebspuren, keinerlei Verletzung, auf schwerem, hochwertigem Papier gedruckt. Band I: Mit japanischem Textheft,100 farbige Tafeln, teilweise doppelseitige Fotos in exzellenter Qualität. Band 2: Mit ebenfalls 100 Tafeln und Bildlegende. Insgesamt sehr guter Zustand. A complete and monumental set. Very first edition of this essential monograph on Japanese porcelain, beautifully cloth bound with intact ivory clasps, containing altogether 200 high-quality coloured photo plates and a separate English index. Altogether excellent condition. Un ouvrage en deux volumes, ceux-ci complets, reliés pleine-toile, batonnets de fermeture en ivoire, intacts. Voici la première édition de cette monographie essentielle quant à la porcelaine japonaise, avec 200 planches photographiques (en couleur) imprimées sur du papier d`excellente qualité ainsi qu`un cahier (index) en anglais. Dans l'ensemble deux tomes en très bon etat general. 7,8 Kg. 29.5 x 37.5 Cm. Gewicht in Gramm: 7800 Erstausgabe Klappkassetten Sehr Ordentlich, Solide [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Gasoline Gypsy or A Dog Is a Girl's Best Friend

      New York: Thomas Y. Crowell Company. (1953). First. First edition. A small bookstore label and contemporary ink date, both on the front fly, a faint spot on the top edge, near fine in an attractive, very good or better dustwrapper with some considerable foxing. Memoir of an English-born woman who served in the British armed services during the war and then spent a year and a half traveling 14,000 miles around North America by motorcycle with her dog, a large Airedale, stopping occasionally to recoup her finances with casual labor, including apple-picking and factory work. While this memoir is essentially lighthearted in tone (and presumably would have to be in order to attract a mainstream publisher), Thomas's wanderlust is related to the on-the-road mentality that motivated the Beat generation, and similarly to the experiences of returned U.S. servicemen whose disaffection and dislocation in society eventually evolved into the development of the outlaw biker culture. Exceptionally uncommon, especially in this condition. .

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        ARABIAN JUBILEE

      New York: John Day Company. Very Good+ in Very Good dust jacket. 1953. First American Edition. Hardcover. DJ yellowed and with very light foxing. Endpapers yellowed. A very handsome and tight copy; Extremely rare. Numerous illustrations from b&w photographs; 8vo; 280 pages .

      [Bookseller: Complete Traveller Antiquarian Bookstore]
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        Faster Than Thought: A Symposium on Digital Computing Machines

      Sir Isaac Pitman & Sons, Ltd., London 1953 - [very light soiling to bottom edges of covers, slight bumping to bottom corners; jacket spine a bit browned, light wear at corners]. (B&W photographs, diagrams) Very attractive copy of this important early "state of the technology" symposium about computers, in which "the contributions of twenty-four well-known experts have been brought together to give a clear account of modern digital computing machines, their history, theory and design, and their application to industry, commerce and scientific research." The editor, later Baron Bowden, as a noted English scientist, and quite prescient about the future impact of computer technology. (It's worth nothing that there is only one American listed among the contributing experts, Mr. R. Stuart-Williams of RCA Laboratories in Princeton, N.J. My favorite name among the contributors: Miss Cicely M. Popplewell, Royal Society Computing Laboratory, Manchester University.) Chapter 25, written by Dr. A.M. Turing (often referred to as "the father of computer science and artificial intelligence) is entitled "Digital Computers Applied to Games," in which it's discussed "how a digital computer can be made to play chess -- it does so rather badly, and how it plays draughts [checkers] -- it does so quite well." Also described in the chapter is Nimrod, "a special simple machine which was built to entertain the public during the [1951] Festival of Britain," and notable in computing history as having been the first digital computer designed exclusively to play a game (in this case Nim, a mathemetical game of strategy). Stamped on both endpapers: Technical Library; Property of Leach Corporation, 5915 S. Avalon Blvd., Los Angeles 3, California. NOISBN [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Dorfansicht mit Strasse u. Brücke. Mischtechnik u. Collage über Zeitungspapier.

      0 - Bildgrösse 62x43 cm. 1 Blatt, unten links signiert. Gerahmt unter Glas 70x50 cm. Messmer, Willi geboren in Ebnat-Kappel. Autodikdakt. Arbeit in Druckgrafik, Monotypie, Skulptur und Zeichnung, Aquarell u. Oel. Ausstellungen im Kunsthaus Zürich 1953, Strauhoff Zürich 1956. Kunstmuseum St.Gallen 1961 etc. [Attributes: Signed Copy]

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        The Golden Apples of the Sun

      Doubleday & Company, Inc. 1953 - Published in New York by Doubleday & Company, Inc. in 1953. "FIRST EDITION" is stated on bottom half of copyright page. SIGNED by the author on the half title page. Book near fine except for very minor wear at ends of spine, discoloration on front and back paste-downs and front and back free endpapers, previous owner's Peanuts cartoon laid-in between pages 92 and 93 which has discolored those pages. DJ very good, spine sun-faded, mild water damage along bottom edge, vertical crease down spine, small hole in rare flap hinge, minor wear at ends of spine, horizontal crease along bottom of rear, .5" tear on bottom of front, flap corners clipped, and entire reverse of DJ discolored. DJ flap price reads ¿$3.00." Comes in specially made custom cloth slipcase. We will provide a certificate of authenticity for this item. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

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        THE DEMOLISHED MAN

      Chicago: Shasta Publishers,. [1953]. Octavo,. cloth-backed boards.. A fine copy in fine dust jacket. (#114527). 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.

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        The Demolished Man

      Chicago: Shasta,, 1953. Octavo. Original reddish-brown boards, blue cloth backstrip, titles to spine gilt and to upper board in white, top edge dyed black. With the dust jacket. Small crease to upper board at head of spine. An excellent copy in the pure white dust jacket with no rubbing or tanning. First edition, first impression. A superb copy, the nicest we have seen.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        THE DEMOLISHED MAN

      Chicago: Shasta Publishers,. [1953]. Octavo,. cloth-backed boards.. Age-darkening along inner front hinge, private owner's bookplate. affixed to front paste-down, a fine copy in fine dust jacket with. hint of wear at upper spine end. (#133430). First edition. One of the subscriber's copies signed by Bester on the front free endpaper. A classic science-fiction 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.

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        Sept Microbes. Vus à Travers Un Tempérament

      Les Editions Cercle Des Arts, Paris 1953 - Mínima pérdida en la parte baja del lomo, según imagen. [Attributes: Soft Cover]

      [Bookseller: Carlos Carnero Figuerola]
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        La Selva de los Reptiles.

      Sociedad de Bibliofilos Argentinos, Buenos Aires 1953 - 36 pp. 4to. Loose quires in glassine covered printed wrappers within a portfolio in slip case. Illus. with 4 b/w plates. No. 6 of 88 numbered copies (of a run of 100). Printed with Garamond types and specially drawn initials on Charter Eggshell paper. Composition directed by Dr. Eduardo J. Bullrich, the President of the Argentine Society of Bibliophiles,who completed this work shortly before his death. The drypoint illustrations by the artist, sculpture, and printer, Maria Carmen Portela (1898-1984) were printed by Raul Veroni. Joaquín Víctor González (1863-1923) studied law at the University of Cordoba, was Congressman, Senator, Governor of La Rioja, Minister of Interior, Minister of Justice and Public Instruction. He founded the University of La Plata. As a writer, his most famous book is "My Mountains. As a lawyer published the" Manual of the Constitution Argentina." Colombo Fine Printing 219. El Art del Libro 115. A fine copy in a very good portfolio with tears along joints. Cardboard slip case present but in parts. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

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        The Night of the Hunter

      New York: Harper & Brothers. (1953). First. First edition. Fine in fine dustwrapper with the slightest of rubbing. Inscribed by the author soon after publication: "Kindest personal regards to my good friend Bob Carlitz, Davis Grubb. March 18, 1954". Basis for the memorable film directed by Charles Laughton and featuring Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters, Lillian Gish, and magnificent camera work by Stanley Cortez. The script is credited to James Agee, who died a few months after the film was released, but reportedly Laughton, dissatisfied with Agee's work, rewrote it himself from scratch. Though now considered a classic, upon release the unusual and unique film was a critical and financial failure, and Laughton never directed again. A superb copy. Signed copies of the trade edition are much less common than the publisher signed presentation issue. .

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        The Demolished Man

      Shasta 1953 - First Edition, First Printing SIGNED by the author. An attractive dustjacket that is vibrant in color with slight wear to the edges. The book is in nice shape. The binding is tight and the boards are crisp with minor wear to the panels and edges. The pages are clean with NO marks or bookplates in the book. Overall, a wonderful copy SIGNED by the author. We buy Alfred Bester First Editions. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

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        Les Bucoliques de Virgile. Lithographies originales en couleurs de Jacques Villon.

      Scripta et Picta, Paris 1953 - Paris, Scripta & Picta, 1953. 40 x 30 cm, in-folio, XX (II) pp. + 126 pp. + 5 ff. n. ch. + 2 ff. bl., 45 lithographies originales, dont 44 en couleurs, y compris le frontispice, et un culispice en noir, en feuilles sous couverture de papier bleu pâle portant au premier plat le titre et une vignette or en relief, chemise et étui de l'éditeur. Edition originale de la traduction et de la préface de Paul Valéry. L'un des 245 exemplaires sur vélin d'Arches, seul papier avec 24 sur Japon (n° 63), celui-ci enrichi d'une LITHOGRAPHIE ORIGINALE à pleine page SIGNEE ET NUMEROTEE de Jacques Villon, non annoncée au colophon (portrait de Paul Valéry, n° 69/80). Les images ont été dessinées sur pierre en couleurs par Jacques Villon qui a gravé de sa propre main chaque couleur sur une pierre différente. Edition établie par le collectionneur, bibliophile et néanmoins pédiatre Alexandre Roudinesco. Quelques légères ombres, très bel exemplaire. (MONOD, 11330 ; KARAISKAKIS, 446) [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Soft Cover]

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        The Silver Chair

      Geoffrey Bles, London,, 1953. Octavo. Finely bound by The Chelsea Bindery in full grey morocco, titles and decoration to spine gilt, raised bands, single rule to boards gilt, inner dentelles gilt, original pictorial endpapers at front, plain coated endpapers at rear, all edges gilt. With black and white illustrations. A fine copy. First Edition, First Impression.

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        Dada 1916-1923, Sidney Janis, April 15 to May 9, 1953

      New York: Sidney Janis,, 1953. Texts by Tristan Tzara, Hans Arp, Richard Huelsenbeck and Jacques-Henry Levesque. Offset lithograph and screenprint exhibition poster/catalogue designed by Duchamp on tissue paper; folded version. Sheet size: 96.8 x 63.3 cm. A very bright copy with crumple marks. Presented in a black wooden frame. Poster/catalogue to accompany the Dada exhibition held at the Sidney Janis Gallery, New York. Duchamp produced the catalogue for the exhibition which was also assembled, curated and installed under his direction. The catalogue was distributed at the exhibition as a ball of crushed tissue. Duchamp also suggested a garbage bin be offered to visitors so that they could crumple up the catalogue and throw it away upon leaving the exhibition, our poster has crease marks suggesting this was the original fate of this piece. Duchamp considers this an original artwork and due to its ephemeral nature is rather uncommon.

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        Untitled, pencil on paper, signed

      n.p, 1953. Image 9-1/2 x 12-1/4 inches; matted and framed. . Fine condition . Herman Armour Webster (1878-1970) was born in New York City and attended Yale, graduating in 1900. He then moved to Paris and studied painting and etching at the Jullien Academy. In 1905 four of his etchings were shown at the Paris Salon, and in 1907 he became an Associate of the Royal Society of Painter-Etchers, in London; he subsequently became a member of the Societe National des Beaux Arts in Paris. His work is represented in the collections of the Musee Nationale du Luxenburg, Paris, as well as the Library of Congress, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and the Chicago Art Institute, among others

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        The Complete Psychological Works

      London: The Hogarth Press,, 1953-74. Translated from the German under the General Editorship of James Strachey. In Collaboration with Anna Freud. 24 volumes, octavo. Recent dark green morocco, raised bands to spines, titles and decorative tools to compartments gilt, single frames to boards gilt, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers. Photographic frontispiece to each volume. A fine set. An attractively bound complete set of the Hogarth Press's Standard Edition. This is the most authoritative collection of the psychoanalytical works of Freud, edited by James Strachey, a former student of Freud's and member of the Bloomsbury Group.

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        Two Epigrams of Fealty; together with: Galsworthy and Gawsworth

      Privately Printed for Members of the Court, "Realm of Redonda", [c.1953] - Each one of 30 numbered copies Single leaf folded to eight pages, 16mo Fine copies. Very rare These three uncollected verses are testaments to Thomas’s "fealty" to John Gawsworth, King Juan I of Redonda, written in a Soho restaurant where Gawsworth was holding court. Thomas was created "Duke of Gweno" (he is so styled on the title-pages) in 1947, being one of the many celebrated artists and writers who were willing to play a part in the Redonda charade. The leaflets were printed after Thomas’ death by Gawsworth (the numbering is in his hand) as a memorial tribute. Included is a photocopy of a manuscript by Gawsworth about the poems ("[Thomas’] fealty was far from respectful!"). Not in Rolph.

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        Original Science Fiction Illustration By Jay Landau for "Death of a Sensitive", Harry Bates, May, 1953 Issue of "Science Fiction Plus"

      No Publisher, No Location 1953 - Original illustration, ink on stiff board, by Jay Landau (later, famed painter Jacob Landau) for the sci-fi pulp story "Death of A Sensitive" from the May, 1953 issue of Science Fiction Plus. 9 7/8" x 9" overall size, image size is most of that (scan). Note:layout editor's note at the bottom of the image in scan, which says 7 3/8", refers to the size the image is to be in the printed issue, not the 9" width of this original. This was executed as line art on copper, as were most of Landau's pulp illustrations; this is this black and white for reproduction in that May issue. Annotation on front (see scan), also annotations on reverse. Former paste foxing from layout process one the reverse;none on front. Image itself is fine, as used by the publisher. Used to illustrate the Harry Bates story, "Death of a Sensitive" -a story deemed by Hugo Gernsback's editor, Sam Moskowitz, to be the best he ever published in the magazine (Bates was the author of, in Astounding Science Fiction in 1940, "Farewell to the Master", which later became the basis for the classic sci-fi film, "The Day the Earth Stood Still"). A moody illustration by Landau, who, as the pulp illustrator he was at that time, is hard to find on the original sci-fi art market. Though he loved science fiction and did a fair amount of early magazine illustration, he later was able to concentrate solely on the stylish, impactful, often socially conscious and always psychologically disturbing mainstream painting which was his first love and for which he later gained famed. His early professional work for publications was done as Jay Landau or J. Landau (often signed only "Landau"), but the later work was, of course, by "Jacob Landau". Landau died in November, 2001, at age of 85. The intimidating, moody nature of this illustration is, to a degree, in keeping with that later painting style. The May issue of Science Fiction Plus is not itself included here; scan shown with this listing for reference. Llng1 [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Soft Cover]

      [Bookseller: Singularity Rare & Fine]
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        Copper engraving: "Penthouse Roof"

      n.p., 1953. One of 100 signed. 10 x 12 inches (image size). . Matted, framed and glazed. Signed in pencil by the artist on the mount. Kraeft

      [Bookseller: James Cummins Bookseller]
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        Go Tell It on the Mountain

      New York: Alfred A. Knopf. 1953. 8vo, (12), 303, (1, colophon)pp. Original color-printed wrappers, lower cover plain, backstrip faded, a few leaves creased in the outer edge, a remarkably good copy of this fragile survival. First edition, Advance Reading Copy in wrappers. Baldwin's first book, a semi-autobiographical novel. The book examines the role of the Christian Church in the lives of African-Americans, both as a source of repression and moral hypocrisy and as a source of inspiration and community. It also, more subtly, examines racism in the United States. Ã’Upon publication it was immediately hailed as a major treatment of black life in America and established Baldwin as the leading black novelist of his generation. Baldwin's objections to the art that appeared on this advance issue (he felt it too stereotypical) resulted in a different dustwrapper appearing when the first edition was released. A highly desirable cornerstone of any African-American literature collection. A Modern Library and Radcliffe book of the century.Ó (BTC 2011). It also subtly touches on gay and bisexual themes that would be more prominent in his later works.

      [Bookseller: John Windle Antiquarian Bookseller]
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        Delia or A Masque of Night

      Botteghe Oscure, Rome 1953 - First edition. Wrappers. A trifle age-toned, still easily fine. Very scarce. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

      [Bookseller: Between the Covers-Rare Books, Inc. ABAA]
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