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        Fahrenheit 451

      New York: Ballantine, 1953. First edition of one of the seminal works in the field of science fiction. Octavo, original red cloth. Illustrated by Joe Mugnaini. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with some light toning to the spine. Lengthily inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper,"For Frank Pipes! This 1st edition of of F. 451 - published in 1953 - with good wishes from Ray Bradbury May 1978." Rare and desirable in this condition.     Fahrenheit 451 remains Bradbury's most acclaimed work, with more than four million copies in print. "Frightening in its implications Mr. Bradbury's account of this insane world, which bears many alarming resemblances to our own, is fascinating" (New York Times).

      [Bookseller: Raptis Rare Books]
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      ARNOLDO MONDADORI, VERONA 1953 - IL PONTE ITALIANO Volume rilegato in tela con titoli d'oro al piatto ed al dorso; quest'ultimo lievemente ingiallito da fattore tempo. Presenza di adesivo con antico prezzo, alla controguardia. Pagine ben leggibili, con vago ingiallimento ai margini; tagli regolari, minimamente sbucciati alla prima metà del testo. Numero VII della collezione, con 8 illustrazioni a colori, fuori testo, di Luigi Broggini. La libreria offre per un periodo limitato uno sconto del 20% su tutti i suoi libri. Il prezzo originale dell'articolo era 999,99 euro.

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      ***HOT STUFF***FAHRENHEIT 451, Ballantine Books, 1953, first edition, some modest creasing to the spine, a light crease halfway down the front cover about a 1/4 inch from the the spine, tiny faint creases to the front fore edge corner tips, else a tight, solid vg copy in full color pictorial wraps. Also contains THE PLAYGROUND & AND THE ROCK CRIED OUT. Certainly a highspot of modern literature. Retrospective HUGO winning novel for 1954. SIGNED by the author.

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        A Single Pilgrim - a novel.

      Jonathan Cape, London., 1953. First edition. Octavo. 255 pages. Presentation copy, inscribed on the front free endpaper by the author to the American writer and humourist S.J. Perelman: "To S.J. Perelman in homage and best wishes from Norman Lewis".Covers bruised at head of spine and at top edge of upper board. Very good indeed in very good nicked, rubbed and creased dustwrapper, designed by Hans Tisdall, with closed tear at fold of upper flap.

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        The Elephant in East Central Africa a Monograph

      Rowland Ward 1953 - *** BOOK in very good clean tight and unmarked condition. Publisher's original dark blue cloth boards with gilt title on spine and upper board. Slight rubbing above title on upper board. Previous owner's gift noatation on front pasteboard from a staff member at the publisher. 150 pages. Double page anatomical 'cut away' drawing of a young feamle elephant. This is dated 1962, so presumably was bound in later. This is a series of contributions from seven specialists from the FZS and various locations in Africa, north of the Zambesi River. It is dedicated to His Highness the Maharaja of Mysore. This is a very scarce book indeed. Size: 285x225mm [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Industry Map of Oakland - Richmond, Alameda County - Contra Costa County, CA.

      San Francisco, Calif.: Southern Pacific Company, 1953, rev. 1956.(). 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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        Expedition to Earth

      New York: Ballantine Books, 1953. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. Signed. First Edition, First Printing. Signed by the author on the front free end paper. In Near Fine+ condition, in a Near Fine+ dust jacket, with price of $2.00 intact. Spine ends bruised, though more significant at head, light toning to pages, else fine. The dust jacket shows a few tiny edge tears, faint soiling and faint toning, crimping at the spine ends. An exceptional copy, signed by the author.

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        The Crucible

      New York: The Viking Press, 1953. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. First edition, first printing. Publisher's maroon and yellow pin-striped grey paper covered boards over grey cloth spine. Near Fine with previous owner name and date on front free end paper, and faint toning to top edge of boards, else a very sharp copy in a Near Fine dust jacket with publisher's price intact, toning and fading to the spine panel, light edge wear with a 1/2-inch closed tear to the bottom edge of the front panel, and a small erased pencil mark on the rear panel. Miller's dramatization of the Salem Witch Trials as allegory for Senator Joseph McCarthy and the 1950s Red Scare in America.

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        Correspondance avec sa mère 1887-1905

      - Plon, Paris 1953, 14x21,5cm, broché. - Prima edizione, una delle 30 copie numerate sul Giappone, edizione deluxe. Molto bella copia con tutti i margini. - [FRENCH VERSION FOLLOWS] Edition originale, un des 30 exemplaires numérotés sur Japon, tirage de tête. Très bel exemplaire à toutes marges.

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        Trois jours dans les églises rupestres de Cappadoce

      Institut Français d'Athènes 1953 - - Institut Français d'Athènes, Athènes 1953, 18x24,5cm, broché. - Edition originale pour laquelle il n'est pas fait mention de grands papiers. Iconographie in-fine. Rare envoi autographe signé de Georges Séféris à Geneviève (Picon). Agréable exemplaire en dépit de deux taches claires en marge du premier plat. [AUTOMATIC ENGLISH TRANSLATION FOLLOWS] first edition for which there is no mention of large papers. Iconography in-fine. Rare autograph signed by Georges Séféris in Geneviève (Picon). Pleasant copy despite two light spots on the margin of the first board. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Soft Cover]

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        The Complete James Bond series in First Edition. Comprising Casino Royale, Live and Let Die, Moonraker, Diamonds Are Forever, From Russia With Love, Dr. No, Goldfinger, For Your Eyes Only (short stories including From A View To A Kill and Quantum of Solace), Thunderball, The Spy Who Loved Me, On Her Majesty's Secret Service, You Only Live Twice, The Man with the Golden Gun, Octopussy and The Living Daylights (short stories).

      London: Jonathan Cape, 1953-66. ALL FIRST IMPRESSIONS with the important first two titles being the first issue. 14 volumes, octavos (20 x 13cm). Publisher's hardbacks in illustrated dust-jackets designed by Ian Fleming, Pat Marriott and Richard Chopping.All prices present, no inscriptions, bookplates or owner's markings. Lightly handled only, with one bump to the corner of the first title. A crisp, fresh set in excellent condition, each volume being housed in a leather-spined clamshell box. This item catalogued by Jon Gilbert, curator of the Ian Fleming Bibliographical Archive.

      [Bookseller: Adrian Harrington]
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        La Salle Of The Mississippi

      Hodder and Stoughton, 1953. Hardcover. Very Good/Good. 1953. First Edition. 127 pages. Illustrated dust jacket with black lettering over red cloth. Illustrated by William Stobbs. B&W illustrations throughout. Clean pages with firm binding. Previous owner's name on rear of frontispiece. Mild wear to spine, board edges and corners. Boards are clean. Both dust jacket flaps clipped. Mild wear, with small (approx. 2cm) tears and chips to edges and corners. Light soiling and foxing across the DJ.

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        The Silver Chair

      Geoffrey Bles, London 1953 - The Silver Chair by C S Lewis, Published by Geoffrey Bles, London 1953 A very good copy of this first edition classic, The Silver Chair. Complete with unclipped dust jacket in good condition. Illustrated by Pauline Baynes. Original blue cloth boards with silver gilt lettering on the spine. Light wear to the spine ends. Bright colour of the cover. Map illustrated end papers. Browned panel. Previous owners name on the half title page. The contents are clean with only a few light marks. The hinges are very good. The dust jacket is bright with darkening of the spine. Lightly rubbed. Piece missing for the rear cover affecting the title. 5cm and 2cm tear on the front page. Chipped spine ends with tiny piece missing from the foot of the spine. 8vo 217pp [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        War Bonnet

      Houghton Mifflin, Boston 1953 - 182 Pp. Red Cloth, Gilt. First Hardcover Edition, After The 1953 Paperback Original Published By Ballantine. This Is Ian Ballantine's Personal Book, Probably Received From Houghton Per His Agreement Regarding Hardcover Issues By Other Publishing Houses Simultaneous With Or Soon After His Paperback Initial Releases. Never Sold Or Circulated, Direct From The Ballantine's Library, Unsophisticated, No Restoration Done And None Needed. Book Is Near Fine, Pages Aged As Usual, Touch Of Wear At Corners Of Spine. Dj Very Clean And Complete, Not Price Clipped, Wear At Base Of Spine With 1/8" Open Tears At Each Side Of Bottom Of Spine, Points Of Rubbing At Corners. A Scarce Hardcover. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Arroyo Seco Books, Pasadena, Member IOBA]
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        La concezione materialistica della storia

      BARI: GIUS. LATERZA & FIGLI, 1953. IED. Brossurato. BUONO. 13 20,5. Biblioteca di cultura moderna USATO

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        Stone Fire Place. Drawing room. Residence of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Ahmanson.

      Los Angeles, Calif., ca. 1953.(). Pencil drawing on board. 12 x 18 inches. Annotated in pencil. Literature: Millard Sheets. One-Man Renaissance by Janice Lovoos and Edmund Penney, p. 67 ff. Authenticated by the artist's son, Tony Sheets, on the verso.

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        Typed Letter Signed ("Mickey Mantle")

      - Quarto. New York Yankees, Inc. stationery, dated July 28, 1953. Folded as mailed, a small section of bleed through from a piece of tape which was on the verso (since removed), some finger smudges, also on the verso, a very good or better example. A brief letter to a fan providing an autograph, and noting: "It sure is encouraging to know of your interest in me and the Yankees." A relatively early autograph. 1953 was Mantle's second full season with the team, and this letter has a certain poignance seldom found when encountering one of the many post-career autographs that the Yankee legend provided. [Attributes: Signed Copy]

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        Judy Jo's Magic Island , SIGNED , STATED 1ST EDITION IN COLOR DUSTJACKET, Summer Adventures of a Favorite Heroine TRIP TO BOSTON, includes CornRoast,

      Philadelphia and New York: J. B. Lippincott Co. 1953 - HBDJ, 1953, 1ST EDITION, Stated 1st Printing, NF/VG, Cloth hardcover Near fine condition in a very good dustjacket in a new Brodart mylar dustjacket protector ,.Clean, tight and unmarked text with light PAGE Toning Due to Age. 121 PGS ,Includes CornRoast, Strawberry Festival & Warm Sunny ,Beach. Little Green Isle O? Pines could be reached Only By A Sandy Road from the Mainland at Low Tide. ONCE WHEN GRANDPA WAS A LITTLE BOY [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

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        Hacia un mundo mejor. Seis guiones y 317 textos pontificios para conferencias de divulgación de la doctrina social católica.

      Instituto Social León XIII, Madrid. 1953 - Características: Rústica. Buen estado. La portada tiene ligeramente doblada la esquina superior derecha, al igual que la mayoría de las páginas. Canto lateral manchado. El primer cuadernillo está desprendido. Dedicatoria del propietario anterior y sello de la casa de venta. El texto lleva un Prólogo del Mons. Ángel Herrera y Oria, obispo de Málaga y director del Instituto Social León XIII. Las páginas llevan cornisa, filete y tienen los folios en los extremos del margen superior. 121 pp. (20 x 13 cm). Peso: La librería ofrece por tiempo limitado un descuento del 25%. El precio original de este ejemplar era de 15.72 EUR

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        Handwritten letter to 'Dear Frank'.

      One leaf of thin writing paper, 17.9 x 11.5 cm. Thin gray-black fountain pen writing on both sides. Signed 'Vidia [Naipaul]' and dated 'University College / Oxford./ January 22, 1953. 21 lines of text. Horizontally folded and a bit creased.l Very early letter from the Trinidad-born author Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul (born August 17, 1932), when he was a young student at Oxford, gradually overcoming a deep depression. His first story was published in 1955. In 2001 he won the Nobel Prize for Literature. This letter invites Frank to the readings of the Martlets, an intellectual students organisation. The various events are listed, including a lecture on Martial. Naipaul ends with the question: 'By the way, what is a good book to read for the social & literary background of French Classical Drama?'

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        French and Italian collectors and their bindings illustrated from examples in the library of J.R. Abbey

      Oxford, Printed for presentation to the members of the Roxburghe Club, 1953. (35 cm), xiii, 190 pp., frontispiece (in colour), 84 plates. Publisher's half-brown morocco binding, spine gilt, top edge gilt. - Descriptions of 89 bindings chosen from Major Abbey's collection, with appendices, a list of abbreviations, and index. "In forty-two essays on French bindings from 1512 to 1942, and thirty-five on Italian bindings from 1480 to 1839, [Hobson] has embedded an enormous amount of research" (B.H. Breslauer, The Uses of bookbinding literature, New York 1986, p.28). ¶ Exlibris ("Esher") of Oliver Sylvain Baliol Brett, 3rd Viscount Esher (1881-1963), member of the Roxburghe Club on the date of issue (cf. membership list printed on p.v, where his name is printed in red); Percy Muir, "Private Libraries, I: Lord Esher" in The Times Literary Supplement, 28 May 1938, p.376. Sold by Christie's South Kensington, 22 November 2002, lot 140 (with other books of Esher provenance). Immaculate copy, superior to all others seen on the market in recent years. Slip loosely inserted: With the compliments of Major J.R. Abbey | Greyfriars : Storrington : Sussex.

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        Mélanges de travaux sur le Droit Coutumier Nord Africain [ Contient : ] 1 : Le Droit Coutumier des Berbères ; 2 : Islamic Law and Customary Law in french N. Africa ; 3 : Subsiste-t-il des traces du droit coutumier berbère dans le Sud tunisien ? ; 4 : Note sur les survivances du droit coutumier berbère en Tunisie ; 5 : Un qânoun de l'Aurès ; 6 : Du droit coutumier et de ses rapports avec la vie économique et la technique agricole dans le Souf ; 7 : Le droit Coutumier des Aït Haddidou, des Assif Melloul et Isselaten (Confédération des Aït Yafelmane) Notes et Réflexions

      1 vol. in-8 reliure demi-percaline à coins verte, Mélanges de travaux sur le Droit Coutumier Nord Africain [ Contient : ] 1 : Le Droit Coutumier des Berbères, Extrait de L'Avenir du Droit coutumier en Afrique, Symposium, Amsterdam, 1955 ; 2 : Islamic Law and Customary Law in french N. Africa, Journal of Comp. Law, 1954 ; 3 : Subsiste-t-il des traces du droit coutumier berbère dans le Sud tunisien ?, Travaux de l'Institut de Recherches Sahariennes, X, 1953 ; 4 : Note sur les survivances du droit coutumier berbère en Tunisie, Hespéris, 1953 ; 5 : Un qânoun de l'Aurès, Hespéris, 1953 ; 6 : Du droit coutumier et de ses rapports avec la vie économique et la technique agricole dans le Souf, Travaux de l'Institut de Recherches Sahariennes, XII, 1954 ; 7 : Le droit Coutumier des Aït Haddidou, des Assif Melloul et Isselaten (Confédération des Aït Yafelmane) Notes et Réflexions, Annales de l'Institut d'Etudes orientales, XIV, 1956 Exceptionnel recueil de 7 articles et tirés-à-part provenant de la propre bibliothèque de l'auteur, le professeur Georges-H. Bousquet (Docteur en droit en 1923 avec une thèse sur "L'évolution sociale en Hollande 1914-1922"), économiste de l'école de Pareto et Schumpeter, mais également islamisant de l'école de Goldziher et Snouck-Hugronje, professeur aux facultés d'Alger puis de Bordeaux. Peu après sa thèse, il participa à la mission de la SDN pour la restauration financière de l'Autriche.Georges-H. Bousquet résumait ainsi ses travaux en Islamologie (dans les mélanges qui lui furent consacrés dans les Cahiers Pareto en 1965) : "Très en gros, on pourrait dire à ce sujet que je suis parti intellectuellement de la Loi rituelle, morale et juridique de l'Islâm (fiqh) et ai essayé de voir dans quelle mesure cette étrange casuistique (dont j'ai traduit de nombreux textes et dont j'ai exposé les règles dans divers ouvrages) est appliquée, ou non, dans les sociétés musulmanes d'Afrique du Nord surtout (mais également en Indonésie). En particulier, mon attention s'est portée sur le rituel ('ibâdates) presque toujours systématiquement négligé par mes prédécesseurs". Français

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        Arrière-histoire du Poème pulvérisé.

      Paris, Jean Hugues, 1953. - circa 16,8 x 12,8 cm. 55 pp., 2 ff., with 1 lithograph by Nicolas de Staël Grey full calf with blue, red and light grey decoration on both covers immitating the lithograph by Staël, in decorated slip-case Monod 2602; Catalogue de Staël 10. First edition, number 6 of 120 copies, signed by Char and de Staël. In a very elaborate binding. Added is a photo of Char talking to Odette. "- Only ends of spine a little rubbed, else crisp and very nice. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy]

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        Collection of Correspondence of Sidney Joseph â€

      14 letters, (3 retained mailing envelopes), 18 typed pp., dated 4 February 1953 to 11 October 1954, and 4 May 1975; plus 3 pieces of printed ephemera: newspaper clipping "Costume Trade Jolted as Demand for New Item Snowballs"; a copy of magazine article by Perelman titled "I'd Send My Son to Brown;" and a limited printed publication "Waiting for Santy" a Christmas play by Perelman, 12 pp., dated 1944 in an edition of 300 copies published by Cycling Frog Press, Pound Ridge, New York.Includes 7 typed letters signed by Sidney Joseph Perelman as follows: 5 letters to J. Howard Schneider from S.J. Perelman; 1 letter to "Pearl" from S.J. Perelman; 1 letter to Louis Untermeyer from S.J. Perelman. Perelman and Schneider appear to be friends and share an interest in exotic birds.Also includes 1 letter to J. Howard Schneider from S.J. Perelman's wife Laura Perelman; 1 letter to S.J. Perelman from Louis Untermeyer; 3 letters to S.J. Perelman from J. Howard Schneider; and 2 letters to J. Howard Schneider from M.L. Prom Kunjara, of Kunjara Farm, Bangkok, Thailand. Kunjara, of Bangkok, was a person that Schneider and Perelman appear to have been dealing with in procuring exotic birds and cats.The correspondence is from 1953 to 1954, with one letter dated 1975. Sidney Joseph "S.J." Perelman (1904-1979)Sidney Joseph "S. J." Perelman, born on 1 February 1904, was an American humorist and screenwriter. Perelman is highly regarded for his humorous short pieces that he published in magazines in the 1930s and 1940s, most often in The New Yorker. For these, he is considered the first surrealist humor writer of the United States. In these numerous brief sketches, he pioneered a new style that was unique to him, using parody to "wring every drop of false feeling or slovenly thinking." He also wrote for several other magazines, including Judge, as well as books, scripts, and screenplays. Perelman's personal life was difficult. In 1929 at the age of 25 he married the 18-year-old sister of his school friend Nathanael West, Laura West (née Lorraine Weinstein). The two worked as writing collaborators on the 1935 play All Good Americans, produced on Broadway, and both were signed by Irving Thalberg as contract screenwriters for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer the same year. They remained married until Laura's death in 1970. Perelman did not remarry.The marriage was strained from the start because of Perelman's innumerable affairs (notably with Leila Hadley). Perelman reportedly regarded children as a nuisance. Their son Adam (born in 1936) ended up in a reformatory for wayward boys. The two things that brought him happiness were his MG car and a mynah bird, both of which he pampered like babies. (Perelman discusses his mynah bird in a letter in this collection).Perelman wrote at least five original plays produced on Broadway from 1932 to 1963, two as collaborators with his wife Laura. The first was the musical revue Walk a Little Faster which opened in December 1932. With Ogden Nash he wrote the book for the musical One Touch of Venus(music by Kurt Weill, lyrics by Nash), which opened on Broadway in 1943 and ran for more than 500 performances. His final play The Beauty Part (1962), which starred Bert Lahr in multiple roles, fared less well, its short run attributed in part to the 114-day 1962 New York City newspaper strike.In cinema, Perelman is noted for co-writing scripts for the Marx Brothers films Monkey Business (1931) and Horse Feathers(1932), and for the Academy Award-winning screenplay Around the World in 80 Days (1956). Perelman had a problematic relationship with Groucho Marx, who once said, "I hated the son of a bitch, and he had a head as big as my desk." In the later years of Perelman's career, he bristled at being identified as a writer of Marx Brothers material, insisting that his publishers omit any mention of it in publicity material.S. J. Perelman died on 17 October 1979. He was seventy-five years old.Jacob Howard Schneider (1901-1962)The Schneider Printing Company, of 40 E. Front Street, Palmyra, PA, was founded in 1920 by Conrad F. Schneider. The principle products of the company were office equipment, commercial and color printing, easels, set up paper boxes, and strip gumming. Conrad F. Schneider married Jane R. Hantsch (1878-1957), of Reading, Pennsylvania. She was the daughter of G. Samuel Hantsch and Julia Rhein. They had at least one son Jacob Howard Schneider, who went into business with his father and eventually took it over. J. Howard Schneider married Helen Beatrice Schirm (1900-) with her had a son Conrad F. Schneider, II (1930-), who took over the business after the death of his father. Jacob Howard Schneider died on 29 December 1962 and was buried at Gravel Hill Cemetery, in Palmyra, Lebanon County, Pennsylvania.Louis Untermeyer (1885-1977) was an American poet, anthologist, critic, and editor. He was appointed the fourteenth Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress in 1961.Sample Quotations:"12 February '53Dear Mr. Schneider,Thank you for your very agreeable letter of last week. It's hard to say which I like more – giving expertise on mynahs or receiving compliments on my work. The latter usually being considered unmanly, we may as well get it out of the way first. Yes, I did spend a measure of time and effort on the lead of that particular Cloudland piece, and it was heartwarming to learn that it came through. Unfortunately, not too many folks beside yourself appear to be capable of sensing that sort of thing. One of the more irritating clichés is the assumption that the prose spills out of the jig so fast that you have to cool it to keep from igniting your pants. I was very much bucked up when, several years ago, Mr. W. S. Maugham, an old practitioner, confided in me that it had never grown any easier for him over the years (and intimated that it grew successively harder). This gives a middle-age kid like myself the moxie to go on.I bought Tong Cha, our own mynah, in Bangkok indeed, and from a Chinese fire-cracker store as set forth. It had always been a dream of mine to own one, ever since seeing the specimen in the Bronx Zoo years before. The only other one I saw at that point, in that particular section of the city, was a rather frazzled job in a pet store, who didn't look too likely. In purchasing mine, I hadn't any indication of his powers especially; heard him do the usual wolf whistle and some sounds I couldn't identify, but nothing more. I subsequently discovered that he also did a double -barreled salutation ("Hurrow – HU Row!), knew his own name, could extend the polite Siamese greeting of "Sa wah" with which the indigenes enter and leave a room, pressing their hands together, and had an extensive repertory of calls, gurgles, soft whistles, and clucking. On landing in the hotel in Rome following our flight across the Middle East, he entertained us for about a week with an approximation of the motors revving up to speed at the air-stops; he had been lodge in the cargo hold for about thirty-five or forty hours and picked up this little accomplishment. I'm ashamed to say that in the almost four years since, we've taught him nothing but an American-style "hello." However, I have no aptitude for teaching, and furthermore, the literature on the subject states that unless the bird is between three and (I believe) eight months, he can't be taught much. (And during that time, by the way, should have his cage covered or darkened while you're trying, as with canaries).I'd suggest that if your son does get to Bangkok, he might go to the wild animal dealers – mainly Chinese – who occupy a block along the canal bank on Plern Chitr Road. They have all sorts of wonderful things for sale there, such as gibbons, mynahs, and so on, and I've seen very young birds for sale there – some so young that they're still being fed with the equivalent of a medicine dropper…Well, I hadn't meant to launch into such detail, but as you see, I lost my head. Thank you again, and I hope you get a nice specimen. Ours is a real comfort. Sincerely, S. J. Perelman""7 August '53Dear Louis,You once expressed interest, for some reason that now escapes me, in a piece I did years ago for a magazine called University on my alma mater, Brown University. At that time, I was unable to put my hands on it, but cleaning out some detritus the other day, in my detritus room, I ran across the enclosed tear sheet. I can't imagine how you'd possibly be interested in even reading it today, but here it is anyway. Would you be good enough, when finished with it, to return it to me? My grand-children may conceivably want it for purposes of blackmail.This is also to tell you that an extra ordinary Liggett menu you once sent me, which contained a prose poem called "The Romance of a Chocolate Ice-Cream Soda" and was perhaps the most sickening panegyric ever committed to paper, has finally borne fruit. I recently did a piece for The New Yorker based on it, the title of which is "Genuflection in the Sun," and in the normal schedule, it should be appearing within the next four to six weeks. I am, as always, obliged to you.Jack Goodman's secretary, Marybob, gave me your address as the Ruxton, and Decca Records as an alternative. I am enchanted to hear that a great soul-less corporation like that has finally had the good sense to entrust some of its words to a man who knows about them.As George Orwell once remarked, using it as the title of a book I've never been able to find, keep the aspidistra flying. Yours, Sid""August 10, 1953Dear Sir,Thank you for remembering my antediluvian request. And thank you, moreover, for doing something about it. I must add, with characteristic ungraciousness, that your pristine pages arrived a little late. I wanted them for a project (selig) which may be revived but which, at the moment is held – to use a perelmanism – in abeyance, second class. Nevertheless, I've had the piece copied for possible future use, and here it is intact without a typographical correction. I'm doing even better than that; I'm also enclosing a photostatic copy which you can put in your strong box along with the deed for the property in Bucks County. Someday, when you can locate a postcard, you might tell me the date of the opus.I'm happy that my Liggett romance is going to blossom in The New Yorker. My lawyer will call on your lawyer in the hopes of effecting a settlement out of court.If you are ever in the neighborhood of Alt Wein, reestablished on West 72nd Street, ask for me in the nearest kaffeehaus. An undercover busboy will put you in touch with me.Ever this, Louis UntermeyerP.S. Don't ask me what I do here at Decca. My daily fear is that, someday, one of the stockholders will ask that question."See American National Biography, volume 17, pp., 325-327

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        The True Voice of Feeling: Studies in English Romantic Poetry

      New York: Pantheon Books, 1953. Near Fine. First American edition. Slight wrinkling to the cloth on the front board, else near fine, without dustwrapper. Inscribed by the author to American poet Edward Dahlberg: "for Edward whose true voice is not in doubt. Herbert 24/X/54."

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        The Illustrated London News. Coronation Number of Queen Elizabeth II: With 16 color plates, 594 Portraits and Illustrations in Photogravure; Together with Articles dealing with every aspect of Coronation of Our Gracious Queen, the Story of her Life, and that of her Consort, H.R.H. The Duke of Edinburgh.

      The Illustrated London News and Sketch, Ltd. 1953 - 68 pp. Frontis., 15 color plates, numerous black and white illustrations throughout, library stamp. Blue paper wrappers, extrimities faded, call number inscribed in white pen on spine and left upper part of front cover, lower part of back cover slightly chipped, otherwise fine. [Attributes: Soft Cover]

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        China Pictorial, Descriptive, and Historical with some Account of Ava and the Burmese, Siam, and Anan

      London , 1953. Paperback. UsedGood. China Pictorial, Descriptive, and Historical with some Account of Ava and the Burmese, Siam, and Anan Some dust/dirt on page edges from long-term storage.

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        Kinsey Reports] Sexual Behavior in the Human Female

      W. B. Saunders, Philadelphia 1953 - First Printing of this landmark work on human sexuality. Thick, tall 8vo: xxx,841[1]pp, with numerous charts, graphs, tables, and figures in the text. Publisher's maroon cloth, upper cover blocked in black and navy blue, spine stamped in gilt, yellow typographic dust jacket printed in black and priced $8.00 on rear flap. A stunning, virtually pristine example, in a vibrant, unfaded jacket. Garrison-Morton 7038. Kinsey and his colleagues at the Institute for Sex Research at Indiana University based their study on personal interviews with approximately 6,000 women. The data were analyzed for the frequency with which women participate in various types of sexual activity, and Kinsey and his colleagues considered how such factors as age, social-economic status, and religious adherence influenced sexual behavior. The evidence suggested that women were less sexually active than men, but many of the study's other conclusions were immediately controversial, causing shock and outrage, both because they challenged conventional beliefs about sexuality and because they discussed subjects considered taboo. The Kinsey Reports together (this one was preceded by Sexual Behavior in the Human Male) sold three-quarters of a million copies and were translated into thirteen languages, making them among the most successful and influential scientific books of the twentieth century. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Expedition to Earth

      Ballantine Books, New York 1953 - 165, [3] Pp. Charcoal Boards Stamped In Silver. First Printing. Ian Ballantine's Personal Copy, Never Sold Or Circulated, Direct From The Publisher's Library. Book Is Fine, Unread, Faintly Foxed On Top Edge. Dj Is Bright And Unfaded, Not Price Clipped [$2.00], No Wear Except For Tiny Loses At Corners [1/8" At Front Tips, 1/16" At Rear Tips, 1/4" Open Tear At Bottom Of Front Slp Near Fold], No Rubbing, No Fading To Spine Or Other Panels, Surface Of All Panels Bright And Glossy Although Inside Of Dj Is Foxed With A Little Show-Through On Front Panel Near Flap Fold And On Back Panel. A Scarce Ballantine Hardcover. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Madeline's Rescue.

      New York: The Viking Press, 1953. First edition of the second book in the Madeline series, which went on to win the Caldecott Medal. Thin quarto, original cloth. Boldly signed by Ludwig Bemelmans on the half-title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a few small closed tears. Rare and desirable signed. It took Ludwig Bemelmans years to think of Madeline's next adventure after the 1939 original Madeline, but he did it, and the result was Madeline's Rescue, winner of the 1954 Caldecott Medal.

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        Correspondance avec sa mère 1887-1905

      First edition, one of 30 numbered copies on Japan, head print.Very nice copy at all margins. Plon Paris 1953 14x21,5cm broché

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        The Dawning Light

      Gnome Press, Hicksville, NY 1953 - First Printing of the stated First Edition. Publisher's original binding and dust jacket, octavo, 191pp. Gnome Press File Copy: Signed "Gnome Press/ File Copy/ Martin Greenberg" on the front pastedown and "Robert Silverberg" on the title page. Interior page margins toned, else book in fine condition; and in fine dust jacket, with a hint of soiling. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

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        Judy Jo's Magic Island , SIGNED , STATED 1ST EDITION IN COLOR DUSTJACKET, Summer Adventures of a Favorite Heroine TRIP TO BOSTON, includes CornRoast,

      Philadelphia and New York: J. B. Lippincott Co., 1953. HBDJ, 1953, 1ST EDITION, Stated 1st Printing, NF/VG, Cloth hardcover Near fine condition in a very good dustjacket in a new Brodart mylar dustjacket protector ,.Clean, tight and unmarked text with light PAGE Toning Due to Age. 121 PGS ,Includes CornRoast, Strawberry Festival & Warm Sunny ,Beach. Little Green Isle O? Pines could be reached Only By A Sandy Road from the Mainland at Low Tide. ONCE WHEN GRANDPA WAS A LITTLE BOY. Signed by Author. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. Illus. by Mabel Betsy Hill.

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      22 December 1953, London - One-page letter on both sides of Faber & Faber stationery SIGNED by the poet. Addressed to Anne Munro-Kerr of London's League of Dramatists. In part: "I am not quite clear, I am afraid, as to how we have been dealing with productions of my plays in the French translation, outside of France itself--that is to say, in Brussels and Geneva. I excepted France in my arrangements with you for the reason that Monsieur Henri Fluchere, the translator, who had taken the whole initiative in getting the successful production of MEURTRE DANS LA CATHEDRALE in 1945, likes to deal with these matters himself, as he has theatrical connections and also considerable financial interest in the success of my plays in his translation, he has seemed wholly competent to do so. He would like, however, to make his responsibility inclusive--that is to say, have the four plays that he has translated whenever they are produced in French . and I am prepared to sign an agreement to that effect. This will not, of course, have any retroactive value for any of the productions previously in Brussels or Geneva that have been arraigned by yourselves." The letter is 6-1/2" x 7-1/2" and is double-matted with a portrait and framed to an overall size of 18-1/2" x 14-1/2". Fluchere was a prominent literary critic and translator, best known for his studies of Shakespeare, who served as Eliot's primary French translator. In addition to his plays, Fluchere translated several of Eliot's poems and critical essays; the collaboration was mutually beneficial, with Eliot contributing the foreword to the English version of Fluchere's 1956 scholarly work SHAKESPEARE AND THE ELIZABETHIANS. This letter, in particular, refers to the translation of MURDER IN THE CATHEDRAL, which was first performed in 1935. A fabulous letter revealing the worldwide appeal of Eliot's acclaimed literary work. Central vertical and horizontal folds with staple holes to one upper corner. Fine [Attributes: Signed Copy]

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        MR. PYE.

      - With drawings by the author. Pp. [iv]+278, 31 pictorial headpieces; boards faintly soiled, edges lightly rubbed, the spine a trifle faded; dust wrapper, worn and lightly soiled, edges chipped and torn, the front panel detached at backstrip fold; edges of leaves slightly foxed; William Heinemann Ltd, London, 1953. First edition. *Inscribed and signed by Peake on the upper free endpaper 'With best wishes/ For Brian/ from/ Mervyn Peake/ 1958'. As a child during the 1950s, the recipient lived near the Peakes, and was a friend of their daughter, Clare. Mervyn Peake inscribed the book for Brian during one of his visits to the Peake family home. Interestingly, in view of Peake's long illness - eventually diagnosed as Parkinson\rquote s disease - Brian remembers being asked to behave quietly 'so as not to disturb him' during those visits. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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      The University Press, 1953. INGLESE 0,31 Collana diretta da D.S.Robertson, F.E.Adcock e R.Hackforth, in inglese con parti di testo in greco, lieve ingiallimento delle pagine che rimangono comunque in buonissimo stato di conservazione, rilegatura editoriale in tutta tela azzurra, con titoli d'oro al dorso, con dissolvenze e minime tracce d'uso, sovraccoperta ingiallita, con strappi e mancanze ai bordi USATO

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        The Deep Sleep.

      New York: Charles Scribner's Sons. 1953 - 8vo. 312 pp. Very Good, Grey Cloth, Dust Jacket with sun-fading, rubbing, & edge wear; minor stains on edges of text block; shelf wear. Signed by author on FFEP. First Edition. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

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        More Than Human

      New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1953. First Edition, First Printing [stated] . Hardcover. Fine Book/Near Fine Dustjacket. 233 Pp. Black Cloth Spine Stamped In White; Red Boards. Book Is Fine, No Wear, No Names Or Marks Or Stains. Dj Bright, Clean, Unfaded [Bright Red Design On Front Panel], Not Price Clipped, Touch Of Rubbing At Corners And Spine. An Exceptional Copy. International Fantasy Award Winner 1954, And One Of Pringle's 100 Best Sf Novels.

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        THE SPIRIT OF ST LOUIS [Signed]

      New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1953. Presentation Edition. Octavo; VG; No jacket, covered by mylar brodart; Red Cloth boards and spine with silver lettering; Some minor shelf wear to edges, Binding strong; Text block slightly toned; Marks from paper clip on first few pages. Limited edition, SIGNED and NUMBERED 14 by Lindbergh. Also includes a business card from Charles Scribner with hand-written note: "I thought you might like to have one of these copies, Charlie" 561 pages. Shelved in case 9. Dupont.

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        The Spirit of St. Louis

      Charles Scribner's Sons, New York 1953 - 562pp. Red cloth, silver inscriptions on spine and front cover. Minor wear on top of spine. Original glassine cover included. Scribners "A" printed on copyright page. Presentation edition of 1000 copies, this being number 324. Great presentation copy for any collector. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

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        The Souls of Black Folk: Essays and Sketches

      Blue Heron Press, NY 1953 - 265pp. Spine shows just a touch of sunning with some slight dulling to the gilt, else a very good copy in publisher's cloth backed patterned boards with just the lightest wear to the extremities. Signed by Du Bois on a publisher's bookplate affixed to the front pastedown. A nicer than usually encountered copy. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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