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        A Tale of Satisfied Desire

      Paris, France: The Olympia Press, 1953. Soft cover with white boards and original mustard colored dust jacket with printed title and border to front. Dust jacket with very light/minimal wear, light bump to heel of spine and three very small red scuff marks to rear panel. Book like fine, clean and bright throughout. Binding tight and square. A fine copy overall. First English translation by Audiart. Scarce.. wrappers. Near Fine/Very Good +. 12mo - over 6¾ - 7¾" tall. Book.

      [Bookseller: Karol Krysik Books]
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        Go Tell It on the Mountain

      New York: Alfred A. Knopf,, 1953. Octavo. Original pictorial wrappers. Spine a little faded. An excellent copy. Advance reading copy signed by the author on the front free endpaper. The wrappers of this copy are notable in that they feature artwork that Baldwin objected to, and were completely redesigned for the first edition.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        Mécanique physique

      Eyrolles, 1953. in8 Relié

      [Bookseller: crealivres]
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        THE WAKING. POEMS: 1933 - 1953

      Garden City: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1953. First Edition. Hardcover. Fine in a Very Good dustwrapper with some rubbing and light edgewear with the remnant of about half of a Pulitzer Prize Winner sticker on the front panel. A superb Association Copy. Roethke's Pulitzer Prize-winning collection of his best poems. This copy is INSCRIBED and SIGNED on the title page to Supreme Court Associate Justice Abe Fortas: "To Abe,/with more than/the usual good/wishes to a stranger/Ted Roethke." Fortas assisted Lyndon Johnson in winning his Senate seat and became a lifelong friend to Johnson who appointed Fortas to the Supreme Court in 1965. When Chief Justice Earl Warren announced his retirement in June 1968, Johnson nominated Associate Justice Fortas to replace Warren. Fortas was the first Chief Justice nominee ever to appear before the Senate, and he faced hostile questioning about his relationship with Lyndon Johnson ultimately leading Fortas to ask Johnson to withdraw his nomination. Fortas resigned from the court in 1969 after a financial scandal. With a blindstamp on the second front blank indicating the book is from the library of Abe Fortas and a blank check from Seattle's University National Bank laid in. On the verso of the check in an unknown hand is written: "Dear Abe/Read the book/backwards." In the same small hand next to the printed date on the title page is written "April 27, 1954.

      [Bookseller: Charles Agvent]
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        Complete set of the Bond novels and stories

      London, Jonathan Cape,, 1953-66. 14 volumes, octavo. Finely bound by The Chelsea Bindery in black morocco, spines and covers blocked in red, silver, gold and blind after the original cloth cover lettering and designs, twin rule to turn-ins in silver, plum endpapers, silver edges. A fine set. First editions, first impressions. Complete set of all the original Bond novels starting with Casino Royale (1953) and ending with Octopussy (1966).

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        A COMPLETE SET OF 14 FLEMING / BOND 007 NOVELS Custom Clamshell Cases Only

      London, [1953, 1966 Book Date]: Jonathan Cape, 1953 A complete set of 14 Clamshell Cases [Not Including Any Books] for all of the Fleming / Bond 007 Novels: Fine black cloth [or Nuba®], with various color sides corresponding the the individual book's dustwrapper, black velour interiors with the exception of Casino Royale which is red velour, Gilt-stamped custom designed very dark grey Nuba® title-pieces on the cloth set, gilt-stamped custom designed titles on the Nuba® set , "Sculpted" multi-layered individual designs on the side of each case. A superb & unique set including: CASINO ROYALE - 1953, LIVE AND LET DIE - 1954, MOONRAKER - 1955, DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER - 1956, - FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE - 1957, DR NO - 1958, GOLDFINGER - 1959, FOR YOUR EYES ONLY - 1960, THUNDERBALL - 1961, THE SPY WHO LOVED ME - 1962, ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE - 1963, YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE - 1964, THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN - 1965, & OCTOPUSSY - 1966. Full leather sets available, inquire for price & delivery. . 1st Edition Clamshell Collecor's Case. No Binding. Not A Book/Clamshell As New. First Edition Clamshell Case.

      [Bookseller: TBCL The Book Collector's Library]
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        The Song of Love and Death of Standard-Bearer Christoph Rilke [Cornet Christoph Rilke]

      New York, 1953 The Song of Love and Death of Standard-Bearer Christoph Rilke [Cornet Christoph Rilke]. Translation of Emlen Etting, with his original illustrations. Typed manuscript, title page + 28 pp., dated 1953, with pencil ms. emendations and six original erotic ink and water-color illustrations by noted painter Emlen Etting, signed. The ms. is typed on standard 8 1/2 x 11 paper, while the water-color illustrations are on the verso of blank letterhead of the Philadelphia chapter of the Artists Equity Association [of which Etting was at the time Chairman], that paper being watermarked parchment stationery. An unpublished translation of Rainer Maria Rilke's prose poem (1899) of war, love, and sex, and the surreal but heroic death of Christoph Rilke in the seventeenth century, accompanied by what would have been its erotic illustrations. Slumbering nudes, mortally wounded heroes in the buff, and love-making couples appear to be thematically revised as proofs. The original manila envelope in which all this was contained is included, addressed from Etting at his Philadelphia address to himself in care of Midtown Galleries in New York City, and says, in part, "6 Preparatory Sketches for 'Lovers' / Rilke's Song of Love and Death of the Standard-Bearer". Rilke's singular prose poem, published as part of other titles but (apparently) never separately, was, by the name Cornet Christoph Rilke's Song of Love and Death (and other variants), the basis of an opera by Siegfried Matthus, a symphony by Viktor Ullmann, and other artistic treatments. Etting's translation here carries, alternately and sometimes together, stark, surreal, dreamlike, melodic and poetic tone, presumably true to the Rilke original, the reading of which in its original language I am incapable. In any case, here it is deeply and strangely moving in its own right. I found myself reading it aloud, as if it were a play. Title sheet of manuscript slightly torn at top (see scan); some see- through from verso of the water-colors. Overall better than very good. Not bound. LG-1

      [Bookseller: Singularity Rare & Fine]
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      Hamish Hamilton, London 1953 - Hardback - A near fine book in a near fine dustwrapper. The book would be fine, but for the fact that there is a neat ownership inscription to the front endpaper. The page block is white and without any foxing. (a problem that normally blights similar copies.) The dustwrapper is a very clean example, especially to the rear panel. There is light rubbing to the spine tips and to the spine folds. There is also a small closed tear to the front panel, else a very nice title, and one of the best examples we have encountered. [Attributes: First Edition]

      [Bookseller: West Hull Rare Books - P.B.F.A.]
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        The Desperate Hours (Author's Original Typescript, with numerous corrections)

      New York: Random House, 1953. Joseph Hayes' original typed manuscript for his most famous novel, "The Desperate Hours," with numerous authorial typeovers and editorial corrections. Stamps from the James Brown Agency (author's agent), date stamp of Sept 15 1953 and hand notation "Random House New York" to the title page. & & The book was published by Random House in 1954, and was so popular upon its release that the author rewrote it as both a play and a movie screenplay within a year of publication. Basis for the classic 1955 film noir directed by William Wyler and starring Humphrey Bogart and Arthur Kennedy, a story of home invasion by a group of ruthless prison escapees, that was in some ways the pinnacle of American urban paranoia in the 1950s. Housed in Hayes' original brown file folder, with his personal return label affixed (indicating a home address in Sarasota, Florida), marked in the author's hand: "ORIGINAL MANUSCIPT [sic] 'THE DESP. HRS' AS SUBMITTED TO RANDOM HOUSE."& & Unbound pages, Very Good condition overall, with title page and last page of text in lesser condition due to bearing most of the wear, but complete with no missing leaves. In a custom quarter-leather clamshell box.

      [Bookseller: Royal Books, Inc.]
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        Nelson’s Letters from the Leeward Islands and Other Original Documents in the Public Record Office and the British Museum

      1953. [GOLDEN COCKEREL PRESS]. [NELSON, Horatio]. Nelson’s Letters from the Leeward Islands and Other Original Documents in the Public Record Office and the British Museum: Edited by Geoffrey Rawson with Notes by Professor Michael Lewis and Engravings by Geoffey Wales. [London]: The Golden Cockerel Press, 1953.Limited to 300 numbered copies printed on pure rag paper (this copy being No. 213). Quarto (12 5/16 x 7 1/2 inches; 313 x 191 mm.). [4, blank], 73, [1, colophon] pp. Wood-engraved frontispiece, title vignette, head-pieces, and map. Printed in Perpetua type. “Christopher Sandford designed, produced and published this book at the Golden Cockerel Press, London” (Colophon).Original red, white, and blue cloth stamped in gilt on covers and lettered in gilt on spine. Small red ink stamp on front free endpaper. A near fine copy.Cave & Manson 191.

      [Bookseller: David Brass Rare Books, Inc.]
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      England & Austria: Hodder & Stoughton / CAMP Interalp, 1953 A Hillary 'Ascent' Collection' comprising of a First Edition of THE ASCENT OF EVEREST by Sir John Hunt, neatly SIGNED by Sir Edmund Hillary on the Title Page as 'E.P. Hillary'. A very good or better copy in dustwrapper showing modest use. With a VINTAGE AUSTRIAN ICE AXE SIGNED by Sir Edmund Hillary. A very good example of this Classic 31" high grade steel ice axe showing modest use. Neatly Signed by Hillary in black marker on the original wooden shaft. Neat name on the opposite side: 'Zemp, Luzern'. Nicely aged patina & very handsome with many an icy tale to tell. On May 29th, 1953, at 11:30 hrs., New Zealand mountaineering giant, Hillary the Bee Keeper, & Tenzing Norgay, the Sherpa from Nepal were the first climbers to reach the summit of Mount Everest [8,848M/29,028Ft]. History was made. Sir John Hunt, who led the expedition said: they "knocked the bastard off", a phrase which has found its way into colloquial New Zealand English.. Signed by Author. 1st Edition.

      [Bookseller: TBCL The Book Collector's Library]
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        La Famille

      Arnéra - Vallauris 1953 - Poster. Affiche. Impression typographique en couleurs. Tirage limité à 2000 exemplaires, format 80 X 60 cm. Picasso - Czwiklitzer " Picasso plakate,1981" N° 79

      [Bookseller: La Basse Fontaine]
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        Die Strudlhofstiege oder Melzer und die Tiefe der Jahre. Roman

      Wien, Luckmann (1953).. 15.-18. Tsd. gr.-8°.908 (3) S. OLn. Mit Goldpräg. u. OU. (dieser etw. randrissig). Mit eh., 5-zeil. Widmung Doderers a. d. Vortitelbl., dat. 1953.

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat Burgverlag]
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        Naked Hollywood

      New York: Pellegrini & Cudahy, 1953.. First edition of the photographer's sequel to Naked City. Text by Mel Harris. Quarto, original quarter yellow cloth. Light wear, else near fine in a good dust jacket. Inscribed by Weegee.

      [Bookseller: Raptis Rare Books, ABAA/ ILAB]
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      Assessorato Turismo e Spettacolo - Regione Siciliana.. 1953.. Color lithographic poster, 39 x 24 1/2 inches. Professionally conserved; nine inch tear to centre lower image now scarcely noticeable, creasing and short repaired tears at upper right corner, some soft creases from rolling; bright, clean condition. A stunning and surreal landscape by Mario Puppo featuring a human faced green and red cactus, with white ancient columns and Mt. Etna in the distance. "Saiga gia Barabino & Graeve - Genova" printed in left lower margin. .

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      1953. Paperback. Fine. ONCHI Koshiro. LOVING SERVICE SEAL HANGA. 28.3 X 21.2 CM. Tokyo: The Central Community Chest of Japan, Inc., (1953). The front and back covers of this pamphlet are color woodblock prints by Onchi. There is a text folder inside by Onchi enclosing 10 small woodblock print seals by the noted "Creative Print" artists Kitaoka Fumio and Shinagawa Takumi, each captioned on a separate sheet. Extremely unusual work rarely found in any condition but here complete and very clean. One of the last works issued by Onchi. About fine condition, fine impressions and colors.

      [Bookseller: Boston Book Company]
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        Junkie. Confessions of an Unredeemed Drug Addict [With] Narcotic Agent by Maurice Helbrant [Ace Double Books]

      New York: Ace Books, Inc [copyright date 1953], 1st Edition. (Mass market paperback) 149pp. + 2pp. (ads) + 169pp. Very good. 16mo (approximately 16.2cm tall) in original pictorial stiff card covers. Pages lightly brown toned with minor wear to extremities otherwise a very nice attractive copy. Burroughs first book published under the pseudonym, William Lee. An account of his early experiences with drugs. Signed on the title page by William Burroughs for William Lee..

      [Bookseller: Aquila Books]
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        Junkie/Narcotic Agent

      Ace D-15 1953 - Paperback original. Infamous first book by William F. Burroughs, bound dos-a-dos with Helbrand's Narcotic Agent. An uncommonly bright example, with one tiny corner crease on Junkie side, else just minor wear to spine and edges, with pages lightly toned but not brittle. Binding holding well. A superior copy of an increasingly scarce book, particularly in this condition. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

      [Bookseller: Book 'Em]
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        Junkie - Confessions of an Unredeemed Drug Addict

      NY: Ace, 1953. Ace Double...D15 - published back-to-back with Narcotic Agent - Burroughs legendary first book here inscribed " William Burroughs for William Burroughs " - just a good used copy - about vg - corner creases bottom right on " Junky " and upper right on verso - spine rubbed along edges but not creased - a lightly beat copy, but with a genuine signature, unlike a few that were shamelessly traded on recently.. Signed by Author. First Edition. Original Wraps. Good.

      [Bookseller: Alphabet Bookshop (ABAC/ILAB]
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        The Spirit of St. Louis (Signed First Edition)

      New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1953. First Edition. First Edition. Boards a little worn, and with light fray at the spine ends, still easily Very Good or better in a Fine, price-clipped dust jacket. Nicely INSCRIBED by the author prior to publication: To Laurence C. Craigie With best wishes from Charles A. Lindbergh Sept., 1953. Publication date is Sept. 14th. Craigie was a lifelong and much-decorated aviator who commanded several fighter wings during the Second World War and retired as a Lieutenant General.

      [Bookseller: Royal Books, Inc.]
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        The Complete Works

      London: The Nonesuch Press,, 1953. The Text and Order of the First Folio with Quarto Variants & a Choice of Modern Readings Noted Marginally: To Which are Added Pericles and the First Quartos of Six of the Plays with Three Plays of Doubtful Authorship: also the Poems According to the Original Quartos and Octavos. 4 volumes, octavo (209 ×128 mm). Contemporary red morocco, titles and decoration to spines, raised bands, single rule to boards with crest to front, decoration to turn-ins, marbled endpapers, top edges gilt. An excellent set. First printings of the second Nonesuch Shakespeare produced to coincide with the Coronation. A handsomely bound and produced set of Shakespeare's works.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        Seven Years in Tibet

      London: Rupert Davis, 1953.. First edition and first English translation preceding the American Edition by one year. Octavo, original blue cloth. Signed by Harrer on the title page. Near fine in a very good dust jacket.

      [Bookseller: Raptis Rare Books, ABAA/ ILAB]
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      New York: Tibor de Nagy Gallery, 1953. First Edition. Decorated wraps. Wrappers are slightly darkened with two round oily stains on the rear, not too dark. The front wrapper has one short closed tear neatly repaired internally with tape and a sliver chip on the lower right corner with the detached piece still present. Very Good to Near Fine example of this scarce book. Jane Freilicher. Ashbery's first book, a 23-page chapbook in sewn decorated paper wraps, one of only 300 copies printed. Illustrated with four drawings by Jane Freilicher. In this copy two of the plates are duplicated giving a total of six plates. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the poet to Herbert with love and also INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the artist to Herbert with "my love, too." Both inscriptions are on the title page and appear to be contemporary.

      [Bookseller: Charles Agvent]
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        From a Logical Point of View

      Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1953. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/Good +. SIGNED and INSCRIBED: "A souvenir of Bare Hill Pond for Priscilla and Sandor, from Van 8. Sept. 63". The recipients are Sandor Salgo, former professor of music at Stanford University, and his wife Priscilla. First edition, 1953. Book is very good, text clean and binding square, with moderate edge and corner wear and a small tear running along the bottom of the front board. Jacket is good+, presenting well but with chipping especially to top and bottom of spine, and tender joints.

      [Bookseller: Denominator Books (IOBA)]
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        The Worldly Philosophers

      New York: Simon and Schuster, 1953.. First edition. Octavo. Fine in a fine dust jacket with some very minor creases to the spine. Inscribed by the author to John Kenneth Galbraith, "For John, with many thanks Robert Heilbroner." A wonderful association between these two economists. A classic economic text that has sold more than 4 million copies world wide.

      [Bookseller: Raptis Rare Books, ABAA/ ILAB]
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        Doctor Faust: a Play-Based Upon Old German Puppet Versions

      Chicago: Caxton Club, 1953. Hardcover. Near Fine. LIMITED EDITION of 350 copies. Lay out by Victor Hammer, presswork by Jacob Hammer and binding by Elizabeth Kner. Woodcuts by Fritz Kredel, on handmade untrimmed paper. A real find of this scarce volume. Near Fine hardcover.

      [Bookseller: Karl Books]
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        NINE STORIES. Publisher's File Copy

      Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1953 A Unique Copy Of Salinger's Important Second Book. First Edition. 8vo, black cloth, gilt, pp. 302. THE PUBLISHER'S ONE & ONLY FILE COPY with Little Brown's penciled "word count" calculations & pasted label on the rear free endpaper. The label is printed & typed with the following: " SAMPLE / Return to Manufacturing Department / LITTLE, BROWN AND COMPANY / Published: April 6, 1953 / Cloth: Novelex 2675 Black Vellum / Word Count: 61,823" - a trimmed, bright example of the Miriam Woods designed dustwrapper glued to the rear pastedown, the original black cloth showing "working" wear. An important publishing / association copy, perfect for the Salinger connoisseur who appreciates the "moments of literary history". Contains A Perfect Day For Bananafish & For Esme - With Love And Squalor. In many quarters, this title outranks "Catcher" in importance, but the collecting market has just begun to catch-on. Time will tell. With an elegant gilt-lettered, grey morocco backed, marbled, custom clamshell case.. 1st Edition.

      [Bookseller: TBCL The Book Collector's Library]
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        Dada 1916-1923

      NY: Sidney Janis Gallery, 1953. Fine. Offset lithograph, 38 inches wide by 25.25 inches high. . A fine example, folded as issued, unfolded once to confirm condition. Schwarz 336.& & "The Dada catalogue took its place among Duchamp's unique publishing events. Designed as a poster on a 25-by-38-inch sheet of thin, foldable parchment paper, it listed all 212 items and included four short essays by Arp, Tzara, Huelsenbeck and Levesque. These essays were set in blocks of contrasting type running diagonally down the sheet--a text descending a staircase. Duchamp then overprinted the whole page in a bright red-orange, announcing the exhibition with letters that recall original Dada typography. When the painstakingly produced catalogue was finally received, Duchamp has been reported, took a sheet in his hands, crushed it into a loose ball, and suggested that a trash can full of these paper balls be offered to visitors entering the vernissage. Duchamp, characteristically, did not attend the opening." (Caroll Janis, Art in America June-July, 2006). wlb

      [Bookseller: Kenneth Mallory Bookseller. ABAA]
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        The Adventures of Augie March

      New York: Viking Press, 1953.. First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed by the author to his attorney and close friend Samuel Goldberg, "To my sidekick and counsellour, and in behalf of Mintouchian, also a bosom friend of Sam Goldberg Saul Bellow". Mintouchian is a character within the novel, a lawyer who counsels Augie March on various issues. Augie confides to Mintouchian at one point, "I have always tried to become what I am. But it's a frightening thing. Because what if what I am by nature isn't good enough?" Mintouchian reassures him, "You must take your chance on what you are." Some wear to the top of the crown extremities in an excellent near fine first issue dust jacket that shows some light wear to the spine. Housed in a custom quarter morocco clamshell box. Association copies of Bellow's major novels seldom enter the market.

      [Bookseller: Raptis Rare Books, ABAA/ ILAB]
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        The Enormous Radio and Other Stories

      New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company,, 1953. Octavo. Original green cloth, titles to spine gilt. With the dust jacket. Housed in a blue quarter morocco slipcase and chemise. A little rubbed and faded along the extremities, edge of upper board and top corner bumped. An excellent copy in the rubbed and partially faded jacket that is a little frayed and chipped along the edges. First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author on the dedication leaf, "To Harriet in memory of an unforgettable experience, John Cheever". The recipient was Harriet Shaw-Weaver, the activist, literary patron, and editor of The Egoist magazine who was a long-time friend of the author.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        Défense et illustration de la gastronomie Française

      - Editions Vialetay, 1953. In-4 en feuilles sous chemise et emboîtage. Illustrations de Georges Villa, 190 p. Un des 26 exemplaires réservés aux bibliophiles d’Afrique du Nord, dédicacé à la main par l’auteur et l’illustrateur. Tirage total à 266 exemplaires. Emboîtage restauré.Edition originale du plus beau livre publié par le Prince des gastronomes. Il nous conte l’histoire de la cuisine française depuis les Gaulois jusqu’à nos jours. L’illustration comprend 25 lithographies de Georges Villa aquarellées par François Wils, l’impression typographique est de Robert Blanchet qui a également dessiné et gravé les lettrines. Monod, 3341. [Attributes: First Edition]

      [Bookseller: Philippe Lucas Livres Anciens]
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        The Violins of Saint-Jacques

      London - John Murray, 1953 Book. Very Good. Hardcover. First edition. A first edition of Fermor's only novel. 'It is the story of a world that has vanished in more senses than one. The remote island of Saint-Jaques in the Caribbean archipelago is the home of an antiquated French aristocracy. . . the events of the book take place in 1902, a period little exploited by novelists and the flamboyant scene is the background for a strange and moving drama'. Condition: In a green cloth binding with unclipped dustwrapper. Externally smart, with just some minor shelfwear. Dustwrapper is quite smart also, though with some edgewear and slight loss to the spine. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are very bright and clean. Overall: NEAR FINE with a VERY GOOD dustwrapper..

      [Bookseller: Rooke Books]
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        Too Late the Phalarope

      Cape Town: Frederick L. Cannon for London: Jonathan Cape Ltd.,, 1953. Octavo. Original brown boards, titles to spine and upper board dark brown, dust jacket. Small bookseller's stamp on front pastedown. Endpapers browned, a few small marks to lower board, spine rolled, in the price-clipped dust jacket with chips to the corners and the head and tail of spine panel. A very good copy. First edition, first impression of the author's second novel. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper "To Helen [Cohen] with happy memories of Geneva and the company of you and your friends. Alan". And with the recipient's ownership signature above the inscription. Presentation copies of Paton's books are uncommon.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        The Costumes of Chios: Their Development from the XVth to the XXth Century

      London: Batsford. Good; 7 x 10 Hardback in dustjacket in Good condition. Deaccessioned from . the Hammersmith Public Library with usual marks including blindstamps . throughout.. 1953. Hardcover. Illustrated by 83 color plates, 28 black and white plates and over 200 drawings; Sumptuous book on costumes from the Greek island of Chios. Limited to 500 copies. "This unique work constitutes a record, well documented and lavishly illustrated in colour and monochrome, of the astonishingly varied and elaborate costumes of the people of Chios, the famous Greek island which has a history and culture of amazing variety and interest. The author's historical survey includes the costumes of the island aristocracy as well as peasants." -Cover; 5; 338 pp. .

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        THE LITTLE STEAMROLLER. A Story of Adventure, Mystery and Detection. Illustrated by Dorothy Craigie

      London: Max Parrish, 1953 From TBCL's Children's Bookcase. Illustrated by Dorothy Glover under the name Dorothy Craigie. Glover & Graham Green had an affair from 1938 until the late forties. Squarish, slim 4to., 36pp. Illustrated throughout in colour. Original blue cloth with gilt steamroller on upper cover. Original pictorial dustwrapper. First edition. A fine copy in a near fine wrapper with two tiny chips expertly restored. One of the four very uncommon Graham Greene children's adventures. R.A Wobbe; Graham Greene -A Bibliography: Guide to Research A30.. 1st Edition. Illus. by Dorothy Glover / Dorothy Craigie.

      [Bookseller: TBCL The Book Collector's Library]
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        Computers and Automata WITH Influence of Programming Techniques on the Design of Computers WITH 39 Other Articles

      Menasha, Wisconsin: Institute of Radio Engineers, Inc, 1953. First Edition. Wraps. Good. [1A]-80A (advertisements), [2-table contents], 1219-1568, 81A-192A (advertisements) pages. Proceedings of the IRE, Vol 41, October 1953, No. 10, the entire issue. Original wraps. Rubbing to rear cover, with corner crease and small chip missing (old tape repair). Top 1 ½ inches of spine panel creased and torn. Front cover creased vertically several times with associated minor chipping of color from cover (extends in several pages). Previous owners name inked on front cover. Approximately 20% of the front cover is spotted towards the fore-edge of front cover. Generally bright and clean internally. Original wraps are scarce in the marketplace, most often found bound. This is the famous ''IRE Computer Issue'', in the ORIGINAL WRAPS containing no less than 10 Origins of Cyberspace listings(#s 508, 513, 626, 641, 664, 672, 675, 871, and 885-886) and a total of 41 articles on the state of computing at the time. Contributors included Claude Shannon, Grace Hopper, John Mauchly, Wilkes, Eckert and many other authors whose work was very important in this evolving field. A few of the important papers include: OOC 508: Buchholz, The system design of the IBM Type 701 computer (describes the overall system design of IBM';s first electronic digital computer OOC 664: Hopper and Mauchly, Influence of programming technique on the design of computers (a discussion of how advances in programming technique could influence the design of future computers. References the UNIVAC I OOC 672: Huskey, Ambrose and Yowell, The SWAC design features and operating experience (a general description of the functional description of the SWAC computer including references to electrostatic and magnetic drum memories OOC 885: Shannon, Computers and Automata, (a brief review of developments in the field of automata and non-numerical computation) OOC 886: Shannon and Moore, Machine aid for switching circuit design (describes the first ‘verification'; machine, built at Bell Labs and called the ‘relay circuit analyzer';) (the above condensed from entries and notes from Origins of Cyberspace, OOC) Many of the authors included in this issue (Hopper, Mauchly, Shannon, Moore) were important figures in early computing and made major contributions to the advancement of the field. Many other papers illustrate the state of the art at the time. Scarce in the original wraps. Authors: Shannon, Claude ; Hopper, Grace ; Wilkes, M. V. ; Eckert, J. P. Jr. ; Mauchly, John ; and Others.

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        T.S. Eliot Typed Letter Signed

      London: No Publisher, 1953. Typed letter signed by T.S. Eliot, 175mm x 200mm in size. Single sided on Faber and Faber headed paper. Very minor wear, has been folded in four at some point, with associated fold creases. A response to a letter by the cricket writer Gerald Brodribb, noting that while he [Eliot] enjoys watching cricket, it is untrue that he coached a cricket team. The full text reads, "Dear Sir, In response to your letter of November 25th, one of the rumours that has reached you is true, and the other false. It is true that I enjoy watching good cricket; it is untrue that I ever coached the cricket at Highgate. For the latter occupation I am not qualified. Having spent my boyhood in America, my early experience was of a totally different game, and far from being qualified to coach, I am not even a good critic of such matches as I watch. I do not think that one can be a really qualified critic of any game one has never practised oneself in one's own youth. Yours Faithfully, [Signed] T.S. Eliot. Signed by Author. First Edition. Disbound. Very Good. 8vo. T.L.S..

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        The Quarterly Review of Literature, Volume VII, Number 2 [Signed Twice]

      Annandale-on-Hudson, New York: Bard College, 1953. Wrappers. Very Good. A Very Good copy of Volume VII, Number 2 of the Quarterly Review of Literature, an independent literary journal founded in 1943 by Warren Carrier, and co-edited and published from 1944-1999 by Poet and Professor Theodore (Ted) Weiss and his wife, Renée Weiss. This issue contains work by George Seferis, E. E. Cummings, Ann Adams, George W. Nitchie, George P. Elliott, and Atsushi Nakajima. George Seferis' entry, an early Seferis Poem titled "Myth of Our History" ("Mithhistorima" in anglicized Greek), was translated by Kimon Friar whose introduction of Seferis precedes the Poem in this issue. This is a very good copy with some of the typical bending and wear at the wrapper edges caused by their being larger than the page block. This copy has been SIGNED BY GEORGE SEFERIS at his entry and is ALSO SIGNED BY KIMON FRIAR at the head of his introduction. In the Quarterly Review of Literature, Ted and Renée Weiss frequently published Poets and other Authors, such as John Ashbery and Ted Hughes, before they achieved much acclaim. Though by 1953, Seferis' work had been published in English, in England, we find no earlier publication of his work in America. A Greek Diplomat, Ambassador to the UK, and one of the Twentieth Century's most important Greek Poets, George Seferis won the 1963 Nobel Prize in Literature for "his eminent lyrical writing, inspired by a deep feeling for the Hellenic world of culture", making him the first Greek ever to have received the Prize. Kimon Friar was a noted Greek-American Poet, an editor of periodicals dealing with Greek culture, and a translator of Greek Poetry including, most notably, Nikos Kazantzakis' epic poem "The Odyssey: A Modern Sequel". Beyond our shelves, books signed by George Seferis are quite scarce. A Very Good copy of the important American debut publication of George Seferis's work, SIGNED BY GEORGE SEFERIS and also SIGNED BY THE TRANSLATOR KIMON FRIAR.

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      1953. 1. BEMELMANS,LUDWIG. MADELINE'S RESCUE. NY: Viking 1953 (1953). Folio (9 x 12 1/4"), cloth, 56p., Fine in VG+ dust wrapper with small chip at head of spine. 1st edition. Madeline is saved from drowning by a dog. Beautiful color illustrations by the author. Nice copy. CALDECOTT AWARD WINNER.

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        Invisible Man

      New York: Random House. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. FIRST EDITION of Ellison's masterful first book, winner of the 1953 National Book Award for Fiction. Ellison's "importance as a writer was established by his first novel, Invisible Man, published in April 1952. Immediately acclaimed by critics, it was recognized not merely as an excellent novel by a black author, but as a great literary achievement. In The Negro Novel in America, Robert Bone called Invisible Man 'quite possibly the best American novel since World War II.' Also well received by general readers, the novel spent sixteen weeks on the New York Times bestseller list" (ANB). New York: Random House, 1952. Octavo, original beige cloth, original dust jacket. Book with wear between the front free endpaper and the title, otherwise fine. Dust jacket with occasional light edgewear, particularly at top and tail of spine and one horizontal crease across spine only. An attractive copy of a scarce and important work of 20th century fiction.

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        Collage Seventeen

      [Chicago, 1953].. Collage of cut colored wove papers and woven cloth cord, mounted on four layered planes of glass, signed “Marie Zoe Greene” in black ink on the glass at lower right. 600 x 495 mm. (23 1/2 x 19 1/2 inches). Original massive wood frame. An important abstract collage construction in glass and colored paper by Greene-Mercier, one of Moholy-Nagy's first students at the New Bauhaus in Chicago. Dating from 1953, "Collage Seventeen" was one of twenty "polyplane collages," which represent a breakthrough of sorts in her work, and a fascinating chapter in postwar modernist abstraction. The series occupied Greene-Mercier for a decade. On its completion, the complete series was given an exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago in March-April 1955, at the invitation of Carl O. Schniewind, in the Department of Prints and Drawings. We quote at length from an article by Lloyd C. Engelbrecht on "Marie-Zoe Greene-Mercier: The Polyplane Collages," which appeared in "Art International" in 1978: "Marie-Zoe Greene-Mercier is best known for her grandly-scaled monumental sculpture, such as the two French Government commissions at Barcarès and Arras. Less well known is a series of collages in which she explored the spatial relationships created by separating paper and other materials by multiple panes of glass, which she has named 'polyplane collages.' "There are twenty of these collages in all, the earliest dating from 1946. The first ten to be completed were exhibited on numerous occasions as individual works, and all twenty were shown as a group in the Art Institute of Chicago in 1955. Although some were shown again as a group in the following two years in the same city, since 1957 only a few have been exhibited, at infrequent intervals. With the patina of time acquired in the last twenty years they now seem to be part of a whole, much like a musical suite in which the individual movements each make their statement, at the same time complementing one another. "Greene-Mercier first turned to collage in 1945, when she made a series of three collages using the 'traditional' methods involving pieces of paper and glue. She soon yielded to the sculptor's fascination with construction in space and began to experiment with panes of glass, which she inserted between the pieces of paper. The twenty collages with panes of glass were the result, and since they followed the three without glass, she numbered them from four to twenty-three. The first two were made with three panes of glass, and the rest with four panes. Paper was pressed, and patterned Japanese paper, burlap, thread, string and rope were used as well. The panes of glass are bound tightly together with tape, and the glass is set flush with the other materials except in those collages in which parts of the glass panes were cut away for the artist by a master glass cutter…. "Each collage makes a statement in the Constructivist idiom, and the forms suspended in orthogonally defined space go back to the origins of Constructivism; Malevich exhibited a black square hovering over a white ground in 1915. What Greene-Mercier has accomplished is to articulate orthogonally defined space in a new way, although employing traditional materials. (She once remarked that she rejected the idea of using plexiglass because she was attracted to the long tradition of glass as a material for artists.)" Born in 1911, Greene-Mercier first came to Chicago in 1933, shortly after graduating from Radcliffe, and was involved in Constructivist art in Chicago from the time of her arrival. In 1934 she assisted James Johnson Sweeney with an exhibition of abstract art at the University of Chicago which included the first showing of paintings by Mondrian in the city. At the New Bauhaus she studied with Archipenko and Gyorgy Kepes, as well as with Moholy-Nagy. One of her polyplane collages, "Collage Eight" (1946), was included in the exhibition "Abstract and Surrealist American Art" at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1947. Her successful career, later dedicated primarily to work in bronze and steel, was surveyed in a retrospective exhibition at Amerika Haus, Berlin, in 1977.

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        Complete Set of First Editions of Ian Fleming's James Bond Novels The Works include: Casino Royale, Live and Let Die, Moonraker, Diamonds Are Forever, From Russia With Love, Dr. No, Goldfinger, For Your Eyes Only (short stories containing From A View To A Kill and Quantum of Solace), Thunderball, The Spy Who loved Me, On Her Majesties Secret Service, You Only Live Twice, The Man with the Golden Gun, Octopussy and The Living Daylights

      London: Jonathan Cape 1953-1966., 1953. 14 volumes; 8vo. All First Impressions. Beautifully bound in deep red half oasis morocco with gilt raised bands and gilt titles to spines; top edges gilt; black cloth boards. Some occasional spotting/toning else near fine. An impressive set of 'The most famous spy in literature' - Steinbrunner and Penzler. Gilbert, Jon; Ian Fleming: The Bibliography (2012)

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        Hépérile éclaté. [Par] Raymond Hains, Jacques de la Villeglé, Camille Bryen

      Paris (The authors), [1953].. (20)pp. Loosely inserted, as issued: folding double-sided tract/prospectus by the three collaborators, handsomely designed with an elaborate lettriste composition. Sm. 8vo. Cream wraps., printed in grey, with wrap-around band printed in black. Stitched and inserted loose in wrapper, as issued. One of 300 copies “conformes à la maquette,” numbered by hand with a lettrist designation, from the edition of 1000 in all. Bryen’s phonetic poem, first published by P.A.B. in 1950, is here reproduced and distorted using a glass frame spline. An exquisite and historic instance of Hain’s and Villéglé’s lettres éclatées, an aspect of Ultra-Lettrist investigation. Presentation copy, inscribed in blue ink (partly in lettriste characters) by Raymond Hains, “avec mes meilleurs voeux pour 1961,” on a preliminary leaf.

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        Creature from the Black Lagoon --- in the Rare Dustjacket

      London: Dragon Books, No Date (circa 1953-1954 ), 1st Edition, 1st Printing ----------hardcover, blue cloth, Near Fine but there is a thin line of fading along the upper edge of the boards and a small faded spot on the spine where there has been a wee bit of loss on the dustjacket spine, bit of foxing to the endpapers so lets call this a Very Good+ book, the dustjacket is overall a strong Good example ( bordering on a reasonable Very Good ), small bit of loss on spine of dustjacket not affecting any lettering, light overall wear, ---with brilliant cover art depicting the Creature in his cave, carrying an unconscious woman, ---whilst Dracula and Frankenstein heralded the beginning of the great horror movies, by the 1950's horror movies had really degraded to the point where they were being presented as comedies, a la Abbot and Costello meet the Wolfman ---or Dracula ---.or The Mummy, etc. Creature from the Black Lagoon was a successful last ( aqueous ) gasp at the tradition of real horror movies, proving very successful, this movie tie in edition is rare!, reportedly, a paperback version of this book sold for $1000, I expect that I will never see another copy in my bookselling lifetime, the small bookseller's label in the scan is so the scan cannot be copied (easily anyway) and is NOT on the actual dustjacket, Fearn wrote under the following names: Geoffrey Armstrong, Thornton Ayre, Hugo Blayn, Morton Boyce, Hank Carson, Dennis Clive, Hank Cole, Polton Cross, Mark Denholm, Douglas Dodd, Sheridan Drew, Max Elton, Matt Francis, Spike Gordon, Volsted Gridban, Griff, Malcolm Hartley, Conrad G Holt, Preston James, Frank Jones, Nat Karta, Marvin Kayne, Clem Larson, Herbert Lloyd, Paul Lorraine, Astron del Martia, Jed McCloud, Mick McCoy, Jed McNab, Dom Passante, Francis Rose, Laurence F Rose, Ward Ross, Frank Russell, John Russell, Arnold Ryden, Bryan Shaw, John Slate, Vargo Statten, Earl Titan, John Werheim, Ephraim Winiki, any image directly beside this listing is the actual book and not a generic photo. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good+/Good. Illus. by Movie Tie-in Edition.

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        The Minister - SIGNED

      Montgomeryshire Printing Co, 1953. First Edition. Softcover. Near Fine/Near Fine. First Edition First Impression INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author "From R S Thomas with Best Wishes" on the half-title. & Original stiff white card with black wrappers. Price on flap of jacket has been hidden with tape by the author before gifting it to his friend Dr Thomas, else a Fine copy in very near fine wrappers one small (1cm) closed tear. Provenance : Ex Libris Doctor Thomas and then by descent. See the other works from the same source.

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        Portrait Photograph of Leontyne Price

      New York may 19 1953 New York, may 19 1953. (PRICE, LEONTYNE) 32.5 x 23.4 cm. (12-3/4 x 9-1/4 inches). Gelatin silver print. Half-length pose holding flowers, in front of studio backdrop. Atelier stamp on rear, with pencil notes giving the date of the session, subject of the photo, and Van Vechten's id number ("xvii KK 2") . Rare portrait of the young soprano at the beginning of her operatic stardom, in coat and gown, taking a "curtain call". Not in the Library of Congress collection

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