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        Love Among the Ruins: A Romance of the Near Future [*SIGNED* limited edition]

      London: Chapman & Hall. Near Fine. 1953. First Edition. Hardcover. NOISBN . (no dust jacket) [very nice copy, a trace of wear at spine ends, slightly uneven fading to cloth]. (line drawings) SIGNED by the author on the limitation pages, which states: "This edition is limited to 350 copies of which 300 are for sale. This is no. 313". Short novel set in a dystopian future Britain, in which the protagonist works at a euthanasia center; he falls in love with a bearded woman who is a "priority case" (but doesn't want to die), and they run off together, but things don't go well. (Hence, dystopia.) The book is illustrated by "decorations by various eminent hands including the author's." Although it lacks its original glassine dust jacket, it's now protected by a mylar covering. Signed by Author .

      [Bookseller: ReadInk]
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        NINE STORIES

      Little, Brown. Fine in Fine dust jacket; Black cloth boards are clean and bright with no soiling, wear, or fraying. Crisp clean corners. Spine is tight and straight with no separation. There is variation in the page edge color due to different paper stock used in the first edition leaves. This is true and requisite for all first printing copies. Page edges are otherwise clean and tight. Spine lettering has flaking as shown due to the poor quality gold gilt in the title. This is quite common with this edition. Endpapers are clean with no names, bookplates, or writing. Internally this is an unread copy with no soiling, tears, or foxing. DJ with minor conservation to folds and page edges. A notoriously difficult jacket to find in collectible condition this copy is remarkable for its bright nearly unfaded spine panel. Flaps are price intact with a small stain on front fold. 1953. First US Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. 8vo; was issued in an edition only half as large as Catcher in the Rye (5000 copies vs. 10,000 for Catcher). Stated first edition book .

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        Principles of operation. Type 701 and associated equipment

      IBM New York: IBM, 1953. No Dust Jacket. International Business Machines Corporation. Principles of operation. Type 701 and associated equipment. IBM electronic data processing machines. [New York: IBM, ©1953; printed 1954.] Spiral-bound. Original printed wrappers, small tear in front wrapper, light wear. 103 [1]pp., including folding illustration. Text illustrations. 282 x 213 mm. Second printing, revised. In 1952 IBM entered the commercial electronic computer market with its 701 system, designed for scientific applications, and described by IBM president Thomas J. Watson Jr., as "the machine that carried us into the electronics business" (quoted in Hurd 1983, 110). The 701, also known as the "Defense Calculator," had originally been developed to meet the high-speed calculating needs of the United States Defense Department during the Korean War. The machine was designed by an engineering team led by Jerrier Haddad and Nathaniel Rochester with an architecture based on John von Neumann's IAS computer, employing a binary number system and a parallel-memory device capable of retrieving all the digits of a "word" at once. For storage, it used three-inch "Williams tubes". The 701's processor performed multiplications at a rate of two thousand per second-four times faster than UNIVAC-and the machine could read data from both punched cards and magnetic tape. The 701 was referred to in company literature as an "electronic data processing machine"-IBM deliberately avoided using the word "computer," which was too closely associated with the rival UNIVAC. The first 701, consisting of twelve separate units, was installed in December 1952 at IBM's headquarters in New York City, in the same ground-floor display room that had formerly housed the monster SSEC electromechanical calculator (see no. 580). Eighteen more 701 systems were manufactured, most of them leased by the Defense Department or military aerospace firms for $15,000 per month; the last 701 was shipped to the United States Weather Bureau in the spring of 1955. The 701's success was critical in persuading the initially reluctant IBM to commit itself to electronic computers: "Prior to [the 701] experience, planning and marketing executives could speculate endlessly on whether data could safely be entrusted to invisible tape recording or control entrusted to the ethereal stored program. But when it had been demonstrated that 701s could be manufactured, programmed, maintained, and relied upon for useful results as promised . . . the question thereafter was not whether to build new computers but which machines to introduce and when . . ." (Bashe et al. 1986, 164). "In order to achieve maximum versatility, every function of the machine is under control of the stored program. This versatility allows the machine to execute instructions at the rate of about 14,000 per second on typical problems. Also, functions such as input-output operation, which are determined by fixed circuitry on some computers, are under complete control of the program, and, hence, under complete control of the operator. The great advantage of this system lies in the fact that a customer may build up a library of programs which will accomplish his special applications at peak machine efficiency. No compromise in efficiency is necessary in the design of the machine to accommodate an average application. Furthermore, a customer may efficiently calculate on any 701 installation simply by using his own library of programs" (p. [5]). When we checked OCLC cited three copies of this brochure. Origins of Cyberspace 710.

      [Bookseller: Jeremy Norman's Historyofscience.com ]
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        Front grill concept design

      1953. Watercolour and pastel on composition board. Signed, "Arbib '53". 17 x 23 1/4 inches. Framed. 25 1/4 x 31 1/4 inches. A striking frontal encounter with an innovative grill design This full-on, confrontational drawing of a new front grill by RIchard Arbib embodies the thrill of innovation that played such a large part of car design in the 1950's. During this rather euphoric period, cars became more open, colourful and "modernistic": curvilinear and sleek. In Arbib's picture, we come right up against a shield-like center piece that branches out to either side in a no nonsense, two level bumper and that threatens to knock us down, despite the genial, middle-aged driver. Elements of this front configuration appeared in many incarnations in subsequent years. Richard Arbib was a tireless industrial designer whose work ranged from watches to yachts, and included many lasting automotive innovations. Born in Gloversville, New York of Egyptian parentage, he attended Pratt. He worked on GM's exhibition at the 1939 World's Fair, and then various automotive, industrial and military designers (during the war) until he set up his own firm in New York in 1949. His work during the 1950's was especially important to the future as many of his dynamic and "space-age" designs were incorporated into production models of the late 50's, 60's and 70's. He also supplied illustrations to science fiction magazines and novels. Scharf, Richard H. Arbib 1917-1995 Visionary American Designer. 2006.

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        A HILLARY 'ASCENT' COLLECTION. Signed

      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.

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        THE SPIRIT OF ST LOUIS. Signed

      New York: Scribner's Sons.. , 1953 Excellent Presentation Copy of the First Trade Edition, First Issue with "A" on the copyright page. A beautiful example in dustwrapper & custom slipcase. Inscribed neatly on the Title Page by Lindbergh prior to publication - "To Howard O. ________ / With best wishes / Charles A. Lindbergh / Sept. 1953". Lindbergh has written: "The publication date is September 14th" at the bottom of the page. One of a handful of important Author's advance copies inscribed prior to publication. The dustwrapper is clean & bright - the binding is tight & fresh & professionally re-cased [virtually impossible to tell, even to the expert eye], the illustrated endpapers are clean & the contents without stray markings, slightly marred by a small if unpleasant but rather harmless stain on the front edge which shows light use. A very good or better, very desirable presentation copy of Lindbergh's Pulitzer Prize-winning autobiography. A seminal book about early aviation, the war, & "lucky Lindy's" amazing accomplishments; like piloting the first solo non-stop flight across the Atlantic Ocean in 1927 Quite uncommon in this rare presentation state.. Signed by Author. 1st Edition.

      [Bookseller: TBCL The Book Collector's Library]
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        Childhood's End.

      Ballantine Books, New York 1953. First Edition. vi,214,(4)pp. Publisher's red cloth with dust jacket. Excellent copy with insignificant shelf wear.. Signed by the author on front fly leaf

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        TALK TO ME LIKE THE RAIN AND LET ME LISTEN

      [n.p.] New York: [n.d.] 1953: Audrey Wood, 1953 Williams, Tennessee. TALK TO ME LIKE THE RAIN AND LET ME LISTEN. [n.p.] New York: [n.d.] 1953. 8vo., 13 pp. rectos only. First Edition. Original one act playscript typed in black & with stage directions typed in red, punch bound blue stiff wrappers of the Liebling-Wood Agency, 551 Fifth Ave. New York. House File Copy. [Audrey Wood was Williams' literary agent. From 1939 Wood helped guide & focus Williams' writing. With her nurturing, he created some of his greatest works, including: Menagerie, Streetcar & Cat]. MAN [to Woman] "Well, talk to me like the rain and -- let me listen, let me lie here and -- listen ... [He falls back across the bed, rolls on his belly, one arm hanging over the side of the bed and occasionally drumming the floor with his knuckles. The mandolin continues] It's been too long a time since -- we levelled with each other. Now tell me things: What have you been thinking in the silence? -- While I've been passed around like a dirty postcard in the city ... Tell me, talk to me! Talk to me like the rain and I will lie here and listen." A fine example. Very uncommon in private hands.. Unsigned Playscript. 1st Edition.

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        MISSION BELL

      1953. 2. POLITI,LEO. MISSION BELL. NY: Charles Scribner's Sons 1953 (A). Oblong 4to, cloth, sl. cover soil else VG in dust wrapper with closed tears. 1st edition, illustrated in color throughout. This copy has a FULL PAGE INSCRIPTION FROM POLITI WITH WATERCOLOR DECORATIONS.

      [Bookseller: Aleph-Bet Books, Inc. ]
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        L'AFFAIRE HENRI MARTIN. COMMENTAIRE DE JEAN-PAUL SARTRE. Signed

      Paris: Paris: Gallimard, 1953., 1953 First Edition of this collection relating to the famous post-Indo-China war political scandal in France. Inscribed and Signed by Sartre on the half-title page to Françoise Adelson. Introduction by Jean-Paul Sartre. A fine copy in the publisher's printed wrappers and original glassine. Housed in an elegant custom clamshell case, black cloth over marbled paper, red morocco spine label with gilt titles. An excellent copy.. Signed by Author. First Edition.

      [Bookseller: TBCL The Book Collector's Library]
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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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        Millers' Log 1953

      Springfield: Springfield High School. 1953. Kesey's high school yearbook, from his senior year. Inscribed by Ken Kesey to junior Stephen Morrison: "To a friend from a friend all the luck in the world. '53. Ken." Kesey is pictured in a number of places in the yearbook: as a member of the Senior Council; as "social promotor" [sic; also prescient, given Kesey's later cultural role]; in his senior picture; as "most talented"; in the Debate Club; in the Varsity "S" club for lettermen promoting the betterment of athletics; performing (shirtless) in the play "Submerged" (Kesey is mentioned but not pictured as a member of the Thespians); as crowned the king of the "Frosty Fantasies" annual winter party; in the student body play "Dear Ruth"; as court nominee at the P.E. Festival; as a Senior player for Varsity football and in the team picture (Kesey played "outstanding ball in the Miller line, [and] gained a berth on the All-District second team"); on the wrestling squad (more shirtlessness); and lastly as a senior on the wrestling squad, with the caption, "Ken Kesey, the 'Hooded Terror,' was perhaps just what the name indicates. Ken took third in District 6, first in Big Six, and third in State. He won 17 out of 20 matches during the season and wrestles in the 178 class." As this was Morrison's yearbook, it is has the customary hundred or so inscriptions from friends in addition to Kesey. Padded covers are rubbed, particularly at the corners. Still, a very good copy, and extremely uncommon to find signed by Kesey; we have never seen another one, although he must have signed plenty of them. But with a senior class of less than 200 students and six decades having passed since their graduation, the number that will have survived this long is probably very small. . First Edition. Hardcover.

      [Bookseller: Ken Lopez Bookseller, ABAA]
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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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        The Frozen Flame. A Novel.

      London; Rupert Hart-Davis, 1953. First edition. [19x13 cm]. 251, (1) pp. Publisher's red cloth with silver lettering on spine, decorated dustjacket (priced 10/6). The jacket slightly faded at spine and on portions of rear panel. Three tiny specks on the front panel. The jacket also with small losses at foot of spine and top of rear panel, and with slightly chipped extremities. Spine ends a trifle bumped, slightest fading to foot of spine. Owner inscription on front free endpaper. Contents very fine. The book was published under the title ''The Catalans'' in the US

      [Bookseller: Patrik Andersson Antikvariat]
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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.

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        Creative Intuition in Art and Poetry. A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C

      New York: Pantheon / Bollingen Series XXXV, 1953. First Edition. Quarto (25cm). Cloth-backed tan linen boards, stamped in gilt; xxxii, 423pp; tipped-in color frontispiece & 68 leaves of plates. Inscribed on front endpaper by artist Ben Shahn to his wife Bernarda, dated 1955. Minor external wear; internally clean and unmarked; Near Fine, lacking the dustwrapper. From the library of Ben and Bernarda Bryson Shahn, with estate label tipped on to front endpaper. & & Very nice association copy of Maritain's treatise on the relationship between art and spiritual experience, a theme which played an ever-increasing role in Shahn's work in the 1950s and 60s.

      [Bookseller: Lorne Bair Rare Books]
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        A Frame of Mind (First Edition, Limited and Numbered)

      London: University of Reading, 1953. First Edition. First Edition, one of 150 copies (this being No. 124). Near Fine in white, perfect-bound wrappers with offsetting to top edge and fore-edge. The author's second book, a collection of poems. Published in the same year as the author's first novel, "Lucky Jim.

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        A Frame of Mind. Eighteen Poems

      Printed in the School of Art, University of Reading. 1953 First edition. Presentation copy from the author, "To James and Elsa Bartley in affection Kingsley Amis, 1954." Original limp bds., printed wrapps. browned and lightly soiled. Sl. browning to reverse of contents page. VG+. James is James Bartley, "Jo", (1906-1967), was a lecturer in English, University College, Swansea, a specialist in drama, particularly Irish, active in producing plays at the university. He is mentioned a number of times in Amis's Memoirs and often mentioned in letters. He was a friend and drinking partner from Amis's years as a Swansea academic. From "Memoirs", page 123. "Jo Bartley was an Ulsterman who, with a Second to live down, had taught in India, one of whom it could be justly said, 'Now that's what I call a drinking man' and a smoker to rival Willie Smyth. he liked food too, also women, doing his job and researching among obscure plays. This last interest produced his memorial, one of the funniest books I have ever read, 'Teague, Shenkin and Sawney, being an historical study of the earlier Irish, Welsh and Scottish characters in English plays'...". On page 124 he talks about a party Jo gave for some visiting African academics and quotes in full a funny poem of Jo's about not being able to enjoy heaven without one vital anatomical part. This poem is also sent to Robert Conquest, "Letters" page 805 in 1976, nearly 10 years after Jo's death to see if it was worth publishing. Conquest rejected it on theological as well as literary grounds, since 'a chap in his condition would get his prick back at the resurrection'! Letter to Amis 19-20 August 1976. Also from "Letters", To Philip Larkin 18th October, 1954. "...Sorry this is so dull....There was one party recently, at which James Bartley had removed his shirt..., ostensibly for greater coolness, actually I think to display the grey rug on his chest to the young ladies...At about 4.45 James knocked us up...he wanted a light for his cigarette. I gave him one, and he went off, bewailing his lot at full bellow...and yelling to me to testify at the inquest that he was of unsound (or sound) mind when he killed himself. 'It may be sooner than you think,' he bawled in valediction. Couldn't be soon enough for me, or so I thought at the time. It is by such moments of unsought revelation that I live." Also, 19th April 1956, "...That gnarled old fool Bartley was here just now, breathing drink and waking the baby. Told me to give you his love. Said to tell you he was sorry you left Belfarts..." Also, 2nd January, 1957, "...You heard, I suppose, that that fool Bartley has been arrested for being drunk in charge of his car, and getting off without the defence being called. Sodding good solicitor he had".

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        Lucky Jim : a novel [signed by Amis]

      London: Gollancz, 1953. First edition. Hardcover. Modest foxing to first and last 25 or so pages; else very fine.. Octavo in elegant hight quality full leather (pig or goatskin); a lavishly and professionally hand-tooled sewn binding with raised bands, lavish gilt ornamentation to inner and outer board edges, aeg, marbled endpapers; 256 p. ; 19 cm Amis' first book. Signed and inscribed "All the best to ---- from Kinglsey Amis" on front free endpaper in ink by Amis in 1954.

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        The Man Without Qualities

      London: Secker & Warburg,, 1953. Translated and with a foreword by Eithne Wilkins & Ernst Kaiser. 3 volumes, octavo. Original green cloth, titles to spine gilt in brown ground. With the dust jackets. Bookseller's tickets taped to front pastedowns of volume I and II, untapped ticket to pastedown of volume III. Spines of first two volumes rolled, light partial tanning to free endpapers, some spotting to edges of the contents of volume III. A very good set in the rubbed, dulled, creased, and partially tanned jackets with chips and short splits at the corners. Jacket of volume III price-clipped and with a long closed tear and associated creasing across the upper panel. A very good set First English language edition of Musil's unfinished masterpiece. The first two volumes were originally published in Germany in 1930 and 1932, the third volume published privately in Switzerland following the author's death in 1942.

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        In the Wet

      London, Heinemann 1953, 1953. A novel of the future, from the acclaimed storyteller. FIRST EDITION, SIGNED AND INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR. Octavo, pp350 + pp1 (author's note). Publisher's red cloth in pictorial dust wrapper designed by Val Biro. A clean, fine copy with presentation note, fully signed, to flyleaf. 'In The Wet' is Nevil Shute's speculative glance into the future of the British Empire. An elderly clergyman stationed in the Australian bush is called to the bedside of a dying derelict. In his delirium Stevie tells a story of England in 1983 through the medium of a squadron air pilot in the service of Queen Elizabeth II.

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        Watt

      Paris: The Olympia Press,, 1953. Octavo. Original white wrappers printed in black. Housed in a black quarter morocco solander box made by The Chelsea Bindery. Wrappers a little toned, particularly to the spine, contents partially uncut. An excellent copy. First edition, first impression. One of just 25 lettered copies printed on handmade paper each signed by the author. The smallest limitation of any of the author's major works and a rarity on the market.

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        THE FAERIE QUEENE. DISPOSED INTO TWELVE BOOKES FASHIONING XII MORALL VERTUES (FAERIE QUEEN)

      Oxford: Limited Editions Club, 1953. Hardcover. Small university bookplate on each front pastedown. The spines of the dustwrappers have just a touch of the sunning and none of the foxing on the panels usually found with this title. The slipcase is near pristine. Fine in close to Fine dustwrappers and a Fine slipcase. Agnes Miller Parker. Two large quarto volumes (7-3/4" x 11-3/4") bound in gilt-decorated green cloth and illustrated with pen decorations by John Austen and wood engravings by Agnes Miller Parker. Copy #1185 of 1500 SIGNED by Parker on the colophon page. A nicely printed set retaining Spenser's original English and beautifully illustrated. The uncommon dustwrappers are present as is the slipcase. A lovely set of this, one of the underrated books of the press. Monthly Letter laid in.

      [Bookseller: Charles Agvent]
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        TWO AUTOGRAPH LETTERS SIGNED (ALSs)

      Mallorca, Spain, 1953. Letter. Near Fine. Two very early one-page AUTOGRAPH LETTERS SIGNED by Merwin, one dated 19 January 1953 and the other 4 December, likely in 1952, the year his first book was published. Both letters are addressed to W. Price Turner of Scotland, editor of THE POET magazine. In the earlier letter, Merwin submits poems [not present] for the Winter issue and briefly discusses "the unfortunate incompetence of the Spanish postal system." In the later and lengthier letter, Merwin thanks Turner for a letter and a copy of his magazine. In part: "It is extremely heartening, ever, to find a native of the British isles who is aware that American poetry does exist. Who, if I'm not being impertinent, and for my own amusement, was the 'overpraised poet' who so happily remarked that it didn't? ... Oxford University Press has imported 'a limited number' of copies of A MASK FOR JANUS [Merwin's first book] (whatever that means) at a horrifying price -- 16s. Which I suppose effectively renders it invalid in England, whether or not anything else did." Two fine and very early letters by Merwin, with one envelope addressed by the poet to Turner in Glasgow, "Escocia (Inglaterra)," with interesting content about his early work.

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        In Cold Hell in Thicket

      Palma de Mallorca: Divers Press / Origin, 1953. First Edition. Small square octavo (21cm x 18cm). Issued as Origin 8. Original plain wrappers in patterned, printed dustjacket; unpaged [63pp]. Inscribed by Olson on front endpaper: "for Ben & Bernarda Shahn / with love / Charles Olson," undated. Dustwrapper and endpapers toned and foxed, else Very Good. "Charles Olson" hand-lettered on spine, probably in either Ben or Bernarda's hand. & & A notable association copy of a major Olson collection. Olson and Shahn met as co-workers at the Office of War Information in WWII, where they collaborated on Olson's first published book, a pamphlet titled Spanish Speaking Americans in the War. In 1951, Olson invited Shahn onto the faculty of Black Mountain College, where Ben and Bernarda spent a summer teaching painting and graphic arts; among the Shahns' students were Robert Rauschenberg, Suzi Gablik and Francine du Plessix Gray (who quickly, perhaps wisely, switched to studying poetry with Olson).

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        Fahrenheit 451

      New York: Ballantine Books. NF/VG+. 1953. 1st Edition. Hardcover; 1st Printing. 10, 20, 24. 1st edition/1st printing, 1953 1st edition. From the collection of famous sci-fi book collector(s) Robert and Diane Yaspan. Signed and Inscribed by the author in red felt-tip pen on a large piece of white paper that is NOT a bookplate (instead a piece of letter-sized stationery trimmed to fit) pasted on the book's front pastedown: 'Mar - 1974 For Robert Yaspan - This copy of the regular trade edition of "451" signed by Ray Bradbury.' Mr. Bradbury was of course differentiati ng between the 1st hardback trade edition owned by Mr. Yaspen vs. the asbestos-covered limited edition issued at the same time. The book is bound in red cloth with yellow printing (Curry binding D, no priority). Straight, clean, tight book with no soiling and no handwriting other than the author's in it, with crisp, clean pages, and with just a mere touch of shelfwear to spine ends/corners and 2 small 'very' slightly darker areas at the bottom edge of the boards. The price intact ($2.50) dustjacket is clean and crisp with some of the usual fading of the red '451' on the spine (though still quite legible), and with some small, shallow edge chips and tears along its edges, primarily at spine ends, upper back edge and flap fold ends, none affecting any dustjacket lettering or the design. The dustjacket is entirely original - no restoration. It is now protected by a clear, removable dustjacket cover. The book is housed in a custom red cloth slipcase dating to the Yaspans in the 1970s that is in excellent condition. Very handsome presentation, and excellent provenance! Made into a very good movie in 1966 by Francois Truffaut, starring Julie Christie and Oskar Werner. ; Signed by Author .

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        The Little Steamroller. A Story of Adventure, Mystery and Detection

      London: Max Parrish, 1953. Small quarto. (36)pp. First edition. Publisher’s production file copy, as noted in ink on the front endpaper and the upper front panel of the dust wrapper. At the top of each page, the color register is written out with a double set of check marks. In this, Greene’s fourth and final book for children, a hard-working steamroller interrupts a Christmas-time smuggling operation at London’s airport, for which it receives an award from the Queen. All of Greene’s children’s books were done in collaboration with the illustrator Dorothy Glover, who worked under the pen name Dorothy Craigie. Greene and Glover met in 1938 while she was working as a costume designer for the theater, and they began an affair that ended in the late 1940s. A fine copy in blue gilt-stamped cloth, with dust wrapper that shows light wear to spine ends. (Wobbe A30a).

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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.

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        W. Saroyan Contes

      Paris: Bibliophiles de France et D'Amerique, 1953. First edition. Paperback. Orig. wrappers in fine chemise portfolio in near fine slipcase./No Dust Jacket. Laurens, Henri. 67 pages. 28 x 20 cm. Color wood engravings by Laurens. Printed in a Limited edition, copy 42 of 147 signed by Laurens and the President of the Bibliophile Society. Laurens, one of the leading French sculptors of the 20th century was self taught and strongly influenced by the Cubist movement. His graphic work here reflects his Cubist style. STRACHAN, ARTIST AND THE BOOK IN FRANCE, Catalogue Raisonne, p.336. Preface and Introduction by Anne Green. "Contes" presents extracts from "My Name Is Aram". Loose as issued in red, white and blue illustrated wrappers. Bright, very crisp, clean copy.

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        Alice's Adventures in Wonderland [together with] Through the Looking-glass and what Alice Found There

      London: Macmillan and Co., Limited,, 1953. Octavo, 2 volumes bound in 1. Finely bound by Bayntun in crimson calf, black and green morocco labels, elaborate tooling to spine in compartments, raised bands, twin rules to boards, pictorial blocks to boards, inner dentelles, marbled endpapers, gilt edges. With black and white illustrations by John Tenniel. Some minor restoration and rubbing to joints, an excellent copy. A handsomely bound copy of one of our best loved children's books, which were first published in 1866 and 1872.

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        Jean-Paul

      Paris : Les éditions de minuit, 1953. Broché. 14x23cm. Edition originale, un des 40 ex numérotés sur alfa, seuls grands papiers. Dos restauré, piqûres marginales sur le deuxième plat et la dernière garde. Rare. - Les éditions de minuit, Paris _1953, 14x23cm, broché. - broché

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        Casino Royale - 1st Edition/1st Impression

      London: Jonathan Cape. Fine in Near Fine dust jacket. 1953. First Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. A stunning First Edition/First Impression in the original cloth, Fine condition in first state dustwrapper, minute rubbing, benefitted from minor professional restoration. Gilbert 1.1. Contains all first issue points, rear panel has pencil drawing of Ian Fleming by Bartlett, with blurb about Fleming's life below. Front flap has blurb with jacket credit immediately below. No Times review. Rear flap is blank but for title, author, Cape & price of 10s 6d in bottom left corner. Said to be one of less than 3,000 copies in the first issue. Rare in this condition, a legendary piece of movie and spy novel history. Housed in custom made clam-shell case; Ian Fleming's legendary first James Bond novel, released on 13th April, 1953, with monsieur Le Chiffre, the treasurer of a Soviet-backed trade union in the Alsace-Lorraine region of France, running a baccarat game in the casino at Royale-les-Eaux, France, in order to recover union money he lost in a failed chain of brothels. Basis for the 21st Bond movie with Daniel Craig and Eva Green as Bond Girl Vesper Lynd .

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        Atomic Theory of Liquid Helium Near Absolute Zero

      Lancaster: American Physical Society, 1953-54. First edition. Offprint of one of his major papers. Feynman offprints are very rarely seen on the market. This one derives from the estate of an officer of the Press Office of the Physics Department at Caltech. OCLC lists no copies of this separate printing.<br/><br/> & & During the early 1950&#146;s Feynman became &#147;especially interested in liquid helium. At ordinary temperatures and pressures, helium exists as a gas; but at extremely low temperatures (a few degrees above absolute zero), helium becomes a liquid&#151;indeed, a liquid with strange properties. Liquid helium displays superfluidity, that is, it flows with no viscosity or friction at all (unlike ordinary liquids). The phenomenon had been discovered experimentally during the 1930s, and the great Russian theorist Lev Landau had provided a successful phenomenological description during the 1940s.&#148; (DSB). <br/><br/> & & Successful as Landau&#146;s theory was, it lacked an atomistic foundation. Then, in the spring of 1953, &#147;Richard Feynman entered the scene. He set himself the task of providing a theoretical understanding of the problem of liquid helium on an atomic basis, which could only be done if one approached the problem from first principles. (Mehra & Rechenberg). &#147;Feynman brought his newest tools to bear on the problem&#151;path integrals and Feynman diagrams&#151;to explain superfluidity on a rigorously quantum-mechanical basis. In addition to the particle-like quantum excitations that had been studied, Feynman realized that a new quantum effect also played a role: the formation of quantum vortices. Once again his intuitive, pictorial approach proved successful.&#148; (DSB). <br/><br/> & & &#147;While he greatly admired Landau&#146;s contributions to and successes in the field, Feynman pointed out several weaknesses in Landau&#146;s theory. Notably, Landau&#146;s quantum hydrodynamical approach treated Helium II as a continuous medium, which right from the beginning sacrificed the atomic structure of the liquid and thus forestalled the possibility of calculating the various characteristics of the system, such as the various parameters, on an atomic basis. In his first paper on the &#145;Atomic theory of the lambda-transition in helium&#146;, he showed &#145;from first principles that, in spite of the large interatomic forces, liquid He4 should exhibit a transition analogous to the transition in an ideal gas&#146; (p. 1291). By writing &#145;the exact partition function as an integral over trajectories, using the space-time approach to quantum mechanics&#146;, Feynman could indeed derive a Landau-type energy spectrum [in the present paper] and further demonstrate phonon-like excitations evolve into roton-like ones at large momenta [in &#145;Atomic theory of the two fluid model of liquid helium&#146;]&#148; (Mehra & Rechenberg, The Historical Development of Quantum Theory, Vol. 6, Part 2, p. 1160). <br/><br/>& & Offered with: &#147;Atomic theory of the lambda-transition in helium&#148;, pp. 1291-1301 in Physical Review, Vol. 91, No. 2, and &#147;Atomic theory of the two fluid model of liquid helium&#148;, pp. 262-277 in Physical Review, Vol. 94, No. 2 (two complete journal issues in original printed wrappers).& Offprint from Physical Review, Vol. 91, No. 2, pp. 1301-1308. Self-wrappers, stapled as issued (punch holes in inner margin filled, not affecting text).

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        Journey Cake, Ho!

      1953. SAWYER, Ruth. Journey Cake, Ho! New York: Viking Press: 1953. First Edition. Illustrated by Robert McCloskey. Cloth-backed decorated paper- covered boards, wear at bottom of spine, text block slightly loose in binding. Jacket has extensive chips and tears to edges and spine, and old tape repairs on verso.

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        An Unreadable Quadrat-Print

      [Hillversum]: Steendrukkerij de Jong & Co. 1953]. 4to. [pp. 36] (white and red leaves cut in different sizes). with printed text in eight languages. self-wrs. dw. outer dw. (2 small tears & slight bumps to dw.; some discolouration to edges of dw.)

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        Molecular Structure of Nucleic Acids. A Structure for Deoxyribose Nucleic Acid and OTHERS

      London: Nature, 1953. First Edition. Hard Cover. Ex-Library. We offer BOTH volumes 171 and 172 of Nature, A Weekly Journal of Science, containing the foundational papers announcing the Discovery of the Molecular Structure of DNA. Together, these volumes highlight the beginning of what we now know as molecular biology. 100 Books Famous in Medicine (Norman/Grolier) notes: &#39;Forty years after Watson and Crick&#39;s discovery, so much of the basic understanding of medicine and disease has advanced to the molecular level that their paper [see #1 below] may be considered the most significant single contribution to biology and medicine in the twentieth century&#39; (pages 361-362). Volume 171: [2], 1168, iii-lxiv pages. Volume 172: [2], 1200, iii-lxxi, [1-ads] pages. Together, January 3, 1953 through December 26, 1953 issues (1953 complete). Matching blue buckram bindings, ex corporate library with occasional stamps, library pocket, and usual library markings. Original issue covers not bound in as usually the case. Volume 171 lays out the structure of DNA. Volume 172 further confirms the theory with experimental work, and starts to build a connection to protein synthesis which in retrospect was the link which catapulted the discovery of DNA into a useful and actionable research direction. Many of today&#39;s useful inventions spring from this linkage, which really gained traction in the 10 years following the initial discovery (see Quiet debut for the double helix by Robert Olby, Nature, Vol 421, Jan 23 2003 for a nice treatment of this idea). Garrison and Morton (5th edition) 256.3, 256.4; Dibner Heralds of Science (revised) 200; Grolier 100 (Medicine/Norman); A cornerstone of any collection in biology or 20th century medicine. Additional information available upon request. Very Good.

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        Molecular structure of Nucleic Acids. Nature, volumes 171 and 172. (complete)

      London, MacMillan, 1953. In two volumes. Royal 8vo. In contemporary uniform cloth bindings with title and volume numbers on spine.* First edition of what most scientists consider the greatest intellectual achievement of modern science: the discovery of the genetic functions of DNA - the genetic code. Crick and Watson shared the 1962 Nobel Prize in medicine and physiology, mainly for this accomplishment. Volumes 171 and 172 contain a number of very important articles on DNA. Besides Crick and Watson&#39;s well-known article "A Structure for Deoxyribose Nucleic Acid", there are, among others: Franklin, Rosalind E. and Gosling, G. R.G.: "Molecular Configuration in Sodium Thymonucleate."; Watson, James D. and Crick, Francis Harry Compton: "Genetical Implications of the Structure of xyribonucleic Acid"; Franklin, Rosalind E. and Gosling, G. R.G.: "Evidence for 2-chain Helix in Crystalline Structure of Sodium Deoxyriboncleate"; Wilkins, M.H.F., Seeds, W.E., Stokes, A.R. and Wilson, H.R.: "Helical Structure of Crystalline Deoxypentose Nucleic Acid." Printing and the Mind on Man, 422.

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        Molecular Structure of Nucleic Acids. A Structure for Deoxyribose Nucleic Acid AND Molecular Structure of Deoxypentose Nucleic Acids WITH Molecular Configuration in Sodium Thymonucleate + Genetical Implications of the Structure of Deoxyribonucleic A

      London: Nature, 1953. First Edition. Hard Cover. Ex-Library. [581]-1168 pages. Exlibrary, 3/4 cloth over marbled boards. Occasional library stamps in the text. Together, these papers announce the beginning of what we now know as molecular biology, and represent the discovery of DNA, today a household word. It is hard to understate the importance of this work and although recent articles have disputed whose genius was primary in the discovery, it is clear that all of these scientists were key contributors. Watson, Crick, and Wilkins were awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1962 for their discoveries concerning the molecular structure of nuclear acids and its significance for information transfer in living material. A cornerstone to any collection in biology or 20th century medicine. Garrison and Morton 256.3 The present volume is the entire first half of Volume 171, covering April 4, 1953 to June 27, 1953. A more detailed description of the papers is available upon request. Good.

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        Fine Bird Books 1700-1900

      London & New York: Collins & Van Nostrand, 1953. Folio. 120pp. Limited to 295 numbered copies on Pannekoek mouldmade paper, signed by the three authors. This important volume contains sixteen colorplates and twenty-four in black & white by nineteen of the greatest painters of birds. Spanning a period of two centuries, the painters included are Catesby, Audubon, Gould, and Sharpe, to name a few. The book is composed of three sections; an essay on bird books by Sitwell, a bibliography by Buchanan and Fisher, and a list of species in the plates by Fisher. Fine in publisher&#39;s half-morocco and marbled boards by Mansell. Neat inscription of former owner on front free endpaper. A major reference on the subject.

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

      Paris: Scripta & Picta, 1953, first Villon edition, one of 245 copies (total edition). The complete book with text by Virgil and Paul Valery and 45 (44 in color) original lithographs by Jacques Villon, hors- and in-texte, printed on Arches wove paper by F. Mourlot. XXX + 136 loose leaves in publisher&#39;s paper folder, boards chemise and slipcase; overall size 15.5 x 11.5 in. &#148;Villon himself engraved each color on a separate stone, producing 320 different stone plates. This mammoth work resulted in 45 lithos of exceptional beauty and is considered among the most important graphic works by the artist&#148;. References: Ginestet / Pouillon E./555-577; Rauch 183; Kornfeld 152 /191.

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        Casino Royale - 1st Edition/1st Impression

      London: Jonathan Cape. Fine in Near Fine dust jacket. 1953. First Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. A stunning First Edition/First Impression in the original cloth, Fine condition in first state dustwrapper, minute rubbing, benefitted from minor professional restoration. Gilbert 1.1. Contains all first issue points, rear panel has pencil drawing of Ian Fleming by Bartlett, with blurb about Fleming&#39;s life below. Front flap has blurb with jacket credit immediately below. No Times review. Rear flap is blank but for title, author, Cape & price of 10s 6d in bottom left corner. Said to be one of less than 3,000 copies in the first issue. Rare in this condition, a legendary piece of movie and spy novel history. Housed in custom made clam-shell case; Ian Fleming&#39;s legendary first James Bond novel, released on 13th April, 1953, with monsieur Le Chiffre, the treasurer of a Soviet-backed trade union in the Alsace-Lorraine region of France, running a baccarat game in the casino at Royale-les-Eaux, France, in order to recover union money he lost in a failed chain of brothels. Basis for the 21st Bond movie with Daniel Craig and Eva Green as Bond Girl Vesper Lynd .

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        Casino Royale (a James Bond novel)

      London: Jonathan Cape. 1953, 1953. First Impression, First Issue. Octavo, pp 218. Publisher&#39;s black cloth-effect paper over boards, decorated with heart motif to upper, lettered in red to spine. In the original dustwrapper, without the overprinted reviews to the front flap. Both book and jacket are in attractive state- jacket has a few trivial nicks and a small splash to rear, price-clipped from front but present to rear flap. Book has a slight lean. Most presentable, in a custom-made leather spine clamshell box. The first James Bond novel. (Only 4728 copies). Gilbert A1a (1.1).

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