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        Nausikaa-episoden. Fyra sånger ur Odysseen.

      Inledning av Knut Hagberg. Med originaletsningar av Johnny Friedlaender (Paris). Bibliofila Klubben 1953. 4:o. Nr 107/245 exemplar. 81,(1) s. + 8 signerade originaletsningar 8tryckta på handpress av G. Leblanc, Paris). Blått originalskinnband med blankt skyddsomslag. Övre guldsnitt. Lätt nöt vid ryggens huvud. Omslaget med bitar borta i övre kant och med smal fuktrand. 25,5 x 18 cm

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        Nausikaa-episoden. Fyra sånger ur Odysseen. Inledning av Knut Hagberg. Med originaletsningar av Johnny Friedlaender (Paris).

      Bibliofila klubben, 1953. 82 s., innehåller 8 signerade originaletsningar. Förlagets skinnskodda kartongband. 24,5 X 18 cm.. Numrerad upplaga om 245 exemplar, varav detta är nr 169

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        Molecular Structure of Nucleic Acids

      Fisher St. Albans: Fisher. 1st Edition. Soft cover. Fine. First separate edition (offprint) of the three papers announcing the discovery of the structure of DNA, one of the most important scientific achievements of the century. The three landmark articles (including an illustration of the double helix), appeared together in the April 25, 1953 issue of Nature. Realizing the significant of the articles, the publisher took the highly unusual step of publishing the offprint with the three articles together. Few copies were printed and the offprint is of great rarity on the market.Watson, James D.; Crick, Francis. Molecular Structure of Nucleic Acids, A Structure for Dexyribose Nucleic Acid. WITH: Wilkins, M.H.F.; Stokes, A.R.; Wilson, H.R. Molecular Structure of Deoxypentose Nucleic Acids. WITH: Franklin, Rosalind E.; Gosling, R.G.; Molecular Configuration in Sodium Thymonucleate. Offprint from Nature, vol 171, p.737ff, April 25, 1953. 14pp. St. Albans: Fisher, Knight & Co., Ltd, 1953. Original self-wrappers. Fine condition.

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        L´Anglais décrit dans le chateau fermé.

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

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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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        Les Gazettes D'Adrienne Monnier 1925 - 1945

      Paris: Rene Julliard,, 1953 Monnier, Adriènne. Les Gazettes D'Adrienne Monnier 1925 - 1945. Paris: Rene Julliard, 1953. Printed Wrappers. 8vo., 318pp. Inscribed First Edition. French text. Perfectly Inscribed on the half title, finely, in black ink: "pour les Temps Moderne / hommage de l'auteur / Adriènne Monier". The Paris literary Scene, from Adriènne Monnier (1892-1955) - bookseller, poet & publisher. Her famous bookshop, La Maison des Amis des Livres, was located on rue de l'odéon in Paris where she encouraged Sylvia Beach to open her own shop, the equally famous, Shakespeare and Company. The best & the brightest were her friends many of whom she published: Joyce, Hemingway, Eliot, & others. This issue features Rilke, Valéry, Colette, Claudel, & Joyce. Articles titled: Arrivé de Paul Robeson, Whitman chez Sylia Beach, L'Ulysses de Joyce et le public français, les américains à Paris. A near fine example, with much less darkening typical of the cheap paper edition.. Signed by Author. 1st Edition.

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        Sinners Club

      Carnival Books / Hanro Corporation New York: Carnival Books / Hanro Corporation. (1953). First. First edition. Paperback original. A beautiful, fine, and probably unread copy. .

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        Form. Årgång XLIX 1953 - årgång LVI 1960. Svenska slöjdföreningens tidskrift. Organ för konstindustri, konsthantverk och hemslöjd.

      Svenska slöjdföreningens förlag, 1953-60. Åtta volymer bundna i mamorerade tygklädda band med skinnryggtiteletiketter. Omslagen medbundna. Årgångarna 1953-1958 är dubbelt paginerade, med vanlig paginering och paginering med asterisk. Den senare pagineringen innehåller betalda annonser. Pagineringen med asterisk är medbunden endast för år 1953, för årgångarna 1954-1958 är den ej medbunden. Årgångarna 1959-60 har ej denna dubbla paginering. 27 X 20 cm. Band och inlaga i mycket gott skick

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        Water colour painting of the Construction of the Brevoort Apartments on Fifth Avenue in New York City

      circa New York: circa, 1953. Fine condition in attractive wood frame. Image size approximately 15 x 18 inches.

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        Collage Seventeen

      Chicago 1953. [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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        THE LONG GOOD-BYE

      Hamish Hamilton. Very Good+ in Very Good dust jacket; ORIGINAL – and notoriously brittle - DJ with slight chipping along upper edge, some general rubbing, small, hardly noticeable closed tear to middle of spine as well as crushing at top of spine (reinforced with tape). 1953. First British Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. Precedes the US edition; 8vo; Unclipped DJ in good condition .

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        En attendant Godot

      Les Editions De Minuit Paris: Les Editions De Minuit. 1st Edition. Soft cover. Very Good. FIRST EDITION, SIGNED BY BECKETT on the title page; one of the most influential works of modern drama. "Voted the most significant English language play of the 20th century in a British Royal National Theatre poll of 800 playwrights, actors, directors and journalists... Beckett's naked play about two tramps waiting for Godot has tapped into our 20th-century public consciousness. It seems to express our deepest fears and our deepest knowledge of ourselves and our predicament" (Norman Berlin). Notably, the first edition of the text provided the public with their first experience of the complete play-Les Editions de Minuit published it three months before the play's debut (in French) in January 1953. "The first production of Beckett's own English translation, directed by Peter Hall, was staged at the Arts Theatre Club in London in August 1955. Kenneth Tynan's and Harold Hobson's reviews made it into an intellectual hit which has since been regarded as having transformed the British stage" (DNB).Paris: Les Editions de Minuit, 1952. Octavo, original wrappers; custom half-leather box. Text in French. Some browning and rubbing to spine. Extremely rare signed.

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        Fløjte Huggas Billedbog. Tegnet, skrevet og komponeret af Henry Heerup. (Hvedekorns Bogserie.)

      Permild & Rosengreen, 1953. (16 sider). Gennemillustreret med farvelithografier. Orig. papomslag med orig. sejlgarnsbinding i ryggen. Stort format.. Trykt i 600 ex. Let brunet forside og lille skjold på hjørne. Proveniens: grafikeren Palle Nielsen.(Porto kr. 40,- på brevforsendelser i Danmark)

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        Appendices ad Hainii-Copingeri Repertorium Bibliographicum: Additiones et Emendationes: [Two Volumes]

      Gorlich Editore Milano: Gorlich Editore. (1953). Reprint. Quartos. Two volume set with volume one containing Fasciculus I-IV: 206pp., 208pp., 216pp., 208pp., and volume two containing Fasciculus V and VI (199pp. 190pp.) plus Indices 328pp., and Supplementum 109pp. and Index Auctorum Generais CXXXV. Text in Latin / Italian. Owner's name neatly printed on front endpapers, some pen marginalia, small tidemark on bottom page edges of volume one (not affecting text), hinge cracked on volume two, still a very good set. .

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        PRIMAVERA NELLA CITTA' MURATA. Quattro acqueforti.

      In folio (mm. 502 x 360), cartella edit. contenente 4 acqueforti di Corrado Balest - mm. 265 x 350 - nella tiratura 24 su 50, firmate dall'artista. Presentazione di Bino Rebellato, con note sul pittore Corrado Balest (nato a Sospirolo, Belluno, nel 1923). In ottimo stato.

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        [Caption Title]: Ford Armando

      Ford Armando B. Aires: Ford Armando. 1953. Double spiral-bound in full leather with applied engraved silver presentation label (marked "900" and "Industria Argentina") pierced with a small silk braided ribbon. [60]pp., of photographic images. No text. Some modest wear to the leather boards, silver label tarnished, small marks on a couple images, but overall near fine. Silver presentation label reads: "To Arthur J. Wieland as a Souvenir of the Inauguration of the Agency Ford Armando. June 30th, 1953. B. Aires, R.Argentina. The photos are of exceptional quality, and depict the ceremonies surrounding the opening of the car dealership, the notables and gathered crowds (which we are reasonably certain include Argentina's then-President Juan Peron), the physical agency, the cars and buses, etc. Wieland was vice president of Ford International at the time, and was largely responsible for the growth of Ford in South America, particularly in Argentina and Brazil. .

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        Prototype Sports Car Concept Art

      Boston: circa 1953. Tempera on paper. Initialled "R.S.W." Mounted circular label, lower right. 15 1/2 x 19 1/2 inches. Framed. Handsome 1950's sports car design All of our present information about this drawing comes from a label on the back of the piece, which indicates that it comes from the archives of the A.J. White Motor Vehicle Research Company - designers of exotic cars in the Boston, MA area. We have not discovered any further information about the A. J. White Research Company thus far, nor about the artist, R.S.W. of this particular drawing. There does not appear to be any connection to the great White truck manufacturer. The drawing itself is especially nice, its cool red sportscar positioned diagonally between two details in blue, in a way that makes it appear anxious to move.

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        MEET ME AT THE MORGUE

      New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1953 First Edition of this highly-regarded mystery by Ross Macdonald, considered by critics as one of the 'holy trinity of American crime writers' with Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler. 8vo. 212 pp. A near fine copy in yellow and white patterned paper covered boards, black titles to the spine in a bright, fresh pictorial dustwrapper with some overall light use, a small closed tear at the bottom of the front panel and some wear at the heel and crown of the spine. Published in Great Britain as Experience With Evil.. 1st Edition.

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        Horn of the Hunter: The Story of an African Safari

      Garden City: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1953. lightly edge worn, unclipped jacket with worn and creased spine extremities; two shallow, closed tears at the fold of the front spine on jacket; illustrated end papers, lightly aged at the gutters, else the textblock is immaculate and extremely tight; binding very clean, very lightly edge rubbed; 32pp. of b&w photographs; 315p.; please enquire for further details.. First Edition. Black Cloth. Near Fine/Very Good (in mylar). Illus. by B & W Plates, Drawings By Author. 8vo - Over 7 3/4" -9 3/4 " Tall. Hard Cover.

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        Signed tribute to Steinway & Sons. New York: 1953

      New York, 1953 Pablo Casals - [1876-1973]. Legendary Spanish Catalan cellist. Signed autographed tribute to Steinway & Sons. In French. "C'est avec plaisit que je me joints a Tous ceux qui enverront leur félicitation à la famille Steinway à l'occasion du centenaire de la fondation de cette célèbre firme. Pablo Casals / Prades (P.O.) / France / 16 Juin 1953". In 1953 Steinway celebrated its Centennial & Steinway artists from around the globe wrote congratulatory tributes which were sent to Theodore E. Steinway (1883-1957), piano technician, philatelist and son of Henry E. Steinway, piano technician & the founder of Steinway & Sons. One page ALS on plain white letterhead in fine condition.. Signed by Author. Original Autographed Letters & Documents.

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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 .

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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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        SCRAMBLED EGGS SUPER!

      1953. 1. SEUSS,DR. SCRAMBLED EGGS SUPER! NY: Random House (1953). Large 4to, pictorial boards, fine in dust wrapper with small triangular piece off bottom of rear panel and some chips. 1st ed. Peter T. Hooper decides to jazz up his scrambled eggs and creates scrambled-eggs-super-dee-dooper-dee booper! Great color illustrations. Younger / Hirsch 68.

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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.

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        Four Stoppages

      Jonathan Williams / Jargon Stuttgart, Germany: Jonathan Williams / Jargon. 1953. First. First edition. Graphics by Charles Oscar. Large folio stiff card sheet, folded to make eight large pages. Small stain on last panel, modest age-toning, one small corner with archival repair, very good or better. Limited to 200 unnumbered copies. Issued as Jargon 5. Fragile and scarce. .

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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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        Crystallinity in sperm heads. Offprint

      1953. No Dust Jacket. Wilkins, Maurice (1916- ) and Randall, J[ohn] T. (1905-84). Crystallinity in sperm heads: Molecular structure of nucleoprotein in vivo. Offprint from Biochimica et biophysica acta 10 (1953). 192-193pp. Illustrated with an x-ray photograph. 242 x 167 mm. Without wrappers as issued. Fine apart from slight creasing. First Separate Edition. Wilkins, a member of John Randall's biophysics research program at King's College, London, began performing x-ray diffraction studies of DNA in the early 1950s after accidentally discovering how to spin the very thin uniform fibers of DNA required for this type of analysis. In 1950 he and Raymond Gosling became the first to obtain diffraction photographs of DNA in crystalline form, but due to various difficulties did not continue with this line of research until 1952, by which time Watson and Crick had entered the picture. By this time there was sufficient evidence to indicate that the structure of the DNA molecule was probably helical, but it was still unclear as to whether such a structure occurred within the cell or was simply an artifact of preparation. Working with squid sperm, "which occurs in bundles remarkable for the perfection of the parallel array of cells," Wilkins performed x-ray studies "that showed, he believed, that DNA in intact cells was helical, too" (Judson, pp. 95-96).

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        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.

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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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