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        FAHRENHEIT 451

      New York: Ballantine Books,. [1953]. red boards, front and spine panels stamped in yellow.. Faint damp stain to lower left corner of rear cover, boards lightly. rubbed at head and tail of spine panel and corner tips, a very good. copy in about very good dust jacket with edge wear with matching. stain on rear panel, general dust soiling, red lettering on spine. panel faded to orange, and clipped price. (#100063). First edition. Signed by Bradbury. The hardbound trade issue. (Currey binding D [no priority]). Expanded from the novella "The Fireman" published in 1951. Filmed in 1966 by Francois Truffaut. "In a totalitarian state, books are burned and private thought or action is criminal." - Gerber, Utopian Fantasy (1973), p. 159. Anatomy of Wonder (1995) 3-31. Pringle, Science Fiction: The 100 Best Novels 8. Survey of Science Fiction Literature II, pp. 749-55.

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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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        Oversized Color Photograph inscribed and signed by President Truman and presented by him to his Secretary of the Treasury John W. Snyder when he left office in January 1953.

      Photograph Signed “To John W. Snyder, a great Secretary of the Treasury, / a man I’m proud to call friend, with affectionate regards / Harry S. Truman / White House, / Jan 16, 1953” on the mat. Color, 13.25” x 16.75” image, overall 15.25” x 20.25”. Framed to 21.5”x 26.75”. Light dampstaining at concluding portion of Truman’s writing, not materially affecting its appearance. Fine condition. John W. Snyder (1895-1985) first met Harry S. Truman in 1928. They served together in the Army Reserves after World War I. Under President Truman, Snyder served as Federal Loan Administrator (April 30, 1945, to July 23, 1945), Director of the Office of War Mobilization and Reconversion (July 23, 1945, to June 25, 1946), and Secretary of the Treasury (June 25, 1946, to January 20, 1953). Only six other Secretaries of the Treasury served longer terms. On January 14, 1953, Snyder sent his letter of resignation to President Truman. On January 16, 1953, the day he presented this photograph to Snyder, President Truman replied to Snyder’s letter. From the Truman Library website: “Dear John: I am sure that no President ever received more dependable advice and assistance than you have given me during the period of almost eight years since I called you back from St. Louis in April 1945, to join my administration. Your service as Federal Loan Administrator, as Director of the Office of War Mobilization and Reconversion, and finally as Secretary of the Treasury has been as beneficial to the country as it has been helpful to me personally. Your direction of the Government's fiscal affairs, your handling of many problems and responsibilities of international economic policy, and your outstanding leadership in the improvement of Government administration, all merit not only my own personal appreciation and that of your associates in the Government, but also the esteem of every citizen. The judgment and understanding with which you have represented the United States--and on occasion, the President personally-in international consultations here and abroad have been other evidences of the honor and competence with which you filled a place of first importance in the public service. I appreciate above all your unselfish and unfailing friendship. Sincerely yours, Harry S. Truman.” Photocopy of this letter is present.

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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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        Casino Royale

      London: Jonathan Cape, 1953.. First edition of the author&#39;s first book that introduced James Bond to the world. Octavo, original black cloth. A very good copy in a lightly restored dust jacket with a few small chips and tears repaired. Presents nicely.

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        Complete First Editions of Ian Fleming&#39;s James Bond Novels. [Set of works / novels comprising: Casino Royale, Live and Let Die, Moonraker, Diamonds Are Forever, From Russia With Love, Dr. No, Goldfinger, For Your Eyes Only (short stories inc. From A View To A Kill, Quantum of Solace), Thunderball, The Spy Who loved Me, On Her Majesties Secret Service, You Only Live Twice, The Man with the Golden Gun, and Octopussy with The Living Daylights (short stories)]

      London: Jonathan Cape. 1953-1966., 1953. 14 volumes; 8vo. (19 x 38cm). All First Impressions. Beautifully bound in full black oasis morocco with gilt raised bands, gilt titles to spines with a gilt-tooled skull to last compartment; all edges gilt; marbled end papers. Publisher&#39;s original upper cover and spine bound in at rear of each volume. A couple of volumes with the odd spot of browing / thumbing. Generally fine. An impressive set. &#39;The most famous spy in literature&#39;, Steinbrunner and Penzler. Gilbert, Jon; Ian Fleming: The Bibliography (2012).

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        Casino Royale

      London: Jonathan Cape 1953, 1953. FIRST IMPRESSION, Second Issue. Publisher&#39;s black cloth-effect paper over boards with red titles and &#39;Heart&#39; design to upper, in the second issue (overprinted) dust-jacket, priced at 10s.6d. The book is near fine, with a gentle spine lean and neat gift inscription, edges clean without the usual toning. The wrapper has some edgewear and a few chips and tears, extemities of rear panel toned. A very good copy, housed in a leather-spined clamshell box The first James Bond novel (only 4728 copies). Gilbert A1a (1.2).

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        Casino Royale (a James Bond novel)

      London: Jonathan Cape. 1953, 1953. First Edition, First Impression. Octavo, pp 218. Elegantly hand-bound for Aspreys of London (by Sangorski and Sutcliffe) in full black gilt-decorated crushed morocco, with eminently suitable Japanese endpapers, all edges gilt. A fine copy. The first James Bond novel. (Only 4728 copies). Casino Royale has been adapted for the big screen twice- initially as a camp spoof in 1967, then again as a gritty return-to-form thriller, in 2006. Gilbert A1a.

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        Faster Than Thought: A Symposium on Digital Computing Machines

      London: Sir Isaac Pitman & Sons, Ltd.. Near Fine in Very Good+ dj. 1953. First Edition. Hardcover. NOISBN . [very light soiling to bottom edges of covers, slight bumping to bottom corners; jacket spine a bit browned, light wear at corners]. (B&W photographs, diagrams) Very attractive copy of this important early "state of the technology" symposium about computers, in which "the contributions of twenty-four well-known experts have been brought together to give a clear account of modern digital computing machines, their history, theory and design, and their application to industry, commerce and scientific research." The editor, later Baron Bowden, as a noted English scientist, and quite prescient about the future impact of computer technology. (It&#39;s worth nothing that there is only one American listed among the contributing experts, Mr. R. Stuart-Williams of RCA Laboratories in Princeton, N.J. My favorite name among the contributors: Miss Cicely M. Popplewell, Royal Society Computing Laboratory, Manchester University.) Chapter 25, written by Dr. A.M. Turing (often referred to as "the father of computer science and artificial intelligence) is entitled "Digital Computers Applied to Games," in which it&#39;s discussed "how a digital computer can be made to play chess -- it does so rather badly, and how it plays draughts [checkers] -- it does so quite well." Also described in the chapter is Nimrod, "a special simple machine which was built to entertain the public during the [1951] Festival of Britain," and notable in computing history as having been the first digital computer designed exclusively to play a game (in this case Nim, a mathemetical game of strategy). Stamped on both endpapers: Technical Library; Property of Leach Corporation, 5915 S. Avalon Blvd., Los Angeles 3, California. .

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        Delia or A Masque of Night

      Botteghe Oscure XII Roma: Botteghe Oscure XII, [1953]. FIRST EDITION. Paperback. A libretto written with Stravinsky in mind, but the music was never composed. One of a very small number of copies issued for the personal use of the authors. The bibliographers were apparently unable to examine a copy, and included this offprint in the C section, despite the fact that the pages have been re-numbered and a new title-page typeset. One minor nick at upper right-hand corner of front wrapper, otherwise a fine, unopened copy. A very scarce Auden item. Bloomfield C418.

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

      Nature 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: 'Forty years after Watson and Crick'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' (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'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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        L'Innommable.

      (Paris, 1953). Uncut in the original printed wrappers, worn. Several tears to front wrapper and to spine.. First edition, presentation-copy, of one of Beckett's main works, with a signed four-line presentation-inscription in French to half-title, dated July, 1953

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        A Frame of Mind: Eighteen Poems

      University of Reading Reading: University of Reading. 1953. First. First edition. Very modest age-toning, else near fine in stapled self-wrappers as issued. One of 150 numbered copies. A small and uncommon poetry pamphlet. .

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        Chief Justices I Have Known

      Presentation copy of the Justice's informal talk delivered at Virginia Law School, devoted with great charm and insight to Chief Justices Fuller, White, Taft, Hughes and Stone--"For Fritz Wiener / from his friend / Felix Frankfurter / Xmas 53". From the November issue, a little faded; stapled wraps, 30 pages. Virginia Law Review Association, Charlottesville, 1953.

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        UN LIBRO ILLEGGIBILE QUADRATO. De Kwadraat-Bladen. The Quadrat-Prints. Les Feuilles-Cadrat. Die Quadrat-Blaetter.

      Mm. 250x250, astuccio mod., copertina in cartoncino grigio muto con fustellatura romboidale, pp. (36) bianche e rosse tagliate e fustellate, contenute in un "manifesto" piegato a triangoli su cui è stampato, in otto lingue, il testo biografico e la presentazione dell'A.: "Ma cosa sono questi 'Libri illeggibili'? Sono libri senza parole, libri con pagine tagliate in diversi modi, con pagine di diversi colori. Come questo libro che e' avvolto in questo foglio. Si voltano le pagine come per leggere e si compongono e si scompongono molte composizioni geometriche e quando ne trovate una che vi piace più delle altre la potete mettere sotto vetro finchè non avrete voglia di cambiarla..". "Edizione originale". ll volume fa parte della collana "De Kwadraat-Bladen", pubblicata in Olanda. Cfr. Maffei "Munari-I libri" (Sylvestre Bonnard), p. 88 - "Bruno Munari" (Electa), p. 21. Edizione in tirat. di 2000 esempl., ben conservato.

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        MADELINE'S RESCUE

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

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        BUCOLIQUES DE VIRGILE.|LES

      Scripta & Picta Paris: Scripta & Picta. 1953. folio, text pages loosely inserted in publisher's paper folder, chemise, and slipcase. xxx, 126, (10) pages.. Lithographies originales en couleurs de Jacques Villon. First Villon edition, one of 245 copies (total edition). However, this is one of the few copies reserved for the collaborators with their names printed on the colophon page. This copy was Valéry's own with his name printed on the colophon page. This beautifully illustrated book contains 45 (44 in color) original lithographs by Jacques Villon, hors- and in-texte, printed on Arches wove paper by F. Mourlot. Villon himself engraved each color on a separate stone, producing 320 different stone plates. An important book (See Strachan's The Artist and the Book in France for various mentions). The outer slipcase is faded and worn along edges. The book is in very fine condition. Bookplate of Margaret Winkelman on inside cover of chemise. .

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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

      Pantheon / Bollingen Series XXXV 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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        Typed Letter Signed, in Danish, 2 separate pages folio, Rungstedlund, September 24, 1953

      A late letter to the editor Schelde-Møller, discussing the politics of the animal rights movement. "I am not sure that my speech will be good for the animals. The friend of the animals is for the supporters of the vivisection is a fresh thought." Blixen then expresses concern about how the opponents will try and gather interest by focusing on the split of the organization "and I could do more harm than good . All test animals of higher species have my deepest compassion and I do not differ between dogs and cats. My whole action is built upon the pronouncements of Prof. Okkel. I lost confidence in the discussion because it has become virtually impossible to communicate with the scientist . I would not accept that only dogs would be accepted by vivisection. I saw in this gesture, a beginning." She gives her views. "I myself am of the opinion that the community of animal friends is more important than these differences. I wrote this to you so you could, in case, that I withdraw it not to think that I have betrayed our common goal, but to support it." Nicely signed, "Karen Blixen Finecke."

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        Philosophische Untersuchungen. Philosophical Investigations. Translated by G.E.M. Anscombe.

      Oxford, Basil Blackwell, 1953. X, [+Xe] 232, [232e] p. Publisher´s cloth with dust jacket. Slightly worn dust jacket with some minor tear and a stain. Interior in very good condition and with a loose errata leaf. The errata has been corrected by pencil in the text.. First edition. With German and English parallell text

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        Philosophische Untersuchungen/ Philosophical Investigations. Translated by E.M. Anscombe.

      Oxford, Basil Blackwell, 1953. 8vo. Orig. full blue cloth w. gilt lettering on back, orig. dust-jacket. D-j. w. minor loss to upper capital as well as some other nicks, folding-marks and a few stains, not price-clipped. Book-block and cloth-bdg. very nice and clean. X, [+Xe], 232, [+232e] pp.. First edition. With German-English parallel-text.An absolute main work of 20th century philosophy. This groundbreaking work, in which the essence of the "old Wittgenstein" is captured, is the most studied of Wittgenstein's works. The work was published posthumously two years after W.'s death, though he planned for it to appear earlier. It has had an immense impact on the philosophy of language and mind, and has irreversibly changed the way philosophy is done today

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        Fubo - Visager: Portraits by Domon Ken

      Tokyo: ARS Tokyo: ARS, 1953. First Edition. Quarto. Text in Japanese. Portraits of well-known Japanese personalities from all walks of life. OCLC locates two copies. Near fine in a bright, near fine jacket, with a repaired tear at the bottom of the front panel; housed in the publisher's printed card slipcase (small tear, light wear). Japanese photobooks from the end of WWII to the Provoke era remain little-known in the west.

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        Vins, fleurs et flammes. paris, bernard klein, 1953.

      Cm. 34, pp. 200 (4). Con 16 tavole in nero ed a colori di cui una ripiegata. A fogli sciolti, come d'origine, Bross. orig. ill. a colori ed entro emboitage editoriale e custodia. Ottimo stato di conservazione. Edizione a tiratura limitata e numerata. Il presente esemplare (n. 63) appartiene alla tiratura di testa di 75 copie impresse su ""Arches"" con due suites a colori su ""Japon nacré"" e ""Japon Impérial"" ed arricchito di due acqueforti originali numerate e firmate dagli artisti. Raccolta di scritti dedicati al vino, molti dei quali in stesura originale. Testi di: G. Duhamel, Max Jacob, Roger Vitrac, Raoul Ponchon, Tristan Derème, Louis Jouvet, Colette, Mac Orlan, H. de Villefosse, F. Fleuret, M. Fombeure e Paul Valery. Illustrazioni di: Jacques Villon, Raoul Dufy (2), Max Jacob, André Derain (2), P.Y. Tremois, Jean Cocteau, Gen Paul, Foujita, Kisling, Utrillo, Honegger e Brianchon (4).

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        A Pocket Full of Rye.

      New York: Dodd, Mead & Company (1953).. First American edition, 8vo, (viii), 211, (1) pp. Signed by the Author on the title page. Cloth, light rubbing to extremities, d.w., not price clipped, some light browning and soiling, minor loss to lower corner of upper wrapper.

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        Some Faces in the Crowd (First Edition, inscribed in the year of publication)

      Random House New York: Random House, 1953. First Edition. First Edition. INSCRIBED by Schulberg to his top editor, Saxe Commins, in the year of publication on the verso of the half-title page: "For Saxe / Dear friend and guide through all these many years. Looking forward to many more fruitful hours and years of work together / Yours affectionately / Budd / April 17, 1953." Saxe Commins, along with Bennett Cerf of Random House, encouraged Schulberg to expand a series of short stories in Liberty magazine into a novel, which eventually became "What Makes Sammy Run?" Near Fine in a Very Good plus dust jacket. A bit of foxing to the edges of the boards; jacket is lightly rubbed and nicked at the corners, with a bit of the usual toning to the spine panel. The first story in this collection, "Your Arkansas Traveler," is the basis for Elia Kazan's under appreciated and brutal film noir, "A Face in the Crowd," starring Andy Griffith, Patricia O'Neal and Walter Matthau. Schulberg signed a lot of books after penning the screenplay to "On the Waterfront" in 1954, but inscriptions dated prior to that time are most uncommon. A powerful association between Schulberg and his first major editor, the man who literally introduced him to the limelight.

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        Surrealistische Publikationen. Heft 1 und 2. (= Alles Erschienene).

      94,32 S. mit zusammen 18 Abbildungen, Illustr. Orig.-Broschur. Erste Ausgabe.- Mit Texten und. Illustrationen von Paul Celan, Werner Riemerschmied, Walter Behrens, Victor Brauner, Yves Tanguy, Max Ernst, Dorothea Tanning, André Breton, Hans Arp, Benjamin Péret, Edgar Jené, Antonin Artaud, Rudolf Wittkopf, Max Hölzer, Franz Rogler, Julien Gracq u.a.- Heft 1 mit der Baubinde " Die erste Manifestation der AVANTGARDE AUF GEISTIGEM UND SOZIALEM GEBIET in deutscher Sprache".- Gutes Exemplar.

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        Junkie: Confessions of an Unredeemed Drug Addict

      Ace New York: Ace. 1953. First. First edition. Paperback original. Near fine with very light rubbing, and slight creasing on the spine. An attractive copy of Burroughs's fragile and uncommon pseudonymous first book, bound dos-a-dos with Narcotic Agent by Maurice Helbrant as issued. .

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