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        Tra un milione di anni

      LONGANESI & C, 1953. ITALIANO 0,3 Edizione rilegata con sovraccopertina la quale presenta leggeri segni ai bordi, la coperta telata interna con tassello nero e scritte in oro al dorso, il taglio di testa tinto in azzurro pallido gli altri leggermente bruniti come i margini di pagina, pagine in buone condizioni, piccole fioriture sulle preliminari, traduzione di Maria Celletti Marzano, numero 20 della collana USATO

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        THE KRAKEN WAKES

      London: Michael Joseph, [1953]. First edition. Near fine, some offsetting to free end papers in a near fine dust jacket, slight shelf wear to spine ends and corners, tiny closed tear to lower front panel, some dust soiling to rear panel. (9875). Octavo, boards. The author's fourth science fiction novel, the second using the John Wyndham pseudonym. Invasion of earth by beings from another planet who need to exist under conditions of enormous pressure found deep under the sea. Published later the same year in the U.S. as Out Of The Deeps with textual differences. Anatomy of Wonder (1987) 3-412.

      [Bookseller: John W. Knott, Jr., Bookseller, ABAA/ILA]
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        The Volume of Corporate Bond Financing since 1900

      PRINCETON UNIVERSITY 1953 - Wonderful condition, sunfading to dust jacket, slight sunfading to fore edges and age tonging. DATE PUBLISHED: 1953 EDITION: 429 VERY GOOD. JACKET: VERY GOOD DJ [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Sept Microbes vu à travers un tempérament

      Paris, Les éditions Cercle d'Art, 30 juin 1953, in-8, non paginé (env. 75 pp.), cartonnage illustré en couleurs de l'éditeur, Édition originale. Tirage limité à 1000 exemplaires sur Marais numérotés après 100 sur Pur Fil (ex n°181). Ensemble de textes formant une suite de sept poèmes (Colline, Madeleine, Lumière, Coloradeau, Plantes-soeurs, Éternité et Dix mille peaux-rouges) accompagnés de vignettes contrecollées reproduisant des oeuvres et respectant l'échelle des oeuvres originales. Bel exemplaire, en dépit d'un choc au dos.

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        Cold Spring Harbor Symposia on Quantitative Biology - Volume XVIII -1953 -- Viruses

      Cold Spring Harbor: Biological Laboratory, 1953. Hardcover. Very Good. Very slight edgewear and rubbing to boards and spine. Spine is sunned. Light spotting to exterior of textblock. No markings to volume. Interior is clean, and binding is firm and straight. No dust-jacket. Contains the paper "The Structure of DNA" presented by Watson and Crick which amalgamates their two previous Nature (1953a and 1953b) articles where the now famous double-helix DNA structure was first mentioned to the public.

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        Winds

      Original bilingual edition for which there is no mention of large papers. Binding of the editor in full black canvas, smooth back. Autographed and signed autograph from Saint-John Perse to Gaëtan Picon. Pleasant complete copy of its jacket which includes small tears and marginal shortages. Pantheon Books New York 1953 23x31cm reliure de l'éditeur

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        AGAINST THE FALL OF NIGHT

      [New York]: Gnome Press, Inc, [1953]. First edition. A fine copy in a fine dust jacket, tiny closed tear to upper front panel, touch of rubbing to spine ends. (12228). Octavo, illustrated by Frank Kelly Freas, boards. Signed by Clarke on the front free endpaper. Expanded and rewritten as The City and the Stars (1956). See Anatomy of Wonder (1987) 3-98.

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        L'attrape-coeurs. Traduit de l'américain par Jean-Baptiste Rossi. (Plus connu sous le nom de Sébastien Japrisot).

      - Robert Laffont, Collection Pavillons. Paris 1953. 252 pages. Edition originale de la traduction, pas de grand papier annoncé. Rare et bel exemplaire. L'Attrape-coeurs (The Catcher in the Rye) est un roman de J. D. Salinger. Publié aux Etats-Unis en 1951, plus de 60 millions d'exemplaires ont été vendus à ce jour et il s'en vendrait environ 250 000 chaque année. Il constitue l'une des oeuvres les plus célèbres du XXe siècle et un classique de la littérature, à ce titre enseigné dans les écoles aux Etats-Unis et au Canada, bien qu'il ait été critiqué en raison de certains des thèmes abordés (prostitution, décrochage scolaire, obsession de la sexualité) et du niveau de langue (langage familier et souvent injurieux). La notion d'antihéros débute alors aux États-Unis et choque le grand public. Le titre original du roman (The Catcher in the Rye) fait référence au poème écossais Comin' Thro the Rye de Robert Burns. La traduction française est de Jean-Baptiste Rossi, plus connu sous son nom d'écrivian, Sébastien Japrisot.

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        STARMAN JONES ..

      New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, [1953].. Octavo, cloth. First edition. "An orphaned youth on an overcrowded future Earth longs to go into space. He manages to gain a berth aboard a starship which goes astray and winds up in an unknown region. Luckily, the hero's mathematical ability enables him to calculate the route home through hyperspace. A gripping 'juvenile' in this author's best vein." - Pringle, The Ultimate Guide to Science Fiction, second edition (1995), p. 349. "Striking are the detailed, convincing pictures of spaceship operational procedures and the suspense whenever the ship must pass through an anomaly."- Anatomy of Wonder (2004) II-516. A fine copy in very good first printing first printing dust jacket (priced $2.50 on the front flap) with light wear at spine ends and corner tips and light internal tanning to spine panel with show through to white lettering. (#150122)

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        Starman Jones

      Scribner's 1953 - HEINLEIN, ROBERT A. Starman Jones, New York: Scribner's, 1953. Octavo, first edition with Scribner's 'A' and seal on copyright page, light green cloth boards with dark green lettering and spaceship on spine, dark green drawing on front, illustrations by Clifford Geary. Condition of this book: Jacket chipped at extremities, clean and bright with age toning to flaps, interior very good, toning to endpages and edges. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Casino Royale

      UK: Jonathan Cape, 1953. 1st Edition 1st Printing. Hardcover. Very Good+/Very Good. Casino Royale by Ian Fleming First Edition Published by Jonathan Cape 1953. Very small name inscription to fep. No foxing or browning. Page block square and tight, completely unblemished throughout. Covers VG+ with signs of light rubbing to red heart motif and lettering. In original near VG first state dust jacket, price clipped and rubbed. Further images on request.

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        Revolt in 2100

      Shasta Publishers, Chicago 1953 - Hardcover, black spine over red cloth covered boards, in original non price-clipped dust-jacket. 317pp., Stated first edition, first printing of the trade edition. Contains the novel-length "If This Goes On.", plus the short stories "Coventry" and Misfit". The third volume of Heinlein's Future History series. Jacket design by Hubert Rogers, introduction by Henry Kuttner. No previous ownership marks. Dust-jacket shows small tears to both outer hinges at top of spine and mild age toning, but is complete and un-clipped retaining original $3.50 price. Book is clean, square and unmarked. A very good+ copy in a near very good dust-jacket Scans sent on request. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Great Expectations Rare Books]
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        A Portfolio of Six Paintings

      Austin: University of Texas Press, 1953. First Edition. Folio. 7(1)pp. forward by J. Frank Dobie, six 11 1/2" x 13" color plates tipped onto card stock measuring 16" x 19". Details of each of Lea's original pieces of art and date ar underneath each plate. Titles of each plate is: Fighting Bull, The Pacing White Mustang, The Hills of Mexico, The Shining Plain Trail Herd and Lonely Town, al laid into a cloth covered portfolio lettered in black, also laid in is [6]pp. illustrated prospectus with sample pages for W.W. Mills' Forty Years at El Paso 1858-1859 illustrated by Tom Leas with introduction by Rex. W. Strickland published by Carl Hertzog 1962, El Paso, Texas. printed in red and black. A very nice set with minor chipping to spine ends of portfolio.

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        Journey Cake, Ho!

      New York: The Viking Press, 1953. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. Signed. First edition, first printing. Signed by Robert McCloskey (the illustrator and the author's son-in-law) on the title page. Very Good with light rubbing to cloth, previous owner names on front free end paper and toning to pages. In a Good dust jacket, which is price clipped leaving just a sliver of a dollar sign visible, which has foxing, edge tears and chipping to the spine ends. A lovely copy of this scarce Caldecott Honor, signed by the illustrator.

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        Seven Years in Tibet - SIGNED and with the wrap-around band

      London: Rupert Hart-Davis, 1953. A first edition, first printing published by Rupert Hart-Davis in 1953. A very good/near fine book with a little light mottling to the front board and some spotting to the page edge and to the endpapers. Red topstain still present. SIGNED by Harrer in English and Tibetan on the front endpaper. In a near fine unclipped wrapper with some wear to the spine tips and corners. Complete with the rare wrap-around band. Most signed copies of this book offered for sale are usually Book Society or later printings - this is the true first edition, printed solely by Rupert Hart-Davis.

      [Bookseller: John Atkinson Books]
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        Typed Letter Signed; to John M. Weatherwax

      Washington, D.C., 1953. Some soil and damage to the right margin of the letter from old moisture; slighter damage to the margins of the printed items; pencil notation "Lehman Bill" by recipient to the upper left hand corners.. One page, on United States Senate letterhead; with two printed documents, 211pp and 6pp. The immigration debate takes shape. Lehman writes to the West Coast labor activist, sending him a copy of the bill he had introduced at the end of the first session of the 83rd congress, in August 1953. Along with the complete bill, there is also Lehman's shorter executive summary from the Congressional Record. In 1952, Congress passed the infamous McCarran-Walter bill, overriding President Truman's veto. That bill imposed strict immigration quotas based on national origin. Conceived as an anti-Communist measure, it brought widespread protest for its new infringements on civil liberties. The liberal New York senator, known during his term as "conscience of the senate," introduced his revision of the law at the end of the first session, in order to allow his colleagues time to digest and consider it before taking it up for a vote. It never came up for a vote. Indeed, the controversial McCarran act has remained in effect, with minor tweaks, and has provided legal justification for some of the policies still generating controversy. Lehman's bill was co-sponsored by some notable members of the Senate, including Hubert H. Humphrey, Lyndon B. Johnson, and, the newly sworn in Senator from Massachusetts John F. Kennedy. It was one of the first pieces of Senate legislation to have Kennedy's name on it, early in a term during which he was known more for being absent than for legislative accomplishments. Lehman, who had been FDR's Lt. Governor in New York, and then succeeded him as Governor, was a hero to the liberal wing of the Democratic party. When, later as President, JFK introduced the new Congressional Medal of Freedom, Lehman was named as one of the first recipients. Alas, Kennedy was killed before the medals were cast, and on the day when President Johnson was to bestow the award, Lehman died of a heart attack.

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        [Kinsey Reports] Sexual Behavior in the Human Male, [together with] Sexual Behavior in the Human Female

      Philadelphia: W. B. Saunders [through 1953], 1948. First Edition. Hardcover. Fine-/Near Fine+. First Printings of this two-volume landmark work on human sexuality. Thick, tall 8vo: xv[1],804; xxx,841[1]pp. Publisher's maroon cloth, covers blocked in black and navy blue, spines stamped in gilt, typographic dust jackets in orange (male) and yellow (female) printed in black. Human Male: spine ends gently bumped, else Fine; jacket slightly dusty, shade of lightening to spine panel (but less than usual), two small chips at crown (not affecting lettering or design), unnecessary clear tape mends to verso, price obliterated by sticker removal, better than Very Good. Human Female: lower spine very lightly scuffed, small white spot at crown, about Fine; jacket, priced $8.00 to back flap, with light wear to folds and extremities, several small closed tears and creases, spine panel bright and unfaded, Near Fine or better. Garrison-Morton 7037-38. Kinsey and his colleagues at the Institute for Sex Research at Indiana University based the first volume on histories of approximately 5,300 males, collected during a fifteen year period. The text describes the methodology, sampling, coding, interviewing, and statistical analyses. Sexual Behavior in the Human Female was based on personal interviews with approximately 6,000 women. The data was analyzed for the frequency with which women participate in various types of sexual activity and considered how such factors as age, social-economic status, and religious adherence influenced sexual behavior. The evidence suggested that women were less sexually active than men, but the publications were immediately controversial, causing shock and outrage, both because they challenged conventional beliefs about sexuality and because they discussed subjects considered taboo. The Kinsey Reports together sold three-quarters of a million copies and were translated into thirteen languages, making them among the most successful and influential scientific books of the 20th century. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed.

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        The Spirit of St Louis

      New York: Scribner's, 1953. Later printing. Hardcover. Very good/poor. Inscribed to Victor Lasky on title page, 3/8" tear to head of free endpaper, otherwise text block tight and unmarked. Head/tail of spine light wear and fading, corners bumped. DJ in four pieces, all panels present. 8vo. 562pp.

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        ETCHING] THE RABBI OF PRAGUE [SIGNED BT ARTIST]

      1953 - 1st Edition Etching. Framed and Matted. 62.5 by 47.5 cm. Signed, "Moishe, " and Numbered 1/50. "Born in Chicago, Moishe Smith studied at the New School for Social Research and with Mauricio Lasansky at the University of Iowa. He also attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine Smith has focused on landscape as the subject of much of his work, but romantic city views are also found within the range of his graphics. In Kafka-ville: A View of Prague, he etched a bird's-eye-view of the Czechoslovakian city, recording in detail the varied architectural forms that are found side by side in the old metropolis. " (National Gallery of Art, 2017) Smith’s works have been exhibited internationally at major art galleries including MoMA, the Walker, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and the Uffizi in Florence. Two of his works are held in the permanent collection of the Art Institute of Chicago. He seldom depicts Jewish subjects. Bears some resemblance to Marc Chagall’s famous "The Praying Jew (Rabbi of Virebsk) " Provenance: Sotheby’s, "Important Judaica 04 December 2014, " Item 134A. Framed shows some wear. Overall Very Good Condition. (PAINT-1-11) [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy]

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        DELLA LETTERATURA E ALTRI SAGGI

      VALLECCHI, 1953. ITALIANO 0,41 Brossura editoriale morbida, leggermente ingiallita e con lievissimi segni del tempo, sovraccoperta illustrata e con segni di usura ai bordi, pagine brunite attorno ai testi da fattore tempo USATO

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        OUT OF THE DEEPS

      New York: Ballantine Books, [1953].. Octavo, boards. First U.S. edition. The author's fourth science fiction novel, the second using the John Wyndham pseudonym. Earth is invaded by beings from another planet who exist under conditions of enormous pressure in the deep sea. Issued earlier in Britain with textual differences as THE KRAKEN WAKES (1953). Anatomy of Wonder (1987) 3-412. A fine copy in fine dust jacket with 10 mm closed tear at top rear spine fold and hint of dust soiling to rear panel. Formerly, Author/editor/publisher Donald A. Wollheim's copy with his name rubber stamped on the rear free endpaper. A very attractive copy. (#155618)

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        Studio für neue Kunst - Wuppertal. Nachlasskonvolut Autographen und Ephemera.

       Das Konvolut zeigt teils Gebrauchs- und Altersspuren, ist aber insgesamt in gutem Zustand. Umfangreiches Nachlasskonvolut des Architekten und Kunstförderers Heinz Rasch anläßlich der von ihm initiierten Ausstellungen in den Räumen \"Studio für neue Kunst - Döppersberg 12\" sowie des Umzuges im Mai 1953 in die \"Ruhmeshalle\" des Kunst- und Museumsvereins Wuppertal. Ab 1945 veranstaltete Rasch in eigenen Räumen insgesamt 70 Ausstellungen mit aktueller Kunst, oft die der zwischen 1933 und 1945 verfemten Künstler, meist aus der Region. Für den Umzug in die \"Ruhmeshalle\" plante er eine große Übersichtsausstellung mit je einer Arbeit jedes Künstlers, den er zuvor ausgestellte hatte. Diesbezüglich ist der Schnriftwechel mit den Künstlern angelegt und kreist um Leihgaben, Wahl der Bilder, Modalitäten etc. Es liegen an Autographen vor: Ida Kerkovius - 2 Briefe, 1 Karte (handschriftlich); E. W. Nay - 1 Brief DIN A5 (Maschine) ; Rolf Cavael - 1 Brief DIN A5 (Maschine); Carl Buchheister - 1 handschriftliche Postkarte sowie 1 Brief (Maschine) DIN A4; Julius Bissier - 2 handschriftliche Postkarten; Friedrich Vordemberg-Gildewart - 2 handschriftliche Briefe DIN A5; Marie-Louise Rogister - 1 handschriftliche Postkarte sowie 1 handschriftlicher Brief, DIN A5; Carl Lauterbach - 1 handschriftlicher Brief DIN A4; Georg Gottfried Leppien für Jean Leppien - 1 Brief DIN A5 (Maschine); Christel Poll - 1 handschriftlicher Brief, DIN A4; Otto Ritschl, 1 Brief DIN A5 sowie DIN A 4 (Maschine) und 1 Postkarte (Maschine); Joseph Jaekel, 1 handschriftliche Postkarte; Hans Jaenisch - 1 handschriftlicher Brief, DIN A5; Wilhelm Imkamp - 1 Postkarte (Maschine); Willi Deutzmann - 1 handschriftliche Postkarte; Jürg Spiller - 2 Briefe DIN A4 (Maschine) sowie 1 Postkarte (Maschine); Helmut Weitz - 2 Postkarten (handschriftlich und Maschine); Franz Josef Blaschke - 2 handschriftliche Briefe, DIN A4; Erwin Damaske - 2 handschriftliche Briefe DIN A4; Max Loviscach - 1 handschriftlicher Brief DIN A4; Karl Ehlers - 1 handschriftliche Postkarte (sowie 12 nicht eruierte weitere Briefe und Karten). Alle Post- und Briefkarten sowie Briefe sind handschriftlich von den Künstlern signiert. Von Heinz Rasch liegen 37 Durchschriften und Durchschläge von Briefen an die Künstler sowie Austausch mit Galerien vor sowie ein Schriftwechsel mit der Galerie Czwiklitzer hinsichtlich der Ausleihe von Arbeiten von Ida Kerkovius und Buchheister. Ferner vorliegend 22 Blatt (meist in der Handschrift Raschs oder maschinenschriftlich mit dessen Ergänzungen) - Künstlerlisten, Adresslisten zur Einladung in die Ruhmeshalle - Leihlisten von Kunstwerken etc. Enthält ferner einige Grußkarten mit Grafiken, teils signiert sowie zwei gewidmete und signierte Kataloge von Gustav Deppe und Karl Otto Götz. In einem Soennecken-Schnellhefter sind 35 gefaltete und gelochte Plakate (teils doppelt oder mehrfach vorhanden) des \"Studio für neue Kunst\" zu Ausstellungen aus den Jahren 1946 - 1947 u.a. von Max Ackermann, Adolf Hoelzel, Emil Schumacher, E. W. Nay, Peter Herkenrath, Heinz Trökes, Max Loviscach, Gustav Deppe, Karl Otto Götz, Georg Meistermann, Elisabeth Kadow, Georg Muche sowie weiterer enthalten. (Die Plakate am unteren Ende teils mit kleinem verklebtem Feuchtigkeitsschaden). 110 an Rasch adressierte Einladungskarten, teils mit Originalgrafik sowie ca. 70 Kataloge und Katalogfolder liegen ebenfalls bei, überwiegend von Künstlern, die Rasch auch in seinen Ausstellungen gezeigt hat. Darunter etwa die Hälfte Kataloge der Galerie Gerd Rosen, u.a. von Emil Schumacher, Hans Uhlmann, Werner Heldt, Mac Zimmermann, Bernhard Heiliger, Heinz Trölkes, Christian Rohlfs, Theodor Werner, Jeanne Mammen, Gustav Deppe, Hans Böttcher, Ernst Kohler, Werner GillesWilli Baumeister, Elisabeth Kadow etc. In dieser Dichte eindrucksvolles Dokument von privat initiierter Kunstförderung nach dem Zweiten Weltkrieg und dem Wiederaufbau der Kulturlandschaft. Versand D: 3,00 EUR 20. Jahrhundert / 20th Century, Deutschland / Germany, Kunst, nach 1945 / after 1945, Wuppertal / Wuppertal

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        American Fables [Unpublished Book Length Manuscript]

      Upton Sinclair 1953 - Upton Sinclair. 1953. F First Edition. S Unbound. Very Good. Believed to be the last of Upton Sinclair's unpublished book-length manuscripts in private hands, AMERICAN FABLES is a uniquely important piece of American literary history. Sinclair's body of work dealt with numerous issues and trends in American, life, society and politics during this era, but often as part of a larger, character-driven narrative. AMERICAN FABLES was his signal attempt to synthesize these key threads by combining sections of his work with that of other authors. The work takes the form of 30 "Fables", seventeen of which are Sinclair, thirteen by others including such prominent American authors (and friends) Jack London, Sinclair Lewis, Lincoln Steffens, and John Reed. Also included are contributions by Cornelius Vanderbilt, Jr, the noted anarchist Prince Kropotkin, E. W. Scripps, Harry Price, Prynce Hopkins, and others. Sinclair's own seventeen "Fables" are taken from or based on previously published works authored 1923-48, with new unpublished material composed in 1952. The thirteen "Fables" of the other authors (Jack London, Sinclair Lewis, et al.), are mostly from between the wars, but range from 1899 (Kropotkin - a bit of an outlier) to 1951. This work has been much discussed for decades among Sinclair scholars. It has been described as Sinclair's attempt to create a politically-layered, fictionalized history of America between the wars told through key stories taken from his own work and that of others. From what Sinclair told Ron Gottesman, it was intended as a domestic "prequel" of sorts to the Lanny Budd series. It was an outgrowth of several earlier drafts conceived of, it is said, as an American equivalent to the "Arabian Nights" or "One Thousand and One Nights". Gottesman indicated that, after Sinclair worked through a number of drafts for the better part of a decade under a different title (see below), finishing and sending this "final" draft to Sinclair's literary agent Bertha Klausner right around the time of the publication of THE RETURN OF LANNY BUDD in 1953, which was the culmination of the enormous series of eleven volumes begun with WORLD'S END in 1940. Sinclair had expected Viking to publish the work, or to easily find another publisher. But this was not to be, as Senator Joseph McCarthy's incendiary attacks against the Left created such a hostile environment, that it intimidated all potential publishers of this new work by the avowed Socialist and one- time Democratic nominee to be Governor of California. After that first flurry of submissions and what Sinclair described to Gottesman as somewhat panicked rejections, the work sat forgotten for years in the files of Sinclair's literary agent, Bertha Klausner, until it was returned to Sinclair in the 1960's. FORMAT: The work is 400 pages, typed on white watermarked paper (8.5 x 11 inches), with 350 of the 400 leaves bearing holograph additions, corrections, and excisions, mainly by Upton Sinclair, but some in the hand of his wife, author Mary Craig Sinclair, 1 page entirely in holograph. The vast majority of typed leaves are ribbon copies. Pagination is almost entirely supplied by hand (correcting the prior typed pagination). The COLLATION is [1-2], 17-54, [54a], 55-189, 190- 1, 192, 193a-193b, 194-215, 261-17, 218-263, 263a, 264-267, 267a, 268- 284, 285-99, 300-425. PROVENANCE: The estate of Upton Sinclair; by inheritance to his son David, by inheritance to David's wife Jean Sinclair. Ink stamp of Sinclair's literary agent Bertha Klausner on title/index leaf. Upton Beall Sinclair, Jr. (1878-1968), pioneering muckraker, American novelist, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, author of the influential novel THE JUNGLE, which created such public controversy about the meat packing industry that it is in large part credited with the passing of the Pure Food and Drug Act, and ultimately to the creation of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Outside his literary work, Sinclair was notable i [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy]

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        The structure of DNA.

      - New York, NY, The Biological Laboratory, Cold Spring Harbor, 1953. 4to (27.3 x 20.1 cm). 301 pp., four plates (Watson & Crick: pages 123-131 and seven figures). Original red cloth. Gilt title on the spine.l This is Watson and Crick's third paper on DNA, being the first comprehensive presentation and the first in which they summarize their findings concerning both the structure of DNA and its genetic implications. In this work they go further than in their prior two papers by offering a critique of the DNA scheme that they propose and a challenge to crystallography to provide further data. We offer the complete Cold Spring Harbor Symposia on Quantitative Biology, volume 18. Stamp and remnants of a sticker on the rear paste-down. Front endpapers, half title, title, and other pages clean. A fine copy. Rare. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Go Tell It On The Mountain - Signed and Inscribed by the Author in the year of publication

      London: Knopf, 1953. A first edition, first printing published by Knopf in 1953. A near fine book without inscriptions - SIGNED and inscribed on the front endpaper by the author ('Amities -/Jimmy Baldwin/May 53/Paris'). In a very good+ unclipped wrapper with a crease on the front panel extending to the rear panel (perhaps a printer's errata). A thin chip to the head of the spine. Rubbing to the corners and edges. Not price clipped showing $3.50 net. Signed copies of this book are rare, more so in the month of publication.

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        Wirklichkeit des Theaters.

      Frankfurt am Main, Suhrkamp Verlag, 1953. 1. - 5.Tsd. 215 Seiten mit Einbandzeichnung von Theo Otto. 8°, Broschiert mit Schutzumschlag, dieser etwas fleckig und gebräunt, der Kopfschnitt ebenfalls leicht fleckig, auf dem Vortitel die signierte und datierte Widmung Gustav Gründgens ...\"Peppeline das erste Exemplar... ( 6.12.53) (Marianne Hoppe). Gustaf Gründgens (* als Gustav Heinrich Arnold Gründgens 22. Dezember 1899 in Düsseldorf - + 7. Oktober 1963 in Manila, Philippinen), Sohn von Arnold Hubert und Emmy Gründgens, war ein bedeutender deutscher Schauspieler, Regisseur und Intendant. Seinen Künstlernamen Gustaf führte er ab 1924. Versand D: 5,00 EUR

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        American Fables [Unpublished Book Length Manuscript]

      Upton Sinclair. 1953. F First Edition. S Unbound. Very Good. Believed to be the last of Upton Sinclair's unpublished book-length manuscripts in private hands, AMERICAN FABLES is a uniquely important piece of American literary history. Sinclair's body of work dealt with numerous issues and trends in American, life, society and politics during this era, but often as part of a larger, character-driven narrative. AMERICAN FABLES was his signal attempt to synthesize these key threads by combining sections of his work with that of other authors. The work takes the form of 30 "Fables", seventeen of which are Sinclair, thirteen by others including such prominent American authors (and friends) Jack London, Sinclair Lewis, Lincoln Steffens, and John Reed. Also included are contributions by Cornelius Vanderbilt, Jr, the noted anarchist Prince Kropotkin, E. W. Scripps, Harry Price, Prynce Hopkins, and others. Sinclair's own seventeen "Fables" are taken from or based on previously published works authored 1923-48, with new unpublished material composed in 1952. The thirteen "Fables" of the other authors (Jack London, Sinclair Lewis, et al.), are mostly from between the wars, but range from 1899 (Kropotkin - a bit of an outlier) to 1951. This work has been much discussed for decades among Sinclair scholars. It has been described as Sinclair's attempt to create a politically-layered, fictionalized history of America between the wars told through key stories taken from his own work and that of others. From what Sinclair told Ron Gottesman, it was intended as a domestic "prequel" of sorts to the Lanny Budd series. It was an outgrowth of several earlier drafts conceived of, it is said, as an American equivalent to the "Arabian Nights" or "One Thousand and One Nights". Gottesman indicated that, after Sinclair worked through a number of drafts for the better part of a decade under a different title (see below), finishing and sending this "final" draft to Sinclair's literary agent Bertha Klausner right around the time of the publication of THE RETURN OF LANNY BUDD in 1953, which was the culmination of the enormous series of eleven volumes begun with WORLD'S END in 1940. Sinclair had expected Viking to publish the work, or to easily find another publisher. But this was not to be, as Senator Joseph McCarthy's incendiary attacks against the Left created such a hostile environment, that it intimidated all potential publishers of this new work by the avowed Socialist and one- time Democratic nominee to be Governor of California. After that first flurry of submissions and what Sinclair described to Gottesman as somewhat panicked rejections, the work sat forgotten for years in the files of Sinclair's literary agent, Bertha Klausner, until it was returned to Sinclair in the 1960's. FORMAT: The work is 400 pages, typed on white watermarked paper (8.5 x 11 inches), with 350 of the 400 leaves bearing holograph additions, corrections, and excisions, mainly by Upton Sinclair, but some in the hand of his wife, author Mary Craig Sinclair, 1 page entirely in holograph. The vast majority of typed leaves are ribbon copies. Pagination is almost entirely supplied by hand (correcting the prior typed pagination). The COLLATION is [1-2], 17-54, [54a], 55-189, 190- 1, 192, 193a-193b, 194-215, 261-17, 218-263, 263a, 264-267, 267a, 268- 284, 285-99, 300-425. PROVENANCE: The estate of Upton Sinclair; by inheritance to his son David, by inheritance to David's wife Jean Sinclair. Ink stamp of Sinclair's literary agent Bertha Klausner on title/index leaf. Upton Beall Sinclair, Jr. (1878-1968), pioneering muckraker, American novelist, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, author of the influential novel THE JUNGLE, which created such public controversy about the meat packing industry that it is in large part credited with the passing of the Pure Food and Drug Act, and ultimately to the creation of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Outside his literary work, Sinclair was notable in many fields. He was in some ways a precursor to Bernie Sanders, an avowed Socialist who was the Democratic nominee for Governor of California in 1934, running on the EPIC platform (End Poverty in California). He and Mary Craig produced Sergei Eisenstein's landmark "Que Viva Mexico" in 1930-32. He was a pioneer in such diverse fields as nutrition and health, cooperative living, investigative journalism, self- publishing, free speech and civil liberties, etc., etc. Sinclair's relationships with the authors of the other work included here were often of long-standing. As examples: Jack London had been President of the Intercollegiate Socialist Society, with Upton Sinclair as his Vice President, and he and Sinclair were lifelong friends. In fact London's futuristic novel THE IRON HEEL (1908) was written in response to Sinclair's THE INDUSTRIAL REPUBLIC (1906), and provided the introduction to Sinclair's pioneering anthology of literature on social protest THE CRY FOR JUSTICE (1915). London also was one of the subjects of Sinclair's anti- alcohol book THE CUP OF FURY (1956). Sinclair Lewis served for two months as janitor of Upton Sinclair's abortive co- operative colony, Helicon Hall, in Englewood Cliffs, NJ, which Sinclair established win 1906 with profits from THE JUNGLE (it burned down in 1907). BIBLIOGRAPHIC REFERENCES: For discussion of this item and its earlier unfinished incarnations from the prior decade, see Gottesman and Silet, "The Literary Manuscripts of Upton Sinclair" #A26. See also G&S A26a-f, describing six earlier drafts (dating from the 1940's) of what became this work, under the working titles "American Nights' Entertainments". Signed: I Manuscript

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        ASSIGNMENT IN ETERNITY ..

      Reading, Pennsylvania: Fantasy Press, [1953].. Octavo, cloth. First edition. One of 500 numbered copies signed by Heinlein. Collects "Gulf," "Elsewhen," "Lost Legacy," and "Jerry Was a Man." Some tanning to paste-downs, mostly along gutter margins, else a fine copy in nearly fine dust jacket with rubbing to spine ends and 8 mm closed tear at upper rear spine fold. A nice copy. (#150116)

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        The Coronation Album.

      London Coronation Book Club 1953 - Landscape folio, limited edition, number 54 of 252 copies, one of 200 copies containing 'United Kingdom Coins and First Day Covers of this Realm', signed Introduction by the Marquess of Aberdeen, photographs and reproductions mounted alongside text on stiff card leaves, a set of first day cover stamps mounted towards the end, pouch at rear containing a full set of commemorative coins and the 'Approved Souvenir Programme', publisher's crushed blue morocco onlaid with crowned ER monogram to upper cover and spine, all edges gilt, a little age-toned, otherwise a near-fine, complete copy. A stunning, comprehensive photographic and illustrative account, from the young Queen resplendent in the golden carriage to the crowds waiting patiently in the June rain for glimpse of their new monarch. [Attributes: Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

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        Opera omnia di Benito Mussolini. 36 volumi. A cura di Edoardo e Duilio Susmel.

      La Fenice, 1953. 36 voll. in-8° (cm 22x14,5), pp. 300-500 ca. per volume. Legatura editoriale in piena tela nera, titolo nero entro riquadro dorato al dorso, medaglione a rilievo con profilo dell'Autore impresso al piatto. Taglio superiore giallo, sguardie marmorizzate nere. Con alcune riproduzioni fotografiche in b/n fuori testo. Legature solide che presentano sporadiche leggere abrasioni. Leggerissimo segno di consunzione alla cuffia del vol. VI. Tagli fioriti, bruniture a bordopagina, pagine ingiallite dal tempo con sporadiche fioriture. Minimi residui di scotch alle sguardie di alcuni voll. Piccolo strappetto e segni di piegatura al controfrontespizio del vol. I. Complessivamente buone condizioni.

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        THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER

      New York: Harper & Brothers, 1953. First Edition. First Printing. Octavo (21cm); black and blue-gray cloth-covered boards, with titles stamped in white on spine; dustjacket; [10], 273, [5]pp. Pinpoint rubbing to lower corners, with trivial wear to base of spine, else Fine. Dustjacket is unclipped (priced $3.00), with the correct printers codes at the bottom of both flaps and rear panel; some pinpoint wear to extremities, light wear to spine ends, and a few tiny tears; overall a bright, Near Fine example. Grubb's first novel, a finalist for the National Book Award in 1955, and basis for Charles Laughton's 1955 film noir starring Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters, Lillian Gish, and James Gleason. The Dark Page, Vol.II, pp.86-87; Criterion #541.

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        Essays in Zen Buddhism (Third Series)

      London: Rider and Company for The Buddhist Society, 1953. 8vo. Frontispiece, half-tone plates. Original cloth; printed dust jacket. INSCRIBED BY SUZUKI on the title-page: "Daisetz T. Suzuki New York October 1956" followed by an inscription in Japanese. Foreword by Christmas Humphreys. This is the third of the three separate series of essays on the subject of Zen Buddhism by Suzuki. Some light toning and soiling to the jacket.

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        Le Poste

      ETAT-MAJOR, 3e Bureau des F.T.S.V.C. 1953. In-4 Carré. Broché. Bon état. Couv. convenable. Dos satisfaisant. Intérieur frais. 306 pages. Nombreux dessins en couleurs, et quelques-uns en noir et blanc, en hors-texte et dans le texte. Quelques plans et cartes en couleurs, en hors-texte. Charnières légèrement usées en coiffes. INTROUVABLE

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        Tableaux des costumes, moeurs, coutumes et vues, de la Nord-Hollande, de Zaandam, Broek, Alkmaar, Assendelft et de l'île de Marken.Amsterdam, Evert Maaskamp, [ca. 1826]. Oblong 4to (22.5 x 29 cm). With an engraved map of North Holland by C.H. Koning on title-page and 11 engraved plates, mostly engraved by Willem van Senus after Hendrik Greeven, all protected by tissue guards. Contemporary boards; preserved in a modern cloth clamshell box.

      Landwehr, Coloured plates 288; M. Nijhoff, Catalogue of books, periodical sets and pamflets on general and local history of the Netherlands (1953), 2297; WorldCat (1 copy); not in Colas; Hiler. Very rare work with 12 engraved plates displaying architecture and inhabitants of the Dutch province North Holland, engraved by Willem van Senus (ca. 1770-1851), all but one after designs by Hendrik Greeven (1787-1854). The work was published by Evert Maaskamp, who at the turn of the 19th century was the foremost publisher of luxurious Dutch view and costume books. The title-page and table of contents are both in French, but the engravings are all captioned in Dutch. One engraving shows the so-called "Czar Peter House" in Zaandam, where Peter the Great resided incognito in 1697 studying shipbuilding. Other plates show the village Broek, some scenes at Zaandam, costumes of girls from Zaandam, Purmerend and Alkmaar, a family from Assendelft and two kids at play. The last plate is in proof-state, still without a descriptive caption.With a bookseller's ticket on pastedown. Some minor marginal thumbing and only a few small spots, otherwise in very good condition. Binding rubbed along the extremities, spine damaged.

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        Studio für neue Kunst - Wuppertal. Nachlasskonvolut Autographen und Ephemera.

      Das Konvolut zeigt teils Gebrauchs- und Altersspuren, ist aber insgesamt in gutem Zustand. Umfangreiches Nachlasskonvolut des Architekten und Kunstförderers Heinz Rasch anläßlich der von ihm initiierten Ausstellungen in den Räumen "Studio für neue Kunst - Döppersberg 12" sowie des Umzuges im Mai 1953 in die "Ruhmeshalle" des Kunst- und Museumsvereins Wuppertal. Ab 1945 veranstaltete Rasch in eigenen Räumen insgesamt 70 Ausstellungen mit aktueller Kunst, oft die der zwischen 1933 und 1945 verfemten Künstler, meist aus der Region. Für den Umzug in die "Ruhmeshalle" plante er eine große Übersichtsausstellung mit je einer Arbeit jedes Künstlers, den er zuvor ausgestellte hatte. Diesbezüglich ist der Schnriftwechel mit den Künstlern angelegt und kreist um Leihgaben, Wahl der Bilder, Modalitäten etc. Es liegen an Autographen vor: Ida Kerkovius - 2 Briefe, 1 Karte (handschriftlich) E. W. Nay - 1 Brief DIN A5 (Maschine) Rolf Cavael - 1 Brief DIN A5 (Maschine) Carl Buchheister - 1 handschriftliche Postkarte sowie 1 Brief (Maschine) DIN A4 Julius Bissier - 2 handschriftliche Postkarten Friedrich Vordemberg-Gildewart - 2 handschriftliche Briefe DIN A5 Marie-Louise Rogister - 1 handschriftliche Postkarte sowie 1 handschriftlicher Brief, DIN A5 Carl Lauterbach - 1 handschriftlicher Brief DIN A4 Georg Gottfried Leppien für Jean Leppien - 1 Brief DIN A5 (Maschine) Christel Poll - 1 handschriftlicher Brief, DIN A4 Otto Ritschl, 1 Brief DIN A5 sowie DIN A 4 (Maschine) und 1 Postkarte (Maschine) Joseph Jaekel, 1 handschriftliche Postkarte Hans Jaenisch - 1 handschriftlicher Brief, DIN A5 Wilhelm Imkamp - 1 Postkarte (Maschine) Willi Deutzmann - 1 handschriftliche Postkarte Jürg Spiller - 2 Briefe DIN A4 (Maschine) sowie 1 Postkarte (Maschine) Helmut Weitz - 2 Postkarten (handschriftlich und Maschine) Franz Josef Blaschke - 2 handschriftliche Briefe, DIN A4 Erwin Damaske - 2 handschriftliche Briefe DIN A4 Max Loviscach - 1 handschriftlicher Brief DIN A4 Karl Ehlers - 1 handschriftliche Postkarte (sowie 12 nicht eruierte weitere Briefe und Karten). Alle Post- und Briefkarten sowie Briefe sind handschriftlich von den Künstlern signiert. Von Heinz Rasch liegen 37 Durchschriften und Durchschläge von Briefen an die Künstler sowie Austausch mit Galerien vor sowie ein Schriftwechsel mit der Galerie Czwiklitzer hinsichtlich der Ausleihe von Arbeiten von Ida Kerkovius und Buchheister. Ferner vorliegend 22 Blatt (meist in der Handschrift Raschs oder maschinenschriftlich mit dessen Ergänzungen) - Künstlerlisten, Adresslisten zur Einladung in die Ruhmeshalle - Leihlisten von Kunstwerken etc. Enthält ferner einige Grußkarten mit Grafiken, teils signiert sowie zwei gewidmete und signierte Kataloge von Gustav Deppe und Karl Otto Götz. In einem Soennecken-Schnellhefter sind 35 gefaltete und gelochte Plakate (teils doppelt oder mehrfach vorhanden) des "Studio für neue Kunst" zu Ausstellungen aus den Jahren 1946 - 1947 u.a. von Max Ackermann, Adolf Hoelzel, Emil Schumacher, E. W. Nay, Peter Herkenrath, Heinz Trökes, Max Loviscach, Gustav Deppe, Karl Otto Götz, Georg Meistermann, Elisabeth Kadow, Georg Muche sowie weiterer enthalten. (Die Plakate am unteren Ende teils mit kleinem verklebtem Feuchtigkeitsschaden). 110 an Rasch adressierte Einladungskarten, teils mit Originalgrafik sowie ca. 70 Kataloge und Katalogfolder liegen ebenfalls bei, überwiegend von Künstlern, die Rasch auch in seinen Ausstellungen gezeigt hat. Darunter etwa die Hälfte Kataloge der Galerie Gerd Rosen, u.a. von Emil Schumacher, Hans Uhlmann, Werner Heldt, Mac Zimmermann, Bernhard Heiliger, Heinz Trölkes, Christian Rohlfs, Theodor Werner, Jeanne Mammen, Gustav Deppe, Hans Böttcher, Ernst Kohler, Werner GillesWilli Baumeister, Elisabeth Kadow etc. In dieser Dichte eindrucksvolles Dokument von privat initiierter Kunstförderung nach dem Zweiten Weltkrieg und dem Wiederaufbau der Kulturlandschaft.

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        VOYAGE CONGO AFRIQUE 1953 MANUSCRIT TAPUSCRIT ET 50 PHOTOS

      - VOYAGE CONGO AFRIQUE 1953 MANUSCRIT TAPUSCRIT ET 50 PHOTOS

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        The Overloaded Ark - SIGNED by the Author

      Faber, 1953. Hardcover. Near Fine. A first edition, first printing published by Faber in association with the Book Society in 1953. A near fine book SIGNED without dedication to the front endpaper. In a very good+ unclipped wrapper with some light wear to the head of the spine and little to the corners. Signed copies of the author's book are rare.

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        Romanceiro da Inconfidência

      Rio de Janeiro : Livros de Portugal 1953 - ~ Brochura de editor ~ 300p+2f ~ 24x18x4cm. ~ Como novo ~ LANGUAGE: Português [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

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        SECOND STAGE LENSMEN ..

      Reading, Pennsylvania: Fantasy Press, [1953].. Octavo,cloth. First edition. One of 500 numbered copies signed by Smith. This is copy number 229 inscribed to Harry E. Hucks. Fifth book in the Lensman series. Anatomy of Wonder (2004) II-1052. Survey of Science Fiction Literature III, pp. 1183-87. A fine copy in nearly fine dust jacket with small nick at lower spine end and 20 mm closed tear at top edge of front panel. A nice copy. (#141417)

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        Junkie : confessions of an unredeemed drug addict.

      [with] Narcotic agent. New York : Ace Books, 1953. The Ace Double first edition (D-15); the first edition of Burroughs' first book. Trade paperback, 165 x 115 mm, illustrated wrappers, 149 pp (Junkie), 169 pp (Narcotic agent); a fine copy.

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        The Crucible A Play in Four Acts by Arthur Miller

      New York: The Viking Press, 1953. First printing. Hardcover. Fine/Near Fine. 145 pp. Price of $2.75 on front flap of jacket. Miller's acclaimed play is a dramatization of the Salem witch trials which serve as an allegory for the Red Scare of the early 1950s and associated mass cultural and political hysteria instigated and manipulated by Senator Joseph McCarthy and his followers. Widely considered to be one of the cornerstone works of American drama, the play is is still powerful and resonant today. A very attractive copy of this American classic. A Fine book in a Near Fine jacket with mild fading to the spine panel and a tiny, nearly imperceptible, spot of restoration to the crown of the spine panel.

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        Tableaux des costumes, moeurs, coutumes et vues, de la Nord-Hollande, de Zaandam, Broek, Alkmaar, Assendelft et de l'île de Marken.Amsterdam, Evert Maaskamp, [ca. 1826]. Oblong 4to (22.5 x 29 cm). With an engraved map of North Holland by C.H. Koning on title-page and 11 engraved plates, mostly engraved by Willem van Senus after Hendrik Greeven, all protected by tissue guards. Contemporary boards; preserved in a modern cloth clamshell box.

      - Landwehr, Coloured plates 288; M. Nijhoff, Catalogue of books, periodical sets and pamflets on general and local history of the Netherlands (1953), 2297; WorldCat (1 copy); not in Colas; Hiler. Very rare work with 12 engraved plates displaying architecture and inhabitants of the Dutch province North Holland, engraved by Willem van Senus (ca. 1770-1851), all but one after designs by Hendrik Greeven (1787-1854). The work was published by Evert Maaskamp, who at the turn of the 19th century was the foremost publisher of luxurious Dutch view and costume books. The title-page and table of contents are both in French, but the engravings are all captioned in Dutch. One engraving shows the so-called "Czar Peter House" in Zaandam, where Peter the Great resided incognito in 1697 studying shipbuilding. Other plates show the village Broek, some scenes at Zaandam, costumes of girls from Zaandam, Purmerend and Alkmaar, a family from Assendelft and two kids at play. The last plate is in proof-state, still without a descriptive caption.With a bookseller's ticket on pastedown. Some minor marginal thumbing and only a few small spots, otherwise in very good condition. Binding rubbed along the extremities, spine damaged. [Attributes: Soft Cover]

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        Dwight D. Eisenhower Signature.

      Photograph portrait of a seated Dwight D. Eisenhower. Signature of President Eisenhower below. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 15 inches by 20 inches. A very nice presentation. Dwight Eisenhower was an Army general who served as the 34th President of the United States from 1953 until 1961. He was a five-star general in the United States Army during World War II and served as Supreme Commander of the Allied Expeditionary Forces in Europe. He was responsible for planning and supervising the invasion of North Africa in Operation Torch in 1942-43 and the successful invasion of France and Germany in 1944-45 from the Western Front. In 1951, he became the first Supreme Commander of NATO.

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        Faster Than Thought.

      London: Sir Isaac Pitman & Sons, Ltd.,, 1953. A Symposium on Digital Computing Machines. Octavo. Original cream cloth, spine and front board lettered in gilt. With the dust jacket. Photographic frontispiece of Ada Lovelace, 13 plates, and 2 folding tables. Spine ends and corners lightly bumped, otherwise a bright and fresh copy in the nicked dust jacket with a few closed tears to extremities, spine sunned, and some loss to upper spine. First edition, first impression, of "the most widely read early English introduction to electronic computing" (Origins of Cyberspace), a collection of 24 essays by leading experts in the field, including a chapter on computer chess that was one of Alan Turing's final published pieces. The author, Bertram Vivian Bowden (1910–1989) was educated as a physicist at Cambridge before joining the Ministry of Defence Telecommunications Research Establishment where, during the Second World War, he investigated radar and made advances that remained vital to the industry more than twenty years later. Between 1950 and 1953 he worked for the Ferranti corporation, a computer company that specialised in machines for defense and electrical systems, and which introduced the first commercially available computer, the Ferranti Mark I, in 1951. Bowden "was particularly effective in explaining, with uncanny prescience, the dramatic effect that the digital computer was destined to have" (ODNB). In the preface he describes some of the tasks, such as engineering calculations, that computers will soon take over from humans, and writes, "It seems probable that we shall have a second Industrial Revolution on our hands before long… In the next revolution machines may replace mens' brains and relieve them of much of the drudgery and boredom which is now the lot of so many white collar workers". His thoughts on this future were collected in the present volume, together with pieces on the history of computing and case studies of contemporary "computing machines" in Britain and America. The extensive section on future applications for computers includes articles on crystallography, meteorology, ballistics, engineering, government calculations, business and commerce, astronomy, and games.

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