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        [The Lord of the Rings trilogy:]

      London: George Allen and Unwin,, 1954?5. The Fellowship of the Ring; The Two Towers; The Return of the King. 3 volumes, octavo. Finely bound in red morocco, titles and decoration to spines gilt, raised bands, single rule to boards gilt, twin rule to turn-ins gilt, marbled endpapers, gilt edges. Each volume has a map illustrated by the author. A fine set. First editions, first impressions, the Lord of the Rings in first state with signature mark "4" present on p. 49. The Lord of the Rings trilogy is one of the most influential literary works of the century. Its first reception was mixed: favourable and perceptive reviews from C. S. Lewis and from W. H. Auden, who had attended Tolkien's Oxford lectures, were countered by others who were hostile, sometimes bitterly so. But the trilogy went on to astonishing sales and forged a major change in public literary taste. "Heroic fantasy" has since become one of the most commercially successful literary genres, having a transforming impact upon the entertainment industry, from electronic games to movies.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        Molloy. Malone stirbt. Der Namenlose. Wie es ist (Comment c'est). Romane. Deutsch von Erich Franzen (1) bzw. Elmar Tophoven. Zusammen 4 Bände.

      Suhrkamp 1954-1961., Frankfurt am Main - 378; 235; 271; 397 S. Orig.-Leinenbände mit Schutzumschlägen von Joachim Romann. Der erste Roman, Molloy, leider ohne den Umschlag, jedoch mit eigenhändiger, namentlicher Widmung und vollständiger Unterschrift Samuel Becketts für eine Angestellte des Suhrkamp Verlags mit Kugelschreiber, von der Empfängerin mit Kugelschreiber datiert 27.2.1961. "Becketts Romane sind vieldeutige, paradoxe Chiffren einer postexistenzialistischen Welt- und Selbstdeutung, Dokumente eines schöpferischen Martyriums: Erzählen zu müssen im Wissen, daß es nichts substantiell Neues mehr zu erzählen gibt. Das gilt insbesondere für die Trilogie, die der Autor zwischen 1945 und 1950, fast völlig von der Außenwelt abgeschlosen, in Paris schrieb und die gewissermaßen die Quintessenz seines literarischen Schaffens darstellt" (Kindlers Neues Literaturlexikon). Ein schönes, gut erhaltenes Exemplar. Erste deutsche Ausgaben. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat Rolf Bulang]
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        A FABLE

      New York: Random House, 1954. Book. Very Good. Hardcover. Signed by Author(s). First Edition. New York: Random House, 1954. First edition, #999 of 1,000 copies signed by William Faulkner. An allegorical story of World War I set in the trenches in France and dealing ostensibly with a mutiny in a French regiment, this novel was awarded the 1955 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Octavo. Original dark blue cloth binding, with royal blue, gray, and gilt stamping. Internally crisp and clean. Very light bump to the top corner of the front panel. The spine is a touch faded, with a faint stain near the spine head; otherwise very good or better. Housed in the publisher's slipcase, which shows a bit of wear and fading along the extremities..

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        Religious Drama: Mediaeval and Modern.

      New York: House of Books, Ltd.,, 1954. Octavo. Original maroon cloth, titles to spine and front board gilt. In a brown cloth slipcase. An excellent copy. First edition, first impression, one of a limited editon of three hundred numbered copies signed by the author on the limitation leaf.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        RELIGIOUS DRAMA: MEDIAEVAL AND MODERN

      New York: House of Books, 1954. Cloth. Fine in glassine wrapper. First edition. Published as the twelfth volume in the Crown Octavo series. One of three hundred numbered copies, in addition to twenty-six lettered copies for presentation, all signed by the author. GALLUP A65.

      [Bookseller: William Reese Company - Literature ABAA-]
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        The B & G Engineering Manual: An advance manual of instruction in the design and installation of mdoern forced hot water heating systems and service water heating systems.

      Bell & Gossett Company, Morton Grove, Illinois 1954 - Slight wear to edges of the book. Previous owner's pen marking on ffep. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Sabra Books]
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        Alturas de Macchu Picchu [The Heights of Macchu Picchu] (Signed Limited Edition)

      Chile: Nascimento, 1954. First printing of this edition. One of 1000 numbered copies (this being No. 680) SIGNED by the author. This copy retains the scarce insert on green paper that was issued with all copies, a bibliographic note on the genesis and publication history of the poem by Jorge Sanhueza. The first definitive edition of the poems, including the Chambi photographs referenced in "The Latin American Photobook." The poems first appeared as "Canto II" in Neruda's "Canto General" (1950), and have regularly been translated into English. Moderate toning and light rubbing overall, with light bumps at the extremities, else Near Fine. A superior example of a title not often found in collectible condition. Becco 84. Loyola 292. Fernandez, "The Latin American Photobook," p. 57.

      [Bookseller: Royal Books, Inc.]
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        The Bounty Hunters

      Houghton Mifflin, 1954 A very good first edition in a very good price clipped dust jacket. Laid in is a bookplate inscribed by Leonard. Housed in a custom-made collector's slipcase.. Inscribed by Author(s). 1st Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good.

      [Bookseller: Bookbid Rare Books]
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        Food in England

      London: Macdonald,, 1954. Octavo. Original orange cloth, titles in gilt. With the illustrated dust jacket. Illustrated throughout. Spine slightly faded to ends, internally clean; a very good copy in the toned and price-clipped jacket with some marks to spine panel, and some shallow chips and nicks to extremities. First edition, first impression. Food in England is widely regarded as the definitive history of English food and cooking techniques, and it remains unchallenged in its ambition and scope, an exuberant mix of oral history, anthropology, and traditional recipes. Copies in the illustrated dust jacket are uncommon.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        Teatr. (Teatp). 1954. 11 issues

      Moscow (Moskva): Iskusstvo, 1954. Large 8vo. Original wraps. 11 issues for the year. Lacking issue 3. Later issues ISSN 0131-6885 1951--1959 -- ( ) « » -- , , . 1937 « ». 1941 1945, 1995, 1998--1999, 2009--2010. , 1990- ( 1996 1997 ). 2010 1 2 . 1945--1953 , 1954--1990

      [Bookseller: Alan Wofsy Fine Arts]
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        Live and Let Die

      UK: Jonathan Cape, 1954. 1st Edition 1st Printing. Hardcover. Very Good+/Near Fine. Live and Let Die by Ian Fleming First Edition First Impression Jonathan Cape 1954. No inscriptions, lightly browned ep's. Covers VG+ in near fine original price clipped dust jacket, which has benefited from minor restoration to edges.

      [Bookseller: Brought to Book Ltd]
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        Improvisations 1954: Artists Equity Masquerade Ball--Spring Fantasia (Hotel Astor, May 20th)

      New York: Artists Equity Association, 1954. Original wraps. Near Fine. A beautifully-designed program of this 1954 society ball at the Hotel Astor, produced with the full co-operation of the New York chapter of the Artists Equity Association. Essentially, the program is a collection of lavish, full-color advertisements in the form of original lithographs executed by many of the leading artists of the day. Clean and Near Fine in its spiral-bound card wrappers, with wonderfully illustrated covers and crisp, bright pages thruout. Tall quarto, #1,974 of 2,000 copies issued. Artists contributing to the cause include Louise Nevelson, Leo Lionni, Reginald Marsh, Raphael and Moses Soyer, Ben Shahn, Jacob Lawrence, etc. "This is Volume V of IMPROVISATIONS, which was first conceived in 1950 from an idea by Julio de Diego"

      [Bookseller: Appledore Books, ABAA]
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        Find a Victim

      Knopf, 1954 A fine first edition in a near fine dust jacket. First Edition stated on the copyright page. Housed in a custom-made collector's slipcase.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Fine/Near Fine.

      [Bookseller: Bookbid Rare Books]
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        History of Economic Analysis

      Oxford University Press 1954 - First edition. (Precedes the UK issue.) 1260 p. Light blue cloth with silver lettering. Very Good condition. Back flap of jacket laid in, otherwise gone. Clean pages-- no marks in text or bookplates, etc. Light bumping to corners, very light soiling to cloth. Front hinge starting. A nice copy. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Burnside Rare Books]
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        The Worship of Love: A Study of Nature Worship Throughout the World [Signed by Longworth; Signed by George Seferis]

      London: Torchstream Books, 1954. First edition. Hardcover. Fine/very good +. An about Fine copy of the first edition, first printing, in the Publisher's original dark brown cloth (mildly canted, some pushing at the spine ends and board corners, bare traces of wear, a bit of wrinkling to the first plate, spine label sharp and crisp), in a Very Good + example of the scarce dust jacket which matches the free endpapers and pastedowns (small chips with tears at the spine panel's upper corners, tape repairs to the inside of the jacket, tiny wear at upper panel corner turns to the spine flaps, mild wear and tiny chip to the spine label that does not affect the lettering, portions of some signatures are unopened); copy 298 from a Limited Edition of 975 copies, SIGNED BY T. CLIFTON LONGWORTH on the title page and FURTHER SIGNED BY GEORGE SEFERIS on the front free endpaper to British author Rex Warner, his friend and the translator of some of Seferis' works. The front free endpaper also shows a single line in Greek which is underscored and under which has been drawn a series of arrows. Translated to English, the line, presumably written by Seferis or Longworth, appears to read "worship of sensual love on island of Cyprus" or "praise to worship of love on Cyprus". T. Clifton Longworth was deeply interested in the origins of religious belief and wrote extensively on the topic. In his studies of both ancient religions and present day tribal religions, Longworth determined the worship of love, that is, the adoration of reproductive organs as the symbol of the creative power, to be a common theme, running through the very first religions and constituting the first and most universal form of religious expression. This book presents an extensive study of the topic and, notably, the half-title carries the following printed statement: "The sale of this book is restricted to members of the Medical and Legal Professions, Anthropologists, Psychologists, Sociologists, Ethnologists and Students of Comparative Religion". In his research, Longworth visited Cyprus where he viewed the the sacred Cone of Aphrodite. He discusses it and the marvelous Greek statuary that evolved from it in his Introduction and in the book's first Chapter. George Seferis, a Greek Diplomat and Ambassador to the UK, and one of the Twentieth Century's most important Greek Poets, was the first Greek ever to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature. Both he and British author Rex Warner - to whom Seferis presumably presented the book - were deeply interested in all things related to Cyprus, thus explaining both the giving of the book by Seferis to Warner and the single line written by under Seferis's signature. Copies of Longworth's books signed by him are quite scarce (this Limited Edition was not called to be signed), as are books signed by George Seferis. This copy, of course, carries both signatures and also constitutes a nice association between two noted authors, the Nobel Laureate George Seferis and the noted author and translator Rex Warner. RARE.

      [Bookseller: Allington Antiquarian Books, LLC]
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        Mountain World 1954

      London: George Allen and Unwin Ltd. Good in Good dust jacket. 1954. First Edition. First English edition signed by eight 'Everesters." Mylared dust jackets has some chips and light rubbing and soil. Brown boards have bumped corners and spine ends. Spine slightly cocked. Light soil on top edge and one bumped corner of pages. First free endpaper has a few inked notes. The title page has the signatures of Hillary, expedition leader Lord John Hunt, Alf Gregory, George Band, George Lowe, Michael Wark, Charles Wylie, and Michael Westmacott, all members of the 1953 expedition. Illustrated with over 50 black and white photographs. The Mountain World was a yearly publication recounting expeditions throughout the world. This volume included accounts of the 1953 American attempt on K2, the Swiss attempt on Dhaulgiri, "Everest Ascended" by John Hunt, "Everest 1953" by Wilfrid Noyce, and more articles from other continents. An incredible and rare collection of autographs in this mountaineering journal. ; 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall; 224 pp; Signed by Collection of Signatures .

      [Bookseller: Back of Beyond Books, ABAA]
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        Aforesaid

      New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1954. Limited Numbered Edition. Cloth. Near Fine+. A wonderful Signed Limited Numbered edition by one of America's most beloved poets, Robert Frost. Signed by the author on the limitation page and numbered 612 of 650 Limited Edition copies. Published on the occasion of the author's 80th birthday. The book is covered in textured green cloth with gold titling, with green endpapers, in near fine condition with only slight sunning to the spine but otherwise clean, square and solid. The slipcase is VG+; it is very solid and the outer spine label is complete; however there is slight sunning on the slipcase edges and touches of wear, all of which are common to this edition's slipcase. A lovely copy. This book is featured in the Parrish Books Premier Collection.

      [Bookseller: Parrish Books]
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        A Fable

      New York: Random House, 1954 - First Edition; one of 1000 numbered copies signed by Faulkner. Bookplate; fine copy in the publisher's box (minor soiling and wear). [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy]

      [Bookseller: Peter L. Stern & Co., Inc., A.B.A.A.]
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        The Bounty Hunters

      Houghton Mifflin Company 1954 - First Edition, First Printing SIGNED by Elmore Leonard on a laid in signature. A beautiful dustjacket that is vibrant in color with minor wear to the edges. The book is in excellent condition and is bound in the ORIGINAL publisher's grey cloth. The binding is tight with NO cocking or leaning and the boards are crisp. The pages are exceptionally clean, with NO writing, marks or bookplates in the book. A wonderful copy SIGNED by the author. We buy Elmore Leonard First Editions. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Quintessential Rare Books, LLC]
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        Horton Hears A Who!

      New York: Random House, 1954. First edition. Quarto, original boards. Near fine in a very good price-clipped second issue dust jacket. Inscribed by the author on the verso of the front free endpaper, "For Greg Barrett with best wishes Dr. Seuss. Dr. Seuss began work on Horton Hears a Who! in the fall of 1953. The book's main theme, "a person's a person no matter how small", was Geisel's reaction to his visit to Japan, where the importance of the individual was an exciting new concept. Geisel, who had harbored strong anti-Japan sentiments before and during World War II, changed his views dramatically after the war and used this book as an allegory for the American post-war occupation of the country. It was adapted to film in 2008, the cast included Jim Carrey and Steve Carell.

      [Bookseller: Raptis Rare Books, ABAA/ ILAB]
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        Ed. by Marcel Wyss, Dieter Roth, and Eugen Gomringer

      Bern, Spirale Press, [January 1954?] - 9 original prints. 600 copies. Zinc etching by Max Bill (cover); lithographs by Friedrich Vordemberge-Gildewart, Richard P. Lohse, Heinrich Eichmann, Mary Vieira, and Hans Hofmann; linoleum cuts by Sophie Taeuber-Arp and Verena Wickart-Loewensberg; and a woodcut by Camille Graeser. A vivid composition in black and red by Marcel Wyss appears to be a silkscreen. Literary contributions by many of the artists, as well as Hans Hofer, Hans Arp, Piet Mondrian, and others. [28] pp. in single sheets and folded signatures loose in paper covers. as issued. 49.8 x 33.7 cm. The spine of the blue paper cover is slightly faded (but not the apple-green ink of the print); some small chipping and tears in the edge and spine, and light creasing, Nevertheless, near fine. These early issues (of 9 published) are vanishingly scarce in the wild. A book on this fabulous publication is Spirale: an artists magazine 1953-1964, by Annemarie Bucher (Lars Müller Publishers, 2001; ISBN 978-3-906700-21-2). Please see also listing for number 4. [Attributes: Soft Cover]

      [Bookseller: Laurence McGilvery, ABAA/ILAB]
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        Sweet Thursday

      The Viking Press, 1954. Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. The Viking Press, New York 1954. Signed by John Steinbeck at the front endpaper. Inscribed in 1959. The Signature is Guaranteed Authentic. Second Printing of the First Edition. Cloth boards. The Signature is Guaranteed Authentic by the Publisher. Book Condition: Very Good, tight spine, shelf wear. Rubbing at the spine, age toning, spots at the page edges. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good, shelf wear, spots on the panels. Shelf wear, stains. Wrapped in a new mylar cover.

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        SWEET THURSDAY

      New York: The Viking Press, 1954. Hard Cover with Dust Jacket. Very Good/About Fine. Octavo. SIGNED "JOHN STEINBECK" ON FRONT FREE ENDPAPER. Second edition (1954), with top edges not stained and a tiny red dot on lower right of rear panel. Bound in beige cloth stamped in blue and red, spine slightly age-toned; in a near fine dust jacket. Armorial bookplate; housed in a custom dark blue quarter-leather clamshell box. Goldstone and Payne, A33d.

      [Bookseller: Charles Parkhurst Rare Books, Inc.]
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        Henry and Ribsy

      William Morrow & Company, New York 1954 - The first printing of the third "Henry Huggins" book by Beverly Cleary, seemingly scarce in the marketplace in a dust jacket. Beverly Cleary (b. 1916 - as of this writing, she had just celebrated her 100th birthday) is one of America's most successful children's authors, with 91 million copies of her books having sold. She has been recognized with numerous awards and has been an extremely influential children's author, with a gift for creating characters with whom young children could identify. Henry Huggins was first introduced in 1950 with a book of the same name; the second book in the series was Henry and Beezus, published in 1952. This volume, Henry and Ribsy, published in 1954, shows Henry and his dog Ribsy trying their best to stay out of trouble so that Henry's father would take them salmon fishing - all, of course, to no avail. With illustrations by Louis Darling (1916-1970), who illustrated many of Beverly Cleary's books as well as Rachel Carson's "Silent Spring". ***DESCRIPTION: Bound in bright red cloth, a vignette on the lower half of the front board of Henry riding a bicycle with Ribsy sitting in a box behind him, looking backward, black lettering on the spine, plain endpapers, title page has a different vignetter of Henry sitting with Ribsy above the title, illustrations scattered throughout the text; octavo size (approx. 8" tall), pagination: (1)-192. The pictorial dust jacket in yellow, red and black has the original price of $2.50 on the front flap, a summary of the book on both flaps, with the back panel being publisher's ads for other titles by the same author. ***CONDITION: Volume is near fine, with a strong, square text block, solid hinges, straight corners without rubbing, the black vignetter and spine lettering are crisp and sharp, the interior is clean and bright, and it is entirely free of prior owner markings; the head and tail of the spine are lightly bumped and there are several very shallow bumps to the top edge of the front board, else fine. The unclipped dust jacket is, alas, good only; there is a short (approx. 2") closed tear at the head of the spine where is meets the back panel with a very small (approx. one-third inch) chip and a triangular hole in the back panel approx. one-quarter inch per side with some staining on either side, and some light overall edgewear. ***CITATION: Baumgarten, Author pg. 45. ***POSTAGE: International customers, please note that additional postage may apply as the Abe standard does not always cover costs; please contact us for details. ***Swan's Fine Books is pleased to be a member of the IOBA and we stand behind every book we sell. Please contact us with any questions you may have, we are here to help. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Find the Constellations

      Houghton Mifflin, 1954 A very good first edition (1954 on title page and no mention of later printings on the copyright page) in a very good dust jacket with the original price of $3.00 still present on the front flap. Inscribed by the author with a color drawing on the front free endpaper. Housed in a custom-made collector's slipcase.. Inscribed by Author(s). 1st Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good.

      [Bookseller: Bookbid Rare Books]
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        Schmidt-Uphoff, Hans Erich. - "Komposition (Figuren im Raum)".

      - Farbmonotypie, in Rot, Grün & Schwarzviolett, auf hellbraunem Maschinenbütten, 1954. Von Hans Erich Schmidt-Uphoff. Unikat. 37,6 x 56,8 cm (Darstellung / Druckbild) / 47 x 65 cm (Blatt). Rechts unten in Kugelschreiber signiert und datiert. - Papier altersbedingt etwas gebräunt. Insgesamt guter Zustand. Hans Erich Schmidt-Uphoff (1911 Neumark in Sachsen - 2002 Dessau). Deutscher Maler und Grafiker. Bruder des Malers und Grafikers Helmut Schmidt-Kirstein. Lehre als Dekorationsmaler. 1931-33 Besuch der Akademie für Kunstgewerbe in Dresden. Als bildender Künstler Autodidakt. 1934 Übersiedlung nach Dessau. Dort bis 1945 als Grafiker bei Junkers im Flugzeugbau tätig. 1942-45 als Soldat im Zweiten Weltkrieg, 1945/46 Kriegsgefangenschaft. 1946 in Venedig als Maler tätig. Im selben Jahr Rückkehr nach Dessau, wo er seitdem freischaffend arbeitete. Teilnahme an Ausstellungen des Verbandes Bildender Künstler Halle/Saale. [Attributes: Signed Copy]

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        Das Auto - Motor und Sport - Heft 2 vom 23. Jan. 1954

      Vereinigte Motor Verlage Stuttgart Erscheinungsjahr 1954 - Format 4° ( Kleinfolio ) - Heft 2 -, 44 S. mit zahlreichen teils halb- und ganzseitigen Abbildungungen zum Thema "Automobil" (Typen, Technik, sportliche Ereignisse usw.), Originalheft mit farbigen Deckelbild und Deckeltitel gering unfrisch, Erhaltung 2 + // [Attributes: Soft Cover]

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat Alfred Tauchnitz]
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        Histoire d'O :Avec Une Préface De Jean Paulhan

      Sceaux: Jean-Jacques Pauvert, 1954. 8vo, pp. 245. Original printed yellow wrappers. Later protective slipcase. One or two small spots of colour to wrappers, slight shaving to top edge of rear wrapper affecting the last few pages, otherwise a near fine, unopened copy. SMALL BOOK LABEL OF OLYMPIA PRESS BIBLIOGRAPHER PATRICK KEARNEY TO INSIDE FRONT WRAPPER. First edition, one of 600 numbered copies of which 480 were for sale. This copy out of sequence. GERSHON LEGMAN'S COPY, WITH HIS PENCILLED (ERRONEOUS) ANNOTATION. Anne Declos' notorious sado-masochistic love letter to Jean Paulhan -- who provides the preface to the book -- written in an attempt to reignite their love affair, and to rebut his assertion that women were incapable of writing erotica. For forty years after publication the identity of the book's author remained a secret; only in 1994, in his book The Good Ship Venus, did John de St. Jorre finally unmask (ungimp?) Desclos. St. Jorre's book was a biography of the Paris-based publishing house The Olympia Press; it was Olympia which published an unauthorised English translation of Histoire d'O almost simultaneously with this, the first edition. This copy bears a handwritten (unsigned) note by Gershon Legman, ascribing the authorship of the book to André Pieyre de Mandiargues. Though no stranger to erotica, de Mandiargues had no hand in this. An unknown but very small number of copies of the first edition carry a small red etching by Hans Bellmer on the title page. The etching is not present on this copy.

      [Bookseller: Neil Pearson Rare Books]
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        Eighd. engl. Albumblatt mit Notenzitat und Signatur, dat. April 1982 [10 x 15,3 cm] sowie Porträtpostkarte mit eighd. Signatur, dat. Wien 8.11.1954 [Fotogröße 11,4 x 8,1 cm].

      o.O., 1954 - o.O., 1954. Das Foto wurde von Anton Pischer gefertigt. Die Signatur und die Datierung befinden sich auf der Rückseite. - Leichte Faltspur beim Albumblatt. - Krenek, (1900 - 1991), gehört zu den stärksten und vielseitigsten Begabungen der Neuen Musik und kann heute als eine der repräsentativen Figuren der musikalischen Moderne gelten. Sein Schaffen und sein ästhetisches Denken sind durch die Spannung zweier widerstrebender Impulse gekennzeichnet: das von einem starken Individualismus geprägte Ausdrucksbedürfnis und einen hohen, durchaus elitären Kunstanspruch auf der einen Seite, und auf der anderen den weitschauenden Blick für die Wirkungsweise von Musik, eine darauf aufbauende rezeptionsästhetische Grundhaltung und nicht zuletzt den von humanistischen und liberalen Ideen geprägten politischen Weitblick. (Zitat DBE) - "My musical manuscripts are being collected by the the City Library of Vienna . a token of may hand writing." (Zitat) Deutsch

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        The complete Lensman series: Triplanetary; Galactic Patrol; Gray Lensman; First Lensman; Second Stage Lensmen; and Children of the Lens [6 Vol.]

      Fantasy Press, 1954. First Editions. Cloth. VG-Near Fine/Very Good+ in Archival Plastic Cover. A handsome set of all six first trade editions of Edward Elmer "Doc" Smith's well-known Lensmen series with "Triplanetary" inscribed by the author on a tipped-in page after the copyright page: "To the Fantasy Foundation-- with the hope that it will continue to be the Library of Congress of ??." The set includes Triplanetary (1948); Galactic Patrol (1950); Gray Lensman (1951); First Lensman (1952); ; Second Stage Lensmen (1953); and Children of the Lens (1954). Also laid in is a "Solar Credit" at The Detention, signed by Smith. This set is Smith's "History of Civilization," a cornerstone science fiction series, all in the original blue cloth bindings and pictorial dust jackets. The dustjackets are price-clipped on Galactic Patrol and Second Stage Lensmen, and all six have some light wear and darkening to dustjackets and books, some have moderate chips especially at the base of the spines (see the pictures). What is amazing is that the interior of the books are clean and quite bright, very nice for books that are over 65 years old; overall in Very Good+ condition. The Lensman series was a runner-up for the Hugo award for Best All-Time Series (the winner was the Foundation series by Isaac Asimov) and the series was one of the best-selling of the Fantasy Press titles Fantasy Press ever had. A very nice set.

      [Bookseller: Parrish Books]
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        The Summing Up

      Garden City: Doubleday, 1954 - Eightieth Birthday Edition; one of 391 numbered copies signed by Maugham. Ownership signature inside the front cover; tiny spot on the colophon page; fine in a very good publisher's slipcase.

      [Bookseller: Peter L. Stern & Co., Inc., A.B.A.A.]
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        The Hooded Hawk

      Grosset & Dunlap, 1954 The first edition in the incredibly rare first issue dust jacket, with the five Tom Swift titles on the back panel. Matches Carpentieri 1954A-1 point for point. In our experience, by far the rarest Hardy Boys first edition, the stopper for virtually every collection, so much so that collectors prefer to act like it does not exist. Housed in a custom-made collector's slipcase. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine/Near Fine.

      [Bookseller: Bookbid Rare Books]
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        Reach for the Sky. The Story of Douglas Bader. [Sixth Impression]. SIGNED COPY IN FULL MOROCCO

      Collins,, [1954]. 8vo., Sixth Impression, with frontispiece and 24 plates on 12; handsomely bound in burgundy full crushed morocco, sides with gilt frame border, back with raised bands tooled in gilt, second and fourth compartments lettered in gilt, all other compartments tooled in gilt, a most attractive copy ideal as a gift or for presentation. SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR ON DEDICATION. Published five months after the first impression. Written by Paul Brickhill (already celebrated as the author of another RAF classic 'The Dam Busters', 1951), 'Reach for the Sky' remains the best account of the legless Battle of Britain hero. It was the basis of Lewis Gilbert's hugely successful feature film (1954) starring Kenneth More in what was arguably his finest role. One of the legendary figures of the Royal Air Force, Douglas Bader was from the outset an outstanding athlete. As a cadet at Cranwell he gained his 'blues' for cricket, rugby, hockey and boxing. He represented the RAF at both cricket and rugby and would probably have been capped for England but for the accident that changed his life and created a legend. In 1931 a near-fatal air crash left him legless. Knowing that no man with such a handicap had ever walked without a stick he nevertheless found his way back to fitness playing tennis, golf and many others sports. He even flew again, until the authorities determined that a pilot without legs could not fly and discharged him from the service. With the outbreak of War he fought to be readmitted, not merely to a desk job, but back to the cockpit. Finally he was given command of a flight which quickly increased to five squadrons as the RAF realised that he was not only an outstanding pilot but an inspired leader of men and a fighter tactician almost of genius. Even as a POW his spirit was such that his captors were forced at one stage to remove his artificial limbs to prevent the chance of his escaping. Enser, p.375 (recording the first edition)

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        Quellen und Studien zur Geschichte der Jagd. Bde I, III-IX u. XI-XII

      Berlin, Verlag Walter de Gruyter 1954 - 8°. Band I: De Arte Bersandi. Ein Traktat des 13. Jahrhunderts über Jagd auf Rotwild. (1954). 32 S. Mit Illustr. Broschüre i. klare Klebefolie eingeschlagen. *Nr. 276 v. 300 Expl.; Band I: De Arte Bersandi. Ein Traktat des 13. Jahrhunderts über Jagd auf Rotwild und Neptalym Cervus Emissus. Eine Jagdgeschichte des 14. Jahrhunderts. (1966). 2. erweiterte Ausgabe. 100 S. Mit Illustr. Pappeinband i. klare Klebefolie eingeschlagen.; Band III: Die Lehre von den Zeichen des Hirsches. (1956). 222 S. Mit Illustr. Pappeinband i. klare Klebefolie eingeschlagen. *Nr. 264 von 300 Expl.; Band IV: Das Jagdbuch des Petrus de Crescentiis. In deutschen Übersetzungen des 14. Und 15. Jahrhunderts. (1957). 196 S. Mit Illustr. Pappeinband i. klare Klebefolie eingeschlagen. *Nr. 239 von 300 Expl.; Bände V und VI: Deutsche Jagdtraktate des 15. Und 16. Jahrhunderts. Teil I und II. (1959). 216 u. 292 S. Mit Illustr. Pappeinband i. klare Klebefolie eingeschlagen. *Nrs. 248 bzw. 187 von 350 Expl.; Bände VII und VIII: Von Falken, Hunden und Pferden. Deutsche Albertus-Magnus-Übersetzungen aus der ersten Hälfte des 15. Jahrhunderts. Teil I und II. (1962). 232 u. 212 S. Mit Illustr. Pappeinband i. klare Klebefolie eingeschlagen. *Nrs. 187 bzw. 64 von 350 Expl.; Band IX: Deutsche Jagdschriftsteller. Biographische und Bibliographische Studien. Teil I [alles erschienen]. (1964). 348 S. Mit Illustr. Pappeinband i. klare Klebefolie eingeschlagen.; Band XI: Möller, Detlef: Studien zur Mitteralterlichen arabischen Falknerei-Literatur (1965). 170 S. Pappeiband; Band XII: Beiträge zu Vogelfang und Falknerei im Altertum. (1973). 160 S. Mit Illustr. Leinengebunden mit Schutzumschlag. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Flashback (78 Issues from 1954-1972)

      Washington County Historical Society 1954-1972, Fayetteville, AR - Contains 78 issues. Single issues from this set are available for $25.00 (USD) each. Shipping is Media Mail $3.00 (USD) for first issue, $0.50 (USD) for each addition issue. Most Issues are mimeographed. Staple bound spines. 30pp in each issues. Most covers have B&W pictures. Local stories, Genealogy and Civil War. Size: 8 1/2" x 11". NOT ex-library. All books offered from DSB are stocked at our store in Fayetteville, AR. Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilogram. Category: History; Inventory No: 024323. [Attributes: Soft Cover]

      [Bookseller: Dickson Street Bookshop]
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        Tactical Exercise.

      Boston: Little, Brown and Company,, 1954. Octavo. Original dark green cloth, titles to spine gilt. With the dust jacket. Spine lightly sunned. An excellent copy in a bright jacket. First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed on the front end paper to Anthony Powell: "Tony with love from Evelyn". Powell's bookplate to the front pastedown. An exceptional association linking two of the great novelists of the twentieth century. Tactical Exercise is a collection of short stories, published only in America.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        Science and Civilisation in China. With research assistance of Wang Ling. Vol. I-III, vol. IV part 1-3, volume V part 1-4, in all 10 vols.

      - Cambridge University Press, London 1954-[85], 1st print. 4°, illustrated, orig. cloth. Kina korrektur Oriental Orienten korrektur. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Cheveux sur la soupe.

      Paris, Gallimard, 1954. - In-12, broché, non coupé, 253 pp. Edition originale. Un des 65 exemplaires numérotés sur vélin pur fil, seul tirage en grand papier. N° 4. Bel exemplaire. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

      [Bookseller: Livres de A à Z]
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        Picasso and the Human Comedy: A Suite of 180 Drawings by Picasso (Verve #29/30)

      Harcourt, Brace and Company, New York 1954 - The 1954 1st edition of this suite of 180 Picasso drawings, which constitutes "Verve" issues 29/30. A solid, VG folio in its pictorial boards (which make up 2 Picasso lithographs themselves). And in a crisp, VG example of the matching pictorial dustjacket, which shows light chipping --and several small closed tears-- at the spine crown and along the upper edges. Still though, solid and very presentable. From the front dustjacket flap: "In this magnificent series of drawings Picaso reviews and comments upon his whole prodigious career. Styles and periods, the persons and inventions that have filled his incomparable canvases are held up before the detached eye of the master. This work has been produced under the direction of Teriade by the Master Printes Draeger Freres for the heliogravure in black and white and Moulot Freres for the lithography in color. The American edition is published through the co-operation of Verve and stands as one of their finest creations." [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring; The Two Towers; The Return of the King (3 Volumes)

      London: Allen & Unwin, 1954. Hardcover. Good. First Edition; 14th, 8th and 9th printings, all in price clipped dust jackets, though corresponding impression statements present; maps at rear intact. Volumes in Good condition overall. Previous owner name at front. Generally soiled, spotted, stained and worn. Pages toned. Tears to top of rear panel of Fellowship of the Rings, with associated creasing. A bit tattered though an early set of Tolkien's classic saga.

      [Bookseller: Burnside Rare Books]
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        A Good Man is Hard to Find

      Harcourt, Brace, 1954. Stated first edition with error on p. 125 (tyring). Black boards have a bit of fading and edgewear. Interior is clean. First state DJ has some chipping, creasing and soiling to back. Original price is faded but present. Superb collection of short stories.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good+/Very Good-. 8vo.

      [Bookseller: Lindas Rare Books]
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        Homebodies.

      New York, Simon and Schuster 1954. 4°, 90 pp. with Illustrations, illustrated frontleaves, hardback with dustjacket. First edition with unclipped price ($ 2,95).- On the first with page inscribed by the author with a drawing, dat. New York Dec. 1954.- Dustjacket with some missing pieces at the edge, inside a clean copy. Versand D: 4,50 EUR Signed Books

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat Eckert & Kaun]
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