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        Live and Let Die - First edition, first issue, second state PROOF dust wrapper

      Cape 1954 - A first edition, first printing, second issue with Kenneth Lewis slug half-way down the front flap. A very good+ book without inscriptions, with some light spotting to the page edges. In the second issue dust wrapper which is UNCLIPPED and has square corners - a rare proof jacket. One closed tear to the front panel with some creasing therein. Some light wear to the spine and extremities. A little light staining to the rear panel. Complete with the Jonathan Cape 'Now and Then' postcard and now in a custom-made clamshell box. Rare proof dust wrapper. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Circe and Ulysses: the Inner Temple Masque. Presented by the Gentlemen There January 13, 1614

      Golden Cockerel Press, London 1954 - First Edition Thus. Limited to 300 copies, this is number 289. Set in Poliphilus type on hand-made paper by Christopher Sandford at the press. Bound in one quarter cloth with salmon pink paper over board covers, clean with little wear. With gilt masque motif on face and rear cover and gilt lettering to spine. In a clear glassine jacket with rubbing, scuffing, and a few small tears to lower edge. Interior pages are clean and unmarked. Binding is square and solid. With an essay by Gwyn Jones. Illustrated with 5 B&W full page engravings and, a frontispiece, and a small engraving on title page. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        The story of O:

      Paris: Olympia Press, 1954. Paperback. 187p., text in English, colophon states "This First Edition/of The Story of O/was printed by/Imprimerie Richard,/Paris, in June 1954., original purple wraps with star design framing on front cover, black titles, wear to folds and edges with mild splitting to covers at folds, otherwise a good first edition of the unauthorized English language translation published contemporaneously with the French edition. Grier B* (T?)

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        Vème Congrès International de Transfusion Sanguine. [ Exemplaire nominatif ]

      1954 - Exemplaire nominatif spécialement imprimé pour le Professeur Jean Bernard, 1 vol. in-folio en feuillets sous emboîtage, Paris, 1954 Exemplaire nominatif spécialement imprimé pour le Professeur Jean Bernard. Il s’agit du grand médecin, poète, humaniste, membre de l’Académie Française, le professeur Jean Bernard. Bel exemplaire imprimé spécialement imprimé pour le célèbre hématologue. Avec signature de l'auteur Langue: Français [Attributes: Signed Copy; Soft Cover]

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      London: The Hogarth Press. 1954 & 1956. Two volumes, both original cloth in dustwrappers and both INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR. goodBYE TO BERLIN is the fourth impression of the first edition. A very good copy, the blue cloth clean and bright. Complete with the rubbed, nicked and lightly chipped original dustwrapper. Not price-clipped. Inscribed to the front free endpaper ?"For Bill Gray / with my best wishes / Christopher Isherwood / July 15th 1967?"; MR. NORRIS CHANGES TRAINS is the sixth impression of the first edition. A very good copy, the blue cloth clean and bright. Complete with the rubbed, nicked and chipped original dustwrapper missing a piece to the top of the spine. Not price-clipped. Inscribed to the front free endpaper ?"For Bill Gray / with best wishes / Christopher Isherwood / Xmas 1960?". Further details and images for any of the items listed are available on request. Lucius Books welcomes direct contact with our customers.

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        Twelve Fables of Aesop

      1954. FRASCONI, Antonio. Twelve Fables of Aesop, Newly Narrated by Glenway Wescott. 17 pp. Includes 19 linoleum cuts by Frasconi. 4to., original linen-backed boards and slipcase with linoleum cut. New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 1954.One of the most delightful illustrated books to have been printed in America. Monroe Wheeler conceived the project and Glenway Wescott produced the text, which Frasconi illustrated. The whole was put into the hands of the printer Joseph Blumenthal with exceptional results. One of 975 copies signed by Frasconi, Wescott, and Blumenthal. The Artist and the Book 111.A Century of Artists Books p.121

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      Doubleday & Company, Inc., Garden City 1954 - Octavo, cloth. Review slip from the New York Times Book Review laid in. Third in the Lucky Starr series. Jacket art by Richard Powers. An about fine copy, free end paper and half title page show mark and staining from paper clip which held review slip attached in a very good plus dust jacket, shelf wear with minor chipping to head of spine panel, small closed tear to upper front panel, light rubbing to upper right corner, longish closed tear and creasing to rear panel with some rubbing to letter at upper rear panel. A respectable copy of an uncommon title. (8173) [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Circe and Ulysses: the Inner Temple Masque. Presented by the Gentlemen There January 13, 1614

      London: Golden Cockerel Press, 1954 First Edition Thus. Limited to 300 copies, this is number 289. Set in Poliphilus type on hand-made paper by Christopher Sandford at the press. Bound in one quarter cloth with salmon pink paper over board covers, clean with little wear. With gilt masque motif on face and rear cover and gilt lettering to spine. In a clear glassine jacket with rubbing, scuffing, and a few small tears to lower edge. Interior pages are clean and unmarked. Binding is square and solid. With an essay by Gwyn Jones. Illustrated with 5 B&W full page engravings and, a frontispiece, and a small engraving on title page.

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        The Long Goodbye

      Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston 1954 - 316 pages. Octavo (8 1/2" x 5 3/4") Bound in publisher's half blue cloth with green edges with black lettering to spine and cover. (Bruccoli A10.1.b.) First American edition, first printing. The English edition preceded the American by a few months. The Long Goodbye is a 1953 novel by Raymond Chandler, centered on his famous detective Philip Marlowe. While some critics consider it inferior to The Big Sleep or Farewell, My Lovely, others rank it as the best of his work. Chandler himself, in a letter to a friend, called the novel "my best book" and recalled the agony of writing it while his wife was terminally ill. The novel is notable for using hard-boiled detective fiction as a vehicle for social criticism, as well as for including autobiographical elements from Chandler's life. In 1955, the novel received the Edgar Award for Best Novel. The Long Goodbye is Chandler's most personal novel. He wrote it as his wife was dying and her illness and eventual death had a profound effect on him, driving him into fits of melancholy as well as talk of and even attempts at suicide. The novel contains two characters obviously based on Chandler himself and both of them highlight Chandler's awareness of his own flaws such as alcoholism as well as his insecurities (e.g., in the value of his writing). The most obvious Chandler substitute is the usually drunken author Roger Wade. Like Chandler, Wade had a string of successful novels behind him but as he got older he found it more difficult to write. Also, like Chandler, Wade's novels (romantic fiction) were viewed by many as not real literature and Wade obviously has the desire to be thought of as a serious author. Wade also stands in for Chandler in discussions about literature, e.g., praising F. Scott Fitzgerald. The other Chandler stand-in was Terry Lennox. Lennox was also an alcoholic. Also, like Chandler he had been in a war and the war had left emotional scars. In Lennox's case it was the Second World War; in Chandler's case it was the first. Lennox was a Canadian citizen but he had spent a great deal of time in England and retained the more restrained and formal attitude of an English gentleman. This made him somewhat of an anomaly in the fast paced and more informal world of wealthy Los Angeles that he inhabited due to his wife's money. Chandler was also raised in England and received a classical education there. Chandler also retained a great love for the English and what he viewed as their more civilized way of life compared to the shallowness and superficiality of Los Angeles. This frequently put him at odds with screen writing collaborators such as Billy Wilder as well as with most of Los Angeles and Hollywood society. Condition: Light rubbing to spine ends, small clip to front end paper, corners gently bumped and lightly rubbed. jacket restored by Octavaye Studios. A better than very good copy in a near fine jacket. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Waiting for Godot. Set

      1954. 1. BECKETT, Samuel. En Attendant Godot. Piece en Deux Actes. 163, [5] pp. 8vo., 188 x 120 mm, in original blue and black printed paper binding. Paris: Les Editions de Minuit, 1952. WITH: 2. --------------. En Attendant Godot. Piece en Deux Actes. 163, [1] pp. 8vo., 188 x 120 mm, in original blue and black printed paper binding. Paris: Les Editions de Minuit, 1954. WITH: 3. --------------. Théâtre de Babylone. The Original Theatrical Program: Jean-Marie Serreau présente En Attendant GODOT de Samuel Beckett Mise en scène de Roger Blin. [12] pp. With black and white photographs of the actors, Beckett, Serreau, Blin, etc. Small square 8vo., 155 x 120 mm, printed coloured wrappers. Paris: Edition Artistique, [1953-4]. WITH: 4. --------------. Waiting for Godot. [1], 60, [3] ff. Includes four pages of photos from the original Paris-Blin production. 8vo., 210 x 120 mm, bound in original black cloth in pictorial dust-jacket. New York: Grove Press, 1954. WITH: 5. -------------. Waiting for Godot. Original Playbill from the John Golden Theatre. 22 pp. 8vo., 230 x 165 mm, in original printed wrapper. New York: May 1956. First New York production. WITH: 6. --------------. Waiting for Godot. 94 pp. 8vo., 209 x 120 mm, bound in original yellow cloth in pictorial dust jacket. London: Faber and Faber, 1956. WITH: 7. --------------. Waiting for Godot. 94 pp. 8vo., 185 x 123 mm, bound in original white illustrated paper wrappers designed by Sidney Nolan. London: Faber and Faber, 1981. Later Edition, Presentation Copy. WITH: 8. --------------. Waiting for Godot. The Criterion Theatre Playbill. Directed by Peter Hall. Setting by Peter Snow. 8 pp. Small 8vo., 185 x 126 mm, green and white pictorial paper wrappers. Piccadilly Circus, London: 12 September 1955. WITH: 9. --------------. Waiting for Godot. The National Theater Playbill. Directed by Michael Rudman. Setting by William Dudley. Introduction by Anthony Burgess. Biography of Beckett and complete chronological history of Godot productions. 36 pp. Numerous illustrations throughout. Large 8vo., 255 x 153 mm, original pictorial wrappers, stapled. London: The Lyttelton Theater, 1987. WITH: 10. -----------. Waiting for Godot. Original Theatre Programme for WAITING FOR GODOT. Lincoln Center Theater Presents. 108 pp. 8vo., 215 x 143 mm, original pictorial wrappers with photo of Martin and Williams staring at the moon, stapled. New York: 1988. |~||~||~||~||~||~||~| A Spectacular Collection of all the cornerstone Godot editions. Includes the True First Edition in French; the first illustrated edition; a Presentation Copy of the Faber and Faber English Edition warmly inscribed by Beckett in 1983; a Presentation Copy of the original Grove edition; plus original playbills for all the major initial productions of Godot onstage. Within this stellar set are the three seminal editions of Beckett's Waiting for Godot which were all milestones in Beckett's career, and each had considerable impact on the development of "Theater of the Absurd." In fact, it was Godot that defined modernism in twentieth-century theater. Brooks Atkinson said of an early production, "it gave a frightening impression of being close to the truth of the human race waiting indolently for a solution that will never come." A presentation copy of Godot in any edition is a rarity. In overall fine condition. Waiting for Godot was first produced at the Théâtre de Babylone, Paris, January 5, 1953, in French, as En attendant Godot, and at the Arts Theatre Club, London, August 3, 1955, in English. The play firmly established Beckett's reputation, although acclaim was slow to follow. It took theatre critic Harold Hobson to begin to stem the tide of negative criticism; he urged that everyone "Go and see Waiting for Godot. At the worst you will discover a curiosity, a four-leaved clover, a black tulip; at the best something that will securely lodge in a corner of your mind for as long as you live" (Bair, Deirdre, Samuel Beckett: A Biography. New York: Summit, 1990, p. 454). Ad 1: True First Edition. Beckett's Waiting for Godot, a milestone in a long productive career, this play has become the symbol of the "Theater of the Absurd." A fine copy. Ad 2: First Illustrated Edition of Godot. This volume exactly reproduces the 1952 "Editions de Minuit" first edition but includes for the first time 4 pages of black and white photographs of the original cast performing Godot at the Théâtre de Babylone. Short tear to page 54, else a fine copy. Ad 3: The playbill for the original French production of Godot at the Théâtre de Babylone, a diminutive theater in Paris. With photos of the first actors to perform in Godot, i.e., Julien Verdier, Lucien Raimbourg and Pierer Latour. The play opened on January 5th, 1953, and ran for over 300 performances. Ad 4: First Edition in English, Presentation Copy, inscribed by Samuel Beckett: "For Jack affectionately from Sam 20.11.87!" The recipient of this copy was the actor / director Jack Garfein (b. 1930 in Mukaccvo, Czechoslovakia); young Garfein survived a stay in the Auschwitz concentration camp during WWII. In 1945, he emigrated to the U.S. and studied at the New School for Social Research before going into the theater. Garfein was the primary force behind The Actors and Directors Lab in both Los Angeles and New York, as well as the artistic director of The Harold Clurman Theatre in New York. He staged productions of Beckett's works, including an Alan Schneider directed triple-bill of "Ohio Impromptu" - "Catastrophe" - "What Were" in 1983, and a series of works by Beckett at New York's Samuel Beckett Theater. Dustjacket with light wear to top extremities, spine ever so slightly darkened. Presentation copies of any edition of Waiting for Godot are now very rare on the market. Ad 5: Original playbill from the first New York production of Godot. The cast included Bert Lahr, E.G. Marshall, and the chimerical Luchino Solito de Solis. Good condition, light dampstain to covers. Ad 6: First English Edition. With publisher's note tipped-in announcing that "When Waiting for Godot was transferred from the Arts Theatre to the Criterion Theatre, a small number of textual deletions were made to satisfy the requirements of the Lord Chamberlain. The text printed here is that used in the Criterion Theatre production". Dustjacket with light fading to spine, one short tear closed, a few miniscule signs of wear to spine extremities. Ad 7: Later Edition of the Faber and Faber London printing. Presentation Copy from Beckett to George Hall "with all best wishes Samuel Beckett 29.11.83." Presumably the recipient was the Broadway actor, George Hall (1916- 2002), who was a theater, TV, and movie actor, best remembered by his role as the elderly Dr. Henry "Indiana" Jones in the TV series "The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles" (1992). His Broadway debut was in 1946. Fine copy. Ad 8: Playbill for the infamous Criterion Production which when Godot was transferred from the Arts Theatre to the Criterion Theatre, a number of textual deletions were made to satisfy the requirements of the Lord Chamberlain. The complete text was not performed in England for another nine years. Ad 9: Playbill for the acclaimed National Theater production of Godot with John Alderton as Estragon, Alec McCowen as Vladimir and Terence Rigby as Pozzo. This production used Beckett's revised text, based on his 1975 Schiller-Theater production, and the program reproduces three pages from his production notebook, along with a few photographs of the author and actors. Includes extracts from Michael Rudman's visit with Beckett in Paris in 1987, as well as extracts from the original reviews by Norman Mailer, Tennessee Williams, Clive Barnes et al. A fine copy. Ad 10: Playbill for the famous Mike Nichols production at the Lincoln Center Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater, starring F. Murray Abraham, Steve Martin, Robin Williams, and Bill Irwin. Directed by Mike Nichols. A near fine copy. Federman & Fletcher 373. R.J. Davis, Samuel Beckett 52A1. NYPL's Books of the Century 26.

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        Letter Signed by Audrey Hepburn, June 18th, 1954

      1954 - The typed letter is written from the 46th Street Theatre where Hepburn and her future husband, Mel Ferrer, were appearing in "Ondine". In the letter, addressed to a Mr. Sus, Heburn writes" "Thank you very much for your letter of June 14th. I would be very happy to help you to see the play if you will let me know which performance you and your friend would like to come to. Audrey Hepb . . ." The latter part of the last name is dropped, as typical of Hepburn signatures of the period. Hepburn had already made her stunning movie debut in "Roman Holiday". Ahead of her were her many other memorable movies, and thus this is an early autograph of Hepburn.

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        The Alphabet of Creation: An Ancient Legend from the Zohar

      1954. BOUND BY PAUL BONET SHAHN, Ben. The Alphabet of Creation: An Ancient Legend from the Zohar. Illustrated by Ben Shahn. 4to., 272 x 167 mm, bound by Paul Bonet in a full polished red and black calf binding with Hebraic-like alphabetic onlays on both covers, with matching chemise and slipcase; the original cloth binding bound-in. New York: Printed at the Spiral Press for Pantheon, 1954. |~||~||~||~||~||~| A superb example of twentieth-century bookbinding from the greatest French practitioner of the art. Laid in are three autograph letters from Paul Bonet to the person who commissioned the binding, and a typed letter, signed from Ben Shahn concerning the book itself. One of 50 copies containing an original signed drawing by Shahn, of a total edition of 550 copies, with the colophon also signed by Shahn. The delicate calf chemise and slipcase are in near-fine condition. A Century of Artists Books, p. 109.

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        Concept Design for the Lincoln Continental (?)

      1954 - Mixed media on brown composition board with gum arabic. Signed and dated "Hammond 6 - 8- 54" A beautiful concept for a large, two door luxury car The name and logo on the car are so vague that it is not clear whether this beautifully drawn concept is for the Lincoln Continental or not, but it certainly could be. A long, slightly downward sloping line runs from the headlight to the backlight, similar to the Ford Fairlane, but this a larger, more aggressive car with a long hood that comes to a point over a pointed front bumper. The roof is a small missile-like figure. The chrome back fenders and hubcaps add to the richness, as does the two-tone, cappuccino and brown coloring. [Attributes: Signed Copy]

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        Religious Drama: Mediaeval and Modern

      House of Books, New York 1954 - [32] p. Number twelve of the Crown Octavos.printed at The Peter Pauper Press. Signed 'T.S. Eliot' on the limitation page, number 298 of 300. Small, unobtrusive, embossed name of library on bottom of title page with 'reference room' stamped on verso and small date stamp on intro page. No other library markings. Ref.: Gallup A65. [E] [Attributes: Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

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        Mes caravanes

      First edition, one of 40 numbered copies on Holland, the only major papers.Pleasant specimen. Seghers Paris 1954 14,5x19cm broché

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      Original edition adorned with 25 illustrations in black and colors Kisling, one of 35 numbered copies on Japan super pearly draw tête.Préface André Salmon.Notre copy, as it is stated in the justification of the draw , is full of his suite on Holland hors text color of his suite on Arches off-colored text, its sequel on China's in-black text, unprecedented board, a suite Holland refused on boards and a copper rayé.Les illustrations Kisling consist as follows: a folded cover painted a portrait frontispiece in color, 11 illustrations inset in color and 12 illustrations in-text in noir.Très nice copy. Aux dépens d'un amateur (Bernard Klein) s.l. (Paris) 1954 28,5x38,5cm en feuilles sous chemise et étui.

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      First Edition, review copy service. Precious autograph dedication signed by the author Maurice Blanchot, "with friendly and very faithful thought ..." Dos and slightly flat and marginally dives and passed. "Three years to a book, five lines for ridicule - and false quotes" The reception of The Stranger by Camus critics was a painful disappointment. In his refuge Panelier, Camus received the "serials" that sends Pascal Pia often disillusioned with some comments on the article as Henriot appeared in Time. "I never doubted qu'Henriot It was a con held to confirm this opinion. " Besides some glowing items Gallimard wishes to emphasize: "The criticism was absurd indeed Yet there was a good article in Arland Coemedia and another equally favorable in the NRF.." But these are articles "Home" and also not necessarily bright "And some reservations that we make with regard to this thought (...) it is important that the position of Mr. Camus is sincere ... "Camus is not fooled:" Criticism: poor free zone, excellent in Paris Finally everything rests on misunderstandings "... So when Pia sends Blanchot's article appeared in the summer of 1942 (and repeated in Misstep in 1943) adds that assessment: "I think it's far, what has been written more smart about your book. " The interest that the two writers are doing is immediate. In the month of August 1942, Camus is sending two novels and Blanchot devotes a paragraph in his diary: "Thomas discovers her death foreshadows the future (...) All lights - but light. dull bathing asphodel mortal experience. " In autumn, Blanchot devotes a lengthy discussion again Sisyphus: "... the book of Mr. Camus deserves to be appreciated a little more than a literary remarkable book." Bound by a mutual admiration, Camus and Blanchot meet regularly to the jury of the Pleiades or committees of the Ark and Gallimard they are both members. Their literary career also sometimes strangely echo like "The Plague" and "Very High", "political allegories based on the imaginary development of an epidemic in the city." Published one year of interval. In 1954, publication of the Summer, Blanchot published several analyzes of the work of Camus, sometimes severe critical reflections, but still doing a careful and thorough reading which reflects the intellectual proximity of the two men. On the death of Camus, Blanchot make him tribute (later included in "Friendship"): "Death struck Camus (...) has made us in a profound part of ourselves, already dying, we felt how happy we were to be [his] contemporary and how treacherous this happiness was at once revealed and obscured, even more, as if the power to be contemporaries of ourselves, in which time we belong with [him], suddenly found himself severely impaired. " Gallimard Paris 1954 12x19cm broché

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      First Edition of current paper.Precious and beautiful handwritten dedication signed by the author to filmmaker Henri-Georges Clouzot "... HG Clouzot and Vera / I love you and I kiss you on the threshold of the operating theaters white / Jean magic."Insolated back slightly wrinkled, four small marginal tears on covers, rare and tiny spots on dishes. Editions du rocher Monaco 1954 14x20,5cm broché

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        Féerie pour une autre fois II. Normance

      First edition, one of 155 numbered copies on pure wire, pulling the lead after 45 Holland.Beautiful specimen. Gallimard Paris 1954 14,5x20,5cm broché

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      First edition, one of 25 numbered copies on Holland draw tête.Reliure in full morocco jansenist red back with 5 nerves, when in the rear, and contreplats guards lined white box, covers and spine preserved, all witnesses on golden slices lined pouch red morocco binding signed H. Duhayon.Très nice copy well established. Gallimard Paris 1954 12x18,5cm relié

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        Le Ballet. Avec la collaboration de Maria Luz. (Le ballet en France du quinzieme siecle a nos jours)

      Arts du Monde Hachette, Paris 1954,. Leineneinband mit transparentem Schutzumschlag, 378 Seiten, 3 Bl., als Frontispiz eine Originallithographie von Picasso (im Stein/Druck signiert), Einbandillustration v. Henri Matisse, 415 Abbildungen (Fotografien, Illustrationen, teilweise montiert), 31,5x23 cm (=4°), Schutzumschlag mit kleinen Fehlstellen am oberen und unteren Rücken, sonst guter bis sehr guter Zustand,.

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      Provenance: Rex Arrowsmith, renowned Santa Fe Native American art dealer. Oil on canvas signed in lower right corner. Hand carved frame signed in right panel. In excellent condition. Frame size: 42" x 32". Painting size: 24" x 19". [Attributes: Signed Copy]

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        Under Milk Wood

      London: Dent, 1954., 1954. First Edition. 8vo. Publisher's light brown cloth in original dust-wrapper. A crisp, clean, fine copy which is slightly rubbed to the crown. A most attractive example. The Swansea bard's 'Under Milk Wood' is a sensitive, often comic, examination of life in Wales. Another great Welshman, Richard Burton, who narrated the 1963 BBC Radio production, summised; 'the entire thing is about religion, the idea of death, and sex'.

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        Living the Good Life [Inscribed in the Year of Publication]

      Harborside: Social Science Institute. (1954). An account of the authors' homestead in Vermont, which they described as a 20-year project in self-subsistent living and subtitled this volume (in part) "How to Live Sanely and Simply in a Troubled World." The Nearings were radical pacifists who essentially "dropped out" of most aspects of contemporary American society after World War II, and set about making their Vermont farm self-sustaining. In the Vietnam War era this book became the Bible of the back-to-the-land movement, and that, in turn, led to the movement toward revitalizing small farms, the "slow food" movement, and the "locavore" phenomenon -- which are pervasive cultural influences in the U.S. and western Europe today. Inscribed by the authors in the year of publication: "To Eva & Hans & their good life in Yonkers/ Helen & Scott/ Oct 12 1954." All written in Helen's hand but for Scott's name, which Scott has written. From what we've been able to discern, Hans [Simons] was Dean of the School of Politics of the New School for Social Research. Foxing to the spine cloth; a very good copy in patterned boards, lacking the dust jacket. First Edition. Hardcover.

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        Live and Let Die

      London: Jonathan Cape,, 1954. Octavo. Original black boards, titles to spine and roundel to front board gilt. With the dust jacket. Housed in a black quarter morocco solander box by the Chelsea Bindery. Contents a little browned couple of small, marginal stains but a very decent copy in the mildly toned dust jacket with a light vertical crease to the lower panel and some trivial rubbing at the tips. First edition, first impression, in the first issue jacket without the design credit slug to the front flap. The earliest dust jackets issued made no mention of Kenneth Lewis and at some point the need was recognised to credit his work. A stamp was made and as a stopgap existing jackets were overstampped beneath the blurb on the front flap. This slightly amateurish solution was swiftly abandoned and the jacket was reset and reprinted to include the Lewis credit. Copies of the first impression exist with all three states though we note that the third state dust jacket may readily be found on reprints and ought therefore be regarded with some suspicion. Copies of the first issue in such condition as the present example are increasingly hard to find.

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        Orfebreria Prehispanica De Colombia 6 Volume Set

      Banco De La Republica, Bogota, Colombia 1954 - This is a very good hardcover set in cloth-covered boards, and dust jackets (except for 2 volumes), of this important 6 volume collection of pre-Hispanic Colombian gold. Text in Spanish. Folio size 12" high X 9" wide. Vol.1: Estilo Calima Text, 367 pages, + 20 tipped-in color plates and 201 black & white figures in the text (line drawings), extensive bibliography; Vol.2: Estilo Calima Laminas,19 pages + 300 black & white photogravure plates; Volume 3: Estilos Tolima y Muisca Text, 385 pages, 145 black & white illustrations in the text, bibliography; Volume 4: Estilos Tolima y Muisca Laminas, 287 black & white plates. Both plate volumes have their dust jackets, text volumes do not. Volume 5: Estilos Quimbaya y otros.Text, 355 text pages + 113 black & white drawings and photographs in the text, bibliography. Volume 6: Laminas, 298 black & white photogravure plates. Volumes 5 and 6 very good in cloth and dust jackets. These volumes were published between 1954 and 1966. A very nice complete set of this major reference on Pre-Hispanic Colombian gold work. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        The Saucerian - Sept. 1954 Issue - Volume 2, No. 2 [fourth Issue overall]. UFO. From the Collection of Max Miller

      Clarksburg, WV: Gray Barker, 1954 Clarksburg, WV: Gray Barker, 1954. First Edition of the September, 1954 issue, Vol 2, No 2; the fourth issue ever published. Cover illustration by D.C. Lucchesi. From the collection of UFOlogist Max Miller. Octavo, illustrated blue and white stapled wraps, 40 pp. Moderate discoloration to the right side of front cover and top edge of rear cover, else essentially flawless. Very Good Plus. A rare early issue of Gray Barker's Saucerian publication, originally a monthly, then quarterly publication which was edited, in part written, and published by Barker. Campy, spooky and often thought provoking by a master of the subject. 40 pages of stories, reports, rumors, drawings, photos and humor. The periodical is a vintage Ufology icon. From the collection of Max Miller, founder of Flying Saucers International, and editor of its publication, Saucers. L103

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        THE LORD OF THE RINGS Trilogy (Comprising The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and The Return of the King)

      London: George Allen and Unwin. 1954-1955. First editions, first printings. Three Volumes. A lovely fine set, bound in modern full red morocco with gilt titles and borders. Raised bands on the spine. Marbled endpapers. All edges gilt. Internally fine, with clean, bright pages and no inscriptions or stamps. Maps present to rear of each volume. Housed in purpose-made red cloth slipcase.

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        A Book of Sketches

      (New York): Marchbanks Press for William Tenney Brewster. (1954, 1956, 1958, 1960). First. First editions. Four volumes. Folios. Embossed dark green, pale green, red, and gray cloth respectively. Boards a little rubbed, and a little scattered foxing, near fine. Volume One: A Book of Sketches (500 copies); Volume Two: Sketches from the South County of Rhode Island (250 copies); Volume Three: Sketches from the British Isles (250 copies); Volume Four: Italian and Sicilian Sketches (250 copies). An elaborate compilation of sketches by the 20th Century American impressionist, issued as a tribute by her husband. Very scarce complete in all four volumes. .

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        Timmler, Karl. - Wieck bei Greifswald.

      . Zeichnung / Aquarell, auf Fabriano-Bütten, 1954. Von Karl Timmler. 48,0 x 63,0 cm (Darstellung / Blatt). Links unten signiert und betitelt. In den Ecken jeweils das Wasserzeichen der Papiermühle. - Oberer Blattrand mit Resten einer ehemaligen Montierung. Insgesamt gut erhalten. Karl Timmler (1906 Liegnitz/Niederschlesien - 1996 Moritzburg). Deutscher Maler und Grafiker des Realismus und der Neuen Sachlichkeit. Besuchte 1924-30 die Abendkurse an der Kunstgewerbeschule in Dresden. Studierte 1931-38 an der Dresdner Kunstakademie bei Ferdinand Dorsch, Max Feldbauer, Rudolf Schramm-Zittau und Richard Müller. Seit 1946 in Moritzburg wohnhaft malte er bevorzugt Landschaften seiner näheren Umgebung sowie Porträts..

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      London: Jonathan Cape. 1954. First edition, first printing, first state. Original black cloth with bronze titles to the upper board and spine, in dustwrapper. A lovely near fine copy, the binding clean and square, the contents clean and without inscriptions or stamps. Complete with the near fine lightly rubbed first state dustwrapper which has thin strips of darkening to the flap edges and minor rubbing to the extremities. Not price-clipped (10s 6d net to both the front and rear flap). A very attractive example. Gilbert A2a (1.1).

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        Die Gross-Schmetterlinge der Erde. Abt. I. Die Gross-Schmetterlinge des Palaearktischen Faunengebietes. Band IV: SUPPLEMENT: DIE SPANNER DES PALAEARKTISCHEN FAUNENGEBIETES.

      Stuttgart 1954. 2 volumes (text & atlas). 4to. pp. viii, 766; viii, with 53 chromolithographed plates. Unbound in portfolio.

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        Alturas de Macchu Picchu

      Santiago de Chile: Editorial Nascimento, (1954). Definitive edition. Chambi, Martín . One of 1000 numbered copies signed by Neruda. Illustrated with photographs of Machu Picchu by Martín Chambi, some published for the first time. Original wrappers, spine lettering a bit faded, a very good copy.

      [Bookseller: Thomas A Goldwasser Rare Books]
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        Lord of the Flies

      London: Faber and Faber,, 1954. Octavo. Finely bound by the Chelsea Bindery in crimson morocco, titles and decoration to spine, raised bands, single rule to boards, twin rule to turn-ins, marbled endpapers, gilt edges. Some mild spotting to a few leaves otherwise an excellent copy in a fine binding. First edition, first impression. This is Golding's first and best known novel, memorably filmed by Peter Brook.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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      Unpublished. 1954 - 1967. An extensive collection of c.800 original photographs, all shot by amateur photographer Dwight Romero between 1954 and 1967, mostly black and white images and to the best of our knowledge unpublished. Various sizes but mostly 8.5 x 8.5 cms or 8.5 x 11.5 cms. The range is extraordinary, from silent film stars, 30s and 40s actors and actresses, Academy Award winners from 1927 through to 1967, musicians, sports stars, comedians, dancers, cowboys. The collection includes five different images of Marilyn Monroe, two of James Dean, Elvis Presley, Marlon Brando, John Wayne, Paul Newman, Montgomery Clift, Rita Hayworth, Rock Hudson, James Stewart, Frank Sinatra, Joan Crawford, Elizabeth Taylor, Betty Grable, Barbara Stanwyck, Mary Pickford, James Cagney, Loretta Young, Gregory Peck, Ronald Reagan, Charlie Chaplin, Audrey Hepburn, Robert Wagner, Howard Keel, Ava Gardner, Ella Fitzgerald, Mickey Rooney, Steve McQueen, Marsha Hunt, Alan Ladd, Joe DiMaggio, Dean Martin, Rudolph Valentino and hundreds of others. A few of the photographs have later been signed by the stars they depict. An outstanding collection of photographs born of one man?'s fascination with Hollywood and the stars of the silver screen. The warmth and willingness to pose by his subjects would suggest the photographer was a well regarded regular around Hollywood?'s studio parking lots and hang-outs.

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        Arabian Nights Entertainments, The

      1954. Arthur Szyk's Scheherazade[SZYK, Arthur, illustrator]. BURTON, Sir Richard (translator).LIMITED EDITIONS CLUB. The Arabian Nights Entertainments. Containing Sixty-Five Stories Told by Shahrazade the Sultaness to Divert Shahryar the Sultan from the Execution of a Vow He Had Made to avenge the Disloyalty of his First sultaness; and Containing a Better Account of the Customs, Manners and Religion of the Eastern Nations Than is to be Met With in Any Edition Hitherto Published; Because the Text is One Which Sir Richard Burton Himself Desired to Own: the Definitive and All-inclusive Burton Translation with the Addition of the Notes Upon the text. Prepared by Those Scholars Who Had Previously Translated the Text into English from the Arabic, Notably Henry Torrens & Edward Lane & John Payne; and it is Embellished with Sixty Miniature Paintings by Arthur Szyk. Ipswich: Limited Editions Club, 1954. Limited to 1500 numbered copies, this being copy no. 501. Four tall octavo volumes (10 1/2 x 7 1/4 in.), volumes I and II with accompanying volumes of Notes. Sixty full color plates. Uniformly bound in the publisher's full black cloth. A fine set. Housed in the two black cardboard publisher's slipcases.LEC Bibliography, No. 254

      [Bookseller: David Brass Rare Books, Inc.]
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        Sweet Thursday

      Viking Press, New York 1954 - First Edition, First Printing SIGNED by John Steinbeck on a laid in signature. A magnificent copy. This ORIGINAL First Issue dustjacket is rich in color with a hint of wear to the edges. The book is in great shape. The binding is tight with NO cocking or leaning and the boards are crisp with minor wear. The pages are clean with no writing, marks or bookplates in the book. A wonderful copy of this true first edition SIGNED by the author. We buy SIGNED Steinbeck First Editions. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

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        Aspect du terrain en Indochine du Nord

      [Saigon: Édition du Service cartographique des F.T.E.O.. Avrile 1954.]. "First edition, large square 4to, pp. [117]; photographic illustrations throughout; some wear, a few short splits in the wrapper extremities, else very good in original brown wrappers printed in black on the upper cover. At head of title: Forces terrestres du Nord Vietnam. 2. Bureau. Issued during the final battle for France in Vietnam at Dien Bien Phu. Cornell, Arizona, and Michigan only in OCLC."

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        Epilepsy And The Functional Anatomy Of The Human Brain

      Little Brown & Company, 1954. Sixth Printing. Hardcover. Good/No Dustjacket. 1954. Sixth Printing. 896 pages. No dust jacket. Blue cloth with gold gilt lettering to spine. Clean, bright and well bound pages. Stamp to front inside board. V light sunning to inside board edges. Slight cracked to hinge at front, board and pages remain firm. Very good condition inside. Minor rub wear to boards and edges. Corners and spine ends bumped. Small sticker to bottom of spine. May be a few pages missing from the front. Front end paper missing, and first page is the frontispiece. Library stamp to frontispiece.

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        The story of O: with A slave's revolt; an essay on The Story of O

      Paris: Olympia Press, 1954. Paperback. 187p., text in English, colophon states "This First Edition/of The Story of O/was printed by/Imprimerie Richard,/Paris, in June 1954., original purple wraps with star design framing on front cover, black titles, wear to folds and edges with mild splitting to covers at folds, otherwise a good first edition of the unauthorized English language translation published contemporaneously with the French edition. Grier B* (T?)

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        The Bounty Hunters

      Houghton Mifflin, Boston 1954 - Original printed cloth, slight wear at the edges and corners very slightly bumped. Jacket is chipped at the edges with a few short tears and a bit of loss at the edges and spine ends but still bright and about very good. Slight soiling to rear panel - unclipped with the $2.00 price. "Property of U.S. Navy stamped on the front pastedown and a pocket with an unused card on the rear endpaper; no other library or other marks. Leonard's first novel and, like the few that followed, a Western. 180pp. Size: Octavo (8vo). Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilo. Category: Fiction; Inventory No: 045190. [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

      London: George Allen and Unwin Ltd,, 1954?"5. 3 volumes, octavo. Original red cloth, titles to spines gilt, top edbges stained red. With the dust jackets. A superb set in the uncommonly nice dust jackets lightly and evenly faded at the spines. A really pretty set. First editions, first impressions. The first edition was published in editions of 3,000 copies, 3,250 copies, and 7,000 copies respectively, so that there are no more than 3,000 sets in first impression throughout. The Return of the King is known in two states; the present copy is in the first state, page 49 with the signature mark "4" present and all lines of type sagging slightly in the middle. The three books together in first edition, first impression, first state are now increasingly scarce in the original printed dust jackets.

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        Songs for Eve

      Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company,, 1954. Octavo. Original red cloth, titles to spine and upper board gilt, red endpapers. With the remnants of the original glassine dust jacket. In the white slipcase. Boards lightly rubbed and partially faded. A very good copy in the glassine jacket that is split in two at the spine. First edition, first printing, limited issue unnumbered but specially bound and signed by the author on the half-title. Author's presentation copy inscribed on the title page "For Dos & Betty with love, Archie, December 1954". Dos was the writer John Dos Passos.

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        TRIO. Signed.

      Contact Press, Toronto 1954 - Turnbull, Gael. Webb, Phyllis. Mandel, E. W. TRIO. Signed. Toronto: Contact Press, 1954. First Edition of Canadian poets Eli Mandel, Gael Turnbull and Phyllis Webb's first book, Inscribed by Phyllis Webb on the half-title page to poet Ernie Farebrother who worked with John Sutherland at Northern Review. "To Ernie Farebrother, from Phyllis Webb, with best wishes." A near fine bright, fresh copy (showing some light use), in the publisher's gray, yellow and white wrappers, printed in black. The additional L in Eli Mandel's printed name whited out on the cover and title-page. 8vo. Unpaginated. 92 pp. $975 [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Soft Cover]

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        Fighting Terms

      (Oxford): Fantasy Press. (1954). First. First edition, first issue. A couple of tiny spots on the front board and a little soiling, else near fine, issued without dustwrapper. Author's first substantial book. Very scarce. .

      [Bookseller: Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. ABA]
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