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        The Conquest of Everest ... With a Chapter on the Final Assault by Edmund Hillary.

      First US edition. 8vo. pp. xx, 300; coloured and b & w photo. illusts., sketch maps; near-fine in the original two-tone cloth, crease to upper board, in d.-w., slightly chipped to extremities, "Macrae" in ink to upper panel; contained in a purpose-made cloth chemise and box with quarter leather spine, gilt, some wear to leather of box.

      [Bookseller: Meridian Rare Books]
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        Le deuil des Névons suivi de Horoscope d'un poète par Yves de Bayser

      Le cormier 1954 - - Le cormier, Bruxelles 1954, 20x25,5cm, broché. - Edition originale, un des 150 exemplaires numérotés sur vélin de Rives, seul grands papiers après 30 vélin à la cuve et quelques hors commerce sur papier de chapelle. Ouvrage illustré en frontispice d'une gravure originale de Louis Fernandez qu'il a signée au crayon de papier. Agréable exemplaire. Envoi autographe daté et signé de l'éditeur de l'ouvrage, au colophon, à Hélène et Nicolas Braci. [AUTOMATIC ENGLISH TRANSLATION FOLLOWS] First edition, one of 150 numbered copies on vellum of Rives, only leading copies after 30 vellum in the tank and some hors commerce on paper of chapel. Illustrated book frontispiece of an original engraving by Louis Fernandez that he signed in pencil. Nice copy. Autograph dedication dated and signed by the publisher of the book, Colophon, Hélène and Nicolas Braci. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Soft Cover]

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        Enciclopedia dello spettacolo. 11 Volumi

      , - Enciclopedia dello spettacolo. 11 Volumi. , , CODICE F 84 COLLANA AUTORE AA. VV. TITOLO Enciclopedia dello spettacolo. 11 Volumi LINGUA Italiano LUOGO (editore/traduttore) Roma ? Casa editrice Le Maschere ANNO DI PUBBLICAZIONE/EDIZIONE 1954, I Edizione FORMATO 20,5x28,5 TIPO COPERTINA cartonata in tela con fregi e scritte in oro sul dorso N° PAGINE 17.600 circa ILLUSTRAZIONI a Colori e in Bn. DESCRIZIONE LIBRO Volumi sulla storia dello spettacolo così divisi; Volumi dall'I al IX enciclopedia sullo spettacolo Volume indice Repertorio Volume Aggiornamento 1955-1965 I volumi sono in ottime condizioni senza strappi e le copertine sono in ottime condizioni Per spedizioni internazionali scriveteci per sapere le tariffe applicate For international shipping please contact us to find out the fees charged Pour les envois internationaux s'il vous plaît nous contacter pour connaître les frais facturés [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Fahrenheit 451 [First UK Edition] AUTHOR'S PRESENTATION COPY TO TIM SANDEMAN

      Hart-Davis,, 1954. 8vo., First Edition thus; red cloth, backstrip lettered in silver, top and fore-edges very lightly mottled else a very good, bright, clean copy. A PRESENTATION COPY TO TIM SANDEMAN WITH THE AUTHOR'S SIGNED HOLOGRAPH INSCRIPTION DATED 1954 ON FRONT FREE ENDPAPER. With the splendid pictorial bookplate of Timothy Sandeman on front paste-down. One of the great dystopian novels, first published in the US in the previous year. It is the basis of Truffaut's first English-language feature film (1966) starring Oskar Werner and Julie Christie. PRESENTATION COPIES, AS DISTINCT FROM MERELY SIGNED COPIES, ARE RARE. A SPLENDID ASSOCIATION COPY

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        Lord Of The Flies (Signed By The Author And With Ephemera)

      The First UK printing published by Faber and Faber in 1954. The BOOK is in Very Good++ condition. Light pushing and fading at the spine tips. Very early bowing of the lower board with mild bumping to the front board corners. Light toning and spotting to the text block. The white lettering on the spine remains bright. The book is clean internally and is free from inscriptions. The WRAPPER is the complete and is in Very Good++ condition. It is the correct first issue and bears the price of 12s 6d net. Mild edge wear with a little creasing , rubbing and loss at the spine ends and folds. 3cm closed tear to the rear upper spine fold. Mild toning to the spine portion. Some professional Japanese tissue repairs to the verso involving the spine folds and the front upper flap fold. The Anthony Gross wrapper artwork looks very bright in the removable Brodart archival cover. The book has a decorative bookplate to the front pastedown which has been Signed ( without dedication) by William Golding. The Book is accompanied by a loose personal typed card from the author bearing his name, home address details and a short message from the author: 'Sorry, WG'. 'A collection of modern fiction would never be complete without it' (Connolly, 136). Originally published in 1954, The Lord of the Flies was named to Modern Library's 100 Greatest Novels List of the twentieth century. It has been successfully adapted to film twice, in 1963 by Peter Brook and again 1990 by Harry Hook. Scarce with such attributes. Ashton Rare Books welcomes direct contact.

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        1954 4- Page Letter Signed By Paul Strand: Production and Design of 'Un Paese,' Photo-Book Collaboration with Cesare Zavattini, (with) a Very Detailed 1955 3-Page Follow-up Letter on that Project & Other Topics

      Not Published, Orgeval France 1954 - The letters give much background to the creative process of Strand and were written to the designer-artist couple William Golden & Cipe Pineles, (here addressed as 'Bill & Cipe') who were friends and professional colleagues, extending back to their collaborations as participants in the Group Theater in New York, in the 1930s. Paul Strand (1890 -1976) American photo-artist Strand and his fellow-photographer wife Hazel (Kingsbury) took up residence in Orgeval France, after moving to Europe in 1950, " driven into self-exile, Strand later would suggest, by the repressive anti-Communist climate in America (after publishing) La France de Profil (1952), a portrait of postwar, small-town French life Strand would spend the rest of his life assembling and completing similar book portraits celebrating primarily rural cultures " (as Un Paese & others) " Many established photographers, from Walker Evans to Eliot Porter have admitted to having been strongly influenced by Strand's impeccably rich and detailed prints, concern for formal relationships, respect for his subjects, and ability to distill the essence of his subjects. However, through much of the 1950s and 1960s his reputation fell into eclipse. His dedication to view cameras and fine printing, his largely frontal compositions, and his devotion to creating politically motivated celebrations of traditional, largely rural cultures did not fit an artistic world fascinated with the hand camera and the constant change of contemporary life. By the late 1960s, however, Strand received renewed acclaim first through European exhibitions and then by means of a retrospective exhibition sponsored by the Philadelphia Museum of Art (1971)." (John B. Rohrbach in the ANB) Cipe Pineles (1908 - 1991) Austrian-born American graphic designer & art director, associated with Conde Nast Vogue & others; William Golden (1911 - 1959) American graphic designer, especially noted for his work at CBS. Letter 1: Four handwritten pages with very good content throughout; dated May 10, 1954, just prior to the publishing of "Un Paese," the Italian-produced photograph & text collaboration between photographer Paul Strand and neo-realist screenwriter Cesare Zavattini. Written in blue ink on airmail paper: " just back from Milan with very good news. The book is finished and accepted by Einaudi, one of the best and biggest publishers in Italy. Zavattini has written a fine and moving text, very direct, very simple this outcome after months of nothing happening made us both feel pretty good. Printing is going to be done by Pizzi in Milan one of the best around for gravure. We had one conference and find that the nephew of the boss speaks English and seems both intelligent and cooperative. Won't be any problem of putting my finger in the pie, I think. We have to be back in Milan on the 20th with the negatives and Pizzi offered to make a few quick tests for us to see. Einaudi is being very flexible as to size and format, cover etc. They seem to want to do a good job and one that doesn't look like the present rash of photo book. I mentioned that my good friend Golden might take a crack at the cover and they were only too pleased. We decided on a slightly larger page size than La France de Profil, both to get away from the standard thinking and also to give more space for text. Size we chose was 23 x 29 cms. Naturally the cover will be a little larger. I would say add about 3mm for the cover size, length & width. The title so far chosen is "Un Paese." In Italian this has the double meaning of a village and the whole country. This is Zavattini's title and we think it is good - Simple and excites curiosity by not being too explicit. As for other printing on the cover - Cesare Zavattini and Paul Strand. He is a big name in Italy and I have the feeling that both names can be larger and more effective than in "La France de Profil." Lastly this publisher usually puts his own name, Einaudi, on the cover, not too conspicuously. Now a [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

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        GENIUS LOCI AND OTHER TALES [SIGNED/INSCRIBED]

      Arkham House, Sauk City, Wisconsin - 8vo., 228 pp., VG/VG; yellow and brown pictorial DJ, small brown lettering and illustration to spine; mild wear to DJ: rubbing with slight superficial material loss to head, tail, and hinges of spine; mild age-toning to back of spine and margins of covers (lettering clear and legible); price uncut "$3.00" to front flap; black cloth boards, gold lettering to spine; slight cocking to spine, rubbing to spine (lettering affected yet clear and legible); mild wear to boards; bumping/slight fraying to head and tail of spine; bumping to corners; mild age-toning/wear to text-block; front board somewhat shaken, back board tight, binding strong; scattered spotting towards bottom of p.14-15; Some handwritten corrections made in (Smith's?) blue pen: "nightmarish" to p 14 crossed out once, "a" inserted on first line of page 23, "o" inserted in "rooted" on page 145, and "men" corrected in poem on 162; minuscule tears to fore-edge of pp. 213-218 visible from text-block; INSCRIBED by Smith to ffep, dated "Carmel, Dec. 2, 1954"; SIGNED by Smith to half-title page; unnumbered copy of an edition of 3000 as indicated on the limitation page; LP consignment; Smith's third work published by Arkham House; shelved Case 3, Dupont. Full-priced Rockville. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

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        A Dwight Eisenhower Signed Photograph With Colorado Content

      PS. 10" x 9". No date [probably 1950s]. No place. A black and white photograph signed "Dwight D Eisenhower" and by the two Colorado Senators, "Edwin C. Johnson" and "Eugene Milliken". It shows three men presenting President Eisenhower with a certificate inviting the Eisenhowers to the 1954 Central City Festival. The Eisenhower signature has some short skipping but the image is in fine condition with small mounting remnants on the back.

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        Epilepsy and the Functional Anatomy of the Human Brain

      Boston: Little, Brown & Co, 1954. First printing. Hardcover. Very Good/good. First edition, 1954. Hardcover in dust jacket, 896 pp., illustrated (some in color), clean unmarked text, Very Good copy in Good dust jacket, rubbing and wear to the edges of the book's covers, soiling and discoloration to the dust jacket, wear to the dust jacket including creasing, tearing, and some loss. Dust jacket housed in archival dust jacket protector. A rare book.

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        Casino Royale

      New York: Macmillan, 1954. Book. Near Fine. Hardcover. First American Edition. Near fine in an near fine dust jacket. Price of $2.75 intact but both corners of front flap clipped. Jacket spine is slightly faded, light edgewear and soiling elsewhere. Front flap has some wrinkles and the rear panel is slightly soiled. A very nice copy of the first James Bond thriller, and the First American Edition..

      [Bookseller: James Graham, Bookseller]
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        The Lord of the Rings

      London: George Allen and Unwin, 1954 Three volumes. Folding map in each volume. Return of the King is second state with sig. 4 and slipped type on p. 49 (this was formerly Hammond's first state, but the bibliographer has revised his opinion). Original red cloth and printed dust jackets. Bookplate. Fine in very good fine dust jackets with slight wear, minor stains, tanning to the spines. An attractive set. FIRST EDITIONS, FIRST PRINTINGS. This is a very attractive set of the celebrated Lord of the Rings trilogy. The size of the edition was small: The Fellowship of the Ring (3000 copies), The Two Towers (3250 copies), and The Return of the King (7000 copies). Tolkien worked on this epic, not so much a trilogy as a long novel, from the publication of The Hobbit (1937) until the early 1950s. Beginning with the appearance of the second edition of 1966 and the nearly simultaneous appearance of the paperback edition in America, The Lord of the Rings became one of the best-selling works of fiction of the century. This is the "paradigmatic work of modern heroic fantasy. . . . Its success was not immediate, but its publication in paperback was an event sufficiently momentous to transform completely the market situation of heroic fantasy, and hence bring about a new era in its history. The Lord of the Rings made fantasy a significant publishing category and inspired a deluge of new works. The astonishing reception and influence of this work qualify it as one of the most remarkable literary phenomena of the 20th century" (Barron, ed., Fantasy Literature).

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        The Lord of the Rings. Imp. 1,2,1 The Fellowship of the Ring, Two Towers, Return of the King

      George Allen and Unwin 1954 - A lovely set, above average condition. Uniform wear to the dust jackets and books, but we can't be sure they were purchased the same time. Impressions 1, 2, 1 of the three books (in title order). 1954, 1955, 1955. These early impressions are increasingly hard to find without much more wear and tear. All three jackets are similar condition, unrestored condtion, fading to spine titles and overall color, slight tattering and paper loss to spine ends, especially RotK lower spine which has a 1/4 inch paper loss. FotR has small; faded pinkish stain to front cover, closed 2 inch tear to seam, arrested with removal archival tape so it doesn't tear further. Slight lean to all three books, though bindings tight. No damp, stains or foxing. Spine gilt is still bright. As with us, you might be thinking all you need is to find a 1st/1st TT to make a first edition set worth much more than our asking price. This is true! We hope you find it before we do. Please ask for additional photos as this will show the condition better than a description. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        At the End of the Day

      William Heinemann, London 1954 - First edition. Illustrated from photos, one double-page map. 1 vols. 8vo. From Father to Son. The Maughams were a remarkable family: the author of these memoirs, Frederick, 1st Viscount (1866-1958) was the elder brother of novelist William Somerset Maugham (1874 -1965), and had a distinguished career as a jurist, serving as Lord Chncellor between 1938-39. His son Robin Maugham, 2nd Viscount (1916-1981) was a successful novelist and screenwriter who also wrote books about his illustrious uncle.This is Robin's copy, with his (not always flattering) pencilled marginalia, inscribed to him on the flyleaf: "To Robiin | with love from | his father - | 23 September - 1954"A fine Maugham family assoiation copy. Illustrated from photos, one double-page map. 1 vols. 8vo [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy]

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        Ausstellungskatalog mit eigenh. Unterschrift.

      [New York], 30. III. 1954. - 8vo. 16 pp. Mit eigenh. Kuvert mit Absenderangabe. Ausstellungskatalog zu Feiningers Ausstellung „Recent Paintings and Watercolors (1951-1954) in der Curt Valtentin Gallery, New York". Gewidmet vom Künstler „with compliments of Lyonel Feininger". [Attributes: Signed Copy]

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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.

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        RACE ROCK

      New York: Harper & Brothers((1954)). First Edition, Author's first book, the issue bound in full green cloth, no priority known., Hardcover, Very minor chipping to spine tips and short tear to top front panel of dustwrapper over the "ss" in Matthiessen. Near Fine in Very Good, attractive dustwrapper

      [Bookseller: Charles Agvent, ABAA]
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        Autograph letter signed.

      No place, [March 1954]. - 4to. ¾ page. Probably to the Czech publisher František Borový (1874-1936), announcing his return to Paris, and enquiring about his play "L'Église" and his novel "Voyage au bout de la nuit": "[.] Comment va 'L'Église' et le 'Voyage'? [.]". - Somewhat spotty; small tears in the centerfold; with receipt stamp.

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat INLIBRIS Gilhofer Nfg. GmbH]
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        Corso di fisiologia

      TORINO: RAI - Radiotelevisione Italiana, 1954. IED. Brossurato. BUONO. 12 17. Classe Unica USATO

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        The Vagabond King (Original screenplay for the 1956 film)

      Los Angeles: Paramount, 1954. Final White script for the 1956 film. Director Michael Curtiz's presentation copy, in tan leather with gilt titles and Curtiz's name at the bottom right corner of the front board. An adaptation of the 1925 operetta of the same name by Rudolf Friml which is based on Justin Huntly McCarthy's 1901 romantic novel and play "If I Were King." Set in France, in the year 1461.Brown leather covered boards, titles in gilt. Title page present, dated December 9, 1954, with credits for producer Pat Duggan, director Michael Curtiz, screenwriter Ken Englund. 114 leaves, with last leaf of text numbered 96A. Mimeograph, with blue and goldenrod revision pages throughout, dated variously between 12-15-54 and 2-9-55. Pages Near Fine, binding Very Good plus with some wear at the edges.

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        Normance. Féerie pour une autre fois II

      - Gallimard, Paris 1954, 14x20cm, reliure de l'éditeur. - Prima edizione, una delle 550 copie numerate sul lavoro pergamena. Cartone secondo il modello originale di Paul Bonet. Nizza copia. - [FRENCH VERSION FOLLOWS] Edition originale, un des 550 exemplaires numérotés sur vélin labeur. Cartonnage d'après la maquette originale de Paul Bonet. Bel exemplaire.  

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        Verve. Revue artistique et litteraire. Vol. VIII, nos 29 et 30. Suite de 180 dessins de Picasso.

      Paris, Revue Verve, 1954. - circa 36,5 x 27 cm. with 12 original lithographs in colour and 168 heliogravures, of which 4 in colour Illustrated original hardcover Complete with all plates, 12 original lithographs in colour, protected by tissue guards, printed by Mourlot Freres and 168 heliogravures, of which 4 in colour, printed by Draeger Freres. "- Fine and crisp. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Le deuil des Névons suivi de Horoscope d'un poète par Yves de Bayser

      - Le cormier, Bruxelles 1954, 20x25,5cm, broché. - Prima edizione, una delle 150 copie numerate su Rives pergamena solo principali carte dopo 30 pergamena al serbatoio e pochi trade off di carta cappella. Libro illustrato frontespizio di un'incisione originale di Louis Fernandez ha firmato a matita. Nizza copia. L'invio autografo datato e firmato dalla casa editrice del libro, il colophon, Hélène e Nicolas Braci.   - [FRENCH VERSION FOLLOWS] Edition originale, un des 150 exemplaires numérotés sur vélin de Rives, seul grands papiers après 30 vélin à la cuve et quelques hors commerce sur papier de chapelle. Ouvrage illustré en frontispice d'une gravure originale de Louis Fernandez qu'il a signée au crayon de papier. Agréable exemplaire. Envoi autographe daté et signé de l'éditeur de l'ouvrage, au colophon, à Hélène et Nicolas Braci.  

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        Maria

      Salamander Editions, New York 1954 - 4to (5½ x 4¼ inches). Engraved vignette, small color image of the Manhattan skyline mounted on last page; original blue tissue preserved. Stapled in original printed wrappers. A virtually untouched example. Provenance: Sylvia Pedlar (1900-1972), American fashion designer. A SUPERB COPY OF CORNELL'S SCARCE ARTIST'S BOOK, printed in an edition of 100 copies, this one of those with an original image Cornell mounted in personalized copies, and accompanied by a letter presenting the pamphlet to American fashion designer Sylvia Pedlar (1902-1982). [With:] CORNELL, Joseph. Typed letter signed ("Joseph Cornell") to Sylvia Pedlar, 3708 Utopia Parkway, Flushing, NY, 27 May 1956. One page, 4to, on Valley Onion Skin. Reading: "Long before the EGAN GALLERY suspended operation I have thought back to the pleasant occasion of meeting you there with Mr. [Bradley Walker] Tomlin. It is hard to take, - the news of his passing. Enclosed something more nostalgic than the WEATHER PROPHET [his 1954 assemblage], a little private printing of an aspect of 'exploration' which I hope to have more news of one of these days." Cornell had his first show at the Charles Egan Gallery in 1949. By 1956, when Cornell presented this book, Sylvia Pedlar was a leading designer of lingerie, having studied at Cooper Union and the Art, Students League. She launched her business, Iris Lingerie, in 1929. Though she hated the term, she is credited with creating the super short "baby doll" nighties - a clever response to the fabric shortage during the Second World War. She is also known for adapting the Roman toga to the American nightgown. Cornell refers to the New York Abstract Expressionist Bradley Walker Tomlin, who had died in May 1953 having had a heart attack after visiting Jackson Pollack in Long Island.'Maria', an appropriated text translated by Cornell from Elise Polko's original prose-poem, reflects Cornell's obsession with opera, and with Maria Malibran in particular. A cache of the pamphlets were found in Cornell's estate after his death, all lacking the blue tissue guard and the mounted image at end. This early example is among those Cornell specially personalized for notable friends. Lynda Roscoe Hartigan proposes that Cornell turned to other creative activities in the 1950s due to his ambivalent attitude towards his constructions. He was periodically expanding his 'Portrait of Ondine, GC44' from 1951 on, filling it with printed matter, notes, and excerpts in the manner of Duchamp's Valises. He published 'Maria' and 'Bel Canto Pet' (1955) at his own expense, in the manner of the French feuilletons (see Hartigan, "Joseph Cornell: A Biography" in 'Joseph Cornell,' ed. Kynaston McShine, New York: MOMA, 1980, pp. 108-109). [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Soft Cover]

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        GENIUS LOCI AND OTHER TALES [SIGNED/INSCRIBED]

      Sauk City, Wisconsin: Arkham House. First Limited Edition [of 3000]. 8vo., 228 pp., VG/VG; yellow and brown pictorial DJ, small brown lettering and illustration to spine; mild wear to DJ: rubbing with slight superficial material loss to head, tail, and hinges of spine; mild age-toning to back of spine and margins of covers (lettering clear and legible); price uncut "$3.00" to front flap; black cloth boards, gold lettering to spine; slight cocking to spine, rubbing to spine (lettering affected yet clear and legible); mild wear to boards; bumping/slight fraying to head and tail of spine; bumping to corners; mild age-toning/wear to text-block; front board somewhat shaken, back board tight, binding strong; scattered spotting towards bottom of p.14-15; Some handwritten corrections made in (Smith's?) blue pen: "nightmarish" to p 14 crossed out once, "a" inserted on first line of page 23, "o" inserted in "rooted" on page 145, and "men" corrected in poem on 162; minuscule tears to fore-edge of pp. 213-218 visible from text-block; INSCRIBED by Smith to ffep, dated "Carmel, Dec. 2, 1954"; SIGNED by Smith to half-title page; unnumbered copy of an edition of 3000 as indicated on the limitation page; LP consignment; Smith's third work published by Arkham House; shelved Case 3, Dupont. Full-priced Rockville.

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        The Dancing Bears

      New Haven: Yale University Press, 1954. Near Fine/Fine. First edition. Half-title and title leaves with printer's flaw resulting in them being creased and a bit folded, thus near fine in fine dustwrapper. Warmly Inscribed by Merwin to another poet. A very nice copy of Merwin's second book.

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

      First Edition, First Impression (Walker & Co, 1954). Signed and inscribed by the author to the front endpaper. 8vo, publisher's white cloth, spine stamped in black. Light toning to edges. Original and unclipped dust jacket has a tiny nick to top edge of rear panel and very faint toning to spine panel. A fine copy. Famously adapted to film as 'The Last Man on Earth' in 1964, 'The Omega Man' in 1971 and 'I am Legend' in 2007.

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        Maria

      New York: Salamander Editions, [1954]. 4to (5½ x 4¼ inches). Engraved vignette, small color image of the Manhattan skyline mounted on last page; original blue tissue preserved. Stapled in original printed wrappers. A virtually untouched example. Provenance: Sylvia Pedlar (1900-1972), American fashion designer. A SUPERB COPY OF CORNELL'S SCARCE ARTIST'S BOOK, printed in an edition of 100 copies, this one of those with an original image Cornell mounted in personalized copies, and accompanied by a letter presenting the pamphlet to American fashion designer Sylvia Pedlar (1902-1982). [With:] CORNELL, Joseph. Typed letter signed ("Joseph Cornell") to Sylvia Pedlar, 3708 Utopia Parkway, Flushing, NY, 27 May 1956. One page, 4to, on Valley Onion Skin. Reading: "Long before the EGAN GALLERY suspended operation I have thought back to the pleasant occasion of meeting you there with Mr. [Bradley Walker] Tomlin. It is hard to take, - the news of his passing. Enclosed something more nostalgic than the WEATHER PROPHET [his 1954 assemblage], a little private printing of an aspect of 'exploration' which I hope to have more news of one of these days." Cornell had his first show at the Charles Egan Gallery in 1949. By 1956, when Cornell presented this book, Sylvia Pedlar was a leading designer of lingerie, having studied at Cooper Union and the Art, Students League. She launched her business, Iris Lingerie, in 1929. Though she hated the term, she is credited with creating the super short "baby doll" nighties - a clever response to the fabric shortage during the Second World War. She is also known for adapting the Roman toga to the American nightgown. Cornell refers to the New York Abstract Expressionist Bradley Walker Tomlin, who had died in May 1953 having had a heart attack after visiting Jackson Pollack in Long Island. 'Maria', an appropriated text translated by Cornell from Elise Polko's original prose-poem, reflects Cornell's obsession with opera, and with Maria Malibran in particular. A cache of the pamphlets were found in Cornell's estate after his death, all lacking the blue tissue guard and the mounted image at end. This early example is among those Cornell specially personalized for notable friends. Lynda Roscoe Hartigan proposes that Cornell turned to other creative activities in the 1950s due to his ambivalent attitude towards his constructions. He was periodically expanding his 'Portrait of Ondine, GC44' from 1951 on, filling it with printed matter, notes, and excerpts in the manner of Duchamp's Valises. He published 'Maria' and 'Bel Canto Pet' (1955) at his own expense, in the manner of the French feuilletons (see Hartigan, "Joseph Cornell: A Biography" in 'Joseph Cornell,' ed. Kynaston McShine, New York: MOMA, 1980, pp. 108-109).

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        Stemming the Tide [Post-War Speeches].

      Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company. 1954. First US edition (utilising the British sheets). Octavo, pp. x, 379. Review copy with review slip laid in. An uncommon book with only 1850 copies produced. Green publisher's cloth with black titles and dark green decoration to spine, dark blue dustwrapper. Some light bumping to the headcap and tail, some general wear and loss to the edges of the dustjacket. a fine copy in a very good dust-wrapper.Contains the fifty most important speeches Churchill made in the first two years after his return to office as prime Minister.

      [Bookseller: Adrian Harrington]
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        Vivien Leigh

      April 26, 1954. Their signatures, <i><b>"Vivien Leigh"</i></b>, <i><b>"L Olivier"</i></b>, beside their images on the inside of a program for the 1953 play, <i>The Sleeping Prince</i> at the Phoenix Theatre in London. Front cover partly separated from spine, usual folds, small loss to lower margin of cover, minor soiling, else very good condition.<br /> <br />In January, 1953 while filming <i>Elephant Walk</i> with Peter Finch, Leigh suffered a nervous breakdown and returned to England to recover (her role was taken over by Elizabeth Taylor). While convalescing at home in England, and in between periods of incoherence, she admitted to Olivier that she had been having an affair with Finch since 1948. Her infidelity, together with her manic depression, strained her marriage with Oliver and the pair divorced in 1960.<br /> <br />The program is for the first run of Terence Rattigan's 1953 play of a young actress who meets and captivates a prince. The play later appeared on Broadway in 1956 at the Coronet Theatre. Marilyn Monroe purchased the rights to the play and from it produced the 1957 film of the same name with Laurence Olivier reprising his role. In 1963 Noël Coward adapted the story into a musical, <i>The Girl Who Came to Supper</i>.

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        Under the Net.

      London Chatto & Windus 1954 - First edition, 8vo., original boards, dust-jacket, some very minor creasing to head of spine, a small amount of rubbing and very small tear to head of spine at turn, spine slightly faded, but a remarkably sharp, near-fine copy overall. The author's first novel, subsequently selected by the American Modern Library as one of the Best 100 English novels of the 20th century. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Shapero Rare Books]
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        Enciclopedia dello spettacolo. 11 Volumi

      Enciclopedia dello spettacolo. 11 Volumi. , , CODICE F 84 COLLANA AUTORE AA. VV. TITOLO Enciclopedia dello spettacolo. 11 Volumi LINGUA Italiano LUOGO (editore/traduttore) Roma - Casa editrice Le Maschere ANNO DI PUBBLICAZIONE/EDIZIONE 1954, I Edizione FORMATO 20,5x28,5 TIPO COPERTINA cartonata in tela con fregi e scritte in oro sul dorso N° PAGINE 17.600 circa ILLUSTRAZIONI a Colori e in Bn. DESCRIZIONE LIBRO Volumi sulla storia dello spettacolo così divisi; Volumi dall'I al IX enciclopedia sullo spettacolo Volume indice Repertorio Volume Aggiornamento 1955-1965 I volumi sono in ottime condizioni senza strappi e le copertine sono in ottime condizioni Per spedizioni internazionali scriveteci per sapere le tariffe applicate For international shipping please contact us to find out the fees charged Pour les envois internationaux s'il vous plaît nous contacter pour connaître les frais facturés

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        Under the Net

      First Edition, First Impression (Chatto & Windus, 1954). Edges lightly toned; minor bumping to corners of boards. Original and unclipped dust jacket spine panel faded with a little soiling; a little fading to edges of front panel; chips to foot of spine panel with some loss to the top; a few tears and chips to extremities; rear panel toned with a little soiling here and there; fore-edge rubbed with some loss; tape repairs to verso. A nice copy of the author's first novel.

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        Nouvelles Recherches Archeologiques a Begram vol 1-2 : Texte & Planches

      Paris, 1954. Paperback. UsedGood. Nouvelles Recherches Archeologiques a Begram. vol.1-2 : Texte & Planches Some dust/dirt on page edges from long-term storage.

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        THE LONG GOODBYE - INSCRIBED

      Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston 1954 - First Printing, one of 10,000 copies. Octavo (21.5cm); two-tone blue and light green cloth, with titles stamped in hunter green on spine and front cover; green topstain; dustjacket; [4],316pp. With presentation inscription by the author on the front endpaper: "To Harry Ackerman / with my best wishes / Raymond Chandler / La Jolla / June 22, 1954." Spine ends gently nudged, scattered spotting to topstain, with a hint of offset to front endpaper; Near Fine. Dustjacket is unclipped (priced $3.00), showing wear to spine ends and corners, some minor creasing, and a few short tears; still a bright, unfaded example; Very Good+ or better. Housed in a custom clamshell case. This copy inscribed to long-time CBS programming director Harry Ackerman, who was responsible for creating the radio series based on Chandler's iconic private detective, "The Adventures of Philip Marlowe." Meant as a summer replacement for The Bob Hope Show, "The Adventures of Philip Marlowe" premiered on NBC Radio on June 17, 1947, initially starring actor Van Heflin as Marlowe; the show ran for two and a half seasons (114 episodes) before being cancelled in 1951. Chandler and Ackerman would also work together in Los Angeles, collaborating on a number of television projects based on Chandler's work. A significant copy; while Chandler was more than sparing when it came to inscribing copies of his books, the present copy was inscribed for someone with whom he had a significant working relationship. The apex of 20th century detective fiction, winner of the Edgar Award for Best Novel in 1955, and basis for Robert Altman's 1973 film starring Elliott Gould and Sterling Hayden. Bruccoli A10.2.a; Hubin, p.76; Baird 447. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy]

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        The Bounty Hunters (First Edition In Dust Jacket)

      Houghton Mifflin, Boston 1954 - First Hardcover Edition, After The 1953 Paperback Original Published By Ballantine. This Is Ian Ballantine's Personal Copy, Probably Received From Houghton Per His Agreement Regarding Hardcover Issues By Other Publishing Houses Simultaneous With Or Soon After His Paperback Initial Releases. Never Sold Or Circulated, Direct From The Ballantine's Library, Unsophisticated, No Restoration Done And None Needed. Book Is Fine, No Wear Or Damage; Top Edge Of Page Block As Issued With Light Green Stain With No Fading Or Spotting, Fore Edge Of Page Block With A Few Tiny Foxing Spots, And A Little Yellowing For 1" Adjacent To Spine On Bottom Of Page Block. Dj Clean, Not Price Clipped [$2.00] With Light Wear Along Bottom Edge Of Spine And At Tips, 1/4" And 1/8" Closed Tear At Top Of Front Panel, 1/8" Square Chip At Bottom Of Rear Flap Adjacent To Spine; Spine, Brown Lettering With Yellow Background, Faded As Usual, All Lettering Still Clear, With About Eight Pinpoint Spots Of Foxing. A Scarce Hardcover; Most Apparently Went To Libraries, As Was Often If Not Usually The Case With Early Ballantine Hardcovers. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Lord of the Flies - Signed

      Faber & Faber (London) 1954 - Faber & Faber (London) 1954 First Edition, Fifth Printing (1960). VERY GOOD in red boards with white titles (slight lean to the spine, light age toning to the end pages, small previous owner name on the top right edge of the front free end paper) in a VERY GOOD DW (slight darkening, light soiling, light rubbing to the flap folds and spine). Not price clipped. SIGNED BY GOLDING on a tipped in leaf to the title page. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Chris Grobel]
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        DEMOSTENE E CICERONE

      RIZZOLI, 1954. ITALIANO 0,07 N.776 della collana, traduzione di Fausto Brindesi, pagine con bruniture del tempo, brossura editoriale morbida, ingiallita al dorsetto e con lievi tracce d'uso USATO

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        Enciclopedia dello Spettacolo (9 vols.cpl./ 9 Bände KOMPLETT) A - Z. (SIGNIERTES EXEMPLAR)

      Casa Editrice Le Maschere; 1954 ff. - Die hier angebotenen Bände stammen aus einer teilaufgelösten wissenschaftlichen Bibliothek und tragen die entsprechenden Kennzeichnungen (Rückenschild, Instituts-Stempel.). Schnitt und Einband sind etwas staubschmutzig; Einbandkanten sind leicht bestossen; der Buchzustand ist ansonsten ordentlich und dem Alter entsprechend gut; KOMPLETTPREIS für 9 Bände; bei Versand ins Ausland erfragen Sie bitte zuerst die Versandkosten; ITALIENISCH! Sprache: Italienisch Gewicht in Gramm: 29000 [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy]

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        Le deuil des Névons suivi de Horoscope d'un poète par Yves de Bayser

      First edition, one of 150 numbered copies on vellum of Rives, only leading copies after 30 vellum in the tank and some hors commerce on paper of chapel. Illustrated book frontispiece of an original engraving by Louis Fernandez that he signed in pencil. Nice copy. Autograph dedication dated and signed by the publisher of the book, Colophon, Hélène and Nicolas Braci. Le cormier Bruxelles 1954 20x25,5cm broché

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