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        I'll Be You and You Be Me

      New York: Harper & Row, 1954. First edition, later printing. Pictures by Marurice Sendak. 1 vols. Square 8vo. Green pictorial boards, with endpapers of thick gray paper. Fine copy in pictorial dust jacket (slightly faded), without the defining slug "No. 5226A", on inside front flap, ad with price $3.27". Inscribed by Both Krauss & Sendak Inscribed on the front free endpaper: "For Larry -- from Ruth" "(this is the other book I said I had for you - I could get this 'library edition' only - hence the ugly endpapers." And further inscribed beneath: "For Bob Wilson "from Maurice Sebdak" "with pleasure! "Maurice Sendak "April '89".

      [Bookseller: James Cummins Bookseller]
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        Hjalmar Schacht For and Against Hitler - a Political-Economic Study of Germany 1923-1945

      Boston: The Christopher Publishing House. Hardcover. 416 pages. Bibliography. Footnotes. "The purpose here is to re-examine the record, in order better to appreciate the past and present problems of Europe, political and economic. The career of this man happens to be an excellent mirror for those problems: why democracy fell in Germany (as it had in much of the world); why the unspeakable Nazi came to despotic power over one of the most cultured and civilized nations of the world; whether dictatorships are better qualified to deal with the complexities of industrial life; why foreign trade in the post-war world departed so far from the cherished principles of the nineteenth century; how and why war came to Europe and the world in 1939; how the citizen can react to the modern police state; what can be done to remove a modern dictator or whether it is possible at all; whether one major trend of the modern world, class struggle, can be replaced by the other, nationalism; whether 'strong-man-rule' is the proper solution to the 'Bolshevik Danger'; what action can be taken to curb the dominant trend in the economy toward inflation; how should peace-loving powers treat a fanatical dictator - with force or with conciliation. It is a study of these basic problems of modern civilization rather than merely as the study of an individual who sought and obtained world-wide fame that this work was attempted." - from Foreward. Light wear. Sunning to spine. Clean and unmarked. Binding sound. A quality copy. . Good. 1954. First Edition.

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        Pervigilium veneris

      OFFICINA BODONI 1954 1 Due poesie latine seguite dalla versione italiana in versi di A. Cutolo ed illustrate con cinque litografie di Mario Vellani?Marchi. Officina Bodoni, carattere Bembo corpo 11 tondo maiuscolo e corpo 16 tondo e corsivo, titoli in corpo 30 e 36. Tiratura 135 esemplari su carta a tino Magnani. Rilegatura cartonata con carta Roma avorio e marchio dell'editore in oro sul quadrante anteriore (stampata per lib. Antiq. Hoepli). esemplare n. 60 ben conservato.

      [Bookseller: Libreria Alp-hà srl]
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        Königstraße. - [Manuskript].

      um 1954?, Lübeck - Manuskript, 60 lose Blätter, einseitig in Kurrentschrift beschrieben, 29,5 x 21 cm (zwei Blätter kupiert), mittig gefalzt. Unveröffentlichtes Manuskript. Lange beschreibt sehr detailreich vor allem die Geschichte der Geschäftshäuser in der Königstraße und den angrenzenden Straßen, er berichtet über Anekdoten, die Besitzerwechsel, Erweiterungen, Erfolge, Mißerfolge, etc. - Gerade die Anekdoten greifen zum Teil weit aus, etwa wenn er über Emanuel Geibel berichtet, "der täglich bei unserem Haus vorbeikam, um zu seinem Freund Schunck in der Fischstraße zu gehen" (Geibel starb 1884). Wann genau und in welchem Zusammenhang das Manuskript entstand, ist unklar. Der Bombenkrieg, den Lange offensichtlich als Rentner in Lübeck miterlebt hat, wird an mehreren Stellen thematisiert. Eine Seite des Manuskripts ist auf der Rückseite eines Werbebriefes aus dem Jahr 1954 geschrieben. - Der Verfasser des Manuskripts war Redakteur für die lübeckischen Anzeigen und verfasste das 1915 erschienene Buch "Das Rote Kreuz in Lübeck". - Teils stark angerändert, sonst gut. 401 Gramm. [Attributes: Soft Cover]

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        Live and Let Die. (a James Bond novel)

      London: Jonathan Cape. 1954., 1954. FIRST EDITION, FIRST IMPRESSION, FIRST ISSUE. Publisher's black cloth-effect paper over boards, embossed in gilt, with purple dust-wrapper. Gilt to binding is not dulled (as often found), edges clean, without the usual toning. Jacket shows very minor handling and a touch of browning to the rear. An unquestionably fine copy. This variant example features the correct 'author's skill' text and the small section of purple colour which has crept onto the front flap, as described in the bibliography, page 61. ...Beautiful, fortune-telling Solitaire is the prisoner (and tool) of Mr. Big - master of fear, artist in crime, and Voodoo Baron of Death. James Bond has no time for superstition - he knows that Big is also a top SMERSH operative and a real threat. More than that, after tracking him through the jazz joints of Harlem to the Everglades and on the Caribbean, 007 has realized that Mr. Big is one of the most dangerous men he has ever faced, and nobody,not even the enigmatic Solitaire, can be sure how their battle of wills is going to end. Gilbert A2a (1.1)

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        3 Typed letters signed, plus 1 form signed, and signed photo to Rolf Hosemann

      Berlin, 1954. Laue, Max von (1879-1960). (1) Typed letter signed, in German with typed and ms. corrections, dated 12.6.54 (June 12, 1954), to Rolf Hosemann (b. 1912), addressed to "Lieber Kollege" (dear colleague). 1-1/3pp., on single sheet with letterhead of the Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, Berlin. (2) Typed letter signed, in German to Hosemann dated 19.7.54 (July 19, 1954). 1 page, on letterhead of the Institut as above. (3) Undated typed letter signed (draft) in German, written in 1954 or later, to an unnamed member of the Stiftenverband fur die Deutsche Wissenschaft. 2-1/4pp., on 2 sheets. (4) Printed circular letter in German dated 1.11.53 (November 1, 1953) with von Laue's autograph signature at the foot and Hosemann's name and the date "3.5.1952" filled in by typewriter. 1 sheet, on letterhead of the Institut as above. (5) Printed thank-you note in German dated 9 October 1953, signed in ink by von Laue, with a portrait photograph of von Laue (85 x 114 mm.) attached. 4pp. 211 x 149 mm. Together 5 items, comprising the thank-you note and 4 letters on 5 sheets total, all measuring 292 x 211 mm.; all sheets punched for a two-hole binder. Letters creased where previously folded, slight soiling and wear, thank-you note a little dust-soiled and browned with thumbtack holes in each corner, but very good. English translations included. Max von Laue received the Nobel Prize for physics in 1914 for his discovery of the diffraction of x-rays in crystals, a discovery that Einstein called one of the most beautiful in physics. "Subsequently it was possible to investigate X radiation itself by means of wavelength determination as well as to study the structure of the irradiated material. . . . The new field of X-ray structural analysis that Laue established developed into an important branch of physics and chemistry" (DSB). Laue continued to develop his theory of X-ray interference in the following decades, and did some important work on superconductivity as well. An early supporter of Einstein's theory of relativity, Laue was one of the few members of the Prussian Academy of Sciences to protest Einstein's dismissal from that organization in 1933 following the Nazi rise to power; that same year, Laue also successfully prevented the Academy from admitting Johannes Stark, the pro-Hitler physicist who believed relativity to be a "world-wide Jewish trick." After World War II Laue played an active role in rebuilding German science, founding the German Physical Society and re-establishing both the German Research Association and the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt. In April 1951, at the age of 71, Laue took over the directorship of the Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, a post he occupied until his death nine years later. This collection of materials contains two letters from Laue to Rolf Hosemann, his chief assistant at the Fritz-Haber-Institut. Hosemann had submitted a paper to Laue for review, and in (1), the first of his letters to Hosemann, von Laue critiques it thoroughly: I have gone to a lot of trouble with the second section of your work, "Lorentz-invariant deduction of Hamiltonian mechanics, Maxwellian electrodynamics and Schroedinger wave mechanics from the so-called general wave equation. Clarification of the wave-particle dualism." I have objections in many places. . . . What do you want to do in this second section? The fact that you present the reader the mechanics of the mass point, which are well known to him, in a peculiar and most unpleasant notation, in my opinion, is rather superfluous. You want to begin with Equations (36) and (28), which are known to lead to the Hamiltonian equations of mechanics. What is the rest for? . . . You refer to de Broglie's agreement. Are you sure that he has actually studied your manuscript? Being French, he has a strong tendency to avoid an uncomfortable discussion by using some pleasing phrases. In any case, I cannot accept your manuscript as submitted for the Zeitschrift fur Physik. In my opinion, the rewriting must rephrase the title, which promised entirely too much, to something more modest. . . . I have now also read Section III. In this section you state that Section II has already covered the movement of a mass point in a specified electromagnetic field. The reader would be happy to believe that, because of the introduction of your "potential four-vector" pe was directed to that from the beginning. But these laws of motion do not by any means include all of electrodynamics. . . . The claim you make at the beginning of the work, that you can derive electrodynamics from the relativity principle, completely misses the target. Hosemann then apparently sent Laue a rewrite of his paper, to which Laue responded in (2): I began yesterday to read your manuscript, the boomerang, and must admit that this manuscript makes an infinitely better impression than the previous one. . . . I have made many marginal comments, but they only concern format. I will continue reading, and hope that we will very quickly agree when we next meet. But I hope that the important content of your work will find a form adequate for it. In order to inform you at once of some of my reservations: At more than one point in your proof you refer to equations which appear later. I have convinced myself that this is superfluous in all of these cases, and therefore not harmful. But the reader, seeing something like that, immediately expects circular reasoning, as you derive the later equations from the earlier ones. . . . No. (3), the draft of a letter from Laue to the Stiftenverband fur die Deutsche Wissenschaft (Society for the Support of German Science), contains a great deal of information about Hosemann and his work at the Fritz-Haber-Institut, as well as the type of research the Institut was engaged in, and some insight into how the Institut obtained its funding during the 1950s: Over the last four years, my chief assistant, Professor R. Hosemann, established an X-ray department at my Institute concerned particularly with study of the structures of non-crystalline substances (e.g., high polymers or colloids). . . . The Institute first worked with fundamental problems of diffraction. For example, the theory of the ideal paracrystal was published (Z. Physik 128, 1 & 465 [1950]), as well as the diffraction theory of the lamellar bundle (Z. Physik 127, 16 [1950]; Koll. Z. 117, 13 [1950]). The monograph, "The statistical character of the fine structure of high-molecular weight and colloidal substances," was published in "On the Structure and Matter of Solids," Springer-Verlag, 1952. . . . Independent of that, experimental studies initially concerned primarily with fundamental problems were started at this Institute (see, for example, Die Naturwissenschaften 41, 440 [1954]). But many of these works are so well completed that it is possible to start studying practical problems (e.g., X-ray interferences in colloidal systems such as latex emulsions, crystal structure studies with the counting tube goniometer, etc.) Unfortunately, we have not yet been able to realize adequate support for the completion of this work at the Max Planck Society. Given the existing controls, then, we fear that Prof. Hosemann will lose his coworkers, who have worked very intensively and successfully for the last four years in this new and rather difficult field of work. . . . No. (4) is a printed circular letter addressed to Hosemann, concerning an agreement between the Institut and the Deutschen Forschungshochschule Berlin-Dahlem. No. (5) is a printed thank-you notice with original photograph, apparently sent to all who participated in the October 9, 1953 celebration of Laue's 74th birthday and the 50th anniversary of his receiving the doctorate. Despite all his researches mentioned in no. (3) above, Laue's correspondent and assistant Hosemann is not mentioned in our reference works on the history of 20th century physics. OCLC cites three monographs written or co-written by Hosemann: Die Erforschung der Struktur hochmolekular und kolloider Stoffe mittels Kleiwinkelstreuung (1952), mentioned in Laue's letter; Lichtoptische Herstellung und Diskussion der Faltungsquadrate parakristaller Gitter (1956); and Direct Analysis of Diffraction by Matter (1962). DSB. Weber, Pioneers of Science, pp. 49-50.

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      Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1954 - Octavo. Original yellow cloth, titles to spine in red. With the dust jacket. Some minor toning to the contents but an excellent copy in the somewhat faded, price clipped dust jacket. First edition, first printing. With the author's signed presentation inscription to the front free endpaper, "to Raymond [Chandler] Jacquin Sanders" and with Chandler's La Jolla ownership stamp beneath which he as written "From Little Brown & Co - God Knows why!" In a letter to the budding writer James Fox in May 1954 Chandler writes, "Your publishers for no reason that I can understand sent me a book called Freak Show by Jacquin Sanders (where the hell does a character get a name like that?). I haven't read it and don't want to."

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA member]
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        The Federal Reserve Conspiracy *SECOND PRINTING*

      Common Sense, USA, 1954, Soft Cover, Book Condition: Fair, Second PrintingSize: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall, 144 pages. Documents the creation of the privately-owned U.S. Federal Reserve in 1913. Above-average wear and soiling. Binding intact. Title hand-written upon sunned spine. 2.5" x 4" Thunderbolt sticker upon title page and inside back cover. Bit of writing at top of back cover. Two of the recommended titles inside back cover are stroked out. Occasional small ink markings to contents. A sound copy of the rare second printing of this classic work.

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        Second to None The Royal Scots Greys 1919-1945

      Glasgow: McCorquodale & Co Ltd. G +: in good (plus) condition without dust jacket. Minor rubbing to covers. Lower edge bumped. Signature to fep. Occasional light foxing. [1954]. First Edition. Blue hardback cloth cover. 220mm x 150mm (9" x 6"). xvi, 210pp. B/w plates and twenty folding maps; map endpapers. Signature of Dan S. Lewis of the Royal Scots Greys, dated March 1957. Foreword by Field-Marshal Montgomery. Loose extract from 'The Scots Grey in 'Mechanization' by M R Sheldon loose inside the book. .

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      Editorial Losada, Buenos Aires 1954 - Primera edición. Ejemplar de la tirada de ciento cincuenta y cinco de los cuales solo se pusieron a la venta cincuenta ejemplares. Encuadernación original de Editorial con las cubiertas en perfectas condiciones. Fueron impresos en la Casa de Francisco A.Colombo 45 págs.

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        Afrikas gröna berg. Översättning av Marten Edlund. 1st Swedish edition.

      Stockholm, Bonniers Förlag, 1954. - 244 pp., 1 leave. Illustratad av Erik Palmquist. Large 8vo. Editor's cased boards, dj. DJ chipped, rubbed and with some smaller tears; front slap missing for the bigger part; dj verso "repaired" with film strips. Boards slightly browned and knocked at edges; edges browned; half-title and title with small (water?) stains in the margin; leaves bumped and a little bit creased at upper edge. With handwritten 2-line dedication and signed by Ernest Hemingway on half-title: "Best wishes yours very truly Ernest Hemigway". Picture on demand. SW

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        Strange Desires

      Lion 1954 - Very Good+ vintage paperback Lion 191. A generally square and solid book, very slight spine lean, uncreased covers, light rubbing to spine. Internally sound, PO name to first page, text paper age toned but not brittle. Collection of stories exploring "the darkest hungers of men and women". [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

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      April 14, 1954. - - sc An original calligraphic letter penned in a concentric circle onto an [approximately] 18-1/2"x 16-3/4" sheet. The Uncial lettering begins in the center with Fridolf's name penned in red ink from which, the other words drawn in black carefully and delicately spiral out towards the edges. A superb example of the calligrapher's art, once folded, now beautifully framed in a heavy wood frame with a gilt-edged circular opening."Dear Fridolf, Can't begin to tell you how happy I was to get your beautifully written letter two weeks ago and your invitation to send some of my stuff back for your article. There seems to be an increase in demand for calligraphy out here, at least advertising-wise. As usual, the bulk of my work comes from the clients direct and the Universities and State and Government departments. Have designed quite a few plaques lately and a good many hand-lettered books, one in French, two in German, two in Italian and the rest in English. One of the most interesting was an address to His Majesty, the King of Sweden, commemorating his seventieth birthday. Do you remember Lyle Brown's "Sports Quiz" cartoon? Well, we are syndicated in more than fifty daily newspapers and Pocket Books bought it for world-wide distribution. Should hit the stands around May tenth so be sure and look for it. California is still the boom state, building everywhere-free-ways, housing projects, office buildings. Down-town San Francisco is having some face-lifting too-all the better. We have some new restaurants that are superb-wish you were here to sample them. Byron [his son] sends his regards-all five foot ten of him. He now plays piano, clarinet, base clarinet, sax, flute and oboe-yoiks! Am writing this on the front porch at Black Point and it is 80º in the shade-too hot to work. Mom and Pop send their very best and all the rest of the Macdonalds likewise. Hope to see you in a few weeks but write soon! Best regards, Jim." An incredible feat which makes of this otherwise ordinary letter, a superb work of art.Fridolf Johnson, the recipient, was an editor at American Artist magazine. A typophile, bookman, pressman, and Bibliographer, Johnson was the author/editor of "Rockwell Kent: An Anthology of His Works", published by Knopf in 1981. The late Fridolf Johnson was also a calligrapher in his own right. "Byron Macdonald was born in San Francisco and attended evening classes at the California School of Fine Arts while earning his living by writing show cards. This occupation, he thinks, is an invaluable background for the calligrapher as 'it gives one a sense of layout (being able to dramatize) and great manual dexterity with pen and brush.' He did department store lettering and theatre lobby posters before progressing to advertising agency reproduction lettering.His study of the development of letters led him to calligraphy. His favorite alphabet is the Uncial, which he is now doing in several versions and weights for a photo-letterring company. Besides teaching at the Rudolph Schaeffer School of Design, he applies his calligraphic talents to a wide variety of uses, from liturgical literature to movie titles, and from architectural inscriptions to trademarks, letterheads, posters, and books, including the cover of this book." -- ["Calligraphy and Handwriting in America 1710-1962, Assembled and Shown by the Peabody Institute Library", Caledonia, NY, 1962].Byron "Jim" Macdonald is the author of "Calligraphy: The Art of Lettering With The Broad Pen". He designed the binding for the book "Two Thousand Years of Calligraphy", the catalog for the exhibition at the Baltimore Museum of Art and Peabody Institute Library June 6-July 18, 1965.His work is represented in the modern calligraphy collection of The National Art Library at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.Examples of Byron J. Macdonald's work are depicted in the catalogue "Calligraphy and Handwriting in America." [items 255 and 253]. Item number 253 is very similar to the original callig [Attributes: Soft Cover]

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      London: Chatto & Windus. 1954. First edition, first printing. Original paper-covered boards with gilt titles to the spine, in dustwrapper. A lovely near fine copy with no inscriptions or stamps. Complete with the very good original and correct first issue dustwrapper which is lightly rubbed and marked with a little darkening to the extremities and a marginally faded spine. Not price-clipped. No repairs or restoration to any part of the book or dustwrapper. An attractive example of the author?'s first novel. 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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        Under The Net

      London: Chatto & Windus,, 1954. Octavo. Finely bound by The Chelsea Bindery in burgundy morocco, titles to spine gilt, twin rule to turn-ins, dark green endpapers, gilt edges. A fine copy. First edition, first impression.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        MITTEILUNGEN DER FRÄNKISCHEN GEOGRAPHISCHEN GESELLSCHAFT, 33 Bände (darunter 12 Doppelbände): 1 (1954) - 45 (1998). Vollständig. Zeitschrift, ISSN: 0071-8173.,

      Erlangen : Palm und Enke, 1954-1998. - 33 Bände. 33 Bände!!! Umfangreiche Sammlung ab dem 1. Band. Mit vielen Illustrationen und angebundenen Falttafeln. Halbleineneinbände, ab Doppelband 23/24 (1976/77) in Originalbroschur. Band 9 (1961) wurde außen fälschlicherweise mit 11 (1963) gekennzeichnet. Aus ehemaligem Bibliotheksbestand, mit entsprechenden Kennzeichungen versehen. Einbände mit leichten Gebrauchs- und Lagerspuren. Seiten überwiegend sauber, nur Teilweise mit Nachdunkelungen, Lesespuren oder Knickspuren. Tafeln teilweise an den Rändern etwas knittrig oder rissig. Bindung bei allen Bänden fest. Guter Zustand. mbx zqx Sprache: de Gewicht in Gramm: 30000

      [Bookseller: Antiq. Bookfarm/ Sebastian Seckfort]
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        The Love Eaters

      London: Heinemann. (1954). The uncorrected proof copy of the true first edition of her first novel, published in England prior to being issued in the U.S., despite her being an American writer. Settle is the author of the highly-acclaimed Beulah quintet, which is considered one of the finest sets of American historical novels ever written, and she also won the National Book Award for her novel Blood Ties. A very fragile proof, retaining wartime production standards: the front cover is printed on the verso of a Richard Aldington cover, a not-uncommon cost-saving phenomenon in post-war British publishing. Cocked, with small chip to upper rear corner; spine-tanned and covers beginning to separate there. Reviewer name (noted author and critic Oswell Blakeston) and address front cover. All told, a very good copy struggling to remain so. Rare. The first edition itself is scarce; we've never seen another proof copy. First Edition. Softcover.

      [Bookseller: Ken Lopez Bookseller, ABAA]
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        Jeeves and the Feudal Spirit Signed

      UK: Herbert Jenkins, 1954. 1st Edition 1st Printing. Hardcover. Fine/Very Good. Jeeves and the Feudal Spirit by PG Wodehouse Signed First Edition Herbert Jenkins 1954. No inscriptions, lightly browned edges. Red boards unmarked, fine in original dust jacket. Not price clipped. SIGNED BY PG WODEHOUSE to title page.

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        Eigenh. Brief mit U. ("Benn").

      Wohl Berlin, 23. III. 1954.. 2 SS. 8vo.. An einen namentlich nicht genannten Adressaten: "Anbei 1) Vertrag | 2) Brief von Dr. Michael (bitte gelegentlich zurück) Ich sandte ihm 'Probleme der Lyrik' dafür. | Es wird Frühling. Gestern zum ersten Mal Sommerpaletot getragen. | 4) Wir sahen den Film [...], kein Spiel- u. Liebesfilm, sondern: Los Angeles, Kalifornien usw. Wirklich interessant, dort zersägen sie grosse Häuser u. transportieren sie auf andere Stellen u. setze sie wieder zusammen. Ein Zigeunervolk [...]". - Auf Briefpapier mit gedr. Briefkopf.

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        Fishless Days. By Sparse Grey Hackle

      New York: Privately Printed and Published by The Anglers' Club of New York, 1954. First edition, one of 591 copies. Illustrated by Charles De Feo. 1 vols. 8vo. Original brown cloth, printed label on upper cover and spine. Fine in original slipcase (some splitting along spine of slipcase, no loss). Designated "Author's Copy" in the author's hand and inscribed by him on the front flyleaf. First edition, one of 591 copies. Illustrated by Charles De Feo. 1 vols. 8vo. Inscribed to John McDonald. "A collection of the small lures", notes the author on the title page, "on which I have taken many a full basket of friends and good companions from that best of pools, the Long Table of The Angler's Club" With a splendid inscription on the front flyleaf to John McDonald, editor of The Complete Fly Fisherman. The Notes and Letters of Theodore Gordon (1947): "To John McDonald, who deserves the gratitude of all anglers for his re-discovery of Theodore Gordon, with the admiration and thanks of Sparse Grey Hackle Dec. 5, 1954" McDonald has signed his name in full beneath.

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        Bettie Page, Coral Gables, 1954

      1954. Archival ink jet print, image measuring 10 inches by 10 inches, paper size 11 by 14. #1 of 2 in the Artist's Edition, identified as such in the photographer's hand and signed by her on the reverse. Original printed in 1954, reprinted in this format in 2012. Fine; no flaws. From a portrait session with Bettie Page, which is shown on the front pastedown and front free endpaper of 'Bunny Yeager's Darkroom' (Rizzoli; New York; 2012) and is reproduced as a stand-alone image on page 80 of that title as well. There are few if any comparable associations in contemporary American art between artist and model as is the one between Bunny Yeager and Bettie Page. A beautiful, somewhat mysterious and deeply resonant image.

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        MOUNTAINS. An Ariel Poem

      London: Faber and Faber. 1954. First edition. Signed by the author. Original yellow card covers printed in black, in the original envelope. Colour lithograph frontispiece and a black and white title illustration by Edward Bawden. An excellent near fine clean and bright copy in the rubbed and worn envelope. Signed in blue ink by W. H. Auden underneath his printed name of the illustrated title page. Scarce thus. 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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        Second to None : The Royal Scots Greys - 1919-1945

      Glasgow: For the Regiment,, 1954. With a Foreword by Field-Marshal Viscount Montgomery of Alamein. Octavo. Original blue cloth, title and regimental insignia in silver to the spine and upper board. With the dust jacket. Portrait frontispiece and 15 other plates, 20 folding maps, maps to the endpapers. A little bumped, corners and spine ends, jacket slightly rubbed and with internal paper tape reinforcement at the head of the spine, a very good copy. First and only edition. Uncommon. The author was military historian Michael Carver, who "had the added advantage of having commanded 4th Armoured Brigade, in which the Regiment served from Normandy in 1944, to V.E. Day, May, 1945. Furthermore, Brigadier Carver took part not only in all the desert operations but also in those of the Italian campaign with which the Regiment was concerned. He therefore writes from great personal knowledge and first-hand experience … " (Preface).

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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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        Horton Hears A Who!

      - New York: Random House, (1954). First edition. 4to. Younger & Hirsch 32. The book extremities are lightly rubbed. Dust-jacket has a little wear to head and tail of spine panel, otherwise a handsome copy. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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

      Olympia Press, Paris 1954 - 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?) [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

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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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        LUCKY STARR AND THE OCEANS OF VENUS [by] Paul French [pseudonym].

      Garden City: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1954 - Octavo, cloth. First edition. Third of the six David Starr novels. Review slip laid in. Indents and rust marks to front free endpaper and half title leaf from paperclip which once secured the review slip, a near fine copy in very good plus dust jacket with shelf wear and mild chipping at upper spine end, small closed tear at upper edge of front panel, light rubbing at upper right corner, longish closed tear and creasing to rear panel, and some rubbing to upper rear panel. A respectable copy of an uncommon title. (#125462) [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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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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