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        National Geographic Magazine July 1954 ***Signed***

      National Geographic Society 1954 - Inscribed "Ed Hillary / 28-6-95" on cover in blue ink. This signature was obtained in person at a lecture on June 28, 1995 in Glendale, California USA. Edmund Hillary and his Sherpa guide Tenzing Norgay were the first humans to reach Earth's highest point: the summit of Mount Everest in the Himalayas. They reached the top at 11:30 am on 29 May 1953. Hillary was promptly knighted for his feat and in later years led expeditions to the South Pole and to the source of the Yangtze River. He also committed himself to humanitarian work among the Sherpas through his charity, the Himalayan Trust. [Attributes: Signed Copy; Soft Cover]

      [Bookseller: Legends In History]
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        The Long Goodbye - LEATHER BOUND

      Houghton Mifflin Boston 1954 - A one off specially bound copy of the first printing. The binding has brilliantly retained the untrimmed foredge of the first impression, and the top text block green staining. I think these details are a vital consideration, and it shows great sensitivity. Arguably Chandler's masterpiece, this truly exceptional specially bound copy is in a superb enduring green half leather and a darker green cloth, with a gilt titling decorated hubbed spine. A very great American book preserved for future generations. It is a pleasure to have such a gorgeous book on my shelf. And it could be on yours. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: THE BOOKSNIFFER]
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        The Long Goodbye

      Houghton Mifflin - First edition, 1954. Flap price $3.00. Book very good, with slight wear at spine ends and bottom corner of front cover, very slightly shelf-cocked, four small stain marks near bottom of front, small stain mark across bottom of back cover, slight discoloration on front free end-paper, traces of erased pencil marks and traces of glue and paper from removed bookplate on rear free end-paper. DJ very good, with some wear and rubbing on spine and front, two small holes near middle vertical edge of front, two marks from removed tape on both flaps, small tear near top of back flap (1/2"). [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Correspondence

      1954-1957. All items addressed to his friend Margaret Lial. The first typed letter signed is dated June 7, 1954, and it finds Watts preparing to visit Lial in Big Sur. Among other things he inquires as to whether she has a tent but lists items he will be bringing, down to the "liberal supply of charcoal." He thanks her for being willing to harbor "a bunch of gypsies" and says "I have had too much work to do and am good and ready to loaf." Approximately 250 words, with envelope. The second typed letter signed, post-visit, is dated July 23, 1954 and begins: "Coming back to work from Big Sur was like walking into a herd of elephants doing the rumba." He informs Lial of his next venture in her direction, for a lecture-series on the subject "The Psychology of Awakening," and he inquires whether this would also be a good time for a "select" session on the subject of the Tantra. Watts further inquires about a piece of land he had found "delectable" and invites Lial ("and Janet") up to see "marvelous Kathakali dancers." Again, approximately 250 words, with envelope. On July 28, Watts sends Lial an autograph note signed acknowledging that he will be expecting her and Janet for the Hindu dancers and will give her details. Also included here is a hand-drawn map to an address on "Birch" in this lot, but it is unknown if it corresponds to this occasion. In February 1957, Watts sends Lial a typed letter signed wondering about the possibility of another lecture in Carmel, having just returned from talking in LA and San Diego and expecting to do the same in New York when his new book [The Way of Zen] comes out. Approximately 100 words, with envelope. Together with (in addition to the above-mentioned map) a printed invitation to a New Year's Day housewarming party (no year given); a printed bookmark-sized greeting of indeterminate nature ("From Alan Dorothy Joan Ann Tia & Mark Watts / At midnight the sun brightly shines"); and, lastly, a printed card announcing Watts's 1974 memorial service and interment of ashes, signed by John Watts; with envelope addressed to Lial. All items are near fine or better. Watts was for three decades the foremost exponent of Zen Buddhism and other eastern religions to Western audiences, including the readers of his books and, apparently, the attendees of his many talks and lectures. His letters are written on the letterhead of The American Academy of Asian Studies in San Francisco, where he taught for six years in the 1950s, sometimes as much as fourteen hours a day. Watts called the Academy "one of the principal roots of what later came to be known, in the early sixties, as the San Francisco Renaissance."

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        A Fable

      Random House, New York 1954 - Limited Issue, one of 1000 numbered copies signed by the author. Octavo (22cm); navy blue cloth, with titles and pictorial elements stamped in blue, white, and gilt on spine and front panel; blue topstain; 437pp. Small, vintage booksellers label to lower rear pastedown, else a Fine copy, lacking the original glassine. Original publisher's slipcase shows light wear overall, with some dust-soil to wraparound label; Near Fine. Winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award for Fiction in 1955. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy]

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        Go Tell It on the Mountain [and] Giovanni's Room

      London [and] New York: Michael Joseph [and] The Dial Press. (1954) [and] (1956). First. First English edition of Go Tell It on the Mountain and first edition of Giovanni's Room. Each book is fine in fine dustwrapper. Housed together in a custom cloth clamshell case with morocco spine label gilt. Each book is very warmly Inscribed to Beauford Delaney, the celebrated African-American artist who Baldwin often referred to as his "spiritual mentor." Both Delaney and Baldwin were the sons of preachers and struggled with coming to terms with their homosexuality. The 40-year-old Delaney painted the 16-year-old Baldwin in the nude, and though there is no evidence they were lovers, they remained devoted to each other, first when they both moved to Paris in the 1950s, until Delany's death in a mental institution in 1977. The Inscription in Go Tell It on the Mountain (which also has a publisher's presentation slip laid in) reads: "For Beauford - With all my love, and with my gratitude - Jimmy '54, Paris." The Inscription in Giovanni's Room reads: ""For Beauford - With my love, Jimmy. Nov. '56, Corsica. Praise God for trials past." A spectacular and meaningful association, Baldwin's first book, a coming-of-age novel, and his second book, one of the most important, and perhaps the most influential gay novel, about an American man living in Paris and his relationships with the men he meets in a Paris gay bar. .

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

      1954-1957. All items addressed to his friend Margaret Lial. The first typed letter signed is dated June 7, 1954, and it finds Watts preparing to visit Lial in Big Sur. Among other things he inquires as to whether she has a tent but lists items he will be bringing, down to the "liberal supply of charcoal." He thanks her for being willing to harbor "a bunch of gypsies" and says "I have had too much work to do and am good and ready to loaf." Approximately 250 words, with envelope. The second typed letter signed, post-visit, is dated July 23, 1954 and begins: "Coming back to work from Big Sur was like walking into a herd of elephants doing the rumba." He informs Lial of his next venture in her direction, for a lecture-series on the subject "The Psychology of Awakening," and he inquires whether this would also be a good time for a "select" session on the subject of the Tantra. Watts further inquires about a piece of land he had found "delectable" and invites Lial ("and Janet") up to see "marvelous Kathakali dancers." Again, approximately 250 words, with envelope. On July 28, Watts sends Lial an autograph note signed acknowledging that he will be expecting her and Janet for the Hindu dancers and will give her details. Also included here is a hand-drawn map to an address on "Birch" in this lot, but it is unknown if it corresponds to this occasion. In February 1957, Watts sends Lial a typed letter signed wondering about the possibility of another lecture in Carmel, having just returned from talking in LA and San Diego and expecting to do the same in New York when his new book [The Way of Zen] comes out. Approximately 100 words, with envelope. Together with (in addition to the above-mentioned map) a printed invitation to a New Year's Day housewarming party (no year given); a printed bookmark-sized greeting of indeterminate nature ("From Alan Dorothy Joan Ann Tia & Mark Watts / At midnight the sun brightly shines"); and, lastly, a printed card announcing Watts's 1974 memorial service and interment of ashes, signed by John Watts; with envelope addressed to Lial. All items are near fine or better. Watts was for three decades the foremost exponent of Zen Buddhism and other eastern religions to Western audiences, including the readers of his books and, apparently, the attendees of his many talks and lectures. His letters are written on the letterhead of The American Academy of Asian Studies in San Francisco, where he taught for six years in the 1950s, sometimes as much as fourteen hours a day. Watts called the Academy "one of the principal roots of what later came to be known, in the early sixties, as the San Francisco Renaissance."

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        Contribution A l'Etude lithologique du terrain houllier de Belgique. Les Roches steriles de la zone de Genk (Westphalien a superieur) aux charbonnages de Helchteren et Zolder (Campine). (= Volume Jubilaire Victor van Straelen - Extrait de Tome 1),

      Sonderabdruck, Brüssel 1954.. 73 S. mit 9 Tafeln, Groß 4°, Original-Karton (Softcover), Einband leicht angerndert, Deckel mit Namensstempel, insgesamt gutes und innen sauberes, noch unaufgeschnittenes Exemplar,.

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

      Gray Barker, Clarksburg, WV 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 [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

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        The Story of a Lifetime / by Somerset de Chair. Engravings by Clifford Webb.

      [London]: The Golden Cockerel Press, 1954 - . . . Scarce. . . . Signed, Limited Edition - Number 73 of an edition of 110 numbered copies, one of 100 copies for subscribers. Signed by the Author. One of the least known and most expensive cockerels (due to the small edition and special bindings). . . . Quad pott octavo - about 12.75 x 7.5" (32 x 19.5cm). Bound by Sangorski & Sutcliffe for the publisher on flexible cords in full cream alum-tanned sheepskin with a gilt vignette of a crown of thorns and a scourge by Webb to the upper board, gilt lettering and two gilt cockerel vignettes in compartments separated by two raised bands to the spine, single gilt rule border to turn-ins ("Bound by S & S London" gilt-stamped to front lower turn-in), brown and gold headbands. TEG - Top edges gilt, others untrimmed. 94pp. (including 1pp. Author's Note at rear). The Baskerville 14 pt. type has been set and machined on mould-made paper by R. & R. Clark Ltd of Edinburgh. (Originally sold at 28 gns.) . . . Illustrated with 8 wood-engravings by Webb - 7 full-page illustrations (including the frontispiece) and a title page vignette, and with a gilt vignette to the upper board (partially repeating the title page vignette). . . . Sandford notes in "Cock-A-Hoop": "An unorthodox account in great detail of the events in the life of Jesus between the Resurrection and the Ascension, as revealed to the author in what he claims to have been a vision. The character and message of Jesus are presented in all their nobility, but stripped of the miraculous element which has become unacceptable to some. I issued the book for what it was - a piece of literature, containing moving passages and a sensational, yet to the author, uncannily convincing story. / The format was that folio, in proportions of about five high to three across, of which I was so fond; the engravings were very fine and powerful. Though I designed the book and published it, the author bore the whole of the very considerable expense of its production, and when this was spread over such a very limited edition it made each copy very costly." . . . Good Condition - the cover is soiled with the sheepskin yellowing, rubbed with some small losses to the gilt vignette, spine sun darkened and more rubbed/scuffed, corners and head foot of spine scuffed and a bit bumped, lower board edges scraped with leather peeling, boards bowed inward a bit along fore-edge and spine, free endpapers and first and last few pages tanned along edges (from leather turn-ins), small bookseller label (Philip C. Duschnes Rare Books, New York) to rear pastedown endpaper, pages browning a tad, some occasional dents to page edges, some rumpling and soft bend marks (not hard creases, probably caused during printing or binding) to pages, pages quite clean. . . . Reference: Cock-A-Hoop 195. . . . Additional photos available, please just ask. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

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        Des journées entières dans les arbres

      Paris, Gallimard 1954 - Livre d'occasion 18,6 x 12 cm, broché, couv. imprimée, 233 pp., 2 ff. n. ch. Condition : Edition originale sur papier d'édition en SP (après 25 ex. sur vélin pur fil Lafuma-Navarre). Envoi autographe signé de l'auteure à Etiemble, écrivain et critique littéraire. Non coupé, prière d'insérer joint. 200g. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Soft Cover]

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        Hungary V Uruguay 1954 (world Cup Semi-final) Football Programme

      1954 - Official programme for the semi-final of the 1954 World Cup between Hungary and Uruguay, played at Lausanne, Switzerland, June 30 1954. Hungary won 4-2. 36pp. Original pictorial wrappers, sl rubbed, some browning to centrepages and prelims. fading and marks, fold marks to bottom right corner of some pages. A good copy.

      [Bookseller: Sportspages]
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        William Klein, New York, 1954-1955

      Dewi Lewis Publishing, Manchester, England - A new edition of William Klein's photographic 1950s study of New York City, originally titled "New York Is Good & Good For You." Includes a new introduction from Klein, more photos from the original set, and a fresh perspective. Covers are in near perfect condition. DJ has 1/4" dent in back cover, with a slight shadow of it on back board. Binding is strong. DJ exhibits minimal shelf wear. Inside glossy pages are clean and bright. 257 pp. 10 x 13.75 inches. Postage for oversized and international shipping will be calculated by size and weight. AbeBooks shipping quotes are ESTIMATES only. If actual shipping cost is less than the AbeBooks estimate, it is our practice to REFUND the difference to the buyer. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Four Original Photographs of Arturo Toscanini in Rehearsal, March, 1954 with Negatives

      [NBC Studios]. LOOSE_LEAF. New York, 1954. A collection of four 9 x 7 photographs of the great Toscanini in rehearsal, with their original negatives. From the estate of Arturo Toscanini. The images show Toscanini casually dressed in a white short-sleeved shirt, conducting his orchestra. All photos are stamped "File Copy / Do Not Remove" and have holes in upper left corners from thumbtacks and have inventory numbers written in ink. The inventory numbers - which all contain the prefix "33107," suggest that they could be for the rehearsals from his final performance on April 4. . Very Good. 1954. First Edition.

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        Davidias

      1954 - Zagreb: Jugoslavenska Akademija Znanosti I Umjetnosti, 1954 [1954]. 4to, 231 [1] p. Cream boards with 1/4 maroon cloth spine. First thus edition of Marulic's (1450-1524) religious epic and one of the masterworks of Croation renaissance literature. Originally published in 1516-1517 as part of the Evangelistarium, the Davidias was not discovered until 1924, and not published until 1954, in both in Latin and Croat. A VG copy of the Croat edition: staining from binder's glue along board edges; faint stains to outer margins of several pages, faint spotting to page ends, small dings to upper and lower rear board edges, with rear hinge very gently starting, but a clean and bright copy overall. In a nice example of the jacket, with some dye transfer to verso of jacket spine, foxing and spotting to jacket flap joints, light edgewear and crimping, with some scuffing to spine, crimping to spine tips, but an attractive copy overall. Features seven monochrome plates of from the original text. Scarce.

      [Bookseller: Marc J Bartolucci]
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        17 Dikter - 1st Edition/1st Printing

      Albert Bonniers Förlag, Stockholm 1954 - An about Fine First Edition/First Printing in unread condition, minor rubbing and sunning along original wraps with price of 4:75; The first title of the 2011 winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, his collection of 17 poems, including the famous and powerful "Epilog" as final. In the original Swedish language [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

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        Ask The Dust

      New York: Bantam Books, 1954. 138 Pages. Bantam # 1194. Complete and Unabridged. Copyright 1939. A Bantam Book published by arrangement with Little, Brown & Company, Inc. Printing History - Originally published by Stackpole Sons 1939. Bantam Edition Published February 1954. 1st Printing January 1954. Very minor cover edge and corner wear. There is some evidence of light moisture exposure to a 3 x 3 inch area at the bottom next to the spine. This is not visible but can be detected by lightly rubbing across this area and a bit of stiffness to page turning of some of the first 50 pages. Red page edges are about 50% faded and a bit more pronounced at the bottom area near the spine. Just a hint of age-tanning to pages. Glue binding is holding remarkably well. No marks or stamps to this tight square book with bright covers. Fante has been compared to Steinbeck and even Hemingway. Salinger's Catcher in the Rye was published six years after this book and many note the similarities between Holden Caulfield and Fante's Arturo Bandini. Ask the Dust is a semi-autobiography set in the dust bowl depression era and the migration to California and Los Angeles. Fante uses his background of Italian immigrant Catholic family life, sports, and the writing life in his fiction. Ask the Dust has been popular since it was first published and some 60 years afterwards it found its way to the New York Times best seller list when the Black Sparrow Press reprint was released. Both Kerouac and Bukowski have acknowledged Fante's influence and in a reprint preface Bukowski wrote that Fante is my God. No doubt John Fante will be rememberd as one of the top American novelist of the 20th century. Scans and additional description available on request. From the covers - He was young, broke and driven by a raging thirst for life. I wasn't starving. I still had some old oranges under the bed. That night I ate three or four and with the darkness I walked down Bunker Hill to the downtown district. Across the street from the Columbia Buffet. I stood in a shadowed doorway and watched Camilla Lopez. She was the same, dressed in the same smock. I trembled when I saw her and a strange feeling went over me. It was a hot night. Oh, Camilla! Camilla! Mine!." . First Bantam Edition. Mass Market Paperback. Very Good. 4 1/4" X 7".

      [Bookseller: Dons Book Store]
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        The Second World War (6 Vols, Chartwell Edition)

      The Educational Book Company, London 1954 - A near FINE set of Churchill's Second World War, hardcovers bound in blue quarter leather, with matching blue boards, marbled endpapers, and maps and photographs as called for in each of the 6 Volumes. About 4000 pages in all with index in each volume.See photograph. Headbands to each volume, wide margins, no names or scribble; this set has hardly been read! [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        The Last of the Fathers: Saint Bernard of Clairvaux and the Encyclical Letter, Doctor Mellifluus

      New York : Harcourt, Brace and Company , 1954 . Hardcover . Very Good /With Dust Jacket . 5.75 x 9.25 Tall . Collectible. Very Good. Inscription on free front endpaper to Sr. Catherine D.C. Signed by Fr. Louie (Thomas Merton) and another Trappist monk. Dust jacket in fresh mylar cover. 123 pages.

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        Two Hydrogen-Bonded Spiral Configurations of the Polypeptide Chain" in The Journal of the American Chemical Society, Vol. LXXII [72], September-December 1950, 5349

      FIRST EDITION OF LINUS PAULING AND ROBERT COREY'S FIRST ANNOUNCEMENT OF THEIR SEMINAL MOLECULAR BIOLOGY FINDINGS REGARDING THE THEORETICAL ALPHA AND GAMMA HELIXES, TWO CONFIGURATIONS OF THE ARRANGEMENT OF ATOMS IN PROTEINS. The authors "must have realized the bombshell they had dropped on the scientific world. Knowledge of the inner workings of proteins -- molecules often referred to as the building blocks of life -- would be the key to understanding biology at the molecular level" (Brownlee in PNAS Website). A full decade before x-ray crystallography first revealed the structures of proteins, Pauling and Corey deduced their main structural features: the alpha and the gamma helix. Their work had the same significance for proteins as the Watson and Crick papers, published two years later, had for the structure of DNA. In the short letter that published in this volume, the two scientists clearly state "that they had come up with two spiral models; they mention their hydrogen bonding scheme and assert that there was evidence that the proposed structures were present in a variety of proteins. They hinted at a molecular model for silk. They said nothing about the discrepancy between their models and the x-ray data. They ended with the promise that 'a detailed account of this work will be published soon'" (Special Collections and Archive Research, Oregon State). "Pauling and Corey's research, now over a half-century old, guides today's biotechnology revolution and the search for hundreds of disease cures -- drugs that may someday conquer Alzheimer's disease, cystic fibrosis, Mad Cow disease and many forms of cancer" (Brownlee). Linus Paulingwon the 1954 Nobel Prize in Chemistry "for his research into the nature of the chemical bond and its application to the elucidation of the structure of complex substances' (Nobel Prize Committee). CONDITION & DETAILS: Easton: American Chemical Society. Full volume. Quarto (10.25 x 7.5 inches; 256 x 188mm). Bound in maroon cloth with decorative paper boards. Gilt-lettered, green morocco spine label. Minor rubbing and scuffing at the edges. Tiny spot on spine label. Tightly and very solidly bound. Bright and clean throughout. Very good condition.

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        Longes Mac n-Usnig: Being the Exile and Death of the Sons of Usnech

      Dolmen Press, (Dublin) 1954 - First edition. Quarter vellum and decorated papercovered boards. A little soiling to the spine, else near fine. One of 200 numbered copies (of a total edition of 225). Although not called for, this copy is Signed. A rare title of this tale translated from the Gaelic. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

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        Sam. (Green cat with red eyes.)

      New York: The Artist,, 1954. Offset lithograph on wove paper hand coloured by Warhol and friends with Dr. Martin's aniline watercolour dye. Sheet size: 22.5 × 15 cm. Excellent condition. Presented in a white ash frame with UV protective perspex. Edition of 190. Plate 16 from the book 25 Cats Name Sam and One Blue Pussy, printed by Seymour Berlin. Andy's mother Julia Warhola did the calligraphy.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        The Conquest of Everest. With a Chapter on the Final Assault by Sir Edmund Hillary. [signed]

      E.P. Dutton, New York 1954 - pp xx, 300. Frontis, plates, illustrations, maps. Foreword by The Duke of Edinburgh. Blue and beige cloth with Everest illustration to front board. Title page signed by the author. Inscription on flyleaf signed by Ed and Louise Hillary. Also signed by George Lowe, Charles Evans and James Morris. Extremely rare with these signatures. 8vo [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Anah Dunsheath Rare Books ABA ANZAAB]
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        The Conquest of Everest

      E.P. Dutton, New York 1954 - A beautifully clean, crisp, uncracked hardcover copy signed by 1) British Expedition leader Sir John Hunt; 2) New Zealand Mountaineer Edmund Hillary; 3) British Mountaineer George Lowe; 4) Times correspondent James Morris; and 5) Dutton Editor Elliott Macras. Faintest age-toning at text block top and long edges only. DJ in mylar cover; faint edge wear includes one small (1/2" X 1" + --) chip at top (front) edge, sunning at spine. [Attributes: Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Maxwell's House of Books]
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        A Selection of Some 900 British and Irish Mountain Tops. [with] The Supplement to A Selection of Some 900 British and Irish Mountain Tops and A Selection of 1,000 Tops under 2,500 Feet. [Vols. I and II.] 3 Vols. Signed and Inscribed with 3 loose letters

      Printed by The Darien Press Ltd for W. M. Docharty, Edinburgh 1954 - 124pp; 208pp; 42pp, + panoramas. Volume I - 9 fold out b/w panoramas; Supplement Volumes I and II with b/w plates and 18 fold out b/w panoramas in Volume II. With dust jacket Supplement volumes published 1962. Volume I signed and inscribed by author with letter laid on to front paste-down in envelope. Volumes II and III both signed and inscribed by author with 3 loose letters from the author in franked envelopes. Language: eng Green/gilt hardback cloth cover [Attributes: Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Barter Books Ltd]
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        Target Earth 1954 Sci-Fi Film Classic Movie Poster

      Allied Artists. POSTER. Rare Original 'Target Earth' Movie Poster; Starring: Richard Denning; Kathleen Crowley; Virginia Grey; Richard Reeves; Robert Roark; A Science-Fiction Classic; bright beautiful colors; two short closed tears to bottom edge; small neat pinhole to two top corners only; Size: 14" x 36 inches; original film poster; Own a Piece of Hollywood History; . Very Good. 1954.

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        Ma femme faite pour atteindre la rencontre du présent

      1954 - Livre d'occasion 30 x 12,5 cm de vue, dessin original à l’aquarelle gouachée en couleurs sur papier, sous encadrement. Célèbre poème d'amour de Char, Léonides parut dans le recueil "Fureur et Mystère" publié par Gallimard en 1948. Épouse de Christian Zervos, Yvonne fut l'animatrice de la galerie des Cahiers d’art. "Amie des peintres, qu'elle recevait dans l'appartement du couple, 40 rue du Bac, et qu'elle servait avec une générosité inépuisable, elle fit la connaissance de Char vers 1938, mais il ne compta dans sa vie qu'à partir de 1946. Il dirige alors la partie littéraire de Cahiers d'Art et reçoit des Zervos un soutien complet pour ses projets cinématographiques. Le tournage du Soleil des eaux aurait dû coïncider avec l'exposition de peintures et de sculptures contemporaines qu'elle organisa au palais des Papes au cours de l'été 1947. L'échec de ce film n'entama en rien la confiance d'Yvonne dont les liens avec Char demeurèrent inaltérés, quoiqu'il arrivât. C'est à elle (ainsi qu'à Christian Zervos) qu'il doit une ouverture à la peinture contemporaine, un accès à ses peintres qui furent pour lui déterminants. Il lui confia pendant plus de vingt ans les principaux manuscrits de son oeuvre, à laquelle elle appartient - et qu'elle soutint constamment." "De 1948 à la mort d’Yvonne Zervos, en janvier 1970, et même bien au-delà, une petite trentaine de livres autographes par René Char a été illustrée de peintures ou de dessins par des artistes aussi divers que Joan Miró, Victor Brauner, Wifredo Lam, Max Ernst, mais aussi Jean Arp, Alberto Giacometti, Joseph Sima, ou encore Jean Hélion, Vieira da Silva, Arpad Szenes, Zao Wou-ki, et bien sûr Picasso." (René Char, le plaisir du texte, Manuscrits enluminés pour Yvonne Zervos (1948-1970), puis dans le souvenir de celle-ci (1971-1984)). Ces livres furent offerts par Char à Yvonne. Une bonne partie d'entre eux sont maintenant conservés à la Bibliothèque Nationale de France. Réf. bibliographiques : Réf.: Catalogue de l'exposition René Char à la Bibliothèque Nationale de France en 2007, Gallimard. Condition : Beau dessin original abstrait sur papier daté et signé par René Char : "1-11-54 René Char", autour du dernier vers du poème Léonides : "Ma femme faite pour atteindre la rencontre du présent", inscription manuscrite évanescente rédigée à l'encre. Grande dédicace calligraphiée à l'encre noire au dos du cadre : "Pour Yvonne [Zervos] / Les couleurs du / grand Pays : / la pluie verte / R. Char". [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy]

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        Roman Wall [or, "Fabula"]

      Pantheon Books, New York,, 1954. A novel. Octavo. Original black cloth-backed decorated orange boards, titles to spine in silver. With the dust jacket, and a variant dust jacket entitled "Fabula". Endpaper rather browned but an excellent copy in the two, variant dust jackets: one bearing the title Fabula, the other Roman Wall. First edition, first printing. With the author's signed presentation inscription to the front free endpaper, "For Kenneth who has made so much of Roman civilisation clear to me Bryher". The recipient was Kenneth Macpherson - Macpherson and Bryher had been married (at least in name), though they were both free to explore their homosexual tendencies (Byrher famously with the poet Hilda Doolittle, a.k.a. H.D.), and collaborated together on various literary and critical projects including the film periodical Close Up. Laid in to this copy is an envelope of press cutting, and a two-page typed letter signed addressed to the photographer and novelist Algernon Islay de Courcy Lyons (1922-93), who was Macpherson's lover his last years on Capri, but had known Bryher and illustrated some of her works with his own photographs. The letter, written from Chelsea, New York, is from poet and biographer Barbara Guest (1920-2006), who wrote the biography "Herself Defined: The Poet H.D. and Her World" (Doubleday 198). The letter tells of Guest recovering from a "coshing", awakened from a coma "by the thought of Bryher. I told myself that I wished to write about Bryher and must have the will and strength to do so. And thus proceeded to mend." The letter goes on to discuss Bryher's life, including her travels in India with H.D., requesting biographical information from Islay and also expressing an interest in his own photographs. It was Barbara Guest who coined the term "a menagerie of three" to describe the relationship between H.D., Bryher and Macpherson.

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        Allen Ginsberg: The Green Automobile [ Holographic Sketch for the Album Cover ]

      1954 - A one-of-a-kind leaf with holographs of three of the most famous of Beat figures during their stay in San Francisco in 1954. Allen Ginsberg wrote the poem, "The Green Automobile", in 1953, for Neal Cassidy during their Denver days; according to Robert LaVigne, the Green Auto was the mode of delivery of young male prostitutes. Moving to San Francisco, Ginsberg planned to record the poem, an& during August, 1954, sketched this idea for the album cover. The verso of the sheet has nine holograph lines by Peter Orlovsky, below which Robert LaVigne has added four lines, these added in December of '54, while the three were hanging out together. December '54 is the time in which Ginsberg first sees Lavigne's nude portrait of Orlovsky, at which time he falls in love with Orlovsky. The Artist Robert LaVigne has noted on the leaf his attribution & signed his name. Thus, this leaf may be the only document extant which has holographs of these three icons of the early Beat Generation. That this document exists at all is due to LaVigne’s efforts to retain like material, this piece coming out of the origin of the San Francisco decade. The leaf has a few wrinkles, tanned a bit, but otherwise well preserved.

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        Magick Without Tears

      Hampton, New Jersey: Thelema Publishing Company, 1954. One of which the print run is believed to be fifty corrected copies (The first fifty copies released, gilt stamped "Magic" instead of "Magick" on binding). Errata sheet laid in, as called for. Boards show extremity bumping, otherwise very bright, as is the gold stamping on the upper and spine. Internally, light edge aging, but still clean, and bright. Old (original), bookseller sticker (White square, Red print: "Occult Books Samuel Weiser, Inc. 117 Fourth Ave. New York 3, N.Y.") on inner board. Binding very tight and crisp. VG+, approaching NearFine.. First Edition, Second Issue. Textured Hardcover. Very Good +/No Jacket, As Issued. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall.

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        Black Mountain Review 2

      Black Mountain College, Black Mountain, North Carolina 1954 - First edition. Octavo. Perfectbound decorated wrappers. Corners bumped and a little worn, a small stain on the front wrap and first couple of leaves, very good. The second issue of this important progressive literary and art journal with contributions by Charles Olson, Irving Layton, Kenneth Rexroth, Robert Creeley, Paul Blackburn, Toda Tomoya, Irving Layton, Douglas Woolf, Kizu Toyotaro, Lucy Lapp, and Ronald Mason. Scarce. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

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        [Unpublished Erotic Manuscript Diaries and Photo Album]: "The Many Turns of Norman's Screws" [and] "There Will Always Be a Norman as It's a Wise Father That Knows Its Own Child"

      Two volumes of text (octavos) and one album of photographs (quarto). Text volumes are stitched unprinted plain paper wrappers. [40]; [40]pp. Text volumes written oblong on rectos only, the versos occasionally used for photographs, erotic drawings, or postcards. Well-thumbed, corners creased, small nicks and tears, occasional light rings from wine glasses, but sound and easily readable about very good volumes. The diaries chronicle the sybaritic activities of a well-to-do and quite likely aristocratic young Englishman for the first half of the year 1954. .

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        THE ARABIAN NIGHTS ENTERTAINMENTS

      New York: Limited Editions Club, 1954. Hardcover. Bookplate on the front pastedown of each volume. Small rubbed spot to one spine and to one cover. About Fine in Fine slipcases and somewhat uncommon in this condition. Arthur Szyk. Four large octavo volumes (7-3/4" x 10-1/2") bound in full closely woven black linen with lavish gold leaf stamping and housed in two slipcases. The definitive translation of Sir Richard Burton. Additional notes in separate supplement volumes by Henry Torrens, Edward Lane and John Payne. Illustrated with 60 multi-colored miniature paintings by Arthur Szyk reproduced in six-color printing plates, his final work. Copy #39 of 1500. Issued unsigned. Monthly Letter laid in.

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        Vidas de los Navegantes, Conquistadores y Colonizadores españoles de los siglos XVI, XVII y XVIII. Tomo I: Navegantes, Tomo II: Conquistadores, Tomo III: Colonizadores y Fundadores en Indias.

      Editorial AGUILAR - Madrid 1954-1957 . Encuad : plena piel con dorados en lomo, papel biblia, cinta registradora, cortes decorados . Tomo I : Año 1957 . 46 ilustraciones, retrato autor , 1364pag. ; Tomo II : Año 1956 . 98 ilustraciones, lámina en frontis pintura que representa la arenga de Moctezuma a sus vasallos, 1416pag. ; Tomo III : Año 1954 , 101 ilustraciones , l lámina , 1372pag. Tema : Biografias, Historia de España , Conquista de America, Imperialismo . Libros ligeramente fatigados , tomo III con piel lomo superior y cantoneras rascadas .

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        MARIA - ONE OF AN ESTIMATED ONE HUNDRED COPIES PRIVATELY PUBLISHED BY JOSEPH CORNELL

      (CORNELL, JOSEPH). Polko, Elise & Joseph Cornell. MARIA - ONE OF AN ESTIMATED ONE HUNDRED COPIES PRIVATELY PUBLISHED BY JOSEPH CORNELL. NP. (Queens, NY).: Salamander Editions, 1954. First Edition. 12mo. Printed Wrappers with Glassine. Artist's Book. Fine./Fine.. np (12pp), 1 b&w illustration. This tiny gem of a pamphlet was self-published by Cornell in 1954 and distributed only sparingly. Quoting from Deborah Solomon's insightful biography, "Utopia Parkway: The Life and Work of Joseph Cornell" - "As he had once designed special issues of Dance Index, he now published two pamphlets devoted to two great divas. "Maria" (1954) was dedicated to Maria Malibran. And "Bel Canto Pet", done the next year, was his tribute to Giulia Grisi. Cornell printed the pamphlets at his own expense, in editions of 100, and sent them to his friends. While Cornell was a well-known balletomane, virtually nothing has been written about his interest in opera. Many of his bird boxes bear opera-related titles, and comments in his diary suggest that Cornell associated birds with stars from Opera's "golden age". Cornell's pamphlet "Maria" was almost as cryptic as his bird boxes. It doesn't even give the singer's last name. All text, no pictures, it consists of an excerpt from the German author Elise Polko and relates the story of an unnamed diva who becomes enraptured with a nightingale's song". While some of the copies given as gifts by Cornell contained hand-collaged elements or greetings from the artist, this is an exceptionally bright, flawless (save for some slight oxidation of the two staples) example in a glassine wrapper of this rarity, just as Cornell would have received it from the printer. PLEASE NOTE: Additional shipping costs are required for this item beyond our standard rates due to its value - we will inform you of the applicable amount at time of purchase. Inventory Number: 023230&

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        The Alice B. Toklas Cook Book

      London: Michael Joseph, 1954: First UK edition, first printing. In Good condition, in a Good dust jacket with price of 21s net intact. Name penned to front free end paper. Side of page block rubbed, exterior cloth shows light rubbing and wear, with light sunning to the top of the spine, and rubbing to gilt stamping on spine. Slight storage odor to page. The dust jacket shows sunning and rubbing, with some chipping and loss that is most significant at the spine ends. The bottom of the spine has a closed tear that extends roughly an inch and a half up the spine panel. First edition.

      [Bookseller: Burnside Rare Books]
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        SEARCH THE SKY

      New York: Ballantine Books,. [1954]. Octavo,. boards.. A fine copy in fine dust jacket with some fading to blue ink. background of spine panel. Still sharp copy of this book. (#89472). First edition. Presentation copy with signed inscription by Pohl to Forrest J. Ackerman on front free endpaper: "For 4e / With gratitude for / a fine time / Frederik Pohl." Berger, Science Fiction and the New Dark Age, p. 30. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, p. 252.

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        Bonjour Tristesse.

      Rene Julliard [1954], Paris - One of 200 copies printed hors commerce on corvol l'orgueilleux paper, for the author's use, from a total of 230 of the author's first book, inscribed by the author on the half title, "A Max Ph. Delette / avec toute sympathie / Francoise Sagan", which is after the initial March 5, 1954 printing. Small 8vo; 188pp; original tan wrappers printed in black, fine. Francoise Sagan (1935-), wrote BONJOUR TRISTESSE, her first novel when she was just nineteen. Her youth combined with the sophistication of the novel's subject matter and language caused the book to become an international literary event. Masterpieces of Women's Literature remarks, "If Sagan had deliberately set out to write the book that would bring the greatest amount of fame in the shortest amount of time, she need not have done anything differently." It was an immediate bestseller and made its author famous in France and abroad. Since its appearance, Sagan's private life, with her addiction to painkillers, her penchant for fast cars and fast driving resulting in a near fatal crash in 1957, has fascinated the French public. Her work as an author, playwright and filmmaker has won her a quiet respect among her peers. In particular, her first two novels, with their evocation of an almost existential boredom in a middle-class milieu, using the vocabulary of polite everyday speech to describe nuances of emotion, evoking an apparently simple and transparent world, deserve critical attention. Taking her name from a character in Proust's A la recherche du temps perdu (in what is a not so subtle call to attention of her style of analysis of emotion contrasted with his) and the title of her first book from a poem by Paul Eluard, Sagan sought to put herself squarely on the French literary map - and beyond. Using literature to achieve the cult status of Elvis Presley and Andy Warhol, her work is, nonetheless, a strong commentary on popular culture. Although Sagan has publicly allied herself with some feminist causes, it is her work that speaks volumes in this area. Her character, Cecile, in BONJOUR TRISTESSE, transgresses all of the societal norms for women (at that time) and set the pattern for many of her subsequent characters. Yet these characters cannot be reduced to the "vamp" stereotype. Selected by John Updike a one of The New Yorker 50, this novel also won the Prix de critiques for 1954. Masterpieces of Women's Literature, pp. 83-85. Bloomsbury Guide to Women's Literature, p. 983. See an Image. [Attributes: Soft Cover]

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        Il visconte dimezzato.

      Giulio Einaudi,, Torino, 1954 - In 8°, pagg. 116, (2), brochure editoriale a stampa. Volume n° 9 della celebre collana di letteratura "I Gettoni". Prima edizione, ricercata e non comune. Tracce di scotch al dorso, per il resto ottimo stato. La Collana, ideata e diretta da Elio Vittoriani, propose tra il 1951 e il 1958 opere di narrativa contemporanea di autori per lo più italiani. Furono pubblicati in totale 58 volumi. Dopo la morte di Cesare Pavese nel 1950 la casa editrice Einaudi , coordinata da Luciano Foà, assunse il compito, soprattutto con «I gettoni» di Vittorini, di rinnovare la narrativa italiana promuovendo nuovi autori come Fenoglio, Lucentini, Ottieri, Lalla Romano, Rigoni Stern, Anna Maria Ortese, Sciascia e molti altri. Pubblicata tra il 1951 e il 1958 la collana comprese un totale di 58 titoli per lo più diautori italiani, ma non mancarono nomi stranieri, allora ancora poco noti, come Borges, Dylan Thomas, Morris che in questa collana trovarono l'occasione della prima traduzione italiana. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

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        Happy Holidays

      Np [BBC], London 1954 - Five episodes, c.45 pp. each, secured with split pin to top left. Variously age-toned and edgeworn, extensive markings and timings throughout most copies, some missing title pages. First editions. PRODUCER JACQUES BROWN'S COPY, WITH HIS ANNOTATIONS, AND FOUR OTHER EPISODES, EXTENSIVELY MARKED UP FOR STUDIO USE. Co-written by Jimmy 'Goon Show' Grafton, Happy Holiday starred Peter Sellers, Dennis Price, Bill Owen, Elizabeth Larner and Dick Emery. (Emery was by now a semi-regular in The Goon Show, stepping in whenever Spike Milligan's fragile health failed him). Set in the seaside resort of Littleton-on-Sea, the 45-minute show was a light-hearted sitcom with plenty of musical interludes, in which everybody played themselves except Peter Sellers, who played everybody else. The show was devised by the indefatigable Dennis Main Wilson, and ran for a single series between July and August in 1954. All copies offered here are studio copies, extensively marked up with amendments and timings. It is common for such copies to be missing the title page (as four of these are): since it carried no information of use to anyone in the recording booth, it was often discarded as surplus to requirements. Jacques Brown's copy is Episode 4 (and retains its title page); the others are Episodes 3, 10, 14, and one unnumbered.

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        Hard Candy. A Book of Stories

      (New York): New Directions. (1954). First. First edition. Tall octavo. Some soiling and a small stain along the edge of the spine, about very good in a worn, first issue royal blue slipcase, in a custom chemise and quarter morocco clamshell case. The Dedication Copy, Inscribed by Tennessee Williams to Paul Bowles at a later date: "To Paul, for many years. Tennessee, 1962." Both Paul and Jane Bowles have Signed their names beneath the printed dedication: "For Jane and Paul Bowles." Additionally, in the upper corner of the flyleaf where Williams's inscription appears, Paul Bowles has printed: "Paul Bowles / Jane Bowles / Tangier 1954." About the time of Williams's inscription, Bowles had recently completed the musical score of Williams's play The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore. Presumably the best copy in the world. .

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        Das Auge der Liebe. 25 Photos von René Groebli. Text: Walter Gort Bischof.

      Zürich, Turnus-Verlag, 1954 - Quer-8° (21.5 x 30 cm), o. P. (18 Bl.), 25 Abb., Brosch. m. OU u. Transparent-OU, Ecken min. berieben, Umschlag minimal stockfleckig Erste Auflage dieses aussergewöhnlichen Photobuches. 1100 gr. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        [Manuscript]: Operation: Outer Space. A Science Fiction Novel

      New York: Otis Kline Associates, Inc. Author's and Publisher's Agents. [circa 1954]. Manuscript. 253 typed leaves (approximately - a few pages are mis-numbered), mixing both ribbon and carbon copies typed rectos only, laid into a printed folder with the name and New York City address of "Otis Kline Associates, Inc. Author's and Publisher's Agents" (aside from his work as an agent, Kline was also a published science fiction novelist). 211 of the numbered leaves constitute a complete draft, and while they exhibit typos, extensive hand corrections of both editorial and authorial nature, adding and deleting words, sentences and whole passages, these pages probably represent a close to final draft of the novel. Also present are an additional 42 numbered leaves, almost exclusively ribbon copies (and using the author's given name, Will F. Jenkins) constituting an early draft of the first two chapters. These leaves are very extensively corrected, removing and adding long passages and showing many additional corrections. The finished book, very close to the completed draft that is present here, was published by The Fantasy Press in 1954. With a fine in fine first edition is included. .

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        Paris. Original Beistiftzeichnung und Lithographie von Fritz Graßhoff.

      . Motivgröße 35,7 x 49,5 cm. Blattformat 43 x 61 cm. Die Lithografie ist in Bleistift signiert, datiert 54 (1954) und betitelt. Auf der Rückseite der Lithographie ist die Original-Bleistiftzeichnung spiegelverkehrt zum gedruckten Motiv. Leere Ränder mit Atelierspuren, sonst guter Zustand. Unikat.. Fritz Graßhoff, geboren 1913 in Quedlinburg, verstorben 1997 in Hudson, Canada. Deutscher Maler und Zeichner, Schriftsteller, Lyriker und Schlagertexter, der 1980 nach Kanada auswanderte.

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        Les Fondements du Judo

      Grasset, PARIS 1954 - 207 pp 145x230mm broché sous jaquette illustrée. Traité de Judo écrit par Yves Klein à son retour du Japon ou il avait étudié avec les Maîtres et obtenu son 4éme dan Kodokan. Très illustrés de photographies le montrant avec un partenaire. Le Judo selon Bernadette Allain (Catalogue Yves Klein Centre Georges Pompidou 1983) apportait à Yves Klein la paix intérieure; bas du dos de la jaquette et du livre avec un petit accroc (voir photo) sinon trés bon état intérieur. Size: 14x23 [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        LES FONDEMENTS DU JUDO: Quatrieme Dan du Kodakan

      Paris:: Editions Bernard Grasset, (1954).. Edition originale.. Publisher's original printed wraps (softcover-broché).. Near Very Good.. Klein's first book has remained an important treatise on the study of judo and the explanation of Katas. It is well illustrated with images of the author and other judokas practising Katas. Text in French. Six parties: I. Nage-No-Kata; II. Katame-No-Kata; III. Kime-No-Kata; IV. Ju-No-Kata; V. Koshiki-No-Kata; VI. Itsutsu-No-Kata. 204p: 4 portraits, 400+ photographies, croquis, illustrations en pleine page; 23cm. Légende des schémas, Règles générales pour tous les "Katas". 348g. Très bon état (légèrement usure sur les bords, un pli sur le dos du livre, un peu traces de papier collant sur les couverture, prix de garde avant, nom page de titre, propre à l'intérieur et solide). Note: "3e Edition, Prix: 1320 frs" sur la couverture arrière.

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