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      (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&

      [Bookseller: Arcana: Books on the Arts]
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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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      New York: Ballantine Books, [1954] - Octavo, boards. 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. A fine copy in fine dust jacket with some fading to blue ink background of spine panel. Still sharp copy of this book. (#89472) [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Currey, L.W. Inc. ABAA/ILAB]
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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]

      [Bookseller: Priscilla Juvelis Inc., ABAA]
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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]

      [Bookseller: Libreria Biggio]
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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.

      [Bookseller: Neil Pearson Rare Books]
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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. .

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

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

      [Bookseller: Versandantiquariat Elke Rehder]
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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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        Religious Drama: Mediaeval and Modern.

      New York: House of Books, Ltd., 1954 - Octavo. Original burgundy cloth, titles to spine and upper board gilt. With the original glassine dust jacket. An excellent copy in the original glassine jacket. First edition, first impression. One of a limited edition of 300 numbered copies signed by the author on the limitation leaf. The book was not published in England. Gallup A65. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy]

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA member]
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        RELIGIOUS DRAMA: Mediaeval and Modern

      1954 - [1 of 300 signed copies] New York: House of Books, 1954. Original maroon cloth, with glassine wrapper. First Edition, being one of of 300 copies numbered and signed by T. S. Eliot (this being #160); there were also 26 lettered copies for presentation. The book was not published in England. The foreword mentions that~Mr. Eliot writes, "I believe this is the text of an address which I delivered to the Friends of Rochester Cathedral in 1937. It was obviously written after the production of Murder in the Cathedral, and before I had written another play. It is also obvious that it was written before I had re-read Ibsen's plays. As a result of studying Ibsen's plays, and criticising my own plays of contemporary life, I have a very much higher opinion of Ibsen than I appear to have held in 1937. In fact, I repudiate what I have here said about Ibsen.~This copy is in fine condition, without soil or wear; the delicate original glassine wrapper is also present, in very good condition (minor edge-wear and rubbing). Gallup A65. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Sumner & Stillman [ABAA]]
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      NY: Harcourt Brace & Co., 1954. First US edition, first prnt. Signed by Eliot on the title page. Slight shelfwear and previous ower's plate affixed to the front pastedown; dustjacket with a toned spine (with all printed lettering bright and present), minor rubbing, mostly on the front panel, and a price-clip. Near Fine condition in a Very Good+ dustjacket with a Durafold mylar cover.The image is of the actual book described and not a stock photo.

      [Bookseller: Revere Books, ABAA & IOBA]
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        Bibliografia Mexicana del Siglo XVI: Catalogo Razonado de Libros Impresos en Mexico de 1539 a 1600

      Fondo de Cultura Economica, Mexico City 1954 - 581 pages with facsimile imprints and index. Quarto (11" x 8 3/4") issued in half leather with gilt lettering to spine. This edition edited by A Millares Carlo. Limited to 2000 copies this is a reprint of the 1886 edition. The pride of Hispanic American scholars and collectors in the work of the sixteenth-century press of Mexico has found its reflection in a group of special bibliographies and bibliographical monographs of which one customarily speaks in superlatives. Without in any sense lessening the degree of praise accorded the other, it can be said that the greatest among them all is the Bibliografiamexicana del siglo XVI of Joaquin Garcia Icazbalceta, first published in a splendid volume in 1886. That book declared itself on every page to be one of the most distinguished bibliographical works of the century, a noble tribute to the press whose work it recorded. Its historical discussion of the origins of the press in Mexico move the whole question into the realm of scholarly speculation; its full and richly annotated entries of titles and comment upon special copies were exact as well as leisurely and easy in presentation; and its sketches of authors and others concerned in the books described attained in many instances the stature of definitive biographies. Its authority has never lessened, never been seriously impugned. I has never been supplanted, only enlarged and carried on. The Mexicans, Noclas Leon and Emilio Valton; the Chilean Jose Toribio Medina; and the North American, Henry R Wagner, have humbly and zealously followed in its train, adding here a little and there a little, or taking up for elaboration one of its partly developed special aspects, each one adding to the original work and enhancing its reputation among scholars of succeeding generations. (Review from HAHR November 1954) Condition: Jacket chipped at corners and head and heal of spine, spine sunned, lightly soiled a very good copy in like jacket. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: The Book Collector, Inc.]
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        [Manuscript]: The Scotswoman

      [Indianapolis: Bobb-Merrill. 1954]. A collection of material related to the novel The Scotswoman including manuscripts and the long galleys housed in a handsome custom clamshell box. The eleventh of 16 books written by Fletcher and published in her lifetime, almost all through Bobbs-Merrill. Fletcher (1879-1969), was born in Alton, IL, and spent the first half of her adult life traveling widely with her husband, a mining engineer, through California and the Pacific Northwest. But most of her fiction was set in North Carolina, where her family was from and where she moved in 1941. Her popular Carolina Series of historical novels were noted for their meticulously researched accuracy and for bringing to light many little-known historical elements such as settlers of Oriental and Arabic origin. The Scotwoman marked a turning point in Fletcher's career as it was the first novel published after the retirement from Bobbs-Merrill of her longtime editor, David Laurance Chambers. This novel, set just before the American Revolution, involves the torn loyalties of Scottish immigrants from the Isle of Skye who support or oppose England's Hanoverian monarchy. At its center is the heroine Flora MacDonald, who once saved the life of Bonnie Prince Charlie before coming to North Carolina. MacDonald was a real historical figure and, as with most of Fletcher's works, events in the novel are based on fact. The Scotswoman was published by Bobbs-Merrill in 1954, and reprinted by Queen's House in 1978. The collection includes: 1) The author's first draft typescript Signed with holograph title page, with the original title crossed out (The Bold & The Valiant). Approximately 350 ribbon-typed leaves with holograph corrections, additions, and deletions, as well as numerous inserted holograph pages. Minute scattered soiling and creases, about fine. 2) 52 additional pages of corrections (both typed and holograph). 3) Publisher's long galleys. Approximately 375pp., 352 pages are numbered with additional inserts and expanded sections added. Slightly worn and about near fine, with extensive holograph edits including sizable deletions and handwritten additions. A fascinating archive which shows the details of this author's writing process, particularly in the absence of her longtime editor Chambers, and the work's evolution from original to finished manuscript. .

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        Typed letter, signed, to King V. Hostick, thanking him for "the little book containing a report on the ceremonies at the dedication of the Battlefield of Gattysburg"

      Washington, D.C, november 2, 1954. 4to. One page, on White House stationery. Fine. In red cloth chemise . It isn't clear to us which book the Illinois manuscript dealer and Lincoln scholar Hostick gave Eisenhower, but President Eisenhower felt moved to write: "- As you point out, it is interesting and sad to note the lack of prominence given to one of the greatest utterances of all time - it is a welcome addition to the library I hope to have at Gettysburg -" The Eisenhowers had a small working farm just outside of Gettysburg, where the President retired in 1961 and where he died in 1969. He was an active supporter and Trustee of Gettysburg College

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      New York: American Friends of the Middle East, Inc., 1954. Front cover and spine lettered in gilt. Stamp from personal library of Harold and Dorothy Vance on front and rear pastedown. SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR on title-page. The author was the first US Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, serving from 1944-1946. He played a key role in arranging a meeting, acted as the sole interpreter, between President Franklin Roosevelt and the King od Saudi Arabia. The meeting was held on February 14, 1945, aboard the USS Quincy, in the Suez Canal. Much of what transpired during that meeting was not public information until the publication of this book. Harold Vance (1890-1959) was chief executive at Studebaker Motors and served a four-year term on the Atomic Energy Commission.46pp.. Signed by Author. First Edition. Green Cloth. Almost No Wear/No Jacket. Thin Octavo.

      [Bookseller: Glenn Books]
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        Lord of the Flies

      Faber 1954 - First Edition, First printing. A BRIGHT ATTRACTIVE dustjacket that is vibrant in color. This original dustjacket has NO chips or tears and has benefitted from some professional restoration. The book is in excellent condition. The binding is tight, and the boards are crisp with light wear to the edges. The pages are clean with no writing, marks or bookplates in the book. Overall, a beautiful copy with light restoration of this TRUE FIRST EDITION in collector's condition. We buy Golding First Editions. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Quintessential Rare Books, LLC]
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        Live and Let Die

      Jonathan Cape 1954 - First Edition, First Printing with the words "First Printed 1954" printed on the copyright page. This ORIGINAL dustjacket has the First Printing point without the Lewis blurb printed on the front flap of the dustjacket. This First Issue dustjacket is rich in color with minor wear to the spine and edges. The book is in nice shape with minor wear to the boards. The pages are clean with NO writing, marks or bookplates in the book. A beautiful copy of this TRUE FIRST EDITION in collector's condition. We buy Fleming First Editions. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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      Jonathan Cape, London 1954 - HARDBACK - The book is in near fine condition. The outer black boards are unmarked. The gilt lettering to the spine is unfaded, as is the coin to the front board. The inner pages are very clean indeed, and free of foxing. The are no previous owner names or Inscriptions to the book. The dust wrapper is in very good or better condition. The dust wrapper is the correct first state with no Kenneth Lewis blurb to the front flap.This example features the text 'author'sskill' with the printed error within the Irish Times review. There is very light chipping to the spine tip, and a very small closed tear to the front panel. The wrapper's colours are fresh, with a little soiling to the rear panel. The book is correctly priced at to both the front and rear flaps. [Attributes: First Edition]

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      JONATHAN CAPE 1954 - This listing is for the First Edition, First Impression of LIVE AND LET DIE by Ian Fleming. Published by Jonathan Cape of London, 1954. Beautiful clean book with a scarce NEAR FINE dust jacket IN THE SECOND OF THE THREE STATES WITH THE KENNETH LEWIS PRINTED BLURB FLOATING IN THE LOWER AREA OF THE FRONT FLAP. Original crisp black covered boards in beautiful condition with sharp corners and no edgewear. The gilt medallion and titles have are slightly oxidized/faded as it typical for this title. The binding is tight and square. The end papers are clean and bright with no owner names, no inscriptions, no bookstore stamps and no bookplates, with one very tiny nick to edge. The internal pages are crisp, clean and bright with no stains, no writing, no bent pages, no torn pages, no foxing and no age toning. An unusually clean, crisp, tidy example of this elusive first edition, first impression Fleming book with no issues. Please see images for details. The book comes with a stunning, vibrant, near fine, original first edition dust jacket in the second state. Images in the listing were taken both with and without a dust jacket protector for better viewing. Three states of the true first edition dust jacket were printed for LIVE AND LET DIE, all 3 states of the first edition jacket look identical with the exception of the one sentence credit statement to the dust jacket designer located on the inside front flap.This dust jacket is the first edition, second state dust jacket and has benefited from very slight restoration to the tip of the spine by an expert paper conservator and presents as a near fine example. The dust jacket is in stunning, vibrant condition with no edgewear, no rips, no chips, no stains, no rubbing, and no foxing. The rear panel is usually bright for this title with only a slight touch of toning. The dust jacket is neatly priced clipped to the front, and NOT price clipped to the rear flap which has the stated price of 10s. 6d. net. Please see the many detailed images. A very handsome, clean example of this scarce title and perfect for the Fleming collector who is looking for a beautiful first edition, first impression of Live And Let Die with an original striking first edition, second state dust jacket! Presents beautifully on the shelf, in addition to making a wonderful investment. ADDITIONAL IMAGES AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST. Please see our Abe store for additional Fleming titles [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Meier And Sons Rare Books]
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      Paris Grasset 1954 - . Edition originale. Un des 1400 exemplaires numérotés sur vélin de Lana, enrichi sur la page de faux-titre des SIGNATURES autographes des quatre auteurs en encres de couleurs différentes, et de la notation manuscrite de Lise Deharme : "EXEMPLAIRE DE JACQUES CHARDONNE". In-8 broché de 140 pp., couverture rose rempliée. Bon exemplaire malgré quelques défauts d'usage, une petite tache claire en coiffe inférieure, rabats restaurés, intérieur frais sauf deux pages mouchetées et une page coupée maladroitement. LES COMMANDES SUPERIEURES A 50 EUROS SONT EXPEDIEES EN SUIVI OU EN RECOMMANDE, LES FRAIS DE PORT SERONT AJUSTES EN CONSEQUENCE.

      [Bookseller: Librairie Le Livre Penseur]
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        Haitian Art Book Signed by Artists. Office National Du Tourisme, Port-Au-Prince [Haiti]

      Haiti Tourist Information Bureau New York [1954] - Quarto, original tan cloth and illustrated dustjacket featuring artwork by Wilson Bigaud, unpaginated, approx. 150 pages. Extremely rare tourism book for Haiti published in the 1950's and nicely illustrated with black and white photography, color advertisements, essays and poetry by Haitian poets, as well as color and black and white reproductions of contemporary Haitian artwork. Contributors include Jean F. Brierre, Jacques de Lacretelle, Damocles Vieux, Dantes Bellagarde, Louis Maximilien, Morisseau Leroy, Dr. Camille Lherisson, Pradel Pompilus, Andre Held, Mme Herzulie Magloire Prophete, Hector Hippolyte, W. Domond, Philomene Obin, Prefete Duffaut, Castera Bazile, Antonio Joseph, Seneque Obin, Stephane Bainet, Arthur O'Neill, and others. The book was likely owned by a visiting art enthusiast who traveled to Haiti with the motivation to have residing artists sign his tourism book. This cataloguer can only guess at what other treasures he might have returned with from his travels. This volume is wonderfully signed at front free endpaper by several of Haiti's best known contemporary artists including Wilson Bigaud, Catera Bazile, Prefete Duffaut, Gesner Abelard, Antionio Joseph, Fernand Pierre, DÕAdam Leontus, Alberoi Bazile, Gesner Armand, and others, biographies of whom may be found in any art gallery dealing in Haitian artists. The volume is also signed by DeWitt Peters, the American artist who came to Haiti in 1943 as part of an English teaching project but who became the "father" of Haitian art by establishing a school of painting in Port-au-Prince. A well preserved volume which has miraculously retained its original fragile large format dustjacket, which has sustained only small edge chips. [Attributes: Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Babylon Revisited Rare Books]
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      Monte Carlo: Sauret, 1954. Lacking the original lithograph frontispiece. No. 1962 of 2850 numbered copies. 13 x 10 inches (315 x 245 mm). 153 pp. Text in French. 60 duotone lithographic plates after drawings by Matisse plus 33 hand-mounted color plates. Color lithographic wrappers with an original design by Matisse printed by Mourlot; very good in glassine protective wrapper, in very good chemise and good slipcase with splits along edges. Duthuit, Catalogue raisonné des Ouvrages illustrés, no. 33. Very good, with some wear along edges of spine ends.

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        Alcoholics Anonymous

      New York, 1954. First edition. Hardcover. Near Fine/New Reproduction. Sixteenth Printing, 1954 Big Book. Alcoholics Anonymous Publishing Inc. In NEAR FINE condition. Some rubbing to cover. Name written on first board and first title page. NO other defects. Comes with NEW Reproduction Dust Jacket.

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        The Tibetan Book of the Great Liberation or the Method of Realizing Nirvana Through Knowing the Mind, Preceded by an Epitome of Padma-Sambhava's Biography and Followed by Guru Phadampa Sangay's Teachings According to English Renderings by Sardar Bahadur S.W. Laden La and by the Lamas Karma Sumdhon Paul Lobzang Mingyur Dorje, and Kazi Dawa-Samdup

      London: Oxford University Press. 1954. First. First edition. With psychological commentary by Dr. C.G. Jung. Octavo. Green cloth gilt. Bookplate of Gordon B. Macfarlane on the front pastedown, some foxing on the foredge and first and last few leaves, and some light spotting on the front board, a very good or better copy in a price-clipped, very good dustwrapper. Inscribed by Evans-Wentz on the front fly: "To Gordon B. Macfarlane with the best wishes of W.Y. Evans-Wentz. San Diego, California 12 July, 1957." .

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      Random House, N.Y. 1954 - A fine, clean and bright hardcover copy. No bumped corners. Jacket/brodart covered is near fine plus. Spine of jacket has aged toned. No tears to jacket with a small nick to top corner fold of rear flap. SIGNED BY WILLIAM CARLOS WILLIAMS in his post stroke hand. A very nice copy. = WE SHIP ALL BOOKS WITH DELIVERY CONFIRMATION. = WE HAVE BEEN SELLING USED BOOKS FOR OVER 32 YEARS. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

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      (London): Andre Deutsch. (1954). First. First English edition. A little foxing to the foredge and the endpapers else fine in fine dustwrapper. The author's first book, one of the best Westerns ever written, adapted into arguably the best film the genre has ever seen (with a script by A.B. Guthrie, Jr.), in which a lone gunfighter comes to the aid of a small community. Though not nominated, Alan Ladd gave an Oscar-worthy performance (Ladd left Paramount after completing this film and allegedly the studio failed to put him up for nomination as punishment). Jack Palance, despite saying only 12 lines, received an Academy Award nomination for his creepy, career-defining role. A classic which transcends the genre and can be appreciated on many levels. A nice copy of a desirable and uncommon book. .

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        Land of the Pharaohs

      1954 - Oblong, 4to., original drawing by designer Mayo for Joan Collins's headdress used in "Land of the Pharaohs." 9 x 14 inch, color front and side depictions of headdress and earrings; with annotations in Mayo's hand, "Production 1740. `Land of the Pharaohs.' Headdress for Joan Collins. Change number 7. Top part to fit with existing forehead ornament." Signed by Mayo and Howard Hawks, the director ---- William Faulkner and Harry Kurnitz collaborated on the screenplay for the Warner Brothers 1955 epic film, with Jack Hawkins as the pharaoh saddled by the scantily clad Joan Collins. A unique piece of film memorabilia. Shipping extra [Attributes: Signed Copy]

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        Siegeltuch Stamm-Kollektion für 1953 + 1954 + 1955

      NP NP - Sm. oblong folio. Padded red plastic binding with two golden plastic onlays. Decorative title-page. Rare catalogue with hundreds of 1950's German fashion textile samples. All samples tipped-in with description and order number underneath sample. In 14 categorized tabs (see below *). Sample pages with mounted color reproductions of drawings, b/w photographs, and b/w drawings showing the whole suit or dress. "Die in diesem Stammbuch bemusterten Qualitäten stellen eine besondere Auslese aus dem umfangreichen Angebot der deutschen Tuchindustrie dar. Sie wurden unter Berücksichtigung ihrer Eignung für die Anfertigung von Maßkleidung, ihrer Preiswürdigkeit und der Zuverlässigkeit des Fabrikats, mit größter Sorgfalt ausgewählt, wobei vor allem auch die Artikel wieder gebracht werden, die sich in der Vergangenheit bestens bewährt haben. Eine laufende Nachlieferung aller Artikel - in gleichbleibender Güte - wird vorraussichtlich mehrere Saisons hindurch erfolgen können. Es wird deshalb auch freundlichst um schonende Behandlung dieses Buches gebeten." Minor age wear and staining on binding. Tabs bend but solid. Binding almost separated from book block, still holding. Front board bowed, paste-down front endpaper creased. Slight offsetting of some samples to opposite page. Empty pocket at rear endpaper which most likely used to hold the price list. One small sample on page 66 missing. Text in German. Overall very good condition. Colorful catalog with fine, as well as heavily textured textile samples. Scarce. Categories: Pfeffer und Salz / Doppeltuche / Tanzanzüge, Nadelstreifen / Serge, schwarz-blau / Marengo - Streifenhosen / Foulè, Drapè Panama / Gabardine / Kammg. - Serge, grau-braun / Flanelle / Cheviot-Fresko / Trikots u. Tuche für Uniformen / Loden Trachten / Whipcord Tirtey/ Manchester Baumwolle [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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        Oeuvres complètes de Gustave Flaubert. 21 Vols. La préssente édition définitive des oeuvres complètes de G. Flaubert a été tirée par les imprimeries renouard et per l`impremerie nationale. 1. Madame Bovary.- 1930. 2. Salammbô. Notice et index de Léon Abrami.- 1921. 3. L’Education sentimentale. Notice et index de Louis Biernawski.- 1923. 4. La Tentation de saint Antoine. Appendice, versions de 1849 et 1856. Notice de Guignebert. Index de Virolleaud.- 1924. 5. Trois contes. Un coeur simple. La Légende de saint Julien l’Hospitalier. Hérodias.- 1928. 6. Bouvard et Pécuchet. Avec addition des notes et du Dictionnaire des idées reçues.- 1923. 7. Par les champs et par les grèves - Pyrénées - Corse.- 1927. 8. Théâtre.- 1927. Correspondance - Nouvel

      Paris, Louis Conard 1921-1954.,, - Halbledereinband mit Kopfgoldschnitt. Druck auf Büttenpapier. Zustand: sehr gut erhaltenes u. in diesem Umfang seltenes Exemplar. Sprache: de Gewicht in Gramm: 25000 [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        WAITING FOR GODOT. A Tragicomedy in Two Acts

      Grove Press. New York. 1954. FIRST ENGLISH LANGUAGE EDITION. Published 2 years after the true first, French Language, edition and 2 years before the First London edition. 8vo. Illustrated with four mono photographs from the original Paris production. A fine copy of the book in publishers black cloth, with silver and gilt lettering to the spine, in a very good dustwrapper which has some minor chipping to the extremities and a bit of darkening to the spine but is generally bright and tidy. A nice example of this uncommon edition.

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        A Hemingway "First": Born of the Strange Pleasures of Reading Your Own Obituaries. As Recorded in Ernest Hemingway's report on his African plane crashes. in the May 4, 1954, issue of LOOK

      LOOK, New York 1954 - First edition. Folder stamped "Advance Press Sheets" into which is laid ten stapled sheets, printed rectos only. The first two pages are an editor's note, the next eight comprise Hemingway's article, with photographs, paginated as in the magazine. A *LOOK* editor's note is paper clipped to the folder. The paper clip and staple have oxidized, and there is considerable offsetting to the folder, internally fine. A rarity. [Attributes: First Edition]

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        Waiting For Godot: A Tragicomedy In Two Acts.

      Grove Press, New York 1954 - First edition in English, preceding the British edition. Octavo, original black cloth. Fine in a near fine dust jacket that shows some light toning to the spine. A very sharp copy. "Waiting For Godot invented an entirely new theatrical language, palpable and comprehensible images of the absurd, and unforgettable metaphors of the human condition" (Hollier, 1010). "One of the true masterpieces of the century" (Clive Barnes, The New York Times). [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Creature from the Black Lagoon

      Dragon 1954 - First Edition, First Printing. An attractive dustjacket that is rich in color with slight wear to the spine ends and a small stain to dustjacket spine. The book is in nice shape. The binding is tight and the boards are crisp with minor wear to the edges. The pages are exceptionally clean, with no writing, marks or bookplates in the book. Overall, a lovely copy of this true first edition in collector's condition!!! We are also interested in purchasing these type of books. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Framed Display! Senator Kennedy writes to a member of his East Boston staff ? with five word handwritten postscript!

      Washington, DC, January 8, 1954 Typed Letter Signed ?John? with five word handwritten postscript ?Best for the New Year,? 1 page, 7.75? x 10.25? (visible). To William Kelly, East Boston, Massachusetts. Double matted with a photograph of JFK and a biographical plaque. Framed to 23? x 22?. In apparent fine condition. In full, ?In reply to your letter of January 5 regarding Victor S. Gondolfe, when the papers are received by me you may be assured they will receive close and personal supervision. Looking forward to seeing you soon, and with every good wish ...? After signing, JFK adds ?Best for the / New Year.? JFK writes to William Kelly of East Boston, a member of his Senatorial staff and his liaison in East Boston. John F. Kennedy?s father, Joseph P. Kennedy, was born in East Boston. During President Kennedy's historic visit to Ireland in June 1963, he remarked to the people of New Ross, Ireland, in part, ? great grandfather left here to be

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        Superb Original Typed Letter Signed January 4, 1954

      William Gaddis, Woodmere, Long Island, New York State 1954 - ONE OF THE FINEST WILLIAM GADDIS LETTERS EVER WRITTEN: Superb Original Typed Letter Signed January 4, 1954 to fellow traveler and author William Haygood, in which the author discusses "THE RECOGNITIONS" prior to its publication. The chronology in terms of Gaddis' careeer and content are outstanding, occasionally achieving the lyrical. 2 leaves, recto only, on 12.75 x 8.5 inches (folded), signed and inscribed ("W. Gaddis") at end in Gaddis' fine, calligraphic hand. Aside from folds and paperclip offsets, in excellent condition. Date corrected in Gaddis' hand. Gaddis opens with allusions to their shared experiences as expatriates (primarily in Spain), and then goes on to say: "Only recently I began to consider the possibility that youth is gone, and that I'd better damn soon figure out what I'm going to be when I grow up." He goes on to discuss at length and in wrenching detail the tribulations he is encountering in the latter stages of writing his celebrated forst novel, "THE RECOGNITIONS", which was after much struggle, finally issued the following year: ".I warn you against rattling around in farmhouses to write: I spent last winter in one alone, and came out with a. 13-pound manuscript, about a half-million words. I have a contract with Harcourt Brace. they were quite rattled when they saw something the length, if not the substance, of WAR & PEACE. The whole summer was wasted while they fooled around with it. It's terrifically hard to cut because it's tied and knotted together like a Persian carpet; and worse, by now I've thoroughly lost interest in it, it seems an endless pretentious bore. I've had about enough of this pondering profound half-truths in cold empty rooms, and look forward to making some attempt at metempsychosis from this shade into a human being." He goes on to discuss finishing the novel, his career as a writer, living situation, Haygood's rumored novel, and life in New York. William Gaddis (1922-1998), celebrated novelist, winner of two National Book Awards, was long-neglected but is now considered to be among the foremost of postwar American authors. William Haygood, author and later editor of the Wisconsin Magazine of History, was an early travel and literary associate of Gaddis. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Soft Cover]

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