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

      [NBC Studios] 1954 - 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. [Attributes: First Edition]

      [Bookseller: Auger Down Books]
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      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]

      [Bookseller: Books Tell You Why - ABAA/ILAB]
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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]

      [Bookseller: Camilla's Bookshop]
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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.

      [Bookseller: Christian Pages - Used and Rare Christia]
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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.

      [Bookseller: Atticus Rare Books]
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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]

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

      [Bookseller: Librairie Faustroll]
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        IL CONTEMPORANEO, 1958-1964 serie mensile formato quaderno TUTTO IL PUBBLICATO dal n. 1 (aprile 1958) al 79 (dicemre 1964), Roma, Il contemporaneo, 1958

      - La rivista politico-letteraria viene fondata nel 1954 e diretta da Romano Bilenchi (per il primo anno) poi Salinari e Trombadori. Periodico di ispirazione marxista per il primo periodo 1954-1958 poi con la seconda serie (quella formato quaderno 1958-1964 che qui presentiamo completa), l'impegno venne spostato prevalentemente ai temi letterari ed artistici - In questo secondo periodo notevoli i contributi di Guttuso, Melograni, Mucci, Steiner, Glauco Viazzi, oltre ai componenti del direttivo Trombadori e Salinari - Successivamente al 1964 la testata prosegue in forma minore come "supplemento " di Rinascita. Collezione completa di "tutto il pubblicato" dal fascicolo n.1 del aprile-maggio 1958 e fino al n. 79 del dicembre 1964

      [Bookseller: Ferraguti service s.a.s. - Rivisteria]
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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.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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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.

      [Bookseller: GatesPastBooks]
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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]

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

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

      [Bookseller: Charles Agvent]
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        Live and Let Die

      MacMillan Co 1954 - Stated First Printing, 1954 on copyright page. Presumed 1955 on title page, which is glued to front board due to publisher's error. Small 8 vo, 216 pp. Book has navy blue cloth binding and gold lettering on spine and front. Some foxing to endpapers. DJ has some soiling to back cover and front flap fold and there is rubbing and chipping on bottom and top of spine and to the corner of front of book. Small white spots on parts of bottom front, especially right corner. Dustjacket has price intact ($3.00), with clips to bottom and top of flap. A nice copy of a Cock Robins Thriller. Protected in mylar. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Linda's Rare Books]
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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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      (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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      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]

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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.

      [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. .

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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.

      [Bookseller: Canterbury Books]
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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.

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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]

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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.

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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]

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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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