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        NORTHWEST OF EARTH

      New York: Gnome Press, Inc. Publishers,. [1954]. Octavo,. boards.. Boards rubbed along lower edge, lower corner bumped, a very good to. near fine copy in very good dust jacket with mild shelf wear and. rubbing, and touch of fading to spine panel. A nice association copy.. (#111936). First edition. Presentation copy with signed inscription by Moore on front free endpaper: "For Jean & Julie Schwartz / with the best wishes of / C. L. Moore". A significant inscription from a fine writer to an important editor, agent and fan in the science fiction field. Julie Schwartz, a fanzine publisher (along with close friend Mort Weisinger), opened the first literary agency to specialize in SF authors (with Weisinger) and later became an editor at DC comics where he played a major role in the revival of their super-hero line in the late 1950s. Collects seven stories featuring Northwest Smith or Jirel of Joiry. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 1192. Schlobin, The Literature of Fantasy 793.

      [Bookseller: L. W. Currey, Inc.]
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        The Famous Boating Party and Other Poems in Prose - IN AN UNUSUAL 3 DIMENSIONAL, CUSTOM LEATHER BINDING

      A New Directions Book / James Laughlin, New York 1954 - IN VERY GOOD CONDITION. Bound by Rick Tuttle in full metallic blue leather, with a sculpted wood boat attached at the top of the cover, a flowing wake of water behind it, and water endpapers. Half-title, photographic frontis, 64pp. Inner joint starting between frontis and title page, paper thinned with erasure on dedication page. Binding is tight. BEAT POET. Includes signed correspondence from the binder to the previous owner. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Monroe Bridge Books, SNEAB Member]
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        The Ponder Heart

      Harcourt Brace 1954 - First edition 1st printing, Near Fine to Fine book with slight pushing at spine ends, mild rubbing to corners, offsetting to front paste-down and end page, apparently from an article that was laid in at some time; in a similar jacket with very light sun fade to spine and back panel, touch of edge and corner wear, mild rubbing back panel. A very nice copy of Welty’s sixth book, a light-hearted novel. Inscribed “For -- and signed on first front end page. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Squid Ink Books]
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        Private Heiratsanzeige, 1954].

      - 8°, 1 Doppelblatt m. mont. Abb. (nach einer Photographie), Min. knitterspurig, kleiner Fleck am Rande. Rot auf beigem Papier: «Wir heiraten im Januar 1954 in Paris. Ursula Kübler, Zürich, Apfelbaumstrasse 46, Boris Vian, Paris 18e, 6 bis Cité Veron». Die Photographie zeigt das Paar in einem Cabriolet. 1100 gr.

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        SHORT STORIES

      Banyan Press 1954 - First edition, limited to 210 copies, 60 of which were meant for sale and 150 reserved for friends of the poet and publisher. Copy #64. This copy inscribed by Merrill on the front prelim. "to -- with best wishes, James Merrill September '54." Bookbinder Sydney M. Cockerell's owner stamp on verso of rear wrap. Sewn decorated paper wraps with printed label. Beginning toning on the wrap extremities, tiny tear at rear bottom corner and shallow fold on the rear wrap. Vey Good condition. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Soft Cover]

      [Bookseller: Revere Books, ABAA & IOBA]
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        Short Stories.

      Pawlet: The Banyan Press, 1954. - 8vo, original marbled wrappers and printed paper label on the upper wrappers, stitched as issued, untrimmed. Hagstrom & Bixby A5. Wrappers a little worn at the edges; very good copy. First edition, one of 210 numbered copies, this being number 192. [Attributes: Soft Cover]

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        The Love Eaters

      London: Heinemann. (1954). The true first edition of her first novel. Settle is the author of the highly-acclaimed Beulah quintet, which is considered one of the finest sets of American historical novels ever written, and she also won the National Book Award for her novel Blood Ties. After winning the award, she founded the PEN/Faulkner Award, which is judged by other writers rather than publishing insiders. This copy is inscribed by the author: "For Bob's book on April 10 1965 instead of 1955 but never mind - Here we are - Love from Mary Lee." A fine copy in a very good dust jacket with modest edge wear. An extremely scarce first novel by an important Southern author; we have only seen this edition a handful of times, and never with an inscription from the author. First Edition. Hardcover.

      [Bookseller: Ken Lopez Bookseller, ABAA]
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        La Perla: Lingerie and Desire(TitleLanguage) La Perla: Lingerie and Desire

      Rizzoli International Publications, 2012-10-23. hardcover. New. Ship out in 2 business day, And Fast shipping, Free Tracking number will be provided after the shipment.HardCover. Pub Date :2012-10-23 Pages: 300 Language: English Publisher: Rizzoli International Publications A gorgeously illustrated book showcasing the exquisite high-end lingerie from the world-renowned Italian brand La Perla La Perla is celebrated for its sophisticated.. sexy. and beautifully designed and crafted lingerie. The company was founded by Ada Masotti. an artisan skilled in the tradition of handcrafted Italian corsetry. in 1954 when she opened a small lingerie boutique in Bologna.... Satisfaction guaranteed,or money back.

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        The Story of O, with an Essay by Jean Paulhan

      Paris: Olympia Press 1954. 187 pp. The scarce fiirst edition in purple wraps of the unauthorised first English translation, rushed to appear the same time as the first French edition. The following is a translation of the text which appeared in a recent Christie's sale for one of the few copies of this book that has recently appeared on the market - in Gerard Nordmann's collection of erotica. 'The publishing house Olympia Press was founded in 1953 by Maurice Girodias, the son of Jack Kahane, editor of the novels of Henry Miller and Georges Pelorson-Belmont. Girodias followed in his father's footsteps by publishing erotic texts, but also published Beckett, Miller, Durrell, Burroughs and Nabokov, as well as English translations of works by Jean Genet. But the publication of 'The Story of O', which he had translated into English, wasn't exactly a success, and became a bone of contention (or 'une pomme de discorde') between Girodias and his friend Jean-Jacques Pauvert, both as broke as each other at the time and sharing a flat on the rue Nesle. "I had sent him my manuscript before bringing out my edition', wrote Pauvert. 'However, I discovered that he had rushed out a translation in two months and that he was releasing this at the same time as me.' In fact, the translation by Baird Bryant (whose name doesn't appear) was pretty faulty. The title of the preface by Jean Paulhan, 'Le Bonheur dans l'Esclavage' [happiness in bondage/slavery] was translated as 'A Slaves' Revolt'. Dominique Aury, a translator herself, was, according to Pauvert, devastated. "This translation horrified me. It is particularly vulgar and totally cheapens the character of the book. It is out of the question that it be released.' But the anonymous author didn't have the means to oppose Girodias, nevertheless, he did have the book re-translated two years later by Austryn Wainhouse, but under a new title, 'The wisdom of the lash'. An 'official' American edition was finally published by Barney Rossett (Grove Press) in 1966, with a third translation, by Sabine d'Estree (another pseudonym, this time of Richard Seaver). The present translation, faulty though it is, is the one that first got the book known among the anglophones of Paris, then more widely, among American intellectuals. The indecent haste of Girodias to have this book published, at the very least attests that he had appreciated the importance of this book and wasn't to be stopped from publishing it - if possible before anyone else. The wraps are in good condition, though there are some faded strips on the rear panel, where the sun has hit the patches exposed beyond the smaller book that obviously lived next to it, as well as fading to the spine. The cover is rubbed along the extremities and a little chipped at the head and tail of the spine, but still an attractive copy of this very scarce book in its purple wraps. 211c . Very Good. Wraps. First Edition. 1954. 8vo..

      [Bookseller: Stephen Foster Books]
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        National Geographic Magazine July 1954 ***Signed***

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

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

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

      [Bookseller: THE BOOKSNIFFER]
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        The Long Goodbye

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

      [Bookseller: Bookbid]
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        Correspondence

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

      [Bookseller: Ken Lopez Bookseller, ABAA]
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        A Fable

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

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

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

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

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

      [Bookseller: Ken Lopez Bookseller, ABAA]
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        ODAS ELEMENTALES [Firmado / Signed]

      Losada, Colección Poetas de España y América, 235 pgs., Buenos Aires 1954 - Firma del autor en el colofón. Ejemplar No. 53 de los 200 firmados por el autor. Tirada especial numerada. Retrato en b/n en frontis. Lomo con algunos faltantes. Guardas con leves manchas. [Libro en Español / Book in Spanish] [DEDICATORIA AUTOGRAFA] === POESIA - LITERATURA LATINOAMERICANA === 8vo. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

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

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

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

      Gray Barker, Clarksburg, WV 1954 - Clarksburg, WV: Gray Barker, 1954. First Edition of the September, 1954 issue, Vol 2, No 2; the fourth issue ever published. Cover illustration by D.C. Lucchesi. From the collection of UFOlogist Max Miller. Octavo, illustrated blue and white stapled wraps, 40 pp. Moderate discoloration to the right side of front cover and top edge of rear cover, else essentially flawless. Very Good Plus. A rare early issue of Gray Barker's Saucerian publication, originally a monthly, then quarterly publication which was edited, in part written, and published by Barker. Campy, spooky and often thought provoking by a master of the subject. 40 pages of stories, reports, rumors, drawings, photos and humor. The periodical is a vintage Ufology icon. From the collection of Max Miller, founder of Flying Saucers International, and editor of its publication, Saucers. L103 [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

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

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

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        Des journées entières dans les arbres

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

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

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

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

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

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        In The Summer House.

      New York: Random House, 1954 - Octavo. Original tan boards, photographic vignette mounted on the upper board with a blue and gold frame, titles to spine in blue and gold. With the dust jacket. An excellent copy in the tanned and very lightly marked dust jacket with some very minor loss at the tips. Illustrated with photographs from the original production. First edition, first printing. With the author's signed presentation inscription to the front free endpaper, "Dear Peter I am also honored. My love Jane". The recipient was the publisher Peter Owen by whom Bowles's UK editions were published. Presentation copies of this author's works are uncommon. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy]

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA member]
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        Four Original Photographs of Arturo Toscanini in Rehearsal, March, 1954 with Negatives

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

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        Davidias

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

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

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

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        Ask The Dust

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

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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]

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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.

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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]

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

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

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        THE ARABIAN NIGHTS ENTERTAINMENTS

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

      [Bookseller: Charles Agvent]
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