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

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

      [Bookseller: Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. ABA]
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        Waiting For Godot: A Tragicomedy In Two Acts.

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

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        Creature from the Black Lagoon

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

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

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

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        Superb Original Typed Letter Signed January 4, 1954

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

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        THE JOURNAL OF NAVIGATION, 46 Volumes: 7 (1954) - 53 (2000). ISSN: 0373-4633. Published by the Royal Institute of Navigation at the Royal Geographical Society, London.

      London : John Murray, 1954-2000.. 32 Books and 50 single Issues. 8° , Bibliothekseinband. 32 Books and 50 single Issues!! Huge Collection, containing the Issues from 1954 to 2000. Only Volume 19(1966) is missing. Volumes 22(1969) - 31(1978), 44(1991), 45(1992), 47(1994) and 52(1999) are not bound in Hardcovers (single Issues in Softcovers). Other Volumes are bound in dark green Half-Cloth and red Hardcovers. Formerly from library-collection. Covers with light shelf wear. Pages clean. Good to very good condition. More pictures on demand. Please ask for shipping-fees. zqx mbx jqx

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        Conservation of Isotopic Spin and Isotopic Gauge Invariance" in Physical Review 96 (1), October 1, 1954, pp. 191-196

      - RARE FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE IN ORIGINAL WRAPS of the Yang-Mills quantum mechanical theory, introduced in this paper and underappreciated at that time. The Yang-Mills theory is now the foundation of most of elementary particle theory; it is the mathematical foundation underlying "three of the four fundamental forces of nature that physicists succeeded in unifying in the last half of the 20th century: electromagnetism, the 'weak force' responsible for radioactive decay, and the 'strong force' responsible for holding the nuclei of atoms together" (Gale, World of Mathematics Summary). Yang and Mills proposed a tensor equation that relies on a quantum mechanical property called the 'mass gap.' "The laws of quantum physics stand to the world of elementary particles in the way that Newton's laws of classical mechanics stand to the macroscopic world. Almost half a century ago, Yang and Mills introduced a remarkable new framework to describe elementary particles using structures that also occur in geometry. The successful use of Yang-Mills theory (now widely tested and affirmed) to describe the strong interactions of elementary particles depends on a subtle quantum mechanical property called the "mass gap:" the quantum particles have positive masses, even though the classical waves travel at the speed of light. This property has been discovered by physicists from experiment and confirmed by computer simulations, but it still has not been understood from a theoretical point of view. Progress in establishing the existence of the Yang-Mills theory and a mass gap and will require the introduction of fundamental new ideas both in physics and in mathematics" (Clay Mathematics Institute). CONDITION & DETAILS: Lancaster: American Physical Society. Volume 96, Number 1, October 1, 1954. Pp. 191-196. (10.5 x 8 inches; 262 x 200mm). Complete issue in original printed wrappers; very, very slight wear at the edges and spine. Near fine condition.

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        Bonjour Tristesse

      Paris: Rene Julliard. [1954]. One of 200 copies printed hors commerce on corvol l&#39;orgueilleux paper, for the author&#39;s use, from a total of 230 of the author&#39;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&#39;s subject matter and language caused the book to become an international literary event. Masterpieces of Women&#39;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&#39;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&#39;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&#39;s Literature, pp. 83-85. Bloomsbury Guide to Women&#39;s Literature, p. 983. <br>See an <A HREF= >Image.</A><br>

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        Player Piano

      (London): Science Fiction Book Club. (1954). First thus, the Science Fiction Book Club edition of his first book, a satire on automation and the Electronics age that was first published in the U.S. in 1952 and in the U.K. in 1953. This copy is signed by Vonnegut with a self-caricature. Mild acidification to page edges, else a fine copy in a near fine, spine-sunned dust jacket. In a custom clamshell case. Hardcover.

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        Staff Report No. 4 - Summary of Activities of the Carnegie Corporation of New York, The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, The Rockefeller Foundation,The Rockefeller Gen'l Education Board

      Special Committee to Investigate Tax-Exempt Foundations - House of Representatives, H. Res. 217 (The Reece Committee), USA 1954 - A document which should have rocked the USA to its core but was squelched by the very powers it exposed. In the course of her duties as legal analyst for the Committee, Kathryn Casey was granted access to the archived minutes of the board of directors of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. According to the Committee's Research Director Norman Dodd, it was here that Ms. Casey discovered the board's conclusion that the best way to create world government, and permanent peace, was to involve the United States in a terrible war. The Reece Committee and its findings came to prominence decades later when Norman Dodd, Research Director for the Committee, came forward with stunning revelations of the Committee's findings. Printed for the use of the committee, this booklet contains pages 627-665b from the printed hearings. Includes 20 tables, 12 charts and 10 data sheets. Moderate wear. Unmarked. Crease to lower corner. A sound copy of this powerful document.

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        Lord of The Flies

      London, Faber and Faber,, 1954. Octavo. Finely bound by The Chelsea Bindery in full crimson morocco, titles and decoration to spine gilt, raised bands, single rule to boards gilt, twin rule to turn-ins gilt, plain dark green endpapers, all edges gilt. A fine copy. First Edition, First Impression.

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        The Far West and Rockies Historical Series, 1820-1875. Complete 15 Volume Set.

      The Arthur H. Clark Co. 1954 - Fine set of 15 hardcovers, no DJs. Green cloth, gilt decoration and letting on spines. 1954-1961. Volume 1 contains minor bio information in pencil on front end paper, interiors of volumes are otherwise unblemished and appear unread. Covers show very minor transportation/shelf wear. All bindings tight. An excellent set.; 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed! Ships same or next business day! [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        A Hemingway "First": Born of the Strange Pleasures of Reading Your Own Obituaries. As Recorded in Ernest Hemingway&#39;s report on his African plane crashes... in the May 4, 1954, issue of LOOK

      New York: LOOK. 1954. First. First edition. Folder stamped "Advance Press Sheets" into which is laid ten stapled sheets, printed rectos only. The first two pages are an editor&#39;s note, the next eight comprise Hemingway&#39;s article, with photographs, paginated as in the magazine. A LOOK editor&#39;s note is paper clipped to the folder. The paper clip and staple have oxidized, and there is considerable offsetting to the folder, internally fine. A rarity. .

      [Bookseller: Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. ABA]
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        Primera y Segunda parte de la Christi Victoria, por. pintor estremeño, y ciudadano de Barcelona, en las quales primeramente canta los Amores de Dios al anima. Y en la segunda la Batalla y armas de nuestra redempcion comq (con que) Iesu Christo unigenito hijo suyo, mato la Muerte, y el Demonio

      - EDICION DE BIBLIOFILO LIMITADA Y NUMERADA.- Valencia: "la fonte que mana y corre" (En colofón, Tipografía Moderna, Valencia), 1954.- [2 h.] + 35 folios, los 4 primeros sin numerar + [2 h.]: la portada es facsimil de la impresa en Barcelona, 1576 y al final otro facsimil de un grabado antiguo; 4º mayor (25,4 cm.); Intonso con todas sus barbas; excelente papel de hilo ahuesado y verjurado; Cuidada y fina impresión; Enc. en Plena Piel chagrén, lomo dorado, cinco nervios, conserva las cubiertas originales en Cartulina flexible Ed. con la portada de 1576 estampada en la cubierta anterior.- (Col. .la fonte que mana y corre.).- Edición dirigida por Antonio Pérez Gómez, impresa bajo el cuidado de María Amparo y Vicente Soler. Consta de 210 ejemplares sobre papel de hilo ahuesado, verjurado, de los cuales, 204 VENALES, NUMERADOS DEL 1 AL 204, SIENDO ESTE EL Nº 62. Se imprimieron además seis marcados de I al VI, y diez sobre papel Royal Annam, marcados de A a J. Esta edición fue compuesta a mano con caracteres Bodoni. Poseemos otro ejemplar, también encuadernado en Plena Piel Chagrén y estuche, con el Nº 58, al mismo precio, y otro más en rústica editorial con el Nº 59 que tiene la portadilla y la hoja siguiente a la portada con tenues motitas de óxido, al precio de 380 euros.{ Libro en español [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Horton Hears A Who

      New York: Random House 1954 - Full ears on back that overlap with quotes indicate First Edition/First Issue. Book very good, some wear and rubbing along edges and ends of spine, previous owner's signature on inside cover. DJ very good, some chipping and wear at ends of spine and corners, some wear along edges. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Horton Hears a Who!

      Random House, Inc. 1954 - Published in New York by Random House in 1954. Full ears on back that overlap with quotes indicated First Edition. Book very good, wear at ends of spine, corners, and edges of covers, light creasing and soiling on some pages, and previous owner's writing on front paste-down. DJ very good, chipping at ends of spine and corners, and creasing and rubbing on front, rear, and spine. Flap reads 250/250. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Original Painting: "Man With A Cane."

      1954 - with ACA Gallery label on reverse, just above Gropper's ink hand-stamp. Provenance:estate of American philosopher, author and civil libertarian Corliss Lamont; his nameadded in pencil to the gallery label, presumably to note his purchase of the painting.Surface scratches to masonite; mild wear to frame; image undisturbed. Gropper, whosefame as an illustrator and political caricaturist was established in the 1930's, held one manshows at ACA Gallery (New York) in 1954, 1956, & 1958, where he exhibited manyof the paintings inspired by his visit to the Warsaw ghetto in the late 1940s. This image,of a rabbinical figure holding a cane and looking to the heavens, though undated, islikely from that period. Oil on Masonite board. 16-1/4" x 12"; signed lower left. In original hand-made frame. [Attributes: Signed Copy]

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        THE LORD OF THE RINGS. Three Volumes, Comprising: The Fellowship of the Ring. The Two Towers. The Return of the King. London, Allen and Unwin. 1954, 1954, & 1955. All First Editions, First Issues. Volume One SIGNED BY J.R.R.TOLKIEN. Bayntun Riviere Bdgs.

      Allen and Unwin, London 1954 - SIGNED BY J.R.R.TOLKIEN on the Front Blank Free Endpaper of the First Volume. Illustrated with Four Maps ( Three Folding.). Beautifully Bound By Bayntun Riviere, Bath, U.K. In Full Red Leather with Raised Bands, Gilt Ruling to covers and Edges, Gilt Decoration to Spines, and All Edges Gilt. Housed in Specially Made Slipcase. A Beautiful and Very Clean Set. Size: 9 X 6 Inches. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

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        The Lord Of The Rings. The Fellowship Of The Ring-The Two Towers-The Return Of The King.

      George Allen & Unwin 1954/55. - First editions, three volumes. Fold out map at end of each volume.Fine set recently bound by Bayntun-Riviere of Bath, in full red morocco, raised bands, gilt. All edges gilt. The three volumes housed in a cloth slip case. A stunning set of this classic work, beautifully bound by arguably the best bindery in the U.K today. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Typed letter signed ("C. G. Jung").

      Küsnacht-Zürich, 23. VI. 1954. - Large 8vo. 1 p. Addenda. To E. A. Bennet, about disputes among his London disciples: "[.] There is something in that London group I noticed already quite a while ago: a sort of unnatural prestige psychology. The way they handled the situation seems to me awfully immature and clumsy. I can't understand Fordham. The way you dealt with the situation seems to me entirely reasonable and adequate. May I keep the copies of the correspondence you sent me for a while? They might be useful in case of further discussions. I have seen Dr. Philp whom I had met once in your house. I couldn't quite make out what his theological or psychological problems are [.]". - E. A. Bennet had been Jung's foremost advocate in England since the 1930s. - On headed paper; some slight edge damage. Includes a letter to Bennet by C. A. Meier, concerning the controversy Jung discusses in his letter, some letters of response from Bennet to Jung, Meier and others, typescripts of papers by Jung's associate, Toni Wolff, "Some Principles of Dream-Interpretation" (April 1934; 36 ff.) and "A Few Thoughts on the Process of Individuation in Women" (undated; 48 ff.), as well as an obituary brochure for Toni Wolff and some related material. [Attributes: Soft Cover]

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        The Lord of the Rings - The Fellowship of the Ring; The Two Towers and The Return of the King

      George Allen and Unwin, London 1954 - Three volumes complete - 'The Fellowship of the Ring', 1954, 423pp, [1]; 'The Two Towers', 1954, 352pp and 'The Return of the King', 1955, 416pp. Rebound in full morocco, raised bands, spines in six panels, morocco title label to second panel, author label to fourth, date to foot in gilt, covers bordered with single gilt fillet, upper covers with central ring and eye device in gilt, a.e.g., new endpapers. Externally very good indeed. Internally bright and clean, except for a small patch of colour bleed from the original cloth onto the bottom margin of the final page of the 'Return of the King', with an associated small hole to bottom margin. Each volume with a folding map tipped on to rear endpaper. With a tipped in, slightly smudged, signature of Tolkien's to front pastedown of volume one. First edition set, but later state, Hammond and Anderson initially had this as the first state (page 86), but apparently have revised this opinion since. Now housed in a cloth slipcase, made by Temple Bookbinders. Hammond and Anderson A5 [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

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        Sweet Thursday

      Heinemann 1954 - A fine first UK edition in a fine dust jacket, inscribed humorously by Steinbeck on the front free endpaper. Housed in a quarter leather clamshell case. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

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      Houghton Mifflin Company, New York, NY - This is the First American Edition of The Lord of the Rings in hardcover with dust jackets, published by Houghton Mifflin and Company in New York in 1954, '55, '56 for the three volume set, respectively. The Fellowship of the RIng, Two Towers, The Return of the Ring. EDITIONS: Volumes 1 and 3 are both First Impressions of the First Editions and Volume 2 is the Second Impression of the First Edition. The same sequence is true for the matching dust jackets ---First - Second - First Impression dust jackets for the three Volume set) . (Impressions = printings) . All the books and jackets match identification points based on Hammond/Anderson and Skull/Frisby. CONDITION: Between the six items being offered for sale (three books, three jackets) , the condition is good to near fine. The book for Volume 3 is in the best condition, but the jacket for Volume 3 has the highest occurrences of wear. BOOKS: The books have bright, medium blue cloth covers with tight bindings, a touch of thread wear at some corners. None have any marks or writing on the end paper or pages. The pages are crisp and clean. There is a little spotting to the top and bottom edges on the first volume. The blue covers and gilt are the brightest on Volume 3. JACKETS: The jackets appear to be the original jackets issued with the books - all points of identifications show continuity throughout. None of the jackets have been price clipped. There is some edge and corner wear to each, a tiny puncture, some rubbing, one has a little discoloration, another has some crease marks, one has some mending tape in the interior. Separate detail on each book and jacket is available. MAPS: Each volume has a map - all maps are present and attached and in fine condition - they also match the points of identification for each volume. ; 8vo [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Sweet Thursday

      New York: Viking, 1954. First edition. Hardcover. Hardcover. First edition. A near fine book in a very good dust jacket. Chipping to the head and foot of the jacket spine. Dampstaining to the inside of the jacket. Price clipped Bound in beige cloth with blue silhouettes of birds and Sweet Thursday in red. A cut signature of John Steinbeck has been affixed to the title page below his name. Signed by the author.

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        GINZA KAIWAI/GINZA HACCHO - Rare Fine Copy of The First And Only Edition

      Tokyo, Japan: Toho-Shuppan Publishing, 1954 - 1st Printing. 364 pages. Published in 1954. Landmark double-volume book on subject. More than a rare photography book find, "Ginza Kaiwai/Ginza Haccho" is one of the great collectible book discoveries of our time. The first and only edition. Published in a very small and limited first print run in this unique format only. The limitation is not known. There is no ISBN. The book is now very rare. An austerely elegant production by Toho-Shuppan: Boxed Set consisting of two volumes, both of which are encased in the publisher's original cardboard box. Volume One, "Ginza Kaiwai", is a book-length account on the world-famous Tokyo district. The text by Kimura Shohachi is exquisitely interspersed with "ukiyo-e" woodblock print reproductions by Hiroshige, black-and-white photographs by Yoshikatsu Kanno, maps, and reproductions of original drawings. Publisher's original promotional leaflet laid-in. Publisher's original rice-paper-wrapped slipcase with pictorial labels pasted in front and on the spine. In publisher's original rice-paper DJ, as issued. Volume Two, "Ginza Haccho", consists of Yoshikazu Suzuki's photographic re-construction of Ginza in an accordion foldout format, a marvel of publishing ingenuity: Two continuous plates present Every Building On Ginza Street, one across the top, the other across the bottom, with text in the center. The accordion is encased in pale green hard boards with red titles in front. Without DJ, as issued. Presents the precursor of Ed Ruscha's "Every Building On The Sunset Strip" (1966), in the finest, most pristine, and unrestored set we have ever found. "Ginza Kaiwai/Ginza Haccho" is first of all, two books, both of them realized to the superior standards that one has come to expect of Japanese publishing. Second, the concept and realization of "Ginza Haccho" is the same as Ed Ruscha's most celebrated Artist Book, except that the former precedes the latter by thirteen years. Calling "Ginza Haccho" the "Japanese Every Building On The Sunset Strip", as some commentators have done, is racist because the appellation suggests that "Ginza Haccho" followed rather than preceded Ruscha. Whether Ruscha was aware of "Ginza Haccho" or not is irrelevant. Yoshikazu Suzuki did it first, brilliantly so, and just as important, its precedence does not in any way diminish Ed Ruscha's achievement. An absolute "must-have" title for photography and Artist Book collectors. This title is a great book. This is one of very few copies still available online, and is, quite simply, the finest copy we have ever found: Clean, crisp, and bright, pristine beauties. It is a pity that the few copies that have turned up online have major flaws (heavy foxing, staining, soiling, and wear as well as intrusive repairs). As collectors realize the importance of "Ginza Kaiwai/Ginza Haccho" in the history of modern book-making, its value will increase accordingly. A rare copy thus. One of the most valuable books of our time. A fine collectible set. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        New Naturalist Monograph No. 10 Mumps, Measles & Mosaics

      Collins, London 1954 - pp. xii, 160 plus adverts.25 colour & b/w illustrations and 10 diagrams. Dust jacket fine, bright, clean and fresh, small repair with a 3mm strip of acid free paper to a chip on the top of the spine, not price clipped, now protected in a clear removable archival sleeve. Green buckram boards are fine and clean, gilt bright. Contents clean and tight, no inscriptions, no foxing. A near fine copy. Size: 8vo [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

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        Mumps, Measles & Mosaics: A Study of Animals and Plant Viruses, [New Naturalist 10]

      Published by Collins, London 1954 - , xii, 160 pages plus publisher's catalogue at rear, colour frontispiece plus numerous black & white plates and diagrams, a New Naturalist special volume First Edition , book is in very good condition , dust-jacket protected in remoavble plastic sleeve, slightly dulled at spine, in very good condition , green cloth with gilt title on spine Octavo Hardback ISBN: [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        The Mystery at Lilac Inn - Nancy Drew - First UK Edition Series # 4 , 1954 TRUE 1st UK Edition, STATED 1st Printing, Colour Dustjacket by Frank Varty new artwork OF BLONDE GIRL in Red Jacket , Blue & White Scarf ON HILLSIDE by Trees LOOKING DOWN TO 2 ME

      Newcastle Upon Tyne: Harold Hill & Son Ltd UK ENGLAND 1954 - Front Inner FLAP DJ PriceClipped Lists Thru Clue Velvet mask, NO OTHER INTERNALS, HBDJ, 1954 Stated First British Printing. 1st UK Edition, colorful dustjacket artwork by Varty, back DJ has red B/W comic Nancy Mentions secret shadow ranch, Dust jacket is the original, and in VG+ shape with a little chipping and wrinkling mostly along the bottom edge. VG+/GOOD+. AS-IS, Pre Series List Thru Clue Velvet Mask , BACK Inner Flap DJ show Picture Great Airport Mystery + Enid Blyton Now For a Story & Hardy Lists Ends with Mystery Cabin Island SHOWS 6/- NET Price, BLUE Spine DJ has small Chip AT BTM END, WITH #4 AT BTM in White with HH & Son in Black, Tiny Chips along Spine DJ at Btm End, BACK DJ HAS Comic Like Drawings in Red & B&W Figure NANCY WITH Secret Shadow Ranch At Btm with Word READ Printed, Thick Turquoise Green Cloth WITH SILHOUETTE Nancy with Spyglass, Dustjacket has mild shelfwear Tiny Chips Tears Extremities,& is price clipped on the front flap. Spine DJ slight edgewear, Scuff & small Mended Tears & tiny End Chips, Interior Nice tight Clean Light Wear Fox, 224 Pgs, NO ADS IN Back, Back flap advertises Hardy Boys, Harold Hill printed on book spine indicates this is the original printing. DJ Protected by Clear Mylar, Publishers Tinted top outer pgs Top edges Tinted in Blue lNice Bright, 5 X 7 1/2 in. , Interior Nice white pages with no marks or writing ,Colour Dustjacket by Frank Varty new artwork OF BLONDE GIRL in Red Jacket, Blue & White Scarf ON HILLSIDE by Trees LOOKING DOWN TO 2 MEN WEARING YELLOW SHIRT & BLUE PANTS, brown Hat & another WEARING RED SHIRT white collar & BLUE PANTS & WOMAN wearing Red Jacket & Scarf & Yellow Dress ON or Near Green & White Boat BELOW, as man IN YELLOW SHIRT Tying Rope to DOCK , In this story, Nancy encounters a ruthless gang of jewel thieves. Famous Crandall Diamonds Are Mysteriously Stolen from Well-Known Lilac Inn, Nancy , Daughter of Famous Criminal Lawyer, is determined to Recover Them. Suspicious Behaviour of Girl who applies for the Post of Housemaid, is her first Clue, but playing a Lone Hand as Usual , Nancy is Captured by the Desperadoes [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Live and Let Die

      London: Jonathan Cape. (1954). First. First edition, first issue, second state. Foredge and top edge a trifle toned, slight tarnish on the gilt lettering, very near fine in attractive, near fine, second state dustwrapper (with the artist&#39;s name centered between the bottom of the blurb and the bottom of the front flap), price-clipped and with some modest age-toning on the rear panel. The second state jacket was matched by the publisher with first issue copies of the book in many cases according Ian Fleming: The Bibliography. A handsome copy of the author&#39;s exceptionally uncommon second book. Written even before Casino Royale was published, the return of James Bond ensured that Fleming would create the most successful series in spy literature, a success greatly magnified, though not always enhanced, by the phenomenally popular and enduring film series. In this book 007 spends time in Fleming&#39;s adopted home of Jamaica and takes on high-ranking SMERSH member Mr. Big, the most powerful criminal in the world. Basis for the first Bond film to feature Roger Moore. .

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        The Hobbit, or There and Back Again, 1954 US 6th Impression with Dustjacket

      Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1954. 2nd Edition. Original Cloth. Very Good Plus/Very Good Plus. J.R.R. Tolkien. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. The Hobbit, or There and Back Again, by J.R.R. Tolkien. A very scarce copy of an early printing of the US Edition. The 1954 Houghton Mifflin Edition, 6th overall printing, or the 2nd printing of the 2nd Edition (1951). A Very Good Plus copy in Very Good Minus condition original dustjacket designed by Tolkien, as found on the original UK Editions. Stated 6th printing on front flap, not priced or clipped, with the handwritten $2.50 price, noted as printed in Great Britain. This is the only jacket that states "In Preparation" above "The Lord of the Rings" on the back flap. Only the 2nd printings of the 2nd edtion have this notation. One of probably only 1000 imported from Allen & Unwin, lacking the printing history on title verso, to help them circumvent the import restrictions and US copyright laws. The text block is clean and bright, bound in the teal colored original cloth from the publisher. Shows very little shelf wear, slight rubbing at the folds, no soiling to note, a couple of bumped corners. Features the title, dwarves hat, author, and publisher stamped on the spine in blue. Front boards have "The Hobbit" stamped in blue as well. Contains the full color frontispiece "The Hill: Hobbiton-across-the Water", as well as the original line drawings by Tolkien. The maps are in excellent condition, red and black ink, still show clear and bright against the unfoxed endpapers. No previous owners name or writing, other than one small pen mark on page 98, marking a reading place, perhaps? The dustjacket shows a considerable amount of wear and loss to the top of the spine, and the folds at the flaps have wear and color loss. The flap folds are starting to split and have been reinforced with archival tape, as well as a few other tears to the edges. The main faults are at the top of the spine, the lower front area of the spine, and a small missing segment of the border at the top right of the front panel. The jacket shows a light amount of soiling in the white sections, and the spine is lightly tanned. Overall a wonderful copy, scarce in original dustjacket in almost any condition. A custom slipcase to house this lovely edition is provided, featuring the Mountains and Dragon design as found on the UK cover, to protect and show this classic of fantasy literature. Digital photo&#39;s available, inquire if interested. Other Tolkien books available, include both the UK and US editions, original cloth bindings, custom fine bindings, and Signed/Numbered/Limited Editions. Very Good Plus / Very Good Plus.

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        The Lord Of The Rings [; The Fellowship Of The Ring; The Two Towers; The Return Of The King] - 1st Edition

      London: George Allen & Unwin, Ltd.. Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket. 1954,1954,1955. First Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. A most attractive set of Tolkien&#39;s three Landmark Books: (1) The Fellowship of the Ring, one of 2,500 first impression/first state copies bound by Jarrold and Sons, very Nearly Fine condition in alike dust-wrapper; (2) The Two Towers, 3,250 first impressions, faded top-stain, light foxing of page edges, in about Fine dust-wrapper; (3) The Return of the King, one of 7,000 First Edition/First Printings, Near Fine with light foxing to page edges in about Fine, second state dustjacket with reviewer comments to first two titles on back-flap, variant three with signature mark &#39;4&#39; present on page 49 and lines &#39;sagging&#39; in the middle, originally designated as first state by Hammond/Anderson, later corrected by Wayne Hammond [The Tolkien Collector, Issue 11]. All volumes complete with folded maps of Middle Earth tipped in onto recto, back free endpaper with minor professional paper restoration. Dust-wrappers with original prices, free of prior owner inscriptions or markings. Rather scarce in this condition; Tolkien began The Lord of the Rings between 16 and 19 December 1937, three months after The Hobbit was published and George Allen & Unwin were encouraging Tolkien, against his inclination, to write a sequel. The rest is history. As C. S. Lewis commented (from the dust-jacket) : "If Ariosto rivalled it in invention (in fact he does not) he would still lack its heroic seriousness. No imaginary world has been projected which is at once so multifarious and so true to its own inner laws; none so seemingly objective, so disinfected from the taint of the author&#39;s merely individual psychology, no so relevant to the actual human situation yet so free from allegory. And what fine shading there is in the variations of style to meet the almost endless diversity of scenes and characters - comic, homely, epic, monstrous, or diabolic." .

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      London: George Allen & Unwin Ltd,. 1954-1955. Octavo, three volumes,. original red cloth, spine panels stamped in gold, top edges stained red.. Rear endpaper of FELLOWSHIP age-darkened, several spotty fade marks. to top edge stain of RETURN, a fine set in very good (FELLOWSHIP) and. fine (TWO and RETURN) dust jackets, the first having some patchy. staining to rear panel, the second a bit of tanning to spine panel.. Jackets for TWO and RETURN are price-clipped, but are the correct. first impression jackets. A very presentable set of this classic.. (#110143). First editions, first impressions, second state of volume three with no signature mark present on page 49. Comprises THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING (1954), THE TWO TOWERS (1954) and THE RETURN OF THE KING (1955). 3000, 3250, and 7000 copies printed respectively. Barron (ed), Fantasy Literature 3-40. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 1606, 1607, and 1608. Cawthorn and Moorcock, Fantasy: The 100 Best Books 76. Pringle, Modern Fantasy: The Hundred Best Novels 16. Survey of Modern Fantasy Literature II, pp. 897-915. Tymn (ed), Fantasy Literature, pp. 193-96. Hammond and Anderson A5.a.i-iii.

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        Der Sturm. Ein Erinnerungsbuch an Herwarth Walden und die Künstler aus dem Sturmkreis.

      Baden-Baden, Woldemar Klein, 1954 - 4°, 275 S., zahlr. Abb. (tlw. farbig u. auf Tafeln), OLwd. m. Goldpräg., OU rissig u. m. kleinen Verlusten, unsauber; Buch tadellos. EA. Mit Widmung von Nell Walden a. Vorsatz. 1100 gr. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Fahrenheit 451

      Rupert Hart - Davis, London 1954 - Near fine in a price clipped, near fine dust jacket. SIGNED by Bradbury on the title page. Small bookseller sticker on bottom of front pastedown. Jacket colors still very vibrant and fresh. Three small black marks at bottom of jacket spine, partially erased; small closed tear at the top of the spine. A very nice copy. [Attributes: Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: James Graham, Bookseller, ABAA, IOBA]
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        La Conquista del K2 [The Conquest of K2].

      - 1954 Garzanti, Milano, 1st edition, 8vo, pp.xiii, 250, (64), folding photo frontis, 16 color & 80 bw (2 folding) photos, 3 color maps (1 folding), blue cloth; signed Walter Bonatti, dust jacket w/ most of spine missing, chipped, torn, poor, cloth w/ SIAE blindstamp on title page, small ink owner&#146;s name in two places, very good. The official account of the 1954 Italian first ascent of K2. This original Italian edition has more photos than the English language translations. This copy has the blindstamp of the Società Italiana degli Autori ed Editori (SIAE, Italian Authors and Publishers Association) as I have seen in other copies. Bonatti&#146;s signature on Desio&#146;s book is very rare, given the controversial nature of the expedition. His inscription in this copy leaves no doubt as to his feelings! His signature also looks much more like one would expect, as it changed later on. A unique copy. Ref 25887 [Attributes: Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

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      San Francisco: California Historical Society, 1954. - [4],86pp. plus seven facsimile maps (six folding). Large folio. Original red cloth. Lightly rubbed. Bookplate on front pastedown. Near fine. A vital reference on the impact of the great fur trade leader and explorer on the cartography of the West, by the two foremost experts. Printed by Lawton Kennedy in an edition limited to 530 copies.

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        A Proper Marriage.

      Michael Joseph, London 1954 - First Edition of the author's second novel in her acclaimed Martha Quest series. Octavo. Original cloth. An excellent near fine copy in a very good dustjacket which contains the rare yellow wraparound band stating that Lessing has won the Somerset Maugham Award. Signed by the author on the title page. Rather uncommon with the band present. Doris Lessing has been awarded copiously, most recently including the 2001 David Cohen Prize, 2001 Premio Príncipe de Asturias, and the 2007 Nobel Prize in Literature. A Proper Marriage contributed to her perception as an able writer. It is "[v]ery impressive.Portrays modern woman in all her complexity" (Literary Horizons). "A totally modern work. Martha Quest is, above all, ironically percieved by the author in whose hands irony is an instrument of compassion" (New Republic). "I read the Children of Violence novels and began to understand how a person could write about the problems of the world in a compelling and beautiful way. And it seems to me that as the most important thing I could ever do" (Barbara Kingsolver). [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

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        ORIGINAL WATERCOLOUR PAINTING BY THE RENOWNED ARTIST AND ILLUSTRATOR EDMUND DULAC, (Sold together with:) THE MASQUE OF COMUS, The Poem by John Milton With a Preface by Mark Van Doren & The Airs by Henry Lawes with a Preface by Hubert Foss.

      The book published in Cambridge At the University Press for Members of the Limited Editions Club 1954 - Together two items. AN ORIGINAL WATERCOLOUR PAINTING, SIGNED by Dulac and reprinted as one of the illustrations for the publication of COMUS. With, a copy of the book itself, first edition thus from the L.E.C. in a printing of 1500 numbered copies. The painting is of a woman standing in field of flowers within the curve of a dragon&#146;s tale. Behind her is a large tree laden with fruit and with additional floral and arboreal decorations in the background. The book contains the printed version of this work along with 5 other colourplates from original watercolours by Dulac. This was the last book to be illustrated by Dulac. With frame,16.5" 13.5" , the painting is now handsomely matted and presented in silver-leafed wooden frame. The book is in the publisher&#146;s original parchment backed marbled boards, the spine lettered in gilt and housed in the original black slipcase lettered in gilt. 58, [16]. The original painting in beautiful condition, very handsomely framed and presented, the book is a fine and bright copy, the slipcase only with very minor wear. A RARE AND BEAUTIFUL ORIGINAL PAINTING BY EDMUND DULAC. Dulac is considered one of the most original and prolific book illustrator&#146;s of the first two decades of the 20th century. His name is often linked with Arthur Rackham, as they both produced illustrations for lavish gift books for children and adults which were of the highest quality and commercial success. Dulac, born a Frenchman, settled in England to build his artistic career. He quickly caught the eye of J.M Dent publishers and produced illustrations for an illustrated edition of Jane Eyre in 1905. But it was when he was discovered by Leicester Galleries that his career actually took off. They had been seeking another talented artist of the stature and appeal of Arthur Rackham for children&#146;s gift book illustrations. At that time, children&#146;s books were purchased by the wealthy as symbols of good taste and there was a huge market to be captured by a new, imaginative artist. Dulac was the perfect choice. Dulac offered a new sensibility to book illustration by his intense use of color, his Eastern atmosphere, his brightly jeweled patterns, and mystical themes. His work met with instant success and approbation. From 1907 with the publication of his magnificent Arabian Nights until 1914 with the issue of Sinbad the Sailor, he published an annual collection of outstanding watercolors for gift books for children. These books included: The Tempest in 1908, the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam in 1909, Sleeping Beauty in 1910, Stories from Hans Anderson in 1911, Bells and other Poems (Edgar Allan Poe) in 1912, and Princess Badoura in 1913. During the war years, when an understandable shift in publishing took place, he produced Princess Mary&#146;s Gift Book, King Albert&#146;s Books, Edmund Dulac&#146;s Picture Book for the French Red Cross, and in 1916 Edmund Dulac&#146;s Fairy Book. All of his books were highly praised and he became one of the most sought after illustrators in the world. Dulac as a young artist had been deeply inspired by William Morris, Walter Crane and Aubrey Beardsley. He had a spiritual temperament which developed throughout his life and was intensified by his exposure to Eastern mysticism. Much of his art was inspired by Persian miniatures in its use of bright, radiant colors, detailed patterns and asymmetrical compositions. He aimed to take his art out of the realm of representation and into a more subjective, mystical "eternal" plane. He produced some of the most enduring works of beauty and transcendence during his artistic career, and continues to be appreciated and collected to this day. Dulac's illustrations conjure the mysterious atmosphere of the oriental text and transport the reader to a lyrical world of grace and beauty. "The Arabian Nights gave Dulac an opportunity to indulge in his nocturnes; the the softness of the gleam of moonlight on stone, or on shadowy figures, and his use of ultramarine, indigo and Prussian blue, min [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Les cavaliers d'ombre

      Forest 1954 - MAGNIFIQUE ET RARE RECUEIL DE POÉSIE ILLUSTRÉ PAR PABLO PICASSO. In folio (34x42 cm) sous chemise cartonnée et emboîtage, en feuilles (environ soixante pages). Beau recueil de poésie de Geneviève Laporte, l'une des dernières muses de Pablo Picasso. Ce recueil, le premier des deux publiés par la poétesse, est préfacé par Jacques Audiberti, mais surtout est illustré de sept dessins de Pablo Picasso gravés sur cuivre en taille-douce par Georges Bétemps. Le tirage total est de 167 exemplaires (dont 17 hors commerce). Le nôtre (n°140) est un des cent exemplaires sur Johannot pur fil. Tous les exemplaires ont été signés à la main par l'éditeur et les plaques de gravure ont été rayées après tirage. Très bel état pour cette rare publication. Picasso [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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