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        The Fellowship of the Ring (Part One of the Lord of the Rings)

      Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1954. First American edition. Cloth. Very Good/good. 8vo. 423 pp. Folding map tipped in at rear. First American edition. Book states "First published in the United States 1954" on the copyright page. Same date printed at bottom of title page. Very good condition in blue cloth binding with small tear to cloth at spine gutter near top of front panel. Otherwise a clean and unmarked copy. Original first state dustwrapper in fair to good condition with paper loss at spine tips and along top left of front panel. Still an acceptable example of a rare first impression dustwrapper. Unclipped at front flap. The first installment of the author's legendary trilogy of fantasy novels that needs no introduction.

      [Bookseller: Derringer Books, Member A.B.A.A.]
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      Cantalapiedra, (Imprenta Bedia),, Torrelavega 1954 - Size: 14x20.7. 125pp. 1h. Esta es la 1ª ed. venal. En 1953 se publica en ed. de bibliófilo de 109 ejemplares numerados. Con dos romances de compañía por Juan Ramón Jiménez. Muy buen ejemplar. Cariñosa dedicatoria al torrelaveguense Gabino Teira. Envíos para España: el pago contra reembolso conlleva un recargo de 2 Euros. [Attributes: Soft Cover]

      [Bookseller: Carmen Alonso Libros]
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        The Collected Poems of Wallace Stevens

      New York: Alfred Knopf, 1954. First Edition. Cloth. Near Fine/very good +. First edition in brick red cloth. Hand numbered 827 of twenty five hundred copies of the first edition. Winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. A clean tight copy with bright unmarked spine lettering. Price intact dustwrapper has some very light toning of color to the red spine, but quite nice overall.

      [Bookseller: Derringer Books, Member A.B.A.A.]
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        History Of Economic Analysis

      George Allen & Unwin, 1954-01-01. Hardcover. Very Good. London: George Allen & Unwin Limited, 1954. 1260 pp. Light blue cloth with silver lettering on spine. First edition, first printing, British issue. (No additional printings on copyright and title pages. Text block is from Oxford University Press's first printing, with a laid in slip over publisher's name on title page with Allen & Unwin info. Tail states "Allen and Unwin." Apparently an uncommon British issue of the first printing.) Very Good hardcover. No jacket. Clean pages. Not ex-library! Edges foxed, light foxing to endpapers. Former owner's stamp on title page. Nice condition overall. Quite uncommon thus.An important history of economics.

      [Bookseller: Odd Duck Books]
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        GEDICHTEN, bibliofiele genummerde uitgave, met fac.handschrift

      Antwerpen De Vier Winden 1954. Gebonden in linnen band, 36x27.5cm. in-folio, Met de handpers gedrukt op Zerkall-Bütten papier, bandontwerp door Georges. Gedichten van Willem Elsschot, het volledig dichtwerk waarvan enkele voor het eerst gepubliceerd. gesigneerd door de drukker George, één van de honderd genummerde exemplaren, nr. 5.

      [Bookseller: ERIK TONEN BOOKSELLER]
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      - Madrid, 1954-55. Ediciones Cid. Lote compuesto por dos tomos encuadernados en tela casera (con títulos en planos y lomera) que recopilan, conservando las cubiertas originales, los números de esta publicación que van del 2 al 69. 1088pp., 24,6x21cm. Perfecto estado de conservación. COMICS

      [Bookseller: Librería Anticuaria Raimundo]
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        The Original Manuscript of HRH: THE STORY OF PHILIP, DUKE OF EDINBURGH (48pp Heavily Corrected Typescript w/ Authorial Revisions)

      1954. Hilton, James (1900-1954). ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT for HRH: THE STORY OF PRINCE PHILIP, DUKE OF EDINBURGH. 48pp, [n.p., n.d. but 1954]. A little known but quite significant manuscript for those interested in the earliest years of England's current Royal Family. -- In the fall of 1954, famed author and Oscar-winning screenwriter James Hilton ("Lost Horizon" "Goodbye, Mr. Chips") ("Mrs. Miniver") was asked by the Hearst Syndicate to provide a Sunday newspaper piece on "England's uncrowned king" Prince Philip who was then only little known to the British public despite being the husband of newly crowned Queen Elizabeth II. Prior to this biography, the only published biographical material on Philip was a short (and amateurish) tabloid article by his valet. The full text of Hilton's biography of HRH: The Story of Philip, Duke of Edinburgh was published in book form by Little, Brown (Boston, 1956) and shortly thereafter by Frederick Muller Ltd. (London, 1956). The manuscript's 48 leaves are typed on ordinary yellow paper stock. Virtually every page has been heavily revised by Hilton with much emendation; further, a large amount of additional holograph material appears on the versos consisting of general notes and draft paragraphs. The manuscript is almost entirely complete despite breaks in the pagination including the absence of those leaves numbered [2-5]; a comparison with the printed American text shows Hilton re-worked his opening with generous excisions and additions. Unfortunately Hilton, who traveled from the States to England for background research on this piece, almost immediately fell ill upon his return and died shortly thereafter. Consequently this manuscript represents Hilton's final achievement as a writer after a remarkably successful career -- and thus has dual importance as a first royal biography and a last creative effort by the one of the best loved authors of the era. Although this manuscript was sold with the rest of James Hilton's archive in 1999 by Christie's Los Angeles, it was buried amongst miscellaneous papers at the time and has only recently (October, 2013) been identified and fully catalogued. More details and a full index are available upon request. . Signed. Original Manuscript. Very Good.

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        The Long Goodbye

      Houghton Mifflin 1954 - First U.S. Edition; with no mention of later printings. Very good in a very good dust jacket. Comes housed in a custom slipcase. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Bookbid]
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      (n.p.): University of Oregon. 1954-1957. Kesey's college yearbooks. In Oregana '54, Kesey is pictured as a member of Stizer Hall, a member of the freshman wrestling team, and at the WRA Festival. Rubbing to edges; very good. Oregana '55 pictures Kesey as a member of Skull and Dagger, in the shadows of a stage production, and as a member of Beta Theta Pi. Some foxing and mustiness; very good. In Oregana '56, Kesey is pictured as a member of the Druids (an organization of the most outstanding men in the junior class); a member of the Order of the O (charged with enforcing campus traditions); a columnist for the Oregon Daily Emerald; a cast member of Macbeth; a member of Beta Theta Pi (a mark on this page reverses the names of two rows of men); and a member of the wrestling team. Minor foxing to covers; near fine. Lastly, his senior yearbook (Oregana '57), shows Kesey as a member of the wrestling team and as a narrator in a "Vodvil" skit. A few stains to rear endpages, some rubbing to covers; very good. . First Edition. Hardcover.

      [Bookseller: Ken Lopez Bookseller, ABAA]
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        McCarthy and His Enemies

      Chicago: Henry Regnery, 1954. Nice presentation by Sen Joe McCarthy. Tape repair to the bottom of the dust jacket. . Signed. Hard Cover. Very Good/Good+. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

      [Bookseller: Brooklyn Books]
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        Nectar in a Sieve

      London: Putnam, 1954. First Edition of the author's first book and masterpiece. Octavo. Original black cloth with titles to the spine in gilt. Inscribed by the author, "Best wishes and love, Kamala Markandaya January 1955". A very good copy in the original dust jacket that shows some wear and chips. Scarce signed. Named Notable Book of 1955 by the American Library Association, this is the very moving story of a peasant woman in a primitive village in India whose whole life was a gallant and persistent battle to care for those she loved. "Comparable in many ways to Cry, the Beloved Country...if anything...better." (Saturday Evening Post).

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        A Fable

      Random House 1954 - SIGNED/LIMITED EDITION. This copy is authentically SIGNED by William Faulkner. This special edition was limited to 1000 copies. This copy is number 804 and INCLUDES the ORIGINAL publisher's slipcase that was issued with the book. The book is in nice condition. The binding is tight with no cocking or leaning. The book is bound in the ORIGINAL publisher's cloth with minor wear to the edges. The pages are clean with NO marks or bookplates in the book. A lovely copy SIGNED by the author in collector's condition. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Quintessential Rare Books, LLC]
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        Long Goodbye

      Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1954. Hardcover. Very Good. FIRST EDITION. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1954. 316 pp. First American edition, first printing. (Dated 1954 on title page, which publisher used in lieu of a first edition statement.) Near Fine condition hardcover in Good+ dust jacket. Clean pages and sturdy binding. Former owner's sticker on paste down, else fine. Dust jacket worn, creased at extremities with a few chips, most noticeably at head; clear tape on verso. Price intact ($3.00). Jacket is mylar-protected.First American appearance of Raymond Chandler's novel featuring Philip Marlowe. The basis of the 1973 Robert Altman film starring Elliott Gould.

      [Bookseller: Odd Duck Books]
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        RELIGIOUS DRAMA: Mediaeval and Modern

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

      [Bookseller: Sumner & Stillman]
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      Cantalapiedra, (Imprenta Bedia), Torrelavega 1954 - 14x20.7. 125pp. 1h. Rústica. Esta es la 1ª ed. venal. En 1953 se publica en ed. de bibliófilo de 109 ejemplares numerados. Con dos romances de compañía por Juan Ramón Jiménez. Muy buen ejemplar. Cariñosa dedicatoria al torrelaveguense Gabino Teira. Envíos para España: el pago contra reembolso conlleva un recargo de 2 Euros.

      [Bookseller: Carmichael Alonso libros]
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      André Sauret Éditions du Livre 1954 4°; pp. 151 su carta pesante, con una litografia originale al frontespizio, 33 riproduzioni a colori e 60 disegni riprodotti in nero ed altre tinte. Brochure edit. con titoli al dorso, titoli e illustraz. orig. a colori, da una gouache di Matisse e tirata in litografia da Mourlot, al piatto. Camicia in cartone edit. con titoli al dorso ed astuccio. Rara ediz., interamente composta dall'Artista che ha selezionato i 79 ritratti, tirata a complessivi 2850 esemplari numerati di cui 2350, come il presente, in lingua francese e 500 in lingua inglese. Cfr. Monod 7849; Duthuit-Matisse n.33.(vedi riproduz.)

      [Bookseller: Libreria Antiquaria Prandi s.n.c.]
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        El Ingenioso Hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha.

      Barcelona Montaner y Simon S A Editores 1954 - 2. Segunda Edición. 2 volumes. Folio. LXXXI, 565 S. Volúmenes de cuero con Rico dorado. Luz frotado. Esquinas ligeramente más. Portadas de libros muy agradable. - Full leather with rich gilt decoration all over and gilt back title. Leather at the edges slightly rubbed, corners a bit stronger. Very nice bindings. Interior perfecto estado. - Inside in mint condition. 1862-1962 Union de Banques Suisses obseguio del Banco Popular Espanol. Madrid, 1962. (Book end paper) Encuadernación de lujo Segunda edición. Según el texto de Francisco Rodríguez Marín de la Real Academía Espanola. Con comentarios de los más eminentes Cervantistas seleccionados por Juan Givanel y Max, de la Real Acedemía de Buenas Letras de Barcelona, y precedida de la VIDA Y SEMBLANZA DE CERVANTES por Miguel S. Oliver. Illustraciones de Ricardo Balaca y José Luis Pellicer. Frontispicio con el retrato del autor. Con muchos dibujos en el texto y láminas coloreadas y montadas (23 vol. I, 21 vol. II). Vida y Semblanza de Cervante en las páginas I que a LXXXI. 1.100 gr. Volúmenes de cuero con Rico dorado. Luz frotado. Esquinas ligeramente más. Portadas de libros muy agradable. - Full leather with rich gilt decoration all over and gilt back title. Leather at the edges slightly rubbed, corners a bit stronger. Very nice bindings. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat Peter Hassold]
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        'Live and Let Die' First UK Edition 1954

      In true first issue dust wrapper without slug for artist Kenneth Lewis A first edition, first printing, published by Jonathan Cape in 1954. The book is in near fine condition without inscriptions. A very nice example indeed. The wrapper is very good+, but price clipped. This is the very rare first issue without the slug for the artist Kenneth Lewis. There is some wear and creasing across the wrapper, especially to the edges. Patch of rubbing to the rear panel. Some gentle reinforcement to the inside edges.

      [Bookseller: John Atkinson Books]
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        La Vénus aux fourrures

      Gonon Maurice 1954 - In-8 (19.5x25.5 cm), livre en feuilles sous couverture rempliée, chemise feutre noir et emboîtage, tirage limité à 992 exemplaires, le nôtre, n°148, est l'un des 150 exemplaires sur Vélin Chiffon de Lana, contenant une suite en noir sur Vélin de Lana, traduction nouvelle de André Desmond, introduction de Christian Mégret, illustrations en couleurs et hors-texte de Suzanne Ballivet, une illustration en frontispice ; coiffes et coins de la chemise et de l'emboîtage légèrement frottés, intérieur très frais, très bel état. Ballivet Suzanne Feuilles sous chemise et emboitage

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        The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, The Return of the King. Three Volumes. Allen edition. 1st & 2nd impressions

      G: in Good condition. Upper inner hinge cracked to volume one. Volumes two and three with tattered dust jackets repaired with archive tape, now in protective acetate wrappers. Wrapper to volume two is missing front flap and has some loss to foot of spine. Wrapper to volume three has minor loss to foot of spine. Boards of volumes two and three lightly marked with mild bumping. Foxing to endpapers and light foxing to text-block. Content clean and tight 2nd impression Red hardback cloth cover 230mm x 150mm (9" x 6"). 423pp; 352pp; 416pp. Fold-in black and white maps to rear of each volume. Published 1954 & 1955. The Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers are 2nd impressions. Return of the King is 1st impression, with anomalies on page 49 including slipped type and signature stamp '4'.

      [Bookseller: Barter Books]
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        TRIO. Signed

      Toronto: Contact Press, 1954 First Edition of Canadian poets Eli Mandel, Gael Turnbull and Phyllis Webb's first book, Inscribed by Eli Mandel on the half-title page. "To [Professor] Hugo (McPherson), for Toronto, (R.S. Crane and Woodhouse and the prairies, etc) with best wishes from Eli". Additionally Inscribed by Eli Mandel on the inside front cover and embellished with a drawing of a pair of "lips" in red with his notation, "Mimi's lips". A bright, fresh very good copy indeed (showing a bit of soiling to the front cover), in the publisher's gray, yellow and white wrappers, printed in black. The additional L in Eli Mandel's printed name whited out on the cover and title-page. 8vo. Unpaginated. 92 pp.. Signed by Author. 1st Edition.

      [Bookseller: TBCL The Book Collector's Library]
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      New York: Limited Editions Club, 1954. Hardcover. Tasteful ornithological bookplate on the front pastedown of each text volume. Virtually no rubbing to the spines, often found badly rubbed. Glassines present on note volumes. 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 #273 of 1500. Issued unsigned.

      [Bookseller: Charles Agvent]
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        CRITICA D'ARTE. Nuova rivista diretta da Carlo L. Ragghianti.

      Vallecchi/Neri Pozza 1954-1962 In-8, bross. Importante rivista bimestrale illustrata, a carattere artistico-culturale (nata nel 1935 col titolo "La critica d'arte", diventata, a partire dal 1954, solo "Critica d'arte". Offriamo le prime 9 annate complete: dal 1954 (Anno I, n. 1, gennaio) al 1962 (Anno IX, n. 53/54, settemb./dicemb.). A partire dal 1961 la rivista è edita da Neri Pozza. Ben conservate.

      [Bookseller: Livres anciens et modernes Gilles Hassan]
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        Cisarska louka

      Prague: Josef Sudek 1954 - Original contact print, 3-3/8 x 11-1/4 inches, pencil signed lower right and titled lower left. An original photograph, one of Sudek's wide-angle photos of locations in Prague which is not included in the book Panoramic Prague (1959. Please press "view larger image" for full viewing. Photo is archivally mounted. Provenance available on request. [Attributes: First Edition]

      [Bookseller: Michael Fagan Fine Art & Rare Books]
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        Portraits. Henri Matisse.

      André Sauret., Monte-Carlo. 1954 - 4to.Original card covers, folder and slip-case. Copy 2126 of 2500, includes an original lithograph portrait frontis printed by Mourlot, 60 bw portraits plus 33 tipped in colorplates. Slip-case a little faded. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

      [Bookseller: Roe and Moore]
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        [Album of Photographs from a Cruise to Aruba and Venezuela]

      Essex Falls: np, 1954. 4to. Full green crushed morocco with snakeskin (yes, you read that right) and gilt tooling to both panels, five raised bands, titling and nautical design gilt-stamped to spine, in original green cloth slipcase rimmed in leather. Ornately patterned endpapers. 170pp. Leather at spine sunned with some rubbing at joints. Trivial soil to text edges. Near fine overall. Slipcase lightly soiled at upper and lower edge, shelfwear, also near fine. An exquisitely bound album chronicling a cruise to Aruba and Venezuela on the Grace Line from November 5-22, 1954. The album was assembled by Mr. Charles W. Holton, former mayor of Essex Falls, NJ (1930-1951) who was traveling aboard with a party of seven. Holton was, among other things, an amateur photographer of considerable skill, and filled this elaborate album with 154 nearly full-page silver gelatin photographs taken on the cruise; these are neatly laid on to album leaves, with the majority captioned. According to the log, the ship departed form New York and went straight to Aruba. The larger portion of the trip was dedicated to Venezuela. Each segment of the trip is represented in photographs, with the subjects varying from landmarks and straw markets to shanty towns and the more elegant parts of Maracaibo. But these are no mere tourist snapshots. Holton brings a keen documentary eye to his subjects and the images are well-selected, framed, and printed. Indeed, this is among the most impressive travel albums we've encountered. A particularly strong representation of images of indigenous women and children runs throughout the album. The album also includes a 7 page travel narrative, trip log, as well as pamphlets, stamps, currency, ephemera from the cruise line tipped in. We locate one of Holton's albums on the Florida Keys held at the George A. Smathers Library at the University of Florida, and another album from a trip to the Caribbean held at the University of Miami. A compelling collection of post-WWII photographs with tremendous research value (as well as display appeal) that successfully occupies the border between the vernacular and the professional.

      [Bookseller: Brian Cassidy, Bookseller]
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        Maladie Mentale et Personnalité.

      Paris, Presses Universitaires de France, 1954. Small 8vo. Uncut and partially unopened (from p. 60) in the original printed wrappers, in black and light blue. Very light soiling to wrappers, otherwise a very nice, clean, and fresh copy. Original price to back wrapper. (4), 110, (6) pp.. Scarce first edition of Foucault's first published work, in which he transforms psychology into a Marxist science of man.In 1950 Foucault had joined the Communist Party, which, by the time of the appearance of his first book, he had, however, already left again. Nonetheless, the book stands as a "monument to his Party membership" (David Macey), and just as he regretted this membership, so he disavowed his first book. In fact he grew to dispise it and unsuccessfully attempted to prevent its republication and translation into English. The work begins with an historical survey of the types of explanation put forward in psychology and goes on to produce a synthesis of perspectives from evolutionary psychology, psychoanalysis, phenomenology and Marxism. From these perspectives, Foucault argues, mental illness can ultimately be understood as an adaptive, defensive response by an organism to conditions of alienation, which an individual experiences under capitalism. Foucault modified the book in 1962 and republished it as "Mental Illness and Psychology", having changed the later parts, being the most Marxist material as well as the conclusion. As such, the work would fit in with the perspective that he had then expounded in The History of Madness"

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        A Proper Marriage

      London: Michael Joseph, 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).

      [Bookseller: Raptis Rare Books, ABAA/ ILAB]
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        A Fable

      New York: Random House, 1954. Signed limited version of the first edition. Hardcover. 437pp. Octavo [21.5 cm] Blue cloth covered boards, with bright blue and gray ink stamped cross designs on the front board. Acetate jacket. Housed in supplied slipcase. The book is near fine with the slightest traces of wear. Slightly darkened along the hinges. The acetate jacket is near fine and lightly rubbed. The slipcase shows some rubbing and scratching. Limited to one thousand copies signed by Faulkner on the limitation page. Number 992. Printed on rag paper. William Faulkner won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1949.

      [Bookseller: Ken Sanders Rare Books, ABAA]
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        Madame de Pompadour

      London: Hamish Hamilton,, 1954. Octavo. Original blue cloth, titles to spine in silver, red top-stain. With the dust jacket. Frontispiece and 20 plates. Spine just a little rolled and faded, lightly rubbed at extremities with a few tiny bumps, scuff to upper board. Contents fresh. First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "Darling Syrie, with love from Nancy Mitford, 1955". The recipient was Syrie Maugham, one of the first English women to practice interior decoration, a noted society hostess, and the wife of the author Somerset Maugham, though the couple had divorced in 1929. Rare signed.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        RELIGIOUS DRAMA: Mediaeval and Modern

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

      [Bookseller: Sumner & Stillman ]
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      New York: House of Books, 1954.. Cloth. Small, tasteful bookplate in corner of front pastedown, otherwise fine in original glassine (large chip from front panel). Custom cloth slipcase and chemise (bearing another tasteful bookplate). First edition One of three hundred numbered copies, in addition to twenty-six lettered copies for presentation, all signed by the author. GALLUP A65.

      [Bookseller: William Reese Company - Literature ABAA-]
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        The Kingdom of Earth with Hard Candy: A Book of Stories

      [New York]: New Directions. (1954). First. First edition. Signature and conjugate pages plus title leaf. Title leaf, 20p. (paginated as in the book). Fine. Prints the separate story "The Kingdom of Earth," prepared for insertion into copies of Hard Candy: A Book of Stories in order to complete the private, limited edition of 100 copies (and a few for presentation). Stated one of 100 copies. Because of its provocative content (a tubercular dandy dies while his ex-prostitute wife and his Cherokee half-brother ignore his pleas for help and instead have passionate sex in the next room), Williams was advised to remove the story from the collection Hard Candy. It did appear in much later collections, and he later adapted the story into both a play of the same name, and ultimately the longer play The Seven Descents of Myrtle (in which the half-brother is African-American rather than Native American). Rare. .

      [Bookseller: Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. ABA]
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        Das Prinzip Hoffnung. 3 Bde.

      Berlin, 1954-59. Lex 8vo. All three in the original blue full cloth bindings, in excellent condition, in- as well as ex-ternally. Some light pencil-underlinings. 477, (3); 512, (1); 518, (1) pp. + Errata for vols. I+II laid loose in vol. With a five-line presentation-inscription to front free end-paper of volume 1, signed in full: Herrn Gehrke/ in freundlicher Gesinnung/ mit besten Wünschen/ 30.VIII.54/ Ernst Bloch.. The scarce first edition of all three volumes, with signed and dated presentation-inscription (in the year of appearance), of Bloch's magnum opus, his seminal The Principle of Hope, which constitutes his philosophy of concrete utopia. The hugely influential German philosopher Ernst Bloch (1885-1977) was born as the son of Jewish parents in Ludwigshafen. He studied philosophy, physics, German and music in Munich and Würzburg and later became a main figure in Neomarxism. As his first book, Geist der Utopie was written while in exile in Switzerland during the First World War, this his main work was written while in exile in America during the Second World War, between 1938 and 1947, and it appeared for the first time in the DDR between 1954 and 1959. The Principle of Hope is considered a philosophical-political piece of art, which consideres in both philosophical-scientific and humanistic ways the possibilities for a utopia, at the same time as it traces throughout history man's strivings for utopia. The world is presented as open to man - open for man to make it the place that enables us to live like proper human beings. Ernst Bloch's Principle of Hope is one of the key books of our century. Part philosophic speculation, part political treatise, part lyric vision, it is exercising a deepening influence on thought and on literature. . . . No political or theological appropriations of Bloch's leviathan can exhaust its visionary breadth. (editorial review by George Steiner, the 1986 English language edition). As his Geist der Utopie begins with the powerful words: What now? It is enough. Now we have to begin. Life has been put in our hands. In itself it has already become empty long ago. It staggers senselessly around, but we stand firm, and thus we want to be its Faustus and its ends., so his Das Prinzip Hoffnung begins with the equally powerful words: Who are we? Where do we come from? Where are we going? What do we expect? What awaits us? Many feel as nothing but confused. The ground rocks, they do not know why and from what. This their state is fear, if it becomes more defined, it is fear. Once, someone set out to learn fear. (''Wer sind wir? Wo kommen wir her? Wohin gehen wir? Was erwarten wir? Was erwartet uns? Viele fühlen sich nur als verwirrt. Der Boden wankt, sie wissen nicht warum und von was. Dieser ihr Zustand ist Angst, wird er bestimmter, so ist er Furcht. Einmal zog einer aus, das Fürchten zu lernen.The conception of Prinzip Hoffnung has now, due to this work, become a frequently used saying, not only in Germany, but also in America and large parts of Europe, where The Pronciple of Hope is used in numerous political and economical discussions, most actually for instance in the climate debate. The influence of the work has been immense, and it has done much to re-create modern man's belief in the world today and our ability to do good

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      HOUGHTON MIFFLIN CO, BOSTON 1954 - Good ed. of the 1st book in the legendary trilogy "LORD OF THE RINGS". Third printing of the 1st American edition. The date does not appear on the title page. Printed in Great Britain on the verso of the title page italicized. First printing with dust wrappers almost impossible to find, an early printing is a great substitute. Minor white speckling on to the boards, some light edge wear to the spine ends. Contents are fine, with map tipped in at back in fine condition. Six chips to dust wrapper, mostly to the spine, none of which extend deeper than an inch high and an inch across. Unprice clipped with "5.00" written on the front flap. Light foxing to the front inside boards. Clean and intact, Binding is tight. General wear and rubbed cover. No bookplate. WILL REQUIRE ADDITIONAL POSTAGE. . DATE PUBLISHED: 1954 EDITION: FIRST ED 423 PAGES [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        The Lord of the Rings : The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, The Return of the King

      Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston 1954 - 3 volumes. 8vo. 1st American editions of all three volumes. Meeting 1st issue points in books and d.j.s. With folded maps tipped affixed on rear paste-down endpapers. Slight toning to spines and margins. Minor bumping to spine ends. 'The Two Towers' and 'The Return of the King' slightly leaning. Faint spots to edges of leaves of 'The Fellowship of the Ring'. Toning to d.j.s. Minor chipping to spine ends of each volume. One half inch chip to head of d.j. spine of 'The Fellowship of the Ring'. D.j. of 'The Return of the King' detaching at folds and rear panel damp stained. VG/VG. THE SET: [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Strand Book Store, ABAA]
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        Histoire de Barentin, tomes 1, 2, 3 et 4

      Le Havre - 1954 - Le Havre - 1954, 4 volumes in-8, brochés, 124+120+149+178 pages, 52 planches hors-texte certaines dépliantes et en couleurs Bel ensemble, ouvrages non coupés, couvertures légèrement insolées, biographie de l'auteur manuscrite sur la première page du premier volume [Attributes: Soft Cover]

      [Bookseller: Sylvain Paré]
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      MUNICIPALES 1954 - Lang: Español 0 Localidad: Madrid. Tamaño del cartel: 70 x 100 cm. El cartel está en buenas condiciones.

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      New York: Gnome Press, Inc., Publishers,. [1954]. boards.. Some age-darkening to text block, a fine copy in fine dust jacket. with a touch of rubbing at spine ends. A superior copy of this book.. (#138528). First edition. The fifth Gnome Conan. Collects "Black Colossus," "Shadows in the Moonlight," "A Witch Shall Be Born," "Shadows in Zamboula" and "The Devil in Iron," all first published in WEIRD TALES in 1933, 1934 and 1935.

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        The Intelligent Investor

      HARPER, NEW YORK 1954 - book in great condition. tight binding. DATE PUBLISHED: 1954 EDITION: NEW REVISED ED 272 [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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

      Oxford University Press, London 1954 - First edition. With psychological commentary by Dr. C.G. Jung. Octavo. Green cloth gilt. Bookplate of Gordon B. Macfarlane on the front pastedown, some foxing on the foredge and first and last few leaves, and some light spotting on the front board, a very good or better copy in a price-clipped, very good dustwrapper. Inscribed by Evans-Wentz on the front fly: "To Gordon B. Macfarlane with the best wishes of W.Y. Evans-Wentz. San Diego, California 12 July, 1957." See this book in 3D on our site. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Between the Covers-Rare Books, Inc. ABAA]
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      Faber & Faber Ltd. London. 1954. FIRST EDITION. 8vo. (7.6 x 5.1 inches). Finely bound in recent full red morocco leather, single gilt ruled border on boards. Spine with five raised bands. Compartments ruled, decorated and lettered in gilt. Top edge gilt. A fine copy of this classic book in an attractive leather binding.

      [Bookseller: Paul Foster Books]
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