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      First Edition Near fine in green cloth covered boards with gilt on green title blocks on the spine and on the front board. A small quarto measuring 9 1/4" by 6" with the recto side of the frontispiece portrait of Frost spotted from humidity. Pages 41/42 and 43/44 show a two narrow 3/4" and gouges damage probably caused during binding. Without a dust jacket; however, the book is contained within a fair paper covered slip case with damage to the spine end of the case. One of only 650 signed and numbered copies with this copy signed by Frost and identified as copy number 632. 114 pages of text containing a collection of 66 of Frost's best loved poems. Published in celebration of the author's eightieth birthday. Our code number = TB26519

      [Bookseller: Town's End Books, ABAA, ILAB]
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        A Fable

      Random House New York: Random House, 1954. First Edition. 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.

      [Bookseller: Lorne Bair Rare Books ]
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        Longes Mac n-Usnig: Being the Exile and Death of the Sons of Usnech

      Dolmen Press (Dublin): Dolmen Press. (1954). First. 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. .

      [Bookseller: Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. ABA]
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        Picasso. Deux Periodes: 1900-1914 & 1950-1954

      Paris: Maison de la Pensee Francaise. 1st Edition. Soft cover. Fine. FIRST EDITION, SIGNED BY PICASSO in purple crayon on front wrapper. With text, "Oedipe Roi" by Aragon, and illustrated with 14 full-page black and white images of Picasso's work. Paris: Maison de la Pensee Francaise, (1954). Small quarto (21.5x 15.75 mm), original wrappers; 24 leaves. A hint of toning to edges, otherwise fine. Custom cloth box available for an additional $175.

      [Bookseller: The Manhattan Rare Book Company]
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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

      London: George Allen and Unwin Ltd, 1954.. 2nd impression. Red hardback cloth cover. 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. 423pp; 352pp; 416pp :: Fold-in black and white maps to rear of each volume :: 230mm x 150mm (9" x 6") :: 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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        Das Auge der Liebe. 25 Photos von René Groebli. Text: Walter Gort Bischof.

      Quer-8° (21.5 x 30 cm), o. P. (18 Bl.), 25 Abb., Brosch. m. OU u. Transparent-OU, Tadellos. Erste Auflage dieses aussergewöhnlichen Photobuches. Von R. Groebli auf Titelblatt signiert.

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

      LOOK New York: 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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        [Playscript]: The Deer Park: A Play

      Supreme Pix Leo Garen Norman Mailer and James Walsh New York: Supreme Pix [Leo Garen, Norman Mailer, and James Walsh]. [circa 1954]. First. Playscript. Quarto. Mimeographed sheets, screw bound into plasticized wrappers with title in gilt. Marked "Draft," and numbered in hand as "No. 45." Pencil signature of actress Beverly Bentley, Mailer's third wife, on the title leaf, another pencil name erased, a few light pencil notes in the text, binder worn at edges, a very good copy of the script for Mailer's first play, later published by the Dial Press. Ex-Carter Burden. Rare. .

      [Bookseller: Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. ABA]
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        The Woman Who Was No More

      Rinehart and Company New York: Rinehart and Company. (1954). First. First American edition. Page edges very slightly browned, still fine in fine dustwrapper. An exceptionally uncommon title, the first book by this French team to be published in the U.S. Basis for the classic Henri-Georges Clouzot film Les Diaboliques, with Simone Signoret and the director's wife Vera Clouzot, in which the two women conspire to murder their sadistic husband/lover. The film is arguably the best psychological thriller of all time, and one from which many of the conventions of the genre stem. Alfred Hitchcock, already well-established as the "Master of Suspense," was upset at having missed the film rights to this book and took special care to acquire the rights to Boileau and Narcejac's follow-up, which became Vertigo. Later remade several times, including a 1994 version with Sharon Stone and Isabelle Adjani. Translated from the French and published before the film was released, this had a very small print run, perhaps as few as a thousand copies. Considering the cheap leftover wartime materials employed, it is unlikely to have survived in any numbers. This is the nicest copy we've seen. .

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

      Farrar Straus and Young New York: Farrar, Straus and Young. (1954). First. First edition. Spine ends and corners lightly bumped, else near fine in a very good dustwrapper with short nicks to the spine ends and small pen scribble on the verso. Signed by the author on the title page. Third book by the Philadelphia-born novelist who attended Temple University, and served as a clerk-typist in occupied Berlin. Set in Philadelphia, a father is lynched leaving three sons to grow up on South Street. Scarce in this condition and signed. .

      [Bookseller: Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. ABA]
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        In-Band Single-Frequency Signaling. [Manuscript received June 7, 1954].

      New York, American Telephone and Telegraph Company, 1954. 8vo. The entire volume XXXIII (Part I-II), 1954 of The Bell System Technical Journal bound in a nice full green cloth. Library stamp to free front end-paper and title page. Minor discolouring to extremities. Binding tight, clean and fresh. Also internally very nice and clean. Pp. 1309-1330. [Entire volume: 1400 pp.]. First edition of this famous and influential paper, which described the process used for routing telephone calls over trunk lines. The article revealed the internal operation of the long distance switching system in use at that time. This information caused hackers and phone phreaks to develop the Blue Box which enabled them to make free long-distance calls. Among the more famous phreaks can be found the two Apple founders Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs. The use of the Blue Box developed into a sub-culture and many of its users ended up with jail sentences for hacking. The article is now widely regarded as being the most infamous article in The Bell System Techinal Journal

      [Bookseller: Lynge & Søn A/S]
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        Asger Jorn. The crucial years: 1954-1964.

      A study of Asger Jorn´s artistic developement from 1954 to 1964 and a catalogue of his oil paintings from that period. Wittenborn Art Books, Inc. 1977. 4:o. Richly illustrated in b/w and tipped-in colour plates. 396 pp. Asger Jorn. The final years. A study of Asger Jorn´s artistic developement from 1965 to 1973 and a catalogue of his oil paintings from that period. Borgens Forlag. Copenhagen 1980. 4:o. Richly illustrated in b/w and tipped-in colour plates. 241,(1 blank) pp. Asger Jorn. Supplement to the oeuvre catalogue of his paintings from 1930 to 1973. The Asger Jorn Foundation in association with Lund Humphries London 1986. 4:o. Illustrated in b/w. 70 pp. Publisher´s cloth with dustjacket, slight edgewear to jacket on first two volumes. First volume with bump to lower outer corner back cover. 30 x 21 cm. 3 volumes

      [Bookseller: Antiquaria]
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        Waiting For Godot

      New York: Grove Press, 1954. First English Language Edition. First Printing. Octavo; black cloth boards, blind-stamped on front cover, titled in silver and gilt on spine; original pictorial dustwrapper; 61pp. Remarkably Fine, unread copy in pristine, unclipped dustwrapper, just barely nicked at front flap-fold, else bright and unworn with none of the usual toning to spine - easily Fine. & & The best copy we have seen of this landmark of modern literature, arguably the most influential dramatic work of the Twentieth century. First published in French in 1952; this is the First Edition of Beckett's own English translation, preceding the British edition by about two years. FEDERMAN 373.

      [Bookseller: Lorne Bair Rare Books]
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        CRITICA D'ARTE. Nuova rivista diretta da Carlo L. Ragghianti.

      Vallecchi/Neri Pozza 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: Libreria Antiquaria Malavasi]
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        Undici litografie del pittore italo valenti. con un testo di guido ballo. bellinzona, arti grafiche salvioni, 1954.

      Cm. 54, pp. (4) + 11 tavole fuori testo. Bross. orig. Tracce d'uso alla cop. ed un piccolo alone marginale limitato al frontespizio. le 11 tavole sono in ottimo stato di conservazione. Rara pubblicazione edita in soli 72 esemplari numerati, il presente porta il numero 21, ripetuto su tutte le tavole che sono anche firmate dall'artista.

      [Bookseller: Studio Bibliografico Benacense]
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        17 dikter.

      Stockholm; Bonniers, 1954. Originalupplaga. 19,5x12,5 cm. 50, (3, 1 blank) s. Häftad med tryckt omslag. Nedre omslagskanterna obetydligt veckade. Mycket fint exemplar av debutboken. Original printed wrappers. Minimal creasing to lower edges of the wrappers. A very fine copy of the author's debut. Karlström [I]:5401

      [Bookseller: Patrik Andersson Antikvariat]
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        Race Rock

      Harper & Brothers NY: Harper & Brothers. (1954). The author's first novel, published just after he returned from Paris, where he helped found the Paris Review. This is the issue in blue cloth and black boards; the priority has not been determined so far. Signed by the author. The front flyleaf bears a small ink price and a penciled editorial comment: "A book by Mary Wheelwright's brother - Not too good, but light and interesting if you know him!" A touch of fading to the cloth at the crown; else fine in a very good, spine-tanned dust jacket with light chipping to the extremities and corners and rubbing at the folds. . First Edition. Hardcover.

      [Bookseller: Ken Lopez Bookseller, ABAA ]
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        The Window Box, Freedman's extremely attractive lithograph done for Lyons in 1954 when he supervised the work of leading artists making prints to exhibit in Lyons Tea Shops. The little girls were the daughters of the artist Charles Mozley.

      This item comes from the material belonging to the Estate of Barnett Freedman, which is now offered for sale; the Estate consists of proofs of images of all kinds, Christmas cards, original book designs and proofs of dust wrappers, posters, original artwork and much more. Where appropriate, items will bear the studio stamp 'Barnett Freedman Estate', a blind-stamped legend in a circle.

      [Bookseller: Simon Lawrence ]
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        Les Lèvres nues. Directeur: Marcel Mariën.

      8°. env. 450 p., illustré 80 photos en noir et blanc. Couvertures originales. Sous chemise et jaquette. 12 Nos.en 10 vol. Collection complète de la première série de cette revue bèlge, subversive, anticléricale et staliniste proche du surréalisme et des situationistes. Textes et illustrations de Marcel Mariën, Paul Nougé, Louis Scutenaire, Gilbert Senecaut, André Souris, Gérard Van Bruaene, mais surtout avec 4 articles de Guy Ernest Debord dans les nos. 6 à 9.

      [Bookseller: Daniel Thierstein Buchantiquariat]
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        The Lord of the Flies.

      Faber and Faber. 1954. First edition. . Finely bound in full deep orange calf with raised bands and decorated with gilt rules on spine and endpapers and conch shell on front cover,. t.e.g. Housed in matching cloth covered slipcase. A fine copy in a unique designer binding.

      [Bookseller: Wakefield Young]
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      1954. 1. DE BRUNHOFF,LAURENT. LA FETE DE CELESTEVILLE. Paris: Hachette (1954). Folio (10 1/2 x 14 1/2"), cloth backed pictorial boards, Fine. 1st edition. Illustrated with wonderful and vivid color illus. on every page by the author. Scarce in this condition.

      [Bookseller: Aleph-Bet Books, Inc. ]
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        The Story of O, with an Essay by Jean Paulhan

      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.

      [Bookseller: Stephen Foster (also as Fosters' Booksho]
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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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        The Widows of Thornton

      NY: Harcourt Brace. (1954). The third book and second story collection by a writer considered a contemporary master of the form and one of the key figures in Southern literature in the 20th century. Taylor was born in Tennessee, where much of his fiction is set, and he is one of the writers who was strongly influenced by the Fugitive movement in Southern writing and counted several of the leading writers of that movement as his mentors. Taylor's biographer credited him with establishing the dysfunctional family as a major subject in American literature. Inscribed by Taylor in 1968. Trace wear to board edge; else fine in a rubbed, thus very good, dust jacket. . First Edition. Hardcover.

      [Bookseller: Ken Lopez Bookseller, ABAA]
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        THE ROSE TATTOO. Inscribed

      London: Secker & Warbug, 1954 Williams, Tennessee. THE ROSE TATTOO. London: Secker and Warburg, 1954. First UK Edition. Inscribed in Italian by Tennessee Williams on the title-page. "Per sempre, caro, Tennessee Williams". 8vo. 144 pp. The second issue with all first issue points including Tennessee Williams' introduction, The Timeless World Of A Play and the Author's Production Notes, however, without the frontispiece photograph of the setting for the Broadway play. An excellent copy in rose cloth, dedicatee's discreet bookplate in Italian to the front free endpaper, in a bright, fresh neatly price-clipped dustwrapper with some light overall use. Adapted into the Academy Award winning 1955 film with Anna Magnani and Burt Lancaster.. Signed by Author. First Edition..

      [Bookseller: TBCL The Book Collector's Library]
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        The Holkham Bible Picture Book. Introduction and commentary by W.O. Hassall

      London: The Dropmore Press, 1954 Second edition, printed on Arnold & Foster mould-made vellum paper, following the first edition on handmade paper published in only 100 copies. Half deep red morocco over vellum boards. Gilt spine with raised bands, fore- and bottom-edge untrimmed. Folio. 84 page reproduction of the manuscript in monochrome and color, with a 107-page commentary on the plates and a glossary of obsolete French words. Some light wear to vellum. A very good, clean copy. This is a complete reproduction in facsimile of the fourteenth century manuscript, with its important corpus of illustrations of English medieval life, formerly owned by the Earl of Leicester and now in the British Library. The illustrations give a good picture of the costumes, tools, weapons and buildings used in the time of Chaucer. The Biblical narrative focuses on the Creation to the Flood, the Life of Christ, and the Apocalypse.

      [Bookseller: Michael R. Thompson, Booksellers, ABAA/I]
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        Born of Man and Woman ---a Signed Copy (includes: The Art of Richard Matheson By Robert Bloch, Signed )( Third from the Sun; Dress of White Silk; Witch War; Through Channels; Lover When You're Near Me; etc)

      Philadelphia: Chamberlain Press, 1954, 1st Edition, 1st Printing ------------hardcover, a a Very Good+ copy, a nice copy but there is some age toning to the endpapers, in an attractive Good dustjacket with some dampstain and loss along upper edge of rear panel, small bits of paper along upper edge of front panel of jacket, the book overall is very nice, signed by Matheson without inscription, as well this has been signed by Robert Bloch at the end of his introductory essay ( Mr Bloch jokingly balked at signing "Dick's" book but of course he was much too nice a man to truly refuse), this contains: Born of Man and Woman; Third from the Sun; Through Channels; Lover When You're near Me; SRL AD; Mad House; F__; Dear Diary; To Fit the Crime; Witch War; Return; Dress of White Silk; Full Circle; Disappearing Act; The Wedding; Shipshape Home; The Traveller, jacket is now in a hi-quality mylar protector, any image directly beside this listing is the actual book and not a generic photo . Signed. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good+/Good. Illus. by Mel Hunter Cover Art.

      [Bookseller: Leonard Shoup]
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      In-8 gr., 3 voll., tela edit., sovrac. L?opera, con una importante documentaz. iconografica, e? cosi? composta: 1°) "Ordre et climat méditerranéens", pp. (8),683, con 690 ill. in b.n. e 3 a colori nel t. (seconda edizione riveduta ed aumentata) - 2°) "Ordre et climat nordiques", pp. (8),773,(5), con 737 ill. in b.n. nel t. (Paesi europei nordici e URSS) - 3°) "Ordre et climat américains", pp. (8),729,(3), con 800 ill. in b.n. nel t. Esempl. molto ben conservato.

      [Bookseller: Libreria Antiquaria Malavasi]
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      New York: House of Books 1954. 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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        SPORTS ILLUSTRATED. Volumes 1, & 2., 1954 [&3] With Topps Cards

      Chicago: Time Inc., 1954 THE SCARCE FIRST THREE ISSUES Of Sports Illustrated. 4to. Illustrated wrappers. The FIRST ISSUE, Volume 1, Number 1. August 16, 1954. Complete, with 6 pp. TOPPS baseball card fold-out ( Mays, Moon, Law, Snider, Turley, Robinson, Ted Williams, et al ). A Fine copy [neat crease on back cover]. The "SECOND WEEKLY ISSUE", Volume 1, Number 2. August 23, 1954. Complete, with The New York Yankees 6 pp. baseball card fold-out ( Mantle, Berra, Ford, Bauer etc.]. A Fine Copy [tiny tear spine base] TBCL World Series Bonus - sold with the "THIRD WEEKLY ISSUE" Volume 1, Number 3. August 30, 1954. Complete without cards as issued. A Fine copy [small, clear, innocuous dampstain at bottom of back cover]. Copies of the Scarce First Issue turn up in shoddy shape every once in a while. Nice copies with the cards intact, when available, will continue to grow in price right out of the ball park. But the Yankees second issue, is the real Bubble Gum here. Excellent.. 1st Edition.

      [Bookseller: TBCL The Book Collector's Library]
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        Outstanding check signed by Frank Lloyd Wright

      Attractive check (8" x 3.5") on The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation account at Taliesin West signed "Frank Lloyd Wright" in black ink, payable to Seaman Motors in the amount of $55.80, dated February 24, 1954. Ideal for display. Fine.

      [Bookseller: University Archives ]
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        Laurel wreath from Bohr's promotion to doctor honoris causa, Lund Cathedral 1954.

      Original laurel wreath, plaited of natural laurel leaves along a thin wire. Lund (Southern Sweden), May 31st 1954. Wellpreserved with all leaves intact. Housed in an elegant wooden box covered with black morocco with presentation text "Til (for) Niels Bohr 7. oktober 1955" in golden capital letters on lid. 1 cm scratch at lower front edge; otherwise a most well-preserved object.. From the private possession of Niels Bohr; later owned by Aage Bohr.** Niels Bohr held about 30 honorary doctorates around the world. On May 31st 1954, Niels Bohr was created honorary doctor at the University of Lund (close to Copenhagen) at a solemn ceremony in the Cathedral of Lund where he was crowned with a laurel wreath by the Swedish professor of astrophysics Bengt Edlen. The wreath has been meticulously kept and placed in the box for preservation

      [Bookseller: Vangsgaards Antikvariat]
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        IL CONTEMPORANEO, 1954-1958 settimanale di cultura (tutto il pubblicato), Roma, U.E.S.I.SA., 1954

      formato giornale. Rivista politico-letteraria quindicinale di ispirazione marxista, diretta da Romano Bilenchi, Salinari e Trombadori. Dopo un periodo iniziale unicamente politico, il panorama di interessi venne orientato anche ai fatti culturali e letterari. Successivamente al 1958, cambiò formato e divenne mensile. ANNO PRIMO - 1954 - dal n.. 1 del 27.03.1954 al 39 del 25.12.1954 ANNO II - 1955 - dal n. 1 del 01.01.1955 al 52 del 31.12.1955 ANNO III . 1956 - dal n. 1 del 07.01.1956 al 52 del 29.12.1956 ANNO IV - 1957 - dal n. 1 del 05.01.1957 al 17 del 27.04.1957 ANNO IV - 1957 - dal n. 1 del 18.05.1957 al 32 del 28.12.1957 ANNO V - 1958 - dal n. 1 del 01.01.1958 al 7 del 15.02.. 1958 questi ultimi due sono rilegati in unico volume e sono cambiate le dimensioni (da 34 x 48 a 42 x 58) Questa collezione di TUTTO IL PUBBLICATO , ben rilegata in CINQUE VOLUMI, viene offerta a

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        U.S. DIPLOMAT PERSONAL SCRAPBOOK with Photographs & Memorabilia. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

      Rio de Janeiro:. [1954 - 1956].. 9-3/4" x 14". Unpaginated, [23] leaves, tissue guards, some pages blank.. Green canvas-covered boards with green leather stitching at edges. "Rio" hand inked, albeit somewhat smally, to front cover.. Album - Very Good. Photographs VG or better; memorabilia mostly Good. or better.. Nancy Trimble, wife to William Cattell Trimble, U.S. State Department Minister to Brazil [1954 - 1956], compiled this scrapbook as a souvenir & record of their life in Rio. It begins with six pages of photographs of shipboard receptions and recreational events on the way to Rio with her handwritten captions. The album contains many group photographs of officials dining or meeting formally with U.S. Minister-Counselor Trimble, including President CafŽ Filho, General Juarez Tavora, & General William A. Biederlinden. Other material includes 3 pages (including three large photographs) of James C. Dunn arriving in 1955 to head the U.S. embassy in Brazil, a large photograph of the Trimbles with celebrity Marta Rocha, Christmas cards, photographs of children, snapshots of flooding in the city streets, newspaper clippings, an interesting 1954 communist handbill, etc. Twelve loose photographs are laid in at back of album, mostly family pictures, but including a small snapshot [2" x 2-1/2"] of Richard & Pat Nixon arriving in Rio in 1956. An interesting visual compilation & documentation of the divers individuals with whom the Trimbles interacted during their ~2 years in Brazil. . 80 images, with photographs either pasted in or fixed with corner mounts. All b/w, except one at rear of the Trimble's daughter's graduation. Most photographs captioned, with a preponderance of individuals identified.

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        Concept Art for the Continental (?)

      1954. Mixed media on brown composition board with gum arabic. Signed and dated "Hammond 6 - 8- 54". 9 1/2 x 24 3/4 inches. Framed. 21 x 30 7/8 inches. A beautiful concept for a large, two door luxury car The name and logo on the car are so vague that it is not clear whether this beautifully drawn concept is for the Lincoln Continental or not, but it certainly could be. A long, slightly downward sloping line runs from the headlight to the backlight, similar to the Ford Fairlane, but this a larger, more aggressive car with a long hood that comes to a point over a pointed front bumper. The roof is a small missile-like figure. The chrome back fenders and hubcaps add to the richness, as does the two-tone, cappuccino and brown coloring.

      [Bookseller: Donald Heald Rare Books ]
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        Autograph Letter Signed to Composer Daniel Jones about Erich Fried translating Dylan Thomas

      London: Edith Sitwell, 1954 Sitwell, Edith [Dylan Thomas], [Daniel Jones]. Autograph Letter Signed to Composer Daniel Jones about Erich Fried translating Dylan Thomas. London: 22 March 1954. 8vo., 4pp. A very chatty letter. "I have of course been meaning to write to you to tell you how much I liked your songs....I believe that Erich Fried a friend of mine, has written to you about his translation of Under Milk Wood... Dearest Dan, do please see that Erich gets the rights as it is really a service to Dylan too... I spoke to Dylan about his translations of his poems which were quite uncannily good. In fact the only ones that were. He has a really great gift and above all an unusual talent for words, in fact he is the only person writing in German who comes near to Dylan's way of using words... Please ring when you are in town. You can always stay with us you know. / All my best love to you & / Irene. / Yours Edith". An excellent letter in fine condition. Thomas' closest & oldest friend was Dr. Daniel Jones. Dan Jones edited Dylan Thomas's POEMS in addition to writing the preface & all of the original music for 'Under Milk Wood' & publishing: "My Friend Dylan Thomas". $1775. Signed by Author. Original Autographed Letters & Documents.

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        Sweet Thursday - 1st Edition/1st Printing

      New York: The Viking Press. Fine in Fine dust jacket. 1954. First Edition; First Printing. Cloth. A handsome First Edition in stunning Fine condition in an equally dust-jacket. With Phillipe Halsman's photo of Steinbeck on the back panel, without the addition of reviewer's comments. Goldstone/Payne A33b; Steinbeck's colorful sequel to "Cannery Row". In Sweet Thursday (naturally the day after Lousy Wednesday) he masterfully chronicles the rise of an unlikely hero as a frightening crisis threatens the Western Biological Supply .

      [Bookseller: Books Tell You Why]
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        A unique presidential free frank of Dwight D. Eisenhower

      The envelope is postmarked "Palm Springs Calif. Feb. 18 1954 6:30 PM" and is signed "Dwight D. Eisenhower" in blue ink in the upper left corner. The "free" is in pencil. The envelope is addressed to John H. Thompson of Torrington, California.

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        New Naturalist Monograph No. 10 Mumps, Measles & Mosaics

      London: Collins, 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.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Fine/Near Fine. 8vo.

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        The Conquest of Everest

      New York: E. P. Dutton & Co. , Inc.. Fine in Very Good+ dust jacket. 1954. 1st US Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. A very attractive First American Edition/First Printing in Fine condition in Very Good+ dustjacket with minimal chipping and few minor tape reinforcements inside dustjacket. SIGNED by author Edmund Hillary directly on the title page; The complete, authoritative and deeply moving story of the momentous conquest of Mount Everest by Sir John Hunt's British Expedition, including Sir Edmund Hillary who gives his own personal account of the final assault on the summit. In his Foreword, H. R. H. The Duke of Edinburgh writes: "In the human terms of physical effort and endurance alone, it will live in history as a shining example to all mankind." Contains B&W and color photographs as well as maps, sketches and drawings plus an appendix, glossary and index; Signed by Author .

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        "El doctor Francisco Laprista..."

      (n.p.): (n.p.). 1954. A poem by Borges -- "Poema Conjetural," originally published in his 1943 collection Poemas -- a fragment of which is in manuscript, illustrated by Argentine artist Raul Russo. Signed by Borges and Russo. Borges was famous by the early 1950s, and considered among the most important Argentine writers -- if not the most important -- but his literary success did not translate into economic well-being. He once commented ruefully that, if a printer printed 300 copies of one of his books (the size of the editions of several of his early titles), most of them would be given away and read only by friends and family: they would not translate into sales. In the late 1940s he had a boring job at a small branch library in Buenos Aires, where he would surreptitiously spend most of the day reading, and in the early Fifties his economic situation was dire. He conceived the plan to capitalize on his fame, and that of his friends and fellow artists, by creating small manuscripts which could be sold for some extra money. Borges had been in the forefront of the Argentine avant garde since the early 1920s, and by the Fifties he counted most of the important artists and writers in Buenos Aires as his friends. Russo was an artist best-known for his watercolors, and this poem is illustrated with two paintings by him. A member of the faculty in architecture at the University of Buenos Aires and a professor of Art in the School of Fine Arts, Russo had won first prize in the competition among the Society of Watercolorists and Engravers on the theme of "The City of Buenos Aires" in 1948. He went on to garner numerous other awards over the course of his career and to be elected to the National Academy of Fine Arts. This copy bears another illustration by Russo on the verso, where it is again signed by Borges and Russo, and where it is also signed by Santiago Cogorno, Ricardo Molinari (an important Argentine poet), and ten others. An elaborate production, hand-produced as one of ten original productions on the night of November 17, 1954 by this grouping of literary and artistic notables, and indicative of Borges' need to create something that would be attractive and saleable for some extra money. 6-1/4" x 9-3/8". Fine. . First Edition.

      [Bookseller: Ken Lopez Bookseller, ABAA]
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        The Lord of the Rings, First UK Edition, First Impression, with Dustjackets and Clamshell Case

      London: Allen & Unwin, 1954. First Edition. Original Cloth. J.R.R. Tolkien. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien. Published by George Allen & Unwin, 1954/54/55 1st UK Edition, 1st impressions. The Fellowship of the Ring is a 1st impression published July 29th, 1954. One of 1500 printed for the UK. The Two Towers is a 1st impression published November 11th, 1954. One of 2250 printed for the UK. The Return of the King is a 1st impression published October 20th, 1955. This copy is the 1st State, as per Hammon & Anderson, with the signature mark '4' and having the slipped type on page 49. Correspondence with Wayne Hammond has indicated he has revised his original definition of the 1st state, from what was described in the Tolkien Bibliography, making this the later state. All three books are in their correct 1st impression dustjackets, in positively Near Fine condition. Only the lightest of soiling, no chips or loss, and positively no fading. None are price clipped, and show only the lightest of rubbing. No foxing or offsetting on the endpapers, almost unheard of. The boards are clean and bright, without any tarnishing of the gilt, only the lightest of bumps to a few corners. The text block is clean, bright and tight, without any internal foxing or markings. No previous owner's names or writing. Original 1st State Maps in Near Fine condition, no extra folds, no tears, in all three books. A beautiful, collectable set of first editions of this classic of fantasy literature. The Fellowship of the Ring is a 1st UK Edition, 1st impression with the book in Near Fine condition, with no writing and no foxing or offsetting on the free endpapers. There is the faint shadow of an address label removal, to the front free endpaper, virtually invisible. The gilt is untarnished on the spine, faintest of wear to the outer edges of the ring. The boards are very clean and bright, with the slightest shelf wear on the edges, no bumped corners. The dustjacket is unclipped and shows beautifully. Positively no tanning of the spine and only light soiling, with some minor rubbing of the folds. A beautiful, correct 1st Impression 1st State dustjacket, lacking the blurbs on the rear flap. Uncommonly with no fading to the red lettering on the spine. The Two Tower's - 1st UK Edition, 1st impression, has the date (1954) on the title page, which would indicate a true 1st imp. Book is in Near Fine condition. No names or writing or offsetting in the book. The boards are very clean and bright, no bumped corners. Shows very little shelf wear on the bottom edges, and no noticeable wear to the spine tips. Gilt is very bright and untarnished, looks new. The dustjacket is not clipped, and has no tanning on the spine, otherwise is only lightly soiled, again with no fading to the red lettering on the spine. Only the most minor rubbing, with no chips or wear to the edges. A lovely copy, in its correct 1st impression dustjacket. The Return of the King - 1st UK Edition, 1st impression, 1st state with the infamous slipped type and signature mark '4' on page 49, as per Hammond and Anderson. Hammonds revised opinion now considers this the later state. No writing or previous owners name. Shows no foxing or offsetting to the free endpapers. The boards are very clean and bright, with a couple of bumped corners, but virtually no shelf wear is evident. Gilt is still bright and untarnished. The dustjacket is not clipped, and shows absolutely no tanning or fading to the spine, only the lightest of soiling from handling. A lovely example of the 1st impression book and correct 1st dustjacket. Near Fine / Near Fine.

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

      [Bookseller: Revere Books, ABAA & IOBA ]
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