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        ENCYCLOPEDIE DE L'ARCHITECTURE NOUVELLE.

      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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        RELIGIOUS DRAMA: MEDIAEVAL AND MODERN

      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.

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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

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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.

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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 .

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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.

      [Bookseller: University Archives ]
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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.

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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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        THE CONFIDENTIAL CLERK

      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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        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.

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        The Lord of the Rings, 1st UK Edition, 1st Impression Set in Custom Fine Bindings

      London: Allen & Unwin, 1954. First Edition. Full-Leather. J.R.R. Tolkien. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. The Lord of the Rings, Comprised of The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King, by J.R.R. Tolkien. Published by George Allen and Unwin, 1954/54/55 1st UK Edition, all 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 what was originally defined as the 1st State with the signature mark 4 as well as the slipped type on page 49. From correspondence with Wayne Hammond who has revised his original definition of the 1st state, from what was described in the Tolkien Descriptive Bibliography, making this the later or 2nd state. All original maps are present and in Near Fine condition, no tears or extra folds. An extraordinary set of first editions of this classic of fantasy literature. The set is fully rebound in Black Morocco Leather with Red Leather inserts with the Title and Author gilt stamped. The individual books feature the Title and Author in Tengwar Script on the front boards, with the JRRT Monogram to the rear boards, single gilt rule to the inside and outside edges. The set is further characterized by custom hand Marbled endpapers, by Joan Ajala of Australia, silk ribbon markers bound in, all edges trimmed and gilded, and is housed in a custom clamshell case designed to mirror the image of the books as well as to protect and show these beautiful books. These are distinguished by compartments, with raised bands, gilt tooling, and gilt ruled edges. Title, Author, Publisher and Date, as well as a 'Ring and Eye' device from the original UK dustjackets are featured in the compartments, and a larger version of the 'Ring & Eye' on the front boards of the case. The case is made to mirror the spines of the books, with the front boards featuring the title 'The Lord of the Rings' and the full author's name 'John Ronald Reuel Tolkien" in Tengwar Script. as well as a 'Ring and Eye' device from Tolkiens original UK dustjacket design. The rear of the case features a gilt stamped design of the 'Ring Poem' also in Tengwar Script. A beautiful design, executed by one of America's premier binders. All are very clean and bright with no foxing to any pages, and with no writing or signatures. Fantastic looking set, with a classic design. No expense spared in creating this finely bound, and highly collectable set of classics. A beautiful set, which incorporates all the artwork as designed by Tolkien himself. A Tolkien Collector's dream set. Digital photo'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. Near Fine / No Jacket.

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        The Horse and his Boy. [Narnia]

      London: Geoffrey Bles Ltd. VG : in Very good condition with lightly rubbed clipped dust jacket. Spine of wrapper and cover faded. Not inscribed. 1954. First Edition. Grey hardback cloth cover. 199pp :: 200mm x 150mm (8" x 6") .

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        The Lord of the Rings, 1st UK Edition 1st Impression Set with Clamshell Case

      London: Allen & Unwin, 1954. 1st 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. 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. Maps are bound in to the rear in Near Fine condition, no tears or extra folds, The Fellowship map is the 1st State map with a red dot off the coast of Umbar. All three books are in their correct 1st impression dustjackets, in positively Near Fine condition. No soiling, no chips or loss, and positively no fading. Small area of dustjacket restoration to the tips of the spine on the Fellowship. None are price clipped, and show only the lightest of rubbing. Tiny bit of foxing to the edges of the Two Towers, and a bit of offsetting to the endpapers to all three books. The boards are clean and bright, one small spot to the rear board, a small bit of scuffing and marks to the bottom of the Fellowship spine. The text block is clean, bright and tight, without any internal foxing or markings. No previous owner's names or writing. The gilt to the spine is bright and untarnished on the first two books, with a bit of darkening to the Return. A bumped corner to the Return of the King. A beautiful set of First Editions of this classic of fantasy literature, with a custom quarter bound red leather clamshell case to protect and house these 'precious' books. Any questions, please feel free to ask. Digital photo'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. Near Fine / Near Fine.

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        The Lord of the Rings, 1st UK Edition, 1st Impressions with Original Dustjackets, and a Full Leather Custom Clamshell Case

      London: Allen & Unwin, 1954. 1st Edition. Original Cloth. J.R.R. Tolkien. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. George Allen & Unwin, published in 1954, 1954, and 1955, the 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 original maps are present and in Near Fine condition, no tears or extra folds. All three books are in the correct original dustjackets, with the Return of the King being the 1st State, lacking the blurbs to the rear flap. The Fellowship has a previous owners name to the front endpaper. No other markings or writing noted an the other books. The front and rear endpapers show a light amount of offsetting and some foxing to the edges and endpapers of the Two Towers, but none to the interior of any of the books. The dustjackets are not price clipped, and they have minor rubbing and splits or loss to a few area's, mostly around the flap folds and spine fold areas. The text blocks are all clean, bright and tight, without any internal foxing or markings. 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 date 1954 to the title page, and no other printings listed, indicating a true 1st Edition 1st Impression. The book is in Very Good Plus condition, no spine lean or other faults noted. Small previous owner's name to the front endpaper. The gilt is bright and untarnished on the spine. The boards are very clean and bright, with virtually no shelf wear on the bottom edge, A couple of lightly bumped corners the only faults. The dustjacket is unclipped and shows beautifully, with very little tanning, or light fading to the red lettering of the spine and only moderate soiling. A beautiful, correct 1st impression dustjacket. The Two Tower's - 1st UK Edition, 1st impression, has the date 1954 to the title page, and no other printings listed, which would indicate a true 1st imp. Book is in Very Good Plus condition. no name or other writing. with some very light offsetting on the endpapers. Shows a slight bit of foxing to the last page, opposite the map, which shows thru to the rear endpaper. The boards are very clean and bright, without any bumps to the corners, very little shelf wear on the bottom edges, and only minor wear to the spine tips. Gilt is still clean and bright. The dustjacket is not clipped, and has light fading of the red lettering on the spine, and again is only lightly soiled. Some small chips, closed tears or wear to the edges, mainly at the spine tips, and only the smallest loss to the fold area's. The original map is present, without any tears or extra folds, also has the 1st state point with the red dot off coast of Umbar. A lovely copy, in its correct and original 1st impression dustjacket. The Return of the King - 1st UK Edition, 1st impression, the later state with the slipped type and signature mark '4' on page 49, as per Wayne Hammond's revised opinion. No previous owners name or any other markings, a very light bit of foxing/offsetting on the endpapers. The boards are very clean and bright, one lightly bumped corner, and no shelf wear is evident. Gilt is again clean and bright. Very Good Plus / Very Good Plus.

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        [UNDER MILK WOOD] JOHNNIE CRACK AND FLOSSIE SNAIL

      [London]: n.p. n.d., [1954]., 1954 [Jones, Daniel Jenkyn, OBE]. Dylan Thomas. [Under Milk Wood] / JOHNNIE CRACK AND FLOSSIE SNAIL. [Words by Dylan Thomas, Music by Daniel Jones]. Quarto, [4to.], n.p. n.d., [1954] 4 pages. On standard music paper. The original hand-written, working music manuscript from Dylan Thomas' 'Under Milk Wood', A Play for Voices. Preface and musical settings by Daniel Jones [1912-1993], the most celebrated Welsh composer. [published by Dent, 1954 in book form]. Daniel Jones, Dylan's oldest friend, wrote the preface and all of the original music for 'Under Milk Wood'. The piece [No 6] is in excellent near fine condition, and is written entirely in Daniel Jones' hand. Originally a radio play, later a stage play, Under Milk Wood was adapted into film with Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor. Dan Jones edited Dylan Thomas's POEMS and published: " My Friend Dylan Thomas".. Signed by Author. First Edition Manuscript.

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        The Fellowship of the Ring, 1st UK Edition 1st Impression 1954, with Original Dustjacket

      London: Allen & Unwin, 1954. 1st Edition. Hard Cover. J.R.R. Tolkien. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. The Fellowship of the Ring, by J.R.R. Tolkien. Published by George Allen and Unwin, this is the 1st impression published July 29th, 1954. One of only 1500 printed for the UK This copy is in Very Good condition with some minor rubbing and marks to the boards. The top stain is faded and slightly dusty. The book has a slight spine lean, a couple of lightly bumped corners, but the gilt is still bright and untarnished. The top and bottom of the spine is pushed with a bit of rubbing, but not frayed. A light bit of shelfwear to the bottom of the boards, but no fraying. A previous owners gift inscription dated Christmas 1954 to the front free endpaper. A couple of tape marks/ghosts to the front and rear free endpapers. No foxing or offsetting noted, with a minor split to the endpaper at the bottom of the front gutter. The binding is still nice and tight overall. The map is present at the rear, and shows the 1st state point with the red dot off the coast of Umbar. The tips of the boards are rubbed, but also not frayed. The dustjacket is price clipped, but is in remarkable condition. It has had some professional restoration, to remove the tape marks from the inner flaps of the dustjacket. The tape marks are the result of an early dustjacket protector that was taped down, but did its job and preserved the dustjacket very nicely. There are no chips or loss to the edges, and the red lettering is not faded. The spine is not tanned, and the front and rear panel show only the lightest of soiling. A remarkable copy of this very scarce book and dustjacket, that is seldom offered by itself. The foundation for building a true 1st impression set of the Tolkien Trilogy. Digital photo'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 / Very Good Plus.

      [Bookseller: The Tolkien Bookshelf]
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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. 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. 1954. 2nd impression. Red hardback cloth cover. 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 Ltd]
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        The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, The Return of the King

      London: George Allen and Unwin, 1954-55.. First editions, first printings of each title comprising the trilogy of The Lord of the Rings. Octavo, 3 volumes. Original cloth. The Fellowship of the Ring is has some light offsetting to the front endpaper, else near fine in a bright near fine dust jacket. The Two Towers has some offsetting to the endpapers, else a bright near fine copy in a near fine dust jacket. The Return of the King is some offsetting to the endpapers, else near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Housed in a custom quarter morocco clamshell box.

      [Bookseller: Raptis Rare Books, ABAA/ ILAB]
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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. 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. 1954. 2nd impression. Red hardback cloth cover. 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' .

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        The Fellowship of the Ring: Being the First Part of the Lord of the Rings

      Boston: Houghton Mifflin. c. 1954. First American edition. Hardcover. Near Fine. c. 1954, First American edition, but a later state. Points: no price on dust jacket flap, no date on title page, "Printed in Great Britain" only text on copyright page. Hardcover, blue cloth, 423 pp. Near Fine copy, with original map in rear, in a Very Good dust jacket. Previous owner's small bookplate on the front pastedown; small ink note on the fly leaf. Clean and unmarked text. Map is Fine and securely attached. The Walter Lorraine dust jacket shows light edgewear; spine sunned a touch; rubbing along front fold; light fading/soil to the rear panel. The DJ is now housed in a mylar wrap; the front panel is bold, clean and unmarked. Digital images available upon request.

      [Bookseller: Caliban Books ABAA-ILAB]
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        The Second World War (Six volumes, inscribed by Churchill to his valet)

      London: Cassell, 1954. First editions. Six volumes. INSCRIBED by Churchill in Volume II to his valet: "To Frederick Raven from Winston S. Churchill 1949." Foxing to the fore-edges and endpapers of the first two volumes, else Fine in uniform Near Fine, very lightly spine-toned dust jackets. A desirable set, and while sets can be found with a volume inscribed by Churchill, it is most uncommon to find any sort of association.

      [Bookseller: Royal Books, Inc.]
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        Gwilym Marles [With Related Dylan Thomas Material]

      Conwy: AB Owen, . (no date). First. First edition. 24mo. 4.75" x 5.75". Written in Welsh. Rubbed boards, front hinge split with contemporary owner's name and notes throughout, else near fine. Marles is the bardic name for William Thomas, who was Dylan Thomas's great uncle and the source of his middle name. The uncle was also Thomas's inspiration for the character Rev. Eli Jenkins in the 1954 radio play "Under Milk Wood," later made into the 1972 film. Accompanying the book are two letters from a Welsh book collector to a New York book collector. The first three-page letter mentions seeing Dylan Thomas at a reading and having his mother over for dinner. It also references three enclosed Christmas cards: one sent by the current residence of Thomas's childhood home, and two featuring artwork from noted Welsh artist Ceri Richards, who was often inspired by Thomas's writings. The second one-page letter references Gwilym Marles, which was purchased for the New York collector. .

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        Histoire d'O

      Pauvert J J - Paris 1954. First Edition. Softcover. Fine/No Jacket. Paris 1954. 1st edition. one of a "verge" limitation of 480 of a total run of 600. As new in mint glassine wrappers, in a fine yellow chemise, in a matching yellow slip-case slightly soiled else fine. A beautiful, collector's copy.

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        The Story of O

      Olympia Press. PAPERBACK. buff wraps 187 pp purple dust wrapper spine faded with small tear to dj at spine bottom upper right corner bumped. . Good. 1954.

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        Waiting For Godot: A Tragicomedy In Two Acts

      New York: Grove Press, 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.

      [Bookseller: Raptis Rare Books, ABAA/ ILAB]
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        Sam. (Browny-orange cat with green eyes.)

      New York: the Artist,, 1954. Offset lithograph on wove paper hand coloured by Warhol and friends with Dr. Martin's aniline watercolor dye. Fine condition. Sheet size: 225 × 150 mm Edition of 190. Plate 15 from the book 25 Cats Name Sam and One Blue Pussy. Printed by Seymour Berlin. Andy's mother Julia Warhola did the calligraphy.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        Vios kai politeia tou Alexi Zormpa [ Zorba the Greek ]

      Athenai [Athens]: Archaios Ekdotikos Oikos ; Demitriou Demetrakou, 1954. Presumed First Greek and Greek language edition. Paperback. Near Fine(-) with gentle shelfwear in Very Good(-) shelf-worn DJ with a few small, mostly closed tears to DJ spine foot, head and upper edges.& Small spot and very small chip to front free endpaper; a few extermely light pen marks to copyright page.. Large octavo in pale green printed DJ and identical paper wrappers; 395 p., including a prologue by the author. RARE. The presumed first Greek language edition of Nikos Kazantzakis' best known work, Zorba the Greek. No copies located in OCLC WorldCat. Copyright page states: "Printed in Greece - 1954." Text in Modern Greek. || To the best of our knowledge, Zorba the Greek was first published in Paris, in French, in 1947.

      [Bookseller: Calvello Books]
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        The Hobbit, or There and Back Again, 1954 6th Impression in Dustjacket

      Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1954. 2nd Edition. Original Cloth. J.R.R. Tolkien. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. A fantastic copy of a very early printing of The Hobbit. The 1954, 6th overall printing, or the 2nd printing of the 2nd Edition (1951). A Near Fine copy in a Near Fine original dustjacket, designed by Tolkien, featuring his Mountains & Dragon design, as found on the original UK Editions. Stated 6th impression on front flap, not price clipped, noted as printed in Great Britain. This copy has been collated with the authoritative article by Steven M. Frisby, Identifying First and Second Edition Printings of the Houghton Mifflin Hobbit, published in The Tolkien Collector, no. 30 (October 2009), and matches the description for a 6th impression. 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 light blue/green colored original cloth from the publisher. Shows almost no shelf wear, slight rubbing to the dustjacket at the flap folds, lightest soiling to the white areas, no 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 nor any other writing noted. The dustjacket shows the smallest amount of rubbing to the top and bottom of the spine, and the folds at the flaps have the smallest of chips, none larger that 1 or 2 mm. The jacket shows a light amount of soiling in the white sections, and the spine is slightly tanned. Overall a beautiful copy, scarce in original dustjacket in this condition. Digital photo'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. Near Fine / Near Fine.

      [Bookseller: The Tolkien Bookshelf]
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        The Hobbit or There and Back Again

      London: George Allen & Unwin, 1954. Green cloth boards with black lettering and decoration. 315 pages. Illustrated by the author. Colour frontispiece. of "The Hill: hobbiton-across-the-water". Very slight fading to cloth at head of spine strip and tanning to page edges of 78 and 79 - all other page clean. Small Foyles sticker to front endpaper. No other faults. Unclipped dustwrapper (9s 6d net) shows signs of light edgwear with a few minor small closed tears to edges but no chipping or losses and no fading. A very good copy. Sixth Impression (Second Edition). Hard Cover. Very Good/Very Good. 8vo.

      [Bookseller: YesterYear Books]
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        The Hobbit, or There and Back Again, 1954 6th Impression in Dustjacket

      Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1954. 2nd Edition. Original Cloth. J.R.R. Tolkien. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. A fantastic copy of a very early printing of The Hobbit. The 1954, 6th overall printing, or the 2nd printing of the 2nd Edition (1951). A Near Fine copy in a Near Fine original dustjacket, designed by Tolkien, featuring his Mountains & Dragon design, as found on the original UK Editions. Stated 6th impression on front flap, not price clipped, noted as printed in Great Britain. This copy has been collated with the authoritative article by Steven M. Frisby, Identifying First and Second Edition Printings of the Houghton Mifflin Hobbit, published in The Tolkien Collector, no. 30 (October 2009), and matches the description for a 6th impression. 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 light blue/green colored original cloth from the publisher. Shows almost no shelf wear, slight rubbing to the dustjacket at the flap folds, lightest soiling to the white areas, no 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 nor any other writing noted. The dustjacket shows the smallest amount of rubbing to the top and bottom of the spine, and the folds at the flaps have the smallest of chips, none larger that 1 or 2 mm. The jacket shows a light amount of soiling in the white sections, and the spine is slightly tanned. Overall a beautiful copy, scarce in original dustjacket in this condition. Digital photo'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. Near Fine / Near Fine.

      [Bookseller: The Tolkien Bookshelf]
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        The Vikings [Only Existing Copy; Typewritten Manuscript; JOHN STEINBECK'S PERSONAL COPY; Unpublished] [Author of: The Grapes of Wrath; Of Mice and Men; East of Eden; In Dubious Battle; Cup of Gold; Pastures of Heaven; Travels with Charley; Tortilla Flat; The Long Valley; In Dubious Battle; Cannery Row; The Winter of Our Discontent; The Red Pony; Sea of Cortez; The Moon is Down; The Pearl; and others]

      New York: John Steinbeck, 1954. First edition. Stapled sheets.. Near Fine. A RARE, UNPUBLISHED STEINBECK MANUSCRIPT; the ONLY KNOWN COPY. John Steinbeck's personal copy of "The Vikings", being the typewritten carbon Manuscript of Steinbeck's draft filmscript. The Manuscript came directly from John Steinbeck's Upper East Side apartment in New York having, remained there in Steinbeck's personal files for decades. (Steinbeck died in 1968 and we purchased the Manuscript earlier this year -2010.) Housed in John Steinbeck's manila file and Forty-nine (49) pages long, the Manuscript is in excellent condition, with a small staple at the upper left corner, some wrinkling around the staple, and some vertical creases near the center of the early and last pages. Steinbeck has written "Envelope" in pencil at the upper right corner of the first page and the Manuscript itself bears a few black ink corrections in Steinbeck's hand. Steinbeck based the filmscript on Henrik Ibsen's play "The Vikings of Helgeland" and had Ingrid Bergman in mind to play the female lead in his movie adaptation. He wrote to Bergman to see if she would be interested in taking the role and, in response, Bergman stated: "Thou art minded I play a woman as mighty as Hjordas? Set thy hand to work....." (Norway's Henrik Ibsen was one of the great playwrights and theater directors of his age, considered by many to be the father of modern drama. Written in 1857, "The Vikings of Helgeland" was Ibsen's seventh Play.) Steinbeck's film adaptation was never produced and is rarely mentioned in discussions on Steinbeck. (He began the work in 1954 but ultimately abandoned it. We presume the work would have been longer had he finished the project.) WE HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO LOCATE ANY OTHER COPY OF THIS FILMSCRIPT IN EXISTENCE ANYWHERE, IN ANY FORM and so, as best we can determine, THIS IS THE ONLY COPY IN EXISTENCE. John Steinbeck won the 1962 Nobel Prize for Literature. A unique and collection-distinguishing item for the Steinbeck collector, as well as for any collector of modern literature. EXCEEDINGLY RARE.

      [Bookseller: Allington Antiquarian Books, LLC]
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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. London.,1954/55. FIRST EDITIONS. Three Volumes. 8vo. All first Impressions, Return of the King is the rare genuine 1st state with no signature mark '4' and straight text on Page 49.--Tolkien's Biblographer, Wayne Hammond, now agrees that this constitutes the earliest state. It is thought that the printers noticed that the signature '4' was missing from the page soon after printing had begun. They stopped the presses and, while inserting it, knocked the text block, resulting in the sloping lettering along the bottom four lines. Near fine, tight, clean copies, with only minimal foxing to the fore-edge and endpapers of The Fellowship of The Ring. Top edges af all three books are still a nice, deep red. Boads clean and fresh, the gilt to the spines still bright. Fold out map of Middle earth at the end of each volume. The three volumes are in very good, 1st state, dustwrappers. Fellowship and Two Towers are price clipped but the prices are not an issue point on these wrappers. Light stain to the back panel of Two Towers wrapper but not too serious. The spine of The Fellowship is bright and very clean, the other two volumes have minor darkening to the spines but the red and black lettering is still strong and bright. Overall these are near fine books in very good original dustwrappers and make a handsome set.:

      [Bookseller: Paul Foster Books]
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