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        Enciclopedia dello spettacolo

      Casa Editrice Le Maschere 1954 Direttore Silvio D'Amico. La materia è articolata in circa 30.000 voci disposte in ordine alfabetico. Esse sono intitolate a persone, a generi dello spettacolo, a nazioni o gruppi etnico-linguistici in cui siano fiorite forme di spettacolo, a città che abbiano avuto una vita teatrale di qualche rilievo. Opera composta da 9 volumi pubblicati fra il 1954 e il 1962 (30.000 voci), un volume di aggiornamento (1955-1965), un'appendice di aggiornamento sul cinema (1963), un volume di indice-repertorio (1968). Con numerose fotografie in nero e tavole a colori 12 volumi Molto buono (Very Good)

      [Bookseller: Studio Bibliografico Marini]
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        Il falso e vero verde

      Schwarz Editore 1954 Edizione originale illustrata da Giacomo Manzù con sette litografie originali a piena pagina e sei testatine, stampata sui torchi di Piero Fornasetti su carta a mano delle Papeteries de Rives. Ogni esemplare reca le firme originali di Quasimodo e Manzù Nuovo Campionario Litografie stampate da Piero Fornasetti. Matrici levigate dopo la stampa. Es. 72 Ottimo (Fine)

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      Toronto: Clarke, Irwin & Co., 1954 Davies, Robertson. LEAVEN OF MALICE. Toronto: Clarke, Irwin & Company Limited, 1954. 8vo., 312pp. Publisher's red cloth, gilt titles to spine. An exceptionally nice premium copy in the Clair Stewart illustrated dustwrapper. Seldom seen as such these days. Winner of the 1955 Stephen Leacock Award for Humour. The second novel in the amusing Salterton Trilogy, preceded by Tempest-Tost & followed by A Mixture of Frailties. [29814] $675. 1st Edition.

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        The Conquest Of Everest Signed by Hillary, Lowe, Pugh

      New York: Dutton. NF/VG+. 1954. 1st US Edition. Hardcover; 1st Printing. 10, 41, 43, 46, 49, 61. 545825 . 1st printing of the 1st U.S. edition of the official account of the first ascent of Everest. Signed on the front end page by Sir Edmund Hillary (as E. P. Hillary) who wrote chapter 16 of this book on the Final Assault of Everest, Signed by George Lowe, who was first to greet Sir Hillary on his return from the conquest of Everest, and also Signed by L.G.C.E. Pugh, a British physiologist and mountaineer who conducted studies re the impact of altitude, temperature and exertion on human physiology and performance during the 1952 British Himalayan Expedition to Mt. Cho Oyu, the 1953 British Himalayan Expedition to Mt. Everest (plus also later on the 1960-1961 Himalayan Scientific and Mountaineering Expedition to Mt. Everest, and the 1957-1958 Trans-Antar ctic Expedition). Numerous text sketches by Charles Evans. Foreword by H.R.H. The Duke Of Edinburgh. Color frontispiece + 6 other color photographs, 6 maps, plus numerous B&W photographs and illustrations. Laid in are several articles from the general period and slightly after about different climbers trying to climb Everest. The book is Near Fine - straight, clean, tight, with no handwriting or previous owner markings in the text, with a bit of binding edge shelfwear, a small scuff to the upper spine end and another to the front panel. The price intact Very Good+ dustjacket is clean and crisp, with the spine very slightly sunned and a few edge chips, all very minor except at the upper spine end where there are a couple of triangular fairly good-sized edge chips not interferring with any dustjacket wording (DJ is now in removable mylar protector). Lovely historical package!; Color and B&W Photos; Signed by Author .

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        Lord of the Flies. With signed letter

      London Faber & Faber Ltd 1954. G: in Good condition with rubbed and chipped dust jacket. Spine lean First Edition Red hardback cloth cover 190mm x 130mm (7" x 5"). 248pp. With signed letter from William Golding with his Chalke letterhead.

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        LUCKY STARR AND THE OCEANS OF VENUS [by] Paul French [pseudonym]

      Garden City: Doubleday & Company Inc. Garden City: Doubleday & Company, Inc.,. 1954. cloth.. Review slip laid in. Indents and rust marks to front free endpaper. and half title leaf from paperclip which once secured the review. slip, a near fine copy in very good plus dust jacket with shelf wear. and mild chipping at upper spine end, small closed tear at upper edge. of front panel, light rubbing at upper right corner, longish closed. tear and creasing to rear panel, and some rubbing to upper rear. panel. A respectable copy of an uncommon title. (#125462). First edition. Third of the six David Starr novels.

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        Napoli. Visioni D'Arte e di Vita nei Disegni di Marcello Canino

      Turin Industria Libraria Tipografica Editrice 1954. VG - in Very Good condition without dust jacket Limited Edition 382/1150 Green/gilt tooled quarter leather with pale green boards and clear overlay 156pp :: 500mm x 350mm (20" x 14")

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        Fahrenheit 451

      London Rupert Hart-Davis 1954. G+: in Good plus condition with lightly rubbed and edge chipped dust jacket. Spine of jacket sunned. A little light spotting to the page edge block occasionally impinging onto margins within. Edge creasing to some pages. Jacket in removable plastic cover First UK Edition Red hardback cloth cover 200mm x 140mm (8" x 6"). 158pp.

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        Lord of the Flies. With signed letter

      G: in Good condition with rubbed and chipped dust jacket. Spine lean First Edition Red hardback cloth cover 190mm x 130mm (7" x 5"). 248pp. With signed letter from William Golding with his Chalke letterhead.

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        Strange Concept Car with Beautiful Woman

      1954. Mixed media on charcoal gray composition board. Signed "R. Arbib '54". Framed. Highly imaginative concept car by Richard Arbib This unusual, bird-like front design was conceived of and drawn by Richard Arbib. It is clearly a notion derived from something other than other cars and represents an invitation to a world of creature-like vehicles that car manufacturers turned down. It is enticingly odd, and the beautiful, laughing woman leaning against it seems to be there to reassure the fearful viewer. If someone that beautiful and well-dressed is comfortable with it, why shouldn't I?

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        The Horse and his Boy. [Narnia]

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

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        The War at Sea 1939-1945. SUPERB SET IN THE ORIGINAL MAILING-CASES

      HMSO, 1954-61 1954 3 vols., in 4, roy. 8vo., First Editions, with 4 frontispieces (showing 8 plates), 288 plates on 142 (1 double-page), 87 folding maps (74 coloured in outline), 30 full-page maps (6 coloured in outline), 17 maps in the text and 111 tables (7 double-page) in the text; cloth, gilt backs, a near fine set in unclipped d/w, all volumes still housed in their original robust labelled card mailing-cases. All four volumes contain their respective errata slips. The official British account published in the UK Government's series History of the Second World War. The set comprises: Volume I: The Defensive, 1954; Volume II: The Period of Balance, 1956; VolumeIII/1: The Offensive Part 1: 1 June 1943-31 May 1944, 1960; Volume III/2: The Offensive Part II: 1 June 1944-14 August 1945, 1961. Roskill's masterpiece is an absolutely basic source and a model of its kind. EXTREMELY SCARCE IN THIS CONDITION. Enser, p.383; Law, 0647.

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      Nordiska Museet, Stockholm 1954. 167 s. Fotoillustrerad. Privatbundet pappband med handmarmorerat överdragspapper, putsade snitt, alla omslag och rygg medbundna, ryggskylt av skinn. Signerat, Wolfgang Bremer, längst ned på bakre pärms insida. Det är mycket ovanligt med Wolfgang Bremer-band på marknaden.Ingår som nr 18 i serien 'Svenskt liv och arbete'. (Brenni 1173)

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

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        Lord of The Flies

      London: Faber & Faber 1954. First Edition, 2nd Impression. 8vo. red clothbound hardback in dust jacket. 248pp. Neat, contemporary gift inscription to ffep in ink. The dust jacket remains nice and bright with vivid colouring to covers and along spine. The cloth binding and lettering to spine are bright, and the contents clean and tight. The dust jacket is not price-clipped. Tiny patches of red staining to tops of endpapers and top edge from red cloth binding. Small chips and creases to top and base of spine and top corner of upper cover of dust jacket . Small, closed tear and marks to lower cover of dust jacket. Overall a VERY GOOD COPY in an almost VERY GOOD DUST JACKET. (Shelf 2) ** To see a scan of this book please visit our Home page ** The shop is open 7 days a week. Over 20,000 books in stock - please come and browse. Credit and (UK) debit cards welcome. Books posted worldwide. For any queries please contact us direct.

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        Portrait Photograph of Harry Belafonte, face uplifted in song, in "Almanac"

      New York feb. 18 1954 New York, feb. 18, 1954. (BELAFONTE, HARRY) Reproduced (this very print) in PORTRAITS: The Photography of Carl van Vechten (1978). 33 x 24 cm. (13 x 9-3/8 inches). Seated in costume, frontal view. Atelier stamp on rear, and docketed in pencil with the name of the subject ("Harry Belafonte"), the date, and the number of the negative and print ("viii LL"). And with indication to printer for resizing . Belafonte's film and singing career was taking off -- in 1954 he landed a role in the film Carmen Jones, and in the year Van Vechten photographed him in this series, Belafonte was starring in the Broadway musical "John Murray Anderson's Almanac", for which he won a Tony award

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        The Horse and his Boy. [Narnia]

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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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'

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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.

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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. .

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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. .

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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. .

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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

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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

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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.

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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. .

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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      [Bookseller: Island Books]
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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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