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      NY: Dutton, 1954. First US edition, first prnt. Translated by Richard Graves. Introduction by Peter Fleming. Black and white photographs. Inscribed by Harrer in English and Tibetan on the recto of the page of the photograph of the Dalai Lama's mother. "To Mrs.Fisher with best wishes from H. Harrer Denver, Nov. 1954." Beginning toning on the spine cloth ends, some pages with a paperclip impression and offsetting from laid-in newsprint, Fisher's address label on the front pastedown which has been lined out by a succeeding owner with her name in ink below it; dustjacket is lacking the front flap, chips at spine ends, front panel bottom corner, three inch closed tear on the reaf flap fold, tape reinforcement on teh rear panel bottom edge. Tight copy in Good condition in a Fair dustjacket with an archival cover. Inscribed & Dated by Author. First Edition. Hardcovers. The images are of the book described and not stock photos.

      [Bookseller: Revere Books, ABAA & IOBA]
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        The Lord of the Rings, 1st US Edition 1st Impressions, Custom Full Leather Fine Binding, with Slipcase

      Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1954. First Edition. Full-Leather. J.R.R. Tolkien. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien. Published by Houghton Mifflin, 1954/55/56 1st US Edition. The Fellowship of the Ring is a 1st impression published 1954. The Two Towers is a 1st impression published 1955, at only 1000 copies, the scarcest of all the original 1st edition 1 impression books. The Return of the King is a 1st impression dated 1956, 1st State with signature mark '4' and the infamous slipped type. All original maps (1st State) are present and in Near Fine condition. An extraordinary set of first editions of this classic of fantasy literature. The set is fully rebound in Dark Forest Green Morocco Leather, all edges trimmed and gilded, with Gilt stamped design of Tolkiens original line drawing "The Gates of Moria", split between the spines of the three volumes. The set is further characterized by custom Marbled endpapers by Joan Ajala of Australia, silk ribbon markers, and is housed in a custom slipcase covered in marbled paper matching the slipcase. This is a beautiful design, executed by one of America's premier binders. All are very clean and bright, without any foxing, and with no writing or signatures. Beautiful looking set, with a classic design. 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. As New / No Jacket.

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        The Chronicles of Narnia: The Magician's Nephew, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, The Horse and His Boy, Prince Caspian, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, The Silver Chair, The Last Battle

      Easton Press, 1954, 1982. Leather. Hardback. Gilt decorated covers and gilt page edges.. Excellent condition./No dust jacket, as issued. . Pauline Baynes Illustrator; Frontispieces by Chris Van Allsburg.. No bookplates. All page edges gilt.& Embossed gilt decorations.& Gilt lettering on spine and cover.& A very nice set.& * * * Selling books of merit since 1988. * * * Prompt, Professional Service. Satisfaction Guaranteed. * * *

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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..

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      [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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        Under Milk Wood. A Play for Voices

      London: J. M. Dent & Sons Ltd.,, 1954. Preface and musical settings by Daniel Jones. Octavo. Finely bound by The Chelsea Bindery in terracotta morocco, title to spine gilt, two raised bands, twin rule to turn-ins, dark green endpapers, gilt edges. A fine copy. First edition, first impression.

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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. .

      [Bookseller: Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. ABA]
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        Under Milk Wood. A Play for Voices. Preface and Musical Settings by Daniel Jones.

      London: J. M. Dent, 1954.. First edition - Advance Proof. 8vo, pp. 101, original green printed wrappers. The slighest of edge rubbing, rubbed at head and tail of backstrip, some slight browning to the portrait of Thomas on rear wrapper. Upper wrapper stamped "Advance Proofs Only". Apparently only 68 proof copies were issued. A very good example of this very rare issue.

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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.

      [Bookseller: TBCL The Book Collector's Library]
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        Slave Songs of the United States

      Small 4to. Original blind-embossed green cloth with spine gilt. xliv, 115pp. Very good. Tight, clean and sound first edition of this important collection, one of the first organized attempts to gather and study slave music. Very scarce, especially in tight attractive condition as is this example, whose spine gilt is bright and lovely. Pencilled 19th century ownership signature on front flyleaf -- but more recently from the collection of musicologist and conductor/director Paul Clinton Echols (1954-94).

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      New York: New Directions, 1954 Williams, Tennessee. CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF. [Original Playscript], [n.d.] [c: 1954] Ts, 133 pp. [Typescript Carbon Original]. Acts I, II & III. Numbered internally by Act. Bound into a grey two hole duo tang style folder showing some use, with the red printed label of "Anne Meyerson Manuscript Typing And Mimeographing Service pasted onto the top left corner. Originally sold by Harvey Tucker of Black Sun Books in 1981 with his signed note on the title page: "This script of Tennessee Williams is from the collection of Audrey Wood, his agent, and is authentic". The play was dedicated by Williams to Audrey Wood his long-time literary agent. From 1939 Wood helped guide & focus Williams' writing. With her nurturing, he created some of his greatest works, including: Menagerie, Streetcar & Cat. An essentially fine copy of this rare playscript with holographic red pencil corrections [of uncertain origin, likely Williams or Wood's] suggesting a move of Brick's line: "I might be impotent - Maggie" from 3-39 to the close at 3-40, adding a line for Margaret [Maggie the cat]: "I'm not afraid" & then "Curtain"; the text unrevised or revised does not appear in any later published editions. This very early unsanitized pre-New York playscript contains the original lewd "Elephant Joke" [Texas 14, 15: Parker 484-5] 3-31 with Brick's uproarious laughter which Kazan gradually eliminated from successive drafts but which was incorporated into the original Philadelphia play tryouts. 'Cat's' Brick & Maggie originated in the short story "Three Players of a Summer Game," first published in The New Yorker, November 1, 1952 which Williams developed into the play. In late 1954, the Playwrights Company agreed to produce Cat on a Hot Tin Roof & named Elia Kazan as director who suggested revisions to the script, asking Williams to rewrite the third act for Broadway. The play opened March 25, 1955, & the revised ending has engendered an ongoing debate over its correctness that remains to this day. New Directions published the first edition in book form later that year with both Williams' original version of the third act & the Broadway version, with a "Note of Explanation" discussing the circumstances of the revision. The original Kazan directed theatrical performance, featured Ben Gazzara, Burl Ives, Barbara Bel Geddes, Pat Hingle, & blues greats Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee. Elizabeth Taylor & Paul Newman starred in the film version. A very early state of this Pulitzer winning Williams masterpiece. $39500. Unsigned Playscript. 1st Edition.

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      New York: Charles Scribner's Sons,. [1954]. cloth.. A fine copy in fine dust jacket with "$2.50" printed price clipped. and rubber-stamped price increase to "$2.75." A very sharp, bright. copy of this book. (#134781). First edition. A young adult science-fiction novel about a high school senior and an extraterrestrial pet.

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        Grunewald: Mathis Neithart Genannt Gothart

      E.A. Seeman Verlag Leipzig: E.A. Seeman Verlag. (1954). Second edition. Small folio. 41pp; 38 plates. Blue cloth boards. Text in German. About fine in very good dustwrapper with a chip on the rear panel. Both the front fly and the front panel of the jacket display original drawings (probably portraits of Zulch) by noted Italian artist Pietro Lazzari, a member of the Italian Futurist Movement who eventually settled in the U.S. The drawing on the front fly is Signed, the drawing on the front panel is not. Lazzari is well represented in important museums. .

      [Bookseller: Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. ABA]
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        EDILIZIA POPOLARE. Rivista bimestrale dell'Associazione Nazionale fra gli Istituti Autonomi per le Case Popolari. Direttore: Camillo Ripamonti.

      In-4, 5 voll., mz. tela con ang. Di questa rivista bimestrale, ca. 70/100 pagg. cad. numero, illustrata in b.n. e a colori e con tavv. f.t., offriamo una raccolta completa delle prime 5 annate: dal 1954 (Anno I, n. 1, novembre) al 1959 (n. 31, novembre/dicembre). Mancano le copertine di tutti i fascicoli. Solo alcuni numeri con qualche abras. altrim. esempl. ben conservato.

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        Molecular Microwave Oscillator and New Hyperfine Structure in the Microwave Spectrum of NH3 (+) The Maser - New type of Microwave Amplifier, Frequency Standard, and Spectrometer.

      Lancaster and New York, American Institute of Physics, 1954 & 1955. Lex8vo. Volume 95, July 1, No. 9, 1954 and volume 99, August 15, 1955 of "The Physical Review", Second Series. In the original printed blue wrappers. Slight wear and sunning to the spine of vol. 95, which also carries a previous owner's stamp to front wrapper (C. Møller). The front wrapper and first leaves of vol. 95 also bear weak traces of having been bundled and tied, probably having been on top. These are quite vague, though. Both volumes internally fine and clean. [Molecular Microwave Oscillator... :] pp. 282-284. [The Maser... :] pp. 1264-1274. [Entire issues: (2), 309 pp.; Pp. 1059-1337].. First edition of the two landmark papers, in which the maser, the precursor to the laser, was first described. "The ubiquitous laser, appearing today in supermarket checkout machines, CD-players, and eye surgeon's offices, developed out of the maser, which was first described in Physical Review papers published in 1954 and 1955." (Physical Review Focus, 27 January 2005). Townes shared the 1964 Nobel Prize in Physics for "fundamental work in the field of quantum electronics, which has led to the construction of oscillators and amplifiers based on the maser-laser principle".The development of the maser was essentially built upon the insights discovered by Albert Einstein in 1917 in his "Zur Quantentheorie der Strahlung". Einstein had shown theoretically that stimulated emission of electromagnetic radiation, a re-derivation of Max Planck's law of radiation, would make an atom or molecule to fall to a lower energy state and emit more waves. Townes, Gordon and Zeiger produced the first microwave amplifier, amplifying microwave radiation rather than infrared or visible radiation like the later laser. Many famous and influential physicists, Niels Bohr and John von Neumann among them, claimed that the maser would never work since it violated Heisenberg's uncertainty principle. The development of the maser is not only of seminal importance in itself, it is also a testament to a period in which many of the achievements within theoretical physics reached in the early part of the 20th century went from being theoretical to applied

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        Ed. by Marcel Wyss, Dieter Roth, and Eugen Gomringer

      FREE domestic or international shipping with direct order. **Bern, Spirale Press, [January 1954?]. 9 original prints. 600 copies. Zinc etching by Max Bill (cover); lithographs by Friedrich Vordemberge-Gildewart, Richard P. Lohse, Heinrich Eichmann, Mary Vieira, and Hans Hofmann; linoleum cuts by Sophie Taeuber-Arp and Verena Wickart-Loewensberg; and a woodcut by Camille Graeser. A vivid composition in black and red by Marcel Wyss appears to be a silkscreen. Literary contributions by many of the artists, as well as Hans Hofer, Hans Arp, Piet Mondrian, and others. [28] pp. in single sheets and folded signatures loose in paper covers. as issued. 49.8 x 33.7 cm. The spine of the blue paper cover is slightly faded (but not the apple-green ink of the print); some small chipping and tears in the edge and spine, and light creasing, Nevertheless, near fine. These early issues (of 9 published) are vanishingly scarce in the wild. A book on this fabulous publication is Spirale: an artists magazine 1953-1964, by Annemarie Bucher (Lars Müller Publishers, 2001; ISBN 978-3-906700-21-2). Please see also listing for number 4.

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        Rotational States of Atomic Nuclei.

      Ejnar Munksgaards Forlag, København 1954. 8vo. 55 pages. Privately bound in half cloth with marbled side paper.. Aage Bohr's Doctoral dissertation, held June 10th 1954 at the University of Copenhagen. With an inscription on the fly leaf :"Til Far, i inderlig hengivenhed fra Aage". (To Father, in the deepest devotion from Aage")

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        Excavations at Sakkara Great Tombs of the First Dynasty II

      London: Egypt Exploration Society, 1954.. First Edition. Paper Boards Buckram Spine. Very Good/No Jacket. 12 ¼ x 10 Inches Hardcover Excellent book on exploring the tombs of the first Egyptian Dynasty. 171 pages of informative text accompanied by 65 full page plates of some photographs and B/w illustrationsplus many B/w illustrations in the text. Book is very clean and bright with original glassine cover around it, this is a little worn and creased but has protected the book beautifully, previous owners name plate on inside front board. HEAVY BOOK 1-5 Kg with packing EXTRA POSTAGE REQUIRED FOR OVERSEAS. .A really nice copy SEE IMAGE. DETAILED IMAGES AVAILABLE ON REQUEST.

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        Hard Candy. A Book of Stories

      (New York): New Directions. (1954). First. First edition. Tall octavo. Some soiling and a small stain along the edge of the spine, about very good in a worn, first issue royal blue slipcase, in a custom chemise and quarter morocco clamshell case. The Dedication Copy, Inscribed by Tennessee Williams to Paul Bowles at a later date: "To Paul, for many years. Tennessee, 1962." Both Paul and Jane Bowles have Signed their names beneath the printed dedication: "For Jane and Paul Bowles." Additionally, in the upper corner of the flyleaf where Williams's inscription appears, Paul Bowles has printed: "Paul Bowles / Jane Bowles / Tangier 1954." About the time of Williams's inscription, Bowles had recently completed the musical score of Williams's play The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore. Presumably the best copy in the world. .

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        Cartello stradale turistico citta' di rovereto. studio prima versione. 1954/55 circa.

      Matita su carta di cm 26,6x24,7. Più che buono. Opera autenticata da Maurizio Scudiero; numero archivio FD-3789-DIS. Non firmato.

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        CUT ME IN

      New York: Abelard-Schuman,. 1954. boards.. A near fine copy in near fine dust jacket with some fading of color. on spine panel, light rubbing at edges, and what looks like a little. light staining from old jacket protector (very minor). An attractive. copy of an uncommon book. (#80808). First edition. The author's first hardcover mystery.

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