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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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        The Holkham Bible Picture Book 4/100 Ltd ed

      Dropmore Press 1954. First Edition. Hardback. Near Fine/No Jacket. 4/100 limited edition signed by Hassall on limitation page. Full crushed crimson morocco with blindstamped doorway to upper cover. Remnants of transparent cellophane wrapper adhered to several parts of upper cover and very slight toning to margins of text pages, else a Fine copy.

      [Bookseller: finecopy]
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        The Lord of the Rings. Being: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King

      George Allen & Unwin, Ltd., London, 1954, 1954, 1955., 1954. FIRST EDITIONS. FIRST ISSUE points present as required. 3 vols., 8vo. Elegantly hand-bound by BAYNTUN-RIVIERE in full red chieftan leather with traditional raised bands, gilt titles, panelled spine double-ruled in gilt, gilt ring decoration to spine, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt, original cloth preserved at rear. Housed in a handsome protective slipcase. Hammond & Anderson [A5] , listed in Time Magazine; 100 Best Modern Novels. Book Collector No.274, p58-9.

      [Bookseller: Adrian Harrington Rare Books]
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        The Holkham Bible Picture Book

      London: Dropmore Press, 1954. Folio. x, 191, (1)pp. A facsimile of the fourteenth-century English manuscript and picture book from Holkham Hall, which is now at the British Library. With an introduction by W. O. Hassall. Illustrated with 84 collotypes, some of which have been reproduced in color. Specially bound by Desmond Yardley, signed by him, and dated on the rear turn-in. Bound in full crimson levant morocco with four thick vertical gilt-rules on both covers, dividing the panels into vertical bands. Within each band is an overall pattern of circles irregularly placed within other circles. Confined by two additional black circles, the innermost circles are gilt and and gravitate toward the thick vertical gilt-rules. Gilt titling on spine. Very fine in a chemise of half morocco and printed boards, and a matching lined slipcase with wooden edges.

      [Bookseller: Bromer Booksellers]
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        (Bible) La Passion du Christ. With etchings by Bernard BUFFET

      Paris: Creuzevault Editeur, 1954, first Bernard Buffet edition, one of 20 collaborators copies, aside from the 140 impressions of the regular edition, all printed on Hollande Van Gelder paper, unsigned as issued. The complete book with French excerpts from the New Testament and 21 (mostly) large drypoint etchings, 4 of them hors-texte. This exemplar was produced for Max and Françoise Fourny (imprinted in the colophon), with a large original ink drawing of a face, signed and inscribed to the Fourny's by Buffet and dated ”Le 8-Mars 1955”. Loose leaves in publisher's folder, chemise and slipcase; the latter two made of zinc, with very minor imperfections, as common; inside as new; overall in fine condition. References: The Artist & The Book 44; Monod 2059; Rauch 199. Provenance: M. & F. Fourny and Dominique Courvoisier, Expert de la Bibliothèque Nationale de France. Considered among the best and most expressionist graphic images by Buffet.

      [Bookseller: Gemini Fine Books & Arts, Ltd.]
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        GINZA KAIWAI/GINZA HACCHO

      Tokyo, Japan: Toho-Shuppan Publishing, 1954. First Edition. First Printing.. Hardcover. Fine/Fine Dust Jacket.. Tokyo, Japan: Toho-Shuppan Publishing, 1954. Hardcover. Fine/Fine. First Edition/First Printing. 364 pages. Landmark books on subject. More than a rare photography book find, "Ginza Kaiwai/Ginza Haccho" is one of the great collectible book discoveries of our time. The first and only edition. The books are now very rare. An austerely elegant production by Toho-Shuppan: Boxed Set consisting of two volumes, both of which are encased in the publisher&#39;s original cardboard box. Volume One, "Ginza Kaiwai", is a book-length account on the world-famous Tokyo district. The text by Kimura Shohachi is exquisitely interspersed with "ukiyo-e" woodblock print reproductions by Hiroshige, black-and-white photographs by Yoshikatsu Kanno, maps, and reproductions of original drawings. Publisher&#39;s original promotional leaflet laid-in. Publisher&#39;s original rice-paper-wrapped slipcase with pictorial labels pasted in front and on the spine. In publisher&#39;s original rice-paper DJ, as issued. Volume Two, "Ginza Haccho", consists of Yoshikazu Suzuki&#39;s breathtakingly beautiful photographic re-construction of Ginza in an accordion foldout format, a marvel of publishing ingenuity: Two continuous plates present Every Building On Ginza Street, one across the top, the other across the bottom, with text in the center. The accordion is encased in pale green hard boards with red titles in front. Without DJ, as issued. Presents the precursor of Ed Ruscha&#39;s "Every Building On The Sunset Strip" (1966), in the finest, pristine, and unrestored set we have ever found. "Precursor" is an understatement. "Ginza Kaiwai/Ginza Haccho" is first of all, two books, both of them realized to the superior standards that one has come to expect of Japanese publishing. Second, the concept and realization of "Ginza Haccho" is the same as Ed Ruscha&#39;s most celebrated Artist Book, except that the former precedes the latter by twelve years. Calling "Ginza Haccho" the "Japanese Every Building On The Sunset Strip", as some commentators have done, is misleading and racist. The appellation suggests that "Ginza Haccho" followed rather than preceded Ruscha. Whether Ruscha was aware of "Ginza Haccho" or not is irrelevant. Yoshikazu Suzuki did it first, brilliantly so. A "must-have" title for photography and Artist Book collectors. <b><i> This title is now very highly collectible. This is one of very few copies still available online and is the finest copy we have ever found: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. It is a pity that the few copies that have turned up online have major flaws (heavy foxing, staining, soiling, and wear as well as repairs). As collectors realize the importance of "Ginza Kaiwai/Ginza Haccho" in the history of modern book-making, its value will increase exponentially. A very rare copy thus. </b></i> One of the most valuable books of our time. A fine collectible set. .

      [Bookseller: Modern Rare]
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        SEVEN YEARS IN TIBET

      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 &#39;4&#39; 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&#39;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&#39;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.

      [Bookseller: The Tolkien Bookshelf]
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