The viaLibri website requires cookies to work properly. You can find more information in our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

Displayed below are some selected recent viaLibri matches for books published in 1954

        L'Homme De Buridan [Dangling Man]

      Paris Libraire Plon, 1954.. First French edition of the author's first book. Octavo. Fine in light beige wrappers as issued. Signed by the author.

      [Bookseller: Raptis Rare Books, ABAA/ ILAB]
 1.   Check availability:     Biblio     Link/Print  


        Lord of the Flies

      Faber and Faber. London. 1954 First edition. DW. SIGNED Presentation copy from the author to Angharad Ryder. Written under the text of the half-title "for Angharad Ryder from William Golding with best wishes." Also loosely inserted is a hand written envelope from Golding with a hand written postcard inside, "Dear Miss Rhyder, Yes "Lord of the Flies" is the alleged translation of Beelzebub. I will sign your Nobel Speech if you send it. Yours sincerely William Golding." Also included are two hand written letters from Golding to Rhyder. "....This is all a bit much! If 'Lord of the Flies' is valuable, I don't want to be responsible for it. I will sign another slip (enclosed). If however you are set on getting the book signed, perhaps Faber & Faber will hold the copy until I can sign it there. I shall be in London for a few days in September. I'm sorry to be so unaccommodating and so bad at spelling! Yours William Golding." and "....Yes you missed my September visit. However as luck would have it providence is on your side and I shall be in London for some of the second week in November. If you w'ld kindly use registered post, send it to me at Faber & Faber to be collected, I will sign it and send it back. Yours sincerely, William Golding." E/ps and outer edges are sl. spotted. Spine is sl. knocked, bds. are sl. faded at extremities. Wrapper is sl. dulled with slight marks to top right corner, sl. foxed and has sl. wear to head of spine. Overall VG+. A rare opportunity to obtain a signed copy of this book with the extra letters and card.

      [Bookseller: Addyman Books]
 2.   Check availability:     Biblio     Link/Print  


        Excavations at Sakkara Great Tombs of the First Dynasty II

      London: Egypt Exploration Society, 1954. 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.. First Edition. Paper Boards Buckram Spine. Very Good/No Jacket. 12 ¼ x 10 Inches. Hardcover.

      [Bookseller: Books Bought and Sold]
 3.   Check availability:     Biblio     Link/Print  


        Zur Quantenmechanik der Stossvorgange; Quantenmechanik der Stossvorgange; Das Adiabatenprinzip in der Quantenmechanik

      Berlin: Julius Springer. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Fine. FIRST EDITIONS of all three papers developing Max Born's statistical interpretation of quantum mechanics. Born's revolutionary work abandoned the notion of causality in quantum mechanics, leading directly to Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle and prompting Einstein's famous objection that God "does not play dice." Noble Prize to Max Born awarded in 1954 "for his fundamental research in quantum mechanics, especially for the statistical interpretation of the wave function.". "At the end of June 1926, Max Born submitted for publication a paper entitled 'Quantum Mechanics of Collision Phenomena.' He thought he had broken the Gordian knot by finding an interpretation that adjudicated some credit to both contenders [Heisenberg's matrix mechanics and Schrodinger's wave mechanics]. Schrodinger's wave function was indeed unobservable, as Heisenberg maintained, but the magnitude of its square... was observable- it could be related to the probability of finding an electron. However, and this was the key, no absolute determination of an electron's position was possible, only relative probabilities of detecting it in one position or another. "Although Born received the Nobel Prize thirty years later for the paper's contents, Schrodinger and Einstein were no more pleased by this formulation than they had been by Heisenberg's. It abandoned the notion of causality, the cherished link for them between cause and effect. One of Einstein's most famous quotes is contained in a December 1926 letter on the subject to Born. He simply would not accept the notion that a probability measurement of an electron's position was the best one could do: 'Quantum mechanics is very impressive. But an inner voice tells me that it is not yet the real thing. The theory produces a good deal but hardly brings us closer to the secrets of the Old One. I am at all events that He does not play dice.'" "By October, Heisenberg realized the potential of Born's probabilistic interpretation... Four months later, Heisenberg wrote a fourteen-page letter to Pauli that contained all the basic elements of what came to be the uncertainty principle, holding that the more precise the measurement of the momentum of a particle, the less precise the measurement of position and vice versa." "Causality had been the basis for the laws of nature for centuries... Born's statistical interpretation of Schrodinger's wave function- an essential element of quantum mechanics- was causailty's death knell." Nancy Thorndike Greenspan, The End of the Certain World: The Life and Science of Max Born. Gino Segrè, Faust in Copenhagen: A Struggle for the Soul of Physics. Zur Quantenmechanik der Stossvorgange [Quantum Mechanics of Collision Phenomena]. "Statistical interpretation of quantum mechanics. Quantum theory of scattering" (Particle Physics: One Hundred Years of Discoveries); Zur Quantenmechanik der Stossvorgange [Quantum Mechanics of Collision Phenomena]. "Statistical interpretation of quantum mechanics. Further development" (Particle Physics: One Hundred Years of Discoveries). Das Adiabatenprinzip in der Quantenmechanik [The Adiabatic Principle in Quantum Mechanics]. "Statistical interpretation of quantum mechanics. Further development" (Particle Physics: One Hundred Years of Discoveries). In: Zeitschrift fur Physik, Vol 37 (pp.863ff), Vol 38 (pp.803ff), Vol 40 (pp.167ff). Berlin: Julius Springer, 1926. Octavo, uniformly bound in modern half cloth over marbled boards. Bookplate on front pastedown; institutional stamps of preliminary volume leaves; otherwise fine.

      [Bookseller: The Manhattan Rare Book Company]
 4.   Check availability:     Biblio     Link/Print  


        THE CAVES OF STEEL

      Garden City: Doubleday & Company, Inc.,. 1954. boards.. A fine copy in fine dust jacket with hint of wear at head of spine. panel and three corner tips and clipped price. A sharp copy of a book. difficult to locate in superior condition. (#142665). First edition. Asimov's human detective and his robot partner solve a murder on a overpopulated future Earth where its human inhabitants live in underground hives, "a hectic, tenuously self-sustaining underworld machine of housing cells, factories, tunnels, and life-support mechanisms so intricate and interdependent that any impediment of its delicate rhythm would send the whole apparatus into fatal shock" (Berger, p. 31). The bureaucratized humans, afraid of the open air and too timid to go to the stars to solve their overpopulation problem, will perish, doomed by the strain on their complex life support systems. Asimov's first robot novel. "A richly characterized, thoughtfully told story; justifiably a favorite among Asimov's readers." - Anatomy of Wonder (2004) II-42. "Asimov's tour de force ..." - Survey of Science Fiction Literature I, pp. 318-21. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, p. 245.

      [Bookseller: L. W. Currey, Inc.]
 5.   Check availability:     Biblio     Link/Print  


        A L'EST D'EDEN [EAST OF EDEN]

      [Paris]: (Editions Mondiales), (1954). First Edition. wraps. Typical browning of cheap paper, still Near Fine. First French Edition of Steinbeck's powerful book, made into a film starring James Dean. In original wraps with a printed red dustwrapper. This copy INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the half-title page to ----- "with many thanks" and is quite uncommon as such.

      [Bookseller: Charles Agvent]
 6.   Check availability:     Biblio     Link/Print  


        The Famous Boating Party and Other Poems in Prose - IN AN UNUSUAL 3 DIMENSIONAL, CUSTOM LEATHER BINDING

      New York: A New Directions Book / James Laughlin, 1954. IN VERY GOOD CONDITION. Bound by Rick Tuttle in full metallic blue leather, with a sculpted wood boat attached at the top of the cover, a flowing wake of water behind it, and water endpapers. Half-title, photographic frontis, 64pp. Inner joint starting between frontis and title page, paper thinned with erasure on dedication page. Binding is tight. BEAT POET. Includes signed correspondence from the binder to the previous owner.. First Edition. Hard Cover. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

      [Bookseller: Monroe Bridge Books, MARIAB Member]
 7.   Check availability:     Biblio     Link/Print  


        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]
 8.   Check availability:     Biblio     Link/Print  


        [The Lord of the Rings trilogy:]

      London: George Allen and Unwin,, 1954–5. The Fellowship of the Ring; The Two Towers; The Return of the King. 3 volumes, octavo. Finely bound by The Chelsea Bindery in full red morocco, titles and decoration to spines gilt, "Eye of Sauron" to front boards gilt, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. Housed in a matching leather entry slip case. Each volume has a map illustrated by the Author. A fine set. First editions, first impressions. The Lord of the Rings trilogy is one of the most influential literary works of the century. Its first reception was mixed: favourable and perceptive reviews from C. S. Lewis and from W. H. Auden, who had attended Tolkien's Oxford lectures, were countered by others who were hostile, sometimes bitterly so. But the trilogy went on to astonishing sales and forged a major change in public literary taste. "Heroic fantasy" has since become one of the most commercially successful literary genres, having a transforming impact upon the entertainment industry, from electronic games to movies.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
 9.   Check availability:     Biblio     Link/Print  


        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.

      [Bookseller: The Tolkien Bookshelf]
 10.   Check availability:     Biblio     Link/Print  


        THE LORD OF THE RINGS (THREE VOLUMES)

      New York, NY: Houghton Mifflin Company. 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 .

      [Bookseller: Books Maps Prints More]
 11.   Check availability:     Biblio     Link/Print  


        Les Danses a Bali

      [Paris:] Robert Delpire,, 1954. Octavo. Original white boards, titles to spine in black, pink paper label to upper board. With the dust jacket. Spine rolled, very faint spotting to boards and endpapers as usual. An excellent copy in the dust jacket with a short closed tear to the lower panel and a little fading of the spine panel. First edition, first impression of this volume pairing Cartier-Bresson's photographs of performers in Bali with commentary by director Antonin Artaud, who was profoundly influenced by Balinese theatre, and dancer Béryl de Zoete, author of the standard work Dance and Drama in Bali (1937). A lovely copy.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
 12.   Check availability:     Biblio     Link/Print  


        The Lord of the Rings Trilogy: The Fellowship of the Ring (1954); The Two Towers (1954); The Return of the King (1955)

      London: George Allen & Unwin, 1954-55. First Edition. Three octavo volumes; original red cloth boards, lettered in gilt on spines; red topstains; original dustjackets; maps bound into each volume following text. First Impression of each volume; Third State of text in Return of the King, with signature mark and slipped text on p.49. The three volumes nicely preserved, straight and tight with just mild rubbing to board edges, in original unclipped dustwrappers. Fellowship with faint foxing to endpapers and fading to top-stain near spine, jacket unclipped and just slightly faded on spine panel; The Two Towers exhibiting slight mottling to boards, uneven fading to top-stain, jacket with two brief paper-tape reinforcements to verso, darkened and spotted on spine panel with red lettering somewhat faded (but still perfectly legible); Return of the King quite Near Fine, with top-stain bright and unrubbed, in clean, very slightly faded first issue jacket. Together, a quite presentable and unrestored set of Tolkien's much-loved and highly sought-after trilogy.

      [Bookseller: Lorne Bair Rare Books]
 13.   Check availability:     Biblio     Link/Print  


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

      London: George Allen and Unwin, 1954, 1954, 1955., 1954. FIRST EDITIONS, First impressions, First Issue with signature '4' and dropped text present to p.49 of The Return. 3 volumes. Publisher's red cloth with gilt titles to spines, red tint to top edges, in original dustwrappers. A used set, showing some general handling, spine leaning etc. Jackets are rubbed, with some chips and tears, and show some soiling to the spine panels. Reverse side of Return jacket with some gummed brown paper, some cloth covers discoloured. An inexpensive set of the trilogy. Hammond & Anderson [A5], listed in Time Magazine; 100 Best Modern Novels. Book Collector No.274, p58-9.

      [Bookseller: Adrian Harrington Rare Books]
 14.   Check availability:     Biblio     Link/Print  


        The Confidential Clerk. A Play

      London: Faber and Faber Ltd,, 1954. Octavo. Original blue cloth, titles to spine gilt. With the dust jacket. Cloth rubbed along extremities, some small faint spots, spotting to edges of text block, endpapers, and title pages. A very good copy in the lightly rubbed and spotted jacket with toned spine panel. First edition, first impression. Presentation copy inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Christopher Sykes Esq with the author's respectful compliments, T. S. Eliot, 23.iii.54". Christopher Sykes (1907–1986) was an English writer, the biographer of his friend and fellow Catholic Evelyn Waugh, and also the travelling partner of Robert Byron during the trip later recounted as The Road to Oxiana. A very nice association.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
 15.   Check availability:     Biblio     Link/Print  


        THE LORD OF THE RINGS. The Fellowship of the Ring -- The Two Towers -- The Return of the King

      George Allen & Unwin. London. 1954/55. Three Volumes. 8vo. VOLUMES 1 & 2 are both First Edition, 2nd Impressions, VOLUME 3 IS TRUE FIRST EDITION, 1st IMPRESSION. Near fine, tight, clean copies, with some minimal offsetting from the dustwrapper to the blank endpapers of The Two Towers. Top edges of all three books red. Boards firm and bright. Fold out map of Middle earth at the end of each volume. The three volumes are in very good original dustwrappers with 21s price on inner flaps. Fellowship and Two Towers both have 'Second Impression' printed at the top of the front inner flaps. Light spotting to the Two Towers wrapper but not too serious. The spines of all three volumes have minor uniform darkening 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. Return of the King is in what the Bibliography calls 1st state with the signature mark '4' and sloping text on Page 49, but Tolkien's Bibliographer, Wayne Hammond, now considers that this constitutes the later state. It is thought that the printers noticed that the signature '4' was missing from the bottom of the page soon after printing had begun. They stopped the presses and, while inserting it, knocked the text block or didn't re-lock the type properly, resulting in the sloping lettering along the bottom four lines.

      [Bookseller: Paul Foster Books]
 16.   Check availability:     Biblio     Link/Print  


        THE HORSE AND HIS BOY

      London: Geoffrey Bles, 1954. First edition, first impression pp. 199. Original dust jacket very good, a little chipped to the top and bottom of the spine, which have now been professionally repaired with Japanese tissue, rear panel a little toned and marked, price-clipped, minimal fading to the spine. Binding light grey with silver-gilt lettering to the spine, very good with slight general wear a little rubbing to edges and folds. Contents clean and tight, original end papers - decorative map to the front, blank to the rear; neat inscription to the reverse of the half title (1955) no other marks, no foxing. A very good to near fine clean first edition copy.. First Edition. Hardback. Near Fine/Very Good. Illus. by Baynes, Pauline. 8vo (14 x 20cm).

      [Bookseller: Loe Books]
 17.   Check availability:     Biblio     Link/Print  


        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. All first Impressions. Three Volumes. 8vo. Return of the King is the rare genuine 1st state with no signature mark '4' and straight text on Page 49. --- Tolkien's Bibliographer, 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 and failed to re-lock the block gate properly, 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 of all three books are still a nice, deep red. Boards 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 bright and clean dustwrappers. The middle of the rear panel of the Fellowship of the Ring wrapper has a small (about 2 inches long), thin line cut, without loss and not very noticeable in a clear wrapper protector, and is price clipped, but the price is not an issue point on the wrapper. The Return of the King wrapper is in the state of the first edition with the Manchester Guardian and Observer review notices to the rear inner flap, as called for by Hammond. A variant wrapper appears on some copies without these reviews but Hammond makes no mention of this. The spines of all three volumes are clean and fresh with the black and red ink lettering strong and bright. Overall these are near fine books in near fine original dustwrappers and make a very handsome set. A superior copy of the true First edition, 1st impressions of Tolkien's masterpiece. Only 3,000 copies of the first volume, 3250 of the second, and 7000 of the third, were printed. Of these sets, many have been read, and re-read, so many times that sets in nice clean and collectable condition are becoming less common.

      [Bookseller: Paul Foster Books]
 18.   Check availability:     Biblio     Link/Print  


        The Passport

      An extraordinary first edition specimen with an elegant signed Saul Steinberg presentation to Paul Rand on three shortest lines, "To Paul, Saul 1954", handwritten in dark gray ink on the half-title page. Two later additions were laid-in by Paul Rand: 1) The illustrated checklist for the 1978 Saul Steinberg retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art. And 2) Two original, private Paul Rand 'mental geographies', the pen & ink drawings done with visual wit in black and white with touches of red and green on a 161 x 215 mm sheet of white copy paper, folded once down the center. Juxtaposed and connected, full of space and incident, they are the work of a brilliant, mature, and confident artist and beautifully complement Saul Steinberg's drawings for "Passport". Like Paul Rand's other private drawings done for pleasure, these are unsigned and undated. They are believed to have been done post-1960. On the rear of the sheet are three pen & ink notes in Rand's clearest handwriting on modern formalism. Both additions are now in archival sleeves. CONDITION DETAIL: Presentation: Fine. Original Drawings Sheet: Good: inks clear and bright: slight soiling along vertical center fold line: several scattered smaller-small stain spots: tips with some fingering: one gentle bottom corner crease. Exhibition Checklist: Fine, including stapled binding. Book: Pages: Fine. Sewn Binding: Excellent. Jacket: upper side: three corners with slight wear and the top inner corner with creases, light soiling, and a tiny top edge chip: center of bottom edge with light bending-up. spine: slight crown & foot wear. FORMAT: Publisher's pale gray cloth boards in a sewn binding and pictorial jacket after Steinberg. SIZE: quarto, 309 mm (12.2 inches). PAGINATION: Confirmed complete, (not paginated), but 224 pages with 350 b/w drawings by Steinberg, 240 published for the first time. PAUL RAND ORIGINAL DRAWINGS: While both drawings have their own visual syntax, they share a method of using juxtaposition as a narrative technique and establishing a multiplicity of connections between the edges of the picture and the center. The 2nd drawing is rotated 90 degrees clockwise in the visual plane from the viewer, emphasizing that 2 very different worlds are portrayed. The first drawing is a world out of dream, really the mapping of a dream in which the dreamer, lying on a couch, as in analysis, has his dream recorded and projected by an Alfred Hitchcock head using an optic-like device. The narrative in the dream is dichotomy, sexual dichotomy-the 2 genders and their history-and includes the Edenic metaphor of the apple. The further the distance from the dreamer, the freer the images become. The second drawing is a view of the world of commerce and requires the viewer to turn towards it. Unlike the dream drawing, the drawing of the world of commerce can be viewed from 3 sides, signified by a staring figure or head at 3 of the corners. The composition roots itself in position and direction, a number series, 1,2,3,4, a compass, a figure pointing to an automobile leaving the picture frame, atlas repeated twice, the number 2 repeated 5 times along 2 diagonals, headed by the number 5. The commerce drawing is an urban geography: automobiles move past and through the frame: an advertisement for Starkist Tuna appears like a billboard. At the center of the sheet is the only shared imagery, the word-Acquavella, e.g. Acquavella Galleries in New York City (established 1921); the art gallery as an intersection or convergence of commerce and dream. ADDITIONAL IMAGES: by request.

      [Bookseller: Steven Waldman]
 19.   Check availability:     Biblio     Link/Print  


        [Bible The Gospels] The Newe Testamente: The Gospells of S. Mathew, S. Marke, S. Luke, and S. John 4 Volumes

      Lexington, KY: Anvil Press, 1954-1955. Hard Cover. Very Good. Hard Cover. 1 of 300 copies. A lovely fine press production designed by Victor Hammer. It is a beautifully presented text of the four gospels, based on the Tynsdale translation of 1526, which was the first translation of the Bible into English. According to an article by Burton Milward, "Private Press Tradition in Lexington, Kentucky," published in 1992 in the Kentucky Review, the Anvil Press was part of the resurgence of fine press printing in Lexington, led by Joseph Graves, who was influenced and taught by Victor Hammer. The Anvil Press was unusual in that it was an association comprised of ten members, inspired and guided by Hammer and his wife, Carolyn. Their books were printed on any one of the several presses owned by members of the group, and were sold at cost. The volumes are bound in light beige paper boards with paper spine labels. Covers are slightly soiled, particularly the third volume on S. Luke, which also has a split on the rear joint. There are very light splatter stains on the front cover of the S. John volume. The interiors are fine and unmarked. Each title page is preceded by a pair of woodcuts from the Holkham Bible depicting the four Apostles in their symbolic representations of Angel, Lion, Bull, and Eagle. Volumes are paginated on recto only. Volume 1: lxxv pages; Volume 2: lv pages; Volume 3: xciii pages; Volume 4: lxx pages. PRI/013012.

      [Bookseller: The Kelmscott Bookshop]
 20.   Check availability:     Biblio     Link/Print  


        Bend Sinister

      New York: Henry Holt & Company. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Fine/Very Good. PRESENTATION COPY OF BEND SINISTER, SIGNED BY VLADIMIR, VERA and DIMITRI NABOKOV for Otto Pitcher: "For Otto Pitcher/ from the Nabokov's/ Vladimir, Vera, Dimitri/ Christmas, 1954". The first American edition. "I am not 'sincere,' I am not 'provocative,' I am not 'satirical.' I am neither a didacticist nor an allegorizer", writes Nabokov in the introduction to Bend Sinister. An enemy of realism, Nabokov's goal in writing Bend Sinister, as he has repeatedly stated since, was not to make a political statement, nor to achieve some social goal. Believing art should not even try to accurately represent reality, Nabokov created art for the sake art, leaving any traces of reality well out of the picture. "Bend Sinister, the first novel Nabokov wrote after coming to America, can be seen as his most direct fictional response to both the new Russian government and the new Soviet realism. The most self-consciously artificial of his novels in English, Bend Sinister is an indictment of the common impulse Nabokov saw behind both political totalitarianism and the misguided tendency of writers or readers to inflict 'general ideas' on works of art." (Lucy Maddox, Nabokov's Novels in English). New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1947. Octavo, original cloth, original dust jacket. An outstanding signed presentation copy in a near fine jacket that shows only minimal wear at the head of the spine.

      [Bookseller: The Manhattan Rare Book Company]
 21.   Check availability:     Biblio     Link/Print  


        The Threepenny Opera ("Die Dreigroschenoper") (Original annotated script for the 1954 Off-Broadway production)

      Capalbo and Chase, 1954. Draft script for the 1954 production of "The Threepenny Opera" (Die Dreigroschenoper") by Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht, adapted into English by Marc Blitzstein. This production--the first major staging in America after an engagement at Brandeis University, under a young Leonard Bernstein's baton--opened on March 10, 1954 at the Theatre de Lys, and ran until May 30, 1954, for a total of 96 performances (with a much longer return engagement from September 20, 1955 to December 17, 1961, for 2611 performances, with the same director and production company). The Tony-award winning production is notable for showing that small-scale, small orchestra musicals could be successful Off-Broadway. & & This copy of the script belonged to actor Peter Benzoni, who acted in the role of Walt Dreary, a member of Macheath's gang (better known as "Mack the Knife"). Benzoni's name is written in holograph pencil, with profuse annotations throughout the script on nearly every page, including a date of "[19]54," Walt Dreary's lines circled througout, phone numbers, stage directions, song lyrics, corrected lines, and a complete rundown of the song order, written on the leaf opposite the cast listing. Unlike many film and play scripts from this era, this one includes the lyrics to all the songs, including "The Ballad of Mack the Knife," probably the most famous song ever written by Weill and Brecht. & & Plain brown wrappers, 84 leaves, with credits on the title page for Weill, Brecht, and Blitzstein, along with the production company of Capalbo and Chase (the production was directed by Carmen Capalbo). Pages Very Good plus, with light edge and corner wear, wrapper Good to Very Good. An important surviving document that details the development of the first major English-language production of one of the greatest musicals of the Western world.

      [Bookseller: Royal Books, Inc.]
 22.   Check availability:     Biblio     Link/Print  


        Derriere le Miroir 66 - 67 - 68 One of 50 copies signed and numbered by Chagall

      Marcel Arland - Lionello Venturi. Paris: Éditions Maeght, 1954. Special edition limited in 50 copies on Arches wove, signed and numbered by Chagall in ink pen. Issued on the occasion of his exhibition at Maeght Gallery in Paris in 1954. With 11 original lithographs by Chagall (9 in color of which one is a double page, 2 in b/w), very well preserved in a new slipcase. The most important DLM. Very rare. Ref: Cramer 24, Mourlot 93-103.

      [Bookseller: Marninart, Inc (ABAA-ILAB)]
 23.   Check availability:     Biblio     Link/Print  


        Elegy of Ihpetonga and Masks of Ashes. 1954 (four lithographs by Picasso and Yvan Goll Poems)

      Elegy of Hipetonga and Masks of Ashes, Yvan Goll. With four original lithographs by Picasso. The Noonday Press, New York, 1954. Edition limited in only 64 copies of which this one is the n. 58. Printed on Fabriano laid paper of different colors. English edition prepared by Clair Goll after the death of the poet on 1950. This edition was published in New York where the Golls had lived from 1939 to 1947. A French edition was published on Paris by Editions Hemispheres on 1949, after the couple returned to France from the exile in New York because of the Jewish origins of the poet. Elegy of Ihpetonga is dedicated to Picasso and reflect Goll?s experience in New York. A comment preceding the poem explains its title: ?Ihpetonga, which signifies high cliff, was the name that the Canarsie Indians gave to that part of Brooklyn which today is known as Columbia Heightsand which dominate the port of New York. There this poem was conceived.? For this book Picasso made four wash drawings, dated April 11, 1949, on lithographic paper, printed by Mourlot Freres, Paris. The English edition contains the same original lithographs, dated 11.4.1949, as the French, and differ from the French edition for the appearance: The text is printed on red, grey, blue and white paper, the lithographs are mounted on black paper, and the number of the edition, only 64 copies. A very rare book, a little jewel very well preserved. REF: CRAMER #70.

      [Bookseller: Marninart, Inc (ABAA-ILAB)]
 24.   Check availability:     Biblio     Link/Print  


        THE FEASTING DEAD

      Sauk City, Wisconsin: Arkham House,. 1954. cloth.. Touch of tanning to endpapers, mostly along gutter margins, else a. fine copy in fine dust jacket. (#132261). First edition. Presentation copy with signed inscription by Metcalfe to A. Langley Searles on the front free endpaper: "To / A. Langley Searles / Sincerely / John Metcalfe." 1242 copies printed. "British writer of subtle, finely crafted supernatural tales, many of them about lonely misfits out of step with their times ... Metcalfe's stories, typically, rely upon fragments of letters, snatches of half-remembered conversation, liquor-dulled reminiscences, murky dreams, fleetingly described photographs, and veiled references to messages never actually quoted." - Sullivan (ed), The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural, p. 290. THE FEASTING DEAD is a novelette concerning vampirism. Barron (ed), Horror Literature 4- 236. Tymn (ed), Horror Literature 4-178. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 1171.

      [Bookseller: L. W. Currey, Inc.]
 25.   Check availability:     Biblio     Link/Print  


        Live and Let Die

      London: Jonathan Cape. 1954., 1954. FIRST IMPRESSION, FIRST ISSUE. Pp.240. Publisher's black cloth-effect paper over boards, stamped in gilt, with purple dust-wrapper. The gilt to the binding is unusually bright (often found dulled) and the edges are clean. The jacket has some inoffensive rubbing, toning to the rear panel, some gentle wear to the crown of the spine. A very good to near fine copy. This variant example features the text 'author'sskill' with the spatial error within the Irish Times review, plus the small section of purple colour which has crept onto the front flap, as described in the bibliography, page 61. No inscriptions and no price-clipping. A pleasing copy, housed in a custom-made box. ...Beautiful, fortune-telling Solitaire is the prisoner (and tool) of Mr. Big - master of fear, artist in crime, and Voodoo Baron of Death. James Bond has no time for superstition - he knows that Big is also a top SMERSH operative and a real threat. More than that, after tracking him through the jazz joints of Harlem to the Everglades and on the Caribbean, 007 has realized that Mr. Big is one of the most dangerous men he has ever faced, and nobody,not even the enigmatic Solitaire, can be sure how their battle of wills is going to end. Gilbert A2a (1.1)

      [Bookseller: Adrian Harrington Rare Books]
 26.   Check availability:     Biblio     Link/Print  


        The Worship of Love: A Study of Nature Worship Throughout the World [Signed by Longworth; Signed by George Seferis]

      London: Torchstream Books, 1954. First edition. Hardcover. Fine/very good +. An about Fine copy of the first edition, first printing, in the Publisher's original dark brown cloth (mildly canted, some pushing at the spine ends and board corners, bare traces of wear, a bit of wrinkling to the first plate, spine label sharp and crisp), in a Very Good + example of the scarce dust jacket which matches the free endpapers and pastedowns (small chips with tears at the spine panel's upper corners, tape repairs to the inside of the jacket, tiny wear at upper panel corner turns to the spine flaps, mild wear and tiny chip to the spine label that does not affect the lettering, portions of some signatures are unopened); copy 298 from a Limited Edition of 975 copies, SIGNED BY T. CLIFTON LONGWORTH on the title page and FURTHER SIGNED BY GEORGE SEFERIS on the front free endpaper to British author Rex Warner, his friend and the translator of some of Seferis' works. Seferis also has inscribed the front free endpaper with a single line in Greek which he has underscored and under which he has drawn a series of arrows. Translated to English, the line written by Seferis appears to read "worship of sensual love on island of Cyprus" or "praise to worship of love on Cyprus" (We are seeking a more precise translation.) T. Clifton Longworth was deeply interested in the origins of religious belief and wrote extensively on the topic. In his studies of both ancient religions and present day tribal religions, Longworth determined the worship of love, that is, the adoration of reproductive organs as the symbol of the creative power, to be a common theme, running through the very first religions and constituting the first and most universal form of religious expression. This book presents an extensive study of the topic and, notably, the half-title carries the following printed statement: "The sale of this book is restricted to members of the Medical and Legal Professions, Anthropologists, Psychologists, Sociologists, Ethnologists and Students of Comparative Religion". In his research, Longworth visited Cyprus where he viewed the the sacred Cone of Aphrodite. He discusses it and the marvelous Greek statuary that evolved from it in his Introduction and in the book's first Chapter. George Seferis, a Greek Diplomat and Ambassador to the UK, and one of the Twentieth Century's most important Greek Poets, was the first Greek ever to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature. Both he and British author Rex Warner - to whom Seferis presented the book - were deeply interested in all things related to Cyprus, thus explaining both the giving of the book by Seferis to Warner and the single line written by Seferis under his signature. Copies of Longworth's books signed by him are quite scarce (this Limited Edition was not called to be signed), as are books signed by George Seferis. This copy, of course, carries both signatures and also constitutes a nice association between two noted authors, the Nobel Laureate George Seferis and the noted author and translator Rex Warner. RARE.

      [Bookseller: Allington Antiquarian Books, LLC]
 27.   Check availability:     IOBABooks     Link/Print  


        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. 200mm x 150mm (8" x 6"). 199pp. .

      [Bookseller: Barter Books Ltd]
 28.   Check availability:     Biblio     Link/Print  


        THE KINGDOM OF EARTH with HARD CANDY. A BOOK OF STORIES

      (n. p.): New Directions, (1954). First Edition. Hardcover. Mild sunning to the spine. Fine in a Fine publisher's slipcase. Crandell A13.I.b. One of 100 numbered copies SIGNED by the author on the limitation page, this copy unnumbered and marked "Presentation Copy." Crandell indicates that as many as 136 copies may have been issued, but apparently many of these were destroyed and only 10 numbered copies and 20 presentation copies, most of which were retained by the publishing house and by the author, survived. This edition included the homoerotic story "The Kingdom of Earth," which was not included in the Trade Edition and which is not listed in the index to this edition.

      [Bookseller: Charles Agvent]
 29.   Check availability:     Biblio     Link/Print  


        The Kingdom of Earth with Hard Candy. A Book of Stories

      (N.p.) : New Directions, (1954). First edition. One of 100 copies signed by the author. The rarest first edition by Tennessee Williams, since many of the 100 copies were destroyed. Fine in cloth-backed patterned boards. In original slipcase, which is worn.

      [Bookseller: Bromer Booksellers]
 30.   Check availability:     Biblio     Link/Print  


        THE LISTING ATTIC

      New York / Boston:: Duell, Sloan and Pearce / Little, Brown and Company,, 1954. First Edition. Very Good++. SIGNED BY EDWARD GOREY ON TITLE PAGE without personalization. A Very Good++ hardback Stated First Edition First Printing with mild cover edge wear in a Very Good++ Dust Jacket with mild edge wear, small scuff. Sm. 8vo. Gorey's Second Book. Rarely Found Signed.

      [Bookseller: By The Book, LC ABAA-ILAB]
 31.   Check availability:     Biblio     Link/Print  


        The Old Man and the Sea

      New York: Charles Scribner's Sons. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Fine/Fine. FIRST EDITION of Hemingway's Pulitzer-Prize winning classic. A FINE COPY. Hemingway was awarded the 1954 Nobel Prize in Literature on the strength of The Old Man and the Sea, being cited "for his mastery of the art of narrative, most recently demonstrated in The Old Man and the Sea, and for the influence that he has exerted on contemporary style". New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1952. Octavo, original cloth, original dust jacket. Light crease to front flap. A beautiful copy, extremely rare in such fine condition.

      [Bookseller: The Manhattan Rare Book Company]
 32.   Check availability:     Biblio     Link/Print  


        The Conquest Of Everest Signed by Hillary, Lowe, Pugh

      New York: Dutton. NF/VG+. 1954. 1st US Edition. Hardcover; 1st Printing. 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 .

      [Bookseller: Authors & Artists]
 33.   Check availability:     Biblio     Link/Print  


        The Conquest of Everest

      New York: E. P. Dutton & Co. , Inc.. Fine in Very Good+ dust jacket. 1954. 1st US Edition; First Printing; Signed by Author. 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 .

      [Bookseller: Books Tell You Why]
 34.   Check availability:     Biblio     Link/Print  


        Il contemporaneo. Settimanale di cultura.

      Subject: (Riviste). Roma, 1954, A. I, n 1/19, 21/39. La mitica rivista di Salinari e Trombadori. 38 fascicoli, con ill. fot. (L'annata completa ? di 39 numeri). Tutti :

      [Bookseller: LIBRERIA PIANI]
 35.   Check availability:     TomFolio     Link/Print  


        Find a Victim (Signed First Edition)

      New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1954. First Edition. First Edition. SIGNED by the author on the title page, presumably quite early on, as "John Ross Macdonald." Near Fine in a Very Good plus dust jacket. Some fading to the topstain and spine panel lightly toned, else book is Fine. Jacket extremities lightly rubbed, with a few nicks and closed tears. The fifth Archer novel, uncommon to find signed.

      [Bookseller: Royal Books, Inc.]
 36.   Check availability:     Biblio     Link/Print  


        La Guerre et la Paix . Deluxe edition with an original signed lithograph by Picasso

      Paris Cercle d?Art 1954. Folio (15 5/16 x 11 5/8 Inches) (390x295 mm). Loose in Arche wove-covered wrappers, Cloth covered protective board, and slipcase. Deluxe edition limited in 100 numbered copies on Arches paper correlated with an original lithograph by Picasso, dated 10.2.54 on transfer paper, and signed in red pencil. This book provide a complete documentary record of the two Picasso?s murals: La guerre et la paix, in the Chapel at Vallauris, South of France. The book contains studies in pencil, preparatory sketches, related to the two murals, and also several reproductions of works done by Picasso in the 40th which attest the artist hatred of war and desire for the peace. A reproduction of a canvas painted on 1954 Le hibou serves as frontispiece. There are as well photographic reproductions of the two murals. The text that accompany this rare edition is from Claude Roy, a conversation with Picasso during the 1950/ 1954 reflecting on the man and his way of working. The Roy's essay: L'energie de l'espoir, complete the text of this book. In very good condition. Ref: Cramer #67

      [Bookseller: Marninart, Inc (ABAA-ILAB)]
 37.   Check availability:     Biblio     Link/Print  


        SPORTS ILLUSTRATED. Volumes 1, & 2., 1954 [&3] With Topps Cards

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

      [Bookseller: TBCL The Book Collector's Library]
 38.   Check availability:     Biblio     Link/Print  


        DICTIONNAIRE INTUITIF. Avec une Introduction de Charles Albert Cingria

      Presses de suzie david, 1954. in8 Broché

      [Bookseller: Livre Nomade]
 39.   Check availability:     Biblio     Link/Print  


        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]
 40.   Check availability:     IOBABooks     Link/Print  


        Séville en fête. Preface by Henry de Montherlant. Text by Dominique Aubier.

      Paris: Robert Delpire, 1954 - Quarto. Original blue cloth, titles to spine gilt. With the dust jacket. Cloth slightly faded to edges, dust jacket nicked to corners and rubbed to head of spine, crease to front flap. First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the artist "Pour Piere Tabac, Brassai, On ne peut plus amicalement, Paris, le 26 Février, 1954 (à l' heure de la visité)".

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA member]
 41.   Check availability:     AbeBooks     Link/Print  


        Phyllis in Peril [Complete set on 20 chapters on original sheets of glossy photographic paper]

      Nutrix Corporation 1954 « Cartoon serial » de bondage dessiné d'Eric Stanton en 20 épisodes. Prépublication originale sur papier photographique, 20 planches au format 20,5 x 26 cm, éditée par la Nutrix Corporation d'Irving Klaw vers 1954, vendue par correspondance pour éviter les problèmes de censure. Série complète des 20 pl. Extrêmement rare, car le serial était vendu par Klaw à la planche. Le papier photo a un peu jauni, sinon très bel état de l'ensemble. En raison de la technique artisanale employée par Klaw, il arrive souvent que des clichés soient flous, ce qui n'est absolument pas le cas pour cette série. Klaw ayant débuté comme vendeur de photos de cinéma et de pin-up, continua à utiliser ce support lorsqu'il se spécialisa dans le bondage et le SM. Toutes les BD qu'il publia jusqu'à la fin des années 50 furent éditées sur du papier photographique qui constitue les éditions originales. L'un des premiers travaux significatifs et aboutis du jeune dessinateur Stanton et typique de l'univers fétichiste et de bondage féminin publié par Irving Klaw. Stanton y developpe des caractères forts de dominatrices, multiplie les cases fétichisant les talons aiguilles, développe des bondages très sophistiqués et d'incroyables appareillages de coercition. Bondage cartoon serial. One of the earliest bondage work of Stanton for the Nutrix Corporation (Irbving Klaw). Original and complete set of 20 chapters of the cartoon serial Phyllis in Peril. First publication on sheets of 8'' x 10'' glossy photographic paper. Good conditions Très bon couverture souple Edition originale

      [Bookseller: Librairie Dejolibelle]
 42.   Check availability:     maremagnum.com     Link/Print  


        THE KINGDOM OF EARTH with HARD CANDY. A BOOK OF STORIES

      New Directions (1954), (n. p.) - Crandell A13.I.b. One of 100 numbered copies SIGNED by the author on the limitation page, this copy unnumbered and marked "Presentation Copy." Crandell indicates that as many as 136 copies may have been issued, but apparently many of these were destroyed and only 10 numbered copies and 20 presentation copies, most of which were retained by the publishing house and by the author, survived. This edition included the homoerotic story "The Kingdom of Earth," which was not included in the Trade Edition and which is not listed in the index to this edition. Mild sunning to the spine. Fine in a Fine publisher's slipcase [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Charles Agvent, est. 1987, ABAA, ILAB]
 43.   Check availability:     AbeBooks     Link/Print  

______________________________________________________________________________


      Home     Wants Manager     Library Search     562 Years   Links     Contact      Search Help      Terms of Service      Privacy     


Copyright © 2018 viaLibri™ Limited. All rights reserved.