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        The Lord of the Rings, 1st UK Edition, 1st Impressions, Custom Leather Binding with Matching Clamshell Case

      London: Allen & Unwin, 1954. First Edition. Full-Leather. J.R.R. Tolkien. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. The Lord of the Rings, 1st UK Edition, 1st Printings, custom fine binding set. The Lord of the Rings, 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 the 1st State, as per Hammond & 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 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 newly rebound in Black 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 clamshell (drop spine) case in matching Black Leather. The front boards of the case and books feature Tengwar (Tolkien's Elvish writing) titles and author, as well as Tolkien's own Ring and Eye design from the original dustjackets. The rear of the case is gilt stamped with the Tengwar Rune Poem, from the original text. The rear of the books are gilt stamped with the JRRT monogram. The front boards of the books have the individual book Titles and author in Tengwar as well as the Ring and Eye design gilt stamped. A true Tolkien Collector's dream set. This is a fabulous design, executed by one of America's premier binders. All are very clean and bright, with a couple of small smudges on occasional page margins, a small amount of foxing on the first couple of pages of the Fellowship, the other two are not foxed, and none have any writing or signatures. 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. 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]
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      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 .

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        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]
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        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]
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        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]
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        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]
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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. 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]
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      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).

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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. 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]
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        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.

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        [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.

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        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]
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        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.]
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        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.

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        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.

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      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.

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        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)

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

      [Bookseller: Barter Books Ltd]
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      (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]
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        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.

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      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.

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        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.

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        The Conquest Of Everest Signed by Hillary, Lowe, Pugh

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

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        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 .

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        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 :

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        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.

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        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

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

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

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        DICTIONNAIRE INTUITIF. Avec une Introduction de Charles Albert Cingria

      Presses de suzie david, 1954. in8 Broché

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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.

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        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)".

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        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

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      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]
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      Mossèn Alcover, Palma De Mallorca 1954 - Tomo I, " La ciudad de Palma", 314 pags. Tomo II, " Costumbres de los Mallorquines", 202 pags. Tomo III, " Los pueblos de Mallorca, el estribo norte de la Sierra y sus cumbres."220 pags. Tomo IV, " Los pueblos de Mallorca, el Sudeste y Centro de la Isla." 150 pags. Tomo V, "La costa de Mallorca,", 164 pags. Tomo VI, "Los pueblos de Mallorca, el estribo Sur de la Sierra y sus desfiladeros". 176 pags. Tomo VII, "Los pueblos de Mallorca, la parte Meridional de la Isla", 184 pags. Tomo VIII, "Mallorca agrícola ( primera mitad )" 188 pags. Tomo IX, 2Mallorca agrícola,( segunda mitad )", 181 pags. Tomo X, " Dela caza, pesca y navegacion" 207 pags. Tomo XI, "Mallorca parte central" 180 pags. y por último, Tomo XII, "La cultura " 218 pags. Numerosas ilustraciones entre texto y láminas fuera de texto.- Rústica, cubiertas originales. Traducción d parte de la obra del Archiduque Luis Salvador, Die Balearen in Wort und Bild Geschildert, de la mano de José Sureda Blanes.

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      New York: Ballantine Books New York: Ballantine Books,. [1954]. boards.. A fine copy in fine dust jacket with some fading to blue ink. background of spine panel. Still sharp copy of this book. (#89472). First edition. Presentation copy with signed inscription by Pohl to Forrest J. Ackerman on front free endpaper: "For 4e / With gratitude for / a fine time / Frederik Pohl." Berger, Science Fiction and the New Dark Age, p. 30. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, p. 252.

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        La encuadernación en París en las avanzadas del arte moderno

      Asociación de Bibliófilos, Barcelona 1954 - 4º mayor, frontis color, VI p., 91 p., 50 láms. a una tinta. Ejemplar nº 91, de un tiraje de 100 ejemplares, nominados, dedicados a las componentes de la Asociación. Papel hilo, barbas. Ejemplar en rama. Estuche en cartoné decorado. Interesante aportación a la historia del arte del libro, que estudia y comenta la obra de las escuelas de encuadernación creadas en París y de los principales profesionales parisinos, y aporta una selección de 50 láminas con 50 encuadernaciones producidas en la capital francesa en París la primera mitad del s. XX. Bibliofilia. Libros. Bibliophilism. Books.

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        Building Plans, Elevations, Interior Details, and Perspective for a Three Family Dwelling on the N.W. Corner of 18th St. and De Haro St., San Francisco. (Current address likely 470 Carolina or 555 De Haro St.)

      San Francisco: James H. Hjul, Structural Engineer, September - November, 1954. - Original pencil drawings on tracing paper. Sheet size 19" x 24". 7 sheets. Job #237. James Hansen Hjul (1882 - 1957), a structural engineer, constructed many buildings in San Francisco. He was the founder of the J.H. Construction Company and was listed as a contractor, civil engineer, structural engineer and construction engineer in San Francisco City Directories from 1907 to 1958. Most of his work occurred in the South of Market area on warehouses and industrial buildings.

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        THE HIDDEN STAIRCASE First UK Edition Series # 2 , 1954 TRUE 1st UK Edition, STATED 1st Printing NANCY DREW in Color Dustjacket with Frank Varty artwork SHOWS 2 OLD WOMEN IN ATTIC

      Newcastle Upon Tyne: Harold Hill & Son Ltd UK ENGLAND 1954 - in Color Dustjacket with Frank Varty artwork SHOWS 2 OLD WOMEN IN ATTIC 1 WEARING YELLOW SHAWL & other in Long Black dress with White Collar WATCHING Blonde HAIRED NANCY DREW WEARING BLUE & WHITE POLKA DOT TOP & ORANGE SKIRT GOING THRU Framed PAINTINGS WITH HER HANDON WALL, 1ST BRITISH EDITION, FRONT INNER FLAP DJ LISTS THRU CLUE OF VELVET MASK OR 30 TITLES, WITH PRICE INNER FLAP 6/- NET, HBDJ, Stated First British Printing, 1954. Pre Series List Thru Clue Velvet Mask , ,VG+/VG-. AS-IS, Pre Series List Thru Clue Velvet Mask , SCARCE DUSTJACKET HAS MODERATE EDGEWEAR and slight browning to back edge DJ. THE BOOK IS IN VG+ SHAPE, WITH NO MARKS OR WRITING , . BACK OF DJ HAS 4 B/W & RED COMIC LIKE ILLUSTRATIONS OF NANCY WITH HER HOLDING LANTERN IN LAST 1, WITH BLURB ABOUT NEXT ADVENTURE , BUNGALOW MYSTERY, BACK INNER FLAP LISTS GREAT AIRPORT MYSTERY HARDY BOYS & ENID BLYTON NOW FOR A STORY, BLUE Spine DJ WITH #2 AT BTM in White with HH & Son in Black, 224 pages with THICK turquoise GREEN boards with Nancy with Spyglass. FRONT INNER FLAP DJ LISTS THRU CLUE OF VELVET MASK OR 30 TITLES, WITH PRICE INNER FLAP 6/- NET, BACK INNER FLAP LISTS GREAT AIRPORT MYSTERY HARDY BOYS & ENID BLYTON NOW FOR A STORY SHOWS 5/- NET Price, , SCARCE DUSTJACKET HAS EDGEWEAR, light wear Scuff & small mended Tears creases near edges- There is a small tear and creasmark on the jacket front at the bottom ,BLUE Spine DJ has small Chips AT ENDS not affecting Text WITH #2 AT BTM in White with HH & Son in Black has scuffing, Tiny light crease along Spine DJ at Btm End, BACK DJ HAS Comic Like Drawings in Red & B&W Figure NANCY WITH Clue in Diary At Btm with Word READ Printed, Dustjacket has mild shelfwear Tiny Chips Tears Extremities, Interior Nice tight Clean Light Wear Fox, NO ADS IN Back, Harold Hill printed on book spine indicates this is the original printing. DJ Protected by Clear Mylar, Publishers Tinted top outer pgs Top edges Tinted in Dark Blue Nice Bright, 5 X 7 1/2 in. , Interior Nice white pages with no marks or writing ,Thick Turquoise Green Cloth WITH SILHOUETTE Nancy with Spyglass, Spine DJ slight edgewear, Scuff & small Mended Tears & tiny End Chips, Interior Nice tight Clean Light Wear Fox, 219 Pgs, NO ADS IN Back, [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        THE DOLLMAKER. Presentation Copy

      New York: The Macmillan Company, 1954 Presentation Copy of the First Edition Inscribed by Harriette Arnow on the half-title page. "For Kathryn Carow, a wonderful hostess, a southerner who makes you feel at home, Harriette Simpson Arnow". A very good or better copy in 1/4 blue over beige cloth, (recipient's neat address label and tiny written name to the front pastedown, rear endpaper with a taped envelope in which are articles pertaining to Harriette Arnow and the recipient's neat note, 'newspaper articles about H. Arnow'), white titles to the spine in a bright, fresh very good or better pictorial dustwrapper. 8vo. 549 pp. A charming copy of an established classic of American literature seldom found signed.. Signed by Author. 1st Edition.

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      Random House (1954), New York - Printed at the Spiral Press. Wallace A38: First Trade Edition (there were also 111 signed and numbered copies). This copy is SIGNED by the author on the first blank in blue ink and dated in 1955 in his shaky hand. Signed copies of the trade edition of this title are elusive. Fine in a Very Good dustwrapper with a small chip on the rear panel [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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      - (BROWN,MARCIA)illus. CINDERELLA or the little glass slipper freely translated from Perrault. NY: Scribner (1954 A). 4to (8 1/4 x 10 1/4"), cloth, corner slightly worn else Fine in VG dust wrapper (not price clipped, no award seal, small chips off spine ends). First edition, first printing. CALDECOTT AWARD WINNER. Beautifully illustrated in color by Brown. One of the most difficult to find award winners, THIS COPY IS SIGNED BY BROWN. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        The George Eliot Letters. Edited by Gordon S. Haight.

      London: Oxford Unversity Press 1954 - In seven volumes bound in red cloth. Vols. iv-vii neat ex lib. A fine set. NO POST SURCHARGE WITHIN THE UK. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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      NY: The Limited Editions Club. Fine with no dust jacket. 1954. First Trade Edition. Hardcover. Fine Press; Art; Arabic; Color Illustrations; 4to 11" - 13" tall; Richard Burton - Captain Sir Richard Francis Burton KCMG FRGS was a British geographer, explorer, translator, writer, soldier, orientalist, cartographer, ethnologist, spy, linguist, poet, fencer and diplomat. He was known for his travels and explorations within Asia, Africa and the Americas as well as his extraordinary knowledge of languages and cultures. According to one count, he spoke 29 European, Asian and African languages. Burton's best-known achievements include travelling in disguise to Mecca, an unexpurgated translation of "One Thousand and One Nights" (also commonly called "The Arabian Nights" in English after Andrew Lang's abridgement) , bringing the "Kama Sutra" to publication in English, and journeying with John Hanning Speke as the first Europeans led by Africa's greatest explorer guide, Sidi Mubarak Bombay, utilizing route information by Indian and Omani merchants who traded in the region, to visit the Great Lakes of Africa in search of the source of the Nile. Burton extensively criticized colonial policies (to the detriment of his career) in his works and letters. He was a prolific and erudite author and wrote numerous books and scholarly articles about subjects including human behaviour, travel, falconry, fencing, sexual practices and ethnography. A unique feature of his books is the copious footnotes and appendices containing remarkable observations and unexpurgated information. He was a captain in the army of the East India Company serving in India (and later, briefly, in the Crimean War). Following this he was engaged by the Royal Geographical Society to explore the east coast of Africa and led an expedition guided by the locals and was the first European to see Lake Tanganyika. In later life he served as British consul in Fernando Po, Santos, Damascus and, finally, Trieste. He was a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and was awarded a knighthood (KCMG) in 1886. Width: 7.75" Height: 10.75" weight 12l. This set is bound in full closely woven black linen with lavish gold leaf stamping and housed in two slipcases. Volumes are in excellent condition. These books contain 60 multi-colored miniature paintings by Arthur Szyk reproduced in six-color printing plates. From the final work of Szyk with printing done posthumously. Very mnior toning to spines [F}, slight rubbing to slipcases{VG+}. 2 main vols with 2 adt'l vols of notes. .

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        Western Wayfaring: Routes of Exploration and Trade in the American Southwest

      Los Angeles: Automobile Club of So. Cal., 1954. Limited edition. Hardcover. Near fine. Small folio. (vi), 63pp. Illustrated with maps. Index. One of 100 copies specially printed and bound for the Zamorano Club. Cloth spine, printed paper boards. Light sunning to the boards and trace of edgewear else near fine. Maps and short essays on 28 routes from Pike, the Sonora Trail and the Santa Fe Trail to the Overland Mail Route of 1861-69 and the Pacific Railroad of 1869. Ex libris Lawrence Clark Powell with his bookplate in the front pastedown.

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