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        Under Milk Wood. A Play for Voices. Preface and Musical Settings by Daniel Jones.

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

      [Bookseller: Bristow & Garland]
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        Autograph Letter Signed to Composer Daniel Jones about Erich Fried translating Dylan Thomas

      London: Edith Sitwell, 1954 Sitwell, Edith [Dylan Thomas], [Daniel Jones]. Autograph Letter Signed to Composer Daniel Jones about Erich Fried translating Dylan Thomas. London: 22 March 1954. 8vo., 4pp. A very chatty letter. "I have of course been meaning to write to you to tell you how much I liked your songs....I believe that Erich Fried a friend of mine, has written to you about his translation of Under Milk Wood... Dearest Dan, do please see that Erich gets the rights as it is really a service to Dylan too... I spoke to Dylan about his translations of his poems which were quite uncannily good. In fact the only ones that were. He has a really great gift and above all an unusual talent for words, in fact he is the only person writing in German who comes near to Dylan's way of using words... Please ring when you are in town. You can always stay with us you know. / All my best love to you & / Irene. / Yours Edith". An excellent letter in fine condition. Thomas' closest & oldest friend was Dr. Daniel Jones. Dan Jones edited Dylan Thomas's POEMS in addition to writing the preface & all of the original music for 'Under Milk Wood' & publishing: "My Friend Dylan Thomas". $1775. Signed by Author. Original Autographed Letters & Documents.

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

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

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

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

      [Bookseller: L. W. Currey, Inc. ]
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        Grunewald: Mathis Neithart Genannt Gothart

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

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

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

      [Bookseller: Libreria Antiquaria Malavasi]
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        Molecular Microwave Oscillator and New Hyperfine Structure in the Microwave Spectrum of NH3 (+) The Maser - New type of Microwave Amplifier, Frequency Standard, and Spectrometer.

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

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

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

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        The Dancing Bears

      Yale University Press New Haven: Yale University Press. 1954. First. First edition. Fine in fine dustwrapper. A spectacular copy of Merwin's second book. .

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        Rotational States of Atomic Nuclei.

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

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        Excavations at Sakkara Great Tombs of the First Dynasty II

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

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        Hard Candy. A Book of Stories

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

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

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

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        CUT ME IN

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

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        3 Typed letters signed, plus 1 form signed, and signed photo to Rolf Hosemann

      Berlin, 1954. No Dust Jacket. Laue, Max von (1879-1960). (1) Typed letter signed, in German with typed and ms. corrections, dated 12.6.54 (June 12, 1954), to Rolf Hosemann (b. 1912), addressed to "Lieber Kollege" (dear colleague). 1-1/3pp., on single sheet with letterhead of the Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, Berlin. (2) Typed letter signed, in German to Hosemann dated 19.7.54 (July 19, 1954). 1 page, on letterhead of the Institut as above. (3) Undated typed letter signed (draft) in German, written in 1954 or later, to an unnamed member of the Stiftenverband fur die Deutsche Wissenschaft. 2-1/4pp., on 2 sheets. (4) Printed circular letter in German dated 1.11.53 (November 1, 1953) with von Laue's autograph signature at the foot and Hosemann's name and the date "3.5.1952" filled in by typewriter. 1 sheet, on letterhead of the Institut as above. (5) Printed thank-you note in German dated 9 October 1953, signed in ink by von Laue, with a portrait photograph of von Laue (85 x 114 mm.) attached. 4pp. 211 x 149 mm. Together 5 items, comprising the thank-you note and 4 letters on 5 sheets total, all measuring 292 x 211 mm.; all sheets punched for a two-hole binder. Letters creased where previously folded, slight soiling and wear, thank-you note a little dust-soiled and browned with thumbtack holes in each corner, but very good. English translations included. Max von Laue received the Nobel Prize for physics in 1914 for his discovery of the diffraction of x-rays in crystals, a discovery that Einstein called one of the most beautiful in physics. "Subsequently it was possible to investigate X radiation itself by means of wavelength determination as well as to study the structure of the irradiated material. . . . The new field of X-ray structural analysis that Laue established developed into an important branch of physics and chemistry" (DSB). Laue continued to develop his theory of X-ray interference in the following decades, and did some important work on superconductivity as well. An early supporter of Einstein's theory of relativity, Laue was one of the few members of the Prussian Academy of Sciences to protest Einstein's dismissal from that organization in 1933 following the Nazi rise to power; that same year, Laue also successfully prevented the Academy from admitting Johannes Stark, the pro-Hitler physicist who believed relativity to be a "world-wide Jewish trick." After World War II Laue played an active role in rebuilding German science, founding the German Physical Society and re-establishing both the German Research Association and the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt. In April 1951, at the age of 71, Laue took over the directorship of the Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, a post he occupied until his death nine years later. This collection of materials contains two letters from Laue to Rolf Hosemann, his chief assistant at the Fritz-Haber-Institut. Hosemann had submitted a paper to Laue for review, and in (1), the first of his letters to Hosemann, von Laue critiques it thoroughly: I have gone to a lot of trouble with the second section of your work, "Lorentz-invariant deduction of Hamiltonian mechanics, Maxwellian electrodynamics and Schroedinger wave mechanics from the so-called general wave equation. Clarification of the wave-particle dualism." I have objections in many places. . . . What do you want to do in this second section? The fact that you present the reader the mechanics of the mass point, which are well known to him, in a peculiar and most unpleasant notation, in my opinion, is rather superfluous. You want to begin with Equations (36) and (28), which are known to lead to the Hamiltonian equations of mechanics. What is the rest for? . . . You refer to de Broglie's agreement. Are you sure that he has actually studied your manuscript? Being French, he has a strong tendency to avoid an uncomfortable discussion by using some pleasing phrases. In any case, I cannot accept your manuscript as submitted for the Zeitschrift fur Physik. In my opinion, the rewriting must rephrase the title, which promised entirely too much, to something more modest. . . . I have now also read Section III. In this section you state that Section II has already covered the movement of a mass point in a specified electromagnetic field. The reader would be happy to believe that, because of the introduction of your "potential four-vector" pe was directed to that from the beginning. But these laws of motion do not by any means include all of electrodynamics. . . . The claim you make at the beginning of the work, that you can derive electrodynamics from the relativity principle, completely misses the target. Hosemann then apparently sent Laue a rewrite of his paper, to which Laue responded in (2): I began yesterday to read your manuscript, the boomerang, and must admit that this manuscript makes an infinitely better impression than the previous one. . . . I have made many marginal comments, but they only concern format. I will continue reading, and hope that we will very quickly agree when we next meet. But I hope that the important content of your work will find a form adequate for it. In order to inform you at once of some of my reservations: At more than one point in your proof you refer to equations which appear later. I have convinced myself that this is superfluous in all of these cases, and therefore not harmful. But the reader, seeing something like that, immediately expects circular reasoning, as you derive the later equations from the earlier ones. . . . No. (3), the draft of a letter from Laue to the Stiftenverband fur die Deutsche Wissenschaft (Society for the Support of German Science), contains a great deal of information about Hosemann and his work at the Fritz-Haber-Institut, as well as the type of research the Institut was engaged in, and some insight into how the Institut obtained its funding during the 1950s: Over the last four years, my chief assistant, Professor R. Hosemann, established an X-ray department at my Institute concerned particularly with study of the structures of non-crystalline substances (e.g., high polymers or colloids). . . . The Institute first worked with fundamental problems of diffraction. For example, the theory of the ideal paracrystal was published (Z. Physik 128, 1 & 465 [1950]), as well as the diffraction theory of the lamellar bundle (Z. Physik 127, 16 [1950]; Koll. Z. 117, 13 [1950]). The monograph, "The statistical character of the fine structure of high-molecular weight and colloidal substances," was published in "On the Structure and Matter of Solids," Springer-Verlag, 1952. . . . Independent of that, experimental studies initially concerned primarily with fundamental problems were started at this Institute (see, for example, Die Naturwissenschaften 41, 440 [1954]). But many of these works are so well completed that it is possible to start studying practical problems (e.g., X-ray interferences in colloidal systems such as latex emulsions, crystal structure studies with the counting tube goniometer, etc.) Unfortunately, we have not yet been able to realize adequate support for the completion of this work at the Max Planck Society. Given the existing controls, then, we fear that Prof. Hosemann will lose his coworkers, who have worked very intensively and successfully for the last four years in this new and rather difficult field of work. . . . No. (4) is a printed circular letter addressed to Hosemann, concerning an agreement between the Institut and the Deutschen Forschungshochschule Berlin-Dahlem. No. (5) is a printed thank-you notice with original photograph, apparently sent to all who participated in the October 9, 1953 celebration of Laue's 74th birthday and the 50th anniversary of his receiving the doctorate. Despite all his researches mentioned in no. (3) above, Laue's correspondent and assistant Hosemann is not mentioned in our reference works on the history of 20th century physics. OCLC cites three monographs written or co-written by Hosemann: Die Erforschung der Struktur hochmolekular und kolloider Stoffe mittels Kleiwinkelstreuung (1952), mentioned in Laue's letter; Lichtoptische Herstellung und Diskussion der Faltungsquadrate parakristaller Gitter (1956); and Direct Analysis of Diffraction by Matter (1962). DSB. Weber, Pioneers of Science, pp. 49-50.

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