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        The Fellowship of the Ring, 1st Edition 1st Impression 1954

      London: Allen & Unwin, 1954. 1st Edition. Hard Cover. J.R.R. Tolkien. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. A true 1st Edition 1st Impression of The Fellowship of the Ring, by J.R.R. Tolkien. This copy is most likely destined to be rebound, as the covers are split at the spine fold, discolored and stained. However the topstain is not faded. The Ring & Eye portion of the dustjacket is glued down to the front endpaper, however no previous owner's name or other markings noted. The text block has a large foldover that runs from the front endpaper thru about the first fifty pages, before it becomes so faint as to not be visable. The map is missing from the rear as well. However tattered this may be, still the foundation for building a complete set of 1st impressions, quite suitable for rebinding. 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. Good / No Jacket.

      [Bookseller: The Tolkien Bookshelf]
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        The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, The Return of the King. Three Volumes. Allen edition. 1st & 2nd impressions

      London: George Allen and Unwin Ltd. G: in Good condition. Upper inner hinge cracked to volume one. Volumes two and three with tattered dust jackets repaired with archive tape, now in protective acetate wrappers. Wrapper to volume two is missing front flap and has some loss to foot of spine. Wrapper to volume three has minor loss to foot of spine. Boards of volumes two and three lightly marked with mild bumping. Foxing to endpapers and light foxing to text-block. Content clean and tight. 1954. 2nd impression. Red hardback cloth cover. 423pp; 352pp; 416pp :: Fold-in black and white maps to rear of each volume :: 230mm x 150mm (9" x 6") :: Published 1954 & 1955. The Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers are 2nd impressions. Return of the King is 1st impression, with anomalies on page 49 including slipped type and signature stamp '4' .

      [Bookseller: Barter Books Ltd]
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        The Fellowship of the Ring: Being the First Part of the Lord of the Rings

      Boston: Houghton Mifflin. c. 1954. First American edition. Hardcover. Near Fine. c. 1954, First American edition, but a later state. Points: no price on dust jacket flap, no date on title page, "Printed in Great Britain" only text on copyright page. Hardcover, blue cloth, 423 pp. Near Fine copy, with original map in rear, in a Very Good dust jacket. Previous owner's small bookplate on the front pastedown; small ink note on the fly leaf. Clean and unmarked text. Map is Fine and securely attached. The Walter Lorraine dust jacket shows light edgewear; spine sunned a touch; rubbing along front fold; light fading/soil to the rear panel. The DJ is now housed in a mylar wrap; the front panel is bold, clean and unmarked. Digital images available upon request.

      [Bookseller: Caliban Books ABAA-ILAB]
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        The Second World War (Six volumes, inscribed by Churchill to his valet)

      London: Cassell, 1954. First editions. Six volumes. INSCRIBED by Churchill in Volume II to his valet: "To Frederick Raven from Winston S. Churchill 1949." Foxing to the fore-edges and endpapers of the first two volumes, else Fine in uniform Near Fine, very lightly spine-toned dust jackets. A desirable set, and while sets can be found with a volume inscribed by Churchill, it is most uncommon to find any sort of association.

      [Bookseller: Royal Books, Inc.]
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        Gwilym Marles [With Related Dylan Thomas Material]

      Conwy: AB Owen, . (no date). First. First edition. 24mo. 4.75" x 5.75". Written in Welsh. Rubbed boards, front hinge split with contemporary owner's name and notes throughout, else near fine. Marles is the bardic name for William Thomas, who was Dylan Thomas's great uncle and the source of his middle name. The uncle was also Thomas's inspiration for the character Rev. Eli Jenkins in the 1954 radio play "Under Milk Wood," later made into the 1972 film. Accompanying the book are two letters from a Welsh book collector to a New York book collector. The first three-page letter mentions seeing Dylan Thomas at a reading and having his mother over for dinner. It also references three enclosed Christmas cards: one sent by the current residence of Thomas's childhood home, and two featuring artwork from noted Welsh artist Ceri Richards, who was often inspired by Thomas's writings. The second one-page letter references Gwilym Marles, which was purchased for the New York collector. .

      [Bookseller: Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. ABA]
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        Histoire d'O

      Pauvert J J - Paris 1954. First Edition. Softcover. Fine/No Jacket. Paris 1954. 1st edition. one of a "verge" limitation of 480 of a total run of 600. As new in mint glassine wrappers, in a fine yellow chemise, in a matching yellow slip-case slightly soiled else fine. A beautiful, collector's copy.

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        The Story of O

      Olympia Press. PAPERBACK. buff wraps 187 pp purple dust wrapper spine faded with small tear to dj at spine bottom upper right corner bumped. . Good. 1954.

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        Waiting For Godot: A Tragicomedy In Two Acts

      New York: Grove Press, 1954.. First edition in English, preceding the British edition. Octavo, original black cloth. Fine in a near fine dust jacket that shows some light toning to the spine. A very sharp copy.

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        Sam. (Browny-orange cat with green eyes.)

      New York: the Artist,, 1954. Offset lithograph on wove paper hand coloured by Warhol and friends with Dr. Martin's aniline watercolor dye. Fine condition. Sheet size: 225 × 150 mm Edition of 190. Plate 15 from the book 25 Cats Name Sam and One Blue Pussy. Printed by Seymour Berlin. Andy's mother Julia Warhola did the calligraphy.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        Vios kai politeia tou Alexi Zormpa [ Zorba the Greek ]

      Athenai [Athens]: Archaios Ekdotikos Oikos ; Demitriou Demetrakou, 1954. Presumed First Greek and Greek language edition. Paperback. Near Fine(-) with gentle shelfwear in Very Good(-) shelf-worn DJ with a few small, mostly closed tears to DJ spine foot, head and upper edges.& Small spot and very small chip to front free endpaper; a few extermely light pen marks to copyright page.. Large octavo in pale green printed DJ and identical paper wrappers; 395 p., including a prologue by the author. RARE. The presumed first Greek language edition of Nikos Kazantzakis' best known work, Zorba the Greek. No copies located in OCLC WorldCat. Copyright page states: "Printed in Greece - 1954." Text in Modern Greek. || To the best of our knowledge, Zorba the Greek was first published in Paris, in French, in 1947.

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        The Hobbit, or There and Back Again, 1954 6th Impression in Dustjacket

      Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1954. 2nd Edition. Original Cloth. J.R.R. Tolkien. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. A fantastic copy of a very early printing of The Hobbit. The 1954, 6th overall printing, or the 2nd printing of the 2nd Edition (1951). A Near Fine copy in a Near Fine original dustjacket, designed by Tolkien, featuring his Mountains & Dragon design, as found on the original UK Editions. Stated 6th impression on front flap, not price clipped, noted as printed in Great Britain. This copy has been collated with the authoritative article by Steven M. Frisby, Identifying First and Second Edition Printings of the Houghton Mifflin Hobbit, published in The Tolkien Collector, no. 30 (October 2009), and matches the description for a 6th impression. One of probably only 1000 imported from Allen & Unwin, lacking the printing history on title verso, to help them circumvent the import restrictions and US copyright laws. The text block is clean and bright, bound in the light blue/green colored original cloth from the publisher. Shows almost no shelf wear, slight rubbing to the dustjacket at the flap folds, lightest soiling to the white areas, no bumped corners. Features the title, dwarves hat, author, and publisher stamped on the spine in blue. Front boards have "The Hobbit" stamped in blue as well. Contains the full color frontispiece "The Hill: Hobbiton-across-the Water", as well as the original line drawings by Tolkien. The maps are in excellent condition, red and black ink still show clear and bright against the unfoxed endpapers. No previous owners name nor any other writing noted. The dustjacket shows the smallest amount of rubbing to the top and bottom of the spine, and the folds at the flaps have the smallest of chips, none larger that 1 or 2 mm. The jacket shows a light amount of soiling in the white sections, and the spine is slightly tanned. Overall a beautiful copy, scarce in original dustjacket in this condition. Digital photo's available, inquire if interested. Other Tolkien books available, include both the UK and US editions, original cloth bindings, custom fine bindings, and Signed/Numbered/Limited Editions. Near Fine / Near Fine.

      [Bookseller: The Tolkien Bookshelf]
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        The Hobbit or There and Back Again

      London: George Allen & Unwin, 1954. Green cloth boards with black lettering and decoration. 315 pages. Illustrated by the author. Colour frontispiece. of "The Hill: hobbiton-across-the-water". Very slight fading to cloth at head of spine strip and tanning to page edges of 78 and 79 - all other page clean. Small Foyles sticker to front endpaper. No other faults. Unclipped dustwrapper (9s 6d net) shows signs of light edgwear with a few minor small closed tears to edges but no chipping or losses and no fading. A very good copy. Sixth Impression (Second Edition). Hard Cover. Very Good/Very Good. 8vo.

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        The Hobbit, or There and Back Again, 1954 6th Impression in Dustjacket

      Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1954. 2nd Edition. Original Cloth. J.R.R. Tolkien. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. A fantastic copy of a very early printing of The Hobbit. The 1954, 6th overall printing, or the 2nd printing of the 2nd Edition (1951). A Near Fine copy in a Near Fine original dustjacket, designed by Tolkien, featuring his Mountains & Dragon design, as found on the original UK Editions. Stated 6th impression on front flap, not price clipped, noted as printed in Great Britain. This copy has been collated with the authoritative article by Steven M. Frisby, Identifying First and Second Edition Printings of the Houghton Mifflin Hobbit, published in The Tolkien Collector, no. 30 (October 2009), and matches the description for a 6th impression. One of probably only 1000 imported from Allen & Unwin, lacking the printing history on title verso, to help them circumvent the import restrictions and US copyright laws. The text block is clean and bright, bound in the light blue/green colored original cloth from the publisher. Shows almost no shelf wear, slight rubbing to the dustjacket at the flap folds, lightest soiling to the white areas, no bumped corners. Features the title, dwarves hat, author, and publisher stamped on the spine in blue. Front boards have "The Hobbit" stamped in blue as well. Contains the full color frontispiece "The Hill: Hobbiton-across-the Water", as well as the original line drawings by Tolkien. The maps are in excellent condition, red and black ink still show clear and bright against the unfoxed endpapers. No previous owners name nor any other writing noted. The dustjacket shows the smallest amount of rubbing to the top and bottom of the spine, and the folds at the flaps have the smallest of chips, none larger that 1 or 2 mm. The jacket shows a light amount of soiling in the white sections, and the spine is slightly tanned. Overall a beautiful copy, scarce in original dustjacket in this condition. Digital photo's available, inquire if interested. Other Tolkien books available, include both the UK and US editions, original cloth bindings, custom fine bindings, and Signed/Numbered/Limited Editions. Near Fine / Near Fine.

      [Bookseller: The Tolkien Bookshelf]
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        The Vikings [Only Existing Copy; Typewritten Manuscript; JOHN STEINBECK'S PERSONAL COPY; Unpublished] [Author of: The Grapes of Wrath; Of Mice and Men; East of Eden; In Dubious Battle; Cup of Gold; Pastures of Heaven; Travels with Charley; Tortilla Flat; The Long Valley; In Dubious Battle; Cannery Row; The Winter of Our Discontent; The Red Pony; Sea of Cortez; The Moon is Down; The Pearl; and others]

      New York: John Steinbeck, 1954. First edition. Stapled sheets.. Near Fine. A RARE, UNPUBLISHED STEINBECK MANUSCRIPT; the ONLY KNOWN COPY. John Steinbeck's personal copy of "The Vikings", being the typewritten carbon Manuscript of Steinbeck's draft filmscript. The Manuscript came directly from John Steinbeck's Upper East Side apartment in New York having, remained there in Steinbeck's personal files for decades. (Steinbeck died in 1968 and we purchased the Manuscript earlier this year -2010.) Housed in John Steinbeck's manila file and Forty-nine (49) pages long, the Manuscript is in excellent condition, with a small staple at the upper left corner, some wrinkling around the staple, and some vertical creases near the center of the early and last pages. Steinbeck has written "Envelope" in pencil at the upper right corner of the first page and the Manuscript itself bears a few black ink corrections in Steinbeck's hand. Steinbeck based the filmscript on Henrik Ibsen's play "The Vikings of Helgeland" and had Ingrid Bergman in mind to play the female lead in his movie adaptation. He wrote to Bergman to see if she would be interested in taking the role and, in response, Bergman stated: "Thou art minded I play a woman as mighty as Hjordas? Set thy hand to work....." (Norway's Henrik Ibsen was one of the great playwrights and theater directors of his age, considered by many to be the father of modern drama. Written in 1857, "The Vikings of Helgeland" was Ibsen's seventh Play.) Steinbeck's film adaptation was never produced and is rarely mentioned in discussions on Steinbeck. (He began the work in 1954 but ultimately abandoned it. We presume the work would have been longer had he finished the project.) WE HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO LOCATE ANY OTHER COPY OF THIS FILMSCRIPT IN EXISTENCE ANYWHERE, IN ANY FORM and so, as best we can determine, THIS IS THE ONLY COPY IN EXISTENCE. John Steinbeck won the 1962 Nobel Prize for Literature. A unique and collection-distinguishing item for the Steinbeck collector, as well as for any collector of modern literature. EXCEEDINGLY RARE.

      [Bookseller: Allington Antiquarian Books, LLC]
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        THE LORD OF THE RINGS. The Fellowship of the Ring -- The Two Towers -- The Return of the King

      George Allen & Unwin. London.,1954/55. FIRST EDITIONS. Three Volumes. 8vo. All first Impressions, Return of the King is the rare genuine 1st state with no signature mark '4' and straight text on Page 49.--Tolkien's Biblographer, Wayne Hammond, now agrees that this constitutes the earliest state. It is thought that the printers noticed that the signature '4' was missing from the page soon after printing had begun. They stopped the presses and, while inserting it, knocked the text block, resulting in the sloping lettering along the bottom four lines. Near fine, tight, clean copies, with only minimal foxing to the fore-edge and endpapers of The Fellowship of The Ring. Top edges af all three books are still a nice, deep red. Boads clean and fresh, the gilt to the spines still bright. Fold out map of Middle earth at the end of each volume. The three volumes are in very good, 1st state, dustwrappers. Fellowship and Two Towers are price clipped but the prices are not an issue point on these wrappers. Light stain to the back panel of Two Towers wrapper but not too serious. The spine of The Fellowship is bright and very clean, the other two volumes have minor darkening to the spines but the red and black lettering is still strong and bright. Overall these are near fine books in very good original dustwrappers and make a handsome set.:

      [Bookseller: Paul Foster Books]
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        The Holkham Bible Picture Book 4/100 Ltd ed

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

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

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

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

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

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        (Bible) La Passion du Christ. With etchings by Bernard BUFFET

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

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

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

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        SEVEN YEARS IN TIBET

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

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

      Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1954. First Edition. Full-Leather. J.R.R. Tolkien. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien. Published by Houghton Mifflin, 1954/55/56 1st US Edition. The Fellowship of the Ring is a 1st impression published 1954. The Two Towers is a 1st impression published 1955, at only 1000 copies, the scarcest of all the original 1st edition 1 impression books. The Return of the King is a 1st impression dated 1956, 1st State with signature mark &#39;4&#39; and the infamous slipped type. All original maps (1st State) are present and in Near Fine condition. An extraordinary set of first editions of this classic of fantasy literature. The set is fully rebound in Dark Forest Green Morocco Leather, all edges trimmed and gilded, with Gilt stamped design of Tolkiens original line drawing "The Gates of Moria", split between the spines of the three volumes. The set is further characterized by custom Marbled endpapers by Joan Ajala of Australia, silk ribbon markers, and is housed in a custom slipcase covered in marbled paper matching the slipcase. This is a beautiful design, executed by one of America&#39;s premier binders. All are very clean and bright, without any foxing, and with no writing or signatures. Beautiful looking set, with a classic design. Digital photo&#39;s available, inquire if interested. Other Tolkien books available, include both the UK and US editions, original cloth bindings, custom fine bindings, and Signed/Numbered/Limited Editions. As New / No Jacket.

      [Bookseller: The Tolkien Bookshelf]
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        The Chronicles of Narnia: The Magician&#39;s Nephew, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, The Horse and His Boy, Prince Caspian, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, The Silver Chair, The Last Battle

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

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        THE ROSE TATTOO. Inscribed

      London: Secker & Warbug, 1954 Williams, Tennessee. THE ROSE TATTOO. London: Secker and Warburg, 1954. First UK Edition. Inscribed in Italian by Tennessee Williams on the title-page. "Per sempre, caro, Tennessee Williams". 8vo. 144 pp. The second issue with all first issue points including Tennessee Williams&#39; introduction, The Timeless World Of A Play and the Author&#39;s Production Notes, however, without the frontispiece photograph of the setting for the Broadway play. An excellent copy in rose cloth, dedicatee&#39;s discreet bookplate in Italian to the front free endpaper, in a bright, fresh neatly price-clipped dustwrapper with some light overall use. Adapted into the Academy Award winning 1955 film with Anna Magnani and Burt Lancaster.. Signed by Author. First Edition..

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        [UNDER MILK WOOD] JOHNNIE CRACK AND FLOSSIE SNAIL

      [London]: n.p. n.d., [1954]., 1954 [Jones, Daniel Jenkyn, OBE]. Dylan Thomas. [Under Milk Wood] / JOHNNIE CRACK AND FLOSSIE SNAIL. [Words by Dylan Thomas, Music by Daniel Jones]. Quarto, [4to.], n.p. n.d., [1954] 4 pages. On standard music paper. The original hand-written, working music manuscript from Dylan Thomas&#39; &#39;Under Milk Wood&#39;, A Play for Voices. Preface and musical settings by Daniel Jones [1912-1993], the most celebrated Welsh composer. [published by Dent, 1954 in book form]. Daniel Jones, Dylan&#39;s oldest friend, wrote the preface and all of the original music for &#39;Under Milk Wood&#39;. The piece [No 6] is in excellent near fine condition, and is written entirely in Daniel Jones&#39; hand. Originally a radio play, later a stage play, Under Milk Wood was adapted into film with Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor. Dan Jones edited Dylan Thomas&#39;s POEMS and published: " My Friend Dylan Thomas".. Signed by Author. First Edition Manuscript.

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        Under Milk Wood. A Play for Voices

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

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        Gwilym Marles [With Related Dylan Thomas Material]

      Conwy: AB Owen, . (no date). First. First edition. 24mo. 4.75" x 5.75". Written in Welsh. Rubbed boards, front hinge split with contemporary owner&#39;s name and notes throughout, else near fine. Marles is the bardic name for William Thomas, who was Dylan Thomas&#39;s great uncle and the source of his middle name. The uncle was also Thomas&#39;s inspiration for the character Rev. Eli Jenkins in the 1954 radio play "Under Milk Wood," later made into the 1972 film. Accompanying the book are two letters from a Welsh book collector to a New York book collector. The first three-page letter mentions seeing Dylan Thomas at a reading and having his mother over for dinner. It also references three enclosed Christmas cards: one sent by the current residence of Thomas&#39;s childhood home, and two featuring artwork from noted Welsh artist Ceri Richards, who was often inspired by Thomas&#39;s writings. The second one-page letter references Gwilym Marles, which was purchased for the New York collector. .

      [Bookseller: Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. ABA]
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        UNDER MILK WOOD

      LONDON UK: J M DENT & SONS LTD, 1954. Book. Fine. Hardcover. First Edition. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. CRISP, CLEAN, HARD, TIGHT COPY OF FIRST EDITION WITH PREFACE AND MUSICAL SETTINGS BY DANIEL JONES. NO INSCRIPTIONS OR INTERNAL MARKS EXCEPT FOR ONE SMALL BOOK DEALERS PENCIL MARK TO REAR FFP. EXCEEDINGLY SLIGHT DUST STAINING FROM STORAGE TO TOP PAGE EDGES. BROWN CLOTH HARD COVER WITH CRISP GILT TITLED SPINE. A VERY FAINT TRACE/BAND OF SLIGHT SUN FADING/DUST DISCOLOURING(?) TO COVER EDGES. SIMPLE GREEN COLOURED PAPER JACKET WITH NO VISIBLE WEAR OR FADING - UNCLIPPED. JACKET COVERED IN CLEAR REMOVABLE PROTECTIVE PLASTIC FILM. OVERALL VERY NEAR AS NEW/PRISTINE - APPEARS UNREAD..

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

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

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        Autograph Letter Signed to Composer Daniel Jones about Erich Fried translating Dylan Thomas

      London: Edith Sitwell, 1954 Sitwell, Edith [Dylan Thomas], [Daniel Jones]. Autograph Letter Signed to Composer Daniel Jones about Erich Fried translating Dylan Thomas. London: 22 March 1954. 8vo., 4pp. A very chatty letter. "I have of course been meaning to write to you to tell you how much I liked your songs....I believe that Erich Fried a friend of mine, has written to you about his translation of Under Milk Wood... Dearest Dan, do please see that Erich gets the rights as it is really a service to Dylan too... I spoke to Dylan about his translations of his poems which were quite uncannily good. In fact the only ones that were. He has a really great gift and above all an unusual talent for words, in fact he is the only person writing in German who comes near to Dylan&#39;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&#39; closest & oldest friend was Dr. Daniel Jones. Dan Jones edited Dylan Thomas&#39;s POEMS in addition to writing the preface & all of the original music for &#39;Under Milk Wood&#39; & publishing: "My Friend Dylan Thomas". $1775. Signed by Author. Original Autographed Letters & Documents.

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        Slave Songs of the United States

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

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        CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF

      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&#39; 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&#39;s] suggesting a move of Brick&#39;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&#39;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&#39;s uproarious laughter which Kazan gradually eliminated from successive drafts but which was incorporated into the original Philadelphia play tryouts. &#39;Cat&#39;s&#39; 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&#39; 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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        Sport and Racing Cars

      Harper and Brothers New York: Harper and Brothers. (1954). Reprint. Fine in near fine dustwrapper with a couple of short tears, and a crease on the front flap. Inscribed to Joe DiMaggio: "Whenever you refer to these books try to remember some of the great times we had in California together. I know that I will never forget nor will I allow to become weak the bond that exists between us. With much admiration, Your buddy George [alias: 'Big George' 'Racer' 'Egroeg']." The presenter is probably race car mechanic George Bignotti, a fellow San Franciscan and Motorsports Hall of Famer, who developed the first Indy car. With a letter of provenance signed by DiMaggio's two granddaughters. .

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        THE STAR BEAST

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

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        Grunewald: Mathis Neithart Genannt Gothart

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

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        EDILIZIA POPOLARE. Rivista bimestrale dell'Associazione Nazionale fra gli Istituti Autonomi per le Case Popolari. Direttore: Camillo Ripamonti.

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

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

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

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

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

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        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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        The Wicked Pavilion [*SIGNED*]

      Houghton Mifflin Company Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company. Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj. 1954. First Edition. Hardcover. [solid clean copy, some spotting/mottling to spine cloth, extremely light bumping to a couple of corners; jacket moderately edgeworn, some minor chipping and slight paper loss at spine ends (no loss of text), wrinkling/creasing along bottom edge of rear panel]. INSCRIBED ("To Mary / Sincerely") and SIGNED by the author on the ffep. Powell's last great novel, "an exhilarating story of mid-century New York, of many kinds of New Yorkers"; in other words, exactly the sort of thing she did best.(PLEASE NOTE that the dust jacket on this book has been supplied (i.e. transferred) from another copy.) Signed by Author .

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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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