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        IRISH BOOKBINDINGS, 1600-1800

      Cassell & Co, London 1954 - tall 4to. cloth, dust jacket. 60 pages of text followed by 58 plates, full color frontispiece. First edition. (S-K 3516, Brenni no. 837). Ireland had a period of craftsmanship in binding that rivaled that of any other country during this brief period. Craig discusses this movement. He also describes the folio volumes of the records of the Irish Parliament which were some of the most beautifully bound books of the period, by using rubbings and photographs taken before the books were destroyed in the 1922 Civil War. Jacket slightly soiled, else near fine. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Oak Knoll Books, ABAA, ILAB]
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        The Lord of the Rings. The Fellowship of the Rings-The Two Towers- The Return of the King.

      London George Allen and Unwin /5 1954 - First editions, 3 volumes, 8vo., First editions, first impressions, the Return of the King in third state with the signature mark "4" and the sagging line of type on p. 49 (previously identified by Hammond as first state), all volumes complete with folded maps of Middle Earth and detailed one of Gandor/Rohan/Mordor tipped in at rear, the latter with ink and pencil marginalia, not affecting map, modern crimson morocco gilt, cockerel endpapers and all edges gilt, a fine set. At first, Tolkien intended The Lord of the Rings to be a children's tale in the style of The Hobbit, but it quickly grew darker and more serious in the writing. Though a direct sequel to The Hobbit, it addressed an older audience, drawing on the immense back-story of Beleriand that Tolkien had constructed in previous years, and which eventually saw posthumous publication in The Silmarillion and other volumes. Tolkien's influence weighs heavily on the fantasy genre that grew following the success of The Lord of the Rings. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Shapero Rare Books]
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        LA CACCIA AL FAGIANO CON SETTE ACQUEFORTI ORIGINALI DELL' AUTORE DI CUI UNA A PIENA PAGINA

      FIRENZE: VALLECCHI, 1954. I. brossura. OTTIMO. 24,6 30,5. USATO

      [Bookseller: Biblioteca di Babele]
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        The Lord of the Rings, Comprised of The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and the Return of the King, 1st UK Edition, 1st Impressions, with Custom Clamshell Case

      London: Allen & Unwin, 1954. 1st Edition, Hobbits, Lord of the Rings. Original Cloth. Near Fine/Near Fine. J.R.R. Tolkien. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. The Lord of the Rings, Comprised of The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King, 1st UK Edition, 1st Impressions, with a Custom Leather Slipcase. Published by George Allen and Unwin, 1954/1954/1955 respectively, all are 1st UK Editions, First Impressions. The Fellowship of the Ring is a 1st impression published July 29th, 1954, one of 3000 printed for the UK. The Two Towers is a 1st impression published November 11th, 1954, one of 3250 printed for the UK. The Return of the King is a 1st impression published October 20th, 1955, one of 7000 printed for the UK. The Return of the King is the later state with the slipped type and signature mark '4' on page 49, as per Wayne Hammond's revised opinion. All original maps are present and in Near Fine condition, with both The Fellowship and Two Towers maps showing the 1st State point of the red mark off the coast of Umbar. All three books are in their correct 1st impression dustjackets, in Very Good Plus/Near Fine condition, the Two Towers with some minor rubbing and chips to the spine ends, one closed tear to the upper front spine fold area. The Return of the King dustjacket is the 1st State lacking any blurbs to the rear flap. There is almost no rubbing and the lightest of soiling to the Fellowship and Return of the King, no chips or loss, and positively no fading. None are price clipped, and show a bit of rubbing along the folds. No foxing, but some minor offsetting on the endpapers of The Fellowship. The red cloth covered boards are clean and bright, with a bit of tarnishing to the gilt to The Two Towers. The Fellowship and The Return are clear and bright, but the corners of the front boards of The Fellowship are bumpedt. The text block is clean, bright and tight, without any internal foxing or markings. No spine lean, no previous owner's names or writing. The maps in The Fellowship and The Two Towers are the original, both without any tears or extra folds, also have the 1st state point with the red dot off coast of Umbar. The Return of The Kings map is also original and has no tears or extra folds. A beautiful, fresh collectable set of first editions of this classic of fantasy literature. Any questions, please feel free to ask. Digital photo's available, inquire if interested. Other Tolkien books available, include both the UK and US editions, original cloth bindings, custom fine bindings, and Signed/Numbered/Limited Editions. Near Fine / Near Fine.

      [Bookseller: The Tolkien Bookshelf]
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        Henry and Ribsy

      New York: William Morrow & Company, 1954. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine/Good. Darling, Louis. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. 192 p. The first printing of the third "Henry Huggins" book by Beverly Cleary, seemingly scarce in the marketplace in a dust jacket. Beverly Cleary (b. 1916 - as of this writing, she had just celebrated her 100th birthday) is one of America's most successful children's authors, with 91 million copies of her books having sold. She has been recognized with numerous awards and has been an extremely influential children's author, with a gift for creating characters with whom young children could identify. Henry Huggins was first introduced in 1950 with a book of the same name; the second book in the series was Henry and Beezus, published in 1952. This volume, Henry and Ribsy, published in 1954, shows Henry and his dog Ribsy trying their best to stay out of trouble so that Henry's father would take them salmon fishing - all, of course, to no avail. With illustrations by Louis Darling (1916-1970), who illustrated many of Beverly Cleary's books as well as Rachel Carson's "Silent Spring". ***DESCRIPTION: Bound in bright red cloth, a vignette on the lower half of the front board of Henry riding a bicycle with Ribsy sitting in a box behind him, looking backward, black lettering on the spine, plain endpapers, title page has a different vignetter of Henry sitting with Ribsy above the title, illustrations scattered throughout the text; octavo size (approx. 8" tall), pagination: (1)-192. The pictorial dust jacket in yellow, red and black has the original price of $2.50 on the front flap, a summary of the book on both flaps, with the back panel being publisher's ads for other titles by the same author. ***CONDITION: Volume is near fine, with a strong, square text block, solid hinges, straight corners without rubbing, the black vignetter and spine lettering are crisp and sharp, the interior is clean and bright, and it is entirely free of prior owner markings; the head and tail of the spine are lightly bumped and there are several very shallow bumps to the top edge of the front board, else fine. The unclipped dust jacket is, alas, good only; there is a short (approx. 2") closed tear at the head of the spine where is meets the back panel with a very small (approx. one-third inch) chip and a triangular hole in the back panel approx. one-quarter inch per side with some staining on either side, and some light overall edgewear. ***CITATION: Baumgarten, Author pg. 45. ***POSTAGE: International customers, please note that additional postage may apply as the standard does not always cover costs; please contact us for details. ***Swan's Fine Books is pleased to be a member of the ABAA, ILAB and IOBA and we stand behind every book we sell. Please contact us with any questions you may have, we are here to help.

      [Bookseller: Swan's Fine Books]
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        The Lord of the Rings, Comprised of The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and the Return of the King, 1st UK Edition, 1st Impressions, with Custom Clamshell Case

      Allen & Unwin, London 1954 - 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. The Lord of the Rings, Comprised of The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King, 1st UK Edition, 1st Impressions, with a Custom Leather Slipcase. Published by George Allen and Unwin, 1954/1954/1955 respectively, all are 1st UK Editions, First Impressions. The Fellowship of the Ring is a 1st impression published July 29th, 1954, one of 3000 printed for the UK. The Two Towers is a 1st impression published November 11th, 1954, one of 3250 printed for the UK. The Return of the King is a 1st impression published October 20th, 1955, one of 7000 printed for the UK. The Return of the King is the later state with the slipped type and signature mark '4' on page 49, as per Wayne Hammond's revised opinion. All original maps are present and in Near Fine condition, with both The Fellowship and Two Towers maps showing the 1st State point of the red mark off the coast of Umbar. All three books are in their correct 1st impression dustjackets, in Very Good Plus/Near Fine condition, the Two Towers with some minor rubbing and chips to the spine ends, one closed tear to the upper front spine fold area. The Return of the King dustjacket is the 1st State lacking any blurbs to the rear flap. There is almost no rubbing and the lightest of soiling to the Fellowship and Return of the King, no chips or loss, and positively no fading. None are price clipped, and show a bit of rubbing along the folds. No foxing, but some minor offsetting on the endpapers of The Fellowship. The red cloth covered boards are clean and bright, with a bit of tarnishing to the gilt to The Two Towers. The Fellowship and The Return are clear and bright, but the corners of the front boards of The Fellowship are bumpedt. The text block is clean, bright and tight, without any internal foxing or markings. No spine lean, no previous owner's names or writing. The maps in The Fellowship and The Two Towers are the original, both without any tears or extra folds, also have the 1st state point with the red dot off coast of Umbar. The Return of The Kings map is also original and has no tears or extra folds. A beautiful, fresh collectable set of first editions of this classic of fantasy literature. Any questions, please feel free to ask. Digital photo's available, inquire if interested. Other Tolkien books available, include both the UK and US editions, original cloth bindings, custom fine bindings, and Signed/Numbered/Limited Editions. Near Fine / Near Fine. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: The Tolkien Bookshelf]
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        Reach for the Sky The Story of Douglas Bader THE ORIGINAL EDITION IN FULL MOROCCO

      Collins,, [1954]. 8vo., First Edition, with frontispiece and 24 plates on 12; handsomely bound in navy full morocco, sides with gilt frame border, back with raised bands ruled in gilt, second and fourth compartments ruled and lettered in gilt, all other compartments tooled with gilt propeller, hand-made endpapers, a most attractive copy ideal as a gift or for presentation. Written by Paul Brickhill (already celebrated as the author of another RAF classic 'The Dam Busters', 1951), 'Reach for the Sky' remains the best account of the legless Battle of Britain hero. It was the basis of Lewis Gilbert's hugely successful feature film (1954) starring Kenneth More in what is arguably his finest role. One of the legendary figures of the Royal Air Force, Douglas Bader was from the outset an outstanding athlete. As a cadet at Cranwell he gained his 'blues' for cricket, rugby, hockey and boxing. He represented the RAF at both cricket and rugby and would probably have been capped for England but for the accident that changed his life and created a legend. In 1931 a near-fatal air crash left him legless. Knowing that no man with such a handicap had ever walked without a stick he nevertheless found his way back to fitness playing tennis, golf and many others sports. He even flew again, until the authorities determined that a pilot without legs could not fly and discharged him from the service. With the outbreak of War he fought to be readmitted, not merely to a desk job, but back to the cockpit. Finally he was given command of a flight which quickly increased to five squadrons as the RAF realised that he was not only an outstanding pilot but an inspired leader of men and a fighter tactician almost of genius. Even as a POW his spirit was such that his captors were forced at one stage to remove his artificial limbs to prevent the chance of his escaping. Enser, p.375 (recording the first edition)

      [Bookseller: Island Books]
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        The Storm and Other poems

      The Storm and Other Poems by George Mackay Brown with an introduction by Edwin Muir and illustrated by Ian MacInnes. Published by Orkney Press, Kirkwall, 1954. Soft back with dust jacket, 33pp. This is Brown's first volume of poetry published in a print run of only 200 books. Softback with stapled textblock. First edition. Staples rusted as is common with this title. Dust jacket with some soiling and previous owner's writing on back cover and on page 22. See photographs for condition.

      [Bookseller: Boreas Books]
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        T'ang Prose Writers. Takeo Hiraoka and Kiyoshi Imai.

      Kyoto, Jumbunkagaku Kenkyusho Kyoto University, 1954 - 120 Seiten, 3 ausfaltbare Tabellen, 4to (ca. 26x18,5 cm), goldgeprägter Original-Ganzleinenband im Original-Schuber. A.d.R.: T'ang Civilization Reference Series, No. 3. Sehr gut erhalten. - A well preserved copy. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat Thomas Mertens]
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        Gesammelte Werke, Bd.4, Zur Psychopathologie des Alltagslebens

      332 Seiten 22,1 x 14,9 x 2,4 cm, Gebundene Ausgabe Cover kann abweichen Auflage:1954 1050,2

      [Bookseller: Sella Group]
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        A Single Pilgrim.

      Rinehart, New York., 1954. First U.S. edition. Octavo. pp [vi], 247. A novel set in Siam.Presentation copy, inscribed on the front free endpaper by the author to the American writer and humourist S.J. Perelman: "Norman Lewis - Sid Perelman's Copy - the record of the orient's new plastic age as seen through the jaundiced eye of the above author."Spine slightly rubbed at head and tail. Cheap quality paper tanned. Very good in very good dustwrapper nicked and rubbed at edges.

      [Bookseller: Peter Ellis bookseller]
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        My Several Worlds

      The John Day Company 1954 - First Edition (no further printings noted) of the author's autobiography, inscribed on front endpaper. Laid in is a TLS, dated 11-1-57, in which the author talks about the Welcome House Thrift Shop and invites the recipient over for tea. Included is the envelope with the author's married name (Mrs. Richard J. Walsh) printed on the verso. Book is in Very Good condition with some shelf rubbing to extremeties. The dust jacket is also Very Good with some wear to the top & bottom edges. Original price of $5.00 on front flap. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Avol's Books LLC]
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        Picasso and the Human Comedy: A Suite of 180 Drawings by Picasso November 28, 1953 - February 3, 1954

      New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1954. Hardcover. VG- clean and tight. Light shelf wear to covers, with paper spine label detaching at front edge; contents VG-NF.. Color-illustrated folio boards. Paper label to spine. Color frontis; Verve color title page, [14] pp. narrative text; 180+ color and bw images. News article from Deutsche Zeitung, 20 July, 1955, laid in, about an exhibition of Picasso's work in Paris. MISSING DUST JACKET. Oversize and heavy (at 5 pounds) and will require extra postage. With a preface by Tériade, who supervised the printing of this work. Printing for the heliogravure in bw was done by Draeger Freres and color lithography by Mourlot Freres. This edition is the US version, published by Harcourt, Brace and Company (New York), in English, with the original Verve title page included. The Verve edition (Paris) constituted volumes 29-30. With and essay, Picasso and the human comedy, by Michel Leiris, and an appreciation by renowned author, Rebecca West. She begins, "A short time ago there occurred what is perhaps the most prodigious artistic event of the present century. Pablo Picasso, at the age of seventy-two, opened his sketch-book on the twenty-eighth of November, 1953, and went on drawing in a frenzy of industry until the third of February, 1954. In those nine weeks, he produced 180 drawings of great beauty...Picasso simply set down on paper the images which passed through his mind during those nine weeks, which were for him a period of acute emotional disturbance. This volume takes us, therefore, inside the mind of the most gifted artist of his time..." A magnificent book!

      [Bookseller: Mullen Books, Inc. ABAA / ILAB]
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        Collection of several thousand coats of arms that were cut out of other publications and ordered according to the subject, bound in 12 books.

      Germany and France, first half of the 19th centruy. 12 volumes. Most oblong, full vellum with name of subject in ink on front cover. Good condition. Most coat-of-arms are printed, some manuscript. Exlibris of Edw. Huydecoper van Nigtevecht, Dr. M. Niemeijer (1954), Daniel de Bruin, Jac. Hooft Graafland. This huge collection coats-of-arms is arranged according to subject, such as animals and tools. They date from as early as 1318. It was purchased by Edw. Huydecoper van Nigtevecht at an auction of F. Muller on 14/15 June 1858 from the collection of O. Keer for the sum of NLG 13,50, according to an inscription in the first volume. The coats-of-arms are ordered as followed:1. Humans and fourlegged animals (French and German)2. animals (mainly French)3. Birds and other animals (mainly French)4. Plants (French and German)5. Sun, moon, stars, fire (mainly French)6. Instruments (mainly French) 7. Crosses, balls (French and German) 8. Humans and animals (mainly German)9. Other animals (mainly German)10. Staves, balls (mainly German)11. Lines and symbols (mainly German)12. Fish (French, German and others) H186

      [Bookseller: Historisch Antiquariaat A.G. van der Ste]
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        Fensterbild signierter und datierter Original-Silbergelatineabzug mit Fotoecken hinter Passepartout,

      1954 - SCHÖNES EXEMPLAR, auf dem Foto unten rechts mit Filzstift von Häuser signiert und datiert, ebenso auf der Rückseite und zusätzlich auf dem Passepartout mit Bleistift signiert, datiert und betitelt Sprache: Deutsch 30x24 (Foto), 50x40 (Passepartout), Oirginalfoto von Robert Häusser (1924-2013),.

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        Martha's Vineyard, Duke's County, Massachusetts

      Alexandria, Virginia: B. Tripp Ashburton, 1954. unbound. Map. Uncolored copper plate engraving. Image measures 24" x 30" Map. Uncolored copper plate engraving. Image measures 24" x 30".This mid-century map of Martha's Vineyard speaks to the island's sophisticated aura and old world charm. Ornately designed in the manner of 18th-century carthography, it features the island and its surroundings at the center, bordered with a black glow of cresting waves that highlights the land against the striped pattern of the background sea. A mixture of elegant serif and script fonts identify towns, rivers, roads, forests, and bodies of water. Their artistry carries over into the map's ornate surround, which features vignettes of the island's nature and architecture set within decorative frames and scrolls. Bordering these is an inscription Perhaps most lovely, however, are the personified winds that blow in from the map's rounded corners, creating swirling waves that add to the beautiful overall rhythm. The map is in near pristine condition with wide margins as issued, no chips or tears. Trained as an architectural and landscape artist, the Ohio-based B. Ashburton Tripp (1887-1955) began making maps in the 1930s. His elaborate designs clearly draw on his earlier projects, employing symmetrical structures and a keen eye for architectural perspective to create one-of-a-kind depictions of the places that were his subjects. This map of Martha's Vineyard was one of his last maps and constitutes a beautiful capstone to his career.

      [Bookseller: Argosy Book Store ]
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        Het groot natuur- en zedekundigh werelttoneel of Woordenboek van meer dan 1200 aeloude Egiptische, Grieksche en Romeinsche zinnebeelden of Beeldenspraek, vervattende eene geleerde en leerzaeme uitbeelding en beschryving van alle deugden, ondeugden, genegentheden, bedryven, hartstogten, kunsten, leeringen en zinnelykhedendier aloude volkeren […]. Delft, R. Boitet, 1743-1750. [3 delen].

      "2º: (vol.1) pi 4 *-6* 2 A-5H 2 5I1 5K-7E 2, gepag.: [32] 571 (=569) [1] pp., met een gegraveerde titelpagina, op de in zwart en rood gedrukte typografische titelpagina een vignet, voorts een gegraveerde opdracht aan Mr. Willem Vlaardingerwoud met diens wapen, alle drie door F. Ottens, en 126 gravures in de tekst door dezelfde; (vol.2) A-2L 2 chi1 2M-8H 2 8I1, gepag.: 678 (=680) pp., titelpagina in zwart en rood gedrukt, met 179 gravures in de tekst door J.C. Philips; (vol.3) p1 A-9D 2 2A-2P 2 2Q1, gepag.: [2] 752 [61] pp., titelpagina in zwart en rood gedrukt, met 46 gravures in de tekst door Ottens en Philips. Gebonden in leren banden, ruggen hier en daar beschadigd, op het schutblad van het eerste deel een exlibris van L.V. Ledeboer BZn. Clemens 209a, 209b, 209c; Geerars p.514; Landwehr 681 Busken Huet, LFK I; Geerars, Hubert Korneliszoon Poot (Assen 1954); Zijderveld, 'Cesare Ripa's Iconologia in ons land', in: Oud-Holland 64 (1949) 113-128 en 184-192; zie voor Ouwens: NNBW II, 1050"."Eendrachtige samenwerking van de dichter Hubert Poot en de geleerde classicus Rutgerus Ouwens (1692 - 1780) leidde tot deze monumentale uitgave van de 'Iconologia' (1593) van de Italiaanse humanist Ripa. Dit omvangrijke woordenboek van emblematische voorstellingen heeft grote invloed gehad, zowel op de Europese literatuur als op de beeldende kunst in de zeventiende en achttiende eeuw. Acht jaren lang, van 1724 tot 1732, heeft Poot samen met Ouwens in opdracht van uitgever Boitet gewerkt aan een nieuwe Nederlandse uitgave van de 'Iconologia' (het werk was in 1644 al eens vertaald door de Amsterdamse uitgever-boekverkoper Dirck Pietersz Pers, een vertaling volgens Ouwens zo slecht dat wy niets diergelyks kennen). Ouwens vertaalde Ripa en verbeterde bovendien diens talrijke foute aanhalingen uit de klassieken, Poot bracht de tekst over in zuiver Nederlands en voegde gedichten van hemzelf en anderen toe. Over dat proza oordeelde Huet dat het behoort tot het beste hollandsch dat in den loop der vorige eeuw te onzent geschreven is en Geerars spreekt niet minder bewonderend over die krachtige aanslag van woorden en breedheid van toon, die van het proza in het 'Werelttoneel' de zo voortreffelijke kwaliteiten uitmaken. Het eerste deel verscheen in 1726 en werd in 1743, dus tien jaar na Poots dood, verbeterd herdrukt tegelijk met de uitgave van het tweede deel. Het laatste deel, dat in 1750 verscheen, is door Ouwens alleen geschreven. Toch blijft hij ook op de titelpagina van dit derde deel naamloos, slechts aangeduid als een ervaren Tael- en Outheidkundigen."

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        THE EXPLORATION OF THE MOON. Illustrations by R. A. Smith. Text by Arthur C. Clarke

      London: Frederick Muller Ltd, [1954]. First edition. Some offsetting to front and rear free end papers, a fine copy in a fine dust jacket with a mild shelf wear to lower right front corner. (16975). Large octavo, pp. [1-4] 5-14 [15] 16-112, 45 full page drawings, eight in color, by R. A. Smith, original black boards stamped in gold. Fourth book (third for adults) on rockets and space travel. The only edition that prints the color plates: all the plates in the 1954 Harper edition are printed in black and white. Ciancone 47. Ley, Rockets, Missiles, and Space Travel, revised edition, 1957, p. 497.

      [Bookseller: John W. Knott, Jr., Bookseller, ABAA/ILA]
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        A Collection of Circus-Related Socialist Realist, Illustrated, Handwritten Booklets of Poems and Prose

      Hungary 1954 - Ten painted, or graphically illustrated handwritten notebooks. In different sizes and extensions. A collection of ten booklets in various formats with, with Socialist Realist paintings and graphics which are accompanying the partly personal, partly political or professional poems and essays. All created, illustrated and written, by József Dindorfer (stage-name as acrobat: Remus; 1899?-1960?) between 1938 and 1954 in harmony with the contemporary Communist, anti-Capitalist, Cold War propaganda slogans. József Dindorfer was an acrobat who owned a traveling circus, called after him the "Remus". It could be assembled from his autobiographical and semi-autobiographical poems and proses, that he studied as a metalworker and worked in a factory near Budapest. There he became involved in the communist movement and served in the Red Army of the short-lived Hungarian Soviet Republic in 1919. In the interwar period he set up and traveled with the "Remus" circus, and after World War II he got involved in the establishment of the Soviet-style free labor union of the acrobats, even became a Stakhanovite. The booklets are thematic and some are dedicated and made for a family member or the entire family. Three of booklets contain mostly paintings and caricatures related to the circus, one of them only with contemporary politicians such as Chiang Kai-shek, Winston Churchill, George Marshall, Harry S. Truman or Adolf Hitler and also figures of the Hungarian politics. Four of the booklets are dealing with political themes, adopting autobiographical or historical stories and turn them into a bigoted anti-capitalist, Communist fable, condemning the pre-Communist times or praising the Communist leaders of the Soviet Union and Hungary, Joseph Stalin and Mátyás Rákosi. The red leatherette bound notebook contains a mounted sheet with signatures of Korean, Swiss, Soviet and other participants of the first World Festival of Youth and Students which was held in Prague, Czechoslovakia in 1947. Three notebooks were created and given for a significant family member or the family. Chronologically the first was made for Dindorfer's first wife and contains mostly naive-romantic and idyllic poems, many related to the circus-life, and the bittersweet fate of the acrobats. The second is an illustrated overview of the history and development of the circus, interpreted in accordance with the Communist ideology, with many political allusions and comments. The last booklet was made for Dindorfer's daughter while he was in a hospital in late 1951 and it is a mixture of Communist moral tales, ideological short stories and philosophical poems of an aging, sick man. A unique an interesting collection of personal, political and historical artifacts. Each booklet is in very good condition. Please ask for detailed bibliographic and condition report. In different sizes and extensions [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy]

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        In the Supreme Court of the United States, October Term, 1953...

      1954. A Turning Point in the Struggle to De-Segregate American Schools [Trial]. [Brown v. Board of Education]. [NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund]. In the Supreme Court of the United States, October Term, 1953: No. 1, Oliver Brown, Et al., Appellants, Vs. Board of Education of Topeka, Et al., Appellees: No. 2, Harry Briggs, Jr., Et al., Appellants, vs. R.W. Elliott, et al., Appellees: No. 4, Dorothy E. Davis, Et al., Appellants, vs. County School Board of Prince Edwards County, Appellees: No. 10, Francis B. Gebhart, Et al., Petitioners, vs. Ethel Louise Belton, Et al., Respondents. Appeals from the United States District Court for the District of Kansas, The Eastern District of South Carolina and the Eastern District of Virginia, And on Petition for a Writ of Certiorari to the Supreme Court of Delaware, Respectively. Brief for Appellants in Nos. 1, 2 and 4 and for Respondents in No. 10 on Reargument. [New York: Supreme Printing Company, 1953]. xxxii, 235 pp. Glued pamphlet in stiff self-wrappers. Negligible light soiling to exterior, binding slightly cocked, minor wear to spine ends and corners, light toning to interior. Early owner signature, and a bit of cellotape residue, with offsetting to facing leaf, to inside front cover, underlining and notes in pencil to a few passages. A well-preserved copy overall. $1,250. * Issued by the NAACP, this is a reprint of the brief filed in the U.S. Supreme Court on November 16, 1953, in response to the Court's order to set Brown v. Board of Education down for reargument after it was unable to decide the issue. The case was reargued on December, 9-11, 1953 and decided on May 17, 1954. The Court's unanimous decision stated that "separate educational facilities are inherently unequal." This landmark ruling paved the way for integration, was a major victory of the Civil Rights Movement and the model for several later cases. However, the decision did not specify ways to end racial segregation in schools. This resulted in the Court's second decision on May 31, 1955, also known as Brown II, which ordered states to desegregate "with all deliberate speed," an ambiguous order that remains a matter of debate.

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        SEARCH THE SKY

      New York: Ballantine Books, [1954]. First edition. A fine copy in fine dust jacket with some fading to blue ink background of spine panel. Still sharp copy of this book. (10868). Octavo, cloth. Presentation copy with signed inscription by Pohl to Forrest J. Ackerman on front free end paper: "For 4e / With gratitude for / a fine time / Frederik Pohl."

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        The Intelligent Investor A Book of Practical Counsel

      HARPER & BROTHERS, NEW YORK 1954 - General wear and rubbed cover. Previous owner's inscription on free endtitle page. Few markings on free endpage.No bookplate. Tight binding. Illustrated with charts. DATE PUBLISHED: 1954 EDITION: 272 [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Die Galvanocaustik, ein Beitrag zur operativen Medicin.

      Breslau, verlag von Josef Max & Comp., 1954, 8, XVI, 272 pp., 4 gefalt. lith. t Tafeln mit 47 Figuren, feiner Halbeleinenband im Stil der Zeit St.a.Tit. Titel fleckig, ansonsten frisches und feines Exemplar. First Edition - Middeldorpf "improved the galvano-cuatry and introduced it in major surgery.""Ein bedeutender Schritt in der Geschichte der Blutstillung stellt ferner der Einsatz elektrischen Stromes zur Koagulation von kleineren Gefäßen bei chirurgischen Operationen dar. Der Chirurg Albrecht Theodor Middeldorpf veröffentlichte im Jahre 1854 die erste Monographie über die "Galvanocaustik" (Middeldorpf 1854), bei der bestimmte Teile von chirurgischen Instrumenten (zumeist dünne Platin drähte) durch den in einer Zink-Platin-Batterie erzeugten Strom in Glühhitze versetzt werden konnten. Hiermit konnte nicht nur eine Koagulation blutender Gefäße erfolgen, sondern mit einer elektrischen Schneideschlinge auch polypöse Tumoren abgetragen werden. Ein Unterschied zur modernen Laser- oder Elektrokoagulation besteht dabei - medizinhistorisch betrachtet - an sich nur in der Art ihrer Wärmegewinnung (Sachs 2000)." Sven Schomaker-Massing: Vergleichende Untersuchung zur Anwendung von lokal wirksamen Hämostyptica, ... (2011).Garrison & Morton No. 5604

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        Sam. [Reclining ochre cat with red eyes.]

      New York: The Artist, 1954 - Excellent condition. Presented in a handmade white gold leaf frame with conservation mount and glass. Offset lithograph on wove paper hand coloured by Warhol and friends with Dr. Martin's aniline watercolor dye. Sheet size: 22.9 × 15 cm. Edition of 190. Plate from the book 25 Cats Name Sam and One Blue Pussy. Printed by Seymour Berlin. The calligraphy was done by Warhol's mother, Julia Warhola. Feldman & Schellmann IV.67A

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        The Bridge On The River Kwai - SIGNED by Xan Fielding

      London: Secker and Warburg, 1954. A first edition, first printing published by Secker and Warburg in 1954. SIGNED and INSCRIBED in Greek by the translator Xan Fielding to his wife Daphne [Fielding] in the year of publication. Issued without an endpaper. A little spotting to the prelims. Light discolouration to the spine tips. In a lightly chipped dust wrapper which is unclipped. A superb association copy of this semi-fictional WW2 classic. Bright Young Thing Daphne Vivien married Xan Fielding - a man fourteen years her junior - in 1953 and the marriage lasted until 1978 when Fielding left her for 'an older woman'. Fielding also translated Boulle's 'Monkey Planet'.

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        Mémoires de Fanny Hill.

      Paris, Edition des Deux Rives. 1954 - In-4°, en ff., sous couverture illustrée en couleurs rempliée, chemise, étui. Illustré par Édouard Chimot de 30 compositions dont 19 lithographies h.t. (en 14 couleurs) et 11 dessins tirés en sanguine. Texte imprimé en 2 tons. Tirage limité à 991 ex. Celui-ci 1/19 exemplaires de tête sur Madagascar, marqués de A à S, contenant : un dessin original colorié et signé (au format de l’ouvrage), une pointe sèche originale spécialement gravée pour les exemplaires de tête et tirée sur japon Impérial, les compositions finales en couleurs et une suite en noir des lithographies. Exemplaire enrichi de 2 dessins originaux en couleurs. [Attributes: Soft Cover]

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        The Dancing Bears

      Yale 1954 - A very good first edition in a very good dust jacket of the author's second book of poetry. Original price of $2.75 still present on the front flap of the dust jacket. One of the best American poets of the 20th Century. 1954 stated on title page and no mention of later printings on the copyright page. Poetry books are published in notoriously small printings, and even then most copies remain unsold. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Five Muses

      1954. Oil and encaustic on canvas. Signed and dated. 40 x 22 inches. Small tear in image.

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        Lord of the Flies

      London: Faber & Faber Ltd, 1954. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. First edition, first printing in first state jacket priced at 12s 6d net. 248pp. Original red cloth with white spine lettering. Very Good with stains and slight bowing to boards, light foxing to edges, in original dust jacket with some offsetting from tape on verso and flaps, still Near Fine, having very subtle toning to spine panel, barely any edge wear, unclipped and unrestored. The author's first book, a post-apocalyptic novel of boys on a remote island descending into barbarity. Scarce in its British first edition in a presentable original dust jacket.

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        Boere bruiloft, of Het huwelyk van Moddeworst en Griet Beerdberg. Met geschiedkundige aanmerkingen. Te Knollendam, Ten dienste der bruilofts-gasten. [Leeuwarden, [z.n.], 1767.

      "8°: pi1 * 8 A-2E 8 F 6 (F6 blanco), gepagineerd: [2] [16] 456 pp. Gravure op titelpagina door Jan Goeree. Daartegenover een zwartekunst-portret van Buma door R. Jelgerhuis naar R. Keyert. De platen, waarvan de titelpagina spreekt, zijn nooit gemaakt. Leer, op schutblad exlibris (ingeplakt) van Garmt Stuiveling, mooi exemplaar. Lit.: NNBW IV, 343 Scheepers II, 88; Forum IV, 1954".Johannes Buma (Leeuwarden 1694 - Leeuwarden 1756), zoon van een apotheker, heeft zelf ook enige tijd dat vak uitgeoefend, maar ging zich na de dood van zijn vader toeleggen op de schilder- en dichtkunst. De Boere Bruiloft, een satire op verschillende bekende Friese personen, kent een lange ontstaansgeschiedenis: volgens de biografie die aan het werk voorafgaat, is Buma er tussen zijn dertigste en veertigste mee begonnen, waarna het zestien jaar bleef liggen. Op aandrang van vrienden heeft hij het tenslotte toch nog voltooid. Eerst elf jaar na zijn dood, toen alle betrokkenen gestorven waren, durfde men het dichtstuk te publiceren.

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        The Horse and his Boy

      Bles, 1954. Hardcover. Very Good. A first edition, first printing published by Bles in 1954. A very good+ book without inscriptions in a very good clipped wrapper with some erased small names to the front flap. A little fading to the spine and some wear to the extremities.

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        Live and Let Die.

      London: Jonathan Cape, 1954 - Octavo. Original black boards, titles to spine and roundel to front board gilt. With the dust jacket. Ownership signature to front pastedown blacked out. Light foxing to endpapers and edge of text block; an excellent copy in the jacket with a little rubbing and some nicks to extremities. First edition, first impression, in the first issue jacket without the design credit slug to the front flap. The earliest dust jackets issued made no mention of Kenneth Lewis and at some point the need was recognised to credit his work. A stamp was made and as a stopgap existing jackets were overstamped beneath the blurb on the front flap. This slightly amateurish solution was swiftly abandoned and the jacket was reset and reprinted to include the Lewis credit. Copies of the first impression exist with all three states though we note that the third state dust jacket may readily be found on reprints and ought therefore be regarded with some suspicion. Gilbert A2a (1.1). [Attributes: First Edition]

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        The Lord of the Rings - All First Edition, First Printings in the original unrestored dust wrappers

      London: George Allen and Unwin, 1954-5. A set of first edition, first printings published by George Allen and Unwin between 1954-55. Comprising: [1] The Fellowship of the Ring - A near fine book without inscriptions. Some light spotting and a little off-setting to the endpapers. Top stain still present. Sharp corners to the book. A little light fading to the top edge. map present and in lovely condition. A very good+ unclipped wrapper with one small chip to the foot of the spine and a minute chip close to this. A little light chipping to the head of the lightly browned spine. Some light loss to the corners. [2] The Two Towers - A near fine book without inscriptions, some light off-setting to the endpapers. In a very good+ unclipped wrapper with some light browning to the spine and some light circular splash stains to the spine. Some light chipping to the spine tail and a little to corners. Map present and showing well. [3] The Return of the King - A near fine book without inscriptions - a little off-setting and spotting to the endpapers. Map intact and showing well. In a very good+ unclipped wrapper with a little browning to the spine and shallow chipping to the spine tail. Many sets offered have been 'cleaned' or restored - this set is entirely unrestored and presents very well indeed. Tolkien's rare trilogy.

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        Le temps du mépris

      Paris, Gallimard - NRF, 1954, in-8, 184 pp, cartonnage editeur d'après la maquette de Paul Bonet, Exemplaires numéroté sur héliona. Bon exemplaire. Huret 337.

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        Romanesques. Nouvelles. Présentation de François Mauriac de l'académie française

      Paris, Les Cahiers Max Jacob, 1954-1955, in-4, 59 pp, broché, couverture imprimée violet clair, Quatrième cahier, publié par l'association des Amis de l'écrivain. Fondés en 1951, les Cahiers ont pour objectif de présenter la recherche critique et publier des inédits relatifs à l'oeuvre de Max Jacob. Exemplaire illustré en hors-texte d'une reproduction en héliogravure d'une photographie de Max Jacob à Brunoy. Couverture légèrement insolé.

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        The Tasking.

      Cambridge: Privately printed at the University Press,, 1954. Octavo. Original dark red cloth-backed marbled paper boards, titles to spine gilt. With the glassine wrapper. Very light fading to spine, an excellent, bright copy in the jacket with nicks to extremities, small chip to foot of spine First and limited edition, copy E of an unknown number of lettered copies; a total of 100 copies were printed for Sassoon and Geoffrey Keynes at the University Press, Cambridge. Keynes, son of the economist J. M. Keynes, was a close friend and bibliographer of Sassoon. Sassoon had "hoped to arrange the poems as a sequence, but eventually had to accept that they were 'separate condensations or considerations ... merely an exhibition of the spiritual and intellectual shortcomings of a man trying to find things out for himself'".

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        THE KINGDOM OF EARTH WITH HARD CANDY: A BOOK OF STORIES

      New York: New Directions, 1954. No. 15 OF 100 COPIES SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR n. This is one of a relatively small number of surviving copies of this limited edition, which Williams had privately printed when publishers balked at the explicit sexual content of the short stories. How many copies exist is a matter of dispute: according to Andreas Brown of the Gotham Book Market, about 80 of the 100 copies were destroyed in storage; however, Crandell indicates that as many as 136 copies may have been issued, with the extra copies available for the author's private use, but that perhaps all but about 10 numbered copies and 20 presentation copies were destroyed. (However plentiful, the copies for presentation are encountered more frequently in commerce than are numbered copies.) The stories in this collection are: "Three Players of a Summer Game," "Two on a Party," "The Resemblance between a Violin Case and a Coffin," "Hard Candy," "Rubio y Morena," "The Mattress by the Tomato Patch," "The Coming of Something to the Widow Holly," "The Vine," "The Mysteries of the Joy Rio" (an earlier version of "Hard Candy"), and "The Kingdon of Earth." Thomas Lanier "Tennessee" Williams (1911-83) is best known as one of America's greatest playwrights, but he was a prolific writer who also penned novels ("The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone"), poetry, and short stories. Forbidden sexual desire was a recurring theme in his works, and their explicit nature often caused problems with publication or production; most film adaptations of his works have had their content altered considerably.. 248 x 152 mm. (9 3/4 x 6"). 242 pp. (cancel title page tipped-in, as in all copies). No. 15 OF 100 COPIES SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR. Publisher's linen-backed patterned paper boards, flat spine with author's name in gilt. In original blue cardboard slipcase with paper title label on front cover. Crandell A13.I.b. One small, only vaguely visible discolored spot at head of spine, otherwise a mint copy, with leaves that open only reluctantly. This is one of a relatively small number of surviving copies of this limited edition, which Williams had privately printed when publishers balked at the explicit sexual content of the short stories. How many copies exist is a matter of dispute: according to Andreas Brown of the Gotham Book Market, about 80 of the 100 copies were destroyed in storage; however, Crandell indicates that as many as 136 copies may have been issued, with the extra copies available for the author's private use, but that perhaps all but about 10 numbered copies and 20 presentation copies were destroyed. (However plentiful, the copies for presentation are encountered more frequently in commerce than are numbered copies.) The stories in this collection are: "Three Players of a Summer Game," "Two on a Party," "The Resemblance between a Violin Case and a Coffin," "Hard Candy," "Rubio y Morena," "The Mattress by the Tomato Patch," "The Coming of Something to the Widow Holly," "The Vine," "The Mysteries of the Joy Rio" (an earlier version of "Hard Candy"), and "The Kingdon of Earth." Thomas Lanier "Tennessee" Williams (1911-83) is best known as one of America's greatest playwrights, but he was a prolific writer who also penned novels ("The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone"), poetry, and short stories. Forbidden sexual desire was a recurring theme in his works, and their explicit nature often caused problems with publication or production; most film adaptations of his works have had their content altered considerably.

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