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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

      B. Tripp Ashburton, Alexandria, Virginia 1954 - 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.

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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."

      [Bookseller: Antiquariaat A.G. VAN DER STEUR]
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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]

      [Bookseller: Földvári Books]
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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."

      [Bookseller: John W. Knott, Jr., Bookseller, ABAA/ILA]
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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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        Hommage à l'écriture. Alphabet hébreu précédé d'un texte extrait du Zohar et suivi de notes du graveur. 22 burins et bois originaux de Krol.

      - Paris, 1954, Text in French. Engraved titlepage. 22 engraved plates of the letters of the Hebrew alphabet, loose, as issued. 4to. Limited edition of 121 copies of which 99 were signed by the artist. This is copy 76, signed by Abram Krol. In original slipcase. Some brownings. Handwritten dedication in French on titlepage to Willy and Fritz Spanjaard, dated 1957. First edition. Limited signed edition. A very good, complete copy with all plates in good condition. Abraham Krol, born in Poland emigrated to France in 1938. After the war while working as a mechanic he studied at the École des Beaux Arts at Avignon and later, living in Paris, he learned the art of engraving from Joseph Hecht (1891-1951). In many of his works he used biblical themes. Kroll illustrated over 20 literary works from the 1940s through the 1960s as well as painting murals, enamels and designing for tapestries. Krol has won numerous prices for his illustrated work. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy]

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        IDEOGRAMMES

      - Edgar Pillet, Paris, France 1954 - Édition de l'auteur, de 250 exemplaires numérotés, et signés par l'artiste. Exemplaire nº 117. ."les planches en couleur ont été éxécutées par l'artiste en son atelier, 9 rue Campagne-première, Paris 14, avec l'aide de Philippe Gérard." 14 pages de texte, Introduction par Michel Seuphor. Texte de Edgar Pillet: Les planches de couleur qui réprésentent l'essentiel de cet album, et que j'ai appelé «idéogrammes» sont à l'origine ( mais exécutés de papier noirs et blancs découpes et collés) des peintures et gouaches exécutées entre 1950 et 1953. Pourquoi «idéogrammes» et non maquettes? Parceque le climat coloré de l'oeuvre définitive n'est ici jamais suggéré, bien qu'inconsciemment imparti et pour moi lisible. Moins qu'une maquette explicative- signe littéral de l'oeuvre- ces suggestions graphiques portent en elle l'idée, mon «idée» du travail à venir. En somme ces idéogrammes en sont qu'un jalon- lointain mais clairement tracé- de cette lente élaboration qui mène à l'oeuvre accomplie, parée de tous ses ors et de toutes ses vertus:tonalité, harmonie, contrepoint, modulation, rythme, texture et cette palpitation, cette respiration qui touche à la présence." 54 pages de sérigraphies que sont des feuillets doubles. Bel exemplaire. Artist edition of 250 copies numbered and signed by the artist. Copy No. 138. . "The color plates were executed by the artist in his studio, 9 rue Campagne Premiere, Paris 14, with the help of Philippe Gerard." 14 pages of text, Introduction by Michel Seuphor. Text of Edgar Pillet: "Color boards which represent the bulk of this album, and I called "ideograms" are at the origin (but executed with black and white paper cutouts pasted) paintings and gouaches executed between 1950 and 1953. Why "ideograms" and not maquettes? Because the colorful atmosphere of the final work is here ever suggested, albeit unconsciously given and readeable. Less than a literal sign explicative, these graphic suggestions are have the idea, my "idea" of work ahead. In sum these ideograms are a distant but jalon- clearly a trace- of this slow development that leads to the finished work, adorned with all its gold and all its virtues tone, harmony, counterpoint, modulation, rhythm, texture and this pulsing, this breathing that affects the presence. " 54 pages silkscreen prints. Nice copy. Size: 15,5 X 16 Cms., 72 pp. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Soft Cover]

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        Live and Let Die - FIRST EDITION - THIRD STATE DUST WRAPPER ONLY

      Jonathan Cape, London 1954 - DUST WRAPPER ONLY - NO BOOK - A fine dust wrapper with the Kenneth Lewis printing found directly under the blurb, denoting first edition, third impression status. The correct publishers printed price of 10s.6d.net is present to both the front and rear flaps. There is a tiny chip to the crown of the spine, but overall the dust wrapper is a superb example with a very clean rear panel, also with no fading to the spine. [Attributes: First Edition]

      [Bookseller: West Hull Rare Books - P.B.F.A.]
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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'.

      [Bookseller: John Atkinson Books]
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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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        Sports Illustrated #1 1st issue-1954-Eddie Matthews-Nice Copy-First

      1954 - -First issue -Eddie Mathews cover -Has the original baseball cards still attached -Glossy cover Condition: VF-

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        SPORTS ILLUSTRATED 08/16/54-1ST ISSUE-EDDIE MATTHEWS-SOUTHERN STATES PEDIGREE-fn

      1954 - -First issue -Eddie Mathews cover -Has the original baseball cards still attached -Glossy cover -From the Southern States Collection. Condition: FN/VF

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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.

      [Bookseller: John Atkinson Books]
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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]

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA member]
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        The Confidential Clerk

      Faber & Faber, London 1954 - The Confidential Clerk signed by T. S. Eliot, Faber & Faber , London 1954, This very good/near fine copy of The Confidential Clerk is signed presentation inscription to P. T. R. Gillet from the author on the title page. During Eliot's time as a clerk with Lloyds bank from 1917 to 1925 he formed a long term friendship with Gillett. Eliot joined the Board of Directors of Faber and Gwyer in the Autumn of 1925 and remained a Director of the company for over forty years. Eliot continued to send Gillett copies of his work as, on Gillett's admission, "bank clerks have not too much money to spare" (Letter to T. S. Eliot, 6 Jan 1930). The first issue contains the typographical error on page 7. The play was produced with successful results at the Edinburgh Festival of 1953 and then in London. It is written in the same kind of verse as "The Cocktail Party". The text is slightly extended than that used on the stage. Cast listed at rear of book. Original blue cloth boards in near fine condition with bright gilt lettering on the spine. The contents are very clean. The bright dust jacket is very lightly faded on the spine. Hole on the spine above "C" for Clerk. Minor chipping to extremities. 8vo 135pp [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

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        The Collected Poems of Wallace Stevens

      Alfred A. Knopf, New York 1954 - Number 1319 of 2500 copies, warmly inscribed by Wallace Stevens: "To ol' Frank Handley // From Doctor Stevens // Wallace Stevens // Xmas 1954." Stevens had recently been awarded an honorary doctorate from Harvard and was obviously having a little fun with it by referring to himself as "Doctor Stevens" Frank Handley was a friend of Stevens' from the insurance industry. This particular book was displayed by the University of North Carolina Rare Books Collection as part of the 100th Anniversary celebration of Stevens' birth. The catalog from that 1979 exhibition is included here and specifically lists this copy as one of the highlights of the exhibit, on loan from Mr. Handley. The Collected Poems was published on Stevens' 75th birthday, and won both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. The book is near fine (touch of sunning to the cloth edges, minor dusting), dust jacket is a solid VG (see photo). There is a small bookseller tag on the back pastedown, from a shop near Stevens' office on Asylum. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Blue Sky Rare Books]
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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.

      [Bookseller: John Atkinson Books]
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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.

      [Bookseller: Librairie Alain Brieux]
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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.

      [Bookseller: Phillip J. Pirages Fine Books and Mediev]
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        The Kingdom of Earth with Hard Candy: A Book of Stories

      New Directions, New York 1954 - First edition, limited issue. Tiny cracks on the paper over the rear hinge else very near fine in a moderately soiled, very good slipcase. Number 63 of 100 numbered copies. Signed by the author. See this book in 3D on our site. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Between the Covers-Rare Books, Inc. ABAA]
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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: Antiquariaat A.G. VAN DER STEUR]
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        A Primer of Freudian Psychology A Mentor Book

      Softcover. New American Library, New York (1954). 127 pp. First Edition thus. "First Printing, October, 1955" on Copyright Page. M147 Book Code and 35-cent original price on front cover. "This is a reprint pf the original hardcover edition published by the World Publishing Company" printed at bottom of FFEP. Slight shelf wear to extremities. One-half-inch-long horizontal crease across spine about halfway down. Small crease to bottom front corner of cover. Light foxing and yellowing of pages. Otherwise, a bright clean rare unmarked First Printing of this New American Library "Mentor" paperback title. More photos upon request. *** Due to the price, fragility, or other conditions of this particular book, the item will not be shipped by post or other common carrier. It will be necessary to engage in a person-to-person sales transaction at the Book Ranger facility in Monroe, GA, or another location agreeable to the buyer and seller. The normal 30-day return privilege for this item is therefore waived in this buyer firsthand transaction.*** More photos available upon request.

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        Revue]. LES LEVRES NUES

      Directeur Marcel Mariën, Bruxelles - COLLECTION COMPLETE de la première série : du numéro 1, avril 1954 au numéro 10-12, septembre 1958 et numéro hors-série, été 1960. 10 volumes in-8, agrafé ou broché, couvertures illustrées, et in-4 en feuilles. Textes de Paul Nougé, André Souris, Marcel Mariën, André de Rache, Gilbert Senecaut, Guy-Ernest Debord, Michèle Bernstein, Gil J. Wolman ¿ Illustrations de Jane Graverol, Léo Dhomen, Paul Bourgoignie ¿ et photographies détournées anonymes. Le texte de Mariën Théorie de la révolution moniale immédiate occupe une grande partie du dernier numéro. Terminant cette première série de la revue, numéro de 8 pages au format 32 x 24,5 cm titré L'IMITATION DU CINEMA : textes de Marcel Marien, André Souris, Serge Treblich illustré de photos de Léo Dhomen. Joints trois prospectus pour les numéros 1, 3 et 9. >Une seconde série paraîtra entre 1969 et 1975. [Attributes: Soft Cover]

      [Bookseller: Librairie-Galerie Emmanuel Hutin]
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