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        Mémoires de guerre

      first edition on ordinary paper, mentions of one thousand for each copy. Binders in full red shagreen, back with three nerves struck in their centers with a cross of gilded Lorraine, golden initials in tails, guards and plies of gray paper, blankets, backs and jackets preserved, heads gilded. Autographed and signed autograph of Charles De Gaulle to the Duplay squadron chief: "... in memory of our fight ..." on the first volume, handwritten signatures of General de Gaulle on the following. Pleasant copy enriched with a beautiful autograph signed by General De Gaulle in a Gaulish binding. Plon Paris 1954-1959 14,5x23cm 3 volumes reliés

      [Bookseller: Librairie Le Feu Follet]
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        Féerie pour une autre fois II Normance EDITION ORIGINALE Service de presse ENVOI AUTOGRAPHE

      Paris: Gallimard, 1954. Fine. Gallimard, Paris 1954, 14x21cm, broché. - First edition, one advance (service de presse) copy. Handsome autograph inscription from Louis-Ferdinand Céline to Micheline (Deshayes), dated "Meudon 1954". Micheline Deshayes est une danseuse étoile, amie de Céline et Lucette Destouches depuis plus de dix ans. On retrouve à son propos la critique d'une de ses prestations au Grand théâtre de Reims dans le Guide du Concert de 1956: "Les deux danseurs étoiles de grande classe (...) se sont taillés un beau succès en particulier dans les préludes de Liszt où Micheline Deshayes fit admirer le fini de sa technique mise au service d'une grâce aussi sensible que légère".La passion de Céline pour la danse et les danseuses naît en 1915 dans les Music-Hall londoniens, et devient rapidement constitutive de sa vie comme de son oeuvre. D'Elisabeth Craig, sa compagne de 1926 à 1933, dédicataire du Voyage à Lucette Almanzor (avec laquelle il se marie en 1944), et sa grande amie Karen Marie Jensen, les femmes les plus importantes de la vie de Céline sont des danseuses. Céline témoigne régulièrement dans sa correspondance de l'importance que revêt pour lui cette forme artistique: "il m'est impossible de vivre sans la danse" et "danser tout est là - Nietzsche (si surfait) ne se trompait pas - 'je ne croirai a un dieu que s'il danse' s'il raisonne ce cuistre à l'école !" (cf. cahiers de l'Herne n° 3 et 5). Dès 1933, il compose plusieurs ballets qu'il tentera vainement de faire jouer. Comme le souligne H. Godard qui y consacre un chapitre de sa biographie (Gallimard, 2011, p.222-231), la danse constitue pour Céline "un besoin existentiel (...) elle a le pouvoir d'alléger en lui la souffrance intime causée par sa vision si noire de l'homme et de la vie". Et il conclut: "les danseuses aident Céline à supporter les violences [du monde] (...) aussi bien que celles qu'elles suscitaient chez lui en retour."Ainsi son pamphlet, "Bagatelles" s'ouvre-t-il sur cette image de communion avec le monde, de "raffinement" : "Dans une jambe de danseuse le monde, ses ondes, tous ses rythmes, ses folies, ses voeux sont inscrits ! ... Jamais écrits !... Le plus nuancé poème du monde !... (...) Le poème inouï, chaud et fragile comme une jambe de danseuse en mouvant équilibre est en ligne, Gutman mon ami, aux écoutes du plus grand secret, c'est Dieu !(...) Je ne veux plus travailler que pour les danseuses... Tout pour la danse !". Suivent les textes de deux ballets de Céline : "Naissance d'une fée et "Voyou Paul, brave Virginie ". Contrepoids à la violence de la narration, la danse réapparaît à la fin du pamphlet avec un nouveau ballet : "Van Bagaden", dont le texte clôt le livre.Voie de la réconciliation (impossible?) de Céline avec le monde, c'est à travers la danse qu'il formule le terrible constat d'échec du Voyage: "On n'a plus beaucoup de musique en soi pour faire danser la vie, voilà." Mais c'est aussi la danse qui assure la fonction salvatrice de l'écriture : "Le texte [doit] être danse, se tenir toujours au bord de la mort, mais ne pas tomber dedans" (note à un de ses traducteurs, cf. H. Godard, p. 226).Le premier feuillet a été mal découpé par le dédicataire ayant occasionné de légers manques marginaux sans gravité, ex-dono de la dédicataire en tête de la page de faux-titre. Rare et précieux envoi autographe signé de Louis-Ferdinand Céline à une danseuse qui lui témoigna toujours son amitié malgré ses avanies. (références bibliographiques: Henri Godard, Céline, Gallimard, 2011; Jacques Lecarme. Images de la S.D.N ches Céline et chez Cohen In Albert Cohen dans son siècle: actes du colloque international de Cerisy-la Salle). - [FRENCH VERSION FOLLOWS] Edition originale, un des exemplaires du service de presse. Précieux envoi autographe signé de Louis-Ferdinand Céline à Micheline (Deshayes), situé et daté "Meudon 1954". Micheline Deshayes est une danseuse étoile, amie de Céline et Lucette Destouches depuis plus de dix ans. On retrouve à son propos la critique d'une de ses prestations au Grand théâtre de Reims dans le Guide du Concert de 1956: "Les deux danseurs étoiles de grande classe (...) se sont taillés un beau succès en particulier dans les préludes de Liszt où Micheline Deshayes fit admirer le fini de sa technique mise au service d'une grâce aussi sensible que légère".La passion de Céline pour la danse et les danseuses naît en 1915 dans les Music-Hall londoniens, et devient rapidement constitutive de sa vie comme de son oeuvre. D'Elisabeth Craig, sa compagne de 1926 à 1933, dédicataire du Voyage à Lucette Almanzor (avec laquelle il se marie en 1944), et sa grande amie Karen Marie Jensen, les femmes les plus importantes de la vie de Céline sont des danseuses. Céline témoigne régulièrement dans sa correspondance de l'importance que revêt pour lui cette forme artistique: "il m'est impossible de vivre sans la danse" et "danser tout est là - Nietzsche (si surfait) ne se trompait pas - 'je ne croirai a un dieu que s'il danse' s'il raisonne ce cuistre à l'école !" (cf. cahiers de l'Herne n° 3 et 5). Dès 1933, il compose plusieurs ballets qu'il tentera vainement de faire jouer. Comme le souligne H. Godard qui y consacre un chapitre de sa biographie (Gallimard, 2011, p.222-231), la danse constitue pour Céline "un besoin existentiel (...) elle a le pouvoir d'alléger en lui la souffrance intime causée par sa vision si noire de l'homme et de la vie". Et il conclut: "les danseuses aident Céline à supporter les violences [du monde] (...) aussi bien que celles qu'elles suscitaient chez lui en retour."Ainsi son pamphlet, "Bagatelles" s'ouvre-t-il sur cette image de communion avec le monde, de "raffinement" : "Dans une jambe de danseuse le monde, ses ondes, tous ses rythmes, ses folies, ses voeux sont inscrits ! ... Jamais écrits !... Le plus nuancé poème du monde !... (...) Le poème inouï, chaud et fragile comme une jambe de danseuse en mouvant équilibre est en ligne, Gutman mon ami, aux écoutes du plus grand secret, c'est Dieu !(...) Je ne veux plus travailler que pour les danseuses... Tout pour la danse !". Suivent les textes de deux ballets de Céline : "Naissance d'une fée et "Voyou Paul, brave Virginie ". Contrepoids à la violence de la narration, la danse réapparaît à la fin du pamphlet avec un nouveau ballet : "Van Bagaden", dont le texte clôt le livre.Voie de la réconciliation (impossible?) de Céline avec le monde, c'est à travers la danse qu'il formule le terrible constat d'échec du Voyage: "On n'a plus beaucoup de musique en soi pour faire danser la vie, voilà." Mais c'est aussi la danse qui assure la fonction salvatrice de l'écriture : "Le texte [doit] être danse, se tenir toujours au bord de la mort, mais ne pas tomber dedans" (note à un de ses traducteurs, cf. H. Godard, p. 226).Le premier feuillet a été mal découpé par le dédicataire ayant occasionné de légers manques marginaux sans gravité, ex-dono de la dédicataire en tête de la page de faux-titre.Rare et précieux envoi autographe signé de Louis-Ferdinand Céline à une danseuse qui lui témoigna toujours son amitié malgré ses avanies.(références bibliographiques: Henri Godard, Céline, Gallimard, 2011; Jacques Lecarme. Images de la S.D.N ches Céline et chez Cohen In Albert Cohen dans son siècle: actes du colloque international de Cerisy-la Salle).

      [Bookseller: Librairie Le Feu Follet]
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        Histoire de l'astronomie ancienne, depuis son origine jusqu'a l'établissement de l'École d'Alexandrie.Paris, Debure brothers, 1775. 4to. With 3 numbered folding engraved plates. Beautifully bound in contemporary gold-tooled red morocco, each board with coat of arms of Simon-Pierre Merard de Saint-Just in the centre, marbled endpapers. In modern slipcase covered with marbled paper.

      DSB I, pp. 400-402; Houzeau & Lancaster 22; Smith, "Jean-Sylvain Bailly; astronomer, mystic, revolutionary", in: Transactions of the American Philosophical Society, n.s. 44 (1954), pp. 427-538. First edition of a history of astronomy from prehistoric times to the Alexandrian school in the third century BC, by Jean-Sylvain Bailly. It covers not only European and biblical sources but also the cosmographical concepts of Chinese, Egyptian, Persian and Chaldean astronomers. Some of the surviving artefacts that provided a basis for his studies are illustrated in the plates, which are designed to fold out so that one can view them while paging through the text.This copy was originally owned by and bound for Bailly's most important contemporary biographer, his friend Simon-Pierre Mérard de Saint-Just, who published Eloge historique de Jean-Sylvain Bailly (1794). His arms appear on the binding. In very good condition, with only a few minor spots. The binding also very good, only slightly worn around the corners and hinges. An important work on ancient astronomy, beautifully bound for the author's biographer.

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        Enciclopedia Cattolica - 12 volumi

      \, 1954. UsatoAccettabile Copertina: logorata Pagine: ingiallite da fattore tempo italiano

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        Reach for the Sky. The Story of Douglas Bader. [Sixth Impression]. SIGNED COPY IN FULL MOROCCO

      Collins, [1954] - 8vo., Sixth Impression, with frontispiece and 24 plates on 12; handsomely bound in burgundy full crushed morocco, sides with gilt frame border, back with raised bands tooled in gilt, second and fourth compartments lettered in gilt, all other compartments tooled in gilt, a most attractive copy ideal as a gift or for presentation. SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR ON DEDICATION. Published five months after the first impression. 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 was 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) [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Island Books]
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        Live and Let Die - In first issue wrapper complete with clamshell box

      Cape, 1954. Hardcover. Near Fine. A first edition, first printing published by Cape in 1954. The book is very good+/near fine with one name to the ffep and a small bookseller's ticket to the corner of the front pastedown. The gilt on the vignette to the front board and the spine titles is slightly faded. In a very good+ unclipped first issue wrapper which has NO mention of the dust wrapper artist, Kenneth Lewis on the front flap. The spine of the wrapper is a deep purple with some minor wear to the head of the spine and to corners. Some gentle soiling to the rear panel. Some very faint staining to the end-flaps. Now housed in a custom-made clamshell box decorated with gilt titles. A rare first edition, first issue and a lovely item indeed.

      [Bookseller: John Atkinson Books]
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        The Chester Beatty Library a catalogue of the Turkish manuscripts and miniatures. ... With an introduction by the late J.V.S. Wilkinson. Dublin, Hodges Figgis & Co., 1958. Folio. With frontispiece and 42 numbered plates. Red cloth.

      Very detailed catalogue describing the Turkish manuscripts and miniatures in the Chester Beatty Library, a collection of manuscripts, printed works, and artefacts, predominantly Oriental, assembled by Alfred Chester Beatty and opened to the public in Dublin in 1954. Very good copy.

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        A MIRROR FOR OBSERVERS

      Garden City: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1954. First edition. A fine copy in a nearly fine dust jacket, some mild edge rubbing, small chip from head of spine panel. (14016). Octavo, boards. Winner of 1955 International Fantasy Award. "Martians in underground cities for thousands of years have manipulated Earth's historical development." - Anatomy of Wonder (1995) 3-141. Pringle: Science Fiction: The 100 Best Novels, #16.

      [Bookseller: John W. Knott, Jr., Bookseller, ABAA/ILA]
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        Parabole de l'inconnue

      Cairo: Abud Fadil Press, 1954. Limited edition, one of 50 copies of 500 total. Decoration to title and prelims. [20] pp, printed in brown on "Registre Extra des Vosges" paper. Folio (351 x 247 mm). Recent black paper wrappers, with mounted printed panel from original front wrapper. Some tape repairs to blank inner margins, small faint splash stain to front wrapper. Limited edition, one of 50 copies of 500 total. Decoration to title and prelims. [20] pp, printed in brown on "Registre Extra des Vosges" paper. Folio (351 x 247 mm). Rare presentation copy from one of the "Cairo Poets" A very rare publication by a member of the Salamander Society, a collection of mostly English expatriate poets centered in Cairo during the Second World War. A presentation copy, inscribed "To A. Carvely / with every good wishes. / Raoul Parme. / Nov. 25th 1954." The so-called Cairo Poets active during the war years were comprised of two groups: the Personal Landscape group-led by Keith Douglass, Lawrence Durrell, Bernard Spencer, and Terrence Tiller, which maintained a distinctly literary bent-and the Salamander Society, which was founded by Keith Bullen and John Cromer and sought "to memorialize the soldier as amateur poet and oral historian" (Cambridge Companion to the Literature of World War II, p 17). Parme taught under Bullen at the Gezira Preparatory School, and had translated at least one of Bullen's poems into French for an issue of Oasis. The present work is exceedingly scarce: the only recorded institutional copy is at the American University in Cairo. This copy was inscribed by Parme to Andrew Carvely (1932-1997), a Middle-East specialist who would go on to form a significant T.E. Lawrence collection now at the John Hay Library, Brown University.

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        UNDER THE NET

      Chatto & Windus 1954 - Uncorrected proof copy. Original blue paper wrappers, printed in black. Ownership inscription of author Robert Henriques to half title. A near very good copy, with spotting to the upper cover and the hinges starting. The author's scarce first novel. There are three changes made to the text in this proof before the first edition. On page 29, a passage describing Dave Gellman's Goldhawk Road apartment reads: "I inspected the spare room with care. It looked out the other way and had a view of a dump of old motor tyres and the United Dairies. At any rate the hospital wasn't to be seen." In the first edition this was changed to "I inspected the spare room with care. It also looked out onto the wall of the hospital, which at this point seemed to stand even closer." There are further alterations made to the uncorrected proof text in the first edition on pages 155 and 284. Robert Henriques was a novelist and won the James Tait Black Prize for 1950. A contemporary of Murdoch, their correspondence is held at the University of Reading. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

      [Bookseller: Jonkers Rare Books]
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        The Lord of the Rings [Comprising The Fellowship of the Ring/The Two Towers/The Return of the King - All first edition, first printings]

      George Allen and Unwin, 1954. Hardcover. Fine. A set of first edition, first printings published by George Allen and Unwin in 1954-5. All are fine copies (slightest trace of spotting to the second volume) in fine red morocco leather with raised bands and gilt lettering to the spine. Comes with a custom-made slip case. No inscriptions. A superb set indeed.

      [Bookseller: John Atkinson Books]
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        [The Lord of the Rings:]

      London: George Allen and Unwin Ltd,, 1954-5. The Fellowship of the Ring; The Two Towers; The Return of the King. 3 volumes, octavo (215 x 135 mm). Recent red morocco binding by Bayntun-Riviere, titles and ring decoration to spines gilt in compartments, gilt frame to covers, turn-ins and edges gilt, marbled endpapers. Folding map at the end of each volume. Bookplate to front pastedowns. Negligible fading to spines, boards a little bowed; an excellent, bright set. First editions, first impressions. The Return of the King in the third variant of p. 49 (which Hammond misstates as the first), with sagging text and signature mark "4" present, and second variant of p. 281 with the gap in "Men." closed on the final line. All the variants within the first impression, and the priorities assigned to them, are of manufacture only; they would have been published simultaneously. The Lord of the Rings trilogy is one of the most influential literary works of the century. Its first reception was mixed: favourable and perceptive reviews from C. S. Lewis and from W. H. Auden, who had attended Tolkien's Oxford lectures, were countered by others who were hostile, sometimes bitterly so. But the trilogy went on to astonishing sales and forged a major change in public literary taste. "Heroic fantasy" has since become one of the most commercially successful literary genres, having a transforming impact upon the entertainment industry, from electronic games to cinema.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        Diesseits. Kleine Welt. Fabulierbuch.

      Suhrkamp, Berlin 1954.. Oktav. Org.-Ganzleinen mit Org.-SU. 987 (+3) S., Umschlag mit geringfügigen Gebrauchspuren, insgesamt aber sehr wohlerhaltenes Exemplar. [=Gesammelte Werke in Einzelausgaben].

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        Verve, vol. VIII, n° 29-30 : Vallauris, Suite de 180 dessins de Picasso, 28 novembre 1953 au 3 février 1954

      Paris: Editions de la Revue Verve, 1954. Livre. Illus. by Pablo Picasso. Très bon. Cartonnage Éditeur. Edition originale. Grand In-4. Paris, Editions de la Revue Verve, 1954. 36 x 27 cm, grand in-4, (16) pp. - (164) pp. de reproductions en noir - 16 lithographies en couleurs hors texte dont le titre et le frontispice, cartonnage illustré en couleurs de l'éditeur. Le plus beau et le plus important des numéros de Verve consacrés à Picasso. Couverture composée spécialement par Picasso, 16 belles lithographies en couleurs tirées par Mourlot et dessin reproduits par Draeger en héliogravure. Texte de Michel Leiris. Très bel exemplaire (infimes accrocs au cartonnage)..

      [Bookseller: Des livres autour (Julien Mannoni)]
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        The Lord of the Rings:] The Fellowship of the Ring; The Two Towers; The Return of the King.

      London: George Allen and Unwin Ltd, 1954-5 - 3 volumes, octavo (215 x 135 mm). Recent red morocco binding by Bayntun-Riviere, titles and ring decoration to spines gilt in compartments, gilt frame to covers, turn-ins and edges gilt, marbled endpapers. Bookplate to front pastedowns. Negligible fading to spines, boards a little bowed; an excellent, bright set. Folding map at the end of each volume. First editions, first impressions. The Return of the King in the third variant of p. 49 (which Hammond misstates as the first), with sagging text and signature mark "4" present, and second variant of p. 281 with the gap in "Men." closed on the final line. All the variants within the first impression, and the priorities assigned to them, are of manufacture only; they would have been published simultaneously. The Lord of the Rings trilogy is one of the most influential literary works of the century. Its first reception was mixed: favourable and perceptive reviews from C. S. Lewis and from W. H. Auden, who had attended Tolkien's Oxford lectures, were countered by others who were hostile, sometimes bitterly so. But the trilogy went on to astonishing sales and forged a major change in public literary taste. "Heroic fantasy" has since become one of the most commercially successful literary genres, having a transforming impact upon the entertainment industry, from electronic games to cinema. [Attributes: First Edition]

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        FOUR TYPED LETTERS SIGNED by the Hollywood Producer & Agent RAY STARK to the Novelist & Screenwriter BEN HECHT & his wife, regarding FILM PRODUCTIONS of HECHT'S "MIRACLE IN THE RAIN" & "IRON PETTICOAT".

      Beverly Hills, California, September 27, 1954 through January 14, 1955. [1954]., [1954].. Fine. - Four signed letters typed in green ink on Ray Stark's 10-5/8 inch high by 7-1/4 inch wide "Famous Artist's Corporation Agency" stationery, with the firm's logo embossed in green at the top of creamy white paper. In his first letter of approximately 90 words dated September 27, 1954, Ray Stark, acting as Ben Hecht's agent, writes to him about Frank Rosenberg's deal regarding "Miracle in the Rain". Stark pleads with Hecht to not "be a soft-hearted cuss and let him talk you into anything." He goes on to write that "Frankly, this looks like a lot of crap to me. If he is producing the picture, you should receive one-half, unless he wants to give up his claim to the $10,000." and closes by requesting that Hecht send him "a copy of the wire" in which Rosenberg claims to have told him of the details. Signed "Ray" in green ink.<p>In a retained carbon copy of his letter of the same date addressed to Frank Rosenberg, Stark sets the scene for what he clearly sees unfolding. He writes Rosenberg that "I am still rather confused about the exact details of the sale of Miracle in the Rain to Warner Brothers", and inquires as to whether this is a definite sale or contingent upon the selection of a director. He then goes on to question Rosenberg's deal with Warner: "It is difficult for me to understand how you can be under contract to Warner's as a producer, be assigned MIRACLE IN THE RAIN as your first picture, and yet, as you stated to me this morning, consider the producer deal separate." He then urges that Rosenberg have his agent acquaint him with the details.<p>In typed letter of over 140 words to Ben Hecht dated October 20, 1954, Ray Stark inquires about "the Saltzman thing", Harry Saltzman's first film based on Ben Hecht's script "Not for Money" which was contentiously released as "The Iron Petticoat" in 1956. Mentioning that other projects were still "on the fire", he mentions that "Kirk [Douglas] is really, really excited about the play and it would help very much if you could send him any portion of it that you are satisfied with... He has told me that if he liked the play, he would rather do it than any of the films which are on tap for the next several months...." Kirk Douglas had starred in the 1954 film "Ulysses", the script of which was co-written by Ben Hecht and subsequently co-produced and starred in the 1955 Western "The Indian Fighter" for which Ben Hecht wrote the screenplay from a story by Robert L. Richards. Here Stark is referring to Hecht's play "Not for Money" which was eventually released as "The Iron Petticoat" starring Bob Hope and Katharine Hepburn. Ray Stark concludes his letter to Hecht which he neglets to sign with a 14 word autograph note penned in blue ink "And please don't get involved privately with the play until you check with me".<p>A retained carbon copy of a letter to Ray Stark from MCA's Arthur L. Park, Jr. acknowledges receipt of Stark's letter and that he, Park, will advise him as soon as the contract for "Miracle in the Rain" is signed. He goes on to say that "Incidentally, Mr. Rosenberg has advised me that he discussed the Warner Bros. deal in detail with Mr. Hecht personally before accepting it and that Mr. Hecht had voiced his complete approval...."<p>In a 241 word Typed Letter Signed dated October 25, 1954, Ray Stark writes to Ben Hecht expressing his excitement at talking with him "this morning about the play." "I know how very rarely you are enthusiastic - at least this enthusiastic, about your projects, so I am really sitting on the edge of my chair waiting to read it." He further pens the following note at the end of this paragraph: "I hope you've sent act one". Going on to discuss other matters, he writes: "I am also so very happy that you like Saltzman. He is a tough business man and this is good. Also, I think he is a very honest guy - as well as a very good promoter. Once again, Ben, I just hope you don't sign any papers unless you send them through me...." Stark goes on to write extensively about the need to protect Hecht's interests in these deals and then, excitedly tells him that "There are still a number of assignments, including the Barrymore story, the Kirk Douglas Japanese story, and others, which I have been holding in abeyance for you...." Signed "Ray" in blue ink.<p>In a retained carbon copy of a letter written by Stark to Harry Saltzman on the same day, Stark writes that "I am very excited over the fact that you and Ben have formed a partnership on his new play. I would appreciate your sending me copies of any contracts which Ben may be requested to sign -- or, which he may have signed, since Ben in general is rather forgetful of these things. ... Also, as I told Ben, if Kirk Douglas likes the play there is a very good chance of a big investment on his part...."<p>Predictably, on January 14, 1955, Ray Stark has typed over 540 words on two pages, this time addressed to "Rosie" (Mrs. Ben Hecht): "I am answering your very sweet letter of January 9th. However, I have to admit that I have taken a day to simmer down. I can't tell you how angry I was when I read of this swindle that Mr. Rosenberg had pulled. ... Ben promised me that he would not deal with those guys, and as I told Ben, I would have been very happy to have the agency advance the money he needed against this contract. I just think it's a shame, and a ruthless hunk of chicanery, to have screwed Ben like this...." The paragraph which follows speaks volumes as to Ray Stark's character, waving the commission owed by the struggling Hechts: "It is very sweet, Rosie, that you mention the commission due me in reference to the Saltzman and other situations. However, forget about it. It's more important that you people get into some kind of a liquid position..." He goes on to mention Hecht's script "NOT FOR MONEY" and urges her to "persuade Ben to really keep me advised of all the various things that are happening. I have a couple of jobs possibilities for him when he is finishes with his present assignment...." Signed "Ray" in blue ink. In a post script, Stark states that he's enclosing a copy of a letter he will send to Frank Rosenberg, with two corrections in his hand and the addition of a brief note penned in ink requesting that she "First let me have Ben's okay".<p>The carbon copy of Stark's angry letter to Frank Rosenberg, dated January 14, 1954, is included. Stark angrily denounces Rosenberg's actions: "For a long, long time I thought that both Harold and yourself were two of the most ethical guys in this very unethical town. However, after the bit of chicanery that either you, or both Harold and yourself accomplished together in reference to the Ben Hecht situation, I can't help but tell you how very strongly I feel about this fancy bit of mis-dealing." He goes on to list the mis-deeds, the last being: "... the fact that you thought you had pulled a fast one at Warner's by having a separate producer contract, etc., should all add up to many sleepless nights for you, Frank...."<p>All four of Ray Stark's original letters are in very good condition, folded for mailing. The onion skin carbon copies are clear and legible but worn. <p>"Miracle in the Rain" was Ben Hecht's adaptation of his novella of the same name. The film is a World War II romance between a happy-go-lucky soldier played by Van Johnson and a lonely office worker played by Jane Wyman who meet on the streets of New York City during a downpour.<p>Ben Hecht's play "Not for Money", a British Cold War comedy was released as "The Iron Petticoat". The play was written by Ben Hecht from a story by Harry Saltzman, who produced the film. It was intended as a vehicle for Katherine Hepburn. Major stars such as Carey Grant, William Holden and James Stewart balked at playing second fiddle to Hepburn and the studio finally settled on reworking the film with Bob Hope as the leading man. Turning up in London at the last minute, Hope threatened to pull out unless the film was re-written to his liking, striking out many of Hepburn's scenes. The title was then changed and Hecht removed his name from the credits.<p>A man of many talents, Ben Hecht (1894-1864) was an American journalist, screenwriter, producer, director, playwright and novelist. The author of 35 books, he wrote screenplays for nearly 70 films. Among his most noted are "The Front Page", "Underworld", "Scarface", "Angels Over Broadway", "It's A Wonderful World", Hitchcock's "Spellbound" and "Notorious", etc.<p>One of the most successful independent Hollywood producers, Ray Otto Stark (1915-2004) was Ben Hecht's agent through his "Famous Artists Corporation". His early experience as a literary and theatrical agent set the stage for his successful career as the producer of some of the most dynamic film of the latter part of the twentieth century. Among the most memorable films that he produced are: "West Side Story", "The Misfits", "Lolita", "The Night of the Iguana", "Reflections in a Golden Eye", "Funny Girl", "The Goodbye Girl", "Annie", and "Steel Magnolias".

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        Garden Spice and Wild Pot-Herbs

      Elfriede Abbe. Very Good with no dust jacket. 1954. Limited Edition. Hardcover. A numbered, hand printed first edition printed and illustrated by Elfriede Abbe. This copy is #68 of 90. The paper is handmade Japanese Kochi paper. The illustrations mostly wood block engravings, with two zinc plates. One large foldout. Oversized half green cloth with green paper boards. Minor edgewear and bumped corners. Text very clean, an erased name on a free end paper. A beautiful book. ; 11.90 x 8.55 x 1.75 inches; Elfriede Abbe enjoys a lifetime of artistic recognition and achievement. A graduate of Cornell University in 1940, Abbe has worked as sculptor, wood engraver and botanical illustrator, and has published numerous hand-printed books on a manual press that still takes up the better part of her home studio. Her wood engravings are in collections including the libraries of Cornell University, Yale University and Carnegie-Mellon University .

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        Les Deux Modèles nus 18 mars 1954. Original-Lithographie.

      Paris. 1954 - Bildgrösse: 62x42 cm. Unter Passepartout. Unten rechts signiert "Picasso", links nummeriert 16/50. In schmalem Ralux-Glasrahmen. Unter dem Passepartout nummeriert. Das Blatt ist unter der Fläche des Passepartouts vergilbt. Literatur: Moulot 256, Bloch 762. [Attributes: Signed Copy]

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        Textile Japan

      Textile Industry Research Institute, Tokyo 1954 - Original binding, a little soiled and with some abrasion. Very occasional offsetting to contents, otherwise fine. The 1954 issue of Tokyo periodical `Textile Japan`, published in English. Includes 88 tipped-in samples of various fabrics produced in Japan, from lace, cotton, denim and wool to nylon, rayon, silk, flax, and velveteen. Under each sample is noted the company who produced the fabric and the location of their factory. The book itself is ordered by district, with sections on Hokkaido, Tokyo and Yokohama, Tohoku and Hokuriku, Tokai, Kyoto, Osaka and Kobe, Kyushu, etc. With designs by Katsue Kitasono. Text in English. 88 p. First edition. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

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        Bekenntnisse des Hochstaplers Felix Krull. Der Memoiren erster Teil. 1.-20. Tsd.

      Frankfurt, Fischer 1954 - . 8°. 442 S. Kopfgoldschnitt. Orig.-Leder. In Schuber mit Lederkanten. (Erste Ausgabe in der Stockholmer Gesamtausgabe). WG 130. Bürgin I, 99A. Nr. 402 von 500 Exemplaren der Vorzugsausgabe in Leder und im Impressum von Thomas Mann signiert. Zum 80. Geburtstag Manns erschienen. Sehr gutes Exemplar. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

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        GLI AVVENTUROSI SICILIANI

      EINAUDI, 1954. ITALIANO 0,18 N. 34 della collana diretta da Elio Vittorini, pagine leggermente ingiallite ai bordi causa tempo, brossura editoriale morbida, con alette e con lievissimi segni di usura da scaffalatura USATO

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        EXPEDITION TO EARTH

      London: Sidgwick and Jackson, [1954].. Octavo, boards. First British edition. Signed on the front free endpaper by Clarke. Eleven early stories by this major author, most of them involving space travel and the far future, and written in a yearning, quasi-poetic style. Often they have little stings in the tail. Includes "The Sentinel" (1951), which later formed the basis of the novel and film 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (1968). Anatomy of Wonder (1987) 3-100. A fine copy in fine dust jacket. A sharp copy of a very scarce edition of this book which is rare signed by Clarke. (#152799)

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        THE STAR BEAST

      New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, [1954]. First edition. Some spotting to top edge of text block, a fine copy in a nearly fine first state dust jacket ("$2.50" printed price not clipped or over printed), with a little rubbing to spine fold edges and very mild dust soiling, much less than usual for this title, a jacket that easily soils. An attractive copy. (14040). Octavo, illustrated by Clifford Geary, cloth.

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        THE YOUNG TRAVELLER IN SPACE

      London: Phoenix House Ltd, [1954].. Large octavo, pp. [1-4] 5 [6] 7-72, color frontispiece from a drawing by R. A. Smith, 29 illustrations from photographs on plate paper, and 6 diagrams in the text, original full-color pictorial boards. First edition. Clarke's third book on rocketry and space travel, this one for young readers. Published later the same year in the U.S. with some differences in content as GOING INTO SPACE. Ciancone 48. Ley, Rockets, Missiles, and Space Travel, revised edition, 1957, p. 496. A very good copy in very good pictorial dust jacket (full-color illustration by Edmund Louis Blandford) with light edge wear and clipped price. A superior copy of a book seldom found in nice condition. (#135282)

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        Spirit of St. Louis - SIGNED BY CHARLES LINDBERGH

      Bok. LINDBERGH, CHARLES A. Spirit of St. Louis. Den första atlantflygaren berättar. Illustrated. Stockholm, Bonniers, 1954. 8vo. (3),+ (blank),+ 484,+ (10) pp.+ plates,+ (1) leaf. Gilt decorated blue full calf, spine with two raised black-dyed bands, all edges gilt and boards with gilt inner dentelles. Signed by the author. Signed (by Lindbergh) and numbered bibliofile edition for Kungl. Svenska Aeroklubben [=Royal Swedish Association of Aeronautics], of which this is number 261 (of a not defined total). Translation into Swedish by Torsten Blomkvist. Very Fine condition, no sunning or wear. Bibliofilupplaga. Välbevarad. Hylla 116.

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        THE YOUNG TRAVELLER IN SPACE ..

      London: Phoenix House Ltd, [1954].. Large octavo, pp. [1-4] 5 [6] 7-72, color frontispiece from a drawing by R. A. Smith, 29 illustrations from photographs on plate paper, and 6 diagrams in the text, original full-color pictorial boards. First edition. Clarke's third book on rocketry and space travel, this one for young readers. Published later the same year in the U.S. with some differences in content as GOING INTO SPACE. Ciancone 48. Ley, Rockets, Missiles, and Space Travel, revised edition, 1957, p. 496. A very good copy in very good pictorial dust jacket (full-color illustration by Edmund Louis Blandford) with light edge wear and clipped price. A superior copy of a book seldom found in nice condition. (#135282)

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        THE LORD OF THE RINGS / THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING, THE TWO TOWERS & THE RETURN OF THE KING

      Houghton - Mifflin 1954 - "One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all And in the darkness bind them" * * * THE LORD OF THE RINGS * * * comprising THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING, Houghton-Mifflin, 1954, THE TWO TOWERS, Houghton-Mifflin, 1955 & THE RETURN OF THE KING, Houghton-Mifflin, 1956, first American editions (as well as first printings), THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING is vg in like pictorial dw with some shallow chipping to the dw spine extremities, a bit of dulling to the gold-gilt lettering, upper front fore edge corner tip gently bumped, a very faint moisture stain to the lower front fore edge area of the front cover, more obviously so to the lower fore edges of the f.p.d. & f.e.p. as well as the next two leaves then just about disappearing altogether and faintly noticeable at the b.p.e.'s; THE TWO TOWERS is vg+/near fine in like pictorial dw with a small faint moisture stain to the lower rear fore edge corner tip which is likewise evident on the dw as well; THE RETURN OF THE KING is vg+/near fine in like pictorial dw. Still a nice and most collectable set of this now classic work published by Houghton Mifflin but bound up from the first printing of the English sheets. INTERNATIONAL FANTASY AWARD winner and an enduring classic of literature. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        A Murder in Paradise

      New York: Rinehart and Company. (1954). First. First edition. Bottom corners a tiny bit bumped, still easily fine in fine dustwrapper. A lovely copy of this very uncommon true crime account of a brutal and shocking murder in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. .

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        Future Indefinite.

      8vo., original cloth with dust wrapper. A little chipping and creasing to wrapper otherwise a very good copy preserved in custom-made morocco backed fall-down-back box. First US edition, inscribed by Coward: "For Darling Lang Syne with my love as always. Noel". We presume that this is a later inscription to actor Robert Lang who starred in Coward's own production of Hay Fever in 1964.

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        LA MEGLIO GIOVENTU'. Poesie friulane.

      Firenze, Sansoni, 1954. In-8 p., brossura orig., pp. 155. "Prima edizione". Volume della Collana “Biblioteca di Paragone”, n. 15. Cfr. Gambetti / Vezzosi, p. 651: “Raccolta delle poesie in dialetto. Testo italiano dell'Autore a pié di pagina. Rifiutato da Guanda. Non comune e molto ricercato”. Lievem. ingiallito per la qualità della carta, altrim. esemplare ben conservato, con dedica autografa del poeta a “G.B. Angioletti, piccolo segno del / gran bene che gli voglio, / Pier Paolo Pasolini / Firenze, 29 luglio 1954”.

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        12 Vol. des Ouvres illustrées de Sacha Guitry Quatre Ans d?occupations (2 T.) Lucien Guitry La Poison La vie d?un Honnête homme les desseins de la providence la Maladie et les Médecins O mon Bel inconnu 60 jours de prison Châteaux en Espagne Et puis voici des vers quadrille.

      1954 - A Paris Raoul Solar 1954 12 vol. in-8 (170x215) demi-chagrin rouge à coins dos à nerfs Tête et titres dorés tiré à 2985 ex sur vélin d?Annonay filigrané 200 pp. environ par volume nombreuses illustrations n&b hors-texte EXEMPLAIRE A L'ETAT DU NEUF [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        YUGOSLAVIAN POST WWII PROPAGANDA: [OBEZBEDITE SEBI PRIJATNO LETOVANJE / SECURE YOURSELF PLEASANT VACATION].

      Lithography in colour (Very Good, soft folds) 100 x 70 cm (39.8 x 27.6 inches). - Beograd: Jugo&#154;tampa [1954]. An unusual large poster was printed in Belgrade, Serbia, in 1954 to encourage children to collect bones from kitchens and selling them to facories for glue, in order to earn money for vacation. After WWII the children of Yugoslavia were asked to participate in all possible ways in the growth of industry in their free time. At the same time had work, as well as sports, kept them on the straight and narrow in the years aftet the war. Children and youth were participating in collecting recyclable materials, building roads and rebuilding houses etc. As a reward they received free vacation, membership in sport clubs and invitations to events.

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        LES CHAMPS ELYSEES

      - Affiche originale imprimée en lithographie par Mourlot en 1954 Ref. "les affiches de Chagall" n°79 - Mourlot Format : 71 x 41 cm Tirage à 750 exemplaires avec le texte

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