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        ALPINI IN RUSSIA SUL DON 1942-1943

      Edizioni Ciarrocca, Milano 1954 - Boards are not flat due to a binding error. Pages a bit browned. ; Rebound in green leather with decorative blindstamped pattern. Gilt spine lettering, gilt spine design and three raised bands. New marbled endpapers. Nicely INSCRIBED in blue ink by someone in the rank of "Gen. Col. Degli Alpini" on front endpaper. INSCRIBED to Juan Peron when president of Argentina (December 1954) ; B&W Photographs; 8vo; 229 pages [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Complete Traveller Antiquarian Bookstore]
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        Black Power

      1954. First Edition . Signed. WRIGHT, Richard. Black Power. A Record of Reactions in a Land of Pathos. New York: Harper & Brothers, (1954). Octavo, original half black cloth, cartographic endpapers, original dust jacket. $1500.First edition of the first book of travel writings by Wright, a writer whose ""unadulterated geniusÂ… has yet to be fully appreciated"" (Cornel West), a scarce presentation copy inscribed by him with a powerful line from his novella Fire and Cloud, ""To—Hugh S. Moorhead, 'Freedom belongs to the strongÂ…' With my best wishes Richard Wright, April 30, 1957 Paris.""Having his made his mark with Uncle Tom's Children (1938) and Native Son (1940), Wright ""grew more internationalist in outlookÂ… [He] accomplished much as an important public literary and political figure with a worldwide reputationÂ… and in 1954 published Black Power (a term coined by Wright)"" (African American Writers, 397). ""The unadulterated genius of Richard Wright has yet to be fully appreciatedÂ… The very essence of Wright's genius, the sheer core of his artistic achievement, was his intellectual candor and existential honesty in his quest to be a free human being in the 20th centuryÂ… His often overlooked nonfiction writings—Black Power (1954), Color Curtain (1956), White Man Listen! (1957) and Pagan Spain (1957)—confirm this highly deserved designationÂ… In his first book of travel writings, Black Power, Wright explores the complex political and cultural dynamics of the decolonization of GhanaÂ… his personal struggle for identity and freedom is inseparable from, though never reducible to, the collective struggle for African dignity and liberty. He dedicated his book 'to the unknown African'"" (Cornel West). Wright made his home in Paris from 1947 until his death in 1960. ""First Edition"" and code ""H-D"" on copyright page, indicating publication in August 1954."" With frontispiece of Kwane Nkrumah. Blockson 1127. The recipient is likely the longtime chairman of the philosophy department at Northeastern Illinois University. In the 1950s Moorhead also served as a regional director of the Great Books Foundation, which featured Wright as one of its authors.Only lightest edge-wear to scarce dust jacket. A highly desirable about-fine inscribed copy.

      [Bookseller: Bauman Rare Books]
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        Waiting for Godot

      New York: Grove Press, 1954. First American edition. Black cloth, a fine copy in dust jacket, price-clipped and slightly darkened. First edition of Beckett's own translation into English.

      [Bookseller: Thomas A Goldwasser Rare Books]
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        Buldan al-Khilafa al-Sharqiyya - [Arabic text - about Iran, Arabia, from the Arab Conquest to Tamerlane = Im Arabisch - über Iran, die Arabische Halbinsel, Iran, Mittelasien von der islamischen Eroberung bis in die Zeit Timurs].

      Baghdad, Matba'at al-Rabita, 1373, [ 1954 ]. Later blue half leather with 5 raised bands and gilt title. ca. 600 pp. & 10 foldings maps/ plans; 24.5x17.5 cm. Text in Arabic - (leather sl. rubbed, paper sl. browned, ex-libris stamp) Very good, nice binding, see picture. 'G. Le Strange (1854-1933), scholar in Persian, Arabic, and Spanish, specially notable for his work in the field of the historical geography of the pre-modern Middle Eastern and Eastern Islamic lands and his editing of Persian geographical texts.'.

      [Bookseller: Antiquariaat Emile Kerssemakers]
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        The Case of the Runaway Corpse (Inscribed Association Copy)

      William Morrow & Co, New York 1954 - Octavo. SIGNED AND INSCRIBED BY ERLE STANLEY GARDNER TO HIS NIECE ON THE FEP: "To Nordy / Who has smoothed over so many of my Chicago troubles / My thanks to one who combines charm, ability and loyalty / Yours, Erle / Erle Stanldy Gardner / June 1954." A near fine copy in a lovely, fine dust jacket, illustrated in color by Charles Lofgren. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Charles Parkhurst Rare Books, Inc. ABAA]
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        The Case of the Runaway Corpse

      Morrow, 1954 A fine first edition in a fine dust jacket, inscribed to Helen Moore, with a long inscription by Gardner. Housed in a custom-made slipcase.. Inscribed by Author(s). 1st Edition. Hardcover. Fine/Fine.

      [Bookseller: Bookbid Rare Books]
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        The Case of the Runaway Corpse (Inscribed Association Copy)

      New York: William Morrow & Co, 1954. First Edition. Hard Cover with Dust Jacket. Near Fine/Fine. Octavo. SIGNED AND INSCRIBED BY ERLE STANLEY GARDNER TO HIS NIECE ON THE FEP: "To Nordy / Who has smoothed over so many of my Chicago troubles / My thanks to one who combines charm, ability and loyalty / Yours, Erle / Erle Stanldy Gardner / June 1954." A near fine copy in a lovely, fine dust jacket, illustrated in color by Charles Lofgren.

      [Bookseller: Charles Parkhurst Rare Books, Inc.]
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        Place de l'anthropologie dans les sciences sociales et problèmes posés par son enseignement

      Rare first edition for which he was not drawn to this leading copies reprinted printed small number of the collective work: Social Sciences in Higher Education published the same year.autograph dedication of the author autograph signed by Claude Levi-Strauss in English won the first cover plate.Some reading marks in red ink in the margins of some leaves, probably dedicatee.Marginally flat and slightly insolated not serious. Unesco Paris 1954 13,5x21,5cm agrafé

      [Bookseller: Librairie Le Feu Follet]
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        Reach For The Sky.

      London: Collins,, 1954. The Story of Douglas Bader. Octavo. Original blue boards, gilt-lettered spine. With the dust jacket. Photographic frontispiece, 6 similar plates. Spine very gently rolled, inner hinges superficially split but firm. A very good copy in the dust jacket with a toned spine and rear panel, and light rubbing to joints and extremities. First edition, first impression. Presentation copy from Bader to Sholto Douglas, his wartime commander-in-chief and tactical ally, inscribed "To Sholto — from Douglas Bader 15/3/54" on the front free endpaper. Douglas (1893-1969) replaced Hugh Dowding as Fighter Command commander-in-chief in November 1940. Dowding had failed to settle the increasingly bitter quarrel between Keith Park and Trafford Leigh Mallory, his two principal group commanders, regarding tactics against German daylight raids in the Battle of Britain. Bader was leader of 242 Squadron in Leigh Mallory's No. 12 Group and accompanied his commander to the high-level tactical conference held at the Air Ministry on 17 October 1940, chaired by Douglas. "Douglas supported Leigh-Mallory's opposition to the emphasis on defence by Dowding and Park throughout the day battle. As far back as 11 August 1938 he had declared that it was 'immaterial in the long view whether the enemy bomber is shot down before or after he has dropped his bombs on his objective' (Orange, 121). Douglas agreed with Leigh-Mallory that targets should be defended primarily by anti-aircraft guns, balloons, and searchlights, while a concentrated attack was prepared by massed fighters on enemy bombers—if necessary, after they had bombed", a tactic known as Big Wing (ODNB). The success of Big Wing has been debated, this copy nevertheless embodying a canonical Battle of Britain association.

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        Reach For The Sky. The Story of Douglas Bader.

      London: Collins, 1954 - Octavo. Original blue boards, gilt-lettered spine. With the dust jacket. Spine very gently rolled, inner hinges superficially split but firm. A very good copy in the dust jacket with a toned spine and rear panel, and light rubbing to joints and extremities. Photographic frontispiece, 6 similar plates. First edition, first impression. Presentation copy from Bader to Sholto Douglas, his wartime commander-in-chief and tactical ally, inscribed "To Sholto — from Douglas Bader 15/3/54" on the front free endpaper. Douglas (1893-1969) replaced Hugh Dowding as Fighter Command commander-in-chief in November 1940. Dowding had failed to settle the increasingly bitter quarrel between Keith Park and Trafford Leigh Mallory, his two principal group commanders, regarding tactics against German daylight raids in the Battle of Britain. Bader was leader of 242 Squadron in Leigh Mallory's No. 12 Group and accompanied his commander to the high-level tactical conference held at the Air Ministry on 17 October 1940, chaired by Douglas. "Douglas supported Leigh-Mallory's opposition to the emphasis on defence by Dowding and Park throughout the day battle. As far back as 11 August 1938 he had declared that it was 'immaterial in the long view whether the enemy bomber is shot down before or after he has dropped his bombs on his objective' (Orange, 121). Douglas agreed with Leigh-Mallory that targets should be defended primarily by anti-aircraft guns, balloons, and searchlights, while a concentrated attack was prepared by massed fighters on enemy bombers—if necessary, after they had bombed", a tactic known as Big Wing (ODNB). The success of Big Wing has been debated, this copy nevertheless embodying a canonical Battle of Britain association. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy]

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA member]
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        To Ariadne (deserted by Theseus)' and 'Eve Describes Her Birthday Party' - original Plath typescripts with autograph amendments to latter

      , 0. Two original single-sheet typescripts by Sylvia Plath, unsigned, the first-named containing 20 lines in five stanzas dated 6/10/49 with her typed name above, composed when she was 16, the second a carbon having 14 lines with Plath's revisions in her own hand to lines 4 and 12, in line 4 replacing the typed words 'the windy jargon' with her handwritten 'wrangling jargon', adding the words 'seraphic spheres' instead of the typed 'angelic wars' (having also written 'disharmony of spheres' but then seemingly crossed it out), while in line 12 replacing the typed words 'pierced the' with 'plunged though the'. At the top of this sheet are the typed words Sylvia Plath/Lawrence House/Smith College/Northampton, Massachusetts, and although the poem is undated it was written c.1954-5, after her abortive suicide attempt. Each poem is marked 1 and 26, respectively, in pencil at the top corner. These poems were originally sold by Sothebys in 1982 as part of the Sylvia Plath estate. Interestingly, 'Eve Describes...' has different alterations from the two typescripts held by the Lilly Library, Indiana University.

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        L'Atelier d'Alberto Giacometti. Les Bonnes suivi d'une lettre. L'Enfant criminel. Le Funambule.- Un des 35 de tête sur Japon nacré impérial.

      Edition originale pour L'Atelier d'Alberto Giacometti et Le Funambule. Seconde édition, chez le même éditeur, pour L'Enfant criminel et Les Bonnes. Un des 35 exemplaires de tête numérotés sur Japon nacré impérial.- Entre 1954 et 1957, Jean Genet pose pour Alberto Giacometti qui peint son portrait. Les notes prises alors par Genet donnent lieu à un texte magnifique, témoignage majeur sur le peintre et sculpteur, récit étalé sur plusieurs années, retravaillé à la façon d'un journal, entrecoupé de dialogues avec l'artiste.

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        SHOCKING LIFE.

      J. M. Dent & Sons Ltd, London 1954 - x, 230 pages of text. Original pink hardcover binding in almost new condition. The original unclipped dustjacket has a chip to both the top and bottom of the spine, with several small tears and creases, and minor shelfwear; protected in archival mylar. Contains numerous color and black & white illustrations. The text is clean and unmarked. First British edition. Size: Octavo (8vo) [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Kurt Gippert Bookseller ABAA]
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        The Bounty Hunters

      Houghton Mifflin, 1954 First Edition. 1954 stated on the title page. Very good ex-library copy.Slight edgewear. Soiling on the top and bottom of both the front and back panels where something was previously adhered on with tape. Ink library stamp on the front and back paste downs and the title page. left-over tape residue also on front free end paper. Rear free end paper damaged. No dust jacket.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/No Jacket.

      [Bookseller: Bookbid Rare Books]
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        Under The Net

      A first edition, first printing published by Chatto and Windus in 1954. A near fine book without inscriptions with a little spotting to the top edge. In a very good+ (or better) dust wrapper with a little light loss to the top of the spine. Some light marks to the rear panel. Spine a little browned.

      [Bookseller: John Atkinson Books]
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        Poésies documentaires complètes

      - Gallimard, Paris 1954, 12x19cm, broché. - Edizione Collective, una copia del servizio stampa. Autografo bello e prezioso firmato dall'autore: "A Raymond Queneau e sua bella moglie éléèves questo test di lingua slang per 2 ° grado per sobborgo industriale di navigatore contadino per l'acqua e il resto in piedi. Il suo vecchio amico Mac. " Copia completa del suo prega di inserire. - [FRENCH VERSION FOLLOWS] Edition originale collective, un des exemplaires du service de presse. Précieux et bel envoi autographe signé de Pierre Mac Orlan : " A Raymond Queneau et à sa gentille femme cet essai de langage d'argot pour éléèves du 2e degré, pour cultivateur de banlieue industrielle, pour navigateur d'eaux stagnantes et pour le reste. Son vieil ami Mac." Exemplaire complet de son prière d'insérer.  

      [Bookseller: Librairie Le Feu Follet]
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        Mémoires de Guerre, tome 1 : L’Appel. 1940 - 1942.

      - Editions Plon 1954. Fort in-8 broché de 680 pages au format 14,5 x 5 x 23 cm. Couverture avec titre imprimé en rouge et noir. Petit manque angulaire au coin supérieur droit du 1er plat. Dos carré, mais insolé et fendu. Intérieur frais. Exemplaire en partie non coupé. Une carte dépliante, située, en fin d'ouvrage. Un des 50 exemplaires hors commerce numérotés sur papier roto blanc ( n° 39 ), après 69 sur hollande et 425 sur vélin. Edition originale en bel état général. Précieux et rare exemplaire enrichi d'une belle dédicace autographe, signée, du Général Charles de Gaulle à un certain Pierre Morange. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Soft Cover]

      [Bookseller: Librairie Victor Sevilla]
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        L'ours brun Ursus arctos L

      Grenoble, 1954, 8vo tutta tela , pp. XI-904 con 226 fig. in nero n.t. e 32 carte col. (Fondamentale, e non comune, opera sull'argomento)

      [Bookseller: Libreria Piani già' Naturalistica snc]
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        Portraits par Henri Matisse

      André Sauret - Éditions du Livre, 1954. In-4° (318x245mm), pp. 151, (2), cartonatura editoriale con sovraccoperta ripiegata, protetta da velina, con illustrazione di Matisse in nero, in blu e in giallo e camicia cartonata originale grigioazzurra con titolo in blu al dorso. Conservata la custodia cartonata originale, anch'essa di colore grigioazzurro. Una litografia originale f.t. sciolta, non firmata, con ritratto femminile. 60 riproduzioni in b.n. a p. pagina di dipinti a olio, disegni, litografie del grande artista francese e 33 riproduzioni a colori applicate f.t. di dipinti a olio a soggetto ritrattistico. Le pp. di testo contengono uno scritto di Matisse sulla pittura di ritratto. Perfetto esemplare. Edizione originale; copia n° 259 su una tiratura complessiva di 2.850 esemplari numerati, realizzati tipograficamente da André Sauret con la supervisione di Matisse stesso (il volume fu finito di stampare il 20 dicembre 1954, poco più di un mese dopo la scomparsa dell'artista, avvenuta a Nizza il 3 novembre; Matisse aveva avuto tuttavia il tempo di controllare i lavori tipografici prima che il libro fosse terminato di stampare; sia l'illustrazione per la sovraccoperta che la litografia furono realizzate da Matisse appositamente per la presente pubblicazione). La copertina e le tavole a colori furono tirate sulle presse di Mourlot; la fototipia fu realizzata da Louis Duval, mentre la stampa fu eseguita dall'Imprimerie Union. Duthuit, Catalogue raisonné des Ouvrages illustrés, n. 33. Monod, 7849. Francese

      [Bookseller: Libreria Antiquaria Galleria Gilibert]
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        Bekenntnisse des Hochstaplers Felix Krull. Der Memoiren erster Teil. (= Stockholmer Gesamtausgabe).

      S. Fischer, Frankfurt 1954 - Frankfurt, S. Fischer 1954. 441, (3) S., OLdr. mit Goldprägung u. Kopfgoldschnitt. Rücken geringfügig verblaßt u. mit einigen schwachen Fleckchen, sonst tadelloses Exemplar im gefütterten Schuber. Trotz der relativ hohen Auflage ziemlich selten. EA WG 130. Potempa D.12.3.2. Bürgin 99.A. * Nr. 6 von 500 numer. Exemplaren der Vorzugsausgabe, die anläßlich des 80. Geburtstages von Th. Mann herausgegeben wurde. Im Ganzkalblederband mit rotem u. schwarzem Lederrückenschild. Im Druckvermerk von Thomas Mann signiert. [Attributes: Signed Copy]

      [Bookseller: ANTIQUARIAT MATTHIAS LOIDL]
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        Sweet Thursday

      1954. Signed. STEINBECK, John. Sweet Thursday. London: William Heinemann, (1954). Octavo, original green cloth, original dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. $16,500.First English edition of this sequel to Cannery Row, “an emphatic and clear-cut statement of SteinbeckÂ’s greatest single theme” and basis for the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical Pipe Dream. This copy warmly inscribed by the author to his son, who was ten at the time, “For my son Thom, who is sweet also, from father, John Steinbeck.” From the celebrated Steinbeck collection of Harry Valentine.This sequel to Cannery Row (1945) makes ""an emphatic and clear-cut statement of Steinbeck's greatest single theme: the common bonds of humanity and love which make goodness and happiness possible"" (The New Republic, June 7, 1954). A sentimental satire of romantic comedies, it raced up bestseller lists upon publication; the New York Times hailed it as ""Steinbeck at his best."" The author twice tried and failed to adapt the book to the stage; Rodgers and Hammerstein did so in Pipe Dream (1955). While its critical reputation remains uneven, Sweet Thursday raises question about how we know truth that ""will remain important to readers in any age"" (Railsback & Meyer, 369). Published in the same year as the first edition. Goldstone & Payne A33c. See: Salinas Public Library, 45-6; Bruccoli & Clark I:356. This copy inscribed to Steinbeck's son, Thom, who was ten years old at the time. ""Like his own father, Steinbeck found it difficult to express his affection for his children directly, and a great deal of the love and concern he had for them was put into his workÂ… It might not be too far wrong to say that his children had almost a separate existence inside his head, the way a novel developed in his mind"" (Benson, 640). Harry Valentine was a Steinbeck family friend who acquired most of his impressive collection directly from Steinbeck's sons, Thom and John. This copy is item 228 in Valentine's catalogue.Interior pristine. Cloth with extremities slightly rubbed; rear board with minor soiling, top corner lightly bumped. Bright original dust jacket with mild rubbing to edges, expert repairs to verso. An outstanding copy with extraordinary association and distinguished provenance.

      [Bookseller: Bauman Rare Books]
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        Casino Royale.

      Third impression, 8vo, 218 pp. Small Foyles label to foot of paste down. Publisher's black cloth, lettered in red and with a red heart to the upper cover, d.w., price clipped, lower wrapper browned, some mostly light wear to the top of the spine and one corner, overall a very good bright copy.

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        Signed music publishing contract

      Village Music 1954 - African-American jazz and popular music composer, pianist and singer best known for writing the hit jazz standards "Basin Street Blues," "I Aint Got Nobody," and many more. He also collaborated on songs with W. C. Handy, Fats Waller, and Josephine Baker (when both were in exile). Williams was one of the earliest African-Americans to be inducted in the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970. 4 pages, 32.5 inches (when unfolded fully) x 8.5 inches, August 6, 1954, whereby Spencer Williams agrees to assign the copyright to his song "Sweetest Sweetie" to Sid Prosen at Hometown-Village Music in consideration of 50% of the collected royalties. Note: Williams died in 1965 and there is virtually nothing of his on the market. The Schomberg Library, arguably the largest repository of Black historical material in the United States, does not possess a single item in its permanent collection. He is much harder to obtain in autographic material than Bix Beiderbecke, Charlie Parker, and Theolonious Monk. Near fine condition. [Attributes: Signed Copy]

      [Bookseller: Argosy Book Store, ABAA, ILAB]
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        SIMPLICISSIMUS. 9. Okt. 1954 - 3. Juni 1967 (alles Erschienene). Die wichtigste politisch-satirische Zeitschrift Deutschlands. Komplette Nachkriegsserie.

      Simplicissimus Verlagsgesellschaft. München., 1954. Luxusausgabe. 4°, groß, 23 Bände, je ca. 400 Seiten. hardcover Illustr. OLwd. mit farbiger Deckelillustration (Bulldogge) von Th. Th. Heine, Silberprägung. Alle Bände in absolut besten Zustand und durch Inhaltsangabe erschlossen. SEHR SCHÖNE SAMMLERAUSGABE, mehr Fotos auf Anfrage, nur Komplett-Abgabe. Mit vielen teils farbigen Abbildungen. Herausgeber(in): Iversen, Olaf. Versand D: 5,00 EUR Comic / Cartoon; Satire; Zeitschrift; Humor; Politik; Mehrteiliges Werk

      [Bookseller: René Burkert]
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        Tollensetal". Öl auf Hartfaser. 73 x 92 cm, Rahmen der Zeit. Unten rechts signiert und datiert (19)87.

      - Wolfgang Tietze 1954 geboren in Leipzig. .Tietze studierte von 1980 bis 1985 an der Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst Leipzig, Direktstudium Malerei/Grafik, Abschlußdiplom bei Prof. B. Heisig. Zahlreiche Ausstellungen und Ausstellungsbeteiligungen im In- und Ausland (Deutschland, Schweiz, Russland). 2003-2012 Lehraufträge an der Ernst-Moritz-Arndt Universität Greifswald. Messebeteiligungen: Art Cologne, Art Frankfurt, Art Zürich und Art Karlsruhe. Ankäufe des Landes Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Deutsche Bank Frankfurt a.M., KfW- Bank Frankfurt a.M., Pommersches Landesmuseum Greifswald, Kunstsammlung Neubrandenburg, Galerie Georg Nothelfer Berlin, Sammlung Verlagshaus Burda Moskau, Galerie Golder/Halm Locarno (Schweiz), apc - Galerie Fribourg (Schweiz), Galerie Schwarz Greifswald und in zahlreiche private Sammlungen. Arbeitet und lebt in Hohenbüssow / Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Sprache: Deutsch 1100 gr.

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        Natural House

      1954. First Edition . Signed. WRIGHT, Frank Lloyd. The Natural House. New York: Horizon, 1954. Small quarto, original tan cloth, original dust jacket. $3800.First edition, amply illustrated with 116 plans and photographs of WrightÂ’s residential structures, including the “Usonian Automatic,” signed by the architect with his initials on the front free endpaper.""For more than a half century Frank Lloyd Wright has been the prophet of a new idea in architecture. It is called 'organic architecture.' It has spread throughout the world."" This is Frank Lloyd Wright's treatise on designing the organic house of the future, with particular attention paid to his Usonian house projects and descriptions of a simplified version— the Usonian Automatic—""that the owners themselves can build with great economy and beauty."" ""The Usonian house,"" Wright proclaims, ""aims to be a natural performance, one that is integral to site, to environment, to the life of the inhabitants, integral with the nature of the materials."" Illustrated with 116 black-and-white photographs. First issue, with flexible boards and Wright's Credo printed on the rear free endpaper. Sweeney 992. Owner signature.Mild offsetting to rear endpapers. Light foxing to boards. Dust jacket lightly soiled with mild rubbing to spine, light wear to spine ends and extremities, small holes to flap folds. An extremely good copy, elusive and desirable signed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

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        Verve. Revue artistique et littéraire. Vol. VIII, nos 29 et 30, Suite de 180 dessins de Picasso

      Éditions de la Revue Verve, 1954. In-4° (360x268mm), pp. 16 nn. di testo, cartonatura editoriale illustrata a colori con una composizione disegnata da Picasso appositamente per questo numero doppio di "Verve". 164 riproduzioni f.t. di disegni di Picasso realizzate in héliogravure da Draeger e 16 in litografia a colori realizzate da Mourlot. Stato di nuovo. Edizione originale di questo importante numero doppio interamente consacrato al massimo artista del XX secolo. Testi di Michel Leiris e Rebecca West. Francese

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        Some Observations on the Nature of the Judicial Process of Supreme Court Litigation

      Presentation copy of Justice Frankfurter's lecture read before the American Philosophical Society, with much on due process, on judicial restraint, and some penetrating comments on Justice Cardozo; inscribed "For Fritz Wiener / from his friend / FF". Original printed and sewn stapled wraps, a very good copy, now preserved in a modern 3/4 calf folding case, gilt lettered, 16 pages; four copies in OCLC. Privately printed?, Philadelphia?], 1954?].

      [Bookseller: Meyer Boswell Books, Inc.]
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        Document signed (concert program)

      1954. Signed. (ARMSTRONG, Louis). (MIDDLETON, Velma). Document signed (concert program). No place: No publisher, no date [circa 1953]. Quarto, original stiff glossy photographic self-wrappers, staple-bound as issued; pp. 16. $1750.Vintage concert program booklet, illustrated with numerous black-and-white photographs, signed on the front cover by Louis Armstrong, singer Velma Middleton and Armstrong band members Trummy Young (trombone), Barney Bigard (clarinet), Arvell Shaw (bass), Billy Kyle (piano) and Barrett Deems (drums).“Louis Armstrong and but three or four others are preeminent in the history of jazz. His importance in the development of this art form has gained greater, almost universal, recognition in the years since his death as scholars and musicians reevaluate his contributions as a soloist, composer, band leader and role model. The measure of his impact on the social history of 20th-century America also seems to be greater now as he gains recognition for his contributions to the Harlem Renaissance, for his actions as a thoughtful spokesman for black Americans, as a significant writer of autobiography, as an entertainer of stature and as a singer responsible for the development of major trends in American popular and jazz singing” (ANB). “Satchmo,” his long-time singer Velma Middleton and five members of the band have signed the front wrapper of this souvenir program booket. Only light soiling and rubbing to wrappers; light fading toward spine head. Signatures quite legible. A near-fine piece of jazz memorabilia, quite desirable signed by Armstrong, Middleton and several jazz greats.

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        Woman Who Was No More

      1954. First Edition . BOILEAU, Pierre and NARCEJAC, Thomas. The Woman Who Was No More. New York: Rinehart, (1954). Octavo, original blue cloth, original dust jacket. $2900.First American edition of the classic tale that was the basis for the Clouzot film Diabolique.First published in France as Celle Qui NÂ’Etait Plus in 1952, it rapidly drew the attention of both Henri-Georges Clouzot and Alfred Hitchcock, but Clouzot secured the film rights. A disappointed Hitchcock then bought the film rights to their next, as yet unwritten novel, which he made into the film Vertigo. Book fine. Dust jacket extremely good with only light wear to extremities and very minor soiling to rear panel.

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        Kingdom of Earth with Hard Candy

      1954. First Edition . Signed. WILLIAMS, Tennessee. The Kingdom of Earth with Hard Candy. A Book of Stories. Hartford, [New York]: New Directions, (1954). Tall octavo, original half brown cloth, original slipcase. $3200.Signed limited edition, published the same year as the first edition and including the story “The Kingdom of Earth,” not included in the trade edition, number 17 of only 100 numbered copies (out of a total of approximately 135), signed on the copyright page by Tennessee Williams.One of four collections of short fiction by Tennessee Williams. At the time the first edition of Hard Candy was published, Tennessee Williams wanted to include Kingdom of Earth, a story about ""relations among a dying transvestite, his sluttish bride, and his brother"" (Hart, 831). However, his publisher, fearing an obscenity-based backlash, encouraged him to accept a compromise. Eventually Williams agreed to publish the first edition of this collection without Kingdom of Earth, but demanded that a special signed limited edition including the story be published that same year. Thus, this signed limited edition uses the original sheets from the first edition of Hard Candy, but bears a cancel title page with a signed limitation statement on the verso and contains Kingdom of Earth at the end. While the limitation page claims that 100 copies of this work were published, that number is believed to refer to the number of copies intended for Williams' own private distribution, of which this copy is number 17. Approximately 35 additional copies, some signed, were published for the use of the publisher, but those are all believed to contain various non-numeric notations on the limitation page. Most of the original 100 copies were later destroyed, making this the rarest of Williams' works. Crandell A13.I.b. Owner signature in yellow felt pen.Text fresh with only tiny bit of spotting to one leaf (227-8), expert repair to inner paper hinges, faintest edge-wear to boards; expert archival repair to slipcase. A highly desirable extremely good copy.

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        Jonathan Troy

      Dodd Mead, New York 1954 - Near fine in a near fine unclipped dust jacket. Light shelf wear to bottom of boards, else volume near fine in all respects. Jacket with light wear to the extremities, rear panel slightly soiled with a 1/2" by 1/4" snag and resulting hole above the author's photo. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        The Chemical Basis of Morphogenesis.

      London & New York, Cambridge University Press, 1954. 4to. In publisher's original full red cloth with gilt letter- and numbering to spine. Corner's bumped and light wear to extremities. Small white embossed [Starfield, Crowborough, Sussex] label measuring 2x5 cm pasted on to lower right corner of p. 41. In "Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, Series B, Volume 237, Biological Sciences". Entire volume offered. A fine and clean copy without institutional stamps.[Turing's paper:] Pp. 37-72. [Entire volume:] (6), 605 pp. + 40 photographic plates. First edition of Turing's hugely influential paper, which some consider to be the spark of modern chaos theory, and a testament to his multifaceted genius. With the present paper Turing was the first to offer an explanation of morphogenesis through chemistry. He theorized that identical biological cells differentiate, change shape and create patterns through a process called intercellular reaction-diffusion.In this model, a system of chemicals react with each other and diffuse across a space such as between cells in an embryo. These chemical reactions need an inhibitory agent, to suppress the reaction, and an excitatory agent, to activate the reaction. This chemical reaction, diffused across an embryo, will create patterns of chemically different cells. Turing's theory that patterns emerge or self-organize as a result of the individual parts interacting was immensely influential in a number of areas: "Applications of Turing's work to developmental biology are too numerous to list but include limb development, pigmentation patterning, hair and feather germ formation, tooth morphogenesis, phyllotaxis, hydra patterning and regeneration. Moreover, ideas of self-organization now abound in biology, chemistry and ecology. The stimulus for a lot of this work stems from Turing's original ideas. Although still very controversial, Turing's theory for morphogenesis provided a paradigm shift in our way of thinking" (Maini, Alan Turing: his work and impact)"Throughout his life Turing was also interested in applying mathematical and mechanical theory to the biological problem of life forms. He made a promising approach to this question in his 1952 publication "The Chemical Basis of Morphogenesis." In this work he exploited the mathematical demonstration that small variations in the initial conditions of first-order systems of differential equations may result in appreciable deviations in the asymptotic behavior of their solutions to posit that unknown functions might function biologically as form-producers; he was thus able to account for asymmetry in both mathematical and biological form. He was at work on a general theory when he died of perhaps accidental poisoning." (DSB)"In his final years Turing worked on [...] Artificial Life (A-Life). The central aim of A-Life is a theoretical understanding of naturally-occurring biological life - in particular[...] its ability to self-organize (i.e. to develop form and structure spontaneously) [...] Turing was the first to use computer simulation to investigate a theory of 'morphogenesis'...he began this investigation as soon as the first Ferranti Mark to be produced was installed at Manchester University [...] In June 1954, in the midst of this groundbreaking work, Turing died." (Copeland, Alan Turing's Electronic Brain)

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        PESSACH-HAGGADAH

      [Bonn] Allgemeine Wochenzeitung Der Juden In Deutschland, 1954. Original blue boards with gold lettering. 8vo. 76 pages; 23 cm. In German with some Hebrew. Title translates to

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        The Memoirs of Aga Khan.

      London: Cassell and Company Ltd.,, 1954. World Enough and Time. With a Foreword by W. Somerset Maugham. Octavo. Original black cloth, titles to spine gilt. Colour frontispiece and 16 pages of photographs. Light spotting to prelims, endmatter and edges. First edition, first impression, very scarce presentation copy inscribed by the author on the title page: "To Miss. L. Moschutto, with the author's very best wishes. Aga Khan". Sir Sultan Mohammed Shah (1877–1957), 48th Imam of Nizari Ismailis (August 17, 1885–1957), was the third Aga Khan, the first President of the All India Muslim League, and served as President of the League of Nations from 1937–38. He helped the British cause during both world wars, and writes in the prologue to this book "When I was a young man I sat next to Queen Victoria at a dinner party, and talked to her throughout it; the other day, I sat next to Queen Elizabeth II at a tea party and talked to her throughout it". It is highly likely racehorses were the major topic of conversation – the Aga Khan owned three Derby winners.

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        Symbola heroica. M. Claudii Paradini, beliiocensis canonici et D. Gabrielis Symeonis. Multo, qu

      - Landwehr, Emblem books Low Countries 470; Praz, p. 445; Voet 1954. Fourth edition (third edition printed by Plantin) of the Latin translation of the emblem books by Claude Paradin (1510-1573) and Gabriel Symeon (1509-1575). "The generalist collections of devices of Paradin and Simeoni, for example, which were first published in the 1550's, enjoyed enduring popularity throughout the second half of the sixteenth century, and this lasted well into the seventeenth century also ." (Saunders). Paradin and Symeon each published a very popular emblem book, both written in French, which Plantin combined and published both in the original French as the Latin translation. The present edition was translated by Johannes Gubernator. Each woodcut is accompanied by a motto, followed by an explanation.With a small restoration to the foot of the title-page and some spots to the title-page and last blank, otherwise in good condition. Binding with some minor wear along the extremities, but otherwise very good as well.

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        Féerie pour une autre fois II ,Normance

      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). Gallimard Paris 1954 14x21cm broché

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        The Newe Testamente MDXXVI The Four Gospels Gospell of S Mathew; Marke; Luke; Jhon

      Lexington, KY: Anvil Press, 1954. Four volume set. Light blue paper-covered boards with a white printed paper spine label; minor soiling and shelfwear, with a hint of sunning to the spine. The texts are clean and unmarked, except for a very few pages with a tiny spot of soiling. The text is printed in black with red highlights. Limited to 300 copies printed.. First Edition. Hardcover. Very good+ condition. 16mo - over 5¾" - 6¾" tall.

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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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        Marty-revised screenplay

      1954 - Original script that once belonged to the co-producers, Burt Lancaster (an uncredited co-producer) and Harold Hecht (who won an Oscar for best picture). SIGNED by Ernest Borgnine at front of script who played Marty. Also SIGNED and dated by Paddy Chayefsky on a laid-in card, stating "Altered States", with a promotional photo of Chayefsky; comes with a certificate of authenticity for the card and photo, issued by R & R Enterprises. Very good condition. Housed in a custom-made slipcase. We will also provide a certificate for Borgnine's signature. [Attributes: Signed Copy; Soft Cover]

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        Fahrenheit 451

      Hart-Davis, 1954. 1st edition. Hardcover. Very nice red boards with silver spine lettering, fractional fade at the very top of the spine, square binding, excellent clean pages and endpapers, no foxing or markins anywhere. The dustwrapper is remarkably bright, not price-clipped, unfaded at the spine (unlike many copies), with some light professional restoration around the spine area, and some light rubbing to the rear panel. A cheery card - 'Good Wishes' - signed by the author is laid in. Overall, a very near fine example of this science fiction classic, with its famous Mugnaini artwork in great shape.

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