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        The Blunderer

      New York: Coward-McCann, 1954. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. First edition, first printing. Near Fine, with light wear at the head of the spine and a bit at the base, pages lightly toned, in a Very Good dust jacket, with price intact, a chip at the head, light edge wear, light rubbing, and fading to the spine panel. A lovely copy of Patricia Highsmith's uncommon third novel.

      [Bookseller: Burnside Rare Books]
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        The Caves of Steel.

      Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company, Inc, 1954. First edition of the first work in Asimov's acclaimed Robot series. Octavo, original blue boards, red topstain. Signed by Isaac Asimov on the title page. Light wear to the cloth, near fine in a very good dust jacket with some rubbing and wear to the extremities. Dust jacket design by Ruth Ray. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare and desirable signed. "One of the classic presentations of the womb-city, metropolis as mother, which has haunted imaginations ever since... The Caves of Steel and The Naked Sun are the best books Isaac Asimov ever wrote" (The Guardian). In 2004 The Caves of Steel was nominated for a retroactive Hugo Award for Best Novel for 1954. A television adaptation was made by the BBC and shown in 1964: only a few short excerpts still exist. In 1989, the book was adapted by Bert Coules as a radio play for the BBC, with Ed Bishop as Elijah Baley and Sam Dastor as R. Daneel Olivaw.

      [Bookseller: Raptis Rare Books]
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        Leonardo: Saggi e Ricerche. a cura del Comitato nazionale per le onoranze a Leonardo da Vinci nel quinto centenario della nascita (1452-1952)

      Insituto Poligrrafico dello Stato, Libreria dello Stato, [Roma] 1954 - xxv, [3], 604, [4] pp., Plates [174]. Illus. with 10 color & 164 b/w plates. #1038 of an edition of 2,000. Twenty-five articles in Italian, French, or English by such well-known scholars as Giogrio Castelfranco, Giusta Nicco Fasola, Giuseppina Fumagalli, Ernest Gombrich, Cecil Gould, Corrado Maltese, Arthur Ewart Popham, Piero Sanpaolesi, Wilhelm Suida, Fernanda Wittgens, and others. Extensive indices, bibliographic data, and comprehensive information of the Leonardo celebrations. Covers the diverse range of Leonardo's talents. An important work. Freitag 6852. A near fine copy only faintly rubbed in much worn, repaired, and chipped dust jacket. Stamped linen boards with title and medallion in brown, brown morocco spine labels with gilt titles [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Kaaterskill Books, ABAA/ILAB]
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        Novelle per un anno. Volumi I-IV

      Milano: Arnoldo Mondadori Editore, 1954. Hardcover. In four volumes. 723pp; 730pp; 631pp; 611pp. Tan half calf over marbled boards, spines with four raised bands, gilt lettering and elaborate decorations, red morocco onlays also decorated in gold, marbled endpapers. Each volume includes an appendix containting the variants to the original text as revised by the author and retains its original dustjacket which was affixed to one of the binder's blanks. Light soiling to some of the pages, mild wear to the spines. A particularly appealing set in near fine condition. In the Italian language.; Octavo.

      [Bookseller: Parigi Books, ABAA/ILAB]
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        Typed letter signed

      , 1954. 1954. Signed. MEIR, Golda. Typed letter signed. Jerusalem: October 23, 1954. Octavo, one sheet of official Ministry of Labor stationery (6 by 8-1/2 inches), writing on recto only. $4200.Typed letter signed, from Minister of Labor Golda Meir (as

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        Poems: 1947-1954 (SIGNED LIMITED EDITION)

      San Francisco, CA: Adrian Wilson, 1954. Limited ed. Hardcover. Near Fine. ORIGINAL SIGNED ILLUSTRATION BY WELDON KEES AS FRONTISPIECE. NUMBER 11 OF 25 SIGNED COPIES. Hardcover. c.1954. 8vo. 82pp. Original illustation as frontis.(slashing calligraphy; the letter 'A' occupies most of the leaf with spatter near signature and date, has a wraparound finis onto verso). Striped boards with brown cloth spine, paper title label. Missing sash-band. Very mild bumping to corners otherwise a Near Fine copy. Publisher's prospectus laid-in.

      [Bookseller: Caliban Books ABAA-ILAB]
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        THE SUMMING UP

      Garden City: Doubleday, Doran, 1954. Limited First Edition. Fine copy in slipcase box, which, apart from some light sunning around the edges, is nearly fine.. Limited First Edition. Copy #33 of 391 numbered and signed by Maugham. Not an autobiography, but some of the views on life and writing he has arrived at over a long career. Large 8vo cloth, top page edges gilt.

      [Bookseller: Bert Babcock - Bookseller, LLC]
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        Race Rock

      New York: Harper and Brothers, 1954. First Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine/Very Good. First edition of the author's first book, a novel of the sea. Near fine copy with light wear at spine ends in very good price intact dustwrapper with mild stain to rear panel and light scratch to front cover. This copy SIGNED by Matthiessen. Signed by Author

      [Bookseller: Derringer Books, Member A.B.A.A.]
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        British Columbia Telephone Company (B.C. Tel./Telus) Telephone Talk: Bound Issues January/February 1953 Through November/December1954

      British Columbia Telephone Company, British Columbia 1954 - Half-leather binding. Telephone Talk was the glossy bimonthly publication of the British Columbia Telephone Company. It was written by employees for employees to present information of interest to those engaged in the plant, traffic, commercial, operating, accounting and other departments of the service. Each issue is replete with black and white photos and information on topics such as: company, industry and technological news, traffic levels, expansion plans, personnel announcements, publicity and social events, deaths, weddings, lists of exchanges, and more. As such, these issues serve as a vital preserve of rare and fascinating British Columbia history. This volume covers topics including: Port Alberni operator's help save infant's life (photo); Abbotsford and Mission 'cut' to automatic - 8 pages of photos and text; Photo of laying cable between Mission and Abbotsford; New buildings for Richmond and Steveston; Script of two successive broadcasts by Dorwin Baird of radio station CJOR re: proposed telephone rate increases; Telephone growth sets all-time record in 1952; Interim rate increase authorized; Nice photo of North Vancouver automatic telephone being installed in preparation for cut-over; Photos of cable-laying near Lion's Gate Bridge; new buildings for Albion, Belmont and Colquitz; Company earns dividends but has surplus shortage; Mr. W.S. Pipes; Gerald Clarke - Memoriam with photo; New buildings for Richmond and Steveston; Photos of expansion of Vancouver Island; Doug Beckett, 19, - Big League Baseball Prospect - photo; New International Radiotelephone Link; The Telephone in our Air Defense Picture - article; farewell to Miss H.L. Montgomery; dramatic photos of conduit installation under and on Lion's Gate Bridge; Photos of Port Coquitlam progress; Cloverdale's automatic program; R.S. Argue is new traffic manager; John Dickson Johnston in memoriam, with photo; Fred Buckle winds up record career; great Cloverdale office photos; Expansion photos from Kamloops, Vancouver and the Fraser Valley; A.J. Jack retires after 41 years; Trail and Rossland favour 'Free Calling'; 18,000 attended civil defense show; Kootenay Company joins B.C. Tel.; wonderful photo of 'sky-riders' working on lines over the Columbia River at Trail; North Van. goes automatic; Stirling Ross closes 50 year career; Nice photos of some of the company's heavy work gangs in the field; Photos of the company's war against winter; Company expansion sets new record; List of Exchanges - # of lines operating per community; Albion-Belmont Colquitz Cut-over; Radiotelephone network still expanding - article with 2 maps; Stirling Ross - in Memoriam, with photo; Port Coquitlam Photos; photos of a cable repair off Mayne Island; new New West Plant Center building; Cranbrook construction - photo of breaking ground; Editor of Telephone Talk, Peard Sutherland passes away - article with photo; Chilliwack joins B.C. Tel; photos of some of the equipment used to serve the British Empire Games in Vancouver; British Empire Games Transmitted in Record time - 2 page article; Inside New Westminster; Victoria Expansion Photos; A.H. Lemmon - Memoriam with photo; and more. Unmarked with moderate wear. Binding tight and square. Marbled endpapers. Name of company employee E.P. LaBelle stamped on top and bottom edges of text. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Conan The Barbarian.

      New York: Gnome Press, Inc.,, 1954. Octavo. Original red boards, titles to spine and front cover in black. With the dust jacket. A fine copy. First edition, first printing. This collection of stories is the fifth in the Gnome Press series of Conan books. The character of Conan first appeared in 1932 in Weird Tales magazine; the renowned fantasy magazine which also published H. P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos stories. The stories collected here were published in Weird Tales between 1933 and 1935. Howard's "stories of bloody fantastic adventure remain the best in their subgenre". Uncommon in this condition.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        Under Milk Wood.

      London: Dent, 1954. First Edition. Octavo. Publisher's light brown cloth in original dust-wrapper. Jacket chipped to crown else a crisp, clean, fine copy. A most attractive example. The doomed Swansea bard's 'Under Milk Wood' is a sensitive, often comic, examination of life in Wales. Another great Welshman, Richard Burton, who narrated the 1963 BBC Radio production, summised; 'the entire thing is about religion, the idea of death, and sex'.

      [Bookseller: Adrian Harrington]
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        Mémoires de guerre

      Plon 1954 - - Plon, Paris 1954-1959, 14,5x23cm, 3 volumes brochés. - Edition originale, un des exemplaires numérotés sur alfa pour chacun des exemplaires, ces derniers étant réservés aux anciens de la France Libre et aux membres des associations combattantes et résistantes de la guerre. Envoi autographe daté et signé de Charles De Gaulle à Claude Bénédick sur le premier volume, signatures manuscrites du général de Gaulle sur les suivants. Quelques traces de pliures sans gravité en marges de certains plats, dos légèrement décolorés. Agréable exemplaire enrichi d'un bel envoi autographe signé du Général De Gaulle. [AUTOMATIC ENGLISH TRANSLATION FOLLOWS] First edition, one of the numbered copies on Alfa paper for each copy, the latter being reserved for Free France and members of associations fighting and resistant of war. autograph dedication of the author autograph signed and dated Charles De Gaulle to Claude Bénédick on the first volume, written signatures of General de Gaulle on the following. Some traces of folds without gravity margins of certain boards. Pleasant copy enriched a beautiful autograph signed by General De Gaulle. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Soft Cover]

      [Bookseller: Librairie Le Feu Follet]
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        Provence

      First edition with 25 illustrations in black and white and colors by Moïse Kisling, one of 35 numbered copies on Japon super nacré paper, the tirage de tête.Preface by André Salmon.This copy, as called for by the justification, is complete with its suite of color hors-texte illustrations on Hollande paper, its suite of color hors-texte illustrations on Arches, its suite of textual illustrations in black and white on China paper, one unpublished plate, a suite of plates not used for the final work on Hollande paper, and a cancelled copper plate.The illustrations by Moïse Kisling consist of: one painted folded cover, a color portrait frontispiece, 11 illustrations hors-texte in colors and 12 textual illustrations in black and white.A fine copy.Aux dépens d'un amateur (Bernard Klein) s.l. (Paris) 1954 28,5x38,5cm en feuilles sous chemise et étui.

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        The Lord of the Rings trilogy:] The Fellowship of the Ring; The Two Towers; The Return of the King.

      London: George Allen and Unwin, 1954–5 - 3 volumes, octavo. Recent burgundy morocco, black morocco labels, gilt rule to bands, marbled endpapers, top edges gilt. An excellent set. Each volume has a map illustrated by the author. First editions, first impressions. 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 movies. [Attributes: First Edition]

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA member]
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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

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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]

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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)

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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

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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]

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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.

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        LA CACCIA AL FAGIANO CON SETTE ACQUEFORTI ORIGINALI DELL' AUTORE DI CUI UNA A PIENA PAGINA

      VALLECCHI, FIRENZE 1954 - ITALIANO Bella brossura cartonata con titolo a due colori, edizione in 800 copie, ciascuna contenente la riproduzione de sei acqueforti dell' autore più una a tutta pagina inserita fuori testo. Tre racconti sulla caccia al fagiano. Brossura contenuta all' interno di una cartella editoriale con tassello e titolo oro al lembo anteriore, la cartella presenta segni del tempo e di usura. Edizione rara e per amatori

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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]

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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

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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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