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        Autographed Letter Signed in French

      St. Jean Ferret, 1955. unbound. 1 page, 10.75 x 8.25 inches, St. Jean Ferret, September 11, 1955, in French, untranslated, to an unknown correspondent, with interesting literary content, in part: "Cher Monsieur," writing that he had sent an earlier letter and had not received an answer. He suggests that maybe his previous letter did not arrive or that the recipient did not think it worthwhile replying to. However, he stresses that he does not trifle, so to speak, ever. Cocteau speaks of argot and mentions that he does not know the original text of "You Can Always Duck" (1943) by the British mystery writer Peter Cheyney, but thinks the French translation by his correspondent is a masterpiece. He also would like to know the man who wrote pages 15-21 of "Alors toujours en blade?" -- the title of the French translation (1947) of "You Can Always Duck." In closing Cocteau states, "As the young woman of St. Germaine say, 'it's feudal,' and I think so." Natural folds; very good(+) condition. French playwright, artist, and designer.

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        Typed letter signed

      1955. Signed. JUNG, Carl. Typed letter signed. Zurich: May 11, 1955. One half sheet of ivory wove typing paper, measuring 8-1/4 by 5-3/4 inches, text and signature on recto only. $5500.Intriguing typed letter signed by Jung to an American correspondent answering a request to sign books, and also discussing Napoleon, theosophists, and the “many people suffering from phantasies” who “donÂ’t want to be cured.”The text of the letter, written on Prof. Dr. C.G. Jung's letterhead with the address of Küsnacht-Zürich Seestrasse 228 and dated May 11, 1955, reads in full: ""Dear Sir, No objection against signing your books! It is quite indifferent to old Napoleon whether anybody calls him a genius. Thus it is immaterial what I call him; when I talk of him, I talk of Napoleon I, and according to the prevailing mood, I may call him a great nuisance or a scoundrel or a hell of a fellow. The theosophists claim many things beside rebirth. Nobody can hinder them. There are many people suffering from phantasies and don't want to be cured. Sincerely yours, [signed] C.G. Jung."" At the time he wrote this letter, the world-renowned psychologist was nearly 85 years old, continuing to write and publish articles and books. Single fold line. Fine condition.

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        Eloise

      New York: Simon and Schuster, 1955. First edition. Drawings by Hillary Knight. Folio. Publisher's decorated boards. Slight lean to spine, some soiling along edges of covers, in original dust-jacket, edge-worn and browned, front panel scuffed with 3/4-in. triangular chip from bottom edge. First edition. Drawings by Hillary Knight. Folio.

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        The First Four Minutes (Signed By The Author With The Time It Took Him To Run The Mile Under Four Minutes)

      Putnam (London) 1955 - The First UK printing published by Putnam (UK) in 1955. The BOOK is in near Fine condition and appears unread. Light toning to the text block. Free from inscriptions and erasures. The WRAPPER is complete and is in VERY GOOD++ or better condition. A little rubbing to the spine folds, spine and corners in a few places.Closed tears to the upper edges. The red lettering to the spine is only mildly faded. A little edge wear in places but a far better wrapper than usually encountered. The wrapper is protected in a removable Brodart archival cover. The book has been SIGNED by the Author to the front blank end paper and he has also quoted the time it took him to run the first mile under four minutes : 'Roger Bannister, 3 mins 59.4 secs'. Scarce with such attributes. Ashton Rare Books welcomes direct contact. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

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        First Four Minutes - SIGNED by Roger Bannister and Chris Chataway

      Putnam, 1955 A first edition, first printing published by Putnam in 1955. A very good book with a nick to the top of the spine and with some fading and wear to the spine itself. Signed on the front endpaper by Chris Chataway and Roger Bannister (previous owner's name erased above). In a very good+ unclipped wrapper with a little fading to the spine and some wear to the edges. When Bannister broke the '4 minute mile', Chataway was his pace-maker. This is first double signed copy we have handled.

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        The First Four Minutes (Signed By The Author With The Time It Took Him To Run The Mile Under Four Minutes)

      The First UK printing published by Putnam (UK) in 1955. The BOOK is in near Fine condition and appears unread. Light toning to the text block. Free from inscriptions and erasures. The WRAPPER is complete and is in VERY GOOD++ or better condition. A little rubbing to the spine folds, spine and corners in a few places.Closed tears to the upper edges. The red lettering to the spine is only mildly faded. A little edge wear in places but a far better wrapper than usually encountered. The wrapper is protected in a removable Brodart archival cover. The book has been SIGNED by the Author to the front blank end paper and he has also quoted the time it took him to run the first mile under four minutes : 'Roger Bannister, 3 mins 59.4 secs'. Scarce with such attributes. Ashton Rare Books welcomes direct contact.

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        Songs of Innocence and of Experience.

      Small 8vo. London: Trianon Press, 1955. Small 8vo, 54 color plates, 3 pp. printed text, facsimile leaves and stencils etc. at end. Full orange morocco, covers stamped with gilt leaf design, backstrip lettered in gilt, all edges gilt, slipcase, a very good copy. De luxe edition, limited to 15 copies (VI-XX) with proof samples of the two-color collotype, a collotype guide, and an original stencil. Limited overall to 526 copies in all, this being number XVIII; the superb color facsimile of the Rosenwald-LC copy (Z). One of the scarcest, and the most desirable of all the magnificent Trianon Press Blake facsimiles which have been hailed as the finest examples of color collotype facsimile printing of the 20th century. The colophon notes that as many as thirty stencils were used to create each plate. Bentley, Blake Books, 187. This is the only example known to us of the deluxe edition bound in orange gilt morocco.

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        Jews of South Carolina

      1955. First Edition . Signed. ELZAS, Barnett A. The Jews of South Carolina. Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott, 1905. Thick octavo, contemporary full brown morocco gilt, raised bands, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt, uncut. $2200.Limited first edition, number 2 of only 175 copies, of this authoritative Jewish American history by noted rabbi and historian Dr. Elzas, printed on hand-made paper and wonderfully illustrated with 11 plates (two double-page), inscribed by the author, “To Mrs. Felix M. Warburg, a slight token of great esteem, from Barnett A. Elzas, New York, November, 1934,” with an autograph letter signed by Elzas.When its author, respected rabbi and historian Dr. Barnett Elzas, began to serve Charleston’s Congregation Beth Elohim in 1894, “he became keenly interested in local Jewish history and made an exhaustive study of records of Charleston Jewry and of the older smaller communities of the state. After writing a number of studies on the subject, he produced the comprehensive Jews of South Carolina: From the Earliest Times to the Present Day (1905), which still ranks as one of the best historical studies of an American Jewish community” (Encyclopaedia Judaica). “As late as 1826, South Carolina probably contained a larger Jewish population than any other in the Union, and in no other state, relatively, have Jews been so active in public life during many decades as in South Carolina. Jews of South Carolina begins with a specific welcome to Jews and other dissenters, in John Locke’s famous Constitution (1669); and Dr. Elzas rightly emphasizes the fact that South Carolina was unique among the British colonies in never at any time imposing any civil or religious disability upon the Jew… He presents an interesting sketch of Francis Salvador… as also of Moses Lindo, and… has materially added to our knowledge of South Carolina Jewish history” (American Historical Association, 940-1). With frontispiece of a Charleston synagogue destroyed in an 1838 fire. Featuring eight full-page and two double-page illustrations, engraved title page vignette, engraved ornamental initials, head- and tailpieces. Elzas incorporated some material from his four, similarly titled 1903 pamphlets into this much larger, substantially new work. Howes E136. Turnbull, 488. Accompanied by an autograph letter, on Congregation Beth Miriam stationary, signed by the author. The letter reads in full: “42 West 72nd St. New York, Nov. 5, 1934. My dear Mrs. Warburg: I have been in serious trouble again. I contracted a severe cold at a funeral of one of the patients at Central Islip Hospital, which settled on my lungs and has kept me confined to the house for many days. This is the first time I have taken my pen in hand since my last letter to you. I hope that you will be gracious enough to accept the accompanying volume. It was my answer to the Anti-Semitic aristocrats of South Carolina and changed the entire attitude of that state towards the Jews. With expression of personal regards, Sincerely yours, Barnett A. Elzas.” Frieda Schiff (daughter of daughter of investment banker Jacob Schiff) married prominent New York financier, philanthropist and social reformer Felix Warburg in 1895. “An astute, generous and well-read woman… Frieda Warburg contributed sizable sums and held largely honorary positions in many, mostly Jewish, organizations in which her family had already set the pattern of involvement. During the last two decades of her life… nearly the full weight of the family’s philanthropic and communal responsibilities fell on her shoulders” (Jewish Women’s Archive).Scattered light foxing. Spine lightly rubbed, minor scuffing to boards. A near-fine inscribed copy with noteworthy provenance.

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        Oeuvres Poétiques Completes

      , 1955. 1955. VERLAINE, Paul. Oeuvres Poétiques Complètes. (Paris): Editions Vialetay, (1955-56). Five volumes. Octavo, original full dark green morocco, top edges gilt, uncut. $1600.Limited edition of Verlaine

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        The Body Snatchers

      Eyre and Spottiswoode, 1955 A first edition, first printing published by Eyre and Spottiswoode in 1955. A very good book with some small tape burns to endpapers. In a very good unclipped wrapper with a crease to the front panel and some wear to the spine tips. Rare.

      [Bookseller: John Atkinson Books]
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        Photograph inscribed

      1955. DOISNEAU, Robert. Photograph inscribed by Andre Dunoyer de Seconzac. Paris: Robert Doisneau, 1955. Original black-and-white photograph; image measures 7 by 8-1/2 inches. $1650.Original vintage photographic print by Robert Doisneau (with his studio stamp on verso) of French artist André Dunoyer de Segonzac at work in his studio. Inscribed on the verso by the painter: “26 Dec. 1955. 13 rue Bonaparte. Tous mes v?ux—mon cher bonhomme—pour Toi et le charmant rouge-gorge—Thérèse Dorny vous embrasse—moi aussi—Fraternellement. André Dunoyer de Segonzac.”The inscription, translated, reads: “All best wishes my dear good man for you and the charming robin. Thérèse Dorny [Segonzac’s wife] kisses you—me too—Companionably, André Dunoyer de Segonzac.” Robert Doisneau specialized in images of the rich social fabric of Parisian life, and his photographs came to be seen as “the perfect embodiment of Gallic wit and romance” (New York Times). In 1967, Doisneau photographed Segonzac and his work for an exposition at the Chateau du Blois honoring Segonzac’s distinguished oeuvre. “After the fauves, after the heterodox cubist disciples of Cezanne, [Segonzac] knew the happiness of revealing a form of art completely new… He uncovered an infectious passion for the earth, in a joy of feeling you are its master, and the happiness of raising your head to the light” (Benezit 4, 26). At the time this letter was written, Thérèse Dorny was enjoying her greatest success as an actress, following the release of the film Diabolique earlier that year. With stamp of Doisneau’s studio on verso.Fine condition.

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        Family of Man

      1955. First Edition . Signed. STEICHEN, Edward and SANDBURG, Carl. The Family of Man. New York: Museum of Modern Art, 1955. Quarto, original half black cloth, original dust jacket. $3800.Early edition catalogue of this landmark show, inscribed on the title page, “To Frank Abrams, from my good neighbor [pollster] Elmo Roper and many best wishes, Edward Steichen,” featuring 503 rich photogravures.“In 1955, Steichen opened the exhibition The Family of Man, the most universally popular photography exhibition ever organized” (Icons of Photography, 16) and still considered the medium’s “landmark show” (Roth, 146). Structured as “a journey through the seven stages of man, from birth to death, [it was] compiled from pictures taken all around the world… It tends to depoliticize the human condition by emphasizing universals rather than specifics” (Parr & Badger I:210). Steichen’s inscription fondly refers to his longtime neighbor in West Redding, Connecticut, Elmo Roper, who “acquired national fame… [as one of] the first to develop the modern political polls” (New York Times). First published earlier the same year by the Museum of Modern Art, this later printing includes all 503 photographs and an additional section on the installation itself. Prologue written by Steichen’s brother-in-law, Carl Sandburg. With “Deluxe Edition” dust jacket. See Parr & Badger II:218. Lightest edge-wear to original boards; mild chipping to spine head, light spotting to bright dust jacket. A near-fine copy, scarce inscribed.

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        Marcel Breuer: Sun and Shadow The Philosophy of an Architect

      New York: Dodd, Mead & Company. Very Good in Very Good dust jacket. 1955. Hardcover. Editing and notes by Peter Blake; Book design and cover by Alexey Brodovitch. Inscribed by Breuer to Vernon C. Myers, editor of Look magazine.; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 205 pages .

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        Oeuvres Poétiques Completes

      1955. VERLAINE, Paul. Oeuvres Poétiques Complètes. (Paris): Editions Vialetay, (1955-56). Five volumes. Octavo, original full dark green morocco, top edges gilt, uncut. $1600.Limited edition of Verlaine’s complete poems illustrated with original color lithographs by French artists Vertès, Gaston Barret, Georges de Sainte-Croix, Valentine Hugo, and Simon Goldberg, number 762 of 2500 sets printed on Rives and bound in morocco.Verlaine was associated first with the French Décadents, and then with the early Symbolists. Best known for his influence upon and his affair with poet Arthur Rimbaud, he nevertheless “wrote some of the finest and most musical lyrics in the French language… [and] had a considerable influence on French prosody. He did not countenance all the Symbolist innovations, such as le vers libre, but chose at most to employ the freed alexandrine” (Harvey & Heseltine, 738-39). Each volume contains 12 original color lithographs by one of the contributing artists: Vertès (Volume I), Gaston Barret (II), Georges de Sainte-Croix (III), Valentine Hugo (IV), and Simon Goldberg (V). Each volume also includes four facsimiles of Verlaine’s manuscripts in an appendix, for a total of 20 facsimiles, along with detailed notes by Yves-Gérard le Dantec. Text in French. Slight rubbing to spine heads of Volumes IV and V only. A lovely illustrated set in near-fine condition.

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        Four original costume designs for the film "Artists and Models" done by Edith Head (Original artwork for the 1955 film)

      Paramount, Los Angeles 1955 - Four original costume designs intended for Jerry Lewis's character in the 1955 film "Artists and Models," with holograph notations and illustrations painted by costume designer Edith Head. The illustrations largely feature simple shirt-and-pants combinations. One, a white t-shirt and nerdily rolled-up blue jeans, features a silk scarf belt next to which Head has emphatically written "NO!"A later film of the popular Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis duo, "Artists and Models" depicts comic book writer Martin stealing ideas his kooky roommate comes up with in his dreams, while the pair simultaneously attempt to woo their very attractive neighbors.Unarguably the most famous costume designer in the history of cinema, Edith Head was known for her work with director Alfred Hitchcock, and for extensively consulting with leading actresses, becoming highly sought after as a result. Head was nominated for thirty five Academy Awards for Best Costume Design, winning eight. She still holds the record for the largest number of Academy Awards won by any woman. 15 x 20 inches, pencil and gouache on illustration board. Near Fine, with the occasional toning, soil, or bumped corner. Hirschhorn, p. 349.

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        Bibliotheca van der Linde-Niemeijeriana: A Catalogue of the Chess Collection in the Royal Library, The Hague

      The Royal Library, The Hague, 1955. ix+342pp with index. Octavo (8 3/4" x 6 1/4") bound in original wrappers. Foreword L Brummel. First editionThis catalog is a record of several collections which have at widely varying periods enriched the Royal Library. The chess library of the well-know Netherlands scholar and publicist Dr Antonios van der Linde was acquired by the Royal Library in 1876. Van der Linde, who spent the first period of his life in his native Holland, was in 1876 appointed Librarian of the Landesbibliotek at Wiesbaden. This he remained till 1895, being accorded the style of Professor in 1887. He published studies and bibliographies on the most widely varying subjects, in the first place on the invention of printing, but also on Antoinette Bourignon, David Jorisz, Balthasar Bekker and Spinoza. His various publications on the history of chess are specially important. In compiling his bibliographical writings in this field, his chess library of some 750 items, had stood him in good stead, and it is this collection which in 1876, before leaving for Germany, he sold to the Royal Library. At that time the Royal Library already possessed a small, valuable collection of books and manuscripts on chess which, when the Van der Linde collection was added, grew upwards of a thousand volumes. In 1948 there was a radical change. In June of the year Dr M Niemeiijer presented his chess library to the "Netherlands" State to be placed in the Royal Library. The donor himself has given a fairly substantial account of his library. Dr Niemeijer took up collecting chess in 1924. In doing so he had much support from the late Mr G C A Oakam, whose collection largely form the basis on which the library was built. In 1929 and 1931 Dr Niemeijer bought many items from the library of J W Rimington-Wilson; in later years he acquired the collections of the Wiener Schach Club, of Dr F Palitzch at Dresden, and the Frenchman A de Gouyon, to mention only some. Shortly before and during the Second World War the large library of Mr H Strick van Linschoten at Delft was also acquired. In 1939 the library contained over 5700 volumes, and in May 1940 already more than 6300. During the war years Dr Niemeijer's collection was then stored in the Royal Library and when it became clear after the war that it would be difficult for the owner to accommodate it in his new home he decided to give it a permanent place in the Royal Library.Condition:Corners bumped, light edge wear else a very good copy.

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        Physique Pictorial (Archive of 59 vintage magazines)

      Physique Pictorial, Los Angeles, CA 1955 - Archive of 59 vintage adult magazines emphasizing the male figure in glistening, rippling form. Published and photographed by Bob Mizer, with guest photographers throughout, Mizer's physique magazine broke through as the first openly erotic magazine aimed at advancing the status quo of the American gay male, beginning as a "study" periodical and ending as a softcore pornography rag, with cut-and-paste advertisements, images, and body measurements from front to back, start to finish. Mizer published his "Physique Pictorial" for 40 years, and it erects a definitive monument in human sexuality and mass media.Included in the archive: 1955 - Summer (V5N2)1956 - Summer (V6N2)1957 - Spring (V7N1), Fall (V7N3)1958 - Summer (V8N2)1959 - Spring (V9N9)1960 - Jan (V9N3), Jun (V10N1), Aug (V10N2)1961 - Jan (V10N3), Apr (V10N4), Aug (V11N1), Nov (V11N2)1962 - Mar (V11N3), May (V11N4), Jul (V12N1), Nov (V12N2)1963 - Jan (V12N3), May (V12N4), Aug (V13N1), Oct (V13N2)1964 - "Physique Movie Calendar" (pocket-size), Feb (V13N3, [1963]), May (V13N4), July (V14N1), Oct (V14N2)1965 - Feb (V14N3), Jun (V14N4), Oct (V15N1)1966 - Jan (V15N2), Jun (V15N3), Sep (V15N3, [V15N4]), Dec (V16N1)1967 - Sep (V16N3)1968 - Feb (V16N4), Jul (V17N1)1970 - Jan (V18N1)1971 - Jun (V19N1), Dec (V20)1972 - Jul (V21)1973 - Apr (V22), Aug (V23)1974 - Jan (V24), May (V25), Dec (V26)1975 - Jul (V27)1976 - Aug (V28)1977 - Mar (V29), Aug (V30)1978 - Aug (V31)1979 - May (V32)1980 - Oct (V34)1981 - Aug (V35)1982 - Sep (V36)1983 - Nov (V37)1984 - Nov (V38)1986 - Jan (V39)1987 - Jun (V40)1990 - Sep (V41)Beginning issue V17N2, the magazine changed its numbering system to simply V18, V19, V20, etc. This issue is important as well for being Mizer's first nude issue. Notable issues include V7N1 (first Tom of Finland US appearance), V9N2 (Steve Reeves cover), V15N4 (bodybuilder Gable Boudreaux poses), V27 (nude Joe D'Allesandro), V40 (second to last issue, Jerry Suter cover; Suter was an adamant homophobe and hot-tempered, and he eventually agreed to nude wrestling photo sessions). Most issues Very Good Plus or better, many Near Fine. [Attributes: Soft Cover]

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        Derrière le miroir N°79-80-81, Fernand Léger

      First edition.Text by Pierre Reverdy.Illustrated with 5 original coloured lithographs among which 2 double pages by Fernand Léger.A very good copy. Galerie A. Maeght Paris 1955 28x38,5cm en feuilles

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        The Recognitions

      Harcourt Brace & Company 1955 - Like New Book. Stated First Edition, First Printing. NOT a remainder. NOT a book club edition. NOT price-clipped ($7.50 price intact). Published by Harcourt Brace & Company, 1955. Black cloth boards with bright gold stamped spine lettering. Book is like new; clean, tight, sharp corners, bright spine lettering. Dust has some light edge wear with a few very small nicks but no major rips or tears. No writing, highlighting, underlining, dog ears, etc. Pages and boards crisp and straight. Spine un-broken with no spine lean. Book in un-read condition. A very attractive copy of in first state dust jacket of Gaddis’s first book. Octavo. 956 pages. LCCC # 55-5247. 100% positive feedback. 30 day money back guarantee. NEXT DAY SHIPPING! Excellent customer service. Please email with any questions or if you would like a photo. All books packed carefully and ships with free delivery confirmation/tracking. All books come with free bookmarks. Ships from Southampton, New York. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        The Two Towers [The Lord of the Rings]

      George Allen and Unwin, 1955 A first edition, second printing published by George Allen and Unwin in 1955. A fine book with one gift inscription to the front endpaper. In a very good+ (or better) dust wrapper which is unclipped with a little wear to the spine tips and some creasing. A few indiscriminate black marks here and there. Map complete - a very nice copy of a book which is difficult to find in collectible condition.

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        The Acceptance World - SIGNED by the Author

      Heinemann, 1955 A first edition, first printing published by Heinemann in 1955. A good book with some light staining to the boards with some cracking to the rear hinge. SIGNED and inscribed 'by the Author' and dated November 1973 to the front endpaper. In a dust wrapper which is unclipped and has benefitted from some light restoration to the spine tips and corners.[removed][removed]

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        Féerie pour une autre fois II. Normance

      - Gallimard, Paris 1955, 13,5x20cm, reliure de l'éditeur. - Prima edizione, uno dei 550 esemplari numerati sul lavoro pergamena. Editor di cartone fatto secondo il modello originale di Paolo Bonet. Bella copia completa della sua rodoide. - [FRENCH VERSION FOLLOWS] Edition originale, un des 550 exemplaires numérotés sur vélin labeur. Cartonnage de l'éditeur réalisé d'après la maquette originale de Paul Bonet. Très bel exemplaire complet de son rhodoïd.

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        Original Painting for the Cover of 'Baby Animals' (preliminary study)

      n.p.: n.p., 1955. Fine. Preliminary painting for 'Baby Animals' ca. 1955. On paper. Measures approx. 8 by 16 inches, in a mat 12 by 20 inches. Signed by Garth Williams. Overall fine condition and with marginal notes by Williams indicating color values. The illustration shows an elephant carrying bears, a mouse, a raccoon, a fox, and followed by a kangaroo, and a giraffe with two long-tailed passengers. 'Baby Animals' was printed by Simon and Schuster (with a different design) in 1956, and is still in print.

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        Eloise: A Book for Precocious Grown Ups

      New York: Simon & Schuster 1955 - Illustrated by Hilary Knight. First edition, first printing. Publisher's cream cloth, with an illustration of Eloise to the front board in black, lettered in black and maroon; in the original pictorial dust jacket, with Knight's illustration of Eloise drawing on a vanity mirror to the front panel, black and white photographs of the author and illustrator to the rear panel. Very good, with some light wear to the extremities, minor toning to the spine and board edges, fold-out page (13-16) slightly loose at the head but still firmly bound into the text block, bright and clean pages; price-clipped dust jacket, with some wear and minor chipping to the extremities, small chip to the spine head, some rubbing to the hinges, light toning to the spine and rear panel, a few light spots of minor soiling to the otherwise bright panels. Overall, a clean copy of the classic children's book. Eloise: A Book for Precocious Grown Ups is the first book in Kay Thompson's series featuring the rambunctious child protagonist Eloise, a resident of the Plaza Hotel in New York City. Eloise, like the author herself, is vivacious, charming, and spunky; Thompson herself was an actress and singer, as well as one of the first women to wear fashionable pants - a bold move in the 1940s. Indeed, while many cite her goddaughter Liza Minnelli as an inspiration for the character, Thompson insists that she, also a resident of the Plaza, largely based Eloise on herself. The other novels in Thompson's series feature Eloise in a series of adventures and include Eloise in Paris (1957), Eloise at Christmastime (1958) and Eloise in Moscow (1959). [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Moonraker.

      London: Jonathan Cape, 1955. FIRST IMPRESSION, FIRST PRINTING, BINDING A (Fabroleen material). This version with 'shoot' correctly printed to page 10. Octavo, pp.256. Publisher's black cloth-effect paper over boards, titled in silver, in 'flame' design dust-wrapper by Kenneth Lewis.Trivial wear to both book and wrapper. A stunning example, unquestionably fine, with the richest spine colouring I have ever seen on this title in some twenty years specialising in Fleming first editions. Simply magnificent. Gilbert A3a (1.2).

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        The Return of the King

      UK: George Allen & Unwin, 1955. 1st Edition 1st Printing. Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. The Return of the King by J R R Tolkien First Edition First Impression George Allen & Unwin 1955. No inscriptions, unmarked and unblemished throughout. Fold out map still present and without damage or creasing. Covers VG in like original dust jacket, not price clipped.

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        Proposed Mural of Back Bar, Cal Neva Biltmore.

      Oakland, Calif. 1955 - Gouache on board depicting bar mural of Monkeys. Signed, dated and titled. 12 x 37 inches. Cal Neva Biltmore, North Lake Tahoe, Nevada. [Attributes: Signed Copy]

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        BULLETIN DES ARRETS DE LA COUR DE CASSATION, CHAMBRES CIVILES, 29 VOLUMES (1955-1990, INCOMPLET)

      1955. Journal Officiel de la République Française. 1955-1990. In-4.Carré. Relié. Etat d'usage. Couv. légèrement passée. Dos satisfaisant. Intérieur frais. 29 volumes. Années manquantes: 1958 (2), 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962 (1), 1963 (2), 1964-1968, 1970-1972, 1974-1978. Titres dorés sur les dos. Quelques plats des premières années abîmés. Section civile. Section commerciale et financière. Section sociale. Tables...

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        The Return of the King

      George Allen & Unwin, London 1955 - First edition, first printing, with no additional printings indicated on the copyright page; same date on the title and copyright page. Near fine in a price-clipped dust jacket, with the clipped price being the only thing which keeps the jacket from being graded as near fine. No markings or inscriptions, no previous owner's name, nothing to distract from the exceptional condition of this copy. Map at rear in near fine condition as well. One of the best copies of this title we've seen in quite some time. Of the three volumes in the LOTR trilogy, anecdotal evidence has this title, the last in the series, as the scarcest. Just a beautiful copy, in collector's condition, and as such pretty uncommon. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: John Kehoe, Bookseller ABAA]
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        Lettre tapuscrite à Breton plus questionnaire signé par Breton

      1955. - 22 juillet 1955, 26,5x20,7cm, un feuillet. - Modello di lettera tipografico compresa la correzione destinatari Breton chiedendogli di partecipare a un questionario. Questionario congiunto con scrittura a mano e la firma bretone. - [FRENCH VERSION FOLLOWS] Brouillon tapuscrit de lettre à André Breton, avec des corrections et une ligne autographes, et questionnaire adressé à lui par André Breton sur l'art magique, avec une ligne et la signature autographes. Un feuillet in-4 tapuscrit, recto seul avec des corrections et une ligne à l'encre noire de la main de Maurice Blanchot, et un feuillet in-4 (27,5 x 21,5 cm) imprimé et illustré en noir, recto-verso avec une ligne et la signature autographes à l'encre violette d'André Breton.   Quand, en cette année 1955, André Breton écrit à Maurice Blanchot, les deux hommes se connaissent, se côtoient et s'apprécient depuis longtemps, tout en conservant une forme de distance respectueuse. Breton travaille alors à son important ouvrage L'Art magique (Paris, 1957) et dans ce cadre, réalise une vaste enquête auprès de quatre-vingts personnalités (artistes, mais aussi sociologues, ethnologues, philosophes, historiens de l'art, critiques, etc.), parmi lesquelles Blanchot. Pour ce faire, Breton édite un tract intitulé « Formes de l'art » - illustré de onze figures (art égyptien, gaulois, précolombien, océanien, tarot, Paolo Uccello, etc.) - qui présente sa démarche et s'achève sur une série de cinq questions portant sur les liens entre art, magie et modernité : « Je me permets, cher Maurice Blanchot, de solliciter [votre réponse] très spécialement. André Breton ». Le 22 juillet, Blanchot lui répond : « Il m'a toujours paru que le mot magie, comme le mot religion, pouvait nous aider à approcher ce que l'art désigne, puisqu'à certaines époques nous ne pouvons atteindre l'un qu'à travers l'autre, mais qu'il y avait un moment où nous devions renoncer à ce chemin, car ce que l'art annonce, ce qui parle dans la poésie, c'est une parole plus originelle, comme si l'

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        Lolita.

      Paris: Olympia Press, 1955. First edition of Nabokov's masterpiece, published in Paris by the Olympia Press in 1955. First issue with the price of 900 francs on the rear panel of each volume. Signed by Vladimir Nabokov on the front free endpaper of volume one. Octavo, 2 volumes, original green wrappers. In near fine condition with light wear to the extremities. Exceptionally rare signed. "Brilliant One of the funniest and one of the saddest books that will be published this year" (New York Times). "Lolita blazes with a perversity of a most original kind. For Mr. Nabokov has distilled from his shocking material hundred-proof intellectual farceLolita seems an assertion of the power of the comic spirit to wrest delight and truth from the most outlandish materials. It is one of the funniest serious novels I have ever read; and the vision of its abominable hero, who never deludes or excuses himself, brings into grotesque relief the cant, the vulgarity, and the hypocritical conventions that pervade the human comedy" (Atlantic Monthly).

      [Bookseller: Raptis Rare Books]
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        Marilyn Monroe.

      20th Century Fox/Ufa/Film-Foto [ca. 1955].. Portraitphotographie. Autogrammkarte. 13, 9 x 8, 9 cm. Mit eigenhändiger Signatur der Künstlerin. Berühmtes Photo jener Szene aus dem Billy Wilder-Film: Das verflixte 7. Jahr (The Seven Year Itch), in der der weite weiße Rock von Marilyn Monroe durch die Abluft der U-Bahn aufgewirbelt wird.

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat Burgverlag]
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        The Quiet American - a fine wrapper with the rare wrap-around band

      Heinemann, 1955 A first edition, first printing published by Heinemann in 1955. A near fine book without inscriptions. Some light patches to the rear board and one thin one to the front board. In a fine unclipped wrapper with a little spotting to the front flap and a little to the inside of the wrapper. With the rare (repaired) wrap-around band. A lovely copy.

      [Bookseller: John Atkinson Books]
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        Casino Royale - First UK Paperback 1955

      Pan, 1955 A first edition, first printing published by Pan in 1955. A very good+ or better copy without inscriptions. Some thin slits to the foot of the spine, but with no loss to the spine. Correct first issue with 2'- net to the bottom corner. Clean rear panel. Rare in such nice, bright condition.

      [Bookseller: John Atkinson Books]
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        Metrika - Zeitschrift für theoretische u. angewandte Statistik. (Bände jahrgangsweise als Halbleineneinband)

      Halbleinen Ausgetragenes Bibliotheksexemplar, Seiten teilweise altersgemäß angedunkelt, Kopfschnitt mit minimalen Lagerspuren, Vol. 9: Deckel mit Schutzfolie, Volume 1-33 komplett (1955-1987), in deutscher und englischer Sprache

      [Bookseller: Versand-Antiquariat Konrad von Agris]
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        Hit the Deck (Original scenario artwork from the 1955 film musical)

      Beverly Hills, CA: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer [MGM], 1955. Original scenario artwork by Charles K. Hagedon for the 1955 film musical, a somber and colorful scene depicting two men in a boat floating near the ice, with various others in cold weather suits floating in the water, heads just above the surface, around them. Signed by Hagedon at the bottom left corner. Archivally matted (no frame), with a description of the film in a die cut window in the matte just below the artwork. Gouache artwork 17 x 7 inches. Matte 22 x 16 inches. Near Fine. Hirschhorn, p. 347.

      [Bookseller: Royal Books, Inc.]
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        THE EUROPEANS. Photographs by Henri Cartier-Bresson.

      New York: Simon & Schuster; Editions Verve, 1955. [viii] pages of introductory text, followed by 114 black & white gravures, followed by [vii] pages of text. The original hardcover binding with bright color design by Miro is minimally shelfworn, with minimal browing to the spine which also has a few small bumps, and a tiny bump to one corner. The original thin glassene dustjacket is prone to damage, and is lacking here but replaced with custom-fitted stiff archival mylar. The original paper inner flaps (complete with original price of $15.00) are present and are affixed to the inside flaps of the new mylar attractively and in the style of the original. Includes the original printed caption booklet designed to provide data while viewing the photographs. The text is clean and unmarked. This book with a cover designed and executed especially for it by Joan Miro, is a selection of 114 photographs by Henri Cartier-Bresson taken from 1950-1955. This, the American edition was conceived and composed by Teriade with the collaboration fo Marguerite Lang. The engraving and printing is the work of the master printers Draeger Freres of Paris. It was completed the 1st day of August 1955. First American edition.. First Edition. Hardcover. Very good+ condition. Folio.

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        [ Lot de 10 titres reliés plein maroquin ] La rôtisserie de la Reine Pédauque ; Thaïs ; Monsieur Bergeret à Paris ; Les Dieux ont soif ; L'Orme du Mail ; Le Mannequin d'Osier ; L'anneau d'améthyste ; Le crime de Sylvestre Bonnard ; Les contes de Jacques Tournebroche ; Le Lys Rouge

      Ex. sur vélin de Lana, 10 vol. in-8 carrés reliés plein maroquin, dos à 5 nerfs, couv. conservées, compositions de A. D. Steinlen, Jean Traynier, Robert Meiffredy, Jacques Thévenet, Pierre Leroy, Gaston Barret, reproduites par Coët et coloriées à la main, dans les ateliers de Maurice Beaufumé, La Belle Edition, Paris, s.d. (circa 1955 ), 231 pp., 213 pp., 237 pp., 247 pp., 205 pp., 216 pp., 240 pp., 219 pp., 198 pp., 253pp. Tous les ex. sont numérotés sauf : La rotisserie, Le mannequin d'osier. Superbe ensemble en plein maroquin. Parfait état. Prix pour l'ensemble. Poids de 8 Kg Français

      [Bookseller: Librairie Du Cardinal]
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        THE EUROPEANS Photographs by Henri Cartier-Bresson

      New York: Simon & Schuster; Editions Verve, 1955. [viii] pages of introductory text, followed by 114 black & white gravures, followed by [vii] pages of text. The original hardcover binding with bright color design by Miro is minimally shelfworn, with minimal browing to the spine which also has a few small bumps, and a tiny bump to one corner. The original thin glassene dustjacket is prone to damage, and is lacking here but replaced with custom-fitted stiff archival mylar. The original paper inner flaps (complete with original price of $15.00) are present and are affixed to the inside flaps of the new mylar attractively and in the style of the original. Includes the original printed caption booklet designed to provide data while viewing the photographs. The text is clean and unmarked. This book with a cover designed and executed especially for it by Joan Miro, is a selection of 114 photographs by Henri Cartier-Bresson taken from 1950-1955. This, the American edition was conceived and composed by Teriade with the collaboration fo Marguerite Lang. The engraving and printing is the work of the master printers Draeger Freres of Paris. It was completed the 1st day of August 1955. First American edition.. First Edition. Hardcover. Very good+ condition. Folio.

      [Bookseller: Kurt Gippert Bookseller (ABAA)]
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        The Bride of the Innisfallen (Inscribed 1st edition)

      Harcourt Brace, New York 1955 - 1st edition, second issue, with multiple dates on the colophon page. Very nearly fine with taps to the points, most noticeably on the top front corner, with light shelf wear to the board edges; the spine of the dw is lightly sunned but about fine in all other respects. The book is briefly INSCRIBED by Welty on the front end paper. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Tom Davidson, Bookseller]
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        ALBUM DE AUTOGRAFOS, MUNDO DE LA MUSICA, CINE Y ESPECTACULO 1955-1965

      - ALBUM DE AUTOGRAFOS, MUNDO DE LA MUSICA, CINE Y ESPECTACULO 1955-1965. 37H (70 FIRMAS) AUTOGRAFIADAS DE GRANDES ARTISTAS DE LA MUSICA, CINE Y ESPECTACULO AÑOS 50 Y 60. REF 1.1 BIBLIOTECA DA. Language: eng [Attributes: Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Libreria Anticuaria Marc & Antiques]
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        The Recognitions

      Harcourt, Brace, New York 1955 - Black cloth, light dust soiling to edges of text block, but a fine, fresh copy, dust jacket lacking a tiny slice at the top of the spine. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Thomas A. Goldwasser Rare Books (ABAA)]
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