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        The October Country

      Ballantine, 1955 A stunning fine first edition in a fine dust jacket with no fading of the red lettering. Very rare as such. First State, with the "BB" monogram on spine of book inverted, red cloth with black lettering on spine, 8vo, 306pp. Signed by the author on the front free endpaper. Housed in a custom-made collector's slipcase.. Signed by Author(s). 1st Edition. Hardcover. Fine/Fine.

      [Bookseller: Bookbid Rare Books]
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        HERE BE DRAGONS

      Paris: Editions Finisterre, 1955. First Edition. wraps. Slight darkening to the spine, top front, and corners. About Fine in original glassine. Printed wrappers in plain glassine dustwrapper. Copy #5 of 100 numbered copies (of a total edition of 1125 copies) of Chester's first book. This copy SIGNED on the title page by the author and INSCRIBED and SIGNED "Alfred" on the half-title page to novelist Mary Lee Settle and her husband "with lots + lots of love 'n kisses. From the beginning of of Gore Vidal's foreword to Alfred Chester's collected stories (HEAD OF A SAD ANGEL): "Although it has been my misfortune to have at practically all the noted American writers of the last half century, I did have the great good luck never to have so much as glimpsed Alfred Chester. He was, by every account, a genuine monster whose life comprises one of those Cautionary Tales that tend to over-excite journalists and school-teachers. Drink and drugs, paranoia and sinister pieces of trade did him in early, and the chronicle of his descent is as fascinating to read about in these pages as it must have been pretty grim to live."

      [Bookseller: Charles Agvent]
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        Earthlight

      New York, Ballantine Books, 1955, Hardback, First Edition. Fine cloth copy in a near fine, very slightly edge-nicked and dust-dulled dw, now mylar-sleeved. Remains particularly and surprisingly well-preserved; tight, bright, clean and sharp-cornered. Scans and additional detail on request. ; 186 pages; Description: 186 p. 21 cm. Form/genre: Science fiction. 186 pages. Quantity Available: 1. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 105228.

      [Bookseller: MW Books Ltd.]
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        Eros and Civilization: A Philosophical Inquiry Into Freud

      Beacon Press, Boston 1955 - INSCRIBED by Herbert Marcuse on the front free end paper and dated in the year of publication: "To / Dr. Abram L. Sachar / With sincere regards / Herbert Marcuse / November 1955." Abram Sachar was the first president of Brandeis University, where Marcuse taught. A nice association. One of Marcuse's most influential books. It contains his famous essay, "Critique of Neo-Freudian Revisionism," where he claimed, rather mockingly, that its proponents had succumbed to the Power of Positive Thinking. 8vo., xii, 277 pages. A Near Fine book, with some color fading to the spine and along the top and bottom edges, in an unclipped Very Good dust jacket. Some shallow chipping and soiling to front and rear panels of the jacket and slight darkening to the jacket spine. Copies of the first edition are uncommon in the market, and inscribed copies are even more elusive, particularly association copies like this one. RARE. In the 1960s, the New Left celebrated Herbert Marcuse (1898-1979) for his Marxist critique of capitalism. His most famous student, according to a page one New York Times obituary, was left-wing activist Angela Davis, whom he taught at Brandeis. Marcuse was there from 1954 to 1965 and taught courses in the history of ideas, politics, social science, and philosophy. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Le Bookiniste]
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        Walt Disney signed book "Vanishing Prairie", based on the Disney motion picture of the same name

      n.p., (1955). 6" x 9". "Signed book ""Walt Disney"", ""Vanishing Prairie"", by Jane Werner and the Staff of the Walt Disney Studio, 1955, 8vo, publisher's quarter grey cloth over pictorial green boards. First edition. Signed by Walt Disney in brown crayon on the half-title. Illustrated with numerous color photographs. Light soiling and edgewear; hinges starting; previous owners' signature and ownership stamp to front endpaper and fore edge. "

      [Bookseller: University Archives]
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        Jupiter's Darling (Original title sequence artwork, director credit, for the 1955 film)

      Beverly Hills, CA: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer [MGM], 1955. Original title sequence artwork by Charles K. Hagedon for the 1955 film, the credit for director George Sidney, carved into a wall with two Romans standing by to the right, leading to a stormy sky. Archivally framed, mounted, and matted, with a description of the film in a die cut window in the matte just below the artwork. Unexamined out of frame. Based on Robert Sherwood's 1927 anti-war comedy play, "The Road to Rome," this was the 11th and final "aquamusical" picture made featuring Williams as a bathing beauty. Set is ancient Rome, Williams plays Amytis, who must successfully swim the Tiber before the closing credits. Gouache artwork 24.5 x 4.5 inches. Frame 34.5 x 14.5 inches. Near Fine.

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        The Second World War, deluxe Chartwell edition

      London: Educational Book Co., Ltd., 1955. Illustrated Edition. Hardcover. Here is the "Chartwell Edition" of Churchill's The Second World War, bound in the publisher's original "deluxe" blue leather. This first illustrated Chartwell edition of The Second World War was published soon after the British first edition and is aesthetically superior in every respect. It is also the final text, "in which all those first minor errors are corrected", according to the author. This is Churchill's history of the epic 20th Century struggle that was so indelibly stamped by his leadership. Seldom, if ever, has history endowed a statesman with both singular ability to make history, and singular ability to write it. As with so much of what Churchill wrote, The Second World War is not "history" in the strictly academic, objectivist sense, but rather Churchill's perspective on history. In his March 1948 introduction to the first volume, Churchill himself made the disclaimer, "I do not describe it as history... it is a contribution to history..." Nonetheless the compelling fact remains, as stated by Churchill himself, "I am perhaps the only man who has passed through both the two supreme cataclysms of recorded history in high Cabinet office... I was for more than five years in this second struggle with Germany the Head of His Majesty's government. I write, therefore, from a different standpoint and with more authority than was possible in my earlier books." Certainly The Second World War may be regarded as an intensely personal and inherently biased history. Nonetheless, Churchill's work remains essential, iconic, and a vital part of the historical record. It has been called "indispensable reading for anyone who seeks a true understanding of the war that made us what we are today." This particular edition stands the test of time as among the most aesthetically pleasing and the most pleasant to actually read. It was issued in two bindings - a red cloth and a more scarce blue quarter leather binding. This is the Deluxe binding, featuring blue pebble grain morocco leather spines and light blue cloth covers. This edition was quite attractive. The books have a pleasing weight and size, measuring roughly 10 x 7 inches. The boards are stout with beveled edges. The leather spines are profusely ruled and gilt with six panels. There are gray marbled endpapers, head and foot bands, and the top edge is stained blue. The text is entirely reset from the first edition and is profusely illustrated with hundreds of illustrations on heavy, coated paper. Each volume also contains a color frontispiece and three-color maps. This set is in very good overall condition. The leather spines of this edition proved quite susceptible to fading. In this case the spines show only mid toning, retaining good color and bright gilt. The bindings are all square, clean, and tight, with only minor wear to extremities. The contents are notably bright, with no spotting, no previous ownership marks, and no age-toning to the fore edges. The topstain is a bit sunned, but uniform and clean across all six volumes. Please note that this large, heavy set may require additional shipping charges. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A240.7.a, Woods/ICS A123(d) Langworth p.269.

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        High Adventure. With maps by A. Spark and sketches by George Djurkouie. An account of the author's mountaineering experiences with special reference to the 1953 Mount Everest expedition. SIGNED. With portraits

      London : Hodder & Stoughton 1955 - SIGNED 1ST EDITION. Physical description; 224 p., 31 plates ; 8º. Includes list of illustrations and glossary. Subject; Mountaineering / Everest / Adventure. Personal account/ autobiographical. Genre; text. 224 pp. Fine cloth copy in a very good, slightly edge-nicked and dust-dulled dust wrapper, now mylar-sleeved. Remains particularly and surprisingly well-preserved; tight, bright, clean and sharp-cornered. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilogram. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 226898. 1 Kg. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: MW Books Ltd.]
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        Original-Farblithographie von Thomas Mann, hinter Glas gerahmt,

       1955. 26x33 (Motiv), 46x55 (Rahmen), weiß-goldener Holzrahmen geschmackvoll hinter Glas gerahmte SIGNIERTE UND NUMMERIERTES EXEMPLAR Nr 143 (von nur 200 Exemplaren, das Papier altersgemäß gleichmäßig leicht gebräunt Versand D: 5,00 EUR Ku 44301

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat im Baldreit]
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        éŒ¢æ±Ÿå å’Œå¡" [Qianjiang Liuhe ta]. [Liuhe Pagoda on Qianjiang]. Qi á n ji ā ng Li à h à t ÇŽ

      ä 國æå žéƒ½éŒ¦ç"Ÿçµ ç "å»åˆ . [Dujin Silk Factory] No date. (circa1955)., Hangzhou. - Handcoloured silk jacquard panorama of the West Lake in Hangzhou. Measures 27.5 x 120cm. Lightly frayed at ends, a very good copy. Silk jacquard weavings such as these were very popular in China from the mid to late 20th century as tourist souvenirs. It appears likely that this particular example was woven in the 1950s as traditional Chinese characters have been used and the Dujin Silk Factory where it was made, changed its name to Dongfang Hongsi in 1966. The Dujin Silk Factory was well known in Hangzhou and beyond. It was originally established in 1922 and entered public-private joint management in the 1950s. Unfortunately it now no longer exists.

      [Bookseller: Asia Bookroom ANZAAB/ILAB]
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        Original cover art for Lady and the Tramp Little Golden Book.

      New York: Simon and Schuster, Inc.,, 1955. Original hand painted illustration on artist board. Presented in a silver frame with conservation mount and glass. The first Lady and the Tramp Little Golden Book to be released was titled just "Lady," and it came out a year before the film was released. The second Little Golden Book was titled "Lady and the Tramp." This is the original concept art for the second book. Done in acrylic, on 9" x 11" hard stick paper. A remarkable image with a 4" Lady and a 6" Tramp. A different cover was eventually chosen, making this a very rare piece of Disney and Little Golden Book history. Matted to an overall size of 11" x 14"

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        Description et genèse des dépôts meubles de surface et du relief de l'Oesling.

      Luxembourg, Service Géologique de Luxembourg, 1955. 31,1 x 23,5 cm. Ingenaaid. 100 p. + deels uitklapbaar illustratiekatern. [Gedrukt in een oplage van 250 exemplaren]. Omslag wat verbruind, rechtsonder kleine ezelsoren, maar een zeer goed exemplaar.* Hermans' proefschrift, in de wetenschappelijke editie, met de losse stellingen en het blad corrigenda. Zelden in de handel. JS 459.

      [Bookseller: Antiquariaat Fokas HOLTHUIS]
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        The Ginger Man

      The Olympia Press, Paris 1955 - First edition of this novel, a debauched comedy published in 1955 by The Olympia Press in Paris and banned both in Ireland and The United States of America by reason of obscenity, first printing with "Special volume / Francs: 1500" on the bottom of back panel, in-12, green cloth, 353 pages, fine copy. Language: eng [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

      [Bookseller: alain marchet]
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        THE KISS OF KIN

      London: Heinemann, (1955). First British Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine in a Very Good dustwrapper with small chips at the spine tips and a large chip at the base of the rear panel. This likely precedes the American edition, as did her first book, THE LOVE EATERS, as Settle was living in England at the time. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author to her second husband: "The first copy to/Den [Douglas Newton] with my love/from/Mary Lee." Settle was married to Newton, a poet and eventual curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, from 1946 to 1956. The dustwrapper was designed by Barbara Jones.

      [Bookseller: Charles Agvent]
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        Maschinenschriftlicher Brief mit eigenhändiger Unterschrift.

      Göttingen 25VII 1955 - (29,5 x 21 cm). 1 S. An den Germanisten Paul Altenberg (1890-1960), Professor und Dekan an der Technischen Universität Berlin, der im März 1954 die "Deutsche Kultur-Gemeinschaft Urania Berlin" wieder neu gegründet hat. - ". Mit meinen Glückwünschen für Ihre neugegründete Kultur-Gemeinschaft 'Urania' sowie für die geplante Zeitschrift 'Urania' muß ich Ihnen zu meinem Bedauern eine Absage bezüglich Ihrer an mich herangetragenen Bitte aussprechen. Einmal ist es mir leider völlig unmöglich, in absehbarer Zeit in Berlin einen Vortrag zu halten und zum andern bin ich aus den gleichen Gründen. nicht im Stande, Ihnen für Ihre Zeitschrift einen Beitrag zur Verfügung zu stellen.". - Auf Briefpapier mit gedrucktem Briefkopf. - Mit schwachen Faltspuren. Gelocht ohne Textverlust., sonst sauber und wohlerhalten

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat Gerhard Gruber]
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        Caminos Inciertos. La Colmena

      Noguer, Editorial, Barcelona - México 1955 - SEGUNDA EDICIÓN. PRIMERA EDICIÓN EN ESPAÑA. SECOND EDITION. FIRST EDITION IN SPAIN.**FIRMADA POR EL AUTOR***SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR** Ilustrada con dibujos originales de Lorenzo Goñi. 19,2x14,2. Colección "El Espejo y la Pluma". En esta segunda edición se añade al prólogo de la primera un nuevo prólogo. MUY BUEN ejemplar. 395 pp.+ + Índice + 1 h [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

      [Bookseller: 101PoE]
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        Memoirs: Year of Decisions and Years of Trial and Hope

      Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1955 Doubleday & Company, Inc. 1955 & 1956, Garden City, 1955. Hardcover. First Edition. Two volumes. A special and obviously limited edition of this book bound in full blue cloth with gilt-lettered black spine labels, rather than the black cloth of the regular and Kansas City editions, and also larger in size than those editions (6" x 9-1/2"). Both volumes in fine condition, publisher's slipcases in very good condition. This edition appears to have been reserved for the author's use and presented by the President to those close to him. Each book is INSCRIBED warmly and at great length (the longest Truman inscription in a book we have ever seen) and SIGNED by the author to Leslie L. Biffle, who served twice as Secretary of the U. S. Senate. Evidently he played a key role in securing the Vice President nomination for Harry S. Truman in 1944. After FDR died, Truman came to rely on Biffle for information regarding goings-on in the Senate. There was a dedicated phone line between the two men's desks. During one press conference, Truman declared: "They don't make them any better than Biffle. And you can quote me on that." When Biffle died in 1966, Senator John L. McClellan announced it on the floor of the US Senate, mourning the loss of a "true patriot and one of America's finest citizens." In addition each book is housed in its original slipcase, each of which the President has also INSCRIBED and SIGNED to Biffle.. Inscribed by Author(s). Special Edition. Hardcover. Fine.

      [Bookseller: Bookbid Rare Books]
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        Über allen Zauber Liebe' von Scholz nach Calderon. Regie: Heinrich Koch. Schwarz-weiß Fotografie (Szenenfoto in ihrer Rolle als 'Circe' lose auf Karton befestigt.

      Hamburg, Deutsches Schauspielhaus, 7.9.1955,. - Leichte Läsuren an den Ecken des Bildes. Maße: ca 28,5 x 22 cm (HxB). Auf dem Karton sind Angaben zum Theaterstück mit Schreibmaschine vermerkt (etwas verwischt). Von Clausen auf dem Karton mit Bleistift signiert. Auf der Rückseite mit dem Stempel der Fotografin. Eine der gewohnt brillianten Aufnahmen von Clausen, mit beeindruckender Tiefe. Rosemarie Clausen war die berühmteste Theaterfotografin nach dem 2. Weltkrieg in Deutschland. Hervorstehend sind sicherlich ihre Arbeiten mit Gustaf Gründgens, Wolfgang Borchert. Famous german photographer, spezialised for theatre. Sprache: Deutsch Gewicht in Gramm: 1000 [Attributes: Signed Copy; Soft Cover]

      [Bookseller: Uta-Janine Störmer]
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        Weird Science-Fantasy No. 29, March-June, 1955 (FRAZETTA COVER)

      Fables Publishing Company / An Entertaining Comic / EC, New York 1955 - Cover price 10 cents. Last issue before the title became "Incredible Science Fantasy." Cover illustration is by Frank Frazetta, "by far his most famous" of 42 covers he's known to have drawn, and in fact the original sold for $380,000 in 2010 to Jim Halperin, co-founder of the Heritage Auction Galleries in Dallas -- "the largest price ever paid for a single page of American comic book artwork," according to the Los Angeles Times. This copy smells a bit old, as it should, but not objectionably so Small pen notation "Pi-27" inside the first "S" of the title. Would grade at least "fine," save that every page has an odd three-quarter-inch tear to bottom margin, which is shaped like a keyhole or child's thumb. These are closed tears, though the pages do snag on them, slightly, when turned. So we'll downgrade to "Very-good-plus" or "near-fine," and price accordingly. Surprisingly, in a genre where all too often the "surprise" endings of the tales can be seen coming a mile away, the writing is excellent. Catalogs $2,500 in NM, which at this grade should generate a value of about $1,000, but we started at $600 (now reduced to $510) since a) no one likes to pay "full catalog", and since b) while we've been grading and selling BOOKS without complaint for many years -- and do our best based on our Alex Malloy 2009 "Comics Values" grading standards -- we claim no special expertise in the nuanced art of comic-book grading. Reduced from $600. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

      [Bookseller: Cat's Curiosities]
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        Marjorie Morningstar

      Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company, 1955. First edition. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Herman Wouk on the title page. A excellent near fine copy, with a name on the front free endpage, in a near fine dust jacket with light wear to the spine tips. Rich with humor and poignancy, Marjorie Morningstar is a classic love story, one that spans two continents and two decades in the life of its heroine. This unforgettable paean to youthful love and the bittersweet sorrow of a first heartbreak endures as one of Herman Wouk's most beloved creations. Basis for the film starring Natalie Wood and Gene Kelly.

      [Bookseller: Raptis Rare Books, ABAA/ ILAB]
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        Eros and Civilization: A Philosophical Inquiry Into Freud

      Boston: Beacon Press, 1955. First Edition, First Printing. INSCRIBED by Herbert Marcuse on the front free end paper and dated in the year of publication: "To / Dr. Abram L. Sachar / With sincere regards / Herbert Marcuse / November 1955." Abram Sachar was the first president of Brandeis University, where Marcuse taught. A nice association. One of Marcuse's most influential books. It contains his famous essay, "Critique of Neo-Freudian Revisionism," where he claimed, rather mockingly, that its proponents had succumbed to the Power of Positive Thinking. 8vo., xii, 277 pages. A Near Fine book, with some color fading to the spine and along the top and bottom edges, in an unclipped Very Good dust jacket. Some shallow chipping and soiling to front and rear panels of the jacket and slight darkening to the jacket spine. Copies of the first edition are uncommon in the market, and inscribed copies are even more elusive, particularly association copies like this one. RARE. In the 1960s, the New Left celebrated Herbert Marcuse (1898-1979) for his Marxist critique of capitalism. His most famous student, according to a page one New York Times obituary, was left-wing activist Angela Davis, whom he taught at Brandeis. Marcuse was there from 1954 to 1965 and taught courses in the history of ideas, politics, social science, and philosophy.

      [Bookseller: Le Bookiniste]
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        THE MAGICIANÂ’S NEPHEW

      London: The Bodley Head. 1955. First edition, first printing. First edition, first printing. Original green cloth with silver titles to the spine, in dustwrapper. A very good or better copy, the binding very clean and square with a little light bumping at the spine tips. The contents have an ink inscription to the front free endpaper but are otherwise clean and bright throughout. Complete with the original price-clipped dustwrapper which is nicked at the spine tips with some darkening to the spine and rear panel. Further details and images for any of the items listed are available on request. Lucius Books welcomes direct contact with our customers.

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        The Talented Mr Ripley

      New York, NY, U.S.A.: Coward-McCann Inc., 1955 New York: Coward McCann, 1955. First edition First Printing. Hardcover in black cloth with spine lettered in green. A tight, fine example, tiny bump to one tip. In the original dust jacket, price of $3.00 intact; crisp and with panels bright, light fade to the spine as usual, touch of rubbing along the front gutter fold and rear panel. A very nice example indeed of one of the high spots of 20th century suspense, Highsmith's third book and the first Mr. Ripley.

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        The Lord of the Flies

      Stated First American Edition, Coward-McCann, 1955. In fine condition, clean and unmarked, boards are bright and without wear or bumping, spine is straight and secure, small book store tag on free front end page "The Personal Book Shop Boston". The dust jacket has a 1.5" x 1.5" piece missing at the top right corner of the front panel, slight wear at spine ends, $3.50 publisher's price intact on flap.

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        Kay Thompson's Eloise: A Book for Precocious Grown Ups

      Simon and Schuster, 1955 A fine first edition in a near fine dust jacket, inscribed by the author: "For my dear Orgel with love from the author and Me Eloise." The inscription is to the children's author Doris Orgel. Laid in is a card picturing a posing Eloise and signed by the illustrator Hilary Knight. Comes in a custom-made quarter leather solander case with gilt decoration and lettering.. Inscribed by Author(s). 1st Edition. Hardcover. Fine/Near Fine.

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        Lord of the Flies

      New York: Coward-McCann, Inc.,, 1955. Octavo. Original brown cloth-backed green boards, title to spine green. With the dust jacket. A fine copy. First US edition, first printing. It was first published in the UK the preceding year.

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        Moonraker.

      London: Jonathan Cape,, 1955. Octavo. Original black boards, titles to spine and front board in silver. With the dust jacket. Endpapers lightly tanned. An excellent copy in a bright jacket with slightly toned spine panel and a few small dark marks. First edition, first impression, one of two variant states, printed on thicker paper stock and with the word "shoot" at p. 10, l. 31 correctly printed. Presentation copy, inscribed and signed by Fleming on the front free endpaper: "To Clare, who washes my books behind the ears! Ian 1955." Clare served as executive secretary to Joseph Kingsbury-Smith, vice-president and general manager for Hearst's International News Service in New York. Kingsbury-Smith's spent much of his earlier career as foreign correspondent in various parts of Europe, including London where he befriended Fleming. He was the only reporter present at the Nuremburg executions and his groundbreaking interviews with various Soviet leaders (Stalin in 1949 and Krushchev in 1955) earned him a range of journalism prizes, including a Pulitzer and a George Polk Memorial Award. When visiting New York in the 1950s, Fleming would also visit Kingsbury-Smith in his offices and became friendly with Clare, who was a fan of his writing. In 1955, Fleming brought this copy from London and inscribed it to her.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        Privilèges. Par --. Les essais LXXVI

      Gallimard (1955), Paris - First edition. Limited, numbered one of 50 (of 56) copies. In publisher's wrappers, printed in red and black, protected with tracing paper. 272, (8) p. Limited, first edition of Simone de Beauvoir's collection of essays. According to Beauvoir the question "how the privileged may think about their situation?" links these essays together. She claims that the ruling class cannot think about it honestly and without self-delusion. In publisher's wrappers, printed in red and black, protected with tracing paper First edition. Limited, numbered one of 50 (of 56) copies. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

      [Bookseller: Földvári Books]
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        [Vernacular Album of an African American Pittsburgh Family]

      [Pittsburgh, PA], [ca 1955-1959]. Near fine. 4to. String-tied commercial album containing 132 B&W silver gelatin photographs mounted recto and verso to 13 leaves. Five photoa additionally laid in loosely. Remaining pages blank. One photo apparently perished, else appears complete. Near fine codition overall. A warm family album of varied scope taken in and around the Pittsburgh African American community. Subjects include: bars, parties, parades, travel, buildings and architecture, beach resorts, family and friends, etc. with a nice mix of both posed and candid. A handful of images captioned, many others dated in the print. A vivid portrait of middle class postwar African American life.

      [Bookseller: Brian Cassidy, Bookseller]
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        HYORYU KI: FLOATING ON THE PACIFIC OCEAN [Actual Japanese Title: HYO RYU KI: FL

      Los Angeles 1955, Dawson. Yellow decprated boards, excellent. 89p., illustrated, translated from the 1863 edition by Tosh. Motofuji, 13 x 19 cm., original blank dust jacket in mylar. protector, superb copy ! FIRST & ONLY LIMITED EDITION OF 300. One of the earliest first-and accounts of a Japanese castaway who eventually went to America, and became the first Japanese to become an American citizen. * Hamada Hikozo was known by Americans [actually named by Americans] as Joseph Heco [1837-1897], was adrift for 50 days in a disabled boat, and was picked up by a Spanish ship bound for Baja California. Heco eventually returned to Japan. * After returning to Japan, Hamada worked as a translator for Commodore M.C. Perry. He also later worked in the American consulate in Kobe, Japan. He went to America in 1850 and was an immediate sensation, he also met with the then President Lincoln. * A fascinating story & primary resource ! *Heco was stranded in 1850, picked up by an American whaler and taken to California, He became a naturalized citizen in 1853 and in the late 1860's came to Japan where he played and important role in American-Japanese diplomatic relations and the Westernization of Japan * BOOK DESIGNER: The book was designed by Robert Hirano, and printed at the Castle Press, Pasadena, California. * California Series XXX * EDITION: FIRST AND ONLY LIMITED EDITION OF 300 COPIES. This is a superb translation from the original Japanese into English, with excellent illustrations taken from the original edition. * See us for other works by HAMADA, Hikozo aka. Joseph HECO. *** Color scans can be sent by email. Images displayed may not always be the exact photo of the copy in stock for sale at any given time. If you want to see the exact image of the book or edition in stock today, please request this by email. . Photos of most of our books are posted to our .

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        Election Address at Woodford - carbon copy typescript with autograph corrections for his first public speech after his resignation as PM.

      Woodford: 16 May 1955 - 30 pages octavo. Carbon-copy typescript on onion skin paper with Churchill's holograph amendments to 10 pages. Punch-hole through the top left-hand corners, slight crumpling at the head of the first leaf, short split at the head of the last, some words lost at the foot because of copy slippage, very good. Churchill addresses his constituents in the run-up to the 1955 General Election, explaining that he "felt it [his] duty to resign [his] office as P.M. at a time and under conditions wh[ich] w[oul]d give whoever The Queen summoned to be my successor a fair chance of seeking a mandate f[ro]m the country. This alone w[oul]d give him the authority to confront and master the many difficult and anxious problems of our small and crowded island capable of exerting so g[rea]t an influence for peace and progress upon the mighty modern world". The Conservative Government has presided over "an undoubted and remarkable recovery. From the brink of national bankruptcy we advanced to a greater prosperity than we have known before", and Churchill "cannot believe that the electorate will wantonly or lightly reverse those policies in order to return to the discredited and discarded theory and practice of Socialism". He attacks the "two rivals for the leadership of the Socialist Party", Atlee for his suggesting, on the eve of the Big Four summit in Geneva, that the length of National Service be cut, giving "the impression to the Communist world that Britain is on the run"; and he lays into Aneurin Bevan "this voluble careerist a bad judge of foreign affairs and personalities". With reference to the summit Churchill congratulates Eden on his "good fortune" in his efforts to bring about "the policy for which I have faithfully striven". "Eisenhower's earlier rejection of the summit plan had been overcome. Britain, France and the United States would go to the meeting 'strong and united, seeking the peace of the world, the welfare of all mankind and that period of relaxed tension, disarmament, and all-round prosperity which is within our reach and may soon be within our grasp'" (Gilbert, VIII, p.1137). In conclusion he restates his credentials as a "lifelong opponent of Communism a fallacious philosophy, fatal to individual and democratic liberty ", and calls upon the electorate to grasp "the great opportunity of casting their votes in favour of the sincere effort for a friendly way of living between States great and small which has now to be made and nations all over the world are waiting on tenterhooks to see if Britain will rise to the occasion In this terrible 20th century our country has played an honourable and famous part let us make sure we do not cast away by casual or careless behaviour the reputation upon which both our influence in the world and our safety depend". Typically laid out in a stanza-like form, visually cueing Churchill's rhetorical emphases, this speech shows the great war-time leader extending his oratorical powers on behalf of his successor and into the era of the Cold War. Churchill, The Unwritten Alliance: Speeches 1953 to 1959, pp. 251-6 [Attributes: Signed Copy]

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        Airs d'opéras. Langspielplatte (Vinyl) mit eigenhändiger Widmung.

      Columbia 1955 - Die Orig.-Hülle mit kleinen Läsuren, Platte mit feinsten Kratzspuren, insgesamt gut erhalten. * Das mont. Deckelschild mit eigenhänd. Widmung "To Willy de Bruyn Maria Callas 1963". - Die Mono-Vinylschallplatte enthält Arien von Puccini (Madame Butterfly; La Bohème), Rossini (Le barbier de Séville) u. Delibes (Lakmé). Begleitet wurde La Diva vom Philharmonic Orchestra unter Stabführung von Tullio Serafin.

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        A Good Man is Hard to Find

      Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1955 A fine first edition in a very good dust jacket signed by Flannery O'Connor on the front free endpaper. Price-clipped. Housed in a custom-made collector's slipcase.. Signed by Author(s). 1st Edition. Hardcover. Fine/Very Good.

      [Bookseller: Bookbid Rare Books]
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        Fernand Leger. Ausstellungskatalog Städtisches Museum Leverkusen.

      , Leverkusen 1955 Heft Tadellos Farbig illustriertes Heft, nicht paginiert, ca. 70 Seiten (mit Werken, Gemälden, Gouachen, Zeichnungen und Keramiken), zahlreiche S/W-Abbildungen, Biographie des Künstlers, hinzugefügt eine vom Künstler entworfene doppelseitige Karte, insgesamt tadellos. --- Fernand Léger (1881-1955), französischer Maler, Bildhauer, Grafiker, Keramiker und Filmregisseur, gehörte unter anderem zu den Kubisten. --- Un mince catalogue d\'une exposition de Fernand Léger à Leverkusen (Allemagne) en 1955 accompagné d\'une carte double en couleur, excellent état, rare! 19,5 x 29,5 Cm. 0,15 Kg. +++ Stichwörter: Kubismus Katalog Ausstellungskatalog Versand D: 5,50 EUR Kubismus Katalog Ausstellungskatalog

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat Clement]
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        Entretiens avec le Professeur Y

      Gallimard 1955 - Edition originale de cette parodie d'entretiens littéraires, très à charge contre le monde de l'édition, et constituant une sorte d'Ars Poetica célinien, un des 95 exemplaires sur vélin pur fil des papeteries Lafuma-Navarre, in-12, broché, 154 pages, très bon état. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

      [Bookseller: alain marchet]
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        A Good Man is Hard to Find

      Harcourt, Brace and Company, New York 1955 - First Edition, First Printing with the words "first edition" printed on the copyright page. A beautiful copy. This ORIGINAL dustjacket is rich in color with minor wear to the edges. The book is in excellent condition. The binding is tight with NO cocking or leaning and the boards are crisp. The pages are clean with NO writing, marks or bookplates in the book. A wonderful copy in collector's condition. We buy Flannery O'Connor First Editions. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Quintessential Rare Books, LLC]
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        The Talented Mr Ripley

      New York, NY, U.S.A.: Coward-McCann Inc., 1955 New York: Coward McCann, 1955. First edition First Printing. Hardcover in black cloth with spine lettered in green. A tight, fine example, tiny bump to one tip. In the original dust jacket, price of $3.00 intact; crisp and with panels bright, light fade to the spine as usual, touch of rubbing along the front gutter fold and rear panel. A very nice example indeed of one of the high spots of 20th century suspense, Highsmith's third book and the first Mr. Ripley.

      [Bookseller: Brenner's Books - Rare & Collectable]
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        Lolita.

      Paris: Olympia Press, 1955. First. paperback. very good. 2 volumes. 12mos, printed green wrappers. Paris: Olympia Press, (1955). First Edition. First issue, with the 900 franc price on both volumes. Very good copy of this modern classic, with minimal wear to the edges and spines. Light foxing on the fore-edges and preliminary pages, not affecting text block.

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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 bizarre image, showing a sailor with his gall, entering a cave that has bats, skeletons, a raven in the shadows, and in the distance a window outside of which appears a Dali-esque landscape. Signed by Hagedon at the bottom right corner. Pencil and gouache. 15.75 x 7 inches. Near Fine.

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        Frank Sinatra on the set of "The Man with the Golden Arm" (1955)

      N.p.: N.p., 1955. Vintage oversize double weight photograph of Frank Sinatra on the set of "The Man with the Golden Arm" in the fall of 1955. Shot, struck, and mounted by the film's still photographer, Bob Willoughby. SIGNED by Willoughby on the verso, along his ASMP rubber stamp for both New York and Ireland addresses. Full provenance available. After studying with Saul Bass at the Kann Institute of Art in Los Angeles, Willoughby began working as a photographer for magazines such as "Life," "Look," and "Harper's Bazaar" in the late 1940s. It was while on assignment covering Judy Garland in a "A Star is Born" that Willoughby's ability to capture his subjects' spontaneity, humor, and vulnerability, resulting in images that were far different from more traditional film stills, came to Hollywood's attention and earned him his first "Life" magazine cover. Willoughby spent the next 20-plus years working as a set photographer for every major studio, documenting some of most important films of the era and creating intimate portraits of some of Hollywood's greatest celebrities. Technically and stylistically innovative, Willoughby built the first remote radio-controlled cameras used on film sets, pioneered the use of the "silent blimp" for 35mm cameras, and created brackets to mount his cameras directly over the movie cameras to capture the same images. Willoughby moved his family to County Cork, Ireland in 1972, working on only a handful of films through the late 1970s and early 1980s, though he would continue to photograph, exhibit, and publish books for the remainder of his life. The stills in this collection were given by Willoughby to friends in Kilbrittain, Ireland just prior to his move to Vence, France in 1989, where he would remain until his death in 2009. Perhaps more than any other photographer, Willoughby is responsible for creating the the look of mid-century celebrity and moviemaking in the popular imagination, with his images printed in magazines literally every week of his career. But beyond being prolific, Willoughby's legacy rests with his ability capture the essence of the actors he photographed, as well as the films with which those photographs were associated. As Sydney Pollack said in his introduction to Willoughby's autobiography, "Sometimes a filmmaker gets a look at a photograph taken on his own set and sees the 'soul' of his film in one still photograph. It's rare, but it happens. It happened to me in 1969, the first time I looked at the work of Bob Willoughby during the filming of "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?" Willoughby's photographs are in the permanent collections of ten museums, including The National Portrait Galleries in Washington, DC and London, the Bibliotheque Nationale de France, The Museum of Modern Art, and The Tate Modern. In a custom museum-quality frame, archivally mounted, with UV glass. 8.5 x 13.5 inches. Near Fine. Selby, p. 82.

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        Zoof?hrer (Ara)

      Hannover 1955 - 20,5 x 14 cm 40 Seiten 100 gr. [Attributes: Soft Cover]

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        Zoof?hrer (Flusspferd)

      Leipzig 1955 - 14,8 x 21 cm 112 Seiten 300 gr. guter Zustand, ein wenig abgestossen [Attributes: Soft Cover]

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        Andiamo allo Zoo (Zeichnung L÷wenkopf), 2. Aufl., mit separatem Lageplan

      Rom, Italien 1955 - 13,5 x 18,5 cm 160 Seiten 250 gr. [Attributes: Soft Cover]

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        Zoof?hrer (L÷we)

      Prag 1955 - 14,8 x 20,4 cm 32 Seiten 60 gr. [Attributes: Soft Cover]

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        Lettre tapuscrite à Breton plus questionnaire signé par Breton

      1955 - - 22 juillet 1955, 26,5x20,7cm, un feuillet. - 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'œuvre d'art ou l'œuvre poétique prononçait le mot commencement d'une manière plus initiale que ne le sont les puissances - magique, religieuse - qui l'empruntent pour se manifester ou pour agir. » A l'instar des réponses des autres correspondants de Breton, le texte de Blanchot sera publié dans L'Art magique. Très intéressante collaboration entre Maurice Blanchot et André Breton, sur le thème de la magie. [AUTOMATIC ENGLISH TRANSLATION FOLLOWS] Typescript letter template including correction addressed to Breton asking him to participate in a questionnaire. Joint questionnaire with handwriting and signature Breton. [Attributes: Signed Copy; Soft Cover]

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        The Magician's Nephew

      London: The Bodley Head, 1955. First edition. about Fine/Near Fine. A just about Fine copy of the book with bright gilt and clean, unmarred pages. Spine a trifle cocked, otherwise in excellent condition. In a bright, Near Fine dust jacket with minor wear at the crown, some foxing on the rear panel and a small blemish at the base of the front panel where the color is off. The sixth and penultimate book in the Narnia series. about Fine in Near Fine dust jacket.

      [Bookseller: Whitmore Rare Books]
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        Elizabeth: Young Policewoman

      The Bodley Head 1955 - 1955. 190 pages. No dust jacket. Blue cloth boards with black lettering. Pages remain bright with light foxing and soiling to text block edge as well as thumb prints to the endpapers. Binding is firm with light corner bumping and tanning around the edge of boards. Spine is tanned with light soiling. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: World of Rare Books]
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        Il Decamerone

      A la chance du bibliophile 1955 in 4 (36x26) due vol. rilegato in pelle con legatura in tela, dorso a 5 nervi con decorazioni e titoli in oro, 101 tav a colori. Cofanetti di cartoncino, ricoperti da carta marmorizzata sulle tonalità del verde, rosso e nero. Tiratura limitata, 3000 esemplari. Carta Fabriano. Vol.I pp.604 Vol.II pp.541 Un'ottima edizione, Illustrata accuratamente da Gino Boccasile Condizioni dell'opera: molto buone, leggeri segni dovuti al tempo sui cofanetti. Interni perfetti.

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        Memoirs: Year of Decisions and Memoirs: Years of Trial and Hope 1946-1952.

      

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        The Return of the King

      George Allen and Unwin 1955 - First Edition, First Issue binding in Red cloth with the words "First Published in 1955" printed on the copyright page. A very good dustjacket with wear to the spine and panels. The book is bound in the original publisher's red cloth with some wear to the boards. The pages are clean with minor wear and discoloration. Overall, an affordable copy of this TRUE FIRST EDITION published in London. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Quintessential Rare Books, LLC]
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