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        Far and Away the Best

      London: Geoffrey Bles, 1955. Hardcover. Very Good +/Very Good. Hardcover with dust jacket. 12mo. No edition stated. Book is in VG+ condition; edges of boards are lightly rubbed and pages are browning slightly with age. Jacket is in VG- condition; there are several tiny tears along edges, and rear cover is has a few small stains. Covers are browning, and corners are torn at tips. Illustrated by Gillian Wood. A crisp, tight copy. Not price-clipped. In protective mylar. 190 pp.

      [Bookseller: Warwick Books]
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        Frankfurter Beiträge zur Soziologie. 14 Bände (Bände 1-14): 1. Sociologica - Aufsätze, Max Horkheimer zum sechzigsten Geburtstag gewidmet / 2. Friedrich Pollock - Gruppenexperiment / 3. Betriebsklima / 4. Soziologische Exkurse / 5. Friedrich Pollock - Automation / 6. Ludwig Binswanger, Herbert Marcuse, E.H.Erikson u.a.: Freud in der Gegenwart / 7. Georges Friedmann - Grenzen der Arbeitsteilung / 8. Paul W. Massing - Vorgeschichte des Politischen Antisemitismus / 9. Werner Mangold - Gegenstand und Methode des Gruppendiskussionsverfahrens / 10. Max Horkheimer & Theodor Adorno - Sociologica II - Reden und Vorträge / 11. Alfred Schmidt - Der Begriff der Natur in der Lehre von Marx / 12. Peter von Haselberg - Funktionalismus und Irrationalität - Studien über Thorstein Veblens "Theory of the Leisure Class" / 13. Ludwg von Friedeburg - Soziologie des Betriebsklimas - Studien zur Deutung empirischer Untersuchungen in industriellen Großbetrieben / 14. Oskar Negt -

      Frankfurt: Europäische Verlagsanstalt. Alle Bände in Erstausgabe. Nur Bände 3,4 und 7 in originaler Broschur. Alle anderen Bände in originalen Leinenbänden mit den originalen Schutzumschlägen. Sehr gute Erhaltungszustände.. Frankfurt, Europäische Verlagsanstalt, 1955-1964. 8°. Alle Bände in Erstausgabe. Nur Bände 3,4 und 7 in originaler Broschur. Alle anderen Bände in originalen Leinenbänden mit den originalen Schutzumschlägen. Sehr gute Erhaltungszustände.

      [Bookseller: The Time Traveller's Bookshop]
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        The Quiet American

      London: Heinemann, 1955. First edition. Octavo, original blue cloth. Inscribed by the author to novelist Rex Warner and his wife, Barbara Rothschild, "For Rex + Barbara with love, from Graham." A few small spots to the text block, near fine in a near fine dust jacket with the lightest of shelf wear. Rex Warner was an English novelist, classicist, and translator. Writer and critic V. S. Pritchett described Warner as "the only outstanding novelist of ideas whom the decade of ideas produced." Greene and Warner, both educated at Oxford traveled in many of the same circles, and Barbara was a close friend of Catherine Walston, with whom Greene was having an affair. Rex and Barbara met at a party hosted by Greene, and Greene and Walston would often spend weekends with the couple at Barbara Rothchild's home in Tackley, England. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A wonderful association copy. Against the intrigue and violence of Vietnam during the French war with the Vietminh, Alden Pyle, an idealistic young American, is sent to promote democracy, as his friend, Fowler, a cynical foreign correspondent, looks on. Fowler's mistress, a beautiful native girl, creates a catalyst for jealousy and competition between the men, and a cultural clash resulting in bloodshed and deep misgivings. Written in 1955 prior to the Vietnam conflict, The Quiet American foreshadows the events leading up to the Vietnam conflict. The Quiet American proves "urgent, mournful and unsparing… there's not another book quite like it" (Salon). Adapted to the screen in 1958, and again in 2002 starring Michael Caine and Brendan Fraser.

      [Bookseller: Raptis Rare Books, ABAA/ ILAB]
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      Aguilar, México 1955 - Colección Obras Eternas. Recopilación, traducción, ensayo biográfico y prólogos de Consuelo Bergés. Plena piel con dorados. Efigie del autor grabada en seco en lomos. Cortes tintados en salmón. Cintas de registro. Láminas con retratos del autor. Texto a doble columna. Edición completa, en tres tomos. (Años más tarde, se editó una segunda edición en cuatro tomos de menos páginas, con el mismo contenido que esta primera edición en tres tomos). Buen estado. ANTES DE HACER EL PEDIDO, DEBE INFORMARSE ACERCA DE LOS GASTOS DE ENVÍO HACIENDO CLICK EN EL ENLACE QUE ACOMPAÑA A ESTA FICHA, YA QUE ÉSTOS VARÍAN EN FUNCIÓN DEL PESO DE LOS LIBROS, LA MODALIDAD DE ENVÍO (ORDINARIO, CERTIFICADO O MENSAJERÍA), EL DESTINO Y LA FORMA DE PAGO (TARJETA, TRANSFERENCIA O CONTRA REEMBOLSO). Size: CC + 1474 + 1664 + 1772 Pp. 18x14 Cm. 2.200 Gr. [Attributes: First Edition]

      [Bookseller: Librería Monogatari]
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        The Bride of the Innisfallen

      New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company. (1955). First. First edition, first state with single copyright date. Fine in very good dustwrapper with two scrapes on the spine. Signed by the author. Finalist for the National Book Award. Copies with the first state copyright page, as here, are very uncommon, especially signed. .

      [Bookseller: Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. ABA]
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        The Bride of the Innisfallen and Other Stories [Signed]

      NY: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1955. Hardcover. Fine/Near Fine. First Edition (so stated), second issue (denoted by the run of multiple dates [1949-1955] on the copyright page). Autographed by the author in her tiny scrawl on the title page. Publisher's mottled paper-covered boards with a green cloth spine stamped in silver, Fine; in a Near Fine pictorial dust jacket (unclipped) with light rubbing to the head and tail of the spine and to the front corners of the flap folds. Welty's important seventh book, nominated for the National Book Award.

      [Bookseller: Fine Editions Ltd]
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        Three Versions From the German

      Privately Printed. OTHER:WRAPPERS. Number 15 of 100 copies privately printed as a Christmas greeting for friends of Stephen Spender. Signed by Stephen Spender. Inscribed and signed by Stephen Spender to Roger Shattuck. Near fine copy. * Rare books make Fine Gifts. Free tracking USA. Quality, Value, Experience. . Fine. 1955.

      [Bookseller: Robinson Street Books, IOBA]
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      Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1955-06-01. Hardcover. Very Good. New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1955. 956 p. First edition. Fine hardcover in Very Good+ dust jacket. Book itself in excellent shape: sturdy binding, no inscriptions or marks, etc. Jacket presents very well, small wear spot on bottom of front panel, closed tear in top of back panel, light wear along edges, price intact ($7.50). A very neat, attractive copy of an uncommon first.

      [Bookseller: Burnside Rare Books]
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      New York: Ballantine Books,. [1955]. Octavo,. cloth.. A fine copy in nearly fine dust jacket with light wear at spine ends. and corner tips. A nice copy of a scarce book. Dust jacket art by. Richard Powers. (#102378). First edition. A science fiction novel about man's first colony on the moon. Expansion of "Earthlight," THRILLING WONDER STORIES, August 1951.

      [Bookseller: L. W. Currey, Inc.]
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        Big Bill Blue. William Broonzy's Story as told to Yannick Bruynoghe

      London: Cassell & Company Ltd.,, 1955. Octavo. Original brown cloth, title gilt to spine. With the dust jacket. Frontispiece and 8 other plates, vignette to title page, and 3 section titles with full-page illustrations from line-drawings by Paul Oliver. Light toning, else very good indeed in slightly rubbed jacket with some chipping at the head of the spine. First edition. This copy signed by Broonzy on the front free endpaper. Ghosted autobiography of the highly influential Chicago blues artist. He recorded prolifically in the 30s and 40s, and in the 50s became part of the folk revival, touring extensively in America and in Europe. An uncommon book, and an extremely uncommon signature.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        BRAIN WAVE

      Melbourne, London, Toronto: William Heinemann Ltd.,. [1955]. Octavo,. boards.. Bookstore ink stamp on front free endpaper, some mild foxing to. preliminaries and edges of the text block, a near fine copy in near. fine dust jacket with touch of rubbing to corners and fingernail-. sized chip from upper spine end at rear spine fold. A nice copy of a. book difficult to locate in decent condition. (#127320). First British (and first hardcover) edition. "BRAIN WAVE, perhaps his most famous single novel, remains very nearly his finest. Its premise is simple: for millions of years the part of the galaxy containing our solar system has been moving through a vast force field whose effect has been to inhibit "certain electromagnetic and electrochemical processes", and thus certain neuronic functions; it is a concept Vernor Vinge would exploit and expand in his A FIRE UPON THE DEEP (1992). When Earth escapes the inhibiting field, synapse-speed immediately increases, causing a rise in intelligence; after the book has traced various absorbing consequences of this transformation, a transfigured humanity reaches for the stars, leaving behind (it is a conclusion evocative of Clifford D Simak at his best) former mental defectives and bright animals to inherit the planet." - John Clute, SFE (online). Anatomy of Wonder (2004) II-22. Survey of Science Fiction Literature I, pp. 242-6.

      [Bookseller: L. W. Currey, Inc.]
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        The Unity of Knowledge

      New York: Doubleday and Company, Inc.. Very good + condition with only minor signs of wear. From the library of logician Willard Van Orman Quine. Signed by Quine on the endpaper. With several annotations, corrections and markings by Quine in his own essay in this publication "The Scope and Language of Science".. New York, Doubleday and Company, Inc., 1955. 23.8cm x 16.2cm. xiv, 306 pages. Original Hardcover with original dustjacket. In protective Mylar. Very good + condition with only minor signs of wear. From the library of logician Willard Van Orman Quine. Signed by Quine on the endpaper. With several annotations, corrections and markings by Quine in his own essay in this publication "The Scope and Language of Science". Includes for Example: Knowledge, Law and Virtue- Felice Battaglia/ Knowledge as Unity- Hermann Weyl/ Roads to Knowledge- Sir Richard Livingstone/ Theology and the Unity of Knowledge- Etienne Gilson/ Science and the Unity of Knowledge- Niels Bohr/ The World to be Unified- John Herman Randall, Jr./ Man's Place and Role in Nature- Julian Huxley/ Psychology and the Knowledge of Man- Gardner Murphy/ Integration of the Knowledge of Man- Alfred L. Kroeber/ Summary of Discussion- Robert K. Merton/ Method in the Physical Sciences- John von Neumann/ Knowledge and its Methods in the Social Sciences- Frank H. Knight/ Art as Knowledge- Harry Levin/ Summary of Discussion- Albert Hofstadt/ The Language of Poetry- Archibald MacLeish/ The Scope and Language of Science- Willard Van Orman Quine/ The Language of Religion- Robert L. Calhoun/ Summary of Discussion- Frederick Dupee/ The Communication of Knowledge- Detlev W. Bronk/ Knowledge and the Image of Man- Robert Penn Warren/ Man's Right to Knowledge- Charles H. Malik etc.

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        Les sorcières de Salem Pièce en 4 actes, adaptée par Marcel Aymé

      Paris, Bernard Grasset 1955 - Livre épuisé 18,6 x 12 cm, broché, couverture illustrée, 251 pp. Condition : Rare édition originale, l'un des 23 ex. num. imprimés sur vélin pur fil (premier papier). Adaptation de Marcel Aymé. Très bon état. 256g. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

      [Bookseller: Librairie Faustroll]
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        Alt St.Gallen um 1642. 10 Orig.-Lithographien nach dem Modell von Sal. Schlatter im Historischen Museum St.Gallen.

      - (St.Gallen), Privatdruck o.J. (um 1955). 11 statt 10 Orig.-Lithographien, davon 7 mehrfarbig, 3 zweifarbig, 1 schwarz/weiss. In Orig.-Halbleinenmappe mit Buntpapierbezug, handschr., mont. Titelschild in Rot u. Schwarz auf Bütten. Alle Blätter unter Passepartouts vom Künstler handschriftlich in Bleistift betitelt und signiert. Der Mappeninnendeckel in Tinte kalligr. betitelt und signiert. - Die Blätter im Stein von 1943-1954 datiert im Einzelnen: Brühltor um 1642, Brühltor um 1640, Speisertor, Marktplatz + Irer-Tor, Kloster, Gallus-Platz, Platztor + Goliathgasse, Multertor, Schibenertor + Münz, Katharinenkloster, - Ecken der Mappe etwas berieben, sonst schön erhalten. - Sehr selten. Im Internet nicht existent. [Attributes: Signed Copy]

      [Bookseller: Gerhard Zähringer, Antiquariat & Galerie]
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        ARTE LOMBARDA A cura di P. D'Ancona. Rivista di Storia dell'Arte.

      Milano, La Rete, 1955-1989. In-4, bross. o mz. tela o cartonato editoriale. Di questa importante rivista semestrale illustrata, (con annate di 1 o 2 voll.), offriamo una raccolta completa di 35 annate, dal 1955 (Anno I) al 1989 (nn. 90/91). Sono incluse nella collezione 6 "monografie" e precisamente: "Carlo Giuseppe Merlo architetto" di Gatti Perer - "La chiesa e il convento di S. Ambrogio della Vittoria a Parabiago" di Gatti Perer - "Studi e ricerche nel territorio della Provincia di Milano. 50 monumenti restaurati.." - "Il Duomo di Milano" di Gatti Perer (2 voll.) - "Civiltà Neoclassica nell'attuale territorio della provincia di Como" (nn. 55/56/57 della rivista) - "Como e la basilica di San Fedele nella storia del Medioevo?" di G. Rocchi. Esemplare ben conservato.

      [Bookseller: Libreria Malavasi sas]
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      Ballantine Books [1955], New York - Octavo, illustrations by Joe Mugnaini, original red cloth, lettered in black. Currey binding 'B', second state-BB logo printed corrected at base of spine. This title reprints the contents of Dark Carnival, most with revisions and includes four stories collected for the first time. See Barron: Horror Literature 3-34. Bleiler: The Guide to Supernatural Fiction #259. A just about fine copy, touch of rubbing to cloth at spine ends in a very good dust jacket, white background of dust jacket shows some moderate dust soiling, otherwise front panel nice and bright, spine panel title lettering color faded as usual but still quite readable, light shelf wear to spine ends. (10304) [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: John W. Knott, Jr, Bookseller, ABAA/ILAB]
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        The Complete Short Stories of W Somerset Maugham volume III

      William Heinemann, 1955, Hardcover, Book Condition: Poor, Reprint, Signed by Author in Associated Letter550 g; VIII, 1049 -- 1576 pages, in original hardcover binding. The book is in lousy condition. However attached to the front end page is an airmail envelope addressed to a Victorian (Australian) with the stamps cancelled on 16th of June 1961 at Beaulieu Sur Mer ALPES-M , containing a letter dated the day prior of 10 lines, signed in ink by WS Maugham. The letter reads 15th June, 1961. Dear Mr. Guest,I am having to make a guess at your sex because he gave no clue. Thank you for your charming letter and all the nice things you say. It was extremely kind of you to write to me; I was touched and much pleased. I am so glad you like Salvatore -- I liked him to. -- I liked him to. Yours sincerely, WS Maugham A digital image can be provided to confirm authenticity Size: 8vo - over 7?" - 9?" tall. Please refer to the accompanying picture(s) Quantity Available: 1. Category: Fiction; Short Stories; Signed by Author in Associated Letter. Inventory No: 0225072.

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        A Good Man Is Hard to Find

      New York: Harcourt, Brace & Company. (1955). First. First edition, first issue. Very slightly cocked, and a little rubbed, near fine in near very good first issue dustwrapper with only modest fading to the red portion of the spine, a couple of small chips, and dampstains on the rear panel. The author's masterpiece, her second book and first of short stories. A breathtaking collection of horror tales that probe the darkest heart of the South through the use of traditional "Southern Gothic" writing mixed with a nightmare vision seemingly derivative of German expressionism. A nice, presentable copy. .

      [Bookseller: Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. ABA]
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        Portrait Photograph of Robert Duncan

      - Color photograph of a youthful Robert Duncan. Measuring 8.5" x 11", image size 7.5" x 7.5". Fine. Signed, captioned, and dated 1955 (but printed later) by Williams on the verso. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy]

      [Bookseller: Between the Covers-Rare Books, Inc. ABAA]
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      NY: Ballantine 1955 - Hardbound issue, tan cloth lightly discolored, small marginal tear and crease to free endpaper (binding flaw not abuse as the fixed endpaper has similar flaw) VG in a nice example of the attractive Richard Powers designed dust jacket. DJ with bit of edgewear, several tiny chips, partial split along flap fold, retains original $2.00 price. Very elusive in hard cover. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Nicholas J. Certo]
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        The Flower Show - Little Brown Mouse Book #10 (Ten)

      U.K. Heinemann 1955. 65 pages. Signed, inscribed and dated 1955 by Alison Uttley atop half-title page. Minor soiling to contents. Partial lean to spine. Moderate external wear and soiling to unmarked book. Average wear to mylar protected dust jacket with chips near foot of spine. A wonderful treasure for fans of this beloved British children's author. Signed First Edition Fair Hardcover 12mo - over 6?" - 7?" tall; First Edition. Good Wigglesworth, Katherine

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        Memoirs By Harry S Truman 2 Vol Set Years of Decisions &Year of Trial and Hope 1946-1952 (Signed by President Truman)

      Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company,inc. Very Good in Very Good dust jacket. 1955. First Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. Volume 1 inscribed "To E-- E---, from Harry Truman with kind regards, Jan 27, 1956". Vol 2 of set is not signed. Book is clean and tight. Dust on Vol 1 has minor soiling and small tear at bottom edge. Volume 1 is dated 1955 and is the Kansas City Edition with limited printing and dust is not price cut. Red endpapers with map of Kansas. Vol 2 is a stated first edition dated 1956 and dust is not price cut. It is also clean and tight. Both volumes have brodart covers on dust. In these invaluable accounts, President Truman provides extraordinary insight into events and decisions that have shaped the world we live in. The momentous year, 1945, witnessed the accession of a new president in wartime, the first use of atomic weaponry, the end of the war with Japan and the founding of United Nations. Engaging and informal, Truman's Memoirs display the sterling character of a man who, thrust into a job he neither sought nor wanted, proved to be one of the ablest men ever to hold the office of the presidency. Rare.; 8.70 X 5.90 X 3.60 inches; Signed by Author .

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        Harold and the Purple Crayon

      Harper & Brothers 1955 - First Edition, First Printing. A beautiful copy. This First Issue dustjacket has the "30-60" and "No. 5671A" printed at the bottom of the front flap, with $1.50 printed price present. Second issue dustjackets have the "30-60" but lack the additional "No. 5671A" code. This ORIGINAL dustjacket is rich in color with NO chips or tears with minor repair. The book is in great shape. The binding is tight with NO cocking or leaning and the boards are crisp with minor wear to the spine. The pages are clean with NO writing, marks or bookplates in the book. Overall, a wonderful copy of this TRUE FIRST EDITION in collector's condition. We buy Crockett Johnson First Editions. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Quintessential Rare Books, LLC]
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        Half-length portrait of James Baldwin, seated, in profile

      New York, sept 23, 1955. (BALDWIN, JAMES) 9-7/8 x 6-5/8 inches. Gelatin silver print. Embossed stamp lower front, atelier stamped on verso: "Photograph by Carl Van Vechten | 146 Central Park West | Cannot be reproduced without permission", and docketed by Van Vechten in pencil, documenting the subject of the photograph ("James Baldwin"), the date, and the number of the negative ("XV-NN-3") . Fine portrait, taken in the year Baldwin published NOTES OF A NATIVE SON

      [Bookseller: James Cummins Bookseller]
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        Portrait Photograph of John Birks ('Dizzy') Gillespie

      New York, dec 2, 1955. (GILLESPIE, DIZZY) 33.2 x 23.5 cm. (13 x 9-1/4 inches). Perched on a stool holding his horn and glasses, glancing back over his shoulder. Gelatin silver print. With the photographer's atelier stamp on verso, and with holograph notes giving subject of the photo date, and printer reference ("I - OO - 20"). Framed . Provenance: The estate of Saul Mauriber, Van Vechten's assistant and executor of Van Vechten's photography estate and the compiler of PORTRAITS: THE PHOTOGRAPHY OF CARL VAN VECHTEN(1978)

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        Carnet d'une invertie

      Sans nom d'éditeur [Eric Losfeld] 1955 - In-8 (19x14) broché, 93pp. 1ff., couverture imprimée en noir et rouge. Edition originale d’un roman pornographique clandestin, publié au milieu des années 50 par Eric Losfeld, sous un dépôt légal et une date fantaisistes (1949). Il est mentionné un (faux) tirage de 100 exemplaires numérotés, mais aucun exemplaire n’a été numéroté (cf Dutel, 1151). Dutel ne mentionne aucune attribution à ce texte exceptionnel de la pornographie clandestine, sommet de perversité macabre. Il est cependant notoire que Nicole Autrain fut le pseudonyme de Nicole Vedrès (1911-1965), journaliste au Mercure de France, essayiste et réalisatrice de documentaires, romancière publiée par Gallimard, traductrice de James Joyce, proche de l’avant-garde surréaliste. L’ouvrage, une première fois condamné pour outrage aux bonnes mœurs le 20 avril 1956, tranche à la fois par la qualité de l’écriture et par son contenu, confession d’une lesbienne aux passions sans limites et sans morale. Rarement un roman clandestin n’aura été aussi loin et avec autant de talent. La narratrice brutalise ses amantes et se dit dotée d’une « passion linguistique » : « J’aime lécher la vulve de mes amantes et mon seul regret est de n’avoir pas une langue assez puissante pour pénétrer profondément entre ces lèvres inférieures et arriver jusqu’aux reins. Je me suis même fréquemment demandé si je ne jouissais pas plus par ma langue que par mon sexe » ; Paula l’hommasse, qui rabat pour son compte, lui a même confectionné une sorte de « prolonge-langue », afin de multiplier le « pouvoir sadique des caresses papillaires ». Elle n’hésite pas à tuer ses partenaires : réduisant l’une d’elles en cendres qu’elle introduit ensuite dans son vagin, « en guise d’urne funéraire, comme l’on enfonce du tabac dans une blague », ou encore amputant et jouissant des moignons sanguinolents. Elle pratique le fist-fucking, acte rarissime dans les romans clandestins. Dans un passage ahurissant, elle conjugue coprophilie, inceste, nécrophilie et urolagnie Elle justifie le meurtre par son goût du dépucelage : « Le dépucelage est une action merveilleuse dont je rêve. Mais par les temps qui courent je ne puis – tant s’en faut – m’y livrer quotidiennement étant donné que l’on rencontre de moins en moins de vierges. J’en suis donc réduite à me contenter d’éprouver un profond amour pour le sang sexuel. Je me penchai donc sur les deux cadavres et je suçai à tour de rôle leur ventre et leur bassin transformés en véritables fontaines artésiennes de jus carminé. » Elle raffole des crachats sur son corps, des déjections nasales, du vomi, car elle considère l’amour « comme une des formes les plus significatives de la déchéance ». Le titre du livre trouve son explication dans l’ultime et délirant chapitre. Ce roman court est porté par une imagination érotique frénétique, une recherche constante de la transgression, traversé par folie parfois surréaliste. Le propriétaire de cet exemplaire, grand lecteur de curiosa achetés à parution, avait l’habitude de noter en première page les lieux et dates de début et fin de sa lecture : ainsi deux notes manuscrites permettent de situer la parution du livre vers juillet 1955. Plats un peu jaunis, petite marque de pliure à un angle du premier plat. BON EXEMPLAIRE, TEXTE CLANDESTIN EXCEPTIONNEL. (c) [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

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        The Americans

      New York: Grove Press. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Fine/Very Good. FIRST AMERICAN EDITION OF FRANK'S MASTERPIECE, possibly the most influential of all American photobooks. With introduction by Jack Kerouac. In 1955, Frank "was at work on a project supported but the Guggenheim Foundation that was to present a radically different vision of America and the world… Frank's photographs--taken during travels across the United States in 1955 and 1956--would arguably become the most influential achievement of the entire postwar period in terms of their impact on photographers, artists, and writers. "Frank's book was called, simply, The Americans. It was first published in France in 1958 and then in America in 1959 with a preface by Frank's friend, writer Jack Kerouac. Frank depicted America as a society with a deep-rooted sense of psychological isolation, what sociologist David Riesman called 'the lonely crowd.' America for Frank was a melancholy, even bleak or frightening place marred by racial and class divisions and enlivened only occasionally by a glimpse of lyrical sadness or joy. Frank's photographs, shot in black and white with a 35mm camera, seemed deliberately casual. The lighting and composition of the images were highly unconventional compared to most photojournalism or fine art photography at the time. Frank was after something more personal, more immediate and spontaneous" (Goldberg and Silberman, American Photography). "Even the design of the text was somewhat revolutionary. Reflecting Walker Evans's book American Photography, Frank's book was sparse and the photographs were only printed on the right-hand side of the pages. The left-hand side was blank except for the page numbers. Thus, from Frank we get a vision of a foreigner's response to his adopted country that is a kind of 'anguished visual poetry rather than graphic art.' Jack Kerouac… wrote in the introduction to the book 'he sucked a sad poem right out of America onto film, taking rank among the tragic poets of the world'" (Encyclopedia of Twentieth-century Photography). New York: Grove Press, 1959. Oblong quarto, original black cloth, original dust jacket. Book fine, dust jacket with a little toning (as usual), a few tiny spots of foxing, and a little edgewear including a chip to the front panel. An exceptionally good copy of a book that is notoriously difficult to fine in collectible condition.

      [Bookseller: The Manhattan Rare Book Company]
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        Persian Gulf Pilot Comprising the Persian Gulf and its approaches, from Ras al Hadd, in the South-West, to Cape Monze, in the East

      Hydrographic Department, Admiralty. Hardcover. Tenth edition, 1955. Moderate wear to blue boards, corners bumped, faded spine, content clean and sharp, previous owner's personal label to first page and initials, solidly bound, no DJ . Good. 1955.

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        The Lord of the Rings The Fellowship of the Ring The Two Towers The Return of the King

      UK: George Allen & Unwin, 1955. 1st Edition . Hardcover. Near Fine/Near Fine. The Lord of the Rings First Editions JRR Tolkien Fellowship of the Ring The Two Towers The Return of the King Allen & Unwin. 5, 4 & 2. 1956, 1956 & 1955. The Fellowship of the Ring: First edition, fifth impression published by George Allen & Unwin 1956. No inscriptions, covers in original dust jacket, VG+ and not price clipped. The Two Towers: First edition, fourth impression, 1956. No inscriptions, a fine copy in original dust jacket, fine and not price clipped. The Return of the King: First edition, second impression. No inscriptions, covers fine in original and correct second impression dust jacket, also fine and not price clipped.

      [Bookseller: Brought to Book Ltd]
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        Vascular Plants of the Pacific Northwest: First Edition - Complete in Five Volumes

      University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 1955, Hardcover, Book Condition: Very Good, First Edition, Illustrated By: Rumely, John H.; Janish, Jeanne R.Size: 4to - over 9?" - 12" tall, Uniform and handsome in beige cloth. Volume 5 printed in 1955, Volume 4 in 1959, Volume 3 in 1961, Volume 2 in 1964 and Volume 1 in 1969. Umarked with light wear and sound bindings. An excellent first edition example of this magnificent work. Please note: Very heavy. Special shipping considerations may apply..

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      Ballantine Books [1955], New York - Octavo, Illustrated by Joe Mugnaini, original red cloth, lettered in black. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper. Currey binding 'B', second state, logo not inverted at base of spine. This title reprints the contents of Dark Carnival, most with revisions and it also includes four stories collected here for the first time. See Barron: Horror Literature 3-34. Bleiler: The Guide to Supernatural Fiction #259. A near fine copy, corners a little soft in a near fine dust jacket, some mild dust soiling to white background of jacket, touch of color fade to spine lettering. (12264) [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: John W. Knott, Jr, Bookseller, ABAA/ILAB]
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        Portrait Photograph of Diahann Carroll in "House of Flowers"

      New York, march 14, 1955. (CARROLL, DIAHANN) 33.2 x 22.3 cm (12-3/4 x 9-1/4 inches). Gelatin silver print. Half-length portrait of the actress as "Ottilie", in white gown, glancing over her left shoulder, hands on hips. Fine. Atelier-stamped on verso, and docketed by Van Vechten recording the subject of the photograph, the date, and the number of the negative ("") . Series taken during Diahann Carroll's stunning Broadway debut as "Ottilie alias Violet", in the Harold Arlen/Truman Capote musical HOUSE OF FLOWERS, which ran from Dec. 20, 1954 through May 21, 1955. Carroll was 20 years old at the time

      [Bookseller: James Cummins Bookseller]
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        On Beyond Zebra

      New York: Random House,, 1955. Quarto. Publisher's pictorial paper boards, pictorial endpapers, complete with dust wrapper. Illustrated throughout the text by Dr. Seus. An excellent copy, a very tidy gift inscription to front free endpaper, in the dust jacket with just a hint of wear to ends of spine and corners. First edition, first printing. An alphabet book which picks up after the letter Z.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        Views and Monuments of Palestine Drawings by Eugene Klimoff

      Canada: [no publisher. no date - circa 1955]. First. First edition. 23cm. 18 loose half-tone prints of sketches from the Holy Land laid into a printed portfolio as issued. Slight age-toning, one corner bumped, near fine; the loose prints are fine. Signed by the artist in Russian with a handwritten limitation of 200 sets. Klimoff was a Latvian-born Russian artist who immigrated to Canada in 1949. Rare. OCLC locates no copies. .

      [Bookseller: Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. ABA]
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        Charlotte and the White Horse - SIGNED

      Harper & Brothers, NY, 1955, Hard, Book Condition: Fine, Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good, 1st, Signed by Illustrator, Illustrated By: Sendak, MauriceSize: 12mo, SIGNED first edition. Hard cover in original cloth and dust jacket. Published NY: Harper & Brothers, 1955, first printing. [Hanrahan A18]. 12mo., 5 3/8" x 6 3/4", unpaginated 24pp., color illustrations by Maurice Sendak. Sendak's first all-color illustrated book. Black cloth and pictorial paper covered boards, floral design decorative endpapers in color. Inscribed by Sendak to photographer Sing-Si Schwartz on half title: "Jul 70' , For Sing-Si, hello: Maurice Sendak" Laid in is a 1955 publication notice of the book in "The Villager", Greenwich Village, NY, Dec 15, 1955 featuring a photo of Sendak holding a dog. Three 4" x 6" duotone prints of Sendaks illustrations for the book laid in. Book is fine with no wear, dust jacket very good, $2 price on flap, mild age toning, darkening fade along the spine with a small chip off the crown, hairline split along dj spine with internal repair, inner front flap has offsetting from newspaper clipping. Three laid in prints fine. Uncommon signed.

      [Bookseller: The Wild Muse]
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        Rainy Night

      Chicago, 1955. unbound. very good. View. Uncolored etching. Signed. From edition of 100. Image measures 7.25" x 10.75". Beautiful night city scene in Chicago. James Swann (1905-1985) was born in Texas. He moved to Chicago in 1933 where he became a member of the Chicago Society of Etchers.

      [Bookseller: Argosy Book Store]
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        Eigenh. Musikmanuskript mit U.

      O. O., 1955.. 2 SS. Hochformat. Folio (315:250 mm). 16zeilig. Bleistift und roter Kugelschreiber. Kleinerer Randschaden.. Skizzenblatt "Elegie pour orchestre". - Mit eh. Streichungen und Zusätzen; die Signatur am Kopf nachträglich.

      [Bookseller: Kotte Autographs GmbH]
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      Houghton Mifflin 1955 - THE TWO TOWERS, Houghton Mifflin, 1955, first American edition, fine in near fine dust-wrapper. 1/1,000 copies, making this the stopper for most of those putting together a nice set of the first American edition (from the British sheets) of this modern day classic. [Attributes: First Edition]

      [Bookseller: THE FINE BOOKS COMPANY / A.B.A.A / 1979]
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        Wise Blood

      Neville Spearman, London, 1955, Hardcover, Book Condition: Near Fine, Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine, First English Edition.Near fine in a like unclipped dust jacket. Front endpaper with a small area of erasure evidence, else near fine.. Jacket with just a bit of soiling and slight spine fading, else near fine with no chips, tears or rubbing. Limited foxing to both flaps.Enclosed in a custom clamshell box with leather spine, gilt titling.A very nice copy in a handsome case from the library of noted collector Larry Owens, Book

      [Bookseller: James Graham, Bookseller]
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