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        Furniture Making In Seventeenth And Eighteenth Century England An Outline for Collectors

      London: The Connoisseur, 1955. First edition. Hardcover. Orig. three quarter vellum and blue cloth with spine label printed in gilt. Teg. Fine in very good, spotted slipcase./No Dust Jacket. 238 pages. Folio, 36 x 25 cm. Limited edition, copy 11 of 100 specially bound copies by Edward Hiscox of London, and signed by the author in blue ink. List of Subscribers. 363 black and white illustrations, some full page color plates. Notes on the text figures. Covers cabinet and chair makers, carvers and gilders, and clocks. Exceptionally clean internally.

      [Bookseller: Royoung bookseller, Inc.]
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        Portrait des deutschen Mathematiker Robert Sauer.

      o. J. (ev. um 1955-1960).. Mischtechnik aus Pastell- und Temperamalerei. Format der Abbildung ca. 65x47 cm, hinter hochwertigem, stoffbezogenen Passepartout und hinter Glas gerahmt, der Rahmen ca. 80x64 cm.. Mit handschriftlicher Signatur von Hans Jürgen Kallmann (1908-1991) unten rechts. Er wuchs in Halle (Saale) auf und verbrachte die Anfangsjahre als Künstler von 1930 bis 1944 in Berlin. 1937 wurde er als "entarteter Künstler" diffamiert und mit Ausstellungsverbot belegt. Ein Teil seiner Werke wurde konfisziert und bei der Gemäldeverbrennung am 20. März 1939 im Hof der Berliner Feuerwache vernichtet. Ab Mitte der fünfziger Jahre wurde Kallmann als Bildnismaler bekannt durch seine psychologisch einfühlsamen Porträts namhafter Persönlichkeiten aus Kultur, Wissenschaft und Politik, wie zum Beispiel Konrad Adenauer, Theodor Heuß, Johannes XXIII., Mao oder Bertolt Brecht. Kallmanns bevorzugte Maltechniken waren Ölmalerei und eine ungewöhnliche Mischtechnik aus Pastell- und Temperamalerei, deren Rezept er stets geheim hielt. Unser Bild zeigt ein Portrait des deutschen Robert Max Friedrich Sauer (1898 in Pommersfelden - 1970 in München). Von 1954 bis 1956 war er Rektor der Technischen Hochschule München und von 1964 bis 1970 Präsident der Bayerischen Akademie der Wissenschaften. - Mit einigen vereinzelten Stockflecken, sonst gut erhalten.

      [Bookseller: Versandantiquariat Riepenhausen]
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        FAR AND AWAY: ELEVEN FANTASY AND SCIENCE FICTION STORIES

      Ballantine Books [1955], New York - Octavo, jacket illustration by Richard Powers, cloth. Collects eleven fantasy and SF stories. Anatomy of Wonder (1995) 3-24. Text block age-darkened (as usual), a fine copy in a nearly fine dust jacket with a small closed tear to upper front panel and mild rubbing to head of spine panel and a small nick to upper left front panel. No fading to spine panel of jacket, an above average copy of a very elusive book. (15106) [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: John W. Knott, Jr, Bookseller, ABAA/ILAB]
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        Sunshine and Shadow Variation III

      ca. 1955. Color monoprint. Signed, numbered 1/1 and titled in pencil. 22 x 30 inches.

      [Bookseller: Alan Wofsy Fine Arts]
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        The Journals of Captain James Cook on his Voyages of Discovery .Vol 1 Voyage of the Endeavour 1768-1771 Vol II Voyage of the Resolution and th e Adventure 1772-1775 Vol III(two parts) Voyage of the Resolution and th e Discovery 1776-1780 Edited

      Hakluyt Society,University Press, 1955-1967, Cambridge - 1955-1967. First editions. Edited by J.C. Beaglehole. Thick 8vo & 4to, 3 Vols in 4 parts, plus Atlas (Portfolio of Charts and views) in very good d/w, A good set. Scarce. Size: 8vo & 4to [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Anah Dunsheath Rare Books ABA ANZAAB]
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        Rudolph, Wilhelm. - "Pferd an der Elbe".

      . Holzschnitt, auf Büttenpapier, um 1955. Von Wilhelm Rudolph. 52,0 x 78,0 cm (Darstellung) / 58 x 80 cm (Blatt). Rechts unter der Darstellung in Bleistift signiert. Links bezeichnet: "Handdruck". - Eigenhändiger Abzug bzw. Abrieb des Künstlers. - Dieses Blatt aufgeführt in der Monografie der Galerie Döbele (Wilhelm Rudolph. 1889-1982. Aquarelle Zeichnungen Holzschnitte vor und nach 1945. Ravensburg 1988, S. 53, Abb. 102). - Hauptwerk des Künstlers. - Blattrand etwas wellig und minimal angecshmutzt. Verso Reste einer ehemaligen Montierung. Insgesamt ein gut erhaltenes Blatt. Wilhelm Rudolph (1889 Chemnitz - 1982 Dresden). Dresdner Maler und Grafiker. 1906-08 Lithografenlehre. 1908-14 Studium an der Akademie der Künste in Dresden bei Robert Sterl, Meisterschüler von Carl Bantzer. 1914-18 Soldat im Ersten Weltkrieg. Ab 1920 freischaffend in Dresden tätig. Mitglied der "Künstlervereinigung Dresden". 1932 Aufnahme der Lehrtätigkeit an der Dresdner Akademie der Künste, 1935 Professur. 1938 Entlassung und Ausstellungsverbot. 1945 Verlust des fast gesamten künstlerischen Werks durch die Bombenangriffe auf Dresden. 1946-49 erneute Lehrtätigkeit an der HfBK Dresden. 1961 Nationalpreis der DDR, Martin-Andersen-Nexö-Preis der Stadt Dresden, Kunstpreis des FDGB. 1979 Ehrenbürger der Stadt Dresden. 1980 Nationalpreis der DDR..

      [Bookseller: Galerie Himmel]
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        Original Pastels - Tibet Hill People

      Tibet, 1955. Tibet, circa 1955-60. Set of six (6) original pastel portraits a of Tibetan natives, by world renowned artist Goray Douglas, with signature. Each is individually framed behind glass. Images measure approximately 32.5 x 25cm. Gold colour frames measure approximately 40 x 50 cm. Very Good Condition, exceptionally well rendered pastel paintings on grey paper laid to a wide margin mounts. These are not reprints. These are SIX RARE ORIGINAL PAINTINGS by Douglas Goray. This set includes six very distinct and striking real personalities from the artist's "Faces of the Hills" collection, an immense work in which he portrayed 350 individual Tibetan and Burmese subjects with exquisite likeness. Douglas is a noted Darjeeling artist, a master of portraiture, revered for his documentation of native peoples.. Very Good.

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        The Good Shepherd.

      . 1st edition. Boston, Toronto 1955. (4) + 310 pp. Publisher's cloth with dustjacket. * Dustjacket with smaller tears..

      [Bookseller: Peter Grosell, Antiquarian Bookseller]
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        OPERE COMPLETE. A cura di Bruno Rossi Ragazzi, Federico Caffè e Francesco Sirugo, sotto gli auspici dell'Associazione Bancaria Italiana e della Banca d'Italia. 1955-1976.

      Istituto Grafico Tiberino, Roma - Opera completa in dieci volumi. Cm.25x17. Tiratura limitata di 1500 copie. Ritratto dell'Autore all'antiporta del primo volume. Alcuni marginali appunti a matita. Piano dell'Opera: Vol.I: "Scritti di statistica" (pg.XXXVI, 532); Voll.II-V: "Prefazioni alla Biblioteca dell'Economista" (pg.2152 complessive); Voll.VI-VIII: "Articoli su giornali e scritti politici, 1844-1891" (pg.2192 complessive); Vol.IX: "Discorsi e documenti parlamentari, 1867-1875" (pg.XII, 508); Vol.X: "Saggi, rassegne, memorie economiche e finanziarie" (pg.X, 954). "Nato a Palermo il 7 dicembre 1810, Francesco Ferrara ebbe una formazione da giovane aristocratico. Studiò dai padri gesuiti e intraprese il corso di laurea in medicina che poi abbandonò per dedicarsi agli studi economici e sociali. Nel 1833 entrò alla direzione centrale di statistica di Palermo e nel 1836 fondò il «Giornale di Statistica». Nel 1844 divenne segretario della Camera di commercio di Palermo e diede vita al «Giornale di Commercio». Nello stesso anno avanzò la sua candidatura al concorso per la cattedra di economia politica all'Università di Palermo, ma poi si ritirò a favore dell'amico Raffaele Busacca. Per la sua attività antiborbonica fu arrestato nel gennaio 1848, e liberato dal popolo palermitano quando la rivoluzione era ormai vittoriosa. Entrato a far parte del comitato rivoluzionario partecipò alla commissione che doveva preparare l'atto di convocazione del parlamento di Sicilia e venne eletto deputato alla Camera, sostenendo un programma costituzionalista e federalista. Prese parte alla commissione diplomatica inviata a Torino per offrire al duca di Genova la corona siciliana. A Torino, una volta soffocata la rivoluzione siciliana, si trasferì in esilio. Qui ottenne nel 1848 la cattedra di economia politica e collaborò a vari giornali: «Il Risorgimento» di Cavour, «La croce di Savoia», «Il Parlamento», «L'Economista». Sempre a Torino curò la pubblicazione delle prime due serie della Biblioteca dell'Economista che uscì per i tipi della casa editrice Pomba. Nel 1858, per motivi disciplinari, fu costretto ad abbandonare la cattedra torinese e si trasferì all'università di Pisa. Rientrato in Sicilia dopo l'impresa dei Mille, si battè per l'autonomia siciliana e prese parte ai lavori del Consiglio straordinario di Stato per la Sicilia. Nel 1861 tentò di farsi eleggere deputato al Parlamento italiano ma senza successo. Avvicinatosi a Quintino Sella ottenne la nomina a direttore delle imposte e a consigliere della Corte dei Conti. Nel 1868 fondò a Firenze la Società di Economia Politica e nel 1874 la società Adamo Smith. Nel 1868 fu nominato direttore della nuova Scuola Superiore di Commercio di Venezia. Riprese la pubblicazione dell'«Economista», organo della società Adamo Smith. Nel 1867 fu nominato ministro delle finanze del governo Rattazzi battendosi per la vendita dei beni ecclesiastici e l'abolizione del corso forzoso. Si dimise dopo pochi mesi, partecipando intensamente, spesso tra i banchi dell'opposizione, all'attività parlamentare. Fu nominato Senatore del Regno nel 1881. Morì a Venezia nel 1900" (R.Marchionatti dal sito torinoscienza). 10250 gr.

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        The Lord of the Rings, 1st US Edition, Early Impressions with Dusjtackets

      Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1955. First Edition. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Very Good Plus. J.R.R. Tolkien. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien. Published by Houghton Mifflin, 1955/1955/1956 1st Editions, 2nd imp./2nd imp./1st Impression respectively. A beautiful set of first editions of this classic of fantasy literature. The set is housed in a custom leather slipcase to show and protect this beautiful set. The set is all original cloth with the correct original dustjackets. The Fellowship of the Ring corresponds to the 3rd impression of the UK 1st Edition, but is the 2nd US impression, as Houghton Mifflin did not order any of the 2nd UK impressions. The Near Fine dustjacket of the Fellowship has clean bright colors with almost no wear or rubbing. The rear panel has some light soiling to the white areas, but not loss to any edges or folds. The Two Towers Very Good Plus dustjacket exhibits all the correct issue points for this early copy, including the "stripe, gap and cufflink" points. There is only minor rubbing at the spine fold areas with minor loss or chips, beautiful bright colors, a tiny bit of tanning to the spine, hardly noticeable. The Fellowship dustjacket has the photo of Tolkien in a 'V' on the rear panel, is not priced, and has the 'w' nicked on the front flap, line 11. The Return of the King dustjacket is price clipped and so is lacking the oversized '5' in the price with double uprights, the correct issue point for a true 1st Impression. The Very Good Plus dustjacket on The Return of the King shows some rubbing and minor loss at the spine tips and along the flap fold with minor loss to the tips. The books are tight and clean without inscriptions or writing, no foxing or offsetting noted. The Fellowship does have a small bookstore sticker on the front free endpaper. Only the dustjacket of The Return is price clipped, and all lack any foxing whatsoever. Besides being a truly beautiful looking set, this set is very scarce and collectable. The original maps are present in all three volumes, no extra folds or tears noted. The full leather slipcase is felt lined, and stamped with Tolkiens Ring & Eye Design with Tengwar Title and Author, the JRRT Monogram to the rear panel. Additional digital images can be supplied on request. Other Tolkien books available, include both the UK and US editions, original cloth bindings, custom fine bindings, and Signed/Numbered/Limited Editions. A wonderful addition to anyone's Tolkien collection. Near Fine / Very Good Plus.

      [Bookseller: The Tolkien Bookshelf]
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        The Hobbit, or There and Back Again, 1955 UK 7th Impression in Custom Leather Slipcase

      London: Allen & Unwin, 1955. 2nd Edition. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Near Fine. J.R.R. Tolkien. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. The Hobbit, or There and Back Again, by J.R.R. Tolkien. Published by Allen & Unwin in 1955. The book is in Near Fine condition. The covers show a bit of fading to the edges and where the white areas of the dustjacket didn't protect from fading as well. Previous owners name and "April 1956" date in pencil to first free blank page. Small "Parkers of Oxford" sticker to margin of front map. The dustjacket is not price clipped, with the publishers original price of "9s, 6d. net" to the front and rear flap. Two months into production of the 7th Impression of the Hobbit, along with the remaining original 7th Impression dustjackets, Allen & Unwin changed the price as found on the UK 7th impression dustjacket. At about the same time they asked for the 8th impression dustjackets to be price clipped and reprinted with the new price of "12s. 6d. net" as well. It appears that there are numerous instances involving both the 7th and 8th printings, where some of the dustjackets were not repriced, and it also appears that some of these may have been placed on the incorrect impression of the books. The jackets were price clipped -- both front and rear flap -- by Allen & Unwin publishing company itself, with their new price of 12s.6d overprinted below the impression notation on the front flap. So this copy is one of the few found with the original price of 9s 6., even with the later dustjacket which appears to be original to this copy. A bit of tanning to the flap edges and to the white areas of the dustjacket, slightly more so to the spine. Some light edgewear and minor chips with color loss at the top of the spine, and a smaller amount to the bottom. Tips of the flap folds show some rubbing and loss, mainly to the top folds. The top back of the spine fold area has a 1/2 inch closed tear with a bit of creasing and subsequent color loss to the edges. The original green cloth features dark blue stamping of Tolkien's own design, the iconic Mountains and Dragon. The title verso has the full printing history up to this 7th impression of 1955, and the original dustjacket is as mentioned marked the 8th impression. Colors are bright and the white areas are soiled, with some darkening of the light areas on the spine. Edges of the text block are clean and unfoxed, with the green topstain slightly faded and a bit dusty. A full dark green leather slipcase, featuring Tolkien Mountain and Dragon design to the front board, and his JRRT monogram to the rear in gilt. A beautiful copy, of an early printing, of this much sought after children's classic. Additional digital images are available, inquire if interested. Other Tolkien books available, include both the UK and US editions, original cloth bindings, custom fine bindings, and Signed/Numbered/Limited Editions. Near Fine / Near Fine.

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        Framed Display! Large signed impressive self-caricature of director Alfred Hitchcock, the finest we have ever seen

      n.p., n.d. "Large Drawing Signed ?Alfred J. Hitchcock.? Black crayon on an 8.75? x 13.5? (visible) sheet of art paper. Attractively matted and framed to 16? x 21?. Fine condition. The ?Master of Suspense? has drawn his famous eight-stroke line self-caricature of his left profile, boldly signing it with his 7? long signature. Hitchcock?s long-running television anthology series, ?Alfred Hitchcock Presents? (1955-1965) always began with the camera fading in on this line-drawing caricature. As the program's theme music, Charles Gounod?s ?Funeral March of a Marionette,? played, Hitchcock would appear in silhouette from the right edge of the screen, slowly moving to center screen to eclipse the caricature."

      [Bookseller: University Archives]
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        Charlotte And The White Horse - 1st Edition/1st Printing

      New York: Harper & Brothers. Fine in Near Fine dust jacket. 1955. First Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. A most attractive First Edition/First Printing [Hanrahan A18] in Fine condition in Near Fine dustjacket. Some chipping and soiling of dustjacket, but in general it is clean and bright; The fantasy story of a little girl, named Charlotte, and her little white horse, Milky Way from the time Milky Way was born and took his first wobbly steps and from the beginning of the day to the end when Charlotte tells him goodnight and leaves her horse a bowl of water, hay, and oats .

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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.

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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.

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        OBRAS COMPLETAS (EN TRES TOMOS)

      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]

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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. .

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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.

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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.

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        Recognitions

      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.

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        EARTHLIGHT

      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.

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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.

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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.

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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]

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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.

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        THE OCTOBER COUNTRY

      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. .

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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]

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        CAVIAR

      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]

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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]

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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

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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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