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        Souvenir Program for House of Flowers

      (New York: Passantino. 1955). First. Stapled wrappers. Quarto. Fine in illustrated wrappers. Large souvenir program for Capote's light-hearted musical about the goings-on at two competing brothels in the West Indies. The show was headlined by Pearl Bailey, with a cast that included Alvin Ailey, Diahann Carroll, Geoffrey Holder, and Sabu, all but Bailey in their Broadway debuts. This program is Inscribed by Capote to Pearl Bailey at his photograph in the program: "Dear Pearl -- Thank you for all you do. Truman Capote." Capote and Bailey are pictured in the program clowning around, either holding hands or arm-wrestling, a competition in which the tiny terror would almost surely come out second best. A wonderful association. .

      [Bookseller: Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. ABA]
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        The Law at Randado [*SIGNED*]

      Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company. Very Good in Good dj. 1955 (c.1954). First Edition. Hardcover. [solid copy, moderately worn at corners and along bottom edge, somewhat heavier wear at spine extremities, bumping and cracking at both ends of spine (not extending more than 3/8-inch into the spine at any point, and not affecting the general solidity of the actual binding); the spine is a little bit turned, and the covers a little bit bowed, and the bottom edges of a few pages in the middle of the book are slightly ragged due to some irregular trimming; the original jacket (although not original to this copy of the book) is moderately edgeworn, with a dime-sized scraped area on the spine, and has been trimmed somewhat unevenly along the top and bottom edges, making it about 1/4" shorter than the book itself]. SIGNED by the author on the title page. A very decent copy of the rarest of the hardcover issues of this author's first three western novels -- this being his second, and also the true FIRST EDITION of this title. [The Dell paperback (#863) is usually listed by booksellers with a 1954 publication date (and occasionally described as a pb original), but in fact both of the standard paperback reference guides indicate that it was issued in early 1956, and thus was predated by this edition, which bears a 1955 title page date. The confusion probably arises because the two share a 1954 copyright date.] Bibliographic parsing aside, in terms of scarcity this title easily surpasses the original hardcovers of both "The Bounty Hunters" and " Escape from Five Shadows." Signed by Author .

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        Puissance Noire [Black Power]

      Paris: Correa Buchet & Chastel. (1955). First. First French edition, issued a year after the American. Pages a little browned else fine in wrappers as issued. Inscribed by the author to important photographer and author Giselle Freund: "To Giselle with all my very best wishes. Sincerely yours, Dick. March 21, 1956 Paris." Wright's observations of the African Gold Coast, seldom found inscribed. .

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        The intimate sketchbooks of G. Braque

      New York - Paris: Harcourt, Brace and Company - Verve, 1955. ril, sovrac (hard cover, DJ). Molto buono (Very Good)/Sovracoperta leggermente sciupata ai margini con strappetti e una mancanza in corrispondenza del dorso (Some chipping and nicks around top and bottom of dust jacket). 4to. Prima edizione (First Edition)

      [Bookseller: Studio Bibliografico MArini]
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        The Ginger Man

      Olympia Press 1955 - Special Volume printed in lower back side he price has been scratched out apparently for import reasons no. 7 in Traveller's Companion Series [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

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        Fire Song

      Zurich: (Frederic Prokosch). 1955. First. First edition. Marbled paper self-wrappers with white printed label. 24mo. Fine. Out of a total edition of 44 copies, this is copy "J" of 10 lettered copies in paper from St. Gallen. Inscribed by the author. Extra label tipped-in. In an envelope with a note from the recipient asking Prokosch to sign on the page facing the title-page, and with Prokosch's note apologizing for doing otherwise. A brief poem, one of the author's rare "butterfly books". Prokosch was an American novelist of remarkable promise who later fell under a cloud for manufacturing some spurious "rare first editions", which he did while experimenting with the handpress he used to manufacture the butterfly books. Additionally he reprinted some of the books between 1978-1980, but the provenance of this book, and the owner's notes that accompany the book indicate that it was obtained in the 1950s. His reputation has suffered despite the fact that his books were both a critical and popular success at the time of publication. Rare. OCLC locates three copies in institutions. .

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        The Viking Rocket Story

      New York: Harper & Brothers. (1955). First. First edition. Endpapers foxed, a tape shadow on the rear endpaper and flap where a previous owner had formerly affixed the jacket to the rear pastedown, very good in very good dustwrapper. Viking Hall bookplate on the front fly presenting the book with the compliments of the Martin Company of Baltimore, Maryland at the opening of Viking Hall, The Hayden Planetarium, New York, June 30, 1955. Signed by Rosen, who as a scientific officer in charge of the Viking Project, as well as by J. Preston Layton (Martin company crew chief of the first Viking Project), and W.P. Murphy (Navy crew chief of the same project). All are mentioned extensively in the text. .

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        Les Métamorphoses du vide

      Editions de Minuit, Paris 1955 - Paris, Les Editions de Minuit, sd [1955]. 27 x 21 cm, 32 ff. n. ch. entièrement illustrés en couleurs, la plupart ajourés, cartonnage illustré en bleu et noir de l'éditeur, dos toilé. Edition originale de ce célèbre album à transformations qui coûta une fortune à l'éditeur en raison de ses difficultés de fabrication. Exemplaire avec le cartonnage non ajouré et illustré en bleu. Peu commun. Bel exemplaire malgré les coupes du premier plat un peu frottées. (MONOD, 5933 ; VIGNES, 198) [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Manhattan Land Book of the City of New York, 1955; 1st edition plus 2 updated editions showing major changes due to urban renewal

      New York:: G. W. Bromley & Co.,. 1955.. First edition & two updated editions. Hardcover. Desk and library edition. Three oblong folios (18 x 12"), with a total of 188 maps, covering the entire island of Manhattan, from Battery Park in the south to West 228th Street at the north, and the entire island from east to west; with Block Index, Street Index and Correction Service. Manhattan is divided into eight sections; each plate within a section has buildings colored coral and streets and avenues in tan; each plate includes an area from three to five streets from north to south and from two to four avenues in width, depending on the part of Manhattan mapped. The 1st Land Book appears as published - there do not seem to be any corrections pasted in. The 2nd Land Book has been updated through Series 116, March 29, 1961 and includes 4 maps "Tri-Zoning Map" in front of the Index and many corrections pasted in, largely above 100th St. The 3rd volume has been updated through Series 133 with no date given. The World Trade Center is not marked, although it looks as if several blocks bordering on Vesey St. have been cleared. The updated volumes show major changes all over the city with many blocks razed to make way for public housing. This is depicted with applied overlays showing the new construction. Comparing the first copy, which was not updated, with the second & third, allows one to see the enormous changes in the City's layout. All are in the original black cloth loose leaf binder. Spines of the 1st 2 volumes repaired with black tape, and note taped to front cover; internally title page loose on one, last volume binding in very good condition. Absolutely fascinating.

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        Albumblatt mit eigenh. U.

      Wien, 4. August 1955.. 1 S. Qu.-kl.-8vo. Mit Briefkuvert.. Beiliegt: Zwei Programme das Zwölftonspiel betreffend und ein gedrucktes Portrait Hauers.

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      Foreign Languages Publishing House Nd [], Moscow 1955 - Small 8vo, pp. 276. Original black boards, lettered in green on front panel and spine. Later edition, INSCRIBED TO SPIKE MILLIGAN:' To TERENCE Milligan, With best wishes and for good memory From Lala and Vladimir Dubinin. October 6, 1959.' MILLIGAN HAS ADDED BENEATH: '-- on board the Williem Ruys -- from Russian Diplomatic party who got on at Wellington. New Zealand'. Science fiction novel, first published in 1923 -- although of course, the association is the thing. (Milligan spent four months in Australia in 1959, where a second series of his TV show Idiot Weekly had been commissioned.)

      [Bookseller: Neil Pearson Rare Books]
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        "Beauty bird calendars". [Sample catalogue of calendars with images of birds, made from real feathers]

      . Westport Line, no date, ca. 1955. Folio (34.5 x 23 cm). A ringbound catalogue containing six samples of real feather bird picture calendars, and four samples of other calendars, preceded by a few leaves of explanatory text. Original silver-printed paper boards.* A curious and remarkable item. In the 1950s, calendar publisher Westport Line issued a series of calendars whose covers were decorated with a picture of a bird, made of real feathers. According to the introduction, the calendars were handmade, using "actual feathers in natural colours of tropical birds". A very uncommon production technique with a long history, but now probably (and hopefully) belonging to the past. This late example certainly forms an interesting footnote in the history of bird illustration. A very good complete copy..

      [Bookseller: Dieter Schierenberg BV]
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        Special Goon Show: The Dreaded Better Pudding Hurler

      Np [BBC], London 1955 - 23 mimeographed pp., secured with split pin to top left. Heavily annotated in a variety of coloured pencils, notes to title page and timings throughout. Edgewear and light age-toning, but in very good condition. First edition. Valerie Simons' copy, with her plentiful notes and timings throughout. The Dreaded Batter Pudding Hurler was first broadcast on 12 October 1954 as Episode Three of Series Five. Despite the evidence of this title page, all other sources cite Spike Milligan as the sole author of the episode. His regular roster of characters appear in it, the episode is well known, and has been released in a BBC CD compilation. This script, therefore, is something of an oddity: according to the title page it was recorded at the Camden Theatre in London on 22 May 1955; the sole credited author is Larry Stephens; and Spike Milligan's name is not included among the cast. We are grateful to Mark Cousins for the following explanation: 'The [Camden Theatre] session was originally booked to record a special programme (not Goon Show related) called Summer Is A Comin which was to have been scripted by Milligan. However, Milligan was having marital problems and in addition his children were quarantined with measles, all of which appears to have affected his fragile mental state. By May 1955 his doctor [had written] a sick note to the BBC: 'Mr T suffering from nervous disability and is unable to follow his occupation.' The recording was due to have taken place the following weekend, so not wishing to lose a recording slot, producer Peter Eton came up with the idea of resurrecting an old Goon Show script. The possibility of getting Eric Sykes to write a new one was also explored, but he was busy writing for Frankie Howerd. Larry Stephens' name also came up, but apparently he was unwell, so Eton selected The Dreaded Batter Pudding Hurler which had already been particularly successful and well received by the listeners. (I suspect that Larry Stephens name on [this] script is simply an error rather than anything more calculating). After the recording, the Home service decided not to broadcast the recording and it lay in the archives unheard until it was issued in Series 5 Part Two of The Goon Show Compendium. The Goon Show Preservation Society has copies of all the Goon Show scripts.but not this one as far as I am aware.' The script seems to be a straight reprint of its Series Five incarnation: Milligan's name is included in the cast and writing credits on the final page. But for this recording all the characters usually taken by Milligan were voiced by Peter Sellers, and in several two-hander scenes he plays both parts. Rare.

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        Sämtliche Schriften. Faksimile-Neudruck der Ausgabe von 1730 in elf Bänden

      Frommann-Holzboog, Stuttgart 1955 - 1955 ff. 1. Aufl. des Neudrucks (noch ohne ISBN). 11 Bände. Die Einleitungen in Antiqua, Reprint-Teile in Fraktur. Leinenbände, das Leinen z.T. etwas stockfleckig, sonst nur leichte Zeit- und Gebrauchsspuren. Im ersten Band ist im hinteren Deckel die Beschreibung eines früheren Verkäufers eingeklebt. Erhöhte Versandkosten (Inland Euro 6,50) [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

      New York: New Directions. 1955. First. First edition. Fine in near fine dustwrapper with very light wear. Pulitzer Prize-winning play about a dying Southern patriarch and the machinations of his greedy, would-be heirs. The original theatrical performance, directed by Elia Kazan, featured Ben Gazzara, Burl Ives, Barbara Bel Geddes, Pat Hingle, and blues greats Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee. It was successfully translated into film featuring Ives, Elizabeth Taylor, and Paul Newman. The black, thin paper jacket tends to wear inordinately; this is a lovely copy. .

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        Memoirs -- Year of Decision and Years of Trial and Hope

      Doubleday 1955 - A first edition set of the former President's memoirs, inscribed by Truman to Jimmy R. Pittman in volume one. Both volumes are very good in very good dust jackets with the volume two jacket price-clipped and some small tape repairs on the jacket of volume one. Comes in a custom-made collector's slipcase. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

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        WATERFRONT. Signed

      Random House, New York 1955 - Schulberg, Budd. WATERFRONT. Signed Presentation Copy. New York: Random House, 1955. First edition. 8vo., 322pp. A near fine copy in dust jacket designed by Jerome Kuhl showing minimal use. Inscribed by the author in blue ink on the front free endpaper: "For Bill & Hanna Ecker / Kindest personal regards / Budd Schulberg". An important novel, Waterfront is an equal to Schulberg's What Makes Sammy Run & The Disenchanted. Schulberg wrote the 1954 Academy Award winning screenplay for "On The Waterfront" on which the book is based & which also won Best Picture for a total of 8 Oscars. The film directed by Elia Kazan, about mob violence & corruption among longshoremen, has become a standard of its kind. It stared Eva Marie Saint, Rod Steiger, Karl Malden, Lee J. Cobb & with Marlon Brando in his Academy Award-winning role as ex-boxer, Terry Malloy. "I coulda had class. I coulda been a contender, instead of a bum". The film was based on a series of articles written in the New York Sun by Malcolm Johnson. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

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        National Field Trial Champions

      Harrisburg, Penn.: The Stackpole Company, [1955] - An interesting Buckingham title, very scarce in this deluxe edition Number 17 of an Edition of 50 copies, Signed by the Authors ("Nash Buckingham. Judge 1934-51" and "William F. Brown"), with slip reserving the 1956 supplement. The limitation is given as 50 in "'Mr. Buck,' The Autobiography of Nash Buckingham," on page 282. 4to. Full-color frontispiece, numerous black and white photographic illustrations in the text. xxii, 520 pp. Full brown padded calf, gilt-lettered, a.e.g., illustrated endpapers. Spine ends and front joint a little rubbed, inside front hinge cracked but holding. Very good. Biscotti p. 57 [Attributes: Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

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        A View from the Bridge

      Viking Press, New York 1955 - FIRST EDITION, SIGNED BY ARTHUR MILLER on front free endpaper, "Arthur Miller / Feb. 1958" "Miller's drama about romance and revenge among Italian longshoremen premieres on Broadway as half of a double bill with A Memory of Two Mondays (1955). Miller would subsequently revise and expand the play, to be successfully presented off-Broadway in 1965 and revived on several occasions" (The Chronology of American Literature). New York: Viking Press, 1955. Octavo, original cloth, original dust jacket. Book with faint owner signature to front pastedown; otherwise fine. Dust jacket very good with light wear at head of spine and small archival reinforcement toward base of spine. An excellent copy. RARE SIGNED. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Manhattan Rare Book Company, ABAA, ILAB]
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        The Recognitions

      Harcourt Brace, NY 1955 - "The Recognitions is a masterwork about art and forgery, and the increasingly thin line between the counterfeit and the fake. Gaddis anticipates by almost half a century the crisis of reality that we currently face, where the real and the virtual are combining in alarming ways, and the sources of legitimacy and power are often obscure to us." [Pub. Info]There is a protective mylar cover. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        The Flower Show - Little Brown Mouse Book #10 (Ten)

      Heinemann, U.K. 1955 - Signed 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. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

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        Fille magique. Original-Fotografie.

      Um 1955. - 11 x 7,7 cm. Unter Passepartout. Gerahmt. Aus der Anfangszeit der Beschäftigung des Künstlers mit Fotografie. Molinier auf einem Sofa vor einer Wand liegend. Er trägt hochhackige Schuhe, Strümpfe und Straps, eine Augenmaske und in der Hand eine Blume. In der klassischen einfachen Ausleuchtung seiner ersten Aufnahmen. Vgl. Mercié, Pierre Molinier, S. 317. ------------------------------------------ |English description available on request. Traduction française sur demande.|

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        No Boundaries

      New York: Ballantine Books. (1955). First. First edition. Slightest toning to the pages, still fine in fine dustwrapper with a couple of tiny tears. An especially fresh copy. .

      [Bookseller: Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. ABA]
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      New York: Ballantine Books,. [1955]. Small octavo,. cloth.. Some tanning to text paper, some glue residue on front free end paper. from private owner's bookplate (no longer present), else a fine copy. in near fine dust jacket with short closed tear to upper front panel,. mild rubbing to spine folds, corners and spine ends, mild shelf wear. to head of spine panel, and small closed tear to upper rear panel.. Dust jacket art by Richard Powers. (#126259). First edition. Collects five stories, including "Vintage Season," in which time traveling thrill-seekers from the future accidentally annihilate modern man with a fatal plague virus, and "Two-Handed Engine," which depicts a dystopian future society dominated by machines. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, pp. 256-7.

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        Atlantis: A Journal of Research. Nine Issues from 1955 to 1960 / Atlantology, UFO, Paranormal

      Markham House Press, Ltd., London 1955 - London: Markham House Press, Ltd., 1955 through 1960. First Editions of nine issues, in generally Very Good Plus condition. Octavo, light blue printed staple wraps, imprinted in red and black. Generally all are 20 pp., including pagiinated covers. Issues included are May, 1955 [Volume 8, No.4]; July, 1955 [Volume 8, No. 5]; November, 1955 [Volume 9, No. 1]; January, 1956 [Volume 9, No. 2]; March, 1956 [Volume 9, No.3]; September, 1956 [Volume 9, No. 6]; July, 1957 [Volume 10, No. 5]; September, 1957 [Volume 10, No. 6] ; and December, 1960 [Volume 14, No. 1]. A sturdy, clean, handsome group. One of the remarkable Egerton Sykes' important journals in the field of Atlantology, of which many consider him to be the father. A one-time British intelligence officer and diplomat, Sykes became world-famous for his researches on the legendary continent of Atlantis. As a researcher, collector, writer and publisher in that field and the broader field of paranormal phenomena in general, the founder of three organizations - The Atlantis Research Center, The Hoerbiger Institute, and The Avalon Society - and the publisher through his Markham House publishing company of four magazines, including two bimonthly research journals, Atlantis (this one) and New World Antiquity, Sykes was a peerless and seminal influence. These issues include, of course, a wide variety of articles dealing with Atlantis, the Pyramids, Mythologies as expansion on historical fact, and a number of inexplicable events. An extremely hard to find publication from Atlantology and the paranormal. L103 [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

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        Lord of the Flies

      New York: Coward-McCann. (1955). First. First American edition. Fine in a crisp and fine, price-clipped dustwrapper with a tiny tear at the crown. The Nobel Prize winner's key book, his arresting first novel about the elemental savagery of human nature. A beautiful copy. .

      [Bookseller: Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. ABA]
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      London: Faber and Faber Ltd,. [1955]. Octavo,. cloth.. Review slip laid in. A fine copy in fine dust jacket with light. tanning to spine panel. A sharp copy. Scarce. (#111263). First edition. The author's second novel. 5080 copies printed. A prehistoric fantasy about the last of the Neanderthals, before they are wiped out by our more recognizably human ancestors. The author's own favorite among his books. "At the heart of all of [his work] is Golding's belief that 'man produces evil as a bee produces honey.'" - Henderson (ed), Contemporary Novelists, p. 374. Pringle, Science Fiction: The 100 Best Novels 19. Survey of Science Fiction Literature III, pp. 1036-39. Gekoski and Grogan A3a.

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        A Fool On Wheels: Tangier to Baghdad By Land-Rover

      London: John Murray, 1955. Very Nice Copy of Author's First Book. Blue cloth lettered in white on spine. 256pp. B/w Plates. Frontispiece Map. Cloth has very small areas of wear along top edge and part of rear lower edge. Spine slightly darkened. Ffep removed leaving thin margin stub. Light trace of foxing to endpapers and pages adjacent to Plates. Text block is clean and firmly bound. Priceclipped DJ has moderate wear to spine tips and corners, now protected in removable cover. . First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good/Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

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        Pictures of The Gone World.

      The City Lights Pocket Bookshop, San Francisco 1955 - First edition / First printing. Signed on the title page by the author. Black wrappers with yellow pastedown. 27 pages. Very fine. A beautiful copy of what is one of the highlights of beat literature. TThis is indeed the correct first edition of Pictures of the Gone World, and the first book published by City Lights. "The Pocket Poet Series" and "number one" are printed in yellow ink on the front of the black paper wrapper. "65 cents" is printed in yellow ink on the back of the black wrapper. The title and Ferlinghetti's name are printed in black ink on the yellow paper which has been pasted over the black wrapper. Two paragraphs of information about the Pocket Poet Series and the author are printed in black ink on the back of the piece of yellow paper. There is no indication of later printing on the CIP page. It is a tight fresh copy. We have not photographed the signature on the title page, because we did not wish to pry open the book and crease the spine or cover. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Soft Cover]

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      New York: The Ram Press, 1955 Unusual Signed Kilfitt/Zoomar Eclipse Book with original Einstein, Frank Back Photo. 8vo, [5 1/2" x 8 1/2"], 40pp, signed by the author on the second free endpaper. A fine copy in handmade decorative paper covered boards, printed glossy paper label on the upper cover limited edition of 3000 copies in the original glassine outer wrapper showing some light sunning. This volume was dedicated to Albert Einstein & is the only book that was ever written by "The Father of the Zoom Lens". With / An original black & white, silver gelatin 5 x 7 photograph of Dr. Albert Einstein & Dr. Frank Gerald Back seated together, in very fine condition acquired directly from Dr. Back's estate. This photograph was taken circa 1954 & is one of the images published in this limited edition. With / An 18" x 22" blueprint [folded] of the Solar Eclipse Spectrograph size "C" drawing. It was made from the original drawing, dated 4/1/55, drawn by Zoomar's Chief Designer, Alfred Joseph Quittner ("AJQ"), & approved by Dr. Back ("FGB"). A very interesting package indeed. Dr. Back was a very close friend of Albert Einstein. Dr. Einstein persuaded the author to take the trip commemorated in this beautifully produced volume in order to capture the total eclipse of the sun, which occurred on June 20, 1955. Dr. Back intended to provide conclusive evidence for Einstein's theory of relativity by calculating the optical distortion, if any, of starlight caused by the sun's gravity. Earlier, in 1919, Einstein's general relativity principles were supported by observations of a solar eclipse. The two scientists conferred on the project for over a year. Armed with a special Zoomar designed & built, wide-angle, solar-eclipse, spectrograph, Dr. Back was off to the Philippine Islands to board a military jet & chase the eclipse. Einstein however died while Back was on his way to Manila. Unable to report the excursion to his friend, Dr. Back dedicated this book to his memory. Dr. Frank Back held over 200 patents directly relating to photographic equipment. He was the founder & president of Zoomar, Inc. The photographic term, " zoom" was derived from Zoomar. Dr. Back created the first widely used zoom lenses for motion picture and television; then in 1959, introduced the first zoom lens for still cameras with the introduction of the 36-82mm/f2.8 Voigtlander Zoomar. Dr. Back & Zoomar purchased the great Heinz Kilfitt optical factory of Munich, Germany in 1966 & it became a subsidiary of Zoomar, Inc. This volume was never widely distributed & when Zoomar, Inc. ceased operations at Glen Cove, Long Island, many cases of this book were discovered & unceremoniously trashed. The existing number of copies is unknown but the book is not frequently encountered. This copy came from the personal estate of Dr. Frank Gerald Back & it is one of the few copies signed by him. An excellent example suited for collectors of Science, Astronomy, Einstein, Zoomar, or Photographic History in general. In a lovely custom clamshell case with a window insert displaying the original Einstein/Back photo.. Signed by Author. 1st Edition.

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      Guilford, Charles W Traylen, 1955.. DELUXE EDITION LIMITED ONLY 20 COPIES. WITH 1 ORIGINAL HAND COLOURED AQUATINT PLATE AFTER SAMUEL HOWITT IN FOLDER AT REAR, FROM THE ORIGINAL EDITION OF CIRCA 1808, this is plate 17, Rabbitt Shooting, La Chasse au Lapin. Facsimile reprint, oblong folio, approximately 580 x 450 mm, 23 x 18 inches, title page and contents page decorated and coloured, 20 coloured plates reproduced from the original hand-coloured aquatint plates, no text, plates captioned in English and French, bound in full red crushed morocco by Zaehnsdorf, titled and ruled in gilt on the upper cover, all edges gilt, inner gilt dentelles, cloth hinges and cockerel marbled endpapers. Binding has a few dark scatches, mostly to rear cover, lacks the slip case, otherwise a very good copy. This exact fascimile reprint of the first and only edition of one of the rarest of all sporting books, printed in eight colours by offset lithography by W S Cowell, Butter Market, Ipswich, Suffolk, England, published by Charles W Traylen, Antiquarian Bookseller, 87 North Street, Guildford, England. This copy is number 18 of the edition deluxe, limited to twenty copies, each of which contains one of the original plates. MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING, ALL ZOOMABLE, FURTHER IMAGES ON REQUEST. POSTAGE AT COST.

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        Vers L'Europe

      France: SMAP Marseille, 1955. Fine. (TRAVEL POSTER) Vers L’Europe. L’Artzot Europa [text in Hebrew]. (Travel to Europe). Haif, Chypre, Venisee, Marseille. Cie Francaise De Navigation. Printed in France: SMAP Marseille, (circa 1955). Image measures 39 inches x 24 1/2 inches. Professionally linen-backed. In green, various shades of blue, white, red, and gray. Fine condition.& & This very uncommon travel poster, in French and Hebrew, was evidently a cooperative effort by French and Israeli tourist bureaus to promote tourism between the two countries. A huge cruise ship is seen making its way through the waves in the shape of Israeli and French flags. French-Israeli relations reached its friendly peak with the Sinai Campaign in 1956, during which France was Israel’s largest supplier of arms. There also developed a whole network of cooperation in the world of technology and science. Travel and cultural cooperation between the two countries is symbolized by the colorful and peaceful parting of the seas as seen in this attractive travel poster, most worthy of framing.&

      [Bookseller: Historicana]
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        Marjorie Morningstar

      New York: Doubleday, 1955. First edition. Hardcover. Hardcover. First edition. A presentation copy of Wouk's novel of New York City woman who rebels against parents middle-class Jewish values only to ultimately accept those values after her romantic illusions are shattered. This is Inscribed by Herman Wouk to producer/director Alfred de Liagre. "For Alfred de Liagre with gratitude for his excellent production of the road 'Court Martial' and warm friendly regard--- Sincerely Herman Wouk. 16 IX 55. NYC." An interesting association copy. The Court Martial was the dramatic version of The Caine Mutiny, one of Wouk's most famous books. A very good copy in a very good dust jacket. Signed by the author.

      [Bookseller: Sawtooth Books]
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      New York: Harcourt, Brace and Co., [1955].. Cloth and boards. Trace of rubbing along lower edges of boards, narrow patch of darkening to portion of upper joint, small ink tick in extreme corner of free endsheet, otherwise about fine in dust jacket. First edition, second state of the title (a cancel with five copyright dates). Inscribed and signed by the author on the front free endsheet.

      [Bookseller: William Reese Company - Literature ABAA-]
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        Minxes Admonished or Beauty Reproved. An Album of Deplorable Caprices Faithfully Narrated & Modestly Embellished by William Russell Flint (signed copy)

      London: The Golden Cockerel Press, 1955 123 pgs. Colour frontis & title page. Sepia toned illustrations in text. Limited to 550 numbered copies with 150 copies bound in scarlet morocco by Sangorski & Sutcliffe, and signed by Flint on the colophon page; this is number 59, and includes the 8 extra plates in a mabled paper envelope.Top edge gilt. Leather is toned darker along the spine. Light edgewear to slipcase. Marbled paper sleeve for the extra plates is also edgeworn. (see photos) An excellent copy.. Signed by Author. First Edition - Limited - Signed. 4to. Near Fine/Very Good Slipcase. . Hard Cover.

      [Bookseller: Dale Cournoyer Books]
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        Lord of the Flies

      New York: Coward-McCann, Inc, 1955: First American Edition, First Printing. In dust jacket with price of $3.50 intact. The book is in very good condition, in a good dust jacket. Light damp staining to top of fore edge, that does not extend into the pages. Evidence of erased pencil on front free end paper, smudge to front flap of dust jacket. Cloth shows light, uneven toning, and edge wear. The dust jacket is worn along the folds, with chipping and some loss to the top and bottom of the spine. Sunning to spine panel. Stated first edition.

      [Bookseller: Burnside Rare Books]
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        Portrait Photograph of Robert Duncan

      First. 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. .

      [Bookseller: Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. ABA]
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      London, Melbourne, Sydney, Auckland, Bombay, Cape Town, New York, Toronto: Rich and Cowan,. [1955]. Octavo,. boards.. Some offset to free endpapers, else a fine copy in fine first state. (no listing of WORLD OF CHANCE on rear panel), first issue ("10s. 6d.. / net" at base of front flap not overprinted with new price) dust. jacket with some mild soiling to rear panel. (#129295). First edition. First binding of blue boards with spine panel stamped in silver. The author's second book, first collection of short fiction, and first hardcover book. "Phil's first hardcover, a selection of early stories [written 1952-1954] published by Rich & Cowan in London. At the time Phil considered his fantasy stories to be his best, but R & C held that fantasies were for children. Only two made it: 'The Cookie Lady,' a variation on the Hansel and Gretel theme, and the haunting 'Upon the Dull Earth,' Phil's take on the Orpheus legend, with lover seeking to rescue his Eurydice from life-thirsting angels." - Sutin, Divine Invasions, p. 292.

      [Bookseller: L. W. Currey, Inc.]
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