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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)

      [Bookseller: James Cummins Bookseller]
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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.

      [Bookseller: Infinitebooks]
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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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        THE OCTOBER COUNTRY

      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 ("XII.mm.6") . 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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        THE TWO TOWERS

      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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        Vascular Plants of the Pacific Northwest: First Edition - Complete in Five Volumes

      Seattle, WA University of Washington 1955. 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.. First Edition Hardcover 4to - over 9?" - 12" tall; First Edition. VG Rumely, John H.; Janish, Jeanne R.

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        Hassebrauk, Ernst. - "Bildnis Hermann Glöckner, nach rechts".

      . Radierung / Kaltnadel, auf Zink, mit Plattenton, auf Büttenpapier, 1955-1960. Von Ernst Hassebrauk. 33,5 x 24,5 cm (Darstellung / Platte) / 53 x 39 cm (Blatt) / 60 x 50 cm (Passepartout). Lau 207. Rechts unten in Bleistift post mortem von der Witwe signiert: "p.m. Hassebrauk". - Seltenes Blatt. - Hervorragender Zustand. Im hochwertigen Passepartout montiert. Ernst Hassebrauk (1905 Dresden - 1974 Dresden). Oft fälschlich auch Ernst Hassebrauck. Deutscher Maler und Grafiker. 1925-27 Studium an der Kunstakademie Dresden. 1927-32 Studium der Philosophie und Kunstgeschichte an der Universität Leipzig. Parallel Studium an der Leipziger Kunstakademie bei Willi Geiger. 1947 Proffesur an der Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst Leipzig (HGB). 1949 Entlassung aus dem Lehramt im Zusammenhang mit der Formalismusdebatte. 1958-60 Arbeit an den Staatlichen Kunstsammlungen in Dresden. Pflegte einen in seiner vitalen Farbigkeit und üppigen Strichführung neobarock anmutenden expressiven Realismus. Zahlreiche Ausstellungen und Publikationen..

      [Bookseller: Galerie Himmel]
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        Tunnel In The Sky

      Charles Scribner's Sons, New York 1955 - First edition in light brown cloth with pictorial cover and spine stamped in dark brown and with pictorial blue endpapers. Illustrated by P.A. Hutchison. True first printing with the "A" and Scribner's design on copyright page. A VG/Near Fine copy with a small rectangular price sticker ghost on cover, light edge wear, and a couple of smudges/light spots. Interior is clean and bright with a tight straight binding. VG+ first state jacket is un-clipped and protected, and has a lightly tanned spine, small chips at spine ends and wear at flap folds, bookseller inks to front flap. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: SF & F Books]
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        Pawns in the Game

      Toronto, Canada National Federation of Christian Laymen 1955. 186 pages. "... Published to expose the ramifications of the International Conspiracy which was originated by a small group of wealthy and influential men in 1773 for the purpose of ultimately obtaining undisputed control of the wealth, natural resources, and manpower of the entire world... Explains how the continuity of their Long Range Plan was assured by appointing their successors from their own entourage while still alive." - from Foreword. Author was an English-born Canadian naval officer. Sombre cover illustration depicts Soviet chess pieces moving in for the kill. Above-average external wear. Binding intact. Prior owner's name atop title page, otherwise unmarked. Lengthy errata list laid in. A rare first edition copy. Singerman 921 First Edition Paperback 8vo - over 7?" - 9?" tall; First Edition. Fair

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        ...the Answer is Risom

      New York: Jens Risom Design, Inc., n.d. . First edition. No date, circa 1955. Near fine in a very good textured acetate dust jacket, which shows light edgewear, age-toning, soiling. Photography credits include Richard Avedon (more than likely only one photograph, the portrait of Risom at the front), Frank Finocchio and George Barrows. A solid copy of the complete product line of Risom designs at the height of the firms achievements. Uncommon, particularly in a jacket.

      [Bookseller: John Kehoe, Bookseller ABAA]
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        Easter Angel

      1955. Color lithograph. 16 x 11.25 inches. Edition of 40. Signed, titled and dated in pencil. Fine/Looney, no. 347. From the collection of the Sylvan Cole Gallery.

      [Bookseller: Alan Wofsy Fine Arts]
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        Glory Never Guesses to Miriam Being a Collection of 18 Poems with decorations and drawings reproduced through Silk Screening from the original MS. pages of Kenneth Patchen. [cover title]: Glory Never Guesses & Other Pages

      (No place: Privately Printed). 1955. First. First edition. Folio. Silk screened portfolio with decoration by Patchen. Laid in are eighteen silk screened broadside poems reproducing Patchen's decorated manuscript copies. A little sunning along the spine of the portfolio, creases to the edges of a few of the broadsides, near fine. Most of the broadsides have small labels on the verso stating that these broadsides were produced in editions of 200 copies each, but reportedly fewer sets were compiled due to loss in the printing process. Patchen, working at his home with printer Frank Bacher, hand-prepared the edition in the summer of 1955. Complete sets are exceptionally uncommon. .

      [Bookseller: Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. ABA]
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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.

      [Bookseller: Burnside Rare Books]
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        Dolina Issy [The Issa Valley]

      Paris: Instytut Literacki. 1955. First. First edition. Printed wrappers. Unopened. Text in Polish. Pages toned and darkened, the wrappers slightly less so, slight erosion to the paper spine at the crown, a very good copy. The Polish-born Nobel laureate Milosz's own copy with a label from the New York agent Curtis Brown, Ltd. affixed to the front wrap addressed to Milosz at the Department of Slavic Languages and Literature at Berkeley. Agent's stamp on fly leaf. Accompanied by a copy of the first German edition of the book (Tal Der Issa. Koln and Berlin: Kiepenheuer & Witsch, 1957), we speculate that the first edition was used by the agent in securing the German translation, and then returned both books to Milosz. Milosz's archive at the Beinecke Library includes a file of correspondence from this agent in 1960-61 (both volumes have the pencil notation "961" in pencil), and he began his career as a professor in the U.S. at Berkeley in 1961. Though born in Poland, Milosz was culturally Lithuanian and this early autobiographical novel is about his growing up with a Lithuanian heritage. In 1951 he defected from Poland to France, and then in 1960 moved to the United States. A very scarce volume (especially, one imagines, the author's own copy). .

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        Häuserbuch der Stadt München. Band 1: Graggenauer Viertel. Band 2: Kreuz Viertel. Band 3: Hackenviertel. Band 4: Angerviertel. Band 5. Register, Nachträge, Berichtigungen.

      München, Oldenbourg 1955 - 1977.. 5 Bände [komplett] XXVI / 454, VI / 379, VI / 464, VI / 581, XIV / 369 Seiten. Mit vielen schw.-weiß Zeichnungen von Gustav Schneider. Leinen mit Rücken- und Titelvergoldung. Bände I - IV mit Klarsicht-Schutzumschlag, unbenutzt, wie neu.. Das Häuserbuch erschienen aus Anlaß der 800-Jahr-Feier. Alle Münchner Häuser und Besitzer der Zeit von ca. 1500 bis 1939 sind erfasst, nach den vier ursprünglichen Ortsteilen in vier Bände plus einen Registerband eingeteilt.

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        Pawns in the Game

      National Federation of Christian Laymen, Toronto, Canada, 1955, Paperback, Book Condition: Fair, First EditionSize: 8vo - over 7?" - 9?" tall, 186 pages. "... Published to expose the ramifications of the International Conspiracy which was originated by a small group of wealthy and influential men in 1773 for the purpose of ultimately obtaining undisputed control of the wealth, natural resources, and manpower of the entire world... Explains how the continuity of their Long Range Plan was assured by appointing their successors from their own entourage while still alive." - from Foreword. Author was an English-born Canadian naval officer. Sombre cover illustration depicts Soviet chess pieces moving in for the kill. Above-average external wear. Binding intact. Prior owner's name atop title page, otherwise unmarked. Lengthy errata list laid in. A rare first edition copy. Singerman 921

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        L'Humeur vagabonde

      1955 - Paris, La Table Ronde, 1955. Broché, 120 x 190 mm, 246 pp. Pales piqûres. EDITION ORIGINALE. UN DES EXEMPLAIRES NOMINATIFS sur Alfa mousse, celui-ci imprimé pour Madame Pavard.ENVOI AUTOGRAPHE signé : "Pour Madame Pavard ce livre un peu amer, dans l?espoir de la divertir un peu. En hommage bien sympathique et respec- tueux. Antoine Blondin". "Chapitre premier : Après la seconde guerre mondiale, les trains recommen- cèrent à rouler. On rétablit le tortillard qui reliait notre village à la préfecture. J?en profitais pour abandonner ma femme et mes enfants qui ne parlaient pas encore. Ma femme, elle, ne parlait plus." L ?un des meilleurs livres de l?auteur.

      [Bookseller: Librairie le pas sage]
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        DIZIONARIO ILLUSTRATO DEGLI INCISORI ITALIANI MODERNI E CONTEMPORANEI.

      Milano 1955 - Ril. in tela.con tit. e ornamenti impressi in verde al piatto., cm 30x23,5 , pp 869, moltissime tavv. e ill. in b/n.

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        Sand and Satin

      Herbert Jenkins, London 1955 - First UK Edition (released only as a paperback, entitled Return of Sumuru, in the U.S.). Publisher's red cloth, spine and lower cover stamped in black; price-clipped pictorial dust jacket. Just about Fine, square, tight and unmarked (front hinge seamlessly repaired), but end papers stained from binder's glue and title page inscribed; in a Fine, bright jacket, only very lightly rubbed. St. James Guide to Crime & Mystery Writers, p. 899. Scarce. "Nowadays the credit (or more often the blame) for the 'Yellow Peril' school of mystery thriller is placed squarely upon the shoulders of Sax Rhomer. Rhomer had the talent and good fortune to create a near-mythic figure [who first appeared in "The Zayat Kiss," published in the October 1912 issue of The Story-Teller magazine] who embodied all the fancied villainy of the East combined with all the science of the West: . . . Dr. Fu-Manchu, the yellow peril incarnate . . . {With his late] series of five novels about Sumuru, Rohmer revived the Fu Manchu formula, but featured a "carefully de-ethnicized female villain." (St. James Guide) Note: With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Fine Editions Ltd]
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        The Acceptance World

      Melbourne, London, Toronto, William Heinemann Ltd.,, 1955. Octavo. Original red cloth, titles to spine gilt on black ground. With the dust jacket. Light partial toning to endpapers, a very good copy in the nicked dust jacket with some trivial loss to tip of spine and remnants of tape repair to verso. First edition, first impression. Signed by Anthony Powell on the title page. The third volume in Powell's magnum opus.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        Dolina Issy [The Issa Valley]

      Paris: Instytut Literacki. 1955. First. First edition. Printed wrappers. Unopened. Text in Polish. Pages toned and darkened, the wrappers slightly less so, slight erosion to the paper spine at the crown, a very good copy. The Polish-born Nobel laureate Milosz's own copy with a label from the New York agent Curtis Brown, Ltd. affixed to the front wrap addressed to Milosz at the Department of Slavic Languages and Literature at Berkeley. Agent's stamp on fly leaf. Accompanied by a copy of the first German edition of the book (Tal Der Issa. Koln and Berlin: Kiepenheuer & Witsch, 1957), we speculate that the first edition was used by the agent in securing the German translation, and then returned both books to Milosz. Milosz's archive at the Beinecke Library includes a file of correspondence from this agent in 1960-61 (both volumes have the pencil notation "961" in pencil), and he began his career as a professor in the U.S. at Berkeley in 1961. Though born in Poland, Milosz was culturally Lithuanian and this early autobiographical novel is about his growing up with a Lithuanian heritage. In 1951 he defected from Poland to France, and then in 1960 moved to the United States. A very scarce volume (especially, one imagines, the author's own copy). .

      [Bookseller: Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. ABA]
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        The Hobbit, or There and Back Again, 1955 7th Impression in Dustjacket, with Custom Leather Slipcase

      Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1955. 2nd Edition. Original Cloth. Near Fine/Very Good Plus. J.R.R. Tolkien. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. A fantastic copy of an early printing of The Hobbit. The 1955, 7th overall printing, or the 3rd printing of the 2nd Edition (1951). A Near Fine copy in Very Good Plus original dustjacket, designed by Tolkien, featuring his Mountains & Dragon design, as found on the original UK Editions. Stated 7th impression on front flap, not priced, not price clipped, noted as printed in Great Britain. One of probably only 1000 imported from Allen & Unwin, lacking the printing history on title verso, to help them circumvent the import restrictions and US copyright laws. The text block is clean and bright, bound in the light brown khaki original cloth from the publisher. The dustjacket shows some minor wear, with rubbing to the dustjacket at the folds, a bit of tanning to the spine, no bumped corners. There are a few minor closed tears to the back panel with only minor loss. One chip out of the top rear edge approx 1/4", in the line of runes. Dustjacket colors still bright and clean, presents beautifully. Features the title, dwarves hat, author, and publisher stamped on the spine in blue. Front boards have "The Hobbit" stamped in blue as well. Contains the full color frontispiece "The Hill: Hobbiton-across-the Water", as well as the original line drawings by Tolkien. The maps are in excellent condition, red and black ink still show clear and bright against the unfoxed endpapers. A previous owners name and "Don't take this book" to the free endpaper (map), no other names or any other writing. Overall a beautiful copy, scarce in original dustjacket in this condition. Digital photo's 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 / Very Good Plus.

      [Bookseller: The Tolkien Bookshelf]
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        WALKER & OTHER STORIES

      Harcourt Brace & Co, 1955. W/DJ, FINE/VG, HC, FIRST EDITION, CINNAMON BOARDS WITH GILT TITLE. DJ HAS 3" TEAR ON BACK, 1/4" TEAR ON FRONT(TOP & BOTTOM) SHELF WEAR IN EDGES. First Edition. Hard Cover. Fine/Very Good.

      [Bookseller: UnEarthly Books]
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        spirale 3. Herausgeber und Verleger Marcel Wyss, Dieter Roth, Eugen Gomringer.

      . Bern, spiral press, Januar 1955. Mit Originalgraphiken von Max Bill (Zinkätzung, Lithografie), Marcel Wyss (Litho), Friedrich Vordemberge-Gildewart (Litho), Richard Paul Lohse (Litho), Sophie Taeuber-Arp (Linolschnitt), Heinrich Eichmann (Litho), Verena Loewensberg (Linol), Mary Vieira (Lithografie), Camille Graeser (Holzschnitt) und Hans Hofmann (Linol). 50 : 38 cm. 32 S. Orig.-Umschlag mit Zinkätzung von Max Bill.. Erschienen in 600 Exemplaren. - Textbeiträge von Eugen Gomringer, Max Bill, Vordemberge-Gildewart, Jean Frondere, Hans Hofer, Aurelie Nemours, Marianne Lundgreen, Hans Arp, Piet Mondrian, C.Graeser, H.Hofmann. - Enthält den 6-seitigen illustrierten Text von Max Bill "Vom Flächigen zum Räumlichen" mit 23 Abb. - Mit der separaten gefalt. Inseratebeilage (50 : 17,5 cm). - Umschlag unterschiedlich verblasst mit kleinen Einrissen u. kl. Fehlstelle am Rücken, das Doppelblatt mit gelbem Papier an den Rändern gebräunt, sonst in guter Erhaltung. - Vollständiges Exemplar. - Bucher, S. 82-88 und 174-178.

      [Bookseller: Gerhard Zähringer Antiquariat und Galeri]
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        IL DECAMERONE A cura di Fernando Palazzi. Tavole a colori di Gino Boccasile.

      Milano, A la Chance du Bibliophile, 1955. In-4 gr., 2 voll., elegante legatura in p. pelle edit., dorso a cordoni con titolo oro, tagli superiori dorati, in astuccio mod., pp. 601; 541; con 101 tavole a colori nel testo. Pregevole edizione per le celebri illustrazioni del pittore Boccasile (1901-52). In ottimo stato.

      [Bookseller: Libreria Malavasi sas]
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        The Jungle Book

      London: Macmilland & Co.,, 1955. Octavo. Bound by Oliver & Boyd in dark green crushed morocco, titles to spine gilt, abstract figure of a monkey to front board gilt, snake skin inlay of a cobra to rear board, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers. With illustrations by J. Lockwood, C. I. E., and W. H. Drake. Spine sunned, board edges slightly rubbed, mild toning to margins of text block. An excellent copy. An attractively bound copy of Kipling's classic.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        1955 SKETCHBOOK WITH 90 ORIGINAL DRAWINGS, PAINTINGS, WATERCOLORS

      1955 - HOOGENDYK, Marianna van Rossen. 1955 SKETCHBOOK WITH 90 ORIGINAL DRAWINGS, PAINTINGS, WATERCOLORS & MIXED MEDIA PIECES. In a standard composition notebook (unlined); there are blank pages following the paintings/drawings, and the next to last two pages are pencil lecture notes. The first page, a pencil, ink and wash drawing of a young girl, is dated 4/4/55. The rest are undated; all are unsigned, but the notebook cover bears the artist's name in capital letters. Ms. Hoogendyk, also known as Marianne, was an art student at the Sorbonne; her family was from Sharon, Connecticut at the time. There are some accomplished sketches of buildings, of circus scenes with animals and clowns, some studies of men and children on the street, of musicians in concert/jamming, and of costumed dancers (most of the latter are crayon or pastel). A nicely preserved archive. 20 pencil, ink and wash drawings; 39 pencil sketches; 7 watercolors; 17 crayon/pastel drawings; and 7 mixed media pieces.

      [Bookseller: Boston Book Company, inc.o ABAA]
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        Switch on the Night

      Pantheon Books, New York 1955 - First Edition inscribed by Bradbury on the front free endpaper. Publisher's grey boards show rubbing along the top and bottom edges. Bottom edge also shows some spots near spine end. Bottom edges of front and rear free endpaper also has about 1/4" black staining, possibly from printer. Jacket protected in mylar is darkened along the edges and worn on spine ends. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: SF & F Books]
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        The Quiet American

      London: William Heinemann Ltd,, 1955. Octavo. Original dark blue cloth, titles to spine gilt, top edge blue. With the dust jacket and the original wraparound band. Spine ends very lightly rubbed, top edge somewhat faded. An excellent copy in a fine, bright jacket and wraparound band with slightly faded spine. First edition, first impression. First published in Sweden, translated from Greene's manuscript, as Den stillsamme Amerikanen (Stockholm: Norstedt, 1955).

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        Television Plays

      New York: Simon & Schuster. 1955. First. First edition. Spine lettering dull as usual, else near fine in a slightly rubbed, just about fine dustwrapper. A curious double-inscribed copy, first Inscribed, apparently to a family member: "To a Chayefsky from The Chayefsky," which has then been crossed out and re-inscribed "To Dr. Gilbert from Paddy Chayefsky." Chayefsky's first book, a collection of six plays including Marty, an excellent character study that was the basis for the film which won deserved Oscars for Chayefsky, Ernest Borgnine, director Delbert Mann, and Best Picture. Not often found inscribed. .

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        The Magician's Nephew

      London; Geoffrey Bles. 1955, 1955. First edition. 8vo. Publisher's green cloth titled in silver gilt to the spineminor edgewear, some discolouration to rear board. Top edge dusty. In a very good slightly toned unclipped dustwrapper, minor edgewear, strong, bright and handsome. A very nice copy.

      [Bookseller: Adrian Harrington Rare Books]
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