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        Exceptional portrait photo by Dorothy Wilding, signed and dated, also signed by the photographer in capitals in the negative, (b. 1926, Queen of Great Britain)

      1955 - showing her half length, seated, holding a fan, wearing her tiara and Garter sash, 17" x 13½" in mount 25" x 19", no place, Dorothy WILDING (1893-1976) was a noted English society photographer from Gloucester.

      [Bookseller: Sophie Dupre ABA ILAB PADA]
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        Superb unsigned portrait photo by Dorothy Wilding (The Queen Mother, 1900-2002, Queen of George VI)

      1955 - signed by the photographer in capitals, showing her half length standing sideways and turning to the camera, wearing a jewelled dress and tiara and a fur wrap around her shoulders, 9½" x 7¼", no place, no date, circa From a Royal Collection. [Attributes: Signed Copy]

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        LONE GUN

      Ballantine Books 1955 - Cheap pulp pages browned but still supple with not brittleness of flaking; otherwise a bright, tight, square copy. DJ has minor wear to ends of flap folds; spine missing to small chips from the top; spine lightly age darkened with a small spot near the bottom. Ballantine hardcover H-121 and an extremely scarce title. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Gene Zombolas]
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        Beezus and Ramona

      Morrow 1955 - The first book in the Ramona series, this is a remarkably scarce first edition. Currently we know of no other copy for sale on the market, with or without a dust jacket, and this one has the original dust jacket, with the original price of $2.75 on the front flap. Very good in a slightly trimmed very good dust jacket. Housed in a custom-made collector's slipcase. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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      London: Jonathan Cape. 1955 - FIRST EDITION, Binding A (Fabroleen material), SIGNED BY THE JACKET ARTIST. This version with 'shoot' correctly printed to page 10 (State B). Octavo, pp.256. Publisher's black cloth-effect paper over boards, titled in silver, in 'flame' design dust-wrapper by Kenneth Lewis (1926-2013), with his autograph in ink below his printed credit on the jacket flap. Book and jacket with the usual browning to the extremities, spine age-toned, some light general wear. A very good, presentable copy, housed in a black morocco-backed clamshell box. Signed by the jacket illustrator, in my presence, in 2008. The third of the fourteen original James Bond books. Scarce. Gilbert A3a (1.2) [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Adrian Harrington Ltd, PBFA, ABA, ILAB]
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        Nouvelles et Textes pour Rien

      First edition. 8vo., original white wrappers, lettered in black and blue. Paris, Les Editions de Minuit.

      [Bookseller: Maggs Bros. Ltd.]
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        Proposed Mural of Back Bar, Cal Neva Biltmore.

      Oakland, Calif., 1955.(). Gouache on board depicting bar mural of Monkeys. Signed, dated and titled. 12 x 37 inches. Cal Neva Biltmore, North Lake Tahoe, Nevada.

      [Bookseller: Wittenborn Art Books]
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      London: Jonathan Cape, 1955. FIRST EDITION, Binding A (Fabroleen material), SIGNED BY THE JACKET ARTIST. This version with 'shoot' correctly printed to page 10 (State B). Octavo, pp.256. Publisher's black cloth-effect paper over boards, titled in silver, in 'flame' design dust-wrapper by Kenneth Lewis (1926-2013), with his autograph in ink below his printed credit on the jacket flap.Book and jacket with the usual browning to the extremities, spine age-toned, some light general wear. A very good, presentable copy, housed in a black morocco-backed clamshell box. Signed by the jacket illustrator, in my presence, in 2008. The third of the fourteen original James Bond books. Scarce. Gilbert A3a (1.2).

      [Bookseller: Adrian Harrington]
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        The Mint. A day-book of the R. A. F. Depot between August and December 1922 with later notes by 352087 A/c ROSS

      Jonathan Cape, London 1955 - First English edition. Limited Issue, no. 982 of 2,000 Copies. 1 vols. 8vo. Lawrence's partly fictionalized account of his R.A.F. training days, which shocked many of his contemporaries and was not widely circulated during his lifetime. O'Brien A172 Original blue buckram boards, dark blue pigskin spine gilt, t.e.g., other edges uncut, Cockerel marbled endpapers. In original printed publisher's box. Fine copy First English edition. Limited Issue, no. 982 of 2,000 Copies. [Attributes: First Edition]

      [Bookseller: James Cummins Bookseller, ABAA]
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        It Came From Beneath The Sea

      Printed by J.Lichtert and Sons, Brussells. [1955] - A scarce original Belgian mid-size / window card style poster for the 1955 sci-fi movie 'Le Monstre Surgit Des Mers' from Columbia Pictures, directed by Robert Gordon, and with groundbreaking flying saucer effects created by Ray Harryhausen. Folded (almost always issued folded!), condition B (slight soiling to extreme upper edge, blank portion for screen times partially clipped). 14x 22 inches approx. Oscar-winning animator Ray Harryhausen's classic first film in partnership with producer Charles H. Schneer, 'It Came From Beneath The Sea was specifically designed to showcase Harryhausen's special model-animated effects. His other major films include Mighty Joe Young (1949), Earth vs. The Flying Saucers (1956), 20 Million Miles to Earth (1957), Jason and the Argonauts (1963), One Million Years B.C. (1966), The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1974) and Clash of the Titans (1981). Note on Format; Belgian posters come in three primary sizes, with the 14x22 being the mid-size style. Similar to a US window card, but printed on thinner paper (and therefore fragile). A popular format with collectors. [Attributes: First Edition]

      [Bookseller: Adrian Harrington Ltd, PBFA, ABA, ILAB]
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        British Field Sports. Deluxe facsimile with an original plate.

      Guilford, England: Charles W Traylen. 1955 - Elephant oblong folio. 17.75 x 22.25 inches. 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 together with the matching slipcase. Fine condition.The best plate from the original edition "Partridge Shooting" is enclosed in a built-in folder as the rear. Abbey, Scenery of Great Britain and Ireland, no. 14. Plate is 14 (14). Original plate watermarked "J Whatman 1805."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,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 13 of the edition deluxe, limited to twenty copies, each of which contains one of the original plates. British style foxing to the endpapers. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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      London: Jonathan Cape, 1955.. FIRST EDITION, Binding A (Fabroleen material), SIGNED BY THE JACKET ARTIST. This version with 'shoot' correctly printed to page 10 (State B). Octavo, pp.256. Publisher's black cloth-effect paper over boards, titled in silver, in 'flame' design dust-wrapper by Kenneth Lewis (1926-2013), with his autograph in ink below his printed credit on the jacket flap. Book and jacket with the usual browning to the extremities, spine age-toned, some light general wear. A very good, presentable copy, housed in a black morocco-backed clamshell box. Signed by the jacket illustrator, in my presence, in 2008. The third of the fourteen original James Bond books. Scarce.

      [Bookseller: Adrian Harrington Rare Books]
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      Doubleday and Company, Garden City, NY 1955 - Two volumes. Volume 1, "Year of Decision" amd Volume 2. "Years of Trial and Hope, 1946-1952". This is the Special Kansas City Edition with map endpapers rather than the plain white endpapers of the standard trade edition and limited to 20,615 copies of Volume 1, 11,500 copies of Volume 2 which was published in 1956. Volume 1 has been INSCRIBED, SIGNED, AND DATED BY PRESIDENT TRUMAN on the dedication page, dated "Nov. 17, 1955, Independence". Dust jackets show minor chipping at spine extremities and edges, several small closed tears without paper loss, spines slightly darkened, neither is price-clipped. A fine autographed set by "The Man From Independence", the thirty-third President of the United States. 596, 594pp. Size: Octavo [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

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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: Wittenborn Art Books]
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        Portret van de harpiste Rosa Spier.

      - Amsterdam, Particam, 1955. Original photograph, silver print, 24 x 17,8 cm. Rosa Spier (Den Haag, 1891-1967) studeerde harp op het Koninklijk Conservatorium in Den Haag. Zij gaf haar eerste recital al op 13-jarige leeftijd. Na verdere studies bij Otto Müller, soloharpist van de Berliner Philharmoniker, kreeg zij een aanstelling bij het Residentie Orkest. Van 1925 tot 1935 was zij zelfstandig werkzaam als soliste en muziekdocente. In 1932 werd zij benoemd tot soloharpiste bij het Concertgebouw Orkest. Na de bevrijding was zij verbonden aan het Radio Philharmonisch Orkest. KEYWORDS:netherlands/photo

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        Typed letter signed

      one page, C6 Albany, London W.1., 8 August 1955 - Approximately 175 words to A.N. Brickell. "I have never heard of any connection between Stevenson and Dickens but I will ask my family. It was very good of you to send the wax impress from R.L.S.'s father's ring - a very nice souvenir. I have just finished a new novel The Quiet American and a new play The Potting Shed and now I am off to Canada for a month . . ." Greene's mother was a first cousin to Robert Louis Stevenson. Signed in full, a little creased and with a short closed tear to upper edge else in very good condition. [Attributes: Signed Copy]

      [Bookseller: Peter Grogan]
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        The Key to Tomorrow: Scientology; its contribution to knowledge. Compiled from the works of L. Ron Hubbard by U. Keith Gerry.

      Johannesburg: Hubbard (S.A.) Association of Scientologists. 1955 - Typescript; two sm. damp marks to title. Orig. blue-green printed wrappers; unevenly faded with sl. damp staining to back wrapper. 89pp. Copac records copies in the BL & NLS only; no copies recorded in North America. Compiled from published works and lectures by L. Ron Hubbard including Scientology 8-8008, Notes on the Lectures at Phoenix, July 1954. ?This is the track of knowing how to know. Travel it and see.? Published two years after the incorporation of the Church of Scientology which began the process of growing from a small-scale movement of hardened Dianeticists to a global religious movement. [Attributes: Soft Cover]

      [Bookseller: Jarndyce, The 19th Century Booksellers]
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        Album de photographies originales concernant les Laboratoires Homeopathiques de France de 1926 à 1955

      1955 - Album in folio constitué de 30 photographies originales et de lettres autographes. le volume à la fin est contresigné par tous les directeurs encore en vie. L'album fut certainement réalisé à un usage privé, mais nous ignorons lequel. Les photographies présentent soit des appareils (elles sont de grandes qualités) soit les différents bâtiments des Laboratoires ayant changés d'adresse au cours du temps : rue Edith Cavell, rue Rabelais à Asnières, 57 rue Nollet à paris à partir de 1947. . L'homéopathie est introduite en France en 1830 par le comte Sébastien Des Guidi, médecin d'origine napolitaine naturalisé français.Deux approches de l'homéopathie vont s'affronter en France dès 1835 : le courant des « puristes » fidèle aux principes Hahnemanniens et les « éclectiques » qui prônent une thérapeutique mixte qui associe homéopathie et allopathie. Suite à une épidémie de choléra et pour faire taire les calomnies, les deux courants vont fonder ensemble la Société gallicane de médecine homéopathique en 1850. Cependant, 10 ans plus tard, la société éclate. Jean-Paul Tessier fonde la Société médicale homéopathique de France en 1860, qui prône le rapprochement des deux thérapeutiques et qui s'oppose au courant de l'Hahnemannisme mené par Léon Simon. En 1870, deux hôpitaux dédiés à l'homéopathie sont créés à Paris : l'hôpital Hahnemann (Léon Simon) et l'hôpital St Jacques (Pierre Jousset, élève de Jean-Paul Tessier). L'hôpital St Luc sera créé à Lyon en 1875. Devant le développement du Pasteurisme, les Hahnemanniens purs et les éclectiques vont finalement s'entendre sur les principes de base de l'homéopathie : le principe de similitude, les doses infinitésimales, le méthode expérimentale et la matière médicale pure. Les deux sociétés fusionnent en 1889 en une seule entité : la Société française d'homéopathie. Cependant, au début du XXème siècle, les querelles se poursuivent, opposant les éclectiques Pierre Jousset puis Léon Vannier aux Hahnemanniens purs qui se regroupent dans la Société d'homéopathie du Sud Est et de la Suisse Romande. La revue Le propagateur de l'homéopathie, créée en 1905 par le Dr Gallavardin, lyonnais, et le Dr Nebal, homéopathe suisse, devient le lieu de débats entre les deux écoles de pratiques homéopathiques. En 1911, René Baudry, associé à Léon Vannier, ouvre à Paris la Pharmacie générale homéopathique française. Un an plus tard, Léon Vannier crée la revue l'Homéopathie française, devenu aujourd'hui l'Homéopathie européenne. Puis il fonde en 1926 les Laboratoires Homéopathiques de France, rendant ainsi l'accès aux médicaments homéopathiques plus facile. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

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      Macmillan: New York, 1955. Navy blue cloth grained boads stamped in yellow. Very light yellowing to page edges; three inch hairline ridge to surface coating of rear cover (production flaw), else fine, no owner names, no rubbing to the edges. The pictorial dust jacket has both corners of the front flap clipped by the publisher as per their common practice at the time and the $3.00 price printed vertically at the top; vertical crease to the flaps near their fore edges; slight rubbing to spine ends with a short tear at head; small rubbed tear to lower outer corner of front panel; yellow author name on spine very slightly sunned; minor rubbing along top edge of front panel; white rear panel lightly dusty; in all still a solid VG and attractive example. A Cock Robin Thriller. First published the previous year in the UK, this is the second James Bond novel. The British first (non-pictorial jacket) is rather scarce but this US first is even scarcer. Binding: Hardcover.

      [Bookseller: Steven Temple Books]
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        SEPTEMBER 27 1955 - 5PM - Poster

      State Council, Peking, 1955 - 75cm x 50cm. Framed poster consisting of ten rows of nine headshots, the photographs in the bottom rows are slightly larger than in other rows. There is one photograph left blank, in the bottom right; the Tibetan origin of the leader may have logistically prevented the receipt of his photograph in time for printing. Printed to commemorate the 27 September, 1955 ceremony held by the State Council to award the PLA's General Category military ranks. This poster lists the leaders newly named Lieutenant Generals. At the ceremony, Premier Zhou Enlai awarded certificates of appointment to the military ranks. This ceremony coincided with one taking place in Huairen Hall in Zhonnanhai when Mao Zedong personally handed certificates of appointment to the ten leaders in the Marshal Category. The formation of rankings were part of the reorganisation of the PLA taking place in the 1950s as they sought to advance from a peasant army to a modern military force. This included the formation of thirteen military regions and the system of military ranks, all approved by Mao Zedong. The assignment of military rankings in the style of the Soviet military was met with criticism from those who did not want to be aligned with the Soviet Union and who felt that the hierarchical rankings defied the egalitarian foundations of the PLA. Marshal Lin Biao was one of the system's detractors, criticising it as part of the "Soviet revisionist military structure". He abolished the rankings in 1966. - Li, Xiaobing, "A History of the Modern Chinese Army"

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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.) [Palo Alto/ Californien], Kenneth Patchen, [Privatdruck] 1955. 38,9 : 30,5 cm. 18 lose Serigraphien auf farblich unterschiedlichen, handgeschöpften Japanpapieren, gedruckt von Frank Bacher, sowie 6 weitere Serigraphien (siehe unsere Anmerkung dazu). Schwarze O.-Kartonmappe mit Deckeltitel, sowie Titelei, Inhalt und Druckvermerk auf dem Kartonflügel in Siebdruck. - Tadelloses Exemplar.

      - Morgan A 24. Komplette Sammlung der Losen-Blatt-Gedichte in Serigraphien auf handgeschöpften Japanpapieren, Reproduktionen von Originalmanuskriptseiten des amerikanischen Dichters und Malers, auf von Patchen selbst gestalteten Papieren. Das vorliegende Exemplar enthält 6 zusätzliche Seriegraphien: 5 weitere Versionen des Blattes "The Moment" auf farblich völlig anderen Papieren und eine abweichende Version von "The Moment" in größerer Schrift auf einem Doppelblatt, auf dessen zweiten Blatt sich das Gedicht "Unless there are flowers" befindet. Die meisten Blätter verso mit kleinem Stempel oder Papiermärkchen: "Handwritings for the Wall by Kenneth Patchen", "This Paper hand-colored by Keneth Patchen", "[.] This and 199 other copies in silk screen reproduction were hand-run by Frank Bacher during the summer of 1955". - "Patchen's experimental poetry, with its proletarian themes, had a major influence on the early Beats. In the 1950s he performed poetry readings accompanied by an avant-garde jazz band, and is early antiwar stance, written in response to the atrocities of World War II, was embraced by the Vietnam War protesters in the 1960s" (Paul Varner, Historical Dictionary of the Beat Movement). - Eines von 200 Exemplaren dieser "Hand-run-Edition". Mit den zusätzlichen Varianten äußerst selten.

      [Bookseller: Michael Lehr Antiquariat für Literatur]
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        All that is lovely in men: poems

      Asheville: Jonathan Williams, 1955. First edition limited to 200 copies signed by Creeley and Dan Rice, the illustrator; slim 8vo, unpaged; original plain gray wrappers, pictorial dust jacket; edges a bit toned, remains of previously removed label on upper jacket cover, glue residue on verso of jacket spine; a very good copy over all. Jargon 10.

      [Bookseller: Rulon-Miller Books]
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        Typed Letter Signed to Graham Greene

      Fine. Typed Letter Signed. One page on Faber and Faber letterhead, dated December 5th, 1955 to Graham Greene. Light folds from mailing. A brief letter to Graham Greene, responding favorably to Greene's request to inscribe a copy of Murder in the Cathedral for some students who were undertaking a production of the play. In an intriguing passage, after offering to provide the book and the inscription, Eliot writes, in what might be considered either a serious or a puckish allusion, "...but can you first assure me that sending them such an inscribed copy, or even a copy merely signed by my name, would not be prejudicial to their interests? I should not like to get anybody into further trouble because of association with me personally." A nice association, despite Eliot's protestations, between two important authors.

      [Bookseller: Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. ABA]
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        [Playscript]: Ernest Hemingway's Scenes of "Love and Death" Arranged for the Stage by A.E. Hotchner

      Westport, Conn [and] New York: A.E. Hotchner and Ernest Hemingway [and] Anne Meyerson Typing & Mimeographing, 1955. Near Fine. Quarto. P.[3], 22, [1], 19, [1], 4, [2], 34, [1], 27. Typed leaves on rectos only bradbound into black leatherette wrappers stamped in gilt with Meyerson's information. The gilt title on the front wrap is covered with a typed label that reads "Ernest Hemingway's 'Love and Death'"; a title label on title page also covers a previous typed title; Ink number "16" on title page, near fine.A play that includes scenes from The Snows of Kilimanjaro, For Whom the Bell Tolls, A Farewell to Arms, and The Good Lion, a fable written in Venice in 1950, which was published in Holiday magazine. It would be difficult to determine the original title stamped on the front wrap and on the title page without damaging the labels, although on the front wrap, the title begins with "T" and ends with "y." We speculate that this is likely the earliest draft of "The Hemingway Hero" (for which scripts exist) bearing an earlier title and that the title "The Heroes of Hemingway" is a possibility here.Laid-in is a letter from Hotchner to producer and director Fletcher Markle: "Herewith the script of LOVE AND DEATH. I am very enthusiastic about your casting suggestion, and I'm sure Hemingway would be. I agree that Welles would add considerably to the overall value." He goes on to state that "I shall do my best to shake loose, THE FIFTH COLUMN, for I am certain that that and THE UNDEFEATED will go splendidly at 90-minute length." He concludes "My regards to your wife [Mercedes McCambridge], whose talents as an actress I have always admired." (Our thanks to Ira Steingroot for identifying Markle and McCambridge).We have no evidence that the play was ever produced theatrically. Hotchner was a close friend of Hemingway's and seems to have created a cottage industry adapting Hemingway's works, and television plays of The Snows of Kilimanjaro, (1960), The Fifth Column (1960), and For Whom the Bell Tolls (1959), all directed by John Frankenheimer, as well as several others, all appeared with scripts by Hotchner. Although the title here indicates that this script was prepared for the stage, it seems likely that it was later adapted into several "teleplays."OCLC locates three copies of The Hemingway Hero, all with different pagination. It locates no copies with this title or pagination.

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        Lanz / Wachsmuth Praktische Anatomie: Praktische Anatomie. 7 Bände von Titus von Lanz (Autor), Werner Wachsmuth

      Springer-Verlag Gmbh, 1955. Lanz / Wachsmuth Praktische AnatomiePraktische Anatomie. 7 Bände Titus von Lanz Werner Wachsmuth

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        Concordantia in XXII libros De ciuitate Dei S. Aurelii Augustini. A Concordance to the Corpus Christianorum (1955) edition (from the Dombart & Kalb text of 1928-29) and procedures for adaptations to other editions by Rodney H. Cooper and Leo C. Ferrari with Peter M. Ruddock and J. Robert Smith. (6 Bde. = 6 vols.).

      Hildesheim / Zürich / New York, Olms-Weidmann, 1999, 1955. 6 volumes. Orig. blue cloth, gilt. Together xvi,3134 pages; 30x21 cm. Series = Reihe: "ALPHA-OMEGA, REIHE A Band CL" Price when new is 748 euros. As good as new. See picture.

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        Songs of Innocence & Experience

      London: The Trianon Press for the William Blake Trust, 1955. Limited Edition. Leather bound. Near fine. Number 320 of 526 copies, octavo size, 54 color plates and 8 pp. This work needs no introduction, being not only one of Blake's best known works, but one of the most important works of English literature. Blake's vision reflected a timeless narrative on the subjects of child labor and abuse, the despotic nature of church and state, poverty, and the compromises made in adulthood. The Trianon Press has given us a stunning facsimile of Mr. Lessing J. Rosenwald's original volume, from the Rosenwald Collection for the William Blake Trust, printed by the Trianon Press under the supervision of Mr. Arnold Fawcus in 1955. "Blake's Songs of Innocence were issued alone in the years 1789-1794 with simple colouring... After 1794 Blake continued to complete occasional copies of the Songs of Innocence up to the year 1820, but for the most part he preferred to issue these plates together with their companion series, Songs of Experience. The earliest copies of the complete work consisted at first of fifty plates, but soon one plate was changed and others added to the series, the final number of fifty-four plates being thus established; this was the proper number included by Blake in all the copies executed during the last thirty years of his life." The arrangement of the plates did however vary slightly, the copy here reproduced is copy Z in the Census of Blake's Illuminated Books published by the Grolier Club of New York in 1953, the plates are reproduced by collotype and stencil process of the highest quality by master printers Messrs. Beaufume and Duval, with a "Bibliographical Statement" by Geoffrey Keynes. This copy from the library of Julia Parker Wightman, prominent twentieth-century book collector and binder, with her bookplate to first pastedown. ***DESCRIPTION: Full teal morocco, lettering in gilt to backstrip, all edges gilt, 54 color plates; Arches pure rag paper, octavo size (8 5/8" by 5 3/8"), 54 plates reproduced via colotype and stencil printed to verso only and [8] pp. printed in brown ink, limited edition of 526, this copy number 320 of the 240 copies numbered 241 to 480 reserved for distribution in the U.S.A., with the original distributor slip from Philip C. Duschnes tipped in at the colophon. Enclosed in a marbled paper covered slipcase. ***CONDITION: A near fine copy, internally bright with no previous owner marks other than the Julia Parker Wightman bookplate referred to above, straight corners and solid hinges; some minor sun-toning to backstrip, otherwise fine; the slipcase is also near fine, strong and sturdy with only minor rubbing at the opening and corners. ***CITATION: Bentley, Blake Books, 187; and Keynes per "Bibliographical Statement." ***POSTAGE: International customers, please note that additional postage may apply, please inquire for details. ***Swan's Fine Books is pleased to be a member of the ABAA, ILAB and IOBA and we stand behind every book we sell. Please contact us with any questions you may have, we are here to help.

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        Cat On A Hot Tin Roof

      New York: New Directions, 1955. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. First edition, first printing in first issue dust jacket. (No credit to New York Times on verso on copyright page, no credits to Mielziner & Ballard on xii. First issue price of $3.00 on flap.) xii, 197 p. Light brown cloth in black lettering. Near Fine in Very Good+ original dust jacket. Jacket spine panel is lightly sunned, thin closed tear near foot, two pieces of clear tape on verso. A very nice true first of the Pulitzer-Prize-winning play.

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        Miao Fa Lian Hua Jing Ju Jie. Saddharma-Pundarika Sutra. Lotus Sutra. 8 Volumes

      Hong Kong: Xianggang Fo Jing Liu Tong Chu, 1955 - Small quarto, 28.5*16.3cm, 296 double leaves. 8 volumes bound in 3 books. Wuxi Ding Shi Cang Ban. String bound wrappers. Text in the CHINESE language.Text and commentaries on Saddharma-Pundarika Sutra. [Attributes: Soft Cover]

      [Bookseller: Chinese Art Books]
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        Pictures of The Gone World. Volume number one in The Pocket Poets Series.

      San Francisco: The City Lights Pocket Bookshop, 1955. Signed on the title page by the author. First edition / First printing. Volume number one in The Pocket Poets Series. Black wrappers with yellow pastedown. Very fine. A beautiful copy of what is one of the highlights of beat literature. This 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.

      [Bookseller: Orpheus Books]
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      Paris: The Olympia Press, 1955. First Edition. Paperback. Very Good. First edition, first printing in two volumes. (All points present for both volumes with first issue "900 francs" prices and no traces of stickers.)188 p. (with no pages 11-12 as noted by Juliar); 223 p. Original green wraps. A Very Good+ set overall. Light creasing to both volumes' wrappers, light foxing to edges. Clean text. Volume One about very good with some scattered staining to its wrappers with some toning, worn edges, light dulling to front cover title, creasing and slight lean to the spine, pencil mark through back cover price. Volume Two near fine with clean, bright wrappers and just a bit of wear to its edges. The first appearance of Nabokov's still-controversial novel from Maurice Girodias's pioneering, Paris-based publishers Olympia Press.

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        The Spider's House

      New York: Random House, 1955. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. First edition, stated first printing. Signed by Paul Bowles on the title page. Very Good or better with fading to topstain, small abrasion to cloth at inner top corner of rear board, corners and crown lightly bumped and pages lightly toned, in a Very Good price clipped dust jacket, which is rubbed and lightly edge worn, spine ends with shallow chipping and tape repairs made from the verso. The author's third novel.

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        The Lost Silver of Langdon

      Harrap 1955 - Coloured Frontis by A R Whitear , map , pp 190,original cloth , 1st ed 8vo , The unclipped pictorial dw has wear to the top & base of the spine . Inscribed , signed & dated April 1955 by author " For Dr **** ****** who has cared for my physical well being & helped me psychologically far more than she will ever know " [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: David Gillham]
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        Correspondance / Denis Diderot ; publiée par Georges Roth et Jean Varloot. 16, Complément, corrections, listes et index général / édition établie par Jean Varloot

      Paris : Éditions de Minuit , 1955-70. First Edition. Near fine copy in the original stiff-card wrappers; edges very slightly dust-dulled and toned. Remains particularly and surprisingly well-preserved; tight, bright, clean and especially sharp-cornered. . Provenance; from the personal library of Professor Lloyd Austin, University of Manchester. Physical description; 15 volumes of 16 (lacks volume 5). Subjects; Denis Diderot (1713-1784). Correspondance. French writings. 18th-century. Genre; Autobiography.

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      Tehran: Sahab Geographic & Draftig Institute . 1955 - Lithograph with hand coloured details, folded into original printed wrappers (Very Good, tiny tears in wrappers) 99,5 x 70 cm (39.2 x 27.6 inches). A stunning 1950s map of Iran with 11 thematic in-set maps and original hand colour, was based on the free-hand drawing by Abbas Sahab - Father of Iran's Cartography. This magnificent map of Iran with eleven in-set thematic maps and one chart was printed in Tehran in 1955. The in-set maps show:- Iranian Industries, Factories, Handicrafts,- Historical Monuments,- Tribal Costumes,- Mountain Chains,- Fauna and Flora,- Principal Air Routes,- Highways, Railways, Waterways and Distances,- Location of Iran in the World,- Forest Regions,- Mineral Mines,- Basic information. The charts below show elevation and the charts on the right-hand side distances between the cities. The map was made soon after the 1953 Iranian coup d'état, when the prime minister Mohammad Mosaddegh was deposed in an Anglo-American covert operation that marked the first time the US had overthrown a foreign government during the Cold War. The map is based on a drawing by Abbas Sahab. Sahab - Father of Iran’s Cartography- The Sahab Geographic and Drafting Institute was founded in Tehran in 1935, becoming the first private geographic and mapmaking enterprise in the Middle East. Its founder was Abolghasem Sahab was succeeded by his son Abbas Sahab, the draftsman of the present map. The map was made by Abbas Sahab (1921-2000), the so called "Father of Iran’s Cartography". He was born in Fam, in Tafresh district in Iran. His father Ostad Abolghasem Sahab Tafreshi was a famous writer and author of about seventy titles on on historical, geographical, religious, cultural and artistic topics. Addass Sahab devoted himself to cartography already during the time off his studies in Teheran. During his life he created more than 1,500 valuable works including maps, atlases, plates, scientific and medical illustrations, as well as geographical globes. Sahab was very active on the international level. He was an an active member of the International Cartographic Association Between 1968-1971 he issued maps of other countries such as Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq and Turkey. In 1970 Sahab organised the First International Map Exhibition in the Tehran Teachers Training High School and in the next years he organised similar events in the other cities.In his last years he dedicated himself to his monumental work: The Great Atlas of 14 Centuries of Islamic Arts in 20 volumes, of which the first volume was published in 2000. After Sahab’s death the printing house was taken over by his sons and is still active today. Sahab’s unique library with thousands of volumes on cartography also survives intact today.

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        La resistenza al fascismo scritti e testimonianze

      MILANO: FELTRINELLI, 1955. I ED. Rilegato. DISCRETO. 11,1 18. Universale Economica Serie documenti USATO

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        Typed Letter Signed to Graham Greene

      - Typed Letter Signed. One page on Faber and Faber letterhead, dated December 5th, 1955 to Graham Greene. Light folds from mailing. A brief letter to Graham Greene, responding favorably to Greene's request to inscribe a copy of Murder in the Cathedral for some students who were undertaking a production of the play. In an intriguing passage, after offering to provide the book and the inscription, Eliot writes, in what might be considered either a serious or a puckish allusion, ".but can you first assure me that sending them such an inscribed copy, or even a copy merely signed by my name, would not be prejudicial to their interests? I should not like to get anybody into further trouble because of association with me personally." A nice association, despite Eliot's protestations, between two important authors. [Attributes: Signed Copy]

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        The Recognitions

      London: Macgibbon and Kee, 1955. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. Signed by Author. First British edition. Inscribed by author on title page to Icelandic author and translator Olafur Gunnarson, "With all best wishes, [signed] William Gaddis [/] December 1976." 956pp. Original cloth with gilt spine lettering. Near Fine in Very Good unclipped (30s net) dust jacket with offsetting from tape repair on verso to foot area, extending slightly into front panel, light rubbing and wear. An uncommon signed copy of Gaddis' critically-acclaimed first novel of art forgery.

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        The October Country

      New York: Ballantine Books, 1955. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. Signed. Signed. First edition, first printing. Red cloth binding with spine stamped in black, with publishers BB monogram printed upside down (Currey's binding B, first state). Signed by Ray Bradbury on the front free end paper and inscribed to a former owner "To Jack! This rare copy of "The October Country"with good wishes! From Ray Bradbury Oct. 7, 1999." Very Good with light rubbing to cloth at extremities and a small touch of fraying at the base of the spine, light fading at spine and several tiny stains to front cover. Light toning to pages. In a Very Good dust jacket with price of $3.50 intact; with light chipping, light edge wear, light creasing, light soiling and light foxing. A nice copy, with a large, full page inscription by the author.

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        Gruner, Rudi. - Drei Frauen beim Wäscheaufhängen.

      - Zeichnung / Gouache, auf Karton, um 1955. Von Rudi Gruner. 25,5 x 37,0 cm (Darstellung) / 30 x 42 cm (Blatt). Links unten in Bleistift signiert. - Unbeschnitten. Mit den originalen Reißzwecklöchlein im Rand. Rechts unten winziger Eckenausriss außerhalb der Darstellung. Insgesamt sehr guter Zustand. Rudi Gruner (1909 Chemnitz - 1984 Karl-Marx-Stadt). Deutscher Maler, Zeichner und Illustrator. 1924-28 Ausbildung zum Musterzeichner an der Fachschule für Textilindustrie Chemnitz. 1932 Heirat mit Charlotte Pannicke. 1932-37 arbeitslos, gelegentlich Aushilfe in einer Drogerie. Ab 1937 Wohnung und Atelier in der Bernsdorfer Straße in Chemnitz. 1939-44 als Werbegrafiker tätig (v.a. Kinoplakate). 1944/45 Kriegsdienst als Soldat. Seitdem freischaffend in Chemnitz tätig. Enger Kontakt zur Künstlergruppe Chemnitz mit Martha Schrag, Georg Gelbke und anderen. 1950 Mitglied Verband Bildender Künstler Deutschlands. In den 1950er und '60er Jahren zahlreiche Illustrationen zur Weltliteratur (z.B. "Das Leben des Lazarillo vom Tormes", Leipzig: Reclam 1961). 1984 Hans-Grundig-Medaille. Ausstellungen: 1939 und '43 Beteiligungen Chemnitzer Kunsthütte, 1985 Galerie Oben in Karl-Marx-Stadt, 1997 Beteiligung "Die großen Alten 2" Neue Sächsische Galerie (mit Wilhelm Rudolph, Hermann Glöckner und Otto Müller-Eibenstock), 1999 Galerie Borssenanger Chemnitz, 2009 Retrospektive zum 100. Geburtstag Verein Kunst für Chemnitz. Sprache: Deutsch [Attributes: Signed Copy; Soft Cover]

      [Bookseller: GALERIE HIMMEL]
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        Songs of Innocence and of Experience.

      Trianon Press. 1955. Small 8vo, 54 color plates, 3 pp. printed text, facsimile leaves and stencils etc. at end. Full brown morocco, covers stamped with gilt leaf design, backstrip lettered in gilt, all edges gilt, slipcase, a very good copy. De luxe edition, limited to 15 copies (VI-XX) with proof samples of the two-color collotype, a collotype guide, and an original stencil. Limited overall to 526 copies in all, this being number XVIII; the superb color facsimile of the Rosenwald-LC copy (Z). One of the scarcest, and the most desirable of all the magnificent Trianon Press Blake facsimiles which have been hailed as the finest examples of color collotype facsimile printing of the 20th century. The colophon notes that as many as thirty stencils were used to create each plate. Bentley, Blake Books, 187. This is the only example known to us of the deluxe edition bound in brown gilt morocco.

      [Bookseller: Henry Sotheran Ltd.]
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