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        THE OCTOBER COUNTRY

      New York: Ballantine Books,. [1955]. Octavo,. cloth.. Touch of rubbing to cloth at spine ends, a very good or better copy. in very good dust jacket with some moderate dust soiling to white. background, otherwise the front panel is nice and bright, spine panel. title lettering a bit faded as usual but still quite readable, and. light shelf wear to spine ends. (#126610). First edition. Probable second state of the hardcover trade binding with publisher's monogram stamped correctly on spine panel (Currey binding B2). Four stories appear here for the first time in book form, "The Dwarf," "The Watchful Poker Chip of H. Matisse," "Touched With Fire," and "The Wonderful Death of Dudley Stone." The remainder are reprinted, most with revisions, from DARK CARNIVAL (1947). Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 259. Jones and Newman (eds), Horror: 100 Best Books 55. Survey of Science Fiction Literature IV, pp. 1571-73. See Barron (ed), Fantasy Literature 4A-46. See Barron (ed), Horror Literature 3-34 and 4-52.

      [Bookseller: L. W. Currey, Inc.]
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        The Historic King Arthur and the Arthurian Romances,

      n.p. (1955), Glastonbury - Unpublished manuscript. 200pp. written in ink on one side only, bound with cord into a light board cover. 7-1/2 x 9'. The manuscript, entirely in Webb's legible hand, contains a preface 'To the Critic'; a foreword by Albert C. R. Carter, King Arthur's Champion, Knights of the Round Table Club (est. 1720); the main textual sections divided into The Historic King Arthur and The Arthurian Romance; and four appendices: King Arthur's Grave at Glastonbury; Royal Pilgrimages to King Arthur's Tomb; Tintagel and Camelot; and King Arthur and Glastonbury. Laid in are three letters by Webb dated April, 1955, and addressed to Gerald Henderson, Deputy Knight Remembrancer of the Knights of the Round Table Club. In the letters, Webb transmits the manuscript, indicating that he has kept a copy and hoping that it might be published. Albert E. Webb was a printer and longtime resident of Glastonbury, whose published works include 'Glastonbury in Ynyswytryn (Isle of Avalon)'; 'Glastonbury Abbey'; and 'Glastonbury: Legend, Tradition, History'.

      [Bookseller: Thorn Books, ABAA]
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        Oeuvres complètes

      Paris, N.R.F. - Gallimard 1955 - LARBAUD Valéry. Œuvres complètes. Paris, N.R.F. - Gallimard, 1950-1955. 10 volumes in-8 [226 x 140 mm], demi-chagrin bordeaux glacé, dos à nerfs ornés, roulette dorée sur les plats, entièrement non rogné, couvertures et dos conservés (Reliure de l’époque). Première et seule édition collective, contenant son « Journal inédit » (vol. 9 et 10) en édition originale. Elle fut publiée sous la direction de G. Jean Aubry puis de Robert Mallet. Les textes sont répartis selon des affinités précisées et rédigées de la main de l’auteur qui précice: « Jaune Bleu Blanc me paraît une introduction convenable à l’ensemble de mes ouvrages. » Tirée à 1542 exemplaires, celui-ci, l’un des 160 sur vélin pur fil Lafuma-Navarre, après les 56 sur « vélin d’Arches ». Très bel exemplaire à l’état de neuf. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        The Journals of Captain James Cook on his Voyages of Discovery

      Cambridge: Cambridge University Press for the Hakluyt Society, 1955-, 1967. Five thick octavo volumes with folding portfolio of printed charts and views, a fine fresh set in the original striking gilt decorated deep blue cloth with dust-jackets, including the slightly worn original publisher's printed sleeve for the folding case. The definitive publication. The definitive scholarly publication of Captain Cook's journals, together with Beaglehole's Life of Captain Cook published in 1974, and considered to be the fifth octavo volume in the set. Although the full text of the first voyage journal was published in the 19th century, it was not until Beaglehole had completed his work that the unabridged accounts of all three voyages, transcribed from original manuscripts, became generally available. This edition has since become an indispensable reference for the voyages of Cook. The five volumes are accompanied by a portfolio of 58 maps and charts. Loosely inserted is Beaglehole's ten-page booklet Cook and the Russians, which relates to the voyage of the Resolution and Discovery 1776-1780.

      [Bookseller: Hordern House Rare Books]
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        1000 ans de Vie Juive en Pologne / 1000 Years of Jewish Life in Poland / 100 Lat Zycia Zydow W Polsce / 1000 Anos De Vida De Los Judios En polonia

      Centre D'etudes Historiques (aupres de l'Association des Juifs Polonais en France ) affilie au Congres De Culture Juive, Paris 1955 - 1.9 kg.; 440 pages, illustrated with reproductions of written works, art works, and photographs in black-and-white. Opposite each page of photographs the text is reproduced in French, English, Polish, Spanish, Yiddish and Ivrit. The only colour used in the book is on the title page. Included is four pages of errata. Bookseller's stamp at lower left-hand corner of front end page, which also shows some foxing, a 1.5 inch tear affects the first page of the book proper, being sited approximately 1.5 inches from the bottom front corner along the side. Foxing to the rear end pages. The lower corners of the boards show signs of bumping. The original slipcase has started to crack at its seams. Digital imagery is available to confirm condition. "It's true that all that your book contains, belongs to the past, vanished for ever. This all has to become a part of spiritual values of the Jewish people in all countries of the diaspora, and above all, in the life and the works of the young generation, which is growing up, and will be growing up in the old-the young State of Israel. " page 12 J. Shprintsak Speaker of the Parliament of the State of Israel Size: Folio - over 12" - 15" tall. Please refer to the accompanying picture Illustrator: Various. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: 2-3 kilos. Category: Religion & Theology; history -- Poland; judaica; Inventory No: 0218922. This book weighs over 1 Kg packed and extra postal costs will be asked for when shipping outside Australia. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Syber's Books]
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        Call Me Duke

      Crown, New York 1955 - First edition. Light wear, near fine in attractive, very good dustwrapper with some rubbing and a large but very faint dampstain on the rear panel. Hardboiled novel about the detective racket by the author of *The Hoods* (which was the basis for the controversial Sergio Leone film, *Once Upon a Time in America*) in which the detective anti-hero Duke Romero seeks a treasure hidden away by the hoodlum "Noodles" (presumably the same "Noodles," played by Robert DeNiro in *Once Upon a Time in America*). Exceptionally scarce. See this book in 3D on our site. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Between the Covers-Rare Books, Inc. ABAA]
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        ORATORIO POUR LA NUIT DE NOEL. ILLUSTRE DE SEIZE PORTRAIT DE L'AUTEUR PAR PABLO PICASSO. EXEMPLAIRE N° 250/382 SUR VELIN. (Weight= 690 grams)

      ED. EDITIONS DE MINUIT 1955. IN 8. REL TOILE EDIT [MOY]. 356 PP. 16 ILL EN NOIR. [BE]. COUVERTURE UN PEU INSOLEE MAIS AVEC UN PORTRAIT EN CREUX DORE, PARIS - PEINTURE MODERNE MODERN PAINTING

      [Bookseller: Librairie Courant d'Art]
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        Une saison en Enfer.

      Les Bibliophile du Palais,, Paris, 1955 - Cm. 33, pp. (180). Con illustrazioni di Luc Albert Moreau. Bella legatura in pieno marocchino rosso con una fascia nera ad intarsio ad entrambi i piatti. Titoli in oro al dorso. Taglio di testa dorato. Custodia edit. in tela rigida. Bross. orig. conservata. Legatura firmata Codina - Milano. Qualche lieve fioritura, peraltro perfetto. Edizione in tiratura limitata di 200 esemplari ad personam; il presente n. 185 per M. Pierre Guerquin. In fine viene proposto anche il frammento di Rimbaud: Bethsaida. La piscine de cinq galeries. [Attributes: Soft Cover]

      [Bookseller: Studio Bibliografico Benacense]
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        The Return of the King

      London: George Allen and Unwin 1955 - First edition, FIRST PRINTING. A fine copy in the publisher's original red cloth with gilt titles to the spine. No fading to the boards or red top-stain. No inscriptions. A superior fine fresh copy. No dustwrapper. Further details and images for any of the items listed are available on request. Lucius Books welcomes direct contact with our customers. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: LUCIUS BOOKS (ABA, ILAB, PBFA)]
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        LOTE: LIBRO (Êrmo de pupila. Poemas)+CARTAS+TARJETA+FOTOGRAFIA

      Empresa Gráfica da "Revista dos Tribunais", Sao Paulo 1955. - 1a Edición/////Todo el lote va dirigido al poeta argentino Raúl Gustavo Aguirre. Tanto el libro como la tarjeta contienen dedicatoria autógrafa a Raúl y las 5 cartas (4 mecanografiadas y 1 manuscrita) también van dirigida a él.////La dedicatoria de la tarjeta (con un retrato de Sousa) está fechada en 1958. Las cartas, en total 5 folios escritos por una cara, están todas firmadas y fechadas entre 1961 y 1963. La fotografía, un retrato de Milton con su hijo, lleva la siguiente inscripción al dorso: "Milton e Marcelo 9 7 59"./Poesía, Libros Firmados

      [Bookseller: Libreria El Astillero]
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        Fables., Mit 35 OLithographien im Text (inkl. Porträt) von Hans Erni sowie 1 zusätzliche Suite der Lithographien auf Tafeln.

      Lausanne, Gonin, 1955 - 53 S., 3 Bll. Eins von 294 (GA 320) num. Ex. Druckvermerk von Verleger und Künstler sign. Sprache: de Gewicht in Gramm: 3000 Fol. , lose Bogen in farb. illustr. OUmschlag in OHPergmt.-Umschlag im Schuber

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat Galerie Joy]
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        EL INGENIOSO HIDALGO DON QUIJOTE DE LA MANCHA (CORCHO, CORK)

      Imprenta Josep Maria Viader Sant Feliu de Guíxols. 1955. Cubiertas de Cuero por Carlos Roca. 2 Tomos + Caja Corcho. XVI+163Pág+3h y IX+172Pág+3h. 26x21. Magna edición limitada de 250 ejemplares numerados(Nº127), impresa en tipos góticos sobre hojas de papel de corcho, ilustrada con 34 reproducciones, dibujadas u grabadas por los mejores artistas del siglo XVIII, de la suntuosa edición realizada por la Real Academia Española en el año 1780. Profusión de orlas e iniciales policromadas en oro y a todo color. Totalmente completo, si tiene alguna hoja con grieta(el corcho es muy delicado).. Edición Especial. Encuadernación de tapa dura. Excelente.

      [Bookseller: Libreria Anticuaria Marc & Antiques]
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        The Less Deceived

      London: The Marvell Press. (1955). First. First edition, first state, one of 300 copies issued with a flat spine, the misprint in the first line of page 38 with the word "floor" instead of "sea," and the list of subscribers. A tiny rubbed spot at the crown else fine in an about very good dustwrapper with some small chips on the spine and some very neat professional reinforcing at the folds. Inscribed by the author on the front fly: "Harry -- remembering many happy meetings -- Philip." Beneath the inscription, Harry has re-inscribed the book to someone else in 1956. .

      [Bookseller: Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. ABA]
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        Spirit of St. Louis. Den forsta atlantflygaren berattar

      Stockholm: Albert Bonniers. [1955]. First. First Swedish edition. Octavo. Fine in original full blue morocco by Nylen & Co., gilt-stamped upper cover and spine, publisher's slipcase. Printed in a limited but unspecified number (this is copy no. 155) Signed by Lindbergh. This copy additionally inscribed to "Lucile Wright from the Royal Swedish Aero Club in appreciation of her contribution to aviation. Stockholm, 6.9.1957, Nils Stirnberg." Lucile M. Wright was a famous American woman aviator, one of the original Ninety-Nines (pioneer women aviatrixes, as assembled by Amelia Earhart in 1929), and the Lucile M. Wright Air Museum in Jamestown, New York is named after her. This book, an account of the first solo nonstop flight between the United States and Europe in 1927, won for Lindbergh the 1954 Pulitzer Prize for Autobiography. This is the only limited, signed edition published outside the United States. .

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

      Edition : PARIS, PIERRE SEGHERS, 1955 - Avec cinq cuivres originaux gravés a la pointe par Hans BELLMER - Envoi autographe de l'auteur à Pierre MOLINIER (3 lignes) sur la page de faux titre - Edition originale. grand in-8 oblong, Exemplaire No 72 d'un tirage de 99 sur vélin de rives - Reliure cartonnée à décor peigné - Dos plat, vignette de titre en papier bleu contrecollé, sous emboitage accordé a la reliure - Dos et emboitage frottés, premier plat et brochage légèrement laches, pratiquement sans rousseurs - On joint le fac-similé d'une lettre de A.Breton à Pierre Molinier (mars 1956) et une lettre manuscrite originale de Joyce Mansour à Pierre Molinier, relatif a un portait offert (Je l'emmène avec moi en Egypte) 67 pages, 11,5 x 21 cm, relié. Bon etat [Attributes: Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Livres 113]
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        Moonraker

      London: Jonathan Cape. (1955). First. First edition, second state (with the error corrected on page 10) in first state jacket. Boards a little cocked, light splashmarks on facing pages 14-15, else near fine in modestly age-toned, near fine dustwrapper. According to Gilbert in Ian Fleming: The Bibliography. The third Bond book. .

      [Bookseller: Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. ABA]
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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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        Anecdotes of the Late War

      Highlands, North Carolina: Jonathan Williams. 1955. First. First edition. Broadside, folded into stiff card covers as issued. A little age-toning to the covers else fine. Inscribed by Olson to his wife and son: "For B. and for Charles Peter fr. Charles." Issued as Jargon Broadside I. A great association. .

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

      New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1955. - Quarto. 524 pages. First edition. In the publisher's original cloth binding. The cover design by Picasso was made especially for this book. With 606 illustrations: thirty-eight full-page color plates, six pages in color offset, 514 black and white halftones, ninety-five offset illustrations and fifty-three line cuts. Signed twice by Picasso in crayon both on the upper cover and on the title-page. The cover design by Picasso was made especially for this book.

      [Bookseller: Sam Gatteno Books]
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        Four Cows.

      1955. 1955 - Silkscreen. 11.5 x 20 inches on sheet size 19 x 25 inches. Blue ink stains. Signed "Thiebaud" and dated "55" lower right. No references to this print. The artist was doing silkscreens in 1955. Authenticated by Paul Thiebaud Gallery. Marginal defects. [Attributes: Signed Copy]

      [Bookseller: Wittenborn Art Books]
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        Typed Letter Signed

      1955 - Typed letter, in Hebrew, signed "D. Ben-Gurion" as Minister of Defense on State of Israel letterhead, one page, 6" x 8", August 26, 1955. Translation of the Hebrew text: "I have no doubt that the problem of security disturbs your rest. True, the problem of security, at this time, is the principal problem of the State. Any person - just like an entire nation - can feel the danger waiting at his door. We are a small nation, and any boasting we do will only make a laughingstock out of us. But we are not powerless, not in the military sense, and certainly not in the moral and political sense. I, however, am calm and certain that, when it comes to the test, the Israel Defense Forces will be able to defend our peace and our sovereignty - the Israel Defense Forces is the army of the people, and of all its circles and factions." File holes along right margin, otherwise fine condition. A dramatic letter with excellent content from the first Prime Minister of Israel. [Attributes: Signed Copy]

      [Bookseller: Manhattan Rare Book Company, ABAA, ILAB]
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        Original Pastels - Tibet Hill People

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

      [Bookseller: Voyager Press Rare Books & Manuscripts]
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        [Document]: This Indenture made the fourth day [of] July in the Year of Our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred and Seventy Six Between Jeffery Clark and Mary, his wife of the Southern Liberties of Philadelphia

      Large vellum document. Edges irregularly cut (as was the custom with these types of documents) but approximately 25" x 14.5". Framed and glazed (in 1955). Unexamined out of the frame. Some evidence of dampstaining on backing paper that does not seem to affect the document, a bit amateurishly mounted (glued on cardboard with resultant glue stains), document is very good, frame is near fine, but the document would probably benefit from re-mounting and framing. Overall, very good. A handwritten indenture, dated July 4, 1776, transferring property in Gloucester, New Jersey from Jeffrey and Mary O. Clark of "the Southern Liberties of Philadelphia" to John Heritage of Gloucester. Signed by Jeffrey Clark, and with the mark of Mary O. Clark. Gloucester is directly across the Delaware River from Philadelphia. We understand that a slightly more important document was issued in Philadelphia on this same day, but we do not currently have it in inventory. Feel free to wait. Although nowhere indicated, and probably irrelevant to the document's desirability, we acquired this from the estate of New Jersey-resident mystery writer Mabel Seeley and her husband, attorney Harold Ross, who collected legal documents of local interest. .

      [Bookseller: Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. ABA]
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        Small Collection of Signed and Inscribed Books and Photographs

      1955-1985. A collection that includes three Signed and Inscribed books, two Inscribed photographs and an Autograph Note in English Signed. The books (two in wrappers, the third an embossed leatherette hardcover) are generally very good with toning and wear at the extremities; the paperbacks have additional tape repaired spines and one is also dampstained with a few scrapes. The photos are fine in wooden frames and the ANS is about very good with some light toning and tape repairs to all four corners. The books include two written by Castro himself: a 1975 second edition of Hoy Somos Un Pueblo Entero [Today We Are an Entire People] Signed and dated in the year of publication, and a 1985 first edition of Esta Tiene Que Ser la Guerra Economica de Todo el Pueblo [This Must Be the Economic War of all People] Inscribed: "Por Nuestra Patria [For Our Country] Fidel Castro." The third book is the 1951 yearbook of the University of Tampa, Moroccan, Inscribed on the title page on October 1955 in Spanish. Loosely translated it reads: "Thanks to Imelda and her friends of Tampa for help with our new revolution in Cuba Dr. Fidel Castro." Castro came to Tampa in November, 1955 seeking support for his revolution -- why he was asked to inscribe this yearbook is unknown. A nice collection of rare signed and inscribed material from one of the most polarizing and influential political figures of the 20th Century. In just a few items it manages to encompass his life from popular revolutionary leader and celebrity who visited the U.S. in the 1950s to attract support for his cause, to that of prime minister of the new Cuba, and later the entrenched leader of the embargo Communist nation. Further details available upon request. .

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

      Chapman & Hall 1955 - First edition. Original blue cloth titled in gilt in pictorial dustwrapper designed by Biro. Author's presentation copy inscribed on publication to John Betjeman, "John with love from Evelyn / June 30th 1955". A fine copy in a very good dustwrapper which show a little browning and wear to the corners A fine association, linking two of the foremost literary figures of the twentieth century. Waugh and Betjeman were introduced by Diana Guinness at Biddeston, the Guinness's country house. They were contemporaries and acquaintances at Oxford, with a number of mutual friends, though not close. "The relationship between the two men was edgy, perhaps best summarised by Waugh himself in a letter to Betjeman's wife on 7 January 1950 - 'My love to John. Though he does not love me as I love him.'" - A.N. Wilson (Betjeman) However, Betjeman's undergraduate eccentricity seemingly had one significant literary influence on Waugh. Betjeman famously brought his teddy bear, whom he had named Archibald Ormsby-Gore, up to Magdelen, carrying it wherever he went and talking of it as if it held its own views, "Archibald has accepted the Incumbency of Raum's Episcopal Chapel, Homerton, E. 17. He has always been associated with the Evangelical Party and he will have to wear a black gown in the pulpit." It was this sort of flippant humour that lead his tutor, C.S. Lewis, to describe Betjeman in his diary as an "idle prig" who attended tutorials in "eccentric bedroom slippers". However, such antics undoubtedly formed the basis for Sebastian Flight's behaviour at Oxford in Waugh's Brideshead Revisited. After coming down from Oxford, Waugh and Betjeman remained friends. Waugh also formed a close and lifelong friendship with Betjeman's wife Penelope, whom he dedicated his novel Helena to and used her as the basis for the eponymous character. The Betjemans attended both Waugh's marriage to Laura and his funeral. Betjeman mentions receiving this presentation copy in a letter to Waugh of the 2 July 1955, "I came back the night before last. to find your new novel awaiting me and inscribed by you." It would appear that this book was given by Betjeman to his personal secretary at the time, Anita Dent. Betjeman was a friend of the Dent family and gave the toast at Anita's wedding in 1958. Accompanying the book is a letter of provenance from Anita Dent's son, Simon Coury, outlining the connection with Betjeman. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Jonkers Rare Books ABA ILAB]
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        Moonraker

      Jonathan Cape 1955 - First Edition, First Priting. A beautiful dustjacket with minor wear to the spine and edges. This original dustjacket is vibrant in color with no pieces missing. The book is in nice shape. The binding is tight, and the boards are crisp with minor wear to the panels. There is no writing, marks or bookplates in the book. Overall, a lovely copy of this TRUE FIRST EDITION with the First Issue dustjacket. We buy Fleming First Editions. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Quintessential Rare Books, LLC]
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        Lolita

      Olympia Press, Paris 1955 - The correct first edition of Nabokov's masterwork, published in Paris by the Olympia Press, which was most widely known at that time for the pornography published in its "Travelers Companion" series. This novel, which is now viewed as one of the high spots of 20th century literature, was not published in that series, but was bound in wrappers that are essentially identical to the Travelers Companion books -- presumably so that potential buyers might purchase it thinking they were buying the more hard-core erotica. Shortly after it was published, it was banned in France for three years (1956-1959). Published in an edition estimated at 5000 copies. Two volumes in wrappers, this being the first issue, distinguished from the second by the absence of a price sticker over the original price on the back cover of Volume II. Mild foxing to the edges of the text blocks; gentle creasing to the spines and trace rubbing to the folds. Near fine. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

      [Bookseller: Ken Lopez Bookseller, ABAA (Lopezbooks)]
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        The Talented Mr. Ripley

      New York: Coward-McCann, 1955. First edition of the author's first book in her acclaimed Ripley series. Octavo, original black cloth,. Signed by Patrica Highsmith on the front endpage. Light wear to the bottom cloth, fine in a near fine dust jacket that shows light wear to the extremities. A very bright copy. Consistently named as one of a half-dozen greatest of all suspense writers, Highsmith also created a truly unique character in Ripley, who has remained his totally amoral, if charming, self through five novels" (100 Top Mystery Novels of All Time, 71). "The brilliance of Highsmith's conception of Tom Ripley was her ability to keep the heroic and demonic American dreamer in balance in the same protagonist—thus keeping us on his side well after his behavior becomes far more sociopathic than that of a con man like Gatsby" (Frank Rich, New York Times Magazine). Adapted to film in 1999 film starring Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law and Philip Seymour Hoffman.

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        The Europeans.

      Simon and Schuster, New York 1955 - First edition. Folio, original illustrated boards. An excellent near fine copy in a very good price-clipped acetate dust jacket. Inscribed by the author "a Jean Simon tres cordialement Henri Cartier-Bresson." With the captions booklet laid in. Henri Cartier-Bresson is perhaps the greatest photographer of the twentieth century, The Europeans, along with The Decisive Moment are his finest books. Henri Cartier-Bresson's amazing feat as a photographer is the ability to follow his heart and the keen vision of his mind and eye in each photograph. His subjects are only part of the image in the viewfinder, whose composition he sometimes arranges with geometric precision. Many of his best photographs also have startlingly broad political and sociological connotations, which gives the ordinary subjects extraordinary dignity, even grandeur. Europeans is filled with these images, which are often visually complex as well. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

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        Lolita

      Olympia Press, Paris 1955 - True first edition First Issue of this 20th Century masterpiece. Two volumes in publisher's printed green wrappers with the "Francs:900" price on the lower back corner of both volumes. An excellent unsoiled set showing extremely light use and a bit of professional archival restoration at the extremities. The contents of both volumes are fresh and clean; neat tiny name on both front endpapers. A lovely superior set in a custom matching forest green cloth clamshell box with a gilt lettered label on the spine. The 1962 Stanley Kubrick film starred James Mason, Shelley Winters, Peter Sellers and Sue Lyon, with Nabokov writing the screenplay. Shipped bubble-wrapped in a box, not a padded envelope. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

      [Bookseller: Dubliners Books]
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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

      Privately Printed), (No place 1955 - 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. [Attributes: First Edition]

      [Bookseller: Between the Covers-Rare Books, Inc. ABAA]
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        Henri Cartier-Bresson: Les Européens (French edition of The Europeans)

      Editions Verve, Paris 1955 - First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Photographically illustrated paper-covered boards (a design by Joan Miró especially for this book); no dust jacket as issued. Photographs and introduction (in French) by Henri Cartier-Bresson. 134 pp., with 114 black-and-white gravure plates. 14-5/8 x 10-7/8 inches. CONDITION: As New. A very rare Mint copy, that looks as if it was just printed and has no flaws! [Cited in Martin Parr and Gerry Badger, The Photobook: A History, Volume I. (London and New York: Phaidon, 2004).] This quintessential look at post-war Europe, in images taken between 1950 and 1955, features some of Cartier-Bresson's most well known--and loved--images. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Vincent Borrelli, Bookseller]
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        Handful of Darkness

      Cowan 1955 - First Edition, First Printing bound in blue boards. The second state book is bound in orange cloth. An attractive dustjacket that is rich in color with slight wear to the spine ends and panels with no chipping to the dustjacket. The book is in nice shape. The binding is tight and the boards are crisp with minor wear to the edges. The pages are exceptionally clean, with no writing, marks or bookplates in the book. Overall, a lovely copy of this true first edition in collector's condition!!! We are also interested in purchasing these type of books. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Quintessential Rare Books, LLC]
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        Lolita

      Olympia Press 1955 - First Edition, First Printing with 900 Francs price printed on the rear panels of both volumes. This two volume set has been well read, with rubbing to panels and wear to the page edges. Otherwise, both Vol 1 and Vol 2 are complete and now preserved in a custom clamshell slipcase. Overall, a very good copy in collector's condition. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

      [Bookseller: Quintessential Rare Books, LLC]
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        Hickory Dickory Dock.

      London: for The Crime Club by Collins, 1955 - Octavo. Original red boards, titles to spine in black. With the supplied dust jacket. Edges spotted, endpapers lightly browned, spine a little faded but an excellent copy in the spine faded dust jacket. First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "For Carlo with love from Agatha". From the library of Charlotte ("Carlo") Fisher (1895–1976), Christie's secretary and early amanuensis with whom Christie wrote several major early titles. The method was described by Christie in her autobiography: "Charlotte and I sat down opposite each other, she with her notebook and pencil. I stared unhappily at the mantelpiece, and began uttering a few tentative sentences. They sounded dreadful. I could not say more than a word without hesitating and stopping. Nothing I said sounded natural. We persisted for an hour. Long afterwards Carlo told me that she herself had been dreading the moment when literary work should begin." By this process Christie - or "Missus" as she was known to Fisher - would find her authorial voice. During the difficult period of the breakdown of her first marriage, Fisher was Christie's only friend and confidante. They remained close throughout their lives. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy]

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA member]
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        Les réincarnations du Père Ubu - illustrated with 23 etchings by Georges ROUAULT

      Société Normande des Amis du Livre / Vollard, Paris 1955 - - Small folio in leafs, with wrapper and slipcase. - ILLUSTRATED with 23 full page etchings by Georges ROUAULT (all the etchings are plate signed). - LIMITED to 210 copies - here the personnal copy of Mme Andre Maurois, wife of the famous French writer. - PAPER : Auvergne vellum. - HISTORY : the copper plates was ordered by Ambroise Vollard and engraved by ROUAULT in 1929. Those copper plates remains unused during years. This is the first and only edition that was done with them (plates was canceled after the edition). - SIZE : 9 x 12". - CONDITION : Excellent. ASK FOR EXTRA PICTURES. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Artfever]
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        Gargantua. Lithographs by Antoni CLAVÉ (Clave).

      Toulon: Les Bibliophiles de Provence, 1955, first Clavé edition, number XXXIII of CC (200) impressions (total edition in book form 200; there also was a portfolio edition of 20 deluxe suites of plates) on grand velin d'Arches, produced for André Cordesse. The great Rabelais classic is here illustrated by Antoni Clave with 61 original color lithographs (including 4 double-page and 15 single-page, all hors-texte) + 61 original color woodcuts for lettrines and cul-de-lampe. The complete book with about 250 pp. (text and the lithos); loose leaves with tissue guards in publisher's wrappers, chemise and slipcase, the latter two with a lithographic design by Clave. Overall size 16 x 12 x 3 in. (41 x 30 x 8 cm); in excellent condition. References: - Toulon: Les Bibliophiles de Provence, 1955, first Clavé edition, number XXXIII of CC (200) impressions (total edition in book form 200; there also was a portfolio edition of 20 deluxe suites of plates) on grand velin d'Arches, produced for André Cordesse. The great Rabelais classic is here illustrated by Antoni Clave with 61 original color lithographs (including 4 double-page and 15 single-page, all hors-texte) + 61 original color woodcuts for lettrines and cul-de-lampe. The complete book with about 250 pp. (text and the lithos); loose leaves with tissue guards in publisher's wrappers, chemise and slipcase, the latter two with a lithographic design by Clave. Overall size 16 x 12 x 3 in. (41 x 30 x 8 cm); in excellent condition. References: Strachan "The Artist & The Book in France", pp. 146 & 329: " Gargantua (Rabelais), a work to which Clavé brought all his inventiveness of design. Apart from the brilliant color combinations (some involving five to eight separate stones) Clavé devised a large number of initial letters Certainly this book lives up to Rabelais's exhortation "Vivez joyeux"; it is also Gargantuan in scale with its format". Strachan goes on declaring this work as sequel to Derain's Pantagruel. Other references: Monod 9388; Rauch 191; "The Artist & The Book" p.47. This book is Clave's masterpiece, by far his most important graphic work and a good example of the French Expressionist Realism. It took Clave 5 years (1951-1955) to complete this project. Provenance: André Cordesse collection. [Attributes: First Edition]

      [Bookseller: Gemini Fine Books & Arts, Ltd. (ABAA)]
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        Lolita

      Paris: The Olympia Press,, 1955. 2 volumes, octavo. Finely bound for Asprey in burgundy half morocco, titles and decoration to spines, raised bands, burgundy cloth boards, marbled endpapers, gilt edges. Boards ever so slightly bowed, an excellent copy. First edition of one of the most notorious books published in the 20th century, published three years before the American edition and four before the London.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        The Talented Mr. Ripley

      Coward-McCann, Inc. 1955 - New York: Coward-McCann Inc, 1955. First Edition, First Printing in original dust jacket with price of $3.00 intact. In Near Fine condition. Clean text. Sound binding. Small remainder mark to bottom edge of page block. Boards show light edge wear. The dust jacket shows light rubbing, light sunning to the spine panel and a few nicks and tiny chips at the edges. A lovely example of this high point of crime fiction, in an impressive original jacket. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Burnside Rare Books]
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        THE OCTOBER COUNTRY

      New York: Ballantine Books,. [1955]. Octavo,. cloth.. A fine copy in fine white dust jacket virtually free of soiling with. tiny closed tear and associated crease at bottom edge of front panel. and orange title lettering on spine panel slightly faded but quite. readable. Overall, an attractive example of a jacket rarely found in. nice condition. Enclosed in a quarter red leather clamshell box.. (#111877). First edition. Probable earliest state of the hardcover trade binding with publisher's monogram stamped upside down on spine panel (Currey binding B1). Four stories appear here for the first time in book form, "The Dwarf," "The Watchful Poker Chip of H. Matisse," "Touched With Fire," and "The Wonderful Death of Dudley Stone." The remainder are reprinted, most with revisions, from DARK CARNIVAL (1947). Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 259. Jones and Newman (eds), Horror: 100 Best Books 55. Survey of Science Fiction Literature IV, pp. 1571-73. See Barron (ed), Fantasy Literature 4A-46. See Barron (ed), Horror Literature 3-34 and 4-52.

      [Bookseller: L. W. Currey, Inc.]
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        The Talented Mr. Ripley

      Coward-McCann, New York 1955 - First edition. Two tiny spots on the foredge, still easily fine in fine dustwrapper with some slight rubbing, and a few tiny tears. A very nice copy of this classic mystery, the first book in the Ripley series. Basis for the acclaimed 1960 Rene Clement film *Purple Noon* with Alain Delon, and more recently filmed by Anthony Minghella with Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Jude Law. See this book in 3D on our site. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Between the Covers-Rare Books, Inc. ABAA]
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        Lord of the Flies.

      New York. Coward-McCann. 1955. - First Edition.With the statement: "First American Edition, 1955" at the top of the copyright page. And with "Manufactured in the United States of America" at the bottom of the copyright page. "There is sheer delight in this adventure of well-brought-up little boys who find themselves on a deserted island and there is horror in its most frightening form when they fall prey to the pressure of raw nature. Imagination combines with realism as innocence gives way to cunning and primitive violence. In this, his first novel, William Golding writes with the compelling power that marks true literary achievement." (Dustjacket front flap.) A splendid copy in a clean, crisp beige cloth spine stamped brightly in green and greyish-blue cloth textured boards. Clean, tight, and unmarked throughout. In a strikingly bright wraparound dustjacket featuring the green jungle of the island, printed brightly in yellow and white. With the original price of $3.50 at the top of the inside front flap. With light toning to the verso of the dustjacket and a spot or two of foxing to the white endpapers. A tiny piece missing at the bottom corner of the rear flap. A lovely, collectible copy. First Edition.With the statement: "First American Edition, 1955" at the top of the copyright page. And with "Manufactured in the United States of America" at the bottom of the copyright page. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Brainerd Phillipson Rare Books]
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        The Body Snatchers (First UK Edition)

      Eyre and Spottiswoode, London 1955 - First UK Edition, and first edition in Fine in a Near Fine dust jacket. A hint of foxing to the endpapers, and a hint of rubbing at the jacket corners and spine ends. Finney's most important book, basis for the classic 1956 film, "Invasion of the Body Snatchers," directed by Don Siegel--one of the few horror films of that era qualifying as film noir. Remade several times, most notably the superb 1978 version directed by Philip Kaufman and starring Donald Sutherland. A fresh and attractive copy. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Royal Books, Inc., ABAA]
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        Les Europeens

      Verve, Paris, France 1955 - First Edition. Hardcover. Folio. Near fine condition. Text in French. Unpaginated. 114 b&w plates of images taken by Bresson between 1950 and 1955. Cover design by Joan Miro. Just a hint of soiling to the covers. Very light wear to the spine ends and corners. Light foxing to the pastedowns and endpapers. Light browning to the page edges. Otherwise a very bright, fine copy. Scarce in this condition. Language: eng [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Bondi Books (ABAJ, ILAB)]
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        The October Country

      Ballantine Books 1955 - A fine first edition, first issue, in a fine first issue dust jacket (with the upside-down "BB" on the spine). Housed in a custom-made collector's slipcase. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Bookbid]
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