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      Cape, 1955. 1st edition. Hardcover. True first printing of Ian Fleming's third James Bond adventure. The black boards are clean, with sharp corners, very light bumping at the head of the spine, and strong silver lettering to the spine and the front board. The endpapers are clean, with very light offset strips from the flaps, and the pages are very clean indeed, with three very tiny edge-nicks. The dustjacket is not price-clipped, has had neat internal restorations at spine ends and folds, the flames on the front are red as they should be, the spine colours are only slightly paled, the rear panel is very slightly rubbed, and the overall effect is excellent, well above average for this fragile wrapper. In all, a Very Near Fine copy.

      [Bookseller: Shellhouse Books]
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        Country Life Magazine

      1955 - London - Country Life Magazine, 1954 Book. Very Good. Hardcover. Six volumes of Country Life magazine. Includes some lovely full page advertisements and colour illustrations. Volume 115 part one contains January 7th to April 1st, 1954. Volume 115 part two contains April 8th to June 24th, 1954. Volume 116 part one contains July 1st to September 23, 1954. Volume 116 part two contains September 30th to December 30th, 1954. Volume 117 part one contains January 6th to March 31st, 1955. Volume 117 part two contains April 7th to June 30th, 1955. The magazine covers the pleasures and joys of rural life, as well as the concerns of rural people. It is primarily concerned with rural communities and their environments as well as the concerns of country dwellers. Much of its success has historically been built on its coverage of country houses, architecture and gardening. The pursuits and interests covered include hunting, shooting, farming, equestrian news and gardening and there are regular news and opinion pieces as well as a firm engagement with rural politics. There are reviews of books, food and wine, art and architecture, and antiques and crafts. Condition: In cloth bindings. Externally, generally smart with just a little shelfwear and a few marks to the boards. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are bright and clean with just the odd mark. Overall: VERY GOOD..

      [Bookseller: Rooke Books]
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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 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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        Syon House

      London: The Dropmore Press, 1955. Small quarto. x, 41pp. + (10)ff. of engravings. One of 175 numbered copies. Illustrated with ten images of Syon House, the London home of the Duke of Northumberland, printed directly from the original copper plates engraved by John Buckland Wright. Each image is titled in pencil. The ten architectural and landscape engravings are wonderful examples of Buckland Wright's careful examination of a subject and the precision with which he rendered it. Adrian Bury, who is primarily known as a watercolor artist, wrote the text about Syon House that precedes Wright's engravings, and his text is introduced by a brief appreciation of Buckland Wright by English artist Henry Rushbury. Printed on handmade cream wove paper and bound in sumptuous full black morocco with gilt armorial crest to center of both boards and gilt lettering to spine. Dentelles decorated with repeating floral device in gilt. Light blue endpapers, illustrated. Very fine. Bookplate.

      [Bookseller: Bromer Booksellers]
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        Al Rastro. Episodio de "La Guerra Guacha"

      Buenos Aires: Sociedad de Bibliofilos Argentinos, 1955. First edition. Loose quires in glassine covered printed wrappers within a portfolio and slip case. A fine copy in a very good rebacked portfolio with matching slipcase. 4to. Illus. with 6 b/w plates. No. 6 of 92 numbered copies (of a run of 100). This story of "The Gaucho War", published by the Argentine Bibliophile Society under the direction of Armando Braun Menendez, is part of a series of six stories by Argentines illustrated by Argentine artists. The illustrations from the pen of Jorge Argerich (1905-) were etched, drawn by Raul Veroni in his hand press. Printing by Francis A. Colombo. Leopoldo Lugones Argüello (1874-1938,) Argentine writer and journalist, published La Guerra Guacha in 1905, and it made into a film in 1942. Colombo Fine Printing 238. Colombo: L'art du livre 233.

      [Bookseller: Kaaterskill Books, ABAA/ILAB]
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      New York: Harcourt, Brace (1955). 1st edition, boards, w/dj. A presentation copy to fellow poet and close associate Theodore Roethke, inscribed: "To Ted & Beatrice: my solace and delight, with all my love, Dave Wagoner" in blue fountain pen ink on the FEP. Wagoner begins the novel with a quote from Roethke, which includes the line "Money money money" from which he took the title for this volume. The friendship between Wagoner and Roethke is legendary. They were close personal friends, and taught together for many years at the University of Washington, Seattle. Although undated, this copy was most likely one of the very first that Wagoner had in his possession upon publication. This is Wagoner's second novel. Light, gentle wear to jacket, else fine.

      [Bookseller: Jett W. Whitehead Rare Books (ABAA)]
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        Satan in Goray. INSCRIBED

      NY: Noonday. 1955. 1st ed., 1955. INSCRIBED on the rear free endpaper to friends in the year of publication by Singer: "To Mr. and Mrs. | Alexander Kahn | with friendship | Isaac Bashevis Singer | Dec. 27, 1955." The Kahn's bookplate is on the front pastedown. Tip of spine sunned else a tight, fine book in a bright, fine price-intact DJ with insignificant wear at the spinal extremities. Very scarce thus.. Inscribed by Author(s). 1st Edition. Hardcover. Fine/Dust Jacket Included.

      [Bookseller: Thomas Dorn ABAA]
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        Angels & Spaceships

      London: Gollancz, 1955. First thus. Includes eight stories reprinted from "Astounding" and "Unknown Worlds."; and nine previously unpublished vignettes. 224pp. VG (one tiny chip from top of p.195; back bottom corner crimp). In VG dj (spine-darkened, small extremity chips). Complete with scarce original wraparound strip with Crispin's blurb. Not price-clipped.. 1st UK. Hard Cover.

      [Bookseller: Page One, Too; Antiquarian Books]
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      New York & London: Michael Todd Co., Inc., 18 November 1955.. [1],158,[4] leaves. Quarto. Mimeographed typescript, printed on rectos only. Bradbound in stencil-printed production company wrappers, then enclosed in gilt-lettered vinyl binder. Ink note on upper wrapper, a few smudges and curled corners, but a very good copy. Copy #31 of this unspecified preproduction draft of Perelman, James Poe and John Farrow's award-winning adaptation to the screen of Verne's novel. Michael Anderson directed the Oct. 1956 release, one of the first two Todd-AO productions. The cast of literally hundreds spread across a number of countries, and included David Niven, Cantinflas, Noel Coward, John Gielgud, Trevor Howard, Finlay Currie, and many, many others. The film won five Oscars, including Best Picture, and Perelman, Poe and Farrow shared the Oscar for Best Screenplay, as well as NY Film Critics and WGA awards in the same category. It was the last of Perelman's screen credits over a quarter of a century's work. The early ink note on the upper wrapper indicates "Minus Henrietta Seq" but the script collates as complete through "The End," and includes an additional 4 leaf appendix at the end.

      [Bookseller: William Reese Company - Literature ABAA-]
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      New York:: Harcourt Brace,, 1955. First Edition. Near Fine. SIGNED TWICE BY E. M . FORSTER--ON THE COVER & TITLE PAGE. PLUS TEXTUAL CORRECTION IN HIS HAND ('Cuckoo for Cockatoo'). Near Fine hardback First Edition, First Printing in the original patterned paper boards with mild sun spine, minimal chip, wear spine tips. No Dust Jacket as issued. 8vo. 11 pp. , 1 plate 'The Library at Battersea Rise' from a watercolor by Henrietta Thornton.

      [Bookseller: By The Book, LC ABAA-ILAB]
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        New Orleans Sketches

      [Tokyo:] Hokuseido,, [1955]. Edited with Notes by Ichiro Nishizaki. Octavo. Original blue cloth, titles to spine gilt. With the dust jacket. Light partial tanning to endpapers, tipped-in typescript portion has been re-inserted, leaving a trace of old glue visible in the gutter. An excellent copy in the dust jacket with toned spine panel and a few minor spots and nicks. First edition, first printing. Presentation copy inscribed by the editor Ichiro Nishizaki on the front free endpaper, "For Dr. Garland Taylor, with remembrances and gratitude from the editor, Ichiro Nishizaki. Tokyo, Japan", and with a typescript of the English translation of his introduction tipped-in following the Japanese language version. Nishizaki was studying the author Lafcadio Hearn when he came across this series of vignettes published in the Times-Picayune in 1925, preceding Faulkner's work as a novelist. Nishizaki took took it upon himself to collect and edit them for this volume, writing in the introduction that, "those ten or more writings of his, printed in the Times-Picayune have not been collected yet, so that I tried to edit those early works of Faulkner in his days of apprenticeship in literature, if we may so call it, picking them up from the Times-Picayune from the end of 1924–1925, which papers I looked through under the good-will of Dr. Garland Taylor of the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library of Tulane University, where I stayed as a Fulbright research scholar". The original introduction is in Japanese (the text of the vignettes is English), and for this presentation copy to Garland Taylor Nishizaki tipped-in a typescript of his introduction in English. A wonderful association copy of this scarce work.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        New York Reports [1st] Court of Appeals. Vols. 1 to 309 (1849-1955)

      1955. New York Reports [1st]. Court of Appeals. Vols 1 to 309, in 158 books (1847-1955). Ex-private law library with location labels at foot of spines. Original publisher's tan cloth with upper red and lower black spine labels. Most volumes with moderate to heavy shelf wear. Fourteen books are with loose or disbound spines. See digital image. * Vols. 1-229 of the New York Court of Appeals decisions are not included in the New York Supplement 1st series; Vols. 1-98 were published prior to the North Eastern Reporter 1st series. Nominative Reporters for vols. 1-251 are: Comstock, George F.; 1811-1892; vols. 1-4 N.Y. Selden, Henry R.; 1805-1885; vols. 5-10 N.Y. Kernan, Francis,; 1816-1892; vols. 11-14 N.Y. Smith, E. Peshine; 1814-1882; vols 15-27 N.Y. Tiffany, Joel,; 1811-1893; vols. 28-39 N.Y. Hand, Samuel,; 1834-1886; vols. 40-45 N.Y. Sickels, Hiram E.; vols. 46-146 N.Y. Smith, Edmund H.; 1848-1915; vols. 147-162 N.Y. Bedell, Edwin A.; 1853-1908; vols. 163-191 Newcomb, Alvah S.; vols. 192-193 Fiero, J. Newton; 1847-1929. vols. 194-251.

      [Bookseller: The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd.]
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        Smeets 1830-1955: From Lithography to Photo-Offset / Van Lithographie tot Foto-Offset

      Weert, Holland: Smeets Drukkerijen N.V., 1955. A little discoloration at the edges of the boards, else near fine in spiral-bound illustrated cream boards, in the very good plus illustrated dust jacket with strips of tape residue at the edges from an early attempt at jacket preservation. From the library of graphic designer and collector David Leigh, with his early address penned on the inside flap of the jacket.. First Edition. Spiral-bound folio. Company book for Dutch printer Smeets, with text in Dutch and English by G. Bomans, H. Paschel and Chr. Zeylstra. Cover and jacket designed by Dick Effers. A wonderful history of this innovative Dutch printing company, beginning with its inception in 1830 and continuing to the book's publication in 1955. Profusely and lavishly illustrated with full-color examples of the company's lithographs, die-cuts, fold-outs, transparencies, etc. One of the most incredible company books I have seen; a gorgeous production with fabulous illustrations that trace the history of printing and advertising not only for this company, but also with wider implications for the dissemination of print media in general.

      [Bookseller: Harper's Books, Inc.]
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        Typed Document Signed, 4to, New York, November 25, 1955

      This is a Standard AFTRA contract between Sal Mineo and NBC, expressing that Mineo will receive $650 for his performance on December 4, 1955 as Johnny Swaboda in ?Trees? sponsored by Goodyear. Signed, in blue ink, by the seventeen year old, ?Sal Mineo? and also by his mother, ?Josephine Mineo?.

      [Bookseller: David Schulson Autographs]
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        The Bride of the Innisfallen

      First edition 1st printing, Near Fine to Fine book with bumping bottom of spine, very slight bumps to top corners of boards, touch of rubbing at bottom corners, slight age toning of edges of page block; in a similar dust jacket with bumping and slight color loss bottom of spine, touch of age toning along top edge of white portions. A very nice, first state review copy of Welty?s seventh book. A Harcourt Brace review slip is tipped in at the front end page noting the review date as APR 7 1955 and that price will be $3.50 (which is the price on the flap). The first state has only a single date on the copyright page, 1955, and is extremely rare. The first state copies apparently went only to reviewers and the copyright page was corrected by adding the copyright dates for all the stories in the trade printing. A slip from a previous book seller notes that this was once the copy of John Martin, founder of Black Sparrow Press.

      [Bookseller: Squid Ink Books]
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      New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, (1955). First Edition. Hardcover. Fine in a Fine dustwrapper, and quite uncommon as such. First issue with single copyright date and bound in green cloth-backed boards.

      [Bookseller: Charles Agvent]
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      Ashville, NC: Jonathan Williams 1955.. Pictorial wrappers. Illustrated with drawings by Dan Rice. A bit of light rubbing and darkening at edges, but a very good copy. First edition. One of two hundred copies, published as Jargon 10. Although not called for, signed by the author and the artist on the colophon, and inscribed again by Creeley on the front blank to one of his later publishers, John Martin. Martin's small book label is laid in. NOVIK A6.

      [Bookseller: William Reese Company - Literature ABAA-]
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        MARLBOROUGH. His life and times

      George G. Harrap & Co. Ltd. London. 1955. TWO VOLUME EDITION. A reprint of the 2 volume edition which was originally issued in 1947. 8vo. (8.6 x 5.9 inches). Each volume over 1000 pages with maps, plans, facsimiles and portraits. Originally published in 4 volumes before the second world war, the publishers reprinted the work on thinner paper to make this more affordable two volume edition. The work has not been reduced in any way. Some fraying to the fore edge of one of the folding maps, not affecting the printed image, where it has previously been incorrectly re-folded otherwise a clean and bright set, finely bound by Sangorski & Sutcliffe, for Bumpus Booksellers of London. Half red morocco, spines with raised bands, each with gilt piping. Compartments ruled and lettered in gilt. Red cloth on boards. Marbled endapers. Top edges gilt. A finely bound set of Churchill's Great Ancestral history.

      [Bookseller: Paul Foster Books]
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        Judith Hearne.

      London, Andre Deutsch. 1955 - First Edition. 8vo. Fine in publisher's burgundy cloth, in a similarly fine dustwrapper, unvlipped, unfaded, unscuffed. Very attractive indeed. Internally clean and sharp, ink ownership to front flyleaf. A beautiful copy of Moore's horribly compelling novel of loneliness and isolation. Later known as 'The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne', which rather gives the game away. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Adrian Harrington Rare Books, ABA ILAB]
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        Deep Diving and Submarine Operations

      London: [The St. Catherine Press Ltd.,] Siebe, Gorman & Co., Ltd.,, 1955. A Manual for Deep Sea Divers and Compressed Air Workers. Parts I & II. Octavo. Original green cloth, titles to spine and upper board gilt. Frontispiece and numerous illustrations throughout the text. With the errata slip. Siebe, Gorman & Co sticker covering original imprint on title page. Very lightly rubbed at extremities, a little spotting to top edge of text block. An excellent copy. Sixth edition, revised and expanded. A superb copy of this comprehensive book on working in "unbreathable atmospheres", for decades the unrivalled manual on the subject. Author Robert H. Davis (1870–1965) entered the diving equipment firm of Siebe, Gorman, & Co. as an office boy at age eleven, and was soon climbing in rank, becoming life president in 1959. He became a a specialist in all types of breathing equipment, aggressively expanded the company's activities, contributed much original research to the field, and engaged with the Army and Navy to improve equipment and procedures. Among his inventions were a 1906 oxygen apparatus for mining rescue, respirators for use in First World War gas attacks, and an emergency oxygen supply for submarine escapes. He was on the government committee that published the first decompression tables, and in 1951 his firm helped to pioneer underwater television to investigate water-based disasters. This edition is much expanded, including new material on the Marconi-Siebe underwater television apparatus and its role investigating the crash of the Comet airliner Yoke Peter; the free breathing method of escape from submarines; the one-man submarine escape chamber, or D. S. E. A. and examples of its successful use; and the leisure potential of the "ESSJEE" aqualung self-contained breathing apparatus.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        The Mountain on the Desert: A Philosophical Journey

      Alfred A. Knopf, New York 1955 - First edition. A tiny spot on the spine, else fine in an attractive, very good dustwrapper with slight tanning at the spine, a couple of small spots on the front panel, and several old internal repairs. Inscribed by the author: "For Edward and Florence Castetter, this small souvenir of a large picnic lunch many years ago. Conrad Richter. May 11, 1955." Edward Castetter, an ethnobotanist and head of the biology department at the University of New Mexico, is one of the dedicatees of this philosophical journey through the deserts of New Mexico. 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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        Cell and Tissue Culture

      A manual for laboratory workers, for years in its various editions, the authoritative handbook of practical tissue culture techniques (Freshney), cited in nearly 400 publications; "No other text on tissue culture has so wide or such well balanced coverage" (Am. Sc. Review). Offered is an historic specimen, originally owned by Elsa Meyer Zitcer, who without even a B.S., became a remarkable technician and made important contributions to the development of culture techniques for primary cells and cell lines including the first demonstration of growing poliovirus in primary cells from human amnion (1955). Paul and Zitcer's association is documented by his preface acknowledgment to her, vi, lines 2-7. Zitcer signed the endpaper and preserved the original letter Paul sent her Feb. 7, 1957, an invitation-she accepted-to join staff for the Tissue Culture Association Summer Course, Denver: the courses supplied most material for the book. Letter excerpts: "The job would involve handling serial cultures of L cells and HeLa for virology teaching." "It is an excellent opportunity to meet a large number of the outstanding figures in the tissue culture world." "I hope you will be interested, we should be glad to have the benefit of your green thumb." TLS: a typed page, folded blue airmail format, body of 26 lines, plus headings and salutations, with carefully done signature by Paul, sender and recipient addresses on reverse side. PUBLISHING NOTE: made up from British sheets with American publisher's boards, sheets printed from type by Central Press, Aberdeen and stating in gilt letters on upper cover side, Williams & Wilkins, Baltimore. (The expanded second edition was published in 1960. There have been five editions.) LETTER: laid-in. FURTHER ADDITION: laid-in print-out cutting with a Healy and R. C. Parker serial medium formula from an unpublished experiment. Laid-in material is now in an archival sleeve. PAUL [1922-1994]: Noted for his chromatin function research. Director H.E.R.T. Tissue Culture Laboratory, Glasgow University (1953-66); Titular Professor of Biochemistry, Glasgow University (1964-66); Director Cancer Research Laboratories, Royal Beatson Memorial (1966-70); Founding Director, Beatson Institute for Cancer Research (1970-87). ZITCER [1913-97]: Chief Technician, Virus Lab, University of California, Berkeley (ca. 1951-71), Lab Director-Wendell Meredith Stanley. In 1955 Zitcer with associates demonstrated it was possible to grow generations of human amniotic cells in serial culture and infect them with poliovirus. "Monolayer cultures of trypsin-dispersed cells derived from human amnion have been used for the propagation of mammalian viruses since 1955" (Grogan). The process would later be adapted to develop influenza vaccines. Primary culture amnion cells have a limited growth capability in vitro. After a few months subcultures become difficult to establish. Cells of established lines cultured from human amnion have far more growth potential but display an increased mitotic index including hyperchromatic nuclei, making them cells with malignant characteristics. The malignant features of transformed amnion cells in contrast to primary culture amnion cells made possible model in vitro experiments, demonstrated by Zitcer and Dunnabecke in 1957, valuable for study of cancerous cell growth, etc. Zitcer was the primary or co-author for ten significant papers on aspects of cell culture with applications to virus and cancer research (1954-1968). Papers include: Serial cultivation of normal human embryonic cells directly on glass (1954), Effect of serum ultrafiltrate on cultivated mast cells and fibroblasts from human skin (1954), Human amnion cells for large-scale production of polio virus (1955), Transformation of cells from normal human amnion into established strains (1957), Preparation of cell suspension from insect tissues for in vitro cultivation (1958), Multiplication of an influenza virus strain in a continuous line of mammalian cells (1967). CONDITION: Letter: fair, clean with many slight fingering marks, irregular tear-off of bottom corner -no text affected, pinholes at top inner corner. Cutting: very good. Book Condition Detail: Pages: largely clean: bottom margin spot on pp. 35-38 with trace offset to p. 34 and pp. 39-40: some bibliography entries with pencil checks by Zitcer. Boards: light soiling: light edgewear: slight spine wear at foot: bottom corner bumped. Gilt: few letters slightly dulled. Binding: excellent. Jacket: lacking. FORMAT: Publisher's sewn black cloth boards, gilt letters on upper side and spine. SIZE: Octavo, 221 x 149 mm (8.7 x 5.87 inches). PAGINATION: Confirmed complete, 269 pages, illustrated with 9 captioned plates on coated paper, 3 in color, 41 b/w figures and 16 tables: (iv), v- viii; 1-261 pages with subject index. Each of the 19 chapters ends with a separate, selected bibliography. BACKGROUND: Primary cell cultures (before subculturing) are used to grow viruses. Most are derived from primate kidney tissue, amnion, or fibroblasts from chick embryos. 1936; Sabin and Olitsky at Rockefeller Institute grow poliovirus in culture of brain tissue from a human embryo. 1949; John Franklin Enders and team culture poliovirus in non-nervous tissue. 1949; Finders and team grow poliovirus in rhesus monkey kidney tissue. 1951; Mary Kubicek, under Dr. George Gey at Johns Hopkins uses roller-tube technique to grow first human cancer transformed cell line, (from cervical carcinoma biopsy taken from Henrietta Lacks), cell line named HeLa. 1955; Zitcer, culture of poliovirus from human amnion. CATALOGING: John Paul is often confused with John Rodman Paul, a distinguished scientist associated with polio research at Yale. REFERENCE: Freshney, Culture of Animal Cells; Fraenkel-Conrat, Viruses; Corbis Archive, Zitcer portrait photo. ADDITIONAL IMAGES: by request.

      [Bookseller: Steven Waldman]
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        A catalogue of the Hawaiian lichens (Svenska vetenskapsakedemien, Stockholm. Arkiv för botanik)

      Almqvist & Wiksells 1955 - Trade paperback is near very good with wear and a bit of damage to the spine, shelfwear, bumped corners and the owner's name on the front cover. A nice example of a very scarce resource. [Attributes: Soft Cover]

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        The Tree of Idleness [ASSOCIATION COPY Signed by Durrell and by Seferis]

      London: Faber and Faber, 1955. First edition. Hardcover. Fine/near fine. A Fine copy of the first edition, first printing (quite light offsetting to free endpapers, two spots to front pastedown showing light surface damage, presumably due to removal of something previously tipped in), in a virtually Fine dust jacket (light wear at upper edge of front panel with tape repair to the spine head interior, otherwise Fine), SIGNED BY LAWRENCE DURRELL in red ink on the title page and SIGNED BY GEORGE SEFERIS TO REX WARNER on the half title (with Rex Warner's name written in English and Seferis' signature in Greek), under which Seferis has written a line in Greek. A Greek Diplomat and Ambassador to the UK, and one of the Twentieth Century's most important Greek Poets, George Seferis won the 1963 Nobel Prize in Literature for "his eminent lyrical writing, inspired by a deep feeling for the Hellenic world of culture", making him the first Greek ever to have received the Prize. British author Rex Warner, to whom Seferis has inscribed the book, was Seferis' close friend and frequent translator. In addition to their deep relationship as friends, each man held the other in high regard, and Warner's excellent translations of his work were a major factor in Seferis' winning the Prize. Signed copies of this book, Durrell's fourth book of poems, are relatively uncommon. Furthermore, any book signed by Nobel Prize-winning Poet George Seferis are difficult to find and scarce to the market. A Fine copy of Lawrence Durrell's fourth book of Poetry, SIGNED BY LAWRENCE DURRELL, SIGNED BY GEORGE SEFERIS, and INSCRIBED IN GREEK BY SEFERIS TO THEIR FELLOW AUTHOR REX WARNER. RARE.

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      New York: New Directions, 1955. CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF- Tennessee Williams- New Directions- New York- 1955- 1st Edition-1st Printing-1st State without credit to the New York Times on verso of title page, and without credit to Jo Mielziner on xii- Hardcover:-8vo- VG++-Near FINE/VG+ dj is price clipped, original tan cloth is clean, tight and square- jacket design by Alvin Lustig has minor chipping at head and foot of spine, top edge and lower right corner, no tears, bright and clean, in mylar.- xiv, 1-197, complete, clean, no tears or writing- SEE PHOTOS- Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Drama Critics Award for best play of the 1954-55 season. This is the first issue. Made into a movie starring Paul Newman, Elizabeth Taylor, Burl Ives, Jack Carson, and Judith Anderson. The film received a host of Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor in a Leading Role (Paul Newman), Best Actress in a Leading Role (Elizabeth Taylor)- Fiction-drama-play-movie-tie-in-Americana (3589) . 1st Edition-1st Printing-1st State. Cloth. VG++-Near FINE/VG+. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

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        Saskatchewan. The History of a Province (inscribed & signed by Tommy Douglas)

      [Toronto]: McClelland and Stewart Limited printed by Hunter Rose Co., 1955. 1st Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good/Very Good. DAVEY, A.W. . Presentation copy. Good+ /Very Good-. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Small 4to. Red cloth, pictorial dust jacket. xi, 292pp. Errata slip. Maps, drawings by A.W. Davey, illustrated endpapers,& 1958 gift inscription from "Tommy" Douglas to "Sandy" Robertson.& Alexander "Sandy" Duff Robertson was born on April 28,1926, in Dunkfield, England. He received an M.B. from the University of Edinburgh in 1949, a D.P.H. from the University of London in 1955, and an M.D. from the University of Saskatchewan in 1961. In 1958, Robertson became head of the Department of Social and Preventive Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan where he remained until accepting the executive directorship of the Milbank Memorial Fund in New York City in 1962., The ffep bears an warm and heart felt inscription " To Dr. "Sandy" Robertson Saskatchewan's most recent acquisition in the field of Social Medicine from [signed] T. C. Douglas Premier of Sask. Sept 24th 1958" , In November 2004 a nation wide vote by over one million Canadians selected Tommy Douglas as "The Greatest Canadian of all Time."& Known as the 'Father of Medicare' - he launched it in Saskatchewan when he was premier of that province, first universal hospital insurance in 1947, then medicare in 1959. He has been described as, "the most influential politician never to be elected Prime Minister." Tommy Douglas was a great Canadian he had many roles: a minister, a family man, a persuasive public speaker, a comedian, an advocate for the poor, unemployed and farmers. But those roles just combine into one title to most Canadians: a great politician who cared about people. He was not in politics for prestige or the money of political life, he was there because he wanted to make life better for all Canadians. Always able to adapt and change his approach if one method did not work. For Tommy Douglas democratic socialism was really his only political choice because it was the only philosophy that valued all people as much as he did." quoted from Wayne Fisher on-line article Tommy Douglas Making Canada Better!& Tommy Douglas made an invaluable contribution to political life," says Xavier Gélinas, Curator of Canadian Political History at the Canadian Museum of Civilization. "In total, he provided the impetus for about a hundred pieces of legislation, several of which can be said to have shaped the Canadian identity."& In recognition of this immense contribution, in 1980 he was named a Companion of the Order of Canada&

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        Quelques Sonnets. Gravures à l'eau-forte par Dunoyer de Segonzac.

      chez l'artiste, S. l., 1955. - 255 X 320 mm. en feuilles sous couverture rempliée et double emboîtage, non paginé. Edition tirée à 210 exemplaires sur vélin d'Arches filigrané à la feuille de ronce. 1/120 ex. num. avec un état des 51 eaux-fortes originales par André Dunoyer de Segonzac, dont 49 à pleine page.(Monod 9925). Enrichi d'un bel envoi autographe de l'illustrateur.

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        Excellent signed and inscribed 3.5" X 5.5" postcard portrait by Jackie Robinson getting out of the dugout. A nice, romantic portrait of the great American hero, signed in ballpoint pen and in excellent condition

      Apart from his cultural impact, Robinson had an exceptional baseball career. Over ten seasons, he played in six World Series and contributed to the Dodgers' 1955 World Championship. He was selected for six consecutive All-Star Games from 1949 to 1954, was the recipient of the inaugural MLB Rookie of the Year Award in 1947, and won the National League Most Valuable Player Award in 1949 ? the first black player so honored. Robinson was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962. In 1997, Major League Baseball retired his uniform number, 42, across all major league teams.

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        Ascent of K2: Second Highest Peak In The World. Translated by David Moore [with a postcard signed by members of the expedition]

      London: Elek Books, 1955. Hardcover. First English edition. Octavo. 239pp. Illustrated with photographs throughout the book in several sections; and with maps. Publisher's light blue cloth, spine gilt; in the illustrated dust jacket that is somewhat rubbed and edge worn, with a long crease on the front panel, and a closed tear. A Very Good+ copy in dust jacket. | This copy includes a color photograph postcard showing the thirteen member Italian team at base camp, August 4 1954, and is signed by ten of them -- Ubaldo Rey, Ugo Angelino, Lino Lacedelli, Erich Abram, Gino Solda, Sergio Viotto, Mario Fantin, Guido Pagani, Cirillo Floreanini and Pino Galotti. // This famous expedition organized by the Italian Alpine Club culminated with K2 conquered for the first time, via the Abruzzi Route, as Lino Lacedelli and Achille Compagnoni achieved the summit on July 31, 1954. The summit would not be reached agian fr 23 years, when a Japanese team succeeded; the following year, 1978, would see the first team of Americans reach the top of K2 via a new route on the Northeast ridge. Image or additional images available upon request

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      Murlot - Edit. Gerard Cramer, 1955Litografia a colori, mm.440x620 + marg. bianchi in barbe. Es. numerato (38/50) e firmato in basso a destra 'Marino'. (Cfr. Marino Marini. Catalogo ragionato dell'opera grafica 1919-1980, p.148 e p. 136).

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        The Book of The Flower Fairies

      London: Blackie and Son Limited,, [1955]. Poems and pictures by Mary Cicely Barker. Octavo. Recent dark green morocco, titles and decoration to spine gilt, raised bands, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt. With colour illustrations throughout. The occasional minor blemish, an excellent copy in a handsome binding. Omnibus Edition of The Spring, The Summer and The Autumn Flower Fairies in a larger format to the separate printings.

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        777 Revised. Vel Prolegomena Symbolica Ad Systemam Sceptico-Mysticae Viae Explicandae, Fundamentum Hieroglyphicum Sanctissimorum Scientiae Summae. A Reprint of 777 With Much Additional Matter by the late Aleister Crowley. [Seven Seven Seven]

      London: The Neptune Press, 1955., 1955. SECOND EDITION. One of 12 copies on hand-made paper. Royal octavo (250 x 155mm) pp. xxvii, 155. Bound in full scarlet vellum, with gilt titles to upper and spine. Top edge gilt, others untrimmed with light blue marbled endpapers. Typical bowing to the vellum boards, light rubbing to extremities. Pages are fresh and clean, without writing or underling. The rare large paper edition of Gerald Yorke's and Karl Germer's expansion of Crowley's 1909 original of extensive tables of magical correspondences, based on Allan Bennett's notes from material gathered by Macgregor Mathers, and assisted by George Cecil Jones; greatly increasing the contents of tables and correspondences and adding some Crowley essays, from 54 to 155 pages. There were a further 1100 copies of this second edition also published, bound in blue cloth with parchment spine.

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        De Descriptione Temporum. An Inaugural Lecture

      Cambridge: Cambridge University Press,, 1955. Octavo. Original light blue wrappers printed in black. Bookplate to verso of front blank. Wrappers a little faded at the edges, some creases to spine also slightly affecting the contents. A very good copy. First edition, first impression. Signed by the author on the cover. Lewis's inaugural lecture as Chair of Medieval and Renaissance Literature at Cambridge was delivered on 29 November 1954.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        The Lord of the Rings, First UK Edition, Early Impressions, with Dustjackets

      London: Allen & Unwin, 1955. 1st Edition. Original Cloth. J.R.R. Tolkien. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien. An early matched set of this classic of fantasy literature. George Allen & Unwin, 1955/55/55 1st UK Edition. The Fellowship of the Ring is a 3rd impression published in January 1955. The Two Towers is a 2nd impression published 1955, with the date (1955) on the title page, which identifies it as a true 2nd impression. The Return of the King is a 1st impression dated 1955, the 1st State without the signature mark '4' and the infamous slipped type on page 49, as per Hammond's revised opinion. All original maps are present and in Near Fine condition. All three books are in their original Very Good Plus dustjackets, with almost no tanning, and in beautiful matched condition. None are price clipped, and have only the most minor of chipping or loss to the edges. All original maps are present and in Near Fine condition. A beautiful Near Fine/Very Good Plus set of first editions of this classic of fantasy literature. A custom slipcase to house these treasures is included in the price. Fellowship of the Ring - 1st UK Edition, 3rd impression. Book is in Near Fine condition, with previous owners name and inscription to the front endpaper, no other writing. The gilt is bright and untarnished on the spine. The boards are very clean and bright, with no shelf wear on the bottom edge. The dustjacket is unclipped and shows beautifully, a small chip to the front upper flap fold. No tanning of the spine and only the lightest soiling, a beautiful, correct 3rd impression dustjacket. The Two Tower's - 1st UK Edition, stated 2nd impression, has the date (1955) on the title page, which would indicate a true 2nd imp. Book is in Near Fine condition. No names or writing, and with some foxing/offsetting on the ffep. The boards are very clean and tight, with no shelf wear on the bottom edges. Gilt is bright and untarnished. The dustjacket is not clipped, and is only slightly sunned to the spine, otherwise is virtually perfect. No tanning, no chips or tears, a beautiful example of a true 2nd imp dustjacket. The Return of the King - 1st UK Edition, 1st impression, 1st state without the slipped type and the signature mark '4' on page 49. This is Hammond and Anderson's original definition of the 2nd state, but this has been revised, and is now considered the 1st state. This was confirmed thru correspondence with Wayne Hammond. This book would grade at Very Good Plus condition. Previous owners name and inscription and no foxing/offsetting on the free endpapers. The boards are very clean and bright, one tiny spot to the rear boards, a couple of mildly bumped corners, and light shelf wear is evident, mainly to the bottom edge. Gilt is still bright on the spine. The 1st state dustjacket is not clipped, with the red lettering slightly faded. The spine is lightly soiled and untanned. A couple of small chips on the tips of the flap folds, and a 1" closed tear to the front spine fold, reinforced with archival tape to the verso. A very nice example of the 1st impression 1st state dustjacket lacking the blurbs to the rear flap. A beautiful, Near Fine/Very Good Plus, early impression set of this classic of modern fiction. Housed in custom marbled paper slipcase to show and protect these 'precious' books. 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.

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        THE RETURN OF THE KING. Being the third part of The Lord of The Rings

      George Allen and Unwin. London.,1955. FIRST EDITION. FIRST IMPRESSION. 8vo. (9 x 5.9 inches). The text is in the later state with the signature "4" and sloping text on page 49. Top edge dyed red. Fold out map at rear. A very good, clean copy in a near very good, correct first impression, dustwrapper which has some rubbing to edges and a few small closed tears, without loss, to edges and some very small chips to the top of spine. Some darkening to spine but overall this is still a near to very good copy.:

      [Bookseller: Paul Foster Books]
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        The Two Towers, Being the Second Part of the Lord of the Rings

      Londonl (1955): George Allen & Unwin Ltd. Second impression, 352pp., with folding map at rear, bound in red cloth, spine lettering gilt, previous owner's name on front paste down, a bit of offsetting to endpapers, text clean and bright without foxing, top edge stained red. A near fine, sharp cornered copy in clipped dust jacket with second impression at head of front flap and a wrinkle to bottom corner of rear panel with small closed tear. Very nice.. First Edition. Octavo.

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        Gedenkschrift zur Verleihung des Hansischen Goethe-Preises

      Hamburg: Gebruder Hoesch,, [1955]. Octavo. Original white wrappers printed in black. 4 plates, one of which is double-sided. Wrappers lightly rubbed and toned. An excellent copy. First edition, first impression of an address on given on the occasion of Eliot being awarded the Goethe Prize. Inscribed by Eliot on the upper wrapper, For Peter de Sautoy (1912-1995), the chairman of Faber & Faber and later administrator of the Pound estate, "for Peter de Sautoy from T. S. Eliot". Also with a correction in Eliot's hand on page 62.

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        Old Garden Roses Signed 2 volumes

      Rainbird 1955 - 1957. First Edition. Hardback. Near Fine/No Jacket. 1st editions. Vol 1 no 23 of 160 special limitation SIGNED BY SITWELL AND RUSSELL. Vol 2 no104 of 160 special limitation SIGNED BY BLUNT AND RUSSELL. Both volumes printed on Amstel mould-paper, both bound in half vellum by Zaehnsdorf. Both folio colour f'piece, tissue guards, complete with all colour plates. Textblock and plates of both volumes exceptional. in original cloth slip-cases. Vol 1 a little faded to spine, vol 1 slip-case a little rubbed and cracked to spine.vol 2 fine in all regards. Ths copy with an extra colour plate "Rosa Gallica du Maitre d'Ecole" signed by Charles Raymond and marked ("specimen") which was to become one of the plates of vol. 2, together with the Prospectus for Volume 2 loosely inserted in Volume 1. A Fine and unique set.

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        Queen Bee (Original Film Pressbook)

      Culver City, CA: Columbia Pictures, 1955. Original pressbook for the 1955 film, "Queen Bee," written and directed by Ranald MacDougall, based on the 1949 novel by Edna Lee. Starring Joan Crawford, Barry Sullivan, Betsy Palmer, and John Ireland. Eva Phillips (Joan Crawford), a seemingly charming socialite, manipulates the lives and loves of those around her. 15 pages, saddle stitched, 12 x 16 inches. & & Very Good plus condition. Moderate horizontal fold crease at the center of the wrapper and pages. Wrappers are lightly soiled and rubbed, with a single, tiny closed tear at the bottom edge affecting both wrappers and interior pages. Lacking any of the starting or fray normally found on pressbooks. "Vitriolic late noir about a consummate witch, played, as no one else could, by Joan Crawford." Selby 320. Lyons, p. 182.

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        Typed letter, signed

      1955. Bi-folium sheet of United States Senate stationery, folded once. Dated January 7, 1955, and addressed to Robert Morey. Kennedy thanks Morey for sending him a message while recovering from back surgery in a New York hospital. "Hospitals are such gloomy places," Kennedy observes, "and it makes a tremendous difference when friends remember you as you did." Apparently, Morey also sent along a pair of reading glasses, for which Kennedy thanks him in a hand-written post-script. The letter is signed "Jack". Accompanying this letter is an autograph letter, signed, to Morey from Jacqueline Kennedy. This is on a single sheet of grey stationery with white trim, folded in thirds. Jackie further elaborates on the glasses, pointing out "what a terrific help they were", and that without them Kennedy "would have gone mad just lying there staring at the ceiling not being able to read." Includes envelope addressed in Jackie Kennedy's hand with Palm Beach postmark. Morey was a close friend of the Kennedys during JFK's years as a Senator, and was apparently working out of Kennedy's Boston office during this period. This was also a very significant time for Kennedy, who underwent experimental back surgery in October 1954, and barely survived it. During his nine-month recuperation, he wrote the Pulitzer Prize-winning Profiles in Courage. An excellent pair of letters in fine condition overall.

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      Stockholm, Sweden.: The Swedish Traffic Association.. 1955.. Color pictographic / pictorial poster map, 54 x 24 1/4 inches, professionally mounted on linen. Light creasing at upper right edge, repaired 1 1/2 inch tear at the middle of upper and lower edges; very good, bright condition. Brightly colored poster map of Sweden by Olle Laurelius with an inset map of the globe at the lower right of the poster highlighting the country. The pictographs show industries and activities. "Svenska Institute Ab Anders Beckman. Printed in Sweden by Bengtsons Litografiska AB. Stockholm. 1955." printed at lower right corner. .

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        Autograph Postcard to Boris Groudinko, Signed by Capote

      Postcard handwritten and signed "Truman" by Capote to his friend, Leningrad English professor Boris Groudinko, whom Capote first met in 1955-56. Capote asks his friend to call on another friend, Grace Zaring Stone (aka the writer Ethel Vance), who would be visiting Leningrad, because "she is elderly and travelling alone." The postcard was written from the Palm Beach home of Capote's friend Mrs. Winston Guest (Lucy "C.Z." Guest). Postage stamps have been crudely removed from the address side of the card, so the date is unknown, but a portion of a Russian cancellation is still visible.. SIGNED. Good.

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