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        The Edge Of The Sea

      Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1955. Inscribed By Author. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good +/Very Good. Illus. by Bob Hines. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

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        MAGICIANS NEPHEW

      1955. 1. LEWIS,C.S. THE MAGICIANS NEPHEW. London: Bodley Head 1955 (1955). 8vo (5 3/4 x 8"), green cloth, 183p., small rubbed area on endpaper under front flap and slight bit of fading else Fine in dust wrapper with price intact (dw slightly frayed at base of spine, 2 very small closed edge tears, lower left margin of rear panel repaired). 1st edition, 1st printing of the sixth Narnia tale, that explains how all of the Narnia adventures began. Illustrated by PAULINE BAYNES in black and white throughout the text. An attractive copy,

      [Bookseller: Aleph-Bet Books, Inc.]
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        THE MAGICIAN'S NEPHEW

      Published by The Bodley Head, 1955. 1st edition.. Hardback. Very Good/Good. Illustrated by Baynes, Pauline. Very good condition in an almost very good dustwrapper. The sixth in the 'Narnia' series but the one in which it is explained how all the adventures began. Green boards. Gilt title to spine. B/w drawings. 183pp. 8 x 5.5". Some light wear to cover corners. Foxing to endpapers and outer page edges. Name in ink to front endpaper. Pages internally are clean. Pictorial wrapper is price-cut, chipped to a couple of corners and top and tail of spine. Wrapper also has a few grubby marks and is browned to spine. Still a nice copy of the 1st edition of this classic title! [S]

      [Bookseller: Stella & Rose's Books]
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        The Magician?s Nephew

      An original copy and dust jacket beautifully illustrated by Pauline Baynes. From the famous Narnia series. Published by Bodley Head, London, in 1955. The Magician?s Nephew is the penultimate book in C.S. Lewis?s celebrated Narnia Chronicles, in which the origins of Narnia are explained, and in which Polly and Digory travel between worlds with the aid of magic rings. The timeless drawings are by Pauline Baynes, J.R.R. Tolkien?s favourite artist, and foremost illustrator both of Middle-earth and Narnia.  Book condition: This is the true first issue, complete with the original dust jacket, original green cloth boards with silver lettering to spine, profuse line drawings, and 183 pages. The book is complete and intact, well read, with finger-marking, soiling and staining throughout, a few very small paint marks, one short closed tear to gutter, creasing/bumping to three tips, foxing to one spread, one or two spots elsewhere, slight bumping to some edges, creasing to lower margins throughout (handling wear). Endpapers with staining; front free endpaper with a little creasing, name in ink plus trace of old pencilled price (erased). Edges of page block with foxing, a little soiling, a few small paint marks. Dust jacket condition: An original pictorial dust jacket. The illustrated dust jacket is price-clipped, now in clear protective wrapper.  Light wear & tear to edges.

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        9 George Nakashima related ephemera from the photojournalist, Louise Lux Sions' estate.

      The Sions were among the first in Philadelphia society to commission handcrafted Nakashima furniture. The centerpiece is a 1955 original scaled pencil design sketch completely hand done by George Nakashima specially for the Sions to demonstrate the interrelated furniture designs of 3 pieces and show placement in their Walnut Street apartment. The sketch includes descriptions, annotations and measurements, including 3 alterations and 1 addition in ink, and is signed, sited, dated and inscribed by Nakashima in pencil. 4 original color photograph prints and 2 letters, 1 from George Nakashima, provide information that documents and augments the sketch. Taken by Lux Sions (an accomplished photographer), the 4 prints show 3 views of the 2 chests in a different room. 3 have stamped documentation on their rear sides (one with date); 1 has a handwritten description. Letter 1) Lux Sions' copy of her 1982 typed letter to Nakashima describes the furniture pieces and mentions prominent Philadelphia friends who commissioned Nakashima furniture after the Sions. She requests advice on the resale value of the dining room table and a selling venue. Letter 2) Nakashima's original, typed, dated reply on business stationary with printed studio address heading, carefully signed in sumi with a brush over a pen & ink under-signature. SKETCH: 197 x 149 mm within penciled room border on a 276 x 213 mm sheet of machine made paper oriented lengthwise, printed heading in capitals; George Nakashima-Woodworker-New Hope, Pennsylvania; top with 3 handwritten lines, "specially designed units for Mr. And Mrs. Harry Sions Geo Nakashima-New Hope", dated August 8, 1955 in outer margin; shows sketches in situ for 3 furniture pieces, 1) a smaller hanging chest with sliding doors, 1 leg supported by 2) the larger chest, fitted with sliding doors and adjustable tray drawers in 2 depths, topped with a slab of travertine marble for drink mixing, and 3) small slab bench with a simple fitted foam rubber 'pillow'. Condition: Good: Rear has size calculation in pencil: mailing folds: some margin soiling and handling marks. FURNITURE: completed within first decade of establishment of Nakashima's furniture studio, approved shortly after September 2, 1955 with requested alterations, as documented by added pen & ink Lux Sions note at foot; hand crafted and believed installed at 2101 Walnut St. later in year. Smaller hanging chest, with support system not used prior by Nakashima, annotated in sketch, "interesting support", is cited in December 2007 Philadelphia Inquirer, as authenticated by the Nakashima Studio for Stephenson's January 1, 2008 Southampton auction. It sold for $8,625 (Feb. 3, 2008 Auction Publicity). NAKASHIMA LETTER: signed with an uplifting capital G and long flowing extensor to final a; typed on an 11 x 8.5 inches sheet with printed heading, George Nakashima, Woodworker, New Hope, Pennsylvania 18938, prompt reply dated June 14, 1982, 10 lines in 2 paragraphs; blank rear. Nakashima states he doesn't sell his furniture after use and has no connection to those who do. He alludes to an upcoming TIME article on him and his furniture, stating, "resultant publicity may facilitate your disposing of these pieces". The June 21, 1982 TIME article, "Giving a Second Life to Trees" by Wolf von Eckardt discusses his work in context of the flourishing, modern artisanal American furniture movement. Nakashima is quoted, "An old tree is unpredictable-there are a thousand decisions". Condition: About Good: signature bright, sheet clean: overall toning, more in margins: light crease bends at fore-edge: some other impress marks from handling. PHOTOGRAPH PRINTS: taken in March 1983; stored in plastic sleeve used by Lux Sions. Sizes: Print 1: 127 x 87 mm. Prints 2-4: 130 x 87 mm. Rear Documentation: Print 1: stamped-Photograph by Louise Lux and date stamped twice-March 1983. Print 2: penned number 2 and stamped Lux, with below the Chinese characters for her name. Print 3: inscribed, "Nakashima chests, living room; pass-through to kitchen". Print 4: stamped-Photograph by Louise Lux with penned sale estimate of $8000. Print 2: About Good, bleed-through to top right corner from penned numeral 2. Prints 1, 3, and 4: Near Fine, trace edge rubs. COPY OF LUX SIONS LETTER: states dining room table first for which Nakashima said he used piano dowling for drop leaves; documents her apartment addresses; added handwritten note that dining room table sold for $1,100 (later) in 1982. 21 lines in 5 paragraphs + postscript and salutations, dated June 10, 1982. Very Good: clean: paper clip impress: other scattered light impress marks. PRICE LIST: January 2000, 6 pages in 12 parts; stapled. Fine: sleeved in original slit envelope with handwritten Lux Sions address. Envelope: Very Good. NAKASHIMA OBITURARY: Bucks County Courier Times by Robert Benineasa. Good: stapled and folded. LOUISE LUX SIONS: Career journalist, contributed photos to several books; with American Red Cross in China during WWII; enduring interest in China; book on K'ang-hsi Emperor. ADDITIONAL IMAGES: by request.

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        All That Is Lovely In Men [signed]

      Asheville, NC: Jonathan Williams, 1955. Limited edition. Card wraps in jacket. Good +. Jargon 10. 8vo, pp. unnumbered. Edition of 200 copies. Signed by both Creeley and Rice. Stains to wrapper spine and interior of jacket (not visible on exterior), where the jacket was originally glued to the wrappers, page edges tanned; jacket rubbed and edgeworn with chipping along top and bottom edges, small tear at head of spine. Still a nicer copy than it sounds of a scarce and fragile book.

      [Bookseller: Passages Bookshop]
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        The House of Mirth

      New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1955 "A literary sensation when it was published by Scribner's in 1905, The House of Mirth quickly established Edith Wharton as the most important American woman of letters in the 20th century. The first American novel to provide a devastatingly accurate portrait of New York's aristocracy, it is the story of the beautiful and beguiling Lily Bart and her ill-fated attempt to rise to the heights of a heartless society in which, ultimately, she has no part" (Penguin). "Wharton is the first to make a really powerful and brilliant book out of the material offered by American fashion to the novelist. A sterling piece of craftsmanship" (New York Tribune). With eight full page black-and-white illustrations by Albert Beck Wenzell. This is the very desirable first issue, with page [533] unnumbered, pages [534]-[538] blank (last two leaves in this copy are unopened), and without any publisher's advertisements. Garrison A12.1.a. Without scarce dust jacket. Owner signature on title page, small closed tear to rear endpaper, slight bumping to original cloth. An extremely good copy, cover gilt quite bright.

      [Bookseller: Frasers Books]
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        Typed Letter Signed

      No Binding. Very Good. 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.

      [Bookseller: The Manhattan Rare Book Company]
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        Neue Wege der Aktfotografie

      - Verlag Karl Hofmann, Schorndorf bei Stuttgart 1955, 4°. 3 Blatt Einleitung in englisch, französisch, deutsch, 65 Tafel Hochglanzpapier, Schwarzer Leinenband mit vergoldeten Rücken- und Deckeltitel, eingeschlagen in durchsichtigen Buchumschlag, Pappschuber, sehr gut erhaltenes Exemplar.

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat am Kirchberg]
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        Deux visas pour l'enfer

      La baconnière, 1955. in8 Broché jaquette

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        LOLITA

      Paris: The Olympia Press, 1955. First edition, first printing. Paperback. Paperback. First edition, first printing. In original green and white wrappers in about fine condition. Lovely copies that are both square and tight. Some light edge wear and faint soiling to the bottom edges. This is the first issue with price of 900 francs on the rear cover of both volumes. Without the pasted over new price on the rear cover. Published in an edition of perhaps 5,000 copies, this book became a cornerstone of 20th century literature. This book is from the library of well known Oklahoma book collector Larry Owens.

      [Bookseller: Sawtooth Books]
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        The Law at Randado

      Houghton Mifflin Company 1955 - First Edition, First Printing SIGNED by Elmore Leonard directly on the title page. This ORIGINAL dustjacket has some chipping to the spine NOT effecting any lettering and some wear to the panels. This FIRST ISSUE dustjacket has the $2.75 printed price present on the front flap. The book is in wonderful shape. The binding is tight and the boards are crisp with slight 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 SIGNED by the author. We buy Elmore Leonard First Editions. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Patria Mia (inscribed to Dr. Matthew Persion, March 1955)

      Chicago: Ralph Fletcher Seymour, 1955. 97p Inscribed to the dentist who treated him at St. Elizabeth's before his release and return to Italy. Pound refused to accept his release until Dr. Persion completed his dental work. Later Pound carried on a correspondence with the doctor (see our copy of the Analects) signed copies of this book are uncommon.. First Edition. Fine/Near Fine.

      [Bookseller: Alcuin Books, ABAA-ILAB]
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        5 [Five] Against the House (Original Film Pressbook)

      Culver City, CA: Columbia Pictures, 1955. Original pressbook for the 1955 film noir, "5 Against the House," directed by Phil Karlson, based on the 1954 novel by Jack Finney. Written for the screen by John Barnwell, William Bowers, and Stirling Silliphant, and starring Guy Madison, Kim Novak, and Brian Keith. A group of Korean War veterans, along with an attractive female associate, plan to rob a casino simply to prove it can be done. 16 pages, saddle stitched, 12 x 16 inches. Near Fine. Faint horizontal fold crease at the center of the wrapper and pages. Faint rubbing and dusting to the wrappers, with minor wear to hinge fold but no starting. Shot on location in Reno, this film, an early starring role for Kim Novak, is a curious blend of lighthearted caper film and dark, psychological film noir. Very much a model for "Ocean's Eleven" and many caper films that would follow.

      [Bookseller: Royal Books, Inc.]
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        On Beyond Zebra

      New York: Random House, 1955. A very early printing. The boards and spine are bright and square, with some rubbing at the extremities. The scarce dust jacket is bright but rubbed, and the backstrip sunned with 1" chips at the crown & bottorm. Over all it presents nicely, about very good in a good + dust jacket. Signed Dr Seuss. Hard Cover. Illus. by Dr. Seuss. 4to - over 9¾.

      [Bookseller: Brooklyn Books]
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        Friendly Persuasion (Original screenplay, presentation script)

      Glendale, CA: Allied Artists, 1955. Presentation script, issued toward the end of production in October 1955, for the 1956 film, "The Friendly Persuasion," directed by William Wyler, based on the 1945 novel by Jessamyn West, written for the screen by Jessamyn West, Robert Wyler, and Michael Wilson (though only West and Wyler are credited here) and starring Gary Cooper, Dorothy McGuire, and Anthony Perkins. & & Interestingly, Michael Wilson, who was ultimately granted sole screenwriting credit on paper, did not receive a mention in the film due to having been blacklisted. Wilson was finally given the credit by the Screenwriters Guild nearly 40 years later, in 2002. Gary Cooper plays against type in one of his greatest roles, portraying a Quaker who decides against his family's wishes to join the Home Guard during the early days of the Civil War. When confronted with violence he faces not only his own passion for being a soldier, but the dictates of his faith. Nominated for 6 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Screenplay, and Best Director. & & Brown Allied Artists' leather binder, stamped with the title and credits for William Wyler and Allied Artists on the front board. 163 leaves, mimeograph. Pages Very Good, toned at the edges and with some small chips at the fore-edge of the last two leaves; binder Very Good plus bound with three gold brads.& & Martin 140.

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        Les Européens. Photographies

      Paris: Editions Verve, , 1955. Folio. Original boards, with the full wrap-around lithographic decoration and titles after Joan Miro in red, yellow, blue and black. 144 photographic illustrations by Cartier-Bresson. Corners lightly bumped, head and foot of spine lightly surface cracked, an exceptional copy with the perfect-bound plates entirely sound and the binding uncompromised. First edition, first printing. One of the legendary photographer's two or three key books. This, the true first edition, was never issued in dust jacket. Copies in this condition are very scarce.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        MOLLOY

      Paris: The Olympia Press. 1955. First Edition; First Printing. Softcover. Very Good in wrappers. Just a touch a light edge wear. A very scarce title. .

      [Bookseller: Rare Book Cellar]
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        Al Rastro. Episodio de "La Guerra Guacha".

      Sociedad de Bibliofilos Argentinos, Buenos Aires 1955 - 38 pp. 4to. Loose quires in glassine covered printed wrappers within a portfolio and slip case. 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. A fine copy in a very good rebacked portfolio with matching slipcase. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

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        A GOOD MAN IS HARD TO FIND AND OTHER STORIES

      New York: Harcourt Brace and Company, (1955). First Edition. Hardcover. Covers a little soiled and rubbed; contents Fine but for 3 ink checks on the Table of Contents page. Dustwrapper complete with typical fading to the spine and minor edgewear with a stain in the upper corner of the rear panel. Very Good in an about Very Good dustwrapper. First issue with the typographic error on page 125 in a second issue dustwrapper with the $3.50 price intact of her second book and first and best collection of stories. This copy is SIGNED by the author on the front free endpaper and is quite scarce as such.

      [Bookseller: Charles Agvent]
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        A Good Man Is Hard To Find

      New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1955. First Edition. First State of the text, with "tyring" for "trying" on page 125. Octavo (21cm.); black textured boards with titles stamped in pink and orange on the spine; dustjacket; 251pp. Near Fine, but for a few pinpoint rubs along the edges. The First Issue dustjacket is unclipped, displaying the usual fading to the spine, toning along the rear flap fold, and some light edgewear. The author's second book and first collection of stories, which have become synonymous with the Southern Gothic tradition.

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        Poets of the 1950's [sic]

      Tokyo: Kenkyusha Ltd.,, 1955. An Anthology of New English Verse. Edited, with an Introduction, by D. J. Enright. Octavo. Original burgundy cloth, titles to spine gilt. With the dust jacket. Spine very slightly rolled, minor spotting to top-edge of text block, a scattering of light spots to the upper board. An excellent copy in the jacket with mild dampstain to the spine and upper panel and a small chip from the head of the spine panel not affecting the title. First edition, first impression, in the dust jacket with the incorrect spelling "Larkins" printed on the upper panel. This rare volume was published in an edition of only 2000 copies, and includes a short note on poetical theory by Larkin which was not intended for publication. The seven poems by Larkin included here are Skin; Maiden Name; Less Deceived; Wedding-Wind; At Grass; Next, Please; and If, My Darling. The anthology also includes work by Kingsley Amis, Robert Conquest, Donald Davie, John Holloway, Elizabeth Jennings, John Wain, and D. J. Enright.

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        Year Book of the North-West Frontier Province Pakistan 1955

      Peshawar: Issued By the Secretary to Government, N.-w.f.p., Information Department, 1955. Green paper covers, slight spine damage, owners notes. ii. b/w photographs of ; His Excellency Khan Qurban Ali Knan, Governor, N.-W. F.P., The Hon'ble Sardar Abdur Rashid Khan, Chief Minister, Hon'ble Mian Jaffar Shah, Education Minister, Hon'ble Malik-ur- Raham Kayani, Works Minister,Hon'ble Salar Muhammad Ayub Khan, Revenue Minister, Hon'ble Khan Muhammad Farid Khan, Local Govt. Minister, Color foldout Map. Tables, Data, Economic Reports, Peshawar Museum, Color foldout Map of Kaghan Valley and its Approaches, Appendices, Frontier Regions. 262 pgs Advertisments. Owners penciled notes of travel conditions, ect. Very Rare OCLC lists 0 copies.. Owner's Name. First Edition. Original Wraps. Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Middle East.

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        AFFICHE : CORSE SNCF

      - Date : 1955 Dimensions : 62x100cm Imp : HUBERT BAILLE PARIS Condition : entoilée A Affiche originale entoilée en parfait état.

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        Moonraker. (a James Bond novel)

      London: Jonathan Cape. 1955., 1955. FIRST EDITION, SECOND STATE, BINDING B (Linson material). Publisher's black cloth, titled in silver, without jacket. This version is in the Linson cloth, which has a higher sheen and closer pattern/texture and is both described and illustrated on page 8 of the bibliography. Binding B also "appears to be fractionally shorter" (Gilbert, p.97). Such bindings seem to be less common in commerce. The text block features the correct spelling of 'shoot' on page 10. The edges are rather foxed and the flyleaves have some offset browning, but the cloth boards are close to fine with a minor lean but no bumping or marking. An uncommon and previously unrecorded variant, housed in a protective leather-spined box. A3a (1.3)

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        Moonraker

      London: Jonathan Cape. 1955., 1955. SECOND IMPRESSION, STATE B. Pp.256. Publisher's black cloth-effect paper over boards, titled in silver, in 'flame' design dust-wrapper by Kenneth Lewis, with the review by Raymond Chandler to the front flap. The jacket has the faintest toning to the spine, otherwise this is a beautiful unread copy. A wonderful survival. A particularly scarce book, being one of just 929 copies; this impression had lowest print run of the Cape-printed Moonrakers. Gilbert A3a (2.2).

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        See It Now

      New York: Simon & Schuster, 1955. First Edition. Large octavo (26cm). Cloth-backed boards, stamped in black and gilt; 209pp; illus. Presentation inscription from both authors to Ben Shahn: "For Ben - from friends! / Edward Murrow / Fred Friendly," undated. Covers slightly grubby; spine a little darkened; Very Good. & & A wonderful association. In March of 1954, on his weekly news feature See It Now, Edward R. Murrow conducted his now legendary dismantling of the reactionary red-baiting Senator Joe McCarthy - an event memorialized in the 2005 George Clooney film Good Night and Good Luck. The incident moved Shahn greatly, and in the following weeks he sent two drawings as gifts to Murrow and to Fred Friendly, the show's producer; one titled "David Slaying Goliath," the other "St. George Killing the Dragon," with the slayer in both instances bearing the features of Murrow while the victims bore the likeness of McCarthy (see Frances K. Pohl, Ben Shahn: New Deal Artist in a Cold War Climate, Austin: 1989). The present volume - a collection of images and interviews from the four previous seasons of See It Now - was no doubt sent to Shahn by Murrow and Friendly as a gift in kind.

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        MEMOIRS. YEAR OF DECISIONS and YEARS OF TRIAL AND HOPE

      Garden City: Doubleday & Company, Inc., (1955) & (1956). hardcovers. Near Fine in Very Good dustwrappers. Early but not first printings of each volume. Each copy is INSCRIBED "To Dr. & Mrs. A. Von Striffe" and SIGNED by the author on the half-title pages on 12/8/67. On the same page at the bottom are inscriptions from another doctor presenting the books at Christmas 1967. Truman usually only signed one volume, most often the first, of the set, and it is uncommon to find both volumes signed, especially when inscribed to the same person.

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        Memoirs. Year of Decisions

      Garden City: Doubleday and Company, 1955 Special Kansas City Edition Limited to 20,615 Copies. Volume I. Signed and inscribed by Truman on the dedication page to West Virginia Senator Harley Kilgore's sister: "To Helen Kilgore Turner/ with kindest regards/ from a friend of the Kilgores/ Harry Truman/ Independence/ Dec. 11, 1955". Includes a laid in letter from Kansas City bookseller, Frank Glenn, explaining "the second volume will be mailed.when published. This is the only collector's edition to be published and is strictly limited to those who purchased it through Kansas City booksellers". It is not available to the rest of the nation. A very good copy with some discoloration to the lower spine and a stain to the upper spine, extremities lightly rubbed.. Hard Cover. Very Good.

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        High Adventure

      London: Hodder & Houghton, 1955. First English edition of the mountaineerer's first book. Octavo, original boards. Signed by the author in his earlier hand, "E.P. Hillary". An excellent copy in a very good dust jacket. In 1953, Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay stared into its dark eye and did not waver. On May 29, they pushed spent bodies and aching lungs past the achievable to pursue the impossible. At a terminal altitude of 29,028 feet, they stood triumphant atop the highest peak in the world. With nimble words and a straightforward style, New Zealand mountaineering legend Hillary recollects the bravery and frustration, the agony and glory that marked his Everest odyssey. From the 1951 expedition that led to the discovery of the Southern Route, through the grueling Himalayan training of 1952, and on to the successful 1953 expedition led by Colonel John Hunt, Hillary conveys in precise language the mountain's unforgiving conditions. In explicit detail he recalls an Everest where chaotic icefalls force costly detours, unstable snow ledges promise to avalanche at the slightest misstep, and brutal weather shifts from pulse-stopping cold to fiendish heat in mere minutes. In defiance of these torturous conditions, Hillary remains enthusiastic and never hesitates in his quest for the summit. Despite the enormity of his and Norgay's achievement, he regards himself, Norgay, and the other members of his expedition as hardworking men, not heroes. And while he never would have reached the top without practiced skill and technical competence, his thrilling memoir speaks first to his admiration of the human drive to explore, to understand, to risk, and to conquer.

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        Birdman of Alcatraz: The Story of Robert Stroud

      NY: Random House, 1955. hardcover. F/NF+. 1st edition, 1st printing Author's first book. Basis for the 1962 film starring Burt Lancaster, Karl Malden and Thelma Ritter. Book has light shelfwear at bottom of spine. Jacket has toned spine, but none of the usual chipping. We offer a LIFETIM

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        Coptic Textiles from Burying Grounds in Egypt in the Collection of Kanegafuchi Spinning Company (3 volume set)

      Kyoto: Kyoto-Shoin Co. Ltd.. Very Good; 15.5 x 18 (46 cm) Hardback in original Japanese post binding in . Very Good condition. Minor discoloration to spine.. 1955. Hardcover. This beautifully produced three-volume set contains 150 tipped-in large format color plates. Each plate has a mounted description on reverse in English and Japanese. ; 30; [12] pp. .

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        THE HISTORY OF CIVILIZATION

      Reading, Pennsylvania: Fantasy Press, Inc.,. 1955. leather-backed cloth.. A fine, like new set. The original unprinted acetate dust jackets are. missing (these acetate jackets are harmful to the leather spines and. endpapers and, if present should be discarded by the buyer and. replaced by acid-free archival quality mylar sleeves). The fragile. publisher's cardboard box is present but is worn at edges and the lid. edges are broken. (#134530). Limited edition. One of 75 sets, each volume with inserted numbered limitation leaf signed by Smith. The first volume of this set (number 54) has a lengthy inscription by Smith to science-fiction fan Thomas A. Denny. Collects the six-volume "Lensman" series comprising TRIPLANETARY, FIRST LENSMAN, GALACTIC PATROL, GRAY LENSMAN, SECOND STAGE LENSMEN, and CHILDREN OF THE LENS. "The greatest of the early golden age space opera." - Anatomy of Wonder (1987) 3-355. "The space opera to end all space operas, with humans and aliens arrayed (some on each side) in a cosmic war of Good and Evil ..." - Anatomy of Wonder (1995) 3-167. Survey of Science Fiction Literature III, pp. 1183-87.

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

      Clásicos de Todos los Años, Bedia, Santander 1955 - 1ª ed. 10.5x19.5. 28pp. sin numeras. Dibujos de Joaquín de la Puente. Rústica. Edición no venal. Muy buen ejemplar. Esta hermosa colección, dirigida por el recientaminete fallecido Pablo Beltrán de Heredia, ha sido el regalito navideño de la Imprenta Bedia santanderina desde 1954. Es una colección de una discreta elegancia, marcada por su formato inusual, en octavo marquilla, las bellas (y algo apagadas) cubiertas, impresas, en general a 2 tintas de tonos no muy vivos, y con tipos Ibarra, con prodominio del minúsculo. Por dentro, Beltrán de Heredia nos ofrece una selección de los más ecléctico, desde clásicos harto conocidos del Renacimiento y los Siglos de Oro, a breves poemario inéditos de autores del 27 y de la postguerra. Y siempre con el cuidado y callada profesionalidad que marca todos los trabajos de la Imprenta Bedia. Ultimamente han cambiado el formato de los libros, que es una lástima, pero aun siguen sacando sus interestantes y generosas sorpresa navideñas. Envíos para España: el pago contra reembolso conlleva un recargo de 2 Euros.

      [Bookseller: Carmichael Alonso libros]
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        Original drawing on autograph postcard signed ("Georgette et René Magritte").

      N. p., 1955. - 148:112 mm. A New Year's greeting, showing a tree and some leaves, executed in black and green colour.

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat INLIBRIS Gilhofer Nfg. GmbH]
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        THREE VERSIONS FROM THE GERMAN

      London, England: Self-Published, 1955. First Edition. First Printing.. Softcover. Fine/No Dust Jacket, As Issued.. London, England: Self-Published, 1955. Softcover. Fine/None, As Issued. First Edition/First Printing. Unpaginated. The author&#39;s first Limited Edition publication. One of Stephen Spender&#39;s most scarce titles. Limited Edition of 100 numbered and signed copies. Privately printed by the great poet and his wife as a holiday present for their friends. A beautifully produced book: Pocket-size volume format. Gold softcovers with black titles pasted on, as issued. Text by Stephen Spender. Without DJ, as issued. Each copy was numbered and inscribed by the author and signed by him and his wife, Natasha Spender. Presents three magnificent translations of well-known poems by the great German poets Stefan George and Hugo von Hofmannsthal, who were major influences on Stephen Spender&#39;s own poetry. An absolute "must-have" title for Stephen Spender collectors. <b><i> This copy is Number 66, and is very prominently and beautifully signed and inscribed on the Limitation Page by the author: "To Alan and Jennifer, With Christmas and New Year Love from Stephen and Natasha". The inscription was written and signed by the author in black ink-pen. Natasha Spender signed her own name in blue pen. This is one of very few copies that have survived of this marvellous gem. The book is very beautiful but also quite delicate and easily misplaced. Spender scholars believe only a handful of this book remain. A very rare signed copy thus. </b></i> One of the finest British poets of the 20th century. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER STEPHEN SPENDER TITLES IN OUR CATALOG).

      [Bookseller: Modern Rare]
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        The October Country

      Ballantine, 1955. First Printing of the First Edition, First State, with the "BB" monogram on spine of book inverted, red cloth with black lettering on spine, 8vo, 306pp. Preceded by a limited edition of 50 copies bound for the author. Signed by Ray Bradbury directly on the title page. The book is in near fine to fine condition, with minor edge and corner wear; and in a very good dust jacket, with tanning to the spine, minor paper loss to the spine ends, and lightly rubbed panels. For this wonderful collection of macabre and fantastic tales, Bradbury selected and rewrote fourteen stories from his previous Arkham House collection, Dark Carnival and added five stories never before published in book form. Some of Bradbury&#39;s most famous tales come from this collection, including "The Lake", "The Wind", and "The Small Assassin". At the time this book was published, Bradbury&#39;s fan base had grown significantly from the time Dark Carnival was published (not to mention it was long out of print), so this book was for most Bradbury fans the introduction to his darker side. Interestingly, Bradbury dedicated this book "For who else but August Derleth," co-founder of Arkham House and publisher of Dark Carnival.. Signed by Author(s). 1st Edition. Hard Cover. Fine/Very Good. Illus. by Joe Mugnaini.

      [Bookseller: Idler Fine Books]
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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.. 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.

      [Bookseller: Blair Cowl Occult & Esoterica]
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        Edge of the Sea

      Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1955. Second Printing. Hardcover. Hardcover. Second Printing. A near fine book in a near fine dust jacket. Some darkening to spine and toning to the rear panel. Signed and inscribed by the Rachel Carson to her Oxford University Press editor, Philip Vaudrin. Signed by the author on the front free endpaper.

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        MEMOIRS. YEAR OF DECISIONS and YEARS OF TRIAL AND HOPE

      Garden City: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1955 & 1956. First Edition. Hardcover. Tear along gutter of half-title page in first volume, page still very much intact. Both volumes Fine, original glassine still partly present on the second volume. Slipcases Very Good with light wear. Two volumes. A special and obviously limited edition of this book bound in full blue cloth with gilt-lettered black spine labels, rather than the black cloth of the regular and Kansas City editions, and also larger in size than those editions (6" x 9-1/2"). This edition appears to have been reserved for the author's use and presented by the President to those close to him. Each book is INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author to his former Secretary of the Treasury on the half-title pages. The first volume is inscribed: "To my friend and long/time comrade, John W. Snyder,/the greatest Secretary of the/Treasury the country ever had,/with affectionate regards from/Harry Truman/Independence/Dec. 17, 1955." In addition each book is housed in its original slipcase, each of which the President has also INSCRIBED and SIGNED to Snyder with his initials, though the ink on the slipcases is badly faded. The second volume bears a simpler inscription: "To Honorable John W. Snyder/from his good friend/Harry Truman/5-5-56." Snyder has highlighted a number of passages with both pen and pencil. He is cited many times in the text. Snyder was appointed U.S. Secretary of the Treasury in 1946 by his close personal friend President Harry S. Truman, with whom he had served in World War I. He developed programs to promote greater efficiency within the Treasury Department, including a streamlining of the Internal Revenue Service, which assured a more impartial administration of tax laws, and a reform of the federal accounting system. Snyder resigned at the end of Truman's second term.

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        Fine Structure of the Hydrogen Atom by a Microwave Method, in Physical Review, Vol. 72, No. 3, August 1, 1947, pp. 241-243

       First edition of the paper in which Lamb announced the fine structure of the hydrogen atom, discovered the discrepancy in electromagnetic theory called the Lamb Shift, and began the revolution that led to Quantum Electrodynamics (QED).  QED basically describes how light and matter interact, addressing it as a small difference between energy levels of two orbitals of the hydrogen atom that was unexplained and at odds with prevailing electromagnetic theory, then Dirac?s quantum theory of the electron. Lamb explains "electromagnetic attraction and repulsion... in terms of the exchange of photons between charged particles" (Peacock, The Quantum Revolution, 100).  The Lamb Shift, then, is a small difference between energy levels of two orbitals of the hydrogen atom that was unexplained and at odds with prevailing electromagnetic theory, then Dirac?s quantum theory of the electron. This small difference, caused by the interaction between the electron and the vacuum, became the impetus for the development of QED. QED, sometimes said to be the most accurate physical theory ever written, became the model for quantum field theories that would be developed in the future" (ibid).  Able to mathematically describe all phenomena involving electrically charged particles interacting by means of exchange of photons, QED can make extremely accurate predictions.  Richard Feynman has called it ?the jewel of physics? for this reason.  In 1955, Lamb was awarded the Noble Prize along with P. Kusch (whose paper is also included here) ?for his discoveries concerning the fine structure of the hydrogen spectrum? (Noble Prize Committee). CONDITION & DETAILS: Volume 72, Number 3.  Original Wraps  4to (10.5 x 8 inches; 263 x 200mm).  Meticulously rebacked at the spine to match the green of the wraps.  The wraps are in near fine condition, as is the interior.              

      [Bookseller: Atticus Rare Books]
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        COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS, DARTMOUTH COLLEGE, JUNE 1955, RECORD & MAGAZINE

      1955. FROST, Robert. "THE COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS" delivered at Dartmouth College on June 12th 1955. A collection of material documenting the day that Frost not only delivered the commencement address but received an honorary degree (Doctor of Laws) as well. 1. A 12" LP record of Frost delivering his speech. There is a typed label affixed to the paper sleeve identifying the speech, with the note: Record plays from inside out. (Only Dartmouth has a recording of the commencement address on deposit, OCLC: 6456977, but it is on tape; and the library record gives the incorrect date of 1954. It is not in Lentricchia & Lentricchia.) 2. The Dartmouth Alumni Magazine, Vol. 47, No. 10 (July 1955), wherein Frost&#39;s talk is printed on pp. 14-16. The editors note that the printed text for the speech was transcribed fom a tape recording and that they sought to preserve Frost&#39;s "exact wording and also the informal spirit in which he spoke." (Lentricchia & Lentricchia 68; not in Barrett). 3. The Commencement Program. [24] pp. printed on cream stock, sewn with green cord. 4. Seven black and white photographs (3 7/8" by 4 5/8") showing Frost receiving his degree and delivering his speech. Two of the photos are reproduced on pp. 14 & 19 of the Dartmouth Alumni Magazine. They are housed in a manilla envelope, which is attached to the back of the program, with a typed list of contents. 5. The special commencement issue of "The Dartmouth" newspaper, Vol. CXIV, No. 172 (June 12, 1955), with the headline "Robert Frost Delivers Address..." and six of his poems printed on the front page. All are housed in a plain grey sleeve, taped at the edges, upon which Kathleen Morrison, Frost&#39;s secretary, has written "R. F. personal copy" and lists the contents, which are described above.

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        Autograph letter signed.

      Kilchberg, 26. VI. 1955. - 8vo. 1 p. One of Thomas Mann's last letters: to the publisher Kurt Desch (1903-84), for whose anthology "Die schönsten Erzählungen der Welt" (Munich 1955) Mann was to write a preface. - In July 1955 the Manns travelled to the Dutch North Sea resort of Noordwijk. On July 17, Thomas Mann there started working on the preface, which he completed four days later. A serious illness forced him to cut his stay short and return to Zurich, where Mann passed away on August 12. The "Preface" thus became his literary legacy. - Slightly faded at edges.

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat INLIBRIS Gilhofer Nfg. GmbH]
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        Observation of Antiprotons

      Lancaster, PA and New York, NY: American Physical Society / American Institute of Physics, 1955. First Edition. Hard Cover. Good. [2], 1916 pages. Entire Volume offered. Thick 4to. Red buckram exlibrary binding. Minimal library markings, sound and clean internally. The journal article offered is &#39;Observation of Antiprotons" IN The Physical Review, 1955, Vol 100, Second Series, November 1, 1955, pages 947-950. The Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to O. Chamberlain and E. Segre awarded in 1959 &#39;for their discovery of the antiproton&#39;&#39; (see Ezhela, et al, p 138).

      [Bookseller: Kuenzig Books, ABAA/ILAB]
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        THE RECOGNITIONS

      New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, (1955)., 1955 William Gaddis. THE RECOGNITIONS. New York: Harcourt Brace, 1955. First Edition of the author&#39;s seminal first novel. Thick 8vo., 956pp., Spine titled in gilt - A near fine or better example - Publisher&#39;s original black cloth, embossed dragon design on the upper cover, the text block clean & free of blemish, names, notes & nonsense. In a near fine dustwrapper showing minimal use, one tiny closed tear mended with clear tape on the inside. A very nice copy of this highly prized mid-century modern American High Spot in our TBCL custom leather & marbled paper clamshell case in very fine condition.. 1st Edition.

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        À Haute Flamme

      Paris, 1955. À Haute Flamme Tristan Tzara. Paris, 1955. One of 70 copies on &#147;Japon Ancien&#148;, signed by Tzara and Picasso, with 6 engravings with burin by Picasso. Ref: Cramer 72.. Signed by Illustrator(s). 1st Edition. Soft cover. Very Good/No Jacket.

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        The Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath

      Buffalo: Shroud Publishers, 1955. First edition / First printing.. Hardcover.. A fine copy in a fine dust jacket.. Octavo. One of 12 copies specially bound by famed science fiction collector Gerry de la Ree, this being number 4. "In 1972, fantasy collector/dealer Gerry de la Ree specially bound 12 copies in black cloth stamped in gold. These copies have a label affixed to the colophon page reading # [inserted] of 12 specially bound copies of THE DREAM QUEST OF UNKNOWN KADATH." (Currey 261) ~Publisher&#39;s black cloth with gilt lettering on the spine and front board with the second state of the dust jacket present. Light bump to head edge of spine. Textblock is in remarkably clean, seemingly unread, condition. Dust jacket shows very minimal edge wear. The spine is ever so slightly faded, with two vertical, fairly unnoticeable creases running its length; two more very slight vertical creases can be seen near the flap folds. ~A fine copy of the scarcest binding of The Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath. A superior copy of this extremely scarce, highly collectible edition.

      [Bookseller: Bloody Rare Books, LLC]
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        are: SIX POEMS BY PAUL-MARIE LAPOINTE, SEVEN POEMS BY GILLES HENAULT, NINE POEMS BY SAINT-DENYS-GARNEAU & EIGHT POEMS BY ROLAND GIGUERE

      Iroquois Falls, Ontario: Privately Printed [Contact Press], 1955 Turnbull (Gael) & Jean Beaupre. Translators. A complete set of the four mimeographed publications translated by Turnbull & Jean Beaupre in the summer of 1955, at Iroquois Falls, Ontario, Summer 1955, for private distribution [Contact Press]. These four titles were reportedly limited to only 25 copies each stapled into silk screened various coloured wrappers. Once in awhile a title appears for sale usually showing considerable wear as these were fragile things. The set offered here is essentially in fine condition showing minimal use. An interesting project - the whole idea of translating 4 Quebec poets in the &#39;50&#39;s was of immense importance. Included are: SIX POEMS BY PAUL-MARIE LAPOINTE, SEVEN POEMS BY GILLES HENAULT, NINE POEMS BY SAINT-DENYS-GARNEAU & EIGHT POEMS BY ROLAND GIGUERE. Very nice indeed. $2950.00. 1st Edition.

      [Bookseller: TBCL The Book Collector's Library]
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        THE TALENTED MR. RIPLEY

      New York: Coward-McCann, Inc, 1955. First edition. Near Fine/Very Good +. A Near Fine copy of the book with "20" written in red marker on the front end paper, otherwise clean and unmarked, with just touches of wear at the spine ends and board edges. In a Very Good+ dust jacket that is lightly faded at the spine and with a few small chips and tears at the extremities. Overall an attractive copy of the first edition. & & Highsmith&#39;s gripping thriller, the first to feature Tom Ripley, an intelligent, but disturbed young man. An early, cutthroat form of identity theft, during a less digital age. Filmed in 1999 with a star-studded cast, including: Matt Damon, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow, Cate Blanchett and Philip Seymour Hoffman, among others. Near Fine in Very Good +. dust jacket.

      [Bookseller: Whitmore Rare Books]
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