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        The Lord of the Rings The Fellowship of the Ring, the Two Towers & the Return of the King

      Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company. Fine in Very Good+ dust jacket. 1955. FIRST EDITION. Hardcover. Fine/Very Good conditon hardcover set of the first American release of The Lord of the Rings triology. Volume One is a 2nd printing, USA. Volumes 2& 3 are first printings, USA. Slight wear to head and tail of DJ spines. Neat & Clean matched set purchased from original owner. We have been selling collectible books everyday for 21 years. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall .

      [Bookseller: Book Gallery // Mike Riley]
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        Pictures of The Gone World

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

      [Bookseller: Orpheus Books]
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        The Hobbit, or There and Back Again, 1955 7th Impression in Dustjacket

      Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1955. 2nd Edition. Original Cloth. J.R.R. Tolkien. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. A fantastic copy of an early printing of The Hobbit. The 1955, 7th overall printing, or the 3rd printing of the 2nd Edition (1951). A Near Fine copy in Very Good Plus/Near Fine original dustjacket, designed by Tolkien, featuring his Mountains & Dragon design, as found on the original UK Editions. Stated 7th impression on front flap, price clipped, noted as printed in Great Britain. One of probably only 1000 imported from Allen & Unwin, lacking the printing history on title verso, to help them circumvent the import restrictions and US copyright laws. The text block is clean and bright, bound in the light brown colored original cloth from the publisher. Shows no shelf wear, slight rubbing to the dustjacket at the folds, no soiling to note, or bumped corners. Features the title, dwarves hat, author, and publisher stamped on the spine in blue. Front boards have "The Hobbit" stamped in blue as well. Contains the full color frontispiece "The Hill: Hobbiton-across-the Water", as well as the original line drawings by Tolkien. The maps are in excellent condition, red and black ink still show clear and bright against the unfoxed endpapers. A previous owners name and date to the first blank page, no other names or any other writing. The dustjacket shows the smallest amount of wear to the top of the spine, and the folds at the flaps have the smallest of chips, none larger that 2 or 3 mm. The jacket shows a light amount of soiling in the white sections, and the spine is lightly tanned. Overall a beautiful copy, scarce in original dustjacket in this condition. Digital photo's available, inquire if interested. Other Tolkien books available, include both the UK and US editions, original cloth bindings, custom fine bindings, and Signed/Numbered/Limited Editions. Near Fine / Very Good Plus.

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

      [Bookseller: Boston Book Company]
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        A Good Man is Hard to Find (First Edition)

      New York: Harcourt 1955, Brace. First Edition. First Edition, first issue. Near Fine in a Very Good plus, first issue dust jacket. Jacket is lightly soiled, with a short closed tear to the rear panel, and minor chipping. Importantly, the jacket has absolutely none of the fading nearly always found at the spine, making it uncommon in our experience. In a customer quarter-leather clamshell box.

      [Bookseller: Royal Books, Inc.]
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        William Golding Lord of the Flies First American Edition

      Coward-McCann, Inc., 1955. US 1st. Hardcover Hardcover. Good/Good. One of the most revered books of the 20th century! A frequently studied work and a constant in several best-of book lists. Adapted in film in 1963 and 1990. This was the debut novel from the Nobel Prize winning author. First American Edition, stated on the copyright page. Hardcover. Original jacket. Fading on boards. Corner bumping. PO name and foxing on front end page. Sunning on spine of jacket. Price-clipped. Good/Good. Published by Coward-McCann, Inc. 1955

      [Bookseller: Yeomans in the Fork]
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      Culver City: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 21 July - 4 October 1955 and 20 February - 11 July [rerun 27 July] 1956.. Two volumes. 116 leaves, plus duplicate leaf 116 printing variant text; and [1],123 leaves, plus lettered inserts. Quarto. The first comprised of carbon typescript on yellow paper (with each leaf marked 'Permanent Script File' in red), and mimeographed typescript, text on rectos only. Bradbound in studio wrappers, with studio labels and stamps. A few fore-edges in first script extended and slightly frayed; faint discoloration to fore- edge at toe of second script, otherwise very good or better, the first stamped "Vault Copy." Two widely differing drafts of the script for John Ford's 1957 film about the development of Naval aviation, and semi- biographical tribute to his friend, Navy flier turned screenwriter Frank W. "Spig" Wead. John Wayne was cast as Wead, and Dan Daily, Maureen O'Hara and Ward Bond co-starred. Fenton shared final screen credit with William W. Haines for the script, but at this point in the creative process, Fenton is the sole identified screenwriter. A table inside the front wrapper of the second draft records in manuscript some of the dated revisions over the span noted above. Bogdanovich, JOHN FORD (Revised ed. 1978), pp. 95-6 ,143.

      [Bookseller: William Reese Company - Literature ABAA-]
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        LOLITA. [Facsimile First Edition]

      Paris: Olympia Press, 1955 Nabokov. LOLITA. [Facsimile First Edition]. First Edition Thus. Published in Shelton, Connecticut by The First Edition Library. 1983. Two Volumes in very fine fresh condition in like clamshell box. perfect Facsimile of the original Olympia Press first edition. This title and two others; ULYSSES & TROPIC OF CANCER were published by The First Edition Library by subscription only in a separate series "Published in Paris in Paperback". A flawless set of this Nabokov masterpiece. 12mo.pp 188, 223. $550. 1st Edition.

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

      [Bookseller: Ken Lopez Bookseller, ABAA]
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      Paris: Olympia Press, 1955 A very good or better set of the True First Edition, First Issue of this twentieth century Highspot & Nabokov masterpiece. Two Volumes in publisher's printed green wrappers with the "Francs: 900" price on the lower back corner of both volumes neatly blackened out & without the later 1200 Francs label. 12mo., 188, 233pp. A very nice set showing modest use; the spines of both volumes still white in the title area, some rubs to the extremities, content free of blemish, names, etc. Not perfection but a better, cleaner set than usually encountered. The 1962 Stanley Kubrick directed film starred James Mason, Shelley Winters, Peter Sellers & Sue Lyon. Nabokov wrote the screenplay. Jeremy Irons starred in the 1997 Adrian Lyne remake. Custom TBCL matching forest green cloth clamshell box with a gilt lettered label on the spine. A Modern Book Collecting & Literary Cornerstone. Field 0793. Juliar 428.. First Edition.

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

      [Bookseller: Ken Lopez Bookseller, ABAA]
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      Paris: Olympia, 1955. Paperback First edition Original wraps; first issue w/ 900 francs on the rear covers. 2 vols. Exceptional copies with minor flaws: vol. one has a small bump at the spine; vol. two with a short tear expertly repaired, otherwise minor rubbing and wear, bright with no foxing and little creasing to the spine. Near fine copies, each book held separately in folding cloth cases; all housed in a deluxe clamshell box with gilt-stamped label. One of the cornerstone works of the 20th Century, one of the few comparable for notoriety and quality to ULYSSES.

      [Bookseller: Alexander Rare Books]
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      Paris: The Olympia Press,, 1955. 2 volumes, octavo. Original green and white wrappers printed in black. Spines rolled and slightly toned, lightly rubbed at extremities, small spot to pages 30-31. An excellent set. First edition, first impression, first state of the wrappers with no change to the price on the lower wrapper.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        LOLITA. [Facsimile First Edition]

      Paris: Olympia Press, 1955 Nabokov. LOLITA. [Facsimile First Edition]. First Edition Thus. Published in Shelton, Connecticut by The First Edition Library. 1983. Two Volumes in very fine fresh condition in like clamshell box. perfect Facsimile of the original Olympia Press first edition. This title and two others; ULYSSES & TROPIC OF CANCER were published by The First Edition Library by subscription only in a separate series "Published in Paris in Paperback". A flawless set of this Nabokov masterpiece. 12mo.pp 188, 223. $550. 1st Edition.

      [Bookseller: TBCL The Book Collector's Library]
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        Gargantua. Lithographs by Antoni CLAVÉ (Clave)

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

      [Bookseller: Gemini Fine Books & Arts, Ltd.]
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        Eloge de Jacques Villon by Jacques Lassaigne

      Paris: Manuel Bruker, 1955. First edition. Paperback. Orig. cream wrappers printed in black with glassine overwrapper. Near fine./No Dust Jacket. Unpaginated, approx. 50 pages, small folio, 32 x 25 cm. With ten original full-size, or text engravings by Jacques Villon -- two in color. Limited edition, one of 200; this one out-of-series, "Exemplaire de Collaborateur," copy -- signed presentation by Villon in blue ink on title page, "a mon amis Zierer," and dated 1956. Printed on Velin de Rives, tissue guards, all text loose as issued, spine with slight wear, text very fine throughout, glassine dust wrapper sunned with small clean tear.

      [Bookseller: Royoung bookseller, Inc.]
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        LEOPOLDO LUGONES. Signed

      Buenos Aires: Editorial Troquel, Colección Diálogos del Presente, Number 5, 1955 From A Great Poet To a Great Poet About A Great Poet. Inscribed by Borges to his close friend, the Argentine poet, Vicente Barbieri. First edition. A fine fresh copy in the original printed wrappers. [Helft p.77; Becco 105], 8vo,, "Para Vicente Barbieri, afectos y un abrazo. Jorge Luis Borges" [For Vicente Barbieri, affections & a hug. Jorge Luis Borges]. Leopoldo Lugones (1874-1938) was a journalist & short-story writer. His poetical work reflects the Spanish American modernist movement headed by Ruben Darío, i.e., Lunario sentimental, (1909) & Romancero (1924). To Borges, Lugones represented his Argentinian side - finding the paths of his own literature by opposing Lugones' Baroque style with a more Classical stance, in which real ity is always a provisional postulate. Borges returned to Lugones again & again. A Great Literary Association Copy.. 1st Edition.

      [Bookseller: TBCL The Book Collector's Library]
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        A View from the Bridge

      New York: Viking Press, 1955.. First edition. Octavo, original boards. Light wear, else fine in a very good dust jacket that shows some light wear to the crown and foot of the spine. Signed by the author on the title page.

      [Bookseller: Raptis Rare Books, ABAA/ ILAB]
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        Slow Electrons in a Polar Crystal.

      American Physical Society,  1955.  1st edition.  The Physical Review, vol 97 (3), February 1, 1955  Original printed wrappers.  Fine condition.

      [Bookseller: JF Ptak Science Books]
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        1, 2, 3, 4, 5

      Lausanne: Guild du Livre and Editions Clairfontaine,, 1955. Octavo. Original boards with photo illustrated dust jacket. In the original black slipcase and chemise. Illustrations from photos by Robert Doisneau throughout. An excellent copy in the very lightly rubbed jacket. First edition, first impression. Inscribed by Doisneau to "Lee Witkin peut compter sur l'amitie de, Robert Doisneau." Also with the estate sticker of Witkin on the front free endpaper. Witkin was the American gallerist who raised the profile of photography, turning it into a respected and highly collectible art form.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        THE COLD GREEN ELEMENT. Presentation Copy Inscribed To Ezra Pound

      Montreal: Contact Press, 1955 Superb Association Copy of the First Edition of this early Layton Contact Press title. Inscribed to Ezra Pound: "For Ezra Pound, / And all best Wishes, / Irving Layton / 2 April 1955". 8vo, pp. [60]. Black cloth backed illustrated boards designed by Betty Southerland. As usual, the spine label is not present. A very good example showing some general use. The importance of this copy can not be underestimated as Layton, arguably Canada's earliest Modernist Poet had much respect for Pound, the poet & founder of Modernism. A solid thesis could be developed around this copy.. Signed by Author. 1st Edition.

      [Bookseller: TBCL The Book Collector's Library]
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        The River of Adventure

      London: Macmillan, 1955. viii, 277pp, [1]. Original decorative cloth in DJ. DJ spine and edges slightly browned. Cloth slightly faded to edges, internally quite bright and clean. Signed 'love from Enid Blyton' to ffep, with date added (not in her hand) to foot of page. Signed by Author. First Edition. Hardback. Very Good/Good+. 8vo.

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

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

      [Bookseller: Syber's Books]
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        Landskab i Sydamerika.

      Original tegning udført med sort tusch. Illustration i stort tværformat til Politikens Magasinet, København (c. 1955). Motivmål: 22x52 cm. Arkmål: 32x52 cm. Signeret af Ib Andersen. Med håndskrevet satsinstruktion, ligeledes signeret, nedenfor motivet. Meget velbevaret. Monteret på bagbeklædning i bred mørkebrun træramme.. Pragtfuld stor og gennemarbejdet tegning af et mennesketomt tropisk landskab med palmer, agaver og lave træer mellem klipper og med en lav bjergvæg i horisonten

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        Les manifestes du surréalisme suivis de Prolégomènes a un troisième manifeste du surréalisme ou non du surréalisme en ses oeuvres vives et d´éphémerides surréalistes.

      Paris, Le Sagittaire, 1955. 123 p. + illustrations. Illustrated with photomontages of surrealist photographs and works of art. The round cut-out complete with monocle on ribbon for examining the illustrations. Original black printed wrappers

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        Squadron A Polo Collection: Watercolor drawing of polo player Phil Brady on horseback, swinging his mallet, signed by the artist and titled below, "To Phil, May all your shots be goals" and signed by other players and members of the team. [With:] "Sway-backs Reunion", ink drawing of a cavalry soldier in uniform with crutch and bottle, giving his mount a drink from a saucepan. [And:] A Group of 26 pencil sketches relating to Squadron A (horse and military scenes)

      New York ca. 1955 New York, ca. 1955. 13 x 12 inches; 8 x 10 inches; and sketchbook leaves approx. 8 x 10 inches. . Two drawings matted and framed, fine. Sketchbook leaves, fine . Interesting collection of drawings by the famed American illustrator Paul Brown, chiefly connected to the Calvary Squadron A of New York City and its polo team, based at the armory on Madison Avenue and 94th/95th streets. The first drawing depicts Locust Valley player Phil Brady in the blue and yellow Squadron A colors, and is signed by numerous players and friends about the drawing, signed and dated "Paul Brown, '55". "Sway-Backs Reunion" is a humorous sketch of an elderly horse and a boozing cavalryman, demonstrating Brown's characteristic energy of line. The pencil sketches offer an interesting glimpse of Brown's working style, and comprise:- "Remember": 21 drawings of fallen soldiers and horses, Our Buddies, The Lost Patrol, Last Call - Taps; "We must not forget" with Squadron A pennants ; a kneeling GI beside a fallen comrade. One drawing inscribed "To 'Phil' Brady, Sincerely, Paul Brown", 5 signed Paul Brown, 3 signed"PB", and 12 unsigned preliminary drawings. The sketch of Squadron A pennants demonstrates a visual continuity between the crossed sabers of the cavalry troop, and its 1941 redesignation as the 101st Cavalry. Its members fought gallantly in Germany and Austria during WWII. - Two sketches for the "Sway-backs Reunion": drawings of a cavalryman offering his horse drink from a mess kit, both signed "PB". - Three unsigned sketches: "Coming in for the night", a man at a gate with two horses and a foal entering; well dressed horseman in top hat with rider coming over a fence in distance; sketch of foal and two dogs at play

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      19. GROPIUS, Walter. A PRINTED INVITATION, SIGNED BY GROPIUS, to a preview of The Architects Collaborative (TAC) design for the "new" University of Baghdad in its Cambridge, MA offices. Undated, but circa 1955-6. Beneath the printed closing "FOR: THE ARCHITECTS COLLABORATIVE," it is boldly signed 'Walter Gropius' in ink. A single sheet of paper, 8 1/2" BY 11", folded twice for mailing. The paper is heavy stock and crisp despite light toning.

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        Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

      New Directions New York: New Directions. 1955. First. First edition. Fine in near fine dustwrapper with very light wear. Pulitzer Prize-winning play about a dying Southern patriarch and the machinations of his greedy, would-be heirs. The original theatrical performance, directed by Elia Kazan, featured Ben Gazzara, Burl Ives, Barbara Bel Geddes, Pat Hingle, and blues greats Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee. It was successfully translated into film featuring Ives, Elizabeth Taylor, and Paul Newman. The black, thin paper jacket tends to wear inordinately; this is a lovely copy. .

      [Bookseller: Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. ABA]
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        The Smile at the Foot of the Ladder

      Greenwood Press (San Francisco): Greenwood Press. 1955. First. First edition by this publisher. Illustrated by Gordon Cook. Near fine in self-wraps with a tiny nick and a little light wear. One of 500 copies. Inscribed by the author to his second wife, June Mansfield, who was by all accounts the inspiration for much of his most important fiction: "For June -- the only 'imaginative' story I've written. Henry 10/15/56." A superb association. Shifreen & Jackson A66d. .

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        Journal of Jocular Physics. Volume III. October 7, 1955.

      Copenhagen, Institute for Theoretical Physics, 1955. Small folio (A4). Stapled, unbound. Stenciled manuscript. Edges a bit bumped. A bit of spotting to first leaf. 48 numbered leaves with printing on rectos only. Illustrated.. One of the few scarce original stenciled copies of the Journal of Jocular Physics, Vol. III, the 1955-volume of the privately circulated amateur-comedy-journal that Bohr's students made on the occasions of Bohr's most important birthdays (beginning with his 50th in 1935), in this case his 70th. The Journal is an eclectic blend of funny and clever stories, songs, poems, aphorisms, humorous descriptions of recent developments in physics, etc., all written in an informal tone with the underlying subject being Bohr's birthday.Since 1929 most of the greatest physicists of the 20th century had been gathering around Niels Bohr for a conference in Copenhagen at the Bohr Institute. Since 1931 this conference had also included a skit prepared by the youngest of the participants, the Copenhagen Faust of 1932 being the most famous and important of them. It is this skit that later develops into the Journal of Jocular Physics which was prepared and compiled for Bohr's 50th, 60th and 70th birthdays, the first in 1935, the second in 1945, and the third (the present) in 1955. The 1955 Jocular Physics was the last of them. The early decades of the present century witnessed the heady development of the Quantum Theory of the atom, and during that era the roads of theoreticians of all nationalities led, not to Rome, but to Copenhagen, the home city of Niels Bohr, who was the first to formulate the correct atomic model. It became customary at the end of each spring conference at Blegdamsvej 15 (the street address of Bohr's Institute of Theoretical Physics) to produce a stunt pertaining to recent developments in physics.However Copenhagen was also the home of abundant humor. As a respite from the intensive and highly competitive efforts taking place to characterize fundamental interactions on an atomic scale, physicists took the time to develop satirical letters, articles, plays and other works. (Gamow, Thirty Years that Shook Physics, pp. 167-68).In his Report at the Niels Bohr Archive Symposium, Copenhagen' and beyond: Drama meets history of science, Yu.V. Gaponov accounts for the history of physical art: The 1950s and 1960s were the golden age of the utmost prosperity in Physics. The atomic revolution having opened for the scientists a new world of quanta led soon to the nuclear fission discovery and to the first steps in techniques to dominate the atomic energy. The realization of national atomic programs which first took place in USA and then in Russia (USSR) and Great Britain had attracted the whole world's attention and placed Physics and the natural sciences in general in a top position. Being concerned with matters of physics became then exclusive and prestigious and physicists as individuals attracted the society's attention. They became heroes of literature, theater, movies, press. This process was observed in many advanced countries. It was also typical for the former USSR of those times, although owing to special social circumstances it had acquired some particular forms. One such form was the creation of Physical Art traditions... The birth of these traditions is commonly associated with the appearance at MSU PhysFac in 1960 of a Student Humor Festival called Birthday of Archimedes (later Physics Day) along with a comic buffoonery opera Archimedes (authors - physicists and poets V. Kaner, V. Milyaev). However, MSU physicists consider the Physical Art traditions to have started earlier. Here are some remarkable milestones: In 1932 the well known Faust jocular opera and in 1935 the special issue of the Jocular Physics journal were written by some eminent physicists in connection with the 50th birthday of Niels Bohr.The present 1955-volume contains numerous very funny contributions by physicists around Bohr, all based on physics humour, physics word-games etc. We have for instance A Voyage to Laplacia by L. Rosenfeld, a Confidential report Standardization of (physics) Papers by J. Lindhard,Broken English by H.B.G. Casimir (There exists today a universal language that is spoken and understood almost everywhere: it is Broken English. I am not referring to Pidgin English a highly formalized and restricted branch of B.E. but to the much more general language that is used by waiters in Hawai, prostitutes in Paris and ambassadors in Washington, by business-men from Buenos Aires, by scientists at international meetings and by dirty-postcard-peddlers in Greece, in short honourable people like myself all over the world... (p. 14), aphorisms (like: One Bohr can answer more questions than 10 philosophers can ask, ''I will have to sleep on that the physicist said, he lay down on the floor, etc.), A Remarkable V-event'' by M. Sheep, The Heart on the other Side by G. Gamow (''But father will never give his consent... He is looking for a son-in-law who can help him in his business, and eventually take it over. You can't possibly qualify for that, can you? No, I guess I can't, agreed Stan Situs sadly. I cannot possibly see how the kind of mathematics I am doing or, in fact, ANY kind of mathematics can help the production and selling of shoes...), the poem The Atom that Bohr Built, etc. The Journal of Jocular Physics is an important document portraying both one of the main physical centres of this physically important period and how one of the greatest scientific minds of the 20th century was viewed by his students and collaborators - as being not only brilliant in his field of research but also as a funny, likeable and sympathetic person. See also:Gino Segrè. Faust in Copenhagen. A Struggle for the Soul of Physics and the Birth of the Nuclear Age.Pimlico, 2008.George Gamow. Thirty Years that Shook Physics. The Story of Quantum Theory. New York, 1966

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        Trattatello in laude di dante. verona, officina bodoni, 1955.

      Cm. 22, pp. 125 (7). Con 2 tavole f.t. (ritratto di Dante ed un fac-simile ripiegato). Frontespizio rosso e nero e capolettera in rosso e blu. Legatura edit. in pieno marocchino rosso, dorso a piccoli nervi con titoli in oro e piatto con fregio centrale in oro. Taglio di testa dorato, protezione in acetato e custodia in cart. rigido. Perfetto stato di conservazione. Tiratura di 140 esemplari numerati (ns. n. 106) stampato con Il carattere Dante, inciso da Charles Malin e qui usato per la prima volta. Cfr. Mardersteig, 111.

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      Paris, The Olympia Press, (1955). Bound with the original green wrappers in two elegant, uniform, fully contemporary Danish Half morocco-bindings with gilt author and title to spine (Harry Larsen). Elegant burgundy-red paper over boards. Minor traces of use to extremities. Internally very fine, fresh, and clean.. First edition, first issue (with "Francs : 900" to back wrappers) of this main work of 20th century literature, which, with its innovative style and highly controversial subject caused a number of scandals after its appearance. It had been turned down by six publishing houses, anticipating how it would be received by the public, but in 1955 Nabokov finally signed a contract with Olympia Press in Paris. By the Sunday Express editor it was called "the filthiest book I have ever read" and "sheer unrestrained pornography"; the Home Office in Great Britain instructed British Customs to seize all copies entering the country, and in 1956 the book was banned in France. The various translations of the work into other languages caused a number of other scandals, but in spite of American officials being anxious about the appearance of the first American edition, this was issued without problems (in 1958) and became an instant bestseller. In fact, it sold more than 100.000 copies within the first three weeks (as the first book after "Gone With the Wind").Today the book has classic status and is considered one of the finest novels of the 20th century

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        Une saison en enfer. paris, les bibliophile du palais, 1955.

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

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        Cartello stradale turistico citta' di rovereto. studio - terza versione. 1955 circa.

      Matita su carta di cm 26,2x20,6. Più che buono. Opera autenticata da Maurizio Scudiero; numero archivio FD-3791-DIS. Non firmato.

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        THE SHAVING OF SHAGPAT: AN ARABIAN ENTERTAINMENT: A complete set of the 69 ORIGINAL LINE DRAWINGS for the book with 34 additional drawings not used

      [New York]: [Limited Editions Club], [1955]. Original Art. About Fine, housed in the large original envelope from the Club. Genuinely unique. Honore Guilbeau. The complete publisher's archive of 103 ORIGINAL pen-and-brush drawings by Honore Guilbeau used for the book including 34 not used but present here. Most are on 9-3/4" x 11-1/2" paper with a few on smaller sheets. All are numbered in pencil with dimensions in the lower right corner and occasionally with annotations. Housed in a paper folder with "The George Macy Companies, Inc." printed on it along with "Proofs : Manuscript : Drawings." Also included are proofs of all of the engravings. An American painter, printmaker and illustrator, Honore Guilbeau first began to exhibit her art in Cleveland and elsewhere around 1930. During the 1930's Depression era she worked mainly in the medium of lithography, contributing at least three such works of art to the Ohio Chapter of the Works Progress Administration (W.P.A.). During the 1940's and 1950's, Honore Guilbeau illustrated a number of fine books, including works for the Limited Editions Club: Twain's A CONNECTICUT YANKEE IN KING ARTHUR'S COURT, THE ADVENTURES OF HAJJI BABA, and THE SHAVING OF SHAGPAT.

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        Orme's Collection of British Field Sports Illustrated in Twenty Beautifully Coloured Lithograph Plates from designs by S. Howitt.

      Guildford: Charles W. Traylen, [1955].. Oblong folio. Original card covers with printed paper wrapper. Illustrated title and contents pages plus twenty full page colour plates. Some light spotting and soiling to covers, slight creasing and wear at lower edge, otherwise in very good condition. "An Exact Facsimile of the First and Only Edition of One of the Rarest of all Sporting Books."

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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?.

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        Views and Monuments of Palestine. Drawings by Eugene Klimoff

      no publisher Canada: [no publisher. no date - circa 1955]. First. First edition. 23cm. 18 loose half-tone prints of sketches from the Holy Land laid into a printed portfolio as issued. Slight age-toning, one corner bumped, near fine; the loose prints are fine. Signed by the artist in Russian with a handwritten limitation of 200 sets. Klimoff was a Latvian-born Russian artist who immigrated to Canada in 1949. Rare. OCLC locates no copies. .

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        Thirty Three Triads translated by Thomas Kinsella from the xxii century Irish

      Dolmen Press Dublin: Dolmen Press. 1955. First. First edition. Decorated by Pauline Bewick. Illustrated. [8]pp. Chapbook. A small chip on the rear wrap, light dampstains and foxing on the first leaf, a good copy. One of 275 copies. Not particularly fine, but rare. .

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