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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.

      [Bookseller: Allington Antiquarian Books, LLC]
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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&

      [Bookseller: Lord Durham Rare Books Inc. (IOBA)]
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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.

      [Bookseller: Serge Paratte, Livres anciens & modernes]
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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.

      [Bookseller: David Schulson Autographs]
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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).

      [Bookseller: Taberna Libraria]
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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.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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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.

      [Bookseller: Adrian Harrington Rare Books]
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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.

      [Bookseller: The Tolkien Bookshelf]
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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.

      [Bookseller: Alcuin Books, ABAA-ILAB]
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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.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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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.

      [Bookseller: Royal Books, Inc.]
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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.

      [Bookseller: Bromer Booksellers]
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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.

      [Bookseller: Bertram & Williams, Books and Fine Art]
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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.

      [Bookseller: Charles Agvent]
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        The Magician's Nephew. [Narnia]

      London: The Bodley Head. VG: in very good condition with rubbed dust jacket. Previous owner inscription on fep. 1955. First Edition. Green hardback cloth cover. 200mm x 140mm (8" x 6"). 183pp. .

      [Bookseller: Barter Books Ltd]
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      Paris: The Olympia Press,, 1955. 2 volumes, octavo. Original green and white wrappers printed in black. Housed in a blue buckram folding case. Small closed tear to the foot of volume 1 rear cover, very slight rubbing to extremities and creasing to spine, but a remarkable copy in superb condition. First edition, first impression. With the publisher's repricing sticker to the rear wrapper of Vol I and loosely inserted into Vol II. The printed price of the book was 900 francs but precisely at the time of publication the franc was devalued and the price had to be raised in compensation to 1,200 francs. Some copies had got out before the price hike and of them some bookshops took it upon themselves to reprice in ink or with rubber stamps. The publishers themselves prepared gummed stickers for the remaining stock. Technically the repriced copies are secondary but in truth the key aspect of collectable copies is not the state of the issue but the state of the condition. The present set is quite exceptional - fresh and square and free from the tanning and rubbing endemic to this production.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        LOLITA (2 VOLS.)

      Paris: The Olympia Press, 1955. First Edition. Softcover. Good-/Very Good. True first issue of both volumes with the price of 900 Francs printed on the back of each cover and no overstamp or other price change. Volume 1 is in Fair to Good condition with lower inch of the spine lacking, minor staining to the page block and overall browning and soiling. Volume 2 Very Good with small chips to spine ends and creasing to the covers, otherwise clean internally. Basis of multiple films and other knock-offs, this controversial novel is frequently on the list of top books from the past century. Originally published in France because American publishers were wary of publishing such "obscene" material. Good-/Very Good.

      [Bookseller: Whitmore Rare Books]
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        Jane Eyre

      London: Collins,, 1955. With lithographs by Barnett Freedman. Octavo (220 × 133 mm). Contemporary blue morocco, titles and decoration to spines, raised bands, twin rule to boards and turn-ins, marbled endpapers, gilt edges. With colour lithographs. An excellent copy. A handsomely bound volume of Jane Eyre.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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      New York: Simon and Schuster, 1955.. First edition of the author's first book. Slim quarto, original illustrated white cloth. Light toning, else near fine in a near fine first issue dust jacket with a small closed tear to the rear panel. Inscribed by the author, "For my dear Paul- from/ Eloise herself and The Author" and also signed by the illustrator, "and Hilary Knight in 2007". A very sharp copy, rare signed and inscribed by both Kay Thompson and Hilary Knight.

      [Bookseller: Raptis Rare Books, ABAA/ ILAB]
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        The Family of Man. The photographic exhibition created by Edward Steichen for the Museum of Modern Art

      New York, Museum of Modern Art by Simon and Schuster in collaboration with the Maco Magazine Corporation,, 1955. Quarto. Original decorated boards with black cloth spine, titles to front cover in silver, titles to spine in silver and gilt, all edges red. With the printed cardboard clamshell box. Boards rubbed with slight loss to decoration, small split to foot of spine, internally bright and clean, box split to corners, rubbed with a little loss to edges, owner's name of Nika Thayer to top. Presented in a navy clamshell box. First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the curator, "To Nika Thayer, remembering the hard concientious and understanding, effort and above all the quality of her work for the Dept. of Photography, devotedly, Steichen 1955"

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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      NY: Simon & Schuster, 1955. First edition. Illustrated by Hilary Knight. The book that introduced the charming, precocious, and perpetually active resident of the Plaza Hotel, who is described as “not yet pretty, but she is already a person.” In many ways, Thompson viewed Eloise as a kind of alter ego and was very protective of her character. This copy has a postcard laid in from the Plaza, signed by Thompson. Aside from some minute edgewear and even toning along extremities, this is a fine copy in illustrated buff boards and dust wrapper.

      [Bookseller: Bromer Booksellers]
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      New York: Simon & Schuster. 1955. First Edition; Second Printing. Hardcover. Near Fine in a Fair dust jacket. Owner inscription, price to flap.; 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall .

      [Bookseller: Rare Book Cellar]
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        Francis Picabia 1879-1954

      Orbes. PAPERBACK. blue wraps edges rough unpaginated and unbound 32 leaves including wraps one tipped in plate (L'Oeil Cacodylate) one drawing by Man Ray one by Jan Van Heeckeren No. 3 of 191 printed very light browning to top edge and light stain to bottom left edge of front cover. . Very Good. 1955.

      [Bookseller: San Francisco Book Company]
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        A Pictorial Guide to the Lakeland Fells, Book One, The Eastern Fells: Being an Illustrated Account of a Study and Exploration of the Mountains in the English Lake District [Pictorial Guide Series Number One]

      Kentmere: Henry Marshall, 1955. First Edition, [First Printing]. Hardcover. Very Good: A very tidy copy. All notable faults: Light creasing on the spine, a few minor marks, contemporary previous owner&#39;s inscription on the reverse of the free front endpaper, previous owner&#39;s inscription on the title page and minor annotation in the Helvellyn section. 17887. <b> Bibliographical Details: </b> First Edition, [First Printing] [[Burke 01]].

      [Bookseller: Kirkland Books Ltd]
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        Observation of Antiprotons

      Lancaster, PA and New York, NY: American Physical Society / American Institute of Physics, 1955. First Edition. Wraps. Near Fine. 763-979 pages. Small 4to. Original publisher&#39;s blue/green printed wraps. Entire number offered. A bright clean copy, noting previous owner&#39;s name on front cover, minor corner wear and a small amount of wear at the base of the spine panel. 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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        [A Dance to the Music of Time:]

      London: William Heinemann Ltd,, 1955&#150;75. A Question of Upbringing; A Buyer&#39;s Market; The Acceptance World; At Lady Molly&#39;s; Casanova&#39;s Chinese Restaurant; The Kindly Ones; The Valley of Bones; The Soldier&#39;s Art; The Military Philosophers; Books do Furnish a Room; Temporary Kings; Hearing Secret Harmonies. 12 vols. Octavo. Original red cloth, titles to spines gilt on a black ground. With the dust jackets. All copies at least very good, dust jacket to first volume lightly chipped to corners and top edge of front panel, edges rubbed, book society label pasted to front panel as issued, second volume nicked to corners, white back panel lightly marked, price clipped, third volume lightly chipped to head and foot of spine, white back panel toned, all other copies bright with minor rubbing, five price clipped, one with gift inscription, two with owner&#39;s name and address. First editions, first impressions. A complete set of Powell&#39;s celebrated roman-fleuve. First volume inscribed by Powell under the signature of his friend Alan Ross, on the front free endpaper thus "is confirmed in possession of this book - Anthony Powell" dated August 1965, and signed by Powell on the title page, having crossed out his printed name. Alan Ross worked for the British Council, married Jennifer Fry (niece of Evelyn Gardner), and edited The London Magazine. He was known as a poet, book reviewer and sensitive literary critic, who wrote what Powell described (in To Keep the Ball Rolling: Vol. IV) as "one of the most penetrating obituary notices" of Maclaren-Ross.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        Il contemporaneo. Settimanale di cultura.

      Subject: (Riviste). Roma, 1955, A. II, n 1/13, 15/26, 30/44, 46/52. La mitica rivista di Salinari e Trombadori. 48 fascicoli, con ill. fot. (L'annata completa ? di 52 numeri). Tutti :

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        Original advertising artwork for the James Bond novel &#39;Moonraker&#39;

      [1955], 1955. Dimensions 205 x 200mm. Paste-up montage design for the novel published by The Macmillan Company, New York, 1955. Mapping ink and printed collage on artist&#39;s board, displaying a spirits bottle with accompanying text &#39;Bottled in Bond (James)&#39; and &#39;Stop at your local bookshop for a dose of Moonraker the sensational new 100 proof spine-curling concotion...&#39;, with a supporting quote from Raymond Chandler. An exceptional piece of Bondiana. Owned in conjuction with Lucius Books of York. Gilbert, Jon; Ian Fleming: The Bibliography, page 118.

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        The Europeans

      New York: Simon and Schuster, 1955.. First edition. Folio, original illustrated boards. An excellent near fine copy in a very good price-clipped acetate dust jacket. Inscribed by the author "a Jean Simon tres cordialement Henri Cartier-Bresson". With the captions booklet laid in.

      [Bookseller: Raptis Rare Books, ABAA/ ILAB]
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        The Ginger Man

      Paris: The Olympia Press, 1955.. First edition of the author&#39;s first book. Octavo, original green wrappers. Fine in wrappers. Signed by the author with the added words, "God&#39;s mercy on the wild".

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        Live and Let Die

      New York: The Macmillan Company 1955., 1955. FIRST US EDITION. Pp.216. Bound in original blue cloth cloth lettered in yellow to the backstrip, upper cover blocked with &#39;Cock Robin Thriller&#39; device, in the pictorial dustwrapper designed by Leo Manso. No inscriptions, neat label removal from pastedown, minor edgewear. Jacket has some rubbing and wear, a few minor tears to extremities, small label to foot of spine. A used but presentable copy. At 5,000 copies, this is actually less common that the UK first impression. This controversial second Bond novel was published in America nearly a year after the British first, and underwent censorship in that country mainly due to the depiction of the novel&#39;s black villains, but also due to the correction of local details. The most visible change is the fact that Chapter 5 in the original British edition of the novel entitled &#39;Nigger Heaven&#39; is unsurprisingly renamed &#39;Seventh Avenue&#39; in the American edition. The American censor also heavily edited the dialogue in this chapter to the extent that a whole passage detailing an argument between a black man and his girlfriend is entirely cut, and dialogue spoken by Felix Leiter is also edited. Not all of the changes in the text between the British and American editions of &#39;Live and Let Die&#39; were to do with the depiction of the black characters in the novel. Some of the changes that were made in the Macmillan edition had also to do with correcting minute mistakes that Fleming had made which would be noticed by a native population who were more familiar with such details as US Railroad routes and American cuisine. This was the earliest book in the series to suffer an actual ban, rather than censorship; publication in May 1954 was refused in the Republic of Ireland, a traditionally religious and moral nation. A2b(1).

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        The Recognitions

      New York: Harcourt Brace, 1955 First USA Edition. Fine book in a near fine Dust Jacket. The Dust Jacket has some light toning to the white edges and small tears to the spine tips. Signed and inscribed by the author on the front flyleaf. and dated " New York 10 Jan 1994". The authors first book, which was poorly received on publication, but slowly has built a reputation as one of the defining american novels of the second half of the 20th Century. He would not publish another novel for the next 20 years.. Signed by Author. First Edition.

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        Birdman of Alcatraz: The Story of Robert Stroud

      Random House 1955 - Stated first printing. Inscribed, "Best", and SIGNED and dated by Thomas Gaddis on the front end paper. Stamped imprints from the Ingo Preminger Agency (producer of Mash) are on the front end paper and title page. The volume is bumped on the corners, pushed at the spine ends and has light staining on the page edges. The unclipped dust jacket is chipped (3/8") on the corners and spine ends (1/4") reaching a depth of 5/8" on the top spine folds. The front panel has a lower corner crease and is separated about half the way up the front fold. Both front and rear panels are rubbed and moderately soiled. The jacket is now protected in mylar. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Trilby & Co. Books]
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        AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED (ALS) on the Current Folk Music Scene and Championing Pete Seeger

      [Brooklyn], 1955. Letter. Folds and light show-through to text resulting from the nature of the material, otherwise clean, bright, and Fine . Interesting AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED, three pages on adjoining panels of an off-white folding paper towel (7-1/2" x 9-1/2"), dated "On top of old April," 1955 and sent to SING OUT, the influential folk music magazine still publishing today. Using several colors of ink, Guthrie writes what seems to be an overview of the current folk music scene concentrating on and comparing the young and upcoming Pete Seeger and Ewan MacColl, folk singer and partner of Peggy Seeger. In part [Guthrie's spellings and grammar retained]: "Artists ... do sing up and out with the pure old truth in bigger bunches and at better lower & cheaper price than I hear it sung around any other ... old printin shop or office.... I sure do believe that Petey Seeger is a real champion at more jobs then floggin his wire stringy banjo ... singing his ever better & better & better and better ... songs. He sounds honester to my poor old exploited ear than Ewan Macall's [Ewan MacColl]. I don't rekon that Macall has ever walked his land from end to end like Pete has.... Macall ever try to make his grat country's own poverty and misery and deep ... hunger and wories and fears ... and hopes all rhyme ... beat to time of a ballad song on any musicyial instrument like Pete has and habitually does.... I guess Ewan is a fine ... honest hard workin' man like England and Scotland ... so full of by the uncounted millions and to me Ewan does the best job of singing exactly what his pappa and his mama and all his ancestors and all of his back generations of dead miners have told Ewan and had sung to him all his life about. He sounds too muchly slick & polished and rehearsed and thin to me-because he sings not about what his own life sees around him but what his ancestors lived thru and heard and sang out about. They made up their ballads to tell how hard ... every minute and every hour ... and every nite.... When I sit and just read those printed words in my ... lp album here I get this terrible feeling again that I'm living in the place and scenery where it all takened place and where it all happened at but Ewan's records fail to live quite up in their feelings when I play them." Guthrie closes, "Every word you folks print up there is printed on a high high hard hittin' hard fightin' level and all your printed words needs is just a ... jillion people to sing em up and out in your high militante spirit." At the time of writing, Guthrie was a patient at the Brooklyn State Hospital (whose name he adds below his signature), where he spent years in treatment for various maladies. After a number of diagnoses, including alcoholism and schizophrenia, it was finally determined that Guthrie suffered from Huntington's disease, a genetic condition that had earlier claimed his mother's life. One of his visitors was Bob Dylan. In his autobiography CHRONICLES, Dylan recounts hearing Guthrie for the first time: "Guthrie had such a grip on things. He was so poetic and tough and rhythmic. There was so much intensity, and his voice was like a stiletto. He was like none of the other singers I ever heard, and neither were his songs.... They had the infinite sweep of humanity in them. Not one mediocre song in the bunch. Woody Guthrie tore everything in his path to pieces. For me it was an epiphany, like some heavy anchor had just plunged into the waters of the harbor.

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        The Second World War

      London: The Educational Book Company Ltd., , [1955]. 6 volumes, arge octavo. Original red cloth, brown leather labels to the spine, portrait medallion embossed on similar leather to the upper boards, gilt panels to the spines, volume titles gilt to the upper boards, dark red top-stain and endpapers. With the unprinted glassine dust jackets. Coloured frontispiece to each, and 185 half-tone plates, numerous maps, plans and diagrams, many of them folding. A near fine set, dust jackets lightly chipped and torn to edges. The Chartwell Edition, issued on the completion of Churchill&#39;s masterly account of the Second World War, includes the author&#39;s last revisions and is also fully illustrated. It was published at £12 9s 6d or 13 guineas by subscription, the standard Cassell edition cost a total of £8 on first publication.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        The Viking Rocket Story

      Harper & Brothers New York: Harper & Brothers. (1955). First. First edition. Endpapers foxed, a tape shadow on the rear endpaper and flap where a previous owner had formerly affixed the jacket to the rear pastedown, very good in very good dustwrapper. Viking Hall bookplate on the front fly presenting the book with the compliments of the Martin Company of Baltimore, Maryland at the opening of Viking Hall, The Hayden Planetarium, New York, June 30, 1955. Signed by Rosen, who as a scientific officer in charge of the Viking Project, as well as by J. Preston Layton (Martin company crew chief of the first Viking Project), and W.P. Murphy (Navy crew chief of the same project). All are mentioned extensively in the text. .

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