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        Building Plans, Elevations, and Perspectives for a Building for Speekman Chemical Co., 241 Quint St., San Francisco.

      San Francisco: James H. Hjul, Structural Engineer, October 1952 - February 1955. - Original pencil drawings on tracing paper. Sheet size 19" x 24". 9 sheets. Job #234. File Numbers 5002 and 5156. James Hansen Hjul (1882 - 1957), a structural engineer, constructed many buildings in San Francisco. He was the founder of the J.H. Construction Company and was listed as a contractor, civil engineer, structural engineer and construction engineer in San Francisco City Directories from 1907 to 1958. Most of his work occurred in the South of Market area on warehouses and industrial buildings.

      [Bookseller: Wittenborn Art Books]
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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.Henri Cartier-Bresson is perhaps the greatest photographer of the twentieth century, The Europeans, along with The Decisive Moment are his finest books. Henri Cartier-Bresson's amazing feat as a photographer is the ability to follow his heart and the keen vision of his mind and eye in each photograph. His subjects are only part of the image in the viewfinder, whose composition he sometimes arranges with geometric precision. Many of his best photographs also have startlingly broad political and sociological connotations, which gives the ordinary subjects extraordinary dignity, even grandeur. Europeans is filled with these images, which are often visually complex as well.

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        The Bride of The Innisfallen

      Harcourt, Brace and Company 1955 - A near fine first edition, first issue, in a very good price-clipped dust jacket. First edition stated on the copyright page. There is only one copyright date on the copyright page, a mistake they corrected in the second state of the first edition to reflect the multiple stories in the volume. A bookplate signed by Eudora Welty is laid in. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Bookbid]
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        Original Dustwrapper Artwork by Martin Thomas(?) for The Wooden Horse

      London: Collins, 1955. The finished artwork for the first pictorial edition d/w of this book (the first edition d/w was non-pictorial, lettering only), this edition revised for younger readers. Image 14.4" x 18.1" (36cm x 45.3cm) in gouache on thin artboard, with Collins printer's pink instruction sheet (chipped) on the verso, not signed, believed to be by the book's illustrator, Martin Thomas. First Edition Thus Artwork. No Book/Original Dustjacket Artwork. Illus. by Martin Thomas (?).

      [Bookseller: David Schutte]
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        Phenix City (First Edition, inscribed by both authors, actress Jean Carson, and Alabama attorney general John Patterson)

      Birmingham, AL: The Vulcan Press, 1955. First Edition. First Edition. INSCRIBED in round-robin fashion by both authors, actress Jean Carson (who appeared in the 1955 film version), and John Patterson (whose father was the real-life martyr in the campaign to clean up Phenix City): "9-16-55 / Best regards to Mrs. Zelia Wallis Bennett / from Gene Wortsman / & / Edwin Strickland / and / Jean Carson (Don't forget to see the movie after you read this great book.) / John Patterson." & & The venue for the signing is a speculative thing, now unknown, but our best guess is an event that took place in wake of the film's release (the premiere was on July 9, 1955 in three different cities, including the book's subject, Phenix City, Alabama). The only association copy of this title we have ever seen, and with two very different figures associated with the release of the seminal film noir adaptation.& & A non-fiction expose of Phenix City, the "Gomorrah" of Alabama in the 1950s, not unlike the non-fiction books published about Chicago, New York, and Washington, DC by Jack Lait and Lee Mortimer around the same time. An obscure title, basis for the cornerstone 1955 film noir, "The Phenix City Story," directed by Phil Karlson, written for the screen by Daniel Mainwaring, and staring Richard Kiley, Jean Carson, and Kathryn Grant.& & Near Fine in a Very Good plus example of the scarce dust jacket. Jacket has a bruise to the front panel, some minor chipping to the extremities, and a touch of foxing to the rear flap.

      [Bookseller: Royal Books, Inc.]
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        Il Decamerone. a Cura Di Fernando Palazzi. 101 Tavole a Colori Di Gino Boccasile.

      A La Chance Du Bibliophile, Milano 1955 - 601 y 541 pp. Sumamente ilustrado con muy bellas láminas a color. Exuberante encuadernación a plena piel grabada y fileteada al oro. Lomeras con nervios y florones. Cortes superiores dorados. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: BALAGUÉ LLIBRERÍA ANTIQUARIA]
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        The Human Age. Book Two Monstre Gai. Book Three Malign Fiesta. Illustration by Michael Ayrton.

      London: Methuen & Co. Ltd., 1955 - Octavo. Original white cloth, titles to spine and upper board gilt on black ground, pictorial design to upper board in black. With the dust jacket. Cloth a litle rubbed, corners bumped, spine toned, partial tanning to free endpapers, contents faintly toned in the margins. An excellent copy in the lightly rubbed jacket with toned spine panel. First edition, first impression. Lewis had planned to publish Monstre Gai and Malign Fiesta twenty-eight years earlier as parts II and III of the Childermass, his radical and formally experimental novel of "theological science fiction" (The Childermass, Yale University). [Attributes: First Edition]

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA member]
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        Portraits

      Andre Suaret, Monte Carlo 1955 - 152 pages. 31 x 25 cm. One of 500 copies in English [from a total of 2850, this being copy 1554 of the 1501-2000 numbered limitation of the English edition] printed by Mourlot. Cover is an original lithograph by Matisse in gold, blue and black. Sixty duotone lithographic plates after drawings by Matisse, and thirty-three tipped-in color plates. DUTHUIT 670. MONOD 7849. RAUCH 340. Nick to glassine overwrapper, lower front cover. Orig. pictorial wrappers. Fine in near fine board chemise, in very good, lightly worn slipcase [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Royoung Bookseller, Inc. ABAA]
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        The Second World War, deluxe Chartwell edition

      London: Educational Book Co., Ltd., 1955. Illustrated Edition. Hardcover. Very good. Here is the "Chartwell Edition" of Churchill's The Second World War, bound in the publisher's original "deluxe" blue leather. This first illustrated Chartwell edition of The Second World War was published soon after the British first edition and is aesthetically superior in every respect. It is also the final text, "in which all those first minor errors are corrected", according to the author. This is Churchill's history of the epic struggle that was so indelibly stamped by his leadership. Seldom, if ever, has history endowed such a statesman with both singular ability to make history, and singular ability to write it. Churchill's eloquence and insight frames the world-defining events of his time in truly enduring prose. This six-volume epic has been called "indispensable reading for anyone who seeks a true understanding of the war that made us what we are today." And this particular edition stands the test of time as among the most aesthetically pleasing and the most pleasant to actually read. It was issued in two bindings - a red cloth and a far more scarce blue quarter leather binding. This is the Deluxe binding, featuring blue pebble grain morocco leather spines and light blue cloth covers. This edition is simply gorgeous. The books have a pleasing weight and size, measuring roughly 10 x 7 inches. The boards are stout with beveled edges. The leather spines are profusely ruled and gilt with six panels. There are gray marbled endpapers, head and foot bands, and the top edge is stained blue. The text is entirely reset from the first edition and is profusely illustrated with hundreds of illustrations on heavy, coated paper. Each volume also contains a color frontispiece and three-color maps. This set is in very good plus condition. The leather spines of this edition proved quite susceptible to fading. In this case, the spines retain excellent original color with only a hint of color shift. The bindings are square and tight, with only light wear to a few spine ends and corners and a bump to the top edge of the Volume I rear board. The contents are clean, bright, and tight. No spotting and no inscriptions. The blue-stained top edges show some sunning, but retain color and uniform appearance across all six volumes. Please note that this large, heavy set may require additional shipping charges. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A240.7.a, Woods/ICS A123(d) Langworth p.269.

      [Bookseller: Churchill Book Collector]
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        The Return of the King

      George Allen and Unwin Ltd. 1955 - The first British edition of the final volume of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Published by George Allen and Unwin Ltd. in 1955. The number ' 4 ' appearing to the base of page number 49. A very good copy with faint rubbing to the cloth, and some light spotting to the front board. With map to the rear of text. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: The Reluctant Bookseller]
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        The Man From Laramie (Original Film Poster)

      Culver City, CA: Columbia Pictures, 1955. Original one sheet for the 1955 film. The seventh of nine spectacular revisionist Westerns Anthony Mann directed between 1950 and 1960, and his fifth with James Stewart. & & One of the best and leanest films by the acclaimed director-actor pairing, one you will hear come up in a discussion that always includes "Winchester '73" (1950) and "The Naked Spur" (1953). And for good reason--what ties the films together is Stewart's hell-bent, disturbed protagonist. In his excellent study of American film Westerns, Jim Hitt makes mention of Mann's shrewd adaptation : "As with most of the [Western serializations in] the "Saturday Evening Post," "The Man from Laramie" was formula all the way. While the film [adaptation] retains much of the plot, Mann and his scriptwriters concentrated on the obsessiveness of Stewart's character. His mirror image is the almost blind, megalomaniacal Alec Waggonman (Donald Crisp)...[an] old man in the process of choosing a successor to his empire." The buildup of tension and resolution in Mann's version is built from Stewart's razor-sharp sense of personal justice, leading to an ending that, as Hitt notes, "is far more in keeping with the [newly-developed] screen character of Lockhart than the novel's ending where villain and hero have the more traditional gunfight." & & 27 x 41 inches, linen-backed. Near Fine. & & Hitt, pp. 229-230. Kitses, pp. 29-80.

      [Bookseller: Royal Books, Inc.]
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        New Orleans Sketches

      Hokuseido Press, Tokyo, 1955. First Edition. Hardcover (Original Cloth). Near Fine Condition/Good. Signed by Editor. Original blue cloth, light blue jacket worn and faded with an old stamp, chipping at edges but still intact. Inscribed by the editor, Ichiro Nishizaki, to Professor Robert Taylor with "yoroshiku". Publication information in Japanese tipped to last page. First edition of Faulkner's first published works on New Orleans which originally appeared in the Times-Picayune. Laid in is a well worn page with the translation of the introduction into English (the vignettes are all in English). Scarce signed. Size: duodecimo (12mo). Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilo. Category: Literature & Literary; Signed by Editor. Inventory No: 044348. .

      [Bookseller: Pazzo Books]
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        United States Reports. Vols. 91 to 351, in 261 books (1875-1955)

      1955. United States Reports. United States Supreme Court. Cases Adjudged in the Supreme Court... opinions and decisions. New York: Banks Law Publishing and Washington: Government Printing Office. Vols. 91 to 351. (1875-1955), 261 books. Original publisher's tan cloth bindings with upper red and lower black spine lettering pieces, ex-library with property stamps on outer edges and inside covers. Many stamped on outside front cover. Eighteen volumes 258 to 275, with chipped spine labels. Twelve volumes 340 to 351 with light to moderate spine creases. All volumes internally clean and bright. Reprint Price USD 14,840.

      [Bookseller: The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd.]
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        New Orleans Sketches

      Hokuseido Press, Tokyo, 1955. First Edition. Hardcover (Original Cloth). Near Fine Condition/Good. Signed by Editor. Original blue cloth, light blue jacket worn and faded with an old stamp, chipping at edges but still intact. Inscribed by the editor, Ichiro Nishizaki, to Professor Robert Taylor with "yoroshiku". Publication information in Japanese tipped to last page. First edition of Faulkner's first published works on New Orleans which originally appeared in the Times-Picayune. Laid in is a well worn page with the translation of the introduction into English (the vignettes are all in English). Scarce signed. Size: duodecimo (12mo). Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilo. Category: Literature & Literary; Signed by Editor. Inventory No: 044348. .

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        Harold and the Purple Crayon (First Edition)

      New York: Harper and Brothers, 1955. First Edition. First Edition. Just about Fine in paper covered pictorial boards with a black cloth spine and a Near Fine dust jacket. A hint of offsetting to the endpapers, else book is Fine. Jacket has a short closed tear at the top edge of the front panel, with light rubbing at the spine ends and corners and light toning to the spine. Still a very bright, lovely copy of this truly classic children's story of creativity and personal empowerment.

      [Bookseller: Royal Books, Inc.]
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        Portraits

      Monte Carlo: Andre Suaret, 1955. First edition. Boards. Orig. pictorial wrappers. Fine in near fine board chemise, in very good, lightly worn slipcase/No Dust Jacket. Matisse, Henri. 152 pages. 31 x 25 cm. One of 500 copies in English [from a total of 2850, this being copy 1554 of the 1501-2000 numbered limitation of the English edition] printed by Mourlot. Cover is an original lithograph by Matisse in gold, blue and black. Sixty duotone lithographic plates after drawings by Matisse, and thirty-three tipped-in color plates. DUTHUIT 670. MONOD 7849. RAUCH 340. Nick to glassine overwrapper, lower front cover.

      [Bookseller: Royoung bookseller, Inc.]
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        Persian Gulf Pilot. Comprising the Persian Gulf and its approaches, from Ras al Hadd, in the South-West, to Cape Monze, in the East. Tenth edition.

      London, Hydrographic Department, Admiralty / Lowe & Brydone, 1955. - 8vo. (2), L, 312, (2) pp. With several maps and plates. Original cloth. "The Persian Gulf Pilot contains sailing directions for the Persian gulf and the approaches thereto, from Ras al Hadd, in the south-west, to Cape Monze, in the East". - Also includes copious information on politics, population, languages, trade, currencies, pearl fishery, meteorological information (climate, winds, weather, temperature, humidity), as well as currents, tides, communications and other miscellaneous information. - Binding slightly rubbed. Only two copies in auction records of the past decades (Peter Hopkirk's copy fetching £1,300 at Sotheby's, Oct 14, 1998, lot 1043). Hydrographic Office Publication 158. OCLC 709448977. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat INLIBRIS Gilhofer Nfg. GmbH]
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        MISTERIX GRAN SEMANARIO DE AVENTURAS

      - Boceto de portada para la revista Misterix una de las más importantes de su época. Comenzó publicando material italiano, y luego incorporó historietas argentinas. En ella H. G. Oesterheld publicó sus primeros guiones importantes, los clásicos Bull Rocket y Sargento Kirk. Lugar: Buenos Aires, Impresor: para editorial Abril, Año: 1955 Técnica: Dibujo acuarela., Notas: Autor: Eugenio Juan Zoppi (n. Buenos Aires, 15 de mayo de 1923 - 28 de julio de 2004) fue un dibujante argentino., Medidas: 350 x 195 mm.

      [Bookseller: LIBRERIA MARGARITA DE DIOS]
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        My Friend Henry Miller. An Intimate Biography

      London: Neville Spearman,, 1955. With a preface by Henry Miller. Octavo. Original blue cloth, titles to spine gilt. With the dust jacket. Frontispiece and 10 plates. Slight bump to lower corners, a few minor closed tears and chips to dust jacket. An excellent copy. First edition, first impression. Signed by both the author and Miller on a stuck in label on the front free endpaper and further inscribed by Miller "For Harry Lloyd Marshall, Jr.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        Nude men

      1955 - Pastel and charcoal drawing, measuring 13 x 19 inches, depicting three nude men with arms outstretched, signed and inscribed by Daugherty to a fellow artist

      [Bookseller: North Star Rare Books & Manuscripts]
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        Easter Angel.

      1955. 1955 - Color lithograph. 16 x 11.25 inches. Edition of 40. Signed, titled and dated in pencil. Fine/Looney, no. 347. From the collection of the Sylvan Cole Gallery.

      [Bookseller: Wittenborn Art Books]
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        THE MARTIAN WAY AND OTHER STORIES

      Garden City: Doubleday & Company, Inc.,. 1955. boards.. Just a hint of tanning to endpapers, a fine copy in very good dust. jacket with light wear at spine ends and corners, a bit of soiling to. rear panel, and faint sticker stain on front flap. A nice copy of a. scarce book. (#142683). First edition. Asimov's first collection of short fiction. Collects "The Martian Way," "Youth," a first contact story, "The Deep," an amusing Earth invaded by aliens satire, and "Sucker Bait," all written between 1952 and 1954. "Good traditional SF of the period." - Anatomy of Wonder (1987) 3- 21. Most of the best of his short stories ... was initially assembled in a series of impressive volumes, including THE MARTIAN WAY AND OTHER STORIES (1955), EARTH IS ROOM ENOUGH: SCIENCE FICTION TALES OF OUR OWN PLANET (1957) and NINE TOMORROWS: TALES OF THE NEAR FUTURE (1959)." - John Clute / Malcolm J. Edwards, SFE (online).

      [Bookseller: L. W. Currey, Inc.]
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        Switch On the Night

      Pantheon Books, 1955. Pages bright and clean, with no owners' marks; binding tight. The hard cover has two small, gray smudges on the front and one tiny gray speck, a few dark specks on the back, and some open chipping along the heel edges and at the spine ends, but is overall remarkably clean and attractive. The unclipped dust jacket has some open chipping at the lower front corner, the spine head, and the top rear as well as a small surface chip at the right front and another at the far left rear; there are short, closed tears with accompanying creases at the left front, head and heel, and at the top and bottom rear; there are open surface chips at the left spine shoulder and one affecting the middle of the spine (not including the text); two faint brown spots and a few tiny specks on the rear; yet overall, the jacket remains clean and charming, now protected in an archival sleeve. Two-tone illustrations throughout. Scarce first printing.. First Printing. Hard Cover. Very Good/Good. Illus. by Illustrations by Madeline Gekiere.

      [Bookseller: The Haunted Bookshop, LLC]
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        CASE STUDY ON ARCTURUS IV (PRODUCT DESIGN 2.734)

      Massachustes Institute Of Technology ( Department Of Mechanical Engineering) Circa 1952-1955 First Edition. Wraps. - 4to. About 100 pages printed recto only. A curious production with the printed monogram of M.I.T. on the cover and stapled at the spine like an official report or script. It is a collection of memos, missives and communication from the years 2951 and 2952, mostly about the Massachusets Intergalactic Traders and concerning opportunities for export business with the newly discovered planet Arcturus IV (in the Methania galaxy 36 light years away). There are diagrams, an illustration of an Arcturus native ('Sub Human type') and detailed plans for a food mixer suitable for 'Methanians' (also a carriage incubator and other machinery. ) America is no longer mentioned, addresses end 'Terran', presumably Earth is now one country. The fantasy of the fantastic trade opportunity is sustained throughout. The cover reads 'Pre Publication Copy - Not to be Reproduced.' No copy located at WorldCat or any other world library database. There is precious little about this project on the web (an article by Katherine Pandora) but it was the SF brainchild of MIT professor John E Arnold to encourage design creativity among students. It had good coverage in LIFE magazine and prompted a 1952 article in Popular Science. It was also praised by SF supremo John W Campbell, Jnr of 'Astounding Science Fiction.' A fascinating and very scarce item in very good shape. Very good indeed. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

      [Bookseller: Any Amount of Books ABA]
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        A Handful of Darkness

      London: Rich and Cowan, 1955. First English. Hardbound. modest paper slightly turned a tad else nearly fine with nice bright but slightly worn [price clipped] d.j. the first issue jacket without the mention of "World of Chance." this is the first issue binding in the blue cloth over boards with the silver stamped spine. front panel of jacket is very clean and bright. . short stories

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        Memoirs: Year of Decisions and Memoirs: Years of Trial and Hope 1946-1952

      New York: Doubleday & Company, 1955-56. First editions. Octavo, two volumes. Original black cloth. Both volumes are in excellent condition in very good dust jackets. Inscribed by the author in volume 2, "With best wishes to Liet. John Crawford from Harry S. Truman 9/20/61." Truman's Memoirs are an invaluable record of the former president's tumultuous years in office, his early days in Missouri, and his rise in local and state politics. There are delightful glimpses of his family life, striking appraisals and anecdotes of world leaders such as Churchill, Stalin, Chiang and De Gaulle, and candid disclosures about the background of national and international events. But overshadowing all is the story of the glorious task of bringing a war to an end, of working for an enduring peace and leading the free world into a new age" (Doubleday).

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        The Recognitions

      Harcourt, 1955-06-01. Hardcover. Very Good. FIRST EDITION. New York: Harcourt, Brace & Company, 1955. 956 pages. Near Fine hardcover in Very Good+ dust jacket. Book itself in nice condition: clean pages, sturdy binding. Bottom edge of cloth has white paint, else fine. Dust jacket is in great shape: all panels bright and unfaded. Tiny chip missing near foot, light rubbing and edge wear. Original price intact ($7.50). A nice copy.

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        MARTIANS, GO HOME

      New York: E.P. Dutton & Company, Inc., 1955 Inscribed by Brown on the front free endpaper to Forrest Ackerman; "To Forrie, Fred Brown." Mild toning around the edges of the paper covered boards. From Ackerman's library with the typical letter "A" fixed at the head of the spine panel. Very good plus in near fine dust jacket showing only a bit of toning. An attractive associational copy.. Inscribed. First paperback edition, first printing. Hardcover.

      [Bookseller: Robert Gavora, Fine and Rare Books]
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        Lolita

      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: the first issue is distinguished from the second issue by the absence of a price sticker over the original price on the back cover of Volume II. This set has a partially removed price sticker from the back cover of Volume I, and judging from the remnants, the sticker was a bit larger than usually seen on second issue copies. Best guess: this is a first issue that had perhaps a bookseller's price sticker added at a later date. Tanning to spine labels; rubbing to spine folds; small foredge spot to Volume I: a strong very good in wrappers. . Softcover.

      [Bookseller: Ken Lopez Bookseller, ABAA]
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        THE MARGARET SANGER STORY AND THE FIGHT FOR BIRTH CONTROL

      Garden City: Doubleday & Company, 1955. First Edition. cloth. Adhesive from small bookplate on the front pastedown. Very Good in a soiled, worn dustwrapper with a chip at the head of the spine. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by Margaret Sanger on the half-title page and dated 24 March 1955: "to Carolyn Speiden/with my love/and admiration/for her courage &/Vision----/Ever devotedly/Margaret S. Sanger." Margaret Sanger, the originator of the phrase "birth control" and its best-known advocate, sought to create equality between the sexes by freeing women from what she saw as sexual servitude. She survived Federal indictments, a brief jail term, numerous lawsuits, and hundreds of street-corner rallies and raids on her clinics to live to see much of the world accept her view that family planning is a basic human right.

      [Bookseller: Charles Agvent]
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        culture-smulture: a study in anti-relativism [Unique Appropriated and Altered Artist's Book]

      [New York]: marcella house press, 1955. Wraps. Very Good. 12mo. MMPB. Typed hand-made dustjacket with original pencil sketch over original pictorial wraps. Some toning. Generally very good. A unique and early artists' book which appropriates a Hank Ketcham DENNIS THE MENACE mass market paperback as send-up of both the art and publishing markets. Lezak has designed and added her own cover and includes fake blurbs ("'...oy... - p. picasso'"), false imprint, phony "by the same author," etc. In addition, throughout Lezak has added penciled commentaries to the cartoons themselves humorously and knowingly deconstructing their methods. Lezak is perhaps best remembered as the wife of Fluxus artist and poet Jackson Mac Low. They married in 1962 and divorced in 1978. She is the eponymous dedicatee of Mac Low's 1972 STANZAS FOR IRIS LEZAK. In 1955, Lezak was living as an artist in New York and had taken a vow of poverty. She continued to paint throughout her life. One of the earliest examples of the altered book we've seen, whose approach prefigures by at least several years the wry humor of better-known Fluxus experiments the following decade. A prescient work, echoing Duchamp's readymades and predating most other examples of the altered book form we've encountered.

      [Bookseller: Brian Cassidy, Bookseller]
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        The Man From Laramie (Original Film Poster)

      Culver City, CA: Columbia Pictures, 1955. Original one sheet for the 1955 film, the seventh of nine spectacular revisionist Westerns Anthony Mann directed between 1950 and 1960, and his fifth with James Stewart. One of the best and leanest films by the acclaimed director-actor pairing, one you will hear come up in a discussion that always includes "Winchester '73" (1950) and "The Naked Spur" (1953). And for good reason--what ties the films together is Stewart's hell-bent, disturbed protagonist. In his excellent study of American film Westerns, Jim Hitt makes mention of Mann's shrewd adaptation : "As with most of the [Western serializations in] the "Saturday Evening Post," "The Man from Laramie" was formula all the way. While the film [adaptation] retains much of the plot, Mann and his scriptwriters concentrated on the obsessiveness of Stewart's character. His mirror image is the almost blind, megalomaniacal Alec Waggonman (Donald Crisp)...[an] old man in the process of choosing a successor to his empire." The buildup of tension and resolution in Mann's version is built from Stewart's razor-sharp sense of personal justice, leading to an ending that, as Hitt notes, "is far more in keeping with the [newly-developed] screen character of Lockhart than the novel's ending where villain and hero have the more traditional gunfight." 27 x 41 inches, linen-backed. Near Fine. Hitt, pp. 229-230. Kitses, pp. 29-80.

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        Oldsmobile Design

      c. 1955. Mixed media on paper. Signed "Henry Gurr". 15 1/2 x 19 1/2 inches. Framed. 22 3/4 x 26 3/4 inches. R. H.Gurr worked for both Ford and Lincoln in Detroit during the early 1950's. He was the author of several books on the subject of auto design: "How to Draw the Car of Tomorrow" - 1952, and "Automobile Design: The Complete Styling Book" - 1955. At about that time he moved to California and got a job as a designer for Disney Land. This handsome back view of an Oldsmobile 88 demonstrates many stylistic features of the period. in fact, it is a quintessential 1950's American car. The Museum of Automobile Art & Design website

      [Bookseller: Donald Heald Rare Books]
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        Carnets intimes de Georges Braque. [ Verve, Volume VIII nº 31-32 ]

      Paris : Éditions de la Revue Verve 1955 - ~ Translator: Marie Canavaggia, pour le texte de Rebecca West ~ 12 lithographies en couleurs (dont 1 à double page et en contant le titre) tirées par Mourlot + 8 héliogravures en couleurs et 132 en noir par Draeger Frères ~ Cette ouvrage contient un ensemble de dessins provenant des carnets de travail de Georges Braque, qui a composé spécialement la couverture et la page de titre ~ Cartonnage de l'éditeur illustré par Braque ~ 2f+156+[1]p ~ 37x27x3cm. ~ Très Bon état ~ Heavy item, circa 1.4 Kg. Extra postage costs may apply (please ask for quotation before ordering, clicking on the "Ask Bookseller a Question" button to be found below) ~ LANGUAGE: Français / Additional images available/ [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Arquivo De Bibliografia Portuguesa. 1955-1974

      Coimbra: Atlântida. 4 vols. Vol.1 : 1955-56, Anos I, II. 402 + 431pp. Vol.2 : 1957-59, Anos III - V. 270 + 247 + 244pp. Vol.3 : 1960-66, Anos VI - IX. 270 + 324 + 167 + 137pp. Vol.4 : 1967-74, Anos X, XVII. 171 + 135 + 119 + 253 + 124 + 175pp. All illus. in b/w. Indexes. Articles from Georges Bonnant, A.Ferrand de Almeida Fernandes, J.F.Peeters-Fontaines, Jorge Peixoto, Antero de Quental... .

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        Spirit of St. Louis. Den forsta atlantflygaren berattar

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

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        Glory Never Guesses to Miriam Being a Collection of 18 Poems with decorations and drawings reproduced through Silk Screening from the original MS. pages of Kenneth Patchen. [cover title]: Glory Never Guesses & Other Pages

      (No place: Privately Printed). 1955. First. First edition. Folio. Silk screened portfolio with decoration by Patchen. Laid in are eighteen silk screened broadside poems reproducing Patchen's decorated manuscript copies. A little sunning along the spine of the portfolio, creases to the edges of a few of the broadsides, near fine. Most of the broadsides have small labels on the verso stating that these broadsides were produced in editions of 200 copies each, but reportedly fewer sets were compiled due to loss in the printing process. Patchen, working at his home with printer Frank Bacher, hand-prepared the edition in the summer of 1955. Complete sets are exceptionally uncommon. .

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        The Mountain on the Desert: A Philosophical Journey

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

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        The First Four Minutes (SIGNED First Edition and Limited 50th anniversary Edition with extras)

      Putnam 1955 - First Title:'The First Four Minutes' - First UK printing published by Putnam in 1955.The BOOK is in VERY GOOD + condition.The book is tight and has light foxing to the prelims and rear endpapers.The foxing has lightly encroached on to some of the page edges in places.There is some dustiness and browning of the text block.The boards are lightly faded at the edges but more pronounced at the lower spine area.The WRAPPER is in VERY GOOD - condition.It is not price-clipped but it does suffer from edge-wear, creasing,rubbing and loss in places - see photos.The wrapper however remains striking in the removable Brodart archival protector.The book has been INSCRIBED,DATED and SIGNED by Roger Bannister to the front blank end paper.Accompanying this title is a typed letter addressed to the recipients of the book inscription and SIGNED by Norris McWhirter (The famous Sports Presenter who on 6 May 1954,kept the time when Roger Bannister ran the first sub four minute mile). Second title:'The First Four Minutes' - First UK printing thus published by Sutton Publishing in 2004.This was issued as a limited 50th anniversary edition.The BOOK and WRAPPER are in FINE condition.The hardback book is tight,clean and unread.The wrapper is completed and is protected within a removable Brodart archival protector. Limited edition bookplate to first blank end paper which has been SIGNED and Numbered by Sir Roger Bannister.Limited to an edition of 239 (the number of seconds it took Roger Bannister to run the first mile under four minutes).This is number 104.An iconic title and scarce to find in its own right as this limited signed edition.A wonderful set of two SIGNED editions marking the first sub four minute mile and enhanced by the associated SIGNED letter. More images available on request. ashtonrarebooks welcomes direct contact. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        First Four Minutes - SIGNED by the Author

      A first edition, first printing published by Putnam in 1955. A very good book with some staining to the front board and fading to the spine. A light thin stain to the corner of the pages. SIGNED on the front free endpaper by Bannister. With flyer from the signing in the 1950s. In a very good+ (or better) wrapper which is a little faded to the spine and has some rubbing to the corners.Rare signed.

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        First Four Minutes (Signed First)

      Putnam 1955 - First edition, first impression of Bannister’s story of the first four-minute mile, signed by the author to the title page. Near Fine: tight and square in clean blue boards, gently bumped to the top corner; faint stain to the top of the gutter by the ffep, otherwise very crisp and clean, being free of marks, inscriptions and foxing. The clipped dustwrapper is Very Good: very bright and unfaded, with some wear to the extremities, neatly reinforced with archival tape to the verso – presents very well in a removable, archival-quality Brodart protective cover. A very pleasing example, with the distinction of Bannister’s signature. All orders are sent very carefully wrapped in bubble wrap and sturdy cardboard. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Fables

      André Gonin 1955 - En feuilles sous chemise et étui. Trente cinq lithographies de Hans Erni. Exemplaire n°152/320 sur papier de Rives, signé de l'éditeur, avec une suite des essais lithographiques. Très bon état, malgré de petits défaut sur l'étui.

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        Typed letter from Elizabeth Taylor, on her personal stationary with original mailing envelope

      1955 - Letter from Elizabeth Taylor to Marge Lettenberger, possible president of her fan club, dated March 24, 1955. Written just a month after her second child (Christopher Wilding) was born, the letter apologizes for her slow reply and remarks on how busy she's been. The letter also thanks Margie for her work on the fanclub. Letter in fine condition with beautiful signature and original envelope neatly opened at the top fold.

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