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      ca. 1955. - Color monoprint. Signed, and numbered 1/1 in pencil. 16.25 x 21 inches.

      [Bookseller: Wittenborn Art Books]
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        FAR AND AWAY

      New York: Ballantine Books,. [1955]. cloth.. Text block age-darkened, top edge of text block dusty, small spot to. lower rear cover, a near fine copy in very good dust jacket with. color faded on spine panel, front corners and fold slightly rubbed,. small chip from lower edge of spine panel, small sticker stain to. lower front panel, and some dust soiling to rear panel. (#96194). First edition. Collects eleven fantasy and SF stories. Anatomy of Wonder (2004) II-141.

      [Bookseller: L. W. Currey, Inc.]
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        Typed letter from Elizabeth Taylor, on her personal stationary with original mailing envelope

      1955. Fine. 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.

      [Bookseller: Caliban Books ABAA-ILAB]
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      New York: Alfred A. Knopf. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/Fine. FIRST EDITION, SIGNED BY ELEANOR ROOSEVELT on half-title: "With good wishes / Eleanor Roosevelt". WITH: Typed letter signed by Roosevelt tipped in. The typed letter signed by Roosevelt and dated October 6, 1955 is on Val-Kill Cottage, Hyde Park letterdhead and reads: "Dear Mrs. Stiffler: I am returning herewith your book, 'Christmas'. I am happy to be able to autograph this copy for you, and I am also happy to know that it has given you so much pleasure in the past. With all good wishes, Very sincerely yours, [signed] Eleanor Roosevelt." A charmingly produced little book, with illustrations by Fritz Kredel. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1940. Small octavo, original pictorial boards, original dust jacket (supplied). Minor scratch to front board; dust jacket with only a hint of edgewear. Rare signed.

      [Bookseller: The Manhattan Rare Book Company]
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        Original Film Poster: Raices: una pelicula de Manuel Barbachano Ponce - dirigida por Benito Alazraki

      [Mexico]: Offset Multicolor S.A., 1955. Original lithograph in colors, 94cm x 68.5cm (ca. 37" x 27"). Professionally mounted on archival linen. Slight toning to margins; old folds barely visible; still a bright, Near Fine copy, Condition A/A-. & & Handsome photomontage poster advertising Benito Alazraki's 1954 film Raices (released in the United States with the title Roots). The film, now viewed as a landmark of Latin American filmmaking, was controversial for its realistic depiction of economic injustices against the indigenous peoples of Mexico. & & The acclaimed Spanish left-wing artist Josep Renau (1907-1982) was active in anti-Fascist propaganda campaigns during the Spanish Civil War; he was captured and briefly interned in the French concentration camp at Argeles-sur-Mer until his escape to Mexico in 1939. In Mexico he pursued a long and distinguished career as a muralist, painter, and political propagandist. Photomontage was always a central technique in his work; in 1966 he published his classic Fata Morgana USA: the American Way of Life, a book of photomontaged images highly critical of North American consumer culture. Renau relocated to East Germany in 1966, where he lived until his death.

      [Bookseller: Lorne Bair Rare Books]
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        The Return of the King. Being the Third Part of the Lord of the Rings. 1955

      London: George Allen & Unwin. G+: in Good plus condition with rubbed and chipped dust jacket. Slight marks to cover. Eps foxed. 1955. First Edition. Red hardback cloth cover. 230mm x 150mm (9" x 6"). 416pp. Fold-out map to rear. First impression with mis-aligned text and signature '4'. .

      [Bookseller: Barter Books Ltd]
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        WATERFRONT. Signed

      New York: Random House, 1955 Schulberg, Budd. WATERFRONT. Signed Presentation Copy. New York: Random House, 1955. First edition. 8vo., 322pp. A near fine copy in dust jacket designed by Jerome Kuhl showing minimal use. Inscribed by the author in blue ink on the front free endpaper: "For Bill & Hanna Ecker / Kindest personal regards / Budd Schulberg". An important novel, Waterfront is an equal to Schulberg's What Makes Sammy Run & The Disenchanted. Schulberg wrote the 1954 Academy Award winning screenplay for "On The Waterfront" on which the book is based & which also won Best Picture for a total of 8 Oscars. The film directed by Elia Kazan, about mob violence & corruption among longshoremen, has become a standard of its kind. It stared Eva Marie Saint, Rod Steiger, Karl Malden, Lee J. Cobb & with Marlon Brando in his Academy Award-winning role as ex-boxer, Terry Malloy. "I coulda had class... I coulda been a contender, instead of a bum". The film was based on a series of articles written in the New York Sun by Malcolm Johnson.. Signed by Author. 1st Edition.

      [Bookseller: TBCL The Book Collector's Library]
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        Mackinac Most Historic Spot in Michigan

      Earl P. Young.. 1955.. Color pictographic / pictorial map, 29 1/4 x 34 1/2 inches on sheet size 31 x 36 1/2 inches. 1 inch tear to mid lower edge (just entering neat line), 3 inch tear to mid upper edge (affecting 2 inches of border), light wear to edges, some soft creases from rolling. An imposing map drawn by Irene Harsha Young, bordered with vignette illustrations of historical buildings, monuments and ships. A decorative scroll in the upper left margin provides geographical and historical information about Mackinac; an inset map in the lower left corner shows the region of Ancient Michilimackinac with a vignette illustration of the Straits Bridge. Pictographs emphasise the maritime character of the island with boats and ships of all kinds plying the water of Lake Michigan and the Straits of Mackinac; on the island historical events, places of interest and leisure activities are illustrated. .

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      Paris: Editions "Cahiers d'Art," [1955].. Quarto. Printed wrapper over stiff wrappers. Three plates hors-texte. Wrappers very faintly edgeworn, one wrapper corner bumped, else a very good, internally fine copy. First edition of this translation by Jacques Dupin, illustrated with three original dry-point etchings, signed in the plate, by Jacques Villon. From a total edition of 207 copies, this is one of two hundred copies on vélin de Rives. This copy is signed by Villon in pencil on the colophon. MONOD 5327.

      [Bookseller: William Reese Company - Literature ABAA-]
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        Sidney Bechet, Original Vintage 1955 French Concert Poster

      Sidney Bechet, Original Vintage Concert Poster, Palais D'Hiver, [Lyon, France ] , Sat. April 2 - Sun. April 3 [1955], printer's imprint Berger Monopole to bottom right. In the words of Bechet's biographer, John Chilton, the great clarinetist and saxophonist had been, a "touring machine" since settling in France in 1951 where he was adored by his French and European fans and had become a national icon. Although Bechet continued his torrid recording and touring pace, in late 1958 he was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer and made his last concert appearance on, Dec 20 1958, at the Salle Wagram in Paris, after which he declined rapidly and died on his sixty second birthday, May 14, 1959. A very scarce poster for Bechet's limited two-day engagement at the storied Lyon music-hall in an unusual pairing with the French chanteuse star, Catherine Sauvage. Original vintage poster, 15.25" by 23.5" ( 38.7 cm by 59.7 cm.), has been folded, light age toning, staple perforations to right and left margins, short closed tear and nick to top margin, perforation and slight material loss at the "H" in "Hiver", otherwise about near fine; the fragile groundwood pulp paper is in quite remarkable condition, colours are still bright, verso is unmarked. We have seen no other copies of this rare, vintage jazz collectible. J 1785 . About Near Fine.

      [Bookseller: JazzFirst Books]
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        The Martian Way and Other Stories

      Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1955. First Edition. Hardcover Hardcover. Fine/Fine. A collection of two science-fiction stories and two novelettes. First edition (stated; $2.75 price on the dust jacket). A fine copy in a fine dust jacket but for slight bumping to the spine ends. A superlative copy, inscribed by the author, an incurable flirt: 'For Paula and Peter, with love and respect, respectively, Isaac Asimov.' This book comes from a large collection of Isaac Asimov first editions, including many signed and especially fine copies.

      [Bookseller: Eureka Books, ABAA]
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        CAHIERS DE LA CERAMIQUE Du Verre et des Arts du Feu. Revue trimestrielle.

      Sèvres,: Musée National de Céramique,, 1955-1969.. In-4 p., fascicoli in cartoncino con ill. a colori applic. al piatto, ca. 40/70 pagg. cad., molto ben illustr. in b.n. e con tavv. a colori f.t. applic. alla pag. Di questa prestigiosa e tipograficam. lussuosa rivista trimestrale, pubblicata (a partire dal dicembre 1955) dagli "Amis du Musée National de Céramique de Sèvres", offriamo i primi 43 fascicoli (sui 59 pubblicati) + gli 8 fascicoli di Supplemento ai numeri 3, 9, 12, 13, 35, 36, 40 e 42/43. Anche i supplementi contengono numerose tavv. a colori applic. su cartoncino, con la relativa descriz. (due sono dedicati a Limoges e alla sua porcellana, uno è un "Hommage à Francine del Pierre" e uno alla "Carte céramique de France"). La rivista è destinata ai collezionisti di ceramiche antiche e moderne, europee, orientali, precolombiane, e contiene anche vere e proprie monografie sugli argomenti trattati. La ns. collezione, in ottimo stato, è contenuta in 11 scatole edit. in cartone.

      [Bookseller: Bottega delle occasioni]
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      Garden City: Doubleday & Company, Inc.,. 1955. cloth.. A fine copy in very good dust jacket with wear and shallow chipping. along top and bottom edges, a sticker stain to spine panel, and a bit. of age tanning but no show though on the outer surface. (#142674). First edition. Eternals police human history against disasters, making history safe for mankind. "Time guardians rove through the centuries, keeping all eras in harmony. The hero rebels, preferring the uncertainties of infinity to the carefully controlled boredom of Eternity." - Pringle, The Ultimate Guide to Science Fiction, second edition (1995), p. 120. "... a complex, thoughtful story of time travel, time paradoxes and time police, considered by some critics to be his best work." - John Clute / Malcolm J. Edwards, SFE (online).

      [Bookseller: L. W. Currey, Inc.]
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      New York: Charles Scribner's Sons,. [1955]. cloth.. A fine copy in fine dust jacket (earliest state with publisher's. printed price "$2.50" on front flap). A sharp copy. (#141061). First edition. Anatomy of Wonder (1995) 5-65.

      [Bookseller: L. W. Currey, Inc.]
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        The Inheritors ( Signed By The Author and with RARE Promotional Band )

      Faber 1955 - A First UK printing published by Faber in 1955.The BOOK is in near FINE condition .The book is tight and clean and appears unread.Hint of edge wear to lower board edges.Gilt titling very bright.Very light foxing spots to prelims.The WRAPPER is complete and in near FINE condition with a touch of edge wear to the upper spine with slight loss.The spine is slightly browned as is nearly always the case with this title.There is a small closed tear to the front lower spine fold.The Anthony Gross designed wrapper looks stunning in the removable Brodart archival protector.Accompanied by the very scarce promotional wrap around band which is in near FINE condition with a little edge wear,creasing and rubbing.William Golding has SIGNED the book 'with best wishes William Golding' directly to the front end paper.The Nobel laureate's second novel with 5080 copies printed. The author's own favorite among his books.Extremely scarce to find signed and with promotional band - Highly collectable with such attributes.ashtonrarebooks welcomes direct contact. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Bibliography of America Literature 9 Volumes

      Yale University Press, 1955. Very tight and clean. Extra postage required. Vol. 1,2,3, and 4 have the original paper wrap. Minor damage on a couple of these. VOl. 7, 8, 9, are firsdt editions. Vol. 6 is 3rd ed., Vol. 5 is 4th ed, Vol. 4, 5th ed, Vol. 3 is 4th ed. and vol. 1 and 2 are 5th edition. No internal markings or damage to covers. NO INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING ON THIS ITEM.. Fifth Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

      [Bookseller: St Peter Books]
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        The Body Snatchers (First UK Edition)

      London: Eyre and Spottiswoode, 1955. First UK Edition, and first edition in Fine in a Near Fine dust jacket. A hint of foxing to the endpapers, and a hint of rubbing at the jacket corners and spine ends. Finney's most important book, basis for the classic 1956 film, "Invasion of the Body Snatchers," directed by Don Siegel--one of the few horror films of that era qualifying as film noir. Remade several times, most notably the superb 1978 version directed by Philip Kaufman and starring Donald Sutherland. A fresh and attractive copy.

      [Bookseller: Royal Books, Inc.]
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        Vascular Plants of the Pacific Northwest: First Edition - Complete in Five Volumes

      University of Washington, Seattle, WA 1955 - Uniform and handsome in beige cloth. Volume 5 printed in 1955, Volume 4 in 1959, Volume 3 in 1961, Volume 2 in 1964 and Volume 1 in 1969. Umarked with light wear and sound bindings. An excellent first edition example of this magnificent work. Please note: Very heavy. Special shipping considerations may apply. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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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.

      [Bookseller: Boston Book Company]
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        The Complete Short Stories of W Somerset Maugham volume III

      William Heinemann, London, 1955. Reprint. Hardcover. Poor. Signed by Author in Associated Letter. 550 g; VIII, 1049 -- 1576 pages, in original hardcover binding. The book is in lousy condition. However attached to the front end page is an airmail envelope addressed to a Victorian (Australian) with the stamps cancelled on 16th of June 1961 at Beaulieu Sur Mer ALPES-M , containing a letter dated the day prior of 10 lines, signed in ink by WS Maugham. The letter reads 15th June, 1961. Dear Mr. Guest, I am having to make a guess at your sex because he gave no clue. Thank you for your charming letter and all the nice things you say. It was extremely kind of you to write to me; I was touched and much pleased. I am so glad you like Salvatore -- I liked him to. -- I liked him to. Yours sincerely, WS Maugham A digital image can be provided to confirm authenticity Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilo. Category: Fiction; Short Stories; Signed by Author in Associated Letter. Inventory No: 0225072. .

      [Bookseller: Syber's Books]
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        ALS, APcS and 2 printed cards with autogr. signature ("Horthy").

      Estoril, 1954 and 1955. - 4to and oblong 8vo. Altogether 3½ pp. on 4 ff. Comprises the fragment of an autogr. envelope. To Otto W. Rossegg (1890-1973). - All leaves with the exception of the picture postcard mounted on old backing paper; traces of replaced adhesive tape; letter on very thin paper and wrinkled.

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat INLIBRIS Gilhofer Nfg. GmbH]
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        Angels and Spaceships

      London, Gollancz. 1955, 1955. First Edition. 8vo. 224pp. A fine copy in publisher's burgundy cloth titled in gilt to the spine. Bright and crisp. In a fabulously fugitive pink Gollancz dustwrapper, faded to spine but otherwise gorgeous, with the scarce wraparound band reproducing a fragment of Edmund Crispin's review.

      [Bookseller: Adrian Harrington Rare Books]
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        Minxes Admonished or Beauty Reproved: an Album of Deplorable Caprices Faithfully Narrated & Modestly Embellished by William Russell Flint

      London: Golden Cockerel Press, 1955. Near Fine. Flint, William Russell. 123, [5] p.: color frontispiece, color title vignette, many in-text and full-page illustrations in sepia; 31 cm. Full scarlet morocco binding by Sangorski & Sutcliffe with six spine compartments between raised bands. Gilt-tooled spine title and gilt-tooled Golden Cockerel emblem on front board. Top page edges gilt. Marbled endpapers. Title page printed in red and black; titles in red throughout. This is number 85 of a limited edition of 550 numbered copies designed by Sir William Russell Flint and published by Christopher Sandford at the Golden Cockerel Press; the watercolor paintings and crayon drawings were reproduced in photogravure by Bemrose and Sons; the text was set and printed by the John Roberts Press. The first 150 copies, including this one, were bound in scarlet morocco by Sangorski & Sutcliffe. It is signed by Sir William Russell Flint. With slipcase covered in the same marbled paper used for the endpapers. Without the 8 extra plates housed in a marbled paper sleeve that originally accompanied each of the first 150 copies. With the postcard acknowledging the purchase in 1955 by Philadelphia bibliophile C. Barton Brewster. Lacking the 8 extra plates; otherwise book is in Near Fine Condition: tail slightly rubbed; clean and crisp. Slipcase is in Very Good+ Condition: corners are rubbed; solid. &

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        Poems: North & South—A Cold Spring

      Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1955. First Edition. Hardcover. Fine-/Near Fine+. First Printing of the poet's second published collection, awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1956. 8vo; viii, 95, [1]pp. Publisher's French blue cloth, the upper cover and spine stamped in white; in a white, blue and green dust jacket lettered in black and priced $3.50. A tight, square, just about Fine copy, the spine's ends very gently rubbed; in a better than Near Fine jacket with trivial losses to the ends of the spine, which is lightly soiled. Bishop's "lifelong love of travel began in earnest shortly after she completed college. The titles of several of her collections have strong geographical resonances: North and South (1946), Questions of Travel (1965), and Geography III, (1977). Moreover, many of her best poems contain themes of travel, exploration, and rootlessness. Travel is often a double metaphor in Bishop’s work, on the one hand evoking the thrill and adventure of seeing new places, and on the other a longing for permanence – both emotional and geographical. . . . [she] sees travel as a synecdoche for the soul’s urge to see and experience more, but at the same time a reminder of our need for roots, coherence, connectedness." (Literary Encyclopedia) Note: With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed.

      [Bookseller: Fine Editions Ltd]
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        Der Spiesser-Spiegel

      Berlin: Arani. Hardback. 1955. unpageinated this book is in very good condition d/jacket also very good only flaw is three small stains on back of jacket all pages a very lightly yellowed text in German 60 zeichnungen or 60 drawings .

      [Bookseller: Lake Macquarie Secondhand Books]
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        SAS, The Global Airline.

      1955 1955 - Plakat i 9 dele, hver del måler i lysmål 92x120 cm. Trykt i offset.1955. * For SAS fikk Jørleif Uthaug i 1955 i oppdrag å lage et stort oljemaleri, basert på en ny kartprojeksjon, som viste SAS' rutenett, og glimt av menneskers liv verden over. Bildet ble distribuert i store opplag som reklameplakat for SAS. (Wikepedia). Helt friskt eksemplar, der aldrig har været anvendt til sit formål. 1 plakatdel med nogle små reparationer. Alle dele helt ubeskåret og med bred margin. Billedet er taget fra Paul Lipschutz katalog 'SAS 1946-1986'.

      [Bookseller: Peter Grosell, Antiquarian Bookseller]
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      London: Jonathan Cape, 1955. First edition of the third novel in the James Bond series and what many critics to be his finest. Octavo, original black cloth. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with some light toning to the spine, much less than usually encountered. Noël Coward read Moonraker in proof in Jamaica and pronounced, 'It is the best thing Fleming has done yet, very exciting… His observation is extraordinary and his talent for description vivid'" (Lycett, 253-54). Adapted to the 1979 film directed by Lewis Gilbert and starring Roger Moore as James Bond.

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        To Catch a Thief

      To Catch a Thief is the famous thriller by David Dodge, his best known and most commercially successful published work.  Alfred Hitchcock purchased the film rights before publication and turned it into the 1955 film starring Cary Grant and Grace Kelly.  This is a scarce British first edition, first printing, very good plus in a very good plus dust jacket.  The British first edition was published in 1953, a year after its preceding U.S. counterpart, with a strikingly illustrated dust jacket.  The black cloth binding is clean, tight, and square, with sharp corners and bright silver lettering, marred only by a forward lean.  The contents are bright with transfer browning to the endpapers that corresponds with the dust jacket flaps.  Spotting is confined to the endpapers and page edges.  The sole previous ownership mark is a small Durban bookseller sticker affixed to the front pastedown.  The dust jacket features an illustrated black spine and front panel and white rear panel bearing a photo of the author.  Just jacket print is in black and plum.  The dust jacket is unclipped, still bearing the original pricing on the front and rear flaps.  Trivial chipping at the spine ends and corners are the only losses.  We also note minor wear at the flap folds and to the jaw of the cat's head image on the spine.  The plum spine lettering is only very slightly sunned, remaining bright and clear.  the dust jacket is protected in a removable, archival quality clear cover.

      [Bookseller: Churchill Book Collector]
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        NEW POEMS. Signed

      Toronto: Emblem Books, 1955 Livesay, Dorothy. NEW POEMS. Toronto: Emblem Books, 1955. Fine Association Copy of the First Edition Inscribed by Canadian poet Dorothy Livesay to fellow poet Miriam Waddington on the inside front cover. "Much love to Miriam, Christmas, 1955, Dor." A better than very good copy, showing some light use, (moderate sunning at the extremities, a few small stains to the back cover, a few tiny nicks), in stiff beige wrappers, printed in brown. 8vo. Unpaginated. 16 pp.$1275.00. Signed by Author. 1st Edition.

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        The Edge Of The Sea

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

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

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

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        The Magician?s Nephew

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

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

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

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        All That Is Lovely In Men [signed]

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

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        The House of Mirth

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

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        Typed Letter Signed

      No Binding. Very Good. Typed letter, in Hebrew, signed "D. Ben-Gurion" as Minister of Defense on State of Israel letterhead, one page, 6" x 8", August 26, 1955. Translation of the Hebrew text: "I have no doubt that the problem of security disturbs your rest. True, the problem of security, at this time, is the principal problem of the State. Any person - just like an entire nation - can feel the danger waiting at his door. We are a small nation, and any boasting we do will only make a laughingstock out of us. But we are not powerless, not in the military sense, and certainly not in the moral and political sense. I, however, am calm and certain that, when it comes to the test, the Israel Defense Forces will be able to defend our peace and our sovereignty - the Israel Defense Forces is the army of the people, and of all its circles and factions..." File holes along right margin, otherwise fine condition. A dramatic letter with excellent content from the first Prime Minister of Israel.

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        Neue Wege der Aktfotografie

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

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        Deux visas pour l'enfer

      La baconnière, 1955. in8 Broché jaquette

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

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        The Law at Randado

      Houghton Mifflin Company 1955 - First Edition, First Printing SIGNED by Elmore Leonard directly on the title page. This ORIGINAL dustjacket has some chipping to the spine NOT effecting any lettering and some wear to the panels. This FIRST ISSUE dustjacket has the $2.75 printed price present on the front flap. The book is in wonderful shape. The binding is tight and the boards are crisp with slight wear to the edges The pages are exceptionally clean, with NO writing, marks or bookplates in the book. Overall, a lovely copy of this TRUE FIRST EDITION SIGNED by the author. We buy Elmore Leonard First Editions. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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

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

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        5 [Five] Against the House (Original Film Pressbook)

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

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        On Beyond Zebra

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

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