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        The Great Crash 1929

      Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company,, 1955. Octavo. Original orange cloth, spine and front board lettered in silver. Frontispiece illustration reproduced from The New Yorker Magazine. Spine ends and corners lightly bumped, extremities a little rubbed, otherwise an excellent copy. First US edition, second printing, presentation copy inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Edward Collins with my thanks and warm regards, J. K. Galbraith, December 1959". Galbraith was one of the 20th century's leading economists, lecturing at Harvard and serving in the administrations of four US presidents. The Great Crash, an economic and historical analysis of the stock market failure of 1929, was a bestseller and has remained in print since it was first published.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        Les Jonques Chinoises 10 volumes complete

      Paris, P. and L. Audemard: 1955 Rotterdam, volkenkunde and Martiem Museum Prins Hendrik, 2nd edition, softcover, ca. 750 pages + photos, maps and plans. All the aspects of the Chinese Junk. The types, construction, use, history etc.. Set is complete and in very good condition. French language (the only language of publication)****

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        Max Bill

      Buenos Aires, Editorial Nueva Visión 1955 - Con sobre cubierta. 148 páginas. 22,5 x 21,5 cm Libro muy importante y raro [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Viaje a la Nueva España, México a fines del siglo XVII (dos tomos)

      Libromex, México 1955 - Incluye dos mapas plegados en muy buen estado, uno de la Ciudad de México en el s. XVII, otro de su fundación; prólogo de Fernando B. Sandoval; el t.1 con signos de humedad en el lomo y levemente en la orilla de pocas páginas, sin que afecte el texto, la portada algo fatigada; el t.2, interiores en muy buen estado, portada bien, contraportada apenas mordida en la orilla; 302 pp. los dos tomos; numeración corrida en ambos tomos. [Attributes: Soft Cover]

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        Le Transfuge.

      Paris: Gallimard, 1955. First edition. Octavo, original wrappers as issued. With the rare wrap-around band laid in to the front free endpaper. Inscribed by the author on the half-title page, " To Jack with all my best wishes Richard Wright Feb. 7, 1956 Paris." In near fine condition, with the recipient's name to the front free endpaper.

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      New York: E. P. Dutton & Co., Inc., [1955]. First edition. A fine copy, some dust soiling to top edge in a near fine dust jacket, spine panel show a touch of fade, much less than is usual for this book, some light foxing to verso of jacket, with show through to rear panel, more pronounced along rear flap fold, some light rubbing to spine ends and corners, tiny closed tear to upper front panel. (8362). Octavo, boards. Clean Break is the source for the 1956 Stanley Kubrick film "The Killing". The script for this classic film noir was written by Kubrick and Jim Thompson, it starred Sterling Hayden, Elisha Cook, Jr., and Mary Windsor. "White is rather neglected at present but for unadorned action, suspense and vigorous storytelling his novels have seldom been surpassed." - St. James Guide to Crime and Mystery Writers, pp. 1049.

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        Cento tavole del Codice Resta Fontes Ambrosiani in lucem editi cura et studio Bibliothecae Ambrosianae XXIX

      Splendida riproduzione anastatica del celebre Codice conservato alla Biblioteca Ambrosiana: la scelta delle cento tavole, l'approvazione delle riproduzioni e le didascalie in 4 lingue riportate sulle veline di protezione delle tavole sono dovute a Giorgio Fubini, consulente all'Ambrosiana per i disegni. Le tavole sono introdotte da una presentazione in 4 lingue (Italiano, Inglese, Francese e Tedesco). Le tavole riproducono 248 disegni dei maggiori artisti dal '400 al '600., in un'edizione limitata a 2030 esemplari non venali. Le selezioni fotografiche dei colori eseguite all'Ambrosiana, l'impaginazione, le riproduzioni, la stampa e la rilegatura sono state curate da Amilcare Pizzi e dai suoi collaboratori. In folio

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      EINAUDI, 1955. ITALIANO 0,21 Traduzione di Lucia Rodocanachi, n. 38 della collana diretta da E.Vittorini, pagine brunite ai bordi causa tempo, brossura editoriale con risvolti, ingiallita al dorso e con lievi segni di usura ai bordi USATO

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      EINAUDI, 1955. ITALIANO 0,23 N. 40 della collana diretta da E. Vittorini, pagine intonse e brunite ai bordi da fattore tempo, brossura editoriale morbida, con alette, scolorita al dorso, con lievissima fioritura e bordi stanchi USATO

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        Sand and Satin

      London: Herbert Jenkins, 1955. First Impression. Hardcover. Fine-/Fine. First UK Edition (released only as a paperback, entitled Return of Sumuru, in the U.S.). Publisher's red cloth, spine and lower cover stamped in black; price-clipped pictorial dust jacket. Just about Fine, square, tight and unmarked (front hinge seamlessly repaired), but end papers stained from binder's glue and title page inscribed; in a Fine, bright jacket, only very lightly rubbed. St. James Guide to Crime & Mystery Writers, p. 899. Scarce. "Nowadays the credit (or more often the blame) for the 'Yellow Peril' school of mystery thriller is placed squarely upon the shoulders of Sax Rhomer. Rhomer had the talent and good fortune to create a near-mythic figure [who first appeared in "The Zayat Kiss," published in the October 1912 issue of The Story-Teller magazine] who embodied all the fancied villainy of the East combined with all the science of the West: . . . Dr. Fu-Manchu, the yellow peril incarnate . . . [With his late] series of five novels about Sumuru, Rohmer revived the Fu Manchu formula, but featured a "carefully de-ethnicized female villain." (St. James Guide) 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.

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        Kay Thompson's Eloise: A Book for Precocious Grown Ups

      Simon and Schuster, 1955. Quarto. The pullout (pages 13-16) is present but detached (bright with no tears). Original decorated cloth; original dust jacket. FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE of the original Eloise -- a work initially meant for adults (its re-release in 1969 was aimed at children). This book spawned three further tales of the girl who lives on "the tippy-top floor" of the Plaza hotel (and one posthumous book). Thompson's goddaughter, Liza Minelli, has been cited as a possible model for Eloise, as has Thompson herself. Laid in is a slip correcting text on p. 50 -- "Lily Dache" to "Coco Chanel." Cloth with some light wear at ends of spine, slight toning, a few old tape adhesions; jacket spine panel lacking, some chipping, inner flaps detached but present.

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        No Man is an Island

      Harcourt,Brace & Co.. Hardcover. 0855321938 1955 signed and inscribed later edition, Harcourt, Brace and Company (NY), 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches tall embossed blue cloth hardbound in publisher's unclipped dust jacket, silver lettering to spine, pale blue endpapers, xxiii, 264 pp. Slight soiling, rubbing and edgewear to covers, with very slight bumping to fore edge of front cover. Mild shadow to front free-endpaper, where a press clipping of Merton's obituary was laid in. Signed and inscribed by the author in his distinctive hand on the half title page in his religious name (Fr. M. Louis). Otherwise, a very good copy in a lightly soiled, chipped and edgeworn dust jacket which is nicely preserved an displayed in a clear archival Brodart sleeve. Dust jacket has $3.95 price to front flap. Not a first printing; copyright page has Harcourt code 'G.8.58.' Books signed by Merton, who lived most his life in a monastery, are uncommon. Authenticity of signature is guaranteed in perpetuity. ~ZZ~ Here, in one of the most popular of his more than seventy books, Thomas Merton provides further meditations on the spiritual life in sixteen thoughtful essays, beginning with his classic treatise 'Love Can Be Kept Only by Being Given Away.' He provides fresh insight into his favorite topics of silence and solitude, but also especially underscores the importance of community, and the deep connectedness to others that is the inevitable basis of the spiritual life - whether one lives in solitude or in the midst of a crowd. Thomas Merton (1915-1968) was an American Catholic writer, theologian and mystic. A Trappist monk of the Abbey of Gethsemani, Kentucky, he was a poet, social activist, and student of comparative religion. In 1949, he was ordained to the priesthood and given the name Father Louis. Merton wrote most of his books on spirituality, social justice and a quiet pacifism, as well as scores of essays and reviews. Among Merton's most enduring works is his bestselling autobiography The Seven Storey Mountain (1948), which sent scores of World War II veterans, students, and even teenagers flocking to monasteries across the US, and was also featured in National Review's list of the 100 best non-fiction books of the century. In the years since his death, Merton has been the subject of several biographies. . Good. 1955.

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        Body Snatchers, The [wraparound band]

      London: Eyre & Spottiswoode, 1955. First Edition. Hardcover. First Impression (no further printings noted), with the uncommon promotional wraparound band, "The Star Thriller of the Month." Small 8vo: 192pp. Publisher's scarlet cloth, spine lettered in black, dust jacket priced 10s/6d. Faint spotting to top edge, leaves toned at margins (as usual), touch of wear to edges of jacket, but a Fine, bright, unread copy. Anatomy of Wonder II-401. Horror Literature 4-116. Originally published in Colliers, in 1954. Finney's chilling classic, retitled Invasion of the Body Snatchers for its four film incarnations, takes place in the idyllic rural community of Mill Valley, which is invaded by seeds that have drifted to Earth from space. The seeds replace sleeping humans with perfect physical duplicates grown from plant-like pods, while their victims turn to dust. The author's second (and most important) book, originally serialized in Colliers. Yet another example of the value to be found in the graphically superior designs of most UK editions of American authors' works. N. B. 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.

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        DIANETICS 1955!

      Washington: Hubbard Dianetic Research Foundation, 1955. Third edition. Very good condition in near very good dust jacket; Jacket is edge worn and has a couple small pieces missing.. 160 pages.

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        Il Decamerone a cura di Fernando Palazzi - 101 tavole a colori di Gino Boccasile, in 2 voll.

      A' la Chance du Bibliophile, 1955. in 4° (cm 25x 34,5), pp. 601, 542; leg. edit. m/pelle marrone con sovracop., ds. a nervi con tit. e fregi in oro, sguardie marmor. Opera illustrata con 101 tavv. a colori f.t. che in origine avrebbero dovuto essere tutte di Boccasile ma, a causa della sua morte prematura nel 1952, furono completate da Sante Albertarelli, Giulio Bertoletti, Giorgio De Gasperi e Walter Molino. Sovracop. coi dorsi scuriti dal sole e con piccoli strappi riparati ma, per il resto, opera in ottimo stato di conservazione, su carta pesante e a tiratura limitata a 3000 copie. 014/33

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        The Magician's Nephew

      first edition first printing hardcover in dust jacket (Bodley Head 1955); gift note front free end page, text unmarked; little age tone to text pages, offsetting/foxing to end papers; tight bind; but slight spine lean; clean cloth cover bright titling; dj has some handling soil to edges, foxing to verso, and edge wear (rubbing, small nicks at spine ends and corners); flap price present ebbibam

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        Minxes Admonished or Beauty Reproved

      London: The Golden Cockerel Press,, 1955. An album of deplorable caprices faithfully narrated & modestly embellished. Tall quarto (303 x 182 mm). Original red morocco by Sangorski & Sutcliffe, titles gilt to spine in compartments, publisher's vignette to front cover gilt, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt. Together with 8 loose plates, housed in a marbled paper chemise, as issued. Housed together in the marbled paper slipcase. Colour frontispiece and illustrated title page, text printed in red and black, 51 sepia illustrations, 8 additional loose plates. Spine lightly faded, rubbing to extremities of paper chemise; an excellent copy. First edition, signed limited issue, number 37 of 150 copies signed by the illustrator and issued with eight additional plates. A further 400 unsigned copies were also issued. Flint's illustrations have been described as, "Somewhere between the art of striptease and the art of painting and drawing" (ODNB). This work excellently showcases Flint's "personal formula of idealized, eroticized, unindividualized female anatomy" (ODNB).The copper plates from which these illustrations were printed were destroyed after production was complete.

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        Poems: North & South - a Cold Spring

      Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co./Riverside Press Cambridge, 1955. viii, 95p., pages 1-8 unopened, slight loss of color at rear hinge otherwise very good first edition in light-blue cloth boards and very good unclipped dj with a tiny chip at top of front panel and on fore-edges of flaps, review slip laid-in. Except for the loss of color on the rear hinge cover a very nice copy of the Pulitzer Prize-winning second collection of poetry by Bishop limited to 2000 copies. Her first book was a separate publication of "North & South" which was published in 1946.

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        High Adventure.

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

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      New York: Ballantine Books, [1955].. Small octavo, cloth. First edition. Collects eight stories. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 1560. Schlobin, The Literature of Fantasy 1006. A fine copy in nearly fine dust jacket with touch of wear and slight loss at upper spine end, 6 mm closed tear and small associated wrinkle at top edge of front panel, and small price sticker on front flap. A very attractive copy of a very uncommon Ballantine hardcover. (#155557)

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        It Came From Beneath The Sea

      Printed by J.Lichtert and Sons, Brussells. [1955]. A scarce original Belgian mid-size / window card style poster for the 1955 sci-fi movie 'Le Monstre Surgit Des Mers' from Columbia Pictures, directed by Robert Gordon, and with groundbreaking flying saucer effects created by Ray Harryhausen. Folded (almost always issued folded!), condition B (slight soiling to extreme upper edge, blank portion for scree times partially clipped). 14x 22 inches approx, now with loose-backed board stiffener. Oscar-winning animator Ray Harryhausen's classic first film in partnership with producer Charles H. Schneer, 'It Came From Beneath The Sea was specifically designed to showcase Harryhausen's special model-animated effects. His other major films include Mighty Joe Young (1949), Earth vs. The Flying Saucers (1956), 20 Million Miles to Earth (1957), Jason and the Argonauts (1963), One Million Years B.C. (1966), The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1974) and Clash of the Titans (1981). Note on Format; Belgian posters come in three primary sizes, with the 14x22 being the mid-size style. Similar to a US window card, but printed on thinner paper (and therefore fragile). A popular format with collectors.

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        Tales of Conan

      New York: Gnome Press, 1955. First Edition. Red Boards. Fine Book/Fine DJ. Signed by L. Sprague De Camp. 1/5000 copies. Red boards, first of five bindings. Clean, unmarked book with light rubbing at parts of top and bottom edges of spine, no names or marks. In a bright, clean dust jacket with no fading, not price clipped, no wear at all. Book and DJ were both protected by a heavy plastic wraparound protector which enclosed both DJ and boards, but which left left a few small spots of very light foxing to the othewrwise clean free endpapers.

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        The October Country

      New York: Ballantine Books, 1955. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. First edition, first printing. Red cloth binding with spine stamped in black, with publishers BB monogram printed upside down (Currey's binding B, first state). Very Good. Light rubbing to cloth at spine ends. Light insect wear to edge of page block. pages toned. In dust jacket with price of $3.50 intact; light chipping at spine ends, light edge wear, dimpling and light staining to spine panel with red titles faded.

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        Christmas Card.

      1955 - Mounted, original lithograph, 330 x 210mm, central fold, otherwise a very good copy. Barnett Freedman's personal Christmas card for 1955, using a proof of the card he designed for The Leighton-Straker Bookbinding Company. This copy only printed on one side and without the text "The Leighton-Straker Bookbinding Company". We presume that Freedman printed off a handful of proofs before entering the lettering for Leighton-Straker Bookbinding Company to use as personal cards. This is signed "Claudia and Barnett Freedman". From the collection of fellow artist Kenneth Holmes, O.B.E., A.R.C.A. [Attributes: Soft Cover]

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      N.p., n.d.: [1955?]. Large octavo, two volumes: pp. [1-2] [1] 2-57 [58: blank]; [1-2] [1] 2-50, offset from typewritten copy, plain wrappers. Second edition of BEYOND THIRTY and first edition of THE MAN-EATER. Limited to 300 copies. Both volumes published without authorization and anonymously circa 1955 by Lloyd A. Eshbach. "Beyond Thirty" was first published in ALL AROUND MAGAZINE, February 1916 and "The Man-Eater" was first published as a serial in a New York city newspaper, THE EVENING WORLD, November 15-20, 1915. This "book" version of "Beyond Thirty" was preceded by an earlier anonymously produced 102-page hectographed booklet dated February 1953. Heins, p. 187. A fine set. Scarce. (#151508)

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        Paintings, Drawings & Theatre Designs 1932-1954. Arranged and with an introduction by S. John Woods

      London: Faber & Faber, 1955. Limited edition, one of 50 copies with 20 further copies out of series, this copy possibly one of the latter as it is not numbered or signed, 4to, 160 pp. Hand coloured aquatint frontispiece and 241 illustrations, including four lithographs, three of which are coloured. Gilt decorated green buckram, t.e.g., d.w. with light browning to the spine, cloth slipcase, a near fine copy. The aquatint was specially coloured by Piper for this limited edition.

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        Harley Davidson Motorcycle contract signed by William Davidson, President of Harley-Davidson Motor Co, perfect for the free road lover!

      Milwaukee, Wisconsin, November 17, 1955. 8.5" x 14". "Standard early dealer agreement contract between Harley-Davidson and Pennsylvania dealer ""Paul W. Haines"", ""dba Paul W Haines"". Dated ""November 17, 1955"". On yellow paper, 8.5' x 14"". Signed by William Davidson as ""Wm H Davidson"", as President for Harley-Davidson Motor Co. Expected folds, else fine condition. A great example of HOG memorabilia.A clean, crisp example of an original dealer contract between Harley-Davidson and a dealer doing business in ""Northumberland and Union counties in Pennsylvania"". Executed 10 years before the company merged with AMF. The contract contains the typical clauses concerning such examples in part as found below:1. Place of Business and sales Effort2. Use of Seller's Name3. Service and Parts4. Execution of Orders5. Price Change6. Inferior Parts and Oil7. Sub-dealers8. Termination9. Default10. AssignabilityOf additional interest is the importance of instilling strong brand and quality control, Harley-Davison also required that ""The Dealer agrees not to use in repairing or servicing .. Substitute functional part ...and agree to not sell, or offer to sell or use in repair of Sellers products as genuine Harley-Davidson parts or oil which are not in fact genuine Harley-Davidson parts or oil ...""Harley-Davidson is one of the few companies that has managed to survive and reinvent themselves during a massive 115 plus year run. Accomplished by trials and errors, altering the way they do business, surviving buy-outs, to mergers, to turn arounds, to even seeking governmental intervention from the Japanese dumping of product in 1983, and ultimately going public on the New York Stock Exchange in 1986, they have survived and thrived. They went from a product of excellence, to a product of mass production with cheap parts, and back again to a product of excellence, using a different inventory and part strategy. The morphing of this company has allowed them to endure bust and boom economic cycles, invasion of cheap imports, and near bankruptcy. The Harley brand is certainly it's own metaphorical example of riding a long hard road enduring much transition to ultimately finding a successful and competitive business strategy!This all-in near fine gorgeous dealer contract, signed by John Davidson is a great piece of HOG memorabilia for the free riding spirit. There are more Harley Davidson quotes than could probably fill an entire book, but below are a few that define the brand:""Live By It""""Therapy is Expensive, Wind is Cheap""""Don't Fear Dying, Fear Not Living""""Life is Not About Waiting for the Storms to Pass, it is about Riding in the Rain""""Traveling in a Car is like watching a Film, Riding a Motorbike is Like Staring in it""""First Learn the Rules, Then Break Them""""The Best Path Through Life is One on the Open Road""** An overview of the earlier days of the company's path leading up to the late 1990's and through the time it went public is shown below:The only motorcycle manufacturer in the United States, Harley-Davidson, Inc. has been designing heavyweight machines for bike enthusiasts for almost a century. The company is legendary for the great loyalty its vehicles have inspired in generations of cyclists.Early 20th-Century OriginsThe first Harley-Davidson motorcycle was built in Milwaukee, Wisconsin--still the location of the company's headquarters--in the early 1900s. The Davidson brothers--William, Walter, and Arthur--along with William S. Harley, designed and developed the bike and its three horsepower engine in their family shed. The machine went through many refinements until 1903, when the men established the Harley-Davidson Motor Company and produced three of their motorcycles for sale. Over the next several years both demand and production grew at a healthy rate, and by 1907 the company had begun to advertise.Two years later the company produced a new model featuring a V-twin engine that produced a low, deep rumble now identified as the signature Harley-Davidson sound. The revolutionary engine--still a company standard enabled riders to reach speeds of 60 miles per hour, which until that time had been believed impossible. Such capabilities served to set the company's motorcycles apart from the competition; by 1911 there were 150 other companies manufacturing the vehicles.Growth During and Following World War IThe onset of World War I was actually a boon for Harley-Davidson. The motorcycle, having done well in its utilization by police, was commissioned for use by the military. It proved especially useful on the U.S.-Mexico border, which was suffering incursions by the forces of Mexican revolutionary leader Pancho Villa. In all, 20,000 of the company's machines were employed by the U.S. infantry during the war.Henry Ford's introduction of the assembly line, on which he could quickly and inexpensively produce his Model T automobile, had a profound effect on the motorcycle industry. While motorcycles had traditionally been used by workers and businesspeople, the more affordable car became their vehicle of choice. The motorcycle, in the meantime, was gradually becoming a recreational vehicle.The Superbike Era: 1950s and 1960sAs the second generations of the founding families began moving into management positions at the company, Harley-Davidson found itself ""king of the road""--with the shutdown of Indian in 1953, the company became the sole American motorcycle manufacturer. Continuing to prove itself a design innovator, the company introduced its Sportster model in 1957, heralding the era of the all-powerful, throaty ""superbikes."" An entire subculture began to grow up around these motorcycles, and leather jackets and riding boots became as much a statement of one's desire for a life of freedom on the open road as a necessity for motorcycling. Unfortunately, the filmThe Wild One, starring Marlon Brando, depicted biker gangs riding Harley-Davidson motorcycles as packs of lawless renegades. The stereotype that grew out of this is one the company still actively strives to dispel.In 1965 Harley-Davidson went public when the two families decided to give up control and put the company's shares on the market. Four years later the company was bought by the American Machine and Foundry Co. (AMF), a leisure equipment manufacturer headed by Harley-Davidson fan Rodney C. Gott. The arrangement proved, at least initially, to be a good one for Harley-Davidson, for it was also in the 1960s that the company experienced its first competition since Indian went out of business. The financial resources and stability that AMF was able to provide helped the company battle Japanese motorcycle manufacturers, who had begun exporting their vehicles around the world, placing themselves in direct competition with Harley-Davidson.Problems and Corrective Measures: The 1970s and 1980sDemand for motorcycles continued to grow through the early 1970s, and, in an effort to keep up, the company opened an assembly plant in York, Pennsylvania, in 1974. While engines would still be made in the Milwaukee facilities, the bikes themselves would be assembled in the new plant. In 1975 AMF put Vaughn Beals at the head of Harley-Davidson, and Jeff Bleustein was named chief engineer. Bleustein was charged with making manufacturing improvements, which were becoming increasingly necessary as production grew.These efforts added an extra $1,000 in costs to each bike, however, and the profit line suffered as a result. To compensate, AMF management began to apply pressure for greater sales volume, with the result that quality began to suffer. The production standards that customers had come to count on were being lowered, and there were chronic shortages of parts, with the result that as many as 30 percent of the vehicles coming off the assembly line were incomplete. This, in turn, meant extra manpower searching for spare parts to finish outfitting the machines, a task that even fell to dealers on those occasions when incomplete bikes were accidentally shipped.Such problems took their toll on the company, especially in light of rising Japanese competition. In 1969 Harley-Davidson had enjoyed an 80 percent share of the U.S. motorcycle market for super heavyweight machines--bikes with engines over 850 cubic centimeters (cc). Ten years later, just when Honda Motor Co. was opening a plant in Marysville, Ohio, that share had dropped sharply to 20 percent. While there were still some riders who would settle for nothing but a Harley-Davidson motorcycle, newcomers to the motorcycle market were opting for Japanese affordability and dependability.To make matters worse, the 1981 recession severely threatened Harley-Davidson's share of the market for heavyweight bikes--motorcycles with engine capacities of 700-850 cc--nearly finishing the company off as a manufacturer. Soon AMF began to lose interest in keeping the struggling business afloat. To save the company, and to effect a turnaround, 13 Harley-Davidson executives, led by Vaughn Beals, put together a plan for a leveraged management buyout. With the financial support of Citicorp, the management team succeeded in taking control of Harley-Davidson from AMF on June 16, 1981, at a cost of $81.5 million.The group's turnaround strategy called for getting back on the quality track through new management and manufacturing techniques. Unable to beat them, Harley-Davidson instead decided to join their Japanese competition, adopting such management techniques as decentralized quality discussion groups and ""just-in-time"" inventory control. After the company's top management toured Honda's Marysville plant in 1981, Vaughn Beals noted in Fortune,""We were being wiped out by the Japanese because they were better managers. It wasn't robotics, or culture, or morning calisthenics and company songs--it was professional managers who understood their business and paid attention to detail."" In an effort to do likewise, management at the York plant developed three principles for change: worker involvement, manufacturing materials available as needed, and statistical operator control.One of the first steps Harley-Davidson took was to group the employees in a plant-wide network to ensure their input in improving the manufacturing process. The York plant management met with workers' representatives for months in 1981 to achieve a consensus on what was sought and also to ease skepticism. The increases in productivity stemming from these measures were deemed to be the effects of effective communication, shop floor enthusiasm, and increased recognition.The second point of the revitalization program involved managing the company's inventory. A program of just-in-time inventory control called MAN--Material As Needed--was developed, based on Toyota Motor Corporation's Toyota Production System. The plan called for the use of expanded communication in monitoring the flow of inventory. Harley-Davidson also introduced a statistical operator control system to improve quality control. The aim was to reduce defects and scrap by reworking machines right on the assembly line. The process began with the operators, who established parameters for quality using statistical methods. Then workers along the assembly line would chart actual quality and introduce improvements where warranted.During the early 1980s, the company began making cosmetic changes to its motorcycles, prompted by Vice-president William G. Davidson, grandson of the founder. Davidson, who felt it was important to remain close to the bike maker's customers and their needs, would often mingle with Harley devotees at gatherings, sporting his own beard, black leather, and jeans. As he explained in Fortune,""They really know what they want on their bikes, the kind of instrumentation, the style of bars, the cosmetics of the engine, the look of the exhaust pipes, and so on. Every little piece on a Harley is exposed, and it has to look right. A tube curve or the shape of a timing case can generate enthusiasm or be a turn-off. It's almost like being in the fashion business."" In addition to changing the look of established models, the company began to design new motorcycles to appeal to a broad range of consumers.Meanwhile, the competition was moving ahead. Though the recession of the early 1980s had depressed demand for heavyweight bikes, Japanese manufacturers swamped the U.S. market with their surplus inventory, driving average market prices down still further. In 1982, however, the company won an anti-dumping judgment from the International Trade Commission (ITC). This led then-U.S. President Ronald Reagan to impose additional tariffs on imported heavyweight Japanese models, as allowed by the ITC.The additional tariffs--45 percent on top of an existing 4.4 percent measure--were meant to decrease gradually over five years, until April 1988. These measures would give Harley-Davidson the opportunity to effect its revitalization plans. Predictably, as the company's market share began to increase, so, too, did its profits. Harley-Davidson had lost $25 million in 1982, but rebounded into the black again in 1983 before posting $2.9 million in profits on sales of $294 million in 1984. Though Japanese bike makers were able to elude some of the tariffs by building more machines in the United States, by 1986 Harley-Davidson's share of the U.S. super heavyweight market had crept back up to 33.3 percent, ahead of Honda for the first time since 1980.During this time, Harley-Davidson began placing more emphasis on its marketing efforts. In a 1983 public relations move, the company established the Harley Owners Group (HOG), a club with its own newsletter for fans of the motorcycle. By the end of the 1980s, membership in HOG had grown to 100,000 members. The company developed the SuperRide promotion, several years later; it was designed to attract large numbers of new buyers from an upscale niche. Television commercials invited people to visit one of Harley-Davidson's 600 dealers across the United States to test ride a new bike. Over 40,000 people took Harley-Davidson up on its offer. Though immediate sales did not cover the promotion's $3 million price tag, the effort did result in increased sales over the course of the next several years, and many of the new buyers were owners of rival Japanese models.Although Harley-Davidson was making great strides, the company suffered yet another blow in 1984. Citicorp--nervous that the economy was headed back into a recession, especially in light of the 1988 deadline on import tariffs--informed Harley-Davidson that in future years they would no longer provide overadvances--money over and above the conservative lending limits set as part of the company's business plan. Taking this as an indication that Citicorp wanted out of its arrangement with the company, Beals and Richard Teerlink, who was then the finance officer, began searching for another lender. Once word concerning Citicorp's plans got out, however, other banks showed little interest in making the commitment. By October 1985 Beals and his management team had contacted the investment firm Dean Witter Reynolds in order to begin Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings.Before those plans were finalized, Beals and Teerlink were approached by an interested lender. After weeks of hard bargaining, Heller Financial Corporation--whose second in command, Bob Koe, was a Harley buff--agreed to supply Harley-Davidson with $49 million to buy out Citicorp's stake in the business. Thus Citicorp was forced to take an $18 million write-down on its original investment. Heller Financial Corporation's faith in Harley-Davidson paid off handsomely. The company's market share began to climb steadily, and profits for 1986 topped $4.3 million on sales of $295 million. That year a revived Harley-Davidson went public, offering two million shares of stock worth $20 million and $70 million worth of unsecured subordinate notes that would mature in 1997."

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        A Handful of Darkness

      London: Rich & Cowan. London, Rich & Cowan, 1955. First Edition. First Impression. A near fine book in a very good jacket. A little wear to the spine tips, publisher's price clip with printed price overlay. Some tape ghosting to the (likely supplied) jacket. Block edges darkened. This is the first issue book in blue boards. The jacket carries no advert for World of Chance. The World of Chance jacket is a later issue, but there are more than one (probably two) states of the first issue jacket, this is likely the second state. The first state of the first issue was priced 10s 6d, this state has a printed priced 6s 6d (with a clipped price). Cover art / illustrations by Peter Rudland [5579, Hyraxia Books]. . Near Fine. Hardback. 1st Edition. 1955.

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        BRAIN WAVE

      London: William Heinemann Ltd., [1955]. First edition. A near fine copy, bookstore stamp to front free end paper, some mild foxing to prelims and page edges in a near fine dust jacket, touch of rubbing to corners chip to upper spine panel at rear fold (fingernail size). A nice copy of a difficult book to locate in condition. (11488). Octavo, boards. Anatomy of Wonder (1995) 3-5.

      [Bookseller: John W. Knott, Jr., Bookseller, ABAA/ILA]
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        Brain Wave

      Heinemann, London 1955 - London, Heinemann, 1955. First Edition. First Impression. A very presentable copy of one of Anderson's most collectable titles. A little wear to the corners of the jacket and spine tips. A little rubbing. Very presentable overall and not often found in this state. [5868, Hyraxia Books]. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        James Bond – Set of First Edition Paperbacks – 1955-68 Pan Books

      London: Pan, 1955-68. A set of first edition paperbacks, published by Pan between 1955 and 1968. A very good set - all are first edition, first printings and include the unpriced edition of 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service'. All are now housed in protective covers. Please do get in touch for individual condition reports of each book and further photos.

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        Casino Royale - First UK Paperback 1955

      Pan, 1955. Soft cover. Very Good. A first edition, first printing published by Pan in 1955. A very good+ or better copy without inscriptions. Some thin slits to the foot of the spine, but with no loss to the spine. Correct first issue with 2'- net to the bottom corner. Clean rear panel. Rare in such nice, bright condition.

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        Fontaine à Vence. Orig.-Radierung.

      33 x 26 cm, Umschlag mit loser Grafik in Klappkarte, Tadell. Mit Preislied von Saint John Perse a. der linken Seite des Bogens. - Nr. 124 von 300 Exemplaren auf Bütten abgezogen. Als 13. Neujahrsgabe der Galerie Beyeler, Basel, im Dezember 1955 erschienen. Auf dem gefalteten Bogen nummeriert und mit dem Namen des Empfängers versehen.

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        Marlon Brando Personally Annotated Script and Autograph Letter.

      Culver City, California: Metro-Goldwin-Mayer Pictures, 1955. Personally annotated script for the 1956 Metro-Goldwin-Mayer Pictures film The Teahouse of the August Moon given as a gift from Marlon Brando to Jim Schendel with a personal type-script letter on Marlon Brando's letterhead. Dated September, 25, 1956 and addressed to Jim Schendel 4509 Hampton Road Minneapolis 22, Minnesota. "Dear Jim, Your letter took awhile to reach me, but I was most happy to receive it. Thank you for enclosing the interesting article. Your sounds lie a mighty interesting hobby, and I'm pleased to be one of the people you wrote to. It is my hope that you might find some interest and entertainment in this script of the motion picture I have recently finished. This picture took me for some months to the Orient and I learned many new and wonderful things. Perhaps the script will give you some feeling of post war Okinawa. Keep up your good efforts to get well. It would be very nice if some day you're able to visit in California. Thank you again for your nice letter. My very best wishes to you. Sincerely, Marlon Brando." Accompanied by Marlon Brando's personal script of The Teahouse of the August Moon. 132 pages with a Metro-Goldwyn Mayer Script Department with "Marlon Brando" in pencil in another hand. Annotations in Brando's hand throughout include phonetic spellings of Japanese words, additions to dialogue and a sketch of a face in profile in blue pen on the reverse of page 75. In very good condition with light handling and wear. Rare and desirable. Marlon Brando attended the Shattuck Militay Academy in Fairbault, Minnesota after being expelled from his local high school for reportedly riding a motorcycle through the halls of the school. He lasted a brief period at Shattuck before being expelled again, after which he followed his two elder sisters to New York to study acting at the American Theatre Wing Professional School with influential German director Erwin Piscator. Brando's early career began on Broadway with the drama I Remember Mama in 1944 and his first screen role was as a parapalegic veteran in The Men in 1950. He played Sakini, a Japanese interpreter for the U.S. Army in postwar Japan in the satirical comedy The Teahouse of the August Moon in 1956 and spent two months studying the local culture, speech, and gestures to prepare for the role. Brando was known for his wild nature and refusal to memorize scripts (he preferred the use of cue cards) to keep his acting real and spontaneous, his performance as Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire is regarded as his greatest and earned him his first Academy Award in 1951.

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        SEPTEMBER 27 1955 - 5PM - Poster

      75cm x 50cm. Framed poster consisting of ten rows of nine headshots, the photographs in the bottom rows are slightly larger than in other rows. There is one photograph left blank, in the bottom right; the Tibetan origin of the leader may have logistically prevented the receipt of his photograph in time for printing.Printed to commemorate the 27 September, 1955 ceremony held by the State Council to award the PLA's General Category military ranks. This poster lists the leaders newly named Lieutenant Generals. At the ceremony, Premier Zhou Enlai awarded certificates of appointment to the military ranks. This ceremony coincided with one taking place in Huairen Hall in Zhonnanhai when Mao Zedong personally handed certificates of appointment to the ten leaders in the Marshal Category. The formation of rankings were part of the reorganisation of the PLA taking place in the 1950s as they sought to advance from a peasant army to a modern military force. This included the formation of thirteen military regions and the system of military ranks, all approved by Mao Zedong. The assignment of military rankings in the style of the Soviet military was met with criticism from those who did not want to be aligned with the Soviet Union and who felt that the hierarchical rankings defied the egalitarian foundations of the PLA. Marshal Lin Biao was one of the system's detractors, criticising it as part of the "Soviet revisionist military structure". He abolished the rankings in 1966. -Li, Xiaobing, "A History of the Modern Chinese Army"

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        Haggadah shel Pesach Kibbutz Ein Gev

      Printed on a Multi Light machine at HaMaf'il, Tel Aviv, Israel 1955 - 10 clippings of songs laid in, in various pages, apparently meant to be sung at those places. 36 leaves, printed on one side only. [Attributes: Soft Cover]

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        Passport to Paris - SIGNED

      Boston : Little, Brown & Co., 1955. First. Used; Like New/Used; Like New. Hardcover first edition of the composer's autobiography, fine in a very good dust jacket, signed and inscribed on the first free end page in ballpoint, "This independent batch is for the scratches. Sincerely, Vernon Duke, May 1955." In overall fine condition. An unusual inscription from the versatile Russian-born American composer of "April in Paris," "Autumn in New York" and many others.

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        Circolare Sinistra. Rivista Bimestrale d'Arte e Letteratura. Nos. 1-6 (1955-1956) (all published)

      A complete run, in five issues (No. 4/5 being a double issue), of the short-lived avant garde journal (in Italian with some entries in French) concerned with both recent developments in post-war art and literature as well as historical material from the late 19th- and early 20th centuries, with articles and original material by noted cultural figures, illustrated throughout after reproductions of paintings, drawings, page designs, etc. Sm. 8vo. Orig. wrpps., with related illustrations on front covers; the same basic portrait of a man is altered with different graffiti-like additions on the cover of each issue. Some very minor creasing and wear, issue no. 6 with a small tear to spine and pen notation to back cover. Turin 1955-1956. A very rare journal (as of June 2017 WorldCat locates only three runs in North America) under the editorial direction of Italo Cremona and Mino Maccari. A wide range of figures are covered, including Antoni Gaudi, Victor Hugo, Alberto Martini, Maccari, Yves Tanguy, Huysmans, Vincenzo Ciaffi, et al.

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