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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.

      [Bookseller: Adrian Harrington Rare Books]
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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.

      [Bookseller: Arroyo Seco Books]
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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.

      [Bookseller: Burnside Rare Books]
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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]

      [Bookseller: Henry Sotheran Ltd]
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        BEYOND THIRTY [and] THE MAN-EATER

      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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        SUPERBE LIVRE RUSSE DE 1955 CONSERVES ALIMENTAIRES ILLUSTRATIONS RUSSIAN

      - SUPERBE LIVRE RUSSE DE 1955 CONSERVES ALIMENTAIRES ILLUSTRATIONS RUSSIAN

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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]

      [Bookseller: Hyraxia Books. ABA, ILAB]
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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.

      [Bookseller: John Atkinson Books]
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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.

      [Bookseller: John Atkinson Books]
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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]

      [Bookseller: Meir Turner]
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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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        1150 Pergament Handschrift aus einer Bibel, +/- 50 Jahre

      Schönes großes Doppelblatt auf derben Pergament um 1150 + / - 50 Jahre geschrieben in einer späten Version der karolingischen Minuskel. Hier in einer Mischform mit dem langen (s=f) und runden "s" am Ende eines Wortes. Vor 1100 wurde nur das lange "s" am Ende des Wortes verwendet, dann gab es eine Rechtschreibreform, ähnlich der heutigen Zeit, wo keiner weiß wie er was genau schreiben soll und ab ca. 1200 wurde nur noch das Runde"s" am Ende vom Wort verwendet. Die jeweiligen Vorderseiten des Blattes gut erhalten, die Rückseite ist stark abgegriffen, da das Blatt einmal als ein Einband gedient hat. Mit einigen schönen großen Lombarden in Rot, Blau und Ocker, teils mit angedeutetem Rankenwerk. Im oberen Teil des Bundes ist noch ein Teil der alten Vernähung zu sehen. (Nachtrag vom 2.7.) Ich bekam gerade Post von einen Professor für Mittelalterliches Latein. Er schrieb mir folgende Zeilen zu dem Pergament. Ich möchte mich nochmal herzlichst bedanken. Im Scriptura Latina Libraria von J.Kirchner (1955) und Lateinisches Leseheft von R.Merkelbach und H.van Thiel (1969) finden sich fotokopierte Handschriften lateinischer Texte. In ersterem findet sich ein Foto einer Handschrift von ca.1153, die Ihrer stark ähnelt. Die Handschrift wäre dann zwischen später Carolina und früher Gotica anzusetzen, wahrscheinlich in Deutschland geschrieben. Es ist auf jeden Fall ein liturgisches Manuskript, wahrscheinlich ein Missale, trotz der vielen Abkürzungen nicht allzu schwer zu lesen. Blatt stammt aus einer Bibel oder Misssale Folio 54 x 36 cm Behutsam restauriert, die ehemaligen Risse und kleinen Fehlstellen mit dem original Pergament ergänzt. Sehr dekoratives Doppelblatt! Die letzten Bilder sind eine alte Handschrift auf Papier, das war noch unter dem Pergament , nur als Info, falls der Käufer sie auch haben will. Freue mich über evtl. Informationen von Fachleuten Deutschland kostenloser Versand DHL

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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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        Häuserbuch der Stadt München. Bände I bis V in 5 Bänden (komplett). Mit Zeichnungen von Gustav Schneider

      München, Oldenbourg,, 1955-1977. 4°, Leinen XXVI / 454, VI / 379, VI / 464, VI / 581, XIV / 369 Seiten. Mit vielen schw.-weiß Zeichnungen von Gustav Schneider. Leinen mit Rücken- und Titelvergoldung. Bände I - IV mit Klarsicht-Schutzumschlag, kaum benutzt, wie neu. Band 1: Graggenauer Viertel. - Band 2: Kreuz Viertel. - Band 3: Hackenviertel. - Band 4: Angerviertel. - Band 5. Register, Nachträge, Berichtigungen. Versand D: 5,00 EUR Bavarica, Monacensia

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        Exposition Vallauris 1955

      Arnéra, Vallauris 1955 - Linogravure originale en couleurs imprimée par Arnéra, tirage limité à 600 exemplaires. 90 X 59.5 cm. (CZ 17). Original linoleum cut printed by Arnéra in Vallauris, from an edition of 600 prints. 90 X 59.5 cm. (CZ 17).

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        La soif du jonc. Poème de Tiggie Ghika orné de trois pointes sèches par Jacques Villon

      Editions Cahiers d'Art, 1955. en feuilles sous chemise rempliée. Bel exemplaire signé au crayon par Jacques Villon sous la justification et orné de trois gravures signées dans la plaque par l'artiste. Tirage limité à 211 exemplaires. Celui-ci un des 200 ex. sur vélin de Rives précédés de 7 ex. sur Arches qui comportent une double suites des pointes sèches. Les quatre exemplaires restant ne font l'objet d'aucune mention.

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        Dianetics 1955!

      Phoenix: Hubbard Dianetic Research Foundation, 1955. First Edition. Paperback. Very Good. First edition (following a limited manuscript edition) of the second book published to discuss the background and fundamentals of this controversial movement. About very good in stapled rough paper covers. Scarce.

      [Bookseller: Derringer Books, Member A.B.A.A.]
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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. [Attributes: First Edition]

      [Bookseller: John Atkinson Books ABA ILAB PBFA]
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        MOONRAKER

      Cape 1955 - First edition. Original black cloth with silver embossed titles, in striking 'flames' dustwrapper. Author's presentation copy, inscribed on the front endpaper, "To Clare / Who washes my books behind the ears! / Ian 1955." A fine copy in a near fine dustwrapper which shows the usual dulling to the spine but is crisp and clean. Clare was secretary to Fleming's friend the journalist, Joseph Kingsbury-Smith, national editor and chief foreign writer of Hearst Newspapers in New York, whom Fleming had met during the war. Clare was a fan Fleming's novels and received this presentation copy on one of Fleming's visits to New York. The third James Bond book, in which Fleming's narrative style, now well established, displays his own brand of polished suspense. Cape's confidence in Fleming is evident as well: 10,500 copies of the first edition were published. However the materials used for the dustwrapper (cheap, soft paper printed in orange and yellow, which fades, on a white background, which soils) means that well preserved copies are quite scarce and presentation copies even more so. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Jonkers Rare Books]
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        Moonraker

      Cape, 1955. Hardcover. Near Fine. A first edition, first printing published by Cape in 1955. A near fine book without inscriptions, with some very slight spotting to page edges. Some light off-setting to the endpapers. 'shoot' to page 10. A very nice copy without the dust wrapper.

      [Bookseller: John Atkinson Books]
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        The Acceptance World - Anthony Powell's Personal Copy

      Heinemann, 1955. Hardcover. Near Fine. A near fine book with Powell's armorial bookplate to the pastedown, in a near fine unclipped wrapper. Some wear to the head of the spine and corners A lovely copy of Powell's own book

      [Bookseller: John Atkinson Books]
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        THE ACCEPTANCE WORLD

      Heinemann 1955 - First edition. Original red cloth with gilt title on spine in pictorial dustwrapper designed by Broome Lynne. A fine copy in a very good dustwrapper, which has a couple of short closed tears to the spine and front flap fold. The third novel in the 'Dance to the Music of Time' sequence. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        1.) "Der Kellermeister Balthasar verkauft s. Seele".

      27,7 x 16,8 cm. Unten links monogr. "AS". - 2.) "Frau Rose erblickt den steinernen Roland". Wie 1.) Voll ausgeführte Blätter zu einer illustrierten Ausgabe von Wilhelm Hauffs "Phantasien im Bremer Ratskeller". (Vgl. A. Beyer, Darmstadts Kunst, Kultur und Küpnstler. Darmstadt 1955, S. 65.) Durch Verwendung blauer Farbe wird die dämonische Atmosphäre trefflich vermittelt. - Versandkosten auf Anfrage (LQ 93).

      [Bookseller: Kunstantiquariat Joachim Lührs]
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        Les aventures de la dialectique

      First edition, one of 38 numbered copies on pur fil, the only large paper copies.A very good copy. Gallimard Paris 1955 12x19cm broché

      [Bookseller: Librairie Le Feu Follet]
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        Crotone.

      1955. Olio su tavoletta di cm. 15 x 21. Firma in basso a destra.

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        Käthe Kollwitz Verzeichnis des Graphischen Werkes von Dr. August Klipstein

      Klipstein / Bern 1955 - Für die Jahre 1890-1912 unter Verwendung des 1913 erschienenen Oeuvrekataloges von Prof. Dr. Johannes Sievers ERSTE AUFLAGE ! Bern,Klipstein & Co., vormals Gutekunst & Klipstein, 1955. Kollation: XIX, 359 Seiten, 267 Abbildungen. Format 22 x 31cm, Original Leineneinband mit Schutzumschlag (Schutzumschlag Gebrauchsspuren, Buch in schönem Zustand). DIE SEHR SELTENE STARK LIMITIERTE UND MITTLERWEILE KAUM MEHR AUFFINDBARE ERSTAUSGABE ! Das maßgebliche Werkverzeichnis der Graphik mit Abbildungen sämtlicher Arbeiten und Beschreibung der jeweiligen Zustände und Auflagenhöhen. Nur in 600 Exemplaren erschienen. (Referenz: Freitag 4988; Arntz 1.62). English description: 1955. First edition. - Fine in speckled buckram cloth, in a good dust jacket showing light chipping along the top of the back panel and also at the top of the spine. This does not affect the haunting photographic portrait of Kollwitz on the front panel which does not appear elsewhere in the text. This is the scarce catalogue raisonne of Kollwitz’s graphic work, with 267 entries, all illustrated except for a few entries where none was available, indicated as "Keine Abbildung erhalten." Some of the items are illustrated in multiple states. Klipstein has included a page of signatures, a brief biographical checklist, a full bibliography and the entries are fully indexed. There were only 800 copies printed - this is one of the 600 copies for Europe with titles and text in German. SCARCE FIRST EDITION ! Werkverzeichnis, Klipstein, Kollwitz, Kunst [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Documentos para la Historia de la Imprenta y Libreria en Barcelona (1474-1553)

      Gremios de Editores, de Libreros y de Maestros Impresores, Barcelona 1955 - [vii],120, 1013 pp. Gift copy at the XVI International Congress of Publishers, Barcelona, 1962, with an introductory pamphlet (dated 1962) in Spanish, German, French, and English laid in at the beginning and printed in the same style as the book. Provenance: Library of Alberto Parreño (bookplate). Parreño Sale 950. An unopened (uncut) copy, small stain to margin of one leaf else fine in a worn wrapper and lightly soiled slipcase. Loose gatherings in printed wrapper and slipcase [Attributes: First Edition]

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        RE-BIRTH

      New York: Ballantine Books, [1955].. Small octavo,cloth. First edition. Post-nuclear war religious dystopia. "An excellent story of an emerging race with ESP, hunted by 'normals' trying to hang on to traditional values, ruthlessly exterminating all deviation." - Brians, Nuclear Holocausts: Atomic War in Fiction, 1895-1984, pp. 347-8. Published later in Britain with textual differences as THE CHRYSALIDS (1955). Anatomy of Wonder (2004) II-1298. Berger, Science Fiction and the New Dark Age, pp. 184-5. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, pp. 255-6. Survey of Science Fiction Literature IV, pp. 1755-58. King list, p. 391. Text block lightly age-darkened (less than usual for this book), a fine copy in bright, nearly fine dust jacket with touch of rubbing at lower spine end and front corner tips, 8 mm closed tear at upper front corner tip, and touch of dust soiling to rear panel. A very nice copy of a very elusive Ballantine hardcover. (#155561)

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        BEYOND THIRTY [and] THE MAN-EATER

      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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        Gesammelte Werke. Band 1-74. Mischauflage. 74 Bände.

      Karl-May-Verlag; Bamberg, ca. 1955-1985. - Zusammen ca. 36.800 Seiten 8vo. Grüne OLwd. m. mont. farbigem Deckelbild u. dekorativer Rückengoldprägung. Bd. 1: Durch die Wüste; 2: Durchs wilde Kurdistan; 3: Von Bagdad nach Stambul; 4: In den Schluchten des Balkan; 5: Durch das Land der Skipetaren; 6: Der Schut; 7-9: Winnetou I-III; 10: Orangen und Datteln; 11: Am stillen Ozean; 12: Am Rio de la Plata; 13: In den Kordilleren; 14-15: Old Surehand I-II; 16-18: Im Lande des Mahhdi I-III; 19: Kapitän Kaiman; 20: Die Felsenburg; 21: Krüger Bei; 22: Satan und Ischariot; 23: Auf fremden Pfaden; 24: Weihnacht; 25: Am Jenseits; 26: Im Banne der Rache; 27: Bei den Trümmern von Babylon; 28: Im Reiche des silbernen Löwen; 29: Das versteinerte Gebet; 30: Und Friede auf Erden; 31: Ardistan; 32: Der Mir von Dschinnistan; 33: Winnetous Erben; 34: "Ich"; 35: Unter Geiern; 36: Der Schatz im Silbersee; 37: Der Ölprinz; 38: Halbblut; 39: Das Vermächtnis des Inka; 40: Der Blaurote Methusalem; 41: Die Sklavenkarawane; 42: Der Alte Dessauer; 43: Aus dunklem Tann; 44: Der Waldschwarze; 45: Zepter und Hammer; 46: Die Juweleninsel; 47: Professor Vitzliputzli; 48: Das Zauberwasser; 49: Lichte Höhen; 50: In Mekka; 51: Schloss Rodriganda; 52: Die Pyramide des Sonnengottes; 53: Benito Juarez; 54: Trapper Geierschnabel; 55: Der sterbende Kaiser; 56: Der Weg nach Waterloo; 57: Das Geheimnis des Marabut; 58: Der Spion von Ortry; 59: Die Herren von Greifenklau; 60: Allah il Allah!; 61: Der Derwisch; 62: Im Tal des Todes; 63: Zobeljäger und Kosak; 64: Das Buschgespenst; 65: Der Fremde aus Indien; 66: Der Peitschenmüller; 67: Der Silberbauer; 68: Der Wurzelsepp; 69: Ritter und Rebellen; 70: Der Waldläufer; 71: Old Firehand; 72: Schacht und Hütte; 73: Der Habicht; 74: Der verlorene Sohn. - Bände etw. berieben, Bd. 10 Rücken mit Reperaturband zum Teil hinterlegt. Teils geringe bis mittlere Gebrauchsspuren, Insgesamt sauber u. ordentlich. Es erschienen später noch weitere Bände mit unbekannteren Werken aus dem Nachlaß, die hier nicht vorliegen. Sprache: Deutsch Gewicht in Gramm: 27000 [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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

      1955 - 121-[36] pp. Paris, Le Sagittaire, 1955, in-4, 121-[36] pp, broché, couverture noire rempliée, illustrée de papillons surréalistes, Nouvelle édition, en partie originale. Un des 300 exemplaires tirés à part numérotés (celui-ci n° 19), signés par André Breton. Bien complet de l'enveloppe "Supplément" contenant 6 papillons originaux du Surréalisme et du monocle inséré en creux des pages illustrées. Belle impression, composée d'après les maquettes de Pierre Faucheux. L'ouvrage comprend la préface à la réédition du Premier Manifeste, le Premier Manifeste, l'Avertissement pour la réédition du Second Manifeste, le Second Manifeste, Avant. Après (1930), les Prolégomènes à un Troisième Manifeste et Du Surréalisme en ses oeuvres vives. Cet ensemble de texte est suivi de documents, fac-similés, photographies, collages, photomontages. Bel exemplaire. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Peregrinationum, ac de rebus machometicis epistolae elegantissimae.Louvain, Hieronymus Welleus (colophon: printed by Reinerus Velpius), 1561. 8vo. With woodcut printer's device on the title-page and last leaf, woodcut initials, with many quotations in Arabic in woodcut, and incidental use of Greek. Modern sheepskin parchment.

      USTC 407567; for the author: Dannenfeldt, ''The Renaissance Humanists and the Knowledge of Arabic'', in: Studies in the Renaissance vol. 2 (1955), pp. 113-115. Rare edition of a collection of letters on Islam and Arabic by the Louvain scholar Nicolaus Clenardus (1495-1542), "an outstanding humanist noted for his Arabic studies" (Dannenfeldt). Clenardus learned Arabic in Evora (Portugal), using a text by Ibn Sina and an Arabic version of Galen's commentaries on Hippocrates. In 1533 he joined Prince Henry of Portugal, archbishop of Braga, and established a humanist college in Braga, which he directed until 1538. With Henry's support, he travelled to Fez (Morocco) to obtain manuscripts and to deepen his knowledge of Arabic and Islam. He returned to Granada in 1541, where he died the next year; he was buried in the Alhambra. Today, his fame rests on the present learned and sparkling letters, containing his observations on the Quran, Arabic grammar and Islamic culture, with numerous quotations in Arabic.With contemporary owner's inscription on the back of the title-page, foliation added in manuscript, slightly browned and cut short. Otherwise in very good condition.

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        A Night to Remember (SIGNED ASSOCIATION COPY)

      Henry Holt and Company, New York 1955 - 5 5/8 X 8 3/8 Inches. 209 PP. Stated "First Edition" signed by Walter Lord to friend who is mentioned in the acknowledgements of the book! Signed, "For Ralph Whitney, with many, many thanks for all your help and suggestions and holding my hand while I sweated over this book. For more formal thanks - see p. 183! Walter Lord". Accompanied by a laid-in Christmas card signed by Walter Lord to Mr. Whitney with a copy of a book review of this book that Whitney did for the newspapers. Sure enough, page 183 features the printed "thank you" to Ralph Whitney, that Mr. Whitney has apparently underlined in ink. Original blue and yellow cloth binding with Titanic schematic endpapers. DJ retains original price of $3.50 on front flap. A bit of smudging and foxing. DJ worn a bit at edges and folds. Slight chipping to the head of the spine. Overall, an exceptional association copy from the collection of a man who truly had an influence (according to the printed thank you on page 183) over the content of the book. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

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        Lolita

      Paris: Olympia Press, 1955. First edition. 188, [2]; [3]-223, [1] pp. 2 vols. 12mo. Green printed wrappers, price Francs : 900 on back wrappers. Spines toned, lower portion of spine of first volume worn with small loss. Very good. Morocco backed slipcase, cloth chemises. First edition. 188, [2]; [3]-223, [1] pp. 2 vols. 12mo. The Nabokov Cousins. This copy with ownership signatures of composer and cosmopolitan Nicolas Nabokov on the flyleaf of each volume. The first volume is inscribed & dated by his first cousin, the author, "Vladimir 1.X.1955" Copies of Lolita inscribed in the year of publication are rare. Juliar A28.1, issue a

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        LOLITA

      Paris: The Olympia Press; printed in Jerusalem by Steimatzky's Agency. 1955 [1958]. First hardcover edition of the original Olympia Press edition. First hardcover edition of the original Olympia Press edition. Two volumes in one, as issued. Publisher's original blue Rexene with gilt titles to the spine, in dustwrapper. An excellent near fine copy, the binding firm and square, the contents toned to the text block edge otherwise clean throughout and without previous owner's inscriptions or stamps. Complete with the lightly rubbed and toned original dustwrapper which is a little creased at the top edge of the flaps. Publisher's ink stamped number (1694) to the bottom edge of the rear flap. An attractive example. This printing, produced in small numbers in Israel c.1958, is the first Olympia Press edition of the novel to appear in hardback. Further details and images for any of the items listed are available on request. Lucius Books welcomes direct contact with our customers.

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