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        [Two sketchbooks:] Original Drawings and "A series of remarks and drawing which I make for my own amusement"

      [Skowhegan, Maine. circa 1955]. Two volumes. Octavos. Measuring 5.5" x 8.5". Black cloth over flexible boards. Moderate soiling to the boards and endpapers, very good. Two early sketchbooks of Vincent DaCosta Smith, a leading figure in the Black Arts movement of the 1960's and 1970's. Born in New York City, Smith began adult life alternately as a hobo (at the age of 16), and working on the Lackawanna Railroad. After a one-year stint in the Army he landed a job at a Brooklyn post office, which he left in 1953 to become a full-time artist.The first volume is Smith's working sketchbook dating from his 1955 residency at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine. It consists of approximately 160 pages of pencil and pen & ink sketches and studies, including several drawings with accompanying notes by Smith, along with additional notes and comments by Smith, and interspersed with a few names and addresses of fellow students and teachers. One drawing of the Kennebec River Dam is Signed on the facing page: "Vincent Da Costa Smith / done in Pastell July 14." This volume features sketches of the Skowhegan campus: its buildings and surrounding woods, etc., including studies of flowers and plants; along with sketches of students in dormitory rooms and studios, and of several female models, nude and clothed. Interspersed throughout are notes and comments by Smith: "Dark blue / too nebulous / good composition ... don't be afraid of negative part"; "Great debate on subject matter / literary one or pictorial / social painting / [Georges] Rouault is far more noble ... Kathe Kollwitz / Revolution ..."; "Don't Compromise /the world will respect you for single purpose."The second volume consists of 31 pages of drawings and illustrated manuscript text. Undated and unsigned, this volume likely dates from sometime soon after Smith's residency at Skowhegan. It includes eight pen & ink drawings (some with highlights) and 13 pencil sketches that display Smith's intricately textured geometric style and urban African-American themes. Intended as a loosely unified work, Smith writes on the third page (following two pen and ink vignettes): "To those this may concern / This is a series of remarks and drawing / which I make for my own amusement." The "remarks" are part philosophical, social commentary, and fairy tale, involving: "the hour of the cocktail," President Truman and the President's daughter, and notions of chivalry.Two remarkable early sketchbooks of this important African-American artist, which document both the development and first flowering of his mature style: "from a hard-edged, socially conscious expressionism to riots of dazzling colors and patterns" (The New York Times, January 3, 2004). .

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        Drei alte Männer. Gespräche.

      Wiesbaden Limes Verlag () 1955 - 44 S. 2 Bll. Mit 1 mont. Porträt als Frontispiz. (19,5 x 14 cm). OHPgt. mit Goldpräg. Nr. 58 von 150 Exemplaren, vom Dichter SIGNIERT. - "Dies ist das erste Buch Gottfried Benns, das nach zwölfjähriger Unterbrechung - 1948 - wieder in Deutschland erschien" [als Neuauflage]. Gedruckt auf Zerkall-Bütten-Werkdruckpapier, in der Linotype-Baskerville gesetzt u. gedruckt von Rud. Bechtold & Comp., Wiesbaden; der Einband ist von Karl Hanke, Düsseldorf. - Vors. leicht gebräunt; gutes, sauberes Exemplar [Attributes: Signed Copy]

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        La Soif du Jonc

      Editions «Cahiers d'Art» 1955 - Présentation sous forme de feuilles flottantes, non paginé, environ 24 pages, dont 9 pages de textes (poème) et les 3 gravures, exclusivement sur le recto de pages, les versos étant tous vierges (textes et gravures). Traduit par Jacques Dupin. Pointes sèches de Jacques Villon, les 3 signées dans la plaque. Il a été tiré 211 exemplaires, dont 7 sur Vélin d'Arches, avec une double suite des pointes sèches, numérotés de A à G, et 200 exemplaires sur Vélin de Rives, auxquels appartient notre exemplaire, justifié 198. Achevé d'imprimer, le texte composé à la main en Garamont italique de 24 de la fonderie Deberny et Peignot par l'imprimerie Tournon à Paris et les pointes sèches par les ateliers G. Leblanc, aussi à Paris, le 28 février 1955. Couverture souple à 3 grands rabats, encore entourée d'un papier translucide de protection. Etat : bon. Couverture : bon, peu frottée. Intérieur : bon, une tache derrière le frontispice et en vis-à-vis sur la première page du texte (hors le texte et peu dérangeante). Gravures : très bon. Format: 33.5 x 26.4 x 1 cm, 500 g [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

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        Sweet Flypaper of Life

      1955. First Edition . HUGHES, Langston and DECARAVA, Roy. The Sweet Flypaper of Life. (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1955). Small octavo, original photographic and textual paper wrappers. Housed in a custom clamshell box. $1750.First edition of this landmark collaboration between Hughes and DeCarava, the preferred softcover edition, containing Hughes' lyrical text and 141 engaging photogravures by DeCarava.Guggenheim Award-winner Roy DeCarava is considered ""the spiritual 'father' of much contemporary African American photography"" (New York Times). Langston Hughes, already ""acknowledged as the most influential black writer of his generation, and as one of the greatest American poets of all time here composed a fictional story to accompany DeCarava's images, creating a lyrical tale about imaginary characters to go with photographs of real people"" (Roth, 138). ""An important step forward"" in the history of photobooks, Sweet Flypaper of Life proved especially significant in its ""design, featuring a pacy, cinematic style. It is also a book that had more impact in its cheaper paperback edition, since, radically, Hughes' text begins on the cover"" (Parr & Badger II:242). ""The book won two awards, received critical acclaim in The New York Times Book Review… sold out its first edition, and was reprinted many times. It is one of the most successful collaborations between a great writer and a great photographer ever published"" (Roth, 138). Scarce preferred first softcover edition with text beginning on front wrapper, text block on page 3; published the same year as the first cloth edition. ""First Printing"" stated on copyright page. Open Book, 160. Two small bookseller inkstamps at rear.Only lightest toning to spine. A fine copy.

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        L'humeur vagabonde

      First edition, review copy.Bel autograph signed Antoine Blondin Peter Andre: "... this book where half do not have the same length in memory of his first communion, I wonder just what she has done. here, and remember the time when he drank fruit juice with my father. that's a time that prepares others, at least I hope so. with my good friends. "A small glued tear and a slight lack in foot of the back, two small spots ahead of the second flat.Nice copy. La table ronde Paris 1955 12x19cm broché

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        THE MAGICIAN'S NEPHEW

      BODLEY HEAD, LONDON 1955 - True first edition first printing of C S Lewis's children's classic, The Magician's Nephew, chronologically the first volume in The Chronicles of Narnia, in which the magical land is created by Aslan. The book is in VERY GOOD condition, with clean, creamy pages, a strong tight bindings, corners very slightly rounded. The cloth is clean, except for a spot on the spine, corresponding to a hole in the dustwrapper. Between pages 13 and 51 there is browning to the top of the leaves - this starts as a tiny spot on pages 13 and finishes on page 51 with page 49 having the brown mark to approx 1.5 cm along top edge and also with three area of browning in the margins. Otherwise, the book is very clean, without inscriptions. The binding is slightly cocked, but stands up. Overall, it is very good. Pages after p51 are very clean and unmarked. The dustwrapper is NOT price clipped, showing a price of 8s 6d net. The front panel is clean and little rubbed, with minor chips to corners. The spines is chipped at head and heel, and there is a 2cm open tear to the centre of the spine, and a small 3mm hold just below it. The rear panel is mellowed has small chips to the corner like the front panel, and some areas of marking. In all, this is a VERY GOOD book in a not quite VERY GOOD dustwrapper. This volume is scarce to find in this condition and will grace any serious collector's shelf. A nice, attractive copy. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        NO BOUNDARIES

      New York: Ballantine Books, [1955].. Small octavo, cloth. First edition. Collects five stories, including "Vintage Season," in which time traveling thrill-seekers from the future accidentally annihilate modern man with a fatal plague virus, and "Two-Handed Engine," which depicts a dystopian future society dominated by machines. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, pp. 256-7. Some faint damp marks to cloth, a nearly fine copy in fine dust jacket with 8 mm closed tear and faint associated crease at upper edge of front panel. An attractive copy of one of the very scarce Ballantine hardcovers. (#155550)

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        Loser Takes All [card laid in]

      William Heinemann, London 1955 - First Impression of one of Greene's later "entertainments," with publisher's promotional card laid in. Small 8vo: [6],140pp. Publisher's blue cloth, upper cover and spine stamped in gilt, illustrated dust jacket priced 7s/6d. Near Fine or better (mild lightening to spine, offsetting from jacket flaps onto end papers); Fine jacket, fresh and bright. Wobbe A34a. Miller 34a. Greene was fascinated by gambling, not only on roulette but on the stock market as well. His interest in numbers even led him to collect auto registration numbers (as does Bendrix in The End of the Affair). "But what is more important is that Loser Takes All is Greene's first published experiment with extended comedy. And the novel is an attempt to link comedy (especially satire, parody and burlesque) to the religious thriller." (Wobbe) 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. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Journal d'un homme occupé

      First edition, one of 29 numbered copies on vélin du Marais.Tiny foxing, mostly on edges of cover.A rare and very good copy. Les sept couleurs Paris 1955 12x19cm broché

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        Somebody Up There Likes Me the Story of My Life Until Today

      SIMON AND SCHUSTER, NEW YORK 1955 - inscription to Levin's (Norma's step father)by Rocky Graziano plus signed by Charlie Norkus (friend and heavyweight fighter known as the Boyonne Bomber) on front end paper, 3rd unknown signature on inside of front cover, black and white plates, unclipped dj, $3.95 dj price, edges of dj torn and creased, edge wear to boards, corners bumped, pages tanning but clean DATE PUBLISHED: 1955 EDITION: FIRST PRINTING 375 [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

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        High Adventure.

      Hodder & Houghton, London 1955 - First British edition of the Edmund Hillary's first book and account of his life as a mountain-climber. Octavo, original blue cloth. Boldly signed by Edmund Hillary in a contemporary signature on the half-title page. Additionally signed and dated by Vivian Fuchs opposite the half-title. Vivian Fuchs was an English explorer whose expeditionary team with Edmund Hillary completed the first overland crossing of Antarctica in 1958 and was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II. He co-wrote, with Hillary, The Crossing of Antarctica. Small contemporary name to the front free endpaper, near fine in a very good dust jacket with some unnecessary reinforcement to the verso. Rare and desirable signed by both Hillary and Fuchs, two of the twentieth century greatest explorers. 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. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

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        THE LORD OF THE RINGS (The The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, & The Return of the King)

      London: George Allen & Unwin, 1955, 1955. VOL. 1 FOURTH IMPRESSION - VOL. 2 SECOND IMPRESSION - VOL. 3 FIRST EDITION. 3 vols., 8-3/4" x 5-3/4", each volume with their fold-out map. Bound in fine full red morocco, ribbed gilt decorated spines, covers ruled in gilt, all edges gilt. IN FINE CONDITION. The Lord of the Rings trilogy is one of the most influential literary works of the century. Its first reception was mixed: favorable and perceptive reviews from C. S. Lewis and from W. H. Auden, who had attended Tolkien's Oxford lectures, were countered by others who were hostile, sometimes bitterly so. But the trilogy went on to astonishing sales and forged a major change in public literary taste. "Heroic fantasy" has since become one of the most commercially successful literary genres, having a transforming impact upon the entertainment industry, from electronic games to movies.

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        Typed Letter Signed to John Ringling North

      Denver, 1955. unbound. 1 page, 8.75 x 6.75 inches, written in Denver on White House letterhead, September 2, 1955 -- a response to a letter from Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Baily Circus manager John Ringling North, regarding problems confronting production among American farmers, in part: "...We are, of course deeply concerned with the problems confronting the farm areas where the income is down...We have been studying ways and means to meet the situation in a positive manner...I will pass your suggestion along..." Two punch holes at the top; several horizontal folds. Very good condition.

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        Bibliography of American Literature (First Six Volumes)

      Yale University Press 1955 - 1584561092 1584561092 Very Good. (Binding: Hardcover, Jacket: Very Good) Cloth, 26 cm (each). Volume 1: Henry Adams to Donn Byrne; 1955, first ed; 474 pp; Volume 2: George W. Cable to Timothy Dwight; 1957, 5th printing, 1977; 534 pp; Volume 3: Edward Eggleston to Bret Harte; 1959, first ed; 482 pp; Volume 4: Nathaniel Hawthorne to Joseph Holt Ingraham; 1963, 4th printing, 1977; 495 pp; Volume 5: Washington Irving to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow; 1969, 3rd printing, 1976; 643 pp; Volume 6: Augustus Baldwin Longstreet to Thomas William Parsons; 1973, 3rd printing, 1978; 594 pages. All six volumes in very good condition; four of the six have brown paper jackets and plastic protective outer jackets.

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        The Smile at the Foot of the Ladder

      (San Francisco): Greenwood Press. 1955. First. Second printing and the first edition by this publisher. Illustrated by Gordon Cook. Fine in self-wraps and original unprinted tissue dustwrapper with a few small chips. One of 500 copies. Inscribed by the author: "For Sydney Omarr whom I look forward to meeting soon with great eagerness. Pax vobiscum! Henry Miller 9/26/55." Omarr and Miller not only met, but became close friends. Omarr was the "astrologer to the stars" and published a daily horoscope that appeared in more than 200 newspapers. His books of horoscopes sold over 50 million copies. He started out during the Second World War at the age of 17 when his predictions of horse races, boxing matches, and other sporting events were broadcast on Armed Forces Radio. Miller and Omarr had similar tastes and Omarr liked to surround himself with beautiful women. He was the personal adviser to Jayne Mansfield, Rita Hayworth, Kim Novak, and Mae West, among others. Omarr wrote a book on Miller, Henry Miller: His World of Urania, and Miller wrote the introduction to Sydney Omarr's Astrological Guide to 1973 and the liner notes to the record album Presenting Sydney Omarr. A very nice association. Shifreen & Jackson A66d. .

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        A catalogue of the Hawaiian lichens (Svenska vetenskapsakedemien, Stockholm. Arkiv för botanik)

      Almqvist & Wiksells, 1955. Trade paperback is near very good with wear and a bit of damage to the spine, shelfwear, bumped corners and the owner's name on the front cover. A nice example of a very scarce resource.. Trade Paperback. Good.

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        Loser Takes All [card laid in]

      London: William Heinemann, 1955. First Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine+/Fine. First Impression of one of Greene's later "entertainments," with publisher's promotional card laid in. Small 8vo: [6],140pp. Publisher's blue cloth, upper cover and spine stamped in gilt, illustrated dust jacket priced 7s/6d. Near Fine or better (mild lightening to spine, offsetting from jacket flaps onto end papers); Fine jacket, fresh and bright. Wobbe A34a. Miller 34a. Greene was fascinated by gambling, not only on roulette but on the stock market as well. His interest in numbers even led him to collect auto registration numbers (as does Bendrix in The End of the Affair). "But what is more important is that Loser Takes All is Greene's first published experiment with extended comedy. And the novel is an attempt to link comedy (especially satire, parody and burlesque) to the religious thriller." (Wobbe) 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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        Sebastian Barry - photographed during the West Cork Literary Festival in Bantry, 2005.

      Original black and white photograph on archival paper.Image: 24,4 x 30,4 cm / Framed: 34 cm x 44 cm. From the library of John Minihan, with his copyright - stamp on the back. Signed and titled by John Minihan below the image and on the back. Beautifully framed. Sebastian Barry (born 5 July 1955) is an Irish playwright, novelist, and poet. He has twice been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize for his novels A Long Long Way (2005) and The Secret Scripture (2008), the latter of which won the 2008 Costa Book of the Year and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. His 2011 novel On Canaan's Side was longlisted for the Booker. Barry's literary career began in poetry before he began writing plays and novels. In recent years his fiction writing has surpassed his work in the theatre in terms of success, having once been considered a playwright who wrote occasional novels. He is noted for his dense literary writing style and is considered one of Ireland's finest writers. (Wikipedia)

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        JOHN PIPER: Paintings, Drawings & Theatre Designs.

      New York:: Curt Valentin,. 1955.. First U.S. edition using British plates. Includes articles by Piper and an introduction by S. John Woods, who also arranged the book. John Piper was a painter who also did theatre design, book illustrations, photography, criticism, etc. The book includes eleven illustrations in color and 244 in monochrome; 8 pages of reproductions in four-color line and tone; an aquatint, a monochrome lithograph, and three lithographs in color specially drawn for this book. Folio (10 x 12 1.2 inches) in dust jacket with minor wear on corners and spine ends. .

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        Bibliography of American Literature (First Six Volumes)

      Yale University Press. Very Good. 1955. 1584561092 Very Good. (Binding: Hardcover, Jacket: Very Good) Cloth, 26 cm (each). Volume 1: Henry Adams to Donn Byrne; 1955, first ed; 474 pp; Volume 2: George W. Cable to Timothy Dwight; 1957, 5th printing, 1977; 534 pp; Volume 3: Edward Eggleston to Bret Harte; 1959, first ed; 482 pp; Volume 4: Nathaniel Hawthorne to Joseph Holt Ingraham; 1963, 4th printing, 1977; 495 pp; Volume 5: Washington Irving to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow; 1969, 3rd printing, 1976; 643 pp; Volume 6: Augustus Baldwin Longstreet to Thomas William Parsons; 1973, 3rd printing, 1978; 594 pages. All six volumes in very good condition; four of the six have brown paper jackets and plastic protective outer jackets. . 1584561092 .

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        Lolita.

      Paris: The Olympia Press, 1955 - 2 volumes, octavo. Finely bound for Asprey in burgundy half morocco, titles and decoration to spines, raised bands, burgundy cloth boards, marbled endpapers, gilt edges. Boards ever so slightly bowed, an excellent copy. First edition of one of the most notorious books published in the 20th century, published three years before the American edition and four before the London. [Attributes: First Edition]

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        The Quiet American

      London: William Heinemann Ltd,, 1955. Octavo. Original blue cloth, titles to spine gilt, publisher's device to rear board in blind, top edge blue. With the dust jacket and red Book Society wraparound band. Top edge lightly dust toned, an excellent bright copy. First edition, first impression. It was originally published in Sweden in the same year, as Den stillsamme amerikanen, translated from manuscript.

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        DE BLANC VETU ...

      1955. CORREA. 1955. In-8.Carré. Broché. Bon état. Couv. convenable. Dos satisfaisant. Intérieur frais. 199 pages - EXEMPLAIRE N°43/50. 2 PHOTOS DISPONIBLES -

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        Lettre tapuscrite à Breton plus questionnaire signé par Breton

      1955. Typescript letter template including correction addressed to Breton asking him to participate in a questionnaire. Joint questionnaire with handwriting and signature Breton.22 juillet 1955 26,5x20,7cm un feuillet

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        Film Culture (Vol. 1, No. 1)

      New York: Jonas Mekas, 1955. Original wraps. Near Fine. The uncommon January 1955 maiden issue of this seminal Jonas Mekas-inspired film magazine. Tight and VG+ to Near Fine in its stapled, pictorial (an intense Orson Welles as "Othello" gracing the cover) wrappers. Very impressive contributions thruout, with articles by Erich Von Stroheim, Hans Richter, Orson Welles, William K. Everson, etc. This, the very first issue, was both edited and published by Jonas Mekas and was sponsored by, among others, James Agee and Helen Levitt.

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        Fine portrait photo by Vivienne, signed in full 'Winston S. Churchill' and dated on the mount (Sir Winston S., 1874-1965, Prime Minister)

      1955 - together with the typed letter signed with autograph subscription to 'My dear Harrap' thanking him for his letter and saying he is "very happy to send you a photograph", 1 side 4to., 28 Hyde Park Gate, London SW7 headed paper, 18th May 1955, the photo shows him half length seated in an armchair and has the photographer's stamp on the verso, 6½" x 5¼" in mount 9¼" x 6½", no place, [Attributes: Signed Copy]

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        Judith Hearne

      Andre Deutsch, London 1955 - Signed by the author on the title page. 1955, First Edition. Hardcover, maroon cloth. Very Good in a Very Good dust jacket. Mild shelfwear to the spine ends; slight lean to the spine; endpapers with faint offsetting; clean contents; strong binding. The DJ with shallow chipping to the crown of the spine; spine titles sunned -- just barely visible; single 3/4-inch snag to the bottom edge of the front panel; rear panel with minimal soil. Moore's first book published under his own name, here signed in the uncommon jacket. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

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        The Inheritors - with the rare wrap-around band

      Faber, 1955 A first edition, first printing published by Faber in 1955. The book is very good with a small crease to the outer edge of the ffep and a little foxing to the pages' top edge. The dustwrapper is complete (not price-clipped at 12/6) and is within a protective sleeve. There is some tanning to it and a little scuffing to the spine but it remains attractive. With the rare wrap-around band. William Golding's second novel. Eight Neanderthals encounter another race of beings like themselves, yet strangely different. This new race, Homo sapiens, fascinating in their skills and sophistication, terrifying in their cruelty, sense of guilt, and incipient corruption, spell doom for the more gentle folk whose world they will inherit.

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        Lord of the Flies

      Coward-McCann, Inc, New York 1955 - 8vo. 243pp. Original decorative brown cloth-backed boards. Published in 1954, Lord of the Flies was Golding's first novel. The content discusses how culture created by man fails, using as an example British schoolboys stuck on a deserted island who try to govern themselves with disastrous results. In 2005 this powerful work was chosen by Time magazine as one of the one hundred best English-language novels from 1923 to present. Head and tail of spine bumped with tiny closed tears. Rubbing on corners, boards slightly sunned. Tight copy with binding in good, interior in very good condition. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

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        Printing in Exile: Das Gottscheer Heimatland. Eine geschlossene deutsche Siedlung im Raumgebiet der Nord-Adria von A. D: 1330-1942

      Sankt Aldegund, Germany: published by the author, printed by Ernst Lohmann [ca ]. 1955 - Colour lithograph (Very Good, soft vertical fold) É cm A rare map of Gottschee in Slovenia, privately published in Germany by the exiles from the area.vA map embraces the area of Gottschee in the south-east part of Slovenia and it includes the lyrics of the anthem as well as a picture of bears, still typical for this woody area. Gottscheers are the German settlers of the Ko_evje region of Slovenia, formerly Gottschee County. Until the Second World War, their main language of communication was Gottscheerish, a German dialect. They were moved from their country in 1941 and 1941 by the Nazis, who promised them better farmlands, taken from the deported Slovenians in the south part of Styria. The farmlands proved to be of lesser quality than expected. After WWII the Gottscheers were not supported by the new Yugoslavian regime and moved out from the country, mostly to Germany and the United States. In 1952 a Society for Gottscheer Exiles was founded in Sankt Aldegund in Germany, which still exists today. This map was printed privately in a limited edition for this society. We could not find any references to the map of any other examples in the institutions worldwide.

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        Years of Decisions (with Years of Trial and Hope)

      Doubleday 1955 - First edition, first printings (so stated on the copyright pages), inscribed in the first volume to Leo Thiel, a former soldier and prominent railroad relay director in Seattle. Near fine in near fine dust jackets. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

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        The Great House of Estraville.

      192pp. Boards in dust jacket.

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        JOHN PIPER: Paintings, Drawings & Theatre Designs.

      Curt Valentin,, New York: 1955 - First U.S. edition using British plates. Includes articles by Piper and an introduction by S. John Woods, who also arranged the book. John Piper was a painter who also did theatre design, book illustrations, photography, criticism, etc. The book includes eleven illustrations in color and 244 in monochrome; 8 pages of reproductions in four-color line and tone; an aquatint, a monochrome lithograph, and three lithographs in color specially drawn for this book. Folio (10 x 12 1.2 inches) in dust jacket with minor wear on corners and spine ends. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Quill & Brush, member ABAA]
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        Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

      NEW DIRECTIONS BOOK 1955 - mylar protecting dust jacket. 3.00 printed price front flap of dust jacket , slightly age-toned, and light soiling to inner front jacket flap. Book has light shelf wear, edges slightly sun-faded, inner front cover has some sticker residue (not sticky), inner cover lightlyl age -toned. DATE PUBLISHED: 1955 EDITION: FIRST ED 197 [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Princeton Antiques Bookshop]
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        The Spider's House

      New York: Random House, 1955. First edition. Hardcover. Very good/very good. SIGNED. 406pp. Octavo [21 cm] Black cloth over boards with gold lettering on blue and green ink stamped panels on the spine and front cover. Publisher's pale blue top stain. The spine ends and corners of the covers are moderately bumped, and the surface and edges of the dust jacket are rubbed. Paul Bowles' third novel. Signed by Paul Bowles, with the notation, "Tangier, April 1985," on the half title page.

      [Bookseller: Ken Sanders Rare Books, ABAA ]
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        ONE HUNDRED AND ELEVEN POEMS BY ROBERT HERRICK

      London: The Golden Cockerel Press, 1955. Top edge gilt. Front cover designs in gilt. Corners and top edge show minor darkening. No wear. Faint horizontal old tape lines at top and bottom of front and rear free endpapers. (See photos). One of 105 copies that were bound in full white alum-tanned sheepskin, this being #28. SIGNED BY MR. FLINT on colophon page. Hand-made paper, specially watermarked by Arthur Millbourn and Company. Type set and printed by the Bayard Press, London. Bound with signed binding by Sangorski and Sutcliffe. Watercolour paintings and crayon drawings reproduced at the Chiswick Press, London. INSCRIPTION BY RUSSELL FLINT ON FRONT FREE ENDPAPER , dated April 23, 1955. "This is my dear friend Lionel Curran's copy of my "Herrick". With deep affection and warmest good wishes I wish he could be by my side as I sign it for him". Collotype reproductions of two water-colour paintings and 40 crayon drawings by Flint accompany the poems of Herrick. A beautifully-designed and crafted example from the Golden Cockerel Press. Offered without the slipcase and extra suite of eight drawings. 127pp. See Cock-A-Hoop 199. Sir William Russell Flint (1880-1969) was a Scottish artist and illustrator, known especially for his paintings of women. He was knighted in 1947. . Signed by Illustrator. Limited, Signed Edition. Full White Sheepskin. Nearly Fine/No Jacket. Quarto.

      [Bookseller: Glenn Books]
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        Black and white full length photograph of Winston S. Churchill and his wife, Clementine, on the doorstep at Chartwell, signed by both Winston & Clementine below the image, circa 1955

      Chartwell, Kent, c. 1955. Photograph. This is a black and white, full length photograph of Winston S. Churchill and his wife, Clementine standing side-by-side on the doorstep at Chartwell, WinstonÂ’s beloved home in western Kent, signed by both Winston (“Winston S. Churchill”) and Clementine (“Clementine S. Churchill”) on the heavy cardstock mount below the image. ChartwellÂ’s door is open behind them. Clementine is looking at the camera, smiling. Winston, with cane in his right hand and cigar between the fore and middle fingers of his left hand, is looking slightly to the left, brow furrowed, a hint of a smile softening his glare, sunlight accenting the left side of his face. The photograph measures 9.1875 x 7.25 inches (23.3 x 18.4 cm), the cardstock measures 9.9375 x 8.5625 inches (25.24 x 21.75 cm). The mounted photo is in excellent condition, with minor silvering. Winston ChurchillÂ’s signature shows some fading, but remains legible. The photograph is undated, but presumed circa 1955. A 3 x 1.5 inch rectangular bordered ink stamp on the mount verso is no longer legible, beyond being able to discern that it once featured 5 lines of print. On 9 September 1922, "Clementine gave birth to their fifth child, a daughter whom they christened Mary. Also that day he bought a country house in Kent, Chartwell manor... Although the house would have to be largely rebuilt, he hoped to make it his home and place within a year." Perhaps no physical place - not Blenheim Palace where Churchill was born, the Houses of Parliament where he served for six decades, 10 Downing Street where he twice resided as Prime Minister, or St. Paul's Cathedral where his Queen and leaders from around the world mourned his death - would more deeply affect Churchill's life and legacy." (Gilbert, A Life, p.450) In 1923, as he was supervising the rebuilding and decorating of Chartwell, Churchill wrote to Clementine (who was "worried about the expense of so large a house") "Chartwell is to be our home." (Gilbert, A Life, p.458) At Chartwell, Churchill was by turns father, husband, painter, landscaper, and bricklayer and work on improving the house and gardens continued for much of ChurchillÂ’s life. Chartwell would prove ChurchillÂ’s vital sanctuary during the “wilderness years” of the 1930s. And of course Chartwell served Churchill as “my factory” as he turned out an incredible volume of writing. Even during the darkest days of the Second World War, Chartwell was a place of refuge and renewal. On 2 May 1942 Churchill wrote to his son, Randolph "I went to Chartwell last week and found Spring there in all its beauty. The goose I called the naval aide-de-camp and the male swan have both fallen victims to the fox. The Yellow Cat, however, made me sensible of his continuing friendship..." (Gilbert, A Life, p.720) After the Second World War, Churchill feared his income was insufficient to maintain Chartwell. Churchill's friend, Lord Camrose, assembled a consortium of 17 benefactors to buy Chartwell for the considerable sum of £50,000 and allowed Churchill to reside there for the rest of his life for a nominal rent of £350 a year, on his death for the property to be given to the National Trust as a permanent memorial. Churchill would not leave Chartwell for the final time until mid-October 1964. True to the intentions of Lord Camrose, Chartwell, with its more than 80 acres of woodland and farmland, remains a National Trust property, full of ChurchillÂ’s paintings and belongings, inhabited by his memory and spirit.

      [Bookseller: Churchill Book Collector]
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        Walt Disney's African Lion

      74, [1] pp. Tipped in glossy photographic illustrations reproduced from scenes in the 1955 Disney / True-Life Adventure film of the same name. Photography by Alfred & Emma Milotte, who spent three years on location to complete this project. The film won the Silver Bear Award at the 6th Berlin International Film Festival. The book was designed by Armand A. Bigle and produced by Marc Barraud from the original French language edition 'Walt Disney Lions d'AFrique.' Printed in Geneva and Lausanne, Switzerland. This work is important for a number of reasons: as an artifact of early American efforts in documentary nature films; as a piece of Walt Disney memorabilia; as evidence of early conservation efforts; and as a notable example of book design, and of tipped-in photographs in particular. While we found between two and three dozen copies in institutional holdings, this title appears to be rather scarce in the trade.Keywords: FILM MOTION PICTURE MOVIE CINEMA WALT DISNEY AFRICAN LION First English language edition. Tiny ding on rear board, boards lightly rubbed, spine lightly foxed, ink names on front endpapers. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1956. First Edition. Near Fine/No Jacket - Pictorial Cover. Milotte, Alfred & Elma.

      [Bookseller: Yesterday's Muse, ABAA, ILAB, IOBA]
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        Lolita

      New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons. Very Good in Very Good dust jacket. 1955. First American Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. A nick to the volume's spine, and fading to the topstain. A small sticker ghost, and two small chips to the spine of the dust jacket. Mild age toning and dust soiling to the jacket, a presentable copy. Publisher's price of $5.00 on the front flap. Nabokov's masterpiece, and one of the 20th century's most memorable love stories. A McCaffrey 100 title. .

      [Bookseller: Bungalow Books, ABAA/ILAB]
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        ORME'S COLLECTION OF BRITISH FIELD SPORTS.

      Guilford, Charles W Traylen, 1955.. DELUXE EDITION LIMITED TO ONLY 20 COPIES, 1955. WITH 1 ORIGINAL HAND COLOURED AQUATINT PLATE AFTER SAMUEL HOWITT IN FOLDER AT REAR, FROM THE ORIGINAL EDITION OF CIRCA 1808, this is plate 17, Rabbitt Shooting, La Chasse au Lapin. Facsimile reprint, oblong folio, approximately 580 x 450 mm, 23 x 18 inches, title page and contents page decorated and coloured, 20 coloured plates reproduced from the original hand-coloured aquatint plates, no text, plates captioned in English and French, bound in full red crushed morocco by Zaehnsdorf, titled and ruled in gilt on the upper cover, all edges gilt, inner gilt dentelles, cloth hinges and Cockerel marbled endpapers. Binding has a few dark scatches, mostly to lower cover, lacking slipcase, otherwise a very good copy. This exact fascimile reprint of the first and only edition of one of the rarest of all sporting books, printed in eight colours by offset lithography by W S Cowell, Butter Market, Ipswich, Suffolk, England, published by Charles W Traylen, Antiquarian Bookseller, 87 North Street, Guildford, England. This copy is number 18 of the edition deluxe, limited to twenty copies, each of which contains one of the original plates. MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING, ALL ZOOMABLE, FURTHER IMAGES ON REQUEST. POSTAGE AT COST. A heavy book which may require extra postage.

      [Bookseller: Roger Middleton]
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