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        " 1984" RELEASE SCRIPT

      [London?]: Associated British Picture Corporation Ltd., 18 January 1956.. [1],114 leaves foolscap. Mimeographed typescript, printed on rectos only, punched in left margin and string-tied into plain wrappers with typed label. Wrappers a bit sunned and used at overlap edges, with a bit of loss at toe of spine and ragged tear at one punch-hole, internally about fine. A post-production release script for the 1956 British film adaptation of Orwell's novel, recording the dialogue, timing and cinematic details of the final version of the film. Directed by Michael Anderson, and starring Edmond O'Brien, Jan Sterling, Michael Redgrave, Donald Pleasance, et al, this b&w adaptation captured the dingy bleakness of Orwell's vision of the future, and served its origin well. The film is itself rather elusive these days, and any scripts and publicity paper associated with it even more so. This is denoted "Copy No. 38" of the release script.

      [Bookseller: William Reese Company - Literature ABAA-]
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        Informationsbulletin (Czechoslovakia) / Rat der Jüdischen Gemeinden in Böhmen und Mähren zu Prag; Zentralverband der Jüdischen Gemeinden in der Slovakei [4 volumes, 32 issues]

      NP NP , n/d. Hardcover. vg. Ex-library. 1 quarto & 3 octavo volumes. Original bulletins bound in matching red library buckram with gold lettering on spine. Vol. I: Sep. 1956 - Feb. 1960. Vol. II: Apr. 1960 - Jan. 1962. Vol. III: Jan. 1963 - Nov. 1964. Vol. IV: Feb. 1965 - Sept. 1966. Rare collection of this news release (entitled Informationsbulletin) which was published by the Council of Jewish Communities in Bohemia and Moravia from 1956-1971. Many of the articles describe a variety of Holocaust remembrance events concerning the Jewry of the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia, the contribution of research and writing by rabbis and scholars to promote Holocaust remembrance, production of dramas and art exhibitions focusing on the suffering of the Czechoslovakian Jews during World War II, etc. Library stamp on page edges and front and rear endpapers in octavo volumes. Usual age toning to leaves. Mimeographed typescript. Text in German. Tight copies in very good condition. Broken but rare run of this Jewish periodical, published in Communist Czechoslovakia. Total of 32 issues.

      [Bookseller: Eric Chaim Kline - Bookseller ]
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        A History of the English-Speaking Peoples

      Dodd, Mead & Company, New York,, 1956–58. 4 volumes, octavo. Original black cloth-backed linen boards, spines lettered gilt on red panels, facsimile signature in gilt on front covers, in the printed dust jackets. An excellent set. First American editions, inscribed by the author, Vol. 1 signed and dated, Vol. 4 inscribed "Emery from Winston S. Churchill, April 1958", the other volumes unsigned. It was Emery Reves who had been instrumental in promoting Churchill's international profile by the world-wide syndication of many of his prophetic articles during the late 'thirties. Their association blossomed again after the War when Reves negotiated the sale of the US rights for The Second World War, and purchased the international rights himself, selling serialization to twenty-seven newspapers across the globe and securing book rights in eleven European countries. Churchill said of this feat, "I am sure that no one could have done it except Reves who buzzed around the world for nearly a year making contracts." They subsequently worked closely together on the book itself, Reves having what Martin Gilbert has described as "considerable editorial input". Following his retirement from public life in 1955 Churchill began work on English-Speaking Peoples, his final literary work, based on an idea first conceived in 1930 but laid aside for the duration of the War and for the composition of his memoirs of the conflict. His thesis being the importance of `the two branches of the English-Speaking World, the British Empire and the United States, for future international security, the events of the Second World War had reconfirmed his belief in the "Special Relationship", "For the second time in the present century the British Empire and the United States have stood together facing the perils of war on the largest scale known among men, and since the cannons ceased to fire and the bombs to burst we have become more conscious of our common duty to the human race." Again Reves' influence was key in the development of the project which Churchill completed at La Pausa, Reves' villa in the South of France, "Reves has given me back the amended text which I proposed of the Preface," Churchill wrote, "He has had lengthy telephonings with French, German, Italian and Scandinavian publishers, showing what they want for their editions." Reves also negotiated Spanish, Portuguese, Norwegian, and Hebrew editions." [Gilbert Winston Churchill and Emery Reves p.19] Highly important association copies. Churchill and Reves's symbiosis greatly profited both men, but also did much to forward the cause that passionately engaged them both, the continued spread of democratic ideals in a post-totalitarian world.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        Exposition de trois peintures américains deux Tourangeaux - un Parisien

      Tours: Musée des Beaux-Arts de Tours, 1956. Limited edition of this little 16pp. catalogue published on the occasion of an exhibition at Musée des Beaux-Arts, Tours, France, November 10 - December 16, 1956. Number 11 of 100 numbered copies. SIGNED by Max Ernst, Man Ray, and Dorothea Tanning. Near fine in stapled illustrated wrappers with original tissue-guards protecting the single image of each artist.

      [Bookseller: Harper's Books, Inc.]
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        The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe (1958), Prince Caspian (1960),The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (1962), The Silver Chair (1969), The Horse and His Boy (1956), The Magician's Nephew (1960), The Last Battle (1958) [Seven Volumes]

      Geoffrey Bles / Bodley Head , London 1956-1969. Illustrated throughout by Pauline Baynes. Early reprint set. A Very Good/Very Good+ set in sharp, clean dust-wrappers which are showing some minor wear, a few chips to spine-edges and corners and some small, closed edge-tears. The Silver Chair is a little more heavily worn and is showing some spots of paper-loss; it, Dawn Treader and The Magician's Nephew are price-clipped. Else, clean and tight copies with mild bumps and some light foxing to endpapers in a couple of volumes. The Silver Chair has an owner's name to its front endpaper but the other six volumes are unmarked. A very attractive set.

      [Bookseller: Holybourne Rare Books]
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        MEMOIRS. YEARS OF TRIAL AND HOPE. Inscribed to Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Jr

      Garden City: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1956. First Edition. hardcover. Light dampstain to the very bottom of the cloth not affecting the contents. Very Good in a Good dustwrapper. An outstanding Presentation Copy INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author to the son and namesake of the man whom he served as Vice-President and whom he succeeded in office: "With kind regards to/my good friend/Franklin D. Roosevelt, Jr./from/Harry Truman/Independence/July 14, 1956." While never achieving the renown of his father, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Jr. was a successful congressman (1949-1954) who twice ran for governor of New York and who was a close friend and early backer of John F. Kennedy. He later became a successful businessman.

      [Bookseller: Charles Agvent]
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        Nella Notte Buia

      Milan: Muggiani, (1956). (29)ff. First edition, with Italian text. This famous children's book was born out of Munari's concept of the "illegible book." Its illustrations in bold, solid colors are emphasized, and are accompanied by minimal text in Italian. The tale is not only told with captivating images, but also through the shapes and materials of the pages themselves. Using overlapping cutouts and transparent cellophane overlays, the reader follows a cat on its nocturnal adventures, investigates the insect life within a lawn, and finds a treasure chest within a cave, which opens. On the rear pastedown are two folded squares in bold blue and yellow that contain the colophon and a humorous biography of the author. One of the founders of the Concrete Art movement and part of the second wave of Futurist artists, Munari originally began creating children's books for his son, Alberto, in the 1940s. Rubbing to a corner tips, split at top of rear joint, else a very good copy of an inventive publication.

      [Bookseller: Bromer Booksellers]
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      Norfolk: New Directions, 1956 . Hardcover First edition thus The Horace Mann School signed edition; one of 50 copies (actually 52, this copy no. 11) printed from the first edition plates. In burgundy cloth boards and black cloth label lettered in gold. This edition contains "The Rose" section bound in, the poet's signature, and the poem "Sonnet in Search of an Author", published here for the first time, distinguishing it from the regular issue. Spine heavily faded and lettering worn, else about fine, in the original worn, about very good slipcase with the Horace Mann seal. Quite a decent copy of a notably scarce book. (Wallace A31d.)

      [Bookseller: Alexander Rare Books]
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      1956. Very Good. SIREN, 0svald. CHINESE PAINTING: LEADING MASTERS AND PRINCIPLES. New York: The Ronald Press Company; London; Lund Humphries, (1956-1958). Seven volumes, complete. Illustrated; vols. 3 & 6 are plate volumes, all black and white; and vols. 1, 2, 4, & 5 each have a color frontisp. "Annotated Lists of Paintings and Reproductions of Paintings by Chinese Artists" begins at the end of vol. 2, pp. 1-96, and is concluded in vol. 7, pp. 97- 466. Quarto, publisher's brick cloth, gilt-stamped title to spine and upper board. Bindings have boards that are slightly bowed and/or slightly skewed at spines, with bottom fore-corners gently bumped. Nonetheless, it is a clean, sound, and very good copy of the original edition.

      [Bookseller: Boston Book Company]
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        Original watercolour sketch.

      Original watercolour sketch, squared up in pencil, showing Mr. Punch with dog Toby visitng a young woman and a French poodle; being the artwork for an unused cover design for 'Punch' magazine., Spring 1956. The reverse has an part of an ink drawing by the artist.Please note that the price listed is subject to VAT.

      [Bookseller: David Miles]
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        Il mappamondo di fra mauro a cura di tullia gasparrini leporace. presentazione di roberto almagia'. roma, istituto poligrafico dello stato, (1956).

      Cartella editoriale tela, in folio, [mm. 512 x 360], contenente un fascicolo in brochure di pp. 77 - (3) e 48 tavv. num. fototipiche a colori che riproducono il mappamondo, una tavola n.n. in bianco e nero con il quadro d'unione delle tavole e un foglio di acetato che permette, sovrapposto alle tavole di ritrovare le didascalie trascritte nel saggio, grazie alle coordinate che le accompagnano. Piatti incorniciati da un doppio filetto in oro, quello esterno più spesso. Al piatto anteriore un filetto dorato circolare comprende il titolo dell'opera ed al centro il medaglione con il ritratto di Fra Mauro e l'epigrafe Frater Maurus S. Michaelis Moranensis de Venetiis Ordinis Camaldulensis Chosmographus Incomparabilis. Al dorso titolo e note tipografiche in oro. Edizione voluta dal Comune di Venezia per celebrare il settimo centenario della nascita di Marco Polo con il concorso del Ministero della Pubblica Istruzione e della Fondazione Cini di Venezia sotto la cura di Tullia Gasparrini Leporace direttrice della Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana, dov'è conservata la carta. Il mappamondo costituisce il monumento più alto della cartografia medievale, si tratta probabilmente di una copia di quello che venne realizzato dal veneto Fra Mauro su richiesta del re del Portogallo Alfonso cui l'opera venne inviata nel 1459. Sebbene, forse, fosse conservata nel 1779 nel monastero di Alcobaza in Portogallo, ora è perduta. Fra Mauro, era un camaldolese del convento di S. Michele di Murano come recita la legenda della medaglia a lui coeva, riprodotto anche al piatto anteriore. L'autore si trovava nel monastero di S. Michele nel 1439, ma un documento attesta un Frater Maurus de Venetiis nel 1409, nel periodo per il quale non ci sono documenti che lo riguardano, potrebbe essere stato lontano - dimorò nel monasteri di S. Michele a Leme in Istria, dove realizzò una carta dei possedimenti dl monastero - poi nel 1444 è chiamato a far parte della commissione che doveva risolvere il problema della deviazione delle acque dl Brenta. Dal 1448 i registri del monastero ricordano l'acquisto di colori e oro per le sue opere insieme al nome di due collaboratori: Francesco da Cherso e Andrea Bianco, autore quest'ultimo di un atlante nautico del 1436 e di un mappmondo del 1448. Morì prima del 20 ottobre 1459, quando, sempre nei registri del convento, si ricorda che le copie dei mappamondi, dei disegni e delle scritture erano state depositate a S. Giuliano alla Giudecca in una cassa chiusa da lucchetti. Il mappamondo, realizzato a colori su pergamena, ha un contorno leggermente ellittico (m. 1,96 x 1,93) ed è inscritto in un quadrato di m. 2,23: gli spazi rimanenti, agli angoli, sono occupati da lunghe didascalie che contengono le conoscenze dell'epoca in materia geografica e cosmografica; nell'angolo inferiore sinistro è disegnato il paradiso terrestre. Non sono presenti scale metriche, ma sui bordi sono indicati i punti cardinali - l'orientamento della carta è con il sud in alto, come nelle carte arabe - vi sono raffigurati i continenti allora conosciuti. Il mappamondo è oltremodo ricco di didascalie, realizzate dopo il disegno, come mostra le sovrapposizioni, realizzate da due mani diverse: alcune sono realizzate su piccoli pezzetti di pergamena incollate nascondendo forse altre scritte precedenti o coprendo piccoli dettagli, alcune non sono state completate, come se il lavoro non fosse stato terminato. Per una datazione più precisa dell'opera è stato segnalato che Fra Mauro, nelle didascalie, ignora la caduta di Costantinopoli nel 1453. Al verso della tavola sulla quale è incollata la pergamena si legge comunque "MCCCCLX Adì XXV Avosto fo complido questo lavor" il che testimonierebbe che fu completata dopo la morte dell'autore il quale l'aveva realizzata "a contemplation di questa Illustrissima Signoria", forse realizzandola a maggior gloria di Venezia. Nel fascicolo sono un saggio di Roberto Alamagià che fa la storia dell'opera e quindi un lungo saggio della Gasparr

      [Bookseller: Editoriale Umbra]
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        In the Winter of Cities

      New Directions New York: New Directions. (1956). First. First edition. White parchment boards in labeled slipcase. Fine in fine slipcase. One of 100 copies Signed by author. A beautiful copy. .

      [Bookseller: Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. ABA]
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        The Silver Chair

      London: Geoffrey Bles, 1956.. Illustrated by Pauline Baynes. First Edition. Very Good +/Very Good +. FIRST EDITION Bound in the publishers original blue boards with silver title lettering to spine. This is the second impression of the first edition. A notoriously elusive Narnia title to encounter in the first or early impressions. All pages are present and correct. Book sits solid and square with all corners sharp. Housed in the beautiful Pauline Baynes dustwrapper with the illustrators exquisite silver chair to the front panel. Light wear and signs of handling otherwise a most presentable example of the dustwrapper. Protected in a removable archival booksleeve to preserve its condition. A jolly nice copy !

      [Bookseller: The Rare Book Shelf]
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        The Last Battle

      The Bodley HeadLondon1956. 1st edition,H/B,D/W (clipped,slight loss at head,spine faded in protective cover) 8vo, 184pp, illustrated by Pauline Baynes, neat inscription f.e.p dated 1956. Clean copy

      [Bookseller: Bonython Bookshop]
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        Scott Fitzgerald at La Paix

      Department of the Humanities Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge: Department of the Humanities, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 1956. First. First edition. Stapled wrappers. 17, (1)pp. Faint wear, near fine in original mailing envelope, with Turnbull's signature in the return address. Inscribed by Turnbull: "Enjoyed our talk and hope we meet again sometime. A.T." Very scarce pamphlet. .

      [Bookseller: Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. ABA]
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        Un Certain Sourire

      Rene Juilliard Paris: Rene Juilliard. [1956]. First Edition, Inscribed by the author on the half-title, "A Madame Germaine / Beaumont / en respcteux homage / Francoise Sagan". 8vo; 189pp; original wrappers printed in black with green lined border, corner of last page missing about 1/8 x 2", a bit browned else fine. Germaine Beaumont, the recipient of this book, was a novelist. Francoise Sagan (1935-), wrote BONJOUR TRISTESSE, her first novel when she was just nineteen. Her second novel, UN CERTAIN SOURIRE appeared in 1956 and further added to fame. Sagan's private life, with her addiction to painkillers and alcohol, her penchant for fast cars and fast driving resulting in a near fatal crash in 1957, has fascinated the French public. Her youth combined with the sophistication of the novels' subject matter and language caused the books to become an international literary event. Her work as an author, playwright and filmmaker have won her a quiet respect among her peers. In particular, her first two novels, with their evocation of an almost existential boredom in a middle-class milieu, using the vocabulary of polite everyday speech to describe nuances of emotion, evoking an apparently simple and transparent world, deserve critical attention. Taking her name from a character in Proust's A la recherche du temps perdu (in what is a not so subtle calling to attention of her style of analysis of emotion contrasting to his) and the title of her first book from a poem by Paul Eluard, Sagan sought to put herself squarely on the French literary map - and beyond. Using literature to achieve the cult status of Elvis Presley and Andy Warhol, her work is, nonetheless, a strong commentary on popular culture. Although Sagan has publicly allied herself with some feminist causes, it is her work that speaks volumes in this area. Her character, Cecile, in BONJOUR TRISTESSE transgresses all of the societal norms for women (at that time) and sets the pattern for many of her subsequent characters. Yet these characters cannot be reduced to the "vamp" stereotype. Masterpieces of Women's Literature, pp. 83-85. Bloomsbury Guide to Women's Literature, p. 983. See an Image.

      [Bookseller: Priscilla Juvelis, Inc. ]
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        Nekrassov. Pièce en huit tableaux.

      Paris, Gallimard, (1956). 8vo. Bound uncut with the original wrappers, also the back-strip, in a beautiful elegant red morocco binding with red and black patterned paper to boards. Top-edge gilt. Title, author and year in gilt lettering to spine, the title vertically in large capitals. Inside of front board with a gilt super ex-libris. Binding signed at bottom of inside of front board: "C. et J-P. Miguet". Housed in a Black and red paper slip-case with red morocco edges. An excellent, near mint copy.. First edition in book form of the political play that Sartre himself called " "The Respectful Prostitute" on the level of politics" (Sartre, "France-Observateur", June 9, 1955), by other contemporaries called a "crypto-communist" work, or even worse "a farce in eight tableaus".Hors commerce-copy (marked "H.C.") of the regular issue. The printing in book form was preceded by the appearance of it in "les Temps modernes, no. 114-15, 116, & 117, June-September of 1955. "Nekrassov" is Sartre's response to the anti-communist sentiments found in the post-second world war era, personified in the American senator Joseph McCarthy. The play is a political comedy written in the form of a playwright that demonstrates the difficulty of maintaining personal freedom in a society obsessed with the threat of communism. The well esteemed critic wrote in his review of Nekrassov: "[It] reveals him as the best comic talent of our times." Almost none of the contemporary reviews from the critics of the center and rightist press were favourable, though. "[A] certain grim rejoicing was apparent in the columns of these mourners as they celebrated the still-birth of "Nekrassov"." (Neal Oxenhandler, "Nekrassov and the Critics, in: Yale French Studies, No. 16, 1955, p.8). Although "Nekrassov" has not been performed on the stage in Paris since 1955, in the literature to come, the play has achieved the role as one of the best pieces Sartre ever wrote. Contat & Rybalka: 55/265 - b)

      [Bookseller: Lynge & Søn A/S]
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        Quiet Days in Clichy. Photographs by Brassaï.

      Paris, The Olympia Press, 1956. Small 8vo. Original illustrated black, grey, and yellow wrappers (designed by T. Tajiri). A bit of wear to spine and minor wear to extremities. Inner hinge slightly work. A fine and clean copy. 171, (1), (2 - colophon) pp. + 15 photogravure-plates (illustr. on both recto and verso) and 1 photomontage (illustr. on verso only), all by Brasaï.. First edition (with First and original edition to title-page) of the magnificent collaboration of Miller and Brassaï, which turned out to be a scandalous masterpiece connecting photography to a writing of the urban and one of the most famous portraits of underground-Paris of the 30'ies. The work is groundbreaking in its way to use photography in literary production; By stressing the illustrative quality of Brassaï's images, rather than the procedural effort, Miller moves away from Adorno's analogy between surrealism and photography, and in the process signals one of the major differences in how to read the use of photographs within surrealism as a whole. (Blinder, A Self-Made Surrealist: Ideology and Aesthetics in the Work of Henry Miller, p. 72).Miller uses Brassaï's famous, now iconic, pictures of Paris night-life to display rather than disclose the erotic aspects of the city, and the sensuous work caused a scandal when it appeared. The pictures depict street-scenes of prostitutes waiting for customers, sailors kissing women in public, young people flirting, kissing, dancing, drinking, and beautiful nostalgic pictures of Paris by night, all coming together with the words of Miller, and creating the essential picture of a lively, open, and free Paris by night, full of debauchery. At the same time, Quiet Days in Clichy is a nostalgic look into Miller's bachelor-life in Paris, with an open view to the constant promiscuity. When I think about this period, when we lived together in Clichy, it seems like a stretch of Paradise. There was only one real problem, and that was food. All other ills were imaginary... it wasn't optimism, it was the deep realization that, even though the world was busy digging its grave, there was still time to enjoy life, to be merry, carefree, to work or not to work... It was the period when cunt was in the air... (QDC, pp. 46-47).In a 1933-letter, Miller expresses his wish to make a niche for Brassï in the book he was then working on, Tropic Cancer, partly in honest tribute to his talent, and because one of the principal themes of my book is the street''. Miller didn't include the photos in Tropic Cancer, however, and instead he used them for his Quiet Days in Clichy in twenty-three years later. In the meantime the two artists became close friends... Although it took Miller over twenty years to actually use Brassaï, the original project, described in the 1933 letter as intended to convey an impression of the streets of Paris of which the photographs of Paris seem the perfect illustrations, shows Miller's desire to convey a distinctly European image of the city.In Miller's use of Brasaï, the streets, bars, and dance-halls of Paris are transformed with the desire to show , rather than hide, the erotic aspect of the city. (Blinder, p. 71)

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      Verve. Revue artistique et litteraire. Directeur : Teriade. Vol. VIII, Nos 33 et 34. Éditions de la Revue Verve Paris 1956. Folio. Ce double numéro de Verve est consacré à la reproduction intégrale en héliogravure des 105 planches gravées à l`eau-forte par Marc Chagall, entre 1930 et 1955, pour l`illustrations de la Bible. L`artiste a composé spécialment pour le présent ouvrag 16 lithographies en couleur et 12 en noir, ainsi que la couverture et la page de titre. Ce volume a été achevé d`imprimer le 10 Septembre 1956, par les Maitres-Imprimeurs Draeger Frères pour l`héliogravure et par Mourlot Frères pour la lithographie. 34 pages of text + plates. Publisher´s decorative boards. 36 x 27 cm

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