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        Question of Parity Conservation in Weak Interactions

      American Inst Lancaster, PA and New York, NY: American Inst. 1st Edition. Soft cover. Fine. FIRST EDITION in original wrappers of Lee and Yang's groundbreaking proposal to determine the nature of parity in weak interactions; essential to the modern understanding of elementary particles. "Following a suggestion made by the experimenter Martin Block, who was his room-mate at a conference in 1956 (at Rochester, in New York), Richard Feynman made the heretical proposal to the meeting that the theta and tau are different states of the same particle, which itself has no definite parity, and that parity is not always conserved. The idea was quickly taken up by Chen Ning Yang and Tsung Dao Lee, who showed that parity is not conserved in the weak interaction; their theory was immediately tested and proved correct by Chien Shiung Wu, and Yang and Lee received the Nobel Prize for their work in 1957- one of the quickest such awards ever made" (Gribbin, Q is for Quantum). "Although physicists still did not understand it, they appreciated the import of the discovery that nature distinguished right from left in its core. Other symmetries were immediately implicated- the correspondence between matter and antimatter, and the reversibility of time... As one scientist put it, 'We are no longer trying to handle screws in the dark with heavy gloves. We are being handed the screws neatly aligned on a tray, with a little searchlight on each that indicates the direction of its head'" (Gleick, Genius).Particle Physics, One Hundred Years of Discoveries: "Proposals to test spatial parity conservation in weak interactions. Nobel prize to T.D. Lee and C.N. Yang awarded in 1957 'for their penetrating investigation of the so-called parity laws, which has led to important discoveries regarding the elementary particles."In: The Physical Review, Second Series, Vol 104, No. 1, pp. 254-258. Lancaster, PA and New York, NY: American Institute of Physics, 1956. Quarto, original printed wrappers; custom box. Owner stamp on front wrapper and closed tear at top of front wrapper; light fading to spine; generally fine.

      [Bookseller: The Manhattan Rare Book Company ]
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        Zoo Quest to Guiana [with] Zoo Quest for a Dragon [with] Zoo Quest in Paraguay [with] Quest in Paradise [with] Zoo Quest to Madagascar [with] Quest under Capricorn. [THE 'ZOO QUEST' SEQUENCE COMPLETE IN DUST-WRAPPERS]

      Lutterworth Press, [1956-63]. 6 vols., 8vo., First Editions, with coloured frontispieces and very numerous coloured and monochrome plates throughout, neat inscription on front free endpaper of second volume; cloth, gilt backs, a very good, clean set in the d/w (one wrapper price-clipped), the wrapper of the first volume rubbed and chafed with small label scar and minor loss at extremities.A VERY GOOD, BRIGHT, CLEAN SET IN THE ORIGINAL COLOURFUL DUST-WRAPPERS OF ATTENBOROUGH'S EARLIEST BOOKS, recording his 'Zoo Quest' animal-foraging expeditions in many different territories. Well-illustrated and delightfully written, these early titles display much of the talent and infectious charm that has since made their author a naturalist, broadcaster and presenter of world renown.The series captures well the appeal of his first-ever television series 'Zoo Quest' that ran on the BBC from 1954-1964. It also gave rise, incidentally (in those far-off pre-computer days), to a highly popular board game!The sequence comprises 'Zoo Quest to Guiana' (1956), 'Zoo Quest for a Dragon' (1957), 'Zoo Quest to Paraguay' (1959), 'Quest in Paradise' (1960), 'Zoo Quest to Madagascar' (1961) and 'Quest under Capricorn' (1963). A volume of extracts titled 'The Zoo Quest Expeditions' was published for a new generation of readers in 1980.Complete sets are seldom offered for sale.

      [Bookseller: Island Books]
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      farrar Straus and Cudahy New York: farrar, Straus and Cudahy, (1956). First Edition. Boards. Near Fine in a Very Good dustwrapper. With a foreword by U. S. Senator Lyndon Johnson. Illustrated with photographs. With a full-page INSCRIPTION SIGNED by the future President on the front endpaper: "To Tom Schmidt --/ with appreciation of his/friendship, good Counsel/and support --/from his Gillespie/County neighbor/Lyndon B Johnson/USS Texas/Aug 27, 1956." Books genuinely signed by LBJ are quite scarce, and most of those are copies of THE VANTAGE POINT, usually signed on a bookplate. Early titles such as this with contemporary inscriptions are uncommon on the market.

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        Great Flower Books 1700-1900 a Bibliographical Record of Two Centuries of Finely Illustrated Flower Books

      Collins 1956. x., 94 pp, illustrated with lovely colour plates. In the publisher's half green morocco with marbled boards, and slipcase. One of 295 copies on Amstel special mould made paper, signed by Sitwell and Blunt. Near fine, save some offsetting to the edges of the fep's from the morocco corners. 104a

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        The Collection Sung-temmoku of Dr. Nils Palmgren.

      1956. 8 pages of typed text + 7 original colourphotograps. Text and photos on handmade Lessbopaper. Bound in light brown full morocco. Title in blind on upper board. (Linde, Göteborg). Slighly faded spine with small spot. 28,5 x 21,5 cm.. 53 objects described

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        Jeanne qu'on brula verte.

      9,5x8.8 cm. 16, avec un frontispice de Georges Braque. Reliure plein maroquin rouge bourgogne, titre su le premier plat en blanc et noir. Couvertures conservées. PAB 71. - Edition originale dont il existe un premier tirage à 71 exemplaires, détruits pour la plupart, sans le frontispice de Braque. - 1/57 ex.s ur Rives (après 12 ex.sur Chines) avec le dessin de Braque. Signé par PAB au colophon. La deuxième feuille volante est décoré d'un timbre de poste française de 1996 avec la maison de Jeanne d'Arc à Domremy la Pucelle.

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        Selected Masterpieces of Ukiyo-e Prints

      Meiji Shobo Tokyo: Meiji-Shobo, 1956. Hardcover. vg. Ex library. Elephant folio. 24 reproductions of woodcut prints & text book for prints resting in blue cloth portfolio with folding flaps, illustrated cover plate and ties. Typewritten title and library inventory number taped across head and tail of spine of portfolio. Some scuffing, sunning and discoloration to cloth. Library bookplate on inside of front cover. Contains 24 stunning reproductions by the Adachi Institute that were re-cut from original woodcuts. 22 plates in color, 2 in b/w, 3 of the plates are large fold-outs. All plates on folding paper-mat with cut-out exposing image, small paste-down sticker on margin with title of plate and name of artist. Double-fold with title-page & list of plates. Small stamp of library on back of each plate. Text volume is in original wrappers with glassine jacket. Heavy chipping and tearing on glassine. Library bookplate on verso of free front endpaper. Usual age toning to pages. Small library stamp on free rear endpaper. Text by Ichitaro Kondo. Notes on Kabuki Subjects by Teruji Yoshida, English translation by Shigetaka Kaneko. Five pages on the history of Ukiyo-e, rest of the work has detailed notes on the prints in the plates volume. A magnificent portfolio with vibrant woodcuts. Overall very good condition.

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        The Deserted Altar: The Newdigate Prize Poem, 1956

      Basil Blackwell Oxford: Basil Blackwell. 1956. First. First edition. Stiff, stapled wrappers. Cover illustration by Dario Cecchi. Foxing to wrappers, and slightly in the text, else near fine. Poem by an American-born, Kenyon, Harvard, and Oxford-educated poet. This copy Inscribed by the author: "Coco Devotedly Ever, David. Oxford. June 20, 1956." As near as one could come to a dedication copy of this poem, which bears no printed dedication. When published in America, as the title poem of the author's first mainstream publication, The Deserted Altar and Other Poems, the books printed dedication read "These poems are for Coco." .

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        " 1984" RELEASE SCRIPT

      London: Associated British Picture Corporation Ltd. 18 January 1956. [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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      En revy om människan i tid och rum. Stockholm, A. Bonniers boktryckeri, 1956. 218,(5,3 blanka,1) s. Bunden i svart etiopisk oasis med blått papper på pärmarna, gulddekor i form av stjärnbilden Karlavagnen på främre pärmen och övre guldsnitt, övriga snitt endast putsade (Erik Heijer, Bonniers bokbinderi). Omslaget medbundet. Ryggen med liten repa liksom främre pärmen. Dedikation till "Björn von Rosen från Harry Martinson God Helg MCMLVI" och en tecknad blomma. Några marginalmarkeringar i blyerts. Med Björn von Rosens exlibris.. Av en bibliofilupplaga på bättre papper omfattande 125 exemplar numrerade I-XXV respektive 1-100 är detta nummer "IXX"! Harry Martinson, hans hustru Ingrid och deras barn bodde från 1950-talet granne med familjen von Rosen i Gnestatrakten i Södermanland och Björn von Rosen och Harry Martinson gav tillsammans ut "Bestiarium" 1964. Brita von Rosen har berättat att "den magre och okokligt sege hanen" som omnämns i "Aniaras" 40:e sång, ursprungligen var en höna, som avåts i ett kök i Gnesta. Om tillkomsten av "Aniara" har hon berättat: "Harry arbetade hårt, ibland ångestfullt, långt in på nätterna. Ingrid och jag brukade sitta i ett rum intill och sticka och prata lite lågmält. Ibland blev Harry hungrig, ibland sugen på kaffe och vi såg till att han fick dessa mycket rimliga önskningar uppfyllda. Det hände då och då att han läste ett nyskrivet stycke och vi lyssnade noga, men sade ingenting. Harriet Löwenhjelm har sagt en gång att en författare alltid måste tänka sig en publik om den så bara fanns på månen. Jag tror att Ingrid och jag var just en sådan månpublik. Våra röster störde inte; vi hade övergivit stickningen och övergått till att spela canasta och vi smågrälade på ett lågmält, knappt hörbart vis, som Harry fann avkopplande. Det hände någon gång när han läste upp något nyskrivet, att han frågade: 'Du gillar inte det här, eller hur?' Och då gällde det att ge ett ärligt svar. Det fanns nämligen flera tänkta slut på den stolta goldonderns färd mot undergången. Han ville så gärna att de människor som var utan skuld eller nästan helt fria från den skulle skonas, att de skulle finnas en plats utan atombomber och biologiska stridsmedel."

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        Richard Neutra

      A particularly fine, signed, dated, Richard Neutra presentation in this essential book on his architecture, the recipient, Warren Dorn, on the Board of Supervisors of L.A. County (1956-1972), the Board responsible for county projects and financing. Dorn had an important role in the building of the Los Angeles Hall of Records, a structure in part designed by Neutra. Below the Neutra title page inscription is a Neutra addendum to Dorn, drawing his attention to illustration 121, reproducing a Neutra sketch of the Hall of Records. Below the illustration is a signed, 7-lines Neutra note regarding the building and its place in future Los Angeles. Inscription, addendum and note are handwritten with the same bistre ink. IMPORTANCE: A significant work on Neutra, its lucid text and useful layout reflects an exceptional understanding of Neutra and the place of his buildings & projects in modern California residential and public building architecture. Esther McCoy was a pioneering architectural historian and a Neutra authority, primarily responsible for cataloging his archive at UCLA. CONDITION DETAIL: Presentation, addendum and added signed note: Fine. Pages: clean except half-title page with a brown, salt crystal-size bottom edge spot: foot of gutter throughout with gentle push-in; barely noticeable after page 15: pages 15-16 with gentle bottom margin vertical crease. Boards: Nearly Fine, spine with light foot wear. Binding: Excellent. Jacket: Lower Side: .75 inches top edge tear. Spine: head with tiny frays and chips: From book jacket being formerly attached, 3 tape residue patches on rear endpapers, 2 on pastedown, 1 smaller on free endpaper and both jacket flaps with residue at head and foot. Flaps: corner creases and bends. PROVENANCE: Dorn estate. Handwriting authenticated, written with Neutra's intensely personal style of changing the internal space around letters-sometimes from phrase to phrase-signed with characteristic capital R, graceful, outsized-without a stem-extending across all of Richard like an elliptical vector. INSCRIPTION: 3-lines, top of title page, bistre ink, signed the Richard Neutras, 1961 date, addressed, "to our Warren Dorns-both with heartfelt wishes!" ADDENDUM: 3 very short lines, bistre ink, adjacent to publishing information, "O, please see illustration 121!" ADDITIONAL SIGNED NOTE: below illustration no. 121, a 1958 perspective sketch of the Los Angeles Hall of Records, the complete area to illustration below, 7 lines, bistre ink, signed, some lower case letters written as capitals. Note states, "That building I hope will be "the memory of an ever greater county"-because after I am dead-the front on the hall I had designed originally as "Court of History"; may be one day-fate it be there, with the rising group around it-Luck to our leader into a great lasting future!, cordially Richard." The Los Angeles Hall of Records was completed in 1964: located in downtown LA, it houses legal records, including probation files with offices for regional planning. T-shaped, 15 stories, incorporating designs from several architectural firms including Neutra & Alexander, it is known for its striking 120 ft. tall south-facing aluminum louvers designed by Neutra to modulate lighting to offices and work areas. Neutra first used the aluminum louver design in 1945 to regulate intake of sunlight to the Kaufman 'Desert House' (R. Slade). DORN [1918-2006]: early life in Pasadena, elected to its Board of Directors, mayor in 1956, shortly after, elected from the 5th District to the L.A. County Board of Supervisors; 2 years as chairman of board (1963-64). Among his best-known achievements were his extensive efforts to contain air pollution & smog, his key role in establishing the L.A. County Music Center on Bunker Hill, and his support for the enactment of Governor Edmund G. Brown's California State Water Project (L.A. Times Obit). FORMAT: Publisher's half gray cloth and slate-gray paper boards, sewn with black endpapers; pictorial jacket retains $4.95 price on front flap. SIZE: 260 x 195 mm (10.24 x 7.68 inches). PAGINATION: Confirmed complete; 128 pages with 189 b/w captioned illustrations, 9 full-page: preliminaries, pp. 1-6, introductory essay, pp. 7-26 with footnotes, citations and notes, p. 27, bibliography, pp. 29-30, photography credits, p. 31; suite of 177 reproductions, 174 of Neutra's 1927-1959 works, pp. 33-112 (with 134 photographs, 42 plans, sketches, and drawings, and 1 site model); suite of 12 reproductions of Neutra's travel sketches, pp. 113-117; rear documentation, pp. 118-128, includes chronology, list of buildings & projects and index. ADDITIONAL IMAGES: by request.

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        Ryttarolympiaden Stockholm 1956. En återblick i ord och bild. The Equestrian Games of the XVIth Olympiad. A retrospective survey in text and pictures.

      Stockholm, 1956. 270 s., rikt fotoillustrerad i svartvitt. Två kartor + två tabeller i pärmficka. Förlagets gulddekorerade blå klotband med skyddsomslag. Tillskrift på försättsbladet. I mycket fint skick

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        Requiem for a Nun

      Random House New York: Random House. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Fine. SIGNED LIMITED FIRST EDITION, one of only 750 copies signed by Faulkner. Faulkner's first work after winning the Nobel Prize; a sequel to Sanctuary, written twenty years earlier. Adapted for the theater by Albert Camus in 1956.New York: Random House, 1951. Octavo, original black cloth over marbled boards. A fine copy.

      [Bookseller: The Manhattan Rare Book Company ]
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        THE COMPLEAT IMBIBER Full set of 12 original volumes Plus proof copy of vol 1and "The New Compleat Imbiber"

      London Various publishers 1956-71+1983. Complete set in dust wrappersof the original twelve volumes issued between 1956-1971 all first editions and in very good condition Plus "The New Imbiber" [1986] Plus a Proof Copy variant, of volume one [1956] and a 1953 offprint on MEAD by Brother Adam.Octavo,publishers cloth, pictorial endpapers, original dust jackets."Comment,stories and anecdotes, recipes, fond memoirs & exciting discoveries all written by our best contemp- orary wits and embellished by artists galore." Contributors to this annual series of anthologies celebrating fine wine,gourmet food and high culture include Graham Greene Ogden Nash, Isak Dinesen, Cyril Connolly, Aldous Huxley, Kingsley Amis, Iris Murdoch, Anthony Powell,John le Carré, Evelyn & Auberon Waugh.The illustrators include,Nicholas Bentley,Keneth Rowntree, John Minton, Paul Hogarth, David Gentleman etc. etc. Loosely inserted is a cutting by the wine writer Paul Levy assesing the series and its editor Cyril Ray, commenting that sets in 1986 were changing hands for £400 each. Please ask for an individual shipping quote.

      [Bookseller: John L Capes]
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      Paris: Louis Broder 1956. [Paris: Louis Broder, 1956].. Small quarto. Stiff lithographically decorated wrappers. Lithographed three panel frontis (replicating the slipcase decoration) and three original full-plate dry- point etchings. Textual illustrations. Fine (but see below) in glassine, chemise and shelfworn slipcase. First edition. One of 150 numbered copies on Vergé de Montval, from a total edition of 180 numbered copies, all signed on the justification by Pablo Picasso, who contributed the three dry-points (two of them portraits of Jacob) and the lithographs. The textual illustrations are original woodcuts by Georges Aubert after drawings by Picasso. This collection of Jacob's essays was published as a tribute to him on what would have been the occasion of his 80th birthday. In this copy, either in error or by action of a previous owner, the title-leaf bifolium has in its place the [4]pp prospectus, with the upper panel replicating the title-page. ARTIST & THE BOOK 238. MONOD 6297. GOEPPERT 78. BLOCH 743-745, 802-804.

      [Bookseller: William Reese Company - Literature ABAA-]
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        The Living and the Dead (First UK Edition)

      Hutchinson London: Hutchinson, 1956. First Edition. First Edition. also first edition in English and first in hardcover, preceded by the French edition. Near Fine in an about Very Good, second issue dust jacket with a price-clip at the bottom of the front flap and a price of 12/6 net to the left of the clip. Jacket is rubbed and nicked at the corners, with a few short closed tears and one slightly rough tear at the top front panel, and a small chip at the top rear panel. Basis for Alfred Hitchcock's 1958 classic film, Vertigo, starring James Stewart and Kim Novak. Scarce.

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      New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1956 First Edition of the highly-regarded sixth Lew Archer mystery Signed by Ross Macdonald on the front free endpaper. 8vo. 247 pp. A near fine copy in red and white patterned paper covered boards, (erasure to the front free endpaper], black titles to the spine in a just about fine pictorial dustwrapper showing the slightest of use.. Signed by Author. 1st Edition.

      [Bookseller: TBCL The Book Collector's Library]
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        The Barbarous Coast (First Edition, review copy)

      Alfred A. Knopf New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1956. First Edition. First Edition. REVIEW COPY, with publisher's date stamp at the top of the front flap. Topstain lightly faded, else Fine and unread in a Near Fine dust jacket with light occasional rubbing, a tiny bruise to the spine and light toning to same. Apart from "The Moving Target," perhaps the most difficult Lew Archer title to find in superior condition. A sharp copy.

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        In the Winter of Cities

      New York: New Directions. (1956). First. First edition. White parchment boards in labeled slipcase. Fine in fine slipcase wrapped in brown paper, possibly the publisher's wrapping paper This is designated as "Out of Series #6" of 100 copies and is Signed by the author. A total of 109 copies were printed. A copy at the University of Texas is marked "Out of Series #1"; this is almost certainly a presentation issue. A beautiful copy. .

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        Wooden bow and leather arm guard purchased by 16-year-old Lee Harvey Oswald in New Orleans with an arrow for “about $6 or $7” according to his mother’s Warren Commission testimony

      The bow measures 68 inches in length and pulls 36 pounds at a draw length of 28 inches. Carved into the bow on the opposite side of the belly are 68” 36 and 28”. String is not present. Shows wear, especially at the taped belly of the bow. The arrow is not present. The 5” by 6.25” leather arm guard was worn by Lee Harvey Oswald on his forearm to prevent the stroke of the bowstring doing damage. The tying strings are not present. This bow is mentioned in the Warren Report. Lee Harvey Oswald’s mother, Mrs. Marguerite Oswald, testified before the President’s Commission on the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Washington, D.C., on the morning of February 12, 1964. Present were Chief Justice Earl Warren, Chairman; Representative Hale Boggs and Representative Gerald R. Ford, members. Also present were J. Lee Rankin, general counsel; Wesley J. Liebeler, assistant counsel; and John F. Doyle, attorney for Mrs. Marguerite Oswald. Excerpt from Mrs. Oswald’s testimony: “While Lee was working for Tujague & Co. he started to have a bank account, and it was in a Homestead. I do not know the name, but it was on Canal Street, 900 or 100 block of Canal Street, because it was even with Exchange Place. And he started to save his money ... Are we in 1955 in New Orleans? Yes. No, 1956 this would be. January, 1956--Lee took his money out of the Homestead, which was approximately $150, or something like that. And Lee Harvey Oswald bought an electric football machine cost approximately $10. He bought a bow and arrow set --maybe about $6 or $7. And he bought a gun.” Accompanied by a signed statement of Robert L. Oswald, brother of Lee Harvey Oswald: “To Whom It May Concern: My brother Lee was born in New Orleans in 1939. Lee and my mother moved back to New Orleans from New York City in January 1954 when Lee was 14. It was while he was living in New Orleans that Lee bought a bow and arrow set. When I was discharged from the U.S. Marine Corps in July 1955, I settled in Fort Worth, Texas. In the Summer of 1956, Mother and Lee moved from New Orleans to Ft. Worth where we shared an apartment. I now transfer ownership of the arm guard and bow from the bow and arrow set bought by and belonging to Lee to John Reznikoff of University Archives in Westport, Connecticut.”

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      (Port-au-Prince): (Imprimerie Renelle). (1956). A small, hand-printed volume by this Haitian surrealist poet, with a cover illustration and frontispiece by Milo Rigaud. Signed by the author on the front cover, with an additional full page inscription by the author to poet Barbara Howes on the first blank, written in 1964. Stitching absent; staining to covers; a good copy in wrappers, held together with a wraparound band addressed to Howes in Magloire-Saint-Aude's hand. An excellent literary association: not only was Howes a well-respected poet in her own right, who was twice nominated for the National Book Award, she also was editor of From the Green Antilles: Writings of the Caribbean, one of the first collections to bring Caribbean writing to a mainstream American audience. . First Edition. Softcover.

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        Escape from Five Shadows

      [Boston]: Houghton Mifflin. [1956]. The uncorrected proof copy of the third of his Westerns, which preceded his first mystery by over a decade and his first bestseller by over two decades. Rare: we have never seen another proof copy of any of Leonard's Westerns offered for sale, and Houghton Mifflin was not even routinely doing bound proofs for all its titles at that time. There were probably only a couple of dozen of these produced and, given the format and fragility of this item, it's unlikely that many others have survived, if any. 7" x 11" ringbound galley sheets, printed on rectos only. The label affixed to the cardstock cover gives a publication date of 1955 (the book was actually published in 1956) and, in pencil "May 1." Also in pencil on the front cover label is written "The Westerners" -- an alternate title, or an indication of the genre, for marketing purposes? The covers show some extremely slight creasing; still a remarkably fine copy, with the covers crisp, the fragile plastic ring spine intact. Housed in a custom quarter leather clamshell case. . First Edition. Softcover.

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      NY: Jason Press, 1956. First edition, first prnt. Inscribed by L'Amour on the front free endpage. "For Jimmy - Hollywood's most famous Starr, Louis L'Amour July 8th, 1956." 8vo. Minimal shelfwear, mostly at the cloth spine ends, faint front board corner dampstain and a larger one (extending aprx three inches) on the rear boad edge; dustjacket with chipping at spine ends, shelfwear along spine folds, tiny closed tear on the front panel bottom edge and a corresponding dampstain on the rear panel flap fold (which is not objectionable, looking more like toning than a dampstain); altogether, clean and still bright. Very Good condition in a Very Good dustjacket with a Durafold mylar cover. Jimmy Starr (1904-1990) was an actor, screenwriter and Hollywood film columnist. Inscribed and Dated by Author. The images are of the book described and not stock photos.

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      Toronto: Contact Press, 1956 Cohen, Leonard, LET US COMPARE MYTHOLOGIES. [Illustrated by Guttman, Freda]. Montreal/Toronto: Contact Press, 1956. 8vo., 79pp. Publisher's black cloth covered boards, silver spine lettering, deckled fore-edge. A fine fresh copy in a perfect dustwrapper designed by Greda Guttman. About 400 copies were printed, sponsored by McGill & edited by Louis Dudek, to present "the work of young writers at McGill of outstanding ability". Early presentation inscribed by Cohen on the front free endpaper in black fountain pen: "For Paul / In friendship / Leonard Cohen / Jan 3rd, 1957". A superb example. Contemporary presentation copies in collector's condition are rare. $14500. Signed by Author. 1st Edition.

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        Zur Metakritik der Erkenntnistheorie. Studien über Husserl und die Phänomenologischen Antinomien.

      Stuttgart, (1956). 8vo. Orig. fulll brown cloth w. gilt lettering to spine and front board; original red dust-jacket w. a bit of sunning to spine, otherwise near perfect condition. A very nice, clean, and fresh copy. 251, (1) pp.. First edition, presentation-copy, of one of Adorno's most interesting and important works. With a five lines long presentation-inscription signed "Th. W. Adorno", dated "Frankfurt, 16. November 1956."Most of text was written between 1934 and 1937, when Adorno was not allowed to teach in Frankfurt, but parts of the book were written shortly before the first printing of the book, in 1956. The important and influential German philosopher and sociologist, Theodor Ludwig Wiesengrund Adorno (1903 - 1969), was a leading member of the Frankfurt School, together with e.g. Horkheimer, Benjamin, and Habermas. He taught philosophy at the university of Frankfurt, but as a Jew, his teaching position was taken from him in 1933. He went to Oxford to teach, and in 1938 he emigrated to America, where he was the leader of several sociological projects in both New York and Los Angeles. Together with Horkheimer he wrote the theoretical manifest of the Frankfurt School, the "Dialektik der Aufklärung". I 1949 he returned to Frankfurt, where he became professor of philosophy and sociology. "Theodor W. Adorno was one of the most important philosophers and social critics in Germany after World War II. Although less well known among anglophone philosophers than his contemporary Hans-Georg Gadamer, Adorno had even greater influence on scholars and intellectuals in postwar Germany. In the 1960s he was the most prominent challenger to both Sir Karl Popper's philosophy of science and Martin Heidegger's philosophy of existence. Jürgen Habermas, Germany's foremost social philosopher after 1970, was Adorno's student and assistant. The scope of Adorno's influence stems from the interdisciplinary character of his research and of the Frankfurt School to which he belonged. It also stems from the thoroughness with which he examined Western philosophical traditions, especially from Kant onward, and the radicalness to his critique of contemporary Western society. He was a seminal social philosopher and a leading member of the first generation of Critical Theory." (SEP).In this anti-epistemological work, Adorno deals with the more general question of the possibility of truth and of epistemology in principle ("die Frage nach Möglichkeit und Wahrheit von Erkenntnistheorie prinzipiell", Vorrede, p. 9), although the outer structure of the work is that of the philosophy of Husserl. Adorno comes to the conclusion that all epistemology is misguided, because it is based on some sort of "prima philosophia", an original or first principle, which cannot in reality be an absolutely first, because it is a concept, which is mediated. Adorno's work became hugely influential throughout philosophical and sociological circles, and his "Zur Metakritik der Erkenntnistheorie" (translated as "Against Epistemology") counts as one of his most important works. "It inspired Habermas and Marcuse and continues to influence other eminent thinkers in philosophy and the social sciences today." (From the English language translation by Willis Domingo)

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        1000 Years of Jewish Life in Poland

      Centre D'Etudes Historiques Paris: Centre D'Études Historiques, (1956). Hardcover. fair. Large 4to. 440pp. Original green cloth. with blind stamped lines on cover board and gold lines on spine. Gold lettering on cover board and spine. History of Jews in Poland from the Middle Ages until 1939. Topics include Radanites, King Casimir the Great, Kabbalah, Khmielnitski attacks of 1648, Sabbatai Sevi, Jacob Frank, Hasidism, and the Polish insurrections of 1791, 1830 and 1863. Profusely illustrated with b/w photographs of Polish Jewish life. Forewords by Joseph Shprintsak, Speaker for the Israeli Knesset and B. Locker, President of the Executive of the Jewish Agency. Text in French, Yiddish, English, Hebrew, Polish and Spanish. Stamp on edges and front free endpaper. Some pages detached and taped in. Some wear to spine. Tail and bottom edge bumped. Overall in fair to good condition. Stamp: "Jewish Education Comm. of N. Y., INC."

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      1956. Fine. THURBER, James. FURTHER FABLES FOR OUR TIMES. Illustrated by the Author. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1956. First edition, specially bound, with a pencil inscription in Thurber's hand take up the entire first blank: "Merry Christmas to Terry, from Jim and Helen. 1956." Daise Terry was office manager at The New Yorker magazine. 8vo., printed on laid paper, beige cloth, titled in red to spine, line illustrations blind-stamped to spine and upper board, all edges stained red, red ribbon marker, dark blue endpapers. In a green paper-covered publisher's box, white line illustration to front panel, lettered in black and red. The book is mint; the box is near fine, with some neglible very light soiling and some light edgewear. (Bowden A24a).

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        Incredible Harry Truman letter on Ike, "I do not like to discuss the President's health . . . I do feel like talking about his running of the presidency before his heart attack."

      Typed letter signed, "Harry Truman", one page, 8.5" x 10.5". Kansas City, MO. August 3, 1956. To Dr. Herbert Koteen. No edge wear, the usual folds. Very fine condition. Truman responds to Dr. Howard Koteen's letter regarding Eisenhower's run for Presidency after his heart attack. Koteen expresses a concern on the physical toll the presidency could have on Eisenhower. Truman responds in full, "Dear Dr. Koteen: Your letter, with enclosures, of July 28th was very much appreciated. I do not like to discuss the President's health because that is a matter on which he and his physicians will have to make a decision. I do feel like talking about his running of the presidency before his heart attack. That, I think, is a legitimate subject to discuss. Sincerely yours, Harry Truman." Letter comes with Koteen's letter and original transmittal envelope.

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      San Francisco: City Lights Books, [1956], 1956 "I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked... angelheaded hipsters burning for the ancient heavenly connection to the starry dynamo in the machinery of night, who poverty and tatters and hollow-eyed and high sat up smoking in the supernatural darkness of cold-water flats floating across the tops of cities contemplating jazz". Ginsberg, Allen. HOWL AND OTHER POEMS. San Francisco: City Lights, (1956). First Edition of Allen Ginsberg's defining work of the Beat Generation. 12mo. 44pp. A fine copy with all first issue points present, in black wrappers printed in blue, white paper wrap-around label printed in black and affixed to the wrappers, properly priced at 75 cents, printed in blue on the back cover, with the dedication to Lucien Carr and lacking a printing notice. Introduction by William Carlos Williams. One of 1000 copies printed letterpress by Villiers Publications in London. A bright, fresh, most important & desirable copy. The Pocket Poet Series, Number Four. Cook, pp. 6.. 1st Edition.

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        Times for a Tiger

      London: Heinemann 1956 London: Heinemann, (1956). First edition, Proof Copy. 8vo. . In original wrappers, printed in red. About fine

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        THE OUTSIDER. Inscribed to Stephen Spender

      London: Victor Gollancz, Ltd., 1956 Stephen Spender's Copy. First Edition, First Impression of the author's landmark First Book. 8vo., 288pp., blue boards, gilt. A near fine or better copy in dustwrapper showing just a bit of foxing but is otherwise fine. Inscribed by Wilson in green fountain pen on the ffe to Spender: "For Stephen / Whose work was one of the main influences in framing the sensibility that produced this book although it cannot be held responsible for the mis-spellings & misquotations / With Affection / Colin". An extraordinary copy of Wilson's important first book published when he was 24, & written in a library during a summer when he slept in the park. "If you get involved with people, you've got to stick to the rules. It's like going to a public school or joining a posh club. If you want the advantages, you have to stick to the rules. Well, I'd rather not join the club. I'll do without the advantages. It's like exhibiting. If you exhibit your work, you put yourself at the mercy of a lot of half-witted bastards who don't know paint from shit. But it's no good complaining about not being understood. If you put your work on show it's like asking people to look at it. And if they make stupid comments, you've got nothing to complain about, because you asked them. Well, so I don't exhibit. Then if somebody makes a stupid comment about my work I've got a right to fetch him a backhander across the mouth and say: Shut your f---ing noise; nobody asked you.". 1st Edition.

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        La tete tournee

      Andre Suaret Monte Carlo: Andre Suaret, 1956. First edition. Paperback. Orig. illustrated stiff cream wrappers lettered in red. Near fine in slightly nicked glassiner overwrapper./No Dust Jacket. 177 pages. 25 x 19 cm. Twelve original black and white lithographs signed in the plate, printed by Mourlot. Limited edition, one of 350 copies, this a hors commerce copy marked HC -- a signed presentation copy in blue ink on free front endpaper to Maximilien Gouriener. MONOD 11354. Bright, fresh copy.

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        To a Little Girl, One Year Old, in a Ruined Fortress

      School of Design Yale University (New Haven CT): School of Design Yale University. (1956). First. First edition. Square octavo. Printed boards as issued. The slightest of rubbing, a virtually new, unread copy. According to some sources one of about 175 copies designed, illustrated, and printed by Jane Doggett at the Department of Graphic Arts at the Yale School of Design. A superlative copy. .

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        The Maximus Poems / 1-10. [with]: The Maximus Poems / 11-22

      Jonathan Williams Stuttgart: Jonathan Williams. 1953,1956. First. First edition. Two volumes. Quarto. Introduction by Robert Creeley laid in as issued. Calligraphic covers by Jonathan Williams. Issued as Jargon 7 and Jargon 9. The first volume is fine in stiff wrappers, in the original publisher's paper outer wrapping paper stamped "Olson. Poems" and is one of 300 copies; the second volume is very good in stiff wrappers with three small tears and a thin horizontal stain on the front wrap, and a split at the bottom of the flap fold, and is one of 350 copies. .

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      1956. 1. SEUSS,DR. IF I RAN THE CIRCUS. NY: Random House (1956). 4to, glazed pictorial boards, fine in slightly soiled and worn but VG dust wrapper with price intact. 1st edition. Circus McGurkus! Color illustrations throughout and a nice copy. Quite scarce. See Bader p. 308-9. Younger/Hirsch 43.

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        Lady Sings the Blues

      Garden City, New York, Doubleday & Company, Inc., , 1956. Octavo. Original red cloth, title blocked to spine in silver and black, in dust jacket. Housed in a red quarter morocco solander box made by The Chelsea Bindery. Pictorial endpapers. Very light toning, a touch of bleed from the cloth onto the tail edge, only affecting the last few pages, cloth just whitened at the corner tips and with a narrow - 2mm - strip of sunning at the head of the spine, jacket slightly rubbed, short splits at some folds and some associated creasing, mild chipping head and tail of the spine, but a very well-preserved copy of a book that is notoriously hard to find in collectable condition. First Edition, First Impression. Inscribed vertically, and quite expansively, across the first blank, "To Mr. & Mrs. Chuck Landis, Stay Happy Always, Billie Holiday." A paradoxically evocative inscription in view of the painful story told on the pages that follow. Landis was the owner of the Largo Club, the most successful strip club on Sunset Strip - now the site of The Roxy Theatre - home to the likes of Candy Barr and Carol Doda, and hang-out of the gangster Mickey Cohen. Inscribed copies are exceptionally uncommon. "Billie Holiday remains among the most difficult of jazz artists to understand or study. Surrounded by a disturbing legend, it is very difficult to hear her clearly. The legendary suffering and mythopoeic pain which countless admirers have actively sought out in her work make it difficult for the merely curious to warm to a singer who was sometimes a baffling performer... [she] was a singular and unrepeatable talent whose finest hours are remarkably revealing and often surprisingly - given her generally morose reputation as an artist - joyful." (Cook and Morton Penguin Guide to Jazz) A biography which in many ways compounded the legend - "Mom and Pop were just a couple of kids when they got married. He was eighteen, she was sixteen, and I was three." - and, when filmed in 1972 with Diana Ross as Holiday, introduced a new audience to this remarkable performer.

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        Lady Sings The Blues

      New York: Doubleday, 1956. Boldly and handsomely SIGNED and inscribed at the first blank page, "To x and y, Stay as fine as you are Billie Holiday". Colourful memoir of the iconic jazz singer's harrowing life and career, ghosted (and abetted) by journalist William Dufty. As Holiday biographer Chris Ingham aptly states, " written during a vogue for sensational life stories as popularized by True Confessions magazine...the book had its eyes on Hollywood and served to perpetuate myths about Billie that were as difficult to disprove as they were to wholeheartedly believe". Very good in red cloth boards, spine ends and fore corners are worn and somewhat frayed, slight loss to gilt spine titles, mild age toning to pages, top edge is a bit dusty, touch of soiling to front board, otherwise clean and unmarked.The difficult dust jacket is a strong very good+, unclipped with original price of $3.95, light wear and rubbing to spine ends, flap edges and extremities, small crease and wear to bottom edge of rear wrap and top corner of front flap, else quite bright, clean and presentable. Rare copy of one of the most sought after of all signed jazz autobiographies. J1419. Signed by Author. Stated First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good/Very Good+. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

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        The Hunters (Signed First Edition)

      New York: Harper & Brothers, 1956. First edition. Hardcover. His first book, a somewhat autobiographical novel about fighter pilots set during the Korean War. Adapted into a movie with Robert Mitchum. A clean very near fine copy in an about near fine dust jacket with some of the usual fading to the spine and a tiny bit of edge wear and a tear to the top of the spine. Signed by Salter on the title page. An important literary debut.

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        (Witebsk 1887 - 1985 Vence). David und Absalom. Farblithographie aus 'Dessins pour la Bible', Verve 33/34. Paris, 1956. 35,5 x 26 cm.

      Mourlot 133.

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        The Lord of the Rings, Comprised of The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, The Return of the King

      Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1956. First Edition. Original Cloth. J.R.R. Tolkien. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Houghton Mifflin , 1955/1955/1956 1st Editions, 2nd imp./3rd imp./1st impression. A lovely set of first editions of this classic of fantasy literature. The set is housed in a custom marbled paper slipcase to show and protect this beautiful set. The set is all original cloth with the correct original dustjackets. The Fellowship of the Rings corresponds to the 3rd impression of the UK 1st Edition, but is the 2nd US impression, as Houghton Mifflin did not use any of the 2nd UK impressions. The dustjackets of the set exhibit a small amount of loss to the corners and tips of the spine area, with bright colors. The dustjackets exhibit all the correct issue points for the books, including the "stripe, gap and cufflink" on The Two Towers; the photo of Tolkien in a 'V' on the Fellowship of the Ring; and the oversized '5' in the price with double uprights in the Return of the King. The books are tight and clean without inscriptions or writing. The Fellowship is price clipped, and all lack any foxing whatsoever. Besides being a truly beautiful looking set, this set is very scarce and collectable. The original maps are present in all three volumes, no extra folds or tears noted. Further digital images can be supplied on request. Other Tolkien books available, include both the UK and US editions, original cloth bindings, custom fine bindings, and Signed/Numbered/Limited Editions. A wonderful addition to anyone's Tolkien collection. Very Good Plus / Very Good Plus.

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        The Lord of the Rings - Trilogy *The Fellowship of the Ring, *The Two Towers, *The Return of the King - 3 Volumes with Dust Jackets

      London: George Allen & Unwin Ltd., 0000. BOOKS IN VERY GOOD+ CONDITION, DJ'S IN VG CONDITION, AND FOLDING MAPS IN VG TO FINE CONDITION. Uniformly bound in original red cloth, with dust jackets in protective mylar covers, spines darkened. First Part: The Fellowship of the Ring is Fifth Impression (1956) in Sixth Impression Dust Jacket. Second Part: The Two Towers is Fifth Impression (1957) in a Fifth Impression Dust Jacket. Lower edge damp mark to front cover & dust jacket. Third Part: Return of the King is Third Impression (1957) with a Third Impression Dust Jacket. NO LABELS, NOR INSCRIPTIONS.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good/Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

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        The Lord of the Rings, Comprised of The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, The Return of the King

      Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1956. First Edition. Original Cloth. J.R.R. Tolkien. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Houghton Mifflin , 1955/1955/1956 1st Editions, 2nd imp./3rd imp./1st impression. A lovely set of first editions of this classic of fantasy literature. The set is housed in a custom marbled paper slipcase to show and protect this beautiful set. The set is all original cloth with the correct original dustjackets. The Fellowship of the Rings corresponds to the 3rd impression of the UK 1st Edition, but is the 2nd US impression, as Houghton Mifflin did not use any of the 2nd UK impressions. The dustjackets of the set exhibit a small amount of loss to the corners and tips of the spine area, with bright colors. The dustjackets exhibit all the correct issue points for the books, including the "stripe, gap and cufflink" on The Two Towers; the photo of Tolkien in a 'V' on the Fellowship of the Ring; and the oversized '5' in the price with double uprights in the Return of the King. The books are tight and clean without inscriptions or writing. The Fellowship is price clipped, and all lack any foxing whatsoever. Besides being a truly beautiful looking set, this set is very scarce and collectable. The original maps are present in all three volumes, no extra folds or tears noted. Further digital images can be supplied on request. Other Tolkien books available, include both the UK and US editions, original cloth bindings, custom fine bindings, and Signed/Numbered/Limited Editions. A wonderful addition to anyone's Tolkien collection. Very Good Plus / Very Good Plus.

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        Savrola. A Tale of the Revolution in Laurania

      New York: Random House,, 1956. Octavo. Original blue and red cloth, titles to spine and upper board gilt, light blue geometric pattern to spine, blue top-stain. With the dust jacket. In a brown morocco slipcase and chemise. Portrait frontispiece. A little faded and with minor dampstaining along the edges of the boards, three small punctures to cloth at top of upper board, light spots of dampstain to edges. An excellent copy in the rubbed and tanned jacket with nicks and short closed tears repaired to the verso with tape. Second US edition, with a new foreword by the author and a splendid pictorial dust jacket. Inscribed by Churchill on the front free endpaper, "Inscribed by Winston S. Churchill for Albert McCleary. 22 Oct. 1956".

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        Life is Good & Good for You in New York

      London: Photography Magazine,, 1956. Trance Witness Revels. Quarto. Original black cloth, titles to front cover and spine gilt. With the dust jacket. Includes the brochure bookmark, still attached by its black cord. Black and white photographs in the text throughout. Light white mark to spine, bumped near the tail, brochure bookmark a little toned. An excellent copy in the price-clipped jacket torn and chipped at the corners with some tape repairs. First UK edition, first impression.

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