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      EINAUDI, 1956. ITALIANO 0,73 A cura di Paolo Serini, n. XLIX della collana, pagine ingiallite ai bordi e con lievissima fioritura, fioritura anche ai tagli, pagine indice libera dalla legatura, brossura editoriale morbida, color avio con titoli bianchi e neri al piatto ed al dorso e con struzzo editoriale, dorso ingiallito e con piccolo strappo alla cima USATO

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      MONDADORI, 1956. ITALIANO 0,13 Brossura editoriale morbida, con alette, con piccola illustrazione a colori, ingiallita ai bordi e con usura alle estremità del dorso, lieve ingiallimento delle pagine che comunque rimangono in buonissimo stato di conservazione USATO

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        Profiles In Courage

      New York: Harper & Brothers, Publishers, 1956. First edition of Kennedy's Pulitzer Prize-winning work. Octavo, original half cloth, with eight pages of black-and-white photogravures. Foreword by Allan Nevins. Boldly signed by John F. Kennedy on the front free endpaper in a contemporary signature. A touch of rubbing, near fine in a fine dust jacket. An exceptional example, most rare in this condition and signed. The Pulitzer Prize-winning book was written when Kennedy was the junior senator from Massachusetts, and it served as a clarion call to every American. The inspiring accounts of eight previous heroic acts by American patriots inspired the American public to remember the courage progress requires. Now, a half-century later, it remains a classic and a relevant testament to the national spirit that celebrates the most noble of human virtues. Kennedy relates these heroisms to sketches of American politicians who have risked their careers for principle. "A man does what he must," he wrote, "in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles and dangers and pressures-and that is the basis of all human morality."

      [Bookseller: Raptis Rare Books]
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        The Corfu Trilogy - All three first printings

      London: Rupert Hart-Davis and Collins, 1956. A first edition, first printing published by Rupert Hart-Davis and Collins between 1956-79. Comprising: 'My Family and Other Animals': A first edition, first printing published by Rupert Hart-Davis in association with the Book Society in 1956. A very good book with one small name and short address to the ffep. Some light spotting to the top edge. In a very good, chipped in places dust wrapper which is not price clipped. Rare. 'Birds, Beasts and Relatives': A fine book in a near fine unclipped wrapper. 'The Garden of the Gods': A very good+ book, in a very good+ unclipped wrapper with some light rubbing and nicking to the edges. A nice set of the three books which make up Durrell's 'Corfu Trilogy', the basis for the (now) popular ITV drama.

      [Bookseller: John Atkinson Books]
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        The Ginger Man - SIGNED by the Author

      Neville Spearman, 1956. Hardcover. Very Good. A first edition, first printing published by Neville Spearman in 1956. A very good book SIGNED by J P Donleavy and dated March 6th 1957 to the front endpaper. In a very good unclipped wrapper with a split to the spine and rear panel. Some light loss to the spine tips and some wear to the corners.

      [Bookseller: John Atkinson Books]
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        MacArthur: His Rendezvous with History

      New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1956. Cloth. Very Good +/Very Good +. SIGNED BY DOUGLAS MACARTHUR on the front free endpaper AND INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR, MAJOR GENERAL COURTNEY WHITNEY, just below MacArthur's signature. A very solid copy to boot of this 1956 early (but not 1st) edition. Tight and VG+ (minor bumping to the front tips) in a crisp, price-intact ("$6.75"), VG+ dustjacket, with very light chipping --and just a touch of creasing-- along the panel edges and the flap-folds. Thick octavo, 547 pgs. plus index. Major General Whitney, an "Army commander during World War II who later served under MacArthur as a senior official during the occupation of Japan", here "reproduces in full or in substantial part many hitherto unpublished communications to and from Washington, especially to and from the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Pentagon, so that the reader may judge for himself the orders MacArthur received and how he carried them out"

      [Bookseller: Appledore Books, ABAA]
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        Quiet Days in Clichy. Photographs by Brassaï [Gyula Halász].

      Paris; The Olympia Press, 1956. First edition, stated on titlepage. 17,5x11 cm. 171, (1) pp. + 29 photographic plates (2 double spread). Original stiff wrappers, designed by T. [Shinkichi] Tajiri. Spine has a few light vertical creases and is a little worn along the joints. There is a small dampstain on front wrapper, and a few insignificant specks on the fore-edge. Pp. 169/170 has a small speck in outer margin, contents are otherwise bright and clean. A fine copy. Shifreen & Jackson A100a.

      [Bookseller: Patrik Andersson Antikvariat]
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        Flight from the Enchanter, The

      London: Chatto & Windus, 1956. First Edition. Hardcover. Fine/Fine. A superb First Impression of Murdoch's second novel, following Under the Net. 8vo: 316,[2]pp. Publisher's cinnamon-colored paper (grained to simulate cloth over boards), spine lettered in gilt; pictorial dust jacket (price-clipped) illustrated by Edward Bawden. Fine, square, tight binding, pages crisp and fresh, in a Fine, bright, completely unfaded example of the magnificent jacket. Fletcher & Bove A0186. Murdoch denied putting friends into her novels, but the model for the enchanter Mischa Fox was the Bulgarian-born, Nobel Prize-winning writer Elias Canetti, Murdoch's lover from January 1953 until late 1955. According to Murdoch's biographer, Peter Conradi, Canetti, the "god-monster of Hampstead . . . represented the artist-as-manipulative-and-sadistic-mythomaniac" in her imagination. He was a cruel and controlling lover who dominated a coterie of enthralled "disciples" and mistresses, a role he reenacts in several of Murdoch's early novels, particularly Flight from the Enchanter, which she dedicated to him. 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.

      [Bookseller: Fine Editions Ltd]
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        Flight From The Enchanter

      Chatto and Windus, 1956. Hardcover. Very Good. A first edition, first printing published by Chatto and Windus in 1956. A very good+ (or better) book with some spotting to the page edges and prelims. Some shadowing to the spine. Previous owner's bookplate. In a very good+ unclipped wrapper with just a little wear to the head of the spine. Author's second novel.

      [Bookseller: John Atkinson Books]
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        Kulturhistoriskt lexikon för Nordisk medeltid från vikingatid till reformationstid. Svensk red. John Granlund. Rikt illustrerad. 1-22.

      - Malmö, Allhems förlag, 1956-78. 8:o. Förlagets svarta hfrbd med övre guldsnitt och med skyddsomslag. 22 volymer. Ur Alf Henriksons bibliotek, med hans exlibris. Fint exemplar av första upplagan.

      [Bookseller: Centralantikvariatet]
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        Quiet Days In Clichy

      Paris: The Olympia Press, 8, Rue de Nesle, 1956. First Edition. Original Wraps. Fine-. First Impression ("First and original edition" on title page). Small 8vo: 171,[1]pp, with 29 full-page plates photogravures (recto and verso, of which one verso only and one double-page photomontage of Paris after dark) by Brassai (pseudonym of Gyula Halász), printed from the negatives on glossy photographic stock (the only printing in which the plates were so produced). Original stiff wrappers designed by T. Tajiri, printed in grey, yellow and black; grey end papers; custom clamshell box covered with canary-yellow vintage cloth, printed paper spine label. Just about Fine copy (slight color loss to spine folds and crown) of this small, fragile volume, which is becoming less common in collectible condition. Provenance: decorative period book plate to first blank. A short novel, celebrating love, art, and the Bohemian life, that contains a second story, “Mara-Marignan," both dating from the same period as Tropic of Cancer, when Miller was an obscure, penniless young writer in Paris. A few months after Miller returned to New York, in 1940, he was, as usual, flat-broke. A quick moneymaking opportunity arose when a man named Barnet Runer arranged for Miller to write pornography at a dollar a page for an Oklahoma erotica collector named Roy M. Johnson. Early drafts of “Mara-Marignan” and “Quiet Days in Clichy” were the result. Johnson was not impressed; he found them to be “too poetic," and the manuscripts for both stories went missing—“lost for over ten years,” Miller wrote in 1956—then "turned up miraculously—where I won’t say now"—after which Miller rewrote both stories, in Big Sur, in May of that year, for publication a few months later. This first edition was published in Paris, in June 1956, with photographs of 1930s Paris (street-scenes of prostitutes; sailors fondling women in cafes, young people flirting, kissing, dancing, and drinking) by Brassai. "In 1933 Miller wrote to a friend of his intention 'to make a niche for him (Brassai) in this present book.' The illustrations Miller obtained from Brassai never went into "Tropic Cancer'," but were used instead in "Quiet Days in Clichy" twenty-three years later, "because one of the principal themes of my book is the street'" and "to show, rather than hide, the erotic aspects of the city." (Blinder, A Self-Made Surrealist: Ideology and Aesthetics in the Work of Henry Miller, p. 71). Note: With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed.

      [Bookseller: Fine Editions Ltd]
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        Question of Parity Conservation in Weak Interactions

      Macmillan & Co., Ltd., London 1956 - T. D. Lee and C. N. Yang, Question of Parity Conservation in Weak Interactions. In Physical Review 104 (1956), pp. 254-258. Announcement of the theory of broken symmetry as a way of explaining meson decay. Volume 104 (Nov-Dec. offered, 856 pp.) Original publisher's black cloth with gilt on spine. X-libris but free of markings and stamps. Near fine condition. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Alexander Macaulay Rare Books]
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        Earth vs. The Flying Saucers.

      Printed by 'La Palette', Brussells. [1956]. A scarce original Belgian mid-size / window card style poster for the 1956 sci-fi movie 'L'Invasion Des Soucoupes Volantes' from Columbia Pictures, directed by Fred F. Sears, and with groundbreaking flying saucer effects created by Ray Harryhausen. Folded once (almost always issued folded!), condition A. 14x 22 inches approx, now with loose-backed board stiffener. One of the best of the alien invasion films of the 50s, and a box office hit. This was Oscar-winning animator Rah Harryhausen's second film in partnership with producer Charles H. Schneer, following 'It Came from Beneath the Sea' (1955). His other major films include Mighty Joe Young (1949), 20 Million Miles to Earth (1957), Jason and the Argonauts (1963), One Million Years B.C. (1966), The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1974) and Clash of the Titans (1981). Note on Format; Belgian posters come in three primary sizes, with the 14x22 being the mid-size style. Similar to a US window card, but printed on thinner paper (and therefore fragile). A popular format with collectors.

      [Bookseller: Adrian Harrington Rare Books]
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      Reading: Fantasy Press, 1956. First edition. Fine in a fine dust jacket with some dust soiling to rear panel. A bright attractive copy of a scarce book. (8695). Octavo, cloth. One of 50 copies signed on special inserted limitation page by the author (the author is claimed to have signed only 50 of the limitation sheets even thought sheet calls for 500 signed copies). An Arcot, Wade and Morley space adventure. See Anatomy of Wonder (1995) 2- 12.

      [Bookseller: John W. Knott, Jr., Bookseller, ABAA/ILA]
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        HOWL: And Other Poems

      San Francisco: City Lights, (1956). First Edition. Wraps. Very good. 12mo. Original single-stapled wraps with hand-pasted wrap-around band label (present only in this printing and the second). Very good with moderate toning to label, as usual. Crease across top corner of front wrap. Several small stains and a scuff to rear label. Tiny touch of foxing at fore-edge. Else clean and sound throughout. The first printing, an impression of 1000 copies, of the original edition of Ginsberg's landmark poem, number four in the Pocket Poets Series. Though publisher Ferlinghetti made efforts to censor the work prior to publication (replacing the more offensive words with ellipses) Howl still managed to run afoul with US Customs officials, who seized more than 500 copies of the second printing for obscenity, leading to one of the most important censorship trials of the 20th century. [Morgan A3.a1.1]. [Cook p. 21].

      [Bookseller: Brian Cassidy, Bookseller]
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        Derriere le Miroir 87-88-89 June, July, August 1956

      Paris: Maeght Editeur, 1956. Includes 5 color lithographs by Miro, including the covers. Believed to be missing is the "Zephyr Bird" print. Covers show wear to the spine, and one of the pages of photos has some edgewear. Overall plates are about Very Good.. First Edition. Softcover. Very Good-.

      [Bookseller: Dark and Stormy Night Books]
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        The Fellowship of the Ring; The Two Towers; The Return of the King

      Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company / The Riverside Press, Circa 1956. Various printings of early editions, and a first American edition. Hardcover. 423; 352; 416pp. Octavo [23 cm] Blue cloth covered boards with gilt stamped titles on the spines and front covers. Very good. The extremities are subtly bumped, rubbed and browned. The spines are a little rolled. The edges of the text block are very lightly foxed. There are long thin glue stains or patches of adhered paper on the rear pastedowns along the hinges. The pages are yellowed. There is a small gouge and moisture stain on the front cover of volume 1. The text block of The Return of the King is just starting to crack at p. 241. *The crucial map is not present in this volume. The dust jackets of volumes 1 and 2 are in good condition, while the jacket of volume 2 is in poor condition. The jackets have rubbing, age-toning and creasing. They are also lightly stained. There are numerous small losses from the edges of the dust jackets of volumes 1 and 3. The largest loss is from the paper at head of the spine of volume 1, and measures 2 inches wide by 1 inch at its deepest point. There are many closed tears along the edges and folds as well. The longest closed tear measures 3 inches long. The jacket of volume 1 is subtly damp stained, and the jacket of volume 3 has very minor moisture staining. The dust jacket of volume 2 is tattered and torn. The jacket has been torn completely apart in two places. One of these tears has been covered with tape. There are a few other tape repairs as well. The majority of the fore edge of the rear panel is absent. The Return of the King is a first edition, with the date, 1956, on the title page. Number 4 present at the foot of p. 49. $5.00 price on jacket. *The Fellowship of the Ring is an early book club edition (no price on the dust jacket flap). John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (1892-1973) was a scholar of the English language, focusing on Old and Middle English. While many other authors had published works of fantasy before Tolkien, the huge success of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings when they were published in paperback in the United States led directly to a renewed interest in the genre. Tolkien's work is as popular and vital today as when it first appeared.

      [Bookseller: Ken Sanders Rare Books, ABAA]
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        The Last of the Wine.

      London: Longmans, Green and Co,, 1956. Octavo. Original brown boards, titles to spine gilt. With the dust jacket. Frontispiece double-page map. Light foxing to edges, an excellent copy in the jacket with faded spine, light rubbing to extremities. First edition, first impression. This is the second of Renault's historical novels to deal with male homosexuality as its key theme. "Her interest in sexuality and specifically in homosexuality and fluid gender roles and identities may also have contributed to her marginalization — yet these very interests warrant a re-evaluation of her achievement in an era more liberal than the one in which she began to write" (ODNB). A nice association copy, with the gift inscription of First World War poet Cecil Roberts on the front free endpaper, "To Alec Lacy, from his friend Cecil Roberts – Since you love Greece. June 1959". Roberts privately claimed to have been a lover of Laurence Olivier, Ivor Novello, Baron Gottfried von Cramm, Somerset Maugham, and Prince George, Duke of Kent.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        Some South African birds.

      Pretoria: Author, 1956 - Small folio,two watercolour title pages, 26 numbered interleaved leaves with typed text (verso only) on clear parchment paper, 21 signed and dated watercolours; the titlepages and watercolours all approximately 36cm by 25cm and individually mounted on a larger leaf of rag paper 41 cm by 34 cm. The album is red half calf and red cloth with the title "Some South African Birds" on the spine, inner hinges strengthened. A magnificent album of watercolours of South African birds. The first title page reads: Some South African game birds/studies of certain quails, partrdiges & francolins etc./ for/ M. E. Bourke esq/ with/ illustrations & (more hesitantly) text/ by/ Richard Findlay. All plates are portrait and captioned unless otherwise listed. They are: 1. Ortygornis coqui "Swempi male and female, Dick Findlay 56" 2. Chaetopus adspersus "Red-billed Francolin, Dick Findlay 56" 3. Chaetopus natalensis "Natal Francolin, Dick Findlay 56" 4. Pternistis swainsoni "Swainsons Francolin, Dick Findlay 56" 5. Pternistes humboldt "Humboldts Francolin, Dick Findlay 56" 6. Coturnix Africana "Cape Quails male and female Dick Findlay 56" 7. Coturnix delegorguei "Harlequin Quails male and female, Dick Findlay 56" Landscape 8. Excalfactoria adansoni "Blue Quails male and female, Dick Findlay 56" 9. Numida mitrata "Crowned Guineafowl Dick Findlay 58" 10. Guttera educardi "Crested guineafowl Dick Findlay 56" Landscape The second title page reads: Shrikes of Southern Africa/ studies of some of the family Laniidae with text/illustrations by Dick Findlay Pretoria 1957. All plates are portrait and captioned. They are: 1. Lanius collaris "Fiscal Shrike Dick Findlay 57" 2. Lanius collurio "Red-backed Shrike male and female Dick Findlay 57" 3. Tchagra tchagra "Tchagra Shrike female Dick Findlay 57" 4. Tchagra senegala "Black-headed Bush Shrike male Dick Findlay 57" 5. Laniarus ferrugineus "Boubou Bush Shrike male and female Dick Findlay 58" 6. Laniarus atrococcineus "Black and Crimson Shrike male Dick Findlay 57" 7. Telephorus zeylonus "Bokmakerie Dick Findlay 55" 8. Telephorus quadricolor "Four coloured Bush Shrike male Dick Findlay 57" 9. Laniarius abbotti "Abbotts Bush Shrike male Dick Findlay 57" 10. Prionops poliocephala "Smith's Helmet Shrike Dick Findlay 57" 11. Sigmondus retzii "[Retz's Helmet Shrike] Dick Findlay 57" This album is of the highest quality, in terms of both the standard of artwork and presentation. All the birds figured are accurately coloured and the simple botanical backgrounds are uncoloured. The title pages are both pleasing simple watercolours using only one or two colours. THE ARTIST: Richard Findlay (born Pretoria 1928) is a well known South African natural history painter. He has supplied illustrations for journals and books. Findlay illustrated the 1959 Folio of South African Birds as well as books by Eugine Marias. He is active within South African theatre and visual arts and is a published playwright. [Attributes: Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

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        Correspondencia. No. 1 (July 1956) through No. 3 (May 1957) (all published)

      A complete run in three issues (32 pp. each) of the short-lived Argentinian literary and culture journal, under the editorial direction of Jaime Alberto Barceló., containing prose and poetry on topics including authors, theater, film, books, and music. A few scattered illustrations. 8vo. Orig. printed wrpps. Some soiling and foxing, especially to issue no. 2. Buenos Aires 1956-1957. Contributors to this journal included Ramiro de Casasbellas, César Fernández Moreno, Manrique Fernández Moreno, Sigfrido Radaelli, Miguel Brascó, and Jorge Carrol. As of June 2017, WorldCat locates four holdings in North American institutions.

      [Bookseller: F.A. Bernett Books ]
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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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        Time for a Tiger

      Heinemann, 1956. Hardcover. Very Good. A first edition, first printing published by Heinemann in 1956. Burgess's first novel and the first one of his Malayan Trilogy. In mid-blue fabric-covered boards, with title, author and publisher gilt on spine; spine minimally darkened; very narrow strip (about 3mm) at foot of spine and front board sunned. Unclipped, colour-printed dustwrapper, slightly darkened overall and a bit rubbed at extremities and fold-ins with minor chipping at head and foot of spine

      [Bookseller: John Atkinson Books]
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        The Voyage of the Pequod from the Book Moby Dick.

      Cleveland: Harris-Seybold Co., 1956. Color lithograph 24 x 17 1/2 inches. Being a Melville geek, I've kept my eye out for interesting Moby Dickianna, and I've had pretty good luck finding offbeat items, like the copy of Moby in Hebrew that turned up last year. But this item takes the cake. It is a sort of map or schematic diagram of the book, beginning with the Pequod setting out from New Bedford, and ending with her sinking after the three-day battle with the white whale, with important events along the way, flowing in a Gulf Streamish current from the Atlantic to the Pacific, from the calm green of New Bedford to the blood red of the Pequod's last days. Other incidents and characters are featured in insets scattered around the panel, with an Ahab scene at the top and a whaling scene at the bottom of the panel. A credit line at the bottom left says, "Portrait Map by Everett Henry," and a splendid job he did! It was published in 1956, almost certainly to ride the wave of the john Huston, Gregory Peck movie of Moby that was released the same year. In very good condition, mounted on thin plywood.

      [Bookseller: Ten Pound Island Book Co.]
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        SOMETIME, NEVER: THREE TALES OF IMAGINATION by William Golding, John Wyndham [and] Mervyn Peake

      London: Eyre & Spottiswoode, 1956.. Octavo, boards. First edition. Original anthology collecting three novellas: "Envoy Extraordinary" by William Golding (science fiction set in the ancient world), "Consider Her Ways" by John Wyndham (feminist science fiction set in a dystopian future), and "Boy in Darkness" by Mervyn Peake (a fantastic tale set in the world of Titus Groan). Golding's story was adapted later as a play and published as THE BRASS BUTTERFLY (1958). According the Berger (Science Fiction and the New Dark Age, pp. 196-8), Wyndham's "haunting" novella in which "the preventable is not prevented," is "the quintessence of dystopian fiction." Anatomy of Wonder (1995) 3-78. Reginald 13447. Gekoski and Grogan B1a. A fine copy in fine dust jacket. (#131317)

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        Dwight D. Eisenhower Signed Republican National Convention.

      1956 - Program for the 1956 Republican National Convention in San Francisco, August 20, 1956, signed on the front and back by numerous attendees, including a signature of President Eisenhower. Other signers include: Iowa Governor Leo Hoegh; Wisconsin Governor Walter J. Kohler, Jr.; South Dakota Governor Joe Foss; California Senator Thomas Kuchel; New Jersey Senator Howard Alexander Smith; Delaware Senator John J. Williams; Ohio Senator George H. Bender; New Jersey Senator Clifford P. Case; and numerous others. In very good with light toning. A unique piece signed by President Eisenhower and many of those responsible for helping his reelection campaign. Double matted and framed with a photograph of the 1956 Republican Convention. The entire piece measures 22 inches by 25.5 inches. A unique piece. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy]

      [Bookseller: Raptis Rare Books, ABAA/ ILAB]
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        The Quare Fellow.

      London: Methuen & Co. Ltd,, 1956. A Comedy-Drama. Octavo. Original black boards, titles to spine gilt. With the dust jacket. Portrait frontispiece. Spine a little rolled but otherwise an excellent copy of the book, with the good jacket rubbed at the extremities and chipped to ends and corners. First edition, first impression, presentation copy inscribed by the author in Gaelic to Italian film actor and director Marcello Pagliero (1907-80), "Breandan o Beacain, do Marcello Pagliero, 8th Meireain, 1957", on the half-title. The connection between Behan and Pagliero, who is notable for his work with Roberto Rossellini (Pagliero had most notably starred in "Rome, Open City" in 1945), is an unexpected one. Perhaps Behan was attempting to secure interest for a film adaptation. Pagliero seems to have made no move in this direction, but evidently passed the copy on to fellow Paris-based screenwriter Jacqueline Sundstrom, whose ownership inscription appears on the front free endpaper. Sundstrom did, with Arthur Dreifuss, help to adapt the play for the 1962 film, which starred Patrick McGoohan. Sundstrom evidently developed some bond with Behan, as she is noted to have attended his funeral. Throughout the text are several pencil annotations marking Behan's obscure colloquialisms. The Quare Fellow is the author's first book and his key play, and is uncommon inscribed, especially with such compelling associations. Set in Mountjoy Prison, Dublin, it is also the origin of the song "The Auld Triangle", now a staple of Irish music, though most are unaware that it was composed by Behan for the play.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        THE BULL CALF and other poems (inscribed to Northrop Frye)

      Contact Press, Toronto 1956 - The paper issue (hardcover issue is very scarce). Octavo, illustrated card covers (art by Betty Sutherland). pp (4), 49, [3]. Light yellowing to spine, inner margins of covers, and upper and outer margins of rear cover; very small soft corner crease to upper outer corners; else fine. INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR TO NORTHFROP FRYE "For Northrop Frye, with a warm handshake, Irving Layton. Mar. 9, 1956". A super Canadian literary association. Layton commonly signed and inscribed his books, but this one inscribed to the leading Canadian literary theorist and critic of the 20th century is exceptional. (We note that Irving was in a handshaking mode upon publication. He offered a "cordial handshake" to George Whalley 22 March 1956.) [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Soft Cover]

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        Abraham Rattner: 24 Plates

      Universiy of Illinois Press, Urbana 1956 - 1956 First Edition. NEAR FINE. Softcover book and 24 loose plates housed in clamshell box. Box Good+. 24-page illustrated book, printed in black and red, includes Foreword and notes by Allen S. Weber. Bound in illustrated cover reproducing one of the two-color (yellow and black) plates. Book is clean, unmarked and firmly bound. The 24 loose plates include 6 in full color, 2 in two-color, the balance black and white. Plates are Near Fine to Fine, a few with slight edge wear not affecting or near image areas. Plate 1 (black and white) has a tiny spot in the image area that transferred from a spot on the back cover of the book (photo available). The top of the clamshell box is covered in gray paper printed in black and red. The box is clean but sunned along edges and the front flap of box detached. Book and plates measure ~12-3/4 x 16-3/4". Size: 4to [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

      [Bookseller: Knickerbocker Books]
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        More Collected Verse of Robert Service (association signed copy)

      New York: Dodd, Mead, 1956. Later edition. Hard Cover. Good/Poor. ASSOCIATION COPY LINKING TWO GREAT CANADIAN AUTHORS. 5-1/2 x 8 inches. (12), 192pp. Red plum cloth in dust jacket. Tiny mark on the spine, the jacket re-backed and slightly chipped at the top and bottom of the spine panel. Good condition overall. Inscribed by Service on the front free endpaper: "To Pierre Berton - | Hoping we will | have another | happy visit from | him - | His sincere friend | Robert Service | Monte Carlo. 1958". In May 1958, Pierre Berton interviewed Robert W. Service at his home in Monaco, Villa Aurora, for the popular documentary series on the CBC called Close-up. Service died on 11 September 1958. A companion volume to Service's Collected Poems containing Songs of a Sun-Lover, Rhymes of a Roughneck, Lyrics of a Low Brow, Rhymes of a Rebel, and Songs for My Supper.

      [Bookseller: Lord Durham Rare Books (IOBA)]
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        A History of the English-Speaking Peoples.

      London: Cassell and Company Ltd, 1956–8 - 4 volumes, octavo. Original red cloth, titles to spines gilt, top edges red. With the dust jackets. Bookseller's ticket to front pastedowns. Ownership signature to front pastedowns or endpapers. An excellent set in the bright, price-clipped jackets, with just a little rubbing to extremities, vol. I with small chip to head of front panel. Illustrated throughout with maps and genealogical tables. First editions, first impressions. Churchill's history of the two branches of the English-speaking nations – the British Empire and the United States – was begun during his "Wilderness Years" in the early 1930s, but not completed until after his retirement from the political stage in the late 1950s. The events of the Second World War, the major interruption in the writing process, 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." Consequently he gave considerable attention to the key events of American history, around a quarter of the third volume, "The Age of Revolution", is dedicated to the American War of Independence, and a full third of the final volume, "The Great Democracies" contains a detailed study of the American Civil War. Cohen A267.1(I) - (IV); Woods A138(a). [Attributes: First Edition]

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA member]
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        Waiting For Godot: A Tragicomedy In Two Acts.

      London: Faber and Faber, 1956. First British edition of the author's masterpiece. Octavo, original black cloth. Inscribed by the author on the title page "For Dr. Murray with all good wishes Samuel Beckett Paris July 1981." From the library of Irish book collector Dr. Philip Murray, author of The Adventures of a Book Collector. Some offsetting to the endpapers, near fine in a near fine dust jacket that shows some light rubbing to the spine. Translated by Beckett from the original French. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare and desirable signed and inscribed by Beckett. One of the most influential plays of the post-war period" and a central document of the Absurdist school, Waiting for Godot earned Beckett worldwide acclaim (Drabble, 1038). "Beckett's work invented an entirely new theatrical language, palpable and comprehensible images of the absurd, and unforgettable metaphors of the human condition" (Hollier, 1010). "One of the true masterpieces of the century" (Clive Barnes, The New York Times).

      [Bookseller: Raptis Rare Books ]
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        Atomová Energie.

      Overview Details & Condition Third edition, revised. A very nice example of this rare Soviet Czechoslovakian text for workers in the nuclear industry, Atomic Energy: Fundamentals for the Use of Technicians. It was probably produced in anticipation of the country's first nuclear power plant, a Sovet-funded KS 150 reactor at Jaslovské Bohunice in western Slovakia, which would run on unenriched uranium mined locally. Agreed in 1956, construction unexpectedly took 16 years and the plant was activated in 1972 but decommissioned in 1979 after an accident. The guide begins with chapters on the atom, the discovery of atomic energy, and the history of nuclear reactors, followed by sections titled "From Heavy Water to the Reactor of Tomorrow" and "Atomic Reactors Serve Peace". The chapters that follow describe different types of reactor (graphite, "uranium and heavy water", "common water", and "fast" reactors) and safety precautions.The text is heavily illustrated with evocative diagrams and photos that are loosely inserted and numbered to correspond to the printed descriptions. They include images of reactor employees at work as well as buildings, technology (including one shot of the interior of a reactor core), and equipment such as radiation-proof suits and Geiger counters. Many of the diagrams show cut-away views of reactors, as well as energy and work flows. One of the most interesting illustrations is an elaborate montage depicting what the Brussels Atomium (then under construction) might look like when it was completed. Also included is "The first photograph of atoms", an image of rhenium atoms taken by Dr. Erwin Müller of Pennsylvania State, who was the first scientist to directly observe individual atoms, using the field ion microscope he invented. Much of the text is in two languages, Czech and a very similar one that is probably Slovak. The content is simple and straightforward, so this book was probably designed for low-level workers as a basic introduction combined with Soviet propaganda promoting this futuristic energy source. WorldCat locates no institutional copies of this particular book, though it lists other texts on nuclear energy by Jan Tůma, including one for schools. A fantastic and uncommon relic of the atomic age. ...áklady technikého využiti. Třeti Přepracované Vydání. Obrazová Galerie Názorných Pomůcek ve Fotografii. Sbírka: Lidová Univ-rsita v Obrazech. Soubor č 39. Prague: Výtvar - Obrazová Služba Názorných Pomůcek, [1957]. Perfect bound. 83 leaves of mimeographed typescript. Stiff card wrappers printed in black, blue cotton string ties. Complete with 25 photographs and 22 diagrams (of which 3 are folding), all loosely inserted adjacent to their accompanying text. Some spots and marks to the wrappers, mimeographed leaves faintly toned but the other contents in fresh condition. An excellent copy.

      [Bookseller: Alembic Rare Books]
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        Profiles In Courage

      New York: Harper & Brothers, Publishers, 1956. First edition, early printing of Kennedy's Pulitzer Prize-winning work. Octavo, original half cloth, with eight pages of black-and-white photogravures. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Philip Sang with best wishes John Kennedy Dec. 3, 1957." This book was signed by then Senator John F. Kennedy at the National Conference of Christians and Jews Dinner in Chicago, Illinois on December 3, 1957, where Kennedy was the keynote speaker. The recipient, Philip Sang was a noted manuscript and Americana collector. Near fine in an excellent dust jacket with some rubbing and wear. Foreword by Allan Nevins. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. The Pulitzer Prize-winning book was written when Kennedy was the junior senator from Massachusetts, and it served as a clarion call to every American. The inspiring accounts of eight previous heroic acts by American patriots inspired the American public to remember the courage progress requires. Now, a half-century later, it remains a classic and a relevant testament to the national spirit that celebrates the most noble of human virtues. Kennedy relates these heroisms to sketches of American politicians who have risked their careers for principle. "A man does what he must," he wrote, "in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles and dangers and pressures-and that is the basis of all human morality."

      [Bookseller: Raptis Rare Books]
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        HARD MEN

      Ballantine Books 1956 - Two tiny white marks along bottom rear board; cheap pulp pages browned but no brittleness or flaking; otherwise a bright, tight, clean, square copy. Bright DJ has tiny scuff mark on front panel; spine lightly dust soiled; red lettering on spine lightly faded. Ballantine hardback H-149. An exceptional copy of one of the scarcest title in the series. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Gene Zombolas]
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