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        The Silent Life

      New York: Farrar, Straus & Cudahy, 1957. First edition of this classic meditation by Merton. Octavo, original cloth, pictorial endpapers. illustrated with photographs. Boldly signed by Thomas Merton on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of wear. Jacket photograph showing the cloister of the Cistercian Abbey of Hauterive, Fribourg, Switzerland by Benedikt Rast. A very nice example, uncommon signed. Thomas Merton wrote The Silent Life a decade after he took orders. In his Prologue, Merton describes the book as "a meditation on the monastic life by one who, without any merit of his own, is privileged to know that life on the inside . . . who seeks only to speak as the mouthpiece of a tradition centuries old." It is a remarkable work-one that combines a lucid and informative description of the nature and forms of monasticism, communal and solitary, with a passionate defense of the contemplative's quest for God.

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        Corpus Papyrorum Judaicarum, I-III. [THREE VOLUMES].

      Cambridge, Harvard University Press for Magnes Press, the Hebrew University, 1957-64. - Three volumes. Quarto. Pp. xx, 294; xvi, 283; xvi, 209, plus 6 plates. Hardcover, uniformly bound in the original publisher's full cloth, spines gilt. In a very good condition, fine interiors. ~ First edition. This complete set comes from the library of Papyrologist Prof. Dr. Klaas Worp with his small ownership signature to first free endpaper of each volume. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Librarium of The Hague]
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        Helmet for my Pillow

      New York: Random House [1957], 1957. First printing. Hardcover. Very near Fine/Very Good. 311 pp. A moving first-hand account of the horrors of war in the Pacific in the Second World War. A nice copy of a scarce book. A very near Fine book in a Very Good price-clipped dust jacket with a few hints of edge wear and a bit of mild age toning.

      [Bookseller: Evening Star Books]
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        Atlas Shrugged

      New York: Random House, 1957. First edition of one of the most influential novels of the twentieth century. Large octavo, original green cloth, frontispiece stamped in gilt, spine stamped in black and gilt. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Daniel Verigen with my sincere appreciation Ayn Rand 1/6.65." Fine in a near fine first issue dust jacket with touch of wear. Dust jacket design by George Salter. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A superior example. From 1943 until its publication in 1957, [Rand] worked on the book that many say is her masterpiece, Atlas Shrugged. This novel describes how a genius named John Galt grows weary of supporting a society of ungrateful parasites and one day simply shrugs and walks away. He becomes an inspiration to like-minded men and women, all of whom eventually follow his example, until society, in its agony, calls them back to responsibility and respect. Again [as with Rand's novel The Fountainhead in 1943] reviews were unsympathetic, and again people bought the book" (ANB). The theme of Atlas Shrugged, as Rand described it, is "the role of man's mind in existence." The book explores a number of philosophical themes that Rand would subsequently develop into the philosophy of Objectivism. By 1984 more than five million copies of Atlas Shrugged had been sold, and in a 1991 Library of Congress survey Americans named it second only to the Bible as the book that had most influenced their lives.

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        D'un chateau l'autre

      Gallimard, 1957. Tiratura di 1040 esemplari numerati Esemplare numero 326 Rilegatura da Paul Bonet Ottimo stato.

      [Bookseller: Prometeo Libri]
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        BIG PLANET

      New York: Avalon Books, [1957]. First edition. A fine copy in a fine dust jacket. (18582). Octavo, cloth. Signed by Vance on the title page. "In Big Planet Vance provided an sf model for the planetary romance which has been of significant use for forty years. The planet of this novel is a huge though Earthlike world, with enough landmass to provide realistic venues in which a wide range of social systems can operate..." - Malcolm J. Edwards and John Clute, SFE (online).

      [Bookseller: John W. Knott, Jr., Bookseller, ABAA/ILA]
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        Kerouac, Jack - Collection

      Various - 9 Books including 6 1st editions (one with Kerouac inscription!). 1sts are "On the Road", 1957 hardcover + inscribed first soft cover of(see photos); also "Dharma Bums", "Visions of Cody" and 1st soft covers: "Pic", "Subterraneans", "Tristessa". All very good and/or fine condition. Rare Opportunity. $22,500. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Antiquarian Bookstore]
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        Unter dem Eisen des Mondes. Gedichte.

      63 S. Orig.-Pappbd m. Orig.-Umschlag. Erste Ausgabe. - WG. 2. - Dritte Veröffentlichung Bernhards nach "Auf der Erde und in der Hölle" (1957) und "In hora mortis" (1958). Umschlaggestaltung von Hannes Jähn.- Umschlag leicht fleckig u. minimal angerändert, Schnitt leicht stockfleckig.

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat Dieter Eckert]
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        Björn - Bär ( bear ) - Bronzerelief. ( Bronze-relief )

      Bronzetafel Björn - Bär ( bear ). Maße der Bronzetafel ca. 19 x 23,5 x 2 cm ( Höhe x Breite x Tiefe ), untenstehend mit *Schilkin (19)57* signiert und datiert, verso mit Angabe *24 IFE ( ?) sowie darunterstehender Datierung *19.-24. VIII. 1957* sowie mit Gießerstempel *Högfors 225*. Die Bronzetafel verso mit 2 Haken zum Befestigen. Die Bronze etwas berieben, gering bestoßen, vorn unten rechts gering rostfleckig (?). Insgesamt aber guter Zustand. ( Gewicht 1100 Gramm ) ( Pic erhältlich // webimage available )

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        Typed Letter signed ("Cecil B. deMille") to Miss Renée Melzer of New York, regarding THE TEN COMMANDMENTS and the unlikelihood of a making a future Biblical picture

      Hollywood, Ca, 1957. One page, on letterhead of Paramount Pictures. 1 vols. 11 x 8 inches. Old tape stain at top and bottom edges, else fine. One page, on letterhead of Paramount Pictures. 1 vols. 11 x 8 inches. "at the age of seventy-five one does not plan too far ahead ... " Marvelous letter thanking Melzer for her remarks on his latest production, THE TEN COMMANDMENTS: "The greatest reward we could have for producing it comes in the letters we receive from men, women and children all over the country who tell us that seeing THE TEN COMMANDMENTS has made God a reality to them and given them a greater understanding of the Bible. Thank you also for your suggestion that I consider producing another Biblical picture about the history of the Jews. I am unable to consider this subject at this time as I am committed to supervise a new production of THE BUCCANNEER this year - to be produced by Henry Wilcoxen and directed by Anthony Quinn - and at the age of seventy-five one does not plan too far ahead ... "

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      - JOHNSON,CROCKETT. HAROLD'S TRIP TO THE SKY. NY: Harper Bros. 1957. 16mo (5 x 6"), tan cloth spine and pictorial boards, slight lean to binding else Fine copy in dust wrapper with price intact (dw has 2 archival mends on verso). 1st edition of the third Harold book wherein Harold and his Purple Crayon go to Mars. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Mushrooms, Russia and History

      Designed by HANS MARDERSTEIG and printed at the Stamperia Valdonega for Pantheon Books, New York 1957 - First Edition, No. 457 of 510 copies. Title page with color vignettes after Fabre, 82 plates including numerous color reproductions of watercolors by Fabre, numerous illustrations in text. xxi, 214, [4]; xii, [ii],215-433, [3] pp. With folding map in pocket at back in pocket. 2 vols. 4to. With laid in card acknowledging sympathy card from the family of Valentina P.(avlovna Guercken) Wasson. This is the Wassons first book and was originally started as a Russian cookbook. Original green cloth, with leather spine labels. Fine in the original box, in chipped glassine Title page with color vignettes after Fabre, 82 plates including numerous color reproductions of watercolors by Fabre, numerous illustrations in text. xxi, 214, [4]; xii, [ii],215-433, [3] pp. With folding map in pocket at back in pocket. 2 vols. 4to [Attributes: First Edition]

      [Bookseller: James Cummins Bookseller, ABAA]
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        La tribu arc-en-ciel

      First edition.Binding of the publisher full polychrome cardboard, smooth back, illustrated boards, flat rubbed corners and heads, otherwise nice copy.Text by Josephine Baker, illustrations by Piet Worm.A small patch of rust at the top of the very last page and the one in his eyes.Rare autograph tribute signed and dated Josephine Baker. Opera Mundi Paris 1957 21,5x29cm reliure de l'éditeur

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        Cathédral Strasbourg. Oel auf Leinwand.

      1957 61x 39 cm, Lwd. rückseitig min fleckig, Bild tadellos Unten rechts signiert und datiert. Rückseite handschriftliches Adressschild des Künstlers mit Titel: «Walter Meier. Rindermarkt 20. Zürich 1 - Cathédral Strasbourg. Zusätzlich mit Widmung an eine Freund zum Geburtstag auf Keilrahmen. - Walter Meier (1921-1985) kam in der Nähe des Großmünsters zur Welt. Seine Mutter war italienischer Abstammung. Die Maisschnitten der Mutter und ihre Tauben hatte er seiner Lebtag nie vergessen. Er wollte nach der Schulzeit Schauspieler werden. musste zuerst jedoch einen richtigen Beruf erlernen und machte eine Kaufmännische Lehre. Im Welschland an der Abendhandelsschule in Le Locle stellte er fest. dass er Maler werden wollte. Er machte eine Ausbildung an der École des Beaux-Arts in La Chaux-de-Fonds und in Paris. Bald erhielt er Stipendien vom Bund und der Stadt Zürich. Er konnte aber nicht von der Malerei leben und musste jahrelang seinen Lebensunterhalt in einer Zürcher Pharma-Firma verdienen. Nach seiner frühzeitigen Pensionierung malte er fast nur noch. Er war ein begeisterter Opernbesucher und ein auserlesener Feinschmecker. Meier lebte fast sein ganzes Leben in Zürich. 1981 zog er im Künstlerhaus Boswil ein. wo er in seinen letzten Jahren umsorgt und gepflegt wurde. Er wurde vor allem durch seine Provence-Landschaften bekannt. Meier war Mitglied der Gruppen Zinnober und Réveil. Versand D: 20,00 EUR Gemälde - nach 1945

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        How the Grinch Stole Christmas

      New York: Random House,, 1957. Tall quarto. Original laminated pictorial boards, illustrated endpapers. With the pictorial dust jacket. Illustrated throughout by the author. Spine ends creased, slight rubbing to extremities. An excellent copy in the bright jacket, a little loss to spine ends, creasing to edge. First edition, first printing, in the first issue dust jacket with the advertisement for The Cat in the Hat on the rear panel and the list of fourteen books by the author on the rear flap.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        Dr No

      London: Jonathan Cape, 1957.. FIRST EDITION. Octavo (20 x 14cm), pp.256. Publisher's black cloth, silver titles to spine, in pictorial dust-jacket designed by Pat Marriott. The first issue without the 'Dancing Lady' design on the upper board (present on the later issue). Book is clean and bright with some minor dustiness to top edge, previous description affixed to endpaper (discreetly beneath flap), jacket a trifle edgeworn, spine gently toned. Near fine, in a bespoke leather-spined clamshell case.

      [Bookseller: Adrian Harrington Rare Books]
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        American Solider Photo Album

      Okinawa, 1957. Near Fine. Oblong photo album measuring 11" x 15". Black lacquer over wooden boards accented with inlaid pieces of mother of pearl appliques, and some hand-painted details, showing a mountain and two tradition-style Japanese buildings beside a body of water; album tied with silk cords. Very good plus with chips and tears. A collection of 73 photographs and snapshots of American soldiers stationed in Okinawa, at Sobe camp in the 1950's. The majority of the assemblage are black and white photos measuring 3.5" x 5" with some 3.5" x 2.25", two 8"x10", and a 5.5" x 14" group photo. All images are clear, a few have captions either in the margins or on the verso of the photo. The group photo is laid in at the rear of the album and is creased, with one section at the right margin torn away, causing minor loss. The album depicts soldiers on duty, a work in the machine shops, views of the base camp, "clowning in the China Sea," playing baseball and basketball, along with locals and town businesses. A picture of a camp sign indicates the soldier/photographer was stationed at Sobe Area, Rycom Gen. Depot, 65th Engineer Heavy Shop Company, 596th Engineer Maintenance Company, 526th Engineer Maintenance Department." A dozen of the photos show both African American and white soldiers sharing the basketball court, work duties, and the baseball field. One of the 8" x 10" photos shows a group of black and white soldiers sharing a traditional meal, seated on the floor around a table, all diligently employing their chopsticks. A caption on one of the baseball game photos identities it as being between the Sobe Engineers and the Magushaki [Hagushaki?] bombers, a Japanese team, at Ishikawa Beach. The final picture of the group is taken in front of a U.S. Army plane, dated 1957 and personalized, "Good Luck Lt. Bass," and is signed by seven men.

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      JONATHAN CAPE 1957 - First Edition, First Printing Vibrant, clean near fine book with a handsome unclipped dust jacket. Original crisp black covered boards with a silver gun and red rose to the front of the boards, with red titles to spine. The book is in near fine condition with crisp, square boards with sharp corners and one soft edge bump. The boards are clean with no edgewear. The book has a tight and square binding. The end papers are clean with one tiny scripted owner name, otherwise no book plates, no book store stamps, and no inscriptions. The internal pages are bright, clean and flat with No marks, No inscriptions, No stains, No bent pages and No foxing. Please see images for details. The original first edition dust jacket is in beautiful condition for this title having benefited from slight restoration by an expert paper conservationist and as such presents in near fine condition. This jacket is usually found in poor condition with large chips, and badly damaged and sunned (darkened) spines,and often large chunks of the spine completely missing. The colors tones of this jacket are evenly toned with some a small stain mark to the rear panel, the jacket has No rips, No tears, No edgewear, No chips, No rubbing and No foxing. The dust jacket is not price clipped and has a stated price of 13s 6d net. A handsome jacket which presents the book very nicely. Please see the many detailed images. ADDITIONAL IMAGES AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST. Please see our Abe store for other Fleming/Bond titles [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Atlas Shrugged

      New York: Random House, 1957 FIRST EDITION. Inscribed and signed by Rand to Mr. and Mrs. Capuletti "for your triumph over the non-objective in art" and dated 17 May 1960. Jose Manuel Capuletti was perhaps Rand's favorite painter, and she collected his works avidly. She wrote in 1966, "to the extent that one may detect certain dominant values in different cultures, one could say the work of Capuletti has the passionate intensity of Spain, the elegance of France, and the joyous, benevolent freedom of America." "The book made Rand a hero to many business owners, executives, and self-identified capitalists, who were overjoyed to discover a novel that acknowledged, understood, and appreciated their work ... She presented a spiritualized version of America's market system, creating a compelling vision of capitalism that drew on traditions of self-reliance and individualism but also presented a forward-looking, even futuristic ideal of what a capitalist society could be ... Rand's defense of wealth and merit freed capitalists from both personal and social guilt simultaneously ... In Rand business had found a champion, a voice that could articulated its claim to prominence in American life" (Burns, Goddess of the Market: Ayn Rand and the American Right). Alan Greenspan declared, "Of all my teachers, Arthur Burns and Ayn Rand had the greatest impact on my life... Ayn Rand expanded my intellectual horizons, challenging me to look beyond economics to understand the behavior of individuals and societies." NYPL Books of the Century 163. Original cloth, without dust jacket. Rubbed, tear to hinge. Very good.

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        Paul Klee. Zehn Farbenlichtdrucke nach Werken der Sammlung Richard Doetsch-Benziger. Herausgegeben von Georg Schmidt.

      Phoebus-Verlag, Basel, 1957. Large folio, portfolio with 10 plates in colour each in a passe-partout, 49,5 x 37,5 cm., original binding in jute, 1 sheet introductory text in German + 14 pp. in wrappers, kept together with a string (as issued).

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        San Gennaro non dice mai no

      MILANO: BOMPIANI, 1957. VIED. Brossurato. BUONO. 12 20,5. USATO

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        The Hawk in the Rain.

      New York: Harper & Brothers, 1957 - Octavo. Original black cloth, titles gilt to spine. With the dust jacket. The gatherings slightly loosened at the cords, the jacket tanned at the spine, but an excellent copy. First US edition, first printing, presentation copy of Hughes's first book, inscribed to the poet and actress Isabella Gardner on the title page, "To Isabella Gardner with good wishes Ted Hughes". Gardner (1915–1981) was the Massachusetts-born great-niece of the important Boston art collector Isabella Stuart Gardner (1840–1924) and the cousin of the poet Robert Lowell. She studied acting at the Leighton Rollins School of Acting and the Embassy School of Acting in London, before moving to Chicago, where she edited the Poetry magazine from 1952 to 1956 under Karl Shapiro. She published four poetry collections in her lifetime, Birthdays from the Ocean (1955), The Looking Glass (1961), West of Childhood (1965), and That Was Then (1980). Her biography – Not At All What One is Used To: The Life and Times of Isabella Gardner, by Marian Janssen – was published in 2010. Sylvia Plath herself is noted to have considered Gardner a rival to the title "Poetess of America". Somewhat suggestively, Hughes has added in pencil to the rear free endpaper his address while staying in Boston, "Ted Hughes, Suite 61, 9 Willow St, Boston 8 -". Sagar & Tabor A1b; Journals, ed. Hughes & McCullough, p. 211. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy]

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA member]
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      Kingsville: Privately printed for The King Ranch, 1957. by Carl Hertzog, research by Holland McCombs, annotation by Francis L. Fugate, two volumes, bound in heavy crash linen resembling the King Ranch saddle blanket with the running "W" brand. The slipcase is made from same material but without the brand. Leather spine labels. This deluxe special set was printed in an edition of 3,000 copies to be given as gifts from the owners of the ranch. LOWMAN 99A. Fine.

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        The Cat in the Hat.

      New York: Random House, Inc., 1957 - Octavo. Original pictorial blue boards, pictorial endpapers. With the dust jacket. Boards a little soiled, some light rubbing to extremities, internally fresh. An excellent copy in the bright, slightly creased jacket that has a 5 cm closed tear to head of front panel, and some nicks to extremities. First edition, first issue, with the price listed on the dust jacket as 200/200 and the boards not laminated as in later issues. Younger and Hirsch 7. [Attributes: First Edition]

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        Selected Poems.

      Bllomington: Indiana University Press, 1957 - Octavo. Original black cloth, title to spine in orange, decoration to front board in orange, top edge orange. Rear top tip bumped. An excellent copy in the toned dust jacket, slightly nicked. First edition, first printing, In 1945, Mistral became the first Latin American author to win a Nobel Prize for Literature. This copy is inscribed by its translator, Langston Hughes, on the front free endpaper, "Happy New Year to Cousin Rose, sincerely Langston/New York January 1958". Cousin Rose is Rose Leary Love, North Carolinian educator and author. This copy is also signed by Hughes at the end of the introduction, very scarce thus. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy]

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      Paris: Maeght, 1957. First. paperback. near fine/near fine. Marc Chagall. Illustrated with 15 original lithographs (including the wrappers & title page), 13 of which are in color, and 4 double-page, all printed by Mourlot Freres. Many additional b/w and color plates throughout. 177 pages with text in French. Short square 4to, stiff pictorial wrappers. Paris: Maeght, 1957. First edition. Illustrated with 15 original lithographs (including the wrappers & title page), 13 of which are in color, and 4 double-page, all printed by Mourlot Freres. Many additional b/w and color plates throughout. 177 pages with text in French. Short square 4to, stiff pictorial wrappers. Paris: Maeght, 1957. First edition. Light wear at spine head and slightly darkened at spine foot; small bump at upper corner that barely disturbs some pages, but still a near fine clean copy. --Cramer, no. 34.

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        John F. Kennedy Signed Inaugural Address.

      - Life Magazine's souvenir edition commemorating Kennedy's inauguration. Boldly inscribed by Kennedy, "For Mr. Joseph Clark with very best wishes, John Kennedy. The recipient, Joseph Clark was a United States Senator from Pennsylvania from 1957 to 1969. He worked with Kennedy in the Senate, and continued to their push for civil rights, highlighting the issue as a major part of Kennedy's presidential campaign. Endorsing new legislation--to extend voting rights, end discrimination in education and housing, and establish the Fair Employment Practices Commission, among other things--Kennedy announced during his campaign that Clark and Congressman Emanuel Celler had agreed to prepare a comprehensive civil rights bill 'embodying the commitments of the Democratic platform,' to be introduced early in the next congressional session. One of the key issues in Kennedy's campaign, which helped him win the presidency in 1960. Matted and framed with the printed text of Kennedy's inaugural speech, a portrait of Kennedy giving his speech. The entire piece measures 27 inches by 34 inches. Rare and desirable, especially with such an association. After three years working together in the Senate, John F. Kennedy and his liberal Democratic colleague from Pennsylvania, Joseph S. Clark, Jr., continued their push for civil rights, highlighting the issue as a major part of Kennedy's presidential campaign. Endorsing new legislation--to extend voting rights, end discrimination in education and housing, and establish the Fair Employment Practices Commission, among other things--Kennedy announced during his campaign that Clark and Congressman Emanuel Celler had agreed to prepare a comprehensive civil rights bill 'embodying the commitments of the Democratic platform,' to be introduced early in the next congressional session. One of the key issues in Kennedy's campaign, it helped him win the presidency in 1960. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Soft Cover]

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        Vita di Gesù

      ARNOLDO MONDADORI EDITORE, 1957. ITALIANO 0,23 Volume rilegato in cartoncino rigido. Pagine in buono stato brunite, come i tagli. Traduzione di Angiolo Silvio Novaro. Volume n. CI ( 101 ) della collana. USATO

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        "Relative State" Formulation of Quantum Mechanics

      Lancaster and New York: American Institute of Physics, 1957. FIRST EDITION IN ORIGINAL WRAPPERS of Hugh Everett's ground breaking work on the existence of multiple universes, a new theory addressing the flaws of the Copenhagen quantum mechanics interpretation. "The Schrödinger equation delineates how a quantum system's wave function will change through time, an evolution that it predicts will be smooth and deterministic (that is, with no randomness). But that elegant mathematics seems to contradict what happens when humans observe a quantum system, such as an electron, with a scientific instrument (which itself may be regarded as a quantum-mechanical system). For at the moment of measurement, the wave function describing the superposition of alternatives appears to collapse into one member of the superposition, thereby interrupting the smooth evolution of the wave function and introducing discontinuity..."Many of the founders of quantum mechanics, notably Bohr, Werner Heisenberg and John von Neumann, agreed on an interpretation of quantum mechanics--known as the Copenhagen interpretation-- to deal with the measurement problem. This model of reality postulates that the mechanics of the quantum world reduce to, and only find meaning in terms of, classically observable phenomena--not the reverse... Entire generations of physicists were taught that the equations of quantum mechanics work only in one part of reality, the microscopic, while ceasing to be relevant in another, the macroscopic..."In stark contrast, Everett addressed the measurement problem by merging the microscopic and macroscopic worlds. He made the observer an integral part of the system observed, introducing a universal wave function that links observers and objects as parts of a single quantum system. He described the macroscopic world quantum mechanically and thought of large objects as existing in quantum superpositions as well. Breaking with Bohr and Heisenberg, he dispensed with the need for the discontinuity of a wave-function collapse..."Everett was not the first physicist to criticize the Copenhagen collapse postulate as inadequate. But he broke new ground by deriving a mathematically consistent theory of a universal wave function from the equations of quantum mechanics itself. The existence of multiple universes emerged as a consequence of his theory, not a predicate" (Scientific American)."Hugh Everett's relative-state formulation of quantum mechanics is an attempt to solve the quantum measurement problem by dropping the collapse dynamics from the standard von Neumann-Dirac formulation of quantum mechanics. Everett then wanted to recapture the predictions of the standard collapse theory by explaining why observers nevertheless get determinate measurement records that satisfy the standard quantum statistics" (Stanford Encyclopedia).Everett's theory has garnered much support from the scientific community recently and is credited as the source of inspiration for the modern field of quantum computing. He is described by David Deutsch as being "before his time. [Everett] represents the refusal to relinquish objective explanation. A great deal of harm was done to progress in both physics and philosophy by the abdication of the original purpose of those fields: to explain the world. We got irretrievably bogged down in formalisms, and things were regarded as progress which are not explanatory, and the vacuum was filled by mysticism and religion and every kind of rubbish..." (David Deutsch).IN: Reviews of Modern Physics, Volume 29, Number 3 (July, 1957), pp 454-464. Lancaster, PA and New York, NY: American Institute of Physics. Quarto, original wrappers; custom silk box. A FINE COPY. Fine.

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        La Tribu Arc-En-Ciel.

      1957 - Amsterdam; Mulder & Zoon N.V.; Paris, Opera Mundi. 1957. 4to. Original linen textured pictorial boards illustrated to both covers, pictorial pastedowns; pp. [60]; joyfully illustrated throughout on every page in vibrant colours including several double-page spreads, with accompanying text in calligraphic font; a very clean and attractive copy with small splits to joints at head of spine, a couple of tiny nicks to tail, and very light wear to edges and corners; internally clean throughout with a little mild toning to stock. First edition, extravagantly signed to front blank in blue ink by Josephine Baker: "A Mlle. [ ], Souvenir de Josephine Baker, et les petits, 1958". Written in collaboration with her fourth husband, Jo Bouillon, and featuring her "rainbow" children of all races. Freda Josephine Macdonald (1906-1975) was born in St. Louis, Missouri, to Carrie Macdonald and, apparently, the vaudeville drummer Eddie Carson, although the identity of her father has long been in dispute. Her mother was the adopted daughter of a couple in Little Rock, Arkansas, who were former slaves of Black African and Native American descent. Josephine Baker, as she later became (taking the surname of the second of her four husbands) is internationally known as a former dancer, entertainer, human rights activist, and French resistance agent who was the first person of colour to become a world famous entertainer. Her celebrity developed in her adoptive country, France, where she famously headlined at the Folies Bergà re and where her brave work for the French Resistance in World War II was acknowledged with the award of the highest French order of merit, the National Order of the Legion of Honour. In the early 1950s, to further her belief in equality and her desire for interracial harmony, she nurtured a noble dream to create a utopian multiracial family (prefiguring the activities of Mia Farrow, Madonna, and Angelina Jolie) and to this end adopted, over a period of years, a total of 12 disadvantaged children from different countries ranging from Finland to Venezuela. She and her fourth husband, Jo Bouillon, installed their "Rainbow Tribe" in a 15th century chateau in the South of France called "Les Milandes" which the couple developed into an entertainment park, charging for public admission to hear the children sing and perform. This project, which proved to be ill-fated, forms the background for this children's book. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Henry Sotheran Ltd]
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        Atlas Shrugged: Signed First Edition

      1168 pp. 8vo. Original green cloth, gilt titles. The monumental novel that now serves as a cornerstone of Rand's Objectivist philosophy, and which inspired the recent motion picture. One of the most important, controversial, and collected novels of the 20th century.Keywords: CLASSICS WORLD LITERATURE FICTION LITERARY DYSTOPIA First edition. Not to be confused with the limited edition released 10 years later, with the same cover design. Includes original George Salter jacket with $6.95 price. Ayn Rand signature on thicker paper stock (without inscription) mounted on title page. Blank bookplate on front endpaper, faint cigar odor. 1/4 inch internal chip to edge of front jacket flap, 1/4 inch chip from rear jacket edge, 1/4 inch closed tear on front jacket edge, ink number on front jacket panel, jacket lightly toned. Binding square and tight, pages clean and bright. New York: Random House, 1957. First Edition. Collectible; Very Good/Very Good.

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