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        THE KING RANCH

      Kingsville: Printed For The King Ranch, 1967., 1957. First edition. First edition. Limited Two volumes. Large, thick octavo. Bound in heavy linen. Illus. by the author. Vol I: 467pp., 24 x 18.8 cm. 24 drawings by Lea, 6 maps, 9 facsimiles. Crash linen with running "W" brand. Vol II: 469-838pp. 24 x 18.8cm. Frontispiece, 19 drawings by Lea, 2 facsimiles. Crash linen with running "W" brand. In linen slipcase with leather label (lightly rubbed). In Vol I is card presenting this private edition of "The King Ranch." On next page is a Christmas message on King's Ranch letterhead from Bob & Helen (Kleberg). The special edition of this important ranch history, printed on rag paper with the Running W Brand watermark, after a design by Carl Hertzog, for distribution on a private basis by the ranch owners. Although 3000 sets were printed, the exclusivity of distribution accounts for the relative scarcity of copies on the market. A fine set.

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        THE ANGRY DREAM

      New York: Mystery House, [1957].. Octavo, cloth. First edition. Gil Brewer was one of the major writers for the Gold Medal line of paperback originals. This is the first of two of Brewer's books to be published in hardcover format. Both are scarce. "His style is simple and direct, with sharp dialogue and considerable passion and intensity ..." - St. James Guide to Crime & Mystery Writers (4th edition), p. 109. A few tiny stains to lower edges from an old asphaltic lined dust jacket protector, a nearly fine copy in fine price clipped dust jacket with small closed tear to upper front panel, touch of shelf wear to extremities, and clipped price. (#125593)

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        THE NAKED SUN

      Garden City, New York: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1957. First edition. A fine copy in a nearly fine dust jacket with light shelf wear and rubbing to spine ends, mild rubbing to upper right front corner and a little dust soiling. (16888). Octavo, jacket illustration by Ruth Ray, cloth. The second novel featuring detective Elijah Bailey and his robot partner R. Daneel Olivaw by "the writer who virtually invented the science fiction mystery. In his novels THE CAVES OF STEEL (1954) and THE NAKED SUN (1957) and in the stories collected as ASIMOV'S MYSTERIES (1968), he masterfully bridged the gap between the two genres and proved that genuine detective fiction could be set in the future as well as in the present or past." - Pronzini and Muller, 1001 Midnights, p. 29. The human/robot detective team solve another murder, this one committed on Solaris, an Outer World with a robot-run economy, where the twenty thousand Solarians, thinly spread out over the surface of the planet, live in near total isolation from each other, and the presence or touch of another Solarian produces incapacitating physical repugnance. Bailey, from an underground Earth city, must overcome his fear of open spaces to solve the crime. "In its setting, it's a sort of inversion of THE CAVES OF STEEL, and it's equally cleverly plotted." - Pringle, The Ultimate Guide to Science Fiction, second edition (1995), p. [249]. Anatomy of Wonder (2004) II-42. Survey of Science Fiction Literature III, pp. 1476-9.

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        1957 Foto Feature

      St. Louis: The School Press. 1957. First. First edition. Thick 12mo. Stapled orange printed wrappers. 179pp. Small spots on the front wrap, very good. An unusually elaborate program or yearbook for an African-American dance school in St. Louis with posed photographs of all the staff and students, and with a poem dedicated to each student on the facing page from each of their photographs. OCLC locates no copies. .

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        Stage design for Act II, Scene 5 in Don Giovanni performed at the Metropolitan Opera, New York.

      1957 - Pen and ink, and watercolour. Initialled and dated by Eugene Berman. With an additional sketch in pen and black ink on reverse. 215 x 160 mm 0.5kg. Near fine; image and paper remains crisp and bright; residue of mounting glue to verso. An original stage design by Eugene Berman for the new production of Don Giovanni first performed at the Metropolitan Opera, New York in 1957. Although untitled the design is likely to be for Act II, Scene 5 in Don Giovanni's banquet hall. Within a strongly classical, Roman-inspired interior a dining table is set and the figures of Don Giovanni and Leporello are seated at it. A ominous silhouette of the statue of the Commendatore is placed in the central arch at the rear of the stage. The sketch includes the steps to the stage and the yellow, geometric design for the curtains. On the reverse side of the drawing is an initial sketch for the same scene. Loose brushstrokes reveal an earlier working sketch for the architectural design of the hall. More arches are present but the basic form remains the same. The table and the figure of Don Giovanni have been lightly added. This is a fascinating sketch that reveals Berman's draughtmanship and working methods. Eugene Berman (1899-1972) was a leading Neo-Romantic painter and stage designer, becoming one of the world's most acclaimed theatrical designers of his time. He was an expert draughtsman and his set designs, with their jewel-like quality, are highly prized. He was born in Russia but emigrated first to Paris, and then to America. His career had two parallel strands, one painting and one theatre design, although the two overlapped stylistically. Berman was heavily influenced by nineteenth-century Romanticism and by the architectural ruins encountered on his travels to Mexico, Egypt and Italy. His images have a sense of melancholy, of the sublime and of the theatrical. Berman had become fascinated by theatre design since his youth having attended the Imperial Ballet in Saint Petersburg and Diaghilev's Ballet Russe in Paris. His lyrical, architectural landscapes lent themselves to the drama and beauty of the opera stage. Berman designed the sets and costumes for five productions at The Met under the watch of Rudolf Bing, the General Manager between 1950 and 1972. These were Rigoletto, La Forza del Destino, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Don Giovanni and Otello. All were critically-acclaimed, used for many seasons and marked a high point in the history of theatrical design. To design Don Giovanni had been a life-long ambition for Berman. In 1941 he wrote to Edward Johnson (an earlier General Manager at The Met): "I don't know if you are aware of it or not, but my great interest in the theatre lies even more in the opera than in the Ballet and my greatest desire is to design a classic or romantic opera, Mozart, Gluck or Verdi. Most of all: Don Giovanni, no opera is more beautiful and complete to me than this.". His desire was fulfilled when Bing wrote to him in October 1956 with an official invitation to design Don Giovanni for the 1957/58 season. The director for the production was Herbert Graf. Over the next year designs for the set and costumes flew back and forth between Berman, Bing and Graf. The opera premiered on 31 October 1957. Berman's dreamlike designs were a triumph and proved so popular in subsequent seasons at The Met that they were only replaced in 1990. [Tuggle, Robert. Eugene Berman. Drawings for the Stage. Wheelock Whitney & Company. 1989; Duncan, Michael. High Drama. Eugene Berman and the Legacy of the Melancholic Sublime. Hudson Hills. 2004.] Beaux Books specialises in vintage, collectable and luxury books on art, design, fashion and style. All our books are in stock unless otherwise stated. Please contact us if you require any further information or need help in finding a book. Buy with confidence from an experienced bookseller.

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        Pnin

      Garden City: Doubleday and Company, 1957. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. First American edition, first printing. Very Good with corners bumped, light edge wear to cloth, toning to end pages. In a Very Good dust jacket with publisher's price of $3.50 intact, darkening to spine panel with fading to titles, light rubbing, light soiling and light edge wear. First edition.

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        Chagall Lithographe, Bände II - VI

      mit jeweils ca 200 Seiten pro Band, 4, farbig illustrierte OU OLn, SCHÖNE EXEMPLARE des Werksverzeichnisses der Chagall Lithograpien:.Lithographe Tome II von 1957 - 1962, mit 12 Original-Lithographien (inkl der Original-Lithographie auf dem Schutzumschlag) (Mourlot Nr. 391 - 402), Lithographs Tome III von 1962 - 1968 mit 2 Original-Lithographien (Mourlot Nr. 577 - 578), Lithographe IV 1969 - 1973 mit 2 Original- Lithographien (Mourlot Nr. 729 - 730), Lithograph V 1974 - 1979 mit einer Original- Lithographie, Lithograph VI 1980 - 1985.

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        Mines de rien

      first edition printed with 130 numbered copies on Rives vellum, ours one of the 15 in Roman numerals and signed in colophon by André Masson. Book illustrated with 4 original aquatints in colors by André Masson. Our copy is enriched with a bristol, recto-verso, dated and signed by André Masson about the publication of this work addressed to Geneviève and Gaëtan Picon. Rare and pleasant copy. Provenance: from the library of Gaëtan Picon. Louis Broder Paris 1957 14,5x16,5cm en feuilles sous chemise et étui

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        The Cat in the Hat

      New York: Random House, 1957. Hardcover. Near Fine/Very Good. The 1957 1st edition, 4th issue ("Younger & Hirsch", pg. 28), with the $1.95 price, the glossy boards AND the mention of the "Books for Beginners" series. A clean, solid copy. Tight and Near Fine in a bright, price-intact, VG dustjacket, with several small closed tears --and light creasing-- along the front panel's top-edge. Octavo, wonderfully illustrated thruout by the great Doctor.

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        Administrative behavior in education,

      Harper 1957 - Ancien livre de bibliothèque. Edition 1957. Ammareal reverse jusqu'à 15% du prix net de ce livre à des organisations caritatives. ENGLISH DESCRIPTION Book Condition: Used, Good. Former library book. Edition 1957. Ammareal gives back up to 15% of this book's net price to charity organizations. [Attributes: Soft Cover]

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        First Love and Other Sorrows

      New York: Dial, (1957). New York: Dial. (1957). First. First edition. Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tad Mosel's copy with his bookplate under the front flap and a small ink date, fine in a crisp, about fine dustwrapper with some very light wear, in a custom cloth chemise and slipcase with leather spine labels. Author's first book. Brodkey wrote exquisitely, if not voluminously, and copies of this collection of stories, all of which first appeared in The New Yorker, have become very uncommon. .

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        THE TASTE OF ASHES

      New York: Simon and Schuster, 1957. First edition. A very good plus copy, text block age darkened in an about near fine dust jacket, with a touch of shelf wear and rubbing (9841). Octavo, cloth backed boards. Signed inscription by Browne to a mystery bookseller; "For--- / whom I tolerate only because / he's a bookseller / Howard Browne / 4/16/88." Signed again on the title page by Browne. Also a short typed note dated 1982 is from Browne is laid in, declining an invitation to the BoucherCon and saying he is working on a new book to be titled Pork City (St. Martin's, 1988). The next to last Paul Pine novel, this one published under his own name, thought by some the best of the series. Pronzini and Muller, 1001 Midnights, The Aficionado's Guide to Mystery and Detective Fiction, pp. 96-97. Pederson (ed.), St. James Guide to Crime & Mystery Writers (4th edition), 116-117.

      [Bookseller: John W. Knott, Jr., Bookseller, ABAA/ILA]
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        The War Against Japan complete set of 5 volumes

      London: HMSO, 1957-01-01. First Edition. Hardcover. Fine /Very Good. Matching five volume set, complete, featuring green cloth covered boards with gilt on black lettering along spine. Binding and hinges tight and square; contents clean and unmarked. VG dust jackets not price clipped; light rubbing along edges. Vol. I: The Loss of Singapore (1957); Vol. II: India's Most Dangerous Hour (1958); Vol. III: The Decisive Battles (1961); Vol. IV: The Reconquest of Burma (1965); Vol. V: The Surrender of Japan (1969; Vol I (568pp); Vol.II (541pp); Vol. III (559pp); Vol. IV (568pp). Vol. V (597); Features indexes, numerous glossy period photographs, and maps, many fold-out. First Editions. Numerous other vintage WW II book series listed and available. Additional photos available upon request. All items carefully packed to avoid damage from moisture and rough handling.

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        The Wonderful O

      New York: Simon & Schuster, 1957. Quarter blue lettered yellow cloth over blue paper boards in pictorial dust jacket. Inscribed by the author on the ffep "For Phil with all good words, Jim Thurber" The author has also drawn a picture of a dog's head with a th below on the fixed endpaper. Wear to edges of the dust jacket with some minor staining. Foxing to endpapers and dj and boards. Still a nice copy.. Inscribed by the Author. 1st Edition. Cloth & Boards. VG/VG. Illus. by Marc Simont. 8vo.

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        eigenhändige Postkarte aus Havanna (Kuba) Datum auf Poststempel nicht lesbar an Prof. Richard Scheibe (deutscher Bildhauer *1879 in Chemnitz, + 1964 in Berlin) adressiert an: Hardenbergstr. 33, Berlin

      mit einem Strandmotiv von Varadero (Kuba) auf der Bildseite frankierte und gelaufene Bildpostkarte, sehr persönliche Dokument einer langen Freundschaft, Gropius unterzeichnet mit Walter G. und spricht Prof. Scheibe mit seinem Spitznamen "Liebes Scheibchen" an und bekundet damit das innige Verhältnis zum Adressaten. Er schreibt weiter:"Wir haben die Kälte Nordamerikas mit den sanften Lüften Cubas vertauscht. Absolute Einsamkeit, tägliches Schwimmen im Atlantik und subtropische Palmenlandschaft. Hoffe dich wohlauf. Herzlichst Walter G.". Gropius muss diese Karte bei seinem 2. Aufenthalt auf Kuba in der 2. Januarwoche 1957 geschrieben haben (Walter Gropius. Der Mensch und Sein Werk. (in 2 Bänden), Berlin Gebr. Mann Verlag, 1983, Band 2 S. 1034). Gropius und Scheibe kannten sich schon seit 1914, als Scheibe Skulpturdetails zum Bürogebäude der "Musterfabrik" von Gropius auf der Kölner Werkbund-Ausstellung beigesteuert hatte (Walter Gropius. Der Mensch und Sein Werk. (in 2 Bänden), Berlin Gebr. Mann Verlag, 1983, Band 2 S. 1089).

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        The Muses are Heard

      Reader's Digest Association, New York 1957 - Volume Two, the spring 1957 offerings from Reader's Digest. For the Truman Capote completist. This signed Truman Capote Reader's Digest book is one of a kind. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

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        NORTHWEST REVIEW - VOL. 1, NO. 2 - INSCRIBED BY KEN KESEY

      Student Publications Board of the University of Oregon, Eugene 1957 - Octavo, 64 pp. in illustrated wraps. Contains Ken Kesey's earliest commercially published appearance, a story titled 'The First Sunday In September.' A strong associtation copy, inscribed by Kesey at his contribution to the artist Tom Hardy. The inscription is in pen and apparently early, pre-dating his his later day-glo paint and glitter signatures. This copy is additionally inscribed to Hardy by editor Robert Paul at the title page. A good association between a group of men who played a significant role in the postwar cultural heritage of the Pacific Northwest. About Fine, with a tiny nick in the paper covering the head of the spine and a touch of rubbing to the heel.

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        Syntactic Structures.

      Mouton & Company, The Hague 1957 - First edition of the Chomsky's landmark first book. Octavo, original wrappers. Lengthily signed by the author on the title page with the added words, "Syntax is the study of the principle and processes by which sentences are constructed in particular languages Noam Chomsky." Near fine in wrappers. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Most likely a unique example. A seminal book in the field of linguistics, Syntactic Structures laid the foundation for Chomsky's idea of transformational grammar. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Soft Cover]

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        Bargheer, Edward. - "Nächtliche Werft".

      - Farblithografie / Pinsellithografie, in 4 Farben, auf leichtem hellchamois Büttenpapier, 1957. Von Eduard Bargheer. 31,8 x 46,3 cm (Darstellung) / 50 x 63 cm (Blatt). Rosenbach 159. Rechts unten in Bleistift signiert. - Tadelloser Gesamteindruck. Sehr guter Zustand. Eduard Bargheer (1901 Finkenwerder / Hamburg - Blankenese / Hamburg). Deutscher Maler und Grafiker, in seinem Frühwerk dem Expressionismus nahe stehend. Bekannt für seine in Kombination aus Abstraktion und Figuration gehaltenen Werke von lichter, heller Farbgebung. Im Besonderen Landschaften. [Attributes: Signed Copy]

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        L'Ingénieux Hidalgo Don Quichotte de la Manche. Illustrations de Henri Lemarié -

      Les Heures Claires 1957 -, Paris - 4 volumes In-4 Tome 1: 220 pp.Tome 2: 215 pp. Tome 3: 221 pp. Tome 4: 228 pp. Sous étui cartonné avec plats roses ornés de feuilles dorées et sous chemise blanche cartonnée avec filets dorés sur les plats, mosaïques aux angles et titre sur fond rose au centre. Couverture illustrée rempliée. Intérieur d'une parfaite fraîcheur et d'une parfaite blancheur. Illustré de 92 miniatures en couleurs d'Henri LEMARIE qui, pour leur mise en forme, ont nécessité la gravure de 3500 bois. Non rogné. Bel exemplaire. TIRAGE LIMITE NUMÉROTÉ. Celui-ci un des 2450 exemplaires sur vélin de Rives.

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        The Yale Edition of the Private Papers of James Boswell : Boswell in Search of a Wife. Boswell's London Journal [together with] Journal of My Jaunt. Boswell For the Defence. Boswell in Holland. Boswell on the Grand Tour: Germany and Switzerland. Boswell on the Grand Tour: Italy, Corsica and France. In six volumes

      London: William Heinemann 1951 - 1960. Six volumes. The only volumes published in this format. Deluxe editions. Each volume has a separate limitation and all volumes are hand-numbered. Quarter vellum over dark blue gilt-decorated cloth. Black leather title label to spines. In original clear acetate wrappers (one vol. lacking wrapper). Some tears to acetate. In the original cardboard slipcases. Minor wear to some slipcases. Top edge gilt. Other edges uncut. Some volumes partially unopened. Ribbon markers. B&w illustrations. No ownership names. All in Near Fine to Fine condition. . Near Fine. 1/4 Vellum. Limited Numbered Edition. 1957. 8vo..

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        Typed Letter Signed ("Eric Ambler") to Westley S. Hartley, in response to the latter's question regarding the value of Ambler's education to him as a writer

      London 1957 - 1-1/2 pp. 1 vols. 4to. "Self-discipline is the professional writer's primary need" Interesting letter from Ambler, in answer to the question, "How important to you was your high school education, and is college experience necessary for creative writing?"Ambler points out that in England "there is no real equivalent of 'high school' education here . At fifteen I won a scholarship to the University, and, for what it is worth, my own opinion is that this was absurd. I do not think that a boy is in a position to profit much from University life until he is at least eighteen." He expresses doubts about the possibility of educating for a literary career, but adds "I do think that any educational process which permits the student to work on his or here own without the obligation to fulfill set tasks is useful. Self-discipline is the professional writer's primary need."Of course, the only way to become a writer is by writing and then throwing away what one has written . " Fine, with accompanying envelope

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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. 5000 gr. Schlagworte: Gemälde - nach 1945 [Attributes: Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

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        Hand Written Signed Letter by William Royall Tyler w/ newspaper clipping "Authors at Work- and Play" by Louis Calta

      1957 - letter is dated april 20, 1957, addressed to a Miss E. M. de Hellebranth, with original mailing envelope NEWSPAPER CLIPPING PHOTOGRAPH CAPTIONED WITH GEORGE C WHITE, Daniel (Danny) De Vito, Howard Scott TYLER DATE PUBLISHED: 1957 EDITION:

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        Dyptych Rome- London. Homage to Sextus Propertius & Hugh Selwyn Mauberley, Contact and Life.Verona,Mardersteig. Per Laughlin, Faber and Faber, V.Scheiwiller,Dicembre

      Verona,Mardersteig 1957 - Versi nella lingua originale inglese. Tiratura di 200 esemplari numerati su carta a mano di Pescia (Magnani), tutti firmati dal poeta nel colophon. Il nostro, esemplare n°174, appartiene al gruppo di copie, numerate da 126 a 175, riservate all'editore inglese Faber and Faber. Carattere Bembo corpo 16 tondo e corsivo; le iniziali derivate dal Pacioli corpo 40 e il titolo nel frontespizio sono stampate in rosso. Schmoller, 116 28g. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

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        Deutsche Verfassungsgeschichte seit 1798. Bd. 1 - 7.

      Stuttgart / Verlag W. Kohlhammer 1957 - 1957 - 1984. 7 Bde. OLn (3 Bde. mit OSU). Einbände bzw. Schutzumschläge mit minimalen Gebrauchsspuren; Schnitte vereinzelt leicht fleckig & gebräunt; in den ersten 4 Bde. Ex libris auf Vorsatzblatt sowie "R" (Remittenden) -Stempel auf hinterem Innendeckel; sehr vereinzelt dezente Bleistiftanstreichungen; sonst guter Zustand! 5500 Gramm. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Chagall.

      Paris, Maeght Editeur 1957. - 4°, 177 S., 1 Bl., Orig.-Pappbd., Orig.-Schutzumschlag, Cellophan-Umleger, Cellophan-Umleger mit Fehlstelle, sonst schönes Exemplar, Mourlot II, 192-207. - Mit 15 Orig.-Lithografien, 13 Farblithografien (einschließl. Umschlag), davon 2 doppelblattgroß, 2 s-w-Lithografien, [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        [幹部檔案:吴强]. [Gan bu dang an: Wu Qiang]. [Dossier of A Cadre: Wu Qiang].

      [Beijing]. No publication details. (circa1957). Dossier, largely handwritten, compiled on Wu Qiang an employee of the Beijing No. 5 Construction Engineering Company in the early 1950s. Bound between two cloth covered boards, Chinese title in red on upper cover, green shoelace tie. The Chinese characters on the upper cover translate from top to bottom as "Cadre Dossier, Name, Beijing No.5 Construction Engineering Company".This dossier, 198 leaves in total, is a collection of thirty-five handwritten documents, four forms, a few reports by the Beijing No. 5 Construction Engineering Company together with other organisations who are interested in his case, and eight witness statements. The dossier is unpaginated with a few leaves out of order. Almost all of the documents are handwritten and the forms filled in by hand with the exception of a final printed report giving the conclusion of Wu Qiang's colleagues. The leaves vary in size and many are folded, some are torn at the outer margin but this has not affected the text. Covers measure 27.5 x 21cm, some leaves vary but most are similar in size to the covers. A comprehensive and scarce dossier in very good condition. This revealing dossier compiled in the early 1950s about 吴强 [Wu Qiang], a Beijing construction company employee. The dossier gives a great deal of detail about Wu Qiang's experiences prior to 1949 as well as touching on those of some of his family members. He is open and honest in his self-criticism, confessing to having been corrupt, a bigamist, to having acted in a pompous manner while working in his former jobs as a conductor and station master and in particular to treating railway travellers in Hanoi, where he worked for three years badly. He gives details of how corruption worked in his former railway posts and expresses how grateful he is that his current company is offering him, and others like him, who also have an anti-revolutionary background, a second chance. He states that he now has a thorough understanding of how misleading the Nationalist Party dogma was and how wrong he was to have believed it and acted in the ways he did in the past. He goes so far as to admit to having believed "since I was in my teens that the Communist Party commits murder and arson..."The majority of the documents in this dossier were written by Wu Qiang himself and are mostly confessions and statements. It is interesting to note that Wu Qiang joined Beijing No.5 Construction Engineering Company in September 1950 and the investigation recorded in this dossier dates from 1951 through to 1956. Although the conclusion of his investigators is dated 1956 Wu Qiang has added an annotation denying a statement made in the conclusion added in 1957. These documents show that even though Wu Qiang passed the initial background check when he first joined the government-run company the investigation into his past dragged on until 1956. This must have been a gruelling period for Wu Qiang as, again and again, he addressed the questions his investigators put to him. His background was clearly held against him as there is evidence in these documents that he was not treated by them as fairly as one of his colleagues was.Behind the endless investigation sessions and Wu's repeated confessions in this dossier, it is clear that there were in fact three principal aspects of Wu's life that the investigators were interested in. These three questions can be found on the undated single page summary of Wu's biography written by the investigators. The investigators wanted the answers to the following three questions:"Firstly,[we] want to know about the political background, as well as information about the social relationships, of Wu's aunt (Wu's mother's sister) 郁碧岑 [Yu Bicen] in the period prior to 1949. Secondly, [we] want to know the reason why Wu destroyed his Nationalist Party membership card in 1948 on his return to Peking. Why would he do this if he had believed that China was under the control of the Nationalist Party and would always continue to be so? Finally, according to Wu, the reason he joined the Nationalist Party was because he wanted to use his membership to climb the ladder at work quickly. However, in the five years following his joining the Nationalist's he did not attend many party activities and yet he still got promoted to important roles at the Department of Railway. What role did the Nationalist Party play in the promotions he received?"These three queries were promptly addressed by Wu in a document he wrote on May 27th 1952. In this document, titled "Confession to Social Relationships", Wu explains in detail that his aunt Yu Bicen was a housewife but at the time of the confession was a group chief of 上海常熟區婦聯小組長及合作社監事 [the Shanghai Changshu District Women's Association and a Cooperative supervisor]. Yu has always been wealthy and had many properties in Shanghai and other places. He stated that she knew the head of the Education Department 夏衍 [Xia Yan] and the manager of a film company. She has no political background. Her closest friend is an editor of Xinmin News called 蒋文杰 [Jiang Wenjie] who lives with her at her house. Throughout Wu's life his aunt has helped him, finding him a good school, job opportunities and giving him financial support.Wu's response to the question as to why he destroyed the party membership in 1948 is that he did this because he thought the current political atmosphere was very tight and he did not want to get into any trouble. As to the question relating to the party activities and his participation in them, he confesses that he had only paid the membership fees three or four times and had no real participation in party activities. The party members at his branch met once a week to read the non-confidential reports about the "illegal" Communist activities.The investigator's also repeatedly discussed several other issues relating to Wu: his change of birth place from Nancheng County in Jiangxi Province to Wuxian County in Jiangsu Province; his work experience when he worked for the Department of Railway; the one month of training he had at the 洛阳军分校 [military branch school of Luoyang]; his joining of the Nationalist Party in 1943; the reason he returned from Kunming to Peking in 1948.One of the witness statements focuses on Wu Qiang's cousin, 郁陈碧琴 [Yu Chen Biqin], who attempted to escape to United States via Hong Kong but failed.A two-page printed report titled "Conclusion of Comrade Wu Qiang's Historical Issues" is the last item in the folder. Written on October 25th 1956 and stamped by the personnel department of Beijing No.5 Construction Engineering Company, it states the issues investigated are as follows:"According to himself, he was the conductor and station master at the 平汉铁路局 [Ping Han Railway Branch]; he had trained at 洛阳军分校铁道训练班 [railway training class, military branch school of Luoyang] and was given a uniform; he was working at the Vietnam Haiphong Branch, Shanghai Yong Da Transportation Company during 1939 to 1940; he started up a business company in Kunming later on; he become the 滇越铁路管理处主任 [head of the Dian-Yue Railway Administration Division] in 1943; he was influenced by the section chief 王哲平 [Wang Zheping] to join the Nationalist Party in the same year." It concludes that Wu Qiang has explained the issues of his past and no other issues were found. A handwritten note added by Wu Qiang in April 1957, states that he does not agree that a military uniform was ever given to him.The "Be Loyal and Honest" registration form and statement in this dossier, and probably this whole investigation of Wu Qiang, are closely related to the "Be Loyal and Honest Movement" initiated in 1950. At this time the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China issued a directive to encourage people to disclose their private details including personal, social, political history and suggestions to the Communist Party. Unfortunately, people's honesty was turned into "anti-revolution evidence", and later was used again and again in the campaigns such as the Three-antis, the Five-antis Campaign and the Cultural Revolution to the great detriment of the individuals who had complied. (When referring to this item please quote stockid 157796).

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        Sammlung naturkundlicher Tafeln I. Mitteleuropäische Vögel. II. Mineralien. III. Mitteleuropäische Insekten (Anhangsweise Spinnentiere und Tausendfüßler). IV. Säugetiere. V. Mitteleuropäische Pilze. VI. Mitteleuropäische Pflanzenwelt (Sräucher und Bäume).

      Kronen - Verlag Erich Cramer 1957-74, Hamburg - gr. 8° .anzenwelt (Kräuter und Stauden), 7 Tafel-Kassetten, 23, 69, 35, 19, 72, 24 u. 32 S. Textbeilagen, Mischauflage. 4 Orig.-Leinenkassetten u. 3 Orig.-Pappkassetten mit farbigem, mont. Deckelbild Tafeln allesamt in sehr guter, sauberer Erhaltung, 1 Kassette wasserfleckig, Rest: tls. leicht berieben bestoßen, angeschmutzt - sehr schöne Sammlung!

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        The Brave Cowboy

      Western Book Club, London 1957 - The first of the Western Book Club edition of this, the second novel from Abbey. Published by them in 1957, bound in publishers bright blue cloth. A near fine copy of the book with very faint foxing to the front endsheet. Dust jacket near fine with light soiling to the off-white rear panel. with a single short tear there. The wonderful jacket art displayed on the front panel and the spine is pristine. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Dandelion Wine

      Doubleday & Company, Inc., Garden City, New York 1957 - Signed and inscribed by the Author on the ffe, "Brian! [signed] Ray Bradbury Nov. 9, 90". Book Condition: About Fine: Firm signed copy, bright cloth with slight spine fade. / DJ Condition: About Fine: Some rubbing to the dust jacket corners and sunning to the dust jacket spine and back cover edges and flap edges. Not price-clipped. Mylar cover. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        L'Homme sans qualités (Tomes 1 et 2 ) [ Edition originale de la traduction ]

      Editions du Seuil 1957 - Un des 55 exemplaires sur Vélin neige numérotés (n°27), Roman traduit de l'allemand par Philippe Jacottet, 2 vol. in-8 br., Editions du Seuil, Paris, 1957, 423 ; 464 pp. Nous proposons ici les deux premiers tomes seuls (sur 4) de l'édition originale de la traduction française, par Philippe Jacottet. Bon état (qq. rouss. sur couv. et tranches, très petit accroc restauré en couv., très bon état par ailleurs). Langue: Français [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

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        The Bridge at Andau

      Random House, New York 1957 - SIGNED by James Michener on the front free end paper. A gripping account of the Hungarian revolution of 1956. Octavo, pp. xi, 270. Near Fine in a Near Fine dust jacket. Pages are slightly age-toned and the dust jacket shows a bit of edge wear and soiling. SCARCE signed. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Le Bookiniste]
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        UNDEAD, THE (1957)

      American International Pictures 1957 - Vintage original 41 x 27" (104 x 69 cm.) one sheet poster, USA. Pamela Duncan, Richard Garland, Allison Hayes, dir: Roger Corman; American International. One of Roger Corman's top early horror films, and a colorful -- and scarce -- poster. Folded, with some wear along fold lines, and a little damage in the area of the middle letter "D" in UNDEAD, and some scattered pinholes and a few small marginal tears, VERY GOOD. Poster can be enjoyed and displayed exactly as it is, or could also be easily linen backed if one wished to go to a little extra expense

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        The Bridge at Andau

      New York: Random House, 1957. First Edition, First Printing. SIGNED by James Michener on the front free end paper. A gripping account of the Hungarian revolution of 1956. Octavo, pp. xi, 270. Near Fine in a Near Fine dust jacket. Pages are slightly age-toned and the dust jacket shows a bit of edge wear and soiling. SCARCE signed.

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        Chagall

      Maeght, Paris 1957 - EDITION OROGINALE de cette monographie illusrtée de 15 LITHOGRAPHIES ORIGINALES de CHAGALL: La couverture en couleurs, le titre en couleurs, 2 hors-texte en noir, 7 hors-texte en couleurs et 4 hors-texte sur double page en couleurs. Avec son rhodoïd d'origine. [Attributes: Soft Cover]

      [Bookseller: Librairie-Galerie Emmanuel Hutin]
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