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        LA SICILIA PRIMA DEI GRECI

      IL SAGGIATORE, Sancasciano Val di Pesa 1958 - UOMO E MITO ITALIANO N.1 della collana, pagine leggermente ingiallite ai bordi e con minuta e sporadica fioritura, con 78 fotografie, 70 disegni e 7 carte geografiche, rilegatura editoriale cartonata, marrone con titoli rossi e con lievissimi segni di usura, sovraccoperta illustrata, ingiallita, con strappi ai bordi

      [Bookseller: Biblioteca di Babele]
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        Actuelles: Chroniques 1944-1948 [with] Actuelles, II: Chroniques 1949-1953, [and] Actuelles, III: Chronique Algérienne, 1939-1958

      Paris: Gallimard, 1950-1953-1958. Three volumes, service de presse copies. Original wrappers, the first volume somewhat browned, otherwise fine, with occasional markings in the margins, preserved together in a cloth case. From the library of Georges Altman, Camus's friend and associate in the clandestine journal "Combat", published by poet members of the the Resistance, in which many of the pieces collected in these volumes first appeared. The first two volumes are inscribed by Camus, with references to "Combat" - the first with a humorous inscription "A Georges le Chauve, ces souvenirs d'ancien combattant, fraternellement Albert le Pieux" and "a Georges Altman, ces petits moments d'un commun combat....", the third volume has a printed presentation card. Boxed together with a copy of Lettres á un Ami Allemand (1946).

      [Bookseller: Thomas A. Goldwasser Rare Books]
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        The Ginger Man

      Paris: The Olympia Press,, 1958. Octavo. Original olive boards, printed paper labels to spine and front board, red endpapers. With the dust jacket. An excellent copy. Second edition, revised with the restoration of much material that had been cut from the first edition. Inscribed by the author on the half title, " Washington D. C. March 1994-J. P. Donleavy.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        Exodus

      Doubleday & Company, Inc. New York 1958 - First Edition, First Printing with the words "FIRST EDITION" printed on the copyright page. This copy is SIGNED by Leon Uris on a pasted bookplate that read "Shalom, Leon Uris" This ORIGINAL dustjacket has the publisher's $4.50 printed price present with light wear to the spine. The book is bound in the publisher's cloth. The binding is tight with NO cocking or leaning with minor wear to the edges. The pages are clean with NO writing or marks in the book. A wonderful copy authentically SIGNED by the author. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Quintessential Rare Books, LLC]
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        Hatfield and Lostock Aviation Factories

      Hatfield, Lostock, 1958-1961. Album of photographs recording the works of de Havilland Aircraft Company, with photographs taken at Hatfield in Hertfordshire, in the Lostock production warehouse, and some at London Heathrow Airport, produced by the corporate photographer whose office was at the ee Havilland Headquarters in Lostock. Contains 411 gelatin silver print photographs and 5 small negative proof photographs, numbered and captioned in manuscript, some dated, mounted in series onto grey cardstock leaves, plus 1 additional large photograph loosely placed within. A handful are duplicates, and some views are similar, being taken in a series. Large Oblong Folio two-post album measuring approximately 44,5 x 32,5 x 4 cm, beige cloth boards, titled to front "Public Relations General Photographs". Photographs vary in size, the majority measuring approximately 10 x 12 cm, some measuring approximately 5,5 x 6 cm. The unmounted photograph is the largest at 16,5 x 22 cm and bears the stamp of the de Havilland photographic department at headquarters in Lostock, to verso. The proof prints measure 2,5 x 3 cm. An official viewing of de Havilland Aircraft Company's manufacturing and testing facilities, then state-of-the-art aviation equipment, and daily operations, is presented in a generous album of photographs from which the firm would have selected the very best for publicity. The album is largely centered at the Hatfield facility, where numerous important and experimental projects were undertaken, and when proven successful, would result in manufacturing at Lostock. Propellers are the first thing illustrated, including the 18-foot C.160, a model made by Napier Eland, the propeller designed for the Vickers Vanguard airliner, as well as the American made Convair unit. De Havilland was the first to examine the Vanguard propellers for safety in 1958, and one of the photographs herein shows propellers damaged in crash. Following these, are six images showing the Tyne/Vanguard propeller in the development stages, being mounted and tested on British aircraft. A page stamped "Classified" captures the inner workings of production at Lostock, whereas at Hatfield, active working scenes show the Transistor Inverter Lab, and nineteen photographs taken in July 1960 provide the rare opportunity to observe the installation of a Gnome Engine in a wind tunnel. Eight views show the altitude test chamber. Also at Hatfield, we find two views of a helicopter test platform, a demonstration of a hydraulic pump manufactured by Iangyes Limited, a hand pistol mounted on the wing of a small fighter plane, men working in various test laboratories, and an apprentice works on a firestreak. Sixty-one photographs provide a tour of the Hatfield Environmental Test Facility. A German delegate evidently visited Hartfied in July 1961, seen herein. An extensive series of images illustrates step-by-step the arduous process of shipping an aircraft overseas, in this case two Sea Vixen being dismantled and packed up Christchurch Airfield in Dorset, transported to the Southampton docks, ultimately bound for Australia onboard SS Ballrat. [Initially produced by de Havilland, designed at the Hatfield facility, this aircraft was known as the Hawker Siddeley Sea Vixen after de Havilland became a part of the Hawker Siddeley group in 1960.] British test pilot Alfred William "Bill" Bedford is seen in a photograph captioned "Hawker Siddeley 1127 first flight. Bedford. 14-3-61." [On 15 July 1960, the first "P.1127 Prototype V/STOL Strike Aircraft", serial XP831, was delivered to RAF Dunsfold, Surrey, to commence static engine testing. Bill Bedford would be the first to fly the aircraft. The first conventional flight of the P.1127 prototypes occurred on 13 March 1961, again with serial XP831. On 12 September 1961, the first successful transition from vertical to conventional flight was also performed at Dunsfold and piloted by Bill Bedford.] Aerial views show de Havilland factories at Stevenage, Portsmouth, Christchurch, and the Hatfield test site. Established in 1920 by Geoffrey de Havilland, at Stag Lane Aerodrome Edgware on the outskirts of north London, De Havilland Aircraft Company Limited was a British aviation manufacturer. Known for its innovation, de Havilland were responsible for a number of important aircraft, including the Moth biplane which revolutionised general aviation in the 1920s, as well as the 1930s Fox Moth, and the wooden World War II Mosquito light bomber, and the passenger jet service pioneering Comet. Operations were later moved to Hatfield in Hertfordshire, where in 1930 pioneering aircraft designer and the company's founder Geoffrey de Havilland purchased land. Flying commenced in 1930; the clubhouse buildings and adjacent recreational facilities, fuel pumps and sheds were completed in 1933; in 1934 significant works were undertaken at the site with a large factory and imposing administration buildings were constructed together with a flying school which also housed flying control. Later, an experimental block was added to the north of the factory. Production of aircraft was subsequently moved from Stag Lane to Hatfield, which at the time mainly consisted of a range of small biplanes. The de Havilland Aircraft Company was acquired by Hawker Siddeley in 1960, and the de Havilland name ceased to be used in 1963.

      [Bookseller: Voyager Press Rare Books & Manuscripts]
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        A CATALOGUE OF THE ARMENIAN MANUSCRIPTS [two volumes]

      Dublin: Hodges Figgis & Co. Ltd, 1958. Two volumes, folio, maroon cloth, gilt title at spines; vol. I (text) xv + 216pp., vol. II (plates) vii + 66 full-page illustrations. Very minor marks at cloth, light marginal foxing at colour fronts., a touch of light endpaper and edge-foxing, slightly affecting margins, nothing at all significant. Otherwise a clean, little-used set, sound and square in removable clear archival wraps. Extremely heavy. Please ask for shipping rate if outside Spain.. Hard Cover.

      [Bookseller: Oxford House Books]
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        THE CIVIL WAR: A NARRATIVE. FORT SUMTER TO PERRYVILLE. FREDERICKSBURG TO MERIDIAN. RED RIVER TO APPOMATTOX

      New York: Random House, 1958, 1963, 1974. FIRST EDITIONS. Second Printing of vol. I.. This is a pleasing set of Foote's popular history of the Civil War, an imminently readable account that provoked criticism from academic historians but admiration from the literary set. The Washington Post notes that it was "written with a literate flair, a mournful lyricism that underscored the human agony of battle, defeat and victory. Foote (1916-2005) was a largely self-taught historian who compared the task of researching this work to "swallowing a cannonball"--a project designed to be completed by the centennial of the war's end took 20 years to accomplish. The work's novelistic narrative style coupled with Foote's celebrity from his appearance in Ken Burns' "Civil War" have made the books consistent sellers over the years, and academic quibbles about the lack of footnotes have long faded.. 250 x 185 mm. (9 3/4 x 6 1/2"). Three volumes. FIRST EDITIONS. Second Printing of vol. I. Publisher's gray cloth in original pictorial dust jackets. Dust jackets with mild soiling and a few short tears, otherwise fine copies in excellent unrestored jackets. This is a pleasing set of Foote's popular history of the Civil War, an imminently readable account that provoked criticism from academic historians but admiration from the literary set. The Washington Post notes that it was "written with a literate flair, a mournful lyricism that underscored the human agony of battle, defeat and victory. Foote (1916-2005) was a largely self-taught historian who compared the task of researching this work to "swallowing a cannonball"--a project designed to be completed by the centennial of the war's end took 20 years to accomplish. The work's novelistic narrative style coupled with Foote's celebrity from his appearance in Ken Burns' "Civil War" have made the books consistent sellers over the years, and academic quibbles about the lack of footnotes have long faded.

      [Bookseller: Phillip J. Pirages Fine Books and Mediev]
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        Il Signor Brambilla e dintorni

      RIZZOLI, MILANO 1958 - ITALIANO Brossura con alette rovinata dal tempo e con una piccola parte mancante sul piatto anteriore in alto. Pagine leggermente ingiallite dal tempo soprattutto ai margini.Prefazione dello stesso autore.

      [Bookseller: Biblioteca di Babele]
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        Candy

      The Olympia Press, Paris 1958 - 1st edition, 1st binding and the 1st issue of it with the price on the back unadulterated. Original wrappers, slight wear, short and light vertical crease at the bottom of the front cover (see photograph, it's accurate), else near fine. An unintentional burlesque of Voltaire's Candide, circumnavigating 18 year old Candy (the young woman), warm, kind, nubile, agreeable, uninhibited and unsophisticated, a blithe spirit who passes life's troubles like a freight train passes a hobo, softer than a chocolate covered marshmallow Santa Claus, affectionate as a wet dog, harder to ignore than an unscratchable itch, with a beautiful face unclouded by thought, a body so perfect it would break the heart of John Calvin, a smile that could open a clam at 20 paces, and kissed more often than a Mafia capo's hand, and by much the same kind of people. `. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

      [Bookseller: Biblioctopus]
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        ELOISE AT CHRISTMASTIME

      Random House, New York 1958 - Thompson, Kay. ELOISE AT CHRISTMASTIME with drawings by Hilary Knight. New York: Random House, (1958). First edition; stated first printing. 4to - 8-3/16" x 11-1/4". Color pictorial boards with the lamination intact but lifted in places along joint at spine for what is a lovely copy of the book. First issue (coded 9-58) color pictorial priced ($3.50) dust wrapper is equally as nice. Color pictorial endpapers. [48] pp. Illustrated throughout with black, pink, red and white drawings by Hilary Knight. The condition of both the book and the dust wrapper is FINE. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Wallace & Clark, Booksellers]
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        Breakfast at Tiffany's.

      New York: Random House,, 1958. A Short Novel and Three Stories. Octavo. Original yellow cloth, titles to spine against black ground, top edge blue. With the dust jacket. Spine tips ever so slightly bumped and some minor rubbing to black ground, in the bright jacket with a couple of nicks to the foot of the spine panel and a small tear to the top and bottom front panel. An excellent copy. First edition, first printing. The three stories accompanying Capote's most famous and enduring work are House of Flowers, A Diamond Guitar, and A Christmas Memory.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        History of United States Naval Operations in World War II (Complete Set - 15 volumes)(14 vol. as 1st ed.).

      LITTLE BROWN ATLANTIC, Boston 1958 - All first editions, edited between 1947 (Vol.1) and 1962 (Vol.XV), except Vol. XII ("reprinted Dec. 1958", one month after 1st ed.) +++ 23 cm. Hardcover with dust jackets. Strong bindings; FINE CLOTH COVERS and VG DJs (some backed diligently and perfectly by white tape). Clean, unmarked pages. Blue cloth spines NEAR FINE, some gilt lettering a bit faded. Some wear/tear to djs at spine and corners. Some volumes with owner¿s name on fep. Five djs unclipped, ten vol.s price clipped. Vol. X through XV have an additional set of informative inside parts of DJs pasted in on end papers (cf. photo # 3). +++ Contents: v. 1. The Battle of the Atlantic, September 1939-May 1943. +++ v. 2. Operations in North African waters, October 1942-June 1943.+++ v. 3. The Rising Sun in the Pacific, 1931-April 1942. +++ v. 4. Coral Sea, Midway and submarine actions, May 1942-August 1942. +++ v. 5. The struggle for Guadalcanal, August 1942-February 1943. +++ v. 6. Breaking the Bismarcks barrier, 22 July 1942-1 May 1944. +++ v. 7. Aleutians, Gilberts and Marshalls, June 1942-April 1944. +++ v. 8. New Guinea and the Marianas, March 1944-August 1944. +++ v. 9. Sicily, Salerno, Anzio, January 1943-June 1944. +++ v. 10. The Atlantic battle won, May 1943-May 1945. +++ v. 11. The invasion of France and Germany, 1944-1945. +++ v. 12. Leyte, June 1944-January 1945. +++ v. 13. The liberation of the Philippines. +++ v. 14. Victory in the Pacific, 1945. +++ v. 15. Supplement and general index. +++ From non-smoking household. +++ Need further photos and/or information? Just use the «Ask Bookseller» button and we'll be pleased to help. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Magister Michalis, Internet-Antiquariat]
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        The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks

      Garden City: Doubleday and Company, 1958. New and Revised Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. Signed. New and revised edition. Near Fine, in a Very Good+ dust jacket. Signed "Cordially Yours, Dave Embury" on the half title page, not inscribed to anyone. Faint bump to top of page corners. Slight soiling to top edge of page block. Rear board shows a faint ding to the surface at about the center. Faint wear at corners and spine ends. The dust jacket shows light edge wear, wear at spine ends and corners, with a chip to the top rear corner, and a ding in the rear panel corresponding to the ding in the board. A very lovely copy, signed by the author.

      [Bookseller: Burnside Rare Books, ABAA ]
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        Lolita.

      New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons,, [1958]. Octavo. Original black cloth-backed grey patterned boards, titles to spine gilt, red endpapers, top edge red. With the dust jacket. Housed in a custom red flat-back box. Foxing to boards and edges, spotting to first few pages. A very good copy in the slightly toned jacket with small chip to foot of rear panel, a couple of short closed tears and rubbing to extremities. First US edition, seventh impression. Inscribed by the author on the title page, "For Gary Simpson, from Vladimir Nabokov". Nabokov's masterpiece was first published in Paris in 1955. This edition, first issued earlier the same year, was the first full appearance of Lolita in the US (part of it had been excerpted in the Anchor Review in 1957), and it contains some minor textual revisions from the Paris edition and a new afterword, in which Nabokov recounts his difficulties in having the book published in America.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        Candy

      Paris: The Olympia Press, 1958. First Edition. Paperback. Near fine. 1st edition, 1st binding and the 1st issue of it with the price on the back unadulterated. Original wrappers, slight wear, short and light vertical crease at the bottom of the front cover (see photograph, it's accurate), else near fine. An unintentional burlesque of Voltaire's Candide, circumnavigating 18 year old Candy (the young woman), warm, kind, nubile, agreeable, uninhibited and unsophisticated, a blithe spirit who passes life's troubles like a freight train passes a hobo, softer than a chocolate covered marshmallow Santa Claus, affectionate as a wet dog, harder to ignore than an unscratchable itch, with a beautiful face unclouded by thought, a body so perfect it would break the heart of John Calvin, a smile that could open a clam at 20 paces, and kissed more often than a Mafia capo's hand, and by much the same kind of people. `.

      [Bookseller: Biblioctopus]
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        The Last Works of Henri Matisse; Texts by Pierre Reverdy and by Georges Duthuit

      New York: Harcourt Brace, 1958. First American edition. Hardcover. Orig. illustrated boards. Very good in chipped dust wrapper lacking 12 centimeters at lower spine. Matisse, Henri. 146 pages in text. 37 x 27 cm. This volume originally constituted Number 35/36 of Verve in the French edition, which reproduced 40 lithographs after cut-outs by Matisse, and reproductions after Matisse's paper collages and drawings, including 9 double-page plates, 1 triple sheet, and 3 quadruple foldouts. Reproduces his later colored pochoir work from 1950-1854, the cover specially designed for Matisse, the color lithography printed by Mourlot. Reverdy, an influential French cubist poet, was the publisher of the important dadaist/surrealist journal Nord-Sud, and at one time was a roommate of Picasso. His first collaboration with Matisse came in 1918 when he published Les Jockeys Camoufles, Trois Poemes par Monsieur Pierre Reverdy, and a testament to a lifelong friendship. Nicks to joints, rubbing to backstrip extremities.

      [Bookseller: Royoung bookseller, Inc.]
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        The Living City

      New York: Horizon Press, 1958. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. Signed. Signed. First edition, first printing. Very Good, in a likely supplied Near Fine price-clipped jacket. Signed by Frank Lloyd Wright "To Wolfgang Foges at Taliesin, with esteem" and dated the year of publication. Cloth shows fading at spine, soiling at front and light edge wear. Boards show several surface scratches. Corners worn. Pages toned. Fold-out at front is intact. The dust jacket shows fading to the spine and light edge wear, with several small chips. Presents well, though the jacket is in nicer shape than the book itself.

      [Bookseller: Burnside Rare Books, ABAA ]
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        Dr No

      London: Jonathan Cape,, 1958. Octavo. Original black boards, titles to spine in silver, Honeychile silhouette to front board in brown. With the dust jacket. Very light foxing to endpapers. An excellent copy in the slightly foxed dust jacket, spine slightly faded, extremities slightly rubbed and nicked. First edition, first impression, second state. This copy is in the second state binding, with the "Honeychile" silhouette printed on the front board in a dark reddish-brown, in conformity with other titles in the series with designs on the front board.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        L'Envers et L'endroit

      Gallimard, Paris 1958 - Third overall and first Gallimard edition of Camus's first book, originally published in 1937. Original wrappers, paper browned but an excellent copy. Cloth case with leather label. Inscribed by Camus to the sociologist and editor Roger Caillois. The book contains five essays: "L'Ironie," "Entre oui et non," "La Mort dans l'âme," "Amour de vivre," and "L'Envers et l'endroit." Camus explains in the preface why he had declined for many years to allow the work to be reprinted. He remarks on the importance of this work, written in Algeria when he was twenty-two years old: "Pour moi, je sais que ma source est dans L'Envers et l'endroit, dans ce monde de pauvreté et de lumière où j'ai longtemps véçu et dont le souvenir me préserve encore des deux dangers contraires, qui menacent tout artiste, le ressentiment et la satisfaction" [Attributes: Signed Copy; Soft Cover]

      [Bookseller: Thomas A. Goldwasser Rare Books (ABAA)]
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        The Balcony; [Le Balcon]

      New York: Grove Press, 1958. First Edition. 1/4 Cloth. Fine/very good. 1st edition in English of the expressionist play. The book is fine, the original acetate dustjacket has some small chips and tears, but even unprinted, transparent jackets are an essential component in the collecting of post-modern books. The 1956 Paris edition (the editio princeps), is abundant. Contrarily, our book is one of 26 lettered copies signed by Genet, and it's self-evidently scarce in any condition, and scarcer in jacket. Suppose by now you have surmised that the asides in this catalog are not a values-free inquiry, but if you haven't, what follows, should leave no doubt. Being unaware that there are intricacies to be understood within any area of collecting generally, and the rare book market in particular, is the private affair of buying your books as the whims of accident take you, like playing solitary Nerf basketball in your own living room. On the other hand, recognizing that there are intricacies, and having identified quality as one of them, and still buying lesser copies when you can afford better ones, either because you let yourself be duped, or dupe yourself, is like playing pro basketball in public and betting against your own team. An adjoining trial is book descriptions that trample the truth about rarity, bibliography, or condition (it's not the sin it's the cynicism) piled on by bookselling's creepy Uncles, who lie and lie, until there is no one left to lie to. For the book buyer: Sundry styles of lying can only be identified in sundry ways, best analyzed during the untempted, coherent interval. And like a trio of guppies named Behemoth, Goliath, and Leviathan, there are 3, hard to accept, paradoxes, each more alluring than the NY Post's "Headless Body in Topless Bar." 1. The seducer's desire to seduce is less of a threat than our desire to be seduced. 2. The deceiver's unscrupulousness is less of a threat than our childishly energized curiosity to investigate the deception. 3. The liar's need to think of us as inferior is less of a threat than our need to feel so smart (or so important) that we need to be lied to. For the bookseller: "The fallacy of composition" is one of Maynard Keynes economic laws, bearing down upon the little world of antiquarian books in a degenerating spiral through fib-filled catalog or online descriptions. Keynes law states that a strategy designed in the conviction that what works for one will work for all is a fallacy. An oft-used example is that if a single bank hoards cash it will be more financially stable, but if all banks hoard cash the economy will collapse. Another is that if 1 person stands up at a baseball game, that person can see better, but if everyone stands up, none can see better and all are less comfortable. By extrapolation then, if one book cataloger always lies in his or her narratives, that seller may profit for awhile, although eventually the only customers they will have left are the kind of idiots who, in an imagined emergency, frantically search Google for 911's phone number, and this idiot club will reinforce the liar's notion that all librarians and collectors are stupid. But if most catalogers lie, the entire field is corrupted, the confidence of all buyers is lost, and they fade away as certainly as the pastel Easter bunny colors on the spine of a sunstruck dustjacket. Seeking to grasp the macro by surveying the micro, I'll isolate, and fix on, physical accounts (condition), though misuse of "rare" is just as bad (only an inept con calls a book rare when 5 copies are plainly for sale), and deceitful bibliography is many times more depraved (it's a brazen lie to substitute 2nd issue just because a seller is afraid to admit their book is a 2nd printing). The twisting, flailing, tumble to the bottom began with the mutation from a pure definition of "fine" (a book that looks new) to a comparative one (a book noticeably nicer than the median considering its age), and this warp traces back to the early 19th century, and for 100 years after, it was a handy way for buyers to test a seller's standards, at least for those who knew (or cared) about such things (the ones disparaged by the trade as "too fussy"). By 1900 condition guidelines began to oscillate, with praise filled auction house portrayals tied to books of slightly better than middling fitness, and by the 1920s some retailers began to mimic them, then found new lows by offering books constructed like Frankenstein's creature without citing their assembly. In the '50s the pendulum swung back towards accountability, and by 1970 warranted trust was almost recovered. Then greed began to methodically overwhelm conscience, and by 1995 (hello internet) bad sellers began coming over the top rope for good buyers with every imaginable trickery permeating their descriptions, especially, but not limited to, those posted online, and the slipperiest argot has passed from one Pinocchio to another, and these emulsifiers of idioms (giving mercurial notions the strength of steel) are now armed with a war chest full of nakedly evasive terms used to square circles and mug the shell shocked shopper. So any old binding is smugly called original, the word "good" gets attached to a book that looks like a wedding cake left out in a rainstorm, the words "very good" are glibly replaced by "excellent," the word "fine" is shamelessly attached to copies with flaws (always a signal to run), repairs and restorations are depicted as a beneficial enhancement, glue sticks and scotch tape are deemed archival, the welts, bruises, and gaping wounds of outright abuse are dismissed as usual wear, or worse, buried under the sweeping refuge of "above average," and small faults are mentioned (the bone the burglar throws to the dog) while disfiguring scars are ignored, and this last technique is utilized like the blind date description that speaks the first 4 words clearly and drops the last 4, such as, "he's a great guy, except when he's angry" or (gender equality) "she's a beautiful girl, except for her face" (Book Code).

      [Bookseller: Biblioctopus]
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        The Bodley Head Scott Fitzgerald. With and Introduction by J. B. Priestley. [Comprising: The Great Gatsby, The Last Tycoon, Tender is The Night, This Side of Paradise, The Beautiful The Damned, The Rich Boy, Letters and Short Stories, etc.]

      London The Bodley Head -63 1958 - First editions of this publication, 8vo., small, contemporary ownership name to each front free endpaper, else fine, publisher's orange cloth, printed dust-jackets, slight age-toning, otherwise a very fine set. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Shapero Rare Books]
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        In hora mortis

      Otto Müller Verlag, Salzburg 1958 - "Der Mond, dicht und schwer, dicht und schwer, wie bleibt er [schweben], der Mond? -- Leonardo" -------------------------------- Erste Auflage; Schwarze O.Broschur; 8°; 30 S.; Fadengeheftet; Gedruckt auf starkem Papier; Enthält die gedruckte Widmung: "Meinem einzigen und wirklichen Freund G. L. [Gerhard Lampersberg], dem ich im richtigen Augenblick begegnet bin."; Ober- und Unterkanten minimal berieben und nachgedunkelt; Innen sehr sauber; Altersgemäß gutes bis sehr gutes Exemplar. [Attributes: Soft Cover]

      [Bookseller: Buchhandlung Klaus Bittner GmbH]
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        The Suffrage of Elvira

      London: Andre Deutsch, 1958. First. Hard Cover. Yes. First edition. Blue paper-covered hardcover with spine lettered in gilt. 240 pp. The author's second novel and scarcest book. A novel set in Trinidad. A tight, near fine example, trace of shelf wear and a small ink notation on the front free endpaper. In bright dust jacket, price clipped and with 3/4" chip missing for head of spine and very minor wear at the extremities. Quite presentable indeed.

      [Bookseller: The Old Book Shop of Bordentown (ABNJ)]
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        The Echoing Grove

      Penguin Books 1958 - 1958. 301 pages. Paperback rated as Very Good - Cards, pages, and binding are better than usually found for this title and publication year. World of Rare Books specializes in old and hard-to-find titles. [Attributes: Soft Cover]

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        ANNALI DELLA SCUOLA NORMALE SUPERIORE DI PISA Serie II Vol XXVII LETTERE, STORIA E FILOSOFIA

      PISA: SCUOLA NORMALE SUPERIORE DI PISA, 1958. BROSSURA. BUONO. 21 28. I II USATO

      [Bookseller: Controcorrente Group srl BibliotecadiBab]
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        The Balcony; [Le Balcon]

      New York: Grove Press, 1958. First Edition. 1/4 Cloth. Fine/very good. 1st edition in English of the expressionist play. The book is fine, the original acetate dustjacket has some small chips and tears, but even unprinted, transparent jackets are an essential component in the collecting of post-modern books. The 1956 Paris edition (the editio princeps), is abundant. Contrarily, our book is one of 26 lettered copies signed by Genet, and it's self-evidently scarce in any condition, and scarcer in jacket. Suppose by now you have surmised that the asides in this catalog are not a values-free inquiry, but if you haven't, what follows, should leave no doubt. Being unaware that there are intricacies to be understood within any area of collecting generally, and the rare book market in particular, is the private affair of buying your books as the whims of accident take you, like playing solitary Nerf basketball in your own living room. On the other hand, recognizing that there are intricacies, and having identified quality as one of them, and still buying lesser copies when you can afford better ones, either because you let yourself be duped, or dupe yourself, is like playing pro basketball in public and betting against your own team. An adjoining trial is book descriptions that trample the truth about rarity, bibliography, or condition (it's not the sin it's the cynicism) piled on by bookselling's creepy Uncles, who lie and lie, until there is no one left to lie to. For the book buyer: Sundry styles of lying can only be identified in sundry ways, best analyzed during the untempted, coherent interval. And like a trio of guppies named Behemoth, Goliath, and Leviathan, there are 3, hard to accept, paradoxes, each more alluring than the NY Post's "Headless Body in Topless Bar." 1. The seducer's desire to seduce is less of a threat than our desire to be seduced. 2. The deceiver's unscrupulousness is less of a threat than our childishly energized curiosity to investigate the deception. 3. The liar's need to think of us as inferior is less of a threat than our need to feel so smart (or so important) that we need to be lied to. For the bookseller: "The fallacy of composition" is one of Maynard Keynes economic laws, bearing down upon the little world of antiquarian books in a degenerating spiral through fib-filled catalog or online descriptions. Keynes law states that a strategy designed in the conviction that what works for one will work for all is a fallacy. An oft-used example is that if a single bank hoards cash it will be more financially stable, but if all banks hoard cash the economy will collapse. Another is that if 1 person stands up at a baseball game, that person can see better, but if everyone stands up, none can see better and all are less comfortable. By extrapolation then, if one book cataloger always lies in his or her narratives, that seller may profit for awhile, although eventually the only customers they will have left are the kind of idiots who, in an imagined emergency, frantically search Google for 911's phone number, and this idiot club will reinforce the liar's notion that all librarians and collectors are stupid. But if most catalogers lie, the entire field is corrupted, the confidence of all buyers is lost, and they fade away as certainly as the pastel Easter bunny colors on the spine of a sunstruck dustjacket. Seeking to grasp the macro by surveying the micro, I'll isolate, and fix on, physical accounts (condition), though misuse of "rare" is just as bad (only an inept con calls a book rare when 5 copies are plainly for sale), and deceitful bibliography is many times more depraved (it's a brazen lie to substitute 2nd issue just because a seller is afraid to admit their book is a 2nd printing). The twisting, flailing, tumble to the bottom began with the mutation from a pure definition of "fine" (a book that looks new) to a comparative one (a book noticeably nicer than the median considering its age), and this warp traces back to the early 19th century, and for 100 years after, it was a handy way for buyers to test a seller's standards, at least for those who knew (or cared) about such things (the ones disparaged by the trade as "too fussy"). By 1900 condition guidelines began to oscillate, with praise filled auction house portrayals tied to books of slightly better than middling fitness, and by the 1920s some retailers began to mimic them, then found new lows by offering books constructed like Frankenstein's creature without citing their assembly. In the '50s the pendulum swung back towards accountability, and by 1970 warranted trust was almost recovered. Then greed began to methodically overwhelm conscience, and by 1995 (hello internet) bad sellers began coming over the top rope for good buyers with every imaginable trickery permeating their descriptions, especially, but not limited to, those posted online, and the slipperiest argot has passed from one Pinocchio to another, and these emulsifiers of idioms (giving mercurial notions the strength of steel) are now armed with a war chest full of nakedly evasive terms used to square circles and mug the shell shocked shopper. So any old binding is smugly called original, the word "good" gets attached to a book that looks like a wedding cake left out in a rainstorm, the words "very good" are glibly replaced by "excellent," the word "fine" is shamelessly attached to copies with flaws (always a signal to run), repairs and restorations are depicted as a beneficial enhancement, glue sticks and scotch tape are deemed archival, the welts, bruises, and gaping wounds of outright abuse are dismissed as usual wear, or worse, buried under the sweeping refuge of "above average," and small faults are mentioned (the bone the burglar throws to the dog) while disfiguring scars are ignored, and this last technique is utilized like the blind date description that speaks the first 4 words clearly and drops the last 4, such as, "he's a great guy, except when he's angry" or (gender equality) "she's a beautiful girl, except for her face" (Book Code).

      [Bookseller: Biblioctopus]
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        ALS Georgie Hyde-Lees to Thomas Parkinson, April 1, 1958. RE: William Butler Yeats

      Dublin, Ireland: Georgie Hyde-Lees, 1958. Hand-written Letter with original autograph, 7" x 5.5" 2 pp., Inked Front & Back on Watermarked Wove Paper with Cuala Press lettehead, Very Good with minor creasing. Provenance: Peter Howard, Serendipity Books, Berkeley.

      [Bookseller: Alan Wofsy Fine Arts]
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        BELOVED INFIDEL: The Education of a Woman

      Henry Holt and Company, New York 1958 - The first of three memoirs Graham (1904-88) about her intimate relationship with F. Scott Fitzgerald during the last years of his life. The legendary writer died at age 44 in Graham's Hollywood apartment. Includes ten photographs and illustrations. This copy is inscribed by Graham to Nicholas Patrick Beck, a noted Fitzgerald collector and scholar, who was also a journalism professor at California State University, Los Angeles. Accompanied by a signed photograph of Sheilah Graham with her infant daughter Wendy and two holographic letters from Graham to Beck. In the first, a 1987 holiday card, Graham thanks Beck for "the tapes" and alludes to problems with a producer: "Sidney Skolsky said after he was gyped by the producer - Sidney Buchman on 'The Jolson Story' - God and one other will take care of him. They did - poor Sidney [Buchman] branded as a communist, which I think he was, was ruined." In the other, dated the following year, she informs Beck that she is leaving Palm Beach for New York, where she was scheduled to have leg surgery. She died in November of that year. Octavo. Original black cloth over blue cloth binding, with black and green titles. The dust jacket is price-clipped, with some very mild edgewear. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: johnson rare books & archives, ABAA]
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        Nightwood

      London: Faber and Faber, 1958. Second Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. Signed by Author. Inscribed in black ink to former owner who correspondended with the author about The Antiphon in the early sixties: "With regards to / Nancy Mazzocco, / and the author's thanks, / [signed] Djuna Barnes / May 1961." Second edition, early printing. 239pp. Original purple cloth with red stamping and gilt lettering. Fine in Very Good+ unclipped dust jacket, spine toned, a bit chipped at head and worn at tips. The author's best-known work, now widely regarded as one of the best gay and lesbian-themed 20th Century novels.

      [Bookseller: Burnside Rare Books ]
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        IO, IN RUSSIA E IN CINA

      VALLECCHI, FIRENZE 1958 - ITALIANO Sovraccoperta con alette, plastificata, a protezione del volume, con lievi segni di impurità e lieve scurimento del dorso, strappato alla testa. Vaghe macchie di umidità su alcune pagine ed inserimento di tavole fuori testo. Tagli ingialliti con fioritura. La libreria offre per un periodo limitato uno sconto del 20% su tutti i suoi libri. Il prezzo originale dell'articolo era 999,99 euro.

      [Bookseller: Biblioteca di Babele]
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        Breakfast at Tiffany's

      Random House, New York 1958 - Stated First Printing. The book is in fine condition; and in a near fine dust jacket, with some tanning to spine, a few tiny closed tears, and light edge wear. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Idler Fine Books]
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        Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits

      Harper and Brothers, 1958. Hardcover. Near Fine/Very Good. Harper & Brothers, New York 1958. First Edition / Early Printing. The printing code "E-H" is printed on the copyright page. Cloth boards. Jacket priced at $3.50. Book Condition: Near Fine-, light age toning, soft shelf wear. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good, shelf wear, spots, short tears. Wrapped in a new removable mylar cover.

      [Bookseller: 1st Editions and Antiquarian Books, ABA,]
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        Her Becoming

      Roma: Estratto da Botteghe Oscure N. XXI, 1958. Very Good. First separate edition, an offprint from the literary magazine Botteghe Oscure that reprints this single poem. Small octavo. Paginated as in the magazine p.183-186. Stapled printed wrappers. Ownership stamp of poet Donald Hall with his Ann Arbor, Michigan address inside rear wrap, a couple of spots of foxing on the wrappers, faint bend in upper corner, but overall at least very good. Inscribed by Roethke: "To Donald Hall - best regards - Theodore Roethke." Offprints of this sort were usually issued in very limited numbers for the author's own use; this copy with an association between two major American poets. Hall wrote the introduction to the definitive biography of Roethke by Allan Seager, The Glass House: The Life of Theodore Roethke. Very uncommon. OCLC locates six copies of this offprint over two records.

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