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        The Jazz Age

      New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons. (1959). First. First edition. Quarto. Picture editor William Cahn. Based on the television documentary The Jazz Age, written by Henry Salomon with Richard Hanser, that aired as part of NBC's outstanding and long-running non-fiction series Project XX. Boards a bit soiled, good or better without dustwrapper. Author Ralph Ellison's copy with his ownership Signature. .

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        Sex Gang: Violent Stories of Naked Passions

      USA: USA: Nightstand Book # NB 1503 R, 1959, 1st Edition, 2nd Printing, 1959. -----------paperback, a solid Good to Very Good copy with light rubbing to the covers, a bit of age toning to paper, book is completely square, super cover art of a knife wielding juvenile delinquent terrorizing a scantily clad, buxom woman, a true modern rarity, Nightstand originally published this in 1959, a number of the stories appeared in 1950's Men's Magazines like GENT, ROGUE, etc., contents include: Sex Gang; The Girl with the Horizontal Mind (originally released as The Gal with the Horizontal Mind by Price Curtis ); Wanted: Two Trollops; The Ugly Virgin (originally released as God Bless the Ugly Virgin ); Sin Time ( originally released as The Silence of Infidelity ); The Pied Piper of sex ( originally released as The Pied Piper of Love ); Bayou Sex Cat ( originally released as A Blue Note for Bayou Betty by Derry Tiger ); The lady Had Zilch; Girl with the Bedroom Eyes ( originally released as Jeanie with the Bedroom Eyes ); The Lustful One ( originally released as The Hungry One ); Bohemia for Christie ( originally released as The Bohemia of Arthur Archer ), any image directly beside this listing is the actual book and not a generic photo. Later Printing of the first Edition. Soft Cover. Good (see description). Illus. by Uncredited Cover Art.

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        Some Papers Hand Made by John Mason.

      London: Maggs, 1959. 6 x 9. 34 leaves of various highly textured, sometimes embedded, papers. Many are printed with Mason's text about papermaking or with illustrations. Linson vellum spine printed in gold, handmade paper boards with embedded fern in each cover. Small spot of adhesive (?) residue in corner of flyleaf. Fine copy of this very uncommon book. WITH: "Twelve by Eight, a paper read before the Double Crown Club"reprinted for The Private Libraries Association, 1959, 4 pages & self wraps on Mason's handmade paper. Mason was a pioneer in c20 hand papermaking. He writes: "There have been private presses with private types and private binderies, too. My father printed at the Doves, I made type, printed books and bound them at Gregynog. But why had no one tried private papermaking?" The papers in this book were made between 1954 and 1959.

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        Arabian Sands.

      London: Longmans, Green and Co, 1959. First edition, second printing of the author's masterpiece. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Wilfred Thesiger on the title page. Fine in a very good price-clipped dust jacket with some rubbing and wear to the extremities. Map unopened in the inside pocket of the rear pastedown. Though educated at Eton and Oxford, Wilfred Thesiger was repulsed by the softness and rigidity of Western life-"the machines, the calling cards, the meticulously aligned streets." In the spirit of T. E. Lawrence, he set out to explore the deserts of Arabia, traveling among peoples who had never seen a European and considered it their duty to kill Christian infidels. His now-classic account is invaluable to understanding the modern Middle East. "Following worthily in the tradition of Burton, Lawrence, Philby and Thomas, [Arabian Sands] is, very likely, the book about Arabia to end all books about Arabia" (The Daily Telegraph, London).

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        The Best Man: A Play In Three Acts (Original Text, By Gore Vidal Only)

      New York: Roger L. Stevens Circa 1959 Or 1960, 1960. Soft cover. Near Fine. Studio Copy Of The Original Script For The Three Act Version By Gore Vidal, With No Other Authors Credited. Black Wraparound Card Covers Lettered In Silver, "Hart Stenographic Bureau" Name/Address/Phone At Top, Title At Center.Title Page With Wm. Morris Agency Sticker And Roger L Stevens Name And Address At Bottom (No Copyright Notice Or Date But Probably Circa 1959/1960). Cast Of Characters Page, Act One Scene Page, 36 Pp,26 Pp, 23 Pp (Each Act Numbered Separately By Act, Scene And Page). Inked Number "44" At Top Of Title Page Which Apparently Is The Tracking Number For A Limited Distribution. Our Researches Indicate Only One Institutional Holding, In Arizona.

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        1959 FLEER SET OF 93 (OF 96) 3 STOOGES TRADING CARDS.

      Fleer: np 1959 - 93 cards, 2.5 x 3.5, with colorized photo on recto, and hilarious (mostly) joke on reverse, in nice condition (not professionally graded) except for #33 (small yellow cello tape on front slightly intruding on photo), #49 (small tape abrasion on verso, very narrow margin above photo on recto), and #52 (abrasion on reverse); MISSING #s 25, 62 and 89; and, #42 and #72 with gray backs. The lot (waiting to be graded), including the great Curly, Moe and Larry individual cards (#1, 2 and 3). . .

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        THE SWINBURNE LETTERS. [Complete in six volumes. Covers the years from 1854-1909]

      Yale Univeristy Press, New Haven, Connecticut 1959 - First Edition, First Printing; dj w/moderate wear and chipping, prices unclipped; Blue cloth. xlix, 2,089 clean, unmarked pages; heavy multi-volume set, will not fit in flat rate priority envelope Size: 4 vo [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Summit Roundup Profiles of 21 World Leaders

      1959. Longmans, Green and Company. Summit Roundup Profiles of 21 World Leaders by William H. Stringer with sixteen photographs by Gordon N. Converse. Library of Congress Catalog Card Number 59-14399. Former book of the Boise Public Library. Teal cloth hardcover. Gilded lettering on spine. 202 pages. Shows some signs of use, age and wear. Overall a great piece. If you have any questions or need additional pictures please just let me know. Thank you.

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        La divine comédie. L'enfer, le purgatoire, le paradis

      1959. Paris, Les Heures Claires, sans date, 1959 - 1963. 6 forts volumes in-4 en feuillets, sous couvertures imprimées et rempliées, doubles étuis décorés de l'éditeur. Illustré de 100 compositions originales en couleurs à pleines pages de Salvador Dali, ayant nécessité la gravure de 3500 bois. Cette édition en langue française a nécessité 55 mois d'un travail patient et assidu. Commencée en Avril 1959, elle fut achevée le 23 novembre 1963. La gravure des 3500 bois nécessaires à l'exceptionnelle reconstitution des cent aquarelles de Salvador Dali est l'oeuvre de Raymond Jacquet avec la collaboration de Jean Taricco. Le texte, composé à la main en Méridien corps vingt par Madeleine Jacquet, a été tiré par l'imprimerie Daragnès. Tiré à 4765 exemplaires numérotés. Celui-ci, un des 350 exemplaires sur vélin pur chiffon de Rives, auxquels on a ajouté une décomposition des couleurs d'une illustration, numérotés de 516 à 865 et portant le n° 530. La décomposition de chacune des gravures est positionnée dans chaque emboîtage (Soit un total de 6 gravures décomposées). Exemplaire complet et en tout point parfait.

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        THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE

      McGraw-Hill Book Co, New York 1959 - Octavo. 311pp., bound in light blue cloth, spine lettered in white; previous owner's date and one word comment on front pastedown. A bright, sharp cornered copy in fine unclipped pictorial dust jacket. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Portraits of Greatness

      Nelson, 1959 The definitive collection of Karsh's iconic photos of major personages, including probably the most famous photographs of Winston Churchill and Ernest Hemingway ever taken. A second printing, inscribed by Karsh on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. The portraits in this book are produced by sheet-fed gravure, making them of the highest quality. Yousuf Karsh has protrayed more celebrated men and women than any other photographer of our time. An astonishing range of celebrities has come before the Karsh lens, and with remarkable frequency it has been the Karsh portrait that has become the definitive record of the famous personality, the one through which the world has been brought face to face with greatness, the one that will be best remembered in future years. In this single volume are gathered together ninety-six of Karsh's most memorable photographic portraits, selected by the artist who created them. Royalty, church leaders, statesmen, businessmen, artists, musicians, actors, playwrights, scientists, authors -- all are unforgettably recorded in these pages. Queen Elizabeth III, Pope Pius XII and Pope John XXIII, Churchill, Eisenhower, Nehru, Einstein, Schweitzer, Hemingway, Picasso, Casals, and many more of equal fame.. Inscribed by Author(s). 2nd Edition. Hardcover. Fine/Near Fine.

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        Der Freiwillige - Kameradschaftsblatt der HIAG - Jahrgang 1959 - 1985

      27 Bände (Jahrgänge). Osnabrück, Munin-Verlag, 1959 f., Gebundene Ausgabe, Ganzleineneinband (Hefte mit Umschlag in Original-Einbanddecken gebunden), Großformat, abschnittsweise paginiert, mit Abbildungen, Zustand 2 (N1370) (N1370)

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        Der Freiwillige - Kameradschaftsblatt der HIAG - Jahrgang 1959 - 1985,

      1959 - 27 Bände (Jahrgänge). Osnabrück, Munin-Verlag, 1959 f., Gebundene Ausgabe, Ganzleineneinband (Hefte mit Umschlag in Original-Einbanddecken gebunden), Großformat, abschnittsweise paginiert, mit Abbildungen, Zustand 2 (N1370) (N1370) Sprache: Deutsch Gewicht in Gramm: 700 [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Zeitschrift für Theologie und Kirche. Herausgegeben von Eberhard Jüngel in Gemeinschaft mit Michael Beintker, Martin Honecker, Günter Klein, Christoph Levin u. a. - Jahrgänge 57-110 (1960-2013).

      8 (22,5 x 14 cm). Private Leinenbände mit Goldprägung und Orig.-Broschuren. Zusätzlich mit Beiheft 1, 56. Jahrgang (1959). - Hefte 1-3 von Jahrgang 109 fehlend, Heft 4 vorhanden. - Jahrgänge 57-60 (1960-63), 67-72 (1970-75), 80 (1983), 97-98 (2000-01), 103-108 (2006-11), 110 (2013) in Broschur. Rest in soliden, handgebundenen Leinenbänden. - Bände in sehr gutem bis gutem Zustand.

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        A Vienna Demotic Papyrus on Ecliipse and Lunar Omina

      Brown University Press, 1959. Hard Cover. vg. Quarto.59pp with nine folded plates in rear of book. A very nice copy with a bit of rubbing to top and bottom of spine. Brown Egyptological Studies Volume II.

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        101 Things to Make with Human Skin. [Comic Book Jackets]

      Toledo, Ohio : Leister Game Co., Inc. ; Medical Hobby Press ; Kahl Bros., c1959. - racially prejudiced "comic" dust jacket in exceeding poor taste, depicts false book title intended to deceive viewer into believing the book carries an unbelievable title, together with fake blurbs and a fictional biography of the imaginary author, Dr. Ronald Skinemwell ; ".[T]he biggest thrill which comes to the owner of a set of these comic book jackets lies in his ability to put them on regular books and display them in rather conspicuous places in the living or recreation room before a party.High school and college students will discover these book jackets can provide them with a never-ending source of fun for fooling members of the faculty, as well as fellow students, without the danger of being expelled from the institution of learning." ; [debatable, as some of these covers have racist titles that would surely result in expulsion now] ; very scarce 50s-60s ephemera showing contemporary callous feeling towards the concentration camp victims ; shows wear, but otherwise G [Attributes: Soft Cover]

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        Arabian Sands

      London: Longmans, Green and Co, 1959. First edition, second printing of the author's masterpiece. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Wilfred Thesiger on the title page. Fine in a very good price-clipped dust jacket with some rubbing and wear to the extremities. Map unopened in the inside pocket of the rear pastedown. Though educated at Eton and Oxford, Wilfred Thesiger was repulsed by the softness and rigidity of Western life-"the machines, the calling cards, the meticulously aligned streets." In the spirit of T. E. Lawrence, he set out to explore the deserts of Arabia, traveling among peoples who had never seen a European and considered it their duty to kill Christian infidels. His now-classic account is invaluable to understanding the modern Middle East. "Following worthily in the tradition of Burton, Lawrence, Philby and Thomas, [Arabian Sands] is, very likely, the book about Arabia to end all books about Arabia" (The Daily Telegraph, London).

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        The Baron in the Trees

      New York: Random House, 1959. First American edition. Translated by Archibald Colquhoun. Brown cloth, a fine copy in lightly worn dust jacket (designed by Georg Salter). Inscribed and signed by Calvino, on his first visit to New York, "a Vera che ha afatto arrampicare il Barone sulle piante americane, con gratitudine" dated New York, 12 November 1959. Later in the library of the writer Henry Miller who's manuscript translation of the inscription, on a small piece of paper laid in, reads: "To Vera, who made the Baron climb American trees, with gratitude."

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        Hoping for a Hoopoe

      London: Victor Gollancz. 1959. First. First English edition of the author's first book, published in America as The Carpentered Hen and Other Tame Creatures. Fine in fine dustwrapper. Inscribed by the author to Herb Yellin: "for Herb Yellin, a real gem. John U." Herb Yellin was the founder and publisher of Lord John Press and the most frequent of Updike's fine press collaborators. He named his press after noting that the list of authors he wanted to publish all shared the same first name, chief among them John Updike, his favorite. Hub Fans Bid Kid Adieu became the press's first book in 1977 with 10 more to follow over the next 23 years. Yellin's friendship with Updike grew with each new limited edition benefitting his already enormous Updike collection, with Updike himself contributing copies of new editions of his books - often inscribed. In a 2010 interview with Yellin he noted that Updike "...liked that if anything ever happened to his own collection, he had my collection on the opposite side of the country." A notable association. .

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        The Poorhouse Fair

      Alfred A. Knopf 1959 - Published in New York by Alfred A. Knopf in 1959. First Edition. This copy is SIGNED by the author on a bookplate pasted on to front free end-paper. Book fine except for some slight fading along edges. DJ near fine, tiny tear at bottom of front reinforced by tape nside DJ, slight rubbing at corners, very slight spotting on flapsand inside DJ. DJ price reads "$3.50." We will provide a certificate of authenticity for this item. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

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        Hoping for a Hoopoe

      Victor Gollancz, London 1959 - First English edition of the author's first book, published in America as *The Carpentered Hen and Other Tame Creatures*. Fine in fine dustwrapper. Inscribed by the author to Herb Yellin: "for Herb Yellin, a real gem. John U." Herb Yellin was the founder and publisher of Lord John Press and the most frequent of Updike's fine press collaborators. He named his press after noting that the list of authors he wanted to publish all shared the same first name, chief among them John Updike, his favorite. *Hub Fans Bid Kid Adieu* became the press's first book in 1977 with 10 more to follow over the next 23 years. Yellin's friendship with Updike grew with each new limited edition benefitting his already enormous Updike collection, with Updike himself contributing copies of new editions of his books - often inscribed. In a 2010 interview with Yellin he noted that Updike ".liked that if anything ever happened to his own collection, he had my collection on the opposite side of the country." A notable association. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

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        Fotographie 1928 - 1958

      Prague 1959 - A set of 20 b&w photographic prints from Czech photographers compiled in 1959. Includes an introduction written by Josef Kainar and was compiled by Josef Prosek. Content is in Czech. Photographs are disbound and are housed in tan cloth boards with title and design on front. Boards are in good condition with moderate soiling and light wear to all edges. Photographic prints measure 10" wide by 12" tall and have photographer's name and title of photo on verso. Prints are in good to very good condition. Most have light wear around edges and most corners have a slight curl. Many prints have light soiling on verso. Photographers included in this set are Frantisek Drtikol, Jaromir Funke, Karel Hájek, Alexandr Paul, Eugen Wiskovsky, Jiri Jenicek, Miroslav Hák, Zdenko Feyfar, Karel Ludwig, Václav Chochola, Zdenek Tmej, Josef Sudek, Josef Ehm, Josef Prosek, Karel Plicka, Tibor Honty, Jindrich Brok, Václav Jiru, Jan Lukas and Erich Einhorn. ; 4to 11" - 13" tall; 20 pp [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        MARCEL DUCHAMP SUR ROBERT LEBEL - AN EXTRAORDINARY SIGNED ASSOCIATION COPY FROM MARCEL DUCHAMP AND ROBERT LEBEL TO GEORGES AND EMILY STAEMPFLI

      Editions Trianon, Paris 1959 - 193pp, profusely illustrated in b&w and color. Designed by Marcel Duchamp. Text in French. With a bibliography. This graphically striking publication is Robert Lebel's catalogue raisonné of two hundred and seven works executed by Marcel Duchamp between 1902 and 1958 that includes a design by the pioneering Dada and Surrealist master. An internally most handsome example of the 1959 French first printing showing minor abrading to the cloth over the tips of the boards at both ends of the spine along with some mottling and light discoloration of the cloth in a bright, well preserved English language Trianon Press dust jacket housed in the publisher's unprinted chipboard slipcase bearing the BOLDLY SIGNED PRESENTATIONS "Cher Emily / Cher Georges / Staempfli / Anges de Cadaques / et pas du ski nautique / affecteusement / Marcel 1961" and "lu et apprové (pas le livre, la dedicace) / Robert Lebel 1961" in blue ink across the portrait of Duchamp on the second preliminary. Swiss-born George William Staempfli moved to New York in 1935 where he later worked for Knoedler Gallery before becoming the curator of paintings at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston. In 1959 he and his wife Emily opened the Staempfli Gallery in Manhattan, and the following year the couple purchased a home in Cadaques, Spain where they frequently hosted their close art world friends including Salvador and Gala Dali - who the gallery showed - and Marcel and Teeny Duchamp. PLEASE NOTE: Additional shipping costs are required for this item beyond our standard rates due to its weight and value - we will inform you of the applicable amount at time of purchase. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

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        The Naked Lunch

      New York: Grove Press, 1959. First U.S. edition. First hardcover edition preceded by the Olympia Press edition the American edition was delayed until 1962 due to the controversial nature of this brilliant novel. Printed in an edition of only 3500 copies. An about near fine copy with light tapping to the bottom rear corner and some very minor bumping to the top corners of about 30 pages in an about near fine dust jacket that has some rubbing, a few tiny tears and a tiny chip from the base of the spine.

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        NAKED LUNCH

      New York: Grove Press. 1959. First Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. Book condition is Very Good; with a Very Good- dust jacket. Edgewear to jacket, including a few chips and tears. A few weak smudges and a small stain to page edges. Text is clean and unmarked. True First Issue: jacket without zip code or roman numeral on rear panel & $6.00 publisher price on front flap; black topstain and First Printing is stated. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall .

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        The Naked Lunch

      New York: Grove Press, 1959. First U.S. edition. First hardcover edition preceded by the Olympia Press edition the American edition was delayed until 1962 due to the controversial nature of this brilliant novel. Printed in an edition of only 3500 copies. An about near fine copy with light tapping to the bottom rear corner and some very minor bumping to the top corners of about 30 pages in an about near fine dust jacket that has some rubbing, a few tiny tears and a tiny chip from the base of the spine.

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        Naked Lunch

      Grove Press New York 1959 - Very Good + First Edition First Printing 12mo = 7-9" Very Good + DJ 256pp Black boards w/black cloth spine, some very slight mildew spotting on cloth spine. Some bumping on edges and corners. Dj is soiled and has tears on edges. "And only after the first shock does realize that what Burroughs is writing about is not only the destruction of depraved men by their drug lust, but the destruction of all men by their consuming addictions, whether the addiction be drugs or overrighteous propriety, lasciviousness or 16-year old girls." Contains: Deposition: Testimony Concerning A Sickness and Letter from a Master Addict to Dangerous Drugs. Copyright page dated 1959, but this edition actually published March 21, 1962. * - APG 134.1, c. 1998. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Feu de braise

      First edition, one of 200 numbered copies on alfa and réservés to the press.Handsome autograph inscription signed by André Pieyre de Mandiargues to Jean Dubuffet and to his wife Lili.A small tear, not serious, to the upper cover. Grasset Paris 1959 12x19cm broché

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        Madeline and the Gypsies

      The Viking Press, New York 1959 - A fine first edition in a fine dust jacket. Housed in a slipcase. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Naked Lunch

      New York: Grove Press, 1959 [but 1962]. First American Edition. A Beat Generation cornerstone, and basis for David Cronenberg's bizarre 1991 film starring Peter Weller. MAYNARD & MILES A2.b. First Printing. Octavo (20.75cm.); half charcoal gray paper over black cloth, with titles stamped in gilt on spine; black topstain; yellow and black pictorial dust jacket; xv,[1],255pp. Jacket extremities a bit rubbed and worn with a few short closed tears, unobtrusive tape repair to verso, mild cockling from damp; Very Good in About Very Good, unfaded jacket.

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        Reunion in Barcelona

      Northwood, Middlesex: Scorpion Press. 1959. First. First English edition. Wrappers. Modest soiling on the front wrap, a little age-toning, still a nice, near fine copy. One of 500 numbered copies. Laid in is a prospectus for other Miller books, with a hand correction by Miller. The book is Inscribed by Miller to Sydney Omarr: "For Sydney Omarr with all good thoughts from Henry Miller. 2/21/59." Omarr was the "astrologer to the stars" and published a daily horoscope that appeared in more than 200 newspapers; his books of horoscopes sold over 50 million copies. He started out during the Second World War at the age of 17 when his predictions of horse races, boxing matches, and other sporting events were broadcast on Armed Forces Radio. Omarr and Miller became close friends, sharing the same tastes. Omarr liked to surround himself with beautiful women and was the personal adviser to Jayne Mansfield, Rita Hayworth, Kim Novak, and Mae West, among others. Omarr wrote a book on Miller, Henry Miller: His World of Urania, and Miller wrote the introduction to Sydney Omarr's Astrological Guide to 1973 and the liner notes to the record album Presenting Sydney Omarr. A very nice association. .

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        Searching for Interstellar Communications" (Cocconi & Morrison in Nature 184, 1959, pp. 844-846 WITH "Interstellar and Interplanetary Communication by Optical Masers"(Schwartz & Townes) in Nature 190, 1961, pp. 205-208

      TWO BOUND VOLUMES. FIRST EDITIONS OF BOTH THE SEMINAL 1959 SETI PAPER (the SEARCH FOR EXTRATERRESTRIAL INTELLIGENCE) ADVOCATING THE USE OF MICROWAVE COMMUNICATION (radio signals) FOR INTERSTELLAR COMMUNICATION & the 1961 PAPER SUGGESTING THE USE OF PULSED OPTICAL LASER SIGNALS AS A MEANS OF COMMUNICATION ACROSS INTERSTELLAR DISTANCES. Together "these papers transformed the search for other civilizations from a fantastical, entrepreneurial activity into a branch of mainstream science" (McConnell, Beyond Contact, 11). The modern SETI era began in 1959 with the publication of the first paper, 'Searching for Interstellar Communications'. "This landmark paper, authored by physicist Philip Morrison and astrophysicist Giuseppe Cocconi, describes the idea of using radio-telescopes to detect weak radio signals from other civilizations. The paper "summarized the technical requirements for transmitting and receiving interstellar radio signals, and remains the blueprint from which most of today's SETI projects derive" (McConnell, 75). "The problem of communicating with extraterrestrials is that first there has to be an agreement on a medium, which in the 1950s was radio, and then agreement on a frequency. If it is assumed that Its want to communicate by radio, then the problem of which noise-free frequency out of millions has to be considered. "Cocconi and Morrison proposed a frequency which was based on the rate at which hydrogen atoms emit radiation when the spin axis of the electron orbiting the nucleus flips over from being parallel to the nucleus's spin to being opposite to it. They argued that the hydrogen frequency 'has a universal uniqueness, not set by anthropocentric considerations, that fits it as the outstanding choice for potential communicators who have not had the opportunity to reach agreement on a frequency' (Cocconi and Morrison, 1959, 844 and Lamb, The Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence, 16). Cocconi and Morrison believed that first efforts should be devoted to examining the closest likely stars. Specifically, they proposed a search be made of some of the nearest sun-like stars for signals at or near the 21, -centimeter wavelength of neutral hydrogen. Two years after Cocconi and Morrison's paper on microwave communication, American physicists Charles Townes and Robert Schwartz suggest, in the 1961 second paper offered, an alternative method of communication using lasers. Their paper, 'Interstellar and Interplanetary Communication by Optical Masers', "suggested that an advanced civilization might have become very sophisticated in the use of optical masers rather than in the techniques of short radio waves" (Lamb, 28). Put another way, they argued that alien civilizations could conceivably by using lasers for interstellar communications at optical wavelengths rather than microwaves. At the time, our use of lasers was in its infancy "as opposed to the relative 'maturity' of microwave communication, so the area remained unexplored" (Taylor, Explaining SETI, 24 August 2004). Townes and Schwartz's paper provided a blueprint for optical (laser) communication across interstellar distances. CONDITION & DETAILS: Two volumes. London: Macmillan and Co. 4to. 10.5 by 7.5 inches (263 x 188mm). Volume 184: [6], 1004, [4]. Volume 190: [4], cvii, [1224], 4. In-text illustrations throughout. Volume 184 has no library markings; Volume 190 has a small stamp on the title page. Uniformly and handsomely rebound in half-calf, gilt-lettered at the spine; tightly and very solidly bound. Five gilt-ruled raised bands at the spine; each compartment gilt tooled. Bright and clean throughout. Near fine condition in every way.

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        Ronald Knox

      

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        La divine comédie. L'enfer, le purgatoire, le paradis

      - Paris, Les Heures Claires, sans date, 1959 - 1963. 6 forts volumes in-4 en feuillets, sous couvertures imprimées et rempliées, doubles étuis décorés de l’éditeur.Illustré de 100 compositions originales en couleurs à pleines pages de Salvador Dali, ayant nécessité la gravure de 3500 bois.Cette édition en langue française a nécessité 55 mois d'un travail patient et assidu. Commencée en Avril 1959, elle fut achevée le 23 novembre 1963. La gravure des 3500 bois nécessaires à l'exceptionnelle reconstitution des cent aquarelles de Salvador Dali est l'oeuvre de Raymond Jacquet avec la collaboration de Jean Taricco. Le texte, composé à la main en Méridien corps vingt par Madeleine Jacquet, a été tiré par l'imprimerie Daragnès.Tiré à 4765 exemplaires numérotés. Celui-ci, un des 350 exemplaires sur vélin pur chiffon de Rives, auxquels on a ajouté une décomposition des couleurs d’une illustration, numérotés de 516 à 865 et portant le n° 530. La décomposition de chacune des gravures est positionnée dans chaque emboîtage (Soit un total de 6 gravures décomposées).Exemplaire complet et en tout point parfait.

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        A los toros avec Picasso. Texte de Jaime Sabartes..

      Quer-Gr.-8 (25, 5 x 32, 5 cm), 4 Orig.-Lithographien (davon eine mehrfarbig), 153 S. u. 103 teilw. farb. Abb., OLwd. in Schuber, Schuebr etwas berieben u. min. fleckig, Buch tadell. Erste Auflage. Druck der Lithographien von Mourlot. Die Lithographien wurden von Picasso, der ein grosser Freund des Stierkampes war, extra für dieses Werk geschaffen. Die reproduzierten Zeichnungen entstanden 1959-60. (Bloch 1014-1017, Bloch livres 108).

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

      Colombo, Ceylon, 1959. One page, on letterhead of his company "Clarke-Wilson Associates". 1 vols. 4to. Small tear at fold, else fine. With accompanying envelope and with a one-page, 4to, Typed carbon copy of Clarke's bio/bibiliobraphy. One page, on letterhead of his company "Clarke-Wilson Associates". 1 vols. 4to. "All education and experience is important to a writer ... " Written in response to Hartley's TLS asking: "How important ... was [your] high school education, and is college experience necessary for creative writing?" Hartley had cited the biographical sketch in MODERN SF, and Clarke responds in his reply: "The statement in MODERN SF is very much out of date; at current count I have 25 books published or about to appear. Incidentally my degree was in physics and maths, not chemistry. "ALL education and experience is important to a writer; he can't have too much of either. I did not go to college until I was almost 30; my first short stories and novels were done while I was still in the RAF. You will find more of my biography in the Ballantine edition of EARTHLIGHT, and Clifton Fadiman's comments in my new anthology ACROSS THE SEA OF STARS may be helpful. "My education was essential for works such as INTERPLANETARY FLIGHT and THE EXPLORATION OF SPACE, but much less so for my novels. And much of my current writing (e.g., THE REEFS OF TAPROBANE, THE DEEP RANGE) is based on my present underwater activities, which don't even require a high school education ... The enclosed data sheet may also be useful to you ... Sincerely, Arthur C. Clarke."

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        Hong Kong (Kai Tak Airport), Penang & Singapore photograph album: Royal Air Force in the Far East

      1959. Hardcover. Very good condition. Profusely illustrated photograph and souvenir album of a member of the Royal Air Force serving in the 1950s in Hong Kong at its first international airport, and at Penang during the Malayan Emergency. Includes 76 real snap shots of Kai Tak and local Hong Kong sites, as well as 21 studio shots of movie stars & beauty queens, as well as much ephemera. In addition, there is one large real photograph of the 205/209 Squadron Seletar in front of a Sunderland in Singapore, as well as 23 real snap shots of Penang. The owner of the album was part of the RAF affiliated with the flying boats at Kai Tak in Hong Kong. The Sunderland four engine flying boats were based at Kai Tak and Kowloon from just after WWII until 1959. The Sunderlands provided search and rescue services in the Hong Kong area to military and civil aircraft during daylight. At this time Cathay Pacific had only 5 aircraft, and BOAC flew a daily service from London. No flights could take off or land at Kai Tak at night due to the dangerous conditions of the airfield. The Malayan Emergency was a guerrilla war fought between Commonwealth armed forces and the Malayan National Liberation Army (MNLA), the military arm of the Malayan Communist Party (MCP), from 1948 until 1960. The album owner was a Corporal Michael A. Jordan who was stationed at RAF Kai Tak, and later at Minden Barracks, Penang. Most of the original photographs- 76 b&w real snap shots - are of Jordan's tenure in Hong Kong. Included are: aerial views of landing at the air port in the evening; Kai Tak tin town; local friends; the local Buddhist temple; the Diamond Hill resettlement area; the "Nulla"; a landscape "After Typhoon Gloria"; Shang-Hai Street, Kowloon; denizens of Hong Kong including Hong Kong "Screws"(police); street children; Bank of China street view; "Wanchai" in the evening; views of Kowloon form Hong Kong Island; waterfront views Kowloon & Hong Kong; views from Victoria Peak; "China" countryside; Tiger Balm Garden; local river boats, sampans, junks, walla walla (motor boat used for ferry service); rice paddies; temple of 100 Golden Buddas in Shatin; Nathan Road; petrol station; and movie advertising billboards. There is a great deal of Hong Kong ephemera, including currency; Hong Kong stamps (with the cancellation marks); color printed cards & wrappers; Kowloon bus tickets; cinema tickets; wine & brandy labels; a silk woven b&w portrait of Mao Tze Tung (4 1/4 x 6 1/4"); color printed beer labels; Communist China celebrations flyer; a "Chung" (Good luck folded banner with silver lettering on red paper); color printed hotel brochures; and a large folded color printed movie poster in Chinese and English advertising "The Kingdom and the Beauty". The album opens with a large b&w photograph of the RAF album owner relaxing in his bathing suit. It then follows his route to the far East, with b&w snap shots, color and b&w postcards, including: his ship the "Empire Fowey", bunks on board the Fowey; Canary Islands; Cape Town South Africa; Durban; Singapore; and Kowloon hotel luggage labels. This is followed by a section of color postcards titled "At Last! Hong Kong". The cards here are titled: "Across to Kowloon (showing a city view at night), At Aberdeen, H. K. (showing fishing boats); and Hong Kong Tiger Balm Gardens. This is followed by Ferry to Macau by M. V. Tai-Loy or S. S. Tak-shing (accompanied with 2 stamped ships passes, July 1958. Next is "Sent to Penang", with color postcards of Town Centre, Georgetown and the Botanic Garden. The 23 b&w snap shots of Penang consist of images of cafes, "chow" shops & stalls, Penang High Road, fortune teller, at Minden Barracks, including "Our slack mob at Penang (Bayan-Lepas) airport and a shot of the crashed DC 3 "Charity" Dakota. Following pages include shots of local people, bus tickets, Penang Malaya postal stamps, Malaya/Borneo $1 bill, and local beauty queens. Jordan next returns to Singapore and 205/209 Squadron, with 2 images of seaplanes and a large photograph captioned "205/209 Squadron Seletar, Singapore", showing the enormous Sunderland flying boat behind RAF officers, and "note 3 stars over the door". The photo stamped 4 June 1959 by Alex. M. Currie". The last part of the album consists of photographs of "movie queens" and RAF service members with local girl friends, captioned in both English & Chinese. There are 21 movie star real photographs and 12 b&w snap shots of RAF service members socializing. Also includes a printed Royal Air Force identity card with b&w picture of Corporal Jordan, dated 23 July 1959. Only a few names of other servicemen are included in the captions; they are: Dave Johnson, "Lofty" Gibbons, Bob Plane, Robby Romano (at Aberdeen), Johnnie Hosford (at Kai Tak). The last photograph, at the rear paste down, is captioned in Chinese and in English, "Mandarin movie stars from Hong Kong, Lam-Foong, Mai-Yeh, Ting-Ming and Pearl Au Kar-Wai". Housed in an oblong red brocade Chinese patterned fabric covered album (14 x 10") with yellow cord ties. The postcards are posted to family back in Margate, Kent, in very good condition. The movie poster a bit ruffled at edges. Altogether in remarkably good condition.

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