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        Louisiana Heron, Ardea Ludoviciana. Wils Male adult. No. 44 [Havell 217]

      Abbeville Press Japan: Abbeville Press, 1985. unbound. near fine. R. Havell. Elephant folio bird print. Color offset lithograph. Page measures 26.5" x 39.5".Beautiful print of a Heron from second facsimile edition. This edition, which was published from the original plates 135 years after their creation, recreates the entire set of 435 images in their original double elephant folio format. Published in conjunction with the Audubon Society, the edition commemorates the two hundredth birthday of John James Audubon. Paper bears the authenticating watermark. Audubon (1785-1851) was an American naturalist, painter and ornithologist. One of the most famous American natural history artists, Audubon did extensive field work studying birds before painting them. Please visit our gallery for more Audubon prints.

      [Bookseller: Argosy Book Store ]
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        Small Collection of Signed and Inscribed Books and Photographs

      1955-1985. A collection that includes three Signed and Inscribed books, two Inscribed photographs and an Autograph Note in English Signed. The books (two in wrappers, the third an embossed leatherette hardcover) are generally very good with toning and wear at the extremities; the paperbacks have additional tape repaired spines and one is also dampstained with a few scrapes. The photos are fine in wooden frames and the ANS is about very good with some light toning and tape repairs to all four corners. The books include two written by Castro himself: a 1975 second edition of Hoy Somos Un Pueblo Entero [Today We Are an Entire People] Signed and dated in the year of publication, and a 1985 first edition of Esta Tiene Que Ser la Guerra Economica de Todo el Pueblo [This Must Be the Economic War of all People] Inscribed: "Por Nuestra Patria [For Our Country] Fidel Castro." The third book is the 1951 yearbook of the University of Tampa, Moroccan, Inscribed on the title page on October 1955 in Spanish. Loosely translated it reads: "Thanks to Imelda and her friends of Tampa for help with our new revolution in Cuba Dr. Fidel Castro." Castro came to Tampa in November, 1955 seeking support for his revolution -- why he was asked to inscribe this yearbook is unknown. A nice collection of rare signed and inscribed material from one of the most polarizing and influential political figures of the 20th Century. In just a few items it manages to encompass his life from popular revolutionary leader and celebrity who visited the U.S. in the 1950s to attract support for his cause, to that of prime minister of the new Cuba, and later the entrenched leader of the embargo Communist nation. Further details available upon request. .

      [Bookseller: Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. ABA]
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        THE PLANT. PART III

      Philtrum Press Bangor, ME: Philtrum Press, 1985. First Edition. loose sheets. Very Good with some expected wear. A set of loose galley sheets (7-1/2" x 25") of the third part of King's novel-in-progress published privately in an edition of only 200 copies as a Christmas greeting and not offered for public sale. This is the only set of galleys for this book we have seen, and it contains numerous corrections by King himself, sometimes signed, including at the head of the title: "Copy-edit complete./Steve King." Above that is a typed note about the text signed by Michael [Alpert], who was involved with the printing of the book. It appears that King's comments are photocopied from an original. We have priced this as a scarce issue of the book photocopied from the copy King corrected and not as the original copy that King corrected. If we are wrong, someone will be very happy. And if we are not wrong, we can still comfortably assume that even advanced King collectors do not have this.

      [Bookseller: Charles Agvent, ABAA ]
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        A Mathematical Theory of Communication. [Offpint from Bell System Technical Journal 27 (July and October)].The Rare Offprint. New York: American Telephone and Telegraph Company, 1948. First edition.

      Rare "separate offprint of the most famous work in the history of communication theory" (Norman, Origins of Cyberspace, 880). <br/><br/> Based on research begun during World War II, "Shannon developed a general theory of communication that would treat of the transmission of any sort of information from one point to another in space or time. His aim was to give specific technical definitions of concepts general enough to obtain in any situation where information is manipulated or transmitted - concepts such as information, noise, transmitter, signal, receiver, and message.<br/><br/> "At the heart of the theory was a new conceptualization of information. To make communication theory a scientific discipline, Shannon needed to provide a precise definition of information that transformed it into a physical parameter capable of quantification. He accomplished this transformation by distinguishing information from meaning. He reserved 'meaning' for the content actually included in a particular message. He used 'information' to refer to the number different possible messages that could be carried along a channel, depending on the message's length and on the number of choices of symbols for transmission at each point in the message. Information in Shannon's sense was a measure of orderliness (as opposed to randomness) in that it indicated the number of possible messages from which a particular message to be sent was chosen. The larger the number of possibilities, the larger the amount of information transmitted, because the actual message is distinguished from a greater number of possible alternatives ... "What began as a study of transmission over telegraph lines [by Nyquist and Hartley] was developed by Shannon into a general theory of communication applicable to telegraph, telephone, radio, television, and computing machines - in fact, to any system, physical or biological, in which information is being transferred or manipulated through time or space" (Aspray, Scientific Conceptualization of Information, 1985, 119-22).<br/><br/> Shannon's paper was also responsible for introducing the term 'bit' (for binary digit) into the published literature, and for giving the term its current meaning of "a unit of information derived from a choice between two equally probably alternatives or 'events'." (Supplement to the Oxford English Dictionary [1972]). The word itself was suggested by John Tukey in 1946. See Annals of the History of Computing 6 (1984): 152-55. Hook & Norman: Origins of Cyberspace, OOC 880. Mount & List: Milestones, 65.. 4to (278 x 214 mm), pp 80 [2:blank], original printed wrappers; front wrapper with rubber stamp dated 1949, spine strip with 9 cm closed tear, holes for ring binder (as the OOC copy), custom cloth box, fine and clean throughout

      [Bookseller: Sophia Rare Books]
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        Sunrise With Seamonsters: Travels & Discoveries 1964-1984

      Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company. 1985. First. First edition. Fine in a lightly rubbed, near fine dustwrapper. Inscribed by the author to his sister: "To Mary with love, Paul," and additionally Signed by him on the title page. .

      [Bookseller: Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. ABA]
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        DIE GROSSE BURGANDER CHRONIK [THE GREAT BURGUNDIAN CHRONICLE], "Z?CHER SCHILLING

      Faksimile Verlag Lucerne: Faksimile-Verlag, 1985. ONE OF 980 COPIES (this is copy #1). Sieges, Assaults, Floods, and Burnings at the Stake,All in an Imposing Pigskin Binding 254 x 394 mm (10 x 15 1/2"). 1035 pp. (in the facsimile volume). Two volumes (including commentary volume in German). Stately replica blindstamped pigskin, covers with multiple floral frames, small rampant lion stamped in black ink on each central panel, raised bands, brass and leather clasps. With numerous large miniatures depicting battles, sieges, assaults, floods, fires, and the burning of two unfortunates at the stake.In mint condition. The Great Burgundian Chronicle, also called the "Z?er Schilling" (after Zurich, where it is kept), is the most original and thorough book from the period on the Burgundian Wars between the Swiss Confederation and Charles the Bold. It was executed around 1480 in the tradition of the Bern chronicles begun by Konrad Justinger in 1420, and it is the most comprehensive of all chronicles ever carried out by Schilling. The Great Burgundian Chronicle gives a unique witness as the expression of a genuine patriot and does so without the heavy censorship that characterizes later, "official," versions of the text. One of the most important features of the manuscript's illustrations is the landscape in which the events take place. It hardly ever corresponds to topographic reality, but is rather based on the artist's imagination. The viewer sees the depicted scenes from above, being treated to fanciful versions of little towns, villages, and castles, all carefully inserted into a lovely (but imaginative) landscape of rolling hills.

      [Bookseller: Phillip J. Pirages Fine Books and Mediev]
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