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Published by The Galley Press, London; 1962. 8vo. **Signed by author** Condition: Fine. Very scarce.
This is the scarce first edition of this artist’s second instalment of his autobiography. This book is hard to find in it’s first edition, particularly so signed. It was a controversial works, with Berlin causing considerable outrage with this book’s publication. He faced numerous libel cases as a result, which forced the book to be withdrawn. This means this is one of just a couple hundred ever in existence and one of even fewer to come to market.
The book includes a number of thinly-veiled character assainations on the author’s contemporaries - artists, writers, etc, focussing on St. Ives and includig Barbara Hepworth, Ben Nicholson, Patrick Heron and Peter Lanyon.
Bound in it’s original yellow and red boards with gold gilt detailing, the book is in excellent condition with minimal bumping and clean boards. Inside, there is only the slightest toning to pages and slight age speckles to ffeps, otherwise the book is in stunningly clean, bright condition.
The illustrated jacket is unclipped and also in Fine condition, clean and bright with just a very small amount of chipping to edges, light creasing to head and foot and a hint of rubbing.
In all, this is an excellent and Fine example of this extremely rare, signed first edition. It would be the perfect, almost unique addition to any collection.