New York: Random House, 1991. First U.S. Edition, Second Printing. Quarto picture book, 92 pages, VG/VG-; white DJ, red and navy blue lettering to spine: mild overall wear to DJ, "U.S.A. $35.00 / Canada $44.00" to front flap, DJ protected by mylar; red cloth spine, navy blue matte paper boards, bright gold lettering to spine: very mild wear to boards (very mild fading to edges), minor imperfections to interior, text and illustrations unaffected; Christmas inscription by previous owners to ffep; numerous contributions by the following well-known authors: Joyce Carol Oates, Iris Murdoch, Paul Theroux, Gore Vidal, Norman Mailer, Seamus Heaney, Martin Amis, Erica Jong, Ian McEwan, Nigel Nicolson, Margaret Drabble, Craig Raine, William Boyd, V.S. Pritchett, Doris Lessing, William Golding, Arthur Miller, Ted Hughes, Kazuo Ishiguro, Julian Barnes, John Updike, Susan Sontag, Anthony Burgess, Douglas Adams, and Patrick Leigh Fermor; section for the letter "Q" features a previously unpublished poem by T. S. Elliot, originally written as a letter to Miss Alice Quinn, age 16, pages 57-60, donated by Mrs. Valerie Eliot; one per cent of the proceeds went to the American Friends of AIDS Crisis Trust "for AIDS research and services to people with AIDS," including the aim to reduce prejudice of persons diagnosed with HIV/AIDS; shelved Front Table.
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London: Hamish Hamilton and the Book Society, 1951. First Book Society Edition. Octavo; pp 349; G/poor; 1/4 bound brown spine with gilt text; dust jacket has noticeable foxing to exterior; some chips to edges, as is; cloth shows some staining toward edges; mild edge wear; lightly sunned spine; sturdy boards; text block edges have modest toning; previous owner's name to ffep; offset toning to endpapers; slight damp staining to head edges to first few pages; frontispiece; interior clean; good binding.