Lot 23

EDEN, Anthony (1897-1977). The Memoirs, Boston, 1962-1965-1960, 3 vols., large 8vo, FINELY BOUND in morocco gilt. [?]FIRST AMERICAN EDITION. With another cloth-bound set containing ANTHONY EDEN'S PENCIL CORRECTIONS. Please see the full description. (6)

Estimate: £300 - £500
Hammer price: £950
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EDEN, Anthony, 1st Earl of Avon (1897-1977).  The Memoirs. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1962-1965-1960. 3 volumes, large 8vo (215 x 140mm). Half titles, maps. FINELY BOUND in uniform contemporary terracotta crushed morocco gilt by The Lakeside Press, Chicago, the spines with 5 raised bands and lettered in gilt, top edges gilt, others uncut. [?]FIRST AMERICAN EDITION, and an utterly baffling set. In chronological sequence, the first volume, ("Facing the Dictators"), covering the years 1923-38, is dated 1962, the spine numbered "I"; the second volume ("The Reckoning"), covering the years 1938-45, is dated 1965, the spine unnumbered; the third volume ("Full Circle"), covering the years 1951-57, is dated 1960, with the spine numbered "II". "Full Circle" is inscribed on the front free endpaper, "To Clarissa [Eden, née Spencer-Churchill], This book goes to you with all its errors - and its errata slip - with the warmest regards of Henry Laughlin, March 18, 1960." This volume, alone among the three, contains an extensive errata slip. With another set of The Memoirs (Boston, 1962-1965-1960, 3 vols., original cloth), the "Full Circle" volume containing ANTHONY EDEN'S PENCIL CORRECTIONS which are included in the errata slip in the first set, but uncorrected in the book itself. The same volume in the cloth set is inscribed, "Anthony [Eden], Coals to Newcastle! This is the first copy of your book delivered from the Riverside Press bindery [although the set is bound in the original cloth]. I send it to you with the hope that you will like it and with warmest regards, Henry [Laughlin], February 2, 1960." Provenance: Anthony Eden (modern armorial bookplates loosely-inserted in the first vol. of each set). Henry Laughlin, we can only presume, worked for the publishers Houghton Mifflin in Boston. (6)

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