1987-89 Little WIlson and Big God You've Had Your Time The Confessions of Anthony Burgess
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First Edition, Publishers' Original Binding, With Dustwrapper
The first edition, first impression of both volumes.
In the original unclipped dustwrappers.
The complete 'confessions' of Anthony Burgess, being his fascinating and insightful autobiography.
'Little Wilson and Big God' describes the first forty years of Burgess' life, from his birth to his time spent as a teacher and education officer in Malaya and Borneo. This volume won the J. R. Ackerley Prize for Autobiography.
'You've Had Your Time' follows on for the next thirty years, from his return to England in 1959 to his eventual move to Monaco.
Burgess is best remembered today for his dystopian satire 'A Clockwork Orange'.
From the library at Julians Park, Hertfordshire, once the library of Audrey Pleydell-Bouverie. After being widowed at 25, Audrey married the fabulously wealthy American department store heir, Marshall Field III, later divorcing him and marrying the Honorable Peter Pleydell-Bouverie. In 1940 she bought Julians Park and redesigned the interior. Her library was impressive, with many examples of her own bookbinding.
Audrey was an extravagant socialite and renowned beauty, the illegitimate granddaughter of King Edward VII (though she was also rumoured to be his daughter, or the lover of King Edward VIII), featured in the 'Book of Beauty' by Cecil Beaton. She had many high profile friends, such as Winston Churchill, Coco Chanel, Fred Astaire, and Nancy Mitford, a sparkling hostess of the Edwardian period, her hedonistic antics bringing her into the Bright Young Things.
In the original publisher's cloth binding, in the original unclipped dustwrappers. Externally, a little fading to the head of 'Little Wilson', otherwise fine. Dustwrappers are smart with a couple of very light marks. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are very lightly age-toned as is usual and clean.
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