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In the Summer House.

Published: Random House, New York, 1954

Stock code: 49894

Price: £1,500

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First edition, first printing. With the author’s signed presentation inscription to the front free endpaper, “I love you very much – and you are very very bright – I wish that I was like you Janie”. From the library of the academic and teacher Dr William (“Woods”) Shelton Gray, Jr (1926-1993) who was born in Shreveport, Louisiana, and received his Ph.D from the University of Exeter. He established a correspondence with T.S. Eliot, W.H. Auden (who dedicated his poem “The Aliens” to him) and a number of other English and American writers and poets. His most intimate correspondent appears to have been Paul Bowles, whom he visited a number of times in Tangier. Presentation copies of this author’s works are uncommon.

Octavo. Original tan boards, photographic vignette mounted on the upper board with a blue and gold frame, titles to spine in blue and gold. With the dust jacket. Illustrated with photographs from the original production. An excellent copy in the tanned and very lightly marked dust jacket with some very minor loss at the tips.

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