A History of the First Bulgarian Empire.
First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the title page, with the 1977 ownership inscription of UK ambassador to Bulgaria (1976-80), John Cloake (1924-2014), and an autograph letter signed from Runciman to Cloake, on Elshieshields letterhead and dated 1984, thanking Cloake for a letter of congratulations, and remarking “it is rather awesome to think that I wrote The First Bulgarian Empire well over half a century ago. It is now somewhat out of date.” This copy also bears a four page pamphlet of the May 1981 Committee of Honour for the Celebration of the 1300th Anniversary of the Foundation of the Bulgarian State, bearing a three page “Historical Note by Sir Steven Runciman FBA FSA author of the First Bulgarian Empire, a Member of the Committee of Honour.” Runciman’s book, which was his second published is “dedicated by gracious permission to Boris III, Tsar of the Bulgarians”, whom he knew.
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Octavo. Original maroon cloth, titles gilt to spine. Folding map at the rear. Ownership inscription of John Cloake, 1977 – two ownership inscriptions prior to Cloake’s, dated 1946 and 1975. Corners bumped and extremities of cloth slightly rubbed, mark to tail of spine, internally fine, an excellent copy.