DAVIS, Miles with Quincy Troupe.
Miles. The Autobiography.
Fifth printing, this copy signed by Miles on the front free endpaper. Exceptionally uncommon signed, we have only encountered one other signed copy, a scarcity which would be explained by the circumstances attending the book’s publication. Quincy Troupe, Miles’s co-author recounts in his memoir, Miles and Me, that shortly before publication in late September 1989, Miles, who guarded his privacy ferociously, had told Troupe that he would not do a “book tour to support our book.” Troupe “told the editors at Simon and Schuster that he [Davis] wouldn’t tour or give talks or sign books … they didn’t believe me and when he refused to do it, bad feelings developed between Miles and the company.” Coupled with this, the book was published just two years before Miles’s death, during which time he endured chronic ill-health; he was a diabetic and suffered from a mysterious flu-like virus, ascribed by some biographers to AIDS – which Miles vehemently denied – before succumbing to heart failure due to pneumonia and complications from the two strokes on Sept. 28 1991. A lovely copy of this important and rarely signed autobiography.
Don't understand our descriptions? Try reading our Glossary
Octavo. Original brown quarter cloth, brown boards, titles to spine gilt, tan endpapers. With the dust jacket. 32 plates. Minor fading of ends of spine. An excellent copy in the price-clipped jacket with a small mark on the lower panel.