First edition. This copy neatly inscribed on the front free endpaper, “Inscribed for Terence Young by Montgomery of Alamein, May 1959”. The recipient was the maverick film-maker who directed the first three Connery Bond movies. During the Second World War, Young served was an intelligence officer attached to the Field Security Section of the Guards Armoured Division, and saw heavy fighting at Normandy and Arnhem. Monty’s Memoirs are an autobiography every bit as spiky and controversial as its author, ruffling feathers in the highest places, his comments on Eisenhower’s leadership led to a breach in what was once a close friendship. It was inevitably, however, a runaway success. On hearing that Monty’s Memoirs had made more money than his History of the English-Speaking Peoples, Churchill is said to have remarked, “I’m not at all surprised that the Field-Marshal lived up to the finest tradition of Englishmen by selling his life as dearly as possible.” Not an uncommon book signed or inscribed, but this a particularly nice copy.
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Octavo, original rose madder cloth in price-clipped dust jacket. Portrait frontispiece and numerous other plates and maps. Very good, the jacket just a little rubbed and toned.