Fifty Years Adrift.
Edited, foreword and annotations by George Harrison. [Together with:] promotional folder.Guildford, Genesis Publications Limited in association with Hedley New Zealand and Hedley Australia, 1984 Stock Code: 136803
NotesSigned limited edition, number 488 of 2,000 copies signed by George Harrison, Derek Taylor, and the illustrator Larry Smith. Taylor was the Beatles's publicist; the present book is his autobiography, with Harrison's additions, and is "the companion volume to I ME MINE" (prospectus).
Loosely inserted are an invitation, numbered 103, to "The British Airways Literary Luncheon" attended by both authors, on 28 November 1984 in Auckland, to launch the book; and a card signed by the publisher, Brian Roylance, to certify that the copy was obtained at aforementioned luncheon.
The promotional material is housed in the publisher's colour-printed and illustrated card folder, and includes typed letters signed by Brian Roylance to a subscriber regarding an order for two copies, two double-sided leaves of "Origo Special Issue" published in Autumn 1982 and Winter 1982-3 respectively, reservation and order forms, sample pages, prospectus, and other such material reserved for an elite of subscribers. Rare with the promotional pack.
Quarto. Original brown half calf, red morocco title label, spine gilt in compartments, brown cloth sides ruled in gilt, vignette to front cover in red and gilt, Derek Taylor's signature to rear cover in gilt, edges gilt, illustrated endpapers from a design by Larry Smith, with the original red silk ribbon and colour concert ticket page marker. Housed in the publisher's brown paper slipcase with white paper label to front.
Colour frontispiece with tissue guard, lavishly illustrated with Beatles memorabilia and photographs.
Spine slightly sunned, a couple of scuff marks, else a fine copy.
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