IONESCO, Eugène.

L'homme aux valises.

Suivi de Ce formidable bordel! (nouvelle édition).

Paris: Gallimard, 1975 Stock Code: 107744
£1,250.00

INSCRIBED COPY WITH TWO TYPED LETTERS, SIGNED

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First edition thus, first impression. Out-of-series copy from an edition of 55, inscribed by the author "A H. Gene Blocker, avec toute ma sympathie, Eugène Ionesco" on the half-title. With two typed letters signed from Ionesco to Blocker, who was professor of philosopher at Ohio University; the letters discuss the possibility of a lecture series in the United States.

In the first letter, dated 18 December 1975, Ionesco politely declines Blocker's invitation: "Unfortunately, my command of English doesn't allow me to do a lecture in English. I just read some easy texts and I understand a little English language but I don't speak English at all. So, I think that my visit to the States wouldn't be of any interest". The second letter, dated 29 December, reveals a volte-face. Ionesco, having since received a letter dated 12 December and now writing in French, thanks Block for his invitation, which he is professedly keen to use in order to lecture on the Theatre of the Absurd and issues of intellectual freedom in Europe. He also encloses the present copy. This is the first edition of L'homme aux valises; A Hell of a Mess was the American title of Ce formidable bordel, first published in 1973.

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Description

Octavo. Original cream light card wrappers printed in red and black.

Condition

Two laid-in foolscap typed letters (300 x 210 mm), the first dated on copy paper, the second on wove paper. Spine creased as usual, a few faint markings to front panel and light crease to upper outer corner of rear. A very good copy. Letters neatly creased where folded, the first with a few discreet uses of corrective fluid, the second very slightly nicked at upper left corner and negligibly marked with very faint spotting along inner edge recto and verso: very good condition overall.

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