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CURIE, Marie.

Pierre Curie....

Translated by Charlotte and Vernon Kellogg. With an introduction by Mrs. William Brown Meloney and autobiographical notes by Marie Curie. Illustrated.

Availability: In stock

Published: New York The Macmillan Company, 1923

Stock Code: 130630

£6,000
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OR On display in 43 Dover Street

Notes

Signed limited edition, number 25 of 100 copies signed by the author. Curie's biography of her late husband, the French physicist Pierre Curie, also includes an autobiographical piece in which she hoped to convey "an understanding of the state of mind in which I have lived and worked" (p. 155). The publication was shepherded through the press by the formidable magazine editor Marie Mattingly Meloney (18781943), who had been granted a rare interview with the famously reticent Marie Curie in her Parisian laboratory in 1920. Upon discovering that Curie was struggling to raise the funds to purchase the gram of radium she required for further research, Meloney organised a nationwide campaign which succeeded in raising the required sum. During this period Meloney also arranged for Macmillan to publish this biography, securing Curie a source of royalty income for the following years; Meloney provided the introduction.

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Description

Octavo. Original black quarter cloth, spine lettered in gilt, blue paper-covered boards, unopened.

Illustrations

Photographic portrait of Marie Curie after a painting by Leonabel Jacobs tipped-in before limitation leaf; photographic frontispiece of Pierre Curie, and 7 plates.

Condition

Cloth spine a little soiled, a few faint marks to boards, endpapers slightly spotted with some minor dampstain at the top of the inner margin, appearing again on the copyright page and facing page, else the contents bright and clean.

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