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Misalliance, The Dark Lady of the Sonnets - SHAW, GEORGE BERNARD (COBURN, ALVIN - 1914. 
Constable, London 1914 - First edition, author's presentation copy inscribed on the day of publication: "to Alvin Langdon Coburn from George Bernard Shaw 17th May 1914" on the half-title. An excellent association: "In my early days in London", recalled Coburn in a speech delivered in 1962, "I was a lion hunter, and the first literary lion to capture was no less a person than Bernard Shaw. I made my first photographs of him on 1 August 1904. We met at the station at Welwyn where he was living at that time, and as it was a bank holiday and no conveyance was available, he helped me to carry my large camera to his house by placing his walking stick through the handle, each of us taking one end .". That meeting began an enduring friendship and a significant one for Coburn: a little over a year later, when first invited to exhibit at the Royal Photographic Society, Shaw wrote the preface to Coburn's catalogue, effectively kick-starting the young photographer's career. Unobtrusive water-staining to boards which extends to pastedowns and prelims else a very good copy with the spine gilt bright. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]
[Bookseller: Peter Grogan]
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