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Jean Rhys
Jean Rhys (1966) 'Wide Sargasso Sea', UK first edition SIGNED association copy
Andre Deutsch. near fine in like dust jacket. Jean Rhys (1966) 'Wide Sargasso Sea', UK first edition, first printing, published by Andre Deutsch. Signed and inscribed by Rhys on the title page "For John & Teresa [signature] Best wishes for a Happy New Year". Provenance: This book wad dedicated and belonged to John Chilton (1932-2016) and his wife Teresa. Chilton was a well-known British Jazz trumpeter and writer who played with George Melly. This copy, along with other inscribed books to the couple sold at Sotheby's on 12 July 2016 for GBP 6,000. "George Melly, the writer and jazz singer, and his wife, Diana, became close friends of Jean Rhys in her later years. As noted by Carole Angier in her biography of Rhys, "...one day she [Rhys] gave him [Melly] a poem of hers which John Chiltern [sic], the bandleader, set to music. It was a satirical little jeu d'esprit which much appealed to George". Condition: a near fine copy with very light shelf wear (John's wife Teresa was a book seller and would have understood the importance of first editions and condition). The dust jacket is near fine as well with slight edge wear to the top spine as pictured. An extremely scarce signed copy of the author's best known and most successful novel. The story is a prequel and response to Charlotte Brontë's 'Jane Eyre' (1847). 'Wide Sargasso Sea' has been adapted for the radio, cinema, TV, and as an opera. First and Fine. [Attributes: First Edition]
Bookseller: firstandfine [Birmingham, GB]
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