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Cushing, Peter
An Autobiography and 'Past Forgetting' : Memoirs of the Hammer Years
London Weidenfeld & Nicolson 1986 & 1988. First editions. Both books are inscribed to the notable collector and bibliographer, Richard Dalby, with letters from Cushing to Dalby, press cuttings and advertising material. Dalby edited 'Vampire Stories', which Cushing provided an introduction for, and Cushing also contributed a foreword to Dalby's book, 'Crime for Christmas'. The first book is inscribed: "To Richard. So many thanks for making my book ends grow further and further apart! May Gods blessing be with you always. In all sincerity. Peter Cushing (The author!) V. 86" – indicating that Dalby was also Cushing's dealer, or at least supplier, of books! The typewritten letter from Cushing presenting the Autobiography to Dalby confirms this: "Thank you for your letter dated April 15th, and your extremely kind and generous offer of those books: d'you, know – I've already got 'em all!", Cushing's letter is dated 26th April 1986 and goes on to say(re the autobiography): "I wonder if it will go to the impressions you predict??! I'm amazed it got to first base at all!". The letter gets more interesting, as it was not sent until 7. V. 86, corresponding with the date of the inscription to the book, and an explanation in Cushing's hand lies on the reverse: "P.S. Have been waiting for this copy since the date overleaf! Suppose it is a first edition? W. & N. hadn't printed enough to meet the initial demand, so this is, what? 2nd impression of F. Ed.? The original hard cover was violet, this one is black and a little 'creamier' paper has been used. P", indicating that earlier claimed c … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Jonathan Frost Rare Books Limited [Liverpool, United Kingdom]
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