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CLARKE, Arthur C.
The Reefs of Taprobane: Underwater Adventures Around Ceylon
Harper & Brothers, New York, 1957. First American edition. Spine slightly faded, else near fine without dustwrapper. Inscribed by Arthur C. Clarke to his protégé, one-time secretary, and longtime friend Ian Macauley, who was the dedicatee of his first hardcover novel (*Islands in the Sky*): "To Ian and Elsa, with my very best wishes for your future happiness - and hoping that you'll be able to visit us here one day. Arthur, 13 March '59." Macauley was an award-winning *New York Times* journalist, who also edited Clarke's book of collected essays, *Greetings, Carbon-Based Bipeds!* (2000). Clarke wrote the last chapter of *Childhood's End* while visiting Macauley in Atlanta in 1952, where he was reportedly greatly influenced by their discussions. A splendid association copy, and not a book one usually finds signed by Clarke. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]
Bookseller: Between the Covers-Rare Books, Inc. ABAA [Gloucester City, NJ, U.S.A.]
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