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CHAPLIN, Charles
My Auto-Biography
London: The Bodley Head, 1964. Inscribed by Charlie Chaplin to his Friend Sam JosephCHAPLIN, Charles. My Auto-Biography. London: The Bodley Head, [1964]. First edition. Inscribed in black ink on the front free endpaper "To E. Joseph.-/Your friend/Charles Chaplin/Sept 30th 64".Octavo (8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches; 216 x 140 mm.). [xiv], 545, [1, blank] pp. Publisher's red cloth over boards, front cover and spine lettered in gilt. Original dust jacket, spine very slightly darkened. A fine copy in an almost fine dust jacket.The recipient was actually Sam Joseph the partner of Jack Joseph in the renowned bookshop E. Joseph in the famous book street Charing Cross Road. Sam Joseph (1895-1985) married the actress Binnie Barnes (1903-1998) in 1931.Soon after he left the book business and he and Binnie Barnes moved to Hollywood where she appeared in many movies including The Private Life of Henry VIII, in which she had a leading role as his fifth wife Katherine Howard. Their marriage ended in 1936 and Sam returned to London and went back into the book business with his brother Jack.It was during the years in Hollywood that Sam and Binnie became friends with Chaplin who would occasionally visit the bookshop when he was in London. When My Autobiography was published in September 1964, Chaplin visited the bookshop and gave Sam this inscribed copy.Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin KBE (16 April 1889 - 25 December 1977) was an English comic actor, filmmaker, and composer who rose to fame in the era of silent film. He became a worldwide icon through his screen persona, "The Tramp", and is considered … [Click Below for Full Description]
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