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HODGES, Andrew.
Alan Turing: The Enigma. [together with] 3 typed letters signed from Hodges to Arthur Harris, Turing's school friend and "fag-master" at Sherborne School.
London: Burnett Books Limited, 1983. Octavo. Original black cloth, spine lettered in silver. With the dust jacket. With 3 single sheet letters, dated 31 July 1978, 30 October 1983, and 10 November 1983 respectively, and 2 newspaper clippings, the first an article by Hodges on Turing from The Sunday Telegraph, 7 September 1986, the second a review of Hodges's biography, laid-in. Pencilled ownership signature to front free endpaper. Spine a little rolled and ends bumped, top edge lightly foxed, dust jacket extremities rubbed with two tape repairs to inside, overall a very good copy. Letters and newspaper clippings creased and folded as typical. 8 pages of black and white photographic plates. First edition, first impression, of Hodges's esteemed biography of the great computer science pioneer, accompanied by letters from the author to Arthur Harris requesting information on Turing as a student and, later, thanking him for his assistance. In his first letter to Harris, the head boy of Turing's school house, Westcott, Hodges writes, "I am doing my best to reconstruct Turing's perhaps rather chequered career at Sherborne School. Your name features in Mrs Sara Turing's memoir of her son, and Mr Peter Hogg [another of Turing's schoolmates] also spoke warmly of you when I met him a few weeks ago. I understand that Alan Turing was your fag in the year 1926-27. Mr M. H. Blamey also told me a story of Turing's arrival at Sherborne during the General Strike: apparently it was you who took the message when he telegraphed from Southampton. Anecdotes of this kind will all help me to constr … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA/ ILAB. [London, United Kingdom]
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