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Silence: Lectures and Writings
London: Calder and Boyars,, 1973. [Together with] M: Writings '67 - '72, [published in] Middletown, Connecticut [by] Wesleyan University Press [in] 1973, [and also John Collins's own copy of] The Modern Chess Primer [by] The Rev. E. E. Cunnington, [published in] London [by] George Routledge & Sons [in] 1922. Work 1: octavo. Printed card wrappers, as issued. Work 2: quarto. Original black cloth, titles to spine in white and gilt, and to upper board in blind, pictorial endpapers. With the dust jacket. Work 3: small octavo. Original cloth backed boards, titles to boards printed in red and black. All housed in a brown cloth chemise and slipcase. Work 1: some stains to covers and edges, an excellent copy. Work 2: extremities faintly rubbed, an excellent copy in the nicked but clean dust jacket. Work 3: covers worn, pages tanned and brittle, but holding together well, overall a good copy. A fascinating inscribed presentation set linking two giants of their respective fields, the musician John Cage and the chess teacher John Collins. Cage attended Collins' Hawthorne Chess Club in Brooklyn, which brought avant garde artists like Marcel Duchamp and Cage together with chess professionals like Hermann Helms "the dean of American chess" and Bobby Fischer, chess prodigy, youngest ever World Champion, and Collins's student. Cage's inscriptions to works 1 & 2 show a warm relationship; respectively: "For John, from John. (the Christmas '73 goes without saying)" and "To John Collins, with friendship and admiration, John Cage, May 1973". Cage has written Collins into the table of contents of work 2, directing the reader to p. 211, where Cage has mentioned Collins in the text, "Jack Collins, brilliant mind, spastic paraplegic, Bobby Fischer's teacher. No one in the world of chess is as beloved. Frequently laughing, he gets around the apartment by riding small tricycle. People who don't play complain chess takes too much time. Given the opportunity to study with Collins, it'd be a waste of time not to." The Modern Chess Primer (11th edition) was Collins's own, and contains his address stamp. Works 1 & 2, which offer great insight into Cage's philosophy of music and of life, are a second reprint and a first edition, first impression, respectively.
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