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Book Description

FIRST EDITION, WITH SIGNED LABEL PASTED IN. 8vo. Original red cloth, spine lettered in gilt. Pushing to spine ends, faint spotting to fore- and bottom edges. Signed by Spark in black pen, and likely a later hand, to white label on title page, musty. Else, clean, tight and tidy. In the Victor Reinganum dust jacket: price-clipped, spine sunned, gently shelf-soiled, gentle creasing to spine ends. A grand copy of an early Spark title, unusual signed.
Dealer Notes
Voices At Play collects together four of Spark’s radio plays and six short stories for the first time.
While it was usual practice for Spark to cross out her printed name if she was signing a title page, the lack of this feature, alongside the rather compressed signature in what appears to be a later hand, suggests the previous owner perhaps requested an impromptu signature from the Scottish author in the absence of their book and later pasted it in. On being consulted about the signature, a librarian at NLS (which holds Spark’s archive) wrote: “it does very much look like that of Muriel Spark and, as you suggest, perhaps in the latter stages of her life.”
Author SPARK, Muriel; REINGANUM, Victor
Date 1961
Publisher London: Macmillan
Condition Very good/ very good

Price: £225.00

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