London, South Kensington
30 November 2005
MACLAREN-ROSS, Julian. My Name is Love. A Romance. Douglas: Times Press, 1964. 8°. Half title. Original cream cloth, spine lettered in blue, dust-jacket (small piece torn away from upper edge of upper wrapper). FIRST EDITION OF THE AUTHOR'S RAREST BOOK, PRESENTATION COPY, the front free endpaper inscribed, "For Edmund from Julian (J. Maclaren-Ross) in memory of, and gratitude for, many good times. 8.4.64."
Loosely-inserted is a one-page autograph letter from the author, stating, "My dear Edmund, It may be too late to apologise for having to turn you away the other week but I was working at tremendous pressure, and indeed still am, on a new novel. However, here's a copy of the one that's just come out to make up for it. Hope to see you soon; drop me a card & let me know when you'll next be about so we can have a drink or two together. With love to Mary & yourself, from Julian, 8.8.64."
"'The kindly Edmund Hughes' was the literary agent Julian engaged sometime in 1955. He replaced him in 1963 with his 'gap-toothed drinking buddy, James Graham-Murray.' Nevertheless, Hughes remained supportive and generous." (PAB)
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