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17-Cities and Men (1953 – 1956) (3 items)

[Retirement for Good]: 1947 – 1966

“After leaving British Council employment in 1947, he was able to extend his itinerary in South America with interludes elsewhere. He was very active as an office – holder of the order of St John of Jerusalem, being made a Grand Officer of Merit of the Sovereign Military Order in Rome in 1966. Yet no honour pleased him more in his closing years than his Honorary Fellowship at Trinity College, Oxford” (Holland)

Sir Harry Luke died in Cyprus on 11 May 1969: his ashes were interred in the crypt of the conventual church of the order of St John of Jerusalem in Clerkenwell, London” (Holland)

“Luke’s literary output was prolific….. Perhaps most enduring were his books on Malta (1949) and Cyprus (1957). His three-volume autobiography, Cities and Men (1953–6) was one of the most engaging, if not most revealing, of his generation.

Ronald Storrs, whose experience was scarcely confined, said that Luke had lived ‘the most unwasted life of any man I have known’ (DNB)” (Holland).

Luke, Cities And Men: An Autobiography.

1. [Autobiography Cities and Men] – Luke, Harry Charles.

[Manuscript / Working-copy (with Luke’s Exlibris) of:] Uncorrected Proof Copy of Cities And Men: An Autobiography. Volume I: The First Thirty Years (1884-1914) / This is the ultimately corrected version of Volume I, with several manuscript annotations and corrections by Sir Harry Luke in ballpen and ink but mainly with the positioning of the maps by Luke in the chapters of Volume One (all maps are sellotaped by Luke within the correct text-positions: Map of Cyprus, Map of Southern Alaska, Map of Mt. Athos, Map of “The Author’s Journey in Palestine and Syria in 1908” as well the tipped-in business-card of Dr.Albert Nissim). The Proof -copy also comes with the printed and correctly published Volumes Two and Three from Luke’s Autobiography and Volume III has the rare original Bookplate of Luke verso the endpaper: Motto: “Spero Meliora – E Libris Harrici Caroli Luke”. Three volumes.

[This item is part of the Sir Harry Luke – Archive / Collection]. London, Geoffrey Bles, 1953 – 1956. 22 cm x 14 cm. Volume I (Proof Working-Copy): 245 pages / Volume II: 262 pages / Volume III: (with Luke’s Exlibris / Bookplate): 254 pages plus loosely inserted an original photographic postcard of the “Tablet Placed by the Malta Government in the Bondi Palace, Gozo, to Mark Its Restoration” (this image was printed on page 97 of Volume III of Luke’s Autobiography). Original Hardcover with original dustjacket in protective Mylar. Harry Luke’s (Lukach) personal copy. With annotations and markings by Harry Luke. Good condition with some minor signs of external wear.

EUR 275.000,-- 

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