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Casanova's Chinese Restaurant [annotated copy]

 
Casanova's Chinese Restaurant [annotated copy] by POWELL, Anthony (1960)

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Author: POWELL, Anthony
Title: Casanova's Chinese Restaurant [annotated copy]
 
Year: 1960
Publisher: Heinemann
Place: London
Dust Jacket: Yes
Signed: Yes
 
Price: £1450
 
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viii, pp 260. Anthony Powell's annotated copy with textual corrections in the novelist's hand scattered through this fifth volume of The Music of Time. Powell's publisher Heinemann have stamped 'File Copy' on the first blank and below that Powell has written 'note corrections on pages -' and given 17 page numbers in a mixture of pen and pencil, some offering more than one correction. Interestingly these numbers are out of sequence, suggesting that the author checked and then re-checked his published text, revisiting it several times, probably for the first Penguin edition of 1964. Annotations to the novel's pages reveal corrections of fact as on page 7 where the first of two alterations (in both cases a word struck out and Powell's emendation written in the margin close to the foreedge) changes a 'third wife' in the first edition to a 'second wife'. Powell frequently tinkered with matters of style which could mean the tense of verbs, delicate matters of tone as in his injection of ambiguity at page 59 where the printed phrase 'age of eighteen or nineteen' becomes 'at a comparatively early age'. Occasionally the corrections are simple proofing corrections such as 'thought' in place of a printed 'though' or 'widowhood' for 'windowhood' and just once he considered making a change and wrote a provisional insertion mark but then took the issue no further (p.28). The book is bound in the publisher's red cloth, gilt lettered black spine label and dustjacket with a little scuffing to edges, not price-clipped, as would be expected. A fascinating copy.
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