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My Autobiography [inscribed to the Prime Minister]

 
My Autobiography [inscribed to the Prime Minister] by CHAPLIN, Charlie [Harold Wilson] (1964)
Author: CHAPLIN, Charlie [Harold Wilson]
Title: My Autobiography [inscribed to the Prime Minister]
 
Year: 1964
Publisher: The Bodley Heda
Place: London
Dust Jacket: Yes
Signed: Yes
 
Price: £2150
 
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INSCRIBED TO THE PRIME MINISTER WHO GRANTED CHARLIE CHAPLIN HIS KNIGHTHOOD in 1975: in a shaky hand Chaplin has written on the dedication page 'To Harold and Mary:- [drawing of the little tramp] Charlie C. This is the best that I can do!' It is perhaps the measure of this great performer that even as he signed this book aged 86 after experiencing several strokes, he still felt the need to apologise for a less than perfect performance.

First reprint before publication, a near fine copy in a near fine dust-jacket which has been price-clipped. A little offsetting to the first free end-paper from a newspaper clipping otherwise an excellent copy.

A worldwide icon of cinema through his ‘tramp’ persona, Chaplin's political views and personal life made him a controversial figure on both sides of the Atlantic and it was only under the premiership of Harold Wilson in the 1970s that the British establishment felt able to offer him his knighthood although the actor was too ill to stand when he received the honour from the Queen at Buckingham Palace. Three years earlier in a similar spirit he had received an Honorary Academy Award for 'the incalculable effect he has had in making motion pictures the art form of this century'. Provenance: from the private collection of Harold and Mary Wilson which remained in the couple’s London flat until its dispersal following the death of Mary Wilson aged 102 in 2016.
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