Signed Presentation Copy of the Long Galleys

    Irving Stone. The Agony and the Ecstasy: A Novel of Michelangelo. Garden City: Doubleday & Company, 1960.

    Long galleys for the Uncorrected Proof for Advance Readers. Inscribed by Irving Stone on the half-title; "For Anna: this only advance copy of 'The Agony and the Ecstasy,' because she is my friend and faithful fan. With love, Irving Stone. Nov. 26, 1960." Tall octavo. Unpaginated (about two inches thick and printed on rectos only).

    Special presentation binding of full brown morocco with gilt spine and cover lettering. Slipcased. Excellent and unique. With Stone's manuscript correction to the title page where he has crossed out the original printed title of the book, "Life on Fire," and supplied in ink the title by which the world knows the book, "The Agony and the Ecstasy." The running title throughout the galley is "Life on Fire." Anna Sosenko must have merited special attention as the front cover of the book is lettered in gilt: "A Gift from Irving Stone to Anna Sosenko. First Uncorrected proof of The Agony and the Ecstasy."

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    Anna Sosenko, the Broadway legend who helped launch and sustain some of the last century's best known stage and entertainment careers, is probably best remembered for her song "Darling, Je Vous Aime Beaucoup," as performed by her partner and legendary chanteuse Hildegarde. She worked with Hildegarde for twenty years before the two broke up in the 1950s. Her name lives on today in the Anna Sosenko Assist Fund, established by her will and using the funds remaining in her estate, an endowment given out to up and coming talented performers in the fields of theater, opera and concert.

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