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    Warmly Inscribed to Albee's Accountant

    Edward Albee. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? New York: Atheneum, 1962. First edition. Presentation copy, inscribed by Albee on the half-title: "For Bernard Reis / -at the beginning of what I hope / will be a long friendship- / Edward Albee / December, 1962." Octavo. [xii], [243] pages. Publisher's full black cloth, front board lettered in blind, spine lettered in gilt, dust jacket. Jacket toned, foxed and thumbsoiled, with several short tears or chips, minor rubbing to spine. Still, a very good copy with an unusual association.

    Albee inscribed this book to Bernard Reis, Albee's accountant. Apparently, this book was inscribed when Albee had begun his relationship with Reis; their relationship would come to a crashing halt in 1976, when Albee discovered that he owed nearly $700,000 in back taxes to the I.R.S. due to Reis' mismanagement. Albee was forced to sell some high value artwork for a fraction of its worth to Frank Lloyd of the Marlborough Gallery. Both Bernard Reis and Frank Lloyd were key figures in the scandal over their handling of the Mark Rothko estate. Essentially, these men had defrauded Rothko and his family for millions of dollars worth of artwork, and were forced to make restitution.


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