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29 Aug 2019 16:30 GMT

Thatcher, Margaret

(1) The Downing Street Years (1993); (2) The Path to Power (signed) (1995)

Published: Harper Collins, London, 1993; 1995

Edition: Both firsts

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The first British woman Prime Minister's two autobiographies were published in reverse chronological order:

  1. The Downing Street Years covers her eleven-and-a-half period in office between 1979 and 1990. Unclipped colour portrait dustjacket (25.00 pounds net), blue paper-boards, gilt to spine, matching plain blue endpapers, xiv + 914 pp of text, chronology, abbreviations and index + 40 pp of inserted b/w photographs on gloss-art paper. The dustjacket, covers and contents are complete and unmarked except for light page-edge fingering. This is a fine copy of the first impression.
  2. The Path to Power is in two parts and covers the period 1925 to 1979. Unclipped tinted portrait dustjacket (25.00 net), black paper-boards, gilt to spine, plain blue endpapers, xiv + 656 pp of text, other material and index, printed on heavier wove text paper to match the bulk of the 914 pp in (1) + 40 pp of inserted b/w photographs on gloss-art paper. The dustjacket, covers and contents are fine and unmarked except for light page-edge fingering. This is a fine copy of the first edition [impressions were not shown on the imprint page of this volume]. There is a "Margaret Thatcher" signature in light-blue ink on the flyleaf (see image), but we do not know whether this is an original or, has been reported in the literature, a facsimile.
  • Jacket Condition: Fine
  • Binding Condition: Fine
  • Overall Condition: Fine
  • Size: 240 x 155 x 155; 2.9 kg
  • Sold By: Fontein Books
  • Contact Person: Richard Proctor-Sims
  • Country: South Africa
  • Email: fontein@wol.co.za
  • Telephone: 051 773 0050/048 079 546 4032
  • Preferred Payment Methods: Eft or, for overseas buyers, Visa or Mastercard credit cards.
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