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The Reefs of Taprobane: Underwater Adventures Around Ceylon by  Arthur C CLARKE - Signed First Edition - 1957 - from Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. ABAA and Biblio.co.uk

The Reefs of Taprobane: Underwater Adventures Around Ceylon

by CLARKE, Arthur C

Condition: Near Fine


New York: Harper & Brothers, 1957. Hardcover. Near Fine. First American edition. Spine slightly faded, else near fine without dustwrapper. Inscribed by Arthur C. Clarke to his protégé, one-time secretary, and longtime friend Ian Macauley, who was the dedicatee of his first hardcover novel (*Islands in the Sky*): "To Ian and Elsa, with my very best wishes for your future happiness - and hoping that you'll be able to visit us here one day. Arthur, 13 March '59." Macauley was an award-winning *New York Times* journalist, who also edited Clarke's book of collected essays, *Greetings, Carbon-Based Bipeds!* (2000). Clarke wrote the last chapter of *Childhood's End* while visiting Macauley in Atlanta in 1952, where he was reportedly greatly influenced by their discussions. A splendid association copy, and not a book one usually finds signed by Clarke.


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