INSCRIBED BY HANFF
HANFF, Helene (author). 84, Charing Cross Road. London; Andre Deutsch. 1971.
8vo. Original red linson boards lettered in black to spine, preserved in laminated pictorial dustwrapper; pp. [viii] + 96; a very fresh copy, both externally and internally, with upper board slightly sprung, as usual, and light dusting and spotting to edges of book block, protected by an unusually fresh, unclipped dustwrapper (£1.45) with a couple of negligible, and tiny, closed nicks to top edge and only one, barely noticeable, and again tiny (5mm), closed tear to bottom edge of upper panel, expertly repaired to the reverse with archival tissue-tape.
First edition: "a record of a love affair between a lady and a shop" (flap blurb), famously translated to the big screen in 1987, directed by David Jones, starring Anne Bancroft and Anthony Hopkins. A presentation copy inscribed to the front free endpaper in ink: "To John Wilson who probably wrote better letters but was too lazy to make a book of them - with admiration for his beautiful beard" and signed in full, "Helene Hanff".