BLOODWORTH, Dennis. The Messiah and the Mandarins, The Paradox of Mao's China. Weidenfeld & Nicholson, 1982.
8vo, original binding and dust wrapper; fine; provenance: from the estate of Gritta Weil, signed and inscribed by Bloodworth 'For Gritta with unbounded affection & a million thanks for her equally unbounded generosity & kindness. Dennis Bloodworth July 1985'.
Signed first edition.
Gritta Weil (1924-2009), a refugee from Germany, worked for The Observer from 1945 to 1984, and was a close friend of the travel writer and journalist for the same paper, Gavin Young (1928-2001), who is most remembered for his 1977 book Return to the Marshes, based on his life with the Marsh Arabs of Iraq. This was followed by an account of his travels in Mesopotamia in 1980.