HARRISON, George I Me Mine Guildford: Genesis Publications, 1980.
8vo., publisher's binding of half black morocco over matching boards, ruled in gilt; with centre guitar motif in contrasting leather and gilt to upper board; facsimile signature in gilt to lower; five raised bands ruled in gilt to spine; with gilt tooling and date direct to foot; contrasting red leather label; a.e.g.; decorative endpapers showing music manuscript with Harrison's annotations; matching ribbon marker; pp. [vi], [i, limitation page], [vi], 11-398, [viii]; with tipped-in frontispiece mounted behind tissue guard, showing the author as a child; another similarly mounted at rear; containing numerous pages of facsimile manuscript lyrics, along with numerous black and white plates, (one, folding, showing Liverpool Institute High School); contained in the original publisher's slipcase with printed paper label; this label slightly scuffed, and one or two scratches to the gilt edges of the text block; otherwise for all intents and purposes, a fine copy of this monumental work documenting the musician's life.
Limited to 2000 copies, signed by the Beatle to the limitation page. This is copy no. 153. Contained with this copy is the original Genesis invoice, along with two letters from the publisher; the first acknowledging the original order (signed in blue ink by B. Roylance), and the second asking for a review of the book. This Genesis edition sold out very shortly after publication, and it was subsequently published in hardback and paperback by W H Allen in London and by Simon & Schuster in New York.
Roylance, who founded the company in 1974, said of Harrison's memoir: "I saw the song lyrics as important documents – as important as all the other things I was publishing." The company subsequently became a leading publisher of rock music-related illustrated books, including further titles by Harrison and Taylor, as well as books about the Beatles, The Rolling Stones, David Bowie and Pink Floyd, among many others.
The book appeared just months before John Lennon's death in December 1980. Lennon had taken offence to the book's publication, telling interviewer David Sheff: "I was hurt by it ... By glaring omission in the book, my influence on his life is absolutely zilch and nil ... I'm not in the book." Harrison responded in a later 1987 talk show, telling Selina Scott on the television show West 57th Street: "[Lennon] was annoyed 'cause I didn't say that he'd written one line of this song 'Taxman'. But I also didn't say how I wrote two lines of 'Come Together' or three lines of 'Eleanor Rigby"
The title was taken from a song of the same name on the 1970 album Let It Be. Written by Harrison, it was the last new track recorded by the band before their break-up in April 1970.
Increasingly scarce on the open market.