A Leg to Stand On
A Leg to Stand On

SACKS, Oliver. A Leg to Stand On.

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SACKS, Oliver. A Leg to Stand On. London: Picador, 1984.

8vo. Publisher's pictorial paperback wrappers; pp. [vi], vii-viii, [ii], 3-168; author's ownership, and subsequent gift inscription in black felt pen to inner front cover and fly-leaf; with red and green pen annotations throughout text; light rubbing to extremities; even toning to paper-stock; a very good copy.
First paperback edition thus. The author's personal copy, marked up in his hand within the text (pp. 98-99) in green, and pp. vii, viii, 4, 5, 9, and 41 in red. With a gift inscription to his niece Liz during a 'Night at the Opera Jan 18/86, Love, Olly.' Oliver and his niece Liz went to several performances over the years. This inscription may refer to Turandot, which was being performed at the Royal Opera House on January 21st.
The title refers to a freak mountaineering accident which Sacks experienced in the 1980s, in which he severely damaged his leg. In a curious role reversal, Sacks became the patient. This autobiographical account grapples with the recovery that followed, the dissociation of his consciousness to the damaged limb, and his eventual recovery.