SACKS, Oliver. Musicophilia. London: Picador, 2008.
8vo. Publisher's paperback wrappers in the same format as the first hardback edition; pp. [viii], vii-xv, [iii], 3-425, [v]; author's gift inscription in purple felt pen to title; a few light unobtrusive marks to wraps; paper-stock a touch toned to extremities, else near-fine.
First UK paperback edition, inscribed by Oliver to his niece Elizabeth: 'For my intensely musical, musicophilic niece Liz, with love from Olly. 11/25/08', together with a drawing of a treble clef and stave, in purple ink pen.
In this work, Oliver Sacks masterfully details the profound influence that music has on our everyday lives. With more areas of the human brain occupied by music than language, human beings are intrinsically affiliated to music. Sacks explores the stories of people suffering from neurological conditions, how they have learned to adapt to a new way of life to the backing-track of music, and how it has had a real influence in aiding the recovery of some patients.