SACKS, Oliver. Uncle Tungsten: Memories of a Chemical Boyhood. London: Picador, 2001.
8vo. Publisher's black boards; spine lettered in gilt; in the original pictorial dust-wrapper (not price-clipped); blue mock-cloth endpapers; pp. viii, 337; author's gift inscription in ink to title; ink stain to lower board; else a near-fine copy.
First UK edition, inscribed by Sacks to the title: 'For niece Liz, with all my love, Olly [W74?]. Dec/01.' The book incorporates several family reminiscences, including tales concerning his brother David (Elizabeth's father), an immensely popular and well-regarded physician who helped to foster Sacks' early interest in Chemistry and Science.
An illuminating and enticing memoir detailing Sacks's early childhood, his time away at boarding school during the war, and his growing interest in science and the nature of metals, gases, liquids, and chemicals. Sacks goes on to explore the growth of his intellectual curiosity upon his return to London, and his encounters with psychosis in his daily life, which went on to shape his thinking and later professional career. This work is 'an unforgettable portrait of an extraordinary mind' (synopsis).