Chatto and Windus, London, 2011. First illustrated edition, one year after the original issue. A fine copy, issued without dustwrapper. Signed by the author.
The internationally acclaimed ceramicist Edmund de Waal traces his family history during the Second World War. The Ephrussi’s were immensely wealthy Jews, who collected on a grand scale. Their houses and collections were appropriated by the Nazis. Virtually the only thing saved – by an alert housemaid – was a large collection of netsukes, which the author uses as pivot to trace the family fortunes from the War up to the present day.
Won the Costa Biography Award and the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize. It was also shortlisted for the Duff Cooper Prize, the Jewish Quarterly Wingate Prize, the PEN/Ackerley Prize and the Southbank Sky Arts Award for Literature. It was long listed for the Orwell Prize and BBC Samuel Johnson Prize. De Waal was named New Writer of the Year at the 2010 Galaxy National Book Awards.
Annotated on 39 pages. Approximately 500 words and 5 tipped in hand-made white envelopes with inserted contemporary postcard, two original photographs, and two photocopied photographs.