Very Good / Very Good. Item #5822
London: The Hogarth Press, 1980. First Edition. Octavo. 219 pages. Signed by Berlin on front free endpaper, "For Kenneth Snowman / with my warm regards / Isaiah Berlin / Oxford, July 1981."
A collection of vignettes on twentieth century scholars and statesmen. British jeweler and Faberge expert Snowman was chairman of Wartski throughout the middle of the twentieth century. Ian Fleming based his Octopussy character Jim Fanning on Snowman.
Price-clipped dust jacket is lightly creased along top edge with some negligible spotting. One 1/4 inch closed tear along top front edge. Dark blue boards are stamped in gilt at spine. Two indentations along top front edge and one to front board. Front corners slightly bumped. Binding is sound and interior unmarked.