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First edition of Premier Amour (Paris: Les Editions de Minuit, 1970). Inscribed by Beckett to John Kobler, June 1970.


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First English edition of First Love (London: Calder & Boyars, 1973), translated from the original French by the author. Inscribed by Beckett to John and Evelyn Kobler, October 1973.


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First Love and Other Short Stories (New York: Grove Press, 1974).

This collected edition includes First Love, From an Abandoned Work, Enough, Imagination Dead Imagine, Ping, Not I, and Breath.


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Malone Meurt. Oh les beaux jours, with illustrations by Avigdor Arikha and a portrait of Samuel Beckett by Michael Cauvet (Paris: Editions Rombaldi, 1971). Inscribed by Beckett and Arikha to John and Evelyn Kobler. Original cloth cover decorated with a composition in color by Pablo Picasso.

From the Collection des Prix Nobel de Littérature, published with the support of the Swedish Academy and the Nobel Foundation. With a prefatory essay, “La ‘Petite Histoire’ de l’attribution du Prix Nobel à Samuel Beckett” by Dr. Kjell Strömberg, former cultural attaché of the Swedish Embassy in Paris, and a study by John Montague, “La Vie et l’oeuvre de Samuel Beckett.”