Persons and Places: The Background of My Life


Santayana, George

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Santayana, George. Persons and Places: The Background of My Life. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1944. First Edition, First Printing. pp. 262. Slim 8vo. Lovely green cloth over boards with gilt rules, and lettering to the spine and front board. Lightest rubbing, and bumping to the spine ends, otherwise the contents remain bright, clean, and unmarked; near fine. In, “Persons and Places”, Santayana divides his life into three phases. The background (1863–1886) encompasses his childhood in Spain through his undergraduate years at Harvard. The second period (1886–1912) is that of the Harvard graduate student and professor with a trans-Atlantic penchant for traveling to Europe. The third period (1912–1952) is the retired professor writing and traveling in Europe and eventually establishing Rome as his home. This edition was published in the final years of the Second World War, and as such the copyright page states: “This Book Is Manufactured Under Wartime Conditions in Conformity With All Government Regulations Controlling The Use Of Paper And Other Materials”. We also note the lack of the usual Scribner, “A”, on the copyright page denoting a true first printing, first edition which normally appears on books published by Scribner’s. Nevertheless, we have been unable to document any instances of editions in which it appears and thereby assume with confidence that this is indeed a “true first”, by which we mean: a first edition, first printing. Hardcover. (#1510) $45.00