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Schiff, Stacy. CLEOPATRA: A LIFE. New York City, NY: Little, Brown & Company, 2010. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 370 pages. Fine/Fine.

Rare signed Stacy Schiff and "Cleopatra" set. A signed and dated copy of the First Hardcover Edition with a signed and dated copy of the Advance Reader's Copy (ARC). The author's full-length biography on subject. Now widely considered a contemporary classic. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original. The First Edition is now rare. Presents Stacy Schiff's "Cleopatra", perhaps the single most beautifully written biography of the single most enduring female historical figure of ancient times. Why a book on Cleopatra in our "advanced" 21st century? "You have a moment in history when the entire world changes. The Roman Republic and the Hellenistic Age ends with her death and then 30 years later, Christ is born. And you have this all-star cast. You have Mark Antony, Julius Caesar, Herod the Great, and Cleopatra. It doesn't get any better than that" (Stacy Schiff). "Exceptionally artful. Imaginative attunement with a subject, however, does not have to compromise a vigilant biographer's critical detachment, and Schiff's beautiful writing hums with that tension. It is an edifice of speculation and conjecture, like every Cleopatra ever written. But unlike nearly all of them, it is a work of literature" (The New Yorker Magazine). The basis of the planned Hollywood film, "Cleopatra: A Life", by Scott Rudin and James Cameron, with Angelina Jolie as Cleopatra, whom Stacy Schiff has endorsed as the only living actress with the on-screen charisma, power, and beauty to pull off the role. An absolute "must-have" title for Cleopatra fans and Stacy Schiff collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed and dated (very shortly after publication) in black pen on the title page by the author: "Stacy Schiff 11/3/10". It comes with the Advance Reader's Copy (ARC), also very prominently and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page by the author: "Stacy Schiff 3/16/11". Laid-in are copies of the Souvenir Announcement of her appearances, during which the signatures were obtained. Schiff did not tour nationally to promote the book because she did not have to. By the time she made sporadic appearances, most copies were already subsequent printings. This title is now highly collectible. As far as we know, these are the only such signed and dated copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing and ARC available online and are in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, pristine beauties. A rare signed set thus. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for "Vera", the biography of Vladimir Nabokov's wife, in 2000. "Cleopatra: A Life" was selected as one of Ten Best Books of 2010 by The New York Times. One of the finest living biographer/writers. A fine collectible set. . ISBN 0316001929. $300.00

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