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Sacks, Oliver. ON THE MOVE: A LIFE. New York City, NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 2015. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 400 pages. Fine/Fine.

The author's thirteenth and final book. One of Oliver Sacks' greatest achievements. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a very small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only that sold out shortly after publication. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Oliver Sacks' "On The Move: A Life". It is the bookend/sequel to his first memoir, "Uncle Tungsten: Memories of A Chemical Childhood" (2001), published fourteen years ago. "When Oliver Sacks was twelve years old, a perceptive schoolmaster wrote in his report: 'Sacks will go far, if he does not go too far'. It is now abundantly clear that Sacks has never stopped going. From its opening pages on his youthful obsession with motorcycles and speed, 'On The Move' is infused with his restless energy. The story of a brilliantly unconventional doctor and writer, and of the man who has illuminated the many ways that the brain makes us human" (Publisher's blurb). The book also reveals, for the very first time, Dr. Sacks' homosexuality as well as lifelong celibacy, in candid yet never prurient prose. The fact is Dr. Sacks was a very handsome man (plainly visible on the DJ cover photograph) who, for much of his life, sublimated (if that is the right word) his enormous appetites and energies to science ("wisdom"), medicine ("healing"), and literature ("beauty"). His single greatest contribution to Western thought is that Oliver Sacks, as a practicing specialist doctor and writer, illuminated and changed our understanding of a very old philosophical idea: Human consciousness, in all of its complexity and uniqueness. On February 19, 2015, Dr. Oliver Sacks wrote in the New York Times that he has terminal cancer, is dying, and that "On The Move", yet to be published on April 28, would be his last book. He also wrote that he would continue to work, write, and enjoy life, despite his irreversible condition, that he was, in effect, moving on yet again despite his illness. A genius and a hero, Dr. Oliver Sacks died on August 30, 2015 at the age of 82. "The Poet Laureate of medicine" (The New York Times). "There will be no one like us when we are gone. But then there is no one like anyone else, ever" (Oliver Sacks). An absolute "must-have" title for Oliver Sacks collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in blue pen-marker on the title page by Oliver Sacks. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page or bookplate. He also signed his name in full instead of just his initials. Sacks' signature on this particular copy has the lovely "tail-extension" with which he sometimes signed his books (instead of just initialled them when he was pressed for time). Sacks did not tour to promote the book, but signed a few copies for his publisher, a few dealers, and some friends, as his health permitted. This title is a great book. This is one of very few such signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Almost all other copies available online are in innumerable subsequent printings. A rare signed copy thus. Lavishly illustrated with vintage photographs. One of the greatest writer-thinkers of our time. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER OLIVER SACKS TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0385352549. $300.00

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