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ON THE MOVE: A LIFE - Rare Fine Copy of The First Hardcover Edition/First Printing: Signed by Oliver Sacks

Sacks, Oliver

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ISBN 10: 0385352549 / ISBN 13: 9780385352543
Published by New York City, NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 2015
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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1st Printing. Signed. 400 pages. Published in 2015. 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 small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only that sold out shortly after publication. The First Edition is now rare. 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. It comes with a pristine copy of "Gratitude" (2015) First Hardcover Edition/First Printing, Dr. Oliver Sacks' posthumous, bestselling volume of "end-of-life" essays. 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. Bookseller Inventory # 20208

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Title: ON THE MOVE: A LIFE - Rare Fine Copy of The ...

Publisher: New York City, NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 2015

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: 1st Edition.

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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. As he recounts his experiences as a young neurologist in the early 1960s, first in California, where he struggled with drug addiction, and then in New York, where he discovered a long-forgotten illness in the back wards of a chronic hospital, we see how his engagement with patients comes to define his life.

With unbridled honesty and humor, Sacks shows us that the same energy that drives his physical passions—weight lifting and swimming—also drives his cerebral passions. He writes about his love affairs, both romantic and intellectual; his guilt over leaving his family to come to America; his bond with his schizophrenic brother; and the writers and scientists—Thom Gunn, A. R. Luria, W. H. Auden, Gerald M. Edelman, Francis Crick—who influenced him. On the Move is the story of a brilliantly unconventional physician and writer—and of the man who has illuminated the many ways that the brain makes us human.

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An Amazon Best Book of May 2015: Oliver Sacks’ On the Move is a disarming book. His honesty, energy, and clear restlessness illuminate each page, drawing the reader in to a life of great achievement in spite of some hurdles. The highest of those hurdles may have been his difficulty with romantic love. The origin of that difficulty can be traced to his mother’s severe reaction upon learning that he was gay: she called him “an abomination.” Sacks forgave his mother for that, even if he couldn’t shake her words. His solution appears to have been just to move on and keep moving—and the entire book is imbued with a sense of movement. This can be seen in his love of motorcycles and weight lifting, in his desire to travel, in his move from England to the United States, and even when he writes of his former addiction to amphetamines. Of course his mind was moving at all times as well, and in this book Sacks continues to write convincingly about the ways our minds make us human. Despite claiming shyness, Sacks amassed an impressive list of friends and acquaintances—from the poets Thom Gunn, Richard Selig, and W.H. Auden, to Francis Crick and Stephen Jay Gould, to Robert De Niro and Robin Williams. And there was always the writing. “I am a storyteller, for better and for worse,” he writes at the end of the book. When I read that line, I realized that I felt like he was sitting in the same room with me. -- Chris Schluep

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