A superb presentation inscription from Marlon Brando hinting at his own enigmatic nature; ‘I hope you won’t hold this drivel against me – what it really is a pale mask as I hope you come to discover, warmest regards, Marlon Brando’. Brando was notoriously private and fulsome inscriptions such as this are rare. Loosely inserted is a slip of paper in Morris’ hand: ‘Signed by Brando on July 9th 1996 when we dine [sic] together in London. DM.’
In July 1996 Marlon Brando contacted sociobiologist Desmond Morris, whose TV series ‘The Human Animal’ he had been watching, in order to discuss ‘the banality of evil’ with the famed zoologist. Morris originally assumed the telephone call was a practical joke by a colleague but eventually realised the truth and agreed to meet the renowned actor. Brando wanted to make a documentary with Morris on the nature of human violence. When he visited Morris’s London apartment on 9th July 1996 he penned a lengthy dedication in a copy of his memoirs. After dining in London that night, they were pursued across the city by a pack of paparazzi, eager to photograph the reclusive Brando. Sadly, Brando’s request that the documentary should be filmed at Stonehenge meant that it was never realised.
First U. K. edition, 8vo., signed presentation inscription from Brando to Desmond Morris to half-title, plates and illustrations, bookplate of Desmond Morris, publisher’s boards, dust-jacket, light creasing to head and foot, else fine.
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