Truth Lies Sleeping

From the library of Peter OToole. Bryan Forbes' first book.


Bryan Forbes


Methuen, London, 1950
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Printing Details

First edition, first printing hardback in dustwrapper. 19 × 12.5cm, 21pp.

This copy belonged to the actor Peter O'Toole and has his posthumous bookplate to the front pastedown. This small typographic bookplate reads 'From the Library of Peter O’Toole’ and was designed by Michael Mitchell of Libanus Press and was authorised by the executors of his estate.

The author's first book. A collection of seventeen short stories from actor, author, bookseller, and director Bryan Forbes. The publisher's blurb describes Forbes as a young author worth watching...


The book is in good condition, with light rubbing to the cloth, tanning to the pages and a little spotted foxing to the pages edges. The dustwrapper has general sun-fading and foxing, and has a dry water stain along the hinge with small areas of loss at the head of the spine. However, the book remains in strong readable condition and with a nice provenance.

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