Lot 8

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Friday 10th December 2021

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E.M. Forster, The Story of the Siren,�first edition, [one of 500 copies], signed by the author with a strike through the printed name, Printed by Leonard & Virginia�Woolf at The Hogarth Press, Paradise Road, Richmond, 1920, blue marbled�effect cover, dedication to the inside first page Alexis and Jill� Provenance: The estate of A.P Vlasto (Fellow of Kings College Cambridge)�� Alexis Peter Vlasto In 1939 Vlasto was headhunted to work at the British code breaking establishment Bletchley Park. He was seconded from Cambridge University where he was to undertake �War Work�. He was given the responsibility of the Japanese Army Air Force section where he would aid in cracking the Japanese Army Air Force code system 3366. Vlasto was one of a team of people assigned to this task alongside Maurice Wiles and Mervyn Jones. Whilst at Bletchley Park Vlasto met the young musicologist Hilda Joan �Jill� Medway who was also on secondment from Cambridge and by the time the war had ended in May 1945 Vlasto and Medway were married (they married on 19 March 1945).

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