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1 Wallace, Irving and Wallace, Amy The Two
London Cassell 1978 0304300411 / 9780304300419 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 
First UK edition. A near Fine unmarked copy with VG + complete dustjacket. The biography of the original Siamese Twins, Chang and Eng, who were born in 1811 in the village of Meklong, 60 miles west of Bangkok. Fated to spend their lives joined by a thick, fleshy ligament resembling an arm, 5 feet 6 inches long and 8 inches in circumference, that connected them at the base of their chests. Yet they could swim, perform gymnastic feats and lead relatively normal lives and in character they were dissimilar, Eng was quiet whilst Chang was hot tempered and quarrelsome. They were exploited by showmen, promoters and well wishers, loved (and made love) and searched in vain for the surgical miracle that would separate them and enable them to lead their individual lives. Chang's insistence on going to his own house in midwinter eventually led to the death both had feared, for Eng died, perhaps out of fear or shock, an hour after Chang's life ended. **** NOT EX LIB **** 
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