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Professor Trevor Thomas. Bedford. Privately Published. 1989. Numbered in ink - No.99 - and signed by Trevor Thomas to the title-page. Black comb binding. Red paper cover with a drawing design by Thomas. 38 leaves with type-written text on rectos only. 300 x 215mm (11¾ x 8½"). 0.3kg. . English. Near fine; a very slight crease to top forecorner.Trevor Thomas was an art historian, he lived at 23 Fitzroy Road in north west London and he was the last person to see Sylvia Plath alive. In the months before her suicide he lived in the flat below Plath. Last Encounters recounts her final weeks, describing the trials of her life as a single working mother and her mental instabilities as they appeared to Thomas. Thomas' account is anti-Hughes and he recounts a party that took place in Plath's flat on the day of her funeral, with bongo drums and all. Hughes served a court order against Thomas and he was forced to apologise and to destroy all copies of his book. This copy is a rare survival that was distributed before the ban and is an important document for Plath scholars.