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By Thomas Pynchon
First Edition, First Impression (Viking, 1973). Winner of the 1974 National Book Award and one of 4,000 copies in hardcover. First Issue dust jacket with the ISBN lettered in white over red on the rear panel and publishers date code ‘0273’ on lower front flap. Couple of minor bumps and a little rubbing to corners of boards, contents pristine. Price-clipped dust jacket has a few soft creases and a little abrasion to top corner of rear panel. An excellent example of a novel considered by some to be among the greatest American Novels.
Summoned by Bells
By John Betjeman
Leather-bound, top edge gilt and limited to 125 signed and numbered copies. Some rubbing to extremities with a minor bump to bottom edge of front board. An excellent presentation copy with Douglas Cleverdon Ex Libris label affixed to half title.
The book was given to Douglas Cleverdon; a radio producer, bookseller, publisher and author as a 60th birthday present in 1963.
A letter from a mutual friend of Cleverdon and Betjeman is included.
Among the books Cleverdon published was Gill s Art and Love and an edition of The Rime of the Ancient Mariner with and introduction and illustrations by David Jones. From 1939 - 1969 he worked for the BBC. During the war he devised The Brains Trust, and as a producer, mainly of radio features on the Third Programme, he commissioned and broadcast poets (including Betjeman), playwrights, composers and writers, giving a first hearing to Flanders and Swann and persuading Dylan Thomas to come up with Under Milk Wood, which Cleverdon produced in 1954 and featured Richard Burton in the role of First Voice.
A Scanner Darkly
By Philip K. Dick
UK first edition, first impression (Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1977).
Tanning to edges with light foxing to top edge; a couple of small dents to fore-edge; a couple of very minor bumps to spine tips; a couple of unobtrusive previous owner stickers to front paste-down. Original and unclipped dust jacket shows very trivial signs of wear to top edge with slight abrasion to left side of head of spine panel. Near fine overall.
An Accidental Man
By Iris Murdoch
First Edition and First Impression (Chatto & Windus, 1971). Minor bumping to spine tips. Original and price-clipped dust jacket has some rubbing to corners and extremities; corners and spine tips chipped; spotting to front and rear flaps. A very good copy.
The Weight of Words
Edited by Dave McKean and William Schafer
Limited Edition (Subterranean Press, 2017). One of 350 leather bound copies to be signed by the contributors. Dust jacket and interior illustrations by Dave McKean.