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By Franz Kafka
First edition, first impression of the English edition (London Martin Secker, 1930). Originally published in German under the title ‘Das Schloss’ in 1926. This was the first of Kafka’s novels to be translated into English.
Boards and spine unmarked and wonderfully preserved with a very minor bump to spine foot; some foxing to edges, but contents completely clean and free from any inscriptions – near fine.
The original, unclipped and unrestored dust jacket has some trivial chipping to corners and very small area of loss to top corner of upper panel; occasional abrasion to upper panel hinge and extremities; slight toning to spine panel. Very good or a little better.
An excellent example of a rare title and hard to find in this condition.
The Acceptance World
By Anthony Powell
First Edition, First Impression (Heinemann, 1955). Presentation inscription by the author to front endpaper dated March 1973. The third novel in the 'A Dance to the Music of Time' series, which comprises twelve novels in total. Signed or inscribed copies of this title are very scarce. Spine tips and corners rubbed; marks to boards at front and rear; spine slightly darkened; edges toned; binding cracked at front and rear, but all pages still firmly adhered. Original and unclipped dust jacket has a neat tape repair to verso; light soiling to parts of rear panel and a couple of small closed tears to the top.
By Stephen King
UK First Edition, First Impression (New English Library 1977 with the code 'R49' present on page 447). The print run for the US First Edition was 25,000 and, given the low print runs of the UK editions of 'Carrie' and 'The Stand', which consisted of just 500 and 1000 copies respectively, the UK First Edition of 'The Shining' is likely to be considerably rarer than that of the US. Small bump to top of spine; edges toned and lightly foxed; a little off-setting to front endpaper and front board slightly bowed at the bottom. Original and unclipped dust jacket has some rubbing, chipping and wear to the top with a stain to the inside, and is now protected in a high-quality archival cover. A good copy of a contemporary classic.
By Richard Bachman
UK First Edition, First Impression (New English Library, 1985). Written by Stephen King under his 'Richard Bachman' pseudonym and adapted to film in 1996. A little pushing to spine tips; edges toned. Original and unclipped dust jacket has light wear to spine tips. An excellent, near fine copy.