London: Jonathan Cape, 1970. First British Edition. Hardcover. First Impression, plus an uncommon uncorrected proof, of García Márquez's first novel following the worldwide success of One Hundred Years of Solitude. 8vo (215 x 130; 209 x 135mm): ,229,; ,269,pp. Publisher's Prussian blue paper-covered boards with simulated cloth grain, spine stamped in gold, top edge stained lighter blue; illustrated dust jacket priced £4.50. Virtually pristine and unread, baring several spots to fore-edge and light offsetting to end papers. The uncorrected proof copy, in stiff yellow wrappers printed in black, is equally fine. Fine / Fine. Item #BB2284
An ambitious, experimental novel, "repetitious, circular, and perplexing," with "lengthy sentences, some of which run on for pages," reminiscent of Faulkner's Absalom, Absalom! The novel recounts in six chapters, from various perspectives à la Rash mon, the demise of a malevolent dictator in an unnamed Caribbean country, each chapter a single paragraph of extended sentences retelling the story. (Literary Encyclopedia) N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).