London: Jonathan Cape, 1969. First Edition. Hardcover. First Impression. Small 8vo: 253,pp. Publisher's royal blue cloth, spine stamped in gilt, top edge stained navy blue, illustrated dust jacket priced £1.50. Very slightly canted, else As New in a Fine jacket, tight, square, unmarked, and unread. Jones & Newman 65. Pringle, Modern Fantasy: The Hundred Best Books, 42. As New / As New. Item #BB1272
A finely crafted supernatural tale of an English pub owner's encounter with the ghost of a seventeenth-century magus. The story is set in The Green Man, a coaching inn, dating from the Middle Ages, on the road between London and Cambridge. Brian W. Aldiss (Jones & Newman) ordains it one of Amis's most agreeable rancid novels, packed with disconcerting moments, both human and inhuman, and ending on a memorable note of Angst. It's genuinely and enduringly chilling, the real McCoy . . . " And says Pringle: This "ingenious latter-day ghost story has been much underrated. . . . Amis deploys his supernatural machinery brilliantly . . . deserves to be considered one of its author's finest works." N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed.