London: Secker & Warburg, 1961. First UK Edition. Hardcover. First Impression (no additional printings listed), signed by Barth on front free end paper. Thick 8vo: 806pp. Publisher's scarlet cloth, spine stamped in silver, pictorial dust jacket (illustrated by Owen Wood), with cupids and nudes evocative of a bawdy 17th century New World; priced 30s. About Fine, square, tight, lightly read (if at all); about Fine jacket (spine panel lightly sunned. Yet another example of the value to be found in the graphically superior designs of most UK editions of American authors' works. Time 100. Near Fine+ / Near Fine. Item #BB1666
The author's third, breakthrough novel, cementing his reputation as one of the leading experimental writers of his generation. "A feast. Dense, funny, endlessly inventive (and, OK, yes, long-winded) ,this satire of the 18th-century picaresque novel—think Fielding’s Tom Jones or Sterne’s Tristram Shandy —is also an earnest picture of the pitfalls awaiting innocence as it makes its unsteady way in the world. . . . Barth’s language is impossibly rich, a wickedly funny take on old English rhetoric and American self-appraisals." (Time 100) 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.