London: William Heinemann, 1960. First Edition. Hardcover. First Impression of the author’s fifth published novel. 8vo: ,161,pp. Publisher's lime green cloth, spine lettered in red; illustrated dust jacket by John Rowland, priced 16s. Light spotting to fore- and top edges, jacket's spine panel gently toned and rubbed to crown, else about Fine, firm, and tightly bound (apparently unread). Boytinck 246. Brewer A09, Fine- / Fine-. Item #BB1950
Perhaps not Burgess's greatest work but the best to emerge from his flurry of writing on returning to England from Malaysia, in 1958. The book was finished in six weeks, and many of the themes that would reemerge in A Clockwork Orange two years later are there: alcohol, linguistics (cockney dialogue), the state of England, and neurological alteration. 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.).