Octavo, 492 pages. Papered boards; endpapers very slightly foxed; trifling silverfish-damage to the top and bottom edges of the front pastedown (beneath the foldover of the dustwrapper); a near-fine copy with the fine dustwrapper very lightly scored.
0397003013. VG, front hinge cracked, somewhat loose in DJ; DJ is price-clipped, light edge wear, two small closed tears, top spine of DJ with creasing to about 1/4 in. DJ back panel lists contents, chapter headings. Photo available.; First; Lavender cloth; 8vo; DJ.
Very Good. Dust Jacket Included. First edition, first printing. Publisher's lilac cloth, with the letter "v" in various typefaces to the front board in blind, spine lettered in metallic silver, black top stain; in the original pictorial dust jacket designed by Ismar David. Very good, with some minor dimming to the spine, faint toning to the board edges, former owner Christopher Geest's bookplate to the front pastedown, bright and fresh interior; unclipped dust jacket, with some light wear and rubbing to the extremities, a hint of toning to the spine, a few light spots of minor soiling to the otherwise fresh panels, light creasing and a minor nick to the top edge of the rear panel. Overall, a tight and attractive copy of Pynchon's first novel. V is the first novel by Thomas Pynchon and winner of the 1964 William Faulkner Foundation Award for best debut novel. Set in New York City in the mid-1950s, it tells the stories of Billy Profane, a sailor recently discharged from the U. S. Navy who spends much of his time with a group of disaffected partiers known as the Whole Sick Crew, and Herbert Stencil, a traveler who is determined to discover the mystery surrounding a woman whom he knows only as "V." Each chapter focuses on episodes featuring a different character, including several members of the Whole Sick Crew, and, the two main plots are largely disconnected throughout the text; like a "V, " the novel's two plotlines converge at the end of the text as Stencil enlists Profane in his search of the elusive V. The result is a somewhat confusing, albeit enthralling text. Indeed, the dust jacket proclaims, "No two readers will agree about this book because, like life itself, it is big, mysterious, and absolutely fascinating."
Octavo, pictorial wrappers. Advance readers copy of the first edition. The author's first book, a major document in both modernism and literary science-fiction. Gray background ink on spine panel sunned, else a fine copy. (#136736)
Octavo, cloth. First edition. The author's first book, a major document in both modernism and literary science-fiction. Mead A1a. A fine copy in nearly fine dust jacket with touch of wear to spine ends, but no fading to spine, and with printed price of $5.95 intact on front flap. (#109097)
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