New York. 1981. Putnam. 1st American Edition. Very Good In Dustjacket. 277 pages. hardcover. Jacket Design By Lynn Hollyn and Mary Mietzelfeld. Jacket Calligraphy by Mary Mietzelfeld. ISBN: 0399126066. inventory # 5894. FROM THE PUBLISHER-It is Ash Wednesday, 1540. In a tower halfway up a mountain in the Black Forest, Dr. John Faust, diabolist and drunkard, awaits a call from Satan and the announcement that his terrible debt to the Devil has fallen due. But must Faust's soul be forfeit? Must he be damned? Kit Wagner, Faust's young disciple, tells us the outrageous story of the Doctor's resistance in a brash, skeptical, entirely modern style. Faust is not the man to accept his fate with complacency and with the aid of his companions, lovely girls, each with her own erotic specialty; the grey friar Mephistopheles; a monkey called Akercocke; and Helen of Troy-he mounts a vigorous, gloriously funny campaign against his immortal enemy. Across the Alps and down the Italian peninsula Faust and entourage pursue the Prince of Darkness, who is headed for Rome and the Vatican, where he has other, more pressing business. In this wry, ribald, exhilarating adventure, Robert Nye offers us a worthy successor to his Falstaff, of which William Saroyan said, ‘I see this book hanging in as a classic, ' and to Merlin, praised by Auberon Waugh as an ingenious and enjoyable entertainment-dirty funny, and intriguing in almost equal measure. Serious in theme, Faust still manages to be as moving as it is unpredictable a supernatural thriller which is also a very human comedy.
Very good jacket. Signed. First Edition. G.P. Putnam's Sons, New York 1981. Hardcover FIRST edition, SIGNED by the author, with a dedication to the previous owner. Held in original pictorial wrapper. Light edgewear to the wrapper, yet has not been price-clipped. Bound in black cloth-effect boards with gilt lettering to the spine. Several paint marks to the board. Only very light edgewear to boards, remains corner-sharp. Internally pages a little tanned, yet text remains sharp. Binding firm.
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