(London): Faber and Faber, (2005). First Edition. Hardcover. First printing, octavo size, 271 pp., signed by Kazuo Ishiguro. Fine / fine. Item #20061801
Sir Kazuo Ishiguro (b. 1954) is one of today's best-known and critically acclaimed authors; the recipient of four Man Booker Prize nominations and the winner of that prize in 1989 (for "Remains of the Day"), and the recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2017.
This book, "Never Let Me Go", is a story "of love, loss and hidden truths...charged throughout with a sense of the fragility of our lives" (n.b., per dust jacket flap). It was short-listed for the 2005 Booker Prize and won both the 2006 Arthur C. Clarke Award and the 2005 National Book Critics Award; it was also named by "Time" magazine as the best novel of 2005 and listed by them as one of the best 100 English-language novels published between 1923 and 2005.
___DESCRIPTION: Bound in full green paper over boards, ivory lettering stamped onto the spine, gold endpapers, signed by Kazuo Ishiguro on the title page (signature only, no date or inscribee), full number line on the copyright page; octavo size (8.75" by 5.5"), pagination: [i-viii] [1-2] 3-263. Original dust jacket with the price of GBP 16.99 on the lower corner of the front flap, summary of the story on the front flap, short author bio and small black-and white picture of Ishiguro on the back flap, quote from the book on the back panel; surrounding the dust jacket is a white belly band with "Signed copy" in green.
___CONDITION: Volume fine, with clean boards, perfectly straight corners without rubbing, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; clean, crisp, as new. The dust jacket also fine, not price-clipped, the colours deep and true, utterly without any sunning or wear, as is the belly band. An outstanding, fine volume of this prize-winning novel.
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