New York: The Viking Press, (1968). First Edition. Hardcover. First printing, octavo size, 224 pp., in publisher's dust jacket. Fine / near fine. Item #20100702
Peter Soyer Beagle (b. 1939) began writing while in high school, and his first novel, "A Fine and Private Place" was published when he was only nineteen. He would go on to be awarded the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement (2011) and was named Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master in 2018.
This work, "The Last Unicorn", has sold more than five million copies in at least twenty languages, and was ranked number five in "All-Time Best Fantasy Novels" in 1987 by Locus Magazine. In a review written in 2018, "The Atlantic" compares it to Tolkien's LOTR thus: "[a]fter all these years, 'The Last Unicorn' still feels relevant. It's not an epic fantasy, but a softer tale at the boundaries of magic and reality, that place where one grapples with what it means to be human."
___DESCRIPTION: Bound in teal blue paper over boards with a black cloth shelfback, lettering stamped onto the spine in blue, yellow and purple, top edge stained red, purple endpapers, 1968 on the copyright page with no additional printings; octavo size (8.25" by 5.75"), pagination: [i-vi] [1-2] 3-218. In the publisher's jacket showing the original price of $4.95, the front panel and spine with lettering in yellow, pink, white, purple and blue on a black ground, review blurb by Louis Untermeyer on the back panel, front flap with the price and a summary of the story, back flap with a short author bio and a small black-and-white photograph of a young Peter Beagle.
___CONDITION: Volume fine, with clean boards, straight corners without rubbing, red topstain unfaded, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; one very small pinprick to the front board, else fine. The unclipped dust jacket near fine, clean, the colours unfaded, with minimal edgewear, one short (approx. one-half inch) closed tear at the bottom of the front panel, and a few other areas of very light wear. Overall a lovely example of this fantasy classic.
___CITATION: First printing per Zempel, with no additional printings on the copyright page; information from the web site of "The Atlantic" article written by Yosef Lindell on November 18, 2018; and a dash of Wiki thrown in.
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