London: Secker & Warburg (1999), 1999. First Edition. Hardcover. First printing, octavo size, 224 pp., signed by J.M. Coetzee. Fine / Fine. Item #CNJL609
First edition SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR of the winner of the 1999 Booker Prize; J.M. Coetzee was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature four years after its publication. A novel that deals with both timely issues and timeless themes, in 2006 'The Observer' named it the greatest novel of the last 25 years of British, Irish, or Commonwealth origin (works written between 1980 and 2005).
___DESCRIPTION: Bound in black cloth boards with gilt lettering on the spine, maroon endpapers, author's signature on the title page, octavo size (approximately 8" tall), pagination: [i-iv], 1-220; first printing, with Biddles as the printer. The pictorial dust jacket shows the original price of GBP 14.99, no mention of Booker Prize on the front panel, summary of the book on the front flap, short author bio on back flap, reviews of earlier works by Coetzee on the back panel.
___CONDITION: Fine, with a strong, square text block, solid hinges, perfectly straight corners with no rubbing, the interior is clean and bright, and it is entirely free of prior owner markings. The unclipped dust jacket is also fine with the faintest trace of wear to the edges; the colors are bright with no sunning to the spine.
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