The Booker Prize Winning Title
Fitzgerald, Penelope ~ Offshore : With A Bookplate Signed By the Author : With A H/W Letter From The Author
Collins, London : 1979
The First UK printing published by Collins, London in 1979. The BOOK is in near Fine condition with just a little toning to the text-block. Free from inscriptions and erasures. The WRAPPER is complete and is in Very Good++ or better condition. The slightest hint of fading to the colouring on the spine and adjacent areas. The wrapper looks very attractive in the removable Brodart archival cover. A neatly decorated bookplate which has been signed by the author has been tipped in at one edge on the title page. A ticket for the signing event accompanies this title as provenance for the bookplate signature. Loosely inserted is a two page H/W letter from 'Mops' to 'Mary' dated 'Jan 27th'. Presumably this was 1978 or 1979. Penelope Fitzgerald commonly used the title 'Mops' with her family and friends. The recipient was her step mother Mary Shepard (The daughter of Ernest Shepard and the acclaimed book illustrator in her own right, particularly known for having illustrated 'Mary Poppins'). Amongst other things the letter discusses this title and the author leaving her publisher Duckworths and moving over to Collins. Fitzgerald went on to win the Booker Prize in 1979 with this title for Collins! I have also been informed by Terence Dooley, Fitzgerald's son-in-law that some of the other content in the letter refers to Mary Shepard (Knox) wanting to do everything she could to promote her husband, EV (Evoe) Knox's work after he died in 1970. She wanted to get his notes for a children's book published with her illustrations, so she asked Penelope to work on a text - she asked Terry (Dooley...the Terry of the letter) to make it into a poem. It was however turned down by publishers. A scarce title with such attributes.
CONDITION: Near Fine
JACKET: Near Fine