King, Francis ~ A Domestic Animal : Correct First Issue : Inscribed And Signed By The Author To Fellow Author Brigid Brophy
Longmans, Green & Co. (London) : 1969
The First UK printing published by Longmans, Green & Co. (London) in 1969. The BOOK is in near Fine condition with just a little toning of the text-block and a little pushing at the spine ends. The WRAPPER is complete and is in Very Good++ or better condition. Some toning to the spine and edges. The Duncan Grant wrapper artwork looks striking in the removable Brodart archival cover. The very scarce correct first issue, suppressed before publication as the result of a libel case. This edition was subsequently withdrawn before publication, rewritten, and reissued in 1970. The libel case occurred as one of the author's neighbours, the former MP Tom Skeffington-Lodge, recognised himself, albeit in the guise of a female character, as the butt of a joke in the novel. The substantial costs of the libel case led to King having to sell his house in Brighton. Presentation copy from the author, inscribed on the front free end-paper: 'To Brigid, from her admirer, Francis King'. The recipient is fellow novelist Brigid Brophy who was a founder with King of the Writer's Action Group which successfully campaigned for the introduction of the Public Lending Right. She clearly failed to respond to King's request for the return of all copies of the book! Very scarce with such attributes.
CONDITION: Near Fine
JACKET: Very Good++