Nobel Laureate's First Book
Naipaul, V.S. ~ The Mystic Masseur (Signed By The Author)
Andre Deutsch : 1957
The First UK Printing published by Andre Deutsch in 1957. The BOOK is in Good+ condition. Light pushing to the spine tips. Titling is dulled. Light toning to the text block but the pages are clean and the book is free from inscriptions. The front hinge is beginning to ease at the half title page with a little exposure of the webbing. Having said this, the binding remains tight. Front end papers marked with spotting to the prelims. A paperclip crease to the upper edge of first two pages. The WRAPPER is complete and is in just about Very Good condition. It bears the correct price of 12s 6d net. Edge wear with loss at the spine ends (see images). Staining and spotting to the rear panel. The Robert Micklewright designed wrapper remains very striking in the removable Brodart archival protector. The book has been SIGNED by the author to the title page. The Nobel Laureate's first book which won him the John Llewellyn Rhys Memorial Prize. Despite its' faults, signed titles of the Nobel Laureate's first book remain very elusive and as such are collectible.
JACKET: Very Good