V. Thomas Pynchon.


Philadelphia, PA & New York, NY: J. B. Lippincott Company, 1963. First Edition. Hardcover. "...V. is indescribably original. In a madcap, sometimes sad, frequently hilarious way, it captures the ruthlessness and multiplicity of the modern world. Incident piles on incident until, in what amounts almost to a revelation, the pattern of the book and the century it describes emerge with a terrible beauty."(from rear flap) A first edition of Thomas Pynchon's debut novel, in first issue dust jacket with list of chapter numbers & headings. Still being parsed & analyzed, this is a dense, surreal dream-narrative that launched the Pynchon legend & is a landmark of twentieth-century American literature. As Mark Hayden writes, "fans regularly proclaim Pynchon as the father and most intricate designer of postmodern hip lit. There's something to this. The writer name-checks and digresses more than any writer since Kerouac, with his wanderlust ramblings. Pynchon proves more verbose than Vonnegut or Salinger too. I mention these specific writers because their themes turn up in V., as protagonist Benny Profane searches, like Sal Paradise or Holden Caulfield, for place and identity."(from a review in pastemagazine.com) We are proud to offer this most important literary collectible in exceptionally fine condition among those available. Book in very fine condition with only sunning to edges of light purple cloth; very mild soiling to bottom edge; a few very tiny gauges to black-colored top edge. Interior mint except for mild rubbing at upper right corner of first page after front endpaper, not effecting inverse pyramid of "V"s. Dust Jacket with only minor rubbing & soiling, esp. to light background of rear cover; moderate chipping & creases to upper & lower edges; spine has approx. 1/8" missing at top. Very Fine / Near Fine. [Item #1826]

Price: $1,200.00

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