The Favourite Game (First UK Edition). Leonard Cohen.
The Favourite Game (First UK Edition)
The Favourite Game (First UK Edition)
The Favourite Game (First UK Edition)
The Favourite Game (First UK Edition)
The Favourite Game (First UK Edition)
The Favourite Game (First UK Edition)
The Favourite Game (First UK Edition)

The Favourite Game (First UK Edition)

London, England: Secker & Warburg, 1963. First Printing. Hardcover. “LEONARD COHEN writes: ‘I was born in Montreal in 1934. I studied at McGill and Columbia Universities. Lived in London as a Lord, pursuing the fair, my accent opening the tightest Georgian palaces where I flourished dark and magnificent as Othello. In Oslo, where I existed in a Nazi poster. In Cuba, the only tourist in Havana, perhaps in the world, where I destroyed my beard on the shores of Veradere, burnt it in nostalgia and anger for the Fidel I used to know. In Greece, where my Gothic insincerities were purged and my style purified under the influence of empty mountains and a foreign mate who cherished simple English. In Montreal, where I always return, scene of the steep streets which support the romantic academies of Canadian poesy in which I trained, seat of my family, old as the Indians, more powerful than the Elders of Zion, the last merchants to take blood seriously. I accept money from governments, women, poem sales, and if forced, from employers. I have no hobbies.” So reads the delightfully inimitable back cover (in full) of Leonard Cohen's (1934-2016) classic Beat-inflected bildungsroman, “The Favourite Game.” “The Favourite Game,” published in 1963, was the first of three works Cohen would complete while living on the Greek island of Hydra--a place Cohen relocated to three years earlier in 1960. His provocatively named 1964 collection of poems, “Flowers for Hitler,” and the steamily controversial “Beautiful Losers” (1966) complete the chorus of works composed on Hydra. Cohen's 1961 collection, “The Spice Box of Earth” consisted of poems which predate the Hydra period, although one poem from that collection appears as the epigraph to the novel. Those intimately familiar with Cohen’s songwriting and lyricism will see recognizable links between the language sketched in Cohen's lyrics and the prose as it appears here. Hardcover in clipped dust-jacket; the First UK Edition, complete with gorgeous and distinctive original jacket design by Barry Trengove (1932-2006), who also designed the cover to Anthony Burgess' jolting, classic novel "A Clockwork Orange." Book in very fine condition, worthy of any Cohen-inclusive collection with only the very slightest shelf-wear to bottommost fine-edge of front cover. Notoriously fragile original UK dust-jacket in near-fine condition with age-typical toning and mild yellowing-bronzing throughout; mild-to-pronounced shelf-wear, crinkling at fine-edges, corners; a few minor bumps and select, mild instances of chipping to same. Very Fine / Near Fine. [Item #4751]

Price: $225.00

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