The Collector. John Fowles.
The Collector
The Collector
The Collector
The Collector

The Collector

Boston, MA: Little, Brown and Company, 1963. First American Edition. Hardcover. "Rarely does a publisher introduce a novel of such devastating power. We invite you to open to the first page of The Collector. We believe you will be compelled to read on. He tells the story first- Frederick Clegg, an obscure little clerk and a collector of butterflies who one day goes on to net his finest specimen, Miss Miranda Grey, a soft, lovely twenty-year-old. In his colorless yet curiously expressive words, he tells of the months in which he stood by the office window and watched for the beautiful Miranda whenever she was home from art school...He buys a secluded country house and, when all preparations have been made, kidnaps Miranda from outside her apartment in London. The body of the novel concerns the two months during which Miranda is held prisoner in the cellar of the house. The story is revealed first as he tells it, then as she secretly records it in a diary..." (from front & rear flaps) The first novel by John Fowles (1926-2005), the canonical British writer. This most disturbing, popular & successful work was the basis for the award-winning 1965 film version starring Terence Stamp as Clegg & Samantha Eggar as Grey. Hardcover in unclipped first-issue dust jacket (with $4.95 price printed on front flap), "First American Edition" as stated on copyright page, first printing with no reference to further printings thereon nor critics' commendations on jacket copy. Published the same year as the first UK edition (1963). As noted on jacket back cover, (& another first-issue point), Fowles was then "...working on his second novel, which is set in Greece." That novel, The Magus (1965, revised 1977) & The French Lieutenant's Woman (1969) which followed it, were also among Fowles' most well-known & turned into films. A classic of macabre psychopathology & horror, the foundational Fowles collectible (sorry for the inadvertent pun) in one of its rarest original forms. Book fine with only a touch of wear & fading to thin edges & corners of front, back covers & spine; slight dulling of gilt lettering, brown background at spine (but all completely intact); area at middle side edge of text block with light spot-staining; very light rubbing & a few faint scratches to lower edge of same; mild spotting & fading of yellow-dyed upper edge of same. Interior very fine with only a bit of rubbing to blank yellow paste-downs & endpapers; miniscule bleeding of spots noted above onto side edges of a few page leaves; tiny bumps at mostly upper corners of some of same. Dust jacket fine with very mild rubbing, occasional spotting to front, back covers, spine & flaps; slight wear & some tiny bumps, creases at thin edges & corners of same; small areas with minor loss of surface or paper esp. at upper spine-edges & corners. Fine / Fine. [Item #4768]

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