First Edition Of
Own Copy Of His First Published Novel
73. FOWLES, John.
London, 1963. Octavo, original russet
cloth, dust jacket.
First edition of Fowles’ highly acclaimed first published novel, in scarce
first-issue dust jacket, with Fowles’ signature and his blind-embossed
ownership stamp. Often regarded as the first modern psychological thrill-
frequently banned, The Collector has horrified communities with
its explicit narrative about a kidnapper and his victim.
Recalling his inspiration for the novel, Fowles once said, “Some time
during the 1950s, I went to see the first performance in London of a
... It so happened that about a year later
there was an extraordinary case, again in London, of a boy who cap-
tured a girl and imprisoned her in an air-raid shelter at the end of his
garden… And eventually, it led me to the book” (Roy Newquist). Fine.
“The Greatest Achievement In Spanish
Literature Since Don Quixote” (Neruda)
72. GARCÍA MÁRQUEZ, Gabriel.
Hundred Years of Solitude.
New York, 1970.
Octavo, original green cloth, dust jacket.
First edition in English of “one of the preemi-
nent literary achievements of the century,” in
scarce first-issue dust jacket.
being passed off as literature” by Union High
School in Wasco, California, García Márquez’s
masterpiece has been banned in schools and
libraries nationwide for its disrespect for
religious and political authority; disturbing
themes such as war and the occult; and sexual
content including incest and pedophilia.
“One of the best-known and highly esteemed
works of Latin American magic realism,
Hundred Years of Solitude
… allegorizes cos-
mic questions and literary concerns while
remaining an absorbing story” (Barron,
Fantasy and Horror
7–130). Very nearly fine.
“Sex is just an activity, like anything else. It’s not
dirty, it’s just two people playing with each other’s
bodies. Like dancing. Like a game.”