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First Edition Of

The Collector,

John Fowles’

Own Copy Of His First Published Novel

73. FOWLES, John.

The Collector.

London, 1963. Octavo, original russet

cloth, dust jacket.

$5500.

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-

er and

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

Bartok opera,

Bluebeard’s Castle

... 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.

One

Hundred Years of Solitude.

New York, 1970.

Octavo, original green cloth, dust jacket.

$5000.

First edition in English of “one of the preemi-

nent literary achievements of the century,” in

scarce first-issue dust jacket.

Called “garbage

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,

One

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.

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“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.”