FIRST EDITION OF THE LADY IN THE SWING, INSCRIBED BY RICHARD ADAMS
ADAMS, Richard. The Girl in a Swing. (London: Penguin, 1980). Octavo, original green paper boards, original dust jacket. $100.
First edition, later issue, of Adams' fourth novel about a 1970s love affair threatened by the supernatural, inscribed on the title page: "Yours sincerely Richard Adams."
Watership Down author "Adams is one of those born storytellers whom many readers will follow anywhere—even into the minds of talking animals; even, as here, into the mind of narrator Alan Desland, an erudite and virtually sexless ceramics merchant in the Berkshire country west of London" (Kirkus). This is Adams' only contemporary novel, weaving together adept characterization, detailed description, and the excitement of the supernatural world. Later issue, with the character's name as "Karin Forster" not "Käthe Guetner" (as in the suppressed first issue), due to a libel suit threatened by the real Käthe Guetner.
A fine inscribed copy.