MARTIN AMIS’ LONDON FIELDS: PHOTOCOPY OF THE ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT WITH AUCTORIAL CHANGES, SIGNED BY AMIS, TOGETHER WITH THREE OTHER PRE-PUBLICATION ITEMS
AMIS, Martin. London Fields. Four pre-publication and promotional pieces. London: Jonathan Cape, 1989. Four volumes. Octavo, original illustrated paper covers, proof dust jacket. $1200.
Pre-publication versions of London Fields, including a scarce photocopy of the original typescript with excisions and emendations, signed by Amis on the half title, together with a bound set of the uncorrected proofs, two promotional samplers and proof dust jacket.
“London Fields has aged extremely well; it’s so relevant to current events that it’s a bit disquieting. Set on the eve of the millennium in pre-apocalyptic London, Amis’s story begins, like all good mysteries, with the end, the day Nicola Six believes she will die… It’s clear that a tremendous amount of Amis’s considerable candlepower has gone into creating this contemporary masterpiece” (Jason Picone). “Despite its overt concern for the destruction of the planet, the novel is as blackly comic and as stylistically exuberant as much of his work” (Stringer, 18).
Books fine, moderate edge-wear to proof dust jacket.