“THE SIMPLE, HEARTFELT WAY IT BRINGS THE PAST ALIVE”: FIRST EDITION OF FINNEY’S TIME AND AGAIN
FINNEY, Jack [i.e., FINNEY, Walter Braden]. Time and Again. New York: Simon and Schuster, (1970). Octavo, original black cloth, original dust jacket. $800.
First edition of Finney’s popular “timeslip” romance, with numerous black-and-white illustrations.
Best known for writing The Body Snatchers (1955), Finney here crafts an intricate tale of adventure, mystery, romance—and time travel to 19th-century New York. “Finney succeeds in conveying the charm of the period (as well as some of its negative aspects) through meticulous details about everyday life in Manhattan, amply illustrated with well-placed drawings and photographs” (Fantasy and Horror 7-123). “Perhaps the most enduring pleasure of Time and Again…is the simple, heartfelt way it brings the past alive for readers—re-enfolding the present in the vital stream of time, and reanimating our sense of the world around us as a place of action, consequence, promise and potential” (New York Times). Anatomy of Wonder II-403. Modern Fantasy 100 Best 47. Currey, 153.
Dust jacket lightly rubbed and soiled. A near-fine copy.