ADVANCE REVIEW COPY OF O'BRIEN'S FIRST NOVEL, SIGNED BY HIM
O'BRIEN, Tim. Northern Lights. [New York]: Delacorte Press/Seymour Lawrence, (1975). Octavo, original half black cloth, original dust jacket. $2200.
First edition of the author's second book and first novel—a "work of serious intent with themes at least as old as the Old Testament" (New York Times)—signed on the title page by him.
"Gripping and convincing… Northern Lights is an impressive first novel" (Times Literary Supplement). "Although it is not explicitly a war novel, the book examines some themes that have been important in O'Brien's considerations of warfare, especially the idea of courage" (Shuman, 1122). An unusual perfect-bound hardcover book, Northern Lights is difficult to find in nice condition and rivals his first book, If I Die in a Combat Zone, for scarcity. Bookplate.
A bit of toning to board edges, faint foxing to fore-edge, book near-fine; dust jacket bright and fine.