"COME NOW, HOW SHALL WE PROVE WE ARE NOT DEAD?": FIRST EDITION OF THE OLD BOYS, SIGNED BY WILLIAM TREVOR
TREVOR, William. The Old Boys. London: Bodley Head, (1964). Octavo, original brown paper boards, original dust jacket. $1650.
First edition of Trevor's first novel, signed on the title page by him.
"The elemental value of Mr. Trevor's wryly entertaining story lies less in its grubby specifics than in its illuminating generalities. It reminds us that at every level of every society there are groups of Old Boys cocooned in smug insularity. And that the self-made man, forever trumpeting his lack of formal education on the road to swimming pools and Cezannes, can be just as obnoxious" (New York Times). This book won the prestigious Hawthornden Prize, awarded in years in which there is a suitable candidate, based on its quality as a piece of "imaginative literature" by an author under 41.
Book fine, dust jacket near-fine with light soiling and slight wear and toning to extremities. A handsome signed copy.