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GREENE, Graham.

Brighton Rock.

A Novel.

London: William Heinemann Ltd, 1938 Stock Code: 130190
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First UK edition, first impression, in a superior example of the rare and coveted dust jacket. The novel itself, the first of Greene's overtly Catholic novels, is "his most successful attempt to create a work that is as fast-paced as a thriller and as complex as a more leisurely character study" (ODNB).

The Heinemann edition of Brighton Rock represents probably the greatest disparity in a modern first edition of value with and without the dust jacket. The original pink jacket, intended to replicate the lurid pink of the titular confectionery, is liable to fade and chip, and is a noted rarity.

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Octavo. Original red cloth, spine lettered in gilt, publisher's device in blind to rear cover. With dust jacket. Housed in a custom grey cloth folding box, spine lettered in gilt on green morocco label.


Contents a little toned, very minor wear at extremities. Folds of dust jacket expertly and discreetly repaired on the verso, spine panel darkened with 6 cm tear, minor chipping to extremities reinforced on the verso, light soiling to rear panel. Still a superior copy in the exceedingly rare dust jacket.


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