The Aerodrome. A Love Story.London, John Lane, The Bodley Head, 1941 Stock Code: 136856
NotesFirst edition, first impression, signed by the author on the front free endpaper. The Aerodrome was Warner's wartime dystopia, his third novel, in which he "reverted in part to a non-realistic, expressionist technique. Generally regarded as his best novel, this deeply gloomy work also sees human values collapsing before a rising tide of nihilistic materialism" (ODNB). Aerodrome was included in Anthony Burgess's list of Ninety-Nine Novels, with Burgess recounting how he read the book on return from the war, and was struck by its combining Kafkaesque qualities with three-dimensional character writing. He concludes that its claim to "be regarded as a modern classic is as sound as that of Orwell's novel Nineteen Eighty Four". The book is already very scarce in jacket, and this is the first signed copy that we have handled.
Octavo. Original brown cloth, titles to spine in pale pink. With the dust jacket, designed by Donovan Lloyd.
Spine sunned to purple beneath the jacket, but a sound and clean copy in excellent condition with the jacket quite dust-soiled and with two closed tears to front panel from the top edge, and some other minor nibbling at ends and corners.
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