The Magus.Boston, Little, Brown and Company, 1965 [i.e. 1966] Stock Code: 138854
NotesFirst edition, first printing, inscribed by the author five days before publication on the front free endpaper: "Richard McDonough, Best wishes - John Fowles. January 5th, 1966". The recipient was an editor at the book's publishing house, and this is certainly among the earliest inscribed copies of The Magus.
Fowles arrived at the company's offices in Boston to embark on an American tour in support of the book on 4 January 1966. The book was published on 10 January 1966 (though the copyright page states 1965) and predates the first UK edition. The jacket design is by the highly acclaimed Tom Adams. The Magus was the first novel written by Fowles (albeit the third he published). A self-conscious homage to Shakespeare's The Tempest, the story masterfully charts the sinister tension between reality and fantasy in the experience of its pretentious male protagonist.
Octavo. Original green cloth, spine lettered in red, top edge red. With the dust jacket.
Light sunning to spine and extremities, else a very good copy, in very good jacket, faint stain visible on verso of front panel, minor nicking and rubbing at extremities, spine panel sunned.
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