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The Ginger Man.

DONLEAVY J.P. (1955.)

£1000.00  [First Edition]

Available to view at our Curzon Street shop.

First edition. Small 8vo., original olive green printed paper wrappers. Paris, The Olympia Press. 

The author's first book, signed by him on the title page. First issue, with the '1500 Francs' price on the lower cover. An excellent copy, faintly rubbed at the extremities. Frequently included in lists of the best novels of the 20th century, the publication history of this book reads like a novel, the publisher Maurice Girodias and Donleavy engaging in a twenty year war over Donleavy's disgust at his book being published by what he called a 'pornographer'. Donleavy had the last word, buying the title to the Olympia Press at auction in Paris.

Stock Code: 224792

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