Paris: The Olympia Press, 1958. 1st Trade Edition. Small octavo, publisher's sage buckram, black and gold paper labels inset to spine and upper board, red endpapers, green printed border to title-page, original illustrated dust jacket. Housed in a custom black cloth slipcase.
First trade edition (originally issued in a limited edition in 1953) of Beckett's last novel composed in English, his most stylistically extravagant, written mostly in the south of France as a means of staying sane while in hiding from the Gestapo for his Resistance activities. "The product of a brilliant mind reckoning with the brutal caprices of fascism, the novel now feels like much more than a curious entry in the Beckett canon. At its core, it’s an investigation into the fallibility of reason, an attempt to reckon with obscured truths and alternative facts" (The New Yorker). The book was initially rejected by a score of publishers, and not published until the success of "Waiting for Godot." Publisher's price and customs label mounted to rear pastedown. Corners gently banged, light foxing to edges; unclipped dust jacket with rubbing to edges, small closed tear to top edge of rear panel, narrow strip of bubbling to plastic coating of rear panel along spine. Very good. Item #459