Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Company, 1966. 1st Edition. Octavo, publisher’s canary cloth over textured gray cloth, spine stamped in black, upper board blindstamped, printed brown endpapers, top edge stained black, original illustrated dust jacket.
Stated first edition of award-winning American novelist Thomas Pynchon’s early postmodern masterpiece. The shortest of his books, and considered his most accessible (while still extravagantly complex), the novel revolves around California housewife Oedipa Mass as she begins to unravel a mass conspiracy while in search of her dead ex-boyfriend. Combining black humor, social critique, detective plotlines, and a labyrinth of cultural allusions (The Beatles, Nabokov, and Remedios Varo, to name a few), the novel is considered a bridge between modernism and postmodernism, and a demonstration of Pynchon’s quick maturation after his breakout book V (1963). Since publication, there have been several pop culture references to the book's title, theme, and protagonists, although the notoriously reclusive Pynchon has made little comment on the novel’s reception or impact. Dust jacket designed by Milton Charles. Slight toning to board edges, small stain to bottom edge of textblock; unclipped dust jacket with small closed tear to head of spine and tiny nick to tail of spine, with spot of dampstaing along bottom edge of lower panel. Withal, near fine. Item #4864