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Golding, William
LORD OF THE FLIES. FABER AND FABER, 1954
Estimate
7,0009,000
JUMP TO LOT
161
Golding, William
LORD OF THE FLIES. FABER AND FABER, 1954
Estimate
7,0009,000
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Golding, William
LORD OF THE FLIES. FABER AND FABER, 1954
8vo, FIRST EDITION, half-title, original red boards lettered in white on spine, DUST-JACKET, collector's red folding box, price-clipped dust-jacket repaired along upper joint with tape on verso, jacket worn at extremities and spine browned
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Provenance

E.M. Forster, booklabel on front free endpaper

Literature

Gekoski and Grogan A2(a)

Catalogue Note

E.M. FORSTER'S OWN COPY, WITH HIS BOOKLABEL. Much of Forster's library was sold when the author moved from his family home at West Hackhurst in Abinger Hammer, Surrey in 1946. After taking residence in Kings College, Cambridge (with a much reduced library), he continued to give books away as he acquired new ones. The so-called 'residue of his library' was sold by W. Heffer & Sons in 1971. Although the catalogue included a number of first edition copies of Golding, this was not among them.

Forster was integral to the success of Golding's first novel, which had sold slowly until Forster named it as his "outstanding novel of the year". The book has since gone on to sell more than 10 million copies worldwide. 

The publishers produced a number of wrap around bands after the first copies had been sold but seemingly before the book was reprinted. These promotional items are now rare. The example included with this copy proclaims Lord of the Flies as "E.M. Forster's choice".

English Literature, History, Children’s Books and Illustrations, including The Garrett Herman Collection: The Age of Darwin

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London