Lord of the Flies - rare publishers trial binding
William Golding

Lord of the Flies - rare publishers trial binding

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'A collection of modern fiction would never be complete without it'

Originally published in 1954, The Lord of the Flies is frequently cited as one of the greatest novels of the 20th century.

As recorded by the bibliographers the publishers created a trial binding in greyish purplish blue cloth of which less than a handful have been located - this is one of them. The term grail is often bandied around in book collecting but in this instance the term is all-too apt. Bayliss Rare Books are incredibly proud to be bringing such a rarity to the market.

A near-fine first edition of the author's first novel. A seminal re-interpretation of the classic English adventure story.

"Lord of the Flies is not an examination of the idiosyncratic nature of a group of young English boys, but of the essential nature of humanity itself, its predisposition to violence and cruelty when removed from the restraining influences of civilization..." (Kevin McCarron, Oxford DNB).

First edition, first impression. Rare publishers trial binding. A near-fine to fine example inside and out. A stunning copy.

Published by Faber and Faber, London, 1954.