First U.K. edition of Fowles' abstruse and esoteric classic.
Near fine in fine jacket.
"That simple phrase, I do not know, was my own pillar of fire. An ultimate, metaphysical, I-do-not-know."
Fabulous postmodern achievement; Fowles' first novel written but his third to be published. Rich with poetico-mystic symbolism and historical resonance, THE MAGUS captivates even as it mystifies, armed with the only plot elements that never fail: a young man, his wicked mentor, a Greek island, and the whole of the Western literary canon.
London: Jonathan Cape, (1966). 7.75'' x 5''. Original purple quarter cloth with grey cloth boards. In original unclipped (30s.) dust jacket, with cover painting by Tom Adams. , 618 pages. Printing flaw leading to creasing at lower margin of last two leaves (text unaffected); rear hinge just starting near flaw. Jacket flaps and verso lightly foxed.
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