Last Exit to BrooklynSELBY Jr, Hubert
New York: Grove Press. 1964.
First Edition. 8vo, 210x145mm. 304pp. Quarter bound black buckram over red cloth covers. Red-stamped titles to spine. Covers slightly faded and marked but solid. In a very good illustrated dust jacket with portrait to rear. Dust jacket is very good with expected shelfwear. There is minor chipping to the head and foot of the spine and an old watermark to rear and an old tape repair to the centre of the front top edge. Text block clean and tight with only light toning towards the edges.
INSCRIBED by the author on the verso of the half-title page to a fellow AA member: "Dear Leonard, I am glad that you have found you exit from our mutual problem. Love Cuddy, 11-26-74". A rare inscribed copy of the first edition of this novel. Last Exit to Brooklyn set new standards for American literature - arguably paving the way for the likes of Bukowski - and remains as strong, candid and bracing over half a century later.