"GOD’S MERCY ON THE WILD THE GINGER MAN": First Edition of The Ginger Man; Signed by J.P. Donleavy
The Ginger Man.
Item Number: 5603
Paris: Olympia Press, 1955.
First edition, first issue with the words, Special Volume, Francs: 1.500 to the rear panel. Small octavo, original green wrappers as issued. Signed by the author on the half-title page with the last words written of this novel, “God’s mercy on the wild [The Ginger Man] J.P. Donleavy.” Name stamp to the front free endpaper, otherwise a near fine example. Introduction by Arland Ussher.
The New York Times said "[t]here are a few novelists who are writing out of a sense of what the contemporary world is all about. The best of them is J. P. Donleavy," and the Scientific American called it "one of the books which reveals their quality from the first line. On every page there is that immediacy all good writing has." The Modern Library named The Ginger Man one of the 100 Best Novels of the Twentieth Century in 1998, and it has sold 45 million copies world-wide. Consequently, it has never been out of print, and it has been made into several theater and film adaptations.