"One by one the bulbs burned out, like long lives come to their expected ends": Rare First Hardcover Edition of Little, Big; Signed by John Crowley
Item Number: 79887
London: Victor Gollancz, 1981.
First British edition and first hardcover edition of this landmark of modern fantasy. Octavo, original black cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page, “For _____- John Crowley “One by one the bulbs burned out, like long lives come to their expected ends.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Pat Doyle. Photograph of the author by Richard Sutor.
Little, Big is the epic story of Smoky Barnable, an anonymous young man who travels by foot from the City to a place called Edgewoodnot found on any mapto marry Daily Alice Drinkawater, as was prophesied. It is the story of four generations of a singular family, living in a house that is many houses on the magical border of an otherworld. ''A book that all by itself calls for a redefinition of fantasy'' (Ursula K. Le Guin). "A literate, touching and unassuming masterpiece" (Barron).