“Saving and pinching to get married, you're losing the best time of your life": First Edition of Muriel Spark's The Ballad of Peckham Rye; Signed by Her
The Ballad of Peckham Rye.
Item Number: 59022
London: Macmillan, 1960.
First edition of this satirical gem from the “master of malice and mayhem” (The New York Times). Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by Muriel Spark on the title page. Very good in a very good dust jacket with some closed tears to the extremities. Jacket design by Victor Reinganum.
Muriel Spark's 1960 comic novel follows Dougal Douglas, who is hired by a company to poke into the private lives of its employees. Douglas turns out to be a demonical researcher who butts in so much he begins to influence his subjects actions rather than just observe them. One of the funniest books I have ever read . . . far and away our best woman novelist" (Penelope Mortimer).