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All books are first printings of first editions or first American editions unless otherwise noted.

NY, Vanguard, (1959). The uncorrected proof copy of the first American edition of the Nobel Prize winner's first novel, published two years after its appearance in the U.K. Naipaul is a Trinidadian author of Indian descent, one of the giants of contemporary English literature, and one of the most astute, if acerbic, Western commentators on Third World issues. Spine and a bit of the lower rear edge darkened, apparently from binder's glue rather than sun; some light dustiness to covers and a few gentle turns to page corners; very good in wrappers. An exceedingly scarce proof, by all appearances produced from the text block of the U.K. edition, bound in plain blue wrappers, with the U.S. publisher's label affixed to the front cover. This proof dates from the period when proofs were not routinely produced, which explains the use of the U.K. edition as an "American proof." Bound proofs in that era were little-known publishing artifacts, and were seldom saved, let alone filtered into the rare book market. We've only ever seen one other copy. [#028479] $2,500

(London), Deutsch, (1963). The uncorrected proof copy of this early novel by the Nobel Prize winner, his fifth book. Small ink number on summary page; modest creasing and edge-sunning to covers; very good in wrappers. Naipaul proofs from this era are scarce; this is the only proof of this title we've seen. [#023015] $750

(London), Deutsch, (1975). A novel set in an unidentified post-colonial Caribbean island, based on the author's native Trinidad, which the New York Times Book Review called the best novel of the year, and which was the Nobel Prize winner's "breakthrough" book in terms of his dealing with political, social, and personal issues in a critical, fully mature, and nuanced way: no one else was writing about these kinds of ethnically-driven political and social issues with the personal experience, insight, critical capacity and articulateness of Naipaul up to that time, wherein every cultural assumption was called into question and subject to critical scrutiny, and neither the status quo nor its politically correct inverse was allowed to go unexamined and unremarked upon. This is the uncorrected proof copy of the first edition, issued in the UK and dated the 21st of February, 1975. Spine slanted, and title and author written on the spine in red ink. A near fine copy of an extremely uncommon proof of a milestone book in the author's career, which may be seen as putting him fully onto the trajectory that led to the Nobel. [#032697] $550

(London), Picador, (2001). Signed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#914227] $175

NY, Knopf, 1994. The first American edition of this collection of linked fictional narratives. Inscribed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#022110] $150

NY, Macmillan, 1963. The first American edition of his first book on the Caribbean, where he was born. This was Naipaul's first book of nonfiction and, for all the critical acclaim that his fiction has received, it is probably as an observer of Western, Eastern and colonial societies, as reflected in his nonfiction and essays, that Naipaul has gained the stature he is accorded as a literate observer and commentator on contemporary social issues. Mild sunning to top edges; else fine in a very good, price-clipped dust jacket with moderate wear at and near both spine extremities. [#011574] $125

(London), Andre Deutsch, (1960). Second printing of the first book by this Trinidadian author of Indian descent, who has come to be regarded as one of the giants of contemporary English literature, and the most astute, if acerbic, Western commentator on Third World issues. Naipaul won the Booker Prize for his collection In a Free State and has won numerous other literary awards over the course of his 40-year writing career. Bookplate of poets Barbara Howes and William Jay Smith front pastedown; foxing to endpages and page edges; pencilled marginal markings; spine slant; very good in a near fine, second impression dust jacket with a vertical fold at the spine. [#018689] $125

NY, Knopf, 1977. A review copy of the first American edition. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket, with review slip laid in. [#032573] $100

NY, Macmillan, (1964). The first American edition of his fifth book of fiction. Small spot to foredge; else fine in a very good, internally tape-repaired and price-clipped dust jacket. An attractive copy of one of his early novels. [#016355] $80

(London), Picador, (2001). The signed limited uncorrected proof of the British edition, according to the cover text, although this copy is not signed. Long, shallow vertical crease to cover, else fine in wrappers. [#018992] $70

(London), Picador, (2001). The advance reading copy. Fine in wrappers. [#018692] $45

(London), Picador, (2001). The advance reading copy. Very slight crown bump, else fine in wrappers, with a color photocopy of the cover art laid in. [#018991] $40

NY, Knopf, 2001. The uncorrected proof copy of the first American edition of his first novel in six years, published just before he won the Nobel Prize for Literature. Fine in wrappers. [#023559] $25

NY, Alfred A. Knopf, 1981. First Trade Edition. Very Good in Very Good DJ. Ownership signature. [#707034] $20

NY, Alfred A. Knopf, 1981. First Trade Edition. Very Good in Very Good (tape-repaired) DJ. Remainder mark on top edge. [#707033] $20

NY, Alfred A. Knopf, 1994. Advance Uncorrected Proof. Very Good in wrappers. [#707035] $20

NY, Alfred A. Knopf, 1984. First American Edition. Very Good in Very Good (price-clipped) DJ. Remainder mark on bottom edge. [#707038] $20

NY, New York Review of Books, (2000). Contains the title essay, written for the Charles Douglas-Home Memorial Trust, and "The Writer in India." Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#019259] $20

NY, Alfred A. Knopf, 1969. Very Good in Very Good (price-clipped) DJ. [#707261] $20

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