London, Cape, 1973. The first British softcover edition of Pynchon's landmark third novel, winner of the National Book Award as well as the William Dean Howells Medal for the best work of fiction by an American over a five-year span. Gravity's Rainbow became the benchmark for postmodern American fiction upon publication and secured its mysterious and reclusive author's place in the postwar American literary pantheon. Issued simultaneously with the hardcover edition. Bookplate of Ray Roberts inside the front cover. Shallow corner crease; near fine in wrappers. A very nice copy, with none of the spine fading typical to this title. Quite uncommon. [#028514] SOLD
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