THE FLY. Proof/Advance Copy

London: Secker & Warburg, (1965). First UK edition. paperback. An advance/proof copy of the first novel written by this British illustrator best known for painting the dust jackets of Ian Fleming's James Bond novels starting with 'From Russia With Love'. The Fly was recommended to its publisher by Angus Wilson, where David Farrar found it "a perfectly disgusting concoction". Edited by Giles Gordon who said the book was "Sufficiently sordid to appeal to voyeurs, and if Chopping were to adorn it with one of his famous dust jackets it could be a 'succes de scandale; and so it proved." The dust jacket (no artwork on the proof copy nor any type of jacket) depicts a huge fly peering into an human eyeball (and I wager they do not see 'eye to eye'!) Chopping, during the 1940s established himself as an author and ilustrator of natural history and children's books. A very good copy in the original, plain pale green perfect bound wrappers, with black title printed on spine and title, publisher printed to front cover, with foxing to top of pages and foredge. Item #14642

Price: $200.00

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