Lethem, Jonathan. GUN, WITH OCCASIONAL MUSIC: GUMSHOE IN A BRAVE NEW WORLD. New York City, NY: Harcourt Brace, 1994. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 262 pages. Fine/Fine. Signed.

Rare Jonathan Lethem collectible item. A rare signed and inscribed copy of "Gun, With Occasional Music" with Souvenir Material. The author's breakthrough debut novel. Now considered a contemporary classic. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a very small and limited first print run that was largely ignored and pulped. The First Edition is now very scarce. Presents Jonathan Lethem's dazzling debut. The novel was belatedly described by Newsweek Magazine as possibly the most spectacular debut of the last decade. Features a brilliantly conceived and flawlessly executed DJ, which has been made to look like a creased, worn, and torn pulp-fiction book. It was so convincingly done that bookstores returned the book, believing that they received very badly "hurt" copies. The book designer, Michael Koelsch, is one of the finest in the business and worked closely with the author (himself an amateur artist). Their work has been called the finest Modern First DJ design of all time. "A tour de force, a blending of speculative and noir fiction that is by turns satirical, witty, tough, and profound" (Lucius Shepard). Lethem has pursued his ransacking of other literary genres and sub-genres in order to re-invent them, give them his own unique twist and ultimately, create his own singular and oddly moving universe. His inspiration has not flagged with his successive works. Together with "Motherless Brooklyn", his debut novel remains one of his finest achievements. An absolute "must-have" title for Jonathan Lethem collectors. This copy is very boldly and beautifully signed and inscribed in black pen on the title page by the author: "Look out for menacing kangaroos! Regards, Jonathan Lethem". The recipient is named. Contrary to the opinion of "flat-signed" know-it-alls, the more an author leaves of himself or herself on a copy and the more unique the inscription is, the more collectible the copy is, not the other way around. Laid-in is a pristine copy of the Souvenir Program of the author's public appearance during which the signature was obtained. This title is a contemporary classic. As far as we know, this is the only such signed and inscribed copy of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing (with the complete letter line, "ABCDE", and original price of $19.95) available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Many so-called First Editions available online are subsequent printings. A rare signed copy thus. Winner of the Crawford Award for Best Fantasy Novel and the Locus Award for Best First Novel in 1994 for "Gun, with Occasional Music". Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1999 for "Motherless Brooklyn". Selected as one of the "Best Books of the Year" by the New York Times in 2003 for "Fortress of Solitude". Winner of the MacArthur Genius Grant in 2005. One of the most brilliant new voices in American literature. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER JONATHAN LETHEM TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0151364583. $200.00

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