Carey, Peter (Author) & Biers, Nanette (Artist/Illustrator). THE TAX INSPECTOR: THE FIRST EDITION SOCIETY LIMITED EDITION. Franklin Center, PA: Franklin Mint Library, 1991. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 280 pages. As New.

The author's fourth novel. One of Peter Carey's finest achievements. The First Edition Society. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions, particularly the regular trade edition. Published in a small and limited print run as a hardcover original only. There is no ISBN. The First Edition Society is now rare. An elegant production by Franklin Library: Regular-sized volume format. Leather boards with gilt titles and design on the cover and spine, as issued. Text by Peter Carey. Art by Nanette Biers. Printed on thick, uncoated stock paper in the United States to the highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Presents, in a Limited Edition collectible format, Peter Carey's "The Tax Inspector". "A major work in style and vision. Carey is in the prime of his creative life" (The Montreal Gazette). "The sheer exuberance and heightened visual power of Carey's prose is, sentence by sentence, as brilliant and pleasurable as ever, no matter how dark his vision" (Jay McInerney). An absolute "must-have" title for Peter Carey collectors. This is a copy of the First Edition Society, and it is very prominently and beautifully signed in blue ink-pen on the Front Limitation Page by Peter Carey. It is also very prominently and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the title page by the author. His signature on the title page itself was obtained in person. Laid-in is a pristine copy of the Souvenir Program and Bookmark of the event during which his signature was obtained. This title is a great book. As far as we know, this is the only such double-signed copy of the First Edition Society available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. Regarded by Harold Bloom as one of the canonical writers of the 20th century. Winner of the Booker Prize in 1988 for "Oscar & Lucinda" and in 2001 for "True History of the Kelly Gang". Carey is only the second novelist to win the prestigious British prize twice, a feat first achieved by J. M. Coetzee and now matched by him. One of the greatest living writers. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER PETER CAREY TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). $100.00

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