Ingalls, Rachel. BLACK DIAMOND. London, England: Faber & Faber, 1992. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 279 pages. Fine/Fine.

Retrospective collection of novellas and short stories. One of Rachel Ingalls' greatest achievements. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions, of which there are at least two in the United States: Two of the pieces subsequently appeared as "Be My Guest" (1992) while the three others did not appear until thirteen years later, in "Times Like These" (2005) . The latter is the most recent collection of Ingalls' work to be published in the United States, incorporating "Black Diamond" with "Days Like Today", the last collection she published in the United Kingdom. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now rare. Presents Rachel Ingalls' "Black Diamond". Five middle-period pieces that the author published a full decade after her masterpiece, "Mrs. Caliban". They are: "Last Act: The Madhouse", "The Archaeologist's Daughter", "Someone Else", "Sis And Bud", and "Be My Guest". "From the first you are in masterly hands as she lures you further into a swamp of violence and magic" (Sunday Times) . Rachel Ingalls is THE bewildering, eternal recluse among great late-modern writers in English. She has never made a public appearance in her fifty-odd-year career as a published writer, and her publishing history is as bewildering as her tales. For devoted reader/collectors, the rules of thumb are fairly simple: a) All of her books first appeared in the United Kingdom, where she has lived since 1964; b) All of them have been issued subsequently in the United States, sometimes under altogether different titles; and c) the American Editions remain eminently collectible, particularly for completists, because she has been served well by her publishers here in terms of both content and production values. One of the greatest storyteller-writers of our time, she is a latter-day Isak Dinesen whose theme is the sublime mystery of human existence. Once started, it is impossible to put down a Rachel Ingalls book. An absolute "must-have" title for Rachel Ingalls collectors. This title is a late-modern classic. This is one of very few copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and despite one imperfection (a round scrape on the DJ front) is still in fine condition: Every internal page in clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. The hard board corners are sharp. The DJ is not price-clipped. Please note: Together with "Mediterranean Cruise", one of her earliest books, "Black Diamond" is Ingalls' single most scarce title, much more so than say, "Mrs. Caliban". All of the remaining copies available online have major flaws. All in all, this is the nicest copy we have ever seen. A rare copy thus. Rachel Ingalls' "Mrs. Caliban" is widely regarded as one of the greatest novels in the English language of the 20th century. One of the finest American writers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER RACHEL INGALLS TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) . ISBN 0571162789. $70.00

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