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Banville, John. MRS. OSMOND. New York City, NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 2017. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 370 pages. As New/As New.

The author's seventeenth novel. One of John Banville's finest achievements. The first appearance of the title in the United States. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions, particularly copies that are signed on a tipped-in page. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. Presents John Banville's "Mrs. Osmond". His very own sequel to Henry James' "The Portrait of A Lady". "Thoroughly Banville's story: The narrative inventiveness, lyrical precision, and surprise of his language, the layers of emotional and psychological intensity, the subtle, dark humor. When Isabel arrives in Italy along with someone else, the novel takes off in directions that James himself would be thrilled to follow" (Publisher's blurb). "A Master whose prose gives continuous sensual delight" (Martin Amis). An absolute "must-have" title for John Banville collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed, placed, and dated (shortly after publication) in black ink-pen on the title page by the author: "John Banville 17.XI.2017 New York". It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page, as many copies available online are. Banville's signature is one of the most beautiful we have ever seen. This title is now collectible, and will become a contemporary classic. As far as we know, this is the only such signed, placed, and publication-year dated copy of the First American Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. Winner of the Booker Prize for "The Sea" in 2005. One of the greatest writers of our time. A fine copy. . ISBN 0451493427. $70.00

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