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The Obscene Bird of Night. by  José DONOSO - First Edition - 1973 - from Peter Harrington (SKU: 138853)

The Obscene Bird of Night.

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The Obscene Bird of Night.: Translated from the Spanish by Hardie St. Martin and Leonard Mades.

by DONOSO, José

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New York: Alfred A. Knopf,, 1973. Octavo. Original green cloth, spine lettered in gilt. With dust jacket. Very light crease to spine, else a near-fine copy in near-fine jacket, light creasing around extremities, short closed tear to rear flap. First edition in English, first printing, presentation copy from the author to the American actor Samuel Joel "Zero" Mostel (1915-1977), inscribed on the front free endpaper "Para Zero Mostel, con un abrazo de admiracion. Jose Donoso". The novel, the author's best-known work and a major work of magical realism, drawing on the Chilean Imbunche legend, was first published in Spanish in 1970.


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The Obscene Bird of Night.
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About Peter Harrington

Since its establishment, Peter Harrington has specialised in sourcing, selling and buying the finest quality original first editions, signed, rare and antiquarian books, fine bindings and library sets. Peter Harrington first began selling rare books from the Chelsea Antiques Market on London's King's Road. For the past twenty years the business has been run by Pom Harrington, Peter's son.


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