The Ginger Man

by Donleavy, J P

Feckless, unwashed, charming, penurious Sebastian Balfe Dangerfield, Trinity College Law student, Irish American with an English Accent, maroon in the ould country and dreaming of dollars and ready women, stumbles from the public house to the pawnbrokers, murmuring delusive enticements in the ear of any girl who'll listen, in delirious search of freedom, wealth, and the recognition he feels is his due. Lyrical and ribald, illuminating, poignant and hugely entertaining, The Ginger Man is a work of authentic comic genius.

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The Olympia Press published the First Edition, First Printing in Paris, France, 1955. 

Neville Spearman published the First British Edition Thus in London, 1956. 

McDowell, Obolensky published the First US Edition in New York, 1958.

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Paris: Olympia Press, 1955. 8vo, pp. 353. Original green stiff card wrappers, lettered in black to panels and spine. Very light indentations to rear panel (see below), otherwise an absolutely fine, unread copy. First edition, first issue of the author's first novel, without the green border to title page, and with the earlier price ('Francs: 1.500') to… Read more about this item
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Paris: Olympia, 1955. Small 8vo, pp.353. Original green stiff paper wrappers, lettered in black to panels and spine. Light edgewear, corners and spine ends a little worn, small pencilled ?price to front panel alongside author's name. About very good plus. First edition of the author's first novel. The Ginger Man had been rejected by upwards… Read more about this item
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Paris: The Olympia Press,, [1955]. His first novel First edition, first printing (priced 1,500 francs on rear cover), of Donleavy's first novel, a rollicking comedy following the misadventures of Sebastian Dangerfield set in post-war Dublin. Like many works coming out of The Olympia Press at this time, including Nabokov's Lolita which was published in the same year, The Ginger… Read more about this item
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Paris: The Olympia Press, 1955. First edition, first issue with the words, Special Volume, Francs: 1.500 to the rear panel. Small octavo, original green wrappers as issued. Boldly signed by the author on the half-title page, "Washington D.C. March 1994 J.P. Donleavy." In fine condition. From the library of Donleavy's publisher Seymour Lawrence. Introduction by Arland Ussher. An exceptional… Read more about this item
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New York: McDowell, Obolensky, 1958. Hardcover. Near Fine/Near Fine. First American edition, published three years after the Paris edition, and "revised," or more accurately, censored from the Paris edition. Some modest foxing on the foredge, else near fine in very near fine dustwrapper with a couple of tiny tears and nicks. Donleavy's first, and best known book, a… Read more about this item
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Paris: Olympia Press, 1955. First Edition. Softcover. Small Octavo; VG; Green and white spine with black lettering; Minor wear to wraps, some bumping to the corners, crease on rear; Binding sturdy, light toning; No. 7 of Olympia Press's Traveller's Companion series. Original "Special Volume" and "Francs: 1500" on lower rear; 353 pages. WD consignment. Shelved in Room… Read more about this item
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Dublin: The Lilliput Press.. Fine in Fine dust jacket. 2015. First Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. 184351642X . First trade edition. SIGNED by J. P. Donleavy on half-title page. Fine in very close to fine dust jacket. (Tiny scratch on front panel of jacket. ) Slated to be produced as a film by actor Johnny Depp. (GC) ; 8vo… Read more about this item
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1958
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New York: McDowell Obolensky, 1958. Book. Very Good+. Hardcover. First Printing.. Stated First Printing of the Revised (First U.S.) Edition in unclipped original dust jacket. Clean black cloth boards with blind-stamped decoration on cover, bright gold lettering on spine. No bumping or fraying. Binding is tight and square, hinges are sound - no cracking. Clean gray endpapers - no names,… Read more about this item
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by DONLEAVY, J.P.

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New York: Random, 1961. Hardcover. Near Fine/Near Fine. With an introduction "What They Did in Dublin" by the author. Fine in price-clipped, else fine dustwrapper. A play adapted by the author from his own novel. Laid in is a postcard addressed to actress Marian Seldes from "Emmie": "I do want tonight to acknowledge you the star you are."… Read more about this item
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New York: McDowell Obolensky, 1958. Revised Edition. First Printing. Bookplate signed by the author is loosely laid-in. Octavo (21cm); black cloth covered boards titled in gilt on the spine; red topstain; dustjacket by Alfred Manso; 327pp.; mild sunning to the edges of endpapers; topstain slightly faded near spine; spine ends gently nudged; about Near Fine. The red dustjacket is… Read more about this item
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Paris: The Olympia Press, 1955. First edition, first issue with the words, Special Volume, Francs: 1.500 to the rear panel. Small octavo, original green wrappers as issued. Boldly signed by J.P. Donleavy on the front free endpaper. In near fine condition. Introduction by Arland Ussher. A nice example. The New York Times said "[t]here are a few novelists who… Read more about this item
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1956
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London: Neville Spearman, 1956. Authors first book was published in Paris in 1955. Regarded as a comic masterpiece, upon its publication, it was banned both in Ireland and the United States for obscenity. 1st UK and first hardcover edition, expurgated by Donleavy to meet British censorship standards. Differs from later printings by having a blank, white back on the dust… Read more about this item
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New York: McDowell, Obelensky, 1958. Rare uncorrected proof of the first American edition of the author's first book. Octavo, original wrappers. In near fine condition. Housed in a custom half morocco and chemise clamshell box. The New York Times said, "There are a few novelists who are writing out of a sense of what the contemporary world is all… Read more about this item
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Paris: The Olympia Press,, [1955]. First edition, first impression, of Donleavy's first novel, a debauched comedy following the misadventures of Sebastian Dangerfield. Octavo. Original green and white wrappers, spine and front wrapper lettered black. Wrappers rubbed, one tip lightly creased, short closed tear to foot of spine, internally fine. An excellent copy.
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New York: McDowell, Obelensky, 1958. First American edition of the author's first book. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by the author on the half-title page, "J.P. Donleavy Washington D.C. March 1994." Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Alfred Manso. A bright example. The New York Times said, "There are a few novelists who are writing out… Read more about this item
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The Ginger Man

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Contents appear as new, unread & unblemished in light green cloth covered, embossed, boards displaying no significant surface/edge/wear. First published in Paris in 1955 and originally banned in America, J. P. Donleavy's first novel is now recognized the world over as a masterpiece and a modern classic of the highest order. Set in Ireland just after World War II, The Ginger… Read more about this item
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Paris: Olympia Press, 1955. The true First Edition of Donleavy's classic novel (although J.P. would dispute that). Bawdy, but far from pornagraphic, its publication in the (in)famous Traveler's Companion series led to some 40 years of litigation. Ultimately Donleavy won, and actually wound up owning the Olympia Press. This copy is Very Good Plus to Near Fine. The green wrappers… Read more about this item
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New York: Seymour Lawrence, 1965. First Edition . FIrst complete and unexpurgated USA Edition. Near Fine book with light edgewear and foxing in a near fine Dust Jacket with slight edge wear. Jacket price $5.75 intact. Signed and dated "Austin Texas 1976" on the half title page , by the author. The Ginger Man was originally published… Read more about this item
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Paris: The Olympia Press, 1955. Iconic green printed wrappers, with some rubbing and minor creasing to spine, else near fine. Housed in custom cloth clamshell case with leather lettering piece to spine.. First Edition. Duodecimo. First issue of J. P. Donleavy's controversial expat novel, retrospectively described by the author as "celebratory, boisterous and resolutely careless mayhem." With "Special… Read more about this item
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