London: William Heinemann Ltd., 1962. First Edition. Superior copy of the author's best-known work, a violent dystopia, and basis for Stanley Kubrick's highly-regarded 1971 film of the same name. The idea for Burgess's novel, sadly, was inspired by real-life events: his wife Llewela was violently assaulted by several G.I.'s during the wartime blackout in London; the assault induced a miscarriage, psychological trauma, and resulted in her being unable to bear children. Nauseated by the content of his tale, he wrote it with the help of gin and dexedrine. Burgess's agent ended up selling the rights to Clockwork to a lawyer named Si Litvinoff for the ridiculous sum of $500.00; Litvinoff then sold them to Kubrick and Warner Brothers for $500,000.00, and the film ended up turning Kubrick into a multi-millionaire overnight. One of the most innovative and enduring works of the latter half of the 20th century. Boytinck 75; Brewer A04. Item #4609
First Impression. Octavo (20.5cm); black cloth, with titles stamped in gilt on spine; dustjacket; [x],196,pp. Upper left corner of crown gently nudged, some faint, scattered foxing to front endpaper, else clean throughout; very Near Fine. In the first state dustjacket with longer flaps, price-clipped, with some corresponding faint foxing to front flap, and some minute abrading to four of the white letters on the spine; very Near Fine, unfaded, and virtually without wear.