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The Malayan Trilogy, comprising 'Time for a Tiger', 'The Enemy in the Blanket' and 'Beds in the East'.
William Heinemann, London 1956-1959, Hardcover, Book Condition: Very Good, Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good, 1st EditionFirst Editions, first printings of Burgess' first three novels, written "as a sort of gentlemanly hobby, because I knew there wasn't any money in it", when he was serving in Malaya as a teacher and education officer with the British Colonial Service. Individual descriptions as follows: 'Time for a Tiger' (1956). 8vo. 214pp. Blue cloth lettered in gold at spine. Publisher's motif blind-stamped to rear board. A sliver of discolouration to backstrip extremities and a tiny bump to the tip of a single corner. Bookplate to front pastedown. Very good indeed with R.F.Micklewright-designed pictorial dust wrapper, just a little faded at spine panel, and lightly dust marked and nicked at chafed at several edges. 'The Enemy in the Blanket' (1958). 8vo. 221pp. Dark blue cloth lettered and ruled in silver at spine and with publisher's motif blind-stamped to rear board. A small area of discolouration to head of backstrip and a short indentation to upper board. Bookplate to front endpaper. Top edge lightly spotted and dust marked. Binding just a little cocked and pulled, but a lovely bright copy internally, in handsome John Rowland-designed pictorial dust wrapper, predominantly white rear panel a little tanned and dust marked, spine panel lightly toned and chafed at extremities with several tiny slivers of loss. 'Beds in the East' (1959). 8vo. 237pp. Blue cloth, lettered in gold at spine and with publisher's motif blind-stamped to rear board. A light scattering of spotting to top- and fore edge and to one or two preliminary leaves. A very nice, crisp copy in John Rowland-designed pictorial dust wrapper, publisher's red lettering just a little faded at spine panel and with a couple of short closed tears and resulting creases, and a small area of loss to head of spine. Some spotting to wrapper flaps. Really quite a nice example of this uncommon set in handsome non-clipped dust wrappers.
      [Bookseller: Clearwater Books]
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