18 July, 2015

The Prague Orgy

BY Philip Roth
Book Information1/1/0/UK/JC/1985/?  •  226x145x20  •  259 

"The Prague Orgy" is the fourth of nine "Nathan Zuckerman" novels and the epilogue of the 4-book "Zuckerman Bound" series, which Harold Bloom said "merits something reasonably close to the highest level of esthetic praise for tragicomedy". This book was published in 1985 by Jonathan Cape, a UK publisher, which is curious.



Unlike the first thee books in "Zuckerman Bound", there is no Franklin edition for this title. The dust jacket for this book is not clipped and shows 5.95 pound sterling at the lower right corner of the front flap instead of the top right corner typical of US editions. The book is bound in grey/green board with gilt lettering but lacks the embossed "PR" in the first three titles, and has no topstain. The copyright page should read "First published in Great Britain, 1985". 

This book is not particularly rare but is comparatively more expensive than its predecessor, and a VG copy can be purchased from eBay or Abebooks at around $100. This is a NF copy with a VG+ dust jacket due to sunned spine, and a VG+ book whose only flaw is the foxing along the front edge but is otherwise clean internally.














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