Lucky Jim, Kingsley Amis
First edition, first printing of Amis' first and best-known novel, with a signed slip and handwritten letter from Amis laid in. In the unclipped first state jacket with "12/6 net" to front flap, also accompanied by a later state jacket to support the rather worn original jacket, which helps it to look much more presentable.
London: Victor Gollancz, 1953. Original green cloth boards, gilt littering on spine. Spine lettering faded, minor shelfwear to boards with spine tips pushed, light discoloration or soil along the edge of the front board which does not affect the verso or text block, foxing to edges of text block and the first few pages, owner's name to flyleaf else clean. The first state jacket is split along the spine and back panel joint with loss to the lower portion of spine, chipping to top of spine and extremities, spine toned, soiling to top corner of front panel. The later state jacket is in better condition with light shelfwear and rubbing, some toning and tape reinforcements. Together, the jackets present well in archival mylar.