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Victor Gollancz, London
1962 1st Edition

Signed and inscribed by the author

Hardcover, 19x13cms, 253pp.

This appears to be the Victor Gollancz first edition rather than the New Zealand edition published by Paul's Book Arcade. It is the second novel by British-born New Zealand author Michael Kennedy Joseph, written about life in an Auckland university in the early 1960s. It was formerly owned by a professor at the University of Auckland.

In part it is a study of lead character James Rankin, a cold-blooded careerist scholar on his way up and out of NZ into the well-paid world of international learning. At this University, the distaste of some for Jews and of others for Catholics influences the judgement of teachers more than reason or principle, and the smell of McCarthyism is still strong - this age is ripe for a manipulator like Rankin. The vivid background of academic life includes highly realistic conversations and prejudices, and includes an excellent description of the student production of Antony and Cleopatra.

VG book inside an unclipped Fair to Fair+ wrapper. The wrapper is edgeworn with chipping and small chunks missing at spine and corners, rubbing at edges, small tears. The red cloth boards are faded slightly at bottom edge and each end of the spine. Gilt title text remains bright. Some bumping including a small knock at top of the front board. Bookseller's stamp on pastedown and former owner's name on FEP. Lightly foxed endpages. A little dog-earring of a minor nature.

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