The Jonah UK First Edition


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James Herbert. The Jonah. New English Library 1981. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good / Very Good. This a first printing of the UK first edition as indicated by the "First published in Great Britain by New English Library, Barnard's Inn, Holborn, London EC1N 2JR in 1981" statement with no subsequent printings mentioned. For the most part the white boards are clean and white though the tail of the spine and the upper edges are a little discoloured/ soiled. The gold blocking to the spine is very nice and bright. The book itself appears to have been carefully read but stands square and the binding is still quite tight. The upper edge of the text block is somewhat soiled, fore-edge shows a touch of light foxing, lower edge similar but less so. The pages themselves are very clean and white. NEL used good quality paper for this one - it feels very weighty in hand. There is a partially erased previous owners pencilled price to the FEP - this could probably be erased completely but I don't like to. The DJ isn't too shabby at all. Only a touch of very light edge wear / rubbing and some very minor soiling. The foil blocking on the front panel is only lightly rubbed (it is really prone to damage unless protected) which is a bonus though the lettering on the spine is quite heavily rubbed. The spine and upper edges are somewhat discoloured as is often the case with this title. The £6.50 price is intact on the front flap. Overall then a very decent copy of an elusive first edition. Not a minter by any stretch but by no means the worst copy you could have on your shelf and one of Herbert's rarer titles.