Monday, July 11, 2011

Thomas Pynchon, The Crying of Lot 49 (first edition, first printing)

One of my favorite things about collecting books is cultivating a list of seemingly unattainable dream items. By placing certain items in one's mind but just out of one's reach forces a person to consider the piece's true value with a different sort of eye. Just as my interest in certain books wanes over time, there are books that have maintained a consistent rank over the past decade or so. Upon reflection, those books are not only valuable collector's items, but they've turned into something new: they represent personal growth and personal goals, and suddenly mean a lot more than you ever expected them to. This may be an overly material way of thinking about things, but... maybe you understand where I'm coming from.

Finally obtaining one of these is a strange feeling--I confess I discovered The Crying of Lot 49 in middle school through the band Radiohead, of all places. Their mail-order site for t-shirts and posters was named after W.A.S.T.E., Lot 49's underground postal service. I proceeded to read the book far too early to comprehend what was really going on, but have revisited it every couple of years and now rank it among my favorite novels (I'll save my analysis of the novel for a later date).

This is a first edition, first printing, features an un-price-clipped jacket and no library markings of any sort. I picked this up a few months ago on eBay, bidding in the final minutes on my fiance's blackberry outside of the grocery store.

Here are the endpapers:

and the publisher's details:

Currently reading:
Sea of Poppies, by Amitav Ghosh
The Sandman: A Game of You, by Neil Gaiman

Currently listening to:
Underworld, "Riverrun: Pizza for Eggs"

1 comment:

  1. Ah! I'm jealous! This is also one of my favorite books!