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IN THE WET by  Nevil (pseudonym of Nevil Shute Norway) Shute - First Edition - 1953 - from L. W. Currey, Inc. (SKU: 139254)


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by Shute, Nevil (pseudonym of Nevil Shute Norway)

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Melbourne, London, Toronto: William Heinemann Ltd, 1953. Octavo, red cloth, spine stamped in gold. First British edition. This UK edition was printed in Great Britain at the Windmill Press, Kingswood, Surrey. "The journal of an Australian outback priest who copies down from a dying man a utopian vision (or memory) of the British Empire circa AD 2000, anticipates a time when Australia has become the leader of the Commonwealth, royalty has survived handsomely, socialism has faded away, and the Empire is secure." - Clute and Nicholls (eds), The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (1993), p. 1104. Anatomy of Wonder (1987) 3-343. Clarke, Tale of the Future (1978), p. 94. Fortunati and Trousson, eds., Dictionary of Literary Utopias, pp. 304-5. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, p. 248. Private owner's embossed stamp on front free endpaper and his neat book stamp on front paste-down (under the jacket flap). A fine copy in nearly fine dust jacket with small, unnecessary internal tape reinforcements at the spine ends and clipped price. (#139254)


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L. W. Currey, Inc. US (US)
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Shute, Nevil (pseudonym of Nevil Shute Norway)
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William Heinemann Ltd
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Melbourne, London, Toronto
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Australian Fiction; Tale of the Future; Utopian Literature

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About L. W. Currey, Inc.

We buy and sell rare, fine and collectible first edition books, magazines, letters and manuscripts in all fields of popular fiction, with an emphasis on science fiction, fantasy and utopian literature from the earliest times to end of the twentieth century. We are open to the public by appointment only.


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