KING RAT. Dedication Copy.Boston: Little Brown & Company, 1962.
1st Edition. The Dedication Copy. 8vo., 406pp. A very attractive near fine copy in dustwrapper showing light use. True First Edition [preceding the British] of the author's powerful debut work; a semi-fictional account of his incarceration at Changi, the notorious Japanese prison camp in Singapore. Clavell's full page presentation on the front free endpaper is telling: "Mother / I'll bet there were / many times when we / both figured that this / particular story would / never be told - / with love / from me / Nov '62". Clavell & his family had moved from the UK to Hollywood in 1953. In November of 1962 shortly after the publication of King Rat, they visited England on holiday where this copy, likely one of Clavell's personal copies & one of the earliest off of the press was presented to his Mother. 7500 copies were printed of what was the first in his "Asian Saga", six extraordinarily successful novels published over a period spanning some 30 years: King Rat, 1962 - Tai-Pan, 1966 - Shogun, 1975 - Noble House, 1981 - Whirlwind, 1986 & Gai-Jin, 1993.
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