Gravity's Rainbow - Thomas Pynchon 1973 - The Viking Press, New York - First Edition, in First Issue Dust Jacket A bright copy of this ‘tour de force in 20th century literature. In exploring the dilemmas of human beings in the modern world, the story, which is set in an area of post-World War II Germany called ‘the Zone,’ centres on the wanderings of an American soldier who is one of many odd characters looking for a secret V-2 rocket that will supposedly break through the Earth's gravitational barrier when launched. The narrative is filled with descriptions of obsessive and paranoid fantasies, ridiculous and grotesque imagery, and esoteric mathematical and scientific language. For his efforts Pynchon received the National Book Award, and many critics deemed Gravity's Rainbow a visionary, apocalyptic masterpiece’. – Augustyn, American Literature from 1945 Through Today

In fine dust jacket, without signs of fading to the spine of which it is commonly afflicted.
  Thomas Ruggles Pynchon, Jr. (born May 8, 1937) is an American novelist. For his most praised novel, Gravity's Rainbow, Pynchon received the National Book Award, and is regularly cited as a contender for the Nobel Prize for Literature. Pynchon is a MacArthur Fellow noted for his dense and complex novels, and both his fiction and non-fiction writings encompass a vast array of subject matter, styles and themes, including (but not limited to) the fields of history, science, and mathematics.

Hailing from Long Island, Pynchon spent two years in the United States Navy and earned an English degree from Cornell University. After publishing several short stories in the late 1950s and early 1960s, he began composing the novels for which he is best known: V. (1963),
The Crying of Lot 49 (1966), Gravity's Rainbow (1973), and Mason & Dixon (1997). Pynchon is also known for being reclusive; very few photographs of him have ever been published, and rumours about his location and identity have been circulated since the 1960s.

One of 4000 copies, in first edition, first issue dust jacket with publisher's date code’ 0273’ and price of $15.00 to front flap, and ISBN number in white to rear panel (Mead A3a. later issues the ISBN number was changed to black), be careful of the book club edition, which has no price or ‘0273’ code to front flap of dust jacket, and the book has a small blind stamped maple leaf to lower right hand corner of rear panel (Mead A3c).

Reference: Ted Gioia,
Postmodern Mystery. Mead A3a.
pp. [6] 760 [2]. In publisher’s salmon cloth, titled in darker orange to spine, and blind stamped with rainbow to front board, top edge stained orange. Dust jacket priced $15.00 to upper corner of front flap, and with faint 3cm line to left of the title on front panel (sometimes referred to as a fault, but found on all copies).
  Condition: Very good, foxing to foredge, owner’s blind stamp to half title, in fine dust jacket.   Ref: 107633   Price: HK$ 12,000