The Adventures of Augie March - Saul Bellow 1953 - The Viking Press, New York - First edition, first issue. ‘I am an American, Chicago born – Chicago, that sombre city – and go at things as I have taught myself, free-style, and will make the record in my own way: first to knock, first admitted.’

Saul Bellow’s masterful novel – heralded as a classic of modern American literature – tells the story of the eponymous Augie March, a poor Chicago boy growing up during the Great Depression, whose numberless occupations and diverting encounters offer startling extremes of vivid realism and bravura philosophising.

The Adventures of Augie March is the Great American Novel. Search no further.’ – Martin Amis.
  Winner of the National Book Award, 1954. Named by Time magazine as one of the best 100 novels in the English language published since 1923.

Saul Bellow (1915-2005) was a Canadian-born American writer, whose work represents a rich blend of picaresque novel and nuanced analysis of culture. While Jewish identity is also a major theme in Bellow’s work, he remained reluctant to be labelled as a Jewish writer. He was a three-time winner of the National Book Award, a recipient of both the Pulitzer Prize and the Nobel Prize for Literature, and is considered one of the greatest author’s of the 20th century.

First Edition, First Issue with top edge stained light orange and ‘Printed in the U.S.A. by the Vail-Ballou Press, Inc.’ to copyright page, in first edition dust jacket priced $4.50 to front flap, and advertiesment for ‘The Short Novels of John Steinbeck’ to the rear flap, and no other reviews.

References: Davis ‘Augie Just Wouldn’t Settle Down’
New York Times, 1953. Lacayo ‘All-Time 100 Novels’ Time, 2010. Acocella ‘Finding Augie March’ New Yorker, 2003. Malin, Saul Bellow’s Fiction, 1969.

pp. [6] 536 [2]. In publisher’s grey and black pictorial cloth , lettered in orange, light orange tint to top edge, dust jacket priced $4.50 to front flap.
  Condition: Near fine, toning to foredge, partial fading to top edge-stain, in very good jacket, overall toning, light wrinkles to folds, minor wear to spine ends, light fading to spine.   Ref: 107423   Price: HK$ 7,000