ALMOND, David (author). Skellig.

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ALMOND, David (author). Skellig. London; Hodder Signature, a division of Hodder Headline plc. 1999.

8vo. Publisher's dark blue linson boards lettered in silver to spine, in pictorial dustwrapper; pp. [vi] + 170; externally fine, internally near fine with a short (36mm) upper forecorner crease to lower free endpaper, in a very nearly fine dustwrapper with tiny rubbing to bottom forecorner tip of upper panel and a short and unobtrusive horizontal wrinkle (6mm) to the same, probably a fault in production.
First hardback edition, first printing, with complete publisher's code; published in paperback the previous year. This copy inscribed and signed, in ink, to the title-page by the author, "to Lesley, Great to meet you in Cambridge! David Almond".
A modern classic and a strange and hypnotic modern fable which coalesces reality and fantasy in the mind of a child. Michael, whose parents are preoccupied with a recent house move and the serious health condition of his baby sister, ventures down into their crumbling garage where he discovers a peculiar figure, part spirit part human, beneath the spiders' webs and dead flies.