Counter Clock World

DICK, Philip K. Counter Clock World.

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DICK, Philip K Counter Clock World. White Lion Publishers, London, 1977.

8vo. Original maroon cloth, gilt title to spine, with illustrated dust wrapper in yellow and blue; pp.160; an ex-library copy with deaccession stamps/ink marks to the front endpapers, two residual tape marks to the cloth binding, some minor edge wear, jacket retains bright colours, a sound copy with minimal foxing.
First hardback edition of Philip K Dick's bizarre science fiction novel in which the dead begin to return to life, slowly ageing backwards until they retreat back into the womb and vanish. The whole time-reversal plot hook results in some rather fascinating, if visceral, theories about the backwards excretion process. There's an overarching plot structure about a dead religious leader coming back to life, but according to one Goodreads reviewer, this gets lost in the 'laser battles in the library'. Make of that what you will. The novel was expanded from the short story called Your Appointment Will Be Yesterday published in the August 1966 edition of Amazing Stories. This is the first time the book appeared in hardback form, and is the first edition published in the UK.