FOWLES, John. The French Lieutenant's Woman. London: Jonathan Cape, 1969.
8vo. Original black publisher's boards, lettered in gilt to spine; upper edge stained purple, with elaborate pictorial endpapers by Tom Adams; in the original unclipped dust jacket (35s net); pp. 445, [iii]; a near-fine copy, with light marks and the odd scratch to the text block edges; jacket very good, slightly rubbed to edges and particularly along spine, with some light toning to internal flaps and very faint spots to lower panel; a very nice copy.
First edition of Fowles' third novel, a postmodern historical fiction set in 'an immaculate recreation of Victorian England'. In 1981, the novel was adapted as a film of the same name with script by Harold Pinter and starring Meryl Streep and Jeremy Irons. The film received considerable critical acclaim winning several BAFTAs and Golden Globes.