SHUTE, Nevil. On The Beach.

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SHUTE, Nevil. On The Beach. Melbourne: Heinemann, 1957.

8vo., variant binding in contemporary orange cloth, ruled and lettered in black to spine, with 'Ex Libris' logo in black to upper cover; first issue dust wrapper designed by John Rowland, unclipped, with '15s' price to inside flap; a very fresh copy, with just a little offsetting to end papers; wrapper has a hint of darkening to the spine and some light nicks to head and foot; lower panel with vertical crease where wrapper has been folded incorrectly; still bright overall.
First edition of this classic post-apocalyptic novel, the basis for the Stanley Kramer film starring Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner, Anthony Perkins, with Fred Astaire appearing in his first dramatic role.