RUSHDIE, Salman. Grimus. London: Victor Gollancz, 1975.
8vo, purple cloth with lettering in gilt to spine; unclipped dust jacket; pp. 318, [ii]; a near-fine copy, with just some light toning to the text block, offsetting to end papers, and the odd spot; jacket with some small creases and some loss to the blue colour from head and foot of spine; price on inside flap crossed out in pink pen and replaced with '50p'; nonetheless retaining the dark blue to spine, which is uncommon.
First edition of the author's first novel. This copy is signed by Rushdie to the title-page.
Based on a 12th century Sufi poem, Rushdie's literary debut was not particularly well received upon its initial publication, but the payment received for the novel allowed him to travel to India for several months, where he undertook the necessary research for his second more famous book, Midnight's Children. Like most of his other novels, Grimus explores the themes of Magic Realism, alongside immortality, and both Christian and Norse mythologies. The work was originally classed as a work of Science Fiction, and was intended for the Sci-fi Book of the Year award, but this prize was refused by the publishers, who did not want the book to be classified as such for marketing reasons.