Hurry on Down signed by John Wain, 1st/1st, 1953
London: Secker & Warburg, (1953).
SIGNED. This is a very good copy. The dust wrapper, designed by Stein, suffers from light separation at the front right-hand corner and at the top and tail of the spine. It has been lightly soiled and discoloured with age. The rear panel is lightly scuffed. It has not been price clipped. The boards are free from chips and marks and the text block is bright and white overall, with areas of light browning present. The author’s signature, inscribed to Charles D. Abbot is in blue ink on the front free endpaper. The inscription simply reads “John Wain 1959 Charles Abbot’s copy”. Overall, this is a very good copy of a highly collectible title with great provenance.
Charles Lumley, a young man is fresh out of university and wondering what to do with the rest of his life. Feeling as though he has been born in captivity, the captivity of his bourgeois upbringing, Charles decides to escape by setting off on a picaresque and hilarious tour of 1950s England. He undergoes a string of comic misadventures as he works various jobs which are illustrated on the front cover.