Lanark signed by Alasdair Gray 1st 1985
Re-issue and one of only 1000 signed and numbered copies published by Canongate in 1985. The first print was published in 1981. Signed by the author to the front free end paper. This being 990. Original black cloth with gilt lettering to spine and boards, with scarlet endpapers. A near fine copy, tight, sharp and square, minimal bumping to the head of the spine and top corners. The dustwrapper (designed and illustrated by the author), has fading to the spine. Not price-clipped and correctly priced £15 to the front flap. A very nice copy. Signed in black ink to the front free endpaper. Overall a near fine copy.
Lanark, subtitled A Life in Four Books was written over a period of almost thirty years, it combines realist and dystopian surrealist depictions of the author's home city of Glasgow.
Its publication in 1981 prompted Anthony Burgess to call Gray "the best Scottish novelist since Walter Scott". Lanark won the inaugural Saltire Society Book of the Year award in 1982, and was also named Scottish Arts Council Book of the Year. The book, still his best known, has since become a cult classic. In 2008, The Guardian heralded Lanark as "one of the landmarks of 20th-century fiction".