Hard Cover. New York: The Viking Press, 1973. First Edition. Fine / Dust Jacket Included.
First edition, first printing. Front board with arch decoration tooled in blind; pictorial dust jacket. A fine copy in an unclipped dust jacket, with only the slightest trace of wear to the corner of the upper spine and at the lower flaps. Overall a very attractive, superb copy without any of the usual spine fading. After establishing himself as a great American writer in the early 1960's, Thomas Pynchon waited seven years after his second novel to publish Gravity's Rainbow, which was received with much anticipation. A dense and complex work, Gravity's Rainbow is set in Europe in the later years of World War II and utilizes many of the same characters and themes of his first novel, V. Pynchon explores the romantic and pragmatic aspects of paranoia and death in a depressing yet brilliant work of literature. It won the National Book Award, but was dismissed by the Pulitzer Prize committee due to vulgar subject matter.