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Cover for a Brazilian edition of William Gibson's 'Neuromancer' depicting the Molly Millions character.

The excellent AbeBooks website here offers a splendid tribute to the life and publishing of the late Victor Gollancz; also presents a gallery of the heart-stirring yellow/typographical covers of some of Gollancz’s finest titles; and even directs you as to how you might purchase rare copies of same, albeit at some of the finest prices going… But then such is the value of fine writing and wise publishing.
You can select your own favourite from the clickable links at AbeBooks: I admit I found myself slightly startled on seeing – amid the array of Le Carre and Ballard and Du Maurier and Dorothy Sayers – also William Gibson’s Neuromancer , a work that in my youth was thought the epitome of hypermodernity i.e. a long way from a museum exhibit. But then Gollancz was always a great name in science-fiction on top of everything else. I was further intrigued, on clicking through, to find that while the yellow-jacketed Gollancz first edition of Neuromancer is certainly offered at a collector’s price, the real prize Abe puts forth to the aficianado is a copy of the corrected typescript from which the first edition was made.
Guilty Men, the anti-appeasement polemic penned by Michael Foot under the characteristic nom de plume ‘Cato’, is also for sale in a collector’s edition, though I’m happy to say we also offer it here at Faber Finds in a very reasonably-priced softcover.
Abe also notes that the leading biography of Gollancz is by Ruth Dudley Edwards. And I’m pleased to announce that Faber Finds will be reissuing said tome later this year.


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