Anthony Burgess – The Worm and the Ring – First UK Edition – 1961 – Heinemann
A first edition, first printing published by Heinemann in 1961. A fine book without inscriptions (hint of spotting to the page edges), in a fine unclipped wrapper. A simply superb copy. The novel was withdrawn from circulation following a libel action by Gwendoline Bustin, the secretary of Banbury Grammar School where Burgess taught in the early fifties. Several characters were recognisable as figures from the school, but only Miss Burstin, later Lady Mayoress of Banbury, objected. Heinemann agreed to amend all unsold copies of the book but actually sought to pulp them.