CAMP CONCENTRATION. London: Rupert Hart-Davis, 1968. Octavo, boards. First edition. A presentation copy with signed inscription by Disch to "David H." (David G. Hartwell) on the front free endpaper. In a near future American authoritarian dystopia "the hero, a poet, is inducted into a secret military experiment to maximize soldiers' intelligence. Infected with a syphilis-type bug he becomes a genius as his body begins to fall apart. There is a clever solution to his predicament. Erudite and witty, this is a very impressive modern recension of the Faust legend." - Pringle, The Ultimate Guide to Science Fiction, second series, p. 57. "A key work of avant-garde SF ..." - Anatomy of Wonder (2004) II-343. Clarke, Tale of the Future (1978), p. 162. Pringle, Science Fiction: The 100 Best Novels 56. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, p. 309. Survey of Science Fiction Literature I, pp. 277-82. Three corner tips just a trifle soft, a nearly fine copy in nearly fine dust jacket with mild matching bruises. An attractive, superior example of the jacket with none of the usual fading to spine panel of the jacket. A nice association copy of a major sixties novel. (#157345).
"First published 1968" on copyright page.