London: Faber and Faber, 1962. Pentagram (book design). Educational Edition. Sixth Printing. Paperback. Rare. Used - Good. Toned and foxed. Clean, unmarked, and tight copy. Original card stock wraps are well preserved but have some foxing. 12 x 18.5 cm. 264 pp. Item #9891
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It is always a cause for celebration whenever we acquire a book with a cover designed by Pentragram, the legendary design firm. Here’s one for Lord of the Flies, featuring the famous spectacles worn by Piggy.
“His specs -- use them as burning glasses!”
Piggy was surrounded before he could back away.
“Here -- Let me go!” His voice rose to a shriek of terror as Jack snatched the glasses off his face. “Mind out! Give ‘em back! I can hardly see! You’ll break the conch!”
Ralph elbowed him to one side and knelt by the pile.
“Stand out of the light.”
There was pushing and pulling and officious cries. Ralph moved the lenses back and forth, this way and that, till a glossy white image of the declining sun lay on a piece of rotten wood. Almost at once a thin trickle of smoke rose up and made him cough. Jack knelt too and blew gently, so that the smoke drifted away, thickening, and a tiny flame appeared. The flame, nearly invisible at first in that bright colour and reached up to a branch which exploded with a sharp crack. The flame flapped higher and the boys broke into a cheer.
“My specs!” howled Piggy. “Give me my specs!”
Ralph stood away from the pile and put the glasses into Piggy’s groping hands. His voice subsided to a mutter.
“Jus’ blurs, that’s all. Hardly see my hand ---”
The boys were dancing. The pile was so rotten, and now so tinder-dry, that whole limbs yielded passionately to the yellow flames that poured upwards and shook a great beard of flame twenty feet in the air. For yards round the fire the heat was like a blow, and the breeze was a river of sparks. Trunks cumbled to white dust.