Titus Groan – Mervyn Peake 1946 | 1st Edition


  • Author: Mervyn Peake
  • Publisher: Reynal & Hitchcock, NY, 1946
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Condition: Very Good
  • Size: 8vo
  • Attributes: Dust Jacket

First US edition, first printing. First book of the Gormenghast series. Binding tight, spine sunned, board toned at edges w/ light finger smudges, internally fine, unmarked. DJ frayed at spine ends, tape repair on verso of the head of the spine, rear panel rubbed. Overall a VG copy in a VG DJ.

Titus Groan is a novel by Mervyn Peake. It is the first novel in the Gormenghast series.

As the novel opens, Titus, heir to Lord Sepulchrave, has just been born. He stands to inherit the miles of rambling stone and mortar that form Gormenghast Castle. Meanwhile, far away and in the kitchen, a servant named Steerpike escapes his drudgework and begins an auspicious ascent to power.Inside of Gormenghast, all events are predetermined by complex rituals, the origins of which are lost in time. The castle is peopled by dark characters in half-lit corridors. Dreamlike and macabre, Mervyn Peake’s extraordinary novel is one of the most astonishing and fantastic works in modern fiction.

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