The Malayan Trilogy – Time for a Tiger, The Enemy in the Blanket, Beds in the East - Anthony Burgess 1956 - Heinemann, London Melbourne Toronto - First Editions ‘East? They wouldn’t know the bloody East if they saw it. Not if you was to hand it to them on a plate would they know it was the East. That’s where the East is, there.’

A bright, handsome set of Anthony Burgess’ Malayan Trilogy, set in post-war Malaya during the upheaval of independence, and based on Burgess’ own experiences as an officer in the Colonial Service. Sweetly satirising the twilight days of colonialism, the novels follow Victor Crabbe, a well-meaning but ineffectual Englishman, as he ventures through the tropics, attempting to teach the Malays what the West can do for them.
  Anthony Burgess (1917-1993) was an English writer and composer, and became a significant figure in English literature in the latter half of the twentieth century. Predominantly a comic writer, Burgess is best remembered for his dystopian satire A Clockwork Orange, which was adapted into a controversial film in 1971, directed by Stanley Kubrick. Burgess was also a versatile linguist, and musical composer, composing more than 250 musical works during his lifetime.

Random House, web. W.W. Norton, web. David, Anthony Burgess: A Checklist 1973. Lewis, Anthony Burgess 2002.

Provenance: Robert Alderson of Ilfracombe, with his signature dated 1956 to front free endpaper of ‘
Time for a Tiger’.

Octavo volumes (19 x 13 cm); (20 x 14 cm). pp. [8] 214 [2]; [6] 221 [1]; [6] 237 [1]. In publisher’s blue cloths, spines lettered in gilt, spine of ‘The Enemy in a Blanket’ lettered in silver. Dust jackets priced to lower corner of front flaps 13s 6d NET; 15s NET ; 15s NET.
  Condition: Near fine, head and tail of spine of Time for a Tiger slightly sun-toned, light foxing to rear endpapers of Enemy in the Blanket in near fine dust jackets, light wear to spine ends and corners, faint soiling to panels   Ref: 108649   Price: HK$ 16,000