London, Secker & Warburg, 1999 (fourth impression)/ 1999.
Octavo, [iv], 220 pages.
A unique copy in a one-off designer binding by Lester Capon: dark green morocco with a wide irregular band of matching calf inlaid with thin strips of leather of uneven length and in ten different colours, with the single-word title the only lettering (in gilt across the spine); all edges dyed green; a very fine copy in the original felt-lined box, with the author and title in gilt on the spine.
'Each of the shortlisted authors receives ... a specially bound edition of their book' (from the Man Booker Prize website). This novel was awarded the 1999 Booker Prize; this copy has mounted on the pastedown a paper label with the printed heading 'the booker prize 1999', completed in red and black in a calligraphic hand: 'Finalist / bound by Lester Capon, Fellow of Designer Bookbinders'. The title page is signed by the author, the first person to win the Booker Prize twice, in 1983 and again with this work in 1999, 'when he described the Booker as the ultimate prize to win in the English speaking world' (MBP website).