Iain Sinclair - White Chappell Scarlet Tracings, 1987

Iain Sinclair - White Chappell Scarlet Tracings
Iain Sinclair - White Chappell Scarlet Tracings
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    Iain Sinclair
    Welsh , 1943
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    Iain Sinclair was born in 1943 in Cardiff, and studied at Trinity College, Dublin, the Courtauld Institute of Art, and the London School of Film Technique. His early work was poetry, published by his own Albion Village Press, and including the collections Lud Heat: A Book of the Dead Hamlets (1975) and Suicide Bridge: A Mythology of the South and East (1979).

    He was connected to the British avantgarde poetry scene in the 1960s and 70s involving J. H. Prynne, Douglas Oliver and Brian Catling. He also edited the 1996 poetry anthology, Conductors of Chaos. Much of Sinclair’s work has revolved around ideas of psychogeography, particularly that surrounding London.

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    A novel bringing together an impressively predatory and seedy group of antiquarian book-dealers and an investigation of the 19th-century Jack the Ripper murders. The London East End and bare East Anglian locations generate a bizarre and realistic atmosphere for the rush of events - dark Dickensian alleys and occult churches, hospitals of victims and crazed doctors, panicking aristocrats in their backstreet sexual encounters, and the isolation of grim marshlands and ruined boats. The double detective plot fuses a hunt for rare books with an obsessive plunge into the Ripper labyrinths opened up by the Sickert family and others. Past and present ferment in an atmosphere of hallucinatory and actual fears in an extending underground.

    This novel became sole runner-up in the Guardian Fiction Prize. Previously known as a poet, White Chappell, Scarlet Tracings was Sinclair's first novel. As the author himself notes in the book's acknowledgements, it may be regarded as closing a trilogy begun with the poetic works, Lud Heat (1975) and Suicide Bridge (1979), while also opening a trilogy of novels concluding with Downriver (1991) and Radon Daughters

    Frontispiece by Rigby Graham, dust jacket after a painting by John Bellany. First edition. 8vo., original black cloth, dust jacket. Beautifully designed by Martino Mardersteig and printed, old-fashioned letterpress, in Verona.

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    • DATE OF WORK 1987
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    Iain Sinclair - White Chappell Scarlet Tracings
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