Priest, ChristopherThe PrestigeHard Cover. London: Touchstone, 1995. 1st Edition. Fine / Dust Jacket Included.First edition, first printing. Signed by the author in blue ink on the title page. Publisher's black cloth, lettered in gilt; in the original pictorial dust jacket, lettered in white. Fine; in a fine unclipped dust jacket. An excellent copy. The Prestige is an epistolary novel told through the fictional diary entries of the renowned magicians Rupert Angier and Alfred Borden, interspersed with descriptions of their grandchildren, who read the entries in the novel's present day. The plot tells of the intense competition between Borden and Angier, each constantly attempting to build a new, better act to outshine the other; fueling both men's obsession is their mutual fascination with "the prestige," or the precise moment in which a trick is effected. Both magicians resort to somewhat unscrupulous means to best the other, which leads to the ultimate downfall of Angier. The Prestige was adapted into a film in 2006 starring Christian Bale, Hugh Jackman, Scarlett Johansson, Michael Caine, and David Bowie.
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