London: John Lehmann, 1948. First Edition. Hardcover. First Impression ("First published in 1948") of "this quiet masterpiece." (Burgess). Crown 8vo: 256pp. Publisher's navy blue cloth, spine lettered in gold; superb pictorial dust jacket, priced 9s/6d, illustrated by Edward Bawden. About Fine (top edge lightly dust-soiled, spine lettering slightly dulled); in Near Fine or better jacket (flap folds rubbed, several short closed tears mended on verso, but front panel vibrant). Cronin & Hall 9. Burgess 99. Fine- / Near Fine+. Item #BB0243
"The bigger novels—Herzog, Henderson the Rain King, Augie March—are brilliant but a little shrill in comparison with this quiet masterpiece." (Burgess) Baumbach calls it an "exemplary nightmare novel in the Jamesian tradition of the well-made novel." (The Landscape of Nightmare: Studies in the Contemporary American Novel) Yet another example of the value to be found in the graphically superior designs of most UK editions of American authors's works. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed.