London: Jonathan Cape, 1963. First Edition. Hardcover. First Impression of the author's important first novel. 8vo: 283 pp. Publisher's rust-colored cloth with matching top stain, spine stamped in gold; price-clipped first issue dust jacket (without reviews) illustrated by Tom Adams. A Fine, bright example, probably unread, with crimp to head of spine; about Fine jacket (light dust-soiling to back panel). Fine / Fine-. Item #BB0283
A psychological thriller (and instant bestseller) about a repressed council clerk and butterfly collector, Edward Clegg, who kidnaps an art student, the talented, beautiful Miranda Grey. (The William Wyler film starred Terence Stamp and Samantha Eggar.) Almost the entire novel is set in the claustrophobic confines of the cellar where Clegg keeps Miranda until she eventually dies of pneumonia. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).