New York: Rinehart, . First Printing. Hardcover. First American Edition (preceding the English edition) of the author's first novel, the opening installment of the Salterton Trilogy (followed by Leaven of Malice and A Mixture of Frailtie). 8vo (135 x 207mm): ,307,pp. Publisher's green cloth-effect paper-covered boards, spine stamped in red and yellow, fore- and bottom edges rough-cut; pink and green dust jacket illustrated by Edwin Schmidt and printed in black. A tight, crisp, clean copy; about Fine dust jacket (very mild edge wear). Fine / Fine-. Item #BB2056
First book of the Salterton Trilogy, "written while Davies was deeply immersed in his report on the lamentable status of Canadian theatre for the Massey- Lévesque Commission, and while he was writing his deeply satirical Marchbanks columns [in which Davies vented his frustrations about the puritanism of Canadians and Canadian culture]. Indeed, the novels that make up the Salterton Trilogy are markedly different from the rest of Davies’s novels because of their use of social satire to expose the artistic limitations and cultural immaturity of small-town Canada." (Literary Encyclopedia) 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.).