New York: Harper & Brothers, 1959. First Edition. The author's first novel and best-known work, chronicling the rise and fall of a young pool shark named Edward "Fast Eddie" Felson. Basis for Robert Rossen's Oscar-winning 1961 adaptation starring Paul Newman, Jackie Gleason, Piper Laurie, and George C. Scott. Item #2246
First Printing. Octavo (21cm); brown paper and red cloth-covered boards, with titling and decorations stamped in gilt and black on spine and front cover; dustjacket; , 214, pp. Hint of sunning to upper board edges, else a tight, Fine copy. Dustjacket is unclipped (priced $3.50), with some minor rubbing and a few foxed spots along joints and flap folds; a notably bright copy - still quite white, and without the typical yellowing endemic to this title; Near Fine.