New York: D. Appleton-Century Company, Inc., 1947. First Edition. The Philadelphia author's third novel, a bizarre paean and cathartic payback to his estranged wife, Elaine Astor. The novel tells the story of Clara Ervin, a manipulative, calculating, and cold-blooded woman who systematically emasculates and ruins her husband, as well as several other men, before meeting a violent death. Hubin, p.168. Item #4355
First Printing. Octavo (20cm); light gray cloth, with titles stamped in black on spine and front cover; dustjacket; [vi],281,pp. Touch of dust-soil and faint foxing to upper edge of textblock, else very Near Fine. Dustjacket is unclipped (priced $2.75), lightly edgeworn, with mild dust-soil to upper flap edges and upper rear panel, a few small nicks, and several tears with attendant creases; Very Good+, with the spine notably unfaded.