London: Secker & Warburg, 1959. First Edition. Knowles' first book, the story of a friendship between two 16 year old boys at a New England prep school, just before America's involvement in World War 2. Winner of the William Faulkner Award for Best First Novel, and adapted into film by Peter Yates in 2004. We've seen any number of copies signed by Knowles later in life, but copies inscribed lengthily, in a contemporary hand, are uncommon. Item #4900
First Impression. Octavo (19cm); teal cloth, with titles stamped in silver on spine; dustjacket; ,5-237,pp. Inscribed by the author in a contemporary hand to Walter Edward Stait, philanthropist and patron of the arts: "To Walter - With his great understanding of the arts / I hope he will appreciate this attempt - With affectionate best wishes from his friend - Jack Knowles / Philadelphia / April 15, 1960." Stait's name neatly rubber-stamped on front pastedown, softening to spine ends, with lower corners gently tapped, and subtle toning to text edges; Very Good+. Dustjacket is unclipped (priced 15s. net), gently spine-sunned, with light wear to extremities, shallow chipping to corners, and two chips at the crown affecting titles; Very Good.