New York: New Directions Books, 1949. First American Edition. Bowles's first novel, following a trio of Americans who travel deep into the Sahara desert after the conclusion of World War II, who embark seeking different things, but ultimately find only deception, despair, and death. Basis for Bernardo Bertolucci's 1990 film of the same name, starring John Malkovitch, Debra Winger, and Campbell Scott. Miller A2b. Item #5208
First Printing, one of 3,596 copies. Octavo (20.75cm); beige cloth, with titles stamped in black and blue on spine; dustjacket; ,11-318,pp. Signed by the author on the title page. Base of spine gently nudged, touch of dust-soil to upper board edges and upper edge of textblock, with some offsetting to endpapers; Near Fine. Dustjacket is unclipped (priced $2.75), lightly edgeworn, with several small tears, faint moisture staining to spine panel, and foxing on verso; Very Good.