New York: Random House, 1952. First American Edition. Bowles's second novel, centered around an American who arrives in Morocco, who becomes consumed with the seedier side of Tangier's International Zone. "Fed up with his job in a New York bank, he has accepted a position in this swarming Moroccan city where nationals of many countries mingle in a frenzy of smuggling, espionage, vice of every description. Quickly caught up in the stream of evil, Dyar discovers that the new life he seeks can be attained only by renouncing whatever loyalty he has for ethical principles" (from front flap). A compelling copy owned by a contemporary reviewer, who is something of an enigma; this cataloger finds no record of Sampson's review being published, nor any trace of his name in the extensive literature on Bowles. Miller A6b. Item #5379
First Printing, a review copy, with the publisher's typed slip laid in. Octavo (21.25cm); pale grey cloth and vertically-ribbed black paper-covered boards, with titling and decorative elements stamped in yellow and orange, and pictorial only mounted to lower front cover; yellow topstain; [viii],311,pp. Signed by the author in a contemporary hand on the half-title page. Fine in a Near Fine dustjacket, unclipped (priced $3.50), with light wear to extremities, a tiny tear to lower rear panel, with some nearly invisible touch-up to the upper corners at crown.
Laid into this copy is a contemporary typed review of the novel by Paul Sampson on sheets of beige stock which he stitched together (measuring 8.25" x 30.75"); old folds, subtle toning and light wear, else very well-preserved. Accompanied by five small sheets of white notebook paper, which contain his holograph penciled notes from his reading on recto and verso (they begin on verso of review slip). Together with a pair of candid black & white photographs (presumably of Sampson and another woman), measuring 3 3/8" x 2 3/8"