London: Jonathan Cape, 1975. First Edition. Item #5848
First Impression. Octavo (20.5cm); black cloth, with titles stamped in gilt on spine; orange topstain; dustjacket; xii,13-254,pp. Bookplate signed by the author is loosely laid in. Rough erasure to upper front endpaper, trivial wear to base of spine, with a tiny stain to rear pastedown, and upper right corner of front board gently tapped (though still sharp); a clean, Near Fine copy, with the topstain bright and unfaded. Dustjacket is unclipped (priced £3.25 net), with two short closed tears along the upper edge (one of them neatly and archivally mended), and some trivial external wear; Near Fine. An attractive copy of the English author's second novel, basis for William Marsh's film adaptation of the same name, starring Paul Bettany and Olivia Williams.