New York and Barnstable, MA: Holt, Rinehart & Winston / Crane Duplicating Service, Inc., 1967. First Edition. Item #6228
Quarto (28.5cm); photomechanically reproduced sheets, comb-bound into peach printed wrappers, with holograph publication date and price highlighted at upper right corner of front wrapper, and holograph number in grease pencil at lower right corner of same; [ii],148,pp. Signed by the author on the title page. Light wear and subtle fading to extremities, with a few faint creases to wrappers; contents clean; Very Good+ or better. Bowles's first collection of short fiction since the publication of A Delicate Prey, gathering 13 stories. While no hard numbers are known for how many such proofs were printed, marketing materials for Crane from this period suggest they would not undertake a job printing fewer than 11 copies of a proof, with other known examples from this period numbering between two to three dozen. Uncommon, particularly signed. Miller A16.