New York: St. Martin's Press, 1987. First American Edition. Item #6938
First Printing. Octavo (21.5cm); dark blue paper-covered boards, with titles stamped in gilt on spine; dustjacket; [viii],,3-471,pp. Crown gently nudged, else Fine in a Fine, unclipped dustjacket (priced $18.95). Sharp copy of the first volume in Banks's ten-volume Culture series. "Horza, an alien shape changer and one of the most feared spies and assassins in the galaxy, is hired by another alien race, the Idirans, to further their religious crusade against the Culture, a technologically advanced , liberal-minded human civilization" (Barron, Anatomy of Wonder II-72).