First edition, first printing. Original green cloth with white titles to the spine, in dustwrapper. An excellent near fine copy, the binding square and firm, the cloth clean and bright with tiny strips of fading to the extreme edge of the spine tips. The contents with a neat contemporary gift inscription to the blank front endpaper are otherwise clean throughout. Complete with the bright first issue dustwrapper which is lightly rubbed and nicked to the extremities. Not price-clipped (6s net to the front flap). With the red Searchlight Books logo to the underside. A lovely example in entirely original condition, scarce thus. Housed in a bespoke quarter morocco solander case with titles in gilt to burgundy labels to the spine.
4500 copies printed. Although stated "first published May 1945" on the copyright page, publication was delayed until August due to paper shortages. [Fenwick A.10a].
Stock code: 17583