First edition, first printing. Signed by the author. Original black cloth, extensively decorated (front and rear) in gilt, with, centrally, the Prometheus image from the jacket and some lines from the Edinburgh poet, Alan Jackson; framed by a repeated decorative pattern of capital letter Ys, upright and upside-down, also covering much of the spine. Scarlet endpapers. A very fine copy, tight and square, without any marks or blemishes. Complete with the fine dustwrapper, strikingly designed and illustrated by the author. The front flap has been neatly clipped and re-priced (£9.95 net) with the publisher's own printed label. An immaculate copy.
Signed in black ink, without dedication, to the front free endpaper. Gray's second novel (and the author's own favourite) is unforgettably introduced on the rear panel of dustwrapper: "This already dated novel is set inside the head of an ageing, divorced, alcoholic, insomniac supervisor of security installations [...] Every stylistic excess and moral defect which critics conspired to ignore in the author's first books is to be found here in concentrated form". The image of Prometheus gracing the front of the jacket and the front and rear boards was originally used on the title page (p. 197) of the short story, "Prometheus", in "Unlikely Stories, Mostly" (1983). (Moores B2a).
Stock code: 17529