First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author. Original blue cloth with silver decorations and lettering to front, back and spine, in dustwrapper. A fine copy, tight and square, without marks or blemishes; vivid orange endpapers. Complete with the near fine dustwrapper, designed and illustrated by the author, which is fine except for a few tiny spots of indentation to the front panel (seen if held at a certain angle) and minimal rubbing to the rear panel. Not price-clipped and correctly priced (£13.99 net) to the front flap. A lovely copy.
Gray's seventh novel, adapted from an unperformed play of 1965 with the same title. Inscribed boldly in black to the front free endpaper, "TO DENNISS [sic], with good wishes from Alasdair, in cafe Cossachok 20 September 2007" (the named cafe can be found at 10 King St, Glasgow). The boards are decorated, front and back, with a diagonal lattice design (complete with a spider suspended from the bottom) surrounding a pine tree stump sprouting one branch bearing leaves, completed by the caption, "TRY AGAIN". This design is identical to one printed to the boards of "Ten Tales Tall & True" published a year earlier, the differences being the darker blue cloth (navy to the earlier royal) and "SCOTLAND" in capitals, printed either side of the dangling spider. (Moores B7a).
Stock code: 17537