First edition, first printing. Signed by the author. Original red cloth with gold decorations and lettering to front, back and spine, in dustwrapper. A very fine copy, tight and square, without marks or blemishes; bright red endpapers. Complete with the equally fine dustwrapper, designed and illustrated by the author. Not price-clipped and correctly priced (£13.99 net) to the front flap. An immaculate copy.
Signed without dedication to the front free endpaper in black ink. This is really Gray's third book of short stories, though the title story is, at 65 pages, markedly longer than the remainder. The front and rear boards show a plinth bearing the following disclaimer: "I CALL THIS BOOK A NOVEL SINCE MOST READERS PREFER LONG STORIES TO SHORT". Those boards bear a lattice pattern with a central roundel depicting a naked woman picking fruit from a tree (a tree that doubles as a tail) with, beneath, a banner bearing the word "INDEPENDENCE" and, below this, the aforementioned plinth. (Moores A6a)
Stock code: 17538