First edition, first printing. Signed by the author. Original blue cloth with silver decorations and lettering to the front, back and spine, in dustwrapper. A very fine copy, tight and square, without marks or blemishes; bright blue endpapers. Complete with the equally fine dustwrapper, designed and illustrated by the author. Not price-clipped and correctly priced (£20.00 net) to the front flap. An immaculate copy.
Signed without dedication to the front free endpaper. Gray's eighth, or ninth, novel (depending upon whether "Mavis Belfrage" (1996) is categorised as a novel or a book of stories) is presented as a found manuscript by one John Tunnock, edited by Gray. The decorative boards reproduce the typography of the jacket with the addition of "ARE STILL LEARNING" completing a sentence beginning with the title. Marginal notes and decorative elements throughout the text are printed in blue (a shade of blue matching the dustwrapper).
Stock code: 17542