Franklin Center: Franklin Library, 1986. First Edition. Fine in full light brown leather covered boards with four raised bands on the spine with gilt text and tool work in the compartments and gilt decorations on the front and rear boards. The end papers are marbled and there is a matching silk placement ribbon sewn-in at the head of the spine. All three edges of the text block are gilt. Without a dust jacket as issued. Signed by the author on the second free end paper. An octavo measuring 9 by 6 1/4 inches containing 597 pages of text with illustrations by Hodges Soileau. This is the the true first edition of the title as it was released before Random House produced the first trade edition. A very clean, tight and handsome copy with no prior ownership markings of any kind. (Inventory #: TB28738)
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