First edition. One of 210 numbered copies printed, of which only 60 copies were for sale. Hagstrom & Bixby A5. Presentation copy, inscribed by Merrill on the front free endpaper: "Love to Carol / from Jimmy / Christmas 1954" and inscribed again by Merrill 33 years later to Peter Hooten: "Secret & source of song, / Help make the story long! / - Peter from JM / on his birthday, / 29.xi.87 Thin 8vo, original unprinted marbled wrappers, printed paper label on front wrapper, stitched as issued. Inch long split along the head of spine portion of the front wrapper, otherwise a fine copy. (Inventory #: 23133)
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