First published edition, after 26 photocopied typescripts run off by the author; the bibliographers refer to this as the "second edition, first impression, hardcover issue.". One of only 50 numbered copies specially bound and signed by Merrill. Presentation copy, inscribed by Merrill on the colophon page to the book's publisher: "for Gene O'Neil - a welcome sight on Water St. / 9.iv.74". Gene (Eugene) O'Neil, together with his brother James, was the owner of the Temple Bar Bookshop, and the publisher of this book 8vo, original black cloth, lettered in gilt. Very fine copy without dust jacket, as issued. (Inventory #: 23119)
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