A UK first edition, first impression. The author's first book.
Wrapper : The wrapper on this copy ( lettering by Patricia Davey ) is bright and complete. It has been clipped. The front panel is bright and unfaded, showing light rubbing and wear to the top and bottom edges. The spine crease is lightly rubbed. The spine is clean and unfaded. It is rubbed and scuffed at the head and the tail. The back panel is sound, showing tiny nicks at each of the corners and a touch of overall soiling. Looks sharp in protective plastic.
Book : The book is square and very tight. The boards are clean and unfaded. The corners are sharp. The spine ends are gently bruised. The pages are clean. No foxing. The text block and closed page edges are slightly toned. There are no loose or dog-eared pages. The binding is solid and without cracked hinges. There are no previous ownership inscriptions. A nice copy in a protected wrapper.
Publisher : Hamish Hamilton