The Clever One
A US first edition, first impression. Published in the UK under the title The Forger.
Wrapper : The period wrapper on this copy is bright, complete and unclipped. The front panel is bright, showing gentle fading to the extremities of the top and spine edge, All the corners are chipped. The spine is soiled. It is rubbed and scuffed at the tail. There is a band of loss at the head - this does not affect the lettering. The white back panel is sound. It is soiled and toned. There is splitting at the spine crease and wear ( creasing, small closed tears ) at the top edge. All the corners are chipped.
Book : The book is tight. There are no previous ownership inscriptions. The boards are clean and unfaded. The corners are sharp. The spine ends are bruised. The text block is clean. The closed page edges are dusty and slightly toned with age. There are no loose or dog-eared pages. The binding is tight, the hinges are solid. A nice copy in a protected wrapper.
Publisher: Doubleday Doran