A bright UK first edition, first impression.
Wrapper : The evocative period wrapper on this copy is bright, clean, unfaded and complete. It is unclipped - showing the price 12s6d on the inside flap. The front panel is sharp, showing barely visible rubbing along the top edge. The spine is bright, clean and unfaded. The white back panel is bright, if very slightly soiled at the edges. Looks sharp.
Book : The book is square and very tight. There are no previous ownership inscriptions. The boards are very clean and are unfaded. The corners are sharp. The pages are clean. The closed page edges are sharp - the top edge is dusty and flecked. No foxing. No dog-eared pages. The binding is tight - no cracked hinges. A very nice copy in a protected wrapper.
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton