London: Michael Joseph, 1939. First Edition, First Impression. Octavo, original black cloth, spine lettered in gilt. 287 pp. The true First Edition, with "First Published in 1939" on copyright page. Ex-lending library copy from McIntosh Select Circulating Library, with their stamps and marks on the front endpapers and last page of text, the date "Dec. 2, 1939" stamped in ink on the title page. Marks to the cloth, spine lettering dull. A good, sound copy in the original cloth. A great rarity, almost all copies were destroyed in a warehouse fire during the London Blitz in 1940. Few copies would have sold before the fires; this one, having gone to a lending library, miraculously survived. Item #312100
¶ An impeccably written and engaging pseudo-autobiography, a collection of short stories -realistic, supernatural or tall tales, partly a novel (some of it reads like a fix-up novel) and also a mosaic of vignettes that share a theme, kind of like a concept album. A great book, extremely rare in the true first edition.