London: Jonathan Cape, 1964. FIRST EDITION, First State, Binding B. Octavo (20 x 14cm), pp.256. Publisher's black cloth-effect paper over boards ('Fabroleen') with silver titles to spine and Japanese characters in gilt to upper, bamboo patterned endpapers. With the dust-jacket illustrated by Richard Chopping, priced at 16s. Book is near fine, jacket lightly rubbed and with mild toning to the spine. A pleasing copy. A most uncommon variant, using the covering material intended for the second state binding; "[First State copies in] Type A cloth are far less common" (Glibert, p.392). A rarity, albeit a rather obscure one. Item #56661
Gilbert A12a (1.2).