London: Eyre & Spottiswoode, 1946. 8vo. First edition, first impression. Original red cloth, gilt. Title page headpiece and d/w by the author. Neat ink ownership on fly. D/w tanned to spine, with a short closed tear to the bottom edge of the back panel and some trivial loss to the edges and corner tips and a chip to the head of the spine. Near fine in very good + dust-wrapper. Item #4419
The dust-wrapper is the first impression with '15s Net' and no reviews. The first book in the 'Gormenghast' trilogy introduces Titus, the seventy-seventh Earl of Groan, and the riotous massing of the castle in which stultified tradition staggers on and provides room enough for the murderous rivalry of Flay and Swelter and the evil designs of Steerpike.