London: Eyre & Spottiswoode, 1946, 1950, 1959. 8vo. First editions, first impressions. Original red cloth, gilt. Title page headpieces and d/ws by the author. 1. Top corner tips gently pushed. Unclipped d/w is the first state, with '15s Net' and no reviews, is tanned on the spine with a little rubbing to the edges and tiny loss to the spine ends. Fine in near fine d/w. 2. Fore edge and front endpapers very slightly foxed. Unclipped d/w is tanned on the spine and edges of the back panel and with a hint of rubbing along the top edge. 3. Unclipped d/w is tanned on the spine and has some patches of foxing to the front panel. There are a couple of tiny indentations (as if from a pencil tip) to the fly and first few pages. The set is very good ++ in very good ++ d/ws. Item #5864
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. Will the child survive to find a world beyond the castle walls? A very nice set.
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