London: Eyre & Spottiswoode, 1946. 8vo. First edition, first impression. Original red cloth, gilt. Title page headpiece and d/w by the author. Top corner tips gently pushed. Unclipped d/w 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. Item #5864
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. A lovely, fresh copy.
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