London, Rupert Hart-Davis, 1954 [first English edition].
Octavo, 158 pages with a frontispiece illustration.
Papered boards; front bottom corner bumped; ownership signature (dated December 1954) on the front flyleaf; leading edge slightly marked, with a tiny light mark to one page; a very good copy with the price-clipped dustwrapper very slightly worn at all corners, lightly rubbed at the extremities and very slightly marked, with one tiny tear to the front bottom corner. The striking dustwrapper design (and the frontispiece) are by Joe Mugnaini.
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