London: Hogarth Press, 1947. Duncan Grant (dust jacket). First Edition. Hardcover with Dust Jacket. 12mo. Pp. 204. Blue-green cloth, titles stamped in gilt on the spine, green topstain: mild spine lean, spine color slightly faded and foxed, offsetting to endpapers, a few leaves with dog-ear creases, now mellowed, else, leaves crisp and binding tight. In the two-color illustrated dust jacket with price 7s 6d intact on the front flap; slight edge-wear and spine just a tad darkened. Very Good / Very Good. Item #6385
The author's first collection of short stories, winner of the inaugural Somerset Maugham Award for British writers under 30. Dust jacket artist Duncan Grant, a member of the Bloomsbury group and friend of publishers Leonard and Virginia Woolf, created a simple but dynamic illustration of diving body. Dust jacket is now preserved in a clear, removable archival sleeve.