SIGNED/INSCRIBED BY AUTHOR on dedication page. Acceptable first edition first printing (NAP) lacking dust jacket. Small tear at top of rear hinge. Another small tear at bottom of free front endpaper(although not at hinge). Book also has some other small tears at the page edges towards the middle of the book, and the plate in Chapter VIII is loose. Book has a strong old book smell, although given age, that is not particularly surprising. Previous owner's markings on free front endpaper. Scarce in any condition, with signature, possibly one of a kind.