New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1960.
First Edition. Hardcover. 8 3/8" X 5 7/8". 242pp. Pre-publication copy with Alfred A. Knopf bookplate to front free endpaper and handwritten note "at the suggestion of Elizabeth Bowen," from the estate collection of Laurraine Goreau, journalist and biographer of singer Mahalia Jackson. Moderate wear to unclipped dust jacket,toning, sunning, light foxing, mild edgewear, and 1" tear to top corner of rear panel at fold. Red cloth over boards, with upper board and spine lettered and decorated in bright gilt. Mild edgewear to binding with bumping to corners. Yellow topstain. Foxing to edges of text block. Binding is firm and sound. Pages are clean and unmarked. A very presentable first printing copy of this love letter to Rome by the Irish novelist, short story writer, and essayist. Very good + / very good. Item #2909