New York: Ballantine Books, 1953.
First American Edition, 1st Printing. Hardcover. 8" X 5 1/2". 225pp, plus about the author pages. Heavy wear to unclipped dust jacket, with significant chipping and open tears to edges and extremities, soiling and foxing to rear panel, dust soiling, and loss of publisher's device to tail of spine. Tape to verso of dust jacket's top edges. Pale blue cloth over boards, with cityscape stamped in green to upper board and spine lettered in kind. Moderate wear to binding, with foxing and dust soiling to cloth, edgewear, and bumping to extremities. Binding is sound. Pages are gently age-toned, clean and unmarked. A solid first printing in admittedly worn but present dust jacket of Gerald Kersh's The Secret Masters. Good / fair. Item #4415