First edition, first printing of McElroy's first book. New York: Harcourt, Brace, and World, 1966. Publisher's original cloth, red topstain; pp. viii, 435. A near fine copy in an about near fine, unclipped dust jacket. Binding is tight, sturdy and square, light shelfwear to extremities, internally clean and fine. Jacket remains bright, with far less than the typical fading to spine, a bit of minor general shelfwear and rubbing, a few tiny closed tears, one reinforced with a small piece of tape to verso. A very nice copy, increasingly scarce and protected in archival mylar.