SIGNED and inscribed on a tipped in bookplate, "For _______, John Hersey" to the half title page. Stated first edition. Gently read, unclipped and not remaindered. Interior is crisp, clean and solid. Bright gilt titles and devices to spine. Corners are sharp and square. Slightly bumped to head and tail of spine. Faint stamp to the top edge. Boards are lightly sunned to extremities. Rear paste down shows some loss. Unclipped dustjacket has numerous short/medium tears and chips and creasing, tape pull to the tail of the spine, rubbed with shelfwear to show. Now protected in archival brodart jacket. States, "A Book of the Month Club Selection" on the front flap.