SIGNED and inscribed, "_____, with the compliments of Earle Birney" on a tipped-in bookplate to the verso of the front board. "First published in October1949", copy right 1949, on the copyright page. Gently read. Interior has the odd finger smudge. Corner of p.37 has been folded over, vertical crease to outside edge of p.275. Corners, head and tail of spine are gently rubbed. Without dustjacket. Boards show a bit of minor scuffing.