New York: Knopf, 1957.
1st edition, red cloth spine, w/illustrated dj. An inscribed copy of poet James Merrill's first novel, signed by him in red ink on the title page. In the novel, "James Merrill tells the teeming story of an American businessman of great wealth and power, aging and in semi-retirement, and of the wide-spreading complications caused by the many women with whom he has surrounded himself . . . James Merrill's first novel is a brilliant, beautifully orchestrated comedy of manners varying from the touching to the hilarious, from the comic to the starkly tragic" (from the jacket notes.) A wonderful photo of the young Merrill by Rollie McKenna on the rear jacket. A fine copy, in fine (price clipped) jacket. Item #5077