First edition, first impression. With the author’s signed presentation inscription to the title page, “For Stephen [Spender] with love from Peter”. The two authors met towards the end of Spender’s life at which time Ackroyd helped with the compilation of the Spender’s Collected Poems.
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Octavo. Original blue boards, titles to spine gilt, blue endpapers. With the dust jacket. Contents browned as usual but an excellent copy in the dust jacket.