First edition, first impression. Signed by the author on the title page. From the library of historian and auctioneer Anthony Hobson and with a photograph of him and Naipaul (kept in an envelope with the autograph inscription: “AH looking Japanese with V.S. Naipaul at Tony Powell’s 80th birthday lunch, Claridge’s 8 April 19”). With Hobson’s bookplate to the front pastedown.
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Octavo. Original brown boards, titles to spine gilt. With the dust jacket. An excellent copy in the dust jacket.