First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: “For Paul Nelson, in friendship. Ken. New York, April 27, 1976.” Paul Nelson (1936-2006) was an influential music critic for Rolling Stone, for which he was asked to prepare an extended profile of Macdonald. The full piece was never published, although a shorter essay on the author by Nelson appeared in Macdonald’s 1984 book Inward Journey.
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Octavo. Original red cloth-backed blue boards, titles to spine gilt, top edge purple. With the dust jacket. A fine copy in the bright jacket, with a shallow chip at head of rear panel.