First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: “For Max, affectionately Saul”, and with Max M. Kampelman’s monogram embossed on the front free endpaper. Kampelman (1920–2013) was an American lawyer and diplomat. During the war Kampelman had been a conscientious objector. As alternative service, he chose to participate in a study of human survival, a programme of starvation rations that had left him so thin that he looked like a concentration camp survivor when Bellow rented him a room in his Minneapolis house.
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Octavo. Original black cloth, spine lettered in blue, top edge blue. With the dust jacket. A fine copy in the jacket that has a chip to foot of rear panel and a few nicks to extremities.