First UK edition, second impression, published in the same year as the first impression, and just a month before copies of the author’s junky roman à clef were seized by the police in Sheffield. Trocchi and Calder’s ensuing trial historically broadened the legal definition of obscenity from the depiction of sexual acts to that of drug taking. Cain’s book was originally published in the US in 1960.
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Octavo. Original red boards, titles to spine in gilt. With the dust jacket. Spine slightly cocked, light spotting to free endpapers. An excellent copy in a lightly toned and rubbed jacket with a few minor nicks and chips.