Hardback without dust jacket. Bound in black cloth boards with title on spine in gilt.
End papers front and back, a map of Kiev, English version, at the back and a map of Kiev, Russian version, at the front.
From the preface, written by the author "When I submitted the original manuscript of this book to the editor of the magazine "Yunost" in Moscow it was returned to me immediately with the advice not to show it to anybody else until I had removed all the 'antil-Soviet stuff' from it. I removed important sections from the chapters about the Kreshchatik, the destruction of the monastery, the disaster of 1961 and so forth, and submitted a milder version in the which the sense of the book, though discernible, was concealed ...
"People who have read it already but who would like to know the full text need only read in this book the new sections, published here for the first time ...
"The different sections of the text are distinguished in the following way :
"Ordinary type - material published in "Yunost" in 1966
"Heavier type - material cut out by the censor at that time
"Enclosed between square brackets - material added between 1967 and 1969"
Edges are little grubby but internally clean.