Curiously, the words "SECOND EDITION" appear on the title page, but on the title page verso, there is reference to the second edition of 1982 and the third edition of 1985. It is assumed therefore that this is the third edition. Blue cloth boards with silver titling to the spine. There is some slight bumping to the corners, and light crushing at the head and tail of the spine. The head of the spine is also a little faded, and there is one small stain below the author's name at the upper end of the spine. There is a little edge wear to the boards. The book has a small lean. The page edges have some foxing, but the pages are otherwise clean and tightly bound. There is a dedication, signed by the author, on the front free end paper (but the signature is unverified). The dust jacket is partially covered in a protective plastic laminate (part of this has peeled away). The dust jacket has a few light surface marks, one or two small edge creases, and a little discolouration of the white backgrounds to the photographs on the rear of the jacket, and the jacket flaps.