Extremely rare Penguin as a 1st printing (1950), it seems; Essays & Belles Lettres series, purple livery (the code number is continuous with general Penguins, there was no distinction for the series). I suppose it had a jacket, but this copy has not - it may've been that post-war paper shortages precluded a jacket, I cannot find definite information on that. However, it is very bright & clean with only very minor age-related discolouring and wear. Very slight fading to spine, which is a touch offset. Pp 65-96 are slightly darker (see fore-edges photo), I think a slightly different grade of paper must've been used. The cover's white third is a little darkened along the edges; minor wear to the hinge-edge at the front, v slightly worn at head of spine. The binding is very tight, no creases to spine. No ownership name, no annotation. The photos do not really reflect the excellent condition. This is the 'Horizontal Grid' cover, with the original Gill Sans typeface, Huxley's books from 1951 were issued using the 'Vertical Grid', and with Corvinus lettering, so reprints of this book are in that later style. The final page has advertising for the latest Penguins, including the commemoration edition of D. H. Lawrence (ten titles), and some of the Penguin Poets, and three Pelican Books on Shakespeare (not mentioned as such but A-codes given) on the verso. On the inside of the rear cover is a list of books licensed from Faber, Chatto & Windus, Hamish Hamilton, Heinemann & Michael Joseph, in a double column.