Hutchinson & Co. (Publishers) Ltd., London, 1964. Cloth Hardback. Book Condition: Very Good Plus. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. Jacket Design By Peter Edwards (illustrator). 1st Edition. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Book Description : 1964, Scarce 1st Ed. blue cloth hardback with original dustjacket designed by Peter Edwards; 312 pages; VG/G.
The second of novel by Peter Van Greenaway, a British science fiction and fantasy writer admired for his more resonant exploration of themes within the genre. O'Malley, the Evening Fool of the title, has escaped from the hell of the UK with a group of people eager to establish Paradise on an island somewhere in the Pacific. He becomes the community's (sardonic) historian, but something prompts him to leave their newly established utopia.
Book Condition : Very Good : bumping to head and foot of spine cloth cover with mild wear, and minor shelfwear; minor knock to left hand lower corner; no observable denting; no fading apparent and excellent cloth colour; gilding intact, full, and bright; very small lower corner tip creases to about 20 or so middle pages caused by knocking; very minor specks of possible sparse foxing to faces; mild scattering of foxing to pastedowns and free endpapers, but none found elsewhere; inner pages slightly yellowed but in good shape and crisp; binding secure and fairly tight like new.
DJ Condition : Good : would have been VG but for lozenge of blue paint to near top right hand edge of front of jacket measuring approx 1" across and 0.1"-0.4" in height; three small to very small tears at edges (head and foot, front top right); a hint of discolouration of turquoise in places at spine area and along lower front edge; less than minor rubbing to front of jacket and spine area, and some rubbing to back of jacket; minute creases at head and foot with very minor wear here and at corner tips; creasing elsewhere negligible; back of jacket has two narrow fairly short lines of blue paint; inner flaps have signs of light foxing but are unclipped. Bookseller Inventory 000839