Nicholas Stuart Gray was a 20th century Scottish playwright, author and actor. He wrote many plays and novels for children, with an emphasis on the world of fantasy and the re-working of myths and fairy tales. The Stone Cage, containing numerous illustrations by the author, is based upon the story Rapunzel by the Brothers Grimm, but tells the story from the viewpoint of Tomlyn, the witch's cat. Olive green cloth boards with metallic green titling to the spine. There is some very light crushing to the head and tail of the spine but the boards are otherwise in excellent condition. The page edges have some foxing, with a few small marks to the upper edges. It appears that a page preceding the half title page may have been torn out, and there are some holes in the paper covering of the front hinge. There is some weakening of the hinges between pages 28/29, 124/125 and 220/221, but the book is generally tightly bound. Both sides of the pictorial dust jacket have a few stains and, in particular, there is toning of the title and author panel on the spine. There are creases and general edge wear to the jacket, with nicks around the head of the spine and larger open tears (10 mm and 20 mm) at the foot of the front and rear spinal margins. The dust jacket has been price-clipped (the price having been torn out, rather than cut). Overall, the book is in very good condition. The story was published in 1963 both as a novel and as a play. First editions of both are rare, but this, the novel, is probably the scarcer of the two.