Very Good / Very Good. Item #000770
London: Chatto & Windus, 1948. First Edition. Inscribed by author on front free endpaper: "To Herbert, from Doug, with constant friendship." Octavo; 39pp. Dust jacket printed in magenta and black on laid cream paper, with head of the titular prince in magenta and black on center front. Boards in patterned laid paper, with rosewood spine lettered in gold. Title page repeats jacket image as sketch in rosewood ink. Textblock printed on laid, watermarked "Antique Deluxe" paper.
Unclipped dust jacket soiled. Jacket spine darkened and split in two along spine; now solidified in mylar; chips missing at spine top; small closed tear at bottom center of jacket. Top edge of boards browned; very slight wear to spine crown and foot. Textblock unmarked. Small green sticker from Foyles on Charing Cross Road at bottom left of front paste-down. Small hole in front hinge paper, not directly affecting hinge strength—though hinge is starting to loosen.
LePan—his name is usually formatted without Chatto & Windus's internal space—won the Governor General's Award in Canada for both poetry and fiction. He was Canada's Wilfred Owen, almost its Cavafy, and would eventually acknowledge his homosexuality in his late poetry. But the title of this volume, LePan's first, already semaphored where his story would lead. A poignant, handsome volume.