Very Good / Very Good. Item #000784
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1960. First Edition. Turquoise and navy decorative dust jacket by noted Czech book designer Rudolph Ruzicka. Binding also by him, in aegean-blue cloth with silver and turquoise spine stamping, including ivy motifs; author's initials, with ivy motif, stamped in turquoise on front panel. Standard Knopf blind-debossed borzoi device on rear panel. Textblock top edge stained brick red; deckle-cut fore-edge.
Unclipped dust jacket unfaded, showing only a few color scars on jacket spine and normal mild tanning to upper flap edges. Very light bump to bottom front corner, with some nudging to spine ends. Binding is tight and pages unmarked. .
Front of jacket displays a statement from Alfred A. Knopf boasting of how he wooed Davies to compile the essays, articles, and mini-homilies for the volume. Back of jacket shows a photo of Davies posing with his Count Cagliostro look. Impeccable copy of over 150 short pieces in impeccable prose by Davies working hard at the pretense of being peccable.