Very Good / Very Good. Item #12069
London: Constable, 1951. First Edition. Octavo; vi, 7-308 pp. Illustrated dust jacket with 12s 6d net price intact; bound in dark blue cloth with silver lettering to spine. Jacket chipped at spine ends; closed tears down front joint and across spine with tape repair to interior; vertical creasing to spine; toning at flap folds, and a bit of smudging to back panel. Boards lightly edgeworn with heavy fading to spine and nudging at head and tail. Foxing to preliminaries and edges of text block; pencil erasure at top corner of front free endpaper, else pages unmarked. Opens easily between a few gatherings, but binding is secure.
The West Pier is the first in Hamilton's Gorse Trilogy, and was dubbed by Graham Greene "the best book written about Brighton."