First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good / Very Good. Item #4775
New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1977. First Edition with full numberline. Signed by the author to William Safire on front free endpaper with inscription: "To William Safire | with great admiration | for a man who has made | [?] sword into a pen | Paul Theroux." Additional signed letter on a U.S. Postal Service routing slip laid in at front. Octavo; 209pp. Original dustjacket with $8.95 price intact; book in beige paper-covered boards with black cloth spine and gilt lettering. Jacket lightly edgeworn but with no chips or tears. Boards are sturdy and square. Crease along margin of page 57/58, else pages clean and unmarked. Binding is sound.
In the accompanying letter, Theroux expresses his delight that Safire enjoyed the book and recommends its sequel, The London Embassy,, while explaining that the letter's "government issue stationary" is due to his standing in a post office line in E. Sardinia.