The Galley Press, London, 1962
FIRST EDITION, FIRST IMPRESSION
Large octavo. Original yellow cloth-covered boards, titles and decoration in gilt to front cover and spine. Light foxing to top edges of cloth, endpapers and fore-edge of text block; spine rolled. With the illustrated dust jacket, which is rubbed and has a few nicks and chips and some loss to both ends of the spine panel. A very good, clean copy overall.
Berlin’s fictional account of the breakup of the St Ives Society of Artists in 1949 was famously withdrawn from sale and pulped shortly after publication following the threat of legal action by certain unnamed artists, thought to include Ben Nicholson and Barbara Hepworth, who recognised themselves among the characters in the book. Most estimates suggest that only a hundred copies survived.