New York: The Dial Press, 1939. Hardcover. 284p., ownership name dated Christmas 1939 on endpaper, a very worn copy of the true first edition: has the date MCMXXXIX on title page beneath The Dial Press, date as 1939 on copyright page; flexible grey cloth boards printed in red with top-edge lavender. Handling and small splash stains to cover, to foredge and to several page margins. Textblock is cocked, expect wear and fraying to corners and to head and tail of spine. Legible ownership signature on the ffep dated Christmas, year of publication. Grier A, B***.
The Citadel Press edition (which has a Dial Press copyright page) is very common in several printings but the Dial Press first is scarce. Autobiographical novel by an author whose true identity was only recently revealed (around 2010).