New York: Grove Press, Inc., 1966. First American Edition, 1st Printing.
Octavo (8 1/8 x 5 1/2 inches; 208 x 140 mm), 344 pages, in tan cloth, black titles to spine, in an unclipped, pictorial dust jacket.
Jean Genet's second novel, a partly autobiographical account of prison life during the German occupation of France. Genet spent many years in and out of prison; this was written in 1943 in La Santé and Tourelles prisons. "How much is true or how much is invented ceases to be of account. It has a psychological rightness of tone that is overpoweringly persuasive." (Thomas Lask, The New York Times, February 20, 1967, page 35).
Translated from the French by Bernard Frechtman and originally published in 1951 by Gallimard. Striking jacket photo of Genet by Jerry Bauer. The unclipped dust jacket shows the original $7.50 price.
CONDITION: Near Fine, with slight splaying of boards. Internally, clean, bright, and unmarked. The unclipped dust jacket has a bit of soiling to the spine and lower panel. Overall, a beautiful copy. Item #1095