Hardcover, blue cloth, no dust-jacket. 309 pages. Eighth printing, same year as the first. The creation of Oliver Allston, a literary man and critic and thinly veiled disguise for himself, provides Brooks the opportunity to opine on subjects literary, cultural and political. From notes on painters, business, communism, nationalism, literature et alia the author uses his fictional amanuensis to give expression to his own thoughts on a host of subjects. No previous ownership marks. A clean, square, tight and unmarked copy. Very good.