New York: Farrar, Straus and Company, 1949.
First edition, early printing lacking the publisher's colophon on the copyright page. The publisher listed on the title page is Farrar, Straus and Company and dated 1949, but the imprint at foot of spine reads Farrar, Straus & Young, perhaps denoting a later state binding; the former existed from 1945-51 and the latter from 1950-56. Signed by Shirley Jackson and warmly inscribed to former owners on the front free endpaper. Bound in publisher's original grey cloth with spine lettered in black; lacking the dust jacket. Near Fine with light wear at toning to cloth at extremities. Top corner lightly bumped throughout. Pages toned. A lovely copy of one of Shirley Jackson's best-known works, rarely seen signed and inscribed. Item #140939595