THE BRASS BUTTERFLY: A Play in Three Acts
Edition: First printng
London: Faber, 1958. Narrow octavo, 80 pp. Orange cloth. Fine copy. In price-clipped jacket with two small closed tears to front panel, else fine, spine not faded. A three act comedy based on 1956 novella ENVOY EXTRAORDINARY. Author's fifth book. Uncommon, especially in such nice condition. Edition of3K copies (2k bound). "Set amongst the power intrigues and religious struggles at the court of a Roman Emperor. A Greek scientist arrives with his inventions of the steam engine, gun powder, and printing. The resultant catastrophes provoke arguments of Shavian wit and brilliant paradox, leading to a happy though ambiguous dénouement." - William- Golding.co.uk. Note: lighter parcel, any default postage rate may be reduced.