THE KINGDOM AND THE CAVE. Illustrated by Dick Hart
Edition: First printing
London & New York: Abelard-Schuman, 1960. Octavo, beige boards, spine stamped in red (later issue binding, first was black cloth, spine lettered in bronze). Small shallow bump to lower inner corner of rear cover and to lower edge of front cover, very nearly fine otherwise, clean, no owner names. The dust jacket is only fair; with a thumbnail-size chip at foot of spine, smaller chip, tears, at head of spine, large chip to upper outer corner of rear panel; one inch tear at upper inner corner of front panel; short creased tears at top edge of rear panel; colours still bright, flap prices intact. This was Aiken's first novel, written at age 17, and third published book overall, a magic & mystery story for younger readers. Quite scare in first edition.