New York: Harper and Brothers, 1953. Early printing. INSCRIBED by the author on the front endpaper: "For Jim / My most famous tale, though not necessarily my best one. In fact I think my best one is yet to be written. / Davis Grubb."
Basis for the now-classic 1955 film directed by Charles Laughton and starring Robert Mitchum and Shelley Winters. While signed copies do turn up on the market, this the first we have ever encountered with an inscription, much less one with interesting content.
Near Fine in a lightly rubbed, Near Fine dust jacket.