New York: J.B. Lippincott, 1973. First printing of this edition, and first American edition in hardcover. INSCRIBED in the year of publication on the front endpaper to Denver Post book editor Clarus Backus: "For Clair and Earlene / Thank you for one of those very good, very rare evenings / John D. MacDonald / 14 July '73." Laid in is a sheet of Denver Post stationery, a clipped article from The Denver Post by Ms. Backus about MacDonald's death, and a glossy Doubleday review photo from 1968, for the book "Three for McGee."
Near Fine in a Very Good plus dust jacket. Bookplate of noted collector Duke Collier on the front pastedown. Jacket is lightly rubbed at the extremities, with some of the usual fading on the spine. A very nice and extremely scarce presentation copy of a key Travis McGee title.