New York: Lenox Hill Press, 1971. First Edition. INSCRIBED playfully by the author on the verso of the half-title page: "To Mark Reinsberg / the hombre from the capital of incontinence—that is, existentially / My best regards for authoritarianism. / Chas. Willeford / 19 Nov '71."
After an early career in paperback originals, Willeford's second hardcover publication after "The Burnt Orange Heresy," a Western with all the philosophical musing, genre-convention busting, and pitch black humor one comes to expect from the great writer's writer. Republished by Dennis McMillan in 1999 under Willeford's original title, "The Difference."
Very Good plus in a Very Good plus dust jacket. Faint foxing to the page edges and endpapers, with some wear to the cloth of the top edge of the boards. Jacket faintly foxed on the rear panel and flaps, with a lightly faded spine and brief wear to the extremities.