London: Gaberbocchus Press, 1953. First edition. 8vo, 25 pp, bound in full black cloth titled in gilt at the spine. In the original dust jacket. With the rare publisher's belly band intact. Inscribed by the author at the half title page: "Charles / from / Stefan / with Love / 1968."Endpapers illustrated with the inimitable images of Franciszka Themerson. Preface by Bertrand Russell.
First edition of one of Themerson's best known works. "The novel, which is situated in a termitary of French Africa, where the social and personal conflicts of six-legged politicians, scientists and lovers are enacted, was written in France in 1942 in the conviction that mankind was in the midst of one of the greatest crises in history." - Biography of a Publishing House No. 10. Scarce inscribed.
Some faint dustiness to edges of text block, else fine. The dust jacket is price-clipped, with rubbing to extremities and some toning and light abrasions to spine, but very good. The belly band is good only, a bit soiled, with a long tear and 1" chip, and the text at spine faded, but structurally intact. Item #30063