London: Gaberbocchus Press, 1961. First edition. Limited edition, one of 200 copies signed by the author. 8vo, 174 pp, bound in white boards titled in gilt at the spine.
One of the more mysterious books published by the press. Héafod was a pseudonym for Osias Bain, a mysterious figure who was born in Quebec and achieved some notoriety as a chess player before becoming a ballistic scientist. A
s described in the foreward, which is signed by Bain, the pseudonym is a tip of the hat to Paul Valery's pseudonym Edmund Teste. The text is in the form of a diary, with references to the narrator's close readings of Gide, Marx, Nietschze, Kierkegaard, and numerous other authors.
Near fine, with some light toning to top edge of boards, in a near fine jacket that is lighty rubbed at extremities, with some faint toning and a couple of faint stains. Item #30094