New York: Random House, 1942.
Hardcover. First edition. Very uncommon variant issue with green lettering on the spine of the very dark blue cloth, and with no topstain. One of nine reported variants, all of them scarcer than the primary binding of black cloth with gold spine-lettering and red topstain. Small ownership signature of a reviewer on the front fly, slightly "smoky" smell, and the top edge a little soiled, else near fine in near fine dustwrapper with a very small chip on the rear panel and a bit of rubbing. A collection of interconnected stories published as a novel, including the comic masterpiece "Was" and the first book appearance of his classic novella "The Bear."