New York: Harcourt Brace and Company, (1952).
Hardcover. First edition. Fine in the gray binding (one of three, with no priority) in a nice, very good or better dustwrapper with several small tears and a small triangular chip at the foot of the spine. Inscribed by the author in the year of publication: "For Hal Jenkins. Cordially Bern. July 1952."
Hal Jenkins was a colleague of Malamud's at the Oregon State College (now University) English Department, as well as a close friend of the family. The book comes from the library of Chester A. Garrison, another colleague and close friend of Malamud's. Garrison didn't meet Malamud until 1954 and apparently acquired this copy from Jenkins. An especially nice copy of the author's first book, perhaps *the* classic baseball novel, and the basis for the Barry Levinson film starring Robert Redford, Robert Duvall, Glenn Close, and Kim Basinger.