First edition. The book is firmly bound in clean dark blue cloth, lettered in red, the extremities are slightly bumped and rubbed. The text block is very slightly toned and dusty, with some minor marks. The dust jacket is the original and correctly priced at 7/6 to the spine, it is slightly grubby with light creasing, there are some small chips and short closed tears to the edges. Published in the mid-1920s(under the title ‘Almost Pagan’ in the U.S.) and set in 1923 Beresford’s novel perfectly captures the spirit of the age, the opening page has our hero musing about: “A flapper that he had danced with a few nights ago…” and the cover art by C. Morse depicts a virile, pipe smoking man in his 40s holding a baby and standing next to a flapperish young woman smoking a cigarette in a holder, who is in turn looking dubiously at the baby. Uncommon as a first edition and rarity in the dust jacket.