First edition. Inscribed by Davies to the front endpaper: “For Maisie who has now seen something of Canada R. D. Nadolig 1951.”, Maisie is presumably Masie Drysdale, Davies’ sister-in-law. The book is reasonably firmly bound in quite bumped and marked cloth, which has some superficial splitting to the cloth at the front hinge. The text block is slightly toned and foxed. The dust jacket is probably supplied from another first edition, or has been stored away from the book, it is not price clipped, with minor chips and closed tears to the edges, also toning, rubbing and minor marks. One of Davies’ best novels, the first in the Salterton Trilogy, which includes a superb sequence at a country house auction and a contest over a box of books, with a pleasing authorial inscription from the year of publication.