First edition. The book is reasonably firmly bound in clean, slightly faded green boards, the corners and spine ends are bumped. The text block is slightly toned and dusty with spots of foxing. The dust jacket is the original and not price clipped, it is slightly toned and faded, more so to the spine, with short closed tears, small chips and light rubbing to the edges. A first edition of Thomas’ excellent collection of semi-autobiographical short stories, which bear favourable comparison with those of James Joyce in the Dubliners. Despite the denials from Thomas, it is hard to believe that the title is not a parody of Joyce’s Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, indicating perhaps an acknowledgement of the influence. Quite uncommon as a first edition in the dust jacket.