Andre Deutsch, London, 1954. FIRST EDITION, third impression stated. Good complete condition, some staining to inside covers and preliminaries. Rare original dust jacket, not price clipped, edge chips. Signed and inscribed by author, "To Squib, from Wolf Mankowiz" very bold and legible on stained front endpage.‘Novelists have been exposing the methods of various businesses for years, but it is not often done with relish for the methods, rather than the exposure. Wolf Mankowitz, himself an antique dealer writes of the lower strata of his trade with enjoyment and something which at times is almost like affection. To compare some of his characters to the shark and the vulture would be unfair to the shark and the vulture. The intricacy of their dealings and the predatory zeal with which they pursue their ends are things only the jungle undergrowth of 'the trade' could breed. But although Wolf Mankowitz's microscopic eye for human frailty and his highly polished sense of humor miss nothing of this, he also sees a great deal more. In this story of the pursuit and capture of a rare Portland vase, there is poetry as well as wit and pathos as well as satire.’Illustrated by Leonard Rosoman. 108 pages.