First Edition, First Printing. Signed on the title page. Author's first book. Near fine in original purple cloth, titled in gilt on spine, and very good plus pictorial dust jacket. Black topstain. Dust jacket lightly worn at head of spine panel and top edges. In his debut book, Barthelme shares a collection of 14 wonderful short stories. Small octavo. 5.5 x 8.25 in. [viii], 183 +  pp.