London: Methuen, (1935). First edition. Winner in 1936 of the first-ever National Book Award under the category of "Bookseller Discovery" -- or, as it was called at the time, the "forgotten book of the year that least deserved to be forgotten." This was in the early, pre-war days when NBA's were voted on by members of the American Booksellers Association and when authors and publishers from outside the U.S. were eligible. (Alfred Knopf, who published the book in the U.S. in 1936, represented Lofts at the 1936 ceremony.) Near fine with thin line of offset to front and back endpapers; in good to very good dust jacket with 1/4" trimmed from base of rear flap, spine ends and corners nicked, few small tears, and old internal tape shadows (only evident externally in small area on upper rear panel). Scarce in the true first edition and especially so in the dust jacket.