New York: Harcourt, Brace & Co., (1956). First U.S. edition of the Nobel Prize-winning author's second book. SIGNED BY GOLDING on white label affixed to title page. Originally published in the UK as PINCHER MARTIN. Near fine with touch of darkening to spine gutters and inner hinges; in about very good, lightly soiled dust jacket with few small chips; rubbing to edges and folds, most noticeably along the rear flap fold where there is also a small, narrow hole; and shadows on verso from tape removal. From the collection of Rolland Comstock with his distinctive bookplate on front pastedown, under the jacket flap.