Santa Barbara: Black Sparrow Press, 1980. Limited Edition. Octavo, publisher's teal cloth over sage paper-covered boards, upper board printed in yellow, orange, blue, green and magenta inks, printed paper spine label, green endpapers, original acetate dust jacket.
Limited edition of American expatriate writer and composer Bowles's second novel, originally published in 1952, about bank teller Nelson Dyar's soul-searching in Tangier. The trip leads him to indulge in the seedier side of Tangier's International Zone, eventually leading him to corruption and violence. "Dyar was not a reader; he did not even enjoy the movies. Entertainment somehow made the stationariness of existence more acute, not only when the amusement was over, but even during the course of it." Bowles wrote the novel during his own time in Tangier, taking the title from the scene of Banquo's murder in Macbeth. One of 1000 cloth trade copies, published simultaneously with 350 signed and numbered copies. Edges slightly faded, else fine. Item #1450