London: Chatto & Windus, 1987. 1st Edition. Octavo, publisher’s light gray cloth, spine gilt, original illustrated dust jacket.
"Death dries the tears of the dead."" Signed first edition of prolific Anglo-Irish novelist and philosopher Iris Murdoch’s twenty-third novel. A master of the psychological, Murdoch is best known for her darkly comic fiction exploring virtue, morality, evil, sexuality, and the power of the unconscious, influenced by her education in classics and philosophy. Her twenty-third novel (considered one of her best), the book revolves around a left-leaning group of friends known as the "Brotherhood" co-financing a political philosophy tract written by their unofficial leader, David Crimond. Dust jacket designed by Tom Phillips. Signed by Murdoch to the title page. Fine in unclipped dust jacket. Item #6073