New York: Seymour Lawrence / Delacorte, . Large octavo. Gilt cloth. Trace of sunning at edges, otherwise fine in dust jacket. Item #WRCLIT83806
Second impression of the first trade edition, gathering essays originally published before SHIP OF FOOLS and her incomplete but long labored-over treatment of Cotton Mather. This copy is signed by Porter on the free endsheet, and as occasionally is the case, bears on the copyright page her manuscript denunciation of the publisher and those who assisted in the assembly of the text (a couple of them long-time friends, including Glenway Wescott): "This piece of impudence was committed by the publishers without my knowledge or permission." She has 'X'ed through the publisher's acknowledgement of thanks "for help and guidance" and continues: "For nearly 6 years I have waited for an apology from any one of this committee. Octr., 2 1976."