London: Secker and Warburg, 1981. First U.K. Edition. First Impression. Signed by the author on the title page. Octavo (22cm); black paper covered boards titled in silver on the spine; dustjacket; 192pp. Spine ends gently pushed, else a Fine copy. The dustjacket is unclipped (priced £5.95) ghost sticker mark remains; slight wrinkle to the top edge; Near Fine.
Banville recreates Prague in this historical novel, Winner of the 1981 Guardian Fiction Prize. "Kepler's world like Shakespeare's was brilliant, beautiful and cruel. In this novel John Banville has set out to capture the spirir of that world as it existed or one complex man." (from the dustjacket).