Look long upon a monkey by James Curtis, 1st/1st, 1956
This is a near fine copy of James Curtis' 'Look long upon a monkey' in first edition, first printing. Arthur Barker, London, 1956. The textblocks in nice condition with light foxing on the bottom and side textblocks and some foxing on the top textblock with little to no discolouration. The dust jacket shows shelf wear with a couple of small creases on the front cover and fading along both edges along the spine, however is in overall nice condition, and has not been price clipped. The boards are free from chips and marks and is in near fine condition. Overall this is a near fine copy with all the pages being in excellent condition.
James Curtis is a Hubin listed crime and mystery author. While not a mainstream author he is well regarded amongst those who are aware of James Curtis' books. The clumsily titled, Look Long Upon A Monkey (1956), which portrayed post-war society through the eyes of three escaped convicts, turned out to be his last published novel. From even this bald summary of his writing, Curtis’s main themes and preoccupations emerge. Echoing the work of the American social realists Theodore Dreiser and James T Farrell, he produced fiction with an implicit political message.