New York: Viking, 1953. First Edition / First Printing. Hardcover. First issue with top-edge stained orange and "Vail-Ballou" listed as the printer. SIGNED by Bellow (full name "Saul Bellow") on half-title page. Bellow's bestseller and winner of the National Book Award. 8vo half gray, half black cloth. Front free-endpaper has some paper removal from a removed label (NOT an ex-library copy, though). Interior is unmarked, but there are several pages with slightly bent or creased corners. Title page also has a folded crease. Book is fairly tight, with some very minor fraying at top of spine and at corners, which are slightly bumped. Still a very good copy, despite flaws, lacking the dust-jacket (no dj). Uncommon signed.