Close Quarters by William Golding [FIRST EDITION]
FIRST EDITION / FIRST PRINTING  FARRAR STRAUS & GIROUX
Dust jacket is in excellent condition with some light edge wear. Book itself looks and reads nicely; pristine cover and white, unmarked pages. Some foxing to outer page edges and a bit of a bend to pages towards the end of the book.
Following Rites of Passage, this is second of Golding's Sea Trilogy. Half-way to Australia in a wilderness of heat, stillness and sea mists, a ball is held on a becalmed ship. In this surreal atmosphere the passengers dance and flirt, while beneath them thickets of weed spread over the hull.