Square quarto; quarter navy morocco (lettered in gilt on the spine) and grey cloth; a fine copy with the fine (unclipped) pictorial dustwrapper very lightly tanned by the spine leather (and with a loosely inserted pictorial textured tissue sandwiched between the front panel and the front cover of the book), in the original printed cork-veneer slipcase (very lightly rubbed and bumped) and the original cardboard packaging.
A superb example of the book arts from the Loujon Press, printed in red, black and blue on fine papers, with an original portrait photograph of the author and numerous illustrations and facsimiles, and an introduction by Lawrence Durrell. This is one of only 11 copies of the 'Black Oasis letter & signature edition', signed and dated (6/6/66) by the author, and with each one identified by a letter from his name; this is copy 'M'. The publisher's certificate to this effect is loosely inserted. Tipped in at the rear is an autograph letter signed by Miller (foolscap folio on his personal letterhead, dated 3/24/66). The reasonably long letter (about 115 words) is addressed to the publisher, Jon Webb, and it relates to the publication of this book. Miller comments on the various portrait photographs he has sent, and which one he prefers; he refers to getting on with translating the French passages, and stresses that 'Hans' must be included in the title.