THE BRASS BUTTERFLY: A PLAY IN THREE ACTS. London: Faber and Faber, [1958]. Octavo, cloth. First British edition. Adapted from the short novel "Envoy Extraordinary." There are numerous textual differences between the British and earlier U.S. edition of the play. "Set amongst the power intrigues and religious struggles at the court of a Roman Emperor. A Greek scientist arrives with his inventions of the steam engine, gun powder, and printing. The resultant catastrophes provoke arguments of Shavian wit and brilliant paradox, leading to a happy though ambiguous dénouement." - William-Golding.co.uk. Anatomy of Wonder (2004) II-451. Gekoski and Grogan A5a. Several mild fox marks along gutter margin of front endpapers, a fine copy in fine dust jacket. (#104890).

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