First Edition. F.M. dustjacket art. Contemporary novel of an undermaster in a second-rate boys' school who is "eager for life and romance and watching his youth slip away from him without having tasted either". This copy inscribed and signed by the author at front free end paper. A bright copy with mild vertical cocking, else Near Fine in Very Good dustjacket with stain to spine noticeable at verso, shallow spine end chipping.