New Edition, but presumably the first Houghton Mifflin printing, a Jonathan Cape edition appeared in 1929, WorldCat references a Doubleday edition dated 1926. One of only two novels to be awarded both the Prix Femina and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize (the other being E. M. Forster's A Passage to India. "This story of Gian-Luca, the fatherless and nameless Italian waiter who was an alien among exiles, an artist without an art". Becoming disgusted with his job and even with food itself, gives away his belongings and lives as a hermit in the forest. The book's mystical themes have been compared to Hermann Hesse's Siddhartha. Hall is best known for her lesbian classic, The Well of Loneliness. Near Fine in Very Good dustjacket.