London: Chatto & Windus, 1980. Pale blue gilt boards. First edition. Fine, in a fine dust jacket printed in red and black.
Twenty-first novel by the prolific Oxford don who nonchalantly starts this novel that is sometimes referred to as a romance for highbrows, with, "'Wittgenstein -- ' 'Yes?' said the Count." Murdoch is complicated and seem to be working out her own demons through her throngs of characters, but it is a long and deep exploration of appearances and reality that will deposit you at its conclusion either thoroughly confused or prepared to teach metaphysics at Oxbridge. Fine. / Fine. Item #323