London: Chatto & Windus, 1929. Original olive brown cloth with spine label, with dust jacket.
First English Edition (the play was performed, in 1927-1928, and was published, in New York before London).
And here we have our theme, ladies and gentleman: the gap between perception and reality, what people desire to be true and what is actually so. It’s hard on a king to try and live up to romantic expectations and legends, as [boy prince} Perivale will discover. But he will not discover it quite yet. For now, he moves on to questioning his father about the mysterious ivory door in the throne room. He’s been told it leads to hell or at the very least that to enter it means certain death. And his father, wise as he might be (for all kings are wise), cannot tell him differently. He can only tell him that what lies on the other side is unknown but the kings who have passed through the door have never been seen again. It’s a legend that looms large in their kingdom – the Ivory Door that leads to certain death – and for Perivale the need to know the truth is intense... [Captive Reader]
This is a fine copy in a fine jacket. NCBEL IV 673. Item #14303