London, Macmillan & Co., 1988. First Edition. First Impression. Hardback. Signed by the author to the title page without inscription. The second Culture novel. A very nice copy. Some mild wear to the spine tips at the boards and some trivial signs of ageing, including a few spots of foxing to the top edge. An important book, Andrews and Rennison chose it to represent Banks in their recent 100 Must-Read SF Novels. Cover art by Richard Hopkinson [6467, Hyraxia Books].