London, Macmillan & Co., 1987. First edition, first impression. Hardback. A very good copy. The first of Banks' SF novels, and a fine entry. One of the greatest space operas written. Some bumping to the jacket at the spine tips and corners, some light creasing to front flap and the block is only lightly toned. Cover art by Richard Hopkinson [9206, Hyraxia Books].