From the dust jacket: “Autobiographical in conception, this novel traces the adolescence and early manhood of a creative artist. We follow his student days in Zurich, an abortive love affair, and his journeys to Italy which, with earlier personal tragedies, deeply affect his thought. Ultimately, he returns to his native mountain village where he hopes to recapture the poetry first instilled in his childhood imagination.” Gilt lettering on the spine. Tight binding. No cracks. No loose pages. Grahame Book Company sticker inside front cover. The front and rear end papers each have a tanned strip along the length of the page from the dust jacket. The jacket has some tanning on the back cover and flaps; some small tears along the perimeter.