New York: Macmillan, 1977. 243 pp. 5 3/4 x 8 1/2". First Edition, first printing. Dust jacket in fine condition, illustrated on the front copy by Edward Gorey; Black cloth over boards, silver gilt lettering on spine and red stars decorating the spine, tight and clean with minor corner bumping, otherwise near fine; accompanied by several interesting ephemera items: the original metered shipping label from MacMillan Publishing Co. to "Manroot", a book publisher in San Francisco; second item is a postcard with a Gorey illustration advertising the 5th Annual Edwardian Ball in San Franciso in 2005; the third item is a letter from the publisher previewing the book. (Toledano p. 124, code H77i denoting hard cover, year of publication, illustrator).
Described by the publisher as a "brillian black comedy about a tenacious dowarger determine to outlive and thereby outwit her fellows nad her era as she circulates between the French Riviera and New York's haute monde." Written by Michael Stewart (1924 - 1987), best known for writing Broadway librettos such as "Hello, Dolly!" and "Bye Bye Birdie", he alsod won two Tony awards and two Drama Critics awards. This is his first novel. Cover art and frontispiece illustrated by Edward Gorey, a fitting match for the content of the book.