London: Chatto & Windus, 1939. First edition, first printing. Hardcover. 314 pp., small octavo, original brown cloth with gilt spine, dustjacket. Endpapers somewhat tanned, else fine in dustjacket with slight darkening to rear panel but no chips or tears. No previous owner markings. Item #22462
Written soon after Huxley left England for Southern California, this novel is described on the rear jacket panel as an "extravaganza . . . at once grotesque and painful, farcical and reflective, of an attempt to prolong the span of human life." The central character, a Hollywood millionaire, has been compared to Orson Welles' Charles Foster Kane, a character modelled after William Randolph Hearst. Bromer A49.1.