First US edition. Sm. 8vo. Pp [xvi], 173. Quarter-bound grey cloth over mauve paper boards, lettered in silver to spine; deckled fore-edges. Sky-blue endpapers. Jacket illustration and design by Timothy Hsu, with praise by Malcolm Bradbury, A. N. Wilson, et al.
Hint of price-sticker residue to rear dustjacket panel, else as new.
Author's tenth novel. A futuristic literary fantasy in which Plato lectures to the citizens of 38th century London on subjects as diverse as Sigmund Freud's comic masterpiece Jokes and Their Relation to the Subconscious, and Charles Darwin's greatest novel, The Origin of Species, only to be put on trial for corrupting the youth of the city. "London has always provided the landscape for my imagination. It becomes a character – a living being – within each of my books." –Peter Ackroyd