First printing of Butler's first book, a science fiction novel about telepaths set in the far distant future. Chronologically the final of five volumes in the Patternist sequence of novels.
NY: Doubleday & Company, 1976. First edition, stated, with correct "G24" gutter code on p.185. Octavo (5.75 x 8.5 in.); 186pp.; gray vinyl boards, black spine lettering; in dust jacket. Spine ends and bottoms of boards lightly rubbed; bottom corners lightly bumped; the usual speckled purple remainder-spray on base of textblock. In an unclipped ("$5.95") jacket with a few short closed tears, a small chip to fore-edge of front flap hinge, moderate rubbing and a few tiny chips at spine ends and tips. Near fine in a very good or better jacket.