NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 1982. First edition, first printing. Hardcover. 8vo. xi(i),876,(iv)pp. Black cloth spine, dark gray paper over boards, both blocked in copper foil. A trace of sunning along the top board edge, and a touch of soil to the top and bottom text edges else this is a fine copy. The dust wrapper is not price-clipped and is also fine.
Inscribed by the author in the title page: "For Patrick".
The author was involved with the Society for Creative Anachronism ("SCA"). In 1968 The East Kingdom was founded in the SCA; it was started by Elfrida and Walter of Greenwalls (Marion Zimmer Bradley and her then husband Walter Breen). The Annotated History notes the following about the first Kingdom event (June 2, 1968 - AS III): "Held at the Cloisters, New York City, New York. A tourney was planned but it was rained out. Elfrida and Walter of Greenwalls were the seneschals and the autocrats..."
This copy is signed on the title page, not on a plate or slip of paper pasted in. "Historical writing on a grand scale, with all the magic conviction and resonance of ballad and ancient lore." - Barron (ed), Fantasy Literature 4A-48. Fine / Fine. Item #20052