Edition: First printing.
New York: Atheneum, 1962. dj. Hardcover first edition - Rather uncommon first edition of this author's first novel, based on the history of the Valle Crucis mission in the mountains of North Carolina in the mid-nineteenth century, and of the struggles of the bishop who conceived it and the deacon who ran it. Linney wrote a play with the same title based on his novel, and in 2004, this novel was finally reissued in paperback. 311 pp.
Condition: Ex-library with markings , binding cracked mid-book, but in a very near fine and unmarked dustjacket. Striking dust jacket art by Walter Ferro.