This book contains all points of a true first printing of the first edition. The copyright page include the statement of "April 2003", "First Edition" with the full print line of "10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1". The top center of the front inside flap of the dust jacket is printed the original price in the middle of the flap : "U.S. $24.95/Canada $37.95". With "scotoma" misspelled as "skitoma" on page 243, not corrected before the 6th printing and with "Lyon" instead of "Lille" on page 152. Correct number line sequence, with no marks, underlining, or bookplates. Previous owner's first name neatly written on inside cover. No remainder marks. Spine is tight and crisp. Boards are flat and true and the corners are square. Dust jacket is not price-clipped. This highly collectible," as new" condition first edition/first printing copy is protected with a polyester archival dust jacket cover.