The Plague. London: Hamish Hamilton, 1948. First UK edition. Green cloth covers in publisher's pictorial dust jacket designed by Michael Ayrton. A very good copy. First printing (first impression) with 'This translation first published in 1948' to the copyright page to indicate a true first print, in first state jacket priced to the inner front flap 9s 6d. net as called for. First published in French in 1947, The Plague tells the story of a plague sweeping the French Algerian city of Oran.