BEASTS by John Crowley. New York, NY; Doubleday; 1976. 1st edition hardcover. Crowley's 2nd book (after the popular "The Deep") and many went to libraries and institutions, so to find a copy that is no ex-library is rare. Signed on title page in Crowley's very distinctive caligraphy signature. Against a fragmented America of the future unfolds a rich drama of mythic destiny. The half-human, half-lion race called leos seeks to roam free - a young boy finds himself anointed for kingship - and a wily fox-man plots the future of the country and possibly the world. SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR. Light remainder spray along bottom edge, else a fine copy in a fine dustjacket (as new).