The Jericho Commandment by James Patterson. Crown, 1979. Quarto in full black boards. Jacket paper is fairly thin but laminated, fairly typical for mid-level authors of this period. First edition is established by no additional printings on the copyright page, which Crown still used until 1980. Of interest is the jacket photo on the rear. Contrast this turtle-neck wearing, bohemian Patterson with the doe-eyed conformist of The Thomas Berryman Number. Without knowing even a little of his biography, it appears that he has begun to take himself quite seriously as a writer with this, his third book. Indeed, while his photo on Thomas Berryman bears quite a striking resemblance to Dustin Hoffman in ‘The Graduate’, here he looks like Jerry Garcia after a stout bath.