Museums & Women and Other Stories by John Updike is a 282-page hardcover published in 1972 by Alfred A. Knopf, and is a stated first edition. The dust jacket has staining and shelf wear. Inside, the flyleaf has writing in pencil and a stain. There is light tanning around the edges and foxing on the outside page edges.
This is John Updike's largest and most varied collection of Short stories. Some, such as the title story, have the tone and personality of essays; others objectify the chimeras of middle-class existence; a number of vignettes reflect the face of America in the fictional microcosm of Tarbox; the longest story, a halluciatory trip up the Nile, allegorizes our foreign policy. In the second section of the collection, Updike tries on ten surreal modes and ornaments his texts with an array of stolen illustrations. Lastly, five stories portray the evolving, everlasting marriage of the Maples, an imaginary couple whose first appearance in The New Yorker dates back to 1956.