London: Chatto and Windus, 1939. [Classic man-hunt adventure] FIRST EDITION, PROOF COPY, with an original 4-page advert/order form. Octavo, pp.[vii]; 271; , imprint. Publisher's brown card softcovers, with printed label to upper, handwritten details to spine. Contents clean, some wrinkling and lean to spine, covers lightly handled. A very good copy indeed, housed in a leather-spined clamshell box. An extremely scarce proof copy with a loose order form from Basil Blackwell, describing this novel as 'A Thriller of Thrillers'. The published book is a celebrated rarity in jacket however this is the first proof we have encountered, with none having appeared at auction. The thrillers of Geoffrey Household greatly influenced the writing of Ian Fleming. Item #49232
Hubin; Crime Fiction IV. p763. Gilbert, Jon; Ian Fleming The Bibliography pp.616-7.
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