London: Jonathan Cape, 1953. [Spy novel] FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE. Octavo (20 x 13cm), pp.218; , blank. Publisher's black cloth-effect paper over boards with red titles and 'heart' design to upper, tail edge untrimmed, pictorial dust-wrapper priced at 10/ ; a restored, entry-level copy which at the time of writing is the most affordable copy in the first issue jacket. The book is somewhat used with page edges browned, discreet repair to inside joint, wrapper with extensive restoration, panels dulled, rear panel grubby. Housed in a protective leather-spined clamshell box. Item #52823
Gilbert A1a (1.1).
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