London: Victor Gollancz, 1963. [Espionage thriller] SIGNED FIRST EDITION. Octavo (19 x 13cm), pp.222; . Publisher's blue cloth, gilt titles to spine, in typographic dust-jacket with printed price of 18/- net. Signed by the author as John le Carré to the title page. A lightly used copy with a little soiling and an area of toning to rear panel. Shows well, in an elegant leather-spined clamshell box. A monumental novel, The Spy Who Came In From is a revolutionary Cold War -era espionage classic, the first to win both the Crime Writer's Association Gold Dagger and the Mystery Writers of America award, and also listed in the top 200 literary works since 1950. The author's breakthrough, which firmly established an alternative form to the James Bond cult and a new type of hero. Graham Greene considered it the best spy story he ever read and J.B. Priestley wrote that the book was 'superbly constructed with an atmosphere of chilly hell.'. Item #53254
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