London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1962. [Cold-War thriller] FIRST EDITION. Octavo (20 x 14cm), pp.224. Publisher's orange cloth in original dust-wrapper (without reviews) designed by Raymond Hawkey. Some dustiness and handling, jacket yellowed to spine and extremities, rubbed at crown. An inexpensive copy of the first state. Author's debut spy novel, a landmark in the genre, introducing the cult figure of Harry Palmer (although the character's name remained anonymous for some time). Famously portrayed by Michael Caine in the film of the same name (1965), a role he reprised twice in the sixties, followed by two further outings (as a retired secret agent) in the mid-nineties. Described by Ian Fleming in the Sunday Times as one of his 'Books of the Year'. Item #53880
Book Collector No.287 (p32-62) 'The Sixties'. Milward-Oliver; Len Deighton Annotated Bibliography. See also Gilbert p.548, 651.
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