London: Jonathan Cape, 1978. [Spy thriller] UNCORRECTED PROOF COPY of the FIRST EDITION. Octavo (23 x 15cm), pp.250; , blank. Bound in salmon-coloured printed wraps, with oversize proof-only dust-wrapper. The jacket artwork is by Raymond Hawkey, who designed the classic 1960s James Bond paperbacks for Pan Books. Rather curiously and erroneously, the upper cover displays the title simply as 'S.S.' Some light spotting, spine sunned, expected wear to unsupported section of oversized wrapper. Very good indeed. With comparisons to Graham Greene and Ian Fleming, Deighton first arrived on the shady scene in 1962 and was described by Julian Symons as 'the poet of the spy story'. Item #55143
Milward-Oliver; Len Deighton Annotated Bibliography p.41.
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