London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1983. [Thriller] UNCORRECTED PROOF IN PROOF-ONLY WRAPPER, together with the FIRST EDITION. Two volumes, octavo (25 x 17cm), pp.429; 430. Publisher's pale blue softcovers in bronze-effect dust-jacket, and publisher's brown cloth with gilt titles to spine, in the trade dust-jacket. Both copies in very good condition, usual sunning to spine, proof jacket with expected wear to unsupported oversize areas, small chip at foot, minor soiling. Very good. The proof jacket features a 'true' photograph of the author to the rear panel, was replaced by a more granulated or grainy image for the published version to which the photographer's credit [Stephen Cornwell] was added. The proof also features typographical differences to the reviews on the rear flap. The proof jacket is exceptionally scarce, this being the only copy we have encountered. Item #55737
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