London: Secker and Warburg, 1961. [Espionage] FIRST EDITION. Octavo (21 x 14cm), pp.224. With four double-sided black and white photographic plates. Publisher's red cloth with silver titles to spine. With the orange dust-jacket, priced at 15s. Library stamps to title page and copyright page. Library shelf mark to base of cloth spine, and faintly to base of jacket spine. Some light offsetting to endpapers and light rubbing to cloth. Quite heavy rubbing to jacket, with toning to spine and a few small closed tears and chips to edges. Very good. The story of the Portland Spy Ring, which was passing top secret information from the Admiralty Underwater Weapons Establishment to the U.S.S.R. via equipment hidden at a suburban house in Ruslip in the late 1950's, camouflaged as an private antiquarian bookselling business. Item #56728
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