New York, NY: Walker and Company, 1962. [Spy Thriller] EARLY US EDITION. Octavo (21 x 15cm), pp.128. Publisher's cyan quarter cloth with gilt titles to spine and light brown paper over boards. With the blue and brown dust-jacket, not priced. Jacket sunned to spine, with a little rubbing to edges. Crisp and clean internally. Near fine. First published in 1961, this was the author's first book, introducing his best-known character George Smiley. It is a highly important thriller which was instrumental in developing the trend for more hard-edged post-Fleming spy novels. An early American book club edition. Item #59049
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