London: Collins, 1970. [Spy Thriller] INSCRIBED FIRST EDITION. Octavo (21 x 14cm), pp.254 . With a sketch-map to preliminaries. INSCRIBED by the author in blue ink to Eileen M. Cond's distinctive bookplate to fly-leaf: 'To another "sucker | for mountains" with the author's | thanks and good | wishes | Berkely Mather.' Publisher's blue cloth with gilt titles to spine. With the dust-jacket illustrated by D'Achille, priced at 30s. Blue ink date note to fly-leaf. Very light rubbing to jacket edges. Near fine. A James Wainwright espionage adventure set in the mountainous country between India and China. This copy is fondly inscribed to a personal friend of the author, Eileen Cond, described in a letter as "my earliest aficionada." Well-known as a prominent collector of modern firsts, Miss Cond was also a correspondent of Ian Fleming, and the first Secretary to the James Bond Fan Club. During the 1950s, Miss Cond ran an 18th-century royal hunting lodge converted to country house hotel at Deer Park, Honiton, Devon (hence the bookplate design), with a select clientele. Item #59063
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