London: William Blackwood and Sons, 1915. [Espionage thriller] FIRST EDITION. Octavo (19 x 13), pp.253;  blank;  publisher's advertisements. Publisher's mid blue cloth, titles in darker blue to spine and upper board. A few light marks within, usual edge toning to the cheap wartime paper, discreet ink name to flyleaf, spine tones, faint cup-ring and discolour to cover, subtle repairs to cloth. Shows well. The famous novel which introduced spy-catcher Richard Hannay. Basis for several movie adaptations; the most notable being the 1935 film by Alfred Hitchcock, which is considered one of the legendary director's greatest pictures. Buchan's adventurer was one of the forerunners to James Bond; [author Ian Fleming] "was certainly influenced by no-nonsense British fictional characters such as Richard Hannay" [Gilbert, p.616]. Item #60422
Blanchard. See also Haining; Crime Fiction p193-4. Listed in The Observer's All-Time 100 Best Novels . Hubin; Crime Fiction IV.
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