London: Jonathan Cape, 1953. [Spy novel] FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE. Octavo (20 x 13cm), pp.218; , blank. Publisher's black cloth-effect paper over boards with red titles and 'heart' design to upper, tail edge untrimmed, pictorial dust-wrapper priced at 10/6. Small mark to top edge else a near fine copy of the book in a bright wrapper which has a little edgewear, one short closed tear to the rear panel and a most subtle, near-invisible repair to the crown (no replaced paper, just stabilised). A superior copy, housed in a black leather clamshell box. Item #55021
Gilbert A1a (1.1).