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. A very lightly handled copy; jacket with one tiny nick to crown, trivial toning and soft crease to rear panel, colours vibrant. A lovely fresh copy of this landmark title; a cornerstone of modern fiction. Item #55068
Gilbert A1a (1.1).