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. Some moderate toning, jacket with some chips and tears, 1cm loss to head of upper panel, rear panel with some browning/soiling. A good, honest copy with no restoration whatsoever. Housed in a brown cloth-covered clamshell box, with titles in gilt to black paper labels to spine and upper. Item #55312
Gilbert A1a (1.1).