London: Jonathan Cape, 1964. [Spy novel] FIRST EDITION, First State, Binding A. SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR. Octavo (20 x 14cm), pp.256. Publisher's black cloth-effect paper ('Excelin') over boards with silver titles to spine and Japanese characters in gilt to upper, bamboo patterned endpapers. With the dust-jacket illustrated by Richard Chopping priced at 16s. Trivial spotting to edges, spine panel mildly toned. Previous seller's pencilled details to verso of flyleaf. A near fine copy, housed in an elegant fleece-lined, leather-spined clamshell box. Item #57889
Provenance: Ex-Peter Harrington, London, Inventory No.131690 [£7500]. Gilbert A12a (1.1).