First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good / Very Good. Item #4341
London: Jonathan Cape, 1963. First Edition, First State with crossword puzzle endpapers and crossword competition insert laid in. Octavo (7.5" x 5"); 255p. Illustrated dustjacket with original 16s. net. price; book in red cloth with black stamped lettering and rubber stamp design with blindstamped "Downgrade to Unclassified" stamp beneath and gilt lettering to spine. Jacket edgeworn with a few small chips and clean tears, along with some peeling to laminate at edges and toning to flaps. Boards are clean and square with some nudging to spine ends. Previous owner's name at top corner of full title, else pages unmarked. Binding is sound. Crossword competition insert is clean, crisp, and unmarked. The second of Deighton's spy novels featuring his never-named secret agent, and the only one not adapted for the "Harry Palmer" films starring Michael Caine.