London: William Heinemann Ltd., 1950. First UK Edition. First hardcover edition, and the first time Greene's novelization of his famous screenplay saw print. "Pulp novelist Holly Martins travels to shadowy, postwar Vienna, only to find himself investigating the mysterious death of an old friend, black-market opportunist Harry Lime - and thus begins this legendary tale of love, deception, and murder." Basis for the Oscar-winning 1949 film directed by Carol Reed, starring Orson Welles and Joseph Cotten. Criterion 64; Wobbe A23.a. Item #1966
First Impression. Octavo; black cloth, with titles stamped in silver on spine; dustjacket; 188, pp. Small bookplate to front pastedown, with a few small stains to endpapers, else very Near Fine. Dustjacket is unclipped (priced 6s net), measuring ca.1/8" taller than the book; minor wear to spine ends and corner tips, with a single closed tear to upper edge of rear panel; bright, very Near Fine example.