London: Methuen & Co., 1907. First Edition. "The earliest and best novel portraying the character and fate of a double agent. The fusion of humor, horror, psychology, social observation, philosophic reflection, and narrative art...casts in the shade all subsequent attempts to emulate so rich a "realism"" (Barzun & Taylor 903). A Haycraft-Queen Cornerstone, basis for Alfred Hitchcock's 1936 film Sabotage, and Christopher Hampton's 1996 adaptation starring Bob Hoskins, Patricia Arquette, and Gérard Depardieu. Wise 17; Ehrsam 2256; cf.Keating 73. Item #5132
First Impression, one of 2,500 copies. Crown octavo (19.75cm); vertically-ribbed ruby red cloth, with titling and decorations stamped in gilt on spine; [viii],442, + 40pp of publisher's ads (dated September 1907). Modest wear to extremities, light rubbing to cloth, spine ends a bit pushed, with bumping to front board corners, and gilt slightly dulled (though still quite legible); faint foxing to endpapers, with some mild, scattered soil to the margins of a few pages; hinges sound; Very Good.