New York: Coward-McCann, Inc., 1964. First American Edition. Le Carré's third and best-known novel, one that changed the direction of modern espionage fiction. The novel is "not so much concerned with the machinations of espionage as with the machinations of the minds of those in the profession; not so much what they do in the course of their gray and thankless jobs as with what those jobs do to them. With this story of what happens when British agent Leamas is dispatched to entrap an enemy master spy in East Berlin, Le Carré gave the spy novel a new breath of life" (Pronzini & Muller, p.468). Winner of the CWA's Gold Dagger Award in 1963, and the Edgar Award for Best Novel after the publication of the American edition the following year. Basis for Martin Ritt's 1965 film of the same name, starring Richard Burton, Claire Bloom, Rupert Davies, and Oskar Werner. Hubin, p.243; Barzun & Taylor 2143. Item #5186
First Printing, a Review Copy, with the publisher's typed review slip and publicity letter laid in. Octavo (22cm); dark gray paper and red cloth-covered boards, with titling and author's facsimile signature stamped in gilt on spine and front cover; yellow topstain; dustjacket and publisher's original wraparound publicity band; ,7-256pp. Touch of oxidation to spine titling, else Fine, with the topstain bright and unfaded. Dustjacket is unclipped (priced $4.50), showing trivial wear to extremities and a hint of sunning to spine panel; Near Fine. Wraparound band is a little sunned and slightly dusty, else very well-preserved.