AMBLER, Eric (1909-98). Cause for Alarm. New York: Knopf, 1939. -- Another copy. -- The Mask of Dimitrios. London: Hodder and Stoughton, . (Lacking dust jacket.) The 1944 film version starred Sydney Greenstreet and Peter Lorre. -- A Coffin for Dimitrios. New York: Knopf, 1939. -- Passage of Arms. London: Heinemann, . -- The Light of Day. London: Heinemann, . The basis for Jules Dassin's film, Topkapi. -- An uncorrected proof copy. Original printed wrappers. -- The Ability to Kill and Other Pieces. London: Bodley Head, . -- The Army of the Shadows. Helsinki: Eurographica, 1986. Original printed wrappers. LIMITED EDITION, SIGNED by Ambler on the title page, number 322 of 350 copies, first collected edition. -- 7 further volumes including some later editions, some in dust jacket. Together 16 volumes, FIRST EDITIONS or first American editions except as noted, 8o, original cloth; DUST JACKETS except as noted, condition varies.
[With]: Autograph letter signed ("Eric") and endorsed twice as censor ("E.C. Ambler Capt.") to John Davenport, Photo Division, A.P.O. 512, 15 November 1943. 1 page, 4to, on V-Mail stationery, two sketches of maps, light soiling at folds. A reflective letter that Ambler somewhat mysteriously asks to be kept hidden from his wife, Louise. "I left without a book of any sort and so, since nobody here reads anything but The Stars and Stripes, I sit and reflect. This, and other things, produces the most profound accidie. I do not see any prospect of my writing anything out here...I know now that the other job of which we spoke is of first importance. I feel very English and very European. I have not had the heart to go on with the diary." (17)