29 June 2005
DEIGHTON, Len (b. 1929). The Ipcress File. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1963.
8o. Original black boards; pictorial dust jacket by Raymond Hawkey; quarter morocco folding case with leather onlays based on dust jacket design and rubber stamp mounted on spine.
FIRST AMERICAN EDITION of the author's first novel. PRESENTATION COPY, inscribed by Deighton on the front free endpaper: "For Harry Tomb Len Deighton." This is the first appearance of the unnamed, diffident working-class hero, later dubbed Harry Palmer in the 1965 film starring Michael Caine.
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