Ashenden lifts the secret service sleuth high above the conventional conception of the spy-catcher... Maugham proved that the secret service story, like the detective story, has come of age." A lovely copy." /> MAUGHAM, W. SOMERSET. Ashenden or the British Agent. London: Heinemann, 1928. <I>8vo, original blue cloth; dust jacket; black cloth slipcase.</I> FIRST EDITION. Stott (1973 ed.) A37a; a Haycraft-Queen Cornerstone; Queen's Quorum 78: "Maugham's <I>Ashenden</I> lifts the secret service sleuth high above the conventional conception of the spy-catcher... Maugham proved that the secret service story, like the detective story, has come of age." A lovely copy. | Christie's