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The Three Hostages. A New Richard Hannay novel. - BUCHAN, John (1875-1940) - 1924. 
London: Hodder and Stoughton, . FIRST EDITION, INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR. Octavo, pp 319. With frontispiece map highlighted in red. Publisher's mid-blue cloth, titled and ruled in dark blue. A very cood copy with some acceptable wear and toning and some faint soiling to rear cover. This particular copy benefits from a presentation note to the flyleaf; Vera Nelson / from / John Buchan / a fair substitute for an Elsfield ham! / August 1924. The author was a long-time resident in the Oxfordshire village of Elsfield, apparently renowned for it's quality produce, and the recipient was part of the Thomas Nelson publishing family, where Buchan An interesting copy of the fourth Richard Hannay novel (following The Thirty Nine Steps, Greenmantle, and Mr Standfast). Buchan's famous adventurer was one of the fore-runners to James Bond; [author Ian Fleming] "was certainly influenced by no-nonsense British fictional characters such as Richard Hannay" [Gilbert, p.616].
[Bookseller: Adrian Harrington Rare Books]
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