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DEIGHTON, Len (born 1929).
The Ipcress File.
London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1962. [Cold-War thriller] FIRST EDITION. Octavo (20 x 14cm), pp.224. Publisher's orange cloth in original dust-wrapper (without reviews) designed by Raymond Hawkey. A couple of laminate creases, minor edge wear, some vintage tape and file number to reverse side; a bright near fine copy. Author's debut spy novel, a landmark in the genre, introducing the cult figure of Harry Palmer (although the character's name remained anonymous for some time). Famously portrayed by Michael Caine in the film of the same name (1965), a role he reprised twice in the sixties, followed by two further outings (as a retired secret agent) in the mid-nineties. Described by Ian Fleming in the Sunday Times as one of his 'Books of the Year'. Book Collector No.287 (p32-62) 'The Sixties'. Milward-Oliver; Len Deighton Annotated Bibliography. See also Gilbert p.548, 651. [Attributes: First Edition; In Dust Jacket]
Bookseller: Adrian Harrington [UNITED KINGDOM]

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