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The Franklin Library, PA, 1988. Author's first book. Black faux leather, frontis illustration, green brick end-papers, gilt letters. 22 kt gilt edges all-around. Illustrated by Terry Widener. Crisp white paper, tightly bound. Appears to be un-read. A 'Fine' copy, with no blemishes. 279 pages.
Gift quality. Scarce in this condition.
Len Deighton’s classic first novel, whose protagonist is a nameless working-class spy – later christened Harry Palmer and made famous worldwide in an iconic 1960s movie, starring Michael Caine. An apparently straightforward mission to find a missing biochemist becomes a journey to the heart of a dark and deadly conspiracy.
The Ipcress File was not only Len Deighton’s first novel, it was his first bestseller and the book that broke the mold for spy novels.
The film gave Michael Caine one of his first and still most celebrated starring roles, while the novel itself has become a classic.