Le Carre | John

The Little Drummer Girl

First American Edition



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Signed first American edition of The Little Drummer Girl by John le Carre.

Octavo, 430pp. Plum cloth, title in silver on spine, author’s name in silver on cover. Stated “First Edition” on copyright page. Solid text block, bumped corners, a fine example. In publisher’s first state dust jacket, $15.95 on front flap, small tape repair to bottom edge of spine on verso, bright illustrations, a near fine example. This copy is signed by the author on the title page.

David Cornwell (1931-2020) was a British author who wrote under the pen name of John le Carre. In 1961, while working for British intelligence, le Carre published his first novel, Call for the Dead. With his third novel, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1963), le Carre became an international best-selling author, and he soon began writing full-time. Many of le Carre’s works are spy novels set during the Cold War. Several were made into movies. The Little Drummer Girl was made into an American film starring Diane Keaton in 1984, and it was adapted into a BBC miniseries in 2018. In 2008, The Times of London included John le Carre on its list of “50 greatest British writers since 1945.”

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Location Published

New York


Alfred A. Knopf


First American Edition

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Jacket Condition

Near Fine


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