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. In publisher’s dust jacket with portrait of the author on back panel, price clipped, light toning along top interior edge, light shelf wear to back panel with closed tear along top edge repaired with archival tape. A nice copy of this John le Carre thriller set in the Middle East.
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.”