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Ashenden.

by MAUGHAM, W. Somerset.

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London: Heinemann,, 1928. Scarce signed and in the jacket First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the front free endpaper. Maugham's masterpiece of spy fiction inspired Ian Fleming, John le Carré, and countless other espionage and thriller writers. A collection of interconnected short stories, Ashenden is based on the author's time working in the British Secret Intelligence Service. It follows the adventures of the eponymous character as he operates for the SIS during the First World War across Europe and Asia, under the cover of being an author. The book provided the source material for Alfred Hitchcock's 1936 film The Secret Agent. Provenance: from the collection of the Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts (1941-2021), with his posthumous bookplate. Octavo. Original blue cloth, spine and front cover lettered in gilt. With supplied dust jacket. Housed in a custom quarter blue morocco folding box by the Chelsea Bindery. Spine slightly cocked and faded, extremities lightly worn,… Read More
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Ashenden or The British Agent
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by Maugham, W. Somerset

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London: William Heinemann, 1928. Book. Fine. Hardcover. Signed by Author on laid in Sheet. 1st Edition. First Printing. A Queen's Quorum and Haycraft-Queen Cornerstone title. Book is as new. Signed by W. Somerset Maugham on a tipped in page "In recollection of a happy hour W.Somerset Maugham San Francisco 20 Jan 1939" Dustjacket has the correct 7/6 price on the spine. Dustjacket corners have small, almost invisible, expert repair. Overall, a beautiful copy, rare in this condition. Book is protected in a custom cut clear mylar cover. All books are carefully wrapped and shipped in a box..
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ASHENDEN OR THE BRITISH AGENT.

ASHENDEN OR THE BRITISH AGENT.

by MAUGHAM, W. SOMERSET.

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London: William Heinemann, Ltd., 1928., 1928. First edition. First edition. 8vo. A clean, fine, bright copy in a fine bright dust jacket with light professional restoration to the flap folds and to the bottom edge of the lower rear panel. Queen's Quorum says, "Maugham's ASHENDEN lifts the secret service sleuth high above the conventional conception of the spycatcher. His emphasis is not on plot in the usual blood-and-thunder sense; Maugham is too crafty a craftsman to subordinate realism and depth of characterization to tricks and counter-tricks. Maugham proved that the secret service story, like the detective story, has come of age." A superb story about the British Secret Service. Maugham served in the British Intelligence Service in World Wars I and II. In 1914 he was part of a Red Cross unit in France, later acting as a secret agent in Geneva. In Petrograd he was involved in trying to prevent the outbreak of the Russian Revolution. His experiences are related in this collection… Read More
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Ashenden or: The British Agent
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Ashenden or: The British Agent

by MAUGHAM, W. Somerset

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London: William Heinemann, 1928. Hardcover. Near Fine/Fine. First edition. One corner a little bumped, very slight rubbing at the extremities, very near fine in just about fine dustwrapper with some tiny nicks, mostly at the crown. Basis for the Alfred Hitchcock film *The Secret Agent* with Madeleine Carroll, John Gielgud, and Peter Lorre. A lovely copy of this title listed in both *Queen's Quorum* and as a *Haycraft-Queen Cornerstone*.
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Ashenden. Or The British Agent
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Ashenden. Or The British Agent

by MAUGHAM, William Somerset (1874-1965)

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London: William Heinemann, 1928. [Thriller collection] FIRST EDITION. Octavo (19 x 13cm), pp.196; [12], blank. Publisher's blue cloth blocked in black and gilt, striking illustrated dust-jacket. Some gentle toning, jacket with a tiny amount of wear at crown, spine toned as usual, 'The Times Book Club' small label to lower board. A particularly bright, fresh example of this Haycraft-Queen cornerstone book. An espionage adventure, based on Somerset Maugham's Secret Service experience in the Great War. Two of the stories in 'Ashenden' were used by Alfred Hitchcock as the basis for 'The Secret Agent'. 'It is the archetype of the espionage novel, a precursor to the works of Ian Fleming, Len Deighton, John Le Carre and Robert Ludlum' (Book Collector, no.272).
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London: Heinemann, 1928. First Edition. Hard Cover. Dust Jacket. (London: William Heinemann, Ltd. 1928). First UK Edition. Publisher's slate blue cloth lettered in gilt with author's & publisher's device in black. Minuscule rubbing to the boards otherwise a near fine (or better) copy in a VG+ D/W priced 7/6 to the spine with a 2 cm closed tear and associated crease at the top left hand corner of the spine. There are also a couple of small chips at the top and bottom right hand corner of the spine but with none of the usual fading to the spine. Provenance: Adrian Homer Goldstone (noted collector and bibliographer, with his book plate on the front paste-down). Haycraft Queen Cornerstone and Queen's Quorum. The basis for the 1936 British espionage thriller film "The Secret Agent" directed by Alfred Hitchcock, adapted from the play by Campbell Dixon, which in turn was loosely based on two stories from Ashenden. *The Secret Agent* starred Madeleine Carroll, John Gielgud, Peter Lorre and Robert… Read More
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by MAUGHAM W SOMERSET

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London: Heinemann, 1928. First Edition. Hard Cover. Dust Jacket. (London: William Heinemann, Ltd. 1928). First UK Edition. Publisher's slate blue cloth lettered in gilt with author's & publisher's device in black. Minuscule rubbing to the bottom edge of the front and back boards otherwise a near fine (or better) really bright copy in a VG+ D/W priced 7/6 to the spine with a slither of loss at the head and tail of the spine and a neat (almost invisible) archival repair (by one of the World's leading paper conservators) to a small chip to the left hand corner of the front cover. Usual slight fading to the spine. Provenance: Housed in a custom-made box. Book-plate of Stuart B Schimmel (a respected collector of rare books) to the front pastedown. Haycraft Queen Cornerstone and Queen's Quorum. The basis for the 1936 British espionage thriller film "The Secret Agent" directed by Alfred Hitchcock, adapted from the play by Campbell Dixon, which in turn was loosely… Read More
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Ashenden
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Ashenden

by W. Somerset Maugham

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UK: William Heinemann Ltd, 1928. 1st Edition 1st Printing. Hardcover. Near Fine/Near Fine. Ashenden by W. Somerset Maugham First Edition William Heinemann Ltd 1928. A near fine copy that has no previous owner's inscriptions or markings. Clean throughout and no foxing to contents or edges. Covers are bright, unblemished and have no dulling to gilt lettering nor toning to spine. In a near fine dust jacket with some minor (imperceptible) conservation. Still very much vibrant and with no fading. Publisher's printed price of 7/6 to spine. A Haycraft-Queen Cornerstone. Queen's Quorum 78. "Ashenden" by W. Somerset Maugham is a collection of interconnected short stories that provide a glimpse into the world of espionage during World War I. The titular character, Ashenden, is a British writer who becomes a spy for the British Secret Service. Set against the backdrop of Europe during the war, the stories follow Ashenden's experiences as he undertakes various undercover missions, navigates through treacherous… Read More
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Ashenden or The British Agent.
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London: William Heinemann Ltd, , 1928. If you do well you'll get no thanks and if you get into trouble you'll get no help First edition, first impression, of this accepted masterpiece of spy fiction, a noted source of inspiration for Ian Fleming, le Carré, and countless other spy-thriller writers. "Of all fictitious spy stories, Ashenden's adventures come nearest to the real-life experiences of his creator" (Masters, p. 65). This collection of interconnected short stories is based on the author's time working in the British Secret Intelligence Service. It follows the adventures of the titular character as he operates for SIS during the First World War in Switzerland and other countries across Europe and Asia under the cover of being an author. The book provided the source material of the 1936 film The Secret Agent, directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Octavo. Finely bound by the Chelsea Bindery in dark green morocco, spine lettered and framed in gilt, gilt ruling on covers, board edges, and turn-ins,… Read More
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Ashenden or The British Agent [John Gielgud's book]

by Maugham, W. Somerset

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London, England: William Heinemann, 1928. First Edition, First Printing. . Combound. Near Fine/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. First Edition, First Printing. Hard cover 8vo in blue cloth w/gold titles. Near Fine/No DJ (mylar cover). Edgewear and scuffs front panel, owner note front endpaper, else Fine and unmarked. JOHN GIELGUD'S BOOK w/handwritten home address and bookplate front pastedown. He starred in the 1936 movie of the same name by Alfred Hitchcock. Talk about cachet. 304pp.
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Ashenden or the British Agent

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by Maugham, William Somerset

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New York: Doubleday, Doran & Co, 1928. First American Edition. Hard Cover with Dust Jacket. Octavo. 304pp., bound in original blue cloth stamped in orange, spine lettering orange, top edge orange, A very good copy in very good, price clipped pictorial dust jacket with small chips at spine ends and corners. The story of the most dramatic and terrifying aspect of the war and an exciting story of the British secret service.
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ASHENDEN

by Maugham W. Somerset

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HEINEMANN, 1928. Book. Good. Hardcover. Inscribed by Author(s). FIRST. A good minus first edition second printing with spine replaced. INSCRIBED BY MAUGHAM fine Facsimile dust jacket..
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ASHENDEN or The British Agent

by Maugham, Somerset

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New York: Doubleday, Doran & Co. Inc., 1928. 304 pages in very good, clean condition; slightly yellowed. Few small stains on the bottom edge and top edge. Endpapers yellowed. Inscription of former owner on the ffep. Blue cloth with orange titles and decorations. Corners lightly bumped and rubbed. Edges a little rubbed. Light wear at the head/tail of the spine. Beige DJ with illustrations and black titles. Spine and edges darkened and stained. Small chips on the corners, edges, head/tail of spine. Not price clipped. VG-/FAIR. First American Edition. Hard Cover. VG-/Fair.
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Ashenden. Or the British Agent [Inscribed]

by MAUGHAM, W[illiam]. Somerset (1874-1965)

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London: William Heinemann, 1928. First Edition. Hardcover. Fine-. Second Impression of this archetype of the espionage novel, a precursor to the works of Ian Fleming, Len Deighton, John le Carre, and Robert Ludlum. Publisher's dark blue linen-grain cloth, spine and front cover lettered in gilt. Without the scarce just jacket. Inscribed twice by Maughan: upside down on the rear end paper (presumably, his first attempt) and on the front end paper, "For Jack From WM." Very slight bubbling of cloth (as often), pages lightly toned, else about Fine. Haycraft-Queen Cornerstone. Stott A37a. Hubin (IV), p.198. Barzun & Taylor 2461. Pronzini & Muller, pp. 567-68 (a "nostalgic glimpse into an intrigue-filled world"). Originally published as short stories, then in this single volume in the guise of a novel, based on Maugham's espionage experiences in the Great War. Alfred Hitchcock adapted two of the stories for his film The Secret Agent. "What is new here is the flat dull tone that later writers so… Read More
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by MAUGHAM, W. SOMERSET

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London: Heinemann, 1928. First Edition. Two previous owner’s bookplates on front pastedown. A little rubbing and some slight fraying at extremities, a very good copy in an excellent facsimile dust jacket. "This narrative of some experiences during The Great War of a very insignificant member of the Intelligence Department.” Queen's Quorum, Haycraft-Queen Cornerstone, both of these lists notes how Ashenden was as an important landmark leap forward in spy fiction and an important influence on the writings of Ambler, Deighton, and especially Le Carre.
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ASHENDEN OR, THE BRITISH AGENT Franklin Library

ASHENDEN OR, THE BRITISH AGENT Franklin Library

by W. Somerset Maugham

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Franklin Center, Pennsylvania: Franklin Library. 1987. First Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. Near Fine in Full Leather. Accented in 22kt gold gilt decoration. All edge gilt, hubbed spines. Faint foxing on top text block edge. Part of The Franklin Library of Mystery Masterpieces. ; Franklin Library of Mystery Masterpieces, First Franklin Library Edition.; 8vo 8" - 9" tall .
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Ashenden, or, The British Agent.

by MAUGHAM, W. Somerset.

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Heinemann, London., 1928. First edition. Octavo. pp [viii], 304. Queens Quorum. The ''...narrative of some experiences during the Great War of a very insignificant member of the Intelligence Department...'' (from the author's printed dedication). Sixteen short stories. Tail of spine messily scuffed. Just about very good. No dustwrapper.
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Ashenden: or The British Agent.

by MAUGHAM, W. Somerset.

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London:: William Heinemann,, 1928.. First edition.. publisher's blue cloth (lacking dust jacket).. Cloth rubbed at extremities; bottom of spine frayed; slight bubbling to the cloth; corners a little bumped. Tight and sound.. 8vo,. Stott A37a. Haycraft-Queen Cornerstone.
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ASHENDEN Or the British Agent

ASHENDEN Or the British Agent

by W. Somerset Maugham

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New York: Doubleday, Doran & Company , Inc.. 1941. First Edition; Early Printing. Hardcover. Very Good in a Good dust jacket. Tears to edges and front face of jacket. .
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ASHENDEN OR, THE BRITISH AGENT Franklin Library

ASHENDEN OR, THE BRITISH AGENT Franklin Library

by W. Somerset Maugham

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Franklin Center, Pennsylvania: Franklin Library. 1987. First Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. Very Good in Full Leather. Accented in 22kt gold gilt decoration. All edge gilt, hubbed spines. Part of The Franklin Library of Mystery Masterpieces. Franklin Library of Mystery Masterpieces. Some wear to gilt. Bump to top front panel. ; First Franklin Library Edition.; 8vo 8" - 9" tall .
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