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    W. Somerset Maugham. Ashenden. Or The British Agent. London: William Heinemann, 1928. First edition. Octavo (7.125 x 4.875 inches; 183 x 122 mm.). [8], 304 pages. Publisher's full blue cloth; spine and front lettered in gilt and black; rear with publisher's device stamped in black. Original dust jacket. All edges trimmed. Light wear at spine ends and along joints; corners slightly bumped; minor rubbing to boards with one or two tiny spots of soiling at rear. Moderate age toning to edges of text block with some speckling, most pronounced at top edge; a bit of scuffing at fore-edge. Normal yellowing throughout interior; pastedowns with mild wrinkles running width at middle, likely as issued. Minimal edge wear at spine and flap fold ends, flap edges of jacket; general light toning; very mild rubbing to exposed panels; some speckles of foxing at rear flap. A bit of rubbing and toning at verso of jacket. Near fine. Basis for the 1936 Alfred Hitchcock film Secret Agent, starring Madeleine Carroll, Peter Lorre, John Gieglud and Robert Young. Queen's Quorum 78. A Haycraft Queen Cornerstone. Stott A37a.

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