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Passage of Arms

by Ambler, Eric

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New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1960. First American Edition, First Printing. Cloth. Fine/near fine. First American edition of Passage of Arms by Eric Ambler.. Octavo, [6], 246pp. Red cloth with red embellishment on spine, title in gilt on spine. Stated "first American edition" on copyright page with inspection slip stating "no. 47" laid-in. Solid text block, top edge dyed green, a fine example. Two publisher's dust jackets, both with $3.95 retail price listed on front flap, outermost jacket with slight sunning to spine, both near fine examples.


Passage of Arms is a novel by Eric Ambler, written in 1959. It is a fast paced thriller about the discovery of a cache of arms abandoned by communist insurgents in the jungle of Malaya, and the transfer of the arms via Singapore to Indonesia. The book is structured as a story within a story within a story. The outer story is that of Girija Krishnan, the Tamil plantation clerk who finds the cache and sells it.


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Passage of Arms
Ambler, Eric
First American edition of Passage of Arms by Eric Ambler.
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First American Edition, First Printing
Alfred A. Knopf
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New York
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