The Spy Who Came In From the Cold

by Le Carre, John

The Spy Who Came in from the Cold is a novel by British author John le Carré. Set during the political tensions of the Cold War, the revolutionary espionage novel portrays the intelligence services of both Eastern and Western nations as sacrificing morality in the name of national security. The Spy Who Came in from the Cold received critical acclaim at the time of its publication and became an international bestseller. Named “Best Crime Novel” by the Crime Writers' Association in 1963 and “Best Mystery Novel” by the Mystery Writers of America in 1965, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold was the first work to win the award from both writing organizations. Additionally, it was named the “Best spy novel of all-time” by Publisher’s Weekly and is listed as one of the All-Time 100 Novels by Time magazine.

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Victor Gollancz first published The Spy Who Came in from the Cold in London in 1963. First editions have no subsequent printings noted. Signed copies of this first edition sell for upwards of $3,000.

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Coward-Mccann, Inc. published the first American edition of the novel in New York in 1964.

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First Edition
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1964
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New York: Coward - McCann, Inc.. Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket. 1964. First Edition. Hardcover. Stated first American edition hardcover. Last two lines on page 138 are transposed. Some minor wrinkling to spine suggesting a bit of damp at one time, and few minor stains to boards/edge. Yellow topstain is a bit faded. Contents are… Read more about this item
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1966
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Inscribed by Author(s) 0 Signed, warmly inscribed and dated by John Le Carre directly to Ffep. Published by Victor Gollancz Ltd. London 1966. (22nd Imp.) Near Fine clean and bright condition. No other marks or inscriptions. Very occasional spotting. Clean and bright Blue cloth covers. Dustjacket not price clipped. Very minor wear with spotting to rear.
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London: Victor Gollancz, 1963. First edition of le Carre's classic work, which went on to reinvigorate the spy genre. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by the author on the title page, "David Cornwell aka John le Carre." Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. An exceptional example.
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First American Edition
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1964
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This is a classic novel by the premier author of spy fiction. Book is in good shape but slightly cocked. this was the 16th printing of the FIrst American Edition. Small previous owner's name on front endpaper. NOT the Book Club Edition.
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1963
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London: Victor Gollancz Ltd. Very Good in Very Good dust jacket; Edges and pages toned, jacket lightly worn at edges.. 1963. Fifth Printing. Hardcover. Blue cloth. A beautiful early printing of the author's novel about Cold War spies. 1964 New York Times article about the author laid in. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 222 pages .
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1963
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Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1963. 1st Edition, Later printing. Hardcover. VG++/VG. 1st Edition, 2nd Impression before publication. 12 x 19cm blue cloth boards with gilt titles to spine, 222pp, in publisher's unclipped dust jacket priced at 18/- net. The boards are clean and there is just a small bruise to both top corners. Internally clean,… Read more about this item
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Fyfield; Oak Tree Press, 2008., 2008. Hard Cover. SIGNED LIMITED EDITION: Number 30 in an edition of only 124 copies signed by the Author. Hand-printed woodcut portrait of Le Carre by Stephen Alcorn tipped in as frontispiece and signed by the Artist. Red quarter cloth with gilt titles to spine and marbled paper-covered boards with printed white title panel… Read more about this item
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1963
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London: Victor Gollancz, 1963. First edition of le Carre's classic work, which went on to reinvigorate the spy genre. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by the author on a tipped-in page, "John le Carre with best wishes 16 ix 64." Near fine in a near fine dust jacket.
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by Le Carre, John.

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London; Penguin Classics, 2013., 2013. Hard Cover. FIRST THUS. Fiftieth Anniversary Edition. Octavo, pp. [4], 208, [28]. Grey cloth in red and white printed dust-jacket. A Fine Copy with none of the usual sunning to the spine of the dust-jacket. Signed by John Le`Carre without dedication to title-page. Anniversary edition of the Cold War classic, with supplementary… Read more about this item
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1st Edition
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1963
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Fifth impression, September 1963. Blue cloth boards with gilt titles to spine. Slight sunning to bottom edge of front and spine. Binding tight. Slight forward lean. Previous owners neat ink signature to front endpaper. Light spotting to rear pastedown. Jacket not clipped 18/- net with creasing to edges with small tears to spine ends and folds, spine sunned, back panel… Read more about this item
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A First Edition, First Printing 1st Printing
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1963
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Hardcover
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New York: Coward - McCann, Inc, 1963. A First Edition, First Printing 1st Printing. Hardcover. Very Good or Better/Very Good or Better. Very good or better in a very good or better unclipped dust jacket, Front end paper with a slight wrinkle, light edge wear to boards. Jacket with several closed and repaired tears, small chip… Read more about this item
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2013
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9780141194530
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London: Penquin Classics, 2013. Hardcover. Fine/Near fine. Hardcover. First edition thus. Octavo. 9.5 x 6.25". 208pp. Plus Illustrated archives and afterword. SIGNED by Le Carre on title page. Crisp and clean.
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The Spy who came in from the Cold. [Seventh Impression]. NEAR FINE COPY IN UNCLIPPED DUSTWRAPPER

The Spy who came in from the Cold. [Seventh Impression]. NEAR FINE COPY IN UNCLIPPED DUSTWRAPPER

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1963
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Gollancz,, 1963. 8vo., Seventh Impression, neat contemporary inscription front free endpaper; blue cloth, gilt back, a near fine copy in unclipped dustwrapperthe latter lightly frayed at extreme head of backstrip. Published four months after the first edition. Bright copy in dustwrapper of the most influential spy novel of the twentieth century.
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The Spy Who Came In From the Cold

by Le Carre, John

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Used
Edition
Book Club Edition; Early Printing
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1963
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Hardcover. Sewn binding is square and tight. Block and pages are clean and unmarked. Book appears to be mostly unread.
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Hardcover. 256 pp. Coward-McCann, Inc., New York (1963). First Book Club Edition. Early Printing (1964). Bright, clean, square, unmarked copy that appears mostly unread. No Dust Jacket. Grey boards and corners straight and sharp. Minimal shelfwear. Slight creasing of spine ends and lightest bumping of corners. Near Fine. More photos on request. Shipped in a box within a bubble… Read more about this item
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The Spy who Came in From the Cold

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First American edition
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1963
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Hardbound
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This hardbound book is in very good condition. The pages are clean and neat. The binding is tight and all pages are intact. There is deckle edge to the pages. The binding is clean. There is a minor bump to the front lower right corner of the front board. The spine is clean and neat.… Read more about this item
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First Edition
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1963
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Red author's signature on grey cloth boards. Like new comdition.
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Coward-McCann, Inc., New York, 1963. Hardcover. Condition: very good+. Dust jacket condition: very good+. First edition. 256 pp. Text ivory, clean, unmarked with no prior owner attribution. Book club edition. "It is the spy novel to end all spy novels."
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The Spy Who Came in from the Cold

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Book Club (BCE/BOMC)
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1964
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Hardcover
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New Yorrk: Coward-McCann, Inc, 1964. Book Club (BCE/BOMC). Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. 8vo. Book club edition. Original black cloth. 256 pp. Creasing to spine, a few smudges to cloth. Bumping to spine ends. Slight cracking to inner hinge at half-title. Dust jacket worn and creased to extremities, a few short tears and 1" tear to head of rear… Read more about this item
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First Edition
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1963
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London: Victor Gollancz, 1963. First Edition . Hardcover. Near Fine/Very Good. First UK edition, near fine in a very good+ dust jacket. Minor bumps to the top corners of both boards; small line of fading to blue cloth along top edge of spine. The page block has very minor soiling. The jacket spine is sunned to a duller… Read more about this item
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The Spy Who Came In From the Cold

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1st Edition
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Hardcover
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9780340527276
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Coward-McCann. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Dust Jacket Included. First edition, 1964. Two tone cloth binding, grey on boards, red on spine, gold facsimile signature, gold titles. Pages topstained in yellow. Book near fine, except for slight wear at spine ends, slight fading on spine, slight edgewear, previous owner's signature on front free end-paper. DJ near fine, except for small… Read more about this item
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Book Club
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1963
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9780141194530
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The dust jacket is taped in two places and in poor shape, but this book club edition from 1963 is in otherwise good shape. Free USPS shipping to continental U.S.
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