Published by Hodder and Stoughton, London; 1971. 8vo. First Edition, first impression. Condition: Near Fine/Very Good+
Bound in original black cloth boards with gold gilt title to spine and signature to front board. Other than a little bumping to the edges and a small dent to the bottom edge, the binding is tight and in excellent, clean condition. Inside, the pages are clean and bright and free from damage or marks, with purple topspin to pages and barely a hint of toning.
The dust jacket is in very smart condition, with just a little bumping and chipping to the edges. There is perhaps the faintest touch of fading to the spine and the jacket is clipped, but apart from this it is very clean and bright and complements the book perfectly. It is housed in a plastic sleeve to protect it from damage.
Overall, this is an excellent, collectible example of this first edition of Le Carré's sixth novel, a semi-autobiographical account of a man's post-marital existential crisis, that was published the same year as his divorce.