A Murder of Quality - John le Carré 1962 - Victor Gollancz Ltd, London - First Edition, In First Impression Dust Jacket Fielding and Jebedee were dead, Steed-Asprey vanished. Smiley—where was he?’

Le Carré’s second novel, in bright and rare first impression dust jacket. Housed in bespoke scarlet morocco leather clamshell case, with gilt lettering to spine, and black felt lining.

George Smiley is retired from the Secret Intelligence Service over events that occurred in
Call for the Dead. He gets a request for help from a wartime colleague, a Miss Ailsa Brimley, who runs a small newspaper and who gets a letter from a female subscriber predicting her own murder.

'Le Carre is simply the world's greatest fictional spymaster.' –
  The first impression print run was only 3,000 copies, and similar to Le Carré’s first book ‘Call for the Dead’ a large number ended up in libraries, and the delicate Gollancz covers were typically prone to damage from toning and staining, and price clipping, amongst other things.

John le Carré is the nom de plume of David John Moore Cornwell, born in Poole, Dorset, in 1931. He was a member of the British Foreign Service from 1959 to 1964, serving first as Second Secretary in the British Embassy in Bonn and subsequently as Political Consul in Hamburg. He started writing novels in 1961, and since then has published twenty-one titles.

Penguin Books, web. John le Carré, web.
pp. 190 [2]. In publisher’s red cloth, spine lettered in gilt, assumed ex-public library as most often is the case with this title, with ghosts of a tape mark to upper and lower edge of cloth, corresponding mark to endpapers, front free end-paper neatly removed. First impression dust jacket priced ‘15/- net’ to front flap (the second impression had a ‘SECOND IMPRESSION’ statement to the front panel).

Note - there is an additional blank yellow rear flap, which based on it’s texture and condition must have come from the rear flap of another title published by Gollancz who at this time printed a number of covers in this yellow paper with blank rear flaps.
  Condition: Good to very good, front free endpaper removed, ghosts of tape residue to upper and lower board edges and pastedowns, in near fine jacket, very minor toning to spine, small tape residue marks (2mm x 8mm) to upper and lower edge of inside flaps, 3mm of rear flap edge removed.   Ref: 107408   Price: HK$ 82,000