London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1989. Octavo, original grey cloth boards, original unclipped pictorial dust jacket. Item #100102
First edition, third impression of John le Carré's Cold War thriller: "How does a man who's drunk himself silly beat all comers at chess then, Harry -- straight games -- if he isn't a trained spy?" Inscribed by John le Carré, who has written underneath the printed dedication to his editor Bob Gottlieb: "and for Caroline, with my best thanks & good wishes -- David alias John le Carré, 16 Sep '91." The recipient worked for London publisher Hodder and Stoughton. A fine copy.