First Edition, first printing. 8vo. Prussian blue boards with gilt titles. Patterned dustwrapper complete with rare Book Society wraparound band. A near fine copy with clean boards. No inscriptions. Very light scratch to topedge of textblock. The near fine/fine dustwrapper is complete. A couple of tiny tears, some dusting & some tiny spots to extremities of wrapper flaps o/w fine. Bright red wraparound band in lovely unfaded condition. Original price of 13s6dnet on front flap. A lovely copy with none of the usual heavy toning to spine.
One of the Observer's All Time 100 best novels & scarce with original wraparound band. A young man is sent from Washington to Saigon where the French army are struggling with the Vietminh guerillas - his policies quickly lead to bloodshed which is arguably questionably reported by a British reporter who has stolen the American's Vietnamese mistress!