Hodder & Stoughton, 1952.
First edition, first printings. 2 vols. 8vo. Blue boards with gilt titles. Blue topedge [as issued]. Pictorial dustwrapper by John Watton. Vol i a near fine copy with clean boards. No inscriptions. The very good dustwrapper has a chip to top right head of spine, some mild toning to spine & a couple of tiny closed tears. Original price of 15s/-net to front flap. Vol ii a very good+ copy with clean boards. Tape ghosts to endpaper & small neat ink inscription. The very good dustwrapper is complete with wear to extremities & some lightening to spine. Original wraparound band present in fresh unfaded condition. Original price of 15/-net to front flap.
Uncommon set especially with original wraparound band. Colditz - the last resort for escaping pow's - an impregnable fortress; but, over four years 300 escaped with 31 home runs. Maps created, keys cuts, passes forged, gliders made - there was no end to the prisoners ingenuity - this is the account of the castle and its comings & goings from the most famous home runner of all.