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"The first real thriller" (Ken Follett)
THE RIDDLE OF THE SANDS
By Erskine Childers
First impression of the influential early spy novel that set the model for the genre in the 20th century.
THE RIDDLE OF THE SANDS
"Germany's a thundering great nation…I wonder if we shall ever fight her."
A sailing tale of two Englishmen investigating secret German military preparations in the Baltic, the book has proven fertile ground for modern writers of the thriller. Its impact can be seen in the works of John Buchan, John Le Carré, and Ian Fleming – indeed, shades of Smiley and James Bond appear in the novel.
Read more: Follett, "The Art of Suspense."
London: Smith, Elder, & Co., 1903. Full title: The riddle of the sands. A record of secret service recently achieved. 7.25'' x 4.5''. Original full black cloth, sailing boat stamped in white to front board, spine lettered in white. Folding map frontispiece, two charts (one folding) and one full-page map. 4 pages of ads at the rear. pages. Light expert restoration to joints and hinges, lettering on spine faded (as usual), a bit of foxing and a couple spots to endpapers, short closed tear to folding map. Notoriously difficult to find in nice condition, this copy presents remarkably well and is scarce as such.
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