"It struck me that Albania was the sort of place that might keep a man from yawning."
THE THIRTY-NINE STEPS
By John Buchan
First edition in book form of this "man on the run" spy novel, in which Richard Hannay escapes to Scotland just ahead of accusations he has murdered a secret agent.
THE THIRTY-NINE STEPS
"I am an ordinary sort of fellow, not braver than other people, but I hate to see a good man downed, and that long knife would not be the end of Scudder if I could play the game in his place."
First published as a serial in Blackwood's Magazine the same year, this thriller was landed in the middle of World War I, resonating with its generation's sense of reluctant heroism, mixed with the adventure of a well-told yarn. A foundational work in the modern spy genre.
Edinburgh: William Blackwood and Sons, 1915. 7.25'' x 4.75''. Original blue cloth lettered in black. One leaf of ads at rear. 253, ,  pages. Some foxing and light browning to first and last few leaves and to text block edges, only light soiling to edge of boards.
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