7418 GREENE, Graham and Hugh (Ed.) Spy's Bedside Book, The
Hardcover Rupert Hart-Davis: London; 1957; First British Edition 256 pages B&W Illustrations: Very Good+
Publishing date on title page indicates this is a first edition. Clean tan cloth binding with silver gilt lettering on spine has bumped spine ends and a bumped top corner. Previous Dutch bookseller label on front pastedown. No dust wrapper. A nice copy.; Edited by Graham and Hugh Greene, this anthology of truth and fiction includes work by several writers, some of whom were suspected of being spies. It includes an extensive bibliography. Did the East Germans really buy 100 copies of this title when it was first published?; ''This classic anthology includes stories by some of the great writers on spying and many practitioners, including Ian Fleming and John Buchan, Sir Robert Baden-Powell and Belle Boyd, Walter Schellenberg, Sir Paul Dukes and Vladimir Petrov, and from the golden age of mystery and suspense, William Le Queux and E. Phillips Oppenheim.There are also some unexpected figures: William Blake, D.H. Lawrence and Thomas Mann, all suspected of spying in three great wars.
How can you hide messages in a boiled egg? Why should you always put pepper in your vodka when in Russia? Answers to these questions and much more can be found in this thrilling collection, which will enthrall readers once again with its tales of espionage from a bygone era.' Image is actual copy on offer.