"Reality is always so obstructive": First Edition of The Mask of Dimitrios; Inscribed by Eric Ambler
The Mask of Dimitrios.
Item Number: 3028
London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1939.
First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in a very good dust jacket with some very minor professional restoration to the spine tips. Inscribed by the author on the title page. Housed in a custom slipcase. Rare in the original dust jacket.
The Mask of Dimitrios is widely acknowledged as one of the great espionage thrillers of the 20th century. "Not Le Carre, not Deighton, not Ludlum have surpassed the intelligence, authenticity or engrossing storytelling that established The Mask of Dimitrios as the best of its kind" (The Times). A Haycraft Queen cornerstone novel (Howard Haycraft, Murder For Pleasure). Basis for the motion picture starring Peter Lorre, Sidney Greenstreet, and Zachary Scott.