Lot 71

LE CARRE, John (b. 1931).  The Constant Gardener. London: Hodder & Stoughton, 2001. 8vo. Half title. Original blue paper boards, spine lettered in gilt, dust-jacket. FIRST EDITION, PRESENTATION COPY, the title inscribed, “For Henry, with my best – John le Carre, New Year, 2001.” With 3 other books by the same author, namely Le Carre Omnibus (London, 1964, SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR), The Looking-Glass War (London, 1965, SIGNED) and Sarratt and the Draper of Watford ... and other unlikely stories about Sarratt from international authors ([No place, n.d.], with ex-libris sticker SIGNED BY LE CARRE mounted on the title). "The best spy story teller of all time who had the misfortune to have to teach me German while I was at Eton. Which probably makes me his only real failure" (H.B.). (4)

Estimate: £70-£100