MACLEAN, Fitzroy. Eastern Approaches. London, Jonathan Cape, .
8vo. Original cloth in dust jacket, price-clipped and with Book Society's Choice printed inside front flap; pp. 543; photogravure plates, 3 folding maps; light offsetting from endpapers; otherwise near-fine.
First edition, and not the Book Society issue, despite the wrappers. Fitzroy MacLean's adventures as a secret agent before and during WWII, in Central Asia, Libya, and Yugoslavia, where he was charged with gaining information about Tito and operated behind enemy lines. The action on the Balkans war takes up almost 230 pages. It has been suggested that Ian Fleming used Maclean as one of his inspirations for the James Bond character.