MARSDEN, Walter. The Wasps' Nest. London, Hodder & Stoughton, .
8vo. Original cloth with illustrated dust-wrappers, designed by Foley (not price clipped); pp. 319; edges of cloth a bit sunned; wrapper with damage to spine; otherwise very good.
Surprisingly rare first edition, signed twice by the author, once on the title-page and inscribed to the literary agent David Higham on front fly-leaf. 'A novel of modern Syria. Walter Marsden's presentation of the Levant has the sure basis of personal experience' (inside front flap). Part of the political action involving a British Intelligence Officer is situated in Zaroun [mis-spelled Zarouan on the inside flap] in Lebanon. Walter Marsden 'had served with the Intelligence Corps, mostly in the Middle East until 1944' (inside rear flap of wrapper).