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  • Letters writ by a Turkish Spy, Who Liv’d Five and Forty Years Undiscovered at Paris; Giving an Impartial Account to the Divan of Constantinople of the Most Remarkable Transactions in Europe – Complete in Eight Volumes.  Giovanni Paolo Marana – 1748

    Letters writ by a Turkish Spy, Who Liv’d Five and Forty Years Undiscovered at Paris; Giving an Impartial Account to the Divan of Constantinople of the Most Remarkable Transactions in Europe – Complete in Eight Volumes. Giovanni Paolo Marana – 1748

    A very nice set of this almost legendary work, complete and unusually in their original bindings. Fictional letters claiming to have been written by an Ottoman spy named “Mahmut the Arabian” embedded in the French Court of Louis XIV.

    Published in London by Wilde, Ballard and others in 1748. Eight volumes (Over 600 letters in all), duodecimo, engraved frontispiece to Vol I, full contemporary calf, spines gilt, some joints a bit cracked but holding. A twelfth edition of a great publishing success of the 18thC which would go on for a further fifty years.

    Contemporary bookplate of Robert Midgley dated 1748 so the first owner. And the modern book label of Edward John Kenny the Latinist of Peterhouse College, Cambridge University, visiting at Harvard etc.

    A journal of gossip and anecdotes on politics and events and shenanigans going on in France at the time.

    Written in Italian by Giovanni Paola Marana (1642-1693) a Genoese refugee in the Court of the said Louis XIV. He completed the first volume of 102 letters, and had it translated to French and published in Paris in 1684-1686. Other volumes were published as they were completed over time. English translations by William Bradshaw became available in 1687. Later volumes issued first in English in London leading some to believe they were not by Marana. However, the consistency in style and use of words really points to Marana as being the author of the full set, not doubt with the help of translators and editors of the day.

    Well liked by Daniel Defoe who wrote an aptly named “Continuation of Turkish Letters Writ by a Turkish Spy in Paris” … a sort of 18thC sequel.

    Incidentally, the last owner Professor Kenny used to gauge his candidates by seeing how nice they were to his cat Fufu … it became known as the Fufu test … that’s Latin for you.

    The Turkish Spy – A Classic By Marana

    $890.00

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  • The Human Factor – Graham Greene – Australian First Edition

    The Human Factor – Graham Greene – Australian First Edition

    A first Australian edition published by The Bodley Head in Australia, Sydney in 1978.

    Octavo, 339 pages top edge stained lilac as required. Very good if not better condition with a super dust jacket.

    Graham Green himself an ex spy back in the world of spies. “Out of reality are our tales of imagination fashioned” – superb Greene. A leak has occurred in SIS and a suspicions and tensions build. Among a number of characters, Maurice Castle, dull but brilliant enjoys sausages for lunch at Voyager Bill’s favourite pub … must be smarter than they think!

    Australian First Greene out Spying.

    $40.00

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  • A History of the SAS Regiment – Strawson

    A History of the SAS Regiment – Strawson

    Published by Secker & Warburg, London a first edition 1984. Octavo, 292 pages with many photographic illustrations. Very good condition.

    The first full history of the SAS by Major General John Strawson. The youngest of all regiments and one that ahs had a profound effect on the British Army. Strawson had first- hand experience in the Borneo campaign.

    SAS a comprehensive view and history

    $30.00

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  • Nest of Traitors – The Petrov Affair – Nicholas Whitlam and John Stubbs – First Edition 1974.

    Nest of Traitors – The Petrov Affair – Nicholas Whitlam and John Stubbs – First Edition 1974.

    Published by the great Jacaranda Press, Brisbane and printed by long established Watson Ferguson & Co. Octavo, 259 pages and in very good near fine condition.

    Twenty years after the Petrov Affair the story is revisited with new information including Burton’s secret submission to the Royal Commission

    Final word on Petrov?

    $40.00

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  • The Mitrokhin Archive – The KGB in Europe and the West – Christopher Andrew and Vasili Mitrokhin

    The Mitrokhin Archive – The KGB in Europe and the West – Christopher Andrew and Vasili Mitrokhin

    Published by Allen Lane 1in 1999. A very good copy in a complete clean dust jacket. Royal octavo.

    Nobody could write a better 1000 page book than Christopher Andrew – Cambridge Professor of Modern History. Mitrokhin must have baffled those that lauded him for his work whilst he copied more secret records than have ever been copied by anyone in the history of espionage.

    Weighty and eye opening

    $40.00

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  • Secret Servant – My Life with the KGB and the Soviet Elite – Ilya Dzhirkvelov

    Secret Servant – My Life with the KGB and the Soviet Elite – Ilya Dzhirkvelov

    Published by Collins, London in 1987. 397 pages all in very good condition … a substantial book and a very good read.

    Illya Dzhirkvelvov joined the Soviet intelligence services in 1943 as a teenager. He was a guard to Stalin at the Yalta conference. A distinguished career in the KGB followed and then he became a journalist of disinformation , or “fake news” as the “Donald” would say. In 1980 he defected and lived in Britain.

    Detailed KJB and fake news

    $40.00

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