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John Le Carré (1931-2020), Author of Espionage Thrillers: Select Bibliography and Price Guide

David John Moore Cornwell is best known to millions of readers across the world as John Le Carré. Born in Poole, Dorset, Le Carré passed away recently on 12th December 2020 at the age of eighty-nine. He worked for both British government security services (MI5 and MI6) during the 1950s and 1960s.

His first book was published in 1961. Although not a great seller, Call For the Dead was to set him on course to becoming one of the best known writers of spy and espionage thrillers. In 1963 his third book, The Spy Who Came In From the Cold, was his first big writing success - becoming an international best seller. From thereon he became a full-time author.

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Select Bibliography and Price Guide:

Unless stated otherwise, prices are for first edition, first printing and special edition hardback books in very good condition, with very good dust jackets (books in better condition tend to sell for a premium). All prices are for guidance only - further research is recommended as there are many variables which impact the price of second hand books. There has been quite a bit of positive price movement for John Le Carré books in recent years. It should be noted that signed copies usually sell for a premium, while there are significant price reductions for books lacking an original dust jacket. Be careful with signed copies: There are a lot of Le Carré signed books on the market, many of which are clearly over priced.

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  • 1961 Call For The Dead, published in the UK by Gollancz, £9,000
  • 1962 A Murder of Quality, published in the UK by Gollancz, £5,000
  • 1963 The Spy Who Came In From the Cold, published in the UK by Gollancz, £1,200
  • 1964 The Le Carré Omnibus, including Call For The Dead and A Murder of Quality, published in the UK by Gollancz, £300
  • 1965 The Looking-Glass War, published in the UK by Heinemann, £80
  • 1968 A Small Town In Germany, published in the UK by Heinemann, £60
  • 1971 The Naive and Sentimental Lover, published in the UK by Hodder and Stoughton, £50
  • 1974 Tinker, Taylor, Soldier, Spy, published in the UK by Hodder and Stoughton, £180
  • 1977 The Honourable Schoolboy, published in the UK by Hodder and Stoughton, £160
  • 1980 Smiley's People, published in the UK by Hodder and Stoughton, £50
  • 1982 The Quest for Karla, (including Tinker, Taylor, Soldier, Spy and The Honourable Schoolboy and Smiley's People), published in the UK by Hodder and Stoughton, £30
  • 1983 The Little Drummer Girl, published in the USA by Knopf (preceding the Hodder and Stoughton UK edition of the same year), £30
  • 1986 A Perfect Spy, published in the UK by Hodder and Stoughton, £25
  • 1986 A Perfect Spy, a signed limited edition of 250 copies in glassine wrapper, published in the UK by London Limited Editions (Hodder and Houghton), £200
  • 1986 The Clandestine Muse, a signed limited edition of 250 copies in wrappers, published in the USA by Seluzicki, £200
  • 1987 The Little Drummer Girl, a signed limited edition of 739 copies in white wrappers, published in the UK by Pan, £80
  • 1989 The Russia House, published in the USA by Knopf (preceding the Hodder and Stoughton UK edition of the same year), £25
  • 1989 The Russia House, a signed limited edition of 250 copies in glassine wrapper, published in the UK by London Limited Editions (Hodder and Houghton), £185
  • 1989 The Russia House, a signed limited edition of 500 copies in a quarter leather binding, housed in a slipcase, published in the UK by Hodder and Stoughton, £100
  • 1991 The Secret Pilgrim, published in the UK by Hodder and Stoughton, £25
  • 1991 A Murder of Quality, 1st edition of the movie version which includes the novel and the screenplay, paperback published in the UK by Hodder and Stoughton, £15
  • 1993 The Night Manager, published in the UK by Hodder and Stoughton, £25
  • 1995 Our Game, published in the UK by Hodder and Stoughton, £60
  • 1996 The Tailor of Panama, published in the UK by Hodder and Stoughton, £25
  • 1998 Nervous Times: An Address Given At the Savoy Hotel, a signed limited edition of 250 copies, published by the Anglo-Israel Association, £125
  • 1999 Single and Single, published in the UK by Hodder and Stoughton, £25
  • 1999 Single and Single, a limited edition of 1,500 copies in mauve wrappers, published in the UK by Hodder and Stoughton, £35
  • 2001 The Constant Gardner, published in the UK by Hodder and Stoughton, £25
  • 2003 Absolute Friends, published in the UK by Hodder and Stoughton, £20
  • 2006 The Mission Song, published in the UK by Hodder and Stoughton, fine condition in a fine dust jacket, £25
  • 2008 A Most Wanted Man, published in the UK by Hodder and Stoughton, fine condition in a fine dust jacket, £20
  • 2010 Our Kind Of Traitor, published in the UK by Viking Penguin, fine condition in a fine dust jacket, £25
  • 2013 A Delicate Truth, published in the UK by Viking Penguin, fine condition in a fine dust jacket, £25
  • 2016 The Pigeon Tunnel, non-fiction, published in the UK by Viking Penguin, fine condition in a fine dust jacket, £25
  • 2017 A Legacy of Spies, published in the UK by Viking Penguin, fine condition in a fine dust jacket, £25
  • 2019 Agent Running In the Field, published in the UK by Viking Penguin, fine condition in a fine dust jacket, £25