Spywrite’s Jeff Quest talks with one of the foremost collectors of John le Carré novels, Steven Ritterman, whose collection of pristine le Carré editions numbers over 300 items. We learn about the Haycroft-Queen list, rare signed editions, and Steve’s undercover mission to meet le Carré himself.
All that plus talk on champagne toasts with Otto Penzler, meeting Eric Ambler, literal juggling balls, and a little Silverview talk from a couple of le Carré collectors.
The Mysterious Bookshop – https://www.mysteriousbookshop.com/
Profile of Otto Penzler – https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/otto-penzler-mystery-bookstore
The Otto Penzler Espionage Auction – https://catalogue.swanngalleries.com/auction-catalogs/THE-PENZLER-COLLECTION-OF-ESPIONAGE?saleno=2209&viewby=Lot_asc
How to spot a true US first of The Spy Who – https://spywrite.com/2015/12/22/collecting-the-spy-who-came-in-from-the-cold-by-john-le-carre/
In episode 14 of Spybrary Jeff talked with Shane about book collecting tips – https://spybrary.com/collecting-spy-books/
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