Category: Modern First Editions

HORSE UNDER WATER. Secret File Number 2 Stock code: 14189

Author / Artist:

Deighton, Len


London: Jonathan Cape. 1963


Uncorrected Proof Copy of the first edition, first printing. Association copy. Publisher's green and white card covers printed in black to the upper cover and spine. A good or better copy, the binding firm with some rubbing and a few marks at the extremities but without tears or loss. The contents are entirely complete and without loose or torn pages. With the bookplate of Sidney Callis and the ink stamp of Callis Felton & Co to the inner cover. Sidney Callis was Deighton's accountant and present at many of the publisher and agent meetings concerning progress and publication of his early novels.




"The Trattoria Terrazza is crowded but our table downstairs is reserved. LS seems to know everyone there including all the waiter who bring him a Campari soda without asking what he wants. There are a lot of people around the table. A thin, bearded, conspiratorial-looking man in an ankle-length overcoat is Jonathan Clowes, LD's literary agent. Next to him is Tom Maschler, enfant terrible of Jonathan Cape's, who publish both Len Deighton and James Bond, and on the far side a partner from Callis Felton, LD's chartered accountants. Coming and going are LD's lawyers and his Press agent. The talk is mostly about contracts and words like 'reversion' and 'assignments' are sprinkled liberally across the table. Although it's all done with much laughter and backchat one has the impression that they all know exactly what they are doing. For the first time one begins to wonder whether LD's disorganised ingenuity isn't the wrapping around and incisive mind. 'I like the red end-papers on Horse' LD says to Tom Maschler, 'and with Ray's dust-jacket it's going to look even better than Ipcress.' The next thriller is called Horse Under Water and this is abbreviated to Horse among the group. Its success is an important part of their future plans". ("A day in the life of Len Deighton" Town Magazine, August 1963).