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Their Trade is Treachery.

Published: London: Prepared for Her Majesty's Government by the Central Office of Information, 1964

Stock code: 99367

Price: £250

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First edition, issued “For Official Use Only” and extremely uncommon, COPAC listing BL and LSE only, OCLC adding copies at Georgetown, the University of Calgary, and Nanyang Technical University. In the wake of the Profumo Affair the COI “produced a lively booklet … as part of their educational campaign to improve the awareness of middle and lower grade officials and members of the Armed Forces of their responsibilities in regard of security matters” (Gladden, Civil Services of the United Kingdom: 1885-1970, p166). Includes accounts of notorious cases, tricks of the trade, and helpful advice, “Spies are with us all the time. They are interested in everything, defence secrets, scientific secrets, political decisions, economic facts, even people’s characters in order to recruit more spies” (Preface).

Octavo. Perfect-bound in the original, colour-printed card wraps. 16 plates. A little rubbed on the wraps, particularly at the spine, lower joint just starting, small typed label on red paper, “File Index Marking: – Security and disclosure of information” to the upper panel of the wraps, red ink accession stamp of H.M. Superintending Inspector of Factories, Northern Division to the title page, binding just a little cracked after the plate section, else in very good state for such a fragile piece.

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