London: William Heinemann Ltd., . First Edition. Octavo, original black cloth lettered in gilt on spine panel. 307 pp. Scattered foxing to page edges, front free endpaper neatly excised; gilt spine lettering slightly rubbed and cloth mildly worn. This is the 2nd issue of the first edition. In the 1st issue - which exists in only a handful of copies - the character of a rather pompous and self regarding author named 'Q.C. Savory' appears in the central portion of the novel. Author J. B. Priestley, who had read a review copy, became convinced that Savory was based none too flatteringly upon him. Priestley threatened a libel suit and consequently changes were made and two sections of the text were reprinted. This copy, - as with almost all copies extant - is of the 2nd issue and has the character's name changed to "Quin Savory". A very good, sound copy of the scarce first edition of Greene's early tour-de-force. Item #312668
¶ Greene's first true success, STAMBOUL TRAIN is a spy thriller which unfolds aboard the majestic Orient Express as it crosses Europe from Ostend to Constantinople, weaving a web of subterfuge, murder, politics and passion along the way. The book was renamed ORIENT EXPRESS when it was published in the United States and in 1934 it was adapted to film under that title.