The Philby Affair, Espionage, Treason, and Secret Services
Hugh Trevor Roper's scarce study of Russian spy Kim Philby
First edition, first printing. Hardback in dustwrapper. 22 × 14.5cm, 126pp.
In this book, Hugh Trevor-Roper declares that the Soviet spy, Kim Philby, was never in a position to undermine efforts to overthrow the Nazi regime and negotiate with the British government. This was not only due to Philby's relatively junior rank, but more importantly to the fact that Churchill, Eden and the War Cabinet had agreed on a policy of 'absolute silence' vis-a-vis the German Opposition thus cancelling out any opportunity Philby may have had to sow dissent.
Harold Adrian Russell "Kim" Philby, was a high-ranking member of British intelligence who worked as a spy for and later defected to the Soviet Union. A communist, he served as an NKVD and KGB operative. In 1963, Philby was revealed as a member of the spy ring now known as the Cambridge Five. Of the five, Philby is believed to have been most successful in providing classified information to the Soviet Union. His activities were moderated only by Stalin's paranoia that Philby was a triple agent.
Trevor-Roper's essay on Admiral Canaris is also included.
The book is in very good condition with one small stain to the pages' fore-edge. The dustwrapper is creased with a small amount of loss to the top edge, a stain over the author's surname to the front and a closed tear to the bottom edge of the rear panel. However, the wrapper is not price-clipped and is now within a protective sleeve.