London: Jonathan Cape, 1953. [Spy novel] FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE. Octavo (20 x 13cm), pp.218; , blank. Publisher's black cloth-effect paper over boards with red titles and 'heart' design to upper, tail edge untrimmed, pictorial dust-wrapper priced at 10/6. Contents and edges clean, some light spotting to endpapers, jacket with a few short tears, minor chips to spine ends, some local browning to rear. Overall a pleasing copy of the landmark first Bond adventure, housed in a black leather clamshell box. Item #55148
Gilbert A1a (1.1).