London: Jonathan Cape Ltd., 1961. Pp.24. Price 9d. Magazine format, stapled. A couple of ink splashes to fore-edge else fine. 'Operation Thunderball' appears on page 7, being a pre-book-form printing of the letter which sets in motion SPECTRE's operation. This is an excerpt from the 'Fasten Your Lap-Strap' chapter of Thunderball (pages 74–6) accompanied by an exclusive introductory paragraph. Although dated 'Spring 1961' this would have been available in advance of the issue's season, in this case likely late February/early March. Item #39848
Gilbert A9a, pages 301, 539.