London: Jonathan Cape, 1957. FIRST EDITION, First Impression, Binding A. Publisher's hardback binding in pictorial dustjacket by Richard Chopping, correctly priced at 13/6. A beautiful near fine copy. The book is particularly fresh with bright foil-work and clean page edges. Jacket also crisp and fresh with a trivial amount wear to spine ends and one small chip to crown, ever so slightly age-toned to backstrip. Near fine; most unusual in this condition. This entry in the legendary James Bond series is an absolute classic; 007 does battle with SMERSH, the Soviet organisation of vengeance, interrogation, torture and death, and in particular their fearsome executioner Red Grant. Item #45605
Gilbert A5a (1.1).