London: Jonathan Cape, 1953. FIRST EDITION. 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. Owner name 'Bray' to flyleaf (Hilary Bray was Bond's alias in the novel On Her Majesty's Secret Service), page edges clean, light spotting/toning to endpapers, half-title a little rubbed, binding bright and clean with a few light marks to rear, one of the top corners is bumped. Overall, a pleasing, very good copy of the debut Bond novel, housed in a leather-spined clamshell box. Item #52098
Gilbert A1a (1.1).