London: Jonathan Cape, 1962. [Spy thriller] FIRST EDITION, State B. Crown Octavo (21 x 13cm), pp.221; . Publisher's cloth-effect paper over boards with scarlet endpapers in pictorial dust-jacket illustrated by Richard Chopping, priced a 15s. Scarce VARIANT ISSUE with the dropped spacer within the author's name. From the bibliography, 'very rarely the title page shows a quad mark between the E and M of Fleming'. As few as one in ten copies exist in this state within the first print run (Gilbert, page 332). Desirable thus. Minor handling, crown a touch worn, short tear to rear panel. A lightly handled copy in near fine condition. The tenth book in the James Bond series; A beautiful girl with a sensual past, Vivienne Michel is different from all the women 007 has known before. When she is confronted with two evil killers there is only one man who can save her - Bond himself. Item #53034
Gilbert A10a (1.2).