London: Jonathan Cape, 1964. [Spy novel] FIRST EDITION, First State, Binding A. Octavo (20 x 14cm), pp.256. Publisher's black cloth-effect paper over boards with silver titles to spine and Japanese characters in gilt to upper, bamboo patterned endpapers. With the dust-jacket illustrated by Richard Chopping, priced at 16s. Light spotting to edges, ink ownership and address stamp to free endpaper. Some bubbling to cloth on the upper board. Jacket toned to spine with chips and closed tears to edges, faint ring mark to upper panel. Very good. One of the most acclaimed novels of the series sees a wasted Bond given a 'mission impossible' to the exotic orient, which in turn leads him to the the maniacal westerner Dr. Shatterhand; a 'collector of death'. Item #53080
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