London: Jonathan Cape, 1953. [Spy thriller] FIRST EDITION, SECOND ISSUE. 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, in pictorial second issue (overprinted) dust-jacket, designed by the author, showing the correct price of 10/6 to both flaps. Book is near fine, clean inside, endpaper neatly replaced, wrapper is worn at spine tips, crown with a few chips and a neat tear to rear joint extending to spine; generally clean and bright. A very good copy indeed, housed in a leather-spined clamshell box. The first James Bond novel; only 4728 copies of the first edition were published. Item #53420
Gilbert A1a (1.2).