London: Jonathan Cape, 1957. [Spy novel] FIRST EDITION, BINDING A. Octavo (19 x 13cm), pp.253; , blank. Publisher's black cloth-effect paper over boards, blocked in silver and red metallic foil, pictorial dust-jacket by Richard Chopping priced at 13/6. A moderately used copy with some toning and marks to edges of text block, booksellers ticket to pastedown, wrapper has benefited from some discreet and well executed restoration from a highly skilled paper conservator. Shows well. 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. The novel appears on both lists [100 Greatest Mysteries] compiled by the Crime Writers' Association (UK) and the Mystery Writers Organisation (America). Item #54814
Gilbert A5a (1.1).