London: Jonathan Cape, 1953. [Spy novel] FIRST EDITION, FIRST 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, pictorial dust-wrapper priced at 10/6. Some light toning and mild spotting, jacket with some chips and tears, rear panel with some local browning. A very good copy with no restoration whatsoever. Housed in a black leather clamshell box. The first James Bond novel; only 4728 copies of the first edition were published. Item #55148
Gilbert A1a (1.1).