London: Jonathan Cape, 1953. [Spy thriller] FIRST EDITION. 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. Book is near fine, clean inside, endpaper expertly replaced with stock of a similar tone and weight, covers remain fresh with no rubbing to the red blocking (a common issue with this binding). A beautiful near-fine copy without the jacket. The first James Bond novel; only 4728 copies of the first edition were published. Item #58690
Gilbert A1a (1.1).