London: Jonathan Cape, 1963. [Travel] UNCORRECTED PROOF COPY of the First Edition. Octavo (23 x 16cm), with plates. Publisher's green softcovers printed in black. Housed in a grey cloth clamshell with gilt-titled red leather label to spine. Some light wear and soiling, joints a little rubbed; a near fine copy. Printed on thinner paper, the proof book contains several differences to the hardback, mostly of a typographical nature; some omissions appear on the copyright page, the final leaf of text differs and there are no picture credits printed at the rear. In addition, the plates are inserted in two batches of twelve leaves rather than four smaller batches. A scarce Fleming proof; only 175 copies were printed, being a much lower print run than many of the author's James Bond proofs. Item #58691
Gilbert A16a, pp.477-8.