London: Jonathan Cape, 1958. [James Bond] FIRST EDITION, true FIRST STATE. Octavo (20 x 14cm), pp.256. Publisher's black cloth-effect paper over boards, EARLIEST binding design without the 'Dancing Lady' design on the upper board, silver titles to spine, pictorial dust-wrapper designed by Pat Marriott priced at 13/6. No inscriptions. Binding shows a little handling and use, jacket with minor wear to extremities, short tear to foot of spine. A very good copy indeed. Shows well, in a bespoke black cloth clamshell to a uniform design by Gilbert. The first of the James Bond novels to be filmed. The earliest state of the binding is becoming elusive. Item #59735
Gilbert, Jon: Ian Fleming The Bibliography, A6a (1.2).