London: Jonathan Cape, 1957. [Thriller] FIRST EDITION. Octavo (19 x 13cm), pp.253; , blank. Elegantly hand-bound in half black oasis morocco over matching cloth sides, spine gilt-lettered in six compartments with raised bands. Contents clean (a few light, soft creases to second gathering), exterior unmarked. A near fine copy in an attractive recent leather binding. 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 #60585
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