London: Jonathan Cape, 1957. [Thriller] FIRST EDITION, Binding 'A'. Octavo (19 x 13cm), pp.253; , blank. Publisher's black cloth-effect paper over boards, blocked in silver and red metallic foil, pictorial dust-jacket by Richard Chopping. Discreet ownership beneath flap, jacket slightly toned to extremities with a few small nicks and rubs. Housed in a bespoke black cloth clamshell to a uniform design by Gilbert. 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 #61305
Gilbert, Jon: Ian Fleming The Bibliography, A5a (1.1).