London: Jonathan Cape, 1953. [Spy thriller] FIRST EDITION, first impression. 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, in pictorial second issue (overprinted) dust-jacket, designed by the author, showing the correct price of 10/6 to both flaps. The first James Bond novel; only 4728 copies of the first edition were published. Item #62159
Gilbert A1a (1.2).