Too Hot to Handle (Moonraker).

New York, NY: Perma Books, 1957. [James Bond] FIRST PRINTING. Paperback (17 x 11cm), pp.125; [1]. Publisher's illustrated soft covers, all edges tinted red. Some expected yellowing to paper stock, some browning to inside covers, one small tear to foot of spine, covers bright with a few minor creases. A very good copy indeed. Moonraker was retitled Too Hot to Handle when Perma Books published it in America in 1956. Perhaps this was to avoid confusion with Arthur Watkin's stage play 'The Moonraker', which was running at the time and was filmed under the same title in 1958. As was the case with the first American paperback edition of Casino Royale [published as You Asked For It], the novel featured the original name as a subtitle on the cover. Too Hot to Handle was notable for being 'Americanised'; replacing British idioms for American ones such as 'knave of hearts' with 'jack of hearts', 'lift' with 'elevator' and 'zebra crossing' with 'pedestrian crossing'. The title reverted to Moonraker in America in 1960, when it was first published by Signet Books. Item #62366

Price: £175.00

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