London: Penguin Classics, 2009. [James Bond saga] FIRST EDITION, first printing. Octavo (20 x 13cm), pp.597. With an Introduction by Nicholas Lezard, literary critic for The Guardian. This copy is custom-bound by hand in half black calf, lettered in gilt, raised bands to spine, matching cloth over boards, with original illustrated softcovers bound in at rear. One faint thumbmark to the fore edge else a fine copy in like binding. Only 5000 copies were published. Precedes the American equivalent by nearly one whole calendar year. Item #63128
Gilbert E19a, Gilbert-Schøyen .