Item #65302 Dr. No. Ian Lancaster FLEMING.
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London: Jonathan Cape, 1956. [Thriller] FIRST EDITION, bibliographer's copy. Octavo (20 x 14cm), pp.256. Boots 'Booklovers' Library copy in their terracotta bookcloth titled in black to the spine, green 'shield' device blocked to the upper (not a label), with metal eyelet to crown (these were hung on hooks for display, rather than shelved). This binding is slightly shorter than the Cape black cloth. Without d/j, likely as issued to Boots. Housed in a custom-made clamshell box. Contents clean with no ink markings or stamps, a few reading marks within, edges toned/thumbed, declassification cross over shield and lower edge, joints rubbed (lower joint just starting to fray). Very good. Jon Gilbert's file copy, with his pencilled note and ownership signature to free endpaper. His comprehensive guide to the works of Ian Fleming (2012) won the 16th Breslauer Prize for bibliography. The Boots binding variants are collectable, and much less common than the publisher's binding. Item #65302

Gilbert A6a (1).

Price: £575.00

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