London: Jonathan Cape, 1953. First Edition. Attractive copy of the first James Bond novel, introducing 007, M, Vesper Lynd, and criminal mastermind Le Chiffre. Basis for Martin Campbell's 2006 film adaptation, starring Daniel Craig, Eva Green, and Judi Dench. Gilbert A1a (1.2); Pronzini & Muller, p.252; Hubin, p.144. Item #4497
First Impression. Octavo (20cm); publisher's black paper-covered boards, with titling and decorative elements stamped in red on spine and front cover; dustjacket; ,5-218,pp. Previous owners ink name to upper front endpaper, lower corners gently tapped (though still sharp), with a faint, tiny stain to lower edge of textblock; contents clean and free of foxing; Very Good+. In the second state dustjacket, with the Sunday Times review over-printed on front flap and 'The Author' over-printed beneath Fleming's portrait on rear panel (constituting 2400 of the 4728-copy print run); unclipped (priced 10s. 6d. net), gently spine-sunned and lightly edgeworn, with a few tiny tears, and some toning and dust-soil to rear panel; an unrestored, Very Good+ example, with plenty of shelf-appeal.