G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1999. Octavo. Original blue wrappers, printed in black. A fine copy. Uncorrected proof copy of the first US edition, published simultaneously in the UK. This is one of the more elusive Benson items: no proof copies were issued in the UK for any of Benson's James Bond titles, and only a handful of proofs appeared in the US. This copy has pleasing provenance: from the library of author, publisher, and Ian Fleming bibliographer Otto Penzler, and latterly part of the significant Ian Fleming collection of Martin Schøyen (b.1940), with his bookplate. Schøyen's private collection of manuscripts, which span all cultures and all time periods, is one of the largest and most comprehensive of its kind. Item #156113
Gilbert, p. 613; The Schøyen Collection No. 366.
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