London: Jonathan Cape. 1964 [actually issued late 1963]. An UNCORRECTED PROOF copy of the first edition. In printed green wrappers and the pictorial dust-jacket, stamped 'Proof Only' etc. on inside front flap, with minor variations to the blurb on rear flap over the published version. A fine copy of the book; oversize jacket has some expected wear/creasing to the unsupported area along the top edge, some ribbing at joints and spine, colour remains fresh. An attractive copy, preserved in an elegant quarter leather clamshell box. One of just 500 copies. The proof copy features numerous typographical (rather than textual) mistakes which were corrected in the published book, notably the preface is missing, the verso of the half title has the erroneous title 'On Her Mjsty's Scrt Srvic' listed, the copyright page omits both the publisher's address and the papermaker and binder's credit, the contents page does not have italicised sub-titles to pts.I and II, the chapter 'Magic 44' appears in square caps, the 'author's note' leaf is an extra, and the final leaf is numbered 256. There are numerous punctuation and typeset differences unworthy of specifying here. The last title in what has become known as the 'Blofeld' trilogy. Item #44313
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