London: Jonathan Cape, 1954. FIRST EDITION, Second Issue. SIGNED to flyleaf by the late Kenneth Lewis, illustrator of this jacket, with added inscription 'artist to Ian Fleming'. Publisher's black cloth-effect paper-covered boards, titled and decorated in gilt, with original dust-wrapper crediting artist Lewis to the front flap immediately below the blurb, correctly priced twice at 10/6. A very good copy indeed with some light toning the page edges, previous description affixed to endpaper (discreetly beneath flap), minor stain to rear pastedown, gilt to the covers remains bright (often tarnishes), dustwrapper with some minor edgewear and some spotting and a small stain to rear panel. The second issue, as described in the bibliography, with Lewis' credit appearing immediately below the blurb on the front flap, about two-thirds down. Working as a freelance artist, Kenneth Lewis (1926-2016) produced the first three dust-jacket designs for the James Bond hardbacks under the direction of the author. Item #47189
Gilbert A2a (1.3), p.647.
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