London: Jonathan Cape, 1964 [actually issued late 1963]. An UNCORRECTED PROOF copy of the first edition. Printed green wraps. One of just 500 copies. Contents clean, cover has a little abrasion, some wrinkling to spine; very good. 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. Item #50841
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