London: Jonathan Cape and Hodder and Stoughton, 1982. [Spy novel] FIRST EDITION. Octavo (20 x 13cm), pp.254; , afterword; , blank. Publisher's cloth in pictorial dust-jacket. SIGNED and INSCRIBED ('artist to James Bond') on the flyleaf by illustrator Bill Botten, who produced the jacket art for both of Christopher Wood's James Bond novels and the early Gardner Bonds in the style of the Richard Chopping originals which adorned Ian Fleming's books. Some toning to paper stock, jacket lightly handled; near fine. Freelance illustrator Bill Botten produced artwork for some 230 jackets, many of those for publisher Jonathan Cape. Through our association with the literary James Bond, we were able to commission designs from Bill, who even painted the shop Christmas card one year. Item #54307
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