London: Jonathan Cape. 1955. FIRST EDITION. Octavo, pp.256. This is the scarce variant on the thin paper stock with 'shoo' for 'shoot' printed to p.10. Publisher's black cloth-effect paper over boards, titled in silver, in 'flame' design dust-wrapper by Kenneth Lewis. In a leather-spined clamshell box. The edges of text block toned as expected (this state 'prone to browning' - Gilbert p.95), single spot to margin of first two leaves else contents clean, dust-jacket a little edgeworn with the habitual toning/fading of the spine (the usual condition issues inherent with this title). A very good copy of an acknowledged rarity. The 'shoo' version accounts for "as few as one in five copies of the first impression". A true Bond highlight. The bibliography states 'the panels are prone to browning and the bright colours suffer from fading' (p.96). A pleasing copy of a rare variant. Item #55793
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