New York, NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 1963. [Crime Thriller] SIGNED FIRST US EDITION. Octavo (22 x 15cm), pp. 243 . SIGNED by the author in black ink to half-title. Publisher's green cloth with gilt titles and green decoration to spine, a gilt EA monogram to upper, top edge red, fore-edge untrimmed, and maps illustrated by Audrey Frew to endpapers. With the dust-jacket designed by George Salter, priced at $3.95. A crisp copy, with just a little rubbing and chipping to jacket edges. Near fine. Basis for the 1964 jewel-heist film 'Topkapi' starring Peter Ustinov and Robert Morley. The book was suggested for serialisation in the Sunday Times by Ian Fleming [TLS to Denis Hamilton, 10th May 1962]. Item #56453
Gilbert, Jon. Ian Fleming: The Bibliography, p.634.
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