London: Jarrolds, 1961. [Naval Thriller] SIGNED FIRST EDITION. Octavo (19 x 13cm), pp.258. SIGNED by the author in black ink to Eileen M. Cond's distinctive bookplate on fly-leaf. Publisher's blue cloth with gilt titles to spine. With the dust-jacket illustrated by Ing. Miss Cond's usual exemplary condition, with a small blue ink date note to fly-leaf. Jacket price-clipped, with a few small rub marks. Fine. Adversity reveals the true characters of a stricken submarine crew in the Adriatic during the Second World War. Well-known as a prominent collector of modern firsts, Miss Cond was also a correspondent of Ian Fleming, and the first Secretary to the James Bond Fan Club. During the 1950s, Miss Cond ran an 18th-century royal hunting lodge converted to country house hotel at Deer Park, Honiton, Devon (hence the bookplate design), with a select clientele. Item #59103
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