London: The Folio Society, 2016. [James Bond] SIGNED FIRST EDITION THUS. Octavo (24 x 17cm), pp.xii; 259 . With seven colour plates by Dalton, including a frontispiece. SIGNED by the illustrator in black ink to title page. Publisher's metallic grey cloth, with silver and bronze titles to spine and upper. Grey endpapers. With the illustrated paper-covered slipcase. A fine, as-new copy. Autograph obtained for this firm by Fleming bibliographer Jon Gilbert. The fifth Bond thriller, first published in 1957. 007 battles with SMERSH, the Soviet organisation of vengeance, interrogation, torture and death, and in particular their fearsome executioner Red Grant. The novel appears on both lists [100 Greatest Mysteries] compiled by the Crime Writers' Association (UK) and the Mystery Writers Organisation (America). Item #59208
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