London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1953. [Wartime adventure] FIRST EDITION, SIGNED and INSCRIBED by the author. Crown Octavo (19 x 13cm), pp.352. Publisher's dark blue cloth, blocked in white, in full-colour dust-wrapper illustrated by Bip Pares, priced at 7/6. Author's presentation note in green ink to the title page "Signed for my friend / Eileen Cond / by 'Taffrail' / Taprell Dorling (underlined) / August 27th 1953." Edges lightly spotted, jacket a trifle edgeworn. Near fine. Another of Taffrail's naval-based thrillers, based in the South Pacific. This copy belonged to a prominent collector of modern firsts Miss Eileen M. Cond, a correspondent of Ian Fleming and the first Secretary to the James Bond Fan Club. Presented a few months after publication of the first Bond novel Casino Royale. Item #59215
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