London: Jonathan Cape, 1954. [James Bond] FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE. Octavo (20 x 14cm), pp.240. Publisher's black cloth-effect paper over boards, embossed in gilt, with purple dust-wrapper showing the original price of 10/6 to both flaps. With 'author'sskill' text incorrectly spaced to the rear panel, as described in the bibliography, page 61. Housed in an elegant custom leather-spined clamshell case. Contents and page edges clean, some minor spotting to endpapers, gilt remains very bright (often discoloured), jacket a little browned to the rear panel, very light wear to crown and top edge. Near fine. A most unusual version with first issue jacket featuring both the omission of the artist's credit and the lesser-known textual error to the rear panel. Item #59297
Gilbert A2a (1.1). Provenance: Major M.J. Barthorp (ret'd), Royal Anglian Regiment [armorial bookplate to flyleaf].
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