London: Penguin 007, 2008. [Spy fiction] FIRST EDITION. Octavo (18 x 14cm), pp.301, with an introduction by the respected Bond authority Henry Chancellor. In the prize-winning binding of silver-grey cloth with a silenced Walther PPK motif to upper, burgundy endpapers. Complete with the wraparound sleeve, which is gummed together at rear (with some bleed-through, as inevitably found). A lovely fine copy, carefully dark-stored by ourselves since publication. The true first hardcover edition of this title, preceded by a paperback edition in the Penguin Modern Classics series, which did not include the introduction. Contains all of Fleming's nine original James Bond short stories and novellas, previously issued in hardback as as For Your Eyes Only (1960, five stories) and Octopussy (1966, two stories). Two of the titles have never been included in a UK hardcover edition. The majority of tales are set in holiday locations such as the Seychelles, the Bahamas, the Jamaican coast, the Lido in Venice, a lakeside summerhouse in Vermont and the Mediterranean port of Santa Maria. Henry Chancellor is the author of the acclaimed study of the literary 007 "James Bond, The Man and His World" (2005). Item #59924
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