London: Jonathan Cape. 1957. [Spy Thriller] Fourth printing [New Edition]. Octavo (20 x 13cm), pp.218; , blank. Publisher's black cloth-effect paper over boards with red titles and 'Heart' design to upper, pictorial green 'playing card' dust-wrapper illustrated by Pat Marriott (uncredited on this impression), priced at 13/6 (many are price clipped). A clean copy of the book but for some tape ghosts to the endpapers where the jacket was secured. Jacket has also been laminated with clear plastic and has further tape/infills to reverse side. Remains a presentable and affordable copy of a scarce printing. An important edition; this is the first appearance of this striking and long-lived dust-wrapper design, which was in print until the 1980s. Item #61076
Gilbert, Jon. Ian Fleming: The Bibliography, A1a (4).
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