London: Jonathan Cape. 1953. INSCRIBED FIRST EDITION, in first issue dust-jacket without the overprinted reviews. Octavo (20 x 13cm), pp.218; , blank. Publisher's cloth in pictorial jacket illustrated by Kenneth Lewis. Ian Fleming's presentation inscription, with thanks for publication, appears on the flyleaf; "To / The power behind / the publishers' throne!/ from / The Author / May 1953 [underlined]" (the publication date was 13 April 1953). Some light handling and wear, small loss at spine tip. An attractive copy, housed in a protective clamshell box. From the collection of Dr Martin Schøyen (b.1940), whose renowned archive of world heritage manuscripts covers a wide variety of subjects, eras and civilizations. Much of the Schøyen Bond material was sourced by the award-winning Ian Fleming bibliographer Jon Gilbert. A detailed hardcover catalogue is available separately. Item #61923
Gilbert A1a(1.1); The Schøyen Collection No.2 (neat booklabel present).
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