Stroud: The History Press, 2018. [James Bond] FIRST HARDCOVER EDITION. Octavo (21 x 14cm), pp.224. Illustrated with a central suite of colour plates. Elegantly hand-bound in half black calf over matching cloth sides, spine gilt-lettered in six compartments with raised bands, original double-spread colour endpapers and photographic dust-wrapper bound in at the rear. Hardcover issue of an elusive text first published in 1973 and out-of-print ever since. The foreword is by actor David Hedison (1927-2019), who played Bond's CIA ally Felix Leiter opposite both Roger Moore and Timothy Dalton. Bibliographer Jon Gilbert's copy. His encyclopaedic guide to the works of Ian Fleming (2012) won the 16th Breslauer Prize for bibliography. Item #66384
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