First edition, first printing. Edward Sackville-West's copy. Original black cloth with titles and rose design in silver and red to the upper board and spine, in the Richard Chopping illustrated dustwrapper. A very good copy, the binding square and firm with a bump at the upper left corner of the front board, the cloth fresh. With the ownership signature of Edward Sackville-West to the front pastedown and his address "Long Crichel [House]" and the date "12.iv.57" inscribed by him in blue ink on the front endpaper. The contents with a few spots to the margins and text block edge are otherwise clean throughout. Complete with the rubbed and nicked dustwrapper that has a short closed tear to the bottom edge of the upper panel and a couple of tiny chips at the head of the toned spine. Not price-clipped (13s 6d net to the front flap).

An interesting provenance, this copy with the ownership inscription dated just four days after publication of the author, music critic and fellow Etonion Edward 'Eddy' Sackville-West. The fifth of Ian Fleming's James Bond novels and the first to feature the unmistakable dustwrapper artwork of Richard Chopping. 14,087 copies printed. [Gilbert A5a (1.1)]

Stock code: 19608


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