London: Jonathan Cape, (1963). First Edition. Hardcover. First trade edition, first printing, octavo size, 288 pp., inscribed by George Lazenby. Very good + / very good. Item #20072501
The character of "James Bond" has entered our culture with the image of a man's man, one who loves martinis and women, fights for Queen and country, and, at the end of the story, always either outwits or conquers the competition, be they spy or industrial saboteur.
This story is the eleventh book in the "Bond" series, and the sixth to be filmed, in 1969. Actor George Robert Lazenby (b. 1939) was selected for the role after Sean Connery retired from it, and it would be the only James Bond film he would appear in, being the youngest actor to have that role. This is "the one", the book wherein Bond not only falls in love but actually marries his lady love, played by Diana Rigg in the role of Contessa Teresa di Vicenzo.
This volume inscribed on the front free endpaper: "Thanks Vince / George Lazenby / 007"; we cannot know who "Vince" was, it is possible it was Vince Edwards who, with Lazenby, was on the cast of a 1977 television pilot titled "Cover Girls".
With the original publisher's dust jacket (unclipped) and the bookseller's ticket of Henry Sotheran Ltd, London.
___DESCRIPTION: In full black textured paper over boards, a reverse "S"-shaped white line running vertically down the front board, gilt lettering and publisher's device on the spine, Sotheran's ticket on the front pastedown, inscription by Lazenby (undated) on the front free endpaper (as set forth above); octavo size (7 5/8" by 5 1/8"), pagination: [1-8] 9-288. The unclipped dust jacket shows the original price of "16 s. net", the illustration on the front panel by Richard Chipping, short summary of the book on the front flap, ads for four previous Bond novels on the back panel, a black-and-white reproduction of a portrait of Ian Fleming on the back flap followed by ten Bond titles ending with "The Spy Who Loved Me" (first issue jacket).
___CONDITION: Volume much better than very good, with clean boards (other than a small light spot at the bottom of the front board), straight corners without rubbing, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright, and free of prior owner markings; the tail of the spine gently bumped, the front free endpaper with evidence of erasure of a prior owner name (barely visible, see picture and request more if needed), and two vertical creases, the top edge of the text block foxed. The dust jacket a solid very good, unclipped, very light overall dustiness and edgewear, the spine slightly sunned, and with an old paper repair on the verso at the head of the spine.
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