“He says that courage is a capital sum reduced by expenditure": First Edition of Ian Flemings Dr. No
Item Number: 99342
London: Jonathan Cape, 1958.
First edition in the first-issue dust jacket with Fleming’s name printed in black on the spine of the sixth Bond thriller, first state binding (Gilbert’s variant A), without the “Honeychile” silhouette; the silhouette was later added to bring it in line with other titles in the series which bore designs on the front board. Octavo, original black cloth. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing to the extremities. Jacket design by Pat Marriott. A very sharp example.
The further adventures of "literature's most famous spy" (Steinbrunner & Penzler, 151) and basis for the first Bond film in 1962, starring Sean Connery and Ursula Andress. Time acclaimed the title villain as "one of the least forgettable characters in modern fiction" (Black, 32). With brown-stamped dancing girl silhouette on front board ("probably intended to be Honeychile Rider" [Biondi & Pickard, 44]).