Marriott, Pat. Hard Cover. London: Jonathan Cape, 1958. 1st Edition. Near Fine / Dust Jacket Included.
First edition, first impression, second state of the sixth novel in the James Bond series. One of 16,020 copies. Publisher's black cloth, with a silhouette of a dancing woman (‘Honeychile’) silhouette on the front board in dark brown, spine lettered in metallic silver; in the original pictorial dust jacket designed by Pat Marriott, with the same illustration of a dancing woman's silhouette in black in front of a brown background to the front panel, lettered in white and black. Near fine, with some very minor bowing to the boards, a hint of spotting to the top edge, small stain to the fore edge, otherwise very clean pages; unclipped dust jacket, with toning to the spine, light rubbing to the spine ends, some light soiling and minor creasing to the top edge of the rear panel, else bright and clean. Gilbert A6a (1.3) In this Bond adventure, 007 heads to Jamaica to investigate the disappearance of an MI6 agent in what should be “a time-wasting, shabby little case in the Caribbean.” However, an early attack on Bond’s life quickly exposes the seriousness of the situation, and Bond discovers a series of island mysteries all relating back to the villainous Dr. Julius No, a Chinese-German reclusive criminal with metal pincers for hands. Although it is the sixth story in the 007 series, Dr. No is the first Bond book to be adapted into a film, perhaps because it contains one of Fleming’s most bizarre and twisted villains.