Marriott, Pat. Hard Cover. London: Jonathan Cape, 1953. First Edition. Near Fine / Dust Jacket Included.
First edition, first impression, second state binding. Publisher's black cloth, lettered in silver to spine, with silhouette of a dancing "Honeychile" figure stamped in dark brown to front board; in the original pictorial dust jacket designed by Pat Marriot with a matching illustration of a dancing woman's silhouette in black over a brown background, lettered in white and black. A near fine copy with a very slight lean to spine and a touch of spotting to top edge of text block, else fine; in a near fine dust jacket, unclipped, with very slight wear and toning to extremities. Overall, a beautiful copy. 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.