Chopping, Richard. Hard Cover. London: Jonathan Cape, 1958. First Edition. Near Fine / Dust Jacket Included.
First edition, first impression, second state. Publisher's black cloth, with a silhouette of a dancing woman ("Honeychile") on the front board in dark brown, spine lettered in metallic silver; in the original dust jacket designed by Pat Marriot with woman silhouette to front panel, titles in black and white. Near fine, with light spotting to text block edges and front free endpaper, a couple of tiny creases to page corners, and small bookseller label to front free endpaper; very good unclipped dust jacket, with light toning to spine, light chipping to spine ends, two small closed tears and a horizontal crease to bottom edge of front panel, light spotting to rear panel, pen mark to front panel that goes across the "O" of "Dr. NO," and some shallow insect damage to bottom edges of jacket flaps. Overall, a handsome 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.