First edition, first printing. Inscribed presentation copy. Publisher's original black cloth with white ski track design to upper board, titles in gilt to the spine, in the Richard Chopping illustrated dustwrapper. A very good or better copy, the binding square and firm with a little bumping at the spine tips. The contents with a few spots of foxing to the top edge of the text block are otherwise clean throughout and without previous owner's inscriptions or stamps. Complete with the lightly rubbed and nicked original dustwrapper which is a little toned to the spine and rear panel. Not price-clipped (16s net to the front flap). Housed in a bespoke quarter black morocco solander case.
Inscribed by the author in blue ink on the front free endpaper "To Aubrey / who wrote some of it! / From Ian". Provenance: Aubrey Forshaw, Managing Director of Pan Books, publisher of the James Bond novels in paperback and Ian Fleming's expert for technical information concerning James Bond's cars. It was in this respect that he was asked by Fleming to read the proof of On Her Majesty's Secret Service and correct any errors. Forshaw duly obliged, making corrections in several places and returning the proof to the publisher. All of his emendations were adopted to the first edition text, hence the wonderful presentation inscription to his friend and collaborator. An outstanding association copy of the tenth James Bond novel. (Gilbert A11a).
Stock code: 15667