Jonathan Cape | On Her Majesty’s Secret Service 1st edition

Jonathan Cape | On Her Majesty’s Secret Service 1st edition. The same dust jacket artwork was used on all editions except the signed limited edition
The same dust jacket artwork was used on all editions except the signed limited edition
Jonathan Cape | On Her Majesty’s Secret Service 1st edition. The design was used for all editions except the signed limited edition.
The design was used for all editions except the signed limited edition.
Jonathan Cape | On Her Majesty’s Secret Service 1st edition. The spine tends to darken, check the paper on the front cover design is visible where it wraps around onto the spine
The spine tends to darken, check the paper on the front cover design is visible where it wraps around onto the spine
Jonathan Cape | On Her Majesty’s Secret Service 1st edition. 1st edition copyright page
1st edition copyright page

11. On Her Majesty's Secret Service

Author : Ian Fleming
Publisher : Jonathan Cape
Format : Hardback
Series : Cape hardbacks
Edition : 1st
Year : 1963 (first published with this artwork)
Country published : UK
Artwork designer : Richard Chopping

Collectors notes

Although there are plenty of copies in circulation it is a surprisingly difficult book to find in fine condition. The main issue is the spine of the dust jacket, the red titles tend to fade and the lighter areas darken. The design on the front has a sheet of paper that wraps around onto the spine. It is not unusual for this to darken to the point where it is not visible on the spine. The copy shown in the photograph is better than many in this respect.

Fleming signed a number of copies of this book for Count Robin de La Lanne-Mirrlees as a thank you for his help with the book. These copies seem to be 2nd editions.

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