London: Jonathan Cape, (1958). Original black cloth (with silhouette of dancing woman in dark brown) lettered in silver, with dust jacket.
First Edition of the sixth James Bond thriller -- in which Bond travels to a fictional Caribbean island to investigate the disappearance of two MI6 agents. This was the first 007 book to be filmed (in 1962), in which Sean Connery made his debut as "007".
This copy does have the front-cover silhouette of Honeychile Rider (who in the film was Honey Ryder, played by Ursula Andress). The front cover of some copies is plain black -- which is considered to be the first state, although there is no known priority of issue between the two. This volume is in close-to-fine condition (a few faint scratches on the rear cover, spine slightly aslant); the silver lettering on the spine remains very bright. The dust jacket, still with its "13s.6d.net" price, is near-fine as well -- essentially no external wear or soil at all, with a faint ink-stamp on the front flap ("R1984" -- the MGM/UA designation). Gilbert A6a. Housed in a clamshell case with leather labels. Item #15224