First edition with erratum slip. Published in 1963, by Jonathan Cape a very rare hardback travel book by Ian Fleming. The cover boards are grey patterned paper with a white cloth spine. Titles on the spine are gilt. The end papers are black, and the top curt edges of the pages are coloured black. Illustrated with black & white photographs.
'In November 2nd armed with a sheaf of visas ...one suitcase ...and my typewriter, I left humdrum London for the thrilling cities of the world'. In 1959, Ian Fleming, the creator of "James Bond", was commissioned by the "Sunday Times" to explore fourteen of the world's most exotic cities. Fleming saw it all with a thriller writer's eye. From Hong Kong to Honolulu, New York to Naples, he left the bright main streets for the back alleys, abandoning tourist sites in favour of underground haunts, and mingling with celebrities, gangsters and geishas. The result is a series of vivid snapshots of a mysterious, vanished world.
Generally this would be considered in very good condition, however there are a few flaws. Some rubbing and shelf-wear to the dust jacket, which is a bit yellowed on inside towards the top. There are splits along the inside edge of the end papers where they join the spine. The spilt on the rear end paper is worse (see photo 7). Corners of the cover are a bit bumped. However the binding is still sound and text pages are clean and unmarked.
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