London: Jonathan Cape, 1955. First edition, first printing (with "shoot" on page 10, and a 19 mm text block) of the third novel in the James Bond series and what many critics to be his finest. Octavo, original black cloth. Name covered by the front jacket flap, near fine in a near fine dust jacket with the spine panel bright and with light wear to the spine extremities. Noël Coward read Moonraker in proof in Jamaica and pronounced, It is the best thing Fleming has done yet, very exciting His observation is extraordinary and his talent for description vivid" (Lycett, 253-54). It was later adapted to film in 1979, directed by Lewis Gilbert and starring Roger Moore as James Bond. (Inventory #: 12003)
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