Garden City, New York: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1965. Early Printing. Hardcover. 8vo. , 252,  pp. Grey cloth with black and blue lettering on the spine, blue endpapers and pastedowns. Price of $4.50 on the front flap of the dust jacket. An early impression of the American edition (gutter code G26 which indicates June 1965). The first novel featuring the female sleuth/action hero, Modesty Blaise is based off a fierce refugee girl O'Donnell met during his service in WWII. He wanted to create a female heroine capable of fighting and solving crime just as well as the male fictional heroes of the day. Forshaw 572-574. Hubin 609. Near Fine / Very Good. Item #00008245
A Near Fine book with a faint abrasion on the free front endpaper in a Very Good dust jacket with light edge wear and minor soiling to the spine.