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Ian Fleming & James Bond first editions

Collect Ian Fleming and James Bond first editions

Ian Lancaster Fleming (1908–64), banker, Naval Intelligenceofficer, journalist and novelist, most famous of course for his creation of super secret agent James Bond. Fleming’s stories of Bond’s adventures spanned fourteen books, enshrined in the collective memory of multiple generations courtesy of the film adaptations starring Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig respectively.

James Bond first editions can range in value from low hundreds to tens of thousands of pounds. For more information please read our article here.

Fleming did write other books however, most notably perhaps Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, originally published in three volumes, also famously made into a film and, more recently, a stage musical.

 

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The adventures of James Bond were continued in literary form as well as cinematic, including contributions by Kingsley Amis (“Robert Markham”), Raymond Benson, John Gardner and Sebastian Faulks.

 

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  1. First edition, first impression, 8vo. Publisher's black boards, oriental characters stamped in gilt on front board, titles to spine in silver, bamboo effect endpapers. With the dust jacket designed by Richard Chopping. Spine very gently rolled, tiny nick to the fore edge of one leaf, but a superb copy in the brilliant dust jacket entirely free from any of the fading which plagues this book. A truly exceptional example.

    £1,250
  2. First edition, first impression; 8vo; Publisher's black boards, dagger device to upper board in blind and silver, titles to spine in silver, red endpapers. With the dust jacket. Spine lightly rolled but an excellent copy in the lightly marked, creased and nicked, minimally rubbed and slightly sunned dust jacket.

    £650
  3. First edition, first issue; 8vo; publisher's grey-black cloth with blindstamped skeletal hand on upper cover, spine lettered in gilt; dust-jacket by Richard Chopping, price-clipped, small clear tape marks to verso, a little rubbed at extremities, otherwise very good and internally fine.

    £575
  4. First edition, first impression, first issue dust-jacket without the Sunday Times review on the upper flap; 8vo. Publisher's black boards, heart device to upper board and titles to spine in red. With the dust jacket. Contemporary gift inscription to front free endpaper, spine just a touch rolled but a particularly bright copy in the internally repaired dust jacket, nicked at the edges and with some minor restoration at the top of the spine panel and a couple of corners.

    £22,500
  5. First edition, first impression, inscribed to Paul Gallico, 8vo; publisher's dark grey cloth, spine lettered in silver, front cover with knife motif stamped in blind and silver, dust-jacket by Richard Chopping; red endpapers, top edge severely browned (as with several of Gallico's Bond books) and with some leed to upper margin of some leaves, but otherwise a very decent copy in the little worn dust jacket.

    £25,000
  6. First edition, first impression, 8vo., 255, [1] pp., publisher's black cloth, oriental characters stamped in gilt on upper cover, dust-jacket designed by Richard Chopping, the slightest darkening to spine and rubbing to upper corners, offsetting from flaps to free-endpapers and a few spots to edges (text block), otherwise a fine copy.

    £1,000
  7. First edition, first impression; 8vo; publisher's second state binding as usual with silhouette to upper board, with the dust-jacket with artwork by Pat Marriott. Couple of spots to the front free endpaper, an excellent copy in the rather marked dust jacket with a few short tears and a single small chip to the rear panel.

    £1,750
  8. First edition, first impression; 8vo; publisher's black boards (Gilbert's Binding A) stamped in silver & red. With the Richard Chopping dust jacket. An exceptionally sharp copy in an unusually bright dust jacket with tiny loss at the corners and a small, trivial abrasion to the edge of the front flap.

    £4,250
  9. First edition, first impression; 8vo; publisher's plain black boards, titles to spine gilt, patterned endpapers. With the Richard Chopping dust jacket. Spine a little rolled, fore edge spotted but a very good copy in the somewhat tanned, price-clipped ,m dust jacket.

    £375
  10. First edition, first impression; 8vo; publisher's plain black boards, titles to spine gilt, patterned endpapers. With the Richard Chopping dust jacket. Spine just a little rolled but an excellent copy in the minimally rubbed but unusually fresh dust jacket.

    £450
 

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