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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 (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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. First issue on sea-foam green background, 760 x 1015 mm; backed on linen; some retouching and stabilising repairs around extremities, including the bottom most line of text, otherwise a very good example of this iconic Bond poster.

    £12,500
  5. First edition, first impression, first state, signed on the dedication leaf by Henry Blofeld; 8vo; bamboo effect endpapers, original black boards, Japanese calligraphy to upper board gilt, titles to spine in silver, spine slightly rolled, Richard Chopping designed dust-jacket, neatly price-clipped.

    £975
  6. First edition, first impression, first issue, signed by the author on front free endpaper; 8vo; publisher's boards with gilt Japanese lettering to upper cover and silver lettering to spine, dust-jacket with wraparound artwork design by Richard Chopping, a fine example.

    £8,750
  7. First edition, first impression, signed by the author on skilfully inserted endpaper leaf; 8vo; publisher's boards (binding 'B'), dust-jacket by Pat Marriott, a few small stabilising repairs near head of spine and fore-corners, overall a very good example.

    £10,000
  8. First edition, first issue (no mention of later printings but with textual errors corrected), 8vo,. publisher's black cloth, spine lettered and stamped in gilt, gilt vignette stamped on front cover, spine faintly dulled, first issue dust-jacket without the two line credit on the front flap, printed in magenta, small areas of professional, historic restoration to top corners of spine-head and folds, spine panel very faintly sunned, minor edge-wear, otherwise a superior copy both internally and externally.

    £11,750
  9. First edition, 8vo, publisher's black cloth, spine and upper side stamped in silver and metallic red, dust-jacket designed by Richard Chopping, unclipped, rear panel a little dust soiled, slight rubbing at extremities, otherwise a bright and very good-plus copy.

    £4,750
 

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