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FLEMING, Ian.

Rare books by Ian Fleming, including first editions, signed first edition, and finely bound copies of the James Bond novels.

Ian Fleming (1908–1964) was an intelligence officer, journalist, and creator of the character James Bond. Beginning in 1939 he served as a liaison between the Navy and the other secret services, where he was privy to the highest levels of intelligence and became known for his creativity in planning operations, work that inspired his later novels.

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  1. 88362
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    Archive of his correspondence with Edith von Morpurgo, an Austrian girlfriend.

    A fine correspondence revealing the typically tempestuous relationship, with hints of sadomasochism, between the young Fleming and his Austrian girlfriend, Edith Maria Thonet (née von Morpurgo) (1904-1988). Her father was the aristocratic Viennese architect, Robert Guido Elio Freiherr von Morpurgo (1872-1941); her mother was the actress Lucie Laval Nikolovsky. Learn More
    £32,500

    Date of Publication: 1934

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 88362

    Signed: Yes

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  2. Casino Royale.

    Casino Royale.

    First edition, first impression, in the first issue dust jacket (without the Sunday Times review to the front flap). "According to the Cape archives, 4,760 sets of sheets of the first printing were delivered, but only 4,728 copies were bound up. Many of these went to public libraries and we believe that less than half of the first printing was sold to the public. Learn More
    £39,500

    Date of Publication: 1953

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 109681

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  3. Live and Let Die.

    Live and Let Die.

    First edition, first impression, in the first issue jacket without the design credit slug to the front flap. The earliest dust jackets issued made no mention of Kenneth Lewis and at some point the need was recognised to credit his work. A stamp was made and as a stopgap existing jackets were overstamped beneath the blurb on the front flap. This slightly amateurish solution was swiftly abandoned and the jacket was reset and reprinted to include the Lewis credit. Learn More
    £8,750

    Date of Publication: 1954

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 105483

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  4. 96740

    Live and Let Die.

    First edition, first impression, in the first issue jacket without the design credit slug to the front flap. The earliest dust jackets issued made no mention of Kenneth Lewis and at some point the need was recognised to credit his work. A stamp was made and as a stopgap existing jackets were overstepped beneath the blurb on the front flap. This slightly amateurish solution was swiftly abandoned and the jacket was reset and reprinted to include the Lewis credit. Learn More
    £15,000

    Date of Publication: 1954

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 96740

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  5. Live and Let Die.

    Live and Let Die.

    First edition, first impression, in the first issue jacket without the design credit slug to the front flap. The earliest dust jackets issued made no mention of Kenneth Lewis and at some point the need was recognised to credit his work. A stamp was made and as a stopgap existing jackets were overstamped beneath the blurb on the front flap. This slightly amateurish solution was swiftly abandoned and the jacket was reset and reprinted to include the Lewis credit. Learn More
    £16,500

    Date of Publication: 1954

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 98869

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  6. Live and Let Die.

    Live and Let Die.

    First edition, first impression, in the first issue jacket without the design credit slug to the front flap. The earliest dust jackets issued made no mention of Kenneth Lewis and at some point the need was recognised to credit his work. A stamp was made and as a stopgap existing jackets were overstamped beneath the blurb on the front flap. This slightly amateurish solution was swiftly abandoned and the jacket was reset and reprinted to include the Lewis credit. Learn More
    £9,750

    Date of Publication: 1954

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 112367

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  7. 108307comp
    signed

    Moonraker.

    First edition, first impression, one of two variant states, printed on thicker paper stock and with the word "shoot" at p. 10, l. 31 correctly printed. Presentation copy, inscribed and signed by Fleming on the front free endpaper: "To Clare, who washes my books behind the ears! Ian 1955." Clare served as executive secretary to Joseph Kingsbury-Smith, vice-president and general manager for Hearst's International News Service in New York. Learn More
    £45,000

    Date of Publication: 1955

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 108307

    Signed: Yes

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  8. Moonraker.
    signed

    Moonraker.

    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by Fleming on the front free endpaper, "To Tony, Read and Burn! Ian, 1955." The recipient was Anthony Kemsley, later to become Sir Anthony Berry, Conservative MP, who tragically died in the IRA Brighton Bomb in 1984. He was the son of Viscount Kemsley, a significant figure in Fleming's life. Learn More
    £37,500

    Date of Publication: 1955

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 110688

    Signed: Yes

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  9. Diamonds are Forever.

    Diamonds are Forever.

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £6,500

    Date of Publication: 1956

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 110695

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  10. From Russia, With Love.

    From Russia, With Love.

    First edition, first impression. With the author's signed presentation inscription to the front free endpaper, "To R. Singleton-Ward In (I hope) Gratitude. Ian Fleming 1957". The recipient was the writer and physiotherapist Richard Singleton-Ward. The anticipation of gratitude expressed in the inscription is most likely in anticipation of a successful chiropractic treatment but it is perhaps no coincidence that Fleming included a quite detailed description of such therapies in Thunderball on which he was working at that time. Learn More
    £37,500

    Date of Publication: 1957

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 101918

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  11. From Russia, With Love.

    From Russia, With Love.

    First edition, first impression. This is the first of Fleming's novels for which Richard Chopping designed the jacket - as he would go on to do for virtually all the subsequent Bond books. Learn More
    £6,500

    Date of Publication: 1957

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 115889

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  12. 116360

    The Diamond Smugglers.

    With an Introduction by John Blaize, formerly of the International Diamond Security Organization.
    First edition, first impression, first state. The introduction is by John Collard a member of the International Diamond Security Organisation under the name “John Blaize”. The Diamond Smugglers is one of two non-fiction works by Fleming, based on two weeks of interviews he undertook with Collard. The IDSO was formed to combat the smuggling of diamonds from South Africa; some £10 million worth of gems were being illegally trafficked out each year. Learn More
    £200

    Date of Publication: 1957

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116360

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  13. 116686

    Goldfinger.

    First edition, first impression. The seventh book in the James Bond series, it was listed as one of Anthony Burgess's Ninety-Nine Novels: The Best in English since 1939. Learn More
    £650

    Date of Publication: 1959

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116686

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  14. Thunderball.

    Thunderball.

    First edition, first impression. Ian Fleming's novel Thunderball incorporated material from an unproduced screenplay he had worked on in 1958 in collaboration with Kevin McClory, Jack Whittingham, and Ivar Bryce, with the result that Fleming found himself in a well-publicised case in the High Court defending himself against McClory's accusations of plagiarism, though Fleming and McClory eventually settled out of court. Learn More
    £750

    Date of Publication: 1961

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 113487

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  15. 116691

    Thunderball.

    First edition, first impression. Ian Fleming's novel Thunderball incorporated material from an unproduced screenplay he had worked on in 1958 in collaboration with Kevin McClory, Jack Whittingham, and Ivar Bryce, with the result that Fleming found himself in a well-publicised case in the High Court defending himself against McClory's accusations of plagiarism, though Fleming and McClory eventually settled out of court. Learn More
    £550

    Date of Publication: 1961

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116691

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  16. 116368

    The Spy Who Loved Me.

    First edition, first impression. The tenth of the Bond books to be published. This novel is the only Bond book to be written in the first person, presented as the testimony of a 23-year-old Canadian woman, Vivienne Michel with whom Bond has an ill-fated affair. Bond himself does not appear until two thirds of the way through the book. In furtherance of this pretence, Michel gets a spurious credit on the title page as co-author, whose manuscript allegedly simply appeared on Flemings desk. Learn More
    £875

    Date of Publication: 1962

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116368

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  17. All Night at Mr Stanyhurst's.

    All Night at Mr Stanyhurst's.

    Introduced by Ian Fleming.
    First US edition with Fleming introduction, first published in the UK earlier the same year. Learn More
    £50

    Date of Publication: 1963

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 94933

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    On Her Majesty's Secret Service.

    First edition, first impression, of the tenth James Bond novel. Author's presentation copy inscribed to Denise Robins on the front free endpaper "To Denise with best wishes from Ian". In October 1963 Fleming presented the awards at the Romantic Novelists' Association, where he met Denise Robins, the then president of the Association, and they "chatted about the burning issue of their profession: should they cross the threshold of the bedroom?" (Lycett). Learn More

    £12,500

    Date of Publication: 1963

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 101798

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  19. Thrilling Cities.
    signed

    Thrilling Cities.

    First edition, first impression. The dedication copy, inscribed by the author on the title page, "To 'a man called "CD" ' from Ian". The printed author's note reads "Nothing remains but to dedicate this biased, cranky but at least zestful hotchpotch to my friends and colleagues on The Sunday Times in London and abroad, and particularly to a man called 'CD', who pulled the trigger. Learn More
    £12,500

    Date of Publication: 1963

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 76459

    Signed: Yes

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  20. Bond Strikes Camp.
    signed

    Bond Strikes Camp.

    Sole printing of the first appearance of Connolly's parody. With Fleming's superb presentation inscription to Richard Hughes, "Dikko - Ouch! Ian". Hughes was a good friend of Fleming's and the dedicatee of You Only Live Twice, for which in April 1963 he was aiding Fleming's researches. We know of no other presentation copies by Fleming of this publication. Learn More
    £12,500

    Date of Publication: 1963

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 81452

    Signed: Yes

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