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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.

After the war Fleming became a journalist and in 1953 published his first James Bond novel, Casino Royale. It was a success, and Fleming wrote a new book each year until his untimely death in 1964. Fourteen Bond books were published in total, with the final two, The Man with the Golden Gun and Octopussy, published posthumously in 1965 and 1966 respectively. Only one signed limited edition of a Fleming novel was published, an edition of 250 copies of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.

In addition to Bond novels, Fleming also published two non-fiction books: The Diamond Smugglers, based on reporting for the Sunday Times, and Thrilling Cities, his impressions of cities in Asia, America, and Europe. Fleming’s only children’s book, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, was originally written for his son Caspar and, like the Bond novels, was made into a successful film.

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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.

After the war Fleming became a journalist and in 1953 published his first James Bond novel, Casino Royale. It was a success, and Fleming wrote a new book each year until his untimely death in 1964. Fourteen Bond books were published in total, with the final two, The Man with the Golden Gun and Octopussy, published posthumously in 1965 and 1966 respectively. Only one signed limited edition of a Fleming novel was published, an edition of 250 copies of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.

In addition to Bond novels, Fleming also published two non-fiction books: The Diamond Smugglers, based on reporting for the Sunday Times, and Thrilling Cities, his impressions of cities in Asia, America, and Europe. Fleming’s only children’s book, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, was originally written for his son Caspar and, like the Bond novels, was made into a successful film.

Click to read our blog post on collecting James Bond first editions.

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Collect Ian Fleming’s James Bond first editions.
First edition of The Man with the Golden Gun.
First edition of From Russia, With Love.

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  1. Archive of his correspondence with Edith von Morpurgo, an Austrian girlfriend.
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    Archive of his correspondence with Edith von Morpurgo, an Austrian girlfriend. 1934–5

    £32,500

    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 … Read more

  2. Casino Royale.
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    Casino Royale. 1953

    £4,250

    First edition, first impression, of the first James Bond title. Read more

  3. Casino Royale.
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    Casino Royale. 1953

    £39,500

    First edition, first impression, in the first issue dust jacket without the Sunday Times review to the front flap. “According to the Cape archives, 4760 sets of sheets of the first printing were delivered, but only 4728 copies were bound up. Many of these went … Read more

  4. Casino Royale.
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    Casino Royale. 1953

    £17,500

    First edition, first impression, in the first issue dust jacket without the Sunday Times review to the front flap. “According to the Cape archives, 4760 sets of sheets of the first printing were delivered, but only 4728 copies were bound up. Many of these went … Read more

  5. Live and Let Die.
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    Live and Let Die. 1954

    £16,500

    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 … Read more

  6. Live and Let Die.
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    Live and Let Die. 1954

    £8,750

    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 … Read more

  7. Moonraker.
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    Moonraker. 1955

    £45,000

    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 … Read more

  8. Moonraker.
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    Moonraker. 1955

    £8,000

    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. The entire first impression (containing both “shoot” and “shoo” states) was issued on 7 April 1955. Read more

  9. Diamonds are Forever.
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    Diamonds are Forever. 1956

    £6,500

    First edition, first impression. Read more

  10. Diamonds are Forever.
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    Diamonds are Forever. 1956

    £2,500

    First edition, first impression. Read more

  11. Diamonds Are Forever.
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    Diamonds Are Forever. 1956

    £2,000

    First edition, first impression. Read more

  12. From Russia, with Love.
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    From Russia, with Love. 1957

    £9,750

    First edition, first impression. The fifth James Bond title and one of the toughest in collector’s condition. Read more

  13. From Russia, With Love.
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    From Russia, With Love. 1957

    £6,750

    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. Read more

  14. From Russia, With Love.
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    From Russia, With Love. 1957

    £2,500

    First edition, first impression. This is the first of Fleming’s novels for which Richard Chopping designed the jackets – as he would go on to do for virtually all the subsequent Bond books. Read more

  15. From Russia, With Love.
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    From Russia, With Love. 1957

    £37,500

    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 … Read more

  16. Dr No.
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    Dr No. 1958

    £1,750

    First edition, first impression, first state, binding A, in Type B cloth (Linson). The binding is without the “Honeychile” silhouette; this was later added to the front cover to bring it in line with other titles in the series with designs on the front board. Read more

  17. Dr No.
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    Dr No. 1958

    £1,250

    First edition, first impression, first state, binding A, in Type B cloth (Linson). The binding is without the “Honeychile” silhouette; this was later added to the front cover to bring it in line with other titles in the series with designs on the front board. Read more

  18. For Your Eyes Only.
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    For Your Eyes Only. 1960

    £950

    First edition, first impression. Read more

  19. Thunderball.
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    Thunderball. 1961

    £650

    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 … Read more

  20. Thunderball.
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    Thunderball. 1961

    £9,500

    First edition, first impression, a remarkable marked-up copy which played a part in the court case surrounding the book. 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, … Read more

  21. The Spy Who Loved Me.
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    The Spy Who Loved Me. 1962

    £600

    First edition, first impression. In many ways this is one of the most ambitious of Fleming’s Bond books. It purports to be the first hand testimony of a 23 year old Canadian woman with whom Bond has an ill-fated affair. In time-honoured literary tradition Fleming … Read more

  22. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.
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    On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. 1963

    £600

    First edition, first impression, of the tenth James Bond novel. Read more

  23. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.
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    On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. 1963

    £800

    First edition, first impression, of the tenth James Bond novel. Read more

  24. Thrilling Cities.
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    Thrilling Cities. 1963

    £12,500

    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 … Read more

  25. “Bond Strikes Camp.”
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    (FLEMING, Ian.) CONNOLLY, Cyril.

    “Bond Strikes Camp.” 1963

    £12,500

    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 … Read more

  26. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.
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    On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. 1963

    £12,500

    First edition, signed limited issue. One of 35 unnumbered copies marked “Presentation”, and signed by Fleming, in addition to 250 signed and numbered copies. This was Fleming’s only signed limited edition; it was published simultaneously with the first trade edition on 1 April 1963. Read more

  27. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.
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    On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. 1963

    £500

    First edition, first impression, of the tenth James Bond novel. Read more

  28. All Night at Mr Stanyhurst’s.
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    (FLEMING, Ian, intro.) EDWARDS, Hugh.

    All Night at Mr Stanyhurst’s. 1963

    £50

    First US edition with Fleming introduction, first published in the UK earlier the same year. Read more

  29. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.
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    On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. 1963

    £12,500

    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 … Read more

  30. Thrilling Cities.
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    Thrilling Cities. 1963

    £9,500

    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title “To John, His usual copy from Ian.” An excellent association, the recipient being noted literary scholar John Hayward (1905-1965) who “for the last dozen years of his life edited the Book Collector, … Read more

  31. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang The Magical Car.
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    Chitty Chitty Bang Bang The Magical Car. 1964–5

    £1,800

    First editions, first impressions. Read more

  32. Address Given at the Memorial Service for Ian Fleming. St Bartholomew the Great.
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    (FLEMING, Ian.) PLOMER, William.

    Address Given at the Memorial Service for Ian Fleming. St Bartholomew the Great. 1964

    £750

    First edition, hardback issue, one of only about 50 copies issued thus. The South African poet and novelist William Plomer had been publisher’s reader for Jonathan Cape from 1937 he was instrumental in the publication of Fleming’s work and the dedicatee of Goldfinger. Read more

  33. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. The Magical Car.
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    Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. The Magical Car. 1964

    £1,800

    First editions, first impressions. Read more

  34. The Man with the Golden Gun.
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    The Man with the Golden Gun. 1965

    £375

    First edition, first impression, second state, binding B, without the gun design on the front board. In keeping with the design of the other Bond titles an appropriate device was stamped onto the front board, and the first state of the book bears a golden … Read more

  35. The Man with the Golden Gun.
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    The Man with the Golden Gun. 1965

    £8,000

    First edition, first impression, first issue, first state, with the gilt gun design to the front board, which was abandoned very early in the binding run for economical reasons. Read more

  36. The Man with the Golden Gun.
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    FLEMING, Ian. (SMITH, Paul.)

    The Man with the Golden Gun. 1965

    £3,500

    First edition, first impression, in a specially executed fine binding by the Chelsea Bindery, designed by and bound for Paul Smith in collaboration with Peter Harrington. Read more

  37. Octopussy and The Living Daylights.
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    Octopussy and The Living Daylights. 1966

    £225

    First edition, first impression, first issue jacket without the publisher’s over-price sticker on the front flap. Read more

  38. Constable.
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    (CONSTABLE, John.) PARRIS, Leslie; Ian Fleming-Williams; & Conal Sheilds.

    Constable. 1976

    £50

    First Edition, First Impression. An excellent reference guide published to coincide with the Tate’s exhibition of Constable’s bicentenary. Read more

  39. Devil May Care.
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    FAULKS, Sebastian (writing as Ian Fleming).

    Devil May Care. May 2008

    £425

    Signed limited edition, no. 314 of 500 copies of the first edition signed by the author and specially bound. An exclusive limited edition of Faulks’s first James Bond novel, published to celebrate the centenary of the birth of Ian Fleming. Read more

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