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FLEMING, Ian.

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
    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... Learn More
    £32,500

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  2. 130450comp
    First edition, first impression, in the first issue dust jacket. A magnificent presentation copy, inscribed by Fleming to the employer who gave him the means to write - James Gomer Berry, 1st Viscount Kemsley - and his second wife, Edith: "To Gomer and Edith, wishing them both always a nine when it is needed, and in memory... Learn More
    £135,000

    Stock Code: 130450

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  3. 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... Learn More
    £16,500

    Stock Code: 98869

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  4. 127788
    First edition, first impression, one of two variant states, printed on thicker paper stock and with the word "shoot" on page 10 correctly printed. The entire first impression (containing both "shoot" and "shoo" states) was issued on 7 April 1955. Learn More
    £3,500

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  5. 130205
    First edition, first impression, one of two variant states, printed on thicker paper stock and with the word "shoot" on page 10 correctly printed. The entire first impression (containing both "shoot" and "shoo" states) was issued on 7 April 1955. Learn More
    £5,000

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  6. 129601
    First edition, first impression, of the fourth Bond novel, adapted into a film starring Sean Connery in 1971. Learn More
    £2,000

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  7. 131168
    First edition, first impression, of the fourth Bond novel, adapted into a film starring Sean Connery in 1971. Learn More
    £6,500

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  8. 123740
    Fleming writes to this "most faithful follower" of his fortunes: "I well remember my pleasure at getting your letter shortly after 'Casino Royale' was published. It was my first fan letter from a member of the public!... here, with my very best wishes, is your bookplate for 'The Diamond Smugglers'." Eileen Cond was a book... Learn More
    £5,000

    Stock Code: 123740

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  9. 101918comp
    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... Learn More
    £37,500

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  10. 127801

    Dr No.

    London: 1958

    First edition, first impression, second state binding with Honeychile's silhouette (no priority of issue). The sixth novel in the James Bond series, and the first to be turned into a film, starring Sean Connery, in 1962. Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 127801

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  11. 121403

    Dr No.

    London: 1958

    First edition, first impression, second state. This copy is in the second state binding, with the "Honeychile" silhouette printed on the front board in a dark reddish-brown, in conformity with other titles in the series with designs on the front board. There is no priority in this state. Learn More
    £2,250

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  12. 130369

    Dr No.

    London: 1958

    Dr. No is the sixth novel in the James Bond series, and was the first to be turned..."> First edition, first impression, first state binding (Gilbert's variant A), without the "Honeychile" silhouette; the silhouette was later added to bring it in line with other titles in the series which bore designs on the front board. Dr. No is the sixth novel in the James Bond series, and was the first to be turned... Learn More
    £1,875

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  13. 130814

    Dr No.

    London: 1958

    Dr. No is the sixth novel in the James Bond series, and was the first to be turned..."> First edition, first impression, first state binding (Gilbert's variant A), without the "Honeychile" silhouette; the silhouette was later added to bring it in line with other titles in the series which bore designs on the front board. Dr. No is the sixth novel in the James Bond series, and was the first to be turned... Learn More
    £1,750

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  14. 126286
    First edition, first impression, of the seventh book in the James Bond series. Learn More
    £2,250

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  15. 131157
    First edition, first impression, of the seventh book in the James Bond series, adapted into the film starring Sean Connery in 1964. Learn More
    £2,500

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  16. 131177
    First edition, first impression, of the seventh book in the James Bond series. Goldfinger was adapted into a film of the same name starring Sean Connery in 1964. Learn More
    £1,500

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  17. 125159
    First edition, first impression. Rather than a full-length novel, For Your Eyes Only was Fleming's first collection of short stories. Apart from the titular story, the collection includes "From a View To a Kill", "Quantum of Solace", "Risico", and "The Hildebrand Rarity". Learn More
    £1,250

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  18. 126541
    First edition, first impression. Rather than a full-length novel, For Your Eyes Only was Fleming's first collection of short stories. Apart from the titular story, the collection includes "From a View To a Kill", "Quantum of Solace", "Risico", and "The Hildebrand Rarity". Learn More
    £2,250

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  19. 130809
    First edition, first impression. Rather than a full-length novel, For Your Eyes Only was Fleming's first collection of short stories. Apart from the titular story, the collection includes "From a View To a Kill", "Quantum of Solace", "Risico", and "The Hildebrand Rarity". Learn More
    £1,000

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  20. 130967
    First edition, first impression. Rather than a full-length novel, For Your Eyes Only was Fleming's first collection of short stories. Apart from the titular story, the collection includes "From a View To a Kill", "Quantum of Solace", "Risico", and "The Hildebrand Rarity". Learn More
    £1,250

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  21. 131173
    First edition, first impression. Rather than a full-length novel, For Your Eyes Only was Fleming's first collection of short stories. Apart from the titular story, the collection includes "From a View To a Kill", "Quantum of Solace", "Risico", and "The Hildebrand Rarity". Learn More
    £750

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  22. 123108
    First edition, first impression, of the ninth Bond 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, with the result that Fleming found himself in a well-publicised case in the High Court... Learn More
    £1,250

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  23. 126774
    First edition, first impression, of the ninth Bond 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, with the result that Fleming found himself in a well-publicised case in the High Court... Learn More
    £750

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  24. 131218
    First edition, first impression, second issue (with trace of the publisher's overprice label removed from the front flap of the dust jacket). The first novel in the Blofeld trilogy, Thunderball introduces the criminal organisation SPECTRE and its leader Ernst Stavro Blofeld. Learn More
    £950

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  25. 130236
    First edition, first impression, in the second issue dust jacket, of the ninth Bond 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, with the result that Fleming found himself in a well-publicised... Learn More
    £300

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  26. 125194
    First edition, first impression. 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 with whom Bond has an ill-fated affair. In furtherance of this pretence, Vivienne Michel gets a spurious credit on the title page as co-author. Learn More
    £750

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  27. 130317
    First edition, first impression. 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 with whom Bond has an ill-fated affair. In furtherance of this pretence, Vivienne Michel gets a spurious credit on the title page as co-author. Learn More
    £1,250

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  28. 130654
    First edition, first impression. 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 with whom Bond has an ill-fated affair. In furtherance of this pretence, Vivienne Michel gets a spurious credit on the title page as co-author. Learn More
    £500

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  29. 131104
    First edition, first impression. 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 with whom Bond has an ill-fated affair. In furtherance of this pretence, Vivienne Michel gets a spurious credit on the title page as co-author. Learn More
    £600

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  30. 131223
    First edition, first impression. 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 with whom Bond has an ill-fated affair. In furtherance of this pretence, Vivienne Michel gets a spurious credit on the title page as co-author. Learn More
    £1,000

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  31. 110083comp
    First edition, signed limited issue. Number 157 of 250 copies signed by the author, with an additional 35 unnumbered copies marked "Presentation". This was Fleming's only signed limited edition; it was published simultaneously with the first trade edition on 1 April 1963. Learn More
    £15,000

    Stock Code: 110083

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  32. 131687comp
    First edition, signed limited issue. Number 69 of 250 copies signed by the author; a further 35 unnumbered copies marked "Presentation" were also released. This was Fleming's only signed limited edition; it was published simultaneously with the first trade edition on 1 April 1963. Over time, the vellum has shown a tendency... Learn More
    £13,500

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  33. 115716comp
    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by Fleming on the front free endpaper: "To Kay with all my love, from Ian." The recipient was Fleming's aunt (his mother's sister), Mrs Kathleen St Croix Rose. Learn More
    £12,500

    Stock Code: 115716

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  34. 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... Learn More
    £10,000

    Stock Code: 76459

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  35. All Night at Mr Stanyhurst's.
    First US edition with Fleming introduction, first published in the UK earlier the same year. Learn More
    £50

    Stock Code: 94933

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  36. 120581
    First edition, first impression, of the 11th book in the James Bond series, featuring a reappearance of Blofeld and SPECTRE, linking it to the plot of Thunderball (1961). It was adapted for film in 1969, featuring George Lazenby. Learn More
    £875

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  37. 124681
    First edition of this Bond pastiche, superbly inscribed by Fleming to his close friend Richard Hughes on the front cover, "Dikko - Ouch! Ian", and with a mark in his hand next to the title of the Bond story. Richard Hughes was a good friend of Fleming's and the dedicatee of You Only Live Twice (published in 1964). In 1959,... Learn More
    £9,750

    Stock Code: 124681

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  38. 131216
    First edition, first impression, in the rarer Type C cloth in black (the vast majority of copies were bound in dark-brown or dark-grey cloth). This is the 11th book in the James Bond series, featuring a reappearance of Blofeld and SPECTRE, linking it to the plot of Thunderball (1961). It was adapted for film in 1969, featuring... Learn More
    £1,500

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  39. 127060
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £2,750

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  40. 130451
    The corrected typescript, used as the setting copy for Fleming's last Bond novel. By the 1960s the production of a new Bond novel followed a familiar routine. When Fleming was completing his text he would request that a set of clean typescripts be produced from it, which in this case he did on 14 April 1964. Fleming's text... Learn More
    £175,000

    Stock Code: 130451

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  41. 131669comp
    First edition, first impression, one of two dedication copies, inscribed by Fleming to one of the two dedicatees, Richard Hughes, on the front free endpaper: "To Dikko-san from Fleming-san. With all affection." In 1959, Ian Fleming was given a licence to travel. Fleming had written seven James Bond novels when he was approached... Learn More
    £60,000

    Stock Code: 131669

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  42. 122645comp
    First edition, first impression, presentation copy, inscribed by the author to his proof-reader for this title: "To Alan To reread! from, Ian." Alan Ross, a former naval officer, was a literary friend of Ann Fleming. Ross was one of the first to review Casino Royale favourably, in the Times Literary Supplement, a review... Learn More
    £18,750

    Stock Code: 122645

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  43. 118707
    First edition, wrappered issue. 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. A limited hardcover issue was also produced. Learn More
    £400

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  44. 121002
    First edition, limited hardcover issue, one of 50 copies. An address given at the memorial for Ian Fleming, by the South African poet and novelist William Plomer. Plomer had been a publisher's reader for Jonathan Cape from 1937; he was instrumental in the publication of Fleming's work and the dedicatee of Goldfinger. Learn More
    £750

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  45. 118708
    First edition, wrappered issue. 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. A limited hardcover issue was also produced. Learn More
    £400

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  46. 131183
    First edition, first impression, of the eleventh Bond novel, based on Japanese material that Fleming had gathered on his five-week foreign jaunt on behalf of the Sunday Times, the basis of his non-fiction Thrilling Cities (1963). It was the last Bond story published in his lifetime. This is the second state with textual... Learn More
    £375

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  47. 132186
    First edition, first impression, second issue with plain endpapers. Inscribed on the title page by two actresses from the 1974 film: Maud Adams, signed along with her character name Andrea Anders, and Britt Ekland, signed with her character name Mary Goodnight and dated 2006. The Man with the Golden Gun was Fleming's twelfth... Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 132186

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  48. 124901
    First edition, first impression, first issue, first state, with the gilt gun design to the front cover, a design in line with the binding of other Bond novels, whereby a device was stamped onto the front cover. This gun device was abandoned, however, very early in the binding run for economic reasons. It is the final Bond... Learn More
    £9,000

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  49. 125343
    First edition, first impression, second state binding as usual, without the gun design blocked in gilt on the front board, which proved too expensive and was dropped after the first 940 copies had been sent abroad. Learn More
    £375

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  50. 131163
    First edition, first impression, second state binding as usual, without the gun design blocked in gilt on the front cover, which proved too expensive and was dropped after the first 940 copies had been sent abroad. The Man with the Golden Gun was Fleming's twelfth Bond novel, and was adapted into a film starring Roger Moore... Learn More
    £750

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  51. 131812
    First edition, first impression, second state binding as usual, without the gun design blocked in gilt on the front cover, which proved too expensive and was dropped after the first 940 copies had been sent abroad. The Man with the Golden Gun was Fleming's twelfth and final full-length Bond novel, published eight months... Learn More
    £500

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  52. 125193
    First edition, first impression, second state binding as usual, without the gun design blocked in gilt on the front board, which proved too expensive and was dropped after the first 940 copies had been sent abroad. Learn More
    £275

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  53. 131187
    First edition, first impression, third issue jacket with the publisher's overprice sticker on the front flap of 16s and 80 pence. This is the final James Bond book by Fleming, published two years after the author's death. The book comprises two stories, both later adapted into Bond movies: Octopussy in 1983, starring Roger... Learn More
    £275

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  54. 130812
    First edition, first impression, with the first issue dust jacket, of the final James Bond book by Fleming, published two years after the author's death. The book comprises two stories, both later adapted into Bond movies: Octopussy in 1983, starring Roger Moore, and The Living Daylights in 1987, starring Timothy Dalton.... Learn More
    £250

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  55. 122761
    Second edition, first printing, one of 500 copies. Gilbert's bibliography was first published in 2012, and serves as a comprehensive guide to the work of Ian Fleming, covering everything from the first draft of Casino Royale in 1952 to editions still in print today. Learn More
    £175

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