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Ian Fleming

Ian Fleming

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

    Stock Code: 88362

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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. 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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  4. 128688
    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

    Stock Code: 128688

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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 127060
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £2,750

    Stock Code: 127060

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  9. 133097
    First editions, first impressions, of the complete set of Fleming's Chitty Chitty Bang Bang stories. Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 133097

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  10. 129265
    First edition, first impression, second issue jacket with the publisher's over-price sticker on the front flap. Octopussy and The Living Daylights was the final James Bond book by Fleming, published two years after the author's death, and comprised two stories, both later adapted into Bond movies: Octopussy in 1983, starring... Learn More
    £275

    Stock Code: 129265

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  11. 130245
    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
    £350

    Stock Code: 130245

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