Complete set of the Bond novels and stories, each lifetime edition a presentation copy inscribed by the author.
[Casino Royale; Live and Let Die; Moonraker; Diamonds Are Forever; From Russia, With Love; Dr No; Goldfinger; For Your Eyes Only; Thunderball; The Spy Who Loved Me; On Her Majesty's Secret Service; You Only Live Twice; The Man with the Golden Gun; Octopussy and The Living Daylights.]London, Jonathan Cape, 1953-66 Stock Code: 141010
NotesFirst editions, first impressions, of the complete series of James Bond books, each lifetime edition a presentation copy inscribed by the author. This is a thrilling sequence of inscriptions, showcasing Fleming's wit and flair. Casino Royale is simply inscribed "To M, these pages from my memoirs! Ian" the ideal presentation inscription for any Bond novel, let alone the first.
Several presentations reflect Fleming's gratitude to colleagues in the Kemsley Group of newspapers, who gave him employment and time to write. Live and Let Die is inscribed to Clare Blanchard, a sometime girlfriend, Kemsly colleague, and early reader of Casino Royale - "To Clare who sheds much light. With love Ian 1954". Moonraker is inscribed "To Edith, Cette tranche de vie! Ian 1955" (Edith was Gomer Berry, Viscount Kemsley's second wife) and Diamonds Are Forever "To Gomer & Edith To read in the sun! With affection from Ian". Leonard Russell was another Kemsley colleague, features editor at the Sunday Times, who persuaded Fleming to take the first of two trips that provided much of the background for You Only Live Twice: Fleming has inscribed From Russia, With Love for him and his wife, "To Leonard & Dilys with affection. Ian", and Thunderball "To Leonard. These thunderballs! from Ian".
Fleming has inscribed Dr No "Sarah I'm sure you'll enjoy this Mabel", Sarah Dugdale being one of Fleming's girlfriends whose identity he kept hidden behind a jokey inscription. A different kind of pseudonym is in play in the inscription to Goldfinger "To Alfred & Cecil Blacking on condition they don't sue me for libel! From Ian Fleming". The Blackings in the novel are the professionals at the golf club where Oddjob shows off his deadly hat trick. In real life they were Albert Whiting and his son Cyril, professionals at the Royal St George's, Sandwich, Fleming's regular course.
Fleming pays a debt of gratitude to another newspaper tycoon, Lord Beaverbrook, who bought the rights to adapt James Bond into a strip cartoon for the Daily Express, with his inscription on For Your Eyes Only, "Max, An Easter Egg! From Ian".
No James Bond novel after From Russia, With Love would be complete with its Dickie Chopping trompe l'oeil dust jacket, and The Spy Who Loved Me has Fleming's original letter to Chopping requesting another of his designs. The book itself is inscribed "To Dickie In admiration! from Ian", and Chopping has signed the jacket.
On Her Majesty's Secret Service is the only Bond novel to be issued in a signed limited edition. This copy is out-of-series, marked for presentation and signed, and given by Fleming to Amherst Villiers, who painted the limited edition's frontispiece portrait. Famously, Fleming equipped James Bond with an Amherst Villiers-supercharged Blower Bentley as his first car.
Finally, and tantalizingly, You Only Live Twice is merely inscribed "To Jonathan from Ian".
The Man with the Golden Gun is not signed, as it was issued posthumously, but is the rare first issue binding with the gun blocked in gold on the front cover. Octopussy and The Living Daylights completes the set.
Full descriptions and a detailed condition report for all the books in this collection are available on request.
Together 14 individually published works, octavo. Original boards, with the dust jackets, except for On Her Majesty's Secret Service, in original quarter vellum with black cloth sides. (Individual descriptions available on request.)
A remarkable set; detailed condition reports for all the books in this collection are available on request.
Gilbert A1a (1.1); A2a (1.1); A2a (1.1); A4a (1.1); A5a (1.1); A6a (1.3); A7a (1.2); A8a (1.1); A9a (1.1); A10a (1.1); A11a; A12a (1.3); A13a (1.1); A14a (1.1).
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