FLEMING, Ian.

From Russia, With Love.

London: Jonathan Cape, 1957 Stock Code: 138464
£37,500.00

Presentation copy, inscribed by Fleming

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Notes

First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by Fleming on the front free endpaper: "To Erich Hartmann from his impatient patient. Ian Fleming". The recipient, Erich Hartmann (1922-1999), was the head of Magnum Photo, who "throughout his career, pursued many long-term personal projects, and photographic interpretations with literary echoes: 'Shakespeare's England', 'Joyce's Dublin', 'Thomas Hardy's Wessex'" (Magnum), and did a series of photographs of his friend, Ian Fleming.
This is the fifth novel in the James Bond series. A film adaptation starring Sean Connery was produced in 1963. 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.

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Description

Octavo. Original black cloth, titles to spine and revolver and rose motif to front cover in metallic red and silver. With the dust jacket. Housed in a black quarter morocco solander box by the Chelsea Bindery.

Condition

Cocked, spine ends a touch bumped, the binding otherwise firm and square, very light mark to lower tip, else internally clean and untoned. A near-fine copy in the very good jacket, light wear to corners with a little loss, long closed tear between spine and rear panels, a couple of edge-splits, not price-clipped.

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