On Her Majesty's Secret Service.

Jonathan Cape, 1963. Octavo. Original quarter vellum, black board sides, spine lettered in gilt, ski track decoration on front cover in white, top edge gilt. With publisher's protective wrapper. Colour portrait frontispiece of the author with tissue guard. Light sunning to spine and rubbing to sides, contents clean. A near-fine copy in excellent condition. First edition, signed limited issue, number 31 of 250 copies signed by the author; a further 35 unnumbered copies signed and marked for "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. As Gilbert notes, the signed limited issue was originally "issued with a plain protective clear-plastic dust-wrapper", as found here. This copy is from the significant Ian Fleming collection of Martin Schøyen (b.1940), with his bookplate. Schøyen's private collection of manuscripts, which span all cultures and all time periods, is one of the largest and most comprehensive of its kind. Item #155928

Gilbert A11a, pp. 360-2; The Schøyen Collection No. 83.

Price: £15,000.00

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