Penguin 007 in association with Bentley Motors, 2008. Large octavo. Original brown leather covers with red stitching, spine and front board lettered and blocked in silver, edges red, red leather doublures, black endpapers, black silk bookmarker. With pewter car model housed within contents. Housed in clear Perspex slipcase. A fine copy. First edition, Bentley Special Series edition, number 186 of 300 copies. This large paper issue is printed on Munken paper and includes a foreword by the Chief Designer of Bentley Motors and a brief biography of Ian Fleming. The "Burnt Oak" leather used for the covering material is the same as that used for the upholstery in Bentley cars, and the red leather within is the same as the hide used on the dashboard. The contents are die-cut to the bottom of the folios to house a pewter-cast model of the Bentley R-Type convertible, driven by Bond in this title. 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 #156126
Gilbert, p. 613; The Schøyen Collection No. 384.