Item #65405 Casino Royale. Ian FLEMING.
Casino Royale.
Casino Royale.
Casino Royale.
Casino Royale.
Casino Royale.
Casino Royale.
Casino Royale.

Casino Royale.

London: Jonathan Cape, 1953. [Spy thriller] FIRST IMPRESSION, EXPORT COPY. Octavo (20 x 13cm), pp.218; [2], blank. Publisher's black cloth-effect paper over boards with red titles and 'Heart' design to upper, tail edge untrimmed. Housed in a bespoke leather-spine clamshell box. Contents clean, edges toned, endpapers with identity marks of U.S.A.F., library pocket at rear with 'withdrawn' as final entry, a couple of neat stamps (not on title page or copyright), covers are near fine. Provided with a later plain brown paper jacket with printed labels, made for ready-reference purposes. This copy was later part of the comprehensive James Bond collection of bibliographer Jon Gilbert, with his pencil notes and ownership to f.e.p. His encyclopaedic guide to the works of Ian Fleming (2012) won the 16th Breslauer Prize for bibliography. The first James Bond novel; this copy, with typically thrilling content for the intended readership, was imported by an American Air Force base in Germany. Only 4728 copies of the first edition were published. An inexpensive copy of this highspot of modern fiction, housed in an attractive leather-spined clamshell box. Item #65405

Gilbert A1a (1.1).

Price: £6,750.00

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