007 Ways to Buy James Bond 1st Editions

It is often challenging to locate ‘very good’ or ‘near fine’ examples of James Bond / Ian Fleming novels due to condition qualities, that are specific to certain titles and make them increasingly scarce. To save you some time, I’ve collected up the 7 best companies for sourcing James Bond 1st Editions and other Ian…

From Bentley, With Love: ‘Casino Royale’ Bentley Edition

First dispatched on September 26, this beautiful collector’s item deserves mention. Vintage Classics and Bentley Motors have united to create a luxury special edition of Casino Royale to mark 60 years of Bond. It also features an introduction from racing legend Sir Stirling Moss: “When it came to cars Fleming really knew his stuff… he must have known that the fabulous pre-war Bentleys…

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Thrilling Cities Dust Jackets

Thrilling Cities is Bond creator Ian Fleming’s collection of travel writing from his 1959 round the world adventure for the Sunday Times. His assignment: “Make a trip of the most exciting cities of the world and describe them in beautiful, beautiful prose — within a month.” It’s his view of thirteen cities he visited in two trips…

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Ian Fleming’s Books: Collecting James Bond First Editions

Adam Blakeney, Senior Specialist in Modern Literature at Peter Harrington, describes why Fleming’s James Bond first editions books have all the qualities of a highly collectible series. http://www.peterharrington.co.uk/blog/2011/04/collecting-james-bond-first-editions/ Incidental Intelligence Established in 1969, Peter Harrington has become one of the leading rare books firms in the world. Adam Blakeney is the Senior Specialist of Modern Literature in the 20th-century…

You Only Live Twice Dust Jacket

You Only Live Twice was published in the UK on 16 March 1964, by Jonathan Cape and cost sixteen shillings. There were 62,000 pre-orders for the book, a significant increase over the 42,000 advance orders for the hardback first edition of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. Richard Chopping, cover artist for The Spy Who Loved Me, was engaged for the design. On 17…

The Spy Who Loved Me Dust Jacket

The Spy Who Loved Me was published on 16 April 1962 in the UK as a hardcover edition by publishers Jonathan Cape; it was 221 pages long and cost 15 shillings. Artist Richard Chopping once again undertook the cover art, and raised his fee from the 200 guineas he had charged for Thunderball, to 250 guineas. The artwork included a commando knifewhich was borrowed from…

The Thunderball Dust Jacket

The jacket to Thunderball, in which Fleming specified a skeletal hand, was trouble-free in comparison with the legal hassles the contents of the book brought about. Writing to Chopping about ideas for the cover of Thunderball, Fleming said that the covers were “marvelous” and offered to increase Chopping’s fee, perhaps to 100 guineas. Chopping asked…

Goldfinger Dust Jacket

The striking image of a skull holding a rose in its teeth on the cover of Goldfinger was Chopping’s favourite. Ironically, it was also the first Bond book he read, and he was noted as saying he felt there was enough violence in the world already without characters such as Bond glamorising it. From Goldfinger on,…