Fleming, Casino Royale, 1953
Fleming, Casino Royale, 1953
Fleming, Casino Royale, 1953
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From the Library of Christian Heuer

Fleming, Casino Royale, 1953

Estimate: 8,000 - 12,000 GBP

From the Library of Christian Heuer

Fleming, Casino Royale, 1953

Estimate: 8,000 - 12,000 GBP

Lot sold:27,500GBP
(21 bids, reserve met)

Description

From the Library of Christian Heuer


FLEMING, IAN

Casino Royale. Jonathan Cape, 1953


8vo, FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE OF THE FIRST 'JAMES BOND' NOVEL, original black cloth lettered and decorated in red, heart motif on upper cover, DUST-JACKET, preserved in specially made quarter red morocco folding box, slight foxing and offsetting to endpapers, neat restoration to small portions of jacket at head and base of the spine, minute foxing to fore-edge and jacket


First issue in jacket of the author's first novel, and the debut James Bond title, written by Fleming in early 1952 at Goldeneye, his tropical hideaway on Jamaica's north shore. "Of the conception of this most famous of debuts Fleming repeatedly said that it was written to take his mind off his forthcoming marriage yet as early as the end of the war, following his decommission from a successful career in Naval Intelligence, Fleming had told Ivar Bryce that he would settle down to write 'the spy novel to end all spy novels'..." (Jon Gilbert, Ian Fleming. The Bibliography, p.16)


LITERATURE:

Gilbert A1.1



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Fleming, Casino Royale, 1953
From the Library of Christian Heuer
Fleming, Casino Royale, 1953
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