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FLEMING | The Man with the Golden Gun, 1965, first edition, first state with gilt gun design

FLEMING | The Man with the Golden Gun, 1965, first edition, first state with gilt gun design

FLEMING | The Man with the Golden Gun, 1965, first edition, first state with gilt gun design

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THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN. LONDON: JONATHAN CAPE, 1965


8vo, FIRST EDITION, FIRST IMPRESSION, FIRST ISSUE, FIRST STATE, original dark grey/dark brown cloth (Linson), lettered in gilt (Nuvap), design to upper cover in gilt (Nuvap), green and white endpapers, DUST-JACKET, collector's black half-sheep box


A LEGENDARY RARITY IN COLLECTING MODERN FIRST EDITIONS AND A HIGHSPOT IN ANY FLEMING COLLECTION.

During binding, the cost of blocking each copy with the gun design on the upper board proved to be prohibitive. Jon Gilbert notes that "the decision to cease stamping a golden gun was purely economical... What is apparent... is that these copies were sent to Commonwealth countries..."

The total print run for the first edition was 81,890 copies making these 940 copies a highly collectible rarity.


LITERATURE:

Gilbert A13a (1.1)

minor spotting to edges, head and foot of spine slightly bumped, dust-jacket very slightly browned at spine with corners very slightly rubbed


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