First edition of the Ian Flemings first book Casino Royale which introduced the world to 007: Inscribed by Ian Fleming to his secretary "who helped in the birth-pangs"
Item Number: 3481
London: Jonathan Cape, 1953.
First edition of the first novel in Ian Fleming’s James Bond series. Octavo, original black cloth. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Edwina who helped in the birth-pangs. From The Author.” With a letter of provenance from the original owner, who was a bilingual secretary to the Foreign Manager of Kemsley Newspapers, who was Ian Fleming.” When Fleming was writing Casino Royale, Smith notes that “this copy was acquired on the first day of its publication.” Fine in a near fine first issue dust jacket with the lightest of rubbing to the extremities. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
Casino Royale was written by Ian Fleming in Jamaica over a period of around two months, largely from his own experiences and imagination; he also devised the artwork for the cover. "Within the first few pages Fleming had introduced most of Bond's idiosyncrasies and trademarks," which included his looks, his Bentley and his smoking and drinking habits. The full details of Bond's martini were kept until chapter seven of the book and Bond eventually named it "The Vesper", after Vesper Lynd" (Andrew Lycett). It has been filmed twice as a feature film, the first being the 1967 spoof starring David Niven, and later as the twenty-first official Bond film starring Daniel Craig as James Bond.
Other Books by this Author
"You only live twice: Once when you're born And once when you look death in the face": First Edition of You Only Live Twice; Inscribed by Ian Fleming
London: Jonathan Cape, 1965.
First edition, first state with “First published 1964” on the copyright page of the last James Bond novel published in Fleming’s lifetime and the eleventh in the series. Octavo, original black cloth. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “For James You have my best wishes from Ian Fleming.” A small stain to the front panel, an excellent example in the original dust jacket with a few small chips. Jacket design by Richard Chopping. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Uncommon signed and inscribed as Fleming passed away in the year of publication.
“I am a poet in deeds-not often in words": FIRST EDITION OF IAN FLEMINGS GOLDFINGER; WARMLY INSCRIBED BY HIM
London: Jonathan Cape, 1959.
First edition. Octavo, original black cloth. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper in the year of publication, “From Ian with love for Jo. May 6, 1959.” The recipient is Josephine Hartford Bryce, husband Ivar Bryce, often cited as one of the primary models for James Bond. Fleming named the character Felix Leiter, Bond’s friend and CIA operative, in part after Ivar Bryce, whose middle name was Felix. The Bryce’s spent their summers at Black Hole Hollow Farm in Vermont, where Fleming was frequently a guest. He spent summers there hiking and plotting his Bond novels. Fleming first conceived the plot for Diamonds are Forever at the farm, and the primary setting of For Your Eyes Only, Echo Park in Vermont, is based on the farm. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A significant association copy.
New York: The New American Library, 1965.
First American edition of the twelfth novel of Ian Fleming’s James Bond series. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light wear. Jacket design by the Paul Bacon studio.
“Love of life is born of the awareness of death, of the dread of it": First Edition of The Spy Who Loved Me; Inscribed by Ian Fleming
London: Jonathan Cape, 1962.
First edition of the tenth novel in Ian Fleming’s James Bond series. Octavo, original black cloth. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Peter To Cheer him up! From Ian.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. Dust jacket art by Richard Chopping. Housed in a full morocco clamshell box, the front panel mimicking the dust jacket. Rare and desirable signed and inscribed by Ian Fleming.
First Edition Of The Eleventh Novel In The James Bond Series On Her Majesty's Secret Service; Signed by Ian Fleming
London: Jonathan Cape, 1963.
First edition of the eleventh Bond novel. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by Ian Fleming on the front free endpaper. From the library of Francis Cory-Wright, with a loosely inserted typescript card, signed “Robin” and dated 1 July 1963, by Robin De La Lanne-Mirrlees. Lanne-Mirrlees, Rouge Dragon Pursuivant at the College of Arms, assisted Fleming with research for On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, providing heraldic and genealogy information on Bond, and being an inspiration for Bond’s cover as a College of Arms researcher in the novel. Lanne-Mirrlees claimed descent from an ancient Basque family, whose members were said to be born without earlobes. Fleming gave this unusual deformity to Blofeld. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of rubbing. A superior example with noted provenance.
"Mr Bond, they have a saying in Chicago: 'Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. The third time it's enemy action": FIRST EDITION OF IAN FLEMINGS GOLDFINGER
London: Jonathan Cape, 1959.
First edition. Octavo, original black cloth. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
London: Jonathan Cape, 1954.
First edition of the second James Bond novel. Octavo, original black cloth. Fine in a near fine first issue dust jacket without credit for the jacket design and art, with some light rubbing to the spine. The first edition consisted of 7,500 copies. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A very attractive example, scarce in this condition.
"It was an expensive setup, but it is the first duty of a secret service to remain not only secret but secure": First Edition of The Man With The Golden Gun: Signed by Roger Moore
London: Jonathan Cape, 1964.
First edition of the twelfth novel of Ian Fleming’s James Bond series. Octavo, original black cloth, green patterned endpapers. Signed “Best wishes Roger Moore” on the title page, who played 007 in the film. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light shelfwear. Dust jacket design by Richard Chopping.
Autographed letter signed by Ian Fleming to journalist and spy Antony Terry of the British Press Centre. On Kemsley House letterhead, dated 9th July 1951. It reads, ”I attach a copy of my final letter to Michael Parker, from which you will see that his application to Mr. Neville Berry only received consideration from me since Parker intended to move to Munich. Naturally, I do not want anyone else accredited to the British Zone, and I leave it to you in case Parker calls to clarify his mind on the point. Meanwhile, please accept my further congratulations on the splendid service you continue to give to us and which is greatly appreciated by all editors. It also gives me much pleasure to hear from time to time what a fine reputation you are building up in Germany. A high opinion of your work is undoubtedly held by everyone who matters in the British Zone. I hope you have a splendid holiday Yours ever Ian Fleming.” In near fine condition. Measures 8 inches by 10 inches.
"It was an expensive setup, but it is the first duty of a secret service to remain not only secret but secure": First Edition of The Man With The Golden Gun
London: Jonathan Cape, 1964.
First edition of the twelfth novel in Ian Fleming’s James Bond series. Octavo, original black cloth, green patterned endpapers. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Dust jacket design by Richard Chopping.
"He was a secret agent, and still alive thanks to his exact attention to the detail of his profession": First Edition of the Novel which Introduced the World to 007; In the Original Dust Jacket
London: Jonathan Cape, 1953.
First edition of the author’s first book that introduced James Bond to the world. Octavo, original black cloth. Fine in a bright near fine first issue dust jacket with just a touch of rubbing to the extremities. An exceptional copy; one of the nicest to appear on the market in recent years.
New York: Signet Books, 1968.
First edition, a paperback original of the story of the film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Inscribed by Dick Van Dyke, who starred as Caractacus Potts in the film adaptation. In very good condition with a mended tear to the front panel.
Black and white photograph of the 1956 Brooklyn Dodgers signed by Jackie Robinson, Pee Wee Reese, Duke Snider, Roy Campanella, Carl Furillo, Dale Mitchell, and five others in ink. The silver gelatin print measures 6.5 inches by 8.5. Matted and framed. Rare and desirable signed by these baseball legends.
"The trouble is if you dont spend your life yourself, other people spend it for you": First Edition of Five Finger Exercise; Signed by Peter Shaffer
London: Hamish Hamilton, 1958.
First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Peter Shaffer on the front free endpaper. Very good in a very good price-clipped dust jacket with a small chip to the crown of the spine.
First Edition of Herbert Simon's classic Work Organizations; From the Library of Nobel Prize-winning economist John Harsyani
New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1958.
First edition of this classic in management science. Octavo, original cloth. From the library of Nobel Prize-winning economist John Harsanyi, with his signature on the front free endpaper . ‘Outside the Carnegie group, we should like to acknowledge especially our many hours of fruitful work and discussion with Robert A. Dahl on the subject of influence measurement, and the help and guidance that John C. Harsanyi provided for our treatment of the relation between game theory and other theories of conflict’ (p. vi). ‘Simon was attracted to the exciting intellectual environment emerging at the Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh. After moving to Carnegie in 1949, Simon stayed there for more than five decades. At Carnegie, Simon collaborated on work that established the field of organization theory. The founding work was a major study done with James G. March, published as Organizations. The book continued the argument that decision makers are not able to act in an objectively rational manner; rather, they are constrained by both cognitive and external limitations. So, instead of assuming that each decision maker scans all possible alternatives and chooses the one that maximizes expected utility, Simon argued that decision makers instead use ‘satisficing’ as a criterion for making decisions; they choose the first alternative that looks ‘good enough.’ March and Simon wrote in Organizations, ‘Most human decision making, whether individual or organizational, is concerned with the discovery and selection of satisfactory alternatives; only in exceptional cases is it concerned with the discovery and selection of optimal alternatives.’ . . . One of Simon’s insights was that the observed complexity of human behavior arose from simple and general underlying mechanisms that were applied to a complex task environment. Simon illustrated this with his famous metaphor of ‘the ant on the beach.’ The ant’s goal is to reach some distant food. While the ant’s path to the food seems very complex, twisting and turning, most of the apparent complexity is due to the grains of sand to be traversed. The complexity of the environment, rather than the complexity of mechanism within the decision maker, gives rise to the observed behavior. ‘In solving problems,’ March and Simon wrote, ‘human thinking is governed by programs that organize myriads of simple information processes – or symbolic manipulating processes if you like – into orderly, complex, sequences that are responsive to and adaptive to the task environment and the clues that are extracted from that environment as the sequences unfold’ ‘ (Mie Augier & Edward Feigenbaum, ‘Herbert A. Simon: 15 June 1916 – 9 February 2001’, Biographical Memoirs, Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society, Vol. 147, No. 2, June 2003, pp. 196-7). Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Rare and desirable with a noted provenance.
New York: Harper Collins Publishers, 1999.
First edition, early printing of the 35th Anniversary edition the author’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Harper Lee on the half-title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Suzanne Noli.
New York: Harcourt, 2007.
First edition of the 35th Anniversary edition of this classic. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by William Goldman on the half title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket.