"He touched her for the last time and then they turned away from each other and walked off into their different lives": First edition of Ian Fleming’s Moonraker




Item Number: 139218

London: Jonathan Cape, 1955.

First edition, first issue with “shoo” for “shoot” on page 10 of the third novel in the James Bond series and what many critics to be his finest. Octavo, original black cloth. Fine in a fine dust jacket with the spine panel bright. Jacket design by Kenneth Lewis. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional example, rare and desirable.

Noël Coward read Moonraker in proof in Jamaica and pronounced, ‘It is the best thing Fleming has done yet, very exciting. His observation is extraordinary and his talent for description vivid" (Lycett, 253-54). It was later adapted to film in 1979, directed by Lewis Gilbert and starring Roger Moore as James Bond.

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