“SERVE ON HOT BUTTERED TOAST… WITH PINK CHAMPAGNE”: FIRST EDITION OF IAN FLEMING’S THRILLING CITIES; Signed Twice by Legendary Designer Milton Glaser
Item Number: 114796
New York: New American Library, 1964.
First American edition of Fleming’s volume of travel journalism, with the first publication in book form of his short story “007 in New York,” not present in the London edition. Octavo, original half cloth, drawings by Milton Glaser. Signed twice by the illustrator Milton Glaser, once on the title page and also on the front panel of the dust jacket. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket.
Ian Fleming’s world travels, interests, as well as his journalism and wartime experiences, lent authority to everything he wrote. In 1959, the Sunday Times commissioned Fleming to write a series of dispatches from the world’s most beguiling locales. The result was Thrilling Cities, a masterpiece of well-observed travelogue that stands ably alongside the author’s Bond canon. Here are Fleming’s highly personal observations of fourteen cities across Europe, Asia, and North America—from Vienna to Hong Kong to Chicago. At each stop, Fleming casts the guidebook aside, taking readers on an insider’s tour of everything from a Tokyo geisha house led by the world’s most beautiful women to a packed Las Vegas casino where fortunes ride on a roll of the dice, and beyond.