Big news today for Young Bond fans and Bond book collectors. It appears SilverFin, the first Young Bond novel by Charlie Higson, will be published as a hardcover in the UK — and oh what a hardcover it will be!
Young Bond 1: SilverFin
Waterstones Bookstores in the UK will release a Special Limited Edition SilverFin on 6 October 2005. Each book will be signed by author Charlie Hisgon and will come in a slipcase. This special hardcover edition will be limited to only 999 copies worldwide. Price is £25.00.
According to John Webb, Children’s Buyer for Waterstones Books, each book will be triple-digit numbered (starting 001, 002 etc) so there will be a number “007” out there somewhere. All Waterstone’s high street stores will have at least one copy sent to them on publication but numbers will vary according to the size of the store.
This is not the first James Bond Special Edition to be published. Ian Fleming’s On Her Majesty’s Secret Service was issued in a special signed limited edition (250 copies) in 1963. Today that book sells for upwards of $8000. In 1990, The Mysterious Press released four different limited hardcover editions of John Gardner’s Licence To Kill. The two rarest of these, 100 signed numbered editions and 26 signed lettered editions, can sell for several hundred dollars.
John warns that the SilverFin special edition is so limited it would be worth phoning your local Waterstones branch if you are making a special trip to avoid disappointment as these are bound to sell very fast!
- The Charlie Higson CBn Interview
- CBn Reviews Young Bond Book 1: ‘SilverFin’
- See the Stars of ‘SilverFin’
- Young Bond Book 2 is ‘Blood Fever’