1. Ian Fleming's James Bond Sale At Bloomsbury Auctions

    By Devin Zydel on 2009-04-08
    Ian Fleming

    Ian Fleming

    Numerous first editions of Ian Fleming’s James Bond novels will be going up for sale at Bloomsbury Auctions in London later this month, including a copy of the elusive Casino Royale.

    The 007 novels are apart of Bloomsbury’s Literature, Manuscripts and Modern First Editions sale, which includes more than 1,400 lots in total. It will take place on Thursday, 23 April.

    Bloomsbury Auctions is located at: Bloomsbury House, 24 Maddox Street, Mayfair, London, W1S 1PP. For further details, phone +44(0) 20 7495 9494 or visit the official website.

    Details on selected James Bond lots follow:

    Lot 543 – Casino Royale

    543. Fleming (Ian) Casino Royale, first edition, light crease down half-title, a few small spots to half-title and title, otherwise internally very good, original boards, very good, first state dust-jacket, subtle restoration to spine ends and fore-corners, rubbed at fore-edges, very light mottling, small abraded tear to centre of upper panel with minor surface loss only, overall in appearance a very good example, 8vo, 1953.

    Estimate: £6,000 – £8,000

    Lot 545 – Live and Let Die

    545. Fleming (Ian) Live and Let Die, first edition, ink name on front free endpaper, original boards, slight shelf lean, first state dust-jacket, price-clipped, darkening, torn at upper corners and head of spine with some loss, rubbed at foot of spine, 8vo, 1954.

    Estimate: £1,800 – £2,200

    Lot 546 – Moonraker

    546. Fleming (Ian) Moonraker, first edition, with ‘shoot’ on p.10, original boards, a tight sharp copy, dust-jacket, price-clipped, usual slight dulling to spine, otherwise an unusually good example, 8vo, 1955.

    Estimate: £2,000 – £3,000

    Lot 547 – Diamonds are Forever

    547. Fleming (Ian) Diamonds are Forever, first edition, very small, light ink stamp on front free endpaper, original boards, dust-jacket, rubbed at corners and joints, 2 small closed creased tears at spine ends, overall a very good example, 8vo, 1956.

    Estimate: £750 – £1,000

    Lot 549 – Dr. No

    549. Fleming (Ian) Dr No, first edition, original second state boards with silhouette on upper cover, a sharp tight copy, dust-jacket, worn at corners and spine ends, tear from foot of spine into upper panel, 8vo, 1958.

    Estimate: £450 – £550

    Lot 550 – Goldfinger

    550. Fleming (Ian) Goldfinger, first edition, original boards, slight shelf lean, otherwise fine, dust-jacket, price-clipped, slightly rubbed at edges, minor chipping to corner tips, but overall a very good copy, 8vo, 1959.

    Estimate: £500 – £600

    Keep watching for all the latest on James Bond-related events happening around the world.