1. James Bond first editions sale at Bloomsbury Auctions

    By Devin Zydel on 2009-07-07

    James Bond will be hitting the auction block later this month as apart of the latest sale being held by Bloomsbury Auctions in London.

    Ian Fleming's 'Thunderball'

    Ian Fleming’s Thunderball

    34 lots of first edition 007 novels by Ian Fleming join the 700+ other lots in the Bibliophile Sale which will be sold on Thursday, 16 July at 10:00am and 1:30pm. Literary Bond fans will want to note that included is one of the elusive signed limited first edition of Fleming’s On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.

    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 298 – Casino Royale

    Casino Royale, first edition , second impression, light spotting to extreme edges, original boards, slight shelf lean, minor marking, otherwise very good, 8vo, 1953.

    Estimate: £150 – £200

    Lot 300 – Moonraker

    Moonraker, first edition , minor browning to free endpapers, original boards, slight shelf lean, overall fine, dust-jacket, spine slightly dulled and rubbed with fraying to head with small splits, small tears to upper fore-corners, a few minor chips, overall a very good example, 8vo, 1955.

    Estimate: £1,500 – £2,000

    Lot 305 – Dr. No

    Dr No, first edition , ink name on front pastedown, original first state plain boards, dust-jacket, torn at head of spine, some browning, corners chipped, 8vo, 1958.

    Estimate: £200 – £300

    Lot 306 – Goldfinger

    Goldfinger, first edition , publisher’s promotional card loosely inserted, original boards, fine, dust-jacket, without the usual browning, a few marks, darkened at edges, very small hole to upper fore-edge, otherwise very good, 8vo, 1959

    Estimate: £450 – £550

    Lot 318 – On Her Majesty’s Secret Service

    On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, first edition, number 37 of 250 copies signed by the author, colour portrait by Amherst Villiers, large bookplate of Patrick Nicholson mounted on front pastedown, original vellum-backed black buckram, spine very slightly darkened in places, original plastic jacket, spine ends chipped, t.e.g., a very good copy, 8vo, 1963.

    Estimate: £2,500 – £3,000

    Lot 326 – You Only Live Twice & Octopussy and The Living Daylights

    You Only Live Twice, first edition , first state, small tear near head of jacket spine, otherwise fine, 1964; Octopussy…, fine, 1966, first editions, original boards, dust-jackets, price-clipped, 8vo (2)

    Estimate: £180 – £220

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