1. Up for auction: James Bond first editions by Ian Fleming

    By Devin Zydel on 2009-10-02

    Another Bloomsbury sale… another batch of elusive Ian Fleming-penned James Bond first editions.

    Ian Fleming's 'Goldfinger'

    Ian Fleming’s Goldfinger

    007 collectors will have 22 tempting lots to choose between, from the more expensive first editions of early titles like Moonraker and Diamonds are Forever to the more affordable You Only Live Twice and Octopussy and The Living Daylights.

    These 22 James Bond lots join the other 688 to make up the Bloomsbury Literature, Manuscripts and
    Modern First Editions sale, which is scheduled to take place on Thursday, 15 October 2009.

    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 below:

    Lot 597 – Moonraker

    Moonraker, first edition , issue with ‘shoo’ on p.10 , and printed on the slightly thinner paper stock, small ink name on front free endpaper, original boards, dust-jacket, slightly dulled at spine, a few minor mark on lower panel, otherwise a very good example, from personal experience the scarcer of the two issues, 8vo, 1955.

    Estimate: £1,500 – £2,000

    Lot 598 – Diamonds are Forever

    Diamonds are Forever, first edition , original boards, fine, dust-jacket, rubbed at extremities, worn at corners, closed tear ascending into upper panel from lower fore-corner, 8vo, 1956.

    Estimate: £600 – £800

    Lot 600 – From Russia with Love

    From Russia, With Love, first edition , original boards, fine, dust-jacket, worn and split at corners, spine browned, rubbed at edges, 8vo, 1957.

    Estimate: £250 – £350

    Lot 601 – Dr. No

    Dr No, first edition, issue with plain boards, dust-jacket, chipped with loss at corners, 8vo, 1958.

    Estimate: £350 – £450

    Lot 603 – For Your Eyes Only

    For Your Eyes Only, first edition , original boards, fine, dust-jacket, usual slight discolouration to spine, slight rubbing and creasing, otherwise good, 8vo, 1960.

    Estimate: £300 – £400

    Lot 611 – Octopussy and The Living Daylights

    Octopussy…, first edition , original boards, dust-jacket, un-clipped but with price-sticker, fine, 8vo, 1966.

    Estimate: £120 – £180

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