12 June 2008
FLEMING, Ian (1908-1964). Casino Royale. London: Jonathan Cape, 1953.
8o. Original black cloth-like boards, decorated and lettered in red (lower front cover slightly bumped); pictorial dust jacket after a design by Ian Fleming (slight toning overall, some pale spotting on rear panel, a few chips at ends of spine and fore-edges, corners clipped); cloth folding case.
FIRST EDITION OF FLEMING'S FIRST JAMES BOND NOVEL. Ian Fleming's inspiration for Casino Royale was a baccarat battle Fleming played in Lisbon during the Second World War against several Portuguese men. According to one biographer, Fleming whispered at the table to his friend John Godfrey: "Just suppose these fellows were German agents -- what a coup it would be if we cleaned them out entirely!" (John Pearson, The Life of Ian Fleming, London, 1966, p. 131).
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