From Russia With Love by Ian Fleming, First Edition, 1957

Fleming, Ian. From Russia, With Love. London: Jonathan Cape, (1957). First edition in special leather presentation binding.

Presented is Ian Fleming's fifth James Bond novel, in which Bond must recover a stolen Soviet encryption device from SMERSH. Fleming considered this in many ways his best work. In 1961, President Kennedy named it among his ten favorite books, "JFK's seal of approval was just the fillip that Viking, Ian's new [American] publishers, needed for his books to take off in the United States" (Lycett, 383). The book was a great commercial success and helped to launch Fleming as a best-selling novelist. The adventure novel ended with Bond seriously wounded and nearly killed by fugu poison from the sex organs of the Japanese globe-fish. Fleming had provided himself with an opportunity to remove his hero and there was tremendous public agitation when 007 was reported dead. 

From Russia was the first Bond novel to feature Richard Chopping's distinctive artwork: "For 50 guineas, [Fleming] commissioned Richard Chopping, whom he described as 'the only English master' in the art of trompe l'oeil, to paint him a picture of a revolver crossed with a rose for the cover of From Russia, With Love. Over the course of the next decade Chopping… was to become widely known for the meticulous detail of his distinctive Bond novel covers" (Lycett, 300). The famous book was made into a film in 1964 with Sean Connery as Bond and Lotte Lenya as ex-KGB agent Rosa Klebb.

CONDITION:

Specially bound one-off presentation of Fleming's fifth Bond book. The book features full red leather binding with custom embossing on the front board. It is housed in a stunning, matching leather and cloth clamshell with raised bands and gilt tooling on the spine. Clamshell features a red velvet interior with the Bond logo embossed on one side.




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