Dr. NO by Ian Fleming, First Edition, 1958

Fleming, Ian. Dr. NO. London: Jonathan Cape, (1958). First edition, first printing. Octavo, in full, custom leather binding with decorative gilt spine, blind embossed cover, and matching quarter leather clamshell case. 

This is a first edition printing of Ian Fleming’s sixth Bond novel, Dr. NO. The book was published by Jonathan Cape in London, 1958. The first print run was limited to 20,000 copies.

In June of 1956, Fleming began a collaboration with the producer Henry Morgenthau III on a planned television series, Commander Jamaica, featuring the Caribbean-based character James Gunn. When the project foundered, and Fleming could not fashion a new plot for his next Bond novel after From Russia, With Love, he used the idea as the basis for Dr. NO.

Fleming wrote the novel in early 1957 at his Goldeneye estate in Jamaica.  The novel covers Bond's investigation into the disappearance of two fellow M16 operatives sent to Jamaica to investigate Doctor No. Bond travels to the fictional Caribbean island of Crab Key, where he meets Honeychile Rider and, later, the infamous Doctor No.

Time acclaimed the title villain as "one of the least forgettable characters in modern fiction" (Black, 32). Dr. NO was also the basis for the first ever Bond film. The film premiered in 1962 and starred Sean Connery as James Bond and Ursula Andress.

Ian Fleming (1908–1964) was an intelligence officer, journalist, and creator of the fictional British Secret service agent James Bond. Beginning in 1939, he served as a liaison between the Navy and the other secret services, where he was privy to the highest levels of intelligence and became known for his creativity in planning operations, work that inspired his later novels.

After the war, Fleming became a journalist and in 1953 published his first James Bond novel, Casino Royale. It was a success, and Fleming wrote a new book each year until his untimely death in 1964.


A stunning "one off" Bond collectible. Book is in very good condition. First edition pages. Internally clean and healthy pages, with publisher and title page intact.

Book is bound in full tan calf leather, with matching marbled endpapers. Spine has gold tooled titles, is blind tooled in compartments and to raised bands, as well as gold tooled to inside covers. Front cover has blind embossing of the "Dancing Girl" ( Honeychile Rider) to match original; all paper edges are gilt.

Book is housed in a matching tan quarter leather clamshell case, with “Bond” embossing into suede interior lining. The clamshell front has a miniature of the original "Dr. No" movie poster inlayed.

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