Fleming, Ian. Casino Royale. New York: The MacMillan Company, 1954. First edition, first printing. Octavo, in original green cloth boards with red lettering to spine and front boards. Original dust jacket. Tipped in signature to front free page. Presented in a spectacular quarter leather and cloth clamshell case.
This is the first American edition of Ian Fleming’s first James Bond novel, Casino Royale. The book is presented in its original green cloth boards and striking dust jacket design. Tipped in to the front free page is a card signed by Ian Fleming in black ink.
The book was first published by Jonathan Cape in London on April 13, 1953. Cape printed 4,728 copies of Casino Royale, which sold out in less than a month. A second print run the same month also sold out, as did a third run of more than 8,000 books published in May 1954. The sales figures were strong enough for Cape to offer Fleming a three-book deal.
In the United States, three publishers turned the book down before Macmillan Publishing Co offered Fleming a deal. Casino Royale was published on March 23, 1954 in the US, but US book sales were poor, totaling only 4,000 copies across the entire US during the course of the year.
Casino Royale follows Bond as he attempts, over a game of cards, to ruin evil banker and KGB member Le Chiffre. The book also introduces the characters of Vesper Lynd and Felix Leiter. Fleming wrote the book in just two months from his estate in Jamaica.
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 excellent condition. First American edition, first printing with “First Printing” on copyright page with no references to subsequent printings. Original off-white endpapers, with dark green cloth boards and red lettering to spine and front board. Original dust jacket with $2.75 price on dust jacket front.
Internally, the original pages are clean with publisher and title page intact. Tipped in signature to front free paper, with gilt tooled border. Signature reads, “Ian Fleming,” in black ink on tan paper. Cut signature measures 3”H x 5”W
The book is housed in a matching quarter Moroccan leather and black cloth clamshell case. Clamshell’s spine has raised bands, gilt tooling, and gilt titles. The front of the clamshell features an inlaid print of the original "Casino Royale'' dust jacket art. Interior of the clamshell has an embossed Ian Fleming facsimile signature stamp. Dimensions: Book: 8 1/4" H x 5 5/8" W x 1" D. Clamshell: 9 1/4" H x 6 5/8" W x 1 3/4"D.
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