Octopussy and the Living Daylights by Ian Fleming, First Edition, First Impression in Original Dust Jacket, Signed by Actress Maud Adams, 1966

Fleming, Ian. Octopussy and The Living Daylights. London: Jonathan Cape, 1966. First edition, first impression. Octavo. Presented in the publisher's original dust jacket and dark brown cloth boards. Signed by actress Maud Adams on the half title page. Presented with a new archival clamshell case. 

Presented is the first edition, first impression of the fourteenth title in Ian Fleming’s James Bond series, Octopussy and The Living Daylights. Published posthumously, Octopussy and The Living Daylights marks Ian Fleming’s final 007 James Bond title. This book was published by Jonathan Cape in London, in 1966. It is presented in the original dust jacket, as designed by Richard Chopping.

The book is signed by actress Maud Adams on the half-title page. The signature reads, “Maud Adams / ‘Octopussy’”in black felt-tipped ink. Adams was known for her roles as two different Bond girls in film, first in The Man with the Golden Gun (1974) and then as the title character in Octopussy (1983).

The first print run of Octopussy and The Living Daylights was limited to only 50,000 copies. The book originally contained just two shorter stories, "Octopussy" and "The Living Daylights," with subsequent editions also carrying "The Property of a Lady" and then "007 in New York." The two original stories, "Octopussy" and "The Living Daylights," were both adapted for publication in comic strip format in the Daily Express in 1966–1967. Elements from the stories have also been used in the Eon Productions Bond films. 

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 James Bond book each year until his untimely death in 1964.


Very good condition. First edition, first impression printing. Octavo. Original dark brown cloth-textured boards, with the front board and spine lettered in gilt. Boards are well kept and clean. Original dust jacket, with only light toning and moderate spotting. Signed by actress Maud Adams on the half-title page. Signature reads, “Maud Adams / ‘Octopussy’”in black felt-tipped ink. Book Dimensions: 7 3/4" H x 5" W x 1" D. Clamshell: 8 5/8" H x 6" W x 1 1/2" D.

Book is presented with a new, custom archival clamshell case. Case is 1/4 green leather and cloth, with raised bands, gilt tooling, and gilt titles to the spine, and an inlay of the dust jacket design on the front. 

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