Fleming, Ian. Octopussy and The Living Daylights. London: Jonathan Cape, 1966. First UK edition. Octavo. Rebound in full leather with gilt facsimile signature to the front, raised bands and gilt titles and tooling to the spine. Presented with a new brown cloth slipcase, with the original front panel.
Presented is the first edition 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. The first print run was 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 book each year until his untimely death in 1964.
Good condition. Octavo. Rebound in full brown Moroccan leather with an Ian Fleming gilt facsimile signature stamp to the front, gilt titles, tooling, and raised bands to the spine. Interior pages clean, with only minimal toning and a few scattered light stains. The book is presented with a new archival cloth slipcase. The original brown cloth and gilt boards have been saved and pasted to the front of the slipcase. Book Dimensions (with slipcase): 8 1/16” H x 5 1/2” W x 1 1/8” D.
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