“ONE OF THE LEAST FORGETTABLE CHARACTERS IN MODERN FICTION”: FIRST EDITION OF DR. NO
FLEMING, Ian. Dr. No. London: Jonathan Cape, (1958). Octavo, original brown-stamped paper boards, original dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. $3800.
First edition of the sixth Bond thriller, introducing Dr. No, perhaps the most famous of the Bond villains and the first to appear on film.
The further adventures of "literature's most famous spy" (Steinbrunner & Penzler, 151) and basis for the first Bond film in 1962, starring Sean Connery and Ursula Andress. Time acclaimed the title villain as "one of the least forgettable characters in modern fiction" (Black, 32). First edition, with all points, Gilbert's first state binding, without brown-stamped dancing girl silhouette on front board, in first-issue dust jacket with Fleming's name printed in black on the spine. Gilbert A6a(1.3). Biondi & Pickard, 44-45. Owner ink signature dated the year of publication.
Book fine, dust jacket with just a touch of soiling to rear panel only and two short closed tears to front panel, bright and near-fine.